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JEROME LAWRENCE SECK

Jerome Lawrence Seck, 97, of Olathe, KS formerly of Gardner, KS passed away Dec. 28, 2016 at Cedar Lake Village. Jerome was born Feb. 4, 1919 in Wea, KS to Lawrence Adam and Anna Christine (Schleicher) Seck. He grew up in Wea where he graduated from Wea High School in 1937. Jerome served in the Army Air Corps during WWII from 1941 to 1946. He married Evelyn Agnes Wilson on Sept. 22, 1951 in Topeka, KS and they moved to Gardner to farm. Jerome operated a grain and livestock farm for 45 years. He also was Superintendent of Maintenance at King Radio in Olathe. Jerome was a great “handyman” and carpenter. He was a 4-H leader; a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, the Johnson County Soil Conservation Service, Johnson County Extension Council, a board member of Water District #5 and many other organizations. He will be missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Seck in 2005; daughter, Rhonda Pritts in 2011; brother, Gilbert Seck and sisters, Bernice Dhooghie and Eleanor Pickert. Jerome is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of the home; daughter, Loretta and husband Jim Baxa, Manassas, VA; son-in-law, Terrell Pritts, Coeur d’Alene, ID; daughter-in-law, Marsha Seck, North Platte, NE; sister, Eileen Farnen, Jefferson City, MO; five grandchildren: Amy Pritts, Herndon, VA, Joshua and wife Stacy Pritts, Hayden, ID,...

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Capt. William Perry Kennedy

Capt. William Perry Kennedy (Whisky Papa), USN, Ret. has flown into the sunset on Dec. 28, 2016. He was blessed with more than 95 years of a life full of family, friends, travel and love. He was born on a farm, July 5, 1921, in Purdin, MO to Frederick & Inez Kennedy. Later the family moved to Gardner, KS where he graduated from Gardner High School. He was commissioned after flight school at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Traveling west for his first assignment he stopped in Gardner and married his first love, Dorothy Turner. During their life together the family moved throughout the US to follow Bill’s military career as a pilot. He retired in 1966 from the Pentagon from the office of Chief of Naval Operations. After his first love passed, he was fortunate enough to meet and marry Estelle (Libby) Eldridge with whom he shared more than 26 years of family, friends and adventures. Bill is survived by his wife Libby, 6 children, 3 step children, and a loved number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer...

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David P. Bohen

, Sr. of Gardner, KS, passed away Dec 19, 2016. He was 91 years old. Dave was a native New Yorker, which was still obvious by his accent 45 years after he left the state. Born October 22, 1925, he grew up on Long Island and attended LaSalle Academy in NYC where he was school photographer and captain of the debate club. He was a senior in high school when WWII broke out and joined the Army right after graduation. Near the end of the war Dave was wounded behind enemy lines and left for dead. He awoke and staggered back to camp where he was rushed to a war hospital and later flown to London for surgery and recuperation. After VE Day he finished out his war service as an MP in Germany and Paris. After the war Dave went to college at St. Bonaventure in upstate New York followed by law school at St. John’s in New York City. He joined Traveler’s Insurance company and stayed in the insurance industry through his career. He married the former Margaret Kelly in 1952 and they had four children. In 1970 the family moved to Kansas City. Dave joined Employers Reinsurance Corporation (ERC) and spent the rest of his career there. In 1989 Dave married the former Bobbi (Peer) Peterson. In 1991, Dave retired from ERC and the couple moved...

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Della “Sissy” M. Royse

Della “Sissy” M. Royse, 85, passed away Dec. 23, 2016 at Meadowbrook Rehab Hospital in Gardner. Della was born May 24, 1931 to Lillie Mae (Meade) and William Robert Bolte in Pittsburg. She was a graduate of Pittsburg High School. Della married Carl Royse in Pittsburg. They lived in Baxter Springs, Kan and later moved to Wichita Falls, Texas. After her husband’s death, Della moved to Northwest Arkansas. After the passing of her father, WR Bolte, she moved to Lenexa and then Gardner to be with Stacy’s family. Della was an assistant Director at the Helen Walton Day Care Center in Bentonville, Ark. She was a wonderful caretaker, especially for her family, including her great nieces and nephews. For niece Stacy’s family, Della was their “Angel on Earth”. She was a member of the Church of God. Della will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Carl, and brother William “Bill” A. Bolte. Della is survived by her special nieces and nephews, Stacy and Sam Boyajian of Gardner and Mark and Jeanette Bolte of Grove, OK; great nieces and nephews Sammi, Aram, Sheila, and Abby. Funeral Service will be 11:00 am Fri, Dec. 30, 2016 at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg, Kan. Della will lie in state Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, 913-856-7111. Memorial Contributions may be made to the...

