Eva Purcell, 102, Topeka, died Oct. 15, 2002 at a Topeka care facility. She was born Oct. 31, 1899 in Todd, Ky., the daughter of Abraham and Emaline (Pence) Purcell. She graduated from Denison High School in 1917. Ms. Purcell worked 18 years in dietary at The Methodist Home in Topeka and lived in the Topeka community since 1949. She was a member of the Denison Bible Church. Survivors include a nephew, Wayne Philipi, Waverly, Tenn.; and two nieces, Wavel Pace and Helen Hitchens, both of Topeka. She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers. Graveside services for Ms. Purcell will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 in Denison Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Mercer Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the Heart of America Hospice in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.
Hollis "O-Ketche-Showno" "Meno-Minee" Thomas, 90, a resi-dent of the Kickapoo Reservation west of Horton, died Oct. 14, 2002 at a Horton care center. He was born Feb. 12, 1912 on the Kickapoo Reservation, the son of John and Flora Bob Thomas. Mr. Thomas was a farmer and a railroad worker before going to work for LFM-Rockwell International in Atchison in 1954. He worked there for 26 years as a sandblaster and crane operator. He was a member of the Kickapoo Tribe and a former member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe. He was drum chief of the Hollis Thomas Drum for 56 years. He was credited with giving former Kansas Gov. Joan Finney her Indian name, "Wah-No-Ko-Quah." He married Minnie Soldier in 1934. They later divorced. He married Isabelle Nioce on March 12, 1965, in Atchison. She survives. Other survivors include four sons, Ted Thomas, Elgin, Okla., John Thomas and William "Augie" Thomas, both of the Kickapoo Reservation, and Orville Thomas, Seattle, Wash.; a daughter, Lydia Shopteese, Mayetta; two stepsons, Vernon Wahweotten and Warren Wahweotten, both of Mayetta; an adopted son, Jim Keo, Lawrence; a stepdaughter, Linda Wahweotten, Holton; 39 grandchildren; 28 step-grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Coke Thomas; a daughter, Romona Cadue; four brothers; and three sisters. Drum services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kickapoo Community Building west of Hor-ton. Burial will be Friday in Mason Cemetery on the Kickapoo Reserva-tion. Visitation is until Thursday at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary in Horton, which is in charge of fu-neral arrangements.
Edgar H. Blush, 87, Silver Lake, died Oct. 13, 2002 at a Rossville care home. He was born Dec. 11, 1914 north of Silver Lake, to Van Rensselaer and Cora Viola (Bellman) Blush. He graduated from high school in Silver Lake in 1933. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for more than 36 years and was a rail inspector and section foreman before retiring in 1977. Mr. Blush was a member of the Silver Lake Baptist Church. He married Ruth E. Queen in July 1942 in Silver Lake. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Terry Blush, Delia, and Rick Blush, Topeka; two brothers, Van R. Blush Jr., Topeka, and George Blush Sr., Silver Lake; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services were held Oct. 16 at Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery north of Silver Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care and sent in care of the funeral home.
Louis M. McQueen, 90, Topeka, died Oct. 13, 2002 at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1912 near Wetmore, to Clark and Effie (Sigler) McQueen. He graduated from Wetmore High School in 1930. He moved to Topeka in 1937 and worked in a grocery store. During World War II, Mr. McQueen was a security guard at Forbes Air Base for five years before he transferred to Winter General Hospital, where he worked for two years. He was a custodian for Topeka Public Schools for 17 years before he retired in 1977. He married Leona J. Chick on Jan. 8, 1942 in Holton. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Ronald M. McQueen, Topeka; and three grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 16 at Wetmore Cemetery.
Valerie Bausch, 85, Hoyt, died Oct. 12, 2002 at a Topeka care facility. She was born March 24, 1917 in Atchison, the daughter of Charles E. and Myrtle F. (Andres) Green. Mrs. Bausch was a retired cook from the Royal Valley School District and had lived in the Hoyt Community since 1933. She was a member of Hoyt United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Chapter 189 of the Order of Eastern Star, the Hoyt and Holton Senior Citizens Centers. She married James Bausch on Sept. 17, 1934 in Kansas City, Mo. He died March 2, 1991. A daughter, Margie Bausch, also preceded her in death on July 16, 1944. Survivors include two sons, Gerald Bausch, Mayetta, and Robert Bausch, Marion, Ill.; two daughters, Bonnie Olson, Pomona, and Donna Martin, Topeka; a sister, Catherine Green, Topeka; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services for Mrs. Bausch were held Oct. 16 at Hoyt United Methodist Church. Burial was in Hoyt Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Hoyt United Methodist Church or to the organization of the donor's choice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.
