She was born Aug. 26, 1932, in St. Paul to George A. and Adeline (Bradshaw) Burkhart. As a young girl, she grew up in St. Paul and graduated from St. Francis High School. She attended beauty college in Pittsburg before moving to Parsons in 1956. She worked as a hair dresser in Parsons and for more than 20 years she operated a day care center in her home. She and her husband owned and operated for more than 30 years several restaurants in the area, including the Strauss Club and, from 1969 to 1998, Jim's Club and O.J.'s Bar and Grill in Parsons. They also managed the Stockyards cafe in Parsons and the restaurant at the Parsons Country Club.
She loved bright colors and was never afraid of being different. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, shopping, spending time at Grand Lake and attending her grandchildren's sporting events. She looked forward to spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed life.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons and its Altar Society, the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion, Elks and Eagles.
She married James M. "O.J." Titus on Nov. 17, 1959, in Oswego. On their 40th wedding anniversary, they renewed their vows at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2001.
Survivors include a companion, Don Kennedy of St. Paul; four sons, Frank Ryan, Mike Ryan and his wife, Linda, Pat Ryan and his wife, Shanna, Tom Titus and his wife, Nicole, all of Parsons; a daughter, Jane Titus of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, Jake Ryan and his wife, Julie, Kristin Ryan, Stacy Gum, James Ryan, Ben Ryan and his wife, Beth, Michael Ryan and his wife, Angela, Marcie Ryan, Joshua Titus, Dek Ryan and Ryan Titus; and 15 great-grandchildren, Austin Ryan, Taylor Ryan, Brielle Vandervoort, Klein Ryan, Ashlyn Gum, Reece Mathis, Abigail Ryan, Noah Ryan, Colin Ryan, Colton Ryan, Luke Ryan, Marion Ryan, Evan Raines, Kaitlyn Ryan and Manaye Ryan-Harris.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, George Burkhart and Cyril "Danny" Heck Jr.; and a sister, Norma Jean Wilson.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends after the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Arboretum and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Richard L. 'Rich' Clark
ST. PAUL -- Richard L. "Rich" Clark, 62, of rural St. Paul died at 8:20 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at his home. He had been in failing health the past 2 1/2 years from brain cancer.
He was born Dec. 21, 1945, in Linn County to Oliver F. and Mary Jane (Sharp) Clark. He lived mostly in Pleasanton and attended schools in Mound City, including Mound City High School.
In 1962, he moved to Kansas City, where he met his wife, Marlene Duling. They married on Nov. 19, 1966, at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. She survives of the home.
In his early adult years, he worked as an installer and finisher of hardwood floors and then did painting and desco painting. From 1968 to 1974, he owned and operated the C&D Body Shop in Merriam. In August 1974, the Clarks moved to St. Paul, where he owned and operated Clark's Welding and Body Shop on U.S. 59. He also farmed during these years with his father-in-law, Tom Duling. In 1977, he sold the shop and opened Clark's Backhoe and Dozer Service. In 1993, he began working in highway construction as a superintendent for RFB Construction Co. Inc. of Pittsburg.
He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion of St. Paul.
Other survivors include a son, Rick T. Clark and his wife, Carolyn, of Chanute; a daughter, Debbie Beachner and her husband, Rick, of Pittsburg; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bud Clark and his wife, Carol, and Vic Clark and his wife, Jo, all of Mound City; and two sisters, Betty Avery and her husband, Sam, of Yakima, Wash., and Darlene Youngblood and her husband, Larry, of Fair Play, Mo.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two half brothers and three half sisters.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul with the Rev. Theodore Khin officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.
The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in St. Paul. The casket will be moved to the church at 6 p.m. The family will receive friends following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Catholic Church and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Cody James Schroeder
ARMA -- Cody James Schroeder, 29, of Arma died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at his home of a sudden illness because of natural causes
He was born Feb. 3, 1979, at Fort Scott, the son of Mark A. and Carolyn January Schroeder.
He worked at Atkinson Industries in Pittsburg and had lived in Arma all his life. He was raised in Arma and attended Girard schools and graduated from Colgan High School in 1997. He later attended Franklin Technology Center in Joplin in the auto body collision department.
Mr. Schroeder enjoyed camping, fishing, landscaping and mechanics. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arma.
Survivors include his mother, Carolyn Schroeder of the home, his father and stepmother, Mark and Debbie Schroeder of Arma; a sister, Katie Schroeder of Pleasant Hope, Mo.; three brothers, Marc Schroeder and his wife, Tammy, of Girard, Michael Schroeder and his wife, Heather, of Arma, and Chad Schroeder and his wife, Lee Ann, of Westphalia; paternal grandmother, Margaret Schroeder of Franklin; maternal grandmother, Donna (January) Garzi of Frontenac; uncles and aunts, Greg Schroeder, Winona Wilson, Rick January, Gerald January and Gwain January; and eight nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Paul Schroeder and James R. January Jr.
Mass of Christian Burial will be a 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Arma with the Rev. Robert McElwee officiating. Burial will be at the Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Franklin Technology Center Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to or left at the the funeral home, 517 E. Washington, P.O. Box 621, Arma, 66712.
Caleb Wayne McHolland
Caleb Wayne McHolland, the 4-day-old son of Mary Victoria Coker and Jackie Wayne McHolland of Parsons, died at 2:53 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Galesburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Complete obituary details will be announced by the funeral home.
Leonard G. Scheurich
Leonard G. Scheurich, 76, of Parsons died at 9:48 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, where he was taken from Parsons shortly before his death. His wife, Patricia, survives of the home.
Further obituary details and arrangements for a memorial service will be announced by Carson-Wall Funeral Home.