Archive for Wednesday, October 29, 2003


October 29, 2003


Funeral services for Vera Etta Jarvis Bailey, 93, Lawrence, were Friday at Lawrence Heights Christian Church, Lawrence. Mrs. Bailey died Oct. 20, 2003, at the Eudora Nursing Center, Eudora.

She was born May 27, 1910, at Seiling, Okla., the daughter of Orval Russell and Mary Jane (DeWitt) Jarvis. She grew up in Dewey County, near Canton, Okla., graduating from high school in Dewey County. She taught school in western Okla. and southeast Kansas. She moved to Wilson County, Kan., in 1931 and to Baldwin City in 1942. She worked for Acme Dry Cleaners, Lawrence, and Cook's Cleaners, Baldwin City. She retired in 1978. She was a seamstress and sewing and cooking leader for Palmyra 4-H Club.

She was a member of Evangeline Chapter No. 162 Order of Eastern Star, Hopewell Country Club, Douglas County Home Demonstration Unit, W.S.C.S., Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, Tonganoxie Christian Church and Lawrence Heights Christian Church, Lawrence.

She married Harold H. Bailey April 20, 1930, in Dewey County, Okla. He died April 7, 2001.

Survivors include two sons, Russell H. Bailey, Lawrence, and Walter J. Bailey, Baldwin City; two daughters, Mary Julia Webb, Kansas City, Mo., and Erma C. Fuller, Eudora; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be left to Heart of America Hospice or Eudora Nursing Center Landscaping Fund and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.


Graveside services for Veda L. Barnhart, 84, Ottawa, were Friday at Sutton Cemetery, Douglas County. Mrs. Barnhart died Oct. 21, 2003, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa.

She was born July 21,1919, at Baldwin City, the daughter of Frank and Iva (Clary) Sutton. She graduated from Appanoose High School in 1937. She was employed by Mode O'Day in Ottawa from 1955 to 1982. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

She married Ted Barnhart on Nov. 10, 1938, at Overbrook. He died Oct. 1, 1976.

Survivors include one daughter, Shirley (Barnhart) Rosa, Hoyt; a sister, Helen Schwalm, Baldwin City; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one son, Larry Barnhart, one brother, Harry Sutton and two sisters, Eva Hardtarfer and Mary Pippert.

Memorials may be left to the American Lung Association and sent in care of Dengel and Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067.


Memorial services for Kenneth E. Visser, 76, Manhattan, will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the College Avenue United Methodist Church, Manhattan. Military honors will follow. Mr. Visser died Oct. 26, 2003, at Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan.

He was born March 27, 1927, near Riley, the son of William Edward and Martha E. (Sylvester) Visser. He attended Bethel Grade School, graduated from Riley High School in 1945 and Kansas State University in 1952 and 1957. He enlisted in the Army January 19, 1946 and served with the Stars and Stripes Army newspaper in Altdorf and Pfungstadt, Germany, until he was given an honorable discharge in December1948.

He married Rosemary Wade, Baldwin City, May 30, 1954, at Riley. He was a 4-H agent in Marshall County for four years. After receiving his master's degree in Animal Nutrition in 1957, he worked as Assistant County Agricultural Agent in Brown County. He was a feed consultant for Walnut Grove Products in York, Nebr., and started farming in Clay Center in 1961. They farmed near Wakefield for 26 years. He served on a number of agricultural boards and was a Lions Club member.

He wrote a column, "Visiting with Visser," which appeared in the Wakefield newspapers and had several feature articles printed. After he quit farming, he served as a part-time lay pastor for the United Methodist Church in the Manchester/Wells charge for three years. He sold insurance and securities for several years.

They moved to Manhattan in 1993. He had countless hours volunteering for many activities. He was a member of the College Avenue Methodist Church, Manhattan, and served in many positions in the church.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; one daughter, Yvonne Kay Cummins and her husband, Ted, Hockley, Texas; two sons, Karl Visser and his wife, Susan, Champaign, Ill., and Jerry Visser and his wife, Michele, Brookings, S.D.; five brothers; one sister and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one grandson.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Friday at the College Avenue United Methodist Church, Manhattan.

His body was donated to the Kansas University Medical Center for research. Memorials may be made to the College Avenue United Methodist Church, the Riley County Historical Museum for the Veterans Oral History Project or to the K.S.U. Foundation for the Kenneth and Rosemary Visser Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502

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