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Week of Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007

Nancy Garrison

Nancy Jane Garrison, 56, Oskaloosa, died Jan. 30, 2007, at her home.

She was born Aug. 21, 1950, at Kansas City, the daughter of Mamie Jane Hartford. She had lived in Oskaloosa since 1996, moving from Lawrence where she lived several years.

Survivors include her mother, Mamie Jane Stobaugh, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a brother, the Rev. Albert Garrison, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Funeral services were Feb. 2 at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Burial was at Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Memorials can be made to the Jefferson County Service Organization and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Gordon Ledbetter

Gordon Ledbetter, 96, Highland, died Feb. 3, 2007, at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital and Geriatric Center, Winchester.

He was born at Lone Wolf, Okla., March 7, 1910, one of four children of Lemuel E. and Josephine Spears Ledbetter and had lived in the northeast Kansas area most of his life. He moved with his family at a young age to Horton and attended school there.

He worked for Rock Island Railroad at Horton, prior to working at a gold mine near Boulder, Colo. During the war, he was a defense worker at Chicago, later becoming an oil distributor in Doniphan County for Standard Oil and Phillips Oil companies before retiring at the age of 65. After retiring, he drove a school bus for USD No. 429 at Highland.

In August 2006, he moved to Winchester to be near family due to his failing health. Mr. Ledbetter was a member of the Highland Christian Church where he had served as a deacon. He was also a member of Smithton Lodge No. 1, AF&AM, also of Highland.

He married Alfreda Denton, Oct. 30, 1929, at Effingham. They lived in Colorado, Horton, and Chicago, until moving to Highland in 1946. She died Oct. 31, 1997. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Clyde Ledbetter; three sisters, Pauline Stone, Sylvia Maynard, and Ada Mae, an infant. Survivors include three sons, Jim Ledbetter, Kansas City, Mo., Marvin Ledbetter, Winchester, and Keith Ledbetter, Littleton, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 6 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Highland. Masonic committal services were courtesy of the Highland Masonic Lodge. Memorial contributions are suggested to Jefferson County Hospice, which can be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33, 66035.

May Pittman

May Boyd Pittman, 95. McLouth, died Feb. 3, 2007, at her home.

She was born July 4, 1911, in Denver, the daughter of John and Daisy Catt Boyd. She was a member of Edgewater (Colo.) United Methodist Church and had retired as a luggage inspector for Samsonite Co.. Denver.

Her husband, Albert E. Pittman, preceded her in death in 1986. Survivors include her son, James Pittman, Denver; daughter, Betty Englen, McLouth; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held in Denver in the spring. Memorials are suggested to Friends of Hospice of Jefferson County and sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, Box 993, Tonganoxie, 66086.

Gerald MacPherson

Gerald Robert MacPherson, 52, Valley Falls, died Jan. 31, 2007, at Valley Health Care Center.

He was born Oct. 30, 1954, in West Germany, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert MacPherson. He graduated from Atchison High School and attended Western Missouri State College for one year. He was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1972-1975.

Survivors include a son, Benjamin MacPherson, Oregon, and a brother, Tom MacPherson, Cummings.

A committal service was held Feb. 2 at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Heart of America Hospice and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences are available at mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Venita Boyd

Venita Maxine Boyd, 86, Merriam, formerly of Leavenworth, died Feb. 3, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Manor in Merriam.

She was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Louis and Verna Ammen Meyer. She graduated from Valley Falls High school in 1938.

She married Earl Boyd April 6, 1940, at Lansing, and shortly thereafter they moved to Independence, Ore. In 1949 they returned to Leavenworth. Mrs. Boyd worked for Hallmark Cards as a supervisor and retired after 17 years of service. In 1995 she moved to Shawnee, and in 2001 she became a resident of Trinity Lutheran Manor in Merriam. She continued her hobbies there of sewing, quilting, painting and bingo.

Earl Boyd preceded her in death May 17, 1985. A son, Dale Albert Boyd, died at 18 months of age. She is survived by her son, David Boyd, Shawnee; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 8, at Mercer Funeral Home, Valley Falls. Burial was at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Online condolences are available at mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Lauretta Hurd

Mrs. Lauretta Mae Hurd, 61, Denison, died Feb. 4, 2007.

She was born March 19, 1945, at Girard, the daughter of Alwin Henry and Dora Margaret Hamm Jagels. She graduated from Girard High School in 1963. She worked at Southwest Caging in Topeka and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church of Topeka.

Lauretta married Robert Eugene Hurd Sr. June 9, 1963, at Hepler. He survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Nicole D. Holt, Topeka; two sons, Robert E. Hurd Jr. and Shawn E. Hurd, both of Topeka; her father, Alwin Jagels, Girard; two brothers, Richard Jagels and Bruce Jagels, both of Girard; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 9, at Calvary Lutheran Church. Interment was in Rochester Cemetery, Topeka. Memorial contributions can be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, 4211 NW Topeka Ave., Topeka, 66617-1799.

Donald Hoffman

onald Gene Hoffman, 82, Valley Falls, died Jan. 30, 2007, at his home, south of Nortonville.

He was born Nov. 28, 1924, in Atchison County on the family farm which was homesteaded in the 1860s, the son of Herman and Alice Belle Ellerman Hoffman. He attended the Nortonville United Methodist Church and graduated from Nortonville High School.

Mr. Hoffman worked many jobs throughout his life. Primarily he farmed several farms, operated a dairy, raised cattle and registered horses. He had worked for Blish-Mize in Atchison, Poynter Motors in Valley Falls, Mosbey-Mack Motors in Topeka, and the former Midwest Grain Products in Atchison for 15 years. He also did custom crop harvesting, owned bulldozers and had worked on the Topeka levees. He restored tools and owned and operated Hoffman’s Cafe from 1960 to 1970 in Nortonville.

He married Margaret Ann Weeks in 1956 at the First Christian Church in Atchison. She preceded him in death Oct. 27, 1998. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Herman “Junior” Hoffman, and a sister, Vera Lane. Survivors include two sons, Donald G. “DG” Hoffman, Nortonville, and Warren J. Darst, Ozawkie; three daughters, Patricia Stone, Valley Falls, and Sandra Fairchild and Cheryl Harper, both of Topeka; one sister, Lulu Ruth Foster, Miltonville; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services were Feb. 2 at the O’Trimble Funeral Home in Nortonville. Burial was in the Nortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

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