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Gene John
1942 - 2001
FREDONIA - Gene John, 59, longtime Fredonia High School football coach, teacher and guidance counselor, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at his home in rural Fredonia. He had been ill several months.
He was born May 27, 1942, in Wichita, the son of David A. and Naomi Hodges John. 
He grew up in Wichita and in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in 1960. He attended Pittsburg State University, where he lettered in football and was a member of the 1961 national championship team. He received his bachelor's degree in 1964 and his master's degree in 1965.
In August 1965, he moved to Fredonia to begin his teaching and coaching career at Fredonia High School. He had coached all sports and coached football for 28 years. In recent years, he had been guidance counselor for the school.
In 1982, he was a coach for the Shrine Bowl and in 1983 he was a head coach for the Shrine Bowl. He was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1999.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, the Constellation Lodge No. 95, A.F. & A.M., the York Rite Bodies of Independence, and the Mirza Shrine at Pittsburg. He was also a member of the Pittsburg State University Alumni Association and had been active in state and national coaches associations.
On Nov. 21, 1962, he married Linda Bemis at Burlington. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Jason John, Fredonia, and Caleb John, Chanute; a brother, Dale John, Gridley; a sister, Patricia Miller, Houston; his parents, David and Naomi John, Burlington; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two infant sons, Jeffery and Aaron.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Wilson Gymnasium at Fredonia High School, led by the Rev. Larry Grove. Burial will be in the Fredonia City Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday morning. The casket will be moved to the church in Fredonia Wednesday afternoon.
The family will receive friends at the First United Methodist Church in Fredonia from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials are suggested to the Gene John Scholarship Fund at Fredonia High School and may be left with the funeral home.
Carson-Wall Funeral Home, Parsons, is in charge of arrangements.

Edward M. Aylward
1923 - 2002
SALINA - Edward M. Aylward, 78, Salina, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002.
He was born July 13, 1923, at Salina. He was a farmer-stockman in Ottawa and Saline counties for more than 60 years. 
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Elks Lodge and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Salina, past chairman and member of the Sacred Heart Interparochial School Board and a member and chairman of the Saline County Planning and Zoning Commission.
He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, a 4-H leader for many years, precinct committeeman for the Republican Party and assisted in organizing the New Cambria Rural Fire Department.
Survivors include a son, Michael E. Aylward of Chanute; two daughters, Jeanne Edwards of Salina and Jayne Aylward Ungles of Holton; a sister, Madeline Martin of Solomon; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma J., who died in 1991.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Salina.
A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the church.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary, Salina, and then at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Edward M. and Norma J. Schippel Aylward Scholarship Fund at Sacred Heart Junior/Senior High School, Salina, and may be left with the funeral home.
Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th, Salina, KS 67401, is in charge of arrangements.

Dale Peterson
1909 - 2001
PARSONS - Dale Peterson, 92, Parsons, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at the Elmhaven West Nursing Home. He had been in failing health for several years.
He was born Sept. 6, 1909, at Galesburg, the son of David F. and Della Cox Peterson. He attended the Danville School and farmed in the Galesburg area most of his life. He moved to Parsons in 1986, after he retired.
He was a member of the Galesburg Christian Church and Farm Bureau. He loved to fish, hunt and play the fiddle. For many years he played fiddle at the senior citizen dances at the Parsons Recreation Center.
He married Naomi Curnutte on Aug. 1, 1935, at Oswego. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, David Peterson, rural Parsons; a daughter Dixie Murdock, Parsons; eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and four sisters.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, led by grandsons Gregg Murdock and Lance Peterson. Burial is in Mount Hope Cemetery at Galesburg. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials to the Galesburg Christian Church are suggested.

