OSAGE COUNTY, KANSAS

OBITS

Adamson, M. Florine "Flo" (Israel) May 3, 1923 - April 11, 2008
TOPEKA - M. Florine "Flo" (Israel) Adamson, Topeka, died April 11, 2008, at Rolling Hills Health Center. She was 84.
She was born May 3, 1923, near Overbrook, the daughter of John Wesley and Myrtle (Atchison) Israel. She graduated
from Overbrook Rural High School in 1941. She married Dean Allen Adamson in 1941 at Ottawa. They moved to Topeka and were married 57 years. During World War II and the Korean Conflict, she joined her husband at his various duty stations. She returned to wait in Topeka when he deployed to Guam Island toward the end of World War II. She worked as a secretary for the Kansas Funeral Directors Association. She was a member of Potwin Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1998; grandson, Robert Wayne Adamson; brothers, Charles Wesley Israel, Chester Dean Israel, and sister, Eula Israel Tarr; brother-in-law, Homer Adamson; and sister-in-laws, Marceline Turner Adamson and Genevieve Nutt Adamson. Survivors include sons, Robert Neal Adamson and wife Kay, Topeka, Timothy Allen Adamson, Topeka; daughter, Debra Ann Adamson Coniglio, Fort Myers, Fla.; sister, Leah Israel Eichman Miller, Topeka; brother, Russell Earl Israel, Overbrook; brother-in-law, William Adamson, Lenexa; sister- in-law, Margaret Adamson Dick, Lenexa; grandchildren, Aimee Katherine Adamson, Greenwich Village, N.Y., Russell Dean Adamson, Topeka, Canaan Crouch, Los Angeles, Calif., Erin Adamson, Lawrence, Skyler Adamson, Lawrence; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Pessoni, Lawrence; great grandson, Seimoah Adamson. Funeral services were April 15, 2008, at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of America Hospice, 3715 S.W. 29th, Topeka, KS 66614. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 17, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Anderson, Paul Victor Oct. 4, 1914 - March 29, 2008
CHANUTE - Paul Victor Anderson, a life long resident of Vilas and Chanute areas, died March 29, 2008, at Heritage
Health Care Center. He was 93. He was born Oct. 4, 1914 the son of David and Josephine (Gabrielson) Anderson,
near Vilas. He graduated from the Vilas Rural High School in 1932. He was a member of Vilas Bethel Lutheran Church
and was active in the choir, church board and other governing committees. He married Mabel Knapp in 1955. They became members of the Otterbein United Methodist Church, in Chanute, where he was active in the choir and pastor-parish relations committee. He was preceded in death by his wife; three brothers, Herman, Harry, and Melvin; three sisters, Olive Fredrickson, Bertha Fager and Edla Fager; adopted son, William Knapp; adopted daughter, Donna Williams; grandsons, Victor Knapp and Andrew Knapp, and great-grandson, Dustin Baham. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Nina Knapp; grandchildren, John Williams, Carol Harding, Gail Baham, Roberta Newhouse, Karl Knapp, Theresa Reger, Geoffrey Knapp, and Antoinette Hempstead; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Services were April 3 at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Chanute. Memorial contributions may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church or Hospice of Kansas and sent in care of Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 17, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Anderson, Phyllis Elaine LUSK Dec. 10, 1926 - March 21, 2008
BURLEY, Idaho - Phyllis Elaine Lusk Anderson, Burley, Idaho died March 21, 2008, at Sunbridge Care Center, in Meridian,
Idaho. She was 81. She was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Emporia, the daughter of James C. and Beatrice Booth Lusk. She
graduated Osage High School in 1944. Barely out of high school, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse. She later attended Emporia State Teachers College. She married Gleason D. (Andy) Anderson in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 1, 1951. The couple moved to Pocatello, Idaho and then to Twin Falls, Idaho in 1954. She was a stay at home mom until she returned to school in 1969. The family moved to Burley in 1971. She graduated with the first registered nursing class at the College of Southern Idaho in 1972. She worked a short time on the pediatrics floor at Magic Valley Regional Hospital, in Twin Falls, and worked the remainder of her career in the surgical department at Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley. She was a member of the Burley United Methodist Church, PEO, Iris Better Homes Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and Master Gardeners Club. Her and her husband were instrumental in starting the Southeastern Idaho Alliance for the Mentally Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son Michael D. Anderson; her parents; two sisters, Caroline Schomburg, Joann Gustafson and one brother, James Lusk. Survivors include two daughters, Sandy and husband Jim Magill, Meridian, and Jana and husband Fred Florence, Boise; a brother Harold and wife Ann Lusk, Osage City; six grandchildren, Jason Suter, Ellie and Mark Elli, Abbie and Dominic Casey Florence, Jacob Sullivan, Jennifer Sullivan, and Phyllis Florence; and five great-grandchildren, Flinn and Dillon Suter, Olivia and Madeline Elli, and Paige Casey. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. April 19, 2008, at the Burley United Methodist Church, 450 E. 27th St., Burley. A private burial will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burley United Methodist Church or in lieu of a memorial, the family suggests planting a tree or a rosebush in her memory. Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 17, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Barnett, Robert Francis March 9, 1929 - April 18, 2008
LEBO - Robert Francis Barnett, Lebo, died April 18, 2008, at a Wichita hospital. He was 79. He was born March 9, 1929, in Reading, the son of Edward E. and Frances Della Junek Barnett. He graduated from Reading High School in 1947.
