Labette Avenue area deaths

For 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.Andrew Lloyd Simmons

EDNA—Andrew Lloyd Simmons, 34, of Edna died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in a vehicle accident.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Assembly of God in Independence with the Rev. Terry Tolleson officiating. Burial will follow in the Edna Cemetery.

Potts Chapel of Independence is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests memorials to the Simmons Children Fund and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Hannah Maxine Clark

CHETOPA—Hannah “Maxine” Clark, 87, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 12:48 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Oswego Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 2, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Chetopa. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association.  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.

Maxine was born March 29, 1924, in Tonkawa, Okla., to Ottie and Sarah (Rupe) Gardner. As a young girl she attended first through seventh grades at White Eagle, south of Ponca City, Okla., and eighth grade at Prairie Center. She was a graduate of Welch High School.

Through the years, she worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons prior to opening Maxine’s Beauty Salon in Chetopa where she was owner and operator nearly 50 years.

She attended the First Christian Church in Chetopa and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting and collecting hummingbirds.

On Dec. 27, 1942, she married Chester Clark. He preceded her in death April 15, 2005.

Survivors include one son, Chester Clark, Jr., Oswego, Kan.; one daughter, Joan Allen and husband Larry, Chetopa; seven grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Eula Lichti , S. Coffeyville, Okla.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Lawrence H. “Larry” Campbell

CHETOPA—Lawrence H. “Larry” Campbell, 73, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Oswego Cemetery. Friends may call at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa after 10 a.m., on Tuesday. The family will also be receiving friends at their home located at 501 Plum Street, Apt. 24, in Chetopa.

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

Larry was born February 6, 1939, in Oswego, Kansas to Lawrence and Nelma (Nash) Campbell. He was a graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.

Through the years, he worked as a driver for Ford Implement in Chetopa and had also worked as a self-employed mechanic and truck driver. He was a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ.

He and Sharon Garrison were married Jan. 4, 1956, in Miami, Okla.

Survivors include his wife and wonderful companion, Sharon Adkins, of the home; one son, John Campbell and wife Robin. Oronogo, Mo.; two daughters, Jane Hayward and husband Tony, Oswego, Kan.; and Sherri Jackson and husband Gary, Oronogo, Mo.; one stepdaughter, Debbie Cunningham. Chetopa; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, half-sister and grandson.

Wayne Arthur Reel, Jr.

PARSONS—Wayne Arthur Reel, Jr. 72, of Parsons, Kan., died at 5:05 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., following a lengthy illness.

Following cremation, a Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to The 506 Foundation, Inc. for scholarships. 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 Wesley Confer

MORGANTOWN, Ind.—John Wesley Confer, 77, of Morgantown, Ind., passed from this life on Feb. 24, 2012.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at First Christian Church, Oswego, Kan., under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego.

Born June 29, 1934, as the only child of Roy Wesley Confer and Reba Branett Confer Swanson, John grew up in Titusville, Pa. There he met and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley (Blair) in 1952. Together John and Shirley had two children, Debby (Chuck) Confer Bogle Irvine and John “Jack” Wesley Confer, Jr.
John was drafted into the U. S. Army and stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

In 1957, he moved his family to Oswego, Kan., where he and his wife ran Confer’s Drive-In for several years. John later worked as a traveling salesman for Prudential Insurance, until becoming disabled in an automobile accident in 1967.

John spent much of his adult life in Oswego, and was a devoted member of the Oswego Christian Church, prior to moving to live with his granddaughter in Indiana for the last several years of his life.

He is survived by one daughter, Debby (Chuck) Confer Bogle Irvine, Overland Park, Kan.; five grandchildren, Sarah (Larry) Bogle, Morgantown, Ind.; Hannah (David) Bogle Klinginsmith, Kansas City, Mo.; April Edings Thomas, Oswego, Kan.; Tanya (Art) Confer Cordes, Miami, Okla.; and Dora (Shane) Confer Crockett; one grandson, Thad Bogle, Gilbert, Ariz.; and nine great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley (in 1967) and his son, Jack (in 2001).

Edwin H. Smith

CHETOPA—Edwin H. Smith, 93, longtime Chetopa, Kan., businessman, died at 10:15 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will be in Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church in Chetopa.  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.

Edwin was born Oct. 23, 1918, in Locust Grove, Okla., to William Aubrey and Dora Mae (Morehead) Smith. As a young boy, he grew up and attended elementary schools in Locust Grove and Alluwe, Okla., and graduated high school in Chelsea, Okla.

During World War II, he served in the United States Army in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he attended watch-making school in Kansas City and gemology school in Los Angeles. For numerous years, he owned and operated Smith’s Jewelry Store in Chetopa.

