Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas
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|Name||Birth Date||Death Date||Other Information|
|Chapin, M. Ruth||3-25-1916||11-25-2005||b. Gerlane ks Barber co, d. Medicine Lodge ks Barber co, D/O U.B. & Mary (Page) Harbaugh. Preceded by sister Faye Gilmore & half brother Jim Harbaugh.|
|Gerstner, Jimmy D.||1-28-1927||12-9-2005||b. Hardtner ks Barber co, d. Hutchinson ks Reno co, S/O Royce and Leone Loster Gerstner. He attended Bethany College, Lindsborg, and Colorado Springs School of Fine Arts. A resident of Hutchinson, formerly of Medicine Lodge, he owned and operated his own sign company in Salina for eight years, worked for Alexander Film Company in Colorado Springs, Colo., was a design artist for Lowen Sign Co. and was a professional artist. He belonged to United Methodist Church, Hutchinson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. On May 29, 1976, he married Alice E. Gerstner. She died Nov. 8, 2005.|
|Groendycke, Pattie Ilene||11-1-1930||12-31-2005||b. Medicine Lodge ks Barber co, d. wichita, The second daughter of Len Talbott Groendycke and Elma (Hensley) Groendycke. She attended Sunflower Rural School for 8 years and graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1948. After attending Emporia State University, she started work in Wichita in the Insurance field, eventually becoming an Underwriter. After retiring as an Underwriter, Pattie ran her own business as an Insurance Property Appraiser for several years. She was a member of Countryside Christian Church and was an active participant in their senior group, "New Visions" and enjoyed singing at area nursing homes and churches with the "New Vision Singers." Pattie dearly loved her family and friends and she especially loved children. Her special love was the family farm and she took every opportunity to visit there.|
Hart, Betty Lawrene
|2-13-1928||12-26-2004||d. Medicine Lodge ks Barber co|
|Kimball, Leslie Cyrus||3-27-1919||9-18-2005||b. Medicine Lodge ks Barber co, d. Kiowa ks Barber co, S/O Harry Everet and Jessie Ethel Palmer Kimball. A lifetime Medicine Lodge resident, he was a farmer and worked at filling stations at Medicine Lodge. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clifford, Glenn and Claire.|
|Kimball, Rita Mae||7-1-1944||1-24-2006||b. Medicine Lodge ks Barber co, d. Elm Mills ks Barber co, D/O James and Fern Funk Bell. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Kimball; a grandson, Trevor Kimball; her father; and a sister, Glenda Bell.|
|Larkin, Irene M.||8-14-1911||2-14-2005|
|Lyman, Sarah||4-12-1921||12-12-2005||b. Onekama MI Manistee co, d.
Pratt KS Prattt co, D/O William and Jessie Waterman. She was a 1946 graduate
of Onekena High School. A resident of Medicine Lodge since 1948, moving from
Burrton and Hutchinson.
On June 30, 1946, she married Richard "Dick" O. Lyman in Burrton. He died June 8, 2005.
|Mills, Ruth E.||4-19-1911||11-25-2005||b. Medicine Lodge ks Barber co, The last of nine children in the family of Matthew P. & Alice A. (Whitehead) DeWitt. She graduated from Medicine Lodge High School and attended Kansas State University where her roommate was her niece, and good friend, Dorothy Stevens Mcllree. A lifetime resident of Medicine Lodge, she was a homemaker. On March 1, 1930 she married O. "Red" Mills, her high school sweetheart. That union lasted until Red's death on July 12, 1982. Ruth supported the war effort as acting post master from 1943-1945 while Cpl. Mills was taking an all expense paid trip to Italy courtesy of the U.S. Army Air Corps. She was a charter member of the "Self Culture Club", an avid bridge player, a great cook, wonderful mother, two time chairman of the Barber County Democratic central committee, and once won a blue ribbon at the Barber County Fair for her Sand Hill Plum Jelly. Ruth and Red enjoyed trips on ocean going freighters and saw much of South America and the Orient. She was preceded in death by her daughter Nancy Alice Mills Carpio, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.|
|Moody, Joe F.||8-28-1924||1-16-2006||b. Olive OK, d. Medicine Lodge ks Barber co, S/O Albert & Mary (Hoover) Moody. US Navy WWII. Preceded by brother Ted Moody|
|Parr, Stephen Al||12-19-1944||3-23-2006||
b. Hardtner, ks Barber co
d. Pratt Ks Pratt co
Highland Cemetery barber co
The only son of Ben and Helen Parr, both deceased, Steve was born on December 19, 1944 at Hardtner. His beloved Grandparents, Gertrude Earnhart and Luther Parr were both long time residents of the Pratt and Medicine Lodge areas. As a youth, Steve was also cared for, and much loved, by Ed and Ethel Batchelder.
Steve graduated Pratt High School in 1963 and attended Pratt Junior College from 1963 to 1965. Following junior college, Steve worked at The Cessna Corporation until 1967 when he went to work as a salesman for Beech-Nut / Lifesavers. That same year, Steve married Miss Nancy C. DeVault on October 8, 1967 and lived in Wichita until 1974. His only wife, Steve and Nancy were married for 20 years.
In 1974 Steve returned to Pratt and went into business for himself as “Steve’s Carpet Cleaning” which he owned and operated until shortly before his death. In 1987, Steve also began a second business, “Green Acres Lawn Service, which he also operated until his death.
Steve was one of the country’s most accomplished outdoorsmen. He was highly skilled in trapping, hunting, fishing, camping, tracking, game calling, reloading and lead shot smelting. He was an expert in trap and skeet shooting and won well over 100 trophies, prizes, and ribbons over the years. In addition to serving two terms as President of the Pratt Gun Club, Steve was an active member of the Pratt Elks Club, BPOE 1451, The American Legion, VFW, Ducks Unlimited, Quails Unlimited, The Nature Conservatory, the American Numismatics Society, Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society, and the North American Hunting Club.
Steve was also an avid Indian artifact hunter and amateur Native American Indian historian and archaeologist. Additionally, he was a well known coin collector. His collection included many 19th century American coins and virtually all 20th Century American Coins.
|Wilms, Gertie M.||4-12-1915||10-10-2005||b. Barber County ks, d. Medicine Lodge ks Barber co, D/O Edd and Nannie McKay Raleigh. A lifetime resident of Barber County and Medicine Lodge, she grew up on a farm near Isabel and attended school in Isabel. She worked at Abt Cafe and Masters Cafe, and later worked at Nixon's Dress Shop. She and her husband were the first managers of The Copa Motel, Medicine Lodge. On June 15, 1938, she married Wallace H. Willms in Medicine Lodge. He died Jan. 29, 1999.|
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