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Clifford R. Sommerfeld

Posted 3/23/2017

Clifford R. Sommerfeld, 91, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  He was born Feb. 12, 1926 in rural Canto to John and Elsie (Auernheimer) Sommerfeld. 

On Aug. 8, 1970 he married Irene M. Talbott at Halstead and she preceded him in death on March 6, 2017.  Clifford was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Newton,, Burrton American Legion and he retired from the former Hesston Corp.

Clifford served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany where he was with the team that liberated Dachow prison and was a Bronze Star recipient. He earned the rank of tech sergeant.  He enjoyed woodworking and building furniture, which he shared with his, loved ones. Gardening and camping were activities he enjoyed with his wife. They traveled with their trailer to 48 states and Canada.  His family was very important to him, and he greatly enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.

He is survived by his son Dennis (Alice) Sommerfeld of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter Sandra (Allen) Wilson of Lenexa, Kansas; step daughters: Linda (James) Bew of Tyler, Texas and Trudee (Lance) Thornhill of Halstead; brothers Arnold (Judy) and Verlon (Lillie) Sommerfeld both of Durham, Ernest (Mary) Sommerfeld of Marquette; sister Ethel Kaiser of Wichita and sister-in-law Evelyn Sommerfeld of Newton,. He is also survived by five grandchildren Allyson, Matthew, Wesley, Meagan and Erin; and five great-grandchildren: Henry, Jack, Braxton, Drake and Braydon.                    

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister Elda Sommerfeld and one brother Milford Sommerfeld.

Funeral service was Tuesday, March 21 at Zion Lutheran Church in Newton with the Reverend Aaron Filipek, presiding. Burial was at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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Linda David

Posted 3/23/2017

KANSAS CITY – Linda David, 75, died March 10, at North Kansas City Hospital.

She is survived by daughters, Cherie Falconer and Christie Jackson; son, Chris Lethem; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial was held at the Elms, Excelsior Springs, Missouri March 19. Her ashes will be scattered in the ocean off Honolulu, Hawaii. 

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Daniel W. Hook

Posted 3/23/2017

Daniel W. Hook passed away March 14, 2017 after a long illness at the V.A. Hospital in Wichita. Hook was born Sept. 25, 1949, raised in Halstead, and graduated from Halstead High School.

He is survived by his mother Faye, of Halstead, brother, Alvin (Roberta) of Wichita, sons Patrick, Washington state, Matthew, Wichita, daughter Carrie (Chris) Ginn, Overland Park, and three granddaughters. Arrangements are pending. He will be laid to rest in the V.A. Cemetery, Winfield.

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Michael G. Dechant

Posted 3/16/2017

HALSTEAD—Michael G. Dechant 57, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at his Halstead residence.  He was born January 28, 1960 in Blackwell, OK to Elmer R. and Billie J. (Soctt) Dechant.  On January 8, 1999 he married Laurie “Jill” Martin and she survives of the home.

Michael served his country in the US Army and was a plumber installing Echo water softeners.  He had a love of farming and he farmed land around the Ness City, KS area prior to moving to Halstead.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the NRA.  Michael had a soft spot for dogs and enjoyed spending time with his Rottweilers. Family was very important and he greatly looked forward to spending time with his loving family, grandchildren and many friends.

He is survived by his wife Jill of the home; sons Jonathan (Angie) Harries and Jeremy Harris both of Wichita, KS; daughters Michelle (Travis) Scott of Lockhart, TX, Crystal (Daniel) Beougher of Arkansas City, KS, Aubry (Ryan) Boyce of Derby, KS and Angela and Ben Sirmans of Towanda, KS; sister Sherrie Smith of Colorado; he is also survived by 15 grandchildren whom he adored.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents, sister Michelle and brother Mitchell.

Graveside committal service with military honors was 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Halstead City Cemetery in Halstead. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, March 20 at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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Robert Everoski

Posted 3/16/2017

Robert Everoski, 70, died on February 20, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Robert was born on May 18, 1946 to Chester and Alice (Kasotsky) Everoski in Glenn Cove, New York.  

Robert moved to Kansas to attend the College of Emporia where he participated in track and field. He later obtained a Master’s degree from Emporia State University. Throughout his life he had many interests: geologist for the oil industry, math teacher at Wichita State University, astronomer, coach, traditional television programs of the 50s and 60s and coin collector. He was recently known for starting and competing in the annual Halstead Open and Master’s Track and Field event. Robert actively participated in track and field events for almost 56 years of his life. 

He is survived by children: Ryan and Robert Everoski; and former wife: Marjorie Everoski; siblings: Dick Everoski of Long Island, New York and Patricia Greenstone of Orlando, Florida.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Chester and Alice Everoski.

