Obituary: Dale R. Ross

On Wednesday May 13, 2020, Dale R. Ross, loving son, brother, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 64 in McPherson, KS. Dale was born May 19, 1955, in Council Bluffs, Iowa and was the fourth son of Eugene and Mary (Jenkins) Ross. He was a graduate in the class of 1973 of Thomas Jefferson High in Council Bluffs.  He has two children, Stacey Ross of Kearney, NE and Scott Ross of Lewisville, TX, and two grandchildren, Celia (4) and Declan Ritz (3). Dale was an incredible inventor and held several U.S. Patents. He owned a tool and die

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Obituary: Nikki Lee Cody

Nikki Lee Cody, 65, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at her home in McPherson, KS.  She was a bookkeeper at The Citizens State Bank (formerly Home State Bank). Nikki was born on October 9, 1954, in Halstead, KS, the daughter of Wilbur Lee and Colleen “Lee” Pearl (Nichols) Bland.  She graduated from Halstead High School. She was a member of the First Christian Church, McPherson. Survivors include: her husband, William “Bill” Janssen of McPherson, KS; daughter, Kendra Murphy (Blayne) of Centralia, MO; granddaughter, Kensley Murphy of Centralia, MO; step-daughters, Taysha Yowell of McPherson, KS and Tannah Janssen of McPherson, KS;

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Obituary: Lillian Frances Violet (Vi) Lundquist

Lillian Frances Violet (Vi) Lundquist passed away peacefully in her sleep at Cedar Ridge in McPherson on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. She was born at McPherson Hospital in April 1928 to Elmer and Lilly (Aelmore)Norland, Violet spent most of her life in McPherson County. She was the youngest and last remaining of nine Norland children: Abner, Wilbert, Verne, Edna(Hallgarth), Emery, Zelma(Walline), Kenneth, Maxine (Allen), and Violet. Growing up in the country near Galva, Violet attended North Diamond Country School, McPherson High School and Beauty school, Salina, Kansas. United in marriage to Jerry Cockriel in 1953, they were blessed with four

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Obituary: Gerald “Jerry” W. Ryan

Gerald “Jerry” W. Ryan, age 90, passed away, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at his home in McPherson. Jerry was born in Jerseyville, IL on January 28, 1930, to James and Aline Ryan, the only boy of five children.  Jerry graduated from high school in Delavan, IL at the age of 16. He enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea. After his discharge, Jerry received a chemical engineer degree from the University of Illinois.  Jerry began his career with UOP in Chicago and then spent the rest of his working years as a Process Engineer at the NCRA Refinery

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Obituary: Micheal Jess Baird

Micheal Jess Baird, 71, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 4:55 a.m., Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 unexpectedly at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson, Kansas. Mike was born in Tecumseh, Nebraska on September 16, 1948, son of Marvin Jesse and Mary Lou (Hahn) Baird. Mike attended McPherson grade school, McPherson Junior High and graduated from McPherson Senior High School, McPherson, Kansas in 1966. Mike then attended Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas. Through the years Mike worked for Pyle Construction, M&P Construction, Sterling Drug, Sanofi Winthrop, Abbott, Hospira and retired from Pfizer Mfg, McPherson, Kansas in 2019. Mike was a member of USSSA.

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Obituary: Barbara Jeane (Nelson) Blair

Barbara Jeane (Nelson) Blair, of Independence, Missouri formerly of McPherson, Kansas passed away May 24, 2020, at the age of 97.  Born in Virgil, Kansas on April 21, 1923, to Floyd Q. Nelson and Flavis K. (Wilson), she spent her first years in McPherson County including her K-12 education.  She met her husband, Laurence G. Blair, while in high school, and they were married in 1942. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, and one great-grandson. She is survived by 3 children, Larry, Jr. (Denae) Merriam, KS, Lon R.,Denton, TX, Kathy Buerge (Alden), Joplin, MO.  There are 7 grandchildren:  Dawn (Bill) Stone, Matt (JoAnn)

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Obituary: Rosellen Marie Lindblade

Rosellen Marie Lindblade, 86, of McPherson, Kansas passed away at 3:17 a.m., Sunday, May 24th, 2020 peacefully at Brookdale, McPherson. Rosellen was born in McPherson, Kansas on March 16, 1934, a daughter of Frank Martin and Edythe Lenore (Johnson) Straka. Rosellen attended Lincoln Elementary School, McPherson Junior High and graduated from McPherson High School, McPherson, Kansas in 1952. She then attended Emporia State College for 2 years receiving her teaching certificate. She was a member of New Gottland Covenant Church, where she taught Sunday School and played piano for many years Rosellen taught at Concordia grade school for 1 year,

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Obituary: Lodema Elaine Walstrom

Elaine Walstrom, 99, of Mcpherson, Kansas, passed away at 8:45 p.m., Thursday, May 21st, 2020 peacefully at Pleasant View Home, Inman, Kansas. Elaine was born in Little River, Kansas on November 25, 1920, a daughter of  Fred A. and Alberta Mae (Banister) Fuller. Elaine attended Willis Grade School, Buhler, Kansas. She was a member of Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, Inman Through the years Elaine worked mostly on the family farm until the family moved to McPherson in 1964. Elaine then worked for Friends Drug Store as a clerk, Coast To Coast Hardware Store as a clerk. Then she volunteered for McPherson

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Obituary: Linda Sue Santner

Linda Sue Santner, 69, of McPherson, KS and formerly of Lindsborg, KS, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Via Christi Village, Wichita, KS. Sue was born on March 12, 1951, the daughter of Albert Crim and Melva Mae (Melton) Santner.  She graduated from Delphos High School in Delphos, KS. Survivors include: her MCDS family and caregivers; her guardian, Vaughn Ingram of McPherson, KS; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. A visitation and viewing will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Stockham Family Funeral Home.  A private burial will be held on

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