Bonna Lea Luedke
Bonna Lea (Fivecoat) Luedke, 83, of Atwood, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014. She was born Sept. 6, 1930, the oldest of two children of Claude and Florence Fivecoat, on her grandparents’ farm in Colony. She was very fond of her sister Claudette who was five years younger than she.
Her father worked for the oil pipeline traveling from place to place for eight years; therefore, she attended 30 schools in her childhood. In 1947 they moved back to the Colony. Not long after, she met a young man that caught her eye named Norman Luedke in her junior year of high school. She graduated from Colony High School in 1948. She then received her teaching certificate from Emporia Teacher’s College.
Norman and Bonna Lea were united in marriage on Sept. 7, 1948, at United Methodist Church in Iola. They moved to Atwood in the fall of 1948. She taught school for one year.
She has lived in Atwood ever since, being a homemaker, raising her children and helping with the bookkeeping for their business, Luedke Construction, which they started in December 1969. Through this business they enjoyed meeting many people in the community. All of their sons and their son-in-law did construction and their daughter did bookkeeping helping them with the family business throughout the years. She enjoyed crocheting, baking pies and cookies, sewing, reading and most of all enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often stated; “we’ve had a wonderful life.”
Preceding her in death were her parents and a great-grandson Bear Luedke.
She is survived by her husband Norman; their children, Dennis Luedke and wife Bernadette, Atwood; Dale Luedke, Dodge City, Joann Luedke, Lenexa; James Luedke, Atwood; Lisa Adams and husband, James (Jim) Adams, Lakin; Brian Luedke and wife Judy, Colby; her sister, Claudette (Fivecoat) Anderson and husband, Gene Anderson, Colony; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Friday at Baalmann Mortuary, Atwood. The funeral is 10:30 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church, Atwood. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or God’s Little Saints Preschool in care of Baalmann Mortuary, 109 N. 2nd St., Atwood, KS 67730. Online condolences: www.baalmannmortuary.com.
Dixie Lee (Shultz) Vincent, 73, Chanute, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Dixie was born on April 9, 1943 in Chanute, the daughter of George and Clara (Ogden) Shultz. In 1962 she married John Vincent. John preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1999. Dixie... [More]
Larry DePoe, 74, Lone Elm, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at his home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Kincaid-Selma United Methodist Church, Kincaid. Burial will follow in Lone Elm Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 o’clock... [More]
Larry Eugene “Gene” Roush, 78, lola, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Wichita. He was born to Fred and Elvira (Coltrane) Roush, March 18,1938, in Allen County. Gene attended Iola schools and graduated in 1957 from Iola High School. He attended trade school... [More]
The verdict was handed down emphatically Wednesday afternoon. Judge Thomas Saxton — a courtroom mainstay for more than a generation — will be missed. Saxton is retiring this week, putting an end to his 27-year career as magistrate judge for the 31st Judicial District,... [More]
Iola City Council members remain in a wait-and-see mode to learn if negotiations between Iola and Gas will allow for Iola to increase the price of the water it sells to Gas. The 30-year pact between the cities — established in 2001 — allowed for Iola to institute... [More]
In the summer of 2007, when rains draped a blanket of water over most of Allen County, the buildings at the fairgrounds in Riverside Park were among those hardest hit. On Tuesday, representatives from the Allen County Fair Board asked the commission for their support in... [More]
Seahorse coach Chelsea Lea is pleased with how her team has improved since its season began just under a month ago. “I’ve been really impressed,” Lea said. “Each meet our swimmers have improved (his or her) times by (a team-average of) 3 seconds, which... [More]
CLOVIS, Calif. — Ricardo Banuelos didn’t get much of a break this offseason before he competed in one of the biggest races of his career in Clovis, Calif. The Allen Community College runner qualified in April for the USA Junior Championships in San Francisco. According... [More]