Obituaries

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Jerry Berry Posted 7/17/14

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Jerry Don Berry, 75, of St. George, KS, passed away Wednesday, July 16th, at his residence. He was the owner/operator of Central Mechanical Services, Manhattan KS for 40 years.

Jerry was born in Fostoria, KS on January 8, 1939, a son of the late Jerry J. and Sarah Opal (Tilton) Berry. He attended and graduated from the Randolph KS school system,. He joined the US Navy in 1958 and served 4yrs. Jerry was married to Donna Burkland in 1963. They had two children ,Trever and Bobbi Jo. Jerry and Donna divorced in 1986. On May 25, 1990 he was united in marriage to Leona “Lea” Roberts in Westmoreland KS. Jerry was a member of the Pearce-Keller American Legion Post No. 17, VFW Post 1786, Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #2468 all of Manhattan.

Survivors include his wife Lea of the home; son, Trever Berry, of Manhattan; daughter, Bobbi Jo Berry, of Lenexa KS; two step daughters, Kelly Roberts, of Wamego KS, Natalie Roberts, of Belvue, KS; a sister, Aldine Schwerdt, of Manhattan; a brother, Jerome Berry, and wife Sonja, of Manhattan and three grandchildren Travis Berry, of Denver, CO; Christopher Zoeller and his companion Beth Santo, of Wamego; Chelsea McDonald, of Wamego and two great grandchildren Jake McDonald and Kailey Zoeller, in addition to many cousins, nieces and nephews . Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Nadine Peterson and brother Bill Berry.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Tuesday, July 22 from 1:00 until 4:00 at Ramblers Steakhouse, Manhattan. A private service will be held at the Carnahan Creek Cemetery, Olsburg, KS.

The family request memorial contributions may be made to Four Paws Rescue of Kansas, 12490 School Creek Rd. St. George, KS 66535; Pottawatomie County Humane Society P.O. Box 315 in Wamego, Ks 66547; or Applewood Rescue, 2186 S. Holly St., Suite 6, Denver, CO 80222, in lieu of flowers. For more information, to send an email condolence, or a gift visit www.irvin-parkview .com. Arrangements by Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation, Manhattan.

James Bruns Posted 7/16/14

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Jim “Hippie” Bruns, age 59, died July 4, 2014 at his residence from a long term illness.

He was born on September 30, 1954 the son of Calvin E. and Elaine R. (Nelson) Bruns at the Geary County Hospital in Junction City, Kansas. He graduated from Riley High School in 1972 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1973. He was very patriotic and was proud to be a Vietnam Veteran.

Hippie repaired stained glass windows on churches throughout Kansas and also did a variety of construction projects throughout Kansas as well as many other states. He was a huge NASCAR fan, especially following Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chiefs and any football game that happened to be on. Hippie loved being with his family and friends, and most of all, he loved being around kids.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a grandson: Steven James Redmond.

Survivors include his wife: Susan G. Bruns of St. George, KS; daughter: Loretta L. Redmond, Manhattan, KS and a granddaughter: Alexis M. Redmond, WI. He is also survived by his brothers: Kenneth Bruns of Rhode Island and Tom Bruns of Kansas City, KS; a sister: Patricia Oetinger of Zapata, TX along with several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Hippies Celebration of Life will be held at Cock-N-Bull at 5:00 p.m. on July 21, 2014. Please bring a dish donation in memory of James N. Bruns.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Toys for Manhattan 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.

Fern Hofman-Comstock Posted 7/16/14

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Fern M. Hofman-Comstock, age 102, of Grand Junction, Colorado, died July 12, 2014, in
Parker, CO.

She was born on December 5, 1911, in Wheaton, Kansas, the daughter of William E. and
Ruby A. (Tibbetts) Wells. Fern had two brothers, Floyd E. and Glenn H. Wells, and one
sister, Pearl L. (Wells) Holm. All preceded her in death.

After graduating from Olsburg High School, she attended Platt Secretarial School in
Manhattan, KS. Upon completing the course she was employed at Kansas Evergreen
Nursery where she met her future husband, Donald B. Hofman. They were married
September 12, 1937 in Nevada, MO. She later spent several years employed at Kansas
State University. Donald died on April 3, 1979. She married George A. Comstock
October 11, 1988 in Las Vegas, NV. George died June 15, 1999.
Fern moved to Grand Junction, CO in November of 1999 to be closer to her sons and
their families. She made her home at The Fountains of Grand Valley until June of 2014
when she moved to Crown Crest of Parker, CO. Fern’s oldest son Larry was taken by
cancer on June 9, 2003.

She is survived by Larry’s wife: Joyce M. (Comstock) Hofman of Grand Junction, CO
and by one son: Lyle E. Hofman and his wife Trudy of Larkspur, CO. Also surviving
is one grandson: David A. Hofman and his wife Sharon of San Jose, CA, and great
granddaughters: Maren A. and Sofia I. Hofman. Granddaughter Linda M. (Hofman)
Pray and her husband Ed of San Jose, CA and great grandson: Larry D. Pray. Step-
daughters: Dorothy Kellogg of Grand Junction, CO, Marian Schuette of Denison, KS and
Rita Halderman of Topeka, KS. Fern has numerous step-grandchildren and great-step-
grandchildren.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July
20, 2014, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Melanie Martin officiating. Interment
will follow in the Sunset Cemetery.

On-line condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located
at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western
Colorado in Grand Junction, Colorado. Contributions may be left in care of the
Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas,
66502.

William Ensley Jr. Posted 7/17/14

William “Beaver” Ensley Jr., age 47, of Manhattan, died Thursday July 17, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born on August 5, 1966 in Manhattan the son of Bill and Marcella (Perez) Ensley Sr. He attended schools in the area and graduated from Manhattan High School.

Beaver was preceded in death by his parents; his grandpa, paternal grandpa, Ray Ensley, his maternal grandparents, Julian and Maria Perez, and also his nephew Jesse Ensley and niece Christina Ensley.

Survivors include his brother Sam Ensley and his sister Regina Ulrich of Manhattan; his daughter, Jennifer; his niece, Angela and his nephews, Phillip and Christopher. He is also survived by his grandma, Grace Ensley, of Manhattan and his caregiver, LaDonna Froman.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday July 20, 2014 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Graveside services for Beaver will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday July 21, 2014 at the Antioch Cemetery south of Frankfort, Kansas. Friends are invited to meet at the funeral home at 9:00 a.m. to form a procession to the cemetery

Memorial contributions 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.

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

Florence Hadin Posted 7/16/14

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Florence Ruth Johnston Hadin, age 93 of Leonardville, Kansas, died July 14, 2014 at the Leonardville
Nursing Home.

She was born on August 23, 1920 at the family farm in rural Riley County, where she was raised
throughout her childhood, the second child of Henry and Alma (Weinert) Nanninga.
Florence graduated from Leonardville High School in 1938 and then attended Norma Teaching
Training. She taught in rural Riley County schools for the five years before her marriage.

She married Elmo Frank Johnston on December 25, 1943. After his return from World War II, they
settled into married life where Elmo farmed near Leonardville and Florence was a homemaker. She
worked out of the home in various jobs after her children were older, including a secretary at Blue

Valley High School and as a dietician at Presbyterian Manor in Clay Center. She was a life long member of the Leonardville United Methodist Church.
Elmo preceded her in death on April 14, 1983. In July of 1984 she married Howard Hadin who
preceded her in death in 2002. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Marie Sump Wille; one
brother, Charles Nanninga and a grandson, Nathaniel Johnston Benney.

She is survived by three children, Franklin Johnston of Kerrville, Texas, Jeanette Benney of
Leonardville and Ruth Ann Seydel of Jonesboro, Arkansas; five grandchildren and eight great
grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Leonardville United Methodist
Church with Pastor Sandy Ferguson officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Friday at the
Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley. Burial will be in the Leonardville United Methodist Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Leonardville United Methodist 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.

Pamela Hill Posted 7/16/14

Pamela Jean Hill, died July 11th , at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was born September 13, 1946, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of H. E. and
Rose Hill.

Pam was a CPR Instructor for healthcare providers in Kansas and Missouri.

She is survived by her sister Ruth Conley McCullough of Manhattan; two nephews,
Daren McCullough and his wife Joan, and James R. McCullough; and one great niece,
Cory McCullough.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 19th
Cemetery in Manhattan, with The Reverend Art Rathbon 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 Sunset Zoo. Contributions may be left in
care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan,
KS 66502.

Rose Hill Posted 7/16/14

Rose (Uzelac) Hill, was born July 3, 1926, in Kansas City, Kansas, a former Manhattan
resident, died on her 88th birthday in San Marcos, California.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband H. E. Hill. She was survived by her two
daughters: Pamela Jean Hill and Ruth Conley McCullough both of Manhattan; two step-
grandsons, Daren McCullough and his wife Joan, and James R. McCullough; and one
great granddaughter, Cory McCullough.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 19th
Cemetery in Manhattan, with The Reverend Art Rathbon 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 Sunset Zoo. Contributions may be left in
care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan,
KS 66502.

Max Morris Posted 7/18/14

Max E. Morris Jr., age 70, of Wamego, KS, passed away with his loving family surrounding him on July 17th, 2014 at The Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, following his battle with cancer.

