[ Obituaries ]


Raymond Brown

Raymond J. Brown, 82, Topeka, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at his home.

No services are scheduled. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Newcomer Family Funeral home is assisting with arrangements.

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Jones

Margaret “Peggy” J. Jones, 80, Topeka, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at a Topeka nursing home.

She was born Dec. 26, 1922, at Topeka. She worked at Duffen’s Optical in Topeka for 37 years.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ann Luthi, in 1981.

Survivors include a daughter, Faith Luthi, Topeka; five grandchildren, David Luthi, Jenny Brosa, Candice Brecht, Krista Derby and Glenn Luthi; eight great-grandchildren, Blake, Blane, Thomas, Isabella, Jamal, Joshua, Aaron and Alex; one stepdaughter, Melony Lancanster; a niece, Sharron Vaillancourt and her husband, Joe, and their children, Beth and Becky; and a son-in-law, Warren Luthi.

Mrs. Jones was cremated. A private family gathering will be conducted.

Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka is in charge of arrangements.

Lorence Orville Thompson

Lorence Orvillle Thompson, 82, Topeka, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital.

He was born July 3, 1921, the son of Gladys Glendola Fouts and John Ray Thompson, Eskridge. He attended Harveyville Grade School and graduated in 1939 from Harveyville High School, where he studied normal training in preparation to teach.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army and took basic training at Foster Field in Victoria, Texas, then served for two years at Matagorda Peninsula, Texas, which was a fixed gunnery course for combat pilots.

He was sent to the European Theater of operations under Gen. George Patton’s Third Army and served in England, France, Belgium and Germany, attached to the 20th Fighter Group. He was responsible for troop movements, 3rd Repo Depot.

He went overseas on the Mauritina, the third-largest ship the British had, which carried 10,000 troops. He returned on a Victory ship and was discharged at Camp Kilmer, N.J. He was awarded the Iron Cross by the Belgian government.

He was employed at the Supply Depot, post office and VA Hospital in Topeka. He retired as a maintenance man at Park South Apartments.

He married Rita Mary DeVader Lee at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church in Topeka.

Survivors are his wife, Rita; a stepson, Lawrence A. Lee, Manhattan; and two grandchildren. Other survivors are a twin sister, Lora Crisler, Topeka, and a brother, Carl Thompson, Joplin, Mo. Another sister, Florence Johnson, is deceased.

Cremation is planned. Inurnment will be at a later date at Fort Riley National Military Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Topeka, at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Lorence Orville Thompson Memorial Fund for Masses at Most Pure Hart of Mary Church, Topeka, and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home.

Guadalupe R. Valdivia

Guadalupe R. Valdivia, 92, Topeka, passed away Friday, July 25, 2003, at his home.

Mr. Valdivia was employed at Santa Fe Railway for 30 years before he retired in 1975. He was born Dec. 10, 1910, in Leon GTO, Mexico, the son of Juan and Ignacia Ramirez Valdivia.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Philip Billard Post No. 1650 and Shawnee Lodge 887 of the Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

He married Frances Gonzales on May 10, 1958, in Topeka. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Michael J. Valdivia and John P. Valdivia, both of Topeka; four daughters, Marie I. Valdivia, and Sarah D. Valdivia, both of Topeka, Anita L. Valdivia, Kansas City, Mo., and Veronica A. Valdivia, Lawrence; and three grandchildren, Jared M., Kelcie M. and Justis Valdivia.

Mr. Valdivia will lie in state at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Sunday, with a Legion of Mary rosary at 6 p.m. and a parish wake at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to a memorial fund to be designated at a later date may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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