Saturday, September 22, 2018

Romona Lichlyter

(From Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary)

Romona Maye Lichlyter, age 81 of Galena, Kansas went to be with her Lord on Friday September 21, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Ray Lichlyter, as well as one brother and four sisters.

Romona is survived by two daughters, Kathy Williamson and husband, Joe, Jeanne Lichlyter; two sons, Buddy Vern Lichlyter and wife, Cherie, Rick Lichlyter; two sisters, Carolyn LaTurner, Tina Hester; one brother, Ronnie Hester, and numberous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Graveside memorial services will be 1:00 pm Thursday at the Osborne Memorial Cemetery.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Juanita Knapp

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Juanita Jane Knapp, 89, of Girard, KS peacefully passed away with family at her side, at 4:11pm, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the Medicalodge, Girard.

Juanita was born August 24, 1929 in Girard, KS to Sherman and Connie (Helms) Sharp. She had two siblings, Jackie Horton, and Rex Sharp who preceded her in death. She attended Girard schools, graduating from Girard High School in 1947. 

On February 28, 1952, Juanita married Frank H. Knapp Jr., who preceded her in death on August 22, 2007. Juanita worked for M & M Motors for four years. She then traveled throughout the country as her husband’s job required several moves. They returned to Girard in 1967. Juanita was a member of the United Methodist Church, Girard, where she was very active in church work. She was an officer in UMW and helped start the UMW thrift store. She was also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Electa Chapter #23, Girard for over 50 years. She served as Worthy Matron and was active at the state level. She participated in many other community activities and will be remembered as the hostess of many family gatherings.

Survivors include two sons and one daughter: Frankie Knapp and wife Judy, Girard, KS; Tim Knapp and wife Jean, Springfield, MO; and, Rexanna Peterson and husband Paul, Pittsburg, KS. She greatly enjoyed her four grandchildren: Emily O’Donnell (Brett), Bradley Stroud, Katherine McMahon (Bryan), and Dane Knapp (Devon). She cherished her eight great-grandchildren: Peyton, Alivia, Blakely, Connor, Caitlyn, Kendall, Evan, and Aiden.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 at Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 West St. John Street, Girard, KS. An Order of the Eastern Star Service will be at 11:00 a.m. A grave side service will follow at the Girard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations directly to the UMC of Girard, KS or to Hospice Campassus in Pittsburg, KS. Donations also may be left at the funeral home.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rex Goodman

(From Ferry Funeral Home)

Rex Goodman, 97, Nevada, formerly of Schell City passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Nevada following a period of illness. Rex was born March 28, 1921 in rural Schell City, the son of Orvy and Gracie (Towne) Goodman.

Rex attended the Towne Country School and at a young age worked on his family farm which provided vegetables to Schell City. The family also grew and processed sorghum. Rex also artificially inseminated dairy cattle in the surrounding area. Shortly after marrying Georgia Fern Towne he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. He was stationed in Hawaii where he dropped targets from an airplane so training fighter pilots could shoot at them for practice. Following his honorable discharge Rex returned to Schell City where he bought his own farm and raised dairy cattle, stock cattle, hogs and grew a large garden. Rex was married to Georgia Fern Towne, later Joan (Hensley) Salkil and then Louise (Spencer) Wilson.

After farming Rex worked various occupations before owning and operating laundromats for a number of years. Rex always enjoyed having a large garden, an orchard and plowing garden spaces for his friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family, keeping up with the St Louis Cardinals and NASCAR racing. Rex was saved in the Flat Rock Baptist Church, later baptized in Calvary Baptist Church where he was a member. Recently Rex attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Rex was preceded in death by; two brothers, Ervin W. Goodman and Thomas (Jack) Goodman; sister, Thelma Mann and granddaughter, Heather Robinson, and a son-in-law, Keith Bogle.

Survivors include children; James R. Goodman (Sharon) of Schell City, Betty F. Miles of Raytown, MO, Robert A. Goodman (Valerie) of Kearney MO, Rebecca Bogle of Nevada, Patrick Shawn Goodman (Bobbi) of Baxter Springs, KS; grandchildren, Sharie Goodman, Quentin Goodman, Jared Goodman, Kristen Pierson, Amanda Goodfellow, Martin Miles, Shane Miles, Tammy Budd, Colleen Woodward, and Brandon Goodman; twenty great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews extended family and special friends.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 in the First Christian Church in Schell City with Pastor Terry Mosher officiating. Interment with Military Services will follow in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Schell City. Mr. Goodman will lie in state Wednesday from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM and Thursday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM in the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City for friends and family to view and sign the guest register. The family will greet friends at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

Memorials may be made to “Fair Haven Park” in care of Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City. You may view obituary and send condolences on line at


Owen Dunlap

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Owen Archie Dunlap, 79, of Girard, died at 12:55 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2018 at his residence.

Owen was born January 22, 1939 at Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Dr. William H. and Thelma (Tate) Dunlap. He grew up in Girard and graduated from Girard High School in 1957.
Owen received a Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University.
Owen served in the US Air Force from October 21, 1959 until September 6, 1963.
He worked as a supervisor and press operator at Perfection Forms in Girard before retiring in May of 2007.

