Newton P. Cox, Jr. – Posted 8/9/2016

Reverend Newton P. Cox, Jr., age 88, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Saturday morning, August 6, 2016, at the Meadowlark Hills-Sloan House.

COX NEWTON OBIT PHOTOHe was born on August 29, 1927, in Abington, Pennsylvania the son of Newton P. Cox, Sr. and Irene A. (Gilbert) Cox. Rev. Cox was a graduate of Abington High School. He then went on to get degrees from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Theology also in Philadelphia. He also enjoyed attending some classes at Columbia, Union and Princeton

Seminaries including participating in an institute for pastors at Mansfield College in Oxford, England followed by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches meeting in Frankfort, Germany.

On August 24, 1951, he was united in marriage to the former Eleanor Richardson, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta, Georgia. To this union four children would be born.

His ministry took him from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church 1951-54), to Marion, Alabama (Marion Presbyterian Church 1954-59) to Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Westminster Presbyterian Church 1959-70) to West Memphis, Arkansas (First Presbyterian Church 1970-75) then to San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church, 1975-83) and LaGrange, Texas (First Presbyterian Church 1983-93). From 1955 until 1959 he also worked part time as an instructor in Latin and English at the Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama. Following his retirement in 1993, they moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 2010 they moved to Manhattan, Kansas to Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. In his spare time Rev. Cox enjoyed all kinds of music which included playing the coronet and singing in church choirs and with the New Mexico State University Chorus. He was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching and traveling to sporting events and keeping fit by exercising regularly. His love for his family was reflected in countless ways. He was a loving and caring husband and father and especially enjoyed participating in or attending any event that his children and later his grandchildren were involved with. His passion for others also included enjoying his children’s friends.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, of their home in Manhattan. Also surviving are their four children: Newton P. “Bud” Cox (Norma); and Robert R. Cox (Melissa), both of Manhattan; Virginia Wroe (Ed), Elgin, Texas; Suzanne Ikard (Robert), Dallas, Texas, and two brothers: Bishop Daniel G. Cox (Patricia), Baltimore, Maryland; and Dr. Alfred T. Cox, M.D. (Jerry), Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Robert R. Cox II, Robert Ikard, Jr, Sarah Ikard, Elizabeth Ikard and Oliver Ikard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister: Irene C. Peterson. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth Street, Manhattan with Reverend R.C. McConnell 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 Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund and for the Parkinson Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Kap Chun Eitemiller — Posted 8/19/16

Kap Chun Eitemiller, 92, of Manhattan, died Aug. 18, 2016, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

She was born Jan. 17, 1924, in Korea.

Kap was a homemaker and had worked as a custodian at Kansas State University for 10 years.

She was a member of the Korean Church in Manhattan.

On Sept. 24, 1969, she was married to Frank W. Eitemiller. Mr. Eitemiller preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1987. She was also preceded in death by her step-son, George “Mike” Eitemiller.

Kap is survived by her five children: Su Ja Oh and her husband Pok Kun of Suwanee, Ga.; Su Yo Maloney and her husband Jerry of Manhattan; Jae Chong So and his wife Yong of Houston, Texas; Jae Soon So and his wife Koing of New York City; Su Sizemore and her husband Jerry of Wamego; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two step daughters Sarah and Cheryl.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.  on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Korean Church of Manhattan, 511 Westview Dr., with Pastor Park officiating. Interment will follow in the Main Post Cemetery at Fort Riley, Kansas.

The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. Tuesday until service time at the church.

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

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

Evelyn J. Grooms – Posted 8/10/2016
Evelyn June Grooms, age 95 of Ozawkie, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.
She was born on December 7, 1920, in the Fancy Creek Township in Riley County, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Anne Belle (Reed) Dugan.
On September 30, 1939, she was married to Loren Johnson.  He preceded her in death on September 3, 1963.  She later married Donald Grooms on August 8, 1966.  He preceded her in death on September 11, 2004.  She was a homemaker.
She is survived by by two sons, Steven Ray Johnson of Meriden and Kevin Leroy Johnson and wife Mary of Ozawkie; one brother, Jerry Dugan of Kansas City, Missouri; one sister, Mildred Switzer of Abilene; ten grandchildren Cheri Duncan, James Harding, Jr. and wife Staci, Michael Harding and Loretta, Amanda Johnson Harries and husband Scott, Robert Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Josh Rabe and wife Melissa and Chris Rabe; 20 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by one son, David Johnson and three brothers, Alfred, Warren and Floyd Dugan.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley with Pastor Sarah Gill officiating.  Respect calls may be made anytime Monday.  The family will greet friends before the funeral on Tuesday.  Burial will be in the Mayday Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Disabled American Veteran’s.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at


Ruby L. Kidd – Posted 8/12/2016

KIDD RUBY OBIT PHOTO (1)Ruby Maxine Kidd, age 92, of Manhattan, passed away on August 10, 2016, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

She was born June 15, 1924 at home in St. John, KS, the daughter of the late Dale and Christine Brodie Jarvis.  Her siblings Delmar Brodie, Wilma Sexton and Eunice Secor preceded her in death.

Ruby graduated from St. John High School in 1942, and then completed her 3-year teaching degree at Emporia State teacher’s College in 1943.  She was accepted into a teaching sorority at Emporia State.  She taught in a rural school near St. John until her marriage.

She was united in marriage to Louis Sanford Ginest, Jr. on March 18, 1944.  They had three children: Ronald, RoAnn and Louisia.  He was killed in a car accident on January 13, 1951.

On May 2, 1959, she was married to Jesse Nickels.  He was killed in a natural gas explosion of the home in Little River, KS, on July 9, 1959.

In 1959, following her 2nd husband’s death, she moved her children to Hutchinson, KS, to become a certified radiology technician.  She completed her Kansas Radiology Boards in 1962 and took employment at Edwards County Hospital in Kinsley, KS.  Following her children leaving home she moved to Maryland and was employed at the Walter Reed Hospital.  Upon transfer in 1971, she moved back to Kansas, and resided in Manhattan, KS, and was employed at Irwin-Army Hospital at Fort Riley.  She retired in 1982 from Dr. Baker’s office in Manhattan.

On June 21, 1975, she was married to Howard Kidd.  Mr. Kidd survives of the home.  Additional survivors include two daughters: RoAnn Metzner of Hutchinson, KS, and Louisia Osborne and her husband Pete of Shell Knob, MO; Howard’s two daughters: Elaine Bollinger and her husband Walter of Fridingen, Germany, and Claudia Criss and her husband Tony of Juneau, AK; 9 grandchildren: Elisa Ginest, Anna Randelman, Alicia Woolen, Bart Ferguson, Heather Schiffelbein, Carla Bollinger, Andy Criss, Kjersten Criss and Stephanie Ferguson; and 10 great-grandchildren: Conner Randelman, Abigail Ginest, Summer Schiffelbein, Robert Ginest, Lilly and Addy Schiffelbein, Burke and Beckett Woolen, Jack and Alastair Criss.

Ruby was also preceded in death by her son Ronald Louis Ginest, Howard’s son Johnathan Kidd; and one grandson, Ronald Louis Ginest, Jr.

Upon retirement, she became actively involved in the Homecare & Hospice, Inc., first as a volunteer, and then later as a team leader.  She was a member of the First Christian Church.  She enjoyed tending the flowerbeds at church and assisting with wedding arrangements within the church.

She and Howard attended various civic organizations, K-State games, and their small friend gatherings of a former singles group and then the re-married group.  She enjoyed the monthly dances with Howard.  She loved the lake and working in the yard with her flowers.  Her green thumb was very evident.

Ruby enjoyed her many friends from all work sites, sorority reunions, school reunions, church and clubs.  She was known for sending cards and always keeping in touch by phone or mail.  Her granddaughter, Alicia states, “If you were a friend of Ruby’s, you were a life time friend.”  Sending cards was what Ruby did.

She loved to travel to see her children, and her grandchildren for any activity or holiday.  Traveling was easy for her as she always had someone she could stop and see on the way.

Ruby always tended to the needs of others: first and foremost though were her children and their activities.  She also tended to her elderly parents, her mother-in-law, her Aunt Edna, and then her brother Delmar, as they became ill.  Ruby till the end, put other’s needs above her own.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 15th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ben Duerfeldt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 A.M. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare & Hospice, Inc., or the Flint Hills Breadbasket.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.


Norma Jean Klemm — Posted 8/19/16

Norma Jean Klemm, 94, died Aug. 12, 2016 in Littleton, Colo.

