Ballard, Larry
Bitler, Morris
Burch,Mary Ann (Ryer)
Burroughs, John
Childears, Dwight
Cedillo, Mary (Norris)
Cookson, Linda
Cox, Raenna Darlene (Jones)
Crable, Charlotte (Vickery)
Edwards,Grace (Darrigrand)
Finuf, Lester "Andy"
Fleming, Phillp
Foster, Mike
Grag, Gaylynn (Dickey)
Green, Gerald
Hackworth, Lee
Hansen, Sandra (Wilhite)
Hylton, Dean
Jaggard, Thomas W.
Jones, Thomas W.
Kelly, Dennis
Kidwell, David
Klotz, Jack
Krueger, Richard E.
Loucks, Stephen M. "Mike"
Marks, Richard Lee
Mirch, Robert
Peak, Homer
Proulx, Barbara (Wolters)
Ragsdale, James
Rangel, Betty Jo
Rangel, Genevieve (Montenegro)
Ringer, Allen
Rodiquez, Simon
Selby, Jon
Smith, Marie F. (Nicholas)
Sobke, Joyce Ann
Tholen, Jan
Thomas, Norman
Turner, Michael Robert
Tyler, Margaret (Lee)
Vander Velde, Julie (LeBlond)
Wagner, Linda
Wilson, Glenda (Bachar)
White, Shirley (Messerschmidt)

Linda Wagner

Mrs. William E Jones

Mrs. William E Jones, 1113 Exchange St died of Cancer Monday noon in St Mary's Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Roberts-Blue Barnett Chapel. They will be conducted by the Rev. Jack Waterman, pastor of the Bethel Baptiast Church. Buriasl will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Jones was the former Linda Kay Wagner, daughter of John D. and Margaret Slattler Wagner. She was born Feb. 16th, 1944, in Emporia, and she was married on Sept. 3rd, 1966, in Emporia. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Brian and John, of the home; her parents of Lawrence, and two brothers and one sister, Jay Owen, Johnny Gene and Dale Ann Wagner, all of Lawrence.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 21 Oct.1969

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Mike Foster

Funeral services will be held Friday in Brown-Bennett Funeral Home for Michael C Foster of Kansas City, who died Monday in the University of Kansas Medical Center. Mr Foster was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Brown of Strong City. The services to start at 2 p.m. will be conducted by Rev Thomas Robson, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Cemetery in Cedar Point.

Mr Foster, the son of John and Dorothy Brown Foster, was born May 19th, 1943, in Junction City, lived for a number of years in Emporia, and was married to Connie Wood on June 29th, 1972, in Kansas City.

He is survived by his wife and three children, Michael, William and Michelle Foster, and two stepchildren Warren and Roseann Wood, all of the home; his parents of Mesa Ariz,; two brothers, John of Chandler, Ariz., and William of Washington D.C., and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Brown.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 1974-10-24

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Laurence"Larry" Ballard

Air Forse Major Laurence Ballard, who died Tuessdy in the crash of a C-130 transport plane in Turkey, was a graduate of Emporia High School and a National Merit Scholar. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Ballard of Winfield, former Emporians whose home was at 711 Arundel St.

Major Ballard had been an officer in the Air Force since his graduation from Kansas University in 1967. Before going to K. U.,he was a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years. He had been stationed at Offutt Air Force Bace near Omaha, Neb., since January.

Among the survivors are his wife Mary Ellen, and two children, Ruth Ellen, 14, and David Lee, 11, all of Omaha, and his parents of Winfield.

A high school classmate of Major Ballard,Emporian Rodger Hartsook, talked to members of the Ballard family this morning. Burial will be in the National Cemetery at Fort Leavenworth, with the time to be announced later.

    Emporia, KS Gazette April 15, 1982

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Grace Edwards Darrigrand

Former Emporian Grace Darrigrand died Jan. 29 in the cancer center of Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington D.C.

Mrs. Darrigrand was the daughter of William P. and Bessie Ann Edwards, 1431 College Drive. She was born Oct. 17,1944, in Frankfort and was reared in Marshall County. She moved to Emporia with her parents and graduated from Emporia High School in 1962. She received her undergraduate degree from the former Kansas State Teachers College and taught three years at Lee Elementary School in Manhattan.

She married Andre Darrigrand in August, 1966 in Emporia. They lived in Duluth, Minn., and she taught school there. She also received her master's degree in Elementary Counseling from the University of Duluth.

Dr. Darrigrand practiced veterinary medicine and the Darrigrands lived in Minnesota, Kansas and Missouri, brfore he re-entered the military in 1975. They then lived in pennsylvania, Alabama and Spain. They had lived in Washington for about two years.

Mrs. Darrigrand also is survived by her husband; four children, William, Samuel, Naomi and Roger Mark, all of the home; a sister, Patricia Riddle of Ponca City, Okla.;three brothers, William Edwards of Arvada, Colo., Roger Edwards of Blue Rapids, and Mark Edwaeds og Junction City.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 12 Feb.1985

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David Kidwell

David Ernest Kidwell, Riverside, Calif., died June 10 in Riverside.

The son of Russell P. and Viola Mae English Kidwell, David Ernest Kidwell was born June 11, 1943, in Emporia. He married June Lesley Hudson, on May 29, 1971, in St. George, Utah.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Deedle Lee and Sharon Mae of the home; his parents of 202 South Union St.; two brothers, DeWayne Kidwell, San Antonio, Tex., and James Kidwell, Emporia; two sisters Carol Buffington and Linda Monroe, both of Emporia; five nieces and three nephews.

He graduated from Emporia High School in 1962. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966.

Funeral services will be held in Riverside, Calif. A time and date will be announced later.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 10 June 1986

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Genevieve Rangel Montenegro

News has been received of the death Tuseday of Genevieve Rangel Montenegro, 41, of hayward, Calif. She died in childbirth. The child survived.

