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Joan Bradford Posted 12/1/13
Joan Morris Bradford, Wamego, died on Nov 29, 2013 in Marysville, KS. Joan was born May 2, 1928 in Topeka, the daughter of James Lloyde Morris and Edith Cleland Morris. She was the younger of two children. She graduated from Oskaloosa (KS) High School in 1946 and the University of Kansas in 1950, with a degree in Sociology. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
Joan was married to William E. (Bill) Bradford on May 8, 1948 and they had three children: Ann, Kirk Charles, and Stephen James. Bill and Joan lived in Bartlesville, OK and McLouth, KS before settling in Wamego in 1961.
Joan was active in Chapter EY, P.E.O, KU Alumni Association, Wamego Public Library Board, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered for many years at the Library, the Wamego Methodist Thrift Shop and with the American Cancer Society. She was a Breast Cancer survivor. Joan was Office Manager at Wamego City Hospital for twenty years and then continued to work there part time for many additional years.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 2007, her sister Donna Jean Shaad in 1999, and her parents in 1949 and 1980.
She is survived by three children: Ann Yingling and husband Major General (Ret) Jay Yingling of Atlanta, Kirk and Anne Bradford of Marysville, and Steve Bradford and wife Kim Simpson of Ketchikan, AK; ten grandchildren: Scott Yingling, Brooke Yingling, Libby Yingling Peschke, Katie Bradford Gray, Chris Bradford, Scott Bradford, Julie Bradford, Tessa Bradford, Maura Bradford, and Tori Bradford; three step-grandchildren: Corbin, Kiernan and Catriona McCord; and six great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends during a visitation Sunday, Dec. 8th from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. Cremation has taken place and Joan will be laid to rest next to Bill in the McLouth, KS cemetery. Memorials have been established at the Wamego Public Library and the Wamego Methodist Thrift Shop, and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, 66547. Condolences may be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.
Peggy Elder Posted 12/1/13
Margaret “Peggy” J. Elder, 81, of Wamego, KS, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013, at Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center, Wamego, Kansas.
Peggy was born in Wamego, Kansas, on December 15, 1931. She was the youngest
daughter of Robert K. and Lorene Ince. She attended grade school and high school in Wamego, graduating from Wamego High School in 1949.
On April 23, 1950, Tom Elder and Peggy Ince were married at the First United Methodist
Church, Wamego, where they made their home. He preceded her in death in 2011. Peggy’s employment through the years included the Chevrolet dealership in Wamego, the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in Manhattan, and Kansas State University where she worked for approximately 20 years before retiring.
Peggy was actively involved with the First United Methodist Church over the years,
including serving in the church choir and the church bell choir. She loved to sing and was a
member of the Sweet Adelines for a number of years. Peggy also belonged to several local clubs
over the years, including Portia Club.
Peggy is survived by her sons: Jeff and his wife, Erika of Wamego and Tim, of Shawnee,
KS; her daughter: Cindy Tatum, of Dallas, TX; seven grandchildren: Bridget, Jordan, Megan,
Ryan, Cadie, Brett and Shelby; and four great-grandchildren: Scarlett, Evan, Laila, and Blaze.
Peggy was also predeceased in death by her oldest son, John Robert (Rob) Elder, and her siblings, Robert Ince, Ray Ince, Mildred Brown, Lucille Edwards, Roberta Stroman, and Virginia Hundley.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. The family will greet friends during a time of visitation starting at 10:00 a.m., prior to funeral services. Burial will follow in Wamego City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Wamego, or the Columbian Theatre Foundation, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, 66547.
Marie Howard Posted 11/29/13
Marie Howard, 90, of Wamego, Kansas, formerly of Eskridge, Kansas, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center. She was a long-time resident of the area.
Marie was born February 27, 1923, in Goodland, Kansas, the daughter of Pearl and Georgia Doggett Anderson. She attended local grade schools and graduated from High School in Edson, Kansas.
She was a homemaker in the truest terms, always supplying the needs of her family and home. She was even known to reupholster furniture when it needed an uplift. Marie also worked 13 years at the Eskridge Drug Store. She was the bookkeeper, clerk and even worked the soda fountain. Marie played the piano by ear and was known for her independent streak.
Marie married Laurel O. “Barney” Howard on May 10, 1954, in New Mexico. He survives at their home. Marie and Barney lived many years in Eskridge and then moved to Wamego in 2002.
She is also survived by her daughters; Betty Butler (Dennis), Wamego, Bonnie King (Harvey), Alta Vista and Bernice Fienen, Topeka; her sister, Joy Anderson, Longmont, Colorado and sister-in-law, Ruby Anderson, Goodland; eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Marie was preceded in death by her siblings, Merle Anderson, Mac Anderson and Pearl Schrock.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Pastor Jim Kiker will be officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date in Eskridge Cemetery. The family suggest memorial contributions to First Baptist Church in Wamego or Grace Hospice, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.
Arlene Ulrich-Kaump Posted 12/4/13
Arlene Ulrich-Kaump, age 84 of Manhattan, Kansas, our beloved sister, sister-in-law, and aunt to many
nieces and nephews, lost the battle with multiple melonoma and amyloidosis and entered the presence
of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Sunday morning, November 24, 2013 at the Meadowlark Hills
She was born on September 1, 1929, the daughter of Clifford Merrill and Ethel Fernanda (Swenson)
Ulrich. The Ulrich family lived near Eudora, Kansas until 1935 and moved to a farm north of Randolph,
Kansas in the Rose Hill Community. The Ulrich’s spent three years in southern Minnesota and returned
to Kansas in 1941 where Arlene graduated as class valedictorian of Randolph High School. She enterd
Kansas University and graduated with a degree in microbiology. After time as a medical technologist,
she entered the University of Texas and earned a masters degree in microbiology. She received a
Federal Grant and earned a Phd in microbiology at Kansas State University. Following her graduation
she did post-doc research involving phage bacteria. She went on to teach at Kansas State Teachers
college and continue research on phage bacteria hybrids. She was then appointed head of the
Department of Microbiology at the Kansas State Board of Health.
Arlene resigned from that job in order to care for her mother who was failing in health. During this time
she met and fell in love with Glen Kaump, a successful cattle rancher, farmer and Christian man. They
were married in 1979 and lived in the Swede Creek community north of Randolph. She described this
as the happiest and most satisfying time of her life.
Many friends from Grace Baptist Church showed much love and thoughtfulness to her bringing
encouragement and good Christian fellowship throughout her long struggle as a virtually immobile shutin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Glen Kaump and her brother Robert Merrill
She is survived by one brother, Duane Ulrich and wife Janet of West Hills, California and several nieces
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Grace Baptist Church in
Manhattan with Pastor Bob Flack officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Friday at the
Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley. The family will receive friends from 9:00 am until service time
Saturday at the Grace Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Swede Creek Cemetery north of Randolph,
Condolences may be left for the family at www.pfeifleyfuneralhome.com.
Gladys Olson Posted 12/3/13
Gladys Elaine Olson, age 88 of Manhattan, Kansas, died Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan, Kansas.She was born on November 30, 1924, at Cleburne, Kansas, the daughter of David and Bertha
She graduated from Cleburne High School in 1942 and Bethany College in 1949. She taught at Luther
Academy and College in Wahoo, Nebraska, St. Paul’s High School and College in Concordia, Missouri
and later at Erie High School. She was a member of the Friends Home Lutheran Church and the
Olsburg Lutheran Church. In retirement she loved to read and play table games.
She was married to Clifford Olson on September 1, 1963 in Erie, Kansas. He preceded her in death in
1994. After Clifford’s death she moved to Olsburg and later to Manhattan.
She is survived by two step sons, Larry Olson of Estes Park, Colorado and Steve Olson of Springﬁeld,
Missouri, eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and two nieces.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Bertil Gustafson and one sister,
Louise (Gustafson) Southerland.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the Olsburg Lutheran
Church in Olsburg, Kansas, with Rev. Gordon L. Sandquist ofﬁciating. Respect calls may be made
anytime Monday at the Anderes-Pfeiﬂey Funeral Home in Riley, Kansas where the family will receive
friends from 7 – 8 p.m. Monday evening. There will be a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday,
December 11, 2013 at the Swedish Cemetery west of Savonburg, Kansas with Rev. Sidney Hose
Memorial contributions have been established for the Olsburg Lutheran Church and the Friends Home
Lutheran Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeiﬂey Funeral Home in Riley, Kansas.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.pfeiﬂeyfuneralhome.com.
Leroy Reynolds Posted 12/1/13
LeRoy “Roy” W. Reynolds, age 88, of Manhattan, died Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community.
