Dec 10, 2019 2:07 PM

Donald Wayne Schneider Sr.

Posted Dec 10, 2019 2:07 PM

Donald Wayne Schneider Sr., 84, of Natoma, Kansas, died on Friday, December 06, 2019, at the Red Bud Village in Plainville, Kansas.

Don was born on November 11, 1935, in Beloit, Kansas, the son of Martin and Dorothea (John) Schneider.  He grew up in Rural Osborne County, and graduated from Natoma High School in the class of 1953.  He was drafted into the United States Army.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Berneita Jean Griffin on August 10, 1960, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, North of Natoma.  From this union Donald and Berneita were blessed with 5 children Donald Jr., Kelly, William (Bill), Susan and Todd.  Don worked the family farm and enjoyed farming and ranching with his wife and children and also was owner operator of Schneider Pallets LLC.  Don was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Peace Lutheran Church.  In addition to being a devoted father and husband, he served in several officer positions for the Church as well as Natoma School Board, Round Mound Township Board, Rural Water District II Board.   He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was passionate about ranching and farming.

Don is survived by his wife Berneita of the home; sons Don Schneider Jr. (Lynda) of Bennington, Kansas, Kelly Schneider of Alton, Kansas, Bill Schneider of Baldwin City, Kansas and Todd Schneider (fiancé Michelle Wagner) of Paradise, Kansas and his daughter Susan Cain (Chris) of Topeka, Kansas; 3 brothers Raymond Schneider of Osborne, Kansas, Richard Schneider (Claudia) of Columbia, South Carolina and John Schneider (Jan) of Iowa City, Iowa; 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters Elna Gough, Ruby Schneider and Ruth Barnett.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 13, 2019, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma with Pastors Matthew Schneider and Michael Schmidt officiating.  Viewing for Don and visitation with family will take place the day of the service from 10 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Friday morning.  Memorials may be given to Peace Lutheran Church and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Natoma, Kansas, is 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