Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2005

Deaths

October 27, 2005

JOYCE MARIE FORTH

Funeral services for Joyce Marie Forth, 77, Overbrook, were Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Overbrook. Mrs. Forth died Oct. 20, 2005, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City.

She was born June 4, 1928, at Denver, the daughter of Albert G. and Jennie (Mathies) Bolt. She grew up with her grandparents in Alma. She graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1947, and from Clarks Business College, Topeka. She worked for the United States Government at the Topeka Air Force Depot in Topeka. She graduated from the Kansas School of Floral Design and co-owned Overbrook Floral.

She married John J. Fairchild in September of 1946. They later divorced. She married Donald G. Forth July 18, 1958, at Topeka. They moved to Overbrook.

She was a member of the American Legion, Anderson-Raible Post 239, Ladies Auxiliary, the Overbrook Flower Club, Overbrook United Methodist Church for more than 45 years, and the Overbrook United Methodist Women's Club. She volunteered her time at the Mental Health Association as well.

Survivors include her husband of the home; two daughters, Laurie Forth Shuck, Overbrook, and Marsha Fairchild, Topeka; one son, John Jay Fairchild, Houston, Texas; one step son, Michael Forth, Conifer, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Burial was at Overbrook Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Legion, Anderson-Raible Post 239, and sent to Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524, or to the First United Methodist Church, care of First Security Bank, Overbrook, KS 66524.


LAWRENCE E. COLSON

Memorial services for Lawrence "Larry" E. Colson, 70, Baldwin City, will be at 11 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Colson died Saturday at his home.

He was born June 18, 1935, at Kiowa, the son of William and Maude (Vannaman) Colson. He graduated from Kiowa High School in 1953. He received an Associates Degree from Pratt Junior College, Pratt, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Western University, Alva, Okla., in 1958.

He taught school in Selden for four years and Deerfield for six years before moving to Baldwin City in 1968 where he taught biological science for 18 years. He also coached basketball, football, track, tennis and golf.

He married Pamela Grimm Aug. 4, 1968, in Augusta. She survives of the home.

He attended the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City, was a former charter member of the Baldwin Lions Club and a former member of the Baldwin USD 348 Teachers Association. In February of 2005, he was inducted into the Kansas Coaches Tennis Hall of Fame and was instrumental in developing the BHS girls' tennis program.

Other survivors include a brother Donald Colson, Ponca City, Okla.; four sisters, Irene Frederick, Medicine Lodge, La Ferne Anderson, Kiowa, Laverne Lunsford, Medicine Lodge, and Mary Alice Gillum, Smolan, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Edward, Johnny and Ray Colson.

Burial will be at Dunlap Cemetery, Rose Hill. The family will receive friends before the service at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

JAMES EDWARD PORTER

Funeral services for James Edward "Jim" Porter, 62, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. today at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Mr. Porter died Oct. 23, 2005, at home.

He was born Nov. 26, 1942, at Wellsville, the son of Floyd Gerald and Naomi Rose (Caruthers) Porter. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1960 and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy for six years, earning the National Defense Service Medal and two Good Conduct Awards. He worked at Campus Hideaway Pizza Parlor while in high school. After leaving the service, he worked for a total of 10 years at Ship Winter Chevrolet and later for Dale Willey, attending the GM Parts Manager School. He worked for James Gang Auto Parts, Hillcrest Bowl and as a security guard at Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant during its construction. He worked for the KU athletic department from 1987 until June 1, 2005, when he retired. He was a member of the Lawrence Men's Bowling Association, serving as director for 20 years.

He married Georgia "Jeannie" Bell July 27, 1975, at Lawrence. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles Porter and Carl Duane "Butch" Porter.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Scott Bain, Lawrence; two daughters, Cheri Bain and Crystal Porter, both of Lawrence; two brothers, Robert Porter and Billy Dean Porter, both of Lawrence; a sister Wanda Vickery, Lawrence, and two grandchildren.

Burial will be at Wellsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lawrence Youth Bowling or American Cancer Society and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent to www.runsey-yost.com.

CHARLES HENRY CLIMER

Graveside services for Charles Henry Climer, 75, Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mr. Climer died Oct. 24, 2005, at his home.

He was born Oct. 14, 1930, at Bakersfield, Mo., the son of Alfred Thomas Climer and Agnes Clair (Kirkland) Climer. He picked cotton and tended hogs on his father's farm in Bakersfield, Mo., until 1949, when he moved to Wewoka, Okla., and worked construction for Tinker Air Force Base. In 1952, he moved to Lawrence where he found work because of the 1951 flood. He worked construction for the next 30 years.

He married Alice Marie Hill Oct. 22, 1955, at Kansas City, Kan.

Survivors include four sons, Marvin H. Climer and his wife Sandy, Baldwin City, Jason Climer and his wife Brenda, Baldwin City, Steven J. Climer and his wife Mary, Baldwin City, and Keith C. Climer and his wife Vicky, Lawrence; one brother, Edward Climer, Mclouth; two sisters, Dorothy Davis, Mclouth, and Anna Liberty, San Berdino, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Memorials may be made to Douglas County Hospice and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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