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Gray, Frances  
Frances H. Gray Frances H. Gray, 91, Perry, KS, died April 15, 2015, at Saint Luke s Hospice House in Kansas City. She was born September 19, 1923, in Rocky Ford, CO, the daughter of Clarence LeRoy Herring and Susan Frances Leap. She grew up in Rocky Ford, joined the WAVES, serving as Chief Storekeeper Disbursing until discharged in 1946. She attended Barnes School of Commerce in Denver, and worked as a bookkeeper. She was a Girl Scout leader in Salina, KS. Her interests included square dancing and genealogy. Everyone loved her sense of humor. She was an avid Royals fan, she enjoyed Big 12 basketball especially KU basketball. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren playing sports. She married Melville W. Gray on December 18, 1949, at the home of her mother in Rocky Ford. They were married for nearly 62 years. She is survived by three children, Susan L. Kramer (Thomas), Independence, MO, Steven M. Gray (Karen), Hoyt, KS, and Thomas N. Page (Pati), Grand Prairie, TX; one brother, Roy Herring, Fullerton, CA; six grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren, all of whom affectionately knew her as Gran-Fran. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and two sisters, Marian Donlin and June Smedema. A private memorial service is planned. Memorial contributions can be made to Saint Luke s Hospice House in Care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence, KS. Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com . Frances H. Gray
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Apr. 16, 2015

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Gartner, Charles - Topeka  
Charles Paul Gartner Charles Paul Gartner, 79, of Topeka, died April 12, 2015 at the Colmery O Neil VA Medical Center. He was born on May 10, 1935 in Topeka, the son of Thomas and Marion (Deghand) Gartner. Charles was a graduate of Hayden High School in 1953. He enlisted in the United States Army and served until 1962. He enjoyed collecting railroad pictures and memorabilia and he donated a portion of his collection to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. He was an avid walker and enjoyed walking the city on a regular basis. He married Roseann Schettler on October 23, 1965 in Kansas City, Missouri. They later divorced. He is survived by his daughter, Joan (John) Magathan of Meriden, his brothers, Dan Gartner, Ken Gartner, Terry Gartner, all of Topeka, a sister Karen Knox of Wamego, and his grandchildren, Hannah, Liam, Matthew, and Daniel. He was preceded in death by a brother Tom Gartner. Charles will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the All Faiths Chapel in Building #23 at the Colmery O Neil VA Medical Center. Please enter the VA through the south Gage Boulevard entrance of the VA Complex. Use parking lot 29 B where a shuttle will transport attendees to the chapel. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post #421 and the Army National Guard flag folding detail. In lieu of flowers the family suggest contributions be made to the VA Hospital for the purpose of the Homeless Program or to the Community Living Center Recreational Fund or to St. Matthew Catholic Church and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603 Fond memories and condolences can be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com . Charles Paul Gartner
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2015
Gibbs, Billy  
Billy J. Gibbs Billy J. Gibbs, 70, of Hoyt, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015. He was born May 2, 1944, in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Charles and Roberta (Ruth) Gibbs. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Billy was employed by the City of Topeka Water Department, retiring after 38 years of service. Mr. Gibbs was a member of the Hoyt United Methodist Church, O.F. Squadron Model Airplane Club, AMA Academy of Model Aeronautics, and lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans. Billy married Martha Ann Coffman on February 21, 1963 in Topeka. She survives of the home. Other survivors include three children, Michelle (Pat) Teaford, Mayetta, KS, Danna (Steve Conklin) Gibbs, Hoyt, and Billie (Randy) Scarberry, Topeka; and four grandchildren, Stephanie Cook, Sarah Connor, Dustin Scarberry and Dallas Connor; and a sister, Colleen Sue (Ed) Horn, Hoyt. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles W. Gibbs, Jr. Billy enjoyed building and flying radio controlled air planes, trains, camping, fishing, traveling, and attending auctions. A funeral ceremony will be 1 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka. Interment with military honors will follow at the Rochester Cemetery, Topeka. Billy will lie in state after 3 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Martha Gibbs. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com . Billy J. Gibbs
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Apr. 14, 2015
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