Deaths (week of April 20, 2016)

• michael blevins, 59, of Marion and employed with Atmos Energy, died April 13 at Mar­ion.

The family plans to an­nounce the service time at a later date.

He was born March 21, 1957, to Hancel and Virginia (Beam) Blevins at Little Rock, Ark. On Sept. 16, 1978, he was married to Donna Dut­ton, who survives.

Other survivors include his mother; daughters Bran­dy and husband Jeremy Self of Olathe, Tisha and Don Parish of Mar­ion and four grandchildren.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: jostfuneralhome.com

Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro, is handling arrangements.

• merrill c. branson, 83, of Marion, a retired minister, died April 11 at St. Luke Living Center.

No services are scheduled at this time. He was cremated.

He was born June 8, 1932, to Herman and Doris (Ticen) Branson at Rossville, Ind. His wife, Alva Jean, predeceased him in December 2015.

Survivors include son Da­vid of Park City and daugh­ter Merilyn Just of Wichita.

• beth eldridge, 59, of Peabody, died April 9.

The service was April 14 at the Methodist Church, Peabody, with pastor Sean Philip of Gracepoint Church officiating.

She was born Sept. 14, 1956, to LeRoy and Marie Potter of Utica, N.Y. Her husband, Duke, survives.

Other survivors include daughter Leah and husband Andrew Wickham of Wich­ita; sons Christopher and wife Marlissa Eldridge of Peabody, Isaiah Eldridge of Newton, Benjamin Eldridge of Salina and Abraham El­dridge of Peabody; six grandchildren; siblings Mar­tin Potter of Mount Laurel, N.J., Lisa Olsen of Chaska, Minn., Linette Centilello of Timmons, Md., Tim Potter of Cotuit, Mass., Kurt Potter of Fairfield, Conn., Eric Potter, Utica, N.Y., Bill Potter of Albany, N.Y., and Duke Potter of Rochester, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to the Beth Eldridge Memo­rial Fund for the Peabody-Burns Grade School at Peabody State Bank, 201 N. Walnut, Peabody, KS 66866.

• harvey m. “tony” gaines, 92, a farmer, of Pea­body, died April 10.

The service was April 15 at Peabody Methodist Church. Burial was at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Pea­body.

He was born Oct. 19, 1923, to Joseph M. and Ernestina (Weber) Gaines in rural Pea­body. On April 8, 1945, he was married to Gwendolyn C. Wil­cox, who survives.

Other survivors include daughter Marcia and husband Larry Cooper; son David and wife Cindi Gaines; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Marjorie Gray and Mary Jane Olson; brother Joseph D. and wife Mary Beth Gaines and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Peabody Methodist Church and sent in care of Baker Funeral Home, 114 N. Sycamore St., Peabody, KS 66866.

• lydia “grannie” hein, 87, died April 13 at Hillsboro Community Hospital.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 18, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro. Burial will be at French Creek Cemetery rural Hills­boro.

Visitation with family is from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro.

She was born Aug. 31, 1928, to Henry and Helena (Goertz) Adrian at Buhler. On Sept. 29, 1940, she was mar­ried to Emice Hein, who predeceased her.

Survivors include sons, Kenneth and wife Iva Hein of Durham, Eugene and wife Rita Hein of Newton and Barry Harms of Wilming­ton, Del.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grand­­­- children and one great-great grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Lydia Hein Memorial Fund and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via: jostfuneralhome.com.

• willis herbel, 85, a farmer and teacher of Tam­pa, died April 4 at Salem Home in Hillsboro.

The service was April 8 at Durham Baptist Church with Brad Penn officiating. Burial was at Durham Park Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 23, 1931, to George and Louise (Geis) Herbel at Tampa. On Dec. 26, 1962, he was married to Elea­nor Weinbrenner, who survives.

Other survivors include sons DeLayne and wife Chris of Lehigh, Kevin and wife Paula of Durham and Jon and wife Ashlee of Salina; daughter Kristi and husband Todd Krispense of Marion and 23 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Durham Baptist Church Local Missions and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

Online condolences to the family may be sent via: jostfuneralhome.com

• billie b. hurtig, 83, a nurse aide, died April 12 at Salem Home, Hillsboro.

The memorial service was April 15 at Zeiner Funeral Home, Ma­ri­on. A private family burial was at Delphos Cemetery.

She was born April 28, 1932, to Harold and Mabel (Ashley) Thornbrugh at Coun­cil Grove. Her husband, Ronald Hurtig, predeceased her.

Survivors include daughters Pamela Hurtig of Salina and Patricia Kaspar of Goes­sel; stepson Mike Hurtig of Marion; siblings Jerry Cade and Patricia Smith of Wichita; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s preference and sent in care of Zeiner Fun­e­ral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.

Online condolences may be made to the family via: zeinerfuneralhomes.com.

• Rex r. morton, 81, a retired lineman with Kansas Power and Light Co., died April 14 at his home in Canton.

A memorial service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Canton United Methodist Church, 304 W. Allen St. Bur­ial will be at Canton Town­ship Ce­m­e­tery.

He was born July 28, 1934, to Noah E. and Mildred (Garrison) Morton at Be­ver­ly. On April 5, 1953, he was married to Barbara A. Zimmerman, who survives.

Other survivors include son Gregory and wife Jody Morton of Canton; daughters Rexann and husband Rick Rouse, Canton, and Gail and husband Dan Un­ruh, Galva; five grandchildren and 11 great­-­grand­children.

Memorials may be made to Canton United Methodist Church and sent in care of Olson’s Mortuary, P.O. Box 355, Canton, KS 67428.

• irene d. werner, 91, a retired legal secretary, died April 13 at St. Luke Liv­ing Cen­ter in Marion.

The service was April 15 with pastor Don Mashburn officiating at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion. Burial was at Lincoln­ville Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 31, 1924, to Joseph and Ivka (Nag­­lich) Kos at McKees Rock, Pa. On April 27, 1946, she was married to Frank H. Werner, who predeceased her.

Survivors include son Frank W. Werner of Marion; daughter Kathryn Werner of New York; son-in-law Phil Smith of Lincolnville; step-sister Margaret Mahoney of Coraopolis, Pa.; three grandchildren and four great-grand­children.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke Living Center and sent in care of Zeiner Fu­neral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS 66861.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via: zeinerfuneralhomes.com.