Ellen's life began on Jan. 29, 1939 in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvannia. She was the son of James A. and Kathleen L. (Copenhaver) Cochran.
Bernice Emma Dorthea (Lawrenz) Diekmann, was born at her home near Herington, Kansas, Nov. 7, 1914 to Karl L. and Olga Pauline Caroline (Ohm) Lawrenz.
Wolter, age 93 and of Delevan, liked to tell people he was a 1927 Model. He joined his parents Edythe Wolter Floyd and Whitfield Floyd, in this life, on a farm southwest of Herington on July 2, 1927. In 1936 the family moved to farm southeast of Herington where Wolter spent the rest of his life. Throughout his youth and into his adulthood he worked with his parents on the farm and in the dairy. Wolter joined the Army in 1946 after his graduation from Herington High School. He served in the Occupational Forces in Japan. While away from home, his mother suggested to my mom’s mother, Helen Herpich, that maybe Doris would like to correspond with Wolter to help ease his loneliness. We all know how that ended! When he finished his service in the Army, Wolter attended and graduated from Kansas State University, while courting Doris. All his life he was a proud Wildcat and loved following the Wildcat teams. You couldn’t call Wolter a fair-weather fan! When the Wildcat football team was having its worst seasons, he’d load the family in the car to go watch a Saturday afternoon football game in KSU stadium. During basketball season, after leaving the milking barn in the evening, he’d often take the family, along with Truman Lockard, to Ahearn Field House to watch basketball. Of course, Wolter was as thrilled as any Wildcat when the football team finally got the hang of winning. He and my mom went to many tail gates and games with Lee and Diana, their grandchildren, and the rest of the Wildcat Nation. Wolter joined his father, Whit, in the dairy and farm operations after he graduated from K-State in the early 1950’s. With his dad, he took great pride in managing their herd of registered Holsteins. He joined Doris in marriage, built a new house for her on the farm, and together they raised three children, Gary, Susan and Lee. Wolter was always involved in his family’s activities. He and Doris were faithful members of the First Christian Church all their lives. Wolter served as a deacon and elder for his congregation. He was a faithful member of the Christian Church for over 90 years. They were supporters of 4-H. Wolter served as a Community Leader for the Lyon Prospectors 4-H Club while his children were members. He was the President of the Tri-County Fair Board for several years and served as the Dairy Superintendent at the Tri-County and Central Kansas Free Fairs. When his kids were showing their Holstein cows, he and Doris were at the show ring. As a dairyman, for many years he served as a board member of the Mid-America Dairy Producers. He supported his community as an active member of the Red Cap Club, Kiwanis, and Lions. Wolter and Doris loved to join the other members of the Herington Squares to square dance. They also belonged to bridge clubs and pitch clubs through the years. When Wolter decided to sell his dairy herd in the late 1980’s, he and Doris became “snowbirds” and spent their winters in Brownsville, TX. Their friends from Herington, John and Perla McGrew, were often their partners in crime as they square danced, played bridge and traveled. They made many new friends too during those winters in Texas and had lots of adventures until Doris insisted every spring they come home for Easter with their family. Wolter and Doris spent many hours as babysitters through the years with their grandchildren. Often the kids stayed the night, or a few days, depending on the plans of their parents. As grandparents the door was always open, and Wolter and Doris took great joy in sharing their grandkids lives. Grandpa was always ready to have a bowl of ice cream with Hershey’s Syrup. It was great fun for them all to play games together. When the grandkids were playing sports or showing cows at the fair, they were always there cheering them on. The grandkids all treasure the times with their Grandpa and Grandma. In his final years, Wolter lived at the Legacy of Herington. He was always eager to get in the Bingo, or Pitch or Mexican Train Dominos games. When Wolter attended the church services at Legacy, often when the others stopped singing after the first verse, Wolter continued on with the next verse. He knew his hymns! He touched the lives of the caregivers at Legacy with his gentle ways and his smiles. He lived his life well and in doing so, showed his children, grandchildren, and others how to be decent human beings and how to live a life of service, integrity, and joy. While his passing saddens all our hearts and leaves an empty place in our lives, we rejoice that he now dwells in Heaven with his Savior, and God, and his loved ones who have gone on before. We know when he arrived, he was welcomed as a good and faithful servant. Wolter was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Herpich Floyd, his infant son, Robert Craig Floyd and his parents, Whitfield and Edythe Floyd. He is survived by his children: Gary Floyd (Cindy), Susan Lehr, and Lee Floyd (Diana); his grandchildren: G.P. Floyd (Amber), Danny Floyd, Shannon Lehr, Jessica Lehr, LeAnn White (Jeff), Curtis Floyd (Kristen), and Ryan Floyd; his great-grandchildren: Amanda Patterson (Michael), Montana Floyd, Brandley, Wesley, and Mathew Floyd, Liam Floyd, Maddie and Elle White, Karley, Kali, Keely, and Kennedy Floyd, and Armond McGary; his great great-grandchild: Sadie Patterson. His family gathered with friends on Friday, November 27, 2020 at the First Christian Church in Herington where his funeral service was held. He was laid to rest in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Yazel-Megli Funeral Homes, Herington is serving the family. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Gail at www.ymzfh.com.
