Deaths, June 24, 2015

? VERNON A. BARTEL, 82, a farmer and rancher, died June 21 at Newton Medical Center.

A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. Thurs?day, June 25, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, officiated by Loyal Martin. The committal service is 4 p.m. Thursday at French Creek Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

He was born Aug. 13, 1932, to Albert F. and Ann (Penner) Bartel at Newton. On Oct. 21, 1955, he was married to Vida Neufeld, who survives.

Other survivors include daughter Ronnda Bartel of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Larry and Yolanda Bartel of rural Hillsboro; and a sister, Eunice and Harold Nachitgal of Aurora, Neb.

Memorials can be made to Hillsboro M.B. Church in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266, Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at

? RICHARD E. BALZER, 85, a farmer and stockman, died June 15 at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center, Wichita.

The burial service was at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Hillsboro, followed by a gathering at First Menno?nite Church, Halstead, with pastor Brian Harmon officiating.

He was born May 3, 1930, to Frank and Elizabeth (Richert) Balzer at Newton. On July 12, 1955, he was married to Marylin F. Smith, who survives.

Other survivors include son Randy and wife Sara Balzer of Halstead; sisters Donna Hildebrand of Fire?stone, Colo., and Carolee and husband Ken Neufeld of South Hutchinson and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Services or Mennonite Central Committee and sent in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, 418 Chestnut St., Halstead, KS 67056.

? TONY CHARLES FRANCKA, 77, of rural Strong City, died June 15 at his home. The burial service was at noon, Saturday, June 20, at the Chase County Junior-Senior High School in Cottonwood Falls, with Fathers Theodore Khin and Edmond Kline and Deacon Buzz Harris officiating.

Burial was June 16 at St. Anthony Cemetery, Strong City.

He was born Sept. 18, 1937, to Mike and Anna Francka on the home farm near Brighton, Mo. On Sept. 8, 1962, he was married to Diane Van Hooser, who survives.

Other survivors include children Ted and wife Denise Francka of Strong City, Anthony and wife Karensa Francka of Norton, and Tammy Romani of Peoria, Ariz.; brothers Mike and wife Carol Francka of Bolivar, Mo., and Joe and Patty Francka of Jefferson City, Mo.; sisters Helen and husband Ronnie Stander of Bolivar, Mo., and Ann and husband Regis Griesemer of Springfield, Mo.; six grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony Altar Society or the Chase County Senior Center and sent in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845, also in charge of arrangements.

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? LISA L. GABLE, 50, a homemaker and rural newspaper courier of Herington, died June 7 from a car accident south of Tampa.

The service was June 15 at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, Herington Chapel, with Vicar Benjamin Theiss officiating.

She was born Aug. 13, 1964, to Lynn Sr. and Shirley (Mawhirter) Aumiller at Larned.

Survivors include her parents of Great Bend; daughters Katlin Gable of Herington and Kendra Gable of Brian, Texas; son Kenneth Crawford of the home; brothers Allen Aumiller of St John?s, Kalvin Aumiller and Clarence Aumiller, both of Hope, and Lynn Aumiller Jr. of Great Bend; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to assist her son, Kenneth, with his education and care, and sent in care of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, Herington Chapel, 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS 67449-3038.

To leave a message for the family visit: Penwell?

? BARBARA KAY (PHILLIPS) KLASSEN, 73, of Mt. Pleasant, Ark., and formerly of Hillsboro, died May 24. A private family memorial was June 6 at Goessel.

She was born Sept. 19, 1941. Her husband, Virgil Klassen, survives.

Other survivors include son Kevin and wife Marlene Klassen of Goessel; daughter Vanessa and husband Shane Montgomery of Olathe; sister Ruth Livingston of Nowata, Okla.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

? WILLIAM E. LARAMORE JR., 85, retired tool and die maker at Coleman and U.S. Army veteran, died June 20 at Newton Medical Center.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at Peabody Christian Church.

He was born Sept 19, 1929, to Nellie and William Laramore in Council Grove. He was married to Donna Laramore, who preceded him July 11, 2008.

Survivors include son Brad and Kelly Laramore of Kansas City, daughter Beth and Greg Sprague of Peabody, sister Shirley Schumate of Erie, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Peabody Christian Church or Peabody Senior Center.

? BERTHA M. “TEENY” WILLIAMS, 85, died June 19, at Bethesda Home of Goessel.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Wednes?day, June 24, at the Chris?tian Church of Florence. Inurn?ment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Bertha Marie Barkman was born Aug. 2, 1929, to William Scott and Bertha Agnes (Thomas) Barkman in Florence. On Sept. 9, 1946, she was married to Paul Eugene Hunt, who died in 1963. On Dec. 31, 1964, she was married to Boice ?Pete? Williams, who survives.

Survivors also include daughter Barbara ?Bobbie? Hill and husband Robert of Stanford, Mont.; two granddaughters, Terri Hicks Dorendorf of Billings, Mont.; and Traci Hill Schmitt of Great Falls, Mont.; and two great-granddaughters.

A memorial fund has been established for the Hillcrest Cemetery in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS, 66861.

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