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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1997 A7 DEATHS & FUNERALS Evelyn Bailey CLAY CENTER — Evelyn Bailey, 90, Clay Center, died Tuesday, May 13,1995, at her home. Mrs. Bailey was born Evelyn Braidwood on May 18, 1906, at Denver and was a resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Las Cruces, N.M., before moving to Clay Center in 1991. She was a member of the Church of Our Savior Jesus Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilkin, in 1975; a son; and a great-grandson. Survivors include two daughters, Jean Barrett of Clay Center and Phyllis Dulin of Paso Robles, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Mildred Marshall of Pleasanton, Calif.; a stepson, Fred Bailey of Allyn, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 11 great- great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Neill- Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, 918 Seventh, Clay Center 67432, the Rev. Tony Horsley officiating. Memorials may be made to Meadowlark Hospice, Clay Center. Max A. Blodgett MANHATTAN — Max A. Blodgett, 84, Manhattan, died Tuesday, May 13, 1997, at the Mercy Health Care Center-College Avenue, Manhattan. Mr. Blodgett was 'born Dec. 5, 1912, at Keats. He was a farmer, maintained roads in Wildcat Township and worked for Manhattan Water Department for 14 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Keats United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Grace of the home; three sons, Warren of Manhattan, Bruce of Wichita and Clark of Topeka; five daughters, Sarah Allison of Arcadia, Calif., Mary Jo Hageman of Manhattan, Peggy Morgan of Leta- hathcee, Ala., and Anita Glendening and Joan Blakely, both of Salina; a sister, Margaret Vicary of Reno, Nev.; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Keats United Methodist Church, the Rev. Scott Hannon and Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. Burial will be in Sedalia Cemetery, northwest of Manhattan. Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be at the Holmes- Pfeifley Funeral Home, Box 176, 303 S. Broadway, Riley 66531, where the family will receive 'friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Grant T. Deakins LINDSBORG — Grant T. Deakins, 93, Lindsborg, died Tuesday, May 13,1997, at the Lindsborg Community Hospital. Mr. Deakins was born June 1, 4903, at Gridley and was a resident *>f Lindsborg since 1994, moving 'from Pueblo, Colo. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a retired investment consultant. He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Lindsborg. He was preceded in death by two sons, Elmer Lee and Earl Sylvester; and a daughter, Frances Fitzgerald. , Survivors include his wife, JEllen of Lindsborg; a son, Dale of ^Denver; a sister, Edna Johnson of Wichita; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Lindsborg, the Rev. Den- ; nis R. Fakes officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, 'Lindsborg. .; Memorials may be made to the 'phurch. ' Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Hays Funeral Home, Washington at Lincoln Streets, Lindsborg 67456, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. Winifred A. Force I Winifred A. Force, 76, Salina, 'died Tuesday, May 13,1997, at the 'Salina Regional Health Center. I Mrs. Force was born Winifred A. Schnatz on July 1, 1920, at North Hampton, Ohio, and was a resident of Salina since 1966, moving from Amaril- ilo, Texas. She [was a homemak- «er and a member of PEO Chapter JpX, Lioness, UPW Circle 5 and Friends of the Land. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels from 1970 to 1995, League of Women Voters from 1970 to 1997 and the hospital. She also sang in the Messiah Festival at Lindsborg for 20 years. • Survivors include her husband, Ronald of the home; four sons, Eric of Tucson, Ariz., Bryan of Santa ^e, N.M., Hugh of Fort Collins, Co- 4o., and Gregory of Hays; a sister, foorothy Burkhalter of Rossville, 'Ga.; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth, the Rev. Thomas Reid officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Today's obituaries SAUNA Winifred A. Force Lester M. tes" Headley Sonja K. May D. Eugene Revels Stella M. Vaupel Milton C. Willesen KANSAS CLAY CENTER: Evelyn Bailey HERINGTON: Bemice A. "Bert" Sandstrom LINCOLN: Cleo Geering LINDSBORG: Grant T. Deakins MANHATTAN: Max A. Blodgett McPHERSON: Irving Stanford Olson RAMONA: Lena M. Kristek OUT OF STATE Ruby Lee Jones, Bella Vista, Ark. Norene