Labette Avenue Area Deaths

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Albert P. Olson

MOUND VALLEY—Albert P. Olson, 81, of Mound Valley, Kan., died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at Elm Haven East Nursing Home in Parsons, Kan.

Following cremation, memorial graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2011, at Richland Cemetery near Angola.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Elm Haven East Nursing Home. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Rosie L. “Mimi” Olson

PARSONS—Rosie L. “Mimi” Olson, 80, longtime Parsons, Kan., business woman, died at 1:20 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at the Elmhaven West Nursing Home in Parsons.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 26, at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to either The Rock or Children’s Miracle Network. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS  67357.

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

Rosie L. Powers was born July 3, 1931, at Arlington, Kan., to William and Pearl (Locke) Powers. She grew up in Altamont and graduated from Labette County Community High School in 1949.

On Dec. 14, 1949, she married Charles Olson at the Methodist Church in Altamont. They lived in different areas while Charlie was serving in the U.S. Army. They have made their home in Parsons since 1951 and have been married 62 years.

Rosie was employed at Mason, Plowman and Mason Accounting firm from 1952 to 1966. She then joined her husband in the operation of Olson’s Ace Hardware Store, where she remained active until her death.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Parsons. She enjoyed square dancing, sewing and cross stitching. She dearly loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Olson, of the home; a daughter, Nancy Olson, Parsons; four grandchildren, Kristin Kellogg and husband Travis, Parsons; Ben Ryan and wife Beth, Parsons; Michael Olson and wife Jessica, Parsons; Aja Shroll and husband Dean, Dallas, Texas; eight great-grandchildren, Abby, Colton and Kaitlyn Ryan, Parsons; Travis Kellogg, Jr., and Chance Kellogg, Parsons; Jaycee and Xzavier Olson, Parsons; Keiran and Ean Shroll, Dallas, Texas; brothers and sisters, Forrest Powers and wife Carol, Wichita; Frances Seely and husband Richard, Wichita; Ralph Powers, Wichita; Wanda Heibert, Wichita; Otis Powers, Chicago, Ill.; Bill Powers and wife Donna, McKinney, Texas; sisters-in-law, Nina Powers, Gold Beach, Ore.; and Juanita Powers, Derby, Kan.
Preceding her in death was her son, Robert Olson, on Jan. 6, 2011; brothers Bob Powers and Donnie Powers; sisters-in-law Margie Powers and Arlene Powers; and brother-in-law Levi Heibert.

Dwayne E. Williams

ALTAMONT—Dwayne E. Williams, 78, of rural Altamont, Kan., died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center at Via Christi—St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Dwayne was born Sept. 15, 1933, in St. John, Kan., to Harry and Arena (Jones) Williams. As a child, he moved with his family to Pittsburg, Thayer and later Altamont, where he graduated from Labette County Community High School.

He and Florence Walborn were married Dec. 28, 1952, in Cherokee, Okla. The couple was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, from 1953 until 1955 while he served in the U.S. Army. Upon his honorable discharge, they returned to the Parsons area. He worked as assistant county engineer in Montgomery County from 1956 to 1973.

In 1972, the couple moved to rural Cherryvale. Mr. Williams worked for the Kansas Gas & Electric Company in Independence as a line supervisor until his retirement in 1995. Through the years, he, his wife, and daughters also ran a farming/cattle operation that provided a lifetime of memories. After retirement, Dwayne purchased a lake home for his bride in Langley, Okla., which they enjoyed several years before moving to rural Chetopa in 2003. In 2009, they moved to rural Altamont where they have lived since.

He was a member of the Word of Life Church in Hallowell, Kansas where he accepted Christ at the age of 69 and was baptized in the strip pits in rural Hallowell. Dwayne was a hero to his wife, children and grandchildren. His love of family was apparent to all as was his love of motorcycles. He taught his girls, son-in-laws and grandchildren to work hard and live honestly.

Survivors include, his loving wife of 58 years, Florence Williams of the home; three children, Deborah Testerman and husband, Randy, Bartlett, Kan.; Pamela Williams, Bartlett, Kan.; Joyce McMunn and husband Ron, Parsons, Kan.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Cline, Joplin, Mo.; Sharon Hainzinger, Bartlesville, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, Eldon Williams.

Marjorie A. Waun

PARSONS—Marjorie A. Waun, 81, of Parsons, Kan.,  died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at her home. She had been in failing health several months.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. 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.

