Obituaries
Ruth N. Tharp
Ruth Nadine (Smalley) Tharp was born on August 27, 1927 in Geuda Springs, KS, to Harold Smalley and Eva Duvall Smalley. She passed from this life on November 13, 2014.
Moving around and attending school in Byron, OK, Driftwood, OK, Attica, KS, Kiowa High School and a few other places we can’t remember, she received her GED from South Barber High School. That, however, was after two sons, two daughters – in – law, and a few grandchildren, but we’ll get to that.
On March 22, 1947, she married Robert “Bob” Henry Tharp at the courthouse. They showed up to get their marriage license, and the judge said, “Or we can just do this now…” After a loving look and a shoulder shrug, they said, “Why don’t we do this now?” They were married for 52 years.
Around 11 months after they were married, they were blessed with their first son, Tommy “Tom” Ray Tharp. Three years later, when their second son, Terry Robert Tharp was born, they decided the world couldn’t handle another Tharp boy.
She loved to sing every chance she got. Sometimes she would wake the sleeping Tharp family early in the morning with those sparkling top notes. She also loved to sing with her family, and at church.
She and Bob started their truck making business in the 80’s. They made and sold trunks for almost 20 years, making sure their kids and grandkids each had a special one. They loved those four grand girls. They begged for boys, but just couldn’t get their way. Girls smell better anyway.
Many afternoons were spent shouting Jeopardy answers, right or wrong was always a tossup, and filling in crossword puzzles like a machine. She and Bob really loved taking trips to Hutchinson, KS, to visit their family, and go to the state fair. They also enjoyed the daily visits from the granddaughters across the street.
We will never forget the special treats of cheetos and vanilla wafers, as well as her homemade beef and noodles, cherry pie, and delicious gravy!
Later in life, when she joined her friends at the Kiowa Manor, she became the bingo champion. Once her fortune is discovered, it will be distributed evenly amongst family members.
She made many new friends, and had wonderful neighbors who welcomed her with warmth. Grandma had the willingness to be delighted. She tried her best to pass that along to her sons, but, ya know, they were too far into the dark side.
Ruth is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob; her sister, Ruby Catlin; brothers, Willard Smalley, Wallace Smalley, Henry Smalley and her parents.
She is survived by sons, Tom (Chris) of Kiowa, KS, Terry (Terri) of Hutchinson, KS; sister, Millie Davis and four grand girls, Sarah, Katie, Emma and Hanna, as well as several nieces and nephews and a number of invaluable friends.
Funeral service for Ruth will be Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Kiowa First Christian Church with burial at Riverview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas.
Viewing will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. www.lanmanmemor-ials.com
Memorials may be made to Kiowa Manor, Kiowa First Christian Church or Alzheimer’s/Dementia Research.
Betty J. DeMint
Betty J. (Nurse) DeMint, 93, died November 13, 2014, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. She was born August 2, 1921, near Medicine Lodge, the daughter of Walter S. and Ethel (Hunt) Nurse.
She was a resident of Medicine Lodge, Hazelton, Hutchinson, moved to Norwich in 2004 and back to Mennonite Friendship Communities in South Hutchinson in 2013.
She worked at the ASC office in Medicine Lodge, was a financial secretary at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home and Trinity United Methodist Church and was also a bookkeeper for DeMint Appliance Service, Inc.
Betty belonged to Forest City Church near Medicine Lodge, the Methodist Churches in Medicine Lodge and Hazelton, Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson and Norwich Methodist Church.
On December 28, 1941, she married Virgil W. DeMint of Hazelton in Medicine Lodge. While Virgil was in the Army Air Force, they lived in Tucson, Arizona for 3 years. He died December 15, 2002.
As a youth, she belonged to Campfire Girls and 4-H. She was Mother Advisor for Rainbow Girls and a member of the Progressive Club in Hazelton, United Methodist Women, and a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Silver Leaf Chapter #464. Betty and Virgil also volunteered for Reno County Food Bank.
