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2019-2020 Obituaries


Obituaries 2019-2020  Condolences may be left on the Guest Book page and they will be attached at the base of obituary for a time and then printed for the family.  You may also click the 'Flowers & Gifts" tab in the menu.  You must scroll down.  See below in reverse chronological order:


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September ( Darrin Kebert, Jr. / Robert Nelson / Becki Biggerstaff Fink / May Belle Harris-Pumphrey )

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Darrin R. Kebert, Jr.

1985-2020

     Darrin R. Kebert, Jr., "lil' Keeb"  age 35, of Cherryvale, KS, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020, near Cherryvale.

     Celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 26, 2020, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Cherryvale with Pastor Brian Norvell officiating.  Interment will follow at Pratt Cemetery in Morgantown which is east of Independence. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Zach Webb Family Funeral Service.  Distancing and capacity will be observed throughout the process. Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  

    Darrin Ray Kebert, Jr., was born July 10, 1985, in Wichita, KS, to  Sherry (Devore) and Darrin Kebert, Sr.  He grew up in Independence and attended local schools.  He attended Coffeyville Community College and received his certificate in welding.  

     Darrin like to be the grill master, barbequeing for family cookouts and wanted them to try his masterpieces.  He loved playing chess and poker, placing crazy bets.  Darrin loved music and switched from rock to rap to country.  He was a country boy that enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and spending time at the lake.  Darrin believed he was hated by many and loved by few but that was far from the truth. 

     Survivors of Darrin Kebert, Jr., include:  Mother, Sherry Bailey, Cherryvale, KS.  Grandparents, Kenneth and Sandy Devore, Independence, KS, and Gary Kebert of New Mexico.  Three children, Nathan (Kaeli), Nolan, and Jasmyn (JuJu) Kebert.  Darrin was expecting his first grandchild, Iris Kebert.  One sister, Jessica (William) Barlow, Cherryvale, KS.  A step-sister, Whitney (Jake) Rogers.  A step-brother, Aaron Tennyson.  An adopted brother, Teddy Devore.  A niece and nephews, Jaden Swafford, Justin Swafford and Jarrin Barlow.  A fiance', Dezarae Henman and her son, Noah. 

     He was preceded in death by his father, Darrin Ray Kebert, Sr., a nephew, Nickolas Gofourth and his grandmother, Thelma Kebert.

     The family of Darrin Kebert, Jr. has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence. 

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Robert Nelson

1966-2020

     Robert Nelson, age 54, of Independence, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 at home..

     Memorial celebration of life will be held at a later date at Farm Ridge Cemetery west of Sycamore, KS.  Memorial contributions may be made to Animals With Our Love (AWOL) and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Robert Lowell Nelson was born May 13, 1966, in Independence, KS, to Cynthia Anne (Likes) and Robert John Nelson.  He grew up between Independence and Fredonia and graduated from Fredonia High School in 1984.  He had worked for 33 years at Sabreliner, Teledyne and PAC.  His hobby was electronics and he was a HAM radio enthusiast.  He was a loyal friend to many.

     Survivors include;  His mother and stepfather, Cindy and Mike Sullivan, Independence, KS.  Also, an uncle, cousins, extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father and aunt.

     The family of Robert Nelson has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.   

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Becki Biggerstaff Fink

1962-2020

     Becki (Biggerstaff) Fink, age 58, of Kansas City and formerly of Caney, KS, passed away on September 15, 2020 in Kansas City, MO. 

     Memorial celebration of life may be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family of Becki may be made to Becki's favorite charities:  The American Cancer Society or The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and they may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301,

     Becki was born in Caney, KS, on February 2, 1962, and was the youngest of three children of Earle and LaDonna (Graves) Biggerstaff.  She graduated high school in Caney, KS, in 1980.  She graduated from Coffeyville Community College and then recieved her Bachelor's Degree in social work from Pittsburg State University. After graduation she moved to Kansas City to pursue her career and met her husband Steve. They married on October 26, 1996 and he survives at the home.  She was a good wife, mother, friend and Chiefs fan. 

     Becki is survived by her husband, Steve Fink, of Kansas City.  A son, Braxton Fink, of Manhattan, KS.  Two step-children, Chelsea Fink and Steven Fink, both of Kansas City.  A granddaughter, Avery Frisbey of Bates City.  A sister, Lori DiMaggio of Las Cruces, NM.  

     She was preceded in death by her parents, LaDonna and Earle Biggerstaff and her brother, Brad Biggerstaff. 

     The family of Becki Fink has entrusted the service of Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.  

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May Belle Harris-Pumphrey

1930-2020

     May Belle (Allen) Harris-Pumphrey, age 89, of Olathe, KS, and formerly of Independence, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at Anthology Senior Living in Olathe. 

      Celebration of life will be held at 2PM at graveside in Mount Hope Cemetery on Friday, September 4, 2020, with Zach Webb officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and they may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     May Belle was born November 16, 1930 in Independence KS to Solease Harold Allen and Edna Cleo (Scott) Allen.  She graduated from Independence High School in 1948 and continued her education at Independence Junior College. She married James R. (Jim) Harris in 1952.  She worked during this time as a secretary, but then stayed at home to raise her family.  Later in life she worked for Burns Printing in Olathe, Kansas until she retired in 1991.  On February 1, 1992, she married Jerry H. Pumphrey of Pittsburg. They enjoyed playing golf together. He preceded her in death October 17, 2012.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.  Our lives have been greatly blessed by her presence.

     She is survived by her sister Theresa Ruth (Allen) Berrigan, her son John Harris and wife Candace Bevan, and her daughter (Theresa) Sue (Harris) Kapitan and husband Robert (Bob) Kapitan.  She is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Lauren (Harris) Amy and husband Jason, Zach Harris, and Allen Kapitan.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother (James Ethan Allen), her sister Vada (Allen) Smith and her husbands Jerry H. Pumphrey (Pittsburg) and James R. Harris (Olathe).

     The family of May Belle Harris-Pumphrey has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.  


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August ( Pamela Rhoades / Michelle Shinn / Bonnie Devlin / William Edmondson / Stella Waller / Susan Main )

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Pamela Jeannine Rhoades

1966-2020

     Pamela Jeannine Rhoades, age 54, of Evergreen, CO, formerly of Independence, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020.

     A celebration of life will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park on Friday, September 4, 2020, from 6PM-9PM.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made to a suicide prevention or mental health organization of the donor's choice and may be sent locally to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

     Pam Rhoades was born August 11, 1966, grew up in Independence, KS, and graduated from Independence High School in 1984.  She moved to Colorado and worked as a caricature artist.  Pam was a gentle soul to be missed by many. 

     Pam is survived by her mother, Vivian Tucker. Three daughters, Sadie, Chloe, and Sammantha. Two brothers, Bryan Rhoades and Tony Tucker. Two step sisters, Leslie Tucker-Morris and Toni Jo Croxton, a loving extended family and many friends. 

     Local arrangements by Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.

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Michelle Shinn

1970-2020

     Michelle (Shelly Nelson) Shinn, 50, of Conway Springs, KS, and formerly of Independence, passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 at her home.

     A celebration of life and interment will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 in Conway Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 at Ebersole Mortuary in Conway Springs.  Memorials to the Sedgwick County Zoo may be sent locally to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

      Michelle was born February 10, 1970, in Topeka, KS.  She attended local schools and graduated from Independence High School in 1988.  She was Queen Neelah in 1987 and Miss Southeast Kansas in 1989.  She graduated from Washburn University with honors in 1992, and Washburn University School of Law in 1996, where she met her husband. She was employed by JP Weigand and Sons in Wichita for many years and recently retired.

     Survivors include: husband, Theron Shinn.  Their family: Taylor Shinn of Wichita, KS, Talan Shinn (Ashlynn) of Conway Springs, KS, Alyssa Pauly (Scott) of Richardson, TX.  Her mother, Jo Ann Evans of Independence, KS, sister Jenny Leiker of Hays, KS, and grandson Tayven Lee Shinn.  Numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

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Bonnie Louise Devlin

1941-2020

     Bonnie Louise Devlin, age 78, of Cleveland, OK, formerly of Independence, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at the Cleveland Manor Nursing Home. 

   A memorial celebration of life may be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Parkinson’s Foundation may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Bonnie was born August 28, 1941 at Angola, IN, to Cleo and Marcelia (Cleveland) Shoup. She was raised and received her education in Angola, graduating from Orland HS. On May 20, 1960, Bonnie was united in marriage to William Lewis Devlin in Angola. In 1970, the family moved to Independence, Kansas where she worked as a point setter for Automotive Control Corp until retirement. Bonnie loved going to garage sales in search of antiques and collectables, was an avid bowler and later took up painting; but the joy of her life were her husband, children, and grandchildren.
     Those that survive and hold many cherished memories include her husband William of Cleveland; two daughters – Julie Ramirez and husband Teofilo of Tulsa and Lisa Hastings and husband Mark of Cleveland. Also surviving is a brother Ronald Shoup and wife Sunee of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Aaleyah and Austenn Ramirez of Tulsa, Stephani Brisbin and husband Jake, Nicholas, Hunter and Alexi Hastings, of Cleveland;  great grandchildren, Averi and Easton Brisbin and Kai Callison of Cleveland. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, a brother James Shoup and grandson Mark Hastings, Jr.

