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Hesston Record 4.17

Hesston Record 4.17

Frances M. Luther, 88

Posted 4/18/2014

Frances M. Luther, 88 of Hesston, died April 9, 2014, at Schowalter Villa.

She was born on May 20, 1925, to William and Anna (Bechler) Birky

near Minier, Ill., and grew up near Kouts, Ind.

She married Charles Walter (Walt) Whitmer of Carlock, Ill., on June 17, 1950, and they lived in Illinois and Colorado.

He died Oct. 3, 1968, after which she moved back to Morgan Township near Kouts, Ind.

On Aug.11, 1974, she married Martin R. Luther, and lived with him in Florida and Arizona, before they moved back to Kouts, in 1996.

He died on Feb. 17, 1999.

Since the death of Fran’s second husband she moved to Wakarusa, Indiana, then to the Newton/Hesston area.

 Fran was a homemaker and also did the bookkeeping for the business that she and her first husband owned in Colorado.  She was a member of Hopewell

Mennonite Church in Kouts, Ind.; Glenwood Springs Mennonite Church in Glenwood Springs, Col.; Ashton Mennonite Church of Sarasota, Fla.; Sunnyslope

Mennonite Church of Glendale, Ariz.; Open Door Fellowship of Kouts, Ind.; and

Holdeman Mennonite Church of Wakarusa, Ind.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands C. Walter Whitmer and Martin R. Luther; a son, Gerald Whitmer; three brothers, Thomas, Ray and Lee Birky; two sisters, Bonita Schrag and Margaret Bless; and stepson, Fred Luther.

Frances is survived by two daughters, Virginia (Lowell) Nunemaker of Wakarusa,

Ind. and Karen (Ron) Bachman of Newton; one son, Lyle (Cindy) Whitmer

of Fairbanks, Ala.; two sisters Barbara Hartzler of Cable, Oh., and Vera Urschel of Lake City, Fla.; one brother, James (Erma) Birky, of Greentown, Ind.; four step-children, Betty Jennings, Richard (Marlene) Luther, Vera Kirby and Gene (Bev) Luther, all of Ohio; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 Services were held on Monday, April 14, at Open Door Fellowship, Kouts, Ind. with Pastor Bj Leichty, of the Holdeman Mennonite Church of Wakarusa officiating.

Burial was at the Hopewell Cemetery, Kouts, Indiana.

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Ruth M. Campbell, 96

Posted 4/18/2014

Ruth M. Campbell was born in rural Bartlett, in South East Kansas, Aug. 22, 1917. She died at the age of 96 at Newton Presbyterian Manor.

Her parents were Bertha M. and Nate E. Vandermark.

Ruth graduated from Altamont High School in 1935. After graduation, she lived on the family farm and in southern California before moving to Detroit, MI. in 1939.  She went to work for the Army as a civilian as an assistant to a Lieutenant Colonel preparing papers for soldiers being sent overseas.

In June of 1940, Ruth married Bennie Campbell.  They lived in Lake Tahoe, CA. where Bennie worked in a gold mine and they lived in a log cabin campground owned by the mining company. They returned to Kansas in the mid 1940’s.

In 1952, Ruth and Bennie moved to Kansas City and lived there for more than 30 years.

Ruth was a member of the Ruskin Heights Baptist Church and was a member of the Eastern Star.

Her husband Bennie Waldo Campbell and her parents precede her in death.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Connie L. Kramer and Robbie Dreier of rural Hesston, two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

A memorial service was held Thursday April 17 at Highland Trinity UCC Church, Newton.

On line tributes can be sent to the family via

Memorials donations are suggested to Newton Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund 1200 E. Seventh Street, Newton, KS 67114. 

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