Lyle A. Will, 95, Tulsa, Okla., died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000 at Oral Roberts University Village in Tulsa. He was born in Muckwonago, Wis., on March 7, 1905. His family moved to the Denison area in 1908. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1929. Mr. Will farmed until 1941 when he became a civilian employee of the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers. He retired in 1975. He was a charter member of the Scottish Club of Tulsa and a member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Nora, of the home; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nola. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Moores Memorial Chapel in Tulsa. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Denison Cemetery.
Freeman “Lee” Noe, 86, Wetmore, died Dec. 2, 2000 at Holton Community Hospital. He was born April 12, 1914 on a farm east of Granada, the son of John and Grace Jenkins Noe. He had lived in Wetmore since 1972. He also lived in California for many years and in Oregon and Idaho for several years. Mr. Noe farmed in his early years north of Wetmore. He later was self-employed, installing dry cleaning equipment mostly in the Los Angeles area. He later worked for the City of Wetmore and also for Green Thumb in Seneca. He married Irene Duckers in the early 1930s. To this union a daughter, Grace Darlene Preziosi, was born. She died March 14, 1999. He married Glynda M. Chilson on Aug. 9, 1974 in Wetmore. She survives. Other survivors include a stepson, Bob Chilson, Holton; three stepdaughters, Renee Meininger, Netawaka, Linda Good, La Habra, Calif., and Lorraine Poncin, El Dorado Hills, Calif.; a sister, Doris Wheeler, Hemet, Calif.; a brother, Don Noe, Huntington Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren. Mr. Noe was cremated. Graveside inurnment services will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Wetmore Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Wetmore EMTs in care of Kansas State Bank in Wetmore or Holton.
John T. Dugan, Sr., 91, Circleville, died Nov. 30, 2000 at a Holton nursing home. He was born June 19, 1909 in Frankfort, the son of Edwin G. and Ethel Pendergrast Dugan. Mr. Dugan was a farmer and stockman and lived all of his adult life in the Circleville community. He married Lezetta May Schultz in 1932 in Circleville. She died Feb. 8, 1963. He married Susie Miller in 1967 in Seneca. She died Feb. 13, 1974. Survivors include five sons, Charles E. Dugan, Delia, Richard E. Dugan, Soldier, Wilbur D. Dugan, Holton, John T. Dugan, Jr., Topeka, and Robert R. Dugan, Kountze, Texas; a daughter, Ethel M. Caulk, Rockingham, N.C.; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Dec. 4 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice and left in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, Kan. 66436.
Alan L. Gibeson, 48, Grantville, died Nov. 28, 2000 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. He was born June 24, 1952 in Topeka, the son of Everett and Dorothy Morris Gibeson. He was a 1970 graduate of Holton High School and operated Alan’s Lawn Care in Topeka. He married Melissa Stauffer on April 28, 1981 at Soldier. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Ivan Gibeson, of the home; two brothers, Leslie Gibeson and David Gibeson, both of Holton; and three sisters, Cheryl Raymond, Vermont, and Carol Gibeson and Teresa Rodgers, both of Holton. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at Holton Cemetery. A register book may be signed at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, but Mr. Gibeson will be viewed by family only. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alan Gibeson Memorial Fund in care of Mercer Funeral Home, Holton.
Mary L. Lagergren, 75, Topeka, died Nov. 30, 2000 in Topeka. She was born Aug. 8, 1925 in Meeteetse, Wyo., the daughter of the Rev. Eugene and the Rev. Ada Vickers Dickson. She graduated from Leonardville Rural High School in 1943 and taught at Fairview School for one year. She attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and graduated from Kansas State University. Mrs. Lagergren taught in Junction City, Manhattan and American schools in Germany and England. After working in a doctor’s office for several years, she taught at McCarter Elementary School in Topeka. She received training as a librarian at Emporia State College and worked at Lundgren, Polk and Lowman Hill elementary schools. She was a member of the Crestview United Methodist Church and the Delta Kappa Gamma sorority. She married Seldon Simpson in June 1944. He died in 1945. She married Charles Arnold Lagergren on Dec. 26, 1954. He died Oct. 18, 1998. Survivors include two sisters, Rachel Aufderhaar, Lima, Ohio, and Margaret Johnson, Delia. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka, is in charge of cremation arrangements. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 599, Topeka, Kan. 66601-0599.
