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Week of Thursday, June 21, 2007

Charity Dunbar

Charity L . Wingate Dunbar, 92, Lawrence, died June 14, 2007, at Manor Care Nursing Home in Overland Park.

She was born March 29, 1915, in Papillion, Neb., the daughter of John Creighton “Crate” and Amanda “Betsy” Dragoo Wingate. Charity or “Jerrie” as she was known by many was raised in Buckingham, Colo.

She married Francis T. (F.T.) Dunbar Oct. 22, 1937, in Denver. The couple moved to Oskaloosa in 1948, then to Lawrence in 1973. He preceded her in death Feb. 20, 1996. She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church and the Retired Eagles’ Auxiliary. Mrs. Dunbar was the church organist for many years at Oskaloosa United Methodist Church and the Centenary United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

She and her husband owned coal and silver mines in Colorado. They operated a dairy farm in Oskaloosa for 26 years before retiring to Lawrence. They raced miniature horses throughout Kansas.

Survivors include three daughters, Jo Delle Tustison, Ames, Iowa, Donna Backus, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Mabel “Peg” Liebert, Overland Park; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Jonnie Ruth Cordes, and one grandchild, Dale Lee McAtee.

Funeral services were June 16 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to Oskaloosa High School Memorial Fund for scholarships and can be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Harold Conner

Harold D. Conner, 79, Ozawkie, died June 15, 2007, at the Jefferson County Geriatric Center, Winchester.

He was born Jan. 17, 1928, at La Junta, Colo., the son of Emmett Andrew and Gladys Delphia Golay Conner. He had lived at Ozawkie for 16 years, moving there from Topeka. Mr. Conner served in the National Guard and U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for 33 years as a freight-car man for the Santa Fe Railroad, retiring in 1983.

He married Edna Ellen Williams Sept. 7, 1948, at Raton, N.M. She preceded him in death Nov. 1, 2006. Survivors include six sons, Emmett Conner, Elmwood, Neb., Clayton Conner, Leavenworth, Dean Conner and Michael Conner, both of Topeka, and Matthew Conner and Mark Conner, both of Ozawkie; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. June 20 at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Private family inurnment will be at the Williams Cemetery in Packs Branch, W.V.

Artith Todd

Artith Y. Todd, 77, Valley Falls, died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka.

She worked at the Valley Falls Post Office and had worked in the Valley Falls School Cafeteria. She had been a farm wife and had taught grade school at Arrington, Valley Falls and in the Swabville community, northwest of Valley Falls.

She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Rebekah Lodge 652, Forget-Me-Not Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of Grahem-Herbers Post 3084, Veterans of Foreign Wars. She had been a member of the Jefferson County Service Organization, the North Cedar Club, the Valerian Study Club and the Valley Falls Cemetery Association.

She was born Aug. 14, 1929, at Denison, the daughter of Arthur Benson and Ceola Ferrell Cain. She graduated from Atchison County Community High School High School at Effingham in 1947.

She married Jack M. Lassiter, on July 10, 1948, at Valley Falls. They were divorced. She married John H. Todd, on Oct. 17, 1980. at Miami, OK. He died on March 12, 2002. Survivors include a son, Rex Lassiter, and his wife, Jimi Jo Simmons, and two daughters, Cathy Jepson Branch and Brenda Lassiter Buel, all of Valley Falls; a brother, Alton Cain, and his wife, Marilyn, Medford WI; a sister, Avis Figgs, and her husband, Tim, Hoyt; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held June 20 at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Burial will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pauls Lutheran Church or to Jefferson County Hospice and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, KS 66088. Online condolences at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com 42-1tc

Frederick Schmitt

Frederick “Fred” W. Schmitt died April 24, 2007, at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., following a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 2, 1916, in Valley Falls, the son of Guy and Helen Schmitt. Survivors include his wife, Ida (nee Lasley), of 60 years; three daughters, Brenda Woods of California, Janet Buck of Maryland, and Amy The of California; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his only son, Fredric N. Schmitt, March 24, 2000.

Following cremation, he was interred at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, Calif. A private family gathering was held to celebrate his life. Cards and well wishes may be sent in care of his youngest daughter, Amy The, 2371 South Drive Santa Clara, 95051.

Frank Craig Jr.

Frank “Toby” Craig Jr., 81, Topeka, formerly of Bern, died June 11, 2007, at his home.

He was born the son of Frank Sr. and Lucile E. McMurry Craig Oct. 10, 1925, in Bern. He graduated from Bern High School in 1944 and then served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 1 in Topeka.

Survivors include two daughters, Leslie Daniel and husband, Douglas Coots, of Albequerque, N.M., and Gail Craig and husband, Jerry Tullis, Valley Falls; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Family services will be private. Memorials can be given to the Bern Community Center and sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia Street, Sabetha, 66534.

Bryan Rigdon

Bryan Leslie Rigdon, 38, Topeka, died June 14, 2007, at his home.

He was born Sept. 6, 1968, in Topeka, the son of Jack Wilson and Kay Dial Rigdon. He attended Tecumseh South and Shawnee Heights high schools. He was a member of Countryside United Methodist Church. He played on the Ken Berry Baseball Team. Mr. Rigdon had worked construction and at the Eighth Street Auction.

Survivors include his parents and a brother, Christopher Jack Rigdon, Olathe.

Funeral services were June 18, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka. Interment was in Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Rd, Topeka, 66617 or Countryside United Methodist Church Renovation, 3221 SW Burlingame Rd, Topeka, 66611-2096.

Ruth Hamm

Ruth Lorene Hamm, 90, Lawrence, formerly of Perry, died June 14, 2007, at Pioneer Ridge Care Center in Lawrence.

She was born April 30, 1917, north of Williamstown, the daughter of Samuel and Edith Mae Bracken Allen and was a lifelong resident of the Perry and Lawrence area. She was a homemaker. She attended the Oskaloosa Public Schools.

She married Garland Green. They were divorced. She married Norman Hamm June 15, 1945. They were divorced. Survivors include one son, Verlin Green, Perry; one daughter, Marita Hermann, Ellenton, Fla.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were June 18 at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Underwood Cemetery, Williamstown. Memorials can be made to Heart of America Hospice and sent in care of the funeral chapel, 3821 W. 6th St., Lawrence, 66049.

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