Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2003


May 28, 2003


Funeral services for Lester E. Hey, 88, Baldwin City, were Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Hey died May 23, 2003, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City.

He was born May 8, 1915, at Baldwin City, the son of William and Emma Marie (Hauser) Hey. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1935. He attended Baker University before graduating from Kansas University in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was then employed with Wright Aeronautical Company, Patterson, N.J. He returned to Baldwin in 1947 to work with his father and brother at Hey Machinery.

He married Anna Kuntz at Patterson, N.J., on March 15, 1942. She died March 26, 2001.

He was a member of KU Alumni Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Baldwin First United Methodist Church and Baldwin City Rotary. He was past member of the Baldwin City Cemetery Association, serving as president, and past member of the Baldwin State Bank Board.

Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn Duncan and her husband, Paul, Albuquerque, N.M.; Sharon Minkes and her husband, Mark, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Sally Meador and her husband, Mick, Checotah, Okla.; one son, Bob Hey and his wife, Claudia, Baldwin City; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one brother, Bill, and two sisters, Tilly and Velma.

Private family burial was at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna K. and Lester E. Hey Education Fund (to benefit local high school seniors) or the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Nellie Marie Vaughn, 84, Baldwin City, will be today at 2 p.m. at the Washington Creek Church of the Brethren, north of Globe. Mrs. Vaughn died May 25, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

She was born July 19, 1918, in Osage County, the daughter of George and Stella (Krause) Finch. She graduated from Appanoose High School in 1938.

She married Orlyn Vaughn Jan. 2, 1939, at the Worden United Methodist Church Parsonage. He died in 1993.

She and her husband farmed south of Lonestar for many years. She was involved with the Worden 4-H Club and a member of the Washington Creek Church of the Brethren where she taught Sunday school and served as Deacon.

Survivors include two sons, Duane Vaughn and his wife, Joan, Olathe, and Gene "Butch" Vaughn and his wife, Grace, Baldwin City; two daughters, Marlene Proctor and her husband, Tom, Waco, Texas, and Darlene Bergquist and her husband, Gene, Camdenton, Mo.; three sisters, Lucy Herschell and her husband, Charles, Overbrook; Georgene Barnes, Muskegon, Mich., and Maxine Savage and her husband, Ed, Sarasota, Fla.; seven grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlyn, her parents, two brothers, Loyd and Floyd Finch and a step-grandchild.

Burial will be at the Washington Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington Creek Church or to the Gospel Chapel and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Nancy Kay Thuro, 58, Wellsville, will be at 10 a.m., Thursday at Wilson's Funeral Home, Wellsville. Mrs. Thuro died May 24, 2003, at Olathe Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 14, 1944, at Ottawa, the daughter of Clarence R. and Janie M. (Harkins) Kirkland. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1962.

She married Dwight W. Thuro on Dec. 7, 1962, at Ottawa. He survives of the home. She lived in Franklin County all her life, moving to Wellsville in 1964. She began working for the Wellsville Elementary School in 1981. She was a paraprofessional with USD 289 working in special education for more than 20 years until her health caused her to stop in March of this year.

She was a member of the Wellsville Baptist Church and the Compassionate Friends Support Group.

Survivors include her husband, three sons, Michael Thuro, Ottawa; Dwight Thuro, Jr., Wellsville; and Marc Thuro, Olathe; a daughter, Misti Thuro, of the home; her mother, Janie (Kricland) Smith, Wellsville; four sisters, Magdalene Andrade, Prairie Village; Betty Kluender, Kansas City; Karen Green, Wellsville; Cherry Williams, Eudora; one brother, Jim Kirkland, Bowling Green, Ky.; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, one brother, Clarence (Buddy) Kirkland, Jr., and her daughter, Christine Rene Thuro (1991).

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wilson's. Burial will follow the service in the Wellsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christine Rene and Nancy Thuro Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Wilson's Funeral Home, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092.

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