Archive for Wednesday, April 24, 2002


April 24, 2002


Graveside services for Renna Francq, 85, Baldwin City, were Friday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mr. Francq died Wed., April 17, 2002, at the Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City.

He was born July 16, 1916, in rural Crawford County, the son of Renna and Juanita (Rauhut) Francq. He attended schools in Girard and Osawatomie. He lived in Baldwin City since 1951.

He joined the United States Army Dec. 23, 1940, and served with the 127th Field Artillery Battalion. He saw action in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes. He was awarded the American Defense Service Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from the service June 16, 1944, at the rank of Corporal. He joined Battery C, 127th Field Artillery Battalion of the Kansas National Guard at Paola. He was honorably discharged as Sergeant January 18, 1949.

Mr. Francq worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline from 1945 to 1951. He began work at the Olathe Naval Air Station in 1951 where he remained until the base closed in 1972. He worked for himself until beginning employment with the University of Kansas in 1977 and worked there until his retirement in 1979.

He married Madelin Dixon Surrell on January 21, 1944, at Salina. She died Dec. 26, 1990.

He was a member of the American Legion, Lloyd Beaton Post 228, Baldwin City, 40 & 8, Lawrence, and past member of the VFW , Lawrence.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Francq and his wife, Carol, Baldwin City, and David Francq and his wife, Karan, Gardner; two daughters, Shirley Trybom and her husband, Gene, Lawrence and Dixie Lee; two sisters, Vera Weaver, Helen Koch; one brother, Buddy Fouts; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one son, Earle Francq, two sisters, Ruth White and Mary Lombard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the 40 & 8 Nurses Training and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Graveside services for Arthur Leonard Sparks, 77, Baldwin City, were Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Interment will follow the service. Mr. Sparks died Sat., April 20, 2002, at the Colmery O'Neil VA Medical Center, Topeka.

He was born Nov. 26, 1924, near McLouth, the son of Arthur and Mabel (Grant) Sparks.

He entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 22, 1943, as a Private. He served in WWII during the Normandy Invasion and was wounded and taken prisoner at St. Lo, France. He was interned at Stalag IIA in East Germany for 9 1/2 months. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal and two Overseas Service Bars.

He worked for Palmyra and Eudora Township Road Maintenance Departments and farmed for many years.

He married Elaine Harris on Jan. 29, 1956, in Nevada. She survives.

Other survivors include one son, Timothy L. Sparks, Gardner; two daughters, Trina L. Jameson, Baldwin City and Terri L. Johnson, Scipio; four children by previous marriages, Nancy Sifford, Adams, Okla., Norma Jean Wheelock, Lawrence, Donna and Debbie of Missouri; three brothers, Charles Sparks, Perry, William Sparks, McLouth and Clifford Sparks, Gardner; two sisters, Mary Woodward, Oskaloosa, and Catherine Bidding, Topeka; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Keith N. Richards, 66, Baldwin City, died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Mr. Richards was cremated.

He was born April 15, 1936, at Gridley, the son of Kenneth E. and Anna (Wise) Richards. He graduated from Lebo High School in 1954.

He married Margaret Rollins Dec. 4, 1964. They moved to Lawrence after their marriage, then to Baldwin City in 1991.

He worked for the Kansas Union for nine years in Lawrence; Hillcrest Wrecker Service, Lawrence, and Douglas County Sign Maintenance Dept. He retired in 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of the home; three daughters, Doris Land and her husband, Don, Linwood, Teresa Graham and her husband, Robert, Topeka, and Rita Sherman and her husband, Barry, Overland Park; two sisters, Katherine Upchurch, Tyler, Texas, and Rose Marie Vanzant, Oklahoma; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles Richards and one sister, Velta Sue Roberts.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baldwin Senior Center and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006.

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