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Mitchell Brittain, 81

Posted 2/4/2016

WICHITA – Mitchell H. Brittain, 81, a beloved family pillar, passed away on Jan. 30, 2016 in his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born to Guy Amos and Louise Adeline Brittain. He married Barbara Carter October of 2001.

He was preceded in death by parents; wife; three brothers, Frank, Dewey and Charles; three sisters, Delores, Venice and Virginia. Survived by sisters, Helen Cullum and Carolyn House; children John Beeson (Norma), Pam Roberts (Jim); Janice Griffith (Scott); Vivia Smith (Robert), and Cathy Brittain; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Vigil was Tuesday, Feb. 2 and funeral service Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Resthaven Funeral Home. For a full obit visit Memorials may be sent to

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Latisha Streight, 35

Posted 2/4/2016

MCPHERSON – Latisha N. Streight, 35, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at her residence in McPherson.

She was born June 29, 1980 at Newton to Douglas P. and Annette K. (Sheffler) Streight, both survive of McPherson.

She was a 1998 graduate of Moundridge High School where she participated in cheer, dance, and the owl project.

She was a production line leader for Hospira/Pfizer Pharmecuticals, McPherson.

Latisha attended Pleasant Valley Church, Bentley, and was a member of Moundridge United Methodist Church.

Other survivors include brothers Jason and Robert Streight, Moundridge; sister: Shannon Streight, Canton; Niece: Katlyn Streight, Moundridge; six uncles, six aunts, 20 cousins, and her two french bulldogs.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Pleasant Valley Church, Bentley, with Rev. Paul Wulff officiating.

Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Pleasant Valley Church or Harry Hynes Hospice in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.


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Loren E. Toevs, 83

Posted 2/4/2016

Loren E. Toevs, 83, of East Peoria, passed away at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

Loren was born Sept. 4, 1932 in Halstead to the late Edward and Jenny Hensley Toevs. He married Mary Margaret Reising April 27, 1957. She preceded him in death April 26, 2012.

Surviving are their children, Lori Toevs of Galena, Maryland, Lisa (Mike) Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lynne (Tom) Zimmerman of Mackinaw, Lauren (Kaye Abbey) Toevs of North Pekin, and Robert E. (Ann) Toevs of Bay City, Michigan; grandchildren, Joshua and Jorden Smith; Samantha (Witbracht) Migit and Sydnee Zimmerman; Ray and Becky Abbey; and Seely and Finly Toevs; great-granddaughter, LuOra Abbey; and a brother, Harold Toevs of Melton, Pennsylvania.

Loren graduated from Kansas State University in 1956 and then went into active service as a Navigator with the Air Force. After his discharge from the Air Force, he then served in the Air National Guard, attaining the rank of Major, retiring in 1977. He had 42 years of service with Caterpillar, retiring from the Proving Grounds in 1997 as a senior technical engineer.

Loren was an active member of St. Monica’s Church in East Peoria and the Msgr. E.L. Grzybowski Council 7580 of the Knights of Columbus. He also served on the Tazewell County Zoning Board and was an active member of the Republican Party.

He was an avid bowler and was actively involved with East Peoria Girls Fastpitch Association in the 80s. 

A funeral Mass for Loren was held at St. Monica’s Church in East Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude-Midwest Affiliate or the East Peoria Fire Department.

Loren’s memorial website is available at, where condolences may also be sent to the family.


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