Archive for Wednesday, June 26, 2002


June 26, 2002


Graveside services for Olive Alice Randel, 93, Baldwin City, were Friday at Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Randel died June 18, 2002, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin.

She was born Feb. 7, 1909, near Overbrook, the daughter of Robert Gavin and Lottie (Andrew) Brown. She graduated from Overbrook High School in 1927. She attended Baker University and earned a Masters Degree in Library Science in 1963.

She taught in several one-room schoolhouses in Douglas County, which included Rock Creek, Globe and Willow Springs. She also taught at Baldwin Elementary School where she organized the first elementary school library, Baldwin Junior High School and was the librarian for the new Baldwin High School that was established in 1969. She retired from the school system in 1971 after 37 years of teaching. After her retirement, she worked part-time at the Baldwin City Public Library for 10 years, and was instrumental in the reorganization of the library. She also tutored students for several years.

She married Clarence Randel on April 30, 1936, in Lawrence. He died March 30, 1988.

Mrs. Randel was a member of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 45 years. She was also very active in the Baldwin City community and earned the Community Woman of the Year Award in 1989 and the Ives Chapel United Methodist Woman of the Year in 1980. She was also a member of the Baldwin City AAUW, Douglas County Retired Teachers Association, Kansas State Teachers Association, Ives Chapel UMW and the Now or Never Club of Baldwin City.

Survivors include two nieces, Deanna Brooks, Topeka, and Janell Campbell, Berryton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ives Chapel United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Verna Lucinda Groff, 88, Osage City, were Tuesday at the Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon. Mrs. Groff died June 19, 2002, at Osage City.

She was born Aug. 29, 1913, in Osage City, the daughter of Robert Owen and Mignonette Rice Burd. She was a member of the Highland Baptist Church, Topeka.

She married Cecil K. Groff on June 20, 1937, in Osage City. He died Nov. 27, 1978.

Survivors include one son, Calvin Groff, address unknown and two sisters, Betty Nicolay, Baldwin City, and Bessie Rissen, Osage City.

Burial was at Osage City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or donor's choice and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, Box 160, Lyndon, KS 66451.


Funeral services for Gary W. Leonard, Sr., 58, Port Sheldon, Mich., formerly of Baldwin City, will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Leonard died Saturday, June 22, 2002, in Holland, Mich.

He was born Oct. 30, 1943, in Clinton, Mo., the son of Wallace and Bernadine (Cook) Leonard. In the early 1950s the family moved to the Kansas City area where Mr. Leonard attended and graduated from Southwest High School.

He married Alice M. Comer April 18, 1964, at Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Kansas City, Mo. He started FliteCraft in 1972, a company that manufactures radio controlled airplanes and boats, which he has owned and operated.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Gary W. Leonard, Jr. and his wife, Jocelyn, Baldwin City, and Jim Leonard and his wife, Susan, Holland, Mich.; seven brothers; three sisters and four grandchildren.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. The family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Annunciation Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Douglas County Hospice and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Memorial services for Annabelle Crawford Beeks, 97, formerly of Baldwin City, will be today at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mrs. Beeks died Sunday, June 23, 2002, at Kingswood Manor, Kansas City.

She was born in Adair County, Mo., on Feb. 1, 1905. She graduated from La Plata High School, La Plata, Mo.

She married Claude Benson Beeks June 15, 1962, in Prairie Village. He died in 1975.

She moved to the Baldwin City area in 1962 and was a member of the Baldwin City First United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and Chapter C.K. of P.E.O.

Survivors include a stepson, Dr. John W. Beeks, and his wife, Joan; a step granddaughter, Sarah Beeks Higdon; a step-great-granddaughter, Katherine Higdon, all of Mission Hills; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family burial in Oakwood Cemetery will precede the memorial service. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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