Edith B. Thompson, 84, formerly of Winfield, died Oct. 17, 2001 at a Hiawatha nursing home. She was born Sept. 4. 1917 in Rolling Heath, Mo., the daughter of Ben and Ida Ousley Wayman. She lived in Winfield from 1956 until she moved to Hiawatha in Oct. 1998. She was a bookkeeper and credit analyst until she retired from Peabody-Gordon-Piatt Inc. in December 1977. Mrs. Thompson was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Winfield, Friends of the Morrill Free Public Library in Hiawatha, and she was an honorary foster grandparent with the Topeka Foster Grandparent Program. She also had taught Sunday school and had been a Girl Scout Leader. She married Delbert Thompson on May 3, 1941, in Shawnee, Okla. He died Jan. 5, 1967. Survivors include three daughters, Catherine Newland, Hiawatha, Connie Stewart, Hoyt, and Cindy Murphy, Wichita; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 22 at Swisher-Taylor and Morris Funeral Home in Winfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Foster Grandparent Program in Topeka, the Morrill Public Library in Hiawatha or the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield and sent in care of the funeral home.
Esther K. Bruce, 90, Lenexa, formerly of Kansas City, Kan., died Oct. 16, 2001, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She was born March 9, 1911 in Harper. She moved to Canada with her parents in 1918 and retumed to Kansas in 1928. Mrs. Bruce graduated from Hesston College in Hesston and was an elementary school teacher in Holton for 40 years before retiring in 1975. She also taught in Meade and Kansas City, Kan. She was a member of the Holton United Methodist Church and was active in the church's Ladies Circle. She also was a member of the Retired Teacher's Association, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society ard served many years as a member of the International Republican Party. She married Estel Bruce in 1959 in Holton. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and a sister. Survivors include three sisters, Estella Kieffaber, DeSoto, Elvera Berkey, Mena, Ark., and Eldora Hartzler, Kansas City, Kan. Funeral services were held Oct. 19 at Simmons Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan. Graveside services were held Oct. 20 in Holton Cemetery.
Eugene I. Gray, 82, Effingham, died Oct. 14, 2001 at an Atchison hospital. He was born Feb. 27, 1919 in Reed, Okla., the son of William Luther and Mable M. Gribble Gray. He attended high school near Wellington, Texas. He served in the Navy from July 1940 until March 1960 and held the rank of chief torpedo man's mate. He then served for 10 years in the Naval Reserves. He worked for Midwest Grain Products in Atchison from 1960 until 1981. He also was a farmer. Mr. Gray was a member of the Union Church in Effingham, Active Lodge 158, AF&AM, and Martha Washington Chapter 215 of the Order of the Eastern Star, both in Atchison, and the MoKan Branch 161 of the Fleet Reserve in Kansas City, Mo. He had served on the Effingham Union Church Fair Stand Committee. He married Dorothy Kelly on Nov. 24, 1949 in Pennsauken, N.J. They lived in Key West, Fla., New London, Conn., Altus, Okla., and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, before they moved to Effingham in 1960. She died Sept. 12, 1997. Survivors include a son, Michael Gray, Effingham; a daughter, Patricia Kimmi, Everest; a brother, Leo Gray, Mangum, Okla.; a sister, Mary Alice Terry, Mangum, Okla.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services were held Oct. 17 at Union Church in Effingham. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Effingham. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Church in Effingham or to Hospice.
Bernard A. "Ben" Glissman, 84, Seneca, died Dec. 1, 2001 at his home. He was born Feb. 18, 1917 south of Kelly, the son of Bernard and Agnes Enneking Glissman. He spent his early life in the Kelly community and attended St. Bede's Catholic School in Kelly. He was a farmer for many years and an agent for Farmer's Union Insurance from 1952 to 1984. He earned several honors from the company for sales work and outstanding service. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca and the St. Joseph's Society at the church. He was a former member of St. Bede's Catholic Church in Kelly, the St. Bede's Society and had served on the St. Bede's church committee. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 1769 in Seneca for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Nemaha County Cooperative and had served on the board of directors. He married Rose M. Hermesch on April 16, 1941 in Kelly. They lived northwest of Wetmore for two years. Then they lived southwest of Kelly for many years until 1984 when they moved into Seneca. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Richard "Dick" Glissman and Ronald Glissman, both in Centralia; six daughters, JoAnn Meyer, Soldier, Mary Ellen Russell, Sabetha, Shirley Hammes and Myra Haverkamp, both in Seneca, Connie Haverkamp, Silver Lake, and Joyce Grose, Bern; a brother, Cletus Glissman, Wetmore; two sisters, Frances Steinlage, Seneca, and Agnes Boden, Havensville; a half-sister, Betty Kongs, Seneca; 25 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. Burial will be in St. Bede's Catholic Cemetery in Kelly. Memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca or the St. Bede's Catholic Cemetery Fund in Kelly.
