Thomas Allen Sheridan (1947-2018)

Thomas Allen Sheridan, 70, of McPherson, Kan., passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Harry Hynes Hospice Center at Via Christi-St. Francis RMC, Wichita.


Robert (Bob) Hart (1920-2018)

Robert (Bob) Hart, surrounded by his family, went to be with his Lord Jan. 5, 2018, at the age of 97 years. He was born at home in Ellsworth County, Kan. to Paul and Annie Dorothea Burmaster Hart Dec. 6, 1920. He grew up in Ellsworth, Kan. and attended Ellsworth High School. His chosen profession was in the printing trade, starting at the Ellsworth Reporter.

He began his family when he married his beloved wife, Jewel Judy Kimbro Hart in Cleveland, Ohio Nov. 1, 1946. They were married for 68 years before her passing April 28, 2015.

He was sworn into the Navy as an “Avengers of Pearl Harbor” in a mass ceremony on June 7 1942. He served under this proud title in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, with the ranking of First Class Petty Officer. During the last two years of WWII, he served in the South Pacific from New Guinea throughout the Philippines.


Thomas Lewis 'Tom' Purma (1944-2017)

Thomas Lewis “Tom” Purma, 73, left this life Dec. 16, 2017 for a new one. He was born July 8, 1944, to Charles John and Betty (Moore) Purma, in Ellsworth County, Kan.  Both are deceased.

Tom leaves his wife of 31 years, Carolyn Y. (Davisson) Purma, of the home in Wilson, Kan.; two daugfhters, Kristin Ann (Purma) London and husband Scott; three lovely granddaughters, Kaela, Kendall and Chloe London, all of Highland Ranch, Colo., and Kerri Starr Purma, a nurse, who resides in Durango, Colo.

Tom also leaves behind a brother, Dr. Charles J. Purma II and wife Vickie (Nuss), of Scott City, Kan.
Carol, brought three children to their marriage, Sage Danielle Kicielinski (Furr), David Scott Furr and Courtney Dawn Schoolcraft (Furr). All reside in West Virginia. There are five step- grandchildren, Kara James, Kelsey Meadows, Nick, Michael and Savanna Garcia.  Also, one great-grandson, Taten James.


June Irene Gabbard (1940-2018)

June Irene Gabbard, 77, passed away Jan. 1, 2018. She was born June 27, 1940 in Paradise, Kan. to Charles Arthur and Hettie (Hutchcraft) Reichard. She married Glenn Gabbard, Sr. in Miami, Okla. on Oct. 18, 1961 and she owned June’s Ceramics in Great Bend.

June is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Montoya of Holyrood; son, Glenn Gabbard, Jr. (Patty) of Claflin; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and brother, Jim Reichard (Sherri) of Newton. She was preceded in death by her parents; Melvin Lee Harmon, son of Glenn and June Gabbard; brother, George Art Reichard; sisters, Roberta Waldron and Judy Reichard; and brother, Edward Reichard.

Private family services are planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ellsworth County EMS in care of Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.


Dr. John N. Flanders (1929-2017)

A Celebration of Life service for Dr. John N. Flanders, age 88, of Cookeville, Tenn., will be at 2 p.m. Saturday Jan. 6 at Cookeville First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Charles McCaskey officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:30 until service time at the church.

Dr. Flanders passed away suddenly Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at his home.

He was born July 25, 1929 in Wichita, Kan. He was the son of Mary Elizabeth Nourse Flanders.


Mabel Francis Bouley (1923-2017)

A visitation will be held for friends and family at O’Leary’s Celebration of Life Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday Jan. 6. A graveside service will be held in Topeka, Kan. at a future date.

Mabel Francis Bouley was born in Aurora, Kan. Oct. 17, 1923 to Frank and Melvina (Collette) Cote. She passed away on Dec. 29, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa after a short illness.

