Archive for Friday, May 29, 1998


May 29, 1998


— Services for George A. Meyer, 86, Oskaloosa, are pending at Barnett Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial will be at McLouth Cemetery.

Mr. Meyer died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.


Oskaloosa -- Services for Alvin Clifford Thomas, 80, Eudora, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa.

Mr. Thomas died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Brookfield, Mo., the son of Clifford and Hazel Crawford Thomas. He received a degree in music from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

He had lived in Eudora for more than 30 years. He was a real estate agent in Brookfield, Mo., for many years and had worked at the Hercules Sunflower Ordinance Plant in DeSoto for several years. He was the head custodian at West Junior High until his retirement.

He married Viola Ray Beard on April 15, 1966, in Eudora. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, David, Hutchinson, John, Kansas City, Mo., and Todd, Lawrence; two daughters, Nancy O'Herron, Las Vegas, and Debra McClelland, McLouth; a stepbrother, George Ewing, Honolulu; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Barnett Funeral Home, Oskaloosa.


Topeka -- Services for Steven Edwin Thompson, 50, Topeka, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka. Burial will be at Rochester Cemetery.

Mr. Thompson died Saturday, May 24, 1998, at a Holton hospital.

He was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Topeka, the son of Ivan Dale and Fannie Rene Morrison Thompson Sr.

Mr. Thompson graduated from Meriden High School in 1965. He had lived in Topeka until moving to Lawrence in 1974. He returned to Topeka in 1983.

He worked for Exhibitor's Film Delivery in Topeka. Later, he worked for Graves Truck Line which later became American National Resources. He owned and operated Thompson Auto Supply in Meriden, and was formerly an independent drag racer. He was a pit crewman for Dean Anderson Racing and Renyer Racing, both of Topeka, and Baxter's Inc. of Lawrence.

He was a member of Local No. 696 of the Teamsters Union of Topeka; the American Legion Post No. 225 in Ozawkie; and was former vice president and treasurer of Mid-American Quarter Midget Assn. of Lawrence. He was a former coach and assistant coach for the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn.

He married Jane Brown on Dec. 7, 1979, in Lenox, Iowa. She survives of Lawrence.

Other survivors include a son, Travis, Lawrence; two brothers, Ivan Jr., Topeka, and Gary, Oskaloosa; his father, Ivan Sr., Topeka; and two sisters, Doris Cole, Topeka, and Darlene Thompson, Worchester, Mass.

The family suggest memorials to the Steven Thompson Memorial Fund, to be designated later by the family, and may be sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas, Topeka 66608.


Tonganoxie -- Services for Madonna Burton-Kunkler, 81, Leavenworth, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Leavenworth.

Mrs. Burton-Kunkler died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at St. John Hospital, Leavenworth.

She was born March 7, 1917, in Gilman, Ill., the daughter of Alfred and Julia St. Peter Gerdes. She worked as a clerk for Milgrams Grocery Store, Kansas City, Kan.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Doyle Burton Sr. and Harley Kunkler.

Survivors include a son, Doyle Burton Jr., Chesapeake, Va.; two daughters, Donna Burton, Tonganoxie, and Debra Burton-Carpenter, Leavenworth; two stepdaughters, Judy Toole, Phoenix, and Joyce McGhee, Blue Eye, Mo.; a sister, Irene Blought, Indianapolis; eight grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.

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