She was a graduate of Emporia High School in 1962 and Calliforina State University at Hatward in 1980.

Mrs. Montenegro is survuved by her husband, Frank Montenegro; six sons and two daughters; her mother Lupe Solis of Cottonwood Falls; two stepsisters and six stepbrothers.

The funeral service will be held in California on Monday, and burial will be in Holy Scepter Cemetery in Hatward. Hayward Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 3/31/1988

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Lee Hackworth

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Julie Vander Velde LeBlond

Julianna V. LeBlond, a daughter of Dr. Stanley L. and Doris VanderVelde of 1527 Berkeley Road, died Jan 15, 1992, at Newman Hospital.

She was a technical editor at St. Anthony Publishing Co. In Alexandria, VA. She was a graduate of University of Kansas and had a master's degree in public-health administration from the University of Minnesota.

Julianna VanderVelde was born March 8, 1944 in Detroit, the daughter of Stanley and Doris E Payne VandederVelde.

Suvivors include a son, Kenneth LeBlond, of Madison, Wis.; a daughter Cheri LeBlond, also of Madison; four brothers, Jay W. VanderVelde, 1501 Berkeley Road; Kevin L. VanderVelde of Winfield; Matthew A. VanderVelde of Desoto, Kan.; and Eric T. VanderVelde of La Cresento, CALIF.; And two sisters; Carol Letts of Lincoln, Neb., and Katrina V. Gregory of Geneseo, Ill.

After cremation, a private family memorial service will be conducted later by the Rev. Gordon Bechtel of the First Presbyterian Church. Donations for memorials to the American Cancer Society or to Newman Memorial County Hospital Endowment Inc. may be sent to Roberts - Blue -Barnett Funeral Home.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 15 Jan. 1992

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Betty Jo Rangel

The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty Jo Rangel, 52. 121 S.West St.. will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Peter O'Sullivan will conduct the scrvice. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, led by the Rev.Thomas Flaherty. Ms. Rangel died Sept. 10, 1995, at Newman Hospital of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle: accident at the intersection of West South Avenue and Walnut Street.

Memorial contributions to the Alicia Tabares Educational Fund may be sent to the funeral home.

Ms. Rangcl, a certified medical assistant, was employed at the Hillcrest House in Emporia for several years and did volunteer work with handicapped and disabled people. She also was a Mary Kay consultant. She was a lifetime resident of Emporia.

Betty Jo Rangel. the daughter of Sisto Joe and Grace Haire Rangel, was born Aug. 1. 1943, at Emporia. She married Joseph A. Tabares. They were divorced.

Ms. Rangel was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She is survived by two daughters, Alicia Tabares and Michelle Tabnres of Emporia; four sons, Larry James Rangel, Joseph A. Tabares Jr.. Paul Tabares and Julian.Tabares of Emporia; two brothers; John M. Rangel of Newton and Darrell Rangel of Topeka; four sisters, Deloris Solis of Emporia, Margaret Jean Deemy of Strong City, Debra Guzman of Topeka and Ida Mejia of Spring, Texas; and five grandchildren. Two sons, Ricky Tabarcs and Paul Wray Tabares. and two sisters, Patricia Rangel and Roberta Solis, died earlier.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 13 Sept. 1995

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Thomas W. Jaggard

    03 April 1997

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Philip F. Fleming

Philip F "Phil" Fleming of Emporia died Feb. 20, 1999, at home.

Mr. Fleming was owner of the Fleming Lumber Company in Emporia. He retired in 1998. Mr. Fleming was president of Fleming Lumber Company from 1972 to 1998. The business was closed in 1998 because of his illness.

Fleming Lumber Company was established in 1923. His father and grandfather served as presidents of the company.

Mr. Fleming was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Emporia. He served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971 and was voted Airman of the Year. He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7957, the Mid -America Lumberman's Association and the Emporia Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Fleming was a former member of Emporia Enterprises, the Emporia Rotary Club, a member of the advisory board for the City Building and Trades Association Mr. Fleming was a lifetime resident of Emporia, He attended grade school and high school in Emporia. He is a 1967 graduate of Emporia State University with a degree in Business Administration.

Philip P. Fleming, the son of Fred L. and Vivian L. Laughlin Fleming, was born on March 11, 1944, at Emporia. He married Sandra E. Whitmore on July 2, 1994, at his mother's home in Emporia.

Mr. Fleming is survived by his wife and mother; one sister, Carol Fleming North of Englewood, Colorado; one step-son, Eric C. Thomas, of Emporia; one stepdaughter, Paule E. Thomas, of Emporia; a nephew, Stephen North, Seattle, Wash.; two nieces, Anna North, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Amie Best, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Mr. Fleming was preceded in death by his father.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Butch Ritter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emporia Friends of the Zoo, First United Methodist Church or Hand In Hand Hospice, sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

    Emporia, KS Gazette Feb 20, 1999

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Barbara Proulx Wolters
Wolters, Barbara Ann

(Nee Proulx) Born to Eternal Life Fri., March 3, 2000, age 55 years. Dear mother of Stephanie (Dale) Heron and loving grandmother of Kayla. Daughter of Elsie and the late Robert Proulx. Sister of Robert Proulx Jr. and Laurie (David) Proulx. Niece of Helen Proulx of Omaha, NE. Also survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation Mon., March 6 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, meeting at Marquette High School, 33nd and Michigan entrance. Mass will be celebrated 5:30 PM, St. Ignatius Chapel in the school. Private Interment. Barbara served the Marquette High Community as secretary and database manager for 13 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to Milwaukee Hospice.

ZWASKA FUNERAL HOME 354-5330 Serving the Family

    Milwaukee, WI Journal Sentinel 3/4/2000

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Robert P. Mirch

TOPEKA - Former Emporia and Topeka resident Robert Perry Mirch, 56, of Wetmore died Nov. 12, 2000, at the home of his daughter in Wetmore. Mr. Mirch also was a resident of Southern California from 1970 until 1984, during which time he was employed in the aerospace industry for Northrup, N.L. Shaffner and Key. He flew corporate flights and was a flight instructor and mechanical engineer. He was a machinist for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served from May 1964 to May 1968, including a one-year of duty in Vietnam.

