Obituaries

DOROTHY JOHNSTON (Posted 12/11/2017)

Dorothy Johnston, age 93, of Manhattan, died December 9th, at her residence.

She was born October 24, 1924, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the daughter of Waddell and Edna (Masenheimer) Lang. She graduated from Charlottesville High School.

Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She was married to James E. Johnston on November 24, 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia. He preceded her in death in 2008.

Survivors include her two sons: Michael Johnston and his wife Jean of Manhattan, and Robert Johnston of Manhattan; one grandson Kenny Johnston and his fiancé Bridgette Polson; and two great-grandchildren: Abigail and Charlie.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, December 13th, at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan with Chaplain Nikki Medaris officiating. Family and friends are invited to meet at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home to form a procession to the cemetery.

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

Alice Allen (Posted 12/6/2017)

Alice Clara Anna Allen, age 70 of Leonardville, passed away on Monday December 4, 2017 at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

She was born on June 26, 1947 in Salzburg, Austria, the daughter of William Clayton and Clara Kingsley.

On September 16, 1972 in Santee, California, she was married to Jon Howard Allen. He survives of the home.

Alice worked for Southwestern Cable in California, was a cashier at Wal-Mart for 14 years and cooked at Ole’s, The Calico Inn and Nelson’s Landing. She loved her animals, sewing, crocheting, fishing and the outdoors and especially cooking.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by nine children, John Graham and wife Stacy of Leonardville, Shannon Graham and wife Mari of Leonardville, Jayme Thomas of Riley, Jim Graham and wife Kathy of Leonardville, Charlie Allen of Riley, Dan Allen and wife Sue of Leonardville, Tina Flores and husband Chepe of Leonardville, Shane Allen and wife Loree of Leonardville and Kenny Foster of Leonardville; one brother, Dan Clayton; three sisters, Marie Handrahan, Barbara Figueroa and Billie Jean; 23 grandchildren, Ashley Graham, Amber Gutierrez, Emily Graham, Randi Graham, Ryan Allen, Marco Flores, Shyanna Flores, Maika Graham, Tiffany Goran, Kelli Graham, Tim Graham, David Graham, Jim Graham, Jonathon Graham, Patience Graham, Sarah “Sissy” Peterson, Cassi Flores, Wes March, Hannah March, Adele March, Rachel Allen, Nic Allen and Sammy Allen and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Brenda Dawn Morgan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Alert Covenant Church with Pastor Dwight Diller officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Leonardville City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alice Allen Memorial Fund and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Lois Margaret Jones (Posted 12/6/2017)

Lois Margaret Jones, 97, of Manhattan, passed away Saturday, December 2nd, she had worked for the Manhattan School District in food preparations.

Lois was born on September 27, 1920, the daughter of the late Hazel (Haas) and Ralph Enders. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Manhattan.

Lois is survived by a daughter, Darlina K. (JR) Welt, of Grayling, Michigan; two sons J.J. (Susan M.) Jones, of Manhattan; Douglas A. (Carol) Jones, of Warren, Michigan; two sisters, Kathleen Albright, of South Bend, Indiana; Pat Hayes, of Indiana and is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Connie Dillinger; 5 brothers (Lewis (Lois’s twin), Robert and Earl) and a sister Barbara Pavey.

Lois had requested cremation and that there will not be any services at this time. The family requests any donations be directed to Great Lakes Hospice, 3715 SW 29th St, Ste. 100, Topeka, KS 66614. Arrangements entrusted to Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan, Kansas.

LISA SHAFER (Posted 12/6/2017)

 Lisa Marie Shafer, age 48, of Manhattan, died November 26, 2017, at her residence.

She was born February 18, 1969, in Le More, California, the daughter of Neal and Mary (Worrell) Peters, and had been a Manhattan resident for the past 20 years.

Lisa graduated from high school in Yuma, Arizona, and attended Arizona State University.

On January 7, 1989, in Los Angeles, California, she was married to Jeff Thomas.

She had worked as a Pension Administrator for Keating and Associates in Manhattan.

Lisa enjoyed caring for her pet dogs, watching sports on TV, cooking and baking, watching movies, tweeting and following people on Twitter, board games and was an awesome online scrabble player. She enjoyed her time in Germany while Jeff was stationed there in the Army.

Lisa is survived by Jeff of Manhattan; one daughter Liz Shafer of Lawrence, KS; and two sisblings: Michelle TYazza of DeSoto, TX, and Matthew Peters of Temecula, CA.

