Carole Troy (Posted 5/20/22)
Carole F. Troy, age 83, a longtime Ogden resident, died May 19, 2022, at Stoneybrook Retirement Community in Manhattan.
Carole was born August 16, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Elmer D. and Florence M. (Blattner) Russell.
She was married to John Edward Troy on April 21, 1956, at St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church in Chicago, IL. John preceded her in death on July 22, 1993.
Carole was an excellent mother and grandmother and loved taking care of her family and
everyone in Ogden was considered her family. Following John’s death she worked at the
Subway on Ogden for many years.
She also was very patriotic and volunteered for all patriotic activities. She also served many
funeral luncheons, was a Cub Scout leader, loved to dance and was a huge Elvis fan.
Carole was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ogden, American Legion
Auxiliary, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Life Member.
Survivors include six children: Michael Troy of Manhattan, Martin Troy and his wife Cheri of
Las Vegas, NV, Mark Troy and his wife Becky of Jackson, MO, Monica Meredith and her
husband John of Plattsmouth, NE, Mary Troy of Ogden, KS, and Melanie McLochlin and her
husband John of Plattsmouth, NE; one sister Joan Carlson of Orland Park, IL; daughter in law
Janet Troy of Ogden; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
She was also preceded in death by her son Matthew; and four siblings: David Russell,
Jacqueline Cecil, Shirley Carlson and Gerald Russell.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 26, at the St. Patrick’s
Catholic Church in Ogden, KS, with Father Ryan McCandless as Celebrant. Private interment
will be in the Main Post Cemetery at Fort Riley.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 25 th , at the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home at
Memorial contributions may be made to Stoneybrook Retirement Community or Interim
Hospice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home,
1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Wesley Stotler (Posted 5/19/22)
Wesley L. Stotler, age 79, of Manhattan, died May 13, 2022 at the Stoneybrook Retirement Community in Manhattan.
Wes was born on June 9, 1942, in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Lee and Myrtle Stotler. His family moved to Newton, Kansas in 1946. He attended schools in Newton and graduate with the Newton High School class of 1960. Wes then attended Hutchinson Community College and then Pittsburg State Teachers College. He also attended Kansas State University, where he earned his Master’s Degree.
He served in the Army Reserves and was Honorably Discharged in 1971.
On September 6, 1964 he was united in marriage to Nancy Marrs. She survives at their home in Manhattan.
Wes taught drafting technology at the Manhattan Area Technical School from 1970 until 1998. He then went to work for the Riley County Public Works from 2000 until 2010. Wes was a history buff and loved to spend time reading a good book. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren and being part of their activities as much as he could.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gus and his son Doug.
In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by his daughters, Robin Horn (Kenny) and Anna Fordyce (Troy); grandchildren: John, Katelyn, and Julia Horn, and Jacob, Bonnie, and Caleb Fordyce, and his great-grandchild, Jamie Horn.
The family will greet friends at 10:00 a.m. Friday May 27 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. At 10:45 a.m. a procession will be formed to go to the cemetery.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday May 27, 2022 at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. Chaplain Doug Hamilton will officiate the services.
The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Wes to the Alzheimer’s Association. 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 www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Helen Wieters (Posted 5/19/22)
Helen Pauline Wieters, age 97 of Randolph, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Leonardville Nursing Home.
She was born on February 1, 1925 at the family farm south of Walsburg, the daughter of John Herbert and Emma Marina (Johnson) Holtman. She was baptized and confirmed in the Walsburg Lutheran Church, attended Walsburg Grade School and graduated from Randolph Rural High School.
On September 5, 1948 in the Walsburg Lutheran Church, she married Harold Melvin Wieters. He preceded her in death in 2002.
Helen worked as a bookkeeper for Farm Bureau early in her working career before becoming a full-time farmwife. She loved babysitting, quilting, embroidery, gardening and watching her squirrels. She made all of her grandchildren denim quilts and baby blankets for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a lifetime member of the Walsburg Lutheran Church, a member of L.C.W. and Business and Professional Women.
She is survived by her two daughters, Carol Deetjen and husband Chris of Manhattan and Carla Hageman and husband Gary of Leonardville; six grandchildren, Jamie Hageman (Kristi), Jason Hageman (Jamie), Christopher Deetjen (Melissa), Travis Hageman (Kristen), Stacy Dawes (Brett) and Amy Crady (Jeff); nine great grandchildren and two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Wieters of Barnes and Ann Dinwiddie of Manhattan.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, George Holtman and one sister, Emma Hagenmaier.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Walsburg Lutheran Church with Rev. Keith Wiens and Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Walsburg Cemetery.
A memorial may be made to the Leonardville Nursing Home and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.
Ann Van Doren (Posted 5/16/22)
Ann (Cowan) Van Doren died of natural causes on May 7, 2022, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan, KS. She was 98 years old. Born Nelley Ann Cowan on October 10, 1923, in Kansas City, MO, to Austin Marcus Cowan, attorney at law and Dr. Edwina Abbott Cowan, Director and Clinical Psychologist of the Wichita Child Guidance Center.
Raised in Wichita, KS, her childhood summers were spent camping in Colorado with family – a tradition she continued with her husband and children.
In 1943 Ann met the love of her life, Claude Van Doren at Wichita State University. Ann has always been the type of person to get things done. When Claude left for the Navy Air Corps to fight in World War II, she decided to call his mother for his mailing address. She wanted to see more of him. Claude wrote Ann back and their courtship began.
Once Claude returned from War, both he and Ann went to Kansas University. Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in 1946 and Claude completed a degree in architecture in 1950. They were married in 1947. Claude became a prominent Wichita architect who designed several buildings statewide.
Ann’s involvement in her community is legendary. First as an Alpha Chi Omega member where she continued her service to her sorority by serving as alumnae president for the Wichita chapter. In 2000 she was named the Wichita Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Alumna of the Year for her 50 years of service. Other nonprofits that received her gifts of time include numerous positions with the American Cancer Society of Sedgwick County (35 plus years), Wichita Town Talks (3 years), and Junior League of Wichita (56 years). She also served as president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, taught Sunday School at Plymouth Congregational Church (10 years), volunteered at the Wichita Art Museum (10 years), and was an active member of University Congregational Church of Wichita.
Between all of that, Ann kept busy raising four children. Later she worked at Wichita State University as the executive secretary to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for 15 years. After retiring in 1988, she volunteered at WSU as a test proctor for 15 plus years.
Claude and Ann celebrated 35 years of marriage before his passing in 1982. Their children have many fond memories of their parents’ love for each other. One that happened often was their dancing in the den to the sounds of Perry Como on the record player after a hard day’s work.
They enjoyed entertaining and once their children had grown, Ann and Claude continued filling the house with family and friends from Sunday dinners to the annual Van Doren Christmas party. Ann was also the coordinator of most if not all of the local Van Doren family reunions. She was a natural at bringing people together.
In addition to her love of family, Ann was an incredible friend. She traveled to all 50 states together with four of her Alpha Chi Omega sisters. She also hosted weekly bridge for years and a monthly book club that lasted 35 years.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Austin M. Cowan, Esq. and Dr. Edwina A. Cowan, husband Claude A. Van Doren Jr., brothers Edwin and David Cowan, and sons Marc and Eric Van Doren. Survivors include her daughter Claudia Voos (Terry) of Manhattan, KS, son Kirk Van Doren of Wichita, KS, seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Wichita University Congregational Church, Friday, June 10th, at 10:30 AM. Ann will be laid to rest alongside her husband Claude at Maple Grove Cemetery in a private family ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Memory of Ann Van Doren to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Kansas (https://namikansas.org/donate_now/ or NAMI Kansas; P.O. Box 675; Topeka, KS 66601). NAMI has provided support and resources for Ann’s youngest son throughout his adult life.
Bernice Waters (Posted 5/16/22)
Bernice Gay “Bernie” Waters, 60, of Alma, Kansas, died Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Alma Manor. She was a long-time member of the community.
Bernice was born on January 25, 1962, in Mobile, Alabama, the daughter of Patrick H. and Shirley (Theel) Waters. She graduated from Wabaunsee High School in 1981.
Bernice worked for many years as a cook for the Alma Manor. She also worked a short time for the St. Marys Manor. Bernice was forced to retire in the 1990s due to her health.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Alma. Bernice enjoyed playing cards and was a member of a local card club. She loved to help organize birthday, graduation, or any other type pf party. She loved to tease her nephews and was known for her dry sense of humor. Bernice loved to be a part of lively conversation and often would change sides of a topic just to keep the argument going. Bernice was a avid K-State, Chiefs and Royals fan.
Bernice is survived by her sisters; Audrey Waters, Alma, and Cindy Louk (Dave Kaufholz), St. George, her nephews, Charles Thomas and Richard Louk, her grand-nephew, Dean Louk; her brothers-in-law, Ronald Thomas and Ross Louk; as well as many other relatives and friends.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:30 am, Saturday, May 21, 2022, at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Alma. The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 10:00 am, at Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home in Alma. They suggest memorial contributions to Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses, and those may be sent to the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellastewart.com.
