July 28, 2014
Rita C. (Watson) Knapp, 88, homemaker, passed away July 28, 2014. Rosary, 7 p.m., Friday, August 1; Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., Saturday, August 2, both at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Preceded in death by husband, Harold L. Knapp. Survivors: children, Kitty Akers (Ken), Harold E. (Debbie), Rene (Valerie), Brian (Janet), Paula Birket (Greg), Tom (Deanna), Jamie Cantrell (Timm); 19 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Memorials established with Via Christi Cornerstone Ridge Plaza, 3636 N. Ridge Rd., Wichita, KS 67205 and St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2007 N. Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67203. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.
July 25, 2014
Ronald Dean Shipley, 61, Associate Professor at Newman University, died Friday, July 25, 2014. Visitation will be from 6:00 8:00 P.M., Thursday, July 31, 2014; Memorial Service will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, August 1, 2014, both at Downing & Lahey West Mortuary. Survived by his wife, Caroline; sister, Sue Miller (Myron) of Haven, KS; niece and nephew, David and Meghan Miller; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorials have been established with Newman University, Ron Shipley Memorial Radiology Scholarship, 3100 McCormick St., Wichita, KS 67213; Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.
July 24, 2014
Harold Copper, 81, retired Farm Credit Bank employee, avid Shocker fan, former coach and teacher, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014. Following retirement, he worked at his daughters local Allstate office. Visitation with the family, 6-8 p.m., Monday, July 28, Downing and Lahey Mortuary West. Service, 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, West Evangelical Free Church. Preceded in death by parents, James and Ina Copper; parents-in-law, Harold and Charlotte Riffe; son-in-law, Bob Kirtley; niece and nephew, Angela and Matthew Riffe. Survivors: wife of 61 years, Marilyn; daughters, Pam Kirtley of Wichita, Lori Prado of Ponca City, OK, Diana Appelhans (Mike) of Wichita; grandchildren, Justin, Jamie, Ryan, Taylor and Tyler; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Don Copper (Francie) of Smith Center; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorial established with Plane of Mercy, 130 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202 and West Evangelical Free Church, 1161 N. Maize Rd., Wichita, KS 67212.
July 24, 2014
Lowrey, Lawrence K., 85, retired high school teacher, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. No Local Services will be held. Preceded in death by his wife, Annie; daughter, Kristine. Survived by his son, Jay; grandchildren, Kim, Julie, Rocky. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary.
July 23, 2014
Brown, Douglas Randl Randy. Randy Brown was one of Wichita's most vibrant, kind, funny, curious, intuitively intelligent, articulate citizens. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, television news anchor and senior fellow at Wichita State University. He had a no-nonsense view of the world and its inhabitants that translated into concise language and thorough, direct, focused reporting. His natural inclination to report what he knew in the face of established dogma was honed in a peripatetic 50-year career. His five years of editorial opinions were progressive and relentless, rational arguments for a better city. He reported on sports for the San Angelo Standard Times, The Lubbock Avalanche Journal and the Oklahoma Journal in Oklahoma City and as a general reporter for the Dallas Morning News and as an editor at the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He worked at the Wichita Eagle several times for over twenty years, as assistant city editor, executive sports editor, sports columnist and editorial page editor. He was part of a team of reporters at the Omaha Sun that won a 1973 Pulitzer Prize for their exposure of Boys Towns obscenely excessive enrichment while pleading heart-wrenching poverty. He helped found the weekly Wichita Sun in 1974 serving as executive editor for three years. At KAKE TV he was a managing news editor and Live at Five anchor. His 1985 coverage of the areas first school shooting at Goddard Junior High School was exemplary, cool headed and emblematic of his calm direct approach to chaotic situations in desperate need of explanation. When he left the Eagle for the last time in 2001, he became a senior fellow in the Wichita State University Elliott School of Communication. A conversation with Randy was enlightening and informative. You always knew where he stood and why he stood there. He could demolish a defective argument with a single deft line. He was quick to laugh and did so with an infectious pleasure. He was slow to condemn. When he did, the judgment withstood time and test. Those judgments were almost always of the actions and rarely of the person acting. He was a humanist without the philosophical baggage of the term. His natural kindness to friends and family who met misfortune was extended frequently and quietly. He loved a good story well told and told many with an efficient and pointed clarity. He could have a beer at Kirbys with Wichitas demimonde, discussing politics and human nature there as easily as he could while interviewing Gloria Steinem, Alf Landon and Ralph Nader. Possessed of the gift of not taking himself too seriously, he appeared on a voters doorstep and introduced himself by saying, Madam, I may have lost my mind, but Im running for the Kansas Legislature. His slogan was "Getting