He was born Aug. 21, 1961, in Pittsburg to David Monroe and Virginia Lois (Higgins) McKinnis. As a young boy, he grew up and attended schools in Galesburg and Parsons and later attended Erie High School.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and had worked as a construction laborer through the years.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his mother, Virginia Beasley of Parsons; three sons, Randall McKinnis of Cherokee, Andrew McKinnis and Austin McKinnis, both of Merriam; several grandchildren; a brother, Wayne McKinnis of Topeka; and two sisters, Christie Carey of Parsons and Teena Pearce of Erie.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Following cremation, the family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Thursday with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to the Randy McKinnis Memorial Fund. These may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Lowell 'Red' Newmyer
OSWEGO -- Saturday evening, 18 October 2008, Lowell "Red" Newmyer peacefully passed away at his home in Oswego, Kansas.
Red was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Lois and George Newmyer, 11 October 1915. His youth was spent in Central City Nebraska where he graduated from Central City High School in 1933. He then attended the University of Nebraska, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1937 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Engineering in 1938.
After employment by Cities Service Co. or subsidiaries from 1938-1942, Red served in the United States Military Corps of Engineers as 2nd Lieutenant on to Major between the years of 1942-1945. He returned to work with Cities Service from 1945-1972, serving as president of Cities Service Helex Inc. and president of Cities Service Helium Inc., as well as president of Kansas Gas Supply Corporation. From 1972-1988, Red continued professionally, as a private consultant to the energy industry. Throughout his life, Red resided in Bartlesville, Okla., Morristown, N.J., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Whispering Pines, N.C.; retiring to Oswego, Kan., in 1989.
Red is survived by his wife, Jo Burrows Newmyer of Oswego; daughter, Sara Lytle (Fred Davis) of Santa Barbara, Calif.; granddaughter, Haisly Jimenez (Mark) of Santa Barbara, Calif.; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Chance Jimenez of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and niece, Carole Chugan (Robert) of Oklahoma City.
Graveside services will be at noon, Friday, 24 October 2008, at the Oswego Cemetery, Oswego. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Murdock Funeral Home, 203 Illinois Street, Oswego, at 11 a.m., for a time of visitation before proceeding to the cemetery for services. Guest book registration is available between 1-7 p.m. Thursday, and prior to the closed casket service Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oswego High School's Zoe Burrows Scholarship Fund, which may be sent c/o Murdock Funeral Home, 203 Illinois Street, Oswego, 67356.
COFFEYVILLE -- Neva Burnett, 99, of Windsor Place in Coffeyville entered her eternal home Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.
She was born Dec. 20, 1908, to George W. and Minnie Campbell Burnett near Monticello, Ky. At age 11, she received Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized in a pool of spring water and joined the Big Springs Baptist Church of Burfield, Ky.
At age 12 she moved to Kansas with her family, settling near Edna. She attended Ripon Grade School and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Edna High School. She lived in the Edna area until her health required her to be in a nursing home.
She was a loving and loyal person who spent many years of her life caring for her parents. She was loved and highly respected by all who knew her. Her hobbies were crocheting, piecing quilts and gardening. She had a large flower garden as long as she was able to care for it.
She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Edna for 80 years. Since her eyesight was almost totally gone as well as her hearing, as long as she was able she spent her time listening to gospel broadcasting on TV through a special earpiece her nephew, Gilbert Burnett, fixed for her. She enjoyed visiting with people who stopped by to visit her and was always interested in what all of the family was doing, as well as other people in the community she knew.
Survivors include one sister, Flonnie Knewtson; and one brother, Woodrow Burnett, both of Edna; three nephews and their spouses, Gilbert and Jane Burnett of Edna, Jim and Barbara Burnett of Waterford, Mich., David and Linda Knewtson of Nixa, Mo.; one niece, Beverly Knewtson of Coffeyville; six great-nephews and nieces and spouses, Gregg and Lisa Burnett of Evergreen, Colo., Andrew and Dawn Burnett of Sioux Falls, S.D., Michelle and Troy Henry of Greenville, Texas, Jason and Tiana Knewtson of Fredericksburg, Va., Jeremy and Sherry Knewtson of Lee's Summit, Mo., Melinda and Jeremy Reed of Glendale, Mo.; 11 great-great-nephews and nieces; and special friends, Ollie Kells of Florence, Ky., and Rose Burnett, Novi, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; a brother, who died in infancy; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Burnett and Ida Burnett; and one brother-in-law, Raymond Knewtson.
Services were on Tuesday at the First Baptist Church at Edna with the Rev. Charles Evans officiating. Burial was in North Edna Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Edna or Gideon's International, these may be sent to Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Coffeyville, 67337.
Leo Donald Erwin
OSWEGO -- Leo Donald Erwin (Storm), 72, of Oswego died on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at his home.
He was born March 8, 1936, to Johnnie B. and Kathryn (Jones) Erwin in Altamont.
He attended Edna Elementary and Edna High School before graduating from Labette County Community High School in Altamont in 1954. He was a Green Beret with special forces in the U.S. Army.
He worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1984. He enjoyed fishing, wood carving and leather tooling.
He married Carol Baker on Dec. 29, 1955. They later divorced.
Survivors include two sons, Vin Erwin and his companion, Kathy Carr, and Hal Erwin, all of Coffeyville; two daughters, Jan Wimp and her husband, Larry, of Oswego, and Del Johnson and her husband, Bob, of Copan, Okla.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, a brother, Gale Storm and his wife, Docky, of Oswego; and a sister, Naomi Robertson and her husband, Leroy, of Nowata, Okla.
In addition to his parents he was proceeded in death by a brother, Herman Reece Erwin, in 1994.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Murdock Funeral Home in Oswego.