Dennis Lee Purdon, 70 of Pittsburg passed away early Saturday
morning, October 9, 2010.
He was born June 11, 1940 in Pittsburg, the son of William and Rose
He attended St Mary’s Catholic School and graduated with the class of
On September 12, 1964 he married Joyce (Marsh) Purdon in St. Mary’s.
Dennis was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He worked for the
Kansas Highway Department after high school. He later worked for KCS
for 30 years. Also during those years he owned and operated Purdon
Motor Company. He later went on to work for Pitzer Chevrolet and M&M
Survivors include his wife Joyce of the home, 2 sons: Jeffrey, and wife
Robin Purdon. Keven, and wife Sonja Purdon. 4 Grandchildren: Taeler,
Kelse, Alaina, and Jillian. 1 sister, Janice Telscher and husband Ralph,
Niece Jana Hartshorn and husband Don, nephew Kurt Caruthers and
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial service will be 11 A.M. Wednesday, October 13th 2010 at St.
Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Thomas Stroot officiating. Memorials
may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund, these may be left
at or mailed to the funeral home.
Service are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral
Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS.
PITTSBURG — Mary “Barbara” Phifer, 87, of Pittsburg died t 4:40 a.m.
Tuesday June 8, 2010 at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Frontenac.
She was born February 11, 1923 in Shreveport, LA the daughter pf Cecil
and Johnnie (Barkes) Wright. Barbara lived in the Pittsburg area for
most of her life. She was a 1941 graduate from Heavner, OK High
School and attended two years at Wilberton Junior College in Oklahoma.
Barbara married Arthur “Buzz” Grady Phifer March 18, 1944 in Houston,
TX; he preceded her in death December 19, 1987.
She was a homemaker, a member of the First Christian Church and
AARP. Barbara was a daughter, mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt
and friend to many people. She enjoyed playing cards, games, cooking
and doing crossword puzzles. She was be missed by all of those whose
life she touched.
Survivors include a son Ronald Phifer and wife Jessica of Ottawa, KS; a
sister Teresa Monroe and husband Arvid of Oklahoma City, OK a
grandson Sean Matthew Phifer of Pittsburg and many nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers J.R.
Wright, Troy Wright and a sister Bettye Jo Haggard.
According to her wishes Barbara will be taken for cremation and no
services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home
522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762.
Angeline “Angie” Strathe of Frontenac, KS, died on Wednesday, July 28,
2010 of a massive heart attack.
She was born in Carona, KS to Louis and Josephine (Crespino)
Caputo. She attended West Mineral Elementary School and graduated
from West Mineral High School. Following Graduation, she married Fred
(Wayne) Strathe of McCune, KS and they shared their life together for
over 50 years in Parsons, KS. He preceded her in death in January
2001. They owned and operated Fred’s Standard Service for many
years until taking early retirement.
Angie had a strong passion for fashion and went to work for Stephen’s
Women’s Wear in Parsons, KS. She managed the high-end boutique
for 38 years and enjoyed traveling to various runway fashion shows to
bring the latest in designer apparel to Parsons and the Southeast
Kansas Region. Angie was very good to many brides over the years,
helping them choose the perfect wedding dress and styling them for
their special day. Angie’s enthusiasm and demonstration of great style
and taste enabled her to capture the loyalty of all her customers.
She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg.
She is survived by two sisters Millie Connely (Lloyd-deceased) of St.
Louis, MO, Shirley Corn (Bud-deceased), Pittsburg, KS, one brother,
Louis Caputo (Judith) of Frontenac, KS, a sister-in-law, Charlotte
Strathe of California and numerous nieces/nephews and grand
nieces/nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10am Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Our
Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (916 N. Locust Street) in Pittsburg, KS
with Father Larry Parker and Father Tom Stroot as concelebrants.
Burial will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Parsons, KS. Rosary will
be recited at 7pm Friday, July 30, 2010, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral
Home in Pittsburg; the family will receive friends immediately following
until 8:00pm. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1pm Friday.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Fund; these
may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Services are under the
direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg,
LaVaun M. Smokewood, 96 of Pittsburg formerly of Weir died at 9:25
p.m. Tuesday February 16, 2010 at the Cornerstone Village Nursing
Facility in Pittsburg.
She was born July 18, 1913 in Arcadia, KS the daughter of Lee George
and Mary Jane (Fewin) Smith. She attended schools in Pittsburg and
was a graduate of Pittsburg High School.
LaVaun married Elmer Smokewood on December 15, 1936 in
Carthage, MO; he preceded her in death on December 26, 1973.
She was a member of the American Legion and VFW Auxiliary, Senior
Citizens and the Crawford County Solon #824.
Survivors include a step-son Darrell Smokewood of Augusta, KS; a
sister Lila Saker of Kansas City; a granddaughter Cindy Caudell of
Wichita and a nephew Billy Smith of Florida. She was preceded in death
by her parents, husband, 3 step-daughters Dorothy Morris, Alpha
Waddell, Anna Smokewood; 2 brothers-Harless and Richard Smith and 2
sisters Frances Griffitts and Mona Holman.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday February 19, 2010 at the
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Weir with Aaron Williams officiating. Burial
will follow in the Crocker Cemetery. Friends may call the funeral home
after noon on Thursday to sign the register.
Arrangements are under the direction of the
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 104 W. Main St. Weir, KS.