Edmond R. Powers
ST. LOUIS - Edmond R. Powers, 96, formerly of Parsons, died at 7 a.m. today, Monday, April 12, 2004, at Green Park nursing home in St. Louis. He had moved to the St. Louis area in 1992 to be near his daughter, Nancy Winn.
His wife, Maude (Griggs) Powers, preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 1989.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Parsons.
Ronald L. Price
Ronald L. "Ron" Price, 63, of Parsons died at 5:35 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin.
He was born Jan. 15, 1941, in Parsons to Wayne E. and Bertha (Price) Overby. He was raised in Parsons by his grandmother, Lilly Price. In 1959, he graduated from Labette County Community High School in Altamont. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Kiersarge. After his discharge in 1963, he moved to southern California, where he worked for the highway department. In 1968, he returned to Parsons and worked as a guard at Kansas Army Ammunition Plant until 1971. In 1971, he began working as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, first in Oswego and later in Parsons. He retired in 1988.
He enjoyed going to flea markets and antique stores. He loved Model A Fords and enjoyed working on hot rods and other cars. He also enjoyed carpentry and remodeling.
He married Irene Norwood. They later divorced.
He married Viva A. "Vi" (Evans) Kinsch on Aug. 15, 1971. She preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 2003.
Survivors include four sons, Adam Kinsch and his wife, Peggy, Ronald Price Jr., Jeff Price and his wife, Bridget, and Tim Price and his wife, Mary, all of Parsons or rural Parsons; three daughters, Laura Kinsch and Marcia Bartholomew, both of Parsons, and Sally Thronebury of Clarksville, Ark.; 16 grandchildren, Amanda and Tim Johnson, Amber and Jake Shull, all of Mound Valley, Shane Madore, Jon and Jessica Bartholomew, Opal Briggs, Kaylee Kinsch, Steve Queen, Michael Price and Bailiey Price, all of Parsons or rural Parsons, Chris and Kymberly Thronebury of Clarksville, Ark., Tifanie Bartholomew of Springfield, Mo., and Nick Briggs of Pittsburg; five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Dylan and Madison Thronebury of Clarksville, Ark., Kylie Johnson of Mound Valley and Mary Mills of Parsons; a brother, Laverne Price of rural Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Mike Underwood of Coffeyville.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery with Keith Stammer officiating. Military honors will be given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Parsons, and the United States Navy Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Stella Wells Christmas Fund and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 405 Main, Parsons.
Viva A. Price
Viva A. "Vi" Price, 62, a lifelong resident of Parsons and owner of H&R Block in Parsons, died early Saturday morning, Nov. 22, 2003, at her home. Her death was unexpected.
She was born March 22, 1941, in Parsons to Paul J. and Marian R. (Mael) Evans. She was a member of a large family; she had four brothers and four sisters and three daughters and four sons. She was raised in Parsons and lived in the Y neighborhood as a child. She attended Parsons schools and received a GED in 1969.
For several years, she worked at various businesses in and around the Parsons area. In 1974, she joined H&R Block, where she first prepared tax statements and later managed the local office prior to purchasing it in 1984. As owner and operator, she continued to manage the local office and prepare tax statements.
She married Henry "Hank" Kinsch from Parsons on Sept. 22, 1958. They had four children. He preceded her in death in 1966.
She married Ron Price on Aug. 15, 1971. He survives of the home.
She was a big-hearted person who truly loved her family. She was always a person to come to in the time of need. As a teen-ager, she had been a member of the Salvation Army Swim Team in Parsons and was a certified lifeguard.
She enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, quilting and going to rummage sales on weekends. She enjoyed collecting romance novels and McCoy pottery. She liked country and western music and was a fan of John Wayne.
Additional survivors include three daughters, Laura Kinsch and Marcia Bartholomew, both of Parsons, and Sally Thronebury of Clarksville, Ark.; four sons, Adam Kinsch and his wife, Peggy, Jeff Price and his wife, Bridget, and Tim Price and his wife, Mary, all of rural Parsons, and Ron Price Jr. of Parsons; 16 grandchildren, Amanda and Tim Johnson of Mound Valley, Shane Madore of Parsons, Chris Thronebury and Kymberly Thronebury of Clarksville, Ark., Tifanie Bartholomew of Springfield, Mo., Jon Bartholomew and Jessica Bartholomew of Parsons, Opal Briggs of Parsons, Nick Briggs of Pittsburg, Kaylee Kinsch of rural Parsons, Steve Queen of Parsons, Michael Price of rural Parsons, Amber Shull and Jake Shull of Mound Valley and Bailey Price of rural Parsons; five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Dylan and Madison Thronebury of Clarksville, Ark., Kylie Johnson of Mound Valley and Mary Mills of Parsons; three brothers, Leon "Butch" Evans and his wife, Helen, of Parsons, Edward "Lee" Evans and his wife, Patty, of Montana and James "Jimmy" Evans and his wife, Tony, of Parsons; two sisters, Rita Garretson and her husband, Glen, of Parsons, and Barbara Clark and her husband, Ray, of Dover, Ark.; one sister-in-law, Janice Evans of Parsons; one brother-in-law, Harold Sayer of Dover, Ark.; and extended families of Hubert "Sonny" Evans, Judy Sayer and Dottie and Roger Addis.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Hubert "Sonny" Evans; two sisters, Judy Sayer and Dottie Addis; and one brother-in-law, Roger Addis.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home with the Rev. Deborah A. Hanes-Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials to the Stella Wells Christmas Fund may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 405 Main, Parsons.
Helen Lucille Pruett
Helen Lucille Pruett, 87, of Parsons died at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at Elmhaven East nursing home. Her death followed a brief illness.
She was born March 1, 1917, in Atchison County to Albert and Bertha (Bowser) Sauer. She attended Bittersweet School and Atchison County Community High School in Effingham. She attended business school. She worked for a department store and for Smart's Grocery in Atchison.
She married Lawrence Pruett on Sept. 14, 1940, in Atchison. He preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 2002. In 1949, they moved to Parsons, where she worked at the former Cole's Department Store and Parsons State Hospital and Training Center until retiring in 1981.
She enjoyed sewing, painting, growing flowers and crafts. She was a member of a county Extension unit the Friendship Mother's Club and the National Campers and Hikers. She was also a member of First Christian Church in Parsons.
Survivors include one son, David Pruett and his wife, Kay, of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Joy Baze of Shawnee and Joan Gartner and her husband, Jerry, of Altamont; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Warren Sauer of Topeka.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Buckman.
The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Nowlan officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before service time Monday at the funeral home, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Scholarship Fund.
CHERRYVALE - Eugene "Gene" Pugh, 78, of Cherryvale died at 12:19 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa shortly after being admitted.
He was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Henryetta, Okla., to Tony Lee and Vineta (Salomon) Pugh.
He retired from the state of Kansas as a weights and measures inspector after 30 years of service. After his retirement he made use of his handyman talents to work on many projects.
He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Masonic order.
He married Willene Hend-erson on Oct. 31, 1944. She preceded him in death on May 9, 1984.
He married Mary Montgomery on Aug. 16, 1991. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Dianna Edwards of Pensacola Beach, Fla., and Marla Taylor of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Bonnie Davis and Connie Hooper, both of Cherryvale; a stepson, Tim Montgomery of Cherryvale; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Potts Chapel in Cherryvale with the Rev. Jerry Henderson officiating. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta, Okla. Friends may call from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Brian C. Purcell
TULSA - Brian Craig Purcell, 29, of Tulsa died Sunday, June 6, 2004.
He was born Aug. 9, 1974, in Tulsa to Homer and Reba (Courtney) Purcell. He lived in the Tulsa area his entire life.
He was involved in the "Cuts and Bruises" street ministry in Tulsa.
Survivors include his parents of Oologah, Okla.; a sister, Amber Pollman of Goldfield, Colo.; and his grandmothers, Ruth Miller of Chetopa and Virginia Courtney of Columbus.
The service was June 11 at Reynolds Funeral Service Chapel in Collinsville, Okla., with the Rev. David Sears officiating. Burial was in Wann Cemetery, Oologah.
Rita (Daley) Bash, 79, of Parsons died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Elmhaven East nursing home, where she entered June 10.
Further funeral arrangements will be announced by the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.
Ernestine A. Raymond
Ernestine A. Raymond, 91, a longtime resident of Parsons, died at 6:23 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Labette County Medical Center. Her husband, Harold J. Raymond, preceded her in death on June 23, 1996.
Further funeral information will be announced by Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.
Ernestine A. Raymond
Ernestine A. (Brown) Raymond, 91, a longtime Parsons resident, died at 6:23 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Labette County Medical Center.
She was born July 6, 1912, in Hertha to James R. Brown Sr. and Janie G. (Duffy) Brown. She attended Erie Elementary School, St. Patrick's Elementary School, Parsons East Junior High School and graduated from Parsons High School. She took dietary courses at Labette Community College.
She married Harold J. Raymond on Aug. 16, 1933, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons. They moved to Grand Island, Neb., where they lived for four years before returning to Parsons. They owned and operated Raymond's Grocery Store at 1331 Main for many years. He preceded her in death June 23, 1996.