Ruth Taylor
1923 - 2002
EMPORIA - Ruth C. Taylor, 78, Emporia, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at Newman Regional Health Center, Emporia.
She was born June 23, 1923 at Toronto, the daughter of George Lee and Gladys E. Toogood Curtis.
She was a graduate of Toronto High School and the Newman Hospital School of Nursing, Emporia.
She was a registered nurse and retired in 1977 from Saint Mary's Hospital, Emporia, where she had worked as house supervisor and in the cardiac care department. She had earlier worked for Dr. David Davis in Emporia.
She attended the Grace United Methodist Church. She was a member of Miriam Chapter #14 Order of Easter Star, the Flint Hills Quilters Guild, and Emporia Regional Quilters Guide, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
On March 27, 1944, she married Dorsie Melton Taylor at Kansas City. He died August 6, 1996.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ann Sporing, Olpe; three sons, George Walter Taylor, Olathe, Kenneth Alan Taylor, Emporia, and Robert Curtis "Curt" Taylor, Chanute; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia, led by Pastor Norbert Tegtmeier of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Emporia. Cremation will follow. Inurnment will be at a later date at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia.
Memorials are suggested to the Newman Division of Nursing, Emporia State University, and may be left with the funeral home.
Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, 605 State, Emporia, KS 66801, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary E. Borsdorf
1927 - 2001
WELLINGTON - Mary Elizabeth Borsdorf, 74, Wellington, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001.
She was born March 27, 1927, at Tyrone, Okla., the daughter of Francis and Ruby Louise Norwood Gulick. She was raised around Hamilton and attended schools there. She lived at Alma, then Beloit, moving to Wellington about two years ago to be near her daughter.
She was curator of the Wabaunsee County Historical Museum at Alma. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Beloit.
She married Fred August Borsdorf on March 1, 1947, at Hamilton. He died May 21, 1986.
Survivors include a son Fred A. Borsdorf Jr., Wichita; four daughters, Mary Jeannine Foose, Dallas, Laura Louise Borsdorf, Schwenksville, Penn., Dannetta Cook, Wellington, and Lisa Kelly, Mound Valley; three brothers, John Gulick, Hamilton, James Gulick and Steven Haniger, both of Augusta; two sisters, Shirley Zuck, Cherryvale, Barbara Whiteside, South Haven; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Spurlock.
Funeral was 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Hamilton, with burial in Hamilton Cemetery. Memorials to the Methodist church are suggested.
The Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center, is in charge of arrangements.

Vera H. Meats
1915 - 2001
TOPEKA - Vera Hazel Meats, 86, formerly of LeRoy, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, at Plaza West Care Center, Topeka.
She was born Sept. 29, 1915, south of Burlington, the daughter of George and Lizzie Storrer Dreyer.
She was a long-time resident of the LeRoy area and worked as a special duty nurse at Allen County Hospital, Iola, for 10 years. She also worked with her husband on their farm northeast of LeRoy.
She was an active member of the LeRoy United Methodist Church, a member of the LeRoy Cemetery Board and Plank Ladies Aide.
In 1992 she moved to Topeka to be near her son and daughter and their families. In 1994, she moved to Rolling Hills Retirement Center, Topeka and the past four years she was a resident at Plaza West Care Center. While in Topeka she attended the Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church.
She married William David Meats II on April 4, 1937, at Iola. He died n 1989.
Survivors include a son, John F. Meats, Topeka; a daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" Reser, Topeka; a brother, Don Dreyer, who was raised in her home; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, William David Meats III, three brothers, Jake, Vernon and Wesley Dreyer, and a sister, Mary Inez Schmidt.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Jones Funeral Home, Burlington. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials to the LeRoy United Methodist Church are suggested and may be sent to the funeral home, Box 277, Burlington, Kan., 66839.

Oscar Edward Lance
1909 - 2002
FREDONIA - Oscar Edward Lance, 93, rural Fredonia, died Friday, June 7, 2002, at Elk Manor Nursing Home, Moline. 
He was born Jan. 27, 1909, in rural Buffalo, the son of Chester and Grace Faye Cox Lance. 
He was the general manager for the Excelsior Brick Plant, Fredonia, for many years. 
On July 23, 1929, he married Pearl A. Cole, in Bartlesville, Okla. She died April 26, 1991. 
Survivors include four sons, Kenneth Lance of Dickinson, Texas, Ted Lance of Frankfort, Ky., Jack Lance of Haysville, and Leslie Lance of Woodlands, Calif.; two daughters, Barbara Gorton and Florence Guiou, both of Fredonia; a sister, Evelyn Timmons, Fredonia; five brothers, Earl Lance and Calvin Lance, both of Independence, Mo., Arthur Lance of Alvin, Texas, Gerald Lance of Fredonia, and Lyle Lance of Sedgwick; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Lance; a grandson, Clifford Lance; two sisters and two brothers. 
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Maple Grove Cemetery, Roper, led by Ted Lance and Carl Gorton. 
The family will receive friends from 6 - 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 
Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Hospital Crippled Children's Fund and may be left with the funeral home. 
Timmons Funeral Home, Fredonia, is in charge of arrangements. 

