Week of Thursday, Oct 5, 2006

Wilma Trudell

Wilma E. Tate Trudell, 92, McLouth, died Sept. 25, 2006, at Hickory Pointe Care Center, Oskaloosa.

She was born Nov. 7, 1913, in Arma, the daughter of Andrew Streeter and Nannie Bloomer Leonard. She had lived in McLouth since 1938. She worked at Key Clothing in Fort Scott from 1930 to 1931. She then worked as a cook for the McLouth school district for 10 years, retiring in 1979.She was a member of the McLouth United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, McLouth Senior Citizens, and the Happy Hour Club.

She married George Noah Tate Dec. 20, 1931, at Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death Oct. 25, 1967. She married Delmer Trudell June 2, 1973. He preceded her in death Dec. 30, 1980. Survivors include a son, George Leonard Tate, Basehor; a daughter, Ruth Lorene Willits, McLouth; one stepdaughter, Gerre King, McLouth; a brother, William Leonard, McPherson; eight grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 15 stepgreat-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and eight stepgreat-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Leonard, Bertha Werholtz; two brothers, Lloyd Leonard and John Leonard.

Services were Sept. 29 at the McLouth United Methodist Church. Burial was at the McLouth Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the McLouth United Methodist Church and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Ryan Simecka

Ryan Wayne Simecka, 27, Lawrence, died Sept. 24, 2006, as a result of a motorcycle accident.

He was born July 26, 1979, in Topeka, the son of Mark and Tonya Deppe Simecka. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1997. He received an associate degree from Kaw Valley Vocational School in graphic arts. He was employed at Hallmark Cards in Topeka. During his high school years, he was a lifeguard at the Oskaloosa swimming pool and also taught swimming lessons. He worked for E. & E. Specialty, Payless Shoes, the Buckle, and Abbott roofing.

Survivors include his parents of Lakewood Hills at Ozawkie; a brother, Cody Simecka, Lawrence; grandparents, Pete and Dee Deppe, Ozawkie, Ben Simecka, and the late Norma Simecka, Topeka; and great-grandmother, Josephine Keller, Holton.

Funeral services were Sept. 28 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel. Burial was in the Ozawkie Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Bobby Hopkins

Services for Bobby Eugene Hopkins, 24, Grand Prairie, Texas, were Sept. 27 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence.

Mr. Hopkins died Sept. 23, 2006, in Grand Prairie from injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck. He was born April 26, 1982, in Nashville, the son of Danny and Shellie Joslin Hopkins. He was home-schooled.

Mr. Hopkins was an apprentice plumber in the Grand Prairie area. He previously was a courier in the Lawrence area for Bryan Sanders.

Survivors include his parents, of Oskaloosa; a brother, David, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and a sister, Sarah Cruse, Lawrence.

Raymond Dodd

Raymond E. Dodd, 75, Easton, died Sept. 29, 2006, in a tractor accident in rural Leavenworth County.

Raymond was born to Theodore and Anna Finneran Dodd May 13, 1931, in Leavenworth. He grew up in Leavenworth County and attended Sacred Heart and Bell grade schools, and was active in the Bell 4-H Club. He worked at Leavenworth Steel until the facility closed. He then worked for Thompson Concrete retiring in 1996.

He married Laura Myrtle Holthusen Oct. 16, 1954. She died in 1993. He then married Judy Lynn McGraw March 1, 1994, in Leavenworth. She survives of the home. Other survivors include children Roxann Kell, Leavenworth, Sharon Dodd Campbell, Warsaw, Mo., and Mark Dodd; stepdaughter, Lynn Cox, Leavenworth, and stepson Mike McGraw, Colorado; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Florence Haling, Jeanette Zielinski, Margaret Long, Alice Schneider, and Delores Urban, all of Leavenworth; and brother, Donald Dodd, Ellsworth. He was also preceded in death by brothers Theodore, Charles, and Lloyd, and sisters Dorothy and Helen Marie.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 4 at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Leavenworth. Burial was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Leavenworth County 4-H Foundation and sent in care of the Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth.

