Deaths (6-27-18)

◼ JON WILLIAM BROOKS, 74, died June 22 in Peabody.

The celebration of life service was 11 a.m. Monday June 25 at Peabody Chris­tian Church.

He was born Dec. 5, 1943, to Harold and Bertha Brooks. On June 7, 1964, he was married to Esther Mellott, who survives.

He also is survived by daughters Lana (Mike) Benson, Lori (David) Pickens and Lisa (Preston) Hodges; brothers Harold and Daryl Brooks, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials to Peabody Christian Church or Good Shepherd Hospice.

◼ BERTHA ELIZABETH EPPERSON, 80, a furnace production assembly line worker for 30 years, died June 20 in her Marion home surrounded by family.

A celebration of life service is planned for 1 p.m. June 29 at the Marion Presby­terian Church.

She was born Jan. 25, 1938, to Erma (Kipp) and Fritz Benteman in Frankfort.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Fred Epperson; her children, Harold (Kim) Epperson, David (Susan) Epperson, Charlotte (Chris) Coleman; 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; brothers Frank Benteman (Ann), Lee Benteman (JoAnn), Milton Benteman (Kathy), and George Benteman; sisters Mable Beem (Bill), Martha Mullins and Florence Kennedy.

Online condolences at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion, 620-382-2112.

◼ LEE ROY LEPPKE, 89, a finish carpenter and general construction worker, died June 13 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada.

A celebration of life was held June 19 in Rocky Mountain House. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the Ebenfeld Church Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

Following the graveside service, there will be time to meet with the family in the church fellowship hall.

He was born in rural Hillsboro, Dec. 15, 1929, to Carl and Lizzie Litke Leppke.

He is survived by four children, Gaylynn Smalley of Tucson, Ariz., Ron Leppke, of Tallahassee, Fla., Phillip (April) Leppke, missionaries in Guam, and Laurel Leppke of Clovis, N.M.; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He also is survived by brother Kenneth (Carla) Leppke of Albuquerque, N.M., and sister Lucille Leppke Klassen of Hills­boro.

Online condolences at

◼ DOROTHY WEBER, 93, died June 20 at Diversicare of Sedgwick.

A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Wednes­day, June 27, at Hillsboro Menno­nite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

Family will receive guests from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

She was born Dec. 10, 1924, to Solomon and Katherine (Schellenburg) Loewen in Hillsboro.

On June 13, 1947, she was married at Hillsboro to Walter Weber, who predeceased her in 2013.

Survivors include sons Charlie (Jane) Weber of Santa Clarita, Calif., and John (Sherry) Weber of Lincoln, Neb.; daughters Kathy (Mike) Nichols of Lincoln, Neb., Beth (Dan) Spencer of Lake Side, Ariz., and Becky (Kevin) Harms of Wichita; sister Esther Pankratz of Hillsboro; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials to Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Jost Funeral Home. P.O. Box 266. Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Online condolences at

◼ HAROLD WOELK, 90, former Tip Top Dairy employee, died June 12 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

Celebration of life will be 3 p.m. June 30, at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Burial will be at 2 p.m. June 30, at Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

He was born Feb. 26, 1928, in Goessel to Frank and Margaret (Hiebert) Woelk.

On May 20, 1948 he was married at Goessel Menno­nite Church to Lenora Reimer, who predeceased him in 2016.

His survivors include: a son, Jim (Rachel) Woelk of Gunnison, Colo.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Online condolences at

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