Labette Avenue area deaths – September

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Kim Henderson

PARSONS—Kim Henderson, 63, of Parsons, Kan., died at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mound Valley 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., Thursday.

Memorials are suggested to either the Parsons Historical Museum or the Parsons Girl Scouts. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS  67357.

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

Kim was born Aug. 24, 1949, at Independence, Kan., to Sterling A. and Gladys M. (Darbro) Henderson. He grew up in the rural area near Cherryvale and attended the Billings Grade School. He graduated from Labette County Community High School at Altamont in 1967. In December of 1971, he was in the last group drafted during the Vietnam era. He was stationed at Ft. Riley and also served in Germany. He was discharged in September of 1973 and had lived in Parsons since that time.

From 1973 to 1989, he was employed by the M-K-T Railroad as a boilermaker-welder. He was employed at Power Flame as a fire tester for 15 years and the past seven years has been employed at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center as a boiler fireman.

He was a member of the Assembly of God in Cherryvale, the Vintage Motor Bike Club, the Cushman Club, the Kansas Bluegrass Association and the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees. He collected antique gas engines and vintage motor scooters.

On Feb. 12, 1972, he was married to Jayna L. Olmsted at the Central Avenue Christian Church in Parsons. They have attended many bluegrass festivals and were devoted fans of the Riders in the Sky, where he was known as the “long suffering Kim”. He had attended over 137 of their performances. Kim had maintained the grounds, as a volunteer, of the Girl Scout Little House for over 10 years.  He loved cats, especially his favorite, Harley.

Survivors include his wife, Jayna Henderson, of the home; two sisters, Belva Wallace, Fredonia; Denise Voss and husband J. C., Sapulpa, Okla.; his mother-in-law, Betty Olmsted, Parsons; brother-in-law, Dale Gildart, Thayer; and numerous nieces and nephews

Preceding him in death were his parents; his father-in-law, Col. Dick Olmsted; his sister, Corrinea Gildart; and his brother-in-law, Bob Wallace.

Opal M. Rigg

PARSONS—Opal M. Rigg, 97, of Parsons, Kan., died at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Parsons Presbyterian Manor.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the First Presbyterian Church at Parsons. Burial will be in the Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Church 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.

Opal was born June 10, 1915, at Feldon, Ill., a daughter of Andrew and Alpha (Russell) Dixon. She came to Kansas with her parents at the age of three years and grew up on the farm her grandparents homesteaded north of Oswego in 1867. The grandparents had traveled in a covered wagon from Illinois to Kansas.

Opal attended Oswego High School and graduated from Columbus High School, receiving a Normal Training Certificate.  She graduated from Parsons Junior College and Pittsburg State University with a B.S. in Education and a Master’s in reading with a reading specialist certification.

She taught at schools in Labette and Cherokee County including Oswego Elementary and High School, the Cherokee High School and various Parsons elementary schools. She retired in 1980.  Following retirement, she worked at Lambert-Duffy-Melone. She also volunteered at Red Cross blood mobiles and at the Labette Health Auxiliary.

On Feb. 5, 1938, she was united in marriage to H. Ernest Rigg at Lebanon, Mo. He preceded her in death on July 24, 1983.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was an ordained deacon. She served on numerous committees throughout the years. Membership was also held in Delta Kappa Gamma, the National Education Association, the Kansas Education Association, the Alpha Reading Club and the Round Table Club. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting, knitting, reading and cooking. Several babies have been recipients of hand knitted sweaters and caps.  Numerous caps were also knitted for new born babies at the hospital. Opal was an avid collector of dolls and enjoyed designing and creating clothing for them.

Survivors include her beloved daughter, Barbara Ward, Parsons; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. She was the last member of one of the pioneer families in the Sherman City vicinity.

Bernita Sparks

ALTAMONT—Bernita Sparks, 81, of Altamont, Kan., died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at her home. Her death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26,  at the First Baptist Church in Altamont. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the Altamont Public Library or The 506 Foundation, Inc. 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.

Bernita was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Chanute, Kan., to August E.  Erickson and Frances Annette (Nelson) Erickson. She grew up and attended schools both Savonburg and Stark, Kan. She was a graduate of Stark High School and also graduated from Kansas City Secretarial School.

She owned and operated a daycare from her home for 44 years and had especially fond memories of the children she had cared for through the years. She attended the First Baptist Church in Altamont and enjoyed reading and playing the piano.

She and Melvin Howard Sparks were married June 24, 1950, in Eureka Springs, Ark. He preceded her in death on Dec 7, 1996.

Survivors include three sons, Philip Sparks and his wife, Jody, Altamont; Michael Sparks, Parsons, Kan.; David Wayne Sparks, Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Sharon Douglas and her husband, Tom, Henderson, Texas; Louise Searcy and her husband, Bill, Munds Park, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren, numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister and four children.

Thelma Wills

PARSONS—Thelma Wills, 93, of Parsons, Kan., died at 8:37 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Parsons Presbyterian Manor.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Carson-Wall Funeral Home at their convenience.

Memorials are suggested to either the Labette Health Foundation or First Christian Church and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.

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

Thelston “Dean” Casey

OSWEGO—Thelston “Dean” Casey, 83, of rural Oswego, Kan., died in his home in his wife’s arms, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. His death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Labette County Fair Association.  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.

Dean was born Dec. 15, 1928, on a farm in rural Chetopa, Kan., to T.A. and Dora (Stapleton) Casey. As a young boy, he attended Chetopa schools and was a 1946 graduate of Oswego High School.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict with the 85th Infantry Regiment 10th Division. Upon his honorable discharge, he received the Good Conduct medal while serving his country.

He and Shirley O’Hara were married July 20, 1957, at Erie, Kan.  For a time, he worked at Gearhart Lumber in Oswego as an assistant manager. He then worked in the Labette County Road and Bridge Department until he and his brother, Gerald, opened Casey Brothers Building Materials in Oswego in 1971. In addition to the lumberyard, he and Gerald farmed together most of their adult lives. Dean retired in 1991.

Dean loved his family, spending time with his grandson, Dallas, hunting, and having long talks. He enjoyed watching western movies, sports, traveling, going to casinos, farming, being outdoors, and taking care of the cattle. He especially enjoyed being ornery and mischievous with his family and friends. He was a proud supporter of the Labette County Fair Association and also helped with Oswego Little League baseball and softball for numerous years.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Case, of the home; daughter, Judy Roberts and husband Gary, Oswego; grandson, Dallas Casey and companion Cira Dixon, Oswego;  brother, Gerald Casey, Chetopa; and sister, Melba Barlow, Dewey, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Mary Faye Inman Duggar; one son, Larry Dean Casey; one brother, Charles Casey; one sister, Anna May DeLoy; and two sons-in-law, David Duggar and Dallas Inman.

Joseph A. Lopez

PARSONS—Joseph A. Lopez, 57, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2012, in Parsons.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to help defray funeral expenses 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.

Jessie Kathryn Tyson

WICHITA—Jessie Kathryn Tyson, 66, of Wichita, Kan., joined the stars to shine and guide her loved ones, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

A celebration of her life will be held, after her cremation, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hillside Funeral Home West, 2929 W. 13th St., Wichita, Kan.

A service for family and friends will also be held in Oswego, Kan. Location, time and date will be announced when arrangements have been made, or you may contact a family member.

Jessie was born Aug. 5, 1946, to Logan and Evalee Tyson in Kansas City, Kan. She was a beloved mother, teacher, counselor, mentor, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, and most of all, MeMa.

She lived a very fun and adventurous life. She lived in Germany for a few years. She traveled often, loved the water, and beaches of Mexico were a frequent destination. She loved spending time with her sisters. They often had sister weekends, most often in Wichita. They would shop, eat, lay around and laugh. She loved music and being up front at concerts. Once she got first row tickets, pretty much nothing else would satisfy her.

