Obituaries

OBITUARIES (2)

Robert L. Campbell – Posted 7/17/2016

Robert L. Campbell, age 85, of Manhattan, died Friday July 15, 2016 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born on June 14, 1931 in Coudray, Wisconsin, the son of Oscar and Amy (Johnson) Campbell.

Robert served in the United States Army during the Korean War. During his time in the Army he earned the Bronze Star.

On November 1, 1952 in Topeka, Kansas he was united in marriage to Vonnie Griggs.  She survives at their home in Manhattan.

Robert worked at Coates Chevrolet in Junction City as a manager.  Later he became a partner with the Manhattan Motors Car Sales in Manhattan.  He was a very personable person, a people person.  Robert enjoyed getting to know all the people he served over the years.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities.  He loved to fishing, boating and camping with his family.

Robert was a member of the American Legion and also a member of the University Christian Church in Manhattan.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his son, Michael Campbell and his fiancé Alina, of San Rafael, California; his brother, Jim Campbell, and his sister, Maysel Bush; and also his many friends who will all miss him.

Memorial Services for Robert will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday July 18, 2016 at the University Christian Church, 2800 Claflin Road, in Manhattan.  Private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Homecare and Hospice, Inc.  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


Willard F. Dempsey, Jr. – Posted 7/14/2016

DEMPSEY WILLARD OBIT PHOTOMajor Willard Francis Dempsey Jr, PhD, died at the Good Shepherd Hospice House July 12, 2016, after a battle with cancer at the age of 88.

Bill was born in The Bronx, New York on March 24, 1928. He was the son of Willard F. Dempsey, Sr and Mary Fagan of NYC.

Willard (Bill) began a long and accomplished military career when he joined the US Army as a private at the age of 17.  He served 10 years as an enlisted soldier before becoming an officer for his final 12 years, earning the rank of Major before retiring.

Bill completed several tours to Europe and around the world during his Army service.  On his very first tour to Europe shortly after WWII, he met the love of his life, Maria Eichlberger in Salzburg, Austria. They were married on October 7, 1949 in Linz, Austria.

Bill and Maria had two sons, Willard F. Dempsey III,  and Daniel A. Dempsey. They were married for 64 years before Maria’s death in 2014.

Upon retiring from the US Army in 1968, Major Bill Dempsey and his family settled in Manhattan area. Bill continued to grow professionally earning three degrees at Kansas State University including certification as a teacher (BS), counselor (MA) and administrator (PhD).

He continued to serve the military community as a civilian counselor at the Ft. Riley Education Center before taking on leadership roles of principal at several Kansas schools including; Blue Valley High School in Randolph, Seven Dolors Catholic Elementary and Middle School in Manhattan and Parsons High School in Parsons, KS, before finally retiring.

Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife Maria, and parents.

He is survived by his sons: Bill Dempsey III (Pipe Major) and his wife Lyne, three grandchildren, Paige, Tara and Sean, of Watertown, SD, and Daniel A. Dempsey DDS of Manhattan, KS; and many nieces and nephews in Austria.

Bill was known for his quick wit, big heart, love of family, friends and many pets over a lifetime.  He was very proud of his sons and grandchildren. He often told proud stories of their many accomplishments. Bill was also very close to many nieces and nephews in Natternbach, Austria, a community where Maria’s family had settled and a place Bill considered his second home.  He considered every trip to visit his Austrian family a true blessing and adventure.

Bill will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

A private military ceremony will be held by the family at the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery on July 25, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.  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


Kenneth E. Houk II – Posted 7/14/2016

Kenneth Edward Houk II, 59, Manhattan, died Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

He was born November 20, 1956, in Manhattan, the son of Lorna (Freidrich) Lungren and Kenneth Houk. He lived his entire life in the house constructed by his maternal grandparents, adjacent to Pottawatomie County State Lake No. 2, east of Manhattan.

Kenneth was a skilled artisan who applied his skills to practical things. He was a model of the term, “self-sufficient,” His meticulous attention to detail was evident in everything he did. He was right handed and when he lost most of his right hand in an accident, he used his abilities to overcome his disability and adapted. In spite of a minimal level of formal education, he was an insatiable reader who collected books on a wide range of topics and was nothing less than knowledgeable on all of their contents.

Kenneth kept and raised Jordanian-Arabian horses and at one time competed regularly in 50 and 100 mile endurance horse races. He maintained athletic ability throughout his life and two years before he died turned in a relatively decent time in a 25K run.

He was a private person and all he accomplished was done quietly and without fanfare.

He is survived by his mother, Lorna Lungren, Leonardville; a sister, Debbie Numerous, Leonardville; two sons, Kenneth E. Houk III and Leon F. Houk, both of Manhattan; and a granddaughter, Zaelah Houk.

Kenneth was cremated and his ashes were scattered over the land where he spent his days.

A celebration of his life for family and friends will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at The Little Grill, 6625 Dyer Rd, Manhattan.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.  ymlfuneralhome.com


Joseph H. Mills – Posted 7/17/2016

JoeJoseph H. Mills, age 82, of Manhattan, died Wednesday July 13, 2016 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born on January 6, 1934 in Russell, Kansas the son of Harold F. and Lorraine C (Mahoney) Mills. Joe grew up on the family farm near Bunker Hill, Kansas.  He attended school in the area and graduated from Bunker Hill High School.  He joined the United States Army and served for 2 years during the time right after the Korean War.