She began working in the cafeteria of Labette County Medical Center in 1970, where she worked for 20 years until her retirement.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella and the Legion of Mary. She was also a member and past-president of the Altar Society.
She enjoyed cooking, sewing, traveling, gardening and dancing.
Survivors include two sons, Paul Raymond of Pittsburg and Louis Raymond of Charlotte, N.C.; five daughters, Marilyn Jacquinot and Janie Schibi, both of Parsons, Theresa Robinson of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Rita Falsberry of Florissant, Colo., and Mary Alice Walker of McKinney, Texas; 28 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; and one brother, the Rev. Joseph E. Brown, S.J. of St. Louis.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Philip Joseph Raymond and John M. Raymond; two grandchildren, Michael Scott Jacquinot and Mary Helen Schibi; three brothers, Melvin F. Brown, James "Raymond" Brown Jr. and the Rev. Vincent Gregory Brown; and two sisters, Fidelis Margaret Murphy and Mildred Cox.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Wachter officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends afterward.
Memorials to St. Patrick's Catholic School Endowment Fund may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 405 Main, Parsons.
Ivan J. Reed Jr.
Ivan J. Reed Jr., 75, of Parsons died at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 18, 1929, in Parsons to Ivan James Reed Sr., and Sarah (Reed) Reed. He attended school in Parsons and lived here most of his life. He resided briefly in California and Oregon. He served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. He was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., IMI Co. from 1960 to 1968 and at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant from 1968 to 1988. He also worked as a machinist.
He enjoyed flying radio-controlled airplanes, riding motorcycles, racing go-karts and working with his father in his machine shop and doing machinist work for friends. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include two sons, Ivan Reed III and Gary Reed, both of Parsons; one daughter, Linda Darling of Parsons; one stepson, Roger Kuffler of Wichita; one stepdaughter, Karen Zook of South Mound; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Cremation will take place. A memorial visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery later.
Memorials to American Cancer Society or Arthritis Foundation may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons.
Seth V. Reed
ATLANTIS, Fla. - Seth Van Reed, 95, of Atlantis died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at JFK Medical Center.
He was born in Julian, Neb. He worked in a feed store in Topeka until the age of 32, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was trained as a glider pilot.
After D-Day he served in Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army in Czechoslovakia and also fought in the invasion of Holland. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1965. He was a property appraiser in the Palm Beach County Appraisal Department for more than 30 years, retiring at the age of 85.
He enjoyed growing rare tropical plants.
Survivors include two brothers, Melvin of North Carolina and Robert of Kansas; and two stepchildren, Michael McDonald of Heath, Texas, and Patti McDonald Dixon of Parsons.
The service was June 13 at Greenacres Bible Fellowship in Greenacres, Fla. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach, Fla., with military rites.
Mizell-Faville Zern Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James L. Reel
RIVERVIEW, Fla. - James L. "Jim" Reel, 42, formerly of Parsons, died at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at the Robert J. Dole V.A. Medical Center in Wichita. He had been in failing health.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons with the Rev. Robert Wachter officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard from Fort Riley.
The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends afterward. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Details will be announced by the funeral home.
Marguerite J. Reynolds
Marguerite J. Reynolds, 84, of Parsons died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at the home of her daughter, Judy Curtis, in Parsons. She had been in failing health.
She was born Aug. 27, 1918, in Muskogee, Okla., to I.E. "Ike" and Mary M. (McCool) Brewer. In 1923, she moved with her family to Parsons, where she grew up and attended schools. She graduated from high school in Independence.
She married Ralph Edward Reynolds on Feb. 14, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz. They lived in Parsons. She was employed at the former Belmont IGA store from 1963 until 1978, at which time she moved to Yuma with her husband to work in motel management. In 1990, they retired and returned to Parsons. He preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2000.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Parsons. She loved cooking and was known to many as a wonderful cook. She also enjoyed traveling.
Survivors are three son, Donnie Reynolds and John Reynolds, both of Parsons, and David Reynolds of Inyoker, Calif.; two daughters, Judy Curtis and Jane Greer, both of Parsons; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Joseph Brewer of Wichita, Jack Brewer of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Bob Brewer of Parsons; and three sisters, Martha McAtee of Parsons, Mary Croad of Auburn, Calif., and Ruth Hurd of Davis, Calif.
She was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Douglas E. Reynolds; a brother, Bill Brewer; and a sister, Donna Lero.
The service was Wednesday at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home with the Rev. Ryan Follis officiating. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 405 Main, Parsons.