Dorothy Pearl Ruth, 89, Holton, died March 27, 2003 at a Topeka hospital. She was born Sept. 2, 1913, in Denison, to Joseph R. and Lillie M. Neyman Douglass. Mrs. Ruth and her husband farmed near Circleville for many years. She was a member of the Circleville United Methodist Church. She married Russel Ruth on Dec. 29, 1951 in Holton. He died March 24, 1977. Services were held April 1 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Circleville Cemetery. Mrs. Ruth will lie in state at the funeral home until service time.
Carl Henry Buddenbohm, 87, Effingham, died Aug. 1, 2003, at a Hiawatha care center. He was born July 5, 1916, in Effingham, the son of Fredrick and Wilhelmina Meinsen Buddenbohm. He attended Forest Grove and Atchison County Community High School. Mr. Buddenbohm was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a farmer. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Holton, where he had been a treasurer. He married Norma Steuart on May 15, 1939, in Westmoreland. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Judith Green, Muscotah, Sue Ellerman, Effingham, and Linda Jerome, Horton; a sister, Anna Searles, Holton; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by infant siblings, Dema and Willie; a sister, Dora McDaniel; a brother, Theodore Buddenbohm; and his parents. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Atchison. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home in Atchison. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Holton or the Alzheimer's Association, sent in care of Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, 800 Kansas Ave., Atchison, KS 66002.
Henry W. "Bud" Richard Jr., 81, Horton, died Aug. 1, 2003, at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital. He was born March 14, 1922, at Oneida, the son of Henry William Richard and Margaret Moffet. He attended school at Oneida. Mr. Richard worked as a plumber for several years. He was the owner of Furniture Unlimited in Horton and also owned and operated several businesses including a service station, a restaurant and a truck stop in Holton, and most recently he was a greeter at Golden Eagle Casino west of Horton. He was president of the Horton Senior Citizens Center. He was a past member of the Elks Lodge of Hiawatha, the Eagles Lodge of Holton and the Horton Chamber of Commerce. He married Eula Jean Linneman on May 21, 1945, at Hiawatha. She died Dec. 30, 2000. He also was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and three sisters. Survivors include four daughters, Judy Torkelson, Everest, and Wilma Carlson, Diana DeWulf and Myra Mace-Lemon, all of Horton; a sister, Mildred Zerr, Brighton, Colo.; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5 at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary Chapel in Horton. Interment will be in Netawaka Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry W. "Bud" Richard Memorial Fund and sent in care of the funeral home.
Lita Denise Bateson, 41, Lawrence, died July 30, 2003, at her home. She was born Aug. 2, 1961, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Donald M. and Mina J. Place Luther. She attended Eudora schools. Ms. Bateson was a devoted mother who lived in the Eudora-Lawrence area most of her life. She also lived for a few years in Effingham. She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Eudora. Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Mina J. and William E. Hundley; three daughters, Carrie L. Mann, Lawrence, Cassie J. Baker, Gardner, and Jamie D. Bateson, of the home; a son, Brandon D. Bateson, of the home; three sisters, Sandy Elms and Kathy Mallonee, both of Lawrence, and Donna (Tweet) Manker, Baldwin; and three brothers, Jerry Luther, Lecompton, Randy Luther, Eudora, and Steve Luther, Pomona. Ms. Bateson was preceded in death by a sister, Janice (Luther) Blackman, on Nov. 23, 1992. Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence.
Edward H. Wood, 91, Holton, died July 29, 2003, at an Onaga nursing home. He was born March 16, 1912, at Netawaka, the son of Horace and Grace Tunis Wood. He was a 1930 graduate of Netawaka High School. Mr. Wood was a retired farmer. He was a member of Denison Bible Church. He married LaVerne M. Keithline on May 5, 1935. She died June 5, 1996. Survivors include a daughter, Arlene Dodson, Denison; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Netawaka Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. July 31 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to Holton Community Hospital "Meals on Wheels," sent in care of the funeral home.
