Share |

Allen Stokes

mugshot
mugshot

Allen R. Stokes, 86, Iola, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his home.
He was born Feb. 6, 1926, on a farm outside of Latham to Bertlum L. and Lois M. (Ryan) Stokes. He was the third born in a large family of 14 children, 11 boys and three girls.
Allen grew up on several different farms in the Latham area. In 1934, his family moved to the Ryan Farm west of Latham.
At 18 he was drafted into World War II, on May 10, 1944. He did his basic training at Camp Killen in Texas. From there he went to a camp in Mississippi, and then overseas, serving at the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged on June 6, 1946, returning home to a farm outside of Moran, where his family had moved while he was in the service.
Allen married Rose M. Turner in Colony on Dec. 24, 1952, after which they made their home in Iola.
After coming home from the service he worked on various farms in the area until going to work for Walton Foundry in the winter and Nelson Brothers in the summer, part time until getting on full time with Nelson Brothers, which later became Nelson Quarries, Inc. Allen worked 54 years for Nelson until retiring in 2001. After retiring he stayed with Nelson Quarries working part time until late 2008.
Allen was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. His hobbies included stamp collecting, which he started as a young man still at home with his parents, putting together jigsaw puzzles, gardening, fishing, bowling and tinkering with mechanics. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
His wife, Rose, survives, as does a son Dale and his wife Helen of Kathleen, Ga.; three daughters, Debra and her husband Dennis Cooper, LaHarpe, Diana and her husband Craig Collins, Longview, Wash., Denise and her husband Craig Mentzer, Neosho Falls; three brothers, John, Denver, Colo., Bert, Jr., Iola, Charles, Humboldt; one sister Linda Williams, LaCygne; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Marc Sonka and wife Wendy, Iola, and his children Austin, Wichita, and Geoffrey, Iola, Abigail Sonka and her children, Kaitlyn, Kristen, and Kallen Lieurance, Iola, James DePriest and his children, Zeth and Torrance, LaHarpe, Chelsey Cooper, Colony, Nathan Mentzer and his wife Heather, Stillwell, Miles Mentzer and his wife Jennifer, Park City, Amanda Godsey and her husband Neal, Manhattan, and Lissa Manbeck and her husband Corbin, Neosho Falls; Jason Collins, Tempe, Ariz., Ryan and Zachary Collins of Longview, Wash., Jason Reed, Sacramento, Calif. and Josh Reed, Seattle, Wash.
He was preceded in death by brothers, William, Harlan, Robert, Donald, James, Samuel and Darrell; two sisters, Mary Stokes and Virginia Andres; and a stepgreat-grandchild Drake Bunnel.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel, Iola. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Iola.
Memorial choices are Allen County Hospice or Calvary United Methodist Church and may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, Iola.
Online condolences for the family may be left on www.iolafuneral.com.

OBITUARIES

Claudine Coy

thumb

Nelma Claudine (Keel) Coy, 85, passed away at her home in Humboldt Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Claudine was born in Dover, Tenn., on Oct. 4, 1929, the daughter of Claude and Maggie (Stafford) Keel. She was raised in Dover and attended school there before the family relocated to... [More]

Lance Townsley

thumb

Iola native Lance Townsley, 58, Lamar, Mo., who still has several family members in Iola and Allen County, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at his home.Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar, where the family will receive friends from 1 o’clock... [More]

Bob Shields

thumb

Robert Patrick Shields, 90, Iola, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Windsor Place Nursing Center, Iola.Bob was born March 28, 1924, in Hollywood, Calif. His parents were Frank J. and Lucille (Preble) Shields. He moved with his family to St. Joseph, Mo., where he graduated from... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Iola band program has growing pains

thumb

The Iola band program has strength in numbers. So much so that Iola band director Matt Kleopfer could use some help.Kleopfer spoke to USD 257 Board of Education members Monday night about the program’s future. Kleopfer started teaching in Iola in 2012 with the hopes... [More]

EMS service ‘financially sound’

thumb

With a turbulent 2014 in the rear-view mirror, the city-operated ambulance service is functioning well, Iola City Administrator Carl Slaugh said.Issues remain, however, when it comes to staffing the fire and EMS departments.With a new pact in place with Allen County, Slaugh said... [More]

McLean inducted to Hall of Fame

thumb

WICHITA — For an old baseball coach nothing compares to sharing stories.Like a staff ace in the midst of a three-hitter, Val McLean peppered his audience Saturday with a handful of delightful yarns at his induction ceremony into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.McLean,... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Freshmen Mustangs win championship

thumb

Iola High’s freshmen Mustangs took first place for the second year in a row at the freshmen basketball tournament. Iola jumped to a huge lead at halftime and was able to ride to a 43-34 win over Fort Scott.After the first quarter, the Mustangs led 19-5. Matt Komma scored... [More]

Seventh-graders fall at Pony Stampede

thumb

Iola Middle School’s seventh grade boys basketball teams gave a strong effort at the Pony Stampede on Saturday, but couldn’t find a win.The A-Team lost its first game to Fort Scott 43-22. Cason Barker led the team with 10 points, while Cal Leonard followed with eight.... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription