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Herbert Bredemeier, 95

Herbert L. Bredemeier, 95, carpenter, died May 29 at Marion Manor Nursing Home.

The funeral was May 31 at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion with Janet Weathersbee officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

He was born June 12, 1907, to John Henry and Lillian (Dody) Bredemeier in Antelope. On June 12, 1929, he was married to Clara Hammer, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Dick Bredemeier and wife Evelyn of Marion; a daughter, Laura Bredemeier of Petaluma, Calif.; a sister, Elsie Coleman of Wichita; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials were established with Valley United Methodist Church and Marion Manor Nursing Home.

Gerald Lee Casey, 46

Gerald Lee Casey, 46, farmer, rancher and employee for Tyson Fresh Meats in Emporia, died May 27 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

A service will be held at a later date.

He was born Dec. 18, 1956, to Maurice and Charlote Casey in Emporia. On Nov. 15, 1977, he was married to Betty Norris, who survives.

He is also survived by his mother of Marion; a brother, Larry Casey of Lincolnville; and two sisters, Donna May and Rhonda Carlson, both of Marion.

Albert Miller, 78

Albert “Ditty” E. Gene Miller, 78, retired blacksmith for the Newton Santa Fe Railmill, died May 27 at Newton Medical Center.

The memorial service was May 31 at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home Chapel in Newton with pastor Louise N. MacClanahan officiating. Burial was at Whitewater Cemetery.

He was born July 31, 1924, to Charles Joseph and Elizabeth Mona (Corman) Miller in Newton. On Jan. 2, 1947, he was married to Elizabeth “Betty” A. Shultz. They later divorced, and Betty died in 2003. On Sept. 3, 1968, he was married to Betty Ilene King, who survives.

He is also survived by three sons, John Miller and Michael Miller, both of Newton, and Bill Miller and wife Debbie of Topeka; three daughters, Pam Denno and husband Keith of Newton, Pamela Waltner and husband Gordon of Hesston and Paula Flaming and husband John of rural Goessel; one sister-in-law, Loretta Miller of Newton; nine grandchildren, one step-grandchild and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with the Albert Miller Memorial Fund at First Bank of Newton.

Robert J. Silhan, 75

Robert J. Silhan, 75, electrician, plumber and former co-operator of Champion Station, died May 24 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion.

The Mass was held May 29 at St. Mark Catholic Church, Holy Family Parish in Marion with Father Stephen Gronert officiating. Burial was at Pilsen Cemetery.

He was born May 26, 1927, to William Lewis and Ella (Cerny) Silhan in Marion. On Aug. 2, 1958, he was married to Juanita June Dowell, who survives.

He is also survived by three sons, Mark Silhan of Talmage, James Silhan of Salina and David Silhan of Marion; a brother, Edward Silhan of Marion; two sister, Florence Holt of Marion and Rita May Steiner of Tampa.

A memorial has been established with St. Luke Living Center in Marion.

Ruth Jost, 80

Ruth Jost, 80, homemaker, died May 29 at Kansas Christian Home in Newton.

The graveside service and burial was May 30 at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

She was born Aug. 28, 1922, to Gerhard Dietrich and Lena (Klaassen) Ensz in Inman. On March 21, 1943, she was married to Ben L. Jost, who predeceased her in 2002.

She is survived by two daughters, Julie Thiessen of Wichita and Lena Moses of Newton; two brothers, Arnold Ensz of Whitewater and Elmer Ensz of Inman; a sister, Irene Sullivan of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Kansas Christian Home “Fellowship of John.”

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