Archive for Wednesday, October 16, 2002


October 16, 2002


Funeral services for Ryan Dean Besser, 34, Eudora, were Saturday at the Elm Grove Baptist Church, Bonner Springs. Mr. Besser died Oct. 7, 2002, at his home.

He was born March 19, 1968, in Lawrence, the son of Richard and Anna (Edgerton) Besser. He graduated from Eudora High School. He drove a route for Schwan's Fine Foods for several years and worked for Fred Stewart at the Saw Mill.

He married Barbara Henry. She survives of Colby.

Other survivors include two daughters, LeAnn Besser, Kansas City, and Natasha Besser, Colby; one son, Kevin Besser, Colby; one stepson, Nick Henry, Colby; his mother, Anna Besser, Eudora; four brothers, Mark Besser, Eudora; Gordon Besser, Oskaloosa; Randy Besser, Linwood and Jimmy Besser, Eudora; two sisters, Ginger Ballard, Hackett, Ark. and Linda Roggenkamp, Baldwin City.

He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Joedy Besser and Eric Besser.

Burial was at Eudora City Cemetery, Eudora. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ryan Dean Besser Memorial Fund and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be made to


Funeral services for Ernest C. Mullins, 72, Albuquerque, N.M, formerly from Baldwin City, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Mr. Mullins died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, in Albuquerque, N.M.

He was born May 14, 1930, in Sweet Springs, Mo., the son of John Edward and Fleeta Merle (Hensley) Mullins. He graduated from the Windsor High School in 1949.

He worked for Sunflower Ordinance Depot, De Soto. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He worked for DuPont in Tecumseh as a production supervisor for 26 years before retiring in 1985. He worked for Olathe Ford Tractor from 1988 until 1994.

He married Jewell K. Siscoe on Jan. 11, 1957, in De Soto. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Lawrence, for over 30 years and was a member of the Honky Tonk Outlaws dance group.

Survivors include his wife, Jewell; one son, Darrel Mullins, Parkville, Mo.; daughters, Gaylene Berberick, Georgia; Cheryl Mullins, Albuquerque, N.M.; Nancy Torneden and her husband, Jerry, Tijeras, N.M.; Janet Mullins, Janet Kramer, Brenda Sandoval and her husband, Russell, all of Albuquerque; one brother, Paul Mullins, Fla; two sisters, Geneva Friend, Mo., and Marie DuBouis, Kansas and 14 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends before the service at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis foundation or to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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