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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SATURDAY, MAY 1 9. 2001 B3 DEATHS & FUNERALS • PARK INCIDENT Maurice W.Beichley VENICE, Fla. — Maurice W. Beichley, 81, Venice, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, in .Venice. ., Mr. Beichley was born Feb. 20,1920, in Longford, Kan., and lived in Venice for 21 years, moving from Pittsburgh, Pa. , He was an accountant for Westinghouse Electric Company in Pittsburg for 39 years. He was a member of Venice Presbyter- „ian Church and Pittsburgh Elks Club and was a World War 11 Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Lavone M. of Venice; two daughters, Janice Brown of Atlanta and Patti McCance of SVpoUo, Pa.; a son, Maurice W. fJr., of Anniston, Ala.; five grandchildren and a great­ grandchild. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Venice Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to Venice , Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 111 E. Firenze Ave., Venice, PL 34285. S Farley Funeral Home and K^rematory, 265 S. Nokomis, Venice. 34285, is handling SSirrangements. Today's obituaries KANSAS ALMENA: David Reld BELOm Mabte Marie Burt<ey McFarlane DODGE CITY: Arthur P. Benoit DORRANCE: Fern L. Major GRINNELL: Jerome M. Robben JUNCTION CITYrThelma L. Moreland LINCOLN: l<;elth Gourley LOGAN: Francis Frederick "Fred" Hawk MARQUETTE: Marian Rummel MINNEAPOLIS: Kathryn Wilcox SHARON SPRINGS: Eleanor ST. FRANCIS: Theodore Ted" August Neldig OUT OF STATE iiVrthur R. Benoit DODGE CITY — Arthur R jBenoit, 85, Dodge City, former- jiy of Goodland, died Wednes!^ay. May 16, 2001, at Dodge Mr. Benoit was born May 26, '1915, at Zurich. He was a Ma; rine Corps veteran and worked [,in the oil fields in Montana. He k -was a member of Our Lady of £?)Perpetiial Help Catholic Church and Veterans of For- J^ign Wars, Lowell Coleman «Post 1133. ^' Survivors include two sons, Frank of Aberdeen, S.D., and Guy Raymond; three sisters, JRosela Scott of Springdale, rArk., Rita Fae Yeager of Webb ftCity, Mo., and Edna Merchant 'of Magna, Utah; and two : grandchildren. - The service will be at 2:30 ilp.m. Mountain time today at ,5Goodland Cemetery, Dr. Chet ^Ross officiating, with military ^honors by VFW, Lowell Cole- Snan Post 1133. J; Memorials may be made to fVFW Lowell Coleman Post 1133 '"and may be left at Koons Fu- ^neral Home, 211N. Main, Good^land 67735. Visitation will be from 1:30 to ^:30 p.m. Mountain time today =at the funeral home. f ^stella IVI. Conn ^» TACOMA, Wash. — Estella I 'M. Conn, 91, Tacoma, formerly %f Salina, Kan., died Friday, aviay 18, 2001, at Park Rose Care :^Center in Tacoma. >" Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is '.handling arrangements. David Field ; ALMENA — David Field, 72, '.Almena, died Friday, May 18, v2001, at his home. Enfield Funeral Home, Nor*ion, is handling arrangements. Maurice W. Beichley, Venice, Fla. Estella M. Conn, Tacoma, Wash. Fund for several outdoor projects administered through the Bank of Tescott,'Saline Valley Branch. There will be no visitation. Harrison-Hall Funeral Home, 111 E. Elm, Lincoln 67455, is handling arrangements. • Because of a Journal error, the name of the officiant was incorrect in Friday's edition. Francis Fredericit "Fred" Hawk ;3Kelth Gourley 5f LINCOLN — Keith Gourley '76, Lincoln, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at his home. : Mr. Gourley was born June 1, 1924, at rural Lincoln County •• and was a lifetime resident of «the area. He was a farmer- stockman and a Navy veteran ^of World War 11. He was a mem- "feer of Lincoln United Methodist Church, LUMC "Men's Club and Lincoln Saddle Club. Survivors include his wife, ^Barbara J. of Lincoln; a son, ^ane K. of Pratt; a daughter, 2pina Lee of Wichita; a brother, iDee of Lincoln; a sister, Violet beleen of Chicago; and two grandchildren. The memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at United Methodist Church, Lincoln, the Rev. Harry Cross officiating. The ashes will be privately scattered. ' Memorials may be made to lihe Keith Gourley Memorial a* y NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION LOGAN — Francis Frederick "Fred" Hawk, 88, Logan, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center. Mr. Hawk was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Kanopolis and had lived in St. Joseph, Mo., Graham County Lenora and Norton. He was a blacksmith, farmer and plumber. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Clarence Eldon. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Jane of Logan; two daughters, Mary Jane Hill of Penokee and Lottie Wiltfong of Norton; four sons, Frederick E. of Norton, John F. of Aurora, Colo., Arvid of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Duane of North Platte, Neb.; two sisters, Juanita Barton and Hazel Swope, both of Kansas City, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Norton Cemetery, the Rev. Deloris Gleason officiating. Memorials may be made to Graham County Hospital, Hill City Visitation will be from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Enfield Funeral Home, 215 W. Main, Norton 67654. Fern L. Major .DORRANCE — Fern L. Major, 70, Dorrance, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center. Mrs. Major was born Fern L. Steward on Feb. 2,1931, at Russell and was a longtime area resident. She was a homemaker and assisted her husband with farming. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Dorrance. Survivors include her husband, Leonard H. of the home; two sons, Ron and Steven, both of Dorrance; two daughters. Deb Karst of Russell and Teresa Major of Dorrance; a sister. Donna Dumler of Oakley; and five grandchildren. The funeral will be at 5 p.m. today at First Lutheran Church, Dorrance, Sister Diane Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Dorrance City Cemetery Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Pohlman's Mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell 67665, and 4 p.m. to service time at the church. Mable Marie Burkey McFarlane BELOIT — Mable Marie Burkey McFarlane, 79, Beloit, died Tuesday May 15, 2001, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Mrs. McFarlane was born Mable Marie Hunt on Feb. 13, 1922, at rural Beverly and was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church, Afternoon Circle of the church and Town and Country Club. Her first husband, James H. "Tude" Burkey died in 1981. Survivors include her husband, Dwight of Beloit; three sons, Jim of Santa Barbara, Calif., Don of Beloit and Bob of Mountain View, Hawaii; a stepson, D. Ken of Georgetown, Texas; two stepdaughters, Sharon Burke of Gainesville, Ga., and Sharlot VanDeest of Haysville; two brothers, Willdean Hunt of Bennington and Don Hunt of Abilene; two sisters, Evelyn George of Wichita and Phyllis Brown of Minneapolis; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Harrison Funeral Home, 302 N. Hersey, Beloit 67420, the Rev. Bill Brazil officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Beloit. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church or Town and Country Club, both of Beloit. • Because of incomplete information provided the Journal, a sister was omitted in Friday's edition. Thelma L. Moreland JUNCTION CITY — Thelma L. Moreland, 92, Junction City, died Wednesday May 16, 2001, at Geary Community Hospital. Mrs. Moreland was born Thelma L. Husted on Feb. 9, 1909, at Beaver County Okla., and lived in the Junction City area since 1933. She operated East Side Grocery Store from 1944-1973 and attended Chicago Church in Sheridan County She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy F., in 1979; and two sons, Marvin and Floyd. Survivors include a daughter, Betty J. Eller of Junction City; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Johnson Funeral Chapel, 203 N. Washington, Junction City 66441, the Revs. Dan Eller and Darel Boston officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Junction City Memorials may be made to Geary Community Health Care Foundation, P.O. Box 3015, Junction City 66441. There will be no visitation. homemaker and a member of Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd H., in 1976; a son; and a grandson. Survivors include eight sons, Richard and Rodney, both of Minutare, Neb., Ray, Lawrence and Randy, all of Salina, Russell of Strong City Ronald of Ellis and Robbin of McPherson; two daughters, Rita Brown and Rhonda McEachern, both of Marquette; two brothers. Glen Bennett of Casper, Wyo., and George Bennett of Gillette, Wyo.; six sisters, Nell Maddox and Leia Young, both of Sidney, Neb., Delia Weber of Bothell, Wash., Myrul Brown of North Platte, Neb., Lana Espejo of McMinville, Ore., and Dema Speer of Grand Island, Neb.; 28 grandchildren; and 23 great­ grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, Pastor Larry Cross officiating. Burial will be in Marquette Cemetery Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Olson's Funeral Home, 202 N. Jackson, Marquette 67464. Eleanor Seibel SHARON SPRINGS — Eleanor Seibel, 71, Sharon Springs, died Thursday, May 17,2001, at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City Mrs. Seibel was born Eleanor Alley on Aug. 24,1929, at Sharon Springs and was a lifelong resident. She and her husband owned and operated the Seibel Motel for many years and she was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Her husband, Francis, died in 1998. Survivors include two sons, Steve of Dodge City and Mike of Hays; a daughter, Stephanie Martin of Holcomb; a sister, ^arlene_GiersdorfL_of-_Sharon- Springs; a brother, George Alley of Sterling, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and five great­ grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Mountain time today at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Sharon Springs, the Rev. Francis Stuart officiating. Burial will be in Sharon Springs Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to masses at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and may be left at Koons Funeral Home, 327 N. Gardner, Sharon Springs 67758, or may be mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland 67735. RYAN SODERLIN / The Salina Journal Salina Police Officer Crystal Robinson interviews ciiiidren about an incident they may have seen at Oakdale Park Friday evening. Witnesses said they saw two black men and a white man with a shotgun. Gun assault report probed by police Gunman reportedly naked; police make no immediate arrests By The Salina Journal Reports of naked men taunting grade school children with guns at a school picnic brought police officers and a Highway Patrol helicopter to Oakdale Park Friday evening. No suspects were found. The incident began to unfold about 8 p.m. when police received a report of three men aiming guns at Heusner Elementary School students, who were in the park for a picnic. Lt. Wayne Pruitt said the children reported the men were on the north side of the Smoky Hill River, behind the Oakdale Stage. Search begins Police began a search, and officers aboard a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter, who happened to be flying overhead, joined the hunt after hearing the police department's radio traffic. Several children said the incident happened like this: Three men behind the Oakdale Stage began making lewd comments to the Heusner students, who were on the opposite side of the river. Some students said the men flashed themselves. Others said the men were naked. The students said they began throwing rocks through the trees at the men, and one youth crossed a bridge to the other side of the river in pursuit of them. The students then said the men pulled shotguns out, and some reported that the guns were being loaded and cocked. With that, the students ran back to the picnic and called police. Verification of report Pruitt said officers had been unable Friday evening to verify the children's report. Brandon Hornseth, a man who was at a child's birthday party at the park, said that seeing a police officer running through the park waving a "high-powered rifle" was unsettling. "Nobody told us anything," Hornseth said, explaining he was disappointed that the children weren't cleared out of the area before officers brought out their guns. But Pruitt said officers don't want to be caught unprepared if there is a threat of gunfire. "If this would have been a real incident you would want us to be able to handle the situation," lie said. GRADUATES Theodore "Ted" August Kathryn Wilcox Neldig ST. FRANCIS — Theodore "Ted" August Neidig, 92, St. Francis, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at his home. Mr. Neidig was born Dec. 5, 1908, at Cheyenne County and was a lifetime area resident. He was a farmer. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Knodel Funeral Home, 202 S. Benton, St. Francis 67756, the Rev. Hoe Briseno officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery Memorials may be made to St. Francis Senior Citizens Center. Jerome M. Robben GRINNELL — Jerome M. Robben, 72, Grinnell, died Friday May 18, 2001, at his home. Kennedy-Koster Home, Oakley is arrangements. Marian Rummel Funeral handling Marian MARQUETTE Rummel, 80, Marquette, died Wednesday May 16, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center. Mrs. Rummel was born Marian Bennett on June 1, 1920, at Morrill, Neb., and lived in Marquette for six years, moving from Strong City She was a MINNEAPOLIS — Kathryn Wilcox, Minneapolis, died Friday May 18, 2001, at Ottawa County Health Center, Minneapolis. Mrs. Wilcox was born Kathryn Smith at Richmond. She taught music, English, Latin and was librarian in grade and high schools at Hartford, Peru, Woodston and Minneapolis. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was a former organist, pianist arid choir director. She also was a member of At- lantean Brown Club, AARP and a life member of National Educational Association. Her husband, Alfred L., died in 1994. Survivors include a sister, Etta Blanche Dahlgren of Kansas City Kan. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, the Rev Barbara Patton officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Richmond Cemetery, Richmond. Memorials may be made to the church, Ottawa County Health Center or Minneapolis High School Scholarship Fund. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Shields Funeral Home, 405 Argyle, Minneapolis 67467. Ell-Saline High School Ell-Saline High School, Brookville, will have its commencement at 1:30 p.m. today in the school gymnasium. Valedictorians Alison Scott and Matthew Carazo and student speaker Perry Kenley will give the address. Candidates for graduation are: Colby Alan Bertrand, Ryan James Breeden, Matthew Ross Carazo, Michael Lee Davis, Lindsey Christine Debold, Jeremy Eli Diehl, Tiffany Renee George, Ricl^y Hernandez, Jeff A. Hindman, Kerry Anne Hoeh, Aaron D. Isaacson, Quentin Robert Jensen, Leiand Michael Johnson, Bradley James Johnston, Perry Robert Kenley. Adam Daniel Krone, Justin Everett Macl<ney, Ashley Rae Marshall, Allison Rae Muchau, April Sue Pickering, Christopher A an Rassette, Hisako Sanui, Jennifer Lee Schneider, Alison Nicole Scott, Bronen