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Florence E. Jean
1921-2000
Services for Florence Elna Jean, 78, Eudora, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Harmony Methodist Church, south of Magnolia, Ark., with Brother Lyndell Chaffin officiating. Burial will be at Harmony Cemetery, Magnolia.
Mrs. Jean died Monday, Aug. 14, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
She was born Oct. 2, 1921, in Magnolia, Ark., the daughter of Albert Marson and Mattie Dru (Dingler) Brinkley. She attended rural schools in Arkansas.
Mrs. Jean was a homemaker. She moved to Eudora in 1996 from Beeville, Texas.
She married James Richard Hopson in 1939. He died April 14, 1986. She later married Clarence Lee Jean. He also preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Richard Hopson, Eudora; two brothers, Albert Brinkley Jr., Waverly, Texas, and James Dixon Brinkley, Finley, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Gale Ruby, died in 1993.
Friends may call from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Lewis Funeral Home, Magnolia.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association stroke research, or to a charity of the donor's choice, specializing in stroke prevention and care. They may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 38, Magnolia, AR 71753.

Nancy Gabriel
1945-2000
Memorial services for Nancy Ann (Charles) Gabriel, 54, Eudora, were Saturday, Aug. 12, at DeSoto Baptist Church. An additional service was held Monday at Lake Cemetery, Republic.
Mrs. Gabriel died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Kansas University Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 28, 1945, in Superior, Neb., the daughter of Don and Jean (Kendig) Charles. She graduated from high school in Republic in 1963, and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Kansas State University in 1970.
Mrs. Gabriel had taught for 25 years in the Emmett, St. Mary's, DeSoto and Olathe school districts, and she was a member of a number of professional educational organizations. She received an Excellence in Teaching award from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City in 1992.
She volunteered for activities including general education degree completion courses, Pet Partnership, education for homeless youths, the Jane Goodall Institute, Special Olympics, Crop Walk and the American Cancer Society. She was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.
Survivors include her husband, Arlen Gabriel, of the home; a daughter, Christie Eubank, Portland, Ore.; a son, Dane Peterson, Richmond, Va.; her parents, Don and Jean Charles, Republic; and two brothers, Michael Charles, Republic, and John Charles, Hays.
The family suggests memorials to the Nancy Charles Gabriel Memorial Fund, and they may be sent in care of DeSoto State Bank, 33050 W. 83rd St., DeSoto 66018.

Gerald H. Thompson
1933-2000
Services for Gerald H. Thompson, 67, Lawrence, were Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.
Mr. Thompson died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at his home.
He was born July 15, 1933, in Pittville, Mo., the son of James Henry and Mabel May (Aisher) Thompson.
He grew up and attended schools in Missouri before moving to Jefferson County. In 1953, he moved to Lawrence and was a foreman for Everley Roofing. He retired in 1996. He worked for the Roofers Local No. 20 of Kansas City, Mo.
He was a Navy veteran.
He married Joan Mayhew on July 16, 1953, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Gerald L. Thompson, Lawrence, and Darrel H. Thompson, DeSoto; three daughters, Beverlee Dover, Linwood, Peggy Vanek, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Judy Salah, Lawrence; a sister, Merrley Blum, Holden, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Betty R. Pease
1935-2001
Graveside services for Betty R. Pease, 65, Sunrise Beach, Mo., will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, in Eudora Cemetery.
Mrs. Pease died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at Lake Regional Hospital, Osage Beach, Mo.
She was born June 23, 1935, near Eudora, the daughter of Floyd and Viola (Nice) Broers. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Eudora High School. After graduation, she moved to Topeka. She and her husband moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1989 from Shawnee.
Mrs. Pease had worked as an office manager. She was a Methodist.
She married Robert J. Pease on Feb. 7, 1957. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Randy S. Pease, Spring, Texas; a sister, Kathy Zimmerman, Lawrence; and two grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to American Cancer Society Hope House, 1120 Penn, Kansas City, MO 64105.
Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Mo., was in charge of arrangements.

Olive M. Athey
1904-2001
Services for Olive M. Athey, 94, Baldwin City, were Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Church of Christ in Baldwin City, with Shawn Smith officiating. Interment was in Prairie City Cemetery, Baldwin City.
Mrs. Athey died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at Baldwin Care Center.
She was born Jan. 7, 1907, in Lawrence, the daughter of William Woodruf and Frances (Marlett) Felt. She grew up and attended schools in Lawrence before moving to the Kansas City area and graduating from high school there.
Mrs. Athey moved to the Baldwin City area in 1936. She worked for many years as a housecleaner.
She married David Harvey Athey on April 28, 1928, in Topeka. He died in May 1957.
A daughter, Norma Louise Walburn, died in February 1993. A stepson, Jesse Athey, a grandson, and a great-granddaughter died earlier.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Ann Tarpy, Lawrence; a son, James L. Athey, Eudora; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baldwin Care Center, Church of Christ, or the Douglas County Hospice, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, 66006.

Denise Moncrief
1952-2001
Services for Denise "Candy" Moncrief, 48, Eudora, were Saturday, Jan. 27, at Culbertson-Smith Mortuary, Wichita. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Oatville.
Mrs. Moncrief died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001.
She was born April 10, 1952, in St. Paul, Minn.
Mrs. Moncrief was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Waverly Moncrief, of the home; two sons, Clint Moncrief, Lawrence, and Delbert Moncrief, Ottawa; two sisters, Judy Ten-Braak, Wichita, and Nancy Garner, Ottawa; and three brothers, Lou Tauber and Anthony Tauber and Steven Shaw, all of Wichita.

Delores E. Motelet
1922-2001
Graveside services for Delores E. Motelet, 78, Eudora, were Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post No. 5901, Ottawa. Cremation has taken place.
Mrs. Motelet died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at Eudora Nursing Center.
She was born April 28, 1922, in Melvern, the daughter of Elmer and Doris (Dow) Gates. Mrs. Motelet, a longtime Ottawa resident, lived in Pleasanton from 1971 to 1983.
She graduated from Ottawa High School in 1940 and also attended Topeka Business School.
She served in the United States Navy during World War II, stationed in Hawaii from 1943 to 1946.
Mrs. Motelet was a newspaper advertising representative for 12 years. She was employed by the Pleasanton Tribune from 1973 to 1983 and the Ottawa Herald from 1983 to 1985.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Altar Society and a 50-year member of Home Demonstration Unit, all of Ottawa.
She married Gabe Motelet in 1946 in Wisconsin. He died Jan. 2, 1983.
A son, Matt Motelet, also died earlier.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis L. Motelet, Overland Park, and Mark A. Motelet, Osawatomie; a daughter, Lannie Lou Motelet, Lawrence; a sister, Babe Bell, Ottawa; and two grandsons.

Louise J. Leavitt
1909-2001
Services for Louise Josephine Leavitt, 91, Tonganoxie, were Friday, Jan. 19, at Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.
Mrs. Leavitt died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at her home.
She was born Dec. 16, 1909, in Tonganoxie, the daughter of Marion T. and Minnie M. (Richardson) Woodward.
Mrs. Leavitt was a homemaker and a member of Tonganoxie Christian Church.
She married Ben H. Leavitt on April 7, 1928, in Topeka. He died in 1996.
Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Clark, Tonganoxie, and Carolyn Martin, Linwood; a brother, George R. Woodward, Brozorio, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Three sons, George W. Leavitt, Allan N. Leavitt and Ben J. Leavitt, died in 1933, 1945 and 1983, respectively.
The family suggests memorials to Tonganoxie Christian Church Building Fund, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie 66086.

Donald L. Brewster
1936-2001
Services for Donald L. Brewster, 64, Lawrence, were Saturday, June 23, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial was in Underwood Cemetery, Jefferson County.
Mr. Brewster died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Colmery-O'Neil Veterans Administration Hospital, Topeka.
He was born Aug. 4, 1936, in Lawrence, the son of Albert and Laura (Mason) Brewster.
Mr. Brewster was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He owned Brewster Construction Co., where he worked as a home builder. He also owned Northstar Realty, where he was a Realtor/broker. He graduated from Gemological Institute of America.
He was a member of Lawrence Heights Christian Church.
He married Patricia O. Baker June 12, 1953, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Gayle Davenport, Lawrence, and Cynthia Lynn Brewster, Edwardsville; two sons, Donald L. Jr., Shawnee, and Kyle, Topeka; five brothers, Glen, San Jose, Calif., Ernest, Baldwin, William, Santa Ana, Calif., Gerald, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Philip, Lawrence; two half-brothers, Albert H. Brewster Jr., Norman, Okla., and Tharold Brewster, Clarksville, Tex.; a half-sister, Rose Fowler, Linwood; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Colmery-O'Neil Veterans Administration Hospital, Topeka, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

