Rosetta Riley, 96, Superior, Neb., died Nov. 17, 2000 at the Good Samaritan Center in Superior. Mrs. Riley was born April 20, 1904 in Brown County, the daughter of Joseph and Ida Baughn Plankinton. She was a wife, mother and homemaker and enjoyed rock collecting and traveling across the country with her husband. She married Dewey “Pete” Riley at Minneapolis on July 3, 1924. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1986. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, LaVonda Jean Riley, on Aug. 3, 1943. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Elsie Plankinton, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews. Inurnment was held Nov. 24 at Superior Cemetery in Superior, Neb.
Audree Whipple, 95, Independence, Mo., died Nov. 16, 2000 at Independence Regional Health Center. She was born Dec. 2, 1904 in Whiting and had also lived in the Springdale, Ark., area before moving to Independence in 1981. She had been a bank teller in Overland Park for many years. She was an active member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her husband, F. Roy Whipple, preceded her in death in 1981. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Nellie Hurst, Independence, Mo.; a nephew; and two nieces, including Theola Jones of Whiting. Private graveside services were held with arrangements by Speaks Midtown Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the R.L.D.S. Stone Church Memorial Fund.
Leonard J. McKinney (Pateese), 81, McLouth, died Jan. 30, 2001 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence. He was born Dec. 6, 1919 near Mayetta, the son James N. and Gladys Pamnucknuck McKinney. Mr. McKinney was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Native American Church, Prairie Band of Potawatomi Indians, and the Wichita Intertribal Warrior Society. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the European theater and Korean War. He married Melvina Jessepe. They were divorced. Survivors include a son, Gerald McKinney, Topeka; two daughters, Carol Yazzie, Topeka, and Jennifer Veerkamp, McLouth; two brothers, Marvin L. McKinney, Americus, and James N. McKinney, Jr., Holton; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sons, Joe McKinney, Norris McKinney, and Larry McKinney. Native American church services will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Jerry Lewis home, 7820 198th Rd., Mayetta. Burial, will be Sunday afternoon at the Dance Ground Cemetery on the Potawatomi Indian Reservation west of Mayetta. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorial contributions may be given to the Leonard McKinney Memorial Fund and sent in care if the funeral home.
Lawrence G. White, 89, Wetmore, died Jan. 30, 2001 at Sabetha Community Hospital. He was born May 18, 1911 near Wetmore, the son of Jesse and Mary Love White. Mr. White worked as a machinist at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita during World War II. He was an electrician, and he and his wife owned and operated White’s Market and later the White Way Nursing Home, all at Wetmore. From 1975 until his retirement he was the maintenance supervisor at Jackson County Nursing Home in Holton. He was a member of the Wetmore United Methodist Church and a former member of the Wetmore Kiwanis Club. He married Wilma J. Faulkender on May 3, 1934 at Soldier. She died June 21, 1996. Mr. White was also preceded in death by a brother, George White, and a sister, Helen Hill. Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Whitaker, Wetmore, and Marcella Stedman, La Verne, Calif.; a sister, Hazel Arrellanes, Florence, Ore.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2, 2001 at Wetmore United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow in Wetmore Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Wetmore High School Sports Fund, and sent in care of Kansas State Bank in Wetmore.
John B. Cherry, 87, Holton, died Jan. 29, 2001 at Holton Community Hospital. He was born Feb. 17, 1913 at Colgate, Okla., the son of Joseph (Cherry) Cirillo and Mary Ann Mazzola Cirillo. He had worked for John Morrell Packing Co. in Oklahoma for five years, then had worked as head mechanic for a Chevrolet dealership in Topeka for 27 years. He had also worked for Volkswagen in Topeka for nine years. He was a member of the Pottawatomi Pentecostal Church at Mayetta, Columbia Chapter 152 OES at Holton, and the Chapter 34 OES in Topeka; Orient 51 AF & AM in Topeka. He married Margery C. Boettcher on July 4, 1939 in Kansas City, Mo. She died Jan. 23, 1999. Survivors include three foster daughters, Robin Deppe, Holton, and Sandy Penner and Mary Munoz, both of Topeka; two sisters, Rose Garcia, Topeka and Angie Montgomery, Burlington; many grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carmela Fergerson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the John Cherry Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.
