Laura Lee Keller 1943-2012
Laura Lee Keller, originally of Erie, died Monday, July 30, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. She passed away after a protracted and courageous battle with cancer. Laura was 68.
Laura Lee Olson was born on Oct. 18, 1943 in Chanute. She was raised on a farm in southeast Kansas between Erie and Chanute, the daughter of Carl E. and Jewel Lyon Olson. Laura graduated from Erie High School in 1961. She was very active in school and participat...
James ‘Jimmy D’ Dahlgren 1953-2012
James (Jim) “Jimmy D” Steven Dahlgren died July 16, 2012 in Paso Robles, Calif. Jim had fought a good fight against various illnesses for many years. He was born in Chanute on March 31, 1953. He was 59 years of age.
Jim is survived by his wife of 25 years, Pamela Cohn Dahlgren; his daughter Zarah Dahlgren Wirt and a granddaughter Anika; his father, Larry Dahlgren, Dallas; his mother, Doris Willis Dahlgren, Chanute; sisters Juli Poitras, Carm...
Lula Mae Ridge 1930-2012
Lula Mae Ridge, 81, Warrensburg, Mo., died Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Country Club Care Center.
She was born Nov. 2, 1930 in the Robbins Community area in Johnson County, Mo., the daughter of Albert Leroy and Cora Frances Carl Clifton.
On Nov. 6, 1947 she was united in marriage to Henry Franklin Ridge in Johnson County, Mo. He preceded her in death Jan. 23, 2005.
She was a founding member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Warrensburg. She...
Donald E. Duff 1923-2012
Donald E. Duff, 89, Chanute, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Donald was born on May 8, 1923, in Cowley County, the son of George Lester and Hazel Marie Steiner Duff. He graduated from Shallow Water High School near Scott City in 1941.
He was united in marriage to Erma Lucille Graham on May 6, 1944 in Scott City. She preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 2010.
Basil Earl Swalley 1947-2012
Basil Earl Swalley, 65, died at his home in Chanute on Friday, August 3, 2012.
He was born Jan. 24, 1947, in Maryville, Mo., the son of Joseph and Nellie Thompson Swalley. He graduated North Nodaway High School, Hopkins, Mo.
He was united in marriage on Feb. 4, 1978, with Janice Vassar Swalley, in Maryville, Mo. She survives, of the home. Basil and Jan made their home in Chanute for 20 years.
Basil was a longtime cable television professi...
Tina Marie Dixon 1970-2012
Tina Marie Dixon, 42, died Thursday, August 2, 2012, near Iola.
Tina was born in Chanute Jan. 2, 1970, the daughter of Leon and Brenda Dorsey Dixon. She attended Chanute High School, later earned her GED, and attended Pittsburg State University.
She married Russell Higgins in Iola in 1987. They later divorced.
Tina worked as a waitress, and later served as manager of the bakery department at Walmart, Parsons, and manager of Taylor Conven...
Bobby William McCann 1930-2012
Funeral service for Bobby William McCann will be 10 a.m. Monday, August 6, at the Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Chapel, Claremore, Okla. Burial with military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps will follow at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Sunday 1-6 p.m., and family will greet friends 4-6 p.m.
McCann died Thursday, August 2, 2012, at the Claremore Veterans Center at the age of 82.
The son of George Robert an...
Jimmie “Jim” Pence 1944-2012
Jim Pence, 68, Chanute, died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Jim was born in Berryville, Ark., on May 25, 1944, the son of Clifford and Gracie Couey Shrum. He married Marjorie Turner on July 28, 1963 in Chanute.
He loved country and gospel music, movies, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marjorie Pence, Chanute; two daughters, Missy Isaac and husband...
David Royce Oliphant 1955-2012
David Royce Oliphant, 57, Bartlesville, Okla., died July 8, 2012 at the Clare Hospice Center in Tulsa.
He was born Feb. 16, 1955 in Iola to Marion “Buck” and Catherine Tomlinson Oliphant.
He is survived by a son, Jeremy Wayne Oliphant; four grandchildren; siblings Allen Oiphant, Bartlesville, Dennis Oliphant, Anthony, Cathy Reed, Tulsa; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael D. Oliphant, and a sister Sherry...
Leslie Richard ‘Dick’ Smith 1927- 2012
Leslie Richard “Dick” Smith, 85, Pittsburg, formerly of Chanute, died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the Via Christi Village in Pittsburg.
Dick was born in Eureka on May 8, 1927, the son of Harry Leslie and Flossie Faye Sanger Smith. He graduated from Dennis High School in 1945.
He served his country in the United States Navy.
Dick was united in marriage to Ruth Howerton on August 6, 1947 in Manette, Wash. She preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 2...
Robert James ‘Bob’ Ehrman 1926-2012
Robert James “Bob” Ehrman, 85, Owasso, Okla., went to be with his Lord on Monday evening, July 23, 2012 at his home. Bob was born August 22, 1926 at Chanute, to Harry H. and Bessie E. Duckworth Ehrman.
Bob was raised and received his education in Chanute. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving honorably until his discharge in 1946. He served aboard the USS Wildcat and was a radio operator, stationed six months in the Philippines. He ...
Ronald Lee ‘Ron’ Jackson 1936-2012
Ronald Lee “Ron” Jackson, 75, died July 23, 2012 at his home in Joplin, Mo. Ron was born Dec. 25, 1936 in Oshkosh, Neb., to Alta Mary and Joseph Buren Jackson. Ron was a sales rep for the W. Evans Company and has lived in the Joplin area for the past 15 years.
Ron was preceded in death by his wife Joyce Lee Jackson on Dec, 17, 1996. Born from this union was one daughter Julia Ann Jackson from Overland Park and one son Daniel Joseph Jackson of...
Donna Joy Stoll 1936-2012
Donna Joy Stoll, 76, Chanute, died Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Donna was born in Wilson County on April 25, 1936, the daughter of Carey and Clara Freeman Tripp. She received her GED and graduated from LPN Training at NCCC.
She was united in marriage to Harold L. Stoll on Feb. 21, 1954. He survives, of the home.
Donna retired as a LPN after working 20 years for Arolyn Heights Nursing Home.
Along with her hu...
Kimberly Allen Bumstead 1957-2012
Following surgical complications while on vacation, Kimberly Allen Bumstead, 54, Stafford, Va., died July 18, 2012, in a Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, hospital.
Born Oct. 16, 1957, in Pontiac, Mich., to the Rev. Ronald and Connie Bumstead, Humboldt, he was a graduate of Humboldt High School. Kim attended Allen County Community College and Pittsburg State University and received a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s d...
Claudine M. James 1924-2012
Claudine M. James, 88, Fredonia, died Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Golden Living Center in Fredonia. She was born Jan. 8, 1924 in Wichita, the daughter of Claude W. and Bertha M. Murdock Akin. Claudine was a graduate of Wichita North High School. She was a retired headstart teacher for the State of Missouri.
On Jan. 27, 1944 in Wellington, Claudine married Francis Sinclair James. He preceded her in death Dec. 21, 2004.
Claudine was a member of...
Robert Clyde Kimzey 1919-012
Robert Clyde Kimzey was born August 2, 1919 to Robert McQueary and Etta Neoma Bryant Kimzey near LaCygne, Linn County. He entered into eternal peace on July, 23, 2012 after several months in the Evergreen Nursing Center in Olathe.
He attended school in Linn County until his family moved to Elk County, where he graduated from Longton High School in 1939. His education continued at Pittsburg State Teachers College and he taught school at the Ni...
Joan G. Volk 1927-2012
Joan G. Volk, 85, longtime resident of the rural Erie area, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
She was born April 11, 1927 at Hill Top, Ark., to Louis M. and Nancy Elizabeth Jones Newberry. When she was 11 years old her family moved to the rural Erie area to farm. She attended country schools and lived in rural Erie most of her life until moving to Prairie Mission.
Margaret Jane Erickson 1918-2012
Margaret Jane Erickson, 93, Chanute, died Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Guest Home Estates II in Chanute.
Margaret was born on July 26, 1918 in Cherryvale, the daughter of Lewis and Ada May Adam Henry. She graduated from Chanute High School and Chastain School of Cosmetology in Coffeyville.
She was united in marriage to Gustave Lyman Erickson on Dec. 31, 1942 in Caney. He preceded her in death.
Margaret owned and operated her own beauty shop...
Joy L. Klimek 1961-2012
Joy L. Klimek, 50, Gardner, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
She was born on Dec. 1, 1961, in Iola, the daughter of Lawrence “Blackie” and Doris L. Burt Klimek. She attended Marmaton Valley schools in Moran, and Allen County Community College in Iola.
She was a janitor and teacher’s aide at Marmaton Valley High School in Moran for several years and moved to Gardner to work for the Johnson County She...
Neva E. Miller Christie 1906-2012
Neva E. Miller Christie, 106, Chanute, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at the Chanute Healthcare Center.
She was born Jan. 28, 1906, in Erie, to Thomas V. and Margaret Herod Miller. She graduated from Erie High School in 1923 and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Emporia State Teacher’s College. She taught school for several years before her marriage in Erie.
On June 2, 1932 she and Earl L. Christie were married at the Federated Church in Erie. The...