Archive for Wednesday, December 13, 2000


December 13, 2000

Roy A. Ambrose


Graveside services for Roy A. Ambrose, 79, Connersville, Ind., were Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at West Point Cemetery in Liberty, Ind., with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts of Liberty officiating.

Mr. Ambrose, a former Liberty, Ind., resident died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at the Lincoln Centers West Nursing Home in Connersville. He was born April 18, 1921, at Richmond, Ind., the son of Allen and Tina Jennie Taylor Ambrose. He had lived in the Liberty area his entire life.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in central Europe. He was a member of VFW Post No. 1472 in Liberty. He farmed much of his life. Following his time in the service, he worked at Johns Manville in Richmond. He worked at the Kitchel Elevator for several years in Union County before joining the Kaiser Agricultural Chemical Co. He was a plant manager for Kaiser and spent 18 years there before his retirement in 1982.

He married Jerry Ellison on May 29, 1942, in Richmond. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Roger Ambrose, Tongan-oxie; a daughter, Karen E. McMillen, Leavenworth; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Liberty, Ind.

Leslie Ann Coldsmith

A memorial service for Leslie Ann Coldsmith, Parker, Colo., will be at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 13, 2000, at Pipkin Mortuary, Denver. Burial will be in Topeka.

Mrs. Coldsmith died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000.

Survivors include her husband, Richard M. Whayne, Parker, Colo.; a son Christian M. Whayne, Parker, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Danielle L. Whayne, Topeka; her father, Donald Coldsmith, Emporia; a brother, Richard Rasperger, Aurora, Colo.; three sisters, Carol J. Smith, Kansas City, Mo., Glenna Coldsmith Law, Tonganoxie, April Abril, Rye, Colo., and Connie L. Lorenzen, Smithville, Mo.; and one grandchild.

Timmothy C. Cummings


Services for Timmothy C. Cummings Sr., 46, Platte City, Mo., were Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at the Platte City United Methodist Church. Burial was in Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mr. Cummings died last Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, in Tucson, Ariz. He was born July 17, 1954, the son of Pete and Mary Jane Cummings Sr., former Tonganoxie residents.

He was sales manager for Desert Building Materials of Tucson. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of Platte City United Methodist Church.

He married Cathy A. Hunt on April 13, 1987, in Kansas City, Mo. She survives.

Other survivors include his parents, Belton, Mo.; three sons, Tim Cummings Jr., Columbia Mo., Scott Cummings, Independence, Mo., and Jason Cummings, Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Pete Cummings Jr., Columbia, Mo.; and a sister, Cindy Coomer, Lee's Summit, Mo.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the University of Kansas Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, 66044.

Archie W. Dearinger


Services for Archie William Dearinger, 79, Basehor, were Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, at Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Kan.

Mr. Dearinger died last Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. He was born March 23, 1921, in Turner.

He was a dairy farmer for more than 45 years and was a past member of the Kansas City, Kan., Masonic Lodge.

His wife, Virginia Dearinger, died in 1989.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Dearinger, Basehor, and John Dearinger, Montezuma, Kan.; a daughter, Pam Frazier, Basehor; a sister, Dorothy Kooser, Basehor; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Basehor Historical Society, sent in care of the funeral home.

Esther Mae Lohman


Services for Esther Mae Kemler Lohman, 78, Grand-view, Wash., will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, in the Grandview United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Lohman died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at the Grandview Health Care Center. She was born March 22, 1922, in the home of her parents, Christopher and Ella (Williams) Kemler, outside of Basehor.

At the age of 12, her family's home was destroyed by fire, and they moved to Basehor.

Mrs. Lohman was educated in Basehor, earning a high school diploma in 1941. When she was a senior, she became ill with rheumatic fever. She won the battle against the disease, despite the lack of antibiotics. A doctor recommended piano lessons to strengthen her, so her parents purchased a piano that she enjoyed and kept for life.

After graduating, she worked for Bell Telephone Co., as a telephone operator in Bonner Springs.

On Jan. 18, 1948, she married Albert H. Lohman Jr. from Tonganoxie. Two days after the wedding, they moved to Grandview, Wash. She was a member of Euclid Homemakers Club. She and her husband were members of Farm Bureau and they were active in the Yakima Valley Junior Fair.

Mrs. Lohman was a member of the Grandview United Methodist Church and held several offices in the Women's Group.

After the death of her husband in 1968, she worked at Hillcrest Nursing Home. She worked at the nursing home for 20 years before retiring and was in the first certified nursing aide class that received a state license.

Survivors include a son, Terry Lohman, Leavenworth; two daughters, Marsha Graf, Grandview, Wash., and Lori Bowers, Kirkland, Wash.; a sister, Mildred Florence, Basehor; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the church.

Laura T. Smith


Services for former Tonganoxie resident Laura T. Smith, 63, Easton, were Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie. Burial was in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie.

Mrs. Smith died last Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center. She was born July 17, 1937, in Chickasha, Okla, the daughter of Douglas and Tomlene Bonnie (Carter) Smith.

She had attended the Episcopal Church in Lawrence and the Riverside Resources in Leavenworth.

Memorials are suggested to the Leavenworth County 4-H Goat Club, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, 66086.

Johnnie Edward Tucking


Graveside services for Johnnie Edward Tucking, 89, Tonganoxie, were Saturday at Spring Grove Cemetery in Boyle.

Mr. Tucking, a former Valley Falls resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center. He was born March 30, 1911, in Boyle.

He was a graduate of Winchester High School who farmed in the Valley Falls area until 1954. He then moved to Kansas City, Kan., and worked for Sealright until his retirement, when he returned to the Valley Falls area.

Survivors include a son, John Tucking, Kearney, Mo.; four daughters, LaVina Parish and Ruth Clark, both of Linwood, and Charlene Long and Rose Mary Sutton, both of Kansas City, Mo.; two stepsons, John Boyce, Topeka, and Don Boyce, Texas; and a stepdaughter, Karen Harrison, Topeka; a brother, Delmer Tucking, Valley Falls; a sister, Viola Knutson, California; 27 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Tonganoxie Nursing Center, sent in care of Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs.

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