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Doug Austin Posted 10/27/14
Daylon D. “Doug” Austin, 48, St. George, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.
Doug was born on July 24, 1966 in Joplin, Missouri to Daylon “Dee” and Mary Helen (Gordon) Austin. His family resided in Joplin until 1973 when they moved to Wamego. Doug graduated from Wamego High School in 1984 and attended MATC where he earned a degree in graphic design. He went on to work for Hawley Printing for over 20 years and then for Kansas State University for over 2 years, both as a graphic designer. Doug enjoyed fishing, playing pool with his friends as a part of the Club Rose Pool Team in Junction City, and was a huge Kansas City Chiefs football fan.
He was survived a son, Geoffrey Austin, California, a stepson, Josh Allison, Hutchinson, KS, two stepdaughters, Destiny Allison, Wamego, and Cassandra Umsheid and husband Joe, Olathe, KS, three sisters, Roxanne Hawkins and husband Kirby, St. George, Susan Johnson and husband Wayne, Wamego, and Pam Schmitt and husband Brent, Wellsville, KS, Bobbi Austin, St. George, a special friend, Anne Collier, Manhattan, 5 grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. The family will accept friends at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at the Wamego City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials go to the Club Rose Pool Team or the Doug Austin Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego, PO Box 48, 66547. Online condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com
Ernest Bratton Posted 10/30/14
Ernest Wayne (Wayne) Bratton, age 74, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Tuesday morning, October 28, 2014, at the
Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.
Wayne was born on November 7, 1939, in rural Eureka, Kansas, the son of Robert Arthur and Edna Mae (Wheeler)
Bratton. In 1949, his family moved from the Eureka area to Marion, Kansas where Wayne graduated from high
school in 1957. Following his high school graduation he moved to Manhattan, where he attended Kansas State
University and where his family owned and operated the former Bratton’s Café which was located downtown on
In the mid 1960’s, he went to work for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier. For many years he carried
mail in Aggieville. It was during this time that Wayne was asked to play Santa Claus by the Aggieville merchants, a
role that he thoroughly enjoyed and was dear to his heart. Wayne retired as a mail carrier in 2001 after more than
35 years of dedicated service.
On September 2, 1960, in Manhattan, Kansas, he was united in marriage to the former De Ann Zeisset. They made
their home in the Deep Creek Community outside of Manhattan for many years where Wayne enjoyed raising
cattle and horses including two ponies that he had for his grandchildren to ride. They moved into Manhattan in
Wayne was a member of the Westview Community Church. He loved to spend time with his family, especially
enjoying the time spent attending his children and grandchildren’s numerous activities and sporting events. Wayne
was an avid reader and he enjoyed sharing his passion for fishing with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife De Ann. Also surviving are two children: Kurt A. Bratton and his wife Lisa, Boston, MA;
and Kari L. Alley and her husband Eric, Overland Park, KS. One sister: Sue Ortiz and her husband Tom, Topeka, KS;
a brother: Larry Bratton and his wife Coni, Cozad, NE; five grandchildren: Jacob Bratton, Allie Bratton, Jarrett Alley,
Kinsley Alley and Lauren Alley.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, by one brother: Bobby J. Bratton, one sister: Jean “Babe” Wheeler
and by a grandson: Cale Alley.
The family will receive friends during a visitation from 1:00 until 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the
Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Following the visitation at the funeral home, a procession will be formed to go to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery
southeast of Manhattan where a graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Pat Bennett officiating.
To leave an on-line condolence or special message for the family, please visit the funeral home website located at
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust (in memo put MECP2 Duplication
Syndrome) or to the Westview Community Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-
Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
John Coty Posted 10/30/14
John (Jack) L. Coty passed away peacefully in Manhattan, KS on October 28, 2014 at the age of 75.
John is survived by his wife, Delores Coty of Manhattan KS; children, Deborah Craig of O’Fallon, MO; Renee Piper and her husband Larry of Wamego, KS; Michael Coty and his wife Amy of O’Fallon, MO; Stephen Coty and his wife Beth of Phoenix, AZ and Cynthia Mott and her husband Cameron of Manhattan, KS; grandchildren Francis, Rodney, Ashley, Lance, Bryan, Todd, Meranda, Mackenzie, Kaycee, Colin, Carly, Madison and 8 great grandchildren; siblings, Donald Coty of Waynesville, OH; Carolyn Henry of Rensselaer, IN; Elaine Farney of McMurry, PA; Eva Rittgers of Stow, OH; James Coty of Dayton, OH and Paulette Ulmschneider of Belfast, ME. He is preceded in death by his twin children Matthew and Mary in infancy in 1967 and infant sister, Mary Lou Coty; parents Lionel Herman Coty and Cecilia Martina (Pilotte) Coty.
John was born in Lafayette, IN. He graduated from Goodland High School in 1957 and joined the US Air Force. He married Delores Armstrong in 1963 in Horton, KS and began working for Snap-on Tools as a Tool Salesman. He moved to Manhattan, KS and expanded his territory as a Regional Manager. He later started Heartland Aviation of Manhattan, KS as co-owner and operator until 2010.
John was an accomplished singer and often sang in his church choir as well as participated in the Manhattan Barbershop Chorus. He was a generous, humble and hardworking individual who loved aviation, his family and friends. He was an active and dedicated member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Aircraft Owners & Association (AOPA).
A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:00p.m. on Sunday November 2, 2014 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. The family will greet friends following the Wake Service until 9:00p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday November 3, 2014 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, with Father Joseph Popelka as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. All are welcomed to attend the service and the reception in the church basement following the service, to celebrate John’s life.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Seven Dolors Catholic Church or the Parkinsons Foundation. 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.
Merlin Geisler Posted 10/30/14
Merlin Charles Geisler, age 80 of Leonardville, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at
the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kansas.
He was born on January 6, 1934 in Alma, Kansas, the son of Henry and Ida Biesenthal Geisler.
He was married to Doris Butler on August 5, 1956, they later divorced. He then married Carol J. Peck
on June 23, 1979. They both preceded him in death.
Merlin was an electrician. He was a member of IBEW Local 226 Electrical Union and a community
handyman that was considered a jack of all trades.
He is survived by three sons, James Geisler and Alice of Leonardville, Thomas Geisler and Pam of
Alma, Jeffrey Geisler and Tracy of Leonardville; ten grandchildren, Kurtis Geisler, Joe Geisler, Lindsay
Geisler, Trevor Geisler, Kaye Rippe, Jason Lucas, Justin Peck, Kayla Peck, Connor Peck and Jordan
Peck; four great grandchildren, Emery Geisler, Cody Geisler, J.J. Lucas and Wyatt Lucas; two sister in
laws, Dorothy Geisler and Henrietta Geisler, both of Alma and two step children, Rodger Peck and
Diana of Minneapolis and Robin Scanlan and Tim of Manhattan.
He was preceded in death by one son, David Wayne Geisler; two daughters, Kathleen Diane Geisler
and Jenneanne Rae Geisler; three brothers, Art Geisler, Charles Geisler and Walter Geisler; one sister,
Laura Geisler Theel and a nephew, Dan Geisler.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor
Kevin Larson officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Monday at the funeral home where the
family will receive friends from 7 until 8:00 P.M. Monday. Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Good Shepherd Hospice House. 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.
Vernon Herbic Posted 10/25/14
Vernon Charles Herbic, 82, of Alma, Kansas, died Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Alma Manor. He was a life-long resident of the area.
Vernon was born February 10, 1932, in rural Alma, the son of Martin S. and Ida Berg Herbic. He attended local country school. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Alaska.
Vernon was a ranch hand for many years. He worked for the Hess Ranch south of Alma, the Boziden Ranch near Onaga, and the 3Bar Ranch near Emmett. He then worked twenty two years for the Wabaunsee County Road Department and the Mill Creek Township doing road maintenance.
He loved to fish and hunt and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Vernon married Ada Belle Mathies on April 26, 1963, in McFarland, Kansas. She survives at their home.
He is also survived by his son, Darrin Fred Herbic, Alma; his brothers, Ken Herbic, Beloit, Larry (Diana) and Don Herbic, both of Alma; numerous nieces, nephew, grand-nieces and nephews, and many honorary adopted family and friends. Vernon was preceded in death by his sisters, Elinor Palenske, Lila Oliver; and brothers, Harold Herbic, Melvin Herbic and Edward Herbic.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in McFarland, Kansas. Reverend Chris Vossler will be officiating. Inurnment will follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Alma Manor, and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home in Alma. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.
Mildred Pfeifley Posted 10/26/14
Mildred M. Pfeifley, age 93 of Clay Center, Kansas, died Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Leonardville
Nursing Home in Leonardville, Kansas.
She was born on February 22, 1921 at Garden City, Kansas, the daughter of Arthur and Pearl Wooden
McCord. She spent most of her youth in Wichita, Kansas.
She married Edward Pfeifley on March 7,1943, at Wichita, Kansas. They moved to the Pfeifley family
farm at Green, Kansas and resided there until 1957. At that time they purchased, operated, and
resided in the Holmes Funeral Home in Riley, Kansas. She had worked as a funeral director until her
retirement in 1991. She was a member of the Riley United Methodist Church.
Her husband, Ed, preceded her in death on February 16, 1983. She later married Curtis Wilcox of Clay
Center, Kansas, on June 27, 1991, he preceded her in death on September 21, 1997. She was also
preceded in death by one brother, Clarence E. McCord and one sister, Alice Lofland.
She is survived by three sons, Phil Pfeifley and wife Diane of Riley, Kansas, Brad Pfeifley and wife Lexy
of Denver, Colorado, and Rick Pfeifley and wife Patti of Manhattan, Kansas; two sisters, LaVon
Weidner and husband Frank of Wichita, Kansas, and Vivian Clark of Amarillo, Texas; five grandchildren,
Lori Howard and husband Trevor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jason Pfeifley of Riley, Kansas, Kristin Haney
and husband Bernie of Manhattan, Kansas, Patrick Pfeifley and wife Ashley of Manhattan, Kansas,
Janna Coglizer and husband Evan of Kansas City, Kansas; seven great grandchildren and numerous
nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral
Home in Riley, Kansas with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime
Monday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 P.M. Monday evening.
Burial will be in the Green Fancy Creek Cemetery north of Green, Kansas.
The family requests the memorial contributions be made to the donor’s choice in Millie’s name.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.pfeifleyfuneralhome.com.
Jane Stanley Posted 10/29/14
Jane Stanley, age 94, of Manhattan, died October 28, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in
She was born March 22, 1920, in Wakefield, Kansas, the daughter of Alan Llewelyn and Ruth (Cornell)
Jane graduated from high school in Lawrence, Kansas. She served from June 17, 1943 to August 16,
1946 as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps as a Radio Operator. She had lived in California,
Florida, North Carolina, and Connecticut prior to moving to Manhattan in 1978.
She was married to James M. Stanley on June 20, 1946, in San Francisco, California.
Jane was a homemaker and enjoyed turning wheel pottery, wheat weaving, sewing and playing bridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband James on November 20, 1990. She was also preceded in
death by one brother and four sisters.
Survivors include her three daughters: Carolyn Valerius and her husband Bud of Manhattan, Marilyn
Thurlow and her husband David of Wakefield, KS, and Sue Stanley and her husband Greg Kelley of
Glastonbury, CT; six grandchildren: Troy Valerius, Eryn Schafer-Valerius and Brandon Valerius, Amanda
McCosh, Allison Copenhaver and Justin Thurlow; and ten great-grandchildren: Parker, Spencer, Cooper
and Tanner Valerius, Sophia and Logan McCosh, Te’a, Neveah and Ryan Copenhaver and Macey
Cremation is planned with graveside services to be held at 2:00 PM Monday at the Fort Riley Main Post
Cemetery with Reverend Amy Bowers officiating. Family and friends are invited to meet at 1:15 PM
Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home to form a procession to the cemetery.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at
Memorial contributions may be made to the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter or Homecare & Hospice,
Inc. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home,
1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Lyle Sylvester Posted 10/30/14
Lyle E. Sylvester, 84, of Clay Center, KS and a longtime resident of Wamego, KS since 1966, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3rd at the Wamego United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 2nd from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. Complete obituary and service information will be announced later.
Norma Williams Posted 10/29/14
Norma Dee Williams, age 83, of Manhattan, died Sunday October 26, 2014 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, after a lengthy illness.
Dee was born on October 4, 1931 in Topeka, Kansas the daughter of Dewey and Audrey (Hook) Wood. She grew up in Topeka and enjoyed spending time with her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins on the Hook family farm in Silver Lake, Kansas. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1949 and attended Kansas State University, where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
On December 17, 1952 in Las Cruces, New Mexico she was united in marriage to Christopher (Kip) Williams.
Dee and her husband resided in Northbrook, Illinois for over 20 years, where they raised their two daughters. Kip and Dee then retired to Scottsdale, Arizona and then moved to Manhattan in the early 1990’s.
Dee taught Sunday school, she was a room parent and school volunteer at her daughter’s school and also was a Brownie Troop leader. She was a great cook, an avid reader, traveler, and a Kansas State Football Fan! She loved her dogs, Trinka and Jasper, and always looked forward to spending time with her family and friends, especially her five grandchildren.
The family of Norma Dee Williams would like to thank the wonderful staff at Meadowlark Hills-Collins House, for taking such great care of Dee this past year.
She is survived by her husband Kip, at their home in Manhattan; her two daughters: Jamie Longner (Gary) and Julie Knight (Rob); grandchildren: Chris Longner (Jackie), Mark Longner (Aleah), Kelli Lauritsen (Brett), Robbie Knight (Jess), and Danny Knight and also her great-grandchildren, Alexa and Riley Longner and Danny Lauritsen.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday November 2, 2014 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
A private service will be held on Monday November 3, 2014.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Dee to the Boys and Girls Club or to the Friends of the Sunset Zoo. 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