Joseph L. Cook 1947-2011
Joseph L. Cook, 63, Manhattan, died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the home of his sister, Nancy, in Shawne. He was recently diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic with mesothelioma.
Joe was born in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 16, 1947 to Lewis J. and Roberta L. Foresman Cook. He was the youngest of four children and grew up in Iola. He attended Lincoln Grade School, Iola Junior High, and graduated from Iola High School in 1965. Joe then volunteered for the Navy ...
Superintendents, two school board members wrap up service to 413
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter The Monday night USD 413 Board meeting was a night for celebration and goodbyes as it was the last meeting for two board members, Clete Hudson and Brett Dillman, as well as Superintendent Steve Parsons and Assistant Superintendent Kathryn Taylor. The meeting started off by acknowledging the four with plaques for Hudson and Dillman, thanking them for their service to the board, and gifts and thanks to Parso...
Toys for Tots appeals for volunteers
Tribune staff It’s only about halfway to Christmas, but what the cause means to children in Chanute will be dictated soon. Dick Lisman, coordinating officer for the Marine Reserves Toys for Tots in nine counties, is appealing for help. Due to board decisions, Neosho County is on its own this year in regard to compiling money and toys. Adjoining counties will keep everything separate, Lisman said. Last year the county spent $6,500 on 4,000...
Luther Edens 1918-2011
Luther Edens, 93, Fredonia, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Golden Living Center in Fredonia. He was born Feb. 3, 1918 in St. Paul, Ark., the son of Scott and Jennie Petree Edens. Luther served in the United States Army, 1944-1946.
On Dec. 31, 1938 in Ball Creek, Ark., he married Thelma Morriss. She survives, of the home.
Luther was employed by Excelsior Brick Company for more than 20 years, as well as working as a farmer. Luther was an active ...
Revolving Loan Committee recommends business loan for Finleys
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter The revolving loan committee met on Tuesday morning to discuss a loan sought by Adam and Cora Finley to buy Consignment, a resale clothing store at 110 E. Main. The Finleys requested a $17,000 loan in order to purchase the business from the current owner. The business was founded in January 2007 by Cassandra Cleaver, and currently operates Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10...
Dwayne ‘Dee’ Lee Miller 1932-2011
Dwayne “Dee” Lee Miller, 78, Pleasant Valley, Mo., formerly of the Benedict and Coyville area, died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, Mo. Dee and his twin brother, Wayne, were born Dec. 16, 1932 to George Kenneth “Kack” and Virgie May Cain Miller in Coyville. Dee married Carol June Shoaf on Feb. 17, 1956. She preceded him in death.
Dee married Janice Adams Miller on Nov. 2, 1996. He served in the Unite...
Larry M. Clemens 1934-2011
Larry M. Clemens, 76, Chanute, died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at his home.
Larry was born in Humboldt on July 6, 1934, the son of Harvie M. and Thelma Stipp Clemens. He attended area schools.
He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.
Larry was united in marriage to Nancy Tate on July 6, 1956, in Miami, Okla. She survives, of the home.
He was a self-employed truck driver for many years.
Along with his wife, Nancy, he is survived by...
Plea agreement in works in arson case
A status hearing was held Tuesday afternoon for Delana Capps, the woman charged with allegedly setting fire to the Rendezvous Club on Feb. 6.
Public Defender David Clark and Capps are currently in negotiations for a plea deal with Neosho County Attorney Melissa Dugan. If they come to an agreement, the matter could be decided at Capps’ next status hearing, scheduled for June 21 at 1 p.m.
“If she pleads to the charge, which is what...
Teams gear up all year for annual Relay event
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Neosho County Relay for Life is just around the corner and teams have been working for nearly a year to raise money for the cause. A wide variety of fundraisers have been held, with teams beginning new traditions and continuing longtime activities to meet goals set for this season. The overnight Relay for Life will be held at Neosho County Community College from Friday beginning at 6 p.m. through Saturday ...
Lil’ Toledo hosts Women on Target
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Lil’ Toledo Lodge hosted the eighth annual Women on Target: Shooting Skills for Women on Saturday, bringing in women to learn more about firearm safety and skills in a more comfortable atmosphere than that of a Hunter Education or shooting course. The program is a National Rifle Association-funded event through the Women on Target program held by the Kansas Wildlife Conservation Association and is a Region...
Herman R. Honas 1932-2011
Herman Honas, 79, Chanute, died Saturday, June 4, 2011 at his residence.
Herman was born at Ransom on Jan. 17, 1932, the son of John and Frances Weber Honas. He graduated from Pittsburg State University.
He was united in marriage to Flo Dinkel on June 20, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellis.
Herman worked at Montgomery Ward in Chanute for 16 years. After that he started his own business, Chanute T.V. and bus station for 40 years. He...
Warren H. Fitch 1922-2011
Warren Hampton Fitch, 89, Chanute, died Friday, June 3, 2011 at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Warren was born at Waverly on Jan. 30, 1922, the son of Lloyd and Marguerite Gisin Fitch. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1940.
Warren served his country in Company L, 2nd Marines, 2nd Division during WWII.
He was united in marriage to Martha L. Peters on Dec. 21, 1947 in Fredonia.
He was a materials inspector for t...
Long commitment to community ends
Warren Hampton Fitch served in many ways, in the military, and in his 64 years as a member of the community
He died at age 89 on Friday at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center.
After graduating from Waverly High School in 1940, on August 14, 1941, he entered the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Coincidentally, World War II ended on August 14, 1945 on VJ Day (Victory in Japan) and his son Warren, Jr., was born that same day....
Thayer council member
serves city from Kuwait
One member of the Thayer City Council has to wake up at 4 a.m. for the meetings. Sgt. William Vining is in the Army National Guard and is currently serving overseas in Kuwait.
He works in operations and he said that his job allows him to take part in the city council meetings back home, which with the time difference are typically very early in the morning in Kuwait. For Sgt. Vining, it is a way to stay connect...
Youth, elderly share planting project
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Heritage Healthcare residents helped plant the seed of gardening for children from Brighter Beginnings Daycare on Thursday. As a part of an intergenerational program with the Chanute Community Foundation, Heritage residents assisted the daycare children in planting vegetables in the community garden on South Ashby. The project was set up as a way for children to work with the residents on various projects...
Reality TV shows hit home — Chanute connections to Top Shot and The Deadliest Catch
Plenty of reality shows have flooded the airwaves and at least two have a Chanute connection.
The upcoming Season 3 of Top Shot on the History Channel will include Chris Collins in the 16-member cast.
Collins, who resides in Owasso, Okla., is a former U.S. Marine and firearms instructor.
“The more pressure I’m under, the better I shoot,” Collins said on the Top Shot website.
The chosen 16 will compete in a series of ...
Original museum part of Safari’s 50th fete
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Looking for red carpet treatment? Then planning on attending the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum gala on June 11 in celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary. The whole day will be an event for the museum, starting with an open house and a re-dedication ceremony during the day before the gala in the evening. Members of the community are invited to tour the museum as well as hear stories from one of...
LaDonna S. Journot McPurdy 1942-2011
LaDonna S. Journot McPurdy, 68, Joplin, Mo., formerly of Parsons, went home to be with her Lord Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin from injuries sustained in the tornado.
She was born Oct. 6, 1942 in Parsons, to Frank and Myrtle Johnston Journot. She grew up in Parsons where she attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and was a graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont. Following high school graduation, ...
Jason W. Adams 1987-2011
Jason W. Adams, 23, Cave Springs, Ark., died Sunday, May 29, 2011. He was born in Rogers, Ark., on June 3, 1987, the son of Chris and Tamie Logsdon Adams.
He loved the outdoors and activities such as hunting, fishing. Jason enjoyed most of all hanging out with family, friends and loyal dog, Sissy.
He graduated from Bentonville High School and attended Nashville-Auto Diesel College.
Jason is survived by his wife, Jeri Dawn Adams, Bentonville;...
Helen C. Blankenship 1926-2011
Helen C. Blankenship, 85, Fall River, died Thursday, June 2, 2011 at her home. Helen was born on April 26, 1926 in Alma, the daughter of George William and Laura Ann Schreiber Thowe.
On Nov. 29, 1959, in Wichita, Helen married Jack R. Blankenship, He survives, of the home.
Helen worked on her farm with her husband Jack, working in the fields and taking care of livestock. She was a member of the Fall River United Methodist Church.