Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2001


Joe F. Jenkins Sr., Alberta Jean Riddle, Francis E. Ulrich, Mary Ussery

October 10, 2001

Joe F. Jenkins Sr.


Services for Joe F. Jenkins Sr., 88, Linwood, were scheduled for 11 a.m. today, Oct. 10, 2001, at Porter Funeral Home, 1835 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan., with burial in Highland Park Cemetery.

Mr. Jenkins died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at Providence Place. He was born May 14, 1913, in Kansas City, Kan., where he lived for 62 years before moving in 1975 to Linwood.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served in the Military Police before being honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. He rode in the Washington parade when President Eisenhower was inaugurated as a member of the Sheriff's Posse.

He was owner and president of Guarantee Abstract Company, now Guarantee Title. At the time of his death, he was associated with First American Title Insurance Company.

He was active in the American Land Title Association, president of the Kansas Land Title Association in 1948-49 and was named the association's title person of the year in 1979. He was a past member of the state's Abstractors Board of Examiners, serving as its chairman for more than a decade. He also was active with the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, serving as its president and being named its citizen of the year. He served 15 terms as chairman of the Wyandotte Planning Commission; was a member of the board of the American Royal, a board member of Security Bank; a member and president of the Board of Public Utilities; and a member of Rotary Club.

His first wife, Orpha (Root) Jenkins, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Breidenthal) Jenkins of the home; a son, Joe F. Jenkins, Tonganoxie; a granddaughter; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity benefiting victims of the Sept. 11 attack on America.

Alberta Jean Riddle


Private memorial services for Alberta Jean Riddle, 62, Tonganoxie, are planned for Thursday, with the Rev. Rick Lamb officiating. Cremation is planned.

Mrs. Riddle died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at her home. She was born Jan. 16, 1939, in Atchison, the daughter of Earl and Violet (Wiggins) Folsom.

She was a homemaker and a member of West Haven Baptist Church in Tonganoxie.

On Aug. 3, 1957, she married Charles W. Riddle in Kansas City, Kan. He survives, of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Scott and Jason Riddle, both of Tonganoxie; a daughter, Kelly Jean Reneau, Lawrence; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A son, Brian Earl Riddle, died in 1966.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, 66086.

Francis E. "Butch" Uhlrich


Services for Francis E. "Butch" Uhlrich, Greenwood, Mo., were Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit.

Mr. Uhlrich, 58, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at the Lee's Summit Hospital from an arterial occlusion.

He was born Aug. 11, 1943, in McLouth, and was raised in the Tonganoxie area. He was an Eagle Scout and a former member of the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church.

He attended the University of Kansas where he met his wife, Jane. He served in the U.S. Army for three years, during which time he served in Germany.

He worked 28 years for Western Electric/AT&T. His interests included the American Telephone Pioneers, Big Brothers of America, the Kansas City Chiefs, and raising and showing pigeons for which he won numerous awards.

Mr. Uhlrich and his wife were married in 1967 and have since lived in the Lee's Summit area. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include a son Ben, of the home; his parents, Bernard and Bonnie Uhlrich, Lawrence; a sister, Cheryl Packard, Lawrence; and a brother, James Uhlrich, Edwardsville.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Francis Uhlrich Memorial Fund for his son's education, sent to Commercial Federal Bank, 740 N.W. Blue Parkway, Lee's Summit, Mo., 64086.

Mary Ussery


Services for Mary Ussery, 72, Everest, Kan., were scheduled for today, Oct. 10, 2001, at Powhattan United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Rich Souter officiating. Graveside services are planned for 2:30 p.m. today at Sunset Memory Gardens in Leavenworth.

Mrs. Ussery died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at Heartland East Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo. She was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Vernon R. and Etta J. Moore Williams.

She grew up in the Kansas City area, and later graduated from Lawrence High School. She worked during World War II at Sunflower Ordnance Ammunition Plant near De Soto. She also worked in the offices of various businesses during her career.

She was active with the Powhattan United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of the church. She also as active with the Farmers Market in Atchison. She was on the board of Tri County Nursing Home for six years. In her early years, she volunteered as a candystriper for the American Red Cross.

Her first husband died in 1995.

She married Edward Ussery on Feb. 19, 1988, at Miami, Okla.

They lived north of Everest since 1992. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include six daughters, Charla Strick, Camdenton, Mo., Betty Ellis, Leavenworth, Fonda Shaw, Shawnee, Arlena Garza, De Soto, Margaret Oelschlaeger and Carol Hammons, both of Tonganoxie; three sons, Edwin Ussery, Kansas City, Kan., and Danny and Charlie Ussery, both of Tonganoxie; four sisters, Ann May, Hamlin, Kan., Marie Carlson, Lawrence, and Thelma Merriman and Sybil Morris, both of Hiawatha; 19 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Brown County chapter of the American Cancer Society, and may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 519 N. First, Hiawatha, 66434.

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