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Sedan Times-Star - June 20, 2001


Fred Plummer, 86, retired Boeing Wichita purchasing agent, formerly of Burden, died Saturday, June 9, 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Lena; daughters and sons-in-laws, Carmen and Ted Logue of Grove, Oklahoma. Patricia and Gerald Sandusky of Beaver, Oklahoma; stepson and spouse, Ronald and Lynn Osborn of Oklahoma City; stepdaughter and spouse, Connie and Robert Hopson of Dalhart, Texas; sisters, Jessie Ramsey, Anna Wallace both of Winfield, Irene Harris of Sunnyvale, Texas, Elsie Robbins of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren.

Services were held at 1:30p.m. Saturday at Broadway Mortuary. A memorial has been established with Hospice, Inc.

Sedan Times-Star - February 17, 1932


Attended Plummer Funeral.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hendricks accompanied Grover Richards and family of Virgl to Cherryvale Saturday, to attend the funeral of Mrs. Nan Plummer, a sister of Mrs. Hendricks. Mrs. Plummer was well-known here, as she had frequently visited her sister. The Caney Valley Bible class sent flowers, expressing their sympathy to the relatives.

The Cedar Vale Commercial - June 09, 1905

MR. HENDERSON POLSON - Submitted by Billy Pate-Smith

An Old Pioneer Passed Away Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock, Henderson Polson died very suddenly at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Crank in Cedar Vale. In the morning he seemed as well as usual, ate a hearty breakfast, came up town for a few minutes, and, after chatting with friends a short time, went down to the Crank home, which he owns, and worked for a few minutes on some shrubbery in the yard. Presently he went into the house and, seating himself in an easy chair, remarked in a joking way to Mrs. Crank that he was tired and that he was getting too old to work.

After chatting a little, Mrs. Crank left the room and, returning in about ten minutes, found Mr. Polson sitting in his chair just as if he had dropped off to sleep, but the spark of life had fled. It is probable that he dozed off to sleep, and, while sleeping, death came without a struggle, for with the least motion the body would have fallen from the chair. The remains were taken to Hewins Wednesday morning and laid to rest in the Big Caney Cemetery, followed by an immense concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. B. McNabb.

Henderson Polson was one of the pioneers of Kansas. He was born In 1823 in Washington County, Indiana, and was united in marriage with Sarah E. Bates (born February22, 1826 in Harrison County; Indiana) in 1846. A year later they moved to Iowa; in 1870 to Montgomery County, Kansas; and 13 years later they emigrated westward and settled at Hart’s Mill near Hewins. They reared a family of ten children, six boys and four girls, all of whom are living except one girl. His wife died in 1902 after a married life of 56 years. About a year ago he married again, but the union was not happy and a suit for divorce against him was pending at the time of his death.

Mr. Polson has been a prominent man in the building up of Chautauqua County and his death removed a landmark, as it were, from the Hewins community where he lived so long and so well. Since the death of his first wife he spent much of his time with his two sons here, and the relatives and the few close friends to whom his quiet nature was revealed will miss him very keenly. Peace unto his soul.

[Henderson Polson was born on August 23, 1823 in Blue River Township, Harrison County, Indiana and died at Cedar Vale, Kansas on June 6, 1905.]

Sedan Times-Star - June 1995

MR. JACK M. POLK - Submitted by Ilene Mullendore Butler

Jack McClelland Polk, 67, of Derby, died Sunday, June 18, 1995. Funeral services were held today Wednesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Fist Baptist Church of Dr. James McIntosh.

Polk was born Friday, April 13, 1928 in Sedan, Kansas to Raymond William and Ruby M. (McClelland) Polk. He married Billie J. Bowersock on April 13, 1946. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Derby and the VFW. He worked as an engineer for Boeing.

He is survived by his wife, Billie of the home; two sons, David Polk and Doug Polk, both of Derby; one daughter, Janet Fine of Derby; one brother, Max Polk of Topeka; one sister, Arlene Wall of Elgin, Illinois; and 6 grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Derby and Hospice, Inc.

Sedan Times-Star - August 03, 2005


TOPEKA, Kan. - Max Maurice Polk, 75, Topeka, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at Westwood Manor Nursing Home in Topeka. He was born June 15, 1930 in Sedan, Kan., the youngest son of Raymond William and Ruby Manila (McClelland) Polk.

He graduated from Sedan High School, received a BS degree from Kansas State University in 1952, and a Masters’ Degree from the University of Southern California in 1972. Mr. Polk retired in 1983 from the Federal Home Loan Bank as an examiner after 28 years of employment. He was a member of the Kansas State Alumni Association, the Kansas State University Foundation, and the Mike Ahearn Scholarship Fund.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Polk, and three brothers, Dr. Bill Polk, Jack Polk, and Bob Polk.

Survivors include a sister, Arline Polk Wall, Elgin, IL, and 11 nieces and nephews.

Mr. Polk will lie in state after 10 am Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.

He will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at David Barnes Funeral Home, Sedan. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Road, Topeka 66618 or to Heart of America Hospice, 3715 SW 29th St., Topeka 66614.

Unknown Newspaper - February 19, 1997

MR. DAN H. POLLET - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

Dan H. Pollet, 75, of Sedan died Wednesday (Feb. 19, 1997) in the emergency room at Sedan City Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sedan Christian Church with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Graves Funeral Home in Caney and from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Church in Sedan.

Memorials are suggested to the Christian Church Memorial Fund, 204 N. Chautauqua, Sedan, KS 67361, or the Sedan Country Club Building Fund. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.

Prairie Star - May 15, 2013


Hazel Pollet 89, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at Good Samaritan Society-Liberal.

She was born Dec. 24, 1922 near Sedan, the daughter of Arthur and Laura Bell (Henson) Koons.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Sedan, where she managed the funeral dinners for the church for many years. She was a member of the Chapter DL of the PEO and was in Bridge Club. She loved every child she came in contact with and baked thousands of cookies for them over the years.

In 1943, she married Dan Henry Pollet in Wellington, Kan. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by one brother, Dr. Jess Koons and wife Eva Lou Koons of Liberal, Kan.

She was preceded in death by a son Kenneth Wayne Pollet, five brothers and one sister.

Memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 24, at the First Christian Church in Sedan. A private burial of cremains will take place at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Samaritan Society – Liberal in care David W. Barnes Funeral Home 209 N. Douglas St. Sedan, KS 67361.

Unknown Newspaper - January 20, 1991

MR. KENNETH W. POLLET - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

CANEY - Kenneth W. "Butch" Pollet, 46, Houston, Texas, formerly of Sedan, died Sunday at Casa Hospice in Houston, following an illness. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church at Sedan. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, under the direction of the Graves Funeral Home, Caney.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church building fund.

Mr. Pollet was born Dec. 31, 1944, in Cedar Vale, to Daniel and Hazel (Koons) Pollet.

He graduated from Sedan High School and attended the University of Kansas. He graduated from Wichita State University.

He lived in Houston for 15 years and was employed by Camden Iron Co., a division of Cooped Industries, in Katy, Texas.

Survivors include, his parents of Sedan.

Sedan Times-Star - August 8, 2007


Ellen Marie Pond, 56, of Sedan, passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 4, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita.

She was born Jan. 13, 1951 at Anamosa, Iowa to Tom and Jane (Dishman) Northrup. She grew up and attended school in Neodesha, graduating from Neodesha High School. Following high school, she attended Stapps School of Cosmetology in Joplin, Mo., and later attended Butler County Community College School of Nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse.

On Feb. 7, 1971, she married Mick Pond at Neodesha. Following their marriage they lived in several different areas of the United States while her husband was in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge they lived in Pittsburg, Kan., while he finished his degree in education. They later lived in Winfield, Florence, and Dexter, moving to Sedan in 1985 where Mr. Pond was Principal and later Superintendent of Schools. They moved to Erie where he was Superintendent until he retired and returned to Sedan to make their home.

Ellen was a, member of the First Christian Church in Sedan.

Survivors include her husband, Mick of the home in Sedan; four sons; Mick and Shannon Pond and their children, Michaela and Olivia of Longmont, Colo., Tom and Amber Pond and their children, Johnnie, Janie, and Ellie of Havana, Phillip and Bobbi Pond and their children, Meloni, Meleena, and Andru of San Antonio, Texas, and Josh and Angela Pond and their children, Isabella, and Annalesa of Manhattan, Kan.; and three sisters, Wanda McDougal of Cherryvale, Linda Niver of Independence, and Debbie Osborn of San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Richard, Northrup.

A memorial graveside service was held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2007 in the Neodesha City Cemetery in Neodesha with Reverend Kenny Richards officiating.

The family suggests memorials to Neodesha High School for a student planning to become a Registered Nurse. Contributions may be left with the funeral home, or mailed do David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 209 North Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361. David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

Unknown Newspaper - December 16, 1997

MR. HAROLD B. POND - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

Harold B. Pond, 84, died Tuesday (Dec. 16, 1997) at his home in Sedan.

Mr. Pond was born July 29, 1913, in Uncas, Okla., to Clinton William and Maude (Bidwell) Pond. His early years were spent in the vicinities of Newkirk, Okla., and Arkansas City.

On Oct. 4, 1941, he married Margaret Leonard.

From 1942 to 1945 Mr. Pond served in the U.S. Army 27th Armored Division and saw service in the European Theater. Following his discharge from the service, Mr. Pond was employed for 25 years by Clarkson Construction Co. of Kansas City, Mo., and later worked for Gus Newberg of Chicago, Ill.

In 1977 the Ponds moved to Sedan from Newton, Ill. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Vesper Olive Lodge No. 148, the Order of Eastern Star No. 136 and the First United Methodist Church of Sedan. He held membership in the Sedan Country Club and was a life member of VFW Post 6373 in Sedan.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Jerry C. of Canyon Lake, Calif.; and three grandsons.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Sedan. Burial will follow at Round Mound Cemetery.

Visitation will be until 5 a.m. today, and 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Graves Funeral Home in Caney, and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.

The family has suggested memorials to Hospice Inc., or the First United Methodist Church of Sedan. Memorials may be left with the funeral home.

Sedan Times-Star - April 24, 2002


Margaret Pond, age 84, of Sedan, Kansas died Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in the Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan.

She was born March 11, 1919 in Wauneta, Kansas to Emery and Louise (Hankison) Leonard. She spent her childhood in Wauneta receiving her elementary education there. She attended Cedar Vale High School in Cedar Vale, Kansas until moving to Sedan with her family. She graduated from Sedan High School in 1936. On October 4, 1941 she married Harold Pond in Sedan. Following their marriage, they made their home in Sedan until moving to the Kansas City area in 1947, where they made their home for twenty-five years. Following their retirement, they returned to Sedan in 1977. Mr. Pond preceded her in death in December 1997.

For many years Mrs. Pond was a beautician and manicurist. While living in Illinois, she sold real estate.

Mrs. Pond was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Sedan and a member of the Order of Eastern Star for over fifty years.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Diane Pond, Canyon Lake, CA, and three grandsons, Darin, Ventura, CA, Jeff, Salt Lake City, UT and Richard, Canyon Lake, CA.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2002, in the First United Methodist Church in Sedan with Rev. Jerry Bever officiating. Burial was in the Round Mound Cemetery west of Sedan.

The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church and contributions may be made through the funeral home. David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan was in charge of the arrangements.

Unknown Newspaper - June 4, 1989

MRS. AMY L. PORTER - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

Amy Lee Porter, 63, of Peru, died Sunday (June 4, 1989) in Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.

Mrs. Porter was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Hutchinson to Francis Neil and Lucille (Duvall) Brooks.

On Sept. 24, 1949, she married Charles Edward Porter Sr. in Roswell, N.M. Mr. Porter preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 1979.

Mrs. Porter was a homemaker and a member of the Peru United Methodist Church, Peru Senior Citizens, Golden Rule, United Methodist Women and Sedan VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors include four sons, Charles E. Jr. address unknown, Robert N. of ElDorado, Richard E. of Peru and Thomas S. of Tulsa; two daughters, Carol Lee Porter of Clinton, Mo., Alice M. Pappen of Peru; two brothers, James Brooks of Bartlesville and Jerry Brooks of Viewcrest, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren.

Graveside services were today in the Peru Cemetery under direction of the Graves Baird Funeral Home, Sedan.

The family suggests memorials to the Amercan Cancer Society.

Prairie Star - November 13, 2013


Charles E. Porter, Jr., 57, of Kissee Mills, Mo., died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at his residence.

Charles Edward Porter, Jr. was born Monday, June 11, 1956, in Albuquerque, N. M., to Charles E. and Amy Lee (Brooks) Porter. The family moved to Kansas where Charles graduated from high school in 1974. He then went to work as a pilot and as a mechanic in the oil fields. While visiting Kissee Mills in 1998, he met Diana Keeley. They were married in Eureka Springs, Ark., in 2002. Charles then went to work as an electrician and maintenance in hotels in Branson.

Charles was a ‘good ole fashioned country gentleman’ who was quiet, loving and cared for his friends and family. He enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing and camping. He was an avid Chiefs Football fan. He was of the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

He is survived by his wife Diana of Kissee Mills; two sons, Steven Porter of Phillipsburg, Kan., Daniels Porter and wife, Laura of Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Amanda Morris and husband, Damien of El Dorado, Kan., Elisabeth Gunter and husband, Trent of El Dorado; three brothers, Rick Porter and wife, Dorthy of Peru, Kan., Robert Porter and wife Paulette of El Dorado, Tommy Porter and wife, Patti of Coffeyville, Kan.; two sisters, Alice Pappen of Peru, Carol Lee Porter of Clinton, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Ava and Aliva Morris, Dylon and Kristen Walker, Channing, Meia and Tylor Gunter, Lilly Porter and a granddaughter on the way; and one great-granddaughter, Amelia Walker.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Peru Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth, Mo.

The Sedan Times-Star - September 26, 1979


Military Rites for Charles E. Porter
Charles E. Porter, 61, or rural Peru, was dead on arrival at the Sedan City hospital Wednesday, Sept. 19.

He was born Jan. 21, 1918 in Owensburg, Ind., to Homer and Leota Ann Porter. He was a resident of Peru for 16 years. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran.

He was married to Amy Lee Brooks Sept. 24. 1949, in Roswell. N. Mex.

He was a machinist for the Funk Manufacturing Company Plant in Coffeyville. He formerly operated the Standard Service Station in Peru.

Survivors include his wife, Amy; two daughters, Miss Carol Porter of Windsor, Mo., and Mrs. Alice (Bobby) Pappan of Sedan; four sons, Charles E. Porter jr. (Chuckie) of Lahoma, Okla., Robert Neil Porter, Richard Eugene Porter, and Thomas Scott Porter, all of the home; his father, F. N. Brooks of Sedan; two grandchildren; two sisters. Mrs. Edna Baker of Bedford, Ind., and Mrs. Betty Ottenger of Fairland, Ind. and one brother, William R. Porter of Bedford, Ind.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Graves-Baird Chapel in Sedan.

