He was born Nov. 4, 1920, at Oswego to Charles Henry and Minnie (Massa) Taylor. He grew up and attended school in Edna, graduating from Edna High School. Following high school he attended Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps he returned to the Edna area.
On Sept. 10, 1950, he married Barbara Sammetinger at the Elm Christian Church east of Edna. She survives of the home.
He was postmaster at the Edna Post Office, retiring in 1990 after 40 years of service.
Other survivors include a daughter, Jo Foster of Edna; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The service was Monday in Elm Christian Church east of Edna. Burial was in North Edna Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Elm Christian Church or the Edna Volunteer Fire Department; contributions may be left with or mailed the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, 67337.
John Richard Hames
JOPLIN -- John Richard Hames, 80, of Joplin died at 12:35 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Parsons on June 16, 1928, to John Thomas and Esther (Lepley) Hames.
Following his education, he enlisted in the Air Force. He retired from the Air Force at the rank of master sergeant in 1971. During his career, he also obtained his degree in business and accounting. Following his military career, he worked for the civil service.
Survivors include a daughter, Debra Werkowitz of Niceville, Fla.; two brothers, Jerry Hames of Del Rio, Texas, and Charles Corse of Austin, Texas; a sister, Nancy Neyen of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; a grandson; and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Tara Lee Sammons.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Chapel in Joplin. Burial will be in Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Okla., at 1 p.m. Friday.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.
Winona Jean Dixon
OWASSO, Okla. -- Winona Jean Dixon, 76, of Owasso, Okla., formerly of Wichita, died at 5:55 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Sequoia Point Nursing Home in Owasso.
She was born Nov. 12, 1932, in McCune to Glenn W. and Verda (Varyle) Jones. She grew up and attended schools in Southeast Kansas, graduating from Labette County Community High School in Altamont and earned an associate's degree from Parsons Junior College in 1960.
Her 36-year career with the state of Kansas began in 1960 by working at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in Topeka. In 1965, she moved to Chanute, where she worked at SRS; and in 1970, she began employment at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. In 1974, she returned to Topeka, where she once again worked at SRS; and in 1988, she moved to Wichita, where she worked at the Kansas Department of Human Resources, retiring in 1996.
She attended the Cornerstone Church in Wichita.
She married Elmo G. Dixon on Dec. 22, 1950, in Parsons. They later divorced.
Survivors include a son, Daniel Dixon of Oologah, Okla.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dale Jones of Parsons, Mirl Jones of Erie and Thomas Jones of Topeka; and a sister, Wanda Sue Graber of Silver Lake.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Glenda J. (Dixon) Duncan, in 2002; three brothers, Glenn Jones Jr., David Jones and Charles Jones; and her twin sister, Wilma Callapp.
The service will be at 2 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.
John M. Young
HUTCHINSON -- John M. Young, 86, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at the Golden Plains Care Center in Hutchinson.
He was born March 9, 1922, to George and Ruby Young. He was a World War II Army veteran. He is a retired radio/T.V. repairman.
He married Deloris I. Herrell on June 22, 1942. She survives.
Other survivors include five daughters, Cheryl Huddleston of Parsons, Janis Johnston, Linda Wheeler, Janet Martin and Debra Wilkins; a sister, Luanna Keesee; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Eastwood Church of Christ in Hutchinson. A military burial will take place at the Peace Creek Cemetery in rural Stafford, Colo.
Memorials may be made to the Eastwood Church of Christ or Maude Carpenter Place in Wichita, and these may be left at or sent to Heritage Funeral Home, 528 N. Main, Hutchinson, 67501.
Kent Riggs, 53, of Parsons died at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at the home of his sister, Sheryl Werner, in Parsons.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. Burial will be in McCune Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday evening.
Complete obituary details will be announced.