J.W. Standridge, 89, of Falls City, passed away Thursday, Feb.  4, 2016 at the Falls City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Falls City.

Following cremation, there will be a private family burial at a later date. There will be no viewing or visitation.

Hall Funeral Home, of Falls City, is in charge of arrangements.


Norbert J. Darveaux, 78, Valley Falls, KS, formerly of Rulo,  died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at his home.

A Rosary will be read at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Valley Falls. Visitation will follow at the church. Inurnment will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Valley Falls Cemetery.    

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norbert J. Darveaux Memorial Fund, to be designated later and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.


Lois Jane (Richardson) Wittwer, 84, of Humboldt, passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at Brighton Gardens Senior Living Center in Omaha. She was born on Aug. 23, 1931 to Bethel and Jennie (Haverkamp) Richardson.

Lois was raised in Verdon and graduated from Verdon High School with the Class of 1949. Lois then attended Peru State College and earned her teaching certificate.

She became a country school teacher at Union Dale District #66 south of Humboldt, where she met her soul mate and partner for life. On April 21, 1951, Lois was united in marriage to John Sterling Wittwer and to this union three daughters — Nancy, Donna and Jo Anne — were born.

Lois was a member of the Christian Church in Verdon and Rebekah Lodge #100 in Humboldt. She was a 4-H leader for a number of years and was involved with her daughters’ school activities. Lois loved to dance, play cards and go out with friends.

In 1966, she and Sterling acquired the existing John Deere Dealership and together they were instrumental in the success of the southeast Nebraska farming community as the owners of the local dealership for 27 years. The success of their store provided an economic contribution to the local community and Lois enjoyed working with Sterling on a daily basis. After her retirement, she enjoyed wintering in Las Vegas for many years. Later she wintered in Green Valley, AZ to be near her sisters. Lois always came back to Humboldt because it was home. She had a quick wit and sense of humor and enjoyed socializing.

Lois is survived by daughters, Nancy Wittwer, of Omaha, Donna (Mike) Fankhauser, of Mountain View, AR, and Jo Anne Wittwer, of Nebraska City; grandchildren, James Ough of Steamboat Springs, CO, Michael Ough, of Vernon, FL, Kyle Fankhauser, of Dallas, TX, and Cory (Alexandria) Fankhauser, of Plano, TX; great-grandchildren,  Ava and Remington Fankhauser; step-great-grandchildren, Taylor Pendleton and Destiney Torres; sisters, Joan (Keith) Mez, of San Antonio, TX, Peggy Fairbanks, of Green Valley, AZ, and Marie Lyons, of Falls City; brother, James (Pat) Richardson, of DeFuniak Springs, FL; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sterling; sisters, Betty (Ernest) Schuetz and Helen (Stanley) Smith; brother, Robert (Patricia) Richardson; brothers-in-law, Don Fairbanks and James Lyons; and son-in-law, Jack Sanders.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at The Four-Mile Congregational Church south of Humboldt, with Pastor Ron Russell officiating. Inurnment will be at the Humboldt Cemetery at a later date.


Elmer Clarence Linderman, 95, of Falls City, passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at Falls City.  He was born April 17, 1920 south of Salem to Clarence E. Linderman and Fredricka R. (Gatz) Linderman.  

He attended rural schools and graduated in 1938 from Falls City High School. Elmer married Vesta M. Bletscher Jan. 12, 1945. He enlisted in the US Army in March of 1945 and was honorably discharged in November 1946 with a WWII Victory Medal.
Elmer farmed for 11 years near Reserve, KS, and later worked for Ray Majerus in the Rulo area. After moving to Preston, he operated his own rock truck. He retired in 1980 and moved to Falls City in 2005.

Elmer joined Immanuel Evangelical Church in 1936 and later was an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Stanley (Rosemary) Linderman, of Tempe, AZ; daughter, Joyce (Charles) Hundley, of Falls City; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vesta; a son, Keith; and a brother, Dale.

Elmer’s funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Karla Shafer officiating. Burial was at Bethel-Zion Cemetery, with military graveside honors presented by the Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard.


Mary Wesson Sawyer, 92, of Falls City, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at Falls City. She was born on Dec. 30, 1924 at North Little Rock, AR, the daughter of the late Wallace and Lillie (Cox) Wesson.  

She married William Snyder on Feb. 7, 1947 at Little Rock. He passed away in March 1998.

Mary was born and raised in North Little Rock and graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1942. She then attended Oauchita University in Arkadelphia, AR, and Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. She lived in Fort Worth, as well as other places where her husband was a Minister. She later moved to Falls City in March of 2002.

Mary is survived by her two daughters, Susan Estell, of Houston, TX, and Teri Sawyer, of Falls City; three grandchildren and one great grandson.

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

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, TX. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.