Mildred Darline Meggison, 88, Topeka, died Oct. 3, 2007, at a Topeka hospital. She was born Sept. 10, 1919 at St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of Earl S. and Bessie Phillips Jones. Mrs. Meggison was a cook at the Shawnee County Poor Farm and St. Francis Hospital. She had lived at Hoyt most of her life before moving to Topeka in 1990. She attended Oakland Nazarene Church. She married Harold James Meggison Sr. on Feb. 18, 1937, at Troy. He died May 7, 1990. She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Donna Sue Meggison, in 1952; and a son, Earl "David" Meggison, in 1959. Survivors include three daughters, Carole Flynn, Topeka, Marilyn Armstrong, Silver Lake, and Barbara J. Wyatt, Bakersfield, Calif.; three sons, Harold J. Meggison Jr., Larry L. Meggison and Randy S. Meggison, all of Topeka; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 N.W. Independence Ave., Topeka. Interment was in Topeka Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, KS 66601-1653. Online condolences may be sent to www.PenwellGabel.com
Jo Alice Shea, Holton, died Oct. 8, 2007, at her home. Funeral services are pending at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton.
Ida Mae Eby Bean, 78, Frankfort, died Sept. 29, 2007, at her home. She was born July 28, 1929, the daughter of Samuel and Virgie Labbe Eby. She graduated from Centralia High School in 1947. Mrs. Bean was a CNA for 23 years. She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Centralia. She married Robert Clay Bean Jr. on April 30, 1947. He died March 6, 1984. She also was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel John and Virgie Eby; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include four sons, Robert John Bean and wife Nora, Holton, Ronnie Lee Bean and wife Terry, Pratt, Donald Ray Bean and wife Mary, Newton, and David Clay Bean and wife Pam, Brazil, Ind.; four daughters, Jacquelyn Kay Berry and husband Bill and Patricia Ann Igeleheart, all of Florence, Cheryl Diane Berry and husband Larry, Severy, and Tammy Jones and husband Steven, Frankfort; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Centralia, with Deanna Lewis officiating. Burial was in Centralia Cemetery. Hayes-Popkess Funeral Home of Centralia is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ida Bean Memorial Fund. A specific charity will be named at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to www.popkessmortuaries.com
Cleo A. Hill, 86, Holton, died Oct. 2, 2007, at Medicalodges Jackson County after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. She was born Jan. 25, 1921, near Soldier, the daughter of Fred James and Emma Freel Staehli. She graduated from Corning High School in 1939. Mrs. Hill was a long-time resident of the Jackson County area, and she and her husband farmed and raised a family in the Soldier area. She lived in Marceline, Mo., from 1986 to 1997, then moved to Holton with her nieces. She married Arthur Irl Hill in 1940. He died in 1967. She also was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Ramberg, in 1997; and two brothers, Arnold Staehli and Carl Staehli. Survivors include a sister, Catherine Cormier, Holton; two grandsons, Damon Romine, Los Angeles, Calif., and Jason Romine, Topeka; five stepgrandchildren; three nieces, Rebecca Hayes, Hoyt, and Roxanne Hayes and Vivian Cormier, both of Holton; and six nephews, Bruce Cormier and Rodney Cormier, both of Soldier, Wade Cormier, Hoyt, and James Staehli, Gary Staehli and Phil Staehli, all of Topeka. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Soldier Christian Church. Burial will be in Soldier Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorial contributions may be made to Soldier Christian Church or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
LaVina Mae "Cow-so-quah" Leach, 71, Topeka, died Oct. 2, 2007, at a Topeka hospice. She was born May 16, 1936, in Mayetta, the daughter of Scott and Anna Mae Matchie Nanogah. Mrs. Leach was a retired certified nursing assistant. She was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. She married James W. Leach in June 1959 in Topeka. They divorced. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Garcia and Jan Leach, both of Topeka; a son, James Leach, Baxter Springs; a sister, Augustine Hale, Topeka; a brother, Henry Young Jr., Topeka; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Jon Walton Leach, in 1997; and a daughter, Joyce Yvonne Leach, in 1994. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in the Danceground Cemetery west of Mayetta. Family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the LaVina Leach Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Gage Patrick Maloun, 7 months, Topeka, died Oct. 1, 2007, at a Kansas City hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 2007, in Topeka, the son of James Maloun and Shana Estes. Survivors include his parents; three brothers, Skyler, Aiden and Jordan; paternal grandparents, Robert Maloun, Roberta Olberding and Albert Olberding; and maternal grandparents, James and Wendy Estes. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Davidson Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Prairie Home Cemetery. Gage will lie in state from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gage Maloun Memorial Fund, sent in care of the funeral home.
