Lauren Merle Boggs

July 7, 1938 – April 11, 2014

OVERBROOK—Lauren “Larry” Merle Boggs, Overbrook, died at home April 11, 2014. He was 75.

He was born July 7, 1938, at Preston, the son of Arthur J. and Gladys Wonder Boggs. He graduated from Preston High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in March 1958.

He married Janet Knowles July 26, 1958, at Rantoul, Ill. She survives.

C.W. Bill Coons

Nov. 27, 1946 – April 2, 2014

TOPEKA—C.W. “Bill” Coons, Osage City, died April 2, 2014, at a Topeka hospital. He was 67.

He was born Nov. 27, 1946, at Topeka, the only child of Cloyce and Edith Schmitendorf Coons. He grew up in Lyndon and lived in Osage City most of his married life.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1970. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a section hand and machine operator.

He married Cheryl McCue April 29, 1972. She survives.

Sue Payne

July 18, 1955 – April 3, 2014

TOPEKA—Sue Payne, Osage City, died April 3, 2014, at a Topeka hospital. She was 58.

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. April 9 at Osage City Cemetery.

Ruth Ann Jewell Hittle

Oct. 22, 1941 – April 5, 2014

OVERBROOK—Ruth Ann Jewell Hittle died April 5, 2014, at her home with the assistance of Grace Hospice. She was 72.

She was born Oct. 22, 1941, at Tipton the daughter of Charles Milton and Vaughn Hazel McCormick Jewell.

She married Bernard Hittle Jr. Oct. 22, 1959, at Whiting. He survives.

Dale W. Adams

Aug. 6, 1951 – April 1, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Dale W. “Big D” Adams, 62, Osage City, died April 1, 2014. He was 62.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. April 5 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 N.W. Independence Ave., Topeka. Interment will follow at the Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, Topeka.

Reginald Duane Speece Jr.

Feb. 26, 1952 – March 30, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Reginald Duane Speece Jr. died March 30, 2014, at Peterson Nursing Home, Osage City. He was 62.

He was born Feb. 26, 1952, at Emporia, the son of Reginald Duane and Beverly A. Weatherbee Speece. He graduated from Reading High School in 1970. He attended College of Emporia on a basketball scholarship and later graduated from Emporia State College with a degree in secondary education.

He taught school in Osage City for two years, worked for Motorola and was a Reading volunteer firefighter for many years.

Donald Kenneth Dubois

July 25, 1920 – March 30, 2014

LENEXA—Donald Kenneth Dubois, Lenexa, died March 30, 2014. He was 93.

He was born July 25, 1920, at Burlingame. He graduated from Burlingame High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in milling industry from Kansas State University.

He had a rewarding career in milling and baking technology including 21 years as technical director at American Institute of Baking. He was an expert marble collector and the family’s historian and genealogist.

Nancy Jane Decock

Jan. 20, 1936 – March 28, 2014

TOPEKA—Nancy Jane Decock, Osage City, died March 28, 2014, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, from complications of cancer. She was 78.

She was born Jan. 20, 1936, at Quenemo, the daughter of John and Eldora Storbeck Middleton. She grew up near Richland and had lived in Lyndon and then in Osage City for the last 46 years.

Leora Kathryn Mahaffey Burns Brewer

Sept. 19, 1938 – March 27, 2014

TOPEKA—Leora Kathryn Mahaffey Burns Brewer died March 27, 2014, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka. She was 75.

She was born Sept. 19, 1938, at Buffalo, the daughter of Francis and Cleora Louk Burns. She had lived in Melvern and Topeka most of her life.

Reta Cain

Oct. 6, 1950 – March 24, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Reta Cain, Osage City, died March 24, 2014 at Osage City. She was 63.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. April 5 at Flint Hills Baptist Church, 835 Lakin St., Osage City.



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