WEBB FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE   - 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS *LOCALLY OWNED* 620-331-3500
Obituaries 2019-2020  Condolences may be left on the Guest Book page and they will be attached at the base of obituary for a time and then printed for the family.  You may also click the 'Flowers & Gifts" tab in the menu.  You must scroll down.  See below in reverse chronological order:

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2020(22)
  • May - Gerald Riedle / Bobbie Rumfelt
  • April - Bill Hubler / Joyce Simpson / Del Singleton 
  • March - Amanda Lewis / Cornelius Austin, Sr. / Margaret Harlin / Robert Stevens / James Cole / Cathy O'Mara / David Pruden / Michael Palmer / Bonnie Chapter / Gary Quinn
  • February - Alanson Whaley / Mary Anna Brown / Cynthia Edgington / Linda Matthews / Bobby DePlois 
  • January - Cee Cee Riddles / Patricia Elaine "Rudy" Shoat
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2019(38)
  • December - Betty Wohltman / Russell May
  • November - Sonny Burton 
  • October - Marshall J. Madison, Jr. / Windell Morgan Cole / Jessica Lynn Medsker / Tony Bolin, Sr. / Bayzlee Quinnzelle Paine / Gaylene Liming 
  • September - Terrance 'Terry' Lynn Houck / Charles Bryan 
  • August - Basil E. "Gene" Bryant / Wilma Lee (Bush) Kempton / Raymond "Rick" Abner / Beth Near / Stephanie Barnaby Kelley / Lula Belle Laster 
  • July - Anthony Malachowski, III / Fred Clubine / Craig Joseph Merchant 
  • June - Gladys Schneider / Marleen Lane / Willis D. Wilkerson / Claudell Johnson Mathews / Leuverta Morgan /  Johnny G. Best, II 
  • May - Luis Juarbe / Lewis Thompson / Robert Schiler & Betty Ann Schiler
  • April - Max Lynn Hare / Max Hinthorn / Jeanne B. Kurtz / Kathleen Susan Lefever Hall 
  • March - Langdon W. Ferguson, Sr. / Michael Lee Hahn, Jr. 
  • February - Elbert O. Lewis, Jr. 
  • January - Connie Redman 
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2020
  • May- Gerald Riedle / Bobbie Rumfelt 
  • April - Bill Hubler / Joyce Simpson / Del Singleton 
  • March - Amanda Lewis / Cornelius Austin, Sr. / Margaret Harlin / Robert Stevens / James Cole / Cathy O'Mara / David Pruden / Michael Palmer / Bonnie Chapter / Gary  Quinn
  • February - Alanson Whaley / Mary Anna Brown / Cynthia Edgington / Linda Matthews / Bobby DePlois 
  • January - Cee Cee Riddles / Patricia Elaine "Rudy" Shoat
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May ( Gerald Riedle / Bobbie Rumfelt )
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Gerald Riedle
1965-2020
     Gerald Eugene Riedle, age 54, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK. 
Memorial celebration of life services may be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be made to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     Gerald Eugene Riedle was born June 2, 1965, in Independence, to Bess Louise (Vance) and Charles Melvin Riedle.  He attended local schools and graduated Independence High School in 1983.  He was close to his church family and loved fishing.
     Survivors include his mother:  Bess Clark, and his brother, Wayne Riedle, both of Independence, KS.  Several cousins and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his father.
     The family of Gerald Riedle has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.
     
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Bobbie Rumfelt 
1939-2020
     Bobbie Rumfelt, age 80, of Independence, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, KS, following a sudden illness. 
     There will be a celebration of life for both Bobbie and Reeta together during Neewollah, 2020, with inurnment at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.  Memorial contributions may be made to Animals With Our Love (AWOL) and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.
     Bobbie Lee Rumfelt was born on July 2, 1939 in Independence, KS to Lee and Alberta (Burnett) Rumfelt.  Lee Rumfelt was lost at sea in World War 2 in 1945 when Bobbie was 5 years old.  His mother re-married his stepfather, Gene Nichols, who raised Bobbie and his siblings. 
     Bobbie was well known while growing up in Independence.  He began his successful academic sports career as early as 5th grade, playing basketball and other sports.  Many school and state records would be broken as Bobbie continued playing basketball, football, and track and field throughout his school years.  In Bobbie's senior year of high school he set a new school record by scoring 35 points on the court against Pittsburg.  Bobbie was voted "most favorable player" in Southeast Kansas, and was voted onto the first "All Kansas" team, all-area team, and the SEK team.  Bobbie was also featured in the Dell Sports Magazine's "Future All Americans".  Bobbie graduated from Independence High School in 1958 and received was scholarship offers to from universities all over the United States.  Bobbie remained in Independence and attended Independence Junior College and furthered his education at Pittsburg State University and Southwestern College in Winfield KS.  Bobbie was an early and proud member of "Kayo's Boys".  He was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves.   
     On February 1, 1964, Bobbie married Reeta (Wills) Rumfelt, who preceded him in death in December of 2017. 
     Bobbie worked for Lehigh Cement in Independence KS before the company transferred his family to Mitchell, Indiana in 1985.  Bobbie and Reeta remained in Indiana until Bobbie's retirement from Lehigh in 1993.  After retirement, the couple returned home to Independence where they both lived the rest of their lives.  
     Bobbie is survived by:  one daughter, Gena Lewis, Monkey Island, OK. Three grandchildren: Damone Hatch, Mariah and Brian Epperson, and Mylik George and Savannah Enyart.  One great grandchild, Zariyah Norene George, who is now 3 years old.  Two brothers:  Jerry Rumfelt and Richard Rumfelt.  One sister:  Jeanne Heimberger.  A friend, Judy Gerstenkorn.  Nieces, nephews, and many devoted friends and classmates. 
      He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, his wife, Reeta, and two brothers, Roy Rumfelt and Stephen Nichols. 
     The family of Bobbie Rumfelt has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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April  ( Bill Hubler / Joyce Simpson / Del Singleton )
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Billie Everett Hubler
1926-2020
      Bill E. Hubler, age 93, of Independence, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020, at Wilson County Medical Center in Neodesha. 
      A celebration of life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Havana Cemetery at Havana, KS, with Jerry Davidson of the Wayside Christian Church officiating.  Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 PM with distancing and occupancy observed, at the Zach Webb Family Funeral Service. Military graveside rites will be provided.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS,  67301.
     Billie Everett Hubler was born June 26, 1926, in rural Havana, KS, to Mae Sarah Elizabeth (White) and Oliver Sylvester Hubler.  He served in the US Army from 1944-1946.  On June 28, 1947, Sedan, KS, Bill married Lola Evelyn Blakemore and she survives at the home. 
     Bill was employed at Riverside Park for 17 years with 13 years serving at Park Superintendent and the remainder operating the carousel.  He had been a custodian at Independence Middle School and then retired from the US Post Office.  He was a lifetime member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars.  A past member of Morgantown Grange.  Neewollah Campers,  and Wayside Christian Church. 
     Survivors of Billie Everett Hubler include:  His wife, Lola Hubler, of the home.  Two daughters:  LaDonna (Larry) Northcutt, Grove, OK, and Billeta (David) Freeman, Independence, KS.  A brother, George (Jean) Hubler, Brush, CO.  Four grandchildren;  Billy Ray Hodge, Shane (Sarah) Freeman, Kimberly Short, Toshia (Joe) Tarp.  Eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. 
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Darrell Edward Hubler, who was killed in World War II, and brothers Fred, James O., and Dale F. Hubler and a great-grandson, Robert.
     The family of Bill Hubler has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Joyce Simpson
1933-2020
      Joyce Simpson, age 86, a longtime Independence resident, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020, at her home.
     A family graveside service will be held 10 AM, Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence with Pastor Todd Reeder of the First Baptist Church officiating.  Memorial contributions to the organization of the donor's choice may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  
     She was preceded in death by her son, Trek Simpson, in 2011. 
     The family of Joyce Simpson has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence
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DeLois J. 'Del' Singleton
1930-2020
      DeLois J. Singleton, age 89, a longtime Independence resident, passed away peacefully Monday, March 30, 2020, at Colonial Village in Overland Park, KS.
      Private family memorial graveside services will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence on April 3, 2020.  A celebration of Del’s life will be held at the First United Methodist church at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Independence Community College and/or First United Methodist Church and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.
     DeLois Jeane Spears Singleton was born on September 6, 1930 in Central High, OK to Luther T. and Della M. (Howard) Spears.  She was one of four children.  She graduated from Checotah High School in 1948.  She was the class salutatorian. She graduated from Connors Junior College in 1950, and received her BA from Northeastern College in Tahlequah, OK, in 1952.  In 1961, Del received her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma.  DeLois married Bill G. Singleton on March 23, 1951.  They moved to Independence in 1963. Del became the ICC Head librarian in 1970 and was in this position until her retirement.  She was actively involved in the creation, curation, and promotion of the William Inge Library and Festival.  Del was among the founders of the Southeast Kansas Junior College Library Consortium.  Del served as an ICC Board member from 1997-2001. Del was active in PEO (Chapter FP) since 1992 and held various offices in PEO over the years.  She was a member of several bridge clubs and enjoyed duplicate bridge.  She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.  Del enjoyed reading, bridge, attending plays and musicals, cooking, vacations, and, most of all, spending time with her family.  She was raised in the Baptist church but later became a member of the Methodist Church and attended the First United Methodist Church in Independence since 1963. 
     Survivors include her daughters, Jeanie Ater (Bob) and Jill Singleton-Jackson (Dennis).  Also surviving are her four grandsons, two granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren as well as her brother, Winsford Spears (Estalene), and nieces, nephews and extended family. 
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther T. and Della M. Spears, one sister and one brother, her son, Joel David Singleton (2012) and her husband, Bill G. Singleton (2010).
     The family of Del Singleton has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence
  • Jeanie and Jill, we have sweet memories of your smart and spunky mama. She always had a big smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes when she was with your families. She had great advice available to anyone that asked and loved to share the accomplishments of her brilliant grandchildren. Your mom was a thankful person and a great friend to the ladies at church. We knew she was cool—but we didn’t know about her many contributions to the ICC. They were blessed to have her on their team. We love you and will continue to pray for you all. - Gwen and Jim Ater 
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March ( Amanda Lewis / Cornelius Austin, Sr. / Margaret Harlin / Robert Stevens / James Cole / Cathy O'Mara / David Pruden / Michael Palmer / Bonnie Chapter / Gary L. Quinn )
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Amanda Lewis
    Amanda Lewis, age 33, of Independence, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at St. John's Medical Center in Tulsa, OK.
     Amanda Nicole Lewis was born August 22, 1986, in Crailsheim, Germany, to Anthony E. and Teresa A. (Crismas) Lewis.  She was a military brat and lived in Germany, Ft. Hood, TX, Tacoma, WA, and Snellville, GA.  She graduated from Brookwood High School in Snellville in 2005.  She lived in Snellville, GA, Salt Lake City, UT, and Eugene, OR, before moving to this area in 2016.  She had worked as a McDonald's manager, at a call center, in a furniture store and most recently was a dispatcher in Wilson County.  She was returning to school for a degree in social work.  
     Survivors of Amanda Nicole Lewis include:  Her mother; Teresa Lewis, Independence, KS.  Her father; Anthony E. Lewis, Winder, GA.  Her maternal grandparents; Dale and Judith Crismas, Independence, KS.  Her brother; Marcus A. Lewis, Winder, GA.  Her sister; Cassandra Lewis, Eugene, OR.  Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents; George and Marie Lewis, Augusta, GA.  
     The family of Amanda Lewis has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence, KS. 
  • She laughed and taught me "you're going in the right direction, just fix the wording."  I'm using past tense because the kindest soul on this planet has left us.  Steve Irwin and Bob Ross had NOTHING on Amanda Lewis' kind heart.  She was a daughter, niece, cousin, friend, humanitarian, bully-stopper, animal lover and most importantly to me, a SISTER! She would give you the clothes off her back.  We thank you for all the love.  She'd be proud she made you all more kind. Amanda was too amazing for us and she happily gave everything to everyone.  We can all strive to be more like her. I'll nerver get to see, hear or laugh with her again.  Being the man she taught me to be is the present she left you all.  I'm gonna be the guy she laughed, beat up and made fun of for love of a 'bro" just so I can make her proud and you all into more kind and respectful souls like her. I am glad you let me be your brother.  You were my rock, now I got this for you.  Your loving brother, Marcus   
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Cornelius Austin, Sr.
Services pending under direction of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, Independence.

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Margaret O. Harlin 
    Margaret O. Harlin, age 107, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Presbyterian Manor in Parsons, KS. 
     Private family service and inurnment will be held at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Memorial contributions to Animals With Our Love (AWOL) may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     Margaret Orlena Harlin was born January 22, 1913, at Williamstown, KS, to Frank W. and Mary (Miller) Brown.  She was one of eight children.  She graduated high school in Perry, KS, in 1931, and worked nights as a telephone switchboard operator so she could finish her schooling.  On March 4, 1932, she married Gerald Harlin, the longtime principal and superintendent in Independence.  Mr. Harlin passed away in 1995.  They were both devoted to each other. 
