Donald Douglass Miser, Class of 1949, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield, Mo. He was 85.
Memorials have been established with First Baptist Church in Newton and the Boy Scouts. Contributions may be made through the Peterson Funeral Home in Newton, KS.
Zachery Christopher Norris, Class of 2010, died Saturday, May 26, 2012, as the result of a automobile accident. He was 24.
Zach was born October 10, 1987, to Jack M. and Beth L. (Lobdell) Norris in Albuquerque, NM. He was reared and educated in South Haven graduating from South Haven High in 2005. Zach had a passion for football and athletics. After high school, Zach attended Cowley College where he received an associate’s degree. He then played football for Independence Junior College, then Colorado State, Pueblo. He was currently attending Wichita State University seeking a degree in Construction Engineering. Zach was always building something, working out and spending time with family and friends. He was known for his athleticism and his interest in athletics. Zach was larger than life in size and spirit.
Survivors include his father, Jack Norris of Arkansas City, KS; mother, Beth Norris of South Haven, KS; brothers, Jeremy and Tyler both of South Haven, KS; paternal grandparents, Robert and Donis Norris of Arkansas City, KS; maternal grandmother, Sherry Lilley of Unadilla, NY; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A memorial has been established for the Norris Brother’s Education Fund. Contributions may be made through the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Ronda Brumback, passed away May 23 at her home under the care of her husband and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Arkansas City, KS.
She was born the daughter of Alvin and Marie (Underwood) Woods in Arkansas City on November 30, 1951. Ronda graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1969. She was united in marriage to Robert Brumback on August 13, 1977 in Arkansas City.
Ronda was a clerk at the Dillon’s Store in Winfield, worked as a buyer for K-Mart and was the church secretary at Blessings Heights Church of God. She enjoyed babysitting, watching cooking shows, garage sales and listening to Elvis Presley. Most of all she loved her grandchildren.
Ronda is survived by her husband, Robert of the home, children, Jeanna Retana, Tammy Tavorez and her husband Manuel, Matthew Brumback, Christy Merry and her husband Justin all of Arkansas City and seven grandchildren. Her parents and her grandchild, Aidin Brumback, preceded her in death.
A memorial has been established with the Gideon’s International and may be left with the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home.
Charles M. “Buster” White, 92, of Arkansas City, KS died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at his residence. He was a former welding instructor at Cowley College.
Buster was born October 14, 1919, to Charles M. and Mary Edna (Inman) White on the family farm near Stroud, Oklahoma. He was reared and educated around Stroud, OK where he attended a one room school house called Horny Toad School.
On June 15, 1938, he married Gladys F. Allee in Oklahoma at the age of 18. The couple made their home in several places until moving to Arkansas City in 1951. At 19, Buster went to work on the Grand River Dam as a derrick operator. He later owned and operated his own radiator shop, salvage yard, body shop, café, cab service, and used car lot while around Bristow, OK. During WWII Buster worked as a carpenter for the concentration camps in Arizona. Afterwards he worked in ship yards where he developed a welding fixture that doubled the production on aircraft carriers. He was known as a master mechanic of all trades.
After moving to Arkansas City in 1951, Buster worked as a welder and inspector for Cessna for 32 years until his retirement in 1985. Buster also taught welding for Cowley College, Cessna, and the state of Kansas. Buster had a passion for restoring classic cars and music. At the age of seven, he started working on his first Model-T. At 14, he built his first Model-T and continued to make and restore Model-T and Model-A’s until his death. After his retirement, Buster restored over thirty classic cars. Buster played the guitar, harmonica, mandolin, fiddle, the broom, and also sang.
Survivors include three sons; Charlie and his wife Pat of Arkansas City, Bob and his wife Pat of Scottsdale, AZ; Dale and his wife Roberta of Arkansas City; a daughter Roxie and her husband Paul Aguilar of Stroud, OK; two sisters, Margaret Elnora Bowen and husband J.D. of Sapulpa, OK; Marie Elizabeth Norris of Tulsa, OK; 32 grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Buster was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gladys, brother Ralph, sister Mary Edna Bailey, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
A memorial has been established with the Hospice Care of Kansas. Contributions may be made through the Rindt- Erdman Funeral Home.
Mildred Ruth Ferguson Stewart, Class of 1929, died March 31 in Russellville, AR at the age of 102. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R.L. Ferguson. Dr. Ferguson practiced medicine in Arkansas City for many years.