Don D. Lyon
ANDOVER — Don D. Lyon, 70, of Andover died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. He was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Parsons to Lloyd and Eloise (Woodruff) Lyon. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Lyon retired after 35 years with Shelter Insurance. He married Ruby Cosby on Jan. 17, 1959, in Miami, Okla. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise. She survives. Mr. Lyon was a devoted husband and father. He was an avid sports fan, especia...
Roland W. Brown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Roland W. Brown, 84, of Kansas City, Mo., died at St. Luke’s Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. He was born to Phillip T. and Lena (Bolter) Brown and raised in Brimfield, Mass. He graduated from Hitchcock Free Academy in 1944. A World War II veteran, he volunteered and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He earned his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas in 1950. He began his career at Charles D...
OSWEGO — Dorothy Garland, 80, of Oswego died at her home on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born June 30, 1930, in McCune to Everett and Bessie Nutt. She is survived by her husband, Larry Garland; six children, Jeri Sanders of Chetopa, Alan Atwood of Johnston, R.I., Robin Atwood and Rodney Atwood of Omaha, Neb., John Atwood and Lori Atwood of Oswego; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two ...
Arden Walker ‘Jim’ Day
AUSTIN, Texas — Arden Walker “Jim” Day, 93, a former Parsons resident, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in Austin, Texas, where he had lived the past two years. He was born July 15, 1917, in Springfield, Mo., to William Walker and Gertrude Estella (Nash) Day. The family moved to Parsons in 1926, when he was 9 years old. He graduated from Parsons High School in 1935. He began his career with the Katy Railroad in Parsons in 1936, working in the...
Helen V. Mohney
Helen V. Mohney, 93, a resident of the Good Samaritan Society of Parsons, died there at 6:23 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010.
She was born Jan. 19, 1917, at Elizabeth, Pa., to Lawrence H. and Margaret (Daugherty) Sadler. She grew up in Parkersburg, W.Va., and graduated from high school there.
She continued living in Parkersburg until moving to Wichita in 1957, where she was employed by the Boeing Aircraft Co. In 1976 she moved to Parsons.
Steven Dale Fontes
CHERRYVALE — Steven Dale Fontes, 52, of Cherryvale died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita. He was born Dec. 25, 1957, in Providence, R.I., to Joseph A. and Anita M. (Doquette) Fontes. He attended schools in West Warwick, R.I. Mr. Fontes did landscape work. Survivors include five sisters, Doreen M. Hopkins of Cherryvale, Janet D. Benson of Independence, Jeanette G. Teauge of Chautauqua, Diane C. Barne...
Schuyler J. ‘Bud’ Blair
ERIE — Schuyler J. “Bud” Blair, 91, of rural Erie died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at the home of his daughter, Marcia Schuette, in Jackson, S.C. He was born July 24, 1919, in rural St. Paul to Ed and Elsie Blair. He grew up and attended school in St. Paul and was a 1936 graduate of St. Paul High School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He was a farmer. He married Dorothy Jean Houghton on March 30, 1946, in Pittsburg. She pre...
Leonard I. Nunnink Sr.
ST. PAUL — Leonard I. Nunnink Sr., 89, of St. Paul died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul. He was born Jan. 31, 1921, in St. Paul to Charles and Mary (Linden) Nunnink. He grew up in St. Paul and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired building contractor and a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Survivors include his wife, Lois Nunnink of the home in S...
Helen V. Mohney
Helen V. Mohney, 93, a resident of the Good Samaritan Society of Parsons, died there at 6:23 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. Her son, Robert Mohney of Parsons, survives.
The service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Good Samaritan Society. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Complete obituary details will be provided later.
Margaret L. Forshey
Margaret L. Forshey, 59, of Parsons died at 12:25 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Labette Health. She had been in failing health. She was born on Dec. 17, 1950, at Lawrence to Howard and Juanita (Divine) Forshey. She grew up at Parsons and attended Parsons schools. She resided in several states until she moved back to Parsons in 1984. She worked as a convenience store clerk. She enjoyed playing bingo, fishing and visiting with family and fr...
Dorothy F. Scott Larez
CHANUTE — Dorothy F. Scott Larez, 87, former resident of Wichita, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at Heritage Health Care Center in Chanute.
She was born June 30, 1923, in Parsons the daughter of Samuel Jefferson Sr. and Mattie (Russell) Coots. She was the last survivor of seven children. She was raised in Southeast Kansas, but lived her adult life in Wichtia and San Jose, Calif.
She married Marvin Scott, who preceded her in death Aug. 18, 1995. ...
Schuyler J. ‘Bud’ Blair
ERIE — Schuyler J. “Bud” Blair, 91, of rural Erie died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at the home of his daughter, Marcia Schuette, in Jackson, S.C. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean (Houghton) Blair, on July 10, 1998.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Cemetery near Erie. The Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons is in charge of arrangements.
Complete obituary details will be announced.
Online condolences m...
Thelma Louise Marnell
WICHITA — Thelma Louise Marnell, 86, of Wichita died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Greenbush to John and Esther (Brophy) Marnell. She grew up and attended school in Greenbush and St. Paul and was a graduate of St. Paul High School. She was a sister at the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Wichita. While in Parsons, she taught school at St. Patrick Catholic School. S...
Debbie L. Head
Debbie L. Head, 59, of Parsons died early Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at her home. She had been in failing health several years. She was born Dec. 11, 1950, in Parsons to James B. and Mary Ann (Shores) Head. She lived in Erie and Wichita as a small child. In 1955 she moved to California. She graduated from high school in Oakland, Calif., and attended junior college at Stockton, Calif. She was employed in Stockton as a nurse assistant and in the...
Roger Dale O’Kane
Roger Dale O’Kane, 62, a former longtime Altamont resident, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at his home. Obituary details and funeral arrangements are pending.
Opal F. Overman
OSWEGO — Opal F. Overman, 91, of Oswego died Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at St John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin.
The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, Oswego. Burial will follow in the Oswego Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at www.murdockfuneralhomes.com.
Arthur Dale ‘Art’ Graves
BARTLETT — Arthur Dale “Art” Graves, 92, longtime Bartlett farmer and rancher, died at 2:11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at Chetopa Manor.
He was born July 3, 1918, in Neosho, Mo., to Loa and Pearl (Bendure) Graves. As an infant, he moved with his family to Bartlett where he attended Lake Creek School.
He married Lois Neely on March 9, 1941, in Independence. Following marriage, they made their family home in rural Bartlett. During the 1950...
Arthur D. ‘Art’ Graves
BARTLETT — Arthur D. “Art” Graves, 92, a longtime Bartlett resident, died at 2:11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at Chetopa Manor nursing home. He is survived by his wife, Lois Graves, of the home. Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa will announce obituary details and funeral arrangements later. Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.
Alex Fred Denton
OSWEGO — Alex Fred Denton, 91, of Oswego died on Oct. 13, 2010, following a short illness. Fred served five years in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1946. He married Goldie L. Page on Aug. 4, 1948, in Independence. He bought and managed Denton Hardware in Oswego from 1962 to 1985. From 2002 to 2007, he served as a volunteer at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin. He enjoyed raising his cattle on the family farm. Fred was an avid support...
John R. Pranker
John R. Pranker, 54, of Parsons, died early Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1956, in Lake Charles, La., to Edward Jr. and Jessie Mary (Parmentier) Pranker. As a young boy, he grew up and attended school in Ash Grove, Mo. He worked as a mechanic. He married Patty Midgett on Jan. 6, 1979, in Steelville, Mo. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Michael Pranker of Joplin and William Pranker of Pittsburg; ...