Deaths

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David J. Brunner, 92

David J. Brunner, 92, farmer, died Feb. 15 at Herington Municipal Hospital.

The funeral was Feb. 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ramona with pastor Clark Davis officiating. Burial was at Lewis Cemetery in Ramona.

He was born March 7, 1909, to George Henry and Eva (Beisel) Brunner in Ramona. On Sept. 20, 1946, he was married to Marlyss M. Brunner, who survives.

He is also survived by one daughter, Jane Hogan and husband Jim of Gardner; one stepson, Charles Ryan and wife Sharon of Salina; one sister Johanna Kaiser of Lincolnville; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials were established with Trinity Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Home in Herington, in care of Donahue Funeral Home, 404 South Broadway, Herington, KS, 67449.

Tobias F. Dirks, 91

Tobias F. Dirks, 91, businessman, died Feb. 14 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The funeral was Feb. 18 at Central Heights Mennonite Church in rural Tampa with pastor Roy Keller officiating. Burial was at Peace Valley Cemetery in rural Tampa.

He was born Feb. 28, 1910, to Isaac and Rachel Dirks in rural Durham. On May 24, 1936, he was married to Velma (Friedly) Dirks, who predeceased him in 1998.

He is survived by three sons, Tobias Jr. of Rocky Face, Ga., Wendell Dirks of Hillsboro and Dwight Dirks of Durham; one daughter, DeLoyce Harris of Panama, Neb.; one brother, Melvin Dirks of Lehigh; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Central Heights Mennonite Church.

Ronald Howard, 58

Ronald Dale Howard, 58, businessman, died Feb. 16 at his residence in Hillsboro.

The funeral was Feb. 19 at Hillsboro Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Pittsfield, Ill.

He was born Sept. 20, 1943, to Harold Dale and Mildred (Taylor) Howard in Pittsfield. On Aug. 2, 1969, he was married to Judy Fisher, who survives.

He is also survived by his mother; one son, Ronald Dale Howard Jr. of Hillsboro; one daughter, Teresa Hirtler of Hillsboro; and two grandchildren.

A memorial was established with Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Martin L. Jantz, 80

Martin L. Jantz, 80, quarry superintendent, died Feb. 13 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion.

The funeral was Feb. 16 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion with pastors John Goering and Marilyn Cox officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 23, 1921, to Peter and Mary (Thomas) Jantz in Glendive, Mont. On July 24, 1944, he was married to Helen Wunsch, who survives.

He is also survived by one son, Michael Jantz and wife Cheryl of Arkansas City; one daughter, Janice Bell and husband Mike of Olathe; one brother, Paul Jantz of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; three sisters, Lydia Duerksen of Hillsboro, Ruth Suderman of Newton and Susie Yeakel of Denair, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

A memorial was established with Eastmoor United Methodist Memorial Fund of Marion.

Christian K. Mohn, 23

Christian K. Mohn, 23, carpenter, died Feb. 8 from injuries he received in an automobile accident in Franklin, Mass.

The funeral was Feb. 15 at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg, Texas. Burial was at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg.

He was born Sept. 8, 1978, to Jeryl L. and Vicki N. (Huffman) Mohn in Houston.

He is survived by his parents; one brother, Justin L. Mohn of Norwood, Maine; and grandparents Oliver and Marcella Mohn of Hillsboro.

A memorial was established with the Boys & Girls Country of Houston, 18806 Roberts Road, Houston, TX, 77447, in care of Shirley Wright.

Vernon Nonken, 78

Vernon W. Nonken, 78, machinist for Hesston Corp. and farmer, died Feb. 15 in Wichita.

The funeral was Feb. 18 at Peabody Christian Church with pastor Jim Pohlman officiating. Burial was at Whitewater Center Church Cemetery in rural Burns.

He was born Oct. 14, 1923, to George and Leeta (Wilbur) Nonken in Marion. On August 25, 1961, he was married to Darleen (Schoen) Nonken, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Cheryl Thompson of Halstead and Ruth Arnold of Borger, Texas; three stepdaughters, Charlotte Andrews of Newton, Donna Slatten of Collins, Mo., and Joy Ratcliff of Borger; two stepsons, Larry Andrews of Burns and Tom Lusk of Borger; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A memorial was established with Whitewater Center Church and Northview Developmental Center of Newton.

Maxine Taylor, 76

Maxine Taylor, 76, died Dec. 24 in La Mesa, Calif.

A memorial service of cremains was held in California.

She was born March 13, 1925, to Mac and Esther Kelsheimer in Florence.

She is survived by one daughter, Patti, and one son, Timothy, both of California; two brothers; one sister; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial was established with the Florentine Senior Center in Florence.

Arthur N. Unruh, 89

Arthur N. Unruh, 89, retired farmer and stockman, died Feb. 18 in North Newton.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at Grace Hill Mennonite Church in rural Whitewater with pastor James Voth officiating. Burial will be at Grace Hill Mennonite Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 27, 1912, to John S. and Mary (Ewert) Unruh in Newton. On August 7, 1946, he married Elva (Claassen) Unruh, who survives.

He is also survived by one son, Dennis Unruh of Fresno, Calif.; two daughters, Sondra Merk of Loveland, Colo., and Marilyn Unruh Flaming of Hillsboro; two sisters, Alvina Hall of Wichita and Grace Nickel of North Newton; and five grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Hynes Memorial Hospice and Grace Hill Mennonite Church.

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