Byron D. "Corky" Corcoran, 74, Topeka, died Jan. 27, 2002 at a Topeka hospice. He was born Oct. 22, 1927 in Bendena, the son of Robert and Violet Ricklefs Corcoran. He graduated from Atchison County Community High School in Effingham. He moved to Topeka in 1947. Mr. Corcoran was employed as a system dispatcher for KPL for 40 years before retiring in 1991. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Mr. Corcoran was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, the KPL Retiree Club, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 226 and American Legion Capitol Post 1. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Winkler on Dec. 2, 1956 at Atchison. She survives of the home. Other survivors include two sons, Shawn M. Corcoran, Kansas City, Mo., and Eric K. Corcoran, Ozawkie; and a sister, Dorcas Turner, Effingham. Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Penwell-Gabel Highland Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, Kan. 66606.
Vera C. Grubb, 95, Holton, died Jan. 27, 2002 at a Holton nursing home. She was born June 18, 1906 in Brown County, the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Jones Duckers. Mrs. Grubb lived most of her life in the Wetmore and Netawaka communities. She lived in Hiawatha for 10 years before moving to Holton in 1992. Mrs. Grubb was a farm wife and worked for Slimaker Dress Factory for many years, retiring in 1971. She was a long time member of Wetmore United Methodist Church and the WSCS at the church. She married Ralph C. Grubb on Feb. 10, 1927 in Hiawatha. He died Feb. 15, 1977. Two daughters, Doris Clark and Donis Whittington, and three grandchildren, Cynthia Ann Spiker, Patrick Ralph Spiker and Tracy Brunkow also preceded her in death. Survivors include four daughters, Nora Spiker, Holton, Ruth Boyd, Lisbon, Ohio, Carol Horton, Topeka and Nancy Sullivan, Springfield, Mo.; a sister, Marcetta Cyphers, Hiawatha; two brothers, Vernon Duckers, Seneca, and Harry Duckers, Kansas City; 14 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 30 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Wetmore Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Holton Manor Nursing Home and, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. 4th, Holton, Kan. 66436.
Helen B. Koch, 84, of Axtell, died Jan. 27, 2002 at a Seneca nursing home where she had been since April 2001. She was born Aug. 17, 1917 in Baileyville, the daughter of John G. and Mary Barbara Jordon Hulsing, and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Baileyville. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church at Axtell, St. Michael's Guild, and was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Baileyville. She married Vincent P. Koch on Jan. 19, 1937 in Baileyville. They lived north of Baileyville and then northwest of Axtell until 1968, when they moved to Axtell. They were custodians at St. Michael's Church from 1968 to 1983 and at St. Michael's Catholic School from June 1974 until June 1990. He died March 26, 2001. A daughter, Cecelia Koch, died Dec. 19, 1947. A grandson, Bradley Koch, died March 10, 1985. Survivors include seven sons, John Koch, Baileyville, Francis Koch, Holton, Ralph Koch, Leroy Koch, Carl Koch and Roger Koch, all of Axtell, and Michael Koch, Lindsborg; seven daughters, Verita Schmitz, Baileyville, Edna Lackey, Alice Porting and JoAnn Porting, all of Axtell, Mary Kramer, Grand Junction, Colo., Barbara Korte, Goff, and Sharon Skalla, Beattie; two brothers, Anthony "Tony" Hulsing, Seneca, and John Paul Hulsing, Baileyville; a sister, Rosemary Schmitz, Seneca; 47 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; 53 great-grand-children; several step-great-granchdildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at St. Michael's Catholic Church at Axtell. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Baileyville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Church or School, both in Axtell.
Caroline A. Rose, 88, Hoyt, died Jan. 27, 2002 at Plaza West Care Center in Topeka. She was born March 24, 1913 in Forest County, Penn., the daughter of Vincenzo and Anna Mancoso Gallelli. Mrs. Rose graduated from Corry High School in Corry, Penn. in 1931. She also attended Erie Business College in Buffalo, N.Y. She lived in San Diego before moving to the Hoyt community in 1944. Mrs. Rose worked as a secretary for the Kansas Department of Transportation for 25 years. She was a member of Hoyt United Methodist Church where she served as church organist for many years. She was a also a registered Lay Leader at the church. She was a member of the Kansas Highway Retiree's Association., Women of the Moose in Topeka, and a former member of Toltec Rite Council 1 in Topeka. She was a 50-year member of Chapter 189 of the Order of Eastern Star and the Hoyt Study Club, both in Hoyt. She married Frank H. Rose, Sr. on Nov. 20, 1937 in Yuma, Ariz. He died Nov. 13, 1996. Three sisters also preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons, Franklin H. Rose, Jr., Blue Springs, Mo., James L. Rose, Manhattan, and Timothy A. Rose, Topeka; four daughters, Caroline Keyser, Maple Hill., Kathleen M. Rose, Poplarville, Miss., Susan E. Moulton, Wentzville, Mo., and Marge L. Frederick, Topeka; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 29 at Hoyt United Methodist Church. Burial was in Hoyt Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Hoyt United Methodist Church or the Arab Temple Children's Travel Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. 4th, Holton, Kan. 66436.