Robert Perry Mirch, the son of George and Barbara Jane Larkin Mirch, was born Sept. 28, 1944. He married Sheila Ann Cunningham on Oct. 2, 1965, at Effingham. They were divorced. Mr. Mirch was a member of the Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene in Topeka.

He is survived by two daughters, Waynnette Ann Myers of Wetmore and Lisa Marie Gibbs of Dows, Iowa; one son, James Perry Mirch of Soldier; six grandchildren; and a longtime friend, Bonnie Seele of Topeka. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home at Topeka. Cremation will follow. The inurnment service, with military honors, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Anns Cemetery at Effingham. The family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1315 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604, or to the Northeast Kansas Multi-County Hospice, 907 S. Second St., Hiawatha, KS 66434.

    Emporia KS Gazette 11/14/2000

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Morris Bitler

Bitler, Morris Dean, 57, Boeing Wichita purchasing agent, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001. Memorial service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Resthaven Mortuary. Survivors: wife, Debbie; daughter, Brandy Bitler of Columbia, Mo.; stepson, Josh Nolte of Wichita; stepdaughters, Julie Eikenberry of Scott City, Sara Nolte of Wichita; brothers, Dale of Manhattan, Neil of Leavenworth, Marc of Wichita; sister, Nadine Dabbs of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Lizzy and Molly Eikenberry of Scott City. Memorial established with American Cancer Society, 400 N. Broadway, Wichita 67202.

    Wichita, KS Eagle 23 Oct. 2001

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John Burroughs

Topeka: John David Burroughs of Topeka, a former Emporian, died Aug. 4, 2002, at Stormont-Vail hospital in Topeka. H was 58.

Mr. Burroughs was born Jan. 30, 1944, in Kansas City, Kan., to Kermitt and Florence Kepler Burroughs. He grew up in Emporia, where he held various construction jobs. In Topeka, he worked in the Josten's bindery division.

He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Topeka and a past member of the Verdigris Church of the Brethern and Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Burroughs is survived by his father, who lives in Roswell, N. M.; three brothers, Robert Burroughs and Gary Burroughs, both of Emporia, and Fred Burroughs of Weatherby, MO.; and two sisters, Mary Ann Bodenheimer of Topeka and Phyllis Poppe of Purcell, Okla. Nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Charter Funerals-Emporia chapel, where visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. Thursday until the service time. Burial will be in Maplewood-Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials in Mr. Burroughs' name to the American Heart Association can be sent to the funeral home, 501 W. Sixth Ave., Emporia, Ks 66801.

    Emporia, KS Gazette Aug. 7, 2002

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Lester "Andy" Finuf

Lester Andrew Finuf THOMSON, Ga. Former Emporian Lester Andrew Finuf, 58, of Thomson, Ga., died Monday, May 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital in Thomson.

Mr. Finuf, a psychologist, was the director of the Charles Webb Center for Young Handicapped Children and the director for admissions of Psychology for the Coastal Region, both in South Carolina. He lived in South Carolina for many years. Lester Andrew Finuf, the son of Lester Lloyd and Ruth Johnson Finuf, was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Emporia. He graduated from Emporia High School, from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in psychology; and from the University of South Carolina with a doctorate in psychology.

Mr. Finuf is survived by a son, Lester Finuf of Charleston, S.C.; two brothers, David Keith Finuf of Emporia and Lawrence Finuf of Thomson; and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel in Thomson. The burial service will be at 10 a.m. May 24 in Maplewood Cemetery in Emporia.

The family suggests that instead of flowers memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Road, Suite F-104, Augusta, GA 30904.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 05/15/2003

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Mike Loucks

Stephen Michael Loucks
The service for Stephen Michael Loucks, 58, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Mic McGuire of Grace United Methodist Church will conduct the service. Burial, with services conducted by American Legion Ball-McColm Post 5 or Veterans of Foreign Wars Lowry-Funston Post 1980, will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Neosho Rapids. The family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions to the Emporia Friends of the Zoo or the Emporia All Veterans Memorial can be sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.

Mr. Loucks died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Newman Regional Health.

He was an engineer supervisor at Interstate Brands-Dolly Madison, where he worked for 20 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Stephen Michael Loucks, the son of Peter B. and Betty Sykes Loucks, was born Nov. 15, 1944, at Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Okla. He married Kathy Wilson in Tacoma, Wash. They were divorced.

Mr. Loucks was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He also was a member of Emporia Masonic Lodge 12 and Ball-McColm Post 5.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Foraker; two sons, Stephen M. Loucks Jr. of Emporia and Peter B. Loucks of Gadsden, Ala.; two daughters, Heather Andrews of Emporia and Demia Steines of San Diego, Calif.; two stepsons, Pat Foraker and John Foraker, both of Emporia; a stepdaughter, C. Jamie Nava of Emporia; two brothers, Gary Loucks of Emporia and Terry Loucks of Wichita; a sister, Judy Bollinger of Emporia; and 11 grandchildren.

His father died earlier.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 10/30/2003

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Mary Ann Burch Ryer

Mary Ann Ryer

Former Emporian Mary Ann "M.A." Ryer, 60, of Platteville, Colo., died Friday, May 7, 2004, at Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado inpatient unit. In 1994, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Mrs. Ryer was a hair stylist and co-owner of a salon in Littleton, Colo. She also was an artist and her work was shown around the Denver area.

The daughter of Jarvis and Anna B. Brewer Burch, she was born March 28, 1944, in Los Angeles, Calif. She grew up in Emporia and graduated from Emporia High School in 1962. She graduated from Metropolitan State College in Denver in 1998 with a bachelor of fine arts degree.

She married Michael Ryer on April 10, 1982, in Kiowa, Colo. He survives.

Mrs. Ryer was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle and of "The Hill Ladies" of Castle Rock.

She is also survived by two sons, Todd Park Mohr of Summit County, Colo., and Troy Park Mohr of Denver; her mother of Emporia; three sisters, Norma Stinnett, Kathleen Dalton and Christy Schreck, all of Emporia; a brother, Al Burch of Cullman, Ala.; and one grandson.

Her father died June 1, 2003, in Emporia.

A service was today in the First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle. There will be a second service, at 11 a.m. May 22 in the First Baptist Church in Emporia.

Memorial contributions to The Hope League of Frontier Airlines may be sent in care of Frontier Airlines, 7001 Tower Road, Denver, CO 80249.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 5/11/04

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Sobke, Joyce Ann

The funeral for Joyce Ann Sobke, 60 will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Roberts-Blue- Barnett Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Colerick of the First Christian Church will conduct the service. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

The Family suggests that instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to SOS, Hetlinger Developemental Center, the First Christian Church fund for youth and children's programs, Emporia Friends of the Zoo or the H. Dale Buck Animal Welfare Memorial Fund and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Bax 175, Emporia , KS 66801.

Miss Sobke died Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at her home, 646 Oak St.

She was a licensed practical nurse at the Hetlinger Developmental Center for 32 years before she retired because of health reasons.

Miss Sobke was a member of the First Christian Church. She also was a member of the Hetlinger Developmental Center, Bluestem Swingers Dance Club, Emporia SOS and H Dale Buck Animal Welfare Association and a former of the Emporia LPN Association.

She is survived by a brother, W.C. "Bill" Sobke, and her caregivers, Sally and Dan McDonald and Jeanette Schneider, all of Emporia.

Her Parents died earlier.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 07/01/2005

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Marks, Richard

Emporia native Richard Lee Marks of Longton died Tuesday, May 16, 2006. He was 61.

Mr. Marks worked at Burnap Brothers and the City of Emporia Water Department before he moved from Emporia to Longton. He later became disabled. He served in the U.S. Navy on the submarine rescue ship, USS Skylark, during the Vietnam War.

The son of Forest L. and Mary C. Swanner-Marks, he was born Sept. 12, 1944, at Emporia.

He graduated from Emporia high School in 1962.

He married Nyla Jeanne Smith on Aug. 2, 1963. They were divorced in 1980. He married Gina McElroy in 1980. They were divorced in 2003.

Mr. Marks is survived by one daughter, Nyla Lorraine Freeman of Lebo; two sons, Richard Forest Marks of Lebo and Anthony Shane Marks of Minnesota; a stepdaughter, Christina McElroy-Bybee of Walton; a sister, Louise Swift of Strong City; a stepsister, Marge Drake of Emporia; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

His parents and his stepmother, Leola J. Marks; a brother, David Marks; and a stepbrother, Bill King, died earlier.

The graveside inurnment service will be at 10 a.m. May 27th in Lincoln Cemetery at Lebo. Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion has the arrangements.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 05/19/2006

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Jones, Thomas (Tom)

Thomas W. Jones, 1220 Walnut St., died Friday, May 19, 2006, at Newman Regional Health. He was 62.

Mr. Jones was a boiler operator for Emporia State University for 21 years before he retired in October 2005. From 1968 to 1977, he was a boiler operator for the board of public utilities in McPherson. From August 1977 to June 1983, he was a utility supervisor for the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966 and was a Vietnam veteran.

The son of David W. and Margaret L. Lewis Jones, he was born Sept. 8, 1943, at Kansas City, Mo. He married Scharla L. Mautz on Nov. 4, 1963, at Emporia. She survives.

Mr. Jones was a lifetime member and past post and district commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lowry-Funston Post 1980; and a member of American Legion Ball-McColm Post 5.

He is also survived by two daughters, Susan E. Jones and Teri L. Whitson, both of Emporia; one son, David W. Jones of Kansas City, Mo.; his mother of Emporia; one brother, Charlie Jones of Emporia; one sister, Judith Boehme of Emporia; and three grandchildren. His father; two brothers; and one grandson, Jesse Fields, died earlier.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home chapel. Lee Hoskins will conduct the service. Burial, with services conducted by VFW Post 1980 and American Legion Post 5, will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions to VFW Post 1980 or the H. Dale Buck Animal Welfare Memorial Fund may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 175, Emporia, KS 66801.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 05/20/2006

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Klotz, Jack Roger - Iola
1944 - 2007

The funeral for Jack Roger Klotz was today at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls. The Rev. John Hastings of the Strong City Methodist Church conducted the service. Burial, with military honors, was in Strong City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Hospice of Allen County may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 or to the Iola hospital for Hospice, 101 S. 1st St., Iola, KS 66749.

Mr. Klotz died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at his home in Iola. He was 63.

He and his son owned and operated Trailer and Equipment Sales in Iola. Until 1978, he was an agriculture management specialist for FHA-USDA. He also was a licensed real estate broker and certified appraiser and owned several businesses in Iola and the surrounding area. He entered the U.S. Army in 1967 and received an honorable discharge in 1973.

The son of Russell Charles and Mildred Thompson Klotz, he was born Feb. 23, 1944, at Marysville. He grew up in Emporia and spent a large part of his childhood on the Prairie View Ranch in Chase County. He attended Altamont Grade School and graduated from Emporia High School in 1962 and from Kansas State University in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.

He married Tonya Biggs in 1968. They were divorced.

Mr. Klotz is survived by one son, Britton C. Klotz of Iola; one daughter, Bria L. Klotz of Long Beach, Calif.; and two grandchildren. His parents died earlier.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 11/19/2007

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Mary Cedillo (Norris)

Mary Norris, beloved mother and wife, passed away peacefully in her home Thursday, July 24, 2008, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 64.

