Monday, December 14, 2015

Joe Zitnik Obit class of 1961

Joseph Zitnik Joseph Max Zitnik, 
age 72, 
passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 
Wichita County Health Center in Leoti, Kansas. 

Joe was born January 9, 1943 in Garden City, Kansas, the son of Joseph & Maxine (Ford) Zitnik. A lifetime resident of Wichita County, Kansas, he was an Educator with over thirty years experience serving and teaching in the Wichita County school system and a farmer/rancher. Joe was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas. He had also served on the Board of Directors for Wichita County Schools and Area Mental Health. Joe’s surviving family includes- Two children- Van Zitnik- Overland Park, Kansas Jasmine Zitnik- Fort Worth, Texas His Mother- Maxine Zitnik-Mills- Strickler- Leoti, Kansas Four siblings- Charles & Carolyn Mills- Aurora, Colorado Sheila & Gary Campas- Leoti, Kansas Rita & Milton Beydler- Wiggins, Colorado Dana Lieurance- Denver, Colorado One grandchild- Andrew Joseph Zitnik- Overland Park, Kansas His fathers, Joseph Zitnik and Govan Mills and a brother, Harley “Tuck” Mills, preceded him in death. Vigil Services will be held at 7:00 pm Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti, Kansas with Father Benjamin Martin officiating. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery in rural Wichita County, Kansas. Friends may call from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Tuesday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.
 Memorials may be written to the Leoti EMT’s and mailed to:
 Price & Sons Funeral Home PO 161 Leoti, Kansas 67861

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Amelia G. Michaelis Class of 1954

Amelia G. Michaelis, 80, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Friday, November 20, 2015 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.
Amelia was born February 4, 1935 in Jetmore, Kansas, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Strecker) Schneider.  They lived in the Jetmore area until the early 40’s when they moved to Russell.  Then in 1949 they moved to Paradise where she graduated from Paradise High School.
Amelia was united in marriage to Arnold “Arnie” Michaelis on April 1, 1956 in Russell.  This union was blessed with five children; Jeffrey, Randall, Roxanne, Judith and Jerry.  They lived in the Russell area until 1962 when they moved to Gorham.  Then in 1966 they moved to Paradise until 1974 when they returned to Russell.
Amelia was a devoted wife and homemaker.  She also worked at several local restuarants
and stores.  She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church and the Russell V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, cross stitching, reading, playing the piano, baking, auctions, shopping, going to the grandchildren’s activities, KC Royals baseball games, vacations to the National Bowling tournament, attending IMCA-sanctioned racing events, and watching KU Basketball.
Surviving family include her husband of 59 years, Arnie of the home; sons, Jeffrey Michaelis (Janelle) and Jerry Michaelis all of Russell, Kansas; daughters, Roxanne Young (Scott) and Judith Riebel (Perry) all of Russell, Kansas; sisters, Catherine Barnes of Dodge City, Kansas and Alta Weigel of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Anglea Carter, Brittany Michaelis, Nathan Wheelock, Joshua Noonan, Caitlin Young and Amanda Michaelis, and one great grandson Gavin Height.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son Randall, six brothers ( Schneider), Lloyd, Victor, John, Clarence, Rueben and Dean and five sisters, Viola Maier, Ruth Gerhardt, Edna Propp, Helen Stephens and Elnora Schwein.

Celebration of Amelia’s Life will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Otterbein United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Memorials have been established with Otterbein Building Fund or V.F.W. #6240 Ladies Auxiliary.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Sunday, November 15, 2015



From left to right
Vada Krumwiede,Van Hoisington, Ernest Thacker, 
Miss Virginia Robertson, Randall Weller,
Dorene Chrisler, Roger Pruter, Dick Woodall.

Monday, November 9, 2015



From Will Haworth . . . . .