Military services were in charge of a special uniformed group from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1201.

(By a Journal Correspondent) February 15, 1933


William E. Post Is Dead at Sedan
Retired Farmer Had Lived in Chautauqua County 45 Years; Funeral to Be Held Friday.
Sedan, Feb. 15. - William E. Post, retired farmer and forty-five years a resident of Chautauqua county, died shortly after noon today in the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Wendt, in the southwestern part of Sedan, following a lingering illness. He had been in failing health for the last seven years, and for three years had been semi-invalid.

Beside. his daughter, Mr. Post leaves a granddaughter, Weltha Mae Wendt of Sedan, and a brother Charles Post of Mound Valley. Mr. Post held membership in the Baptist church here, and was active as a worker in its behalf before failing health forced his retirement, while he also was a member of the Sedan Masonic lodge. He formerly lived on a farm seven miles southwest of here.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon in the Baptist church here, with the pastor, the Rev, J. Wayne Pinson, in charge. The Baird-Westlake funeral home will be in charge of the interment in Greenwood cemetery, beside the body of Mrs. Post, who died twelve years ago.

Sedan Times-Star - January 31, 2007


Billie C. Potter, 78, formerly of Sedan, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007 in Madison, Ala.

He was born Oct. 31, 1928 at Elgin to Leon and Lettie (Johnson) Potter. He grew up in Chautauqua County, attending school at Elgin and Chautauqua graduating from Chautauqua High School in 1946.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

On April 2, 1953 he married M. Elouise Stephens at Sedan. Following their marriage they lived in Oklahoma where Bill was employed by Phillips Petroleum managing service stations, they later returned to Sedan where he operated Bill’s Texaco for several years, until returning to school and receiving a degree in drafting. After completing drafting school he accepted a position with Litwin Corp., in Wichita as Drafting Engineer working on oil refinery projects throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries, He retired in 1987 and they returned to the Sedan area where they lived until moving to Madison, Ala., in 2006.

Bill was a member of the First Christian Church in Sedan and Vesper-Olive Masonic Lodge #136 in Sedan.

Survivors include his wife, Elouise of the home in Madison; two sons, Dwight Potter of Madison, and Duane Potter of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Sharon Anderson of Kansas City; two brothers, Johnnie Potter of Sperry, Okla., and Larry Potter of Cushing, Okla.; two sisters, Mildred Freeman of Sedan, and Marietta Sumter of Glencoe, Okla.; twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Karen Dechant in 1992, and one brother, Franidin Potter.

Services were at 2 p,m. Monday, Jan. 29 in the First Christian Church in Sedan with Rev. Penny Goldberg and Rev. Orel Newbrey officiating. Burial will be in Moore Prairie Cemetery west of Sedan.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, contributions may be left with the funeral home.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

Sedan Times-Star - February 13, 2002


Carrie Marie Potter, age 87, of Sedan, Kansas, died Monday morning, February 4, 2002, in Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan.

She was born October 15, 1914 in Wichita, KS to Abner and Carrie (Thompson) Darnall. As a young child, she moved to Chautauqua County with her family. She attended school at Jonesburg, Chautauqua and Elgin. She was a graduate of Elgin High School. On October 16, 1933, she married Harry Potter in Sedan. Following their marriage, they made their home in the Chautauqua County area, where they farmed and ranched. Mr. Potter preceded his wife in death in 1971.

Mrs. Potter was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sedan.

Survivors include one daughter, Ethel (Potter) McGill, Independence, KS, three sons, Jack Potter, Yuma, AZ, Fred Potter, Princeton, KS and Jim Potter, Coffeyville, KS, nine grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren, in addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, one was her twin sister, Cora Mae, and two brothers.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Fcbruary 8, 2002, in the First United Methodist Church in Sedan with Reverend Jerry Bever officiating and Brad Loyd assisting. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan, who was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or Chautauqua County Home Health Department. Contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W. Barnes Funeral Home, Box 7, Sedan, KS 67361.

Sedan Times-Star - September 5, 1963

MR. JAMES L. POTTER - Submitted by Curtis Huffman

J. L. Potter Dies Suddenly Sunday
James Leon Potter, 59, a Chautauqua resident most of his life and retired owner-operator of the Potter Oil Co. there, died at his home in Chautauqua Sunday. He had been in failing health several years.

Funeral services were conducted in Oak Hill Cemetery at Chautauqua, under direction of the Graves-Bair Funeral Home.

Born in Osage County, Okla., Nov. 26, 1903, he spent his childhood there, coming to Chautauqua county as a young man. He married Lettie Johnson in 1922 at Sedan. He retired from business about five years ago.

He was a member of the Methodist church and the Masonic Lodge at Elgin and Wichita Consistory. Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Bob Freeman of Peru, and Mrs. Delbert Sumter of Ponca City; four sons, Franklin of Salisbury, John of Bartlesville, Bill of Sedan, and Larry of the home; 19 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Thelma Sanford of Joplin, Mo., and Mrs. Teresia Hassard of Winfield; three brothers, Loren Potter of Caney, Oliver Potter of Sedan and Harry Potter of Elgin.

Sedan Times-Star - March 28, 1990

MRS. MARY POTTER - Submitted by Ilene Mullendore Butler

Mary F. Potter, age 95, died Tuesday, March 20, 1990 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla. She was born on Nov. 21, 1894 to Warrick and Eva (Goodwin) Sturges in Moline.

On Dec. 20, 1915, she married Edgar A. Potter in Prineville, Oregon. They moved to Sedan in 1928 coming from Moline. Mrs. Potter was a homemaker and was a member of the Christian Church of Sedan. She was also a member of the Friendship Club and the Dorcas Quilting Clubs of Sedan.

Mary Potter is survived by one son, Richard R. Potter of Sedan; two daughters, Irene Kearns of Winfleld, and Ella Mae Denick of Alamogordo, N.M.; one brother, Paul Sturges of Sedan; and 12 grandchildren and 22 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 3, 1984; one infant son, one daughter, two brothers, two sisters, and step mother, Pearl Sturges.

Services for Mary F. Potter were held Friday, Mar. 23 at the Sedan Christian Church at 2:00 p.m. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery at Sedan. The family has requested that a Memorial be given to the Christian Church of Sedan.

Sedan Times-Star - December 03, 2003


PERU - Mr. Carnegie Woodrow Powell, Jr., 57, resident of Peru, Kan. died at 2:25 a.m. on Wednesday in the Pleasant Valley Manor Nursing Home at Sedan after a lengthy illness.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel in Bartlesville, Okla., with Rev. Harold Tucker of Sedan officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Stumpif Funeral Home.

Mr. Powell was born Oct. 4, 1946 at Bartlesville, Okla. to Carnegie Woodrow and Mickey Jean (Cole) Powell, Sr. He was raised and received his education in Bartlesville. Mr. Powell started his business, Powell Painting, in 1969 in Bartlesville, which he operated with his son until his retirement in 1994. He later began buying, selling and restoring antiques. Mr. Powell enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Jo Powell of the home, one son, Stacy Woodrow Powell, Bartlesville, Okla., two daughters, Kimberly Jo Gailey and husband, Matthew, Ochelata, Okla. and Tracy Rebecca Lacy and husband, Mike, Bartlesville, Okla., one sister, Rita Sue Leonard, Lancing, Mich. and nine grandchildren. Mr. Powell was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronnie Curtis Powell.