Ethel G. Henderson
1904-2001
Services for Ethel G. Henderson, 97, Lawrence, were Tuesday, June 26, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Graveside services were Wednesday, June 27, at Turon Cemetery, Turon.
Mrs. Henderson died Friday, June 22, 2001, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center.
She was born May 5, 1904, in Pratt County, the daughter of Peter and Ida Mae (Ditto) Reese.
She served in the Women's Army Corps in World War II. She was a licensed practical nurse and provided hospital and private home care.
She married Clair Henderson in April 1946. He died in 1968.
Survivors include a daughter, Dortha Garrison, Linwood; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Ingeborg E. Nelson
1909-2001
Thursday, June 28, 2001
Services for Ingeborg Eileen Nelson, 91, Linwood, were Tuesday, June 26, at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Valhalla Cemetery, North Hollywood, Calif.
Mrs. Nelson died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at her home.
She was born Oct. 30, 1909, in Chicago, the daughter of John A. and Oleen (Marks) Nelson.
Mrs. Nelson was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Overland Park.
She married Edward E. Nelson. He died in 1966.
Survivors include a son, Edward E. Nelson, Linwood; a daughter, Janice E. Nelson, Los Angeles; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Dennis R. Newcomb
1941-2001
Graveside services for Dennis R. Newcomb, 59, Eudora, were Monday, June 25, at the Riverview Cemetery in Scandia.
Mr. Newcomb died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at his home.
He was born Aug. 3, 1941, in Belleville, the son of Herman G. and E. Marie Duncan. He spent his early life in Scandia. He lived in Manhattan from 1964 to 1971 and then moved to Eudora. He owned and operated Dennis Newcomb Trucking, Eudora, from 1971 to 2000.
He married Barbara Sterba on Sept. 13, 1962, in Belleville. She survives of the home.
The family suggests memorials to Muscular Dystrophy Assn., sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, or Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home, 1322 19th Street, Box 326, Belleville 66935.

John H. Petefish
1942-2001
Thursday, June 28, 2001
Memorial services for John Hamlin Petefish, 59, Lawrence, will be at a later date. Cremation is planned.
Mr. Petefish died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born April 17, 1942, in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Howard U. and Martha (Kampschroeder) Petefish. He grew up in Eudora and graduated from Eudora High School.
Mr. Petefish had lived in Lawrence since 1960. He worked for Lawrence Printing Services, Hercules Powder Plant and Kansas University.
Survivors include a daughter, Marci Petefish, Kansas City, Mo.; and a sister, Ruth Polly, Kirkland, Wash.
Warren-McElwain Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Anita Stadler
1899-2001
Mass of Christian Burial for Anita Stadler, 101, Eudora, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Eudora. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, Eudora.
Mrs. Stadler died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at Eudora Nursing Center.
She was born Sept. 8, 1899, in Engel, N.M., the daughter of John and Francis (Blechel) Greiner.
She was a lifelong resident of Eudora. She graduated from Eudora High School in 1919. She worked at Sunflower Ordnance Plant and Eudora Telephone Co. She was a member of Holy Family Parish and St. Theresa's Society.
She married William Stadler Feb. 2, 1923. He died Dec. 20, 1943.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Senogles, Topeka, and Charlotte Altenbernd, Lawrence; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Two sons, Bill Stadler and Kenneth Stadler, and a daughter, Wilmaurine Gillespie, died earlier.
The family suggests memorials to the Eudora Nursing Center or Holy Family Cemetery Fund, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence 66044.