     Survivores include:  Her daughter;  JoAnn Evans (Ken), of Independence. KS.  Five grandchildren.  Nine great grandchildren.  Eight great-great grandchildren.  One great-great-great grandchild.  Numerous neices, nephews and extended family.  Her caregiver, Andrea Hoisington.  
      The family of Margaret Harlin has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Robert Stevens
     Robert Stevens, age 83, of Independence, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, at his home. 
     Robert Louis Stevens was born January 10, 1937, in Coffeyville, KS, to Dorothy (Greene) and Paul Stevens.  He grew up in the Coffeyville, Havana and Wayside area.  He enlisted in the US Air Force from 1957-1962.  He worked as a pipefitter in refineries across the area and retired from APTUS in 1002.  He was a member of Pipefitter's Union #339.  On September 26, 1958, he married Judith Leann Russell and she passed away in 2012.   
     Survivors of Robert Stevens include:  Three children; Lori Ann Jay, Coffeyville, KS.  Tony Stevens, Ponca City, OK.  Michael Stevens, Caney, KS.  Six grandchildren; Joe Mayo, Josh Mayo, Mandy Jay, Clint Jay, Dylan Stevens and Emma Stevens.  Fifteen great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild on the way.
     The family of Robert Stevens has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.    
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James Cole
     James Cole, age 80, of Independence, KS, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, at his home. 
    James Kenneth Cole was born April 10th, 1939, to Alva and Ethel Cole. He had worked as a school teacher, receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University.  He and his wife had played in a band known as the Jim Cole Duo.  He was also a farmer and cattle rancher. 
The family of James Cole has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Cathy O'Mara
     Cathy O'Mara, age 61, of Elk City, KS, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Montgomery Place in Independence.
     A memorial celebration of life will be held 11 AM, Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Elk City, KS.  
     Cathy Ann O'Mara was born September 17, 1958, in Coffeyville, KS, to Virginia Lee (Welch) and Charles Wilbert Kuekelhan.  She graduated Independence High School and attended Pittsburg State University.  She was a longtime purchasing agent for ACC, Dana and Standard Motors.  On July 17, 1993, she married Frank O'Mara and he survives at the home. 
     The family of Cathy O'Mara has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   
  • CATHY O'MARA My dearest Cathy - I cannot believe you are gone. I know you are OK. I know Frank, Shari and I will have to be strong. Easier said than done - YOU were the strength. You were the core of each of us. You called Frank your Soul-Mate. Shari, your Best Friend. Me - we knew each other as sister/twins. I am no longer whole. I remember your laughter, your adventurous and joyous spirit. I remember our trips to Joplin - and the "time warp" drives back home. Sister/Twin - who will be my voice of reason? My injection of common sense? I can see your head shaking, your lips saying, "Jude, oh Jude - listen to me..." I know that you are in Heaven with Mamacita and Sis. Give my Momma a BIG HUG from me. Same for Bonnie and Patty, please. When it's my turn to go - I know that you will be there to greet me. Love and Blessings my sister/twin, Always, Judy Albright 
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David Pruden 
     David Pruden, age 61, of Independence, KS, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Labette Health Center in Independence.
     David Ivan Pruden was born April 12, 1958, in French Camp, CA, to Helen Irene (Honeycutt) and David Lee Pruden.  He had worked as an auto mechanic. 
     The family of David Pruden has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.  
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Michael J. Palmer
1949-2020
     Memorial graveside services will be held at a later date in Ft. Dodge, IA.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  
     Survivors of Michael J. Palmer include:  Six children.  Nine siblings; Corleen Markley, Kenneth Palmer, Nancy Larsen, Joan Hamrick, Lois Macken, Judith Hiler, Robert Palmer, Kelli Palmer, and Phillip Palmer.  
     The family of Michael Palmer has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   

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Bonnie Lee Chapter
     Bonnie Lee Chapter, age 88, of Independence, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020, at Labette Health Center in Independence. 
      Bonnie Lee Chapter was born July 7, 1931, in Chanute, KS, to Hazel (McCoy) and Charles Lee Idleman.  She was a secretary for Stewart Insurance and local banks and later as a ride operator / ticket taker for the city of Independence. 
     The family of Bonnie Lee Chapter has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   

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Gary Lee Quinn
     Gary Lee Quinn age 69, of Independence, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020, at his residence.
     Gary Lee Quinn was born July 30, 1950, in Wichita, KS, to Donna (Piatt) and John Quinn.  He grew up in Independence and Kansas City.  At age 18, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Germany.  He married Cecil Blackburn and they later divorced.  He had worked for Walmart, Landstar Trucking and Prestige.  
     The family of Gary Quinn has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   
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February ( Alanson Whaley / Mary Anna Brown / Cynthia Edgington / Linda Matthews / Bobby DePlois )
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Alanson "Lanny" R. Whaley, Jr.
     Alanson "Lanny" Rufus Whaley, age 74, of Independence, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020, at his residence. 
     Lanny Whaley was born January 9, 1946, in Jacksonville, FL, to Alanson and Dorothy (Hall) Whaley, Sr.  He also lived in Pittsburg, KS, and moved to Independence in 2017.  He was a CNA and avid sports fan.  On June 4, 1986, he married Yolanda Schad and she survives at the home. 
     The family of Lanny Whaley has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   
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Mary Anna Brown
1938-2020
     Private memorial services may be at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Christian Church of Cherryvale and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.
     Survivors of Mary Anna Brown include:  Three sons; Stephen Adamson and Mark Adamson, both of Wyoming, and David Adamson of Nebraska.  Three siblings;  Dean Faust, Wanda Mishler, and Helen Ballew, all of Independence.  Eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, and a son, Dan Adamson. 
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Cynthia L. Edgington
     Cynthia Lei "Cyndi" Edgington, age 59, of Coffeyville, KS, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at her residence. 
     Cyndi Edgington was born December 7, 1960, in Harlingen, TX, to Ronald and Shirley (Pringle) Hayes.  Cyndi grew up in Ventura County California and moved to Oklahoma after marriage. She had been employed as an assistant in private investigations. 
     Cyndi always had a great sense of humor and a very generous spirit towards others. From a young age, she was passionate about animals and wildlife often caring for strays and volunteering with rescue organizations. Cyndi was adventurous and lived life to the fullest through her travels. Cyndi was very loved and will be dearly missed.
