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Week of Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bradford Neal Spencer

Bradford Neal Spencer, age 57, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri and formerly of Topeka, Kansas, died on June 4, 2007, at Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Brad, the son of Godfrey Melville “Bud” and Muriel Jean “Becky” Spencer, was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. Brad graduated from Topeka West High School in 1967. He achieved the ranking of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. Brad was a 1972 graduate of Baker University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He taught elementary music education in Topeka schools for two years.

As a young man, Brad began working for his father’s business, Ernest-Spencer, Inc. He made this his life’s career and was instrumental in expanding the business into an international construction and manufacturing company.

Brad was a member of the Lake Ozark Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lake Ozark, Missouri. Brad was an avid boater and fisherman. He loved nature and especially the water. Brad made it a yearly tradition to travel abroad with his wife, father, son and numerous friends for the thrill of the big catch. He especially loved the Athabasca Fishing Lodge in Northern Canada.

He enjoyed entertaining family and friends at his home at the Lake of the Ozarks. The highlight of anyone’s trip to the Spencer home at the Lake was an excursion on Brad’s 560 SeaRay, the Yachtsman II, with Captain Brad at the helm.

Brad loved being a father and took much pride in watching his children grow. Brad left an impression on all those who knew him and will be deeply missed by many.

Brad is survived by his wife of 17 years, Sharon Kay Spencer, of the home; his son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Cora Spencer and grandchildren Elsie and Layla; daughter and son-in-law, Janelle and Keith Williamson and an expected grandson, all of Topeka, Kansas; and his former wife and mother of his children, Elaine Minter of Olathe, Kansas.

Other survivors include his parents, Bud and Becky Spencer of Topeka, Kansas; sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Gary Diaz, Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister and brother-in-law Barbara and John King, Ponca City, Oklahoma; brother and sister-in-law Douglas and Laurie Spencer, Orlando, Florida; step-son and wife Brian and Heather Norton, Harveyville, Kansas; step-grandchildren Dustin and Kayleigh Norton, Mesa, Arizona; and step-son and step-granddaughter Dan and Skieler Norton, Baldwin City, Kansas. He is preceded in death by his second wife, Mary Spencer.

Brad laid in state at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, Kansas on Thursday, June 7th after 12:00 noon. Family received visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services were held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st St, Topeka, Kansas, on Friday, June 8th. Internment followed at the Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum at 6th & Gage, Topeka, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st St, Topeka, Kansas, 66604 or Lake Ozark Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1560 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, Missouri, 65049. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.Penwell-Gabel.com. 41-1tc

Harold Scarlett

Harold Devere Scarlett, 70, Chandler, Ariz., died June 6, 2007, at Friendship Village-Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Ariz.

He was born Aug. 25, 1936, in Valley Falls, to Harold and Grace Scarlett, the eighth of 13 children. He made Arizona his home when he was 41. A member of the Del Rio 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was a High Priest and served in many jobs, his favorite being an usher.

He was an appliance repairman by trade and retired from Deseret Industries in Mesa, Ariz.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, of 26 years; daughters, Renay Edwards, Lisa Ming, Pam Scarlett and Lorene De Busch; sons, Doug Scarlett, Bruce Scarlett, Steven Scarlett, Eric Scarlett and James Scarlett; 24 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Gibson, Leota Bolz, Anita Grahem, Marilyn Kesinger, Neola Risinger, and Arlene Gier; and brothers, Marlin Scarlett, Harlin Scarlett, Everett Scarlett, Gary Scarlett, and John Scarlett. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Etzel.

Funeral services were June 11 at the Chandler (Ariz.) West Stake Center. Interment was at the Mesa Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley-Friendship Village. Bueler Mortuary, Chandler, was in charge of arrangements.

Dale Keller

Dale Keller, 45, Meriden, died June 7, 2007.

He was born Dec. 3, 1961, at Roseburg, Ore., the son of Joe A. and Barbara J. Coe Keller. He had lived in Meriden since 1999. Mr. Keller was a mechanic for PAR Electric Contractors for 10 years. He formerly worked as a mechanic for Fugate and Sons Logging Co. in Oakland, Ore., from 1986 to 1990 and had worked for the Southern Oregon Diesel Co. for many years.

Mr. Keller graduated from Commercial Dive School in Ft. Pierce, Fla., and he worked as a diver for offshore oil rigs in Louisiana. He was a 1980 graduate of Sutherlin High School in Oregon. He was a member of the Christian Calvary Church in Grantville and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local No. 659 in Central Point, Ore.

He married Rene’ Anne Fugate Dec. 15, 1985, at Sutherlin, Ore. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Olivia Rene’ Keller, of the home, and his mother, Barbara J. Keller, Meriden. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe A. Keller, and a sister, Jody Lynn Brock.

Memorial services were June 12 at the Grantville United Methodist Church. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Meriden Volunteer Fire and First Responders Department in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel, P.O. Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

Raymond Bell Sr.