Roy was born on February 1, 1925 in Greensburg, Kansas, the son of Basil and Beula (Ricketts) Reynolds. He joined the U.S. Air Force to serve in WWII in 1943 after graduating high school. He returned to serve during the Korean Conflict. Roy earned multiple service metals and good conduct metals while flying over 30 missions.
After serving in the Air Force, Roy earned a Civil Engineering Degree from Kansas State University in 1948, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He worked for the state highway department as a Civil Engineer and went on to own and manage the Western Auto Store in Wichita, Kansas, later becoming the regional sales representative for the company. Roy’s passion for learning led him to obtain a second degree in Administration. He was an instructor in the Electronics and Drafting department at the Salina Area Vocational Technical School for 5 years and then became the school’s Assistant Director until his retirement in 1987.
Roy was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club for many years and loved to hike, climb, and ski with his family and friends. He climbed most of the 14,000 ft peaks in the state and skied many of the ski areas.
On August 7, 1949, Roy was united in marriage to Mary Spiller on her family’s farm near Beattie, Kansas. Mary survives along with their three children: Patty Boomer (Rick), Manhattan, Sandy Goralczyk (Steve), Manhattan, Ken Reynolds, Oregon. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and one sister Donna Krug of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert ‘Bob’ Reynolds from Wichita, his sister Marie Bertrem from Oklahoma, and his granddaughter Sarah Reynolds.
Roy was a beloved husband, father and loyal friend who spent his life caring for others. He was devoted to his family and will be truly missed. Visitation for family and friends will be at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home Tuesday December 3, 2013 from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Reynolds will be held at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan following the visitation at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Patty Brown-Barnett officiating.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions in memory of Roy are suggested 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.
Lena Schmidt Posted 12/3/13
Lena Marie Schmidt, 102, of Wamego, Kansas formerly of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Valley Vista Good Samaritan Society of Wamego.
Lena was born February 10, 1911 in Clay County, Nebraska on the family farm near Glenville. She was the daughter of Arthur and Anna (Wehnes) Schultz. She attended school in Adams County, Nebraska, before attending Bonell Beauty School in Hastings, Nebraska to become a beautician. On March 21, 1934, Lena was united in marriage to Carl H. Schmidt, in Hastings, NE. He preceded her in death in 1984.
Lena was also a farmer’s wife and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. After moving to Manhattan, in 1957, she became a member of the First Lutheran Church and of the Church Ladies Circle, where she enjoyed fellowship while folding church bulletins. She took pleasure in and was gifted at crocheting, china painting, gardening and love for her family.
Lena is survived by her daughter: LeAnne Leonard, of Wamego, KS; one daughter in-law: Arlene Schmidt of Hastings, NE; 5 grandchildren: Michael, Sheri, Susan, Kimberly and Keri; 3 step-grandchildren: Wayne, Dale and Tina; 11 great-grandchildren: Kyla, Brian, Brad, Wade, Nickolas, Christopher, Chris, Cheryl, Cory, Sarah and Chelsea; 5 step-great-grandchildren: Mikhaila, Chelsie Ray and Shara Briane, Hailey and Austin; and 6 great-great-grandchildren: MaKenzie, MaKaden, Angie, Aiden, Sabrina and Owen. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her son: David, son in-law: Edward, grandson: Keith, granddaughter: Karla, grandson in-law: Kurt; her sisters: Emma, Cora, Clara, Bertha and Marie and one brother: Earl.
Funeral Services for Lena will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. Burial will follow at the Wamego City Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to her service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church of Manhattan and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS, 66547. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com
Rev. Melvin Short Posted 12/4/13
Reverend Melvin Lee Short, age 85, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Wednesday morning, December 3, 2013, at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.
He was born on April 15, 1928, in Carterville, Missouri, the son of Chester R. and Mildred M. (Kepple) Short.
On December 19, 1948, at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Wichita, he was united in marriage to the former Gloria Wiggins. Together they made their home in numerous communities throughout Kansas where Melvin was a Methodist pastor within the Kansas West Conference.
Rev. Short received his bachelor’s degree from Friends University, Wichita, and his Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He was a Trustee and Honorary Doctor of Divinity at Southwestern College, served as a Trustee at Kansas Wesleyan, Salina and was on the Board of Directors at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He also was a Trustee at Youthville Children’s Home in Newton.
