Labette Avenue area deaths

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Elaine E. Brown

EDNA—Elaine E. Brown, 96, of Edna, Kan., died at 10:10 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Chetopa Manor Nursing Home in Chetopa, Kan.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, at the Edna Elm Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home at Altamont from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Elm Christian Church, the Edna Library or to the Chetopa Manor Activity Fund.  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.

Elaine was born near Edna to Fredrick and Alice (Houck) Stine on July 13, 1915. She grew up and attended school at the Star country school and graduated from the Labette County Community High School in Altamont in 1934. She worked at a cafe in Altamont before she was married. She worked at Bella Hess mail order house in Parsons and Minor’s Fabric Shop in Parsons. She also worked at the Jolly Kid clothing manufacturing company in Coffeyville and also the Stine Hardware in Edna where she worked until retiring in 1988. She also had done upholstery work from her home.

She had attended the Elm Christian Church in Edna and was active in the quilting guild there. She belonged to the Royal Neighbors of America and had been on the Edna Library board at one time. She enjoyed red birds, flowers and doing fancy handwork. She also enjoyed cooking and quilting for her family.

Elaine was married to Paul Brown at Columbus, Kan., on Nov. 2, 1936. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1993. Following their marriage, they lived in Altamont for a time before moving to Edna in May of 1951.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Kimrey, Edna; and Judy Cunningham and husband Don, Broken Arrow, Okla.; one son, Charles Brown and wife Carole, Grove, Okla.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 11great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Hayden and Lucille Stine; and two brothers, Roy and Howard Stine. She was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, Cecil Kimrey.

Bob Torchia

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.—Bob Torchia, born July 11, 1938, to Frank and Dorothy Torchia in Oswego, Kan., departed this life on earth on Monday, March 19, 2012. A letter from a friend is a testament to Bob’s character…..

“Dear Bob, ….Looking back at our school days together, I appreciate the fact that you were always friendly to me though I was actually an outsider. I remember you as a popular guy who liked to have fun and someone I enjoyed being around. Playing on the baseball team with you and the other guys is a good memory for me.”

Growing up in Oswego, Bob enjoyed playing football, basketball, and baseball for the OHS Indians, graduating in 1956. He spent many days fishing on the Neosho River and hunting quail throughout Labette County. Bob’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s of the Plains was used as owner of Torchia Ace Hardware.

Bob married Sondra Sue Brady on Dec. 30, 1967, in Parsons, Kan., and adopted her daughter, Katrina. Bob, Sondra, and Katrina welcomed their son, Steven Robert, in November 1970.
Bob served as President of the Rotary of Oswego, on Oswego City Council, and Southeast Kansas Metal Health Board.

Bob and Sondra moved to Eureka Springs in 1991. Bob managed the gift shops at The Great Passion Play for 10 years. He also volunteered at Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and later worked as a tour guide for University of Arkansas Elderhostel Program.

A rare and fast acting form of Alzheimers, called Lewy Body Dementia, coupled with Parkinson’s Disease were the afflictions that swiftly ended his life on Earth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Elizabeth Gardens, 232 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs, AR 72632.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nelsonfuneral.com.

Robert Brown

LIBERTY—Robert Earl Brown, 72, of rural Liberty, Kan., passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Cherryvale, Kan.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Cherryvale United Methodist Church in Cherryvale with Reverends Dean and Mary Alice Knewtson, Fred Abshere, and Janet Maxwell officiating.  According to Robert’s wishes, following the service, cremation will take place.

Friends may call on Monday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The familywill receive friends on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Cherryvale United Methodist Church or DARF/U-CAN; 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.

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

Robert was born April 26, 1939, at Peru, Kan., to Birl and Helen (Gwin) Brown. Robert grew up in Chautauqua County, attending school in Sedan, graduating from Sedan High School in 1957. After completing high school, he attended and graduated from Coffeyville Community College.

On Dec. 28, 1958, he married Sandra Mills at Sedan. Together they had two daughters. They later divorced.

In June 1959, he joined the U. S. Air Force, serving until being honorably discharged in June 1963. After his discharge, he began school at Pittsburg State University where he received his bachelors degree and later his master’s degree.

In 1965, he moved to Coffeyville where he taught math at Roosevelt Middle School for 33 years. Following his retirement, he continued to teach as a substitute teacher in Aurora, Mo., and in Montgomery and Labette County Schools. He also taught at Drury College in Springfield, Mo., and at Coffeyville Community College.

In July 1983, he married Susan (Farr) Huneycutt. Following their marriage, they made their home on their farm near Liberty, while Robert taught and Susan was a school nurse in Coffeyville schools. After retiring from teaching, Robert joined Susan in ministering to churches in Aurora and Branson, Mo., and to several Methodist churches in Labette and Montgomery Counties.

Robert was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as an Elder and Sunday School teacher for many years, was a member of the choir and ran the sound system. He was a member of the Amateur Ham Radio Club in Independence and Coffeyville. Over the years, Robert taught many people how to operate ham radios, and also provided service and repairs to two-way radios and electronic equipment for the school district, Montgomery County Rural Fire Department, and other organizations.

Robert was also an active member of Disciples Amateur Radio Fellowship/United Church Amateur Network (DARF/U-CAN) and KNEA. He enjoyed working with electronics, fishing, camping, traveling, going to Roaring River, and spending time with his family. Robert loved helping Susan in her ministry and singing in the a cappella trio, “Lakeside Echoes.”

Survivors include his wife, Susan, of the home; daughter, Kristi Sanchez and husband David, Lee’s Summit, Mo., daughter, Vicki Peyton and husband Tony, Gardner, Kan.; son, Bent Huneycutt, Independence; daughter, Dianne Montgomery and husband Chad,  Springfield, Mo.; son, Kenneth Huneycutt and wife Cyndee, Wichita; his mother and step-father, Helen and Bill Kinnamon, Independence; sister, Doris Blanche and husband Jerry, Wisconsin; brother, Gale Brown and wife Peggy, Wichita; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, and one grandson, Zachary David Sanchez.

Frederick Eugene “Gene” Ryan

ALTAMONT—Frederick Eugene “Gene” Ryan, 86, of Altamont, Kan., died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Elmhaven East nursing home in Parsons.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, at First Baptist Church in Altamont. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in Altamont or Altamont Senior Center and can be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont.

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

Rodney Dewitt Looney

BARTLESVILLE, Okla.—Rodney Dewitt Looney, 71, of Bartlesville, Okla., formerly of Chetopa, Kan., died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.

The graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mound Valley Cemetery with Pastor William Reitz of Goodman Baptist Church at Goodman, Mo., officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, at Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory, Bartlesville.

Brian Keith “B. K.” Mosier

PARSONS—Brian Keith “B. K.” Mosier, 52, of Parsons, Kan., Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. However, his death was unexpected.

Services were held Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society 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.

Ruth E. Ward

PARSONS—Ruth E. Ward, 98, longtime Parsons, Kan., resident, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor, where she had resided the past several years.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Galesburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour. Friends may also call at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Memorials are suggested to either the Parsons Presbyterian Manor or the Labette Health Auxiliary. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.walllfuneralservices.com.

Grover J. Brand

COLUMBUS—Grover J. Brand, 81, of Columbus, Kan., died at 4:45 p.m., Sunday, March 18, 2012, at his home, following a brief illness.

Funeral Services were held Thursday, March 22, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Rocco Mollardi officiating. Burial was at the Friendship Cemetery in rural Cherokee County.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oswego. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 611 S. East Ave., Columbus, KS 66725.

E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.

Arrangement and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, Kan.
Grover was born July 5, 1930, in Stark City, Mo., to Grover Cleveland and Ada Neomi (Evans) Brand. He has been a part of this community since 1971.

He graduated high school in 1948. During his senior year in high school, he won sixth place in the National Amateur Typing Contest. In 1951, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked at the Pentagon as a clerk-typist for the Army/Air Force Postal Service. Shortly after, he returned home and attended Joplin Business College and received a Junior Accounting degree.

In 1956, he went to work for Eagle Pitcher. In 1966, the company promoted him to Manager of Purchasing. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies at Oklahoma University. In 1979, he was employed with the State of Kansas, Grain Inspection Department, as a warehouse examiner. He retired in 1992.

