The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 10
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS SUNDAY, MAY .1, 1997 All DEATHS & FUNERALS Barbara L. "Bobye" Bethell HILL CITY — Barbara L. "Bobye" Bethel], Hill City, died Friday, May 2, 1997, at Stormont- Vail Medical Center, Topeka. Spencer Chapel, Hill City, is handling arrangements. Myrth A. Christie DERBY — Myrth A. Christie, 95, Derby, died Friday, May 2, 1997, at Westview Manor Nursing Home, Derby. Mrs. Christie was born Myrth Johnston on April 22,1902, at Concordia. She attended the Presbyterian Church and was a member of Order of Eastern Star. Her husband, Roland G., died in 1966. Survivors include a son, Larry of Wichita; two daughters, Leta Jean McKeen of Lafayette, Calif., and Judy Straus of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Chapel, Concordia, the Rev. Ken Parker officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel, 325 W. Sixth, Concordia 66901. Frieda Dotson HILL CITY — Frieda Dotson, Hill City, died Friday, May 2,1997, at Dawson Place, Hill City. Spencer Chapel, Hill City, is handling arrangements. Clinton R. Edwards HARDY, Neb. — Clinton R. Ed, wards, 93, Hardy, died Friday, • May 2,1997, at rural Superior. Mr. Edwards was born April 13, 1904, near Mound City, Mo. He was a farmer and attended Union Church in Hardy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Leone in 1993; two sons, Bruce and Robert; a granddaughter; and two great-grandsons. Survivors include six sons, George of Superior, Russell of Geneva, Paul, Glenn and Donald, all of Hardy, and Kenneth of Sabetha, Ran.; four daughters, Elsie Tallent of Hiawatha, Kan., Norma Hobson of Courtland, Kan., Margaret Tomlinson of Lincoln and Donna Miller Of Hardy; 38 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. . Tuesday at Union Church, Hardy, ! Pastor Dale Bussinger officiating. ; Burial will be in Hardy Cemetery. • Memorials may be made in care ', of the family. ! Visitation will be from 1 to 9 ; p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,: ' Monday at Megrue-Price Funeral ; Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superi- • or 68978. Steven Lee Hertel • HAYS — Steven Lee Hertel, 1! day-old infant son of Stan and Lori ', Hertel, Hays, died Tuesday, April : 29,1997, at Columbia Wesley Med' ical Center, Wichita. | Survivors besides his parents • include a sister, Ana Rose of the 1 home; and his grandparents, Rose; mary Hertel of Victoria and Ron • and Freda Broetzmann of Ellis. 'i The funeral will be at 4 p.m. I Tuesday at St. Fidelis Catholic I Church, Victoria, the Rev. Frank I Grinko officiating. Burial will be ; in St. Fidelis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Fam. ily Support Newborn ICU at Co• lumbia Wesley Medical Center Re. search Institute, 3306 E. Central, Today's obituaries SALINA Ruth Ann Jackson KANSAS DERBY: Myrth A. Christie GREAT BEND: Betty Sexton HAYS: Steven Lee Hertel HILL CITY: Barbara L. "Bobye" Bethell, Frieda Dotson LEBANON: Alvin A. Svaty MILTONVALE: Erma Richard MORLAND: Bryar Roy Toll PLAINVILLE: A.E. "Gene" Rockhold OUT OF STATE Clinton R. Edwards, Hardy, Neb. Ernestine J. Vader, Superior, Neb. Wichita 67208. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Cline's Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria 67671. Ruth Ann Jackson Ruth Ann Jackson, 51, Salina, died Saturday, May 3,1997, at Salina Regional Health Center. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements. Erma Richard MILTONVALE — Erma Richard, 92, Miltonvale, died Friday, May 2,1997, at Medicalodge of Clay Center. Mrs. Richard was born Erma Austin on June 29,1904, at Miltonvale and was a lifetime area resident. She was a farm housewife and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and Altar Society, Extension Homemakers Unit, American Legion Auxiliary and Farm Bureau Women's Group. She had been a 4-H leader for 34 years. Her husband, Carl, died in 1977. Survivors include a son, Carl Albert of Miltonvale; three daughters, Virginia Degenhardt of Lincoln, Neb., Deanna Fuller of Manhattan and Barbara Harzman of Macomb, 111.; a brother, Harold