     Services by Chapman-Black and locally with Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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William Edmondson

1931-2020

     William Edmondson, age 89, of Longton, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at his residence.

     Memorial celebration of life may be held at a later date. 

     William Frederick Edmondson was born February 13, 1931, in Simpson, KS, to Dorothy Cecelia (Maske) an Edgar Yccle Edmondson.  He was raised there and graduated from Simpson High School in 1949.  After serving in the US Navy, he moved to San Diego, CA, to work as a machinist in the aerospace industry.  He later worked for Boeing in Wichita.  In 1953, he married Edda Joan Flygare and she passed away in 1991.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge and VFW.  He was a great dad and granddad and was "an all-around good guy". 

     Survivors include his children, Donna Reno of California.  Anita Pinkosky of Florida.  A son, John Edmondson, Longton, KS.  A sister, Beverly Morrison, Longton, KS.  Six grandchildren. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Edda Jo, a sister, Anita, and a brother, Edgar. 

     The family of William Edmondson has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.  

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Stella Waller

1925-2020

     Stella Waller, age 70, most recently of Fredonia, KS, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Diversicare in Council Grove, KS.

     Memorial celebration of life may be held at a later date.  

Stella Waller was born November 27, 1925, in Miami, OK, to Albert and Minnie Wasson.  She was raised and went to schools in Miami.  She was married to Oren King and the couple lived in Joplin and then Wichita.  After his death, Stella married Ray Waller, who also later passed away.  She was a cook in the school system and at a Yates Center restaurant and was known for her pies. 

     Survivors include her children; Ted King, Council Grove, KS, Darryl King of Texas, and a grandson, Mark King of Tucson, AZ.

     The family of Stella Waller has entrusted the arrangement of her services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.  

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Susan Main

1950-2020

     Susan Main, age 70, of Independence, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the Gansel House in Independence. 

Memorial celebration of life services may be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary & Susan Main Memorial Fund and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

     Susan Main was born August 20, 1950, to James and Norma Thornton.  She graduated from Independence High School in 1968.  After receiving her Master's Degree in Education from Pittsburg State University, Susan primarily taught English at Independence Junior High School, Independence High School and Independence Community College.  In 1983, she married Gary Main and he passed away in November, 2018.  

    Survivors include her stepchildren, Drew Main and Heather Dillard.  One brother, Bill Thornton, Chanute, KS.  Four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a brother, Jim Thornton. 

The family of Susan Main has entrusted the arrangement of her services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.  

 

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July ( Samantha Caflisch / Patricia "Patsy" Webb / Ielene Brosam )

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Samantha Raye Caflisch

2005-2020

     Samantha Raye Caflisch, age 15, of Parker, CO, went home to Jesus on July 27, 2020, following an accident. 

     A celebration of life has taken place in Colorado.  The family requests memorial donations made to Lion's Club Kiddie Land and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  

     Sammie was born to Shannon Caflisch and Christy (Rhodes) Schultz on July 26, 2005 in San Antonio, TX.  Sammie attended Southeast Christian School from preschool through 5th grade. She then went to Sagewood Middle School and was currently attending Ponderosa High School. Sammie had a huge heart and wanted to help others when she grew up. She had been debating between being a counselor for teens dealing with depression or who have been victims of sexual assault or working as an SVU detective putting bad guys away. 

     Sammie loved Jesus.  Both of her home churches, Southeast Christian Church and Crossroads Community Church, helped her grow in her faith. She loved pretty much all sports as a kid (soccer, basketball, volleyball, futsal, cross country, etc) but her passion landed on cheer, specifically competitive cheer. She enjoyed her teammates from her different  Suns teams and her Ponderosa High School cheer team. She took her role very seriously, trying to never let a girl hit the ground, but also often got extra conditioning for the girls due to making them laugh. This past year Sammie also found a love for skiing and paddleboarding. More than sports, Sammie loved her friends. When you were Sammie's friend she loved hard and would do anything for you. She didn't care what others thought of her if it meant saving a friend. She was stubborn, beautiful, hillarrious, frustrating, loving, sweet, challenging, sassy and a smart alec. She loved making others smile and feel safe. Her friends were so important to her, she always wanted to be with them or have them with our family. She will be so missed by all who knew her. 

     Sammie is survived by her parents, father Shannon Caflisch of Parker, mother Christy (Rhodes) Schultz and bonus dad Rick Schultz of Parker; one sister, Lizzie Caflisch; two brothers, Trenton Schultz and Cohlton Schultz; Amazing Grandparents Leonhard and Charlotte Caflisch of Independence, KS, Terri McDonald and Kent Whitehouse of Parker, CO, Dan and Susan Rhodes of Branson, MO, Dave and Nancy Harr of Cedar Hills, UT and Patty Schafer of Kremling, CO; Great Grandmother Maxine Rhodes; Loving Aunts and Uncles Sarah and John Leary, Ashley and Devon Jarrett, Shelly and Jason Gibson, Marc and Carly Rhodes, Paul and Stacy Rhodes, Eric and Grace Rhodes, Tammy Schultz and Will Middleton, Joe Schultz, Shane and Brenda Harr, Jason and Cookie Harr; Fabulous Cousins Eric Gibson, Jamie Gibson, Baileigh Reister, Bella Arriola, Donovan Harr, AJ Arriola, Payton Jarrett, Emmi Reister, Chase Harr, Logan Jarrett, Julia Arriola, Lilly Jarrett, Maddy Reister, Olivia Harr, Hannah Jarrett, Brody Harr, Bryce Harr, Mya Harr, Griffin Harr, Erica Rhodes, Amy Jarrett, Brody Caflisch, Jayce Rhodes, and Elon Rhodes; Great Aunts and Uncles Bill Caflisch, Bob and Brenda Rhodes, Mike and Becky Qualls, Everett Long, John and Marcillia Long, Joy and Ken Edmonds, Carol and Norman Rash, Henry Schafer, and Tom Schafer.  This list could go on and on as she has such a large family whose life she touched. She also leaves behind the best friends a girl could ask for. 

     Arrangements handled locally by Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Patricia L. Webb

1928-2020

     Patricia Lee "Patsy" Webb, 92, of Lakewood, CO and formerly of Independence, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020. 

Celebration of Life will be held 10:30 AM, Monday, August 10, at Newcomer's Denver Chapel with interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery beside her late husband, William "Bill" Webb.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the PEO EO Chapter or HOW101 (supporting at risk children and young mothers in Uganda) and may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

     Patricia was born January 29, 1928, to Sharlin (Brewster) and Wayne Harris and raised in Independence, KS as Patricia Harris (Patsy). She graduated valedictorian from Independence High School before attending the University of Kansas, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Home Economics and was also a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. She returned to Independence to marry her high school sweetheart, William Webb, to whom she was happily married for 66 and ½ years until William’s death in September 2017. They moved from Independence to Topeka, Kansas before permanently relocating to Denver, Colorado in 1960, living in the same residence in Lakewood from 1963.

     Patricia was a homemaker in Lakewood and enjoyed being involved in many activities including politics from the 1960s to the 1990s, serving as a precinct captain, Jefferson County Republican Committee Woman and election judge with a passion for conservative values. She was also a long time member of PEO, an organization dedicated to furthering educational causes. Patricia was most passionate about living her Christian faith daily, involving herself with several churches and Christian organizations and serving as a Sunday School teacher, elder at Bear Creek Presbyterian Church, leader in Bible Study Fellowship and source of spiritual strength to all. She was also an avid football fan, rooting in particular for the hometown Denver Broncos with the fervor and dedication of a true ‘Broncomaniac’.  Far more significant than what Patricia did was who she was; a blessing to everyone.  Those who knew her would point to her sweet, caring and kind character, always thinking of others and always there to lend an ear or a hand in both good times and bad, gladly spending endless hours on the phone or in person comforting others. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, relative, friend and confidant that touched so many lives in the most positive way possible, loving as Jesus would. Her values and morals were exemplary, consistent and always put into practice. Most importantly, she was a tremendous woman of faith, a mighty Christian who loved the Lord Jesus Christ very much, serving Him first and foremost in thoughts, words and actions everyday. She was fond of saying, “I’ll see Him soon”.

     She is survived by her sons, Tom (Laura) and Dan, grandchildren Megan Koepsell (Drew) , Amy Borger (Ryan) and Todd (Maddie), great-grandchildren Riley, Josie and Lucy Borger, and Will Koepsell.  Neices and nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her father Wayne Harris, mother Sharlin, and hustand, William Webb. 

Local arrangements by locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence, KS. 


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Ielene Brosam

1941-2020

     Ielene Brosam, age 79, of Independence, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020, at her home.

     Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association and sent to Zachh Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th St., Independence, KS  67301.

     Ielene Imogene Brosam was born February 21, 1941, in New Cambria, MO, to Ed and Mildred (Braymer) Hott.  Her mother soon married Frank James and she was raised on a cattle farm.  She grew up inb and graduated from New Cambria High School in 1959.  She was married to Elmer Thrall and they had three children.  She was married to Ralph Eugene Cates and they had one child.  She was married to Mark Brosam and they later divorced.  She had worked at Owens-Corning. and General Motors in Kansas City, MO, Polytainers Plastic in Independence, MO, and was later a LPM at Resthaven Nursing Home in Lees Summit, MO.  She enjoyed crocheting and gardening.

     Survivors include her children;  Walter Leroy Thrall, KC, MO, Randy Herbert Thrall, Independence, MO, Mildred Richelle Thrall, Shawnee Mission, KS, Elizabeth Ielene Cate (Ryan Hixon), Independence, KS, Contessa Dayleane Thrall, Topeka, KS, and Alexis Nicole Thrall (Blevins), Colorado Springs, CO.  Eight Grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

     The family of Ielene Brosam has entrusted the arrangement of her services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.  

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June Gary Seller / Martha Ann Rorick / Jack L. Newkirk / Arthur H. "Jack" Ashcraft )

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Gary D. Seller

1947-2020

     Gary D. Seller, age 73, of Elk City, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his home.

     Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veteran's Chapter 65 may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.    

     Gary Seller was born May 13, 1947, in Neodesha, KS, to Lloyd and Grace (Hall) Seller.  He grew up in Elk City, KS, and graduated from Elk City High School in 1965.  He joined the US Army National Guard and then served in Vietnam.  Upon his return, he went to technical school in Coffeyville to become a tool & die maker.  He worked for Standard Motors for 38 years, retiring in 2010.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and VFW.  He enjoyed fishing, friends, family and his cows. 

     In August, 1976, he married Sharon Kay Heape in Miami, OK, and she survives at the home. 

     Survivors in addition to the wife, Sharon Seller, include:  A son, Bo Seller, Coffeyville, KS.  A sister, Viola Waldron, Dennis, KS.  A grandson, Trenton Seller, Pittsburg, KS.  Nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings. 

     The family of Gary Seller has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence. 


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Martha Ann Rorick

1943-2020

     Martha Ann Rorick, age 76, formerly of Independence, passed away on June 20, 2020, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Fort Worth, TX.

     A memorial celebration of lfe will be held from 2-4 p.m., on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the Booth Hotel, 201 W. Main St., Independence, Kansas.  In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Animals With Our Love (AWOL), and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Martha was born on August 9, 1943 in Bend, Oregon, while her parents, Austin and Isabelle Cook were stationed there in the military.  She was the oldest of five children, Martha, Carol, Stanley, Clay, and Niles.  They grew up in New Albany, KS, farming and causing mischief all over Wilson county.  She graduated high school from Fredonia, Kansas in 1961 and attended Emporia State University for two years.  Martha loved water skiing, baseball, betting on football, dancing and most of all chocolate.  Some of Martha’s passions were feeding people and picking up stray animals.

     She married Ted Weeks on November 28, 1964.  They had three children, Stepheny, Matthew, and Vincent.  Ted and Martha later divorced, and Martha and the kids moved to Independence, Kansas.  After raising her children as a single parent for several years, she married Dan Bergsten in February of 1984.  They lived happily until Dan passed away in October of 1994.  She later married John Rorick in May of 1997.  The two opened a restaurant, John’s Kitchen and Pub, and operated it for several years until they retired in 2011.  John passed in July of 2016, and Martha moved in 2018 to Fort Worth to be with family.

     Martha is survived by her four siblings, Carol Robertson, Stan Cook and wife, Billie, Clay Cook and wife, Mara, and Niles Cook, and their families; her three children, Stephany Beine and husband, Robert, Matthew Weeks and wife, Sarah, and Vincent Weeks and wife, Debra; and her grandchildren, Austin, James, and Matthew Beine, and Julia, Olivia, Aiden, and Addison Weeks.

Local arrangements by Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Jack L. Newkirk

1924-2020

     Jack L. Newkirk, age 96, of Independence, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Country Place Senior Living in Independence.

     A memorial graveside celebration of life will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence with Dr. Dyton Owen of the First United Methodist Church officiating.  Military graveside rites will be conducted by VFW Post 1186 and American Legion Post 139. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  

     Jack L. Newkirk was born April 4, 1924, in Independence, KS, the son of William T. and Leona Mae (McClanahan) Newkirk.  He attended Independence schools, graduating from Independence High School in 1942.  Jack served in the US Army during World War II.  After the war, Jack completed his college education with a degree from the University of Kansas. 

     On November 29, 1946, he married Lorraine (Sammy) Schmidt and they enjoyed 50 years together.  On December 27, 1997, he married Lucille Jensen, who survives at the home.  

     Jack joined his father, Bill, in Newkirk Insurance in 1947.  Over the years, the business grew and is now Newkirk, Dennis & Buckles Insurance.  One of Jack's great joys of serving in the insurance industry was the opportunity it provided him the help others, especially senior citizens.  

     Service to others was a guiding force throughout Jack's life, which he showed through involvement in church and community.  He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, serving on the Finance Committee, as a Trustee, Council of Ministries, Pastor Parish Committee, Building and Organ Committee, among others.  He also served as Lay Leader, Sunday School Superintendent and was a dedicated Sunday School teacher for many years.  

     Jack was one of the founders of the Independence Group Home for Boys and served as President of the Board of Directors for several years.  He also served on the boards of SEK Lutheran's and Faith Care, Inc., both of which related to nursing homes.  He also served on the board of Penn Manor Senior Housing.  Jack was a member of Kiwanis, Masonic Lodge, Independence Chamber of Commerce, and Community Chest. 

     Jack lived life fully.  He loved music from an early age and greatly enjoyed playing in various brass ensembles with his family.  Another love was children and especially reading to children.  He was given the gift of being able to read to his children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren,  great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.  Jack's family was everything to him and his love for them was boundless. 

     Survivors of Jack L. Newkirk include his wife, Lucille Newkirk, of Independence.  Two sons;  Bill (Karen) Newkirk, Independence, KS, and Jonathan (Carol) Newkirk, Paola, KS.  Two step-children:  Kay (Mike) Tigner, Neodesha, KS, and Susan (Jim) Barb, Mt. Vernon, MO.  Five grandchildren;  Philip Newkirk, Sarah Matthews, Samuel Newkirk, Tucker Newkirk, Lydia Newkirk.  Five step-grandhildren:  William Tigner, Chris Tigner, Montessa Spohn, Cassie Barb, and Eli Barb.  Four great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.  Two sisters:  Maribeth Donart, Wichita Falls, TX, and Jane Cotterman, Centerville, OH.  Many nieces, nephews and extended family. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Lorraine, a daughter, Martha Jane Burgett, and a sister, Marjorie Elliott.

     The family of Jack Newkirk has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence. 

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Arthur H. "Jack" Ashcraft

1930-2020

     Arthur Holt "Jack" Ashcraft, age 89, of Independence, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at his residence.

     Memorial graveside celebration of life will be held 10 AM, Thursday, June 25, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Friends may call Sunday, June 21, from noon-2PM, at Zach Webb Family Funeral Service.  Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Riverside Park and Zoo (FORPAZ) and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

     Jack was born on August 9, 1930, in Kansas City, MO, to Mildred (Holt) and Arthur Ashcraft. He grew up in Grove, OK, largely raised with cousin Roger Holt by their grandparents. He graduated from Grove High School in 1948, and afterward, enlisted in the US Navy.  Following his service, Jack moved the Independence to attend Independence Community Junior College.  Jack completed his Bachelor's Degree from Pittsburg State University.   

    Jack sold life insurance and real estate in Independence with Ashcraft Holt Agency. For many years he was active in Neewollah, serving as Generalissimo in 1986. He especially enjoyed his wonderful friends from Independence Country Club, Quality Toyota, First Christian Church, Drug Store, and Turbos.  Jack was a loyal friend to all. 

    On August 23, 1952, Jack married Lucille Blanck in Eureka Springs, AR.  Lucille preceded him in death in 2007.

He is survived by two sons, Greg Ashcraft of Plano, Texas and Doug Ashcraft of Idyllwild, California.

    The family of Jack Ashcraft has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.

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Gerald Riedle

1965-2020

     Gerald Eugene Riedle, age 54, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK. 

