He was born on Aug. 25, 1960, at El Dorado to Alan Bruce and Norma Jean (Dodds) Cuddy. He grew up at El Dorado and attended schools there.
He later moved to Parsons and worked at Schoenhofer Brothers Manufacturing, Jayco Machine Shop and Ruskin Manufacturing.
He enjoyed fishing, camping and hanging out with his family and friends. He also was an avid Kansas City Royals fan and dog lover.
He married Christine Denise Chase on Nov. 10, 2003, at Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a stepson, Justin Whitson of Parsons; a stepdaughter, Amanda Whitson of Parsons; five stepgrandchildren; two brothers, David Cuddy and Chris Cuddy, both of Parsons; and two sisters, Linda Moore of New Burland, Ill., and Katie Willis of Parsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.
Cremation will take place. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Parsons.
Clarence R. 'Joe' Farran
Clarence R. "Joe" Farran, 80, of Parsons died at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Labette Health.
He was born Aug. 9, 1928, in Conway, Mo., to John W. and Edna May (Malone) Farran. As a child, he moved with his family first to Cherryvale then to Parsons. He attended Parsons schools. He joined the U.S. Army and served until 1951. Following his discharge he returned to Parsons. He worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant for a time. He later worked for USD 503 in maintenance, retiring in 1988.
He was a member of the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704 Veterans of Foreign Wars and assisted with the post's honor guard. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He and Ilse were married in 1945. She survives of the home.
Survivors also include two sons, Dieter Eberl and his wife, Jenny, of Golden, Colo., and Michael Farran and his wife, Mitzi, of Humboldt; two daughters, Renate Graham and her husband, Thomas, of Altus, Okla., and Beate Williams and her husband, Melvin, of Galveston, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lester L. Farran of Las Cruces, N.M., and Wesley L. Farran of Phoenix; and three sisters, Emily Williams of San Antonio, Gerry Myers and Cora Rose Orrel, both of Bartlesville, Okla.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John; a sister, Sharon Kay; and two grandchildren.
The graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Scott National Cemetery in Fort Scott. Brown-Bishop Post No. 704 Veterans of Foreign Wars will be in charge of military honors. Memorial contributions are suggested to Assistance in Health Care of Tulsa and may be left at or sent to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Judith W. 'Judy' Blansett
Judith W. "Judy" Blansett, 63, of Parsons entered into eternal rest at 3 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on Dec. 12, 1944, at Parsons to Wayne and Lorraine (Bryson) Merchant. She grew up in Parsons and attended Parsons schools, graduating from Parsons High School.
She lived in Pennsylvania and Wichita before moving back to Parsons. She worked at Wal-Mart in Parsons for 25 years. She also was a homemaker and operated a day care for several years.
She married Jim Blansett in Vinita, Okla. They later divorced, however, they remained devoted to one another.
She enjoyed sewing, camping, cooking for family and friends and playing volleyball and softball in her youth. She was an avid fan of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives." She was a very devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. The greatest joy in her life was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandson.
Survivors include two sons, James Blansett, and his wife, Debra, of Pittsburg and Chris Blansett and his fiance, Cris Buddenhagen, of Parsons; three daughters, Staci Dodds, and her fiance, Matt Barker, Kelly Thompson and her husband, Stuart, and Allison Blansett, all of Parsons; 16 grandchildren, Noah, Elizabeth, Abigail, Caleb, Micaiah Blansett, all of Pittsburg, Kayla Dodds of Parsons, Gary Dodds III of Lawrence, Samuel, Alexander, Benjamin and Christian Thompson of Parsons, Cameron, Erynn and Emilee Blansett of Parsons, Jodeci Turner and Iziah Blansett, both of Parsons; a great-grandson, Xavier Green of Parsons; a brother, Gary Merchant, and his wife, Lou, of Parsons; and a sister, Karen Bulkley, and her husband, Richard, of Parsons
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Joyce Ann Merchant; and a nephew, Rick Bulkley.
Following cremation, the memorial visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. Memorials are suggested to an education fund for her grandchildren and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Bessie M. Haynes
COLUMBUS -- Bessie M. Haynes, 93, of Columbus died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at Medicalodge of Columbus.
A 16th generation descendant from Prince of Powys (who reigned in Shropshire, England, in 600 A.D.), she was born to Howard G. and Bessie Pearl (Owens) Haynes on April 16, 1915, in Scammon. At 9 months old, the family moved to the Center Star neighborhood and in 1928 moved to a larger farm in Center Star District.
At the age of 15, she became "The Lady of the House" as well as doing outside chores. She worked for Belt's 10 Cent Store, Lowry's Department Store, Maude Norton Hospital and the concession stand at the theater on the south side of the square in Columbus. She also was a self-employed area seamstress. She never married as she felt her fate in life was to take care of others. She cared for her father in his elderly years and was always ready to help any family or friend in need. She worked at TB Sanitarium in Chanute and operated the lunch counter at the Chanute Bowling Alley.
She attended junior college, receiving her GED and a degree in business administration. She took nurse's training in Kansas City and became a licensed practical nurse in March 1964. She worked for the Labette County Medical Center in Parsons and retired in 1976 after 12 years.
She never knew a stranger and will be missed by many people. Her long life of service to others was exemplary. She loved the farm where she lived for so many years with her father. Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting and gardening. Due to the life of service she has lived, she surely received a nice reward in Heaven. She made her confession to Christ on the last Sunday of 1939 and was baptized on the first Sunday of 1940 in the First Christian Church in Pratt.
Survivors include a sister, Mildred Duckett of Columbus; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Flossie, Mary and Goldie Ellen.
The service will be at 2 p.m. today in Murdock Funeral Chapel with Pastor Tom Goettel officiating. Interment will follow in Edgmand Cemetery.
Lawrence V. Westervelt
COLUMBUS -- Lawrence V. Westervelt, 87, of rural Columbus died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at Freeman Health Systems in Joplin after an illness.
He was born May 5, 1921, at rural Hallowell to Cloyd and Edith Guy Westervelt. He was a lifelong Cherokee County resident and farmer and cattleman. He attended Crossroads, Liberty and Pioneer No. 1 schools, West Mineral High School for two years and graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in 1939.
He married Dorothea Hill on Sept. 22, 1948, at the Christian Church in Oswego. She survives of the home.
Survivors also include a son, Ronnie Westervelt; a daughter, Rita Westervelt; a sister, Betty Westervelt of Oswego; a brother, Wyman Westervelt of rural Hallowell; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. today at Simpson Funeral Home in Columbus. The graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Park Cemetery in Columbus.
Memorials are suggested to the Columbus Foundation and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, 323 S. Kansas, Columbus, 66725.