Inez M. Smith, 68, Mayetta, died March 20, 2005, at a Topeka care facility. She was born May 16, 1936, in Tsingtao, China, the daughter of Clarence O. and Efrasina Panomarenko Jenkins. Ms. Smith worked as an accounting clerk for Mountain Bell Telephone Company, which later became U.S. West Telephone Company, in Phoenix, Ariz., and Denver, Colo. Survivors include a brother, Dr. George H. Jenkins, Toledo, Ohio. Ms. Smith was cremated. Services and inurnment will be held in Van Wert, Ohio. Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton is in charge of local arrangements.
Fred Gerard Showman, 51, Sabetha, died March 4, 2005, at a Sabetha hospital of a sudden heart attack following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was born April 27, 1953, in Sabetha, the son of Emery Leroy and Alice Isabel Rooney Showman. He graduated from Sabetha High School in 1971 and attended Washburn University and The University of Kansas. Mr. Showman owned and operated Fred's Small Engine in Topeka before moving to the Kansas City area for health reasons. He worked for Rose's Lawn & Garden and Thrifty Steam Clean, both in Grandview, Mo., Raymore Lawn & Garden, Raymore, Mo., and later for John Deere Lawn & Leisure, Lee's Summit, Mo. He began his real estate career in 1980, working for Wittmer Farm Realty of Topeka. In 1996, the family started Showman Realty, L.C., and Mr. Showman was supervising broker at the time of his death. After moving back to Sabetha, he also worked as a small engine mechanic and machinist at Mellenbruch Machine Shop in Fairview. He served as a volunteer fire fighter for Fairview-Walnut Fire Department. He also served on the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sabetha. Fred married Marilyn Ann Henry on July 27, 1974, in Wetmore. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Shawn F. Showman, Lawrence; and his mother, Isabel Showman, Sabetha. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Father Bernard Kimminau on March 7 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sabetha. Inurnment will be in Sabetha Cemetery. Memorial contributions made to the Fred Showman Memorial Fund were given to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Heart Association, the Fairview-Walnut Fire Department, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Edmund M. "Ed" Davis, 80, Seneca, died Aug. 13, 2005, at a Seneca care center. He was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Cornish, Colo., the son of Vinson Ramsey and Josephine Pier Davis. Mr. Davis was a retired truck driver. He was a member of Word of Life Church in Seneca. He married Virginia L. Davis on May 23, 1983, in Miami, Okla. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Norman M. Davis, and a daughter, Tina L. Davis, both of Topeka; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Ontario Cemetery. The family will greet friends 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Word of Life Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Leta Holt Kocher, 71, Onaga, died Aug. 8, 2005, at a Topeka hospice. She was born Aug. 6, 1934, near Bancroft, the daughter of F.C. "Buck" and Grace Heffner Holt. She attended Pearidge, Pleasant Grove and Ontario schools, graduating from Circleville High School in 1952. Mrs. Kocher worked in the family auction business and had a home daycare center. She also worked for the Pottawatomie County Health Department for 20 years and was a homemaker. She was a member of Circleville Christian Church and later joined First Baptist Church of Onaga. She married James H. Kocher on Dec. 24, 1952, at First Baptist Church in Onaga. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Janet Davidson, Minneapolis; a son, Bruce Kocher and wife Ann, Onaga; a daughter-in-law, Sheila Kocher, Whitewater; a sister, Phyllis Anderson, Beatrice, Neb.; seven grandchildren, J.C., Joshua, Jena, Keyanna and Branson Kocher, and Amy and Matthew Davidson; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Russell Holt and Lawrence Holt; a sister, Wanda Holt Bausch; and a son, James Dale Kocher. Funeral services were held Aug. 11 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Onaga. Burial was in Havensville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or Circleville Alumni Center, sent in care of Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 218 Leonard, Onaga, KS 66521. Online condolences may be made at www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Terry E. Smith, 49, of Raymond, N.H., formerly of Holton, died Aug. 8, 2005, at his home. He was born Nov. 4, 1955, in Albuquerque, N.M., the son of James B. "Jim" and Janice M. Doss Smith. He graduated from Holton High School in 1973, attended Washburn University for two years, and then entered the radiological science program through Stormont-Vail Hospital. Mr. Smith worked as a vascular sonographer for more than 20 years. He worked at Cotton-O'Neil Clinic as a diagnostic and vascular sonographer for 10 years. For the past 2 1/2 years, he worked as technical director for the vascular lab at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, N.H. He was a member of Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. He was a member of the Holton Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He was a member of the American Registry for Diagnostic Sonography, the American Registry of Radiological Technologists, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the National Rifle Association. He married Kathy J. Keller in January of 1975. They lived as a family in Holton for 26 years. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Jason Smith, Holton; two daughters, Jenni Smith, Olathe, and Jaime Smith, Raymond, N.H.; a son-in-law, Adam Smith, Raymond, N.H.; a daughter-in-law, Sylvia DuVall Smith, Holton; a granddaughter, Makenzie Rose Smith, Raymond, N.H.; two sisters, Sherry Zibell and Merry Burke, both of Holton; a brother, Gerry Smith, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and an uncle, Frank Smith, Topeka. Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Evangel United Methodist Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Paula Bottelman, 35, Fairview, formerly of Holton, died Aug. 6, 2005, at a Hiawatha hospital. She was born Feb. 11, 1970, in Topeka, the daughter of Jerry and Betty Garrison Bottelman. She graduated from Holton High School in 1989. She had lived in Holton, Hiawatha, and Atchison before moving to Fairview in January of this year. Miss Bottelman had worked for the Jackson County Training Center in Holton and for Achievement Services in Atchison. She had also worked for the BCDS second hand store in Hiawatha. She was active in Special Olympics and various other events for the handicapped. Survivors include her mother, Betty Saunders, Hiawatha; her father, Jerry Bottelman, Casper, Wyo.; two sisters, Tammy Spicer and husband Mike, Fairview, and Dee Smith and husband Danny, Circleville; and five nieces and five nephews. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Charles "Butch" Saunders, in 1993. Funeral services were held Aug. 10 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Circleville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paula Bottelman Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Betty Jean Jones, 81, Kansas City, died Aug. 6, 2005, at a Kansas City hospital. She had lung cancer. She was born June 19, 1924, in Manhattan. Mrs. Jones worked for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers before retiring. Survivors include a son, Brian K. Jones, of the home; a daughter, Sharon L. McGaffic, Greenville, S.C.; four sisters, Blanche Area, Holton, Hazel Reese, Overland Park, Doris McMullen, Showlow, Ariz., and Dorothy Ashley, Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Robert Haber, Scottsdale, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Cynthia Ann Horton, Kingsport, Tenn., and Rebecca Lynn Driscoll, Taylor, S.C.; and a great-granddaughter, Kasey Lynn Driscoll. Memorial services were held Aug. 10 at Highland Park Funeral Home in Kansas City.
Clayton E. Pollock, 81, Soldier, died Aug. 23, 2005, at Holton Community Hospital. He was born June 23, 1924, in Soldier, the son of John D. and Marie A. Fischer Pollock. He graduated from Soldier High School in 1942. Mr. Pollock was a farmer and stockman, having farmed on the family property for many years. He was a member of the Coffee Club in Soldier. Survivors include two nieces, Stacie Evans, Sacramento, Calif., and Terri Evans, Carmichael, Calif.; a nephew, Michael Evans, El Dorado Hills, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Albert Evans, Sacramento, Calif.; three great-nieces; and a great-nephew. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lorraine Evans, in 2000. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery west of Holton. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of Jackson Humane Society or the Soldier Community Building, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Richard Keith Mark, 71, Topeka, died Aug. 22, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 20, 1934, in Kansas City, the son of Lee K. and Edith L. Fail Mark. Mr. Mark worked for 36 years as an accountant for Santa Fe Railroad. He married Mary Ann Ehrhart at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church in 1954. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Teresa Sims and husband Rick, Hoyt, Kathy Graham and husband Jerry and Connie Godlove and husband Larry, all of Topeka; two sons, Paul Mark and wife Lynna, Carbondale, and Tony Mark, Topeka; 17 grandchildren, Jason and Aaron Sims, both of Hoyt, Austin, Spencer, Tyler, Ralynna and Trinity Mark, all of Carbondale, and Dawn, Michelle and Shawn Graham, Luke, Veronica and Mallory Mark, and Lexi, Taylor, Brooke and Daegan Godlove, all of Topeka; and two great-grandchildren, Triston and Torr Martinez, both of Topeka. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Mark and Lee Mark Jr. Mark; and a son, Scott Mark. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at Christ the King Catholic Church, with burial following in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Mark will lie in state from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a parish rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th St., Topeka, KS 66614; Midland Hospice House, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606; and the American Cancer Society, 1315 S.W. Arrowhead, Topeka, KS 66604. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com
Alvin Bell Sr., 82, Holton, died Aug. 21, 2005, at Holton Community Hospital. He was born June 16, 1923, the son of Frank and Julia Sweeney Bell. He was raised in the Dunkirk and Redkey, Ind. communities. Mr. Bell served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force in World War II and Vietnam. He also worked for the Reserve Shawnee County Sheriff's Department in Topeka. He moved to Holton from Topeka in February 1992. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He married Donagene Zimmerman on May 10, 1944, in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives. Other survivors include four sons, Alvin Bell Jr., Soldier, Jeff Bell and Frank Bell, both of Topeka, and Karl Bell, Bossier City, La.; two daughters, Joan Barriere and Kathy Hurla, both of Topeka; a sister, Christine Coronado, Hartford City, Ind.; 27 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Mr. Bell was cremated. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Family will greet friends from noon until service time on Aug. 25 at the funeral home. Inurnment with military honors will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of the donor's choice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Charles R. Brady, 72, Tecumseh, also of Apache Junction, Ariz., died Aug. 21, 2005, at his home. He was born July 1, 1933, in Lawrence. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1952. Mr. Brady served in the Navy Reserve. He was a union pressman for the Topeka Capital-Journal for 35 years, retiring in 1994. He earlier had worked for the Denver Post and the Casper Tribune as a union pressman. He attended Methodist Churches in Tecumseh, Scranton and Apache Junction, Ariz. He married Frankie June Watson on April 12, 1952. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Clark Brady and wife Sandy, Tecumseh, and Craig Brady and wife Debbie, Topeka; two daughters, Phyllis Twombly and husband, Les, Holton, and Linda Spunaugle and husband Kevin, Yates Center; a stepbrother, Robert Eli Bynum; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brad R. Brady. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Aug. 24 at Scranton United Methodist Church. Burial was in Carbondale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Scranton United Methodist Church, Scranton, KS 66537.
Jimmy A. Olvera, 42, Holton, died Aug. 21, 2005, west of Holton as the result of a car accident. He was born July 10, 1963, the son of Ines and Jo Ann Olvera of Carrollton, Mo. He attended Carrollton public schools and graduated in 1981. Mr. Olvera worked for Oldham's Farm Sausage as a U.S. Department of Agriculture meat inspector. He previously worked at Faith Quality Market at Carrollton, Mo. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Carrollton. He married Nicki Jean Lunyckins in 1986. They were divorced. Survivors include two sons, James Anthony Olvera Jr. and Jonathan Brock, both of Higginsville, Mo.; a daughter, Sarah Jean Olvera, Higginsville, Mo.; his fiancee, Michele Malloy and her son Dylan, Holton; two brothers, Ines "Frank" Olvera and Gary J. Olvera, both of Carrollton; three sisters, Tina A. Olvera and Jo Anna Wells, both of Marshall, Mo., and Susan A. Riley, Carrollton; and several aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services in Missouri are pending. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy A. Olvera Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.