Survivors include: daughters, Cheryl Gosch and husband Jay of Norwich, Jan Wirtz and husband Bill of St. Lousi, MO; grandson, Justin Gosch and wife Tammy of Norwich; great grandchildren, Brittany, Jace, Tanner, and Brenna Gosch all of Norwich; sister, Carol Sue Vester and husband Richard of Hutchinson; and 3 nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Marvin and Jack Nurse.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Norwich United Methodist Church, 623 E. Burns, Norwich, with Reverends Bernard McFarthing, Cathy Holly, and Jim Rhaesa officiating. Family burial will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hazelton, Kansas.
Friends may sign the book 9-9 Sunday and Monday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Norwich United Methodist Church, Norwich EMS, or Trinity United Methodist Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, Ks 67501.
Helen E. Murrow
Helen Elaine Roth Murrow was born March 17, 1926, the daughter of Henry Louis Roth and Martha Ann Farney Roth. She was received into her Lord’s arms on November 17, 2014 at the age of 88. She was born on her family’s farm east of Kiowa and spent most of her life in this community. She worked at various jobs including Duckwall’s, the airplane plant, a furniture store in Wellington and then Peoria, Illinois.
Following a short stay there, she returned home and soon married Gerald “Bud” Leo Murrow on July 24, 1947. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Gayle Elaine, Janet Lea and Lynne Marie. Helen gave her life to Jesus and joined the Apostolic Christian Church at Burlington, Oklahoma in the spring of 1951. She was a homemaker until she began helping Bud with Murrow Construction in 1976.
Throughout their lives, they enjoyed trips to Illinois to see Helen’s family, Colorado and several other states. In their retirement, they especially enjoyed their winters in Texas and made many good friends there. Helen lived her faith and loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Roth and wife, Laverne; her sister, Delma Ziegenhorn and husband, Bernard; her sister, Esther Terry and husband, Charles; a brother-in-law, Melvin Weyeneth and a granddaughter, Jeanette Elaine Robb.
Helen will be greatly missed by her husband, Bud of Kiowa; her daughters, Gayle Robb of Cunningham, Janet Smith and husband, Burton of Kiowa and Lynne Johnson and husband, Shawn of Kiowa; seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Leona Weyeneth of Washington, Illinois; nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church of Kiowa through the funeral home.
Helen’s funeral service will be Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Kiowa Apostolic Christian Church with burial at Riverview Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc of Kiowa.
Viewing will be Thursday 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. with family present 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Memories may be shared at www.lanmanmemorials.com.
Robert H. Ragan
Robert Harold “Bob” Ragan, 85, Topeka, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Stormont-Vail Hospital.
Bob was born December 2, 1928 in Burlington, OK, the son of Virgil H. and Lillian (Meister) Ragan. He graduated from Kiowa High School in Kiowa, KS in 1946. He received his Bachelors degree in 1957 and his Masters degree in 1965 from Emporia State Teachers College.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne.
He taught High School Business classes in Geneseo, El Dorado and Hoisington, KS. He became a Principal at Geneseo High School, and Superintendent of Schools in Argonia, KS. In 1979, he moved to Garden City School District where he served as Assistant Superintendent in charge of Finance. He then served as Assistant Superintendent of Shawnee Heights School District where he was in charge of Finance, until retirement in 1993.
He was a member of Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church, and the American Legion. He volunteered at the Colmery-O’Neil V.A. Medical Center for the past 21 years.
Bob married Clara Jean Fairbanks on May 26, 1955 in Kiowa, KS. She survives. Other survivors include daughters, Sandra (Jerry) Taylor, Longmont, CO, Marilyn (Darrel) Mainz, Topeka; sons, Robert (Ann) Ragan, Wichita, Ronald (Becky) Ragan, High Point, NC; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Ragan; and sister, Lois Perry.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Kiowa at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014. The family will receive friends at the Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel, 2843 SE Minnesota from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. this evening, November 20, 2014.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Topeka Rescue Mission or the Wounded Warrior Project.
To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabel Topeka.com