"It was good to talk with Arlin's wife this evening. They are now living in Lebanon, MO with her daughter I think. Some around there are specialists in the therapy Arlin needs. He is able to eat some foods now and is working at talking and improving use of his arm and leg on that side. We keep them in our prayers. I do have the address..."
1424 Ryan
Lebanon, MO 65536

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender

Clara Grace (Gillett) Mullender, 93, of Waldo, Kansas passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Parkview Care Center in Osborne, Kansas.
Grace was born may 22, 1922 on the family farm near Waldo, the daughter of Fred and Violet (Tabler) Gillett. She grew up in the rural Waldo area and graduated from Waldo High School.
Grace was united in marriage to Werle C. Mullender on May 22, 1940 in Osborne. This union was blessed with three children; Vanan, Marla and Janis. They made their home on a farm north of Waldo. Werle preceded her in death on August 3, 2002.
Grace was a devoted wife and homemaker. She was always helping Werle on the farm. She also drove the school bus for Waldo - Paradise School District # 399 for many years. She was a member of the Waldo United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed collecting rocks, fishing and doing crafts.
Surviving family include her son, Vanan Mullender (Brenda) of Waldo, Kansas; daughters, Marla Brumbalow and Janis Harp (Charles) all of Waldo, Kansas; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers Rex Gillett and Max Gillett, and a granddaughter Collette Harp.
A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Vincent Cemetery north of Waldo. There will be no visitation. A Memorial has been established with the Waldo Senior Center. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Monday, September 14, 2015



Scroll down to Sept. 2 to get the first updates.  
The first information is at the bottom, thus you have to scroll up to read the updates in order.  

From Arlin's College roommate, Will Haworth, 9-13-14 . . . . . .

"Arlin & Joann Chesney        
1005 N. Lafayette
Brownsville, TN  38012    

Many cards are getting to Arlin.  He is remaining in the hospital for rehab . . intensive rehab . . . for the present time.  He got the NG tube out of his nose and his feeding tube into his stomach is working.  Getting the NG tube out of nose and throat help in trying to talk.  He is getting Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and swalling.

There have been cards that come from the post on the Paradise blog . . . and that has been a real blessing to him."

Thank You to each of you for sending cards to Arlin.  Paradise always shows their support, their love and their concerns.
We appreciate you very much.

  • 9/13, 6:11p

Friday, September 11, 2015


The day Americans put their differences aside 
and stood united.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


I am in the process of adding pictures by Greg Rud.
I have been interrupted and will finish ASAP!
Sorry that I am so slow!
I am in the middle of income taxes right now.  Since I was ill the first of the year, I didn't make the April deadline, so working on the Oct. deadline.  Will get back to these wonderful pictures - and more - after the taxes are completed.

Friday, September 4, 2015



I am sharing this from facebook.  Isn't this a beautiful picture?
It was posted 9-3-15

Rural Routes by Greg Rud

This is Paradise, KS. Population 45.
As fate would have it, I happened to meet Betty Mead, who was near where I was shooting, as was her son, Kim, who gave me some history. I think they may have been related to one of the founders. "In 1859, a hunting party explored the area, including a small tributary of the Saline River which led them to a site abundant in water, timber, and bison. One of the hunters, "James R. Mead", described the site as paradise, and the tributary subsequently became known as Paradise Creek." - (Wikipedia)

Picture by Greg Rud

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


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Update from Will Haworth . . . .

"I just talked with Joann, Arlin's wife, and she says Arlin is able at times to talk some but then it becomes hard to understand.  He has the electric stimulator on his hand sending signals to the brain to establish or increase contact and 'message'transmission.  He is getting rehab.
Tomorrow he will get a feeding tube in the stomach and then the NG tube will be removed after 72 hours.  He works to move his arm with his good arm . . . and his foot with his good foot and leg.  It takes him time but he knows he has to do it and figures a way to get it done . . . of course, that is Arlin.
Where to go for rehab . . . intense rehab at the hospital  . . . will insurance pay?  Or may go to where family is in Missouri to assistance to do intense rehab.  Keep praying . . . Thanks!"

Update from Will Haworth . . . .

"Arlin is doing about the same . . . a lot of working in rehab on Fri. . . . tired and rest on Sat. . . . looking for placement in a nursing home for rehab . . . a very difficult decision to make . . . will drop the total time of rehab in half each day"

Update from Will Haworth . . . .

"They got Arlin up today and in a wheelchair and took him down to rehab . . . got him up and tried walking . . . he took three steps and stopped and rested, then took three more and again to a total of 4 times.  He wanted to do more but they said not to get too tired.  Back in the room they had an electric stimulator for the hand and worked with that until he could raise one finger  . . . then two fingers.  They feel like this is real progress today and it kind of wore him out."

An update about Arlin from Will Haworth . . . .

"Arlin is in a room now and they are doing therapy trying to enable him to stand . . . working with speech and with swallowing . . . some speech is understandable. Thanks for praying."

I read this on facebook this morning.  It was posted by a former minister and a wonderful friend of ours, Will Haworth.  

"Many of my friends on FB know my college roommate and close friend, Arlin Chesney. This morning Arlin had a stoke and is in serious condition in the hospital in Tennessee. The next 8 to 10 days is a wait and see period of time. I would ask you to join Diana and me in prayer for good progress and total recovery for Arlin... and for strength and comfort for his family."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Cheryl Marie Cronk
Born: August 21, 1946
Died: August 23, 2015

Cheryl Marie Cronk, 69, retired USD 260 bus driver, avid cribbage player, and wonderful Mother and Grammy, passed away Sunday August 23, 2015.
Cheryl’s greatest joy in life were her grandchildren Kaitlyn and Troy.
Visitation 1-8 p.m. Thursday (family present 5-7)
Funeral service 10 a.m. Friday, both at Smith Family Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Rd., Derby.
 Cheryl was preceded in death by her husband, Verlin Ray Cronk.
Survived by her children, Darwin (Deidra) Cronk of Wichita and Karen Gustin of Derby;
 grandchildren Kaitlyn Cronk and Troy Gustin;
step-granddaughter Jordan Malsom;
brothers Lyle (Laverne) Marcotte and Ray (Judy) Marcotte,
and special friend Charley Peterson.
 In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to assist Kaitlyn and Troy with future education expenses in the name of
“Cheryl’s Grandkids Education Fund”
 10224 Westlakes Ct,
Wichita, KS 67205.

About Verlin Cronk . . . . Click on  
Verlin Cronk

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015



I recieved this announcement from Roger Pruter a few days ago.  This will be wonderful!
Thanks Roger!

Museum in Natoma, Ks

The Natoma Museum, that is being established, will be located in the old Pohlman building.  The Museum Board has graciously offered Paradise a space in the museum.  Due to our area being only 4 feet wide and 8 feet tall, we will be restricted to small items.   Anyone who has old pictures of Paradise, especially business stores, or items of historical interest, please contact one of the following:

Roger Pruter   719-332-9051

Dan Hoisington  785-998-4320

Wednesday, July 29, 2015



William Keith Elliott, 86, of Natoma, Kansas passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Hays, Kansas.
Keith was born on the family farm north of Paradise, Kansas on February 10, 1929, the youngest of seven children of Gilbert and Grace (Winder) Elliott.  He grew up on the farm and attended school in Paradise and Natoma, graduating from Natoma High School in 1947.

Keith met his future wife in high school and was united in marriage to Ida L. Albrecht on October 31, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Natoma.  This union was blessed with four children; Pam, Mark, Jeff and Joel.

Keith was a farmer and stockman most of his life and, except for a short time in Harlan, Kansas, he and Ida have lived in the Natoma area.  He served on the local school board from 1959 to 1972.  He also served on the Rooks County Fair Board.  In addition to farming, he was a high school and small college basketball referee for over 30 years.  It was not uncommon for Keith to attend basketball games, either officiating or observing, three to four nights each week during the season.
Keith was an avid reader and a student of anything that piqued his curiosity.  He felt strongly about quality education and expected his children to do their best work regardless of their chosen path in life.  To him, anything worth doing was worth doing well, and when he had an opinion about something, it was strongly held.
Keith loved to tease family, friends and sometimes total strangers, and he enjoyed a good practical joke.  He cared deeply about his family, his cattle and the land, and he worked hard to provide for them all.  He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Natoma.
Surviving family include his wife of 67 years, Ida of the home; daughter, Pam Pendergast (Michael) of Prairie Village, Kansas; three sons, Mark Elliott (Suzanne) of Guangzhou, China, Jeff Elliott (Barbara) of Hays, Kansas and Joel Elliott of Huntington Beach, California; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Russell Elliott, Clair Elliott, Ray Elliott and Arvis Elliott; and two sisters, Julia Colby and Blossom Hutchcraft.

Celebration of Keith’s Life will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma.  Burial will follow at the Lutheran Cemetery in Natoma.  Visitation will be at the Church from 9:00 AM to Service Time on Wednesday.
Memorials have been established with Peace Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


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Check out Rosemary here on the Paradise Blog in 2009.  Click on →  Rosemary

Rosemary Thomas Stewart

November 11, 1934 - July 21, 2015

Rosemary Thomas was born to Dale and Mabelle Thomas on November 11, 1934 in Wewoka, Oklahoma.
While attending a church potluck deer supper Rosemary met the love of her life, Lewis Jr. Heiney. On March 6, 1952 Rosemary and Lewis were married in Russell, Kansas and began their new life together.  Rosemary and Lewis were blessed with three children, Rosalynn Kay, Karen Faye and Gary Paul.

With Lewis, as he supported his family in the oil fields, they lived in Kansas, Nebraska, & Wyoming. 1971 began their life as ministers in the Assemblies of God. She was an awesome asset as a pastor’s wife and help mate, while serving churches in Elkhart, Pleasanton and Osawatomie. Kansas.  Rosemary and Lewis retired to Ozark, MO in 1993. Rosemary accumulated many hardships and even more memories in pastoral duties.  The greatest hardship was certainly the death of daughter, Karen Faye Heiney in 1976.

While visiting son, Gary and family, a missionary in Venezuela, the dream of a lifetime, seeing the work Gary and family were doing ended with death of her love, Lewis in 1996.

Rosemary was blessed a second time with love, when God sent to her Clyde Stewart. Rosemary and Clyde were married and she spent precious years enjoying life with Clyde.  She lost Clyde in 2005 and again was alone.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Mabelle Thomas,
her only brother, D.A. Thomas,
her daughter, Karen,
and her husbands, Lewis Heiney and Clyde Stewart.

Rosemary is survived by daughter Rosalynn Handley and Doug of Ozark, MO,
her son, Gary Heiney and Patty), of Venezuela;
6 grandchildren and spouses, Carri & Dave Eisenhauer, Tammi and Ryan Creason, Megan Heiney, Mark and Laura Wells, J.D. and Jenny Heiney, and Stacia Handley and Fiancé ,Bryan Anderson.
6 great grandchildren, Tielyr & Kaleb Creason, Asa, Amaria & Aliyah Wells, and Landon Heiney.
Rosemary made each child, grandchild, and great grandchild, including those of Clyde Stewart feel special and loved each one dearly;
1 sister in law, Irene Thomas, Overland Park, KS,
and many cousins, friends, and “church” children across the United States.

Rosemary attended church at Oak Grove Assembly of God, A faithful servant, when physically able to attend. Rosemary is described by many as the “Proverbs woman”. While rosemary is walking the streets of gold, pain free with family members in heaven that have gone before her , we are left…a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends here on earth with a gaping hole in our hearts, waiting for the day that we can join her in heaven.

Services for Rosemary will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, July 27, 2015 at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday July 28, 2015 at Pleasanton Cemetery, Pleasanton, Kansas.

