Frona Kay Nikkel

Frona Kay Nikkel, 71, of McPherson, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, surrounded by her family at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, KS. 

She had worked at the NCRA Refinery, Kumle Feed Yard, and Overhead Door in McPherson. 

Frona was born on Sept. 3, 1943, in Ness City, KS, the daughter of Fred Lawrence and Emma Irene (Fercking) Coker. She graduated from Ness City High School.  She was united in marriage to Richard L. Caruthers on June 22, 1963, in Ness City. She married Robert D. Nikkel on June 15, 1985, in Marquette, KS.  He preceded her in death on September 19, 2009.

She was a life member of V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of Ness City Methodist Church.

Survivors include: four children, Tamara R. Rader of McPherson, KS, Richard L. Caruthers, Jr. of Torrington, WY, Elizabeth Turner (Ray) of Valley Center, KS, and Julie Vogts (Milton) of Canton, KS; sisters, Arlene Cline (John) of Wakeeney, KS and Linda Chambers of Fort Bragg, CA; 11 grandchildren, Jarrod Caruthers (Jessica), Dalton Rader, Austin Caruthers, Katie Caruthers, Duncan Caruthers, Abraham Vanek, Gabriel Vanek, Madison Turner, Tashley Stockham (Nick Givens), Kassidy van der Hoeven (Matthew), and Paige Vogts; seven great-grandchildren, Allorah, Layten, Aiden, Lilly,  & Andrew Caruthers,  Ella Stockham, and Brendan Givens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings, William Coker, Frieda Coker, Henrietta Wilkison, Irma Morath, LaVerne Coker, Thomas Coker, Wesley Coker, Terry Coker, Gary Coker, and Constance Wagoner.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015,  at First Christian Church, McPherson with Rev. Lynn Scott officiating. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m.

Memorial donations may be given to Rebecca A. Morrison House at Salina Regional Health Center or American Heart Association  in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. 

Personal condolences may be sent to the family at

H. Lee Carlson

H. Lee Carlson, 75, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 12:42 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 suddenly, at his home.

Lee was born in Ashland, Kansas on March 28, 1940, a son of Ferne Opal (Hoffman) and Edwin Ernest Carlson.

Lee attended Ellenwood grade school and graduated from Ellenwood High School, Ellenwood, Kansas in 1958.

Lee was a member of New Life Foursquare Gospel Church McPherson, Kansas.

Lee honorably served his country from 1958 to 1962 in the U.S. Navy as a AM 3 in the peace time on U.S.S. Yorktown air craft carrier.

Through the years Lee worked for Swick Guth as a machinist, owned and operated Hometown Family Service and was currently running the Mac Cab. 

Lee was a member of the American Legion Post 24, McPherson.

Lee Carlson was united in marriage to Margaret I. Pollman on Oct. 1, 1980 at Four Square Church, McPherson, Kansas. They established their first home together in McPherson, Kansas. 

Lee is survived by his wife, of over 34 years, Margaret Carlson, of McPherson, Kansas; his children, Jeri Blile, of Miami, Oklahoma, Edna Hardy, of Miami, Oklahoma, Shaun Carlson and his fiancee' Megan Spencer of McPherson, Kansas, and Katrina Hale and her husband Sam, of Vinita, Oklahoma; his step-children, Leonard Pollman and his wife Sandy, of Galva, Kansas, and Shelly Thomas and her husband Marc, of Falun, Kansas; his siblings, Bertie Reynolds of McPherson, Kansas, John Carlson and his wife Rowena, of WeekiVachee, Florida, Charles "Chuck" Carlson and his wife Cecile, of Omaha, Nebraska, Donald Carlson and his wife Cheryl, of Hutchinson, Kansas, and Lawrence Carlson, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; his  20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Ferne Carlson; his brothers, Ernest Richard Carlson and Ronald Dean Carlson; son, Mike Quinley.

Visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at New Life Foursquare Gospel Church 811 North Ash Street, McPherson, Kansas.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at the New Life Foursquare Gospel Church with Pastor Chuck Baker officiating. Military honors will be presented by members of the American Legion Post 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 both of McPherson.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at the Riley Cemetery, Riley, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Life Foursquare Church or American Legion Post 24 Honor Flight in memory of Lee and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

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