The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published Oct. 20, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Maynard Bohling, Gene Barnett, Jane Lee Cassa, Everett Johnson, Trish Shepard, Gary Herbek, Jay Gillett, Arnold Varn, Joan Diamond, Lola Cady, John Yost, Pat Wright, Patricia Bird


Maynard Bohling
Maynard Herman Otto Bohling, 78, of Early, Texas, died Oct. 8. He was born the eldest son of Herman and Elta Bohling on Dec. 4, 1937, in Republic County, Kan.
Maynard served his country in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the railroad. He also worked for Beechcraft-Raytheon until retirement. Maynard enjoyed coin collecting and working in his yard.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elena E. Bohling; siblings, Ramona, Ronald, Loraine, Verdell and Debra; children, Lora, Julie, Joseph, Christine, Steven and Suzanne; grandchildren, Shaun Allen Bohling, Jimmy Ray Lewis Jr., Jasmine Naomi Crisp, Michael Dalton Kramer, Brandon James Kramer, Danielle Paige Kramer, Ava Ednalino Bohling, Travis Colton Duvall, Lyric Annalyse Bohling, Ella Ednalino, Bohling, Taylor Reid Duvall; a great- grandchild, Jennie Lei Lewis.
His funeral was held Thursday in Eastlawn Memorial Park, Early, Texas. Heartland Funeral Home, Early, Texas, was in charge of the arrangements.

Gene Barnett
Gene Barnett, 72, of rural Belleville, died Friday. The son of Ben Barnett and Harriett (Krotz) Barnett, he was born Feb. 21, 1944, in rural Belleville.
Gene grew up and attended rural school in Republic County and graduated from Belleville High School. He then served in the U. S. Navy for four years, working on aircraft carriers. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the area and graduated from N.C.K. Technical College in Beloit.
Gene worked for BG Construction for many years and later for Solt Construction in Concordia. He also assisted and maintained the family farm.
On Aug. 28, 1967, he was united in marriage to Ann Jeppesen. To this union was born Linda, Jenny and Darrel. The couple made their home in Concordia.
Gene was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church. He enjoyed square dancing and served on the board of the Kansas State Square Dance Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Darrel Barnett; and a daughter, Jenny Barnett. Gene is survived by his wife, Ann Barnett, of Concordia; one daughter, Mrs. Phillip Conyac (Linda), Stockton; four grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Cremation was selected. His funeral was held yesterday (Wednesday) at the Concordia Lutheran Church, with Pastor Janai Robinson officiating. Inurnment was held at the National Bohemian (Kopsa) Cemetery, rural Cuba. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of the arrangements.

Jane Lee Cassa
Jane Lee Cassa, 72, of Davenport, died last Wednesday at her home. The daughter of Max and Maxine (Woods) Gass, she was born Nov.4, 1943, in Detroit, Mich.
She is survived by her husband, Jim, of Davenport; one son, Gregory, of Sterling Heights, Mich., two daughters; Mrs. Tim Carbary (Tracie) of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Mrs. Jeff Rahim (Michelle) of Linden, Mich.; and four grandchildren.
A private family service will be held. Kroll Funeral Home of Hebron is in charge of arrangements.

Everett Johnson
Everett L. Johnson, 89, died Friday in McPherson. The son of Joseph Johnson and Minnie Esther (Isaacson) Johnson, he was born May 26, 1927, in Scandia.
He graduated from Scandia High School. He was united in marriage to Gladys M. White on March 21, 1948, and to this union two children were born, Bryan and Shari. 
Everett was a retired grain elevator owner and operater. He worked with the Robison harvest crew after retirement. He was an avid antique collector and a member of the United Methodist Church, Scandia, and the Scandia Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Minnie Johnson, wife, Gladys M. Johnson, one great-grandson, Kaiden Jay Piersee, one half brother, Harold Johnson, two half sisters, Gladys Olson and Helen Johnson.
He is survived by one son, Bryan Johnson of Kansas City; one daughter, Shari Cornelson of McPherson; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Ric Johnson of Washington; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
His funeral services was held Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Scandia, conducted by Pastor Kathy Aeillo. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Scandia. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Scandia, was in charge of the arrangements.

Trish Shepard
Services for Davenport resident, Trish Shepard, 69, will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Christ Lutheran Church in Davenport.
A book signing will be held today (Thursday) and tomorow (Friday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior.

