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Gates, Lilla  
Lilla Mae Gates, 92, died at Kansas Christian Home and was reunited with her Lord and children on Monady (May 23, 2016). Lilla was born July 24, 1923, in Pawnee, Oklahoma, to Oliver and Lola Mae (Wilton) Brenneman. She married Robert Cornwell, who preceded her in death, and later married Carlton Gates, who also preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a son, a daughter, two sisters and one brother. She was a lifelong member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary, both in Newton, and was also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #5, Newton. Lilla was a longtime member of the Newton First Baptist Church. She was a joy to all who knew her and found the silver lining in every situation. Her favorite quote was "it will all work out." She will be missed dearly by her loving family, close friends and those who cared for her daily. Lilla is survived by nieces Marilyn Kurtz of Kansas City, Kansas and Susan Sabin and her partner Kerin Trapp of Thornton, Colorado; and one great niece, Shannon Kurtz of Kansas City, Missouri. She is also survived by many who loved her dearly. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday (May 31, 2016) at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chip Bungard presiding. Order of the Eastern Star Rites will be given at the chapel. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Newton. Memorials are suggested to American Legion in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
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Published in The Kansan on May 28, 2016

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Cave, Treasa Jo  
Treasa Jo Cave, 61, died May 18, 2016, at her home in Newton. She was born February 20, 1955, in Wichita, the daughter of Thomas Watson Jr. and Charlotte L. Blue Miles. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Wichita State University. She had been employed at Larned State Hospital, and St. Francis Community Services, Hutchinson, both in Social Work, and also with Counseling, Consulting and Mediation Inc., McPherson, in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. She truly enjoyed helping others and loved collecting as well as many different crafts. She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Kimble, Paola, four brothers; Wesley Watson, Pratt, Kenneth Watson, Salina, Lyndon Watson, Lynn Valley, Thomas Watson III, Burrton, her father, Thomas Watson Jr., Waurika, Oklahoma, 10 grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her mother, her daughter, Jessica Eidson, and nephew, Mathew Watson. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Sat May 28, at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel. There will be a book to sign from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Newton Homeless Shelter in care of the funeral home. Visit www.hutchinsonfc.com to leave the family a personal message.
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Published in The Kansan on May 26, 2016
Hessman, Kimberly  
Kimberly Denise Hessman, 57, died Sunday (May 22, 2016) at Newton. Born June 25, 1958, at Hoisington, she was the daughter of Marvin Basye and Eunice Brack. She is survived by children Chandra Spicer and Brandon Hessman; mother Eunice Dreher and her husband Melvin; step-mother Pam Basye Moon; sisters and brother Gina Basye Gould, Amy Harris, April Green, Aaron King, Wayne, Dean, Diane and Debbie Dreher; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin, and brother, Byron "Butch" Basye. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 27 at Minnis Chapel, Stafford. Burial will be at the Stafford Cemetery. Memorials may be made as a Love Gift to the family, in care of the chapel.
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Published in The Kansan on May 26, 2016

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Corder, Richard E.  
