Barbara Savage, Olathe, passed Oct. 8, 2015. Mass 1:30 pm Oct. 14, 2015 Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Gardner, KS. Burial St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery. Arr: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner (913) 856-7111.
Brenda J. Boehm died Oct. 11, 2015. Visit. 5-8 p.m. vigil prayer 5 p.m., Rosary 8 p.m. Thurs., Mass 10 a.m. Fri., Oct. 16, all at St. Paul CC, Olathe. Burial St. John Catholic Cem., Lenexa. Arr.: Bruce FH, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111
Jerlene E. Blue, 79, of Olathe, passed away October 15, 2015, at Olathe Medical Center. She was born on Sept. 15, 1936, to Virgil and Elda Faught in Wild Cherry, Ark. Jerlene is survived by her loving husband, Bob; children, Jerrianne Crawford, Mendy Crawford, Dana L. Vavricek; mother, Elda Faught; six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by father, Virgil Faught; and brothers, Ronald Faught and Ronnie Faught. The family will receive friends for visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at Penwell Gabel Funeral Home in Olathe. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Faith Baptist Church, Olathe, Kan. Burial will follow in Johnson County Memorial Gardens. To leave a message for the family, visit our website at www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com
Anthony Mahoney, 42, Oak Grove, Mo., passed Sept. 16, 2015. Memorial service 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 3, Overland Park Church of Christ, 13400 119th St., OPKS. Arr.: KC Funeral Directors, (913) 262-6310.
William Thomas Churchman was born Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 2:15 p.m. at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mont. He visited us for only a moment before passing on, but for that moment we are forever grateful. William weighed 4 pounds 3.5 ounces and was 16 inches long. He was held, snuggled, kissed and loved upon by his mother and father, Laura and Matthew Churchman, his big sister, Ella Bea, his grandmothers, Nancy Churchman, Olathe, Kan., and Paula McNeill, Valdosta, Ga., his auntie, Ann Quirk, Missoula, and dear friend, John Herzer, Missoula. William is also survived by his grandfathers, William "Bill" Churchman III, Olathe, and Thomas "Tom" Quirk, Columbia, Mo., his grandmother, Catherine Parke Columbia, his aunts and uncles, Becky and Brian Seidler, Olathe, Alex and Lindsey Churchman, Overland Park, Kan., uncle, James Quirk, Warrensburg, Mo., great grandmothers, Bea Churchman, Olathe, Gladys Rand, Paola, Kan., and Arlevia Snyder, Florence, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his great grandfathers, William Churchman II, Floyd Rand, Richard McNeill and Ed Quirk, and great grandmother, Virginia Carter Quirk. William's life was celebrated with family and friends Wednesday, Sept. 9, on the banks of the Clark Fork River with osprey and heron gracing the sky, a precursor for the vibrant sunset that closed the evening like a swelling encore, a composition of love that William inspired. That love will continue on for our family and the many people that William's life touched. His footprints remain for us as a physical reminder of William's presence here - tiny feet that never had the chance to jump in puddles, chase wily pheasant through the tall grass, cross a trout stream, kick a soccer ball, climb a tree. . . or a mountain. In William's memory, take a moment and make your presence felt on this wild and all-too- quickly spinning planet.
George Roe, passed Sept. 14, 2015. Private family Graveside at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856-7111.
Margaret Eilene Gifford, 92, passed away Aug. 25, 2015, at Cedar Lake Village, Olathe, Kan. Visitation at 10 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kan., (913) 856-7111. Burial at Edgerton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Lake Village "Memory Unit." Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com Margaret was born June 17, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., to Edwin Percy and Edith Jane (Steele) Allen. She grew up in many Kansas towns as her father worked for Phillips Petroleum on pipelines. Margaret's family moved to Edgerton where she graduated from high school. After graduation she attended secretarial school. During WWII she worked at the Sunflower Ordinance in De Soto. She married Eugene Edwin Gifford on July 9, 1945, in Kansas City, Kan. They moved to Olathe in 1965. Margaret was the personal secretary for Johnson County Sheriff Fred Allenbrand for 19 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Margaret loved dancing, visiting with and attending her grandchildren's activities and traveled all over the United States with favorite friends, the Fosters. She was an avid KU basketball fan. Margaret will be dearly missed by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sarah Harbour Shultz. Margaret is survived by Gene, her loving husband of 70 years; son, Michael and wife Pamela Gifford, Olathe; daughter, Jeanne and husband Richard Staker, Kansas City, Mo.; sisters, Irene Davis, Kimberling City, Mo., and Evelyn Ellsworth, Olathe; six grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Bruce Funeral Home, Funerals - Cremations - Monuments - Pre-planning, 913-856-7111, 913-592-2244, brucefuneralhome.com
Charles Glen Gardiner, 80 Olathe passed August 18, 2015. Visitation 12 p.m. Funeral service 1 p.m. Aug 22, McGilley & Frye Funeral Home 105 E. Loula St. Olathe, KS. Charlie will be cremated according to his wishes. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial.
