Deaths (Jan. 13, 2010)

Robert W. ?Bobby? Johnson

71, of Florence, a retired machinist, died Thursday, Jan. 7 at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge.

Services were held Monday, Jan. 11, at Zeiner Funeral Home. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemtery, Florence.

He was born June 20, 1938, to Lee and Opal (Jones) Johnson in Querida, Colo. He was a retired machinist.

He is survived by sons Robert and Kathy Johnson of Long Beach, Calif.; brother Roger and Alice Johnson of Florence; sisters Ann Powell of Covena, Calif., Faye and Gene Price of Arp, Texas and Ruth Whitcomb of Hamilton, Mont.

Memorials may be made to John McKay American Legion Post 308 and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 104 W. Fifth St., Florence, KS 66851, also in charge of arrangements.


Robert Joseph Leatherman

82, of Walker, Mo., a carpenter and rancher, died Dec. 25 at his home.

Services were held at Living Faith Mennonite Church in Walker, with pastors Robert Smith, L. John Becker and Ron Koehn officiating. Burial was at Living Faith Mennonite Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 9, 1927, to Noah H. and Edith Buerge Leatherman, in Wadsworth, Ohio, moving to Hillsboro when he was 9 years old. On Oct. 16, 1949, he was married to Esther Marie Hiebert, who survives.

Other survivors include children Edith and Byron Jantzen of Walker, Robert of Merced, Calif., Lucretia Wrolstad of Schell City, Mo., Reynold of Medford, Ore., Melody and Patrick Bold of Delhi, Calif.; sister Ruth H. Koehn of Walker; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandcildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Ferry Funeral Home of Nevada, Mo., was in charge of arrangements.


Richard Francis Noone

85, a retired farmer, died Tuesday, Jan. 5. Services included a Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen.

He was born June 17, 1924, to Patrick and Katherine Noone in Tampa.

For 60 years, he was married to Loretta (Stika) Noone, who survives.

Other surviors include sons Mike Noone of Los Angeles, Calif., Ralph and Alice Noone of Valley Center, Mark Noone of Sebastopol, Calif., and Nick Noone of Long Beach, Calif.; daughters Rita and Jeff Greenhoe of Rocklin, Calif., Ruth and Mark Sloyer of Derby, Mary Noone of Healdsburg, Calif., Grace Noone of Scottsdale, Ariz., Diane Noone of Wichita and Joyce and David Schweikert of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; sister Margaret McMillen of Mission; grandchildren Jeff and Beth Sloyer of Burlington, Nicky and Justin Green of Prairie Village, Jordan Noone and Michelle Noone, both of Valley Center, Caroline Noone and Weston Noone, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and great-grandchildren Drew, Paige and Braden Sloyer, all of Burlington and Gavin Green of Prairie Village.

Memorials have been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Wichita and St. John Nepomucene Church, Pilsen, and may be sent in care of Broadway Mortuary, 1147 S. Broadway Ave., Wichita, KS 67211. Online condolences to:


Richard W. ?Dick? Simon

58, of Canton, died Friday, Jan. 8, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson.

Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 520 E. Northview Ave., McPherson. Burial was at Canton Township Cemetery, Canton.

He was born Feb. 12, 1951, to Oscar J. and Louise M. (Meyer) Simon in Wichita. On Dec. 1, 1973, he was married to Carmelita Ann Tajchman in Marion, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Clint and Kelly of St. Croix, Virgin Islands and Grant of Bartlett, Ill.; daughter Robin Simon of Canton; his mother of Colwich; brother Jerrold Simon of Wichita; step-brother Donnie Meyer of Wichita; sisters Janet Molitor of Willowdale and Betty Rau of Colwich and granddaughter Anna Simon of St. Croix.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, McPherson, or Kansas State University Cancer Research, and sent in care of Olson?s Mortuary, 139 N. Main, Canton, KS 67428, also in charge of arrangements.

Helen (Dirks) Wiebe

90, of Moundridge, a nurse aide, died Saturday, Jan. 9, at Moundridge Manor in Moundridge.

Services will at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Morning Star Mennonite Church of rural Tampa with pastors Ransom Wiebe, Bruce Dirks and Marlin Wiebe officiating.

Visitation is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Logan Township Cemetery in rural Tampa.

She was born Dec. 9, 1919, to Enoch and Hannah (Koehn) Dirks in Winton, Calif. On March 6, 1966, she was married to Isaac Wiebe in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, who predeceased her.

Survivors include sons Ransom and Lillian Wiebe, Ken and Sandy Wiebe and Clayton and Betty Rose Wiebe, all of Durham and Richard and Charlotte Wiebe of Tampa; daughters Lucille and Edward Mininger of Almena, Wis., and Christina and Lester Friesen of Muleshoe, Texas; brother Abe Dirks of Brooksville, Miss.; sisters Marjorie and Virgal Unruh and Doris and Irvin Jantz, all of Bonners?Ferry, Idaho; 33 grandchildren; 112 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She also had one deceased sister and five deceased brothers.

Memorials may be made to Moundridge Manor and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro, KS 67063-1727.

Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail address:

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