Jessie had several degrees from Pittsburg State University including her Masters of Science. She had worked as a school psychologist in the Wichita school district for the past 23 years. She, joyfully, had begun her retirement in August this year. She said she felt so free, like she had wings. She worked with emotionally disturbed students which made her feel very fulfilled. She was a member of the Suicide Prevention task force and a member of the Wichita Crisis team. She had recently said that she might not have been rich monetarily, but she felt so rich from the work she had done and how she impacted the lives of her students.

Jessie accepted people at face value and would not tolerate intolerance of any kind. She did so many wonderful things for her loved ones, but also for complete strangers. She was the most accepting, generous, kind, fun person anyone could be lucky enough to have in their life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, many aunts, uncles, and one great neice, Hope Smith.

She is survived by her son; Christopher O’Neal and wife Angela; grandchildren, Logan, Zander and Paris O’Neal, all of Wichita; three sisters and their husbands, Linda and Bob Barnes, Nevada, Mo.; Judy and Eugene Hollon, Carolyn and Buddy Tomlinson, all of Oswego, Kan.; her nieces, Tracy Barnes, Kansas City; Lori and Ed Bures, Nevada, Mo.; Angela and Michael Mix, Fort Scott, Kan.; Tera Tomlinson, Oswego; her nephews, Tim Hollon and Kim Elkins, Tulsa, Okla.; Brian and Christina Smith, Independence, Kan.; and aunt, Martha Back, Hallowell, Kan.;

Great-nieces and nephews, Robert Bures; Tia Hollon; Bryce, Miranda, Cy, Brayden, Mercy Smith; Miriam, Sam, Emma Mix; and new born niece she had just met, Evie Tomlinson; many cousins, relatives and friends. She especially enjoyed close relationships with her sisters and Tracy Barnes, Sandy Tullis, Jennie Simone, Valerie McKenzie, Karen Cahow, and Pam Attebury..

She shared an extremely close bond that will last through eternity with her beloved grandchildren, Logan, Zander, and Paris, who will miss their MeMa more than any of us can imagine.

David Gary “Pete” Peterson

COLLINSVILLE, Okla.—David Gary “Pete” Peterson, 58, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Collinsville, Okla.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at First Baptist Church in Collinsville with Pastor Tim Prock officiating. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso, Okla., www.moweryfs.com.

Pete was born March 8, 1954, in Springdale, Ark., to William Hobart and Lucile (Tanner) Peterson. He was reared and educated in Altamont, Kan., and was a graduate of Labette County High School in Altamont. He continued his education, attending Northeastern Oklahoma A & M in Miami, Okla.

He was married May 29, 1976, in Collinsville, Okla., to Peggy Blevins. Pete spent most of his working life as an engineer, and for the last 11 years, he worked for Newell Coach Company in Miami, Okla. He enjoyed a variety of pastimes including working on his tractor, building things, and inventing things. In addition, he loved agriculture.

Loving family members include his wife, Peggy; son and daughter-in-law, Clayton and Shanyn Peterson, Butler, Mo.; daughter and son-in-law, Brock and Keelie Battles, Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren, Maverick Peterson and Hannah Battles; brother, Gene Peterson and wife Rafaeli, Dallas, Texas; sister, Cathy Hill and husband John, Corpus Christi, Texas; brother, Dan Peterson and wife Kathy, Altamont, Kan.; brother, Jim Peterson and wife Dana, Anson, Texas; and brother, Kerry Peterson, Altamont.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Byron Peterson.

Robert Dean Evans

CHETOPA—Robert Dean Evans, 65, of rural Chetopa, Kan., died at 10:35 p.m., Saturday, Sept, 8, 2012, in the Emergency Room at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Following cremation, graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Fairview Cemetery, near Chetopa, under the direction of the Bath-Forbes Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa..

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

Dean was born Oct. 28, 1946, in Columbus, Kan., to Robert and Barbara (Hale) Evans. He was a graduate of Columbus High School and later earned an Associate degree from Labette Community College in Parsons. Robert Dean was a world class ACE certified mechanic.

For a number of years he owned and operated Evans Body Shop and Garage in Chetopa. He had also taught auto mechanics at Universal Tech Institute in Houston, Texas, and most recently was manager of Goodyear Tech Shop in Spring, Texas.

He was a member of the Champion Life Centre in Houston, Texas.

On Dec. 23, 1972, he and Barbara Schultz were married at the Baptist Church in Chetopa. She survives.

Additional survivors include his mother, Barbara Evans, Chetopa; two daughters, Angela Evans, Miami, Okla.; and Lydia Evans, Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Baylee Mears and Dalton Leal; one nephew, Joe Wolfe; one niece, Dana Johnson; and one sister, Marcia Evans, Chetopa.

Louise Neville

COFFEYVILLE—Louise Neville, 90, of Coffeyville, Kan., passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

Louise was born Nov. 13, 1921, at rural Edna, Kan., to Jess and Bernice (Heath) Blevins.  She grew up in the rural Edna area where she attended Leib School and graduated from Edna High School.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Valeda United Methodist Church with Pastor Marcee Binder officiating.  Burial will be in the North Edna Cemetery at Edna.

Friends may call on Monday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to the Valeda United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

To leave a message for the family, visit www.dwbfh.com.

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

On Aug. 24, 1940, she married Darrell Neville at Independence, Kan. Following their marriage, they made their home in the Valeda area until moving to Coffeyville in 1971. Her husband preceded her in death in 1980.

Louise worked at Roc-A-Chair, and as a cook at the Valeda School before going to work in the Dietary Department at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, where she worked until retiring.

She was a member of the Valeda United Methodist Church, Valeda Friendly Neighbors FCE, and Jane Dean Coffey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Louise loved to cook and sew for family and friends, and enjoyed entering her baked goods at the Interstate Fair.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Neville of Coffeyville; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, one brother, Robert Blevins, and infant sister, Ann Blevins.

Boyd E. Sanders

PARSONS—Boyd E. Sanders, 96, of Parsons, Kan., died at 5:50 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Elmhaven East Nursing Home where he had resided since March 14, 2012.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 17, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.  Burial was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas. 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.

Boyd was born May 21, 1916, in rural Oswego, Kan., to Charles Edward and Rhoda Della (Stice) Sanders. As a young boy, he grew up in the rural Oswego area where he attended elementary country schools and was a graduate of Oswego High School.

During World War II, he served in the United States Army as a medic. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Parsons where he farmed and worked in the tire department at Montgomery Ward. He and Jim Bracken later formed a partnership and hauled freight for the M-K-T Railroad. He then worked 25 years as a machine operator for Kansas Gas Service, retiring in 1978. Following retirement, he thoroughly enjoyed helping Dr. Bud Hulsman with his horses and Dr. Bill Shields in his veterinary business with animals.

He was a member of the Parsons Nazarene Church. The Great Southern Bank, formerly Team Bank, in Parsons, had recognized Boyd as being one of the oldest and long-time depositors with their firm. In younger years, he was fiddler in a band with his brothers and had won many competitions as a fiddler. He especially enjoyed gardening and spending time with his dear family and friends.

On Aug. 16, 1943, he and Mable “Iown” Blackburn were married  in Joplin, Mo. She preceded him in death on Nov. 17, 2007.

Survivors include his nephew, Norman Sanders, Spokane, Wash,; niece, Jean Lacy and husband Budd, Thompson Falls, Mont.; sister-in-law, Nona Sanders, Erie, Kan.; and longtime dear friends, Bill and Madolyn Shields and family, Parsons.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Ray Edward “Buddy” Sanders; and three brothers, Blaine, Burl and Maurice “Sig” Sanders.

Earl Loyd Stegmeir

COFFEYVILLE—Earl Lloyd Stegmeir, 85, of rural Coffeyville, died at 12:24 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at his home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at Richland Cemetery near Angola.

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

Mayola (Doullette) Holder Ryan

COFFEYVILLE—Mayola Ryan, 75, of Coffeyville, Kan., a graduate of Labette County High School, Altamont, Kan., passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at her home.

Memorial Graveside Service will be at 11:00 a.m, Friday, September 7, 2012 at Lake Creek Cemetery with Rev. David Bycroft officiating.

