Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Orville J. Edmonds


April 14, 2005

Services for Orville J. Edmonds, 89, Leavenworth, were Tuesday, April 12, at First United Methodist Church, Leavenworth. Burial was at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Mr. Edmonds died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at Medicalodge of Leavenworth.

He was born June 20, 1915, in Leavenworth County, the son of Matthew J. and Pearl Studkey Edmonds. He attended Nine Mile School and Lansing High School.

He was active in farming since he was old enough to sit on a tractor. He learned to dance at an early age with his family, which was their entertainment during the Depression.

During World War II, he worked for McDonnell-Douglas in Santa Monica, Calif., and Tulsa, Okla., and for North American Realty in Kansas City.

He retired from dairy farming in 1972, and he enjoyed daily trips to the farm to assist his two sons in their farming operations.

Mr. Edmonds helped charter First State Bank of Lansing and served as a director for many years. He also served on the board of directors of MidAmerican Dairy Association and was treasurer of Delaware Township.

In June 1943, he married Norma Jean Vigus. She died in 1969.

On Oct. 23, 1971, he married Margaret W. Porter. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Jeannette Filippi, Topeka, Leslie White, Baldwin City, and Constance Whitner, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; two sons, Donald and Ellis, both of Lansing; two stepdaughters, Kathryn Porter, Westminster, Colo., and Patricia Mills, Greeley, Colo.; three brothers, Russell, Chester and Willis; two sisters, Bernice Smith and Rosalea Heuvel; 13 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Lansing Historical Society or First United Methodist Church, sent in care of Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth 66048.

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