Russell, M.D., Philip
September 19, 2014
Russell, Phillip Walter, 92, quietly slipped into Eternity, Friday, September 19, 2014, encircled by loving family members and dedicated Larksfield Health Care Facility staff. Born, February 20, 1922, in Kansas City, Missouri where he graduated from Westtport High School.. He earned the Rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Russell was predeceased by both his parents, Harlan Arthur Russell, who died when he was 13 months, and his mother Ethel Myrtle Keeler. He was a Doctor of Internal Medicine, who practiced the majority of his medical career at the Wichita Clinic until he retired in at 72 after 49 ½ years. He was with a young group of doctors enlisted by the founders of the Wichita Clinic in the early 1950s to develop an integrated practice of medicine. He was second generation graduate of the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts June 1, 1942, and received his Doctors of Medicine from the KU School of Medicine in Kansas City, October 29, 1944. Dr. Russell was also a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and was elected Fellow of the American College of Physician, Nov. 9, 1963. Dr. Russell served his country in World War II in the Pacific Theater, Philippines, as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Dr. Russell was an avid tennis player, and a charter member of the Wichita Racquet Club, started by a group of Wichita tennis enthusiasts in the 1960s who saw the need for Wichitas first indoor tennis facility. He was a former Wichita Senior Mens doubles champion. Dr. Russell was a Team Leader of Operation Moonwatch, a program developed in 1956 by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to have amateur astronomers stationed all over the U.S. to regularly track satellites and record specific reading to be sent to Washington. He participated until the program was discounted in 1975. A memorial service is at 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, September, 24, 2014 at Plymouth Congregational Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara May Russell, by second wife, Suzanne Grigsby Woolley Russell; and by his last love, Sue Nosler of Denver, CO. Survivors include his children, Jane Russell Galay of Cleveland, TN, Paul Russell (Maureen) of Wichita, Trish McDaniel (Mike) of Galveston, TX, and Wendy Russell of Wichita; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; step-children, Leslie Woolley of Phoenix, AZ, and the Hon. William Woolley (Debra) of Wichita; Sue Noslers children, Lance Linderman (Beth) and Carre Warner (John) survive him and are a part of the family. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation of Kansas, Inc., P.O. Box, 781754, Wichita, KS 67278, Downing & Lahey East.
Haile, Jerold "Jerry"
September 19, 2014
Haile, Jerold "Jerry" Wayne, 52, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014. Jerry grew up in Alden and Sterling, Kansas, was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Wichita State University, worked at GSI Engineering, and was passionate about his work and Geology. He was a compassionate man with a huge heart who would do anything for his family and friends, and brought joy and laughter to everyone who knew him. He is loved immensely and will be missed dearly. Preceded in death by his brother, Phillip. Survived by his wife, Nellie; parents, Guy (Fuzz) & Bonnie (Morley) Haile of Sterling, KS; children, Ashley Tanner (Jedidiah) of San Angelo, TX, Jeremiah (Kylie) of Sterling, KS, Zechariah of Dallas, TX, Erin (Gregory) of Wichita, Gracie of Wichita; granddaughter, Delanie Haile. Visitation with the family will be 6:00-8:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East Chapel. Funeral Service will be 9:30 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014, at Word of Life Church, North Campus, 3811 N. Meridian Ave, Wichita. Burial will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014 in Sterling, KS. Memorials have been established with Boy Scouts of America Troop #369, 606 Evergeen Way, Sterling, KS 67579 and American Legion Post #128 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 11, Sterling, KS 67579.
Van Sike, Larry
September 19, 2014
Van Sike, Larry Dean, age 70, only child of Milo and Willmetta (New) Van Scyoc who preceded him in death, was born June 19, 1944 and died Friday, September 19, 2014. He was a Russell High graduate, a Fort Hays State College two year student, and a retired 42 year Beechcrafter. He is survived by his wife, Diane, of the home and two daughters, Lori Campbell and fiancé, Jason Kuhn, of Wichita, and Sara Graves and husband, Austin, of Andover. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Caleb, Ellie, Jackson and Emma. Visitation with the family will be from 5:30 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, September 23, 2014; Memorial Service will be at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 24, 2014, both at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. His choice for eternity is cremation after viewing. Inurnment will be in the Russell City Cemetery. A memorial has been established with the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219.
