John Anderson – Posted 10/26/2016

john-edwardJohn Thomas Anderson, 71 of Manhattan, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Leonardville Nursing Home. Born on March 5, 1945 in Williston, North Dakota to Archie and Sarah (Styve) Anderson, John’s earliest education was in a one-room schoolhouse near the family’s farm. He went on to graduate from Williston High School then attended the University of North Dakota on a football scholarship. Playing both offensive guard and corner linebacker, he was a standout. He was inducted into the UND Hall of Fame as a member of the 1964, 1966 and 1967 teams.
John earned his B.S. in Education in 1968 then taught and coached high school hockey and football in Grand Forks, followed by a teaching and coaching position in Williston.  He moved from North Dakota to Spokane, Washington where he worked for four years at Whitworth College as an assistant football coach under head coach, Hugh Campbell. Not long after earning his M.A. degree in Teaching, John switched his career to sporting goods and relocated again. His fondest years were the twenty he spent with Athletic Supply Company in Seattle, working as their exercise and fitness specialist. It was in Seattle that he married his wife Nancy, and in 2002, moved with her to Manhattan, so that she could accept a teaching position at Kansas State University. Arriving in Kansas, John first worked for Dick’s Sporting Goods in Topeka as a sales associate and IFPA certified personal trainer, then at Dick’s in Manhattan until his retirement in 2014.
Always fitness-minded, John remained active in sports throughout most of his life, competing as a club handball player and enjoying cycling (track and road), snow and waterskiing, running and golf. A highlight for him for years was to be an annual guest coach for pre-season football training camps at the College of the Siskiyous in California, under head coach Greg Gatlin. When he could no longer participate in sports, his life long love of music filled his days. John’s easy manner and wry sense of humor made him a favorite everywhere he lived and worked. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.
John was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law Lawrence Hoiby and Steven B. Morrow. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nancy Morrow of Manhattan (m. March 23, 1985); son, Lance (Katie) Anderson; daughter, Alecia Anderson Wells; grandchildren, Winter, Owen, Ethan, Avalon and Collins; sister, Carol Hoiby; sisters-in-law, Lori Morrow and Lisa (Wes) Addington; father- and mother-in-law, Robert and Ara Morrow; cousin Rodney (Sharon) Anderson, former brother-in-law, Curt McDonald and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private family services will be held at a later date in Spokane.  The Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley is assisting the family with local arrangements.
The family thanks the staff at Leonardville Nursing Home for their compassionate, respectful and ever professional care. Memorial donations may be made to Leonardville Nursing Home, Jefferson County Humane Society or the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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Ethel Chapman – Posted 10/23/2016

chapmanethel-obit-photoEthel M. Chapman, age 103, of Keats, Kansas, died Thursday, October 20, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on February 18, 1913, south of Manhattan, Kansas in the Sunnyside neighborhood the daughter of Robert and Lena (Oesterhaus) Graham. Ethel attended school in a one room school house at Sunnyside and was a graduate of Manhattan High School. Following her high school graduation she attended business school at the Sacred Heart Academy in Manhattan.

On September 8, 1938, in Marysville, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Alton C. Chapman. They spent the first six years of their marriage traveling to various worksites throughout western Kansas where Alton helped build roads. In 1944, they moved to Keats, Kansas where her husband took over the ownership and operation of the Chapman’s Conoco Service Station. While her husband operated the service station, Ethel devoted her time to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker. The service station closed in 1991 at the time of Alton’s death, but has remained in the family to become a treasured and well known landmark in Keats.

Ethel was a member of the Keats United Methodist Church and the Keats United Methodist Women. In her younger years she enjoyed horseback riding. She also enjoyed vegetable gardening, crocheting, and chocolate, and when she had a quiet time to herself she enjoyed playing the piano. Her family was her true passion thoroughly enjoying time with them, especially doting on her grandson and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter: Marcella Gocken and her husband Ron, her grandson: Darrell Gocken and his wife Amanda, and two great grandchildren: Brandy and Dillan Gocken, all of Keats, Kansas.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband on April 28, 1991, by her two sisters: Bertha Graham and Edith Dustin and by her three brothers: Rollin, Walt and Ellis Graham.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Kevin Larson officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

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

Memorials have been established for the Keats United Methodist Church or for the Keats United Methodist Women. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Jo Ann Edwards – Posted 10/24/2016

edwardsjoann-obit-photoJo Ann H. Edwards, age 92, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Sunday morning, October 23, 2016, at Meadowlark Hills-Bramlage House.

She was born on November 4, 1923, in Springfield, Missouri the daughter of Joseph Otto and Velma Adeline (Howerton) Harjung. Her father was tragically killed when Jo Ann was just two years old. Her mother later married Kenneth Thomas and together they lived in numerous communities prior to settling in Manhattan in 1937.

