Deaths (April 29, 2009)

Harry Funk


Harry R. Funk, 84, retired from Hesston Corp. in Hesston, died Friday, April 24, at his residence in Newton.

Services were held Monday, April 27, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main, Newton, with pastor Dennis Voth officiating. A private burial will be at Restlawn Gardens of Memory in Newton.

He was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Corn, Okla. On May 29, 1945, he was married to Esther Martin, who survives.

Other survivors include daughters Maxine Kirkpatrick of Wichita and Peggy and Dennis Voth of Calgary, Canada; sons Dwayne and Leona Funk of Clinton, Okla., and Kenneth Funk of Destrehan, La.; brothers Melvin Funk of Beaumont, Texas and Joe Funk of Duncanville, Texas; sisters Rose Wiens of Mountain Lake, Minn. and Clara Vogt of Tulsa, Okla.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Newton and sent in care of Peterson Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114.

Elsie Holdeman


Elsie M. Holdeman, 90, homemaker of Hesston, died Sunday, April 26 at Moundridge Manor in Moundridge.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 30, at the Meridian Church of God in Christ, Mennonite of rural Hesston.

Friends may call between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Moundridge Funeral Home and from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She was born Aug. 9, 1918, at Protection to George and Helena Ratzlaff Mayeske. On Sept. 18, 1938, she was married to Adin F. Holdeman at Fredonia. He died May 10, 2006.

Survivors include a son, James and Letha Holdeman of Riceville, Iowa; three daughters, Karen and Marlin Jantz of Fredonia, Arlene and Jesse Giesbrecht of Glenn, Calif., and Becky and Charles Ratzlaff of Canton; three sisters, Marie Wenger and Anna Wiggers, both of Moundridge, and Betty Koehn of Canton; 17 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be given to the Moundridge Manor, in care of the Moundridge Funeral Home.

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