Deaths (Jan. 4, 2012)




a stockman and business owner of Durham, died Dec. 22 at Parkside Homes in Hills?boro.

Services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Roxbury United Parish, 110 S. Lane, Roxbury, with pastor Nancy Modin officiating.

Burial was at Valley View Cemetery in rural Roxbury.

He was born July 30, 1926, to Jimmy and Vera (Nirider) Crowther at Roxbury. On June 9, 1946, he was married to Doris Zeitlow of Durham, who survives.

Other survivors include brother-in-law Leonard and Deanna Zeitlow of McPherson; sister-in-law Dorothy Zeitlow of Ponca City, Okla., and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Roxbury United Parish or Durham Community Center and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro, KS 67063, also in charge of arrangements.

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a beef farmer, died Dec. 1, at his home in Viroqua, Wis.

Services were Dec. 6 at Liberty Pole United Methodist Church, Liberty Pole, Wis., with pastor Ethan Larson officiating. Burial was at Liberty Pole Cemetery, Liberty Pole.

He was born Sept. 24, 1930, to Arnold and Edna (Loganbill) Funk in Newton. On June 2, 1956, he was married to Joyce B. Zitzner, who survives.

Other survivors include children Brian and Carole Funk, Bryce and Alicia Funk, Mareeta and Jerry Kolman and Brad and Mary Funk; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Marjorie Schroeder, Shirley and Paul Harms and Barbara Reimer; sister-in-law JoAnn Funk and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.


employed in the restaurant industry, died Dec. 24 at Kidron Bethel Nursing Home in North Newton.

Services were Dec. 30 at First Mennonite Church, Newton. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

She was born Dec. 23, 1920, to Detrick and Tina Schmidt Klassen in Newton. On Aug. 17, 1943, she was married to Marion L. Hiebert, who predeceased her June 5, 1995.

Survivors include daughters Marcia K. Schmidt and partner Steve Polson of Wichita, Susan and Jerry Royer of Topeka and Anita and Larry Harder of Newton; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Kidron Bethel Nursing Home and sent in care of Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114, also in charge of arrangements.

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a farmer, died Jan. 1 at Mound?ridge Manor.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Lone Tree Church of God in Christ Mennonite, 758 23rd Ave., Galva. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 at Moundridge Funeral Home, 115 W. Cole St., Moundridge.

He was born Oct. 17, 1925, to Abraham H. and Lavina Becker Ratzlaff near Canton. On Aug. 3, 1947, he was married to Bernice M. Unruh, who survives.

Other survivors include children Carol and Arnie Koehn, Steven P. and Robena Ratzlaff, all of Galva; Shirley and Ammon Miller of Grifton, N.C.; Gaylene and Gary Nightingale, Arlis K. and Connie Ratzlaff, Athea and Delane Becker, all of Canton; Denise and Terry Koehn of McPherson and Janet Ratzlaff of Moundridge; 23 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brother Noah Ratzlaff of Moundridge; and sisters Martha Holdeman and Elizabeth Wenger, both of Moundridge; Dessie Wiebe of Iroquois, S.D.; and Gloriann Wedel of Galva.

Memorials may be made to Moundridge Manor and sent in care of Moundridge Funeral Home, 115 W. Cole St., Moundridge, KS 67107.

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