|Birth: ||May 14, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 2004|
ONAGA - LaVon Mae Grossnickle Flowers, 78, of Onaga, died Friday, September 3, 2004 at the Community Hospital in Onaga.
She was born May 14, 1926 on the Grossnickle homestead, three miles south of Onaga, the daughter of Glen and Kathleen Doyle Grossnickle. LaVon attended Victory country elementary school and graduated from Onaga High School in 1943.
LaVon worked for the original Onaga Hospital in the early 1950's, and for more than thirty years for Community Hospital-Onaga. She served as President of the Auxiliary to Onaga Post No. 7772 of the VFW in 1956.
She married Loyd C. Flowers July 27, 1944 at Holton. He survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Janice Lowry, Onaga, and Jean Cadue, Manhattan; one son, J. Flowers and his wife Geri, Onaga; four brothers, Glen, "Jr." Grossnickle, Tucson, Arizona, John Grossnickle and his wife Elvina, Onaga, Ronny Grossnickle and his wife Loralea, Corning, and Tom Grossnickle and his wife Shirley, Bonner Springs; one sister, Jean Ridgway and her husband Joe, Ventura, California; two granddaughters, Julie Falk, Topeka and Nikki Flowers, Onaga; five grandsons, Kirk Stotts, Onaga, Bret Stotts, Perry, Wade Stotts, Topeka, Jason Stotts, Holton, and Monte Busch, Onaga; six great grandchildren, Amber Stotts, Manhattan, Ethan, Noah and Bailey Sue Stotts, Holton, Dakota Busch, West Harrison, Indiana, and Hezekiah Stotts, Topeka.
Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 7th at the Tessendorf-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Onaga where family and friends will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon on Monday. Memorials are suggested to Onaga Hospital Auxiliary or the Onaga Booster Club and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
LaVon's great-grandfather, Samuel Grossnickle, was one of the earliest settlers to establish a homestead in the Vienna Township south of Onaga.
He and his family came to Kansas from Iowa in a covered wagon pulled by a team of oxen in 1866. During the grasshopper plague in 1868, he and his family returned to Iowa. A year later the family returned to Kansas where he homesteaded 80 acres of land in Vienna Township.
LaVon's grandfather, John Grossnickle married Mary Elizabeth Wright in 1886 and lived in a "remodeled" corncrib where their first child, Violet, was born. John built the two-story house that we know as the Grossnickle Farm in 1889. LaVon's father, Glen was born in that house, and also Glen's children, Jean, LaVon, Glen Jr., John and Ronny. The youngest child, Tom, was born in the original Onaga Hospital in 1946.
LaVon's love and dedication for the Grossnickle Farm was known by all who knew her. She and her five siblings were raised on the farm.
After LaVon's marriage to Loyd in 1944, she continued to live on the farm, while Loyd was stationed with the U. S. Army. She and their first child, Janice remained living on the farm until Loyd returned home from his military duties.
As her family grew with the birth of three children, her love for the Grossnickle Farm never faltered. She would tell her children, "Let's go ‘OUT HOME' to see your grandma and grandpa."
Two days after LaVon's death, her family planted a Sugar Gum tree on the farm she loved so much. Beneath that tree will be her final resting place as her remains are returned back to the earth. Beside the tree is a sculptured bench to sit upon and recall fond memories of LaVon's life. The bench is inscribed with these words:
WITH LOVE IN YOUR HEART YOU ALWAYS HAVE TIME, TO SHARE YOUR FEELINGS WHILE MENDING MINE. THESE MEMORIES WE WILL ENDURE FOREVER, I THANK GOD FOR YOU, AND THE TIMES WE TREASURE.
Glenn W. Grossnickle (1901 - 1985)
Kathleen D. Doyle Grossnickle (1904 - 1998)
Loyd Flowers (1925 - 2009)*
J. Flowers (1959 - 2014)*
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: KUfan
Record added: Nov 09, 2009
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