He was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Mexico, Mo., to Cleo "Buck" and Dorothy (Chapman) Garnett. He attended schools there.
On March 7, 1970, he married Wanda Groves in Moberly, Mo. She survives.
He worked for Bill Marsh Construction and the Kansas City Star. He was an active member in A.D.A.P.T., which fights for the rights of the disabled. He was on the board of directors for Southeast Kansas Independent Living of Parsons. He was also a lifetime member of ABATE District 3 of Kansas. He had a love for motorcycles and attending area rallies.
Survivors also include a brother, Don Garnett and wife, Iris, of Fulton, Mo.; four daughters, Kathy Barr and Jennifer Garnett, both of Parsons, Melissa Young of Tonganoxie and Pam Kitterman, and her husband, Ronnie, of Liberty; eight grandchildren, Amanda, Dustin, Kayleen, Christopher, Joshua, Jessie, Paige and Abigail; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary "Moose" Garnett.
The service was Monday at Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel in Coffeyville. Chaplain Mike Graham officiated.
Memorials are suggested to Southeast Kansas Independent Living (S.K.I.L.) and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, 2405 Woodland, Coffeyville, 67337.
Bernard John Pecha
Bernard John Pecha, 79, of Parsons died at 4:05 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Labette Health. He had been in failing health the past several years.
He was born June 23, 1929, at Goltry, Okla., to Gustav J. and Mary (Chuda) Pecha. In Oklahoma, he lived at both Helena and Goltry and attended school at Goltry. He moved to the rural area northeast of Parsons, where he farmed until his retirement. After retiring, he moved into Parsons.
He served in the Korean War and was a life member of the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars and of American Legion Post No. 56. He formerly was a member of the Circle 8 Square Dance Club. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons.
He married Evelyn Young on May 29, 1955, at Goltry, Okla. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2005. She survives of the home.
Survivors also include a son, David J. Pecha and his wife, Dawn, of Parsons; four daughters, Kathryn Warstler of Parsons, Helen Warstler and her husband, Gary, of St. Paul, Sally Pecha and her companion, Marcia Houston, of Mt. Hope and Judy Blackburn and her companion, Carl Roberson, of Parsons; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alfred Pecha and his wife, Dot, and Emil Pecha and his wife, Betty, all of Goltry, Okla.; and three sisters, Lillian Steele of Stayton, Ore., Agnes Marie Zoller of Lansdale, Pa., and Matilda Pecha of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near Dennis, with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The parish will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to Operation Bright Touch or the Labette Health Foundation and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Elliott Lee Hosack
ELDORADO -- Elliott Lee Hosack, 58, of El Dorado, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
He was born on Aug. 16, 1950, in Chanute to Robert E. and Welthalee (Lasater) Hosack. Elliott had valiantly waged a lifetime battle with cerebral palsy. He had resided at the Creative Community Living's group home in El Dorado since 1997.
He enjoyed sitting outside on the patio, greeting people at the front door, and playing catch with the staff at CCL. He enjoyed having the nicknames "Elli" and "Old Man."
He is survived by a brother, Robert Hosack of Chanute; a nephew, Bobby Hosack, also of Chanute; and the CCL family that he resided with for over 11 years, especially Korina Deal, who could always make him laugh.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Chanute. Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Allen E. Barragar
Allen E. Barragar, 48, a lifelong resident of rural Parsons, died at 6:05 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., following a courageous battle of 15 months with glioblastoma stage IV brain cancer.
He was born Feb. 7, 1960, in Parsons to Everett Eugene and Marilyn Joan (Wheelen) Barragar. He grew up in the Parsons area and attended schools at Lincoln Elementary School and Parsons Junior High School and was a 1978 graduate of Labette County High School in Altamont.
Following high school graduation, he was in business with his father and brother in B&B Construction. He then worked for Hamilton Trenching in Parsons before beginning his 16-year career as superintendent at Interstate Electrical Construction in Parsons.
He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons and in earlier years, served as vice president and drill team co-captain of the Parsons Riding Club.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed four-wheeling in Colorado, exploring trails, hunting, boating, camping and skiing. He also coached Little League wrestling in Altamont during the early 1980s. He cherished spending time with his family and friends.
He married Belinda Ann Bates on April 7, 1979, at First Baptist Church in Edna. She survives of the home.
Survivors also include a daughter, Brittnie Stevenson and her husband, Jake, of Olathe; his parents, Everett and Marilyn Barragar of Golden City, Mo.; three brothers, Bruce Barragar of Parsons, Craig Barragar of Mound Valley and Brice Barragar of Manhattan; a sister, Kay Walker of Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. The family will have a private committal service in Pitkin, Colo., at a future date. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to the American Brain Tumor Association or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and may be left at or sent to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Louis Conger Jr.
Louis Conger Jr., 59, of Parsons died at 8:56 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in the emergency room at Labette Health.
He was born June 27, 1949, at Parsons to Louis and Adell (Mamie) Conger Jr. He grew up at Parsons and attended Douglass School.
He enjoyed a colorful and exciting life within the Parsons community.
He is survived by three brothers, Tommy Conger and James Randell, both of Independence, and Curtis Dunn of Parsons; a sister, Cleo Golston, and her husband, Vernell, of Parsons; several nieces and nephews; and his family at Southeast Kansas Independent Living.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Inez Hightower.
The service will be at 2 p.m. today at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience.
ERIE -- Peggie Nicholas, 67, of rural Erie died at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at her home. She had been in failing health.
She was born on Oct. 17, 1941, at Canton, Ohio, to Peter and Velma Mae Zerby. She grew up at Canton and attended schools there.
She moved to Wichita, where she worked at Cessna. She moved to rural Erie in 1983 and worked at HiLo Manufacturing in Chanute.
She married Vergil Nicholas on Sept. 6, 1983, at Miami, Okla. He survives of the home.
She also is survived by two sons, Zeke Ruiz of Pennsylvania and Kenny Ruiz of Canton, Ohio; two daughters, Mechelle Niekrasz of Jacksonville, Fla., and Donna Doudna of Wichita; a stepson, David Nicholas of Wichita; a sister, Ruth Mears of Canton, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, David Ruiz; and a brother, Paul Zerby.
Cremation will take place. No services are scheduled.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice Care of Kansas or St. Jude's Children's Hospital and may be left at or sent to Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Erie, 303 N. Grant St., P.O. Box 182, Erie, 66733.
DENNIS -- Tanja Drumm, 55, of Dennis died at 12:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Labette Health. She had been in her usual health and death was not expected.
She is survived by her husband, Stanley Drumm, of the home.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Dennis. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church in Dennis and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Complete obituary details will be announced by the funeral home.