Betty R. Banaka, 78, Sedalia, Mo., died July 26, 2003, at a Sedalia hospital. She was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Soldier, the daughter of Charles and Isabelle Abel Barnes. She attended high school in Ontario, Ore., and graduated from Huntington Beach High School in California. Mrs. Banaka was an instrumental part of the Sedalia Outdoor Sports and Bass Pro Shop family business. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was active with schools, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Jobe's Daughters. She was a lifetime member of Order of the Eastern Star in Manhattan. She was a member of Sorosis and a charter member of Walnut Hills Country Club. She married Lloyd J. Banaka on Dec. 22, 1944. He survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Sandra L. Crnic, Russell, and Janet S. Nail, Springfield, Mo.; a son, Gregory S. Banaka, Sedalia, Mo.; a sister, Sharon Carl, Glendale, Mo.; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 29 at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Sedalia, with the Rev. Frederick Zahn officiating. Entombment was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church in Sedalia.
Galen F. Cashman, 53, Mayetta, died July 26, 2003, at an Onaga hospital. He was born July 1, 1950, in Topeka, the son of Glenn R. and Geneva E. Whitcraft Cashman. He was a 1968 graduate of Holton High School, and he also graduated from Highland Community College. Mr. Cashman was a farmer and a stockman in the Mayetta area and operated C Bar Guns. He had worked with his parents in the Cashman and Son Feed store at Holton and had worked for Garst, Thomas and Pioneer Seed Companies. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Holton, a life member of the National Rifle Association, and a member of Friends of the N.R.A. and Holton Future Farmers of America Alumni. He married Diane Elaine Robson on Sept. 11, 1976, at First Christian Church in Holton. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Zac Cashman, of the home; and his mother-in-law, Helen Robson, Holton. Funeral services were held July 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial was in Netawaka Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Zachary Cashman Education Fund, in care of the Farmers State Bank.
Darius W. "D.W."/"Dee" Myers, 90, Topeka, died July 25, 2003, at a Topeka hospice house. He was born May 31, 1913, in Topeka, the son of Charles Keeper and Mary Ann Wilson Myers. He was a lifelong resident of Topeka, graduating from Seaman High School. Mr. Myers served in the Navy during World War II as a Seabee. He was a machinist's mate while serving in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and he received a citation for his work as a traffic manager while in Hawaii. He was a traffic manager and general manager at Beatrice Foods for more than 20 years. He owned and managed Fleet Service and Equipment Inc. in North Topeka from 1961 to 1987, when he retired. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He also founded the Seaman High School Bank. He married Anita Beseau in Topeka. She died July 6, 1999. He married Twila "Yvonne" Phillips on Dec. 28, 1977, in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Carolyn A. Roberts, Melissa Y. Myers and Tasha N. Myers, all of Topeka; two sons, Charles F. Myers, Mayetta, and Christopher D. Myers, Kansas City, Kan.; two sisters, Mary Ann Drotning, Abilene, and Marjory Casement, Overland Park; a brother, Donald K. Myers, St Louis; eight grandchildren: and nine great-grandchildren. Services were held July 29 at Parker-Price Chapel in Topeka. Burial with military graveside services conducted by a Fort Riley Funeral Detail was in Rochester Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice House, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606-2800.
W. Jene Wood, 76, Holton, died Sept. 29, 2003, at Holton Community Hospital. She was born May 10, 1927, near Holton, the daughter of Irvin and Ara Bottenberg Miller. She was a lifelong Holton area resident. Mrs. Wood was one of the first employees when the Slimaker Dress Factory began, and she retired after working there for more than 20 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Mustang Camping Club, both in Holton. She married Marion G. Wood on Oct. 13, 1945, at Marysville. He died Feb. 12, 2001. Survivors include a daughter, Marian Gier, Holton; her mother, Ara Miller, Topeka; two sisters, Corolene Davis and June Passmore, both of Topeka; a brother, Charles Miller, Topeka; three grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Holton Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the Great-Grandchildren's Educational Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 1101 W. Fourth St., Holton, KS 66436.
Alice L. Runkle, 83, Hoyt, died Sept. 28, 2003, at Holton Community Hospital. She was born Dec. 17, 1919, near Delia, the daughter of Ross and Helen Higbee Banta. She graduated from Hoyt High School. Mrs. Runkle worked for the Kansas Department of Revenue in Topeka for about thirty years. She married married Raymond "Mike" Donahue. They were divorced. She married Dayle Runkle. He died in 1972. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Darwin Banta. Survivors include a son, Robert R. Donahue, Silver Lake; a daughter, Sandra K. Rickel, Hoyt; a brother, Robert Banta, Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt. Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery. Mrs. Runkle will lie in state after 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at the funeral home, where family and friends will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Hoyt or the Hoyt Fire Department and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Douglas Gene Brees, 36, Emmett, died Sept. 27, 2003, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Sept. 22, 1967, in Topeka, the son of Don Brees Sr. and Joye Davin Brees. He lived in the Emmett community all his life, attending Emmett Grade School and graduating from St. Marys High School in 1986. Mr. Brees worked for Country Carpets of Rossville from 1987 until 1992, when he started working as a coach and custodian for USD 321, where he worked until his death. He was a member of Emmett United Methodist Church. Survivors include his parents, Don and Joye Brees, Emmett; two brothers, Don Brees Jr., Holton, and David Brees, Emmett; a sister, Dana Michael, Sabetha; grandmothers, Julia Brees, Delia, and Myrtle Davin, Topeka; and a niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lester Davin and William Brees. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1 in the St. Marys High School Gymnasium. Burial will be in Adrian Cemetery at Delia. Mr. Brees will lie in state after 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home in St. Marys, where family visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas Gene Brees memorial fund to be used as a scholarship fund for athletes at St. Marys High School, and may be sent in care of St. Marys State Bank.
Jay A. Herring, 82, Wathena, died Sept. 26, 2003, at a Leavenworth Hospital. He was born March 12, 1921, in Princeton, the son of Frank and Thelma Graves Herring. Mr. Herring was a farmer and stockman in northeast Kansas, particularly in the Highland area. He served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He was wounded in combat and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5531 in Wathena and he served as Kansas Department Commander in 1986 and 1987. He was a 45-year member of American Legion Post 161 and was a life member of Disabled American Veterans. He married Melba Talkington on Sept. 7, 1946, in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Bill Herring, Wathena, Kenneth Herring, Highland, and Frank Herring, St. Joseph, Mo.; a daughter, Joyce Miller, Lecompton; six sisters, Leola McLain Wanamaker, Blue Rapids, Helen Sheldon and Evan Rasch, both of Topeka, Mary Robison and June Ashley, both of Denison, and Nelda McMillan, Mayetta; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard and Jim; and two sisters, Lynette Fleming and Ruth Baker. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Highland. The Rev. Terry Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery near Highland. Friends may call at the funeral home after 9 a.m. Sept. 30, where the family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Wathena EMS, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 33, Highland, KS 66035.
Daniel Justin Sullivan, 74, Holton, died Sept. 23, 2003, at Holton Manor. He was born April 11, 1929, on the family farm near Mercier, the son of Justin and Loretta Burns Sullivan. He graduated from Powhattan High School in 1947. Mr. Sullivan retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Prior to his employment with Goodyear he worked in the construction field, employed by Anderson Construction, and he founded Sullivan Construction of Holton in the early 1970s. He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 4219, both in Holton. He married Evelyn Rottinghaus. They were divorced. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Joseph James Sullivan; five brothers, Paul Sullivan, Gilbert Sullivan, Leo Sullivan, Jim Sullivan and Tom Sullivan; and a sister, Maureen Ruggles. Survivors include four sons, Mike Sullivan, Minneapolis, Minn., Kevin Sullivan, Washington, D.C., Mark Sullivan, Holton, and Dan Sullivan, Temecula, Calif.; three daughters, Janet Bucl, Sublette, Rita Cordell, Holton, and Virginia Sullivan, Orlando, Fla.; three brothers, Charles Sullivan, Lakin, Terry Sullivan, Tahlequah, Okla., and Tim Sullivan, Hiawatha; three sisters, Kathleen Weishaar, Nortonville, Margaret Pianalto, Atwood, and Helen Sullivan, Maiden Rock, Wisc.; and 12 grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial was held Sept. 26 at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Holton. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery at Mercier. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Holton Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.