Deaths, December 17, 2014

? ABRAM NICHOLAS CLAASSEN, 86, formerly of Hillsboro, and a commercial construction superintendent, died Dec. 12 in Wichita.

The service is at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday Dec. 17 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1400 E. Kellogg Dr., Wichita.

Burial was at Maize Park Cemetery in Maize.

He was born May 25, 1928, to Abraham J. and Anna (Peters) Claassen at El Trebel, Durango Province, Mexico, where his parents migrated after leaving South Russia in 1925.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of 31 years; sister Mary and husband Eldo Weins of Meade; children Steve and wife Nancy, Rodney and wife Sondra Claassen of Wichita and Stan Claassen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepchildren Lynne and husband Jay Shorney of Lewisville, Texas, and LuAnne and husband David Bixby of Boise Idaho; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene and sent in care of Broadway Mortuary, 1147 S. Broadway at Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67211.

Condolences may be sent to the family via website at:

Broadway Mortuary is in charge of all arrangements.

? MERLE M. DOUGLAS, 81, died Dec. 6 at Marion.

A private family service will be at a later date.

He was born Jan. 19, 1933, to Dale and Gladys Harmon Douglas at Yates Center. On Sept. 14, 1953, he was married to Emma Coldin, who survives.

Other survivors include daughters Donna and husband Allen Ollek of El Dorado, Debbie and husband Jim Budke of Strong City, Pam and husband Terry Chizek of Marion, Cathy and husband Lee Jantzen of Peabody and Melinda and husband James Schroeder of Marion; brothers Raymond of California and Leland of Yates Center; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

? CLIFFORD ENTZ, 68, a farmer of Peabody, died Dec. 15 at his home.

The service is at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Swiss Church, 125 S. Oak St., Whitewater.

Burial will precede the service at 10 a.m. at Swiss Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at Swiss Family Life Center, 703 E. Central St., Whitewater.

He was born Feb. 2, 1946, to Gus and Louise (Busenitz) Entz at Newton. On Oct. 12, 1968, he was married to Vickie Tyler, who survives.

Other survivors include son Gordon and wife Shawn of Peabody; daughter Amanda Mohr and husband Kevin of Rose Hill; siblings Woody Entz of Wichita and Annabelle Wells of Kearney, Neb., and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Ponca Bible Camp or Wycliffe for the benefit of Jason and Kari Diller, and sent in care of Lamb Funeral Home, 120 S Main, Whitewater, KS 67154.

? ELAINE E. GOERTZEN, 89, died Dec. 12 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

The service was Dec. 16 at Alexanderwohl Church Cemetery. Following the graveside service, a memorial service was held at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, with pastors Linda Ewert and Steve Schmidt officiating.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15 at Bethesda Home Chapel, 408 E. Main St., Goessel.

She was born Sept. 13, 1925, to Ernest and Prisca Krehbiel Bachman at Newton. On Dec. 26, 1947, she was married to Irvin Goertzen, who survives.

Other survivors include children Dick and wife Arylis of Beatrice, Neb., Keith and wife Cynde of Hutchinson, Nancy and husband Bob Becker of Stockton, Arlen and wife Anita of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Brad of Goshen, Ind.; sisters Florene Wiens of Newton and Kathryn and husband Don Penner of North Newton; brother Don and wife Helen Bachman of Hesston; sisters-in-law Elda Bachman of North Newton and Edna Ruth Graber of Hesston; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Bethesda Home or Good Shepherd Hospice and sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 303 E. Main St., Goessel, KS 67053, also in charge of arrangements.

? FORDYCE WILLIAM GRAY, 88, of Peabody, a farmer, died Dec. 14.

A memorial service was Dec. 16 at Peabody United Methodist Church.

Burial was at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 24, 1925, to Fordyce Allan and Mamie Manning Gray at the family farm south of Peabody. On Nov. 27, 1949, he was married to Marjorie Gaines, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Lewis and wife Loretta Gray of Great Bend, Earnest and wife LouAnn Gray of Peabody and Douglas and Doris Gray of Buhler; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer?s Association and Peabody United Methodist Church and sent in care of Baker Funeral Home, 114 N. Sycamore St., Peabody.

? IRENE V. KINSEY, 98, died Dec. 7 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion.

The service was Dec. 12 at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

She was born April 3, 1916, to Michael and Maude (Headding) Acord at Willard, Okla. On Oct. 22, 1941, she was married to A. L. ?Pete? Kinsey, who predeceased her.

Survivors include son George Kinsey of Kansas City, Mo., and Arlyn Kinsey and wife Esther of Lawrence, and two step-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Valley United Methodist Church and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.

? RICHARD LEE ‘DICK’ METTLEN, 96, owner of Mettlen Insurance Agency in McPherson, died Dec. 6 at Loving Care of McPherson.

A private graveside service was Dec. 10 at Fairlawn Burial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson.

He was born Jan. 27, 1918, to Oscar Lee and Edna Minerva (Richards) Mettlen at Hutchinson. On Dec. 25, 1938, he was married to Ruth L. Sprinkle, who survives.

Other survivors include daughters Rae Ann and husband Dave Leach of Sisters, Ore., and Margo Yates of Marion; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to Holiday Cheer for Seniors in memory of Richard Mettlen and sent in care of the Glidden?Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460.

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