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Linda Matthews
1942-2020
     A celebration of the life for Linda L. Matthews will be held 11 AM, Monday, February 10th, at Zion Lutheran Church, 219 S. 10th Street, Independence, KS, with Pastor Kevin Peterson officiating. Interment will follow at Lutheran Cemetery within Mt. Hope. Family visitation will be held on Sunday, February 9th, 3-5 p.m. at Webb Family Funeral Service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Zion Lutheran School may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th St, Independence, KS  67301. 
     On June 25th, 1958, at the age of 16, a beautiful Linda married the love of her life, Charles James (Jim) Matthews in Greenville, MS. They were married for an amazing 61 years.  During their early years together, they lived in several locations while Jim served in the U.S. Navy, including Norfolk, VA, Charleston, SC, and White Sands, NM. During this time of her life, Linda spent many happy years as a homemaker while raising their two young children, Dennis and Angela.
     Linda had many titles throughout her life: daughter, sister, wife, and mother, but the title that she was most proud of was “Maw.”  Linda loved being a grandmother. Her grandchildren were the center of her life and brought her much joy and happiness. Linda and Jim’s house became “home base” for several of their grandchildren. They welcomed each one and played an important role in each of their lives. Currently, their great granddaughter, Aubree, resides in their home. Linda made herself available to all of her grandchildren and was very proud of each of them.   As you can imagine, Linda’s hobbies were centered around the grandkids. She enjoyed attending their school activities and sporting events.  She especially enjoyed watching the girls’ track meets and tennis matches. 
     Linda was known for her kindness and her affectionate hugs.  Each and every time you would see her; the conversation began and ended with her warm and comforting embrace. All of our lives are richer because Linda was a part of them. 
      Linda was preceded in death by:  Her parents Ethel McDiarmid Beach, John McDiarmid and stepfather, Jack Beach.  Brothers; Johnny McDiarmid, Tom McDiarmid, and Jim McDiarmid.  Mother and father in-laws; Charles and Inez Matthews.  Sisters-in-laws; Pat McDiarmid and Debbie Matthews.
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Bobby DePlois
1947-2020
      Graveside celebration of life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence with Pastor Larry Kaiser and Dr. Mark Weeder officiating.  The family will receive friends at Webb Family Funeral Service beginning at 9 AM. Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.  
     Survivors of Bobby DePlois in addition to his wife, Garnet DePlois, of the home include:  His mother; Velma DePlois.  One son; Ted DePlois.  Sister; Regina Stapleton.  Brother; Albert DePlois.  Stepchildren; Gloria Leyda, Linda Tyc, Dorcas Sutton, Teressa McClure, Sandra Hayes, and Eric Eifler.  Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. 
     The family of Bobby DePlois has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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January ( Cee Cee Riddles / Patricia Elaine "Rudy" Shoat )
Helen Lucille "Cee Cee" Riddles
     Helen Lucille "Cee Cee" Riddles, age 86, of Independence, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at her home. 
     Cee Cee Riddles was born July 27, 1933, in the mountains of Blacksburg, VA, to Flossie Mae June (Hungate) and Frank Edwin Wright.  She worked as a Navy Medical Transcriber in Washington DC and was a Nursing Technician.  On October 10, 1950, she married Paul Calvin Schauer,Sr.  He later passed away.  On May 12, 1972, she married James Nelson Riddles.  The couple operated the Manor Nursing Home in Independence from 1978-2001, when Mr. Riddles passed away.  She also worked for Regal Estate and retired at the age of 80.  
     She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and a brother, Carl Nathan Wright. 
  • Riddle family- I’m sorry I’ll be out of state for Cici’s funeral but she was loved and I’m glad I was able to be a part of her midlife part of life and on her journey home. - Laurinda Rutledge 
  • Cee Cee was a good friend and sister-in-law.  She will be missed very much and was loved by everybody she met.  I enjoyed working with her at the Manor Nursing Home.  Love, Francine Countryman
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Patricia Elaine
  1978-2020
      Celebration of Life services for Rudy Shoat will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Pleas Temple Church of God in Christ in Independence with Elder Charles Barker officiating. The family will receive friends starting at 11:00 AM.  Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.   
     Survivors include:  Her parents, Rose Dunn and Michael Clark.  Six children; Demonta Clark, Demarco Shoat, Christa Shoat, Loretta Jackson, Brittany Jackson, Jahronda Jackson.  One grandson; Darius Demarco Darkis.  One brother; James Walter "Biggie" Clark.  Three sisters; Latisha Clark, Tanisha Clark and Lakisha Dunn. Numerous aunts and uncles, 6 nieces, 2 nephews, 1 great niece,       1 great nephew and extended family. 
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2019
  • December - Betty Wohltman / Russell May 
  • November - Sonny Burton 
  • October - Marshall J. Madison, Jr. / Windell Morgan Cole / Jessica Lynn Medsker / Tony Bolin, Sr. / Bayzlee Quinnzelle Paine / Gaylene Liming 
  • September - Terrance 'Terry' Lynn Houck / Charles Bryan 
  • August - Basil E. "Gene" Bryant / Wilma Lee (Bush) Kempton / Raymond "Rick"  Abner / Beth Near / Stephanie Barnaby Kelley / Lula Belle Laster 
  • July - Anthony Malachowski / Fred Clubine / Craig Joseph Merchant 
  • June - Gladys Schneider / Marleen Lane / Willis D. Wilkerson / Claudell Johnson Mathews / Leuverta Morgan / Johnny G. Best, II
  • May - Luis Juarbe / Lewis Thompson /  Robert Schiler & Betty Ann Schiler
  • April - Max Lynn Hare / Max Hinthorn / Jeanne B. Kurtz / Kathleen Susan Lefever Hall 
  • March - Langdon W. Ferguson, Sr. / Michael Lee Hahn, Jr. 
  • February - Elbert O. Lewis, Jr. 
  • January - Connie Redman 
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December ( Betty Wohltman / Russell May )

Betty Wohltman
     Betty Wohltman, age 93, of Independence, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 7, 2019,  surrounded by family and friends.  She had recently suffered a fall and subsequent stroke.  Betty had made her home at Eagle Estates for the last three years.
     Betty Lou Wohltman was born June 29, 1926, in Kansas City, KS, to Clyde O). and Grace (Fitzgerald) Braden, and adopted after the death of her mother by her loving stepmother, Estelle Griswold Braden.  She graduated from Independence High School in 1945 and the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 1948.  She married Robert L. Wohltman on June 6, 1948 and Mr. Wohltman passed away in 1980.  In 2006, she married Dr. William Chappuie, who passed away in 2013.
