Tuesday, October 17, 2017

J. D. Craig

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Joseph “J.D.” Craig, 80, of rural Arcadia, died at 3:54 a.m. Sunday, October 15, 2017, at his residence. 

He was born August 20, 1937, at Ft. Scott, KS, to Elmer and Marguerite Genevieve (Clements) Craig. He attended and graduated from Ft. Scott schools. On Aug. 23, 1960, he married Cheryl Mae Schiffler. She preceded him in death on October 4, 2006. J.D. was a hard working family man. He worked for a variety of companies as a metal finisher. 

Additional survivors include a daughter, Wendy D. Linsley of Tracy, CA, and son, Charles D. Craig of Arcadia, KS. He was preceded by his parents a brother, Arthur E. Craig and a sister, Claralice Westra. Mr. Craig has been cremated and no services are planned at this time. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. Fourth St., Pittsburg, KS.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Charles Kellogg

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Charles Emery Kellogg, Jr., 95, of Pittsburg, passed away at 8:42 a.m. Sunday, October 15, 2017 at his home.

He was born November 29, 1921 at Hill City, Kansas, the son of Charles Emery Sr. and Hattie Mae (Beougher) Kellogg. Charles went to school in Kindergarten and First grade in Hill City. Then they moved to Palco, where they lived till he was ready to begin his junior year of high school. They then moved to Salina where he went to his Junior and Senior years of high school in Salina, then four years of college at Kansas Wesleyan University, a Methodist college. His main major was Music Education.

He then entered the United States Navy during World War II and became a radioman. At the end of his radioman studies, while on a short leave, Charles married his fiancé, Edna Pearce on April 10, 1944 at Niles, Kansas. As a Radioman 2nd class, his main job was to copy code. He served in the South Pacific, first in New Caledonia, then in American Samoa. After 28 months in the Navy, he was discharged in December of 1945.

The following two years, he taught Instrumental and Vocal Music in St. John, Kansas. They then moved to Lawrence, where he attended University of Kansas, studying Music Education for one year. Then he got a job in Iola, Kansas and taught Vocal Music in Junior High thru Junior College for twelve years. Then he taught Vocal Music in Wellington, Kansas for two years. He then moved to Pittsburg and taught Vocal Music at Lakeside Junior High for eleven years, where he retired after teaching Vocal Music for a total of 27 years.

Mr. Kellogg studied to become a piano technician and tuned pianos in Pittsburg and in all directions from Pittsburg for twenty-seven years. He retired when he was 80 years old, but has tuned one once in a while since.

Membership was held in the First Christian Church of Pittsburg; Lion’s Club and Retired Teachers Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Thomas Charles Kellogg of Pittsburg; two daughters, Charlotte Swaim and her husband, Larry of Fort Scott, Kansas and Marsha Butler and her husband, Robert of Olathe, Kansas; a brother, Wilmer Kellogg and his wife, Lorena of Hays, Kansas; three grandchildren, Eli Kellogg, Lisa Collier, and Aaron Swaim; 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death his parents, a sister, Eva Marie Will, and a son, Edward Phillip Kellogg.

A service for Mr. Kellogg is set for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday (October 18) at the First Church of Pittsburg with Rev. Pat Nixon officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the First Christian Church. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Brenner Mortuary to sign the register book. The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church of Pittsburg. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, Kansas 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kansas.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Jim Hale

(From Paul Thomas Funeral Home)

James (Jim) A. Hale of Columbus, Kansas passed from this life on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at his home. He was 78.

Born August 25, 1939 to Barnet and Finita (Harrison) Hale. Jim grew up southwest of Columbus on the family farm, and attended Center Christian Church and CCCHS. Jim loved to work on the farm, and was always involved with his 2 sons Todd and Travis’ lives growing up, from numerous 4-H activities to coaching their little league baseball teams. Later in life Jim returned to a favorite past time of his, singing! Jim initially started singing in the choir in his high school days. After the birth of his 2 sons he started teaching square dance lessons at several nearby towns for the areas 4-H youth. After his sons were grown he and his wife Ruth started working summers in Branson, Missouri. Jim was a square dance caller at “Shepherd of the Hills” and during the day time worked at Silver Dollar City. Most of Jim and Ruth’s 55 years of marriage were spent out on the family farm southwest of Columbus. While living on the farm he and his wife Ruth raised and successfully showed their Samoyed dogs. After retiring from the farm he and his wife moved to town, and started their own catering business, Spotted Bull BBQ, traveling around the area to various county fairs and social events, showcasing and selling their delicious food.

Jim is preceded in death by his Parents Barnet and Finita (Harrison) Hale, 3 sisters Barbara (Hale) Evans, Betty (Hale) Rogers, and Linda (Hale) Alsbaugh.

Survivors include his wife, Electa Ruth (Pine) Hale, 2 sons, Todd & LeAnn (Blaich) Hale, Travis and Dawn (Duskey) Hale, and 6 Grandchildren: Jerrod, Lauren, Hazen, Kelsey, Brycen, and Scott.

The family will accept friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Center Christian Church in Columbus, KS on Friday October 13, 2017. Services will be held Saturday October 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Center Christian Church, with interment to follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, KS.

Services will be entrusted to Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Miami, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jim Zimmerman

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

James (Jim) Ray Zimmerman, 78, of Pittsburg, died October 2, 2017 at his home.