Austin of Atlanta; 19 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Miltonvale, the Rev. Loren Werth officiating. Burial will be in Miltonvale Cemetery. A rosary will be said at 8 p.m. Monday at Phelps Funeral Home, Miltonvale. Memorials may be made to the church or Miltonvale 4-H. Visitation will be at the funeral home, 217 W. First, Miltonvale 67466. A.E. "Gene" Rockhold PLAINVILLE — A.E. "Gene" Rockhold, 88, Plainville, died , Wednesday, April 30, 1997, at his home. Mr. Rockhold was born April 15, 1909, in Tina, Mo. and was a Plainville-area resident since 1954, moving from Codell. He was an oil-field pumper for Gulf Oil Corp., retiring in 1974. He was a member of First Christian Church and a past member of Lions Club and Masonic Lodge, all of Plainville. He was also a ham radio operator. His wife, Ruth, died in 1992. Survivors include two daughters, Betty Jean Miller and Patsy Ruth Schwartz, both of Billings, Mont. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Moore-Overlease Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Joe Brumbaugh officiating, Cremation will follow the services. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until tho service Monday at the funeral chapel, 409 S. Cochran, Plainville 67663. Betty Sexton GREAT BEND Betty Sexton. 65, Great Bend, died Saturday, May 3, 1997, at her home. Mrs. Sexton was born Betty Meyer on Nov. 11, 1931. at Carlton and was a Great Bend resident since 1984. She was a member of Assembly of God Church. Survivors include a daughter. Elaine Wagle of Great Bend; a son, Wenclall Paul of Winter Park, Fla.; six brothers, Virgil Meyer, Jessie Willie Meyer and Glen Meyer, all of Carlton, Karl Meyer, Omaha, Neb., Fred Meyer of Gypsum and Albert Meyer of Tampa; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carlton Baptist Church, the Rev. David Hartsell officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, west of Carlton. Memorials may be made to the Grandchildren's Educational Fund. Visitation will be at Danner Funeral Home, 501 N. Buckeye, Abilene 67410. Caribbean nightmare Couple charged with murder while on cruise By MICHELLE PAUL Hie Assncititi'ri /Vv B Alvin A. Svaty LEBANON -• Alvin A. Svaty, 83, Lebanon, died Friday, May 2, 1997, at Community Care of America, Smith Center. Mr. Svaty was born Feb. 21, 1914, at Wilson and was a Lebanon resident for 12 years. Survivors include two sons, Gordon of Lebanon and Kenneth of Garland, Texas; two daughters, Mary Anne Eckelkraut of Sacramento, Calif., and Carolyn Hutch ins of Salina; a sister, Sylvia Vopat of Wilson; and 10 grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Polacky Cemetery, Holyrood. Memorials will be established in his name. There will be no visitation. Simmons Mortuary, 116 W. First, Smith Center 66967, is handling arrangements. Bryar Roy Toll MORLAND — Bryar Roy Toll, 5, son of Todd and Geraldine "Gerry" Toll, Morland, died Saturday, May 3,1997, at his home. Spencer Chapel, Hill City, is handling arrangements. Ernestine J. Vader SUPERIOR, Neb. — Ernestine J. Vader, 85, Superior, died Friday, May 2,1997, at Superior. Mrs. Vader was born Ernestine Lyons on June 9,1911, at Grand Island and had lived on farms north of Mankato, Kan. and Webber, Kan. She was a charter member of Eagles Club, serving as president. She was vice president and a member of the Ritual Team and a member of the Birthday Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis. Survivors include two sons, Jerry of Superior and Harlow of Ulysses, Kan.; three daughters, Clarabelle Behrends of Webber, Shirley Steele of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Jacqueline Whelchel of Concordia, Kan.; a brother, Elden Lyons of Hay ward, Calif.; 20 grandchildren;, 45 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home Chapel, Superior, Pastor Mark Imel officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Superior. Memorials may be made to Superior Good Samaritan Center. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior 68978. EQUIA, St. Vincent They were notorious for their hard drinking, public brawls and spendthrift ways the Americans in the fancy yacht moored in Uequia's paradisiacal bay. So suspicion immediately fell on the Fletchers when a boat-taxi driver disappeared Oct. 6, the night he gave them a ride ashore. Jerome "Jolly" Joseph's body turned up in a bay down-current from the Fletcher yacht Carefree, with a bullet hole through the heart. Pennella Fletcher, 35. Kentucky, and James Fletcher, 49, West Virginia, arc charged with murder in a case that has come under high- level scrutiny in the United States. First-degree murder convictions carry a mandatory death sentence here by hanging. The trial is scheduled to begin next month. The Fletchers say they had nothing to do with the killing. They claim they are the victim;; of corrupt officials who want to extort money from wealthy Americans who frequent the Grenadine Islands in pleasure boats. Their lawyers have asked President Clinton to intervene. But most Bequia residents side with the Joseph family, which claims the killing was racially motivated. "She said she wanted to kill a ... black man, and so she killed my grandson," said Celia Joseph, 83, quoting court testimony from three men who brawled with Pennella Fletcher in a bar just days before the murder. They said she told them she wanted vengeance because a black man raped her in Antigua. "I hope she hangs,"Joseph said. The government of St. Vincent, consisting of that island and the northern Grenadines, says the Fletchers are being treated as any other suspects In the former British Caribbean colony. But relatives in Huntington, W.Va., where James Fletcher ran a family mining equipment company until he resigned to sail around the world, say the couple is being held on flimsy evidence. File photo James and Penny Fletcher, Huntington, W.Va., are shown in this undated family photo aboard their yacht, the "Carefree." The fletchers are charged with the murder of Jerome "Jolly" Joseph. N; lone of the bullets found on [Joseph's motorboat match i those found in a box on the Fletcher vessel. But they were of the same .22 caliber as a missing gun the Fletchers had declared to Vincentian customs. The Fletchers say the islands' government doesn't want to look for local suspects because tourists might be scared away. In addition to appealing to Clinton, Fletcher lawyers bombarded U.S. Congress members Wednesday with material about the case. The material includes a statement from Puerto Rican lawyer Arturo Diaz saying he was negotiating to pay up to $100,000 to buy the Fletchers' freedom. He said negoti- T KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROL ations stopped when newspapers began publishing charges from a South African yachtsman that he paid a $25,000 bribe to get off the hook as a suspect in the Nov. 2 stabbing death of his wife, Lorraine. "What has been written about St. Vincent is as distant from the truth as east is from west," Foreign Minister Alpian Allen said. He refused to respond to allegations of corruption. But in a March 12 memorandum, U.S. consular officer in Barbados, Sandra Ingram, countered that "there is not one scintilla of physical evidence." She concluded that "fear, intimidation and interference from 'higher authorities' are factors" that make it "highly unlikely that the Fletchers can get a fair trial." vestigation back home. Vincentian lawyer Ralph Gonzalves suggested the killer could be a deckhand the Fletchers accuse of stealing the missing gun. The deckhand testified he was dismissed because he witnessed an affair between Jerome Joseph and Pennella Fletcher. She said the deckhand was fired because he tried to rape her. Prosecutors presented a bullet- holed dinghy from the Fletcher yacht, and witnesses who said Pennella Fletcher boasted she had shot it up on her birthday, weeks after they gun supposedly was stolen. J Ti • he memorandum followed a preliminary hearing at which the magistrate ruled there was enough circumstantial evidence for a trial next month. The magistrate heard statements the Fletchers made to the police, suggesting Joseph was killed because he was a small-time drug dealer. Locals claim the Fletchers dealt in drugs. James Fletcher was investigated, but