Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2005


December 1, 2005


Funeral services for Norman Dean Chambers, 78, Woodward, Okla., formerly of Pomona, were Monday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa. Mr. Chambers died Nov. 21, 2005, at St. Mary's Regional Hospital, Enid Okla.

He was born Nov. 22, 1926, at Pomona, the son of Clyde J. and Eva (Whitaker) Chambers. He graduated from Pomona High School in 1944. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1946. He worked at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, DeSoto, Bendix Corporation in Kansas City, Mo., and was a self-employed plumber for many years. He worked at Baker University as a plumber for 22 years, retiring in 1993. He moved to Woodward, Okla.

He married Charlotte Miller in 1947. They later divorced. He married Rita (Ring) Klick Aug. 27, 1986, at Miami, Okla. She survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Ricky N. Chambers and his wife Barbara, Reno, Nev., Robert D. Chambers and his wife Cheryl, Burlington, and Bruce A. Chambers and his wife Elizabeth, Ketchikan, Alaska; one daughter, Rhonda G. Moore and her husband Danny, Baldwin City; two stepsons, Jeff Klick and his wife Kim, Mooreland, Okla., and Preston Klick and his wife Jeanne, Manhattan; four brothers, Gail Chambers, Lane, Keith Chambers, Hayden, Idaho, Virgil Chambers, Ottawa, and Warren Chambers, Pomona; four sisters, Kay Massengale, Rantoul, Jean Clark, Ottawa, Marge Kitts, Ottawa, and Evelyn Martin, Overbrook; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Ronald D. Chambers and three brothers, Don, Wayne and Bob Chambers.

Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Cemetery and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.


Funeral services for Minnie Madl, 92, Aledo, Texas, formerly of Baldwin City, were Saturday at Wilson's Funeral Home, Wellsville. Mrs. Madl died Nov. 21, 2005.

She was born July 26, 1913, near Gardner, the daughter of James and Katy McAvoy. She graduated from Gardner High School in 1932. She was a cook in restaurants and she spent four summers cooking at a resort in Wyoming. Later she was a cook at Gardner Hospital, retiring in 1973.

She helped organize the Wellsville Nutrient Center in 1976 and was site manager for 18 months. She was a member of Fit-N-Fun Senior Citizen group.

She married Louis Harra Sept. 18, 1933. He died in 1965. She married Ralph Madl Sept. 20, 1980. They lived on a farm near Baldwin until his death in 1996. She moved to Wellsville in 1997 until Oct. 2004 when she moved to Aledo, Texas, until her death.

Survivors include a son, Robert Harra and his wife Janet, Aledo, Texas; a daughter, Linda Todd and her husband Randy, Cumming, Ga.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Wilson's Funeral Home, Wellsville, was in charge of services.


Funeral services for Chester L. Cordes, 73, Meade, were Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, Meade. Mr. Cordes died Nov. 21, 2005, at his home.

He was born Jan. 24, 1932, in rural Meade County. He graduated from Meade High School in 1953. He was a lifetime resident of Meade. He was a farmer and stockman.

He was a member of Saint John Lutheran Church, Meade. He served in the United States Army. He held various offices for Odee Township.

He married Jonnie (Dunbar) McAtee August 30, 1980. She died Dec. 22, 1990. He married Vera M. Davis May 9, 1992. She survives.

Other survivors include two stepsons, Jim McAtee and his wife Tricia, Baldwin City, and Ted McAtee and his wife Casie, Meade; a stepdaughter, Jerrie Riley, Topeka; a brother, John Cordes, Meade; a sister, Opal Dirks, Overland Park; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, a stepson, Dale McAtee, a brother, Arthur Cordes, and a sister, Christina Wurdeman.

Burial was at Atwater Cemetery, rural Meade. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church and sent in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, 212 S. Fowler, Meade, KS 67864.

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