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Charles “Red” Baxter Posted 10/24/14
Charles Dale “Red” Baxter, age 88, of Manhattan, died October 22, 2014, at Mercy Regional
Health Center in Manhattan.
He was born August 12, 1926, in Burton, Kansas, the son of Marvin James “Jim” and Belle
(Joy) Baxter. He grew up in Lebo, Kansas.
Mr. Baxter served for two years in the United States Navy following graduation from Wichita
East High School. He then moved to Manhattan to attend and later graduate from Kansas State
He started to work for Kansas Farm Bureau in 1950, and was the Vice President and General
Manger of Farm Bureau Mutual and KFB Insurance Companies at the time of his retirement
in 1992. Red was instrumental in implementing the Farm Bureau Mutual leadership and
employment philosophy, “Team Mutual”. Red’s philosophy was ”nobody knows the job better
than the person doing it”. He had served as president and board member of several national
Red was an avid K-State football and basketball fan, but the time he enjoyed the most was spent
with his family, granddaughters and great-grandchildren.
He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, and previously
the Manhattan Rotary Club.
On April 10, 1949, in Manhattan, he was married to Elaine Marie Hannagan. Mrs. Baxter
preceded him in death on July 21, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his oldest son, Bruce
Survivors include his son, Steve and his wife Susie (Woodward) Baxter of Manhattan; three
granddaughters: Jessa Voos and her husband Scott, Kassie Jobgen and her husband Todd, and
Elizabeth Shilof and her husband Max; and six great-grandchildren: Indie and Crew Voos,
Beckham Abbott, Rhianna, Andre and Kimber Shilof.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, October 30th
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Melanie Martin officiating. Private family
inurnment will be in Sunrise Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Contributions
may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue,
Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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.
Jim Johnson Posted 10/23/14
Jim D. Johnson, age 68 of Olsburg, Kansas died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at his farm south of
He was born on January 2, 1946 in Westmoreland, Kansas, the son of Alciede Lavern “A.L.” and
Dorothy Marie (Novak) Johnson. He graduated from Blue Valley High School in Randolph in 1964.
He then entered the U.S. Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam before being honorably discharged in
He was married to Reona Jo Green on September 29, 1968 at Olsburg, Kansas. She survives of the
Jim was a heavy equipment operator. He worked for Reno Construction, Swanson Construction,
Eberts Construction and Bayers Construction, retiring in 2011. He loved farming and mechanical work.
He enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends and was always the first to arrive, whether it was work or
coffee. He was a member of the Olsburg Lutheran Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Janel Finan and Leo of Blaine; one son, Kenny
Johnson and Laurie of Olsburg; five brothers, Bob Johnson and Janet of Topeka, Tom Johnson and
Mary of St. Mary’s, Bill Johnson of Olsburg, Rick Johnson and Irene of Olsburg and Terry Johnson of
Olsburg; one sister, Sherry Quigley and George of Blaine; eight grandchildren, Amallissa Johnson,
Kenny Johnson, Jr., Joseph Dean Johnson, Levi Johnson, Genesis Johnson, Luke Johnson, Revel Ann
Johnson and Maggie Finan; a great grandson on the way and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two nephews, Scott Johnson and Cody Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Olsburg Lutheran Church
with Pastor Gordon L. Sandquist officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Friday at the
Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 7-8:00 P.M. Friday evening.
Burial will be in the Olsburg Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Olsburg City Park and Pool. 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.
Wyoma Johnson Posted 10/23/14
Wyoma Jean Swift Johnson, 92, a resident of Manhattan, died October 21, 2014.
The family provided some of the following information.
Wyoma Jean Swift (known as Wy) was born May 29, 1922 to Ireland William Swift and Hazel
Marie Cook near Lawshe, Ohio. She attended Cherry Fork High School and was active in 4-H.
After graduating from high school, she took course work at the Columbus Art Institute and also
at The Ohio State University (OSU). All her life, Wy was engaged in art and home decorating.
Wy worked at Cherry Fork Farm Bureau; a bank in Cincinnati; and at the Columbus home office
of the Ohio Farm Bureau. Later in life, she was co-owner of a craft/hobby store in Manhattan.
Wy met Bill through a friend at the Ohio Farm Bureau by going on a blind date in early 1943.
On October 2, 1943, Wyoma Jean Swift (Wy) and William Howard Johnson were married in
Wy lived in Washington, D.C. while Bill went to Officer’s Candidate School. Later they moved
to Ft. Maxey, TX, when Bill was stationed there. Wy returned to Columbus, OH, when Bill was
sent overseas during WWII. She volunteered with the Red Cross at Camp Atterbury, IN, and
worked at Grant Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Bill joined the research faculty in the Department of Agricultural Engineering in the Agriculture
Experiment Station at OSU in 1947, serving both in Columbus and Wooster, Ohio. In Wooster,
Wy worked part-time at the Wayne County Law Library and also at the Art Department at
Wooster College. She served as a 4-H leader and a scout den leader.