    Buhl, Id Times-News July 26, 2008

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Marie F. Smith Nicholas

Emporia native Marie F. Nicholas of Wilton, Iowa, died Friday, March 6, 2009, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa. She was64.

Mrs. Nicholas was a homemaker and also operated her Willowood Hearth arts and crafts business for more than 20 years.

The daughter of John and Helen Phillips Smith, she was born Sept. 14, 1944, at Emporia. She married Melvin D. Nicholas on July 28, 1962, at Emporia. He survives.

Mrs. Nicholas is also survived by one son, Doug Nicholas of Elizabeth, Ill.; one brother, Robert Smith of Wichita; one sister, Dorothy Speer of Kansas City, Mo.; and three grandchildren. Her parents; two children in infancy, Angela and Lance Nicholas; and two brothers, Donald Smith and Jack Smith, died earlier.

The graveside service will he at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Oakdale Cemetery at Wilton, Iowa. The family will meet friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bentley Funeral Home in Wilton, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, 2546 Tech Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722.

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James E Ragsdale

Former Emporian and retired Major James Ragsdale of Destin Fla, died suddenly Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Destin Fla. He was 65

Major Ragsdale taught chemistry, physics, basic and ad vanced Mathematics and computer science for more than 30 years at USD 230 in Spring Hill. He was Known for being instrumental in setting up one of the First computer classrooms in the state of Kansas. With the help of USD 230 PTA, he integrated computer systems throughout the entire school. He served more than 30 years in the Kansas Army National Guard as Commander, A Battery, 127th Field Artillery, 35th Infantry Division t Paola.

The son of Earnest Estes and Ola May Ritchey Ragsdale, he was born May 30, 1944, at Emporia. He grew up in Emporia and graduated from Emporia in High School. He then enlisted in the Kansas National Guard at age 17 and Later graduated from Emporia in State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1994, he received a master's degree from Pittsburg State University. He and his wife retired together to Destin Fla., in 1999.

He was a lifetime member of the U S. Field Artitllery Association (member number three): the National Officers Association: received scholastic honors from Phi Kappa Phi: and was a member ot the Emporia Eagles Association and the American Legion in Destin, Fla.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Diana Lynn Christenson Ragsdale; one daughter, Major Vanessa K. Ragsdate of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, who is currently deployed with the 25th infantry Division to Iraq; two sons, James E Ragsdale of Paola and Jason C. Ragsdale of Liberty, Mo., both 1st Lieutenenants with the Army Reserves; and three brothers, Donald Ragsdale, Larry Ragsdale and Sammy Ragsdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The memorial service with military honors will he at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cottonwood Cemetery at Emporia, Major Ragsdale donated his organs.

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Simon Rodriquez

Deceased Jan. 25 2011

Simon P. Rodriguez, 67 of Emporia died on January 25, 2011 at Newman Regional Health, Emporia, Kansas.

Simon was born on July 9, 1943 in Emporia, Kansas the son of Simon and Maria Guadalupe Murillo Rodriguez. He married Lupe Mendoza on April 29, 1967 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Emporia, Kansas. She survives at the home.

Other survivors include: sons, Michael and Stephen Rodriguez both of Emporia; grandchildren, Christopher and Nicholas Rodriguez of Emporia, and Yoselyn, Marcos, Ivan, Xavier, and Michael Rodriguez, Jr. of Arkansas City, Kansas; brothers, Frederick, George, and Edward Rodriguez all of Emporia, Anthony F. Rodriguez of Kansas City, Kansas, and Arthur P. Rodriguez of Wichita, Kansas; sisters, Laura Rodriguez of Emporia, Catalina Gutierrez of Topeka, Kansas, Lucy Juarez of Emporia, Teresa Rodriguez of Emporia, Elaine Garvert of Salina, Kansas, Rosemarie Sanchez of Emporia, and Anna Marie Rodriguez of Emporia.

She is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Maria G. Rodriguez.

Simon worked for forty years and retired from Santa Fe Railroad. He was later a bus driver for USD 253. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and played bass and main guitar for several county western and Mexican bands in Emporia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 31, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emporia. The rosary will be recited at 6:00 P.M, Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The services will be conducted by Father Richard Warsnak of the church. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Emporia.

A memorial has been established for the Sacred Heart Building Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home.

    Emporia, Ks Roberts-Blue-Barnett Fumeral Home Website

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Homer L. Peak

Homer L. Peak of Emporia died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at home. He was 66

Mr. Peak worked for Hawker Beechraft for almost 35 years.

The son of Homer and Dorothy Lee Peak, he was born on March 23, 1944, in Emporia. He graduated High School in 1962.

He married Diana J Maloney on July 20, 1972. She survives.

He is also survived by a son, Anthony “Tony” Peak of Falcon. Mo; his mother, Dorothy Lee Peak of Emporia; a brother Howard A. Peak of Neosha Rapids; and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the First Friends Church in Emporia. Burial will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cochran Mortuary, 1411 N. Broadway in Wichita.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Herlinger Developmental Services, 707 S Commercial ST. Emporia, KS 66801 and American Cancer Society, 818 N Emporia No. 100, Wichita, KS 67214. Messages to the family may be left at www,

    Emporia, KS Gazette 03 Mar. 2011

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Allen L. Ringer

Allen L. Ringer, 67 of Emporia, KS died March 18, 2011 at his home. He was born February 24, 1944 in Emporia, Ks to his parents Roy M. and Gladys (Johnson) Ringer. He married Trudy Drapel in 1973. They were later divorced.

He is survived by son; Russell Ringer of Lenexa, Kansas daughter; Tara Birdsall and husband, Jeff of Roeland Park, KS niece; Marianne Ringer of Louisiana nephew; Donald "Dale" Ringer of Andover, KS.

Preceded in death by his parents and a brother Don Ringer.

