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Week of Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006

Lewis Creek

Lewis Allen “Big Louie” Creek, 57, Meriden, died Dec. 19, 2006, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare, Topeka.

He was born Jan. 14, 1949, at Topeka, the son of Floyd Lewis and Hulda Mae Hailey Creek. He graduated from Highland Park High School. He was a driver for Consolidated Freightways before retiring in 2001. He was a member of Teamsters’ Local No. 696.

Surviving are three daughters, Jancy J. Romesburg and Karen M. Gardner, both of Topeka, and Lucy L. Jauregui-Perez, Albuquerque, N.M.; a son, Louie L. Creek, Meriden; three sisters, Jeanie J. Still, Connie Stich, and Susan Wilson, all of Topeka; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ben Creek, March 5, 1993.

Funeral services were Dec. 22 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka. Interment was in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 N.W. Rochester Road, Topeka, 66617.

Robert Trude

Robert T. “Bob” Trude, 78, Perry, died Dec. 19, 2006, at the St. Francis Health Center in Topeka.

He was born Aug. 5, 1928, at St. Marys, the son of Samuel Eldridge and Nancy Maria Levett. He had lived most of his life in the Perry area. Mr. Trude farmed in the Kaw bottoms near Perry for many years. He was a collector of antique John Deere tractors and participated in tractor pulls with his Oliver. He was 1946 graduate of Perry Rural High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1951 to 1953.

He was an active life member and past commander of the Perry American Legion Post No. 142, a life member of Masonic Lodge No. 415 in Perry, and a member of the Perry United Methodist Church.

He married Norma J. Biester Nov. 20, 1955, at Valley Falls. She survives at home. Also surviving are two daughters, Becky Caddell, Shell Knob, Mo., and Angie Gantz, Perry; one brother, John Trude, Perry; two sisters, Dorothy Ebert, Manhattan, and Joetta Dreher, Overbrook; and three granddaughters. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl Trude and Samuel Trude, and three sisters, Cornelia Fischer, Alberta Dunnaway, and Ernestine Stebbins.

Memorial services were Dec. 23 at the Perry United Methodist Church. Burial with American Legion Honors was at Newman Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Perry American Legion Post No. 142 Memorial Fund in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Jerry Branch

Jerry W. Branch, 56, Valley Falls, died Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at his home after a brief illness.

Jerry worked in the shipping and receiving department of the Alamo Group in Holton until the plant closed earlier this year. He had recently worked at Holton Lumber.

He was born Oct. 29, 1950, at Independence, MO, the son of David Abner and Mary Helen Phillips Branch. He graduated from Van Horn High School in Independence, MO. He married Cathy Lassiter Jepson on Dec. 9, 1989, at Valley Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Peggy Joe Pinto.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Branch; three daughters, Jackie Asher, and her husband, Will, Oskaloosa, Carly Branch, McLouth, and Whitney Gartner, and her husband, Bill, Leavenworth; two stepsons, Shawn Jepson, and his wife Shylo, and Chad Jepson and his wife, April, all of Valley Falls; two brothers, David Lee Branch and Philip Branch, both of Sugar Creek, MO, and five grandchildren, Destinii Jepson, Chad Asher, Gabriel Jepson, Dakota Gartner and Layla Jepson.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Cremation followed the service. Inurnment at the Valley Falls Cemetery will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Betty Thornburg

Betty L. Thornburg, 82, died Dec. 25, 2006, at the Rolling Hills Nursing Center, Topeka.

She was born Feb. 17, 1924, at Osage City, the daughter of Carl Anton and Tillie Satterman Anderson. She graduated from Osage City High School in 1942. She worked as a laborer for Adam Brothers Printing for 25 years.

She is survived by a daughter, Gail Coker-Carr, Hiawatha, and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Anderson.

Graveside services were Thursday, Dec. 28, at Meriden Cemetery.

Frances Moore

Frances Jeanne Moore, 75, McLouth, died Dec. 19, 2006, at her home.

She was born on July 27, 1931, in McLouth, the daughter of Robert Aaron and Ella Leanna Green Graham.

She married Elmer “Bud” Dean Moore in McLouth Jan. 15, 1948. He survives of the home. She is also survived by three sons, Robert Moore, Johnson, James Moore, McLouth, and Larry Moore, Oskaloosa; one daughter, Janeice Smoots, Emporia; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was cremated. Private inurnment was in McLouth Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jefferson County Home Health or Hospice and sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie, 66086.

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