Unknown Newspaper - November 1, 1997

MRS. OLA E. POWELL - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

Ola Edith (McCasland) Powell, 104, died at 4:40 a.m., Saturday, (Nov. 1, 1997), in Sedan, Kan.

A native of Kansas, she was born on April 11, 1893, near Wauneta, Kan. She was the daughter of Presley and Etta (Johnson) McCasland, early-day farmers in the Wauneta community. She received her education at Cleveland and Elgin, Kan.

On June 4, 1911, she and Delbert Samuel Powell were married in Sedan and they established their first home in Elgin. In 1929, they moved to Bowring, Okla. Mr. Powell was employed with the Osage County Highway Department for more than 30 years at the time of his retirement in 1960. He preceded her in death on April 18, 1974, in Sedan. Mrs. Powell has continued living in Sedan in retirement since then.

Surviving Mrs. Powell are her daughter, Etta Lavina Blount of Sedan; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 19 greatgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Delbert and A. H. "Buster" Powell; two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at the Peru United Methodist Church with interment at Greenwood Cemetery at Sedan.

She will lie in state in the Drawing Rooms of the Arnold Moore Funeral Residence where friends may call for their visitation until she is removed for services and final rites on Tuesday.

Prairie Star - October 1, 2014


Wayne D. “Dutch” Powell, age 95, of Sedan, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at the Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan.

He was born Oct. 3, 1918 in Elgin to Oscar Powell and Ruth (King) Powell. He grew up in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School in 1938. After high school he played semiprofessional baseball in the Elgin and surrounding areas until he enlisted in the United States Army where he served four years during World War II. He received two purple hearts and a Bronze Star. On July 31, 1945 he was honorably discharged.

On Sept. 15, 1946 he married Barbara Jean McSpadden in Sedan. They made their home in the Sedan area all of their married life. Wayne worked as a roustabout and pumper for Denman Oil and various other oil companies. He also owned and operated his own oil production, before his retirement he worked as a machinist at Funk Manufacturing in Coffeyville.

He was preceded in death by his wife on March 25, 2014.

Wayne was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. He was a member of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Sedan; a member of the Caney Masonic Lodge #324 of Caney, a member of the Mirza Shrine Temple of Pittsburg; as well as a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion in Sedan; he also enjoyed coaching baseball for many years.

Survivors include his two daughters, Annette McMillin and husband David of Independence and Kimberly Schmidt of Spring Hill; one son, Larry Powell and wife Cindy of Sedan; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two children, Russell Wayne Powell and Paula Jean (Powell) Boulanger, his parents, and numerous brothers and sisters.

Church services were held Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Sedan with The Reverend Foster Mays officiating. Burial followed at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan.

The family has suggested memorials to the Sedan Baseball Association or the Epiphany Episcopal Church and contributions may be left in care of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh. com. David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

Unknown Newspaper - September 12, 2011

MR. DALE R. POWERS - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

Dale R. Powers, 72, of Sedan, died Monday at his home.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date. Potts Chapel of Independence is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Powers was born Nov. 6, 1938 in Independence, the son of Elmer Powers and Elsie (Botts) Powers.

He worked as a truck driver, most recently for Transwood until ill health forced him to retire.

He married Helen Poe and she preceded,him in death.

He married Marilyn Ruth and she died March 2. 2009.

Mr. Powers As survived by three sons, Dean Powers, of Cherryvale, Vernon Powers, of Independence, and Kelly Powers, of Booneville, Ark.: two daughters, Gayle Clark, of Independence, and Brenda Hannah, of Parsons; a sister, BJ Bayless, of Independence; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Sedan Times-Star - August 20, 2008


Ebbert G. Powers, age 87, passed away August 16, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on Aug. 12, 1921 in Hulah, Okla., and graduated from Chautauqua High School in 1939.

After high school, E.G. traveled and worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and proudly served with The Flying Tigers during WWII in China, Burma, and India. He later became a successful farmer and rancher in southeastern Kansas.

E. G. worked in civil service in Kansas, Alabama, and then Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty (Ryan) Powers in 2005.

He was a lifetime member of the Vesper-Olive Masonic Lodge #136 A.F. & A.M. of Sedan.

He is survived by two sons, Jarard G. Powers and Ronald E. Powers, both of Devine, Texas; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008 at Viola Cemetery in Viola, Kan., with the Rev. Shirley Barnum of the Viola Presbyterian Church officiating.

A memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be sent to the Ebersole Mortuary, P.O. Box 156, Conway Springs, KS 67031.

Sedan Times-Star - April 30, 2003


SEDAN - Lyle Ambrose Powers, 90, of Sedan, Kan. died Sunday morning, April 27, 2003, in his home.

He was born Aug. 7, 1912 in Newton County, Mo. to John Clementine and Nettie Louise (Wilihite) Powers. He grew up and attended school in the Pleasant Grove Community in McDonald County, Mo.

On Feb. 9, 1935, he married Mildred Johnson at El Dorado, Kan. Following their marriage, they made their home near Augusta, Kan., before moving to rural Sedan in 1943. In the early 1950’s, they moved to western Kansas, where they farmed. They returned to a farm northeast of Sedan in 1970 and moved to their current home south of Sedan in 1979.

Mr. Powers was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sedan.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred, of the home, one daughter, Patricia Hart, Sedan, Kan., two sisters, Tressa Myers, Augusta, Kan. and Mary Dean January, Shell Knob, Mo., 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Alan Duane Powers, and two grandchildren.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2003, in the First Baptist Church in Sedan, with Pastor Charles Klassen and the Rev. Dois Nix officiating. Burial was held in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan.

The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church in Sedan.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan was in charge of the arrangements.

Prairie Star - March 11, 2009


Marilyn Ruth Powers, age 69, of Sedan, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009 at her residence in Sedan.

She was born June 4, 1939 in Pueblo, Colo., to James Edward and Orril L. (Fisher) Collins. She grew up in Wichita. She attended and graduated from Wichita East High School.

She married Dale Powers on March 21, 1981 in Stroud, Okla. They moved to Sedan in May of 1985.

She loved crocheting, sewing and fishing. She loved all of her animals, especially her dogs.

She is survived by her husband Dale Powers of the home in Sedan; her mother, Orril Colins; four step-children, Dean Allen Powers, Vernon Leroy Powers, Kelly Kay Powers, and Gayle Juanita Clark; two sisters, Dorothy Jean Wilson and Linda Lou Walker, sixteen grandchildren and six great-gprandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and one son.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

Sedan Times-Star - March 22, 1978

MRS. MAVIS POWERS - Submitted by Freida Wells

Services Friday For Mavis Powers
Funeral services for Mavis B. Powers will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Graves-Baird Chapel. Rev. Wana T. Archer, pastor of the First Baptist church of Woodward, Okla., will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

She died Tuesday in a Woodward hospital following a short illness. Mrs. Powers, the daughter of Robert and Eleanor (Copple) Hutton, was born in Sedan. She was married to Emery F. Powers and they lived in Sedan until about 20 years ago. They have recently made their home at Seiling, Okla. She was a member of the Sedan First Baptist church. Mrs. Powers is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Linda Beason of Woodward, Okla., and a son, Robert Powers of Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Prairie Star - January 16, 2013


Mildred Aileen Powers, 97 of Sedan passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Sedan City Hospital in Sedan. She was born on June 1, 1915, in Greenville, Texas, to Wynn and Rosie A. (Temple) Johnson. She lived in Texas before moving near Augusta, Kan. She attended school in Oil Hill and El Dorado, Kan.

