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Charlotte Mae Helm
1903-2000
Charlotte Mae Helm, 96, Nampa, Idaho, died July 23, 2000, in Nampa. A memorial service was held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Nampa. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.
She was born Nov. 6, 1903 in Tonganoxie, the daughter of Mary Elizabeth (Twiling) and Antone John Kramer. She was the widow of James Bryan Helm, who died in 1966 in Lawrence.
Survivors include a daughter, Lola Mae, Berkeley, Calif.; a son, James Daniel Helm, Nampa; two grandchidren; and two great-grandchildren.

Verna Marie Davison
1907-2000
A memorial service for Verna Marie Davison, 93, Lawrence, was Sept. 29, 2000, at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie with the Rev. YongBo Lee officiating. Private burial was in McLouth Cemetery, McLouth.
Miss Davison died Sept. 27, 2000, at Colonial Manor Nursing Center in Lawrence. She was born Jan. 29, 1907, in McLouth, the daughter of Edgar and Margaret (McGuire) Davison.
She attended Woodstock Grade School and graduated in 1925 from McLouth Rural High School. She received a degree in education from Emporia State Teachers College and taught in rural schools in the Lawrence and McLouth areas before moving to Kansas City, Mo., where she taught in elementary schools and worked for the Kansas City, Mo., board of education. She retired in 1972 as a social worker for Jackson County, Mo.
She was a member of the Linwood United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a life member of the Women's Society of Christian Service.
She moved to Lawrence in 1996.
Survivors include four sisters, Genevieve Wendorff, Lawrence, Helen Klinksiek, Overland Park, Audrey Gallagher, Fairfax, Va., and Maudie Flaherty, Jacksonville, Ind.

Martha B. "Marty" Miller
1928-2000
Services for Martha B. "Marty" Miller, 72, Leoti, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Leoti, with the Revs. Meinrad Miller and Chuck Mazouch officiating. Burial will be in Leoti Cemetery.
Mrs. Miller died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at the Wichita County Long Term Unit in Leoti. She was born March 16, 1928, in Nashville, Kan., the daughter of Nicholas and Gertrude Hommertzheim Schoenecker. She had been a Leoti resident since 1958 and was co-owner of the Miller Café from 1976 until she retired in 1983. She also operated a day care center from 1884 until 1993.
She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Leoti and a member of St. Anthony Alter Society.
She married Martin Miller on April 26, 1958, in Wichita. He survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Stephen Miller, Tonganoxie, and the Rev. Meinrad Miller, Atchison; a daughter, Kathleen Reed, Albany, N.Y.; three brothers, Bart Schoenecker, Akron, Colo., Pete Schoenecker, Valley Center, and Joe Schoenecker, Benedict; six sisters, Anna Schoenecker, Josephine Blanchet and Sister Mary Schoenecker, all of Wichita, Christine Carter, Hutchinson, Betty Smith, Kingman, and Bertha Zogelman, Florence; and four grandchildren.
Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. today at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Leoti. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Leoti.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the church or to the Wichita County Long Term Care Unit, sent in care of the funeral home.

Doran "Lee" Ioerger
1921-2000
A family memorial service for Doran "Lee" Ioerger, 79, Indianola, Okla, will be in November in Elk Falls, Kan.
Mr. Ioerger died Oct. 1, 2000, at Veterans Hospital in Muskogee, Okla. He was born June 11, 1921, in Independence, Kan.
Mr. Ioerger formerly lived in Tonganoxie and Leavenworth. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He was a member of Hiram Lodge, Scottish Rite Consistory of Fort Leavenworth, American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Rotary International and 32nd Degree Mason.
He married Mary E. Keath on July 4, 1942, in Burlington. She survives, of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Billie I. Easterberg, Kansas City, Kan.; a son, Terry Ioerger, Pratt; a sister, Pauline Lindemood, Overland Park; and two granddaughters.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Disabled American Veterans or Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Cremation Society of Oklahoma, 2103 E. Third St., Tulsa, 74104, handled arrangements.

