Patricia Ann Jones Graves (1934-2017)

Patricia Ann Jones Graves, 82 of Hardtner, Kan., passed away April 12, 2017 at the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital Long-Term Care Facility.

Pat was born May 4, 1934 at Alva, Okla. to Leo Augustine Jones and Margaret Elizabeth Brockman. She married Robert Eugene Graves, Sept. 1, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alva.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister; and a grandson.

She is survived by her eight children, including Mary (Dwayne) Turnbow of Geneseo; 21 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

Funeral was held April 17, 2017.

Memorials to The Women of St John the Apostle Catholic Church or  Heartland Hospice of Wichita, in care of Lanman Funeral Home, Kiowa, Kan.


Evelyn Florene Estus Schroeder (1920-2017)

Evelyn Florene Estus Schroeder, 97, died April 20, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Lyons.

Mrs. Schroeder was born Feb. 10, 1920, at Mansfield, Mo., to Homer Stanley and Nannie Mae Looper Estus.

She married Elmer Schroeder Aug. 18, 1938, at Rock Port, Mo. He passed away Dec. 5, 1995.

She was a member of the Geneseo Methodist Church, residing in Geneseo since 1938. She was a housewife.

Survivors include her son, Larry Schroeder, Cedar Point, Kan.; two daughters, Janice Schroeder O’Brien, Cottonwood Falls, Kan. and Phyllis Schroeder Hogg, Lyons, Kan.; three sisters, Doris Gill, Phelan, Calif., Edith Lohr, Rock Port Mo., and Jeanne Pitts, Leawood, Kan.; 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer; son, Duane Schroeder; four brothers, Roland, Paul George and Robert Estus; and a granddaughter, Tonya Schroeder Gardenier.


John Denton Montgomery (1931-2017)

John Denton Montgomery, 86, died March 22, 2017, at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle.
Mr. Montgomery was born April 6, 1931, at Grand Island, Neb., to Mary Isabelle (Wright) and Paul Rothwell Montgomery.
He attended schools in Nebraska and Colorado before moving to Goodland, Kan. He attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, and served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s with the 42nd Recon Division as a navigator in Spangdalen, Germany, for 51/2 years. He received advanced degrees from Fort Hays State University and earned a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1980. Dr. Montgomery worked at Area Education Agency 6, Marshalltown, Iowa, as a school psychologist, director of early child intervention project and supervisor of psychological services. Upon his retirement in 1996, he worked a year for the U.S. Army in Kwajalean, Marshall Islands as school psychologist and clinical psychologist for the Kwajalean Hospital.


Francesca 'Frances' Josepha Svoboda

     Francesca “Frances” Josepha Svoboda, 95, passed away April 4, 2017 in Ellsworth. She was born in Ellsworth County on Sept. 20, 1921 to Havel Frank and Valentina Rose (Vopat) Soukup.
     Frances married Frank Svoboda on Jan. 25, 1966. Before their marriage, she worked as an registered nurse in Salina and was later a homemaker. She also enjoyed helping her husband, Frank on the farm. She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church of Ellsworth.
     Frances is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; 2 sisters; and 3 brothers.
     Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 9, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.
     Funeral mass is at 10 a.m., Monday, April 10, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with burial following in the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.


Lucille Marie Jarus (1928-2017)

Lucille Marie Jarus, 89, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at her home. She was the youngest of six siblings born to Emil and Anna Dimmer Ney, rural Hanston, Kan., March 7, 1928.

After graduating from high school and Marymount College, she taught home economics at schools in Kansas City, Mo., Morganville, Kan. and Wilson, Kan.

On June 8, 1957, Lu married Dr. Eugene C. “Bud” Jarus, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson, Kan. They settled in Ellsworth, Kan.

She was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth, and most recently St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Salina. She had been active in many church and community organizations over the years and was always there for her daughters and grandchildren.


Gola Ruth Montgomery (1930-2017)

Gola Ruth Montgomery, 86, passed away April 3, 2017 in Ellsworth. She was born Sept. 9, 1930 in Ellsworth to Elsie Anna (Besthorn) and William Daniel Stoltenberg. She married Eldon Ira Montgomery in Holyrood on Sept. 9, 1951.

Gola was a homemaker and an assistant at Wenz Interiors in Holyrood. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Holyrood. She was also a member of the Ladies’ Guild at the church, VFW Auxiliary in Ellsworth, and EHU.

Gola is survived by her daughter, Brenda Younger (Gary) of Olathe; son, John Montgomery of Holyrood; grandchildren, Hollie Wages (Justin), Brock Younger (Nicki), Tyler Walker, Brett Davis, Chelsy Ausherman (Landon), Austin Montgomery, and Zach Montgomery; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Eldon.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.


Bobby Jim Langston (1934-2017)

Bobby Jim Langston, 83, passed Friday, March 31, 2017 at his home in Holyrood, Kan.
He was born Jan. 23, 1934 in Elsey, Mo. to the Rev. James and Mabel (Miller) Langston.
Bobby married Ellen Fortner on July 2, 1955 in Holyrood, Kan. She survives him. He was a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Holyrood, Masonic Lodge, formerly of Holyrood, now Ellsworth, Kan., and Eastern Star, formerly of Holyrood, now Hoisington, Kan.
In his earlier years, Bobby worked in the oil field as a roustabout doing some drilling, pumping, and other work. After leaving the oil field he became the manager for Doonan Farms at their farm south of Ellinwood. He then owned the Conoco station in Holyrood, from which he retired.


Rebecca L. Trowbridge Blocher (1949-2017)

A celebration of the life of Rebecca L. (Trowbridge) Blocher, 68, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 31, at the First United Methodist Church, Lawrence, Kan.
Rebecca died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo., following a brief illness. Inurnment in Lawrence’s Oak Hill Cemetery will follow the service.
She was born Jan. 4, 1949, in Ellsworth, Kan., the daughter of Donald Louis and Josephine McKittrick Trowbridge. She lived in Wilson, Kan., until 1957 when her family moved to Russell, Kan. Rebecca graduated in 1967 from Russell High School and in 1971 from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in language arts education. She earned a master’s degree in 1996 in gifted and talented education, also from KU.


Virginia Schmidt McIver (1929-2017)

Virginia Schmidt McIver, 87, passed Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Warrington, Pa.
She was born Sept. 26, 1929 in Lorraine, Kan. to Walter and Elsie (Schacht) Schmidt.
A private family graveside service will take place at Lorraine Baptist Cemetery with Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth handling arrangements.
A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the First Baptist Church, Lorraine.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia McIver Memorial Fund, c/o Willow Meadows Baptist Church, 4300 W. Bellfort St., Houston, Texas 77035.  
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Clarence Frank Hinton

Clarence Frank Hinton, 81, died March 24, 2017 in Wilson, Kan.
He was born Nov. 22, 1935 in Stockville, Neb. to Avery and Oma Ione Hinton. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired truck driver for Western Box Meat Co., Vancouver, Wash.
 He married Betty Jane Heglin on May 10, 1959. She survives him along with his sisters; Hazel Rucker, Lubbock, Texas, and Louise Cordova, Pueblo, Colo.; brothers, Ezra William Hinton, Palmdale, Calif., Francis Avery Junior Hinton (Lois), Holyrood, Kan. and Marvin Hinton, Florence, Colo., along with nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by brothers; Carl, Alvin, Daniel, Archie, Elmer and Roy Delbert; sisters, Ethel Sinclair, Leora Frasher, Leona Mann, Dorothy Taylor and Edith Ione Hinton.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth was in charge of arrangements.


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