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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 4. 1998 A7 DEATHS & FUNERALS LeRoy M. Bixenman COLBY — LeRoy M. Bixenman, 74, Colby, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Citizens Medical Center, Colby. Mr. Bixenman was born Jan. 24, 1924, at Menlo and was a lifelong resident of the Colby area. He was an automotive parts manager and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Colby. His wife, Lucy, died in 1989. Survivors include four sons, Mike, Dave, Steve and Don, all of Colby; two daughters, Paula Bixenman of Colby and Joan Matthews of Salina; a brother, Robert of Colby; three sisters, Florene Messamore and Gene Cooper, both of Colby, and Shirley Hemstrom of Moscow, Idaho; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Colby, the Rev. Galen Long officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Harrison Chapel, Colby. Memorials may be made to the church in care of any Colby bank or the chapel. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the chapel, 190 S. Franklin, Colby 67701. Florence A. Cordwell KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Florence A. Cordwell, 90, Kansas City, died Monday, June 1, 1998, at Shalom Geriatric Center. Mrs. Cordwell was born April 20,1908, at Kansas City. Her husband, Clarence, died in 1977. Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Prather of Kansas City; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral was Wednesday at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City 64133. Burial will be at 2 p.m. today in Greenwood Cemetery, Hunter, Kan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Chapel Uru'ted Methodist Church, Hunter. Evelyn M. Cronn GAYLORD — Evelyn M. Cronn, 84, Smith Center, died Monday, June 1,1998, at Topeka. ,Mrs. Cronn was born Evelyn Smith on Nov. 30, 1913, at Kensington and was a lifelong resident of the Gaylord area. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rebekah Lodge. Survivors include her husband, Verlin S. of Gaylord; a son, Zane of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; a daughter, Shirley Hofer of Cedar; three grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. jThe funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Simmons Mortuary, Smith Center, the Rev. R.S. Black officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gaylord Library. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary, 116 W. First, Srftith Center 66967. •e, Gfover L. Empson DELPHOS — Grover L. Empson, 86,' rural Delphos, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Ottawa County Hgalth Center, Minneapolis. Mr. Empson was born Jan. 4, 1912, at rural Concordia and was a lifelong resident of Cloud County. He was a retired farmer. A son, Bilby, died in 1959. Survivors include his wife, Irene of Salina; two sons, Max of Bassett, Neb., and Randy of Payette, Idaho; a daughter, Kathleen Wolfe of Salina; three sisters, Vivien of Valley Center, Bupha of Wichita and Rachel of Denver; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Oakland Union Cemetery, west of Miltonvale, the Rev. Myron Comfort and Steve Willard officiating. Memorials may be made to Oakland Union Cemetery or Meredith St. Peter's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Phelps Funeral Home, 217 W. First, Miltonvale 67466. Catherine M. Foytik POPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. —- Catherine M. Foytik, 79, Ho'pewell Township, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at S.J. Hospital, Bridgeton. Mrs. Foytik was born Catherine M. Mitchell at Mahonoy, Pa., and was a resident of the Bridgeton area since 1963, moving from Philadelphia. She was a machine operator for Price Label, Bridgeton, for 10 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church of Bridgeton and a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Survivors include two daughters, Christine Berndt of Salina and Constance E. Elliott of Dover, Del.; two sons, Stephen E. Jr. and Michael J., both of Hopewell Township; a sister, Agnes Gunst of Ridley, Pa.; and five grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Fri'day at St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church, Bridgeton. Burial will be in Fernwood Memorial Park, Today's obituaries SAUNA Ronald Lloyd Worley KANSAS BAZAAR: D.J. Glese BELOIT: Paul Mears COLBY: LeRoy M. Bixenman, Pearl Weeks DELPHOS: Grover L. Empson GAYLORD: Evelyn M. Cronn HAYS: Edward S, Leiker, Godfrey "Leon" Salisbury HERINGTON: Erma McRae LORRAINE: Jane Eleaner Myers WaKEENEY: Carole Jean Hixson OUT OF STATE Florence A. Cordwell, Kansas City, Mo. Catherine M. Foytik, Hopewell Township, N.J. Hopewell Township. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association, 917 N. Main, Toms River, N.J. 08753. The family will receive friends from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce, Bridgeton 08302. D.J. Giese BAZAAR — D.J. Giese, 73, Bazaar, died Monday, June 1,1998, at a Wichita hospital. Mr. Giese was born June 7,1924, at Virgil and was a former resident of Salina for many years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He worked in construction and feedlots for years and managed part of the grassland at Smoky Hill Air Base Bombing Range, Salina. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, U.S.S. Callahan Survivors, American Legion, United Brethren Church, Virgil, and Quarter Horse Association. A son, Kris, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Wilma of the home; a brother, Bud of Bazaar; and a friend, Jerry Short of Salina. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls, the Rev. Pat Ireland officiating. Burial will be in Bazaar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Chase County Emergency Medical Services in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls 66845. Carole Jean Hixson WaKEENEY — Carole Jean Hixson, WaKeeney, died Wednesday, June 3,1998, at her home. Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney, is handling arrangements. Edward S. Leiker HAYS — Edward S. Leiker, 88, Hays, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Hays Good Samaritan Center. Mr. Leiker was born May 3, 1910, at Munjor and was a resident of the Good Samaritan Center for 10 years. He was a retired bookkeeper with Farmer's Co-op and a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays. Survivors include his wife, Philippa of the Hays Good Samaritan Center; five sons, Norman of Lubbock, Texas, Glenn, Eldon and Tearon, all of Hays, and Tom of Burley, Idaho; a daughter, Doris Wing of Hays; a brother, Henry S. of Hays; two sisters, Cecilia Gross and Mary Leiker, both of Hays; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays, the Rev. Bill Surmeier officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. today at Hays Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made to Hays Good Samaritan Center in care of the funeral home. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home, 20th and Pine, Hays 67601. Erma McRae HERINGTON — Erma McRae, 92, Herington, died Wednesday, June 3,1998, at Herington Municipal Hospital. Brockmeier Funeral Chapel, Herington, is handling arrangements. Paul Mears BELOIT — Paul Mears, 90, Beloit, died Wednesday, June 3,1998, at his home. Mr. Mears was born June 13, 1907, near Simpson and was a lifelong resident of the Beloit area. He was a retired farmer-stockman. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, and a former president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club, both of Beloit. He was a member of the Mitchell County Fair Board, Extension Council, Cattleman's Association, Solomon Valley Flood Control Association and Mitchell County Farm Bureau. He received the awards of Master Farmer and First Distinguished Alumnus of Kansas State University School of Agriculture. Survivors include his wife, Helen of the home; three daughters, Carleen Berry of Minneapolis, and Dorinda Shamburg and Betty Drake, both of Beloit; a son, Charles of Beloit; a sister, Ruth Wilburn of Beloit; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Beloit United Methodist Church, Pastor Bill Brazil officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Beloit. Memorials may be made to the church, United Methodist Church Radio Broadcast Fund or Beloit Rotary Club. Visitation will be at McDonald Funeral Home, 910 N. Campbell, Beloit 67420. Jane Eleaner Myers LORRAINE — Jane Eleaner Myers, 87, Lorraine, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Leisure Homestead Association, Stafford. Mrs. Myers was born Jane Eleaner Estill on May 3,1911, at Glasgow, Mo., and was a resident of Lorraine for 66 years. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church and Women's Missionary Fellowship, both of Lorraine. She was preceded in death by her husband, James in 1976; a son, Dennis in 1980; and a daughter, Ann Davis. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Meschberger of Stafford; a son, Jim D. of Walnut Creek, Calif.; a sister, Lucy Smith of Lorraine; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lorraine First Baptist Church, the Rev. Herman Van Arsdale officiating. Burial will be in Lorraine Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Parsons Funeral Home, 307 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth 67439, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Godfrey "Leon" Salisbury HAYS — Godfrey "Leon" Salisbury, 41, formerly of Oakley, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998, at Hays Medical Center. Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, Oakley, is handling arrangements. Pearl Weeks COLBY — Pearl Weeks, 89, Colby, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at Colby. Mrs. Weeks was born Pearl Weaver on May 1, 1909, in Sheridan County and was a resident of Colby for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Colby First Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 1990 and a son, Elmer Jr., in 1995. Survivors include a son, Donald of Onalaska, Texas; three daughters, Anna Friendly of Hays, Betty Nelson of Colby and Helen Holmes of San Antonio; a brother, Orval E. Weaver of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Irene Deibert of San Bernardino, Calif., and Mae Diederich of Selden; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kersenbrock Funeral Chapel, Colby, the Revs. Reed Hartford and Mike McVay officiating. Burial will be in Hoxie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church or the Hospice Services in care of the chapel or any Colby bank. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel, 745 S. Country Club Drive, Colby 67701. Ronald Lloyd Worley Ronald Lloyd Worley, 45, Salina, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998, at Salina Regional Health Center. Roselawn Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements. Crown/ Speaking skill honed FROM PAGE A1 She said she long ago outgrew her dread of the swimsuit competition. "I don't dread it, because I'm happy with myself." Besides, the swimsuit competition counts for just 15 percent of the winner's point total. You can't win the pageant on swimsuit alone, she said. Nevertheless, to hone her body she works out five days a week at the YMCA. To get ready for this year's pageant, Teske has been working on her public speaking skills and responding to interview questions. Working as a K-State admissions counselor has helped, she said. "This job I've done the past year has been the best training ever." At 23, Teske is two years from the pageant age limit, but says this will be her last attempt at the crown. She is engaged, and her fiance works as a chemical engineer in Iowa. He'll be there supporting her Saturday night. "I've got to move on in life," she said. "I'm ready to switch gears and focus on other things." Nose dive The Associated Press Tow-truck operators examine a Mazda RX-7 on Wednesday at White Lakes Mall in Topeka while trying to decide whether the car will do any more damage to a 6-foot wall over which it toppled. The car went over the wall after its brakes failed. The owner left the scene before police arrived. T RAILROADS Farmers, elevators get little hope Short-line railroad predicts car shortage, some abandoned lines By The Associated Press WICHITA — Predictions of more grain car shortages this coming harvest, coupled with warnings about the possible future abandonment of some Kansas rail lines, offered little hope for grain shippers at a meeting Wednesday with Central Kansas Railway officials. Mike Ogborn, managing director of the short-line railroad's parent company, OmniTrak, told about 50 grain terminal operators and other agricultural leaders that his company was willing to work with them to find answers to the grain transportation problems. But if that does not succeed, the company might abandon some unprofitable Kansas lines that carry little grain traffic, he said. He did not specify which lines might be abandoned. "We are not a charitable organization," Ogborn said. Ogborn told shippers the company agreed to rescind the $750 a car surcharge this year because of meetings with Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer, and because the company listened to its customers and understood their turmoil. But he said he wanted the grain shippers to understand the turmoil in running a short-line railroad. "The bottom line is the bottom line. It has to be economically viable for both of us," Ogborn said. For example, it costs $850,000 a year to run a 30-car train weekly along the Coats to Wichita line. But total revenues from that line amount to just $183,000 annually, he said. The rescinded surcharge would not have brought the railroad to the break-even point along those lines, he said. Railway officials also outlined the problems they were having purchasing rail cars and getting them from the larger railroads. "We are at their mercy, as you are," Ogborn said. He also warned shippers that he does not expect to see much improvement in railroad congestion in the next two months: "I am not certain that the problems we saw last year are going to go away this year." T REMOTE-CONTROLLED AIRCRAFTS Plane enthusiasts seek new landing By The Journal Staff Concern over multiple uses on a portion of the East Crawford Family Recreation Area prompted two local remote-controlled aircraft clubs to seek a site with less ground traffic. Members have asked Saline County for a long-term lease on county-owned land on East Schilling Road near the city of Salina's levee. The property is used as a ponding area during heavy rains. The clubs now use the south edge of the recreation area, near the intersection of Markley and Cloud streets. The recreation area was developed at the east edge of Salina on the former municipal airport, and club members use a portion of the old runway and taxiways. "This would enable us to control the situation better," said Stan Pestinger of the clubs' request to move. Pestinger is president of the Salina Area Flying Eagles club and a member of the Miniature Aircraft Radio Control Club. "The problem we're running into now is we have no control of the area, and a lot of times when someone is flying, there's, someone learning how to drive, or a bike is coming down the runway," he said. Remote-control planes can have- wingspans of 12 feet or more, although members of the local clubs don't have any that large in their personal fleets. Pestinger said the largest local planes will have wingspans of almost seven feet. For the size of aircraft involved, the Schilling site would provide a nicer site, Pestinger said. "It's county owned. There won't be any houses built there. It's a wide open area," he said. County Administrator David Criswell said he will prepare a staff report on the request. It likely would come before commissioners for formal action within a month. ON THE RECORD Hospital report Salina Regional Health Center PENN ADMISSIONS — Dana L. Westcott, Salina; Dorothy E. Kubick, Clay Center. SANTA FE ADMISSIONS — John Anslover, Peter R. Flusser, Rebeca K. Lewis, John R. McRell, Armand Paradis and Betsy L. Rittel, all of Salina; Kristy D. Nyswonger, Concordia; Aleda B. Thomas, Lindsborg; Calvin L. Macy, Portis; Tina R. Jeffrey, Solomon; Stanna Cox, Wilson. DISMISSALS — Kathryn England, Armand Paradis, Dana L. Westcott and Doris H. Zeleny, all of Salina; Dorothy E. Kubick, Clay Center; Shadra Dawn Picking, Enterprise; Jackie Henne and baby girl, Gypsum. Births BOYS: Rebeca K. Lewis, Salina, 7 Ibs. 15 ozs., born June 2. Kevin and Betsy Rittel, Salina, 7 Ibs. 14 ozs., born June 3. Kevin and Jodi Case, Lindsborg, 7 Ibs. 10 ozs., born June 2. David and Stanna Cox, Wilson, 7 Ibs., born June 2. GIRLS: Richard and Jennifer Renollet, Salina, 8 Ibs. 3 ozs., born June 2. Christina Torres, Salina, 9 Ibs. 5 ozs., born June 2. Animal shelter These animals were picked up June 2 at the locations listed and taken to the Saline County Animal Shelter, 1960 W. Old Highway 40. Phone 826-6535. DOGS — Chocolate and white male Labrador mix, 4000 block of East Reynolds; black, tan and white male heeler mix, 10000 block of South Whit- TODAY'S SCRIPTURE "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in yon?" — lCorinlhians3:16 more; tan and black female yorkie, 1600 block of North Ninth Street. FERRET — Cream and black male, 100 block of Raleigh Street. WBNESDAY'S DRflWiO DAILY PICK 3 7-7-9 CASH 4 LIFE 27-49-54-57 KANSAS CASH 3-6-22-26-30-33 Estimated Jackpot $225,000 POWERBALL 22-25-31-35-41 POWERBALL 38 Estimated Jackpot $14 million

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