Labette Avenue area deaths

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Mildred “Tina” Rice

TULSA, Okla.—Mildred “Tina” Rice, 89, former longtime Parsons, Kan., resident. died at 2:25 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2012, in Tulsa, Okla., after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at the First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. Burial will be in the Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday.

Memorials are suggested to either the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society. They may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Tina was born Sept. 26, 1922, near Oswego, Kan., to Frank and Mildred (Walker) Swanwick. She graduated from Oswego High School. She held an associate of arts degree from Labette Community College and, throughout her life, continued to earn credits from Brigham Young University by correspondence and through Labette Community College.

Tina’s work career included employment in insurance with Bodwell and Lemmond and Victory Life Insurance Companies and in banking with Peoples Savings and Loan and Commercial Bank. She held Kansas Real Estate and State Insurance licenses.

For more than 35 years, Tina was a member of the Parsons Planning and Zoning Commission. She served on the boards of the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Parsons Historical Society and was the Labette County Genealogy Society corresponding secretary. She compiled and published two volumes for genealogy research. Her research requests came from across the United States and some as far as England.

On April 28, 1943, she was married to Robert L. Rice at the First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. He preceded her in death on March 10, 1978.

She is survived by her youngest sister and adopted daughter, Sharon “Sherry” Swanwick, of Tulsa; granddaughter, Danyelle Crouch; and three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Lanie and Springer Austin. Surviving siblings are Larry Swanwick and wife Betty, Parsons; Phyllis “Kay” Czapansky and husband Ray, Parsons; Shirley McDaniel Alford and husband Gerald, Edna; and Francis “Sonny” Swanwick and wife Alma, Oswego.

Tina is remembered for her appreciation of antique china and furniture, genealogy research and for her love of animals. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church.

Noble E. Green

OSWEGO—Noble E. Green, 86, of Oswego, Kan., passed away at 3:30 pm, Friday, June 22, 2012, at his home, following an illness.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 27, at Oswego Cemetery, Oswego, Kan. Pastor Phil Hays will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 pm, Tuesday, June 26, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice in care of the funeral home.
Mr. Green was born Oct. 13, 1925, in Pryor, Okla. His parents were Altie and Mable (Jones) Green. He had lived in the Oswego area since moving here as a teenager.

He worked in construction and was employed several years for Freeto Construction Co,. Pittsburg, Kan. He later worked as a superintendent for the Muller Construction Co., Coffeyville, Kan. He was also a farmer and a cattleman.

He was a member of the Oswego Christian Church, Oswego, the American Angus Association, and the American Black and Tan Kennel Association. As a young man, he enjoyed chicken fighting and rodeo. He also enjoyed hunting, especially with his coon dogs.

On Sept. 8, 1945, he was married to Daphna B. Watson. She passed away Nov. 1, 2011. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Stanley Green, J. R. Green, and David Green; and one sister, Bonnie Green.

Surviving are one son, Lee Green and wife Jennie, Oswego; one daughter, Beth Wells and husband Warren, Pittsburg, Kan.; four sisters, Betty Ketterman, Wichita, Kan.; Shirley McCleary, Miami, Okla.; Marilyn Tedlock, Hallowell, Kan.; and Jessie Fewin, Newton, Kan.; four grandchildren, Rachael Green, Eban Green, Shannon Tow, and Nathan Wells and wife Lisa; and five great-grandchildren.

Nadine M. Lorenz

PARSONS—Nadine M. Lorenz, 81, of Parsons, Kan.,  died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday, at First Baptist Church in Parsons. Burial will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m., Sunday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist 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.

Clarence “Leon” Rhodes

FORT SCOTT—Clarence “Leon” Rhodes, 64, of Fort Scott, Kan., died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Rev. Paul Rooks conducted funeral services Tuesday, June 26, at Grace Baptist Tabernacle. Burial was in the U.S. National Cemetery with the Olson-Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V. F. W. providing military honors.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Leon was born Dec. 19, 1947, in Oswego, Kan., the son of Charles Leo and Mamie Alice Rhodes. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a 1983 graduate of Pittsburg State University with a degree in business administration.

He lived his life with an entrepreneurial spirit. He was a computer technician, a mechanic, a salesman, a general manager, a property manager, an accountant and consultant. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a father and a friend.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of the home; a son, Michael Rhodes of Merriam, Kan.; two daughters, Angela Kemmerer and husband Jim, and Erin Crank and husband Matthew, all of Fort Scott; four grandchildren, Mamie Rhodes, James, Robert and Danny Kemmerer; two brothers, Virgil Rhodes, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Raymond Rhodes, Sherwood, Ark.; and a sister, Wanda Ringle, West DesMoines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Raymond.