Janice K. Rowe, 55, rural Holton, died Jan. 28, 2001 at her home. She was born Nov. 17, 1945 at LeMars, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Helen Kern Coppock. She graduated from LeMars High School in 1964 and from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She married Stanley Rowe on Dec. 18, 1993 at Topeka. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Bill Bates, Schaller, Iowa; two daughters, Kim Scott, Dubuque, Iowa, and Suzanne Jackson, Kansas City, Mo.; her mother and stepfather, Helen and Adrian Kale, Puntagorda, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Alexis Rowe, Topeka; a brother, Darrell Coppock; and three grandchildren. Memorial services were held Jan. 31 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Lois I. Rinck, 74, Emmett, died Jan. 26, 2001 at an Onaga hospital. She was born Sept. 17, 1926 in St. Marys, the daughter of Elmer W. and Isabel L. Aubert Wilson. She spent most of her life in Emmett, where she owned and operated The Longhorn Bar for about eight years and later The Other Bar. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Emmett. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Cell, on Oct. 22, 1997. Survivors include a son, Robert Blair, Emmett; a daughter, Linda Fennel, Paola; her mother, Isabel Bowers, St. Marys; two brothers, Charles Wilson, Silver Lake, and Roy Wilson, in Illinois; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 30 at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial was in St. Clere Cemetery north of Emmett. Contributions may be made to the Lois I. Rinck Memorial Fund, yet to be designated, and sent in care of the funeral home.
Wayne L. Wahlmeier, 54, Mayetta, died Jan. 25, 2001 at a Topeka hospital. He was born May 24, 1946 in Clayton, the son of Lawrence and Agnes Noel Wahlmeier. He graduated from Jennings High School in 1964 and received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education and his master's degree in administration from Fort Hays State College. Mr. Wahlmeier was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the 504th Military Police Battalion. He served in the Army National Guard from 1972 to 1992 with the 995th Maintenance Company in Hays and later was senior instructor at Kansas Military Academy in Salina. He participated in the Persian Gulf war in 1991. He taught at the McCracken Grade School for one year, and had since taught and coached at Royal Valley Middle School and High School in Hoyt for 26 years. He taught health and physical education and driver's education, and coached all sports. He was a member of St. Dominic's Church in Holton, the Kansas National Education Association and the VFW at Hays. He had served on the Mayetta City Council and the Mayetta District Fire Board. He married Mary Glassman on Feb. 12, 1971 at Hays. She survives. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Wahlmeier and Greg Wahlmeier. Other survivors include two sons, Greg Wahlmeier, St. Paul, Minn., and Travis "T.J." Wahlmeier, Hays; two daughters, Kimberly Feldkamp, Topeka, and Sara Wahlmeier, El Dorado; his mother, Agnes Wahlmeier, McPherson; six brothers, Dennis Wahlmeier, Cambridge, Neb., Larry Wahlmeier, Clay Center, Roger Wahlmeier, Norton, Jerry Wahlmeier, Sharon Springs, Brian Wahlmeier, Ellinwood, and Jeff Wahlmeier, Clayton; and four sisters, Doreen Zimmerman, Sioux Falls, S.D., Carol Carter, Dresden, Linda Spresser, Selden, and Debra Campbell, Kilgore, Texas. Burial with military honors was in Prairie Home Cemetery north of Topeka. Contributions may be made to the Wayne L. Wahlmeier Memorial Fund to be designated later and sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton or Hoyt.
Mary Jo Wissler, 89, Baldwin City, died Jan. 25, 2001 at a Baldwin City nursing home. She was born March 14, 1911 in Whiting, the daughter of Bert and Mary Josephine Moss Kelly. She was raised in Whiting. She lived in Texas during World War II and for a few years following the war. She moved to Sabetha before she moved to Lawrence in 1956. She moved to Baldwin City three years ago. Mrs. Wissler was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Baldwin City. She married Harvey Edward Wissler on Sept. 26, 1936 in Horton. He survives. Other survivors include a son, John K. Wissler, Lawrence; a daughter, Jean Loyd, Burnett, Texas; three brothers, Leo Kelly, Topeka, and Paul Kelly and George Kelly, both of Holton; a sister, Adeline Grannell, Holton; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 29 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Baldwin City. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Holton.
Rose A. Gantz, 82, of Holton died Jan. 23, 2001 at Holton Community Hospital. She was born Sept. 24, 1918 west of Holton, the daughter of Jay B. and Anna Cecil Wall Bennett. She was a 1936 graduate of Holton High School. Rose married D.E. “De” Gantz on Feb. 7, 1941 in Tacoma, Wash. They lived in Washington, Oregon and California. They also lived in Chicago and New York and later moved back to California. They returned to Holton in 1979. Rose was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Holton and was an Elder at the church. She was also a member of P.E.O., the Tourist Club, and the Holton Area Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of Columbia Chapter #152 of the Order of Eastern Star in Holton. She is survived by her husband; two sons, David E. Gantz, Reserve and Robert J. Gantz, Helena, Mont.; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. A brother, Marion Bennett, preceded her in death. Services for were held Jan. 26, 2001 at First Presbyterian Church in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 402 W. Fifth St., Holton, Kan. 66436.
Vernie Jones, 95, Holton, died Jan. 23, 2001 at Jackson County Nursing Home in Holton. He was born Oct. 6, 1905 in Nemaha County, the son of William Riley and Mary Esther Bruce Jones. He was a farmer and stockman, and also worked at Gilk’s Potato Chip Factory in Holton for several years. He had also worked as the custodian at the Jackson County Fair Building and at the Holton Cemetery. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Holton. He married Ina Almena Dachenhausen on Nov. 3, 1955 at Holton. She died Feb. 24, 1991. Survivors include two brothers, Oliver Jones and William R. Jones, Jr., both of Holton. Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the First Presbyterian Church in Holton.
B. Sue Troxel, 69, of Circleville died Jan. 23, 2001 at her home. She was born June 26, 1931 at Sheldon, Mo., the daughter of Riley W. and Jennie Opal Cliffman Brown. Mrs. Troxel worked in the Kansas City area as a sewing machine specialist with Montgomery Ward. She was a single needle operator for Brandt and Purtz Garment Company, and had been a telephone sales clerk for Sears. She also was a telephone operator for the Prayer Room of Silent Unity and Lakeside Hospital. She retired as an accounting clerk from American Multi-Cinema in 1990, due to blindness, and moved to Circleville. She was a member of the Circleville Christian Church, the Ladies Aid at the church, Circleville FCE Unit, Circleville Senior Executives, and a life member of the Auxiliary to Holton Memorial Post No. 1367 of the V.F.W. She was an active in many square dance clubs before she lost her sight, including the Plaza Singles, Swinging Singles, Rex’s Raiders, 1x1’s, Uni-Kickers, Super Stats, Shawnee Promenaders and the 16-75er’s. Mrs. Troxel volunteered her time for many organizations including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Kansas City, Reach to Recovery for the American Cancer Society, Children’s Mercy Hospital Gift Shop, American Red Cross Nursing Home visitations, and Women of Motion Pictures International. She participated in telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Leukemia Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Kidney Foundation. She remained active on the telephone committee for Jackson County Road to Recovery until her death. She married M. Moyer. They were later divorced. She married Ralph Hawley in Kansas City, Mo. He died in 1986. She married Floyd R. Troxel on Jan. 15, 1988 in Kansas City, Mo. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Danny “Doc” Moyer, Kansas City, Mo.; a stepson, Raymond Floyd Troxel, Prairie Village; two daughters, Barbara Negus, Atlanta, Ga., and Lynn Martin, Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Riley F. Brown, Anaconda, Mont., and Alvin “Jack” Brown, Sheldon, Mo.; two sisters, Mary J. Simmons, Brookbin, Texas, and Nancy Mooney, Nevada, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 26 at Circleville Christian Church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Goff. Memorials are suggested to the Circleville Christian Church or the Northeast Kansas Multi-County Hospice, and sent in care of the funeral home.