Steven A. Lovelady, 50, Hoyt, died Oct. 11, 2005, at a Topeka hospice. He was born June 10, 1955, at Topeka, the son of Louis H. and Ethel Rasnic Lovelady. Mr. Lovelady was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He had worked at Payless Shoe Source Distribution Center since 1991. He also was a certified chimney sweep and worked for Top Hat Chimney Sweep in Hoyt for eight years. He was a member of Teamsters Local 696 in Topeka. He married Sheryl Lynn Price on June 15, 1985, at Perry. They later divorced. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Dustin M. Price and wife Kimberly K. and Steven L.R. Lovelady, all of Hoyt, and Loyal E. Lovelady, Sanford, N.C.; six brothers, Gerald, William, Loyal, Larry, Lyle, and Francis; five sisters, Caroline, Sylvia, Helen, Wilma, and Lola; a sister-in-law, Janet, Hoyt; two brothers-in-law, Darrel Price and wife Leslie, Hoyt, and Jude Price, Topeka; four grandchildren, Kacie L. and Karlie L. Price, both of Hoyt, and Sebastian and Savannah Lovelady, both of Sanford, N.C.; and a nephew, Jesse Price, Topeka. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Shirley and Norma; and a brother, Ivy. No services will be held at Mr. Lovelady's request. Memorial contributions may be made to the Steven L.R. Lovelady College Fund, sent in care of Denison State Bank in Hoyt. may be made online at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com or by mail at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 121, Hoyt, KS 66440.
L. Frances Pelton, 89, Topeka, died Oct. 10, 2005, at a Topeka hospice. She was born Oct. 1, 1916, in Jackson County, the daughter of Christopher M. and Dora A. Eames Hickman. Mrs. Pelton was a member of Northland Christian Church. She married John E. Pelton in 1939. He died in 1999. Survivors include two daughters, Glenda Nelson and husband James and Janice Bays, all of Topeka; a brother, James Hickman, Shelby, Ohio; grandchildren, Tami Tyler, Manhattan, Kevin and Vicky Nelson and Kim and Brian Brueggeman, all of Topeka, Chris and Melanie Bays, Denver, Colo., and Aimee and Lance Leggett, Newton; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at Northland Christian Church. Interment was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Northland Christian Church, 3102 N.W. Topeka Ave., Topeka, KS 66617-1192; Central Park Christian Church Elevator Fund, 1535 S.W. Clay Ave., Topeka, KS 66604-2995; or Midland Hospice, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606-2800. Online condolences may be sent to www.penwellgabel.com
Vern Vigil Peterson, 87, Topeka, was killed Oct. 10, 2005, in an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 75 near Hoyt. He was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Dodge Center, Minn., the son of Carl Ellveaux and Mary Ellen Johnson Peterson. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve from 1941 to 1953 and attended the University of Kansas following World War II. Mr. Peterson established an office machines business in Lawrence. He had been a resident of Topeka for nearly 40 years. Survivors include a son, Dana G. Peterson, Williams, Ariz.; three daughters, Donna R. Gibson, Frankfort, Ky., Dori A. Miller, Verona, Ky., and Dyla K. Love, Lawrence; two grandsons; a stepgrandson; four granddaughters; three great-grandsons; a great-granddaughter; and a brother, Glen Burns Peterson. Mr. Peterson will be buried at Fort Leavenworth Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.newcomerfamily.com
Walter T. Winchell Sr., 68, Topeka, died Oct. 10, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 8, 1937, in Lawrence. Mr. Winchell was a self-employed painter. He was married to Sandy Beers from 1962 to 1989. He married Marjorie "Marge" Hargett in 1998. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Walt Winchell Jr. and Charlie Winchell, both of Topeka; two daughters, Tina Stevens and Jeannie Hansard, both of Topeka; three sisters, Rose Bagby, Hoyt, Carol Hale, Topeka, and Marilyn Noble, Oskaloosa; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walter T. Winchell Sr. Memorial Fund, sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66608.
Walter "Scott" Wortman, 45, Whiting, died Oct. 9, 2005, in an auto accident in Wetmore. He was born Jan. 22, 1960, in San Jose, Calif., the son of Raymond Bruce and Flora Kathryn McFall Wortman. He had lived in Campbell, Calif., before moving to Whiting 10 years ago. Mr. Wortman was a machinist and mechanic and was most recently employed by Alamo Group in Holton. Survivors include a daughter, Tanna Renee Wortman, Whiting; two sisters, Brenda Kathryn Avilla, Campbell, Calif., and Dee McCord, San Jose, Calif.; two brothers, John Pat McFall, Portland, Ore., and Darrin McFall, San Jose, Calif. Cremation is planned. Memorial services were held Oct. 12 at Whiting Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tanna Wortman Education Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Andrew E. Bradford, 66, Mayetta, died Oct. 9, 2005, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Nov. 19, 1938, at Mayetta, the son of James M. and Josephine Lewis Bradford. Mr. Bradford was a high school basketball coach at Marty, S.D. He had worked at Ball Steel and Pipe and McCalls Pattern, both at Manhattan and the Manhattan Mercury. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Citizens Band of Potawatomi Nation, the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Manhattan and the American Legion in Ogden. He married Arlene Hartwig. They divorced. Survivors include two sons, Michael Bradford, Lawrence, and James Bradford and wife Jill, Fairview; two daughters, Debbie Shoptese and husband Tony Guadaloupe, Boston, Mass., and Rebecca Wheeler and husband Gary, Concordia; a brother, Emery A. Bradford, Mayetta; and seven grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial was held Oct. 13 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church west of Mayetta. Burial was in Shipshee Cemetery.
Walter H. Frederick Jr., 81, Topeka, died Dec. 21, 2005. He was born July 13, 1924, at Wathena, the son of Walter H. Frederick Sr. and Theodosia "Pearl" Jones Frederick. He grew up in Wathena and moved to Horton, graduating from Atchison County Community High School. Mr. Frederick served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later owned and operated Topeka Fence Erectors and was district manager of TOMCO Genetic Giant Seed Corn in the early 1960s. He later owned and operated Frederick Plant Farm. He was a licensed private pilot and a licensed ham radio operator. He was a member of Capital Post 1 of the American Legion and the VFW at Richland. He married Donna Benton in 1950 in Topeka. They divorced; she died in February 2003. Survivors include three sons, Randy Frederick, Los Lunas, N.M., currently stationed in Tikrit, Iraq, and Walter Frederick III and Brad Frederick, both of Topeka; three daughters, Dottie Clark, Topeka, Connie Higbee, Holton, and Sandy Olliso, Dover; four brothers, Herb, Frank and Lonnie Frederick, all in Arizona, and Carl Frederick, Topeka; a sister, Joyce Doty, in Nevada; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Graveside services with military honors conducted by Fort Riley Funeral Detail will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 27 at Rochester Cemetery in Topeka. Mr. Frederick will lie in state from noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 26 at Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka, where family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Capital Post 1 of the American Legion, 3800 S.E. Michigan, Topeka, KS 66605; or to Midland Hospice, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606.
Walter W. Goodman, 78, Wetmore, died Dec. 20, 2005, at Jackson County Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 4, 1927, near Sabetha, the son of Clay and Mary Bindel Goodman. Mr. Goodman was a farmer and stockman northwest of Wetmore. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Guam. He was a member of the Levick-Barrett Post 282 of the Wetmore American Legion and the Kansas Prairie Pickers. He married Irma Bachman on April 24, 1957 in rural Falls City, Neb. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Roger Goodman and wife Sharon, Springfield, Va., and Mark Goodman, Wetmore; a cousin, Melvin Goodman, who was raised with the family, Tabor, Iowa; four brothers, Harry Goodman, Elvin Goodman, Albert Goodman and Robert Goodman, all of Sabetha; three sisters, Mildred Dade, Topeka, Wilma Albertson, Robinson, and Lucille Kissel, Wetmore; and a grandson, Jonathan Goodman, Topeka. Mr. Goodman was preceded in death by a son, Gary Goodman; a daughter-in-law, Susan Goodman, who died in 2004; and a sister, Verna Kosman. Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Wetmore Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Wetmore EMTs or the Wetmore Library, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be made at www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Paul W. Eubanks, 74, Denison, died Dec. 18, 2005, at Holton Community Hospital. He was born April 26, 1931, in Holton, the son of Ralph and Alice Glenn Eubanks. He was a graduate of Denison High School. Mr. Eubanks served in the U.S. Air Force. He later farmed in the Denison community and was a skilled mechanic and fabricator. He was a member of Denison Bible Church. He married Carolyn Kay Tolbert on Dec. 9, 1956, in Denison. She died May 20, 1999. Survivors include four sons, Mike Eubanks and wife Brenda, Holton, Keith Eubanks and wife Debbie, Denison, Jeff Eubanks and wife Beth, Topeka, and Stan Eubanks and wife Peggy, Kansas City; two sisters, Marjorie Spicher, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Joan Decker, Yuma, Ariz.; a brother, Roger Eubanks, Holton; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Interment was in Denison Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Denison Bible Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Betty Labbe, 78, Onaga, died Dec. 18, 2005, at her home. She was born Sept. 6, 1927, at Centralia, the daughter of Sam and Ellen Savajo Bonjour. She graduated from Onaga High School in 1945. Mrs. Labbe worked at Pyramid Manufacturing in Onaga for 30 years and was a waitress at 4 Seasons Restaurant in Onaga. Survivors include five sons, Dennis E. Lowry and wife Sharon, Silver Lake, Randy Lowry and wife Donna, Hutchinson, and Richard Lowry and wife Shirley, Charlie Lowry, and Robert Lowry and wife Carla, all of Onaga; a daughter, Susie Shepard and husband Thomas, Valley Falls; a brother, Bud Bonjour, Centralia; two sisters, Rozella Davis, Holton and Mary Lou Petersen, McPherson; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Bonjour, and a sister, Marge Graf. Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga. Burial was in Neuchatel Cemetery north of Onaga. Memorial contributions may be made to Onaga Fire Department or Onaga Community Home Health, sent in care of Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 300, Onaga, KS 66521. Online condolences may be made at www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Wendy L. Schuetz James, 38, Mayetta, died Dec. 16, 2005, at a Topeka hospice. She was born June 28, 1967, in Wichita, and was raised as the daughter of Leslie "Pete" and Lenora Hampton Schuetz. She lived most of her life in Mayetta. She graduated from Royal Valley High School and had attended Allen County Community College. Ms. James had worked as a receiving clerk and travel agent for Prairie Band Potatwatomi Nation since 2001. She was a Girl Scout leader. Survivors include a daughter, Naomi James, and a son, Nehemiah James, both of the home; her parents, Leslie "Pete" and Lenora Schuetz, Hoyt; her birth mother, Denise Buraner, in New Mexico; a grandmother, Margaret Schuetz, Horton; three brothers, Jeff Schuetz, Topeka, Jason Schuetz, Hoyt, and Dan Schuetz, in New Mexico; three birth sisters, Penny Villescas, Monique LaCoe and Genevieve Rois, all in New Mexico; and a birth brother, Michael. Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Mercier. Memorial contributions may be made to the James Children Education Fund or Midland Hospice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Brayden Wayne Wyre, infant son of Danielle Wyre, Topeka, died Dec. 16, 2005. Survivors include his mother, Danielle Wyre, Topeka; his father, Brandon Miller, Topeka; grandparents, Dennis and Joyce Kroll, Topeka, Rex and Becky Wyre, Carbondale, and Allen Miller and Carol Miller, both of Topeka; great-grandparents, Larry and Donna Eby, Mayetta, and Mary Jo and Milton Snyder, Carbondale; great-great grandmother, Mildred Eby, Mayetta; uncles and aunts, Billy and Melissa Wyre, Jason Wyre and Denise Hayes, and Allen Baker, all of Topeka, and Katy Everitt, Carbondale. Graveside services were held Dec. 20 at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brayden Wyre Memorial Fund at Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66608.