Virginia I. Stone
1910-2001
Services for Virginia Imogene Stone, 91, Eudora, were Sunday, June 24, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lawrence.
Mrs. Stone died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born April 29, 1910, in Blaine, the daughter of Henry Patrick and Anna Agnes (Mangan) Downey. She graduated in 1929 from Oread High School of Kansas University and then attended KU.
Mrs. Stone later worked at KU as director of Joseph R. Pearson Residence Hall.
She moved to Eudora Nursing Center in 1999.
She married Clayton L. Stone on Aug. 12, 1935. He died in 1977.
Survivors include a son, Darryl Stone, Lawrence; a daughter, Darleene Stone Overstreet, Moscow, Idaho; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Donnis Reinken, died in 1993.
The family suggests memorials to Eudora Nursing Center, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence.

Walter F. Beers
1927-2001
Services for Walter F. Beers, 74, Lawrence, were Monday, Oct. 22, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial was in Prairie Center Cemetery, Johnson County.
Mr. Beers died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. He was a longtime resident of Lawrence.
He was born July 2, 1927, in Mitchell, Neb., the son of Walter L. and Wilma (Winchell) Beers.
Mr. Beers served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a press operator for Kansas Color Press from 1950 until the plant closed. He was past president of Local 377 of the Printing Press and Assistants Union. He also owned WB Auto & Trailer Sales from 1957 until his retirement in 1997. He had been a singer and guitarist for the Something Country Band for many years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 555 in Topeka, Lawrence Antique Automobile Club and the Topeka High-Performance Ford Club.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Beers, Eudora, and Michael Beers, Lawrence; a daughter, Denise Curnes, Lawrence; a brother, Larry Beers, Eudora; and four grandchildren.
Two sisters, Helen Swift and Lois Bothe, preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the Parkinson's Disease Research, sent in care of the mortuary.

Rita M. Dressler
1932-2001
Services for Rita Marie Dressler, 69, Tonganoxie, were Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kansas City, Kan. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
Mrs. Dressler died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at her home.
She was born Feb. 29, 1932, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Hugo J. and Mary (Fox) Crass. She retired as a secretary for Premier Wine and Spirits Co., Overland Park, in 1997.
Mrs. Dressler was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
She married James Joseph Dressler on Sept. 2, 1950, in Kansas City, Mo. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include four sons, John Dressler, Bonner Springs, James Dressler, Overland Park, Joseph Dressler, Leavenworth, and Frank Dressler, Eudora; four daughters, Cindy Bollman, Kansas City, Mo., Mary Jan Hicks, Gig Harbor, Wash., DeAnn Brammer, Tonganoxie, and Sherri Lagoski, Basehor; two brothers, John Crass, Versailles, Mo., and Bob Crass, Raytown, Mo.; two sisters, Evelyn Officer, Harrisonville, Mo., and Terry Chapman, Warsaw, Mo.; and 18 grandchildren.
A son, Christopher, died in December 1965.
Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie was in charge of arrangements.

Norma L. Lutz
1925-2001
Services for Norma L. Lutz, 76, Eudora, were Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.
Mrs. Lutz died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Lawrence, the daughter of Wilhelm Karl and Lena Myrtle (Kindred) Eisele. She lived in Lawrence until moving to Eudora in 1948.
Mrs. Lutz worked as a bookkeeper for an auto salvage yard. She also worked as a librarian at the Eudora Public Library for eight years.
She was a 20-year member of the 1900 and Now Club, a 47-year member of United Methodist Women and a 35-year member of United Methodist Church, all in Eudora.
She married Vernon Jay Lutz Oct. 9, 1946, in Lawrence. He died April 15, 1992.
Survivors include two daughters, Diana Lutz, Raleigh, N.C., and Elaine Bonebrake, Lawrence; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
The family suggests memorials in her name to Eudora Public Library or Eudora United Methodist Church, sent in care of the funeral home.

