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Week of Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006

Wilbur Ray Brown

Wilbur Ray Brown, 78, Ozawkie, died Oct. 25, 2006, at his home.

He was born Nov. 23, 1927, at Neosho, Mo., the son of Lloyd and Eva Rinehart Brown. He had lived in Ozawkie since 1980, moving from Bonner Springs.

Mr. Brown was 1945 graduate of Diamond (Mo.) High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving from 1945 to 1947. He was a painter at General Motors Fairfax plant in Kansas City. He retired in 1980 after 30 years of service. He was a member of the UAW Local No. 31 in Kansas City, a member of St. Theresa’s Church, and Knights of Columbus Council No. 11240, both in Perry. He also served many years as a Scout Master in Bonner Springs.

He was married to Mary Margaret Legleiter July 24, 1951, at Kansas City. She survives at the home. Other survivors include three sons, Rick Brown, Ozawkie, Michael Brown, Lawrence, and Mark Brown, Garnett; two daughters, Leona Alpar, Mesa, Ariz., and Frances Bryant, Kansas City; a half-sister, Geneva Seals, Neosho, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Ray Brown, April 25, 2003.

Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 30 at St. Theresa’s Church, Perry. Cremation followed. Memorials can be made to Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Lois McGuire

Lois Ann McGuire, 65, Topeka, died Oct. 25, 2006, at her home.

She was born Jan. 1, 1941, in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of Warren H. and Hazel A. Schwab Anderson. She married Paul B. McGuire Dec. 10, 1959, at Las Vegas, Nev. Paul, who survives of the home, attended schools in Valley Falls where his father operated a trucking firm. They lived most of their married lives in various cities in California moving to Topeka in 1994. She had operated her own secretarial service in Dana Point, Calif.

Mrs. McGuire was a member of the Lutheran Church and the U.S. Power Squadron in Dana Point, Calif., and had served as its auxiliary president. Other survivors include a daughter, Lori Turner, Vancouver, Wash.; a son, Scott McGuire, Holton; five grandchildren; and her mother-in-law, Thelma McGuire, Topeka.

No services are scheduled locally. Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606-2800. Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka, was in charge of arrangements.

Cpl. David Unger

Cpl. David M. Unger, 21, Leavenworth, was killed in action Oct. 17, 2006, in Iraq.

He was born the son of Diana L. Daniel Pitts and Matthew E. Unger Oct. 31, 1984, in Kansas City. He married Laura K. Ott Feb. 14, 2004, in Lampasas County, Texas. She survives of the home.

Cpl. Unger enlisted in the U.S. Army Aug. 21, 2003, after graduating from Leavenworth High School. He was raised in the Leavenworth area and had attended West Middle School and David Brewer Elementary. Since he was 13 he had worked at the Main Post Chapel on Fort. Leavenworth.

Other survivors include a son, Gage M. Unger; his father, Matthew E. Unger, Lansing; mother and step-father, Diana L. and Scott Pitts, Easton; brothers, Jeremy Unger and Shane Unger, and sisters, Joani Unger and Sadie Pitts, all of Easton; grandparents, Don and Kathie Echols, Easton, Tom Daniel, Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Virginia and James Culicigno, St. Louis, Mo.; and great-grandparents, Pete and Gertrude Derezinski, Leavenworth.

A service was held Oct. 27 at the Fort Leavenworth Main Post Chapel. Burial with full military honors followed in the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the David Unger Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak Street, Leavenworth, 66048.

Lawrence Wood

Lawrence A. “Bud” Wood, 77, Atchison, died Oct. 6, 2006, at his home.

He was born May 10, 1929, in Atchison, the son of Lawrence A. and Mateel Winzer Wood. He and Dolores Wagner were married May 20, 1950. She survives of the home.

He formerly served as a fireman for the Atchison Fire Department and in delivery with the former Standard Oil Company. He was employed with the state highway department in maintenance in 1972, retiring after 20 years. He was also a full-time farmer. Following his retirement he was employed with the Farmers Co-op Association for five years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was a member of perpetual adoration and Knights of Columbus Council No. 723. He was a charter member of the Rural Water District No. 2.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Sarah L. Noll, Nortonville; a son, Stephen E. Wood, Atchison; five sisters, Carolyn Kane, Cummings, Betty Bennett, Kansas City, Mateel Lloyd, Gerard, Marilyn Taylor, Louisville, Ky., and Jo Ann Dobson, Polo, Mo.; one brother, Charles Wood, Leavenworth; 11 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Thomas Edward Wood, in 1995.

Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 10 at Sacred Heart Church. Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Maur Hill-Mt. Academy School or Sacred Heart Church and sent in care of the Arensberg -Pruett Funeral Home, Atchison.

Henry Schrick

Henry “Hank” A. Schrick, 95, Mooney Creek, died Oct. 26, 2006, at the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital in Winchester.

He was born Feb. 7, 1911, on the home place in Mooney Creek, the son of Henry L. and Emma Bodde Schrick. He attended Oak Grove School, Mooney Creek, and one year at Maur Hill. Mr. Schrick farmed on the home place for over 80 years in the Mooney Creek community. He was a member of the Corpus Christi Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He married Mary G. Schmidt Aug. 28, 1944, at St. Benedict’s Church, Atchison. She preceded him in death Nov. 12, 2005. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Leo Schrick, and three sisters, Alberta Schrick, Gertrude Schrick, and Henrietta Hayes. Survivors include three sons, Jerry Schrick, Kansas City, Tom Schrick, Colby, and Don Schrick, Mooney Creek; one sister, Lauretta Hampton, Mooney Creek; one brother, Leonard Schrick, Lakewood, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 30 at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in the Mooney Creek community. Burial was in the Corpus Christi Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Corpus Christi Church. O’Trimble Funeral Home, Nortonville, was in charge of arrangements.

John Swoyer

John M. Swoyer, 76, Winchester, died Oct. 27, 2006, at his home.

He was born April 27,1930, at Oskaloosa, the son of James Frederick and Hazel Ann Baker Swoyer. He was the owner and operator of grocery stores in Highland, Nebraska City, Neb., and Winchester, working for 43 years. He retired in 1998.

Mr. Swoyer also served on the board of Affiliated Foods in St. Joseph, Mo., for many years. He was a 1948 graduate of Oskaloosa High School and attended the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1954 to 1956. He was a member of the Winchester United Methodist Church.

He married Mary Jo Fullbright Jan. 29, 1952, at Denver. She survives of the home. Other survivors include two sons, James Martin Swoyer, Lawrence, and Mike Swoyer, Topeka; one sister Marjorie Brammell, Lawrence; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by one brother, James F. Swoyer Jr., and a sister, Marian Brinson.

Services were Oct. 31 at the Winchester United Methodist Church. Burial was at the Hull Grove Cemetery, Winchester. Memorials can be made to the Winchester United Methodist Church and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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