Cremation is planned with memorial services to be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 12th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Lewis O. Smith officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Kenneth Cramer (Posted 12/5/2017)

Kenneth “Papa Kenny” Cramer, age 60 of Leonardville, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Clay County Medical Center.

He was born on July 11, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Larry Dale and Dorothy Mae (Lanning) Cramer. He was married to Earlene Meyer in 1975. They later divorced.

Kenneth was a contractor for the U.S. Army Reserve and served for over 20 years in the U.S. National Guard. He was a member of the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Clay Center and a 4th Degree Knight, V.F.W. and American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, riding ATV’s in the dunes and trails and was a devoted Chiefs and Royals fan.

He is survived by his father, Larry Cramer of Blue Springs, Missouri; two sons, Kevin McCush of Milford and Christopher McCush of Leonardville; one grandson, Tyson McCush of Milford; his sister, Sandra Freerksen and Ronald of Las Vegas, Nevada and two uncles, James and William Lanning, both of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Cramer.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Father Randall Weber as officiant. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday. Burial with Full Military Honors will be in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kenneth Cramer Memorial Fund and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

RUTH WIENS (Posted 12/4/2017)

Ruth Anna Wiens, age 92, of Manhattan, died December 2, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born June 20, 1925, in Copeland, Kansas, and grew up on the family farm, the fourth child of seven born to John and Minnie (Gede) Nusser.

Ruth graduated from Copeland High School and married Alvin Wiens in 1945. They lived in Copeland until 1956 when they moved to Pratt, KS.

Mrs. Wiens was a stay at home mother until her children were raised, then she worked in a dress and shoe store until she retired. They were active members of the Lutheran Church. For many years she taught the preschool Sunday school class. Faith was always an important part of her life.

Ruth and Alvin lived in Pratt until moving to Manhattan in 2008. They lived in Stoneybrook Assisted Living for three years. Alvin died in 2011. Ruth then lived in Stoneybrook Health Care.

Ruth is survived by two sons: Keith and his wife Carol of Manhattan, and Myron “Mack” and his wife Sharon of Fort Worth, TX; six grandchildren: Ryan Wiens (Heather), Aaron Wiens (Kelly), Nathan Wiens, Jason Wiens (Annelise), Chris Wiens (Maddie), and Erin Lacey; five great grandchildren: Avery, Nicholas, Lucas, Kate and Jubilee; and two sisters: Lydia Springer of St. Petersburg, FL, and Leora Horst and her husband Lee of Denver, CO.

Ruth was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Karen Elaine Wiens; and four siblings: Edna Nelsen, Herbert and Edward Nusser and Grace Greenwood.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 5th, at the Walsburg Lutheran Church. Private family graveside services will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, KS.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to either Homecare & Hospice, Inc. or to the charity of the donors’ choice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Patricia Lee Davis Murray (Posted 12/4/2017)

Patricia Lee Davis Murray was born March 5, 1940, in Harper, Kansas to Erwin and Bertha Neighbors Davis. She died at home on November 30, 2017, in Manhattan, Kansas. As a child, Pat attended Pilot Knob, a one-room country school, and Harper High School, where she graduated in 1957. She graduated from Emporia State University in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in education, and later from Kansas State University with a master’s degree in counseling.

When she was twelve years old, she dedicated her life to Jesus Christ. Through the years, she was a member of the Harper Methodist Church, Westview Community Church in Manhattan, and many education and volunteer associations. As a child, she belonged to the Piloteers 4-H Club, which her parents and their neighbors founded. Later in life, she helped lead the Bonfire 4-H Club in Riley County for 10 years, of which all three of her children were members. Pat was an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years and loved seeing generations of families pass through her classroom.

She is survived by her son Kelly and Grace McCauley, daughter Barbara and Ted Rose, and daughter Beverly and Joe Menke. She is survived by her grandchildren Holly and Kalen McCauley, and Megan and Ellen Menke. She is also survived by her brothers, Roy and Richard Davis, their wives, Beverly and Phyllis, and her brother-in-law, Tom McKnight. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Rogene McKnight. She is survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins, and a multitude of friends.
Pat loved being with family and friends and enjoyed serving others. In 2013, she retired to Meadowlark Hills, where she made many new friends prior to her death.
A family visitation will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on December 5, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on December 6, 2017, at the Westview Community Church. Cremation has already taken place.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be left in her memory to the Manhattan Area Retired Educators Association student scholarship fund and the Westview Community Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.