Labette Avenue Area Deaths


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r more information, see the current issue of the Labette Avenue. To locate previously posted death notices, enter the decedent’s last name in the archive search. Labette Avenue publishes death notices free of charge. Paid obituaries ($20) are printed in their entirety in the Labette Avenue and online at www.taylornews.org.

Ora Catherine Ahrens

CHETOPA—Longtime Chetopa, Kan., resident, Ora Catherine Ahrens, passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at Chetopa Manor. She was 99 years young.

There will be a visitation for family and friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Church of God in Chetopa.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Church of God in Chetopa. Rev. J. B. Roberts will officiate. Serving as pallbearers will be John McCoy, Jim Broyles, Bob Ahrens, Steve Ahrens, Robert Farrow, and Kevin Gillmore.

Interment will be at Oakhill Cemetery, Chetopa.

Services are under the direction of Jim Thomas, Thomas Funeral Home, Welch, Okla.

Ora was born June 8, 1912, in Norman, Okla., to H. C. and Vinnie (Lovelace) Brown. She married George C. Ahrens, Sr., in Norman, on Jan. 21, 1939. The couple later made their home in the Chetopa area. George preceded Ora in death on Dec. 20, 1974.

Ora worked as a seamstress for H. D. Lee Sewing Factory in Chetopa for many years. She was an avid homemaker and enjoyed cooking and sewing for her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Woody Neil McMahon and wife Nancy, San Antonio, Texas; and George C. Ahrens, Jr., and wife Sharon, Welch, Okla.; one daughter, Barbara C. Broyles and husband Vernie, Neosho, Mo.; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were her parents and one son, Claude M. Ahrens.

Ruth Westervelt

PARSONS—Ruth Westervelt, 91, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at the Elmhaven West, where she had resided the past several years.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Parsons. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Arthur J. “Art” Holloway, Sr.

PARSONS—Arthur J. “Art” Holloway, Sr., 54, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Delano Cemetery in Cameron, Mo., at 3 p.m., Monday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to help defray funeral expense. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

DeLores Shane

PARSONS—DeLores Shane, 89, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Labette Health. She had been a resident of the Elmhaven East more than four years.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time, Saturday, at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the funeral home this afternoon and evening.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Faye Rose Bradley

PARSONS—Faye Rose Bradley, 75, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at the Elmhaven East Nursing Home. She was in failing health.

No service is planned.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Arthur A. “Art” Seeley

PARSONS—Arthur A. “Art” Seeley, 57, of Parsons, Kan., died early Thursday morning, Oct. 13, 2011, at his home. He had been in failing health.

Mr. Seeley has donated his body to the Genesis Legacy of Life Program in Memphis, Tenn. A memorial service will be at noon Tuesday at Parsons Foursquare Church.

Online condolence may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Ronald G. “Ron” Havelka

PARSONS—Ronald G. “Ron” Havelka, 60, of Parsons, Kan., died early Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Sandy Havelka, of the home.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Kay Houston

COFFEYVILLE—Kay Danielle Houston, 72, of Edna and Coffeyville, Kan., passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at her residence in Coffeyville.

A Rosary Vigil Service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Mother of God Catholic Church in Oswego with Father Larry Parker officiating. Burial will be Lake Creek Cemetery west of Bartlett.

Friends may call on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.

The family suggests memorials to an education fund being established for her granddaughter, Erin Barnett; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

To leave a message for the family please visit www.dwbfh.com.

David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

Kay was born Dec. 27, 1938, at Topeka, Kan., to J.B. and Genevieve G. (Gibson) Moses. Kay grew up in Coffeyville where she attended Holy Name Catholic School and Field Kindley High School graduating in 1956. After completing high school, she attended business college at Mount Clemens, Mich.

She married Bill Barnett, they were divorced in 1963.

On Feb. 12, 1966, she married Billie Merl Houston at Coffeyville.  Following their marriage they made their home on their farm near Edna.

When she was young, Kay worked at Kress’s, as a secretary at Nutrina Mills and KGGF Radio. When her children were older, she returned to work as receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. Jack Shanahan and later for Dr. Kim Woods.

Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2010.

Kay was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church for many years, and later a member of Mother of God Catholic Church in Oswego. She enjoyed bird watching, doll making, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include three sons, Brian Gibson Barnett and wife Jeanie, Edna; James Edward Houston and wife Belinda, Bartlett; and Wayne Christopher Houston, Edna; three brothers, Sonny Moses, Billy Moses and David Moses, all of Coffeyville; three sisters, Diane Peters, Pryor, Okla.; Karen Law, Grove, Okla.; and Patti Moses, Coffeyville; one granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Barnett, Edna; and two step-children, Brian Snyder and Amanda Snyder, both of Parsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two infant children, Stephen Dominic Houston and Mary Katherine Houston; two brothers, Jim Moses and Jack Moses; and one sister, Michaelle Hoggatt.

Mildred R. Benthin

FRONTENAC—Mildred R. Benthin, 83, of Frontenac, Kan., formerly of Galesburg, Kan., died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at her home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Chetopa. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa until service time.

Memorials are suggested to Southern Care Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Wayne E. Todd

PARSONS—Wayne E. Todd, 90, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at his home. He had been in failing health in recent weeks.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, with military honors given by the Parsons V.F.W. post. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Eugene M. “Buck” McAtee

CONWAY, Ark.—Eugene M. “Buck” McAtee, 92, of Conway, Ark., formerly of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, in Conway.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. The rosary will be prayed at 9 a.m., Friday, at the church prior to the Mass. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Parsons Good Samaritan Society for their garden project, St. Patrick’s Catholic School Endowment Fund or the Katy Parsons Golf Club. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, PO Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com

Edith C. Schreppel

OSWEGO—Edith C. Schreppel, 86, of Oswego, Kan., passed away at 4:13 a.m., Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. She had been in failing health, but her death was unexpected.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego.

A graveside celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, at the Oswego Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest by her late husband, Tony.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Oswego Public Library.

Edith was born to German emigrants, Maximillian and Mary (Schenk) Pristernik, on June 7, 1925, at Camp 13 in Yale. She graduated from Frontenac High School at age 16.

Edith ran away with Tony F. Schreppel to be married on Jan. 17, 1944, in Miami, Okla. From this union, seven children were born, all names beginning with the letter J. Edith and Tony moved to Oswego in 1965. She lived in the same home for 45 years.

She worked for Glen Berry Manufacturing in Oswego as a quality control inspector from 1964 until their closing.

Edith was a born again Christian of the Protestant faith. She was an avid reader. Her favorite authors included Robin Cook and Stephen King. Edith was a faithful fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas Jayhawks and her love for the teams has been passed down to all members of the Schreppel family. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, which she continued to work on until her final months. Edith also enjoyed quilting and canning.

Surviving children are Joe Schreppel and wife Linda, Oswego; Jim Schreppel and wife Annette, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Joyce Smith and husband Michael, Peculiar, Mo.; Jeff Schreppel and wife Lorna, Oswego; Jay Schreppel and wife Sharon, Oswego; Jennifer Meeks and husband Roger, Oswego; and Julee Riley and husband Skip, Oswego. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren (and another on the way); and two great-great- granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tony, on Sept. 25, 1982; two brothers; and a great-granddaughter.

Todd J. Rowe

PARSONS—Todd J. Rowe, 49, of Parsons, Kan., died early Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at his home.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. Family and friends will gather at the family home immediately following burial at Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Proud Animal Lovers Shelter. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Betty M. Gruver

RAYMORE, Mo.—Betty M. Gruver, of Raymore, Mo.,, formerly of Independence, Kan., died peacefully at her home on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

Funeral services were held at the Penwell-Gabel Webb and Rodrick Chapel on Monday, Oct. 10, with Pastor Terry Hatfield officiating.

Casket bearers were Mike Kendrick, Bob Kendrick, Bud Kendrick, Mitch Dowell, Bryan Ross and Andy Gruver.
Honorary casket bearers were Justin Dowell, Kyler Dowell, Matthew Dowell, Adam Dowell, Forrest Dowell, Daniel Smith, Lane Martin, Caleb Horn, Kurtis Gruver, Treton Gruver and Cauy Ross.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for Ovarian Cancer Research or the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 134.

Betty was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Adrian, Mo., to Clyde and Thelma Inez (Clemmer) Kendrick. She married George F. Gruver on June 21, 1941. They made their homes on farms in the Sunny Side, Havana and rural Independence areas before moving to Independence in 1975.

Betty worked at Electra, which later became ACC, in Independence for 10 years. She belonged to KayMEKay the Club, HDU, and was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 134 at Elk City. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Independence. Betty enjoyed many hobbies including ceramics, painting, quilting, sewing, crocheting and reading.

Survivors include her daughter, Georgia Grassi, Raymore, Mo.; her son, James Gruver and wife Nora, Columbia, Ky.; a daughter, Vicky Ross and husband Danny, Oswego, Kan.; six granddaughters, two grandsons, 10 great-granddaughters, 11 great-grandsons, three great-great-granddaughters, and six great-great-grandsons.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, George Gruver, her parents, two brothers, one granddaughter, two sets of twin great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

Fred J. Bergkamp

CHETOPA—Fred J. Bergkamp, 71, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 1:38 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Oswego Community Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 10, at the Mother of God Catholic Church in Oswego. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery in Chetopa. The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m., Sunday, at the church where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.

Memorials are suggested to help defray funeral expenses. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Fred was born Jan. 5, 1940, in St. Joe Ost, Kan., to Fred Bergkamp, Sr., and Elizabeth (May) Bergkamp. He attended elementary school in St. Joe Ost, was a graduate of Andale High School, and attended Business College in Wichita. He later served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard Reserves.

He and Lou Ann Eck were married July 26, 1961, in St. Marks, Kan In 1977, the family moved to Southeast Kansas where they have lived since. He enjoyed farming and spending time with his family.

Fred was a member of the Mother of God Catholic Church in Oswego and was a 4th degree honor guard of the Knights of Columbus where he had served in various capacities.

Survivors include his wife, Lou Ann Bergkamp, of the home; one son, David Bergkamp and wife Cindy, St. Joe Ost, Kan.; two grandchildren, Ben and Emma Bergkamp; one brother, James Bergkamp, Webster City, Iowa; two sisters, Mary Annuschat, Winfield, Kan.; and Lavina Lewis, Mountain View, Calif.

He was preceded in death by seven siblings.

Patsy Ann Downum

CARTHAGE, Mo.—Patsy Ann Downum, 80, formerly of Oswego, Kan., died at 11:21 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in Carthage, Mo., following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Oswego Cemetery in Oswego. Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research at http://ww5.komen.org/ .

Patsy was born on Dec. 30, 1930, in McCune, Kan., to Frank and Esther Hevel.  She had lived in Carthage, Mo., for the past four years. She lived in Oswego from 1943 to 2007, graduated from Oswego High School in 1948, and then attended Labette Community Junior College. Upon receiving her teacher’s certification, she taught Kindergarten through eighth grade at the Hackberry School.

She married Homer Ray Downum on July 21, 1951, in Bentonville, Ark. Endowed with a strong work ethic, she began working in the Southeast Kansas area at an early age. Her long and varied employment included Hanley’s Greenhouse, McClellan’s Drug Store, the Dairy V and Dairy Breeze Restaurants, Stott’s Realty, the Oswego Motel, the Labette County Court House, where she worked as a legal secretary, and the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant.

Patsy was a creative and skilled homemaker, cook, doll maker, quilter, teacher, baton twirler, and writer. She loved her family and her hometown of Oswego and resided there until her health required her to move to Carthage. She had a lively mind and a keen memory for the people and events of her life. Her interests were many and varied, ranging from politics to music to history to nature. She was an avid correspondent with friends, family, and public figures, and she wrote and received a large number of letters each year. She could often be seen walking in Oswego’s Riverside Park, a place she enjoyed greatly and where a memorial tree will be planted and a remembrance observed in the spring.

Survivors include a daughter, Janine Jennings, Carthage; two sons, Timothy Downum, Oswego; and Christian Downum, Flagstaff, Ariz.; a brother, Lewis Hevel, Parsons; four grandchildren, Danica Giles, Carthage; Aaron Jennings, Joplin, Mo.; and Ellen and Brendan Downum, Flagstaff, Ariz.; son-in-law, Ed Jennings, Carthage; daughters-in-law, Denise Downum, Flagstaff; and Terry Downum, Oswego; and sisters-in-law, Wanda Hevel, Parsons; and Wanda Hevel, Oswego. She also had three great-grandchildren, Sophie Ray and Emmie Ann Giles of Carthage and McKenna Jennings of Joplin.

Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Homer R. Downum, on Jan. 31, 2000; six brothers, Carl, Forrest, Francis, Marvin, and William Hevel and Wilbur Sailsbury; and two sisters, Freda Thompson and Fern Maddox.

John L. Brown

MOUND VALLEY—John L. Brown, 80, longtime excavation contractor of Mound Valley, Kan., died Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, 2011, from injuries sustained in a lawn mowing accident at his home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Mound Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Saturday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the RP Foundation. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, KS 67330.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

John was born June 16, 1931, in Wichita, Kan., to Clyde and Ruby (Posey) Brown. He grew up and attended school in the Wichita/Derby area. On July 25, 1952, he married his schoolmate, Darlene Conrad, in Chanute.

He served in the U.S. Army from April of 1955 until being honorably discharged in October of 1956. In 1957, the couple moved from Wichita to Mound Valley where he farmed until 1960 and worked at the Mound Valley Co-op. He then worked for Keltz Construction before starting his own trenching and backhoe business in 1966. In 1994, at the age of 63, he retired.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and working.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Brown, of the home; one son, Kirk Brown, Mound Valley; two daughters, Johnia Brown, Dennis, Kan.; Dana Brown, Topeka; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn Human, Conroe, Texas; Patsy Ninke, Augusta, Kan.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Diana Faye, in 1954; two brothers, Clyde Brown, Jr., and Charles Brown; and two sisters, Elizabeth Stockinger and Alberta Jones.

Tom J. Hinman

CHETOPA—Tom J. Hinman, 59, of rural Chetopa, Kan., died Wednesday evening, Sept. 28, 2011, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m., on Monday.

Memorials will be used to help defray funeral expense. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Wanda L. Scott

CHETOPA—Wanda L. Scott, 72, of Chetopa, Kan., died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage, Mo., following a six-month illness.

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, at Mae Lessley Community Center in Chetopa. Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory of Joplin was in charge of cremation arrangements.

Bill L. Dunnic

BEND, Ore.—Bill L. Dunnic, 73, of Bend, Ore., formerly of McCune, Kan., died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at his home following a lengthy illness.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial will be announced at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Bill was born Nov. 20, 1937, to Alice Maude (Atkinson) and John William Dunnic. He was raised in the McCune area and attended school there. He lived most of his adult life in McCune, and worked in the area mining industry for many years before moving to California. He worked for several years as a salesman before his health began to decline. He later retired to the Bend, Ore., area.

He enjoyed being outdoors, coaching softball, feeding his bluebirds, and spending time with his family.

Those surviving include his longtime companion, Sue Remmich, of the home; two daughters, Lori Cole, Pittsburg; and Tracy Wertz, Altamont; one son, Billy Dunnic, Joplin, Mo.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild,  a niece and nephew, and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Wilma Parsons.

Lena (Tucker) Ritz Morrow

PARSONS—Lena (Tucker) Ritz Morrow, 98, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Elmhaven East Nursing Home. She had been in failing health.

Lena and her daughter, Sandra (Ritz) Blackburn, will be laid to rest at graveside services held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at Evergreen Cemetery in Ft. Scott.

Prior to her death, Lena requested that no flowers be sent to her service.

The Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Dona Jo Froebe

CHERRYVALE—Dona Jo Froebe, 71, of rural Cherryvale, Kan., died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.  She had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Altamont United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Mound Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the Mound Valley United Methodist Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Mound Valley United Methodist Church. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, KS 67330.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Arline C. McBeth

OSWEGO—Arline C. McBeth, 75, of Oswego, Kan., died at 8:55 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at her home.

Arline wished to be cremated and no services are planned. She will be buried in Oswego Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego. Friends and family may leave online condolences at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Arline was born Nov. 24, 1935, in Rockport, Mo., to LeRoy and Thelma (Angel) Muntz. She grew up in Pomona, Calif., and graduated from Pomona High School. Arline loved holidays and spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed crocheting.

On Feb. 5, 1954, she married Richard McBeth, Sr., in Pomona, Calif. They were divorced in June 1960.
Arline was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, LeRoy Muntz, Jr.; two sisters, Betty J. Coons and Dorothy L. Craig; and one grandson, Aaron S. McBeth.

Arline is survived by two daughters, Debbie Cunningham, Oswego; and Sandy Woods, Joplin, Mo.; one son, Richard McBeth, Jr., Labette City; two brothers, William Muntz, Oswego; and Luther Muntz, California; two granddaughters, Donna Cunningham, Parsons; and Stephanie McBeth, Labette City; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Eloise P. Dhooghe

PARSONS—Elouise P. Dhooghe, 90, a longtime rural Parsons, Kan., resident, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Elmhaven West nursing home in Parsons. She had been in failing health for nearly two years and entered the nursing home on Sept. 19.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., Friday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 8:30 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to either St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or St. Patrick Catholic School and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Martin L. Pease

PARSONS—Martin L. Pease, 84, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in the emergency room at Labette Health in Parsons. He had been in his usual health, and death was not expected.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience until service time at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Special Olympics and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Ronald J. Tullis

WELCH, Okla.—Ronald J. Tullis, 49 of Welch, Okla., died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at his home.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.

Services entrusted to Jim Thomas, Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

Loyd Lee Zinn

PARSONS—Loyd Lee Zinn, 66, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. He had been in failing health, but his death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Church of God in Parsons. The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. at the church.

Richard E. “Dick” Weston

OSWEGO—Richard E. Weston, 83, of Oswego, Kan., passed away at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., from cancer.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Methodist Church in Oswego.

Born Dec. 1, 1927, in Dexter, Kan., he was the son of the late Ollie Weston and Sadie Gardner Weston. He graduated from high school in Arkansas City, Kan. He enlisted and served in the U. S. Army in 1946. He managed a greenhouse in Arkansas City after being discharged from the service.

In 1965, he moved to Oswego and purchased Weston’s Flowers greenhouse and flower shop, which he owned and operated for 32 years.

He and Barbara Hettick were married in Oswego on Oct. 27, 1972. They shared five children.

He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge, Eagles, Amvets  and Elks Club.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; sons, Dick Weston and wife Kay; Daryl Weston and wife Maggie; daughters, Susan Eck and husband Ivan; Lori White and her late husband, Jeff White; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, and one brother.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, one sister, and one son, Danny.

Hazel L. Mayfield

CHETOPA—Hazel L. Mayfield, 92, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 3:45 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

No further services are planned. Hazel’s body will be cremated and laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery, east of Chetopa, Kansas.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Hazel was born April 30, 1919, in Bentonville, Ark., to Charles W. and Mary M. (Holcomb) Breshears. She grew up, attended school, and lived in various communities within the four states.  Throughout her many working years, she found some of her most fulfilling job-related times were while serving as a very experienced and compassionate nurses’ aide at various local nursing homes.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Lawellin, Chetopa; James Moore and wife Ann, Parsons, Kan.; six grandchildren, Jamie, Stephanie, Bobby, Chris, Ryan and Gina; 12 great-grandchildren, Zach, Lindsey, Amanda, Monica, Logan, Jared, Dakota, Matthew, Andelyn, Gage, Jackson and Kacie; several nieces and nephews; and a cousin, Evelyn Poor.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, James A. Moore, Ernest W. Lawellin and Marvin W. Mayfield; two brothers, Charles W. Breshears, Jr., and William H. Breshears; one sister, Lena B. Brown-Cooper; and a son, Charles R. “Bob” Lawellin.

Hazel was a very, very special lady and giving friend to many.  She dearly loved her family and many friends and will be greatly missed and remembered always by those who loved her.

Randy Raymond Littlejohn

CHETOPA—Randy Raymond Littlejohn, 56, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 1:40 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett. Friends may call from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Randy was born July 25, 1955, in Oswego, Kan., to Richard and Verda (Molitor) Littlejohn. He was a lifetime resident of the Chetopa area and was a 1973 graduate of Chetopa High School.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

On Oct. 15, 1976, he and Karla Burton were married  in Miami, Oklahoma. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Justin Wayne “Jay” Littlejohn and wife Katie, Chetopa; and one daughter, Amanda Kay “Mandy” Lester and husband Troy, Welch, Okla.; two grandchildren, Clayton and Aubrie, and his parents, Richard and Verde Littlejohn, Chetopa.

Flonnie P. Knewtson

EDNA—Flonnie P. Knewtson, 99, of Edna, Kan., entered her eternal home Sep. 7, 2011, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 12, at the First Baptist Church at Edna with Rev. Charles Evans officiating. Burial was in the North Edna Cemetery with Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in charge.

Memorials are to the First Baptist Church of Edna or Gideons International. These may be left with the funeral home. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelCoffeyville.com.
Flonnie was born Feb. 17, 1912, to George W. and Minnie Campbell Burnett near Monticello, Ky. At age 9, she moved to Kansas with her family, settling near Edna. She attended Ripon Grade School and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Edna High School. At age 13, Flonnie received Jesus Christ as her Savior at a revival at the First Baptist Church, Altamont, Kan. At age 15, she was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church at Edna where she remained a member until her death.

On March 28, 1934, Flonnie married Raymond E. Knewtson in the Baptist Parsonage at Oswego, Kan. They made their home on a farm south east of Edna in the Ripon community and later moved to another farm near Edna where Flonnie still lived.

Family and church were her main priorities. Flonnie taught Sunday School classes for many years and has a plaque recognizing 35 years of service. Most of the time she taught junior boys and sometimes junior girls. She has had several students come back years later and tell her something specific they learned under her teaching. At least three of her former students went into the ministry when they were grown and many others are active in their church. For many years, Flonnie was active in the Women’s Missionary Society at church, sang in the choir and also taught in Bible School. She served as room mother for both of her children when they were in school. She was also a member of the Sunshine Embroidery Club. She was a prayer warrior for her family and others in the community that needed prayer.

Before becoming a mother, Flonnie liked to quilt and pieced and hand quilted many quilts. She won blue and purple ribbons on her quilts at the Coffeyville Fair.

Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Knewtson, Coffeyville; a son, David Knewtson and his wife Linda, Nixa, Mo.; three grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Tiana Knewtson, Fredericksburg, Va.; Doctors Jeremy and Sherry Knewtson, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Doctors Melinda and Jeremy Reed, Springfield, Mo.; six great grandchildren, Caroline and Jack Knewtson, Fredericksburg; Nathan and Elsa Knewtson, Lee’s Summit; Avery and Lucas Reed, Springfield; and a brother, Woodrow Burnett, Edna. She also had many nieces and nephews.

Flonnie was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and a brother who died in infancy, and her husband, Raymond Knewtson.

Flonnie had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Edna for over 80 years.

Flora McKee

EDNA—Flora McKee, 57, of Edna, Kan., died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at the Landmark Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Her husband, Mark McKee, owner of the Parsons Livestock Market, survives.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, at Center Bethel Church. Burial will be in North Edna Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons.

The family suggests memorials to Bible Impact Ministries, which may be left in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Isaac “Ike” Norman Kinsch

PARSONS—Isaac “Ike” Norman Kinsch, 70, a lifelong Parsons, Kan., resident, died peacefully at his home Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. He had been in declining health for the past 10 years and home bound for the past five years.

A private memorial service will be held later for the family.

The family has requested no flowers and that memorials be made to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter (P.A.L.S.). These may be left at or mailed to Carson-Wall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Cecilia D. “Diane” Chapman

PARSONS—Cecilia D. “Diane” Chapman, 50, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Labette Health. She had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Mound Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Glory Barn Church in Parsons and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Bette J. Baldwin

PARSONS—Bette J. Baldwin, 85, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Labette Health. She had been in failing health.

Following cremation, burial will be in Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

LoRene Elizabeth Schaal

OVERLAND PARK—LoRene Elizabeth Schaal, 96, of Manor Care in Overland Park, Kan., died there Tuesday morning, Aug. 30, 2011.

A visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons, Kan., followed by a service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Bonnie M. Schneider

WICHITA—Bonnie Marie Schneider of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Chetopa, Kan., died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at Wesley Hospital. She was 82.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Neodesha Cemetery under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha, Kan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel, 704 Indiana, Neodesha, KS 66757.

To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.penwellgabelneodesha.com.

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