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 was held 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 were held Jan. 31 at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan. 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 were held Jan. 31 at Highland Park Funeral Home in Kansas City. Burial was in Highland Park Cemetery. 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.
Norma Lorraine Martin Holt, 77, Westminster, Colo., died Jan. 23, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1929, the daughter of Lovelle and Bernice Cornelison Martin near Hoyt. She attended Hoyt High School and Christ Hospital in Topeka, where she received her registered nursing diploma in 1949. Mrs. Holt was a homemaker. She and her husband moved to Westminster, Colo. in 1956. She married James Holt on May 22, 1949. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Jamie Mowery and husband Raymond, Pierce, Colo.; three sons, Samuel Holt and wife Tammy, Colorado Springs, Colo., Michael Holt, Pueblo, Colo., and Timothy Holt and wife Flo, Fort Collins, Colo.; a sister, Jean Sims, Hoyt; a brother, Bruce Martin, Topeka; eight grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bernard Martin. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Calvary Baptist Church of Thornton in Denver. Memorial contributions may be sent to Calvary Baptist Church of Thornton, 1604 E. 88th Ave., Denver, CO 80229; or to VNA Hospice-At-Home, Visiting Nurse Association, 390 Grant St., Denver, CO 80203.
Lloyd A. "Tubby" Venneberg, 85, Havensville, died Jan. 23, 2006, at an Onaga hospital. He was born Nov. 11, 1920, in the Bucks Grove community, the son of Arthur and Effie Elsie Kroth Venneberg. He attended Bucks Grove Grade School and graduated from Havensville High School in 1938. Mr. Venneberg was a farmer and a self-taught welder. He was a member of Bucks Grove United Methodist Church, where he held many offices and taught Sunday school. He was sexton of the Bucks Grove Cemetery from 1939 until the mid-1990s and had dug about 120 graves by hand. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge, having been Grand Master at Havensville and Onaga. He served on the Rural Electric Cooperative, PR&W from 1961 to 1990, and was on the Agriculture Advisory Board for State Representative Martha Keyes. He married Marjorie F. Manuel on July 30, 1950, at Bucks Grove United Methodist Church. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Robert Venneberg and wife Jean, Onaga, and Frederick Venneberg, Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter, Nancy Mattke and husband Frank, Andover; two brothers, Claude Venneberg, McLean, Va., and Clyde Venneberg, Solomon; three sisters, Mildred Wind, Colorado Springs, Colo., Mary Fletchall, Hutchinson, and Elizabeth Davis, Topeka; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lowell Venneberg, who died on the island of Okinawa during World War II, and Paul Venneberg. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Bucks Grove United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, sent in care of Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 300, Onaga, KS 66521. Online condolences may be sent to www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Francis Leander Koch, 55, Holton, died Jan. 21, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 10, 1950, in Baileyville, the son of Vincent and Helen Hulsing Koch. He graduated from Axtell High School and completed technical training in Wichita. Mr. Koch worked as a mechanic at Henry Brothers Implement in Holton since 1978. Survivors include seven sisters, Verita Schmitz, Baileyville, Mary Kramer, Grand Junction, Colo., Edna Lackey, Alice Porting and Joann Porting, all of Axtell, Barbara Korte, Goff, and Sharon Skalla, Beattie; six brothers, John Koch, Baileyville, Ralph Koch, Leroy Koch, Carl Koch and Roger Koch, all of Axtell, and Mike Koch, Lindsborg; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 25 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Axtell, with Father Albert Hauser, O.S.B. officiating. Interment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Baileyville.
Mary A. Nott, 77, Wetmore, died Jan. 21, 2006, at Onaga Community Hospital. She was born Aug. 9, 1928, at Soldier, the daughter of Spencer and Edna Dunn Chrisman. She graduated from Soldier High School. Mrs. Nott was a postal clerk at the Wetmore Post Office. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion 282 at Wetmore and Ladies Auxiliary of Post 1367 Veterans of Foreign Wars at Holton. She married Clements Claudean Nott on June 10, 1947, in Topeka. He died June 12, 2001. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford Chrisman and Kenneth Chrisman. Survivors include two sons, Clement C. "Dean" Nott Jr. and Randall S. Nott, both of Wetmore; four daughters, Claudia F. Murphy, Beattie, Pamela J. Heckerson and Paula L. Rogers, both of Holton, and Edwina G. Collins, Wetmore; a sister, Juanita Pierce, Abilene, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Jan. 25 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Olive Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion 282 at Wetmore, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Louis "Roe Cloud" Jessepe, 89, Netawaka, died May 6, 2006, at a Sabetha care center. He was born April 1, 1917, in Delia, the son of Dewey and Minnie Wahwasuck Jessepe. Mr. Jessepe was a self-employed painter and trapper and was well-known for his arts and crafts. He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe. He married Luetta Jean McKinney. She died Nov. 17, 1998. Survivors include two sons, Dewey Jessepe, Horton, and John Klusener, Topeka; a daughter, Shirley Potts, Sabetha; a sister, Laura May Ortiz, Holton; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Drum services will be held at 5 p.m. May 9 at the Kickapoo Community Building on the Kickapoo Reservation, where family will greet friends at 6:30 p.m. May 8. Burial will be at 10 a.m. May 10 in Mjissepe Cemetery on the reservation. Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary in Horton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.dishon-maple-chaney.com