He was born June 12, 1939 in Pittsburg, Kansas the son of Thomas and Gertrude Zimmerman.
James graduated high school and attended Kansas State Teacher’s College for 4 years. He spent most of his life farming and served in the Army Reserve for a few years. 

Survivors include son; James (Ellen) Standlee of Derby, KS, 3 daughters; Tara Standlee of Pittsburg, KS, Tamara (Jay) Rogers of Girard, KS, Raylynn Painter (Michael) of Arma, KS, 7 grandchildren, and several nieces. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Thomas Zimmerman Jr., and 2 sisters; Ruth Pike, Betty Moore and friend; Verla Wagner.

A Graveside service will be held Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1 pm at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 7 to 8pm at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg. 

Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bath Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Joy Rudnik

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Joy Mae Rudnik, 88, of Pittsburg, passed away at 1:36 a.m., Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at Via Christi Village, Pittsburg. 

She was born May 1, 1929, at McCune, KS, the daughter of Willard and Jessie Marie (Schaffer) Darland. 

On April 20, 1974, she was united in marriage to Frank Rudnik at Pittsburg, KS. He survives of the home, Pittsburg. Mrs. Rudnik was a homemaker. Membership was held in the Church of Christ, Pittsburg and the SEK Humane Society. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jim Handshy of Opolis, KS, and Randy Handshy of Aurora, MO, one son-in-law, Bud Jones of Iola, KS, one sister, Jackie Bolte of Frontenac, KS, three grandchildren, Steven Handshy, Michael Handshy and Michelle Kearns and five great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, infant son, Steven Lee Handshy, one daughter, Jeri Ornelis, and one grandson, Dustin Ornelis. 

A service for Mrs. Rudnik is set for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, with Minister Jerry Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in the McCune City Cemetery, McCune, KS. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to the SEK Humane Society. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.

Marshall Madison

(From Bath-Naylor Funeral Home)

Marshall Craig Madison, 55 of Pittsburg, KS died at 11:19pm, Saturday September 30, 2017 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

He was born April 20, 1962 in Portsmouth, VA the son of Marshall Williams and Mary Madison.

Marshall worked at Pitt Plastics, Wal-Mart and Dillon's Grocery in the Meat Department.

He was a longtime member of the Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Pittsburg.

Survivors include his mother Mary Harris of Pittsburg, a son Marshall J. Madison of Independence, KS; three daughters: Megan Jackson and Myia Madison both of Newton, KS, Olivia Drones of Wichita, KS, his significant other Allana Quigley of Pittsburg, two sisters: Johnnie Azode of Lenexa, KS and Christi Williams of San Jose, CA and a granddaughter Aliyah Marie Madison and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, maternal grandparents and an uncle.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg with Edward G. Greene officiating. Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Wesley House Food Pantry Christmas Program; these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Services by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Marinell Webber

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Marinell Webber, 91, of Pittsburg, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017, at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas.

She was born July 31, 1926, in Pittsburg, Kansas the daughter of Wallace and Nell (Brown) Clark. She graduated from Pittsburg High School then attended and graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in 1947.

She was an elementary teacher and taught in Columbus then moved to Independence to teach second grade. She loved teaching her kids. On May 31, 1953, she married Lew Boys, of Independence. She was married 26 years and had one daughter, Belinda. She was an amazing mother, daughter, friend, and protector to all. She taught Sunday school for 15 years and volunteered in countless organizations and community services.

She moved back to Pittsburg and took care of her parents. She was always there for them. On May 27, 1981, she married Donald Webber. Marinell always said that her husband Don was her heaven on earth. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1998.

She was a member of Countryside Christian Church, Stilwell Heritage and Educational Foundation Board of Directors and a former member of the College Heights United Methodist Church. Marinell was very involved with the Wesley House, Campus Christians, Mother to Mother and the Colonial Foxx Theatre Foundation.

She started “The Clothes Rack”, a non-profit free shop, providing business clothing for women who were applying for jobs. She was also one of the supporters of the Irena Sendler project by helping bring the play “Life in A Jar” to the community of Pittsburg. Now the organization has grown to become the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott.

Marinell believed in people, all people, and was there to help others in their time of need, an advocate against injustice of any kind.

She had many friends and cherished those friendships. She made you feel special whether you were a lifelong friend or a stranger on the street. She was funny, generous, loving, a one-of-a-kind petite but powerful woman.

Survivors include her daughter, Belinda (Boys) Ewy and her husband, Russ of Lenexa, Kansas; a niece, Terri Allen and her husband, Gary of Pittsburg and their children, Keleigh, Kevin, Jessica, Sydney, and Matthew; a niece, Merri Accad and her husband, Philippe of Colorado Springs, Colorado and their children, Dani and Leila; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Nell Clark, a sister, Eve Perdue, her ex-husband, Lew Boys, and her husband, Donald Webber. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 4th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Brenner Mortuary. Marinell’s Celebration of Life service will immediately follow from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at Brenner’s. Dan Muter will be the officiating minister.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to be given to Campus Christians and/or the Wesley House. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Online condolences may also be left at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.

Marinell Webber handed out over 7,000 of her “Recipe for Life” cards. Here is her message for you:

Recipe for Life Serves Everyone May the love of God continue to prevail in your life. In Him is all our strength and source of power to help us bear and do the things that we think are impossible to do! God Loves You