Frank T. Carpenter Jr.
Nov. 22, 1916 – Aug. 13, 2011
Frank T. Carpenter Jr., 94, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at his home known as Rockledge Farm, Paola.
The son of Frank T. and Thurza Carpenter, he was born Nov. 22, 1916, in Kansas City, Mo. During World War II, having been classified 4F, he worked at the Fairfax bomber factory wiring cockpits for the B-24 Liberator.
For many years he owned Advertiser Printing Co. and published the Shawnee Mission Advertiser.
Mr. Carpenter served as chairman and as a director of the Johnson County Chapter of the March of Dimes from 1951 until 1958. He joined Rotary International in 1949, serving as president of the Shawnee Mission Rotary and the Paola Rotary where he completed 51 years of perfect attendance.
After retiring from his printing company, he raised registered horned Herefords in Miami County. He was a member of the Miami County Beef Cattle Improvement Assn. and donated registered horned Herford calves to young Miami County farm youngsters. He continued his civic service in Miami County by serving on various committees and a township zoning board.
He will be remembered by many for providing fishing adventures to youngsters – now adults – who caught prized catfish which Mr. Carpenter fed daily at Rockledge pond.
Those preceding him in death included his son Frank T. Carpenter III and two sisters, Mirabella and Thurza.
Survivors include his wife Ila of 58 years of Paola; a grandson Joe Carrier; and a great-grandson Jack of North Carolina.
After cremation, private services will be at a later date.
John Richard DeVore
Aug. 2, 1923 – Aug. 14, 2011
John Richard DeVore, 88, Osawatomie, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in North Point Skilled Nursing in Paola.
He was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Lane, the son of John Orson and Vida Cooley DeVore. He grew up in the area.
On March 10, 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served two years. He received his honorable discharge in May 1946 as a corporal.
On Dec. 24, 1946, he was united in marriage to Clara Louise Swearingen in Burlington, Kan. They made their home in Osawatomie.
Mr. Devore was employed with the Phillips Petroleum Co. as an electrician from March 3, 1942, until July 1, 1985, when he retired. He studied with the RCA Institute on Electronics in January 1966 and the Cleveland Institute of Electronics and received a certificate in February 1970.
He was a former member of the Brazito-Honey Creek Lions Club and enjoyed working in his garden.
Those preceding him in death included his wife Clara Louise DeVore and nine brothers and sisters.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews.
Graveside inurnment services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Wellsville Cemetery. Arrangements were by Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home of Paola.
Michael Wayne Jenkins
June 8, 1947 – Aug. 1, 2011
Michael Wayne “Mike” Jenkins, 64, Okemah, Okla., a former Osawatomie resident, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Oklahoma City.
The son of Ralph Ray Jenkins and Loretta Warf Jenkins, he was born July 8, 1947, in Middlesboro, Ky. He grew up in the Osawatomie community and was a graduate of Fontana High School.
He and Rita Folks were married June 26, 1966, in Fontana and they had lived in the Okemah area since 1975.
Mr. Jenkins was a salvage specialist for Farm Bureau for 35 years. He found satisfaction in farming, ranching, traveling and camping.
Those preceding him in death included his mother, Loretta Jenkins.
Survivors include his wife Rita Jenkins of Okemah; his father Ralph Ray Jenkins of Richmond; two brothers, Jim Jenkins of La Cygne and Don Jenkins of Hillsdale; a sister Sandra Holbert of Ottawa; and three grandchildren.
Services were Aug. 4 with burial in Highland Cemetery in Okemah. Arrangements were cared for by Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Okemah.Memorials are to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 368, Okemah, OK 74859.
Charles Arthur McMahan Jr.
Aug. 21, 1943 – Aug. 11, 2011
Charles Arthur McMahan Jr., 67, Osawatomie, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, in Kansas City Hospice House.
He was born Aug. 21, 1943, the son of Charles A. McMahan Sr. and Thelma Bivins in Kansas City, Mo.
He enjoyed his life as a farmer and being outdoors.
Those preceding him in death included a sister Vivian Swearingen.
Survivors include a brother Don McMahan of Osawatomie; a sister Nora Bagley of Caulfield, Mo.; and one nephew.
Graveside services were Tuesday in Hillsdale Cemetery. Arrangements were cared for by Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home of Paola.
John R. Plummer
Sept. 30, 1917 – Aug. 8, 2011
John R. Plummer, 93, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in his Paola home.
He was born Sept. 30, 1917, in Burlington Junction, Mo., the son of Roy C. and Hattie LaVinia Fullenwieder Plummer. He had six siblings.
On July 30, 1945, he and LaVonne Durand were married in Glenwood, Iowa. They became the parents of two children.
Mr. Plummer served in World War II, seeing action in Germany just south of the Battle of the Bulge. He earned the rank of staff sergeant during the five years he served.
He attended watchmaker’s school in Kansas City and honed his trade in Dighton, Kan., before establishing Plummer Jewelry in Lakin, Kan., in 1951. He operated the jewelry store until 1987. He then spent more than 10 years as a bus driver for the Lakin School District and was the assistant rural mail carrier in Lakin for more than 15 years.
Those preceding him in death included his wife LaVonne Plummer; his four brothers, Marvin Plummer, Harold Plummer, Milford Plummer and Philman Plummer; and two sisters, Bonnie and Iris.
Survivors include his son Stan Plummer of Paola; his daughter Pam of Wichita; two grandsons; two step grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.
Services were Friday in the Block Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Paola, followed by graveside services in Lakin Cemetery on Saturday.
Memorials are to the Miami County Medical Center or the Lakin United Methodist Church in care of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 305 N. Pearl St., Paola, KS 66071.
Ruby Joan Singmaster
Aug. 25, 1935 – Aug. 11, 2011
Ruby Joan Singmaster, 75, Fort Scott, a former resident of Pleasanton, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, in Mercy Health Center in Fort Scott.
The daughter of Hughie U. and Margaret E. Norbury Black, she was born Aug. 25, 1935, in Pleasanton. After graduating from Pleasanton High School, she worked at the Bank of Pleasanton for many years before retiring.
Her memberships included the Community Christian Church and its Women’s Bible Study and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Those preceding her in death included a brother.
Survivors include a son Jeff Graves of Lake Wales, Fla.; a daughter Jacki Long of Lansing; a sister Carolyn Black of Mound City; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 17, in her church, followed by burial in the Hume Cemetery. Arrangements were cared for by Coffel-Schneider Funeral Home of Pleasanton.
Memorials are to the church in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 525, Pleasanton, KS 66075.
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