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Stafford County
Obituaries


Obituaries published after 1923 have been abstracted to avoid copyright violations


Art B. Aker, 88, died Monday at a Stafford hospital. A resident since 1887, he was born July 13, 1866 in Paola. He was a business owner, and organized the Union Center Methodist Church south of Stafford. He is survived by two daughters, Hazel of the home and Mrs. Mildred King of Pratt; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services are pending. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Tuesday, Mar. 15, 1955)

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Dr. Albert J. Bock, 40, died in a Hutchinson hospital on Wednesday. He was born in Ellinwood and attended the local schools, graduating from Western Dental College in Kansas City. He had been a dentist in Macksville for the last 25 years, had served as mayor and was active in his church and the Masonic organization there. He is survived by his wife, the former Alice Dorn; a son, Robert, army aviation cadet in Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter, Grayce Joan of the home; and two brothers, Lorrin Bock of St. Louis and William Bock of Hutchinson. The funeral will be today (Friday) at the Macksville Christian Church, with burial in the Macksville Cemetery. (abstract, Hutchinson News Herald, Friday, May 19, 1944)

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Mrs. Jesse Bowden, 53, died Wednesday at a St. John hospital, where she was taken last week. She had been ill for several months. She had been a resident of the Antrim community since 1934. Survivors include her husband, Everett, of the home; her mother, Mrs. Mary Nolf of Sepulveda, Calif.; two brothers, Dr. L. O. Nolf, Iowa City, Ia., and Claude Nolf, Bennington, Kans.; three sisters, Mrs. Elwyn Smith, North Hollywood, Calif., Mrs. Orin Russell, Stafford, and Mrs. H. J. Nanney, Sepulveda. Services are pending. (abstract, Western Kansas Press, Thursday, Dec. 27, 1962)

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Joseph Frank Demain, 70, Macksville, died Thursday in a Halstead hospital following an illness of three months. He was born Dec. 24, 1875 in Belgium. Shortly after his birth, his parents came to Green Bay, Wisconsin and in 1877 to Kansas, settling on a farm near Kinsley. He attended Nickerson College and taught school for two years. While living in Kinsley, he began a drug store trade, which he moved to Mackville a few years later. He held several important offices in various pharmaceutical organizations, and served three terms as mayor of Macksville. He is survived by a brother, John G. Demain, of Kansas City, and three sisters, Mrs. George H. Welsch, Greenburg; Mrs. Ed Welsch, Dodge City and Mrs. Peter Welsch, Kinsley. Services will be Sunday in Macksville, with burial in the Kinsley Cemetery. (abstract, Hutchinson News Herald, Friday, Feb. 15, 1946)

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Adolph Frank Demel, 81, died Thursday in a Stafford hospital after a short illness. He was born Dec. 25, 1875 in Austria, and had lived in this community for 60 years. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude; a daughter, Mrs. Nora Stigall, North Hollywood, California; five sisters, Mrs. Winnie Dick, Ellinwood; Mrs. Annie Jochems, Spearville; Mrs. Lucy Morris, Baldwin Park, Calif.; Mrs. Francis Kohler, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Clara Hogan, Tarzana, Calif.; two brothers, Jacob of Baldwin Park, Calif. and John of Arcadia, Calif. Funeral services will be Monday from the St. John Catholic Church, with burial in the Ellinwood Cemetery. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Friday, Dec. 28, 1956)

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Mrs. W. A. Goodspeed, 85, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. B. Hazlett at Rosalia. She had been living with her daughter for the last year, but her home was in Stafford. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1940. Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Hazlett and Mrs. Laura E. Horton, of Stafford. Before moving to Stafford, Mr. and Mrs. Goodspeed had lived in Haven, Moundridge and Saskatchewan, Canada. Services are pending but are believed to be Saturday at the Stafford Methodist church. (abstract, Hutchinson News Herald, Friday, May 19, 1944)

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William Earl Herrod died Wednesday at a Stafford hospital, after a long illness. He was raised in Parsons, and was city street superintendent there for 25 years until his retirement in 1954. He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Norma Vincent, Salina, and Mrs. E. L. Howe, Oakland, Calif.; a son, -. W., Seaside, Calif.; four grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Lloyd Suedekum, Hutchinson and Mrs. Thelma Sheldon, Salem, Ore.; a stepson, Homer Figger, Ensign. Funeral services will be Saturday at the Peacock and Soice Chapel, with burial in the Stafford Cemetery. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Friday, Dec. 28, 1956)