He married Lois Briggs on November 12, 1950, in Wichita. She survives of the home. He operated a dairy farm near Reading for 40 years. He later worked as the head of security at I.B.P. in Emporia, and at Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply in Emporia. He was in charge of the nursery. He served on the Lebo City Council for many years as well as numerous community committees. He was a member of the Lebo Baptist Church. He is survived by twin daughters, Sharon Hampton and Sherry Shipley, both of Lebo; a son, Greg Barnett, Wichita; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Charles and Edwin W. Barnett; and two sisters, Dorothy Lee Miller and Leona Ellis. Services were April 22, 2008, at the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home in Lebo.
Burial followed at Lincoln Cemetery, Lebo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Buck Foundation and sent in care of the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, P O Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 24, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Breithaupt , Fred Oct. 10, 1919 - April 5, 2008
OVERBROOK - Fred Breithaupt, Overbrook, died April 5, 2008, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 88. He was born Oct. 10, 1919, at Worden, a son of John and Charlotte Rappard Breithaupt. He married Eunice Pohl on April 4, 1945 in Ottawa. She survives. He was a dairyman, farmer and stockman southeast of Overbrook. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Dorothy Wintermantel, Winona Schwalm, Don Breithaupt, Frances Flory, Ruth Hutchens, Lt. Col. Charles Breithaupt, Leland Breithaupt. Survivors include daughters, Charlotte Breithaupt, Dallas, Texas, Marilyn and husband, Karl Peterjohn, Wichita, and Janice and husband, Rev. Tom Laymon, Wilmington, Del.; grandchildren, Christina and Alex Peterjohn; and a brother, Dr. J. C. Breithaupt and wife, Carolyn, Baldwin City.
Services were to be 2 p.m. April 10 at Grace Community Church of Overbrook. Memorial contributions may be given for missionary work of family members, Tom and Janice Laymon (Rescue Mission), Steve and Ellen Peterson (South Asia), Joel Haas (China) or Grace Community Church of Overbrook. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Burke, Jason Ryan Oct. 6, 1983 - April 14, 2008
VASSAR-Jason Ryan Burke died near his home in Vassar on April 14, 2008. He was 24. He was born on Oct. 6, 1983 in Ottawa, the son of Carolyn Totman and stepson of Rodney Totman. He had lived in Vassar all of his life. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 2002, where he played trumpet in the school band, participated in baseball and football, and
enjoyed playing basketball. After graduation he worked at Ritz Camera's Distribution Center in Topeka. He was baptized in the Catholic Church. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Carolyn and Rodney Totman, Vassar, his twin sister, Jessica Dawn Burke, Vassar, and grandparents, Earl and Donna Totman, Osage City. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Melvin and Helen Britschge. Mass of Christian Burial was held April 19, at St. Patrick's Catholic
Church in Osage City. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Osage City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jason
Burke Memorial Fund for services, or the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas, sent in care of Feltner
Funeral Home. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 24, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Gifford, Billy D. Dec. 23 1933 - March 29, 2008
BURLINGAME - Billy D. Gifford, Burlingame, died March 29, 2008. He was born Dec.23, 1933 the son of to Awilda Lyddane Gifford and Lloyd L. Gifford on a farm near Grantville. He grew up in the Harveyville area and graduated from Harveyville High School. He attended Baker University on a football scholarship. He worked for 50 years in the utility industry and retired from Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. as a substation engineer. He also did ministry work in Mexico after he retired. He sang in two groups over the years, The New Life Singers and Sons of the King. He was married to Beverly Shane. They were divorced. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Teresa Barnes; and one step-grandchild. He is survived by his wife, Julie Gifford; a son, Dennis Gifford; a daughter, Donita Krug; a stepdaughter Laura Price and her husband, Steven; a stepson, Steven Qualls; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Judy McCullough; a step-sister Linda Smith; step-father Kenneth Smith; and step-mother Evelyn Gifford. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Henery , Addison Dawn Dec. 3, 2007-April 16, 2008
KEARNEY, Neb. - Addison Dawn Henery, Kearney, Neb., died April 16, 2008, at her home in Wilcox, Neb. She was four months and 13 days. She was born Dec. 3, 2007, the daughter of Brett Aaron Henery and Amber Dawn (Johnson) Henery at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandmother,
Evelyn Johnson. She is survived by her parents, a sister, Alexi Rose Henery and a brother, Grant Aaron Henery, both of the home; maternal grandparents, Blair and Donnette (Fecht) Johnson, Wilcox, Neb.; paternal grandmother, Juanita Mejia, Emporia; and paternal grandfather, Kevin Henery and his wife Mel, Overbrook; maternal great-grandparents, Don
and Phyllis Fecht, Wilcox; and great-grandfather, Verdon Johnson, Bertrand; paternal great-grandparents, Gene Henery and his wife Carolyn, Madison, Jeanne Emley and her husband George, Emporia, Phillip and Carol Mejia, Emporia, and James and Alberta Moore, Overbrook; and paternal great-great grandparents, Ken and Marjorie Henery, Norfolk, Neb.
