Week of Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006

Ethel Licata

Ethel Marie Licata, 86, Kansas City, Mo., died Dec. 5, 2006, at The Groves.

She was born May 11, 1920, in Independence, Mo., to James E. and Emma O. Gard. She was a homemaker and a member of the Grandview Community of Christ Church and The Primetimers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence P. Licata, in 2002 and a grandson, Jason D. Loving. She is survived by her children, Susan K. Licata, Kansas City, Mo., Linda M. Loving, Oskaloosa, and Lawrence J. Licata, Olathe; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 9 at the Grandview Community of Christ Church, Grandview, Mo. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo. Memorial contributions can be made to the Oskaloosa Community Center. Park Lawn Funeral Home, Kansas City, Mo., was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth Ann Martin, 41, Oskaloosa, formerly of McLouth, died Dec. 10, 2006, at her home. She was born March 25, 1965, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of George Robert and Anolia Corrine “Anne” Clawson Little. She had lived in the McLouth and Oskaloosa area for 10 years.

She was a 1981 graduate of Pomona High School. She earned an associate of arts degree in nursing from Kansas City, Kansas, Community College and was a Licensed Practical Nurse. Elizabeth worked as a nurse for the Cotton-O’Neil Clinic for five years in McLouth, Oskaloosa, and Topeka. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in McLouth and the Lucky Spur Saddle Club in Oskaloosa.

She married William L. “Bill” Martin Aug. 13, 2005, at McLouth. He survives at the home. She is also survived by her parents of Lawrence; two sons, Aaron J. Swallow, Lawrence, and Ryan D. Swallow, Perry; a daughter, Rachel Marie Scrivner, Oskaloosa; and three brothers, Robert Little, Wichita, Ronald Little, Lecompton, and Rodney Little, Topeka.

Services were Thursday, Dec. 14, at the First Baptist Church of McLouth. Burial was at McLouth Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Ray Hinman

Ray John Hinman, 75, Whiting, died Dec. 8, 2006, at the Onaga Hospital. He was the son of Ray Louis and Julia Eckert Hinman. He graduated from Denison High School. He had lived in Denison and for the last 10 years had lived in Whiting. He had worked for Jayhawk TV in Holton and for the Holton Power Plant. He later worked as a machinist for Santa Fe Railroad for 30 years.

Mr. Hinman served in the Navy from 1951-1955 during the Korean War as an electrician. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

He married Gwyn L. Daugherty Feb. 9, 1956, in Holton. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Wade Hinman, Denison, and Lee Hinman, Valley Falls; a daughter Rosa Thomas, Whiting; two sisters, Kathleen Martin, Shelton, Wash., and Mary Bell, Orville, Calif.; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were Dec. 12 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in the Denison Cemetery. Memorials can be given to the Whiting Baptist Church and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, 66436.

Karen Flory

Karen Nadine Flory, 57, Effingham, died Dec. 5, 2006, as the result of a car accident near Nortonville.

She was born Jan. 26, 1949, in Holton, the daughter of Floyd and Winona Allen Ireland. She moved with her family to Nortonville before she started school. She attended school in Nortonville and graduated from Nortonville High School in 1967. She worked at City National Bank in Atchison for 5 years before taking time off to raise her boys.

She had worked as a cook for USD 377, Atchison County Community schools, in Effingham for the past 15 years. She was the secretary of the Jefferson-Jackson School Nutrition Association of Kansas. She was a member of the Nortonville Christian Church where she taught the nursery and beginners Sunday school classes and was director of vacation Bible school for a number of years.

Mrs. Flory was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 157 in Nortonville and volunteered as the open class foods superintendent at the Atchison County Fair in Effingham.

She married Sam Flory June 19, 1970, at the Nortonville Christian Church. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her sons, Mike Flory, Katy, Texas, and Jeff Flory, Smithville, Mo.; two grandsons; and two brothers, Gerald Ireland, McLouth, and Gene Ireland, Cummings.

Funeral services were Dec. 9 at the Nortonville Christian Church. Burial was in the Nortonville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church and can be left in care of O’Trimble Funeral Home, PO Box 267, Nortonville.

Justin Fujibayashi

Justin D. Fujibayashi, 25, Valley Falls, died Dec. 7, 2006, at the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, after receiving injuries in a car accident Dec. 4.