Funeral service took place at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, Kansas.  A visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home with the family present between 6-8 to greet friends. Burial occured following the service in rural Halstead.

A memorial has been established for the American Cancer Society, 330 S. Main St., #100, Wichita, Kansas. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Irene M. Sommerfeld

Posted 3/16/2017

NEWTON—Irene M. Sommerfeld, 93, died, Monday, March 6, 2017 at Newton Medical Center.

She was born, October 11, 1923 at Wichita, KS to Henry “Pat” and Anna Christina (Teten) Talbott.

She was the owner operator of Irene’s Jewelry for many years and a lifetime resident of Halstead.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Newton.

She was very active serving on many boards and civic organizations including but not limited to The Warkentine Society; former chairperson of the Harvey County Democratic Party, former President B.P.O.W., Governor’s Council for Tourism, Halstead Hospital Board of Directors, Halstead Historical Society, American Legion Post 231 Auxiliary, and as a Girl Scout leader.

Her election to President of the Halstead Chamber of Commerce made her the first female Chamber President in Kansas.  She was also considered the local authority on the 1955 motion picture “Picnic” which was partially filmed in Halstead and the surrounding area.

On August 8, 1970 she married Clifford R. Sommerfeld at Halstead, he resides in Newton. Other survivors include daughters: Linda (James) Bew, Tyler, TX; Trudee (Lance) Thornhill, Halstead; step-son: Dennis (Alice) Sommerfeld and step-daughter: Sandi (Allen) Wilson all of Kansas City, MO; sister-in-law- Marge Talbott, Wichita; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brothers; Edgar and John Talbott and sisters; Rosada Tomek-Janda, Verna Lee Hills, and Mildred Huebert.

Friends called from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 9 with the family present to greet friends from 6:30-8 p.m. at Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Friday, March 10 at Zion Lutheran Church, Newton with Pastor Aaron Filipek officiating.

Burial will follow at Halstead Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Zion Women’s Auxiliary or Victory in the Valley in care of Kaufman Funeral Home.

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Hazel M. Milne

Posted 3/16/2017

HASTINGS, Fla.—Hazel M. Milne, 93, died Friday March 3, 2017 at her home in Hastings, Florida.

She was born February 8, 1924 at Wichita to Ray Stanley and Hazel Phoebe (Fry) Arrowsmith.

She was a graphic artist and typesetter for her family business Black’s Coldtype.  In her later years she was a contributing columnist for the Halstead Independent.

She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, Sedgwick.

On March 14, 1942 she married Duane D. Black at Bentley. He preceded her in death February 13, 1992.

She then married Walter L. Milne September 2, 2000 at Sedgwick, he preceded her in death January 24, 2015.

Survivors include son Leo Black, Junction City, OR; daughter Betty Morris, Hastings, FL; sister Helen Tinkham, Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brothers Max, Donovan, Richard and Stanley Arrowsmith and sister Elizabeth Learned.

Committal service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, March 16 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley.

A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, Sedgwick with Pastor Craig Reynolds officiating.

Memorials may be given to Plymouth Congregational Church in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Douglas E. Murphy

Posted 3/8/2017

HAVEN—Douglas E. Murphy, 80, retired elementary school principal, passed away March 1, 2017. 

He is survived by wife, Kay, daughter Michelle (Dr. Steve) Grindel, grandson,

Stewart Grindel, brother Dennis (Catherine) Murphy, sister-in-law Zee Murphy, a nephew, Richard (Angela) Robeck of Halstead and a niece, Mary (Phil) Nightengale of Hutchinson.

Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m. at Haven United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 5. Memorials may be made to Haven United Methodist Church or Haven Senior Citizens Center in care of Ott Funeral Home, Haven. 

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Brenda Jernberg

Posted 3/8/2017

HALSTEAD—Brenda Jernberg, 82, passed away Feb. 28, 2017 at Homestead of Halstead. She was born Oct. 12, 1934 in Columbus Ohio to Cleome and Lucille Burns.

She was a graduate of Greeley High School, Greeley Colorado, class of ’52. Brenda was a long time resident of Wheat Ridge, Colorado where she and her husband Nathan raised their two sons. She was a member of the United Methodist Church where she was active with Circle, choir, Sunday School and the food bank. She loved to sew and made many of her own clothes as well as special gifts for family and friends and warm hats for the homeless. Brenda was a retiree from Auraria Book Center. She moved to Halstead, KS in February 2016 to be closer to family.

She is survived by her sons, Dale (Joy) Jernberg, Burrton, KS, and Jeff (Jannea) Jernberg, Katy, TX; four grandchildren Erin (Lish) Leonard, Mulvane, KS, Nick (Becca) Jernberg, Katy TX, Josh (Jess) Jernberg, Lakewood, CO and Jennifer (Phil) Gibson, Waco, TX; along with nine great grandchildren. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

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