Clyde L. Moore, 95, Muscotah, died Dec. 15, 2005, at Holton Community Hospital. He was born Dec. 1, 1910, in Larkinburg, the son of Frank and Mable Scoville Moore. He attended Carbon Grade School and graduated from Holton High School. He lived all of his life in the Larkinburg and Muscotah communities. Mr. Moore was a lifelong farmer and stockman. He was a member of Larkinburg Christian Church. He married Mildred V. Smith on April 29, 1937, in Holton. She died Aug. 17, 1987. He also was preceded in death by a son, Larry, in 1987. Survivors include three sons, Lowell Moore, Mountain View, Wyo., Bob Moore, Holton, and Billy Moore, Topeka; a sister, Hazel Carlson, Huntington Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters. Funeral services were held Dec. 19 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Larkinburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Larkinburg Christian Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Charles A. "Chuck" Persons, 55, Topeka, died Dec. 15, 2005, at his home. He was born in Holton. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Vietnam War after graduating from Soldier High School in 1968. Survivors include a son, David Persons; a sister, Karra Lee Magnett; four brothers, Bill, Mike, Bob and Randy Persons; and a stepsister, Margie Persons. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angie; and his parents, Helen and Glen Ellis, and Gene and Reva Persons. A memorial service was held Dec. 19 at Newcomer Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Attn: Development Office, 1023 15th St., N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005. Online condolences may be sent to www.newcomerfamily.com
Martha Louise Jacobs, 87, Hiawatha, died Dec. 14, 2005, at a St. Joseph, Mo. hospital. She was born June 27, 1918, near Leona, the daughter of Charles Edward and Mary Elizabeth Cash Laverentz. She lived most of her life in Brown County, attending schools in the Fairview area. Mrs. Jacobs and her husband lived in Kansas City for a short time before returning to Hiawatha in the early 1950s. She worked in the meat department at Schroth's IGA for many years, then worked as a nurse's aide at Hiawatha Community Hospital for several years. After retiring from the hospital, she went back to work as a cook at Oak Ridge Acres Nursing Home. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hiawatha. She married Chester Earl Jacobs on Jan. 2, 1937, in Troy. He died in December 1992. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Rosalie Wilson; three brothers, Wilbur Laverentz, Alvin Laverentz and Karl Laverentz; and a sister, Lucile Burkett. Survivors include a son, Bill Jacobs, Hiawatha; two daughters, Nancy Prawl, Hiawatha, and Kathy Griffith and husband Don, Holton; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha, with Pastor Rob Clark officiating. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or the Louise Jacobs Memorial Fund, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S. Seventh St., Hiawatha, KS 66434 Online condolences may be sent to www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Alice Marie Van Nortwick, 92, Marysville, formerly of Holton and Lawrence, died Dec. 13, 2005, at a Marysville care center. She was born Dec. 9, 1913, in Oneida, the daughter of Chester and Laura Conwell Funk. She graduated from Oneida High School in 1931. Mrs. Van Nortwick worked with her husband from 1949 to 1965 at Van's Prescription Shop in Lawrence. She also worked at T.H.E.M. as an office receptionist in Lawrence, and later was a nanny from 1975 to 2003, also in Lawrence. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Holton and Lawrence and served on the voting board at Central Junior High in Lawrence for many years. She married Cecil Lee Van Nortwick on Dec. 30, 1934, in Soldier. He died Aug. 8, 1973. She also was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Mary Ann and David Van Nortwick. Survivors include three sons, Gary Van Nortwick, McLouth, Larry Van Nortwick, Eugene, Ore., and Jay Van Nortwick, Havensville; a daughter, Kay Lyn Van Nortwick, Eugene, Ore.; a sister, Katherine Funk, Marysville; two brothers, Frank Funk, Kansas City, and Howard Funk, Marysville; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three step grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 17 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorial contributions may be made to Cambridge Place in Marysville, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Marjorie L. Gray, 64, Perry, died Jan. 29, 2006. She was born June 15, 1941, daughter of Lewis and June Jones. She married Scott Gray on Nov. 21, 1959. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Carrie Forshee and husband Garry; a son, Brian Gray and wife Ann; three grandchildren, Brianna, Taylor and Adam; and a brother, Richard Jones. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Burial will be in Penwell-Gabel's Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Gray will lie in state after noon Feb. 1 at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Road, Topeka, KS 66617. Online condolences may be sent to www.penwellgabel.com
Austin Finney, 60, Topeka, died Jan. 28, 2005, at his home. He was born Nov. 28, 1945, in Amity, Ark., the son of Lenard M. and Annie Belle Prince Finney. Mr. Finney served in the U.S. Army after graduation from high school and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a mechanic after retiring from the Army. He married Sandra Lou Hicks on Oct. 4, 1968, in Merritt Island, Fla. They divorced; she survives in Georgia. Other survivors include a brother, Dwight Finney, Arkadelphia, Ark.; three daughters, Jamie Francene Finney, Rebecca Dawn Finney and Brittany Finney; two sons, Keith Eugene Finney and Walter Leonard Finney, all in George; a grandson; several nieces and nephews; and his sister-in-law and caregiver, Nina Taylor, Mayetta. Burial will be Feb. 1 in Jingo Cemetery at LaCygne. Davidson Funeral Home of Topeka is in charge of arrangements.
