Obituaries
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
Paul E. Roark
Paul E. Roark was born April 27, 1939 in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Howard Roark and Jeanette Andrews Roark. He married Clyda Kay Thurman on June 7, 1958 in Kiowa at the Congregational Church and they made their home in Kiowa. Paul passed from this life on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the age of 75.
Paul owned and operated R&R Cattle Company and Roark Farms alongside his son, Danny Gene Roark. For 48 years, with the help of his family, Paul traveled to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Montana and North Carolina with the custom harvesting business cutting wheat and soybeans.
He was a member of Cosmos Lodge #278, Wichita Valley Scottish Rite and Midian Shrine Rite.
For those closest to Paul, he was respected for his true grit, sense of humor and loving, generous spirit. During difficult times, he was known for saying, “when it’s too tough for everyone else, it’s just right for us”.
Those preceding Paul Roark in death were his parents; sister, Doris Hiddleson; brothers, Robert “Bob” Thomas Roark and Steven Roark.
He is survived by his wife, Clyda Kay Roark of Kiowa; son, Danny Gene Roark and wife, Dana of Kiowa; daughter, Becky Kay Mathews and husband, Scott of Kiowa; brother, Jim Roark and wife, Marilyn of Phoenix, Arizona; granddaughters, Ashley Mathews Askew and husband, Tim of Navarre, Florida, Meghan Kirby Kohman and husband, Lance of Joplin, Missouri, Jenna Kay Mostert and husband, Willem of Zanoni, Missouri, Calli Joelle VanRanken and husband, Earl of Zanoni, Missouri, Hailey Jo Roark of New York City, New York, Courtney Jean Roark of Kiowa, Kansas; great granddaughters, Greta Blair Kohman and Brylee Joelle VanRanken as well as several special nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances. Paul will be missed by all.
Memorials may be made to Hazelton Kiowa Rural Fire Department, Congregational Church or donor’s choice through the funeral home.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Congregational United Church of Christ at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.
Viewing will be Tuesday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. with family present 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Memories may be share at www.lanmanmemorials .com.
Gary E. Wetzel
Gary E. Wetzel, 72, slipped away peacefully on November 17, 2014 while surrounded by his loving family. Graveside service was held at Riverview Cemetery in Kiowa, KS on November 21, 2014 followed by a memorial service at Cornerstone Christian Church, Wichita.
Gary was born on January 4, 1942 in Hardtner, KS to Earl and Berneice Wetzel. He married his high school sweetheart, Deanna (Mott) on December 8, 1963. In 1971, Gary graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Being an engineer was one of his many passions which included music, art, and serving in the church. Gary was the owner of a successful structural engineering firm for over 35 years. His firm is associated with many famous structures around the Wichita area.
Gary and Deanna had two daughters, Wendy and Heather. His girls were the light of his life. Gary was a wonderful husband, father, and friend who will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years; two daughters, Wendy (Brent) Parsons of Kansas City, and Heather (Jason) Eubank of Wichita; four grandchildren, Hunter and Hayden Parsons, and Olivia and Tess Eubank; numerous extended family members and friends.
Memorials have been established with the Kiowa Historical Society and Cornerstone Christian Church.