Richard Pickens

Richard Duane Pickens, 34, Bern, formerly of the Oskaloosa and Williamstown areas, died Sept. 23, 2006, at his home.

He was born Nov. 17, 1971, at Winchester, the son of Daryl Dale Sr. and Deborah Joann Frazier Pickens. He had lived in Bern two years, moving from Oskaloosa.

He married Marcia Arlene Elston May 19, 1990, at Williamstown. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his father, Baldwin City, and his mother, Deborah J. Robinson, Lecompton; one son, Andrew Scott Pickens; four daughters, Kimberly Diana Pickens, Amber Lynn Pickens, Tommi Renee Pickens, and Elizabeth Arlene Pickens; two brothers, his twin, Michael James Pickens, Butler, Mo., and Daryl D. Pickens Jr., Baldwin City.

Services were Sept. 27 at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Cremation followed. Memorials can be made to the Pickens Children’s Education Fund and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, or Morrill and Janes Bank, Sabetha.

John Bork

John Karrigan Bork, 61, Lawrence, died Sept. 25, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Oct. 23, 1944, in Oklahoma City, Okl., the son of William Samuel and Julia Karrigan Bork. Mr. Bork graduated from Buhler High School in 1962, from Hutchinson Community College in 1964, and from the University of Kansas with a B.G.S. degree in 1974 and a J.D. in 1977.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Bork was elected Jefferson County Attorney in 1981 and then went to work as Assistant Attorney General in 1985. He was Deputy Attorney General and head of the Criminal Division from 1993 until 1995. In 1995, he became Assistant Attorney General. He litigated cases in 30 of the state’s 31 judicial districts and successfully argued many precedent setting cases before the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Mr. Bork was Kansas Prosecutor of the Year in 1997 and received the Kansas Prosecutor Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He was a member of St. Margaret Episcopal Church in Lawrence, and of the Kansas County and District Attorney’s associations.

He married Jean F. Shepherd Feb. 4, 1978, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Also surviving are three sons, Reid Bork, Fort Worth, Texas, Karrigan Bork, Redwood City, Calif., and Ian Bork, Palo Alto, Calif.; a brother, Bob Bork, Bloomington, Minn.; two sisters, Kathy Markwell, Socorro, N.M., and Tricia Canavan, Milwaukee, Wisc.; and three grandchildren. A brother, Billy Marlowe, preceded him in death.

Memorial services were Sept. 28 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Private inurnment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Memorials can be made to the John K. Bork Memorial Scholarship to benefit Free State High School graduates, which may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

Vashti Dick

Vashti A. Dick, 97, Perry, died Sept. 30, 2006, at Aldersgate Village Care Center in Topeka.

She was born April 6, 1909, in rural Ozawkie, the daughter of Harry Albert “H.A.” and Ethel Hall Ploughe. She was a lifelong resident of the Perry and Ozawkie areas.

Mrs. Dick was a homemaker and was involved in farming with her husband in the Kaw Valley near Perry for many years. She was a 1926 graduate of Perry rural High School and attended Washburn University.

Mrs. Dick was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church and “Hope” Club Extension Unit in Perry.

She was married to Vernet Clayton “Casey” Dick Feb. 24, 1934, at Topeka. He preceded her in death Aug. 31, 1996. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Isabelle Plummer. Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

Services were Oct. 3 at the Perry United Methodist Church with graveside services at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Perry United Methodist Church or to Heart of America Hospice and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Lisa Worthington

Lisa Ann Worthington, 33, Tonganoxie, formerly of Perry, died Sept. 28, 2006, at her home.

She was born March 20, 1973, at Topeka, the daughter of Michael E. and Lori Ann Reed Worthington. Ms. Worthington was a 1991 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School.

She worked for Don’s Steakhouse at Richland Corner until 1992. In January of 1992, she was involved in a vehicle accident that left her a paraplegic. She then traveled to several schools to speak on drinking and driving.