Contributions may be made to AGWM Samuels House #7597 1445 North Booneville Springfield, Missouri 65721.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


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January 30, 1941 - May 31, 2015

 Gary G. Miller, 74
Randolph, AL
passed away
May 31, 2015 at his home

Gary is survived by his wife of 18 years, Judy Lawley Robinson Miller; 
daughters, Pamela (Erick) Miller Newman, Seattle, WA, Rhonda Miller Kirby, Prattville;
grandchildren, Brian C. (Joy) Kirby, Wetumpka, Hunter K. Kirby, Montgomery, Caitlin A. Kirby, Eugene, OR, Erika and Jack Newman, Seattle;
great granddaughter, Sophia Born, Eugene.
He is also survived by three step children, Ed Robinson, Mill Valley, CA, Jennifer Robinson, Memphis, TN, and Jeff Robinson, Norcross, GA;
three step grandchildren, Avery Robinson, Mill Valley, Jeffrey and Jordan Robinson, Norcross;
brothers, Roger (Sandy) Miller, Fred (Kaye) Miller, all of Salina, KS, Myron (Rosie) Miller, Colo Springs, CO;
sister, Marilyn (DeVane) Dinkle, Russell, KS;
and by his dog, Lady.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Clemmons Miller,
parents, Godfred and Alvina Miller, Russell;
and two sisters who recently passed away in February: Sharon Miller, Russell, KS and DiAnn (Kenneth) Becker, Sylvan Grove, KS.

 Gary was a member of Randolph Baptist Church where he and Judy enjoyed growing in their faith in the Lord. He was a former member of Frazer UMC in Montgomery. Gary had an amazingly unselfish love, particularly for his daughters and grandchildren, then extending out to others, especially his 92 year old mother-in-law, Alice Lawley. He was loved by everyone who came in contact with him. He was retired from the Army and an avid Auburn fan.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:30 PM, at Rockco Funeral Home, Montevallo, AL. with Bro. Tony Reynolds, his pastor, presiding.

Visitation will be Wednesday Evening, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, at Rockco Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2:45 PM from the Alabama National Cemetery with full military honors with Bro. Tom Hammett presiding.
Pallbearers will be Brian and Hunter Kirby, Ed and Jeff Robinson, and Andrew and Tyler Pair who were neighbors in Montgomery and like his own sons.
Honorary pallbearers will be young grandson, Jack Newman, Gary’s SS Class at Randolph, his family, Judy’s family, his first wife’s family and Shawn Scott.
 No flowers requested. Donations may be made to Wesley Gardens Retirement Home, 1555 Taylor Road, Montgomery, AL 36117, where Gary worked 15 years as Dietary Manager;
or to Randolph Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 275, Randolph, AL 36792.
The family would like to thank Gentiva Hospice of Clanton, AL for their amazing care the last three weeks, especially their niece, Anne Taddicken.

From Onnalee - Gary sent this to me in 2008.
Hello from Gary and Judy Miller

Monday, May 25, 2015



So this day shall be to you a memorial. Exodus 12:14 (NKJV)

In honor of the veterans of the Civil War, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who had been wounded three times during that war, said the following in a Memorial Day Address in 1884:

It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.

Patriot’s Prayer

The greatest thing I can do for my country, Lord, is to honor You. If I hold You in the highest regard, I will do my civic duty with pleasure. Let me do service to my country and to others with a genuine willingness. Guide me to do those things that will make a difference for You.

Patriot’s Promise

In 1 Samuel 24:6, David had a perfect opportunity to kill King Saul — who was, after all, out to kill David. But David acknowledged to his men that the king had been anointed by God and that no one should stretch out his hand against him. Also, in 1 Chronicles 16:22, David credited God with commanding,

Do not touch My anointed ones.

We must hold our leaders in high regard and pray for them every day.

Because David honored and respected King Saul, God honored David, and He will keep that promise to us as well.

