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Week of Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006

Merlyn Fanning

Merlyn Lynn “Butch” Fanning, 60, Meriden, died Dec. 12, 2006, at his home.

He was born March 23, 1946, at Topeka, the son of Ronald and Edna Rice Fanning. He was a lifelong resident of the Meriden community. As a small child he attended the newly formed Topeka Association for Retarded Children. He was a member of the Meriden Community Church.

He is survived by his mother of Meriden; two brothers, Gary Fanning, Derby; and Dr. Robert Fanning, Meriden; and a sister, Ronda Stadler, Tecumseh. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Bill Fanning.

Funeral services were Dec. 15 at the Meriden Community Church. Burial was at the Grantville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Meriden Community Church or to Midland Hospice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel, PO Box 331, Meriden 66512.

Laura Spence

Laura Mae Spence, 87, Cottonwood Falls, died Dec. 11, 2006, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka.

Laura Mae McCabe, the daughter of Robert Lee and Winnie McCracken McCabe, was born May 20, 1919, at Bazaar. She married Darrell Spence July 13, 1940, at Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death Nov. 30, 1999.

She graduated from Cottonwood Falls High School. Her first job was as a telephone operator in Bazaar. She worked as a cook with the Chase County Unified School District No. 284, at Clements, Elmdale, and Strong City before her retirement May 23, 1997, after 43 years. She was a cook at YMCA Camp Wood for 30 years. She was a member of Elmdale Extension Club, Embroidery Club, and Justamere Club.

She is survived by a son, J.D. Spence, Valley Falls; a daughter, Joyce Wenger, Topeka; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, John McCabe, and two sisters, Florence Scott and Ruth Schuler.

A celebration of life service was held Dec. 15, 2006, at the Brown-Bennett-Alexander Chapel, Cottonwood Falls. Burial was at the Bazaar Cemetery. Memorial contributions to YMCA Camp Wood or Elmdale United Methodist Church may be sent in care of the funeral home, 201 Cherry, Cottonwood Falls 66845.

Joshuane Myers

Joshuane Gregory Myers, 31, Topeka, died Dec. 13, 2006, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare from an apparent heart attack he suffered while officiating a basketball game.

He was born June 10, 1975, in Topeka, the son of Gaylord P. and Shari B. Buser Myers. He graduated in 1993 from Atchison County Community High School, Effingham, and attended Kansas State University. He worked for three years as a route driver for Schwan’s in Topeka. The past six years he worked in the outside sales department for Linweld in Topeka.

While in school, Josh had been a member of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club and was a state champion meats project recipient. In high school he was president of ACCHS FFA, a member of Soundmasters, played the tuba in the band, and was involved in sports. He was an avid softball player for the NEK Athletics Association and was on the state championship team. He had been officiating for Topeka Parks and Recreation for the past five years and junior high games in Effingham.

He is survived by his wife, Amy, and stepdaughter, Paige Hale, of the home; stepsons, Chris and Jeff Hale, both of Nortonville; his parents, Gayle Myers, Oskaloosa, Shari Myers, Cummings; one brother, Jeradon Myers, Cummings; two sisters, Jillisa and Jenalea Myers, both of Cummings; and maternal grandparents, Edwin and Gerva Buser, Horton.

Funeral services were Dec. 18 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home in Atchison. Burial was in the Cummings Cemetery.

Robert Stalder

Robert David Stalder, Springfield, Mo., died Dec. 11, 2006, of heart disease in St. John Hospital, Springfield.

He was born Sept. 22, 1931, at Edgerton Junction, Mo., to Robert Arthur and Rosa Mae Jobe Stalder. He was a Korean War veteran having been in both the Army and Air Force. He became a professional aircraft mechanic and had a commercial pilot’s license.

He married Mary L. Mulvaney Feb. 17, 1973. Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Robin Wilkinson, Royce Horton, Renee Aguilar, Rosalee Knight, and Sari Tierney; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Dec. 18 at the Davis Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth. Burial was in Easton Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be given the Robert D. Stalder’s Great-grandchildren Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Davis Funeral Chapel.

Esther Chapman

Esther M. Chapman, 84, Kansas City, died Dec. 13, 2006, at the Life Care Center of Kansas City.

Mrs. Chapman was born in Ozawkie. She was an licensed practical nurse and also worked as a seamstress for the Aladdin Hotel. She was a member of Chapel Oaks Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley M. Chapman, and son, Larry G. Chapman. She is survived by her son, Earl Chapman, Kansas City; five daughters, Linda Lindsey and Shirley Barton, both of Kansas City, Nia Mortell, Gardner, Wanda Stutzman, Joplin, Mo., and Mary Abbey, Iola; 36 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 16 at Joseph A. Butler and Son Funeral Home, Kansas City. Burial was in Bonner Springs Cemetery.

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