Deaths (March 23, 2010)

? Richard S. ?Rick? Fresh

62, an employee with AT&T of Wichita, died March 18 at his home.

Services were held March 20 at Marion City Cemetery. A memorial service was also held Saturday, at St. James Episcopal, Guild Hall, 3750 E. Douglas, Wichita.

He was born to Merwin and Betty (Bartholomew) Fresh in Wichita.

He was Life Master for American Contract Bridge League and a 45-year season ticket holder supporting Wichita State University.

Survivors include his wife, Regina Austin-Fresh of Wichita; brother Mark and Kandy Fresh of Albuquerque, N.M.; brother-in-law Tim and Carol Perry of Corbin, Ky.; stepmother-in-law Sharon Perry of Wichita; stepbrother-in-law, Steve Twietmeyer; and stepsister-in-law, Cindi and Steve Gallagher; two nephews and a niece.

Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St, Marion, KS, 66861.


? Thelma Kobilan,

79, a housewife and dairy farmer, died March 16 at Salem Home in Hillsboro.

Services were held March 18 at Salem Home in Hillsboro with pastor Curtis Wiens officiating. Burial was Saturday in Colorado.

She was born Oct. 27, 1930, to Jess and Thelma (Klein) Solomon in Elbert County, Colo. On Jan. 13, 1957, she was married to Bennie Kobilan, who predeceased her.

Survivors include daughters June and Don Mount of Hillsboro and Sharon and Mike Sorensen of Durham; brothers Willard, Jess, Rodger and Earl; sisters Margaret Pearson, Dixie Everitt and Betty Palmer; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Ordway Baptist Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Condolences may be made to the family via the funeral home?s Web site:


? William K. Marston

81, a retired farmer, formerly of Canton, died March 22 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at the Canton United Methodist Church, Canton. Burial will be in Canton Township Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Olson?s Mortuary, Canton.

He was born Sept. 3, 1928, to Delbert A. and Ada (Shaw) Marston in McPherson. On July 30, 1950, he was married to Marlys A. Waln, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Twig and Mary Marston of Norfolk, Neb., Shad and Thea Marston of Canton; daughters Belinda and Paul Hulsey of Isle of Palms, S. C., and Barbara and Rick Dean of LeRoy, Ill.; brothers Robert and Ruth Marston of Canton and Larry and Donetta Marston of Pratt; sister Margaret and Leon Beagley of Wilson; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to the Kansas 4-H Foundation and sent in care of Canton Mortuary, Canton KS.


? Vivian Edith (Matz) Mccleave

85, a homemaker of Haysville, died March 17.

Services were held March 22 at Faith Lutheran Church, 214 S. Derby, Derby.

A graveside service was also held Monday at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hillsboro.

She was born Aug. 5, 1924, to Gustav and Caroline Meljo Matz in Lehigh. On Feb. 26, 1950, she was married to Edward C. McCleave, who survives.

Other survivors include son Kenneth and Marilyn McCleave; daughters Cheryl Judd and Connie and Scott Vaughn; sister Aldene Martens; one niece; one nephew; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202 and/or Faith Lutheran School, 214 S. Derby, Derby, KS 67037.

Smith Mortuary, 1415 Rock Rd., Derby, was in charge of arrangements.

Tributes can be viewed at:


? Eldon Schmidt

90, a farmer, died March 18 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

Services were Monday at Koerner Heights Church in Newton with Tim Mace officiating. A graveside service was held at Eastlawn Cemetery in rural Hesston.

He was born Dec. 21, 1919, to Abraham and Elizabeth Schmidt in rural Goessel. In 1941, he was married to Cora G. Voth, who survives.

He was a member of Koerner Heights Church in Newton and the Kansas Mennonite Men?s Chorus. He sang in quartet for more than 30 years.

Other survivors include children Bryce of Wichita, Gareth and Charlotte and Merrill and Sandy, all of rural Goessel, Colleen and Todd Gillespie of Ashville, N.C., Bradford and Terrie of Oceanside, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sisters Emma Reimer of Loveland, Colo., Nola Koehn of Newton, Viola Ratzlaff and LuEtta Frey, both of Goessel.

Memorials may be made to either Schowalter Villa or Kansas Mennonite Men?s Chorus in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 107 S. Lancaster, P.O. Box 32, Hesston, KS 67062.


? Charles R. Schmidtberger

74, died March 16 at HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Services were held Friday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion. Burial was at Marion Cemetery with military rites by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Honor Guard.

He was born July 1, 1935, to Herman and Luetta (Turner) Schmidtberger in Big Rapids, Mich. On July 10, 1955, he was married to Rasalie Naylor, who survives.

He graduated from Paradise High School in 1953, then joining the Navy. For 32 years, he served as game warden for the state of Kansas and was a member of the Kansas Wildlife Officers Association, hunter safety class teacher and participated in shooting competitions.

Other survivors include daughter Lori and Patrick Loney; son Michael and Brenda Schmidtberger; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and sister Donna and Dennis Albrecht.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861.


? Dave E. Weibert

88, a farmer and stockman of Hillsboro, died March 16 at The Cedars in McPherson.

Services were March 20 at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 905 East D St., Hillsboro, with pastor Charles Grant officiating.

Burial was at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Hillsboro.

He was born Nov. 5, 1921, to Peter D. and Mollie (Rauh) Weibert in Durham. On Oct. 17, 1943, he was married to Doris G. Becker, who predeceased him in 1999. On Sept. 16, 1999, he was married to his second wife, Shirley Bender, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Warren Weibert of Hillsboro; David M. Weibert of Wichita; stepson Lance Sprick of the Phillipines; daughters Sheryl White of McPherson, Marilyn Pierce of Clyde and Kimberly Mohan of Topeka; stepdaughter Joyce Sneath of Quinter; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren and one great-stepgrandchild.

Memorials may be made to Hillsboro United Methodist Church or Hospice Care of Kansas and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 905 East D St., Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home site:

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