The Salina Post

Obituaries – December 16, 2016

Kayla Dawn Parret, 21, of Salina, passed away  Monday, December 12, 2016. She was born September 25, 1995.

Kayla was a flutist in the Salina South Marching Band, earned her associate’s degree, and was a CNA in host homes.

Survivors include her husband, Jacob Ohnmacht; parents; Chasity Parret and Michael Tower; sisters, Mackenzie Johnson of Pawnee Rock and Hallee Tower of Salina; brother, Drew Southern and Jenny Alner of Larned; grandparents, Cindy Hope of Salina,  Tim and Becky Parret of Pawnee Rock; and great grandparents, Betty and Joe Billus of Pawnee Rock, and Geraldine and Hershel Hope of Goddard. Kayla was also survived by her loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Kayla was preceded in death by her great-grandfather  Jack Parret.

Visitation will be on Monday, December 19 at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 East Crawford, Salina, from 2pm-7pm with family from 5pm-7pm.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, December 20 at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers; please send Memorials to Roselawn Mortuary PO Box 2322, Salina, 67402 to offset the costs of Kayla’s service.


MARION – Jerry L. Jensen, age 78, passed away December 15, 2016, at his residence, near Marion, Kansas.  He was born January 12, 1938, in Denmark, Kansas, the son of Henry P. and Clara M. (Nelson) Jensen.  He was retired from the KDOT engineering department.  On November 26, 1961, he was united in marriage to Marjorie B. Hummel.  Their marriage was blessed with 4 daughters.  Along with spending time with family, Jerry enjoyed his farm animals, like to fish, and loved to travel.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shawn Jensen; and 4 siblings:  Marvin Jensen, Lew Jensen, Don Jensen and Almatha Woodall.  He is survived by his wife Marjorie Jensen of Marion; 3 daughters:  Tonya Stemmons and husband Jeffrey of Austin, Texas; Kayla McMichael and husband Richard of Kansas City; and Stephanie Andres and husband Stuart of Lincolnville; siblings:  Cleo Jensen of Hunter; and Carrie Michaelson of Topeka; and 3 grandchildren:  Reed Stemmons, Renee Stemmons, and Skylar Andres.  Visitation will be held from 6 – 8 pm, Monday, at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.  The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion, with Pastor Carl Helm presiding.  The Committal Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, at the Ellsworth Cemetery, Ellsworth.  Online condolences may be left at


Dr. John Rand Neuenschwander passed away, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas at the age of 69. He was born on August 8, 1947 in St. Louis, the oldest of five children, to Dr. John Rapp Neuenschwander and his late wife, Gloria June (Simpson) Neuenschwander . His family moved to Hoxie, Kansas in 1952 where his father opened a private practice as a Family Practice Physician. Dr. John Rand would later join that same medical practice in 1975 to work alongside his father.

During his time in medical school he met Sylvia Ford. June 23, 1973, in Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. John Rand and Sylvia were united in marriage. They were blessed with two daughters, Lori and Cindy.

Throughout the course of his life, Dr. John Rand had a thirst for knowledge and a passion for educating, mentoring, and helping others. He graduated from high school in Hoxie, Ks and went on to complete medical school at the University of Kansas. He was a Family Practice Physician in Hoxie, KS for 33 years, providing care for the very community that had raised him and he had grown to love. To say he had hobbies is an understatement. He had an insatiable interest in circuitry, mechanics, electronics, woodworking, gunsmithing, art, animals, and music. When he was not in the office or at the hospital, he could be found in his lab downstairs or in the garage, working with friends and family on their projects or perfecting his EarShot II electronic earmuff circuitry. He was a font of knowledge, had an entertaining witty personality, and a love for his family and friends.

Dr. John Rand is survived by his wife Sylvia of the home in Hoxie; daughters, Lori Santona and husband Jorge of Olathe, Kansas and Cindy Neuenschwander and husband Nathan Salyer of Lewisville, Texas; brothers, Jim Neuenschwander and wife CeeAnn Koerperich-Neuenschwander of Overland Park, Kansas and Karl Neuenschwander and wife Mary Lou “Lu” of Hoxie, Kansa; sister, Daren Archer and husband Steve of Raymore, Missouri and Rona Neuenschwander and husband Wague Diakite` of Portland, Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his mother Gloria June (Simpson) Neuenschwander.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 10:30 A.M. at Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, Hoxie, Kansas. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be held Friday, December 16, 2016 from Noon until 7:00 P.M., with family receiving friends from 5:30 P.M. until 6:30 P.M., at Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Sheridan County Health Complex and may be sent in care of Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, PO Box 987, Hoxie, Kansas 67740.

Dr. John Rand had a very full life and had a tremendous impact on so many individuals. He has touched the lives of not only his patients, but his fellow physicians, nursing staff, preceptors, friends, family, and the entire community. He had an amazing heart and always strived to do things the way he knew they needed to be done. Though we are very sad to see him go, we are truly blessed to be able to say we shared in his life.