The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published April 17, 2014

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Wade Towne, Donald Siemon, Dean Buster, David Loomis, Harold E. Flavin, Joyce Holl, Ray Clark, Patricia Swanson


Wade Towne
Wade Allen Towne, 46, one of five children of Floyd and Sandra (Stewart) Towne, was born March 27, 1968, in Pierre, SD. He graduated from Nelson High School and went on to receive an electronics degree from Southeast Community College, Milford.
After college, Wade found employment at Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville. He worked 25 plus years at Cooper, where he was an Instrument and Control Supervisor. When Wade wasn't working, he enjoyed playing video games and working in his yard.
April 6, Wade was rushed to the Nemaha County Hospital. It was there that he unexpectedly died. His father and twin brother Wayne preceded him in death.
Survivors include his fiancee, Karen Niemann, of Auburn; children, Canyon Towne of Peru; River Towne of Auburn; Timber Towne of Peru; mother, Sandra Towne, Grand Island; brothers Tom Towne, Grand Island, Rick Towne, Omaha; sister Amanda Towne Charlotte NC;
The funeral was Thursday at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Bill Pavuk. Casket bearers were Canyon Towne, River Towne, Tom Towne, Rick Towne, Matthew Niemann, and Steven Towne. Honorary bearers were Timber Towne, Amanda Towne, Michael Niemann, Roger Henderson, Herman Moenning, Gary Rowley, Brandon Ewers and Jeff Becker. Burial was in Sheridan West Cemetery near Auburn.

Donald Siemon
Donald Everett (Bud) Siemon, 86, Mankato, died Friday at Mitchell County Hospital surrounded by family. He was born Oct. 5, 1927, to Everett Edward and Myrtle Paden Ridge in Mankato. He was their second child. He had an older sister, Avis Marie, and later two younger sisters, Anne Arlene and Anita Lorraine.
Bud attended Liberty School for his first eight years of formal education and then moved to "town school" in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1945. Bud then served in the Army, He completed his training at Fort Bragg, N.C., and later traveled by ship to England where he was stationed.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Avis Spillman and Anita (Mickey) Watson; and two great nephews, Ryan Ost and Taylor Bradberry.
He is survived by sister, Anne Ost, Mankato; and 60 nieces and nephews, both great and great-greats.
Visitation was held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends at Melby Mortuary, The funeral was held at 2 p.m Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Mankato, with Pastor Gerry Sharp officiating.

Dean Buster
Eldon Dean Buster, 87, was born April 16, 1926, to Verda (Morris) and Ernest Buster on a farm outside of Burr Oak, Kan. He died Friday, April 11, at the Jewell County Hospital. He attended school in Burr Oak, through his junior year and then transferred to Man-kato where he graduated. He was united in marriage to Iva Kindler on Jan. 12, 1945, and their family started shortly thereafter.
He was baptized on July 2, 1960, along with his son, Eldon (Butch), and daughter, Judy. They lived in Mankato where he managed the hatchery, Mankato Feed and Seed and a milk delivery service. His nephew, John, often rode with him to run the milk bottles up to the houses.
The family moved to Glasco, Kan, where he managed the lumber yard until they decided that Mankato needed to be their home. He then worked as the bookkeeper and parts man at John Deere implement dealership until it closed. He then went to work for Jewell County and ran the county landfill until his retirement.
Dean enjoyed dancing and he and Iva went whenever possible. They also enjoyed playing cards with several of the couples they went dancing with. He was a devoted family man who loved his children and grandchildren. Each can tell stories of special times with him. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and said when they were young he had to be a good shot because if he or his brother, Willy, didn't shoot a rabbit or catch fish they often had only green beans for supper.
The death of his wife, Iva, was devastating to him and he never could adjust to being alone. He finally found some comfort in singles dances and went to them whenever he could. Any woman who had the chance to dance with him said he was the smoothest and considerate partner they had ever known. (His nephew John will agree as they shared a dance one New Year's Eve just to raise eyebrows).
He also liked sports and never missed an event on television or in Mankato. He attended everything his grandchildren or nieces and nephews participated in whether in town or on the road. His niece, Connie, and her children will forever hold a special place in their hearts for the closeness they shared. He was with them nearly every day and they were blessed to have had him be so much a part of their family.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, John (Slim) Sipe; his wife, Iva; brother and sister-in-law, Earl (Willy) and Opal Buster; daughter, Sheila Shoemaker; granddaughter, Sandy Brown; one grandson and one great-grandson.
He is survived by his son, Eldon (Butch), and his wife, Monica ,of Deshler, Neb,; daughter, Judy Studdard, and husband, Bud, of Randall, Kan.; daughter, Karen Young, Hesston, Kan,; daughter, Barb Martin, and husband,Eric of Farmersville, Texas; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who have had the pleasure to have shared their lives with him.
His funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Christian Church, Mankato, Kan,, with Pastor Thaddeus Hinkle officiating. Interment was in the Esbon Cemetery, Esbon, Kan., next to his wife, Iva Buster. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at Melby Mortuary. The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday. The family suggests memorials to Jewell County Hospital Long-Term Care, Mankato, Kan. Online condolences may be left at www.melbymortuary
-Paid Obituary-

