Obituaries

Edwin Earl Waller

August 18, 1934 – July 24, 2014

OVERBROOK—Edwin Earl Waller, 79, of Overbrook, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his home. He was born August 18, 1934 in Garnett, Kansas the son of Chester Albert and Margaret Irene (Manspeaker) Waller. Edwin moved with his family in his youth to Overbrook and was a near lifelong resident graduating from Overbrook High School with the class of 1954.

He was a longtime propane gas truck driver for Toucher’s and eventually Heat Co. He was also a 46 year volunteer firefighter for the Osage County Fire District No., 4 retiring in 2006.

Wesley Martin Blacketer Sr.

Feb. 20, 2014 – July 26, 2014

VASSAR—Wesley “Boots” Martin Blacketer Sr., Vassar, died July 26, 2014, at home. He was 85.

He was born Feb. 20, 1929, at Deweese, Neb., the son of Henry and Ethel Blacketer.

He married Carol Mattson Nov. 19, 1950. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2003. They lived in Maryville, Mo., before moving to Osage City in 1960.

He married Charlene Shaw June 5, 2004. She survives of the home. They lived in Osage City before moving to Vassar.

Sadie J. Biggart

Aug. 4, 1923 – July 24, 2014

OVERLAND PARK—Sadie J. Biggart, formerly of Topeka, died July 24, 2014, at Delmar Gardens, Overland Park. She was 90.

She was born Aug. 4, 1923, at Wagner, Okla., the daughter of James F. and Minnie Edwards Stockwell. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1942.

She resided in Topeka, Wakarusa and Lyndon, prior to moving to Overland Park in December 2011.

She was employed by Crown Drug and Robbies Restaurant.

She married Carl L. Biggart Feb. 3, 1951, at Topeka. He preceded her in death in December 1989.

Kevin W. Thoman

October 5, 1967 - July 20, 2014

Kevin W. Thoman, 46 years of age, of Topeka, formerly of Concordia, passed away unexpectedly at home in his sleep Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born on October 5, 1967 in Concordia to Boyd and Linda (Mossburgh) Thoman. Kevin graduated from Concordia High School in 1987. He had a great joy for baseball.

Milton B. “Pete” Freeman

Aug. 27, 1914 – July 18, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Milton B. “Pete” Freeman, Osage City, died July 18, 2014, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. He was 99.

He was born Aug. 27, 1914, at Burlington, the son of Joseph and Sarah Griffin Freeman.

He married Wilma Cokeley Dec. 24, 1939, at Burlington. She preceded him in death. They moved to Osage City in 1951.

Sara Rae Voiers

Dec. 16, 1977 — July 16, 2014

OTTAWA—Sara Rae Voiers died July 16, 2014 at her home in Ottawa. She was 36.

She was born Dec. 16, 1977 at Topeka, the daughter of Johnnie Ray Voiers and Patti Jane Jackson.

She had worked in the deli at Jerry’s grocery store in Osage City and was a waitress at various restaurants.

She was preceded in death by a maternal grandfather, John Jackson and paternal grandparents, Ray and Reba Voiers.

Bradley Laverne Criqui

July 24, 1947 – July 11, 2014

TOPEKA—Bradley Laverne Criqui, Burlingame, died July 11, 2014, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 66.

He was born July 24, 1947, at Burlingame, the son of Glenn T. Sr. and Pauline G. Mundy Criqui. He joined the U.S. Navy Aug. 7, 1964, and was honorably discharged Aug. 6, 1970. He retired from Vincent Roofing and was a member of Roofers Local No. 20 and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Glenn Michael Amos

Sept. 23, 1922 – July 9, 2014

ENID, Okla.—Glenn Michael Amos, formally of Burlingame, died July 9, 2014, at Enid, Okla. He was 91.

He was born Sept. 23, 1922, at Burlingame, the son of Charles G. and Irene Michael Amos. He was a lifelong farmer in Osage County.

He was a member of the Burlingame Federated Church, where he served in many different rolls, Sunday School superintendent, board member, board chairman and many other committees. He also served on the Burlingame Township Board, and the COOP board of directors.

Donna Teehee

July 11, 2014

Donna Teehee, Oskaloosa, died July 11, 2014. She was 72.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Eugene and Carmel McPherson, Lawrence McPherson and Garry McPherson.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Teehee, Oskaloosa; five children, Dean and Sherry Grienke, Berryton, Dottie and Perry Mauer, Carbondale, Danny Grienke, Carbondale, Cindy and Mike Vannordstrand, Tecumseh, and Becky and Randy Curran, Carbondale; six grandchildren; and lots of nieces and nephews.

Gary D. DeShazer

Jan. 9, 1945—July 8, 2014

SCRANTON—Gary D. DeShazer, Scranton, died July 8 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was 69.

He was born Jan. 9, 1945 at Emporia, the son of James Chester and Helen Sparks DeShazer.

He married Sandra Watson Feb. 20, 1965 in a double wedding with Bob and Sadie Day.

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