Obituaries

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Frank Anneberg Jr. Posted 6/30/15

Frank “John” Anneberg, Jr., 69, Manhattan, KS passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Via Christ Hospital in Manhattan, KS.

On October 29, 1945 John was born to Frank and Nella (Corwin) Anneberg, Sr. in Durham, NC. At the age of 3, John and his family moved to Manhattan, KS. He attended Manhattan High School and graduated in 1964. After serving in the US Navy, he was united in marriage with Joan (Willyard) Anneberg at the First Christian Church in Manhattan. She survives at their home in Manhattan.

For 48 years, John worked each day at the Kansas State Union in the morning work shift, and then at Mercy Regional Health Center in the late afternoon-evening shift. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and going fishing. He was a member of the Manhattan Baptist Church, Odd Fellow Lodge, and the United Commercial Travelers of America. He also enjoyed watching the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas State Football.

He is also survived by a daughter: Joy Campbell, Manhhattan, KS; a son: Frank Anneberg, Manhattan, KS; three sisters: Vickie (Steve) Cole, Shawnee Mission, KS, Linda (Mike) Farley, Olathe, KS, and Kathy Huntzinger and husband Joe Sexton, Manhattan, KS; six grandchildren: Dylan Ross, Wamego, KS, Thomas Anneberg, Jayleigh Rein, Cole Anneberg, Isaac Campbell, and Stephanie Campbell, all of Manhattan, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

A Celebration of Life will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at the Manhattan Baptist Church. Inurnment will follow at the St. George Cemetery. The family has suggested memorials to the Manhattan Baptist Church, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.

John Blythe Posted 7/1/15

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John K. Blythe, age 96, of Manhattan, died Saturday June 20, 2015 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.

John was born January 20, 1919, in the farm home at White City, Kansas. He was the son of George W. and Mary Lucille Garner Blythe.

John graduated from White City High School in 1936 and earned a BS Degree in Agronomy from Kansas State College in 1940, where he was also on the Livestock Judging Team in 1939. Following graduation from Kansas State, he worked as the Morton County Extension Agent in Elkhart, Kansas from 1940 to 1942. It was there he met Della Wray Smith, his future wife.

John volunteered to serve in the United States Army Air Corps in June 1941. He entered service at Marshall Field, Fort Riley, Kansas, in January 1942 as an aviation cadet. His aviation training was completed at Luke Field, Arizona, where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Following graduation as a fighter pilot he flew lend lease Spitfires in the European Theater. His tour of duty was twenty-one months with 187 missions flown in England, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Corsica. John’s missions included fighter sweeps, troop support, bomber escort, and dive-bombing.

John returned from overseas duty on June 18, 1944. He was married to Della Wray Smith at the Blythe home in White City, Kansas on June 25, 1944. Della Wray preceded John in death on August 21, 2011.

John continued state-side duty as a fighter pilot instructor in Ephrata, Washington, and Santa Monica, California, before he separated from active military service as a Major in 1946. He was honorably discharged from military service in April 1952. He was always proud of his military service to his country.

He returned to the farm at Parkerville, Kansas, where he was involved in farming, cattle, and hogs. John was active in the United Methodist Church at White City, Kansas, he served on many boards and committees. He served on the Parkerville, Kansas school board, the Parkerville Telephone System, Chairman of the Morris County Soil Conservation Board, Director of the Kansas Livestock Association, and President of the Morris County Farm Bureau Board. He was a life member of the American Legion White City Post #299, The Veterans of the Foreign Wars Manhattan Post 1786, the Morris County 4-H, and the Kansas Livestock association.

His interest in taxes and education prepared him for work with the Kansas legislature as a lobbyist with the Kansas Livestock Association in 1966 and the Kansas Farm Bureau beginning in 1967, where he continued to lobby for the farmers of Kansas. John and Della Wray moved to Manhattan, Kansas in 1968. He retired from Kansas Farm Bureau in 1989 after 21 years of service.

He was proud of his participation in the legislative work with the adoption of the Use Value Appraisal for Agricultural Land, the Exemption of Farm Machinery and Livestock from property tax, the Exemption of Farm Machinery and Repairs from sales tax, and other agriculture related issues.

After moving to Manhattan, he transferred his membership to the First Christian Church. He was a Deacon for many years. He also served on several committees and boards of the First Christian Church.

John and Della Wray transferred their membership to the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan in 2003.

John is survived by his son, Holly Blythe (Mary) of Shawnee, Kansas; Holly’s children: Kurt and Erin (Al) Harris; his daughter, Jeri Bothwell, of Olathe, Kansas; his daughter Jana (Marc) Elkins of Leawood, Kansas; Jana’s children: Jeff and Jeni Elkins; and his great-grandchildren: Kane, Roan, Blythe, and Teig Harris.

Memorial services for John will be held on Saturday July 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Military honors will be by the United States Army, Fort Riley, Kansas. Private burial will take place at a later date in the White City Cemetery in White City, Kansas.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time Saturday July 11, 2015 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the White City United Methodist Church or to a Veterans’ Organization of the donor’s choice. 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

Mary Fritzson Posted 6/27/15

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Mary Elizabeth Fritzson, 83, St. George, KS passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Westy Community Care Home in Westmoreland, KS.

On October 24, 1931, Mary was born to August and Hazel (Griffith) Dornbusch Sr. in rural Wamego. She attended grade school at Greenwood Country School and graduated in 1949 from Wamego High School. She married Robert “Bob” Webster and on December 18, 1984 he preceded her in death. On June 30, 1990 she was united in marriage with Harold Fritzson at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan. He survives at their home in St. George.

Mary was a people person and will be known for lending a helping hand wherever she could. She was the former president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employee, and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Wamego Senior Center, and a bereavement group in Manhattan helping those with lost loved ones. Mary worked for the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service for many years as secretary and filled various positions there. She loved being with her grandchildren and going to their sporting events. She also collected antiques, went to auctions, played cards and bingo, and loved cats.

She is also survived by four step-children: Karen Wachsnicht, Blue Rapids, KS, Wendell Fritzson, Blue Rapids, KS, Bernard (Leita) Fritzson, Solomon, KS, and Lori (Curtis) Swenson, Miltonvale, KS; a sister: Helen (Richard) Powell, St. George, KS; a brother: Gus (Donna) Dornbusch, Lincoln, NE; a sister-in-law: Rita Dornbusch, Wamego, KS; thirteen grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by a sister: Dorothy Dawson; a brother: Harold Dornbusch; a great-grandson: Kent Rope; and a son-in-law: Wayne Wachsnicht.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. Visitation will be Monday, June 29, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Private family graveside services will be at a later date. The family has suggested memorials to the St. George United Methodist Church, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.

Virginia Harrison Posted 6/30/15

Virginia Harrison, 96, of Manhattan died, Monday June 29, 2015, peacefully at her home. Services will be announced later by the Irvin ~ Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation. 1315 W. Poyntz Ave. Manhattan, KS

Francis Levenson Posted 6/29/15

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Francis Flo (Fulbright) Levenson, age 94, died peacefully in her sleep on June 27, 2015, at the Sloan House at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, KS.

She was born November 22, 1920, in Dinuba, California, the daughter of Frank and Carrie (McCroskey) Fulbright. She was a descendant of the pioneer Fulbright family who were some of the first families to settle in Springfield, MO in 1829.

Francis grew up in Springfield, MO, and attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers College after graduating from Springfield Senior High in 1938. She then went on to work in various office settings as an accomplished stenographer.

On March 10, 1944, in Springfield, she was married to the love of her life, Dr. Arnold Levenson.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Arnold; two sons Larry Levenson, Kansas City, Mo. and Lee (Anne) Levenson, Appleton, WI. and Grandson Andrew Levenson, Searcy, AR.

Her children remember her as a warm, loving and encouraging mother. She was an active and dedicated member of the Manhattan Church of Christ.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 30 at the Manhattan Church of Christ at 2510 Dickens Ave. Burial will be held in private. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Francis’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carpenter Place (formerly Maude Carpenter Children Home). Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

The family would like to thank the staff of Meadowlark Hills for all of their efforts and care.