Archive for Wednesday, December 1, 1999


December 1, 1999

Guila Mae Thornton


Guila Mae Thornton, 74, Tonganoxie, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, at her home. Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 27, at Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie, with Lay Pastor Georgette Shoemaker officiating. Burial was in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

Mrs. Thornton was born May 28, 1925, in Tonganoxie, the daughter of Guy and Mabel (Niebaum) Sharp. She was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident. A daughter, Sandy Crook, died earlier.

Survivors include a son, Craig Thornton, and a daughter, Cindy Murry, both of Tonganoxie; a half-sister, Aileen Cook, Tonganoxie; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions Leavenworth County Hospice, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, 66086.

John Andrew Pearson


John Andrew Pearson, 93, Alta Vista, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, at the Morris County Hospital in Council Grove. Services were Saturday, Nov. 27, at Simpson United Methodist Church in Alta Vista. Graveside services followed at the Alta Vista Cemetery.

Mr. Pearson was born March 23, 1906, in Dwight, the son of Charles and Nellie Reed Pearson.

He was a farmer all of his life. He was a member of the Emanuel United Methodist Church, Kiwanis and a past member of the Beman school board.

On March 23, 1927, he married Sophia Ina McDiffett in Junction City. She died on Sept. 30, 1999. A son, Melvin Pearson, also died earlier.

Survivors include five sons, Charles Pearson and wife Eleanor of Great Bend, John Andrew Pearson Jr. and wife Florence of Dublin, Calif., Lloyd D. Pearson and wife Jean of Tonganoxie, Donald Pearson and wife Darlene of Concordia, and Dick Pearson of Omaha, Neb; four daughters, Berti TenEyck and her husband Ed of Haysville, Deloris Raby of Pickens, S.C., Debra Wilson and husband Richard of Americus and Doris Pearson of Emporia; 31 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, sent in care of Kendall Funeral Chapel, 102 N. Mission, Council Grove 66846.

Ronald Lynn Lindel


Ronald Lynn Lindel, 58, Lawrence, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 26 at Glenwood Cemetery, Basehor, with the Rev. YungBo Lee officiating.

Mr. Lindel was born Sept. 2, 1941, in Leavenworth, the son of William and Helen (Grisham) Lindel.

His family moved in 1962 to Tonganoxie from Basehor.

Mr. Lindel was a farmer and an active member of Leavenworth 4-H in his younger days. He belonged to the Basehor Rustlers 4-H Club in Basehor.

His father, William Lindel, died in 1993.

Survivors include his mother, Helen Lindel, Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie 66086.

Jim Davis


Jim Davis, 72, Kansas City, Mo., died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Mount Moriah and Freeman Chapel, Kansas City, Mo., and burial was in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Mr. Davis was born July 27, 1927, in Conway, Mo. He worked for Kansas City Transit, retiring after 39 years. He was a member of the Crosstrailers square dance club, and attended the First Baptist Church of Raytown. Mr. Davis and his wife often square-danced with member of the Tonganoxie Twirlers.

Survivors include his wife, Donnis Davis; a son, Randy Davis and his wife, Shelly; a daughter, Sharon Rider; a sister, Ina Nicolulis; and five grandchildren.

Mount Moriah and Freeman Chapel handled arrangements.

The family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Church, Raytown, Mo.

Harlan L. "Speck" Wise


Memorial services for Harlan L. "Speck" Wise, 76, Tonganoxie, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Maple Hill Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan.

Mr. Wise died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in Tonganoxie.

He was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Blue Springs, Neb., and had lived in the Kansas City area since 1965. He owned and operated Speck Wise and Son Co. before retiring In 1990.

Mr. Wise was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Metropolitan Church of the Nazarene.

A daughter, Holly Waters, died earlier.

Survivors include his wife, Marye Lee Wise, of the home; three sons, Dino Wise, Paola, Stephen Hughes, Seymour, Ind., and Jeff Wise, Colorado; three daughters, Sue Carlbom, Augusta, Mont., Deborah Post, Ozark, Mo., and Shelley Burgess, Tonganoxie; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Maple Hill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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