Bemece Bonjour, 87, Centralia, died Nov. 30, 2001 at an Onaga hospital. She was born Aug. 18, 1914 in Baileyville, the daughter of John D. and Bessie Rush Walters. She had lived in Centralia, Fairview, Seneca and Topeka and worked in various occupations, her last being with the Topeka Police Department. Mrs. Bonjour was a 50-year member of Beulah Chapter 34 of the Order of Eastern Star. She received the Grand Cross of Colors Order of Rainbow for Girls, and she was a member of the United Methodist Church in Centralia. She married Melvin H. Bonjour on Feb. 24, 1934 in Westmoreland. He died Oct. 28, 1995. Survivors include a son, Roland Bonjour, Topeka; a daughter, Donna Kramer, Centralia; a brother, John Walters Jr., Kiln, Miss.; a sister, Rosa Woolsencroft, Centralia; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services were held Dec. 3 at Mount Hope Chapel in Topeka. Entombment was in Mount Hope Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Centralia Ambulance Service, Centralia, Kan., 66415, or to the United Methodist Church in Centralia, Kan., 66415.
James E. Grannell, 68, Wamego, died Nov. 30, 2001 at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. He was born June 7, 1933 in Netawaka, the son of James Edward and Ruby Hanis Grannell. He attended schools in Holton, where he graduated from high school in 1951. He was past owner of two clothing stores, The Toggery in Holton and the Red Hanger in Manhattan for 10 years. He later became the store manager for K-Mart in west Topeka. After retiring from K-Mart, he worked at Lichtenhan Hardware in Wamego as "executive vice president of freight" for two years. He also maintained the St. Bernard's Catholic Church grounds for several years. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Wamego the American Legion Post in Holton, the Kansas Colombian Theater in Wamego, and the Yehudi Gugliemo Dinkfeather Singers. He was very active in his church, playing his guitar and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed being with people, using his great sense of humor and joking with them. He married Kathryn Marie Lang on July 29, 1961 at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Mark L. Grannell, Gardner; four daughters, Gina M. Gawlick, Clinton, N.J., Lisa M. Turney, Gardner, Lori M. Weilert, Fredonia, and Dana M. Minihan, Derby; a sister, Rosemary Brenner, Holton; and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Dec. 5 at St. Bernard's Church in Wamego. Burial will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery. Mr. Grannell will lie in state at Stewart Funeral Home after 11 a.m. Dec. 4. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the funeral home with a visitation following until 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Park Organization in Wamego. Contributions may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 48, Wamego, Kan. 66547.
Marzine Little, 74, Holton, died Nov. 29, 2001 at Holton Community Hospital. She was born June 28, 1927 in Delia, the daughter of Earl and Etta Scheidegger Argo. Mrs. Little worked at Ben Franklin Store in Holton before she was married. She later did babysitting in her home. She was a member of Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton. She married Hervey Little, Jr. on Oct. 1, 1958 in Topeka. He survives. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Argo, who died in 1943 and a sister, Pauline Hurla, who died in 1987. Other survivors include a son, Lesley Little, Holton; a daughter, Kathy L. Mick, Holton; two sisters, Adeline Cunningham and Edna Brock, both of Holton; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of the funeral home.
Frances L. Brown Millholland, 82, Overland Park, died Nov. 29, 2001. She was born Jan. 22, 1919 in Soldier, the daughter of Frank and Fae Brown, and baptized at Soldier Christian Church as a young girl. She came to Kansas City in 1937. She married James Millholland on Oct. 9, 1937. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn and Stella, and a grandson, Dwaine. Survivors include a son, James Franklin Millholland; three daughters, Linda A. Farage, Nancy L. Bluth and Maryanne Villarreal; a brother, James. M. Brown; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at Charter Funerals/Northland Chapel, 77 N.E. 72nd St., Gladstone, Mo. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Gladys Mildred Robinson, 97, Larkinburg, died Nov. 29, 2001 at Holton Community Hospital. She was born July 9, 1904 in Atchison, the daughter of Charles "Ted" and Edna Kiper Vest. She was a graduate of Muscotah High School. She worked for many years as a nurse's aide in St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. She was a member of Larkinburg Christian Church. She married Glen H. Robinson on March 11, 1922 at St. Joseph, He died Nov. 10, 1992. Survivors include a son, Dan Robinson, Larkinburg; four daughters, June LaBrecque and Helen Jackson, both of Topeka, Jean Beagle, Winchester, and Mary Johnson, Atchison; 34 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five sons, Billy Joe Robinson, Jack Robinson, Dick Robinson, Mike Robinson, and Bob Robinson; three daughters, Betty Cox, Suzie Bratton, and Deola Smart; two brothers, Raymond Vest and Glen Vest; and a great-grandson, Zachary Gilliland in 1993. Funeral senrices were held Dec. 3 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Atchison. Memorial contributions may be given to Larkinburg Christian Chutch, sent to the church or Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, Kan. 66436.
