Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2001


January 11, 2001

Ruth L. Decker


Memorial services for Ruth Lorena Decker, 78, Fort Worth, Texas, will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka.

Mrs. Decker died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, in Fort Worth.

She was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Lecompton, the daughter of Leonard and Edna Mae (Gardner) Slaughter. She lived in Eudora for many years and moved to Ft. Worth three months ago.

Mrs. Decker had been a licensed practical nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and worked as a private duty nurse in many area nursing homes. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Flower Club, both of Eudora.

She married Howard M. Decker on April 11, 1948, in Perry. He died Jan. 4, 1995.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Decker, Oskaloosa, and Gary Decker, Fort Worth; a brother, Ray Slaughter; a sister, Dorothea Kline, Garden City; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Community Hospice of Texas, sent in care of the mortuary.

Delbert E. Mathia


Services for Delbert E. Mathia, 81, Lawrence, were Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Mathia died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1919, in Eudora, the son of Henry and Ottie Belle (Burnell) Mathia. He grew up in Eudora and graduated from Eudora High School in 1938. He attended Allen County Community College, Iola.

Mr. Mathia was an U.S. Army World War II veteran and served in the South Pacific. He worked in the Douglas County Clerk's office after the war and was elected county clerk in 1954. He worked part-time as a county auditor after retiring in 1980.

Mr. Mathia served on various committees and boards, including the Rent Control Board and youth baseball programs. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church, suggests memorials in his name to the Central United Methodist Church or to the American Legion Building Fund, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

Earl E. Misener


Services for Earl E. Misener, 73, Parsons, were Wednesday at Westside Christian Church, Parsons. Burial was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Parsons.

Mr. Misener died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at Labette County Medical Center, Parsons.

He was born April 23, 1927, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Ira E. and Zella R. (Detwiler) Misener. He moved to Parsons in 1942 and completed his education in Parsons schools.

Mr. Misener served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had worked at Davis Furniture Store, Parsons; Town Talk Bread Co.; and as a route salesman for Archway Cookies.

He and his wife were charter members of Westside Christian Church of Parsons. For many years, he coached boys basketball teams in the church and Ban Johnson leagues and the American Legion team. He also coached girls softball teams.

He married Luella I. Giddens on May 25, 1946, in Oswego. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Michael A., Platte City, Mo.; two daughters, Karen S. Thompson, Eudora, and Linda D. Beaver, Atchison; two brothers, Ralph L.Misener, Parsons, and Roy Lee Misener, Washington, Mo.; a sister, Anita Murphy, Topeka; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A son, Larry E. Misener, and two grandchildren died earlier.

The family suggests memorials to the church or "Casey's Journey," in memory of his grandson, sent in care of Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 112 N. 26th St., Parsons 67357.

Elnora T. Smith


Services for Elnora T. Smith, 91, Lenexa, will be at 2 p.m. today at Amos Family Chapel, Lenexa. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Vinland Cemetery, Vinland.

Mrs. Smith died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at Lakeview Health Center, Lenexa.

She was born Sept. 28, 1909, in Eudora, the daughter of Jake and Mary E. (Liggett) Reusch.

She was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, and was an active volunteer in Johnson County.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer H. Smith, Lakeview; a son, Harold L. Smith, Denver, Co.; a daughter, Judith Lister, Arroyo Seco, N.M.; two sisters, Alberta Morgan, Lenexa, and Maurine McPheeters, Baldwin; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Amos Family Chapel.

The family suggests contributions to Lakeview Village, in care of Amos Family Funeral Home, 10113 Lenexa Drive, Lenexa 66215.

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