During his sixty years as an ordained pastor he served in the following churches and positions in Kansas: Florence UMC, Hoxie UMC, Goodland 1st UMC, Wichita St. Pauls, Eldorado 1st UMC and Hutchinson 1st UMC. He then became District Superintendent while in Wichita. Following his position as District Superintendent he went on to serve churches at Hays 1st UMC, Newton Trinity and Pratt 1st UMC.
Rev. Short was a lifelong Rotarian, was on the staff at the Counseling and Mediation Center, Wichita, and wrote a daily devotional for 20 years that were posted on the internet where he had a faithful following of readers. He also served as the Director of the Camping Ministry for UMC Kansas West Conference. Innumerable lives were touched through his ministry and youth ministry throughout the state. His legacy is his love for the family cabin at Westcliffe, Colorado.
He is survived by his four children: David Short and his long term girlfriend Terri Lebo of Denver, CO; Kathy Stone and her husband Steve of Evans, GA; Dr. Steve Short and his wife Whitney of Manhattan, KS and Marsha Kedigh and her husband Larry of Nashville, TN. He is also survived by one brother: Rev. Kenneth Short and his wife Lois of Wichita, KS, one sister: Janet Hopkins and her husband Jarold of Hutchinson, Kansas, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rev. Short was preceded in death by his parents. He was also preceded in death by his wife Gloria on July 12, 2012.
The family will receive friends during a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Friday, December 6, 2013, in the East Transept of the East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at the East Heights United Methodist Church with Reverend Megan Gray, granddaughter, officiating. Interment will follow in the White Chapel Cemetery in Wichita.
On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
A memorial has been established for Southwestern College and the Westcliffe United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Charlotte Van Valkenburgh Posted 11/29/13
Charlotte L. Van Valkenburgh, age 94, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.
She was born on August 9, 1919, in Seneca, Kansas, the daughter of Frank M. and Elnora (Carlin) Schafer and graduated from St. Peter and Paul High School in Seneca.
Mrs. Van Valkenburgh was united in marriage at the St. Stephens Church, in Kansas City, Kansas to Elon B. “E.B.” Van Valkenburgh. They made their home in Manhattan where Charlotte was a homemaker.
Her memberships included the St. Thomas More Catholic Church and the ladies church circle. In addition to her church membership Charlotte volunteered time at the gift shop at Mercy Regional Health Center. She also enjoyed playing bridge, belonging to several bridge clubs, and enjoyed sewing and was a proficient reader of books.
She is survived by her daughter: Joann Goldstein of Manhattan. Also surviving are her five grandchildren: Jeanne Maberry, Martin E. Stevenson and his wife Donna, Heather Keck and her husband Steve, Krista Aston and her husband Ben, Meghan Young and her husband William Ross, ten great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and her brother-in-law: Bill Rouse of Lancaster, PA.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband in 1977, by two daughters: Jean M. Van Valkenburgh and Judith K. Rouse, by three sisters: Bernice McEchron, Jacquelyn L. Strohmeyer and Doris J. Power and by two brothers: Charles, who died in infancy, and Frank M. Schafer, Jr. who was killed in WW II.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Father Loren Werth officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Valley View Memorial Gardens Cemetery east of Manhattan.
The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday until service time at the funeral home.
On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorials have been established for Homecare and Hospice Inc., and for the Meadowlark Hills Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Thelma Wilkerson Posted 11/29/13
Thelma Laura Wilkerson, age 95, of Manhattan, died Wednesday November 27, 2013 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community – Honstead House.
She was born on September 10, 1918 in Kenton, Ohio the daughter of Willis and Mabel (Marmon) Berry. She attended schools in the Kenton area and graduated from Kenton High School.
On May 17, 1936 in Hepburn, Ohio she was united in marriage to Donald R. Wilkerson. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Rose Marie Wilkerson, her siblings: Lowell Berry, John Berry, Erma Fout, and Wilma Lane; and also one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Thelma is survived by her three children: Judy Dinger, of Wamego, Ray “Willie” Wilkerson, of Arlington, Texas, and Larry Wilkerson and his wife Nola, of Westmoreland. Additional survivors include her two brothers: Dean Berry, of Findley, Ohio and Eldon Berry and his wife Joann, of West Mansfield, Ohio; ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services for Mrs. Wilkerson will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday December 3, 2013 at the Fort Riley Post Cemetery at Fort Riley, Kansas with the Pastor Jol Klein officiating. Friends are invited to meet at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home to form a procession to the cemetery.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions in memory of Thelma are suggested to the Homecare and Hospice, Inc. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.