Martin Erazmus
1962-2001
Mass of Christian Burial for Martin C. Erazmus, 39, Portland, Ore., were Tuesday, Sept. 18, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Erazmus died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, in Colusa, Calif., after a truck accident.
He was born March 27, 1962, in Humbolt, Tenn., the son of Edward and Dorothy Erazmus. He graduated in 1980 from Perry-Lecompton High School. He also attended Kansas University.
Mr. Erazmus was a truck driver for Mercer Industries, Portland.
He married Maria DeJoode on Oct. 24, 1993. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his parents, Lawrence; a daughter, Corin Erazmus, Portland; two sons, Brandon Erazmus and Samuel Erazmus, both of Portland; three sisters, Maria Gibson and Le-Thu Erazmus, both of Lawrence, and May Chilcoat, Eudora; and one brother, Joseph Erazmus, Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials to Birth Right, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

Maple M. Allison
1914-2001
Services for Maple M. Allison, 87, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Clinton Parkway Assembly of God, Lawrence. Graveside services will be Friday at Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie, Okla.
Mrs. Allison died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at her home.
She was born Sept. 2, 1914, in Holdenville, Okla., the daughter of John Robert and Carrie (Nugent) Williams. She lived most of her life in Holdenville and moved to Lawrence in 1994.
Mrs. Allison was a homemaker. She was a member of Westside Assembly of God, Guthrie, and attended Clinton Parkway Assembly of God.
She married Isaac Newton Countess in 1931, in Kingfisher, Okla. He died in 1956. She married Joe Pitts in 1962. He died July 4, 1976. She married Everett Allison in 1988. He died in August 1993.
Survivors include a son, Darrell Countess, Oklahoma City; two daughters, Louise Farmer, Lawrence, and Ada Smith, Eudora; two brothers, Vernon Williams, McCloud, Okla., and Kermit Williams, Edmond, Okla.; two sisters, Dollie Vargus, Phoenix, and Dessie Burpo, Greenfield, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Clinton Parkway Assembly of God, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence.

Eava J. Berry
1928-2001
Services for Eava Joyce Berry, 73, Kansas City, Kan., will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Alden-Harrington Chapel, Bonner Springs. Burial will be in Bonner Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Berry died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at her home in Kansas City, Kan.
She was born June 20, 1928, in Warsaw, Mo., the daughter of William and Bessie Mae Farier.
Mrs. Berry was a charter member of Bible Baptist Church, Bonner Springs.
She most recently attended Liberty Baptist Church, Kansas City, Kan.
She married Cecil Berry. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include nine sons, Dennis Berry, Topeka, Ronnie Brooks, Grain Valley, Mo., Michael Brooks, Keller, Tex., Patrick Berry and Terry Berry, both of Lawrence, Steve Berry, Edwardsville, Glenn Berry and Keith Berry, both of Basehor, and David Berry, Bonner Springs; six daughters, Elaine Berry, Eudora, Kathy Berry-Lee, Linwood, Connie Penic, Brandon, Fla., Hope Huggins and Barbie Mathia, both of Kansas City, Kan., and Karen Henson, Elsberry, Mo.; a sister, Lorene Zumalt, Warrensburg, Mo.; 50 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.
The family suggests memorials to Sister Servants of Mary or to City Union Mission, sent in care of the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St., Bonner Springs 66012.

Margie E. Merritt
1915-2001
Services for Margie E. Merritt, 86, Lawrence, were Saturday, Nov. 24, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Merritt died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at her home.
She was born July 26, 1915, in Clay Center, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Bishop) Eye. She grew up in Clay Center and attended Clay Center schools. She moved to Lawrence from Linwood in 1951.
Mrs. Merritt was a homemaker.
She attended North Lawrence Christian Church.
She married Eugene Morris Merritt on July 11, 1940, in Clay Center. He died Aug. 15, 1984.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Merritt and Phillip Merritt, both of Lawrence; three daughters, Margaret Jane Spillman, Lawrence, Patricia Ann Vena, Frontenac, and Cindy Sue Long, San Diego; a sister, Marion Rescoe, Lawrence; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Two daughters, Barbara Ann Merritt and Sandra Jean Holladay, died earlier.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice Care of Douglas County or Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn., sent in care of the funeral home.

Ryan D. Besser
1968-2002
Services for Ryan Dean Besser, 34, Eudora, were Saturday, Oct. 12, at Elm Grove Baptist Church in Bonner Springs. Burial was in Eudora City Cemetery.
Mr. Besser died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at his home.
He was born March 19, 1968, in Lawrence, the son of Richard and Anna (Edgerton) Besser. He graduated from Eudora High School.
Mr. Besser drove for Schwan's Fine Foods for several years. He also worked for Fred Stewart at the saw mill.
He married Barbara Henry. She survives of Colby.
Other survivors include two daughters, LeAnn Besser, Kansas City, Kan., and Natasha Besser, Colby; a son, Kevin Besser, Colby; a stepson, Nick Henry, Colby; his mother, Eudora; four brothers, Mark Besser and Jimmy Besser, both of Eudora, Gordon Besser, Oskaloosa and Randy Besser, Linwood; and two sisters, Ginger Ballard, Hackett, Ark., and Linda Roggenkamp, Baldwin.
The family suggests memorials to the Ryan Dean Besser Memorial Fund, sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Ella J. Smith
1938-2002
Services for Ella Jean Smith, 64, Mount View, Ark., were Friday, Oct. 11, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith died Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, in Mount View.
She was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Allison, Ark., the daughter of Harold and Genevera (Pitts) Blevins. She grew up and attended school in Mount View until eighth grade, when she moved to Baldwin. She attended high school in De Soto. She moved from Eudora to Mount View six years ago.
Mrs. Smith was a cosmetologist in Eudora for many years. She was a member of Baptist Church in Mount View.
She married George Julian Smith on April 12, 1954, in Mount View. He died Sept. 25, 1983.
Survivors include a son, Jeff Montgomery Smith, Lawrence; two daughters, Linda Sue Smith, Mount View, and Sherrie Bridgett Smith Born, Lawrence; a stepfather, Billy G. Fulks, Pleasant Grove, Ark.; a sister, Lola Allen, Eudora; two brothers, Billy Ray Fulks, Jesup, Ga., and Gary M. Fulks, Batesville, Ark.; and eight grandchildren.
A son, Randy Smith, died July 5, 1991.
The family suggests memorials to the Ella Smith Memorial Fund, sent in care Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
  
Stanley G. Smith
1909-2002
Services for Stanley G. Smith, 93, De Soto, were Friday, Oct. 11, at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, De Soto. Burial was at De Soto Cemetery.
Mr. Smith died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at Eudora Nursing Center.
He was born Feb. 28, 1909, in Martinsville, Mo., the son of Charles and Martha (Glenn) Smith.
Mr. Smith was a farmer in Harrison County, Mo. He moved to De Soto in 1952, where he worked for the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant and as a maintenance man for Sunflower Village.
He married Jewell Tilley April 17, 1930. She died earlier.
Survivors include a son, Roger Smith, De Soto; a daughter, Virginia Sims, De Soto; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Billie J. Cobb
1930-2002
Graveside services for Billie Joe Cobb, 72, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Eudora Cemetery.
Mr. Cobb died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at St. Francis Health Center, Topeka.
He was born July 15, 1930, in Cedar Gap, Mo., the son of Lewis R. and Viola Minnie (Laurie) Cobb. He grew up in Eudora and attended Eudora High School.
Mr. Cobb was a custodian at Kansas University for 15 years. He retired in 1994.
Survivors include three sisters, Reba Falk, Lecompton, Pearl Boster, Topeka, and Wanda Puderbaugh, Meriden; and 16 nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence 66044.

James E. Dankenbring
1957-2003
Services for James E. Dankenbring, 45, Lawrence, were Monday, Jan. 27, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Dankenbring died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 12, 1957, in Lawrence, the son of Harlan Gene and Bonnie M. (Higgins) Dankenbring. He attended Lawrence public schools.
Mr. Dankenbring worked for Lawrence Paper Co., Lawrence Asphalt Improvement Co. and Lawrence Ready Mix. He owned and operated Dankenbring Trucking for 20 years until his death. He sponsored local charities and activities such as Toys for Tots and the Blue Jazz Festival.
He married Roxanne Rygmyr on Aug. 18, 1979, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Joel Thomas Dankenbring, of the home; a daughter, Ali Lyn Dankenbring, of the home; his mother, Lawrence; and a sister, Lisa Dankenbring-Galindo, Eudora.
The family suggests memorials to Dankenbring Children's Educational Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.

