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Obituary with surnames HUBBARD, MCGEE, RYAN, WINGATE submitted by Helen Bremmer. Date of death Wednesday, July 5, 2000
This is a clipping that Mattie Hubbard Ryan clipped from an unidentified newspaper and left in her copy of the Burford Genealogy:

Soldier From Tonganoxie Killed in Action in the Pacific.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hubbard, Tonganoxie, Kas. have been informed by the War department of the death October 26 of their son, Pvt. Harvey E. Hubbard, 21. The youth was killed in action in the Pacific area.

Born and reared in Kansas City, Private Hubbard attended the Longfellow school. Later he moved with his family to Grain Valley. He enlisted early in 1941.

He leaves also two sisters, Mrs. George Wingate, Tonganoxie, and Mrs. Charles McGee, 1023 North Kansas Avenue, and five brothers, Laurence Hubbard, Kansas City, Kansas; Thomas Hubbard, 1023 North Kansas Avenue; Pvt. Earnest Hubbard, Camp Gruber, Ok., and Edward Hubbard and Alfred Hubbard of the home.

I'm hoping someone will recognize this family. I haven't the slightest clue how Mattie Ryan Hubbard is related to me as she was an orphan raised by (presumably) by her Aunt and Uncle. Helen Bremmer

Obituary with surnames COBLER, COLHOUER, JOST, JUDY, MCMILLEN, OSBORN, RICHES, STUCK, SWIDERSKI, TUTTLE submitted by Sue Rush 2000. Date of death Sunday, August 6, 2000
Leavenworth Times Mon., Aug., 7, 2000

Charles Edward Jost, Topeka, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Topeka. he was 80.
Mr. Jost was born April 5, 1920, in Leavenworth, the son of William and Maude Tuttle Jost.
He grew up in Leavenworth and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1939.
He served in the Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Station.
He was employed by the Kansas Power and Light for 43 years. After retirement, he served as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society (Road to Recovery Program) for 11 years.
He was a long-term Mason and a member of Scottish Rite with the Blue Lodge 17 in Topeka.
He married Ruth Lorraine Judy in 1939. She preceded him in death in 1961.
He married Alcie M. McMillen on May 28, 1971, in Topeka. She survives at the home.
He is also survived by six daughters, Janice Osborn, Yreka, Calif., Judy Riches, Pittsburg, Jeannine Cobler, Kansas City, Mo., Jody Colhouer, Littleton, Colo., Jan Stuck, Topeka, Judy (2 Judy's by paper) Swiderski, Piedmont, S.D.; one son, Howard Mcmillen, Chelan, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Penwell-Grabel Funeral Home, Topeka.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mount Muncie Cemetery, Leavenworth.
Memorials may be given to the Midland Hospice and American Cancer Society.

Obituary with surnames FRENCH, GATES, HOLLAND, LANTIS, SCHILTZ submitted by LV2000. Date of death Wednesday, September 13, 2000
Reprinted with permission. From The Mirror, Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Donald E. French

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 16, for Donald E. French, 77, Topeka, who died Sept. 13, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Topeka.

Burial was in Hubbel Hill Cemetery.

Mr. French was born April 2, 1923, in Fort Scott, the son of George and Ruth Lantis French. He retired in 1984 as a painter for Trans World Airlines, Kansas City, Mo.

He attended Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, Topeka. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a member of the VFW Post 9271, Tonganoxie, the Disabled American Veterans, and Machinist Union, local 1650, Kansas City, Mo.

He married Mary U. Holland on Dec. 24, 1947, in Nevada, Mo.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; a son, Gary Gates, Lawrence; a daughter, Linda Schiltz, Tonganoxie; a brother, Richard French, Baldwin City; three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Obituary with surnames HAMMONS, KING, LOUIS, NEELY, SHADWELL, SPEER submitted by LV2000. Date of death Thursday, September 14, 2000
Reprinted with permission. From The Mirror, Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Dianna Rae Hammons

Funeral services were held Monday for Dianna Rae Hammons, 62, Tonganoxie, who died Sept. 14, 2000, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

The Rev. Sharon Howell officiated at the funeral service. A private inurnment will be held at Hubbel Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Hammons was born Nov. 18, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Donald E. and Lucille Neely Shadwell. She received a bachelor's degree from Park College, Parkville, Mo., and a master's degree in English from Kansas University.

She was a member of the Mo-Kan Teddy Bear Club in Kansas City, Mo.

She married Paul I. Hammons on May 20, 1961.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; a son, Chris Hammons, Tonganoxie; two brothers, William C. Shadwell and Donald E. Shadwell, both of Kansas City, Mo.; three sisters, Elizabeth D. King, Cleveland, Mo., Barbara L. Louis, Aurora Colo., and Carol S. Speer, Kansas City, Mo., and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Robin Diann Hammons and Lorie Diann Hammons.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association or to the Lung Association, in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, Kan. 66086.

Obituary with surnames LEAK, LENAHAN, WAGER submitted by LV2000. Date of death Monday, September 18, 2000
Reprinted with permission. From The Mirror, Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Mary (Lenahan) Wager
Funeral services for Mary (Lenahan) Wager will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie. Father Mark Goldasich will officiate. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

Mrs. Wager died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center.

Mrs. Wager was born Jan. 13, 1908, in Tonganoxie, Kan., the daughter of Richard and Bertha (Leak) Lenahan. She was a teacher at Coal Ridge and Bleakley country schools and an elementary school teacher at Tonganoxie Grade School. She enjoyed gardening and always had fresh flowers in season for her church's altar.

She was united in marriage May 22, 1946, to Glenn E. Wager in Tonganoxie, Kan. He preceded her in death Aug. 4, 1976. She is survived by several nieces.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie, where the Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the church building fund.

Obituary with surnames SMITH, WICKIZER, WILK submitted by Richard L. Moberly. Date of death Tuesday, September 19, 2000
The obituary of Wayne Wilk, as published in the Leavenworth Times on 5 Apr 1991, follows:

"Wayne Fredrick Paul Wilk, a former assistant manager of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service Station at Fort Leavenworth, died Monday, April 8, 1991,a t the Dwight D. Eisenhower Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 52. Mr. Wilk was born June 3, 1938 at Leavenworth, the son of Paul and Vera Moberly Wilk. He served in the Navy from 1957 to 1961. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors include two brothers, Gary Wilk, McLouth, and Phillip Wilk, San Diego; two sisters, Sandra Smith, San Diego, and Paula Wickizer, Leavenworth; 20 nephews and great-nephews; and 19 nieces and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Wilk and Herbert Wilk. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Davis Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Gerald E. Todd, pastor, and the Rev. Daniel Thews, assistant pastor, both of St. Paul Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Muncie Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Davis Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be given to Cushing Memorial Hospital or the American Cancer Society."

Obituary with surnames DAY, FLICK submitted by LV2000. Date of death Wednesday, September 20, 2000
Reprinted with permission. From The Mirror, Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Donald L. Day

Funeral services for Donald L. Day, who died Sept. 20, 2000 in St. Louis, were held Monday at Boumann Colonial Chapel in St. Louis. Burial was at Lake Charles Cemetery.

Day was born April 19, 1935 in Leadmine, Mo., the son of Daniel Erwin Day and Edith Maye Day. In 1942, Wanda Day Flick became his step-mother.

Day had retired in April and moved from Kansas City to St. Louis.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Day, daughter, Carrie May Day, Kansas City; son, Dannie Bob Day, Texas; and brothers, Wayne Day, Overland Park, Bob Day, Gardner, and Jack Day, Olathe; and step-mother, Wanda Day Flick, Melverne.

Obituary with surnames BOLEWSKI, BOLSENGA, BREZGIEL, BROWN, GATES, GORSKI, HESLER, JOHNSON, NUDECK, ROE submitted by LV2000. Date of death Wednesday, September 20, 2000
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Wednesday, March 14, 2001

John J. Brezgiel Jr.

Private family services are planned for John J. Brezgiel Jr., 73, Leavenworth.

Mr. Brezgiel's body was found Tuesday, March 6, 2001. He was last seen in Sept. 20, 2000, when sheriff's officers said he died a traffic accident as he drove home from Leavenworth.

He was born March 21, 1927, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of John J. and Pearl Hesler Brezgiel Sr.

He entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Normandy invasion and later in the South Pacific. He was given the Purple Heart personally by Eleanor Roosevelt. After discharge from the Navy, he began working at the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth as an electrician. He retired in 1973.

He was active on the farm, raising angus cattle. He was a member of the St. Casimir Catholic Church, the St. Casimir Men's Club, the Eagle's Arie No. 55 in Leavenworth.

He married Scotty L. Gates on Aug. 3, 1963, at the St. Casimir Catholic Church in Leavenworth. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Peter John Brezgiel, Lee's Summit, Mo.; a daughter, Shawn Johnson, Leavenworth; six sisters, Clara Bolsenga, North Kansas City, Mo., Agnes Bolewski, Leavenworth, Rose Nudeck, Independence, Mo., Martha Brown, Kansas City, Kan., Elizabeth Gorski, Topeka, and Helen Roe, Manhattan, Kan., and two grandchildren.

Obituary with surnames HARRIS, JOHNSON, MARTIN, NICOLL submitted by LV2000. Date of death Thursday, September 21, 2000
Reprinted with permission. From The Mirror, Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Mary D. Harris

Funeral services for Mary D. Harris, who died Sept. 21, 2000, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., were held Tuesday. Officiated by the Rev. Ben Saathoff, the services were conducted at the Tonganoxie Christian Church. Burial was in McLouth Cemetery, McLouth.

Mrs. Harris was born April 26, 1915, in Mayetta, Kan., the daughter of Edward and Monaka (Nicoll) Johnson. She married Harvey H. Harris on May 25, 1939, in Topeka. He died Nov. 21, 1995.

Mrs. Harris was a retired nurse.

She is survived by a brother, John H. Johnson, Berryton, and a sister, Frances Martin, Winchester.

Quisenberry Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Obituary with surnames DUNCAN, HOLMES, KERNS, LAWSON, MCCOURT, OWENS, TINKER submitted by LV2000. Date of death Thursday, September 21, 2000
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Lloyd Wayne Owens

Services for Lloyd Wayne Owens, 71, El Dorado Springs, Mo., were Sept. 24, 2000, at the Buchanan Chapel, Monett, Mo. Burial was in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Monett.

Mr. Owens died Sept. 21, 2000. He was born June 15, 1929, the son of James Arthur and Goldie Ann Tinker Owens.

He lived in Bonner Springs for 26 years and moved back to Monett, Mo., following his retirement in 1989. He moved to El Dorado Springs, Mo., three years ago.

He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Monett Christ United Methodist Church and the Monett National Guard.

He married Naomi Lawson in 1952. She died in 1986. He married Tina Sue Dunkin, April 30, 1988. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Allen Owens, Aurora, Mo.; three daughters, Barbara Holmes, Winfield, Mo., Gail McCourt, Kansas City, and Charlotte Kerns, Davenport, Iowa; a brother, Robert Owens, Monett, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Obituary with surnames FRYE, JOHNSON, WEIGLER submitted by LV2000. Date of death Tuesday, September 26, 2000
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Cynthia M. Frye

Services for Cynthia M. Frye, 98, McLouth, were Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at the McLouth Church of the Nazarene, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence.

Mrs. Frye died Sept. 26, 2000, at Hickory Point Nursing Home in Oskaloosa, and lived in the Douglas and Jefferson county area since the 1960s. She was born Jan. 31, 1902, at Hub City, Wis., the daughter of Fred and Cora Hall Johnson.

She married Hallie Frye on Aug. 19, 1920, in Rock Bridge, Wis. He died on Dec. 6, 1980.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruby Weigler, St. Joseph, Mo.; four sons, Harold Frye, Muncie, Ind., Lyle Frye, McLouth, Ernest Frye, St. Joseph, Mo., and Gene Frye, Lake Viking, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to McLouth Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, Kan., 66044.

Obituary with surnames KOBES, MAX, SCHNEIDER, SCHUSTALE, SCHWARTZ submitted by LV2000. Date of death Wednesday, September 27, 2000
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Katharina Schneider

Graveside services were Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie, for Katharina Schneider, 90, Bonner Springs, who died Sept. 27, 2000, at St. John Hospital, Leavenworth.

