He was born Dec. 4, 1923, at Springfield, Mo., to Hubert M. and Anna Marie (Akin) Wommack. He grew up in Fair Grove, Mo., and graduated from high school there in 1940. From 1942 to 1947, he served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific. After his military service ended, he returned to Drury College in Springfield and graduated from there in 1947.
On March 26, 1949, he married Mary Virginia "Ginny" Wommack in St. Louis. After marrying, they lived in St. Louis, Prairie Village, Lincoln, Neb., Omaha, Neb., and Overland Park, where they resided 37 years. In 2002, they moved to Parsons. She survives of the home.
Mr. Wommack had been employed by the U.S. Railway Express Agency, the Staley Milling Co. and for 32 years was a territory salesman for the National Gypsum Co. After retirement, he worked part time for REW Materials.
He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, the John J. Mercer Lodge No 290, A.F. & A.M., of Omaha and was a life member of the American Legion. In earlier years, he loved to fish and hunt. In Omaha, he designed and helped build the first Little League baseball facility in that city. He loved to garden and cook.
Other survivors include a son, Dr. Joe Wommack and his wife, Ginny, of Parsons; three grandchildren, Christina Sifrit of Bucyrus, Emily Wegener and her husband, Alan, of St. Louis and Andrew Wommack of Boston; three great-grandchildren; numerous cherished friends; and his beloved golden retriever, Brianna.
His daughter, Patricia Ann Maynard, preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 2008.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with the Revs. Joe Hyde and Wayne Mason officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to either the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Labette Assistance Center and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Tom Strasser, 77, of rural Parsons died at 4:39 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at Labette Health.
He was born Feb. 16, 1931, in St. Paul to John Theodore "Theo" and Catherine Cecilia "Kate" (Lancaster) Strasser. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul, graduating from high school there in 1949.
For 25 years, he worked as a shop foreman for Eddie George Motors in Parsons, a car salesman for Sunflower Sales and was a rural mail carrier at the Parsons Post Office for 25 years.
He married Carol Mallams in 1959. They later divorced.
He loved animals and enjoyed hunting, fishing and pulling ponies. He especially enjoyed buying, selling and trading cars and raising horses and cattle.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons, a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a 45-year member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 527, in Parsons.
Survivors include a son, Steve Strasser and his wife, Cindy, of Altamont; two grandchildren, Seth Strasser and Danica Strasser; and a brother, Gene Strasser and his wife, Martha, of Pittsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Strasser; and a daughter, Stephanie Strasser.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday 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. Sunday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick's Catholic Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Gary Dean Clark
INDEPENDENCE -- Gary Dean Clark, 71, of Independence died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 4, 1937, in Caney to Carl and Edith (Lurlee) Clark. He grew up in Tyro and graduated from high school in Caney. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He received his college degree in architecture and was self-employed until his retirement.
Survivors include a son, Carl Dean Clark of Springfield, Mo.; four daughters, Sarah Marie Clark of Cherryvale, Sherry Clark, Kelly Miller and Vickey Clark, all of Springfield, Mo.; a grandchild; and a brother, Steven Clark of Webb City, Mo.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at Fawn Creek Cemetery in Tyro under the direction of Potts Chapel.
The family has suggested memorials to St. Andrew's Catholic Church and they may be left with the funeral home.
Eula Jean Coffman
Eula Jean Coffman, 66, of Parsons died at 6:40 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at her home.
The service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorials are suggested to the Eula Coffman Memorial Fund and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Complete obituary details will be announced.
Delbert D. Ringle, 80, of Parsons died at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at Good Samaritan Society of Parsons.
Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Parsons will announce additional funeral details and arrangements.