Norma was born  Aug. 13, 1922, to Louis and Mae (Folkwein) Klemm in Youngstown, Ohio. She was their only daughter, and both adored and endured three brothers, Louis (Jay), Warren, and Bob Klemm. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church and later confirmed there on May 31, 1936. She knew and trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior and her faith continued unwavering until she entered the rest of her Lord on Aug. 12, 2016.

Norma attended public schools in Youngstown, graduating from Rayen High School in 1940. She entered nursing school and graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Youngstown Hospital Association in May 1944, and was proud of being a Diploma RN. She married William Loupe III in Youngstown on Nov. 10, 1944. Her profession served her well in bringing up their four energetic children, Pam, Billy, Curt and Lee Ann, and nursing both her mother and mother-in- law in their homes as they aged.

She re-entered the work force after husband Bill died on March 31, 1968 and worked at Southside Hospital in Youngstown from 1969-1973. Norma then moved her family to Manhattan, where she worked at Lafene Student Health Center at Kansas State University from 1974-1987. She was active at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan and was especially fond of the music ministries. While she was self- conscious about what she perceived as her lack of singing ability, she was a gifted whistler and enjoyed turning up her stereo as she happily cleaned house and literally whistled while she worked.

Norma’s faith held great place in her life and she saw God’s hand at work in it, often mentioning the move to Kansas as His great blessing. She was blessed to meet Dan Beatty who brightened her years with love and friendship and they married on Nov. 29, 2002. Dan passed on Feb. 13, 2007, but his provision for her continued through her life. Even as Alzheimer’s lowered the curtain on her abilities, she remarked what a blessing Dan’s daughters Becky, Meg and Edie were to her, and to her family.

Norma had lived in Denver, Colorado for the last eight years where she received the loving support of her Colorado family while fighting the disease. She received excellent care for which the family is thankful from the dedicated staffs of Porter Place in Denver and Highline Place of Littleton, Colo., Suncrest Hospice and Dr. Barbara Morris.

Norma is survived by daughters Pamela Nissler (Perry) of Littleton; Lee Ann Loupe-Melanson (Monte) of Delta, Colo.; son Curt Loupe of Topeka; brother Robert Klemm of Manhattan; daughters by marriage Becky Avery (Bob) of Olsburg; Meg Beatty-Baier (Mark) of Dusseldorf, Germany; Edie Hodgson of Little River; as well as grandchildren Chris Nissler (Raelynn) of Littleton; William Nissler of San Antonio, Texas; Susan Goodwin (Kent) Littleton; Stacey Benson (Mike) Aurora, Colo.; Jessica (Jake) Jordan of Grand Junction, Colo.; Kylie Loupe of Topeka; and Connor Loupe of Phoenix.

Great-grandchildren include Layla and Taylor Nissler, Zachary, Emily, Brandon and Brittany Benson, all of Denver, and Jemma Jordan of Grand Junction. She is also survived by nieces Karen Riechel, Donna Nebe (Jim) and nephew Gary Klemm (Chris).

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Loupe III, brothers Louis and Warren Klemm, sisters-in- law Olive and Vera Klemm, her husband Dan Beatty, and son William Loupe IV.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. in the First Lutheran Chapel in Manhattan and she will later be interred with husband William Loupe in Youngstown, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Ministry at First Lutheran Church, Manhattan.

Willie L. Moore, Jr. – Posted 8/9/2016

Willie Lester Moore Jr., age 63, of Manhattan, died Sunday August 7, 2016 at Stormont-Vail Health Care Center in Topeka. He was born on July 11, 1953, in Brunswick, Georgia, the son of Willie L. Moore Sr. and Ethel Lee Alexander.  He graduated from high school with the class of 1971.

Willie joined the United States Army and served for eight years.  He then joined the Army National Guard from which he retired.   He worked at Kansas State University and also owned and operated his own cleaning business.  He cleaned many different offices in the Manhattan area. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Laura Moore, Edna Moore, and his brother Judson Moore.

Willie is survived by his daughter Laura Moore; his brothers: Charlie Moore Sr., Walter Moore, Lawton Moore; his nephews: Charlie Moore Jr., Greg Moore; and his niece Lawanda Moore.

Funeral Services for Mr. Moore will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday August 12, 2016 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Sterling Hudgins officiating.  Interment with full military honors will be held after the service at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

The family will greet friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial funds to the Big Lakes Developmental Center 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


Charles Gilbert Niernberger — Posted 8/19/16

Charles Gilbert Niernberger, 91, of Manhattan, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 at Meadowlark
Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.

