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hospital of her Angeles, 'S TO MRS. BIVENS ob,, his was in would be have Expresses Sympathy and His Own Family's Sorrow, Asking Forgiveness BROOKFIELD, Mo., Oct. 31 A Presbyterian minister disc:--Gd today at funeral services for Carl Bivens, aviator victim of a mid-air slaying, that the father and uncle of the confessed killer had come m Indiana to express their sympathy to Mrs. Bivens. The Rev. I D. Border said Pletch, father of Earnest Pletch who admitted slaying Bivens, called' first on him in his study last night. He was accompanied by a brother, Scott Pletch. They went then and told Mrs. Bivens of their "sorrow", asking her forgiveness, Mr. Border said in his funeral sermon. The father, Mr. Border said, told Mrs. Bivens he and his "would gladly see their son dead if this could be undone." Mrs. Bivens, the minister said, told Guy Pletch to return to wife and tell her she appreciated the offer of sympathy. Mrs. netch was too ill to make the trip here from the Pletch farm near Frankfort, Ind. The two Pletch men were not in the crowd which overflowed the church's 600 seats at the Mr" Border told the congregation he had heard no person in Brookfield say "an unkind word' of Bivens who had built up a garage business and flying school. Standing out among the flowers which filled the front of the church was a floral Â· airplane wheel, broken in a symbol of death. Mrs Bivens was accompanied to the service by her younger son, Russell. Her older son, Or- viile Bivens, a Pan-American Airways employe was in South America at the time of his fathers death.