She helped her parents operate Worthington’s Hardware Store & Cafe in Perry. In 2003 she graduated from Washburn University, earning her degree in communications.

In 2004, she worked in the claims department for Farmer’s Insurance Co., Olathe. She was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her parents; her companion, Brian Eskstein, Tonganoxie; a brother, Jake Worthington, Chicago, Ill.; paternal grandparents, Eldon and Elaine Worthington, Perry; and maternal grandfather, “Ole” Reed, Grantville. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Margaret Reed.

Memorial services were Oct. 2 at the Perry United Methodist Church. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Lisa Worthington Memorial Scholarship Fund to be established at Perry-Lecompton High School for handicapped students wishing to attend college and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066 or to First State Bank and Trust, PO Box 7, Perry, 66073.

Charles Wilson

Charles E. Wilson, 77, Topeka, died Sept. 26, 2006, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare Center.

He was born Jan. 13, 1929, in Mayfield, Ky., the son of Leonard P. and Nell Sunshine Adams Wilson. He came to Topeka with his family in the early 1940s.

He attended Holliday Jr. High and Topeka High School. Mr. Wilson worked with his father in the grocery and meat cutting business, and later was a meat cutter for Falleys before his retirement.

He married Ruby Ritt. She preceded him in death. Survivors include three sons, Chuck Wilson, Doug Wilson, and Terry Wilson, all of Topeka; a daughter, Kim Sowards, Meriden; a sister, Carol Glover, Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Bobby McClain, Mayfield, Ky.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sept. 30 at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Interment was in West Lawn Memorial Gardens, Topeka. Memorial contributions can be made to Rock Creek Bible Church, 5257 Hwy. K-92, Meriden, 66512.

Charles Delmar Tucking Sr.

Charles Delmar Tucking Sr., 92, Valley Falls, died Oct. 2, 2006, at the Holton Community Hospital.

Mr. Tucking farmed west of Valley Falls and was a delivery driver for Whelans Lumber Co. in Topeka for 26 years.

He was born June 12, 1914, east of Valley Falls near Boyle’s Station, the son of Charles William and Leuella May Marshall Tucking.

He married Freda Marie Johnston in 1938 at Topeka. She died on July 5, 2006. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, George William Tucking and Johnnie Edward Tucking and a great-granddaughter, Jamie Turner.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Delmar Tucking Jr., Topeka, and Gary F. Tucking, Valley Falls; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

A graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Dale Albert Garinger

Dale Albert Garinger, 74, Ozawkie, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2006, surrounded by family at home.

Mr. Garinger retired as a project engineer for Farmland Industries in Kansas City, Mo. He had previously worked for FarMarCo in Hutchinson and C.E. Ehrsam in Abilene and the Herrmann Company in Kansas City.

He was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Salina, the son of Albert Leslie and Edna Lenora White Garinger. A graduate of Salina High School, he attended Kansas State Agricultural School.

He married Clede Ann Krauss on Aug. 14, 1955, in Holland, Kan., and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home near Ozawkie last summer. The couple moved to Jefferson County in 2001. He was diagnosed with ALS in October of 2005 and told his children of the diagnosis saying, “This is not what I would have chosen, but it is the hand I have been dealt and I will play it.”

He adapted to each change brought on by the disease with courage and good humor. Even a few days before his death, his smile continued to brighten the lives of those around him.

Mr. Garinger was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Valley Falls, the Meriden Kiwanis Club and the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association. He had served as a 4-H leader in Wyandotte, Dickinson, and Reno counties.

Survivors include his wife Clede; a daughter, Susan Massy, and her husband David, Lenexa; two sons, Steven Garinger, Lawrence, and Ned Garinger and his wife Karlene, Tempe, Ariz.; a sister, Jeanette Prewett, Shepherd, Mich., and five grandchildren: Erika and Caitlyn Massy, Laura Garinger, and Nate and Kenna Garinger.

Mr. Garinger donated his body for research into ALS through the University of Kansas Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Valley Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to the ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, Kan., 66088. Online condolences are available at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.

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