Rowland Arthur Davies, 87, Topeka, died Jan. 24, 2002 at a Topeka nursing home. He was born Oct. 24, 1914 in Concordia, the son of John Henry and Rachel Adeline Davies. He lived in Topeka since 1960. He attended schools in Concordia and graduated from Concordia High School in 1932. He was a farmer and stockman in Cloud County for 45 years. He worked as a furniture salesman for Ed Marling Furniture for 20 years where he retired. After retirement he serviced lawn mowers and did small engine repair out of his home for a number of years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Concordia for 50 years. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Concordia and a long time member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. He married Isabell Marie Hess on April 25, 1934 in Marysville. She preceded him in death in 1990. Survivors include three sons, John Davies, Wichita, Gary Davies, Fairview, Texas and Thomas Davies, Holton; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; and a sister, Mildred Vanek, Concordia. Services were held Jan. 28 at Newcomer Family Funeral Home. Burial was in West Lawn Memorial Gardens in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to the new chapel renovation at Topeka Presbyterian Manor, 4712 S.W. 6th, Topeka, Kan. 66606.
Ethel E. Lake, 94, Topeka, died May 26, 2002 at home. She was born Sept. 27, 1907 in the Kanona community east of Oberlin in Decatur County, to Carl and Lydia McMullen. She had lived in Topeka since 1928. She married Howard S. Lake on Dec. 10, 1928 in Lyndon. He died Sept. 28, 1990. A son, Don Lake, died in 1997. Survivors include a son, Frank Lake, Blue Rapids; four daughters, Mildred Toburen, Carbondale, Lois Koon, Mayetta, Erma Somers, Lan-caster, Calif., and Joyce Parks, Neodesha; 25 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 30 at Davidson Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Lake will lie in state until 9 p.m. May 29 at the funeral home, where visita-tion will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Papan's Landing and sent in care of the funeral home.
Una Fay Prost Bronson, 83, Os-age City, died May 25, 2002 at a daughter's home in Burlingame. She was born March 29, 1919, in Waverly, to Orlie and Dasie Rosella Mull Shaffer, and spent most of her life in Osage County. She had been a day care provider in Osage City and Lyndon. She married Fred Greeve on June 24, 1939, in Waverly. They di-vorced in 1954. She married Theo-dore Prost on Oct. 11, 1955, in Os-age City. He died July 14, 1986. She married Marvin J. Bronson on Nov. 5, 1986, in Osage City. He died Oct. 10, 1997. Survivors include two sons, Steve Greeve, Kansas City, Mo., and Larry Greeve, Holton; five daughters, Karen Wessel, Burlin-game, Valee Brown, Osage City, Melva Smith and Rosella Reece, both in Topeka, and Thelma Knight, Ottawa; a sister, Thelma Spielman, Topeka; 27 grandchil-dren; many great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Graveside services were held May 29 at Osage City Ceme-tery. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care and sent in care of the funeral home.
Murray Dupuis Jr., 76, Mayetta, died May 25, 2002 at a Topeka care center. He was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Mayetta, to Murray and Lucille Hicks Dupuis, and spent most of his life in the Mayetta community, where he worked on ranches and farms for many years. He was a member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi tribe. He had no known relatives. Services were held May 28 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Mayetta Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayetta Fire Depart-ment.
Evelyn Figge, 74, Havensville, died May 25, 2002 at a daughter's home in Springfield, Mo. She had been ill. She was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Morse Bluff, Neb., to Frank and Anna Placek Kavan. She married Reinhard W. Figge on Dec. 15, 1949 in Wheaton. He preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, William "Bill" Figge, Havensville; two daughters, Marlene Figge and Peggy Spurling, both in Spring-field, Mo.; and a grandson. Graveside services were held May 29 at St. Luke's Lutheran Cemetery in Wheaton. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice Care, 1378 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 65804. Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Darleen N. DeVore, 74, Topeka, died May 24, 2002 at a Topeka hospital. She was born July 9, 1927, in Topeka, to Glenn E. and Charlotte Beulah Burns Boydston. She gradu-ated from Topeka High School and Strickler's Business College. She attended The Univer-sity of Kansas in Lawrence. She was a secretary at an Ed Marling furniture store for several years. She later owned and managed apartment buildings. She attended Kansas Avenue United Methodist Church. She married Howard DeVore on Aug. 9, 1952, in Topeka. He died March 5, 1988. Survivors include a nephew, Paul Boydston, Carbondale; and two nieces, Sharon Sterrett, Topeka, and Mary Bowser, Netawaka. Services were held May 29 at Brennan-Mathena Fu-neral Home. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cat Association of Topeka and sent in care of the funeral home.