In 1970, Wy, Bill, and family came to Kansas State University when he became Head of
the Department of Agricultural Engineering. In 1981, Bill was appointed Director of the
Engineering Experiment Station. He retired in 1987 and they remained in Manhattan. Wy was
a huge support to Bill during his career, participating in university women’s events, hosting U.S.
and international guests, accompanying Bill to meetings of the American Society of Agricultural
Bill served as International Consultant for Agricultural Engineering affairs in India, the
Philippines, Nigeria, Tunisia and Korea. Wy and Bill twice lived in India on three-month
assignments in 1966 and 1968. Wy had a passion for and participated in the leadership of an
international outreach program of the Manhattan community called World Friendship. This
group reaches out to the spouses of international graduate students and helping them adjust to
life in Manhattan and the U.S.
Wy and Bill were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan. Wy served on the
Worship Committee of the church. With all of the churches they were affiliated with in East
Lansing, MI, Columbus and Wooster, OH, and Manhattan, they involved themselves with
Sunday school teaching and committee and leadership roles.
After retirement, Wy and Bill continued to travel for pleasure. Each year for several years, they
took one or two international trips, traveling with Elderhostel and Grand Circle. They visited
45+ countries and much of the U.S. through their many travels.
In 2001, Wy and Bill moved to Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. There they started
and coordinated a Saturday evening program called Armchair Journeys. Wy served on the
committee which purchased artwork used to decorate the rooms and hallways of Meadowlark.
Wy was preceeded in death by her husband of 70 1⁄2 years, William H. Johnson. Survivors
include a son Lawrence Alan (Bernice) Johnson of Ames, Iowa; a daughter Cheri Ellen Johnson
(Steven) Graham of Manhattan; and a daughter Dana Sue Johnson (David) Heston of Seattle,
Washington. There are 7 grandchildren: Angela Christine (Lowell) Henning of Haslet, Texas;
Bradley Wade (Melissa) Johnson of Littleton, Colorado; Richard Alan Pimsner of Denver,
Colorado; David Russell (Tamar) Johnson of Bern, Switzerland; Erin Elizabeth (David) Kemp
of Seattle; Morgan Victoria (Ben) Van Dyke of Seattle; and Meguire Heston of Seattle. Great
grandchildren are: William Daniel Henning; Benjamin William Johnson; Rylan Graham
Henning; Charles Lawrence Johnson; Avila May Van Dyke; Olen Dov Johnson; Flynn Harvey
Kemp; Aric Zev Johnson; and Marnie Ruth Van Dyke.
A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Details will be announced at that time.
To leave an on-line condolence or special message for the family, please visit the funeral home
website located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “KSU Foundation – William H. Johnson
Scholarship (T73170).” Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen
Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Alice Loar Posted 10/21/14
Alice L. Loar, age 95, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Monday, October 20, 2014, at Meadowlark Hills-Collins
House in Manhattan.
She was born on March 6, 1919, in Chauncey, Ohio the daughter of Daniel Eli and Marcia Evalara
(Russell) Johnson. Alice was raised in Chauncey where she attended local schools. Following her high
school graduation she attended secretarial school in Dayton, Ohio.
On November 23, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio, she was united in marriage to Melvin R. Loar. Mrs. Loar was
a loving homemaker and made their home in numerous cities throughout the United States where her
husband worked as a structural engineer for various aeronautical companies. Following his retirement
in 1984, they made their home in Wichita and later in Florida where they resided until moving to
Manhattan in July of 2006. Mr. Loar preceded her in death on April 19, 2007.
Above all, her strong faith in the Lord and her love of family were what was most important to her. She
was always quite devoted in her church memberships in the communities that they had lived in over
the years, and most recently with the University Christian Church in Manhattan. Outside of her faith
and family, she enjoyed sewing, cooking, entertaining family and friends and traveling throughout the
United States, mostly by train.
She is survived by her daughter: Marcia Messer and her husband John of Alta Vista, Kansas and by her
son: Raymond Loar of Austin, Texas. Also surviving are ten grandchildren: Thomas Loar, Philip Messer,
Daniel Messer, Alicia Grigg, Andrew Messer, Charisa Slingsby, Elizabeth Messer, Rachel Rahimi, Joel
Messer and Anna Messer and six great-grandchildren: Kallie Grigg, Madison Grigg, Ava Grigg, Jaden
Messer, Addyson Messer and Catherine Messer.
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her brother: Russell Johnson, by a sister:
Julia Smith and by one sister who died at an early age: Marcia Johnson.
Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Moss Springs Cemetery on
Humboldt Creek Road near Alta Vista, 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 Council Grove Christian Church and for Samaritan’s Purse.
Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz
Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Delia Marcellus Posted 10/20/14
Delia Reed Marcellus, 86, of Manhattan, passed away Friday, October 17th, at Stonybrook Retirement Community.
Dee was born in Lawrence, Kansas on April 6, 1929, to the late Bertha Christie and Addison Reed. She graduated from Lawrence High School and from the University of Kansas with a degree in zoology. On April 29, 1949 she married Larry Marcellus and had three children; daughters Laura Penland and Marie Amthauer, and son DeWayne Marcellus. Larry and Dee traveled extensively, as empty-nesters, going to England and to Europe twice. They also traveled to Australia, Hawaii, Mexico and Nova Scotia.
Dee and Larry purchased several weekly newspapers in northern Riley county and combined them into The Riley Countain. She worked on this paper for many years, writing a weekly column and editing/publishing the paper. Later she worked in Ad sales for the Manhattan Mercury for more than 20 years. She also helped form the Leonardville Hustlers 4-H club. She was an active in a number of clubs around Manhattan, and enjoyed her “giggle bridge” club, doing handwork, and reading.
Delia is survived by a daughter Marie (Verle) Amthauer, of Junction City, Kansas and a son DeWayne Marcellus, of Manhattan and a grandson, Matthew Burgett of Winfield, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Laura Penland.
Dee donated her body to the K.U. Medical Center for medical research. There will be no memorial services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to National Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland, 8900 State Line Road, #320, Leawood, Ks 66206.
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Robert Mills Posted 10/20/14
Robert Barney Mills, age 92, of Manhattan, died October 18, 2014, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community – Honstead House.
He was born February 10, 1922, in rural Franklin County, Kansas. He attended public schools in Lane, Garnett, and Greeley, Kansas, graduating from Greeley High School in 1939.
He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946, serving as a Naval Aviator in the Pacific in 1945, and was discharged at the rank of Lt. J.G. He had received the Navy Unit Citation, Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Dr. Mills earned his B.S. degree from Kansas State University in 1949, M.S. from the University of Colorado in 1953, and his PhD. from Kansas State University in 1964.
From 1949 to 1961, he was a high school teacher in Lyndon, Coldwater and Topeka, KS. From 1963 until his retirement in 1987, he was on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University.
On October 7, 1945, in Greeley, Kansas, he was married to Mary E. Cowan. Mrs. Mills preceded him in death on March 19, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his one brother and three sisters.
Dr. Mills is survived by his daughter, Julie Mills Proffitt and her husband Darrel of Katy, Texas; three grandchildren: Joseph Mills Proffitt of Oakland, CA, Emily Mills Proffitt Holtzclaw and her husband Timothy John Proffitt Holtzclaw of Lawrence, KS, and John Mills Proffitt of Lawrence, KS; and two great grandchildren: Jude Proffitt Holtzclaw and Scarlett Mills Holtzclaw.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS, with Reverend Melanie Martin officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 PM Wednesday at the Garnett Cemetery in Garnett, Kansas.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary E. Mills Scholarship Fund through the Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
James Riding Posted 10/22/14
James Austin Riding, son of Kyle Austin and Marci Riding of Manhattan, died on Saturday, October 18,
2014, at the Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas.
He was born on October 10, 2014, in Topeka and continues to give his family joy and happiness by
sharing his life with them. He was valiant in his fight for life and will always be cherished.
James is survived by his mom and dad and by his four siblings: Rachel May, Annie Marene, Jackson Paul
and Lucy Ruth Riding. He is also survived by his grandparents: Richard W. and Marene H. Ebert, Jr. of
North Salt Lake City, Utah and Don L. and Donna May Riding of Fresno, California. James is also survived
by 31 cousins and 15 aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, 2812 Marlatt Avenue in Manhattan. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in
To leave an on-line condolence or special message for the family, please visit the funeral home website
located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
A memorial has been established for the March of Dimes. Contributions may be left in care of the
Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
David Rundquist Posted 10/24/14
David Alan Rundquist, age 64 of Green, Kansas died Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Leonardville
He was born on September 3, 1950 in Clay Center, Kansas, the son of Veryl and Dorothy (Lindstrom)
He was married to Donna Goldhammer on May 8, 1976 in Wagner, South Dakota. She survives of the
David was a carpenter and worked for Bowman Construction for 12 years. In 1987 the family moved
back to the Green area where he farmed and formed Rundquist Construction with his brother Steve in
He was a member of the Alert Covenant Church, Clay County Gideons and Clay Center VFW (Faye
Walker Post). He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1973. He enjoyed gardening,
golfing, hunting, fishing, the outdoors and traveling to national parks, especially Rocky Mountain Park,
Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Custer Park.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Mark Rundquist and Heather of Fredrick, Colorado;
two daughters, Erica Craig and Brent of Wakefield and Katie Geiger and Jeremy of Randolph; his
parents, Veryl and Dorothy Rundquist of Clay Center; one brother, Steve Rundquist and Karen of
Leonardville; two sisters, Mary Bell and Greg of Riley and Dorrene Peterson and Bernie of Leonardville;
one sister-in-law, Debbie Rundquist of Topeka; nine grandchildren, Garrett, Madison and Owen Craig of
Wakefield, Kael, Grady and Morgan Rundquist of Fredrick, Colorado and Carter, Gemma and Wyatt
Geiger of Randolph and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Rundquist.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Alert Covenant Church
with Pastor Dwight Diller officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Sunday at the Anderes-
Pfeifley Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 3 – 5:00 P.M. Sunday. Burial with
military honors will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, northeast of Green.
