ETTA LUCILE STARK
Etta Lucile Stark, 96, the daughter of Henry and Minnie France Lepp, was born on Nov. 28, 1905, in rural Schell City. She departed this life on Nov. 27, 2002, at the Barone Care Center in Nevada.
She was married to Albert Lawrence Stark in Nevada, on Dec. 17, 1925. To this union eight children were born.
She lived south of Harwood on a farm prior to moving to El Dorado Springs in 1974. Mrs. Stark was a member of the Baptist Church in Harwood for several years then later transfered her membership to the First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs where she was very faithful in attendance as long as her health permitted. She was very dedicated to family and her grandchildren always looked forward to spending time with “Grammie.”
She was a member of the Senior Citizen Craft Club and enjoyed crafts and crocheting.
Lucile was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother and a sister. She is survived by her children, Maxine Carpenter and her husband, Alan - Kansas City, Della Carpenter and her husband, Donald - Platte Woods, Woodrow Stark and his wife, Cora - Peculiar, Gerald Stark and his wife, Maxine - Nevada, Kent Stark - Raymore, Dale Stark and his wife, Janice - El Dorado Springs, Galen Stark and his wife, Shirley - Independence, and Arlene Bandy - Gladstone; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. John Nichols officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell and Rita Farris. Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Stewart Carpenter, Mark Carpenter, Doug Stark, Darrin Stark, Devin Stark, Travis Stark, Trent Stark, Scott Stark, Kendall Stark, Jimmy Zachary and Scott Zachary.
Raejean Thomas, 43, the daughter of Theodore Rayford and Norma Jean (Goble) Thomas, was born Dec. 7, 1958, in Nevada, and passed from this life on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, near her home in Appleton City.
Rae attended school in Schell City, one of the graduates of the Class of 1977. She was united in marriage to Charles Maus and to their union three children were born. She later married Mitch Chrisenberry, then Mike Cross. Rae worked many jobs through her life - she was a waitress, a bartender and also worked for a time at Dunbrooke Sportswear. Since 1996 she had worked as a self-employed decorator/painter.
She lived most of her life in this area with the exception of a short time that she lived in New Mexico and Blue Springs.
Rae loved life. She enjoyed hunting, gardening, bowling and water skiing, but one of her great loves was softball. For the past several years she had faithfully mowed the Rockville Ballpark. First and foremost in Rae's life were her children and grandchildren. She loved them with all her heart.
Survivors include her three children - her daughter, Christy Jean Goodman, and her husband, Jared - Rockville, her son, Jeremy David Maus, and his wife, Amanda - Schell City, and her youngest daughter, Becky LeAnn Maus, of the home in Appleton City; her parents, Ted and Norma Thomas - Schell City; one brother, Jerry Wayne Thomas and his wife, Michelle - Hume; two sisters, Teri Ann Thomas - Schell City, and Jacqueline Laverne McCammon and her husband, Jason - Adrian; five grandchildren - Cayla, Logan and Bryce Goodman, Gabrielle Burch and Ethan Maus; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the NEVC Elementary Campus in Schell City, with Bro. Gene Gray officiating. Musical selections were provided by Rachel Kunkel and Bud Hutchison. Cremation with interment followed the service at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City. Arrangements were under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, Schell City.
RACHELLE JEAN WHEELER
Rachelle Jean Wheeler, 31, was born June 8, 1971, in Iola, KS, to Leonard and Carol Wheeler and went to be with her Lord on Dec. 3, 2002, at her home in El Dorado Springs. She lived most of her life in Iola, KS. She moved to Nevada in 1991 and has lived in El Dorado Springs for the last year and a half.
Rachelle loved listening to music and riding in the golf cart with her daddy. She was happy as long as someone was talking to her or singing to her. She was a special angel who touched the lives and hearts of many caregivers throughout her 31 years. She leaves behind many people who loved and cared for her.
Survivors include her parents, Leonard and Vicky Wheeler, El Dorado Springs, and Carol Wheeler, Kerrville, TX; two brothers, Derek Sailor of the home and Mike Sailor, Las Vegas, NV. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Leonard and Flossie Wheeler, and maternal grandparents, Dan and Vicki Hoffmeier.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Church of God (Holiness) in El Dorado Springs with Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Interment will be in South Center Cemetery, Thayer, KS, under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.
G. BERNARD BEENY
G. Bernard Beeny, 85, Nevada, formerly of Sheldon, passed away suddenly Saturday morning, Feb. 8, 2003, at his residence. He was born Feb. 28, 1917, in Sheldon, to Calvin W. Beeny and Ethel A. Higgins Beeny.
He was married June 29, 1939, in Kansas City, KS, to Virginia D. White Beeny. She preceded him in death Nov. 9, 1974. He was then married Oct. 9, 1975, in Nevada to Mary L. Moffett who survives of the home.
Mr. Benny was a member of Sheldon Christian Church. He graduated from Sheldon High School in 1936. After high school he attended mortuary college in Kansas City, KS. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1945. He was Past Master of the Sheldon Masonic Lodge. He and his brother, Gerald, owned and operated Beeny Funeral Home and Beeny Hardware and Furniture store in Sheldon for many years. He retired in 1981 and moved to Nevada where he lived the remainder of his life.
Along with his wife, Mary, survivors include one son, Richard Donavan Beeny - Twalatine, OR; one daughter, Virginia Gean Myers - Nevada; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Jean Castor - Liberty. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Virginia, and one brother, Gerald Beeny.
Services were held Feb. 11, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with John Nichols officiating. Interment followed in Sheldon Cemetery.
Family suggest memorials may be made to either the American Heart Association or the Sheldon Cemetery Association.
LOUISE E. DAVIS
Louise E. Davis, 74, of Filer, ID, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at Magic Valley Regional Medical Center following a short illness.
Louise was born March 13, 1928, in Taber, IA, the daughter of Floyd and Eula McMilin Tudor. On Dec. 24, 1945, Louise married Elmer “Mike” Davis in Twin Falls. He preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1985. Louise worked for Asgrow Research Center in Filer for 15 years.
She is survived by three daughters - Judy (Don) Bolley - Filler, ID, Janet Phillips - Boise, ID, and Doris Davis - Buhl, ID; three sons - Ronald (Lana) Davis - Twin Falls, ID, Mike (Dianna) Davis - Filer, ID, and Rick (Susan) Davis - Filer, ID; one sister, Maxine Hartline - El Dorado Springs; one brother, Gene (Mona) Tudor - Kimberly, ID; 26 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Jan. 28, at the Filer Cemetery with Pastor Rick Brown officiating.
CECIL ALEXANDER MAY
Cecil Alexander May, 76, was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Independence, KS, to Earl Humarkus and Tillie Alice (Prine) May. He passed away Feb. 3, 2003, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs.
Cecil was an army veteran of WWII.
On Sept. 21, 1947, He was united in marriage to Josephine Rose Hadley in Bentonville, AR. Early in their married life, they moved to Wichita, KS, where Cecil was employed by Boeing Aircraft for over 40 years. He was their only sign painter.
Cecil was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an artist and a stamp collector. He produced many First Day covers. He loved airplanes and was an accomplished pilot.
Cecil was preceded in death by one brother, Walter May, two sisters - Wanda Goode and Donna Jo May, in infancy. He is survived by his wife, Josephine, of the home; two sons - Earl Christopher May - El Dorado Springs, and Gary Joseph May - Wichita, KS; two daughters - Cecilia Marie Eckert - El Dorado Springs, and Mary Alice Franks - Gregory, SD; one sister, Barbara Heck - Thayer, KS; seven grandchildren - Sonora, Julia, Wayne and Roger Jr. - Gregory, SD, and Nicholas, Ashley and Sara May - Wichita, KS; three great-grandchildren - Tyler, Alexandria and Josiah; other relatives and many friends.
Services were held Friday, Feb. 7, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with Fr. William Krudwig. Casketbearers were Bob McGee, Jim Mowry, Louis Heck, Earl May, Nicholas Eckert and Smokey Charles. Military Services were provided by 331 Signal Company, Ft. Riley, KS. Interment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence, KS, with Fr. Stephen M. Thapwa officiating. Arrangements were by Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.
