Deaths (Week of June 18, 2008)

Larry Crayton, 56

Larry F. Crayton, 56. farm laborer of Hoisington, died June 8 at Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina.

The service was June 12 at Stinemetz Funeral Home in Hill City, with minister Judith Stricker officiating. Burial was at Morland City Cemetery in Morland.

He was born March 10, 1952, to Francis Marion and Hetty Lou (Shughart) Crayton.

Survivors include significant other Lori Schmidt of Hoisington; two sons, Shawn Crayton of Denver, Colo., and Jack Crayton of Florence; daughter Lenee Petersen of Lincoln, Neb.; two brothers, Lewis Crayton of Morland and Lester Crayton of Ft. Worth, Texas; sister Leann Powell of Salina; and five grandchildren.

The family will designate memorials at a later date.

Norman Hiebert, 80

Norman E. Hiebert, 80, farmer and rancher of Osceola, S.D., died May 29 at Huron (S.D.) Regional Medical Center.

The funeral was held June 2 at Faith Mennonite Church in Iroquois, S.D., with pastors Lonnie Penner, Phillip Penner and Raymond Ensz officiating. Interment was in Faith Mennonite Church Cemetery at Iroquois.

He was born Oct. 14, 1927, to Henry and Margaret (Ensz) Hiebert at Hillsboro. On Sept. 26, 1954, he was married to Lorrene Unruh, who survives in Osceola.

Survivors also include two sons, Leslie and wife Kim and David and wife Jill, all of Carpenter S.D.; three daughters, Jane and husband Howard Koehn of Scooba, Miss., Gloria and Brad Unruh of Murray, Ky., and Darlene and husband Darwin Unruh of Carpenter; three bothers, Donald and wife Rose of Yale, S.D., James and wife Lillian of Hillsboro, and Van of Louisville, Ga.; two sisters-in law, Alvina Hiebert of Brooksville, Miss., and Dorothy and husband Russell Unruh of Olathe, Colo., and five brothers-in-law, Edwin and wife Doris Unruh of Halstead, Glen Unruh of Grand Junction, Colo., Richard and wife LaDean Unruh of Sharon Springs, Donald Unruh of Newton and David and wife Nola Unruh of Gentry, Ark.; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

FernEtta Hoover, 85

FernEtta Hoover, 85, of Marion, former Hannaford Abstract and Title employee, died June 11 at her daughter?s home in Hobbs, N.M.

The funeral was June 16 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. She was buried at the Marion Cemetery.

She was born May 16, 1923, to Phillip and Anna (Propp) Stenzel near Antelope. On July 7, 1947, she was married to Robert J. Hoover, who predeceased her.

She is survived by daughter Sandy and Dan Socolofsky of Hobbs; a grandson and other relatives and friends.

Memorial funds have been established with Eastmoor UMC, VistaCare Hospice of Hobbs and First United Methodist Church of Hobbs.

Glenn McMurray, 85

Glenn McMurray, 85, retired co-owner of J&M Machine & Welding of Canton, died June 13 in Moundridge.

The funeral service was June 16 at the Canton United Methodist Church. He was buried at the Canton Township Cemetery.

He was born July 27, 1922, to Ray and Mildred (Johnson) McMurray in rural Canton. On Sept. 23, 1960, he was married to Goldie Wedel Wilson, who survives.

He is also survived by sons Don McMurray of Greenfield, Wis., Jan and Martha Wilson of Huntsville, Texas, and Hal and Julie Wilson of McPherson; daughter Wendy and Kim Brotton of Canton; daughter-in-law Jo Wilson of Lyons; a brother Rex McMurray of Haven; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with the Canton Emergency Medical Service.

Anna Plett, 83

Anna Loepp Plett, 83, died June 2 at Regency Village in Webster, Texas.

The memorial service was June 14, at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Garden City, with pastor Brenda Fluellen officiating.

She was born Jan. 24, 1925, to Jacob and Maria Toews Loepp near Inman. On Sept. 6, 1945, she married Joseph J. Plett, who predeceased her in 2001.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Plett of Houston, Texas, and Janeth Dow of Prescott, Ariz.; two brothers, Reuben Loepp of Hutchinson and Menno Loepp of Inman; five sisters, Marie Draemel of Salina, Esther Willems of Hutchinson, Leona Koslowsky of Hillsboro, Helen Faul of Golden Valley, Minn., and Velma Schroeder of Inman; three grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial has been established to the Plett Family Scholarship Fund at Garden City Community College, in care of the funeral home, 620 N. Main St., Garden City, KS 67846..

Emile Soyez, Jr., 87

Emile F. Soyez, Jr., 87, farmer and rancher, died June 14 at the Golden Living Center in Marion.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Cedar Point Community Church in Cedar Point. Burial will be at Cedar Point Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 31, 1920, to Emile F. and Grace (Sampson) Soyez, Sr. near Florence. On Nov. 25, 1941, he was married to Irene P. Regier, who survives.

He is also survived by his children, Gary and Ada Soyez of El Dorado, Jerry Lou and Richard Steven Robinson of Garnett, Ralph and Susan Carol of Emporia, and Terry of Cedar Point; a brother, Jon and Theresa of Newton; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.

Wildena Warner, 75

Wildena ?Billie? Warner, 75, died June 7 at Newton Medical Center.

The funeral was June 11 at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion.

She was born Aug. 8, 1932, to Clyde A. and Marie (Elliott) Bedell. On July 19, 1991, she was married to Weldon Warner, who predeceased her.

She is survived by daughters Dana and Alan Ramirez of Garden Ridge, Texas, and Debbie and Gilbert Rivera of Corpus Christi, Texas; a sister, Letha LaMar of Wichita; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchild?ren.

Memorial funds have been established with Valley United Methodist Church and the Marion County Relay for Life.

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