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Joyce Ellen Kelly

Joyce Ellen Kelly, 78, of Gardner, passed away Dec. 21, 2016. Joyce was born Sept. 14, 1938 in Ochelata, Okla, the first daughter, 4th child of seven to Howard and Dorothy (Osborn) Roe. She grew up in Ochelata, , graduating from Ochelata High School in 1956 . She married Joseph Kelly on June 26, 1957 in Bartlesville, Okla. Joe was in the Navy and they lived in California for the first two years of their marriage. They moved back to Oklahoma in 1959, bringing home a new baby girl Karen. Shortly after arriving home, Joyce gave birth to Jo Lynn in 1959, Michael in 1960 and Scott in 1964. They moved to Missouri in 1964. Joyce was a stay at home mom in the late 60’s and early 70’s. After all her children were enrolled in school, she got several jobs at the children’s school as Gray Lady, Room Mother, Den Mother and others. She found her calling at John Knox Village Nursing Home where she continued to be a caregiver to the nursing home residents. Her title was Activity Coordinator. Jo Lynn said, “that was a fancy title for playing games with old people”. Joe’s company in the early 1980’s through 2002 had them moving to Indiana, South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois, South Carolina and Colorado. In 2002, with Joe’s retirement they moved to Gardner, Kan. Joyce was a...

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Eleanor Louise (Stone) Gooch

Eleanor Louise (Stone) Gooch, age 91, a longtime resident of Gardner, Kan and a dedicated Child of God, passed peacefully at the Hospice House of Olathe Medical Center on Friday evening, December 16, 2016. She was the loving wife of John B. Gooch, who departed this life in 1992. Eleanor was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo, as the second child of six children born to Walter and Myrtle Stone, later of St. Louis, Mo. She would want you to know that she is grateful that God has called her home and that her work for Him on the earth is finished. You may very well have been one of the people that she asked, “Do you know Jesus?”. If you were, please know that she is now spending the rest of eternity surrounded by God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Angels, Beauty, Glory and Unending Love! However, she would still want to make sure that you know Jesus and would want you to join her eventually. She leaves behind her four children and their spouses, Carolyn and Rick Holland of Olathe, Kan, Judi and Keith Burns of Collierville, Tenn, David and Shirley Gooch of Olathe, Kan and Sheryl and Mark McCumber of Overland Park, Kan. Further, she leaves eleven “I-love-them-all” grandchildren and fifteen “I-just-love-babies” great-grandchildren. There is not a person among them who were not blessed to know and love...

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Police Report 12-16-2016

Gardner Police Daily Activity Report for 12/09/2016 through 12/16/2016 12/09/2016 08:10:22 TRAFFIC PARK S WHITE DR/E APACHE ST 12/09/2016 08:11:33 SCHOOL 400 BLOCK OF E GRAND ST 12/09/2016 08:13:09 TRAFFIC STOP GARDNER RD/W 191ST ST 12/09/2016 08:20:17 TRAFFIC STOP W 191ST ST/MONTROSE ST 12/09/2016 08:39:35 SCHOOL 300 BLOCK OF E WASHINGTON ST 12/09/2016 08:41:48 TRAFFIC MOTORIST OLD 56 HWY/LANE O 12/09/2016 08:51:25 TRAFFIC STOP OLD 56 HWY/LANE O 12/09/2016 09:23:15 TRAFFIC INSPECT W 191ST ST/WAVERLY RD 12/09/2016 09:29:26 TRAFFIC STOP US56 HWY/N CEDAR NILES RD 12/09/2016 10:31:37 TRAFFIC STOP GARDNER RD/W 191ST ST 12/09/2016 10:43:04 TRAFFIC INSPECT W 191ST ST/MONTROSE ST 12/09/2016 11:24:58 TRAFFIC STOP N US56 HWY/OLD 56 HWY 12/09/2016 11:56:05 ASSIST 200 BLOCK OF S BEDFORD ST 12/09/2016 12:04:38 INFO 300 BLOCK OF N MOONLIGHT RD 12/09/2016 12:19:19 MEDICAL NONLIFE 200 BLOCK OF N ALDER ST 12/09/2016 13:11:55 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 12/09/2016 13:38:37 THEFT 400 BLOCK OF S MOONLIGHT RD 12/09/2016 14:16:43 FOLLOW 300 BLOCK OF E SHAWNEE ST 12/09/2016 14:38:39 CIVSERV 18500 BLOCK OF ELM ST 12/09/2016 14:48:00 CIVSERV 30000 BLOCK OF W 184TH ST 12/09/2016 14:48:01 TRAFFIC INSPECT N I35 HWY/GARDNER TO I35 NB RAMP 12/09/2016 14:53:31 CIVSERV 18400 BLOCK OF CURRY ST 12/09/2016 14:56:11 SELF AREA 1700 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST 12/09/2016 15:00:09 CIVSERV 18300 BLOCK OF BUTTERNUT ST 12/09/2016 15:05:36 CIVSERV 200 BLOCK OF W CHEYENNE ST...

