Deaths (Dec. 1, 2010)


• RONALD M. “BUTCH” COONS, 68,

 

former Canton resident, died Nov. 19 at his home in Rimrock, Ariz.

The service was Tuesday, Nov. 23, in Sedona, Ariz.; burial of cremains was in Durango, Colo.

He was born to Paul and Marjorie (Heckard) Bandy and was married to Jenny Muller, who survives. He also is survived by two sons, Shane and Corey; a daughter, Dusti Carroll and husband Stephen; two brothers, Terry and wife Toni of McPher­son and Richard and wife Gail of Canton; and three grandchild­ren.

A memorial has been established with Christi Center Wesleyan Church, 580 Brewer Road, Sedona AZ 86336.

 

• kerry lynn friesen, 31,

an actress, formerly of Hillsboro, died Nov. 20 in Wichita.

Services were Nov. 27 at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman, with pastor Dwight Carter officiating. Burial was at Zoar Cemetery in Inman.

She was born May 8, 1979, to Loren and Jan Friesen in Newton.

Survivors include her mother of McPherson; father Loren and stepmother Cherry Friesen of Lakeland, Tenn.; sisters Nicole Friesen and Chantel Friesen, both of Wichita; step-siblings Krista Tolleson Rinehart of Cordova, Tenn., Miska T. Collier of Char­lottesville, Va., and Joshua Tolle­son of Little Rock, Ark., and step-maternal grandparent Lillian Heinrichs of Corn, Okla.

Memorials may be made to Wichita Community Theatre or Healing Path Foundation for eating disorders and sent in care of Buhler Mortuary, P.O. Box 589, Buhler, KS 67522.

 

• Verna E. Funk, 88,

a homemaker, died Nov. 28 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The service will be Wednes­day, Dec. 1, at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, with pastor Jeff Wintermote officiating. Burial will be at Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

She was born Aug. 18, 1922, to Peter J. and Marie (Peters) Peters at Hillsboro. In 1944, she was married to Harry Funk, who predeceased her.

She is survived by a son, Stanley P. Funk of Hillsboro; three daughters, Deloise and husband Don Wiens of Hutchinson, Dayle and husband Bill Toews of McPherson, and Susan and husband Ken Weakly of Wichita; a brother, Harvey Peters of Hills­boro; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established with Mennonite Central Committee. Condolences may be sent to the family via jost@jostfuneralhome.com.

 

• Earl E. “Happy Earl” Hicks, 58,

of Marion, died Nov. 27 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

He was born to Ralph and Haroldine (Blomenkamp) Hicks July 12, 1952, in Herington. On Dec. 30, 1971, he was married to JoAnn Klose, who predeceased him.

He is survived by three daughters, Crystal Hicks of Marion, Sunshine Hicks of Marion and Abby Richardson of Galva; a son, Justin McIntosh of Wichita; his mother, Haroldine Hicks of Peabody; and five grandchildren,

No visitation is planned because cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec.4, at the American Legion Post 68, 730 W. 4th Ave., Hutchinson.

Condolences can be left for the family at cornerstoneofwichita.com.

 

• Laura rosella (ewert) slocombe, 96,

a homemaker, of Peabody, died Nov. 25.

Services were held Nov. 29 at First United Methodist Church, Peabody.

She was born to Albert and Anna (Welsh) Ewert west of Aulne. In 1933, she was married to Vernon Slocombe, who predeceased her in 2001.

Survivors include sons Ed and Ann of New Braunfels, Texas, Warren and Phyllis of Manhattan and Elaine Sears and Bill of Abilene; six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Peabody Community Foundation and sent in care of Baker Funeral Home, 114 Sycamore, Peabody, KS 66866.


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