Archive for Thursday, August 26, 2004


August 26, 2004


Graveside services for Russell C. Leach, 92, Wellsville, were Monday at Evergreen Mound Cemetery, Franklin County. Mr. Leach died Aug. 18, 2004, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City.

He was born Sept. 24, 1911, at Baldwin City, the son of Judson and Lula (Haas) Leach. He was raised in the Worden area and moved to Franklin County in 1935. He was a lifelong farmer and stockman.

He married Minnie Lee at Lawrence on March 12, 1934. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Norma Jean Sobba, Ottawa, and Joyce Ann Murray, Wellsville; two sons, Russell Eugene Leach, Baldwin City, and Robert L. Leach, Ottawa; a sister, Helen Pride, Modesto, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, Olin Leach, Joyce Leach, Vernon Leach, Tom Leach, Lester Leach, Tate Leach, and one sister, Zelda Letterman.

Memorials may be made to Franklin County 4-H or Heartland Hospice of Lawrence and sent in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Memorial services for Wilma M. Coffman, 97, Casper, Wyoming, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mrs. Coffman died Aug. 17, 2004, at Life Care Center, Casper, Wyo.

She was born Oct. 16, 1906, at Long Island, Kan., the daughter of William and Lula Whitted. She married Ted L. Brown. They were married 28 years. After the death of her first husband, she married Ray Brecheisen. After his death, she married Clarence Coffman, who also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Coffman was a resident of Baldwin City, from 1924 to 1985. She was an active member of Royal Neighbors.

Survivors include her son, Robert T. Brown and wife; stepdaughter, Mona and Al Benham and family; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was cremated. Newcomer Family Funeral Home, Casper, Wyo., handled arrangements.


Funeral services for Arden E. Johnson, 88, Baldwin City, were Monday at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Johnson died Aug. 20, 2004, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City.

He was born Nov. 5, 1916, in the Clearfield community area, the son of Grover and Emma (Brecheisen) Johnson. He attended school at Clearfield. He worked at Sunflower Ordinance Depot, DeSoto, as a carpenter. He became a dairyman in the mid 1940s in rural Douglas County and continued until his retirement.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Ottawa.

He married Winnie Mae Smiley June 19, 1937, in Douglas County. She died Sept. 16, 1986. He married Sarah Cox May 30, 1989, at Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include: two sons, Ernest Johnson and his wife, Vickie, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Don Johnson and his wife, Sandy, Baldwin City; one daughter, Bonnie Johnson, Lawrence; one brother, Othie Johnson, Eudora; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, one granddaughter, LeeAnn Johnson, one brother, Bus Johnson and three sisters, Eunice Smith, Aileen Hadl and Bea Stevenin.

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

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