David Loomis
Davis Alan Loomis, 60, Anthony, Idaho, died March 19. He was born April 26, 1953, to Margie Blair and Raymond Vandeventer in Manhattan. He was adopted by Margie's sister, Mary (Blair) and Raymond Loomis, Mendota, Ill.
David married Becky Ann Huff, Feb. 14, 1986, in Jackson Hole, Wyo.To this union a daughter, Rachel ,was born. Later Cody and Tammy Wright and their children came into his life.
David loved his country and the military and went out of his way to say "thank you." He had some crazy ideas, some never got off the napkin he drew them on but those that did were pretty cool. He helped start the Free St. Anthony Thanksgiving Dinner and attempted to break the most ATV's in one place record for the Guinness Book of Records He had a passion for cooking and was never afraid to try a new recipe. He was a giving and spontaneous person.
As was David's wish there was not a funeral service. His body was donated to medical science and he asked that no one mourn his passing. There was a memorial service gathering of friends and family held March 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Fremont Senior Citizens Center, Anthony, Idaho.

Harold E. Flavin
Harold Eugene Flavin, 84, was born May 8, 1929, in Mitchell County, the youngest of John and Elizabeth (Heinen) Flavin's six children. Harold married Leona (Jasper) Flavin on April 11, 1959 ,in Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Cawker City. Leona and Harold raised their five children on a small farm north of Cawker City where Harold was raised as a child.
He died March 29 at the McPherson Care Center.
Harold was a devout Catholic and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Cawker City.  He also was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Knights of Columbus. He was a military veteran and served in the Army from 1952 to1954.
Harold farmed most of his life. His family will remember him for his family genealogy, his appreciation of music and love of the land. Until recently Harold enjoyed picking berries and planting trees. He was pleased that the farm and land continues to thrive and be enjoyed.
Harold was preceded in death by: parents; his wife, Leona, March 31, 2013; brothers Edward, James and Maurice; and a sister, Mary Kriley.  
Survivors include his five children, Mrs. Dave O'Reilly (Karin), McPherson, John Flavin, Olathe, Jeanne Flavin , New York City, Mrs. Elaine Flagg (Mitch), Palmer, Alaska, and Craig Flavin, Salina; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Sr. Edwardine (Marcella) Flavin, C.S.J.
A funeral mass was held at 10:30 a.m. April 2, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cawker City; with concelebrants, Father Damian Richards and Father Donald McCarthy. Lectors were Mitche O'Reilly and Eric O'Reilly. Eucharistic ministers were Jerry Winkle, Mary Pat Petrie and Loretta Jasper. Casker bearers were Jake Smith, Dave O'Reilly, John Flavin, Kent Koster, Mitch Flagg, Mike Flavin. Interment was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Cawker City. Military honors rendered by American Legion Post 379 Kansas Military Funeral Honors Unit. Arrangements were made by McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service.

Joyce Holl
Joyce Marie Holl, 84, Beloit, died Sunday at home surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Lincoln, Kan., to Edward and Lucile Bierman Hamilton.
She attended school in Lincoln and graduated with the Class of 1948. She married Raymond Holl March 18, 1950, in Lincoln, Kan., and to this union four children were born.
She and Raymond resided in Lincoln until 1941, moved to Beloit until 1965, moved to Mankato until 1984 and then back to Beloit. She was a member of the Beloit First Christian Church.
Joyce was a soda jerk, bookkeeper, homemaker, seamstress, artist, consignment store owner, florist, worked at Mankato Packing Plant, and was a dispatcher in Beloit in the 1960s. She enjoyed gardening, children (mentoring many as an extra mom, grandma and great-grandma), softball, bridge, playing piano, cooking, camping, fishing, boating, baking and visiting.
Preceding her in death were her parents; eldest son, Leon; and a grandson, Aaron.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond, of the home; a daughter, Cheryl Hockman and partner, Annie, Hutchinson; a son, Lawrence Holl, and partner Derek, Weston, Fla.; daughter Elizabeth Flaherty and husband Craig, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Linda Holl, Belleville; brother, Robert Hamilton; grandchildren, Adam Holl, Daniel Douglas, David Douglas, Nicole Kraus, Tina Moore, Joshua Flaherty, Mataya Harrold, Amelia Miller; step-grandchildren, Katie Thiess, Andrew VanKeuran; six great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
Her funeral was held Wednesday, at the Beloit First Christian Church with interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Beloit. McDonald-Roberts Funeral Home, Beloit, was in charge of the arrangements.

Ray Clark
Ray Eldon Clark, 83, the son of Dorman and Bula (Aurand) Clark, was born on Sept. 17, 1930, in Republic County, Kan. He died Sunday, at his home near Hardy, from complications of Parkinson's Disease for 24 years, and cancer.
Ray attended Rosemound rural school through the 8th grade and graduated from Hardy High School with the Class of 1948. He was united in marriage to Donna Marie Topliff in Lovewell, Kan., on Feb. 3, 1952. Four sons were born to this union, Samuel Ray, Thomas Joe, John Dorman and Jack Lee.
Ray was inducted into the United States Army in July 1952, and served with the 6th armored division, serving until July of 1954. He moved to the family home four miles south of where he was raised in 1955 and spent the rest of his life there farming. He was happy when three of his grandsons, Wes, Thayne and Tyler, chose farming for their life work.
In 1982 after the tragic death of his father, he found a hobby of toy collecting, customizing and building toy tractors and combines that he enjoyed.
Ray and Donna were members of the Republic County Egg Club during the years they raised 3,000 laying hens. Ray was also a past board member of the Hardy Co-op, Rosemound School and Cemetery.
He loved his family and was happiest when the whole crew would come for Sunday dinner and also celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. He had a contagious smile and loved to tease.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Juanita Clark Laughlin and one infant brother, Harry.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Clark, of 62 years; his sons, Sam, of Hardy, Tom and Jack, both of Courtland, Kan., John, of Lincoln, Neb.; nine grandchildren, Nick Clark, Jamie Hammond, Dustin Scott, Kim Clark, Wes Clark, Thayne Clark , Andrew Clark, Tyler Clark and Kayce Clark; six great-grandchildren, Ben Hammond, Isabel Clark, Reid Hammond, Emma Clark, Kennedy Clark, and baby girl Clark due next week; his sister, Mrs. Robert Sayre (Winnie), of El Cerito, Calif., and his brother, Ralph Clark, of Courtland.
His funeral is Thursday (today), at 10 a.m., at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home in Superior, with Missie Wilt officiating.
Pallbearers are Nick Clark, Jamie Hammond, Andy Clark, Tyler Clark, Dustin Scott, Kim Clark, Wes Clark, Thayne Clark and Kayce Clark.
Interment with military honors will be in the Rosemound Cemetery, south Hardy.

Patricia Swanson
Patricia Louise (Mileger) Swanson, 84, of Edgar, died Saturday, at Rose Brook Care Center in Edgar.
Her funeral will be Thursday (today), at 10:30 a.m., at Williams Funeral Home in Edgar with Pastor David King officiating. Intement will be at the Edgar Cemetery.
Pat was born March 31, 1930, at home in Edgar to Ralph and Fannie (Jeffs) Mileger, the youngest of four siblings; Ralph Jr., Billie (Larson), and Bobbie (Shuck). She attended Edgar Public Schools.
In her marriage to Robert Eugene Swanson, she was blessed with four children, Connie, David, Larry and Robin. Bob and Pat raised their family on a farm east of Edgar. Pat enjoyed time with family and friends, and many a cup of coffee was shared at Pat's table. She was an avid bowler throughout her life, traveling to and winning many competitions. Pat was a loyal Cornhusker fan. During their marriage, she and Bob were season ticket holders and traveled with friends to many bowl games.
For a time, Pat was the owner of Pat's Pub in Edgar. Pat was dedicated to her family and found great pleasure in her connections, whether through long-distance conversations with son, Larry, and his family, or being in the midst of her daughter, Robin's, family in Edgar.
Pat could always be counted on to lend a helping hand. She took numerous trips to Pittsburgh to help daughter, Connie, and family during the illness of Connie's husband, Bob. She spent years living in Omaha with niece, Pam, helping care for Pam's young son, Andy. She moved to Colorado then to Arkansas to live with her son, David, and daughter-in-law, Celia, to help out when granddaugter, Kyndall, was born. She eventually settled back in Edgar to be close to daughter, Robin, her two sisters, Bobbie and Billie, and her many nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong member of the Edgar Christian Church. Pat will be missed as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ralph Jr., the father of her children, Robert Swanson, her daughter, Connie, and husband, Robert Stych, son, David Swanson, and two brothers-in-law, Chet Larson and Bill Shuck.
She is survived by her son, Larry, Missoula, Mont.; daughter, Mrs. Ed Skinner (Robin), Edgar; 10 grandchildren, Stephanie Koory, Jeff and Jason Stych, Kyndall Swanson, Spencer and Dustin Swanson, Tim and Amy Horst, Abby Schendt, and Patrick Skinner; 10 great-grandchildren, Chase and Corbin Koory, Jaxon and Jaycee Stych, Hudson, Landon and Ashton Stych, Taylor Horst, Anders Rusch, and Olivia Schendt; and her sisters, Billie Larson and Bobbie Shuck, Edgar.

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