Friday, May 22, 2015



                                               Lonnie Alan Wallace
65, of Pueblo, Colorado and former  Waldo and Paradise, Kansas resident, died on March 12, 2015, at his home..

Lonnie was born on October 12, 1949, in the Russell City Hospital in Russell, Kansas, the son of George W. and Bonnie (Williams) Wallace. 
He grew up in Waldo, Kansas and graduated from Paradise High School in Paradise, Kansas.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Rose Marie Williams in May 1969 in Hutchinson, Kansas. 
Lonnie and Rose raised two son Aaron and Paul Williams. 


Lonnie worked as a service technician working on machinery and hydraulic equipment.  He also worked in the asphalt paving industry.

He is survived by his two stepsons Aaron H. Williams and Paul D. Williams; brothers Ronald G. Brozek (Lana) and Donald V. Engle (Betty);
sister Marjorie E. Wheeler (Bobby);
5 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rose on November 29, 2013, and sister Vonda J. Powell.
A graveside memorial service to honor Lonnie's life
will be held at
2:00 P.M. on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Luray City Cemetery
Reverend Jason Mason officiating. 

Cards and condolences may be sent in care of the mortuary. 
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary
of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


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Alan Kent Cooper, 67, of Moore, OK passed away May 3, 2015.
He was born January 20, 1948 to Milton and June Cooper in Concordia, KS.
Alan was employed by the United Postal Service and retired after 30 years of service. Alan was a strong family man, republican and loved the Lord. Alan was a train enthusiast and a “Mr. Fix-It”. He also enjoyed wood working.
Most of all 
he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kay Cooper;   

2 daughters, Janet Morgan and Marie Woods and husband, Jeff;
grandchildren, David, Paul, Brendan, Brody, and Isaac; 

sister, Nancy Barlow; 
2 brothers, Steven Cooper and wife, Sharon and Richard Cooper. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Milton and June Cooper; mother-in-law, Frances Kvasnicka; and father-in-law, Joe Kvasnicka. 

Funeral services 
will be held at 

10:00 AM, Thursday, May 7, 2015 

at the 
First United Methodist Church of Moore, Moore, Oklahoma. 
Interment to follow at Moore Cemetery, Moore, OK
Services are under the direction of John Ireland Funeral Home.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Michele Angel Peterka introduced me to a facebook link "Walking Kansas."
How interesting!  He does a great job with pictures.  I spent several hours looking at this site.
Thank You Michele and Thanks to Jerry for the many hours he has spent all over Kansas

Walking Kansas

Walking Kansas - Paradise

I also found his web site.  Wow!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


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Lonnie Alan Wallace, 65, of Pueblo, Colorado and former Russell, Waldo and Paradise, Kansas resident, died on March 12, 2015, at his home.

Lonnie was born on October 12, 1949, in the Russell City Hospital in Russell, Kansas, the son of George W. and Bonnie (Williams) Wallace.  He grew up in Waldo, Kansas and graduated from Paradise High School in Paradise, Kansas. 

He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Rose Marie Alani Wells in May 1969 in Hutchinson, Kansas.  Lonnie and Rose raised two son Aaron and Paul Williams.  He worked as a service technician working on machinery and hydraulic equipment.  He also worked in the asphalt paving industry.

He is survived by his two stepsons Aaron H. Williams and Paul D. Williams;
brothers Ronald G. Brozek (Lana) and Donald V. Engle (Betty); 

sister Marjorie E. Wheeler; 
5 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rose on November 29, 2013, and sisters Vonda J. Powell and Bonnie J. Engle.

A graveside memorial service to honor Lonnie's life is pending at this time and will be held at a later date.  

Cards and condolences may be sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


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McNeal, Robert L. "Bob," 77,
passed away peacefully at home
Feb. 26, 2015. 
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 
at Cochran Mortuary, 1411 N. Broadway, Wichita. 

