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January 5, 2012



Kenneth "Kenny" Owen Baker, 23, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., formerly of Versailles, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Born Dec. 31, 1987, he was the son of Kenneth Baker and Marcella Range Baker. He attended St. Leo School, Southside Elementary School, Woodford County Middle School, and the Sharon School. He graduated from Henry Clay High School and attended St. Petersburg College. He was a graduate of the Tampa School of Bartending and was an employee of the Freaki Tiki Bar.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Kara Lynn Baker; and an uncle, John (Teresa) Range. His maternal grandparents, Owen and Blanche Range, are deceased.

Memorial services were conducted on Thursday, Dec. 22, in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation of the Florida Sun Coast, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clear Water, FL 33760.



William L. Burgess, 69, of Versailles, husband of Wanda Florian Burgess, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

Born in Scott County, he was the son of the late Thomas William and Bessie Mullins Burgess. He was a retired employee of Kuhlman Electric and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Malissa Woods, Shelbyville, and Meta Bowman and Michelle Duggan, Versailles; two sons, William "Tom" Burgess, Versailles, and Michael Burgess, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Kathleen Lloyd, Somerset; two brothers, Jack Burgess, Lawrenceburg, and Owen Piatt, Midway; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A sister, Helen Cox, and a brother, Albert Burgess, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Wesley Noss. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jason Bush, Alex Burgess, Matthew Florian, Brent Florian, Jimmy Florian, John Florian, Lynn Florian, and Jerry Florian.

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Janice Chiquoine Cogar, 87, formerly of Midway, Dallas, Texas, and Palm Desert, Calif., widow of Joseph Matthews Cogar, died Thursday, Dept. 9, 2011, at Pine Tree Lodge Nursing Home, Longiew, Texas.

She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Ridley Park, Pa.

Survivors include two sons, James Lowry Cogar III, Longview, Texas, and William Bennett Cogar II, Annapolis, Md.; a daughter, Janice C. Bowling, Frisco, Texas; and three grandchildren, William Bennett Cogar III, Los Angeles, Calif., and Amanda Leigh Bowling and Jeffrey Matthew Bowling, Frisco, Texas.



Joseph W. Duncan, 88, of Lexington, husband of Margie Foster Duncan, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Henry Howard and Lutie Ockerman Duncan. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Purple Cluster for his bravery. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He was a volunteer at the VA Hospital, a Kentucky Colonel, and in his younger years, a youth baseball coach.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, James Richard (Martha) Duncan, Lexington, Linda Drew (Alan) Wolfe, Lexington, and Joan Duncan (James) Bishop, Burlington; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Viola Flora, Frankfort, Lyda Spencer, Midway, and Betty Hall, Lexington. Two sisters, Hazel McGaughey and Hallie Crocker, and three brothers, Leslie, Howard, and Emmitt Duncan, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Tony Hancock and the Rev. James Bishop. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were his grandsons, Matt Wolfe, Joe Bishop, Josh Duncan, Ben Bishop, Jeremy Duncan, and Jacob Duncan. Honorary bearers were his granddaughters, Amy Duncan, Nikole Wolfe, and Barbie Pella.

Memorials are suggested to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1409 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Dorothy W. Moore, 87, of Lexington, wife of Robert Moore, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center.

The daughter of the late James William and Nancy Katherine Moore Wallman, she was a retired executive secretary for the Ohio State Racing Commission, a member of South Elkhorn Christian Church, and a member of the Priscilla Circle at the church. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing.

Survivors include a son, Robert Moore, Lexington; a daughter, Debra Moore, Columbus, Ohio; and three nieces, Ann Morgan, Lexington, Nancy Wong, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Barbara Jean Cuzick, Versailles. A brother, Jesse Lamar Wallman, and two sisters, Mary Catherine Turpin and Edna Mae Spurgeon, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Mickey Anders. Entombment was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or South Elkhorn Christian Church, 4343 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40513.



Brenda Young Rudder, 68, of Frankfort, wife of David L. Rudder, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, after a long illness.

Born Sept. 2, 1943, in Frankfort she was the daughter of the late Harry Glenn and Lucy Nicholson Young. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Pollyanna Sunday School Class.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Michael Rudder, Frankfort; two sisters, Linda (Michael) Curtin, Simpsonville, and Glenna Clark, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Donald Eugene Young, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 5, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Dr. Robert Browning. Visitation will be today from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Home of Shelbyville or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Betty Jo Brooks Todd, 77, of Versailles, wife of Cecil Todd, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

A native of Woodford County, she was born on May 9, 1934, the daughter of the late Silas and Fay Herald Brooks. She was a retired employee of the Woodford County Board of Education.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Lisa Judd, Versailles; four sons, Glen Brooks, Wilmore, Randy Todd, Lexington, and Allen Todd and Ricky Todd, both of Versailles; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Vickie Todd Dunn, and a son, Mike Todd, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodford Humane Society.

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Loretta Estridge Wolfrom, 71, of Frankfort, wife of Lyle C. Wolfrom, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at her home.

Born Nov. 21, 1940, in Louellen in Harlan County, she was the daughter of Matt and Edna Estridge. She lived most of her adult life in Richmond until moving to Frankfort in 2010. She graduated from Redbird Mission High School and Eastern Kentucky University. She was a homemaker, artist, educator (GED/adult education, substitute teacher, and driving school instructor), radio show host, and antiques dealer. Her passions included art, nature, and theater.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Laura Wolfrom, Midway, and Leah Ritter (Mark), Frankfort; a son, Charlie Wolfrom, Richmond; a brother, Henry Estridge, Port Charlotte, Fla.; a sister, Darlene Stultz, Rocky Gap, Va.; five grandchildren, Brady and Irena Wolfrom, Celia and Lucas Ritter, and Lily Murphy; two stepchildren, Kathy and Dave Briccetti; and two step-grandchildren, Evan and Morgan Clark.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.


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