Obituary

Helen Gertrude "Trudy" Losh-Barbee

Helen Gertrude ”Trudy” Losh-Barbee, 82, of Louisburg, passed away October 28, 2014.   

She was born March 14, 1932, the daughter of Joseph and Amy (McCluskey) Sheehan in Louisburg, KS.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, and two sisters.

Trudy leaves behind many loved ones, including her husband, Rudy Barbee of Hacienda Heights, CA, two sons, Charles Johnston of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, David Johnston of Riverside, CA, two daughters, Doris (Brian) Gruwell of Lindsborg, KS and Paula Gruwell of California, CA, a sister, Lou (Jack) Isham of Rockford, IL; 11 grandchildren, 7 great-children and 5 great, great-children.

Inurnment will be 2 P.M, November 8, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Louisburg, KS. Memorials are suggested to be made to the family

Peter Christopher Melton

Peter Christopher Melton, 29, of Cherryvale, Kansas, died as a result of an automobile accident at  5:15 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014 on Cherryvale Parkway, in Labette  County, Kansas.

Peter was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 8, 1985, the son of Vicky J. (Edgington) Melton-Bird and Dean Melton.

Peter was homeschooled at Gentle Shepherd Christian School in Partridge, Kansas.  He then attended Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas and received his Associates Degree in 2009.  Peter then attended and graduated from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas and received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2012.

Through the years Peter worked for Sturdi-Bilt Storage Barns for 7 years in Hutchinson, Kansas.  While attending K.S.U. he interned for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa and was currently working for John Deere Coffeyville Works, Coffeyville, Kansas as an Electrical Engineer.

Peter was a member and squad leader of A.L.E.R.T. (Air Land Emergency Resource Team) and participated in the search and recovery of the Columbia Space Shuttle in 2003.  He also had his Padi Certification for Scuba Diving.  Peter enjoyed hiking, camping, cooking, creating-building electronics projects, and had a lifelong quest for knowledge.  Peter met the girl of his dreams while attending H.C.C.  He also enjoyed being a coach for his daughter's soccer teams.

Peter Christopher Melton was united in marriage to Jennifer Lynn Pope on October 14, 2006 at Roxbury United Parish, Roxbury, Kansas.  The young couple established their first home in Hutchinson, Kansas.  In a very short time, the couple moved a lot...  They were currently living in Cherryvale, Kansas.

Surviving family members include his loving and devoted wife Jennifer Melton, of Cherryvale, Kansas; the apple of his eye, daughter, Alexa Brooke Melton, of Cherryvale, Kansas; his mother Vicky Bird and her husband Clair, of Wichita, Kansas; his father Dean Melton and his wife Melinda, of Turon, Kansas; his siblings, Randy Melton and his wife Dotty, of Alberta, Canada; Brenda Prentice and her husband, Aaron, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Phillip Melton and his wife Bridgette, of College Station, Texas, Hannah Collins and her husband Shane, of Spokane, Washington, and Luke Melton and his wife Anita, of Yukon, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews, many other relatives, and a host of friends.

Peter was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Marcella Edgington.

The funeral service will be held at the Roxbury United Parish, Roxbury, Kansas, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 with Pastor Nancy Modin officiating.

The final resting place will be at the Canton Township Cemetery, Canton, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Peter can be made to the  Alexa Brooke Melton Fund and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas.