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Vera M. Holdeman

Posted 5/25/2017

Vera M. Holdeman, 91, of Newton died Monday, May 
22, 2017.

She was born February 13, 1926 near Halstead. 
She attended Halstead Grade School and graduated 
from Halstead High School in 1944.

She married Lacy R. Holdeman October 11, 1946 in 
North Newton. They lived in Newton for 39 years until 
Lacy retired and then they moved to Highland, Arkansas 
in 1985 and were there until Lacy's death February 1, 

Vera was a stay-at-home mom, raising her five 
children until they graduated from Newton High School 
and then went to work at Axtell Christian Hospital. Vera 
loved to read, sew, knit and crochet. She loved her 
family dearly and would do anything for each and 
every one if needed. Vera was a member of Newton Christian Church in Newton.

She is survived by her children, Esther Sue Holdeman, 
Marilyn Rae (John) Davis, Jay Kent Holdeman, Dawn 
Faye (Jerry) Clark and Cynthia Lou (Ron) Sartain, all of 
Newton. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 25 
great grandchildren, three step great grandchildren, seven great 
great grandchildren and five step great great 

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Friday May 26 at Newton Christian Church with Pastor Doug Ingmire presiding.  Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday May 25 at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Halstead City Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, American Cancer Society or Newton Christian Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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Dennis Gene Spinks

Posted 5/25/2017

SEDGWICK—Dennis Gene Spinks, 70, died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Diversicare of Sedgwick.

He was born February 7, 1947 at Wichita, to William C. and Arlene J. (Adams) Spinks.

He was a lifelong Bentley resident, a graduate of Bentley High School and was a member of Bentley United Methodist Church.

He worked at Boeing as a tool grinder.

On November 22, 1969 he married Elsie R. "Becky" Valencia at Halstead; she survives.

Other survivors include brother Robert Samms, Wichita; sisters Rhonda Bradshaw, Wichita; Karen (Steve) Brown, Towanda; and Sue (Royce) Gruver, Scott City.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Randy Samms.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25 with the family greeting friends from 6:30-8 p.m. at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Committal service will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at Bentley United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jan McDaniel officiating.

Memorials to Caring Hands Humane Society or the church, in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Brodie A. Thompson

Posted 5/18/2017

HALSTEAD—Brodie A. Thompson, 22, died Thursday May 11, 2017 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.

He was born June 10, 1994 at Wichita, KS to Charles and Kim (Davidson) Thompson.

He was a lifelong Halstead resident and was a 2012 graduate of Halstead High School.

He is survived by his father Charles, Halstead; mother Kim, Wichita; sister Tori (Ryan) Loffland and niece Charlie, Wichita; grandfathers Don Davidson, Halstead; Don Purkey, Valley Center.

He was preceded in death by grandmothers: Betty Davidson and Marj Purkey.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, Halstead with Pastor Ed Blanchette officiating.

Memorials may be given to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Daniel Hook

Posted 5/18/2017

A memorial service will be held for Daniel Hook at 1 p.m., June 2 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in Winfield. He passed away March 14, 2017.

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Alvera A. Johnson

Posted 5/4/2017

SEDGWICK—Alvera A. Johnson, 94, died Monday, May 1, 2017 at Via Christi Village, Wichita.

She was born, Aug. 27, 1922, at Tinta, Minn., to Barthel and Angela (Mertes) Schoenecker.

For 30 years she worked as a CNA and LPTA at Regency Healthcare in Halstead, retiring in 2001.        

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Altar Society both of Halstead, V.F.W. Post 971 Auxiliary Newton and Hicks-Davison American Legion Post 268 Auxiliary, Sedgwick.

On March 22, 1943 she married Robert E. Johnson at Wichita. He preceded her in death May 3, 1983.

Survivors include sons Syd Johnson, Oswego; Robert (Alicia) Johnson, Tulsa;

Ed (Cathy Medlin) Johnson, Sedgwick; daughters Anita (Don) Holland, Slidell, La.; Pat Ropp, San Jose, CA; Marcy (Roy) Aycock, Sedgwick; brother Vince (Barbara) Schoenecker, Houston; sisters Irene Rausch, Medford, OR; Marie Morrow, Grove, Okla.; Margie Fields, Pearland, Texas; Leona Vierthaler, Haven; 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughters Joyce McGinn and Mary Jane Dealy; brothers Edmond, Elmer and Bart Schoenecker; sisters Marcella Wilson and Helen Doffing; and granddaughters Renee' Ropp and Holly Querubin.

The Rosary will be said 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4 and the Mass of the Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 5 both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Halstead, with Celebrants Father Dan Spexarth and Father Jeff Fasching.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Sedgwick.

Memorials may be given to the Sacred Altar Society in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Helen D. Keller

Posted 5/4/2017

HALSTEAD—Helen D. Keller, 96, died Monday, April 24, 2017 at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation, Halstead.

She was born, Oct. 30, 1920 in Macon Township, Harvey County, to William J. and Anna A. (Nolting) Keller. 

She worked in various capacities for Mobil Exxon, retiring in 1979 after 28 years.

She had a passion for, and was an accomplished bowler. She loved nature and animals. She was also a faithful caregiver to her mother until her passing.

She kept herself busy acknowledging and sending birthday cards to her 94 nieces and nephews until they reached age 18.

She is survived by nine nieces and nephews; 20 great nieces and nephews; 38 great-great nieces and nephews and 27 great-great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Sylvester Keller, and sisters Eldred Hahn and Virginia Yeast.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 5 at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead, with Pastor Ed Blanchette presiding. A visitation with the family will precede this from 1 p.m. until the service begins.

Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Caring Hands Humane Society or Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Roger O. Shanks

Posted 5/4/2017

MANHATTAN—Roger O. Shanks, 87, passed away at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community on April 23, 2017.  Kay and family were with him when he died.  Roger was a minister with the United Methodist Church for over 60 years and loved by a great many people.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday June 4, 2017 at the Meadowlark Hills Community Room, 2121 Meadowlark Road, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowlark Memory Program. Please make checks out to Meadowlark Foundation in the pay to line and Roger Shanks’ Memorial in the memo line.

Memorials can be sent to the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502 and will be forwarded on to the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at:

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