Chuck was born Nov. 23, 1924 in Ellis County, the oldest son of Edgar and Nora Wasinger Niernberger. He grew up on the family farm, graduating from Ellis High School in 1943. Upon graduation from high school he volunteered for service in World War II. He joined The Army Air Corps and became a pilot, flying B-24’s with the “Flying Horsemen” of the 449th Bomb Group, stationed in Grottaglie, Italy.

After the war he took advantage of the GI Bill to attend Kansas State University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 1949. He then attended Washburn Law School, receiving his law degree in 1950. Chuck remained in the Air Force Reserves, and was recalled for service in the Korean War, serving 22 months as a JAG officer at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash., and Yuma Air Force Base in Yuma, Ariz. He retired from the reserves in 1984 as a Lt. Colonel.

He was united in marriage to Patricia Baker on May 26, 1948 in Manhattan. They have two children, James Kurt and Barbara Anne.

Chuck practiced law for four years in Hays and then in Ellis — after which he went to work for Cities Service Oil Company as an attorney/landman. He spent the rest of his professional career with Cities Service, working in Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi, where he served as president of the Mississippi Landman’s Association. He retired in 1985 after 31 years with Cities Service/OxyUSA.

Pat and Chuck moved to Manhattan in 1990. Chuck enjoyed golf, tennis, and gardening as hobbies, and he was a loving husband and father. He was a Master Gardener, a volunteer at the K-State Gardens, and a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Charlotte and Norma.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Pat Niernberger, and his children, Kurt (Cynthia) Niernberger of Houston, and Barbara (Leo) Lease of Grinnell, Iowa; his brother Floyd Niernberger of Overland Park; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday Aug. 26, 2016, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan, with Father Frank Coady as Celebrant. Interment will follow the service in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Memorial contributions in memory of church are suggested to the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund or to the St. Thomas More Catholic Church. 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

Mary E. Wienandt – Posted 8/14/2016

WIENANDT, MARY ANN OBIT PHOTOMary E. Wienandt, 68, of Rainier, WA died on August 5, 2016 at Easthaven Villa in Yelm, WA.  She was under hospice care in this facility.  She had been a patient in Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA from July 5, 2016 until August 4, 2016.  She had been battling colo-rectal cancer since August 2012.

She was born on January 12, 1948 in Saginaw, MI.  She was the youngest of seven children of Walter F. Eggert and Ruth D. (Droegemueller) Eggert.

She graduated from high school in Fremont, NE in 1966.  She attended Concordia College, St. Paul, MN for two years and graduated from Concordia College, River Forest, IL in 1970.

She married Arthur J. Wienandt on August 2, 1970 in Monroeville, IN.  The couple had met at Concordia College, St. Paul, MN.  The moved to the St. Louis, MO area where she taught in a Lutheran parochial school for two years.  Her husband was attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

After her husband graduated from Seminary, the couple moved to Mississippi where she taught in several local public school systems.  While in Mississippi, she earned a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Mississippi.  The couple’s two sons were born in Mississippi.  Nathan was born in 1978 and Michael was born in 1980.

In November 1987, her husband entered Active Duty as an Army Chaplain at Ft. Stewart, GA.  She taught in the Hinesville, GA public school system for several years.

Subsequently, the couple was stationed in Italy; Ft. Riley, KS; Schofield Barracks, HI; Ft. Polk, LA; and finally Ft. Lewis, WA.  At these various Army posts, she often served as a church organist/musician and/or a choir director.  Her husband retired from Active Duty on July 31, 2007.

She lived with her husband in Rainier, WA from July 2005 until her death.  She is survived by her immediate family:  her husband Art of Rainier, WA; her older son MAJ Nathan A. Wienandt of Silver Spring, MD; and her younger son Michael J. Wienandt of Oxford, MS.

She is also survived by her six older siblings:  Carol Kearns of Alexandria, VA; Anita Werling of Macomb, IL; Joanne Swenson of Mishawaka, IN; Dr. David Eggert of Jackson, MI; James Eggert of St. Joseph, MI; and John Eggert of St. Paul, MN.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, August 18th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS, with Reverend Dr. Keith Wiens officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM Thursday until the service time at the funeral home.

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

Memorials can be sent to the Fisher House at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Fisher Houses at military installations offer free lodging to family members who are visiting their military member who is receiving medical care at the installation.  Memorials may be mailed to: JBLM Fisher House, 9999 Wilson Ave., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433.