Rosaleen French, 82, Highland, died June 21, 2001 at a St. Joseph, Mo., hospital. She was born Oct. 6, 1918 in Highland, the daughter of Frank Benjamin and Grace Olive Roseberry King. She attended Highland schools. Mrs. French had worked as a telephone operator. She was a member of the United Methodist Presbyterian Church and the Pollyanna Club, both of Highland. She married William H. French on May 2, 1946 in Atchison. He preceded her in death. Survivors include a foster daughter, Anita Rounds, Claremore, Okla.; a brother, Leslie King, Havensville; a sister, Rachel Trimble, Longmont, Colo.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 23 at Highland Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Highland Cemetery and sent in care of the funeral home.
Dorothy J. Cobb, 82, Holton, died June 19, 2001 at Alterra Clare Bridge Cottage in Topeka. She was born Oct. 18, 1918 near Holton, the daughter of Christopher and Dora Eames Hickman. Mrs. Cobb was a homemaker and lived all of her life in the Holton community. She also worked for Slimaker Dress Factory in Holton. She was a member of the Holton Hospital Auxiliary. She married Gilbert B. Cobb on Jan. 4, 1940 in Whiting. He died July 9, 1985. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Webster, in 1993; two sisters, Ruth Hilgenfeld, in 1986, and Mabel Cress, in 1997; and a brother, Elmer Hickman, in 1979. Survivors include three sons, Ronald Cobb, Topeka, Gary Cobb, Richmond, Mo., and James Cobb, New York City; a sister, Frances Pelton, Topeka; two brothers, Charles Hickman, Holton, and James Hickman, Shelby, Ohio; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 22 at First Baptist Church in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or Midland Hospital and sent in care of the funeral home.
Nelson E. Miller, 94, formerly of Effingham, died June 19, 2001 at a Horton nursing home. He was born April 15, 1907 in Muscotah, the son of Cornelius E. and A. Myrtle Nelson Miller. He attended area schools and graduated from Muscotah High School. He also attended Kansas State University in Manhattan and Universal Aviation School in Kansas City. Mr. Miller had worked for the American Airway, Kansas City, as a caretaker for Atchison County Lake, and as a deputy with Atchison County Sheriff’s Office. He later farmed in the Everest area. He worked as the county noxious weed supervisor in Effingham and was a custodian for Atchison County Community High School. He also worked on the Malcolm Gigstad Farm and for Wheeler Hardware Store in Larkinburg. He was a member of Effingham Union Church, the Gideon Organization No. 461. He also was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star, Huron, and was a past worthy patron of Eastern Star. He had been a longtime member of the Atchison County Fair Association. He married Irene L. Shrader on Dec. 12, 1930 in Kansas City. She died March 16, 1988. He also was preceded in death by a grandson. Survivors include two sons, Leonard Miller, Lillian, Ala., and Donald Gene Miller, Stafford; a daughter, Linette Sue Small, Horton; a sister, Myrtle Maude Tinsley, Independence, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held June 22 at Effingham Union Church. Burial with Masonic services was in Muscotah Kansas Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Organization or the Tri-County Manor.
Angie May Pierce, 90, died June 12, 2001, in Truxtum Mercy Hospital, Bakersfield, Calif., after a severe heart attack. She was born March 16, 1911, the daughter of Joseph Clayton and Frances E. Willard Hill, near Circleville, where she lived most of her life in Kansas, graduating from Circleville High School in 1928. During World War II, she worked as a riveter at Boeing Aircraft Co., in Wichita. She later worked many years as a clerk in the laundry and dry cleaning business. She moved to California in 1994 to be near her only daughter. For the past few months she was a resident at Alterra Sterling House in Bakersfield. She married Clarke E. Barnes on Oct. 15, 1929; they divorced in 1944. She then married Clarence E. Pierce on Dec. 30, 1949. He preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1980. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marjorie F. Hill; a brother, Willard C. Hill; a brother-in-law and a nephew. Survivors include a sister, Norma Jean Endsley; her children, Vicky Harris, Pamela Howey, Michael R. Endsley and Diana M. Kauffman; and many other relatives and friends. Cremation was on June 16 at Mish Funeral Home in Bakersfield. Inunment will be held at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka, next to her husband.
