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Week of Thursday, March 15, 2007

Steven Eugene “Buff” Darveaux

Steven Eugene “Buff” Darveaux, 44, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, as a result of a construction accident at Manhattan.

He was born July 28, 1962, at Falls City, NE, the son of Norbert Joseph and Loretta Roxane Kirkendall Darveaux. He moved to Valley Falls in 1965 and graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1980. He was a welder and worked for Haynes Construction in Meriden. He had also worked for Ernest-Spencer Metals in Meriden, the Alamo Group in Holton, and Kmart in Topeka. He was a member of American Legion Post 225 at Ozawkie.

He married Sharon E. Boyce on July 4, 1981. They were divorced. He married Melissa F. Vaughn on Aug. 1, 1987. They were divorced. He married Linda Hubbard on Oct. 4, 2004. They were later divorced.

Survivors include two sons, Levi Wade Darveaux and Tanner Reed Darveaux, both of Valley Falls; a daughter, Lacey Lynn Thompson and her husband, Benjamin, Valley Falls; his father, Norbert Darveaux, and his wife Barbara, Valley Falls; his mother, Roxane Darveaux, Valley Falls; two sisters, Ronda Jeffries, and her husband, Richard, and Melody Ann Conser, and her husband, Colt, all of Valley Falls; two granddaughters and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

A funeral service was held Monday, March 12, 2007, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Burial was at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Steven Darveaux Childrens Education Fund and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences may be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

Claude Johnson

Claude Jamison Johnson, 94, Olathe, formerly of Paola, died March 6, 2007, at the Villa St. Francis, Olathe.

Claude was born April 23, 1912, in Westphalia, to James Milton and Mittie Fannie Causey Johnson. He was raised in the Garnett area where he attended school. He married Alice G. Harper Oct. 5, 1940, in Garnett. He served in the Army under General Patton as a combat engineer during World War II. He farmed, worked at Sunflower Ammunition Plant, the railroad, and Flouer Corporation as a machinist. He was a member of the Paola American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Coon Hunters Association.

Preceding him in death were his wife; one son, Claude W. Johnson; one daughter, Karen Sue Johnson; and six siblings. Survivors include, his children, Francis Eugene Harper, Wichita, Edwin A. Johnson, St. Louis, Mo., Melvin L. Johnson, Emporia, Wanda C. Wilson, Olathe, and Sharon K. Woody, Linwood; sister, Lucille Leuck, Dolan Springs, Ariz.; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 32 great-great grandchildren.

Services were March 9 at the Wilson & Son Funeral Home with burial in the Paola Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Crippled Children’s Fund and sent in care of Wilson & Son Funeral Home, Paola chapel.

Anna McCleary

Anna McCleary, 91, Tonganoxie, died March 9, 2007.

She was born Dec. 14, 1915, in Lone Rock, Wisc. She was active in her church and had a degree for teaching children’s Sunday school from Grandview College in Iowa and a degree for a Children’s Church Worker from Conway, Ark. She was a member of the United Methodist Women since 1941. She also belonged to the Willing Workers at Quenemo and was active at the Riford Center in Tonganoxie.

She was the last survivor of her 10 siblings. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Coleman E. “Mac” McCleary, her eldest daughter, Julia A. Cummings, and a grandson Gary W. Cummings. Survivors include her sons, William R. Gilbert and Roger J. Gilbert; a daughter, Christine M. Fraker; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services were March 13 at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, Bonner Springs. Burial was in the Bonner Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and sent in care of the funeral home, 214 Oak Street, Bonner Springs, 66012.

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