Jo Ann was a 1941 graduate of Manhattan High and graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1945. JoAnn was an avid K-State fan and enjoyed attending games and numerous Kansas State activities with her family and friends.

On May 17, 1945, at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, she was united in marriage to Ray N. “Buzz” Edwards, Jr. They made their home in Manhattan where her husband was a funeral director with the Burliew-Cowan Funeral Home and Jo Ann was a homemaker. In 1965 they purchased an interest in the funeral home and the funeral home name was changed to Burliew-Cowan- Edwards Funeral Home. It was shortly thereafter that JoAnn received her Assistant Funeral Directors License which she was always very proud of and still held. The funeral home is now known as Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home and up until just recently Jo Ann enjoyed helping on funerals at both the funeral home and at churches. Professionally she was a member of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Jo Ann’s outgoing personality made her a beloved friend to just about everyone who knew her. Always dressed to perfection, and usually in her favorite color pink (or K-State purple), she was a beautiful and elegant lady.

She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and served on numerous committees over the years. Jo Ann held lifetime memberships with the KSU Alumni Association, Manhattan Area Council PTA and the VFW Post 1786 Auxiliary. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 17 Auxiliary, AARP, Alpha Sigma Alpha Social Sorority, KSU Presidents Club, PEO Chapter BD, Order of the Eastern Star, Domestic Science Club (Past President), United Commercial Travelers Auxiliary (Past Grand Counselor of Kansas) and the Manhattan Jaycee Janes (Past President). Upon moving to Meadowlark Hills in 2007, she soon became quite active there in numerous capacities which included being an Ambassador and serving as a mentor to gerontology students from Kansas State.

Jo Ann is survived by her two children: Barbara Harris (R. Lee), Leawood, KS; and Blair Ray Edwards (B.J.), Coffeyville, KS. Also surviving are her five grandchildren: Crystal Joelle Harris, Leawood, KS; Charity Brianne Trotter (Scott), Gladstone, MO; Deidra Kay Edwards, Oklahoma City, OK; Cameron Ray Edwards (Shanele), Liberty, KS; and Charles Lee Edwards (Sasha), Wichita, KS. Eight great grandchildren: Dalton Ray Harris, Noah Ray Edwards, Zeke Edwards, Hayslee Edwards, Atlas Trotter, Hadassah Edwards, Blakely Edwards and Astraea Trotter. Jo Ann is also survived by her dear friends: Judi and Tom Boley, and Kip Williams, all of Manhattan.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan with Reverend Melanie Martin officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery.

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Phyllis Finn – Posted 10/26/2016

finn-phyliss-obit-photoPhyliss Margaret Finn, age 83, of Manhattan, died October 25, 2016, at Meadowlark Hills – Sloan House.

She was born January 24, 1933, in Leoti, Kansas, the daughter of Hubert and Vida (Tibbetts) Neyer.

Phyliss was a waitress at several local restaurants for 35 years.

She was a member of the Harvest Baptist Church in Manhattan.

She was married to Norman Watkins and they later divorced.  On August 24, 1975, in Zeandale, KS, she was married to Richard W. Finn.  Mr. Finn preceded her in death on September 30, 2013.  She was also preceded in death by two children: Earl Watkins and Cynthia Watkins.

Survivors include six children: Gloria Richards and her husband Dan of St. George, KS, Nancy Runions of Osborne, KS, Karen Watkins of Bakersfield, CA, William Finn of Manhattan, Alonna Finn of Manhattan, and Dierdra Green and her husband Tim of St. George, KS; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and her loving dog Gizmo.  She was looking forward to the birth of her first great-great grandchild.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, October 31st, at the Harvest Baptist Church, 2615 Farm Bureau Rd., Manhattan, with Pastor Stephen Henderson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:30 P.M. Sunday, October 30th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harvest Baptist Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Donald Norris – Posted 10/23/2016
Donald Everett Norris, age 92 of Riley, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.
He was born on May 16, 1924 in Riley, the son of Edgar A. and Esther Mae (Heikes) Norris and graduated from  Riley Rural High School in 1942.
On May 20, 1948 in Manhattan, he was married to Lois Irene Losey.  She survives of the home.
Don was a farmer and stockman and a member of the Riley United Methodist Church.  He loved being around his family and adored his two granddaughters.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Kirk Norris and Janice of Riley; two granddaughters, Kirstyn Taylor Norris and Kyndall Brooke Norris, both of Manhattan; the family dog, Misty Mae; one sister, LaWanda Sherseth and Lee of Billings, Montana and his sister-in-law, Bonnie Norris of Great Falls, Montana and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald Norris.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Riley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Bill Eisele officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.  Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for the Manhattan High School FFA Ag Scholarships and Riley United Methodist Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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