J. Southard, Taylor Ann Suske, Audrey Ann Vidrck- sen, Jake Anthony Wagner, Susann Wolf. Home-schooled students Kevin Hazelton, the youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Salina, will be the speaker at today's commencement for the • Smoky Valley Home Educators. The ceremony for home- schooled students will begin at 2 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio. There will be nine graduates participating in this year's commencement. St. John's Military School St. John's Military School commencement begins at 3:30 p.m. to at Perkins Field on the St. John 's campus. Mace Braxton, a Salina surgeon and St. John 's board of trustees member, will be the speaker. Candidates for graduation are: Manuel Alvarez, Mexico City; Michael James Andrews, Cedaredge, Colo.; Benjamin James Anesi, Durango, Colo.; Stephen Lucas Cambier, Louisville, Colo.; Alejandro R. Campomanes, Mexico City; Karl Alan Christenson, Hutchinson; William Lee Corkins, Benton; Sean M. Duerr, Rifle, Colo.; Jessen Andrew Eckert, Denver; Antonio Escandon deLizaur, Mexico City Orlando James Evitt, Bartlesville, Okla.; Derek Carl Frailey, Olathe; Justin Walker George, Lees Summit, Mo.; Stephan Cory Gleeson, Tracy Calif.; Russel Tilton Gruber, Englewood, Colo.; Daniel Sy-Yuan Han, San Jose, Calif.; Anthony Raphael Lucchesi, Morrison, Colo.; Travis Conrad Mulder, Pine, Colo. Wade Vincent Phoenix, Phoenix; Jeremy K. Piuger, Carbondale, Colo.; Adam N. Radford, Hutchinson; Jake Pruett Redd, Ponca City Okla.; Christopher J. Ryman, Pueblo, Colo.; Chad Cameron Tate, Grand Junction, Colo.; Matthew Wayne Webster, Aurora, Colo.; Cody M. Welch, Pleasureville, Ky; Jon Garrett White, Ft. Collins, Colo.; Brendan Patrick Young, Olathe. ON THE RECORD ISfRA celebrates Second Amendment ^0,000 expected to igather at group's -national convention By BRANDON FERGUSON • TheAssociatedPress n ——£ KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charles 'and Lois Taft said they were in SKansas City for one reason Fri.^ay — to make a statement. * The Tafts, Mountain View, 'Ark., believe unequivocally — like the 40,000 other participants expected at the National Rifle Association annual convention ^ that Americans have the right j;to bear arms. n That right, as set out in the Second Amendment, is what the NRA and its members said they are celebrating at the convention this weekend. Yet that right is unfairly being challenged by gun-control advocates, they say "I was raised with gims, my children were raised with guns and we never had any problems. We used it for hunting or target practice," Lois Taft said. "We were given rights when this country was formed, and politicians don't have the right to take it away" But despite strong opposition and potential legislative efforts to curb gun ownership, the NRA is well-positioned right now. said James Baker, the organization's chief lobbyist. Baker said there's always going to be legislation that's potentially unfavorable for law abiding gun owners, but things seem to be headed in a good direction, especially with the election of President George W. Bush. "We're certainly glad that his orientation is toward an individual's right to keep and bear arms. In the last administration, there wasn't a week where they weren't coming up with some restrictions on law abiding people." Still, Baker said, the NRA is going to have a tough time with legislation in Congress with the Senate being split. The emphasis of new gun laws. Baker said, needs to be on criminals rather than law-abiding people. He added that President Bush has the right idea with his recently announced "Project Safe Neighborhoods" proposal. Bush's $550 million plan would involve hiring 113 new assistant U.S. attorneys and 600 state and local prosecutors to work with police and community groups on gun cases. Laura Burgess, a spokeswoman for the gun manufacturer SigArms, said gun control advocates have the right to believe what they do. Animal shelter These animals were picked up May 17 at the locations listed and taken to the Salina Animal Shelter, 329 N. Second. Phone 826-6535. DOGS — Orange and white female Brittany 1500 block of Coronado; tan and white female Chihuahua mix, 100 block of South Ninth; black and white male pit/Dal- mation (dock tail), 600 block of Whittinghill. CAT — Gray and orange female shorthair kitten, 2100 block of Meadowlark. Police blotter PROPERTY DAMAGE — A 1997 Ford Crown Victoria belonging to Edna E. Ashton, 2006 Ruskin, was scratched between 5 p.m. May 7 and noon Wednesday while it was parked at an unknown Salina location; $1,947 damage. THEFT — Amplifiers, stereo speakers, a cellular phone and 300 compact discs belonging to Edward Newton III, Coffeyville, were taken from Newton's vehicle between 11:50 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday while the vehicle was parked at 1676 W. State; $3,989 loss. ##6D#€)##Nuiiibers TODAY'S DRAWING DAILY PICK 3 3-1-0 TODAY'S SCRIPTURE "In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me." — John 16:16 (NIV)

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