Gertrude O. Wyrick
1923-2003
Services for Gertrude Olivette Wyrick, 79, Tonganoxie, were Sunday, Jan. 26, at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie.
Mrs. Wyrick died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at her home.
She was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of William and Gladys (Baker) Thomas.
She married Albert O. Wyrick on Dec. 25, 1941, in Kansas City, Kan. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include eight sons, Albert O. Wyrick Jr., Kansas City, Kan., Billy Wyrick, Edgerton, James Wyrick, Shiner, Texas, Richard Wyrick, Langdon, N.D., John Wyrick, Independence, Mo., and Floyd Wyrick, Ronald Wyrick and Thomas Wyrick, all of Eudora; seven daughters, Dixie Lattin, De Soto, Doris Eastlin, Kansas City, Kan., Sharon Beggs, Langdon, N.D., Virginia Wyrick, Lawrence, Margie Wheeler, Independence, Mo., Bonnie Jacobs and Cindy Ramdorsingh, both of Tonganoxie; two brothers, James Thomas, Hutchinson, and Charles Thomas, Bonner Springs; a sister, Margie Sowers, Kansas City, Kan.; 34 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Lorraine M. Barnes
1929-2003
Services for Lorraine M. (House) Barnes, 73, Lawrence, were Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Barnes died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at Eudora Nursing Center.
She was born Oct. 29, 1929, in Lawrence, the daughter of Thomas E. and Olive Belle (Phillips) House. She attended school in Lawrence and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1948.
She worked for the state of Kansas Air Force Supply Depot in the 1950s in Lawrence and Topeka.
Mrs. Barnes married George E. "Eddie" Barnes in Lawrence in 1959. He died Dec. 12, 1989.
Survivors include a brother, Stanley House, Eudora; and a sister, Helen House, Topeka.
The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn., Hospice Care of Douglas County or Centenary United Methodist Church, sent in care of the funeral home.

Mary E. Bunce
1920-2002
No services are planned for Mary Esther Bunce, 82, Tonganoxie.
Mrs. Bunce died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Her body is being donated to Kansas University School of Medicine.
She was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Lawrence, the daughter of George and Norma (McCuan) Adams.
She grew up in Lawrence and had lived the last 32 years in Tonganoxie.
Mrs. Bunce married Herbert Hornburger Nov. 10, 1940. They later divorced. She married Ralph Bunce May 23, 1996, in Falls City, Neb. He died Sept. 13, 1996.
Survivors include a son, Darrell Hornburger, Hobbs, N.M.; a daughter, Sylvia Proffitt, Hobbs, N.M.; and two stepsons, William Bunce, Linwood, and Harold Bunce, Lecompton.
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Ronald D. West
1935-2003
Services for Ronald Dean West, 68, Eudora, were Tuesday, April 8, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary Eudora Chapel. Burial was in Silent City Cemetery, De Soto.
Mr. West died Friday, April 4, 2003, at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
He was born April 4, 1935, in De Soto, the son of James Thomas and Margaret Josephine (Lawler) West.
Mr. West was a senior electrician for 43 years at Farmland Industries. He retired May 1, 1997.
He was a member of De Soto Masonic Lodge No. 40 for 45 years and Scottish Rite Valley of Lawrence. He was past president of Local No. 516 of International Union of Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers in Lawrence; past president of Boy Scouts of Eudora; two-time past master of De Soto Lodge, and past district grand master of District No. 13 of Kansas. He was past precinct committeeman of Eudora precinct and a member of the Rehabilitation Committee for Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
Mr. West married Clara A. Stout on Aug. 15, 1960, in Kansas City, Kan. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Ross A. West, Gravois Mills, Mo.; raised as a son, William Dean Starr, Mission; two daughters, Michele M. West, Sabetha, and Lynda R. Creviston, Eudora; two brothers, Garry B. West, San Diego, and Larry West, De Soto; three sisters, Carol Sue Neumann, Vancouver, Wash., and Myrna Jane Gillis and Debra L. Meek, both of Lawrence; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Rhonda J. West Neighbors, a brother, W. Arlyn West, and a sister, Sharon Kay Mitchell, preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

Yvette S. Durr
1926-2003
Funeral services for Yvette S. Durr, 76, Eudora, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary-Eudora Chapel in Eudora. Burial will be at Eudora Cemetery.
Mrs. Durr died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Eudora Nursing Center.
She was born Sept. 15, 1926, in Noumea, New Caledonia, the daughter of Emile and Gilberte Blum Bacino.
Mrs. Durr worked in nursing for many years at the Eudora Nursing Center. She was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Eudora.
She married William A. Durr July 6, 1946, in Noumea, New Caledonia. He died Sept. 3, 1972.
Survivors include a sister, Jacqueline Tegtmeyer, Vail, Ariz.; and a brother-in-law, Robert Durr, Eudora.
Family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary-Eudora Chapel.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice Care of Douglas County and the Eudora Nursing Center, sent in care of the mortuary.