Joe attended Fort Hays State University and Kansas State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

Joe was a Certified Public Account for many years. He worked for Arthur-Andersen in Kansas City and then moved to Manhattan in 1963.  In Manhattan he owned and operated his owned Accounting firm.

He was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan.  Also he was a member of the American Legion in Manhattan and the VFW, the Kansas CPA Association and the AICPA.  Joe enjoyed watching Kansas State sports and also the many sport activities his grandchildren were involved in.

On May 31, 1958 in Russell, Kansas he was united in marriage to Sheila Rothgeb.  She preceded him in death on March 1, 2013.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Aumack; and his brothers: John Mills and Jerry Mills. Joe is survived by his children: Kirsten Wilkinson (Ivan) and Toby Mills (Tricia) both of Manhattan; grandchildren: Drew and Ryan Wilkinson, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.  A Christian Wake Service will follow the visitation at 6:00 p.m.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, with the Father Kerry Ninemire as Celebrant.  Private burial will be held in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family suggests memorial funds in memory of Joe to the Manhattan High Athletics, Manhattan Catholic Schools or 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.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com


Larry D. Sloan – Posted 7/18/2016 

Larry Dean Sloan, age 69, of Manhattan, died at his home in Manhattan on Saturday July 16, 2016.

Larry was the fifth child of eight children born on February 15, 1947 in Manhattan to Ralph and Dorothy (Lilley) Sloan.  He grew up in Randolph, Kansas and graduated from Blue Valley High School in 1965.

Larry married Rose M. Norland on January 11, 1994 in Manhattan.  She survives at their home in Manhattan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Garnet Reagan.

Larry enjoyed “tinkering” with his CB radios, where his buddies knew him as Bundyman.  He took hours of videos of his family with is camcorder, making the footage into family movies.  Larry loved spending time with his five children and five grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children: Christina Harvey and her husband Chris of Manhattan, Lisa Lewis and her husband Greg of Baldwin City, Amy Norland of Manhattan, Adelle Sloan of Manhattan, and Adam Sloan of Manhattan.  Also his grandchildren,: Terra Harvey, Jackson Harvey, Landon Harvey, Ella Lewis, and Raygen Lewis; his six siblings: Barrie Sloan and his wife Alta Mae of Waterville, Patricia McGlothlin and her husband Howard of Aurora, Colorado, Beverly Crawforth of Manhattan, Peggy Edwards of Manhattan, Timothy Sloan and his wife Karen of Wamego, and Mark Sloan of Kalamazoo, Michigan; and also his many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Bandit.

Private graveside services will be held at the Olsburg Cemetery in Olsburg, Kansas.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.


Darlene Wilds – Posted 7/20/2016

Darlene Wilds, 82, of rural Manhattan died Saturday, July 16, 2016, at her home.

Darlene, the daughter of Ward and Alice (Berry) Stanley was born on May 4, 1934 in Kansas City, Kansas.  She attended primary school in the Gladstone neighborhood of northeast Kansas City, MO and graduated from Southeast High School in Kansas City, MO.

After high school, Darlene attended Baker University where she met the love of life, Loren Wilds.  They married in 1956 and moved to Loren’s family farm near Collyer, KS.  Loren and Darlene were blessed with three sons, Michael, Elwin and Stanley.  The family later moved to northeast Kansas where Darlene completed degrees in Art and English Education from Kansas State University.  Following college, Darlene spent many years teaching both Art and English at Riley County High School.  Loren’s career later took them to Downs, KS where Darlene opened The Treasure Nook, an antique business with longtime family friend, Don Brewer.

Darlene delighted in enjoying time with her grandchildren and hosting family holiday celebrations that always included her homemade rhubarb pie.  She loved organizing get togethers with family, friends and neighbors in “the timber” along the creek near her home.  For the last several years, as the consummate hostess, Darlene entertained many of the ladies of the Deep creek community with daily morning coffee, rain or shine, including the day she passed away.

Darlene was proceeded in death by her husband, Loren and sons Elwin and Stanley, her parents and 9 brothers and sisters.  Survivors include her son Michael Wilds and his wife Diane of Kansas City, MO, grandson Justin Wilds of Ft. Collins, CO, granddaughter Alyssandra Gilbert and her husband Travis of Denver, CO, granddaughter Victoria Henderson and her husband David of Bailey, CO, grandson Spencer Wilds of Manhattan and great grandson Flynn Gilbert of Denver.  Survivors also include a sister, Pat Myers and her husband Ray of Belton, MO, brother Dan Stanley and his wife Claudine of Kansas City, MO and sister-in-law Estella Jenkins of Kansas City, MO as well as many nieces and nephews, all of which she loved very much and, of course, her beloved dog Bo.

A memorial service honoring the life of Darlene will be held Friday, July 22, 2016 at 11:00 am, Zeandale Community Church, Zeandale, KS.  The family will greet friends and family from 6:30 to 8:00pm, Thursday, July 21 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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

The family request no flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Zeandale Community Church and left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.