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Sharon Lee Dwyer

Sharon Lee Dwyer, passed away December 9, 2016 at Overland Park Regional. Sharon was born July 5, 1952, in Olathe to Thelma Viola (LaGalle) and Bernard Francis Dwyer. She was a 1970 graduate of Gardner Edgerton High School. She was an LPN with her CNA and CMA certification, and the Assistant Director of Nursing at Bedford Manor in Spring Hill. She loved to color, enjoyed doing puzzles and was a collector of M and M items. Sharon will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents. Sharon is survived by her son Michael Rousselo of Olathe; daughter Jennifer Rousselo and fiance’ Jesse Vail of Humboldt, Kan; grandchildren Heather, Dylan, David and Justina; one great grandchild and another on the way; brother Terry Dwyer of Edgerton. A Celebration of Life will be 3:00 pm Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, 913-856-7111. Memorial Contributions may be given to the American Lung Assoc. Condolences may be left at...

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Julia “Julie” Ann Page

Julia “Julie” Ann Page passed away December 8, 2016 surrounded by her family. Julie was born in Atchison Co., Kan on November 6, 1932 to the late George E. Adams and Opal A. Adams. Julie attended Emporia State Teachers College, received her teaching certificate and taught elementary school in Harrington, Kan. Upon her marriage to Bob, she moved to Gardner and helped him in his business, Page Oil Company, for many years. While her children were young, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Gardner School District and as a secretary at Nike Junior High and also in the Gardner Superintendent’s Office; she retired after 23 years. Julie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gardner for 61 years, a 50-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Gardner Study Club/Athena Club. She enjoyed over 40 years of playing Bridge and Pinochle with friends in Gardner. Her retirement years were spent going to her grandchildren’s activities, sporting events, concerts and plays. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert (Bob) Page; siblings: George E. Adams Jr., Charlene Stanberry, Blair K. Adams and Samuel Adams who passed away as an infant. Julie leaves behind two children: Rob Page (Tammy) of Overland Park and Stephanie Goucher (Sam) of Lenexa, Kan. She had five grandchildren: Haley Goucher Miranda (Dave) of KCMO, Jeremy Page (Afton)...

