Larry Dean Hamler, 69, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, surrounded by his family. Larry was born in McCook, Nebraska, on June 29, 1948, to Frances and Roberta (Blake) Hamler. He attended McCook High School as well as McCook Community College. He married Lana Farmer in 1967, and they had three children. She preceded him in death on January 5, 1995. On December 27, 1997, he married Marilyn (Koehn) Shaft in McPherson, KS.
Larry retired from Central Plastics in McPherson in January 2013, where he was the sales manager. He was also the sales manager for Graves Truckline in Salina, KS, ANR in Columbia, MO, and TRW in McCook, NE. Larry was the former president of Lions Club in Inman, and was instrumental in organizing the children’s fishing derby. Larry enjoyed golf, fishing, spending time outdoors, and he was a gifted artist and sculptor. He also was active in his community and volunteered for Relay for Life. Larry always had a smile, kind words for others, and never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include: his wife, Marilyn, of the home; his children, William (Bobbi) Hamler of Broomfield, CO, Kimberly (Sean) Herrington of Salina, KS, Thomas Hamler of Columbia, MO, and Brad (Candra) Shaft of McPherson, KS; two sisters, Beverly (John) Wilcox of Columbia, MO and Shirley (JV) Lovinggood of Willis, TX; nine grandchildren, Meghan and Ali Oliver, Addison Shaft, Simon Hamler, Katelyn (Cain) Smith, and Tyler, Taite (Kylie), Timeri, and Trevor Herrington; and two great-grandchildren, Zoe Smith and Jeremiah Herrington. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lana, and his parents.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 6, at Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, from 3-7 p.m., with family receiving guests from 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be Thursday, December 7, at First Christian Church, McPherson, at 10:30 a.m., and will be followed by graveside service at New Gottland Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Relay For Life of McPherson or Inman Lions Club in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.
Kaiden Michael Schroeder, 12, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer at 11:35 a.m., Friday, December 1st, 2017 while in the company of family members and friends, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas.
Kaiden was born in McPherson, Kansas on March 2, 2005, a son of Jennifer May (Lolling) and Christopher Cody Schroeder.
Kaiden attended Sonshine Preschool, Roosevelt Grade School and was currently a 7th grader at McPherson Middle School, McPherson, Kansas.
He attended the Church of the Brethren and the First Christian Church both of McPherson.
Kaiden was a member of the McPherson Baseball Association, McPherson Youth Bowling League, Kansas State Football Team, McPherson High School Baseball and Football teams and Honorary Fire Fighter 1 McPherson Fire Department. He enjoyed baseball, drawing, football, K-State, fishing, legos, WWE, bowling, playing with his brother and sister, playing games, and beating Ryan at video games. He loved cheeseburgers, steaks, Chick-Fil-A, Freddy’s, grandma’s salsa and ice cream.
He is survived by his parents, Chris and Jenny Schroeder, of McPherson, Kansas; his siblings, Ashlyn Schroeder and Bryson Schroeder, both of McPherson, Kansas; his brother, Ryan Mueller, of Leawood, Kansas; his maternal grandparents, Steve and Sandra Lolling, of McPherson, Kansas; his paternal grandparents, Rod and Gloria Schroeder, of McPherson Kansas; his aunts and uncles, Jennifer and David Givens, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, Tim Lolling, of McPherson, Kansas, Craig and Megan Lolling, of McPherson, Kansas.
Kaiden was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Maurice and Mildred Edmonds, and Melvin and Neva Lolling; paternal great-grandparents, Laurence and Esther Sumners and Robert and Mathilda Schroeder.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. with family present from 6-8 p.m. at McPherson High School Roundhouse.
Funeral Service will be held at the McPherson High School Roundhouse at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 with Reverend Jerramy Bowen and Reverend Lynn Scott officiating. Doors will be open for the public at 9:15 a.m. Kaiden’s family requests those attending to wear their Kaiden, KSU, Royals or Bullpup shirt.
Private family graveside service will be at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kaiden Schroeder Benefit Fund and they can be sent in care of the Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.
Bradley Guy Winsett of Minneapolis, Kansas passed away Thursday, November 30th, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 68. He was born June 1, 1949 in Concordia, Kansas to Verl and Esther (McGowan) Winsett.
He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Minneapolis High School. While in high school he attended technical school for air conditioning. He worked for Northern Natural Gas/Enron for 20 years.
He moved to Eagle Rock, Missouri in 1992 where he owned and operated a small Convenience and Fishing Tackle store. He also managed a lumber yard in Cassville, Missouri. He then went to work as a Corrosion Inspection Contractor in the oil and gas industry.
He loved hunting, fishing, and motorcycles, along with his Sonic Pity Blast. He was an awesome story teller. Everyone he met fell in love with him as he was easy to talk to.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Cindy Marymee and a beloved uncle, Galen Shirk. He is survived by his beloved lady friend, Mona Johnson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; son Jason and wife Kim Winsett of Minneapolis; grandchildren Ariel (Zach) Troutman of Wichita, Kansas, Alex McCullough of Wichita, Kansas, Kolton Hoppe and Kara Winsett both of Minneapolis; great granddaughter Eileanora Troutman. He is survived also by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal lifetime friends.