Wilbur M. Criss
1914-2003
Services for Wilbur M. Criss Sr., 89, Eudora, were Wednesday, July 9, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary-Eudora Chapel. Military graveside services were at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.
Mr. Criss died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at his son's home in Eudora.
He was born Jan. 10, 1914, in Jefferson County, the son of William and Gladys Deskins (Leaman) Criss. He had lived in the area for 50 years. He lived the last two years in South Carolina.
Mr. Criss was a retired automobile mechanic and had worked for Jim Clark Motors in Lawrence and for Pickens Motor Company.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe. He was a member of Post 2709 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Scranton.
Survivors include two daughters, Lois Ball, Columbia, S.C., and Betty Clark, Lawrence; a son, Wilbur Criss Jr., Eudora; two stepdaughters, Cheri Klindt and Donna Henderson, both of Lawrence; three stepsons, Kelly Wheeler, Jerry Wheeler and Kerry Wheeler, all of Lawrence; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence division of the Salvation Army, sent in care of the mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to info@warrenmcelwain.com, subject: Criss.

LaVerne H. Guenther
1922-2003
Services for LaVerne H. "Guinea" Guenther, 80, Lawrence, were Saturday, July 5, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial was at Memorial Park Entombment Mausoleum.
Mr. Guenther died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Aug. 12, 1922, in Eudora, the son of Harry and Zena (Ziegler) Guenther. He was raised in Eudora and graduated from Eudora High School. He attended Kansas City School of Watch Making.
Mr. Guenther served in the U.S. Navy from June 1944 until March 1946. He owned and operated Guenther's Jewelry Store for 52 years in downtown Lawrence. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church and former member of Elks Lodge of Lawrence.
He married Maxine Daugherty on Dec. 20, 1941, in Arizona. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Rex, Lawrence; two sisters, Janice Colman, Eudora, and Doris Touchton, Pittsburg; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A son, Randy, died Aug. 3, 2002.

E. Elaine Moore
1936-2003
Services for E. Elaine Moore, 67, Eudora, were Wednesday, July 9, at Eudora United Methodist Church. Burial was in Eudora City Cemetery.
Mrs. Moore died Friday, July 4, 2003, at her home.
She was born June 20, 1936, in Ordway, Colo., the daughter of Carl Bonham and Edith (Burke) Bonham.
Mrs. Moore was a homemaker and had worked at NCS Pearson as a customer service representative for the past five years.
Survivors include four daughters, Lorelei Springer, Eudora, Allison Olomon and Carla Staley, both of Vacaville, Calif., and Tracey Avery, Oklahoma City; four brothers, Harold Bonham, La Junta, Colo., Carl Bonham, Little Rock, Calif., Robert Bonham, Green Valley, Ariz., and John Bonham, Fayetteville, Ark.; a sister, Jean Curtsinger, Swink, Colo.; and 11 grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence 66044.

Jesse A. Ridens
1935-2003
Services for Jesse A. "Jess" Ridens, 68, Linwood, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, Bonner Springs. Burial will be in Lenape Cemetery, rural Linwood.
Mr. Ridens died Sunday, July 6, at his home.
He was born April 5, 1935, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Charles and Erma Graham Ridens. He had lived in the Linwood and Bonner Springs areas most of his life.
Mr. Ridens worked for the Greeley Gas Company for more than 40 years.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Eva D. Ridens, of the home; three sons, Randy Ridens, David Ridens and Ryan Ridens; a daughter, Diana Nelson; a sister, Nancy Deringer; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Leavenworth Hospice, sent in care of Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St., Bonner Springs 66012.


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