Lois Nadine Stewart, 88, of Olathe, Kan., went home to her Lord on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at Good Samaritan Center. Lois was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Wilder, Kan., the daughter of Otis and Pearl Reed. She graduated from Olathe High School in 1944. She was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, where she met her husband, Robert Stewart. She was always an active member of her church, most recently New Hope Presbyterian Church in Olathe. She enjoyed puzzles, board games, weekly bible study meetings and hosting family get-togethers. Lois was the dear mother of Robert Montgomery; grandmother of Robert Masterson, Sara Thompson (Sydney), Ashley Billam (Andrew), and Neal Montgomery (Emily); and great grandmother of Jordan, Jacob, Shania, Joshua, Emme, and Owen. Other survivors include her sister, Rebecca Sheeks; 10 nephews and nieces; and lifelong friend, Juanita Turner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, daughter, Melanie Hays; brother, Buford Reed; and two sisters, Roberta Magers and Ruby Mahaffie. Service 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Penwell Gabel Olathe Chapel. Family will receive visitors 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at Penwell Gabel. Memorials can be made to the food pantry at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 13310 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062. To leave the family a message, visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com
Chief Wilbur Lloyd "Red" Finders died July 30, 2015. Visitation, 2 pm. Service following at 3 pm Mon, Aug. 3 at Bruce FH Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Burial at Antioch Cemetary, Spring Hill, KS
Opal Katharine Bishop, 89, Olathe, Kan., passed away July 24, 2015. A visitation will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Penwell Gabel Funeral Home in Olathe followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.
Enid Louise Boyd, 90, of Olathe, passed away July 24, 2015. She was born May 2, 1925, to Paul and Ella Blanche Acree in Meadville, Mo. On May 6, 1940, she married Raymond Boyd. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 2015. Enid was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother; a business owner; active in her church; and, an enthusiastic volunteer. Enid is survived by her loving husband, Raymond; daughters, Debra Zook and Vickie Sizemore; three grandchildren; and, seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda Donovan. Visitation and services were held Wednesday, July 29, at First Baptist Church of Olathe. Burial took place in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Olathe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Olathe or to a charity of your choice. To leave a message for the family, visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com. We will miss you and love you forever.
Marvin G. Allen, 83, of Olathe, KS passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, July 31, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, KS (913) 592- 2244. Funeral Services will be 1:30 pm Saturday, August 1, 2015 in the Main Sanctuary at College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 Sheridan Street, Olathe, KS. Burial will follow at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway to Hope, Olathe, KS. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com Marvin was born April 6, 1932 on a farm in Miami County near Paola, KS to Eugene and Adeline Hinkle Allen. Marvin graduated from Olathe High School in 1950. He attended Kansas State Univ. for a year and returned home to start his own farming operation. He married Marie C. Jensen on June 21, 1952. Marvin owned and operated Marvin G. Allen Builders, Inc. constructing commercial buildings, offices, churches and schools. He also founded the Olathe State Bank and served as chairman of the board. Marvin is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marie of the home; children: Annette Thurlow and Bill of Bedford, TX, Marvin Allen, Jr. and Cindy of Baldwin, KS, Karin Brownlee and Doug of Olathe, KS, Tina Allen of Olathe, KS, Debbie Kling and Jim, of Nampa, ID, and B. Doug Allen and Beth of Olathe, KS; 17 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; brother, Dale Allen and Beth of Wichita, KS; sisters: Christine Chalendar, Manhattan, KS and Lois Park and Gil, Manhattan, KS. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Earl, Ghormley and Floyd and infant sister, Joyce. Bruce Funeral Home, Funerals - Cremations - Monuments - Pre-planning, 913-856-7111, 913-592-2244, brucefuneralhome.com
