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Week of Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006

Roberta Edwards

Roberta Betty Edwards, 69, Oskaloosa, died Oct. 14, 2006, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 27, 1937, in Meriden, and had lived in Jefferson County most of her life with the exception of Lawrence for short time.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. Edwards, in 1979; a sister, Ruby Beurman; a brother, Harold Brokmann; and her parents, Arthur and Pearl Brokmann. She leaves a son, Jackie Edwards; brothers, Hubert Brokmann, Howard Brokmann, and Homer Brokmann; a sister, Ruth Stebbins; and a grandchild.

Mrs. Edwards was cremated. Family services were private. Arrangements were made by Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Olathe Chapel.

Frances Trower

Frances Kathryn Trower, 93, died Oct. 14, 2006, at the Jefferson County Geriatric Center, Winchester, where she had resided for 12 years.

She was born June 26, 1913, on a farm near Smithville, Mo., the daughter of Wylie and Audrey Breckenridge Asher. She had two sisters, Dorothy Curry and Mildred Thompson, and three brothers, Clyde Asher, Alex Asher, and Leroy Asher, all deceased.

The family moved to a farm west of Dunavant when she was about 8 years old. After her mother died when she was 13, she lived with relatives and friends. She attended rural grade schools and Winchester Rural High School.

She married Lester “Bud” Trower Oct. 4, 1930, in Oskaloosa. They farmed together in the Winchester community until 1974 when they retired and moved to Winchester. They celebrated 60 years together before Lester died in 1991.

Survivors include one child, Betty J. Hamon, Carmichael, Calif; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at O’Trimble Funeral Home, Nortonville, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Visitation at 10 a.m. will precede the service. Burial will be in Wise Cemetery, Winchester.

Memorial contributions can be made to Jefferson County Hospice or the American Diabetes Association and sent in care of Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, 800 Kansas Ave., Atchison, 66002.

Lester Ordway

Lester S. Ordway, 89, Winchester, died Oct. 15, 2006, at the Jefferson County Hospital and Geriatric Center.

Mr. Ordway was born in Sweet Springs, Mo., Aug. 10, 1917. He had lived in California from 1938 to 1974 where he owned and operated a metal plating business until he retired and moved to Sedalia, Mo., where he lived for 25 years before returning to the Kansas City area. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sedalia, a life member of the Knights of Columbus and a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, in November 2005, two brothers, Frank and Pete, and two sisters, Lillian and Ruth. He is survived by two daughters, Judy J. King, Linwood, and Patricia J. Abramovitz, Valley Falls; a brother, Fred J. Ordway, Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Mary King, Glendale, Calif., and Helen Ordway, Los Angeles, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Oct. 18 at Ridge Park Cemetery, Marshall, Mo. Memorials can be made to Jefferson County Hospital and Geriatric Center, Winchester. SKRADSKI Funeral Home, Kansas City, was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Montgomery Sr.

Charles Eugene Montgomery Sr., 71, Valley Falls, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at his home surrounded by his loved ones after a long illness.

Charles was a Public Service Executive for the Kansas Department of Revenue in Topeka for 32 years. He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 555 in Topeka.

He was born April 10, 1935, at Stella, Neb., the son of Harold A. and Velma Kay Sons Montgomery. He graduated from Rockport (Mo.) High School.

He married Barbara Godfrey on Nov. 21, 1953, at Hoyt. He was preceded in death by a son Jeffrey Ralph Montgomery on March 5, 1990, and a sister Carol Christensen. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three sons, Bobby J. Montgomery, and his wife, Winona, Valley Falls, Charles Eugene Montgomery Jr. and his wife, Pamela, Hoyt, and James Roland Montgomery and his wife, Teresa, Valley Falls; two daughters, Patricia Lee Platt, and her husband, Mark, Valley Falls, and Deanna Lynn Bernauer, and her husband, Charles, Topeka; a daughter-in-law, Tammy Montgomery, Valley Falls; two sisters, Dorothy Bower and Joyce Neiswender, both of Topeka; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Burial will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery. A visitation will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of America Hospice and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Melvin L. Nicol

Melvin L. Nicol, 85, Topeka, died Oct. 14, 2006, at his daughter’s Meriden home.

He was born April 21, 1921, at Vassar the son of James Henry and Minnie Smith Nicol. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Capitol Post No. 1 of the American Legion. He was painter with the Painters’ Local No. 96.

Melvin was married to Betty J. Garner. She preceded him in death Aug. 5, 1979. He was also preceded in death by his companion of 26 years, Minnie DeRose, in September 2006, two brothers, and a sister. Surviving are a daughter, Deanna L. Coats, Meriden; two sons, John L. Nicol, Ozawkie, and Larry R. Nicol, Topeka; a brother, John J. Nicol, Topeka; three sisters, Galenia Dachenhausen and Dorothy Sturgis, both of Topeka, and Lucille Bowman, Springfield, Mo.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at Penwell-Gabel-Parker-Price Chapel, 245 N.W. Independence, Topeka. Private interment of cremains will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka. Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606-2800.

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