Labette Avenue Area Deaths – July

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Mary Ellen Johnson

ALTAMONT—Mary Ellen Johnson, 86, of Altamont, Kan., passed away at 1:30 pm, Thursday, July 26, 2012, at her home, following an illness.

A Rosary prayer service will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, July 30, at Mother of God Catholic Church, Oswego. The family will receive friends following the prayer service until 8 pm. Funeral Mass will be at 10 am, Tuesday, July 31, at Mother of God Catholic Church. Fr. Larry Parker will be the celebrant. Graveside committal services will be at 2:30 pm, Tuesday, July 31, at Janesville Cemetery, Hamilton, Kan. Fr. Stephen Gronert will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego. Memorial contributions may be made to Mother of God Church or Kansas Right to Life in care of the funeral home.

Mrs. Johnson was born May 28, 1926, in Claflin, Kan. Her parents were Anton and Jenny (Maguire) Friedel. She graduated from high school in Claflin and became a licensed beautician. She owned and operated Mary Ellen’s Beauty Shop in Claflin for a number of years.

She had lived in Altamont for the past 35 years. She was a member of Mother of God Catholic Church, Oswego, Kan. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, the Altar Society, and the Prayer group. She had also been a neighborhood chairman of Girl Scouts, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. She traveled over the United States attending square dances.

On June 2, 1947, she was married to Bertis F. Johnson in Claflin.  He passed away Sept 5, 2009.  She was also preceded in death by one sister, Rose Ann Strickland.

Surviving are two sons, Carl F. and wife Sheryl Johnson, and Kennie L and wife Carolyn Johnson, both of Parsons, Kan; three daughters, Vickii Norris, El Dorado, Kan.; Marcia S. and husband Kenny Brawner, Poetry, Texas; and Mary Colette and husband, Harold Cunningham, Altamont; one brother, Larry Friedel, Grainfield, Kan.; 15 grandchildren, Park T. Norris, Heather Hankins, Keira Mitchell, Buck J. Blount, Dora M. Blount, Jessica Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Carla Johnston, Kelly Johnson, Renee Johnson, Dustin Curtis, Sara Curtis, Jacob Johnson, Carrie Johnson, and Cassie Johnson; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy P. Abshier

AFTON, Okla.—Dorothy P. Abshier, 92, of Afton, Okla., formerly of Parsons, Kan., died at 6:10 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Craig General Hospital in Vinita, Okla.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to PALS (Proud Animals Lovers Shelter). 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.

Dorothy was born Dec. 13, 1919, in rural Mound Valley, Kan., to Elmer and Mary (Estabrook) Hoppock. As a young girl, she grew up in the Bartlett and Angola areas and was a graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.

She and Wayne Leroy “Roy” Abshier were married Jan. 12, 1939. While her husband was serving during World War II, she lived in Mound Valley, Kan., with her sons and sister. While living in Mound Valley, she worked as a teacher’s aide and was one of the early volunteers to help create the preschool children’s church care programs in Parsons. In 1945, the family moved to Parsons where they lived until moving to Grand Lake in 1987.

Through the years, she was very active in scouting and church programs with her sons. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Parsons where she served as a Sunday school teacher numerous years. She was constantly a caregiver and support to her family members and friends in times of illness and hardship. She especially enjoyed traveling, flower gardening, babysitting, photography and spending time with her family.

Survivors include two sons, Marlin Gail Abshier and wife Clova, North Fort Myers, Fla.; and Ronald Dean Abshier and wife Linda, Bluffton, Texas; six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-step-grandchildren; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, “Roy” Abshier, in 2001; four brothers, Kenneth, Wayne, Dale and Eldon Hoppock; four sisters, Estella Joyce Hoppock, Mary Lavina Hoppock, Minta Maxine Shufelt, and Thelma Louise Stevenson; and three infant great-grandchildren.

Richard L. “Butch” Giles

PARSONS—Richard L. “Butch” Giles, 66, of Parsons, Kan., died at 4 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center at the Via Christi St. Francis Campus in Wichita, Kan.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 28, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons where the family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation.  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.

Butch was born Nov. 14, 1945, in Oswego, Kan., to Manuel F. and Barbara G. (Franz) Giles. As a young boy, he grew up on a farm between Oswego and Altamont and attended Fairview Grade School. He was a 1963 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont and later attended Independence Community College where he played football and earned an Associate degree.

For a time, he lived in Wichita where he worked for the City of Wichita and the Coleman Company before moving to Erie where he worked at Erie Grain and Sohigro. He then moved to Parsons where he was employed by the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center from 1985 until retiring in 2003.

He enjoyed music, playing his guitar and collecting baseball and football cards.

He and Kathryn S. “Kathy” Simone were married April 6, 1979, in Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include one son, Seth B. Giles, Lawrence, Kan.; one brother, Darrell Giles and wife Teresa, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; one sister, Barbara May and husband Ron, Portland, Ore.; mother-in-law, Virginia Simone, Oswego; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Fredenburg, St. Paul, Kan.; and Aubra Giles, Summervill, SC.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Larry Giles.

Cicero L. Owens, Sr.

PARSONS—Cicero L. Owens, Sr., 60, of Parsons, Kan., died Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at Watson Memorial Church of God in Christ in Parsons.

The family will receive friends from noon until service time, Thursday, at the church. Friends may call at their convenience after noon on Wednesday at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

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

Katherine Lofton

PARSONS—Katherine Lofton, 63, of Parsons, Kan., died  Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center at the Via Christi St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

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

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

Kathleen J. Dessenberger

PARSONS—Kathleen J. Dessenberger, 55, of Parsons, Kan., died at Friday, July 20, 2012 at her home. She had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 24, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home with her brother, Pastor Tom Smith, officiating. Burial will follow in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday evening.

Memorials are suggested to the Church of the Brethren of Parsons or to USD 503 Music Department and these may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 112 N. 26th, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneral services.com.

James Dale “Jim” Ward

COLUMBUS—James Dale “Jim” Ward, age 83, of Columbus, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 2:45 a.m., at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., after a brief illness.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., in the Columbus Community Building with Dennis Johnson officiating.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Columbus Community Foundation or the Joplin Humane Society.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Jim was born to James and Edna (Smith) Ward on Aug. 28, 1928.  Jim worked for Spencer Chemical, later Gulf Oil Corporation, for 35 years before retiring at the age of 52 to go into the carpentry business for himself.

Jim and Wanda Howerton were married in 1946. They had six children, and were later divorced. He married Micki Murdock on April 15, 1997. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include five daughters, Patty (Phil) Blair, Oswego, Kan.; Judy (Danny) Tedlock, Paula (Danny) Langerot and Marla (Steve) Tanner, all of Columbus; and Kathi (Gene) Langerot,  Scammon, Kan.; one son, Jim (Glenda) Ward. Lewisburg, Tenn.; stepchildren, Todd Murdock and Heather Murdock, both of Columbus; and Larry Murdock, Joplin, Mo.; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, five step grandchildren, and one step great-grandchild;  sisters, Ailene Richardson, Kansas City, Mo.; Emma Jane Lynn and Mary Brooner, both of Columbus; special friend, David Boyd; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by three sisters, Virginia Anderson, Helen Davidson, and Marie Ward; son-in-law, Donnie Armstrong; and foster son, Greg Atkinson.

Jim’s proudest accomplishments were that of being Mayor of Columbus from 1975 to 1979, and being instrumental in bringing Ace Electric Company to Columbus. He also worked at making arrangements with Duke Wellington to paint the mural at the Columbus Community Building. He was formerly active in the Columbus Jaycees, and was a former member of the Elm Acres Board.

Jim was proud of his family, and loved working in his yard and garden, restoring antique cars, and sitting on his deck watching the birds and squirrels.

Barbara Ann Tomey

WYLIE, Texas—Barbara Ann Tomey , 70, of Wylie, Texas, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Plano, Texas.

Funeral services were held at the Allen Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, July 7, with Minister Alvis Nichols officiating. Interment followed at the Lakeview Cemetery in Lavon, Texas.

Barbara was born in Kiowa, Kan., on Sept. 4, 1941. Her parents were the late Robert and Agnes (Meaghers) Wallace.Barbara married David W. (Bill) Tomey on July 20, 1963, in Chetopa, Kan.

Barbara was a nurse before retiring. She had received her nursing certificate in 1976 from Flint Hill Vocational School of Nursing in Emporia, Kan. She was also a member of the Wylie Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, David W. (Bill) Tomey of Wylie; children, Robyn Lower and husband Troy, Dalhart, Texas; Mark Tomey and partner Keith Myers, Dallas; and Nikki Krieger and husband Scott, Wylie. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tawny Ochs and husband Kyle, Manhattan, Kan.; Katie Lower and Jacob Krieger.

Besides her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, Dean Wallace.

Delbert Gofourth

PARSONS—Delbert Gofourth, 78, a lifelong Parsons, Kan., resident, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at Good Samaritan Center in Parsons.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Faith United Methodist Church and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

Sandra Ann Baker

OSWEGO—Sandra Ann Baker, 68, of Oswego, Kan., passed from this life Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Labette Health Hospital in Parsons, Kan., after complications from a stroke.

Graveside services were held Friday, July 6, at the Oswego Cemetery. Pastor Eldon Walker officiated.
Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

Sandra was born Nov. 27, 1943, to Sally and James Stultz. She had five siblings, Harold (Joyce) Stultz, Hillsboro, Mo.; John Dickens, Pezely, Mo.; Cary (Linda) Dickens, Arnold, Mo.; Juanita May, Mayfield, Ky.; Alice (Bob) Lee, Morsemill, Mo.

She married Warren C. Earling, Sr., on Aug. 17, 1959, in Baltimore, Md. They had four children, Mike Earling, McCune, Kan.; Karen Earling, Girard, Kan.; Warren Earling (Lisa), Scammon, Kan.; and Susan Carson (Joe), Altamont, Kan. They Later divorced.  Sandy then married Randel L. Baker on Nov. 1, 1970. Randel added two sons to the family, David Baker, Parsons, Kan.; and Steve Baker (Rose), Conroe, Texas. Sandy and Randy had one daughter together, Debora Flanagan, Denver, Colo.

Sandy attended Labette Community college and earned her RN degree in 1981. She gained employment at LCMC in the ER and ICU unit, later transferring to St. John’s Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. There she worked in CV ICU and Hawthorne Center. Sandy was a very passionate and caring nurse. Health issues forced her to retire from St. John’s.

Sandy enjoyed bowling, fishing, gambling, playing bingo, croqueting, and reading.

In 1998, Sandy’s husband of 28 years passed. Since 2005, Sandy has resided at 223 Pennsylvania in Oswego, Kan., with Troy Reynolds, sharing their lives together with their families: his family Melinda (Wayne) Lawrence, Hallowell, Kan.; and Jim Reynolds (Paula), Bartlett, Kan.;, with his nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and Sandy’s eight grandchildren and nine great-randchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her late husband, Randel Baker; and one grandson, Brian Baker.

Rita Stalnaker

CHETOPA—Rita Stalnaker, 65, of Chetopa, Kan., died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Following her wish, cremation has occurred. No services are planned at this time. David W. Barnes Funeral Home, Coffeyville, is in charge of arrangements.

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

Liberty Ann Thompson

PARSONS—Liberty Ann Thompson, 36, of Parsons, Kan., died early Sunday, July 1, 2012, at her home. Her death was unexpected.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 6, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Parsons Foursquare Church Liberty’s Children Education Fund 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.

David M. Workman

PARSONS—David M. Workman, 56, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Parsons Good Samaritan Society. He had been in failing health.

The memorial Mass was held Friday, July 6, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial of the cremains was in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Operation Bright Touch 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.

Sherman T. Morgan

PARSONS—Sherman T. Morgan, 99, of Parsons, departed to be with the Lord Jesus Sunday, July 1, 2012, at the Elmhaven East Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 5,  at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial was in the Springhill Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Westside Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

John L. Presnall

COLUMBUS—John L. Presnall, 69, of rural Columbus, Kan., died at his home on Thursday, June 28, 2012, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Galena, Kan., on Friday, July 6, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, 1120 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, KS 64105.

John was born Sept. 14, 1942, in Beaver, Okla., to Johnnie B. and Edna M. (Bartel) Presnall. He graduated from Ford High School in Ford, Kan.

John was united in marriage to Barbara Arensdorf on Jan. 18, 1964. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Wichita State University. He began his teaching and coaching career at U.S.D. #468 in Healy, Kan. John moved his family to Chetopa, Kan., in 1980, where he was the Junior and Senior High Principal. He achieved his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Pittsburg State University in 1982. After retiring from the Chetopa School district in 1999, he enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, watching football an occasionally visiting the local casinos.

John is survived by Barbara, his wife of 48 years; their sons, John Presnall, II, wife Whitney, daughters Corrin and Chloe of Diboll, Texas; and Joe Presnall, wife Kacie, children Corey, Garrett, Payton, and Jaylee of Republic, Mo.; and a sister, Patricia Presnall of Alpine, Texas.

He was preceeded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry Presnall, all of Perryton, Texas.

Jesse “Uncle Jesse” Moreno

PARSONS—Jesse “Uncle Jesse” Moreno, 87, a lifelong Parsons, Kan., resident, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Labette Health.

The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Monday, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Memorials are suggested to Labette Community College baseball or to St. Patrick’s Catholic 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.

Daniel Lynn Kidd

PARSONS—Daniel Lynn Kidd, 59, a lifelong Parsons, Kan., resident, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Elmhaven West.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience after 1 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter 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.

Betty Arlene (Bradbury) Hapner

FERRIS, Texas—Betty Arlene Hapner, 79, of Ferris, Texas, formerly of Altamont, Kan., died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Ferris, Texas.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel in Ennis, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Rosalie C. Harris

PARSONS—Rosalie C. Harris, 52, of Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Labette Health. She had been in failing health for several months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday. Rosalie will be cremated following the funeral service and her ashes will be interred at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan.

Memorials are suggested to the Relay for Life and these may be left at or mailed to the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

John W. Edwards

ALTAMONT—John W. Edwards, 89, of Altamont, Kan., died Friday, June 29, 2012, in the Emergency Room at Labette Health.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 2, at the Maplewood Cemetery at Harrison, Ark.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Altamont Public Library and these may be left at or mailed to the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, KS 67330.

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

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