Sarah Frances Purdy,83, of Atchison, passed away Friday, August 15, 2008.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30 AM Monday, August 18, 2008 at the First Christian Church with Rev. Lee Hendon officiating. Graveside services will be Monday at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Memorial Park, St. Joseph, MO. The family will receive friends from 7:00-8:30 PM Sunday, August 17, 2008 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Memorial contributions in honor of Mrs. Purdy are suggested to First Christian Church or Atchison Hospital Hospice and may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Sarah was born May 25, 1925 in Halls, MO the daughter of William F. and Doris Dean (Robertson) Henman. She graduated from Benton High School, St. Joseph, MO, in 1942. She married Billy B. Purdy on February 23, 1946 in Atchison, KS. Sarah was a member of the First Christian Church’s Christian Women’s Fellowship, American Legion Auxiliary, Pioneers of America and the Alpha Aletha Club which originated from Benton High School. She was a Worthy Matron and a Past Matron of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Purdy enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and playing bridge and poker. Sarah’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include two sons; Mike & Sophie Purdy, Bellevue, NE, Stan & Suzy Purdy, Atchison, KS, grandchildren; Stephanie Kuenning, Matt Purdy, Mickey, Casey, Sadie, Roger and Andy Purdy and 5 great granchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy and a sister Dora Dean Hoerath.
Esther L. Chalfant, 78 years of age, of Everest, KS., died Saturday, August 09, 2008 at the Horton Hospital, Horton, KS.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at the Lancaster United Methodist Church with Rev. Karen Jeffcoat officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Huron Cemetery, Huron, KS. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Monday, Aug. 11th, 2008 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Youth Programs of the Lancaster United Methodist Church and may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Esther was born on April 16, 1930 in Horton, Kansas the daughter of LeRoy and Ruth (Bollen) Speer. She taught grade school for a short time after graduating . She was a housewife and homemaker for most of her life. Mrs. Chalfant was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the ladies circle of the church. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Old Huron Memorial Club and was a volunteer for the Atchison Hospital Hospice. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, sewing, crafts, raising flowers, playing the piano, gardening and canning.
She was married to Lester Chalfant on July 23, 1950 in Horton, KS. Mr. Chalfant survives of the home in Everest. Additional survivors include four sons; Wayne (Anita) Chalfant, Everest, KS., Carl (Vickie) Chalfant, McLouth, KS., Bruce (Judy) Chalfant, Everest, KS., and John (Sheila) Chalfant, Lancaster, KS., two daughters; Lois (Ted) Gibbs, San Antonio, TX., and Rita (Matt) Cross, Lancaster, KS., fifteen grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren. Her parents, and a brother; Willis Speer preceded her in death.
Leona A. Wehrle ,99 years of age, passed away on Thursday, Aug.7th, 2008 just 3 months shy of her 100th birthday.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, August 11, 2008 at the St. Joseph’s Church, Nortonville, with Fr. John Reynolds as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. A parish rosary will be 3:00 PM on Sunday, Aug. 10th, 2008 at the O’Trimble Funeral Home, Nortonville, KS with a visitation to follow until 5:00 PM. Memorial contribution are suggested to the Maur Hill-Mount Academy and maybe sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left on line at www.beckerdyer.com.
Leona was born on Nov. 14th, 1908 in Nortonville, Ks. the daughter of John and Catherine (Noll) Didde. She graduated from the Mt. St. Scholastica College and taught school for a short time. She was a beautician and had owned and operated her own beauty shop. Mrs. Wehrle was a member of the Corpus Christi Church, Lawrence, KS. and the Retired Military Officers Wives Association. Leona led a full life, living and traveling in Europe and the United States. She will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know her. She had a deep and abiding faith that strengthened her in times of hardships and yet gave her a kind and gentle spirit.
She was married to Col (Ret.) Awtry Porter Wehrle in 1936. Mr. Wehrle preceded her in death in Nov. 1974. Her parents, three sisters; Clara Schmidt, Gertrude Schneider, and Bernadette Johnson, and two brothers; Bernard and John Didde also preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, Allan Wehrle of Lawrence Ks., his wife Janet and their daughters Sarah and Eva also of Lawrence; a daughter Ann Robison of Wasilla Alaska, her husband Jeff and their daughters Analisa and Aubrey; brothers Carl Didde, Emporia, KS., Eddie Didde, Kansas City, MO., and sister Doris Foster, Hoyt, KS. as well as many nieces and nephews.
Robert N. Herricks ,died on July 25, 2008 at the age of 93. A Scripture Service will be held August 6 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Horton, KS with visitation following from 7:30 to 8:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be August 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo’s with Fr. Earl Dekat presiding. Interment with full military honors will follow at the National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS at 2:30 p.m. Donations can be made in Bob's name to the Knights of Columbus or the charity of your choice.
