Allen County, Kansas, News Items and other information extracted for these dates:

Allen County, Kansas

News Items and other information extracted for these dates: March 2001 thru February 2003

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Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, March 1, 2001 by Al2001

abstracted from the Iola Register

'Larry' Johnson

Name - Howard "Larry" Johnson of Iola
Age - 68
Location - Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita
Date of birth - Jan. 10, 1933, at Bremond, Texas
Parent's names - Boyd and Effie Johnson.
Married on Jan. 18, 1956 to Lolita Walls.
Survivors include his wife, two sons, LaFon, Longview, Texas, and Brent, Iola; fourdaughters, Jada Johnson, Topeka, Gita Johnson, Iola, Jill Johnson, Overland Park, and Stacey Tate, Moran; two brothers, Floyd, Tatum, Texas, and Edgar, Dallas; three sisters, LaVern Fullbright, Crosby, Texas, and Glennie Morgan and Edna Mae Reed, Dallas; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers, three sisters and two great-grandchildren died earlier.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Covenant of Faith Christian Center. The Rev. Phil Honeycutt will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, March 22, 2001 by Al2001

abstracted from the Iola Register, Friday, March 23, 2001

Name - Marjorie A. McCoy of Humboldt
Burial - Mount Hope Cemetery, Humboldt
Date of Birth - 07-Nov-1923 at Humboldt
Fathers name - Irvin E. Gurwell
Mothers name - Mildred Cronk
Married - 09-Nov-1941 to Edward A. McCoy
Survived by four sons, James E. of Stilwell, Edward A. of Overland Park, Randy of Chipley, Fla., and Harold L. "Herk" of Mission; two daughters, Vickie McCracken of Hopkins, S.C., and Joyce Coy of Overland Park; a brother, Charles Gurwell, of Eagle Pass, Texas; two sisters, Myrtle Gurwell of Chanute and Doris Sutherland of Conrad, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A son, Rodney Blake, five brothers, Donald Kenneth, Roy, Arnold, Willard and Clifford Gurwell, and two sisters, Ruthie McMichael and Charlotte LaForce, died earlier.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Tuesday, February 12, 2002 by Al2002

Abstracted from the Iola Register, Saturday, March 2, 2002.

Helen Wise, 80, Kansas city, MO

  • Born June 23, 1921 in Strawn, TX
  • Married to B.E. Wise Jr.
  • Survived by her children, B.E. Wise Jr of Texas; Nancy Pierson of Florida, David Wise of Ohio and Debbie Hanson of Missouri, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, February 28, 2002 by Al2002

Abstracted from the Iola Register, Saturday, March 2, 2002.

Donald Lee Cole, 68, Humboldt.

  • Born - Sept. 16, 1933, in Rochester, N.Y.
  • Father's name - Harry Cole
  • Mother's name - Frances Hamil
  • Married Judy Ferry on Aug. 28, 1970 in Oklahoma

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Friday, March 1, 2002 by Al2002

Abstracted from the Iola Register, Saturday, March 4, 2002.

Olive M. Veteto, 102, of Iola

  • Date of birth - Feb. 28, 1900, on a farm near Geneva
  • Father's name - William Wilson
  • Mother's name - Eva Belle Sherwood.
  • Married on Feb. 23, 1919 to Jeff J. Veteto. He died Jan. 17, 1974.
  • Survived by a son, Jeff and his wife, Marilyn, of Houston, Texas; a son-in-law, Kenneth Petty, of Kansas City; two daughters-in-law, Mona Veteto of Burlington and Francette Veteto of Iola; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
  • Two sons, Bill and Howard, a daughter, Maxine Petty, a brother, Jess Wilson, and two sisters, Pearl McGuire and Mabel Bass, died earlier.
  • Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Saturday, March 2, 2002 by Al2002

Abstracted from the Iola Register, Saturday, March 4, 2002.

Frederick Barkley Miller, 95, of Humboldt

  • Date of birth - Sept 1, 1906 in Humboldt
  • Father's name - Sylvan B. Miller
  • Mother's name Dora M.
  • Graduated for Humboldt High School in 1924.
  • Survived by his sister-in-law, Florence Miller
  • A brother, Russell, died in 1997.
  • Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Monday, March 4, 2002 by Al2002

Abstracted from the Iola Register, Saturday, March 4, 2002.

Betty J. Michael of Iola, 68

  • Date of birth July 26, 1933 Hamilton
  • Father's name - Mose Burris
  • Mother's name - Anna Swan
  • Married on Sept 6, 1948 to Norman Michael. Divorced in 1993.
  • Survived by two sons, Fred and his wife, Anita, and Rick and his wife, JoAnne, both of Iola; four daughters, Joyce Bratsch and her husband, Glen, of Gas, Phyllis Brundage and her husband, Dave, of Kansas City, Brenda Buck and her husband, Mike, of Iola, and Christy Knoblich and her husband, Kenny, of Gas; four brothers, Richard Burris of Iola, Larry Burris of Springfield, Mo., Wesley Burris of Hartford and Gerald Burris of Burlington; three sisters, Daisy Harris of Williamsburg, and Shirley Townsend and Sharon White, both of Burlington; 16 grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
  • Two brothers, Fred and Robert, a sister, JoAnn Folk, a granddaughter, Kayla Knoblich, and a son-in-law, Terry Brunner II, died earlier.
  • Burial in Highland Cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Saturday, November 2, 2002 by Al2002

Obituary printed in the Iola Register, 11/9/2002.
Russell Eugene "Gene" McHenry, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 2, in Bella Vista, Ark.

