“Duke” Dewey Lee Reed
December 19, 1941 - June 8, 2015
Dewey Lee Reed (Duke) passed away June 8, 2015 at his home in Hardtner, Kansas.  He was born at the Hardtner Hospital on December 19, 1941 to Vergie and Dewey Reed. He grew up on the Z Bar Ranch an graduated from Hardtner High School in 1965 .  He married Julie Rathgeber on May 30, 1964 in Kiowa, Kansas.  Three children, Kent, Travis and Trishell, were born to this union.  Duke did many things, but the one thing he loved to do was ride bulls.  He won twice at the Waynoka Rodeo and once at the Freedom Rodeo. He loved every minute and everything about riding bulls.  You could never get bored listening to Duke’s stories.  He started his own business, Walking R Fencing.  His wife, Julie kept the books and also helped build fence.  Duke raised horses and was a lifetime Barber County resident. 
Survivors include his sons, Kent Reed and Travis Reed; daughter, Trishell Reed; sister, Patricia Atkinson; brother, Steve Reed and parents, Vergie and Dewey Reed.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Julie.
A graveside memorial service for both Julie and Duke will be Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery.  A reception to greet the family after the service will be at the Hardtner Community Building.  Memories or condolences may be shared at  Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas

Dr. Melvin
Louis Conrad

(March 10, 1927  -  June 26, 2015)
Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas.  Melvin was born March 10, 1927 in Kiowa, Kansas, to Marvin and Elsie Conrad and attended public schools in Kiowa from Kindergarten through High School, graduating in 1945.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eula Conrad and sister, Etta Mae Coburn. 
He is survived by children, Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.  He is also survived by brother, Lawrence Conrad of Kiowa, Kansas; grandchildren, Christopher Theiler, Matthew Conrad (Marti), Gregory Conrad and great granddaughter, Lucy Theiler.  He was also loved by nieces and nephews, Aline Grant (Brian), Annette Waisner (Kory), Brenda Dirks (Rick), Randy Conrad (Julie) and Foster Coburn.
Melvin entered active service in the V-6 program of the United States Navy Reserve April 16, 1945, where he was first assigned to the USS Welles at Bremerton, Washington after boot camp.  He received an honorable discharge from the navy at Norman, Oklahoma in May, 1946 with the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, and the Victory Medal.
Melvin continued his education receiving a BA in Biology at Southwestern College in 1950, MA in Biology at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee in 1956 and PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1980.
In 1954 he married Eula Montes Vieira in Cascatinha, Brazil, after serving as an educational missionary from 1950 - 1954.  He taught General Science and Biology at McLeansboro (IL) Township High School 1956-1958; Asst. Professor of Biology at Oxford (Georgia) College of Emory University 1958-1967; and from Asst. Professor to Professor of Plant Taxonomy at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University) in Kirksville 1967-1991, where he retired as Professor Emeritus of Plant Taxonomy in 1991.
Melvin was active in the Methodist Church all his life.  He was a member of Lions Clubs International for many years, holding numerous club and state offices including District Governor of District 26-C, was director of Blood Services for the American Red Cross and helped found the Missouri Native Plant Society (MONPS) in 1979.  In December, 1993, he and Eula moved to Kiowa, Kansas, where he led the Barber County Wildflower Tour each May.  He had been a member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Missouri Native Plant Society, Kansas Wildflower Society, Kiowa Lions Club, the American Legion, Post #146, the Kiowa City Tree Board, sang in the choir at the Kiowa United Methodist Church, served on the board of directors of the Kiowa Alumni Association and the Border Line Theatre.
Virginia L. Rathgeber
Kiowa, KS- Graveside service for Virginia L. Rathgeber, 90, will be Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Viewing will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Virginia was born on November 13, 1924 to William M. and Myrtle Miller in Kiowa and passed from this life on June 29, 2015 in Kiowa. 
Virginia married Ben Rathgeber in August of 1944. She had lived her lifetime in and around Kiowa.  Virginia was a member of Kiowa United Methodist Church.  She was a seamstress by profession, working at Clark Fabrics and Tucker Manufacturing. 
Virginia was a flower gardener, an avid reader and also did sewing at home.  She loved to babysit her grandchildren. 
Survivors include her two children, David Rathgeber and wife, Theresa  of Kiowa and Jerry Rathgeber and wife, Brenda of Woodward; three grandchildren, Josh Rathgeber and wife, Dedra, Natasha Mueller and Tyler Rathgeber and wife, Beca; seven great grandchildren, Hayden, Anden, Abigail, Adriene, Austen, Aiden, and Zakk.
Those who preceded Virginia in death include her husband, Ben; sister, Willa Parscal and her parents.
Memorials may be given to Kiowa City Library through the funeral home.