Deaths

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Virgielee Liles, 57




Virgielee Liles, 57, seamstress, died Jan. 22 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.


The funeral was Jan. 25 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro with pastor Ken Peterson officiating. Burial of cremains was at Haven of Rest Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.


She was born Oct. 1, 1944, to Herbert L. and Clara Schmidt Hiebert in Florence. On April 6, 1963, she was married to Johnnie E. Liles, who survives.


She is also survived by two sons, Christopher J. Liles of Lehigh and John Ashley Liles of Canton; one daughter, Stacey L. McMahan of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two sisters, Josie Pankratz of Hillsboro and Darlene Stratman of Tempe, Ariz; and nine grandchildren.


A memorial has been established with First Mennonite Church.




Paul Loewen, 75




Paul James Loewen, 75, retired excavator and truck driver, died Jan. 27 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion.


The funeral was Jan. 30 at Baker Funeral Home in Peabody with pastor Steve Hysom of Trinity United Methodist Church of El Dorado officiating. Burial was at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.


He was born April 6, 1926, to Jacob D. and Lydia Hadel Loewen in Los Angeles, Calif. His family moved to rural Hillsboro in 1928. On June 12, 1949, he was married to Darlene G. Loewen, who predeceased him in 1984.


He is survived by three daughters, Paulette Zook and son-in-law Ramon, Janette Parmley and son-in-law Tim, all of Florence, and Mashawn Weber and son-in-law Dale of Cedar Point; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


A memorial has been established with the Florence Volunteer Fire Department.




Edward Broz Jr., 80




Edward J. Broz Jr., 80, farmer and stockman, died Jan. 26 at Marion Manor.


The funeral was Jan. 29 at the Holy Family Parish of St. Mark Catholic Church in Marion. Burial was at Pilsen Cemetery.


He was born July 1, 1921, to Edward J. and Emma Katherine Dvorak Broz Sr. in rural Pilsen.


He is survived by his companion, Jo Elling of Marion; one sister, Emma Momper and husband Jim of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and 16 nieces and nephews.


A memorial was established with the Marion Veterans of Foreign Wars.




Rubena Bishop, 79




Rubena Bishop, 79, homemaker and retired beautician, died Jan. 21.


The funeral was Jan. 24 at Culbertson-Smith Mortuary in Wichita. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.


She was born Aug. 17, 1922, to Gerhard and Helena Warkentin in Lehigh.


She was preceded in death by husbands Melvin Bishop and Vernon Jones.


She is survived by one son, Lyle Jones and wife Betty of Wichita; one daughter, Melba Stephens of Richmond Va..; five sisters, Adeline Dixon of Goessel, Lydia McDonald of Tulsa, Okla., Helen Thiessen of Lehigh, and Ruth Wenger and Mary Thiessen, both of Hillsboro; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


A memorial was established with Olivet Baptist Church Good Neighbor Center in Wichita.

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