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Delores Hazel Junod “DeDe” was born on a farm “Woodpecker Ranch” near Onaga, Kansas on October 10, 1931. Delores was the first born in the family, followed by five more siblings, to Henry Paul and Hazel Elizabeth (Franz) Junod. Delores was a lifelong Kansas native. She attended Centralia School, Centralia, Kansas. In 1951 Delores was employed by Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas for 15 years. Here by chance she met William “Gene” Bowser, another Beech employee. Oddly enough, or was it fate, their original upbringing, ages, and background history was very similar – enough so that they were married 63 years ago, on March 16, 1957, in Wichita, Kansas. In 1961 farm acreage near Burns, Kansas became available and they became residents. In 1966 daughter Charissa Ann Bowser was born. Then in 1979 another relative, her nephew, Jeffrey R. Junod became a family member. Delores was then employed as a do everything person. Cooking, facility upkeep, cleaning, and etc. for 23 years for the USD 398 Burns School System. She retired from her position in 1995. She was baptized and often attended the Cornerstone Church in Burns, Kansas. She loved Jesus and deeply believed in the hereafter. In her retirement years she kept busy with the many projects that rural farm family management requires.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Maurice Junod and a sister, Barbara Walker. After these 89+ years of life’s trials and tribulations, Delores passed away peacefully surrounded by her family due to complications from cancer on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. You can only say, “Well done, DeDe.”
Her loving family includes her husband, Gene; a daughter, Charissa Sutton of Douglass, Kansas; nephew, Jeff Junod of Burns, Kansas; two grandchildren, Jonathan Sutton of Douglass, Kansas and Victoria Sutton of Burns, Kansas; two sisters, Margaret Smith of Houston, Texas, Caroline (Robert) Unruh of Bella Vista, Arkansas; a brother, Robert Junod of Wichita, Kansas and many friends and neighbors.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, a private family visitation and funeral will be held at the Lamb Funeral Home. Interment will take place at the Pleasant Center Cemetery for family only.
Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to Cornerstone Church, Burns, Kansas in care of Lamb Funeral Home, P.O. Box 358, Whitewater, Kansas 67154. Please sign her online guest book and leave a memory of Delores at ymzfh.com
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