Martha Grace (Mott) Sanders

PARSONS—Martha Grace (Mott) Sanders, 70, of Parsons, Kan., died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, at Highland Cemetery in Iola. Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola is in charge of arrangements.

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

David E. Finley

PARSONS—David E. Finley, 44, of Parsons, Kan., died at 10:23 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. His wife, Crystal Finley, survives of the home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Parsons. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to the Finley Children’s Fund 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.

Barbara K. Wolke

PARSONS—Barbara K. Wolke, 64, of Parsons, Kan., died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Labette Health.  She had been in her usual health and death was not expected.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Private burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Dennis.

Memorials are suggested to an education fund for her grandson.  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.

Robert Dean Evans

CHETOPA—Robert Dean Evans, 65, of rural Chetopa, Kan., died at 10:35 p.m., Saturday, Sept, 8, 2012, in the Emergency Room at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Following cremation, graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Fairview Cemetery, near Chetopa, under the direction of the Bath-Forbes Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa..

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

Dean was born Oct. 28, 1946, in Columbus, Kan., to Robert and Barbara (Hale) Evans. He was a graduate of Columbus High School and later earned an Associate degree from Labette Community College in Parsons. Robert Dean was a world class ACE certified mechanic.

For a number of years he owned and operated Evans Body Shop and Garage in Chetopa. He had also taught auto mechanics at Universal Tech Institute in Houston, Texas, and most recently was manager of Goodyear Tech Shop in Spring, Texas.

He was a member of the Champion Life Centre in Houston, Texas.

Survivors include his mother, Barbara Evans, Chetopa; two daughters, Angela Evans, Miami, Okla.; and Lydia Evans, Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Baylee Mears and Dalton Leal; one nephew, Joe Wolfe; one niece, Dana Johnson; and one sister, Marcia Evans, Chetopa.

Donald Eugene Nash

TOPEKA—Donald Eugene Nash, 89, a resident of Topeka, Kan., passed from this life at 2 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the Rossville Care Center, Rossville, Kan.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Fairview Cemetery, east of Chetopa, Kan.

Funeral arrangements by Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Mary’s, KS 66536

Donald Eugene Nash was born Aug. 20, 1923, near Bartlett, Labette County, Kan., to Howard Nash and Ruth McNemar Nash, both of whom preceded him in death.

He married Patricia Lynett Potter, on July 16, 1955, in Chetopa, Kan.

His parents moved from Labette County to Cherokee County when Donald was about 4 years old.
He attended Mt. Pleasant rural school for his elementary education and then graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in 1943. As his parents were farmers, Donald prepared himself to follow in their footsteps. However, his parents left that occupation following World War II and that changed his plans.

Donald was called to US Army service in early 1948. He took his basic training at Fort Riley, Kan., and transferred to a Field Artillery Battalion. He was sent overseas where he served with the occupational troops in Japan for 18 months.

After his marriage in 1955, he worked as a truck driver for several firms and later in life became a self employed painting contractor in Topeka. He enjoyed bird hunting and small game.   He retired in the late 1980s.

His wife, Patricia L. Nash, preceded him in death in 2005.

He is survived by a son, Michael Eugene Nash, Valley Center, Kan.; a stepson, Wayne Lee Ervin, Alma, Kan.; four grandchildren, Jeremiah Lee Ervin, Samuel Lee Ervin, Lana Renee Nash and Crystal Nicole Nash: sister, Martha E. Wallace, Bountiful, Utah; brother, Wayne L. Nash, Edmond, Okla.; sister, Delores K. Nash, Bronson, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Anita (Newton) Harvey

PARSONS—Mary Anita (Newton) Harvey, 89, a former Erie, Kan., resident, died at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, after a short illness. She had been living in Elmhaven East, Parsons, Kan., for the last two years.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Sept. 8, at the East Hill Cemetery in Erie.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter or to the Safe Haven Outreach in Parsons and these may be left at or mailed to the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home 113 S. Main St., P.O. Box 182, Erie, KS 66733.

