Injury accident near Perry-Lecompton High School

Injury accident near Perry-Lecompton High SchoolA tow truck driver works to clear a wrecked vehicle out of the east ditch on Lecompton Road near 17th Street and just blocks from Perry-Lecompton High School around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23.

Photo by Dennis Sharkey


Quick response by Oskaloosa township firefighters saves house

Firemen from the Oskaloosa townshipFiremen from the Oskaloosa township and surrounding districts worked quickly on Monday afternoon to contain a fire to the garage of a residence at 717 S. Union St. in Oskaloosa.

The fire started from a busted fuel line that caught fire on a truck that was parked in the garage according to the home’s resident Greg Rankin. He said he was working on the truck with the engine running when all of a sudden the motor stopped running and fuel began spilling. Rankin said the fire was out of control and started in the direction of his fire extinguisher.

Oskaloosa fireRankin, standing on the right, and a neighbor watch as fire crews work to keep the fire contained to the garage.

Photos by Dennis Sharkey


One vehicle accident claims life

fatal accidentEmergency workers sifted through the pieces of wreckage just minutes after a Jeep carrying one person rolled several times and ejected the driver, Donald G. VanDyke, 54, Perry, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, around 7:15 p.m. VanDyke was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report VanDyke had been traveling northbound on U.S. 59 Highway about three miles south of Oskaloosa when the Jeep left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to a rest in the west ditch. VanDyke was not wearing a seat belt according to the report.

It was the second time in two days a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 59 Highway near Osage Road resulted in a driver losing his life.

Photo by Dennis Sharkey


Bleeding Kansas Series resumes in Lecommpton

Politicians, underground railroad, Quantrill’s raid survivors topics of Bleeding Kansas Series

The Kansas Historical Society has announced that Constitution Hall State Historic Site in Lecompton will once again present its Bleeding Kansas series.

Constitution Hall Lecompton

Constitution Hall Lecompton

These programs are at 2 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 29 to Feb. 26 and include presentations by Kansas history experts. Suggested donation $3 for adults. Constitution Hall State Historic Site is located at 319 Elmore.

The first one will be a special Kansas Day presentation, “The Underground Railroad on the Kansas Frontier” by Todd Mildfelt, educator and author.

The series continues Feb. 5 with “A Principled Politician: James H. Lane and the Fight for Kansas and the Union” by Ian Spurgeon, military historian, author, and native Kansan. The Feb. 12 program will be “Lawrence: Survivors of Quantrill’s Raid” by Katie Armitage, author and historian.

On Feb. 19, “Perry Fuller: The Road from Poverty to Riches, Influence and Political Power” will be presented by Deborah Barker, executive director, Franklin County Historical Society.

The series concludes Feb. 26 with “Teaching the Civil War in the 21st Century” by Paul Stuewe, educator, author, and executive committee board member, Kansas Historical Foundation. Mildfelt, Spurgeon, and Armitage will sign copies of their books following their presentations.


Doris Woodard

Doris June Smith Woodard, 74, died Jan. 17, 2012, at her home.

She was born Oct. 21, 1937, at Lawrence, and attended school in Tonganoxie.

She married Henry David Woodard Oct. 21, 1956, at Valley Falls. They were married 55 years. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, June Woodard, and a son, David Woodard, both of Oskaloosa; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Harold R. Smith, in July of 1990.

Graveside services were Jan. 20 at Plum Grove Cemetery, Oskaloosa.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Doris J. Woodard Memorial Fund and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, PO Box 602, Oskaloosa, 66066.


Inez Thorp

Inez Thorp, 73, Humble, Texas, died Jan. 21, 2012, at a hospital at Humble.

She was born Dec. 5, 1938, at Valley Falls, the daughter of Marvin and Mary Boyd Cropper. She graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1957.

Inez Thorp

Inez Thorp

She had worked for several years in the oil industry as a secretary. She was a member of the Humble Area First Baptist Church.

