Obituaries

June Area – Posted 2/16/2017

June Area, age 89, of St. George, died February 11, 2017, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas.

She was born June 29, 1927, at Garrison, Kansas, the daughter of Arthur Eugene and Nannie Pearl (Walker) Area.  She graduated from St. George High School in 1945.

June worked for the Rural Electric Cooperative for 33 years, 12 in Wamego, and 21 in Tucson, Arizona.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years and attended the St. George United Methodist Church.

June enjoyed doing picture puzzles and getting together with friends and family.

Being the youngest of the family she was preceded by her parents and six brothers: Orville, Clifford, Merle, Claude, George and Virgil Area and three sisters: Bernice Schwab, Dorothy Lamb and Mabel Shaw.

June is survived by her sister Lucille Wimmer of Anchorage, Alaska; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Cremation is planned with memorial services to be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 21st, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Leslye Haller officiating.  Private family inurnment will be in the St. George Cemetery, St. George, KS

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

June Hanne – Posted 2/20/2017

June Louise Redfield Hanne, age 103, of Manhattan, died Friday, February 17, 2017, at Meadowlark Hills Assisted Living North in Manhattan.

She was born to Charles H. and Nellie Dellinger Redfield on June 29, 1913, on the family farm north of Bucklin, Kansas. The fourth of seven children, June attended Pleasant Valley country school through eighth grade and graduated from Bucklin High School in 1930. She married Hugh E. Hanne on October 22,1939 in Windhorst, Kansas. They had two children, Nelda Jo and Robert Earl. June lived most of her life in Bucklin, except for a few years in California (1928) and Arizona (1939-1943, 1945-46).

After Hugh’s death in 1998, June made her home with her daughter Nelda in Manhattan, Kansas. While living in Bucklin, June held a number of jobs. In the 1930s, she was a bookkeeper for Birney Motor Supply in Bucklin. She clerked at Bud’s Drug Store and Sundries during World War II as well as at several other retail stores in Bucklin. She began cooking for the Bucklin school system in 1957, and worked there for over 35 years.

June was active in the Bucklin Christian Church. She was also an active member of the Bucklin American Legion Auxiliary. With her friend Ruth Unruh she expanded the Hilltop Budget Shop to support Hill Top House. She was an avid collector and enjoyed browsing garage sales and antiques stores with her friends. She took up painting later in life, producing many landscapes and still life paintings that are being enjoyed by her relatives and friends. Over the years, she hosted many family gatherings with her mother at the family home on Main Street. June is survived by her daughter: Nelda Elder of Manhattan, and her son: Robert Hanne and his wife Christy of Wichita. Also surviving are her three grandchildren: Edward Elder and his wife Sara, Matthew and Benjamin Hanne and two great grandchildren Elizabeth and David. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.

At her request, June was cremated and she will be laid to rest beside her husband Hugh in the Bucklin Kansas cemetery.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Bucklin, Kansas. A memorial has been established for the Bucklin Community Better Life Foundation for the American Legion Building Restoration. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502 or the Minnis Mortuary, 214 S. Main, Bucklin, Kansas 67834

Lela Ann Sroufe – Posted 2/16/2017

Lela Ann Sroufe, age 85, of Wamego, Kansas, died Friday afternoon, February 10, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born on November 1, 1931, at her parent’s home in Randolph, Kansas the daughter of Henry Herman and Mollie Goodren (Simon) Hedke and was a longtime area resident.

Lela graduated from Randolph Rural High School in 1949 and later took some college courses in nursing while she worked as a nurse in Manhattan at the former Memorial Hospital. Lela was a wonderful homemaker and for many years worked for the Federal Civil Service at Ft. Riley. She started out as a temporary Clerk Typist and later a permanent Clerk Typist, worked in accounting, was a Comptroller and at the time of her retirement in 1988 was a Personnel Staffing Specialist. Following her retirement at Ft. Riley she went to work for the Credit Bureau of Manhattan. In 1995 she retired from the credit bureau in order to enjoy and help with her grandchildren.

Lela was united in marriage to Robert Eugene “Gene” Sroufe and together they had two daughters: Teresa and Gina. Her husband, Gene, was in the military so the family lived in numerous locations including Colorado, Germany, and Manhattan. They later divorced.

