Miscellaneous Johnson County, Kansas Obituaries


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Inez Odle
Funeral services for Inez E. Odle, Kansas City, Kan., were Wednesday, Aug. 9, at Maple Hill Funeral Home. Burial was at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Odle died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Johnson County Nursing Center.
She was born Oct. 9, 1913, Hiwasse, Ark., the daughter of Elmer Todd and Clara Sheriff dle. She lived in the Kansas City area since 1944.
She was a homemaker and a member of Rosedale Congregational Church. Her husband, William Odle, preceded her in death in 1944.
Survivors include two sons, Ron Odle, Kingman, Ariz., and Dana Odle, Shawnee; two daughters, Rosie Inman, DeSoto, and Glenna Odle, Olathe; two brothers, Jim Todd and Joe Todd, both of Kingman, Ariz.; two sisters, Barbara Parker, Orand, Ala., and Betty Prock, Casa Grande, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Rosedale Congregational Church.

Nancy Gabriel
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, P.O. Box 429, DeSoto 66018.

Gerald H. Thompson
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.

Garion Vest
Services for Garion Daniel Vest, 10, DeSoto, were Wednesday at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, DeSoto. Burial was in DeSoto Cemetery.
Garion died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
He was born May 15, 1990, in Hayward, Calif., the son of Daniel and Kristin Vest.
He played soccer and also wrestled.
Other survivors include his grandparents, Skip and Carol Skyrud, Mariposa, Calif., and Charles and Sharon Vest, Bonner Springs.
The family suggests memorials to the Garion Vest Trust Fund, sent in care of DeSoto State Bank, P.O. Box 429, DeSoto 66018.

John R. Diehl
Funeral services for John R. Diehl, 68, Lawrence, were Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Diehl died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 27, 1932, in Bedford, Pa., the son of Kenneth A. and Helen (James) Diehl. Mr. Diehl moved to Lawrence 42 years ago from Bedford, Pa.
He was a Korean War veteran and had worked at the K-Mart distribution center for 22 years. He retired in 1996. Before that he worked for the Douglas County Public Works Department and at Hercules, Inc. near DeSoto.
He married Elizabeth Overbaugh on June 1, 1958, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Debra Diehl, Lawrence; a son, Greg Diehl, Lawrence; two brothers, Ronnie Diehl and Larry Diehl, both of Pennsylvania; and three sisters, Shirley Spade, Jane Miller and Susie Beach, all of Pennsylvania.
The family suggests memorials to Lawrence Humane Society or to Douglas County Heart Fund, sent in care of the mortuary.

Katherine I. Hickey
Graveside services for Katherine I. "Stormy" Hickey, 84, Topeka, were Monday, Jan. 22, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.
Mrs. Hickey died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at her home.
She was born July 30, 1916, in Chico, Calif., the daughter of William T. and Willie Ann (Suggs) Hooper. She attended Lawrence schools and Washburn University.
She worked for Hercules Powder Plant, DeSoto, and worked as a licensed cosmetologist in Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.
She owned and operated Stormy's Tavern, Topeka.
She married Walter E. Torneden in Leavenworth. They later divorced. She married Howard H. Hickey in Lawrence. He died March 1, 1960.
A son, Larry "Toad" Torneden, and a grandchild died earlier.
Survivors include two daughters, Joanne Scully, Perry, and Bertha A. Cobb Lehna, Topeka; a son, Jack Dean Torneden, Kansas City, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Alzheimer's Assn., sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas, Topeka 66608.

Charles E. Rose
Services for Charles E. Rose, 92, DeSoto, were Monday, Feb. 12, at DeSoto United Methodist Church. Burial was in DeSoto Cemetery.
Mr. Rose died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Eudora Nursing Center.
He was born June 17, 1908, in LaCygne.
Mr. Rose had worked at Hercules Army Ammunition Plant, in construction, and for Shawnee and DeSoto school districts. He retired in 1975. He then began selling Fuller Brush and Massons Shoes.
He married Stella Massey on Aug. 14, 1935. She and a son, Kenyon, died earlier.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Russell, Eudora, and Marge Ireland, DeSoto; a son, Marvin Rose, Phoenix; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials, which will remain in the DeSoto area, be sent in care of Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 101, DeSoto 66018.