On Feb. 9, 1935, she married Lyle A. Powers in El Dorado. They later moved to Augusta, Sedan, and then Hugoton and finally back to Sedan where they lived for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 27, 2003. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sedan where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years. She also was a member of the Tuesday Study Club and the ABW Circle; her hobbies included bird watching, crossword puzzles and scrabble.

She is survived by one daughter; Patricia Darlene Hart of Sedan; one brother, Ernest B. Johnson of Bartlesville, Okla.; one sister, Mary Lou Page of Shidler, Okla.; fourteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Alan Duane Powers, three brothers, and one sister.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sedan with Reverend Gene DeWitt officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan.

Memorials have been suggested to the First Baptist Church of Sedan and contributions may be left in care of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361. To view the obituary or leave a message for the family please go to David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

Sedan Times-Star - September 19, 2001


Robert Lelan Powers was born January 1,1940 in Caney, Kansas to Samuel and Mavid Mitchell. Bob was raised in Sedan, Kansas by his mother and adoptive father, Emery Powers.

While serving in the US Navy, Bob married his childhood sweetheart, Janice Buttel, on May 2, 1958. He and Janice grew to love the islands while stationed in Hawaii. Through the years, they maintained steadfast friendships with fellow shipmates who served on the USS Jenkins and Maui remained their favorite vacation get away. Bob retired in 1996 after thirty-one years as an Engineer with Ford Motor Company. He and Janice moved to Louisburg, KS to be closer to their two sons. Bob owned and operated RPM Computers.

Bob's passing on September 13, 2001 leaves our world without a light..a light which brightened the lives of all who knew him. Aloha

Bob is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Janice, sons, Robert and wife, Debbie, Mark and wife, Rhonda, all of Louisburg, KS, grandchildren, Jami Houk, Lee's Summit, MO, Nancy Thomas, Freeman, MO, Shane Powers, Doug Powers, James Mitchell Powers, all of Louisburg, KS, great grandchildren, Drew and Chase Houk, sisters, Linda Beason, Crystal Lake, OK, Karren Mitchell, Bermuda Dunes, CA and Kathy Schramm, San Clemente, CA and stepmother, Darlene Mitchell, Oceanside, CA.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Louisburg, KS with Rev. Charles Klassen officiating. Pall bearers will be Don Houk, Shane Powers, Gary Meacham, Bo Thomas, Mark Zupka and Doug Sharp. Honorary pall bearers will be Mike Connley and Richard Clark. Burial will be in the Louisburg Cemetery.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions to the New York Fire 911 Relief Fund, LAFF General Secretary-Treasurer's Office, Attn: New York Fire 911 Relief Fund, 1750 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006-5395.

Prairie Star - July 3, 2013


Joan Jean Prather, age 72, a resident of Walnut Creek, Calif., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. She was born on Jan. 3, 1941 the daughter of Lloyd and Mary (Towner) Prather.

Joan was a graduate of Sedan High School class of 1959. She earned her RN degree from the School of Nursing in Wichita. Joan then joined the United States Air Force and served in Cam Ranh Bay during the Vietnam War. Before completing her tour of duty in the Air Force she earned the rank of Captain. Later she worked for Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, Calif., and retired from there as the Supervisor of Nurses for the Intensive Care Unit. Joan was a member of the American Baptist Church.

She is survived by one brother Fred White and his wife Tina of Sedan, one nephew Scott White and his wife Jamie of Ottawa, Kan., two nieces Ginny Krenzin and her husband Jeremy of Louisville, Ken., and Jana Joan Milligan and her husband Jim of Cleveland, Ohio, four great nieces and two great nephews.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Longton Cemetery with Pastor John Warring officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the Sedan Alumni Class of 1959 or Disabled American Veterans and may be sent to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh. com. Arrangements are entrusted to Countryside-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Howard.

Sedan Times-Star - November 29, 2000


Mary Dulcena Prather, 100 years of age, of Sedan, Kansas, died Friday, November 17, 2000, at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas. She was born June 29, 1900 at Bancroft, IA to Fred G. and Viola (Davidson) Parker. She was a Homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

On July 17, 1921 at Independence, KS, she and Timothy Gillett Prather were united in marriage. He preceded her in death on September 1, 1985. Other survivors include one daughter, Helen M. Simpler of Junction City, KS, three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, 2000, at 11:00 a.m. in the Graves-Baird Chapel in Sedan. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan. Rev. Michael Pionkowski officiated. Graves-Baird Funeral Home in Sedan was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials in her name have been established with the Chautauqua County Home Health Service or USD #286 Educational Foundation. Any contributions may be left at the funeral home.

Unknown Newspaper - July 4, 1990

MRS. NELLIE PRATHER - Submitted by FofFG - A.W.

SEDAN - Nellie Prather, 95, a former resident of Sedan, died Wednesday in Tioga, N.D.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Peru Cemetery. Graves-Baird Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Prather was born June 16, 1895, in Fordville, Mo., to Edward C. and Mary (Fuller) Nelson.

She was married on Nov. 19, 1912, to Ralph A. Prather at Sedan. He died in 1963.

They lived in various areas in Oklahoma, Wyoming and Montana before moving to Tioga in 1951, where they established the R.A. Prather and Sons Well Servicing Co.

She was a Sunday school teacher and charter member of the Tioga First Baptist Church and Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include three sons, Clyde Prather, Henderson, Nev., Ed Prather, Tioga, and Richard Prather, San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Norma Adam, Buffalo, Wyo.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The Newton Kansan - November 30, 2000

MRS. HAZEL PRESTON - Submitted by Jerry Jackson

HOWARD -- Hazel Preston, 92, homemaker, died Wednesday (Nov. 29, 2000).

Survivors include: three sons, Fred Preston and Orvan Preston, both of Howard, and Dennis Preston of Newton; six daughters, Norma Salisbury of Howard, Joyce Lord of Wichita, Dorothy Walta of Bonner Springs, Ruth Preston of Newton, Sue Wacker of Lansing and Stella DeWitt of Howard; a half-brother, Bob Greenwood of Howard; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Howard.
Burial will be in Cresco Cemetery in Elk County.

Memorials have been established with First Baptist Church of Howard in care of the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard, 206 E. Washington.

Sedan Times-Star - January 18, 2005


Patricia Preston died from injuries received in an automobile accident near Severy, Kansas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006. A complete obituary will be printed in next week’s newspaper.

Funeral services are pending with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Sedan Times-Star - May 18, 1950

MISS MARY E. PREVO - Submitted by anonymous

Obit: Mary Emma Prevo, daughter of Elisha and Cynthia Ann Prevo born in Fountain County, Indiana Sept. 20, 1864 and departed this life May 8, 1950 at the age of 85 years, 7 months and 18 days.

Her father departed this life when she was 2 years old and her mother was united in marriage to William Allen. She loved her stepfather the same as her own father. She spent part of girlhood days in Illinois and later moved to Kansas in 1880. She made her home with her parents until the death of her mother, then she lived alone in her home near her sister, Mrs. John White, who with her husband always looked after her. She passed away at their home after two days of illness. Two sisters, Mrs. Charolette White and Mrs. Rinda Lyon were at her bedside when the end came.

She was converted and baptized into the Church of Christ under the preaching of Bro. P. B. Bays at the Liberty school house. She lived a devoted Christian life and attended services as long as she was able to go.

One brother, Frank E. Allen and one sister Margaret Randall preceded her in death, also her stepfather and mother.

