Obituaries

KURT CRAMER (Posted 10-20-2017)

Kurtis Clive “Kurt” Cramer, age 58, of Glasco, Kansas, died October 16, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

Kurt was born January 30, 1959, in Salina, Kansas, the son of Clive Orland and Ruth LeAnna (Haddock) Cramer.

Kurt graduated from Glasco High School in 1977 and, after an exchange year to Germany, he attended Kansas State University. He traveled around the world on a Semester at Sea, then returned to Kansas and graduated with bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Kansas.

Kurt had a fearless and adventurous spirit, living much of his life abroad. He had a gift for making friends and maintained contact with many around the globe. His professional life focused on the performing arts. He acted in and consulted on several films, wrote numerous screenplays, wrote the lyrics and composed music to over 400 songs, and co-owned and operated Prague Indies Production Company in Prague, Czech Republic, for more than a decade. In later years, he returned to his childhood home of Glasco to care for his mother, while maintaining business relationships with many of his friends and associates around the world.

Kurt cared deeply for family and made returning for the holidays a priority. He fascinated his nieces and nephews with his imagination and his love for storytelling and was always ready to sing around the piano, to dance wildly with them, or to take them on mini-outdoor adventures in the family convertible.

Kurt is survived by his mother of Glasco; four sisters: Jana Fitzgerald of Philadelphia, PA, Candace Nichols and her husband Ron of Overland Park, KS, Lissa Faye Windhorst and her husband Dave of Olathe, KS, and MaryKris Roberson and her husband Derrick of Manhattan, KS; 13 nieces and nephews: Patrick (Stephanie) Fitzgerald, Keelie and Kathleen Fitzgerald, Rebecca (Clay) Ford, Evan (Ashley) Nichols, Kurt (Maggie) Nichols, Mark and Caroline Nichols, Andy (Lauren) Windhorst, Aaron (Christie) Windhorst, Abby Windhorst, Ellen (Blair) DeBord and Annie Roberson; and four great nieces and nephews: Ava, Landon, William and Carter.

Kurt was preceded in death by his father on July 21, 1987.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 23rd at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS, with Reverend Troy Bowers officiating.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd at the home of MaryKris and Derrick Roberson, 2120 College Heights Road, Manhattan, Kansas.

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

 

Verne Hart (Posted 10-17-2017)

Verne Wagoner Hart, 88, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 at his residence in Manhattan, KS.

Verne was born on June 2, 1929 in Lawton, Oklahoma, the son of James Stephen and Elizabeth Ann (Wagoner) Hart.

He graduated from McPherson High School and attended both Kansas State University as well as Kansas University. Verne began his career as the State Park Superintendent at Kanopolis Lake, the first in the state of Kansas. With the opening of Tuttle Creek Lake, he transferred to Manhattan, becoming the first State Park Superintendent there. In his final position, he was Assistant Director for the Kansas Park and Resources Authority, traveling and supervising all of the State Parks in Kansas.

Following his retirement, he stayed busy working on tractor and small engine repairs. He had a passion for collecting and working on Studebaker cars and John Deere tractors. He enjoyed traveling to Alaska to hunt and fish. He volunteered as an auctioneer at numerous charitable events. Most of all, he cherished time with his family and friends.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Methodist Men. His other memberships included the Kansas Auctioneers Association, Kansas Peace Officers Association, Masons, the Kaw Valley Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club, National Campers and Hikers Association, Man-Kan Campers of Manhattan and Past Exalted Ruler of the Manhattan Elks Club.

He and his wife, Gloria, were married on December 10, 1947. Their nearly 70 years of marriage, was blessed with three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Cindy (Bill) Barnes of Manhattan, Gayle (Don) Connet of Manhattan and Steve Hart of Manhattan; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Olsen, Aaron (Mary) Connet, Josh Connet, Chelsey (Jordan) Frihart and Trey Connet and three great grandchildren, Luke, Brock and Zack Olsen.

The visitation will be 7:00 to 8:00pm on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan with Rev. Melanie Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Mary June Larson (Posted 10-17-2017)

Mary June Larson, age 70 of Riley, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Leonardville Nursing Home.

She was born on March 28, 1947, the daughter of Dwight F. and LaVina June (Kern) Nelson. She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1965 and then graduated from Stormont-Vail Nursing School.

On August 7, 1976 at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan, she married Kevin Joseph Larson. He survives of the home.

Mary was a Registered Nurse at Irwin Army Hospital at Fort Riley and Fitzsimons Army Medical in Colorado early in her career, before returning to Manhattan and working for Medical Associates. She was an active supporter of the ministry of the Sedalia Community Church where her husband, Kevin, is the minister. She enjoyed collecting antiques and interior decorating.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jared Larson and Michaela of Leonardville and Derek Larson and Ashley of Lincoln, Nebraska; one daughter, Kyndra Myers and Jason of St. George; one brother, David Nelson and Mary Jo of St. George; two sisters, Carolyn Baugh of Manhattan and Pam Hadden and Scott of Edmond, Oklahoma and six grandchildren, Sophia Larson, Micah Larson, Kjersten Myers, Kajsa Myers, Kristjana Myers and Paxton Larson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 16, 2017 at the First Lutheran Church in Manhattan with Rev. Keith Wiens officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Sedalia Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sedalia Community Church or Leonardville Nursing Home and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

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