Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Ralph J. Carothers

February 16, 2000

Ralph J. Caruthers, 77, Baldwin City, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000 at his home in Baldwin City.

He was born Nov. 9, 1922 at Waverly, the son of Jason S. and Eliza (Ice) Caruthers. He grew up in the rural Waverly area, attending grade school at Prairie View and Glendale School, both in Coffey County. He moved with his family to the Wellsville area in 1936 and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1940. He began working for W.E. Shinkle Grocery and Truckline before entering the United States Navy in February of 1942. He served as a gunner's mate on LST's before his discharge from the Navy in November of 1945.

He was married to Lois O'Neil in 1946. She preceded her husband in death in January of 1993.

He later moved to Lamar, Mo., and worked as an auto mechanic for Carl Moore Motors. He relocated back to Baldwin City in 1949 and worked for Allan Daugherty Grocery Store. From 1950 to 1953 he was employed at the Sunflower Ordnance Depot at DeSoto. He worked for McConnell Machinery in Wellsville from 1954 to 1965; and at Madl Machinery in Baldwin City from September of 1965 until July of 1988 when he retired. He enjoyed fishing, driving around the countryside and spending time helping out on his son's farm.

He was a member of Lloyd Beaton American Legion Post #228 in Baldwin City since 1964.

Three sons survive him, Gary of Topeka, Dennis of Pomona, and Darryl of McLouth; one brother, Dale of Baldwin City; three grandchildren, Steve Caruthers, Jennifer Caruthers and Tina Caruthers; and one great-granddaughter, Kiersten Caruthers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, three brothers, Roger, Walter and Russel Caruthers; and four sisters, Ruth Vickers, Naomi Porter, Irma Thompson and Opal Depue.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 14, 2000 at the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home in Baldwin City. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Heart Association and may be sent in care of the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City.

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