Things Done. Getting things done was something Randy did with dispatch. He loathed bureaucratically wasted time that could have been spent doing something. His tireless advocacy for transparency through The Kansas Sunshine Coalition forced Kansass governments to become more open and responsive to their citizens. The Wichita Park and Library boards, the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board and the Kansas Board of Healing Arts were all beneficiaries of his experienced wisdom and wit. Born in Texas on November 25, 1940, he lived 73 lively, thoughtful years. He was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. He died July 23, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Linda Parks; his sons, Chris (Shaunnah) of Wichita and Chad of Kiev, Ukraine; stepdaughter, Keisha Kingdon; brothers, Gary Brown of Arlington TX, and Robert Brown of Austin TX; grandchildren, Ethan Douglas Brown, Hayley Wilson and Kara Wilson. His brother, Larry, pre deceased him. A visitation is scheduled at Downing and Lahey East Mortuary on Sunday from 5 to 6:30 P.M. The funeral service is 11 A.M., Monday, July 28, 2014 at East Heights United Methodist Church. Memorials are at The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government c/o Elliott Department of Mass Communications at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260, and The American Cancer Society, 330 S. Main St. #100, Wichita, KS 67202. Randy loved the stage. From his work as writer and emcee of Gridiron to his role as the stage manager in Thornton Wilders Our Town, he was lively, energetic performer. His life was a bravura beautiful performance. And now, our town is a diminished and a darker place.
July 22, 2014
Jeff Loomis, 41, of Prairie Village, Senior Life/Health Financial Analyst for the National Association of Insurance Commisoners, passed away July 22, 2014. Visitation with the family, 6-8 p.m., Sunday, July 27, Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Memorial Service, 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 28, West Heights United Methodist Church. In honor of Jeff and his love of K-State, the family requests funeral service attendees wear something purple. Survivors: parents, Jim and Kay Loomis of Wichita; siblings, John Loomis (Gina) of Wichita, Jennifer Everett (Jim) of Winfield; niece and nephews, Madison and Jackson Loomis and Noah and Adam Everett. Memorials established with Rolling Hills Country Club Junior Golf Program, c/o Rolling Hill Country Club, 223 S. Westlink, Wichita, KS 67209 and West Heights United Methodist Church Youth Group, 745 N. Westlink, Wichita, KS 67212.
July 21, 2014
Ridgway, Vera M., of Wichita, Kansas, entered into eternal life on July 21, 2014, thirteen days after her 97th birthday. Born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma on July 8, 1917, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Ridgway, who passed away in 2002. She is survived by their daughters, Mary Sickler Bellow of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and her husband, Sal, and Sherry Shaw of Wichita, Kansas. Her grandchildren and their spouses are Heidi Moeder (Steve), Christopher Barnard (Teresa), Lori Pyle (Clint), Deborah Landon (Chris), Anthony Bello, Darren Shaw (Terry Wilson), Mitch Humble (Amanda), Dawn Humble, Michael Humble (Sarah). Great-grandchildren are Brennen, Grant, and Aubrey Moeder; Sydney Barnard; Noah Pyle; Lauren, Matthew, and Andrew Landon; Korbin, Trinity, and Jace Humble; Seth, Riley, Thomas, and Summer Humble; and Hunter Humble. Vera has numerous nieces and nephews as well. Vera played the piano beautifully. In their early years in Wichita, following Earls return from the war, she played the piano for their church. She taught piano as well. She and Earl made lasting friendships with people who shared their love of music. Many evenings were spent with Vera playing the piano while Earl and their friends leaned over her shoulder to sing together. Vera had two passions: children and gardening. She never tired of spending time with all the children in her life, whether she was rocking and holding a child with an earache, reading someone to sleep with special voices for the characters in the books, or creating with them from special clay purchased for them, to all kinds of paper projects, painting, and drawing. Everyone who visited their home was encouraged to step outside to enjoy Veras accomplishments in her yard. From the time they built their house, she planned and executed the landscaping, maintaining it lovingly. Her love of God was reflected in her care of His living things. No task was too tedious or too large. She built swings, gates, and fencing in her efforts to beautify the property. It became the center of many activities, from badminton and croquet to hosting the Kansas Authors Club of which Earl was a member. Vera had perfected her baking skills. She mailed her famous peanut butter cookies around the country to console or congratulate her special ones. Another family favorite was her lemon meringue pie. Vera was the Registrar at Southeast High School when it first opened. Later, she worked in the Research Department of USD 259 until she retired. Vera was an intelligent and charming woman who, even in her last hours of life, continued to whisper how much she loved us. One word describes her best: precious. She never refused to help someone in need. She set the standard by which this family lives. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Botanica of Wichita, 701 Amidon St., Wichita, KS 67203. It was Veras request that there be no service. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary.
