Week of Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007
Robert D. Harrison, 62, Tecumseh, died Jan. 10, 2007, at his residence.
He was born April 18, 1944, in Hartner, the son of Jerrel and Grace Salsberry Harrison. He was raised in the Milton-Norwich area and graduated from Argonia High School in 1962. He was in the Army National Guard and was activated in 1968 to serve in Vietnam until 1969. He received numerous awards while serving overseas.
He worked at Cessna Aircraft until 1970 when he moved to Topeka and became a correctional officer for the state of Kansas. He worked with Gov. Joan Finney to get retirement benefits for corrections officers in K. P.& F. He retired in 2001 for health reasons.
He married Karen Boyce Jan. 22, 1965, in Wichita. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Susan Davenport, Carolyn Ohmes, and Kimberly Holford, all of Topeka; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister, Alice Pohl, Burlingame.
Funeral services were Jan. 15 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka. Burial was in Valley Falls Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606 or American Cancer Society, 1315 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, 66604.
Glenn F. Ray
Glenn F. Ray, 84, of Ligonier, Pa., died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9, 2007, in the Bethlen Home, Ligonier.
He was born May 14, 1922, in Ligonier Township, a son of the late J. Toner and Mary Clark Ray. Glenn graduated from Ligonier High School in 1939.
He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army in Central Europe. He was employed by Stupakoff Ceramic Mfg. (Carborundum) and Kennametal, both of Latrobe, before starting his own real estate and insurance business. Glenn F. Ray Insurance and Real Estate Agency was started in 1963. The insurance business was sold in 1980 and the real estate business in 1990. Thereafter, he was employed as an independent appraiser.
He was a member and former elder of the Covenant Presbyterian Church and was a life member of Ligonier VFW #734. He was a former member of the Westmoreland County Board of Viewers, Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels, and the Oak Grove Art Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Virginia Louise Ross Ray; three daughters, Joyce Bussler (and her husband, Michael), of Pittsburgh, Marjorie Lauger (and her husband, Richard), of Humboldt, Iowa, and Carol Braum (and her husband, Jim), of Valley Falls, Kan.; a son, Kevin A. Ray, of Georgetown, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Mark Bussler, Amy Walker, Cathi Schuurman, Timothy Lauger, Xandi Wahlin, Lindsey Heineken, and Heather and Katie Braum; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Carns (and her husband, Clarence “Jake”), of Ligonier.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Kelley; and a brother, James Ray.
Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. Services were at 11 a.m. Jan. 13 in the Covenant Presbyterian Church with his pastor, the Rev. Robert D. Cummings, officiating. Interment followed in the Ligonier Valley Cemetery, Ligonier. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Glenn’s memory to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier; Ligonier Valley Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 119, Ligonier; or the Bethlen Home Patient Activity Fund, 66 Carey School Road, Ligonier, PA 15658.
Sandra S. “Sandy” Brown, 64, Meriden, died Jan. 10, 2007.
She was born Oct. 23, 1942, in Ottawa, the daughter of Clifford and Mary Easter Burgoon. She worked eight years as a medical transcriptionist in doctor offices in Shawnee Mission and in Topeka.
In 1977 she and her husband opened Cabinets by Countertops Unlimited and worked together for the past 30 years. She married Felix E. “Bud” Brown April 7, 1975. She was preceded in death by a sister, Janet M. Hopkins, and a son, Joseph Leon.
Survivors include her husband of the home; three sons, Felix Edwin Brown, San Diego, Calif., Jerold L. Brown, Dwight, and Jeffery L. Brown, Topeka; four daughters, Cathy VanPetten, Wamego, Jami L. Piper, St. Marys, Cynthia Harries, Meriden, and Judith L. Logan, Eskridge; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; a brother Clifford Burgoon, Vassar; and two sisters, Rosemary Coffman, Ottawa, and Micki Stone, Gardner.
Services were Jan. 16 at the Eskridge United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Eskridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Heart of America Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, 66536.
Ronald Scott Breczinski, 36, Valley Falls, died Jan. 12, 2007, in an accident south of Valley Falls.
He was born Sept. 19, 1970, in Marshall, Minn., the son of Alfred and Lorretta Evans Breczinski. He graduated from Canby (Minn.) High School and attended mechanic’s school at a Vo-Tech in Canby. He was a truck driver for various construction companies including Wildcat Concrete Services in Topeka. He was currently working for Fox Enterprises of Valley Falls. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Marshall and the Lions Club in Ruthton, Minn. He had also helped with the Cub Scouts while in Minnesota. He had lived in Valley Falls for about 4 1/2 years.
He married Linda Haase Sept. 1, 2002, in Atchison. She survives. Other survivors include his mother, Lorretta Breczinski, Marshall; his son, Donovan Ombuna, Ruthton; two daughters, Christina and Elizabeth Haase, both of Ruthton; his brothers, Dennis Breczinski, Marshall, and Richard Breczinski, Mankato, Minn.; and a sister, Jolene Breczinski, Marshall.
Services were Jan. 17 at the Rock Creek Bible Church. Memorials can be given to the Breczinski Children’s Education Fund and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences are available at mercerfuneralhomes.com
Donald Duane “Coach” Haima, 49, Ozawkie, died Jan. 9, 2007, at his home of complications from diabetes.
He was born Oct. 20, 1957, in Waynesville, Mo., the son of Melvin and Charlotte Roach Bone. He graduated from Eudora High School in 1975 before moving to Ozawkie. Mr. Haima worked as assistant manager of Pladium and manager of Pladium Plus in Lawrence, drove cabs for Yellow Cab and A-1 City Cab in Lawrence, as well as held a variety of other jobs over the years. From 1991 until 1997, he was a volunteer basketball and baseball coach for the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. He had to resign from coaching due to declining health.
He married Linda Willis Nov. 15, 1981. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his parents of Lawrence; a daughter, Kristina Elisa Shatswell, Lawrence; two sons, Donald Duane Haima Jr., Lawrence, and Johnathan Andrew Haima of the home; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services were Jan. 16 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials can be made to the Donald D. Haima memorial fund and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, 66044.
Joyce Idell Pentlin, 81, Oskaloosa, died Jan. 15, 2007, at the Hickory Pointe Care Center in Oskaloosa. She was born July 19, 1925, at New Braunfels, Texas, the daughter of Otto and Alwine Heinze Rabenaldt. She had lived in Oskaloosa since 1981. Mrs. Pentlin was a homemaker.
She married Floyd Wallace Pentlin September 1945 at New Braunfels, Texas. He preceded her in death in March 1981. Survivors include two sons, Floyd C. Pentlin, Warrensburg, Mo., and George Pentlin, Oskaloosa; a daughter, Judith M. Pentlin, Oskaloosa; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Funeral services were Jan. 18 at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, north Lawrence. Memorials can be made to the Hickory Pointe Resident Activity Fund and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.
Emma Jade Wilks
Emma Jade Wilks, infant daughter of Angel Lynn Lawrence, Oskaloosa, died shortly after birth Jan. 11, 2007, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include her mother, Angel Lynn Lawrence; two brothers, Steven Lawrence and Dennis Lawrence; grandparents, Susie and Doug Kelley, Oskaloosa, Michael and Karen Wilks, Oskaloosa; and maternal great-grandmother, Joyce Shaver, Oskaloosa.
Cremation is planned. Inurnment will be private. Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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