She married Charles “Bill” Thorp June 22, 1958, at Valley Falls. They had resided in Humble for the last 34 years. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Kathryn Davis, Beaumont, Texas, and Carolyn Gosselin, Zachary, La.; a brother, Melvin Cropper, Wikieup, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls. Burial will be at the Valley Falls Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Friday until service time.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lupus Foundation and sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, 66088. Services in Humble were under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Home. Online condolences are at


Lowell King

Lowell Dean King, 76, of Topeka, Kansas, formerly of Leavenworth, Kansas, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at his home in Topeka (Elmont), Kansas.

Lowell was born October 15, 1935, in Elwood, Kansas (then Missouri), to Tommy E and Georgia B (Roberts) King.

He lived in the Leavenworth area most of his life before moving to the retirement Community in Winchester, Kansas, then to the Topeka area two years ago.

He was a mechanic before becoming a truck driver. He worked for Kaaz Construction Co., Berkel Co. of Bonner Springs, Frito Lay Co. of Topeka, and Roberts Trucking of KCK.

Mr. King married Frances (Jaster) Ala of Leavenworth, Ks. They divorced.

Mr. King is survived by his son Randy King of Ozawkie, Kansas; his sister, Agnes Hashlou of Manassas, Virginia; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and cousins Jimmy (Bev) Roberts, Topeka, Ks. Ronnie Milborn, Bashor, Ks, Billy (Gloria) Milborn, Leavenworth, Ks, Junior Roberts, Easton, Ks, Wayne (Melanie) Roberts, Leavenworth, Ks, Larry (Terry) Roberts, Leavenworth, Ks, Gale (Charles) Wolke, Easton, Ks, Wanda (Mike) Doolin, Pine Bluff, Ark.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Terry King, sons, Gerald King and Wayne King: sister, Betty Quest; and a brother, Dorel King, who died while serving in the Korean War.

Mr. King was cremated and a memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Paid obituary


Fred Kenison

Fred LeRoy Kenison, 93, McLouth, died Jan. 17, 2012, at F.W. Huston Senior Living Center, Winchester.

He was born March 10, 1918, at Buffalo, the son of Frank Asberry and Sarah Myrtle Long Kenison.

He taught for approximately eight years at schools in the Buffalo and Chanute area. He also worked as a partsman for a Ford dealership and ran Fred’s Auto Body in Iola for 15 years.

He married Eunice Nadine Anderson Aug. 26, 1942, at Chanute. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include four daughters, Patty Ann Peres, Shoreview, Minn., Judith “Judy” Lynn Dalton, McLouth, Jeanne Baze, Lawrence, and Anita Douglas, Bentonville, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.

Burial was Jan. 19 at the Buffalo Cemetery. A Celebration of Life was held Jan. 22 at Barnett Family Funeral Home, Oskaloosa.

Memorial contributions can be made to Jefferson County Friends of Hospice and sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 602, Oskaloosa, 66066.


Marty L. Warriner

Marty Lee Warriner, 42, Oskaloosa, died Jan. 16, 2012, in a one-vehicle accident south of Oskaloosa.

He was born March 21, 1969, at Red Cloud, Neb., the son of Edward Arthur and Carla Jean Stevens Warriner. He graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1987.

He served in the U.S. Marines from 1987 to 1988. He worked for nearly 12 years as a heavy equipment operator for Bottorff Construction Company, Atchison. He was a member of the Cowboy Calvary Church, Williamstown.

He married Christie Chartier. They divorced. He married Paula Farmer Sept. 12, 2009, at Oskaloosa. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Tobin Warriner, currently serving in the U.S. military stationed in Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Karleigh Warriner, of the home, and Megan Besette, Atchison; a step-daughter, Desirae Wolford, Oskaloosa; two brothers, Michael Warriner, Effingham, and Matthew Warriner, Kansas City, Mo.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jacob T. Warriner, July 18, 2009.

Funeral services were Jan. 21 at St. John’s Lutheran Parish, Lancaster. Burial was at the Lancaster Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Marty Warriner Memorial Fund to assist the family with funeral expenses or to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, PO Box 602, Oskaloosa, 66066.


Fire Weather Watch issued January 28 at 12:16PM CST until January 28 at 5:00PM CST by NWS


from JF-KS Situation Room