Gary Herbek
Gary L. Herbek, 56, Lawrence, Neb., died Oct. 8, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings.
Gary Lynn was born on June 14, 1960, to Albert J. Jr. and Marian C. (Faimon) Herbek in Red Cloud. Gary graduated eighth grade from Sacred Heart Catholic School.  He graduated with the Class of 1978 from Lawrence High School and then attended Central Community College, Hastings. Following graduation he helped on the family farm for several years before he began working for Ken and Al's Service, Lawrence.  He also ran a hay business with friends and operated a catering business, "Country Cookers," as a sideline.  His passion was working with his cattle herd.  In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, farming, golfing and cooking.
Gary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. He had been a past member and officer of the Lawrence Rural Fire Department and Lawrence Country Club. 
Gary was preceded in death by his father; nephew, Brian Kathman; grandparents, Albert and Cecelia Herbek and Rudolph and Marie Faimon.
He is survived by his mother, two brothers: Ron Herbek, Deweese, and Randy Herbek, Ruskin; two sisters, Mrs. Don Kathman (Lisa), Lawrence, and Cindy Myers, Ohiowa; nephews, nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and a host of cousins and friends.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. on Oct. 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lawrence, with Father Thomas Schultes officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Lawrence.

Jay Gillett
Alfred Jay Gillett, 90, died Thursday. He was born on a farm north of Esbon on Sept.16, 1926, the son of Clayton and Nellie Gillett.  Jay worked on the family farm through his childhood and graduated from Esbon in 1944.  In 1945, during World War II Jay enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After basic training he was stationed on the USS Cabot aircraft carrier at Treasure Island Naval Base, San Francisco.  Then they sailed for Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan.
After his tour of duty, Jay went back to farming.  In 1951 he married Ardis Smith of Northbranch. They started their life together three miles northwest of Jay's childhood home.  To this union was born three children: Dan, Brad and Margo.  After 25 years of marriage, Jay and Ardis divorced.
Jay continued farming until the early 1980s.  On Dec. 5, 1981, he married Mildred Rogers of Red Cloud, where they made their home for nearly 35 years.  After Jay retired from farming he started his second career, going to auctions across Kansas and Nebraska buying and selling "his treasures." He also enjoyed playing pool, pitch and having coffee daily with friends. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and the American Legion, receiving his 70-year certificate this year.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred, of Red Cloud; a sister, Mrs. Norman Bottger (Mary), Belleville; a brother, Sam, of Esbon; son, Dan, of Salina, son, Brad, of Hays, and daughter, Margo, of Citrus Heights, Calif.; three grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren Blake, Derek, Jacob, Shelby, Bronte, Chandler, Clayton, and Cooper; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Clayton and Nellie Gillett, brother, George, and two infant grandsons.
His funeral was held Monday at Williams Funeral Home, Red Cloud, with The Rev. Dan Benedict officiating. Interment with military honors was in the Red Cloud Cemetery.

Arnold Varn
Arnold Warren Varn, 77, of Gassville, Ark., formerly of Superior and  Minden, died Oct. 9 at his home.
He was born Oct. 28, 1938, in Elgin to Lester E. and Elsie (Pedersen) Varn.
Arnold married Ginny Schroeder on Feb. 29, 1960, in Omaha. Arnold served in the U.S. Navy and was a Nebraska state trooper for 30 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Flippin (Ark.) First Baptist Church.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Ginny Varn of the home; a son, Brian Varn, Richmond, Texas; a daughter, Karen Varn of Flippin, Ark.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) at the First Baptist Church in Flippin, with The Revs. Steve Martin and Gary Kirkendoll officiating. Burial will be private. Twin Lakes Cremation Society and Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joan Diamond
Joan Diamond, 89, of Clarion, Iowa, formerly of Webber, died Friday in Clarion.
A memorial service will be held around Memorial Day 2017. Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior, is in charge of the arrangements.

Lola Cady
Lola Jean (DeWitt) Cady was born in Concordia, Kan., on Sept. 3, 1929. She died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at the age of 87 years.
Lola Jean married the love of her life, Lyle Cady, on Sept. 16, 1947. They moved to a farm north of Jewell, Kan., in 1948 to begin raising a family. Four children, Carolyn, Larry, Patricia and Duane, were born to this happy union. Lola Jean lived on the farm for 68 years until her death.
Lola Jean was quite a talented seamstress and homemaker. She raised a large garden for many years and helped Lyle with the farm. She made the majority of her daughters' dresses throughout their school years. She crocheted beautiful Afghans for her children and grandchildren, and made many baby Afghans and blankets for the newborns in the family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a great enjoyment to her.
Lola Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; daughter, Carolyn Beane; son-in-law, Roger Beane; five brothers; three sisters.
Survivors are her children, Larry G. Cady and wife, Sarah, Jewell, Kan.; Patricia K. Hurd and husband, Wayne, Beatrice, Neb.; Duane L. Cady and wife, Deanna, Jewell, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Bohm, Salina, Kan.
Her funeral was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at McDonald Funeral Home in Beloit, Kan. Visitation was from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., with family present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the funeral home. McDonald-Roberts Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left online at

John Yost
John Hobart Yost, 87, of Red Cloud, died recently. The fourth child of Harry and Gertrude Topham Yost, he was born Aug. 14, 1929, at the family home in Red Cloud. His siblings were Winnifred, Rachael, Robert and Harriett. Educated in the Red Cloud Schools, John participated in various organizations and activities, including winning the Nebraska Golden Gloves boxing title. He graduated with the Class of 1947, but because of his father's health and a need to support his family, he was unable to follow through with plans to attend college. After graduation, he went on to a supervisory position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he oversaw construction of Quonset grain storage facilities.
On June 11, 1950, he was united in marriage to Ardis Mullen at the Methodist Church in Red Cloud. They continued to live and work in the community and raised their children: Jake, Suzi, Jerry, Sally, Jay and Jeff there. John was a third generation meat retailer who went from leasing a meat counter to owning a meat market and eventually starting a wholesale packing plant, Yost Pack, Inc. which served southcentral Nebraska and northern Kansas. He later owned and operated a dairy and was a cattle buyer.
John was an active member of the Red Cloud United Methodist Church and served on the Red Cloud School Board the Educational Service Unit No. 9 board, of which he was a member for 27 years. John enjoyed dancing, travel, Patsy Cline music, his horses and other animals and sports.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ardis, six children: Jake Yost, Mrs. Bob Schulz (Suzi), Jerry Yost, Mrs. Dennis Hansen (Sally), Jay Yost and Jeff Yost; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Mrs. Virgil Zade (Harriett); nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at the United Methodist Church in Red Cloud, officiated by The Rev. Warren Schoming. Interment will take place in the Red Cloud Cemetery. A noon meal will follow at the Red Cloud Community Center.

Pat Wright
Patricia "Pat" Ann Wright, 77, Concordia, Kan., died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Pat was born Feb. 22, 1939, in Concordia, Kan., and was the only child of Lorena (Renie) McNabb Eilers and Leroy Eilers.
Pat graduated from Montrose High School in 1957. After high school, she moved to Kansas City where she worked for one year and then moved to Hays, Kan. She attended Fort Hays State University and graduated in 1962. Pat married Edgar Wright in May of 1962.
She was a public school teacher and taught in Mankato, Summerfield, Washington and Linn, Kan.; El Paso, Texas; and retired from Garden City, Kan., in 1996.
She is survived by: her husband, Ed, of their home in Concordia; and daughters, Kelli Wright of Stockton, Kan., and Sammi Wright of Stuttgart, Germany.
Her funeral was held Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Concordia, Kan. Visitation was held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Nutter Mortuary, Concordia, with family receiving visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening. Following the funeral service cremation will take place with private internment at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Concordia First United Methodist Church, Chapter EV of P.E.O., Montrose Alumni Association, or the Concordia EMS. Leave online condolences at Nutter Mortuary 116 E. 6th St. Concordia, Kan., 66901, is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia Bird
Patricia L. Bird of Esbon, Kan., was born May 27, 1938, to John and Letha (Parker) Cochran, at Esbon, Kan., and grew up on the family farm, and died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at the Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, Kan., at the age of 78 years, four months and 17 days.
She attended country schools in rural Jewell County and graduated from Esbon High School in 1956. On May 27, 1956, Patricia married Delbert Bird at the Ash Creek Church, Esbon, Kan. They were blessed with two children, Rex and Ramona.
Patricia was a housewife and mother many years. Patricia continued her education when her children were older. She graduated from Cloud County Community College and Hastings College with an Elementary Education degree. She taught in Harlingen, Texas; Fowler, Kan.; and Albion, Neb.
She loved her family and enjoyed having them for a visit and family dinners. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her pastimes were crossword puzzles, genealogy, reading and grandkids' sporting events, 4-H activities and fairs. She was involved in her church and with church activities.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Lorraine Bissell.
She is survived by her husband, Delbert, of the home; one son and one daughter, Rex and wife, Rhonda Bird, of Belleville, Kan., Ramona and husband, Mark, Tiemeyer of Morrowville, Kan.; six grandchildren, Ryan and wife Jacee Bird of Ashland, Neb., Regina Bird of Minden, Neb., Aaron and wife Jamie Tiemeyer of Marysville, Kan., Alec Tiemeyer of Washington, Kan., and Andrew Tiemeyer of Morrowville, Kan.; three great grandchildren, Blake and Alaina Bird and Henley Tiemeyer; two sisters, Camelia Gates of Republic, Kan., and Carole Smith of Hastings, Neb.; and a host of other relatives, friends and students.
Her funeral was held Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at 2 p.m., at the Northbranch Friends Church of Rural Burr Oak, Kan., with Pastor Jonathan Harkness officiating. Mrs. Rosetta Jeffery was the pianist and the congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Amazing Grace." Casket bearers were Ryan Bird, Aaron Tiemeyer, Alec Tiemeyer, Andrew Tiemeyer, Paul Gene Smith and Ronnie Bissell. Interment was in the Prairie Home Cemetery, Esbon, Kan. Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated at a later time. Online condolences can be left at Melby Mortuary, 402 N. High Street, Mankato, Kan., 66956, was in charge of the arrangements.

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