Deaths (Week of July 23, 2008)

John Herdt, 82


John Walter Herdt, 82, former telecommunications employee, died July 14.

The memorial service was July 18 at D.W. Newcomer?s Sons Johnson County Chapel in Overland Park. Burial was at Johnson County Memorial Gardens.

He was born Oct. 2, 1925, in Russell.

He is survived by his wife Peggy; children Bud Herdt, Arlene Puhr, Kathy Davis, Karen Orf, Chip Harris, Nancy Sue DeSisto and Chris Harris; siblings LeRoy Herdt, Irene Hurst, Helen Jordan, Robert Herdt, George Herdt and Ruth Penner; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with the John W. Herdt Scholarship Fund at the Sun Lakes Lions Club and the Shriner?s Children?s Hospital in care of Abdallah Shrine, 5300 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66202. Condolences can be sent to the family via


Willis Schmidt, 73


Willis Ray Schmidt, 73, retired office manager for cooperatives in Lehigh, Hillsboro, Durham and Tampa, died July 16 at his residence in Newton.

The memorial service was at 11 a.m. Monday, July 21, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Newton, with pastors Phil Fischer and Laney Kuhn officiating. A private family inumment was at Johan?nestal Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

He was born in 1934 to Herman and Susie (Unruh) Schmidt at Hillsboro. On Sept. 30, 1956, he was married to Marilyn Kay Halplain, who survives.

He also is survived by two daughters, Gayle Schmidt of Hutchinson and Carmen and husband Peter Kaufman of Newton; two brothers, Eldon and Howard, both of Hillsboro; a sister, Luella Bartel of McPher?son; and three grandchildren.

Memorials have been established for Trinity Heights United Methodist Church and Hospice Care of Kansas; contributions may be sent in care of Kaufman Funeral Home in Halstead.


Helen Thiessen, 94


Helen J. Thiessen, 94, farmer?s wife, died July 16 in Hillsboro.

The funeral was at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, with pastor Steve Schroeder officiating. She was buried at a private service for family.

She was born June 27, 1914, to Gerhard and Helena (Klassen) Warkentin in rural Lehigh. On June 9, 1935, she was married to Isaac F. Thiessen, who survives.

She also is survived by a son, Paul I. Thiessen of Wichita; four daughters, Joyce Kessler and Arlene Schale, both of Hillsboro, Carol Geabhart of Newton and Karen York of Kansas City, Kan.; three sisters, Mary Thiessen of Hillsboro, Lydia McDonald of Tulsa, Okla., and Elma Warken?tin of Hillsboro; 16 grandchild?ren, 32 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

The family received guests from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Condolences may be sent to the family via


EDITOR?S NOTE: Miller Funeral Home inadvertently omitted the name of Ella Bell Miller of Augusta as a surviving sister of Helen Aurnheimer (July 16 issue).

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