He was born May 10, 1928, in Iola, the son of Russell E. and Ruth E. Lam McHenry.

He was a Merchant Marine and later joined the U.S. Navy, retiring after 23 years of service as chief machinist mate. Following his retirement from the Navy he was employed by San Diego Gas & Power Co.

He was married to Sersuko Ito in 1967 in Japan. She is deceased.

The McHenry family moved to Clinton, Mo., where he worked for the Kansas City Power & Light Co. at the Montrose station. They later moved to Appleton City, Mo.

He started the fifth and sixth grade little league football program sponsored by the Appleton City Optimist Club in 1978 and coached until 1997. He also was active in the Optimist's baseball and softball program. He had coached and traveled with his son, Terry, to motocross races.

He was a member of the Appleton City Council from 1994 through 1996 serving as mayor protem for part of his term.

McHenry was a member of the Appleton City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 11242 and Masonic Lodge No. 412 A.F. & A.M, York and Scottish Rite. He was a member of the Ararat Shrine.

He liked to travel, collect donations for the circus and perform in parades for the Shrine. He earned more than 20 Crown Jewels through his service. In April 2002 he was presented a citation of honor for distinguished service to the Shriners.

He is survived by a son, Daniel Eugene of Chula Vista, Calif.; two sisters, Janice and her husband, Paul Smith, of Bella Vista, and Donna and her husband, Art Conway, of Amarillo, Texas; two grandchildren; and four nephews and nieces.

Two sons, Toshi and Terrence Eugene, died earlier.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Hill & Son Funeral Home in Appleton City. Masonic services were by the Appleton City Lodge No. 412 A.F. & A.M. The Legion of Honor Rose Ceremony was by the Ararat Shrine Service. The Revs. John Ketcher and Frank Claiborne officiated. Interment was in the Appleton City Cemetery. Military graveside services were by the Appleton City VFW Post No. 11242.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Hospice, 1200 W. Walnut St., Rogers, Ark. 72756 or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Thursday, November 14, 2002 by Al2002

Obituary abstracted from the Iola Register, 14-Nov-2002

Sarai L. Bishop, age 48

Date of birth - 29-Mar-1954, Athens community west of Piqua, KS

Father - Charles E. Bishop

Mother - Jessie Marie Caler

Survived by - three brothers, Chester L. Bishop of Iola and Russell J. Bishop and David L. Bishop of Yates Center; two sisters, Valary G. Iden of Iola and Shirley I. Martinez of Goddard; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Alvin and Ernest, and three sisters, Lucene Bishop, Coletta Williams and Darlene West, died earlier.

Burial in Yates Center Cemetery.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Friday, February 7, 2003 by Al2003

from the Iola Register, 11-Feb-2003

Christena Corner

Former rural Humboldt resident Christena Corner, 83, of Topeka died Friday, Feb. 7, at a Topeka care center.

She was born April 5, 1919, near Humboldt, to Fred L. and Inez Wamsley Dice.

She was a 1938 graduate of Humboldt High School. She worked for Gessler Drugs West in Wichita for 14 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Phoenix Chapter 159 in Wellington and E.R.C. Resource and Referral. She was a member of Trinity Methodist Church in Wichita. She lived in Wellington 1945-1955 and Wichita 1955-1994 before moving to Topeka.

On June 6, 1938, she married Walter T. Thurman in Yates Center. He died in 1964. On Oct. 13, 1975, she married Howard E. Corner. He died in 1993.

She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Cory of Topeka and Carmen Lamberson of Ridgway, Colo.; a son, Leland R. Thurman of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Virginia Collison of Humboldt and Joan Sallee of Iola; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel in Topeka. The body will be cremated. Private inurnment services are planned.

Memorials to Meals on Wheels may be sent in care of Stormont Vail Hospital, 1500 S.W. 10th or to the Marian Clinic, 1001 S.W. Garfield, both in Topeka, KS. 66604.

Information for these surnames,
extracted from source dated Monday, February 10, 2003 by Al2003

Extracted from the Iola Register, Monday, February 10, 2003

Anita Benson

Anita B. Benson of Iola died Saturday, Feb. 8, at Windsor Place at age 102.

She was born Oct. 12, 1900, on a farm 2 1/2 miles north of Iola, the daughter of Harry N. and Lena Odland Brown. The family moved to Iola when she was 5 years old.

She attended Iola schools and was graduated from Iola High School in 1919. She attended summer school studying piano at the Bush Conservatory in Chicago, Ill. She later attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, where she met Laurence J. Benson. They were married in 1922 and moved to Chicago where they lived for 15 years.

The couple then moved to California where she did secretarial work at 20th Century Fox for 10 years. He died in 1970. She returned to Iola in 1979. She was a member of Santa Monica Bay Women's Club and Wesley United Methodist Church and Dirt Diggers Garden Club in Iola. She is survived by three nieces, Mary Ann Mann of Iola, Peggy Osborn of Kansas City and Betty Renier of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and a nephew, Clifton Brown of Sun City, Ariz.

A daughter, Barbara, sister, Clara Smith and brother, Mont Brown, died earlier.

Graveside services were this afternoon at Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Lance Bailey officiated at the services.

Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapels were in charge of arrangements.

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