P. Koers, Rapid City, S.D. Park. Memorials may be made to Columbia Road Health Service, 1660 Columbia Road N., Washington, D.C. 20009 Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, 401 W. Iron Ave., Salina 67401. Cleo Geering MRS. FORCE LINCOLN — Cleo Geering, 69, Lincoln, died Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at Columbia Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Mrs. Geering was born Cleo Rathbun on July 29, 1927, at Ash Grove and was a lifelong resident of Lincoln. She worked for the former Park-O-Tel Motel and had been a cook at the Post Rock Cafe, both of Lincoln. A great-grandson preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Urbanek of Hutchinson; a brother, Dale Rathbun of Lincoln; two sisters, Hazel Jones of Lincoln and Wanda Totman of McPherson; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mid-America Nursing Center Chapel, Lincoln, the Rev. Ralph Aschenbrenner officiating. Inurnment will be in Lincoln Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society or Mid-America Nursing Center in care of Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, 300 E. 30th, Hutchinson 67502. Lester M. "Les" Headley Lester M. "Les" Headley, 82, 333 Woodlawn Ave., died Tuesday, May 13,1997, at his home. Mr. Headley was born July 14, 1914, at Vici, Okla., and was a resident of the Carneiro and Brookville areas before moving to Salina in 1940. He worked for Sears for 21 years, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Salina. Survivors include his wife, Maxine of the home; a daughter, Sabra Headley of Piano, Texas; three sisters, Gladys Garnett of Hutchinson and Sylvia Danner and Nellie Armstrong, both of Abilene; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, 122 N. Eighth, the Rev. David Weible officiating. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or Peacemakers Sunday School Class. The body was cremated. There will be no visitation. Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements. Ruby Lee Jones BELLA VISTA, Ark. — Ruby Lee Jones, 75, Bella Vista, died Sunday, May 11,1997, at the Bates Medical Center, Bentonville. Mrs. Jones was born Ruby Lee Samuels on Oct. 6, 1921, in Ellis County, Kan., and was a resident of Bella Vista for eight years, moving from Stockton, Kan. She was a former teacher at Stockton and was a farm wife for more than 30 years at rural Stockton, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Stockton, and was a past Matron. Her husband, Harold Curtis, died in 1984. Survivors include a sister, Donna Harsh of Hays; and five nieces and nephew, including Karol Wasinger of Hays, Kan. The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Stockton Cemetery, the Rev. Tim Ault-Duell officiating. Memorials may be made to Dreams Inc. in care of the Smith- Moore-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N. First, Stockton, Kan. 67669. Norene P. Koers RAPID CITY, S.D. — Norene P. Koers, 71, formerly of Rapid City, died Tuesday, May 13, 1997, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, New Orleans. Mrs. Koers was born Norene Patricia Bagan on April 19, 1926, at Watertown and was a resident of New Orleans since February, moving from Rapid City, where she had lived for more than 40 years. Her husband, Julius G., died in 1967. Survivors include a son, Wally C. of Salina, Kan.; a daughter, Cindy J. Strohmer of New Orleans: a sister and a brother, both of South Dakota; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. The funeral will be at Behrens Mortuary, 632 St. Francis, Rapid City 57701. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City. Lena M. Kristek RAMONA — Lena M. Kristek, 81, Ramona, died Tuesday, May 13, 1997, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Mrs. Kristek was born Lena M. Hatterman on April 30, 1916, at Tampa and was a resident of Ramona for 52 years. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Bob, died in 1993. Survivors include two sons, Steve and Robert, both of Lincolnville; three sisters, Adela Krause of Harlingen, Texas, Wilhelmina Friedli of Lodi, Calif., and Henny Martin of Lawford, Calif.; six grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Carlson-Becker Funeral Home, Hope, the Rev. Larry Ankrom officiating. Burial will be in Lewis Cemetery, Rarnona. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Visitation will be at the funeral home, 106 N. Second, Box 355, Hope 67451, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today. MR. REVELS Sonja K. May Sonja K. May, 56,1402 Lorianna Court, died Tuesday, May 13,1997, at her home. Mrs. May was born Sonja K. Jacobsen on Aug. 21, 1940, at Sidney, Neb. She was an instructor of the hearing impaired and deaf for the Central Kansas Cooperative in Education and was a recipient of the MRS. MAY Extra Special Educator of the Year award for 1991 to 1992. She was a member of the Kansas Educator for the Hearing Impaired Sunrise Presbyterian Church, Salina, and a charter member of Kansas Parents Association for the Hearing Impaired. She was a past officer of CEC and provider for Kansas Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs. She was an author in Perspective Magazine for teachers of the hearing impaired. A stepson, Randy May, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Russell E. of the home; two sons, Sidney Eells of Hutchinson and Stewart Eells of Topeka; a daughter, Shellie Esch of Benton; her mother, Edith Garber of Newton; two stepdaughters, Kelly May of Boulder, Colo., and Misti May of El Dorado; a brother, J.D. Garber of Newton; three sisters, Beverly Kelsch and Tania Cooper, both of Newton, and Melanie Rosen of Rio Rancho, N.M.; and six grandchildren. The funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Sunrise Presbyterian Church, Roach and Beloit, the Rev. Donald Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina. Memorials may be made to Kansas State School for the Deaf, Olathe, or Kansas ALS Foundation. Visitation will be after noon today at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401. Irving Stanford Olson McPHERSON — Irving Stanford Olson, 83, formerly of McPherson, died Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at the Andover Health Care Center. Mr. Olson was born Oct. 7,1913, at Bridgeport and was a resident of McPherson for 51 years, moving from Assaria. He was a retired compressor engineer for the National Cooperative Refinery Association, McPherson. He was a member of the American Legion Post 24, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 and Benevolent Protective Order of Elks 502, all of McPherson. Survivors include three sons, Don of Louisville, Ky., Stan of Wichita and Phil of McPherson; a brother, Marion of Ruidoso, N.M.; a sister, Erma Kogler of Scott City; three grandchildren; and a great- grandson. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Ball & Son Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson 67460, the Revs. Paul Kelly and Sandy Schlesselman officiating. Burial of cremains will be in McPherson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 24. The body was cremated. D. Eugene Revels D. Eugene Revels, 68, Salina, died Tuesday, May 13, 1997, at Riverside Hospital, Wichita, following a heart attack Sunday. Mr. Revels was born Aug. 1, 1928, at Salina and was a lifelong resident. He had been a Saline County commissioner; was a re- tired manufacturing supervisor for Philips Lighting Co.; owned Revels Catering Service: and operated the Board of Trade Lounge. He was a mem- ^^^k FROM PAGE A1 ber of Allen Chapel AME Church, Salina; served on the boards of Brown Mackie College, St. John's Military School and the Bicentennial Center; was chairman of the Urban Renewal board when the City-County Building was constructed and city's industrial area was cleared and was active in the downtown development. Survivors include his wife, Beverly of the home; a son, Dee of the home; three daughters, Gwen Johnson of Overland Park, Kathy Mays of Houston and Terry Revels of the home; two brothers, John and Clem Jr., both of Denver; a sister, La Vesta Tootles of Denver; and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 122 N. Eighth, the Rev. Reuben Eckels officiating. Inurnment will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Allen Chapel AME Church. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, 401 W. Iron Ave., Salina 67401, with cremation following. Bernice "Bert" Sandstrom HERINGTON — Bernice A. "Bert" Sandstrom, 84, Herington, died Tuesday, May 13,1997, at the Herington Municipal Hospital. Mrs. Sandstrom was born Bernice Lindquist on May 27,1912, at New Gottland and was a resident of Herington since 1933. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women, American Legion Auxiliary and 20th Century Club, all of Herington. Survivors include her husband, Ralph E. of the home; a son, Gregory of Lincoln, Neb.; and a sister, Maxine Wood of Kankakee, 111. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Herington, the Rev. Larry Ankrom officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington. Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Donahue Funeral Home Chapel, 404 S. Broadway, Herington 67449, and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Revels / He cared for everyday people Revels also worked hard on the periodic Dunbar School reunions, said Geraldine Briscoe, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Child and Adult Food Program. Briscoe said Revels was an alumnus of the all-black school. There will be a reunion in June, Briscoe said, and there probably will be a memorial for Revels. Briscoe remembered Revels as a hard worker. "I've known him since he was a boy," she said. "He was 13 or 14 when I came, and he worked at the old Marshal Motors on Santa Fe, shining cars or something. He always worked hard." Revels, a graduate of Salina High School and Kansas Wesleyan University, worked at the Holsom Bakery before it closed, and he retired from Philips Lighting Co., where he worked as a manufacturing supervisor. He had been involved in food service for more than 30 years. 'Salina is better off for him' Salinan Ben Vidricksen, who also operated a food catering service, said Revels was a "very friendly competitor." He also was willing to do anything that was asked of him, Vidricksen said. "Salina is better off for him having been here," Vidricksen said. Revels was known for his community service work, serving as chairman of the Urban Renewal Board when the City-County Building was constructed and when the city's industrial area was cleared. • He was on the boards of Brown Mackie College and St. John's Military School. Col. Keith Duckers, former president at St. John's, said Revels was a dedicated supporter of St. John's and worked on several Muleskinner fund drives. Revels and Duckers also were personal friends. "He was a very hard-working, self-made man," Duckers said. "Gene knew everybody, and everybody knew Gene." How his name became Rabbit Revels, a lifelong Saline County resident, also was known for his stories. White said Revels loved to tell the story about how he got the nickname, Rabbit. V SOLOMON MURDERS When he was a boy. Revels lived in a rough part of town, White remembered. Whenever he was confronted by troubles. Revels used to tell White, he'd take off running, and he was a fast runner. "He said his motto was it was better to say 'There he goes,' than 'There he lies.' " White said. "That was one of his favorite stories." As a commissioner, Revels represented the average person, said Ben Frick, a Salina businessman. Frick said Revels was always willing to go to bat for people who believed their property values were too high. "He took the complaints seriously," Frick said. "Especially when someone was on a fixed income and their taxes had gone up 50 or 60 percent. He really looked into those problems." A boss who was like family Fran Anderson remembers Revels giving her a job as a waitress at the Board of Trade Lounge about 25 years ago. She had come to Salina with four small children in tow. "You couldn't ask for a better boss," Anderson said. "To me, he was just like family." Anderson worked her way up to salad girl and now cooks at the restaurant and for Revels' catering service. Anderson said Revels was always busy, and always doing something for someone else, whether it was lending them money or helping them move. "He didn't care what it was, he'd help," she said. He was always busy, too, even to his last day. Saturday night, Revels and his employees catered a meal for about 250 people for the Salvation Army's 100-year celebration. The next day, he went to Wichita on business. He suffered a heart attack in his car and was taken by ambulance to Riverside Hospital in Wichita. Anderson said Revels had talked of being tired Saturday night, but they all were tired after the catering job. And he'd had a bad cold for the past couple of weeks, but it didn't seem to be wearing him down. "I was blown away when they called Sunday night and said he'd had a heart attack," Anderson said. "And when they called last night, it was not something I was expecting to hear." Stella M. Vaupel Stella M. Vaupel, 97, 528 W. Ellsworth, died Wednesday, May 14, 1997, at the Salina Regional Health Center. Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements. Milton C. Willesen Milton C. Willesen, 68, Salina, died Monday, May 12, 1997, at the Pleasant View Nursing Center, Inman. Mr. Willesen was born Nov. 16, 1928, at Hutchinson and was a resident of Salina since 1971, moving from Hutchinson. He worked in the Hutchinson Parks Department for more than 20 years and worked for Kansas College of Technology in Salina for more than 17 years, retiring in 1991. His wife, C. Pauline, died in 1987. Survivors include a son, Gerald of Bennington; two daughters, Blanche Lindenmuth of Wichita and Cecilia Severson of Norfolk, Va.; his mother, Leona Willesen of Inman; a brother, Glen of Hutchinson; a sister, Janine Osborn of South Hutchinson; and five grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Covenant Church, Roach and Cloud streets, the Rev. Mike Blevins officiating. Burial will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Covenant Church or Special Scholarship Education through the Lutheran Women Mission League in care of the family. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401. TODAY'S SCRIPTURE "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." — 1 John 2:15 CORRECTION Trial date set for one of Solomon murder suspects By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal ABILENE — A tentative trial date of Nov. 17 has been set for one of two men accused of killing a rural Solomon couple. The trial date for Robert Verge, 23, was set by District Judge David Platt at a hearing Wednesday morning. Both Verge and a co-defendant, Virgil Bradford, 26, both of Kansas City, Mo., face the death penalty for capital murder and other offenses related to the Feb. 17 murders of Kyle and Chrystine Moore in their home north of Solomon. Bradford is in a Kansas City, Mo., jail, fighting extradition to Kansas. Approved by the judge in Verge's case were motions for discovery of information pertaining to the investigation, a motion preserving investigators' rough notes and other documents, and a motion approving civilian clothing for Verge's future court appearances. Platt set May 23 as a date to consider a motion by the prosecution for blood and saliva samples from Verge. Meanwhile, co-defendant Bradford, 26, was arraigned Wednesday in Jackson County, Mo., on the indictment from Kansas charging him with capital murder and other charges related to the murder. •'. Bradford is in a Jackson County, Mo., jail awaiting resolution of unrelated charges. At his arraignment hearing Wednesday, he refused to waive extradition. The state of Kansas will seek his extradition through the office of the governor of Missouri. ON THI RECORD A list of speakers at graduations in Wednesday's edition failed to include John Melton, the salutatorian at Ell-Saline High School, who also will speak at the school's commencement Saturday night. Also, the wrong time was listed for the Baccalaureate for Bethany College in Lindsborg. Baccalaureate will be at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Hall. Hospital report Salina Regional Health Center PENN ADMISSIONS — Mattie M. Davis and Alice Meckfossel, both of Salina; Olga Gwinner, Ellsworth. SANTA FE ADMISSIONS — Kellie K. Anderson, Ralph R. Corona, Meliss L. Cyphers, Robert L. Kauffman and Simone J. Newby, all of Salina; Dale Reitz, Abilene; Stephanie L. Weller, Beverly; Karen L. Tanger, Bridgeport; Opal Ohlde, Clay Center; Wanda Cote, Concordia; Paul W. Benda, Lincolnville; Connie Rivers, Smolan; Guy E. Hough Sr., Solomon; Rosa L. Moore, White City. DISMISSALS — Johnnie M. Jones, Glasco; Lilly M. Cromwell, Gypsum; Margaret M. Conant, Herington; Anne Gravatt, Herington; Virginia J. Avis, Kanopolis; Mildred E. Mettlen, Lucas; Bertha R. Dumler, Russell. Births BOYS: Simone J. Newby, Salina, 7 Ibs. 9 ozs., born May 13. Asencion and Adrians Silvestre, Salina, 9 Ibs., born May 13. GIRL: Stephanie L. Weller, Beverly, 7 Ibs. 9 ozs., born May 13. Polco blotter THEFT — Fishing rods, reels, tackle boxes and tackle belonging to Bradley G. Knight were taken from 1129 N. Santa Fe between noon April 1 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; $690 loss. Animal shelter : These animals were picked up May 13 at the locations listed and taken to the Saline County Animal Shelter, 1960 W. Old Highway 40. Phone 826-6535. DOGS — White female great Pyrenees with green collar, 2600 block of East Crawford; white and black male Dalmatian, 900 block of South Second; black and tan male poodle mix, 600 block of Gypsum; black and tan male German shepherd, 1800 block of Dover. FERRET — Mink, 100 block of Bel Air. ^^T>i>iyBj ^Numbers WHNIESDAY'S DMWMG8 DAILY PICK 3 0-0-8 KANSAS CASH 2-4-10-11-18-30 Estimated Jackpot $340,000 POWERBALL 8-28-36-42-44 POWERBALL 18 Estimated Jackpot $8 million LOTTERY SCENE Category 4866

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