never charged, in a 1980s drug in- I ames Fletcher has told his lawyers "I don't know if I'll make it." For seven months, he has been locked into an overcrowded cell 21 hours of the clay. On a diet of mainly rice and water, his 6-foot-l frame has shrunk to 125 pounds. On a British fort atop a hill where local lovers and tourists come to watch a fiery-red sun sink into the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Pennella Fletcher has lost her glowing tan in another prison with high barred grates. She cannot see the gallows be side the fort, where three men were hanged for murder in 1995. Centralized dispatch center raises concerns among some ON THE RECORD Hospital report • Salina Regional Health Center : PENN ADMISSIONS — Cleta L. An• drews, Salina. SANTA FE ADMISSIONS i Rashelle Hindman, Stacy G. Larson, Stanley K. Liby Sr., Beulah M. Mered' ith and Cameron J. Nash, all of Salina; . Leo B. Lahoony, Belleville; Dawn E. Baumann-Payeur, Concordia; Malinda R. Cunningham, Ellsworth; Marian L. '. Saltzman, Falun; Bertha R. Dumler, > Russell. . DISMISSALS — Danny D. Fazel, ." Jennifer L. Foster and baby boy, Nga Huynh and baby boy, Kara S. Riggs, and Karen Yakubovich and baby boy, all of Salina; Ruth P. Schroeder, Abj- • lene; Melanie Tittel and baby boy, Abi• lene; Samuel D. Underbill, Abilene; • Brentin M. Hake, Concordia; Sandra J. • Stogsdill, Green; Bonnie J. Feeney, 'Hope; Valborg E. Hutchinson, ' Jamestown; Carolyn Dunn, Lyons; Ant na M. Brummer, Osborne; Julie A. ; Klein and baby girl, Solomon. Wrthi BOYS Dawn Baumann-Payeur, Concordia, iaibs. 10ozs.,bornMay2. • Mike and Rashelle Hindman, Salina. "7 Ibs. 12ozs.,bornMay2. GIRLS .' John A. and Tonja N. Bauer Jr., Sali- 1 na, 7 Ibs. 1 oz., born May 2. : Stacy G. Larson, Safina, 6 Ibs. 7 ; ozs., born May 2. SATURDAY'S DfUWNGS DAILY PICK 3 5-3-5 KANSAS CASH 1-10-14-15-22-24 Estimated Jackpot $110,000 POWERBALL 8-21-22-29-38 POWERBALL 29 Estimated Jac/cpof $31.3 million LOTTERY SCENE Category 4866 Harry Michael Cotton, legal age, and • ,Norma Evelyn Emrich, legal age, both " -f Salina; Joseph William Edward Den- 25, and Marie Lee Billinger, 23, both of Salina; Steven Wayne Wiegand, 45, and Paula Marie Roe, 40, both of Salina; Howard Dee Heslet, 45, and Laura Kay Olivier, 43, both of Marion; Daniel Lee Gent, 23, and Dawn C. Lepping, 22, both of Lindsborg; Jerry Wayne Wiesendanger, 33, and Angel Kay Coats, 25, both 9? Salina; Daniel Jeffrey Botz, 25, Salina, and Angela Marie Dunlap, 23, Dodge City; Daniel Joe Goble, legal age, and Tammy Lynn Fields, legal age, both of Salina. PoNctUottw THER — A 5-year-old male dog belonging to Ron Hyman was taken from 1213 N. Front between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday; $1,000 loss. Three gold necklaces, a gold Rolex men's watch, a gold nugget pendant and a dark colored felt box belonging to Larry A. VonFeldt, Overland Park, were taken from the Holiday Inn, 1616 W. Crawford, between 8:45 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday. INJURY ACCIDENT — Sherry L. Clouston, 35, Abilene, was treated at Salina Regional Health Center for injuries she suffered when the car she was driving and a van driven by Susan M. Williams, 29, 739 Victoria Heights, collided on East Crawford Street east of Victoria Heights at 6:12 p.m. Friday. BURGLARY — An amethyst and gold ring belonging to Phyllis A. Ratcliff was taken from 623 W. Crawford between 9:30 a.m. April 27 and 1 p.m. Friday; $5,000 loss. Siren test Weather permitting, the monthly test of the Saline County outdoor warning system and cable system will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday. If thunderstorms are in the forecast for Monday, the test will be at 4:30 p.m. May 12. Street eweeplng The City of Salina will be sweeping the following areas this week: Santa Fe Avenue to the west city limits and from North Street to the north city limits; and Broadway Boulevard to Arnold Avenue and Crawford Street to Bailey Road. It is helpful if residents have the curbs and gutters clear of large items and parked vehicles. _TOPAY'S SCRIPTURE "As for God, His way is perfect; the work of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all them tluit trust in him. —11 Samuel 22:31 Highway patrol dispatch duties would be done from Salina facility By The Associated Press Not everyone is happy with the Kansas Highway Patrol's plan to eliminate six state patrol dispatch centers and create a central dispatch center in Salina. Under the earlier-announced plan, which could be implemented as early as next year, the state's 420 troopers will communicate simultaneously with Salina dispatchers via a statewide radio system based at the former Marymount College campus. But the change will be painful, especially for many of the patrol's 62 dispatchers around the state who face moving to Salina or losing their jobs. The highway patrol will close dispatch centers at Norton, Garden City, Olathe, Topeka, Chanute and Wichita. The highway patrol also has a dispatch center in Salina that will move to the new headquarters. The dispatchers for the Kansas Turnpike will not be affected. Some current and retired dispatchers are concerned that a single dispatch center and a statewide radio system will be vulnerable to malfunction, will isolate dispatchers and could even put troopers in jeopardy. Jack Walker, a retired Wichita dispatcher with 31 years of experience, has written letters to several Kansas newspapers, state lawmakers, Gov. Bill Graves, Wichita Mayor Bob Knight and Wichita Police Chief Mike Watson. Walker said that a single dis- "Communications need to be centrally located in the communities they serve." Jack Walker retired Wichita dispatcher patch center in Salina could be knocked out in bad weather, cutting off troopers in outlying areas. In other circumstances, he said, a dispatcher in Salina could lose track of a trooper who needs help hundreds of miles away. As it is now, Walker said, regional dispatchers know the layout of their respective communities and work closely with local police and sheriff's departments. "You will lose cooperation with all those departments," Walker said. "Communications need to be centrally located in the communities they serve." But patrol officials say distance between dispatchers and their troopers is nothing new. Trooper John Eichkorn, a patrol spokesman, said one example is in Wichita, where dispatchers direct troopers in Barton County — 125 miles away. "The big thing is, with a consolidated dispatch center, you have got the ability in one room to know exactly what is going on all over this state," he said. Patrol officials in Topeka are weighing the dispatchers' concerns, Eichkorn said. Some jobs will be eliminated, but Eichkorn said it is too early to know how many. "We are talking about some people's jobs, and I understand that," he said. The new center is expected to save state money and improve communication among troopers. The dispatchers will bo assigned to specific areas of the state and will sit together at 14 dispatcher consoles according to their geographic area. "You (the dispatcher) will get to know locations because of your experience," Eichkorn said. "You don't have to be there to know what is going on in your area." But retired Wichita dispatcher Wayne Larson said dispatchers need to be familiar with the part of the state they are covering. The new Salina dispatch center will be on the grounds of what was once Marymount College. The patrol's training center is located there. ! Kathrine Irene Laurent 1 Nov. 17, li)2U-May -I, lllilli. (iod 1 I around his garden and he found an I 1 empty place. He looked down upon llu- j [ Karlh and saw your tired fare. He put i I his arms around yon and lifted ymi tn| [ rest, (iod's garden must be beautiful, lie i always takes the best. He knew thai yon | were suffering. He knew you were in i I pain. He knew that you would never gel • [well on Karlh again. He saw that the I Iroatl was gelling rough ami Hie lulls' ! were haul lo climb. So He closed ymiri I weary eyelids and whispered "I'KAl'l 1 ! ' ' UK THINK." It broke uui hearts lo lose i you. Bui you didn'l go alone. For part of ' us went with you the day Hod called you 1 home. Limy, Jeanne, Stephanie, Mel ! 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