Archive for Thursday, August 25, 2005


August 25, 2005


Funeral services for Wallace Gale Armbrister, 60, Baldwin City, were Saturday at Lawrence First United Methodist Church. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Armbrister died Aug. 17, 2005, at Royal Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Olathe.

He was born October 28, 1944, at Roanoke, Va., the son of Eugene Wallace and Ethel "Danner" Smith Armbrister. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1963. He served in the HHC, 2Bn, 137th Inf., Kansas National Guard. During the Vietnam War he was on active duty at Ft. Carson, Colo., from 1968-1969.

He was a supervisor for more than 25 years for Hallmark Cards and retired in Feb. 1999. After retirement he worked for Pine Family Farms and as a substitute teacher in the Baldwin City schools.

He was a member of Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14, American Legion, Lawrence, the Lawrence First United Methodist Church, the Vinland Grade School Site Council and the Coal Creek Library Association.

He was active in the American Legion and other youth amateur baseball, as well as other youth activities for many years in Lawrence and Baldwin City. He recently served as an assistant coach of the Baldwin High School girls' softball team.

He married Cheryl "Cheri" Kitlen April 30, 1966, at Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Matt, Raleigh, N.C., and Jay, Baldwin City; his mother, Ethel Armbrister, Lawrence; two brothers, Jackson Armbrister, Lawrence, and E.L. Smith, Wytheville, Va.; one sister, Pattie Johnston, Lawrence, and two grandchildren

Memorials may be made to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Fund or a charity of choice and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent to, Subject: Armbrister.


Funeral services for James Baker, Jr., 80, Wellsville, were Saturday at the Wellsville Baptist Church, Wellsville. Burial was at Fouts Cemetery, southeast of Ottawa. Mr. Baker died Aug. 16, 2005, at Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

He was born Sept. 14, 1924, at Prairie Hill, Mo., the son of James and Inez M. (Richardson) Baker. He attended schools at Prairie Hill, Mo.

He served in the Merchant Marines in 1943 and entered the U.S. Army as Corporal Feb. 4, 1948, at Fort Knox, Ky. He was discharged Jan. 30, 1952, at Camp McCoy, Wis.

He married Ella Rose Kohl Aug. 12, 1955, at Kansas City, Mo. He worked at a lumber company in Mission before working at the John Rohrer Construction Company, Kansas City, Kan. He retired in December 1989.

He attended the Wellsville Baptist Church. He was a member of Teamsters Local 541 in Kansas City, Mo., and was a Boy Scout leader.

Survivors include his wife of the home; four sons, Kenneth James Baker, Wellsville, Charles Edward Baker and his wife Susan, Wellsville, Alan Wayne Baker, Wellsville, and Michael Ervin Baker and his wife Shelley, Wellsville; a daughter, Diana Hendry and her husband Marvin, Topeka; a sister, Evelyn Headings, Maple Valley, Wash.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Rogers-Graves, and two brothers, Gene Baker and Oren Baker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellsville Baptist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.


Graveside services for Charles Wesley Corel, Jr., 82, Baldwin City, were Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Corel died Aug. 17, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

He was born Aug. 10, 1923, at Lawrence, the son of Charles Wesley Corel, Sr. and Jetty (Meadows) Corel. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1942. He served in the Navy.

He married Opal Murray in 1945 in California. They moved to Lawrence in 1947 and to Baldwin City in 1952. He was a carpenter for B.A. Green and also farmed.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, David Corel, Baldwin City, and Dale Corel, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; one daughter, Sandra Climer, Baldwin City; one brother, Glenn Corel, Lawrence; one sister, Bonnie Herlbrink, Okla., and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Kansas 4-H Foundation and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent to


Graveside services for Virginia G. Randel, 94, Fremont, Calif., were Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mrs. Randel died Aug. 16, 2005, at her home.

She was born August 10, 1911 at Illif, Colo., the daughter of Roy Thornton and Anna Martha (Strickland) Green

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell I. Randel, and her daughter Linda J. Randel.

Survivors include three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, was in charge of arrangements.

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