Carl A. Oakson
1902-2000
A memorial service for Carl A. Oakson, 98, Topeka, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Barnett Funeral Home, Oskaloosa.
Mr. Oakson, a former Tonganoxie resident, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Select Specialty Hospital in Topeka. He was born Aug. 24, 1902, in Basehor, the son of John A. and Pearl Dove Turner Oakson. He had lived in Topeka for five years, moving there from Tonganoxie, where he had lived since 1944.
Mr. Oakson was the owner of Oakson Hardware Store in Tonganoxie from 1947 until he retired in 1971. Prior to World Ward II, he owned the Oakson Garage in Kansas City, Kan. He then worked at the North American Aviation Company during the war. After the war, he moved to the Tonganoxie area and farmed and operated an auto repair shop until 1947.
He was a member of the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Henri Masonic Lodge No. 190 AF&AM in Tonganoxie and a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Lawrence.
Mr. Oakson served a term on the Tonganoxie School Board. He was a graduate of the Dafer School, Dafer, Kan.
He married Mildred J. Rasmussen on Oct. 10, 1925, in Olathe. She died on Jan. 11, 1966. He married Elizabeth Jane Johnston Campbell on Feb. 9, 1969, in Tonganoxie. She died on Oct. 25, 1997.
Survivors include two sons, Dale Oakson, Ozawkie, and Bob Oakson, Lecompton; two stepsons, John Campbell, Georgetown, Ky., and Jack L. Campbell, Ozawkie; two stepdaughters, JoAnn Smith, Thorton, Colo., and Jane Bruggeman, West Minster, Colo.; a brother, John Oakson, Colorado Springs; a sister, Wanda Oakson Kirkpatrick, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; seven grandchildren, 23 stepgrandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment is planned for Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Masonic Home of Kansas, sent in care of Barnett Funeral Home, 820 Liberty, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Christine Ann (Soetaert) Nabors
1963-2000
Services for Christine Ann (Soetaert) Nabors, 37, Kansas City, Mo., were Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Amos Family chapel of Shawnee. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Mrs. Nabors died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo. She was born Jan. 30, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo, the daughter of Gerald and Mary Ellen Hayes Soetaert.
She attended Tonganoxie schools. Mrs. Nabors was a sales representative for Building Services of America in Lenexa. She was a Catholic.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas ÒDukeÓ Nabors, of the home; two daughters, Amy Frances Winters, St. Joseph, Mo., and Toni Findley, of the home; a son, Charles Findley, of the home; her mother and stepfather, A.J. and Mary Ellen Houston, Lawson, Mo.; her father and stepmother, Gerald and Kay Soetaert, Tonganoxie; five brothers, Mark Soetaert, McLouth, Michael Soetaert, Kansas City, Mo., John Soetaert, St. Joseph, Mo., Shaun and Scott Soetaert, Tonganoxie; her paternal grandmother, Geneva Soetaert, Merriam; and a granddaughter.

Elizabeth Anne Hoffhines
1923-2000
Services for Elizabeth Anne Hoffhines, 77, Lawrence, were Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie, with the Rev. Mark Goldasich officiating. Burial was in National Cemetery in Leavenworth.
Mrs. Hoffhines, a former Tonganoxie resident, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. She was born April 23, 1923, in Hartford, Kan., the daughter of John Francis and Elizabeth Muriel O'Connor. She was a homemaker who was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie.
Her husband, Thomas E. Hoffhines Sr., died Dec. 14, 1985.
Survivors include eight sons, Thomas E. Hoffhines Jr., Everett, Wash., Stephen P. Hoffhines, Washington, D.C., Gary W. Hoffhines, Kansas City, Kan., Mark G. Hoffhines and Anthony Hoffhines, both of Tonganoxie, Vincent H. Hoffhines and Chris D. Hoffhines, both of McLouth, and John F. Hoffhines, Lawrence; six daughters, Muriel Akers, Kansas City, Kan., Anne McGough, North Kansas City, Mo., Theresa Moore, Milsap, Tex., Barbara Medling, Ozawkie, Julia White, Brookfield, Ohio, and Linda Angle of Germany; a sister, Peggy Hogan, Wichita; 44 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Quisenberry Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Paul Peterson
1935-2000
Services for Paul L. Peterson, 65, Bonner Springs, were Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at Sacred Heart School, Shawnee. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan.
Mr. Peterson died Oct. 31, 2000, at the Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was born Feb. 2, 1935, in Linwood.
He was a mechanic who had worked for Schwerman Trucking and Pitman Construction Co., retiring in 1995. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Teamsters Local Union No. 541.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Peterson, of the home; three sons, Michael P. Peterson and Mark E. Peterson, both of Bonner Springs, and David W. Peterson, Easton; three daughters, Becky S. Schlagel, Bonner Springs, Peggy Peterson, Linwood, and Sandy Saultz, Tonganoxie; three brothers, John Peterson, Scranton, Ed Peterson, Osage City, and Charles Peterson, Basehor; a sister, Helen Eibes, Bonner Springs; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church building fund, 21801 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, 66226.