He served in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. St. Paul during Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart. He graduated from Emporia State University with his Master's Degree. He retired from teaching at Shawnee Mission Northwest where he taught Math. Many of his students thanked him for how he prepared them for their college academics. He was also a diving and track coach.

Services will be Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Patio Garden in Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Emporia, KS at 10:00 a.m. with full Military Honors from VFW Lowry Post 1980 and American Legion Ball-McColm Post #5. No visitation. Burial Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Jude Hospital sent in care of Charter Funerals, 501 W. 6th Ave. Emporia, KS 66801.

    Kansas City, MO Star 24 Mar. 2011

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Arthur Dean Hylton

A Dean Hylton formerly of Emporia, died Friday, May 13, 2011. He was 67.

Mr Hylton worked in the petroleum industry. He retired from El Paso Oil and Gas Company in 2001.

The son of A.W. “Bud” and Virginia M Hylton, he was born March 6, 1944, in Council Grove. He graduated from Emporia High School and earned a BSB degree in accounting from Kansas State Teachers College in 1966.

e married Marjorie A McMurphey on August 22, 1965 in Emporia. She survives.

He is also survived by his mother Virginia Crouch of Emporia; sons Damon Hylton, Sugarland, Texas; and Devin Hylton, Pearland, Texas; daughter Melanie Burns, Waco, Texas; sister Cathy Cox of Emporia and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held June 3 in Houston. The family suggest that , instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, 5420 S Quebec St, Ste. 135, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, or at / donation.

    Emporia, KS Gazette May 18, 2011

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Jan Elizabeth Tholen Saab

NEWTON - Saab, Jan Elizabeth Tholen, 67, died Feb. 14, 2012. A Rosary will be 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Newton. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, also at St. Mary. Memorials may be made to CASA of Harvey County or the American Cancer Society . Petersen Funeral Home.

    Wichita, KS Eagle 18 Feb. 2012

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Cox Raenna (Jones)

Cox-Jones, Raenna Darlene, 68, beloved mother and friend, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Service will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Downing and Lahey East Chapel. Graveside will be 3:00 P.M. at Memorial Lawn cemetery in Emporia, Kansas.

Raenna was a kind-hearted, fun loving people person that could light up a room by just walking into it. Her beautiful, radiant smile and out-going personality will be missed by all who loved her.

Raenna was preceded in death by her parents; John Virgil Cox and Evelyn Dean Cox of Emporia, KS.

Survived by her daughter Tanya Elise Nystrom, New York, NY.

A memorial has been established with Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. Share tributes online at

    Wichita, KS Eagle 12 Nov. 2012

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Turner Michael Robert

Michael Robert Turner, 68, Emporia, Kansas, passed away at his home surrounded by family on Monday, December 3, 2012.

Michael was born May 8, 1944 in Emporia, the son of Walter Robert and Mary Catherine (Hotzel) Turner. He married Judith (Judy) Ann Johnson in Salina, Kansas on September 16, 1978.

Michael attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and was a graduate of Emporia High School. Following graduation, he entered the United States Army. He was stationed at Nike Missile Base in Gardner, Kansas, and in Alaska as a radar technician. He had been employed at Stanion Wholesale Electric for 35 years, having retired in 2010.

Michael’s life revolved around his wife, his boys, and their activities. He served as a coach for Brian’s soccer and baseball teams, and was a supporter of American Legion baseball. He served as an Assistant Scout Master with Boy Scout Troop #165 while Alex was in scouting.

He enjoyed woodworking and craftsmanship, and was happiest outdoors, either hiking with his brothers, playing with his beagle, Tanner, or going to Wichita Wingnuts games. He loved watching KU Basketball, cruising the back roads in his Jeep, and going to the casino with his wife, Judy.

Surviving Michael are his wife; two sons, Brian, and his wife, Lisa, of Wichita, and Alex of Emporia; three brothers, Roger, and wife, Marilyn, Olathe, Kansas, Terry, and wife, Delores, and Steven, and wife, Susan, of Emporia; and a sister, Mary Susan Cocca of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Donald Robert.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Emporia, on Friday, December 7, 2012, at 10:30 A.M., conducted by Pastor John Davis, of the church, and Rev. Ashley Masoni, Chaplain, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City. Interment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at St. Mark's Church ~ 1508 W. 12th ~ Thursday evening, December 6, 2012 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions to Emporia Friends of the Zoo, or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Michael Turner was an amazing husband, father, and friend. He will be missed by many.

    Emporia, Ks Roberts-Blue-Barnett Fumeral Home website

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Selby, Jon Lee

Jon Lee Selby, 69, of Kingsland went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, June 29, 2013. He was born to Garland F. and Edna Mae [Lutz] Selby on December 23, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jon and Barbara [Grimes] had been friends since fourth grade. They were married April 4, 1965 in Emporia, Kansas. Jon's vocation was being a railroad transportation specialist. They moved to Kingsland, Texas in June 1994 from Stillwell, Kansas and established a business in the transportation profession. As of 2001, he and Barbara opened a fabric store known as Barb's Quilt Nook. They both shared tasks there and traveled as vendors in quilt shows throughout the states. Jon was a member of the Hill Country Fellowship Church in Burnet, past director of the Kingsland Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce and a board member in the Kingsland Community Center . Jon loved being a public servant to many people and groups in the Highland Lakes area.

Jon is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara K. Selby of Kingsland, Texas, son, Michael Lee Selby of San Antonio, Texas, son and daughter-in-law, Mark Anthony and Kelly Selby of Katy, Texas, four grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by daughters, Christine Ranae and Kimberly Kay Selby and a brother, Stephen Selby.

Celebration of life services will be held at the Hill Country Fellowship Church 200 Houston Clinton Drive, Burnet, Texas on Saturday, July 20th at 10:00 am. Private inurnment will be held at a later date in Aubry Township Cemetery, Stillwell, Kansas. An online guest register may be signed at

Memorial contributions may be sent in Jon's memory to Newcomers Group P.O.Box 868, Kingsland, Texas 78639.