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Edward L. Hoener, 76, died Wednesday at a Stafford hospital after suffering a heart attack. Born Aug. 28, 1881, in Gasconade Co., Mo., he was a retired groceryman in Stafford. He is survived by his wife, Rosa; two sons, Grant, Great Bend, and Lloyd, Yellowstone Park, Wyo.; two sisters, Mrs. Simon Fritzemeier, Stafford, and Mrs. Christina Sickendick, Stafford; and five grandchildren. Services are pending. (abstract, Western Kansas Press, Sept. 18, 1957)

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Frank E. Hornbaker, 83, died Friday at his home south of Hutchinson. He had lived in Hutchinson since retiring from farming ten years ago. He had farmed near Stafford since 1898. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Fritzemeier, and two sons, Ray and Cecil, all of Stafford. Services will be Monday at the Bethel Church of Christ northeast of Stafford and burial will be in Peace Creek cemetery. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Sunday, Mar. 30, 1958)

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Mrs. Sarah Ollie Irvine, 76, died Tuesday at a Hutchinson hospital after a brief illness. Born Nov. 21, 1881, in Holton, Mo., she had been a resident of the Eureka community since 1884. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, who died 11 months ago. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Wayne Douglass, Garden City, and Letha Irvine, Nickerson; a son, George, Stafford; a sister, Mrs. Martha Davis, Stafford; two brothers, P. A. and Brent Newell, both of Stafford, and four grandchildren. Services will be held Friday at the Eureka Methodist Church, with burial in the Stafford Cemetery. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1958)

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Miss Mary Ann Keenan, 79 of Stafford, died today in a Stafford nursing home. Born near Seward, she was a life-long resident of the community, and a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Survivors include two brothers, Ernest Keenan, Portland, Ore., and Charlie Keenan, Venice, Calif. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret and Sarah, and four brothers, John, James, Elmer, and Michael. Funeral arrangements are pending at Cook and Weber Funeral Home, Great Bend. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Sunday, Dec. 14, 1958)

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Mrs. W. D. Kelly, 84, died in a Stafford hospital following a long illness. Funeral services will be Saturday at Peacock and Soice Chapel, with burial in the Stafford Cemetery. A resident of Stafford County since 1880, she was born in Elk County. She is survived by her husband; a son, Roym, Stafford; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Wilbur Lamb, Stafford; three brothers, -. C. Crane, Long Beach, Calif., A. B. Crane, Mountain Grove, Mo., and Will Crane, Stafford. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Friday, Dec. 28, 1956)

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Dennis L. Lockwood died Thursday at his daughter's home in Topeka. He is survived by his wife, Carrie, of the home in Macksville, and daughter, Mrs. Homer Taylor, Topeka. He was born in Ft. Madison, Ia., Oct. 18, 1881. Services will be today (Sunday) in Macksville, with burial in the Farmington Cemetery there. (abstract, Hutchinson News Herald, Sunday, Aug. 12, 1956)

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Mrs. Hattie Long, 88, Macksville, died Friday at a St. John hospital. She had suffered a fall a few days ago. She had lived in Macksville for 30 years. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Stanley, Macksville and two sons, Preston, of Lewis, and Doss, of Wichita. Services are pending. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Friday, Dec. 28, 1956)

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Mrs. R. H. Malone, 78, died at her home in Liberal yesterday. She was a pioneer of Stafford County, her family locating there in 1883. In 1909 they moved to Liberal. She is survived by her husband and three daughters: Mrs. R. c. Brightup, Liberal; Mrs. R. B. Hume, of Dos Palos, Calif.; and Mrs. Gertrude Vaught, Merced, Calif. Services are pending. (abstract, Hutchinson News, Saturday, May 23, 1936)

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Carl Clifton McCullough, 58, died Friday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was born Aug. 2, 1900 near Turon and moved to St. John in 1949. He was a carpenter. Services will be Monday from the Peacock, and Soice Chapel, with burial in the Stafford Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Florence; two sons, Victor I., San Diego and Dennis I., Barksdale Air Base, La.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Henry Ragsdale, Claremore, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Haggen and Mrs. Ruth Barrett, both of Turon; a brother, Bernard, Pratt; one grandchild and two step-grandchildren. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Sunday, Dec. 14, 1958)

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Bessie Richardson, 71, Stafford, died Monday at her home. A resident of Stafford for 22 years, she was born Sept. 20, 1891 in Lamar, Mo., and previously lived in Coldwater before coming to Stafford. Survivors include her husband, L. V. Richardson, of the home; five daughters, Mrs. Loetha Davis, Wauwatose, Wis.; Mrs. Waunita McMillen, Bartlesville, Okla.; Mrs. Olive McIntyre, Coldwater; Mrs. Betty Van Meir, Rockville, Md., and Mrs. Phyllis Newell, Stafford, a stepson, Robert W. Richardson, Stafford, a sister, Mrs. Leona Overocker, Coldwater, a brother, Chet Wolf, Modesto, Calif., 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be Friday at the Crown Hill Cemetery, Coldwater. (abstract, Western Kansas Press, Thursday, Dec. 27, 1962)