She was born on Sept. 25, 1910, in Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Mathias and Francisca (Schustale) Kobes. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death in 1979 by her husband, Gesa Schneider.

Survivors include a son, Richard Schneider, Leavenworth; three brothers, Elius, Helmut and Florian Kobes, all of Germany; three sisters, Veronica Max, Adriana Kobes and Mary Schwartz, all of Germany; and two grandchildren.

Obituary with surnames DAVISON, FLAHERTY, GALLAGHER, KLINKSIEK, MCGUIRE, WENDORFF submitted by LV2000. Date of death Wednesday, September 27, 2000
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Verna Marie Davison

A memorial service for Verna Marie Davison, 93, Lawrence, was Sept. 29, 2000, at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie with the Rev. YongBo Lee officiating.

Private burial was in McLouth Cemetery, McLouth.

Miss Davison died Sept. 27, 2000, at Colonial Manor Nursing Center in Lawrence.

She was born Jan. 29, 1907, in McLouth, the daughter of Edgar and Margaret (McGuire) Davison.

She attended Woodstock Grade School and graduated in 1925 from McLouth Rural High School. She received a degree in education from Emporia State Teachers College and taught in rural schools in the Lawrence and McLouth areas before moving to Kansas City, Mo., where she taught in elementary schools and worked for the Kansas City, Mo., board of education. She retired in 1972 as a social worker for Jackson County, Mo.

She was a member of the Linwood United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a life member of the Women's Society of Christian Service.

She moved to Lawrence in 1996.

Survivors include four sisters, Genevieve Wendorff, Lawrence, Helen Klinksiek, Overland Park, Audrey Gallagher, Fairfax, Va., and Maudie Flaherty, Jacksonville, Ind.

Obituary with surnames FINDLEY, HOUSTON, NABORS, SOETAERT, WINTERS submitted by LV2000. Date of death Thursday, September 28, 2000
reprinted with permission, from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Christine Ann (Soetaert) Nabors
Services for Christine Ann (Soetaert) Nabors, 37, Kansas City, Mo., were Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at Amos Family chapel of Shawnee. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mrs. Nabors died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo. She was born Jan. 30, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo, the daughter of Gerald and Mary Ellen Hayes Soetaert.

She attended Tonganoxie schools. Mrs. Nabors was a sales representative for Building Services of America in Lenexa. She was a Catholic.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas "Duke" Nabors, of the home; two daughters, Amy Frances Winters, St. Joseph, Mo., and Toni Findley, of the home; a son, Charles Findley, of the home; her mother and stepfather, A.J. and Mary Ellen Houston, Lawson, Mo.; her father and stepmother, Gerald and Kay Soetaert, Tonganoxie; five brothers, Mark Soetaert, McLouth, Michael Soetaert, Kansas City, Mo., John Soetaert, St. Joseph, Mo., Shaun and Scott Soetaert, Tonganoxie; her paternal grandmother, Geneva Soetaert, Merriam; and a granddaughter.

Obituary with surnames BENNETT, HOLYFIELD, MCALPINE, NOWAK, POWERS, SHOCKLEY submitted by LV2000. Date of death Friday, September 29, 2000
reprinted with permission from the Tonganoxie Mirror, Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Agnes Annie Shockley

Services for Agnes Annie Shockley, 92, Lawrence, were Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral home in Lawrence. Burial was in McLouth Cemetery, McLouth.

Mrs. Shockley died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 19, 1908, in Seneca, the daughter of Frank and Agnes (McAlpine) Nowak.

She attended Lawrence Business College and graduated in 1963 from the University of Kansas with a degree in education. She began her teaching career in one-room schoolhouses and was a teacher and principal in many area schools for 36 years. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa sorority and the First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence.

She married Everett Martin Shockley on June 13, 1933. He died Sept. 10, 1958.

Survivors include a son, Johnson Shockley, Lawrence; three daughters, Lou Holyfield, Houston, Jackie Powers, Eudora, and Shirley Bennett, Lawrence; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Douglas County Visiting Nurses or Douglas County Senior Services Senior Meals, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, 66044.

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