September 19, 2014
Cooper, Betty E. 83, went home to be with Jesus, Friday, September 19, 2014. Graveside service is 9:30 am Tuesday at Kechi Cemetery, Kechi, KS, followed by an 11:00 am memorial service at the First Mennonite Brethren Church. She is preceded in death by a granddaughter and great-grandson. Survivors include her husband Bob; children, Lynette (Allen) Lofland, Wendy Saleem, Jo Anna (Paul) Jones, Robert (LaRita) Cooper, Elizabeth (Robert) Penner, Sarah (Louis) Eilerts; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with First Mennonite Brethren Church Greater Things Building Fund, 8000 W. 21st St. N. Wichita, KS 67205. Downing and Lahey West Mortuary.
September 18, 2014
Joyce A. Warkentin, 77, went home to be with Jesus on September 18, 2014. Joyce was born August 26, 1937, in Gary, Indiana, the daughter of Ralph and Doris Swanson. On June 13, 1959, she married Dale Warkentin. She is survived by husband, Dale; sons, Craig Warkentin (Linda) of Baldwinsville, NY and Brent Warkentin (Joan) of Wichita; daughter, Lori Walsh (Chris) of Payson, AZ; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Visitation, 6-8 p.m., Sunday, September 21; Memorial Service, 11 a.m., Monday, September 22, both at First Mennonite Brethren Church. Memorials established with First MB Building Fund, 8000 W. 21st N., Wichita, KS 67205 and Tonto Rim Christian Camp, 353 N. Baptist Camp Rd., Payson, AZ 85541. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.
September 18, 2014
Ochel, Ruth Eileen, 104, died Thursday, September 18, 2014. Private Family Services will be held at a later date. Preceded in death by her husband, Ernest "Ernie" Ochel. Survived by her son, Kent (Sylvia) Ochel of Round Rock, TX; daughter, Karen (Gregg) Newton of Wichita; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East.
September 17, 2014
Brock, Mada Madell, 94, passed away September 17, 2014 at Chaucer Estates. Madell was born near Ellis, KS on December 1, 1919. She attended area schools and graduated from Fort Hays State University with an Associates Degree in Education and a teaching certificate. She taught in one room country schools and worked at the Walker Naval Air Base during WWII. After the war, she married Jack Brock and together they raised four sons. On Jacks death, she went to work at St. Francis Hospital and continued her employment until retirement. She loved books and working the puzzles in the Wichita Eagle. Her retirement years were filled with the joy of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Madell was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and her son, Martin. She is survived by her sister, Bernadine Kuhn; sons, John Brock (Vivian), Robert Brock (Louise), Thomas Brock; grandchildren, Jack Brock (Shelby), Michelle Opheim (Chris), Robert Brock, Dennis Brock (Stephanie), William Brock, Elizabeth Brock, Thomas Brock Jr., Mary Piechocki (Greg), Heather Brock, and Julien Brock; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Brock, Taylor Brock, Frances Madell Opheim, Benjamin Brock, Joseph Brock, Jacklynn Brock, Ashlynn Brock, Katelynn Brock, Courtney Piechocki. A memorial has been established with Good Shepherd Hospice, 439 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Inurnment will be in Hays, KS on Sunday October 5, 2014.
Lewis, Walter Macy
September 16, 2014
Lewis, Walter Macy, 89, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at home. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Ann Elliott Lewis, formerly of Collingswood, NJ; sons, John Macy (Wanda) Lewis, DDS, Walter Elliott Lewis; grandchildren, Paul Benjamin Lewis, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, and Luke Samuel Lewis, all of Wichita, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jennie Lewis; sister, Lois Lewis; brothers, Wayne and Gordon of Gate, OK. Macy was a birthright Quaker but later in life joined Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He grew up as a cowboy in the panhandle of Oklahoma but felt that his true calling was being an educator, serving as a science teacher for 35 years and an adjunct instructor at Friends University. He earned degrees from four Universities and continued to be a student all of his life. He loved people and never met a stranger. Macy was known to say I would like to thank you for your smile. Every time you smile you share Gods love. After retiring from teaching in 1990, he continued his interest in genealogy, tracing the family tree for over 40 generations. He was also a world traveler. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 8:00 P.M., Friday, September 19, 2014, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Funeral Service will be at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Rd., Wichita. Memorials have been established with Friends University, 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, KS 67213; and The Outreach Foundation, 381 Riverside Dr., Ste. 110, Franklin, TN 37064.
