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Mildred L. Huebert, 79

Posted 8/29/2014

HALSTEAD –  Mildred L. Huebert, 79, retired U.S.D. 440 Halstead-Bentley Elementary School teacher, died Saturday,, August 23, at her home in Halstead.

She was born October 25, 1934 at Halstead to Henry and Anna Christine (Teten) Talbott.

She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Halstead and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 5, Newton.

On July 5, 1953 she married James P. Huebert at Halstead, he survives.

Other survivors include sons: Douglas (Susan) Huebert, Dave (Denise) Huebert all of Halstead; Bill (Angie) Huebert, Ponca City, Okla.; sister Irene (Cliff) Sommerfeld, Newton; 11 grandchildren and 5 great –grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by brothers: Edgar and John Talbott and sisters: Rosada Tomak-Janda and Verna Lee Hills.

A memorial service will be 11:00 Wednesday, September 3 at First Mennonite Church Halstead with Pastor Brian Harmon officiating.

Memorials may be given to Caring Hands Humane Society or New Medical Center in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Louise Eleanor (Preuss) Mierau, 93

Posted 8/29/2014

WICHITA – Louise Eleanor (Preuss) Mierau, 93, passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. She was born in Stuttgart, Kansas to Leonard Preuss and Helen (Zimmermann) Preuss.

She was a graduate of Phillipsburg High School. She met and fell in love with William C. Mierau, Sr. and on Jan. 23, 1949 in Stuttgart they were wed. Louise is preceded in death by her husband William, parents Leonard and Helen Preuss, brother Leonard Preuss, sisters Alwena Fenske and Emma Gackstatter.

She is survived by her son, William C. Mierau, Jr., and his wife, Sharon, of Halstead and her daughter, Connie Johnson and her husband, Ed, of Wichita; grandchildren Ellen Mosley, Kathy Ensey and David Johnson; great-grandchildren Julia, Aaron and Elise Ensey; sister Barbara Wildrix of Topeka; sister-in-laws Norma Preuss of Phillipsburg and Edith Hadle of Manhattan.

Service was Saturday, Aug. 23, at Valley Center Christian Church, 1801 E. Fifth, Valley Center. Graveside Service was Halstead Cemetery, Halstead, Kansas. Memorials to Valley Center Christian Church, PO Box 158, Valley Center, Ks 67147 or First Presbyterian Church, 525 N. Broadway, Wichita, Kansas 67214.

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Jack Russel Miller, 61

Posted 8/29/2014

GEUDA SPRINGS – Jack Russell Miller, 61, of rural Geuda Springs, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at the home of Bill and Robin Ford, where Jack had happily lived for the last few years of his life.

Jack was born on Jan. 31, 1953 in Halstead to Jack and Helen (Luginbill) Miller Sr.  Jack was a Downs Syndrome baby and was the joy of everyone with whom he came in contact.

Jack was cared for throughout his life by various family members who considered it a blessing.

Jack loved his family and friends, listening to music and singing along.

He especially enjoyed wearing his hats, writing and coloring, giving and receiving big hugs and being the center of attention.

Many of us remember his gleeful rubbing together of his hands when tickled.

Jack is survived by a half-sister: Pam Eshom of Topeka and many cousins and second cousins who adored and will miss him.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, step-father; Ivan “Ike” Williams, and a brother, Nate Williams.

A graveside service was Aug. 25, 2014 at Halstead Cemetery, Halstead with Father Edmond Kline officiating, Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Vernon Lloyd Nikkel, 86

Posted 8/29/2014

HESSTON – Vernon  Lloyd Nikkel, 86, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.  He was born on May 26, 1928 to Henry P. and Martha (Dirksen) Nikkel in Goessel.  He was united in marriage to Lennea Oetinger on June 11, 1950 in Morganville.

   Vernon received his bachelors degree from Bethany College, and his masters from Kansas State Teachers College.  Vernon was a music teacher at Roxbury and Hesston Public Schools.  In 1965, he joined Excel Industries as director of Industrial Relations.  He retired after 30 years and went to work at Legg Company where he retired in 2013.   

He was a member of Hesston United Methodist Church where he taught bible study and Sunday school.  Vernon also served on the board of the directors for the Kansas Learning Center for Health.  Once Vernon decided to slow down he became a member of the Silverhaired Legislature.

   Left to cherish Vernon's memory are his wife; Lennea, of the home, son; San (Lisa) Nikkel, of Moundridge, daughter; Greta (Bill) Baack, of Calgary Alberta, Canada, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry P. and Martha.

   A memorial service with visitation afterward will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Hesston United Methodist Church, Hesston with Pastor Keith Schadel officiating.  Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to Hesston United Methodist Church or American Diabetes Association; and may be sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 107 S. Lancaster PO Box 32, Hesston, KS 67062.

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Nora Edith (Jones) Werbin, 90

Posted 8/29/2014

SEDGWICK – Nora Edith (Jones) Werbin, 90, passed away, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. She was born in Hugo, Okla., to Ruby Jake Jones and Elizabeth Ann (Cooper) Jones. She was a graduate of Hugo High School.

She met and fell in love with Mark Harold Werbin. They were married on Sept. 3, 1948. Nora was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She also worked for her husband’s veterinarian clinic as a bookkeeper, secretary and clerical. Mark preceded her in death, as well as her parents, R.J. and Elizabeth Jones, brothers Orland Jones and Wayne Jones. Nora is survived by her children, Susan (Tommy) Tarvin of Birmingham, Ala., Rebecca (Keith) Brungardt of Overland Park, Ted (Darron) Ellis-Werbin of Sellersburg, Indiana, and Jamie (Karon) Werbin of Derby; grandchildren, Mary (David) Brown of Tucson, Ariz., Anna Brungardt of Los Angeles, Jack Brungardt of Santa Monica, Calif., Josh (Megan) Phillips of Dunifee, Calif., Joe (Kala) Phillips of Derby, Mark Werbin of Augusta, Seth Werbin of Wichita, Nichole Werbin of Spring Hill, and James Werbin of Derby; great-grandchildren, Kaden and Nolan Phillips; brothers Dalton (Lydia) Jones of Norman, Okla., Lynn (Doreen) Jones; sisters Elizabeth Grady and Nella Jones, both of Dallas, Texas; many other family and friends.

Visitation is 9 a.m. and service 10 a.m., Thursday, August 28 both held at First Christian Church, 514 N. Franklin, Sedgwick. Burial will follow the service at Hillside Cemetery, Sedgwick.

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Cynthia Helen (Dunn) Graves, 51

Posted 8/29/2014

SEDGWICK – Cynthia Helen (Dunn) Graves, 51, passed away, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

She was born in Salina, Kansas to James and Carol Dunn. Cindy was a graduate of Andover High School, Andover. She met the love of her life Clark E. Graves and they were married Sept. 5, 1981 in Wichita.

She is survived by her husband Clark of the home; her son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Angel Graves of Haysville; grandchildren Kylie Graves and Jackson Graves; mother Carol Dunn of Andover; brothers Jim Dunn of Houston, Texs, and Mike Dunn of Andover; nephews and nieces, Jacob Dunn, Priscilla Nettrouer (Victoria and Conner), Tyrea Dunn, Hannah (Aaron) Parker (Payton); father-in-law and mother-in-law Gerald and Dorothy Graves; many other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, James Dunn, and sister, Carrie Dunn. Service was Monday, Aug. 25 at Hillside Cemetery, Sedgwick.

Memorials may be designated to the Sedgwick Booster Club, Sedgwick. Baker Funeral Home Valley Center handled arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at


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