Alton "Andy" Anderson, 58, died June 7, 2001 in Aurora, Ore. He was born Aug. 2, 1942 on a farm in Nemaha County, the son of Erin "Bus" and Anna Little Anderson. He lived in Eugene, Ore., and Salem, Ore., before moving to Aurora in 1987. He was a supervisor for AT&T for 26 years, then a maintenance supervisor for North Marion School District for the past 10 years. He married Lee Ann L. Rix in 1982. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Greg Anderson, Springfield, Ore.; three daughters, Audrey Deardon, Springfield, and Alesha Anderson and Stacey Anderson, both of Aurora, Ore.; a brother, Gene Anderson, St. Helens, Ore.; his parents; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held June 15, 2001 in North Marion High School Stadium in Aurora, Ore. Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund in his name at any Washington Mutual Bank. Canby Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Cards may be sent to his parents, Erin and Anna Anderson, 22785 Bents Rd. N.E., Aurora, Ore. 97002.
Charlie Miller, 48, Topeka, formerly of Effingham, died July 30, 2001 following a traffic accident on Kansas Highway 4 near Topeka. He was born Feb. 27, 1953 in Atchison, the son of Edwin and Margaret Schrick Miller. He attended St. Ann's Grade School and graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1971. He was a truck driver for more than 18 years, driving for the Frito-Lay Company. He won several awards for driving safety and was a member of the Million Mile Safe Driving Club. He won the Frito-Lay National Truck Driving Rodeo in 1988. He was a former member of the Work and Pleasure Saddle Club, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, cars, driving in demolition derbies and tractor pulls, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and spending time with his grandson. He married Emma Kloepper on Jan. 14, 1972. They were divorced. Survivors include two daughters, Diane Skidmore, Holton, and Keri Armstrong, Atchison; his mother and stepfather, Margaret and Leo Diebolt, Effingham; three brothers, Joe Miller, Wichita, John Miller, Yukon, Okla., and Rick Miller, St. Joseph, Mo.; two sisters, Mary Craig, San Antonio, Texas, and Ann Hunt, Kansas City, Mo.; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery in Effingham. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the American Cancer Society.
Dale E. Spiker, 60, Hoyt, died July 30, 2001 at a Holton nursing home. He was born Dec. 24, 1940, the son of Marvin W. and Ellen Bohnenkemper Spiker. He was a graduate of Hoyt High School in 1958 and lived most of his life in the Hoyt community. He worked for Josten's Yearbook in Topeka for 25 years. Dale was a United States Army veteran, having served as a Marksman in the Vietnam War. He received a Vietnam Service Medal ard a National Defense Service Medal. He was member of the Hoyt United Methodist Church. Survivors include his mother, Ellen Bohnenkemper Spiker, Holton; two sisters, Diane Williams, Wichita, and Darlene Puro, Astoria, Ore. Three brothers, Donald, Darrell and Delmer Spiker, preceded him in death. Services for Mr. Spiker will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will in Holton Cemetery. He will lie in state Aug. 1 and 2 at the funeral home where the family will meet with friends one hour prior to service time Aug. 2. Memorial contributions may be given to Hoyt United Methodist Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, Kan. 66436.
Natalie Elizabeth Blaske, infant daughter of Kevin and Yvonne Fritz Blaske, was stillbom July 29, 2001 at Mercy Health Center in Manhattan. Other survivors include paternal grandparents, John and Joyce Blaske, Onaga, and maternal grandparents, Paul and Martha Fritz, Wetmore. Private graveside services will be in Havensville Cemetery. Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga is in charge of arrangements.
Edna A. Thomas, 96, Atchison, disd July 29, 2001 at an Atchison care center. She was born May 22, 1905 in Rogers, Ark., the daughter of William T. and Melissa A. Davenport Burch. She attended school in Rogers before moving to the Atchison area in 1918. Mrs. Thomas farmed near Effingham with her husband, raising cattle and chickens. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Atchison. She married Olin O. Thomas on Oct. 24, 1922, at St. Joseph, Mo. He died March 8, 1969. She also was preceded in death by a son, William H. Thomas, on July 8, 1998, and a daughter, Virginia Ruth Garrett, in March 1982. Survivors include four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Aug. 1, 2001 in Oak Hill Cemetery in Atchison. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Atchison Girl Scouts.
Former Kansas Governor Joan Marie Finney, 76, Topeka, died July 28, 2001 at a Topeka hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1925 at Topeka, the daughter of Leonard and Mary Sands McInroy. She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1942. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economic history at Washburn University. Gov. Finney was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, S.A.I. Music Sorority, American Business Women’s Association and the American Legion Auxiliary. She married Spencer Finney on July 24, 1957 at Topeka. He survives. Survivors include two daughters, Sarah Finney and Mary Holladay, both of Topeka; a son, Richard Finney, Topeka; and three step&endash;grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial was held Aug. 1 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Cremation will follow. Inurnment will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 2 at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Honors will be provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol and four Indian Nations of Kansas. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Haskell University Building Fund, sent in care of Dr. Karen Swisher; the Most Pure Heart of Mary Building Fund; or the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Minnie Reva Berkley Rosser, 89, Rossville, died July 28, 2001 at a Topeka retirement center. She was born April 19, 1912 in Lincoln County, the daughter of Robert Harvey and Clara Mae Greenway Berkley. She was reared in the Glendale and Tescott communities and graduated from Glendale High School. She had lived in the Delia, Holton and Rossville communities before moving to Topeka three years ago. Mrs. Rosser was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church. She married Frank Louis Rosser on May 18, 1935 in Manhattan. He died Oct. 25, 1984. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Heidebrecht, Wichita, and Marilyn Campbell, Rossville; two sisters, Ruth Sulter, Salina, and Helen Webb, Solomon; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services were held July 31 at Rossville United Methodist Church. Burial was in Rossville Cemetery. Later memorial services were held Aug. 1 at Brewster Place Chapel in Brewster Place Main Building in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to Rossville United Methodist Church, Jimmie Lillard Post 31 of the American Legion in Rossville or to Brewster Place Memorial Fund and sent in care of Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Frank Edward Peabody, 89, Lodi, Calif., died July 27, 2001 after a short illness. He was born Jan. 20, 1912 in Larkinburg, the son of George and Jennie Morgan Peabody of Muscotah. He graduated from Muscotah High School in 1929. As a young man, he worked in Virgil Little's grocery store in Muscotah. Prior to his election as Atchison County Treasurer for two consecutive terms, Mr. Peabody worked for Combustion Engineering in several locations, including Oak Ridge, Tenn. He owned the Muscotah Lumber Yard Company for many years and served as a trustee on the Atchison County Community High School Board. He joined the Kansas State Motor Vehicle Department, then the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, where he served as auditor-accountant and administered the statewide Hay Commodity Distribution Program. He and his wife, the former Margaret Higley, lived in Manhattan for many years until his retirement from public service, and they moved to Council Grove, spending winters in Brownsville, Texas. In 1988, they moved to Lodi, Calif., to be close to their son. Mr. Peabody was a member of Masonic Lodge 130, Scottish Rite, Whiting; Isis Temple Shrine, Salina; and the Order of Eastern Star, Whiting. He was an active member of the High Twelve Club of Lodi and Past Grand Master of the United Commercial Travelers of Manhattan. He grew up attending the Muscotah Congregational Church, and later joined the Disciples of Christ Christian Church in Council Grove, where he was baptized. He later joined the United Congregational Christian Church in Lodi. Mr. Peabody was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Justice, Mary Poos and Dorothy Peabody, and a granddaughter, Toni Miotke. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Peabody, of the home; a son, the Rev. Derril E. Peabody, Lodi, Calif.; a daughter, Margaret Janie Rippe, St. George; five sisters, Viola Weaver, Atchison, Jenneive Worden, Sparks, Nev., Betty Hart, Leawood, Vernetta Moore, Effingham, and Bonnie Anderson, Muscotah; a brother, George Peabody, Oklahoma City, Okla.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. A Masonic graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Muscotah Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Muscotah United Church, with a luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Pastor Orie Ensz and the Rev. Dr. R.T. Wentling will co-officiate.