Shirley Jean George
1925-2000
Services for Shirley Jean George, 75, McLouth, were Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at the McLouth First Baptist Church. Burial was in McLouth Cemetery.
Mrs. George died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at her home after a long illness. She was born Jan. 19, 1925, at McLouth, the daughter of Ray D. and Agnes Harding Shoemaker.
Mrs. George, who was a homemaker, lived in McLouth most of her life. During World War II, she worked at the Medical Depot in Kansas City, Kan. She had also worked at the drug store in McLouth and as a waitress for her grandfather and father in McLouth.
She was a member of the McLouth First Baptist Church and the Christian Women's Association in Lawrence.
She was a 1942 graduate of McLouth High School.
She married Oliver W. George on Oct. 7, 1950, in Lawrence. He survives at home.
Other survivors include a son, William Ray George, Ozawkie; a daughter, Orpha Lynn Lindahl, Tappahannock, Va.; two sisters, Patty Lucille Wear, McLouth, and Carolyn Sue LeGer, Topeka; three granddaughters; and a great-grandson.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the McLouth First Baptist Church or to the Jefferson County Home Health Department, sent in care of Barnett Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Dennis A. Fair
1921-2001
Services for Dennis A. Fair, 79, McLouth, were Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Fair died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was born June 9, 1921, in Buffalo, Okla., the son of Norman and Calla (Allen) Fair.
Mr. Fair was a World War II Army Air Corp veteran. He was a farmer and also worked for the Kansas Turnpike Authority for 27 years. He retired in 1991 as a supervisor. He was a member of the Henri Masonic Lodge No. 190 AF&AM, Tonganoxie, and the Scottish Rite Bodies, Kansas City, Kan.
On April 21, 1947, he married Ortha Ruth Kelly in Washington state. She died May 14, 1988.
Survivors include three sons, Ross Fair, McLouth, Bill Fair, Burleson, Texas, and Steven Fair, McLouth; two sisters, Clara Madge Duble, Oklahoma City, and Marie Hare, Enid, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

John J. Klasinski
1918-2001
Services John J. Klasinski, 82, Leavenworth, were Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Leaven-worth, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Klasinski died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at his home. He was born Jan. 30, 1918, in Leavenworth, the son of John and Gertrude Klasinski.
Mr. Klasinski was born and raised in the Kickapoo community where he was a life long farmer. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Leavenworth.
On Nov. 28, 1946, he married Florence M. Ryan in Leavenworth. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Mary Jo Ross, Leavenworth; a son, Mark Klasinski, Leavenworth; a brother Elmer Klasinski, Leavenworth; three sisters Dorothy Klasinski and Loretta Klasinski, both of Leavenworth, and Deloris Klasinski of Overland Park; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Xavier Catholic grade schools of Leavenworth, sent in care of Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapels, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth, 66048.