RUTH A. CHADWICK PRESSLY
Ruth A. Chadwick Pressly, 92, El Dorado Springs, passed away at 3:42 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Community Springs Healthcare in El Dorado Springs. The daughter of Newton Andrew Chadwick and Lyllian May Burrows Chadwick, Ruth was born on July 9, 1910, in McCrory, AR. She married her husband, John Robert Pressly Sr., on May 4, 1929, in Lawrence, KS. To this union three daughters and one son were born.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Newton Andrew and Lyllian May Chadwick; her husband, John Robert Pressly Sr.; one daughter, Nancy Lee Pressly; two brothers - Charles Leslie Chadwick and Newton Rupert Chadwick; and three sisters - Jeanie Chadwick, Velma May Chadwick Parish and Leona Geraldine Chadwick Lucas.
She is survived by one brother, William Chadwick - Mulberry, Fl; one son, John Robert Pressly Jr. and his wife, “Ginny” Roberta - Raymore; two daughters - Joan Beverly Pressly Wilson and her husband, R.D. - Mesa, AZ, and Jean R. Pressly Roseman and her husband, John - El Dorado Springs; eight grandchildren - Richard Wayne Sumpter - Gardner, KS, Kit Douglas Sumpter - Oklahoma City, OK, Sheryl D. Sumpter Szakin - Peoria, AZ, Daphne Letitia Pressly Reinsel - Hutchinson, MI, Malinda Kay Pressly - Roeland Park, KS, Kevin Robert Fox - Sapulpa, OK, Kimberly Sue Fox Vantellman - Schell City, and Kelly Jean Fox Swearengin - Lee's Summit; 16 great-grandchildren - Christopher Wayne Sumpter, Matthew Aaron Sumpter, Christina Louise Sumpter Cox, Shane Douglas Sumpter, Luke Dillon Sumpter, Jill Nicole Vantellman, Shauna Reinsel, Marissa Erin Vantellman, Melissa Reinsel, Krystle Sara Vantellman, Austin Tyler Fox, Davis Alexander Reinsel, Samuel Jayce Rylan Vantellman, Abbey Mae Fox, Issac Conner Swearengin and Caleb Dalton Swearengin; one great-great-granddaughter, Courtney Christine Cox; one great-great-grandson, James Fredrick Cox IV; and several nieces and nephews.
Ruth received Christ in 1946 and was an active member of the Church of God (Holiness) until her health declined. She was a Christian lady and was known as a prayer warrior of the Church. She was loved by her family and many friends.
Services were held on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, at the Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Kenneth Smith and Rev. Leland Trussell officiating. Musical selections were provided by Faith Trussell. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home. Pallbearers were grandsons and grandsons-in-law - Richard Wayne Sumpter, Kit Douglas Sumpter, Kevin Robert Fox, David Reinsel, Dennis Vantellman and Timothy Swearengin. Honorary pallbearers were Hank Szakin, Christopher Sumpter, Matthew Sumpter, James Fredrick Cox III, Shane Douglas Sumpter and Luke Dillon Sumpter.
ALBERTA MARIE THOMPSON
Alberta Marie Thompson, 87, Grandview, formerly of El Dorado Springs, passed away early Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, in Life Care Center in Grandview.
Alberta was born on Feb. 13, 1916, in Nevada, the daughter of Grover and Ruth Smallwood. She was married to Forest E. Thompson in 1933 and lived in El Dorado Springs until 1982 when they moved to Grandview where she resided until her death.
Alberta was a homemaker all of her life. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She built her life around her beloved grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 51 years; an infant daughter; one sister and three brothers.
She is survived by a son, Bob L. Thompson, and his wife-Sharon - Branson; a daughter, Bonnie Lendermon, and her husband-Fred - Grandview; four grandchildren - Mike Thompson, and his wife-Rhonda - Milam, Denise Joiner - Branson, Steve Lendermon and his wife - Trish - Blue Springs, and Debra Brown and her husband-Bryan - North Kansas City; five great-grandchildren - Shannon Brocker, and her husband-Jeff - Odessa, Kristen Cutbirth and her husband-Scott - Lee's Summit, Amanda Joiner and Benjamin Joiner - both of Branson, and Lacey Thompson - California, MO; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery with Rev. Tom Willoughby officiating. Interment was in the El Dorado Springs Cemetery under direction of the Hackleman and Sons Funeral Home.