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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS * ' i FRIDAY. MAY 29. 199& Ail I DEATHS & FUNERALS Vern S. Engle HERINGTON — Vern S. Engle, 83, Herington, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Mr. Engle was born Oct. 28, 1914, south of Hope. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked for Day Garage in Lost Springs and retired as a rural letter carrier in 1979. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as trustee and usher. He was a life member and former finance officer of Clarey R. McClaren American Legion Post 12 and a former member of 40 & 8. He was a member of Herington Country Club, N.A.R.P., N.A.F.E. and National Association of Rural Letter Carriers. Survivors include his wife, Zena J. of the home; a son, Roger of Herington; a daughter, Rhonda Strickbine of Stewartsville, Mo.; a brother, Orville of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Evelyn Hall of Everett, Wash.; three grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Herington, the Rev. William H. Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington, with military rites. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association in care of the funeral home. The casket will remain closed. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Donahue Funeral Home, 404 S. Broadway, Herington 67449. Alverna A. Salts Huff OAKLEY — Alverna A. Salts Huff, 80, Oakley, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Citizen's Medical Center, Colby. j;-Mrs. Huff was born Alverna Ai> jj6ne Hill on Nov. 8, 1917, at Beatrice, Neb., and was a resident of northwest Kansas for 30 years. She was a cafeteria supervisor at the University of Nebraska, worked in the kitchen of Nebraska State Hospital and was a bartender at Goodland Moose Lodge. She was a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 1133, Goodland. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold R. Salts in 1960 and William L. Huff in 1981; and a great-granddaughter. Survivors include two sons, Donald E. Salts of Wichita Falls, Texas, and James L. Huff of Colby; -a daughter, Joyce Kuper of Oakley; a sister, Shirley Eubank of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, Oakley, the Rev. Terry Turner officiating. Burial will be in Oakley Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Colby Recreation Department, Head- start Program or Oakley City Park Playground Equipment. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 217 Freeman, Box 221, Oakley 67748. Virgil H. Kitten "DODGE CITY — virgii H. Kitten, 79, Dodge City, died Thursday, May 28,1998, at his home. Mr. Kitten was born May 25, 1919, at Windhorst and was a resident of Dodge City since 1951, moving from Windhorst. He worked for the city of Dodge City for more than 30 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Knights of Columbus Council 2962 and Loyal Order of the Moose 1187, all of Dodge City. Survivors include his wife, Lucile of the home; a son, Raymond of Jacksonville, Ark.; a daughter, Joan Dellinger of Salina; a brother, Sylvester of Floral City, Fla.; two sisters, Sister Loretta Kitten T EXPLOSION SALINA Lulu D, Klein Charles Ernest "Bill" Martin Norva L Meyer, KANSAS , DODGE CITY: Virgil H. Kitten HERINGTbN: Vem S. Engle MANKATO; Maxtrfe U Rafferty OAKLEY: Alvema A/.Salts Huff WaKBENEY: Alex Henry files Jr. OUT OE STATE Harry H. Meyer, • Arvada, Colo. of Wichita and Mary Alice Conrardy of Wright; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Dodge City, the Rev. John R. Strasser officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City. A rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at Swaim Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Prairie. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, 1901 Sixth, Dodge City 67801. Lulu D. Klein Lulu D. Klein, 82, Salina, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Salina Regional Health Center. Mrs. Klein was born Lulu D. Clapper on March 16, 1916, at Larned and was a resident of Salina for 78 years. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Eugene of Salina; two sons, Ronald R. of Salina and Donald E. of Alex, Okla.; three daughters, Jeanette L. Sallee of Prague, Okla., Joyce A. Maxfield of Malad, Idaho, and Karen S. Jensen of Roy, Utah; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 E. Crawford, Pastor Paul Wilke officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the chapel, Salina 67401, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Roselawn Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements. Charles Ernest "Bill" Martin Charles Ernest "Bill" Martin, 74, Salina, died Thursday, May 28, 1998, at Holiday Resort Care Home, Salina. Mr. Martin was born Nov. 25, 1923, in Dickinson County and was a longtime resident of California before recently returning to Kansas. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a driller for a geophysical company in California. Survivors include three sisters, Geneva Vignery of Salina, Norma Bruns of Abilene and Ivalo Butts of Junction City. A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Danner Funeral Home, 501 N. Buckeye, Abilene 67410, the Rev. Rick Saylor officiating. Inurnment will be in Milford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Kansas State University Center for Basic Cancer Research or Abilene Public Library-Children's Department in care of the funeral home. Harry H. Meyer ARVADA, Colo. — Harry H. Meyer, 87, Arvada, died Wednesday, May 27,1998, at Arvada. Mr. Meyer was born Aug. 18, 1910, at Lucas, Kan., and was a resident of Arvada since 1990, moving from the Sylvan Grove, Kan., area where he had lived most of his life. He was a farmer-stockman, a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lutheran Laymen's League and a charter member of the Men's Club, all of Sylvan Grove. Survivors include his wife, Bertha of Arvada; a son, Rawleigh of Arvada; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sylvan Grove, the Rev. Robert Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Sylvan Grove. Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Rodrick & Minear Funeral Home, Second and Maryland, Sylvan. Grove 67481, and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Norva L. Meyer The service for Norva L. Meyer,, ; 70, Salina, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Natoma Cemetery, the Rev. Cindy Sickler officiating. Mrs. Meyer died May 14,1998, at Salina Regional Health Center. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements. Maxine L. Rafferty MANKATO — Maxine L. Rafferty, 73, Mankato, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Smith County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, Smith Center. Mrs. Rafferty was born Maxine L. Semke on April 12,1925, in Harrison Township, Jewell County. She was a farm wife, owned a cafe, was a waitress, a sales clerk and worked with ceramics. She was'preceded in death by her husband, Peter "Mike" Jr. Survivors include two daughters, Melinda Ost of Mankato and Trela Howard of Andover; a son, Curtis of Lee's Summit, Mo.; a sister, Wilma Matousek of Overland Park; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Harmony United Methodist Church, Mankato, Pastor Frank DeFisher officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Melby Mortuary, 402 N. High, Mankato 66956, and before the service at the church. Alex Henry Ries Jr. Gay / Longtime principal says final goodbyes WaKEENEY — Alex Henry Ries Jr., 58, WaKeeney, died Wednesday, May 27,1998, at Trego-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney. Mr. Ries was born Sept. 21,1939, in Trego County and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was an Army veteran and worked for Malsam Terracing. He was a member of Randall Reid Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3449 and Fraternal Order of Eagles 3774, both of WaKeeney. Survivors include his mother, Ellen Jordan of WaKeeney; a stepson, Scott Spena of WaKeeney; a stepdaughter, Brenda Newcomer of WaKeeney; two brothers, Allaire Ries of Tye, Texas, and Gary Ries of Buffalo, N.Y.; two sisters, Margie Dagenhart of Hatfield, Alaska, and Kay Wedermyer of WaKeeney; two stepbrothers; a stepsister; and four stepgrandchil- dren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney, Pastor Randy Gibbs officiating. Burial will be in WaKeeney City Cemetery, with military rites by Randall Reid Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3449 and American Legion Moore Post 197. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, WaKeeney. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney 67672. FROM PAGE A1 Well, it's a possibility. But travel arrangements haven't yet been made. Gay's duties continue until June 11, during which time she'll be working with South Middle School teacher Carmen Flax, who will be the new principal this fall. Hawthorne, 715 N. Ninth, serves an area with low-income families, which sometimes means the students have needs other schools don't. But Gay had a way of making sure those needs were met. "I don't mind begging for the kids, I really don't," she said. Chalkboard talk Each morning, Gay starts the school day by writing a note to the students on a chalkboard in the hallway. Thursday's note read: "Good morning. It's Thursday, the last day of school. We are going to have a summer like day at school. We will have our awards assembly. This is my last message to you. I hope each of you will have a wonderful, enjoyable summer." At the assembly, students were recognized for perfect attendance, citizenship, showing the most improvement and making better than 90 percent in their classes. "Be the best you can be at any thing you want to be," Gay said. "Remember to use teamwork and be respectful to your teachers. Thank you for letting me be your principal for all these years. I will always remember all of you." Many of them said they won't forget her. At lunch, several fifth- grade students talked about Gay as they munched on corn dogs, peaches and chips. "She's always been here," said Brandi Dale, an 11-year-old fifth- grader. "It won't be the same," said 10- year-old Barbara Warhurst. "When you look at this school, it's going to be different." Kristy George, 12, said she would miss Gay, who was her mother's teacher. Ramona Burnley, 11, said the school will seem strange without Gay. "She's been here for 28 years," Ramona said. Besides students, Gay's staff had things to say about her. "She's always there for you, my grumpiness and all," said Cindy Powell, the school's secretary. Nancy Keller has worked 25 years at Hawthorne with Gay, most recently as the manager of the school's computer laboratory. She said Gay was supportive when her husband became ill several years ago and died. "She's the best person I've ever met in my life," said Rachel Holt, who has worked at the school and whose children were taught by Gay. To mark her last year, the Hawthorne staff has planned events and surprises at least once a month, including a special blue and red day for the avid University of Kansas fan. "Roses are red. Violets are blue. We don't all support KU. But we'll wear red and blue just for you," a banner in the school read. DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Playing referee in the office up to her last hours at Hawthorne Elementary School, Principal Lois Gay tries Thursday to sort out an ar-. gument between fourth-graders. Treats for all Thursday, Gay bought each student a treat from a nearby Dairy Queen. On their way back to class, one group of students paused outside Gay's office and cried, in unison: "Thank you Mrs. Gay." The last day of school wasn't all smiles and treats. Four fourth- grade girls from Pete Smucker's class found themselves in the principal's office after things went wrong on the way back from Dairy Queen. One of the girls was in tears. Gay talked to the girls about what had happened and summoned a couple more to the office. The result: they would have to stay after school. But later, as Gay made her rounds to say goodbye, the four came running up. "Mr. Smucker told us to go sit in the shade and talk it out and we're back as friends now," said Shaunice Wilson, 10. "We each talked about why we were mad and came up with a solution," said Candi Loader, also 10. Because they'd worked everything out, Gay said the girls wouldn't have to stay late. "Isn't that a better way to end your school year,'' she said. Fondness for Hawthorne Even after trudging up three flights of stairs for 28 years, Gay has a fondness for the 1912-vih- tage school building. That's why she has mixed feelings about a proposal to build a new school for the neighborhood. "You hate to leave your home even if you're getting a new one," she said. Gay hopes the school continues its Success for All reading p«x • gram. She is proud of the program/ ; and believes it is making a differr ence for students, who learn t6 read by meeting in reading , groups for 90-minutes a day. .'fiA She also likes the idea of , j,-j; Hawthorne becoming a magnet , school for language arts. The ICT; Salina School Board has agre^si.,, to research the idea. ' j '••). "~.. Gay's spirits remained high,'; throughout the day as students,, parents and staff brought her cards and flowers. "It's going to hit next August," • she said of the start of the next \ school year. "My family plans to have me out of town that day." .' T CRIME Jury convicts man of selling his son Man killed in garage explosion He had been wanted by FBI for questioning about church bombing By The Associated Press DANVILLE, HI. — An explosion in a garage Thursday killed a man the FBI wanted to question about a local church bombing four days ago. FBI spokesman Don Berecz wouldn't call the man a suspect, but told CNN "the individual was on our list of people to talk to." "It was some kind of explosive device that went off," Berecz said. There were no other injuries reported in the late-afternoon explosion in this east-central Illinois community. CNN, citing a senior law enforcement official, said the man was one of 12 suspects in the blast outside the church and that Thursday's explosion occurred as agents knocked on the man's door. CBS Radio reported the incident was believed to be a suicide. Jerry Singer, special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, To- CNNsays the man was one of 12 suspects in the church explosion four days earlier. bacco and Firearms in Chicago, said he couldn't confirm the reports. Jeffrey Roehm, a spokesman at ATF's headquarters in Washington, would also not comment on the CBS and CNN reports. "This is way to early in the investigation," Roehm said. Singer said ATF agents were investigating. Reporters were kept two to three blocks from the scene. Police spokesman Larry Thomason said 20 to 25 homes had been evacuated and residents might not be allowed to return home until Friday afternoon. He said bomb squads were sweeping the scene. David Dumas, 43, who lives a half-block away from the site of Thursday's blast, said: "It sound- ed like three or four of those big firecracker blocks they set off on the Fourth of July." City police refused to comment. Lynn Wasmer, who lives next door to the scene of the explosion, said she did not know the names of her neighbors, but said the victim lived with his mother. She said she saw the mother running around the back yard after the explosion. "She seemed shocked. She just wanted to know what happened to her son, but nobody wanted to say he was dead," Wasmer said. The garage was at a home about 3 miles from the First Assembly of God Church. The bomb outside the church Sunday ripped a 10-by-15-foot hole in the building, injuring 33 people. There have been no arrests. That bombing was the second at a Vermilion County church in less than six months. The earlier bombing, Dec. 30 outside the Oakwood United Methodist Church in nearby Oakwood, killed a church volunteer who moved a package containing the bomb. By The Associated Press FREDERICK, Md. — An unemployed truck driver was convicted Thursday of selling his infant son to the boy's former foster parents for $100 and a used car. A Frederick County jury rejected Kenneth M. Vogelpohl's argument that he and his girlfriend, an unemployed waitress, only wanted a better life for their 15-month- old child and a fresh start for themselves. Vogelpohl, 38, faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for selling the child and conspiracy. Sentencing was scheduled for July 8, five days before the boy's mother, Julie Anne Pilafian, stands trial on identical charges. Vogelpohl and Pilafian, 40, were charged with selling their son, Kenneth, to William and Cheryl Gordon in November. The child, now 21 months old, is with the Gordons pending their adoption request. The Gordons wouldn't comment until Pilafian is tried. The Gordons raised the boy in their Hagerstown home for nearly the first year of his life after his parents temporarily lost custody because of their alcohol addiction. The boy was returned to his parents last summer. ON THE RECORD Hospital report Salina Regional Health Center PENN ADMISSIONS — Dorene Simmons, Salina. SANTA FE ADMISSIONS — Shawna K. Brinker, Jonnie A. Divelbess, Deborah S. Fitts, Stacey Grandy, Robert K. Hinnenkamp, Armand Paradis, Linda K. Schimmel and Danette G. Skaggs, all of Salina; Dorothy E. Kubich, Clay Center; Sara Mae Herber, Dorrance; Lori L. Dotson, Lincoln; Rosalie A. Bhatnagar, Lindsborg. DISMISSALS — Moczygembra baby boy, Salina; Noel E. Gengler, Beloit; Freddy L. Lamore Sr., Clay Center; Marynell D. Reece, Scandia; Thomas W. Gillum, Smolan. Births BOY: Daryl and Lori L. Dotson, Lincoln, 6 Ibs 2 ozs., born May 28. GIRL: Robert and Linda K. Schimmel, Sali- na, 8 Ibs. 1 oz., born May 28. Animal shelter These animals were picked up May 27 at the locations listed and taken to the Saline County Animal Shelter, 1960 W. Old Highway 40. Phone 826-6535. DOGS — Black and tan female Rot- tweiler with pink collar, Bavaria. CATS — Tortoise female with long hair, 1600 block of Sycamore Street; black and white male with medium hair, 400 block of South 11th Street. TODAY'S SCRIPTURE : "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." < '. —John 4:14 THURSDAY'S DRAWINGS DAILY PICK 3 9-7-9 CASH 4 LIFE 0-19-84-98 In Loving Memory CELESTIA K. KLINE Born March 13,1911 Wells, KS Died May 29,1991 , Salina, KS You were a light in our life that burns forever in our hearts. Your Loving Daughters f Shirley, Phyllis & Carol

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