Geraldine E. Meyer
Funeral services for Geraldine "Geri" Elizabeth Meyer, 61, Gardner, were Monday, April 16, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner. Burial was in Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth.
Mrs. Meyer died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at the Olathe Medical Center.
She was born August 29, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Roy Brown and Anna (Haase) Brown. She grew up in Minnesota.
She has also lived in Lawton, Okla., and Fayettville, N.C., and De Soto. She moved to Gardner in 1998. She was a graduate of Ramsey High School in St. Paul, Minn.
Mrs. Meyer was a bookkeeper at Scrippro in Mission, for one year. She had worked as a bookkeeper in the various locations where she had lived.
She married Kenneth (Ken) Melvin Meyer on Nov. 8, 1960, in St. Paul, Minn.
Mrs. Meyer was a member of the New Life Church in Olathe.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Barbara Flanigan and Pat Dreschler.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff R. Meyer, Ansbach, Germany, and Allen K. Meyer, Gardner; a daughter, Lisa Marie Wheatley, LaCygne; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Church, Olathe, sent in care of Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner.

John E. Rogers
Funeral services for John Edward Rogers, 78, De Soto, were Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at the Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner. Burial was in De Soto Cemetery.
Mr. Rogers died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his home.
He was born June 13, 1922, in Piper, the son of William Franklin Rogers and Nellie Lanora Douglas Rogers. He was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Rogers was a cement finisher and farmer. He worked for Local No. 0518 in Kansas City, Mo., of the Cement Masons.
As a young man, he worked on the Union Pacific Railroad.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of De Soto No. 6654, Cement Masons Local No. 0518, Kansas City, Mo., and the Disabled American Veterans.
He married Roma June Plummer Rogers on March 21, 1945, in Kansas City, Mo. She died April 4, 2001.
Two brothers, Bill Rogers and Homer Rogers, and two sisters, Dorothy Stone and Tootie Shultz also preceded him in death.
Survivors include a son, Johnny Rogers, De Soto; two daughters, Susie Kramer and Polly Rogers, both of De Soto; two sisters, Janie Lawson, De Soto; and Lavina Sopher, Bonner Springs; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions maybe made to the American Heart Association, sent in care of Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner 66030.

Lucille Sellers
Funeral services for Lucille Lena Lipp Sellers, 84, Leavenworth, were Friday, April 13, at the Davis Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Mt. Muncie Cemetery.
Mrs. Sellers died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at her home.
She was born December 22, 1916, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Ernest Adam and Lena Katherine Haas Lipp.
She graduated from Leavenworth High School. She then graduated from St. Mary College.
She taught school in rural one-room schools and Leavenworth schools, teaching at North Broadway School and Third Avenue School. She retired in 1980.
Mrs. Sellers was a lifelong member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Leavenworth, the Leavenworth Retired Teachers and the Graham Chapter No. 395 O.E.S.
She married David Thomas Lindsay. He preceded her in death in January 1941. She later married Arthur Sellers. He preceded her in death on April 16, 1966.
A brother, Clarence Lipp, and a sister, Dorothy Bogner, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Laura Jane Dyson, De Soto; a son, Col. David Olcott Lindsay, St. Maries, Idaho; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Creston D. Nelson
Memorial services for Creston Dale Nelson, 70, DeSoto, were Wednesday, March 28, at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, DeSoto. Cremation has taken place.
Mr. Nelson died Monday, March 26, at his home after a short battle with lymphoma.
He was born May 21, 1930, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of S.C. and Mabel L. Conley Nelson.
He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve for 28 years. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict.
Mr. Nelson was a truck driver for 34 years.
He married Beulah Jean Massey on Sept. 29, 1956, in New Lancaster. She survives at the home.
Other survivers include, two daughters, Cathy Schieck, Temecula, Calif., and Michelle Drye, Nixa, Mo.; a son, Sterling Nelson, Olathe; two brothers, Kenneth Nelson, Selah, Wash., and Don Nelson, Pomeroy, Wash.; three sisters, Loretta Reynolds and Marilyn Morgan, both of LaCygne, Betty Bangs, Louisburg; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests contributions to Kansas City Hospice, Kansas Office, 12006 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa 66215.

