Shirley L. Phillips, 73, Topeka, died July 11, 2004. She was born July 14, 1930, near Valley Falls, the daughter of John Henry and Pauline Groner Jones. She was a 1948 graduate of Denison High School. She married Carl Phillips on June 25, 1948. He died July 15, 1996. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Camille; a daughter, Pamela; and a grandson, Jason. Survivors include a son, Randy Phillips and wife Susie, San Diego, Calif.; a brother, David Jones, Fort Worth, Texas; a sister, Patricia Peschke, Milwaukee, Wis.; and three grandchildren, Ryan, Brad and Casey. Mrs. Phillips was cremated. No public services are planned. Memorial contributions may be given to the organization of the donor's choice. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Hazel Cashman, 92, Holton, died July 10, 2004, at a Holton care facility. She was born Dec. 21, 1911, in Breckinridge, Ky., the daughter of Amburs and Ollie Dick Sweet. She attended school in Powhattan but lived most of her life in the Holton community. Mrs. Cashman worked for the Ben Franklin store in Holton for 13 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Holton and an honorary member of the Unity Circle at the church. She was a past member of Rebekah Lodge in Holton where she served on the drill team. She married Clarence A. Cashman on Feb. 27, 1928, in Holton. He died April 23, 1994. She also was preceded in death by two sons, Donald Neal Cashman, at birth in 1929, and Lt. Col. Gerald Cashman, on Sept. 8, 1972; and a brother, Wilbur D. Sweet, on Oct. 30, 1995. Survivors include a daughter, Kay Hufford, Holton; three grandsons; and three great-grandchildren. Services for Mrs. Cashman were held July 14 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Youth Choir or Holton Manor, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Doris Annie James, 85, died July 10, 2004, in Spokane, Wash. She was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Wenache, Wash., the daughter of John and Georgia Thomson. Mrs. James lived most of her life in Washington, coming to Kansas in 1971. She lived in the Mayetta community and was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, involved in the County Extension for many years, and a member of the Mayetta United Methodist Church. She married Ivan James in 1971. He died in 1993. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Velmor Thomson. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Babinski, Spokane, Wash.; a stepson, Ivan Charles James II, Golden, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Geneva Swartzel, Lawrence, and Joan James, Perry; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Burial was held July 14 in Wenache, Wash.
Jeanne Powell, 79, Hutchinson, died July 10, 2004, at a Wichita hospital. She was born March 29, 1925, in Delia, the daughter of Walter and Edith Benander Bradley. She graduated from Goff High School and attended nursing training in Atchison. She had been a Hutchinson resident since 1948. Mrs. Powell was a registered nurse, a homemaker, and worked for Hutchinson Floral, The Ivy Garden and the Flower & Gift Gallery. She married Jack L. Powell on Dec. 21, 1947, in Atchison. He died March 17, 1984. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Ret. Lt. Col. Charles W. Bradley. Survivors include two sons, Steve Powell and wife Chris, South Hutchinson, and Jon Powell, Hutchinson; two daughters, Sue Seybert and Debi Wilson and husband Tom, all of Hutchinson; a brother, Raymond Bradley, Goff; a sister, June Johnson, Blue Eye, Mo.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were held July 13 at First Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Reno County or the Jeanne Powell Nursing Scholarship Fund, in care of the Hutchinson Community College Endowment Association, sent in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main St., Hutchinson, KS 67501.
William Lee Broadbent, 70, Topeka, died July 9, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Nov. 17, 1933, in Corning, the son of Allison W. "Buss" and Juanita L. Turman Broadbent. He moved to Topeka when he was 5 and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Broadbent worked at Seymour Foods for 27 years and for Seaman USD 345 for 10 years as a custodian at Rochester School before retiring. He was a 46-year member of Northland Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, trustee, board member and server. He was a member of Capitol Post 1 of the American Legion, Moose Lodge 555 and the Seaman Alumni Association. He founded the Seaman Hall of Fame, worked on editing of the Seaman Directory, and was secretary of the Seaman Alumni Association. He also was active with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 193 and the Jayhawk Area Council, B.S.A. He was a former member of the Rochester Cemetery Board. He married Darlene Streeter. They divorced. He married Lucy Meade Thompson on June 24, 1995, at Northland Christian Church in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, William Brad Broadbent and Brian Lee Broadbent, both of Topeka; a daughter, Darla Ann Broadbent, Topeka; three stepsons, Donald F. Thompson, Cottonwood Falls, Kenneth L. Thompson, Carbondale, and Douglas L. Thompson, Topeka; three stepdaughters, Donna M. Boyer, Topeka, Carolyn K. McGee, Columbia, Miss., and Cynthia D. Daprato, Carbondale; two brothers, Duane Broadbent, Ballantine, Mont., and Larry Broadbent, Topeka; three sisters, Helen Fiebig, Barbara Sowards and Shirley Miller, all of Topeka; eight grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 13 at Northland Christian Church in Topeka. A Fort Riley U.S. Army detail conducted military graveside honors at Rochester Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Northland Christian Church, 3102 NW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66617.
Milton James (Jim) Schneider, 68, Holton, died July 7, 2004, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Aug. 26, 1935, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of William and Katherine Anna Forst Schneider. Mr. Schneider moved to Topeka with his wife and five children in 1969. He owned and operated Allied Paint since 1969. He married "Sue" Robbin on Oct. 22, 1955, in St. Louis, Mo. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Susan R. Smith, Topeka, and Leslie Noller, Hoyt; two sons, Michael Schneider and David Schneider, both of Topeka; and eight grandchildren, Danielle, Matthew, Sam, Sara, Garrett, Hannah, John and Ben. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Marie Schneider, on March 9, 1978. Funeral services were held July 12 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial was in Penwell-Gabel's Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 837 S. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67211; Ken Berry League, P.O. Box 1374, Topeka, KS 66601; or Hayden High School Athletics, 401 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66606.
Ray D. Hobbs, 77, Powhattan, died July 6, 2004, at a Rossville care center. He was born Sept. 7, 1926, near Powhattan, the son of Warren C. and Grovia Moore Hobbs. He graduated from Powhattan High School in 1945. Mr. Hobbs owned and operated several businesses, including Hobbs Construction Co. and Contract Rubber Processing. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and was honorably discharged in 1954. He married Ruby Phyllis Kinsley in August of 1954. They divorced in 1982. Survivors include two sons, Joel Hobbs and John Hobbs, both of Powhattan; two daughters, Janelle Amon and husband Skip, Topeka, and Jenalee Hobbs-Brown and husband Terry, Powhattan; a brother, Clyde Hobbs, Hood River, Ore.; three sisters, Ruth Bates, Waterford, Calif., Edith Johnson, Sabetha, and Ann Corley, Gladstone, Mo.; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Hobbs; and two sisters, Elizabeth Filley and Geneva Hobbs, who died as a child. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. July 10 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with military honors will be in Powhattan Cemetery. Mr. Hobbs will lie in state until service time at the funeral home, where family and friends will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 9. Memorial contributions will be used for Powhattan City Park improvements and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Ceola Cain, 95, Valley Falls, died July 4, 2004, at a Nortonville care center. She was born Oct. 27, 1908, northwest of Valley Falls, the daughter of William Isaac and Nancy Catherine Lyons Ferrell. She graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1927. Mrs. Cain worked as a certified nurse assistant at Village Villa from 1971 to 1985 and at Jefferson County Geriatric Center in Winchester from 1969 to 1971. She taught in several schools in the Valley Falls area and was a substitute teacher in Medford, Wis., from 1959 to 1971. She worked for a year at the Hercules Powder Plant at DeSoto during World War II. She attended the former Gragg Chapel Church west of Valley Falls. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge 652, the Ladies Auxiliary of Grahem-Herbers Post 3084, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Senior Citizens, the YWCA and the Kanza Club, all of Valley Falls. She was a 50-year member of Chapter 399, Order of the Eastern Star at Meriden. She married Arthur Benson Cain on April 20, 1929, at Holton. He died Jan. 11, 1968. Survivors include a son, Alton Cain and wife Marilyn, Medford, Wis.; two daughters, Artith Todd, Valley Falls, and Avis Figgs and husband Tim, Hoyt; three nephews; five nieces; nine grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 7 at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Burial was in Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Hospice or to Jefferson County EMS, District 11, at Valley Falls, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.
Rosemary Joy Hardy, 77, Holton, died July 4, 2004, at Holton Community Hospital. She was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Joy and Alma Brooks Wilkers. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1944. Mrs. Hardy moved to Holton from California in 1991. She attended First United Methodist Church in Holton and was a member of the Alpha Circle at the church. She also belonged to the Sewing Club. She married Glenn Hardy on June 30, 1946, at Winfield. They divorced. Survivors include a son, Milton G. "Bo" Hardy, Garland, Texas; two daughters, Dorothy June Franks, Redlands, Calif., and JoRea Hardy, in California; a sister, Gloria Snyder, Holton; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held July 9 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Melissa Kay Kennedy, 34, Holton, died July 4, 2004, in an accident at Perry Lake near Topeka. She was born Nov. 6, 1969, in Shawnee Mission, the daughter of Daniel Alan and Shirley Lewis Crummey. She graduated from Holton High School in 1988 and lived most of her life in Holton. Ms. Kennedy was a licensed practical nurse at Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center in Topeka. She had worked for Pizza Hut in Holton while in high school. She married James Harold Kennedy on Feb. 13, 1988, in Holton. They divorced. Survivors include a daughter, Morgan Renee Kennedy, of the home; her parents, Bill and Shirley Stevenson, Duncan, Okla., and Daniel Alan and Charlotte Crummey, Gonzales, La.; a sister, Angie Chalmers, Denison; a brother, Tim Walker, Holton; and maternal grandparents, Lohnes and Margaret Tiner, Harrisburg, Ark., and Harold and Dale Lewis, Topeka. Ms. Kennedy was preceded in death by a son, Aaron James Kennedy, in 1999, and by a maternal grandmother, Allie Lewis. Funeral services were held July 8 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan Kennedy Education Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Orval L. Robertson, 87, San Diego, Calif., died June 20, 2004, in Hemet, Calif. He was born Jan. 10, 1917, in Weldona, Colo., and grew up in Fort Morgan, Colo. He moved to San Diego in 1943 while serving in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Robertson worked as a bond underwriter in Kansas City, Mo. He was later employed as a bank manager for Bank of America in the San Diego area for 34 years, retiring in 1980. He married Fern Mitschele of Holton. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, John Robertson and wife Pat and Joe Robertson and wife Cheri; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Cremation is planned, followed by graveside services at Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego.
Francis J. Groening, 89, Hillsboro, died Aug. 8, 2004, at a Hillsboro hospital. He was born July 10, 1915, at Lehigh, the son of Frank U. and Anna Fleming Groening. Mr. Groening had a sand and gravel business. He was a member of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. He married Martha Wiens on Nov. 25, 1943. She died in 1992. Survivors include three daughters, Connie Hendrickson and husband Don, Hillsboro, Sheryl McDaniel and husband Don, Holton, and Gala Liebelt, Satanta; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro, with Pastor Dave Plett presiding. Burial will be in Hillsboro M.B. Cemetery. Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Hillsboro Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be sent to Celebrate Hope.
Mildred F. Chandler Eigenman, 98, formerly of Mayetta, died Aug. 7, 2004, at a West Point, Neb., care facility. She was born April 3, 1906, in Shubert, Neb., the daughter of Frederick and Alice Bodle Chandler. Mrs. Eigenman farmed with her husband for many years in the Mayetta community. She was a homemaker, and she also owned and operated the Mayetta Café with her husband. Mildred was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness on April 24, 1993. She married Albert L. "Bert" Eigenman on Oct. 31, 1924, in Marysville. Albert "Bert" passed away July 8, 1984. He preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by a son, Charles, her parents and one brother. Survivors include a daughter, Lorraine Burgess and husband Raymond, West Point, Neb.; a son, Comyn Eigenman and wife Laura, Mayetta; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Services for Mrs. Eigenman will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 10 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Holton Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the funeral home.