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Chetopa where he served as deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He also ministered at Chetopa Manor. He enjoyed playing checkers, throwing horseshoes and bowling. Through the years, he had entered numerous horseshoe competitions and had sponsored Smith’s Jewelry bowling league team.

He and Betty Grace Botonis were married in April of 1946 in Wichita. They later divorced.  She survives.

Additional survivors include one son, Edwin Dean Smith, Chetopa; one daughter, Betty Lenora Nettles, Spring, Texas; five grandchildren, Miranda Hall, Christopher Rauscher, Sierra Nettles, Steven Smith and Izak Smith; and one great-grandson, Dylan Hall

He was preceded in death by one brother, George Smith; and one sister, Ava Kerby.

Louise Annabelle Grimsley

TOPEKA—Louise Annabelle Grimsley, 95, of Topeka, Kan., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at her home, where she had lived since 2006. Louise lived in Iowa until 1973 at which time she and her family moved to Altamont, Kan.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1329 SW 37th St., Topeka. Interment will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Cares Hospice and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS  66603.

Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.

Louise was born in Gorham, Maine, on July 19, 1916, the daughter of Howard and Alice (Berry) Libby. She was a graduate of Gorham High School.

Louise and her husband were farmers. She attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, square dancing, traveling and cats.

She married Gail Grimsley in Omaha, Neb. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2001.

Survivors include a daughter, Ellen Morris and husband Kenneth; a son, Bryce Grimsley and wife Darlene; and five grandchildren, Jennifer (Nicholas) Bralley, Shawn (Amy) Grimsley, Kimberly (Ben) Cole, Alexander Morris and Steven Morris; and five great grandchildren.

Lupe R. Cervantes

PARSONS—Lupe R. Cervantes, 89, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at the home of her son in Parsons.

The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m., Sunday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.

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

Christopher T. “Chris” Astbury

PARSONS—Christopher T. “Chris” Astbury, 62, of rural Parsons,  Kan., died at 1:48 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at his home.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice Care of Kansas. 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.

Chris was born July 31, 1949, in Bridgewater, Vt., to Charles and Blanche R. (Westcott) Astbury. He grew up in Vermont where he attended schools and was a 1968 graduate of Woodstock Union High School. He later attended Emporia State University where he earned an associate’s degree.

Through the years, he worked as a custom harvester and later a licensed practical nurse at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, retiring Nov. 1, 2011.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Parsons and the Chief Black Dog’s Trail Muzzleloading Club. He enjoyed gardening, building and tending to koi ponds, black powder rifles, animals and helping others. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and participating in muzzleloader rendezvous.

On Jan. 7, 2009, he and Teresa (Lewis) Anderson were married in Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include two sons, Matt Astbury and wife Sarah, Lowell, Ore.; Michael Anderson, Parsons, Kan.; one daughter, Christy Thornton and husband Michael, Springfield, Ore.; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Astbury, Bridgewater, Vt.; Nick Astbury, Lady Lake, Fla.; and Ted Astbury, Denver, Colo.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Flossie I. “Onie” Short

PARSONS—Flossie I. “Onie” Short, 81, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Elm Haven West Nursing Home in Parsons. She had been in failing health.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at McCune Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Assembly of God Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  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.

Clyde Russell Towles

PARSONS—Clyde Russell Towles, 85, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at his home.
Cremation will take place and no service is scheduled.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of the Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

W. Modene Saye

PARSONS—W. Modene Saye, 92, of Parsons, Kan., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at the Elmhaven East in Parsons.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to Proud Animal Lovers Shelter.

Roy M. Brinson

PARSONS—Roy M. Brinson, 68, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Labette Health.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. 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.

Dorothy L. Trout

CHANUTE—Dorothy L. Trout, 92, a former Galesburg and Parsons, Kan., resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at the Heritage Healthcare Center in Chanute.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The casket will remain closed at the service. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience.

Memorials are suggested to the Galesburg Relief Fund and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Calvin E. Transue

ANGOLA—Calvin E. Transue, 86, of Angola, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012, at Oswego Medical Center in Oswego, Kan.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m., at North Edna Cemetery in Edna, Kan. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post #1022 and the American Legion Post #20. Friends may call on Friday, Feb. 17, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville, Kan., to sign the guest register.

Family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society; these may be left with the funeral home.

Joyce E. Baker

ALTAMONT—Joyce E. Baker, 81, of Altamont, Kan., died at 7:45 a.m., Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at the First Baptist Church in Altamont. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Altamont or PALS (Proud Animal Lovers Shelter) in Parsons. 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.

Joyce was born June 17, 1930, in Altamont, Kan., to James L. and Lena I. (Lewis) Baker. She grew up and attended schools in Altamont and was a 1950 graduate of Labette County Community High School. Prior to marriage, she worked at Hallmark Cards in Parsons.

She and Thomas L. “Tom” Baker were married in Winfield, Kan. They made their family home in Altamont where they owned and operated Baker’s Texaco service station for 52 years.

Joyce was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Altamont where her grandparents and great-grandparents were charter members. She also participated in the We Care and White Cross ladies’ groups at the church, had served on the flower and food committees for numerous years, and in younger years was co-sponsor of the Ann Judson Guild.

In 1985, Joyce and Tom were Altamont Sweethearts, for Flag Day, and were honored by the Lions Club for the Distinguished Service Award in 2006. She enjoyed cooking, decorating the bulletin board at the senior apartments, and spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Baker, of the home; two daughters, Jerry Bolen and husband Mike, Altamont; Vicky Haraughty, Altamont; six grandchildren, Todd Merrick and wife Kim, Webb City, Mo.; Michelle Vance and fiancé Danny Bernd, Cherryvale, Kan.; Shelley Gardner and husband Mark, Altamont; Greg Haraughty and wife Hanna, Altamont; Keli Hess and husband Chris, Gardner, Kan.; Clint Vance, Altamont; five great-grandchildren, Sloane Vance, Ingrida Vance, Lauren Merrick, Nolan Haraughty and Jake Haraughty; and one sister, Shirley Johnston, Vinita, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Orville and Clyde Baker; and son-in-law, Mitch Haraughty, on June 7, 2002.

Dale Conard

CHETOPA—Dale Conard, 90, of rural Chetopa, Kan., passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at the Chetopa Manor in Chetopa.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at Park Cemetery, Columbus, Kan., with Dennis Castle officiating.

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

Dale was born on Oct 9, 1921, in Chetopa. He was the son of George and Flora (Bartee) Conard. Dale was a graduate of Chetopa High School and attended Coffeyville Community College where he played basketball.

Dale grew up on a farm in Cherokee County during the depression and learned the value of hard work and sacrifice. He lived his entire life in a five square mile area between Chetopa, Faulkner, and Melrose, Kan.

He married Mary Glee Imel in 1945 and moved to the present farm in 1950. Together, they developed a large farming and ranching business. Dale pioneered the pecan industry in Southeast Kansas and Northwest Oklahoma, developing several innovative machines for pecans. Several media outlets called him the “Pecan King” over the years. He also enjoyed raising exotic animals and farm related enterprises.

Dale was a member of the Army, serving in World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He was stationed and saw action at Leyte and Luson in the Philippines. He was in the occupation forces of Japan.

Survivors include Sonia Kelly, of the home; two sons, Norman Conard and wife Karen of Fort Scott, Kan.; and Robert Conard and wife Karyl of Rose Hill, Kan.; four grandchildren, Chris Krebs, Richard Conard, Matthew Conard, and Elizabeth Conard; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Poor of Oswego, Kan.; Georgia Riley and husband Richard of Bloomington, Ill.; and one brother, Raymond Conard and wife Bonnie of rural Chetopa.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Glee; one sister, Virginia Chance; and one brother, Veryl Conard; a son, Richard Conard; and a granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Conard.

Dolores Rose (Bender) Reed

MARINETTE, Wisc.—Dolores Rose (Bender) Reed, 79, of Marinette, Wisc., passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at home.

Private services will be held.

Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home of Marinette, Wisc., will be assisting the family,

Dolores was born March 9, 1932, in Chetopa, Kan., the only child of the late John Bender and late Valeria (Swansen) Bender of Bartlett, Kan. She spent her early years in the Chetopa-Bartlett area of southeast Kansas. She graduated from high school in 1950 and then the polio virus came her way. Not one to give up easily, she fought to survive, won, and then went on to attend Kansas State Teachers College and the University of Missouri, graduating with a Masters Degree.

She spent her life working with handicapped and disabled individuals. One of her jobs was at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., where she met her future husband, Warren Reed. They were married  March 29, 1959 in Bartlett. Their only child, Vicky, was born in 1960. During her life, they were avid travelers and also moved several times, including Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Upper Michigan, Florida and New Hampshire, finally retiring in the Joplin, Mo., area. After Warren’s death in 2007, she moved to Marinette, Wisc., to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.

Those surviving are her daughter, Vicky (Denis) Reiswitz; granddaughter, Pam Wellner; grandson, Brad (Lindy Kehoe) Wellner; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Peyton, Natalie, Daphne and a future one the family is waiting to meet in June.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 47 years, Warren.

Many of her days were spent watching the little ones and getting to know them and she will be sorely missed for the love and support she offered the entire family.
Catherine (Kate) Emert
IOLA—Catherine (Kate) Emert passed away at the home of her daughter Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.
Following cremation, a Celebration of Life visitation will held at the Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Chapel in Iola, Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Allen County Healthcare Foundation (Hospice or Home Health) or Iola Public Library. Memorial gifts may be left with the Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.
Kate and her family moved to Iola in 1961. She worked at H.L. Miller’s and then was office manager at Columbia Metal Products for 24 years, retiring from there in 1993.
She was a member of Kappa Alpha Sorority and enjoyed her hobbies of bowling, quilting, ceramics, and china painting.
She was preceded in death by her son, Phil; her mother, father, five brothers, and her children’s father, Dale E. Emert.
Survivors include two daughters, Becky Shinn and husband Alan, Uniontown; and Gale Ludlum, of the home; two sisters, Leona, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Lorene, Bartlesville, Okla.; grandchildren, Tony and Jennifer Emert, Parsons; Kevin and Diana Shinn, Uniontown; Melissa and Jason Gage, Louisburg; Kathi and Jason Yokum, Humboldt; Diana and Tony Yanez, Parsons; Chris Vernon, Eastland, Texas; Mary Jo and Allan Beiter, Lenexa; and Lawrence Yates, Houston, Texas; 20 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Ronald Allen Jump

PARSONS—Ronald Allen Jump, 44, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the Wesley Medical Center at Wichita, Kan., with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to an education fund established for his children. Checks are to be made to the Keagan and Kelsey Jump Education Fund. These 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.

Catherine (Kate) Emert

IOLA—Catherine (Kate) Emert passed away at the home of her daughter Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

Following cremation, a Celebration of Life visitation will held at the Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Chapel in Iola, Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Allen County Healthcare Foundation (Hospice or Home Health) or Iola Public Library.

Memorial gifts may be left with the Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.

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

Kate and her family moved to Iola in 1961. She worked at H.L. Miller’s and then was office manager at Columbia Metal Products for 24 years, retiring from there in 1993.

She was a member of Kappa Alpha Sorority and enjoyed her hobbies of bowling, quilting, ceramics, and china painting.

She was preceded in death by her son, Phil; her mother, father, five brothers, and her children’s father, Dale E. Emert.

Survivors include two daughters, Becky Shinn and husband Alan, Uniontown; and Gale Ludlum, of the home; two sisters, Leona, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Lorene, Bartlesville, Okla.; grandchildren, Tony and Jennifer Emert, Parsons; Kevin and Diana Shinn, Uniontown; Melissa and Jason Gage, Louisburg; Kathi and Jason Yokum, Humboldt; Diana and Tony Yanez, Parsons; Chris Vernon, Eastland, Texas; Mary Jo and Allan Beiter, Lenexa; and Lawrence Yates, Houston, Texas; 20 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

William H “Bill” Hinkle

PARSONS—William H. “Bill” Hinkle, 82, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Funeral services were held Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Cremation followed the service.

Memorials are suggested to the Make A Wish 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.

Frank W. Hazlett

PARSONS—Frank W. Hazlett, 94, a lifelong Labette County resident, died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Woodridge Estates in Parsons, Kan., where he had resided the past few years.

From 1936 to 1941 he was employed by the Carpenter Press in Oswego, which published the Oswego Democrat Newspaper. In 1941 he began employment with the Parsons Sun as a linotype operator-machinist and continued in this career until his retirement in 1982.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday.

Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian 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.

Lloyd Dale Pease

WELCH, Okla.—Lloyd Dale Pease, 48, of Welch, Okla., passed away on Feb. 3, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital after a sudden illness.

He will be cremated.

In Lloyd’s memory, a gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Mae Lessley Community Center in Chetopa,  starting at noon and going until around 5 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jim Thomas, Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

Lloyd was born Feb. 16, 1963, to Clarence and Lillie Pease. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Carl.

He is survived by two brothers and their spouses,  Roger and Sherry Pease, Welch, Okla., and Wayne and Stephanie  Pease, Chetopa, Kan.; one sister, Mary Byrd, Broken Arrow, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Larry Mark Smith

OSWEGO—Larry Mark Smith, 68, of Oswego, Kan., passed away at 10:50 a.m., Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at his home, following an illness.

A Rosary Prayer service was heldSunday, Feb. 5, at Mother of God Catholic Church with visitation following.
Funeral Mass was held Monday, Feb. 6, at Mother of God Catholic Church.  The celebrant was Fr Larry Parker. Burial was in Oswego Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to a fund for Jonah Jarman’s autism therapy in care of the funeral home.

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

Larry was born Feb. 9, 1943, in Parsons, Kan. His parents were  H. M. “Mike” and Helen Josephine (Fowler) Smith. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Boitel, and one brother, Merrit Michael Smith, who died in infancy.

He graduated from Parsons High School where he played baseball and got involved in music. He co-founded the Lancer Dance Band which was widely known in the Parsons area. He then began working for MKT Railroad. In 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tenn., to work in the music industry. He returned to Kansas in 1981 and earned an Associate degree in Radiology at Labette County Community College. He then worked at various jobs including Oak Hill Hospital, Joplin, Mo., the Oswego Hospital, and various manufacturing plants.

He was a member of the Mother of God Catholic Church, Oswego, where he was in the Knights of Columbus, Oswego/Chetopa Lodge. He was an accomplished guitarist and enjoyed singing and writing music. He also enjoyed spending time with the family and sitting down to read a good book.

Larry was married to Patricia A Saffell on May 6, 1972, in Oswego. She survives.

Additional survivors include two children, Mike and Sandy, who were born from a previous marriage; two sons, Jesse (and Suzie) Smith, Frontenac, Kan.; and Nick Smith, Oswego; one daughter, Holly (and Kenton) Jarman, Altamont, Kan.; mother-in-law, Rosa Saffell, Oswego; three grandchildren, Olivia Smith, Conner Smith, and Jonah Jarman.

Lottie Louise Neighbors

PARSONS—Lottie Louise Neighbors, 85, of Parsons, Kan., passed away at 1:02 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Labette Health.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time.

Memorials can be made in lieu of flowers to Bartlett Christian Church and the First Christian Church in Parsons and these may be left at the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com. May she rest in peace.

Lottie was born on Nov. 27, 1926, at Columbus City Hospital to Bruce and Stella Marie (Poynter) Pyne. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1944 and from Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University) in 1949. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

On completion of her education, she moved to Denver to live and work, but eventually returned to Parsons and taught at Lincoln grade school. She thoroughly enjoyed being a teacher and talked of her students and that time in her life fondly.

She married Bill Neighbors at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on June 7, 1953. They were married for 50 years. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2003.

Together they owned and operated Neighbors TV at 3012 Main for over 25 years, and in later years opened Lottie’s Antiques in Oswego, which she closed upon his passing. She was an avid antique collector and considered an expert by many.

Lottie is survived by her son, Bill Neighbors and wife Julie, Oswego; her daughter, Debbie Butler and husband Rick, Parsons; and her daughter, Linda Neighbors, St. Louis. Lottie had nine grandchildren (Ryan Butler, Myndee Butler, Bransie Qualls, Meredith Butler, Bryce Butler, Chasnie Vinson, Amanda Wurmser, William Neighbors, and Nick Wurmser) and six great-grandchildren (Matthew Butler-6, Mason Butler-5, Nixon Butler-3, Asher Qualls-2, Branton Qualls-2 and Gwyneth Kate Butler-7 months) who were the absolute light of her life. Lottie’s last years were filled with the pure joy of watching her family grow.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Jimmy; a sister, Helen Robison of Hallowell, Kan.; and a brother, Arlie Pyne of Columbus, Kan.
Her sister, Marie Shearer, resides in Denver, Colo. Her sister-in-law, Rosalie Pyne, resides in Columbus, and her brother-in-law, Murl Robison, in Hallowell.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parsons, but in her later years attended Bartlett Christian Church, and First Christian Church in Parsons.

Lottie Louise was a farmer’s daughter, a college-educated career woman, beloved sister, wife and mother of three who loved her family and was especially proud of all their accomplishments. Her granddaughters would all say that she was one “spunky little chick.” She played the piano, enjoyed music and to dance, traveled with her children, enjoyed family dinners and was very active and involved until her death.

Dr. Fred Wilbur Johnson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Dr. Fred Wilbur Johnson, 79, of Springfield, Mo., passed away on Jan. 27, 2012, in Springfield.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Second Baptist Church of Springfield, Mo. Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Altamont, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Dr. Fred Johnson to the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging, 1735 S. Fort, Springfield, MO 65807, (417) 862-0762.

Fred was born on Jan. 6, 1933, to Clyde and Opal Johnson and grew up on the family farm near Edna, Kan. In

1950, Fred graduated from Labette County High School in Altamont, Kan., and then worked as a railroad telegraph operator before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. After graduating in 1956, Fred moved his growing family to Pittsburg, Kan., where he would practice chiropractic medicine for the next 40 years. Upon retirement, he moved to Springfield and enjoyed new challenges working for Strategic before retiring again in 2009.

A man of many talents, Fred was a skilled woodworker and an excellent gardener. He loved music—as a teenager Fred once traded a cow for a piano—and, over the years, he enjoyed playing the harmonica, banjo, guitar, piano and organ. In addition to spending time with his family, he was active in the community as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Pittsburg Shrine, and a former volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

Fred was saved and baptized in the early 1950s, and was most recently a member of the Second Baptist Church of Springfield.

Fred is survived by his wife of over 25 years, Cindy Johnson of Springfield; and five sons, Fred “Butch” Johnson and Susan Johnson of Oswego, Kan.; Phill Johnson of Oviedo, Fla.; Lance Johnson and Mary West of Pittsburg, Kan.; Bill and Mary Johnson of Riverton, Kan.; and Chris Johnson of Joplin, Mo; and two stepchildren, Paul Miller of Kansas City; and Melinda Miller-Trusty and husband Tarrence of Marion, Ind.  Fred is also survived by his sister, Eileta Creekpaum and husband Eddie of Tulsa, Okla.; as well as their son, Kyden Creekpaum and wife LaShawn of Paris, France.  Fred leaves grandsons Brian, Mark, Jeff, and Shawn Johnson; step-grandchildren Kourtney, Airston, and Sophie Trusty and Ashlee Kolb; and one step-great-granddaughter, Ariana.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Opal Johnson; a baby brother, Ray Dean Johnson; and his former wife and the mother of his five sons, Betty (Owings) Green.

Freddy Lee Burrows

BAXTER SPRINGS—Freddy Lee Burrows, 57, of Baxter Springs, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at his home in Baxter Springs, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1954 in Oswego, Kan., to Gertrude and Hollis Burrows.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Bishop Morgan Maguire will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena, Kan. Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Fred worked at Bingham Sand and Gravel in Treece, Kan., for the last 12 years. He was a member of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Miami, Okla., where he served as an elder.

He was united in marriage to Diane Dudley on Nov. 12, 1996, in Baxter Springs.

Fred is survived by his wife, Diane Burrows, of the home; one son, Glen Thomasson, wife Teri, and son Ben, Baxter Springs; a brother, Floyd Burrows and wife Nelli, Baxter Springs; brother, Dwight Burrows and wife Sue, Quapaw, Okla.; brother, Clyde Burrows and wife Pat, Columbus, Kan.; brother, David Burrows and wife Pat, Texas; sister, Joy Delmont, Columbus; sister, Jeannie Anderson of Prior; Sister Lucy Godfrey of Baxter Springs, KS; Sister Iris Pallus and husband James, Texas; sister, Velma Nickel and husband Earl, Bartlett, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Harrison Burrows; father, Hollis Burrows; brother, Earl Burrows; sister, Flora Kabus; sister, Fran Hartin; and a grandson, Gavin.

He enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, Stephen King movies, and spending time with his family.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Bingham Sand and Gravel, Dr. Bazzano, Dr. Croy, and the St. John’s Cancer Treatment Center.

Joyce K. Peterson

PARSONS—Joyce K. Peterson, 68, of Parsons, Kan., died at her home Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. She had been in failing health for the past few months.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will follow at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday.

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

Donald W. Woolman

PARSONS—Donald W. Woolman, 86, of Parsons, Kan., former longtime Pittsburg resident, and retired professor at Pittsburg State University, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, at the Erie Federated Church. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m., Friday, at the Ft. Scott National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday.

Memorials are suggested to the Pittsburg State University Foundation. They may be left at or sent to the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home at Box 182, Erie, KS 66733. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Robert O. “Bob” Mustain

PARSONS—Robert O. “Bob” Mustain, 86, of Parsons, Kan., died at his home early Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. His wife, Mary Mustain, survives.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons. Friends may call at their convenience after 1 p.m., Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette Health Foundation and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Ruth D. Pappas

PARSONS—Ruth D. Pappas, 83, a lifelong Parsons, Kan., area resident, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Labette Health. She had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette Health Foundation and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Beulah Wilson

PARSONS—Beulah Wilson, 86, of Parsons, Kan., died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, in Cheatham Cemetery in Neodesha. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, at Penwell-Gabel Webb and Rodrick Chapel, Independence, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Independence Church of Christ or the American Heat Association and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, 306 W. Main Street, Independence, KS 67301.

Leon E. Cluck

OSWEGO—Leon E. Cluck, 70, of Oswego, Kan., died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Oswego.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Church of Christ, 2900 Briggs, Parsons. Baker Funeral Home, Wichita, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice Care of Kansas, 1906 Main Street, Parsons, 67357, or Deseret Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1104 Ohio, Oswego, 67356.

Jerry A. Merrick

MOUND VALLEY—Jerry A. Merrick, 68, of Mound Valley, Kan., died at 8:20 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Freeman Health System in Joplin, Mo. He had been in his usual health before suffering a stroke two weeks ago.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Mound Valley Christian Church.Burial will be in Mound Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.  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.

Jerry was born Aug. 19, 1943, in Mound Valley to Elwyn and Eulalia (Hart) Merrick. He grew up and attended schools in Mound Valley. He graduated from Labette County Community High School in 1961. Following his graduation from high school, he served in the National Guard. He worked for the M-K-T Railroad before moving to Wichita where he worked for Cessna for a short time.  He returned to Mound Valley and drove a dump truck. He then began his own business cutting hedge posts and firewood. Most recently, he operated his own wood pallet manufacturing business.

He enjoyed gardening and earlier years he hunted raccoons and rode horses.  He also enjoyed his dogs.

Jerry and Barbara Taylor were married and later divorced. He married Judy G. Winters and they divorced, but remained close companions. She preceded him in death on Oct. 24, 2010.

Survivors include one son, David Merrick and wife Melanie, Independence, Kan.; two daughters, Diana Yenni and husband LJ , Raleigh, NC; Tammy Piland and husband Johnny, Osage, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Olivia, Davis, Carson, Dylan, Katelyn, Abigail, Hannah, Elizabeth, Matthew and Brandon; one brother, Jim Merrick, Altamont, Kan.; and one sister, Jolene Hesemann, Rogersville, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Harold Eugene “Gene” Testerman

COFFEYVILLE—Harold Eugene “Gene” Testerman, 84, of Coffeyville, Kan., passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. at Penwell-Gabel’s Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville. Chaplain Mike Graham will officiate. Burial will follow at Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett. Military honors will be presented by VFW Post #1022 and the Coffeyville American Legion.

Friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home to sign the guest register. Family will greet friends Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society; these may be left with the funeral home. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelCoffeyville.com.

Gene was born on Jan. 26, 1927, in Craig County, Okla., to Arno and Barbara “Marie” (Trissell) Testerman. He grew up in the Craig County area as well as Bartlett, Kan. After receiving his high school education, Gene served in the United States Navy during World War II.

On May 27, 1949, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carmeta Lou Stokesberry in Independence, Kan. Shortly following their marriage, the couple made their home in Coffeyville where Mrs. Testerman was a homemaker and Gene worked at Parkerburg Rig and Reel, Wheatly Valve and for over 20 years, operated Testerman Welding.

Gene was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1022 and the local American Legion. His favorite hobby was hunting. He also enjoyed time with his family and friends.

Surviving to honor his memory is his son, Darrell Testerman and wife Dayna of Arlington, Texas; brother, Arno Testerman and wife Martha of Bartlett, Kan.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arno and Barbara “Marie”; loving wife, Carmeta; daughter, Patty Lou Testerman; and brothers, Arthur and Norman “Duane” Testerman.

Imogene Springer

JOPLIN, Mo.—Imogene Springer, 85, of Joplin, Mo., formerly of Cherryvale, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, following a short illness.

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel with Allen Brintnall, Minister, officiating. Burial was at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Galesburg, Kan.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin, Mo.

Max Dick

PARSONS—Max Dick, 92, a longtime Parsons, Kan., resident, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Parsons.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Parsons.

The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday evening.

Memorials are suggested to the Faith United Methodist Church 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 will be left at www.wallfuneralhomes.com.

Winifred N. Maxson

EDNA—Winifred N. Maxson, 88, of rural Edna, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Edna United Methodist Church with Rev. Lane Roberts and Rev. Dean Knewtson officiating. Burial will follow in the North Edna Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Edna United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church in Edna.

The family suggests memorials to the Edna United Methodist Church or Labette County 4-H. Contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

Winifred was born on Feb. 12, 1923, at Coffeyville, Kan., to Arthur and Elizabeth (Roberts) Higginson. Winifred grew up in the Valeda and Edna area, attending Valeda Grade School and Edna High School, graduating with the class of 1941.

On Jan. 1, 1942, she married Dale Maxson at McPherson, Kan.  Following their marriage, they made their home in the Edna area.  While her husband was in the service during World War II, Winifred began working as bookkeeper at the stockyards in Coffeyville, and later at Maxson Sales in Coffeyville and Parsons, and helped her husband on their ranch near Edna.

She was a member of the Edna United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School and Bible School at her church, member of Grange, and Royal Neighbors, charter member of the Edna Roundup Club, 4-H Leader for many years, Kansas Master Farmer Homemaker, Kansas FFA Honorary State Farmer, local FFA Chapter Honorary Farmer for both Labette County High School and Field Kindley High School.

Winifred enjoyed helping plan reunions and community events being held at their cabin on Maxson Lake near Edna. She liked scrapbooking, reading, chaperoning church, school and FFA Judging trips, and antiques. She especially loved time spent with her family, friends and being involved in her community.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Maxson, of the home; two sons, Danny Maxson and wife Peggy, South Edna, Okla.; and Rickey Maxson, Monkey Island, Okla.; one daughter, Kristi Esquibel and husband Mike, Edna; one brother, Dale Higginson and wife Wymetta, Altamont, Kan.; five grandchildren, Timmy Tyson Maxson and wife Teresa, Tracy Joe Maxson and wife Kim, Ryle Duncan Maxson and wife Ashley, Karen Ann Maxson, and Michael Rio Esquibel; and four great-grandchildren, Tegan Maxson, Taya Maxson, Taliyah Maxson, and Tracer Maxson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Timmy Dale Maxson, on Oct. 4, 1964.

Pauline Christine

PARSONS—Pauline Christine, 80, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, in the emergency room of Labette Health in Parsons.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, at the First Christian Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post # 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call at their convenience at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home on Thursday.

Memorials are suggested to either the First Christian Church or the charity of the donor’s choice. 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.

William F. “Bill” Chapman, Jr.

MOUND VALLEY—William F. “Bill” Chapman, Jr., 56, of Mound Valley, Kan., died at 8:50 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons. He had been in his usual health and death was not expected.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mound Valley Cemetery with military honors given by the United States Marine Corps League and Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette County Fair Board Scholarship Fund or the Ronald McDonald House. 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.

Bill was born Aug. 1, 1955, in Parsons, Kan., to William F. “Bill” and Mary Lou (Berends) Chapman. He grew up in Southeast Kansas and was a 1973 graduate of Labette County High School in Altamont. He then joined the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Bangor, Wash., until his honorable discharge in 1977.

After his discharge, he returned to the family farm in rural Mound Valley where he and his father farmed and raised cattle. He then continued his education at Labette Community College where he earned two Associate degrees. Following 33½ years of dedicated service, he had recently retired from the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center.

He was a lifetime member of the United States Marine Corps League and the North American Limousin Foundation. He was also a member of the VFW Men’s Auxiliary and Labette County Fair Board where he had served as beef superintendent for numerous years. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, his chosen profession of farming, and was an avid KU fan.  He was honored to be called “Papa Bull” by his grandchildren.

He and Janice C. Headley were married July 9, 1976, in Wichita.  She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include one son, Frank Chapman and wife Kelly, Parsons; one daughter, Jessica Chapman, Parsons; three grandchildren, Carollyn, Andrea and William Chapman; his mother, Mary Lou Chapman, rural Parsons; two brothers, Carl Chapman, rural Mound Valley; and Allen Chapman, rural Parsons; one sister, Donna Goins and husband Deland, Altamont, Kan.; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William F. Chapman, on Jan. 4, 2011.

Clifford Albert Kenworthy

OSWEGO—Clifford Albert Kenworthy, Sr., 85, of Oswego, Kan., died at Labette Health, Parsons, Kan., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at Fairview Cemetery, Melrose, with interment following.

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

Cliff was born July 10, 1927, in Melrose, Cherokee County, Kan., to John and Mae (Hayward) Kenworthy, who preceded him death.  He had a brother, Arthur Dale, who also preceded him in death.

He was in the Air Force a short time but had to return home due to his dad being injured.

Cliff married Jennie Elizabeth Littlejohn, Nov. 27, 1946, at the Courthouse in Oswego, Kan. They lived with his parents for a time on a farm north of Welch, Okla., until he got his own house built on land adjoining theirs. He went on to work as a tooler/dresser/driller in the mines of Oklahoma and Kansas. He also worked KOP, Parsons, Kan.; Union Railroad; Continental Can, Coffeyville, Kan.; Eastern State Hospital, Vinita, Okla. (26 yrs.); Craig County Road Department, Welch, Okla. (13 yrs.). At their farm, they raised cattle, horses and an array of other animals in addition to a little farming.  As a past time and second income, Cliff traded horses/cars throughout all those years. He enjoyed all the trading and attending horse functions, rodeos, and horse pulls.

The Kenworthys moved into the town of Welch in 1968. After Cliff retired, he and Jennie moved to a retirement complex in Chetopa, Kan., in 1991.

Cliff is survived by his wife, Jennie, of 65 years, remaining at the Oswego Nursing Home, Oswego, Kan., where they’ve lived since 2000. Other surviving family members include one son, Albert and Christy Kenworthy, Jr., Welch, Okla.; and their children, Kassi Simmons and husband Ronnie, and daughter Tori of  Bluejacket, Okla.; Kylee DeBock and husband Dillon and boys Colston and Riggin of Mutual, Okla.; Tay Thomas of Norman; and one daughter, Jeanette and Myke Rooks of Sand Springs, Okla.; and their children, Shawn Rooks, Topeka, Kan.;  Whitney Rooks of Lompoc, Calif.; and Thor Rooks, Kristen and Parker of Tulsa, Okla.

Mallory Danelle (Mellington) Henson

COFFEYVILLE—Mallory Danelle (Mellington) Henson, 23, of Coffeyville, Kan., formerly of Olathe, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 14, at Mound Valley Cemetery under the direction of Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

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

Barbara Joan Turner Swearingin

LOMBARD, Ill.—Barbara Joan Turner Swearingin, widow of David E. Swearingin, passed away in her sleep at home in Lombard, Ill., on the evening of Jan. 10, 2012.

Barbara’s remains were interred beside her beloved husband in the family plot at Oswego Cemetery on Jan. 17.

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