Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Deaths

June 6, 2001

TERRY DEAN SAFFER

Terry Dean Saffer, 30, Gardner, died Thursday, May 31, 2001 as the result of an automobile accident near Ottawa.

Mr. Saffer was born December 4, 1970 at Abilene, the son of Doyle Dean and Connie Sue (Hopper) Saffer. He attended elementary schools at Pierce City, Mo., before moving with his family to Baldwin City where he graduated from Baldwin High School in 1989. During his school years, he was active in sports, especially football, wrestling, school plays and muscials. In later years he was an avid boxer in the Golden Gloves Boxing Program in Kansas City.

From 1989 to 1995, he served with the Army National Guard-Delta 4th 36th Infantry Reserve Unit in Kansas City, Kan. For the past four years he was employed with Sprint Corporation in Gardner at the Data Center Operations where he worked as a computer tape technician.

He is survived by one daughter, Laken Marie Saffer, Topeka; his parents, Doyle and Connie Saffer, Americus; three brothers, Wayne R. Saffer, Guymon, Okla., Patrick S. Saffer, Americus and Craig D. Saffer, Lawrence; two sisters, Carol D. Allender, Pomona and Frankie Schumann, Allen and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

He was cremated and memorial services will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Laken Marie Saffer Educational Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067 who is in charge of arrangements.

MAX DEAN KEPPLE

Funeral services were Tuesday for Max Dean Keppel, 81, Baldwin City. Mr. Kepple died Thursday, May 31, 2001 at the Baldwin Care Center.

He was born April 13, 1920 in Marshaltown, Iowa, the son of Alva Roy and Audrey (Hoff) Kepple.

He was a graduate of East High School, Kansas City, Mo., and served in the Army in Europe during World War II, earning the Purple Heart. He later worked for Stokely Van Camp's bean canning plant in Lawrence, eventually becoming the boiler room supervisor.

He married Theda Corrine Holmes on December 1, 1945. They lived at the Holmes family farm near Vinland from 1946 until 1982, when they moved to Baldwin City.

After semi-retiring in 1977, he worked as a security agent for Pinderton. He fully retired in 1983.

He was a member of the Vinland Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Theda; two daughters, Terri Ellis and her husband, Paul, Baldwin City, Audrey Walter and her husband, Jeff, Chelan, Wash.; one son, Todd Kepple and his wife, Susan, Midland, Ore.; a brother, Rex Kepple, Kansas City, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford and a stillborn son, Christopher.

Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Maude Carpenter Children's Center and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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