Kerwin Crabs Posted 5/22/15

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Kerwin Kent “Corky” Crabs, 90, passed away on May 21, 2015 in Manhattan, Kansas. He was born on January 31, 1925 in Manchester Kansas. His parents were Clayton and Irene (Wolfe) Crabs of Manchester Kansas.

Corky was a proud veteran of WW II serving in the Navy. “Corky”, as he is known to most people, leaves behind his wife, Laura Crabs, of Manhattan, a son, Lonnie and his wife, Melinda of Prescott, Arizona, daughters Kathy Love of Manhattan, Sue Hofmann of Wamego, and Cheryl Wills of Kansas City, 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 4 great great-grandchildren. His parents, sister Claona Sevick and daughter, Connie Cannada, preceded him in death

He was well known as the manager of the lunch counter at Duckwalls’ in Manhattan for 27 years, and then moved on to ALCO as the manager of the sporting goods department. After retirement, he worked at KSU in the Grain Science Department and drove lease vehicles for Briggs Auto across the county for a short time. He ended his work career by volunteering, along with his wife, Laura, for Meals on Wheels at the senior center for 18-years, delivering not only the food, but his million dollar smile. He was a member of the Christ Church in Manhattan. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Isis Shrine of Salina and the American Legion.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and his smile, love, humor and generosity will live forever. He was a resident of Stoneybrook for the past 1 ½ years and recently his care was provided by The Hospice House in Manhattan. The family is grateful to both Stoneybrook and The Hospice House for his care.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 with the family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 1:30pm Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 W. Poyntz Ave, with burial following at the White Cloud Cemetery in Manchaster, KS.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Manhattan Hospice House. For more information, to send a gift or send an online condolence visit

Brandon Crubel Posted 5/22/15

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Brandon James Crubel, age 28, a longtime Manhattan resident died May 19, 2015, in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, as the result of an unintentional death.

Brandon was born October 14, 1986, in Manhattan, the son of Tracy and Theresa (Birnbaum) Crubel.

He attended Manhattan Catholic Schools and graduated from Riley County High School in 2005. He
was active with forensics, the Scholars Bowl, athletics, and played the trombone in the band in high
school. He then attended Kansas State University and played the trombone in the KSU Marching Band.

Brandon was a carpenter and worked with his family at D & R Construction in Manhattan. Following
his graduation from the St. Christopher’s Wellness Center, in Baton Rouge, for drug and alcohol
addiction, he was currently working as a carpenter in Baton Rouge with apartment maintenance.

Brandon enjoyed listening to music, reading, fishing, camping with the family, water skiing, riding a jet
ski and wake boarding. He attended an AA home group in Baton Rouge. Brandon enjoyed the time he
spent with his family.

He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan.

Brandon is survived by his parents of Manhattan; two sisters: Rachel and Bethany Crubel of Manhattan;
grandparents: Alice Edmunds and Don & Sylvia Crubel all of Manhattan; 8 aunts and uncles: Jeff
Birnbaum (Cindy), Bruce Birnbaum (Allison), Renee Birnbaum and companion Patrick Jones, Angela
Schultz (Tim), John Crubel (Peggy), Sharon Schmaderer (Mike), Donna Baker (Rob), and Diane Hahn

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roger Birnbaum, and his step-grandfather, Leon Edmunds.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 26th, at Seven Dolors Catholic
Church with Father Gale Hammerschmidt as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M. Monday, May 25th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-
Londeen Funeral Home, with a Parish Vigil following at 7:30 P.M. Monday in the funeral home chapel.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandon Crubel Memorial Fund, to be designated later.

Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz
Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Hazel Gaches Posted 5/22/15

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Following an extended period of declining health, Hazel Wadean Colquitt Gaches passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015. In her final hours, she was surrounded by family and friends at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. She passed to her lord immediately following the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer by her niece Lora Annette Bernstein Cooley and her oldest son Ron.

Hazel Wadean Colquitt Gaches was born in a rural home outside of Comer, Georgia on January 28, 1931. She was the oldest daughter of Wade Hampton Colquitt and Luna Mae Steele Colquitt. As a youth she excelled at basketball and loved the outdoors. She left Comer at the age of 16 for Columbus, Georgia where she lived with her Aunt Billie and worked in a department store. At age 18 she fell in love with a young Army officer completing his training at Fort Benning, Georgia and travelled cross-county by train to marry Robert A.L. Gaches in Washington State on December 28, 1949.

During her early years of marriage, she enjoyed the adventures of life as an officer’s wife, and later, beginning in 1963, enjoyed raising her family and building many lasting friendships while living in Manhattan, Kansas. Although she always remained a Georgia peach, she loved the change of seasons and rolling hills of the Kansas Flinthills.

Dean deeply loved her family and her animals. She was a great cook and homemaker, and partner for her husband. She lived a Christian life and was a moral compass for her two sons, Ronald and Michael, and taught them to respect themselves and others, and to love all animals. She helped to care for all of the family’s dogs, including her husband’s hunting dogs, showering them with love and affection. But her biggest animal love was her big gray, tabby cat Fritz, who would lie on her shoulder and nuzzle her face with his whiskers. The neighborhood squirrels all knew they could find a free meal in Dean’s backyard, where her giant cottonwood tree provided them shelter.

Although she was short on formal education, Dean was smart about people and could spot a phony from across the room. A self-described, yellow-dog Democrat from the red clay hills of northeast Georgia, she was a populist through and through. She stayed abreast of the latest political news and had strongly held opinions about who should be running the country and how.

Dean loved cooking and sharing a cup of coffee with her friends. Her favorite foods were sweet potatoes, home grown tomatoes and peaches. The last food she ate was a baked sweet potato. She loved to garden and work in her yard, and was an environmentalist before she knew the word.

Dean was preceded in death by her beloved sister Lila Annette Colquitt Bernstein, of Athens, Georgia and her faithful husband Robert, originally from southeast Kansas. She also lost a half-brother, Billy Colquitt of Elberton, Georgia.

She is survived by her sons Ronald Neil Gaches, and his wife Colette and their two children, and Michael Dean Gaches, and his wife Sonya and their three children; her half-brother Troy Colquitt of Elberton, Georgia and his family; and her nieces Lora Bernstein Colquitt and Robin Bernstein Dance, and her nephew Jason Bernstein and their families.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Gaches will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday May 26, 2015 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Private Interment will be held at the Fort Riley Post Cemetery.

Dean’s friends are encouraged to make a contribution to the Riley County Humane Shelter in her memory, help a deserving animal find a loving home. Contributions may 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

Robert Lada Posted 5/20/15

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Robert “Bob” Joseph Lada, 65, of Wamego, KS, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at his home surrounded by loved ones.

He was born September 16, 1949 in Seneca, KS, to George A. Lada and Betty Quinn Roach. Robert was raised by his loving grandparents, Jack and Lela Quinn, and grew up in Corning, KS. He graduated from Corning High School in 1967 and attended Highland Community College for 2 years, followed by 2 years at Kansas State before graduating from Clarks School of Business. Robert worked as a Computer Programmer/Machinist for a combined 43 years at Balderson, Inc. and Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego since 1972. On June 19, 1976, he was united in marriage to Linda Vondemkamp at Kelly, KS.
She survives of the home.

Robert loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed working on cars in his spare time, where he always had a project or two he was working on. Robert was a hard working, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He was a person of strong faith and took comfort in his relationship with Christ.

Robert is survived by his wife, Linda, of Wamego; two sons: Corey Lada (Crystal), Topeka, KS, and Sam Lada (Rachel), Salina, KS; two sisters: Susan Rooks (Richard), Oviedo, FL, and Christine Ferrel (Kevin), Kansas City; his parents-in-law: Richard and Mary Ann Vondemkamp, of Seneca, KS; and three grandsons: Spencer, Rogan, and Abram. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Michael.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at St. Bernard Catholic Church of Wamego, with a luncheon for family and friends following. Graveside committal services following the luncheon will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Corning Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 22nd at St. Bernard Catholic Church, with family greeting friends after the Rosary until 9:00 p.m. Mr. Lada will lie in-state at Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the “Lada Family Education Fund”, and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may also be left at

Ronald Osthoff Posted 5/19/15

Ronald Dean Osthoff, 65 of Clay Center, Kansas, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at his residence.

He was born on November 17, 1949 in Clay Center, the son of Arnold H. and Mary Gladys (Wiegers)
Osthoff. He attended Morganville Grade School and three years at Morganville High School before
graduating his senior year at Clay Center Community High School in 1967. He was a welder at G.T.
Mtg, Inc. for 40 years, retiring in 2009.

On April 19,1975, he was married to Connie Gerdes. They later divorced.

He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sons of the American Legion Post #101 in Clay
Center, had served as a Boy Scout Leader and was a foster parent for several children.

He is survived by one daughter, Heather Osthoff of Sabetha; one son, Brady Osthoff and companion
Melanie Avans of Wakefield; two granddaughters, Savanna Steffens of Scott City and Skylynn Osthoff
of Wakefield; two step grandchildren, Jadney Oswald and Isabella Doza of Wakefield; two brothers,
Larry Osthoff and wife Kay of Clay Center and Roger Osthoff and wife Kay of Clay Center; one sister,
Kayla Wang and husband Russell of Clay Center and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Mary Osthoff; paternal grandparents, Henry and
Frieda Osthoff; maternal grandparents, Ralph and Elsie Wiegers and his sister, Sandra Kay Osthoff.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, May 22, 2015 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church with
Rev. Paul Tessaro officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Thursday at the Anderes-Pfeifley
Funeral Home in Riley where the family will receive friends from 7 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday. Burial will
be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established for the Ronald Osthoff Memorial Fund, to be determined at a
later date. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Marcus Perez Posted 5/23/15


Marcus Anthony Perez, Sr., age 45 of Leonardville, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Good
Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born on February 13, 1970 in National City, California, the son of Jesse and Debra Sue
(Rodriguez) Perez.

