The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published July 21, 2016

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Jonathan Heckman, Robert Champlin, John Schultz, Everett Roop, JoAnn Johnson, Bud Fisher, Maxine Switzer


Jonathan Heckman
Jonathan Lee Heckman, 46, died last Monday at Mary Lanning Health Care in Hastings. The son of Gary and Lana Lee (La Grange) Heckman, he was born Feb. 8, 1970, at Jacksonville, N.C.
Jonathan had grown up in Illinois and Utah. He earned an associate's degree in computer science. He was employed by Saathoff Construction of Superior as a foreman.
Jonathan enjoyed camping, fishing, music and was a tattoo artist. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading. He was always known to be an ambitious worker.
Survivors include his wife, Kari, of Superior; his children, Tobias, Draegon, Savannah, Preston and Willow; his parents, Gary and Lana Lee Heckman of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Trenton Heckman; sisters, Ravena, Tonya and Sabrina; other relatives and many friends.
His funeral will be tomorrow (Friday) at 11 a.m. at the Superior Church of Christ. Lunch and fellowship will follow the memorial service at the church.

Robert Champlin
Robert "Bob" C. Champlin, 84, died July 18 at Cloud County Health Center, Concordia. He was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Ames to Robert O. and Mildred L. (Huber) Champlin.
Bob grew up in the Jamestown area and graduated from Jamestown High School. After high school, Bob served as a first class petty officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He married Roberta Sewart on June 21, 1952, in Concordia, and they lived in Scandia until moving to rural Concordia. Bob was a lifelong area resident and operated Champlin Farms. He was a member of the Concordia Wesleyan Church, lifetime member of American Legion Post No. 76 and VFW Post No. 588.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta, Concordia; sons, Robert "Bob" Champlin, Sabetha, Robin Champlin, Reese Champlin and Lance Champlin, all of Concordia; brothers, Bruce Champlin, Ron Champlin and Keith Christensen; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Pamela; grandson, Joshua; and sister, Ivona Kemp.
His funeral will be 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at Concordia Wesleyan Church with The Rev. David Redmond and Pastor Bob Burns officiating. Burial with military honors by the American Legion, VFW and the U.S. Navy will follow the services at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia. Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Schultz
John Elvin Schultz, 88, died last Monday at Livermore, Calif. He was born Oct. 9, 1927, at Guide Rock, to Nellie Sophia (Blanke) and John Fredrick Schultz.
He was raised on a farm until the age of 16. He had three siblings, a sister, Lavertta Nash and two brothers, Kenneth Schultz and Raymond Schultz, who preceded him in death.
John enlisted in the United States Army in 1946, and served his country for a year in Japan as an auto mechanic. After his discharge, he met his future wife, Maryanne Worswick, in San Francisco and was married in 1949.  They eventually settled in San Jose, Calif. Together they raised a family of seven children. Sons, Michael, Donald, Ronald, Greg and Brian and daughters, Sherri and Cheryl Schultz-Quist.  John was employed with the General Electric Plant in San Jose for 25 years as a machinist. He retired when the plant closed in 1987.  He then worked for the Lockheed Corporation for 5 years in Mountain View and officially retired in 1992.
John was a hard worker and at one time he worked three jobs to support his family. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed going to the beach. He liked to travel, go camping and fishing. One of his favorite hobbies was bowling. He was on a bowling league for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Maryanne Schultz; children, Michael, Donald, Ronald, Greg, Sherri, Cheryl and Brian. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Guide Rock Cemetery.