Olen C. Kelley
Services for Olen Clifford Kelley, 84, Grove, Okla., were Friday, June 13, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial was at Eudora Cemetery.
Mr. Kelley died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Grove Nursing Center, Grove, Okla.
He was born Feb. 24, 1919, in Bethany, Mo., the son of William B. and Pearl Ethell (Maxwell) Kelley. He later lived in Hill City, Tonganoxie, Eudora and Salt Lake City, and he moved to Grove, Okla., in 1981.
Mr. Kelley was a supervisor at the Hercules Ammunition Plant, both at the Sunflower plant in De Soto and the plant in Salt Lake City, until his retirement.
He married Hazel Marie Walker Oct. 21, 1935, in Lawrence. She died Sept. 15, 1998.
Survivors include two sons, Bob Graves, Baldwin, and J.C. King, Grove, Okla.; four daughters, Carol Fulks, Edinburgh, Texas, Patsy Eisenbarger, Grove, Okla., Connie Davidson, Houston, Texas, and Linda Bowers, Miami, Okla.; a brother, Ivan Kelley, San Juan, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
A brother, Vernon Kelley, also preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Salvation Army or a charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence 66044.

Anna Margaret Nutt
Services for Anna Margaret Nutt, 68, Olathe, were Wednesday, June 11. Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe.
Mrs. Nutt died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Olathe Medical Center.
She was born March 19, 1935, in Lamine, Mo., the daughter of Lud and Clara (Ballew) Evans.
Mrs. Nutt lived in Olathe from 1959 to 1987 before moving to De Soto for eight years. She was a member of Olathe Christian Church.
She married Samuel J. Nutt on Jan. 8, 1955. He died earlier.
Survivors include a son, Stephen Nutt, Lawrence; two daughters, Joe Roe and Sandy Shurling, both of Olathe; a brother, Estil Evans, Boonville, Mo.; five sisters, Pauline Brown, Olathe, Ruby Wyrick, Placentia, Calif., Marge Abercrombie, Olathe, Clara James, Marshall, Mo., and Geneva McBroom, Olathe; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
The family suggests memorials to the American Alzheimer's Association. at www.alz.org or to the church, 1115 S. Ridgeview Road, Olathe 66062.

Tammy J. Williams
Services for Tammy Jo Williams, 42, were Friday, June 13, at Tonganoxie Christian Church, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie.
Mrs. Williams died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, in Topeka.
She was born Aug. 13, 1960, in Lawrence, the daughter of Jimmy and Judy (Taylor) Erwin. She had also lived in Eudora and Tonganoxie.
Mrs. Williams was a cashier for Dillon's Food Store in Topeka. She was a member of the Tonganoxie Christian Church.
Survivors include a son, Andrew Williams, Clearview City; two daughters, Trina Skeet, Shawnee, and Amanda Baldwin, Rowe, Va.; her parents, Tonganoxie; a brother, Troy Erwin, Tonganoxie; a sister, Jill Kietzmann, Tonganoxie; and a grandson.
The family suggests memorials to the Tammy Williams' Burial Fund, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie 66086.

Edwin E. Gibbs
Services for Edwin Eugene Gibbs, 48, Fort Scott, were Friday, March 7, at Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, Fort Scott. Burial with military honors was in Clarksburg Cemetery in Garland.
Mr. Gibbs died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Mercy Health Center, Fort Scott.
He was born May 21, 1954, in Germany, the son of Edwin E. and Dorothy (Clayton) Gibbs. He graduated from Lawrence High School.
Mr. Gibbs was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for Topco Laminates in Fort Scott. He attended Church of Christ in Fort Scott and was a member of Fort Scott Elks Lodge.
He married Barbara Hurd on June 19, 1982, in Fulton. They later divorced.
Survivors include two sisters, Star Atwell, De Soto, and Mary Payne, Burbank, Calif.
The family suggests memorials to American Diabetes Assn., sent in care of the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott 66701.

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