Digital Augusta

Augusta, Kansas

Collection: 2001








Riggs, John Forrest

Mead, Lena (Akins) Semisch

Trevolt, Ethel Grace

Widner, Gay Nell

Lytton, Nellie Ann


Obituaries published in the Augusta Daily Gazett


Augusta Daily Gazette [Kansas]


Augusta Historical Museum, Augusta, Kansas


Augusta Public Library, Augusta, Kansas, USA












b7#41 2001

Augusta Daily Gazette [Kansas], “2001-10-28,” Digital Augusta, accessed November 30, 2023,

John F. Riggs

Lieutenant Commander USN John Forrest Riggs, 42, son of Alyce M. Riggs and the late Walter L. Riggs died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001 in San Diego, Calif.
Riggs was a graduate of Augusta High School and he attended Columbia University, New York, N.Y. on an academic scholarship for three years. He graduated from Kansas University with a degree in astronomy. He received his master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of Languages.
After entering the U.S. Navy he served in the Persian Gulf as a fighter pilot on the U.S.S. Independence. He was also designated Liason Officer between the ship and military offices in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In San Diego, Cape Canaveral, Fla., and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., he was Division Director of Production with SPAWAR and had launched many rockets from Cape Canaveral, Fla. in the last ten years.
Riggs was accorded a full military service and he received many meritorious honors. His twenty year retirement ceremony was also held at this time.
Besides his mother, Riggs is survived by wife, Lin of the home; brothers, Curt M. Riggs of Augusta, W.L. Riggs II of New Braunfels, Texas; sisters, Priscilla A. Templin of Augusta, Paige E. Hundemer of King-
wood, Texas; Allyson R. Robinson of Mission; seven nephews; eight nieces.
Riggs was buried at Singing Hills Memorial Park in San Diego, Calif.
A memorial has been established with the Church of Christ building fund in Augusta.

Lena Mead

Lena (Akins) Semisch Mead, 99, of Augusta, died Thursday, Nov. 15,2001.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; service at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Augusta.
Mrs. Mead was born on June 22, 1902 to Frank B. and Maude (Young) Akins in Latham.
She married Victor Semisch in 1922. He preceded her in death in 1962. She then married Lee A. Mead in 1971. He also preceded her in death in 1984.
Mrs. Mead is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Phyllis and Rix Shanline of Manhattan, Kan., Barbara (Jody) Kennedy of Overland Park; sisters, Billie Worrell of Pratt, Juanita Hughes, Ruth Briggs both of El Dorado; grandchildren, Teresa Storti, Ellen Mathews, Susan (Kaycie) Brill, Lynne Cefalo, Amy Gilligan, Julie Kennedy, Valerie Hampton, Dirk Kennedy; 11 greatgrandchildren.
Dunsford Funeral Home of Augusta is in charge.

Gay Nell Widner

Gay Nell Widner, 91, of Augusta, homemaker, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001.
Her service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Cassoday (Kan.) Cemetery.
She was born on Feb. 14, 1910, at Mount Gilead, Ohio, to “Dad” Blayney and Margaret Ocker.
Ms. Widner is survived by nephew and spouse, George and Carol Widner; great nephew, James Widner; great niece, Mary Widner, all of Parkville, Mo.
A memorial has been established with the First United Methodist Church, 2420 N. Ohio, Augusta 67010.
Dunsford Funeral Home of Augusta is in charge of arrangements.

Trevolt, Ethel Grace, 86, homemaker, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001. Visitation 2 to 5 p.m. today, Dunsford Funeral Home; service 11 a.m. Monday, First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Trevolt devoted her life to Christian service since she was 18 years old. She graduated from Central Baptist Church Seminary in 1937. She married Harold Trevolt on Aug. 9,1936. He was also a student at Central Baptist Seminary. They spent 45 years in ministry as a pastor and wife, retiring in 1980. Since that time they have been engaged in interim and supply ministry of 22 churches throughout the state of Kansas.
Survivors: husband, Harold; son, Robert of Augusta; daughter, Irene Stark of Tustin, Calif.; brothers, Tony Ferganchick of Eckert, Colo., Louis Ferganchick of Pleasant Point, Pa., Bert Ferganchick of Tucson; sisters, Mary Eldridge of Denver, Shirley Reed of Boise, Idaho, Lorna Lively of Hespiria, Calif., Lillian Ames of Quartz Hill, Calif.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends. Memorial established with First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1501 State, Augusta, 67010.

Nellie Lytton

Nellie Ann Lytton, 92, of Beaumont, Texas, formerly of Augusta, homemaker, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001.
Her service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at First Baptist Church of Augusta.
Mrs. Lytton is survived by daughter, Karyl Dunson of Beaumont, Texas; sister, Wilma Perry of Joplin, Mo.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established with First Baptist Church of Augusta.
Hillside Funeral Home Augusta is in charge of arrangements.

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