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Matlack Matlack, Virgil. (Obituary)  Virgil Matlack, 78, of Denver died Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Aurora. He was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Burrton, Kan., to Karl and Nellie Matlack, and grew up on the family farm. After graduating from Burrton High School in 1944, he enlisted in the Army and served until the end of World War II. Mr. Matlack attended Wichita State University until going to work in the oil fields in Vernal, Utah. In 1947, he married Alta Johnson. He continued to work in the oil fields in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. In 1951, he and his wife moved to Sterling, where he established Virg's Testers. He continued a 40-year career in the oil industry, which included work in Weld County. Mr. Matlack moved to Denver, where he retired in 1995. He enjoyed travel, piloting his Cessna 206, fishing, golf and taking his grandchildren on trips. He was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church and served on the Sterling City Council. In Denver, he served as a deacon at Denver's South Sheridan Baptist Church, was active in the Windsor Gardens Residents Association and supported Set Free Prison Ministries.  Survivors are his wife, Alta N. Matlack; two daughters, Kathy Matlack of Denver and Virgie Nelson and husband Gary of Sterling; a son, Fred and wife Vivian of Pasadena, Texas; eight grandchildren, Cary Phillips, Rikki Phillips France and husband Jake, Corrie Nelson Wilson and husband Adam, Kendra and Karley Nelson, and Alison, Aaron and Adam Matlack; and a great-granddaughter, Hannah Wilson. Also surviving are a niece, Mary Kopfman and husband Dave and their children, all of Platteville. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Red Rocks Baptist Church, 460 S. Kipling St., Lakewood. Interment will be at noon Monday in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Friends may visit from 5-7 p.m. today at Newcomer Family Funeral Home-West Metro Chapel, Lakewood. Memorial gifts may be made to Set Free Prison Ministry, P.O. Box 19760, Denver, CO 80219-9917.(Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Colorado).

McCart, P.  P. McCart, enlisted in July 1862 in Co. F 129th Illinois Infantry as a private, was in the battles of Resaca, Drake's Creek and in the grand campaign of Sherman in Georgia, served two and one-half years, was wounded at Resaca in right arm which had to be amputated; was taken prisoner at Drake's creek, by Morgan and escaped in twenty-four hours.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday February 3, 1882.  Page 2).

McFarland McFarland, John.  John Hugh McFarland, 90, passed away Oct. 31, 2008, at Hospice House. He was born April 19, 1918, the son of William Lloyd and Daisy Belle Hensley McFarland.  He served in the Army during World War II as a machine gunner and driver on a half track in the European Theater with the 14th Armored Field Artillery of the second Armored Division from Dec. of 1942 to Oct. of 1945. He served in the Korean Conflict from May 1949 to Dec. 1952, as a mechanic with the 453rd Engineer Battalion B Company. He worked as a guard for the Hutchinson Correctional Reformatory for 32 years. He retired in 1981. He was a member of the American Legion Lysle Rishel Post #68. On November 28, 1947, he married Norma Joy Grubbs. She survives. Other survivors include: a daughter Jo Ann Gauthier and husband Stephen, Hutchinson; two grandchildren Shane Gauthier, Lawrence, and Kelly Gauthier, Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by twin daughters Delores Lou and Diane Sue and a brother William Lloyd McFarland Jr. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Elliott Mortuary with Pastor Roger Neir presiding. Visitation will be Saturday 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with family present to receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Burrton Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Reno County or the American Diabetes Association in care of the mortuary.

McMannis, Lewis Gordon.  (Obituary)  Lewis Gordon McMannis, 78, of Hutchinson died Saturday (June 13, 1998) at Hutchinson Hospital. He was formerly of Ottawa and Burrton.  He was born Oct. 21, 1919, in Collinsville, Okla., to Henry Jefferson and Louella Mae (Martin) McMannis. He was a retired receiving clerk for Phoenix Corp. He was a member of the Halstead Baptist Church. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jefferson L. McMannis and Eli E. McMannis; and four sisters, Thelma V. Adkins, Millie L. Anderson, Adria Ann McMannis and Maudie Elizabethe McMannis. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Halstead Baptist Church with Pastor Roger Ericksten officiating. Friends may call until 8 p.m. today at Kaufman Funeral Home in Halstead. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Ottawa with Rev. Darren McMannis officiating. Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home.