Cremation arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639 [325] 388-0008

    Kingsland, TX. Putman Funeral Home website

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Gray, Gaylynn

(November 8, 1944 - August 11, 2013)

Gaylynn Dickey passed away Sunday August 11, 2013 at a Topeka care facility with family present. Gaylynn was born November 8, 1944 in Ardmore Ok, the daughter of Fern and Sam Gray who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two husbands Larry Karns and Ray Dickey.

Gaylynn loved to fish, camp and read. She loved animals and treated her pets as children. She also spent her retirement years traveling with her husband Ray.

Gaylynn is survived by her son R. Darrick Karns, Daughter in law Margaret Karns, two grandsons Darrick Karns and Sam Karns. Two brothers Gerry Gray and Geoff Gray and their wives Mary Gray and Barb Gray. Three nieces Jennifer Gray, Shelia Henderson and Hanna Gray. One great niece Alora Henderson and two great nephews Asher Henderson and Vincent Holland and several cousins. Gaylynn loved all her family deeply. Services are scheduled for Saturday August 17, 20013 at 5:00 PM at the Davidson Funeral Home located at 1035 N. Kansas Ave, Topeka Ks. Monetary donations can be given to the family.

    Topeka, KS.Davidson Funeral Home website
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Green, Gerald

(January 24, 1943 - February 7, 2014)

Gerald W. Green, 71 Emporia, Kansas, passed away at his home on Friday February 7, 2014

Gerald William Green was born in Emporia on January 24, 1943. the son of Charles William and Adella (Wolcott) Green

Mr. Green is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Jo Salb, Sand Springs, Oklahoma; son, Eric William Green, Olathe, Kansas; sister, Betty Steele, Topeka, Kansas; and grandchildren, Cara Lea and Joy Sslb, and Xander Garrell and Khloe Grace Green.

His parents died earlier.

Throughout Mr. Green's working career, he was employed with Guys Foods Incorporated, Dolly Madison, and Glendo Corporation. He retired in 2009.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam Conflict on the USS Canberra. Mr Green was a member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Creamation is planned. Private family inturnment services will be held at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia, at a later date.

    Emporia, Ks Roberts-Blue-Barnett Fumeral Home website

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Childears, Dwight James

North Highlands, CA

Dwight "Ike" James Childears of North Highlands, California, died January 1, 2015 at his home. He was 71.

No services are planned. East Lawn Memorial Cemetery of Sacramento has the arrangements.

    Emporia, Ks Gazette Jan.07,2015

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Shirley Ann White Messerschmidt

January 20, 1944 - May 26, 2015

Shirley Ann White Messerschmidt, 71, passed away Tuesday morning, May 26, 2015 in Gardner, Kansas. Funeral services will be at 10am Monday, June 1, 2015 at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home, 105 E. Loula St., Olathe, KS, with burial following at Olathe Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4pm., Sunday, May 31st at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , the American Heart Association or to Alphapointe.(

Shirley was born on January 20, 1944 in San Francisco, California, the child of Mildred B. Ellis and Raymond Woodrow White. She married Delbert William Messerschmidt on June 2, 1962, in Emporia, Kansas. Shirley previously worked as a cashier at Price Chopper before retiring.

She is survived by three children, Deanna Messerschmidt and Kimberly Geiss of Gardner and David Messerschmidt of Olathe, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Send tributes and condolences at

    Olathe, KS McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Service website

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Glenda Jane Wilson Bachar
(June 1, 1943 - October 31, 2015)

Glenda Jane Bachar, 72, of Emporia, died Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Holiday Resort in Emporia.

Glenda was born on June 1, 1943 in Newton, Kansas, the daughter of Glenn and Winifred Walker Wilson. She married Austin D. Bachar on May 31, 1974 in Leavenworth, Kansas. He died on July 1, 2015 in Emporia.

Family members include: stepson, John Bachar of Phoenix, Arizona; stepdaughter, Karen Bachar of Washington, D.C.; brothers, Edward Wilson of Topeka, and Sam Wilson of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Margaret Vogts of Olpe, Alice Bliss of Emporia, Mary Etta Zinn of Topeka, and Jo Ruiz of Fairborn, Ohio; and two step-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; stepson, Murry Bachar; and brother, Joe Mac Wilson.

Glenda was a homemaker and was a former member of the First Congregational Church in Emporia.

Cremation is planned, with a memorial service at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Victory Fellowship Church, Emporia.

Memorial contributions to Emporia Friends of the Zoo may be sent in care of the funeral home.

    Emporia, Ks Roberts-Blue-Barnett Fumeral Home website

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Richard E. Krueger

Richard E. Krueger, 71, of Emporia, died Friday, October 23, 2015 at home where he lived with his faithful dog, Bear.

Richard was born on July 7, 1944 in Emporia, Kansas, the son of John W. and Lucille Krueger.

Surviving family members include, son, Zachary; brother, Eugene, Mesa, Arizona; two sisters, Marilea Schmidt of Olpe, Kansas and Rosilea Metcalf of Emporia, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, John W. Jr., Joseph L. and Donald L.

Richard served in the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of DeVry Institute and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. He also worked as a painter and concrete worker in his spare time. He owned and operated the Uniform Connection. He worked the past year as the maintenance man for the Plumb Place. Richard will be remembered for his generosity as well as his thoughtfulness and caring for others.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Plumb Place, 224 East 6th, Emporia, KS or Hand in Hand Hospice, 1201 West 12th Ave., Emporia, KS.

Condolences may be sent to Lauralee Hearn, 1317 Woodland, Emporia, KS 66801.

Cremation has taken place and there are no formal services planned.

    Emporia, KS Gazette 10 Nov. 2015

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Dennis Kelly

Died November 22,2015

Notes compiled from former classmates John Evens and Connie Leonhart Beck;

In High School Dennis was an over-achiever, just look at all the credits under his picture in the yearbook. He was most proud of ‘lettering' in debate. After High School he went to Louisiana, where his father lived and took a B.S. degree from Louisiana State. His real interest was literature and latter felt he should have studied Library Science at E.S.T.C .

He migrated to Seattle Washington to be with his partner Frank in a bungalow on Lake Washington. He and Frank were together 25 years. Frank died about 10 years before Dennis who died in November of 2015 .

Dennis was proud of his erotic poetry which was published by the Gay Sunshine Press in San Francisco. his work is autobiographical dealing with his love/hate relationship with Emporia. 'Mary White', 'Prairie Stories', and 'Escape from Emporia' are examples.

One reviewer said: "Dennis Kelly is and accomplished modern stylist. I hear his original hearty voice in poems that are close to everyday speech. He speaks with a radiant new tongue which expresses a wide range of experience."

      John Evans

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Sandra Hansen Wilhite

Sandra Wilhite passed away December 14, 2015.

Born October 9, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri to Charles A. and Clara J. Hansen. Sandra married Robert (Bob) Wilhite on June 30, 1962 in Cottonwood Falls, KS. He survives as do three sons: Todd (Kelli) Wilhite, Scottsdale, AZ, Scott (Amy) Wilhite, Crestline, CA and Brad (Sarah) Wilhite, Corona, CA; nine grandchildren, Shawn and Kaitlyn, Macy, Kyle, Avery, Natalie and Mark, Kendall and Camryn; plus three great-grandchildren, Holden, Mercy and Caden. Also surviving are three brothers: Bob Hansen, Weaverville, CA, Gary Hansen, Queen Creek, AZ and Gerard Hansen, Emporia, KS. Her father and mother preceded her in death.

Mrs. Wilhite graduated from Emporia High School and from Riverside Community College (with honors) earning degrees in Business and Medical Transcription. Over the years, she was a full-time mother while holding various office and secretarial positions in three Fortune 500 companies prior to becoming a medical transcriptionist in 1992.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund (Sandy’s Camp Fund) for youth summer camp scholarships has been established at Victory Fellowship Foursquare Church in Emporia, KS (620) 342-3676.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 9th at 1:00pm, Twin Peaks Community Church, 26032 CA-189, Twin Peaks, CA 92391.

    Emporia, KSGazette December 21, 2015

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Norman R Thomas

Norman R. Thomas, 72, of Emporia, Kansas died Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Flint Hills Care Center in Emporia.

Norman was born January 4, 1944 in Emporia, Kansas the son of Russel H. and Dorothy J. (Hotzel) Thomas. He retired from law enforcement in March of 1987 after serving 22 years with the Emporia Police Department.

Norman married Phillis J. Hamilton on May 1, 1999. She died November 17, 2013. He is survived by a son, Brian R. Thomas and wife Jennifer of Emporia; daughter, Shelli R. Thomas of Wichita; sister-in-law, Sherry L. Thomas of Buena Vista, Colorado; and grandchildren, Breanna Voorhees, Ashlyn Voorhees, Kaylee Thomas, Nathan Thomas and Jordan Thomas. Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a brother, Dr. Warren R. Thomas.

Cremation is planned. Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to; Hand-In-Hand Hospice and sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made thru:

    Emporia, KS Gazette 26 Jan. 2016

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Margaret Ann Tyler Lee

Celebrating the Life of Margaret Ann Lee
Entered This Life: August 27, 1944
Entered Eternal Life: March 20, 2017

CHURCH SERVICE Monday, March 27 @ 11:00 am
Ascension Lutheran Church
26231 Silver Spur Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Reception Following Services

GRAVESIDE SERVICE Monday, March 27 @ 2:00 pm
Green Hills Cemetery
27501 South Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

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Charlotte Crable Vickery

Charlotte L. Vickery Born July 27, 1944, in Emporia, Kansas, and passed away September 16, 2017, in Topeka, Kansas.

Charlotte married Grant N. Vickery Sr. December 7, 1963, in Emporia. She was preceded in death by Grant on November 10, 2015, and by her parents.

Survivors include sons Grant Jr. (Linda), Daryl (Debbie), Todd (Angie), 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, sister Rosie Loeffler, several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Northern Hills Baptist Church, 920 N.W. 62nd St., Topeka.

    Topeka, KS Topeka Capital-Journal 19 Sept. 2017

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Linda M. Cookson

Linda M. Cookson, 73, passed away at Olathe Health Hospice Center on Friday, November 24, 2017 while being comforted by lifelong friends following a stroke.

Linda was born, in Emporia, KS, to Fred and Mary (Bennett) Cookson who preceded he in death. She is survived by a wide circle of close friends some of whom she considered her “family of choice” and her loyal dog Raven.

Linda graduated from Emporia High School in 1962 and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Kansas State Teachers College. She taught school for many years in Junction City, Emporia and Americus, KS. She loved her time in the classroom, teaching thirty plus years, to many students throughout her tenure. Some of her best stories are from her time in the classroom. In her earlier years, Linda spent some time working for the Forest Service out in Oregon.

After retiring from teaching, she spent her time working the election board, going to as many garage sales as possible where she would get the best deal for best price, and enjoying time with her many friends and “family of choice.” Linda was known for her home of decorations, no matter the season or holiday her home was filled with decor celebrating those times. Christmas was her favorite time of year and her home definitely reflected that with a main tree at 7 feet tall with over 1,000 ornaments displayed, a teddy bear forest, Nutcrackers, Hallmark arches, antique tree, a tree top collection and so much more. Linda was also an avid collector of many things including teddy bears, nutcrackers, arrowheads, and Crayola memorabilia.

She will be missed by many. Per her wishes she was cremated and there will be a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Olathe Health Hospice Center, David Traylor Zoo or Emporia Animal Shelter.

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