Obituaries

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.

Joseph G. Lundholm Jr.

Feb. 5, 2014

GAITHERSBURG, MD.—Joseph Gideon Lundholm Jr. died Feb. 5 at his home at Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, Md. due to pneumonia and sepsis. He was 88.

He was born at Emporia. He graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1943. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1946 and a master’s degree in 1948, both in engineering physics from Kansas State University. In 1956, he received a PhD, also in engineering physics, from North Carolina State University.

L. Dale Tindell

Dec. 3, 1934 – March 18, 2014

WESTMORELAND, N.H.—Dale Tindell, Keene, N.H. died March 18, 2014, at Maplewood Nursing Home, Westmoreland, N.H. He was 79.

Services were March 22 at Keene, N.H. Burial will take place at a later date.

Adelia Jane Barbee Huston

March 3, 1915 ¬– March 22, 2014

OVERBROOK—Adelia Jane Barbee Huston, Overbrook, died March 22, 2014, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 99.

She was born March 3, 1915, at Twin Mound, the daughter of Jacob and Mabel Montfoort.

She was employed at Supply Depot during the 1940’s. She had worked at the Neese Mercantile, Richland, for approximately 20 years. She moved to Topeka in 1960, and began working for Sears as a cashier in the credit department until she retired. She was a member of the Quivira Heights Church of Christ.

Elsie M. Rukes

Nov. 13, 1924 – March 23, 2014

TOPEKA—Elsie M. Rukes, Topeka, died March 23, 2014, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. She was 89.

She was born Nov. 13, 1924, at Lyndon, the daughter of Earl and Erma Frazier Mickelson. She graduated from Lyndon High School.

She was employed by the state of Kansas for 20 years before retiring. She was a member of Al-Anon for over 40 years.

She married Jack Rukes, Dec. 24, 1945, at Overbrook. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1999.

Ronald W. Dean Sr.

March 21, 2014

CARBONDALE—Ronald W. Dean Sr., Carbondale, died March 21, 2014. He was 62.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m. March 28 at Crossroads Community Church, Scranton.

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