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Police Report 12-2-2016

Gardner Police Daily Activity Report for 11/25/2016 through 12/02/2016 11/25/2016 08:26:31 TRAFFIC STOP N I35 HWY/W 175TH ST 11/25/2016 08:33:22 TRAFFIC STOP 200 BLOCK OF N I35 HWY 11/25/2016 09:03:19 TRAFFIC STOP E MAIN ST/N MOONLIGHT RD 11/25/2016 09:10:39 ASSISTOA 17100 BLOCK OF JESSICA ST 11/25/2016 09:13:41 ANIMAL LOOSE 1100 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST: @CONNESTO 11/25/2016 10:48:09 ASSISTOA 100 BLOCK OF N CIRCLE DR 11/25/2016 10:54:34 ANIMAL DEAD 400 BLOCK OF S HICKORY ST 11/25/2016 10:57:09 ANIMAL PICKUP 1100 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST: @CONNESTO 11/25/2016 11:00:11 TRAFFIC STOP N I35 HWY/GARDNER RD 11/25/2016 11:05:47 TRAFFIC STOP N I35 HWY/W 175TH ST 11/25/2016 11:30:47 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 11/25/2016 12:18:16 SELF BUSINESS 100 BLOCK OF S ELM ST 11/25/2016 12:31:07 TELEPHON 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 11/25/2016 12:45:54 TRAFFIC STOP N WHITE DR/E MAIN ST 11/25/2016 13:00:05 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 11/25/2016 13:00:26 TRAFFIC STOP W 191ST ST/GARDNER RD 11/25/2016 13:17:59 ACCIDENT NON 18300 BLOCK OF GARDNER RD 11/25/2016 13:40:28 CARCHECK OCCUPIED 29500 BLOCK OF W 191ST ST 11/25/2016 14:33:26 MEDICAL LIFE 400 BLOCK OF W MAIN ST 11/25/2016 14:35:46 TRAFFIC STOP 100 BLOCK OF E MADISON ST 11/25/2016 14:42:42 TRAFFIC STOP OLD 56 HWY/N US56 HWY 11/25/2016 14:48:35 TRAFFIC STOP W MAIN ST/N OAK ST 11/25/2016 14:48:37 SPECIAL 1700 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST 11/25/2016 14:49:07 TRAFFIC...

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Police Report 11-25-2016

Gardner Police Daily Activity Report for 11/18/2016 through 11/25/2016 11/18/2016 08:02:54 SCHOOL 400 BLOCK OF E GRAND ST 11/18/2016 08:07:37 SCHOOL 300 BLOCK OF E WASHINGTON ST 11/18/2016 08:20:11 PROPERTY VANDAL 17200 BLOCK OF JESSICA ST 11/18/2016 08:23:06 TRAFFIC STOP CEDAR NILES/175TH 11/18/2016 08:30:32 MEDICAL NONLIFE 700 BLOCK OF E LINCOLN LN 11/18/2016 10:41:11 PROPERTY VANDAL 17100 BLOCK OF JESSICA ST 11/18/2016 10:58:26 FIRE 29700 BLOCK OF W 188TH ST 11/18/2016 11:03:42 TRAFFIC STOP 600 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 11/18/2016 11:18:47 FIRE 29700 BLOCK OF W 188TH ST 11/18/2016 11:21:46 FIRE INFO 29700 BLOCK OF W 188TH ST 11/18/2016 11:38:49 ANIMAL LOOSE 400 BLOCK OF E GRAND ST 11/18/2016 11:50:47 FOLLOW 700 BLOCK OF S MEADOWBROOK ST 11/18/2016 11:58:28 TRAFFIC STOP N I35 HWY/GARDNER RD 11/18/2016 12:08:18 TELEPHON 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 11/18/2016 12:56:32 SCHOOL 300 BLOCK OF E WASHINGTON ST 11/18/2016 13:00:24 CIVSERV 1100 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST 11/18/2016 14:14:18 MEDICAL INFO 400 BLOCK OF W MAIN ST 11/18/2016 14:23:35 ALARM RESIDENT 31300 BLOCK OF W MADISON ST 11/18/2016 15:11:05 MEDICAL LIFE 200 BLOCK OF S BEDFORD ST 11/18/2016 15:44:09 FIRE 400 BLOCK OF W SKYLARK ST 11/18/2016 16:08:01 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 11/18/2016 16:16:25 ASSIST 29500 BLOCK OF W 191ST ST 11/18/2016 16:23:03 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 11/18/2016 17:12:45 MEDICAL NONLIFE 800 BLOCK OF S JUNIPER...

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Elmer “Ray” Brunker

Elmer “Ray” Brunker, Jr., 62, of Olathe, passed away Nov. 24, 2016 at Olathe Hospice House. Ray was born Feb. 16, 1954 in Olathe, Kan to Elmer Ray Brunker, Sr. and Betty June (Perkins) Brunker. He graduated from Olathe High School in 1972 and from Kansas State Univ. in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ag-Mechanism. Ray came back to farm with Elmer Ray Brunker, Sr. after college as Elmer Brunker and Son Farms, but later Incorporated to form Brunker Farms, Inc. in 1983. Ray served on the CO-OP Board in Lawrence, Kan and was a member of the Kansas Soybean Assoc. for many years. Ray took on a seed dealership and warehouse in 1983 and continued that for 18 years. He was the fourth generation of the Brunker family to farm. Ray was a caretaker of the land he farmed. Ray married Jill Arlene Rogers on Nov. 12, 1983. After Jill’s passing in 2002 he later married Teresa Lynne Clark on July 5, 2008 in Gardner, Kan. He loved to rescue dogs and make them part of the family. He will be missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by Jill, his first wife and mother of his children in 2002 and his mother, Betty, in 2008. Ray is survived by his wife, Teresa, of the home; his father, Elmer Brunker, Sr., Olathe,...