Mabel was married in 1943 to Eugene Bouley. As a homemaker and mother, she enjoyed gardening and sewing as Gene’s career with Southwestern Bell took them across the state of Kansas. They lived 12 years in Ellsworth, Kan. where Mabel was a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Gene and Mabel retired in Topeka in 1976. After Gene’s death in 2009 Mabel moved to Norwalk, Iowa to be closer to family.


Hulda Jean Bricker

     Hulda Jean Bricker, 81, formerly of Ellsworth, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Pittsburg, Kan. She was born Feb. 16, 1936 in Ellsworth County, Kan. to Rudolph and Hulda (Haase) Nienke.
Hulda married Rolla Dean Carr in Ellsworth on Dec. 24, 1959. He preceded her in death in 1961. She married William RJ Bricker in Ellsworth on March 29, 1974. He preceded her in death in 2013.
     Hulda was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ellsworth as well as the LWML and VFW Auxiliary.
     Hulda is survived by her son, Phil Carr of Pittsburg; step-daughters, Dody Bricker of Solomon, Kan. and Trudy Lough of Salina, Kan.; sisters, Velma Perez of Gypsum, Kan. and Lois Holtz of Salina; grandson, Cameron Carr; granddaughter, Colby Carr; step-granddaughters, Abigail Lough and Nikki Nestler; step-grandson, Matt Nestler; and several great-grandchildren.


Dale A. Johnson (1954-2017)

Dale A. Johnson, 63, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 in Salina. He was born Jan. 4, 1954 in Ellsworth.

Dale married Nancy Soukup in Ellsworth on Aug. 10, 1991. He was a longtime resident of Ellsworth and worked for the buildings and grounds at USD 327. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth.

Dale is survived by his wife, Nancy Johnson of Ellsworth; son, Aaron Johnson (Saraya) of Ellsworth; grandchildren, Makenzie Stroede and Landin, Addilynn, and Axton Johnson; father, Clinton Houser of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Bob Houser of Jacksonville; brother, Gary Houser of Jacksonville; aunt, Marilyn Hines of Hutchinson; and uncle and aunt Rex Johnson (Louise) of Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mavis (Johnson) Houser.

Visitation is from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth followed by a vigil and rosary service at 7 p.m.


Judith Lynn Voeltz (1941-2017)

Judith Lynn Voeltz, 76, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at her home in Wilson. She was born Jan. 21, 1941 in Missouri. A longtime resident of the area, Judith was a CNA working at many places including her most recent work at Wilson Care and Rehabilitation Center. She married Lester Voeltz on May 21, 1959. He preceded her in death.

Judith is survived by her daughters, Kathy Shoemaker (Kevin) of Ellsworth and Linda Lockhart of Salina; son, Lyle Voeltz (Tammy) of Lincoln; daughters, Susan Johnson (Otis) of Ellsworth and Amy Burmeister (Jeff) of Ellsworth; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and brother, James Betts of Kansas City. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents, George and Nadine (Howard) Betts.

A private family graveside was held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA or Wilson Senior Center, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.


Clarence W. Erhardt (1936-2017)

Clarence W. Erhardt, 80, passed away Dec. 6, 2017. He was born Dec. 27, 1936 in Ellsworth to William Carl and Meta Ida Margret (Haase) Erhardt. He was a farmer and also worked at A1 Welding.

Clarence is survived by his sister, Shirley Deiser of Kanopolis; nephews, Alan Ploutz (Laura) of Ellsworth, Scott Ploutz of Ellsworth, and Darrell Ploutz (LeAnn) of Kanopolis; great nieces, Ashley Fulton (Luke) of Topeka, and Danielle Dittman (Josh) of Ellsworth; great nephews, Andrew Ploutz of Kanopolis, and Wyatt Ploutz of Ellsworth; great-great nephew, Haden Miller; and great-great niece, Skylyn Dittman. He was preceded in death by his parents; and great niece, Donetta Ploutz.

Memorial graveside service is at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ellsworth.

Memorial contributions may go to Kindred Hospice, or to the family to help with expenses, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.


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