John B. Wulf, Jr.

CHETOPA—John B. Wulf, Jr., 51, of Chetopa, Kan., passed away at 4:55 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 23, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the John Wulf, Jr. Educational Fund for the future education of his granddaughters.  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.

John was born July 28, 1960, in Oswego, Kan., to John B. Wulf, Sr., and Betty J. (Rue) Wulf. As a child, the family lived in England, New York and California while his father was serving in the United States Air Force. Upon returning to southeast Kansas, he graduated in 1979 from Labette County High School in Altamont. After high school, he served in the National Guard from 1979 to 1986.

He and Anita Willmschen were married April 18, 1981, in Miami, Okla. Their 31-year marriage was filled with true love and happiness beyond words. To this union was born a daughter, Amber, who was the light of her father’s life.

John worked in metal fabrication throughout his adult life and was currently employed at Power Flame in Parsons where he had worked the past 24 years.

He cherished spending time with his wife, daughter, and two granddaughters who affectionately called him “Papa”. He also enjoyed his dogs and his Harley Davidson motorcycle. John was always concerned for the well-being of others and has given the gift of life as a donor and, in his memory, his hair will be given to Locks of Love.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Wulf, of the home; one daughter, Amber Wulf and companion Joseph Bond, Chetopa; two granddaughters, Savanah and Breanna Bond; mother, Betty J. Wulf and companion Bennie Dominguez, Columbus, Kan.; one sister, Rebecca Darker and husband Mark, Columbus; two brothers, Cedric Gonzales and wife Lisa, Claremore, Okla.; and Ernest Wulf and wife Stacy, Chetopa; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; sisters-in-law, Patty Darnell and husband Rick, Chetopa; Wanda Rexwinkle and husband David, Mound Valley, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his father, John B. Wulf, Sr.; father-in-law, Marion “Sunshine” Bascue; and mother-in-law, Juanita Bascue.

Gladys M. Lake

PARSONS—Gladys M. Lake, 85, of Parsons, Kan., died early Sunday, June 17, 2012, at her home.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, at Parsons Foursquare Church, where the family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorials are suggested to Parsons Foursquare Church. These 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.

James Archie King

PARSONS—James Archie King, 87, of Parsons died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at his home.

A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, at Wesley United Methodist Church at Parsons. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery at Anabel, Mo. Friends may call at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home to register.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to KU Audio Reader, a public service for the blind. 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.

Roscoe Lee “Red’ McAffrey

WELCH, Okla.—Roscoe Lee “Red” McAffrey, 88, of Welch, Okla., passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Chetopa Manor in Chetopa, Kan., with his family at his side.

Services were held Monday, June 18, at the Welch Christian Church. Minister Brad Canham officiated. Grandsons served as pallbearers, Jerod, Shawn, Eric, Dustin, Matthew and Jacob McAffrey, Rusty and Michael McCool.

Interment was at Welch City Cemetery, Welch, Okla.

Military Rites were performed by American Legion Post #147, Veteran’s Funeral Detail.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Welch Lion’s Club.

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

Blain Daniel Smith

EDNA—Blain Daniel Smith, 10, of Edna, Kan., died Monday, June 11, 2012, at his home.

Private memorial services will be held later for the family. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday afternoon.

Memorials are suggested to an education fund established for his brothers, Corbin and Preston. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Blain was born Sept. 13, 2001, at Parsons, Kan., a son of Richard Craig and Sabrina Diane (Kirkland) Smith. His family lived at Parsons, Kan.; Tulsa, Okla.; and  Meramec, Okla.; and then moved to Edna in 2012. He had just finished the fourth grade at the Edna Elementary School.

Blain was active in Cub Scouts and was currently in Weeblos. He was academically gifted and loved reading. He also enjoyed horseback riding, bowling, wrestling, playing football, baseball and soccer.  He also collected rocks and listening to music.

Survivors include his father, Richard Craig Smith, of the home; two brothers, Corbin Smith, of the home; and Preston Smith, of the home; his paternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Stephanie and Eric Burrows, Tulsa, Okla.; his Godparents, Dr. Daniel and Kathy Pauls, Topeka, Kan.; his special friends, Judy Barney, Parsons; Thelma Collins, Mound Valley; and Amber Scott, Edna; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sabrina Diane Smith, on Jan. 3, 2010.

Dora (Autem) Boore

PARSONS—Dora (Autem) Boore, 87, of Parsons, Kan., formerly of Altamont, Kan., died at 3:40 a.m., Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the Parsons Good Samaritan Society.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to The 506 Foundation, Inc., to be used for music and journalism student scholarships or the Good Samaritan Society Garden 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.

Dora was born August 23, 1924, near Strauss, Kan., to Walter and Martha (Reich) Autem. She grew up in the Strauss area where she attended New Hope School, was a 1941 graduate of McCune High School, and a 1942 graduate of Parsons Business College.

For a time, she served as Labette County Treasurer. In the early 1960s, she began employment as a bookkeeper at Twin Valley Electric Cooperative in Altamont where she later became the first female Rural Electric Cooperative manager in the state, retiring in the mid 1980s. Following retirement, she worked for the City of Altamont, and, in 1995, began working for the Bath Funeral Home in Altamont, which later became Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, where she worked until retiring in 2006.

In earlier years, Dora enjoyed making ceramics and being involved in her children’s activities.  In later years, her greatest pleasure came when spending time with her three great-grandsons ,whom she adored.

In March of 1947, she and Walter Rex Boore were married. He preceded her in death in May of 1962.

Survivors include one son, Walter Boore and Theresa Roach, Clarkston, Wash.; two daughters, Rexanna Sanders and husband Bill, Lawrence, Kan.; and Linda McNeil, Dallas, Texas; one grandson, Ryan Kasson and wife Stephanie, Parsons; one step-granddaughter, Kelly Brady and husband Matt, Asotin, Wash.; three great-grandsons, Dakota Kasson, Hunter Kasson and Ryan Kasson, Jr.; two step great-granddaughters, Brenna Brady and Erynn Brady; one brother, Wayne Autem and wife Carol, Parsons; two sisters, Vera Lea Mercer and husband Wayne, Lawrence; and Hattie Turkington and husband Ray, McCune, Kan.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Walter Autem, on Jan. 24, 1961; and her mother, Martha Autem, on Jan. 10, 2007.

Rudy Schreppel

OSWEGO—Rudy Schreppel, 81, of Oswego, Kan., died at 6:27 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2012, at Sunset Manor in Frontenac, Kan., following an illness.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 15, at Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego with the Rev. Tom Stroot officiating. Burial was in Oswego Cemetery.

Rudy was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Cocrol to Tom and Barbara (Glickenberger) Schreppel.

Rudy married Violet Keeney in 1951. They divorced in 1985. He married Peggy Middleswart in 1991. They divorced in 2000.

His life’s work, ventures and co-ventures included Tom and Rudy’s Bargain Center, Rudy’s Auto Center, Schreppel and Son Custom Harvesting, Schreppel Farms, S and S Field Operations, Oswego Oil and Gas and Vanderbilt Oil and Gas.

Survivors include a sister, Barbara Shelton and husband Roy, Earlsboro, Okla.; two daughters, Janice Campbell and husband Kenny, Altamont; and Patsy Hair and husband Phil, Owasso, Okla.; a son, Rudy “Butch”, Jr., and wife Debbie, Broken Arrow, Okla.; six grandchildren, Michelle DeGrandi, Overland Park, Kan.; Misty Oxford, Denver, Colo.; Heather Salon, Dallas, Texas; Jason Schreppel, Lawton, Okla.; Mandy Shaw, Altamont; and Jessica Canarte, Pittsburg; six great-grandchildren, Marcus of Altamont, Alyssa, Avary and Ansley of Pittsburg and Dominic and Leo of Overland Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe, Tony and Tommy; and a grandson, Christopher Campbell.

Timothy Ray “Chip” Beck, Jr.

WEBB CITY, Mo.—Timothy Ray “Chip” Beck, Jr., 40, of Webb City, Mo., formerly of Oswego, Kan., died Monday, June 11, 2012, at his home.

A memorial service was held Friday in Eastside River Park, East Pavilion, in Chetopa, Kan., by family and friends.

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Parker Mortuary of Joplin, Mo.

Glenn H. Gofourth

PARSONS—Glenn H. Gofourth, 84, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at his home. His death was unexpected.

The Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at St. Francis Catholic Church, St. Paul, Kan., with burial at St. Francis Cemetery, with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, VFW.

The family suggests memorials to the Disabled American Veterans or St. Patrick Catholic School of Parsons.

Memorials may be left at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home or sent to P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Margaret “Marge” Bush

PARSONS—Margaret “Marge” Bush, 91, of Parsons, Kan., died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society of Parsons.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 15, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian 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.

Willard Lee Eck

PARSONS—Willard Lee Eck, 87, of Parsons, Kan., died Monday, June 11, 2012, at Parsons Presbyterian Manor. He had been in failing health.

Following cremation, a celebration of life gathering will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 16, at Parsons Presbyterian Manor.

Memorials are suggested to Parsons Presbyterian Manor. These 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.

Ruth L. Smith

SHERMAN CITY—Ruth L. Smith of Sherman City, Kan., died Friday, June 8, 2012.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 16, at Sherman City Cemetery.

Rhonda Sue Hale

CHETOPA—Rhonda Sue Hale, 55, of Chetopa, Kan., died Friday, June 8, 2012, at her home. She had been in her usual health and death was not expected.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. No service is planned at this time.

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

Alan A. Jones

MOUND VALLEY—Alan A. Jones, 62, of rural Mound Valley, Kan., died at 12:38 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2012, in the Emergency Room at Labette Health. He had been in his usual health and death was not expected.

Private graveside services will be held by the family. Burial will be in Mound Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, at the Mound Valley Community Center. Friends may call at their convenience from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the Show-Me Christian Youth Home.  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.

Alan was born July 25, 1949, in Parsons, Kan., to Byron D. and Ruth Marcell (Thomas) Jones. Alan grew up in rural Mound Valley and was a 1967 graduate of Labette County High School in Altamont. Following high school, he served six years in the United States Army Reserves.

He was a member of the Mound Valley Christian Church, a lifetime member of the National Farmers Organization and had served in various capacities at both the county and state levels; and had served several years on the National Resources Conservation Service Board. He especially enjoyed his chosen profession of farming and, through the years, had collected toy farm equipment, especially anything New Holland. His prized-possession was his 1972 Ford pickup referred to as “Old Blue.” He was fondly called “Grumpy” by his adoring seven grandchildren.

On Oct. 3, 1970, he and Deanna Bradshaw were married Oin Parsons, Kan. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, survivors include one son, Kevin Jones and wife Teresa, Mound Valley; one daughter, Cindy White and husband Matt, Oswego, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Dustin White, Grinnell, Kan.; Ryan White, Oswego; Mary-Lynn White, Oswego; Shyanne, Cloey, Brody and Makayla Jones, Mound Valley; one brother, Ray Jones, Parsons, Kan.; one sister, Judy Carroll and husband Dan, Independence, Kan.;  one foster brother, John Duncan and wife Beverly, Arlington, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two infant sisters, Juanita and Cynthia Jones.

Helen L. Stacy

PARSONS—Helen L. Stacy, 89, of Parsons, Kan., died at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, in the Emergency Room at Labette Health.  She had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 15, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Udall Cemetery at 3 p.m., on Friday.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. 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.

Tommy  W. Franklin

PARSONS—Tommy W. Franklin, 55, of Parsons, Kan., formerly of Altamont, Kan., died Thursday, June 7, 2012, at his home.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Tommy Franklin Memorial Fund.  The memorials will be used to purchase playground equipment at the City of Altamont Lake. 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.

Tommy was born April 30, 1957, in Webb City, Mo., to John E. and Fern Evelyn (Blackburn) Franklin. He grew up in Webb City until moving to Oswego, Kan., where he attended school and was a 1975 graduate of Oswego High School.

He worked at Columbian Tec Tank in Parsons for 28 years and was currently employed by Labette County.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #69 in Altamont. He enjoyed camping, fishing, golfing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who were very dear to him.
Tommy and Debbie Lee were married. They later divorced. He and Johnia Brown were married. They later divorced.

Survivors include his father, John E. Franklin, Labette City, Kan.; a daughter, Melanie Merrick and husband David, Independence, Kan.; five adoring grandchildren, Olivia, Davis, Carson, Dylan and Kate; three brothers, Bernard Franklin and wife Barbara, Labette City; Eugene Franklin and wife Sally, Carl Junction, Mo.; Darrell Franklin and wife Kim, Oswego; two sisters, Pam Eichhorn, Raymore, Mo.; and Patricia Wary, Raymore, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews; and his companion, Judy Moore, of the home.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Fern Franklin; and one sister, Jody Beery.

Ronald “Ronnie” L. Schertz

BERNICE, Okla.—Ronald “Ronnie” L. Schertz, 52, of Bernice, Okla., died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, Mo.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at Friendship Cemetery, Hallowell, Kan. Pastor Randy Frazier will officiate.

Ronnie has been entrusted to Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego, Kan., for cremation.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Lynn Colver

WELCH, Okla.—Robert Lynn Colver, 70, of Welch, Okla., died Friday, June 1, 2012, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 7, at the First Christian Churh in Miami, Okla. Interment will be at Welch City Cemetery, Welch, Okla.

Thomas Funeral Home, Welch, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles L. “Tuna” Gatewood, II

PARSONS—Charles L. “Tuna” Gatewood, II, 45, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, June 3, 2012. He had been in his usual health and death was not expected.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Watson Memorial Church of God in Christ. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the church.

Memorials are suggested to an educational fund for his children. These 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.

Luverdia P. Porter

PARSONS—Luverdia P. Porter, 72, of Parsons, Kan., died Friday, June 1, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.
The service will be at a later date under the direction of Midland Cremation Society of Joplin, Mo.

Condolences may be left at www.midlandcremation.com.

Jack (Bill) Hart

LaBERNIA, Texas—Jack (Bill) Hart, 85, of LaBernia, Texas, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
Jack grew up in Altamont, Kan., and lived with his grandparents, Jack and Mabel Cozad, He was a 1945 graduate of Labette County High School.

He is survived by a cousin, Bill Hart, and sister, Lois Jean Barrier, of Parsons, Kan.

Buried was in Brownwood, Texas, with Masonic Lodge honors. He leaves his wife, Alice, of 53 years.

Mildred G. Clark

PARSONS—Mildred G. Clark, 96, of Parsons, Kan., died at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Elmhaven West Nursing Home in Parsons.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m, Saturday, June 9, at the Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Frida,y at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home where friends may call after 1 p.m., Friday.

Joy D.Bortmes

OSWEGO—Joy D. Bortmes, 87, of Oswego, Kan., formerly of Tulsa, Okla., died at 6 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2012, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience after 1 p.m., on Monday, at the funeral home.

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

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

Joy was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Haskell, Okla., to Louis and Kelsie (Shinn) Hill. She grew up and attended school in Haskell, and later earned a BSN degree from the University of Tulsa.

After earning her degree, she worked for many years as a registered nurse. Through the years, she worked as a pediatric ICU nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and also as a school nurse for Tulsa District Schools until retiring in 1990.

She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa. She loved reading, playing bridge and attending church.

She and Eugene M. Bortmes were married in 1941. He survives of the home.

Additional survivors include three sons, Dr. Phillip Bortmes and wife Kayley, Oswego; Clifford Bortmes and wife Rita, Mounds, Okla.; and David Bortmes, Oswego; three grandchildren, Danielle Bortmes, Kristina Bortmes and Tyler Sparks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Vernon Hill.         

Herbert L. “Herb” Baum

PARSONS—Herbert L. “Herb” Baum, 89, of Parsons, Kan., died at 7 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health the past few weeks.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oswego Cemetery, with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post # 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday. Memorials are suggested to the Harry Hynes Hospice.  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.

Herb was born July 30, 1922, at Caney, Kan., to Perry and Ollie (Barnes) Baum. The family moved to Oswego when he was a small child and  to Parsons a few years later.

During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps and served in the battles and campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.

After the war he began employment with the M-K-T Railroad.  He retired as a switchman in 1986. He also worked part time for the Gamble’s Store in Parsons as a delivery person.

Herb was an active member of the Foursquare Church, where he served as a door greeter and van driver for Vacation Bible School.  He was a church camp volunteer and served several years as church custodian. In earlier years, he coached girls’ softball teams in the church league and worked in Boy Scouts. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and participating in bowling leagues. He had been active in his railroad union for many years.

On Nov. 17, 1945, he and Lela Jo Titsworth were married in Parsons and have celebrated over 66 years of marriage.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Baum, of the home; a daughter, Vickie Elliott and husband Tim, Parsons; two sons, David Baum and wife Nancy, Mountain Home, Ark.; and Dan Baum and wife Kay, Neosho, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Gregory Joe Baum, Robin LeAnn Green, Jeffrey David Baum, Kimberly Kay Stipp, Melinda Jo Baum, Melissa Jane Cooper and Jessica Ann Elliott; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Brown, Seattle, Wash.
Preceding him in death were a granddaughter, Sarah Jo Elliott, three brothers and three sisters.

Dr. Fred W. Johnson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Dr. Fred W. Johnson, 79, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Altamont, died on Jan. 27, 2012.

The graveside committal service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont under the direction of Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging or Second Baptist Church of Springfield 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.

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