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Aletha Crawford Smith, 59, died Monday at a Stafford hospital. She was born Nov. 9, 1903, at Stafford. She lived in Manhattan for many years, but had returned to Stafford three years ago to make her home there. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Donald R. Smith of Colorado Springs, Co.; a son, David Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two brothers, L. E. Crawford of Stafford and Howard Crawford, Kansas City, Mo.; and two grandchildren. Services will be Thursday at the Peacock and Soice Memorial Chapel, with burial in the Stafford Cemetery. (abstract, Western Kansas Press, Thursday, Dec. 27, 1962)

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George Speed, 87, died Dec. 25 at a Wichita hospital after a short illness. Survivors include his widow, Clara, of the home in St. John; a daughter, Mrs. Walter (Wilma) Scheib, Stafford; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Don Medler, Norman, Okla.; two stepsons, Clyde and Charles Smith of St. John. Services are pending. (abstract, Western Kansas Press, Thursday, Dec. 27, 1962)

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Frank Dale Taylor, 65, died Monday in a Stafford hospital after a long illness. He had been a resident of Stafford for the past eight years and worked at the local schools. Survivors include his wife, Ethel; two sons, Arlan, Sonoma, Calif. and Lewis of Wichita; two daughters, Mrs. Arlan Mitchell, Stafford, Mrs. T. J. Byler, Phoenix, Ariz.; four sisters, Eva Hall, Gladstone, New Mex., Mrs. W. W. Fleming, Pueblo, Colo., Mrs. C. A. Knight, Carlton, Okla., Mrs. D. F. Owen, Pueblo, Colo., and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday at the Stafford Nazarene church with burial in the Stafford Cemetery. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Tuesday, May 31, 1955)

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Harry A. Toland, 68, died Friday in a St. John hospital. He had been a patient there since August. He was born Jan. 4, 1890 in Ohio township, rural Stafford County. Services will be Sunday at the Barber Funeral Home with burial in Fairview Park Cemetery. His wife, Polly Ann, survives him, along with four sons, Burford, Great Bend; Cloise, Virginia; Gaylord, Medicine Lodge, and Bobby Lee, Hutchinson; a daughter, Mrs. Murphy Nimmo, Emporia; three brothers, Jesse, Earl and John, all of St. John; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Hoover, St. John, and Mrs. Art Johnson, Ashland; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. (abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Sunday, Dec. 14, 1958)

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Albert Wilson, 55, died this morning (Friday) in a Hutchinson hospital. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle, of the home in Macksville, where the body will taken today for burial. (abstract, Hutchinson News, Friday, Jan. 31, 1936)

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Benjamin Frank Wilson, 66, died today in a Hutchinson hospital. He had lived in Macksville for the last 53 years, and was a batchelor. Survivors include his brothers, W. J., Clifton, Marion, Dalton, Harper, and Clarence, all of Macksville; Walter of Wilmington, Ohio; Robert of Columbus, Ohio; J. H. and George, both of Monrovia, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. L. C. Hawk, Macksville; Mrs. F. W. Grdall (?), Parker, Colo.; and Mrs. Margaret Greene, Hutchinson. Service will be held in Macksville. (abstract, Hutchinson News, Tuesday, May 25, 1937)

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Judith Wilson, seven month old, died last night in a Hutchinson hospital. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Wilson of Macksville. Funeral services and burial will be in Macksville. (abstract, Hutchinson News, Friday, Mar. 12, 1937)

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Joe Wolf, 74, died at his home in Macksville. He had lived there for fifty years and was active in the Republican party, serving three times as a Republican presidential elector from Kansas. (abstract, Hutchinson News Herald, Friday, Feb. 15, 1946)

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Mrs. Ella Youlsey, Macksville, died Dec. 25 at a Larned hospital. She is survived by a brother, George Mosbarger, of St. John (abstract, Hutchinson News Herald, Thursday, Dec. 29, 1944) Willie Lee Young, 71, died Monday in a Stafford hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 10, 1885, in Pulaski, Ky., he had been a resident of the Stafford area for 47 years. He is survived by his wife, Grace; four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Brixey, Stafford; Mrs. Marjorie Martin, St. John; Mrs. Katherine Kerns, Stafford; and Mrs. Charlotte Giles, Tomah, Wis.; a son, Joe, of Great Bend; two brothers, Wright and Silas, both of Stone Bluff, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Jenkins, Kingman, Ind., and nine grandchildren. Services are pending.(abstract, Great Bend Daily Tribune, Tuesday, June 11, 1957)



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