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Week of Thursday, June 7, 2007

LeRoy Jager

LeRoy L. Jager, 88, Mayetta, died May 30, 2007, at a nursing home in Holton.

He was born Sept. 13, 1918, east of Hoyt, the son of Charles F. and Alfreda M. Zeller Jager. He had lived in the Mayetta community since 1946.

He was an independent truck driver for many years then worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. starting in 1952 and retired in 1983. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Mayetta Christian Church, United Steel Workers Local No. 307, Goodyear Retirees, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Mayetta.

He married Thelma Jane Anspaugh Oct. 9, 1941, in Topeka. She died March 27, 2002. Survivors include a son, Gail Jager, Mayetta; a daughter, Garrie Opptiz, Topeka; a sister, Nadine Kabriel, Valley Falls; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 2 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial was in the Mayetta Cemetery. Memorials can be given to the Mayetta Christian Church and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, 66436.

Clarence Deters

Clarence A. Deters, 73, Ozawkie, died June 2, 2007, at his home after a long illness.

He was born July 4, 1933, at Baileyville, the son of Anthony “Tony” and Barbara Hulsing Deters. Mr. Deters was a firefighter for the city of Topeka, retiring in 1990 as a captain after 25 years of service.

He was a member of St. Aloysius Church and the Knights of Columbus in Meriden and 4th Degree Council of K. of C. in Topeka. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army Air Corp.

He married Shirley Ann Runnebaum April 23, 1957, at Baileyville. She survives at the home. Other survivors include a son, Steven Deters, Abilene; a daughter, Michele Cromer, Lawrence; two brothers, Linus Deters, Seneca, and Leonard Deters, Baileyville; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six sisters, Evelyn Olberding, Rita Schmitz, Dolores Schmitz, Dorothy Cain, Betty Kramer, and Henrietta Deters.

Mass of Christian Burial was June 5 at St. Aloysius Church in Meriden. Graveside services were the same day at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Baileyville. Memorials can be made to Birthright, the Marian Clinic or to Missionaries of Charity Fathers and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

Paul Kelly

Paul M. Kelly, 94, Effingham, died May 26, 2007, at Village Villa Nursing Home, Nortonville.

Mr. Kelly was born March, 24, 1913, at Esbon, the son of Martin E. and Agnes Conrad Kelly. He attended the Prairie View School District No. 54 Grade School. Mr. Kelly was engaged in farming his entire life, having lived on the same farm since he was three years old.

He served as clerk of the Prarie View School Board for many years. He received the Master Farmer Award, given by the Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry in 1971. He also received the Soil Conservation Award, given by the Kansas Banker’s Association, in 1968. Mr. Kelly has also served as Benton Township Representative on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, Soil Conservation Committee.

He and the former Mildred Haverkamp were married April 22, 1947, at Sacred Heart Church, Atchison. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include two sons, James P. Kelly, Roeland Park, and Michael C. Kelly, Effingham;. two daughters, Janet Sandridge, Friendswood, Texas, and Colleen Mantey, Mission Viejo, Calif.; a sister, Rosella Strawn, Vancouver, Wash.; and by seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Timothy and Edward, one sister, Genevieve Schrick; and three brothers, Bernard, Charles and James.

A Mass of Christian Burial was May 30 at St. Ann’s Church, Effingham. Burial was in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to either St. Ann’s Church or the Atchison County Rescue Services.

Barbara Lonard

Barbara Jean Lonard, 79, Warner Robins, Ga., died June 2, 2007.

A resident of Warner Robins since 1958, she had worked in the warehouse at Robins Air Force Base for 20 years. She was born Jan. 4, 1928, at Topeka, the daughter of Alvin William and Rilla Pearl Frakes Landreth.

She married Clarence I. Lonard Jan. 31, 1948, in Topeka. He died April 17, 1990. Survivors include her son, Kenneth Lonard, Warner Robins; her sister Maxine Catt, Holton; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of the funeral home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences can be made at mercerfuneralhomes.com.

