Digital Augusta

Augusta, Kansas

Collection: 1984





Tanksley, Hazel I.

Feller, Darwin P.

Keplar, Arthur

Gehlen, Al Francis

Bond, Abel James "Jay"


Obituaries published in the Augusta Daily Gazette


Augusta Daily Gazette, Augusta, Kansas, USA


Augusta Historical Museum, Augusta, Kansas, USA


Augusta Public Library, Augusta, Kansas, USA










Augusta Daily Gazette, Augusta, Kansas, USA, “1984-12-27,” Digital Augusta, accessed December 6, 2022,

The Augusta Daily Gazette
Thursday, December 27, 1984
Hazel Tanksley died on Tuesday
Hazel I. Tanksley, 87, El Dorado, formerly of Leon and Valley Center, died Tuesday at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Carlson Funeral Home at El Dorado. Dr. T.O. Parish will officiate and burial will be in Sunset Lawns Cemetery.
Tanksley was born Oct. 12, 1897, in Bloomington Township to John R. and Flora A. Teague Crowley. She married Roscoe Tanksley. He preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker and had memberships in the United Methodist Church in Leon, church circles, Order of the Eastern Star in Valley Center and Federated Women’s Clubs.
Survivors include a sister, Marietta Harrington of El Dorado; three nephews, Bob Crowley of Leon, Harry A. Wilson Jr. of Indianapolis, Ind., and John R. “Buzz” Crowley III of Midland, Texas, and a niece, Mary A. Hays of Leon.

Darwin Feller dies at 49
Darwin P. Feller, 49, Lake Charles, La., son of Helen Feller and brother of Marguerite Robison, both of Leon, died there Saturday from injuries suffered in an industrial accident.
His service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado. Msgr. Charles F. Walsh will officiate and burial will be in the Bella Vista Cemetery in El Dorado.
He was born in El Dorado Dec. 29, 1934 to Ray R. and Helen Wittenbrink Feller.
He married Barbara J. Peffley Sept. 20, 1953 in EL Dorado. She survives.
Feller was a sales representative for Johnson-Macco.
Other survivors include a son, David Feller of Bedford, Texas; a daughter, Paula J. Feller of Lake Charles; a brother, Wendell of El Dorado; another sister, Radine Lipscomb of Tucson, Ariz., and three grandchildren.

Thursday, December 27, 1984
Arthur Keplar dies at 84
Arthur Keplar, 84, El Dorado, father of Karen Klassen of Augusta, died Wednesday. Dec. 26, at the Knutson Manor nursing home in El Dorado.
His funeral service will be 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, Dec. 29, at the Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado and burial will be in the Sunset Lawns cemetery there.
He was born July 7, 1900 at Emporia to H.B. and Myrtle Swartzhot Keplar.
During his life, Keplar worked 40 years for Skelly Oil and also farmed.
He married Ruby Sines in 1922 and she preceded him in death in 1937.
Keplar married Mary Maurcio March 3. 1950. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Larry and Kermit Keplar, both of El Dorado, and Raymond Keplar of Centralia, Mo.; four daughters, Mrs. Klassen of Augusta, Betty Havercroft and Peggy Johnson, both of El Dorado, and Maxine Keplar of White City; two stepchildren; 21 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials to Knutson Manor are suggested.

Friday, December 28, 1984
Brother killed in auto accident
Al Francis Gehlen, 34, Medicine Lodge, brother of Virginia Pelzl of Augusta, died Thursday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Coldwater.
His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Forsyth Funeral Home in Medicine Lodge and burial was in the Highland Cemetery there.
A memorial has been established with the Lincoln Library in Medicine Lodge.
He was born June 6, 1950 in St. Leo to Charles and Helen Youngers Gehlen.
He married Colleen Wiske July 16, 1973 in Nashville, Kan. She survives.
Gehlen was an oil field employee.
He served with the U.S. Army in Thailand.
Other survivors include daughters, Malinda, Tina, both of home; parents, Charles and Helen of Medicine Lodge; brothers, Arnold, Raphael, both of Sharon, Edward of Medicine Lodge; sisters, Sister Lillian of Nigeria, Alma Weber, Dolores Hudson, both of Nashville; Catherine Wooten of Park City, Elizabeth Mosiman of Newton.

Father dies in Stafford
Abel James “Jay” Bond, 72, Stafford, father of James Bond of Augusta, died Wednesday at a hospital there.
His funeral service was at 10 a.m. today at the Peacock-Milton Funeral Home. Rev. Jack Roe officiated and burial was in the Stafford Cemetery.
He was born March 6, 1912 in Stafford to James Harvey and Elizabeth Belle Spear Bond.
He married Gilberta May Marsh Aug. 12, 1933 in Stafford. She survives
Bond was a retired Boeing Military Airplane Co. employee.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church there.
Other survivors include sons, Lavern of Hutchinson, Dennis of Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; brother, Richard of Stafford; sisters, Deal Sims of Wichita, Etta Winchester of Larned; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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