Archive for Wednesday, January 30, 2002


January 30, 2002


Funeral services for Thelma Snowbarger, 91, Baldwin City, were Monday at the Vinland United Methodist Church, Vinland. Mrs. Snowbarger died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at her home.

She was born Sept. 7, 1910, in Ruleton, the daughter of Oscar and Mildred (Kvasnicka) Schmaltz. She grew up in Ruleton and graduated from the Sherman Community High School, Goodland, in 1931.

She married Roy Snowbarger June 14, 1931. They were married 39 years before his death in 1970.

The family moved to Baldwin City in 1950. She worked at Vinland and Baldwin grade schools as a cook from 1952 to 1970. She was a member of the Vinland United Methodist Church, Vinland United Methodist Women and EHU.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Coriell and her husband, Clyde, Kansas City, Mo; Eloise Craig and her husband, Larry, Baldwin City; Miriam Thiele and her husband, Jim, Woodbine, Iowa; one sister, Dorothy Hanson, Houghton, Mich.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and two sisters.

She was buried at the Vinland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vinland United Methodist Church or to the Vinland Cemetery Association, and sent in care of the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006.


Funeral services for William "Bill" Cowart, 83, Baldwin City, were Tuesday at the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Mr. Cowart died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at the Baldwin Care Center.

He was born Aug. 7, 1918, in Mountain Home, Ark., the son of Don and Betty (Riley) Cowart.

Mr. Cowart was inducted into the United States Army in 1941 and was stationed in Italy during World War II. He served in the 4th Tank Batallion under General Patton, earning five Bronze Stars, six Overseas Bars, two Service and Campaign Ribbons, a Lapel Button and a Good Conduct Medal for his service to our country. He returned to Mountain Home, Ark., in 1945 with an honorable discharge.

He married Mabel Irene Lane Nov. 17, 1945, at Cotter, Ark. They were married 55 years before her death Sept. 5, 2001. They moved to Baldwin City in 1952.

He was a carpenter for Local Union No. 714 and worked at Hercules Army Ammunition Plant for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge. After his retirement in 1970, he worked for Oakwood Cemetery Association. He was involved in "Teen Town," a city youth program in Baldwin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Harvey Cowart and one daughter, Joan Cowart.

He is survived by two daughters, Judy Morris, Baldwin City and Robin Clevenger and her husband, Stephen, Lawrence; one son, Keith Cowart and his wife, Leslie, Baldwin City; one brother, James Cowart and his wife, Mary Jo, Tacoma, Washington; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorial contributions may be made to Oakwood Cemetery Association or Baldwin Care Center and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Graveside services for John Porter Bell, Jr., 84, Wellsville, were Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mr. Bell died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002.

He was born Nov. 3, 1917, on the family homestead, east of Baldwin City, the son of John Porter and Minnie (Wilson) Bell. He attended Prospect Grade School and Baldwin High School.

He married Claudine Greenlee Oct. 10, 1942. They were married 59 years.

He was a farmer and worked at Hercules Powder Company in the 1940s. He was a member of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 2700 in Ottawa.

He is survived by his wife of the home; one daughter, Dorothy Ann Bell, Newport Bay, Ore.; two sons, Kenneth Bell, Wellsville; Daryl Bell and his wife, Gloria, Wellsville; one step-daughter, Sue Carol Drew, Kansas City; one brother, Jack Bell, Baldwin City; four grandchildren; and nine step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim Bell.

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

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