She leaves to mourn her departure four sisters, Mrs. Nora Guthrie, Mrs. Alma Rinda Lyon, Charolette White all of Cedar Vale, Mrs. Geneva Myers of Sedan and one brother John S. Allen of Oliver Hurst, Calif., several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held in the Round Mound church Wednesday, May 10, with Bro. W. C. Neal of the Cedar Vale Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in Round Mound Cemetery.

Prairie Star - October 26, 2011


Dean L. Price, 77, of McPherson, passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at McPherson Hospital. Dean Price was born Jan. 13, 1934, in Arkansas City to John Bryan and Marie Lydia (Morgan) Price. He graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Price married Alma U. Lindquist on Dec. 22, 1952, in Chanute. He worked for Farmer's Alliance Mutual Insurance Co. for 34 years and retired as an assistant claims manager in 1996. He was a member of the American Legion Post 24, McPherson Hospital Volunteer Services, International Association of Arson Investigators and Mid-Kansas Claims Association.

He was preceded in death by one brother and five sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Alma, of the home; daughters Gaylene Butler and husband Gary of Lindsborg, Kan, Carla Palmer and husband Mark of Peru, and Pamela Clark and husband Neal of Lenexa, Kan; brothers John Wayne Price and wife Shirlene of Arkansas City and Jerry Lee Price and wife Naomi of Oxford; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at Stockham Family Funeral Home in McPherson. Interment will be in Crestwood Memorial Park in McPherson. Memorials are designated for McPherson Hospital Volunteer Services or Hospice Care of Kansas and may be made through the funeral home, Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

Caney Chronicle September 7, 1985

MRS. ETHEL PRICE - Submitted by Charlotte Lamb Bennett

Death Claims Ethel Price, 85
Mrs. Ethel Price, 803 N. Fawn, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 1985, in the Caney Municipal Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Graves Memorial Chapel with Rev. Rick Weatherford officiating. Burial was in the Sunnyside Cemetery.

C. Ethel Price was born Oct. 29, 1899, in Havana, Ks and she lived in the Caney area all her life. On Dec. 29. 1918 she was married to Oscar Price and he survives at the home. Mrs. Price worked for many years at the Elliott Grocery in Caney. She was an active member of the Jewell Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Randall (Betty) Etter, Caney, and a son, Gene Price, Kansas City, MO. Also surviving are a brother Frank Ikerd, and a sister, Mrs. Bertha Hilliard, Caney. Six-grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by both parents and two brothers.

Memorials are being made in her memory to the American Heart Association. The Graves Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Sedan Times-Star - August 17, 2005


Craig Elliott Pritchard, 52, died peacefully Friday, July 15, 2005, of cancer in Lake Isabella, Calif. Craig was born on Dec. 20, 1952, in Kansas City, Kan. He was the son of Irene Elliott Pritchard-Oakes and Charles Sherman Pritchard, II. Craig spent his younger years growing up in Pasadena, Calif., where he graduated from Pasadena High School and attended Pasadena City College. Although he resided in Los Angeles County for the majority of his life, he gained his love of country life as a child spending his summer vacations on his grandfather’s farm in Sedan, Kan. He was the grandson of James A. Elliott.

Craig and his wife, Rosemary, resided in Kemville, Calif. for the last nine years, where he was the sole-proprietor of a recreational vehicle sales business. He loved the natural beauty of the Kern River area surrounding their home and particularly the local fishing. Craig and his sense of humor will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by is father, Charles Sherman Pritchard, II of Memphis, Tenn. He is survived by his mother, Irene Elliott Pritchard-Oakes of Arcadia, Calif.; his loving wife of 24 years, Rosemary Pritchard; his son and daughter-in-law, Banning, Calif., Craig Bradford Pritchard and Michelle Pritchard; his brother, Charles Sherman Pritchard, III, Arcadia, Calif.; his sisters, Suzanne Wernicke and Janet Quigley, Irvine, Calif.; four grandsons, two nieces,; and two nephews.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 23, 2005, in Lake Isabella, Calif. Burial services followed at the Kern River Valley Cemetery, Wofford Heights, Calif. Donations may be sent in Craig’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

Prairie Star - September 24, 2014


Irene Careta Elliott Pritchard-Oakes, of Arcadia, Calif., died on Aug. 21, 2014 in Irvine, Calif.

She was born in Wauneta, Kan., on April 28, 1924, the daughter of James Aaron Elliott and Ollie Mae Burdette Elliott.

She was raised in Chautauqua County along with her two brothers and four sisters. Her education began in a one room school house. She graduated from Sedan High School in 1941 and then attended Pittsburg State Teachers College for one year where she joined the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

Thereafter she went to live with her sisters, Freda and Imo Jean, in Wichita and took a job with Cessna. Soon afterwards she became a TWA stewardess and enjoyed her flying career.

She met and married Charles Sherman Pritchard II on Sept. 11, 1945 and retired from flying to start her family in February of 1947. After having two daughters and two sons in Kansas City, they moved their family to Pasadena, Calif., in 1953. When Irene and Charles’ marriage ended in 1961 she devoted herself to raising her four children. She pursued her Real Estate Broker’s license and opened her own business, PAT Properties, in partnership with her sister, Freda Elliott Terrill, and Louise Anthony. She was an active member of the California Board of Realtors and the Foothill Apartment Association.

In 1971, she began working for the County of Los Angeles as a property evaluator. Simultaneously, she maintained her hand in real estate and completed her Associates in Arts degree at Pasadena City College. She retired in 1986 and avidly pursued her social involvement in the TWA Clipped Wings International Organization, Tri Sigma Sorority, Arroyo Seco Women’s Golf Club and Soroptimist Club.

Irene married Howard Geyer Oakes, a longtime friend, on March 25, 1990. They enjoyed traveling and many social activities together up until his death on June 19, 2001. Shortly after celebrating her 90th birthday, Irene succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease surrounded by the love of her family. She leaves a legacy of devotion to her children.

She is preceded in death by: her father, James Aaron Elliott; her mother, Ollie May Burdett Elliott; her sisters, Charolette Uva Elliott, Beatrice Edith Elliott, Freda Gayle Elliott Terrill, and Imo Jean Harriett Elliott Carter; her brothers, Ralph Darrel Elliott and Dallas Wayne Elliott; her husband, Howard Geyer Oakes; and her son Craig Elliott Pritchard.

She is survived by: her son, Charles Sherman Pritchard III; daughter, Suzanne Lee Pritchard Wernicke and her son-in-law, Peter Heinz Wernicke; daughter, Janet Jean Pritchard Quigley; niece, Linda Gayle Carter Heath; and nephew, Mitchell Kent Carter; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Care was entrusted to Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park and Mortuary, Costa Mesa, Calif. Memorial Services will be held Sept. 27, 2014 at The Santa Anita Church, Arcadia, Calif. Interment of cremains will be at Bellknap Cemetery, Sedan. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, The American Cancer Society, or USO.

Sedan Times-Star - November 7, 2001


Willie Mae Pritchard passed away Friday, October 26, 2001 at her home in Longton. She was 63 years of age. Billie, as she was known, was born on July 2, 1938 at Anniston, Alabama to Myrtice and Lucille (Stephens) Daugherty. She attended Blue Mountain School and grew to womanhood in Anniston.

Billie lived in Columbus, Georgia for a brief time before moving to Phoenix City, Alabama in 1958. She later moved to Valdosta, Georgia where she married Marion Charles Pritchard on May 9, 1980. In 1988 she moved to Elk City, Kansas and has lived in Longton since 1996. Billie devoted her life to caring for her family.

She attended the Christian Community Church in Longton.

She is survived by her husband, Marion of Valdosta, Georgia; her daughters, Shannon Pritchard and Betty Petty, both of Longton and Janie Morgan of Panama City, Florida; her brothers, Joe Daugherty of Elk City and James Daugherty of Phoenix City, Alabama; her sisters, Sander Hampton of Smith, Alabama and Mildred Daugherty of Crawford, Alabama; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at the Simpson Cemetery near Elk City, Kansas with Bishop W. Don Cragun of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Independence, Kansas officiating. A memorial has been established with the Christian Community Church of Longton. The funeral arrangements are being made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.

Sedan Times-Star - March 9, 1911


John. Probst, a painter of Cedar Vale, died Feb. 23 at El Paso, Texas, where he had gone to try to get relief from tuberculosis. A wife survives him and his brother, Ram Probst lives at Cedar Vale. He was 35 years old. The funeral and interment was at El Paso.

Prairie Star - February 5, 2014


Karen (Crum) Proctor, 69, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Elgin Methodist Church in Elgin, Kan. Burial will follow in the Boulanger Family Cemetery.

Karen received her Master’s degree in biology from Pittsburg State University and taught biology in both Kansas and Georgia. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and her favorite hobbies were genealogy, attending Native American cultural events and hunting for treasures at garage sales.

Karen is survived by her husband, Bob; children, Amanda Proctor of Skiatook, Okla.; Brian Proctor (Erin) of Braintree, Mass.; and Susan Kneeland (Brian) of Wichita, Kan.; siblings, Galen Crum (Sara) of Salina, Kan., and Keith Crum (Deborah) of Georgia; grandchildren, Grayson, Amory, Rhett, Wyatt and Emmett. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Crum and Nellie Russell.

Sedan Times Star - 9 November 1988, Sedan, Kansas

MRS. VENA PROPER - Submitted by Freida Wells.

Vena Proper of Sedan died Saturday, Oct 29. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 1. Note: Vena was married to Olin “Shorty” Proper, April 10, 1929 in Independence, Kansas, they had no children. Vena was born January 12, 1910 in Sedan, Kansas the daughter of Phillip Edward Copple and Nettie Jane (Taylor) Copple. Grandparents were John Alexander and Sarah Ann (Jobe) Copple.

Sedan Times Star - 3 August 1988, Sedan, Kansas

MR. OLIN PROPER - Submitted by Freida Wells.

Olin “Shorty” Proper, 81 died Sunday at Jane Phillips Medical Center at Bartlesville. Graveside services were conducted at Greenwood Cemetery Wednesday morning. Graves Funeral Home at Caney was in charge. A memorial has been established in his name to the Pleasant Valley Manor Nursing Home.

Olin Proper was born April 6, 1907, at Flemington, Mo., to George G. and Bertha (Burrton) Proper. On April 10, 1929 at Independence he was married to Vena Copple. He was a trader, buying for a cattle company.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home, is a nephew, Francis D. Proper of Warrensburg, Mo.

The Hutchinson News & Sedan Times-Star - August 03, 1914

MR. ARTHUR PROVOLT - Submitted by John Henderson

THE HUTCHINSON NEWS---Monday, August 3, 1914 NECK WAS BROKEN, LIVED 75 HOURS, ARTHUR PROVOLT, VICTIM OF RUNAWAY ACCIDENT, DIED LAST NIGHT.---Arthur Provolt whose neck was broken Friday in a runaway accident near Haviland last Friday and who was brought to the Stewart Hospital died there last night, after having lived more than seventy-five hours after the accident. He was 43 years old and was married. His sister who accompanied him here will take the body to Wauneta, the old home for burial. (Died 8/2/1914)

(SEDAN TIMES STAR)---HIS NECK BROKEN IN A RUNAWAY----Through the kindness of relatives we give to readers a clipping from a Hutchinson paper concerning the accidental death of Arthur Provolt, a brother of Mrs. T. R. Henderson, of Wauneta, and who was well known to Sedan and Wauneta people.

The clipping: Arthur Provolt, who was terribly mangled in a runaway at Haviland Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, died at the Stewart Hospital, Sunday night at 10:15. He had been cut about the head and shoulders and his neck was broken. This last injury was not discovered until Provolt had been brought to Hutchinson to the hospital. Provolt was working for Melvin Davis, a farmer, living three miles from Haviland. He was driving a seven horse team to a disc plow when they became frightened and run away. He was thrown beneath the steel discs and sustained a cut all the way across the head. The frame of the plow hit him in such a way as to shift the vertebrae of the spinal cord column a few inches below the neck. It was thought Provolt's cuts had paralyzed him from the shoulder down, but when he was brought to the hospital here it was found his neck was broken. He arrived here Sunday morning at 12:40 and lived until Sunday night. His sister, Mrs. Lura Henderson of Wauneta, Kansas, arrived about an hour after he had died. She will take the remains to Wauneta this morning for burial there.

Provolt was a bachelor and owned a claim in Stevens County, near Moscow. He had rented it and was working for Davis. Mrs. Henderson was prostrated yesterday because of the accident, while she stayed at the home of an old time friend, Mrs. Charles Harmon, of 414 Avenue B, West. Davis, the man for whom Provolt was working , and a neighbor, brought the injured man to Hutchinson.

Note: David Arthur Provolt, born June 30, 1871 at Clinton County, MO was a brother of my grandmother Lura Jane Provolt Henderson. Buried Rosedale Cemetery, West of Hewins. Presented by John Max Henderson

Sedan Times-Star - February 13, 2008


Clifford Ray "Butch" Prudhomme, age 51, of rural Peru, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 at his residence.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 at the New Life Baptist Church in Chautauqua. Lunch will be served before the service at the Senior Citizens Center in Chautauqua.

Friends may sign the register Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Sedan.

Memorials are suggested to the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter and they may be left with the funeral home.

Mr. Prudhomme was born Feb. 23, 1956, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Allen and Lorrene (Nichols) Prudhomme. He attended schools in Moline, Grenola and Halstead.

On Sept. 25, 1999, in Eureka Springs, Ark., he married Jackie McCarty, and she survives.

Mr. Prudhomme worked with the Amino Brothers Inc., a road construction company.

Other survivors include a son, Austin McCarty, Peru, a daughter, Brandee Prudhomme, Coffeyville; his mother, Lori O'Dell, Howard; father and stepmother, Al and Shelly Prudhomme, Sevierville, Tenn.; a brother Scott Prudhomme, Dewey, Okla.; two stepbrothers, Mike and Tony Prudhomme, both of Waterford,m Mich.: and four grandchildren.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan is in charge of arrangements

Sedan Times Star - September 1957

MR. BURGESS PUCKETT - Submitted by Freida Wells

Gun Mishap Kills Burgess Puckett
Burgess Puckett, 42, of Wichita, was killed Thursday of last week by an accidental shotgun wound. Mr. Puckett of 3209 S. Clifton, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Puckett of Sedan.

Mr. Puckett was one time a resident of Sedan. He was employed at Boeing. Services were held Friday in the Broadway Mortuary in Wichita, with burial in the Sunset Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of the home, and three sons, David 6, Herbie 12 and Madison 16; four sisters, Mrs. Ralph Forbes of Sedan, Mrs. Lee Kocher of Winfield, Mrs. Lee Howe of Kingman, and Mrs. Mary Alice Null of Sedan; one brother Leroy Puckett of Texas.

