Rufus J. Bateman, 65

Rufus J. Bateman, 65, retired meat cutter for Hometown Foods in Marion, died June 12 at the family home in Marion.

The funeral was June 15 at Strassburg Baptist Church in Marion with pastor Don Mashburn officiating. Burial was at Grant Township Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 14, 1937, to Rufus Hardy and Rozella Elizabeth (Byram) Bateman in Marion. On April 25, 1965, he was married to Jeannine Ann Skibbe, who survives.

He is also survived by one daughter, Kristine Bateman; one brother, John K. Bateman and wife Beth; one niece and three nephews.

Charlie R. Loucks, 88

Charlie R. Loucks, 88, farmer and former employee of Hesston Corp., died June 14 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

The funeral was June 22 at Spring Valley Mennonite Church in rural Canton with Chaplin Beverly Baumgartner and pastors Loyal Martin and Frank Willems officiating. Burial was at Spring Valley Cemetery.

He was born June 1, 1914, to Joseph and Clara (Bitikofer) Loucks in Canton. On Aug. 27, 1936, he was married to Thelma Blosser, who predeceased him in 2000.

He is survived by two sons, Lonnie Loucks of Las Vegas, Nev., and Rodney Loucks of Canton; two daughters, Yvonne Chambers of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Julie Bacon of Ulysses; one brother, Phares Loucks of Hesston; four daughters, Vera Diener of Weatherford, Okla., Myrtle Stutzman of Hesston, Ethel Posar of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Marjorie Knight of Oregon; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial was established with Gideons International.

Waldo Ediger, 76

Waldo Ediger, 76, retired employee of Excel Industries in Hesston, died June 13.

The funeral was June 15 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in rural Goessel with pastor Jim Dunn officiating. Burial was at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Cemetery.

He was born May 23, 1926, to Henry and Elizabeth (Goossen) Ediger.

On May 13, 1966, he was married to Alda Mae Goertzen, who survives.

He is also survived by one son, Ronald Ediger; one sister-in-law, Katherine Ediger; one niece and several nephews.

A memorial was established with Bethesda Home in Goessel.

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