Jack George Sanford Sr., 86 of Columbus passed from this life at
10:50 p.m. Wednesday August 18, 2010 at the Maude Norton Hospital in
He was born July 16, 1924 in Columbus , KS the son of Burl K.
and Lela Mae (Rumery) Sanford.
Jack attended schools in Mt. Hope , KS ; Cottonwood Falls , KS ;
Baxter Springs , KS and was a 1942 graduate of Columbus High School .
He later received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business
Administration Degrees at Golden Gate University , San Francisco .
After high school, Jack worked for a brief time for WIBW in
Topeka , KS .
Jack served his country in the United State Army from 1942 to
1945 in the Seventh Armored Division, and was a part of the historic “
Battle of the Bulge.” He served as President of “The Lucky Seventh”
from 2003 through 2006.
Jack was an electrical engineer, working for the University of
California Radiation Lab in Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore
Laboratory. He later worked as a Video Engineer with Cohu Electronics,
TriTronics, and at Vindicator Corp. He obtained several patents.
While living in California Jack was a member of the Emmanuel
Lutheran Church in Saratoga and was currently a member of the First
United Methodist Church of Columbus. He was active in the choir at both
churches and also at the non-denominational worship services of Valle
de Oro Senior Resort, Mesa , AZ ; he was also a member of the
Columbus American Legion Post #3 and the 7th Armored Division
He married Brigitta Hansch on August 23, 1952 in Berkely , California ;
she preceded him in death on June 30, 1984. He then married Elizabeth
(Bradney) Gleason on April 15, 1989 in Columbus , KS ; she survives at
Survivors include his wife Elizabeth of the home; two sons Jack
George Sanford Jr. and wife Patti of Reno, NV, Charles Kenneth Sanford
and wife Jennifer of Tempe, AZ; step-daughter Cheryl Gleason of
Topeka, KS; step-sons Brad Gleason and wife Cindy of Columbus, KS,
Brent Gleason and wife Terra of Carl Junction, MO; his sister Beverly
White of St. Louis, MO; 13 grandchildren-Sara, Andrea, Caitlin, Matthew,
Joe and Nathan Sanford, Meredith Mosley, Matthew, Michael, Amber,
Tyler, Ryan and Alyssa Gleason and 3 great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents, first wife and his brother Robert
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday August 24th at the
Columbus First United Methodist Church with Reverend Susan Daniel-
Brey officiating. Full Military Honors will be provided by the 101st
Battalion Support Brigade from Fort Riley , KS . Military Rites will be
conducted following the funeral services. Burial will be Saturday August
28 at 11 a.m. at Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga, CA. The family will
receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Monday at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in
Columbus where friends may call after 4 p.m. Monday. Condolences can
be sent to www.bathnaylor.com Memorial contribution can be made to
the Columbus First United Methodist Church or to the Parkinson’s
Association. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Bath-Naylor
Funeral Home 611 S. East Ave. Columbus, KS 66725.
DUENWEG, MO – Willard Gaches, 86, of Duenweg, MO, died at 3:53 am,
Saturday, August 14, 2010 at St John’s Regional Medical Center in
He was born July 20, 1924 in Evansville, Arkansas the son of Glen
and Ada Brooks Gaches. He had lived in Duenweg for 8 years, moving
from Pittsburg where he lived from 1979 to 1995. He attended Pittsburg
State University for 2 years.
Mr. Gaches was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army from
1943 to 1946.
He married Mary Z. Wilson on July 28, 1946 in Girard, KS and she
preceded him in death on November 11, 2009 in Joplin, MO.
Mr. Gaches was a machinist working for the Santa Fe Railroad for
25 years, retiring in 1974.
Membership was held in the First Baptist Church in Douglas, KS;
the American Legion in Pittsburg and Kansas City, and the AFL/CIO
Survivors include one daughter Karla D. Walters of Eldorado, KS;
five sons, Gary Lee Gaches of Cherokee; Larry Alan Gaches of
Springfield, MO; Ronnie W. Gaches of Duenweg, MO; Scott R. Gaches
of Rosehill, KS and Glen Gaches of Joplin, MO; two sisters Ethel Beart
of Pittsburg; and Alice Card of Kansas City, KS; 10 grandchildren; and
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a sister Mary Louise
Gaches 5 brothers and 2 sisters.
Funeral services will be 2 pm Monday at the Bath-Naylor Funeral
Home, 522 S. Broadway in Pittsburg, KS with the Rev. Dan Muter,
officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg, KS
with flag folding ceremonies by the Benjamin Fuller American Legion
Post #64. Pallbearers will be Gary Gaches; Larry Gaches; Scott
Gaches; Glen Gaches; Ronnie Gaches; and Steve Gaches.
Arrangements are by the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway in
Flora L. Abel, 85 of Pittsburg, died Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the
Via Christi Village following a long illness.
She was born April 4, 1925 in Columbus, KS the daughter of Earl and
Anna (Sinclair) King.
She was married to Maynard “Mark” Abel, he preceded her in death on
Jan 3, 1988.
Survivors include a sister Betty Pile of Pittsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Robert King.
No attendant services are planned at this time. Condolences may be
left at www.bathnaylor.com Arrangements by Bath-Naylor Funeral
Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS.
Frank Louis Saporito, 78 of Weir, Ks died at 8:42 am, Saturday, July 31,
2010 at his home.
He was born July 14, 1932 in Columbus, KS the son of Louie and
Josephine (Carpino) Saporito. He attended and graduated from the
Columbus High School.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran in the Korean War where he attained the
rank of Corporal.
On February 21, 1959 he was united in marriage to Mary R. Larson in
Scammon, KS at the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church.
Frank worked for Eagle Picher Industries in the Maintenance Dept.
retiring after 32 years.
He was a member of the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Weir City
Councilman for 10 years, member of the Weir Fire Dept. for 10 years,
Secretary/Treasurer of the Fireman’s Relief Association for 10 years
and a member of the American Legion Post #272.
Survivors include his wife Mary of the Home, a daughter Susan K.
Saporito-Lopez of Weir; four sons: Gary L. Saporito and wife Cindi of
Ft. Worth, TX, Robert E. Saporito and wife Shelly of Weir, Daniel E.
Saporito and wife Deanna of Cherokee, KS and Stephen F. Saporito of
Weir; a sister Mary Jean Martin of Parsons; two brothers: Richard
Saporito of Pittsburg, KS and Tom Saporito of Columbus, KS; nine
grandchildren Nichole Saporito Unsell, Shane Darrin, Edward Saporito-
Naccarato, Kristen Saporito-Routon, Whitney Saporito, Cody Saporito,
Austin Jameson, Dustin Saporito, Dylan Saporito-Lopez and one great
grandchild Jack Unsell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John R.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am, Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at the
St. Bridget’s Catholic Church with Fr. Chrysostom Ah Maung as
celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Weir.
Parish Rosary will be recited at 7 pm, Monday at the Bath-Naylor
Funeral Home in Weir. Pallbearers will be Steve Saporito as Chief-
Pallbearer, Edward Saporito-Naccarato, Dustin Saporito, Cody
Saporito, Dylan Saporito-Lopez, Austin Jameson and Shane Darrin.
Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorials may be
made to Class LTD, St. Bridget’s Catholic Church or St. Anthony’s
Cemetery; these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Services
are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 104 W. Main