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Week of Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009

Thelmas Farris

Thelma L. Farris, 91, Winchester, died Oct. 17, 2009, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka.

She was born Sept. 2, 1918, at McLouth, the daughter of Matthew and Devena Seybold Woodhead. She was a 1936 graduate of McLouth High School.

She married Eldon E. “Dick” Farris Nov. 27, 1938, at McLouth. He preceded her in death July 17, 1992.

Mrs. Farris was a homemaker and assisted her husband as a clerk for their auction company for 50 years. She also served as the Winchester news correspondent for the Oskaloosa Independent and Atchison Globe newspapers for many years.

She was a member of the Winchester United Methodist Church, serving as piano player for many years, and was a member of the United Methodist Women.

She was a member of the Plum Grove Grange, the County Line Extension Unit, and the Senior Citizens, all of Winchester.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas Eugene Farris, McLouth, Ronald Grant Farris, Winchester, and Lonnie Dean Farris, Meriden; two brothers, Marcus Woodhead, McLouth, and Marlin Woodhead, De-Soto; three sisters, Helen Bates, Rose Hill, Myrtice Fuqua, Hesston, and Anabel Knapp, Easton; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Jean Farris in 1949.

Funeral services were Oct. 20 at the Winchester United Methodist Church. Burial was at McLouth Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Winchester United Methodist Church and sent in care of the Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, 66066.

Roland Pottorf

Roland G. “R.G.” Pottorf, 87, Topeka, died Oct. 13, 2009, at Midland Hospice House.

He was born Jan. 29, 1922, in rural Oskaloosa, the son of George W. and Ethel R. Edwards Pottorf. He had lived in Topeka since 1949.

He was a 1940 graduate of Oskaloosa High School and attended Arizona State University. He was a U.S. Army-Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a bombardier flight officer from 1941 to 1944.

He was a welder and maintenance man for 38 years at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Topeka, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 62 and Masonic Lodge No. 14 A.F. & A.M. in Oskaloosa, and was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and Arab Shrine in Topeka.

He married Hazel Noreen Brinlee July 29, 1946, at Wichita. She preceded him in death June 25, 2000.

He is survived by three sons, Micheal Pottorf, Sumpter, S.C., Rex Pottorf, Silver Lake, and Mark Pottorf, Elmont; one brother, Merle “Mike” Pottorf, Bonita Springs, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois Ilene DeWitt; three grandchildren, two infants and Dwight James Pottorf; a great-grandchild; and three sisters, Charlene Harris, Irma Poos and Lucille Pettitt.

A memorial service and Masonic Service Rites conducted by Oskaloosa Lodge No. 14 were Oct. 17 at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel. Cremation is planned. Inurnment will be private.

Memorials can be made to Midland Hospice Care and sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

Ruth Yockey

Ruth Kern Yockey, Lamar, Colo., died Oct. 15, 2009, at the Villa Monte Vista Hospice House in Poway, Calif., near the home of her niece, Cheryl Devlin.

She was born in Lamar, the daughter of Albert and Lenora Triplett Kern. She had lived in many different parts of the country, always ending up back near her birthplace. She was a homemaker.

She married William Yockey. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her longtime companion, Kenneth Ivan Metzger, July 1, 2002.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside committal service was held Oct. 21 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa.

Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Oskaloosa, was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Logan

Charles Richard Logan, 64, Lecompton, died Oct. 14, 2009, at his home.

He was born Dec. 29, 1944, in Topeka, the son of Joseph V. and Juanita L. Rubottom Logan. He graduated from Lecompton High School.

Mr. Logan was a farmer-rancher and outdoorsman.

He married Clydeen M. Petersilie April 24, 1971, at Lecompton.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Brenda R. Rhoades, Lecompton, Georgia R. Hollis, Valley Falls, and Sara R. Thomas, Silver Lake; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother.

Funeral services were Oct. 17 at Big Springs United Methodist Church. Interment was in East View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wild Trust for Passion —Pass It On, 310 East Second, Wichita, 67202.

Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, Topeka, was in charge of arrangements.

Gary Brooks

Gary Wayne Brooks, 55, Horton, formerly of Perry, died Oct. 18, 2009, at the Tri-County Manor in Horton.

He was born Nov. 6, 1953, at Blairstown, Mo., the son of Alva E. and Helen L. Bolz Brooks. He had lived in Horton two years after moving from Perry.

He worked as a custodian at the Golden Eagle Casino and had formerly worked at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence.

Growing up in Perry, he attended Perry Rural High School.

He is survived by one son, Gary D. Brooks, Topeka; two daughters, Chris Allen and Angel Casto, both of Topeka; his mother, Helen L. Brooks, Grantville; one brother, Everett Brooks, Meriden; three sisters, Darlene Fidler, Horton, Sharon Leffler, Branson, Mo., and Barbara Tyler, Grantville; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Barnett-Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel. Burial will be at Meriden Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Tri-County Manor Resident’s Fund sent in care of the funeral chapel, P.O. Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

Richard Ayres

Richard Emery Ayres, 80, rural Paola, died Oct. 13, 2009, at the Olathe Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 16, 1929, in Albia, Iowa, to Emery and Viola Mae Miller Ayres. He was second born of their three children.

He attended school in Ozawkie and graduated from Ozawkie High School in 1947.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 until 1953. He transferred to the reserves for an additional four years.

He worked for Knecht’s Equipment Company in Louisburg and Paola as a farm equipment mechanic. He retired in 1994 and then worked for the Hauer Sod Co. at Paola.

He is survived by his daughter, Debra Ayres, Parker; and two sisters Wilma Pocock, Arlington, Minn., and Ruby Miller, Reedley, Calif.

A memorial service was held Oct. 18.

Lester Hodson

Lester L. Hodson, 87, Oskaloosa, died Oct. 17, 2009, at Hickory Pointe Care Center in Oskaloosa.

He was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Lawrence, the son of Ormal Jimmy and Caroline Helen Cummings Hodson. He farmed most of his life and also worked for the Kansas Turnpike. He later moved to Pea Ridge, Ark., and became a part of the Bella Vista Fire Department for about 20 years.

He married Roberta Earlene Kelley. They divorced. He married Berdie L. Hodson June 10, 1967. She preceded him in death.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Margeret Hodson; two brothers, Warren Ormal Hodson and Lloyd Hodson; a son, Melvin R. Hodson; a grandson, Jackie R. Whitaker Jr.; and a great-grandson, Charles David Collins.

Survivors include children from his first marriage, Robert L. Hodson, Lawrence, and Caroline M. Crain, Perry; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was Oct. 21 at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment was at Reno Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and sent in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence.

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