(Note: Burgess was born April 18, 1912 in Elgin, Kansas and died September 3, 1957 in Wichita, Kansas. Freida Wells, niece)

Sedan Times Star - 10 September 1959

MR. EDDIE CLARENCE PUCKETT - Submitted by Freida Wells

E. C. Puckett Dies Last Week
Funeral services were held at 2:30 Sunday September 6 at the Baird Funeral Home for Eddie Clarence Puckett, 77, who died at Hays Hospital in Cedar Vale, September 3 after a long illness. Father Max Tracy of the Episcopal Church officiated. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Puckett was born July 6, 1882 in Lawrence County, Mo. He attended school at Latham, later moving to Elgin in 1889. He and the former Mary Myers were married at Elgin December 29, 1899. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. In 1926 the Puckett family moved to Independence. They moved to Sedan in 1929 and have been living here since. Puckett had been in ill health since 1947 when he suffered a heart attack. He was a sign painter and interior decorator.

He is survived by his wife, Mary of the home; one son Leroy of Dallas, Texas; four daughters, Mrs. Lee Howe of Kinsley, Mrs. Ralph Forbes and Mrs. Alice Hoskins of Sedan and Nadine Baxter of Winfield. 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. One son burgess Puckett was accidentally killed in September 1957.

Sedan Times Star - 15 September 1964

MRS. MARY PUCKETT - Submitted by Freida Wells

Mary Puckett Dies Tuesday
Mrs. Mary Puckett lifetime resident of Chautauqua County, died Tuesday morning in the Capps Nursing Home where she had spent the past seven months. She had been a patient in the Sedan City Hospital prior to that time.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the Graves-Baird Chapel to be conducted by Rev. Clarence Brooks of the first Christian Church. burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Puckett was born August 26 1884 in Sedan and was married to E. C. Puckett in 1899. He preceded her in death. She was a member of the Sedan Christian Church. Survivors include four daughters and one son. Mrs. Viola Howe of Kingsley, Mrs. Fail Forbes of Wichita, Mrs. Nadine Baxter of Milo, MO. Mrs. Alice Hoskins of Sedan and Leroy Puckett of Dallas, Texas. 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Sedan Times-Star - March 13, 2004


SEDAN, Kan. - John Andrew Putnam, Jr., 92, of Sedan, Kan. passed away Friday morning, March 5, 2004, at Sedan City Hospital in Sedan.

He was born March 26, 1911 in Phoebus, Va. to John Andrew and Delia Anna (Smith) Putnam. When he was young, he moved to Kansas with his family. He was a graduate of Eureka High School in Eureka, Kan. Following high school, he attended Emporia State University, where he received his Bachelor, Masters and Specialist in Education degrees.

On Jan. 30, 1942, he was united in marriage to Wilma Sutton at Wichita. During World War II, he worked at Boeing Aircraft, Beech Aircraft Training School and Beech Aircraft Educational Department.

After receiving his Bachelors Degree, he taught and coached at Matfield Green High School, Wichita East High School, Halstead High School, Horton High School and Harveyville High School. He coached all sports, but especially enjoyed coaching basketball. After receiving his Masters degree, he held Administrative positions at Harveyville High School and Hiawatha High School. In 1962, he became Superintendent of the Sedan School District serving until 1967. He then became Superintendent of the Blue Valley School District at Randolph, where he served until retiring in 1974.

Throughout his career, John was fortunate to do what he enjoyed most, which was working with children and young adults. Following his retirement, the Putnam’s returned to Sedan to make their home.

Mr. Putnam was a member of the Church of Christ in Sedan. He had also been a member of the Lions Club and Kiwanis Club in several towns. He was also active in Boy Scouts serving as Scout Master in Horton and Halstead.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma, of the home; one son, Eddy Andrew Putnam, Perry, Kan.; three daughters, Karen Smith, Greensburg, Kan., Annette Heater, rural Tyro, Kan., and Joyce Patlak, Lansing, Ill; two half sisters, Twila Black, Valley Center, Kan., and Donna Buck, Eureka, Kan.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2004, in the Church. of Christ in Sedan, with Joe Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan.

A memorial has been established in Mr. Putnam’s name to the Church of Christ in Sedan.

Services were under the direction of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan.

Prairie Star - August 31, 2016


Wilma Gene Putnam, age 92, formerly of Sedan, passed away at Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, Kan.

Wilma was born on Nov. 4, 1923 in Nashville, Arkansas to Lois E. Sutton and Ruth (Reese) Sutton. Wilma grew up in Wichita and graduated from Wichita North High School.

On Jan. 30, 1942 she married John Andrew Putnam in Wichita. John and Wilma moved several places while he was a coach and administrator for several years before retiring and moving back to Sedan in the later 1970’s.

She was preceded in death by her husband John on March 5, 2004. Following her husband’s death she lived in Sedan for a few more years before moving closer to her family.

Wilma was a member of the Church of Christ, she was a Sunday school teacher; She helped judge at the Chautauqua County Fair for many years, she also was an election official for many years, she enjoyed reading, decorating cakes, also decorating her home seasonally, she enjoyed writing and especially poetry.

Wilma is survived by one son, Eddy Putnam and wife Pat of Perry, Kan.; two daughters, Annette Heater and husband Rex of rural Tyro, Kan., and Karen Smith and husband Jim of Greensburg, Kan.; eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and a special family friend, Bob Nowik of Gdansk Poland.

Family and friends may call on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 from noon until 8 p.m. at the Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan.

The family has suggested memorials made out to the Westvue Church of Christ with Bob Nowik in the memo line and may be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.

To leave a message for the family or read the obituary, please go to Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

Prairie Star - March 3, 2012


Annetta Sue Pyle, 71, of Chautauqua, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2012 at her home in Chautauqua.

She was born May 13, 1940, in Enid, Okla., to Tearl and Irma (Craun) Seabold.

They lived in Oklahoma for a short time before moving to Idaho where she went to school.

On May 16, 1956 she married Donald Lee Pyle in Tacoma, Wash. They lived in numerous places while he was in the military.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 9, 2000. In November of 2000 she moved from her home in Liberty, Mo., to be closer to her daughter in Chautauqua.

She loved working with people, crafts, puzzles, cooking, sewing, gardening, flowers, and especially liked volunteer work.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, one son, and four brothers and sisters.

She is survived by one daughter, Penny Pyle of Chautauqua; one son, Randy and wife Jodi Pyle of Independence, Mo.; one sister, Lola Prescott of Idaho; one brother, Tearl Seabold of Mississippi; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth.

The family has scheduled no visitation at this time. The family has suggested memorials to the Pleasant Valley Manor Activities Fund and those remembrances can be left in care of the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.

To view the obituary or to leave a message for the family, please visit David W. Barnes Funeral Home of Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

Sedan Times-Star - March 2, 1911


Daniel Pyles died at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Feb. 23, 1911, at 7:30 p. m. His death was caused by paralysis, it being the second attack, the former having occurred about seven years ago.

Mr. Pyles was an old resident of this county, having lived near Farmersburg since l881 until about five years ago when he went to Bartlesville to live with his son, D. H. Pyles.

Mr. Pyles remains were brought to Sedan on the noon train Saturday and conveyed to St. Charles cemetery where they were burled by the side of his wife, who died about fifteen years ago. The remains were accompanied by his son. D. H. Pyles, and three grand daughters who were escorted by Mr. McClellon, a close friend.

Mr, Pyles was 77 years old and a native of Kentucky. When young he moved with his parents to Illinois. In 1860 he moved to Chase county, Kansas. In 1891 he with his family moved to Chautauqua county, purchased a farm and made his home here until he went to Bartlesville. Mr. Pyles was well liked by all who knew him. He was an honest man and a good citizen in every way. His relatives have the sympathy of all.

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