Deaths (June 24, 2009)

Otto Bentz


Otto Anton Bentz, 90, retired from a manufacturing company and farmer, died Tuesday, June 16, at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

A service was held Friday, June 19, at St. John?s Lutheran Church in Tampa. Burial was in the St. John?s Lutheran Cemetery, Tampa.

He was born Jan. 4, 1919, to Phillip R. and Elsie (Bruns) Bentz, on the family farm north of Tampa. On March 14, 1943, he was married to Frieda J. Backhus who survives.

Other survivors include son Alan and Virginia Bentz; granddaughter Cheri; great-grandson Tyler all of Tampa, many niece and nephews and special family members: Terry, Luanne and Carrie Soukup and the late Greg Soukup.

Memorials may be made to St. John?s Lutheran Church, Tampa and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861.


Anna Enns


Anna Ens, 90, missionary to Africa, of Hillsboro, died June 20 at Salem Nursing Home in Hillsboro.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Salem Nursing Home with pastor Roy Keller officiating.

Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. in Lehigh Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

She was born July 14, 1918, to David J. Enns and Elizabeth Reddig in Chinook, Mont.

A memorial has been established with Mennonite Brethren Mission and Service International.


Robert Risenhoover


Robert Neal Risenhoover, 66, U.S. Army veteran and business owner, died June 19 at Legacy Park at Peabody.

No service is scheduled.

He was born May 22, 1943, at Galesburg, Ill., the son of Robert and Dorothy Risenhoover Sr.

Survivors include a son, Mick of Wichita, and two stepchildren, Art Hughes of Herington and Heather Hughes.

A memorial has been established with the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.


Duane Schierling


Duane Schierling, 55, livestock nutritionist, of Hillsboro died June 18 at Hillsboro.

The service was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23 at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church with pastor Gaylord Goertzen officiating.

The burial was at 9 a.m. at Gnadenau Cemetery, two miles south of Hillsboro.

He was born Feb. 6. 1954, to Raymond Schierling and Nuna Lee Patzel in Hutchinson.

On Feb. 23, 1980, he was married to Jill Westbrook, who survives.

Survivors also include a son, Ryan Schierling of Hillsboro, daughters Megan and Nick Hein of Hillsboro and Melissa and Dustin Enns of Lehigh, mother Nuna Lee Patzel of Hillsboro and three grandchildren.

A memorials have been established with the American Cancer Society and Ebenfeld MB Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family via

Lorraine Walker


Lorraine E. Walker, 83, homemaker and farm wife, died June 19 at Parkside Home at Hillsboro.

The service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church with pastor Vernon Bowers officiating. Burial was in the Homestead Cemetery in Chase County.

She was born Dec. 16, 1921, to Charles and Ida Beuthe Creamer at Marion. On Feb. 11, 1942, she was married to Archie Walker, who predeceased her in 1995.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Hedrick of Loch Lloyd, Mo., Brenda Kumle of McPherson and Barbara of Ranchos De Taos, N.M.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and the Homestead Cemetery Memorial Fund.

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