Memorial celebration of life services may be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be made to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Gerald Eugene Riedle was born June 2, 1965, in Independence, to Bess Louise (Vance) and Charles Melvin Riedle.  He attended local schools and graduated Independence High School in 1983.  He was close to his church family and loved fishing.

     Survivors include his mother:  Bess Clark, and his brother, Wayne Riedle, both of Independence, KS.  Several cousins and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his father.

     The family of Gerald Riedle has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.

     

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Bobbie Rumfelt 

1939-2020

     Bobbie Rumfelt, age 80, of Independence, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, KS, following a sudden illness. 

     There will be a celebration of life for both Bobbie and Reeta together during Neewollah, 2020, with inurnment at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.  Memorial contributions may be made to Animals With Our Love (AWOL) and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

     Bobbie Lee Rumfelt was born on July 2, 1939 in Independence, KS to Lee and Alberta (Burnett) Rumfelt.  Lee Rumfelt was lost at sea in World War 2 in 1945 when Bobbie was 5 years old.  His mother re-married his stepfather, Gene Nichols, who raised Bobbie and his siblings. 

     Bobbie was well known while growing up in Independence.  He began his successful academic sports career as early as 5th grade, playing basketball and other sports.  Many school and state records would be broken as Bobbie continued playing basketball, football, and track and field throughout his school years.  In Bobbie's senior year of high school he set a new school record by scoring 35 points on the court against Pittsburg.  Bobbie was voted "most favorable player" in Southeast Kansas, and was voted onto the first "All Kansas" team, all-area team, and the SEK team.  Bobbie was also featured in the Dell Sports Magazine's "Future All Americans".  Bobbie graduated from Independence High School in 1958 and received was scholarship offers to from universities all over the United States.  Bobbie remained in Independence and attended Independence Junior College and furthered his education at Pittsburg State University and Southwestern College in Winfield KS.  Bobbie was an early and proud member of "Kayo's Boys".  He was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves.   

     On February 1, 1964, Bobbie married Reeta (Wills) Rumfelt, who preceded him in death in December of 2017. 

     Bobbie worked for Lehigh Cement in Independence KS before the company transferred his family to Mitchell, Indiana in 1985.  Bobbie and Reeta remained in Indiana until Bobbie's retirement from Lehigh in 1993.  After retirement, the couple returned home to Independence where they both lived the rest of their lives.  

     Bobbie is survived by:  one daughter, Gena Lewis, Monkey Island, OK. Three grandchildren: Damone Hatch, Mariah and Brian Epperson, and Mylik George and Savannah Enyart.  One great grandchild, Zariyah Norene George, who is now 3 years old.  Two brothers:  Jerry Rumfelt and Richard Rumfelt.  One sister:  Jeanne Heimberger.  A friend, Judy Gerstenkorn.  Nieces, nephews, and many devoted friends and classmates. 

      He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, his wife, Reeta, and two brothers, Roy Rumfelt and Stephen Nichols. 

     The family of Bobbie Rumfelt has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Billie Everett Hubler

1926-2020

      Bill E. Hubler, age 93, of Independence, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020, at Wilson County Medical Center in Neodesha. 

      A celebration of life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Havana Cemetery at Havana, KS, with Jerry Davidson of the Wayside Christian Church officiating.  Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 PM with distancing and occupancy observed, at the Zach Webb Family Funeral Service. Military graveside rites will be provided.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS,  67301.

     Billie Everett Hubler was born June 26, 1926, in rural Havana, KS, to Mae Sarah Elizabeth (White) and Oliver Sylvester Hubler.  He served in the US Army from 1944-1946.  On June 28, 1947, Sedan, KS, Bill married Lola Evelyn Blakemore and she survives at the home. 

     Bill was employed at Riverside Park for 17 years with 13 years serving at Park Superintendent and the remainder operating the carousel.  He had been a custodian at Independence Middle School and then retired from the US Post Office.  He was a lifetime member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars.  A past member of Morgantown Grange.  Neewollah Campers,  and Wayside Christian Church. 

     Survivors of Billie Everett Hubler include:  His wife, Lola Hubler, of the home.  Two daughters:  LaDonna (Larry) Northcutt, Grove, OK, and Billeta (David) Freeman, Independence, KS.  A brother, George (Jean) Hubler, Brush, CO.  Four grandchildren;  Billy Ray Hodge, Shane (Sarah) Freeman, Kimberly Short, Toshia (Joe) Tarp.  Eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Darrell Edward Hubler, who was killed in World War II, and brothers Fred, James O., and Dale F. Hubler and a great-grandson, Robert.

     The family of Bill Hubler has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Joyce Simpson

1933-2020

      Joyce Simpson, age 86, a longtime Independence resident, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020, at her home.

     A family graveside service will be held 10 AM, Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence with Pastor Todd Reeder of the First Baptist Church officiating.  Memorial contributions to the organization of the donor's choice may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  

     She was preceded in death by her son, Trek Simpson, in 2011. 

     The family of Joyce Simpson has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence

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DeLois J. 'Del' Singleton

1930-2020

      DeLois J. Singleton, age 89, a longtime Independence resident, passed away peacefully Monday, March 30, 2020, at Colonial Village in Overland Park, KS.

      Private family memorial graveside services will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence on April 3, 2020.  A celebration of Del’s life will be held at the First United Methodist church at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Independence Community College and/or First United Methodist Church and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

     DeLois Jeane Spears Singleton was born on September 6, 1930 in Central High, OK to Luther T. and Della M. (Howard) Spears.  She was one of four children.  She graduated from Checotah High School in 1948.  She was the class salutatorian. She graduated from Connors Junior College in 1950, and received her BA from Northeastern College in Tahlequah, OK, in 1952.  In 1961, Del received her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma.  DeLois married Bill G. Singleton on March 23, 1951.  They moved to Independence in 1963. Del became the ICC Head librarian in 1970 and was in this position until her retirement.  She was actively involved in the creation, curation, and promotion of the William Inge Library and Festival.  Del was among the founders of the Southeast Kansas Junior College Library Consortium.  Del served as an ICC Board member from 1997-2001. Del was active in PEO (Chapter FP) since 1992 and held various offices in PEO over the years.  She was a member of several bridge clubs and enjoyed duplicate bridge.  She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.  Del enjoyed reading, bridge, attending plays and musicals, cooking, vacations, and, most of all, spending time with her family.  She was raised in the Baptist church but later became a member of the Methodist Church and attended the First United Methodist Church in Independence since 1963. 

     Survivors include her daughters, Jeanie Ater (Bob) and Jill Singleton-Jackson (Dennis).  Also surviving are her four grandsons, two granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren as well as her brother, Winsford Spears (Estalene), and nieces, nephews and extended family. 

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther T. and Della M. Spears, one sister and one brother, her son, Joel David Singleton (2012) and her husband, Bill G. Singleton (2010).

     The family of Del Singleton has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence

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March ( Amanda Lewis / Margaret Harlin / Robert Stevens / James Cole / Cathy O'Mara / David Pruden / Michael Palmer / Bonnie Chapter / Gary L. Quinn )

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Amanda Lewis

    Amanda Lewis, age 33, of Independence, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at St. John's Medical Center in Tulsa, OK.

     Amanda Nicole Lewis was born August 22, 1986, in Crailsheim, Germany, to Anthony E. and Teresa A. (Crismas) Lewis.  She was a military brat and lived in Germany, Ft. Hood, TX, Tacoma, WA, and Snellville, GA.  She graduated from Brookwood High School in Snellville in 2005.  She lived in Snellville, GA, Salt Lake City, UT, and Eugene, OR, before moving to this area in 2016.  She had worked as a McDonald's manager, at a call center, in a furniture store and most recently was a dispatcher in Wilson County.  She was returning to school for a degree in social work.  

     Survivors of Amanda Nicole Lewis include:  Her mother; Teresa Lewis, Independence, KS.  Her father; Anthony E. Lewis, Winder, GA.  Her maternal grandparents; Dale and Judith Crismas, Independence, KS.  Her brother; Marcus A. Lewis, Winder, GA.  Her sister; Cassandra Lewis, Eugene, OR.  Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents; George and Marie Lewis, Augusta, GA.  

     The family of Amanda Lewis has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence, KS. 


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Margaret O. Harlin 

    Margaret O. Harlin, age 107, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Presbyterian Manor in Parsons, KS. 

     Private family service and inurnment will be held at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Memorial contributions to Animals With Our Love (AWOL) may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Margaret Orlena Harlin was born January 22, 1913, at Williamstown, KS, to Frank W. and Mary (Miller) Brown.  She was one of eight children.  She graduated high school in Perry, KS, in 1931, and worked nights as a telephone switchboard operator so she could finish her schooling.  On March 4, 1932, she married Gerald Harlin, the longtime principal and superintendent in Independence.  Mr. Harlin passed away in 1995.  They were both devoted to each other. 