osemary Wolff Pierron of Olathe, died July 18, 2015, surrounded by family at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center. Rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 16000 W. 143rd St., Olathe. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, also at the church. Rosemary will be interred at Resurrection Cemetery, 8321 Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kan., next to her beloved husband, Dr. G. Joseph Pierron. Born Nov. 10, 1925, in Everest, Kan., Rosemary attended Highland Community College and, subsequently, the University of Kansas, where she met pre-medical student Joe Pierron. Rosemary and Joe were married June 29, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Upon Joe's graduation from the University of Kansas Medical School the couple returned to the Kansas City area and settled in Olathe, where Joe joined Dr. C.W. Jones in General Practice. Rosemary and Joe would later spend several years touring Europe during Joe's enlistment in the U.S. Army. Rosemary was an enthusiastic member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and Grade School, Olathe, where she was a room mother for nearly 20 years. She was active in the church's Altar Society and Parent Teacher Organization. She belonged to the Chrysantas Club and Culture Club in Olathe and served as a volunteer for the Olathe Red Cross and Olathe Medical Center. She was a Republican Party precinct committeewoman and precinct election judge. Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband's passing in 1985, as well as the untimely death of her daughter-in-law, Amy Pierron. Surviving her are her nine children, George Joseph Pierron, Jr., and wife Diana, Lawrence; Michael Pierron and wife Ardis, Spring Hill; Donald Pierron and wife Judy, Frisco, Texas; Dr. Mary Lou Pierron, Needham, Mass; Thomas Pierron of Houston, Texas; Dr. Kathy Chartrand, Olathe; David Chartrand, son-in-law, Olathe; Richard Pierron and Lori Winningham, Olathe; Patricia Beavin and husband Bill, Webster Groves, Missouri; Nancy Reynolds and husband Eric, Overland Park; 12 grandchildren, Sam, Abby, Dan, Alex, Teddy, Tim, Max, Matthew, Ava, Rose, Laura, Matthew and four great- grandchildren, Charlie; Amy, Ari, and Autumn Grace. She also is survived by sister, Fern Nettleton, Lawrence, Kan., and two sisters-in-law, Maxine Pierron, Kansas City, Mo.; and Dee Williams, Colorado Springs, Colo. Many nieces and nephews also grieve Rosemary's passing. The family thanks Dr. James Ruhlen, the Good Samaritan Nursing Center and Olathe Hospice for their loving care. Special thanks to Ms. Connie Riggs, Rosemary's caregiver and close friend of 40 years. The family requests donations to the Good Samaritan Center of Olathe and Olathe Hospice. To leave a special message for the family please visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com
Samuel Herbert Lennox, 72, passed away on June 26, 2015 in Olathe, Kan. He was born on November 25, 1942 to Samuel and Pearl (Barker) (Lennox) Fitzgerald in Munising, MI. A belief of God, family, and country brought to him the quiet, loving, laughing man that all who knew and met him steps away with an immediate positive memory. Samuel is survived by his loving wife Margaret Louise (Wise) Lennox; children Susan Renae (Lennox) (Gillam) Quick married to James Eugene Quick, Samuel Herbert Lennox III; grandchildren Jesse Adam, Lyndsay Kate, Ashleigh Jordan, and Zachary Lee Gillam. He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel Herbert Lennox and Pearl Fitzgerald; step-father Eugene Fitzgerald; and sister Marjory Loraine (Lennox) Lee. The family will receive guests for a visitation on July 18, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at Curtis Baptist Church in Curtis, MI. Followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis, MI.
Daniel Paul Wickoren, 43 of Olathe, passed away June 20, 2015. He was born Aug. 20, 1971, to Dean and Marjorie Wickoren in St. Paul, Minn. Daniel is survived by his loving parents Dean and Marjorie, the love of his life, Renee Victoria, his beloved children, Nathaniel Dean, Jacob Paul and Sarah Rose. He is also survived by his cherished stepson, Matthew as well as his beloved stepchildren, Samantha and Jesse. He has five brothers, Mark, Joel, Martin, Richard and Eric as well as two sisters, Aida and Carmen, and his dedicated dog, Spencer. Services to honor this wonderful man were held Friday, June 26. To view the full obituary, please visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com.
J. Wallace "Wally" Green was born to Olive McVay Green and Lionel L. Green on January 5, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo. Wally passed away June 10, 2015, in Lee's Summit, Mo. He is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Carol, and his brother, Jim. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Schnebly of Eudora, Kan., and his sister, Gail.
Shirley Ann Messerschmidt, 71, of Gardner, KS died May 26, 2015. Visitation: 2-4 pm, May 31 at McGilley & Frye FH, 105 E. Loula St., Olathe, KS. Service 10 am, June 1 at the funeral home with burial in Olathe Memorial Cemetary. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial.
Irene Kurtz, passed away May 13, 2015. Private family graveside at Gardner Cemetery. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.
