Veta Frances DeGraff
Veta Frances DeGraff, 93, of Parsons died at 9:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Elmhaven East. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard William DeGraff, in 1990. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Private family burial will be held. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons,...
Monte G. Fraker
Monte G. Fraker, 62, of Parsons died at 8:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at the Elmhaven West. The body will be cremated. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.
Riley G. Baldwin
GALESBURG — Riley Grant Baldwin, 96, of Galesburg, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute. He was born in rural Galesburg on Sept. 6, 1914, the son of Harry and Zella (Fought) Baldwin. He attended Galesburg schools. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Virtress Dixon Jordan on Nov. 20, 1952, at Chanute. She preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 1998. He was a lifetime farmer. He w...
Marinda L. Bullock
CHETOPA — Marinda L. Bullock, 95, of Chetopa died at 4:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at Chetopa Manor. She was born May 31, 1915, in Oswego to George and Ellen (Marion) Jackson. She grew up and attended schools in Oswego, where she graduated from high school. She was a member of the Mason Chapel Church in Oswego, American Legion Unit No. 61 Auxiliary and the Eight and Forty Crawford County Salon No. 524 in Pittsburg. She enjoyed knitting...
Robert E. ‘Bob’ Lamb
Robert E. “Bob” Lamb, 70, of rural Parsons died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at his home. He had been in failing health the past several years. He was born April 6, 1940, on a farm near Parsons to Edwin and Eva (Chrisman) Lamb. He grew up there and attended Labette County Community High School, graduating in 1957. For 41 years he was employed by the Neosho County Highway Department, retiring in 1999 as road and bridge foreman. He...
Marvin F. ‘Tuffy’ Garretson
Marvin F. “Tuffy” Garretson, 76, a lifelong resident of Parsons, died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1934, in Parsons to James A. and Mary E. (Hamilton) Garretson. He grew up and attended Parsons schools. He was employed by the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant for 35 years and also did carpentry work. He had attended Center Bethel Union Church and was a member of Parsons Masonic Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A....
Marinda L. Bullock
CHETOPA — Marinda L. Bullock, 95, of Chetopa died at 4:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at Chetopa Manor Nursing Home. Complete obituary details and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.
Mia Elyse Cole
Mia Elyse Cole, 19-month-old daughter of Whitney Cole and Brian Vail, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 21, 2010, at the Labette Health emergency room. Her death was unexpected. She was born Feb. 8, 2009. Further obituary details and funeral arrangements will be announced by Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.
Karen Elaine Weir
CHETOPA — Karen Elaine Weir, 47, of Chetopa died on June 1, 2010.
She was born July 6, 1963, in Pomona, Calif., to John and Mildred Brown. She graduated from high school in California.
She married Edward Weir Jr. Jan. 3, 1986. They later divorced.
Survivors include her children, Veronica Elaine Weir and John Edward Grady Weir, both of Chetopa, and Tanya Rochelle Weir and Angelica Katherine Weir, both of Parsons.
Her parents preceded her in dea...
Walter ‘Bug’ Beggerly Jr.
ARLINGTON, Tenn. — Walter E. ‘Bug’ Beggerly Jr. of Arlington, Tenn., died on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, after battling cancer.
He was born on April 22, 1951, to Walter and Elizabeth Beggerly at Parsons. He attended school in Parsons and graduated from Parsons High School.
He served in the U.S. Marines.
He was a retired school teacher.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda, of the home; two daughters, Shawn Leslie and Heather Breasher, both of Bartl...
Mark L. Aikins
McCUNE — Mark L. Aikins, 48, of McCune died at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin. He was born on July 24, 1962, in Chanute to Marvin L. and Rita (Overby) Aikins. He attended high school in Alief, Texas. He worked for Tri-State Roofing in Pittsburg. He married Angela “Angie” Clemens on June 6, 1986, in Miami, Okla. They later divorced. Survivors include his mother, Rita Aikins of Parsons;...
Wilbur A. Bryson
GROVE, Okla. — Wilbur A. Bryson, 88, died at his residence in Grove, Okla., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. He was born in Edna on March 23, 1922, to Andrew Jackson and Clara L. (Fowler) Bryson. He graduated from Labette Community High School in Altamont. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Shirley Lee Ratclift, who preceded him in death in 2005. He spent most of his life raising cattle near Chetopa. He married Helen C...
Gale R. Charles
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Gale R. Charles, 89, of Springfield, Mo., went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born March 19, 1921, in Lawrence County, Mo., to Cecil and Ruby (Arthur) Charles. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Ruth Filbeck on May 25, 1947. He was a member of Sunset Church of Christ. He worked for Crown Drug Store as a manager and druggist. He ret...
Lesley E. ‘Les’ Lorenz
Lesley E. “Les” Lorenz, 82, of Parsons died at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Parsons Presbyterian Manor. He was born July 25, 1928, at Loyal, Okla., (near Okeene) to Harry and Freda (Weber) Lorenz. He grew up on the family farm in that area and attended schools there, graduating from Loyal High School in 1946. He moved with his parents to a farm north of Altamont in 1951. He worked on the family farm and at O.E. Woods Lumber Co. before...
INDEPENDENCE — Jade O’Neill, 62, formerly of St. Paul, died at 8:07 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at her home in Independence, Mo.
She was born July 27, 1948, in Chanute to Earl and Maxine (Greely) Patterson. She grew up and attended schools in Chanute. She attended Neosho County Community College in Chanute and Coffeyville Community College. In May 2005, she earned an associate’s degree.
For several years she worked at Wichita State Universit...
Lee E. Cates
Lee E. Cates, 82, a lifelong Parsons resident, died at 10:05 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Elmhaven West nursing home in Parsons, where he had resided the past several years. He was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Parsons to Lee W. and Dora (Likins) Cates. He graduated from Parsons High School and Parsons Junior College. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was employed many years by Sun Graphics in Parsons, re...
CHERRYVALE — Lewis Duncan Ellis, 86, of Cherryvale died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Cherryvale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born March 26, 1924, in Coyville to John “Jack” and Blanche (Lewis) Ellis. He worked at Haskett and Peddlar in Parsons before retiring. On Feb. 8, 1949, he married Mabel I. Pilkington. She preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Marvelle Ellis of Cherryvale; two sons, Duncan Ellis of Independ...
Dorothy V. Brown
Dorothy V. Brown, 91, of Parsons, formerly of McCune, passed away at 5:54 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Parsons Good Samaritan Society, where she had resided the past two years. She was born June 26, 1919, in Jacksonville, Kan., to Charles Liberty “Bert” and Grace (Warnick) Amos. She grew up and attended school in the McCune rural area. During World War II, she worked at the Kansas Ordnance Plant and also did housekeeping for families in th...
Mason Thomas Knox
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Mason Thomas Knox, 1, son of Matt and Katie Knox of Blue Springs, Mo., died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. He was born July 20, 2009, in Independence, Mo. Survivors include his parents; siblings, Taylor and Tanner Knox of the home; maternal grandparents, Tom and Brenda Countryman of Independence, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Mark and Teresa Parker of Parsons, Doug and Cathy Knox of Selah, Wash.; great-grandpare...
Dr. Taylor L. Marshall
WAYSIDE — Dr. Taylor L. Marshall, 84, of Wayside, formerly of Cherryvale, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 24, 1925, in Lewis, Iowa, to Luther Taylor and Cora Bell (Peck) Marshall. After graduating from high school, he graduated from Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa, where he studied to be a chiropractor. He served in the Navy during World War II. He practiced in Cherryvale. He married Joan Madden in 1950. She ...