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Obituary with surnames BISHOP, BLACKFORD, BODE, DONNELL, HOLLINGSHEAD, KORTH, LANGLEY, ODAM, SAMPSON submitted by Sue Rush 1994. Date of death Sunday, February 6, 1994
Leavenworth Times Feb.,1994

MERVY DONNELL

Mervny "Merv" Cyril Donnell, a former U.S. Medical Corps member, died  Sunday, Feb. 6, 1994, at the Medicalodge of Leavenworth.  He was 81.

He was born Jan. 18, 1913, in Iola, the son of Willoughby and Effie  Bishop Donnell. He joined the U.S. Medical Corps in 1937 and made his  home in Leavenworth.  He worked at the Dwight D. Eisenhower  Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a physician's  assistant for 20 years. Mr. Donnell worked in the Public Health  Services for 15 years at the U.S. penitentiary. After his retirement in 1972, he was Dr. F.W. Huston's assistant in  Winchester.

Mr. Donnell was a member of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a member  of the King Solomon Masonic Lodge No. 10 A.F. & A.M., Leavenworth,  Chapter No. 2 R.A.M., Leavenworth Council No. 1 R.S.M., Leavenworth  Commandery No. 1 Knights Templar, and Abdallah Shrine Temple.  He  was past master of the Masonic lodge; president of Nation Camping and  Travelers and state director of National Campers. He held offices in  the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.  He was past  president of the Abdallah Shrine Tin Lizzie Unit, Overland Park.

He  married Marguerite Korth on March 22, 1938.  She survives at the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Deanna Langley, Jewell, and  Linda Hollingshead, Silver Lake;  three brothers, Edwin Donnell,  Overland Park, Vernon Donnell, Anaheim, Calif., and Clifford  Donnell, West Wood;  three sisters, Elizabeth Blackford, Kansas  City, Mo.,  Pauline Bode, Overland Park, and Joanne Odam, Raytown,  Mo.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends may  call after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, where the  family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.  A Masonic  service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel. Funeral  services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal  Church.  The Rev. Lee Sampson will officiate.  Burial will be in  Sunset Memory Gardens.

Obituary with surnames AHRLING, BLOCK, SEARLES, SWENSEN, TUTTLE, WILLIAMS submitted by Sue Rush 1994. Date of death Wednesday, June 29, 1994
Leavenworth Times

VERNEIL SEARLES

Verneil M. Searles, Leavenworth, a community volunteer, died Tuesday, June 29, 1994, at her home. She was 71 and had been a resident of Leavenworth for years.

She was born Dec. 19, 1922, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Verna and Mable Tuttle Williams.

Mrs. Searles worked with her husband for a number of years in their business, the Ed Searles Insurance Agency.

She was an active member of the Leavenworth Community. She was past president of the North Broadway Parent-Teacher Association, worked in the Girl Scouts of America on the Brownie level, held offices in the Shrine Ladies Golf Association and the River City Community Players.

Mrs. Searles founded and served on the board of the Leavenworth Performing Arts Center, Leavenworth City/County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Downtown Leavenworth Revitalization Inc., "Self Image" project for the Leavenworth School District No. 453 and Leavenworth Heritage Day.

She also was vice president of Fort Leavenworth Dramatics Club for 13 years, an honorary member of the Frontier Crossroads Club at Fort Leavenworth, a past member of Leavenworth Country Club and served as a liaison member on the Women's Golf Club and was former executive director of Buffalo Bill State Park Committee.

She also served on the boards of city executive council of the PTA, the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, Fort Leavenworth Ladies Golf Association, Tri-County Heart Association and the State of Kansas Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the American Women's Business Association and the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce.

She wrote and directed four original musicals for Bell Hall at Fort Leavenworth and the Performing Arts Center. Her children's musical, "Spirit of Christmas," is presented annually at the Performing Arts Center. She secured the tourism signs for the Kansas Turnpike which say "Visit Historic Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth."

In 1989 she received the Neighbor of the Month award. In 1990 she received the Governor and First Lady Volunteer award. And in 1991 she received an award for contributing to the improvement of downtown Leavenworth. She was the Citizen of the Year in 1992.

