Eloise J. “Frenchie” Newell, 92, died Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born December 7, 1926, to Arthur and Alice (Thibault) Newell. He grew up on a farm in Graham County and attended Bogue High School.
He married Frances Goetz on August 5, 1946 in Hays. They celebrated 67 years of marriage.
He worked at Walker Army Airbase after high school. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation Engineering Department at the Hays office. He retired from KDOT after 40 years of service. He was a Certification Senior Engineer Technician and was also a Registered Land Surveyor. He had a license to operate the Division’s short wave radio, if needed. He also helped maintain the local office.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, maintaining beautiful flowers in their manicured yard and growing an abundant large garden. He had great devotion to his faith and practiced it all his life.
Survivors include a sister Pat Belisle (Duane), Damar; a daughter, Joan (Dick) Palmer, Haysville, a daughter-in-law, Pat Newell, Versailles Ky.; grandchildren, Lisa (Nick) Aschenbrenner, Bonner Springs, Laurie Guilbault, Topeka, Jeremy (Shiloh) Newell, Fairfield, Ohio, Leticia Newton, Mt. Eden, Ky., and Bonnie (Kenneth) Johns, Versailles, Ky.; seven great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Arlen; a daughter, Mary; three sisters, Eleanor Bellerive, ODella Bedard, and Priscilla Emigh; and two brothers, Robert and Mitchell Newell.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Hays; burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a combined rosary and parish vigil at 7 p.m., all at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.