Dolores Duggan, age 86 of Tampa, fondly known as Dee, was born on July 22, 1934 in Copan, OK. She was the daughter of George and Tina (Potteiger) Bonham. Dolores is a 1952 graduate of Wann High School in Wann, OK. She was united in marriage to Thomas E. Duggan on November 29, 1975. Dolores last worked as a cashier for the Tampa State Bank. She was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Tampa and active in church activities. Dolores was a founding member and Queen Bee of the Shady Ladies Red Hat Society. She volunteered her time to the Tampa Pride group, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Lady Lions, and was a proud member of the Kansas Democrats. She and Tom enjoyed traveling both in the United States and overseas. Dee was a fashionable go-getter and loved her family and friends, her coffee, the ABC News with David Muir, receiving mail, berries of any kind, decorating for every holiday, reading and the community of Tampa where she lived for the past 40 years. After marrying Tom, she also enjoyed her many years of fun as a member of the Duggan clan. Her loving family includes her children Debra Hall of Gypsum and Darla Hall of Lee Summit, MO; grandchildren Adam and Kaylee Hall; sister Darlene (Ernest) Kite of Bartlesville, OK and many dear friends. Dolores passed away on November 23, 2020 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Darius Hall and Tom Duggan, siblings Ylita Mead, Bill Bockius and Ernie Bonham. Her family would like to thank Dr. Baxa and the nurses at St. Luke Hospital in Marion and Marion County Home Care Services for their devoted care. Special appreciation also goes to Connie Mc- Mahan, Francie Mueller, Kathy Kroupa, Danny Duggan, Eunice Steiner, David Mueller, the Tampa State Bank, the Santa Fe Trail Café and everyone in the community for everything they’ve always done for her. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date and she will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tampa. Yazel-Megli Funeral Homes, Marion is serving the family. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to Tampa Pride, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church or the Tampa Trail Stop store. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Dolores at ymzfh.com.
Gail’s life began on February 26, 1936 in rural Delavan. He was the son of Zora “Joker” and Margaret (Sorenson) Burns. Gail graduated from Wilsey High School in 1954 and went to Emporia State Teacher’s College to further his education. He was united in marriage to the former Carol Say on June 23, 1957 at Wilsey Christian Church. Gail worked for a short time as a disc jockey in Tennessee and later returned home to the farm where he farmed with his father and later with his own family. His true passion was music, and he was in many groups but most notably his band the BJ- 4 which played around the region performing Country and Western, Western Swing & old Standards for many years. Gail was a bass guitar player, sang vocals and played many string instruments. He was very fond of his Boston bulldog Rambo and especially his life of music and agriculture. Gail’s greatest joy was his family which includes his wife of 63 years Carol of Delavan; children Dylan (LeAnn) Burns of Edmund, OK, Victor (Gail) Burns of Lincolnville, Doyle (Pam) Burns of Wichita and Vicki (Jason ) Wolf of Medora; grandchildren Tyler Burns, Natalie ( Alex) Marks, Travis (Kayla) Burns, Bridgette (Jesse) Hamm, Jesse Crump, Katie Burns, Dusty Wolf and Dakota Wolf; great grandchildren Ruby Marks, Sawyer Hamm, Chev Reimer, and Braxton Wolf; brother Everett Burns and several nieces and nephews. Gail, age 84, passed away at his home on November 23, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Bernard Burns and great granddaughter Brylee Burns. His family gathered with friends at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Herington where his funeral service was held on November 28, 2020, led by Pastor Clarence Summer. Gail will be laid to rest in Delavan Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Dickinson County Home Health and Hospice. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Gail at ymzfh.com.