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

Mary was born in Erie, Kan., to Louis Earl and Grace Foxworthy Newton on July 25, 1923. She grew up in Erie and was very active in school, singing in the school choir, playing the violin that her grandfather, Tilman Foxworthy, taught her to play, and being named Drum Major for the marching band her last two years of high school.
While in school, she met William Orsen “Bill” Harvey and they dated until Bill joined the Merchant Marines in 1942 and later the Navy after they both graduated from Erie High School.

He served in New York and while there, sent a telegram to Mary, asking her to marry him. She said yes and this young girl from a small town took on the challenge of traveling to New York City by herself. After she arrived, they tried to get married, but Bill didn’t turn old enough to get married until November, so they had to find a judge that could marry them. It turned out to be a challenge. While waiting to be married, they were photographed and featured in the Parade Magazine in a story about war brides.

They were finally married on June 21, 1942, and Mary followed Bill from New York to Florida and to California, working many different jobs to help pay rent, coming back to Erie only after Bill shipped out.

After the war, Mary and Bill made their home in Erie and Mary worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Erie for several years. She raised a family, sang in the Erie Christian Church choir, and sang duets with Marge Swan for several years. She also was involved with the Reading Club and helping with 4H and of course the Women’s organization of the church.

In 1973, Bill and Mary moved to Pryor, Okla., and built a home on Lake Hudson, Mary was working right alongside her husband.  They loved that home it looked out on the lake and she decided to take up photography and drawing because of the lake. Her photographs won prizes in the county fair and she was featured on the Tulsa Weather for a picture of clouds she took. She also did many pencil drawings of the lake in its different moods. She gained new friends and joined the Baptist Church in Pryor, where she sang in the choir and played the bells.

Bill and Mary traveled with the Keenagers on several occasions. She also was involved in the Home Demonstration Unit in Pryor and was chosen Homemaker of the Year in 1989. She was very proud of that honor.

She loved doing all the projects that were involved with HDU.  Out of that group, a group of friends grew and Mary and the girls met once a week to work on quilting and mostly to talk and get away from their husbands. They were Mary’s friends and her “center” when she began to show signs that something was wrong – she began to have little strokes that would strike and then in a couple of days be gone. The girls were always there for her. She loved them like family.

Bill died in 2007 after 63 years of marriage. Mary moved back to Erie to live and rejoined the Christian Church, but it became evident that she wasn’t able to do the things she used to do, so her attendance waned. She moved to Parsons to be closer to her daughter in 2009 and lived in Assisted Living until a bad stoke in 2011. She then moved to Elmhaven East where she resided at her death.

She is survived by a daughter, Anita Grace McDaniel (Tom), Parsons; a son, Matthew Dean Harvey (Gina), Pryor, Okla.; two grandsons, Robby Harvey, Pryor, Okla,; and Michael Harvey, Panama City, Fla.; a granddaughter, Amber Madl (Todd), and two great-grandsons, Alex and Logan Madl, Pittsburg, Kan.; her sisters, Catherine Cornell, Parsons; and Mildred Urbom (Eugene), Overton, Neb.; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Marvin Knetzer, Wichita, Kan.; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Harvey, Overland Park, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert L “Bob” Newton; her husband, Bill; a sister-in-law, Sharon Harvey Knetzer; a brother-in-law, Wayland Weston Harvey, Jr.; and a son, Alan Gail Harvey.

Richard Frank Manar, Sr.

OSWEGO—Richard Frank Manar, Sr., 65, of Oswego, Kan., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
A memorial will be held at the Oswego Riverside Park at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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

Richard was born in Independence, Kan., on Sept. 4, 1946, to John and Geneva Manar. He attended Oswego High School and lived most of his life in southeast Kansas, but he enjoyed time in Dallas, Texas, in the 1970s.
Richard worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, Kan., from Aug. 1977 to Dec. 2008.

He enjoyed fishing anywhere he could put a pole in the water, NASCAR, and his grandchildren.

Richard was married to Barbra Woods 1970-1975, Belle Getman 1975-1986, and Robin Lapee 2000-2011.

