Obituaries

Warda Mae Gilbert

Nov. 2, 1918 - Feb. 25, 2014

OMAHA—Warda Mae (Powell) Gilbert passed away peacefully in her home Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Omaha, Neb. She was 95 years old.

Warda was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick, and her brothers, Robert and William Powell. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara of Evergreen, Colo., her granddaughters Laura, Jennifer and Michelle, and her great-grandchildren Zane, Jack, Norah May, James, Liana, Corbin & Ashley, of Colorado.

Edith M. Stowe

Aug. 27, 1923 – Feb. 20, 2014

TOPEKA—Edith May (Cropp) Stowe, 90, of Topeka, died Feb. 20, 2014.

Edith was born on Aug. 27, 1923, in northern Lyon County, near Miller Kansas, the daughter of James Albert and Nellie Elizabeth Atkins Cropp. She graduated from eighth grade in Osage County, Kansas.

Edith worked at the Remington Army Ammunition Plant during WWII and for Packing Products Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. She married Willis Ernest Stowe on June 12, 1959. He died on Jan. 27, 1980.

James S. Stinebaugh

Sept. 29, 1925 – Feb. 26, 2014

QUENEMO—James S. Stinebaugh, Quenemo, died Feb. 26, 2014. He was 88.

He was born Sept. 29, 1925, at Princeton, the son of Elmer E. and Ava Morris Stinebaugh. He graduated from Princeton High school in 1943.

He enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corp, April 1944, now known as the U.S. Air Force. He achieved the rank of corporal, was decorated with a World War II Victory Medal, and received an honorable discharge on April 21, 1948.

Beverly S. Wilkin

Feb. 22, 2014

OVERBROOK—Beverly “Bev” S. Wilkin, Burlingame, died Feb. 22, 2014, at a Overbrook nursing home. He was 100.

Cremation is planned. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Corinthian Lodge No. 79 A.F.&A.M., Grace Hospice, or Burlingame First Responders and sent in care of Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.

Bryon Franklin Black

Nov. 17, 1959 – Feb. 26, 2014

SHAWNEE, Okla.—Bryon Franklin Black, Shawnee, Okla., died Feb. 26, 2014, at Shawnee, Okla. He was 54.

He was born Nov. 17, 1959, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of Glen N. and Helen Harris Black. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1977, and Kansas State University in 1983, with a degree in horticulture and agronomy.
He married Dianna March 17, 2001. She survives.

He saw the true value in people and served selflessly and generously with his time and talents. He saw needs and quietly took care of them.

Helen Earlene Crook

Feb. 5, 1946 – Feb. 21, 2014

OSAGE COUNTY—Helen Earlene Bledsoe Crook, was delivered from cancer unto eternal life Feb. 21, 2014, at her home in rural Osage County. She was 68.

She was born Feb. 5, 1946, at Topeka, the daughter of Clark Earl and Maxine Rishel Bledsoe. She grew up on the family farm in north Osage County.

She graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 1964. She trusted Jesus Christ as her savior when she was 18 years-old.

She married Theodore “Ted” Crook May 6, 1966, at Topeka. He survives of the home.

Darren Leslie Michaels

April 26, 1965 – Feb. 21, 2014

SCRANTON—Darren Leslie Michaels, Scranton, died Feb. 21, 2014, at his home. He was 48.

He was born April 26, 1965, at San Antonio, Texas, the son of Floyd and Irene Stewart Michaels. He was born in San Antonio, but spent most of his years in Kansas.

He graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 1983. He worked at Montgomery Ward’s and later was employed by Innovia Films as a film slitter. He was a member of Scranton United Methodist Church. He loved to sing and perform Karaoke.

Dorothy Mae Masters

Jan. 9, 1936 ¬– Feb. 21, 2014

TOPEKA—Dorothy Mae Masters, Harveyville, died Feb. 21, 2014, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka. She was 78.

She was born Jan. 9, 1936, at Eskridge, to Fred Lorenza and Golden Myrtle McMaster Eastman.

She graduated from Eskridge Rural High School in 1954, and Sisters of Charity School of Nursing at Providence Hospital, Kansas City, affiliated with St. Mary College at Xavier, in 1957. She also attended Washburn University, Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and Allen Community College plus taking additional nursing courses.

Thomas Edward Thompson

July 4, 1924 - Feb. 21, 2014

TOPEKA—Thomas Edward Thompson, Osage City, died Feb. 21, 2014. He was 89.

He was born July 4, 1924, at Barclay, the son of Louis and Gladys Walker Thompson. He was a lifelong farmer.

He married Helen Maxine Bostrom, Scranton, in 1950. She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 2013.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Edward Jay Thompson; and a brother, Clinton.

Jimmy Dean Gates

Oct. 15, 1940 - Feb. 19, 2014

OVERBROOK—Jimmy Dean Gates, Overbrook, died Feb. 19, 2014. He was 73.

He was born Oct. 15, 1940, in a farmhouse near Paola, the son of the late Lloyd and Floy Bingham Gates. He graduated from Paola High school and received a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Kansas State University in 1962.

He married Mary Ruth Gasaway Feb. 1, 1964, at Wichita. Jim and Mary recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She survives of the home.

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