Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005


March 31, 2005


Memorial services for Helen M. Butell, 93, Eudora, were Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ottawa. She was cremated. Mrs. Butell died March 23, 2005, at Eudora Nursing Home.

She was born December 5, 1911, near Eudora, the daughter of Joseph and Walburga (Eder) Schehrer. She attended school in the Eudora area.

She married Richard T. Butell August 4, 1931, at Eudora. He died December 8, 1985. After their marriage, they moved to the Butell family farm where they established a Grade A dairy farm. They retired in 1968 and moved to Ottawa.

Mrs. Butell was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Altar Society in Ottawa.

Survivors include one son, James Butell and his wife Barbara, Lawrence; three grandsons, two great-grandsons; two step-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, one son, Bill Butell, three brothers, George, Clarence and John Schehrer, and one sister, Alice Blechel.

Inurnment was at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Ottawa. Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.


Graveside services for Georgia Arlene Murphy, 90, Baldwin City, were Monday at Moran Cemetery, Moran. Mrs. Murphy died March 24, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

She was born December 13, 1913, at Elsmore, the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Umphrey) Alderman. She attended Old Elsmore, Great Prairie Hall and the Independence Country Grade Schools. She graduated from Moran High School in 1932.

She married L.D. Smith Feb. 19, 1933, at Allen County. They divorced. She married Charles Kohler, they divorced. She married George Murphy at Burlington, they divorced.

She lived in Iola, Coffeyville, and Claymore, Okla. She worked as a waitress for 15 years, at the Coop Electric Company for 17 years and Helzberg Jewelry, Lenexa. She retired in 1987.

She attended Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Smith and his wife Bonnie, Baldwin City; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, Keith Smith, four sisters, Merle Ludlum, Beryl Ludlum, Shirley Janke and Helen Bacon; two brothers, Luther and Clarence Alderman.

Memorials may be made to Ives Chapel United Methodist Church or Hospice and may be sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.


Funeral services for Harry O. Barnes, 89, Spring Hill, were Saturday at Wilson & Son Funeral Home, Paola. Mr. Barnes died March 23, 2005, at Olathe Medical Center.

He was born April 23, 1915, at Hillsdale, to James and Mattie Jennings Barnes. He attended school in Miami County.

He married Helen M. Smith in June 1938, at Kansas City, Mo., They lived in the Paola area moving to a farm in Hillsdale where they lived for 32 years before making their home in Spring Hill in 1992. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. He spent 30 months in the European Theater and received the Bronze Star before being honorably discharged in 1945. He was employed at Pure Gold Dairy in Paola and Osawatomie before WWII and for many years after the war. He worked for Hall's Truck Lines in Olathe for 17 years before retiring. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, the VFW and American Legion, both of Paola.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Lelah May Bushnell, and brothers Noah and Harley Barnes.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Daryl W. Barnes and his wife Margaret, Baldwin City, two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and a brother, Fred Jennings Barnes, Baldwin City.

Burial was at Fontana Cemetery, Fontana. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice and sent to Wilson and Son Funeral Home, 305 N. Pearl St., Paola, KS 66071.


Funeral services for Chester Laverne Baker, 78, Baldwin City, were March 29, 2005, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Mr. Baker died March 26, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 24, 1926, at Minneapolis, the son of Laverne and Ada Baker. He served his country during World War II in the Air Force. He worked for Southwestern Bell, retiring in 1984.

He married Ada Crabtree in 1970. She died in 1984.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Simpson, Lawrence, two sons, Al Baker, Ulysses, and David Baker, Rifle, Colo.; three stepchildren, six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Inurnment services were at Minneapolis. Memorials may be made to United Health Way Hospice and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.


Graveside services for the Rev. Ray Firestone, 80, Kansas City, Mo., were March 30, 2005, at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Rev. Firestone died March 25, 2005, at his home.

He was born July 18, 1924, at Dunnegan, Mo. He spent most of his early childhood in Wichita. He graduated from Wichita East High School and Friends University. He received a master's degree in divinity from Yale University Divinity School and a master's degree in librarianship from Emporia State Teachers College.

His wife Rose Mary Riesenmey was killed in a car accident in 1972.

Rev. Firestone served churches in Kansas at Rosalia, Ellinwood, Crestview in Topeka, Garnett, Parsons, Reading, Miller, Vinland, Iola, Ottawa and Olathe. He retired in 1989.

He was Director of Libraries and curator of the Quayle Rare Bible Collection at Baker University from 1970 to 1980.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ann Firestone, Dallas, and Sara L. Firestone, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and a son, David S. Firestone, Olathe.

Memorials may be made to any of the churches he served or Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Conn., and sent in care of McGilley Memorial Chapel, 12301 State Line, Kansas City, MO 64145.

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