Archive for Thursday, April 28, 2005


April 28, 2005


Funeral services for James Witten "Sonny" Thompson, 80, Holts Summit, Mo., were April 25, at Union Hill Baptist Church, Holts Summit, Mo. Graveside services with full military honors were at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Jefferson City, Mo. Mr. Thompson died April 21, 2005, at the University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, Mo.

He was born August 28, 1924, at Jefferson City, Mo., the son of James McDonald and Mildred Shoffner Witten. He was raised by his mother and step-father, Earl Bryan Thompson. He attended high school at Jefferson City, Mo., and Central Methodist College at Fayette, Mo.

He married Geneva Parris Baker Jan. 2, 1947, at Lawrence. She survives of the home. He worked for more than 50 years as an electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 257. He served as the IBEW business manager and financial secretary for 10 years and on the Missouri State Labor Council for 12 years. He was past president of the Columbia and Jefferson City Building and Trade Association.

He served in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater, Hawaii, Leyte in the Phillipines and Okanawa. He also served as a Sergeant T4 in the Korean Occupational Force. He was a 50-year member of the Roscoe Enloe American Legion Post 5 and of the Roy Sone VFW Post 1003.

He was a member of the Union Hill Baptist Church where he served 20 years on the Board of Trustees; he served two terms as an Alderman for the City of Holts Summit; past president of the Holts Summit Civic Association; past president of the Retired Citizens of Holts Summit; a member of the Odd Fellows and the IBEW retirees.

Survivors include his wife, two sons, David B. Thompson and his wife Bonnie, Wainwright, Mo., and Daniel J. Thompson and companion Susan Henderson, Holts Summit, Mo.; one daughter, Mildred Kay Gutierrez and her husband, Manuel, Grandview, Mo.; one step-daughter, Sandra J. Cardens and her husband J.T., Baldwin City; one brother, Earl Bryan Thompson and his wife Mary Fran, Woodland Hills, Calif.; one sister, Frances Beaty, Manhattan; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Union Hill Baptist Church New Building Fund and sent in care of Slater-Millard Family Funeral Home, 540 South Summit Dr., Holts Summit, MO 65043.


A Service of Remembrance for Dale J. Landkamer, 75, Baldwin City, was Wednesday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Mr. Landkamer died April 23, 2005, at Baldwin Health Care and Rehab Center, Baldwin City.

He was born August 1, 1929, at Powell, Neb., the son of Mike and Hilda (Reedy) Landkamer. He attended schools at Powell. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1946. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 805th Food Service Squadron. He was honorably discharged in 1966.

He married Lorna Nolte Oct. 24, 1953, at Salina. She survives of the home. He moved to Baldwin City in 1969. He worked for the University of Kansas Housing Dept. as cafeteria manager for 22 years before retiring in 1991.

He was a member of Lloyd Beaton Post No. 228, American Legion, Baldwin City.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Shirley Landkamer of the home; three sons, Lloyd Landkamer, Mankato, Minn., Lynn Landkamer, Lawrence, and David Landkamer, Lawrence; a sister, Phylliss Stahmer, Lincoln, Neb.; and a brother, Lewis Landkamer, Lance Creek, Wyoming.

Mr. Landkamer was cremated. Memorials may be made to the Kansas Dialysis Center and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for W. Robert "Bob" Hellstrom, 76, Lawrence, are at 2 p.m. today at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Mr. Hellstrom died April 24, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 18, 1928, at Lawrence, the son of Walter and Emma (Rogers) Hellstrom. He attended Lawrence public schools. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a pressman at the Lawrence Journal-World from Feb. 1, 1948 to 1993, and then worked part-time until Feb. 1, 2002. He worked at the LJW for 53 years. He was a member of the North Lawrence Christian Church.

He married Marguerite A. Goodwin April 15, 1951, at Lawrence. She died June 11, 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Hellstrom, Independence, Mo., and Pam Wallace, Lawrence; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Ray Hellstrom, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Roberta Hellstrom, Baldwin City, and Rebecca Melton, Raytown, Mo., and a companion, Leona Hunsinger, Lawrence.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, with military honors by Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, was in charge of arrangements.

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