Betty L. Lemons (1938-2017)

Betty L. Lemons, 79, of Lindsborg, formerly of Assaria, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017. She was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Paul and Christen (King) Huggins. She married Thomas E. Lemons in 1957, he preceded her death on Dec. 16, 2016.

She is also preceded in death by her brothers, David Sprowl and Robert Huggins (Shirley); sisters, Violet Sprowl, Alice Brovenec (Bill) and Clara Clark (Dale).

Betty is survived by her sons, Rick Lemons, of Salina, Perry Lemons (Julie), of Assaria and Tom Lemons, of Wichita; one grandson, Colby Lemons (Brittany), of Salina; and two great- grandchildren, Rylee and Reagan Lemons, both of Salina; brothers, Lewis Sprowl (Bonnie) and Tom Huggins (Cheryl); and sisters, Edith Sprowl and Diane McCoy (Don).

A visitation for Betty and Tom will be held from 4-8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 30 at Ryan Mortuary 137, N. 8th St., Salina.


Ralph 'Jimmie' Miles (1937-2017)

Ralph “Jimmie” Miles, Oklahoma City, Okla., passed away June 15, 2017.  Jimmie was born in Feb. 21, 1937 in Wilson, Kan. to Raymond and Mabel (Black) Miles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karen, in 2016; sister, Mary Ann; and brother, Gene.

He is survived by his five children, Bret Miles and wife June, Terry Miles, Trent Miles and wife Carla, Brad Miles and wife Lisa, and daughter, Trudy Hubbard and husband Mike. He was a grandfather to 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. Monday, June 19 with family present to greet guests from 7-8 p.m. at Buchanan Funeral Service, Oklahoma City.

Services to celebrate his life will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20 in the chapel of Buchanan Funeral Service with burial to follow at the Resurrection Memorial Cemetery.


Edward Kyler 'Ted' Vopat

     Larger than life: there is perhaps no better way to describe Edward Kyler Vopat, 36, of Wichita, Kan., known to most as Ted, Teddy, Tedward, and many other names. Ted died Saturday, June 17, 2017 following a courageous bout with cancer. Ted was born Oct. 4, 1980, in Wichita. He graduated in 1999 from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2004 from Bethany College.
     He married Ashley Martin on
Nov. 3, 2012. The couple has two daughters, Gracie and Bella and oneson, Kyler “Kiki”, who were Ted’s greatest sources of pride and joy.


Blanche M. Bartlett

     Blanche M. Bartlett, 96, Horseheads, N.Y., died Sunday May 28, 2017. Blanche was born Aug. 3, 1920, in Ellsworth, Kan. to the late Frank and Lillian (Zeman) Prochaska. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira, N.Y.
     Blanche was predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. George Bartlett, and sister, Eileen Cox.
     She is survived by daughters and sons-in-laws, Gail Bartlett and Gentry Wooldridge of Horseheads, N.Y., and Lisa and Scotty Mathis of Brevard, N.C.; sons and daughter-in-law, Henry Scott Bartlett of Jasper, Ga., and Bruce and Chris Bartlett of Syracuse, N.Y.; sister, Dorothy Smith of Pasco, Wash.; half-sister, Jolene Schultz and husband, Jr., of Kanopolis, Kan.; and half-brother, Roger Prochaska and wife, Jan, of Ellsworth; four grandchildren, Michael, Kathryn and Hannah Mathis and Cici Bartlett.


Catherine Frances Zorn (1920-2017)

Catherine Frances Zorn, 96, passed away June 11, 2017.
She was born Dec. 2, 1920, in Ellsworth, to Frank and Lena (Shusky) Zorn. Catherine was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth. She worked in the laundry department at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth for 33 years. She was also a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and Altar Society in Ellsworth.
Catherine is survived by her daughter, Diane McKinney (Butch) of Ellsworth; son, Gary Zorn of Ellinwood; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present from 6-7 p.m. and a rosary/vigil service at 7 p.m.
The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with burial following in the Ellsworth Cemetery.


Craig Lynn Kohls (1953-2017)


Craig Lynn Kohls, 64, of Manhattan, Kan., died Sunday June 4, 2017 in McPherson, Kan.  He was born May 5, 1953 in Ellsworth, Kan., the son of Alvin and Lois (Traugott) Kohls.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He grew up in Ellsworth and graduated from Ellsworth High School with the class of 1971. He attended Bethany College in Lindsborg and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education.


Jennifer Wagner (1986-2017)

Jennifer Wagner, 31, passed away June 3, 2017. She was born May 6, 1986 in Ellsworth to Tonya Bareé (Lutz). She married Jordan Wagner in Wilson, Kan. on July 21, 2012 and was a server/cook at Grandma’s Soda Shop in Wilson.  

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Jordan Wagner of Wilson; son, Jaxson Wagner of Wilson; mother, Tonya Gustus of Lorraine; brother, Scott Lutz of Hutchinson; brother, Cody Gustus of El Dorado; brother, Joshua Gustus of Wilson; sister, Tara Gustus of Larned; and grandparents, Georgia and Tim Boughner of Dodge City.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, George Lutz.

The memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.

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Patricia K. Jones (1970-2017)

Patricia K. Jones, 46, of Ellsworth and formerly of Beloit, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth.

Survivors include sons, Collin of Simpson and Devon of Wichita; parents, John and Delores Bell of Ellsworth; siblings, Pam Jamis of Wichita, Chris Bell of Beloit, Debbie Lange of Brookville, Deanna Pruitt of Ellsworth; and Tim Bell of Simpson.

A rosary service will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday with visitation from 5 p.m. until the rosary service begins at the McDonald Funeral Home, Beloit.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Beloit.

Memorials may be given to Kansas Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association or the American Lung Association.

McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

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Carl E. Choitz (1943-2017)

Carl E. Choitz, 74, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Wilson, Kan. He was born May 19, 1943 in Ellsworth to Emil and Dora Choitz.

Carl was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County where he was a farmer, welder working at A1 welding shop, and did custom bailing. He also worked at Eschbaugh advertising in Wilson. Carl was a life member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was baptized June 20, 1943.

He married Esther Schnepp Umbarger on Jan. 14, 1987 in Beatrice, Neb. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward, Norman, Gilbert, George, and Harry Choitz; sisters, Ruth Williams and Mabel Anschutz; and step-daughter, Theresa Mehl.

Carl is survived by step-sons, David Eckel and Stanley Umbarger; step-daughter, DeAnna Simms; special friend, Edith Schriner of Salina; brothers, Lawrence, Emil Jr., Frank, and Ralph Choitz all of Ellsworth; and many step-grandchildren and step- great-grandchildren.


John W. McKinney (1947-2017)

John W. McKinney, 69, passed away May 25, 2017. He was born Oct. 4, 1947 in Ellsworth, Kan. to Johnnie William and Pearl (Wright) McKinney. He married Theresa Sheridan in Bushton, Kan. on Aug. 1, 1967.

John is survived by his wife, Theresa McKinney of Salina; daughter, Shelly McKinney (David Cherry) of Salina; son, Damon McKinney (Lezlie) of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Sydney Holt, Andrew Holt, Kylie McKinney, and Jace McKinney; great-grandchildren, KaMyah Holt; brother, Ronald “Butch” McKinney (Diane) of Ellsworth; and sister, Debbie Thomas of Salina.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill McKinney; sister, Shirley Nienke; and brother, Michael McKinney.

Visitation is from 1-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Parsons Funeral Home with family present from 6-7 p.m. and a vigil/rosary service at 7 p.m.

Funeral mass is at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth with burial following in the Carneiro Cemetery.


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