Week of Thursday, May 3, 2007

Robert Zieg

Robert H. Zieg, 63, Valley Falls, died April 30, 2007, at his home.

He was born Feb. 14, 1944, at McCook, Neb., the son of Harold L. and Ruth Elizabeth Long Zieg. He graduated from University High School in Lincoln, Neb., in 1962. He received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. He received a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1976. He was pastor of Rock Creek Bible Church at Meriden from 1976 to 1998.

He married Marilyn R. Knuth Aug. 6, 1967, at Oxford, Neb. He and Marilyn built and managed LinnWood Place Assisted Living in Valley Falls from 1998 to 2006. He had served as mayor of Valley Falls since 2005. He was a member of the Valley Falls Lions Club and was a past president of the Valley Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Falls Senior Citizens. He served on the Delaware Township Board, the Valley Falls Economic Development Council and was a chaplain for the Jefferson County Sheriffs Dept. He was an Assistant Funeral Director for Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. He had been a volunteer fireman at Meriden.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn, Valley Falls; a son Ivan Zieg, Omaha, Neb.; two daughters, Johanna Gelatt, Valley Falls, and Jessica Zieg, Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Roger Zieg, Woodland, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m., Friday, at Rock Creek Bible Church. Burial will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery. A visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Creek Bible Church, Gideons International or the basketball court project at the Valley Falls city park and sent in care of the funeral home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences may be made at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Elizabeth Lange

Elizabeth J. Lange, 83, Valley Falls, died at her home April 27, 2007.

She was born June 18, 1923, in Lancaster, the daughter of Jim and Rose Myer Hildman. She attended schools in Mayetta, Lancaster, and Nortonville. She married Julius H. Lange Oct. 11, 1959, in Valley Falls.

After the Perry Lake Dam project bought their farmland in 1966, they moved to Muscotah where they farmed until moving back to Valley Falls in 1986. Mr. Lange preceded her in death Aug. 25, 1991.

Mrs. Lange was a member of the United Methodist Church Afternoon Circle, Blue Mound Sunshine Club and the VFW Auxiliary, all of Valley Falls, and the Brush Creek Club and Church Circle in Muscotah. She had also been a member of the United Methodist Church in Valley Falls and St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Nortonville.

She is survived by two children, Marie Lange and Danny Lange, both of the home in Valley Falls. She was cremated. Memorial services were May 1, at the O’Trimble Funeral Home in Nortonville. Inurnment followed at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the Jefferson County Hospice and sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 267, Nortonville, 66060.

Phyllis M. Bedford

Phyllis M. Bedford, 68, of the Newman community of rural Perry, died April 25, 2007, at her home.

She was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Bradley, S.D., the daughter of Edwin Autin and Katherine Johanna Gross Holmes. She was a homemaker.

She married Dallas Wilbur Bedford July 31, 1957, in Pierre, S.D. He preceded her in death Nov. 27, 1996. Survivors include two sons, Dennis Bedford, Perry, and Donald Bedford, address unknown; one daughter, Brenda Peak, Highland; one brother Berandt “Red” Lehna, North Bend, Ore. She was preceded in death by one son, Russel Bedford, two sisters, and six brothers.

A visitation and gathering was held April 28 at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Inurmnent will be at the Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to Midland Hospice and sent in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 416 Oskaloosa, 66066.

Joseph Higgins

Joseph Higgins, 83, Topeka, died April 27, 2007, of injuries suffered in an April 24 traffic accident.

He was born July 28, 1923, in Potosi, Mo., the son of Joseph and Anna Boursaw Higgins. He served in the Air Force in World War II and was a prisoner of war in Germany after his plane was shot down.

He married Charlotte Gesey Higgins in 1961. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Joseph Higgins, in 1963. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughters Florence Bryant, Debbie Mannon, and Lori Gans; and a sister, Margaret Edelman.

Services were May 1, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka. Burial was in Muddy Creek Cemetery east of Hoyt. Memorial contributions can be made to Combat Air Museum, P.O. Box 19142, Topeka, 66619-0142.

Elmer Rodecap

Elmer W. Rodecap, 78, Meriden, died April 29, 2007. He was born Sept. 8, 1928, in Perry, the son of George and Jo Stewart Rodecap.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. retiring after 32 years.

He married Pauline L. Polly Sester April 1, 1952, in Oskaloosa. She preceded him in death Jan. 17, 2000. Survivors include two sons, Bruce W. Rodecap, address unknown, and Ricky L. Rodecap, Topeka; a daughter, Kathy Frye Rodecap, Topeka; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Honoring his request, Mr. Rodecap was cremated and no services are planned. Inurnment will be at Meriden Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society, 15295 K4 Hwy, Valley Falls, 66088. Davidson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ardith “Kay” Reese

Ardith “Kay” Reese, 68, of the Lake Dabinawa community in rural McLouth, died April 26, 2007, at her home after a long illness.

She was born May 2, 1938, at Phoenix, Ariz., the daughter of Arthur Alton and Bernice Mae Weed Powell. She lived in the Lawrence and McLouth areas since 1969.

She was a homemaker and was active in Girl Scouts for many years. She was a member of the McLouth United Methodist Church and was a 1957 graduate of Calumet (Okla.) High School.

She married Charles D. “Chuck” Reese May 26, 1957, at Calumet. He survives at the home. Other survivors include one son, Orla Ray Reese, Radnor, Pa.; two daughters, Diana Kay Vansickle, Parkville, Mo., and Carolyn Marie Reese-Kasson, McLouth; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday at the McLouth United Methodist Church. Memorials can be made to the McLouth United Methodist Church memorial fund, the Jefferson County Friends of Hospice, the Oncology Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital or the organization of the donor’s choice and sent in care of the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Daniel Cubbage

Daniel C. “Dan” Cubbage, 61, Oskaloosa, died April 26, 2007, at his home.

He was born Dec. 6, 1945, at Springfield, Ohio, the son of Harold W. and Hazel M. Burchett Cabbage. He had lived in Oskaloosa since 1993.

He worked 35 years as an inspector for the Fairbanks-Morse Company in Kansas City, and was a member of the United Steel Workers Union of America No. 1312 in Kansas City. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Perry, and was a 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus council. He was a 1965 graduate of Springfield (Ohio) South High School.

He married Mabel V. Fogarty Sept. 4, 1988, at Las Vegas, Nev. She survives at home. Other survivors include three sons, Daniel C. Cubbage II, Kansas City, Stephen Cubbage, Mission, and Harold “Rabbit” Cubbage, Westville, Okla.; two daughters, Lindsay Christine Cubbage, Pittsburg, and Molly Elizabeth Cubbage, Oskaloosa; one Brother, Frank H. Cubbage, New Port Ritchie, Fla.; two sisters, Kathleen J. Hughey, Springfield, Ohio, and Dorothy J. Satterwhite, Mocks-ville, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at St. Theresa Church, Perry. Cremation will follow the Mass. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to services at the church where Knights of Columbus Rites and Rosary will be recited at 11 a.m. Saturday. Memorials can be made to the organization of the donor’s choice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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