Dec 10, 2019 2:06 PM

Norva Pruter

Posted Dec 10, 2019 2:06 PM

Norva Pruter, 87, of Great Bend, Kansas, and former Natoma and Russell, Kansas, resident died on Saturday, December 07, 2019, at the Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita, Kansas.

Norva was born on October 01, 1932, in Natoma, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph and Adeline (Stiverson) Weldon.  She grew up in Natoma and graduated from Natoma High School in the class of 1950.   After high school, she attended the Kansas City Bible College in Overland Park, Kansas.  As a young lady, she worked at the Natoma Ben Franklin Variety Store and the Natoma Post Office.  She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Ray Eldon Pruter on September 28, 1951, in Natoma, Kansas.  From this union, Norva and Ray were blessed with three children: Jodell, Dale and Kenny. Norva remained a stay-at-home mom until her children were grown and then worked as a kitchen employee at the Russell Senior Center until retiring in 1999.

She dedicated her life to the Lord at an early age and was an active member of the Church of God (Holiness) in Natoma where she held various offices. Later in life, she attended Otterbein United Methodist Church in Russell, Kansas, and the Church of the Nazarene in Great Bend, Kansas.  She loved and was passionate about her relationship with Christ and lived her life based on Christ's love and teachings.  Because of her strong relationship with Christ, she faithfully read and studied the Bible on a daily basis and took great pride in fully reading the Bible for 35 years in a row.  Her friends and family will fondly remember her as a devout Christian and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She will also be remembered as a person who was a great listener and always took the time to help with and pray for her family and friends’ joys and concerns.

She enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, going to family reunions, church camp, and gospel music, especially quartets.  

Norva's surviving family include her daughter Jodell Glick of Winfield, Kansas; sons Dale E. Pruter (Sherry) and Kenny Pruter (Patty) both of Great Bend, Kansas; sister Elsie Richmond of Plainville, Kansas; 4 grandchildren: Tarena, Trent, Luke and Audra; ten great grandchildren: Levi, Taylor, Sophia, Sydnee, Sylvia, Kaiden, Kenzlie, Maddie, Henry and Halle; and one great great grandchild Roland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 62 years, Ray Eldon, on April 29, 2014.

A celebration of Norva's life will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the Great Bend First Church of the Nazarene, Great Bend, Kansas, with Pastors Josh and Amy Foster officiating.  Burial will take place at the Natoma City Cemetery at 2:30 PM on Thursday in Natoma, Kansas.  Visitation will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 12.  Memorials may be given to Great Bend First Church of the Nazarene and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell and Natoma are in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

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John Howard Cranston

John H. Cranston, 94, of Colby, Kansas, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Citizens Medical Center in Colby, Kansas. He was born on November 7, 1925 in rural Bazine, Kansas during a snow storm. He always told people it took three days for the doctor to make it through the snow to their rural farm.

He was the son of Thomas & Elva (Delaney) Cranston. He attended a small one room school in rural Ness County, Kansas from 1st through 8th grade. John graduated from Bazine High School in 1943 & enlisted in the United States Army in 1944. After his military service he moved to California & became a journeyman machinist with the Caterpillar Company. There in the San Francisco bay area he met his future wife Marjorie.

On May 20, 1950 he married Marjorie Blanc in Reno, Nevada. They were blessed with two daughters, Deborah & Linda.

In 1959 John moved back to Kansas where he started his own custom harvesting business. After 35 years as a custom harvester he decided to retire from his custom harvesting route. However, custom harvest for people close to home, farm for relatives, mechanic, raise cattle & drive cattle trucks for many years thereafter. John did not like to be idle for long. He always had something that needed fixed or mended on his small farm by Levant, KS. He named his little farm “Oleo Acres” which when asked about the name he would explain that he chose that name because it was a “cheaper spread”.

After his wife passed away in 2004, his constant companion for the last 14 years has been his little dog Sally. They went everywhere together. John & Sally enjoyed their weekly trips to the Colby Sale Barn to watch the livestock sell & talk to everyone there. They also enjoyed their weekly trips to the grocery store, Orscheln’s & Palace Drug Store as well as other businesses in Colby.

John enjoyed visits from his eight grandchildren & great grandchildren. He had a basket of toys that the younger great grandchildren would drag out & play with each time they came to visit. He always had a dish of candy to share with them as well. He enjoyed humorous greeting cards from his grandchildren & would proudly display them near his recliner for all to see.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marjorie; brothers Harold, Rex & Lester & sister Evelyn Duncan.

He is survived by his two daughters Deborah (Richard) Robinson, of Hill City, KS; Linda (David) Pabst, of Colby, KS, sister, Ruth Cranston, San Pablo, CA; Sister-in-law Shirley Cranston, Colby his eight grandchildren: Melissa (Todd) Stramel, Colby, KS; Christy (Richard) Acheson, Windsor, CO; Ryan (Amy) Robinson, Lindsborg, KS; Julie (Mike) Zybko, Shawnee, KS; Kyle (Kendra) Robinson, Asheville, NC; Wyatt (Baley) Robinson, Kansas City, MO; Marie (Brad) Skolout, Levant, KS & Karen(Toby) George, Haslet, TX & twenty great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at Baalmann Mortuary, Colby, KS. Funeral service is 10:30 AM Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Mortuary with burial in Beulah Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion, sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For information or condolences visit