Deaths (Week of September 5, 2007)

Max Bura, 96


Max Bura, 96, former owner of Storer Refrigeration in Wichita, died Aug. 28 in Mooresville, Ind.

The graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at St. Mary?s Cemetery in Tampa.

He was born Sept. 10, 1910, to Maxmilion and Julia Pecinovsky Bura in Ramona. He was married to Beatrice Ucker, who predeceased him.

He is survived by a son, Michael Bura of Monrovia, Ind.; a daughter, Marlene M. Yaw of Monrovia, Ind.; a half-brother, Aaron Bura of Emporia; a half-sister, Miriam Riddle of Mesquite, Texas; and two grandchildren.


G. Scott Kerchner, Sr., 44


G. Scott Kerchner, Sr., 44, died Aug. 20 at his residence in Peabody.

The funeral was held Aug. 31 at David J. Henney Funeral Home in Library, Pa.

He was the son of John W. Kerchner, Sr. and Doris (Opfer) Kerchner.

He is survived by his mother of Library, Pa.; two sons, George Scott Jr. of Hillsboro and Dustin of West Elizabeth, Pa.; a daughter, Diamon of West Elizabeth, Pa.; a brother, John, Jr. of Peabody; and three sisters, Vannessa Lehmkuhl of Semi Valley, Calif., Nelda Phillips of Peabody and Sarah Moreno of Peabody.

Memorials can be sent to the Scott Kerchner memorial fund in care of the funeral home, 6364 Library Road, South Park, PA 15129.


Ruth Krause, 77


Ruth LuJean Krause, 77, retired manager of the student loan office at Emporia State University, died Aug. 26 at Emporia Presbyterian Manor.

The funeral was Aug. 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Emporia officiated by pastor Claudia Bakely. Burial was in the Florence Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 12 to Frederick Karl and Hope (Patton) Koch in Elk. On June 11, 1948, she was married to Max D. Krause, who predeceased her in 2000.

She is survived by three sons, Max Krause of Manhattan, Chad Krause of Lebo and Keith Krause of Lebo; two daughters, Kay Shandler of Emporia and Kathleen Carney of Plainfield, Conn.; three sisters, Loma Frederick of Hutchinson, Glenda Taylor of Marion and Marilyn Blanding of Wichita; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with the Scholarship Fund of the Emporia Retired Teachers Association and the Hartford United Methodist Church.


Richard Martens, 59


Richard Gene Martens, 59, former employee of Moridge Manufacturing in Moundridge, died Aug. 26 at Mercy Hospital in  Moundridge.

The graveside service was held Aug. 30 at the Lehigh Mennonite Cemetery with pastor Galen Drier officiating.

He was born Aug. 15, 1948, to George and Maurine (Stubby) Martens in Hillsboro. On March 8, 1968 he was married to Nancy Driggers, who predeceased him.

He is survived by his mother, of Hillsboro; a son, Jim Martens of McPherson; a daughter, Sheila Martens and John Unrein of Moundridge; two brothers, Clifford Martens of Decatur, Ala. and Kenny and Peggy Martens of Inman; and three grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Hospice Care of Kansas and a tree fund for the Lehigh Cemetery in care of Alexanderwohl Church, Goessel.


Wesley Seibel, 75


Wesley D. Seibel, 75, former carpenter, died Aug. 28 at Parkside Homes.

The funeral was Sept. 3 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church with pastor Stephen Humber officiating. Burial was in Gnadenau Cemetery in Hillsboro.

He was born Feb. 6, 1932, to Sam J. and Marie (Zelner) Seibel in Harvey, N.D. On Nov. 25, 1954, he was married to Rosella Siemens, who survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Brandon Seibel of Enterprise and John Seibel of Abilene; a daughter, Rhonda Donahue of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a brother, Ralph Seibel of Ft. Benton, Mont.; two sisters, LaVella Faul and Janice Triebwasser, both of Harvey, N.D.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church and Mennonite Central Committee.

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