Mrs. Searles started Hidden Art Locked Away for Federal and State Prison inmates.

In April 1994 Mrs. Searles was honored by the Leavenworth City Commission for the establishing the multipurpose court at Esplanade and Cherokee Streets. The court has been named "Verneil Searles Heritage Court" in honor of her contributions to the City of Leavenworth. Among other things she raised about $100,000 in labor and materials to construct the court.

She married Edward C. Searles June 8, 1940, at Platte City, Mo. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include one son, Edward C. Searles III, Leavenworth; four daughters, Charneil M. Swenson, Lawrence, Sunday J. Ahrling, Gurnee, Ill., Tracy K. Searles, St. Louis, Mo., Kimberly A. Searles, Leavenworth; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Steven Searles in 1960, and one brother, Jack Williams.

There will be a memorial service beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Performing Arts Center, Fifth and Delaware streets. The Rev Block, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, will officiate. There will be no visitation at the Davis Funeral Chapel. The body will be cremated.

The Searles family requests that no flowers be sent. Instead of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the Leavenworth County Hospice, St. Paul's Episcopal Church or the Leavenworth River City Community Players Special Fund. Contributions may be left at Davis Funeral Chapel.

Obituary with surnames DRESSER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Thursday, September 1, 1994
Ruther Dresser, Leavenworth, a retired school teacher, died today, Sept. 1, 1994, at Cushing Hospital. She was 92.

Mrs Dresser was born June 3, 1902, in Farley, the daughter of Charles and Katherine Carson Brightwell. She moved with her family in 1904 to Leavenworth, where she attended schools.

She married William Dresser on June 26, 1926, in Leavenworth. He died in 1977.

Mrs. Dresser taught at the Wallula School near Piper for six years and later at Anthony School.

She was a life member of the Eastern Star and was a past worthy matron of the Byington Chapter. She was a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She belonged to the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church Women.

Survivors include a sister, Bessie Morris, Winchester; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Fun eral Chapel afte 2 P.m. Friday. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m. Services will begin a 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Harold Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of the High Paririe Tabernacle Church.

Obituary with surnames TINDER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Thursday, September 1, 1994

Alma Helen Tinder, rural Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1994, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. She was 69.

Mrs. Tinder was a life long Kansas City, Kan., area resident. She worked as a ward clerk for Cushing Memorial Hospital for 19 years before retiring in 1987. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bethel, Kansas City, Kan.

Survivors include her husband, Norman R. Tinder, of the home; two sons, Gary R. Tinder and Daryl W. Tinder, both of Basehor; a sister, Pauline Imler, Basehor; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.

Private family visitation is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Maple Hill Funeral Home, Kansas City, Kan.

Graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.

Obituary with surnames AYERS, CONNOR, PORTER, THAYER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Thursday, September 1, 1994
Edward Connor Jr.
San Antonio, Texas--Col. Edward Hanson Connor Jr., formerly of Leavenworth, a retired military officer, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1994 at the USAA Parklane Retirement Home in San Antonio. He was 97.
He was born Oct. 31, 1896 in Rock Island, Ill.
He graduated from Leavenworth High School and attended the University of Wisconsin before beginning a distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Army. During that time, his father Edward H. Connor, was a well-known bridge and boat builder in Leavenworth.
He was married to Amna Thayer, also of Leavenworth. She died in 1973.
Col. Connor was a veteran of both World Ward 1 and 11. He retired in 1954.
Survivors include hie son, retired U.S. Air Force Col. E.H. Connor III, Tallahassee, Fla.; two daughters, Jean C. Porter, San Antonio, and Patricia Ayers, Contoocook, N.H.; 17 grandchildren, one of whom is Col. Ray Porter III, formerly of Leavenworth; and 26 great-grandchildren.
He will be buried at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, Texas, 78212, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary with surnames CURRY submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, September 2, 1994
Dale Curry, 64, of Winchester, died Friday, Sept. 2 1994, at the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in Winchester. Arrangements are pending at Barnett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa.