Services were April 21, 2008, at the United Methodist Church in Wilcox, Neb. Burial followed at the Wilcox Cemetery.
Banta-Torrey Funeral Home of Wilcox was in charge of arrangements. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 24, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Henley, Melvin Nov. 16, 1917 - April 6, 2008
VASSAR - Melvin W. Henley, Vassar, died April 6, 2008, at a nursing home in Sapulpa, Okla. He was 90. He was born Nov. 16, 1917, in Burlington, the son of Jess and Ina Wood Henley. He was raised in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in 1937. He lived in Topeka from 1956 until 1980 when he moved to Holiday Cove on Lake Pomona where he had since lived. He worked at Peoples National Bank when he joined the U.S. Army. He served in Europe with the 5th Armored Division until discharged in 1945. He joined the National Guard Battery B, 127th Field Artillery in Burlington. While in Topeka he worked for the postal service until his retirement in 1980. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Masonic Lodge #66 in Burlington and the Vassar United Methodist Church. On Sept. 28, 1940, he married Lois Peterman in Burlington. She preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 2003. He is survived by two sons, Michael Henley, Houston, Texas, and James Henley, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Retha Tweedy, Burlington, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Feltner Funeral Home in Lyndon. Burial will follow at Vassar Cemetery. He will lie in state from 2-8 p.m. April 11 at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vassar United Methodist Church and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS 66451. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Hepner, Elgitha March 14, 2008
OVERBROOK - Elgitha A. "Sally" Hoffman Hepner, Overbrook, died March 14, 2008. She was 89. Graveside services were to be at Union Cemetery in Southwest Douglas County, at 10 a.m. March 20. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and sent in care of Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, March 20, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Hoerman, Betty Lou BUTTERFIELD Jan. 9, 1921 - April 12, 2008
HOLTON - Betty Lou Hoerman, Holton, died April 12, 2008, at a care facility in Holton. She was 87. She was born Jan. 9, 1921, in Madison, the daughter of Eugene and Jessie Badsky Butterfield. She had lived in Lyndon for many years before moving to Olathe and then Harrisonville, Mo., where she had lived for many years. She had been in Topeka and Holton for the last couple of years. She was a homemaker and played on several Bridge clubs in Harrisonville. On July 17, 1942, she married George C. Hoerman. He survives of the home. She is also survived by two children, Barbara Zarchin and
husband Gerard, Annapolis, Md., and Hal Hoerman and wife Brenda, Topeka; a sister, Leona Warren, Overbrook; and four grandchildren. Memorial services were to be 11 a.m. April 17 at Feltner Funeral Chapel in Lyndon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holton Community Hospital Hospice and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Chapel, 822 Topeka, Lyndon, KS 66451. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 24, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Lafferty, Albert May 28, 1914 - April 5, 2008
OSAGE CITY-Albert L. Lafferty, Osage City, died April 5, 2008, at Peterson Nursing Home in Osage City. He was 93. He was born May 28, 1914, in rural Osage County, the son of Orville Clinton and Frances Margaret (Lewis) Lafferty. He had farmed and lived in Osage County all of his life and never married. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Osage City, Masons and the Scottish Rite. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wilfred Lafferty and a sister, Verda Anderson. Survivors include three nephews, Harlan Anderson and his wife, Linda, LeRoy Anderson and his wife, Donna Marie, David Anderson and his wife, Donna Dee, all of Osage City; three great-nieces, five great-nephews, one great-great nephew and eight great-great nieces. Graveside services were to be April 10, 2008, at the Osage City Cemetery. A memorial service was to follow graveside services at the First Presbyterian Church in Osage City. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Elevator Fund or Heartland Hospice and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. 6th, Osage City, KS 66523. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Norsworthy, Linnie HICKS Sept. 26, 1942 - April 5, 2008