Richard E. Corder of Hot Springs South Dakota passed away May 2, 2016 at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Hot Springs South Dakota. He was 76 years old. He was born May 13, 1939 in Picher, Oklahoma to John and Dorothy (Robinson) Corder. He is preceded in death by his father and mother John and Dorothy (Robinson) Corder and his brother Neville Corder. He is survived by his brothers Don Corder, Baxter Springs, Kansas and Jack Corder, Joplin Missouri, his daughter Cathleen (Corder) Nance, Newton, Kansas, grandsons Jeffrey and Dallas Gillmore of Newton and a great granddaughter Gemma Gillmore of Newton and several nieces and nephews. Richard served in the United States Air force from 1956 –1959, the United States Marine Corps from 1961 –1966. He reenlisted in the Marine Corps as a Sargent from 1966 –1969. While in the Marine Corps he served in the Vietnam War and was awarded several medals; including two medals of good conduct. He was honorably discharged from both the Air force and the Marines. Several years after his discharge from the Marine Corps he joined the Army National Guard from 1974 –1975 in Wichita, Ks, which he was also honorably discharged from. Richard spoke often about how much he loved living in the South Dakota area and what beautiful country it is there, he loved living near the Black hills. He also had a fondness for the Native American culture. He was quite the jokester; he always had a joke to tell and loved to make people laugh. He was a generous and loving man and he would drop whatever he was doing to help his family and friends, especially his daughter Cathleen. He loved to hear about his great granddaughter and his goal was to spoil her rotten. He spoke about her daily to whoever would listen. He was a very proud great grandfather. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly. I missed the day you went away. There were so many things I wanted to say. But you were called home. And I feel so all alone. I know it's selfish to feel that way. But you are my daddy. I feel like a piece of myself left with you that day. I hope you know how much I love you and how much I care. And that I wish you were sitting right here. I have to remind myself that you're no longer in pain. So daddy until we meet again. Semper Fi
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Published in The Kansan on May 24, 2016
Schmidt, John  
John D. Schmidt, 92, passed away on Monday (May 23, 2016) at Kidron Bethel Healthcare. John was born in Marion County on Jan. 29, 1924, to Daniel B. and Anna (Schmidt) Schmidt. He was the fifth of seven children. Growing up on a farm during the Great Depression was a difficult time. John learned at an early age to earn cash by whatever means were available to him. This involved hunting, trapping and lighting the school house stove. He also traveled to Colorado and Missouri to shuck corn. He later had the opportunity to work as a farm hand in the Montezuma area. Here he developed life-long friendships. John loved school, but was not able to finish high school, completing his sophomore year at Goessel High School. John served in the Army during World War II as a non-combatant. Most of his time was spent in Egypt. During this time he was able to visit the Holy Land and climb one of the Great Pyramids. These are opportunities he always treasured. After the war, he worked for Crossroads Co-op. During this time, he met Linda Banman and they were married on Sept. 16, 1954, at Goessel Mennonite Church. The newlyweds took up residence in Newton. John continued to work for the co-op in various capacities, from a large propane delivery route to management, until retiring in 1986. He always had a close working relationship with farmers and continued to supply them with seed for a number of years following his retirement from the co-op. Always a gardener, John maintained a large garden at home and a huge one at the farm of his daughter and son-in- law in Marion County. Many crops were lovingly planted, tended and harvested. Much of this produce was canned or frozen by Linda. For many years he was a vendor at the Newton Farmer's Market, where he earned the nickname "Cucumber Schmidt." John and Linda were avid travelers, visiting all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several countries in Europe. John was a charter member of Faith Mennonite Church, where he actively served in numerous capacities as long as he was able to do so. He will always be remembered for his children's stories at church. Another important ministry to him was prison ministry. He first served with Upper Room Fellowship and later the M-2 program. He was still visiting inmates at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility until the age of 90. John was a member of the Newton Rotary Club for 40 years, even serving a term as president. John's wife, Linda, passed away on Feb. 24, 2015. Also preceding him in death were sister Martha and brothers Danny, Clarence and Walter. He is survived by his children: Richard (Pam) Schmidt of North Newton, Terri (Leslie) Wedel of rural Goessel and Steve (Dawn) Schmidt of rural Moundridge; grandchildren: Bret (fiancée Breckyn Dawson) Schmidt of Newton, Luke Schmidt of Lawrence, Janessa (Neal) Walters of Andover and Lindsey Wedel of rural Goessel; sisters: Mary Jane Janzen of North Newton and Alice Janzen of Enid, Oklahoma; and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 N. Anderson Ave., Newton. Services will be held at Faith Mennonite Church on Wednesday, June 1, at 11 a.m. Memorials have been established for Faith Mennonite Church and Mennonite Central Committee. Petersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Kansan on May 25, 2016
Schmidt, Susie  
Susie Schmidt, 103, passed away Sunday (May 22, 2016) at Bethesda Home, Goessel. She was born February 5, 1913, in Goessel. She is preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Al Schmidt, five siblings, and one granddaughter. Survivors include her children and their spouses; Janice (Howard) Sivertson, Bob (Sylvia) Schmidt, and Larry (Anita) Schmidt; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bethesda Home, Goessel. Graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday (May 26, 2016) at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda Home or Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, both in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Goessel.
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Published in The Kansan on May 24, 2016
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