Gregory “Greg” Lynn Hopper (Posted 2/23/2018)

Gregory “Greg” Lynn Hopper, age 68 of Leonardville, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at his residence.

He was born on March 11, 1950 in the Marysville, the son of Kenneth Earl and Marian Laverne (Shineman) Hopper.

On April 20, 1974 in Hanover, he was married to Janet Marie Bruna. She survives of the home.

Greg was a cattleman and farmer but worked out of the home for several years. He worked as a welder for Landoll Manufacturing, in the National Guard and at Fort Riley. For most of his career, he worked at Travalong Trailers and Travelute Trailers in Waterville, where he managed the operation and designed stock trailers. He ended his career managing RSMS at Fort Riley. He also was a skilled carpenter.

He enjoyed woodworking and building replica toy barns, caring for his horses and dogs, hunting deer and geese, collecting farm toys, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. Greg was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Clay Center, as well as the American Legion in Hanover.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Jared Hopper and Jenee of Riley, Ben Hopper of Manhattan and Daniel Hopper of Manhattan; three grandchildren, Bryan Hopper, Brett Hopper and Natalie Hopper, all of Riley; his best buddy, Jack O’Conner of Leonardville; his close cousins Ron Hopper and Bill Hopper, Jr. of Missouri; one brother, Garth Hopper and Teresa of Leonardville; his brothers and sisters-in-laws and 55 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2018 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Clay Center with Father Randall Weber as Celebrant. Inurnment with Military Honors will be in the Lasita Cemetery, Lasita, Kan., at 2 p.m. Monday.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

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

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Val Dean “Ferd” Burgman (Posted 2/23/2018)

Val Dean “Ferd” Burgman, age 88 of Riley, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Leonardville Nursing Home.

He was born on February 13, 1930 in Randolph, the son of Oscar Emanuel and Anna Edna (Daniels) Burgman. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1948.

On May 16, 1964 in Marysville, he was married to Kathleen Maxine Meyer. She preceded him in death in 1990.

Ferd served in the U.S. Army after high school and hitchhiked across the country two or three times during those years. After his military service, he worked at the meat locker in Randolph and then the City of Manhattan in the water department as a meter reader from 1965 until 1991. He enjoyed watching birds, gardening and working in the yard.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Harold Burgman and three sisters, Delores Gillespie, JoAnn Fluharty and Shirley Duensing.

He is survived by one brother, Leo Burgman of Leonardville; three sisters, Judy Springer of Hanover, Sharon Harding of Leonardville and Sandra Rightmeier of Randolph and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Riley Cemetery with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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Alicia Lenoire Perez Castaneda (Posted 2/23/2018)

Alicia Lenoire Perez Castaneda was born April 11, 1921, in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Dr. Alfonso and Maria Perez. She was the youngest of seven children and grew up helping with her father’s pharmacy and medical practice, learning about plants and art from her mother, and working on the family ranch. These influences led her to a lifetime love of science, learning, art, animals, and nature.

At the age of 17, Alicia attended the University of Monterrey to study Chemistry, along with two of her sisters. After graduating she joined Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1943 as a research chemist to work on developing synthetic rubber in support of the war effort. Alicia also received patents for her work with plastics. It was at Phillips she met Milton Opheim, her future husband, also a chemist and a former fighter pilot. They were married in 1949 and had two sons, Henrik Stuart and Charles Milton.

When her sons became teenagers, Alicia began teaching, first in a junior high, then a high school, and then a community college. In 1976 she enrolled at Kansas State University, received her Ph.D. and became a professor. Although Alicia retired from KSU in 1998 she never stopped teaching, always sharing her knowledge of chemistry and languages. She also devoted her time to her garden, friends, and family, and taking frequent hikes through the woods near her home to a cemetery where she will rest.

Alicia is survived by her two sons, Henrik Opheim of Manhattan, and Charles Opheim of Waco, Texas, many nieces, nephews and many dear friends, colleagues from KSU, and former students.

Visitation will be from 9 am to 8 pm Thursday, April 19, at Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 W. Poyntz Avenue. There will be a graveside service at 2 pm, Friday, April 20, at Sunset Cemetery, followed by a reception in the home. Alicia always loved flowers but would prefer a donation to the Riley County Humane Society.

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Jay B. Meador (Posted 2/23/2018)

Jay B. Meador, age 80, of Manhattan, KS, passed peacefully on April 13, 2018, at Good Shepherd
Hospice House in Manhattan, KS.

He was born December 12, 1937, in Houston, Missouri, the son of Claude H. and Avis Ione (Bonnett)
Meador. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 160 in West Plains, MO, and in February 1953, he
earned his Eagle Scout Award. Jay graduated from West Plains High School in 1956. He graduated from
Southwest Missouri State College in 1960, where he was a member of ROTC. In June of 1960, he was
commissioned as a 2 nd Lt. in the US Army.

Jay served in the United States Army for 22 ½ years retiring at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3. He
received numerous Military Medals, Ribbons and Awards. After being stationed at several post around
the world, he retired from Fort Riley, KS, in 1982.

After retirement from the Military, he was self-employed as a woodworker/carpenter. He remodeled and
built additions to homes and helped to build his present home in Manhattan. He did maintenance at
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House for numerous years. He enjoyed wood carving, made beautiful wooden
craft/gift items, and built cabinets and furniture.

On July 2, 1981, at Fort Riley, KS, Jay married Marilyn (Streed) Anderson. Marilyn survives of the
home in Manhattan. Additional survivors include five children: Cynthia (Meador) Wiant (Randy) of
Leland, NC, Jeffrey Meador (Pam) of Springfield, MO, Melanie (Meador) Stafford (Brandon) of Ozark,
MO, Bryce Anderson (Christine) of Indianola, IA, and Laurie (Anderson) Cox (Chris) of Olsburg, KS;
one sister Laketa (Meador) Dickson (Melvin) of Murfreesboro, TN; brother in law Glenn Fulton of
Wichita, KS; eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister Sharon (Meador) Fulton.

He attended First Lutheran Church where he enjoyed the Saturday Evening Service. A smaller group of
worshippers fit his needs, as he felt comfortable in the Chapel at FLC.

He enjoyed snow skiing, canoeing, camping, traveling, ski group meetings, investment club meetings,
family get-togethers, grandkids’ sports and concerts, entertaining guests at the house, and impromptu road

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday at the First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Avenue,
Manhattan, KS, with Reverend Jerry Reynolds officiating. Interment with full military honors will be at
1:00 PM Friday at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, 5181 Wildcat Creek Road, Manhattan.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 PM Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen
Funeral Home in Manhattan.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to Good Shepherd Hospice House
or the First Lutheran Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen
Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

E. Eileen Wood (Posted 2/23/2018)

E. Eileen Wood, age 96, of Manhattan, died Thursday April 12, 2018 at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

Eileen Jones, born to Lou and Lena Jones on October 14, 1921, in Detroit, Kansas, a small community between Junction City and Abilene. She grew up in the area and graduated from Chapman High School with the class of 1939. She was baptized at the Sutphan Mill Church in 1939.

She taught in country schools for 6 years (5 years at Spring Valley, north of Chapman, and 1 year at Kellogg).

On October 14, 1947 in Columbia, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Leonard Wood.

Eileen and Leonard moved to Manhattan in 1951, where Leonard owned his own radiator shop. He preceded her in death on February 1, 1985.

She was also preceded in death by her sister: Gladys Knopp, her brothers: Elmer Jones, Clarence Jones, Leland Jones, Robert Jones, Francis Jones, and Elwood Jones.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Manhattan, the Ladies Auxiliary Order of Eagles, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Elks Ladies, and the Wakefield Museum.

Eileen is survived by her many nephews, nieces and other family members.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 21, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Interment will follow in the St. John’s Cemetery west of Wakefield.

Memorial contributions are suggest to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at KSU. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

F. Annabeth Strifler (Posted 4/15/2018)

F. Annabeth Strifler, age 88, of Fostoria, died April 9, 2018, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

She was born May 22, 1929, in Manhattan, the daughter of Alfred and Florence (Wonnell) Eversmeier. She graduated from Fostoria High School in 1947.

On May 22, 1947, in Westmoreland, she was married to Bernard L. Strifler.

Annabeth worked as a cosmetologist from 1957 to 1969, then in the office at Blue Valley High School prior to working as an office clerk at McCall Pattern Company.

She was a member of the Fostoria United Methodist Church, HDU, Red Hat Society, and the Club.

Annabeth enjoyed reading, was a master gardener, she enjoyed painting in pastels and charcoals, and kept a diary from her 18th birthday until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 9, 2010; by two sons: Zane and Roy; and by her brother George Eversmeier.

Survivors include her daughter Sara Strifler of Manhattan; one sister Marilyn Frank of Manhattan; four grandsons: Kyle and Kevin Lawrence, Troy Strifler and his wife Whitney and Shaun Strifler; four great grandchildren: Nathaniel, Chance, Brooke (Austyn) and Jordan; and one great-great grandson, Derrick.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 12th, at the Westmoreland United Methodist Church with Reverend David Geisler officiating. Interment will follow in the Westmoreland City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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

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

Calvin Leroy Thurlow (Posted 4/15/2018)

Calvin Leroy Thurlow, age 91, of Wakefield, went to be with his Eternal Father on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community.

He was born on December 9, 1926 on the family farm south of Wakefield, the fourth son of John Rockliffe and Caroline Marie (Koerner) Thurlow. He attended school at Victor Dist. 100, rural Wakefield and graduated from Wakefield Rural High School in 1944.

He was a farmer and did mechanic work for many area farmers. In 1967, he and his brother opened Circle T Implement in Clay Center. When they sold the store and retired, he helped his nephew and family on the farm until his health prevented him from it.

He was a member of the Wakefield United Methodist Church. Family was always important to Calvin. He enjoyed his nieces and nephews growing up and their families later. He loved telling stories of the past about life growing up and the area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Melvin and Erwin; one sister, Barbara; two nephews and one niece.

He is survived by one brother, William Dean Thurlow and wife Helen of Clay Center; a brother in law, Gail Dexter of Wamego and four nieces and six nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Highland Cemetery in Wakefield with Pastor Bob Melius officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wakefield United Methodist Church or the Wakefield Museum. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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