     Survivors of Betty Wohltman include:  Two daughters:  Nancy Clark, Mesa, AZ, and Robin Caulkins, Centennial, CO.  Daughter-in-law, Marsha Wohltman.  Seven grandchildren:  Mindy Johnston, Matthew Wohltman, Morgan Wohltman, Molly Wohltman, Jacob Caulkins, George Caulkins and Elizabeth Clark.
     Betty was preceded in death by:  Her parents, husbands, Bob Wohltman and Bill Chappuie.  Two sons, Robert Braden "Brad" Wohltman and Philip Dana "Phil" Wohltman.  A sister, Jean Benedict, and a granddaughter, Sarah Clark. 
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Russell May
1963-2019 
      A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 1:00-2:30 PM in the Unity Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. A eulogy will be presented at 2:30 by Doug Fairchild. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Independence, KS, at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.
      He is survived by his son, Shane May, daughter, Danielle Holler (Kaleb Tuttle), brother Brad (Anna) May, sisters, Cindy (Dennis) Risinger and Marcia (Doug) Fairchild, grandchildren, Abby Holler, Macy Tuttle, Shelby Tuttle, and another one expected in July, the mother of his children, Michelle Freeman, along with several aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
     Services by Heath Funeral Home in Arkansas and local arrangements by locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service in Independence. 
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November- ( Sonny Burton )
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Sonny Burton
1954-2019
    Memorial services may be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     Survivors in addition to the wife, Suzanne Burton, of the home, include:  Children;  Matthew Burton of Independence and Angie (Gregg) Brightwell of Benton, KS.  Two brothers;  Harvey and Sandy Burton of Norton, VA.  Five grandchildren and extended family. 
The family of Sonny Burton has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.   

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October ( Marshall J. Madison, Jr. / Windell Morgan Cole / Jessica Lynn Medsker / Tony Bolin / Bayzlee Quinnzelle Paine / Gaylene Liming )
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Marshall Jerome Madison, Jr.
     Marshall Jerome Madison, Jr., age 26, of Independence, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019, at his residence. 
     Marshall Jerome Madison, Jr., was born April 23, 1993, in Pittsburg, KS, to Marshall Craig Madison, Sr., and Lasharn Morgan.  He had worked at Charloma, Windsor Place and was currently the office manager at One Stop Vape Shop in Independence.
The family of Marshall Madison has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.  
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Windell Morgan Cole 
1955-2019
     Memorial celebration of life services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
He also lived in Pittsburg, KS.  He was married to Toni Morgan and they later divorced. 
The family of Windell Morgan Cole has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.  
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Jessica Medsker
1987-2019
     Memorial celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions on behalf of her children may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.
     Survivors of Jessica Medsker include: Her children:  Bryson Medsker and Laynee Medsker of Independence.  Brothers; Raymond (Crystal) Arnold, Independence, and Tony (Darla) Arnold, Ottawa, KS.  Sister; Angela (Chuck) Fairbanks.  Her aunt, Carolyn Fine, and nieces, nephews and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Tony Bolin, Sr.
1957-2019
     Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     Surivivors of Tony Bolin, Sr. include:  Children;  Tony Bolin, Jr. of Independence, and Marsha Jo Bolin of Coffeyille, Daniel Davis of Kansas, and Savannah Davis, of Houston Texas. Siblings; Louis Bolin, Jr., of Independence and Cheryl Reed of North Carolina.   Grandchildren, Hailey and Ryan Banning, Addison and Skyler Bolin, Alana Ogden, Abigail Davis-Alejo, and Andres Davis-Moreno One great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and extended family.
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Bayzlee Quinnzelle Paine
     Baylzee Quinnzelle Paine was born sleeping on October 5th, 2019, in Spokane, WA.  She was already her mommy and daddy's spooky little pumpkin and now she will forever be their Angel Baby. 
    Bayzlee will be laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence, KS, on Friday, October 18th, 2019, at 1:00 PM. 

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Gaylene Liming
     Anna Gaylene Liming, age 68, of Independence, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019, at her home. 
     Gaylene Liming was born March 25, 1951, in Iola, KS, to Gerald T. and Ann (Sellers) Dix.  She went to school in Earlton and later in Thayer, KS.  She received an A.A. degree in business from Independence Community College.  She was married to Michael J. Rutledge in 1966 and they later divorced. To this union were born two children, Mike and Laurie.  She married Larry Liming and Mr. Liming passed away in 2015. To this union was born one son, Brian.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Larry, sister, Geraldine Dix, twin nephews, brother-in-law, Lester White, and her stepfather, Lyle Huffman. 
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September (  Terrance "Terry" Lynn Houck / Charles Bryan )
Terrance "Terry" Lynn Houck
   Terrance Lynn Houck, age 72, of Independence, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 at Medical Lodge of Independence, KS.
      Terrance Lynn Houck was born November 15, 1946, in Independence, Kansas to Martha Belle Clark amd Murl Elwin Houck. He grew up in Independence, KS and worked various construction jobs as well as other miscellaneous jobs. Later he provided home care for his Father. 
    He was preceeded in death by his parents.
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Charles Bryan
1954-2019
     Memorial graveside services for Charles Bryan will be held at 10 AM Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Fawn Creek Cemetery, Tyro, KS, with Zach Webb officiating.  Memorial contributions to Animals With Our Love (AWOL) may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     Survivors in addition to his wife, Sandy Bryan, include:  Two daughters;  Ashley Morris of Jefferson, KS, and Wendy Root of Wichita, KS.  Three sisters;  Betty Kay, Shirley and Martha.  Four grandchildren.  Nieces, nephews and extended family. 
     The family of Charles Bryan has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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August ( Basil E. "Gene" Bryant / Wilma Lee (Bush) Kempton / Raymond "Rick" Abner / Beth Near / Stephanie Barnaby Kelley / Lula Belle Laster )
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Basil E. "Gene" Bryant
     Basil E. "Gene" Bryant, age 81, of Elk City, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK. 
     Mr. Bryant was born in rural Elk City on April 5, 1938, to Basil C. and Stella (Volz) Bryant. He graduated from Elk City High School in 1957.  Following graduation, he served in the US Army for 3 years in Germany.  
     Mr. Bryant farmed and was employed as a mechanic at various shops.  He worked at Farmland Industries for 13 years and also lived and worked in Ponca City, OK.  
     He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers,  Bill, Max, and Jim Bryant. 
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Raymond T. "Rick"  Abner
     Raymond Taulbee "Rick" Abner, age 64, of Mound Valley, KS, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019, at home. 
     Mr. Abner was born December 9, 1954, in Cleveland, OH, to Raymond and Loretta (Blackburn) Abner.  He grew up in Hammond, IN, and went to Clark High School.  He was a veteran of the US Army.  He was a carpenter and handyman and also lived in Liberty, KY, and Ponca City, OK, before moving to the area. He was considered a foster father by many kids. 
    The family of Rick Abner has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Wilma Lee (Bush) Kempton
     Services will be held at a later date. 
     She worked for Firestone during WWII and Douglass-Rheme Aircraft in California in the 1950's.  She was cited by President Eisenhower in 1954 as "The First Woman Aviation Technical Inspector".  She also worked for Adventure Lines, Parsons Army Ammunition Plant, Vickers-Sperry-Rand in Joplin and Boeing in Wichita. 
     She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Joe Moody, a sister, Rose MacManigal, and a son, Jerry Madison. 
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Barbara Beth Near 
     Barbara Beth Near, age 81, of Independence, passed away August 18, 2019, at Via Christi Village in Wichita, KS. 
     Beth Near was born July 23, 1938, in Thayer, KS, to Paul and Mildred (Clapsaddle) Berkenmeier.  She grew up in Parsons, KS, and graduated from Parsons High School in 1956.  She moved to Independence and became office manager for Rock Island Lumber Yard.  Later, she was regional manager for Sarah Coventry Jewelry and also helped Kaw Valley Center in transporting foster children.  On October 18, 1959, she married Jerry Leon Near.  Mr. Near preceded her in death.
     Survivors of Beth Near include:  One daughter;  Pam (Vance) Green, Ponca City, OK.  One son; Phillip (Cheryl) Near, Andover, KS.  Three grandchildren;  Jared Shull, Aubrey Near, and Lane Near.  Numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
      The family of Beth Near has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Stephanie Ann Barnaby Kelley
     Stephanie Barnaby Kelley, age 49, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. 
     Stephanie Ann Barnaby Kelley was born July 4, 1970, in Emporia, KS, to Steven E. and Joyce Ann (Whinery) Barnaby.  She grew up and attended school in Emporia, later moving to Burlington, KS.  She had attended the Baptist Church in Burlington.  She was devoted to her children and grandchildren. 
     The family of Stephanie Ann Barnaby Kelley has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Lula Belle Laster
1935-2019
     Celebration of life services will be held at 10AM, Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Wesleyan Church, 1400 N. 8th, in Independence with Rev. Francis Aeschliman officiating.  Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence.  Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 PM at Zach Webb Family Funeral Service.  Memorial contributions may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice or the American Cancer Society and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     Survivors of Lula Belle Laster include:  Children; Harriet (Gary) Meadows, McLeansboro, IL. Lulu Wade, Greenville, KY. Rita (Tim) Smith, Independence, KS. Harry Korhn, Neodesha, KS. Jo Ann Lair, Neodesha, KS. William Korhn, Independence, KS. Patrick Korhn, Independence, KS. Thomas (Machele) Korhn, Independence, KS. Peggy (Terry) Wittum, Independence, KS. Debbie (Jason) Simmons, Independence, KS. Diane (Loren) Wade, Broken Arrow, OK, and Gary (Christie) Laster, Neodesha, KS.  Two sisters, Sue Gregory of Central City, KY, and Barbara Whitney of Beechmont, KY. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
     The family of Lula Belle Laster has entrusted the arrangement of the services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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July ( Anthony Malachowski, III / Fred Clubine / Craig Joseph Merchant ) 
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Anthony "Tony" Malachowski, 111
     Anthony Malachowski, III, age 68, of Independence, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. 
     Anthony Malachowski, III, was born February 27, 1951, in Vallejo, CA, to Anthony and Elizabeth "Betty" (Specketer) Malachowski, II.  Anthony grew up in San Diego and dreamed of going home.  He graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego in 1969.  He worked with small engines and yard service and spent ten years at Aztec West Co. in San Diego.  He owned Tony's Lawn Service.  
    He moved to Independence in 1999 and helped his friends and neighbors with lawn care.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church.  He believed in Jesus and was eager to go home. 
      The family of Anthony Malachowski, III, has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Fred Clubine
     Fred Hiram Clubine, age 69, of Independence, KS passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at his home in Collinsville, OK.
     Memorial celebration of life services will be held at 9:00 AM, Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Choteau Cemetery, Sycamore, KS, with Zach Webb officiating.                                                                        Fred H. Clubine was born February 20, 1950, in Sycamore, KS to Roy and Laura Louise (Scott) Clubine with three older sisters; Betty Seefried, California; Patty Patterson, Independence, who preceded him in death; and Evelyn Clubine, Independence.  Fred grew up on the family farm in Sycamore where he graduated from Independence High School in 1968. He left Independence in September, 1968, for US Army Special Forces Training and served as a Green Beret Medic with 10th Special Forces 
Group (Airborne) and deployed to Thailand in support of the Vietnam War with 46th Special Forces Company. After serving his time in the military, he completed an Associates of Science from Independence Community College. 
     Fred displayed a multitude of talents building S.L. Mossman guitars and worked as a Fire Fighter in Winfield, KS.  He worked as an Appliance Repair Technician for Sears Roebuck and eventually opened his own appliance repair business in Independence. Fred relocated his Home Appliance Repair business to Owasso, OK in 1995 and officially retired in 2013. He believed in Jesus and was eager to go home.
 The family of Fred Clubine has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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 Craig Joseph Merchant
     Craig Joseph Merchant, age 52, of Independence, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK.
      Craig Joseph Merchant was born May 24, 1967, in Des Moines, IA. He was adopted by Walter and Deborah Merchant and raised in Edna KS. He graduated from LCHS in Altamont KS. Joined the Army Reserve while in his last year of school. 
     He is survived by his wife, Cindy Del, their children; Mishelle (Brad) Denton, David Whitson, Rick Whitson (Charlene Collins), Krystal Whitson (Lydia Sierra), and Jon Whitson. 
     He was proceeded in death by his sister Penny, and in laws Sid and Janet Pruett.
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  • June- Gladys Schneider / Marleen Lane / Willis D. Wilkerson / Claudell Johnson Mathews / Leuverta Morgan / Johnny G. Best, II
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Gladys Schneider
1929-2019
     Gladys was born on July 7, 1929 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Helen (Henry) and Kenneth Martin, and spent much of her youth in the Tampa, Florida area. Gladys moved to Fresno, California in the early 1950s, where she met the love of her life, Fred Schneider, and married him on January 7, 1956. For the next 57 years, Gladys lived in California, where she worked as a bank teller and the office manager at a dental office, and raised two sons and a daughter. After spending most of that time in Upland California, she moved to Lake Wildwood in Northern California in the 1990s to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. After Fred passed away in 2004, Gladys moved to San Mateo, where she became part of a new community at the Peninsula Regent.
