Billy Junior May, 82

Billy Junior May, 82, former quarry-scale operator, died Feb. 3 at the Kansas Soldiers Home in Ft. Dodge.

The funeral was Feb. 7 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion with pastor Larry Timm officiating. Burial with military honors was at Marion Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 2, 1921, to William and Bessie (Slifer) May in Marion.

He is survived by one sister, Betty Holtsclaw of Wichita, five nieces and seven nephews.

A memorial has been established with the Marion VFW Post No. 6958 and the VFW Auxiliary.

Irvin Brunner, 61

Irvin Joseph Brunner, 61, carpenter and contractor, died Feb. 7 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

The funeral was Feb. 11 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion with pastors John Ryding and Eugene Hicks officiating. Burial was at Lewis Cemetery in Ramona.

He was born Nov. 7, 1941, to Solomon and Hanna (Langhofer) Brunner in rural Ramona. On Sept. 3, 1966, he was married to Marilyn “Tudy” McDiffett, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Wendy Youk and husband Justin and Paige Schneider and husband Michael, all of Marion, and Amy White of Pratt; two brothers, Omer Brunner of Owasso, Okla., and James Brunner of Ramona; three sisters, Neva Applegate and Karen Mowat, both of Marion, and Joan Gillett of Casper, Wyo.; and one granddaughter, Cameron White of Pratt.

Memorials were established with Our Savior Lutheran
Church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Ramona and Marion Country Club.

Paul Scharenberg, 88

Paul E. Scharenberg, 88, retired farmer/rancher and former owner of the Burns Lumber Yard, died Feb. 8 in Cottonwood Falls.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Wonsevu Christian Church with pastor Clint Stoppel officiating. Burial will be at the Homestead Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 24, 1914, to Louis and Maude (Shanklin) Scharenberg in Wonsevu. On June 3, 1939, he was married to Velma Yoaken, who survives.

He is also survived by one son, Lyle L. Scharenberg of Naples, Fla.; one daughter, Diane Griffin of Burns; one sister, Grace Hazen of Belleville, Ohio; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Wonsevu Christian Church and Zeredatha Masonic Lodge No. 80 in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.

Sadie E. Unruh, 92

Sadie E. Unruh, 92, homemaker, died Feb. 10 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Tabor Cemetery near Goessel. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Koerner Heights Church in Newton.

She was born April 5, 1910, to John J. and Effie (Unruh) Becker in Harvey County. On Dec. 17, 1931, she was married to Peter B. Unruh, who predeceased her.

She is survived by one son, Gerald Unruh of rural Newton; three daughters, Thelma Goerzen of rural Newton, Barbara Schroeder of Grealey, Colo., and Marcella Wagerle of Wichita; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild and one step great-great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established with Bethesda Home.

Wilma Nickel, 96

Wilma Pearl Nickel, 96, former domestic worker, died Feb. 10 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro with pastor Tim Kliewer officiating. Burial will be at Haven of Rest Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

She was born April 30, 1906, to Heinrich and Sarah (Penner) Nickel near Hillsboro in the Brudertal community.

She is survived by four nieces, one nephew, 16 grand nieces and nephews and 14 great-grand-nieces and nephews.

A memorial has been established with the Mennonite Central Committee.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillsboromemchapel@

Virgil P. Schmidt, 67

Virgil P. Schmidt, 67, grounds director at Bethel College and a landscaper at Virg’s Lawn Care, died Feb. 10 at his home in North Newton.

A private family graveside service will be held at Tabor Mennonite Church Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton with pastor Gordon Smith officiating.

He was born March 24, 1935, to Arnold T. and Marie (Flaming) Schmidt in Goessel. On Aug. 30, 1959, he was married to Doris Jane Mendel, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Keith V. Schmidt of Omaha, Neb.; two daughters, Kathy M. Steely of Hewitt, Texas, and Karma J. Kauffman of Tulsa, Okla; a sister, Luella Schmidt of Hesston; two brothers, Arlo D. Schmidt of rural Newton and Orville A. Schmidt of Elbing; and six grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Central Homecare and Hospice and Mennonite Central Committee.

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