Arthur R. Thornburg, 86, Topeka, died Nov. 28, 2000 at a Rossville nursing home. He was born April 11, 1914 in Anacortes, Wash., the son of Chester A. and Ida V. Johnson Thornburg. Mr. Thornburg worked at Jordan Bakery for 37 years before retiring in 1972. He was a member of University United Methodist Church and the Topeka Moose Lodge. He married Ila Mae Bacon on Aug. 27, 1938. She died in 1972. He married Erma J. Dierking on Feb. 14, 1973 in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Dick Thornburg, Topeka; a stepson, Gary Dierking, Manhattan; a sister, Gladys Sayler, Topeka; two brothers, Leroy Thornburg, Holton, and Everett Thornburg, Wichita; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr. Thornburg also was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Jean Mason, on Nov. 26, 1999. Mr. Thornburg bequeathed his body to the University of Kansas School of Medicine for research. Memorial services were held Dec. 3 at the University United Methodist Church under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Inurnment at Memorial Park Cemetery will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to University United Methodist Church, 1621 S.W. College Ave., Topeka, Kan. 66604.
Loren D. Bareiss, 67, Atchison, died Nov. 27, 2000 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Jan. 12, 1933 in Holton, the son of Ernest E. and Erma D. Cashman Bareiss. He and his family moved to Atchison in 1940, where he attended public school and graduated from Atchison High School in 1951. Mr. Bareiss served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Pearl Harbor Naval Base. He was employed as an electrician at Rockwell International in Atchison for 23 years and retired early due to a disability. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served many years as a church elder and on the board of directors. He also was a member of the American Legion Post 6 and VFW Post 175, both of Atchison. He married Beverly A. Stevenson on Nov. 14, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Atchison. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Loren D. Bareiss, Jr., Gilbert, Ariz.; a daughter, Lori A. Lang, Olathe; his stepmother, Francis Bareiss, Atchison; three brothers, Ronald V. Bareiss and Ted Higley, both of Atchison, and Charles Higley, Leavenworth; two sisters, Doris Jean Ingels, Atchison, and Nancy Griffin, Steeleville, Ill.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Lee Bareiss, in 1974. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Robert Ziegler officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens with graveside presentation of the flag by American Legion Post 6. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Dream Fund III.
Fred W. Jinks, 75, Topeka, died Nov. 27, 2000 at a Topeka hospital. He was born April 25, 1925 in Arrington, the son of David Jerome and Florence Reichert Jinks. He was raised on a farm near Arrington and graduated from Effingham High School. Mr. Jinks did auto body work and served as a firefighter for 21 years before retiring in 1974. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army and continued to work in auto body repair after his retirement. He was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church. He married Beverly Ben Carson on Dec. 31, 1954, in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include six daughters, Belinda Wasson, Becky Muzzy, Leanna Clark and Rhonda Hays, all of Topeka, Donna Pile, Elbing, and Darlene Eslick, Ulysses; a sister, Darlene Polley, Topeka; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. Services will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Fred W. Jinks Memorial Fund to be designated later and sent in care of the funeral home.
George F. Strube, 91, Powhattan, died Nov. 27, 2000 at Hiawatha Community Hospital. He had been in declining health during the past year. He was born Oct. 31, 1909 in the Netawaka-Whiting area, the son of George and Mary Herrs Strube. He grew up near Powhattan where he attended country school. Mr. Strube and his wife moved to Rockford, Ill., in 1938, where he worked in manufacturing plants. They returned to the Powhattan area where they farmed, raised livestock and operated a dairy. He also assisted his sons with farming operations through the years. His favorite hobby was gardening and raising popcorn. He was a longtime member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Powhattan. He married Ruth Marie Musick on Nov. 25, 1934 at the Powhattan Lutheran Church Parsonage. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Keary Strube, Powhattan, Paul Strube, Holton, and George Strube, Jr., Horton; a daughter, Debbie Schaeer, Powhattan; two sisters, Clara Johannes, Hiawatha, and Elizabeth Ahrens, Powhattan; nine grandchildren; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, J.C. Strube, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War in 1969; two brothers, William Strube and Martin Strube; and four sisters, Minnie Bauman, Lucinda Streit, Alma Ross and Margaret Brunner. Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at Zion Lutheran Church, Powhattan. Reverend Mark Janzen will officiate. Interment will follow in Powhattan Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the George Strube Memorial Fund, to be designated later by the family, and sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 519 N. First St., Hiawatha, Kan. 66434.
Charles R. Killgore, 86, Atchison, died Nov. 26, 2000 at an Atchison hospital. He was born Aug. 1, 1914 at Atchison, the son of Thomas J. and Minnie Poole Killgore. He attended Atchison Catholic schools and graduated from Atchison High School. He lived in Hoyt and later Topeka before returning to Atchison in the late 1980s. Mr. Killgore worked as a custodian at Atchison City Hall for several years. He was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Survivors include a brother, Joseph R. Killgore, Escondido, Calif. Mass of Christian burial was held Nov. 29 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Atchison Catholic elementary schools, left in care of the Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.
Gary M. McCrory, 51, Mayetta, died Nov. 26, 2000 at Holton Community Hospital from injuries sustained in a vehicle repair accident at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1949 at Holton, the son of Melvin and Clara Mann McCrory. Mr. McCrory owned and operated McCrory Carpentry near Denison for many years. He graduated from Denison High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army, participating in the Vietnam War, and he was also stationed in Germany. He was a lifelong member of the Denison Reformed Presbyterian Church and was chairman of the church’s board of deacons. He married Karen Burns on Aug. 4, 1973 at Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Phillip McCrory, Circleville; two daughters, Michelle Wentz, Ft. Polk, La., and Melissa McCrory, Hiawatha, Iowa; his mother, Clara McCrory, Mayetta; a brother, Glen McCrory, Rossville; two sisters, Colleen Oakes, St. Cloud, Minn., and Carolyn Thornburg, Hoyt; and twin granddaughters. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Denison. Burial will be in Denison Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary McCrory Memorial Fund to be designated later and sent to Denison State Bank, Holton, Kan. 66436.
Clara Louise Wagenblast, 94, Adrian, Mo., died Nov. 26, 2000 at Adrian Manor Nursing Home, Adrian, Mo. She was born Feb. 9, 1906 near Jewell, the daughter of Marvin and Mary Ritter Wagenblast. She and her twin brother Clarence moved with their parents at the age of three to a farm near Whiting, where she grew up and attended Jackson County grade schools and Whiting High School. Mrs. Wagenblast taught school in Jackson County for eight years, at which time illness forced her to leave the profession. She and her mother made a home for each other until her mother’s death in 1940. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Whiting, the EUB Church of Holton and the First Baptist Church of Adrian. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning and preserving, and spending quality time with her family. She married Floyd Wagenblast on Feb. 27, 1962 in Adrian. He preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by her parents and her twin brother Clarence. Survivors include two nieces, Sharon Karns, Holton, and Linda Davids, Pella, Iowa; seven grandnieces and grandnephews; and a sister-in-law, Veda Wagenblast. Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at the First Baptist Church in Adrian, with the Rev. Robert Colston officiating. Interment was in Crescent Hill Cemetery under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.
Jeanette Kay “Mee-sa-ga” Bartlett, 28, Topeka, died Nov. 25, 2000 at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was born June 30, 1972 in Topeka, the daughter of Richard A. and Elizabeth P. Rice Bartlett. She was a 1993 graduate of Topeka High School. Miss Bartlett was associated with the T.A.R.C. program and Sheltered Living Programs. She was a member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Nation, the Half-Dozen Bowling League and the Assumption Catholic Church. Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth Christopher, Topeka; her father and stepmother, Richard and Melinda Bartlett, Little River; her stepfather, Robert Christopher, Topeka; four brothers, Thomas O. Bartlett, McPherson, Jason A. Schoenhoff, Hutchinson, and Cody E. Bartlett and Ryan A. Bartlett, both of Little River; two sisters, Halie Ensminger, Hutchinson, and Andie Schoenhoff, Little River; and grandparents, Claude and Dorothy Couch, Inman. Mass of Christian burial was held Nov. 29 at the Church of the Assumption with burial in Shipshee Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society or to the T.A.R.C. program.