Obituary with surnames BREUER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, September 2, 1994
THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES - Sonya Breuer.
Sonya L. Breuer, 14, of Fort Leavenworth, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 1994, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Services are pending at Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home.

Obituary with surnames KLOSTER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Friday, September 2, 1994
THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES - Emma Kloster
Emma M. Kloster, 86, of Leavenworth, died today, Sept. 2, 1994, at St. John Hospital. Services are pending at Barnett- Larkin-Brown Funeral Home.

Obituary with surnames BREUER, EIDE submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Sunday, September 4, 1994
THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES
- Sonia Breuer Sonia L. Breuer, a Fort Leavenworth Student, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 1994, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., as a result of bone cancer. She was 14.
She was born June 3, 1980, in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of Staff Sgt. Steven and Anita Eide Breuer.
Sonia has lived with her family in Manhattan from 1981 to 1984 and again in from 1986 to 1992 where she attended elementary school before she moved with her family to Fort Leavenworth.
She was a student at Patton Junior High School and an accomplished gymnast who had competed for three years, most recently at the level seven.
Survivors include her parents, Staff Sgt. Steven and Anita Breuer, Fort Leavenworth; a brother, Michael Breuer and a sister, Samantha Breuer, all of the home.
Other survivors include her maternal grandparents, Howard and Margaret Eide, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and paternal grandparents, Dale & Phyllis Breuer, Sioux Fals, S.D.
Friends may call after 1 P.M. today at the Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home.
Services will begin at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home, following visitation, with the Rev. William Nolan officiating. Surial will be in Sioux Falls, S.D., where the George Boom Funeral will be in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude's Research Children Hospital.

Obituary with surnames CURRY, JOHNSON, MILLIGAN, NYSTROM, PARNNEL, YATES submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Sunday, September 4, 1994
THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES
Francis Curry
Francis "Dale" Curry, Winchester, a former maintenance engineer for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., died Friday, Sept. 2, 1994 at the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in Winchester. He was 64. He was born on Dec. 29, 1929 at Dunavant, the son of Harold K. and Florence M. Milligan Curry. He lived in the Winchester area for most of his life. Mr. Curry was a maintenance engineer for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Topeka for 26 years. He retired in 1992. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Mr. Curry also was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Winchester. He married Joan Millson on Nov. 13, 1954, in Toronto, Canada. She survives at the home. Other survivors include one son, Wayne Curry, Minneola; one daughter, Terry Curry, Topeka, one brother, Clair Curry, Trenton, Ohio; four sisters, Alice Johnson, Dallas, Esther Parnnel and Marjorie Yates, both of Topeka, and Rose Nystrom, Titusville, Pa.; and four grandchildren. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Monday at the Barnett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.

Obituary with surnames CORD, DALY, GAST, HENSLEY, KLOSTER, METZ, PAHRUMP, SHAVER submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Sunday, September 4, 1994
THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES
Emma Kloster
Emma M. Kloster, a Leavenworth homemaker, died Friday, Sept. 2, 1994 at St. John Hospital. She was 86.
She was born Oct 9, 1907 in Leavenworth, the daughter of Mack and Mary Cord Shaver.
She married Walter S. Metz in Leavenworth in 1922. He died in 1954.
She married Sherman George Kloster in 1955 in Leavenworth. He died in 1957.
Mrs. Kloster was a lifelong resident of Leavenworth and enjoyed sewng.
She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the VFW, the Cooties, the American Legion and War Mothers.
Survivors include a daughter, Jane Leopold, Pahrump, Nev.; five sons, Walter S. Metz Jr. and Jack Kloster, both of Elkins, Ark., Roy Joseph Metz and Chester Kloster, both of Leavenworth, and Ralph E. Kloster, Platte City; a sister, Bessie Daly, Fritz, Texas; and numberous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three daughters, Margaret Hensley, Clara Gast and Edith May Metz; and a son, John F. Metz.
No visitation is planned.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Leavenworth National Cemetery with the Rev. Jordan Roney, O. Carm officiating.
Memorial contribution are suggested to St. John Hospital.
Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary with surnames BARTLETT, BIETKA, JACKSON, LECHLITER submitted by Linda Darity. Date of death Tuesday, September 6, 1994
from the Leavenworth Times, Thursday, Sept. 8, 1994.