Memorial Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Pathway Church, 845 Woodland Ave., Minneapolis, Kansas. The family asks that if you have Harley attire, feel free to wear it.
Maxine Eldora Windhorst, 101, Wells, died Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Ottawa County Health Center, Minneapolis. She was born September 11, 1916 near Andover to Harrison and Florence (Long) Baker.
Maxine was united in marriage with LeRoy Fred Windhorst on October 25, 1941 in Wichita where they made their home until LeRoy joined the Army Air Corp in 1943. The next several years were spent being near LeRoy in Kansas City, Mo, San Antonio, and Amarillo, TX. After his discharge from the service in 1946, they made their home in Wells.
She was a member of the Sunset Spiritualist Church and was active in several organizations including Rock Hill 4H, and the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 3201 of which she was a life member. Maxine was a charter member of the Wells Willing Workers extension and the Wells Lions Club. She was a homemaker and later was employed by the Elmore Gift Shop in Salina. After retirement, she helped at Keith’s Gardens in Wells.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, LeRoy on September 21, 2016 and her sister, Geraldine Russum.
Survivors are her sons Randy and wife Bernie of Wichita and Phil of Bennington; and two grandchildren Andrea and Alex both of Bennington.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9 at Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis, where the family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Wells Community Center.
Charles Clayton Case, 76, Minneapolis, died Monday, December 4, 2017 at his home. He was born December 22, 1940 in Salina to Charles and Augusta (Samuelson) Case.
Chuck was a graduate of Salina Central High School and he served in the United States Army. On April 6, 1978 he was united in marriage with Nancy Windholz in Minneapolis.
Chuck was a self-employed concrete worker for many years. He later worked for the Ottawa County Noxious Weed and was a motor grater operator until retiring in 2002. Chuck loved to fish and hunt and he was a member of the American Legion Post 62 in Salina.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Randy; brother Clyde; and brother-in-law, Wade Cross.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy of the home; Charles Case, Jr. and his wife Brandi of Salina, Julie Whitaker and husband Bill of Salina; Mandie Case and Brian Case both of Minneapolis; brother, Clarence Case and wife Dixie of Olathe; sisters, Charleen Braden and husband Frank of Salina and Carol Christian and husband Terry of Tescott; grandchildren, Jourdan, Joseph, Chantel, Michael, Daniel, Andrew, Justin, and Olivia; great-granddaughter, Charleigh Rae; sister-in-law, Carol Case Daniels; and special nephews, Kirby and Kelly Case.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 7 at Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis. Burial will follow in Culver Union Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 62, Salina.
Spencer Alan Cole, 23, of Salina, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. He was born in Tescott Nov. 21, 1994. He grew up near Beverly before moving to Tescott and finally settling down in Salina.
Spencer loved his family and friends. He was an animal lover and took a special liking to his dogs, Nattie and Bella. Spencer was always the first to greet you with a big hug and smile. He enjoyed spending time with his nephew, using his role as an uncle as an excuse to play with his old toys again. The world will surely be a lesser place without him and he will always be remembered. He walks now hand in hand with the lord in eternal peace and happiness.
He is survived by: his parents, Richard and Ruby Cole; sisters, Danielle Cole and Hunter Cole; nephew, Colton Coffman; half-sisters, Amy Simeonova, and Jeana Butler; brother, Andrew Cole; grandparents, Frank and Dottie Cole, and Pat Mundell; as well as uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who love and miss him.
Spencer is preceded in death by: his maternal grandfather, Thomas Mundell; and cousin, Brian Woods.
Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.
Memorials may be made to: Salina Animal Shelter, in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth Street, Salina, KS 67401.
Janet Jean Hieger, 51, of Salina, lost her long battle with cancer Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Janet was born in Huntsville Ala., Jan. 5, 1966, to Robert and Mary Ann Gnagey.
The family moved around with her Father’s employer (Boeing) before settling in Derby, in 1973. She attended Kansas State University and Wichita State University where she received her degree in marketing. For the last 20 years, Janet was a group sales representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas based in the Salina office. Janet and her first husband, Brad, gave birth to their daughter, Kennedy Ann Lancaster, Sept. 22, 1998. Janet married her husband, Stuart Hieger, July 11, 2009, on the beach in the Bahamas with their three children. Janet and her husband were avid travelers together and with their children. Janet loved music and lived life to the fullest. Janet was a wonderful mother, amazing wife, and a great friend.
Survivors include: her husband, Stuart Hieger; daughter, Kennedy Ann Lancaster; stepdaughter, Paige Marie Hieger; stepson, Samuel Alan Hieger; mother, Mary Ann Gnagey of Derby; and sister, Lee Ann Wing (Matt) of LaConner, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Gnagey (2003).
