Obituaries

Wed
13
Sep

JOE ZUMWALT

Joe W. Zumwalt, 68, Washington, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the Washington County Hospital. He was born June 22, 1949, at Brownsville, Texas, the son of Joe and Leota (Squires) Zumwalt. He worked construction in Texas most of his life. Preceding him in death were his parents; and a son, Joe Clifton Zumwalt in 2012. He is survived by his son, Billy (Brittany) Zumwalt, Washington; and five grandchildren. Visitation will be from noon-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Ward Funeral Home in Washington. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept., 15 at Ward Funeral Home, Washington. A memorial fund is established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.

Wed
06
Sep

Ruth C. Funke

Ruth C. Funke, 92, Washington, died Aug. 29, 2017, at the Washington County Hospital in Washington. She was born May 30, 1925, at Hollenberg, the daughter of John and Barbara (Steinlein) Ahlers. She attended school in Hollenberg. On April 29, 1950, she married Verne Funke in Haddam. She moved to Washington in 1994. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Verne on May 16, 1994; brothers, infant Bernard Ahlers and Noel Ahlers; sisters, Lucille Ahlers, Dorothy Meyer, Lois Scheele, Naomi Knuppel and Anna May Herda. Survivors include her son, Ron (Marcia) Funke, Washington; and a sister, Julia Root, Washington. Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 31, at noon at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. Funeral service was Friday, Sept. 1, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington. Father Joseph Kieffer officiated.  Sheila Ouellette was organist and Christine L’Ecuyer was Cantor.

Wed
06
Sep

Clarence L. “Klaus” Long

Clarence L. “Klaus” Long, 89, Linn, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at his home. He was born March 17, 1928, at rural Linn, the son of Alonzo and Etta (Odle) Long. He worked as a truck driver and repaired lawn mowers. On Nov. 16, 1951, he married Carol D. Depew.She preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 2010.Also preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Orville, Ephraim, Arbie, Allen, Albert, Eldon, Lonzo and Charlie; sisters, Alma McLaughlin, Bessie Oehmke, Flossie Tegethoff, Zelma Bishop and Marge Burk; son, Michael Long; and a grandson, Mikey Long. Survivors include his son, William (Trish) Long, Greenleaf; daughter, Deb Long (Jon Wilcox), Greenleaf; eight grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Kimeo. A memorial fund is established and will be designated by the family later.

Wed
30
Aug

Ethel C. Peters

Ethel C. Peters, 98, Washington, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home, Washington. She was born on July 7, 1919, in Mahaska, the daughter of Perry and Caroline (Brouse) Alldredge.She attended school and graduated from Mahaska High School. On Oct. 15, 1940, she married George Peters in Clay Center. Mrs. Peters was a homemaker and farm wife. Ethel was a homemaker and a farm wife.She was a member of the Bonville Club, Emmon Unit, Scruby Club and was a 4-H Leader. She also served on the Charleston Township Election Board. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George on Jan. 20, 2000; and brothers, Richard Alldredge and Perry K. Alldredge. Survivors include a son, Duane (Susan) Peters, Scandia; daughter, Barbara (Ron) Wurtz, Morrowville; sister-in-law, Barbara Alldredge, Niceville, Fla.; six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was Friday, Aug. 25 at the Ward Funeral Home in Washington.

Wed
16
Aug

Madelyn Oehmke

Madelyn Dorothy Winter Oehmke, 86, Palmer, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. She was born Oct. 28, 1930, at Palmer, the daughter of Conrad and Ella (Killman) Winter. She attended grade school in Palmer, graduated from high school in Linn and from Kansas State University in Manhattan. Mrs. Oehmke was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Palmer, where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. She married Lawrence Oehmke on June 3, 1955. He preceded her death in 1993. She retired after 40 years as an elementary first- grade teacher. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, serving as an organist for many years, singing in the choir, teaching Bible school and being involved in committee work. She is preceded in death by her parents, C.W. and Ella Winter; husband, Lawrence; step-son, Larry Oehmke; and brothers, Delbert Winter and Lavern Winter.

Wed
16
Aug

Leonard Luehring

Leonard Irvin Luehring, 93, died Aug. 3, 2017 at St. Simeons in Tulsa, Okla. He was born May 14, 1924, on a farm near Hanover, the son of Edward and Iva Luehring. He graduated from Washington High School in 1942 as class president and salutatorian. He worked his way through college and graduated with honors from Kansas State University in 1948, with a degree in chemical engineering. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Steel Ring, honorary societies and was named to Who’s Who in Engineering. Before graduating, he worked for Hercules making rocket powder and for Boeing as an assistant process engineer before serving in the U.S. Army. Upon discharge, he returned to college to complete his degree. Mr. Leuhring started his career with the Atlas Powder Company at their Tamaqua, Penn., plant and progressed through acid and dynamite supervisory positions.

Wed
02
Aug

Dr. Herman Hiesterman

Dr. Herman Hiesterman, 94, Quinter, died July 20, 2017. He was born May 31, 1923, in Palmer, the son of Herman and Anna Lindhorst Hiesterman. He attended local schools before transferring to Concordia College in Seward, Neb., for his senior year of high school. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Army during World War II where he was in the Army Specialized Training Program, then a second lieutenant in the Medical Administrative Corps. After the war, he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1948 and the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1951. Dr. Hiesterman and Dr. Carl Gunter moved to Quinter in 1952 to begin practice with Dr. Ben Morris. Drs. Hiesterman and Gunter left the partnership with Dr. Morris one year later and went into practice themselves. They remained in practice together until 1984 when Dr. Gunter retired. Dr. Hiesterman retired from private practice in 1989 but practiced part time in the Indian Health Service until 1998. Dr.

Wed
02
Aug

Dean R. Vathauer

Dean R. Vathauer, 84, Barnes, died Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Blue Valley Senior Living in Blue Rapids. He was born Jan. 7, 1933, on the family farm south of Barnes, to Frank and Lydia (Oehler) Vathauer. He graduated from Barnes High School in 1951. On April 18, 1954, he married Dolores A. Rodick at Bethlehem Lutheran Church outside Greenleaf.Mr. Vathauer was a farmer and stockman. Survivors include his wife Dolores; four children, Bob (Libby) Vathauer, Manhattan, Jeanette (Rick) Pendleton, Topeka, Jim (Arlyss) Vathauer, Clay Center and Scott (Janece) Vathauer, Barnes; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister Faye Savage, Barnes. Preceding him in death were his parents, an infant son, Mark, and a brother in law, Dean Savage. Funeral services are at 10:30 am, Wednesday, Aug. 2, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, south of Barnes with Pastor Rodney Fritz offi ciating.

Wed
26
Jul

Alvin Lee Claeys

Alvin Lee Claeys, 72, Clay Center, died July 19, 2017, in Manhattan. He was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Marysville, the son of Alvin W. and Bernice Boyte Claeys. He was raised in Barnes and graduated from Barnes High School in 1962. Mr. Claeys owned and operated a service station in Blue Rapids, managed a tire business for Rex Koppes, worked at Bud’s Tire, Hutchinson Manufacturing and Simlo. He also drove a school bus for USD 379 for 20 years. Mr. Claeys was a member of the Clay Center Christian Church. He married Linda Nester. They later divorced. On Sept. 4, 1971, he married Elaine Chartier Griffi ths. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Michelle Downward and husband, Larry, Marysville, Trudy Witmer and companion, Patriciah Neet, and Karen Girard and husband, Scott, all of Clay Center; a son, Devin Griffi ths and fi ancee, Heather Baker, Clay Center; a brother, Dennis Claeys and wife, Sharon, Washington; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Wed
19
Jul

Dorothy Skupa

Dorothy N. Skupa, 95, Haddam, died Thursday, July 13, 2017. She was born Aug. 14, 1921, to William and Doris (Welch) Holloway at Spencer, Iowa. After her mother’s death, the family returned to Kansas. She was raised by her grandparents, Robert and Mary Welch, in Clyde. On Jan. 28, 1942, she married Ed Skupa in Pasco, Ore. Ed worked for the US Coast & Geodetic Survey and together they made over 190 moves. They moved to Haddam in 1968. She continued to take trips with her husband, Edward, until his death in 2001. Survivors include sons, Keith Skupa (Sherri), Valley Center, and Bryan Skupa (Cheryl), Haddam; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Neva Stueve, Corvallis, Ore. Funeral service was Wednesday, July 19, at Haddam United Methodist Church, with burial in Haddam Cemetery. Pastor John Lewis officiated. Memorials may be made to Haddam Cemetery/Tree Project or Republic County Hospital in care Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville.

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