Ronald Ray Low

PARSONS—Ronald Ray Low, 60, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at his home.

No service is planned at this time.

Carson-Wall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Ralph L. Misener

PARSONS—Ralph L. Misener, 83, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time, Saturday, at the funeral home.

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

B. Nadine “Deany” Herridge

CHETOPA—B. Nadine “Deany” Herridge, 87, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 6:25 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, at the Community Bible Church in Chetopa. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Community Bible Church, Chetopa, and can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.

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

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

Deany was born Oct. 9, 1924, in Chetopa, Kan., to George Willis and Bertha Alice (Turnbough) Kepford.

Following high school, she taught in a rural school before moving to Wichita where she worked as a lab tech at Wesley Hospital and also for Dr. Stewart, Dold Meat Processing, and Hertzler Clinic as a receptionist.

She and Lester Herridge were married July 15, 1944. They later divorced.

In 1997, she returned to Chetopa where she had lived since.  While living in Chetopa, she attended the Community Bible Church.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Herridge, Valley Center, Kan.; and Joe Herridge, Wichita, Kan.; one daughter, Leslie Hirschfeld, Mulvane, Kan.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one brother, Jesse Kepford, Chetopa.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, three sisters, one son, Richard Herridge; and a grandson, Aaron Hirschfeld.

Lawrence Richard Erickson

EDNA—Lawrence Richard Erickson, 89, of Edna, Kan., died at 3:05 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at Deseret Health and Rehab in Oswego, Kan.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Edna United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Edna Elm Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, at the church. Friends may call at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont from 1 to 5 p.m., on Monday.

Memorials are suggested to the Edna 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.

Lawrence was born March 16, 1922, in Elsmore, Kan.,to Arthur and Anna (Ahnlund) Erickson. He was a 1941 graduate of Savonburg High School.

On May 28, 1950, he and Gladine Larson were married in Savonburg. After  marriage, he farmed and worked other jobs in Savonburg, Erie, Humboldt and Parsons. In September of 1987, he retired as Propane Plant Manger from Union LP Gas Systems, Inc., in Edna, following 31 years of service. After retirement, he worked part-time at Kanoma Co-op in Coffeyville as a serviceman.

He was an active member of the Edna United Methodist Church where he served in capacities of trustee and Sunday school superintendent. Through the years, he also served as member on the Edna School Board, the Senior Housing Board and mayor of the City of Edna. He especially enjoyed helping people, farming, gardening, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gladine Erickson,of the home; children, Pearl (daughter) and Ron Walters of Grove, Okla.; Richard (son) and Helen Erickson of Edna, Kan., and their daughter, Jenna Ashe Campbell and grandson, Ealijah Ashe of Herndon, Va.; Lewis (son) and Nancy Erickson of Wichita, Kan., and their children, Rose Erickson and fiancé, Kelly Payne of Wichita,  Betsy (Nathan) Rogg of Mission, Kan., and Robert Erickson of Wichita; and David Erickson (son) of Rockwall, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Donald G. Ruttgen, Sr.

OSWEGO—Donald G. Ruttgen, Sr., 82, of rural Oswego, Kan., died at 2:43 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Elm Haven West Nursing Home in Parsons.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at Fairview Cemetery near Bartlett. Friends may call at their convenience after 1 p.m., Thursday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. 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.

Donald was born July 24, 1929, in Fairview Township, Labette County, Kan., to Clarence Valentine and Ethel Florence (Strickland) Ruttgen. He grew up in rural Labette County where he attended Bowman Country School and was a 1947 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.

From October of 1951 through October of 1953, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon his honorable discharge with a rank of Corporal, he returned to Labette County where he was engaged in farming. He later worked at Huntsman Manufacturing in Chetopa; Coons Manufacturing and Kraft in Oswego; and Ruskin Manufacturing in Parsons until retiring.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Oswego. He enjoyed selling produce at the farmers’ market and loved cats. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.

He and Kathryn Hollabaugh were married.  They later divorced.  In 1979, he and Barbara Littlejohn started their lives together and were married Nov. 15, 1985. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Greg Ruttgen and wife Robin, Welch, Okla.; Donnie Ruttgen and wife, Jeannie, Labette City, Kan.; and Mark Ruttgen, Parsons; three daughters,  Sherry Foister and husband Mike, Parsons; Kim Kehlbreier and husband Werner, Canada; and Melissa Wray and husband Terry, Girard; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol Ruttgen, Oswego.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Denzil Ruttgen; one son, Christopher Ruttgen; and one great-grandson, Mark Carter, III.

