Obituaries

Harry Bodden Prim

Dec. 14, 1928 – Sept. 12, 2014

TOPEKA—Harry Bodden “Junior” Prim died Sept. 12, 2014, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 85.

He was born Dec. 14. 1928, at Lawrence, the son of Harry W. Prim and Marie McGeeney Prim. He graduated from Overbrook High School with the class of 1946. He was a lifelong Overbrook resident.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Signal Corp primarily in Alaska. He attained the rank of corporal.

Carmen Chavez

Aug. 10, 1934 – Sept. 11, 2014

TOPEKA—Carmen Chavez, Osage City, died Sept. 11, 2014, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was 80.

She was born August 10, 1934, at Howard, the daughter of Enrique and Josefina Fabian Gallardo. She graduated from Howard High School in 1952.

She married Primo Gonzales Chavez on April 2, 1955, at Moline. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Patricia Ann Keating

Oct. 2, 1945 - Sept. 13, 2014

Patricia Ann Keating
Oct. 2, 1945 – Sept. 13, 2014

TOPEKA—Patricia Ann Keating died Sept. 13, 2014, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was 68.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1945, in rural Osage County, the daughter of Howard and Verna Pahlman Warner. She graduated from Lyndon High School.

She worked as a certified nursing Assistant at KNI, Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, Colmery O’Neil VA Hospital and Aldersgate Village and Home Care.

Robert E. Coon

Feb. 5, 1935 – Sept. 5, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Robert E. Coon, Osage City, formerly of Ottawa, died Sept. 5, 2014, at Osage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 79.

He was born Feb. 5, 1935, at Williamsburg, the son of Hough and Florence McMillian Coon. He was a near lifelong resident of Ottawa, moving from Williamsburg when he was 6 years old. In 2007, he moved to Osage City.

He worked for Willis Nursery, Ottawa, for many years, retiring as a nurseryman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Alice Whitmer and Ethel Hull.

Alice Roberta Peterson

Nov. 7, 1948 – Sept. 5, 2014

CARBONDALE—Alice Roberta Peterson, Carbondale, died Sept. 5, 2014, at her mother’s home surrounded by family. She was 65.

She was born Nov. 7, 1948, at Herington, the daughter of Robert D. and Alice Massey Morris. She attended Topeka schools. She was a member of the Meriden United Methodist Church.

She married Fred Bradshaw in 1965. To this union, four children were born. They later divorced. She married Randy Peterson in 1986, and later divorced.

N. Linda Devin

Dec. 12, 1957 – Sept. 1, 2014

OLATHE—N. Linda Devin, Lyndon, died Sept. 1, 2014, at Olathe Medical Center. She was 56.

She was born Dec. 12, 1957, at Ottawa, the daughter of Bron and Vivian Watts Devin. She grew up in Pomona and had lived in Lyndon for the last 15 years.

She graduated from Pomona High School and Baker Nursing School. She worked at Green Acres Restaurant for many years and managed the Ottawa Country Club for six years.

She married Richard Williams. He survives of the home.

Vanessa Owens-Waller

July 16, 1969 – Aug. 31, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Vanessa Owens-Waller, Osage City, died Aug. 31, 2014 after a battle with cancer. She was 45.

She was born July 16, 1969, at Chanute, the daughter of George Bearden and Verna Owens. She attended Chanute High School.

She married Jeremy Waller in 1995. He survives.

She was a homemaker and devoted wife and mother. She loved spending time with her family. Her beautiful smile and warm heart will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Regina Brooks; and a brother, Todd Owens.

L.D. Crumb

Aug. 29, 2014

WAVERLY—L.D. Crumb, Waverly, died August 29, 2014, at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home, in Waverly. He was 77.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Sept. 3 at Shelter House, Waverly Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to Coffey County Cancer Support Group and sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, P.O. Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.

Isabelle Irene Bruce

Sept. 13, 1926 ¬– Aug. 29, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Isabelle Irene Bruce died Aug. 29, 2014, at Peterson Nursing Home, Osage City. She was 87.

She was born Sept. 13, 1926, at Burlington, the daughter of William and Pearl Irene McGhann Germann. She was a graduate of New Strawn High School.

She married Woodrow “Woody” Bruce Oct. 12, 1946, at Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1968.

She was a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell for over 50 years until her retirement in the mid 1980’s.

William Kenneth Verna

Feb. 8, 1928 – Aug. 28, 2014

TOPEKA—William Kenneth “Sonny” Verna, Topeka, died Aug. 28, 2014 at his home. He was 86.

He was born Feb. 8, 1928, at Topeka, the son of Alexander and Isabelle Curley Verna. He served in The U.S. Marine Corps from February 1946 to November 1947 and also served in the U.S. Army from April 1950, retiring as a Sergeant First Class in April 1969. During his military career, he served in China, three tours in Germany and during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the Santa Fe Railroad in 1986.

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