Daryl V. Oroke
1924-2001
Services for Daryl V. Oroke, 76, Tonganoxie were Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at West Haven Baptist Church, Tonganoxie, with the Revs. Ben Saathoff and Rev. Forest Tuter officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie.
Mr. Oroke died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at his home in Tonganoxie. He was born Aug.10, 1924, in Oskaloosa, the son of Robert Emmett and Nellie Oroke.
He moved to Tonganoxie in 1987 from Basehor. He retired in 1978 from Meyer Dairy in Basehor. He was a member of Tonganoxie Christian Church, Tonganoxie Senior Citizens and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters No. 995 in Kansas City.
On August 23, 1945, he married Leola Ann Stephens in Oskaloosa.
He was preceded in death by his wife and one daughter, Sandra Jane Oroke.
Survivors include a son, Dean Oroke, Tonganoxie; two daughters, Sharon Childers and Rhonda Phillips, both of Leavenworth; a brother, Ray Oroke, Oskaloosa; 10 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, 66086.

Bernice Reinert
1923-2001
Services for Bernice Reinert, 77, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 31, 2001, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, with a private entombment following the service at Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lawrence.
Mrs. Reinert died Jan. 26, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka.
She was born Sept. 25, 1923, in Tonganoxie, the daughter of Leo B. and Lillie P. (Kramer) McEnulty.
Mrs. Reinert lived in Kansas City from 1951 to 1974 and in Wichita from 1974 to 1983. She moved to Lawrence in 1983. She married Vincent Virgil Reinert, on Ot. 1, 1947, in Lawrence. He died June 17, 1991.
Survivors include two sons, Steven Vincent Reinert, Lawrence, and Michael B. Reinert of the home; and a brother, Bernard McEnulty of Emmett.

Elmer C. Ringel
1904 - 2001
Services for Elmer C. Ringel, 97, Bonner Springs, were Thursday, Jan. 25 at St. John Lutheran Church, Alma.
Mr. Ringel died Jan. 20, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Topeka.
He was born Jan. 19, 1904, in Alma, the son of Herman A. and Emma Ringle. He graduated from Alma Lutheran School in 1918. He married Catherine T. Lyddane in 1934. He retired after a many years of farming in 1978. He served on the Lutheran School Board, Millcreek Township Board and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Catherine, in 1999; three brothers, Arthur, Edwin and Arnold; one sister, Hilma; and his parents.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Schmidt, Topeka; three sons, Duane Ringel, Corona Delmar, Cal., Dr. Larry Ringel, Bonner Springs, and Melvin Ringel, Ellensburg, Wa.;14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 adopted grandson.
The family suggests memorials to St. John Lutheran Church, Alma, or Lutheran Hour.

Frank J. Stuchlik
1908 - 2001
Services for Frank J. Stuchlik, 92, West Point, were Saturday, Jan. 20 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prague. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Stuchlik died Jan. 16, 2001, at the West Point Living Center, West Point, Neb.
He was born April 30, 1908, in Prague, the son of Frank A. and Sophia M. Stuchlik. He graduated from Plattsmouth High School in 1926 and from Business College in Lincoln in 1928. Frank married Elsie A. Ayres in 1945. He was executive vice president of Commercial State Bank before he retired in 1977. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its St. Vincent de Paul Society and he also served as an officer in The Bonner Springs Rotary.
He is preceded in death by four brothers, Louis Stuchlik, William Stuchlik, Cyril Stuchlik and Albin Stuchlik; and two sisters, Martha Kuccra, and Mildred Stuchlik.
Survivors include one son, Albert W. Stuchlik, Bonner Springs; one brother, Adolph Stuchlik, Stanton; one sister, Emily Ranslem, Freemont; and two granddaughters, Heather Novak and Krista Stuchlik.
The family suggests memorials to Stalp Funeral Home, Weast Point, Neb.

Louise Leavitt
1909 - 2001
Services for Louise Leavitt, 91, Tonganoxie were Jan. 19, 2001, at Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.
Mrs. Leavitt died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at her home in Tonganoxie.
He was born Dec. 16, 1909, in Tonganoxie, the daughter of Marion T. and Minnie M. Woodward. She was a homemaker and member of the Tonganoxie Christian Church. She was married to Ben H. Leavitt in 1928.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ben Leavitt in 1996, and three sons, George W. Leavitt in 1933, Allan N. Leavitt in 1945 and Ben J. Leavitt in 1983.
Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Clark, Tonganoxie and Carolyn Martin, Linwood; one brother, George R. Woodward, Brozorio, Tex.; 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Tonganoxie Christian Church care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, Kan., 66086.

