REEDS SPRING, Mo. - Dan Earl Deckard, 53, of Reeds Spring, formerly of Oxford, died June 21, 2001, in his home.
Deckard was born Jan. 13, 1948, in McAllen, Texas, to June Ella (Luce) and Leslie Deckard.
He was a master glass blower at Silver Dollar City, Mo., and had lived in the area for the past 32 years. He earlier served in the U.S. Navy.
Deckard's wife, the former Muriel Walker, died Nov. 21, 2000.
Survivors include his parents, Leslie and June Ella Deckard, Oxford; a brother, Kenneth Deckard, Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sisters, Vickie Starlin, Oxford, Cheryl Neal, Arkansas City, and Cecile Knowles, Halstead; and his grandmother, Vera Luce, Branson, Mo.
ARKANSAS CITY - Doris M. Knight, 69, homemaker, of Arkansas City, died June 28, 2001, at her residence.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Sally Mercer will officiate. Cremation has been effected.
Memorials have been established with Hospice Inc. and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Knight was born Oct. 29, 1931, in St. Joe, to Rosa (Erker) and Joseph Hilger. She was raised and educated in St. Joe.
In November 1951 she married C.W. Knight in Enid, Okla. They made their home in Wichita for a short time before moving to Arkansas City. Her husband preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Michael Knight, Winfield, Paul Knight, Mukilteo, Wash., and Bruce Knight, Wichita; two daughters, Lynne Becker and Karla Knight, both of Arkansas City; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
MANHATTAN - Lee Launchbaugh, 65, of Manhattan, died June 27, 2001, at St. Joseph Senior Community in Manhattan.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. The Rev. Jim Reed will officiate. Family and friends are invited to meet at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home Monday morning at 9:30 to form a procession to the cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the American Lung Association of Kansas. Contributions may be sent in care of the funeral home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
Launchbaugh was born Dec. 16, 1935, in Hoxie, to Lucille (Lee) and Loren M. Launchbaugh. As a youth he was a paperboy for the Winfield Daily Courier.
On June 16, 1954, he married Betty Taylor in Cambridge.
Launchbaugh was a window glazier and a longtime Manhattan area resident. He had also worked as a window glazier in Kansas City.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Launchbaugh, Manhattan; two sons, Stanley E. Launchbaugh, Kansas City, Kan., and Stacey M. Launchbaugh, Simpsonville, S.C.; his mother, Lucille Launchbaugh, Winfield; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
LEAVENWORTH - Marcella M. Wallsmith, 56, of Leavenworth, died June 27, 2001, at Providence Medical Center, after a 30-year battle with multiple sclerosis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Friends may call at Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home, 707 S. Sixth, Leavenworth, from 5 to 8 tonight.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Wallsmith was born Feb. 6, 1945, at Fort Leavenworth, to Ann E. and Albert Fanty. She attended Leavenworth Catholic schools and graduated from Immaculata High School and St. Mary College where she earned a bachelor's degree in English.
On June 24, 1967, she married David Wallsmith.
A homemaker, she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, David Wallsmith, Leavenworth; a daughter, Sarah Anne Pritza, Omaha, Neb.; a son, Dan Wallsmith, Leavenworth; a sister, Beverly Warzecha, Arlington, Texas; a brother, Paul Fanty, Leavenworth; and three granddaughters.
OXFORD - Edith E "Molly" Drake, 76, of Oxford, died June 28, 2001, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The family will greet friends from 3 to 5.
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Drake was born March 5, 1925, in Chanute, to Cora B. (Hammil) and Charles F. Yockey. When she was seven, she moved to Humboldt where she was raised and educated. As a young woman, she worked as a waitress.
On Oct. 24, 1942, she married Delbert W. Drake in Humboldt. Because of his work as a truck driver and laborer for pipeline companies, they lived in several locations. He died July 10, 1984.
A homemaker, Drake was a member of the Church of God in Humboldt.
Survivors include a son, Dale L. Drake, Winfield; a daughter, Ceolah K. Jones, Oxford; five sisters, Zelma Bailey, Topeka, Mary Ellen Oneslager, Humboldt, Patty Yockey, Wichita, Alice Thomas, Chanute, and Sally Clark, Moundridge; two brothers, Tim Yockey, Humboldt, and Richard "Dick" Yockey, Houston; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Florence I. Dolsen, 90, of Winfield, died June 29, 2001, at Cumbernauld Village.
Services will be in Lamar, Colo., with burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Lamar. Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a son, David Dolsen, Winfield.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Southwestern College.
Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
CEDAR VALE - Services for Nellie "Virginia" Wallace were held at 11 a.m. June 30, 2001, at the Cedar Vale Church of Christ. The Rev. Chuck Evans and Jesse Kindred officiated. Burial was in Cedar Vale Cemetery.
Wallace's grandchildren served as casket bearers.
Memorials have been established with the Cedar Vale Memorial Library and the Wallace Memorial Fund for USD 285.
Wheeler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
SEVERY - Agnes Louise Shugart, 79, longtime resident of Severy, died June 30, 2001, at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Severy United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kibum Kim will officiate. Burial will be in South Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association. Contributions may be left with Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
Shugart was born June 20, 1922, on a farm north of Severy, to Verna Belle (Eddy) and James Walter Dixon. She attended Greenwood Valley School and graduated from Severy Rural High School in 1940.
On July 30, 1940, she married Eldon Elmer Shugart in Howard. Her husband died Nov. 1, 2000.
A homemaker, Shugart was a member of an Extension Homemakers Unit, the Lend-A-Hand Club and the Rebekah Lodge of Severy. She was currently a member of the Outlook Club, Severy United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
Survivors include a son, LeRoy Shugart, McPherson; six daughters, Lois Klepper, Severy, Janice Korte, Wellington, Linda Crismas, Humboldt, Carol Shugart, LaCygne, Mary Jo Plaster, Springfield, Mo., and Beth Shugart, Wichita; a brother, Roy Dixon, Garnett; six grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services for Alta Wolf were held at 10:30 a.m. June 30, 2001, in Swisher-Taylor & Morris Chapel. The Rev. Ted Brown officiated, and Mary Messall gave the eulogy. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Alberta Brown was the vocalist, and Doris Priest was the organist. Music included "How Great Thou Art," "It Is Well" and "Abide With Me."
Casket bearers were Randy and Brad Jenkins, Brad, Steve and Matthew Smith and Chris Reynolds.
A memorial has been established with Hackney Community Baptist Church.
MOLINE - Charles Leland Rogers, 88, of rural Moline, died June 29, 2001, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Moline United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gary Parsons will officiate. Burial will be in Moline Cemetery. Hope Lodge 155 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons will conduct graveside services.
A memorial has been established with the Moline United Methodist Church. Contributions may be made through Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard.
Rogers was born March 4, 1913, near Cedar Vale, to Pearl K. (Nelson) and Edwin Albert Rogers. His mother later died, leaving his father to raise three children. Rogers attended school at Cloverdale and also School of the Ozarks before graduating from Cedar Vale High School in 1932.
As a young man, Rogers traveled with the wheat harvest and spent time in California as a lumberjack and gold prospector.
On March 1, 1943, he married Mable Irene Bolton in Independence, and they farmed near Grenola. Rogers was also employed for several years by Martin-Marietta Rock Quarry and Meish Construction as a heavy equipment operator. In 1949 the family moved to a farm five miles south of Moline and began to raise cattle.
Rogers took flying lessons at an airfield south of Sedan. He was a member of Hope Masonic Lodge 155 in Howard and received his 50-year certificate of membership. He was a longtime member of the Moline United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mable Rogers, Moline; a son, Charles Rogers, Wichita; four daughters, Mary Tjaden, Byers, Barbara Grimes, Park City, Janie Williams, Wichita, and Karen Hey, Bartlesville, Okla.; a sister, Helen Rose, Cedar Vale; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.