He was born July 25, 1981, at Evanston, Ill., the son of Carter Akira and Margaret Vincett Fujibayashi. He moved to Greenwood, Ark., at the age of 5 where he lived until moving to Lawrence. He first showed signs of his gift for art at age 7, when he drew a perfect picture of “Ironman” in kindergarten and titled it “For My Dad.”

He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1999. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. He received his associate of arts degree from Highland Community College. He was currently a senior arts major at Washburn University. He will receive a bachelor of fine arts posthumously in May.

He had been employed at “On Screen” video stores in Oskaloosa, Meriden and Valley Falls since 2005. He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence.

He married Greta Laurine Forsberg June 29, 2003, at McLouth. She survives at the home. Other survivors include his father and stepmother, Tammy Fuji-bayashi, Greenwood; mother and stepfather, Jim Woodhull, Greenwood; son, Henry Owen Fujibayashi, of the home; brother, Brian Fujibayashi, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; sister, Ginny Fujibayashi, Greenwood; four stepbrothers, Rob Woodhull, Hackett, Ark., Doyle “D.J” Warren, Fort Smith, and Joshua Warren and Amberae Laster, both Greenwood; two stepsisters, Kimberly Woodhull, Fort Smith, and Jamie Bridges, Memphis, Tenn.; grandparents, Marian Vincett and Wendell Fujibayashi, both of Chicago, Barbara Carter, Fort Smith, and Bob and Gwen Woodhull, Greenwood.

Cremation was planned. A memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence. Memorial contributions can be made to the Students Against Drunk Driving scholarship fund for schools in Jefferson County or Greenwood (Ark.) High School and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

David Higgins

David Wayne Higgins, 42, Lawrence, died Dec. 9, 2006, at his home due to complications with diabetes.

He was born May 22, 1964, in Lawrence. He graduated from Perry-Lecompton High School in 1982. Mr. Higgins was self employed as a painter and previously worked for Hardister Painting Inc. He also worked as a mechanic.

He married Valerie A. Schomer in 1984. They divorced. Survivors include his father, David G. Higgins, and wife, Rita, Oskaloosa; his mother, Twila B. Higgins, Lawrence; a son, David A. Higgins, Lawrence; a daughter, Alyssa M. Higgins, Perry; two sisters, Cheryl Cox, Lawrence, and Diane Hiatt, Ottawa; and companion, Jane Morphy.

Services were Thursday, Dec. 14, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Interment followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Higgins was an organ donor. The family suggests memorials to American Heart Association, American Diabetic Association, or Higgins College Fund and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Robert Marrone

Robert Anthony Marrone, 36, Blue Springs, Mo., died Dec. 5, 2006, at his home.

Mr. Marrone was born June 20, 1970, at Kenosha, Wisc., the son of Terrance Anthony and Linda M. Hart Marrone. He had lived in the Kansas City area most of his life. He worked as a technician at the Computech Company in Kansas City. He attended Belton (Mo.) High School and graduated from the DeVry Institute of Technology.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Persian Gu lf War, having served in Somalia and Haiti. He served nine years is the military.

Survivors include his mother of Basehor; a son, Cody D. Marrone, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and a sister, Donna L. Huffman, Ozawkie.

Cremation was planned. Inurnment was at the Ozawkie Cemetery. The Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa, was assisting the family with local services.

Pearl Heineken

Pearl E. Heineken, 88, Nortonville, died Dec. 6, 2006, at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka.

She was born Oct. 6, 1918, near Effingham, the daughter of Walter and Charlotte Florence Brown Heineken. She had attended Sugar Bowl, Prairie View and Coal Creek grade schools. She worked at the Nortonville Restaurant as a teenager. She worked for Sunflower Ordnance from 1944 to 1945 and for Atchison Leather Products from 1968 to 1978.

She was then employed with USD 377 as a teacher’s aide retiring in 1988. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Effingham and a member of the Nortonville Senior Center.

She is survived by a son, Larry, Wamego; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brothers, Earl Heineken, Eugene Heineken, Robert Heineken, and Don Heineken.

Funeral services were Dec. 11 at O’Trimble Funeral Home in Nortonville. Burial was in the Nortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Nortonville United Methodist Church and left in care of the funeral home.

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