E. Howard Tolle, 94, Holton, died Oct. 2, 2007, at his home. He was born May 25, 1913, at Lindly, Mo., the son of Ernest and Nancy McBurney Tolle. He was reared in the Lindly and Galt communities. He lived in Topeka for 63 years before moving to Holton on Jan. 1, 2004, where he lived with his granddaughter and her family. Mr. Tolle worked at John Morrell Packing in Topeka prior to the 1951 flood. He then farmed and served on the Shawnee County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He was a member and former deacon of Seaman Congregational United Church of Christ and a member of the church's Men's Fellowship. He also was a 60-year member of Golden Rule Lodge 90, AF&AM, and a life member of the Topeka Scottish Rite Bodies. He married Veda Lee Burress on March 24, 1934, at Milan, Mo. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Darlene Mastin and husband Bill, St. John; a son, Ken Tolle, Elmont; two sisters, Velma Page and Tressa Merrill, both of Chillicothe, Mo.; six grandchildren, including granddaughter Kathy Tyler and husband Monty, Holton; three stepgrandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at Seaman Congregational United Church of Christ, 2036 N.W. Taylor Ave., Topeka, followed by Rose Croix Services conducted by Topeka Scottish Rite Bodies. Golden Rule Lodge 90, AF&AM, will conduct Masonic graveside services at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Grove. Mr. Tolle will lie in state after 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 N.W. Independence Ave., Topeka, where family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Masonic Foundation, P.O. Box 1217, Topeka, KS 66601-1217.
Annlee Nicholas Barnes, 103, formerly of Onaga, died Oct. 15, 2007. She was born May 25, 1904, in Onaga, the daughter of Edward and Violetta Nicholas. She grew up in the Bucks Grove community, and she graduated from Havensville High School in 1923 and Sacred Heart Academy in Manhattan in 1925. She also attended Kansas State University. Mrs. Barnes worked for Nibble Nook Care and the grocery store in Kingsdown, and later worked at Kansas State University. She later resided at Huntington by the Sea in Huntington Beach, Calif. She married Mansel J. (Sam) Barnes on Dec. 11, 1926. He died in August 1974. She also was preceded in death by all of her siblings, including her oldest sister, Florence Clements; and many nieces and nephews. Survivors include three children, Sammy Lee, Sondra Lynne and Judy Jan; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews, some of whom reside in the Holton area. A special memorial service is being planned for May 2008. Memorial contributions may be made to Bucks Grove United Methodist Church, sent in care of Rose Marie Clements, 312 W. Seventh St., Onaga, KS 66521.
