Deaths (January 18, 2017)

• kenneth decker, 78, retired from general sales work, died Jan. 11 at his home in Lehigh.

The service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Chis­holm Trail Bible Church, 101 N. Wheat St., Goessel with pastor Galen Markley officiating. Burial will be at Le­high Township Cemetery in rural Lehigh.

He was born Dec. 16, 1938, to Clyde and Esther Berg­man Decker at Roxbury. He was married to Velma Nightengale, who predeceased him in 2012.

Survivors include sons Kent (Stacey) Decker of McPherson and Darrel (Tracy) Decker of Albany, Ore; daughter Melanie (Dale) Franz of Hillsboro; brother Karyl Decker of McPherson; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266, Hillsboro, KS 67063, also in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via

• Edwin J. TaJchman, 82, retired electrical engineer of Garland, Texas, died at his home Dec. 19, 2016.

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 28 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Richard­son, Texas.

He was born March 2, 1934, to Joseph T. and Rose (Oborny) Tajchman of rural Pilsen. While studying electrical engineering at Kansas State University, he met and married Peggy Tillotson, who predeceased him.

He is survived by sons Ron (Nancy) Tajchman, Garland, Texas, Gary (Amy) Tajchman, Mansfield, Mass., daughter Margaret Tajch­man, Garland; a brother, Joe T. Tajchman of Marion and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the North Texas Food Bank,
• Dale kohlman
, 76, of Wichita, a retired hardware store own­­­er and nursing home administrator, died Dec. 30 at the Robert J. Dole Veterans Ad­ministration Medical Center, Wichita.

The graveside service was rescheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Canton Town­ship Cem­e­tery.

He was born Aug. 7, 1940, to Walter C. and Alta (Keck) Kohlman in Marion County. On April 24, 1960, he was married to Madelyn Sue Mar­ston, who predeceased him in 1994. On Aug. 30, 1996, he was married to Rebecca Seward, who survives.

Memorials may be made to Kansas Honor Flights and sent in care of Olson’s Mor­tuary, 139 N. Main St., Can­ton, KS 67428.

Lois Plett Newlove

lois plett newlove, 80, formerly of Hillsboro, died Dec. 15 at her home in Bellevue, Wash.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Unity of Bellevue, 16330 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

She was born Jan. 14, 1936, to Marie and Menno Plett at Hillsboro. On Nov. 24, 1960, she was married to Thornton H. Newlove, who survives.

Other survivors include son Chris Newlove; daughter Angela (Rob) Keller; sisters Janice (Glenn) Goertz and Vera (Ken) Condict; brother Tom (Marlys) Plett and children and grandchildren.’

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in Lois Newlove’s name.

peggy lou summerville, 91, of Marion, retired from secretarial pool at Boeing, died Jan. 16, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion.

The service is at noon Jan. 21 at Valley United Methodist Church, Marion. Burial will be at Marion Ce­me­tery.

She was born April 23, 1925, to Irvin and Alice (Janzen) Gerstenkorn at Santa Ana, Calif. On Jan. 25, 1946, she was married to Jack Q. Summerville, who predeceased her July 10, 2014.

Survivors include son John and wife Becky Sum­merville of Marion; daughter Jeanne Maki of Marion; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Marion City Library or Valley United Methodist Church in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via: zei­

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