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Webster Conference Center, 2601 N. Ohio, Salina.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, Salina, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.
Merle Joseph Martin, 93, of Salina, formerly of Concordia, Kan. passed away on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at Salina Regional Health Center. Merle was born August 21st, 1924 to John and Mary (Fagan) Martin in Kimeo, Kan. in rural Washington County. He graduated from Greenleaf High School in 1943, and soon after entered the Navy. He served 3 years, and was a radioman on the USS Lindsey in the South Pacific Naval Fleet during WWII. He saw duty at Iwo Jima, where he survived the bombing of his ship by Japanese kamikaze pilots.
He was united in marriage to Audrey Long of Linn, Kan. in 1946 while on leave from duty in Washington DC. They made their home in Linn, were Merle was a depot agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. They were the adoptive parents of two children, Richard and Rachelle. Audrey preceded Merle in death in 1966. In 1973 he married Dorine (Meyer) Long. Dorine had two daughters, Janeen and Barb Long both of Salina. In 1974, they moved to Concordia where Merle was customer services manager for the MoPac Railroad and later the Union Pacific Railroad until he retired in 1987 with 40 years of service.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorine; step-daughter, Janeen Long; six brothers and one sister.
He is survived by his children, Rick and Shelly; step-daughter, Barb Long; granddaughter, Adie (Martin) Fields and husband Brad; sister, Velma (Martin) Schuette and husband Art; three grandchildren, Blake, Morgan and Kamdyn Fields; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, December 4th, with a rosary at 5:30 p.m. at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth Street, Salina. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 5th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1000 Burr Oak Lane in Salina. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Greenleaf, Kan.
Memorials may be made to Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Inc. Memo: Circles of the Heartland.
BROOKVILLE – Violet Maxine Wernecke, 90, passed away Nov. 29, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Brookville. She was born March 19, 1927, in White City, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Mott) Wernecke. Violet was retired but previously worked for Stiefel’s clothing store, Tony’s Pizza, and then later at Walmart.
She is survived by: her children, Sue Deters (John) of Park City, Sidney Wernecke of Salina, Sondra Wiegand of Salina, Mark Wernecke (Jenny) of Oklahoma City, Wesley Wernecke (Sharon) of Salina, Robin Nash of Brookville, and David Wernecke of Shawnee; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carolyn Allendorfer (Ron) of Tennessee, and Jean Blanton (Ed) of Texas.
She is preceded in death by: her husband, Charles; her son, Richard; her brother, Robert; and her parents.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina, with burial in White City Cemetery, at 12:30 p.m. with lunch to follow at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church, White City.
Ginny Keller, 75, of Salina, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, November 29th in Wichita, Kansas.
She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 25, 1942, a daughter of the late Lucille (Pendergrass) Roofe.
She attended West High in Wichita and she worked as a Nurse in Wichita and Salina for over 40 years. She was a member of First Christian Church, she loved to quilt, ride her bicycle, and go on long walks. She enjoyed traveling all over the world and going on cruises.
She was the widow of James E. Keller.
Survivors include a son David (Debbie) of Salina, Kansas; daughter, Donna Townsdin, of Salina, Kansas; and daughter, Brenda, (Scott) Siemsen, of Whitesburg, Tennessee.
Other survivors include 10 grandchildren, Brett Siemsen, Leslie Osborn (Patrick Simmons), Cortney (Jason) Drayfahl, Jami Osborn, Briana Siemsen, Heather Haynes, Chelsea Pristach, Rachel Haynes, Ethan Pristach, Megan Haynes; and 10 great grandchildren
Memorial Service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 6th at First Christian Church with Reverend Greg Rea officiating.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Salina Alzheimers Association Support Group, sent in care of Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, 500 S. Ohio St. Salina, Kansas.
For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit carlsonfh.net or Facebook.
Violet I. Gordon-Webb, 91, of Salina, Kansas passed away Wednesday, November 29th.
Violet was born on the family farm southwest of Gypsum on March 13, 1926, a daughter of the late Rebecca (Henne) and Adam Bickel.
She attended grade school in rural Gypsum and graduated from Salina High School in 1945. She worked as a receptionist at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Marymount College, and Sears Roebuck Catalog Sales. She ended her career working as a telephone operator at Marcia Dearing Answering Service. She married Neal O. Gordon on March 27, 1949. He preceded her in death in 1985. Violet later married Richard Webb on June 2nd, 1990.
Survivors include a daughter Christy and husband Larry Hunt of Elkhorn, Nebraska; son Greg (Geneann) Gordon of Salina, Kansas; and son Steve (Sylvia) Gordon of Orlando, Florida.
Other survivors include thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her siblings, Lillie, Fern, Stanley, Merlin, Milton, and Irene.
A Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 111 West Magnolia Road Salina, Kansas 67401.
Violet’s final resting place will be Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina, Kansas.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Christ the King Lutheran Church.