    Gladys enjoyed socializing with friends, playing cards, and cuddling with Buffy. But mostly she enjoyed spending time with her family. Gladys was the best Mom and grandmother anyone could ever ask for. She had an amazing light, and was a kind and giving person. Everyone who met her seemed to remember her and have something good to say her. Nothing can fill the hole she has left behind, and she was loved hugely and by many.
    The family will be holding a private celebration of life on what would have been her 90th birthday, July 7, at her home in Independence, Kansas. 
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Marleen Lane
     Marleen Lane, age 80, of Independence, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Windsor Place in Coffeyyville. 
     Marleen was born April 16, 1939, in Burlingame, KS, to Kathleen (Schafer) and William Trebbe. She grew up and graduated high school in Burlingame, KS. 
   She was a wonderful Mother and a very dotting grandma to her granddaughter, KayLynn.  She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Lane, Portland, TN and Teresa McVey and her husband Ron, of Tyro. Grandchildren: Megan Proctor and Cory of Saudi Arabia; Katie Davis and Adam of Drexel, MO;   Amber McVey, Moran; Jason McVey and wife, Kelci, Tyro;  Denton McVey, Iola, and Derek (Trista) McVey, Iola, and KayLynn McVey, of Tyro.  One brother, Kenny Trebbe, Columbia, TN, and one sister, Lynda Rickel, Topeka. Seventeen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
      The family of Marleen Lane has entrusted the arrangement of her services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Willis D. Wilkerson
     Willis Dee Wilkerson, age 78, of Caney, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, OK. 
     Willis D. Wilkerson was born July 14, 1940, in Independence, KS, to Goldie Gladys (Barrett) and DeLeo Wilkerson.  He was raised in Independence and graduated from Independence High School before serving in the US Air Force from 1959-1964.  He was employed as a Senior Plastics Technician with Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville for 34 years.  He was a member of the Caney Methodist Church and VFW Post 1186. 
     He was preceded in death by his parents;  Three brothers; Thomas Isaac Webber, Laurence William Webber, Wilbur Labon Webber, and a niece, Sandra Webber.

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Claudell Johnson Matthews 
1958-2019
     Celebration of life services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Independence, with Rev. Robert Montgomery and Rev. Michael Joseph officiating.  Interment will be 11 AM Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence. 
     The family of Claudell Johnson Mathews has entrusted the arrangement of her services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Lueverta Morgan 
     Lueverta Morgan, age 56, of Independence, passed away April 17, 2019, in Topeka, KS. 
     Lueverta was born June 9, 1962, in Greenville, TX, to Mary Lillian (Cole) and Richard Morgan, Sr.  She grew up and attended school in Greenville and high school in Pittsburg, KS.  She was a veteran of the U.S. Army, studying fuel system supply points at Quartermaster School.  She attended Pittsburg State University and American National University Online, receiving Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Criminology.  She had an Associate's degree in Science and Liberal Study from Independence Community College.  
     The family of Lueverta Morgan has entrusted  Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 

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Johnny G. Best
     Johnny Garry Best, II, age 32, formerly of Independence, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, in Columbia, TN. 
     Johnny Garry Best, II, was born July 26, 1986 in Lawrenceville, GA, to LeEtta (Sexton) and Johnny Garry Best.  He grew up in Muncie, IN, and the family moved to Independence in 2000.  He was a 2005 graduate of Independence High School and received mechanic training at Coffeyville Community College.  On May 30, 2008, he enlisted in the US Army National Guard.  Johnny was a mechanic and had worked at Grandview Product, Ashcraft Tire, and WalMart Tire and Lube Express.  On April 17, 2009, he married Raeshelle Sawyer in Bartlesville, OK, and she survives. 
     He was preceded in death by his parents. 
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  • May - Luis Juarbe / Lewis Thompson / Robert Schiler & Betty Ann Schiler
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Luis Jaurbe
1945-2019
     Cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery with full military honors by Ft Riley and The VFW on 17 June at noon. Anyone wishing to pay last respects is invited. There will be a celebration of his life at the VFW with lunch after the service. Everyone is invited to attend.  In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation in his memory to support the efforts of VFW Post 1186 in providing help to other veterans.
He went to Aviation High School and attained his pilot license. When the draft came calling in 1967 he became an Army Warrant Officer. He served 2 tours in Vietnam as a Huey helicopter pilot and was commissioned during the war and retired as a Lt Colonel in 1987.
     The family of Luis Juarbe has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Lewis Thompson, Jr.
    Lewis E. Thompson, Jr., age 91, passed away on May 18, 2019 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, KS. 
    ‘Louie’ as he was known by friends and family, was born on November 11, 1927 to Lillie Leah (Haag) & Lewis Everett Thompson, Sr. in El Reno, OK. He served his country during WW2 as a member of the United States Army’s postwar efforts in Yokohama, Japan. 
     Louie lived and worked in Wichita most of his adult life. Having been employed in a variety of fields including manufacturing, airline assembly, and a meat processing plant, Louie always seemed to find his way back to ‘the garage’ working on automobiles. A lifelong sports fan, Louie enjoyed a variety of spectator sports, especially racing. Whether it was a jockey on horse, or a driver commanding horse power, Louie loved the thrill of it. He was known to help build race cars and repair them both in the pit and between races, getting them ready for the next go around. 
    Survivors include daughter Cindy Lou Jarnagin of Independence KS, son Lewis Everett III and wife Karen Thompson, and Diana Lynn Sadowski, all of Wichita, KS. Louie has one surviving sibling Reece and wife Kathy Thompson of Springfield, MO, including many nieces and nephews. 
     The family of Lewis Thompson has entrusted the arrangement of his services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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Bob and Betty Schiler
1927-2017
1929-2019
     Bob was born on March 20, 1927, in Coffeyville, KS and passed away Feb. 23, 2017.  Betty was born on December 19, 1929 and passed away on April 13, 2019.  
     Surviving the couple are three children: daughter, Bobbi Bryant, of Oklahoma City; daughter, Georgana Morgan (Dr. Greg Morgan), of Oklahoma City; and son, Fred Schiler, of Independence, KS; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
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Max Hare 
1940-2019
     A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans and may be sent Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301.
