Labette Avenue Area Deaths

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Lisa A. Hays

OSWEGO—Lisa A. Hays, 50, of Oswego, Kan., realized the promise of her Savior’s love late afternoon Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., following a courageous and faithful battle with cancer.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at Oswego Christian Church, Oswego. A celebration of Lisa’s life will be held at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Oswego Christian Church under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego. Minister Vernon Wells will officiate. Burial of her earthly body will be in Oswego Cemetery, Oswego.

Memorial contributions may be made toward the publication of her book, Mommy Never Smoked. Proceeds will be given to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Kansas City, Mo.

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

Lisa was born Jan. 27, 1961, in El Dorado, Kan., and was later adopted by her parents, Allen and Donna Miller. In 1979, Lisa graduated from Derby High School, Derby, Kan. In 1983, she earned a Bachelor’s of Biblical Literature degree from Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Mo., and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan., in 2001.

Lisa lived many places, including Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas, but Oswego became home. She loved music, and was an excellent vocalist and instrumentalist. Lisa adored writing and grammar and was an aspiring author. She was an avid runner, and loved the mountains and the ocean. She was a member of Oswego Christian Church, where she served her Lord faithfully. Lisa was a children’s group leader and led music at various youth activities. After spending her children’s early lives at home with them, she began her teaching career in 2001 in the Parsons, Kan., school district. Beginning in 2003, Lisa taught at Neosho Heights Elementary School, Oswego, Kan., and, in 2006, began teaching English at Oswego Middle School, where she was also Scholar Bowl coach.

On March 9, 1985, Lisa married Phillip Hays at Countryside Christian Church in Pittsburg, Kan. He survives of the home.

Additional survivors include one son, Caleb Jonathan Hays, a student at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.; one daughter, Corrie Nicole Hays, a student at Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, Okla.; her parents, Allen and Donna Miller, Olathe, Colo.; three brothers, Allen Wayne Miller and wife Elizabeth, El Paso, Texas; Brent Miller, California; Christopher Miller and wife Chaleena, Denver, Colo.; four sisters, Diana Ladd and husband Lee, Indianapolis, Ind.; Tami McCay and husband Jason, Olathe, Colo.; Christina Aragon and husband Joe, Montrose, Colo.; Melody Colburn and husband Patrick, Niles, Mich.; maternal grandparents, Don and Edna Watson, Wichita, Kan.; many nieces and nephews; and hundreds of dear friends and students.

Before her death, she composed a list of the events in life for which she was most thankful. It began with cancer, but included her God, her family, her students, and her lifelong love of music.

Bobbie Joe Mattox

MOUND VALLEY—Bobbie Joe Mattox, 79, of rural Mound Valley,  Kan., died at 10:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at his home. He had been in failing health.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30, a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the First Baptist Church in Mound Valley. Burial will be in the Mound Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the church.

It is Bob’s request that his friends and family attending his funeral should wear blue jeans or casual attire.

Memorial donations are suggested to the 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.

Bob was born Sept. 29, 1932, at St. Paul, Kan., to George E. and Bertha L. (Fickess) Mattox. He grew up and attended schools in Erie.

He began driving a truck at the age of 14 and continued as a self employed truck driver until ill health forced him to retire in 2008.  For a short time, Bob was the Terminal Manager for Ruan Transport, then he returned to driving for himself.

He and Barbara Ann Hayden were married on March 7, 1961, in Miami, Okla. The made their home in rural Mound Valley in 1965. She survives of the home.

Bob enjoyed his horses and had several horse drawn wagons. For several years, he and his wife drove their horses on covered wagon drives in Missouri. In 2006, he and Barb  drove their team of horses and covered Wagon over 400 miles to visit friends in northern Missouri.

Bob attended the First Baptist Church in Mound Valley.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Mattox, of the home; four sons, Stan, Fayetteville, Ark.; Chris, Mound Valley; Cory, Mound Valley; Craig, Lafayette, La.; four daughters, Mary Jo, Owasso, Okla.; Elizabeth, Odem, Texas; Connie, Mansfield, La.; Carla, Emporia, Kan.; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Carl Mattox, Cutler Bay, Fla.; George Mattox, Parsons; Don Mattox, Savonburg, Kan.; two sisters, Lela Hutchinson, Wichita, Kan.; Wilma Wintjen, Erie, Kan.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Debra Kathleen (Cooper) Herrman

PARSONS—Debra Kathleen (Cooper) Herrman, 55, of Parsons,  Kan., went to be with Jesus at 7:27 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Community Center in Norway, Kan. Burial will be in Norway Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons, Kansas; and from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the Community Center in Norway.