Neil W. Early, 73, Lincoln, Neb., died Oct. 28, 2007, in Lincoln. He was born Aug. 23, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Neil and Elizabeth Porter Early. He grew up in Kansas City and graduated from De La Salle Military Academy in 1952, then attended Kansas City, Mo., Junior College. Mr. Early served in the Naval Reserves for four years. He had worked in bowling centers in California, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska since 1955. He managed five Professional Bowling Association (PBA) tournaments as manager of King Louie West Lanes in Overland Park from 1969 to 1973. He had been managing partner of Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., since 1977. He was a senior member of the PBA and bowled in a number of senior tournaments across the country. He was inducted into the Lincoln Men's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1991. He was a member of the United Lutheran Church, the UNL Volleyball Match Club, Hillcrest Country Club, the American Legion, and Bassmasters. He volunteered as a Meals on Wheels driver and supported several charitable organizations. He married Deb Rogers on May 7, 1994. She survives. Other survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Crossley, Olathe; his stepmother, Lois Early, Chandler, Ariz.; three daughters, Janice Early-Weas and husband Mike, Lawrence, Nancy Spiegel and husband Mike, Shawnee, and Teresa Riley and husband Byron, Holton; four sons, Neil Early, Chandler, Ariz., Keith Early and wife Tammy, Black Canyon City, Ariz., Chris Early and wife Jana, Overland Park, and Rob Early, in central Missouri; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Karen Rogers, Aurora, Neb.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rich and Tammie Burns and Keith and Lisa Henning, all of Lincoln, Neb.; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Neil Early; a brother, Keith Early; and a son, Todd Early. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5945 Fremont St., Lincoln, Neb. Friends and family are encouraged to gather between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at Roper and Sons Chapel, 4300 O St., Lincoln. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Medical Oncology fund at St. Elizabeth's Foundation, 6900 L Street, Lincoln, NE 68510; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Donald Joel Eisenbraun, 51, Scotland, S.D., died Oct. 27, 2007 at a Scotland, S.D. care center. He was born June 29, 1956, in Scotland, S.D., the son of Alvin and Bertha Goldhammer Eisenbraun. He attended special education classes in Scotland and later attended Sioux Vocational School in Sioux Falls, S.D. Mr. Eisenbraun was a resident of the Yankton Area Adjustment Training Center, which later became the Abilities Building Services Center. He was an active participant in Special Olympics, winning several trophies and medals in basketball, softball, track and field and bowling. In 1990, he competed in the International Special Olympics in Minneapolis, Minn., as a South Dakota delegate. He entered the Avera Sister James Care Center in 2005 due to his health. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Scotland, S.D. Survivors include his mother, Bertha Eisenbraun, Yankton, S.D.; five brothers and sisters, Dal Eisenbraun and wife Carol, Tucson, Ariz., Darrell Eisenbraun and wife Doreen, Chandler, Ariz., Diane Gross and husband Allen, Mayetta, Deborah Raabe and husband Jerry, Volga, S.D., and Dan Eisenbraun and wife Patti, Yankton, S.D.; and 14 nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin, in 2004. Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Scotland, S.D., with the Rev. David Ellis officiating. Interment was in Rosehill Cemetery in Scotland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ability Building Services Center in Yankton, S.D.
Lawrence Martin Sigmund, 89, St. Paul, died Oct. 25, 2007, at a St. Paul care center after several years of ill health. He was born Nov. 4, 1917, at Wetmore, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Martin Sigmund. He grew up on a farm near Wetmore and attended school there, graduating from Wetmore High School. He later attended the University of Kansas, where he received a bachelor of arts degree and later a law degree. Mr. Sigmund served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting in the European Theatre. In the last months of the war, he was captured and spent time in a prison camp until freed by U.S. forces. He remained in the Army Reserve and rose to the rank of major. He later established a law practice in Holton and in 1946, he went to work for the Veterans Administration in Wichita, where he remained for 30 years. After retirement, he raised cattle and grew pecans on a farm near Stark. He was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church and participated in lay duties for St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Walnut. He served on the board of Rural Water District 2 and was chairman for a time. He also was a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Conservation Society. He married Mary Alysse Sill in 1945 in Watsonville, Calif. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Lawrence Michael Sigmund and wife Cynthia, Newton; and a daughter, Anne Marie Sigmund, Deer Isle, Maine. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Edelman. Mass of Christian burial was held Oct. 30 at St. Francis Catholic Church with Fr. Theodore Khin officiating. Committal services were held Oct. 30 in Netawaka Cemetery with Fr. Kent O'Conner officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Prairie Mission Retirement Village. Carson-Wall Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