Philip D. Burns, 76, Wichita, died Nov. 28, 2001. He was born June 11, 1925 in Mayetta, the son of Raymond Burns and Lucy (Blandin) Burns. Mr. Bums was a retired United States Air Force Civilian Pricing Officer. He married Bernadette Burns. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Robert Burns, Wichita; two brothers, Edwin (Buzz) Burns, Manhattan, and Martin Burns, Holton; three sisters, Mary Carr and Julia Kennedy, both of Topeka, and Theresa McNary, Meriden; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at Church of the Magdalen, Wichita. Memorial contributions may be made to Kapaun-Mt. Carmel High School, 8506 E. Central Ave., Wichita, Kan. 67206 and St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School, 1321 Stratford Lane, Wichita, Kan. 67206.
Ina Vivian Diedrich, 78. Council Grove, died Nov. 26, 2001 at the Morris County Hospital in Council Grove. She was born March 21, 1923 in Ottawa, the daughter of Frank Jesse and Effie Marova Brown Fuqua. She was reared in the Wilsey and Delavan area and attended area schools. Mrs. Diedrich received her GED at Council Grove at the age of 45. She was a telephone operator at the Delavan Air Base during WWII and was a dietitian at the former Country Club Home from 1967 until 1985. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, St. Rose Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed embroidery work and playing cards. She also enjoyed outings with family and friends. She married Norman H. Diedrich on Aug. 5, 1944 in Herington. He preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Zalma Gatewood, Margaret Johnson and JoAnn Furman; and two brothers, Don Fuqua and Gary Fuqua. Survivors include three daughters, Marlene Smith, Farlington, Sandy Schaper, Cottonwood Falls, and Brenda Picolet, Dwight; a son, Joedy Diedrich, Wilsey; two sisters, Betty Burnett, Wilsey, and Lola Tomquist, Council Grove; two brothers, Roger Fuqua, Council Grove, and Jerry Fuqua, Holton; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at St. Rose Catholic Church, with interment in Calvary Cemetery, both in Council Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Rose Catholic Church or to the American Heart Association.
Virginia Grace Christie, 73, Effingham, died Nov. 25, 2001 at her daughter's home in Emporia. She was born Dec. 8, 1927 in Atchison, the daughter of Raymond and Virginia Peterson Phillips. She lived most of her life in Effingham. Mrs. Christie drove a school bus for USD 377 for 34 years. She also worked as a beautician for a brief period of time. She was a member of the Union Church (formerly the Methodist Church) in Effingham. She was a founder of the 48ers Club. She married John A. Christie on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1944. He died in 1968. A brother, Sonny Phillips, and a granddaughter, Christy Tuley, also preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, John (Pete) Christie, Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Sandy Baumgardner, Emporia, and Peggy Tuley, Holton; a sister, Betty Henderson, Enid, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Cremation is planned. Memorial services were held Dec. 1 at Union Church in Effingham. Private burial services are planned. Memorials may be sent to the Virginia Christie Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, Kan. 66436.
Dr. Forrest W. Clark, 87, Holton, died Nov. 25, 2001 at Holton Community Hospital in Holton. He was born Nov. 8, 1914 on a farm near Jewell, the son of Eugene B. and Minnie Field Clark. He attended a rural elementary school, and graduated from Jewell High School in 1932. He also graduated from Kansas State University in 1939 from the College of Veterinary Medicine. He established his own veterinary practice in Holton in 1939 and practiced until 1942, when he entered the United States Army Veterinary Corps as a Reserve Officer. He served for 3 1/2 years in the Army, and retumed to Holton to resume veterinary practice until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Holton Rotary Club, where he had served as president and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was instrumental in establishing the Rotary Club's student loan fund, which helped local students go to college. He was a member of Mary L. Bair Post 44 of the American Legion in Holton, and a former member of the Evangel United Brethren Church, where he served as a trustee and choir member. He served as a member of the first Holton Planning Commission. He attended First United Methodist Church in Holton. He married Katherine Kreamer on Aug. 20, 1939 in Jewell. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Hugh Clark, Vienna, Va., and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ellen (Betsy) Clark, in 1999, and by brothers, Elmer Clark and Otis Clark. Funeral services were held Nov. 29 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Holton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Beck-Bookman Library or Holton Community Hospital, and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, Kan. 66436.