DEATHS

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Bennie Koop, 82

Bennie Koop, 82, farmer and stockman, died Aug. 16 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

The service was Aug. 20 at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. Burial was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 22, 1923, to Peter J. and Anna Funk Koop in Hillsboro. In 1951 he was married to Irma Ratzlaff, who survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Kim and wife Kathy Koop of Hillsboro and Dale and wife Mona Koop of Abilene; a daughter, Brenda and husband Leonard Coryea of Hillsboro; a brother, Wallace Koop of Shafter, Calif.; three sisters, Helen Loewen and Edna Suderman, both of Hillsboro, and Lorna Gerbrandt of Sacramento, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Building Fund and Parkside Homes.

Leah Kraft, 91

Leah Wassenmiller Kraft, 91, died Aug. 6 in Wichita.

The service was Aug. 10 at First Baptist Church in Shattuck, Okla. with Pastor Tim Kraft officiating. Interment was at Shattuck Memorial Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 30, 1913, in Tscharbakovka, Russia. In 1945 she was married to Merlin B. Kraft, who pastored the Church of God in Durham and has predeceased her.

She is survived by two sons, John Tim Kraft of Moundridge and Mark S. Kraft of Sandy, Ore.; two daughters, Rhonda M. Klassen of Wichita and Rhoda M. Coffman of El Dorado; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Hospice Care of Kansas.

Janet Parker, 72

Janet Laurel Parker, 72, died Aug. 16 in Atchison.

The service was Aug. 20 at the United Methodist Church in Atchison. Inurnment was in the church’s Rose Garden.

She was born Aug. 15, 1933, to Lawrence D. and Florence Kittell Slocombe in Newton. In 1955 she was married to Harold Parker, who predeceased her in 1998.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen and husband Mike Piper of Leavenworth; two sons, Landon and wife Terry Parker of Woodland Park, Colo., and Todd Parker of Fairway; a sister, LaVonne P. Hannaford of Marion; and three grandchildren.

Memorials have been established for cancer research and the American Heart Association, in care of Arensburg-Pruett Funeral Home in Atchison.

JayDean Schroeder, 67

JayDean Schroeder, 67, farmer, died Aug. 20 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

The service was Aug. 23 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Pastor Dave Plett officiated. Burial was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 9, 1937, to Henry F. and Susie Feil Schroeder in Hillsboro. In 1961 he was married to Judy Ratzlaff, who survives in Marion.

He is also survived by two sons, James and wife Melinda Schroeder of Marion and Joel and wife Kay Schroeder of Newton; a brother, Hank Schroeder of Broken Arrow, Okla.; a sister, Marilyn Hall of Wichita; and five grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church and Parkside Homes.

Frances Skinner, 90

Frances L. Skinner, 90, died Aug. 20 in Peabody.

The service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Peabody United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

She was born March 28, 1915, to Frank and Ida Graves near Coweta, Okla. In 1943 she was married to Merle Skinner, who predeceased her in 1994.

She is survived by two daughters, Virginia Skinner of Peabody and Donna Nelson of Lindsborg; a son, Donald Skinner and wife Connie Strand of Leawood; a sister, Lucy Davis of Wichita; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established with Peabody United Methodist Church.

Lawrence Travis, 94

Lawrence E. Travis, 94, retired salesman, died Aug. 18 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion.

The service was Aug. 20 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion with Pastor Phil Morris officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 29, 1911, to Milford and Thella Grim Travis in Runnymede. In 1942 he was married to Mary Ruth Yeagley, who survives.

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorials have been established with the Milton United Methodist Church and the American Diabetes Association.

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