Funeral services for Orla "Orley" Edmonston were held in the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon with Mr. J. H. Lynch of the Christian Church and Rev. Grey of Wichita officiating.
The community was shocked six weeks ago when it learned that robust "Orley" suffered a cancerous condition. An exploratory major operation in Wichita left no hope for his recovery, but he rallied until the final days of his life when he sank rapidly. It had been hoped "Orley" would have returned home to spend many happy months before the malady overcame him. He is sadly missed by a multitude of friends in this community.
At his services Mrs. Clifford Sibbitt, Mrs. Charles Jones, Mr. J. D. Rowland and Mr. Edgar Deck sang, "Going Down the Valley" and "Beyond the Sunset."
Casket bearers were Irtle VanWey, Clifford Sibbitt, Alva Morlan, Ivel Harvey, Virgil Harvey and Joy Hendrix - former farm neighbors of Mr. Edmonston.
Interment was in Protection cemetery.
Orley M. Edmonston was born on August 12, 1879 to James M. and Melinda Edmonston near Holden, Missouri and departed this life at the Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, on June 5, 1953 at the age of 73 years, 9 months and 23 days.
He was united in marriage to Edna Snell on October 8, 1899 at the home of her parents. After their marriage they lived in a sod house north of Protection. From there they moved to Kiowa County where they resided until 1907 when they moved to the home place, a farm, five miles north of Protection. In 1949 they moved to the present residence in Protection where they lived until his death.
He joined the Methodist Church at Protection on January 21, 1900 and was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge in 1927.
Mr. Edmonston became ill on May 4, 1953 and was taken to the Wesley Hospital in Wichita where he remained until his death on June 5, 1953.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving and devoted wife, Edna; one daughter, Mrs. Ivah Rash of Dodge City; four sons, Elmer of Halstead, Granville of Sedgwick, Harold and Paul of Protection. He also leaves nine grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Orpha Barber of Lakin and Mrs. Grace Lawrence of Iola; two brothers, Jesse of Protection and Orville of Green Bay, Wisconsin. One brother, Paul preceded him in death. Also left are a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
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