He was married to Lisa Diann Brown in 2007 in Manhattan. She survives at their home in Manhattan.

He was a drywaller for Thatcher Drywall and enjoyed all sports, four wheeling and the San Diego
Chargers. This coming August, he would have been sober for six years and he was very proud of that

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by five children, Elizabeth Perez of Clay Center,
Marcus Perez, Jr. of Clay Center, Roy Perez of Clay Center, Levi Smith of Leonardville and Camryn
Perez of Leonardville; two siblings, Jay Perez and Sunshine Perez, both of San Diego, California; his
father and mother in law, Bruce and Coleen Wheeler of Leonardville; his sister-in-law, Rose Cruden and
fiance Ivan Baer of Riley and three grandchildren.
Cremation is planned and the family will have a celebration of his life at their home, the weekend of
June 6, 2015.

A memorial fund has been established for the Marcus Perez Memorial Fund, to be determined at a later
date. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Verbie Robinson Posted 5/19/15

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Verbie Lee Olin Robinson, 79, of Louisville, Kansas, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at his home. He was a long-time resident of the community.

Verbie was born March 3, 1936, in Ada, Oklahoma, the son of Elmer and Lucille Glover Robinson. He attended local schools and then served in the 45 Infantry of the United States Army in Korea. He then served in the Air Force.

He worked for 36 years as a welder for Caterpillar, Inc. in Wamego. He retired in 2008. Verbie was a member of the American Legion and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and the occasional trip to the casino.

Verbie married Betty Tommie in 1956. They were later divorced. He then married Esther Jantz on August 21, 1965, in Oklahoma. She survives at their home.

He is also survived by his daughters; Johnita Smith (Stan), Jeannette Knight-Crowell (Darrin), both of Porterville, California, Becky Bratcher (Rocky), Holton; Julie Price (Ricky), Manhattan and Christy Pease (Chad), Girard; his son, Mike Wallace, Pittsburg; his brothers, Bob Robinson (Connie), Clovis, New Mexico, Joe Robinson (Jackie), Cleburne, Texas, Leon Parker, Louisville; his sisters, Phyllis Coburn, Susie Robinson, Farwell, Texas; thirteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Robinson.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Campanella-Evans Mortuary. Pastor Rick Prideaux will be officiating. Mr. Robinson will lie-in-state, on Friday, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. They suggest memorial contributions to the Verbie Robinson Memorial Fund, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences maybe made at

Cyrus Shubert Posted 5/21/15

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Cyrus Augustus Shubert was born on February 9, 2012 at 6:21 am to Sam and Lisa Shubert in Manhattan, Kansas. Cyrus was an active and joyful 2 year old when he was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma. The next year of his life was spent undergoing surgical procedures, chemotherapy and radiation treatments to which he responded well. In March of 2015, routine scan results showed the cancer had returned in an untreatable form. Cyrus spent the remainder of his time on earth surrounded by his family and friends enjoying childhood activities and anything else he wished to do. Ultimately, he lost his battle with cancer on May 19, 2015 with his mom and dad by his side. He fought bravely to the very end.

Cyrus is survived by his parents, Sam and Lisa Shubert of Manhattan, grandparents Bruce and Jackie Shubert of Manhattan and Glenda Williams of Emporia, great grandparents Angus Wannamaker of Ellis and Eddie and Doris Danford of Strong City, uncle Ben Shubert of Manhattan, aunt and uncle Ann and Jay Diaz of Emporia and cousins Payge, Bentley and Eli Diaz of Emporia as well as numerous great aunts and uncles and cousins and many friends.

He is preceded in death by grandfather Jerry Williams of Emporia and great grandparents Adair and Doris Shubert of Ellis, James Julen Wannamaker of Ellis and David and Marie Williams of Emporia.

The Shubert family will celebrate Cyrus’ life during a visitation on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday May 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Juliette and Pierre Streets in Manhattan. Private Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Cyrus are suggested to the Cyrus Augustus Shubert Memorial Fund. 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

Ernest Ubel Posted 5/22/15

Ernest “Dean” Ubel 86, North of Wamego, Ks. passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House of Manhattan.

Dean was born November 28, 1928 on the family homestead to Jacob Ubel Sr. and Agnes Maurine (McProud). He attended Greenwood Country School and Wamego High School. Dean served in the Korean War as a Corporal for two years. He was a farmer and cattle stockman until he retired and moved to the Westmoreland Care Home

Survivors include a brother Don Ubel of Dodge City, Ks., and a sister-in-law Marlene Ubel of St. Louis, Mo.. He was preceded in death by five siblings: Leora Jenkins, Doris M. Ubel, Lawrence Ubel, Jacob Ubel Jr. and Jerry Ubel.

Graveside services for Mr. Ubel will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Wamego City Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., prior to graveside service. Memorials are suggested to The Good Shepherd Hospice House of Manhattan and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, Ks. 66547. Online condolences may also be left at