Bernetta R. Bietka, Leavenworth, a former seamstress, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1994, at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. She was 87.
Mrs. Bietka was born Oct. 27, 1906, in Ethel, Mo., the daughter of Albert A. and Stella C. Lechliter Bartlett.
She was a seamstress and retired in 1976 from the form Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, now the Dwight D. Eisenhower Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
She was a member of the Church of the Open Door.
She married Joseph A. Bietka in Leavenworth. He died in 1944. She was also preceded in death by five brothers.
Survivors include one daughter, Maurine Jackson, Lansing; one son, Joseph L. Bietka, Leavenworth; two grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home where friends may call after 4 p.m. today.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie cemetery in Leavenworth.

Obituary with surnames DOMANN, HOUK, JAY, MCFARLAND, RODGERS submitted by Lv1994. Date of death Tuesday, September 6, 1994
reprinted from the Leavenworth Times, Wednesday, 07-Sep-1994.

Paul McFarland

Paul B. McFarland, Leavenworth, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1994, at Cushing Memorial Hospital, Leavenworth. He was 72.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel.

reprinted from the Leavenworth Times, Thursday, 08-Sep-1994.

Paul B. McFarland, Leavenworth, a retired civil service employee, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1994, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. He was 72.

Mr. McFarland was born March 15, 1922 in Ottumawa, Iowa, the son of Albert and Zelama Houk McFarland.

He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He worked in civil service at Ft. Leavenworth for 31 years, retiring in 1979.

He married Mary L. Domann on May 21, 1963, in Miami, Okla. She preceded him in death in 1992. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Harry McFarland.

Survivors include three brothers, Charles McFarland and Max McFarland, both of Albia, Iowa, and Ernest McFarland, Newton, Iowa; two sisters, Margaret Jay, Ottumwa, Iowa, and Darlene Rodgers, Albia, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel where friends may call after 2 p.m. today.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Lee S. Block officiating. Burial will follow at the Corpus Christi Cemetery(Jefferson County) in Mooney Creek.

Memorial may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Obituary with surnames BOLDRIDGE, CROWLEY, SPORTSMAN submitted by Leavenworth County Coordinator. Date of death Wednesday, September 7, 1994
THE LEAVENWORTH TIMES
Gloria Boldridge
Atchison -- Gloria Patricia Boldridge, Atchison, a former techer, died Monday, Sept. 5, 1994, at Heartland East Hospital, St. Joseph, MO. She was 61.
Mrs. Boldridge was born on Aug. 29, 1933, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Earl and Geraldine Sportsman Crowley.
She attended Troy Grade School and graduated from Troy High School in 1952. She also attended and graduated from Highland Community College. She was the first black student to graduate from the newly combined Benedictine College. She received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She later completed her master's of science degree in education from the University of Kansas at Lawrence.
Mrs. Boldridge had formerly taught at the Bert Nash School, had also taught special education for USD No. 409 in Atchison. She was involved in teaching in the Behavioral Disorders program as a language arts teacher.
Mrs.Boldridge was involved with the Girl Scouts, the National Education Association, Kansas University Alumni Association and the Ebonite Social Club. She was a member of the Wayman Chapel AME Church in Troy and had attended the Campbell Chapel AME Church in Atchison.
She was married to Adrian Boldridge Jr., on June 10, 1961, in Atchison, and he survives of the home.
Other survivors include one son, Roger Boldridge, Overland Park; one daughter, Janie Boldridge, Kansas City, Mo.; her mother, Geralding Crowley of the home; her maternal grandmother, Pearl Sportsman, Atchison; and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison. The casket will be open during the visitation period only.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atchison. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Troy.
Memorials may be given to either the Arthritis Association or the Hiawatha Ame Church Circuit.

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