Deaths (March 17, 2010)

? James A. ?Jim? McDiffett

84, a retired business owner, died Monday, March 8, at the Herington Municipal Hospital.

Services were held Thursday, March, 11, at Herington United Methodist Church in Herington.

He was born Oct. 17, 1925, to James A. Sr. and Mary (Decker) McDiffett, near Alta Vista. He was owner and operator of the Herington Ready Mix for 20 years, and in retirement drove a bus for OCCK, a not-for-profit Kansas corporation helping people with physical or mental disabilities.

In 1948, he was married to Dorothy Thrash and later was married to Velda White-Lawrenz, who survives.

Other survivors include children Tom McDiffett of Texas; Marilyn ?Tudy? Brunner and Ken Novak of Tampa; Laurie and Darrell Stroda of Pratt and Jim and Kim McDiffett of Manhattan; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

His step-children were TerryKay Wright, Kathy Bruckner and Larry Lawrenz; seven step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Herington United Methodist Church or the Herington High School Athletic Department and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St. Marion, KS 66861-1523.


? Josephine ?Jody? L. Murray

83, a homemaker, died Monday, March 15, at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion. Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, also at the funeral home. Burial is at 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, at Old Union Temple Cemetery in Cinncinati, Ark.

She was born July 30, 1926, to Homer and Lucy (Hampton) Armstrong, in Canton, Okla.

Survivors include childen Rikki Palone of Lakeview, Ohio, Richard Palone III and Reba Burke, both of Marion; siblings: Raymond Armstrong of Satellite Beach, Fla., and June Whisenhunt of Mena, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion, KS 66861-1523.


? Joan Sorrell Orme

77, of Rushville and a homemaker, died Tuesday, March 9, at Miller?s Merry Manor in Rushville, Mo.

Services were held Friday, March 12, at Moster Mortuary, Rushville, with pastor Mick Saunders officiating.

She was born July 9, 1932, to Roy and Carrie (Florence) Sorrell, in Florence, Ky. On Oct. 28, 1950, she was married to Thomas E. Orme Jr., who predeceased her.

She is survived by daughters Dianna and James Welch of Petosky, Mich., Pennie and Larry Herbert of Rushville and Melissa and Stuart Funk of Florence; brothers James Sorrell of Rushville and Roy Wayne and Barb Sorrell of Toledo, Ohio; sisters Lila Meyeer of Rushville and Norma and Ed Hosford of Mobile, Ala.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Rush County Cancer fund through the Rush County Community Foundation and sent in care of Moster Mortuary, Rushville, Mo. 64484, in charge of arrangements.


? Rudolf W. ?Rudy? Voth

93, a farmer and carpenter, died Sunday, March 14, at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 18, at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, 1304 Kansas Highway 15, Goessel, with pastors Steve Schmidt and Linda Ewert officiating. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 303 E. Main St., Goessel. Family will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Burial will be at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery, Goessel.

He was born March 13, 1917, to Peter S. and Anna Fast Voth in Goessel. In 1942, he was married to Clara Banman at Goessel, who predeceased him in 1977.

Survivors include daughters Rosalie Voth, Loretta and ElRoy Wiens and Bertha and Johnnie Hiebert, all of Goessel; son Timothy and Jolynn Voth of Goessel; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Hilda Buller and brother Elmer and Josephine Voth, all of Goessel.

Memorials may be made to Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church or Kansas Mennonite Men?s Chorus and sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, P.O. Box 96, Goessel, KS 67053.


? Margaret Wolf

101, died Tuesday, March 9, at Presbyterian Manor in Emporia.

Services were held March 15 at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

She was born March 4, 1909, to Albert ?Al? and Elizabeth ?Betty? Bryan Richardson in Marion. On Sept. 21, 1932, she was married to Gordon Wolf, who predeceased her.

She taught at Youngtown Community and McPherson schools, along with being the first executive director of Hill Top Manor in Marion.

Survivors include daughter Sarabel ?Susie? and Clair Garrison of Emporia; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Valley United Methodist Church and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion, KS 66861-1523, in charge of arrangements.

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