Rena Hahn, 96, Hays, died Jan. 28, 2006, at a Hays hospital. She was born Feb. 1, 1909, in Whiting, the daughter of Herman and Alfrieda Shrader Buckman. She lived in Nebraska and Wisconsin before moving back to Whiting in 1943. Mrs. Hahn was a maid, a waitress and a homemaker. She and her husband farmed for 21 years in the Whiting area before moving to Manhattan in 1964. She moved to Hays in 1995. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Manhattan. She married Gerhard O. Hahn on July 24, 1929, in Milwaukee, Wis. He died March 8, 1982. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Floyd Buckman; and two sisters, Leona Buckman and Velma Webter. Survivors include two sons, Jerold Hahn and wife Sharon, Potomac, Md., and Neil E. Hahn and wife Linda, Colleyville, Texas; a daughter, Judith M. Fritschen and husband William, Hays; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at the church. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. John's Rest Home Corporation, Victoria, or First Lutheran Church, Manhattan. Cline's Mortuary of Hays is in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. "Bob" Cummings Sr., 71, Cummings, died Jan. 27, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 3, 1934, in Effingham, the son of Maurice and Edna M. Petree Cummings. Mr. Cummings was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Korean conflict. He later was a truck driver for more than 44 years. He worked at Midwest Grain Products for several years, for We-Mac Manufacturing in Atchison and for Winn Transport of Omaha, Neb. He was a life member of VFW Post 1175, Atchison, and the Lancaster Saddle Club. He married Hazel Wilburn on June 7, 1957, at First Christian Church in Atchison. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Robert L. Cummings Jr. and wife Judy, Cummings; three daughters, Kathy Baker and husband Rick, Lancaster, and Deanna Wehking and husband Chris and Joy Mottin, all of Everest; a sister, Mary Doolin, Texarkana, Texas; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Bryan. Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home in Atchison, with the Rev. Gary Patterson officiating. Burial was in Cummings Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cummings Christian Church or to Atchison Hospital Hospice, sent in care of Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, 800 Kansas Ave., Atchison, KS 66002. Online condolences may be sent to www.beckerdyer.com
Thomas A. Johnson, 86, Kansas City, died Jan. 27, 2006, at a Kansas City care facility. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Virgie, of the home; a daughter, Barbara Fletcher and husband L.D., Holton; and a grandson, Christopher. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at Highland Park Funeral Home in Kansas City. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church, 3333 Wood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102.
Josephine O. Shupe, 94, Holton, died Jan. 26, 2006. She was born April 2, 1911, in Mayetta, the daughter of Ora and Anna Zirger Eby. She graduated from Circleville High School in 1929. Mrs. Shupe worked at Slimaker Dress Factory for 21 years. She married Freeman Shupe on May 29, 1929, in Soldier. He died Dec. 13, 1982. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty LaFond, on Sept. 22, 1988; two brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include three sons, Glenn Shupe and wife Deanna, Fresno, Calif., Jackie Shupe and wife Janet, Topeka, and Gary Shupe and wife Mary, Holton; a daughter, Barbara Sherrer and husband Bernie, Topeka; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson County Nursing Home, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
John Frederick Wagner, 74, Humboldt, Neb., died Jan. 26, 2006, at a Humboldt hospital. He was born March 27, 1931, in Steinauer, Neb., the son of John Jacob and Lois Mae Morris Wagner. He attended country schools in the Dawson and Humboldt areas and graduated from Honey Creek High School in 1950. Mr. Wagner worked various jobs in the area after graduation. He worked on a farm for Hiram Huffman, did bridge and road construction and was employed at Cooper Mill in Humboldt. He later was a resident of Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt. Survivors include two brothers, Ronald Wagner and wife Gloria, Sparta, Mo., and Charles Wagner and wife Charlotte, Tecumseh, Neb.; a sister, Mary Ann Marmet and husband Merle, Soldier; three nieces; two nephews; seven great-nieces; and three great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services were held Jan. 30 at Humboldt Cemetery in Humboldt, Neb., with the Rev. Kirk Langer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Colonial Acres Nursing Home. Wherry Mortuary in Humboldt is in charge of arrangements.
Mary E. Fleischer, 89, Topeka, formerly of Hoyt, died Jan. 25, 2006, at a Topeka hospice. She was born April 15, 1916, in Goff, the daughter of Grover and Estella Barnes Titman. She graduated from Topeka High School. Mrs. Fleischer was postmistress at the Hoyt Post Office for several years. She moved to Topeka in 1983. She was a member of Hoyt Baptist Church and the Priscilla Club in Hoyt. After moving to Topeka, she attended First Baptist Church. She attended Menninger Bible Study for several years. She married William Fleischer. He died Dec. 9, 1979. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Titman; and a sister, Berniece Mayer. Survivors include two sons, William Fleischer and wife Karen, Topeka, and Robert Fleischer and fiancee Janice Garner, Beaumont, Texas; two sisters, Velma Jackson and Lola Davis, both of Topeka; five grandchildren, Terri Dean and husband David, Troy Fleischer and wife Amy, Todd Fleischer and wife Stace, Derek Fleischer, and Romi Howell and husband Trey; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt. Burial was in Hoyt Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 100 Apache Drive, Hoyt, KS 66440. Online condolences may be sent to www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Stephen Dale Hodge, 52, Holton, died Jan. 23, 2006, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Oct. 3, 1953, at Herington, the son of Roy Dale Russell Jr. and Bonnie Mae Heaton. He was adopted by Dale and Donna Majors Hodge. He graduated from Holton High School in 1972. Mr. Hodge was a house painter and worked at several body shops in Topeka. He also worked for Burt's Body Shop in Holton. He had been baptized at First Christian Church in Holton. He married Phyllis Snavely on Sept. 29, 1973. They were divorced. Survivors include a sister, Terry Tillery, Meriden; and a cousin, Judy Rice, Silver Lake. He was preceded in death by his natural and adoptive parents and a stepfather, Burt Driscoll. A graveside memorial service was held Jan. 27 at the Holton Cemetery. Mercer Funeral Home, Holton, is in charge of arrangements.