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July 7, 2005


Funeral services for Arthur Fridblom, 76, Lawrence, were Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence. Mr. Fridblom died June 27, 2005, at his home.

He was born August 25, 1928, at Janesville, Wisc., the son of Oscar Samuel and Myrtle Marie (Alling) Fridblom. He attended school in Madison, Wisc., and the University of Wisconsin. He graduated from Broadview Academy in Illinois in 1946.

He worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railway in Madison, Wisc., until 1953. He moved to Kansas and worked for Santa Fe Railroad in Kansas City, Kan., from 1953 until he retired in 1990.

He was a soloist for several churches in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas. He sang in the University of Missouri Mendelssohn Choir, the choir of B'nai Jehudah and several other vocal music groups. He studied at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

He moved to Lawrence in 1994. He was a member of the Lawrence Model Railroad Club.

He married Helen M. Stringham June 10, 1950, at Danforth Chapel at KU. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Barbara Miller, Lawrence, Karen Barnes, Dallas, and Grace Vaughn, Baldwin City; one son, Eugene P. Fridblom, Chesterfield, Mo., and 11 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Red Cross and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent to Subject: Fridblom.


Private family services for Charles C. "Chuck" Reams, 81, Ottawa, will be held. He will be cremated. Mr. Reams died July 1, 2005, at Richmond Care Center, Richmond.

He was born Nov. 18, 1923, at Ottawa, the son of Carl and Susie (Cameron) Reams. He attended Ottawa schools. He was a self-employed bulldozer operator.

Survivors include two daughters, Marita Kay VanErt, Edenton, N.C., and Carol Jane Vaitses, Clinton, Conn.; a sister, Louise Taul, Baldwin City; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Grace Fisher.

Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

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