Thursday, May 28, 2015
Obituaries
IRENE ELAINE KURTZ

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

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 H. WYCOFF, JR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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" ELLIOTT

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

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.

TERRY WAYNE MICHAEL

Terry Wayne Michael, 64, Olathe, Kan., died Feb. 17, 2015. Terry will be cremated. Memorial service 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28, at The Gathering Place, Charismatic Church - Assembly of God, 16515 W. 127th St., Olathe. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. Life Well Celebrated.

FREDERICK JUNIOR MAY

Frederick Junior May, 87, Olathe, Kan., died Feb. 19, 2015. Service 10 a.m. Tues., Feb. 24, visit. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 23, both at McGilley & Frye FH, Olathe. Burial Johnson County Memorial Gardens. McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Dignity Memorial. Life Well Celebrated.

LORETTA JUNE KELLEY

Loretta Kelley passed away February 1, 2015, in Austin, Texas. She was born June 19, 1932, to Louis and Agnes Kelley in Kansas City, Kan. Loretta graduated from St. Teresa College (now Avila University, Kansas City, Mo.) with a major in Business and a minor in Education and Philosophy. Upon graduation, she taught business courses at St. Teresa's Academy and Loretta Academy. Loretta joined IBM in Kansas City in 1963 and retired from IBM in Austin in 1992. During her career in IBM, Loretta served in many positions in product and business management. While in Austin, Loretta became involved with a great passion of hers: basenji dogs. She became nationally recognized for breeding and showing them. Her last basenji, Champion Bandit (Itty) pre-deceased her by two months. On a regular basis she enjoyed meeting the "Golf Ladies." She had never played golf but she was readily accepted in the group. Loretta also had an interest in opera and would make trips to Houston for an opera weekend. Loretta was initially a member of St. Louis and later St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church where she ministered to members unable to get to church. More recently, she sang in the St. Theresa Occasional Choir. Loretta is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Agnes Kelley and her brother, William. She is survived by an aunt, Louise Kelly of Leavenworth, Kan. She was a caring family member and friend who welcomed her family into her "Bed and Breakfast" whenever in Austin. Thanks goes to Dr. Frierson-Stroud for her companionship and professional help during the last months of her life. Other thanks go to the 7th floor staff at Seton Hospital and to Hospice Austin. Special thanks to the Monroy and Ortuno families who had been close to both her and her brother, William, since their arrival in Austin. They supported her in a variety of ways and sat with her constantly during the last few days. There will be a funeral Mass celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 4311 Small Drive, Austin, TX 78731. Interment will follow at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan. To leave condolences with the family please visit www.cook- waldenfuneralhome.com. Memorial donations may be made to St. Theresa's Academy, 5600 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64113.

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