Memorials have been established for the Alert Covenant Church, Glioblastoma Foundation and all
undesignated memorial money to be determined by the family at a later date. 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.
Kathleen K. Sinnett Posted 10/20/14
Kathleen K. Sinnett was born to Lucile and Thomas Allin Keen in Memphis, Tennessee on October 7, 1928. On October 14, 2014, she passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard (Radcliffe) in 1957. Notable career highlights include post-doctoral work at Menninger’s Institute in Topeka, and subsequent work on staff as a psychologist. In 1962, she moved to Manhattan, Kansas where she taught briefly at Kansas State, and then in 1966 started a successful private practice specializing in child and family psychotherapy that she retired from 38 years later.
She balanced the demands of a successful career in psychotherapy with being a wife and a mother. She and her husband, E. Robert Sinnett, raised two daughters and assisted in the raising of two stepsons. Additionally, she made many contributions to her community as a volunteer consultant. She was instrumental in the early life of the Headstart program in Manhattan, and a consultant on programs for the developmentally disabled at Big Lakes. She was important in shaping the volunteer hospice movement in Manhattan, and taught arts and crafts classes for many years at the Douglas Community Center. After her retirement, she trained as a first responder for the Red Cross to assist with mental health issues caused by disasters.
Kay will be remembered by friends, family, and community members as an energetic, skilled and compassionate psychotherapist, and as a passionate, articulate and outspoken activist for social justice and civil rights. Her memory will live on in the lives she touched with her wit, intelligence, generosity, and kindness.
Kathleen Sinnett was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, E Robert Sinnett. She is survived by daughters, Lucy Sinnett Schuler and Kate Sinnett; stepsons Brian and Dan Sinnett; son-in-law, Steve Schuler; sister, Lucy Morgan; brother-in-law, Dick Morgan; first cousin, Joy Ross Baggett; grandchildren Frederick and Kathleen Schuler, and Evan Markowski .
Memorial service to be held Sunday, October 26th at the Danforth Chapel on the K-State Campus at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Alzheimer’s Disease Research, www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/
Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel is assisting with arrangements.
James Stueve Posted 10/21/14
James Francis “Frank” Stueve, 86, of Louisville, Kansas, died Monday, October 20, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. He was a life-long resident of the area.
Frank was born August 21, 1928, in Maple Hill, Kansas, the son of Allie and Anna Wagner Stueve. He attended schools in Maple Hill, Blaine and then attended High School in Emmett. Frank then served four years in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at various bases including Alaska and Montana.
Frank was a carpenter and millwright. He worked in construction for EB Construction and C and H Construction for twenty years. He worked on many different projects in Kansas and Nebraska, and was especially proud of his work on several missile bases. Frank also worked for JC Penny auto department and as a Ford tractor mechanic. He was forced to retire due to ill health in 1972. Even after his retirement he was able to help various local farmers.
He was a member of Black Jack American Legion Post #260 and the Millwright Local Union #918. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and a 4th Degree, Knights of Columbus. The passion in his life was fishing. He enjoyed taking the fifth wheel trailer and fishing across the country and Canada. He loved to camp and fish with friends. Frank was instrumental in the beginnings of the Black Jack Legion mountain oyster feed and was also known for his yearly fish fry in Louisville.
Frank is survived by his children, Terry Torrey (Steve), St. George, Jim Stueve (Mary), St. George, Sue Seele, Maple Hill, Randy Stueve (Ramona), Wamego and Ron Stueve (Annette), Fostoria; his siblings, Gerald Stueve and Eillien Willis (Marvin); fifteen grandchildren, twenty one great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry Stueve; and siblings, Henry, Raymond, Mary Ann and Rita.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 24, 2014, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Wamego. Father Mike Peterson will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Stueve will lie-in-state on Thursday, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A rosary prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.