     Survivores include:  Her daughter;  JoAnn Evans (Ken), of Independence. KS.  Five grandchildren.  Nine great grandchildren.  Eight great-great grandchildren.  One great-great-great grandchild.  Numerous neices, nephews and extended family.  Her caregiver, Andrea Hoisington.  

      The family of Margaret Harlin has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Robert Stevens

     Robert Stevens, age 83, of Independence, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at his home. 

     Robert Louis Stevens was born January 10, 1937, in Coffeyville, KS, to Dorothy (Greene) and Paul Stevens.  He grew up in the Coffeyville, Havana and Wayside area.  He enlisted in the US Air Force from 1957-1962.  He worked as a pipefitter in refineries across the area and retired from APTUS in 1002.  He was a member of Pipefitter's Union #339.  On September 26, 1958, he married Judith Leann Russell and she passed away in 2012.   

     Survivors of Robert Stevens include:  Three children; Lori Ann Jay, Coffeyville, KS.  Tony Stevens, Ponca City, OK.  Michael Stevens, Caney, KS.  Six grandchildren; Joe Mayo, Josh Mayo, Mandy Jay, Clint Jay, Dylan Stevens and Emma Stevens.  Fifteen great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild on the way.

     The family of Robert Stevens has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.    

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James Cole

     James Cole, age 80, of Independence, KS, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, at his home. 

    James Kenneth Cole was born April 10th, 1939, to Alva and Ethel Cole. He had worked as a school teacher, receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University.  He and his wife had played in a band known as the Jim Cole Duo.  He was also a farmer and cattle rancher. 

The family of James Cole has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Cathy O'Mara

     Cathy O'Mara, age 61, of Elk City, KS, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Montgomery Place in Independence.

     A memorial celebration of life will be held 11 AM, Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Elk City, KS.  

     Cathy Ann O'Mara was born September 17, 1958, in Coffeyville, KS, to Virginia Lee (Welch) and Charles Wilbert Kuekelhan.  She graduated Independence High School and attended Pittsburg State University.  She was a longtime purchasing agent for ACC, Dana and Standard Motors.  On July 17, 1993, she married Frank O'Mara and he survives at the home. 

     The family of Cathy O'Mara has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   

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David Pruden 

     David Pruden, age 61, of Independence, KS, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Labette Health Center in Independence.

     David Ivan Pruden was born April 12, 1958, in French Camp, CA, to Helen Irene (Honeycutt) and David Lee Pruden.  He had worked as an auto mechanic. 

     The family of David Pruden has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.  

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Michael J. Palmer

1949-2020

     Memorial graveside services will be held at a later date in Ft. Dodge, IA.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  

     Survivors of Michael J. Palmer include:  Six children.  Nine siblings; Corleen Markley, Kenneth Palmer, Nancy Larsen, Joan Hamrick, Lois Macken, Judith Hiler, Robert Palmer, Kelli Palmer, and Phillip Palmer.  

     The family of Michael Palmer has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   


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Bonnie Lee Chapter

     Bonnie Lee Chapter, age 88, of Independence, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020, at Labette Health Center in Independence. 

      Bonnie Lee Chapter was born July 7, 1931, in Chanute, KS, to Hazel (McCoy) and Charles Lee Idleman.  She was a secretary for Stewart Insurance and local banks and later as a ride operator / ticket taker for the city of Independence. 

     The family of Bonnie Lee Chapter has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   


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Gary Lee Quinn

     Gary Lee Quinn age 69, of Independence, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020, at his residence.

     Gary Lee Quinn was born July 30, 1950, in Wichita, KS, to Donna (Piatt) and John Quinn.  He grew up in Independence and Kansas City.  At age 18, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Germany.  He married Cecil Blackburn and they later divorced.  He had worked for Walmart, Landstar Trucking and Prestige.  

     The family of Gary Quinn has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   

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February ( Alanson Whaley / Mary Anna Brown / Cynthia Edgington / Linda Matthews / Bobby DePlois )

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Alanson "Lanny" R. Whaley, Jr.

     Alanson "Lanny" Ralphus Whaley, age 74, of Independence, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020, at his residence. 

     Lanny Whaley was born January 9, 1946, in Jacksonville, FL, to Alanson and Dorothy (Hall) Whaley, Sr.  He also lived in Pittsburg, KS, and moved to Independence in 2017.  He was a CNA and avid sports fan.  On June 4, 1986, he married Yolanda Schad and she survives at the home. 

    He is also survived by; Three sons, Lanny D., Lannce, and Lincoln Whaley, as well as a sister, Claudette Clark. 

     The family of Lanny Whaley has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   

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Mary Anna Brown

1938-2020

     Private memorial services may be at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Christian Church of Cherryvale and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

     Survivors of Mary Anna Brown include:  Three sons; Stephen Adamson and Mark Adamson, both of Wyoming, and David Adamson of Nebraska.  Three siblings;  Dean Faust, Wanda Mishler, and Helen Ballew, all of Independence.  Eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, and a son, Dan Adamson. 

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Cynthia L. Edgington

     Cynthia Lei "Cyndi" Edgington, age 59, of Coffeyville, KS, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at her residence. 

     Cyndi Edgington was born December 7, 1960, in Harlingen, TX, to Ronald and Shirley (Pringle) Hayes.  Cyndi grew up in Ventura County California and moved to Oklahoma after marriage. She had been employed as an assistant in private investigations. 

     Cyndi always had a great sense of humor and a very generous spirit towards others. From a young age, she was passionate about animals and wildlife often caring for strays and volunteering with rescue organizations. Cyndi was adventurous and lived life to the fullest through her travels. Cyndi was very loved and will be dearly missed.

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Linda Matthews

1942-2020

     A celebration of the life for Linda L. Matthews will be held 11 AM, Monday, February 10th, at Zion Lutheran Church, 219 S. 10th Street, Independence, KS, with Pastor Kevin Peterson officiating. Interment will follow at Lutheran Cemetery within Mt. Hope. Family visitation will be held on Sunday, February 9th, 3-5 p.m. at Webb Family Funeral Service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Zion Lutheran School may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th St, Independence, KS  67301. 

     On June 25th, 1958, at the age of 16, a beautiful Linda married the love of her life, Charles James (Jim) Matthews in Greenville, MS. They were married for an amazing 61 years.  During their early years together, they lived in several locations while Jim served in the U.S. Navy, including Norfolk, VA, Charleston, SC, and White Sands, NM. During this time of her life, Linda spent many happy years as a homemaker while raising their two young children, Dennis and Angela.

     Linda had many titles throughout her life: daughter, sister, wife, and mother, but the title that she was most proud of was “Maw.”  Linda loved being a grandmother. Her grandchildren were the center of her life and brought her much joy and happiness. Linda and Jim’s house became “home base” for several of their grandchildren. They welcomed each one and played an important role in each of their lives. Currently, their great granddaughter, Aubree, resides in their home. Linda made herself available to all of her grandchildren and was very proud of each of them.   As you can imagine, Linda’s hobbies were centered around the grandkids. She enjoyed attending their school activities and sporting events.  She especially enjoyed watching the girls’ track meets and tennis matches. 

     Linda was known for her kindness and her affectionate hugs.  Each and every time you would see her; the conversation began and ended with her warm and comforting embrace. All of our lives are richer because Linda was a part of them. 

      Linda was preceded in death by:  Her parents Ethel McDiarmid Beach, John McDiarmid and stepfather, Jack Beach.  Brothers; Johnny McDiarmid, Tom McDiarmid, and Jim McDiarmid.  Mother and father in-laws; Charles and Inez Matthews.  Sisters-in-laws; Pat McDiarmid and Debbie Matthews.

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Bobby DePlois

1947-2020

      Graveside celebration of life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence with Pastor Larry Kaiser and Dr. Mark Weeder officiating.  The family will receive friends at Webb Family Funeral Service beginning at 9 AM. Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  

     Survivors of Bobby DePlois in addition to his wife, Garnet DePlois, of the home include:  His mother; Velma DePlois.  One son; Ted DePlois.  Sister; Regina Stapleton.  Brother; Albert DePlois.  Stepchildren; Gloria Leyda, Linda Tyc, Dorcas Sutton, Teressa McClure, Sandra Hayes, and Eric Eifler.  Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. 

     The family of Bobby DePlois has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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January ( Cee Cee Riddles / Patricia Elaine "Rudy" Shoat )

Helen Lucille "Cee Cee" Riddles

     Helen Lucille "Cee Cee" Riddles, age 86, of Independence, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at her home. 

     Cee Cee Riddles was born July 27, 1933, in the mountains of Blacksburg, VA, to Flossie Mae June (Hungate) and Frank Edwin Wright.  She worked as a Navy Medical Transcriber in Washington DC and was a Nursing Technician.  On October 10, 1950, she married Paul Calvin Schauer,Sr.  He later passed away.  On May 12, 1972, she married James Nelson Riddles.  The couple operated the Manor Nursing Home in Independence from 1978-2001, when Mr. Riddles passed away.  She also worked for Regal Estate and retired at the age of 80.  

     She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and a brother, Carl Nathan Wright. 

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Patricia Elaine

  1978-2020

      Celebration of Life services for Rudy Shoat will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Pleas Temple Church of God in Christ in Independence with Elder Charles Barker officiating. The family will receive friends starting at 11:00 AM.  Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.   

     Survivors include:  Her parents, Rose Dunn and Michael Clark.  Six children; Demonta Clark, Demarco Shoat, Christa Shoat, Loretta Jackson, Brittany Jackson, Jahronda Jackson.  One grandson; Darius Demarco Darkis.  One brother; James Walter "Biggie" Clark.  Three sisters; Latisha Clark, Tanisha Clark and Lakisha Dunn. Numerous aunts and uncles, 6 nieces, 2 nephews, 1 great niece,       1 great nephew and extended family. 

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December ( Betty Wohltman / Russell May )


Betty Wohltman

     Betty Wohltman, age 93, of Independence, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 7, 2019,  surrounded by family and friends.  She had recently suffered a fall and subsequent stroke.  Betty had made her home at Eagle Estates for the last three years.

     Betty Lou Wohltman was born June 29, 1926, in Kansas City, KS, to Clyde O). and Grace (Fitzgerald) Braden, and adopted after the death of her mother by her loving stepmother, Estelle Griswold Braden.  She graduated from Independence High School in 1945 and the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1948.  She married Robert L. Wohltman on June 6, 1948 and Mr. Wohltman passed away in 1980.  In 2006, she married Dr. William Chappuie, who passed away in 2013.

     Survivors of Betty Wohltman include:  Two daughters:  Nancy Clark, Mesa, AZ, and Robin Caulkins, Centennial, CO.  Daughter-in-law, Marsha Wohltman.  Seven grandchildren:  Mindy Johnston, Matthew Wohltman, Morgan Wohltman, Molly Wohltman, Jacob Caulkins, George Caulkins and Elizabeth Clark.

     Betty was preceded in death by:  Her parents, husbands, Bob Wohltman and Bill Chappuie.  Two sons, Robert Braden "Brad" Wohltman and Philip Dana "Phil" Wohltman.  A sister, Jean Benedict, and a granddaughter, Sarah Clark. 

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Russell May

1963-2019 

      A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 1:00-2:30 PM in the Unity Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. A eulogy will be presented at 2:30 by Doug Fairchild. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Independence, KS, at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

      He is survived by his son, Shane May, daughter, Danielle Holler (Kaleb Tuttle), brother Brad (Anna) May, sisters, Cindy (Dennis) Risinger and Marcia (Doug) Fairchild, grandchildren, Abby Holler, Macy Tuttle, Shelby Tuttle, and another one expected in July, the mother of his children, Michelle Freeman, along with several aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

     Services by Heath Funeral Home in Arkansas and local arrangements by locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service in Independence. 

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Sonny Burton

1954-2019

    Memorial services may be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Survivors in addition to the wife, Suzanne Burton, of the home, include:  Children;  Matthew Burton of Independence and Angie (Gregg) Brightwell of Benton, KS.  Two brothers;  Harvey and Sandy Burton of Norton, VA.  Five grandchildren and extended family. 

The family of Sonny Burton has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   


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October ( Marshall J. Madison, Jr. / Windell Morgan Cole / Jessica Lynn Medsker / Tony Bolin / Bayzlee Quinnzelle Paine / Gaylene Liming )

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Marshall Jerome Madison, Jr.

     Marshall Jerome Madison, Jr., age 26, of Independence, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019, at his residence. 

     Marshall Jerome Madison, Jr., was born April 23, 1993, in Pittsburg, KS, to Marshall Craig Madison, Sr., and Lasharn Morgan.  He had worked at Charloma, Windsor Place and was currently the office manager at One Stop Vape Shop in Independence.

The family of Marshall Madison has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.  

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Windell Morgan Cole 

1955-2019

     Memorial celebration of life services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

He also lived in Pittsburg, KS.  He was married to Toni Morgan and they later divorced. 

The family of Windell Morgan Cole has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.  

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Jessica Medsker

1987-2019

     Memorial celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of her children may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

     Survivors of Jessica Medsker include: Her children:  Bryson Medsker and Laynee Medsker of Independence.  Brothers; Raymond (Crystal) Arnold, Independence, and Tony (Darla) Arnold, Ottawa, KS.  Sister; Angela (Chuck) Fairbanks.  Her aunt, Carolyn Fine, and nieces, nephews and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Tony Bolin, Sr.

1957-2019

     Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Surivivors of Tony Bolin, Sr. include:  Children;  Tony Bolin, Jr. of Independence, and Marsha Jo Bolin of Coffeyille, Daniel Davis of Kansas, and Savannah Davis, of Houston Texas. Siblings; Louis Bolin, Jr., of Independence and Cheryl Reed of North Carolina.   Grandchildren, Hailey and Ryan Banning, Addison and Skyler Bolin, Alana Ogden, Abigail Davis-Alejo, and Andres Davis-Moreno One great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and extended family.

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Bayzlee Quinnzelle Paine

     Baylzee Quinnzelle Paine was born sleeping on October 5th, 2019, in Spokane, WA.  She was already her mommy and daddy's spooky little pumpkin and now she will forever be their Angel Baby. 

    Bayzlee will be laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence, KS, on Friday, October 18th, 2019, at 1:00 PM. 


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Gaylene Liming

     Anna Gaylene Liming, age 68, of Independence, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019, at her home. 

     Gaylene Liming was born March 25, 1951, in Iola, KS, to Gerald T. and Ann (Sellers) Dix.  She went to school in Earlton and later in Thayer, KS.  She received an A.A. degree in business from Independence Community College.  She was married to Michael J. Rutledge in 1966 and they later divorced. To this union were born two children, Mike and Laurie.  She married Larry Liming and Mr. Liming passed away in 2015. To this union was born one son, Brian.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Larry, sister, Geraldine Dix, twin nephews, brother-in-law, Lester White, and her stepfather, Lyle Huffman. 

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Terrance "Terry" Lynn Houck

   Terrance Lynn Houck, age 72, of Independence, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 at Medical Lodge of Independence, KS.

      Terrance Lynn Houck was born November 15, 1946, in Independence, Kansas to Martha Belle Clark amd Murl Elwin Houck. He grew up in Independence, KS and worked various construction jobs as well as other miscellaneous jobs. Later he provided home care for his Father. 

    He was preceeded in death by his parents.

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Charles Bryan

1954-2019

     Memorial graveside services for Charles Bryan will be held at 10 AM Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Fawn Creek Cemetery, Tyro, KS, with Zach Webb officiating.  Memorial contributions to Animals With Our Love (AWOL) may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Survivors in addition to his wife, Sandy Bryan, include:  Two daughters;  Ashley Morris of Jefferson, KS, and Wendy Root of Wichita, KS.  Three sisters;  Betty Kay, Shirley and Martha.  Four grandchildren.  Nieces, nephews and extended family. 

     The family of Charles Bryan has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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August ( Basil E. "Gene" Bryant / Wilma Lee (Bush) Kempton / Raymond "Rick" Abner / Beth Near / Stephanie Barnaby Kelley / Lula Belle Laster )

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Basil E. "Gene" Bryant

     Basil E. "Gene" Bryant, age 81, of Elk City, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK. 

     Mr. Bryant was born in rural Elk City on April 5, 1938, to Basil C. and Stella (Volz) Bryant. He graduated from Elk City High School in 1957.  Following graduation, he served in the US Army for 3 years in Germany.  

     Mr. Bryant farmed and was employed as a mechanic at various shops.  He worked at Farmland Industries for 13 years and also lived and worked in Ponca City, OK.  

     He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers,  Bill, Max, and Jim Bryant. 

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Raymond T. "Rick"  Abner

     Raymond Taulbee "Rick" Abner, age 64, of Mound Valley, KS, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019, at home. 

     Mr. Abner was born December 9, 1954, in Cleveland, OH, to Raymond and Loretta (Blackburn) Abner.  He grew up in Hammond, IN, and went to Clark High School.  He was a veteran of the US Army.  He was a carpenter and handyman and also lived in Liberty, KY, and Ponca City, OK, before moving to the area. He was considered a foster father by many kids. 

    The family of Rick Abner has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Wilma Lee (Bush) Kempton

     Services will be held at a later date. 

     She worked for Firestone during WWII and Douglass-Rheme Aircraft in California in the 1950's.  She was cited by President Eisenhower in 1954 as "The First Woman Aviation Technical Inspector".  She also worked for Adventure Lines, Parsons Army Ammunition Plant, Vickers-Sperry-Rand in Joplin and Boeing in Wichita. 

     She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Joe Moody, a sister, Rose MacManigal, and a son, Jerry Madison. 

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Barbara Beth Near 

     Barbara Beth Near, age 81, of Independence, passed away August 18, 2019, at Via Christi Village in Wichita, KS. 

     Beth Near was born July 23, 1938, in Thayer, KS, to Paul and Mildred (Clapsaddle) Berkenmeier.  She grew up in Parsons, KS, and graduated from Parsons High School in 1956.  She moved to Independence and became office manager for Rock Island Lumber Yard.  Later, she was regional manager for Sarah Coventry Jewelry and also helped Kaw Valley Center in transporting foster children.  On October 18, 1959, she married Jerry Leon Near.  Mr. Near preceded her in death.

     Survivors of Beth Near include:  One daughter;  Pam (Vance) Green, Ponca City, OK.  One son; Phillip (Cheryl) Near, Andover, KS.  Three grandchildren;  Jared Shull, Aubrey Near, and Lane Near.  Numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

      The family of Beth Near has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Stephanie Ann Barnaby Kelley

     Stephanie Barnaby Kelley, age 49, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. 

     Stephanie Ann Barnaby Kelley was born July 4, 1970, in Emporia, KS, to Steven E. and Joyce Ann (Whinery) Barnaby.  She grew up and attended school in Emporia, later moving to Burlington, KS.  She had attended the Baptist Church in Burlington.  She was devoted to her children and grandchildren. 

     The family of Stephanie Ann Barnaby Kelley has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Lula Belle Laster

1935-2019

     Celebration of life services will be held at 10AM, Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Wesleyan Church, 1400 N. 8th, in Independence with Rev. Francis Aeschliman officiating.  Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 PM at Zach Webb Family Funeral Service.  Memorial contributions may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice or the American Cancer Society and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Survivors of Lula Belle Laster include:  Children; Harriet (Gary) Meadows, McLeansboro, IL. Lulu Wade, Greenville, KY. Rita (Tim) Smith, Independence, KS. Harry Korhn, Neodesha, KS. Jo Ann Lair, Neodesha, KS. William Korhn, Independence, KS. Patrick Korhn, Independence, KS. Thomas (Machele) Korhn, Independence, KS. Peggy (Terry) Wittum, Independence, KS. Debbie (Jason) Simmons, Independence, KS. Diane (Loren) Wade, Broken Arrow, OK, and Gary (Christie) Laster, Neodesha, KS.  Two sisters, Sue Gregory of Central City, KY, and Barbara Whitney of Beechmont, KY. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

     The family of Lula Belle Laster has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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July ( Anthony Malachowski, III / Fred Clubine / Craig Joseph Merchant ) 

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Anthony "Tony" Malachowski, 111

     Anthony Malachowski, III, age 68, of Independence, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. 

     Anthony Malachowski, III, was born February 27, 1951, in Vallejo, CA, to Anthony and Elizabeth "Betty" (Specketer) Malachowski, II.  Anthony grew up in San Diego and dreamed of going home.  He graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego in 1969.  He worked with small engines and yard service and spent ten years at Aztec West Co. in San Diego.  He owned Tony's Lawn Service.  

    He moved to Independence in 1999 and helped his friends and neighbors with lawn care.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church.  He believed in Jesus and was eager to go home. 

      The family of Anthony Malachowski, III, has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Fred Clubine

     Fred Hiram Clubine, age 69, of Independence, KS passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at his home in Collinsville, OK.
     Memorial celebration of life services will be held at 9:00 AM, Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Choteau Cemetery, Sycamore, KS, with Zach Webb officiating.                                                                        Fred H. Clubine was born February 20, 1950, in Sycamore, KS to Roy and Laura Louise (Scott) Clubine with three older sisters; Betty Seefried, California; Patty Patterson, Independence, who preceded him in death; and Evelyn Clubine, Independence.  Fred grew up on the family farm in Sycamore where he graduated from Independence High School in 1968. He left Independence in September, 1968, for US Army Special Forces Training and served as a Green Beret Medic with 10th Special Forces 
Group (Airborne) and deployed to Thailand in support of the Vietnam War with 46th Special Forces Company. After serving his time in the military, he completed an Associates of Science from Independence Community College. 
     Fred displayed a multitude of talents building S.L. Mossman guitars and worked as a Fire Fighter in Winfield, KS.  He worked as an Appliance Repair Technician for Sears Roebuck and eventually opened his own appliance repair business in Independence. Fred relocated his Home Appliance Repair business to Owasso, OK in 1995 and officially retired in 2013. He believed in Jesus and was eager to go home.

 The family of Fred Clubine has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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 Craig Joseph Merchant

     Craig Joseph Merchant, age 52, of Independence, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK.

      Craig Joseph Merchant was born May 24, 1967, in Des Moines, IA. He was adopted by Walter and Deborah Merchant and raised in Edna KS. He graduated from LCHS in Altamont KS. Joined the Army Reserve while in his last year of school. 

     He is survived by his wife, Cindy Del, their children; Mishelle (Brad) Denton, David Whitson, Rick Whitson (Charlene Collins), Krystal Whitson (Lydia Sierra), and Jon Whitson. 

     He was proceeded in death by his sister Penny, and in laws Sid and Janet Pruett.

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Gladys Schneider

1929-2019

     Gladys was born on July 7, 1929 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Helen (Henry) and Kenneth Martin, and spent much of her youth in the Tampa, Florida area. Gladys moved to Fresno, California in the early 1950s, where she met the love of her life, Fred Schneider, and married him on January 7, 1956. For the next 57 years, Gladys lived in California, where she worked as a bank teller and the office manager at a dental office, and raised two sons and a daughter. After spending most of that time in Upland California, she moved to Lake Wildwood in Northern California in the 1990s to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. After Fred passed away in 2004, Gladys moved to San Mateo, where she became part of a new community at the Peninsula Regent.

    Gladys enjoyed socializing with friends, playing cards, and cuddling with Buffy. But mostly she enjoyed spending time with her family. Gladys was the best Mom and grandmother anyone could ever ask for. She had an amazing light, and was a kind and giving person. Everyone who met her seemed to remember her and have something good to say her. Nothing can fill the hole she has left behind, and she was loved hugely and by many.

    The family will be holding a private celebration of life on what would have been her 90th birthday, July 7, at her home in Independence, Kansas. 

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Marleen Lane

     Marleen Lane, age 80, of Independence, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Windsor Place in Coffeyyville. 

     Marleen was born April 16, 1939, in Burlingame, KS, to Kathleen (Schafer) and William Trebbe. She grew up and graduated high school in Burlingame, KS. 

   She was a wonderful Mother and a very dotting grandma to her granddaughter, KayLynn.  She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Lane, Portland, TN and Teresa McVey and her husband Ron, of Tyro. Grandchildren: Megan Proctor and Cory of Saudi Arabia; Katie Davis and Adam of Drexel, MO;   Amber McVey, Moran; Jason McVey and wife, Kelci, Tyro;  Denton McVey, Iola, and Derek (Trista) McVey, Iola, and KayLynn McVey, of Tyro.  One brother, Kenny Trebbe, Columbia, TN, and one sister, Lynda Rickel, Topeka. Seventeen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

      The family of Marleen Lane has entrusted the arrangement of her services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Willis D. Wilkerson

     Willis Dee Wilkerson, age 78, of Caney, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK. 

     Willis D. Wilkerson was born July 14, 1940, in Independence, KS, to Goldie Gladys (Barrett) and DeLeo Wilkerson.  He was raised in Independence and graduated from Independence High School before serving in the US Air Force from 1959-1964.  He was employed as a Senior Plastics Technician with Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville for 34 years.  He was a member of the Caney Methodist Church and VFW Post 1186. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents;  Three brothers; Thomas Isaac Webber, Laurence William Webber, Wilbur Labon Webber, and a niece, Sandra Webber.


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Claudell Johnson Matthews 

1958-2019

     Celebration of life services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Independence, with Rev. Robert Montgomery and Rev. Michael Joseph officiating.  Interment will be 11 AM Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence. 

     The family of Claudell Johnson Mathews has entrusted the arrangement of her services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Lueverta Morgan 

     Lueverta Morgan, age 56, of Independence, passed away April 17, 2019, in Topeka, KS. 

     Lueverta was born June 9, 1962, in Greenville, TX, to Mary Lillian (Cole) and Richard Morgan, Sr.  She grew up and attended school in Greenville and high school in Pittsburg, KS.  She was a veteran of the U.S. Army, studying fuel system supply points at Quartermaster School.  She attended Pittsburg State University and American National University Online, receiving Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Criminology.  She had an Associate's degree in Science and Liberal Study from Independence Community College.  

     The family of Lueverta Morgan has entrusted  Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 


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Johnny G. Best

     Johnny Garry Best, II, age 32, formerly of Independence, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, in Columbia, TN. 

     Johnny Garry Best, II, was born July 26, 1986 in Lawrenceville, GA, to LeEtta (Sexton) and Johnny Garry Best.  He grew up in Muncie, IN, and the family moved to Independence in 2000.  He was a 2005 graduate of Independence High School and received mechanic training at Coffeyville Community College.  On May 30, 2008, he enlisted in the US Army National Guard.  Johnny was a mechanic and had worked at Grandview Product, Ashcraft Tire, and WalMart Tire and Lube Express.  On April 17, 2009, he married Raeshelle Sawyer in Bartlesville, OK, and she survives. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents. 

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Luis Jaurbe

1945-2019

     Cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery with full military honors by Ft Riley and The VFW on 17 June at noon. Anyone wishing to pay last respects is invited. There will be a celebration of his life at the VFW with lunch after the service. Everyone is invited to attend.  In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation in his memory to support the efforts of VFW Post 1186 in providing help to other veterans.

He went to Aviation High School and attained his pilot license. When the draft came calling in 1967 he became an Army Warrant Officer. He served 2 tours in Vietnam as a Huey helicopter pilot and was commissioned during the war and retired as a Lt Colonel in 1987.

     The family of Luis Juarbe has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Lewis Thompson, Jr.

    Lewis E. Thompson, Jr., age 91, passed away on May 18, 2019 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, KS. 

    ‘Louie’ as he was known by friends and family, was born on November 11, 1927 to Lillie Leah (Haag) & Lewis Everett Thompson, Sr. in El Reno, OK. He served his country during WW2 as a member of the United States Army’s postwar efforts in Yokohama, Japan. 

     Louie lived and worked in Wichita most of his adult life. Having been employed in a variety of fields including manufacturing, airline assembly, and a meat processing plant, Louie always seemed to find his way back to ‘the garage’ working on automobiles. A lifelong sports fan, Louie enjoyed a variety of spectator sports, especially racing. Whether it was a jockey on horse, or a driver commanding horse power, Louie loved the thrill of it. He was known to help build race cars and repair them both in the pit and between races, getting them ready for the next go around. 

    Survivors include daughter Cindy Lou Jarnagin of Independence KS, son Lewis Everett III and wife Karen Thompson, and Diana Lynn Sadowski, all of Wichita, KS. Louie has one surviving sibling Reece and wife Kathy Thompson of Springfield, MO, including many nieces and nephews. 

     The family of Lewis Thompson has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Bob and Betty Schiler

1927-2017

1929-2019

     Bob was born on March 20, 1927, in Coffeyville, KS and passed away Feb. 23, 2017.  Betty was born on December 19, 1929 and passed away on April 13, 2019.  

     Surviving the couple are three children: daughter, Bobbi Bryant, of Oklahoma City; daughter, Georgana Morgan (Dr. Greg Morgan), of Oklahoma City; and son, Fred Schiler, of Independence, KS; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

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Max Hare 

1940-2019

     A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans and may be sent Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.

         Max was united in marriage to Mary McCauley. This union was blessed with four children: Patricia, Dian, Kim and Christopher. They later divorced.

         Max loved fishing, hunting, riding his Harleys (he only owned three), and was also crazy for cars, especially fast ones.

         Max will be deeply missed by his children: Dian Reyes, Kim (Rick) Robertson of Independence, KS, Patricia Reasoner, and Christopher Hare; brother, Larry Hare; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren;  extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings: Herbert Jr., Martha, Susan and William.

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Max Hinthorn

1940-2019

     Memorial celebration of life services for Max Hinthorn will be Saturday, June 1, from 11AM-6PM at the concession house at Riverside Park in Independence.  Memorial contributions for the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     He owned Max's Auto Repair on 21st Street until 2000.  Upon retirement, the couple moved to the country in Chautauqua County.  Max’s hobbies included racing at Caney Valley Speedway and restoring vintage cars. He even raced boats, micro midgets, and numerous mud runs.  He was a member of the Kustom Kar Klub. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Mark Hinthorn, Jr. 

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Jeanne Kurtz

1925-2019

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, April 22, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence with Revs. Jack & Marilyn Gregory and Rev. Earl Haggard officiating. Interment will follow at 4:00 PM at Gypsum Hill Cemetery in Salina, KS with Rev. Dee J. Williamston and Rev. Earl Haggard officiating. Visitation will be Easter Sunday from 1:00-4:00 PM at Zach Webb Family Funeral Service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Saint Paul School of Theology's Merwin and Jeannie Kurtz Scholarship Fund for Minority Students (Kurtz Scholarship) and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     On August 22, 1947, in Des Moines, IA, she married Merwin Kurtz.  Rev. Kurtz passed away January 28, 1989.  The couple also lived in Wichita, Ottawa, Topeka, Mankato, Mullinville, KS, and Dayton, OH, before moving to Independence in June, 1984, when Merwin became pastor of First United Methodist Church. 

     Jeannie was the epitome of a "preacher's wife" and in later years some in the congregation referred to her as '"the mother of our church."

     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. Merwin Kurtz; brother, Robert C. Anderson; and sister, Betty L. Anderson. 

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Kathleen Susan Lefever Hall

     Kathleen Susan Lefever Hall, age 67, of Independence, passed away Sunday, March, 31, 2019, at her residence.

     Kathleen was born March 10, 1952, in Independence, KS, to Earl and Margaret (Wortman) Lefever.  She grew up in Sycamore, KS, and attended school in Neodesha before graduating from Wichita South High School in 1970.  In 1982, she got her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Tulsa Tech. She lived and worked in Phoenix, AZ, before moving back to Independence. She especially loved her grandchildren, animals, and gardening. 

     The family has entrusted the arrangement of services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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March ( Langdon W. Ferguson, Sr. / Michael Lee Hahn, Jr. )

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Langdon W. Ferguson, Sr.

     Langdon W. Ferguson, Sr., age 84, of Independence, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, at his residence.

     Langdon William Ferguson, Sr., was born October 31, 1934, in Newburgh, New York, to Langdon L. and Florence (Green) Ferguson.  He graduated from Newburgh Free Academy with an interest in radio broadcasting.  From 1953-1961 he was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard.  He had worked in factories for Stauffer, American Felt, and DuPont.  He played softball and bowled into his 60's.  He moved to Kansas in 2012 to live with his daughter, leaving behind his NY sports teams, becoming a Royals and Chiefs fan. 

     Survivors include:  His daughter, Shari (Tom) Crittenden, Independence, KS.  Three sons; James Ferguson, David Ferguson, and Keith Ferguson.  Two brothers; James Ferguson, Marlboro, NY, and Gary Ferguson, Newburgh, NY.  Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

     The family has entrusted the arrangement of services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.

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Michael Lee Hahn, Jr. 

2018-2019

     Private services may be held at a later date under the direction of Zach Webb Family Funeral Service.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 

     Survivors include:  His parents, Michael and Tabitha.  Siblings; Carly Martindale, Bryan Martindale, Noah Foulk-Hahn, Madelyn Hahn-Hoffman, and Joan Hahn.  Paternal grandparents; Ruby and Andrew Bowers and Kelly Wren.  Maternal grandparents; Melissa Pinckney and Paul Lamb. 

    The family has entrusted the arrangement of services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.

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Elbert Lewis

1951-2019

     Services will take place at a later date with inurnment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Treece, KS, under the direction of Zach Webb Family Funeral Service. 

     Elbert is survived by his two children Judy and Benjamin Lewis. He also leaves behind his siblings: Roy Lewis of Oklahoma, Jessie Lewis of Kansas, Glen Lewis of Kansas, Beverly Jones of Texas, Virginia Cline of Kansas, Frieda Andres of Kansas, Lola Wright of Kansas, and Rebecca Jabbour of Arizona. He is preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Lucille (Houston) Lewis, his father, Elbert Otis Lewis and his siblings Ivan Lewis, John W Lewis, and Harold Lewis, and Bertha Bergman

  

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Connie J. Redman

     Connie J. Redman, age 68, of Independence, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at St. John's Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. She went peacefully with her husband and children by her side. 

     Connie Jean Redman was born July 27, 1950, in Independence, KS, to Earl and Inez (Collins) Sparks. She grew up in Independence and graduated Independence High School in 1968.  She attended beauty college in Wichita and became a manicurist.  She was a member of the Independence Country Club Women's Golf Association and the Ladies Library & Art. She enjoyed art, gardening, her grandchildren and her dogs. 

     She is survived by her husband Fred of 31 years. Her daughter Erica and husband Rick Whitson of Independence. Son Casey and wife Melissa Starrett of Cherryvale. Son Kolby and wife Becky Overton of Coffeyville. Son Kegan and wife Caroline Overton of Lenexa, Ks. Eight grandchildren; Colton and Courtney Hambelton, Ethan and Wyatt Starrett, Micah and Maddox Overton, Boston Chaffin and Phoenix Whitson. Brother, Dick Sparks, and sister, Janet Smith. 

     The family has entrusted the arrangement of services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.

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