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Rachel Lucille Koppenhaver (Osborne), 71

Posted 10/20/2016

ELDORADO - Rachel’s life began on March 13, 1945, in Manistique, Michigan the daughter of Chester Charles and Eva Lucille (Troyer) Osborne.

Growing up, Rachel’s family lived in Germfask, Michigan, and Kouts, Indiana, before settling in Hesston.

She graduated from Hesston Academy, two years at Hesston College and received her teaching degree at Emporia State University. She received her Master’s degree from Wichita State University and enjoyed a long career as a Special Education teacher.

She married Ronald G. Koppenhaver on Aug. 21, 1965, in Hesston, and together they lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Hesston and El Dorado.

Rachel is fondly remembered for her nurturing nature: as the middle child of seven, helping her mother look after the household; in supporting and adopting the interests of her husband and children; by guiding the growth of the countless students she taught; through her love of natural beauty and her passion for gardening; in her respect for learning and knowledge; and, always, in her care for those around her.

Rachel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ron in 2012; siblings, Conrad Osborne (Lila) and Grace Osborne.

Her survivors include her children; Chris Koppenhaver and his wife, Kristi of Overland Park, Patrick Koppenhaver and Megan Parsley and her husband, Timm Gaughan all of El Dorado; siblings and their spouses, Zonda Befort (Lloyd) of Mazeppa, Minnesota, Phil Osborne (Sue Lafferty) of Evanston, Illinois, David Osborne (Sena) of Hesston and Stan Osborne (Beth) of Wichita; grandchildren, Avery Parsley, Simon and Elliot Koppenhaver.

Her family and friends held a life celebration service Oct. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado with Rev. Dr. Robyn Abel officiating.

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Ronald E. Bretz, 78

Posted 10/20/2016

Ronald E. Bretz, 78 passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.

He was born in Hutchinson, to Eugene and Ruth (Jones) Bretz. He attended Hutchinson High School, Wichita State University, and the University of Wyoming earning two master degrees.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Brian (Laura) Bretz; daughter, Brenda (Jason) Barricklow; brother, Derroll Bretz and 5 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, at Grace Community Church 1600 S. Anderson Road, Newton.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to: Lions Sight Foundation MSU Unit, c/o Andy Hoedl, 15403 W. 80th Place, Lenexa, KS 66219.

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Martin E. ‘Bud’ Banning, 88

Posted 10/20/2016

TYRONE, OKLAHOMA - Martin E. “Bud” Banning 88, died Friday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal.

He was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Chautauqua County, the son of Lonzo A. and Veora A. (Jackson) Banning. He was a longtime resident of the Tyrone Area.

He was employed in Pipeline Construction for the Oil and Gas industry.

On Sept. 2, 1947, he married Patricia McCabe in Wichita. She died April 15, 2010.

Survivors include: sons Lonnie Banning and wife Patty of Grove, Oklahoma, Danny Banning and wife Joyce of Valley Center, Justin Banning and wife Carolyn of Dodge City, Brett Banning and wife Donna of Tyrone, Oklahoma, Bart Banning and wife Bobbi of Tyrone, Oklahoma; brother Cecil Banning and wife Eunice of Hesston; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren

He is preceded in death by parents; three brothers; one sister; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A visitation was held Oct. 16 with a funeral service on Oct. 17 at the Tyrone High School Auditorium with Bill Nichols, Sr. presiding.

Burial will take place in Tyrone Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Tyrone Public Schools, in care of Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W 2nd Street, Liberal, KS  67901. 

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