Christina Brazzle (Posted 5/13/22)
Christina Marie Brazzle, 60, of Wamego, Kansas, passed away on Friday (May 13, 2022) in the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kansas.
Born January 12, 1962 in Westmoreland, Kansas, Chris was the daughter of Elmer and Phyllis (Jenkins) Brazzle.
Chris enjoyed playing cards, collecting elephants, putting together puzzles and showing her creative side with her sketch drawings. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family.
She was employed at Kansas State University in support services for 20 years and then for 16 years for the Wamego Health Center until her retirement.
Survivors include three daughters, Katie Spickelmier (George Barb) of Manhattan, KS, Cassi Swenson (Mathew) of Wamego, KS and Brianna Trower (Jordan) of Bonaire, GA; eight grandchildren, Nicolas Spickelmier, Spencer Spickelmier, Peyton Spickelmier, Daphne Swenson, Conner Swenson, Alayna Hinton, Oliver Swenson and Maya Hinton; a great granddaughter, Wednesday Guerra; three brothers, Mike Brazzle (Lorita) of Madison, KS, David Brazzle (Cara) of Wamego, KS and Joe Brazzle (Heather) of Emporia, KS; seven sisters, Vickie Reed of Wamego, KS, Tricia Salfrank (Tod) of Wamego, KS, Jenny Brazzle of Wamego, KS, Jackie Ayscue (Shane) of Henderson, NC, Beth Brazzle of Wamego, KS, Rachel Brazzle of Wamego, KS and Helen King (Chris) of Wamego, KS; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Chris was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Steve Brazzle; two sisters, Mary Tucker and Cindy Harris; and a nephew, Paul Brazzle.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday afternoon (May 17, 2022) at 2:00 at the Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego.
The family will meet with friends on Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials are requested to Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home to help the family with expenses and may be left with Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home, 4370 Salzer Road, Wamego, KS 66547.
Deloris Berland (Posted 5/13/22)
Deloris Marie Berland of Manhattan, Kansas passed away May 9, 2022, at Ascension Via Christi
Hospital in Manhattan at the age of 78.
Deloris was born August 23, 1943 in Oberlin, Kansas, the only daughter of Clarence Ernest Musgrave
and Mary Deloris (Thummel) Musgrave. In 1954 at the age of 10, she and her five brothers were
orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. The high school principal and his wife, Ira and Minnie Laidig, generously took in all six children so that they would not be separated.
In 1961, Deloris graduated from Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, KS. She then attended
Fort Hays State University on a debate scholarship where she met her forever love and best friend,
Stephen Lawrence Berland. They were married in Oberlin on August 31, 1963, and have been constant
companions for 60 years. Deloris and Stephen transferred to Kansas State University, where they started a family and took turns completing their degrees. In 1966, Deloris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Speech and English, and later earned her Master’s in Secondary Education, all from Kansas State University.
Deloris started her career in 1966 at Monsignor Luckey High School in Manhattan where she taught
English, speech, and coached debate. She then worked for Fort Riley as a contract English teacher. In
1975, she started with USD 383 where she taught English and speech, first at Manhattan Junior High
School for 5 years, followed by 18 years at Manhattan High School. She also served as a debate coach
and a debate tournament judge. She retired in 1998 after being a wonderful and consequential teacher to thousands of students.
After retirement, Deloris dedicated much of her time as a resolute volunteer in the Manhattan
community, actively working with numerous philanthropic groups where her organizational skills and
leadership made a difference in people's lives. As a child, her foster mother inspired her passion for flower gardens and service, so she was a long-serving member and past president of the Friends of the KSU Gardens Board of Directors. She also served as a board member and past president of Friends of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, on the Beach Museum Advisory Board, and on the Friends of McCain Auditorium Board of Directors. She was a long-standing member and past president of Little Apple Pilot Club and was an active member of P.E.O. Chapter BD. Additionally, she served on the Habitat for Humanity Board and the Sunset Zoo Trust Board. She was an emeritus member of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the KSU Alumni Association, KSU Leadership Circle, and KSU Presidents' Club. She became a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority at Fort Hays State, and later served on the building committee for the new residential chapter house at Kansas State. She was a Founder at Colbert Hills Golf Course, a member of Manhattan Country Club, and a parishioner of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Through all of these organizations, she found a sense of purpose and made many close friends.
