Obituaries

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25
Apr

Drucilla Blanding

Drucilla Blanding died  April 18, 2017, in Eastland,  Tex. She was born  December 17, 1939 in  Ranger, the third child  of Andrew Jackson  Townsend and Fannie  Mae (Warren).  

She is survived by her  son Rex Blanding and wife Beverly of Brentwood,  Mo., daughter Athena  Blanding of Arlington,  and son Leo Blanding and  wife Sheila of Courtland,  Kans. and family, her  brother Rex Townsend  and wife Phyllis of Burleson,  four grandchildren,  eight great-grandchildren.  

Memorials for Alzheimer's  or dementia research,  or to the Cisco Cemetery  Association.  

Funeral services were  April 22, 2017 at Kimbrough  Funeral Home  in Cisco with burial in  Oakwood Cemetery.

Tue
25
Apr

Ila Lewis

Ila L. Lewis, 86, of Belleville, KS, died April 24, 2017.

Cremation was selected and memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the American Lutheran Church, Belleville. Friends may sign the register book from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Memorials are suggested to family choice.

Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements.

Tue
25
Apr

Debra Reynolds

Debra Denise Reynolds, daughter of Harley and Phyllis (Strait) Hess was born November 7, 1953 at Concordia, Kans., and died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Belleville, Kans. at the age of 63 years.

She graduated from Concordia High school in 1971. She went to nursing school and became a registered nurse. She worked as a nurse for many years before her failing health forced her to retire.

She was married to John Reynolds and they had two children, Justin and Jody. They later divorced.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harley; and two brothers Rodney and Ted Hess.

She is survived by her children Justin Reynolds of Gypsum, Kans. and Jody Reynolds of Cuba, Kans.; three grandchildren; her mother Phyllis Hess-Koster; sisters Kelly (Kevin) Johnston, Kathy (Mark) Gammil, and Sheryl Graham; her brother Mike Hess.

Tue
25
Apr

Jerald H. Johnson

Jerald Henry Johnson, 74, Belleville died Friday, April 14, 2014 in Belleville.

He was born December 30, 1942 in Winona, Minn. to Lester and Elaine (Kurth) Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Gail Bambenek.

He is survived by his wife Laura of their home; son Michael Johnson of Christmas Tree Valley, Oregon; brother Thomas Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Belleville. The memorial talk will be given by Josh Webb. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas assisted with arrangements.

Tue
25
Apr

Joshua Gumienny

Joshua Gumienny. Our friend, master chef, carpenter and lover of ALL people. He never met a stranger. He was born in Houston on 12/5/80 and was taken from us on 4/20/17 because of an accident involving a firearm. He moved to Belleville five months ago to start his life over. He discovered a new passion in cooking and dreamed of owning a restaurant here one day. He loved life here and never wanted to live anywhere else. Josh has impacted us more than we ever imagined with is contagious love for food, music and especially people. If you knew Josh, consider yourself better for it. He will be greatly missed. "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins, show hospitality to one another without grumbling." 1 Peter 4: 8-9. -Josh, Kelly, Lily, Quin, Carly & Dylan Collard.

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25
Apr

Charlotte A. Currie

Charlotte A. Currie, daughter of Donald O. Nickerson and Lorene A. (Macy) Nickerson was born July 10, 1947 at Belleville, Kans. and died on April 21, 2017 at her home in Belleville, Kansas at the age of 69 years, nine months and 11 days.

She attended Belleville Public Schools and graduated from Belleville High School in 1965. She attended Brown Mackie in Salina, Kans.

She was united in marriage to Robert D. Currie on October 19, 1974 and to this union two children were born, Paige and Tom.

She joined the staff at First National Bank in Belleville, KS in 1974 and later Astra Bank and was a long time bank employee until her retirement in 2014.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald O. Nickerson.

Tue
18
Apr

Donald C. Smith

Donald C. Smith, 77, DeWitt, Nebr., died at the Wilber Care Center April 16, 2017. He was born on December 8, 1939 at Belleville, Kans. to John and Anna Mae (Ball) Smith. He graduated from Belleville High School. He married Arlene Disney April 10, 1960, and lived at DeWitt for 53 years. He was employed by Dobson Brothers for road construction, and for 40 years at American Tool Company in DeWitt as a Heat Treat Operator, retiring in 2003. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in DeWitt for over 50 years and had served on the board of trustees. He was a member of the High Flyers Square Dancing Club in Lincoln and the Shirts and Skirts Square Dancing Club in Dorchester and other clubs. Survivors include his wife Arlene L. (Disney) Smith; daughters Brenda L. Yott and Jerry Beaudette of Stanton, Nebr., and Charlene K. Durante and husband Steve of Odell, Nebr.; three grandsons; six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother; and son-in-law Eugene R.

Tue
18
Apr

Paul Lung

Paul Allen Lung was born January 18, 1943 to Percy Sr. and Carrie (Brenneman) Lung in Fairfield, Nebr., and died April 1, 2017 in Belleville, Kansas at the age of 74 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Charlotte Fox, and brothers Percy Jr. and Harry. He is survived by his brother James (Lois) Lung of Belleville and sister Gloria (Dan) LeDroit of Elkhorn, Nebr. A celebration of life will be on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Belleville at 1:30 p.m. followed by a family and friends gathering in the basement of the Astra Bank in Belleville. Memorials are suggested to the family for further designation at a later time. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, in charge of arrangements

Tue
18
Apr

Peggy J. Pierce

Peggy Joan Nutsch Pierce was born to Henry and Alta (McCollum) Nutsch east of Haddam, Kans., July 8, 1936 and died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at her home in Narka, Kans. at the age of 80 years. She was raised on a farm near Haddam and attended the Blocker Country School until she went to high school and graduated in the 1952- 1953 school year. She married Cecil Pierce May 24, 1953 in Fairbury, Nebr. Together they raised nine children. The couple farmed in the Reynolds, Hubbell, and Narka areas.They then built and owned the Pierce's tavern in Byron, Nebr. for seven years until they moved to Mankato, Kans. where they first owned the Dreamliner motel and later built and owned the Hideaway Supper Club which was the first private club in Jewell County. In 1979 they moved to Jenkins, Mo. where she continued to work with her crafts and ceramics. In 1983 the couple returned to Narka, and they operated a grocery store and restaurant for nearly 20 years.

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18
Apr

Vivian M. Carlgren

Vivian Mae Carlgren, the daughter of Blaine M. Sherwood and Lillie M. (Danielson) Sherwood, was born December 1, 1930 in rural Talmo, Kans., and died April 12, 2017 at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, Kans. at the age of 86 years, four months, and 11 days. She grew up and attended the Zion District 26 Rural School near Talmo, later graduating from Concordia High School. She attended Kansas State University where she received her teaching certifi cate. She taught school at the Hollis Rural School for one year. On August 6, 1950, she was united in marriage to Charles F. Carlgren and to this union was born: Cheryl, Nancy, Lynette, and Jay. She was a bookkeeper at H & H Grain in Norway, Kans. for many years and a homemaker. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where she was the Jr. Choir Director, active in WELCA, and was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent at the church. She served on the local election board for several years.

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