Patricia Ann "Murph" Murphy, 84, Olathe, Kan., passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015. She was born July 18, 1930, in Lincoln, Neb., the daughter of Frank and Bessie Whitlow McKay. She graduated from Lincoln High School. She worked in the hotel industry for over 30 years, the majority managing the Olathe Holiday Inn. She never knew a stranger and made friends with everyone she met. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Jerry Custer and Patrick Murphy and son, Michael Custer. She is survived by her daughter, Sheri Custer, dog Roscoe and cat Magic. Sheri wishes to thank Good Samaritan and Olathe Hospice for the kind care given to her mother during her illness. A gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of "Murph" will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at the Overland Park Arboretum-Pavilion. Contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs or Good Samaritan. Online condolences at www.schneiderfunerals.com
LeRoy Hayse Wycoff, Jr., 70, Spring Hill, passed May 12. Services: Visitation: 6 - 8pm Fri, May 15, 2015, Funeral: 11:00 am Sat, May 16, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, 913- 856-7111. Burial De Soto Cemetery.
Harry Edward LaCerte, 85, Olathe passed April 29, 2015. Harry will be cremated according to his wishes. Memorial service 4pm May 9, McGilley & Frye F.H. 105 E. Loula St. Olathe, KS. Private Burial McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial.
Nancy Shipman-Brown, 85, of Olathe, KS, died Dec. 14, 2014. Mother of Carol Burnett, Nancy Whitt, Connie Gallentine, and William Shipman. Services were private.
Woodrow W. Williams "Woody," 84, Osawatomie, Kan., passed away March 25, 2015. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, 13901 Blackbob Ave., Olathe, Kan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to American Heart Association, www.heart.org. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com Woody was born Sept. 27, 1930, in Douglas County, Mo. He was married to Luella Rausch on Oct. 27, 1951. Woody retired from the Johnson County Roads and Bridges after 26 years. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years, LuElla. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Harrison and Rosa (Simpson) Williams; brothers, Lonnie Williams, Cecil Williams, Leo Williams, William Williams and Wallace Williams; and sisters, Louise Hayes and Beulah Robison. Arr.: Johnson County Funeral Chapel, (913) 451-1860. Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 913-451-1860, www.johnsoncountychapel.com
Debra Lynn Schleif, 57, passed March 22, 2015 at her home in Olathe. Graveside Service 1:00 pm Thur, Mar 26, 2015, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, KS. Arr: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner 913-856-7111.
Doris Johnson Lane, 105, of Olathe, Kan., passed March 24, 2015. Visit. 10 to 11 a.m., service 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, at Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 Ridgeview Rd., Olathe. Burial Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial.
Kirk McLellan Dodge, 84, of Des Peres, Mo., formerly Overland Park and Gardner, died Feb. 20, 2015. Visit. 10 a.m., memorial service 11 am Sat, April 4, Bruce FH, Gardner, (913) 856-7111. Private family interment.
Norma L. Taylor Meredith, age 82 of Wellsville, KS passed away Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at the Wellsville Retirement Community. Funeral services will be 3 PM, Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Wellsville Baptist Church. Visitation will be 6- 8PM, Saturday evening at Wilson's Funeral Home. Interment will follow services in the Wellsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be ade to Vitas Care or the Wellsville Library in care of Wilson's, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092. Norma L. Taylor Meredith was born June 19, 1932 near Keeleville, Kansas the daughter of Leslie Elmer and Fern Pauline (Harrington) Smith. She attended Morrow and Stoney grade schools near Columbus and graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in 1949. On February 4, 1951, she married Carl R. Taylor, and to this union, two sons were born. They later divorced. Norma was a stenographer and held several positions in Olathe, including being the first Deputy Election Commissioner for Johnson County. In 1982, she took a position with North Supply in Gardner and after several years became the Marketing Communications Department secretary. She retired from there in January of 1992. She had been in Wellsville since 1970. She was a member of the Wellsville Baptist Church where she organized the Girls Guild program, was church clerk, and served as the church wedding coordinator for over 16 years. On September 19, 1998, Norma married George W. Meredith. He preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olathe where she was their representative for the Church Women United and also served as their Vice President. Norma enjoyed Bible study and serving on the mission committee. Norma is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Sue Taylor of Wellsville; son and daughter-in- law, Kevin Lee and Lisa Taylor of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 4 grandchildren , Jeff (Emily) Taylor, Kyle Taylor, Ryan Taylor and Christa Taylor; 3 great-grandchildren, Nora, Landon and Hazel Taylor; and one sister, Pauline Dickens. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Joe Smith and Gerald Smith, and two sisters, June Edwards and Amelia Peterson
James "Jim" Richard Elliott, 90, passed away April 23, 2015. Visit. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sat., May 2, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, followed by a celebration of life service. Burial in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Marilyn K. Parton, 70, Olathe, Kan., died Feb. 12, 2015. Visit. at 10 a.m., memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Sat., Feb. 21, at New Life Community Church, Gardner, Kan. Arr.: KC Funeral Directors, (913) 262-6310.