Family Flux – January 2014


Owen.—A son, Micah Paul, was born to Jeremiah and Sarah (Keating) Owen of Canyon Country, CA on October 24, 2013.

Owen.—A daughter, Marlowe Faith, was born to Phillip and Heather Owen of Castaic, CA on November 5, 2013.

Killingbeck.—A daughter, Avah Grace, was born to Caleb and Jenna (Wethington) Killingbeck of Reed City, MI on November 22, 2013.


Sayre.—Margaret “Peg” (Brown) Sayre, 101, died at the Milton, Wis., Senior Center on July 12, 2013.

Peg was born on March 28, 1912, the third child of Linn Henry Brown and Maggie May (Hakes) Brown. She grew up in Rodger’s Park in Chicago, Ill. Peg graduated from Senn High School in Chicago, and graduated from Milton College in 1934. She was active in athletics and Shakespeare plays during college.

She was married to Walter R. Sayre in her Chicago home on September 8, 1934. They returned to Milton to live where Walter owned the Blackhawk Garage (later named Sayre Motors) and also raised mink as a business venture. Walt and Peg later owned the Sayre Bus Company in Milton. Peg was a bookkeeper for the family businesses.

She was a member of the Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church. Peg was always interested in the activities and politics in Milton, and served as President of the Women’s Village Improvement Club in 1949. An avid golfer, Peg continued to play until she was 93, shooting in the 60’s. Walt and Peg wintered in Texas, where she had a hole-in-one at age 77.

After retirement, Peg became a quilter and volunteered at the Gathering Place in Milton, helping with quilting projects until age 98. She and Walt traveled extensively for 16 years in their private plane with other airplane enthusiasts to various destinations in Mexico and Central America, as well as across the United States.

Peg was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 1995. She was the loving mother of Laura Sayre Hamann of Hummelstown, Pa., and John Sayre of Tomahawk, Wis. She is also survived by six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held on August 5, 2013, at the Milton SDB Church with Rev. Herb Saunders officiating.


Barber.—Doris Lenore Goodrich Barber, 96, passed away on October 30, 2013 at her home in Garden City, Kan. She was born on May 29, 1917 in North Loup, Neb., to Clifford John and Eva May (Pierce) Goodrich.

After graduating high school at North Loup, she married Dell Claude Barber on July 20, 1935 at Scottsbluff, Neb. He preceded her in death in 1999. She lived most of her adult life in Colorado Springs, Colo., and worked as a baker in the YWCA Cafeteria, a cook at the Ponderosa Southern Baptist Assembly Grounds, and in the accounting department for Preferred Risk Insurance Company. She moved to Garden City in 2012. She enjoyed genealogy, history, writing and traveling.

Doris was a member of the SpringsLife Seventh Day Baptist Church of Colorado Springs, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution–Kinnikinnik Chapter of Colorado Springs, and the Colorado State Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Theron Duane Barber; grandson, Kenneth James Watts; great-grandson, Derrick Clayton Andrews; two brothers, Paul Goodrich and Charles Goodrich, and two sisters, Dorothy Stanghellini and Ersel Jorgensen.

She is survived by three daughters, Carley Avon Hazelton of Garden City, Kan.; Bonnie Bee Watts of Tullahoma, Tenn.; Dixie Rae Boyer of Rush, Colo.; a son, Charles Leon Barber of Colorado Springs; a brother, Ronald Goodrich of Pueblo, Colo.; two sisters, Frances Van Horn of North Loup, Neb., and Beverly Stillman of Albuquerque, N.M.; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on November 6, 2013 at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Colorado Springs with Pastor Carley Hazelton officiating. Burial was at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


Wheeler.—Charles Raymond Wheeler, 94, of Nortonville, Kan., passed away on November 25, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, Mo.

Charles was born on June 25, 1919 in Nortonville, to Earnest R. and Marie Edna (Lugibihl) Wheeler. He was an Independent Milk Hauler in Kansas City for 30 years. On June 20, 1942, Charles married Reba Elizabeth Kenyon and together they made their home on the Wheeler farm, until they moved into Nortonville in 1968.

