Roland Eugene McKinsey, 90, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Life Care Center of Elkhorn.
He was born in Richardson County on June 7, 1923, the son of Wilson and Hazel (Goolsby) McKinsey. He grew up on a farm near Verdon and attended Verdon Public Schools, graduating in 1941. As a young boy, Roland enjoyed hunting and high school basketball, lettering twice, but most of his spare time was spent helping on the farm. After high school, he ventured to Wyoming where he worked on a ranch until he went into the Navy in 1944. Roland served his country on the Southerland until discharged in 1946.
He married Dorothy Goolsby on May 29, 1947, in Humboldt. They lived in Verdon for a short time before moving to Omaha. After retirement, they wintered in Arizona.
Roland worked for the railroad, Farmers’ Coop, Eaton Metal, in insurance sales and a local hardware store before owning and operating a Phillips 66 gas station. Eventually, Roland became a supervisor for Swanson/Cornhusker Petroleum, the company gas distributor. Roland was active in both the American Legion and Mizpah Masonic Lodge, where he served as Master in 1976.
Survivors include daughter, Judy (Bernie) Andrews, Waterloo; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Spitzer, Pawnee City; three brothers, Dean and Bill, of Verdon, and Charles, of Missouri.
Preceding Roland in death were his parents, William and Hazel, his wife, Dorothy, and siblings, Raymond, George and Mary Carson.
Visitation will be held Monday, March 10, followed by the funeral at the Reichmuth Funeral Home, Elkhorn. A graveside service will be held Monday afternoon at the Verdon Cemetery. Military honors were conducted by American Legion Post 374. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project. Condolences may be sent to www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com
Helen M. Rieger, 93, of Falls City, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 at Falls City. She was born Sept. 27, 1920 to the late James and Lillian (Cummings) Hill.
On Oct. 12, 1947 she married Glenn G. Rieger at Falls City.
Helen was raised in the Stella area and graduated from the Dawson High School in 1937.After graduation she worked as a secretary and during WWII worked in a defense plant making bombs, also in a plant grinding crystals for radio sets. The couple established their home in Falls City when married; they also lived in Humboldt, before moving to Hiawatha, KS, where she and her husband owned and operated a moving business known as the Rieger Van Service. They moved to Falls City in 2002. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church at Hiawatha.
Helen is survived by her husband, Glenn, of Falls City; sister, Margaret (Robert) Zimmerman, of Falls City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Albert, Raymond and Bud Hill; and sisters, Vionetta (Mrs. Hanson) Moodey, Martha (Mrs. Donald) Sherman, Claudia (Mrs. Marlin) Armbruster, and Dorothy (Mrs. Lloyd) Siercks; and nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Steele Cemetery with Rev. Paul Weinert officiating.
Open visitation and viewing will begin Sunday afternoon at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.
Lillian L. McPherson, 84, of Falls City, formerly of Brownville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Brownville Christian Church. burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Brownville.
Visitation is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. The amily will greet friends from 4-6 p.m.
She is survived by her children, Betty (Ron) Ervin, of Humboldt, Leonard McPherson of Falls City, Edra (Steve) Hersh, of Terry, MT, Frank McPherson, of Plainville, David McPherson, of Falls City, Mark McPherson, of Kansas City, MO; sister, Nemoa Hughes of Elkhorn; 16 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.
Kyler Wayne Jones, 15, a sophomore at Hiawatha (KS) High School, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at his Hiawatha home. He was born at Hiawatha on April 19, 1998, to Rick and Betty Sue (Huss) Jones.
At Hiawatha HS, he played football and golfed. Kyler was involved in youth wrestling and ran track in middle school. Kyler attended the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Survivors include his parents: brother, Brode; sister, Sheridan; grandparents, Carroll Huss, of Robinson, KS, Bobby Huss, of Fulton MO, Wayne and Debra Jones, of Reserve, Sherry and Nick Keller, and Carol Jones, all of Hiawatha; great-grandparents, Dorothy Jones, of Reserve, Neva Keller, of White Cloud, and Marvin “Red” Hutsell, of Centralia, MO; 14 uncles, 14 aunts, 29 cousins; and a very large extended family.
A celebration of Kyler’s life is planned for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Memorial Auditorium, downtown Hiawatha. Pastor Greg Pudwill will officiate, assisted by Ryan Van Peursem and Nick Pierce. Following the service, everyone is invited to the Family Life Center for refreshments to continue to celebrate Kyler’s life.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kyler Jones Memorial Fund to be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S. 7th St., 66434. A special message may be sent to the family at www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Dorothy M. (Lang) Catlett, 87, of Bakers City, OR, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. She was born in Pawnee City on Jan. 20, 1926 to Joe and Blanche (Dobrovolny) Lang.
She married Ansel Adair on Nov. 13, 1945.
On June 1, 1959, she married Clifford D. Catlett and the couple made their home in Pilot Rock, OR. Dorothy was a homemaker and mail carrier for more than 19 years, with a 75-mile route near Pilot Rock.
She is survived by sister, Joan Strecker, of Falls City; two grandchildren and many relatives and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; son, Thomas; husband, Clifford; sister, Arlene Sowatzke; and two grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Jan. 8 at the Pilot Rock Cemetery.
Jesse Henry Kirkendall, 86, of Falls City, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln. The son of Ben L. and Sophia (Parchen) Kirkendall, he was born Nov. 1, 1927 in Falls City.
He was raised in Barada. Jesse married Donna Reschke on May 26, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Falls City.
Jesse worked as a farmer for many years and as a carpenter for Byroms Construction. He was also a past member of the Elks Club in Falls City.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jesse is survived by his wife, Donna, of Falls City; son, Bruce (Janet) Kirkendall, of Auburn; daughter, Debra (Vernon) Shafer, of Falls City; grandchildren, Kody (Christen) Kirkendall, of Maple Grove, MN, and Kari (Jim) Nickman, of Kearney; great-grandchildren, Emma and Logan Nickman and Harper Kirkendall; brother, Dean Kirkendall, of Falls City; and sister, Mary Howard, of Barada; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services for Jesse H. Kirkendall are entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home of Falls City. His body was cremated and there will be a private family service at a later date.
Denzel Howard Baumgartner, 85, of Sabetha, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at his home. He was born Feb. 16, 1928, the son of Sylvan Baumgartner and Mary (Samson) Baumgartner, of Woodlawn, KS.
Denzel attended school and graduated from the 8th grade and attended two months of high school. He was inducted in the U.S. Army on May 6, 1952. He completed his basic training at Ft. Riley, KS in the 10th Infantry Division. He went overseas to Germany, where he served for 18 months. He returned home where he farmed and moved to the home place in 1959. He was a successful farmer and received the Kansas Bankers Award for Conservation in 1981.
He married Ethel Wilhelm on Aug. 9, 1952 at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Kelly.
Denzel was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Bob Herzog.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; six sons, Dwaine (Teresa) Baumgartner, Robert (Patty) Baumgartner, Russell Baumgartner and Dennis (Lisa) Baumgartner, all of Sabetha, Stacey Baumgartner and Paul (Sherry) Baumgartner, both of Falls City; five daughters, Elaine (Harry) Worden, of Topeka, Darlene (Duane) Briggeman, of Surprise, AZ, Jane Herzog, of Huntsville, TX, Mary Addington, of Topeka and Shirley (Shane) Magness, of Huntsville; a sister, Norma Jean Fiegiener, of Topeka; 21 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and sent in care of the funeral home.
Esther Ione (Suhr) White, 76, of Sabetha, KS, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Sabetha Community Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 3, 1937, in rural Douglas County, NE, the daughter of Edwin and Gladys (Petersen) Suhr.
Esther graduated from Bennington High School in 1955. After obtaining her teaching certificate, she taught at Wranch School in Washington County, NE, from 1955-1957.
She married Lee Allen White of Sabetha at Bethany Lutheran Church in Omaha on May 26, 1957. After the birth of their children, Esther returned to school at Peru State College, graduating in 1972. In the fall of 1972 she began teaching in the Dawson-Verdon School system, where she taught 6th, 3rd and 4th graders until her retirement in 1998.
Esther and Lee have lived since their marriage on a farm two miles north of Sabetha. She attended First Lutheran Church in Sabetha and served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday school Superintendent and was a member and president of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. For many years, Esther served as secretary for the Albany Historical Society.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Waunita Hamernick, a brother, Arnold Suhr and a nephew.
Survivors include her husband, Lee White, Sabetha; children, Tami (John) Rutten, Bossier City, LA, Todd (Delores) White, Steinauer, Terylin (Alan) Keehn, Wetmore, KS, Teresa (Curtis) Deckinger, Sabetha, John (Dana) White, White Cloud, KS, Jeff White, Topeka, KS, Bill (Charleen) White, Hiawatha, KS, and Joleen White, of Texas; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 24, at the First Lutheran Church in Sabetha. Visitation was Sunday at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. Interment was at the Albany Cemetery, north of Sabetha. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sabetha Lutheran Church, Albany Historical Society or the Caring Neighbor’s Fund of Sabetha, sent in care of the funeral home, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS.