Labette Area deaths – August

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Sharon Kay Moore

OSWEGO — Sharon Kay Moore, 66, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at her home.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego. Mrs. Moore will be cremated. The family will bury the cremains at a later date.

Syretta T. Conger

PARSONS—Syretta T. Conger, 34, a lifelong resident of Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Via Christi Hospital on the St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

Following cremation, memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to help defray funeral expenses. 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.

Peggy Van Cura

AFTON, Okla.—Peggy Van Cura, 86, of Afton, Okla., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Clarehouse in Tulsa, Okla.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 24, at Mowry Chapel in Owasso, Okla.

Peggy was born June 20, 1926, near Hallowell, Kan., to James and Etta Guy. She graduated in 1943 from CCCHS in Columbus, Kan.

On Aug. 11, 1945, she married Thomas Van Cura.

Survivors include here husband, Tom, of the home; daughters, Suette Parker and husband Steve; Denise Woods and husband Mike; granddaughter, Michele Banks and husband Cody; and great-granddaughter, Cate; a sister, Odell Allen; a sister-in-law, Betty Guy; as well as nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a grandson, Eric Woods; and a brother, Bob Guy.

Roger L. Justice

OCALA, Fla.—Roger L. Justice, 74, of Ocala, Fla., died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at his home.
There were no calling hours.

Roger was born on March 18, 1938, in Billings, Mo., to Oren and Lela Justice. He graduated from Oswego High School in 1956. He served in the Army for three years. Roger was an industrial designer in Akron, Ohio, for many years.

He and his wife, Betty, had just celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Cynthia, son-in-law, Jeff, and granddaughter, Megan.

Jimmie Ray Schreppel

BROKEN ARROW, Okla.—Jimmie Ray Schreppel, 66, of Broken Arrow, Okla., passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Broken Arrow.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Catholic Church of Saint Benedict in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Online condolences may be left at christian-gavlik.com.

The family has suggested memorial donations be made to St. Vincent’s de Paul Catholic Church, Coweta, Okla.
Jimmie was born Jan. 22, 1946, in Arma, Kan., to Anthony and Edith (Pristernik) Schreppel.

He served in the United States Army and was a Revenue Supervisor in the oil industry. He married Annette Williams on March 27, 1965, in Frontenac, Kan.
Jimmie loved to garden.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Annette, of the home; one son, Jimmie Ray Schreppel, Jr., and wife Lee Ann, Dewey, Okla.; three grandsons, Anthony, Nicolas, and Grant; one granddaughter, Katelynn; one great-granddaughter, Abigail; three brothers, Joe, Jeff and Jay Schreppel; three sisters, Joyce Smith, Jennifer Meeks, and Julee Riley.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents.

Gilbert S. “Jiggs” Crooks

PARSONS—Gilbert S. “Jiggs” Crooks, 91, a longtime businessman of Parsons, Kan., died at 1:20 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Elm Haven East Nursing Home in Parsons.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the First Christian Church in Parsons. Burial at Harmony Grove Cemetery will take place privately by the family prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church. 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.

Jiggs was born Aug. 1, 1921, near Lake McKinley, in Parsons, Kan., to Leonidas M. and Deborah M. (Fesmire) Crooks. As a young boy, he attended country schools near Parsons, elementary schools in Parsons, was a 1939 graduate of Parsons High School and a 1941 graduate of Parsons Junior College.

On Nov. 3, 1946, he was married to Berenice K. Tanner at Parsons. The couple owned and operated Crooks Hardware Store in Parsons from 1959 until retiring in 1986. She preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 2004.

He was an active member of the First Christian Church of Parsons, where he had served as chairman of the building committee when the new church was built, and had been designated as Elder Emeritus for the extraordinary contributions to the life of the church through his many years of faithful and loving service. He was also a former member of Kiwanis where he had served as past president in earlier years. In earlier years, Mr. Crooks received an award from the Labette County Medical Center in appreciation for donating blood for babies who had been born with the RH factor incompatibility.

He enjoyed woodworking and playing golf at the Katy Parsons Golf Club. His family was of utmost importance to him and he cherished spending time with them and his friends.

Survivors include two sons, Kevin Crooks and wife Vicki, Ada, Okla.; Leland Crooks and wife Diane, Parsons; one daughter, Deborah Cantrell and husband Les, McPherson, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Katie Hentges, Seth Crooks, Courtney Crooks, Kelson Crooks, Sam Crooks, Keith Cantrell and Julie Cantrell; one brother, Leonidas “Leon” Crooks, Parsons; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters, including his twin sister, Gertrude Wilkinson, on May 10, 2009.

Dewey G. Merry

ALTAMONT—Dewey G. Merry, 70, of Altamont, Kan., died at 6:50 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at his home. Death followed a brief illness.

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

Memorials are suggested to the Covenant Harvest School in Pittsburg, where his daughter is principal and his grandchildren are students. Memorials may be left at the funeral home or mailed to Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Dewey was born Oct. 1, 1941, at Montana, Kan., to James and Elva (Cochran) Merry. He grew up in the Montana and Parsons areas and attended Parsons High School. The past 40 years he had lived in Altamont.

For many years, he was employed at Olson’s Supermarket, later Rooster’s Thriftway, in Parsons. For several years before retirement, he was a salesman for Cain’s Coffee Company.

He attended the Assembly of God in Oswego and in earlier years the Foursquare Church in Parsons. His loved spending time with his family.

On June 12, 1966, he married Dana McCartney at the Foursquare Church in Parsons.

Survivors include his wife, Dana Merry, of the home; two daughters, Gena Landis and her husband David, Altamont; Debra Parish and husband Scott, Arma, Kan.; five grandchildren, Evan, Samantha and Sydney Landis, Altamont, and Avery and Nathaniel Parish of Arma.; two brothers, James Merry, Wichita; and Daniel Merry, Conway, Ark.

Veda L. Woodward

PARSONS—Veda L. (Thomas) Woodward, 107, lifelong Parsons, Kan., resident, died Tuesday, Aug.21, 2012, at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor, where she had made her home since 1994.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, at the Presbyterian Manor Chapel. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery near Parsons. Friends may call at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home at their convenience.

Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Manor of Parsons or the First Presbyterian Church of Parsons. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

The obituary may be read online at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Ralph R. Farran

PARSONS—Ralph R. Farran, 79, of Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at the Wesley Medical Center at Wichita, Kan.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette County American Red Cross or to the Parsons Fire Department. 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.

Carl R. Dean

PARSONS—Carl R. Dean, 81, retired Parsons, Kan., city fireman, died at 6:45 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at the Elmhaven West Nursing Home. He had been in failing health.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 20, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette Community College Foundation for a nursing scholarship.

Fern M. Monroe

PARSONS—Fern M. Monroe, 94, formerly of rural Altamont, Kan., died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at the Parsons Good Samaritan Society where she had resided since October of 2010.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Oswego. Friends may call at their convenience at the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m.,on Thursday, or until service time on Friday.

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

Evelyn Stine

EDNA—Evelyn Stine, 88, of Edna, Kan., died at 2:54 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at the Coffeyville Medical Center in Coffeyville, Kan.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 20, at the United Methodist Church in Edna. Burial will be in the North Edna Cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m., Sunday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

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

Claudia Corrine King

PARSONS—Claudia Corrine King, 77, of rural Oswego, Kan., died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at the home of her son in rural Parsons. She had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, at the Community Bible Church in Chetopa. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church at 10 until service time.

Memorials are suggested to the Community Bible 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.

Eulah Hinton Richardson

PARSONS—Eulah Hinton Richardson, 94, of Parsons, Kan., died at 8:15 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at the Elmhaven East Nursing Home.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Parsons. Burial will be later in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

Christina Lea Wyrick

BAXTER SPRINGS—Christina Lea Wyrick, 59, of Baxter Springs, Kan., died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at her home.

A Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, at the Fellowship Baptist Church of Baxter Springs. Pastor Jeff Bowles will officiate.

Christina has been entrusted to Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel for Cremation.

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

Eunice Irene Ventle Whetstone

CHETOPA—Eunice Irene Ventle Whetstone, 85, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 8:05 a.m., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 10, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Faith Baptist Church or Community Bible Church, both of 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.
Eunice was born Sept. 22, 1926,, in Oswego, Kan., to Joseph E. and O’Ava Opal (Woods) Johnston. She grew up in Oswego and was a graduate of Oswego High School. Through the years, she was employed by Frank Farris Insurance Agency and the American State Bank, both in Oswego, until retiring in 1987.

At the age of 13, Eunice accepted the Lord as her Savior. She was a former member of the First Assembly of God in Chetopa where she served as Sunday School secretary a number of years and, most recently, had attended the Faith Baptist Church in Chetopa. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and enjoyed gardening, canning vegetables, and cooking for her family.

She and Earnest L. Ventle were married June 17, 1946, at Chetopa. He preceded her in death Feb. 27, 1993. On Feb. 12, 1994, she and Ben R. Whetstone were married in Chetopa. He preceded her in death Dec. 15, 1995.

Survivors include one son, Danny Ventle and wife Holly, Tulsa, Okla.; one daughter, Judy Meadows and husband Stan, Chetopa; one stepson, Raymond Whetstone and wife Nancy, Chetopa; one stepdaughter, Carol Durr, Chetopa; eight grandchildren, James Fromm, Locust Grove, Okla.; Nancy Condry and husband Travis, Locust Grove, Okla.; Danielle Dhiab and husband Ben, Strasbourg, France; Hillary Irene Ventle, Tulsa, Okla.; Thomas Lee Ventle, Tulsa, Okla.; Rebecca Tucker and husband, Gary, Hayfork, Calif.; Rusty Meadows, Joplin, Mo.; Racheal Lowe, Grove, Okla.; 10 step-grandchildren, Erik Schertz and wife Tara, St. Louis, Mo.; Josh Schertz and wife Rhonda, Welch, Okla.; David Schertz and wife Jessica, Chetopa; Portia Avery, Chetopa; Teresa Whetstone, Sunrise Beach, Mo.; Ben Whetstone, Joplin, Mo.; Mary Whetstone, Chetopa; Johnny Whetstone, Chetopa; Raymond Lee Whetstone and wife Jessica, Sunrise Beach, Mo.; and Ty Durr, Chetopa; 13 great-grandchildren, 27 step great-grandchildren, and three step great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne Johnston and wife Juanita, Oswego; two sisters, Bessie Mayo, Tecumseh, Okla.; and Wilma Collins, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; a brother-in-law, Bill Ventle, Atlanta, Kan.; and nephew, Robert Dale Johnston, Scottsdale, Ariz., both of whom she raised; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to both husbands, she was preceded in death by four brothers, two infants and Alvie and Dale Johnston; and one sister, Margaret Johnston.

Bonnie Farmer

WELCH, Okla.—Bonnie Farmer, 70, of Welch, Okla., died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at her home, surrounded by family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Welch Christian Church.

Interment at Welch City Cemetery, Welch, Okla.

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

Robert M. Myers

PARSONS—Robert M. Myers, 58, of Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at the home of his mother in Parsons. He had been in failing health.

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

Memorials are suggested to the family to assist with expenses.

Eunice Irene Ventle Whetstone

CHETOPA—Eunice Irene Ventle Whetstone, 85, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 8:05 a.m., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2012 at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Faith Baptist Church or Community Bible Church, both of 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.

James L. “Jim” Ross

PARSONS—James L. “Jim” Ross, 68, of rural Parsons, Kan., died at 8:25 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.

Following cremation, graveside committal services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Liberty Cemetery near Liberty, Kan. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the Mound Valley Christian Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. 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.

Jim was born Oct. 17, 1943, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to James Carl and Opal Marie (Pinkston) Ross. As a child, he moved with his family to Southeast Kansas and was a graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.

He then was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., while serving six years in the United States Marine Corps. Upon his honorable discharge, he worked as a meat cutter at Buckles in Independence, Kan., before moving to Shawnee, Okla., and later Elk City, Okla., where he continued working as a meat cutter. He then taught meat cutting at the Federal Correctional Institute in El Reno, Okla., before returning to Labette County. Jim owned and operated his own deer processing business and was employed by the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center 18 years before retiring.

He was a member of the Mound Valley Christian Church, Brown Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Parsons, and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing and especially enjoyed spending time with his five grandchildren.

On Oct. 23, 1965, he and Norma “Karleen” Allen were married  in Dearing, Kan. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include one son, Timothy Carl “Tim” Ross , Chelsea, Okla.; one daughter, Linda Karleen Ross-Arnold, Mound Valley, Kan.; five grandchildren, Kate Ross-Peper, Matt Ross, Sam Ross, Caleb Arnold and Jessica Arnold; two sisters, Minnie Marie Birt, Girard, Kan.; and Eva Faye Ross, Liberty, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Jeffrey Lee Ross.

Lela Dean Davidson

OSWEGO—Lela Dean Davidson, 97, of Oswego, Kan., went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Oswego Community Hospital.

At Dean’s request, she will be cremated, no services will be held, and she will be buried along side her husband, Freeman, in the Fairview Cemetery at Vinita, Okla., at a later time.

Memorials may be made to the Oswego Christian Church, P.O. Box 127, Oswego KS 67356.

Dean was born Dec. 1, 1914, in Salem, Mo., to Eddie A. Hulsey and Sara E. Nelson. In 1916, the family moved to Welch, Okla. She attended Welch School and graduated in 1931 from Welch High School.

On Sept. 5, 1937, she married Freeman Davidson. They moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she worked for the Bank of Oklahoma, retiring after 25 years of service. In 1972, they moved to Grand Lake, and in 1998, to Oswego, Kan., to be close to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman; one sister, Lucille Smith, Chetopa, Kan.; and two brothers, Glen, Miami, Okla., and Ray, Coffeyville, Kan.

Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Kay Hulsey, Coffeyville; nephew and wife, Larry and Jerg Frogley, Oswego; niece and husband, Fred and Freda Walker, Marietta, Okla., whom she considered her children; as well as many other nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

She gave her life to Jesus at the Cincinnati Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 14, 1949. She was a member of the Oswego Christian Church at the time of her death.

Michael J. “Mike” Holsinger

PARSONS—Michael J. “Mike” Holsinger, 59, of Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Freeman West hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to an educational fund for his grandchildren. 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.

Betty Lou Crocker

MELROSE—Betty Lou Crocker, 86, of Melrose, Kan., passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Kan. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus,Kan. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Gordon Elliott Huggins

PARSONS—Gordon Elliott Huggins, 86, of Parsons, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

A visitation will be 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. A private committal service will be held in Fairview cemetery at Coffeyville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Wesley United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association and these may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, P.O. Box 942, 112 N. 26th St., Parsons, KS 67357.

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

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