Maxine (Watkins) Loyd
1916 ~ 2015
Virginia Maxine (Watkins) Loyd, daughter of Charles Oscar Watkins and Mary Catherine (Hiner) Watkins was born at their rural home near Anthony, Kansas on February 25, 1916 and passed away on January 11, 2015 at Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 98 years and 10 months.
Maxine was the third daughter of four girls and one son. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Iva Louise, and her sisters Dorothy Watkins Marsh, and Marjorie Ann Lyon.
In 1937, Maxine married Ward Beecher Loyd and they traveled extensively in the United States and Canada where he was employed in oil research for Carter Oil Company, a subsidiary of Standard New Jersey, now known as ExxonMobile. Ward died in 1947 in a tragic accident and was survived by two sons, Ward Eugene, age 4 years, and Jefferson Carl, age 7 months.
After Ward’s death, the family lived several years with her mother, “GaGa”, at her rural home near Kiowa, Kansas. In order to care for her family, Maxine became a student of elementary education and counseling. She commuted to Northwestern University at Alva, Oklahoma where she received her B.S. degree in 1957 and her M.T. degree in 1965 with a major in counseling. Maxine initially taught school in Kiowa and then set up a counseling program under a Title 1 federal grant with time spent in Hazelton and Hardtner as well.
In 1972, Maxine was hired by the Lawrence, Kansas school system to set up an advanced elementary counseling program. She went on to establish The Diagnostic Center in Lawrence which was held in high regard by the State of Kansas. Maxine continued in this role until her retirement while also spending 10 years helping the family care for her mother.
In 1995, Maxine left Lawrence and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to be closer to family. She spent 10 years there being active with her family, community and church until she decided it was time for a retirement center. Inverness Village remained her home for another decade and “Max” was loved and will be missed by many at the center.
She leaves to mourn her passing her brother, Charles E. Watkins of Anthony; sister, Mary Foland and husband, Jack of Tulsa; sons: Ward Loyd and wife, Susie of Topeka and Jefferson Loyd and wife, Glenna of Tulsa; 5 grandchildren: Katherine Falkner, Keele Loyd, Aaron Loyd MD, Anna Loyd DO and Arthur Loyd JD; 6 great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Cobblestone Inn Hospitality Room in Anthony. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Anthony.
Memorials in memory of Maxine may be made to the Kiowa Public Library or to the Hopewell Presbyterian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, Inc., 602 E. Main St. ~ Anthony, KS 67003, was in charge of arrangements. www.prairierose funeralhomes.com
Andy H. Black
November 4, 1930 - January 13, 2015
Hardtner- Graveside service for Andy H. Black, 84, will be Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Memories may be shared at www.lanmanmemorials.com Memorials may be given to Kiowa District Hospital through the funeral home.
Andy was born November 4, 1930 in Salina, Kansas to Dewey and Inez Black. He passed away on January 13, 2015.
The family moved to Hardtner, Kansas in 1938. He graduated from Hardtner High School in 1948. He joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He is a member of the Hardtner Legion Post #175.
He married Billie Logan in 1957 in Kiowa, Kansas. They had two sons: Jeff and Jay. He graduated from Northwestern University in Alva, Oklahoma with a degree in chemistry. He began work at Boeing Aircraft in 1957 as a chemist and lived in Haysville. Then in 1970 he returned to Hardtner to work for Bob Sterling and the Kiowa Sale Company. He also owned and operated the Hardtner Motel for several years.
His hobbies were his grandkids, all sports, Dallas Cowboy Football and BS’ING with Bob Sterling.
He is survived by sons, Jeff Black and wife, Stacy of Hardtner, Kansas and Jay Black of Great Bend, Kansas; grandsons, Dalton and Conner of Hardtner;; brother, Larry Black of Wichita, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie; brother, Roger; sisters, Norma Jean Feaster and Shirley Campbell.
Margaret Faye Kennicutt
Margaret Faye (Benton) Kennicutt was born January 14, 1926, the youngest of three children born to Arthur Edgar Benton and Mabel Matilda Benton. She entered into rest on Saturday, December 27, 2014.
She was raised on a farm near Attica, KS. Margaret graduated from high school and soon afterwards met her soon-to-be husband, Herb Kennicutt.
Margaret and Herb were married September 4, 1948 in Kansas City, MO. To this union two children were born, a daughter who was still born, and their son David, who preceded his mother in death.
Margaret and Herb celebrated over 65 years of marriage. During their time together, they lived in numerous cities in the state of Kansas, Gallup, NM and El Reno, OK before settling down in Oklahoma City.
When she was able, Margaret loved working in her garden and canning. She and her husband did volunteer work at a local food pantry. Margaret also sewed dresses for little girls for an organization called “You are Special”.
Margaret was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mabel Benton, Virginia Adams (sister), Oliver Lee Benton (brother), a baby sister (still born), her daughter (still born), her son, David Kennicutt, and a sister-in-law, Donna Kennicutt.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband, Herb Kennicutt, Orlis and Francis Kennicutt, Ina (Kennicutt) Hohmann, Bill and Martha Kennicutt, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 9, at Demuth Funeral Home in Oklahoma City with Rev. Rick Marion conducting the service. Interment will be at a later date in Riverview Cemetery, Kiowa, KS.
The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation and sincere gratitude the many acts of kindness and prayers shown to them during our time of bereavement. May God bless and keep you.
The Family of
Vane M. Lawson
Vane Murray Lawson was born January 16, 1920 on a farm near Platte City, Missouri to John Clifford Lawson and Claracy Walters Lawson. He attended all twelve years of school in Kiowa, Kansas, graduating in 1938.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Force on November 12, 1942, serving as a flight engineer and crew chief on a C-47. He received his training in Lincoln, Nebraska and Long Beach, California. He was in the 9th Air Force, 316th Troop Carrier Group, 36th Squadron. They hauled cargo, paratroopers and pulled gliders into Holland. Vane served in five campaigns during World War II. He received his honorable discharge September 30, 1945.
Upon arriving home he joined his father, Cliff, two brothers, Forest and A.J. in the Lawson Ford Motor Company. He worked there for more than twenty years. The business closed in 1968. He then worked for Ford dealerships in Kingman, Cherokee and Kiowa. His last employment was with Washburn Motor in Alva, Oklahoma for about twenty-three years.
Vane was a charter member of the VFW. He then joined the American Legion when it combined.
In 1946 he met Verna Lee Campbell from Hardtner. They were married on August 1, 1948. To this union three children were born: Randy, Tony and Sheri.
Vane was interested in all sports. He managed the Little League Baseball Program in Kiowa, plus coached the team in which Randy and Tony played for many years.
Vane wanted to make it to his 95th birthday. God answered his prayers.
Preceding him in death include his parents; one granddaughter; Nikki Lawson; two brothers and their spouses.
Vane is survived by his wife, Verna Lee Lawson of Kiowa; sons, Randy Lawson and wife, Tracy of El Dorado, Kansas and Tony Lawson and wife, Suzanne of Wichita, Kansas; daughter, Sheri Day and fiancé, Donnie Herren of Blackwell, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Services will be held at the Kiowa United Methodist Church on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Keith Fink officiating and burial will be at Riverview Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa. Viewing will be Thursday 11:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Kiowa. www.lanmanmemorials.com
Memorials may be given to Kiowa United Methodist Church through the funeral home.
Dr. Allan T. Kimmell
Dr. Allan Thomas Kimmell, 89, of Topeka lived an awe-inspiring life and passed away on January 21, 2015. He was born in Cherokee, OK on May 18, 1925 to Etta Bernard and Robert Kimmell.
Dr. Kimmell grew up in Cherokee and volunteered to enlist in the US Navy at 17 years old, serving the Naval Armed Guard during World War II from 1943-1946.
He graduated from Oklahoma A&M College (now known as Oklahoma State University) in 1952 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, then opened and ran a private veterinary practice in Kiowa, KS serving Kansas and Oklahoma from 1952-1976. The way he cared for animals was a project of passion and a work of art.
From 1976-1978, Dr. Kimmell was a Federal Meat Inspector and in 1978 he became the Kansas State Veterinarian. In 1985, he was appointed to the Kansas Dept. of Animal Health and served as the Livestock Commissioner for 5 years. He was also proud to be an active member of the Shriners and the Legion of Honor.
Dr. Kimmell was married to Betty L. (Liggenstoffer) Kimmell for 52 years until she passed away September 19, 2002. He and July Hackerott enjoyed over 10 years of companionship, travel, and adventure. They attended Faith Community Church in Topeka. Known as Doc, A.T., Allan, Dad, Grandpa, Grandad, and Great-Grandad, Dr. Kimmell is survived by a large and loving family and many friends. He had many stories, many sayings, and loved to laugh. He would be the first to say he lived a wonderful life.
He is survived by:
Sister - Margaret Kimmell of San Antonio, TX, Sister-in-law - Doris May (Elmore) Kimmell
Son - Bill Kimmell of Canyon, TX; his wife, Nik; Grandson Cody and Tessa Jobe, Grandson Cade, his wife Dana. Son- Richard Kimmell, M.D. of Olathe, KS; his wife Pattie; Grandson Matt Angel. Son - Jeff Kimmell, Ph.D. of Kiowa, KS; his wife Michelle; Granddaughter Moira, Grandson Spencer. Daughter - Karen Ann Kimmell of Ft. Sumner, NM; Granddaughter Darcy, her husband Justin Norsworthy, Great-Granddaughter Holly and Great-Grandson Eli; Granddaughter Dana; Granddaughter Hannah, her husband Steven Burlbaw, Great-Grandson Colt.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kiowa District Hospital, Kiowa KS and the Masonic Shrine Legion of Honor.
A family and friends visitation will be held at the Fountainebleau Club House, 4231 SW Emland Dr., Topeka on Friday, January 23 from 10:30 till 11:30 am.
A memorial and burial will be held in Kiowa later in the spring with arrangements to be announced.