Linnie Ann Norsworthy died April 5, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was 65. She was born Sept. 26, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Clyde and Kathryn (Woodley) Hicks. In August 1962, she married Richard Clasen. They later divorced. On Feb.14, 1976, she married Stephen E. Norsworthy at First Christian Church in Topeka. He preceded her in death Feb. 7, 1998. She retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. She was a member and past president of Kansas Press Women, Sigma Kappa Sorority at Emporia State University, she served on the board of directors at Exodus Ministries, and was a volunteer at Christian Neighborhood Center. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include two sons, Robert Clasen, Belton, Mo., and Eric Norsworthy, Las Vegas, Nev.; three daughters, Kathy Schwar, Scottsdale, Ariz., Annette Friery, Kennesaw, Ga., and Shari Hendrickson, Olathe; one brother, Ernie Hicks, Olathe; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services were to be April 9, 2008, at Penwell-Gable Mid Town Chapel. Private inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Race Against Breast Cancer or Christian Neighborhood Center, both of Topeka. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Orton, Ronald March 23, 1944-March 30, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. - Ronald R. Orton, Orlando, Fla., died March 30, 2008. He was 64. He was born March 23, 1944, to Robert A. and Dora V. (Peggy) Lyons Orton in Topeka, and had lived in Harveyville. He was a lifelong law enforcement officer active in various positions including police chief, deputy sheriff, detective, special investigator and private investigator. He is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Logan and her husband, Tom; two grandchildren, Tommy and Brianna; one brother, Richard Orton and wife Linda, Harveyville; four sisters, Bobbie Jean Hodgson, Harveyville, Jan Carpenter, Wichita, Peggy Sue Wilson, North Carolina and Penny Lucero, Denver, Colo. He was cremated and family services in Harveyville are pending. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Stoner, Gary L. February 27, 1943 - March 31, 2008
KIMBERLING CITY, Mo.-Gary L. Stoner, Kimberling City, Mo., died March 31, 2008, in Skaggs Community Hospital, Branson, Mo. He was 65. The son of Herbert and Margaret (Brim) Stoner, he was born Feb. 27, 1943, in Harvard, Ill.
He married Barbara Hazelton on May 1, 1979, and they had made their home in the Kimberling City area for the past eight years, coming from Carbondale. He was a retired hospital cook and a U. S. Navy veteran. He was of the Method-ist faith. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of the home; three sons, Danny Stuck, Jamestown, Ind., Gary Stoner II, Kimberling City, and David Michael Stoner, Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Beckie Makowski, Carbondale, and Cindy Stoner, Ottawa; two sisters, Mary Kuryliw, DeKalb, Ill., and Betty Thornton, Scranton; and six grandchildren. No services are planned. Cremation was under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home-South, Kimberling City. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Von Rohr, Hazel Marie GEBHART Aug. 18, 1914 - April 2, 2008
OZARK, Mo.-Hazel Marie Von Rohr died April 2, 2008, at Ozark Riverview Manor, in Ozark, Mo. She was 93. She was born Aug. 18, 1914, in Vassar, the daughter of Emil J. and Emma A. (Gutsmithl) Gebhart. She married Harold E. Von Rohr May 14, 1936, at Harveyville. They printed and published the newspaper, the Harveyville Monitor. He preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1984. She was a member of the Fidelity Chapter No. 38 Order of the Eastern Star, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of the Foreign Wars, and the Harveyville Rebekah Lodge. The Hazel M. Von Rohr Victorian Gardens, at Gage Park, were dedicated in her name in 1991. She is survived by a daughter, Jean M. Friedli, and her husband Tommy D. Friedli, of Wakarusa; a son, James R. Von Rohr, and his wife, Tamara K. Von Rohr, of Aurora, Mo.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by a sister, Dawn F. Gebhart, and a great-grandson, Easton C. Friedli. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Harveyville. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)

Walker, Betty L. November 1916-March 2008
TURLOCK, Calif. - Betty L. Walker, Turlock, Calif., died in March 2008. She was 91. She was born in November 1916, in Carbondale. She moved to California with her family in 1938, and worked at an ice cream parlor. She also worked as a dietary aid/cook at Emanuel Medical Center until she retired in 1981. She married Ralph Walker in 1940. He survives of the home. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Arthur and Barney Skaggs. She is also survived by sons, William Walker, Denver, Colo., and Richard Walker, Tumwater, Wash.; two grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and sisters, JoAnn Ladd, Turlock, Calif., and Mary Settle, Peoria, Ariz. A memorial service was held March 24, at Allen Mortuary, Turlock. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alexander Cohen Hospice House, and sent in care of, Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356-9259. (Osage County Herald-Chronicle, April 10, 2008, submitted by Marcina Wall)


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