Lillian Rose Calkins, 87, Holton, died May 5, 2006 at Holton Manor. She was born Dec. 12, 1918, in Blue Rapids, the daughter of John and Mary Straka Zulek. She graduated from high school in Blue Rapids in 1937. Mrs. Calkins had lived in Holton for 32 years and previously lived in Denison for 18 years. She was a homemaker and a housewife, sold Avon and also did housekeeping at the Jackson County Courthouse. She married Claude F. Calkins on July 19, 1941, in Lincoln, Neb. He died July 9, 1987. She also was preceded in death by two sons, Larry Robert Calkins and Floyd Ross Calkins. Survivors include a son, Lloyd Ray Calkins and wife Mary, Holton; a daughter-in-law, Tammy Calkins, Topeka; and two grandsons, Christopher Ray Calkins, Redding, and Michael Calkins, Topeka. Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 10 at Community Church of Christ, 512 Wisconsin Ave. Inurnment will be in Holton Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lillian R. Calkins Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be sent to www.mercerfuneralhomes.com
Vidak "Vick" Milinic' died May 4, 2006. He was born in Zovi Do, Hercegovina, the son of Djordje and Mara Milinic'. Mr. Milinic' was a German POW who fought for the freedom of the Serbian people. After living in Peru, he settled in the United States and became an American citizen. He retired from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Survivors include his wife, Theresa "Terry" Milinic'; a daughter, Mara Licina; two granddaughters, Simona and Emilija Licina; two brothers and a sister in Serbia; a sister, Milicia Gojmerac, in Pennsylvania; and a niece and nephews who live in New York and Yugoslavia with their families. Funeral services were held May 7 and 8 at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Saratoga, Calif. Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary in Santa Clara, Calif., was in charge of arrangements.
Everett Lee Noble, 91, Meriden, formerly of Topeka and Hoyt, died May 4, 2006, at a Topeka hospice. He was born Feb. 23, 1915, at Avoca, Ark., the son of Everett Lee and Della Singleton Noble. Mr. Noble served in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. He was a member of several veteran's and fraternal organizations. He married Dixie Lee Rice on Jan. 13, 1962. She preceded him in death. He married Velda Marie Bausch Mitchell on July 23, 1986. She survives. Other survivors include a stepson, Rusty Mitchell and wife Debbie, Meriden; two stepgrandsons, Dustin and Bart Mitchell; a brother, Jack Noble, in Utah; a sister, Nancy, address unknown; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harry; and two sisters, Lena and Faye. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. May 9 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 N.W. Independence, Topeka. IOOF services will be conducted at the funeral home. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the Rossville American Legion at Meriden Cemetery. Mr. Noble will lie in state after 3 p.m. May 8 at the funeral chapel, where family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3, 2021 S.W. Moundview Drive, Topeka, KS 66604. Online condolences may be sent to www.penwell-gabel.com
Doris Pelton, 66, Mayetta, died in her sleep May 3, 2006, at a Topeka hospice. She was born Sept. 23, 1939, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Elgin and Francis Miller. She married Leonard Pelton on June 29, 1986. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Hope Hall and husband Herbert; a son, Kevin Pelton and wife Amee; her sister, Karen Weygandt and husband Tom; her mother, Francis Miller; and three grandsons. She was preceded in death by her father, Elgin Miller; and a brother, Ron Miller. Mrs. Pelton will be cremated. A remembrance ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. May 5 at Lakeview Church on U.S. Highway 75 south of Holton.
