CHETOPA -- Louise Burke, 91, of Chetopa died at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Chetopa Manor nursing home, where she had resided since December 2007.
She was born June 15, 1917, in Craig County, Okla., to John M. and Ethel M. (McCormick) Yost. As a young girl, she grew up and attended Goldenrod Country School there and was a high school graduate.
She married Melvin Burke on Nov. 26, 1935, in Oswego. They were engaged in farming numerous years prior to his death in September 2000.
Survivors include two sons, William Burke of Tulsa and Duane Burke of Bailey, Colo.; a daughter, Nancy Nevins of Clarksville, Ark.; three grandchildren; a brother, Gordon Yost of Harrison, Ark.; and two sisters, Betty Bob Morrison of Vinita, Okla., and Dortha Fessler of Bartlesville, Okla.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home.
Ivan W. Myers
OSWEGO -- Ivan W. Myers, 83, of rural Oswego died at 12:28 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at his home.
He was born Jan. 21, 1926, near Dennis to William Henry and Edna Naomi (Cortner) Myers. As a young boy, his family moved to the Altamont area, where he grew up and attended school.
He married Wanda J. Pearce on Nov. 3, 1946, at the Open Bible Church in Parsons. Following marriage, they lived north of Altamont for five years before moving in March 1951 to their current home.
He farmed his entire life and for 17 years drilled water and gas wells before purchasing a bulldozer in 1969. From that time on, he did custom farm conservation work throughout Labette County, retiring in the fall of 2008.
He enjoyed woodworking and had made all of his children grandfather clocks. Through the years, he also had made all of his children and grandchildren cedar chests. He was a former member of Open Bible Church in Parsons.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Myers of the home; three sons, David "Bill" Myers and his wife, Joyce, of rural Altamont, Daniel Myers and his wife, Janis, of rural Oswego and Dale Myers and his companion, Tracy, of rural Oswego; a daughter, Mary Jarman and her husband, Ron, of rural Oswego; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Ben Myers and his wife, Donna, of Dennis; and four sisters, Irene Phillips and her husband, Dale, of Dennis, Esther Jones of Pittsburg, Edna Bamberry and her husband, Dale, of Altamont, Wanda Mae Mikel and her husband, Bob, of Parsons.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Doug Myers, Tim Myers and David Myers.
The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery, rural Oswego. The family received friends Tuesday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.
Memorials are suggested to Southern Care Hospice in Pittsburg or the Ronald McDonald House and may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, 67330.