         Max was united in marriage to Mary McCauley. This union was blessed with four children: Patricia, Dian, Kim and Christopher. They later divorced.
         Max loved fishing, hunting, riding his Harleys (he only owned three), and was also crazy for cars, especially fast ones.
         Max will be deeply missed by his children: Dian Reyes, Kim (Rick) Robertson of Independence, KS, Patricia Reasoner, and Christopher Hare; brother, Larry Hare; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren;  extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings: Herbert Jr., Martha, Susan and William.
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Max Hinthorn
1940-2019
     Memorial celebration of life services for Max Hinthorn will be Saturday, June 1, from 11AM-6PM at the concession house at Riverside Park in Independence.  Memorial contributions for the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     He owned Max's Auto Repair on 21st Street until 2000.  Upon retirement, the couple moved to the country in Chautauqua County.  Max’s hobbies included racing at Caney Valley Speedway and restoring vintage cars. He even raced boats, micro midgets, and numerous mud runs.  He was a member of the Kustom Kar Klub. 
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Mark Hinthorn, Jr. 
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Jeanne Kurtz
1925-2019
     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, April 22, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence with Revs. Jack & Marilyn Gregory and Rev. Earl Haggard officiating. Interment will follow at 4:00 PM at Gypsum Hill Cemetery in Salina, KS with Rev. Dee J. Williamston and Rev. Earl Haggard officiating. Visitation will be Easter Sunday from 1:00-4:00 PM at Zach Webb Family Funeral Service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Saint Paul School of Theology's Merwin and Jeannie Kurtz Scholarship Fund for Minority Students (Kurtz Scholarship) and sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     On August 22, 1947, in Des Moines, IA, she married Merwin Kurtz.  Rev. Kurtz passed away January 28, 1989.  The couple also lived in Wichita, Ottawa, Topeka, Mankato, Mullinville, KS, and Dayton, OH, before moving to Independence in June, 1984, when Merwin became pastor of First United Methodist Church. 
     Jeannie was the epitome of a "preacher's wife" and in later years some in the congregation referred to her as '"the mother of our church."
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. Merwin Kurtz; brother, Robert C. Anderson; and sister, Betty L. Anderson. 
  •  I am so sorry to hear of Jeanne's passing. She was a dear friend of Ann & I. Always had a smile for everyone. Rest in Peace Jeanne with no more pain. -- Dale Russell 
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Kathleen Susan Lefever Hall
     Kathleen Susan Lefever Hall, age 67, of Independence, passed away Sunday, March, 31, 2019, at her residence.
     Kathleen was born March 10, 1952, in Independence, KS, to Earl and Margaret (Wortman) Lefever.  She grew up in Sycamore, KS, and attended school in Neodesha before graduating from Wichita South High School in 1970.  In 1982, she got her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Tulsa Tech. She lived and worked in Phoenix, AZ, before moving back to Independence. She especially loved her grandchildren, animals, and gardening. 
     The family has entrusted the arrangement of services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence. 
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March ( Langdon W. Ferguson, Sr. / Michael Lee Hahn, Jr. )
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Langdon W. Ferguson, Sr.
     Langdon W. Ferguson, Sr., age 84, of Independence, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, at his residence.
     Langdon William Ferguson, Sr., was born October 31, 1934, in Newburgh, New York, to Langdon L. and Florence (Green) Ferguson.  He graduated from Newburgh Free Academy with an interest in radio broadcasting.  From 1953-1961 he was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard.  He had worked in factories for Stauffer, American Felt, and DuPont.  He played softball and bowled into his 60's.  He moved to Kansas in 2012 to live with his daughter, leaving behind his NY sports teams, becoming a Royals and Chiefs fan. 
     Survivors include:  His daughter, Shari (Tom) Crittenden, Independence, KS.  Three sons; James Ferguson, David Ferguson, and Keith Ferguson.  Two brothers; James Ferguson, Marlboro, NY, and Gary Ferguson, Newburgh, NY.  Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
     The family has entrusted the arrangement of services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.
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Michael Lee Hahn, Jr. 
2018-2019
     Private services may be held at a later date under the direction of Zach Webb Family Funeral Service.  Memorial contributions on behalf of the family may be sent to Zach Webb Family Funeral Service, 1475 S. 10th, Independence, KS  67301. 
     Survivors include:  His parents, Michael and Tabitha.  Siblings; Carly Martindale, Bryan Martindale, Noah Foulk-Hahn, Madelyn Hahn-Hoffman, and Joan Hahn.  Paternal grandparents; Ruby and Andrew Bowers and Kelly Wren.  Maternal grandparents; Melissa Pinckney and Paul Lamb. 
    The family has entrusted the arrangement of services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.
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February - ( Elbert Lewis )
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Elbert Lewis
1951-2019
     Services will take place at a later date with inurnment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Treece, KS, under the direction of Zach Webb Family Funeral Service. 
     Elbert is survived by his two children Judy and Benjamin Lewis. He also leaves behind his siblings: Roy Lewis of Oklahoma, Jessie Lewis of Kansas, Glen Lewis of Kansas, Beverly Jones of Texas, Virginia Cline of Kansas, Frieda Andres of Kansas, Lola Wright of Kansas, and Rebecca Jabbour of Arizona. He is preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Lucille (Houston) Lewis, his father, Elbert Otis Lewis and his siblings Ivan Lewis, John W Lewis, and Harold Lewis, and Bertha Bergman
  
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Connie J. Redman
     Connie J. Redman, age 68, of Independence, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at St. John's Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. She went peacefully with her husband and children by her side. 
     Connie Jean Redman was born July 27, 1950, in Independence, KS, to Earl and Inez (Collins) Sparks. She grew up in Independence and graduated Independence High School in 1968.  She attended beauty college in Wichita and became a manicurist.  She was a member of the Independence Country Club Women's Golf Association and the Ladies Library & Art. She enjoyed art, gardening, her grandchildren and her dogs. 
     She is survived by her husband Fred of 31 years. Her daughter Erica and husband Rick Whitson of Independence. Son Casey and wife Melissa Starrett of Cherryvale. Son Kolby and wife Becky Overton of Coffeyville. Son Kegan and wife Caroline Overton of Lenexa, Ks. Eight grandchildren; Colton and Courtney Hambelton, Ethan and Wyatt Starrett, Micah and Maddox Overton, Boston Chaffin and Phoenix Whitson. Brother, Dick Sparks, and sister, Janet Smith. 
     The family has entrusted the arrangement of services to Zach and Dee Webb of locally-owned Zach Webb Family Funeral Service of Independence.
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