On Aug. 31, 1952, he married Juanita Sue Warden; they later divorced in 1968. They had three daughters.
Grover was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oswego, Kan. He loved his horse, dogs, dancing in his free time, and family was the most important thing in his life.

Survivors include his children, Ellen McKenzie, Norman, Okla.;  Teresa Cook, Oswego, Kan.; and Lisa Akuna and husband Bruce, Joplin, Mo.; siblings, Clifford Brand, Saginaw, Mo.; and Esther Clark, Coffeyville, Kan.; grandchildren, Dallas McClary, Neal McClary, Brandi Rose, Sherry Jameson, Mae Akuna and Joe Akuna; great-grandchildren, Rylie McClary, Kate McClary, River Rose, Taylor Jameson and Anthony Jameson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and eight brothers.

Martin Dale Lewis

OSWEGO—Martin Dale Lewis, 55, of Oswego, Kan., passed away at 2:26 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kan., following a long illness.

The body was taken for cremation under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego. The family will be arranging for a memorial service at a later date.

Martin was born July 9, 1956, in Stuggart, Comstadt, Germany.  His parents were Ted and Ruth Ann (Baker) Lewis. He had lived in Oswego since 2004.

He worked as a self-employed contractor before becoming disabled several years ago. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge. He served in the U S Army from 1974 to 1980, stationed in Italy with the 82nd Airborne.
Martin was married to Laura Lee Lukens on March 15, 1991, in Ozark, Ala. She survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Patrick Joel Lewis, Baxter Springs, Kan.; and Matthew Clyde Lewis, Sacramento, Calif.; his father, Ted Lewis, State of Alabama; his step-mother, Janice Thomas; two brothers, Thomas Lewis, Skipperville, Ala.; and Rex Lewis, Skipperville, Ala.; five nephews and two nieces.

Mary L. McCoy

PITTSBURG—Mary L. McCoy, 68, of Pittsburg, Kan., formerly of Oswego and Parsons, Kan., died at 6:58 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the Via Christi Medical Center in Pittsburg.

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

Memorials are suggested to the Pittsburg Safehouse, Operation Bright Touch in Parsons, or the American Cancer Society. They may be left at or mailed to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Mary was born Nov. 20, 1943, in Oswego, to Woodrow W. and Martha Elizabeth (Smith) Bryant. She grew up in the rural Oswego area and graduated from Labette County Community High School in 1962.

In 1969, she married Darrell McCoy at Oswego. He preceded her in death. She moved to Parsons in 2000 and recently had been living with her daughter in Pittsburg.

Mary was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Oswego and attended the First Baptist Church in Parsons. She was a pink lady at the Labette Health Hospital and had worked part time at Moore’s Liquor Store.

She enjoyed gardening and canning and helping her sisters.

Those surviving are a daughter, Kathryn Shackelford and husband John, Pittsburg; a granddaughter, Rebecca Shackelford, Pittsburg; brother, Richard Bryant and wife Linda, Hallowell; two sisters, Colleen Moore, Parsons; and Judy Wayland and husband Morgan, Welch, Okla.; and a brother-in-law, Jim Maxton, Galena, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kevin McCoy, in 2009; her sister, Carol Maxton; and her brother-in-law, Roger Moore.

John W. Raney

ALTAMONT—John W. Raney, 61, of Altamont, Kan., died at 4:40 a.m., Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Via Christi – St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

Johnie was born at Louisiana, Mo., to Hurley L. and Viola R. (Joseph) Raney on Oct. 29, 1950. The family lived in New Mexico for a time where his father worked for the U. S. Bureau of Mines.  In 1957, the family moved to Altamont where Johnie attended school. In 1966, while attending Labette County Community High School, he became employed under the CCC program where he worked as a custodian at LCCHS. He continued to work there until retiring due to health in 1999.

Johnie loved being with his family, eating hamburgers and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include one sister, Cherry Patton and husband Ed, Altamont; one brother, Joe Raney and wife Jenny, Minneapolis, Kan.; two nephews, one niece, three step-nieces, and several great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 24, at the First Baptist Church in Altamont. Burial will be at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge, Kan. The family will receive friends at the church from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the John Raney Memorial Fund to help defray funeral expenses. 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.

Paul E. Myers

MOUND VALLEY—Paul E. Myers, 73, of rural Mound Valley, , Kan., went to be with his Lord at 1:07 a.m., Saturday, March 17, 2012, in the Emergency Room at Labette Health in Parsons, Kan. He had been in his usual health and death was not expected.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at the First Baptist Church in Mound Valley. Burial will be in Mound Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the Mound Valley First Baptist Church Building Fund. 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.

Paul was born Aug. 27, 1938, in rural Cherryvale, Kan., to Lovell H. and Dorles (Straub) Myers. As a young boy, he grew up on the family farm and was a 1956 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.
Through the years, he worked as a machinist at Boeing in Wichita, Parsons Precision Products, Funk Manufacturing in Coffeyville, and Jenson International in Independence. He also farmed and did custom harvesting.

He was a member of the Mound Valley First Baptist Church where he had served as deacon. He had also served on the Mound Valley Co-op Board. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, going to auctions and spending time with his grandchildren.

On Aug. 14, 1960, he and Pat May were married at the First Baptist Church in Parsons. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, David Myers and wife Vickie, Mound Valley; Danny Myers and wife Kim, Mound Valley; and Don Myers, Parsons; one daughter, Paula Bradfield and husband Rusty, Mound Valley; 15 grandchildren, Chris Myers, Kelly Myers, Brandy Habiger, Amy Myers, Mindy Myers, Ryan Myers, Sarah Hammans, Ashlee Kite, Robert Steeby, Kara Myers, Ashley Myers, Darcey Myers, Riley Bradfield, Taylor Bradfield and Roper Bradfield; 15 great-grandchildren, Stetson Myers, Knydal Myers, Madyson Myers, Karlee Myers, Brayden Myers, Kyle Habiger, Kylie Habiger, Kolby Myers, Shaelyn Nibarger, Treyan Nibarger, Cassidy Hammans, Caleb Hammans, Madelyn Myers, Hunter Myers, and Lane Steeby; four brothers, Gail Myers and wife Maxine, Ozark, Mo.; Larry Myers and wife Judy, Altamont, Kan.; Allen Myers and wife Diann, Cherryvale; and John Myers and wife Patti, Grove, Okla.; two sisters, Betty Gittins and husband Elmer, Altamont; and Deloris Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dale Myers and Gerald Ray Myers; and one grandson, Joshua Myers.

Joe Allen Helms, Jr.

DENNIS—Joe Allen Helms, Jr., 44, of Dennis, Kan., died at 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Elmhaven West Nursing Home in Parsons following a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 18, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial was in Harmony Grove Cemetery near Dennis.

Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans. 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.

Joe was born Jan. 31, 1968, in Parsons, Kan., to Joe Allen Helms, Sr., and Connie Kay (Wass) Helms. As a young boy, he grew up in Dennis. Joe attended Mound Valley Grade School and was a 1986 graduate of Labette County High School in Altamont.

From 1986 through 1991, he served in the United States Marine Corps and, during the Gulf War, had served as a crew chief on the HMH-465 Super Stallion. Upon his discharge, he was a maintenance supervisor at Wal-Mart Aviation in Bentonville, Ark.

In July of 1993, he joined the Army National Guard in Tulsa, Okla. In 1996, he was accepted for Warrant Officer Candidate School and Black Hawk Helicopter Flight School at Fort Rucker, Ala. Joe had served over 20 years in the military. Following Hurricane Katrina, he and his sister, Jan, served in the clean-up effort in New Orleans through their National Guard unit.

He was an avid bow hunter and enjoyed Mopar drag racing his 1971 Plymouth Duster.

On May 26, 1996, he and Joyce Manley were married in Edna, Kan. They later divorced.

Survivors include two daughters, Kasey Jo Helms, Oswego, Kan.; and Kayla Renee Helms, Oswego; parents, Joe and Connie Helms , Dennis; grandmother, Betty Wass, Dennis; one sister, Janine D. Buning and husband Dan, Ozark, Mo.; one nephew, Bradley Bonewell; two nieces, Brynn and Bree Bonewell

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold Wass, O.B. Helms and Gabe Helms.

Naomi Jean Arnold

MIAMI, Okla.—Former rural Craig County resident, Naomi Jean Arnold, now of Miami, Okla., passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Osborne Care and Rehab in Miami. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday.

There will be a visitation for family and friends prior to service time, at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch.  Minister Brad Canham will officiate.  Serving as pallbearers will be Clay Arnold, Shawn Arnold, J.D. Whitlock, Shawn Wheeler, Brad Corn, and Stan Corn.

Interment will be at Walker Cemetery, West of Welch, Okla.

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

Naomi was born Feb. 26, 1922, in rural Craig County, Okla., to James A. and Lela E. (McNelis) Corn. She married Homer Arnold on March 5, 1940. He preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 2000.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Corn and Onie Corn; one sister, Bessie Cavanaugh; and one granddaughter, Cherie Arnold.

She is survived by three sons, Dean Arnold and wife JoAnn, Lahoma, Okla.; Merlin Arnold and Ronal Arnold, both of Welch, Okla.; six grandchildren, Brian, Ronnie, Jeff, Clay, Shawn, and April; 10 great grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and a host of friends.

Floyd R. Horton

PARSONS—Floyd R. Horton, 88, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

The funeral Mass was held Monday, March 19, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons.  Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with military honors given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s School Gymnasium 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.

Joseph Elio Cabot

CANEY—Joseph Elio Cabot, 75 of Caney, Kan., formerly of Oswego, Kan., died Monday, March 5, 2012, at Caney Nursing Center, Caney, after a long illness.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at Mitchell Cemetery, north of Oswego.

The family suggests memorials to Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego to help with expenses.

Jessa “Jess” Cooper

COFFEYVILLE—Jessa “Jess” Cooper, 81, of Coffeyville, Kan., passed away Friday, March 16, 2012, at CRMC.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at the Bible Baptist Church in Coffeyville. Reverend Daniel Knight will officiate. Burial will follow at North Edna Cemetery in Edna. Friends may call on Wednesday, March 21, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville to sign the guest register.

Elizabeth Banowetz

EDNA—Elizabeth Banowetz, 88, of Edna, Kan., passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012. at St. Francis, Kan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coffeyville with Father Stephen Thapwa officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeyville.

The family suggests memorials to Holy Name Catholic School and Good Samaritan Home Healthcare; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

Paul F. Lynch, Sr.
PARSONS—Paul F. Lynch, Sr., 84, of rural Parsons, Kan., died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons. He had been in his usual health, and death was not expected.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., Monda,y at the church, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart 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.

Frank M. O’Banion, III

PARSONS—Frank M. O’Banion, III, 53, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, March 18, 2012, in the Emergency Room at Labette Health.

Complete obituary details and funeral arrangements will be announced by the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

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

Lois G. (Neely) Graves

BARTLETT—Lois G. (Neely) Graves, 93, of rural Bartlett, Kan., died at 8a.m., Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Oswego Home Place in Oswego, Kan.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at the Bartlett Christian Church. Burial will be in Lake Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Bartlett Christian Church. 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.

Lois was born May 19, 1918, in rural Edna, Kan., to John and Jessie (Johnston) Neely. As a young girl, she attended numerous rural schools in the Edna area.

She and Arthur “A. D.” Graves were married March 9, 1941, in Independence, Kan. Following marriage, they made their family home in rural Bartlett. Through the years, she assisted her husband with their farming and ranching operation and had also worked at the Town and Country Dress Shop in Coffeyville for a number of years.

Lois was a member of the Altamont United Methodist Church and had attended the Bartlett Christian Church for the last several years.  In earlier years, she had been a Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher, 4-H leader, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed researching genealogy, quilting and embroidering, making clothes for her children and grandchildren and had made numerous trips with her sisters in later years. Lois especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and hosting family gatherings.

Survivors include one son, Kenny Graves and wife Linda, Bartlett; two daughters, Carol Wilson and husband Rodger, Chetopa, Kan.; and Linda Ardon and husband Ramiro, Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Burle Neely, Coffeyville, Kan.; two sisters, Lila Volz, Muskogee, Okla.; and Normalea Ragel, Garden City, Kan.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Leta Conley.

Dale G. Bamberry

ALTAMONT—Dale G. Bamberry, 76, of Altamont, Kan., went to be with his Lord at 6:45 a.m., Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 15, at the First Baptist Church in Altamont. Burial will be in Harmony Grove Cemetery near Dennis.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the First Baptist Church in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Altamont.  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.

Dale was born Nov. 26, 1935, in rural Parsons, Kan., to George and LaVon Catherine (Siesser) Bamberry. He grew up and attended Henderson Country School southwest of Parsons and was a 1955 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.  While attending high school and shortly thereafter, he worked for Wyman Baugher at Baugher Farms.

Throughout his adult life, Dale farmed, did local custom combining and worked at Coffeyville Livestock Auction from 1972 through 2000. He also had worked at Fredonia Livestock Auction eight years, and Parsons Livestock Auction six years. He was well known in the community for raising Duroc hogs.

Dale was a member of the First Baptist Church in Altamont and, as a young man, had attended Hopewell Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Big Hill Coon Hunters Association. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting raccoons, deer and pheasant.

He and Edna P. Myers were married Aug. 6, 1960, in Altamont. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Roger Bamberry and wife LaDonna, Edna; Robert Bamberry and wife Gina, rural Welch, Okla.; one daughter, Melanie King, Altamont; seven grandchildren, Amber Bamberry-Hester, Mary Ann Weimer, Spencer Smith, Jacob King, Roger “RJ” Bamberry, Devon Smith and Tyler Smith; four great-grandchildren, Bailey Hester, Nevaeh Smith, Tre Weimer and Shyann Hester; twin brother, Donald Bamberry, Florida; aunt, Margaret Bamberry, Altamont; five nephews, Randy, Richard, Gerald, Stan and David Bamberry; and three nieces, Tracy Bamberry, Linda Wooten and Jan Slinkard.

He was preceded in death by one brother, George “Keith” Bamberry; much loved daughter-in-law, Paula Bamberry in 2004; and two very special nephews, Zeb and Justin Wonser in 2001.

William Calvin “Billie” Littlejohn, Jr.

OSWEGO—William Calvin “Billie” Littlejohn, Jr., 66, of Oswego, Kan., died at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Medicalodge in Ft. Scott, Kan.

Billie was born Feb. 2, 1946, at Chetopa, Kan., to William C. Littlejohn, Sr., and Lillie L. (Smith) Littlejohn. He graduated from Chetopa High School in 1964. William worked as a US Postal Service carrier in Tulsa, Okla., where he retired.

He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1966 to 1968. He then attended college in Parsons and later transferred to Wichita State University where he earned a bachelors degree in 1972.

He enjoyed collecting Native American artifacts and art, researching genealogy and riding motorcycles in his earlier years.

Surviving are one brother, Walter, Chetopa, Kan.; four sisters, Jennie Kenworthy, Oswego;  Mae Nading, Chetopa; Willa Dean Spriggs, Cherokee, Kan.; and Barbara Ruttgen, Parsons, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Norma Jean Peters.

Following cremation, a graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 16,  at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Chetopa.

Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Society. 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.

Rev. Milton M. Baker

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Rev. Milton M. Baker, former Oswego, Kan., resident for seven years, passed away at his home in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the age of 80.

Milton was born Oct. 1, 1931, in Belton, Texas. He had been an evangelist and pastor for over 54 years.

He and his wife Patricia enjoyed their residence in Oswego. One of his favorite pastimes in Oswego was to visit the local library and spend time with his family: Lyn and Jan Kirk; David and Carolyn Edwards; Roger and Kelly Vance; and Donnie and Dusty Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; three daughters, Pamela Fricker, Vicki Hartquist and Angela Elizey (Nathan), all of Oklahoma City; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne G. Baker (Gerda), Brenham, Texas; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law of Oswego.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton M. Baker and Ruby Ann Harrell-Baker.

Ruby Elliott

PARSONS—Ruby Elliott, 92, of Parsons, Kan., died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society in Parsons.

There will be a private burial in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons under the direction of Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan Society for its prayer garden and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Carol Ann Donaldson

SCAMMON—Carol Ann Donaldson, 70, of Scammon, Kan., died at 12:40 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at her home following a long illness.

Funeral services will be 11 am, Saturday, March 10, the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Weir with Aaron Williams officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oswego City Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home two hours before the services, from 9 a.m. until service time.

Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home.
Services by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Weir.

Carol was born Aug. 9, 1941, in Neodesha, Kan., the daughter of Cletus and Rosalee (Bohannon) Amos.

On March 21, 1963, she was united in marriage to George Donaldson in Miami, Okla. He survives her of the home.
Carol was a homemaker and a long time area resident.

She was a faithful donor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Additional survivors include three sons, David Donaldson, Girard; Dusty Donaldson, Weir; and Warren Earling, Scammon; a daughter, Darlene Bennett, Pittsburg; three brothers, Colonel Amos, Ben Amos, and Ron Amos; three sisters, Goldie Elam, Cle Riordan, and Beth Moore; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Debra Johnson and Pam Conkling; a son, Don Donaldson; a grandson, Brett Bennett; two granddaughters, Donna and Deneace Donaldson; and two brothers, Ricky Amos and James Amos.

Anna N. Ramsey

PARSONS–Anna N. Ramsey, 85, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Parsons Good Samaritan Society.

Following cremation, funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Friends may call at their convenience. Burial will be later in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan 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.

Johnnie V. Law

PARSONS—Johnnie V. Law, 72, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, March 5, 2012, at Elmhaven East nursing home in Parsons. He had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

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

Dwain L. Watson

PARSONS—Dwain L. Watson, 72, a longtime resident of Parsons, Kan., died Friday, March 2, 2012, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center at Via Christi St. Francis Campus in Wichita, where he entered Feb. 22. His death followed a brief illness.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. Friends may call at their convenience after 9 a.m., Wednesday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, with military honors given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to either Wesley United Methodist Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice 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.

Bertie L. Gearhart

PARSONS—Bertie L. Gearhart, 91, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Parsons Good Samaritan Society.

Following cremation, the memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Good Samaritan Society garden fund or Hospice Care of Kansas and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, 67330.

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

James Ridge Foster

WELCH, Okla.–James Ridge Foster, 11, of Welch, Okla., died Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012, in Welch, from injuries sustained during a hunting accident.

Ridge was born April 25, 2000, in Joplin, Mo. His parents are James Robert “J.R.” and Denelle Foster of Welch and Tammy (Osborn) Foster of Commerce.

There will be a visitation for family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Welch Civic Auditorium.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 9, at the Welch Civic Auditorium. Robert Foster and Danny Showen will officiate. Kay Bowman-Harvey will officiate graveside. Interment will be at Welch Cemetery, Welch.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Golden Rocket 4-H, Rivals Football Team, or Welch FFA c/o Thomas Funeral Home, P.O. Box 231, Welch, OK 74369.

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

Larry D. Goodnight

PARSONS—Larry D. Goodnight, 59, of Parsons, Kan., died at 11:31 a.m., Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Labette Health Emergency Room in Parsons. He had been in failing health, but his death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday evening.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette Health Rector Diabetes Center 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.

Larry was born on Oct. 15, 1952, at Oswego, Kan., to Cecil and Bonnie (Collins) Goodnight. He traveled with his family while his father worked in the construction industry when he was young before settling in the Parsons area at age 14. He graduated from Labette County High School in 1970 and Labette Community College in 1972. He later attended Wichita State University and the University of Kansas.

He worked as an electrical engineer at TecTank, Cobalt Boats, at MEC in Parsons, and for Purina Foods at Sheridan, Wyo.

Larry loved family get-togethers and helping people. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all kinds of sports.

Larry in survived by his mother, Bonnie Goodnight, Parsons; two sisters, Carol Martin and husband John, Checotah, Okla.; Sandy Farran and husband Bob, Roach, Mo.; two brothers, Glen Goodnight and wife Susan, Belleville, Ill.; and Gary Goodnight and wife Connie, Parsons; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Goodnight.

Dwight Douglas Furnas

TUCSON, Ariz.—Dwight Douglas Furnas, 52, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, March 2, 2012, at his home in Tucson.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at the Commerce High School gymnasium. Services will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at the Commerce High School gymnasium with Audie Tash and Jerry VonMoss officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Doug Furnas Scholarship Fund at Commerce High School. These may be sent in care of the Superintendent to Commerce Public Schools, 217 Commerce St., Commerce, OK 74339-2200.

Doug was born Dec. 11, 1959, in Miami, Okla., to Wayne and Mary Furnas.

Doug had the strong support of his parents all his life. He began playing football in the third grade at Commerce. He attended college and played football at NEO A&M before transferring to the University of Tennessee.

Before beginning his professional wrestling career after college, he set two world records in powerlifting in 1987. He still holds the men’s collegiate national record in the squat (881.75 pounds) and dead lift (766 pounds) in the 242 weight class, which he set in 1983 while attending the University of Tennessee. He is also one of the few men to achieve a total of 2,400 pounds, with a total of 2,403 set in 1987 competing in the 275 pounds weight class. He holds the Tennessee state record for the squat (985 lbs.), dead lift (821 lbs.) and total.

Doug’s professional wrestling career highlights include five time All Japan All Asia Tag Team Champion, two time UWA Tag Team Champion and ECW World Tag Team Champion.

Doug began riding bulls at youth rodeos in high school. After retiring from wrestling, he began raising bucking stock bulls back on the home farm in Miami. He is co-owner of bulls currently bucking in the PBR. Doug also has a group home for teenage boys in San Diego, Calif., that he started.

Doug married Jody Thompson. They later divorced. He later married Martha Dacri on May 12, 1995. She survives.

Other survivors include his parents; one brother, Mike of Miami; three sisters, LaWayne Clapp and husband Jim, Miami; Pam Gray and husband Doug, Miami; Terri VanWey and husband Steve, Carthage, Mo.; nieces and nephews and many good friends.

Simon Martinez

PARSONS—Simon Martinez, 65, of Parsons, Kan., died Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Landmark Hospital in Joplin, Mo. He had been in failing health.

Complete obituary details and funeral arrangements will be announced by the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.

Dwain L. Watson

PARSONS—Dwain L. Watson, 72, of Parsons, Kan., died Friday, March 2, 2012, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, Kan. His death followed a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 8, at Wesley United Methodist Church. Friends may call at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home after 9 a.m., Wednesday.

Nancy F. Seay

WELCH, Okla.—Nancy F. Seay, 59, of Welch, Okla., passed away Feb. 27, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., after an illness.

A graveside service was held Monday, March 5, at the G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami, Okla.

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

Rose Etta Cutshall

PARSONS—Rose Etta Cutshall, 91, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Parsons Good Samaritan Society.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at McCune Cemetery near McCune. Friends may call at their convenience from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Church of Christ and 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.

Dorothy Jean Bailey

PEA RIDGE, Ark.—Dorothy Jean Bailey, 91, of Pea Ridge, Ark., a former Parsons, Kan., resident, died at Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale, Ark., on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

There will be a memorial service at a later date at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons with Carson-Wall Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Proud Animal Lovers Shelter and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

Edith B. Dick

PARSONS—Edith B. Dick, 90, a longtime Parsons, Kan., resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Parsons.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

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, 67357.

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

Patricia “Pat” Fanshaw

PARSONS—Patricia “Pat” Fanshaw, 72, of Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at her home. She had been in failing health.

Following cremation, no services are scheduled at this time. The Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons is in charge of arrangements.

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

Barbara I. (Nading) McCormick

COLUMBUS—Barbara I. (Nading) McCormick, 58 of Columbus, Kan., died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at the Assembly of God in Columbus. Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Cremation arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus.

Donald Eugene “Donnie” Byers

WELCH, Okla.—Donald Eugene “Donnie” Byers, 64, of Welch, Okla., died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.

The funeral service will be held Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Miami, with Pastor Gary Reed and Nicholas Highsmith officiating. Interment will follow at the Welch Cemetery, Welch, Okla.

Online condolences may be made at www.honoringmemories.com.

Friends may give to the Vinita First Baptist Church Youth Fund or the Miami First Christian Church Building Fund.

Arrangements are by the Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.

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