Memorials are suggested to the Debra Herrman Memorial Fund.  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.

Debra was born April 7, 1956, in Vinita, Okla., to Charles Calvin and Betty Sue (Rader) Cooper. She attended Scandia High School in Scandia, Kan.

On Dec. 30, 1973, she and Eric Carl Herrman were married in Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church in Norway, Kan. During their marriage, they moved numerous times, but had resided the last 13 years in Parsons.

She completed her GED in 1974.  For several years, she worked as a nursing assistant to help finance her LPN training and then her RN training at Cloud County Community College.  She later became a nurse manager for long-term care and recently completed her CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) certification.

Debra loved being a nurse educator and helping others, especially the elderly. She especially enjoyed spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Debra’s hobbies included reading, collecting antique porcelain shoes and traveling.

She had attended the Assembly of God and the Church of the Nazarene, both in Parsons. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and CPHRM. She was currently employed by Adventist Care Centers as a risk manager for Texas and Kansas.

Survivors include her husband, Eric Herrman, of the home; one son, Jeremiah Herrman  and wife Deann, Chandler, Ariz.; one daughter, Ingrid “Heidi” Kern  and husband Jacob, Marietta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Jack Kern, Gabriella Kern, Brayden Herrman and Evan Herrman; one sister, Mary Hammerschmidt, Hays, Kan.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Darwin Ray Cooper and Manford “Lee” Roy Cooper; and one sister, Ramona Cooper.

Kathleen M. Mura

PARSONS—Kathleen M. Mura, 69, formerly of Mound Valley, Kan., died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Elmhaven East Nursing Home in Parsons.

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

Gerald A. Finch

PITTSBURG—Gerald A. Finch, 96, of Pittsburg, Kan., and a former longtime Parsons, Kan.,  resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at the Via Christi Village in Pittsburg.

A Memorial Service will be held in Parsons in January, the time, date, place and complete obituary details to be announced.

The Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Parsons is in charge of arrangements.

Marvin M. George

OSWEGO—Marvin M. George, 71, of Oswego, Kan., died at 11:54 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Mercy St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Sherman City Cemetery with Rev. Eddie Williamson officiating.

Marvin will lie in state at Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego on Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in care of Derfelt Funeral Home, 203 Illinois, Oswego, Kansas 67356.

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

Marvin was born April 16, 1940, in Columbus, Kan., to Maurice Emmett and Opal Maurine (Wilson) George. He graduated from West Mineral High School. For many years, Marvin worked as a construction worker, most recently with Bud Hinman. Marvin was a member of the West Mineral Eagles. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends, river fishing for channel cat and flathead, and going to the casinos.

In 1957, Marvin married Mary Jane Rice. They had four children and were later divorced.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Delbert Wayne George, Norman George, and Ronnie George; one son, Marvin Eugene George; one granddaughter, Heather Marie Haraughty; and one great-granddaughter, Makala Jane Haraughty.

Survivors include one son, John George and wife Angie, Seneca, Mo.; three daughters, Tammey Haraughty and husband Rex, Oswego; Ann Erwin and husband John, Hallowell; and Vicky Stapleton and husband Mark, Oswego; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Mary F. (Gilmore) Cleaveland

CHERRYVALE—Mary F. (Gilmore) Cleaveland, 72, of rural Cherryvale, Kan., died at 2:22 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience after 9 a.m., Tuesday.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Mary was born June 6, 1939, at Sawyer, Kan., a daughter of Francis H. and Dorothy Edna Mae (Bever) Gilmore. At an early age, her family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where she was raised. She later resided in Maryland, Arizona and Alaska before moving to the Cherryvale area in 1966. She worked in production at the Day and Zimmerman Kansas Army Ammunition Plant for 20 years.

On Nov. 21, 1958, Mary was united in marriage to LeRoy Cleaveland at Greeley, Colo. He preceded her in death on Mar. 15, 2008.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church at Cherryvale. She was a former member of the Church of God at Mesa, Ariz. She enjoyed cooking, flowers and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons, Daniel Cleaveland, Parsons, Kan.; Johnny Cleaveland, Cherryvale, Kan.; Stephen Cleaveland, Mound Valley, Kam.; one daughter, Marilee Moore and husband Chris, Galesburg, Kan.; one stepson, LeRoy J. Cleaveland, Escondido, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Dawn Cundiff and husband Bill, Iowa; six grandchildren, Linsey Cleaveland, Emmanuel Nance, Lauren Cleaveland, Bridgett Cleaveland, Trenton Moore and Kristopher Moore; one great-granddaughter, Jayla Titus; four brothers, Fred Gilmore, Joplin, Mo.; James Gilmore, Yarnell, Ariz.; Jerry Gilmore and wife Lori, San Antonio, Texas; Michael Gilmore, Carthage, Mo.; one sister, Margaret Beadle and husband L.K., St. Johns, Ariz.

Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Donald E., Larry K., Thomas and Stanley D. Gilmore; and one sister, Brenda Burd.

Kenneth L. George

OSWEGO—Kenneth L. George, 68, of Oswego, Kan., died at 8:07 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., following a lengthy illness.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Chetopa.

Memorials are suggested to West Mineral Eagles Aerie 918.  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.

Kenneth was born April 19, 1943, in Chetopa, Kan., to Lelin and Lorene (Reed) George. As a young boy, he grew up in Southeast Kansas and was a 1961 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.

From 1961 to 1977, he served in the United States Army. While serving his country, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and was recognized as an expert marksman. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to the family farm. He most recently had worked as a laborer at Bartlett Coop until retiring in 2003.

He was a member of West Mineral Eagles Aerie 918.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors.

Survivors include one son, Lelin Haskell George, Conway Springs, Kan.; two brothers, Glen George, Oswego; Allan George, Oswego; and three grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one brother, Virgil George.

Shirley J. McKinzie

PARSONS—Shirley J. McKinzie, 75, rural Parsons, Kan., died at 1:08 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at her home. She had been critically ill the past two weeks.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, at the Center Bethel Church. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday.
Memorials are suggested to either the Center Bethel Church or the Labette County Fair. 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.

Shirley was born May 18, 1936, at Hollow, (rural Welch) Okla., to Buford E. and Dora Irene (Mitchell) Long. She grew up in the Coffeyville area and graduated from Field Kindley High School. She also graduated from Coffeyville Junior College.

In her early adult years, she worked for the Coffeyville Journal.

On Nov. 24, 1956, she and William I. “Bill” McKinzie were married at the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2006. After their marriage, they lived in the Parsons area and she was employed for over 33 years as secretary at the Meadow View School, retiring in 2003.

Shirley was a member of the Center Bethel Union Church and had taught Sunday School classes. She was a member of the Labette Health Auxiliary and was a volunteer in its Gift Shop. She was very involved in 4-H and its related activities. For 24 years, she attended the Pawhuska Cavalcade. She was a member of the “Branson Crew” and helped coordinate its activities and annual trip. She also visited area nursing homes on a regular basis. She enjoyed playing the piano and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” McKinzie, of the home; two sons, Steve McKinzie and wife Lori, Altamont; Rick McKinzie and wife Kendra, Oswego; one daughter, Sherri Martin and husband Mark, Parsons; eight grandchildren, Tyler McKinzie and wife Cori, Gilbert, Ariz.; Jamie Carr and husband Luke, Coffeyville; Kristin Barnes and husband Blake, Tahlequah, Okla.; Kyle McKinzie andwife Danielle, Altamont; Kasey McKinzie, Oswego; Maegen Martin, Parsons; Mikinzi Martin, Joplin, Mo.; Kelsey Martin, Pittsburg; three great-grandchildren, Hadley Carr, Coffeyville; Paisley Barnes, Tahlequah, Okla.; Sydney McKinzie, Gilbert, Ariz.; two brothers, Marvin “Boog”Long, Coffeyville; and Jim Long (her twin), Grandview, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert “Bob” Long.

Dolores “Dee” Aul

SABETHA—Dolores “Dee” Aul, 89, died on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Sabetha, Kan.

Dolores was born on Nov. 8, 1922, in Bern, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Maude (Schick) Grossenbacher. She attended Bern schools and graduated from Bern Rural High School in 1940.

She attended the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and a member of the KU Marching Band, playing the flute. She graduated in 1944 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

She taught school in both Perry and Linwood, Kan., and was a homemaker for many years. She was extremely active in Eastern Star and was past local Worthy Matron and also district officer. She was extremely active in activities and committees at the First United Methodist Church and was an active supporter of the church youth. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great -grandmother. She loved to play the piano and enjoyed bridge.

Dolores married Dan R. Aul on April 27, 1945. in Lawrence, Kan.  They later lived in Chetopa and Oswego, Kan., and from 1959 to present, had made the home in Sabetha, Kan. Dan preceded her in death on October 7, 1984.

She is survived by three children, Marcia Jane of Sabetha; Diana Lynn Necker and husband Tim, Liberty, Mo.; and Ronald Dan and wife Lisa, Lawrence, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Daniel, Dylan and Sydney Aul and Christina (Marrero), David, Andrew and Derek Martinez; and great-grandchildren, Keegan, Carter and Sophia Marrero. Other survivors include a brother, George F. Grossenbacher and wife Betty, Bern; and nephews, Jeff, Tim and Doug Grossenbacher.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Sabetha. Interment was in the Sabetha Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church in Sabetha sent in care of the Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS 66534.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.popkessmortuaries.com.

Paul B. Williams

PARSONS—Paul B. Williams, 86, a longtime Parsons, Kan., resident, teacher, and coach, died at 5:20 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at the Elmhaven East Nursing Home in Parsons. He had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday evening.

Memorials are suggested to the Wesley United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund and these may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com

Frances Maphies

PARSONS—Frances Maphies, 92, a resident of the Elmhaven Nursing Home in Parsons, Kan., died there Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. She had resided there 14 years.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery in Erie. Friends may call at the funeral home in Erie from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday.

Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Fund. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 182, Erie, KS 66733.

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

Barbara Joan Fish

CHETOPA—Barbara Joan Fish, 79, of Chetopa, Kan., died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Chetopa Manor.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at a future date.

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.

Jerry W. Essig

PARSONS—Jerry W. Essig, 73, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Following cremation, private committal services will be held at a later date.

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

Ronald D. “Hoss” Martin

PARSONS—Ronald D. “Hoss” Martin, 49, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, in the Emergency Room at Labette Health in Parsons.

Following cremation, a Celebration of Life service was held Friday, Dec. 9, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

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

Wesley Wayne “Wes” Overman

OSWEGO—Wesley Wayne “Wes” Overman, 56, of Oswego, Kan., died at his home on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. He had fought a short and hard battle with a rare cancer.

The family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 5,  from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego. There will be a Celebration of Life service on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Oswego Community Building with Rev. Allan Parker officiating.  Burial will follow in Oswego Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Darrel Franklin, Bill Newby, Bill Trotnic, Roy Karstetter, Evan McNemar, Rex Gardner, Jean Paul Holmes, and John Williams.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Davolt, Bobby Davolt, Bryan Clark, Greg Young, and Chad Teal.

The family suggests memorials to the Oswego Volunteer Fire Department in care of Derfelt Funeral Home, 203 Illinois, Oswego, Kansas 67356.

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

Wes was born Feb. 1, 1955, to Ben and Dee (Box) Overman in Parsons, Kan. As a young child, he moved with his family to California in 1958. The family returned to the Oswego area in 1964.  For a time Wes attended schools in the suburbs of Los Angeles and in rural Hallowell at the District 90 location. In approximately 1966, the family moved into town and Wes graduated from Oswego High School in 1973. He also attended Labette Community College for awhile.

On June 22, 1974, Wes married Cindy Sue Blackledge. They had two daughters and were later divorced.

On Aug. 14, 1983, Wes married Sandra Kay Davolt and two more daughters joined the family.

In December of 1983, with a single space heater, Wes began what we all know as Overman Plumbing. Wes was very community minded. He served with the Oswego Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 to 2005. He also served on the Oswego Recreation Commission. He loved to play various sports and even coached both boys and girls basketball. Before becoming self-employed, he enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, hunting, golfing and other sports.  He had recently taken up woodworking. However, his weekly card games with his friends were his greatest joy and were not to be missed.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Dee Overman, and his parents-in-law, Dale and Betty Davolt.

Wes is survived by his loving wife, Sandi Overman, of the home; four girls, Angie Harrison and husband Travis, Moran, Kan.; Heather Larsen and husband Kenny, Parsons, Kan.; Nikki Lewis and husband Ty, Oswego; and Melissa Lewis and husband Tim, Neosho, Mo.; Wes’ “special” girl, a 12 year old dachshund, Maggie Mae, of the home in Oswego. Also surviving Wes are three sisters, Linda D. Woods, Brunswick, Ga.; Rhonda K. Furia, Kileen, Texas; and Glee Clark and husband Bryan, Oswego; two brothers-in-law, Gary Davolt, St. Louis, Mo.; and Bobby Davolt, Oswego; 10 grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

Glenn R. Walker

PARSONS—Glenn R. Walker, 63, of Parsons, Kan., died at 2:35 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at his home. He had been in failing health.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday evening.

Memorials are suggested to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Glenn was born on Sept. 29, 1948, at Parsons, to Robert and Yvonne (Wheelen) Walker. He grew up on the family farm near Oswego and attended Oak Grove country schools and Labette County High School from where he graduated in 1966.

He worked at Travel Industries and International before being drafted into the United State Army in 1968. He was trained as a Combat Engineer and served in Germany. While in the Army he served on the Army Pistol Team and shot competitively, winning several competitions. He was discharged in 1970 and returned home.
Glenn worked at Goodyear for a couple of years before going to work at the Katy Railroad where he was a brakeman and a conductor.  He retired in 2009.

He and Phyllis Eaton were married on Aug. 5, 1967, at the First Baptist Church in Oswego. She survives of the home.

Glenn was an avid firearm enthusiast. He enjoyed gunsmithing, collecting, and shooting in competitions. He also won and placed in several of the competitions. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the United Transportation Union, and the Long Range .22 Gun Club in Lamar, Mo. He also enjoyed motorcycles and classic cars. He restored cars and participated in the Flatlanders Club. In his young adult years, he enjoyed hunting with family and friends. He loved his family very much and cherished the time he spent with them, especially his granddaughters.

In addition to his wife, Phyllis, Glenn is survived by his daughter, Courtney Hecht and husband, Dustin, Parkville, Mo.; two granddaughters, Gracie and Faith Hecht, Parkville, Mo.; his brother, Kelly Walker, Oswego; his brothers and sisters in-law; Joyce Carson and husband Chris, rural Parsons; Mary Ellen Vance and husband Don, rural Parsons; Don Eaton and wife Gloria, rural Altamont; and Jim Eaton and his wife Barbara, Ottawa; numerous nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Leah Belle Marshall Sprecher

MOSCOW, Idaho—Leah Belle Marshall Sprecher, 85, of Moscow, Idaho, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Good Samaritan Society, Moscow Village.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 1, at Trinity Baptist Church. Pastor Bob Parker officiated. Leah will be returned to Kansas for burial with her husband.

The family suggests memorials be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 711 Fairview Dr., Moscow, Idaho.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.

Leah was born Sept. 29, 1926, at McCune, Kan., to Talmadge DeWitt and Dorothy DeVaney Marshall. She grew up and attended school at Oswego, Kan.

She and Dr. Robert E. Sprecher were married on Sept. 11, 1949, at Parsons, Kan. Having graduated from college at the age of 18, she taught school for 25 years, first in a one-room school that had all students for K-12. After moving to Moscow, she was a full time homemaker, raising her daughters, and, after they graduated from high school, she worked for the University of Idaho with Marriott food service.

She enjoyed gardening, walking for miles, reading, hostessing events, even foreign UI students, teaching, reading, singing and learning. She taught Sunday school and was involved and supportive of many committees involving Trinity Baptist Church.

Dr. Sprecher died in September of 1973.

Leah is survived by her daughters, Shahna M. Sprecher of Moscow, and Meghan M. and Timothy Barraclough, Jr., of Virginia. She also leaves her grandchildren, Angele, Saige, Jared, Autumn and Timothy III (Tripp); and three sisters, Fern Monroe, Lois Balkenhol and Ruth Evans.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Mein and Marjorie Geren.

Ruth Ellen Leap

GROVE, Okla.—Ruth Ellen Leap, 86, of Grove, Okla., formally of Blue Springs, Mo., and Bartlett, Kan., died on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.

The memorial service was Friday, Dec. 2, at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 Westbound 40 Hwy, Blue Springs, Mo. Inurnment was at Lake Creek Cemetery in Bartlett, Kan., on Saturday.

Speaks Suburban Chapel, Independence, Mo. was in charge of arrangements.

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

Daisy Farran Caress

PARSONS—Daisy Farran Caress, 93, lifelong Parsons, Kan., resident, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Memorials are suggested to either Proud Animal Lover’s Society (PALS) or Operation Bright Touch. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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