Virginia A. Stout Hotchkiss

June 30, 1931 – May 16, 2019

BURLINGAME — Virginia A. Stout Hotchkiss, 87, Burlingame, died peacefully Thursday, May 16, 2019, surrounded by love.

Virginia was born June 30, 1931 in Burlingame, to Henson Rozelle Stout and Marjorie Lucille Workman Stout. She fought valiantly to come into this world, being a double breach home birth, and fought just as valiantly leaving this world.

High School Graduations May 11-12, 2019

Three area high schools, Burlingame, Lyndon and Santa Fe Trail, held their graduations over the May 11-12 weekend. Read about the graduations and other stories, like the jury trial of Christopher Warthen, Overbrook, in the May 16 edition of The Osage County Herald-Chronicle. If you do not have a subscription to The Osage County Herald-Chronicle, you can pick up the paper at various businesses located throughout Osage County and be sure to call our office at (785) 528-3511 to start your subscription in time for next week's paper. It is not only convenient, but it will save you money.

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Frank Noble Garrett

Sept. 3, 1933 – May 11, 2019

WAKARUSA — Frank Noble Garrett, Wakarusa, died Saturday, May 11, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 85.

He was born Sept. 3, 1933, at Wakarusa, son of Noble Glenn and Junia Geneive Perry Garrett. He was seventh of nine children born on the farm.

He married Neva L. Warkentine, May 23, 1954, at Auburn. She preceded him in death.

Dixie Lee Smith Roden

Oct. 8, 1952 – April 24, 2019

TULSA, Okla. — Dixie Lee Smith Roden, Tulsa Okla., died Wednesday, April 24, 2019. She was 66.

She was born Oct. 8, 1952, at Emporia, the daughter of Roland and Pat Smith. She graduated from Burlingame High School and Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla.

She married Terry Roden, Oct. 15, 1989. He survives.

She retired from the State of Oklahoma in 2017.

Kathleen M. Kessinger

Nov. 21, 1947 – Jan. 13, 2019

LAWRENCE — Kathleen M. Kessinger, Lawrence, formerly of Burlingame, died Jan. 13, 2019. She was 71.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at Burlingame Cemetery.

Carey Funeral Home, Burlingame, is assisting the family.

Pamela Sue Holland

Jan. 10, 1951 – May 8, 2019

TULSA, Okla. — Pamela Sue Holland, Poteau, Okla., died May 8, 2019, at Tulsa, Okla. She was 68.

She was born Jan. 10, 1951, at Muskogee, Okla.

Celebration of Life will be 2 p.m. May 18 at Overbrook United Methodist Church, Overbrook.

Attorney General's Consumer Alert

Consumer Alert: Storm damage could attract illegal contractors

TOPEKA – (May 10, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging residents in Osage and Franklin Counties to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors following this week’s severe weather.

“After storm damage, our instinct is to clean up and make repairs as quickly as possible,” Schmidt said. “When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check our consumer protection website to confirm that the registration remains active.”

Staff from the attorney general’s Roofing Registration Unit have been in contact with many local officials affected by this week’s storms to assist in responding to contractors and consumers.

The requirement to register with the attorney general’s office is in addition to any other local requirements that may be imposed by cities or counties. The online directory of registrations is available at

The Kansas Roofing Contractor Registration Act was passed during the 2013 legislative session and took effect July 1, 2013. With few exceptions, the law requires roofing contractors to obtain a registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide commercial or residential roofing services for a fee in Kansas. It is designed to ensure that legitimate roofing contractors are complying with state requirements, such as carrying appropriate insurance, and to help prevent fly-by-night operators from taking advantage of Kansas consumers.

Working with a roofer that is registered is a bare minimum to help prevent problems. The attorney general’s office also recommends the following tips in dealing with any transient contractors, including roofers:

Get recommendations and references.
Get at least three written estimates from different contractors.
Check contractor complaint records with the Better Business Bureau.
Understand your payment options and right to cancel.

Any Kansans who have problems with roofing contractors or other companies that follow storms may file a request for the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division to investigate at (800) 432-2310 or The attorney general requests that Kansans promptly report any unregistered person or company attempting to sell roofing services.

James Franklin “Jim” Russell

Sept. 23, 1947 – May 7, 2019

TOPEKA — James Franklin “Jim” Russell died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at his Topeka home. He was 71.

He was born Sept. 23, 1947, at Ashland, Ky., the son of Charles and Myrtle Creech Russell. He attended Maury High School, Norfolk, Va., and graduated with the class of 1967.

Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on July 26, 1967. He proudly served in Vietnam and was awarded a honorable discharge July 23, 1971.

He married the love of his life, Janet Longhofer, July 24, 1971, at Topeka. She survives of the home.

Ronald K. Ewing

Jan. 3, 1957 – May 6, 2019

HERMITAGE, Mo. — Ronald K. Ewing, Hermitage, Mo., died May 6, 2019, at his home. He was 62.

He was born Jan. 3, 1957, at Topeka, the son of Claud William and Patricia Renfro Ewing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dutch and Pat Ewing; and a grandson, Charles Ewing.


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