He was born September 9th, 1943 in Manhattan, KS. He was the second oldest of 10 children born to Max and Grace (Creviston) Morris, Sr. He graduated from Wamego High School in 1961. During high school and following his graduation he worked at Daylor’s Chevrolet Car Dealership. He then went on to vo-tech school to learn auto body. In December 1963 he married Doris Trudell. She survives of the home. Of this union, two children were born. Max was employed by Alan Clark Body Shop for nearly 13 years beginning in 1967. He opened his own business in Wamego, Max’s Body Shop in 1980 where he worked for 34 years, many of those years alongside his son. He was very proud of his business and did not think of it as work, but instead as a passion. His work was featured several times in popular car magazines. Max never knew a stranger. Through his body shop he made and met a lot of friends- salesmen, adjustors, and customers had personal relationships, not just business. Max was also an avid bowler. As a young boy, he was a “pinmonkey” in the 3 lane bowling alley in the basement of what is now the Wamego city office building. He enjoyed going to bowling tournaments and attended Nationals many times in many different cities. He enjoyed the camaraderie of all of his bowling friends.

Max is also survived by his children Shawn Morris, his wife Stefanie, and their children Mallory, Jordan, Kasey, and Holly of Manhattan, and his daughter Stephanie Morris and David Bird of Wamego and their children Swaide, Saige, and her partner Domingo Pasillas. Max was a proud and devoted grandpa to his granddaughters and also to his new great granddaughter, Sundaye Louella-Rae. He often bragged about being the grandfather of the first quintuplets born in Kansas and was always a big supporter of all of the granddaughter’s academics, extra curricular activities, and athletic events. He is also survived by his sisters Sharon, Debbie, Bea and brothers Frankie, John, Tim, Sherman, and Jeremiah.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Janie Shelton, and also an infant grandson, Evan Quinton Morris.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, July 26th, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego with inurnment immediately following. Max’s wishes were to be cremated, and also to have everyone drive their old show cars to his services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Manhattan Special Olympics and sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.

Vivian Ross Posted 7/16/14

Vivian D. Ross, age 80, of Manhattan, died July 13, 2014, at Meadowlark Hills
Retirement Community Sloan House.

She was born November 20, 1933, in Iola, Kansas, the daughter of James and Alice
(McClarnan) LeValley, and had been a Manhattan resident since the early 1950’s,

Vivian graduated from Manhattan High School, and earned her bachelors and masters
from Kansas State University in Education.

She was a teacher at Bluemont and Marlatt Elementary Schools and also taught English
as Second Language at all the grade schools in the Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools
system.

Vivian enjoyed painting, traveling, spending time with her friends. The time she valued
the most was the time she spent with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Smith of Manhattan; three grandchildren: Kristin
Bribiesca, Kari Novak and Katie Smith; one great-grandson, Bradley Novak; and one
sister, Maryjean Willey of Littleton, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Clayton LeValley.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen
Funeral Chapel with Reverend Dr. Patty Brown-Barnett officiating. Graveside services
will be held at 3:00 P.M. Friday at the Highland Cemetery in Iola, Kansas.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday 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 may be made to the Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools
Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen
Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Mike Willard Posted 7/21/14

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James Michael “Mike” Willard, 67, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House. He had been a member of the area since returning to Kansas in 1985.

Mike was born April 21, 1947, in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Charles and Betty Elder Willard. He attended local schools and graduated from St. George High School.

Mike entered the United States Navy and served his country for twenty years. He started as a Fire Control Technician and at the end of his career was a Master of Arms Senior Chief. Mike was one of the first Navy’s designated Master of Arms. He served on several different ships, including the USS Conyngham, USS Brooke, USS Wilson, USS Lawrence, and last on the USS Eisenhower. He was stationed at NAS Whiting Field, NS Philadelphia, Holy Loch, Scotland and AUTEC. After his military career, Mike, was a patrol officer for the St. Mary’s Police Department.

Mike was a member of the American Legion and life member of the NRA. He was a cowboy shooting enthusiast and a member of the Butterfield Gulch Gang and the Single Action Shooting Society. He loved hunting and fishing but especially enjoyed being with his family and grandchildren

Mike married Cathy Briguglio on January 24, 1971, in Chicago, Illinois. She survives at their home.

He is also survived by his son, Michael V. Willard, Manhattan; grandchildren, Macey and Mason; sisters, Linda Zentz (Garry), Centerville, Iowa, Nancy Willard, Manhattan and Martina Wright (Warren), Wamego; and brother, Paul Willard, St. George. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Steve and John Patrick Willard.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Burial with military honors will be in Wamego City Cemetery. Mr. Willard will lie-in-state on Tuesday, at the funeral home, beginning at 3:00 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p. They suggest memorial contributions to Home Care and Hospice, and those may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.