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.
Betty Stark, 88, Wagoner, Okla., passed this life Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Wagoner Community Hospital in Wagoner. Betty was born March 5, 1927, in Wellington. Her parents were Elmer G. Lee and Minnie Ann (Warden) Lee. She grew up in Kansas, living in Wichita,... [More]
Marie Elizabeth (Neuenswander) Compton passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the age of 96. She was born in Alba, Mo., to the Rev. Irvin Leo and Bethany Emma (Swartz) Neuenswander on April 19, 1919. She was the oldest of 12 children. Her father was a Methodist preacher, so... [More]
Lois M. Slagel, 84, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at her home in Le Roy.She was born June 28, 1930, in Le Roy, the daughter of Pearl E. and Emma A. Read Richards.Lois graduated from Le Roy High School with the Class of 1949 where she was crowned homecoming queen her senior... [More]
Ray Shannon has experienced a lot in his 83-plus years.He can add “medical pioneer” to his resume, courtesy of a unique spinal fusion surgery he underwent Monday in a Kansas City hospital.Shannon became the first person in the United States to receive the Minuteman... [More]
For the last 15 years Angela Henry has helped parent what she jokingly calls her additional child. The director of USD 257’s after-school program SAFE BASE said due to a 50-percent cut in its budget, SAFE BASE will not host a summer program this year.As the program is about... [More]
In January 1910 this paper sent a reporter to the corner of Madison Avenue and State Street, where finishing touches were being put on the town’s newest factory.The building’s inspector had just completed his rounds. Quizzed on his impressions of the soon-to-open... [More]
Allen Community College’s baseball team was eliminated from playoff contention Thursday with two losses to Johnson County, falling 9-5 and 15-4.The game’s weren’t going to be an easy task, since Johnson County is ranked the No. 4 team in NJCAA Division I baseball.Allen... [More]
Iola High’s Addie Haar will play basketball for Allen Community College next season. Haar signed a letter of intent last week.“It’s close to home and I get to keep doing what I love,” Haar said.For an undersized Iola team, the 5-9 Haar played forward and... [More]