Labette Avenue Area Deaths

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Etta Pearl Roberts

TULSA, Okla.—Etta Pearl Roberts, 94, of Tulsa, Okla., former Oswego, Kan., hospital administrator, died Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Tulsa.

Graveside services will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, at Oswego Cemetery, Oswego, Kan.
Moore’s Southlawn, Tulsa, Okla., is in charge of arrangements.

Randy DeWayne Ventle

UNION CITY, Tenn.—Randy DeWayne Ventle, 48, of Union City, Tenn., formerly of Chetopa, Kan., passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012, at the Medical Center, Jackson, Tenn., following an illness.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at Labette Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Heflin officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Kan.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 1, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego.

Randy was born Aug. 11, 1963, in Oswego, Kan. His parents were the late Carl Eugene Ventle and Glenda Kay (Clark) Ventle. He had lived in Tennessee for the past three years, moving from Chetopa.

He graduated from the Labette County High School, Altamont, Kan. He had worked in the shipping/receiving department at Flesh Paper Company, Parsons, Kan., for 10 years, last working in 2000.

He was a member of the Labette Baptist Church, Labette City, Kan. In Tennessee, he was active with an internet ministry. He was also active with music. In addition to being a recording artist, several of the songs he composed were published. He was given the privilege of singing at the Ryman Theater, Nashville, Tenn.

Surviving are two sons, Michael Ventle, State of Missouri; and Justin Ventle, Chetopa; three grandchildren, Quaiden Ventle, Ella Ventle, and Jenaka Ventle; his mother, Glenda Ventle, Labette City; and two sisters, Carla Blackburn, Parsons, Kan.; and Marla Cook, Oswego.

Charles T. Lawson

OSWEGO—Charles T. Lawson, 92, of Oswego, Kan., died at 3p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Oswego Community Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Oswego.  Burial of ashes will be in Greenlawn Cemetery near Hallowell. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m., until service time, Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the First Southern Baptist Church in Oswego. 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.

Charles was born June 28, 1919, in Neosho, Mo., to Thomas W. and Anna Virginia (Watkins) Lawson. As a young boy, he grew up and attended school in Neosho. He then moved to Webb City, Mo., where he lived for a time before moving to Kansas. He made his home and farmed for many years in the Faulkner area.   On June 24, 1963, he married Jaunita Mae Watson. She preceded him in death on June 16, 1970. On July 20, 1979, he married Florence C. Bush. She preceded him in death May 2, 2007.

He was an avid fisherman and a very devoted father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include 15 children, David Lawson and wife Alexis, Oswego; Lenora “Tinker” Brown and husband Robert, Oswego; Pat Holtz, Oswego; Chuck Lawson and companion Robin Armstrong, Oswego; Holly Erwin and companion Jim Nave, Chetopa, Kan.; Tina Johnson and husband Randy, Welch, Okla.; Peggy Miller, Joplin, Mo.; Judy Robins , St. Paul, Minn.; Sharon Gero and husband George, Hallowell, Kan.; Shirley Yearton, Kimberling, Mo.;  Kenney Acres, Missouri; Forest “Bugsy” Evans and wife Margie. Elkton, Ky.; Ann Wilson and husband Holly, Welch, Okla.; Bill Evans, Commerce, Okla.; Debbie Kiser, Texas; Son-at-heart, Hal Erwin , Coffeyville, Kan.; 48 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ottie Lawson and wife Imogene, Carthage, Mo.; Jim Lawson and wife Wilma, Joplin, Mo.; and Ray Lawson and wife Charlene, Newberg, Ore.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, George, Earl and Richard Lawson; seven sisters, Mabel Carter, Mary Peyton, Dottie Peyton, Bessie Gray, Elva Capps, Marguerite Jackson and Pearl Bush; three children, Betty Johnson, Richard Evans and Linda Gilliland; two grandchildren, Shannon Best and Lloyd Nowlin; and two great grandchildren, Kelis Spainhower and Blake Lawson.

Evelyn M. Reeves

PARSONS—Evelyn M. Reeves, 83, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Elmhaven West nursing home in Parsons. She had been in failing health, but her death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at Church of the Brethren in Parsons. Burial will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Church of the Brethren and 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 A. “Tuttie” Wiggins

PARSONS—Ruth A. “Tuttie” Wiggins, 49, of Parsons, Kan., died Thursday, May 24, 2012 at her home. She had been in failing health.

Private graveside services will be held by the family. A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, at the Parsons Foursquare Church under the direction of Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Ruth Wiggins Memorial Fund. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Carl Dean Kepner

OSWEGO—Carl Dean Kepner, 63, of Oswego, Kan., died Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Oswego Community Hospital following an illness.

Mr. Kepner has been taken for cremation under the care of Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego, Kan.  A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ola B. Kendrick

PARSONS—Ola B. Kendrick, 59, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Macedonia Soul Winning Ministry. 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.

Agnes L. Hinkle

ERIE—Agnes L. Hinkle, 77, of Erie, Kan., formerly of rural Altamont, Kan., died at 6:10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Parsons.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 24, 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 Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Good Samaritan Society Garden Fund or Southern Care Hospice. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Agnes was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Elk City, Kan., to Walter E. and Leona (Darbro) Harpster. She grew up and attended school in Elk City. She then moved to Independence where she lived until marriage.

In 1952, she and Paul Hinkle were married. Following marriage, the couple made their home in rural Altamont where they farmed and raised their family. He preceded her in death May 24, 1994. In 2006, Agnes moved to Erie to be near her daughter. She had lived there until moving to the nursing home where she had resided the past several months.

In earlier years, she was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Altamont and the Women Aglow ladies’ group.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading the Bible and attending church.

Survivors include three sons, Ben Hinkle and wife Carlene, Altamont; Paul Hinkle, Jr., and wife Lisa, Cherryvale, Kan.; and David Hinkle and wife Shelly, Altamont; two daughters, Patsy Leuty and husband Bill, Erie; and Shirley Dunsing, Parsons, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Harpster, Mound Valley, Kan.; and one sister, Daisy Bamberry, Mound Valley.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Vernon Harpster.

Charlotte Juanita Fisher

OSWEGO—Charlotte Juanita Fisher, 89, of Oswego, Kan., passed away at 2:55 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at her home, following an illness.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm, Saturday, May 19, at First Baptist Church, Oswego. Bro. David Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 18, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oswego Senior Citizens Center, in care of the funeral home, 203 Illinois, Oswego, KS 67356.

Charlotte was born Feb. 20, 1923, in rural Oswego to Isaac William Strickland and Florence Leona (Cunningham) Strickland.  She grew up in the Fairview Township and graduated from Dickerman School during the depression years.

She married Herschel Monroe on March 2, 1940, in Labette City, Kan. They made their home in rural Oswego in Fairview Township, where they farmed until retirement and moved to Oswego. They enjoyed traveling until his death May 29, 1991.

Charlotte worked at the Kansas Ordinance Plant during World War II and was a cook at Fairview School for many years. She was a pink lady at Oswego Hospital and enjoyed her many flowers as a hobby.

She married Paul Fisher on Feb. 14, 1995, in Miami, Okla. She and Paul also did a lot of traveling and were active in working at the Oswego Senior Citizenas Center until her illness.

She attended First Baptist Church, Oswego.

Those surviving include her husband, Paul Fisher, of the home; two stepdaughters, Ruth Coyne and husband Chuck, Miami, Okla.; and Kathy Mustain and husband Ike, Miami, Okla.; five grandchildren, Elijah Coyne, Claire Coyne, Magnum Mustain, Jacob Mustain, and Gabriel Mustain; one brother, Albert Strickland and wife Peggy, Oswego; five sisters, Esther Kirkpatrick, Oswego; Elsie Phillips and husband Ron, Butler, Mo.; Betty Jean Martinie and husband Bill, Altamont, Kan.; June Horn and husband Bill, Topeka, Kan.; and Karen Ball and husband Wesley, Colwich, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Betty Strickland and Eleanor Monroe, both of Oswego; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Strickland; one sister, Velma Nettleton; and an infant brother, Robert Dean Strickland.

Josephine M. Tatro

CHETOPA—Josephine M. Tatro, 93, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 1:25 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home.

The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Garden City. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., Sunday, at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.

Local information has been provided by Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

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

Josephine was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Quinter, Kan., to Adam Michael and Josephine (Bouman) Zerr.

She and Fred Kreutzer were married. He preceded her in death in July of 1948. In 1952, she and John Tatro were married. He preceded her in death in August of 2005.

Survivors include one son, Robert Kreutzer and wife Barbara, Garden City, Kan.; one daughter, Sharon Wilson and husband Larry, Oswego, Kan.; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by five brothers, five sisters, two infant sons, and two great-grandchildren.

Lowell Alvin “Boss Hoss” Tarver, Jr.

PARSONS—Lowell Alvin “Boss Hoss” Tarver, Jr., 78, of Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Elmhaven West nursing home in Parsons.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at Watson Memorial Church of God in Christ in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to Watson Memorial Church of God in Christ 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.

Robert J. “Bob” Fredrickson

PARSONS—Robert J. “Bob” Fredrickson, 63, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, May 14, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

The funeral liturgy will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kan., where friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Leavenworth. Porter Funeral Home & Crematory, Kansas City, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the activity fund at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center.

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

Glenn Francis Hayden, Jr.

COFFEYVILLE—Glenn Francis Hayden, Jr., 65, of Coffeyville, Kan., passed away Wednesday May 9, 2012, at his home.

The time of the Memorial Service Celebrating Glenn’s life has been changed to 2 p.m., Monday, May 14, at the Lake Creek Cemetery, west of Bartlett, with Rev. Daniel Knight officiating.

The family suggests memorials to the Coffeyville City Recreation, or the Boys and Girls Club; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

Ladonna Rae Scott

TULSA—Ladonna Rae Scott, 78, of Tulsa, Okla., a former Parsons, Kan., area resident, died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in the St. John’s Medical Center emergency room in Tulsa.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Stalford.

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

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

Hazel G. Foster

PARSONS—Hazel G. Foster, 86, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at the Presbyterian Manor in Parsons.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m., Monday, at Fort Scott National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to First Assembly of God Church or to Hospice Care of Kansas and 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.

Dorothy I. Jungles

PARSONS—Dorothy I. Jungles, 93, of Parsons, Kan., formerly of rural Dennis, Kan., died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Elmhaven West nursing home in Parsons.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m., Friday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Vincent DePaul Society 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.

Patricia Ann Hatch

PARSONS—Patricia Ann Hatch, 52, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, May 7, 2012, at her home.

Following cremation, the service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to help defray funeral expenses 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.

Mary Jane Houston

CHETOPA—Mary Jane Houston, 74, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 6:36 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Following cremation, graveside memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 14, at Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett.

Memorials are suggested to the Mary Jane Houston Scholarship Fund. 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.

Mary Jane was born June 14, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo., to Henry Glenn and Ruth (Durbin) Topping. As an infant, she moved with her family to Hallowell, Kan., where she attended grade school.  She was a 1955 graduate of Columbus High School and a 1958 graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla.

For a time, she worked in Little Rock, Ark., and later at Charles F. Curry in Oswego until October of 1959.  Through the years, she also worked at White’s Tax Service and sold insurance as an independent agent.  In December of 1983, she began her own business, Houston and Associates Tax Service and Bookkeeping.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Chetopa and a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she also served as a district aide for a number of years.  She was also a member of the Chetopa Chamber of Commerce and a past member and active supporter of 4-H.

On July 3, 1958, she and Clyde Houston were married in Oswego.  He preceded her in death Nov. 12, 1983.

Survivors include one son, Richard L. Houston, Bartlett, Kan.; and three grandchildren, William, Kaylee and Tyler Houston.

Kimberlea Joann “Kim” (Thomas) Dantic Davis

COLUMBUS—Kimberlea Joann “Kim” (Thomas) Dantic Davis, 48, of rural Columbus, Kan., died at 12:41 a.m., Monday, May 7, 2012, at Medicalodges Columbus.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 11, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will be in Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Susan G. Komen Foundation. 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.

Kim was born June 25, 1963, in Oswego, Kan., to Bill and Sharon (Wilson) Thomas. She grew up and attended school in Chetopa.

Through the years she was employed at various companies including Glen Berry Manufacturing in Oswego from 1983-1990; Ace Electric in Columbus from 1991-1999; Doane Pet Care in Galena from 1999-2002; and Bagcraft in Baxter Springs from 2002 until she was forced to retire in 2004 due to illness.

She had attended the Community Bible Church in Chetopa and the Assembly of God in Columbus, and had served as vice-president of the ladies group at the Community Bible Church. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, knitting and crocheting.

Kim and DeWayne Dantic were married June 29, 1980. They later divorced. She and Tom Davis were married Nov. 23, 2001. He survives of the home.

Additional survivors include two sons, Daniel Dantic,  Faulkner, Kan.; and Zach Davis, of the home; one daughter, Tara Dantic, Quapaw, Okla.; one stepson, Judson Davis, Hallowell, Kan.; three stepdaughters, Tonya Davis, Hallowell; Kacey Estrada, Columbus; and Megan Davis, Hallowell; 11 grandchildren; parents, Bill and Sharon Thomas, Welch, Okla.; one brother, Victor Thomas, Norfolk, Va.; and two sisters, Ranita Thomas, Welch, Okla.; and Bonna Bayliss, Joplin, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Clayton D. James

LABETTE CITY—Clayton D. James, 2 year old son of George James, Jr., and Michelle James, of Labette City, Kan., died Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego, Kan. Burial will be in Labette City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Letha Pearl Willson

PARSONS—Letha Pearl Willson, 90, of Parsons, Kan., died Friday May 4, 2012, at Parsons Good Samaritan Society.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at Good Samaritan Society. Burial will be in East Bethany Cemetery. Friends may call at Carson-Wall Funeral Home at their convenience.

Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Good Samaritan Society’s activity fund 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.

Nadine L. Hamsher

PARSONS—Nadine L. Hamsher, 92, a longtime Parsons, Kan., resident, died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., where she entered on Wednesday, April 25.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to either the Parsons Senior Center or Church of the Brethren and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Marjorie F. Rogers

PARSONS—Marjorie F. Rogers, 84, a resident of the Parsons Presbyterian Manor, Parsons, Kan., died there Friday, May 4, 2012. She had been in failing health the past several years.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to P. O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Jessie C. Kepford

CHETOPA—Jessie C. Kepford, 90, lifelong resident of Chetopa,  Kan., died at 12:05 a.m., Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Webb City Health and Rehabilitation Center in Webb City, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at the First Baptist Church in Chetopa. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Chetopa. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the church on Tuesday.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist 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.

Jessie was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Chetopa, Kan., to George W. and Bertha Alice (Turnbough) Kepford. As a young boy, he grew up and attended school in Chetopa. During World War II he served in the United States Army.

Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Chetopa where he worked for a time at the power plant. He then began his career as a postal clerk until retiring in 1972. After retirement, he worked at Huntsman, Inc., in Chetopa and later as a custodian for Chetopa Schools.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chetopa and had served as Chetopa City Councilman and also on the Chetopa Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and tinkering in his shop.  Through the years, he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and being involved in his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

On Nov. 21, 1948, he and Alma Louise Riley were married  in Oswego, Kan. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Dennis Kepford and wife Nancy, Chetopa; two daughters, Debbie Diehl and husband Donnie, Rich Hill, Mo.; and Brenda G. Myers , Carl Junction, Mo.; five grandchildren, Kimberly Garvin and husband Eric; Kenyon Diehl and wife Michelle; Kelsey Chewning and husband Travis; Megan Garcia and husband Angel; and Alysha Coon and husband Mike; six great-grandchildren, Tristin and Page Garvin; Caleb, Jocelyn and Demitry Diehl; Sophie Chewning; and one great-great-grandson, Riley Gibson Coon, on the way; two step-great-grandchildren, Dalynn and Deanna Coon

He was preceded in death by six brothers and four sisters.

Norma Jean Fleming

SALINA—Norma Jean Fleming, 78, formerly of Salina, Kan., and Altamont, Kan., passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Guest Home Estates in Caney, Kan., where she had resided the past two years.

A memorial service will be held on May 18, at 2 p.m. at the Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth, Kan.The family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Guest Home Estates in Caney; these may be left with the funeral home.

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

Norma was born on Nov. 7, 1933, in Spearville, Kan., to Fred and Marie (Webb) Mantz. Norma grew up on a farm in Kanopolis, Kan. She went to school in Ellsworth, Kan., where she received her high school diploma. She went on to attend classes at Kansas State University.

On Aug. 23, 1952, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Edward L. Fleming, in Kanopolis. The couple lived in various places over the years for Edward’s career in the Soil Conservation Service. In 1975, they lived in Altamont until the couple settled in Salina in 1984 to enjoy retirement. Norma spent her time as a homemaker, caring for the home and the family.

Norma was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina where she enjoyed Sunday School, Bible Study and other church gatherings. She also volunteered at the Salina Regional Hospital. Norma enjoyed collecting bells and most of all enjoyed the time with her family and grandchildren.

Surviving to honor her memory is her loving husband, Edward, of the home; children, Connie Veteto and husband Mike, Bartlesville, Okla.; Jeanine Cooper and husband Kenneth, rural Edna, Kan.; Gary Fleming and wife Kerri, Bartlesville, Okla.; Suzann Fleming and husband Marty Heaton, Salina; sister, Beverly Brown and husband Bob, Salina; and seven wonderful grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Marie.

VINITA, Okla.—D. Gene “Red” O’Connor, 82, of Vinita, Okla., formerly of Welch, Okla., died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., after an illness.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, at the Thomas Funeral Home, Welch, Okla. with Minister Brad Canham will officiate. Family will serve as pallbearers.

Interment will be at Williams Timberhill Cemetery, East of Welch, Okla.

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

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