Jackson County, Kansas
2004 Obituaries
 

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Estella M. Ackeret

Estella M. Ackeret, 93, of Lebanon, died Tuesday, Jan 6, at her son's home in Lebanon. Funeral services were held Jan. 9, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Lebanon I.O.O.F. Cemetery. She was born April 9, 1910 in Soldier, Kan., the daughter of Creed and Nettie (Nott) Hickman. She was raised on a farm in Holton, Kan. On Aug. 11, 1927, she married Carl E. Ackeret in Topeka, Kan. The couple lived in Topeka until moving to Lebanon in 1942. She was a homemaker and worked for 10 years at Cascade Plywood. Her husband died in 1972. Mrs. Ackeret is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Shirley Ackeret of Lebanon; brother Doyle Hickman of Topeka, Kan.; four grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. Son Robert Ackeret, brothers Orville, Milton, and Clifford Hickman, sisters Muriel Bostwick and Mabel Farrel died before her. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice. They may be directed to Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355. 

Albany Democrat-Herald, OR

Jan 16 2004


 

Ruth Anna Adcock

Ruth Anna Adcock, 84, Hiawatha, died June 1, 2004, at a Hiawatha hospital. She was born Oct. 11, 1919, in Nortonville, the daughter of Martin and Catherine Schrick Wigand. She was raised in the Nortonville and Effingham areas. Mrs. Adcock worked in Hiawatha for Mid-Central Egg Plant, McDonald Clothing Store and Wilde Tool Company, where she retired after 27 years. She and her husband also farmed mainly in Brown County. During the summers, she worked in an antique store in Ouray, Colo., and later worked for more than seven years at Golden Eagle Casino in Horton as a greeter, retiring recently due to declining health. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Hiawatha, a member of the church Altar Society and choir, and a church volunteer. She also was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary to VFW Post 5210 of Hiawatha and the Hiawatha Community Hospital Auxiliary. She married James "Harold" Adcock at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Effingham. He died March 8, 1978. She also was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Emma Wohletz and Francis Koenig. Survivors include two sons, Jim Adcock and wife Joyce, Yakima, Wash., and Larry Adcock and wife Mary, Hiawatha; three sisters, Catherine Noll and Viola Wigand, both of Hiawatha, and Edith Hund, Paxico; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial was held June 4 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Hiawatha, with Abbot Ralph Koehler as celebrant. Interment followed in Denton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ruth Adcock Memorial Fund, to be designated later by the family and sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S. Seventh St., Hiawatha, KS 66434. Online condolences may be left at www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com

 

Holton Recorder

Jun 2004


Philomena Margaret Alflen-Dougan

Philomena Margaret Alflen-Dougan, 86, Sweet Springs, Mo., died Feb. 18, 2004, at a Columbia, Mo., hospital. She was born April 6, 1917, at St. Marys, the daughter of Michael Leo and Mary Anna Stotleman Seitz. Mrs. Alflen-Dougan worked at restaurants, nursing homes and various other places as a cook. She had lived in Sweet Springs since 1990, moving there from Fortuna, Mo. She was a Catholic. She married Jacob James Alflen on June 23, 1935. He died June 10, 1950. She married Myron Otis Dougan on May 21, 1966. He preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, two sisters, a granddaughter and two sons-in-law. Survivors include a son, Michael Matheis Alflen, Holton; four daughters, Mary Catherine Moore and Pat Pryor, both of Sweet Springs, Mo., Clara Frances Morgan, Norwood, Mo., and Vi Arnold, Boonville, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. Graveside funeral services were held Feb. 21 at Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs, Mo., with Fr. Kevin Gormley officiating. Memorials may be made to the organization of the donor's choice.

Holton Recorder

Feb 2004


David E. Allen

 

Topeka — Services for David E. "Jack" Allen, 77, Topeka, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home in Topeka. Burial will follow in Onaga Cemetery, Onaga. Mr. Allen died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at a Topeka hospital.
He was born April 8, 1927, in Horton, the son of David A. and Fern M. O'Dell Allen. Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a heavy equipment operator before he retired. He married Rose Marie Graf on April 23, 1951, in Holton. She died Aug. 4, 1997. A son, Steven E., died July 4, 1977, and an infant grandson died in 1968. Survivors include two sons, Michael D. and Theodore A., both of Topeka; three daughters, Ramona J. Bryant, Carbondale, Linda A. Finch and Rebecca J. Percival, both of Topeka; two brothers, Richard, Topeka, and Jerry, Stover, Mo.; five sisters, Vera Harrington, Emporia, Patricia Wells, Eudora, Joyce Davis, Billings, Mont., Mary Jo Huffstickler, Norfolk, Va., and Vickie Nichols, Lawrence; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and a rosary by Church of the Assumption will be recited at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials to American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home, 800 S.W. Sixth St., Topeka 66603.

 

Lawrence Journal-World

Nov18 2004

 


 

James Jerome Allen

James Jerome Allen, 66, Sabetha, died Jan. 21, 2004, at a Sabetha hospital. He was born June 11, 1937, at Oneida, the son of James Clifton and Edith Bell Davis Allen. He attended schools in Oneida and graduated from Oneida High School in 1955. Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Army from June 9, 1960, to May 22, 1962. He was a farm laborer and worked for Walter Heiniger. He was farming north of Sabetha at the time of his death. He also worked for Mid-American Dairy Creamery for more than 30 years. He married Betty Hartman on Nov. 3, 1963, at Fairview. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Rodney Allen, Sabetha; a daughter, DeeAnn Fangman, Seneca; four brothers, Darwin Allen, Burkburnett, Texas, Rex Allen, Lakewood, Colo., Howard Allen, Oneida, and Fred Allen, Nemaha, Neb.; three sisters, Kathryn Hough, Beloit, Wis., Betty Hoover, Belvue, and Marie Jones, Ozawkie; and a granddaughter, Nicole Fangman. A son, James Lee Allen, and two brothers, Harold and Bill Allen, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairview, with interment in Albany Cemetery north of Sabetha. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Sabetha Community Hospital, sent in care of Popkess Funeral Home in Sabetha.

Holton Recorder

Jan 2004


Robert L. Allen

Robert L. Allen, 85, Tucson, Ariz., died March 28, 2004, at his home. He was born May 30, 1918, in Corning, the son of Carl and Ethel Allen. Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He later worked for many years in the hospitality industry, owning and operating motels. He had lived in Tucson for the past five years. He was a member of the American Legion and St. Francis of the Foothills Methodist Church in Tucson. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ruth; three children, Randall Allen, Laurel Levitan and husband Roger, and Steven Allen and wife Linda; a sister, Marilyn Sherer and husband Robert; and five grandchildren, Mark, Adam, Sarah, Brandon and Christopher. A memorial service was held April 2 at St. Francis of the Foothills Methodist Church in Tucson, with the Rev. David Wilkinson presiding. Private graveside services were held at East Lawn Palms Cemetery.

Holton Recorder

May 2004


Judy K. Amon


Judy K. Amon, 62, Netawaka, died Nov. 16, 2004, at Holton Community Hospital. She was born Dec. 10, 1941, in Holton, the daughter of Edward and Marjorie Anderson Meyle. Mrs. Amon spent all her life in Netawaka. She was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. She also worked at Hammels Clothing and Shelter Insurance in Horton. She recently retired from Westside Family Practice, Holton, where she worked for 13 years. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Lutheran's Ladies Aid Association. She married Wayne Amon on Nov. 22, 1959, in Netawaka. He survives. Other survivors include her mother, Marjorie Parker, Holton; three sons, Dennis Amon, Whiting, Randy Amon and wife Tanya, Whiting, and Richard Amon, Beach Island, S.C.; a daughter, Debbie Butler and husband Chad, Wichita; 12 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Donna Tollefson and Connie Meyle; and a granddaughter, Nicole Amon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Netawaka. Burial will be in Netawaka Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

Holton Recorder

Nov 2004

 


Ray D. Applegarth

Ray D. Applegarth, 81, Wichita, died Sept. 1, 2004, at his home after a battle with lymphoma cancer. He was born Dec. 7, 1922, in Washington, the son of John E. and Ruby I. Applegarth. He graduated from Manhattan Christian College. Mr. Applegarth served as a Christian Church minister for 17 years and later worked as a social worker for SRS. He also was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines, Okinawa and Korea. He married Jean Sapp in 1958 in Colby. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Robert Ray Applegarth, Bentonville, Ark.; four daughters, Susan Lewis, Albuquerque, N.M., Deborah Applegarth, Onaga, Kimberly Amin, Moreno Valley, Calif., and Julie Sutton, Wichita; four brothers, Earnest Applegarth, Fred Applegarth and Elmer Applegarth, all of Morrowville, and Walter Applegarth, Beatrice, Neb.; and seven sisters, Elsie Hughes, Roswell, N.M., Mildred Fogle, Concordia, Edith Love, Mankato, Dorothy Kershner, Columbus, Ohio, Arva Wenger, McPherson, Della Goldsberry, Washington, and Wilma Naylor, Lincoln, Neb. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a sister and a grandchild. Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist Church. Burial was in Kensington Gardens in Wichita. Memorial contributions may be made to Three Angels Church or the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Broadway Mortuary, 1147 S. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67211.

Holton Recorder

Sept 2004


Robert W. Armstrong

Robert W. "Bill" Armstrong, 86, Topeka, formerly of Holton, died June 28, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1917, in Holton, the son of Robert C. and Golden Hamm Armstrong. He graduated from Holton High School in 1935 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Armstrong had lived in Topeka since 1960, except for a period from 1978 to 1988 when he lived in Rogers, Ark. He worked at Ira Shaw Produce in Holton for 15 years and operated Armstrong Produce in Holton for 10 years. He drove a 250-mile daily milk route for Meadow Gold and later managed a gas station for Hollar Oil Co., retiring in 1978. He was a member of First Christian Church in Holton. He was a life member of both the VFW and American Legion in Holton and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Topeka. He married Berla Beems on Sept, 4, 1938, in Ontario, Kan. She died March 17, 1993. Two sisters, Jean Dittemore and Faye Stilwell, also preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Sue Johnson, Topeka; a son, Rue Armstrong, Topeka; a sister, JoAnn Keasler, of Coker, Ala.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and a nephew. Services were held July 2 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Colmery O'Neil V.A. Medical Center, sent in care of Volunteering Services, 2200 SW Gage Ave., Topeka, KS 66622.

 

Holton Recorder

Jun 2004


Donald Ash Jr.

Donald Ash Jr., 79, Circleville, died June 7, 2004, at an Onaga hospital. He was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Holton, the beloved son of Donald Ash Sr. and Ethel Barnes Ash. He graduated from Circleville High School in 1942 and attended the University of Kansas. He served with the 8th Air Force Bomb Squadron 379 as the tail gunner on a B-17. Mr. Ash worked in the family business while in school, later becoming a partner in business with his father after the war. Don Ash & Son became specialists in heating and cooling installation and service. In 1980, Abe Ash joined the business and continued the tradition of Don Ash & Son. In 1989, the business moved to Holton to better serve their customers. Don remained involved in the business until his death, with Abe assuming command several years ago. He married Alice Sudlow. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Abe Ash and wife Angie, Holton; a daughter, Adria Herrmann and husband Carl, Harper; four granddaughters, Abbe and Amy Ash, both of Holton, and Alice and Katie Herrmann, both of Harper; and a grandson, Aaron Herrmann, Harper. His parents and his sister, Mary Jane Boettcher, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held June 10 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Private family interment will be at a later date at the Circleville Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Heart of Jackson Humane Society, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

Holton Recorder

Jun 2004


Zella Blenn Babcock

Zella Blenn Babcock, 89, Nortonville, died May 23, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. She was born Sept. 30, 1914, on a farm north of Nortonville, the daughter of Herman C. and Lenna Bond Babcock. She graduated from Nortonville High School in 1933 and from Salem College in Salem, W.Va., in 1938 with a degree in homemaking and English. Miss Babcock worked for Salem College for three years and then taught high school near McConnelsville, Ohio, for a year. She returned to Nortonville in 1943 to be near her parents and took a teaching position at Winchester High School, where she taught until 1948. She taught in Logan from 1948 to 1955, and taught at Holton High School from 1955 until her retirement in 1980. She was a member of Seventh Day Baptist Church in Nortonville, where she served as a clerk for 28 years and as organist for 31 years, taught Sabbath School classes and worked with youth groups for many years. Survivors include a brother, Paul Babcock, Shelton, Wash.; three sisters, Evelyn Weber, Asheville, N.C., Ruby August, Atchison, and June Johnson, Nortonville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Osmond Babcock; and a sister, Vera McWilliams. Funeral services were held May 26 at Seventh Day Baptist Church in Nortonville. Burial was in Nortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Seventh Day Baptist Church. Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, O'Trimble Chapel in Nortonville, is in charge of arrangements.

Holton Recorder

May 2004


Albert E. Bagley

Albert E. Bagley, 77, Gadsden, Ala., died Feb. 15, 2004, at a Gadsden hospital. He was born March 1, 1926, the son of Arlie and Zula Bagley. Mr. Bagley served in the U.S. Navy aboard the battleship U.S.S. New York during World War II. He was an over-the-road truck driver for 41 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Baptist faith. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge and the VFW in Gadsden. Survivors include a daughter, Ginger Bagley, Oxford, Ala.; two sons, Ken Bagley, Alexandria, Ala., and Kelly Bagley and wife Ann, Whiting; two granddaughters, Lori Williams and husband Kyle, Whiting, and Jill Glidewell and husband Ken, San Antonio, Texas; and two grandsons, Zac Bagley, Manhattan, and Kyle Bagley and wife Abby, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. Funeral services were held Feb. 18 at Collier-Butler Funeral Home in Gadsden, Ala.

Holton Recorder

Feb 2004


Harold Edward Baldwin

Harold Edward Baldwin, 72, Holton, died Aug. 18, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born April 22, 1932, in Knoxville, Tenn., the son of William Lawrence and Vettress Henry Baldwin. He graduated from Bearden High School in Knoxville. Mr. Baldwin lived in California before moving to Holton in 1975. He worked for L.A. County Flood Control and for Terminal Refrigeration. He also worked for Thrifty Drug Store in El Monte, Calif., and for B & E Liquor in Baldwin Park, Calif. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Blinded Veteran's Administration and a past member of VFW Post 1367 in Holton. He married Norma Ellen Jenkins on Feb. 18, 1955, in Baldwin Park, Calif. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Harold E. Baldwin Jr., Holton; two daughters, Laniesa Dawn Garcia, Sparks, Nev., and Anna Marie Baldwin, Wetmore; two sisters, Gloria McClain and Deanna Russell, both of Knoxville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A sister, Helen Baldwin, and a brother, Gilbert Baldwin, preceded him in death. Graveside services were held Aug. 20 in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harold Baldwin Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

Holton Recorder

Aug 2004


Edward C. Bartlett

Edward C. Bartlett, 76, Holton, died Aug. 15, 2004, at a Sabetha care facility. He was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Denison, the son of Chester B. and Ida Patton Bartlett. He graduated from Denison High School in 1945 and lived in the Holton and Denison communities all of his life. Mr. Bartlett was a farmer and a carpenter. He was a member of Carpenter's Local 1445 and was active in the Elk Creek Good Sams Camping Club for several years. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Holton. He married Marbeth Lukens on May 19, 1951, in Denison. They divorced. He married Carol Stoffel on Oct. 10, 1981, in Holton. She died March 10, 1998. A son, Roger Bartlett, also preceded him in death in 1997. Survivors include two sons, Scott Bartlett, Holton, and Jay Bartlett, Osawatomie; a brother, Lynn C. Bartlett, Owasso, Okla.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at First United Methodist Church in Holton. Private family inurnment will be in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Apostolic Christian Home, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

Holton Recorder

Aug 2004


Michelle Kewahgwin Begay
(February 7, 1970 - December 17, 2004)

MAYETTA - Michelle Kewahgwin Begay, 34, of Lawrence, died Friday, December 17, 2004 in Lawrence.
She was born February 7, 1970 in Topeka, the daughter of Wesley and Maxine Wabnum Begay. She grew up in Denver where she attended Kennedy High School and was a member of the R.O.T.C. She had moved to the northeast Kansas area in June of this year.

Michelle was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Drum Religion.

Survivors include her parents, Wesley and Maxine Begay, Mayetta, one son, Anthony Sandoval, Mayetta; two daughters, Michelle Alcon, Mayetta and Simone Alcon, Denver; one sister, Carolyn Begay, Topeka; two nieces, Maxine Coon and Hvlwa-Este Coon and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Drum services will be Monday evening, December 20th at the Dance Ground west of Mayetta. Burial will be Tuesday in the Metwe-Shobney Cemetery. Michelle will lie in state until 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton.

Source Chapel Oaks Funeral Home
www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com/


Joyce Elaine Biester

Joyce Elaine Biester, 66, Valley Falls, died May 22, 2004, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 1, 1937, at Hooker, S.D., the daughter of Gustave A. and Violet Edblum Johnson. She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1955. Mrs. Biester and her husband operated a dairy and later a grain and cattle farm west of Valley Falls. She was a member of Valley Falls United Methodist Church and the Swabville Club. She married Edwin L. Biester on Oct. 25, 1956, at Leavenworth. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Clay Biester and Chris Biester and wife Jacque, all of Valley Falls; a daughter, Cindy Parker and husband Woodie, Valley Falls; two brothers, Glenn Johnson, Leavenworth, and Virgil Johnson, Lansing; and three grandchildren, Jessica Biester, Joshua Biester and Neil Parker, all of Valley Falls. A brother, Duane Johnson, preceded her in death. Cremation is planned. Memorial services were held May 26 at Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Hospice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.

Holton Recorder

June 2004


Nana Fern Blandin

Nana Fern Blandin, 80, Topeka, died June 23, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Goff, the daughter of Ammi and Olive Gillaspie Chandler. Mrs. Blandin was a bookkeeper for many years and was active in IBEW Local 226's Ladies Auxiliary and Retirees Committee. She married H. Galen Fairbank Jr. He preceded her in death. She later married James Vee Blandin. He preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Galeann Fairbank; a brother, Clifford Chandler; and a sister, Mona Savage. Survivors include two daughters, Toni Dominquez and Terri Ramirez, both of Topeka; a sister, Creta Lutz, Holton; a brother, Rolland Chandler, Overland Park; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Blandin was cremated. Memorial services were held June 25 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel in North Topeka. Online condolences may be sent to www.penwellgabel.com

Holton Recorder

Jun 2004


Roy E. Bock

 

Roy E. Bock, 63, Kansas City, Kan., died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at his home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Joseph A. Butler and Son Funeral Home. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Bock was born in Holton, Kan.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Allen Bock; and one son, Roy J. Bock.

The Kansas City Kansan, KS

Mar 18 2004

 


Bertha M. Bonjour

Bertha M. Bonjour, 77, Onaga, died Jan. 31, 2004, at an Onaga hospital. She was born Nov. 1, 1926, at Olney, Ill., the daughter of Porter and Laura Pearl Nicewander. Mrs. Bonjour and her first husband owned and operated the Onaga Locker Plant and the hardware store in Onaga. She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Onaga and president of the Neuchatel Cemetery Board. She married Everett Bonjour. He preceded her in death. She married Merle Bonjour in 1977 in Miami, Okla. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Roger Bonjour and wife Beth, Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Judy Bonjour, Manhattan; a sister, Mary Nicewander, Redding, Calif.; and two grandsons and two granddaughters. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Steve Bonjour and Mark Bonjour; a grandson, Brian Bonjour; three brothers; and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Onaga. Burial will be in Neuchatel Cemetery north of Onaga. Mrs. Bonjour will lie in state Monday and Tuesday at Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 3, followed by visitation. She also will lie in state an hour before service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Neuchatel Cemetery, sent in care of Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 218 Leonard, Onaga, KS 66521.

Source Chapel Oaks Funeral Home
www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com/

Holton Recorder


Erna Dieckmann Boyer
(November 1, 1913 - August 31, 2004)

NETAWAKA - Erna Anna Schumann Dieckmann Boyer, 90, died Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at the Holton Manor.


Erna was born November 1, 1913 at Netawaka, the daughter of Max and Meta Zwonitzer Schumann. She was a lifelong member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Netawaka and was a member of the Ladies Aid at the church.. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Kurt, Arndt, Fritz and Harold, three siblings who died in infancy, and a granddaughter Deanna Jo Weick.

Erna married Walter Dieckmann on February 16, 1938. He died May 20, 1966. They lived in the Netawaka community all of their married years. She was a homemaker, a wonderful mother and a loving grandmother.

Survivors include one son, Robert Dieckmann and wife, Karen, Fairland, Oklahoma; two daughters, Betty Weick and husband, Norm, and Marilyn Forgy and husband, Fielden, all of Topeka; eight grandchildren, Tammy Moore, Kim Weick, Cindy Edmonds, Janelle Erickson, Stephen Forgy, Sherri Hartter, Luke Dieckmann and Zachary Dieckmann, thirteen great grandchildren, and two to be born soon; one brother, Walter Schumann and wife, Edith, Wetmore; a sister-in-law, Frances Dieckmann, Netawaka; nieces, nephews and four step-children.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 3rd at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Netawaka Cemetery. Erna will lie in state after noon Wednesday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton where family and friends will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. She will also lie in state an hour before service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Jackson County Friends of Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
 

Source Chapel Oaks Funeral Home
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Erna Anna Schumann Dieckmann Boyer

Erna Anna Schumann Dieckmann Boyer, 90, died Aug. 31, 2004 at Holton Manor. She was born Nov. 1, 1913, at Netawaka, the daughter of Max and Meta Zwonitzer Schumann. Mrs. Boyer was a homemaker. She and her husband lived in the Netawaka community all of their married years. She was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church at Netawaka and was a member of the Ladies Aid at the church. She married Walter Dieckmann on February 16, 1938. He died May 20, 1966. She also was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Kurt, Arndt, Fritz and Harold; three siblings who died in infancy; and a granddaughter Deanna Jo Weick. Survivors include a son, Robert Dieckmann and wife Karen, Fairland, Okla.; two daughters, Betty Weick and husband Norm, and Marilyn Forgy and husband Fielden, all of Topeka; eight grandchildren, Tammy Moore, Kim Weick, Cindy Edmonds, Janelle Erickson, Stephen Forgy, Sherri Hartter, Luke Dieckmann and Zachary Dieckmann; 13 great-grandchildren, and two to be born soon; a brother, Walter Schumann and wife Edith, Wetmore; a sister-in-law, Frances Dieckmann, Netawaka; nieces, nephews and four stepchildren. Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial was in Netawaka Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Jackson County Friends of Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home.

Holton Recorder

Sept 2004


Elton Leon Brewer

 

PIERSON, Iowa -- Elton Leon Brewer, 81, of Pierson passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center in Correctionville, Iowa. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Church of Christ in Correctionville, with his sons, Paul, Tim, Dan and Steve Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Anthon, Iowa, with military rites conducted by the American Legion Harrison F. Pederson Post 291 of Pierson. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Barker Funeral Home in Correctionville. Elton was born July 29, 1923, in Holton, Kan., to Harold and Retta (McDaniel) Brewer. He graduated from Fort Scott High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for seven months before being discharged due to health reasons. He then attended Fort Scott Community College for two years. He taught rural school and farmed with his father for some time. He moved to Omaha, where he met Shirley Mizer and married her July 23, 1955. He then worked at NAMCO for many years. The couple was blessed with eight children. Those left to cherish his memories include his wife, Shirley of Pierson; a daughter and her husband, Melody and Alan Morse of Odessa, Mo. and their three children, Jeremy and his wife, Misty and their daughter, Alexis, Rachel and her daughter, Aaliyah McCullough, Jenny and her husband, Jeff Kveton and their son, Levi; a daughter and her husband, Lynn and Gary Patterson of Cummings, Kan. and their three children, Tracy of Gresham, Ore., Brian and his wife, Karen of Joplin, Mo., and Nathan; a son and his wife, Paul and Terri Brewer of Corbett, Ore., and their four children, Tiffany, Ashley, Robert and Rebecca; a son and his wife, Tim and Julie Brewer of Nevada, Mo. and their two daughters, Emily and Alyssa; a daughter and her husband, Sharon and John Goetz of Correctionville; a son and his wife, Dan and Deb Brewer of Monmouth, Ore. and their six children, Joshua, Jared, Carisse, Jannette, Angel and Shadow; a daughter and her husband, Amy and Travis Burk of Gresham, Ore. and their daughter, Carrie; a son and his wife, Steve and Tiffon Brewer of Pierson and their son, Jake; two sisters, Alma Green of Anthon, Iowa, and Tillie Lucke of Dallas, Texas; and two sisters-in-law, Clara Brewer of Fort Scott, Kan., and Doris Brewer of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ivan, Harold and his wife, Loretta, and Bill; and a granddaughter, Grace Brewer.

Sioux City Journal, IA

Nov 19 2004
 


Harold E. Buch

Harold E. Buch, 83, Troy, died Nov. 13, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Huron, the son of August and Millie Anna Thornton Buch. Mr. Buch farmed all his life, retiring in 1977. He married Anna Margaret Boeh on March 26, 1951. She survives. Other survivors include four daughters, Cathy Kern and husband Alan, Leavenworth, Pat Carrel and husband Gary, St. Joseph, Mo., Susan Butzin, Elwood, and Cindy Dahl and husband Anthony, Hoyt; two sons, Ray Buch and wife Peggy, Elwood, and Phil Buch, Troy; a sister, Laverta Smith, Savannah, Mo.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at Courter Cemetery north of Troy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Troy Ambulance Fund or Hands of Hope Hospice, sent in care of Harmon-Rohde Funeral Home, Troy.

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Nov 2004

 


Walter D. Capsey

Walter D. Capsey, 90, Frankfort, formerly of Holton and Soldier, died Jan. 26, 2004, at a Frankfort care home. He was born August 13, 1913, in Soldier, the son of Frank and Katherine O'Kane Capsey. He graduated from Soldier High School in 1932 and lived in Soldier before moving to Holton in 1968. He moved from Holton to Frankfort in 2002. Mr. Capsey was a farmer and stockman and also had worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Topeka for 20 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Holton. He was a former member of the Soldier Lions Club and the Eagles Lodge in Topeka. He married Virginia Carolina James on March 15, 1940. She died Jan. 19, 2004. Two sisters, Gertrude Bogart and Marjorie McClellan, and a brother, Roswell Capsey, also preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Gleason, Frankfort; a son, Lawrence Capsey, Wichita; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Soldier Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Walter Capsey Memorial Fund to be designated later by the family, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

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Feb 2004

 


Edwin Michael Casey

Edwin Michael "Mike" Casey, 90, Corning, died Jan. 23, 2004, in Manhattan. He was born Dec. 26, 1913, in Corning, the son of John Alfred and Guadalupe Guillermia Jaramillo Casey. He graduated from Corning High School and lived in the Corning community his entire life. Mr. Casey was a farmer and a Golden Harvest Seed dealer, where he was top salesman for many years. He was a member of Corning Trinity United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trustees at the church. He also served on the Corning Cemetery Board and the Red Vermillion Township Board. He married Alice Marie Weide on Aug. 23, 1936, in Corning. She died Aug. 1, 2001. Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Marie Nightingale, Holton; a son, Michael Raymond Casey, Manhattan; a sister, Jane Fanning, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a brother, C.T. "Tec" Casey, Havensville; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Services were held Jan. 26 at Corning Trinity United Methodist Church in Corning. Burial was in Corning Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Jackson County Friends of Hospice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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Jan 2004


Catherine "Kitty" Caudle
(June 9, 1958 - January 15, 2004)

HOLTON - Catherine “Kitty” Caudle, 45, of Holton, died Thursday, January 15, 2004 at her home.
She was born June 9, 1958, at Ogden, Utah, the daughter of Garth and Emma Hart Jensen. She graduated from Seymour High School, at Seymour, Missouri in 1976. She and her family moved to Holton from Nashville, Arkansas about seven years ago.

Kitty was a member of the First Baptist Church in Holton. She married Robin Caudle February 14, 1982 at Ava, Missouri. He survives.

Other survivors include four sons, Joshua Welker, Ben Lomond, Arkansas, James Welker, Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and Tyler Caudle and Chance Caudle, both of the home, two brothers, Gary Jensen, Seymour, Missouri, Hart Jensen, Parachute, Colorado, four sisters, Jeannie Pendergraft, Marshfield, Missouri, Susie Lemons, Hartville, Missouri, Toni Winch, Salt Lake City, Utah, Raye Eilander, Tucson, Arizona and two grandchildren, Brooklyn and Sean Welker.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 19th at the First Baptist Church. Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Antioch Cemetery in Lebanon, Missouri. Kitty will lie in state Saturday and Sunday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton where family and friends will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. She will also lie in state an hour before service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Tyler and Chance Caudle College Fund, Jackson County Friends of Hospice or Holton Community Hospital Home Health, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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Joyce E. Cheek
(July 25, 1939 - May 4, 2004)

HOYT - Joyce E. Cheek, 64, of Hoyt, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004 at her home.
Joyce was born July 25, 1939 at Whiting, the daughter of Dan and Grace Weber Monson.

She married Larry L. Cheek on August 10, 1957 in Holton. He survives.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Hisle.

Other survivors include three sons; Larry C. Cheek, Auburn, and Danny Cheek and Donnie Cheek, both of Hoyt; two daughters, Lana Dillner, Hoyt, and Jan Stephenson, Topeka; seven brothers, Kenneth Monson, in California, Virgil Monson, Lancaster, Danny Monson and Dale Monson, both of Horton, Curtis Monson, Robinson, Stanley Monson, Larkinburg, and Jack Monson, Wolcotte, New York, one sister, Judy Cooper, Horton, seven granchildren and one great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 8th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt with Rev. Tom Fraunfelter officiating. Burial will follow in the Upper Wolf Cemetery southeast of Robinson. Joyce will lie in state until service time at the funeral home where family and friends will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Memorials are suggested to the Joyce E. Cheek Memorial Fund, to be designated later, and sent in care of the funeral home, 100 Apache Drive, 66440.
 

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Marion Levi Conley
(December 1, 1941 - September 14, 2004)

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Marion Levi Conley, a Resident of Chapman, Kansas, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at the Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas at the age of 52.

Levi was born December l, 1941 at Holton, Kansas to Marion King and Alice Lucille South Conley. He attended a rural school in the Horton community. He worked for the Jackson County Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator building bridges, and doing general construction. He was married to Layna Louise Rostetter on July 6, 1971 at Holton Kansas. They lived in Holton before moving to Chapman, Kansas in 1989’ .He had been a resident of the Valley View Professional Care Campus in Junction City, Kansas for one month.

He is survived by his wife, Layna, of their home in Chapman, Kansas; his Mother, Alice Lucille Conley, of Hiawatha, Kansas; two sisters, Alice Carpenter, of Aliceville, Kansas and Linda White of Hiawatha, Kansas, and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Father, Marion K. Conley and an infant brother, Marion Louis Conley. V

Visitation will be held at the Londeen Funeral Chapel in Chapman, Kansas from Thursday afternoon, September 16, at 4:00 P.M. until Friday, September 17 at 12:00 noon. The funeral service will be held at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha, Kansas September 18 at 2:00 P.M. Visitation will be held at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home beginning Saturday morning until time of the service. Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery at Goff, Kansas. Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association. Memorials may be sent in the care of the Londeen Funeral chapel, Box 429, Chapman, Kansas.

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Corbin Lewis Correll

Corbin Lewis Correll, stillborn son of Crystal Correll Burks and Scott Buchheit, Netawaka, died May 30, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Ceirra and Cheyenne Burks, and a brother, Charles Burks, all of the home; maternal grandmother, Linda Correll, Netawaka; and maternal great-grandparents, Ed and Bonnie Burns, Manhattan. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles Correll. Private family interment will be in Havensville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Corbin Correll Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

 

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June 2004


James D. Cranmer

James D. Cranmer, 58, Clay Center, died May 22, 2004, at his home. He was born June 9, 1945, at Clyde, the son of Oscar and Mary Marie Fuller Cranmer. He graduated from Clay Center Community High School. Mr. Cranmer worked as a truck driver for Key Milling in Clay Center for more than 20 years. He later worked as a welder for Linn Enterprises in Linn. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Clay Center. He married Jolene Marie Nitcher in 1996. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Ralph Cranmer, Scranton; four daughters, Tammy Liedtke, Clay Center, Christina Cranmer and Lori Cranmer, both in Maryland, and Kim Cranmer, in Colorado; three stepdaughters, Tonya Nitcher, Topeka, Roberta Wehking and husband Michael, Meriden, and Jenny Cole, Clay Center; five brothers, Ralph Cranmer and wife Joann, Clyde, Kenny Gene Cranmer and wife Cindy, Ocoee, Fla., Glenn Cranmer and wife Fran, Rogers, Ark., Bill Cranmer and wife Penny, Clay Center, and Russell Logan, Wichita; six sisters, Judy Morgison and husband Gary, Ilene Hedberg and husband Ronald, Sue Hedberg, and Pat Eye and husband Leonard, all of Clay Center, Velda Douglas, Clyde, and Connie Williamson and husband John, Avoca, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, James Cranmer; and a sister. Funeral services were held May 26 at First Baptist Church in Clay Center, with the Rev. Daniel Kline officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Clyde. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Clay Center.

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June 2004


Jennie Bell Crowley

Jennie Bell Crowley, 93, died Sept. 5, 2004, at an Onaga care center. She was born April 27, 1911, in Holly, Colo., the daughter of Andrew and Sen Ann Drage Freel. She attended Mount Union Grade School and graduated from Soldier High School in 1929. She lived most of her life in the Onaga and Soldier communities. Mrs. Crowley was a homemaker and farmwife. She married Russell Crowley on May 26, 1936, in Topeka. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1991. Two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Freel and Goldie Mae Dick, and a brother, Nelson Freel, also preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, James "Jim" Crowley, Onaga; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter. Services were held Sept. 9 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Soldier Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jennie Crowley Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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Sept 2004


Keith Columbus Deck

Keith Columbus Deck, 82, Encinitas, Calif., died Jan. 5, 2004. He was born April 28, 1921, in Circleville. He studied engineering at Kansas State University before moving to the San Diego, Calif., area in 1941, where he later earned a teaching degree at San Diego State University. Mr. Deck worked at Corvair and enlisted in the U.S. Army after arriving in San Diego, serving as an administrative noncommissioned officer at hospitals in Ohio and Florida. He moved to Solana Beach, Calif., in 1951, where he taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Solana Beach Central School, where he doubled as the school's vice principal and bus driver for a while. From 1958 until his retirement in 1976, he was principal for the Encinitas (Calif.) district, overseeing Central (now Paul Ecke-Central School), Pacific View and Ocean Knoll schools. He was the district's curriculum, textbook, transportation, testing and special education supervisor and represented the district on numerous regional committees. He also worked as a car salesman, real estate manager and beef salesman. He was a member of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. He also was a former Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce board member, a Cub Scout leader, a Little League coach and a San Dieguito Kiwanis Club member. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Maybelle Deck; a brother, Max Deck, Holton; a daughter, Janis Saunders, Encinitas, Calif.; three sons, Pat Deck, Reading, Calif., Chuck Deck, Solana Beach, Calif., and Bob Deck, Vista, Calif; and four grandchildren. A graveside memorial service was held Jan. 9 at El Camino Memorial Chapel in Sorrento Valley, Calif.

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Jan 2004


Ines Irene DeVader
(October 20, 1911 - August 11, 2004)

HOLTON - Ines Irene DeVader, 92, of Holton, died Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at the Holton Community Hospital. She was born October 20, 1911 near Delia, the daughter of Edward and Albina Macha Hladky.

Ines was a farm wife and homemaker. She also raised dogs and worked at the South Holton Restaurant.

She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton and the Altar Society at the church.

She married Henry Francis DeVader November 27, 1929 at Emmett. Ines and her husband moved to the Holton area in the early 1940’s. He died April 27, 1972.

Ines was preceded in death by a son, Raymon Theodore DeVader, who died March 17, 1992; four grandchildren, Katherine Rose DeVader, Daymon DeVader, Raymon DeVader and Dennis Dean DeVader; and a great granddaughter, Mistina Dawn Robinson.

Survivors include four sons, Francis DeVader, Richard “Dick” DeVader and Roger DeVader, all of Holton, and Robert DeVader, Shingle Springs, California; three daughters, Ramona Robinson and Renetta Vaught, both of Mayetta, and Rosealee Boling, Hoyt; one brother, Ermin Hladky, Sheridan, Wyoming; one sister; Bernice Morgan, Port Angeles, Washington; twenty-seven grandchildren, fifty-six great grandchildren and twelve great-great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 16th at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery west of Holton. Ines will lie in state until 9:45 a.m. Monday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Family and friends will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and a Parish Rosary will be said at 7:30. Memorials are suggested to the Jackson County Senior Citizens Center and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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Mary Elizabeth Dominguez

Mary Elizabeth Dominguez, 43, Topeka, died June 3, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 18, 1960, in Topeka, the daughter of Roy Eugene and Dorothy Mae Wishteyah Sheppard. Mrs. Dominguez was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Native American Church. She married Santos Dominguez on Nov. 2, 1987, in Horton. She survives. Other survivors include her mother, Dorothy Mae Sheppard; a son, Dominic Lee Dominguez and wife Felicia, Topeka; two stepsons, Santos Dominguez, Topeka, and Anthony Dominguez, Springdale, Ark.; a stepdaughter, Angela Dominguez, Azura, Calif.; a brother, Gregg Allen Sheppard, Topeka; three sisters, Norma Jean Shipshee, Mayetta, and Nikki Sue Sheppard and Billie Jo Bridges, both of Topeka; two grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. June 8 at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home in Topeka. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Dominguez will lie in state after 2 p.m. June 7 with a scriptural rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary E. Dominguez Memorial Fund, sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 W. Sixth Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.

 

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Jun 2004


Galen H. Ewing

Galen H. Ewing, 91, Great Bend, died Sept. 6, 2004, at a Great Bend hospital. He was born July 1, 1913, at Great Bend, the son of Harve and Ida Mae Zimmer Ewing. Mr. Ewing was a farmer and was retired from city and county sanitation departments after 25 years of service. He was a lifetime resident of Great Bend. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and a former member of the Masonic Lodge and Elks Club. He married Ula A. Anderson on April 16, 1938, at Lawrence. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Terry Ewing, Hutchinson; three grandchildren, Robbie Sloan and wife June, Great Bend, Darcee Ranker and husband Phil, Woodinville, Wash., and Jeff Folsom, in Missouri; and three great-grandchildren, Bobby Sloan, Ashley Sloan and Lynsie Ranker. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Connie Folsom and Donna Martin; and by four sisters, Dorothy Beahm, Mabel Peugh, Opal Means and Loverna Olsen. Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend, with the Rev. Bill Beahm officiating. Interment was in Great Bend Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice or First United Methodist Church, sent in care of Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, KS 67530.

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Sept 2004


Lynn Marie Fox

Lynn Marie Fox, 25, Valley Falls, died May 30, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1978, at Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Vern E. and Evalena A. Staggs Fox. She attended Valley Falls High School, where she was a cheerleader, and graduated in 1997. Miss Fox worked at a Sonic Drive-In in Kansas City. She was studying at Northeast Kansas Technical College in Atchison to be a licensed practical nurse, with a career goal of becoming a respiratory therapist. She attended Rock Creek Bible Church. Survivors include her parents, Vern and Evalena Fox, Valley Falls; two brothers, Dan Fox, Valley Falls, and Vernie D. Fox and wife Kristin, Meriden; nephews and nieces, Vernie Colton Edward Fox, Kaley Fox, Brina Fox and Shay Fox, all of Meriden, and Ashley Johnson and Cassandra Fox, both of Carroll, Iowa; paternal grandmother, Iola Fox Gaffey, and stepgrandfather, Merlin Gaffey, both of Muscotah; and maternal grandparents, Eulis and Alice Staggs, David City, Neb. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Vernie C. Fox. Funeral services were held June 2 at Rock Creek Bible Church. Cremation followed and private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.

 

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June 2004


Aldean F. Fugatt

Aldean F. Fugatt, 78, Wichita, died May 30, 2004. Survivors include two sons, Ron Roberts, Oklahoma City, Okla., and John Santiago, Wichita; a daughter, Cindy Wisner, Wichita; a sister, Pauline Casey, Merriam; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 3 at Antioch Christian Church in Wichita. Burial was in Vermillion Cemetery in Vermillion. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2100 E. Douglas St., Wichita, KS 67214, and the American Cancer Society, 400 N. Broadway Ave., Wichita, KS 67202.

 

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June 2004


Wilber Myers Fuller

Wilber Myers "Bud" Fuller, 80, Gresham, Ore., died July 29, 2004. He was born March 14, 1924, at Courtland, the son of Joe Fuller and Dora Myers. Mr. Fuller served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Merchant Marines. He moved in 1969 to the Gresham, Ore., area, where he was owner of Northwest Agricultural and Industrial Agents, a farm equipment manufacturer's representative company. He was a board member of Agricultural and Industrial Manufacturers Representatives Association (AIMRA). He married Maxine Jacobs on Dec. 22, 1947. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Dana Fuller, Clackamas, Ore.; two daughters, Kathy Fuller, Plano, Texas, and Jackie Burns, Troutdale, Ore.; three sisters, Alma MacConomy, Arlington, Va., Louise Brown, Boring, Ore., and Phyllis Dowlearn, Sacramento, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held Aug. 2 at Bateman Carroll Funeral Chapel in Gresham. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

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Aug 2004


DeLloyd E. Gantz Jr

DeLloyd E. "DE" Gantz Jr., 84, Holton died Jan. 28, 2004, at his son and daughter-in-law's home in Reserve. He was born July 17, 1919, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of DeLloyd E. and Laura Isaacs Gantz. He graduated from Holton High School in 1937 and moved to Yellowstone National Park where he was employed until 1940. He served in the U.S. Army, Pacific Theatre, during World War II. Mr. Gantz worked for Western Electric Company as an installer and engineer through various levels of management from 1940 to 1974, at various locations including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and company headquarters in New York City. He retired in 1974 as engineering manager of the Pacific Region, serving the Bell System operating companies in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. After retirement, he served as a Volunteer Consultant and Wilderness Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in California for four years. He moved back to Holton in 1979 and became very active in four major community projects: the four-lane highway from Topeka to Holton, the Holton Industrial Park, Banner Creek Reservoir and the new Holton Community Hospital. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Holton and was an elder at the church. He had served as a member of the Presbyterian Council of Northern Kansas. He also had served on the Multi-County Board of NEK-CAP and the Holton Hospital Board. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Holton Rotary Club, a life member of Telephone Pioneers of America, past president of Holton Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the VFW. He married Rose A. Bennett on Feb. 7, 1941. She died Jan. 23, 2001. Survivors include two sons, David E. Gantz, Reserve, and Robert J. Gantz, Helena, Mont.; two sisters, Charlene Gibson, Dewey, Okla., and Elizabeth Ann Saubers, Passaic, Mo.; a brother, Ray Gantz, Holton; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at First Presbyterian Church in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth, Holton, KS 66436.

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Feb 2004


 

Alice Marie Gartland
(November 1, 1968 - March 30, 2004)

MAYETTA - Alice Marie Wa-Tam-Ke (Conboy) Gartland, 35, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004 in Philadelphia. She was born November 1, 1968 in Philadelphia, the daughter of Peter Joseph and Nancy Wahwassuck Conboy. She graduated high school from Phoenix Indian School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Alice was a hairdresser.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Philadelphia, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Drum Religion.

She married Robert Gartland in Philadelphia. He survives.

Other survivors include her mother, Nancy Conboy, Mayetta; two sisters, Rencie R. Eteeyan, Sunnyvale, California; Josette “Nugget” Whitlock, Philadelphia, two nieces and two nephews.

Drum services will be Monday evening, April 5th on the Dance Ground west of Mayetta. Burial will be Tuesday afternoon in the Wa-wak-ssom Cemetery on the Potawatomi Reservation. Alice will lie in state Monday until 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton.

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Francis "Sha Nem Ta" Greemore

Francis "Sha Nem Ta" Greemore, 87, Mayetta, died June 5, 2004, at a Holton care facility. He was born March 9, 1917, on the Potawatomi Reservation west of Mayetta, the son of Fred and Teresa Tuckwin Greemore. Mr. Greemore was a farmer and worked in maintenance for Haskell Indian Junior College. He was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and the Citizen's Band of the Potawatomi Tribe. He married Elizabeth "Mauggie" Matchie on April 29, 1938, in Holton. She died August 25, 1998. Three sons, Francis D., Daryl E. and Loren F. "Rick" Greemore, also preceded him in death. Survivors include two sons, Marty Greemore, Topeka, and Eldon Greemore, Holton; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Mass of Christian burial was held June 9 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta. Burial was in Shipshee Cemetery west of Mayetta. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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Jun 2004


Dorothy E. Godfrey

Dorothy E. Godfrey, 88, Topeka, died Aug. 29, 2004, at a Topeka hospice. She was born May 29, 1916, in Holton. She was a Topeka resident for most of her life. Mrs. Godfrey worked as a mental health nurse at Topeka State Hospital for many years. She married Charles Godfrey on Dec. 7, 1935, in Topeka. He preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her mother, Eva Coffin; a son, Norman Godfrey; a daughter, Delores Sisson; two sisters, Velma Williams and Mildred DeGraff; and three brothers, Thomas Coffin, Theodore Coffin and Donald Coffin. Survivors include a granddaughter, Linda Osborne and husband Mike, Newman, Ga.; a sister, Verba Long, San Jose, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services were held Sept. 1 in Penwell-Gabel's Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be sent to Meals on Wheels, 1500 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604, or Midland Hospice House, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606.

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Sept 2004


Alyce M. Gold

Alyce M. Gold, 77, Goff, died April 18, 2004, at her home. She was born Sept. 12, 1926, in Denton, the daughter of Cornelius and Marie Burke. She graduated from Denton High School in 1944. Mrs. Gold was a homemaker and farmwife in the Goff community since 1948. She was a member of Goff United Methodist Church and the Wetmore American Legion Auxiliary. She married Tom Gold on June 27, 1948, at St. Benedict's Church in Bendena. He survives. Other survivors include five sons, John Gold, Michael Gold and Patrick Gold, all of Goff, Gary Gold, Hugoton, and David Gold, Emporia; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. April 21 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. She will lie in state at the funeral home, where family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 20. Cremation will follow the service and private family inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be given to Goff United Methodist Church or the Wetmore American Legion Auxiliary, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

 

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April 2004


David Alan Hackett

David Alan Hackett, 45, Topeka, died April 18, 2004 in Topeka. He was born Jan. 31, 1959, in Topeka, the son of John and Rachel Runyan Hackett. He was a Topeka resident all his life. Mr. Hackett worked at the Topeka Correctional Facility as a maintenance supervisor. He was a member of the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association. He married Annette Boos on July 8, 1983, in Miami, Okla. She survives. Other survivors include two brothers, Joe Hackett, Hoyt, and Rick Hackett, San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Debra Spector, Lancaster, Calif.; two nephews, John Charles Hackett and Michael Spector, and a niece, Dodie Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ken Hackett; and a sister, Barbara Hackett. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. April 22 at the Mount Hope Mausoleum Chapel in Topeka. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Hackett will lie in state after 2 p.m. April 21 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel in north Topeka, where family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 21. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association, 5381 S.E. 53rd St., Berryton, KS 66409. Online condolences may be sent to www.penwellgabel.com

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April 2004


Rosemary Joy Hardy
(September 20, 1926 - July 4, 2004)

HOLTON - Rosemary Joy Hardy, 77, of Holton, died Sunday, July 4, 2004, at the Holton Community Hospital.
She was born September 20, 1926, at Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Joy and Alma Brooks Wilkers. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1944. She moved to Holton from California in 1991.

Mrs. Hardy attended First United Methodist Church in Holton and was a member of the Alpha Circle at the church. She also belonged to the Sewing Club. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and sister.

She married Glenn Hardy June 30, 1946 at Winfield. They were divorced.

Survivors include one son, Milton G. “Bo” Hardy, Garland, Texas, two daughters, Dorothy June Franks, Redlands, California, JoRea Hardy, in California, one sister, Gloria Snyder, Holton, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 9th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in the Holton Cemetery. Mrs. Hardy will lie in state until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
 

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Thelma L. Hawthorne

Thelma L. Hawthorne, 81, Warrensburg, Mo., died May 17, 2004, at a Warrensburg hospital. She was born Oct. 1, 1922, in Johnson County, Missouri, the daughter of Elbert and Janie Gowin Coleman. Mrs. Hawthorne was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Warrensburg. She married Harlond Eugene Hawthorne on July 10, 1941, in Knob Noster, Mo. He died July 26, 1989. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Neeves and Berdina Evans. Survivors include a daughter, Janis McWhirt, Sedalia, Mo.; two sons, Jim Hawthorne, Warrensburg, Mo., and Delbert "Wally" Hawthorne, Holton; a brother, Donald Coleman, Knob Noster, Mo.; a sister, Kay Rich, Warrensburg; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 21 at Sweeney-Phillips-Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg, with the Rev. Bob Ingle and Frank E. Myers officiating. Burial was in Adams Memorial Cemetery southeast of Warrensburg. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or Adams Memorial Cemetery, sent in care of Sweeney-Phillips-Holdren Funeral Home, 617 N. Maguire St., Warrensburg, MO 64093.

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May 2004


Erwin J. Hayes

Erwin J. Hayes, 23, Havensville, and Gary D. Hayes, 20, Onaga, died Jan. 29, 2004, in a house fire in Onaga. Survivors include their parents, Edwin and Judy Hayes, Havensville; and a sister, Lora Jeanette Hayes-Albert, Topeka. A double funeral service was held Feb. 2 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Bucks Grove Cemetery near Havensville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hayes Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

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Juanita L. Hoffmeister

Juanita L. Hoffmeister, 91, Topeka, died Jan. 31, 2004, at a Topeka care center. She was born Feb. 6, 1912, in Topeka, the daughter of Bert and Amelia Griffith Donaldson. Mrs. Hoffmeister was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, a Past President of DeMolay Mothers' Auxiliary, Ladies of the Moose Lodge, a charter member and a member for more than 50 years of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Auxiliary, Beulah Chapter 34, Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of Ancient Toltec Rite. She married Harry C. "Dutch" Hoffmeister. He died Jan. 16, 1989. Survivors include a son, Charles H. Hoffmeister and wife Donna, Topeka; a sister, Leola Oldham, Oklahoma City, Okla.; a grandson, Richard C. Hoffmeister; a granddaughter, Rebecca R. Tomlinson; three great-grandchildren, Raina Tomlinson, Jamie Tomlinson and Matt Tomlinson; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Mark Fisher and Dean Fisher. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at Penwell Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, followed by services of Beulah Chapter 34, O.E.S. Burial will be in Topeka Cemetery at Topeka. She will lie in state after 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Road, Topeka, KS 66617; Beulah Chapter 34, O.E.S., 1819 SW 29th Terr., Topeka, KS 66611-1939; or Heartland Hospice, 1033 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604.
 

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Carolyn A. Holder

Carolyn A. Holder, 57, Mayetta, died Aug. 16, 2004, at her home. She was born Sept. 2, 1946, in Denison, the daughter of Cecil and Hazel Dunlap McClintock. She graduated from Denison High School in 1964 and lived in the Denison and Mayetta communities all her life. Mrs. Holder worked for Payless Distribution Center in Topeka for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Teamster's Union in Topeka. Survivors include her husband, Frank L. Holder, Mayetta; two sons, Curtis and Casey Holder, Mayetta; and a daughter, Rose Holder, Mayetta. Memorial services were held Aug. 19 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. A book will be available to sign at the funeral home.

 

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Aug 2004


Hazel M. Fairfield Ireland

Hazel M. Fairfield Ireland, 88, Newton, died Aug. 23, 2004, at a Newton care center. She was born Sept. 10, 1915, at Marysville, the daughter of Walter R. and Dorothy M. Fulton Fairfield. She attended high school in Axtell. Mrs. Ireland was a homemaker, school cook and secretary for the Weldon Insurance Agency, retiring in 1981. She also was a seamstress. Survivors include two sons, Robert D. Ireland, Newton, and Forrest Barry Ireland, Wichita; a daughter, Kathryn Jones, Holton; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Willard Fairfield, Keith Fairfield, Alden Fairfield and Gary Fairfield. Graveside services were held Aug. 25 in the McGill Cemetery near Potwin, with Pastor Ray Swearingen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Friendly Acres Retirement Community, sent in care of Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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David D. Johnson

David D. Johnson, 48, Topeka, died Aug. 25, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born July 2, 1956, in Topeka, the son of Delbert "Chick" and Dolores Y. Hamm Johnson. He had lived in the Topeka community all his life. Mr. Johnson worked for Sunshine Salvage in Topeka for many years and later worked as a self-employed handyman. He married Wanda Marie Joslin on Dec. 18, 1982, in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Joshua Johnson, Oxford Junction, Iowa; a daughter, Christina Di Pasquale, Middleburg, Fla.; his mother, Dolores Johnson, Topeka; a brother, William Johnson, Topeka; and two nephews, Jeffery and Michael Johnson, both of Topeka. His father, Delbert "Chick" Johnson, preceded him in death in 2002. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Parkinson's Foundation, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

 

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Frank W. Kaul

Frank W. Kaul, 82, Amarillo, Texas, formerly of Holton, died May 25, 2004. He was born Nov. 8, 1921, in Holton, the son of Frank and Helen Kaul. He served three years in the Army Air Force, then returned to Kansas State University, graduating in 1947 with a degree in petroleum engineering. Mr. Kaul worked for Halliburton Services for 32 years and H&L Operating Co. for 20 years. He was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church and the Gleaner Friendship Sunday School class in Amarillo. He was active in API, SPE, PGS, PPROA, Sons of the American Revolution and the Humane Society. He married Faye Sewell on April 30, 1944. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Linda Franklin and husband Ronald, San Antonio, Texas; a sister-in-law, Nancy Kaul, Lawrence; three grandsons, Aaron, San Francisco, Calif., and Nathan and Jason, both of San Antonio; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John Kaul and Dr. Philip Kaul. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. May 28 at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo, with Dr. James E. Garrett, senior pastor, officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. June 1 in Holton Cemetery, with Mercer Funeral Home in Holton in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Polk Street Church Organ Fund, Meals on Wheels, Olivia's Angels with BSA Hospice or the Amarillo Humane Society, sent in care of Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, TX 79110.

 

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Isla Irene King

Isla Irene King, 90, Holton, died Feb. 18, 2004, at Holton Manor. She was born March 6, 1913, at Frankfort, the daughter of Elva and Bessie Niegberger Holliday. She lived most of her life in Manhattan, moving to Holton in 1999. Mrs. King had worked at J.C. Penney's and Duckwall's in Manhattan. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Home Demonstration Unit, Thimble Club and Epsilon Sigma Alpha. She married William C. "Bill" King on June 10, 1933, in Junction City. He died Sept. 21, 1995. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Murphy; and two brothers, Lawrence Holliday and George Holliday. Survivors include two daughters, Donna J. Reed, Lubbock, Texas, and Wilma Springer, Reno, Nev.; a special niece, Sandy Studebaker and husband Jim, Holton; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several other nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Feb. 23 at Sunrise Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Reed officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, sent in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. Online condolences may be left at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

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Elinor Evlyn Kleeb

Elinor Evlyn Kleeb, 89, Netawaka, died May 22, 2004, at a Netawaka care center. She was born Feb. 24, 1915, in Broken Bow, Neb., the daughter of John H. and Lillie Grace Leck Kleeb. She moved to Netawaka from Grand Junction, Colo., three years ago. Miss Kleeb served as a missionary in Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. She worked as a housemaid in Lincoln, Omaha and Nebraska City, Neb., before she began her missionary work for the Nondenominational Christian Faith. Survivors include two brothers, Leslie Kleeb, Bella Vista, Ark., and Norman Kleeb and wife Karolyn, O'Neill, Neb.; five nieces; three nephews; and several cousins. A brother, Alvin Kleeb, and two sisters-in-law, Jackie and Arlene Kleeb, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held May 23 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Another service was held May 26 at the Municipal Building in Broken Bow, Neb. Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of the donor's choice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

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May 2004


Jessie Allen Knight

Jessie Allen Knight, 24, Holton, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at Holton Community Hospital as a result of a single vehicle accident near Wetmore. He was born Jan. 31, 1979, in Topeka, the son of James and Diana Knight Bennett. Mr. Knight was a metal fabricator at Alamo Group in Holton. He had lived in Holton for a year, having moved here from Junction City. He attended the Lakeview Faith Chapel at Holton. Survivors include his parents, James and Diana Bennett, Holton; a sister, April Knight, Collierville, Tenn.; maternal grandmother, Annie Knight, Kansas City; and two uncles and four aunts. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Jessie Knight Memorial Fund, to be designated later, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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Rosemary Maloney Kramer
(July 15, 1924 - January 25, 2004)

HOLTON - Rosemary Maloney Kramer, 79, of Holton, died Sunday, January 25, 2004 at the Holton Community Hospital. She was born July 15, 1924, in St. Joseph, Missouri, the daughter of John C. and Jeanette Clay Maloney.

Rosemary graduated from Westport High School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1941. She attended Kansas City Junior College and Kansas State University, graduating in 1947 with a degree in Sociology.

She married Karl F. Kramer June 7, 1947 in Kansas City. He died September 26, 1996.

She and her husband managed apartment buildings for J.C. Nichols in Kansas City. She also had worked as a receptionist for Dr. Ansel Searles at his dental practice in Holton.

Rosemary was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority at Kansas State University and a Girl Scout leader in Holton.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Klingelhoefer, Phoenix, Arizona and Carolyn Villalobos, Holton, two brothers, James O. Maloney, Lawrence and John C. Maloney, Jr., Olathe, and two grandsons, Nathan Villalobos and Sean Klingelhoefer.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 26th at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. A memorial service will be at a later date and will be announced by the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton.

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Velma V. Labbe
(April 16, 1923 - July 1, 2004)

ONAGA - Velma V. Labbe, 81, of Onaga, died Thursday, July 1, 2004 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Topeka. She was born April 16, 1923 near Circleville, the daughter of James and Arvilla Boffee Hodge. Mrs. Labbe was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Neuchatel Community north of Onaga.

Velma was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Onaga, a former member of the Neuchatel Community Church and a member of the Neuchatel Community Ladies Club. She was a loving, caring and giving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She married Glenn W. Labbe on February 7, 1941 at Seneca. He survives.

Velma was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay W. Labbe, who died in 1982, a great grandson, four brothers and five sisters.

Other survivors include one son, David Labbe and his wife Susan, Onaga; three daughters, Kathleen Perry Robichaud and her husband George, Orange, California, Rita Most and her husband Don, Onaga, and Linda Stratton and her husband Bob, Clay Center; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 6th at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the Neuchatel Cemetery. Mrs. Labbe will lie in state Monday at the Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga where family and friends will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. She will also lie in state an hour before service time at the church. The casket will remain closed. Memorials are suggested to the Neuchatel Cemetery Fund or the First Congregational United Church of Christ, and may be sent in care of the funeral home. The family would like to thank the Select Specialty Hospital Nursing Staff for all their loving care.

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James Arthur Lutz
(December 22, 1942 - March 29, 2004)

LENEXA - James Arthur Lutz, 61, of Lenexa, died Monday, March 29, 2004 at the V.A. Hospital in Kansas City. He was born December 22, 1942 at Holton, the son of Oscar “Bud” and Waneva Edwards Lutz. He graduated from Mayetta High School in May of 1960 and later from Clark’s School of Business. He also attended Washburn University.

Jim served in the U.S. Army from June 1960 to December 1963. He completed basic training at Ft. Riley, and was stationed in Korea and Germany.

He worked for 28 1/2 years for the Atchison, Topeka & Sante Fe Railway Company in Topeka. He and his wife Beverly relocated to Olathe in 1994 where he was employed by Rush Delivery until an accident on March 9, 2001 left him paralyzed. Jim was struck by a motorist while crossing I-635 to help two stranded motorists. After he was released from the hospital in April 2002, his wife Beverly cared for him at their home in Lenexa. He died peacefully with family by his side after complications from surgery.

He was a member of the Olathe Wesleyan Church.

He married Beverly Morrissey in June of 1964, at Holton. They would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this summer. She survives.

Jim was a beloved husband, father, son and brother, and an inspiration to many. He enjoyed life and became accustomed to his life as a quadriplegic. Jim loved to be with his grandchildren. He continued to be grateful for every breath that God gave him.

Other survivors include two sons; Allen J. Lutz and wife, Jill, of Arlington, Texas, and Darren Lutz, of Hollywood, California, one daughter; Jami Growney and husband, Larry, of Olathe, five grandchildren, his mother; Waneva Lutz, of Mayetta, one sister; Lois Zeller, of Holton, one brother; Bruce Lutz, of Mayetta, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 1st at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt with Pastor Roger Freed officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Mayetta Cemetery. Jim will lie in state until service time at the funeral home where family and friends will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A memorial service is tentatively planned for Tuesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Olathe Wesleyan Church. Memorials are suggested to the Olathe Wesleyan Church, 153rd & Ridgeview, 66062, or the James Lutz Benefit Fund, in care of Wetmore National Bank, 66550.

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Elaine Mabrey

Elaine Mabrey, 61, Hoyt, died May 18, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Long Beach, Calif., the daughter of Charles and Alma Benway. Mrs. Mabrey was active in yardwork and outdoor activities. She married Ken Mabrey on Feb. 7, 1959, in California. He survives. Other survivors include two daughters, two sons, and 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Arthur Mabrey, and her mother, Alma R. Benway. Memorial services were held May 21 at the Mabrey home near Hoyt. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the family, sent in care of Newcomer Family Funeral Home, 4020 SW Sixth St., Topeka, KS 66606. Online condolences may be left at www.funeralchoice.com

 

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May 2004


Anthony George "Nack-twa-tuck" Mahkuk

Anthony George "Nack-twa-tuck" Mahkuk, 36, Hoyt, died April 9, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 29, 1967, in Holton, the son of Fred and Vernona Knoxsah Mahkuk. He had been in Hoyt for the past five years and previously lived in the Mayetta area. Mr. Mahkuk was a heavy equipment operator for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Road and Bridge Department. He was a member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation and the Native American Church. He married Lorrie Wahwassuck on Nov. 1, 1997. She survives. Other survivors include his mother, Vernona Lewis, Mayetta; his father, Fred Mahkuk, Yuma, Ariz.; four daughters, Vanessa and Ashley Mahkuk, both of Horton, and LaTosha Mahkuk and Amber Wahwassuck, both of Hoyt, a son, Samuel Mahkuk, Hoyt; seven sisters, Anna Padilla, Delia, Linda Mahkuk, Emmett, Shannon Mahkuk and Jeanette Mahkuk, both of Topeka, Mary Mahkuk, Pablo, Mont., Marrissa Mahkuk, Butte, Mont., and Rebecca DeVore, Topeka; five brothers, Robert Mahkuk, Mayetta, Matthew Mahkuk and J.C. Mahkuk, both of Ronan, Mont., Melvin Lewis, Holton, and Daniel Mahkuk, Mission, Mont.; and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a son, A.J. Mahkuk. Services were held April 12 at the Danceground Building west of Mayetta. Burial was April 13 at the Mahkuk Cemetery 10 miles west of Mayetta.

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Jessie Maxine McClacherty

Jessie Maxine McClacherty, 73, Lawrence, died Aug. 29, 2004, at her home. She was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Topeka, the daughter of John Addison and Naomi Holt Helfer. She attended Holton High School, where she lettered in all-around girls sports and graduated in 1949. Mrs. McClacherty was a homemaker. She had worked at Sunflower Ordnance Plant (Hercules), Jayhawk Trophy, GSP and Corbin scholarship residence halls. She was a member of Mt. Oread Aerie 309, FOE (Eagles), Lawrence and Manhattan. She married John Wesley McClacherty on June 1, 1948. He died April 14, 1992. Survivors include three daughters, Pat Cofer, Lawrence, Sue McClacherty, Baldwin City, and Kelly McClacherty, Corona, Calif.; a son, John McClacherty, North Olmsted, Ohio; a brother, Larry Helfer, Alton, Mo.; a sister, Jackie Mitchell, Carbondale; and six grandchildren. Graveside inurnment was held Sept. 2 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Douglas County or Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044-3402. Online condolences may be e-mailed to info@warrenmcelwain.com, with "McClacherty" in the subject line.
 

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Sharon R. "Pi Neh She" McClane

Sharon R. "Pi Neh She" McClane, 60, Hoyt, died April 10, 2004, at her home. She was born Nov. 22, 1943, at Holton, the daughter of Charles M. and Goldie Stewart Pappan. She was a lifelong Jackson County resident and a 1961 graduate of Circleville High School. Mrs. McClane worked for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation for more than 25 years, serving as Secretary of the Tribal Council from 1978 to 1980, and from 1980 until her death as Director of the Education Department. She previously was a secretary for the Attorney General's Office in Topeka. She also had worked in the Office of Revisor of Statutes and Office of Supreme Court. She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, a member of the White House Conference on Indian Education, National Indian Education Association, Tribal Education Contractors Association, and a charter member of the Kansas Association for Native American Education. She married Thomas McClane on Feb. 25, 1967, in Miami, Okla. They were later divorced. Survivors include three sons, Craig McClane, Topeka, Dustin McClane, Hoyt, and William McClane, Holton; four sisters, Dorothy Simon, Netawaka, Geraldine Hamlin and Charlene Anderson, both of Hoyt, and Theresa Anderson, Oskaloosa; a brother, Donald Pappan, Topeka; and five grandchildren, Kaleb, Austin, Wesley, Sierra and Brooks. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Margaret Pappan. Funeral services were held April 14 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Hoyt Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Sharon R. McClane Scholarship Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

 

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Violet May McCoy

Violet May McCoy, 85, Holton, died Feb. 15, 2004, at a Holton care facility. She was born Feb. 13, 1919, in Alma, the daughter of William Robert and Hilda Elizabeth Moege Meyer. She graduated from Alma High School in 1936 and attended Strickler's Business College in Topeka. Mrs. McCoy worked for United Telephone in Alma from 1951 to 1966 and in Holton from 1966 to 1981, when she retired. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Holton and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She married Raymond McCoy on Sept. 30, 1941, in Alma. He died in 1980. Survivors include two sons, Cecil Duane McCoy and wife Phyllis, Effingham, Ill., and Byron Lee McCoy, Rock Springs, Wyo.; a grandson, Ryan Shane McCoy and wife Monica, Rock Springs, Wyo.; and two great-granddaughters, Gabrya and Shelby McCoy, both of Rock Springs, Wyo. Three brothers preceded her in death. Services for Mrs. McCoy were held Feb. 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Holton. Burial was in Alma Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, sent in care of the church or Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

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Marvin McKinney

Marvin McKinney, 66, Mayetta, died June 1, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Feb. 9, 1938, at Mayetta, the son of James Noonen and Gladys Pan-nuck-nuck McKinney. He lived in Emporia and Manhattan before moving back to the area several years ago. Mr. McKinney worked for Wilbert Vault in Manhattan for 28 years, for Doric Vaults for five years, for the Holton Cemetery for five years and for Longbine Chevrolet Co. in Emporia until he retired. He was a member of the Native American Church. He also was a member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Nation, "We-Ta-Se" Post 410 of the American Legion in Mayetta and the Shawnee County Allied Tribes Pow Wow Committee. He served in the Army National Guard 174th NP Battalion from 1953 to 1959. He was active in pow wows in Jackson County. He married Marsha A. Abrams on May 28, 1976. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Lonnie Wayne McKinney, Dallas, Texas; three daughters, Alice Fay Dexter, Tallahassee, Fla., and Gladys Marie McKinney and Tammy Lynn Lazano, both of Dallas, Texas; a brother, the Rev. James McKinney, Mayetta; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Martha Lewis, Julia Levier, Luetta Jessepe and Regina Matchie; and three brothers, Dan McKinney, Leonard McKinney and Burnette Rogers McKinney. A wake service was held June 4 at the home of Ken Lopez. Burial was June 5 in the Prairie Peoples Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

 

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Albert L. Miller

Albert L. Miller, 70, Topeka, formerly of Circleville, died May 17, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Sept. 5, 1933, in Circleville, the son of Albert W. and Susie E. Matlock Miller. Mr. Miller was a self-employed carpenter for many years and a farmer. He moved to Topeka from Circleville 25 years ago. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 1650, Moose Lodge 555 and Shawnee Swingers Square Dance Club, all in Topeka. He married Bula L. Brocklesby. They were later divorced. Survivors include a son, Bill Miller, Circleville; two daughters, Cynthia Scott, Topeka, and Tamara McDaniel, Mayetta; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. An infant daughter, Pamela Marie Miller, and two sisters, Marilyn Swart and Carolyn Frakes, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held May 21 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with military honors was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

 

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May 2004


Maurice L. Montgomery

Maurice L. Montgomery, 91, Rossville, died Nov. 17, 2004, at a Rossville care center. Mr. Montgomery was a farmer and stockman and had worked for Jackson Farmers at Denison for 20 years. He had lived at Rossville since 1998. He was a member of Rossville United Methodist Church and was a former member of Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. He married Helen M. Moser on Sept. 21, 1934. She preceded him in death on June 12, 1971. He married Mary Runnels McDonald on Feb. 23, 1973 in Holton. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Ronald Montgomery, Holton; a daughter, Linda Sweany, Denison; a stepson, Jim McDonald, Yuba, Okla.; a stepdaughter, Joan Hubbard, Maple Hill; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Larkinburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. Nov. 19 until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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Rachel L. Moore

Rachel L. Moore, 88, Holton, died Feb. 13, 2004, at Holton Community Hospital. She was born Oct. 27, 1915, at Vermillion, the daughter of William D. and Elsie Johnson Cannon. She was a 1934 graduate of Holton High School and a lifelong Holton and Jackson County resident. Mrs. Moore was a homemaker and farm wife. She was a member of Larkinburg Christian Church and the King's Daughters of the church. She married Verne Moore on March 9, 1935, at Holton. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Ronald Moore, Topeka; a daughter, JoAnn Becker, Eudora; a sister, Marie Oden, Lee's Summit, Mo.; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and a stepgreat-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Harshaw of Holton, on Oct. 22, 1980. Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Larkinburg Christian Church or to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St.,

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Patricia A. Morford

Patricia A. Morford, 71, Delia, died May 27, 2004, at a Wamego care facility. She was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Bremerton, Wash., the daughter of Ola and Genevieve Laughlin Cassity. Her father served in the military and she lived in many different cities and states while growing up. She lived in the Delia community since 1951. Mrs. Morford worked at the sewing factory in Onaga for several years. She also did restoring of antique furniture and chair caning. She was a Republican Committeewoman for Adrian Township. She married Rey E. Morford on Sept. 11, 1948, in Westmoreland. He survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Diana Dolezilek and Jean Holt, both of Holton, and Deb Beasterfeld, Paxico; three sons, Art Morford, Topeka, and David Morford and William Morford, both of St. Marys; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Larry and Terry; and a grandson, Shawn Perry. Funeral services were held June 1 at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery north of Emmett. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Vista Good Samaritan Care Home, sent in care of Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, KS 66536.

 

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May 2004


Lucille Marjorie Morris

Lucille "Marge" Marjorie Morris, 80, Perry, died Nov. 15, 2004, at her home. She was born March 26, 1924, in Topeka, the daughter of George and Mary Olds Powell. She attended Topeka High School. Mrs. Morris worked as a photographer for 20 years and as a secretary for Dr. Shin Fu Hsu for more than 23 years. She was a lifetime member of Northland Christian Church and the American War Dad's Auxiliary. She also was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the H&R Council at the Topeka V.A. Hospital and Lecompton Historical Society. She married Ralph F. Morris on March 1, 1945, at Bremerton, Wash. He died June 26, 1986. Survivors include two sons, Steve Morris and Rob Morris, both of Topeka; a daughter, Sherry Sieliet, Perry; a brother, Dale Powell, Richmond, Va.; a sister, Dorothy "Dot" Woods, Mayetta; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel in Topeka. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Lecompton. Mrs. Morris will lie in state from noon to 9 p.m. Nov. 18 at the funeral home, where family visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association, sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home.

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Nov 2004

 


Warren L. Mumert
(December 9, 1917 - December 26, 2004)

HOLTON - Warren L. Mumert, 87, of Holton, died Sunday, December 26, 2004 at the Holton Community Hospital. He was born December 9, 1917 at WaKeeney, the son of James Thomas and Effie Evelyn Marts Mumert. He graduated from Havensville High School.

Warren was a U.S. Army veteran. He served in the field artillery during World War II in New Guinea and the Phillipines.

He was a farmer and a stockman in the Havensville area.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Evelyn Brunkow, and one brother, John Mumert.

Survivors include one sister, Anna Mae Brown and husband Fred, Holton; two brothers, Glen Mumert and wife Frances, Batesville, Arkansas and Clifford Mumert and wife Audrey, West Plains, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews, one of which was at his bedside at the time of his passing, Pastor Thelma Scroggins. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 29th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with military honors will follow in the Bucks Grove Cemetery, west of Holton. Warren will lie in state until service time at the funeral home where family and friends will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Memorials are suggested to the Holton Manor Activity Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Source Chapel Oaks Funeral Home
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Carl Myers

Carl Myers, 83, Belton, Mo., died May 30, 2004. He was born May 11, 1921, in Circleville, the son of Samuel and Hilda Myers. Mr. Myers served in the U.S. Armed Forces, serving in both the Army and the Air National Guard from 1939 until 1976. He served in World War II and in Korea. Survivors include three daughters, Kay Myers, Belton, Mo., Karen Hofmann, Newman, Ga., and Debra McGrogan, Richland, Wash.; a brother, Harold Myers, Topeka; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. June 26 in Rochester Cemetery at Topeka. McGilley and George Funeral Home, Belton, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.

 

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May 2004


Mildred M. Neff

Mildred M. Neff, 84, Sabetha, formerly of Seneca, died Nov. 14, 2004, at a Sabetha hospital. Mass of Christian burial was held Nov. 17 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. A rosary and prayer services were held Nov. 16 at Popkess Mortuary in Seneca.

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Nov 2004

 


Vida Marie Nioce

Vida Marie Nioce, 86, Horton, died May 22, 2004, at a Horton care center. She was born Aug. 17, 1917, on the Kickapoo Reservation west of Horton, the daughter of Richard and Maude Rhodd Simon Sr. Mrs. Nioce worked at Slimaker Dress Factory and J.C. Penney's Department Store in Holton. In 1959, she moved to Lawrence and was kitchen supervisor at Haskell Junior College before retiring in 1973. She moved back to Horton in 1995. She was a member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas. She married Ernest L. Nioce on Sept. 13, 1937. He died June 30, 1984. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Charles Nioce Sr., on Oct. 12, 1991; a granddaughter, Donna Lynn Nioce; two brothers, Harold Simon and Richard "Boy" Simon; and a sister, Cordelia Emmett. Survivors include three grandchildren, Charles "Chuck" Nioce Jr., Horton, Janet K. Nazario, Phoenix, Ariz., and Christi R. Ingels, Mayetta; a former daughter-in-law and caregiver, Betty L. Nioce, Horton; a brother, Ralph E. Simon, Netawaka; nine great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. May 25 at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary in Horton. A graveside service was held May 25 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-County Manor and sent in care of Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary, 909 Central Ave., Horton, KS 66439.

 

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May 2004


Oscar JB Nowlin
(April 2, 1911 - February 21, 2004)

HOLTON - Oscar JB Nowlin, 92, of Holton, died Saturday, February 21, 2004, at the Community Hospital in Onaga. He was born April 2, 1911, on the family farm west of Maroa, Macon County, Illinois on his grandfather, Jonathan Blaisdell Nowlin’s 70th birthday, the son of Cortez Dewey and Minnie Bell Jump Nowlin.

Oscar attended schools in Maroa, Illinois and graduated from Decatur, Illinois High School in 1930. The quote in his high school yearbook read, “An honest man -- close-buttoned to the chin, broadcloth without, and warm heart within.” His Bachelor’s Degree was in Horticulture from the University of Illinois in 1934. He was on full scholarship.

Oscar’s love of and interest in horticulture began as early as 1924 when he raised and sold bedding plants. He grew gladiolus on an acre of land while in high school. This brought recognition by the media where an article was written on him in the Decatur Herald. This article was his introducion to his future benefactor. He was awarded a full tuition at the University of Illinois. This was unheard of generosity at the time since the stock market had just crashed.

While at the university, he attended ROTC, accepted a commission as an officer and was activated into the Army in November, 1940. He served with the 7th Inf. Division before he was transferred to the 352nd Regiment in the 96th Inf. Division (Dead Eye). He rose to the rank of Lt. Col. and served as the G-4. In the Pacific Theatre, he participated in invasions at Leyte and Okinawa. After the surrender of Japan, he was discharged from the Army in late 1945.

Oscar was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Holton. He was also a member of the Mary L. Bair Unit No. 44 of the American Legion, the Holton Memorial Post No. 1367 of the V. F. W., Holton Masonic Lodge No. 42 AF & AM, Columbian Chapter No. 152 of the Order of Eastern Star, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 34, and the Holton Rotary Club. He was a Director of Kansas Greenhouses, served as a Kansas State Representative, 50th District for eight years, the Retired Officers Association, was a Harris Fellow and served as a Holton Volunteer Fireman. Following the war, he purchased the Holton Greenhouse in Holton, in January, 1946, a business he ran for 50 1/2 years. When he retired in 1996 from the greenhouse, he was only the third owner in over a century of operation.

His hobbies included reading, traveling and having coffee with his buddies at the Trail’s Cafe. He helped to plan family reunions in various scenic places so the cousins could get acquainted since they were scattered all over the United States.

He married Dorothy Longsdorff, June 28, 1935, on the lawn of Dorothy’s sisters farm. Old films show that the occasion was fun with them parading by while being photographed. The happy couple immediately left for California, where Oscar worked in large greenhouses.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy O. Nowlin, of the home, three sons, John B. Nowlin and his wife, Lea of Bellflower, California, Stewart E. Nowlin and his wife, Nancy of Lawrence, David D. Nowlin and his wife, Sharon, Phoenix, one daughter, Dr. Mary C. Nowlin, Phoenix, six grandchildren, Steven Walvig and his wife, Tasha of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melinda Smith and her husband, Andrew of Overland Park, Jonathan Nowlin and his wife, Jennifer, of Plymouth, Minnesota, Patrick Nowlin, Kosa Town, Kumamoto-Ken, Japan, Kamilah Sarah Smith, Phoenix, and Eric Nowlin, New York, New York.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 25th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday in the Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, Illinois. Oscar will lie in state until service time at the funeral home where family and friends will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Gertrude Alice Parker

Gertrude Alice "Gertie" Parker, 88, Holton, died Jan. 26, 2004, in Holton. She was born Aug. 21, 1915, in Whiting, the daughter of Hiram and Veva Margaret Shell Parker. She graduated from Denison High School in 1935 and lived in the Holton area her entire life. Miss Parker was a retired telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Corporation for approximately 40 years. She was a member of Community of Christ Church in Hiawatha. Survivors include two sisters, Helen Barnett, Osceola, Iowa, and Leona Payne, Perry; and two brothers, Thomas E. Parker, Topeka, and Robert E. Parker, Dallas Center, Iowa. Miss Parker was preceded in death by a brother, Bertrand H. Parker. Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Community of Christ Church in Hiawatha, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, Kansas 66436.

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Feb 2004
 


Ula "Gracie" Johnson Luck Pedersen

Ula "Gracie" Johnson Luck Pedersen, 69, Centralia, died April 10, 2004, at an Onaga hospital. She was born Aug. 25, 1935, near Centralia, the daughter of Claude Johnson and Rose Aziere McCafferty Johnson. She attended St. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Seneca and later received her GED at the age of 54, an accomplishment she was very proud of. She married Keith Luck on April 16, 1956. He was killed in a truck accident on June 29, 1976. She later married Jerry C. Pedersen on Feb. 11, 1988. He survives. Other survivors include six daughters, Connie Godbey, Centralia, Kimberly Mick, Holton, Jane Beck, Corning, Jean Heideman, Seneca, JoAnn Diaz, Paola, and Terri Carroll, McFarland; a son, Mike Luck, Holton; three stepdaughters, Wanda Schmitz, Newton, Theresa Stark, Wichita, and Kimberly Beane, Vermillion, S.D.; a stepson, Jerry Pedersen, Winfield; 28 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Pedersen was cremated and no services are planned at this time. A private memorial service for family and close friends will be held at a later date. Hayes-Popkess Funeral Home in Seneca is in charge of arrangements.

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April 2004


The Rev. Vernon "Shko" Potts

The Rev. Vernon "Shko" Potts, 57, Mayetta, died April 15, 2004, at his home. He was born July 26, 1946, in Horton, the son of Maynard Leo and Coralene L. Keesis Potts. He attended school in Powhattan and had lived in the Mayetta community for the past 30 years. The Rev. Potts had been a heavy equipment operator and carpenter. He became involved in ministry on the Potawatomi Reservation 20 years ago and had been a pastor for the past 17 years. He had traveled extensively, evangelizing on Indian reservations. He was a member and pastor of Potawatomi Pentecostal Church west of Mayetta. He was a proud member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation and the National Trappers Association. He married Marcia Faye Couch on July 15, 1965, in Miami, Okla. She survives. Other survivors include his father, Maynard Leo Potts, Mayetta; two daughters, Jona Potts-Rupnicki and Verna Potts, both of Mayetta; three sisters, Barbara Tims and Voncile Mitchell, both of Mayetta, and Doris Potts-Zyganiuk, Terry Sound, Ontario, Canada; a cousin, Gloria Kessis Holder, Oklahoma City, Okla; two brothers, Ed Potts, Horton, and Lloyd Potts, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and six grandchildren, Nolan, Taylor, Kaylyn, Charon, Triton and Doran. He was preceded in death by a son, Clint Potts, on Sept. 22, 2001; a brother, Norman Potts, on April 15, 2003; and his mother, Coralene Potts, on Nov. 24, 2001. Funeral services were held April 19 at the Potawatomi Pentecostal Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Potawatomi Pentecostal Church or to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

 

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April 2004


Lucille Reese

 

Services for Lucille Reese will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Casper, with Dr. Bryant Badger officiating. Burial will follow in Wyoming Memorial Gardens in Casper. Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Newcomer Family Funeral Home. Reese, 80, Casper, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at Poplar Living Center in Casper. She was born in Holton, Kan., Oct. 25, 1923, to Frank and Aletha Utterback. In 1946, she graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. degree in business. In 1950 she passed the CPA exam and became the second woman in the state of Kansas to become a CPA. She worked at the Davey and Rader firm before moving to Wyoming, where she worked at the firm of Jeffryes and Jeffryes until 1966. She then went on to receive a B.S. degree in education from the University of Wyoming in 1963. She taught school in Shoshoni, Guam, and Powder River. She retired from teaching in 1985. On Nov. 26, 1947, in Kansas City, Kan., she married Robert Reese. He died in 1983. She enjoyed golf, painting, reading, cooking, basket making, crafts, tatting and playing dominoes. She had attained the level of silver life master in duplicate bridge. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She did volunteer work at Hospice, Fort Casper Museum, and Oregon Trail Elementary School. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three sisters, Virginia, June and Jeanne. She is survived by a son, Robert and daughter-in-law, Darla of Casper; two grandsons, Bradley and Jobe, and his wife Carrie, all of Casper; three sister, Phyllis Smith of Soldier, Kan., Nancy Hysong and Rebecca and John Dolling of Medicine Bow; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice Program, 319 South Wilson, Casper, WY 82601. Newcomer Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Oct 26 2004
 


Dorothy L. Renyer

Dorothy L. Renyer, 78, Topeka, died April 14, 2004, at a Topeka hospice. She was born June 4, 1925, the daughter of Roscoe and Lela Shugart Woolaway. She grew up in the Oskaloosa and Ozawkie areas. Mrs. Renyer and her husband farmed in the Wakarusa area for many years, prior to coming to Topeka in 1985. She married Vernon Renyer on Jan. 13, 1945, in Topeka. He died July 20, 1988. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Grau, Soldier, and Karen Tolbert, Lawrence; two sons, Gary Renyer, Topeka, and Dennis Renyer, Houston, Texas; a brother, Glenn Woolaway, Silver Lake; two sisters, Maxine Tolle, Topeka, and Deloris Wehkin, Wichita; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 17 at Penwell-Gabel Highland Chapel. Burial was in West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be sent to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. Online condolences may be left at www.penwellgabel.com

 

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April 2004


Donald Richard Riley

Donald Richard Riley, 59, Denison, died Aug. 22, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born May 19, 1945, at Centralia, Ill., the son of Samuel Elsworth and Marguerite Chapman Riley. He graduated from high school at Decatur, Ill. Mr. Riley served in the US Army from 1963 to 1975, attaining the rank of Captain. He served in the Special Forces in Vietnam and was proficient in both American and Soviet small arms. He received sniper and demolition training, was a parachute rigger and Jump Master, and was a Medical Corpsman. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. He later was a maintenance supervisor at Harrah's Prairie Band Casino at Mayetta. He also worked at Alamo Group in Holton and had been an owner-operator for Mayflower Truckline. He had been a precinct patrolman for the Denver, Colo., Police Department from 1975 to 1982, where he served in a tactical motorcycle unit to eliminate street crime in residential areas. He married Delia Velasquez. They divorced. He later married Valorie Shaw. They divorced. Survivors include a son, Carlo Greg Riley, Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Shannon Caroline Velasquez, Fort Collins, Colo.; and an aunt, Thelma Riley, Patoka, Ill. He was preceded in death by a son, John Patrick Riley, in 1990. Cremation is planned and no services are scheduled. A register book is available for signing at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton.

 

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Aug 2004


Stewart Robb

Stewart Robb, 80, Mayetta, died Aug. 24, 2004. He was born Nov. 6, 1923, the son of Jay and Winifred Turner Robb. He grew up working on the family farm, attended Fairview Rural School and graduated from Denison Rural High School in 1941. Mr. Robb worked in Kansas City building airplanes before joining the U.S. Army Air Corp and serving in the European Theater during World War II as a waist gunner on a B-24. His plane was shot down and he spent the duration of the war as a wounded prisoner of war. Upon returning home, he farmed and later became a rural mail carrier, serving the Mayetta and Denison rural routes until his retirement. His latter years were devoted to the care of his wife, who was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. He was a member of Denison Reformed Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, treasurer and Sunday school teacher. He also served as a volunteer at Maple Heights Care Home in Hiawatha. He married Marjorie James. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Jim Robb and wife Beaty, Newton, and Tom Robb and wife Cheryll, Mayetta; a daughter, Sally McMillen and husband Skip, Frankfort; a son-in-law, Dave Weyhrauch, Topeka; and five grandchildren, Adam, Patrick, Katie, Annie and William. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Delber; and a daughter, Sue. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 at Denison Reformed Presbyterian Church. A private inurnment for the family will be held in Mayetta Cemetery prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Denison Reformed Presbyterian Church or Midland Hospice.

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Aug 2004


Robert E. Rosenthal

Robert E. "Rosie" Rosenthal, 78, Cherokee, Iowa, died June 5, 2004, at a Cherokee, Iowa, hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born March 27, 1926, in Galena, Ill., the son of John and Mabel Hudson Rosenthal. He was raised and attended school in Galena. Mr. Rosenthal left school in 1942 to work for Hanover Woolen Mills and later for the Illinois Central Railroad. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, serving in Europe with I Company, Third Battalion of the 83rd Infantry Division and earning a Purple Heart. He returned to the Illinois Central Railroad, working for 44 years and retiring in 1986 due to disability. He married Loretta Nioce of Mayetta on June 17, 1948, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Charles John Rosenthal, Cherokee, Iowa; two daughters, Judith Mae Rosenthal, Minneapolis, Minn., and Shirley Ann Kirby and husband Kenneth, Calmar, Iowa; four brothers, Bill Rosenthal, Benjamin Rosenthal and wife Babs, and Charles Rosenthal and wife Darlene, all of Galena, Ill., and Larry Rosenthal and wife Kathy, Dubuque, Iowa; three sisters, Virginia Ames and Henrietta Muchow and husband Harold, all of Galena, Ill., and Peggy Rosenthal Nelson, Dubuque, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jennifer Peterson and husband Jim, Jon Rosenthal and wife Monica, Kelly Kirby and Thomas Kirby; three great-grandchildren, Christian, Melinda and Samantha; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Rosenthal was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; and a sister, Pauline. Funeral services were held June 8 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, Iowa, with the Rev. Armand Bertrand officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. A memorial mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. June 27 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church west of Mayetta.

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Jun 2004


Warren Albert Sauer

Warren Albert Sauer, 85, Topeka, died Aug. 16, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Dec. 17, 1918, at Larkinburg, the son of Albert and Bertha Bowser Sauer. He attended school at Effingham. Mr. Sauer served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in Europe. He worked for several years at Pillsbury in Atchison. He later was an aide at the VA Hospital in Topeka, then worked in maintenance on the VA grounds. He also farmed near Muscotah in Atchison County for 40 years while living and working in Topeka. He was a member of American Legion Post 400 and Moose Lodge 55, both in Topeka, and Eagles Aerie 2417 in Holton. He married Ruth M. Kisner on Sept. 10, 1955. She died Dec. 18, 2003. He also was preceded in death by an infant son, Gerald, and by two sisters, Alice Buckman and Lucille Pruett. Survivors include a son, James A. Sauer, Topeka; a daughter, Rose Munoz and husband Robert, Topeka; five grandchildren, Regina, Raeann and Regan Munoz, Nicole Sauer and Angie Zimmerman; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Aug. 20 at Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of America Hospice or to the Capper Foundation, sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66608.

 

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Aug 2004


Ruth Herron Seavey
(May 8, 1926 - January 22, 2004)

HOLTON - Ruth Herron Seavey, 77, of Holton, formerly of Starkville, Mississippi died Thursday, January 22, 2004 at the Holton Manor Nursing Home. She was born May 8, 1926 at Laurel, Mississippi, the daughter of Jack and Velma J. Hill Mixon. She graduated from Hattiesburg High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Ruth retired as a secretary in the Extension Service at Mississippi State University after working there for about thirty years.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Starkville. She taught Sunday school and Mission Friends at the church. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge at Starkville. She had sponsored children for many years through the Feed the Children program. She married Richard Herron, he died in April 4, 1977. She married Calvin Seavey, he died June 22, 1990.

Ruth was also preceded in death by a son, Calvin Allen Herron, who died November 28, 1985.

Survivors include a sister, Joanne Holt and husband, Jack, Pasadena, Texas; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.

Ruth will lie in state Saturday, January 24th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton where family and friends will meet from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 30th at the First Baptist Church in Starkville. Burial will be in the Oktibbeha Memorial Park Cemtery at Starkville. Ruth will lie in state Thursday at the Welch Funeral Home in Starkville where family and friends will meet from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Memorials are suggested to the Lakeview Faith Chapel in Holton or the First Baptist Church at Starkville.

Source Chapel Oaks Funeral Home
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Harry Albert Shubkagel

Harry Albert Shubkagel, 85, Topeka, died June 1, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born March 26, 1919, in Vermillion, the son of John A. and Lida Ewing Shubkagel. He graduated from Hoyt High School in 1938. Mr. Shubkagel served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in central Europe and the Aleutian Islands. He later worked for Vic Yarrington Oldsmobile as a mechanic for 38 years. He was a member of Elmont United Methodist Church. He married Thelma M. Ausherman on June 2, 1945, in Hattiesburg, Miss. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, June Glasgow, Topeka; a son, Rex Shubkagel, Topeka; a brother, Ed Shubkagel, San Mateo, Calif.; a sister, Wilma Huff, Independence, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Heidi Glasgow, Topeka, and Isaac Glasgow, Lawrence. Funeral services were held June 4 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel in Topeka. Burial was in Prairie Home Cemetery at Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, KS 66601-1653.

 

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Jun 2004


Dolores Ann Sleitweiler

Dolores Ann Sleitweiler, 67, Topeka, died Jan. 28, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. She was bom Aug. 26, 1936, in Circleville, the daughter of Robert Lynn and Elsie Irene Armstrong Hopkins. Mrs. Sletweiler lived most of her life in the Topeka community, where she had worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant at Colmery-O'Neil V.A. Hospital in Topeka for 25 years. She retired in 2001. She married William "Bill" Anderson in 1951 in Topeka. They were later divorced. She married Phil Sleitweiler in 1979. He died May 12, 1989. Survivors include a daughter, Donna J. Anderson, Topeka; two sons, Bradley B. Anderson, Lenexa, and David E. Anderson, Topeka; a sister, Roberta Boren, Wichita; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. She will lie in state at the funeral home, where family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 2.

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Feb 2004
 


Nelda K. Slocum

Nelda K. Slocum, 88, Soldier, died Aug. 17, 2004, at Holton Community Hospital. She was born Aug. 21, 1915, in Bancroft, the daughter of Carl and Katherine Livingston Smith. She graduated from Soldier High School in 1933 and lived all her life in the Soldier community. Mrs. Slocum was a farm wife and homemaker. She was a member of Soldier United Methodist Church and the Soldier Senior Citizens. She married Cleo "Aggie" Slocum on June 5, 1935, in Soldier. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Terry Slocum, Raytown, Mo.; two grandchildren, Brian and Denise Slocum, Kansas City, Mo.; and a great-granddaughter, Samantha Slocum, Gladstone, Mo. Services were held Aug. 20 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Soldier Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Soldier Senior Citizens, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

 

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Aug 2004


Josephine Sparks
(February 2, 1910 - September 11, 2004)

TOPEKA - Josephine Marshall Sparks, 94, of Topeka, died Saturday, September 11, 2004 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. Josephine was born February 2, 1910 in a log cabin in the Straight Creek Township, northeast of Holton, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ella Williams Marshall. She attended Pleasant View Country School, Carbon School and Holton High School.

She married Neil A. “Slim” Sparks May 8, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. He died August 21, 1993.

She and her husband lived many years in San Francisco where they managed apartment houses. They moved to Kansas City in the 1970’s and cared for her mother for three and one-half years. They also farmed east of Holton.

Josephine was also preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and John Marshall, and one sister, Mary “Babe” Baldwin.

She is survived by several cousins.

Josephine was cremated. Graveside inurnment services were held Wednesday, September 15th at the Holton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Capper Foundation and may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton, 524 Pennsylvania Ave., 66436.

Source Chapel Oaks Funeral Home
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Mervyn S. Steele

Mervyn S. Steele, 70, Hoyt, died Feb. 13, 2004, at his home. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, at St. Louis, Mo., the son of James and Alma Barth Steele. Mr. Steele served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a Technical Sergeant in February 1974. He was a member of Lake Shawnee Country Club. He married Jerry Peffer on April 29, 1960, in Granite City, Ill. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Robert Steele and Scott Steele, both of Hoyt; a daughter, Tonya Steele, Hoyt; and a granddaughter, Desiree Steele, Hoyt. Funeral services were held Feb. 17 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel in Topeka. Graveside military honors were conducted by Adjutant General's Ceremonal Platoon in Hoyt Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1315 S.W. Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604. Online condolences may be sent to www. penwellgabel.com

 

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Feb 2004


Frank Eugene Suttles

Frank Eugene "Gene" Suttles, 52, Hoyt, died Sept. 6, 2004, in a traffic accident in Polk County, Mo., near Bolivar. He was born Sept. 6, 1952, in Onaga, the son of Frank M. and Murrine Rice Suttles. He grew up northeast of Emmett and attended St. Clere and Emmett grade schools, graduating from St. Marys High School in 1970. He attended Kansas State University. Mr. Suttles worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Topeka for many years. He was a member of United Steel Workers Union 307 in Topeka and the Angus Cattle Association. Survivors include his mother, Murrine Suttles, St. Marys; three sons, Jason Bowers, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Dustin Eugene Suttles, Eskridge, and Ryan Paul Suttles, Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Linda S. McKay, Plano, Texas; two brothers, Robert L. Suttles, Houston, Texas, and Danny L. Suttles, Clearwater; his fiancee, Joan Higginson, Hoyt; and two grandchildren, Trevor Dean Suttles and Traci Lee Suttles. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank M. Suttles, on Dec. 9, 1997. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery north of Emmett. Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Olive Cemetery, sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, KS 66536.

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Sept 2004


Nola Pearl Talley

Nola Pearl Talley, 78, Onaga, died June 1, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1926, the daughter of Alfred Wiley Talley and Wilma Edman. She grew up in the Whitehall community near Centralia, attending the Whitehall rural school for eight years and graduating from Centralia High School in 1944. Miss Talley began working as an operator at the Centralia Telephone Exchange in 1943, working there for 15 years. In 1960, she became an office assistant to the late R.E. Capsey, M.D., working there until 1966, when she moved to Topeka. She was employed at Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, resigning after nine years. She then worked as a bookkeeper for Ernest-Spencer Inc. for 12 years, retiring in December 1987. Survivors include a nephew, Dwight M. Talley, Corning; and a sister, Blanche Talley, Sabetha. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Leonard Morris, in 1983. Funeral services were held June 4 at Hayes-Popkess Funeral Home in Centralia, with the Rev. Vince Williams officiating. Burial was in Centralia Cemetery.

 

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Jun 2004


Marlin C. "Keah" Thomas

Marlin C. "Keah" Thomas, 67, Delia, died June 8, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Dec. 21, 1936, on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, the son of Charles K. and Lillian Shopteese. Mr. Thomas was a retired carpenter and had worked for several years as Maintenance Supervisor for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was a member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation and the Drum Religion. Survivors include a sister, LeVeda Wahweotten, Hoyt; five brothers, Dale "Nowatin" Thomas, Brimley, Mich., Charles " Babe" Thomas, Delia, Melvin Thomas, Topeka, Bob Hubbard, Lawrence, and John Pewamo, Hoyt; his adopted father, Andy Mitchell; and 24 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Thomas and Etheleene Chenault; and by three brothers, Alex Thomas, Kenneth Thomas and LaVerne Thomas. Drum services were held June 11 at the Danceground on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation southwest of Mayetta. Burial was held June 12 at the Danceground Cemetery southwest of Mayetta. Mercer Funeral Home in Holton in charge of arrangements.

 

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Jun 2004


E. E. Bert "Bo" Thompson

E. E. Bert "Bo" Thompson, 89, Holton, died April 15, 2004, at Holton Community Hospital. He was born June 28, 1914, in Soldier, the son of George and Cora Belle Schantz Thompson. He graduated from Soldier High School in 1931 and attended Baker University. Mr. Thompson taught country school in Jackson County for two years. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre. He then engaged in corporate management for B.F. Goodrich. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Holton. He was a member of VFW Post 1367 and Post 44 of the American Legion, both in Holton. He also was a member of the Score Chapter of the Small Business Administration. He married Patricia Ellis on Dec. 26, 1936. She died in 1991. He married Frances P. Boult Wadsworth on Feb. 6, 1992, in Wathena. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Bert T. Thompson, St. Joseph, Mo.; two stepsons, Edward Wadsworth, Alexandria, Minn., and Brent Wadsworth, Wyoming, Minn.; a stepdaughter, Teresa Widstrom, Coon Rapids, Minn.; two sisters, Helen Welliever, Holton, and Patricia Meek, Chillicothe, Mo.; a brother, L. L. Thompson, Roswell, N.M.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren. Services were held April 19 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Soldier Cemetery. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church in Holton, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.

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April 2004


Betty Marie Burns Tolbert

Betty Marie Burns Tolbert, 78, Winchester, formerly of Topeka, died Sept. 3, 2004, at a Winchester hospice. She was born March 25, 1926, at Tonkawa, Okla., the daughter of Arthur and Nina Wilson McDaniel. She graduated from Tonkawa High School and the Halstead School of Nursing. She served in the Women's Army Corps in World War II. Mrs. Tolbert was a registered nurse for 22 years at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. She was a member of St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary and West Side Christian Church, and was a Midland Hospice volunteer, all in Topeka. She married Charles Burns in December 1947 at Tonkawa, Okla. He died in 1980. She married LeRoy Tolbert on April 22, 1987, at Topeka. He died in 1991. She also was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Gary McCrory, in 2000. Survivors include three sons, Todd Burns and wife Carol, Blue Eye, Mo., Ron Burns and wife Bonnie, Canton, Ohio, and Ken Burns and wife Debbie, Topeka; a daughter, Karen McCrory, Denison; a sister, Evelyn Jennison and husband Bud, Enid, Okla.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Hospice or to the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital and Geriatric Center, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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Sept 2004


Theda M. Volz

Theda M. Volz, 89, Sabetha, formerly of Goff, died May 28, 2004, at a Sabetha hospital. She was born March 17, 1915, in Oneida, the daughter of Charles and Grace Schafer Richard. Mrs. Volz worked for First National Bank in Goff for several years. She then managed the Goff Grain Company from 1942 to 1968 and remained in Goff until 1997, when she moved to Sabetha. She was a member of Goff United Methodist Church and the WSCS at the church. She was a member of the Federated Women's Club at Goff. She married Earl F. Volz on Feb. 23, 1946, in Goff. He survives. Other survivors include a sister, Alice McGinty, Sabetha. She was preceded in death by a stillborn son, Ricky Lee Volz, on June 19, 1954. Funeral services were held June 1 at Goff United Methodist Church. Burial was in Netawaka Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Goff United Methodist Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

 

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May 2004


Marilyn Ann Walker
(May 27, 1943 - August 11, 2004)

HOLTON - Marilyn Ann Walker, 61, of Holton, died Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at her home in Holton.
She was born May 27, 1943, in Holton, the daughter of Christopher Joseph and Mildred Nellie Walsh Walker and was raised on a farm near Mayetta. She graduated from Mayetta Rural High School in 1961. Marilyn received a B.S. in Sciences from Marymount College in Salina in 1965; a Master’s Degree in Hospital Dietary Administration from the University of Kansas in 1967; and completed a Dietetic Internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas in 1967.

Miss Walker was a registered dietitian in United States Air Force hospitals for 27 years, retiring from Andrews AFB, MD, in 1995 with the rank of Colonel. Her assignments included managing hospital food service operations at Griffiss AFB, Rome, NY; Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC; Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, TX; Ehrling-Bergquist Hospital, Offutt AFB, NE; and being an instructor and technical writer for diet therapy courses at the School of Health Care Sciences, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX. Prior to retirement, she served as Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Nutrition and Dietetics matters. She then worked in Denver, CO, with the Wildwood Child and Adult Care Food Program until 1999 when she moved her parents into her home in Holton to care for them.

She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton, served on the Jackson County Advisory Council on Aging, was a member of Mary L. Bair Post No. 44 of the American Legion, and served as secretary for the Jackson County Historical Society.

Miss Walker was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Michael.

Survivors include a brother, Harold Walker, Mayetta; five sisters, Helen Bausch and Joann Walker, both of Mayetta; Rosemary Bergeron and Kathleen Schumacher, both of Holton; Patricia Erickson, Colby; Her step-mother, Ethel Walker, Holton; a stepsister, Darlene Kopsa, Cuba; 25 nieces and nephews and fifty great nieces and great nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 14th at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Burial with full military honors by the McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery west of Holton. Miss Walker will lie in state until 3:00 p.m. Friday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Family and friends will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church where a Rosary will be said at 7:30. She will also lie in state from 9:00 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Dominic Catholic Church, the Women in Military Service to America Memorial, or the Jackson County Historical Society, sent in care of the Denison State Bank.

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Una Irene Ward
(June 16, 1912 - September 27, 2004)

HOLTON - Una Irene Taylor Ward, 92, of Holton, died Monday, September 27, 2004 at the Holton Community Hospital. Una was born June 16, 1912, at Soldier, the daughter of Herbert D. and Myrtle Ann Freed Taylor. She grew up in Soldier and Onaga and attended Soldier schools and graduated from Onaga High School.

Una had worked as a telephone operator. She also helped her husband operate the Holton Cleaners.

She married Robert T. Ward June 24, 1941 at Holton. He preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by a son, James R. Ward, who died March 15, 2004; two brothers, Kenneth Taylor and Herbert Taylor and one sister, Iola Morford.

Survivors include a daughter, Marcia McRae and husband, Ron, of Holton, one granddaughter, Ginger Binkley, and husband, Scott, of Holton, one grandson, Robert Shaw, of Topeka, and two great grandchildren, Kaylee Mick and Zachary Binkley, both of Holton.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 27th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in the Holton Cemetery. Mrs. Ward will lie in state until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the First Presbyterian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 524 Pennsylvania Ave., 66436.

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Dale Allen Wende

Dale Allen Wende, 67, Hoyt, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004. He was born July 2, 1936, in Hiawatha, the son of Clarence and Viola Wende. He moved to Pawnee City, Neb., in 1945 and graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1954. Mr. Wende worked at the Steel Foundry in Atchison for two years prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army for two years. Upon returning from the Army, he moved to Topeka in 1957, where he worked in the mechanical contracting trade for 25 years. He and his wife moved to a house they built in Hoyt in 1972, and in 1982 he became a self-employed building maintenance contractor for telecommunications companies across the Midwest. He was a member of American Legion Post 168. He married Karleen Mae Miller on Aug. 27, 1970, in Topeka. She died Dec. 7, 2000. He also was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include twin sons, Chad Wende and wife Tatum, Topeka, and Thad Wende and wife Kathy, Mayetta; and three grandchildren, Blake Wende, Topeka, and Todd and Brett Wende, both of Mayetta. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6 at the Methodist Church in Pawnee City, Neb. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice of Topeka, sent in care of Chad Wende, 1330 N.W. 86th St., Topeka, KS 66618.

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Feb 2004


Zane H. White

Zane H. White, 83, Holton, died Aug. 30, 2004, at Holton Community Hospital. He was born May 23, 1921, at Bonner Springs, the son of Fred White Sr. and Bessie Marshall White. He graduated from McLouth High School in 1940. Mr. White served in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart for wounds received in the Battle of North Africa. He worked for Santa Fe Railroad for 31 years, and later owned and operated Budget Furniture in Holton. He was a member of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Holton. He also was a member of Disabled American Veterans. He married Mary Smith on Dec. 16, 1944, in Perry. She died Jan. 11, 1984. He married Josephine Brenner on Sept. 12, 1986, in Valley Falls. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Gary D. White, Topeka, and Kenny L. White, Mayetta; two stepsons, Kenneth Hines, St. Joseph, Mo., and Karl Hines, Ft. Mojave, Ariz.; two daughters, Kay Moorhead, Topeka, and Peggy Myers, Meriden; two brothers, Fred White Jr., Circleville, and Dale White, West Hampton Beach, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, he also was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Heath White and Shanel White; a stepdaughter, Koleta Sherman; and a stepgranddaughter, Linda Sherman. Funeral services were held Sept. 2 at Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka. Interment was in Buster Cemetery northeast of Perry. Memorial contributions may be made to Holton Community Hospital and sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home.

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Sept 2004


Dora Lee Williams

Dora Lee Williams, 87, Topeka, died June 1, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. She was born June 12, 1916, in Arcadia, La., the daughter of Willie Mays and Mariah Mays Franklin. Mrs. Williams and her husband owned and operated Willie's Diner in Holton and Topeka and Ella's Diner in Topeka, all for more than 30 years. She attended Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Topeka. She married Lee Henry "Big Willie" Williams in 1934. He survives. Other survivors include five sons, Robert James, Davenport, Iowa, Robert Lee, David "Dave" and Larrie Junior, all of Topeka, and Ernest Charles, Springfield, Mo.; three daughters, Willie Mae, Woodbridge, Va., and Jessie Lee and Ella Mae, both of Topeka; four daughters-in-law, Jackie, Sharon, June and Johedda; two sons-in-law, Henry and Dewey; 40 grandchildren; 129 great-grandchildren; and 40 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two children. Funeral services were held June 5 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, with the Rev. W.L. Templeton officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery. Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel, Topeka, was in charge of arrangements.

 

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Jun 2004


Robert Dale Wilson

Robert Dale Wilson, 66, Topeka, died June 11, 2004, at a Topeka care center. He was born Sept. 24, 1937, on the Aye Ranch near Manhattan, the son of Alys Scofield and Charley J. Wilson. He graduated from Wheaton High School and Kansas State University and served in the U.S. Air Force in 1960. Mr. Wilson was employed by the State of Kansas in the Employment Security Division, Department of Revenue and the Department of Agriculture. He was a member of the Kansas State Chaparajos, winning all-around champion cowboy honors for two years at the KSU Rodeo. He was a lifetime member of the PRCA and won many calf roping events at the American Royal. He married Nancy Wilson. She preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Malcolm Wilson. Survivors include two sons, Leonard Wilson, St. Paul, Minn., and Brad Wilson, with the U.S. Navy in Chicago; two daughters, Lori Burcham, Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Andrea Wilson, Rochelle, Ill.; three brothers, Del Wilson, St. Joseph, Mo., Joe Wilson, St. George, and Clark Wilson, Fort Morgan, Colo.; three sisters, Edith Blodgett, Topeka, Betty Bottom, Denver, Colo., and Marjorie Wilson, Holton; and four grandchildren. Mr. Wilson was cremated. A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. June 18 at the farm home north of Soldier. The family will receive friends an hour before the service. Memorials may be sent to Heart of America Hospice, 3715 SW 29th St., Suite 20, Topeka, KS 66614.

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