As busy as she was with the community, she always had the time and energy to be a devoted wife,
mother, grandmother, and friend. Her insightfulness, integrity, and wisdom were inspiring to all who
knew her. Besides spending quality time with her children and grandchildren, she enjoyed travelling the
world, attending KSU sporting events, hosting an annual Christmas luncheon, and spending winters in
Naples, FL. She was also fortunate to have a wide group of supportive friends in Manhattan.
Deloris was preceded in death by her parents, foster parents, and oldest brother, Delbert Musgrave. She is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years, Stephen L. Berland. Additional survivors include her two children: Stephanie Renee Berland and her husband Jeffrey Ray Walker of Wichita, KS, and Christopher Allen Berland and his wife Mikyung Lee Berland of Overland Park, KS; four brothers and their wives: Don and Jean Musgrave of Portland, OR, Dallas and Rosalee Musgrave of Lady Lake, FL, David and Carole Musgrave of Lenexa, KS, and Danny Musgrave of Arvada, CO; Delbert’s wife Lilo Musgrave of Killeen, TX; and four grandchildren: Katherine Walker of San Francisco, CA, Christina Walker of New York, NY, and Jacob and Audrey Berland of Overland Park, KS.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 19 th , at the St. Thomas More
Catholic Church with Father Don Zimmerman as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Sunrise
Cemetery in Manhattan.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 18 th , at the Yorgensen-Meloan-
Londeen Funeral Home, followed by a Parish Vigil at 8:00 P.M. in the funeral home chapel.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Gardens or St.
Thomas More Catholic Church. The link for those who wish to give to Deloris’ memorial fund at KSU
Gardens online is: https://giving.ksufoundation.org/campaigns/17349/donations/new. Contributions may also be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Vida Mae Gieber (Posted 5/13/22)
Vida Mae Gieber, age 92 of Manhattan, died May 9, 2022, at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in
She was born on December 13, 1929, in Pilot Grove, MO, the daughter of Harry F. and Iva
(Prather) Fagan, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1947. Vida graduated from Manhattan
High School in 1948 and attended Manhattan Area Vo-Tech in 1971.
Vida was married to Anthony Leo “Tony” Gieber on June 26, 1950, at Seven Dolors Catholic
Church. Tony preceded her in death on July 21, 2012.
She was the office manager/receptionist for Doctors Janasek & Oberhelman Optometrist for
Vida was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and volunteered as a Minister of
Hospitality. She enjoyed sewing and was very devoted to her family and loved spoiling the
Survivors include her four children: Toni Murphy and her husband Emerson Burns of St.
George, KS, Jeanette Gould and her husband Jeff of Manhattan, Brian Gieber and his fiancé
Leona Staab of St., George, and Milly Gieber Vazquez of San Antonio, TX; ten grandchildren:
Dale, Toni Lea, Becky, Greg, Rachel, Clayton, Kylie, Lola, Luke and Elle; 13 great-
grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Vida was also preceded in death by two sons: Gregory and Douglas; and two sisters: Joy Zentz
and Delores Bingham.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 18 th , at Seven Dolors
Catholic Church with Father Ryan McCandless as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the St.
Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Ogden.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 17 th , at the Yorgensen-
Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. A Parish Vigil will be held at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday in the funeral
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at
Memorial contributions may made to Seven Dolors Food Pantry. Contributions may be left in
care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS
Donna William (Posted 5/13/22)
Donna B. William, 89, of St. George, Kansas, passed away on Monday (May 9, 2022) at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kansas.
Born February 25, 1933 in her grandmother’s house in Onaga, Kansas, Donna was the daughter of Clarence and Rose (Wege) Tessendorf. She attended Halligan Grade School near Emmett until her family moved to Wamego when she was in the 5th Grade. Donna attended Davis school and was a 1951 graduate of Wamego High School.
She married Roger G. William on March 4, 1956. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before Roger passed away on June 13, 2016.
Donna was a member of the Crafty Seniors of Manhattan. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, oil painting and loved playing on her smart phone. Donna’s greatest joy was the time she spent with her family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Mike William (Teresa) of Manhattan, KS and Scott William (Debbie Webb) of St. George, KS; four grandchildren, Dustin Caddell (Martha), Dee Garcia (Alberto), Rebecca William and Daniel William; five great grandchildren; a brother, Jim Tessendorf (Sharen) of Wamego; and several nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roger; a daughter, Teresa Ann Caddell Bestvater; and a sister, Marilyn Regelman.
Cremation services are in the care of Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego.