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TERRY LEE HEATHMAN, JR.

Terry Lee Heathman, Jr., 44, of Gardner, passed away November 21, 2016. Terry was born January 25, 1972 in Emporia, Kan to Betsy Ann (Garr) and Terry Lee Heathman. They lived in Strong City, Kan and moved to Gardner when he was in the 8th grade. He enlisted in the U S Army right after graduating from Gardner Edgerton High School in 1990. He served for a total of 8 years including time overseas in Germany where he deployed to Desert Storm. After returning from Desert Storm, Terry was stationed in Ft. Drum, N.Y. and was assigned to the 1st Platoon 10th MP Company “Renegades”. While stationed at Ft. Drum, Terry was deployed to Somalia, the Battle of Mogadishu and Haiti, Operation Uphold Democracy. Terry met Stephanie Anne Dumont who also was serving in the U S Army. They married on May 27, 1995, in Watertown, N.Y., and made their home in Gardner. After his military service, Terry served 12 years in the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, transferring to the Adult Residential Center for the Department of Corrections for five years and last year became an investigator for the Department of Corrections of Johnson County in Olathe. Terry was a member of Grace Baptist Church and the De Soto VFW. Terry enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son, reading, and learning more about history. “He never knew a stranger”....

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Jo Ann Massengale

Jo Ann Massengale, age 78 of Wellsville, Kan passed away November 17, 2016 at the Wellsville Retirement Community. Jo Ann Massengale was born July 17, 1938 in Lawrence, Kansas the daughter of Gene E. and Hilda Anna Wilhelmina (Knoche) Evans. She grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High in 1956. On June 12, 1964 she married Randy Massengale at the Wellsville Methodist Church. He preceded her in death in 2014. She attended the University of Kansas and graduated with her Bachelors in Education, but had started teaching at the age 19 in an old one-room country schoolhouse in Warden, Kansas. After graduation she taught elementary school in Gardner, Kansas for 38 years. She had been in Wellsville since 1963. After retirement, Jo Ann worked with the local schools and library, loved woodcrafts that she sold with her husband and was a beloved member of the Red Hat Ladies. Jo Ann is survived by her daughter, Penny Lea Kuntzsch of Ottawa; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Doug Klamm of Wellsville; brother, Phil Evans of Baldwin City, Kan; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her parents, husband and a brother, Richey Evans. Cremation. Graveside services will be 10AM, Wedensday, November 23, 2016 at the Walnut Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7PM, Tuesday evening at Wilsons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Memorial contributions may...

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Jerrine “Jerry” Patricia Reed

Jerrine “Jerry” Patricia Reed, 92, of Gardner, Kan passed away Nov. 18, at Olathe Medical Center Jerry was born July 6, 1924 in Snoqualmie, Wash to William Wallace and Alta Azile (Overly) Renton. She grew up in Washington state where she graduated from Issaquah High School. Jerry earned her BS in Home Economics from the Univ. of Washington in Seattle. She married Daniel “Dan” Reed on July 19, 1946 in Manhattan, Kan. They lived in Manhattan and moved to Gardner Lake in 1949. Jerry was a homemaker and active member of First Presbyterian Church of Gardner where she was a Deacon, taught Sunday School and worked in the nursery. She was a life member of the Gardner Eastern Star and Athena Club. Jerry loved to quilt and was a good seamstress. She will be dearly missed by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dan, in 2013 and son-in-law David Miller in 2015. Jerry is survived by children: Mary Ann Miller, Manhattan, Kan, Barbara J. Brown, Stillwater, Okla, Thomas B. and Ying Ying Reed, Shanghai, China, Daniel W. Reed, Gardner, Kan and William G. and Judith Reed, McKinney, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and brother, William Renton, East Wenatchee, Wash. Funeral service 11:00 am Nov. 22, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, 138 E. Shawnee, Gardner, Kan. Burial follows at Gardner Cemetery. Visitation 10:00 am...

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