Robert O. Beougher, 83, formerly of Delia, died May 23, 2002 at a Leavenworth hospital. He was born March 9, 1919 in Orion, the son of Omar and Ida Mae Purdum Beougher. He was raised in Gove and Quinter and had lived in in California and Las Vegas before he moved back to Kansas in 1969. He lived in Delia and the Raymond community until he moved to Topeka four years ago. Mr. Beougher had worked for Boeing Aircraft Manufacturing in Wichita and Ryan and Hughes Aircraft Manufacturing in California for many years. He later retired from Seymore Foods in Topeka after more than 12 years of service. He served in the Army from 1937 to 1939 and again from 1944 to 1946. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of Raymond Baptist Church and attended Silver Lake Baptist Church. He also was a member of Topeka North Post 400 of the American Legion. He married Addie G. Mark on April 29, 1950 in El Dorado. She survives. Other survivors include four daughters, Myrtle E. Wingo, Topeka, Roberta M. Maynard, Las Vegas, Martha J. Tucker, Spring, Texas, and Linda K. Wyatt, Raymond; a son, Robert L. Beougher, Oklahoma City; a sister, Delores "Penny" Enwall, Pocatello, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Shane Wingo, in 1961. Services were held May 25 at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial with military graveside services conducted by a Fort Leavenworth funeral detail was in Delia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Lake Baptist Church or to Topeka North Post 400 of the American Legion and sent in care of the funeral home.
Pennie Denise Bisnett, 33, Topeka, died May 23, 2002 at a Topeka hospital. She was born April 15, 1969 in Topeka, the daughter of Delmar J. and Marilyn D. Paynter Bisnett. She was raised in Hoyt and attended Jackson Heights school before she graduated from Royal Valley High School. She lived most of her life in the Topeka area. Miss Bisnett was employed by Cracker Barrel Restaurant and earlier had worked for TARC Industries. Mrs. Bisnett participated in Special Olympics and earned a number of medals for her efforts. Survivors include her father and stepmother, Delmar and Phyllis Bisnett, Hoyt; two brothers, Michael Bisnett, Meriden, and David Bisnett, Eskridge; and her grandmothers, Bertha Paynter, Salina, and Mabel Bisnett, Aurora. Services were held May 25 at Davidson Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Aloysius Cemetery at Meriden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Topeka Association for Retarded Citizens and sent in care of the funeral home.
Mildred F. Kearney, 89, Atchison, died May 23, 2002 at a Topeka hospital. She was born May 23, 1913 in Atchison, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth F. Davenport Klinefelter. She attended Atchison Public Schools. She lived in Effingham from 1947 to 1982. Mrs. Kearney had worked at the former Steinite Laborites and the Snowden-Mize Drug Store. Mrs. Kearney was a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church and a former member of St. Ann's Church in Effingham. She also was a member of the auxiliary to Post No. 1175 of the Veterans of For-eign Wars. She married John M. Kearney in September 1934. He died on March 27, 1958. Mrs. Kearney also was preceded in death by a son, Tom Kearney, and two grandchildren. Survivors include three sons, Jack Kearney and Gary Kearney, both of Atchison, and Gerald Kearney, Valley Falls; a daughter, DeAnn Wehking, Nortonville; a sister, Helen Wagner, Arrington; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchil-dren; and a great-great-grand-daugh-ter. Funeral services were held May 28 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Burial was in Mount Cal-vary Cemetery in Atchison. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Asso-ciation and sent in care of the fu-neral home.
Henry "Mitzi" G. Dolinar, 88, Kansas City, Kan., died May 22, 2002 at a Kansas City, Kan., nursing home. He was born in Croatia, the son of George and Helen Dolinar. He came with his family to the United States when he was 8 years old. Mr. Dolinar was a 32-year member of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and established its honor guard program. He also was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Command Officers Group. Survivors include his wife, Helen Dolinar, at home; a daughter, Dorothy Sosna, Hoyt; two brothers, Ed Dolinar, Garland, Texas, and George Dolinar, Kansas City; two sisters, Josephine Uniak, Kansas City, and Rose Marie Gerkovich, Perrysburg, Ohio; four granddaughters; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 25 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City. Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Hospice, 2220 Central, Kansas City, Kan., 66102, or to Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 N. 53rd, Kansas City, Kan., 66104.