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Week of Thursday, March 22, 2007

David Tripp

David C. Tripp, 78, Overbrook, formerly of Meriden, died March 14, 2007, at a Topeka Hospital.

He was born Feb. 4, 1929, at Meriden, the son of David S. and Bertha E. Becker Tripp. He had lived in Meriden most of his life before moving to Overbrook in 2006.

Mr. Tripp worked for the Jefferson County Road Department for 10 years and had formerly worked for the Renner Construction Co. in Topeka. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 225 at Ozawkie and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10815 in Meriden. He was a 1947 graduate of Meriden High School.

He married Etta Mae Warden Sept. 16, 1961, at Lansing. She survives at home. Other survivors include, a daughter, Lori Allen, Overbrook; a brother, John Tripp, Leavenworth; one sister, Merice Bowen, Bella Vista, Ark.; and two granddaughters.

Services were March 17 at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel. Burial was at Meriden Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the American Lung Association and sent in care of the funeral chapel, P.O. Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

Lola Mae Smith

Lola Mae Smith, 82, Topeka, formerly of Valley Falls, died Friday, March 16, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center in Topeka.

She was born Sept. 18, 1924, north of Valley Falls at Half Mound, the daughter of Carl Gustave and Sylvia Sarah Magdalena Engler Leutert. She graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1942. She moved to Topeka and most recently was a resident at Atria Hearthstone East.

Lola was a clerk for the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Topeka from 1943 until she retired in 1987. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Kanza Study Club, several bridge clubs and Chapter DK PEO Sisterhood, all in Valley Falls. She was also a member of the Santa Fe Prime Timers.

She married James Truitt Smith in 1946 at Topeka. They were divorced. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jay Miles, on Feb. 22, 2006. Survivors include a son, Truitt Smith, and his wife Jenny, Houston, TX; a daughter, Sara Miles, and her husband, Ron, Topeka; five grandchildren, Stuart Miles, Amanda Smith, Suzanne Smith, Melynda Smith and Jenna Smith and a daughter-in-law, Jeanette Smith.

A Memorial Graveside Service was held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 19, 2007, at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Visitation was from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Cremation followed the visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Falls United Methodist Church and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences may be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

Robert Marvin Gier

Robert Marvin Gier, 78, Valley Falls, died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at a Holton care facility.

He had worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Jefferson County Road and Bridge Dept., the Kansas Dept. of Transportation at Oskaloosa and Coleman and Krumery Construction at Ozawkie. He was also a farmer and rancher.

He was born Nov. 21, 1928, at Valley Falls, the son of John Henry and Emma Lafone Rose Gier. He graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1946. He served in the military police of the U.S. Army.

He married A. Arlene Scarlett on Oct. 9, 1947, at Nortonville. He was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters, a daughter, Gail Arlene Gier, a grandson, Tom Gier, and a granddaughter, Liyah Marie Gier. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Gier, Valley Falls; four sons, Richard Gier, and his wife, Sue, Dodge City, Randel Gier and his wife, Marian, Holton, Ryan Gier, and his wife, Jolene, and Marlin Gier and his wife, Christie, all of Valley Falls; a daughter, Jean Carder, and her husband, Doug, Louisburg; a sister, Leona Jean Rossell, Girard, OH; fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday. March 20, 2007, at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Military honors were conducted by Grahem-Herbers Post 3084 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorial contributions may be made to Medicalodge of Jackson County, Jackson County Hospice, or to Jefferson County EMS District 11 and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences may be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

Harriett A. Strawn Burns

Harriett A. Strawn Burns, 97, Denison, died March 16, 2007, at the Medicalodge of Jackson County in Holton.

She was born Sept. 3, 1909, in Rydal, the daughter of William O. and Grace Walter Gile. Harriett was a longtime resident of Denison and had previously lived in Valley Falls and on a farm southwest of Holton.

She had worked in the lunchroom at the Denison school from 1955 to 1964 and then worked as a nurse’s aide for 10 years. She was a member of the Denison Bible Church.

She married William Ellis Strawn May 2, 1932. He died Nov. 9, 1964. She was married to George Raymond Burns May 23, 1975, in Holton. He died Jan. 6, 1989. Survivors include her sons, Robert Strawn, Denison, and Curtis Strawn, Topeka; her daughter, Sarah DeVader, Holton; two stepsons, Edwin “Buzz” Burns, Manhattan, and Martin Burns, Holton; three stepdaughters, Mary Carr and Julia Kennedy, both of Topeka, and Theresa McNary, Ozawkie; her sister, Margaret Hutchison, Topeka, and many grandchildren.

Services were March 20 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in Denison Cemetery. Memorials can be given to Holton Community Hospital Hospice or Heart of Jackson Humane Society and sent in care of the funeral home, Box 270, Holton, 66436.

William George

William R. “Bill” George, 55, Ozawkie, died March 13, 2007, of injuries received in an automobile accident approximately five miles north of Perry on Ferguson Road.

He was born June 16, 1951, at Leavenworth, the son of Oliver William and Shirley Jeanne Shoemaker George. He had lived in Ozawkie since 1985. Mr. George worked as a tire builder for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Topeka, since 2000. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in McLouth and was a 1969 graduate of McLouth High School.

Survivors include his father of McLouth; and one sister, Orpha Lynn Lindahl, Tappahannock, Va.

Services were March 17 at the First Baptist Church of McLouth. Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church and sent in care of the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

John Harms III

John Andrew “Butch” Harms III, 58, Port St. Lucie, Fla., died March 14, 2007, at the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 27, 1948, at Norfolk, Va., the son of John Andrew Jr. and Ruth Virginia McCormick Harms. He lived in Florida and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, all his life. Mr. Harms had worked at the Harms’ family “Lagoon Marina” at Red Rock in the Virgin Islands until the early 1990s.

He was a 1966 graduate of Miami High School and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1969 to 1971.

He is survived by a companion, Kay Hilton, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two sisters, Erva Robbins, Oskaloosa, and Carol Westberry, Chesapeake, Va. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. The Casket will remain closed. The Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa, is in charge of arrangements.

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