Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2003


April 16, 2003


Funeral services for Sgt. Jacob Lee Butler, 24, Wellsville, were Monday at Wellsville Baptist Church, Wellsville. Sgt. Butler died while serving his country in As Samawah, Iraq, April 1, 2003.

He was born April 26, 1978, at Merriam, the son of James C. and Cynthia D. (Aune) Butler. He attended South Park Elementary School, Merriam, before moving with his family to Wellsville in 1990. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1996. He worked for Nolke's Cash Saver, Wellsville, and SMH, Olathe, before joining the U.S. Army in November 1998. He was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas, after basic training, for two years, as a cavalry scout. He re-enlisted on March 23, 2001, and was transferred to Ft. Riley. As a cavalry scout, Sgt. Butler went on tour to Kuwait in 1999 and was later deployed again to Kuwait in April of 2002. In January 2003, Sgt. Butler went to the Mohave Desert in California for four weeks for desert training and was then deployed to Kuwait in March of 2003. He advanced into Iraq with his unit, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, when he gave his life for his country.

Survivors include his parents of Wellsville; four brothers, James C. Butler, Jr., Wellsville; Joshua M. Butler, and his wife, Chrissy, Ottawa; Joseph D. Butler, his twin, Olathe; Justin M. Butler, Wellsville; paternal grandparents, Robert J. and Nancy J. Butler, Baldwin City; nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.

Sgt. Butler's awards and decorations include: The Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, The Army Achievement Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star, The Good Conduct Medal and The Purple Heart, earned in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Military burial services followed funeral services at Wellsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sgt. Jake Butler Trust Fund in care of Wilson's Funeral Home, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.


Graveside services for Evelyn Dale Morton, 82, Lawrence, were Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Morton died April 10, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 7, 1921, at Larned, the daughter of George F. and Orah Maude (Beebe) Bauer. She moved to Lawrence in 1974. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Larned.

She married Beverly C. Morton, Sr. July 6, 1939, at Larned. He survives.

Other survivors include four sons, Beverly Morton, Jr., Lawrence, Larry D. Morton, Winter Springs, Fla., Robert W. Morton, Denton, Texas, and Richard A. Morton, Shawnee; three daughters, Marilyn Turner, Dodge City, Carrie Werth, Olathe, and Lori Ward, Baldwin City; a brother, Harold L. Bauer, Larned; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Assoc. or the Foundation Fighting Blindness -- The National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, Inc., and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Graveside services for Donald W. Sloan, 87, Wellsville, will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Wellsville Cemetery. Mr. Sloan died April 13, 2003, at Wellsville Manor.

He was born Aug. 29,1915, at Wellsville, the son of Milton and Bertha (Detar) Sloan. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1933. He joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 53 in 1941. As a journeyman he operated heavy equipment building electrical highlines. He joined the U. S. Army Dec. 21, 1942. He served as a tank commander with the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to the 7th Armored Division. He served in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and Battle of St. Vith. He was honorably discharged Dec. 13, 1945.

He married Marjorie "Judy" Field Oct. 9, 1948, at St. Joseph, Mo. She preceded him in death in 1990.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Sloan and his wife, Janet, Wellsville, and Patrick Sloan, Ottawa; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Paige.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister, Merle Warnock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wellsville Masonic Lodge or the Wellsville American Legion Post 194 and sent in care of Wilson's, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.

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