Carol DeGraff Posted 11/22/14

Carol A. DeGraff, age 66, of Manhattan, Kansas, died November 21, 2014, at the Meadowlark Hills-Wroten House in Manhattan.

She was born on April 3, 1948, in Manhattan, Kansas, the daughter of Charles E. and Donna R. (Moehlman) Sowell.

Survivors include three daughters: Dawn Reid-Gross, St. George, KS; Dennice D. Boyd, Manhattan, KS; and DeVonn Dillard, Garland, TX. Also surviving are four sisters: Penny Fouraker, Hickory, NC; Deon Marion, Searce, AR; Tena Person, Salina, KS; Debbie Ewing, Hickory, NC; and a cousin, who was raised in the home as a sister, Paula Daniels of St. George, KS. Nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by three sisters: Linda Burnett, Charlene Sowell and Janice Sowell.

Cremation is planned. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at

A memorial has been established for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Mildred Dellere Posted 11/20/14

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Mildred K. Dellere, age 101, passed away peacefully on Friday November 14, 2014 at her daughter’s residence in
Topeka, Kansas.

She was born on December 3, 1912 in Lenora, Kansas the daughter of John C. and Mary Ann (Lunney) Costello.
Mildred graduated from Lenora High School, Lenora, Kansas and then earned her teaching certificate from Fort
Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She taught in a one room school house and even had the duty of teaching her
brother, Lourde. Later in life, she was a wonderful wife and homemaker to her family.

She was united in marriage to Nicholas E. Dellere on May 4, 1936 in New Almelo, Kansas. This union was blessed
with four children: Mary L., Margaret D., David R. and Debra K.

Mildred loved to join her husband on flights all over the country as he was the former manager of the
Manhattan Airport. Aviation was very important to the Dellere Family. Mildred was a very devoted volunteer for
all of her childrens activities, the Seven Dolors Catholic Church and Altar Society, and especially for the St. Mary’s
Hospital Auxiliary, where she received her 25 year volunteer pin. She also loved playing bridge, was an avid K-State
sports fan and also a huge Kansas Basketball fan. Above all, Mildred’s love and devotion was for her family,
especially the grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Nicholas in 1969 and her sisters: Ruth Hendricks and
Violet Costello and her brother, Lourde Costello who was killed in action in 1944 during WWII.

Survivors include her children: Mary L. Dodd and her husband Frank of Overland Park, KS, Margaret D. Snow and
her husband John of Libertyville, IL, David R. Dellere and his wife Vickie of Lee’s Summit, MO and Debra K. Dellere
of Topeka, KS. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Regan, Ryan, Reilly and Rustin Dodd and Annie, Nick and
Artie Snow, along with many grand cats and dogs and her longtime caregivers: Randi and Terry Priest of
Manhattan, KS.

A Private Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home
1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas with Chaplain Nikki Medaris officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset
Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas. There will be no public visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cat Association of Topeka 1719 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604
or to the Paws to Love Animal Rescue, Inc. P.O. Box 376, Wamego, KS 66547, 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:

John Kramer Posted 11/20/14

John Henry Kramer, age 94, of Manhattan, died November 19, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born August 27, 1920, in Stockdale, Kansas, the son of Chester and Frieda (Hinson) Kramer.

John graduated from Manhattan High School in 1938.

He drove the City of Manhattan Bus. Upon the radio announcement of the attack on Pearl Harbor he turned his bus around on Poyntz Avenue, drove straight to the Navy Recruiting office becoming the first enlistee in Riley County. The bus riders gave him an ovation as he returned to the driver’s seat. He served for four years during WWII, surviving three major naval battles, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer, 2nd Class.

John then returned to Manhattan and worked as an appliance salesman for Montgomery Wards, then as a furniture salesman for Gamble’s, and for many years as a car salesman for several dealerships in Manhattan.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1786 and a member of the American Legion Post 17.

John loved to dance, enjoyed fishing and hunting, planting and keeping flowers around the house, and raised and fought game cocks until it became illegal.

On December 10, 1939, in Waterville, Kansas, he was married to Mary Edna Foster. Mrs. Kramer preceded him in death on March 31, 2008. He was also preceded in death by one son in infancy, Orin Delauss Kramer; and by five siblings: Bruce Kramer, Joe Kramer, Myrtle Hamilton, Violet Weisbender and Georgie Deibler.

Survivors include his two daughters: Bea Nichols and her husband Bud of San Antonio, TX, and Sheila Hamilton and her companion Dennis Levene of Junction City, KS; four grandchildren: Tawnya Savoy, Scott Hamilton, Sabrena Stalnaker and Alona Stefek; nine great-grandchildren; and his last dance partner, Johanna.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 22nd, at the Valley View Memorial Gardens Cemetery east of Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Jane Kenyon Posted 11/23/14

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Jane Kenyon, age 63, died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Mercy Regional Health Center,
Manhattan, Kansas.

She was born on March 8, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of John William & Flora L. (Beaver)
McPhail. Jane graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1969, and subsequently attended both the
University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Education
from Kansas State University. For the past fifteen years, Jane worked as a Nationally Board Certified
Language Arts Instructor at Manhattan High School and recently served as Co-Department Head of the
Language Arts Department. In recent years, she also taught education courses at Kansas State

Throughout her life, Jane invested in cultivating an interest in literature and writing in the minds of her
children, grandchild, students and friends. When once asked whether she ever tired of teaching the
same literary works, namely To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee and Julius Caesar, by William
Shakespeare, each year to her sophomore students, she replied that she did not because the lessons of
literature only become more meaningful with each new person who joins the conversation.

Beyond teaching, Jane’s interests included writing, spending time with friends and family and observing
the quiet beauty of nature. Most recently, she greatly enjoyed loving her new granddaughter, Annette.

Jane was united in marriage to Dr. Phillip N. Kenyon on June 8, 1977 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This union was
blessed with two children: Sarah and Alexander.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Phillip; two brothers: John and Jerry McPhail and
her aunt, Zena Geiger.

Survivors include her daughter, Sarah Hoppa and her husband, Patrick and their daughter, Annette of
Prairie Village, Kansas; a son, Alexander Kenyon of Manhattan, Kansas; a brother, Jim McPhail and his
wife, Diana of Stilwell, KS; and a sister, Janice Wilburn and her husband, Joe of Tulsa, OK. She is also
survived by her uncle, Floyd V. Beaver of Mill Valley, California; cousins Pam and Tom Shepard of
Naperville, IL and Stan Geiger of Tulsa, OK along with many other cousins, nieces, nephews and many

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday November 24, 2014 at the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt
officiating. A private inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Manhattan Public Library 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:

Armin Olson Posted 11/23/14

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Armin Henry Olson, age 92 of Green, Kansas, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at the
Leonardville Nursing Home.

He was born on September 7, 1922 in Clay Center, the son of Clyde W. and Maude Alta (Daniels)
Olson and for two years lived on a farm near Bala. They then moved to a farm near Lasita, where he
lived until going to the nursing home in March of 2013. He graduated from Leonardville High School in

On February 14, 1948 in Leonardville, Kansas, he was married to Jean Peterson. She survives of the
home. They farmed together until his health declined in 2012. He loved farming and was a very hard
worker. He enjoyed fishing, hunting (especially coon hunting), attending his kids and grandkids
sporting events and school activities. He faithfully attended church. He served on on the Fancy Creek
Township Board for many years. Armin was a mostly quiet man, except for when his sons slipped off
the straight and narrow path.

In addition to his wife Jean, he is survived by two sons, Mike Olson and wife Terry of Manhattan and
Bob Olson and wife Cindy of Green; eight grandchildren, Lari Olson of New York, NY, Ryan Olson of
Silver Lake, Evan Nelson of Council Grove, Carla Hays of Topeka, Mary Olson of Lawrence, Aubri
Olson of Olathe, Allysa Schurle of Leonardville and Gabriella Stafford of Manhattan and nine great

He is preceded in death by two brothers, Austin and Gerold and one sister, Audrey.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral
Home in Riley with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Monday at the
funeral home, where the family will greet friends from 6:30 until 7:30 P.M. Monday. Burial will be in the
Leonardville Cemetery.

Memorials have been established for the Leonardville Nursing Home and First Assembly of God in
Manhattan. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

Condolences may be left for the family at