Raymond E. Bell Sr., 76, Round Rock, Texas, died June 6, 2007, at Round Rock Hospital.

He was born in Meriden Nov. 6, 1930, the son of Paul and Zelia Bell. He graduated from Meriden High School in 1948. Mr. Bell served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Bell. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Conner Bell, Round Rock; their children, Raymond E. Bell Jr., of Texas, Paula Bell Frye of Mississippi, Rachele Bell of Oregon, Jacob Bell of Kansas, and Lisa, Tracy, Melanie and families, all of Round Rock; a sister, Helen Rodecap, Meriden; and three nieces and three nephews of Meriden.

Graveside inurnment service will be later at Meriden Cemetery.

Michael Ray Foster

Michael Ray Foster was delivered into the arms of the Lord on Friday, June 1, 2007 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Graveside services were Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Nortonville Cemetery, Nortonville, KS. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alexandria House or to funeral expenses and may be left in care of O’Trimble Funeral Home, P.O. Box 267, Nortonville, KS 66060.

Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.

Michael Ray is survived by his mother Mary L. Foster of Winchester, KS; maternal grandmother Brenda Foster; maternal grandfather Steven Foster both of Winchester, KS. Great-grandmother Julia Balinger of Arkansas; aunt Tori Foster and uncle Steve Foster both of Winchester, KS; and cousin Tiffany Testerman of Atchison. “Some people only dream of angels. We held one in our arms.” 41-51-1tc

William George

William George, 63, Kansas City, died June 3, 2007, at his home.

Mr. George was born Dec. 29, 1943, to Milton and Lyla Terry George in Independence, Mo. He had been employed at AGFA for 17 years, retiring in 2000. He had served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Peter.

He is survived by Susan, his wife of 21 years; his mother, Lyla George, Oskaloosa; children, Erin Spiess, Jill Pierce, Chris George, Kansas City, and Janet George, Lansing; stepchildren, Andy Hill, Mollie Hill, Kansas City, Amy Godina, Hutchinson, and Katie Hill, Kansas City; brothers, Bob George, Perry, Jim George, Oskaloosa, and Frank George, Gardner; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura Corrigan George.

A funeral Mass was held June 8 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Bishop Ward High School English Department or to the cathedral. SKRADSKI Funeral Home, Kansas City, was in charge of arrangments.

Betty Phalen

Betty L. Harmon Phalen, 90, Winchester, died June 9, 2007, at the Jefferson County Geriatric Center, Winchester.

She was born Aug. 16, 1916, in Stafford County, the daughter of Ira and Lona Dillinger Harmon. She graduated from Salt City Business College, Hutchinson. She worked as an executive secretary at Mainline Printing and Santa Fe Hospital, both of Topeka. She was a member of the Jayhawk Club, Perry.

She married Leo John Thomas Bell Phalen Nov. 2, 1945, at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He preceded her in death Feb. 11, 1978. Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Edmonds, Oskaloosa, and Colleen Phalen, Auburn, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a stepson, James A. Phalen, five brothers, and a sister.

Services were June 13 at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial was at Buster Cemetery, rural Perry. Memorial contributions can be made to the Oskaloosa Public Library and sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

William Bradford

Memorial services for William Edward “Bill” Bradford, 83, Wamego, were June 13 at Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego. Private inurnment will be at McLouth Cemetery.

Mr. Bradford died May 3, 2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in McLouth, the son of Walter and Alberta Stout Bradford. He graduated from McLouth High School in 1940 and attended Kansas University until October 1942. He returned to KU after World War II and graduated in 1947 with a degree in finance. He entered law school at KU in 1950.

Mr. Bradford served in the U.S. Army Air Force for two years in England with the 94th Bomb Group during World War II. He later worked for Morrell’s in Topeka, Phillips 66 in Bartlesville, Okla., and Bank of McLouth for 10 years. After moving to Wamego in 1961 he became president of First National Bank.

He served as president of Kiwanis Club, commander of the American Legion, county chairman of March of Dimes, chairman of the Jefferson County Chapter of the National Foundation, president of Kaw Valley Heart Association and Sunday school teacher at McLouth EUB Church. He joined Lyra Lodge No. 256 in 1946 and was grand master of Masons A.F. & A.M. of Kansas in 1967. Mr. Bradford was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He also was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and Royal Arch Masons.

He served on the hospital board, school board, Lions Club, as treasurer of the local Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Official Board of First Methodist Church, all in Wamego. He also was active in KU alumni activities.

He married Joan Morris of Oskaloosa May 8, 1948. She survives, of the home. Other survivors include two sons, Kirk C. Bradford, Marysville, and Stephen J. Bradford, Branson, Mo.; a daughter, Ann Yingling, Atlanta; a sister, Louise Gilbert, McLouth; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Means, in 1990.

Memorials can be made to the Williams Educational Fund at KU and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 48, Wamego 66547.

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