Martin Leon Burns, 70, Holton, died Oct. 25, 2007, at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Mayetta, the son of George Raymond and Lucy Blandin Burns. He served in the Army National Guard for several years. Mr. Burns was a farmer and rancher. He retired from Goodyear after 43 years. He was a member of Rubber Workers Local 307 and a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. He married Donna Wells on Oct. 17, 1988, in Miami, Okla. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Rick D. Burns and wife Sherry, Holton; two daughters, Debra S. Lutz and husband Edward and Sandy K. Spiker and husband Lonnie, all of Holton; three sisters, Mary Carr and husband Darrell and Julia Kennedy and husband Philip, all of Topeka, and Theresa McNary and husband Wayne, Ozawkie; a brother, Edwin "Buzz" Burns and wife Bonnie, Manhattan; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry D. Wells, in 1988; and three brothers, Phillip Burns, James Burns and Billy Burns. Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Holton High School FFA, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Doris Fern Calwell, 99, Topeka, died Oct. 26, 2007, at a Topeka care center. She was born December 1, 1907, in Wetmore, the daughter of Edward and Daisy White Newlin. She graduated from Wetmore High School in 1925. Mrs. Calwell taught two years in a one-room school in Jackson County, then graduated from Christ's Hospital's Vail School of Nursing in 1930. She was a public health nurse and a special duty nurse in Topeka. She later was a nurse in Washington D.C., Wichita and Kansas City. She and her husband also lived at Lake of the Forest in Bonner Springs before they moved in 1995 to Aldersgate Village in Topeka. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Topeka Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She married William R. Calwell on Oct. 3, 1931, in Topeka. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, David Calwell and wife Pauline, Topeka, and Michael Calwell and wife Laura, Mission; three sisters, Della Hinkle, Topeka, Bernice Lichty, Orange Grove, Calif., and Lois Bassett, Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Ken Calwell and wife Sandy, Ann Arbor, Mich., Chris Calwell and wife Vicki, Durango, Colo., Todd Calwell and wife Jenny, Houston, Texas, and Cindy Mosciaro and husband Joe, Hayden, Colo.; and two great-grandsons, Kasey Calwell, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Sammy Mosciaro, Hayden, Colo. She was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Brenner; and two brothers, Calvin and Carol Newlin. Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at Wesley Hall in Aldersgate Village in Topeka. Interment was in Wetmore Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or Aldersgate Village, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Corrine Spencer Nixon, 92, Holton, died Oct. 28, 2007, at Holton Community Hospital. She was born Dec. 19, 1914, near Circleville, the daughter of Charles Ross and N. Hazel Wolfley Spencer. She graduated from Circleville High School in 1932. Mrs. Nixon taught school at Glenwood Country School west of Holton for a year. She then attended Dodge School of Business in Topeka. Her first job was secretary to Charles Porterfield, who was president of the National Funeral Directors Association at the time. She was working at the Holton Court House for the Welfare Department when she was called to work in the War Department in Washington D.C. in October 1941. She worked at the Pentagon for 31 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Holton. She also belonged to the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Pleasant Valley Neighbors Club and the A.Y.L.I. Bridge Club. She married Clarence H. Nixon Jr. on June 25, 1955, in Washington, D.C. He died Feb. 10, 1990. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Marion Durden, Porter, Texas; a stepson, Clarence H. Nixon III, Brunswick, Ga.; a sister, Ruth Boettcher, Las Vegas, Nev.; and several stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Interment will be in Circleville Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holton Community Hospital, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.
Alice Marie Rickel, 76, Hoyt, died Oct. 25, 2007, at her home from complications of Parkinson's disease. She was born Aug. 9, 1931, at Auburn, the daughter of Cleon and Suzanna Whitten Lowry. She attended Six Mile Grade School near Auburn, graduated from Auburn High School in 1949 and attended College of Emporia (C of E, Presbyterian) in Emporia for two years. Mrs. Rickel was a homemaker. She was a member of Meriden United Methodist Church. She married George F. Rickel on July 25, 1952, in Auburn. He survives. Other survivors include six children, Cleon and Deborah Rickel, Garnett, Greg and Pamela Rickel and Randall and Linda Rickel, all of Topeka, Eric and Karen Rickel, Vassar, Samantha Chapman, Overland Park, and Rodney Rickel, Hoyt; two brothers, Harold Lowry and wife Phyllis, Auburn, and James Lowry and wife Joan, Norman, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson, Timothy James Rickel. Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt. Burial was in Hoyt Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Northeast Kansas Parkinson's Association or Abundant Life Hospice, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 280, Hoyt, KS 66440.