|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1954, USA|
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 1969|
News Article from the Associated Press dated Dec. 25, 1969
A family of seven was found dead in their 8-room Parsons home early Wednesday, victims of asphyxiation. Killed when intense smoke rolled through their two-story residence from a kitchen fire were Jack L. Moler, 45 his wife, Rosemary, 40; and their children, Richard, 17; Anne, 15; James, 11; Jane, 4, and David, 3.
Fire Chief L.R. Engel said all members of the family had left their beds on the second floor, apparently awakened by the smoke. The father's body was outside the parents' bedroom. The others were in their rooms. Engel said the fire started in the kitchen, where it was confined, but that the cause had not been determined.
Other rooms on the first floor, except for the family room in which a Christmas tree stood beside a fireplace mantle lined with presents, were damaged by heat and smoke.
Mrs. John T. Slayman of Osawatomie, Kan, whose husband and Jack were cousins, said the Slaymans received a telephone call from the Molers late Tuesday night in which Rosemary said: "We're not going to get to see you all Christmas so we thought we'd call."Mrs. Slayman said the family was in fine spirits and she was told the younger children were all keyed up about Christmas.
Jack and Rosemary, were graduate registered pharmacists. He had been associated with Slaybaugh Drug Store in Parsons for 11 years. Prior to moving to Parsons, Jack was a pharmaceutical salesman for the Upjohn Company. Rosemary was a staff pharmacist for the Labette County Medical Center. Both were graduates of the University of Kansas.
Jack was a prominent Catholic layman and active in school affairs of the diocesan school board and was active in Boy Scout work in Parsons. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was highly decorated for his service.
Jack was survived by his mother Mrs. Ralph Moler of Osawatomie and his grandmother Mrs. Ella Chamberlin of Chetopa, KS.
Jack Lee Moler (1925 - 1969)
Anna Rosemary Moler (1929 - 1969)
Richard Charles Moler (1952 - 1969)*
Anne Moler (1954 - 1969)
James Thomas Moler (1958 - 1969)*
Jane Moler (1965 - 1969)*
David John Moler (1966 - 1969)*
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