Archive for Wednesday, February 7, 2001


February 7, 2001

Francis J. Gilgin


A mass and memorial service for Francis J. "Frank" Gilgin, 78, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 24, 2001, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie.

Mr. Gilgin died Feb. 3, 2001 in Tonganoxie. He was born April 26, 1922, in Lorrach, West Germany, near the Swiss border, the only son of Joseph and Magdalena Gilgin.

He was educated at the Juilliard School of Music, Brooklyn College, Queens College, New York, and the University of Kansas, with undergraduate degrees in English and music and a graduate degree in philosophy.

He composed many pieces, which were performed by Kansas City and Lawrence orchestras and artists.

In retirement, Mr. Gilgin founded and was president of the Tonganoxie Community Theater for 15 years. He acted in and wrote two musicals for the Tonganoxie Community Theatre, and one for the Basehor centennial. He also composed an Easter cantata, which was performed in Tonganoxie and Baldwin.

Mr. Gilgin was an international cockpit crew member for Trans World Airlines for 32 years, commuting from Kansas City to fly out of New York on the Lockheed Constellation, the Boeing 747 and finally the L1011. He was the manager of flight engineers in Kansas City for 15 years. In retirement, he taught philosophy and logic at KU and at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Mr. Gilgin was a member of the Society of American Composers, the Masonic Lodge, the Retired Airline Pilot's Association, the Lyric Opera Guild, the Germania Club, the Mercedes Club and the Tuesday Morning Romeos. He also was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. He moved to Tonganoxie in 1970.

He married Patricia Lewin on March 25, 1962, in Flushing, New York. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Sara Doreen Gilgin, Overland Park, and Elizabeth Gilgin Menardi, Flagstaff, Ariz.; and one granddaughter.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a KU music department scholarship in Mr. Gilgin's name, sent in care of Charles Hoag, Department of Music, 320 Murphy Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 66045.

Carol Lee Means


Services for Carol Lee Means, 56, rural McLouth, were Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at the McLouth United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Castle officiating. Burial was in McLouth Cemetery.

Mrs. Means died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at her rural McLouth home. She had cancer. She was born Aug. 19, 1944, in Leavenworth, the daughter of Theodore Herman and Florence Inez Atwell Conrad Sr. She had lived since 1967 in rural McLouth.

She was a stitcher for three years at the Kynedine Company in Lawrence. She formerly had worked as an accounts clerk at the Leavenworth County Farmers Cooperative in Lansing and in the lawn and garden department of the Leavenworth Kmart store.

She was a member of the McLouth United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Leavenworth. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star chapter 62 in Oskaloosa. She was a 1962 graduate of Leavenworth High School.

She married James B. Means on April 15, 1966, at Leavenworth. He survives, of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Shannon Wilcox, Trimble, Mo., and Cathy Cox, McLouth; her parents of Leavenworth; a brother, Theodore Conrad Jr., Leavenworth; two sisters, Alice Louise Conrad, Leavenworth, and Dorothy Quebedeaux, Omaha, Neb.; and a grandson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Cancer Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan., 66101, or sent in care of Barnett Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, 820 Liberty, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Howard Stamper


Services for former Kansas City resident Howard Stamper, Sr.. 55, were Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at the Quisenberry Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Hubbel Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Stamper died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at Providence Medical Center after suffering a stroke.

Mr. Stamper was born Dec. 17, 1945, in Ava, Mo., the son of Arlie M. and Ora Stamper.

He worked as a sheet metal worker and retired in 1994. He was a 1964 graduate of Wyandotte High School.

He was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church and the Sheet Metal Workers Union No. 2, all of Kansas City. Mr. Stamper was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War.

On Dec. 31, 1966, he married Maureen McCormick in Kansas City. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Howard Stamper Jr., Kansas City, and Lane Stamper, Basehor; a daughter, Erin Kincaid, Kansas City; his mother, Ora Stamper-Johnson, Ava, Mo.; three brothers, Gordon Stamper Sr., Chadwick, Mo., Kenneth Stamper, Morrisville, Mo., and Randy Stamper, Ava, Mo.; two sisters, Denia Brady, Sparta, Mo., and Jessie Erickson, Chadwick, Mo.; and six grandchildren.

June Rose Sturtridge


Services for June Rose Sturtridge, 82, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Kansas City, Kan., with the Rev. Harold Pittman officiating.

Mrs. Sturtridge died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. She was born May 10, 1918, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of John and Ollie (Forward) Capell.

On Jan. 30, 1937, she married John "Jack" Sturtridge in Kansas City, Kan. She was a homemaker. She had lived in Tonganoxie since 1970.

Her husband died on Nov. 15, 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Sturtridge, Tonganoxie, and Sandy Sturtridge, Kansas City, Kan.; a brother, John Capell, Austin, Texas; four sisters, Nona Hoppen, Walla Walla, Wash., Bettie Capps, Hixson, Tenn., Maxine DeWett, Fort Worth, Texas, and Jean Capell, Iola; three granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the cancer department at Children's Mercy Hospital, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, 66086.

The family will receive friends following the service at the home of Gary and Karen Sturtridge, Tonganoxie.

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