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August 25, 2016
Harvey County Independent
August 25, 2016 Harvey County Independent

William L. Crawford

Posted 8/25/2016

HALSTEAD—William L. Crawford, 91, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at the Homestead of Halstead Assisted Living Center.

He was born Oct. 6, 1924 at Sedgwick, KS to Homer “Curly” and Louise M. (Hansen) Crawford.

He was a graduate of Bentley High School and was owner and operator of Crawford Sewer Service, Halstead.

On Sept. 8, 1946 he married Pauline M. Zimmerman at Burrton, KS, she preceded him in death November 29, 2007.

Survivors include son: Roger (Kathy) Crawford, Halstead, KS; daughters: Meredith (Al) Robinson, Silt, CO; Barbara (Michael) Byxbe, Freeport, TX; sister: Virginia Melson, Newton, KS; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son; Kent and brothers, Donald and Glen Crawford.

A visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Roger Crawford residence, 714 Spruce, Halstead, KS.

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Lloyd Joseph "Joe" Allen

Posted 8/25/2016

WICHITA – Lloyd Joseph “Joe” Allen, 89, passed away Aug. 16, 2016 in Wichita. Joe was born to Loyd and Rose (Padlasek) Allen on Dec. 12, 1926 in Wilson.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, after which he married his late wife, Martha (Regier), in August 1950. They were married for 46 years. He married Pat, his loving wife of 18 years, in July 1998.

During his life Joe worked drilling wells for Layne Western Company, was Chief Operator at Mission Water Plant, Newton, owner and operator of Allen’s Registered Guernsey Dairy, Halstead, driver for Hertz Car Rental and real estate agent Goering Realty, Moundridge.

He is preceded in death by parents, Loyd and Rose, wife Martha, and sister Dr. Almeda Ann Decker, Chicago, Ill. Survived by wife, Pat; children, Kathy (Garret) Hampel, Karla (Chet) Scudder, all of Wichita, and Karen (Bruce) Lee, Topeka; step-children, Doug Eddy, Florence, Jan (Chris) Johnson, Wichita, Jo (Greg) Umscheid, Topeka; grandchildren, Dwayne, Kara, and Joseph; step-grandchildren, Tim and Justine, and step-great-grandson, Bryler.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 20 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be made to Aldersgate UMC, 7901 W. 21st St. N., Wichita, KS, 67205 and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market St., Wichita KS, 67202.

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Don Ruebke

Posted 8/25/2016

NEWTON—Don Ruebke of Newton passed away on Monday, Aug. 15 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He was hiking on a mountain trail with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was "riding a wave, on top of the world, the sun at his face, the wind at his back and everything going his way," when his heart stopped and he went to be with his Savior.

Don was born Sept. 20, 1963 to John and Beatrice (Brenneman) Ruebke of Hesston. He graduated from Hesston High School. He married his first love, Michelle Kozaka on Oct. 15, 1983.

Don was loved and respected, epitomizing gentle and quiet strength. He loved His Lord Jesus and acted justly, loved mercy, walked humbly.

Don worked for 32 years at Boeing/Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, starting as a composite repairman and finishing as an executive. He went back to school while working and raising a family – he graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Business – emphasis on Leadership from Newman University in 2016.

His favorite pastimes were spent with his family, playing games or singing hymns. Don was invested in his sons' local Boy Scout Troop 127, backpacking and hiking on four High Adventure trips with his son, Jonathan. He enjoyed traveling to Europe, eating pastries and espresso. He took his first mission trip to Haiti in December 2015.

Don ran his first 5K race Thanksgiving of 2015 and ran his first half-marathon in May 2016.

Don is survived by his wife, Michelle Ruebke of Newton. He left a beautiful legacy to 10 children, ages 12 to 32; Anna (Richard) Brown of Newton; Jenna (Vincent) Quentin of Newton; Melissa (Dylan) Neubauer of McPherson; Faith Ruebke; Hope Ruebke; Jonathan Ruebke; Charity Ruebke; Grace Ruebke; Michael and Meghan Ruebke.

He was the favorite PapaBear of six grandchildren who came to eat all his goldfish, swim in his pool, and enjoy his famous pancakes: Ryan and Emma Brown; Luca, Maya and Alex Quentin; Tess Neubauer.

Don was preceded in death by his father John Ruebke and his child, Jamie Ruebke.

The funeral service was Aug. 23 at Grace Community Church in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to The Citizens State Bank in Newton, in memory of Don Ruebke.

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