Deaths (July 29, 2009)


Ella Koehn


Ella Ruth Koehn, 84, a homemaker, died Wednesday, July 22, at the Moundridge Manor in Moundridge.

Services were Saturday, July 25, at Eden Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, in Burns, with pastors Lowell Koehn and Vernon Koehn officiating. Burial was in Eden Mennonite Church Cemetery, Burns.

She was born Nov. 27, 1924, to Henry A. and Susie (Wedel) Ratzlaff in McPherson County. On Nov. 24, 1949, she was married to Nathan Koehn of Burns, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Royce and Rachel Koehn of Jamesport, Mo., Roland and Kimberly Koehn and Renferd and Wanda Koehn, all of Burns; daughter Vernela and Noah Peachey of Bellville, Pa.; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Moundridge Manor and sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home Inc., 215 N. Main, Newton, KS 67114.


James Pickering


bill-pickering.jpg James W. ?Bill? Pickering, 64, former teacher, coach and employee with the Marion School District, died July 22 at his home in Marion.

Services were Sunday, July 26, at Marion Presbyterian Church with pastor Jeremiah Lange officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 13, 1944, and raised by his grandparents, Otice and Georgia Vest in Eureka. On Sept. 2, 1967, he married Margaret Parks, who survives.

Other survivors include daughter Ashlee Pickering of Wichita; half-sisters Sheila and Dan Shue of Eureka and Debbie and Rick Hall of Humboldt.

Memorials may be made to the church, Kansas Humane Society or USD 408-Marion Football Complex and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion KS 66861.


Jeremiah Stang


Charles Jeremiah Stang, 18, homeschooled with plans to attend Kansas State University this fall, died Friday, July 24, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita, from injuries he sustained in a car accident July 22 in northern Marion County.

Services were planned for Wednesday, July 29, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion, with pastor Jeremiah Lange officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

He was born March 15, 1991, to Cheryl (Sheets) Stang and Jim Stang of Marion.

Survivors include his parents; siblings Amanda (David) Morse of Wichita, Brandon West of Manhattan, Jessica West of Fort Campbell, Ky., Joseph Nathaniel of Victoria and Cassandra and Shepherd Stang of Marion; grandparents Charles and Mary Ann Sheets of Chattanooga, Tenn., Marvin and Mary Jo Stang of Wichita.

Memorials may be made to Jeremiah Stang Memorial Fund (to be designated at a later date) and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Box 6, Marion, KS 66861.


James Weber


James Frank Gene Weber, 19, of Ramona and a 2009 graduate of Centre High School, died Thursday, July 23, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita from injuries he suffered in a car accident in northern Marion County.

The service was at 2 p.m. Monday, July 27, at Centre High School with pastor Bill Sexton officiating. Burial was in Lewis Cemetery, Ramona.

He was born July 18, 1990, to James R. Weber and Lisa Hanschu, both of Ramona, who survive.

Other survivors include his mother?s husband, Ronnie Hanschu of Ramona; sisters Anna Weber of Ramona, Jamie Weber and Mishelle Weber, both of Arkansas, and Bobbie Jo Medeiros of Rhode Island; grandparents Frank and Anna Mae Stika of Tampa; Norma Weber of Ramona and Burma Hanschu of Herington.

Memorials may be made to a fund in his name (to be established at a later date) and sent in care of Carlson-Becker Funeral Home, 106 N. Second St., Hope, KS 67451.

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