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Classmate Death Betty Carter Lingle
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Arlene Bacon Sloop

Arlene's brother: Mr. Vearl Albert Bacon, Sr., age 82, of McPherson, KS , passed away at 5:00 AM, Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Ks.
Vearl Albert Bacon, the son of Cal C. and Ada Rebecca (Gelvin) Bacon was born on October 26, 1922 at York, Nebraska. He was one of four children born to this union, two sons and two daughters: Velma, Vearl, Wallace, and Arlene. Vearl attended the McPherson grade schools and graduated in 1940 from McPherson High, McPherson, Kansas. Following his graduation, Vearl started working for Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas.
Vearl was united in marriage to Delores Juanita Powell on June 28, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas where they established their first home together. On December 24, 1942 Vearl was called to serve his country. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Force on January 12, 1943 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and served with the 3705 Army Air Force Base Unit. He obtained the rank of Cpl and honorably served his country during WW II. He was discharged on November 16, 1945 at the Lowry Field, Colorado. He then served in the reserves from November 17, 1945 until November 16, 1948. He received the American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal. Following his service Vearl attended Wichita State University prior to his enrollment in watch maker's school in Colorado.
Vearl and Delores returned to McPherson County and this union was blessed with the birth of ten children, three sons and seven daughters: Donna, Vearl Jr., Dea Anne, Stephen, Vashti, Lavonna, Martha, John, Mary and Rebecca.
Vearl owned and operated Bacon’s Jewelry Store in McPherson prior to starting work for the National Cooperative Refinery Association in August of 1953. Through the years he worked with Pipefitting, Painting, Carpenter, and Rigging departments, and in the Machine shop. On march of 1975 he was promoted to Coordinator Scheduler / Field and he retired on October 31, 1987.
Vearl attended Bible Holiness Church, Great Bend, Kansas and Wheatland Baptist Church in McPherson.
Vearl was a devoted Christian, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His wise counsel and gentle guidance will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. He was very proud of his children. He was especially fond of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren always looking forward to their visits and times they would share together. He was always thinking of others and Vearl never met a stranger. He was good at fixing broken things and enjoyed tinkering with just about anything.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2005 Vearl died and entered into eternal rest at the age of eighty-two years at the Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Velma Merrill.
Surviving members of his family include his loving and devoted wife of over sixty-two years, Delores Bacon of McPherson; his children: Donna L. Call and her husband Darrell, of Greeley, Colorado, Vearl A. Bacon and his wife Jawana, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Dea Anne Corns and her husband Tom, of Greensburg, Kansas, Stephen C. Bacon and his wife Kaylene, of McLoud, Oklahoma, Vashti J. Goins and her husband David, of Thayer, Kansas, Lavonna K. Schaper and her husband Stephen, of Independence, Kansas, Martha L. Wilson and her husband Ken, of Lexington North, Carolina, John W. Bacon and his wife Melanie, of Olathe, Kansas, Mary L. Spaich and her husband Michael, of McPherson, Kansas, and Rebecca R. Thrash and her husband Darin, of McPherson, Kansas; his brother Wallace B. Bacon and his wife Marie, of Newton, Kansas; his sister Arlene Sloop and her husband Larry, of Shell Knob, Missouri; # grandchildren, # great-grandchildren. , 2 great great grandchildren Vearl was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Velma Merrill.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church, McPherson, Kansas with Pastors Paul Clifton, James Keil, and Terry Post officiating. Special music “ When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”, “Are You Washed In The Blood”, and “Sweeter Than Them All” will be sung and accompanied by Lavonna Schaper and Pam Roe.
The final resting place will be the Monitor Brethren Church Cemetery rural McPherson, Kansas.
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Another brother: Bacon, Wallace, B., Chief Warrant Officer, Kansas Army National Guard Retired, passed away on August 14, 2014, at age 85. Services will be held Wednesday, August 20 at 10:00 AM at the Schowalter Villa Chapel, 200 W. Cedar, Hesston. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow at the McPherson City Cemetery. Wallace was preceded in death by his wife, Marie on June 10, 2014, his parents, Cal and Ada Bacon, brother, Vearl, and sister, Velma Unruh. He is survived by his son, Todd Bacon and his wife Barb of Wichita, his three grandchildren, Paige Bacon of Seattle, Brooke Cheney and her husband, Ryan and daughter, Olivia of Wichita, Alex Bacon of Wichita, his sister, Arlene Sloop of Shell Knob, Missouri, and many nieces and nephews. Wallace was born on October 19, 1928 and grew up in McPherson. He married Marie Hedges in 1947 and they built a life together with their son, Todd. In 1948, Wallace enlisted in Company A, First Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, Kansas Army National Guard, McPherson, KS. In 1954, he transferred to Company C, First Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, Newton. He served in active duty in Vietnam from 1968-69 with the 222nd Aviation Battalion, and upon his return, he was assigned to various duty stations throughout Kansas. In 1988, Wallace retired from the Kansas National Guard as the Brigade Property Book Officer, CWO-4, 169th Support Battalion, 69th Infantry Brigade.
During retirement in Newton, Wallace volunteered in many organizations which included the American Red Cross, Lions Club, Meals on Wheels and Caring Hands Humane Society. He was a member of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 2 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 971. Wallace spent the last five years of his life at Showalter Villa in Hesston. Wallace’s family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to everyone who offered him loving and compassionate care throughout his last days. Memorials have been established with Schowalter Villa, Hesston; Harry Hynes Hospice, Wichita; and the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, Topeka in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home.

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