Harold Royer

Harold E. Royer, 88, Valley Falls, died May 31, 2007, at Westwood Manor in Topeka.

He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Topeka for 30 years and was a blacksmith in Valley Falls. He was born Sept. 29, 1918, at Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Clark S. and Orpha Dickey Royer. His parents moved to Valley Falls when he was 2 years old. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was part of the Allied Invasion Force on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France. He was awarded a Purple Heart medal. He was a member of the McLouth and Meriden steam engine and antique tractor associations, Grahem-Herbers Post 3084, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at Valley Falls, American Legion Bicentennial Post 255 at Ozawkie, and Local 307 of United Steel Workers. He had attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Valley Falls.

He married Lois Allen June 2, 1951, at Valley Falls. They were divorced. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth Royer and Claude Royer. Survivors include two sons, Clark Royer, Valley Falls, and Gary Royer, McLouth; a daughter, Tracy Harrington, Valley Falls; two brothers, Milton Royer, Valley Falls, and Don Royer, Carbondale; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held June 4 at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Burial with military honors conducted by Grahem-Herbers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3084 was at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Heartland Hospice or to Grahem-Herbers Post 3084 and sent in care of the funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences can be made at mercerfuneralhomes.com

Greta Olejnik

Greta Mae Olejnik, 75, died June 1, 2007, at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born Jan. 12, 1932, at Centralia, the daughter of Ellis and Juanita Mitchell Polson. She worked in the food services department for the Holton School District for over 30 years and also worked in the bakery department at Ron’s United Super in Holton.

She married Edward Olejnik Oct. 6, 1948. He died Oct. 6, 2001, on their 53rd wedding anniversary. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Smatla, Oskaloosa, and Judy Smith, Aberdeen, N.J.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Tina Olejnik, Rossville.

Funeral services were June 5 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Interment was in the Czech-Moravan Cemetery north of Rossville. Memorial contributions can be made to Midland Hospice or to the Rossville Presbyterian Church and sent in care of the funeral home.

Ruby Hall

Ruby F. Casebier Hall, 85, Oskaloosa, died May 31, 2007, at Hickory Pointe Care Center in Oskaloosa.

She was born Oct. 25, 1921, at Tonganoxie, the daughter of James and Pearl Kesinger. Mrs. Hall owned and operated Ruby’s Cut ’n’ Curl in rural Oskaloosa for 20 years. She also worked as a secretary for Security Benefit Life Insurance Co. for five years and had formerly taught school at the Grayson School north of Oskaloosa. She was a member of Stanwood Friends Church in rural McLouth and a member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 747 in Oskaloosa.

She was a longtime Volunteer at a thrift shop in Tonganoxie. She was a 1939 Graduate of Tonganoxie High School and attended Emporia Teacher’s College.

She married Avalin B. Casebier June 2, 1943. They later divorced. She was married to Argle M. Hall April 2, 1972, at Lawrence. He preceded her in death Feb. 16, 1988. Survivors include, one son, Jerry Casebier, Oskaloosa; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jerry Wayne Casebier.

Services were Monday at the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Burial was at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Oskaloosa Public Library and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Helen Sample

Helen M. Sample, 83, McLouth, died June 2, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Nov. 12, 1923, at Hopkins, Mo., the daughter of William Riley and Nora Naomi Oxley Williams. She graduated from high school at Hopkins in 1941. She attended one year of college in Maryville, Mo. She worked as a cook for USD No. 342 and was a homemaker. She was a member of the McLouth United Methodist Church.

She married Joseph Bernard Sample Dec. 1, 1944, at Kansas City. He survives at the home. Other survivors include two sons, Roger Eugene Sample, Garnett, and Robert Lee Sample, Lawrence; a brother, George Irvin Williams, Maryville, Mo.; three sisters, Frances Katherine Espey and Evelyn Jule Birkenholz, both of Maryville, and Dorothy Faye Mick, Savanah, Mo.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Fredrick Williams and Herman Dean Williams.

Services were June 6 at the McLouth United Methodist Church. Burial was at the McLouth Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the church and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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