Archive for Wednesday, January 5, 2000


January 5, 2000

James William Caps

James William Caps, 88, Tullahoma, Tenn., died Monday, Dec. 13, at Life Care Center in Tullahoma.

A memorial service was held Dec. 21 at First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma.

Additional funeral services were Dec. 16, in Topeka and burial was in Meriden Cemetery in Meriden.

A native of Tonganoxie, he graduated from Kansas University in 1939 with a degree in civil engineering. He was a U.S. Army veteran who retired from service as a lieutenant colonel. He then went to work at AEDC as a civil engineer. He was retired.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, American Legion Post 43, Reserve Officers Association, Retired Officers Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and was a registered professional engineer in Kansas and other states.

Mr. Caps and his wife were frequent world travelers and he was an expert philatelist.

Survivors include his wife, Grace E. Caps, and a daughter, Sharon Elizabeth Caps Kaczorek both of Tullahoma; a son, James William (Bill) Caps Jr., Idabel, Okla.; and two grandchildren.

Eleanor J. Needham

A Mass of Christian Burial for Eleanor J. Needham, 72, Leavenworth, will be at 10 a.m. today at the Church of the Immaculate Conception with the Rev. Torrence Cyr officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Needham died Sunday, Jan. 2, at her home.

She was born Jan. 24, 1927 in Leavenworth, the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth Cameron Simmons. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy and began working at Fort Leavenworth with the Military Review. She moved to Bell Hall and became an editor, and retired at CACDA as editor and technical writer in 1983.

She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Church Altar Society, St. John Hospital Guild, and worked at the information desk, St. John Lifeline and The Place.

She married Harold Needham on May 22, 1954, at the Old Cathedral in Leavenworth. He survives at the home. Survivors include two sons, Vince Needham, Manhattan, and Jim Needham, Leavenworth; a brother, Albert "Bill" Simmons, Clayton, Calif., and a sister, Betty Lee McAdams, Bethesda, Md.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Kansas City Hospice. Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, handled arrangements.

Laura Evaline Parks

Services for Laura Evaline Parks, 89, Tonganoxie, were held Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie, with the Rev. Ben Saathoff officiating. Burial was planned for 2 p.m. today at Chickalah Cemetery in Dardanelle, Ark.

Mrs. Parks died Sunday, Jan. 2, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center.

Mrs. Parks was born Aug. 18, 1910, in Chickalah, Ark., the daughter of Berry and Inez "Cecil" Scott. She moved in 1954 to Kansas City, Kan., and in 1987 to Tonganoxie. She was a member of Sunset Hills Christian Church, Kansas City, Kan., but attended Tonganoxie Christian Church the last 12 years.

She married Earl Parks on June 29, 1929, in Dardanelle. He died in 1978.

Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Martin, Tonganoxie, Sharon Dodge, Linwood, and Reatha Smith, Attica; two sisters, Lula Miller, Dardanelle, and Veronia Rutledge, Branch, Ark.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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