Deaths (March 25, 2009)


John Brookens


John W. Brookens, 92, a retired 2nd Judicial District judge, died Monday, March 16, in Shawnee.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at United Methodist Church, 109 Main St., Westmoreland. Burial will follow at the Westmoreland City Cemetery in Westmoreland.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stewart Funeral Chapel, 301 Main St., Westmoreland.

He was born Jan. 13, 1917, to E.C. and Flora E. Brookens in Westmoreland. On Nov. 9, 1943, he married Ethel Christenson, who predeceased him in June 1989.

On Feb. 14, 1994, he married Regina Nedwed Moody, who predeceased him in May 2008.

Survivors include daughters Mary Dettmer of Shawnee and Sara Caton of Wichita; son J. Robert Brookens of Marion; sister Jane Hessler-Brown of Wichita; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in his name for the Westmoreland United Methodist Church or Rock Creek High School in care of Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547.

Henry Jones


Henry Leon Jones, 62, a Kansas Department of Transportation employee, died Thursday, March 19, at his home in Marion.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Highland Cemetery in Marion. Burial will follow.

He was born Dec. 27, 1946, to Henry Junior Jones and Velma Arlene (Finch) Jones in Gove. On July 3, 1996, he was married to Marilyn Kay Jones, who survives.

Other survivors include his step-son Robert Hill of Wichita; daughter Tamera Schoonover of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Tonya Ann Jones of Salina; step-daughters Kimberly Fielding of Wichita and Katherine Hill of Marion; brother Terry Lee Jones of McPherson; brother-in-laws Marvin Watkins and Melvin Watkins both of Wichita; sisters Darlene Fae Crispell of Amherst, N.Y. and Pamela Sue Keller of Topeka and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of McPherson or Marion County Home Care and sent in care of Baker Funeral Home, 114 N. Sycamore St., Peabody, KS 66866.


David Kilpatrick


David Harold Kilpatrick, 25, a student studying electrical engineering at DeVry Institute, died Monday, March 2, of undetermined natural causes in Belton, Mo.

Services were held Friday, March 6, at Rock Brook Church, Belton, with pastor Kelly Walter officiating.

He was born June 12, 1983, to Lavella Seibel Kilpatrick and Paul Kilpatrick in Gwinnet County, Ga. On March 4, 2007, he was married to Kelly Porter, who survives.

Other survivors include children Gregory, Brianne and Emily Ruth; grandmothers, Abbe Jean Kilpatrick of Buford, Ga., and Irene Seibel of Hillsboro and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to Kilpatrick Memorial Children?s Education Fund at Hawthorne Bank, 8127 East 171st St., Belton, MO 64012.

Hubert Luallen


Hubert D. Luallen, 84, a truck driver, died Wedesday, March 11, at Osage Beach Health Care in Osage Beach, Mo. He was formerly of Florence.

Services were held Saturday, March 14, at Weber Funeral Chapel in Russellville, Mo. Burial was at Enloe Cemetery, Russellville.

He was born Oct. 24, 1924, to Oras and Della Neighbors Luallen in Jasper, Ark. On Dec. 21, 1948, he was married to Thelma Thorburn, who predeceased him.

Survivors are two sons Hubert and Ruthie Luallen of Liberal and Charlie and Betti Luallen of Orange, Calif.; seven grandchilden and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Luallen Family or Disabled American Veterans and sent in care of Weber Funeral Home, Russellville, Mo.


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Aaron Timothy ?Tim? Steinborn, 48, a handyman in Ramona, died Monday, March 9, from cancer.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at 110 North F St., Ramona.

He was born Aug. 5, 1960, to Ralph A. Steinborn Sr. and Frances E. (Gasswint) Buxman in Abilene.

Survivors include his companion Pat Wick of Ramona; brothers Ralph Steinborn of Salina, Kevin Steinborn of Marion and Scott Buxman of Ulysses and sisters Linda Callis of Abilene, Patty Davis of Salina and Sandra Svoboda of Ramona.

Memorials may be made to the City of Ramona?s Special Memorial Fund or the Harry Hines Hospice and sent in care of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory, Herington Chapel, 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS 67449-3038.

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Leland Unruh


Leland Unruh, 92, a farmer and retired Kansas Jack Corporation employee , died Friday, March 20, at Memorial Hospital in McPherson.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, at the Canton United Methodist Church. Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at Olson?s Mortuary, 139 N. Main, Canton. Burial will be in the Canton Township Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 17, 1916, to Jacob and Susie (Koehn) Unruh in McPherson County. On March 6, 1938, he was married to Elsie Unruh, who survives.

Other survivors include daughters Glenda and Orman Schmidt of McPherson, Janice and Kenneth Nightingale of Moundridge and DeAnne and John Paul Unruh of Lamar, Colo.; brothers Harvey and Virgil of Moundridge, Eli of Galva and Lacey of Newton; son-in-law Dwight and Gail Ewert of Canton; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospital or McPherson Care Center and sent in care of Olson?s Mortuary, P.O. Box 355, Canton, KS 67428.

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