                                      Graveside services 
will be held at 
1 p.m. Monday, March 2, 
at Kechi (KS) Township Cemetery. 

Survivors: wife, Frances McNeal; 
sons, Kendall, Stuart (Gina); 
daughter, Shelley (Scott) Tyson; 
6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 
and many nieces and nephews. 

Memorials: American Diabetes Association 

Saturday, February 28, 2015


I received a package in the mail today.

Yes, you read it correctly. 

To me from Goober Pyle.

The door bell rang.  Millard answered the door.  It was the mail man.  Millard said "You have a package. (pause)  Who on earth  is Goober Pyle?"  I replied to be careful with it, as that was a ficticious  name.  I asked where it was from.  He said Paradise, KS.  I  laughed hysterically.  I figured it would say, "Your Favorite Student - not Goober Pyle."  Dan Hoisington sent me the Simply Paradise Book for my birthday.  It is wonderful!  Very well done!  If you haven't bought one, order one as soon as possible.  Millard is still reading mine.  I just got to glance at it.

Click on this link

Scroll down a ways and you will see how to order the book.
It will show this post, then Paradise Bazaar & Turkey Dinner - Nov. 8th. 

Simply Paradise is next.

Thank You Goober for the wonderful birthday gift.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


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                                         Charlotte Irene (Helscher) Newton, 97,
                                    was born to

Sylvia Melvina (Zigler) Helscher and Thomas Adolph Helscher on
 October 18, 1917 on a farm near Paradise, Kansas. 
She passed away  on February 21, 2015
Warrensburg, MO. 

Charlotte attended school in Paradise where she graduated from high school.  She attended Fort Hays State University for a short time.  She married Loyal Lee (Jim) Newton on August 12, 1939.   Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years in 1993.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bryan Helscher, and his wife Louise.  She is survived by her children Dr. Thomas A. Newton and his wife Jane of Tahlequah, OK, Crystal A. Green of Warrensburg, MO, and Michael E. Newton and his wife Diana of Wichita, KS. Also surviving are grandchildren Shelly Parr, Jim Green, Brooks Newton, Julie Newton, and Sarah Brown as well as six great-grandchildren: Tyler Parr, Haley Parr, Jackson Green, Noah Green, Griffin Newton, and Thurston Brown. 
Charlotte and her family lived in several Kansas communities during the years that Jim was employed as an oilfield pumper.  They spent a number of years in Russell, Natoma, Wellington, Stafford, Preston, Pratt before coming back to Russell for retirement.  During those years as a full-time homemaker, Charlotte kept the family fed with her wholesome down-home recipes as well as with goodly portions of moral instruction, creative spirit, and self-deprecating humor. 
Charlotte taught her children that honesty and compassion for all creatures are essential human qualities.  She also modeled her passion for the creative spirit through her own works of art and her enduring memory of hundreds of songs and poems from her school years. Through the years and into her 90s, she would break into a poem or song when the topic of a conversation reminded of a particular lyric.  As a young woman, Charlotte created beautiful works of sculpture, songs, and poetry.  She and Jim kept the family in stitches with their humor and on-going word play.  Often the humor was based on double entendre, misunderstandings that were quickly exploited for their bizarre implications, and Charlotte’s ability to laugh at her own foibles.  Charlotte continued the art of story-telling that her parents were known for.  She told hundreds of stories centering on humorous anecdotes or unique character traits of her relatives or others from the small Kansas towns along the Lincoln Branch of the Union Pacific:  Lincoln Center, Lucas, Luray, Waldo, Paradise, Natoma, and Plainville. She told these stories so well and so often that the characters and the anecdotes have become part of the family heritage.
Charlotte’s children will remember her fiercely independent spirit, her unwillingness to accept injustice, her disregard for superstitious beliefs, her love of art, language, story-telling, and her sense of humor.

A graveside service to celebrate Charlotte's life 
will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Friday, February 27, 2015, 
at the Natoma City Cemetery.  
Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. 
on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 
at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell