September 30, 2014
Carl Anderson Tate, 89, former Boeing Aircraft Company chemical engineer, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Funeral service, 1 p.m., Friday, October 3, Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Preceded in death by wife, Betty. Survivors: son, Gerald; granddaughter, Jessica Jean; great-grandchildren, Christopher Cody and Aubree Alexis. Memorial established with Wichita Masonic Lodge #99, P.O. Box 4814, Wichita, KS 67204.
September 30, 2014
Morgen, Florence, 93, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Funeral Service will be at 3:30 P.M., Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East, followed by burial at Highland Cemetery. Florence was born in New York on February 25, 1921 to Pauline (Gelbcrone) and Philip Fleitman and moved to Wichita, KS shortly thereafter. She attended Mount Carmel Academy Boarding School from 5th grade through high school graduation and then attended Fairmount College. In her early 20s she moved to New York City, where she met the love of her life, Daniel D. Morgen in March 1946. On a purported cross country trip, Dan stopped off in Chipita Park, CO and proposed to Florence in the summer of 1947. They were married in Wichita, KS at the Allis Hotel on October 19, 1947 and together they raised their three children. Florence was an active member of Temple Emanu-El and its sisterhood. She was also a member of Hadassah, Bnai Brith Women and Petroleum Wives Association. Florence was preceded in death by her parents, Pauline and Philip Fleitman. Survived by her husband, Dan of almost 67 years; her sons, John of Wichita, KS and Robert (Becky) Morgen of Walla Walla, WA; her daughter, Dana Morgen (Doug Fay) of Overland Park, KS. She was blessed with eight grandchildren, Aly (Chris) Wren, Philip (Yael) Fay, Ilana Fay, Nathan Fay, Sarah Morgen and Jake Morgen. She was also blessed with special friends and caregivers, Dawn, RuthAnn, Kayla, Shalita, the staff at Regent Park and St. Francis Hospital 4th Floor. Florence made her life a blessing. To know her was to love her and she will always be remember for her gentle soul, kindness, smile and twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes. Kindly omit flowers. The family suggests contributions to Temple Emanu-El Cemetery Fund, 7011 E. Central, Wichita, KS 67206; or Hebrew Congregation Cemetery Fund, 1850 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS 67206.
September 29, 2014
Wyss, Carolyn Ruth, 79, retired teacher, died Monday, September 29, 2014. Funeral Service will be at 1:00 P.M., Friday, October 3, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Born July 8, 1935 in Towanda, Kansas, Carolyn was an active member at First United Methodist Church. She was a teacher of Art Education and Special Education in the Wichita area over the course of her career. She taught at Coleman J.H.S., Brooks J.H.S., Blessed Sacrament, Kapaun H.S., Newton H.S., an South H.S. where she retired. Preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Hazel Raymond; daughter, Lucia Wyss; husband, Charles Wyss. Survived by her daughter, Joanna (Kevin) Wiebe; sons, Vincent (Karen) Wyss, Drew (Koni) Wyss; grandchildren, Hannah Wiebe, Rachel Wiebe, Nick Wyss, Caitlin Wyss, Sarah Wyss, Keith Wyss, Jill Wyss; 2 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; brother, Don (June) Raymond of Kaneohe, HI.
September 29, 2014
Revert, Donald L., 102, died Monday, September 29, 2014. Funeral Service will be at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Emelyn; one brother and two sisters. Survived by his daughter, Mary Lou Early (William) of Mt. Vernon, MO; numerous relatives. A memorial has been established with Missouri Veteran's Home, 1600 S. Hickory, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712.
Hornbeck, Dorothy "Dottie"
September 28, 2014
Dorothy Ann Dottie Hornbeck, 88, died Sunday, September 28, 2014. Rosary service will be 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, and Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 2, both at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Resthaven Mausoleum. Dottie was preceded by her parents, Alvia P. and Lola M. Jander; husband, James; sister, Corinne Moran. She is survived by her children, Philip Hornbeck of Haysville, Doug Hornbeck (Donna) of Melvern, KS, Gwen Snyder (Bruce) and Tom Hornbeck (Debbie) all of Wichita; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Alzheimers Association, 1820 East Douglas, Wichita, Kansas, 67214 and Catholic Charities, 437 N. Topeka, Wichita, Kansas, 67202. Downing & Lahey West.
July 31, 1924 - September 27, 2014
Galyon, Betty Lou, 90, passed away Saturday, September 27th, 2014. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, September 30th, 7:00 8:00 PM. Service will be 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 1st, both at Downing and Lahey Mortuary West Chapel. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John & Bessie Boyd and husband, Keith. Survivors include her children, Renee Hearn (James), of Wichita, Keith (Julie), of Katy, TX, and Mark (Nancy), of Wichita; six grandchildren: Stephanie, Adam, Lindsey, Lauren, Alexandra, Grant; and two great-grandchildren: Reid and Rhett. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with The Generations Unit at Newton Medical Center, 600 Medical Central Drive, Newton, KS 67114. Tributes may be shared online at: www.dlwichita.com.
September 27, 2014
Baker, Sheryl J., 66, retired nurse and COO of Renal Care Group, died Saturday, September 27, 2014. Visitation with the Family will begin at 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, with the Rosary Service following at 7:00 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Sheryl was preceded in death by her parents, William G. and Dolores A. Carter; husband, Mark Stephen Baker; and daughter, Katherine Anne Baker. She is survived by her sons, Douglas Baker (Shelly), of Wichita, KS, and Stephen Baker, of Denver, CO; brother, W.D. Carter, of Leavenworth, KS; grandchildren, Alexander Baker, Dylan Baker, Madison Baker, Chelsea Newby (Dylan); great-grandchild, Bradley Newby. A memorial has been established with the Wichita Childrens Home, 810 North Holyoke, Wichita, Kansas, 67208. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East.
September 26, 2014
King, Roland Anthony Tony, passed on September 26, 2014. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Born in 1919, Tony attended East High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He worked as a builder and real estate developer in the Wichita area and was an avid tennis player. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Pat; son, Larry; stepdaughters, Ann and Lynn; granddaughter, Linda.
Binyon, Dr. Kernie
September 23, 2014
Binyon, Dr. Kernie Ward, 90, Retired Family Physician, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Visitation with the Family will be from 5:00 7:00 P.M., Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. Funeral Service will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, September 29, 2014, at Central Christian Church. Preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Nadine Binyon; brothers, Carl, Doyle, Cleon, Lloyd. Survivors include his children, Tom (Brenda) Binyon of Wichita, Sandra (Brian) Finchum of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren, Caitlin Cornelius, Jordan Binyon, Caitie Wiechman, Lexie Binyon; great-grandson Colin Tribble. Memorials have been established with Central Christian Church, 2900 N. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS 67226; His Helping Hands, 1441 E. 37th St. N., Wichita, KS 67219.
Webb, Kenneth "Kenny"
September 23, 2014
Kenneth Kenny Max Webb, 92, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Kenny was born January 21, 1922 in Wichita. He attended East High School, was a former employee of Wonder Bread and Bond Bakery and retired from Hawker Beechcraft in 1985. Visitation with the family, 7 p.m. - 8:30 pm., Friday, September 26, Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. Service, 2 p.m., Saturday, September 27, West Heights United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife and best friend, Maxine Ellen (Dorr) Webb; son-in-law, Robert Larkey; granddaughter, Danielle Gendreau Ehlen; parents, Louanna (Miller) Webb Eads and Charles Bert Webb; brothers, Earl, Everett and Loren Webb; sisters, Beulah Davidson, Ethel Wolf, Cleo Eads and Velma VanCuren Rumsey. Survivors: daughters, Judy Larkey, Barbara Gendreau (Denis) and Janet Fowler (Ed); grandchildren, Kathy VanDeest (Roy), Debbie Campbell (Butch), Kevin Larkey (Michele) and Lisa Roberson (Rob); great-grandchildren, Jackie Campbell, Melanie Rigden, Christopher Campbell, Braden Larkey, Danica Larkey and Michael VanDeest. Memorials established with West Heights United Methodist Church, 745 N. Westlink, Wichita, KS 67212 and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202.
Soltis, John "Jack"
September 22, 2014
John Jack Soltis, 82, retired in 1994 from Learjet as a hydraulic tester, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014. Rosary, 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, Downing & Lahey West. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Saturday, September 27, St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial following at 1:30 p.m., Upchurch Cemetery at Norwich. Preceded by parents, John and Mary (Muransky) Soltis; wife, Margaret (Bomholt) Soltis; son, Keith. Survivors: daughters, Mary Dodd (Tim), Jean Devins (Matt), Joyce DeVarennes (Marc), Diane Close (Pat); daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Soltis; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Soltis. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 132 S. Millwood, Wichita, KS 67213.
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
Patricia R. Becker, 87, avid golfer and former Boeing employee, died Thursday, September 18, 2014. Inurnment, 11 a.m., Saturday, October 18, Calvary Cemetery, 610 S. Vassar. Preceded in death by parents, William and Ruth Etter; first husband, Jack Douglass; second husband, Garrol Becker. Survivors: children, Laurie Finucane (Mark) of South Pasadena, CA, Paula Douglass (Dennis Rheault) of Chicago, IL, Tracy Barnhart (John) of Wichita, David Douglass of Lawrence; grandchildren, Claire, Lucy, Addie and Jack; sister, Carolyn Jones (Norky) of Los Gatos, CA. Memorials to Caring Hearts for Senior Living, 1229 S. Byron, Wichita, KS 67209 and Good Shepherd Hospice, 439 N. McLean, Wichita, KS 67202. Downing & Lahey West.
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.