Donald E. McMullen, 68, Mayetta, died May 22, 2002 at Holton Community Hospital. He was born Jan. 9, 1934 at Topeka, the son of Dick and Agnes Heck McMullen. Mr. McMullen was a janitor for the State of Kansas. He was a member of Mayetta Christian Church. He married Mary Lapart on Jan. 13, 1964 at Valley Falls. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Donald McMullen Jr., Topeka; two daughters, Agnes M. McMullen, Topeka, and Alice Dryer, Calleo, Mo.; a brother, Charles McMullen, Topeka; and two sisters, Norma Jean Jackson, Topeka, and Lyda J. Dryer, Calleo, Mo. Funeral services were held May 25 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Half Day Cemetery near Elmont. Memorial contributions may be given to Donald E. McMullen Memorial Fund, and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth, P.O. Box 270, Holton, Kan., 66436.
Edna Gertrude Casey, 92, Havensville, died May 21, 2002. She was born April 11, 1910, the daughter of Gertrude Timberlake Shaffer and George Shaffer of Corning. She graduated from Corning High School. Mrs. Casey was a certified school teacher and taught grades one through eight in Nemaha County. She then became a full-time wife and mother. Her interests were her family and teaching her daughters to sing, quilting with Bucks Grove United Methodist Women, being a 4-H leader for the community and the Republican Precinct Committee Woman for 40 years. She was a member of PEO, Chapter P of Holton. She was also a member of Bucks Grove United Methodist Church at Havensville since 1942, where she taught Sunday school for many years, as well as serving on numerous committees. One of Edna's proudest accomplishments was providing college educations for each of their daughters. She married Clarence Tulloch Casey (aka C.T. or Tec) on Sept. 7, 1933. He survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Jan Hodge, Holton, Karen Stewart, Leawood, and Pat Kershner, Dighton; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchidlren; a sister, Helen Marie Murphy, Hutchinson; 12 nieces; five nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Clyde Albert, Raymond Clarence, George Burtiss Jr. and Joseph Valentine. Funeral services were held May 24 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Corning Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Jackson County Nursing Home, and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, Kan., 66436.
Dean Taylor Mumaw, formerly of Holton, died July 31, 2002 in Denver, Colo. Mumaw was known for dressing up as a clown and riding an old Allis-Chalmers 1948 tractor in the Jackson County 4-H Fair parade in the 1990s. He and his wife, Phyllis, were named grand marshals of last year's fair parade. Survivors include his wife. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5 at First United Methodist Church in Holton. Burial will be in Holton Cemetery. Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton is in charge of arrangements.
Philip Contillo, 70, of Hallendale Beach, Florida, died July 29, 2002 at his home in Florida. He was born May 27, 1932 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Philip and Mary Nardi Contillo. He was a professional dance teacher and supervsor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios in the 1970s and 1980s. He and his wife owned and operated Stardust Ballroom in Hollywood, Fla. He completed his work career as a supervisor in the Broward County Health Department in Florida. He and his wife were avid travelers, visiting Europe, Asia, Africa; they toured 20 countries in four months. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a member of the Catholic Church. He married Elinor Rawlings, formerly of Havensville, on July 24, 1966 in Oahu, Hawaii. She survives. He also is survived by a sister, Corinne G. Lankheim, Pompano, Fla. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton. Burial will be in Havensville Cemetery. A parish rosary will be recited Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., followed by visitation at Mercer Funeral Home.
Gladys "Irene" Jacobson, 91, died July 29, 2002 at a Horton nursing home. She was born Oct. 10, 1910 in Muscotah, the daughter of Ira and Nellie Jones Reece. She graduated from Atchison County Community High School in Effingham and she was the 1929 Apple Blossom Queen and flew over St. Joseph, Mo., in an airplane with Howard Hughes. Mrs. Jacobson worked for the Horton Garment Factory from 1952 to 1976. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Horton, the American Baptist Church, the Horton Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Unit Extension Homemakers Unit. She married Tom Jacobson on Oct. 12, 1929 in Kansas City, Mo. He died June 22, 1989. Survivors include a son, Samuel Jacobson, Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Donna Richards, Topeka, and Carol Jacobson, Seattle; two brothers, Robert Reese, St Joseph, Mo. and William Reese, San Bernaridino, Calif.; four grandchildren; and two great&endash;grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Horton. Burial will be in Horton Cemetery. Mrs. Jacobson will lie in state after 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at the funeral home, where family will meet with friends from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Aug. 3. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Horton and sent in care of the funeral home.
Dale R. Sumner, 76, Topeka, died July 28, 2002 at a Topeka hospice house. He was born April 30, 1926 in Havensville, the son of Russel Bond Sumner and Cora Cleo Harris Sumner. He graduated from Havensville High School and Clark's Business College in Topeka. He moved to Topeka in 1948. Mr. Sumner worked for Santa Fe Railway for 37 years before he retired as assistant supervisor of the contracting and real estate division in 1985. He also was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Capital Post 1 of the American Legion, Phillip Billard Post No. 1650 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Orient Lodge No. 51 AF&AM, Moose Lodge, Tecumseh Kiwanis Club and Tecumseh United Methodist Church. He married Lois Smith on Jan. 18, 1948 in Wheaton. She died May 5, 1994. Mr. Sumner also was preceded in death by an infant daughter. Survivors include a son, Terry Russel Sumner, Richardson, Texas; a brother, Leo Eldon Sumner, Havensville; a sister, Nedra Mae Bramner, Indianapolis; and three grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Sumner will lie in state at the funeral home after 10 a.m. Aug. 1. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 3343 S.E. Tecumseh Road, Tecumseh, 66542.
Roy L. Carter, 72, Sun City, Ariz., died July 26, 2002 at a Peoria, Ariz., hospital. He was born May 28, 1930 in Topeka, the son of Otis and Mary O. (Stewart) Carter., He had lived in Sun City, Ariz., for the last four years and Topeka for 68 years prior. Mr. Carter worked for the State of Kansas as a power plant operator for 39 years. He was an avid fisherman. He married Mary Edna Wallace on May 16, 1956, in Topeka. She survives. He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Michael D. Lee in 1974 and Jamie Luthi in 1994. Other survivors include four sons, Michael Carter, El Mirage, Ariz, Bill McDaniel, San Diego, Calif., Wayne Wells, Topeka, and David Lee, Cottage Grove, Ore.; three daughters, Shirley Lee, Peoria, Ariz., Maxine Lake, Wetmore, and Bonnie Luthi, Holton; a brother, Robert Carter, Lawrence; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 1 at Parker-Price Mortuary in Topeka. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be sent to Sun Help Hospice Care Services, 12740 N. Plaza del Rio Blvd., Peoria, AZ 85381.
Chester Arthur Hards, Jr., 60, Topeka, died July 25, 2002 at his home. He was born Aug. 5, 1941 in Topeka, the son of Chester Arthur and Carolyn M. Kinkey Hards. He was a lifetime Topeka resident. Mr. Hards worked for many years as an over the road truck driver. He later worked for Famous Brand Distributors, Inc. as a truck driver and warehouse supervisor. He had worked for the past eight years with the Shawnee County Bridge Crew Department as a supervisor. He married Betty Jean Good. They divorced. He later married Karla Stanley. They divorced. Survivors include a son, Kevin L. Hards, Topeka; two daughters, Julie Ann Hards and Ashley Rae Hards, both of Topeka; three sisters, Mary L. Nelson, Topeka, Loraine Hards, Hercules, Calif., and Lois Thompson, Central Point, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Misty D. Bland, St. Joseph, Mo.; and a grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edward E. Day. Graveside services were held July 29 at Mayetta Cemetery. Parker-Price Mortuary, Topeka, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 N.W. Rochester Rd., Topeka, Kan. 66617.
Marjorie M. Whitegon, 76, Topeka, formerly of Mayetta, died July 25, 2002 at her home. She was born Jan. 12, 1926 in Baileyville, the daughter of P.A. and Teresa Mitchell Rettele. She was a graduate of Baileyville High School. Mrs. Whitegon had lived in Topeka since 1993. She lived in the Mayetta community from 1966 to 1993. She worked for KPL in Topeka as a mail cashier for 25 years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta. She was a member of the Altar Society and had served as secretary of the Altar Society for many years. She also served two terms as parish council member. She was a mem-ber of the KPL Women's Association since 1960. She also belonged to the 4 Korner Klub. She married Forrest D. "Whitey" Whitegon on April 30, 1966 in Topeka. He died Nov. 15, 1989. Survivors include a son, Forrest Dennis Whitegon, Topeka; a daughter, Bobby Lou Blackmore, Topeka; a brother, William R. Rettele, Baileyville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 27 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta. Burial was in Mayetta Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capper Foundation and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, Kan. 66436.
Flora Marie Wark Faunce, 86, of Denison, died July 24, 2002 at a Holton care facility. She was born Nov. 24, 1915 in Circleville, the daughter of Arthur and Gladys Utterback Anderson. Mrs. Faunce moved to Denison from Hiawatha in 1947. She worked at Slimaker Dress Factory in Holton from 1955 to 1976. She had also worked at the South Holton Restaurant as a waitress and as a manager. She was a member of the Denison Bible Church in Denison. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Denison for more than 25 years. She married Clayton "Toddy" Wark on May 12, 1935 in Troy. He died July 17, 1980. She married Harry Faunce on May 26, 1985. He died May 27, 2000. A daughter, Beverly Bontrager, also preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1964 and a grandson, Derrick Sumner, preceded her in death on January 17, 1995. Survivors include a son, James A. Wark, Denison; a daughter, Juanita Zwonitzer, Denison; a sister, Marjorie Parker, Holton; a brother, Lawrence Anderson, Lincolnton, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were held July 29 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Denison Bible Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.
Joan Elaine Hall Marlatt, 58, formerly of Holton, died July 22, 2002. She was born Oct. 2, 1943 in Holton, the daughter of Edward Hall and Maysol Bennett Dunn. Mrs. Marlatt was a grocery clerk and homemaker. She moved to the Portland, Ore. area in 1967. She married Jerald Marlatt in 1960. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Tony Marlatt and Brent Marlatt; a sister, Beverly Browning; two brothers, Warren Hall and Dennis Hall; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, James Hall and Gary Hall. Funeral services were held Friday, July 26 at Peake Funeral Chapel in Milwaukie, Ore. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Grace M. McMillen, 84, Horton, died July 21, 2002 at a Horton care facility. She was born March 15, 1918 at Mercier, the daughter of Christian and Viola Torson Peterson. She attended and graduated from Powhattan High School, then received her teaching certificate from Emporia State University. Mrs. McMillen taught for many years in the Horton and Granada communities. She also co-owned McMillen Retail Liquor Store in Horton with her husband and also helped her husband farm. She married Howard Russell McMillen on Nov. 8, 1946, at Holton. He died March 28, 1976. She also was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Barbara Ann McMillen, in 1959. Survivors include a daughter, Melanie Gibson, Horton; a brother, Louis Peterson, Horton; two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held July 24 at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Chapel in Horton. Interment followed in Horton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to El Shaddai Ministries and sent in care of the funeral home.