Share |

Leroy Runer

Leroy M. Runer, 88, Erie, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
He was born Sept. 4, 1925, in Iola to Cecil Runer and Zula Long Runer Scoville. He attended Iola Schools and graduated with the class of 1944.
While in high school, Leroy started working for MKT Railroad on a bridge gang. Later he became a clerk for MKT Railroad. He also worked for Beech Aircraft, Boeing Aircraft, and Hines Grain Elevator. Leroy retired from Foremost Foods March 31, 1985.
Leroy loved to travel. At a young age he hitchhiked across the United States and followed the wheat harvest. Leroy and his wife took a vacation every year with some of their fondest trips being to Mexico, Colorado, North Carolina, Yellowstone Park, and the Ozarks. His hobbies included fishing and watching television.
Leroy and Billie Walker were married Sept. 23, 1950, in Iola. She survives of the home. This past September they celebrated their 63rd anniversary. In addition to his wife, Billie, he is survived by a daughter, Brenda Harding, Erie, and a son, Herbert and his wife Sherry, Chanute. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Autumn Walters and husband Kurt, Heath Harding and wife Jennifer, Amber Vail and husband Kevin, all of Erie, and Andy Runer, Hiawatha; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and his Chihuahua “Tiny.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Sergeant Major Herbert R. Runer; and twin great-grandsons Gabriel Lee and Gavin John Runer. A graveside memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at East Hill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to either First Baptist Church of Erie or the Erie Public Library. They may be mailed to Bath Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

OBITUARIES

Bill Isaac

thumb

Bayard native Charles Lee “Bill” Isaac, 85, rural Greenfield, Mo., died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Lockwood, where he had lived for the past month.Funeral services, including Masonic rites, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral... [More]

Lillie McAloon

thumb

Lillie McAloon, 93, Iola, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Windsor Place in Iola.Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Geneva Cemetery northwest of Iola. Memorials are suggested to the Iola Alzheimer’s Support Group and may be left with the funeral home. The family... [More]

The Rev. Janet Chubb

thumb

The Rev. Janet A. Chubb, 59, Parsons, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Labette Health. She was pastor at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Iola.She was born Aug. 7, 1955, in Davenport, Iowa, to The Rev. T. E. Lindemann and Gertrude (Fritz) Lindemann. At the age of 6, she... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Bowlus director supports new schools

thumb

Susan Raines has a message for those considering whether to support construction of new elementary and high schools in Iola — especially those considering voting against the $50 million bond issue.“Don’t vote no because of the Bowlus,” she said.Raines... [More]

County inches toward new pact

thumb

A proposed change in how Iola’s ambulance crews would be backed up may provide the key to resolving the city’s ongoing emergency medical services contract negotiations with Allen County.Iola City Administrator Carl Slaugh spoke Tuesday with Allen County commissioners... [More]

Trek to Iola brings Oklahoman full circle

thumb

David Rule’s trip of a lifetime never topped 50 mph. “I’d go 40 if nobody was behind me,” he said.Rule, 67, comes from a family steeped in military tradition, and fully aware of the sacrifice and commitment required to defend the country.Starting Friday,... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Tumbling class offered by Iola Rec starts Monday

thumb

Kids will be springing backhands into a tumbling class offered by Iola’s Recreation Department starting Monday. Venessa Weohr takes over the instructing duties this year.“In the past, the rec department has done tumbling through Emily Pargman or Casey Finley,”... [More]

Varsity Fillies sweep matches

thumb

Iola High’s varsity volleyball team won both of its matches on senior night Tuesday.The Fillies started off with a 25-10 and 25-18 win against Prairie View. Addie Haar secured three kills. Emery Driskel had four aces and five kills. Emma Piazza had three aces, four kills... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription