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This page in memory of longtime KDHMA members who have passed away.

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Lynn Penner

February 26, 1930 - April 28, 2015
of Hillsboro, KS

Lynn Grew up an only child and was his dad's right hand man on their family farm. Lynn developed a deep faith in God as a youth and that carried out his entire life. At age 21 Lynn and the love of his life Elva Funk were married (Sept 21, 1951). They were blessed with 4 children, Linda, Barbara, Gary and Diane. Their daughter Barbara passed away at 11 months of age of a heart condition. Lynn worked as the Maintenance and Transportation Supervisor of USD 410 for 30 years before retiring. Lynn loved the Lord, his family and his horses in that order. He loved giving wagon rides during family gathers and special occasions and at the Marion County Fair parade for a number of years. Lynn's work with his draft horses made it possible for him to be involved with his draft horses in the Hallmark movie "Sarah Plain and Tall" series for 3 movies filmed here in Kansas. For a number of years, Lynn drove a wagon for "Yoder Days" and he really enjoyed connection with his Amish friends. For 20 years, Lynn and Gary took their horses to the Bel Christmas Tree farm near Salina and gave wagon rides. Lynn is survived by his wife Elva, his children Linda & Morris Ewert, Goessel, KS, Gary & Terri Penner, Hillsboro, KS, Diane & Kent Jost, Hesston, KS along with 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

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Arthur Reichert

Ninety-nine year old Arthur Reichert, McPherson, a long time member of the KDHMA, passed away February 3, 2013 in his home. Arthur had a lifelong love of horses and spent most of his life working with them, using his team of Percherons to work his farm and garden. He was transported to his resting place with a team of horses and wagon which were driven by a grandson and great grandson.
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Marvin Eugene "Jack" Worman

Marvin Eugene "Jack" Worman, 78, of Salina, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 20, 2012. He was born Nov. 29, 1933, the son of Marvin and Sylvia (Parson) Worman, in Gypsum.

Jack served his country with the United States Army and the Army Reserves and spent time stationed in Alaska. He then spent his career with Sears & Roebuck and Graves Truck Line, but he found his true life's work making saddlery and riding equipment in Worman's Harness Shop. He was also a longtime member of the Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association and Christ the King Lutheran Church.

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Robert Stanley 'Bob' Braksick

Mr. Braksick died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Dec. 25, 1950, in Independence, Mo., the son of Stanley William and Fern Helena Laumeier Braksick. He was a 1969 graduate of McLouth High School.

Mr. Braksick attended Emporia State University. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1970 to 1972.

Mr. Braksick retired in 2010 as the president of the Bank of McLouth, where he had worked since he was 12 years old. He was a member of the McLouth United Methodist Church, the McLouth Kiwanis Club and was a life member of the Jefferson County Historical Society. He and his wife were members of the Clydesdale Breeders Association of the United States, the Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association, and the Lucky Spur Saddle Club in Oskaloosa.

Mr. Braksick had formerly served on the board of directors of Jefferson County Memorial Hospital and also served as a volunteer firefighter in the McLouth fire district. He was a longtime supporter of Jefferson County 4-H and of Jefferson County. He married Candace K. 'Candy' Griffitts on Sept. 1, 1978, in McLouth. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his mother, McLouth; two daughters, Staci Cook and husband Kenneth, Inman, and Sherri Braksick, Wichita; a sister, Kathy Scott and husband Ron, McLouth; and two grandsons, Asher and Isaac Cook.

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Larry Giefer

Larry L. Giefer, 71, died Feb. 3, 2011 at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. He was born Feb. 14, 1939, at Cheney, the son of Nicholas and Esther Rausch Giefer. A lifetime resident of the Kingman community, he was a self-employed auctioneer, real estate broker and farmer.

Larry was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Kingman, the Knights of Columbus, the Draft Horse and Mule Association and a six-year veteran of the Kansas Air National Guard.

On Oct. 24, 1964, he married Peggy Holston in Wichita. Other survivors include son, Nick (Kim) Giefer, Parkville, Mo.; daughters, Melissa Smith, Wichita, Tricia (Dave) Vogel, Hutchinson, and Andrea (Kelly) Wood, Kinsley; brothers, Gene (Barbara) Giefer, Cheney and Eddie (Barbara) Giefer, Cheney; sisters, Mary (Norbert) Meyer, Conway Springs, Carolyn (Dave) Roth, Cheney, Ruth Ann (Paul) Hill, Belleville, and Barbara (Bob) Logerman, Wichita; nine grandchildren, Lauren Smith, Josie, Claire and Anna Giefer, Grace, Emma, and Samuel Vogel, Laney and Dawson Wood. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Frank Wallace

Frank D. Wallace, 81, rural Barnard, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2008, at his home.

He was born Feb. 22, 1927, on the Wallace family homestead east of Barnard. He graduated from Barnard High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was united in marriage to Helen M. Knudsen Nov. 6, 1953, in Concordia. They farmed on the family homestead all their married life.

Frank was a member of the First Baptist Church of Barnard, the Salina Harness Club, the Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association and the Kansas Shorthorn Association. He was well known for his Belgian horses and showed cattle for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of the home; a son, Max and wife Tammy of Barnard; two daughters, Lynnette Larrison and husband Mack of Topeka and Leesa Harshaw and husband Ray of Holton; 3 grandchildren; 7 stepgrandchildren; and 6 stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers; and a sister.

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Mike Mills

Mike Mills, 61, of Sun City, KS passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2007 after a long battle with diabetes and other complications. He was a lifetime resident of Barber County, a member of the First Baptist Church in Medicine Lodge, a lifetime member of the NRA, and a member of the Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association.

He volunteered with the Barber County Rural Fire Dept. for 32 years, was a former Barber County commissioner for 18 years and was a rancher in the Sun City area. Mike enjoyed his Draft Horses and specially his Mules. He participated in many local parades, wagon trains, and was always ready to throw a harness on a team to go for a drive. Mike always enjoyed going to the Draft Horse and Mule sales and raising his miniature donkeys.

Mike was taken to his final resting place at the Lake City cemetery by a team and wagon. No other way would have done.

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John B. Hogoboom

Published by the El Dorado, Kansas Times (edited for this web page)

John B. Hogoboom, 93, of El Dorado, died Saturday night, Aug. 16, 2003 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Burial will be in Walnut Valley Memorial Park Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 18, 1909, in Butler County, the son of Eugene and Clydie Cyrena Goodman Hogoboom. He had worked as a dirt contractor, earth mover. He was a horseman and could be seen locally with his teams of horses pulling a wagon or stage coach. He had traveled in his wagon across Kansas with some of his family. With one of his teams he broke ground at the new judicial building, with an old-time horse-drawn plow. He was always willing to bring his horses and wagons to many local events.

On May 10, 1928, he married Audine Singleton in Butler County. She preceded him in death in 1990. On April 25, 1998 he married Charlene Keller. He had lived in this area all of his life. He was a member of the El Dorado Senior Citizens, the Golden Age Club, he helped establish the Flinthills Overland Wagon Train and was wagon master for over 28 years. He was also a charter member of the Draft Horse Club. He had helped on many occasions at The Prairie Rose and had written columns for The El Dorado Times.

A memorial has been established with the Butler County Historical Society for the Kansas Oil Museum.

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Raymond A. Gardiner

Raymond A. Gardiner, 85, Holton, died Friday, February 14, 2003, at a Topeka care center.

Mr Gardiner was a lifelong farmer, and he operated a dairy farm at Dennison for many years. He later broke and trained Belgian horses and mini-mules for the show ring and spent 12 years in the circuit showing draft horses and mules in six states where he amassed more than 100 first place awards. Mr Gardiner won five trophies and was the only competitor to win two first-place trophies at the 1984 National Mule and Donkey Association Show in Marshalltown, Iowa.

He served in the Army with Company G, 157th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division and was wounded in combat in France in October 1944. He was decorated with the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars for Bravery and the European-African- Middle Eastern Theatre campaign ribbon.

Ray was very active in the KDHMA and especially enjoyed competing in obstacle courses and log pulling events.

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Oren E. Yowell

Oren E. Yowell, 84, of rural Phillipsburg, Kansas died Tuesday, October 29, 2002. He was a farmer and longtime member of the KDHMA.

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Benjamin Eytcheson

Published by the Independence, Kansas Paper (edited for this web page)

Benjamin Leonare Eytcheson., 85, of Independence, died Thursday, June 14, 2001 at Mercy hospital, where he had been a patient since Monday. Services were at the Church of the Epiphany, Episcopal, and interment at the Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Friends of the Riverside Park and Zoo, the Church of the Epiphany, Episcopal, or the Thurman and Pat (Eytcheson) Taylor Ministries.

Ben was born Nov. 19, 1915 in Kirksville, MO and he attended school in OK and KS. He married Rose Harshman on June 1, 1935 (who survives him).

He moved back to Independence in 1957, and following retirement, he raised cattle and trained Belgian draft horses on his farm southeast of Independence. He was a member of the Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association and had also helped organize the Elk City Roping Club.

Among other family, he is survived by his wife, his siblings, 3 daughters, 15 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

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Willard Olsen

Willard Olson, longtime and active member of the KDHMA, died on March 18, 2001 at the age of 88. A lifetime member of the Olsburg community, Willard loved his Belgian horses and always enjoyed the KDHMA metings. He was also a member of the Kansas Livestock Association and a lifetime member of the American Hereford Association. Willard is survived by his wife, Margaret, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

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Byron Patton

Long time member, Byron Patton, 76, Topeka, died Wednesday, January 17, at his home. He was a World War II veteran, farmed in Rice and Marion counties, and worked for the Kansas Department of Agriculture for 15 years where he retired as district director for the Weeds and Pesticides Division.

He was an avid horseman and volunteered with the therapeutic riding program at Serenata Farms is Douglas county and with the horse program at Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City.

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Lewis Spielman

Long time KDHMA member, Lewis J. Spielman, 79, Osawkie, died Monday, Dec 4, 2000, at his home. He was very active in KDHMA activities. He was also a member of the Meridan Antique Thrasher's Association and I believe he was one of the members instrumental in getting the Thrasher's club Horse Power Days started.

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Milton Sturdivan

Long time KDHMA member Milton Sturdivan, 85, LeRoy, passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, in a Burlington, Kansas hospital. He was a stockman and farmer and spent most of his life in Woodson county. He raised and trained pulling horses and earned many trophies at pulling contests. He was a generous supporter of the KDHMA. He always enjoyed helping inexperienced draft horse people.

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