He married Louise Ann Gruss on August 22, 1980 in Painesville, Ohio. She survives of the home.
Owen was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church at rural Girard and he enjoyed attending church, helping send Bibles all over the world, singing, hunting, fishing with his grandchildren, and playing his trumpet.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, Louise, of the home, are his sons, John Owen Dunlap of Ponder, Texas, Glenn Jakubowski of West Virginia, and Joseph Jakubowski of Knoxville, Tennessee; his daughter, Joanne Benson of Nashville, Tennessee; sixteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren.
Owen was preceded in death by a daughter, Gwenolyn Young, and a sister, Betty Jean Zust.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Crossroads Baptist Church at rural Girard with Pastor Mike Buckamneer officiating. Burial will be in the Girard Cemetery with Military Honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Parsons, Kansas.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Thursday.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Patricia Mayberry

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Patricia Sue (Leverich) Mayberry, 75, of Girard, died at 3:50 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2018.
Patricia was born May 6, 1943 in West Frankfort, Illinois, a daughter of Ezra and Ruth (Collins) Leverich. She moved with her family to Girard when she was 6 months old and she attended Girard Schools.

Patricia married Wilburn R. “Bud” Mayberry on March 3, 1964 in Miami, Oklahoma. Bud survives of the home.

She worked as a dietician at New Horizons in Pittsburg.

Patricia enjoyed her family, her Bible studies, bowling, playing games and cards, and barbecues.
She was baptized in the Trinity Baptist Church in Pittsburg.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, Bud, of the home are her daughters, Robin Randall of Mound City, Kansas, Cheryl Waipa, and her husband, Frank, of Derby, Kansas, and Lori Seal, and her husband, Barry, of Opolis, Kansas; a son, Scott Mayberry, and his wife Tammie, of Girard; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; a sister, Connie Clinton of Springfield, Missouri.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Gerald Leverich, and her sisters, Darlene Leverich, Jeri Bird, Evelyn Nagy, and Betty Short.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Barry Seal officiating. Burial will be in the Girard Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 19th at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home where friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Wednesday..

Memorials are suggested for family wishes and these may be left at the funeral home or mailed to Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home at 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Claire Weston

(From Carson-Wall Funeral Home)

Claire Marie Weston, 90, of Girard, Kansas, formerly of Walnut, Kansas, died at 6:24 a.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in the Girard Medical Center.

Claire was born December 4, 1927 at Walnut, Kansas, a daughter of Charles and Bertha (Shively) Kennedy. She grew up in the Walnut area and graduated from Walnut High School. She worked at Police Brothers Grocery Store in Walnut.

Claire married Thomas H. Weston on June 1, 1949 in St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul, Kansas which was built by Claire’s ancestors. Tom survives of the home.

She worked in the Bourbon County Assessor’s office in Fort Scott for over 18 years. She and Thomas retired to Girard in 2003.

Claire was an avid square dancer and she enjoyed dancing with her favorite partner, Tom, for over 20 years. She also enjoyed sewing and gardening and was well known for her and Tom’s Christmas decorations. Families would drive for miles to enjoy the outdoor sights and stop in for a craft, which Claire had handmade.

Claire was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Girard.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, Thomas, of the home are her daughters, Sharon Weston Burns, and her husband, Jack, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Joyce Weston of Girard, and Donna Weston McDaniels, and her husband, Larry, of Mooresville, North Carolina; a son, Wayne Weston, and his wife, Luzia, of Canyon City, Texas; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a sister, Louise Jarboe of Arma, Kansas; her brothers, Melvin Kennedy of Kansas City, Missouri, Harold Kennedy of Kansas City, Kansas, and Leonard Kennedy of St. Paul.

Claire was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Kennedy, and a step-grandson.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Girard with Fr. Floyd McKinney as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Walnut.

The Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where the family will receive friends until 8:00 p.m. Friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Walnut Community Services or the American Diabetes Association and these may be left at the church or the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.

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Clayton Powers

(From Brenner Mortuary)

Clayton E. Powers, 95, of Pittsburg, passed away at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Medicalodges of Frontenac.

He was born September 12, 1923 on the farm of Peter and Ella (Heiser) Powers in Lincoln County, Kansas. He was the youngest of seven children. His father died in 1929 and his mother died in 1931, both in car accidents. Amanda (Heiser) and her husband, Bryon Borman of Lincoln, became his guardian.

Mr. Powers graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in April 1942, serving two years in the United States and 2 years in England, France and Germany. Sgt. Powers received an honorable discharge in 1945. He then served in the Army Reserve and Kansas National Guard. Sgt. Powers was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star and other medals. Lt. Colonel Powers resigned from the United States Army Reserve in 1982.

Mr. Powers attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas. He received his B.A. and M.S. in School Administration in 1951.

On April 12, 1953, he was united in marriage to Marjorie L. Tucker at Lyons, Kansas.

Mr. Powers spent 19 years in the Hutchinson School District as a teacher and Assistant Principal of Hutchinson High School. They moved to Pittsburg in 1976, where Mr. Powers was Assistant Principal of Pittsburg High School. He retired from USD #250 in 1984.

He then owned and operated a furniture refinishing shop for twenty-three years.

Mr. Powers was a member of the First Christian Church, Marvin Armstrong Masonic Lodge #187, Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post #64 and B.P.O.E.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Powers of the home; three sons, Mark Alan Powers and his wife, Virginia of Council Bluff, Iowa, Nathan Lee Powers of Pittsburg, and Steven Wayne Powers and his wife, Allison of Nashville, Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and 3 sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday (Sept. 17), at the Brenner Mortuary, with Rev. Jim Sukraw officiating. Full Military honors will be provided by Ft. Riley Honor Guard. Burial will be in the family lot at the Sylvan Grove City Cemetery in Sylvan Grove, Kansas at a later date. The family suggests memorials to the Elks National Foundation. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762. According to his wishes, Mr. Powers has been cremated. Friends may also leave condolences online at Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.