Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005


March 24, 2005


Funeral services for Raymond Sigel Pearson, 100, Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Pearson died March 21, 2005, at his home.

He was born February 12, 1905, at his parents' home east of Baldwin City, the son of Robert Sigel and Cena Lillis (Prather) Pearson. He attended Black Jack, Spring Creek and Baldwin schools. He worked on the family farm.

He married Mary Katherine "Katie" Randel April 2, 1927, at Olathe. She died August 12, 2001. They had two children, Ralph Raymond and Mary Elizabeth.

Mr. Pearson farmed all his life. He worked at Baldwin Grain Elevator, Sunflower Ammunition Plant and as a builder at Gardner. He retired at age 65.

Mrs. Pearson developed Alzheimer's and moved to Orchard Lane Nursing Home in 1998 and Mr. Pearson moved there a short time later.

Mr. Pearson died on what would have been Mrs. Pearson's 96th birthday.

Survivors include a son, Raymond Pearson and his wife Marja, Baldwin City; a daughter, Mary Haid and her husband Elton, Lawrence; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Edith Mae O'Neil, Hallie Esther Kyle and Ruth Vivian Van Tries; a brother, Donald Robert Pearson, and his wife, Mary Katherine Pearson.

Mr. Pearson was the last surviving grandson of Robert Hall Pearson.

Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Memorials may be made to Ives Chapel Building Fund or to Douglas County Visiting Nurses and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Graveside services for Roy Lee Reed, 88, Baldwin City, were Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mr. Reed died March 21, 2005, at Lakeview Nursing Home, Lawrence.

He was born December 4, 1916, at Lucas, the son of Robert and Nellie (McMillan) Reed. He grew up on the family farm near Lucas, then worked at the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at Valley Falls. He later worked for the Lawrence Flour Mill and McPherson Flour Mill filling government orders during the war. He was a truck driver for 22 years. He worked for Stevenson Oldsmobile, Jack Ellena Buick and Johnson Chevrolet as a mechanic. He was a road maintenance operator for Willow Springs and Palmyra Townships and in later years he refinished furniture.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, and their son, Jeff Reed, of the home. Children from previous marriages are Roy (Sonny) Reed, Jr., Joy Marden and Cherly Ashby, Denver, Billie Reed, Boulder, Colo., and Larry Reed, Oahu, Hawaii, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Step-children include Keith Pearce, Berryton, Richard and John Pearce, Centralia, Allene Keating, Topeka, and Marsha Pohl, Baldwin City, six step-children and five step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Roy Reed Memorial Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Shirley J. Gardner, 70, Valley Falls, were Monday at Mercer Funeral Home, Valley Falls. Mrs. Gardner died March 18, 2005, at her home.

She was born May 20, 1934, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of James R. and Gladys Detrick Thomas. She graduated from high school in Kansas City, Kan.

She married Joseph H. Gardner, Sr., May 17, 1952, in Kansas City, Kan.

Survivors include her husband of the home, three sons, Joseph H. Gardner, Jr., Valley Falls, James R. Gardner and Larry G. Gardner, both of Springfield, Mo.; two daughters, Linda Sue Kerr and Shirley J. Leach, both of Lawrence; two brothers, James R. Thomas, Paola, Frank Nelson Thomas, Baldwin City, a sister, JoAnn Smith, Omaha, Neb., and six grandchildren.

Burial was at the Valley Falls Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Jefferson County Health Department and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, KS 66088.

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