Lela attended the First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan for a number of years and her love for music was reflected in her talent as a pianist. Always one to have fun, Lela enjoyed sitting backwards under the piano while reaching up to play the piano. She also was an avid gambler, enjoying trips to the casino and never missing the opportunity to play the lottery.

She is survived by her daughters: Teresa Lee Kings and her husband Howard of Leavenworth, Kansas and Gina Marie Swenson-Nevola and her husband Jim of Wamego, Kansas. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Ashley Ann Hilbert and her husband Joshua, Howard Joseph-Everett Kings and his wife Samantha, Mason Robert Swenson, Vaylnn Ann-Marie Swenson and Brianna Rose-Marie Swenson, her brother: Warren Hedke of Paxico, Kansas. Lela was also blessed with the longtime companionship of Keith Murphy who survives of Manhattan.

Lela was preceded in death by her parents and by one brother: Marvin Hedke.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Amy Bowers officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Randolph/Fancy Creek Cemetery north of Randolph, Kansas.

To leave an on-line condolence or special message for the family, please visit the funeral home website located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorials have been established for the KSU Johnson Cancer Research Center and for the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Verlyn Steinkruger – Posted 2/22/2017

Verlyn William “Stein” Steinkruger, age 88, of Manhattan, Kansas, died unexpectedly Monday, February 20, 2017, at KU Medical Center.  He was born March 26, 1928, the only child of John and Marie (Janssen) Steinkruger of Franklin, Nebraska.  He married Mary Lou Long on June 22, 1952.  Surviving family member are: Mary Lou (Long) Steinkruger of Manhattan, a daughter, Debbie Eltiste of Leawood, KS, son, Jeff Steinkruger of Derby, KS.  Also surviving are two grandsons Derek Eltiste and wife Grace of Shawnee, KS, and Travis Pyle of Derby, KS; and three great grandchildren: Kiersten, Kasen and Tris.

Upon graduating from Franklin High School in 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army on August 21, 1945.  He served on active duty until April 1947.

While serving on active duty, he was stationed in Battle Creek, Michigan at Percy Jones General Hospital taking care of returning veterans who were disabled.  This sparked his interest in medicine so after being discharged from service, he returned to college for under graduate work and then graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1953.

Upon graduation he moved to Phillipsburg, Kansas, where he practiced as a Family Practice physician until 1976.  He also practiced in Smith Center and then moved to Manhattan in 1987 where he was employed by Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, as a civilian Family Practice physician.  He retired from active practice in 1997.

His military career continued through all of his years in private practice as he joined the Kansas National Guard in 1956, while in Phillipsburg.  He retired from the Kansas Guard in 1995 having attained the rank of Colonel and served as the State Surgeon for Kansas National Guard 15 years.  He also was mobilized with the Kansas Guard in 1968 during the Vietnam Conflict.   After being released from active duty, he returned to his private practice in Phillipsburg.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame having served his country for 42 years.

His love of medicine and his concern for helping others led him to become interested in starting a free clinic which is now the Flint Hills Community Clinic.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, 5181 Wildcat Creek Road, Manhattan.   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth St., Manhattan, with Reverend R. Cam McConnell officiating

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Flint Hills Community Clinic or the First Presbyterian Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Tony York – Posted 2/16/2017

Tony Michael York, age 59, of Hartford, Kansas, died January 28, 2017, at his residence.

He was born February 24, 1957, in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Richard and Ruth (Gieber) York.  He graduated from Manhattan High School in 1975 and from Emporia Technical College in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.

Tony held his masters license in HVAC.

He was raised in the Catholic Church, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners.  He enjoyed riding his Little Chops in parades.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, scratch tickets, and casino trips, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. Tony was always willing to help if he could, had a big heart, and was a little ornery.

Survivors include his companion and caretaker, Tina Martin of the home; three sons: Michael York and his fiancé Jessica of Valdosta, GA, Jason York and his wife Crystal of Valdosta, GA, John Wilson and his wife Annamarie of Hartford, KS; two sisters: Joy Cox and her husband Lee of Wichita, KS, and Annette Hardaway and her husband Jim of Augusta, KS; and numerous grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Cremation is planned.  Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 15th, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ogden, with Father Kerry Ninemire as celebrant.  Inurnment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Ogden.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Flint Hills Bank, Box 8, Hartford, Kansas 66854, or left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.