July 21, 2014
Smith, Shirley S., September 2, 1963 July 21, 2014, Marriage & Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist. The best daughter, friend, and wife any could have. Preceded in death by her father, Boots Scheikofsky. Survived by her mother, Treva Evans; husband, Richard Smith; brother, Greg (Cheryl) Scheikofsky. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Ahavath Achim, Hebrew Congregation, 1850 N. Woodlawn. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary.
July 20, 2014
Favero, Alfred A., age 77, of Coral Springs, FL, passed away on Sunday, 7/20/2014 at his home in Easley, SC. He was born in Buffalo, NY on 5/9/1937. His family moved to Wichita, KS in 1946. Alfred, also referred to as Al in his early years, and professionally as Fred, graduated from West High School, in Wichita, KS in 1955, Wichita State University in 1964, with a Degree in Business Administration. He went on to receive his Masters Degree from George Washington University in 1970. He was married to Phyllis Ann Selenke on June 6, 1964 in Wichita, KS. Son of Carolina DelSecco Favero and Ernesto Favero of Wichita, KS. He served in our military from 1957 to 1959 with the Army, and was proud to do so! His professional career as a CFO was with Westinghouse for over 30 years. His upward rise with Westinghouse took his family to many locations: Baltimore, MD, Vienna, VA, Monroeville, PA, Coral Springs, FL, Wexford, PA and Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. He enjoyed helping his two daughters, Pam and Jan, and was a constant source of optimism for them. His uncanny ability to cut through the nonsense, and keep them on task was a strength they both cherish and appreciated! He was an avid runner (Rocky was the rage and inspired him to hit the pavement or beach on a daily basis, with his daughter Pam in tow). He also enjoyed tinkering endlessly in his garage with his woodworking tools, and was known to bring them with him when he went to visit his daughters, and fix whatever they needed. His true love was his wife Phyllis, family and extended family called friends. His door was always open, constant visits, extended stays from family in need, and friends! His children learned this valuable lesson and continue to follow in his footsteps. People always commented, and remember his big, contagious smile, hearty laugh and confidence and love of family. He recently told his wife and girls, I had a good life, traveled to nice places and lived in nice houses. Not much was left unsaid. You always knew you were loved unconditionally and he was proud of who you were and your accomplishments. He will be missed! He is survived by his wife, Phyllis A. Favero; daughters, Pamela Favero Mills, and Janet Ann Stauffer and son-in-law, Steven Stauffer; grandchildren, Brooke and Madison Mills; brother, Roger Favero; sister, Odilla McCool. Preceded in death by his parents, Carolina DelSecco Favero and Ernesto Favero. Viewing and Rosary will be at 7:00 P.M., Friday, July 25, 2014; Funeral Service will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 26, 2014, both at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Andover, KS. Lunch to follow. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary.
July 18, 2014
Dolpheus L. Kessler, 93, beloved husband, loving father and grandfather, died Friday, July 18, 2014. He had a lengthy career as an Air Force Civil Service employee at Boeing. Graveside service, 3 p.m., Friday, July 25, White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Preceded in death by parents, Lewis and Hazel Kessler; sisters, Helena Kessler and Lola Wolgamott. Survivors: wife, Marjorie; children, Candy Gardner (Ron) of Dallas, TX, Annette Kreis (Dan) of Wichita, Brent L. Kessler (JanNelle Rivers) of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Verda Kessler of Lawrence; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Memorial established with Hardtner City Library, 102 E. Central, Hardtner, KS. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.
July 18, 2014
Douglas S. Hardie, 59, of Goddard, owner of American Pioneer Equipment, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. He enjoyed playing cards, tennis, camping, fishing and canoeing. Visitation with the family, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 22; Service, 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, both at Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Preceded in death by father, James Seymour Hardie; mother, Meredith K. Mehl. Survivors: wife, Janet; children, Jayce Hardie of Wichita, Danielle Hardie (Josh Stuhlsatz) of Geneva, IL, Adam Hardie (Megan) of Goddard; siblings, Deena Hardie-Vallone (Michael) of Hoboken, NJ, Margo Hardie-Munoz (Julian) of New York, NY, Jeff Hardie (Sandy) of Lawrence, Pamela Espy (John) of Lawrence. A memorial has been established with American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
Corum, Jr., Boyd
July 17, 2014
Boyd Edwin Corum, Jr., 65, Mid-Am Building Supply salesman, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014. Vigil, 6 p.m., Sunday, July 20, Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Service, 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Boyd was born in La Russell, Missouri, graduated high school in Sarcoxie, Missouri, served in the United States Army and was an avid golfer. His father, Boyd Corum, Sr. and brother, Gary Corum, preceded him in death. Survivors: wife, Donna; children, Angela Brooks (Ryan) of Wichita, Nathan Corum and Cody Corum both of Australia; mother, Louretta Corum of Sarcoxie, MO; siblings, Carolyn Whisner (L.J.) of Kansas City, KS, Kaye Smith of Carthage, MO, Judy Seymour, Becky Massey (Friend), Bill Corum (Sheila), Bob Corum (Jadene) all of Sarcoxie, MO; Steve Corum of Joplin, MO; grandchildren, Olivia, Katie, Noah and Isaac. Memorial established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.
Shaw, Ida Marjorie
July 15, 2014
Shaw, Ida Marjorie Joey Anderson, 90, a most loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandma Nana, and friend, passed away on July 15, 2014, in Wichita, Kansas. A native Canadian, Ida was born on September 12, 1923 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. On February 1, 1947 Ida and Frank Shaw were married and remained so until his death in 2003. In 1968, Franks career with the Coleman Company brought them to Wichita. In her lifetime, she would also call Plano, Texas home before eventually settling in Kansas again. As a vibrant young woman, Joeys passion for beauty and wellness led her to studying cosmetology. Joey would later use those skills as a Mary Kay representative- she brought out the best in everyone! She treated her neighbors as family and was always happy to make an acquaintance feel instantly at ease. She was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church since 1968, an avid reader, expert cook, charitable friend, fashionista, and animal lover. Joey was preceded in death by her parents, Marjorie and George Anderson; her husband, Frank Shaw; her brother, Donald Anderson; and her sister, Joanne Brear. She is survived by her sister, Ardith Manielly; her son, Dr. Brian (Margaret) Shaw; daughter, Gail (Mark) Jabara; grandchildren, Stephen (Lisa) Shaw, Marnie Shaw, Lauren (Timothy) Irwin, and Kelli Bartlett; her great-grandchildren, Nathan Shaw, Joella Irwin, and new baby Irwin due January; numerous nieces and nephews. She welcomed into her family step-grandchildren, Amy Jabara (Justin) Fernandez and Hugo Fernandez. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Cardiovascular Consultants of Kansas and the Kansas Heart Hospital; along with the numerous physicians and nurses at Via Christi St. Francis and, finally, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice for her final hours. Friends can honor Joeys memory with contributions to American Heart Association, 8630 E. 32nd St. N., Wichita, KS 67226; Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202; and the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67220. A service will be held at 10:00 A.M., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary.
Volz, Jr., Ferd
July 15, 2014
Volz, Jr., Ferd Joseph, 86, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Rosary will be at 6:00 P.M., Friday, July 18, 2014; Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 19, 2014, both at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Preceded in death by his parents, Ferd, Sr. and Sophia; wife, Barbara Dee; brothers, Roy, Lloyd, Earl, Clifford, Aloysius, Leonard; sister, Anna Jane. Survived by his children, Stuart (Cissy) Volz of Wichita, Inga (Michael) Ball of Brighton, MA, Blaine (Laura) Volz of Wichita, Christina (Kent) Taylor of Rockwall, TX, Lise (Mike) Bollinger of Halstead, KS, Madeline (Paul) Clegg of Scottsdale, AZ, Melaina (Tim) Phares of Wichita; sister, Loretta Yates of Wichita; 14 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren. A memorial has been established with Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 124 N. Roosevelt, Wichita, KS 67208. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East.
July 13, 2014
Wolfe, Terry W., 81, loving and devoted father, grandfather, math teacher and coach, passed away, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Visitation with the Family is 6:00-7:30 P.M, Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Funeral Service is 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 18, 2014 at Calvary United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Paul and Marion Wolfe; mother, Etta Maude Wolfe; brother, Jim Wolfe. Survived by children, Janeen (Steven) Axtell, Alan (Karen), Greg; grandchildren, Brian, Katie, Jason, Lauren, Shannon, Allison; sister, Delores (Bill) Baker. A memorial has been established with the Alzheimers Association, Central & Western Kansas, 1820 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67214.
July 13, 2014
Dunnell, Roger, 65, died Sunday, July 13, 2014. Visitation with the Family will be from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at East Point Church of Christ. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Nadine Dunnell. Survived by his wife, Patricia Dunnell of Wichita, KS; children, Randall (Jeanne) Constantine of Oklahoma City, OK, Michael Dunnell of Wichita, KS, Jennifer (Matthew) Gibbons of Omaha, NE; 6 grandchildren. A memorial has been established with East Point Church of Christ, Zimbabwe Orphans Program, 747 N. 127th St. E., Wichita, KS 67206.
July 13, 2014
Isbell, Betty, 88, passed away on July 13, 2014. Visitation will be from 6:00 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 13, 2014, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Graveside Service will be at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 14, 2014, at Old Mission Mausoleum. Preceded in death by her husband, Lyle William. She is survived by her son, Kenneth Fuston (Esparanza) of Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Christine and Dwayne; sister, Phyllis Hoyt of Dexter, KS.
Ruckle, Sr., George
July 12, 2014
Ruckle, Sr., George D., 66, retired Custodian for USD 262, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014. Visitation with family is from 6:00 ~ 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 16, 2014; Funeral Service is at 2:30 P.M., Thursday, July 17, 2014, both at Downing and Lahey East Mortuary. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Ruckle. Survivors include his wife, Christine; children, George (Janet) Ruckle, Jr., Lori (Wade) Johnson, Helen (Scott) Alexander, Glenna Hopkins, Sheila (James) Helms; mother, Melba Ruckle; brothers, Will, Ricky and Marvin Ruckle; sisters, Judy Stolzheise, Gail Ruckle; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
July 11, 2014
Eleanore (Meyer) Greenwood, 90, homemaker, died Friday, July 11, 2014. Visitation with the family, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Service, 11 a.m., Thursday, July 17 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cheney with Rev. Scott Goltl of Ascension Lutheran Church officiating. Preceded in death by parents, Conrad and Hilda Meyer; husband, Leslie J. Greenwood; son, Douglas Greenwood. Survivors: children, Connie Simmons, Donna Ward (Jay), Janice Whitman (Ralph), David Greenwood (Margaret), Nancy Farinola, Barbara Snyder (Brian), Diane Volm (William), Kenneth Greenwood (Tisha); daughter-in-law, Leslie Greenwood; 26 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Memorials established with St. Paul Lutheran Church, 639 N. Lincoln, Cheney, KS 67025 and Ascension Lutheran Church, 842 N. Tyler, Wichita, KS 67212.
July 10, 2014
Scarth, Florabelle E. Belle, retired accountant from BKD, LLP, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Born April 26, 1930, in Platte County, MO to Hazel Catherine Hershley and John Joseph Burke. Belle came to Wichita in 1952, graduating with an accounting degree in 1956 from Wichita University and started work at F.B. Kubik & Company (which merged into BKD, LLP in 1992) where she stayed until her retirement. She helped found/was a charter member of the Wichita Chapter, American Society of Women Accountants (now AFWA) in 1972, remaining an active member throughout her career. Belles contributions to F.B. Kubik & Company were immeasurable; she was known to be an extremely capable and reliable accountant/administrative assistant, and served on various boards, notably The Charitable Foundation. She enjoyed the seasons basketball and football, all things WSU, but also KU and KSU, and was a diehard KC Chiefs fan. She traveled extensively, was a regular at Music Theatre, an avid reader and loved animals. She was buried in the family plot in Dearborn, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to AFWA Scholarship Fund (Belle Scarth Memorial in the memo section), PO Box 222, Wichita, KS 67201. She is survived by cousins R. C. Hershley, Jr. of Platte City, MO, and Lila (Jim) Scrivener of Dearborn, MO. Downing & Lahey East Mortuary.