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Terry Bills Posted 10/1/14
Terry L. Bills, age 64, of Manhattan, died Tuesday September 30, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.
He was born on April 20, 1950 in Wichita, Kansas the son of Ludie and Dortha (Adams) Bills.
Terry enlisted in the Marines in 1967. He served in Vietnam and was a decorated serviceman receiving an honorable discharge in 1970. Terry returned to civilian life and became successful drywall contractor. During his retirement he enjoyed the outdoors including hunting and fishing along with his woodworking projects.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ludie Bills and Dortha Adams; sisters, Karen Bills and Cristine Tierria.
He is survived by step-mother, Jackie Bills; children: son, Steven Bills (Tara), daughters, Tina Woodson (Jeremy), Mendy Jacobs: sisters, Pam Fields (Ken), Susan Maier (Michael) and son, John Fields (Tracy). Terry was blessed with 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews along with several close friends including his ex-wife Glennys (Rusty) Bills.
Memorial Services for Mr. Bills will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday October 3, 2014 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Marines Corps.
Family and friends are invited to meet at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. to form a procession to the cemetery.
Memorial Funds are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Median Plane Mercy. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Online contributions may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com
Jim Black Posted 9/29/14
James N. “Jim” Black, age 81, of Manhattan, died September 27, 2014, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.
Jim was born November 20, 1932, in Minneapolis, Kansas, the son of Floyd and Mae (Reynolds) Black, and graduated from Chapman High School in 1951.
Jim worked as a signal repairman for two years prior to serving in the Unites States Army from May 26, 1953 to May 13, 1955, as a Corporal. Following his military service he was a postal clerk for the United States Postal Service for three years and then a rural mail carrier for 37 years in Chapman. He also worked for the City of Chapman for several years and was a licensed electrician for 50 years. Jim was also a volunteer fireman for the city of Chapman for 40 years and had served as Assistant Fire Chief.
He was an Official Weather Observer for the Chapman area for 31 years, volunteered as a Boy Scout leader and coached Little League baseball and softball, and was a craftsman all his life. Jim enjoyed fishing all his life and for many years enjoyed setting lines on the Smokey Hill River and catching many large flathead catfish. He was an avid Kansas State Football fan and was a season ticket holder since the new stadium was built in 1968. Jim wore many hats in his life and as a tribute to his grandson Winston he will be wearing his KSU # 38 hat for eternity.
He was a member of the Chapman United Methodist Church, American Legion, AARP and National Rural Letter Carriers Association.
Jim moved to Manhattan in 1993 to be close to Kim and her family. The time Jim enjoyed the most was with his family and especially his grandchildren.
On August 31, 1957, in Chapman, Kansas, he was married to Berneice Hottman. Mrs. Black survives of the home. Additional survivors include three children: Kerry Black and his wife Sylvia of Papillion, NE, Kevin Black of Manhattan, and Kim Iversen and her husband Dr. Scott Iversen of Manhattan; one brother, Bob Black of Greensboro, GA; and six grandchildren: Michael Black, Marianne Toleda, Margaret Black, Winston Dimel, Lee and Calvin Iversen.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home with Reverend Larry Fry officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley west of Manhattan. The family request that you wear purple to the funeral to symbolize his love for the Wildcats.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 PM Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation for the KSU Football Program. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Patricia Cunningham Posted 10/1/14
Patricia Joan Cunningham, age 81 of Leonardville, Kansas died Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the
Leonardville Nursing Home.
She was born on March 25, 1933 at Anthony, Kansas, the daughter of John E. and Mabel V. (Martin)
Whittle. She graduated from Kiowa High School.
She was married to Franklin E. Cunningham on February 9, 1951 at Beaver City, Nebraska. He
survives of the home.
Patricia was a homemaker while her kids were in school. Afterwards, she worked for Memorial and St.