Michel Dean Kidney, 44, Topeka, died May 2, 2006, in Edwardsville. He was born Sept. 14, 1961, in Topeka, the son of Forrest Dean and Judith A. Robison Kidney. He grew up in Rossville, graduated from Rossville High School in 1979, and attended Kansas State University for two years. Mr. Kidney worked for the Kansas Turnpike, Custom Wood Products at St. Marys and Swift Trucking in Kansas City, where he was employed at the time of his death. He was raised in Rossville Christian Church and was currently a member of the Unitarian Church in Topeka. He married Karie A. Baker. They were divorced. Survivors include his parents, Forrest Dean Kidney and wife Susan and Judith A. DeBusk and husband Ken, all of Topeka; two daughters, Brandy L. Kidney and Kasie R. Kidney, both of Topeka; two brothers, James P. Kidney, Holton, and Bryan Kidney, Shawnee; a sister, Tina Schindler, St. Marys; a stepbrother, Todd Drury, Las Vegas, Nev.; a stepsister, Heather Hendron, Tampa, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. May 6 at First Christian Church in Holton. Burial will follow in Holton Cemetery. Mr. Kidney will lie in state until noon May 6 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 524 Pennsylvania Ave., Holton, where family and friends will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 5. He also will lie in state an hour before service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandy and Kasie Kidney Education Fund, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be sent to chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Arthur William "Art" Schmalbeck, 77, El Reno, Okla., died May 2, 2006, at an El Reno care center. He was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Wadsworth, Ill. He was raised in Des Plaines, Ill., and relocated to El Reno, Okla., in 1979. Mr. Schmalbeck served in the U.S. Navy and retired after 24 years of active duty. He also was an auto mechanic and welder. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Donna Schmalbeck, of the home; a son, Reggie Dean Schmalbeck, in Michigan; two daughters, Nancy Looney, Marlow, Okla., and Jeannie Hicks, El Reno, Okla.; two brothers, Harold Herbert Schmalbeck, Des Plaines, Ill., and Graves Donald Schmalbeck, Monticello, Wis.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. May 5 at Livingstones Worship Center, with the Rev. Wanda Davis officiating. Wilson Funeral Home of El Reno, Okla., is in charge of services.
Freda L. Nicol, 88, Topeka, died April 30, 2006, at a Sabetha care home. She was born April 21, 1918, the daughter of Charles E. and Lora Bistos Coffee. Mrs. Nicol worked as a clerk at Falley's Grocery Store. She married William Nicol on Sept. 15, 1936, in Lawrence. He died June 25, 2002. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary L. Holloway; and a son, William Charles Nicol. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Melba Nicol, Mayetta; seven grandchildren, Dena Fleming and husband Jim, Sedalia, Mo., Shelly Lee and husband Dave, Savannah, Mo., Scott Holloway, Kansas City, Mo., Michael Nicol and wife Lana, Topeka, Cheryl Parrett and Marchelle Nicol, both of Mayetta, and Mitchell Nicol, Soldier; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held May 3 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel in Topeka. Interment was in Rochester Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka.
Eunice Robyn Rigg, 96, Overland Park, died April 29, 2006, at a Kansas City area nursing home. She was born Sept. 28, 1909, in Mulberry. Mrs. Rigg worked for W.T. Grants in Kansas City and King Radio in Olathe. She was president of the WSCS at Grinter Chapel in Kansas City during the 1950s. She married George Clark. He preceded her in death. She later married Vance Rigg. He preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by five brothers, Charles, Harry, Chester, Alonzo and James; two sisters, Ava and Vena; and a son, George "Bill" Clark. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Williamson and husband Robert, Netawaka; a son, Thomas Clark, Tonganoxie; a sister, Florine Helm, Pittsburg; a daughter-in-law, Alice Clark, Olathe; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 3 at Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs. Burial was in Grinter Chapel Cemetery in Kansas City. Memorial contributions may be made to Grinter Chapel Methodist Church, sent in care of Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012.
Dennis W.C. "Denny" Reaves, 33, formerly of Topeka, died April 27, 2006, as a result of a fire at his home in Lowell, Ark. He was born July 5, 1972, in Kansas City. He was a graduate of Highland Park High School and studied art at Washburn University. Mr. Reaves was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Operation Desert Storm. He also was an artist, disc golfer and craftsman specializing in home construction and additions. Survivors include a son, Christian Reaves, in Georgia; two daughters, Skyler LeeAnn and Meadow Lynn Reaves, both of Siloam Springs, Ark.; his parents, Beverlee Dawson and Ronald Reaves, both of Topeka; two sisters, Shannen Rodriguez, Topeka, and Samantha Reaves, Hoyt; a brother, Jacob Reaves, Hoyt; his grandmother, Eleanor Cochran, Olathe; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. May 5 at Lakewood Shelter House, 2301 SE Lakewood, Topeka. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Marvin Keith Curtis, 77, Holton, died April 30, 2006, at a Topeka hospice. He was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Delia, the son of Orrien Edward and Lottie Glenn Curtis and spent most of his younger life in the Robinson area. He moved to Holton in 1959 where he spent his remaining years. Mr. Curtis farmed in the Robinson and Arrington area, then went to work for the Holton Fire and Police Department until he retired in the early 1990s. He acted as Chief of Police during most of his years with the department. He was a member of the National Order of Police Association. He married Virginia Gibbons on March 31, 1948, in Holton. She died March 5, 2006. He also was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Vivian Wilson, Bertha Hainline, Delfern Hailey, Lottie Holcomb and Alice Curtis; and three brothers, Glen Curtis, Virgil Curtis and Charles Curtis. Survivors include a son, William Curtis and wife Kay, Arizona City, Ariz.; two daughters, Darlene Strunk, Topeka, and Diana Brown and husband Mark, Garnett; a sister, Cyrilla Rosenberger, Olathe; two brothers, Robert Curtis and wife Jestine, Mesa, Ariz., and Orrien "Ed" Curtis and wife Betty, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Graveside services for Mr. and Mrs. Curtis will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 6 at Spring Hill Cemetery in Whiting. A register book will be available to sign at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice in Topeka or First Christian Church in Holton. Online condolences may be sent to chapeloaksfuneralhome.com
Dr. Dean Keats Weckman, 85, Holton, died April 30, 2006, at Holton Community Hospital. He was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Plattsburg, Mo., the son of Lanius E. and Mabel Keats Weckman. The family moved to Topeka when he was 5, and he attended grade school and junior high there. They then moved to Holton, where he graduated from Holton High School in 1938. He attended Kansas State University, where he received his extension degree and later pursued a degree in veterinary medicine. Dr. Weckman had a veterinary practice in Oskaloosa for many years before his retirement. He also served in the military and moved back to Holton in the mid-1990s. He was a member of Oskaloosa United Methodist Church and was attending Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. He also was involved in the Topeka Kennel Club. He married Mary Eubanks. She died in 1990. He married Kathryn Arnold in July 1994. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Doug Weckman and Randy Weckman; two daughters, Pam Reisig and Tracy Berndt; two stepsons, Allen Arnold and Richard Arnold; two stepdaughters, Barbara Mattox and Mary Cady; six grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; three great-grandsons; and 16 stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 3 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 2 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oskaloosa Library or Beck-Bookman Library, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be sent to www.mercerfuneralhomes.com
Selma Pauline Bartlow, 90, Whiting, died April 28, 2006, at Jackson County Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 31, 1915, on the family farm southeast of Horton, the daughter of Peder T. and Ida Sophie Knudson Pederson. She graduated in 1933 from Everest High School and attended Strickler's Business College in Topeka for a year. Mrs. Bartlow was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. She was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Everest and a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women group in Whiting. She married Robert David Bartlow Sr. on June 25, 1941, in Brush Creek Community. He died April 23, 1999. She also was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, infant Carl, Julius, Harold and Luther Pederson; and two sisters, Gertina Zwonitzer and Beatrice Atwater. Survivors include two daughters, Norma Thomas and husband Kenneth, Whiting, and Joy Jepson and husband Daryl, Topeka; a son, Robert D. Bartlow Jr. and wife Muriel, Whiting; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 1 at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary in Horton. Burial was in Horton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Whiting United Methodist Church, sent in care of Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary, 909 Central Ave., Horton, KS 66439. Online condolences may be sent to www.dishon-maple-chaney.com
Eugene M. Fernkopf, 83, Holton, died April 28, 2006, at Holton Community Hospital. He was born Aug. 27, 1922, in Holton, the son of Michael Carl and Mabel C. Stephenson Fernkopf. He graduated from Holton High School in 1941 and lived all of his life in the Holton community. Mr. Fernkopf was a farmer and stockman and later worked for Holton Transport for more than 20 years before he retired. He was a member of Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton and taught Sunday school at the church for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 20 in Circleville, Scottish Rite in Topeka and IOOF in Holton, all for more than 50 years. He also was a member of Order of Eastern Star Chapter 152 in Holton. He married Madene George on Dec. 25, 1948, in Elkhart. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Robert Fernkopf, Holton, and Steven Fernkopf, Rosenheim, Germany; a sister, Donna Parmiter, Holton; a brother, Forrest Fernkopf, Topeka; two granddaughters, Lura Gaston, Topeka, and Emily Fernkopf, Holton; and a great-granddaughter, Jaelyn Gaston, Topeka. He was preceded in death by a sister, Norene Arnold, and a brother, Kenneth Fernkopf. Funeral services were held May 1 at Mercer Funeral Home 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. Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com