Bob was born on November 26, 1914 in Langdon, ND to Frederick Herricks and Margaret Thielan. His father succumbed to influenza and his mother then married Edwin Leibers. Bob’s siblings included brothers William Herricks and Edwin Leibers (both deceased) and sisters Adeline Porth and Dolores Parmalee who survive. He married Frances Mary Loob of Axtell, KS in 1942. They had four children, Clifton Robert, Edwin Eugene, James Michael, and Elizabeth Allyn Landau.
Bob spent his early years in Wales, ND then moved to Mundelein, IL. He joined the U.S. Army, attended Officer Candidate School and served with distinction in Europe during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star among other decorations. After World War II, he attended formal flight school and earned his Army Aviator Wings. He is a charter member of the Army Aviation Association. His duties included service in Germany and Korea and he provided flight support for atomic testing in Nevada and geodetic survey activities in Alaska. He retired from the Army in 1960, moving to Belleville, IL where he was a civilian employee of the government at the Army Material Command in St. Louis. He was a project development officer on the OV-1 Mohawk Aircraft and the Light Observation Helicopter OH-6 (LOH). Following his second retirement, he moved to Everest, KS in 1975, where he was active in The Knights of Columbus, The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign War. Bob is survived by his by his wife, four children, six grand children, five great grandchildren and numerous members of the community who knew and admired him.
Jerry W. Hicks ,64 years of age, of Atchison, KS., died Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at his home.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, August. 9th, 2008 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. The body has been cremated and no services will be held. Private family burial of the cremains will be at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Atchison Humane Society and may be left in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Mr. Hicks was born on January 22, 1944 in Atchison, KS., the son of J.N. and Letha (Stull) Hicks. He attended grade school in Atchison and graduated from Atchison High School. Mr. Hicks had attended the Atchison VO Technical School before earning an associate degree from Highland Community College. He also attended Kansas State University, and Benedictine College. Mr. Hicks had worked for 38 years for the former Rockwell International and Atchison Casting as a tool designer engineer, before retiring in 1999. He later taught computer aided drafting at the Northeast Kansas Technical College for 3 years. Mr. Hicks was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a former member of the American Legion Post # 6, Atchison. He was a member of the Time Out Coffee Club, the 401 Club, had served on the Northeast Kansas Technical College Computer Drafting Board and was the project liaison between the City of Atchison and the Architecturing Firm for the Atchison River Front Project. Mr. Hicks enjoyed his grandchildren, yard work, reading, going to the casino, word puzzles and his cat Mocha.
Mr. Hicks was married to Lois (Graner) Petersen on Oct. 23, 1964 in Great Falls, Montana. They were later divorced. He was married to Marguerite Scaturro on Aug. 22, 1986. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include his mother; Mrs. Letha (Hicks) Borders, Atchison, two daughters; Kelli (Hicks) and her husband Jeff Baker, Atchison, KS., and Kelly Ayers, and fiancé (Matt Yarmer), Atchison, KS. a brother; Dudley Hicks, Lee's Summit, Mo., two sisters; Freda Thompson, and Sharon Peltzer, both of Atchison, KS., and six grandchildren; Megan Baker, Micaela Baker, Macey Baker, Cameron Ayers, Alexander Ayers, and Jenna Yarmer, all of Atchison. His father, J.N. Hicks and one granddaughter, Jessica Nicole Baker, preceded him in death.
Julia (Ponce) Ramirez,95 years of age, of Kansas City, Mo, formerly of Atchison, KS. died Monday, August 4, 2008 at the St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Friday, August 8th, 2008 at the St. Joseph’s Church, Atchison, with Fr. Bertrand LaNoue, O.S.B. as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Atchison, KS. A parish rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August.7th at the Becker Dyer Stanton Funeral Home, with visitation to follow until 8:30 PM. The family suggest memorial contributions be given for Masses, and sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left on line at www.beckerdyer.com.
Julia was born on April 12, 1913 in Jalisco, Mexico the daughter of Eligio and Ponciana (Beltrain) Ponce. She moved with her family from Mexico to Topeka, KS . at the age of two. She moved to Atchison after high school with her family. She was married to Manuel Ramirez on June 5, 1937 at St. Benedicts Church, Atchison. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1975. She was a housewife and homemaker. Mrs. Ramirez moved with her daughter and son-in-law to Texas in 1985, and was presently living with them in Kansas City. She was a member of the St. Patrick’s Church in Kansas City, Mo. and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, needlework and reading.
Her parents and four brothers also preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters; Dolores Burnside, Tri-cities, WA, and Rosemary(Jesse) Gonzales, Kansas City, MO., a sister; Mrs. Vincenta Magure, Albuquerque, NM. and several nieces and nephews.