Obituaries

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Clarence Baldridge

Clarence Marion Baldridge, age 78, entered into rest October 12, 2017 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebr. Clarence was born November 16, 1938 in Belleville, Kans. to Irma (Moe) and Earl Baldridge. He grew up on a farm south of Belleville and helped with farming and the family egg hatchery. Clarence graduated from Belleville High School in 1956. He then started his own combining business, Custom Harvesting. In February 1963 he married Shirley A. Cailteux in Concordia, Kans. and to this union five children were born. Years later they separated. In February 2000 he was united in marriage to Katherine M. Jarrett at Ceresco, Nebr.

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Rosie Swanson

Rosie Swanson was born on May 28, 1925 to Alexander and Dollie (Becker) Stieben in Bazine, Kansas. Rosie passed away on October 16, 2017 in Manhattan, KS at the age of 92 years, 4 months, 18 days. On January 15, 1942 Rosie married Raymond Stieben (different family), to this marriage two sons were born, Eugene and Ralph Stieben. Raymond died in an accident on September 22, 1950. On October 7, 1951 Rosie married Clifford Swanson. To this marriage a daughter, Barbara was born. Clifford passed away on June 21, 2015. After Cliff passed away, Rosie moved to Stoneybrook Assisted Living in Manhattan, Ks which is where she resided until she passed away on October 16th Rosie and Clifford resided in Belleville, Ks for many years. They owned and operated the Kansan Motel and Rosie also worked for many years at the Belleville School in the dietary department. Rosie was a member of the American Lutheran church in Belleville, Ks.

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Lee D. Jeardoe

Lee D. Jeardoe, the son of Jesse Jeardoe and Florence Mabel (Nondorf) Jeardoe, was born June 4, 1923 in the Lincoln Township, Republic County, KS and died on October 12, 2017 at his home in the Lincoln Township, Republic, County, Kans. at the age of 94 years, four months, and eight days. He received his education and graduated from the Stoney Point Country School in the Lincoln Township, Republic County. He was a farmer/rancher his entire life in the Lincoln Township. He was the township assessor several years and also worked for the State of Kansas mowing highway right of ways. On September 1, 1944, he was united in marriage to Dora Faye Kasl and to this union five children were born: Keith, Virgil, Melvin, Leon, and Vickie. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Concordia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Mabel; two brothers, Pearl and Alva; and two grandchildren David and Jeannette Jeardoe.

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Darrell A. Birrell

Darrell Andrew Birrell, son of Andrew and Lila (French) Birrell was born April 23, 1923 at Republic, Kans. and died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at home in Republic, at the age of 94 years. He attended and graduated from Republic High School with the class of 1941. He married Marilynn Kay (Gunn) Birrell on April 27, 1946 at Concordia, Kans. and together they raised four children: Greg, Michal, Kim, and Laura. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and upon return settled on a farm in Republic. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilynn; his parents; sisters Vivian Birrell and Velma Clark; brother Melvin Birrell; and grandson Eric Birrell. He is survived by his children: son Greg Birrell and wife Joan, Republic; daughters Michal Herde and husband Darrell, Courtland; Kim Birrell, Republic; and Laura Leite and husband Pedro, Topeka; fi ve grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His wishes were for direct cremation services.

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Marjorie Thomas

Marjorie May Thomas, age 98, formerly of Belleville, died on October 12, 2017 of congestive heart failure in Boise, Idaho. She was born in Republic County, Kans. on August 24, 1919, to Raymond Arthur and Avis Elva (Blackwood) Snapp. She graduated from Belleville High School and married Harold W. Thomas in November 1942. They had two children, Lawrence R. (Larry) Thomas, and Beverly J Thomas McMillan. The couple lived in Belleville where she worked as bookkeeper for Thomas Land Improvement. She also worked at Barth Appliance and Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home. She was active in the American Legion Auxiliary. At age 85 she moved to Boise, Idaho to be near her family. She was a life-long member of the Central Christian Church, Belleville, and was very active in women’s groups and other church activities until her move to Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold Thomas and her three siblings, Helen Parman, Harvey Snapp, and Eleanor Parker and their spouses.

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Hazel McCracken

Hazel Elsie (Roe) McCracken, 89, Idaho Falls, Idaho, died August 22 at Tambree Meadows Assisted Living Center in Idaho Falls. She was born July 26, 1928 to Joseph Wesley and Mildred Boaz Roe in Clyde, Kans. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane H. McCracken, February 11, 1994; sisters Mildred, Mary and Violet, and brothers Robert Joseph and Kenneth. She is survived by her children: Karen (Randell) Brown and Tim (Debra) McCracken, both of Idaho Falls; her brother, Lonnie Roe, Axtel, Kans.; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorials to the Disabled Vetgerans National Foundation online at donate.dvnf.org or call 1-888-782- 2148. Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First Street, Idaho Falls in charge of arrangements. www.coltrinmotruary.com.

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10
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Jean A. Dawson

Jean A. Dawson, 80, Belleville, Kans., was born March 30, 1937 in Clay Center, Kans., and died on September 27, 2017. Memorial graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Belleville Cemetery, Belleville. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until 10:55 a.m. on Thursday at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS prior to the services. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Online condolences to www.bachelor-surber.com. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville.

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Diane Howe

Shirley Diane Howe, daughter of Wesley and Evelyn (Mahan) Persinger, was born July 29, 1942 near Scandia, Kans. and died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Republic County Hospital, Belleville, Kans at the age of 75 years. She grew up in the Scandia area attending schools there. On November 10, 1961 she married Daryl Howe at Superior, Nebr. They settled in Belleville and she worked various jobs and spent many years at the hospital in the housekeeping department. She was preceded in death by her father Wesley; brothers Lynn and Wesley (Corky) Persinger. She is survived by her husband Daryl of their home; son Wesley Howe and wife Cess of Accra, Ghana, Africa; one grandson; mother Evelyn Persinger-Hanel (Lavern), Belleville; sister Lyndal Frybarger (Don), Belleville; brothers Faylon (Sheila) Persinger, Belleville, Gene (Willeta) Persinger and Larry Persinger of Hutchinson.

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Shirley Douglas

Shirley June Douglas, age 84 of Macon, Missouri, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Cedarview Cottages of the Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon, Mo. She was born June 8 1933 in Norway, Kans., the daughter of Victor Leroy and Ruth (Price) Thompson. On January 1, 1955 in Concordia, Kans., she was united in marriage to Kenneth Douglas who survives. Also surviving are three children, Kevin Douglas of Columbia, Mo., Sheila Thurman and husband Terry of Atlanta, Mo., and Judi Turner and husband Kendall of Clive, Iowa; three grandchildren, one great grandchild; one sister, Jeanneane Chapel of Assaria, Kans. Her parents, three brothers, and two sisters preceded her in death. She was an employee for many years at KCOM Outpatient Clinic and later Truman State University Health Clinic. Graveside services were held October 10, 2017 at Belleville Cemetery in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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L. Gene Tunks

Gene Tunks, 66, died September 2, 2017 in Commerce, Okla. He was born August 10, 1951 in Belleville, Kans., son of Delbert and Norma Tunks of Great Bend. He is survived by his parents; three daughters, Shelly Nedom and Seth of Baxter Springs, Ks, Jennifer Tunks of Woodward, Okla., and Michelle Grover and Chris of Miami, Okla; two sisters, Karen Magill and Don of Kansas City, Kans., and Kathy Miller and Tim of Great Bend; seven granddaughters. The family will hold a graveside memorial service at Hawk's Cemetery on October 21 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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