Brenda Lou Frazier-Eagle, 48, Valley Falls, died Oct. 10, 2002 at a Topeka hospice house. She had cancer. She was born July 27, 1954 in Topeka, the daughter of Everett and Vera Frazier. She was a 1972 graduate of Holton High School, attended Washburn University, and graduated from Clarks Business School. She grew up in Denison. She worked as a receptionist/clerk at the Menninger Foundation for 21 years. She lived for 1 1/2 years in Oregon and worked at Coquille Indian Housing Authority. She returned to Kansas and was a receptionist for Drs. Mahrle and Galliano in Topeka. She was a member of the Denison Bible Church and O.E.S. at Mayetta. She played softball for more than 30 years, and coached children's baseball teams. She married Ron Eagle on Dec. 31, 1987 in Topeka. They were divorced. Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette Eagle and Hannah Eagle, both of the home; her father, Everett Frazier, Denison; a sister, Marcia Frazier, Denison; and two brothers, Bruce Frazier, Topeka, and Rex Frazier, Holton. She was preceded in death by her mother, Vera Stevens Frazier, on April 7, 1997. Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Denison Bible Church. Burial was in Coleman Cemetery at Denison. Memorials may be given to the Eagle Children's Education Fund or Midland Hospice, both sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, Kan. 66436, or Denison State Bank in Holton.
Catherine Irene Searles, 76, formerly of Effingham, died Oct. 7, 2002 in Plano, Texas. She was born Sept. 1, 1926 in Effingham, the daughter of Walter E. and Hazel J. Ladwig Meyer. She graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1944. She moved to McKinney, Texas, two years ago. Mrs. Searles and her husband operated a dry cleaning business in Valley Falls for 20 years. She also was a cook for Unified School District 377 for 12 years and worked for five years as an information provider at Richardson Square Mall in Texas. Mrs. Searles was a former member of Effingham Union Church and the Sara Circle at the church. She was a member of Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas. She married Marvin C. Searles on Jan. 1, 1947 in Atchison. He died April 22, 1985. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Searles Wenzl, Plano, Texas; and a brother, Lawrence Meyer, Muscotah. Graveside services were held Oct. 12 at Evergreen Cemetery in Effingham. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, N.Y. 10163.
Rhett Michael Sleichter, 15 months old, died Oct. 7, 2002 of unknown causes at a Wichita hospital. He was born June 27, 2001 in Abilene, the son of Jeff and Meredith (Reilly) Sleichter. Survivors include his parents and a brother, Riley Sleichter, all of the home; his grandparents, Jerry and Sandy Sleichter, Abilene, and Larry and Marceta Reilly, Hoyt; and great-grandparents, Jack and Roberta Sleichter, Abilene, Pat and Margaret Reilly, Topeka, and Clara Tollefson, Horton. Funeral services were held Oct. 11 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Abilene, with Father Randall Weber officiating. Burial was in Abilene Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Abilene Community Foundation or Rhett's Memorial Scholarship at the Kansas State University Foundation. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.
Glade H. "Mike" Dachenhausen, 92, Horton, died Dec. 5, 2002 at a Horton care facility. He was born June 16, 1910 on a farm near Denison, the son of August and Lucy Hunter Dachenhausen. He grew up near Denison and later graduated from Denison High School in 1928. Mr. Dachenhausen and his wife lived in Holton for five years after their marriage, then moved to Kansas City, Kan., for five years before returning to northeast Kanasas, settling near Horton. He worked for Cowan Heating and Cooling in Hiawatha for 30 years, primarily installing new heating and cooling systems and retiring in 1975. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Horton and a former member of the Lakeview Country Club in Horton. He married Bernice L. Nelson on April 9, 1937 in Kansas City, Kan. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Michael "Dean" Dachenhausen, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Alpharetta Dachenhausen; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Dachenhausen was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Dachenhausen; three sisters, Viola Kopp, Ina Jones and Eva Taylor; and his parents. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Horton, with the Rev. Larry Parrish officiating. Burial will follow in Holton Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home after 10 a.m. Dec. 6, where the family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that evening. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church in Horton and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 1720 First Ave. East, Horton, KS 66439.
Edna R. Lytle, 90, Holton, died Dec. 4, 2002 at Holton Community Hospital. She was born June 17, 1912 in Denison, the daughter of Clarence Argle and Mary Belle Radshaw Keys. She was a graduate fo Denison High School. Mrs. Lytle was a homemaker and farm wife, having worked closely with her husband on the farm for many years. She was a member of the Evangel United Methodist Church and Columbia Chapter 152 of Order of the Eastern Star, both in Holton. She married John J. Lytle on March 20, 1940 in Denison. He died May 19, 1989. A daughter, Lois Ann Lytle Hart, also preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1989. Survivors include a son, David Lytle, Holton; a brother, John Harold Keys, Holton; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Denison Cemetery. She will lie in state at the funeral home, where family will meet with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Memorials may be given to Jackson County EMS, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.
Ethel Ella Pence, 92, Valley Falls, died Dec. 4, 2002 at Holton Community Hospital. She was born May 13, 1910 at Oskaloosa, the daughter of Abner and Ella Hurst Cole. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1929. Mrs. Pence farmed with her husband in the Swabville community north of Valley Falls and later farmed north of Denison. She had taught school at Spring Grove Rural School east of Boyle and worked at the Slimaker Dress Factory in Holton. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Holton. She married Charles Everett Pence on Feb. 12, 1944 in Oskaloosa. He died March 17, 1988. Survivors include two nieces, Elizabeth Clemons, Monument, Colo., and Dr. Barbara Cole, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and two stepgrandsons, James Pence, Pico Rivera, Calif., and Steve Pence, Valley Falls. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Spring Grove Cemetery, in the Boyle community east of Valley Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, District 11, and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.
Viola L. Stevens, 81, Topeka, died Nov. 30, 2002 at her home. She was born Jan. 26, 1921 in Garrison, the daughter of Conrad and Clarice Gregg Olson. She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1939, and lived most of her life in the Hoyt and Topeka communities. Mrs. Stevens was a member of the Mayetta Christian Church and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post at Mancos, Colo. She married Homer A. Stevens on Dec. 15, 1940 in St. George. He died Jan. 25, 1998. Mrs. Stevens also was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Angel Stevens, Aug. 22, 2000. Survivors include four sons, Bob Stevens and Joe Stevens, both of Farmington, N.M., Jay Stevens, Derby, Miss., and Mike Stevens, Littleton, Colo.; three daughters, Judy Fleming, St. Charles, Mo., Jan Stevens, Topeka, and Paula Stevens-Auten, Hoyt; a brother, Dee Olson, Hoyt; 24 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Services were held Dec. 4 at Mayetta Christian Church. Burial was in Dover Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stormont-Vail Hospice, or the San Juan Regional Medical Foundation, and sent in care of the funeral home.
Blanche L. Zachariasen, 99, Meriden, died Nov. 30, 2002 in Topeka. She was born Aug. 23, 1903 in Kingfisher, Okla., the daughter of Andrew and Louise Carlin Francis. She was raised in the Point Pleasant School area. Mrs. Zachariasen and her husband farmed in the Meriden area for more than 58 years. She married Roy Victor Zachariasen on May 3, 1924 in Topeka. He died Nov. 29, 1982. Survivors include two sons, Delbert Zachariasen, Hoyt, and Vernice R. Zachariasen, Topeka; two daughters, Mildred M. Pasley, Hoyt, and Frances A. Brown, Topeka; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Dec. 3 at Parker-Price Mortuary Chapel in Topeka. Burial was in Meriden Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Topeka Rescue Mission, 600 N. Kansas Ave., P.O. Box 8350, Topeka, KS 66608-0350, or to the charity of the donor's choice.