September 14, 2014
Sophie Lusanna Lyday, 75, retired IBM clerical employee, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014. Rosary, 10 a.m.; Mass of Cristian Burial, 10:30 a.m., both Friday, September 19 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Preceded in death by parents, Prentis and Naomi Lyday; sisters, Maxine Williams, Ardine Johnson; brothers, William Riddle and Prentis Lyday, Jr. Survivors: sons, Mark Pelurie (Susan) of Culloden, WV, Jeffery Pelurie (Lisa) of Eddystone, PA; sister, Hazel Elbert (Ronald) of Bowie, MD; brothers, Gabe Lyday, Haskell Lyday (Joanne) all of Wichita, Cecil Lyday (Lois) of Silver Springs, MD, Woxie Lyday (Linda) of Wichita and Cub Riddle of Kansas City, MO; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Memorial established with Lords Diner, 520 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.
September 13, 2014
Barb, Virginia (Blood), 88, retired Derby Public Schools teacher and psychologist, died Saturday, September 13, 2014. Visitation with the Family will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Graveside Service will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, September 19, 2014, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Virginia was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Remick. She is survived by her son, Vergil Barb (Vicki), of Wichita; sisters, Alice M. Kelley, of Everett, WA, and Marie Kendrick, of Shelbyville, TN; grandchildren, Dr. Christine Barb (Steve Clark), and Lindi Barb DeLorio (Ben); great-grandchildren, Carina and Isadora DeLeorio, all of Boston, MA. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 South Woodlawn, Derby, KS 67037.
September 13, 2014
Duncan, Cecilia Jessie, 80, passed away September 13, 2014 at Regent Park. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Visitation with the family will be 6:30 P.M., Wednesday, September 17, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 P.M., both at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 18, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Derby. She was born November 22, 1933. She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Duncan. Jessie is survived by her children, Paul Duncan, Jim Duncan (Rose), and Sherry Duncan; brothers, Manuel Arroyo (Pat), Juan Arroyo (Nancy); sisters, Josephine Cervantes (Felipe), and Carol Harrington (Tom); grandchildren, Tyler Schmidt, Jennifer Powell, Scott Morris, Amy Spexarth, and Sarah Duncan; four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society, 330 S. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202, and Victory in the Valley, 3755 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67218.
September 13, 2014
Bryngelson, Eunice, 92, retired Sedgwick County Appraiser office clerk, died Saturday, September 13, 2014. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Preceded in death by her husband, John Bryngelson. Survived by her sister, Ruby Seaman, of Pineville, LA; sister-in-law, Pauline Rich, of Wichita; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial has been established with Interim Hospice, 333 South Broadway, S-200, Wichita, Kansas, 67202.
December 9, 1918 - September 12, 2014
Kice, Naomi Jane (Dixon), 95, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, September 12, 2014. Visitation with the Family will be from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Memorial Service will be at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Central Christian Church Chapel. She was born December 9, 1918 in Wichita, Kansas. Naomi was a devoted Christian wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. What a wonderful testimony her life has been to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed, until we see her again in Heaven. Naomi was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Kice; parents, James G. and Lena M. Dixon; son JD Kice; brother, James Dixon; sister, Ruth Blythe. She is survived by her children, Bill (Barbara) Kice, of Wichita, Bob (Charla) Kice, of Wichita, Tom (Jo) Kice, of Wichita, Marilyn (Gene) Applequist, Grand Lake, CO; daughter-in-law, Candace Kice, of Benton; sisters, Kathleen Adams, of Austin, TX, Rebecca Winkel, of Denver, CO, Margaret Logan, of Wichita; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Faith Mappings, Inc, 8777 Westwind Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO, 80126, and Young Life, 6505 East Central, S-318, Wichita, Kansas, 67206.
September 12, 2014
Lucy Gallardo, 94, retired Wichita State University Campus Activity Center kitchen employee, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014. Rosary, 7 p.m., Monday, September 15; Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 16, both at St. Jude Catholic Church. Preceded in death by husband, Ignacio Gallardo; daughter, Helen Gallardo; stepson, Edgar Gallardo, Jr.; stepdaughters, Margie Chavez, Alice Juarez and Frances Rangel. Survivors: children, Michael Gallardo (Mary Louise), Carol Jackson (Lendon), Daniel Gallardo (Debbie), Richard Gallardo (Carol), Nancy Carlson (Mike), David Gallardo (Connie), Thomas Gallardo (Rachelle), all of Wichita, Linda Blochlinger (Kevin) of Minneapolis, KS; 59 grandchildren; 101 great-grandchildren; 45 great-great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-great-grandchildren. Memorial established with St. Jude Catholic Church, 3030 N. Amidon, Wichita, KS 67204. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.