He served on the Nortonville City Council for 18 years, carried Meals on Wheels, delivered surplus food for the government, and served as a Nortonville Voluntary Fireman. Charles was a life member of the Nortonville Seventh Day Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon, Trustee, and was church Treasurer for 71 years. Charles also was caretaker of the church property and lawn for 25 years.

Charles was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Sullivan; brother, Merlin Wheeler; and three infant sisters.

Charles is survived by his wife, Reba, to whom he had been married for 71 years. (See next obituary.) Additional survivors include sons Kent and Sam of Atchison, Kan.; daughter, Mavice Stapp of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews; and two brothers, Rev. Edgar Wheeler of Westerly, R.I., and Dr. Robert Wheeler of Weiser, Idaho.

Funeral services were held on November 30, at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison, with Dr. Kenneth Smith and Chaplain Cliff Bond officiating. Burial was in the Nortonville Cemetery.


Wheeler.—Reba Wheeler, 93, of Nortonville, Kan., passed away on December 7, 2013 at the Village Villa in Nortonville.

Reba was born February 7, 1920 in Nortonville, the daughter of Orla and Essie (Van Horn) Kenyon. She graduated from Nortonville High School in 1938 and enrolled in Atchison County Community High School where she took Normal Training. She taught at the Sugar Bowl School, west of Nortonville.

Reba and Charles R. Wheeler were married at sunset at the Orla Kenyon farm home on June 20, 1942. They set up housekeeping on the Wheeler farm and moved to Nortonville in 1968. They were married for 71 years.

She was a lifelong member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church, sang in the choir, taught Sabbath School and was active in the Ladies Missionary Society. Reba assisted in organizing the Christian Endeavor meetings for the church’s youth group. For many years she wrote and assisted in publishing the church’s “Messenger” newsletter.

Reba had many talents and loved flowers. She had numerous Iris beds—as many as 100 at a time—and knew the names of all the varieties. She also enjoyed quilting and embroidery work. Reba was a foster parent and loved hosting family dinners.

Reba was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; sister, Orlene Mitchell and Kathryn Niemann. She is survived by sons Kent and Sam Wheeler, both of Atchison, Kan.; daughter, Mavice Stapp, Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on December 11, 2013 at the O’Trimble Funeral Home in Nortonville. Burial was in the Nortonville Cemetery.


Pinder.—Clayton Edward Pinder, 84, passed away December 9, 2013 at his home in DeLand, Fla.

Mr. Pinder was a Certified Public Accountant and professor at Salem College in Salem, W.Va. He was a veteran, serving in the Army Signal Corp during the Korean War. After graduating from St. Lawrence University, he attended Wharton School of Business where he received his MBA.

On April 18, 1954, Clayton married Leora Sholtz. They would be celebrating 60 years on their next wedding anniversary. He was employed by Atlas Powder in Wilmington, Del.; American Viscose in Nitro, W.Va.; FMC in Philadelphia, Pa.; Bright of America in Summersville, W.Va.; and Salem (W.Va.) College, as well as owner of a private CPA practice in Salem. He enjoyed refinishing antiques and collecting coins, stamps, and miniature elephants. He was a member of the CPA Society of West Virginia where Clayton and Leora lived for over 40 years before moving to DeLand in 2005.

Clayton was a member of Seventh Day Baptist churches in Marlboro, N.J.; Lost Creek, W.Va.; and Daytona Beach, Fla. Helping others was a high priority which he did by working in many different ways through his church and denomination. Clayton was a lay pastor at Crites Mountain Church in West Virginia, president of the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference in 2001, treasurer for Camp Joy and the Daytona Beach church, member and past chairman of COSAR, financial auditor for the SDB office, and active in prison ministry at Tomoka Correctional Institute.

Clayton is survived by his wife Leora; son, Edward D. Pinder of Ft. Worth, Texas; daughters, Carol L. Swanson of Grand Island, Neb., Susan J. Fox of Columbus, Ohio, and Lisa J. Benson of Jupiter, Fla.; a twin brother, Carlton Pinder of DeLand; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on December 14 at the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. Many people’s lives have been touched by Clayton Pinder and he will be missed.

Death Announcement

William W. “Bill” Thompson, 94, of Coudersport, PA died December 4, 2013.

Yvonne Louise (Swanson) Stephan, 73, of Rensselaer, NY, passed away on December 11, 2013.


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