Mixon Lynn Jordan
1959 - 2001
Services for Mixon L. Jordan, 41, Basehor, were Jan. 20 at the Alden ? Harrington Funeral Chapel, Bonner Springs. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Basehor.
Mr. Jordan died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at his home in Basehor.
He was born Oct. 14, 1959, in Kansas City, Mo. He was a truck driver for the Max Rieke and Brothers Construction Co., Shawnee. He was a member of local union 541 of Kansas City, Mo.
Survivors include his wife, Vickie Jordan, Basehor; one son, Luke Speakman, Basehor; two daughters, Crystal Jordan, Kansas City, Mo. and Courtney Jordan, Basehor; two brothers, Same Shade, Cleveland, Mo. and Mike Jordan, Lowry City, Mo.; and his mother Louise Jordan, Lowry City, Mo.

Paul G. Anderson
1917 - 2001
Memorial services for Paul G. Anderson, 83, Shell Knob, Mo., were Jan. 19 in Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob, Mo. Graveside services were Jan. 22 in Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery, Ft. Leavenworth.
Mr. Anderson died Monday, January 15, 2001, in Carroll Regional Medical Center, Berryville, Ak.
He was born July 4, 1917, in Lyons, Kan., the son of John August and Hattie Gerhardt Anderson. He married Norma Reents in 1950. Mr. Anderson was a sheet metal worker and woodworker. During World War II, he served with the United States Army from Feb. 5, 1942 ? Oct. 29, 1945. He was a member of Shell Knob VFW, Cassville, Missouri American Legion and the Christian Church in Norton, Kan.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Survivors include his wife, Norma; his son, Michael, Bonner Springs; one brother, Robert Anderson, Denver, Col.; and two grandchildren Erica and Adam.

Sharon L. Patterson
1936 - 2001
Sharon L. Patterson, 64, Edwardsville, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Cremation with private inurnment is planned.
Mrs. Patterson was born Jan. 25, 1936, in Muscotine, Iowa.
She is preceded in death by one son, Dennis Wingerter.
Survivors include her husband, Herbert Patterson, Edwardsville; and two sons, David Wingerter, Iowa, and Daniel Wingerter, Washington.

Charles E. Larimore
1932 2001
Services for Charles E. Larimore, 68, Tonganoxie, were Feb. 10 at the Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie
Mr. Larimore died Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka.
He was born July 27, 1932, in Topeka, the son of Jess and Josephine Larimore. He was the owner of Chuck's Drive In, Pappa Charlie's Pizza and Larimore Retail Liquor. In 1952, he was married to Carole Louise Krump. Mr. Larimore was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the VFW Post No. 9271, Tonganoxie.
Survivors include his wife, Carole Louise Larimore, Tonganoxie; one son, Steven Larimore, McLouth; one daughter, Debbie Lingenfelser, Tonganoxie; one brother, James Larimore, Parkville; three grandchildren, Bryant Larimore, El Paso, Tex., and Melissa Eldreth and Alison Larimore, both of McLouth; one great-grandchild, Brett Larimore, El Paso, Tex.; and two step-grandchildren, Carl Lingenfelser, N.C., and Brea Lingenfelser, Los Angeles.

Kimberly Vonzelle Matthews
1961 2001
Services for Kimberly Vonzelle Matthews, 39, Lawrence, were Feb. 14 at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. Cremation and private inurnment followed.
Mrs. Matthews died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.
She was born April 20, 1961, in Lawrence, the daughter of William Jarrett and Ruth Matthews. She was a 1979 graduate of Washington High School, Kansas City, Kan.
Survivors include one son, Alan Harrison, Lawrence; one daughter, Latoy Harrison, Lawrence; her father, William Jarrett, Lawrence; her mother and step father, Ruth and John Jones, Kansas City, Kan.; one brother, Dominic Jarrett, Norman, Okla. and one sister, Denise Jarrett, Lawrence.

Lewis J. Wright
1918 2001
Graveside services for Lewis J. Wright, 82, Bonner Springs, were Feb. 10, at the Glenwood Cemetery, Basehor.
Mr. Wright died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center, Tonganoxie.
He was born May 27, 1918, in Bonner Springs. He owned and operated Wright's Skelly Service Station in Bonner Springs, and later managed Vesta Lee Lumber Co. in Bonner Springs. He was a member of the Bonner Springs Masonic Lodge No. 366 A.F. and A.M. and the First Christian Church in Bonner Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Selena Wright, Bonner Springs; three daughters, Jeanene Pelzl of Tonganoxie, Barbara Woolf of Overland Park and Marilyn Baldwin, Bonner Springs; one sister, Flossie Wickland, Kansas City, Kan.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Edwardsville Christian Church, Edwardsville, Kan.

Mary L. Kirby
1949 2001
Services for Mary L. Kirby, 51, Kansas City, Kan., were Feb. 10 at the Alden - Harrington Funeral Home, Bonner Springs. Burial was in Grinter Chapel Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
Mrs. Kirby died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at Bethany Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
She was born April 12, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. She was a clerical worker for USD No. 500 and the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library. Mrs. Kirby was a member of the Bethel Neighborhood Center and K.E.P.E.R.S.
Survivors include two sons, Matthew Webb, Kansas City, Kan. and Larry Parks, Jr, Kansas City, Kan.; three daughters, Becky, Heather and Rosemary, all of Kansas City, Kan.; three brothers, Dennis Kirby, Bonner Springs, Tony Kirby, Tecumseh, Mich. and Jeff Kirby, Basehor; one sister, Peggy Birchfield, Basehor, her father and mother, Curtis and Anna Marie Kirby, Bonner Springs; and three grandchildren, Cassie, Alexandria, and Aaron Portillo, Kansas City, Kan.
The family suggests memorials to Bethel Neighborhood Center, 14 S. 7, Kansas City, Kan., 66101.

Robert Joseph Pitts
1937 2001
Services for Robert Joseph Pitts, 63, Leavenworth, were Feb. 13 at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Basehor. Burial followed in National Cemetery, Leavenworth.
Mr. Pitts died on Feb. 8, 2001, at his home in Leavenworth.
He was born May 13, 1927, in Kansas City, Mo. He retired from General Motors in 1990 after working many years as a line inspector. He was also a member of Local No. 93 of the U.A.W.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Pitts, Leavenworth; two daughters, Pamela Jean Pitts Kirkpatrick, Bonner Springs and Cheryl Ann Pitts Kirkpatrick, Edgewood, KY; one son, Robert Alan Pitts, Olathe; two brothers, William James Pitts, Waco, TX, and John Joseph Pitts, Kimiah, ID, and seven grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Holy Angels Catholic Church, Basehor.

Sherman Franklin Williams II
1932 2001
Graveside services for Sherman Franklin Williams II, 68, Prairie Village, were Feb. 12 at Lenape Cemetery, Linwood.
Mr. Williams died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at his home in Prairie Village.
He was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Galatin, Mo. He graduated from Southwest High School, Kansas City, Mo., in 1950 and then went to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., receiving a Bachelors Degree in Economics. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and worked for Dunn and Bradstreet in Kansas City, Mo. for 14 years as a reporter, then worked form Laidlaw Transportation as a driver until he retired.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha J. Williams, Prairie Village; one son, Chip Williams, Shawnee; his mother, Ruth Henderson Williams, Prairie Village, and one uncle, Jack Henderson, Houston.

Hilda Ruth Clark Parks
Hilda Ruth Clark Parks died April 17 [2001], in Whitney, Texas. She was a homemaker.
Parks' was born in Bonner Springs and graduated from high school here in 1935 as a National Honor Society student.
Parks' granddaughter, Lisa Christine Busby, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a sister, Marian Johnson, Tillamook, OR; a husband, Arthur E. Parks, Whitney, Texas; a son Richard Earl Parks, Valle, Ariz.; a daughter, Hilda Kathleen Busby, Congress, Ariz.; one grandson and one great-granddaughter.


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