Archive for Wednesday, February 5, 2003


February 5, 2003


Funeral services for Donald F. McMillen, 90, Baldwin City, were Friday at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mr. McMillen died Jan. 28, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 28, 1912, at Stony Point, the son of Jack and Bertha Ann (Lawson) McMillen. He attended school at Stony Point Rural School before beginning employment with the Palmyra Township as a steam engine operator. In 1940 he began employment with the Santa Fe Railroad and worked there as a machine operator until his retirement in September 1974.

Mr. McMillen was a member of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. He was a member of the Black Jack Historical Society and a 50 year member of the Lloyd Beaton American Legion Post No. 228 in Baldwin City.

He served in the United States Army 770th Railway Operation Battalion during WWII. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

He married Lucille Robertson Aug. 2, 1940, at Pleasant Grove. She died May 10, 1994.

Survivors include two daughters, Alice Gurley and her husband, Sam, and Judy Wagner and her husband, Roger, all of Baldwin City; one son, Jim McMillen and his wife, Pam, Tecumseh; one sister, Letha Myers, Baldwin City; two brothers, Chester McMillen, Baldwin City, and Dale McMillen, Pleasant Grove; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one brother, Carl McMillen in 1936.

Burial was at Vinland Cemetery, Vinland. Memorials may be made to Ives Chapel United Methodist Church or the Vinland Cemetery Association and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Memorial services for Carol Marie Nicolay, 62, Wellsville, were Tuesday at Wellsville Baptist Church. Mrs. Nicolay died Jan. 31, 2003. She was cremated.

She was born Aug. 8, 1940, at Edgerton. She graduated from Wellsville High School in 1958. She received an undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University and a graduate degree from Webster University. She taught Physical Education and Health for 34 years, 32 for the Olathe School District.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Good, Wellsville, and two brothers, Donald Good, Meade, and Terry Good, Baldwin City.

Survivors include her mother, Elsie Good, Wellsville; three daughters, Kim Ross and her husband, Jeff, Manhattan; Kristin Allred, Wellsville, and Ginger Nicolay, San Francisco, Calif.; one son, Steven Nicolay and his wife, Heather, Tonganoxie; one brother, Larry Good and his wife, Janet, Olathe; one grandson; four granddaughters; a sister-in-law, Linda Good, Wellsville, and a cousin, Lucille Good, Wellsville.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Wellsville, date and time are pending. Memorials can be made to Carol Nicolay Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Wilson Funeral Home, 607 Main, Wellsville, KS 66092.


Helen Claggett Funkhouser, 99, Baldwin City, (formerly of Tonganoxie) died Feb. 2, 2003, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City. Mrs. Funkhouser donated her body to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

She was born March 30, 1903, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Dr. Wilson G. and Elsa-Mae (Kneisley) Claggett. She married James Alexander Funkhouser Aug. 14, 1925, in Dayton, Ohio. He died March 4, 1994.

She graduated from Steel High School in 1923; attended Ohio State University and Carnegie Institute of Technology Drama Dept., Pittsburgh, Pa. She became well known as a concert singer and teacher of voice and was a news reporter for the Manchester Union Leader for 10 years. She was elected to the N. H. Legislature in 1952. She was president of New Hampshire Roadside Improvement Association and president of N. H. Federation of Garden Clubs from 1946--1948. She moved to California in 1961 where in 1963 she was elected to Las Virgenes Resource Conservation District. She was the president and first woman elected to the Resource Conservation District and was on the Los Angeles Citizens Planning Council for 14 years. She was president of Malen Corporation and ran the "House of Star," the largest beauty salon in the San Fernando Valley. She taught at California Lutheran University and received the Pearl Buck National Award for civic work presented by Kappa Delta Alumni Association of San Fernando Valley.

She moved to Tonganoxie in 1986 and was a member of P.E.O. Sorority; life member of National Council of State Garden Clubs; life member of American Forestry; life member of Save the Redwoods League; life member of Las Virgenes Historical Society and Tonganoxie Historical Society; member of the National Order of Women Legislators and member of First Congregational Church, Tonganoxie. She was listed in "Who's Who of American Women" as a writer, singer and teacher. She wrote "Autobiography" published in 1991.

Survivors include one son, James Claggett Funkhouser, Baldwin City; one daughter, Elsa-Mae Jensen, Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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