Obituaries

Ardis Jeanette Johnson Williams

May 17, 1936 – Nov. 11, 2017

WAGONER, Okla. — Ardis Jeanette Johnson Williams, formerly of the Miller community, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at her home at Wagoner, Okla. She was 81.

She was born May 17, 1936, at Osage City, the daughter of Edward Olaf and Nancy Fern Austin Johnson.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Barbara Jean Britschge

June 30, 1956 – Nov. 16, 2017

TOPEKA — Barbara Jean Britschge, Burlingame, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at a Topeka hospital. She was 61.

She was born June 30, 1956, at Emporia, the daughter of Melvin P. and Helen V. Kraus Britschge.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and five brothers, Ronald, Russell, Gary, Dean and Clifford Britschge.

Vernon L. Weimer

July 6, 1933 – Nov. 16, 2017

TOPEKA — Vernon L. Weimer died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was 84.

He was born July 6, 1933, at Olivet, the son of Louis and Dorothy Taylor Weimer. He spent his life in the Olivet, Melvern and Carbondale communities.

Donald Cullen Bryant

Sept. 4, 1977 – Nov. 7, 2017

OVERBROOK — Donald Cullen Bryant, Overbrook, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. He was 40.

He was born Sept. 4, 1977, at Lawrence. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1996 and attended Kaw Area Vocational School and Allen Community College. He served in the Kansas National Guard.

He was employed as the maintenance superintendent for the city of Overbrook. Donald “Ratchet” was a member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club and served as a sergeant-at-arms.

He married Jennifer Toyne in August 2001. They later divorced.

Ellis Linwood Swarts

May 11, 1922 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Ellis Linwood Swarts, Osage City, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Osage City. He was 95.

He was born May 11, 1922, the son of Harry and Jessie Benton Swarts. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1940.

Mary T. Stockman

May 19, 1926 – Nov. 11, 2017

TOPEKA — Mary T. Stockman passed from this world to her new journey with the Lord, Nov. 11, 2017, at Midland Hospice, Topeka. She was 91.

She was born May 19, 1926, at Topeka, the sixth of seven daughters of Leo A. and Loretta Erbacher.

She grew up in St. Marys, where she attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic School. After high school graduation, she attended St. Marys College, Leavenworth, before moving to Denver to join the workforce.

Sandra Thurman

May 15, 1938 – Nov. 13, 2017

LYNDON — Sandra Thurman died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at her home in Lyndon. She was 79.

She was born May 15, 1938, at Verona, Mo., the daughter of Oren and Irene Ohlhausen Mann.

She lived at Pomona Lake, Perry, and at Lyndon for the last 15 years. She was a homemaker and was a member of Overbrook Bible Church.

She married to James Thurman May 11, 1956, at Aurora, Mo. He survives of the home.

Don Ray Faust

May 10, 1937 – Nov. 12, 2017

OVERBROOK — Don Ray Faust, Overbrook, died after a struggle with COPD, Sunday, November 12, 2017, with his wife of 57 years by his side. He was 80.

He was born May 10, 1937, at Lincoln, Neb., the son of Earl and Alma Norris Faust. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he attended grade school, junior high, high school and Iowa State University. He was a member of the Iowa National Guard until he joined the U.S. Air Force.

Alfred Spencer

Died – Nov. 13, 2017

SCRANTON — Alfred R. “Boogie” Spencer Sr., Scranton, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at home. He was 61.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship, Carbondale.

Hazel Lou Rethorst Herron

June 11, 1925 – Nov. 9, 2017

SPEARVILLE — Hazel Lou Rethorst Herron went to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. She was 92

She was born on June 11, 1925, at Hutchinson, the daughter of Louis and Hazel Ott Rethorst. She attended school in Spearville, graduating from high school in 1943.

She attended college at Emporia, graduating in 1947 with a home economics degree. She taught for two years in Lyons.

She married Cecil Herron June 5, 1949. He preceded her in death.

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