Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2001


October 31, 2001


Memorial services for Scott F. Koons, 39, Baldwin City, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Inurnment will be later at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Military services will be conducted at the mortuary by Dorsey-Liberty Post #14 of the American Legion. Mr. Koons died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 at his home, the home of his mother and late stepfather, Ron Chambers, Baldwin City.

He was born March 7, 1962 in Lawrence. He graduated from Lawrence High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed as a drywall finisher.

Survivors include his mother, Doris "Jeannie Wheeler" Chambers of the home; his father, Gaylen Koons, Lawrence; a sister, Tracy Rockers, Baldwin City; a niece, Brenna Bryant and two nephews, Cameron Bryant and Tucker Rockers, Baldwin City.

The family suggests memorials to the Scott F. Koons Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the Baldwin State Bank, Baldwin City. The family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to


Funeral services were Tuesday for James E. Nicolay, Sr., 84, Baldwin City, at Feltner Chapel, Lyndon. Mr. Nicolay died Oct. 26, 2001 at the Baldwin Care Center.

He was born July 18, 1917 on the family farm north of Dragoon River, the son of Lloyd and Bertha King Nicolay. He lived in the Lawrence community from 1965 to 1974, then north of Dragoon from 1974 to 1999. He then moved to Baldwin City.

He graduated from Lyndon High School and owned and operated the filling station and corner grocery north of Baldwin Junction for 15 years. He then worked as a driver's license examiner for the Department of Revenue for 14 years. He was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church and the Euclid Lodge #101 A.F. & A.M., Lyndon, where he had been a Past Master and a 50-year member.

He married Betty Burd on Oct. 12, 1940 in Osage City.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Britni Nicole Proctor in 1997.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of the home; one son, Ed Nicolay, Baldwin City; two daughters, Mary Louise Anderson, Carbondale and Suzi Gottstein, Baldwin City; one brother, Charles Nicolay, Topeka; one sister, Mary Francis Ryan, Solon, Iowa; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.

He was buried in Highland Cemetery, Scranton. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, Box 160, Lyndon, KS 66451.


Funeral services for Roberta M. Dickey, 68, Baldwin City, will be Thursday at Warren McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Mrs. Dickey died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Dec. 17, 1932 in Mountain Home, Ark., the daughter of James Henry and Maude Idella (Taylor) Morris. She was a cosmetician and worked for Raney Drug Store Downtown retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Quilter's Guild in Baldwin City.

She married Harold P. Dickey in 1966 in Lawrence.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Kathy McCrary, Baldwin City and Dr. Susan D. Sweat, Rochester, Minn.; one son, Phillip E. Reed, Baldwin City; one brother, Dr. Jerry D. Morris, Commerce, Texas; two sisters, Jenny Haugh, Fritch Texas; Lucille Smith, Tulsa, Okla.; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family will meet friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Burial will follow the service in the Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to


A memorial service for Kathryn Odelia Zeller, 55, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. today at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Private inurnment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Greenleaf, Wis.

Mrs. Zeller died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 15, 1946, in Greenleaf, the daughter of William and Colletta (Meulemans) Verbeten. She grew up in Greenleaf. She moved to Lawrence in 1988.

Mrs. Zeller received an associates of arts degree in culinary arts from Hocking Technical College, Nelsonville, Ohio. She owned and operated a summer resort, Butter & Eggs Pastry Shop in Egg Harbor, Wis., from 1985 to 1990. At the time of her death, she was employed as a coordinator of catering and special functions and assistant director of food service at Baker University, Baldwin.

She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and the American Culinary Federation

She married Joe Zeller on Sept. 16, 1967. They divorced after 28 years of marriage.

Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Kathryn Anello, Howell, N.J.; two sons, Zachary Zeller, Los Angeles and Noah Zeller, Durango, Colo.; four brothers, Rodney Verbeten, De Pere, Wis. and Douglas Verbeten, Dean Verbeten and William Verbeten, all of Greenleaf; four sisters, Donna Wall, Askeaton, Wis., Sharon Suttner and Linda Hanaway, both of De Pere and Mary Feller, Amberg, Wis.; two grandchildren and a friend, Bob Vojtech.

The family will receive friends at the home of Evan Williams after the memorial service.


Funeral services for Jerry J. Spradling, 59, Leoti, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Leoti. Mr. Spradling died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001 at Wichita County L.T.C.U. in Leoti.

He was born Nov. 10, 1941 at South Haven, the son of Orville B. and Bertha M. Charter Spradling. He was a farmer/stockman and had been a lifetime resident of Wichita County.

He married Beverly Tucker at Plainville on Nov. 11, 1961. He married Jeanne Speer on Jan. 8, 1984 at Leoti.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Leoti, Anthem Masonic Lodge #284, Scott City, charter member of Leoti Country Club and former city councilman.

Survivors include: his wife of the home; three sons, Vince Spradling, South Bend, Ind; Scott Spradling, Leoti; Jeremy Rodrock, Baldwin City; two daughters, Traci Tankersley, Leoti; Cheri Ochsner, Leoti; his mother, Bertha Spradling, Leoti; one brother, David Spradling, Bentonville, Ark.; three grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Spradling.

Memorials may be given to the Wichita County L.T.C.U. or the United Methodist Church and sent in care of the funeral home. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Thursday and until service time Friday at Price & Sons Funeral Home, Leoti. Burial will be in Leoti Cemetery.

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