Obituaries

Wesley C. Flinn – Posted 4/26/3016

Wesley C. Flinn, age 90, of Manhattan, died April 24, 2017 at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

He was born July 31, 1926, on the family farm near Wheaton, Kansas, the son of Charles Harold and Sarah “Sadie” (Holder) Flinn.

Wesley graduated from Westmoreland High School in 1944.  He then served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 in Germany as a Private First Class in the Infantry.

Mr. Flinn was a construction superintendent for 46 years for Hunter & Lundberg Construction.

Wesley was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Manhattan.  He was the superintendent on the construction of the new Sanctuary in 1963, and served on the Property/Maintenance Committee of the church for many years.  Wesley loved to play baseball and played on the town team in Westmoreland, the Topeka Owls semi-pro team and also traveled to Miami, OK, to see if he could go professional and was told he was too short to play professionally.  He continued to play on town teams for many years wherever he lived.  He was also an avid Kansas State Football fan and had season tickets for many years after he worked on the previous new press box on the west side.  He also enjoyed gardening.

On June 8, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church near Wakeeney, Kansas. He was married to Florence Rosetta Fabrizius.  Mrs. Flinn survives of the home.  Additional survivors include two sister-in-laws: Lila Jean Flinn of Wamego, KS, and Marlene Flinn of St. George, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wesley was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters: Lucy Prinz, Alvah Flinn, Viva Hause, Inus Hause, Dessie Springstead, Argel and Merle Flinn, Fern Grutzmacher and Rachel Oaks.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Pastor Jerry Reynolds officiating.  Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday at the Westmoreland Cemetery at Westmoreland, KS.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday 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 First Lutheran Church or Homecare & Hospice, Inc. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Charles D. Green – Posted 4/26/2017

Charles Daniel Green, 91, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Santa Marta in Olathe, KS.

Charles was born in Manhattan, KS to the late Mont J. Green and Mary Teresa (McCarthy).  Raised in Manhattan, Charles is a veteran of WWII where he faithfully served as a Radio Man 2nd Class in the United States Navy.  Following the war Charles would go on to graduate from Kansas State University in 1950 where he was President of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.  In 1950 Charles also graduated from Washburn Law School.  Later that same year the Supreme Court of Kansas admitted Charles to practice law.  Charles was first, Assistant City Attorney and would hold the position of City Attorney for many years.  From 1952 to 1958 Charles was United States Commissioner for the area and would work closely with the F.B.I., Narcotics Bureau, Secret Service, and other agencies handling over 800 cases for the federal government.  Charles was admitted as attorney and counselor of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in May of 1963.  In 1971 he was qualified as attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Then in 1975 he was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. And in 1988 Charles was designated a Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation.  He joined Charles Arthur in 1950 to form Arthur Green Law Firm.  Arthur Green, LLP has grown and is active today with his grandson practicing with the firm.

Charles was also past president of the junior Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Chamber and the Board of Trustees for the Manhattan Public Library.  He also sat on the board for St. Mary’s Hospital.  Charles was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and Seven Dolors Catholic Parish.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents Mont and Mary; brothers, Mont J. Green Jr., James Michael Green, and William David Green and his stepmother Maude Deely Green.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Nadine (Smith) Green; daughter, Polly A. Ellis and her husband Terry of Overland Park, KS and son, Mont J. Green and his wife Amy of Bend, OR; three grandchildren, Andrew D. Ellis and wife Courtney, Michael P. Ellis and wife Lauren, and Caitlin Fore and husband Kevin.  He is also survived by 2 great-grandchildren, Hadley Ellis and Bennett Fore, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A visitation will be held for Charles on Friday, April 28th from 3-5pm at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Ave. Manhattan, KS 66502.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Charles on Saturday, April 29th at 9:30am at Seven Dolors Catholic Parish of Manhattan, KS.  Interment in Sunset Cemetery of Manhattan, KS will immediately follow.

Memorial Donations may be made to The American Cancer Society by visiting www.Donate.Cancer.org or by mail to American Cancer Society PO Box 42040 Oklahoma City, OK 73123; indicate donation is in memory of Charles D. Green. Donations may also be made to the Kansas State University Foundation Memorial Fund for Charles D. Green, make checks payable to KSU Foundation and place in memo line Charles D. Green Memorial Fund and send to 1800 Kimball Ave. Suite 200 Manhattan, KS 66502.  For more information or to send condolences to the Green Family please visit www.MemorialEventsJC.com or www.ymlfuneralhome.com.  Mailed Condolences can be sent c/o Memorial Events of Johnson County 11200 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park KS.  66210.

Phoebe Samelson – Posted 4/26/2016

Phoebe Samelson, 88, a former academic adviser at Kansas State University and docent at Konza Prairie, died April 21, 2017, at Meadowlark Hills.

Phoebe was born Feb. 28, 1929, in Madison, Wis., to Fred and Edith Jones, both plant pathologists. Her love of nature began with a childhood spent hiking, canoeing, skiing and ice skating with her family.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bates College in Maine and then a master’s degree in nursing from Yale University in 1953.

Her first job was as a public health nurse in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she met Franz Samelson through the University of Michigan outing club. They married in 1955 and spent their honeymoon canoeing at Quetico Provincial Park.

In 1957 they moved to Manhattan, where Franz accepted a position in the KSU Psychology Department. Little did they know they would spend the rest of their lives here.

Phoebe worked as a nurse at Manhattan Junior and Senior High Schools from 1957 to 1962. They had one daughter, Karen, to whom they were devoted.

When Karen started school, Phoebe began working at KSU as an adviser for students who wanted to go into nursing and physical therapy programs. She retired in 1991.

She loved hiking and bird-watching at Konza and was instrumental in starting the docent volunteer program. She also loved to travel, starting with a bicycle trip through Europe in 1949 with friends. In later years she and Franz enjoyed Elderhostel trips, including to Cuba.

Professional activities included serving on the Manhattan-Riley County Board of Health from 1982-’86 and the Kansas State Nurses Association board. She was committed to women’s health issues, especially the Peggy Bowman Second Chance Fund.

Other activities included the Friendship Tutoring Program and Human Relations Council in the 1960s, League of Women Voters, Blue Valley Yacht Club and Manhattan Alliance for Peace & Justice. She was a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan and was once clerk of the Manhattan Friends Meeting.

After Alzheimer’s began to take its toll, Phoebe moved to Meadowlark’s Lyle House in 2011. The family thanks the caring staff there, especially Sherry Smith and Susan Meeker.

She was preceded in death by Franz in 2015 and by her brothers Francis and Fred. Survivors include her daughter, Karen, of Milwaukee; sisters-in-law Byrnina Jones of Colorado, Elizabeth Jones of Tennessee, and Nancy Samelson of California; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for May 27 at the Unitarian Fellowship of Manhattan.

Memorial contributions to Konza Environmental Education Program through KSU and the Peggy Bowman Second Chance Fund are suggested. Contributions may be left 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 www.ymlfuneralhome.com

Alfred Simmons – Posted 4/24/2017

Alfred J. Simmons, age 93, of Manhattan, died Saturday April 22, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born on May 19, 1923 in Riley County, the son of Arch and Mable (Siron) Simmons.  He grew up in the Keats area and graduated from Keats High School in 1941.

On June 25, 1944 at the Keats United Methodist Church, he was united in marriage to Mary V. Lober.  She preceded him in death on March 21, 2011.

After high school Al worked many different jobs.  He then became a policeman with the Kansas State University Police Department.  He enjoyed his time at KSU and loved his job and being around campus.  He retired as a Lieutenant.

Al was a member of the Keats United Methodist Church and later a member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan.  He also was a member of the Elks Club, UTC, the Peace Officers Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police.  He loved collecting anything that was John Deere, he enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially Royals baseball and KSU sports.

In addition to his wife Mary, he was also preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Chester and his twin brother James who died at birth.

Al is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Wohler and her husband Larry, of Manhattan; her grandchildren: Lisa Wohler-Fleming and her husband Nathan, of Mission, Kansas and Scott Wohler of Manhattan; his brother Archie Simmons of Manhattan, and his many friends.

The family will greet friends during a visitation at 1:00 p.m. Thursday April 27, 2017 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday April 27, 2017 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kevin Larson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Valley View Memorial Park on east Highway 24 in Manhattan.

Memorial funds are suggested the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Jerry Sizemore – Posted 4/23/2017

Jerry D. Sizemore, age 82, of rural Wamego, died April 20, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Home in Wamego.

He was born June 9, 1934, in London, Kentucky, the son of Jim and Penda (Ponder) Sizemore.

Jerry served in the United States Army as a Sergeant First Class, retiring in 1976.  He then worked for 22 years as a Custodian Supervisor at Kansas State University.  Following his retirement from Kansas State University he worked for several years supervising cleaning crews at local businesses.

He was a member of the Korean Church of Manhattan.

He was married to Su H. So in Junction City, Kansas, in 1975.  Mrs. Sizemore survives of the home.  Additional survivors include three sons: James Sizemore of Issaquah, WA, Peter Sizemore of New Freedom, PA, and Paul Sizemore of Olathe, KS; and eight grandchildren: C.J., Mandy, Jimmy, Sean, Preston, Matthew, Sydney and Elly.

Jerry was preceded in death by one son John, and by two brothers: Glen and Gus.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 A.M. Monday, April 24th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Inhwan Noh officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:30 A.M. Monday at the funeral home prior to the services.

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

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502, is assisting the family with the services.

Karen Zeman – Posted 4/20/2017

Karen L. (Copeland) Zeman, age 57, former longtime resident of Manhattan, died April 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.

She was born August 1, 1959, in Bloomington, Indiana.  Karen was the daughter of Dr. James L. and Mrs. Gerda M. (Keck) Copeland who preceded her in death.  She attended Manhattan Schools and graduated from Monsignor Luckey High School in 1977.

After high school, she attended Kansas State University and graduated in May of 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.  She then received her master’s degree in education at Wichita State University.  She taught sociology at Kansas Newman College until she returned to Manhattan in 1991.

Karen married Dale Zeman on October 23, 1992 in Arlington, Texas where they lived until her passing.  He survives of their home. While in Arlington she taught social sciences at Oakridge High School until her health prevented her from being in the classroom.  She loved working with her students and watching them grow in understanding and knowledge.

Karen enjoyed many activities that helped keep her mind sharp and up-to-date with what was happening in the world.  She liked to read many different genre of books, but primarily true crime, which helped fill her interest in forensic science.  She loved music, from pop to classical, whatever suited her mood.  Karen loved animals of all kinds.  She loved training the family dog to do tricks. She liked to stay in contact with family and friends by phone when she could no longer travel to visit.

She is survived by her brother James H. Copeland (Susan) of Saint George, Kansas; one niece Erika D. (Copeland) Hahn (Michael) also of Saint George; one nephew Alexander J.C. Copeland of Manhattan.  Her great niece and nephew; Annie D. and Oliver M. Hahn would light up her day when they would come to visit in Arlington when they could.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.  There will be a time set aside during the visitation that family and friends will be invited to share a story or memory of Karen.

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

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in memory of Karen for 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.