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Obituaries published Oct. 19, 2017

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Thaine Woolsey, William Peugh, Darrell Birrell, Jack Krier, Patrick Tolle, Virginia Ramsbottom, Brenda Kibbe, Phil Rhea


Thaine Woolsey
Thaine L. Woolsey, 96, died Oct. 12, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Hutchinson Village. He was born July 10, 1921, on a farm near Randall, Kan.
He graduated from Randall High School in 1938 and Swallow Institute in 1939, which was an aircraft and engine school. Thaine served in the United States Navy from June 28, 1944, to March 8, 1946. He retired as vice-president and general manager of Cessna Fluid Power Division. Thaine was very involved in the community. He served on the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Board for 25 years, serving 10 years as chairman, and was a volunteer CEO for Space Works. Thaine also served on the board of Hutchinson Hospital, Hutchinson Clinic and Commerce Bank. In addition, Thaine was a member of the American Legion Lysle Rishel Post No. 68, Loyal Order of Moose No. 982, and the Highlands and Prairie Dunes Country Club. He was also a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church.
On Oct. 18, 1944, he married Mercedes Warner in Roxbury. She died Oct. 24, 2015.
Survivors include: sons, Dennis Woolsey (Cindy) of Hutchinson; Terry Woolsey (Anne), of Wichita; granddaughter, Rose Woolsey of Kansas City, Kan.; grandson, Tim Woolsey (Janet); and great-grandson, Vaden Woolsey, all of Hutchinson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. (today) Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, with Pastor Craig Waetke. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard. Entombment will follow in the Fairlawn Mausoleum, Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to New Covenant Presbyterian Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, Kan., 67501.

William Peugh
William "Bill" Peugh, 78, of Manhattan, Kan., died Oct. 16, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Bill died at the Good Shepherd Hospice House of Manhattan, Kan., where he received extraordinary and compassionate care.
James Melvin and Helen Maxine (Miller) Peugh welcomed their second child, William, on July 13, 1939, in Tucson, Ariz. Shortly thereafter, the family moved back home to Mankato, Kan., where Bill was raised and attended school. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1957. He then attended Fairbury Community College on a football scholarship in Fairbury, Neb., before transferring to Kansas State University and graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1962. He later received a master of science degree from Fort Hays State University in 1975.
On July 27, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Broyles, at the First Christian Church in Mankato. They celebrated 59 years of marriage. To this union five children were born: Tamera Dee, Susan Jo, Russ Michael, Tisha Dawn and Kitra Rane.
After graduating from Kansas State University, the family moved to Dodge City, Kan., where Bill taught biology at Dodge City Senior High School from 1962 to 1976. During his time as a teacher, he also coached football, basketball and tennis. Later, from 1981 to 1989, he served on the USD 443 Board of Education. After his teaching career, Bill went into the construction business until his retirement in 2004. He owned and operated Bill's Agri Supply with a Butler Farm Buildings dealership for many years in Dodge City.
In the fall of 2013, Bill and Pat moved from Dodge City to Manhattan, Kan. Bill was a member of the First Christian Church in Mankato, Dodge City, and most recently the University Christian Church in Manhattan. He was a man of many talents and especially skilled in building, carpentry and cement construction. Bill loved working in his shop. He took great pride in his work and was proud of his completed projects. He especially treasured the time he spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who brought him great joy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, golfing, summer vacations where they visited every state except one and enjoyed making many trips to the Wilderness Club at Big Cedar Lodge, south of Branson, Mo. Bill enjoyed attending Kansas State football games and bowl games. After their retirement, Bill and Pat enjoyed eight years of wintering in south Texas.
Preceding him in death were a son, Russ Michael (1964); his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Lester and Elsie (Kuiken) Broyles; a younger brother, James; and a brother-in-law, John Elzea.
He is survived by his wife and four daughters: Tamera Preston (Greg) of Dodge City, Susan Anglemyer (Chad) of Omaha, Neb., Tisha Skelton (Jared) of Larned, Kan., and Kitra Schartz (Joe) of Manhattan; grandchildren Isaac Preston (Allison) of Dodge City, Shelbie Williams (Daniel) of Dodge City, Britt Winters (Kurtis) of Omaha, Dr. Taylor Anglemyer (Jillian) of Omaha, Gage Skelton of Larned, and Kira, Keenan, and Keylee Schartz of Manhattan; great-grandchildren Briggs Williams, Ryker Williams, Charles Winters, Bristol Williams, Brekyn Preston, Paisley Winters, Ainslee Williams, Priscilla Winters, James Anglemyer and Oliver Winters. He is also survived by two sisters, Cogie Elzea and Sara Jensen (Randy) both of Denver, Colo.
Cremation is planned and there will be no public visitation. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at University Christian Church of Manhattan, 2800 Claflin Road. Burial will be at Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice House of Manhattan, Kan., in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kan., 66502.

Darrell Birrell
Darrell Andrew Birrell, 94, of Republic, died Thursday at his home. The son of Andrew and Lila (French) Birrell, he was born April 23, 1923, in Republic.
Darrell attended and graduated from Republic High School with the Class of 1941. He married Marilynn Kay (Gunn) Birrell on April 27, 1946, in Concordia. They raised four children: Greg, Michal, Kim and Laura. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and upon return settled on a farm in Republic to raise his amily.
Darrell was preceded in death by his wife, Marilynn; his parents; sisters, Vivian Birrell and Velma Clark; brother, Melvin Birrell; and a grandson, Eric Birrell. Survivors include his children, Greg Birrell of Republic, Mrs. Darrell Herde (Michal) of Courtland, Kim Birrell of Republic and Mrs. Pedro Leite (Laura) of Topeka; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Darrell's wishes were for cremation. A service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) at the United Methodist Church, Republic. A family inurnment will be held later at Rosemound Cemetery, rural Hardy. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of the arrangements.

Jack Krier
John "Jack" Ronald Krier, 77, of Warsaw, Mo., died Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. He was born Sept. 24, 1940, in Mitchell, S.D., the son of John M. Krier and Bernadette J. Michels. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1958 and South Dakota State University in 1962 with degrees in journalism and print management.
He started working in the newspaper business when he was in the eighth grade as a printer's devil. In high school he started writing sports stories and the dream of owning his own paper someday began. His first job was for Jack Lough, owner of the Albion News. He married Kathleen Carver on Feb. 6, 1965. In June 1965, they purchased the Bridgewater Tribune, Bridgewater, S.D. Their first two daughters, DiAnn and Julie, were born there. In 1968, they sold the paper and Jack worked for The Dickie County Leader in Ellendale, N.D., to help out because of a tragedy at the paper. In 1970, they purchased the Optic-News, Wellsville, Mo. Daughter number three, Sheryl, and a son, James, were born. In 1976, they moved to Audubon, Iowa, and purchased the Audubon News-Advocate and the Exira Journal. Daughter number four, Nicole, was born. He retired in 1991 and moved to Kimberling City, Mo. Retirement wasn't what he wanted, so the hunt for another paper was on.
Then, instead of one or two newspapers, he bought three and grew that group in Missouri: Carrollton Democrat; Lexington News; Higginsville Advance; Norborne Democrat-Leader; Santa Fe Times, Alma; Glasgow Missourian; Windsor Review; Cole Camp Courier; Lincoln New Era; St. Clair Courier, Osceola; Appleton City Journal; Humansville Star-Leader and Rich Hill Mining Review. In 2000, he purchased the Lyons Daily News in Kansas, but later sold the newspaper, then bought the Russell County News and the Natoma Independent. This was the beginning of Main Street Media. They went on to purchase the Ellis Review; Plainville Times; Phillips County Review, Phillipsburg; Downs News and Times; Smith County Pioneer, Smith Center; Cawker City Ledger; then in Nebraska the Red Cloud Chief; Franklin Chronicle; Harlan County Journal, Alma; Blue Hill Leader; then back to Kansas for the Lindsborg News-Record; Gove County Advocate, Quinter, and, just recently, the Sterling Bulletin.
In 2015 the Kriers sold the majority percent of the stock in Main Street Media, Inc., to Frank Mercer and Joe Blum. Jack retired again to Warsaw.

Patrick Tolle
Patrick Larry Tolle, 71, formerly of Edgar, died last Wednesday. He was born in Rangely, Colo., on Aug. 21, 1946, to Elzora (Adams) and Dale Tolle. His father worked in the oil field near Rangely and in 1950 the family moved to Clay Center and later to Edgar. Pat attended school in Edgar and graduated with the Class of 1964. He worked for a short time at a farm dealership in Edgar, then served with the United States Army from December 1965 to December 1967.
He attended North Eastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., for two years, then the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, receiving his bachelor's degree, and Emporia State University, where he earned his master's degree.
At Emporia, he was united in marriage with Margaret. He and Margaret divorced after five years. He married Pam Parker in Holyoke, Colo., in 1981. While on the job he suffered a severe stroke and they divorced. After recovery and therapy he was manager of the library in Glenwood Springs, Colo., then to Cheyenne State Library in Wyoming for six months, and the McCook, Neb., library for six months.
He returned to Edgar and lived with his parents, Dale and Elzora Tolle, until their deaths. He remained in the home until he injured his hip and moved to the Harvard House in Harvard, Neb.
He liked the mountains, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting and car racing.
Survivors include his brothers, Dan Tolle of Blue Hill and Mike Tolle of Edgar; a sister, Elizabeth Strump of Iowa; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents and grandparents.
Service was Monday at the Williams Funeral Home in Edgar, with Pastor David King officiating. Interment with military honors was in the Edgar Cemetery.

Virginia Ramsbottom
Virginia June Ramsbottom, 90, of Hebron, died recently. The daughter of James W. and Elta M. (Brown) Pace, she was born on June 3, 1927, in Dorchester.
Virginia grew up in Hebron, attending school and graduating from Hebron High School with the Class of 1945. She married Alvin Ramsbottom in Hebron on Aug. 17, 1950. This union was blessed with one son, Tom.
Virginia and her husband operated Hebron Livestock Commission Co. owned by Alvin and L.G. Ramsbottom. Virginia was the bookkeeper for many years. She also worked in the office of the county treasurer for many years.
She was a member of the Thayer County Historical Society, working with the city and Catholic cemeteries, helping make maps and keeping the records updated. She enjoyed genealogy. She was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader and a past member of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin; and a half-brother, Kenneth Ramsey. She is survived by her son, Tom Ramsbottom of Elkhorn; sister, Charlotte Concatore; four grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Her funeral was held Friday at the First Community Church in Hebron, with Pastor Steve Speichinger officiating. Burial was in Ida Cemetery in Republic County. Kroll Funeral Home of Hebron was in charge of the arrangements.

Brenda Kibbe
Brenda S. Kibbe, 74, formerly of Concordia, died Oct. 14 at the Holiday Resort Home, Emporia. She was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Beloit to Murvin F. and Mildred L. (Clark) Kibbe.
Brenda attended Cappers Foundation School in Topeka and later public schools in Jamestown. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Concordia. She moved to Concordia in 1968. In 2003 she moved to Emporia so her sister could help with her care. Brenda lived with cerebral palsy all her life. She enjoyed puzzles and word searches.
Brenda is survived by her sisters, Janyce Matthew, Concordia, and Mary Jo Tubach, Emporia; a niece, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family selected cremation and a service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, with her great-nephew, Bryan Lopez, officiating. Private family burial will be in the Randall Cemetery.

Phil Rhea
Philip Rhea, 78, died at his home in McCook, Neb., on Oct. 13, 2017. He was born in Rawlins County, near Chadron, Kan., to Herschel and Vera (Jackson) Rhea. Phil went to school and graduated from Mankato High School in 1957. He was a good athlete and received a scholarship to play football at Fort Hays State College in Hays, Kan.
Phil was united in marriage to Beverly Dinnel-Longnecker on Nov. 10, 1984. The couple made their home in Funk, Neb., where Phil drove a fuel truck for many years for the co-op. In 2001, they retired and moved to McCook. Phil then began working for Walmart and for the last 16 years he enjoyed seeing old friends and making new.
Phil enjoyed meeting new people and attending gun shows where he would buy, sell and trade knives. He was an avid coon hunter along with raising coon hounds. Phil and Bev raised paint horses and were members of the Paint Horse Association. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. In 2004, the couple took a once in a lifetime trip to Europe, with his high school graduating class. They visited France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Belinda Gilliland.
Phil leaves to mourn his wife, Beverly, of McCook, Neb.; four sons, Bruce and wife Trish Rhea of Kensington, Kan., Brian and wife Robin Gilliland of Lincoln, Neb., Brad and wife Christine Gilliland of San Diego, Calif., Christopher and wife Karen Rhea of Mankato, Kan.; three daughters, Monica and husband Kenny Walker of Mankato, Kan., Deanna and husband John Somers of North Platte, Neb., Kathy and husband Kevin Brant of Louisburg, Kan.; four step-sons, Randy and wife Susan Longnecker of Wallsburg, Utah, Donald and wife Mary Jo Longnecker of Indianola, Neb., Bill Longnecker of McCook, Neb., Shaun and wife Gina Hendrix of Fremont, Neb.; 24 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenny and wife Joann Rhea of Mankato, Kan., Duane Rhea of Honolulu, Hawaii; along with one nephew and three nieces.
Visitation for Phil will be held at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Family will be present to greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 2 p.m. in Mankato, Kan., at the Harmony Methodist Church with Pastor Gerry Sharp. Inurnment will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato, Kan. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., for friends to sign the register. Friends may leave condolences at Memorial contributions made will be given to the Rock Hills Booster Club.

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