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Week of Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006

Edna Conner

Edna E. Conner, 75, Ozawkie, died Nov. 1 at Winchester.

She was born May 12, 1931, at Packs Branch, W.Va., the daughter of the Rev. Samuel and Clare Meadows Williams. Mrs. Conner was a homemaker. She taught vocal music and voice lessons at the South Knollwood Baptist Church School in Topeka from 1976 until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of the South Knollwood Baptist Church, Topeka, where she was a soloist in the church choir.

She married Harold Dean Conner Sept. 7, 1948, at Raton, N.M. They resided in La Junta, Colo., until 1969 when they moved to Topeka. They moved Ozawkie in 1991. He survives at the home. She is also survived by six sons, Emmett Conner, Lincoln, Neb., Clayton Conner, Michael Conner, and Dean Conner, all of Topeka, and Matthew and Mark Conner, both of Ozawkie; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Hattie Roberts, Rocky Ford, Colo., Edith Russell, Forest Va., and Gloria Slimmer and Mary Williams, both of Packs Branch, W.Va.; and one brother, Lloyd Williams, Packs Branch, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosa Morrison and Mildred Crowell, and two brothers, Judson Williams and Andrew Williams.

Services were Nov. 6 at South Knollwood Baptist Church. Inurnment graveside services will be at a later date at the Williams Family Cemetery, Packs Branch, W.VA.

Memorials can be made to the South Knollwood Baptist Church or to the Topeka Baptist Church and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

William Byler

William “Bill” Byler, 67, Meriden, died Nov. 5, 2006, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept, 18, 1939, in Cotter, Ark., the youngest of eight sisters and one brother. Bill worked for the Seaman School District before retiring.

He married Maxine Cox Byler, May 26, 1967. He is survived by his wife, Maxine; two daughters, Belinda Rosine and Jan Johnson, both Topeka; a son, David Byler, Meriden; 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Claudine Sluss, Kingsport, Tenn.; a brother, Mack Byler, Topeka.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanette Byler Campbell, and a grandson, Jerrid Rosine.

Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Half-Day Cemetery at Elmont. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Byler Memorial Fund in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas, Topeka, Kansas, 66608.

George Conser

George Wesley Conser, 63, Valley Falls, died Thursday, November 2, 2006, at Village Villa in Nortonville. He was born Jan. 22, 1943, at Holton, the son of Roy E. and Adeline Sewell Conser.

He was a 1961 graduate of Valley Falls High School. George was an equipment operator at the State of Kansas Printing Plant in Topeka, before retiring with a medical disability. He worked for the Brown County Soil Conservation District. He was a truck driver for harvest crews, a mail hauling contractor and a milk hauler. He worked for Roy Baker Quarry and Steinmetz Service, both in Valley Falls.

He was a member of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church, the American Legion in Ozawkie, and was a charter member of the Valley Falls Jaycees. He was an Assistant Troop Leader for Boy Scout Troop 84. He served in the Kansas National Guard as a cook for the 69th Infantry Brigade.

George will be remembered for his love of Westerns, reading, rodeo and family as well as his contagious laugh.

He was preceded in death by a foster sister, Rose Marie Brown. Survivors include a brother, William R. Conser and his wife Ann, Valley Falls; a foster sister, Agnes Patterson, Athens, Texas; two nephews, Andy Conser and J.R. Conser, both of Valley Falls; a great nephew and a great niece.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Burial was at the Valley Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson County Hospice or to the Valley Falls United Methodist Church and sent in care of Mercer Funeral home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com

Walter R. Porter

Walter R. Porter, 81, Hoyt, died Nov. 2, 2006, at the Veterans Hospital in Topeka.

He was born on April 8, 1925, the fourth son of Raymond and Kittie Wells Porter. He spent his youth on the farm at Pawnee City, Neb. He joined the army in July of 1943 and served in Germany with the 106th Division. He became a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge. He was returned to the Allies on his birthday in 1945. He served in the army until November 1945.

Walter married Delores Antholz in September 1948 and to this union three daughters were born, Kittie Porter, Whittier, Calif., Kathleen Cooper, Cabool, Mo., and Kristi Alcazar, Long Beach, Calif.; one grandson; five granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Clements, Lincoln, Neb.

He was baptized and a member of the Meriden United Methodist Church. He worked for Standard Oil of California and Chevron for over 30 years before retiring in 1986. He moved to a 28-acre farm at Hoyt in 1989.

Mr. Porter was cremated. Memorial contributions may be made to Meriden United Methodist Church in care of Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka.

Jean G. Malone

Jean Gayle Malone, 50, Dwight, died Nov. 3, 2006, at the Morris County Hospital.

Born Jan. 23, 1956, in St. Joseph, Mo., Jean was the daughter of George A. and Bessie L. (Parr) Lighthall. She graduated from Council Grove High School with the Class of 1974, received a bachelor of arts degree in vocal music education from Baker University, Baldwin, and a master’s degree in music from Wichita State University. She taught vocal music for 28 years, most recently in USD 417. She also taught for a time in Jefferson County.

She married Stephen J. Malone Dec. 14, 1985, in the St. Rose Chapel, Council Grove. They later divorced. Jean was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, offering her musical talent as an organist for many years.

She was a member of the National Education Association, and very active with Boy Scout Troop 65 as a den mother, treasurer, and committee member. She received Scouter of the Year in 2004, attended many camps over the years, had been inducted into the Tribe of the Golden Eagle and given the name “Windsong,” and she was a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Survivors include: a son, Daniel James Malone, Manhattan; a daughter, Sarah Rose Malone, Dwight; her parents, George and Bessie Lighthall, Dwight; and two brothers, Gregory S. Lighthall, Alcoa, Tenn; and David L. Lighthall, Topeka.

A funeral Mass was held Nov. 8 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Council Grove. Burial was in the Dwight Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scout Troop 65 or to the Jean Malone Vocal Music scholarship and sent in care of Penwell-Gable Funeral Home, 137 N. Union Street, Council Grove, Kan. 66846.

Gary L. Dohrn

Gary Lee Dohrn, 61, McLouth, died Nov. 4, 2006, at his home in McLouth after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 3, 1945, at Leavenworth, the son of Henry George and Della E. Martz Dohrn. He had lived in McLouth most of his life. Mr. Dohrn was an auto mechanic, having formerly worked for Feld Chevrolet in Kansas City, Mo. He also worked at A.G. Grocers in Kansas City. He retired in 1999 after more than 20 years service for Sutton-Kolman Ford, Tonganoxie.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving from 1965 to 1972. He was a 1963 graduate of McLouth High School and a member of the McLouth First Baptist Church.

He was married to Delores Ann Shrader Jan. 9, 1966, at McLouth. She survives at home. He is also survived by two sons, Mike Dohrn, Leavenworth, and Matthew Dohrn, Tonganoxie; one daughter, Annette Walker, McLouth; and a grandson and four granddaughters. He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kimberly Hillers.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 9, at the McLouth First Baptist Church. Burial was in the McLouth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the McLouth First Baptist Church or to Jefferson County Hospice in care of the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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