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February 24, 2005

Memorial services for Herschel Walter Hemphill, 93, Vinland, were Monday at Vinland United Methodist Church. Mr. Hemphill died February 17, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.
He was born Nov. 28, 1911, at Syracuse, the son of Harrison Howard and Amanda Samantha (Brizendine) Hemphill. He was an elementary teacher at Weybright and Stony Point schools in rural Douglas County. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943-46 as a cryptographic technician. After serving his country, he was a farmer and part-time bus driver for Vinland Consolidated School District 88. He served as director of the Noxious Weed Department of Douglas County from 1962 until his retirement in 1976. During his retirement, he was a volunteer on projects at the Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Baldwin City, served on the Board of Supervisors of the Douglas County Soil Conservation Service, and the Wakarusa Watershed District.
He was a lifelong member of Vinland United Methodist Church, Santa Fe Trail Historical Society of southern Douglas County.
He married Anne Elizabeth Kelley June 23, 1940, at Bittersweet Farm, rural Vinland. She died May 20, 2004.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Orvil and Frederick Hemphill.
Survivors include two sons, James Hemphill, Tucson, Ariz., and Howard Hemphill, Vinland; one daughter, Rebecca Browning, Lawrence; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Private family inurnment took place at Stony Point Cemetery, Vinland, prior to the memorial service. Memorials may be made to Vinland United Methodist Church in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Funeral services for Mildred E. "Milly" Drew,77, St. Petersburg, Fla., were Wednesday at the Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mrs. Drew died February 9, 2005, at her home.
She was born Sept. 27, 1927, at Baldwin City, the daughter of Ernest and Mildred E. (Spencer) Stewart. She lived in Ottumwa, Iowa, before moving to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1958. She was a realtor for 44 years and a VA Appraiser for over 20 years.
She was a member of the Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Fischer and her husband Jim, and Susan Banks and her husband Ted, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, Randy Drew and his wife Cindy, Palmetto, Fla.; three brothers, Dean Steward, Lincoln, Neb., Gene Stewart, New York, N.Y., and Terry Stewart, Dubuque, Iowa, and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Francis Stewart.
Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorials may be made to the Major Francis E. Stewart Endowed Scholarship, Nebraksa Wesleyan University or to the Hospice of the Florida Sun Coast and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

Graveside services for Katheran D. Ellifrits Webster, 57, Baldwin City, were Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mrs. Webster died February 19, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born Sept. 12, 1947, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Loretta (Gatewood) and Bill Tice. She attended school in the Kansas City area. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include one daughter, Koretta Ellifrits, Baldwin City; three grandchildren, three nephews and one daughter-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sons, Billy Ellifrits, Farrell Ellifrits and John Ellifrits, two sisters, Lorena Purdue and Venita Smith, and a niece.
Memorials may be made to the Zoe Ellifrits Education Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

Funeral services for Kenneth "Kenny" James Wiseman, 84, Baldwin City, were Friday at McGilley & Fry Funeral Home, Olathe. Mr. Wiseman died February 16, 2005, at Royal Terrace Nursing Center, Olathe.
He was born August 1, 1920, at Paola, the son of John William and Vina (Hudson) Wiseman. He served in the United States Army during WWII, receiving the Purple Heart. He was a member of IBEW Local Union #124.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Della Irene (Quincy) Wiseman, and a grandson, Kerry Wiseman.
Survivors include his wife, Emma; two sons, Larry Joe Wiseman and his wife Janis, Olathe, and Edward Lee Wiseman and his wife Louise, Lenexa; one step daughter, Judy Rohe and her husband Robert, Baldwin City; two step sons, Mike Wiseman and his wife Patty, Baldwin City, and Raymond Wiseman, Richmond, Texas; four grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren.
Burial was at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Overland Park. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kansas and sent to McGilley and Fry Funeral Home, 105 E. Loula, Olathe, KS 66061.

Services for Ilah Faye Smith, 79, Ottawa, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hall Chapel, Lincoln, Kan. Mrs. Smith died February 21, 2005, at Olathe.
She was born Sept. 4, 1925, at Barnard, the daughter of Frank Ray and Ona Jane (Adams) Dowlin. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two daughters, JoAnn Heins, Ottawa, and Kay Lynn Hartzell, Baldwin City; a sister, Buelah Mae Bross, Salina; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Earl Smith, two sons, Michael Earl Smith and Stephen Charles Smith and a brother Charles William Dowlin.
Private inurnment will take place at Beverly City Cemetery, Beverly City.

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