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Week of Thursday, March 1, 2007

Hershal Dixon

Hershal James Dixon, 89, Oskaloosa, died Feb. 20, 2007, at St. Francis HealthCare in Topeka.

He was born Jan. 26, 1918, at Chambers, Neb., one of four children of Emory James and Clara Gertrude Echterling Dixon. He had lived in the Oskaloosa area since 1944, moving from Kansas City, Mo. He worked as a mechanical maintenance man for the Skelgas Co. in Kansas City over 34 years, retiring in 1980.

He was a graduate of Lawson, (Mo.) High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by one sister, Elnora Dixon, Winchester.

Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 23 at St. Theresa Church in Perry. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Perry. Memorials may be made to the St. Theresa Catholic Church. Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa, was in charge of arrangements.

Godfrey Edwards

Godfrey F. Edwards, 92, Oskaloosa, died Feb. 26, 2007, at the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, Winchester.

He was born July 17, 1914, at Oskaloosa, the son of Frank and Etta North Edwards. Mr. Edwards was a farmer and drove a truck for the state of Kansas. He was a former member of the Odd Fellows, Oskaloosa, and attended the Blessed Hope Baptist Church, Oskaloosa.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

Services were March 1 at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial followed at the Plum Grove Cemetery northeast of Oskaloosa. Memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels of Oskaloosa and sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Vernon Barrow

Vernon Charles “Red” Barrow, 65, Valley Falls, died Feb. 21, 2007, as a result of an ice fishing accident east of Valley Falls.

He was born Dec. 3, 1941, at Holton, the son of Vernon L. and Lou Gilliland Barrow. Red was a graduate of Denison Rural High School. He was in the U.S. Navy for four years and served on the U.S.S. Wiltsie during the Vietnam War.

He was a pipe fitter at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Topeka, retiring after 36 years of service. He had been a resident of Valley Falls for many years. He had a passion for the outdoors and the environment. His favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting and sharing his knowledge of these sports. His family and friends were his first priority in his life and he will be greatly missed.

He married Deborah K. Haas Dec. 3, 1981, at Valley Falls. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Edith Barrow and Charles and Floy Gilliland, and his father, Vernon Barrow.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah, Valley Falls; two sons, Sam Barrow, Valley Falls, and Willie Barrow, Kansas City; two stepsons, Zac Brown, Arvada, Colo., and Lace Brown, Valley Falls; his mother, Lou Barrow, Denison; four brothers, Ray Barrow, Holton, Bill Barrow and Dan Barrow, both of Denison, and Leo Barrow, Hutchinson; two sisters, Sharon Barrow and Dee Petree, both of Holton; five grandchildren and other stepchildren and step grandchildren.

A celebration of Red’s life was held Feb. 25 at the hunting and fishing club that he owned one mile east of Valley Falls. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences: mercerfuneralhomes.com

William Slater

William Jack Slater, 55, Valley Falls, died Feb. 21, 2007, as a result of an ice fishing accident east of Valley Falls.

Mr. Slater had worked as a welder for Ernest-Spencer Metals in Meriden. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star. He was born Aug. 6, 1951, at Artesia, Calif., the son of Walter Vernon and Charlotte Marie Rupnik Slater.

He married Juanita Susie Hoffman July 14, 1979, in Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack William Slater; and a sister, Kathy Marie Slater. Survivors include his wife, Valley Falls; a son, Patrick O. Slater, Ozawkie; a brother, Walter V. Slater Jr., Topeka; two sisters, Janice Lee Nikodem, Cedar City, Utah, and Peggy Lou Smith, Fontana, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Feb. 26 at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the William Jack Slater Memorial Fund and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. (mercerfuneralhomes.com.)

Janet Hornberger

Janet Irene Hornberger, 61, Oskaloosa, formerly of Lawrence, died Feb. 19, 2007, at Hickory Pointe Care & Rehabilitation Center, Oskaloosa.

Mrs. Hornberger moved to Hobbs, N.M. in 1976 and returned to Lawrence in 1994. She worked for the First United Methodist Church as nursery coordinator from 1978 to 1986 and was a private care baby-sitter from 1984 to 1990. She also worked as a delivery driver for Toms Snack Foods from 1990 to 1994 all in Hobbs, and at Packerware-Berry Plastics in Lawrence from 1995 to 1997. She was the past president and a member of Eagles Auxiliary, Alford-Clarke Post No. 852 of the VFW auxiliary, American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 auxiliary all of Lawrence, Moose Lodge, Topeka and Perry-Lecompton Senior Services.

Survives include a son, James Hornberger, Perry; her mother Marian Carr; sisters, Donna Johnson of Texas, Barbara Wright, Wichita, Betty Nichols, Lawrence, Judy Carr, Wellsville, and Katherine Howe, Perry.

She was cremated and services will be held at a later date. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Merlin Hisey

Merlin “Jim” Hisey, 71, Topeka, died Feb. 25, 2007, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

He was a painter for the state of Kansas until his retirement in 2002. He attended the Church of the Assumption. Mr. Hisey was born in Topeka Jan. 16, 1936, the son of Joseph Hisey and Julia Ruth Smith Hisey.

He married Darlene A. Pierre in Winchester Nov. 21, 1954. She survives at home. Other survivors include five sons, Dennis Hisey, Ettrick, Va., Gary Joe Hisey, Valley Falls, and Jeff Hisey, Duff Hisey, and Jimi Hisey, all of Topeka; two daughters, Renette Hisey, Topeka, and Merlenea Gomez, St. Joseph, Mo.; one sister, Barbara Kay Northrip, Topeka; 24 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 2 at the Church of the Assumption. Interment followed in the Ozawkie Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 West Sixth, Topeka, 66603.

Charles Henthorne

Charles W. Henthorne, 82, Perry, died Feb. 22, 2007, at Stormont-Vail Health Care in Topeka.

He was born Dec. 30, 1924, at Washington, Kan., the son of Calvin and Ethel Mundwiler Henthorne. He was raised by his mother and step-father, Barney Cole. Mr. Henthorne was surveying engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation from 1962 until his retirement in 1987. He was a 1943 graduate of Washington High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving over three years. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 142 in Perry and was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church.

He married Esther L. Henthorne Sept. 27, 1947, at Hastings, Neb. She survives at the home. Survivors include three sons, Michael Henthorne, Philomath, Ore., Jim Henthorne, Seneca, and Bob Henthorne, Valley Falls; four daughters, Mary Scheetz, Portland, Ore., Cindy Lake, Cheyenne, Wyo., Brenda S. Williamson, Portland, Ore., and Stephanie Johnson, Manhattan; a sister, Helen Graves, Fairbury, Neb.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Henthorne, and two sisters, Berniece Day and Dorothy Henthorne.

Memorial services were Feb. 26 at the Perry United Methodist Church. Cremation was planned and private inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Perry United Methodist Church and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Grace Kientz

Grace Edith Kientz, 101, Topeka, formerly of Valley Falls, died Feb. 23, 2007.

She was born July 10, 1905, at Neeley in Jefferson County, the daughter of Arthur Lynn and Olive Alexander Mark. She worked many years at the corner drug store in Valley Falls. She is a former member of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church and a member and past-president of the auxiliary to Grahem-Herbers Post No. 3084, V.F.W. She was also a member of the Forget-Me-Nots and Sunset Haven Quilting Group, both of Valley Falls.

She married Albert Kientz, who preceded her in death in 1972. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Ray Lynn Kientz in 2002 and Darwin Kientz in 1997. Survivors include a daughter, Anita Sanderson, Tecumseh; a son, Dana Kientz, Valley Falls; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Committal of cremains was March 2, at McLouth Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Grace E. Kientz Memorial Fund and sent in care of Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence, Topeka, 66608-1809.

Merle Reddick

Merle G. Reddick, 71, Topeka, died at St. Francis HealthCare Feb. 25, 2007.

He was born Aug. 19, 1935, in Topeka the son of Raymond J. and Emily Fuggle Reddick. He graduated from Topeka High in 1953 and attended Washburn University. Mr. Reddick served in the National Guard and the U.S. Army as a military policeman from 1953 until 1961. He was a painter and belonged to the Painter Local No. 96 from 1953 until 1995. He worked for Winston-Brown Construction from 1992 until 2003. He lived at Meriden from 1965 to 1979.

He married Genevieve Pracht in 1958. They divorced in 1982. Survivors include three sons, Merle Scott Reddick and Craig Gene Reddick, Topeka, and Kelly Dean Reddick, Seattle; a brother, Raymond J. Reddick, Topeka; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by step-sister, Mary Doherty, Topeka, in 2004.

Mr. Reddick was cremated. Memorial services were held March 1, at Davidson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of the funeral home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, 66608.

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