Archive for Wednesday, December 20, 2000


December 20, 2000

Novella M. Connell


Services for Novella M. Connell, 81, a former Kansas City, Kan., resident were Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at Highland Park Funeral Home, Kansas City Kan. Burial was in Highland Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Connell died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at Country Haven Nursing Home in Paola. She was born Feb. 15, 1919, in Kansas City, Kan. She attended Assembly of God Church in Paola. She was a film processor for Photo File System from 1959 to 1982. She worked for Docusort from 1984 to 1990.

Her husband, David Connell Sr., died in 1999.

Survivors include a son, David Connell Jr., Paola; a daughter Phylles Jean Barker, Tonganoxie; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

George Gress


Services for George Gress, 79, Independence, Kan., were Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at the Church of The Epiphany, Episcopal, with the Rev. Gerald Eytcheson officiating. Entombment will be in the family niche at the Church of The Epiphany, Episcopal Columbarium. Cremation has taken place.

Mr. Gress died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at Glenwood Estates Nursing Home, where he had been a resident for the past several weeks. He was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Tonganoxie, the son of George Gress Sr. and Florence Mae (Tyrrell) Gress. He grew up and attended schools in the Tonganoxie area.

Mr. Gress was a farmer in earlier years, and after moving to Independence owned and operated the Arctic Ice Dock and fresh produce business, until he retired.

He was a member of the Church of The Epiphany, Episcopal and the AA.

He married Hilda Joan Newland on Sept. 29, 1943, in Tonganoxie. The couple later moved to Independence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include Tommy George Gress, South Lake, Texas, Robert Joe Gress, Pullman, Wash., and Fred Gress, Independence; a sister, Marie Hermeck, Garnett; and five grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the church, AA or the American Heart or Cancer societies.

Potts Chapel, Independence, handled arrangements.

Hazel R. Starns


Services for Hazel R. Starns, 88, Leavenworth, were Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Home, Leavenworth. Burial was in Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Mrs. Starns died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Lansing. She was born Feb. 17, 1912, in Shawnee, the daughter of Thomas A. and Katie May Behringer Johnson Sr.

She married Orval L. Starns on March 24, 1941, in Leavenworth and they farmed for many years. He died in 1988.

She was a member of the Fairmount Methodist Church, the Boling Grange and the Little Stranger Canning Club.

Survivors include four sisters, Dorothy Klamm, Basehor, Mary Alice Seward, Shawnee, Mildred Sparks, Tonganoxie, and Katherine Dunkin, Mount Vernon, Wash.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Leavenworth or to St. John Home Health.

Raymond G. Williams


Services for Raymond G. Williams, 70, Drexel, Mo., will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at Runyan Funeral Home in Drexel. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery, Drexel.

Mr. Williams died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at his home. He was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo.

He married Shirley Jean Akers on Feb. 17, 1949. They lived in the Kansas City, Kan., and Tonganoxie areas while he worked for Owens Corning Fiberglas for 36 years. During that time, he served as union steward for Insulation Production Workers Local No. 1. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Forsyth, Mo., and later to Drexel.

Mr. Williams was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Kaw Council for 10 years, was a member of the Drexel Christian Church, the Drexel Senior Citizens and he helped his wife found and run Classic Ceramics in Drexel.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, David Williams, Kansas City, Mo., Jim Williams, Edwardsville, Rick Williams, Tonganoxie, and Master Sgt. Randy Williams, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas; a daughter, Vickie Raymer, Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Nadine Howery, Independence, Mo.; a brother, William G. Williams, Kissee Mills, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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