September 11, 2014
Norma Stafford, 85, retired St. Francis Hospital psychiatric nurse, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Waters; sister, Dorothea Keener, and brother, Keith Waters. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Bill Stafford; son, Mark Stafford (Mary) of Wichita; daughter, Jan Stafford of Albuquerque, NM; sister, Joyce Raynor of Pueblo, CO; grandchildren, Christian Stafford (Jessica) of Andale, Sara Carpenter (Rob) of Wichita; great-grandchildren, Lily and Liam Stafford. Visitation with the family, 5-7 p.m., Monday, September 15, Downing & Lahey West. Funeral service, 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 16, Aldersgate United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 7901 W. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67205.
Parkhurst, Sr., Richard "Dick"
September 11, 2014
Richard Dick Parkhurst, 68, Boeing Aircraft Company sheet metal mechanic, and veteran of the Vietnam War, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014. Visitation with the family, 6-8 p.m., Monday, September 15; Service, 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 16, both at Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Preceded in death by parents, Ben and Dorothy Parkhurst. Survivors: son, Richard Rich Parkhurst, Jr. (Tammy) of Wichita; sister, Diane Ward of Goddard; stepson, Kevin Harry Lott of Belle Plaine; grandchildren, Ben and Alex; nephew, Darren Ward (Jill) of Goddard; niece, Julie Cook (Randy) of Andale; great nieces and nephews, Conner and Emily, Amanda and Noah; former wife, Debbie Parkhurst of Wichita. In lieu of flowers, memorials established with American Cancer Society, 330 S. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202; American Legion Post #0256, 4301 W. Pawnee, Wichita, KS 67209 and Ronald McDonald House, 520 N. Rutan, Wichita, KS 67208.
September 10, 2014
Dianne Kay Eaton, 50, State of Kansas juvenile detention facility administrative staff employee, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Rosary, 7 p.m., Sunday, September 14; Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., Monday, September 15, both at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will take place in Perry, OK. Survivors: husband, Brian; daughters, Lauren and Allison, all of Wichita; parents, Leslie and Maxine Buffington; brother, David Buffington (Sharlotte) all of Perry, OK. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.
September 10, 2014
Schwartz, Thelma, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014, in Wichita, KS. Graveside Service will be at 11:00 A.M., Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Oheb Sholom Cemetery, Hillside, NJ. Preceded in death by her husband, Daniel J. Schwartz and sister, Claire Kay. Survived by her daughters, Jane (Dr. Myron) Corman of Sparta, NJ, Elly (Dr. Sanford) Fitzig of Wichita; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; nephews, Jeffrey (Phyllis) Kay of Plantation, FL, Michael (Nancy) Gubner of Vernon, NJ; A memorial has been established with Congregation Emanu-El Library Fund, 7011 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East.
Taylor, Carol "Susie"
September 8, 2014
Taylor, Carol Susie (Dugan), 69, died Monday, September 8, 2014. Born in Wichita, she attended Sacred Heart Academy and graduated from Cheney High School and Wichita Business College. Worked at John Hancock Life and Union National Bank before becoming a full-time homemaker and volunteer at St. Francis Hospital and other worthy organizations. She loved her dogs, travelling and spending time with family and friends. She was a generous, loving and supportive mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Bernice Dugan; brother, Robert Dugan. Survived by her sons, Daniel (Susan) Taylor, Jr. Wichita, Steve (Kristi) Taylor of Wichita; brothers, Jack Dugan of Grandview, MO, Jim Dugan, of Wichita, Darrel Dugan of Wichita; four grandchildren, Samuel & Ryan, Jaci & Leah Taylor. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 12, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Memorials have been established with: Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside St., Wichita, KS 67219; Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67211.
September 7, 2014
Tyson Dwight Holder, 32, passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014. Private family services. Survivors: spouse, Blair; daughter, Kaitlyn Holder; parents, Dennis and Mona Holder; brothers, Jason and Joshua Holder all of Maize. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.