The family will have a memorial graveside service on Monday (May 23, 2022) at 11:00 a.m. at the St. George Cemetery with Pastor Laura Burnett officiating. Friends are invited to attend.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left with Campanella & Stewart Funeral Home, 4370 Salzer Road, Wamego, KS 66547
Shirley Wohler (Posted 5/12/22)
Shirley Irene Wohler, age 86 of Riley passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
She was born on July 31, 1935 in Pawnee City, Nebraska, the daughter of Clyde Edwin and Imo Isabelle (Jones) Rowland.
On December 1, 1951 she married Robert (Bob) Walter Wohler in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He preceded her in death in 1995.
Shirley was a farmwife and a member of the the American Legion Auxiliary and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She loved riding her motorcycle, keeping her license current up until her death. She enjoyed painting, gardening, cooking and horses.
She is survived by her beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael Wohler; her parents; one sister, Dorothy Holmberg and two brothers, Glen Rowland and Jess Rowland.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2022 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Randolph Fancy Creek Cemetery.
A memorial may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.
Margo Braly (Posted 5/12/22)
Margo Donitte Braly, age 60 of Wamego, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.
She was born on March 12, 1962 at Fort Riley, Kansas, the daughter of Donald Eugene and Margaret Jane (Fisher) Mefford.
On February 12, 1983, she married Richard Dana Braly. He survives of the home.
Margo graduated from Manhattan Area Technical College and worked as an administrative office professional in various Manhattan businesses as well as the Riley County Police Department. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed watching cooking shows and being in the kitchen.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Braly of Wamego; her mother, Margaret Mefford of Wamego; her sister, Dana Flynn and husband Clark of Wamego and her belovednieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Mefford in 2011.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice House or the American Cancer Society and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.
Alan Keith (Posted 5/12/22)
Alan Clark (Posted 5/11/22)
Alan R. Clark, 79, passed from this life Monday May 9, 2022 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, following a 7-year battle with cancer. Alan was born March 26, 1943 to parents Fred R. and Marjorie Anemone (Orton) Clark, in Council Grove, Ks. Alan was the 2nd of 4 children. He grew up on the farm near Alta Vista, Ks. He graduated from Alta Vista High School in 1961.
Alan attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas and graduated from their 2-year program in Auto Mechanics and Autobody Repair. He served in the Kansas Air National Guard from 1964-1970 as an Electric Power Production Specialist. He achieved the rank of Airman 1st Class.
Alan united in marriage Dec. 12, 1969 with Sharon (Macy). Alan and Sharon had 2 children, Alison Faye and Ross Alan.
Alan owned and operated the Alan Clark Body Shop for most of his adult life. The shop still retained his name. Alan was a successful and respected business man. He served as State President of the Automotive Service Council of Kansas. Alan loved his “SNAP-ON” tools.
Alan worked for Bayer Construction Company; overseeing the building of their Truck Service Shop and then managing it.
Alan later worked for the family-owned Alta Vista State Bank, serving as a Director and Executive Vice President.
Following the death of his parents, Alan and Sharon bought the family farm that represents 6 generations of ownership. As good stewards of the land, Alan and Sharon received the Kansas Bankers Conservation Award in 2004, and proudly leaves the farm for future generations. Alan loved being at the farm; building ponds-building fences-clearing timber-enjoying nature.
Alan was a Wreck Builder and Fabricator. He re-built many vehicles over his lifetime. He also built many Jeeps. He was a member of the Flint Hills Jeep Club and hooked-up with the Colorado Scrambler Club for many adventurous trail rides in the mountains he so loved. Alan authored a book about his life in the 60’s and 70’s. He calls it Autobody Boy. Alan was a proud Lifetime Member of the NRA and a member of Crestview Christian Church.
Alan was proceeded in death by his parents, his son, Ross and his sister, Elizabeth Moyer. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon, of the home; his daughter Alison Emme (Christopher), Beloved grandchildren Alexander Christopher and Sarah Anemone Emme of Manhattan, sister Penny Clark of Beaumont, Texas and brother, John Clark of Alta Vista, Ks. Also, Namesakes Keith Alan Metcalf of Independence, Ks and God Son, Marshall Alan DeSotel of Kalona, Iowa and several nieces and nephews.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 8:00p.m. Monday May 16, 2022 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday May 17, 2022 at the Crestview Christian Church, 3940 Excel Road in Manhattan. Interment will follow in the Welcome Cemetery in Rural Geary County, Kansas.
Memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Alan to the Crestview Christian Church or 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 through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com