McMannis, Jefferson LaVier "Mac". 

McMannis, Ione (Nabors).  (Obituary) Ione L. McMannis, 99, homemaker, died Saturday (April 26, 2003) at Buhler Sunshine Home. She was born Jan. 9, 1904, to Revis L. and Dona (Clark) Nabors in rural Bartlesville, Oklahoma Territory. They preceded her in death. She married Jefferson LaVier McMannis July 18, 1926, in Claremore, Okla. He preceded her in death May 10, 1987. JL & Ione moved to Burrton from Oklahoma in 1933.  She was a member of the Burrton Christian Church for many years, until joining the Halstead Baptist Church.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include: three sons, LaVier McMannis of Hutchinson, Charles McMannis of Canton and Donald McMannis of Burrton; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by: a daughter, Dona Marlene Roberts; a brother, Sam Nabors; three sisters, Fearol Williams, Cecil Rodgers and Ruth Davis; and a great-grandson, Kyle McMannis. Visitation will be until 8 p.m. April 28 at Kaufman Funeral Home in Halstead. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Halstead Baptist Church with Pastor Roger Ericksten officiating. Burial will be in Burrton Cemetery. Memorials have been established with Buhler Sunshine Home in care of the funeral home, 418 Chestnut Street, Halstead, KS 67056.

McMannis, Charles Elman. (Obituary)  Charles Elman McMannis, 76, Canton, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005. Mr. McMannis was born April 2, 1929, in Skiatook, Okla and moved with his parents to Burrton Kansas in 1933. He graduated from Burrton High School.  He married Melba Jean Stewart of Burrton.  He worked in the oil fields in Burrton, Haven, Canton, & Russell, Kansas. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kyle McMannis. Survivors include his wife, Jean, of Canton; two sons, David K. and Jeffery D. of Canton; two daughters, Jeanne Decker and Cathy Vogts of Canton; two brothers, LaVier of Hutchinson and Donald of Burrton; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Canton Christian Church. Burial will be in Canton Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of Kansas or the church, in care of Olson's Mortuary, 139 N. Main, Box 355, Canton 67428 Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. August 9 at the funeral home.

McMannis, Donald Eugene.  (Obituary) Donald E. McMannis, 71, district manager for Kahn and Associates (S & K Oil Company), passed away with cancer on Friday, July 18, 2008, at Hutchinson Hospital in Hutchinson.  He was born Feb. 28, 1937, in Hutchinson to Jefferson and Ione (Nabors) McMannis. Both are deceased.  He married Janet Sue Hodgson on December 29, 1958.  They were divorced August 14, 1968.  He then married Shirley Ann Jorns.  They were divorced.  On July 13, 1974, he married Debra Jo Collins in Hutchinson. She survives of Hutchinson.  He was a U.S. Army paratrooper.  Other survivors include sons, Darren McMannis and wife, LuAnn, of North Newton, and Dusty McMannis of Hutchinson; daughter, Rhonda Rose of Springfield, Mo.; brother, LaVier McMannis of Hutchinson; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Elman McMannis, and sister, Marlene Roberts.  Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Kaufman Funeral Home in Halstead, with family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Burrton Cemetery in Burrton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

Roberts, Dona Marlene (McMannis).  (Obituary) Dona "Marlene" Roberts, 66, died Monday (Oct. 5, 1998) at Hutchinson Hospital. She was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Skiatook, Okla., to J.L. and Ione (Nabors) McMannis. Her mother survives of Buhler. She married Richard H. Roberts Dec. 31, 1952, in Burrton. He also survives. She was a 1950 graduate of Burrton High School and a 1951 graduate of Salt City Business College in Hutchinson. She was a nurse for Halstead Hospital for seven years and Greensburg Hospital for two years. She most recently was assistant vice president for Haven State Bank, retiring in March of 1997. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Turon. She was active in her Christian ministry both as a teacher and speaker. Other survivors include: five sons, Michael G. Roberts of Salina, Pat W. Roberts of Stonebridge, Ga., Dan L. Roberts, of Burrton, Bret W. Roberts of Hutchinson and Tim S. Roberts of South Hutchinson; one daughter, Diane L. Williams of Winfield; three brothers, LaVier J. McMannis of Hutchinson, Elman C. McMannis of Canton and Don E. McMannis of Burrton; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, J.L. McMannis. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Westside Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Dunn officiating. Burial will be in Burrton Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with family having a private viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson and Sons Funeral Home in Hutchinson. Memorials have been established with ALS Foundation in care of the funeral home.

McMurry McMurry, Richard.  Richard L. McMurry Sr., 78, died Nov. 10, 2008, at Halstead Health and Rehab, Halstead. He was born Jan. 28, 1930, in Mt. Hope, the son of Ernest and Vera Preston McMurry. On June 12, 1949, he married Mary Louise Weve in Patterson, KS.. She survives. A longtime resident and farmer of the Mt. Hope and Burrton area, he was a member of the Federated Church of Mt. Hope. He and his wife owned and operated Mac's Derby and Café of Mt. Hope. Richard retired from Cessna/Eaton Fluid Power after 40 years as a machinist. After retirement. he and his wife served as camp hosts at Cheney Park. His many interests included camping with friends and family, fishing in Minn., high school sports, boy scouts, and aviation.  Survivors include five sons, Richard Jr., and wife Pam, Mt. Hope, James and wife Nancy, Pretty Prairie, Charles, Anthony, Bill and wife Candy, Burrton, and Ed and Abby, Halstead; one daughter, Rosemary Vaughn and husband Steve, Halstead; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  Richard was also father to his brother-in-law Fritz Weve and sister-in-law Leah Weve Akred, whom he raised after the death of their mother.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Ernestine McMurry Mecalf.  Services 10 a.m. Saturday at Wulf-Ast Mortuary, Mt. Hope, with Rev. Michael Waggoner officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, both at the mortuary. Burial will be in Star Cemetery, Mt. Hope. Memorials may be sent to Hospice Care of Kansas or the Mt. Hope Boy Scout Troop 495.

McVey, Lucille Frances. (Obituary)  Lucille Frances McVey was born on January 22, 1918, in Burrton, Kansas. She died peacefully on November 18, 2002, in Novato, California, at the age of 84. Lucille grew up on a wheat farm with her parents, three sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Moundridge High School in Kansas then went on to attend business college in Wichita, Kansas. She went to work for Cessna Aircraft Corp. where she developed a desire to fly. In 1943 she joined the WASPS -- Women's Airforce Service Pilots. She was trained as a pilot in Sweetwater, Texas then ferried airplanes for the Army Air Corp. out of Lovefield-Dallas, Texas. She then transferred to Lockbourne Airbase in Columbus, Ohio where she graduated as a first pilot on the four engine B-17 Bomber. She was later assigned to Buckingham Airbase in Florida to fly B-17s in missions to train Army Air Corp. Gunners over the Gulf of Mexico. While at Lockbourne she met and married John McVey (also a B-17 pilot). When her wings were clipped in late 1944 from the WASPS' disbandment, she joined her husband becoming a wife not a pilot! Traveling with her husband and his military career, they spent several years in Brandisi, Italy Tachikawa, Japan and various stateside assignments. She enjoyed memberships in the Ninety- Nines and the Marin Country Club. She took up golfing when flying was no longer available due to the WASPS' disbandment. She was an ardent golfer for the remainder of her life. Due to Congress passing a bill designating the WASPS as veterans of WW II, she will be Inurned at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA in the near future. She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years John A. McVey, loving son John M. McVey, and granddaughter Kelley K. McVey all of Novato. In lieu of flowers contributions are preferred to the Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. KEATON'S REDWOOD CHAPEL 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato.

Meacham Meacham, Ellen (Jones).  (Obituary)  Ellen Meacham, 68, died Sept. 16, 2002 at her home in Burrton, Kan. She was born Dec. 6, 1933, at Sedan, the daughter of Lee Roy and Effie Ellen Jones. She was preceded in death by a son, Eddie, and a daughter, Debbie, her mother and father, six brothers and one sister. She is survived by her husband, Bill Meacham, two sons, Jim Wright and Mike Meacham, Burrton, two daughters, Barbara Wright, Burtton, Patty Critchfield, Moundridge, twin sister, Helen Weikal, Kingman, nine grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews. Ellen graduated in 1952 at Medicine Lodge, Kan,. and was a former Kingman resident. She was a retired CNA at Haistead Hospital. Services were at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Medora Community Bible Church. Burial was at Burrton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Medora Community Bible Church or Child Evangelism Fellowship in care of Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, 300 E. 30th, Hutchinson, KS 67502.
Medlock Medlock, Louise (Richards).  Louise Elizabeth Richards Medlock, 92, of Shell Knob, died Oct. 24, 2006 at Red Rose Inn in Cassville. She was born on Nov. 3, 1913, in Burrton, Kan., to Rowland and Mary Ellen Rowland Richards. She graduated from high school in Burrton, Kan., and went on to attend and graduate from Bridgeport Business College. In 1995 she moved to Shell Knob.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene W. Medlock; her parents, Rowland and Mary Ellen Rowlands Richards; and two sisters, Eleanor Penner, of Newton, Kan., and Lillian LeFever, of Phoenix, Ariz.  Survivors include: one daughter, Marilyn Holley and her husband, Bill, of Shell Knob; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Pee Dee Cemetery in Clinton, Ark., with Rev. Vaughn Marsden officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of White Funeral Home in Cassville. (The Cassville Democrat, Cassville, MO.  Nov. 2, 2006).
Meyer Meyer, David.  David Rick Meyer, 55, died May 2, 2009, at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson.  He was born Oct. 6, 1953, in Lyons, the son of Daniel David and Doris Alieta Rogers Meyer. He attended Little River High School. A resident of Burrton for two years, formerly of Lathrop, Mo. and Little River, he was former production manager at Heartland Truss at Plattsburg, Mo., and a farmer. He was of the Baptist faith and was an avid Flathead fisherman.  On Aug. 24, 1984, he married Lavonda Ford in Hutchinson. They later divorced.  Survivors include: two sons, Brandon Meyer, Hesston, Jeremy Meyer, Goessel; daughter, Lacy Meyer, Hutchinson; mother, Alieta Meyer, Little River; brother, Jerry Meyer, Burrton; five sisters, Betty Matlack, Burrton, Debbie Howell, Little River, Peggy Person, Cleveland, Tenn., Tammy Moore, Bella Vista, Ark., and Beverly Darling, Alice, Texas; and three grandchildren, Kaden Meyer, Alexis Meyer and Landen Meyer.  He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel D. Meyer; and sister, Sharon Bridgman. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons, with the Rev. Frank Morgan. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bean Memorial Cemetery, Little River. Memorials may be sent to Center for Basic Cancer Research KSU, in care of the funeral home.
Morgan Morgan, Lurena.  Lurena Morgan, 85, retired secretary, died Sunday. Service 10 a.m. Tuesday, Burrton United Methodist Church. Survivors: brother, Otis Bridgman of Wichita; sisters, Arlene Lynn of Wichita, LaDeen Wilkinson of Burrton. Memorial has been established with the Burrton United Methodist Church. Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.
Moots Moots, Byron B. Byron B. Moots was born October 18, 1889 in Burrton.  His parents were George & Laura Moots. 

Morrison, J.H.  J. H. Morrison enlisted as private (was after Sergeant and colour bearer) in July 1862 in in Co. H July 1862 in Co. H. 174th Ohio Infantry.  Fought at Decator, Overall Creek, Cedars, Fort Fisher, and Kingston.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday February 10, 1882.  Page 2).  J. H. Morrison enlisted July 18, 1862 in the 4th Battallion Ohio Cavalry.  Served eight months, then reenlisted in the 121st Ohio Infantry.  Served four months, was stationed for a long time at Fort Lyons, near Washington DC, wearing white gloves and eating mince pies and custards, never heard a hostile shot or smelled powder.  That's letting him tell it.  (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882.  Page 2).




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