He is survived by his son, Richard Manar, Jr., Baxter Springs, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Angie Short, Galena, Kan.; three grandchildren, Brian and Kayla Farrow, Galena; and Sookie Manar, Baxter Springs, Kan.; a sister, Linda Woods, Oswego; and a brother, Dala Manar, Tulsa, Okla.

Preceding in death were his parents, John and Geneva Manar; two brothers, David Manar and Johnny Ray Manar.

Nothing gold can stay

Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower,
But only so an hour.
then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
—By Robert Frost

Ronald Kent Allen

HALLOWELL—Ronald Kent Allen, 67, of Hallowell, Kan., passed away at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg, Kan., following an illness.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus, Kan.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, at the funeral home, following the visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in care of the funeral home.
Ronald was born July 9, 1945, at  the family home in Hallowell. His parents were Maurice “Fuzzy” and Doris (Masters) Allen.  He was a lifetime resident of Hallowell.

He served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s. He worked 40 years at the Hallowell Explosive Manufacturing Company. Among his hobbies were woodworking and gardening.

Ronald was married to Mary Frances Chancellor on Dec. 16, 1972, in Joplin, Mo. She survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Michael Allen, State of Georgia; Joey Allen, State of Missouri; Michael Wade Allen, Denver, Colo.; and Aaron Dale Allen, Ft. Worth, Texas; five grandchildren, Jordan Allen, Jennah Allen, Kennedy Allen, Tori Allen, and Wyatt Allen; one brother, J. D. Allen, Wichita, Kan.; and one sister, Verna Wayne Bull, Columbus, Kan.

One brother, Maurice Allen, preceded him in death.

Otis E. Kolb

PARSONS—Otis E. Kolb, 98, long-time Parsons, Kan., resident, died at 6:13 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Labette Health in Parsons.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 10, at the First Baptist Church, 1621 Main, Parsons. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church 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.

Otis was born on Oct. 23, 1913, on a farm near Coyville, Kan., the son of Ernest M. and Emma Florence (Lollar) Kolb. His family moved to Parsons in 1914 where he and his sister attended the former Stone Place School. The family later moved to a farm north northwest of Parsons where they finished school at Ladore. Otis then attended Parsons High School.

He worked for local farmers until beginning employment at Ervin’s Auto Services in 1937. He later was employed at the Katy Railroad as a machinist from 1942 until his retirement in 1974.

On Nov. 23, 1938, he was united in marriage to Myrtle Marie Price at Parsons. She preceded him in death on March 3, 1977. He later married Josephine Grace (Wertz) Shoesmith on June 17, 1978, at Parsons. Grace preceded him in death on May 7, 2011.

Otis was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, having joined in 1951. In past years, he taught the fifth-grade boys Sunday school class and more recently the Builder’s Class for many years. He was also a life member of the I.A.M. Machinists Union Local 293.

He enjoyed collecting antiques and also restored antique glass and china. He loved to do lapidary work, traveling and photography.

Survivors include one son, Danny R. Kolb and wife Pat, Dodge City, Kan.; two daughters, Jean M. Ayers, Kalispell, Mont.; Sharon K. Majors and husband Wayne, Ponca City, Okla.; three stepsons, Melvin D. Shoesmith and wife Beth, Copan, Okla.; Darold D. Shoesmith and wife Rachael,  Clearwater, Kan.; Gary L. Shoesmith and wife Julie, Winston-Salem, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Esther M. Lewis, Parsons, Kan.; Erlene G. Kerley and husband Ray,  Murray, Utah; 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to Marie and Grace, he was preceded in death by his sister, Velma Chancy, on Jan. 14, 1999.

Allen N. Mariott

CHETOPA—Allen N. Mariott, 90, of Chetopa, Kan., died at 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the Chetopa Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday. Burial will be at the Oakhill Cemetery at Chetopa.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.  These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Allen was born Jan. 12, 1922, at Omaha, Ark., to John and Stella (Hoffman) Mariott. Following his father’s death, he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Alfred Garringer. He grew up and attended schools in Alba, Mo., and graduated from the Alba High School.

On July 13, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mary Schindler at Johnson, Kan. She survives.

Mr. Mariott served in the United States Army during World War II in Italy and Africa. Following his discharge, he entered civil service and worked in various areas of the country, mainly in electronics. Following his retirement from civil service, they moved to Altamont where they lived for several years while Mr. Mariott worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons. Following his retirement from the ammunition plant, they moved to Chetopa where they have lived for the past 35 years.

He enjoyed tinkering and repairing old household items.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Chetopa; three sons, Richard and wife Lee Anne Mariott, Sacramento, Calif.; Donald Mariott, Springfield, Mo.; and Kenneth Mariott, Chetopa; one daughter, Patricia Saathoff and husband Douglas, Sacramento, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Susan Anne Snyder, Walnut Creek, Calif.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Grant V. Easton

ALTAMONT—Grant V. Easton, 50, of Altamont, Kan., died early Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at his home. His death was unexpected.

Following cremation, a private memorial service will be held.

The Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Altamont is in charge of arrangements.

Donald J. “Don” Dhooghe

PARSONS—Donald J. “Don” Dhooghe, 54, of Parsons, Kan., died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo., following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 10, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to an education 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.

Elma Josephine Smith

OSWEGO—Elma Josephine Smith, 96, of Oswego, Kan., passed away at 4:55 pm, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Oswego Community Hospital following an illness.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Oswego, under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home during regular business hours.

Elma was born Dec. 1, 1915, in Winfield, Kan. Her parents were Frank and Josephine (McGuire) Smith. She moved with her family to Oswego at the age of 7.

She had worked at the Kansas Ordnance Plant in Parsons, Kan., before working at Fred Ronald’s Garment Factory in Parsons. She retired from Glen Berry Manufacturing, Oswego.

She was a member of the Assembly of God, Oswego, where she had been a church musician for 40 years. Even in retirement, she enjoyed sewing.

Surviving are three nieces and four nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy Smith, Floyd Smith, and an infant brother; and two sisters, Faye Smith and her twin sister, Elva Smith.

Lorene Ann Kellogg

AFTON, Okla.—Lorene Ann Kellogg, 44, of Afton, Okla., formerly of Parsons, Kan., died at 2:38 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at her home.  She had been in failing health.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Labette City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice in Grove, Okla. 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.

Lorene was born July 29, 1968, in Parsons, Kan., to Robert Clair and Audrey Louise (Curnutte) Kellogg. She attended Parsons schools.

In earlier years, she worked at Grandview Products in Parsons and as a certified nurse’s aide in Indiana and Grove, Okla. She most recently had worked as a lead person at Gander Mountain in Lebanon, Ind.

She attended Grand Lake Baptist Church in Grove. She loved Grand Lake where she especially enjoyed swimming and having morning coffee by the lake. She enjoyed yard sales, bonfires and dressing up. She also enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and her dog, Freckles.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Louise and Richard McCord, Afton, Okla.; stepmother, Doris Kellogg, Parsons; one son, Ryan Kellogg and Kerry Slayton, Grove, Okla.; two daughters, Mandy Garretson, Altamont, Kan.; and Lacey Kellogg and James Pulley, Parsons; seven grandchildren, Noah, Braylee, Ayden and Xyler Kellogg; Jayden Pulley, Jarrett Friis and Jayce Garretson;  five brothers, William O’Neal and wife Crystal, Oswego, Kan.; Robert Kellogg, Parsons; Troy Kellogg, Parsons; Travis Kellogg, Parsons; Trampus Kellogg, Parsons; and one sister, Lisa Thomas, Parsons.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Kellogg, on April 12, 2009.

Melvin G. Larsen

PARSONS—Melvin G. Larsen, 91, of Parsons, Kan., died Sept. 1, 2012, at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village at St. Paul, Kan., where he had resided for just a few days.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Ft. Riley Funeral Detail. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8  p.m., Wednesday evening, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Foursquare Kids Camp or to the Neosho Township Fire Department and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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

Morgan T. Davis

CHETOPA—Morgan T. Davis, 46, of rural Chetopa, Kan., died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Oswego Community Hospital, Oswego, Kan.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.

Memorials are suggested to the Morgan Davis Memorial Fund and may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, 67330.

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

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