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Charles W. Priddy, 78

Posted 10/23/2014

HALSTEAD – Charles W. Priddy, 78, died Oct. 19 at Asbury Park in Newton.  He was born May 30, 1936 to Laurence and Bulah (Rodgers) Priddy in Ripley, Okla.  

Survivors include: wife, Wanda Priddy of Newton; son, Kirk Shields-Priddy of Langley, B.C.; daughter, Keresa (Paul) Britton of Halstead; sisters, Laura Mae Woodward of Moore, Okla., Jean Stiemke of Moore, Okla., Melinda Milinkovich of Stillwater, Okla.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  

He was predeceased by sisters, Naomi Maxine Priddy and Joy Evelyn Yeager and brother, Laurence Henry Jr.  

Celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at First Mennonite Church in Halstead officiated by Pastor Brian Harmon and Rev. Scott Berry.  Memorials to DeSoto Youth Ministries in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at

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Viola Lucille Fast, 93

Posted 10/23/2014

HALSTEAD –  Viola Lucille Fast, 93, died Sunday, Oct. 19 at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born Nov. 26, 1920 at Hillsboro to Pete G. and Lucretia (Holdeman) Hiebert.

She was a Halstead Hospital nurse aide, homemaker, and member of Grace Church of God In Christ Mennonite Church, Halstead.

On Oct. 31, 1948 she married Clifford Fast at Hillsboro, he preceded her in death May 14, 1983.

Survivors include son: Woody (Shirley) Fast, Hazel, Ky.; daughters:  Wilda (Marlo) Becker, Halstead; Dona (Wilbur) Wiggers, Grifton, N.C.; Jeanie (Dwight) Mayeske, Fredonia; Ruth (Barry) Unruh, Columbus, Miss.; Rhonda (Jesse) Koehn, Tonasket, Wash.; Marla (Galen) Friesen, Halstead; brothers: Byron (Louise) Hiebert, El Campo, Texas; Melvin (Hilda) Hiebert, Walnut Hill, Fla.; sisters: Myra Street, Dayton, Texas; Esther (Henry) Penner, Nevada, Mo.; Merita (Willard) Koehn, Pearce, Ariz.; 22 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by and infant son: John; grandchildren: Lamar Koehn and Tamara McDermed; great-grandson: Lamar Mayeske, and sister: Zelda Havlik. 

Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 21, and funeral service was Wednesday, Oct. 22, both at Grace Church of God In Christ Mennonite Church, Halstead.

Ministers Raleigh Koehn, Marlin Unruh, Kenneth Smith and Dean Becker officiated.

Burial at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Halstead Health and Rehabilitation in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Lelia Mae (Koelsch) Darnell, 55

Posted 10/23/2014

WARRENTON, Mo. – Lelia Mae (Koelsch) Darnell, 55, Warrenton, Mo., passed away suddenly at her home Friday, Oct. 3.

She was born in St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 5, 1958 to Henry Koelsch and wife Ellen (Sorrell) Koelsch.

Lelia was a 1977 graduate of Warrenton High School. She served her country in the U.S. Army. For the past 16 years, Lelia had been a bus driver for the Warren County R-3 School District. She volunteered for the Salvation Army as a bell-ringer. She loved Elvis Presley and always believed angels were watching over her.

She is survived by four children: Christopher (Kristina) Darnell, Kyle (Jennifer) Darnell, Bailey Ressegger and Jessye Ressegger; twin brother John Koelsch, Halstead; brother Michael (Miki) Koelsch; sister Sarah (Larry) Olsen; two grandchildren; foster father Charles Prior; foster brother Henry Prior; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ellen Koelsch. Visitation was Oct. 10 in Warrenton, Mo. Memorial can be given to Friedens U.C.C. in care of Martin Funeral Home, 510 E. Main, Warrenton, MO 63383.

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