Mary’s Hospitals in the obstetrics and nursery wards, Waters True Value Hardware as a clerk and
volunteered with the kindergarten class at the Riley County Grade School. She enjoyed gardening,
collecting antiques and Snoopy.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, Michael A. Cunningham and wife Lois of
McPherson, Terry E. Cunningham of Clay Center, Jon Mark Cunningham and wife Barbara of Clay
Center and Charles T. Cunningham of New Cambria; two daughters, Valeria J. Crow and husband Rick
of Kooskia, Idaho and Candice A. Randall and husband Tim of Littleton, Colorado; a brother-in-law,
M.A. Cunningham of Zephyrhills, Florida; 16 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Whittle.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Leonardville United Methodist
Church with Pastor Sandy Ferguson and Rev. D. Erich Schwartz officiating. Respect calls may be
made anytime Thursday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home where the family will receive friends
from 7-8:00 P.M. Thursday. Burial will be in the Leonardville United Methodist Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for Meadowlark Hospice and Leonardville Nursing Home.
Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral in Riley, Kansas.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.pfeifleyfuneralhome.com.
Jan Hawley Posted 9/27/14
Janet “Jan” Hawley, age 75, died on September 25, 2014 at The Good Shepherd Hospice House
in Manhattan, KS.
Jan, a long-time resident of Manhattan, was born in Minneapolis, MN on December 6, 1938, the
daughter of Roy and Edna (Green) Nelson. Before she started school, her family moved to Iowa
where she grew up on a “truck farm” on the western edge of Cedar Falls. She graduated from
Cedar Falls H.S. and then from the U of Northern Iowa with a B.A. degree in art education in
She married Dale Hawley on August 16, 1959, in Cedar Falls. She taught art in several nearby
towns for a year before moving to Lawrence, Kansas, where her husband attended graduate
school. After graduation they spent one year in Michigan before moving back to Kansas – this
time to Manhattan where they have lived for almost 50 years.
Jan was an active member of the 1st United Methodist Church and the UMW as well as a
volunteer for many community activities. Beyond her interest in music and art, she loved to
travel, play bridge and was a loyal sports fan – especially to the Kansas State teams and the
Kansas City Royals. Above all, Jan was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-
grandmother and friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Dale and her three
daughters: Julie (Ken) Zimmerman of Houston, TX; Jenise (Bryan) Smith of Round Rock,
TX; Joyce (Paul) Bright of Fenton, MO. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Katie
(Jordan) Frisby; Kyle and Marisa Smith; and Kristin and Kacey Bright; two great-grandchildren,
Luke and Daniel Frisby; and her sister, Marybeth Nelson of Minneapolis, MN, as well as other
relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept 28th
at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeeen Funeral Home.
A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, Sept 29th
Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan with Reverend Troy Bowers officiating.
On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at
Memorials may be made to the 1st United Methodist
United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Renovation.
Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616
Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Ken Hitch Posted 9/29/14
Kenneth “Ken” Edwin Hitch, 56, Wamego, KS, passed away at his home Friday, September 26, 2014.
Ken was born April 6, 1958 to Lewis “Lew” and Danna Jean (Foltz) Hitch in Ellis, KS. He attended grade school in Park City before graduating Westmoreland High School in 1976. Ken also attended Kansas State University where he played football as an offensive lineman and long snapper from 1976-1981. He was united in marriage to Christine Yvonne Sargent on May 2, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan. After college, he began working with Gallo Winery in Oklahoma City, Topeka, Hutchinson and Japan, until 1993 when he and Christie moved to Wamego. In 1994, he started working with Edward D. Jones in Wamego and then in St. Louis from 2001-2003, when they returned to Wamego and started Tri-County Waste. He served two separate terms for the Wamego School District #320 as a Board Member. Ken also served on the Wamego Recreation Board, Pottawatomie Solid Waste Committee, was a KSU Golden Cats member, and a member of the Wamego Country Club. He coached youth ball teams for many years, enjoyed golfing, coaching, working in the yard, traveling, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Christie, of the home; two sons, Casey and Colton Hitch, Wamego; a daughter, Kelsey Hitch, Wamego; two brothers, Dan (Mona) Hitch, Springfield, Tennessee, and Ed (Paula) Hitch, Lebanon, Tennessee; and a special family member, Nikki Biesenthal and son Cadan, Wamego. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Wamego High Football Stadium, followed by a gathering at his home, per Ken’s wishes, of all friends and guests to share in food and celebration of his life. Golf carts will be provided for rides from the parking area. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials to the Ken Hitch Memorial Fund which will be designated for the Wamego Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.
Evelyn Lawson Posted 9/30/14
Evelyn Lenora Pfaff Lawson, age 88 of Leonardville, Kansas died Monday, September 29, 2014 at the
She was born on September 14, 1926 at Leonardville, Kansas, the daughter of Charley and Ruth
(Seagren) Nelson. She graduated from Leonardville High School.
She was married to Foster Pfaff on September 23, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1985. She later
married Earl Lawson. He preceded her in death in 2001.
Evelyn worked for the Sikes Store in Leonardville and was a cook at the Leonardville Nursing Home.
She was a member of the Walsburg Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing cards with her
grandchildren, bingo and putting together puzzles.
She is survived by one son, Charles Pfaff and wife Vicki of Leonardville; one daughter, Beverly Bolinger
and husband Gerald of Chanute; seven grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her sister, Pearl Johnson; a granddaughter,
Kim Bergman and a great grandson, Blaine Audiss.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Walsburg Lutheran Church
with Pastors Gordon Sandquist and Kevin Larson officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime
Wednesday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley. Burial will be in the Walsburg Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Leonardville Nursing Home. Contributions may be left in care
of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral in Riley, KS.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.pfeifleyfuneralhome.com.
Elaine Medeiros Posted 9/25/14
Florence “Elaine” Medeiros (nee Worrel), 81, of Wamego, Kansas, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Midland Care Hospice in Topeka, Kansas.
Elaine was born January 9, 1933 in Wamego, the daughter of Clarence E. Worrel and Violet Ruth Holey Worrel. She was raised in Zeandale, attended local schools and graduated from Manhattan High School.
Elaine married Robert D. Medeiros on November 10, 1953 in Manhattan, KS. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1984.
After raising her five children in California, Elaine went back to school and then took a job with the post office. Upon retiring, she moved back to Wamego, but retirement didn’t suit her, so she worked as a volunteer at the Wamego Senior Center. She loved her new ‘family’ at the senior center and made many friends there.
Elaine is survived by four daughters; Nancy Flood and her husband, Don, Grayson, GA; Lois Martin and her husband, Greg, Simi Valley, CA; Brenda Martin and her husband, Edwin, Wamego, KS; Karen Lewis and her husband, Eric, Mission Viejo, CA; one son, David Medeiros and his wife Theresa, Oak Hills, CA; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three nieces and four nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Thomas E. Worrel in 2009 and a nephew, Kent-Michael Worrel.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, September 29, 2014, at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Reverend Jol Klein will be officiating. Inurment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Zeandale and also with her husband at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. The family will greet friends at a visitation on Sunday from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Wamego Senior Center, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.
Michael Nelson Posted 9/29/14
Michael D. Nelson, age 64, died Saturday September 27, 2014 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House,
He was born on October 26, 1949 in Manhattan, Kansas the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Scott)
Nelson. Michael attended the local elementary schools and graduated from Manhattan High School. He
owned and operated Right Click Computer Repair alongside his wife.
On July 8, 1984, he was united in marriage to Coreen R. Martinez in Garden City, Kansas. Their family
grew to include children: Jennifer, Scott, Virginia, Heather and Bridget.
Michael is remembered by his children for his guidance and his patience. He had a kind and gentle
way about him that was evident in how he treated not only his family, but also a stranger in need.
He also loved to make people laugh and was known to be a prankster. He enjoyed camping, fishing,
spending hours playing video games and above all, being with his family, especially the grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife: Coreen of the home; children: Jennifer Trieu of Manhattan, KS, Scott
Nelson of Ohio, Virginia Benda of Manhattan, KS, Heather Nelson of Chicago, ILL and Bridget Bradstreet
of Manhattan, KS. He is also survived by 8 loving grandchildren; 2 sisters: Sharon Walters of Sycamore,
ILL and Roberta Nelson of Lawrence, KS; a brother: Gary Nelson of Greensboro, NC and many other
extended family and friends.
A visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday October 2, 2014 at the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas. Cremation will follow with a
private family inurnment being at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Manhattan Emergency Shelter in care of the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at:
Mike Pachta Posted 9/28/14
Michael Paul Pachta, 47, was born September 7, 1967, in Belleville, Kansas to Vincent P. Pachta
and Judith (Nobert) Pachta. He was the middle of five children. He passed from this life Thursday,
September 25, 2014 at his home in Riley Kansas of natural causes. Mike attended school in Munden and
Belleville High School, graduating in 1986. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Soils from Fort Hays
State University and a Master’s degree in Ag Education from Kansas State University. On August 13,
1988 he married Tammy Blazek at St. Edwards Catholic Church. They had two daughters, Dayna Marie
and Stacy Janae.
Mike grew up on a dairy farm where he developed a love of Holstein dairy cattle, especially raising
calves. As a boy, he enjoyed his cats and riding his horse. He showed dairy cattle in 4H and FFA. In
high school, he won the National FFA Proficiency Award in forage production which included a trip
to Europe. He excelled at sports, placing 2nd in National Junior Wrestling and was a member of the Pratt
Community College Football team.
Pratt Community College football team. At Cloud County Community College, he was on the livestock
judging team. During college at FHSU and KSU, he worked at the university dairy farms. Mike
continued his lifelong passion of working with dairy cattle by being a dairy leader in his daughters’
4H club and volunteering with the Kansas Dairy Show. He worked with breeding dairy and Angus
companies as a bovine genetics specialist where he received numerous awards, recognition and trips for
his outstanding work performance. He was currently employed with Southeast Select Sires. He had
been active in the community as a Riley County Fair Board member, USD 378 School Board member,
Riley City council member, and currently a Riley City Zoning Board member. He was a member of the
Knights of Columbus Council 2609 and 4th
Church in Manhattan. Mike loved working in his shop, going to auctions to find just the right old tool
and enjoyed summer activities including camping and boating. He took the time to enjoy his nieces and
nephews as often as he could – they loved him dearly.
Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law Harold Blazek. He will forever
be remembered by his wife Tammy, and his daughters, Dayna, Kansas State University and Stacy, Fort
Hays State University. Other survivors include his brother Loren Pachta and wife Michelle of Chester,
NE, sister Kathy Brzon and husband Darrell of Belleville, sister Lisa Richardson and husband Greg of
Chester, NE, and brother Roger Pachta and Darcy Strait of Olathe. He is also survived by his mother-in-
law, Jeanne Blazek of Belleville, sister-in-law Tina Cherney of Concordia, brother-in-law Joe Blazek and
his wife Christi of Belleville and brother-in-law Tom Blazek and his wife Kristi of Cuba, KS and many
nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and other extended family, as well as many friends.
in National Junior Wrestling and was a member of the
Degree, as well as a current member of Seven Dolors Catholic
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014 at the St. Edwards Catholic
Church, Belleville with Father Joseph S. Popelka as celebrant and Father Bryan Lager as con-celebrant.
Interment will follow in the St. Katherine’s Catholic Cemetery east of Belleville, Kansas.
Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday September 29, 2014 at the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas. A Vigil Service with Rosary
will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Memorials to benefit the Republic County FFA or the Riley County FFA chapters in care of Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at:
Karen Rezac Posted 9/25/14
Karen Rezac, 48, St. Mary’s, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Community Hospital-St. Mary’s.
Karen was born July 21, 1966 in Manhattan, Kansas to Lawrence and Gertrude “Trudy” (Casper) Schweir. Karen grew up in Belvue, KS and attended St. Mary’s High School in St. Mary’s. She worked as a teller at the St. Mary’s State Bank for over ten years as well as the Nemaha County Co-Op, the Rural Water District and MJ’s Coffee House. Karen was a member of St. Mary’s United Methodist Church for over 20 years and was a creative, devoted mother who was known for her cooking and ability to make friends.
She was survived by her mother, two sons, Travis and Troy Rezac, a daughter Kayla Rezac, three brothers, Kenneth, Paul and Wayne Schweir, and loving companion, Scott Deskines, all of St. Mary’s.
She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Donna Jean Schweir.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary’s United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Wamego City Cemetery. Karen will lie in-state from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and the family will accept friends from 6:00 pm. until 8:00 p.m., all at Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorials go to the St. Mary’s United Methodist Church and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.