Ila M. Froelich

HALLOWELL—Ila M. Froelich, 86, of Hallowell, Kan., died at 4:22 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Oswego Community Hospital in Oswego, Kan.

In accordance with Ila’s wishes, a graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at McKee Cemetery, north of Hallowell.

Friends and family may leave online condolences at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego is in charge of arrangements.

Ila was born April 4, 1925, in Hallowell to Victor and Lora (Hains) Freeman. Ila lived her entire life in the Hallowell area. For many years, she worked as an assembly worker with Glenn Berry Manufacturing and then later Coons Manufacturing. Ila had many friends and family who loved her. While her health allowed, Ila was an active member of the Eagles Auxiliary. Ila loved to go fishing and especially enjoyed spending time with her daughter and son-in-law.

In 1953, Ila married Paul Froelich. They were later divorced.

Ila was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Lora and Ted Preston; one sister, Rosemary Hartman; one brother, Garry Preston.

Ila is survived by one daughter, Paula Bradford and husband Mike, Maize, Kan.

Perry Eugene “Doc” Schurr

DENNIS—Perry Eugene “Doc” Schurr, DVM, 88 of rural Dennis, Kan., died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at home.

In accordance with Perry’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the family home, rural Dennis.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your local 4-H Horse Club, Saddle Club, or Hospice Care of Kansas in care of Derfelt Funeral Home, 203 Illinois, Oswego, KS 67356.

Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego is in charge of arrangements.  Friends and family may leave online condolences at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

William E. Boecker

WINFIELD—William E. Boecker, 86, formerly of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Kan.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m., until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Kansas Veterans Home. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

John P. Lucke

PARSONS—John P. Lucke, 63, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at Labette Health in Parsons.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Chanute. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to LeeAnn Lucke’s Educational Fund 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.

Luther L. “Butch” Gamblian

PARSONS—Luther L. “Butch” Gamblian, 72, a lifelong Parsons, Kan., resident, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at his home.

The service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, at Springhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

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

W. Jane “Jaynie” Bonine

PARSONS—W. Jane “Jaynie” Bonine, 67, of Parsons, Kan., died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Funeral services were held Monday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Willis Thompson, Jr.

PARSONS—Willis Thompson, Jr., 64, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita.

Following cremation, the memorial service was held Sunday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and 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.

Jeffery Dale Webster

WELCH, Okla.—Lifelong Welch, Okla., area resident, Jeffery Dale Webster, 56, passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, after a short illness.

A visitation for family and friends will be held in the Thomas Chapel, Welch, Okla., from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17.

A graveside service will be held at the Oakhill Cemetery, south of Chetopa, Kan., at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18. Pastor Brad Canham will officiate.

The services are entrusted to Jim Thomas of the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch, Okla.

Jeff was born on June 3, 1955, in Miami, Okla. His parents were Everett and Thelma McNelis Webster. Jeff grew up in the Welch, Okla., and Chetopa, Kan., areas. He attended the Chetopa High School.

Jeff spent many years of his life helping his parents operate the Webster’s Auto Parts stores in Welch and Chetopa. After his parents, passed away, he and his sister became the owners and operators of the stores. In later years, Jeff was a self-employed truck driver. He was a hard worker throughout his life and filled his life with various activities.

For many years, he lived in the country, north of Welch, where he liked to fish. However, his greatest love was his family and friends. Jeff was a great dad and he had a very special bond with his two sons. Nothing brought as much joy and satisfaction to Jeff’s life than to spend time with his sons. When he became a grandfather, he discovered his grandchildren brought even more happiness to his life.
Jeff was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived and will always be missed by his two loving sons, Justin, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Christopher, Miami, Okla.; one sister, Patty Webster Owens, Catoosa, Okla.; three grandchildren, Preston Webster, Columbus, Kan.; and Mason and Abigale Webster, Miami, Okla.; and many other loving relatives and good friends.

Shirley A. Olenhouse

PARSONS—Shirley A. Olenhouse, 77, of Parsons, Kan., a former Erie, Kan., resident, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at the home of her daughter, Christine Montross near Edna. She had been in failing health, but her death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at Zion Lutheran Church at Chanute. Burial will follow in East Hill Cemetery at Erie. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie.

Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 303 N. Grant St., P.O. Box 182, Erie, 66733.

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

Albert H. “Buzz” Curtis

PARSONS—Albert H. “Buzz” Curtis, 81, a longtime Parsons, Kan., resident, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in the emergency room of Labette Health.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at Church of God. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Shriners Crippled Children Fund, the American Heart Association or the charity of the donor’s choice. Memorials may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Johnston Lynn Lucky

EDNA—Johnston Lynn Lucky, 64, of Edna, Kan., died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Labette Health in Parsons.
Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville was in charge of cremation. There is no service scheduled.

Online condolences can be left at www.PenwellGabelCoffeyville.com.

Dixie L. Lewis

ALTAMONT—Dixie L. Lewis, 64, of Altamont, Kan., died at 5:01 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at the Clarehouse in Tulsa, Okla.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the First Baptist Church in Altamont. Burial will be in the North Edna Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Clarehouse of Tulsa. These may be left at or mailed to the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home P.O. Box 325 Altamont, Kansas 67330.

Dixie was born Oct. 18, 1947, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Roy Schell and Maxine (Kastler) Schell. She grew up and attended schools in Altamont, graduating from Labette County High school in 1965.

She and Ronald W. “Ron” Lewis were married on Aug. 1, 1965, in Altamont at the United Methodist Church.

Following their marriage, they lived in Athens, Greece and El Paso, Texas, while Mr. Lewis served in the military. Upon his discharge in 1968, they moved to Coffeyville. Mr. Lewis preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 2008.

Mrs. Lewis worked for 16 years at the former Safeway Grocery store which later became Homeland. Then she worked at Bank of America in Coffeyville until retiring in 2009. She moved to Altamont in 2010.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and reading. She had been attending the First Baptist Church in Altamont.

Survivors include two daughters, Ronda Rohling and husband Jim, Mound Valley; and Amy Gregory and husband Kevin, Collinsville, Okla.; six grandchildren, Katie, Brice, Jake, and David Rohling, and Vince and Alexis Gregory; one brother, Carl Schell, Parsons; two sisters, Bonnie Schell, Altamont; and Connie Dodds, Omaha, Neb.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy, Jr., and Ace Schell.

James I. “Sonny” Ledbetter

EDNA—James I. “Sonny” Ledbetter, 82, of Edna, Kan., died at 2:20 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Foister) Ledbetter, of the home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Edna United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Edna Elm Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Edna 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.

Sonny was born June 5, 1929, at rural Vinita, Okla., to Irvy C. and Aimee (White) Ledbetter. He grew up on Big Creek, Okla., south of Edna, Kan. He attended country schools and joined the US Army in March of 1951. Following his discharge in February of 1953, he returned to Edna where he graduated from Edna High School in 1956.

Following graduation, he worked at the Continental Can Company in Coffeyville for a short time. He then attended the Stromberg-Carlson Dial School in New York. Then, he began his career as a telephone service technician and worked for the Edna Telephone Company, which later became part of Craw-Kan Telephone Co-op, retiring in 1976.

He enjoyed gardening and was well known for his tomatoes. He also enjoyed fishing and he played and coached baseball. He helped build the Edna City Baseball Park. He also enjoyed playing the guitar.

Sonny was a member of the Edna United Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the VFW, both in Coffeyville, and a member of the Edna Masonic Lodge # 345.

On Nov. 9, 1951, he and Dorothy F. Foister were married at Bentonville, Ark. She survives of the home.

He is also survived by two daughters, Susan Melton and husband Larry, Edna; Alice Duncan and husband Will, rural Coffeyville; four grandchildren, James Melton and wife Tammy, Eric Melton and wife Dawn, Andrew Duncan and wife Alexis, and Jesse Duncan; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Melton, Victoria Melton, Michael Fawcett, Alyssa Fawcett and Benjamin Duncan; one step-grandson, Joshua Duncan and wife Jennifer; and six step great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters and one grandson, Douglas Melton, who passed away in 2007.

Dorothy G. Gideon

COLUMBUS—Dorothy G. Gideon, 80, of Columbus, Kan., died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. James Shipley officiating.  Burial was in the Edgmand Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and/or Relay For Life, these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home.

Services by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Columbus.

Daphna B. Green

OSWEGO—Daphna B. Green, 83, of Oswego, Kan., died at 11:16 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Oswego Community Hospital after a short illness.

A graveside service was held Friday, Nov. 4, at Oswego Cemetery with Rev. Phil Hays officiating.

The family suggests memorials to the Oswego Christian Church.

Daphna was born July 22, 1928, in Sherman, Kan., to Roy Jack and Shirley Elizabeth (Cook) Watson. Daphna was devoted to her family and worked hard to show them love, affection and support. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary. She worked for a time as a seamstress at Glenn Berry Manufacturing in Oswego.

She loved to watch the birds in her flower garden and tend to the many plants in her garden and her home.  He crocheted many beautiful items for family and friends.

On Sept. 8, 1945, Daphna married the love of her life, Noble E. Green, in Oswego. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include one son, Noble Lee Green and wife Jennie, Oswego; one daughter, Beth Wells and husband Warren, Pittsburg, Kan.; four grandchildren, Rachael Green and Eban Green, both of Oswego; Shannon Tow, Lenexa, Kan.; and Nathan Wells and wife Lisa, Pittsburg; five great-grandchildren, Andrew Tow, Ella Tow, and Eden Tow, all of Lenexa; and Hailey McCann and Jacob Wells, both of Pittsburg.

Daphna was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jack Marlet Watson, in 1947.

Larry Dean Muller

COFFEYVILLE—Larry Dean Muller, 75, of rural Coffeyville, Kan., passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.

Rosary services were held on Friday, Nov. 4, at Holy Name Catholic Church, Coffeyville. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 5, also at Holy Name Catholic Church. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.

The family would welcome memorials to the Holy Name Catholic Church, Harry Hynes Hospice, or Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation; 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, visit www.dwbfh.com.

Larry was born in rural Liberty to George W. and Ferris “Topsy” (Oliver) Muller on Oct. 2, 1936, and attended rural Coffeyville schools and Field Kindley High School. He married Patricia Jane Wishall on Oct. 12, 1957, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville. They shared over 54 years of marriage.

At an early age, Larry competed in horse racing at the Montgomery County Inter-State Fair during the 1940s and 1950s, winning races on a Shetland pony when he was only 8 years old. He continued to race horses at various events through 1951. He farmed for Violet Kohler of the Brown Mansion in the 1950s. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, and was also an avid follower of sports. Larry loved all aspects of the farm especially ranching, horses and cattle.

In the 1940s, he joined his father in the construction business. George W. Muller, Fred Muller and Larry formed Muller Construction, Inc., in 1964. They performed various types of soil conservation, site preparation, road construction, and worked on numerous projects in the Coffeyville Refinery for over 60 years.  Larry built many long lasting relationships and credited much of his success to his loyal clients and many trusted business associates.  He enjoyed going back and seeing projects that helped to make improvements to various areas in Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma. Larry was very close to and proud of his many dedicated employees and appreciated their hard work and efforts. His greatest joys were his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandsons, extended family and friends. He loved family time and the grandchildren’s activities, attending all he could.

He, along with his brother Fred, was a recipient of the Montgomery County Kansas Banker’s Association Soil Conservation Award for 2009 and the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2007. He was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church of Coffeyville, The Knights of Columbus Council 991, Kansas Livestock Association, National Council of Beef Association, Kansas Contractors Association, and was a member of the Kansas Land Improvement Contractors Association for 49 years. In addition, he was a longtime member of the Montgomery, Labette and Nowata Counties Conservation Districts, the Second Thursday Investment Club and had served on the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo committee.

Larry is survived by his wife, Pat, of the home; one son, Mark (Lisa) Muller, Coffeyville, Kan.; three daughters, Terri Graybill, Coffeyville; Lori (Steve) Krysztof, Baldwin City, Kan.; and Pat Brothers, Mound Valley, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, Jayne (Ryan) Robson, Joe Muller, Rebecca (Marcus) Murrow, Jesse Muller, Hannah Graybill, Katie (Martin) Delaney, Emily, Brianna, and Michaela Krysztof, Maddie and Lyndsey Brothers; two great-grandsons, Ryley Robson and Max Delaney; one brother, Fred (Sharon) Muller; three sisters, Betty Terry, Nadine (Kenny) Hunt, and Donna Oestman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Margie Gillman; a brother, George A.; two nieces, Vicky Crabtree and Patsy Storm; and a nephew, Fred Green.

Mertie Riepe

PARSONS—Mertie Riepe, 80, of Parsons, Kan., died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Foursquare Church Camp Scholarship Fund and may be left at or sent to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Margaret Willcockson

PARSONS—Margaret Willcockson, 99, a resident of Parsons Presbyterian Manor, Parsons, Kan., died there at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call the funeral home at their convenience. The casket will remain closed.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice Care of Kansas and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com.

John Wesley Bonine

PARSONS—John Wesley Bonine, 76, of rural Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. He had been in failing health for several months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will follow at the East Hill Cemetery at Erie with Military Graveside Rites given by the United States Army Honor Guard from Ft. Riley, Kan. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Wanda Marie LaFalier

MIAMI, Okla.—Wanda Marie LaFalier, 84, of Miami, Okla., passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Chetopa Manor in Chetopa, Kan.

Services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, at the Paul Thomas Funeral Chapel in Commerce with Pastor Phil McGechie officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Melrose under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home.

Jeannine Louise Shields

JOPLIN, Mo.—Jeannine Louise Shields, 81, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, from a sudden illness.

Jeannine was born Dec. 29, 1929, to Clifford Lee and Lena Ethel (Shoemaker) Alloway in Oswego, Kan. She later moved to Bartlett, Kan. She attended both Lockard and Hawkin Elementary Schools in Edna, Kan. She attended high school at Labette County High School in Altamont, Kan., where she graduated in 1947.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville, Kan. Burial was at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kan.

To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelCoffeyville.com.

Daphna B. Green

OSWEGO—Daphna B. Green, 83, of Oswego, Kan., died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Oswego Community Hospital after a short illness.

Graveside services will be at noon on Friday at Oswego Cemetery with the Rev. Phil Hays officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego.

The family suggests memorials to Oswego Christian Church.

Friends and family may leave condolences at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Verl A. Pontious

PARSONS—Verl A. Pontious, 95, of rural Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, at Mount Hope Cemetery at Galesburg. Friends may call after 1 p.m., Thursday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Society and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Donald L. Short

CHETOPA—Donald L. Short of Chetopa, Kan., passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at his home. He was 82 years young.

There will be a visitation for family and friends at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4, at the Welch City Cemetery. A graveside/memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Rev. Raymond Whetstone will officiate.

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

Donald was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Tonkawa, Okla., to Johnny Vernon and Lydia Adline “Addie” (Underwood) Short.

He was a graduate of Welch High School and attended college, receiving his Associates Degree in Telegraphy which he later used during his employment with the Katy Railroad.

He proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. On June 30, 1953, he married Wanda Hudson. The couple made their home in Parsons, Kan., for several years before moving to the Chetopa area.

Donald worked as an Independent Insurance Agent in the surrounding area, retiring in 1982. He enjoyed the outdoors and raising cattle on the farm. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Wanda, of 58 years; one son, John Short and wife Sarah, Pittsburg, Kan.; two daughters, Donna Eads and husband Bob, Miami, Okla.; and Darla Brown and husband Tom, Kansas City, Kan.; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one daughter, two grandsons, one brother, and one sister.

Virginia L. Westall

OSWEGO—Virginia L. Westall, 89, of Oswego, Kan., died at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Ranchwood Nursing Home in Yukon, Okla., after a lengthy illness.

Graveside services were held Monday, Oct. 31, at Oswego Cemetery with Pastor Tom Heflin officiating.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church of Oswego.

Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego was in charge of arrangements. Friends and family may leave on line condolences at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Virginia was born June 10, 1922, in Cherokee County, Kan.  She was reared by John and Hazel Lovelady. She grew up in the Oswego area and graduated from Oswego High School. Virginia worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant for a number of years and also farmed with her husband. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oswego.

On June 13, 1939 she married Jack Westall, Jr., in Columbus, Kan. They were later divorced.

Virginia was preceded in death by one son, Jack L. Westall, in July 1992, and one granddaughter, Melanie Riggs, in May 2006.

Survivors include one son, John “Butch” Westall and wife Mary, Oswego; one daughter, Ginger Spencer and husband Bill, Mustang, Okla.; four grandchildren, Toni Coppock and husband Ben, Oswego; Michelle Hinkle, Midwest City, Okla.; Jack Westall, II, Rolla, Mo.; and Christy Woolsey, Rolla; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Geraldine Wiseman, Muskogee, Okla.

Veronica R. “Bonnie” (Munding) Kennan

PARSONS—Veronica R. “Bonnie” (Munding) Kennan, 87, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Parsons Good Samaritan Society.

The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4,  at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  The rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2011, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. 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.

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