Edgar L. Youngberg
1918 - 2001
Edgar L. Youngberg, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, after a six-month long illness.
He was born Aug. 9, 1918, at 801 N. Grant, the son of Elmer and Sigrid Warner Youngberg. He was a lifetime resident of Chanute. He retired on Aug. 9, 1983, from Ash Grove Cement Company after 36 years of service. He was an avid bowler, collector of antiques and sports enthusiast.
He was a corporal in the U.S. Army for four years, serving during World War II in the European Theater.
He was a member of Grant Avenue Baptist Church and VFW Post #1654, both in Chanute.
He married Ethel Hadley Miller at Independence on Aug. 3, 1953. She died on Dec. 26, 1961. He married Mary Ellen Swank Finney on Sept. 2, 1967, at First Baptist Church, Erie. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Jerrold M. Finney, Dallas, and Van W. Finney, Olathe; a daughter, Gwendora A. Johnston, Fenton, Mo.; a stepson, John Miller, St. Charles, Mo.; three brothers, Ruel Youngberg, and Woodrow Youngberg, both of Chanute, and Dale Youngberg, Independence; four grandsons and a granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Cecil Youngberg Erickson and Esther Youngberg Erickson; and a brother, Leonard Youngberg.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Mortuary, led by the Rev. Bill Peters. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, on E. 14th, with military honors by the VFW Post 1654.
Memorials to Cherry Street Youth Center are suggested and may be left in care of the mortuary, 101 N. Highland.

Roy Dale Aikins Jr.
1947 - 2001
Roy Dale Aikins Jr., 54, Chanute, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at his home. 
He was born Dec. 13, 1947, in Parsons, the son of Roy Dale and Virginia Lea Neagle Aikins Sr.
He graduated from Humboldt High School in 1965. After high school he served two years active duty at the Patuxent River Naval Air Base in Maryland.
He was employed with Wonder Bread, Ruan Trucking, Square Deal Oil and Enron. He managed the IGA deli in Colby, Ottawa and Chanute as well as the Sears store in Chanute.
He was a member of the Humboldt Jaycees and the Humboldt Volunteer Fire Department. 
He was a volunteer with the Humboldt ball program for several years and was one of the volunteers who organized and constructed Sweat Park. 
On January 25, 1966, he married Glenda Faye Michael in Humboldt. They divorced in 1977. 
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Roy and Vada Aikins, Humboldt; his life partner, Mona Courter, of the home; a son, Ed, Amarillo, Texas; a daughter, Jennifer Barnhart, Louisburg; two brothers, George Wayne Aikins, Humboldt, and Danny Jo Aikins, Chanute; a step-sister, Patricia Lee Michael Bankston, Baldwin City; two step-brothers, Max William Michael and Joseph Alan Michael, both of Humboldt; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Lea Aikins; a brother, Ronald Earl Aikins; and his grandparents. 
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Humboldt, led by the Rev. David Meier. Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Humboldt. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post #1654, Chanute.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 - 8 p.m. at the Gibson-Koch-Friskel Chapel, Chanute. 
Memorials are suggested to the Humboldt Recreation Commission and may be left with the funeral home. 
Gibson-Koch-Friskel Chapel, 16 N. Forest, Chanute, KS 66720, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Huffman
1931 - 2002
JOPLIN, Mo. - Ruth Huffman, 70, Joplin, formerly of Chanute, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin following a sudden illness.
She was born June 1, 1931, in Gainesville, Texas, the daughter of Garland and Wilma Beall Pendleton. She attended Gainesville elementary and high schools. 
She had been a resident of Joplin since 1994, moving there from Pittsburg, where she had lived since 1956. She and her family had lived in Chanute before moving to Pittsburg.
Prior to retirement, she was the church administrator for the First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg. She was currently attending the First Community Church, Joplin, but had been an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburg and also was a former member of the PEO CJ Chapter, Pittsburg.
On Jan. 3, 1953, she married David Huffman in El Paso, Texas. He survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Lydia Zager, Columbia, S.C., and Denise Fitzpatrick, Pittsburg; two sons, Paul Huffman and Brian Huffman, both of Wichita; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, led by the Revs. Tedd Inman and David Smith. Private family graveside services will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Pittsburg. 
The family will receive friends from 6:30 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or to the American Heart Association and may be left with the funeral home.
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg, is in charge of arrangements.

May O'Brien
1913 - 2002
NEODESHA - May O'Brien, 88, Neodesha, formerly of Chanute, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at the Beverly Health and Rehab Center, Neodesha.
She was born Jan. 25, 1913 in Montreal, Canada, the daughter of Joseph and Mae Tackelberry Roberts. 
She grew up in Montreal, moving to Detroit, Mich., when she was about 15 years old.
She was a homemaker.
In 1931, she married Harold "Mike" William Seagraves, at Detroit, where they made their home. He died in May, 1941. 
In 1954, she married Maurice O'Brien at Peterburt, Ontario. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Larry Seagraves, Parsons; a sister, Winifred Stifer, Los Angeles, Calif.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the funeral home. 
Loran Fawcett Funeral Home, Neodesha, is in charge of arrangements.


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