Everett Roop
Everett G. Roop, 71, the son of Kermit Walter Roop and Mary Elizabeth (Herzfeld) Roop, was born Nov. 21, 1944, at Belleville. He died Thursday at Chester.
Everett attended school at Chester, graduating in 1963. Following his graduation, he served three years with the U. S. Army. He was stationed overseas in Germany for 18 months. He also served three additional years inactive. 
He worked at Peake Transport after returning and attended the welding school of Milford, Neb., graduating with an associates of applied arts degree in welding technology. He moved to Wichita where he worked for his uncle, Walter Herzfeld, manufacturing double-wide mobile homes for three years. He returned to Chester and in 1970 began employment at Foote's. Everett later was the deputy marshall of Chester and the assistant police chief at Hebron. He was the head custodian and maintenance man for the Chester School District for 18 years until his retirement.
On Feb. 5, 1967, he was united in marriage to Cathy Woodside. They made their home in Chester and she survives.
Everett was a member and master of the Hebron Masonic Lodge and secretary of Eastern Star. He was serving in his 28th year on the Chester City Council and was an officer and member of the Thayer County Fireman's Association.
He was a volunteer with Chester Fire and Rescue for 46 years and was certified as an EMT for more than 50 years. Everett also umpired softball and baseball games for 27 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Chester, for 50 years, active in many offices and boards. He also was a member of the American Legion State Line Post.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kermit A. Roop, Jr,; and a half-brother, Richard Propp. Survivors include his wife, Cathy Roop of Chester; three sons, Scott Roop of Lincoln, Neb., Todd Roop of Chester and Gary Roop of Belleville; six grandchildren, Jessica, Joshua, Brandon, Tanner, Raquel and Richard; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Roop of Belvedere; and a half-sister, Willa Hunter, of Phoenix, Ariz.
His funeral was held Saturday at the United Methodist Church, Chester with Pastor Young Je Kim, officiating. Interment was in the Chester Cemetery. Military graveside rites were conducted by the American Legion State Line Post. Masonic Graveside rites were conducted. The Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn Johnson
JoAnn Johnson, 88, died Friday at Bryan Health Medical Center East, with her children and several grandchildren by her side.  JoAnn was born at home, June 4, 1928, at Edgar to Floyd and Laurene Powell. She attended the Edgar Public Schools, graduating in 1946.  When JoAnn was in her teen years, she worked parttime at McLaughlin's Market and the Rexall Drug Store Soda Shop as a "Soda Jerk."  Before and after her marriage to Dale H. Johnson, on Sept. 18, 1949, she worked for Benny's Market owned by her father and brother. In 1970 she began working at the post office as a flex clerk, retiring in 1990.
JoAnn was talented with cooking and sewing her entire life. She liked to cook for family and friends, especially her famous cinnamon rolls and baked goods.  Her sewing included a grand prize embroidered tablecloth at the state fair and several award winning pieces at local county fairs. She sewed for her children and grandchildren several treasured items of clothing and stuffed animals.   She continued to sew and repair garments while residing at College View.  
JoAnn was a member of the First Christian Church in Edgar for which she was recently honored for her many years of service. While an Edgar resident, she was active in the church, Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, Clay County Extension Club and PEO.
Survivors include her sons, Doug Johnson of Ong,  and Ken Johnson of California, Mo.; and her daughter Mrs. Chuck Leffler (Sheila) of Eustis; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  
She was poreceded in death by her husband, Dale; and brothers, Clark, Gordon and Richard Powell.
Her funeral services was held Wednesday at the Edgar Christian Church with Pastor David King officiating. Interment was in the Edgar Cemetery.
The Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Bud Fisher
Calvert L. "Bud" Fisher, 92, of Guide Rock, died Thursday, July 14, at Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior. Funeral details will be announced later.

Maxine Switzer
Maxine (Walker) Adelstone Switzer was born Oct. 16, 1939, to Edwin and Irene (Vanderplas) Walker in Abilene, Kan. She died July 14, 2016 at the Jewell County Hospital, Mankato, Kan.
Maxine graduated from Westmore-land High School in 1958. Her professional careers included nursing, photography and working as a bridal consultant and buyer for a major department store chain. Maxine founded and managed the Mankato Mission Thrift Store, which benefited numerous churches and charities around North Central Kansas.
She married Leon Adelstone in 1960. To this union two children, Lori and Rodney, were born. She married Robert Switzer of Mankato, on Aug. 30, 1986.
Maxine participated in many Bible studies, taught Sunday School, and led Vacation Bible School arts and crafts. She served her family, church and community and poured her heart into people's lives until the very end of her life. Her deepest desire was for people to love and serve Christ.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Lee Adelstone. She leaves behind her husband, Bob; her daughter, Lori (Adelstone), and her husband, Jeff Bradford, of Woodstock, Ga.; her son, Rod, and his wife, Charlene Adelstone, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, Katelin and husband Branden, Bethany, Dylan, Hayley and Madeline; great grandchildren Aubrey and Bentley; and sister, Lesley, and husband Jim Hunter of Manhattan, Kan.
Her funeral was held at 4 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2016, at the Mankato Community Center, Mankato, Kan., with Pastor Todd Bradrick officiating. Mrs. Jan Thrnton was the organist. A trio composed of Mrs. Pat Zadina, Mrs. Vicki Wagner and Apryl Badger sang "Old Rugged Cross" and "Amazing Grace." Casket bearers were Rodney Adelstone, Jerry Richter, Michael Zadina, Michael Horn, Matthew Badger and Dale Park. Interment and graveside services followed at Fairview Cemetery, Webber-Lovewell, Kansas.
Visitation was held at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 17, and Mankato Community Center on Monday, July 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. Her favorite charities are First Baptist Church Mankato, and Julie Alexander, a missionary with BMFP - Around the World. Online condolences may be left at www.melbymortuary. com. Melby Mortuary, 402 N. High Street, Mankato was in charge of arrangements.

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