Archive for Wednesday, May 7, 2003


May 7, 2003


Services for Gerald Dale Moore, 73, Baldwin City, were Friday at Vinland Methodist Church. Burial was in Edgerton Cemetery. Mr. Moore died April 28, 2003, at his home in rural Baldwin.

He was born March 1, 1930, on a farm near Baldwin, the son of Estel Byard and Ada Francis (Edwards) Moore. He attended Willow Springs Rural School and Baldwin High School.

Mr. Moore was a farmer and raised Beefmaster cattle. He had attended Vinland United Methodist Church since 1968. He served on several boards and committees in the Vinland area, including Vinland Fair Assn. for 14 years, Rural Water District No. 4 board for five years, and various positions on the church board and committees. He was a member of Gideons International for five years and served as treasurer.

He married Virginia Rose Weeks in 1949. They later divorced. He married Dollie Jean DeMersseman on Dec. 1, 1967. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include five daughters, Jeralyn Rose Lewis, Meriden, Julie Ellyn Gordon, Denver, Joyce Elaine Day, Ozawkie, Loretta Kay DeMersseman Zachary, Lawrence, and Denise Lynn DeMersseman Woltje, Missouri City, Texas; three sons, John Burk Moore, El Dorado, Daniel Eugene DeMersseman, Parsons, and Randall Dean DeMersseman, Baldwin City; a brother, Max B. Moore; two sisters, Norma June Moore Allis and Ada Madalyn Moore Collins; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Three grandsons, Nicholas Dale Moore, Patrick Wayne Zachary and Robert Dale Reusch, died earlier.

The family suggests memorials to the church, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Graveside services for Edwin G. Higbie, 91, Wellsville, were Saturday at the Wellsville Cemetery. Mr. Higbie died April 29, 2003, at his home.

He was born May 14, 1911, in the Pleasant Valley community, west of Wellsville, the son of Damon and Thaisa (Jones) Higbie, Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Franklin County. He attended Pleasant Valley School. He worked at the LeLoup Grocery Store and the LeLoup Grain Elevator.

He married Wilma Rhoades at Lawrence on May 14, 1941. He farmed until 1969 when the family moved to Wellsville where he worked for Adriance Machinery Co. before retiring. His wife survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Douglas Edwin Higbie, and his wife, Jean, Williamsburg, and Milton Jay Higbie, and his wife, Nancy, Wellsville; a daughter, Karyl Ilene Tsurui, and her husband, Robert, Freemont, Calif.; a sister, Agnes Gifford, Burlington; two brothers, Damon Higbie, Jr., Wellsville and Louis Higbie, Topeka; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

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

Memorials may be made to the Edwin Higbie Memorial Fund and sent in care of Wilson's Funeral Home, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.

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