Obituaries March 23- April 4


Villanueva Anthony Taylor, 11, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at his home in Newton.

He was born Oct. 14, 2005, in Newton to Geovanny Villanueva and Erica Robinson.

He attended fifth grade at Santa Fe Middle School, and he enjoyed gaming, Legos and playing sports in the recreational league. He had a wonderful sense of humor and brought laughter to those around him. His life was gone too quick, but the impact he made on the lives he touched will carry on.

Anthony leaves behind his mom and dad, Geovanny and Erica; brother: Kaeden, 12; little sister Sophia Green, 6; two step-siblings, Joshua and Justice Green; grandparents, John and Janet Robinson, and Salvador and Maria Villanueva; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the First Baptist Church in Newton. A public visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. The family will be present at the visitation to greet friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pastor Chip Bungard will preside over the service. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

A memorial has been set up at in Anthony’s name.


Deloris E. Schmidt, 79, of Newton, died Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus.

She was born on July 13, 1937, in Goessel, Kan., the daughter of Ben and Selma Warkentin Hildebrand. Deloris was raised on a farm east of Goessel, graduating from Goessel High School in 1955.

Deloris married John H. Schmidt on August 6, 1955, at the Alexanderwohl Church. They lived in Topeka until moving to Newton in 1957.

She worked in Newton at Moore’s I.G.A. in their five and dime section as well as at Elixer Industries and Druber’s Donut Shop. Deloris then worked at Norcraft for 17 years, until retiring. She was an active member of First Mennonite Church, and along with John, they were volunteers at the American Red Cross Blood Drive for 12 years.

Survivors include her husband, John; son, C.B. “Cub” Schmidt; daughter, Patty Warkentine and her husband Jack; grandchildren, Amanda Warkentine and Brett Warkentine and wife Jessica; and three great grandsons, Cole Lujano, Tucker Warkentine and Reid Warkentine all of Newton.

Deloris is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Willis Hildebrand.

Funeral services were April 3 at the First Mennonite Church in Newton. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with Caring Hands Humane Society; contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS, 67114.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.


Marvin Joseph Kratky, 68, of Hesston, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita from a long battle with Crohns Disease.

He was born on July 1, 1948, in Kansas City, Mo. His parents were Joseph and Sylvia Bartunek Kratky. They lived in Wilson, Kan., where he graduated from high school in 1968. Marvin attended North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit, Kan., studying diesel mechanics and welding. From there, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he spent most of his military time in Germany.

Marvin married Carol Reinert on July 17, 1970, in Tipton, Kan.

He worked as a beam welder at Agco for 38 years. After retiring, Marvin worked part time at Kropf Lumber in Hesston.

The most of his life, Marvin was an avid wood worker. He made many beautiful pieces of furniture for his friends and family. A lot of his woodworking pieces can be seen throughout the community.

Marvin was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton, where he was very active and held many offices. One of them was that he was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as the district deputy for three years.

He was a member of the American Legion, and through the years he was very active in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts when his children were growing up. Marvin also was a volunteer for the blood mobile. He enjoyed dancing, very loud country music and spending time in his shop along with visits from his four grandchildren, loving all of their hugs and kisses.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Carol of the home in Hesston; daughter, Renee Dreisigaker and husband Kirk of Topeka, and Tracy Graber and husband Kendall of Hesston; his four grandchildren, Tyler, Logan, Conner and Abby; brother, Gary Kratky and wife Nancy of Wilson, Kan.; and sister, Rose Hansen of Concordia; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Nathan and Peter.

The Recitation of the Holy Rosary was April 2, with the Mass of Christian Burial held April 3, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton.

Graveside services and interment were April 3 at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Cemetery in Wilson, Kan.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.


Stephen Craig Claassen was born on May 28, 1954, to Richard and Diane (Darling) Claassen in Newton.

He was a graduate of Newton High School and a member of the First Baptist Church of Newton.

Steve grew up in Newton and enjoyed a typical childhood with many friends and activities. Hunting and fishing with “Him-paw” Darling was always a highlight in his early years. He was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and was the pitcher for the neighborhood and Little League team. He ice skated and played ice hockey with his dad, brother and sister while growing up. The family looked forward to and took yearly trips to Colorado.

He played football in junior high school and competed and lettered in varsity high school tennis.

Steve worked with his dad, granddad and uncle at Claassen Lumber and Claassen Oil Co. while growing up.

After graduation, Steve was married briefly to Debi Brown. He served as a rural route deliverer for the postal system until his retirement in 2014.

Steve did not have biological children, but he was actively involved in raising Austin Murphy. They maintained this relationship throughout Austin’s adulthood.

Steve is survived by his mother, Diane Claassen; brother, Brian Claassen; and sister, Shelley and her husband, Larry Wall.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Richard Claassen.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton. The family will greet friends prior to the service at 9 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Memorials have been set up for the following: First Baptist Church, Sixth and Poplar, Newton, KS, 67114, and Good Shepherd Hospice, 301 N. Main St. #300, Newton, KS, 67114.


Alfred (Alfie) Morrow died on Saturday, April 1, at his home in Newton.

Alfred was born on Oct. 23, 1936, in Mattoon, Ill., to Roy and Annetta (Walker) Morrow. He was one of 10 children.

He married Judith Mitchell on July 9, 1961, in Mattoon. She survives of the home.

Alfred retired after 50 years of driving a truck. He worked for many different firms and retired from Richey Construction Co. He was an avid sports fan with great love for the Kansas City Chiefs, University of Alabama football and Illinois basketball. He enjoyed watching westerns and playing scratch tickets.

He was a big believer in God and deeply loved his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judith; children, Ronald, Thomas, Timothy, Annetta Morrow, Jennifer Trujillo and Rebecca Coravil; 29 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Annetta Morrow; son, Samuel Morrow; a great-granddaughter; and nine brothers and sisters.

A graveside service was on Tuesday, April 4, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. There is no public visitation. A memorial has been set up for: Good Shepherd Hospice of Newton, 301 N. Main Street #30, Newton, KS, 67114.


Trevor S. Carr, 34, died Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita.

He was born July 27, 1982, in Tuba City, Ariz. On Sept. 13, 2003, he married Ashley Hague in Newton, and she survives of the home.

Trevor worked as a flooring installer for Hague’s Painting and Decorating in Newton. He was close to his parents-in-law, Randy and Brenda Hague, and enjoyed working with them installing flooring in Newton and the surrounding area.

Woodworking was a hobby he enjoyed as well as spending time camping and fishing with his family, and he especially looked forward to time at Marion Reservoir. Trevor was an accomplished cook and enjoyed sharing his creations. Smoked meats and chili were two dishes that would guarantee a crowd for dinner. In his younger years, he worked part time at The Breadbasket restaurant, where he honed some of his cooking skills. He enjoyed having family and friends to the house and would often play his guitar for people to enjoy. Trevor was close to his nieces and nephews and looked forward to sharing special days with them. Although he was known as a private person, he was always glad to be spending time with those he was close to and loved.

Trevor is survived by his wife, Ashley of the home; mother, Lillian Begaye of Cottonwood, Ariz.; brothers, Bryan Carr and Mickeen Littleman, both of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Celeste (Adrian) Bustillos of Newton, Lana Littleman of Gallup, N.M., Blanka Littleman and Alynna Littleman, both of Tucson, Ariz.; and nieces and newphews Isabella Begaye-Bronson, Isaac Bronson, Aiden Weeks and Kendall Weeks. He is also survived by a host of cousins, friends, and his birth mother, Linda Littleman of Tucson, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his father, Danny Begaye.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at First Church of the Nazarene in Newton, with Pastor Rick Dages presiding. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Memorials are suggested to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


HESSTON—Alma Jean Rediger, 91, of Hesston died Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Newton Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 12, 1925, in Allen County, Ohio, the daughter of Chester and Eva Mae Wright Alspaugh. Alma Jean and her sister Esther later were adopted by Edward and Elizabeth Statler Rediger.

She attended grade school in Flanagan, Ill. The Redigers moved to Kansas in 1941, where Alma Jean attended and graduated from high school and college in Hesston. She received her bachelor’s degree at Bethel College. For several years, she was a grade-school teacher in Hutchinson.

Alma Jean and her sister Esther owned and operated the Knit-N-Nacks craft shop in Hutchinson and later the Golden Thimble at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

She was a longtime member of First Church of the Nazarene in Newton and was a volunteer through the grandparents program at area schools.

Survivors include her sisters, Mary Bontrager of Goshen, Ind., and Evelyn Shaw and husband Eugene of Hillsdale, Mich.; sister-in-law, Marie Alspaugh of Reading, Mich.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Alma Jean was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Edward, Charles and Hubert Alspaugh; and sisters, Olive Macey, Betty Cash and Esther Rediger.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Newton.

Private inurnment will take place at the Waldo Township Cemetery near Gridley, Ill.

There will be no visitation as cremation has been effected.

Condolences may be left at

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.


Mary Ellen Kyle left this Earth on March 29, 2017, at Newton Medical Center for her long awaited journey to meet the Lord. She was born July 25, 1923, in Dodge City to Dee J. and Wilma (Clemmons) Elliott. On March 21, 1953, she married Wilbur R. Kyle, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1993.

Mary Ellen worked in the purchasing department of the Santa Fe Railroad in Newton for many years. She also worked alongside her husband as a manager of the former Santa Fe Credit Union. Mary Ellen was a longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught youth groups and sponsored a college and career group at the church. She also was a member of the Beta Sigma Sorority and volunteered for the Red Cross, and she was a member of the Citizens Revue Board, the voice for children for six years. Mary Ellen has a love of her family, and she greatly looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Hendrickson of Yukon, Okla., and Becky Herron of Newton; one son, Steven L. Kyle of Warr Acres, Okla.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Graveside committal service was April 3 at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, with Pastor Duane Moraine presiding.

Memorials are suggested to the Newton Senior Center in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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