Obituaries

Eric Gray (Posted 12/6/18)

Eric Reagan Gray, age 22, was born in Manhattan on December 16, 1995 and died Friday November 30, 2018.  He is the son of Kirk and Christine Gray of Manhattan.

Eric was a Master’s Student in the Chemical Engineering Department at Kansas State University.  Eric attended Manhattan Catholic School, Amanda Arnold Elementary, and Susan B. Anthony Middle School and graduated from Manhattan High School in 2014.  In fall of 2014, Eric began his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University and was involved in numerous extra-curricular activities and clubs through the university and engineering department.  Eric graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2018 and started his post-graduate studies in the fall of 2018.

Eric is survived by his parents, Kirk and Christine Gray of Manhattan; his twin brother, Adam of Los Angeles, his brother Evan of Seattle, and his sister Alicia Threadgill and her husband Daniel and their children, Caleb, Kinstyn, Reagan, and Riley, of Irmo, South Carolina.  He is also survived by his grandmother, Sandra Adams of San Antonio, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Evelyn Gray of Jamestown, Kansas and William W. Frizell Jr. of Sun City West, Arizona.

Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan on Monday December 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Troy Bowers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Eric R. Gray Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the KS State Bank in Manhattan.  Contributions may also be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

For more detailed obituary information and to leave an online condolence for the family please visit the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

William Phillips (Posted 12/04/18)

William Maurice (Bill) Phillips died December 2, 2018 at the age of 95. He was born December 4, 1922 at Newton, Kansas, the youngest of five children of S. Clayton and Minnie (Vesper) Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister, infant son Stanley Glenn and daughter Carol Jean Frye. Survivors include his wife Doris of the home, children Bob and Roya Phillips, Fullerton, CA, Don and Becky Phillips, Alexandria, VA, Roger and Sue Phillips, Rio Rancho, NM, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Both Bill and Doris were involved in many of their children’s activities including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and church activities. Bill grew up on farms in Harvey County, Kansas. His primary schooling was in a one room rural school where he was often the only student in his grade. Beginning with the ninth grade he attended Newton High School where he graduated in 1940. He enrolled in Kansas State College (now University) in the fall of 1940. After completing two years of college he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in November 1942.

Following basic training he was assigned to Bombsight and Automatic Pilot Training School located at Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado. After completing the course, he became part of the original cadre of the 745th Bomb Squadron, 456th Bomb Group, 15th Army Air Forces. Most of the state-side training was at Muroc, California (near the site of the present Edwards Air Force Base). Late in 1943 the unit, which flew B-24 bombers, was sent to Italy. The squadron remained on the same field, located near Cerignola, until July 5, 1945. Bombing missions were flown to various targets in southern Europe and Germany. As a member of the ground crew, Bill was not involved in combat missions. He was in charge of bombsight and automatic pilot service and maintenance on the squadron’s B-24 bombers. He reached the rank of Technical Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star medal. He returned to the U.S. in August 1945 and was honorably discharged.

After spending a short time with his parents in Harvey County Kansas, he returned to Manhattan to look for employment. (All classes at the University had already started.) When applying for a job at the Kansas Crop Improvement Association he met Doris Mead, Office Manager for the Association. He and Doris were married April 18, 1946. Following a few months’ work, Bill enrolled at the University for the 1946 spring semester. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1947, enrolled in Graduate School and received his Master of Science degree in 1949. On February 1, 1948 he began working for the Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was located at the Fort Hays Branch, Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Kansas State University, Hays, Kansas, as a cooperative State-Federal employee doing research on methods of controlling weeds in field crops. This began a long career in weed control research that, except for a 10-month assignment on a brush control project at Spur, Texas, was spent at the experiment station at Hays. Because of a reduction in force of federal employees, Bill left federal service in 1973 and was employed by Kansas State University. His research was only slightly affected by this change.

In July 1976 he became Head of the Fort Hays Experiment Station and remained in that position until he retired in January 1985 with the academic rank of professor. During his career and following his retirement, Bill was recognized and honored for several achievements in weed control research and for developing improved farming practices using those research findings. His pioneering work in conservation tillage practices and weed control strategies in a winter wheat-grain sorghum-fallow cropping system for the Great Plains led to wide-spread acceptance of this farming system. This and other research was documented by many technical and popular publications and presentations. He was a member or past member of several professional and honorary scientific organizations including the Weed Science Society of America, North Central Weed Science Society, American Society of Agronomy, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, and Alpha Zeta.

In 2001 he wrote the 100-year history of the Agricultural Research Center-Hays (formerly called the Fort Hays Experiment Station). The history, published by Kansas State University, was presented as part of the Center’s Centennial Celebration.

When Bill retired in January 1985 he and Doris moved to Manhattan where they enjoyed university, church, and community activities. They traveled extensively, both to visit family and to tour other parts of the world. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary April 18, 2018. Both Bill and Doris were active in the Presbyterian Church. Bill was a ruling elder for many years in the church in Hays and served as Trustee, church treasurer, and on many church committees.

A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 8 at the First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with Rev. R.C. McConnell officiating. The family suggests that those who desire to memorialize Bill do so with gifts to the Music Guild Endowment Fund – First Presbyterian Church or a charity of their choice.  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

Dennis Michael Cox (Posted 12/03/18)

Dennis Cox

Dennis Michael Cox passed away on November 26, 2018 at the age of 65.  He was a resident of Manhattan, KS and often went by the nickname “Sarge”.

Dennis was born to C. Richard and Anna Lorraine (Born) Cox in Topeka, KS on April 14, 1953.  The family moved to Maryland where he was raised and graduated in 1972 from Dulaney High School, as a state wresting champ. After graduating he joined the US Air Force.  He served as military police and was stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, where he met and married his first wife, Margo Nielsen.  They had 3 children and soon after divorced while living in Loveland, CO.  He later married Loretta Bowman on May 24, 1996 in Manhattan, KS where he lived a happy and fulfilled life.

Dennis had a variety of passions that directed his several career paths he enjoyed through the years, including rodeo cowboy, musician, rancher, and most recently dog trainer and German-Shepherd breeder.  He was also an entrepreneur, having a few small businesses in his lifetime, one of which was his primary business, Sarge’s Electric, which he retired from as a Master Electrician.  He loved to share God’s love with others, particularly those who were in prison, so he became an ordained pastor.  He set-up and ran a non-profit prison ministry, Break Free Ministries, which served Kansas, Nebraska and Ghana. He preached, led Bible Studies, wrote letters, mentored, and helped transition inmates back into society.  Also, Dennis will be remembered by the inmates he served, as well as his many friends and family, for his love to praise and worship Jesus through music.  He was very talented and played many instruments including the guitar, harmonica, piano and spoons, as well as wrote some original music.

Preceding him in death is his mother, sister Janet, and brother Brian.  He is survived by his loving wife Loretta, his father, and siblings Theresa, Rich, Cheryl, Gary, Christine, and Diane.  He is also survived by his three children, Elisha (Jon) Rentfrow, Andrew (Liza) Cox, William (Connie) Cox and 12 grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at University Christian Church.  Reception to follow afterwards for family and friends.  Private inurnment will be held at a later date in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to Loretta Cox with Break Free Minstries in the memo line.  A collective donation will be made in Dennis’ honor.  Please mail to P.O. Box 62, Manhattan, KS 66505

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

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

Susan Stewart (Posted 12/03/18)

Susan Stewart

Susan Marie Stewart of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away November 19, 2018 at The Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, Kansas, after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born February 10, 1953 in Neodesha, Kansas along with her twin sister Connie, to Daniel and Dorothy (Mitchell) Foster who preceded her in death. Susan also had a brother Larry Foster who also preceded her in death.

She graduated from Neodesha High School class of 1972. She was united in marriage to Terrence Lee Stewart, who survives of the home, on March 26th, 1976 in Miami, Oklahoma.

Susan is survived by her husband Terrence, her twin sister Connie Leahew of Lenexa, Kansas and, her sister, Bobbie Harper of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is also survived by her five children: Lori Freeman, her husband Thad, and two grandsons Michael and Nicholas Freeman all of Omaha, Nebraska, her son Steven Stewart of Manhattan, Kansas, her son Timothy Stewart his wife Aleida and grandsons Gabriel and Sebastian of Lenexa, Kansas, her daughter Stephanie Stewart, of Lawrence, Kansas and, her son James Stewart and his fiancé, Rachel, of Overland Park, Kansas, as well as her extended family and friends.

For many years Susan worked for Sirloin Stockade as a Manager in Manhattan, leaving there in 2001. After leaving Sirloin she went to work for the Manhattan Credit Bureau. She had spent the last ten years working for the Riley County District Court as a District Court Clerk Supervisor.

The family would like to invite you to join them for a memorial service at The Manhattan First Free Methodist Church 1231 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, Kansas 66502 on December 8th, 2018 from 1:30-4 pm.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

Nancy Willard (Posted 11/28/18)

Nancy Willard, age 67, of Manhattan, died Saturday November 24, 2018 in Manhattan.

She was born on October 26, 1951 in Manhattan, the daughter of Charles and Betty Jean (Elder) Willard.

Complete obituary information will be announced by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

John R. Creviston (Posted 11/28/18)

John R. Creviston, age 93, of Manhattan, died November 26, 2018, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

He was born October 13, 1925, in Manhattan, the son of John B. and Alta Blanche (Teas) Creviston.  John graduated from Manhattan High School and attended Kansas State University for 2 years. He served in the United States Navy from December 1943 to June 1946 as a MM III.  He worked for 37 years at Kansas State University as a supervisor in the power plant, retiring in 1987.

John was a member of the Eagles Lodge, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Elks Lodge # 1185.  He served as secretary for the Eagles Lodge for 5 years. He enjoyed repairing clocks, woodworking and square dancing. He was married to Esther Randall, they later divorced.  He later married Doreen McElderry, they later divorced.  His longtime companion was Ruby D. Mann.

John is survived by his four daughters: Shari Reeves of Manhattan, Diane Shiever and her husband David of Florissant, MO, Debbie Byrd and her husband Jim of Florence, KY, and Sandi Rhodeman of Derby, KS; one sister Bona Heitman of Beachwood, NJ; his companion Ruby of Manhattan; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and by five siblings: Joann Cunningham, Don and Robert Creviston, and twin brothers in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 30th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Daneale White officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in Valley View Memorial Park east of Manhattan. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, November 29th, 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 Disabled American Veterans.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Charles Tucker (Posted 11/26/18)

Charles Eugene “Gene” Tucker, age 66, of Manhattan, died Friday November 23, 2018 at the Stormont Vail Health Center in Topeka.

He was born on March 29, 1952 in Manhattan, the son of Raymond and Gladys (Belden) Tucker.  He grew up in the Manhattan area and attend Manhattan schools.

Gene was a man of few words and a quiet person.  He was a hardworking man and enjoyed his job.  He worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator for Manhattan Trenching.  When he was not at work he enjoyed playing at home on his skid loader and driving his 4×4 mule and four-wheelers.  He had many friends in the commuunity and always enjoyed visiting with all of them. Gene loved animals, especially his dog.

On March 29, 1996 in Manhattan, he was united in marriage to Susan LeBold.  She survives at their home.

Gene was preceded in death by his father Raymond and his brother Clarence.

In addition to his wife he also survived by his step-daughter, Sharon Whitebread (Rodney), of Fort Worth, Texas; his mother Gladys Tucker, of Manhattan; his sister Terry Collins (Joe); and his sister-in-law Amy Tucker.

Gene’s wishes were to be cremated and no services to take place.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

Bobby Kincheloe (Posted 11/26/18)

Bobby Joe Kincheloe, 89, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community.

On April 21, 1929, in Neosho, Missouri, Bobby Joe was born to Edna Mae (Noyes) and Earl Cornelius Kincheloe.  He was the eleventh of thirteen children.  He joined the military before graduating and later received his GED, of which he was proud.  On October 25, 1952, Bobby was united in marriage to the love of his life, Elizabeth May Youngdahl at Central Avenue United Methodist Church in Duluth, MN.  Elizabeth passed away on February 7, 2000, after 47 years of marriage.  Bobby served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service.  He was a Federal Civil Service employee at Fort Riley, KS retiring in 1994.  He was a proud member of the VFW in Duluth, MN.  He enjoyed listening to country music, watching westerns, and visiting with friends.

Bobby is survived by his children, Linda Mooers, of Duluth, MN; Erica (William) Gold, of Manhattan, KS; Lisa (Eric) Mann, of Murfreesboro, TN; 6 grandchildren (Shawn Mooers, Brian Mooers, Amy Mooers, Mark Gold, Sydney Gold, Gavin Mann); 4 great-grandchildren:  (Kenyatta Mooers, Owen Mooers, Taylor Mooers, Austin Mooers); ex-son-in-law and friend, David Mooers; and a sister, Donna Doud, of Eugene, OR.  Bobby was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; his sons Bobby D. and Lloyd E. and his parents Edna and Earl.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the acts of kindness and thoughtfulness from Bobby’s friends and caregivers at Wroten House, Meadowlark Retirement Community.  A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan on November 27, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Liz Kocher officiating.  Interment will be held in June of 2019 at the Oneota Cemetery, Duluth, MN.

To send an online condolence please visit the funeral home website at irvinparkview.com.  Arrangements by Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation, Manhattan, KS.

Carroll Richter (Posted 11/26/18)

Carroll Leon Richter, age 81 of Clay Center, passed away Friday, November 23, 2018 at his residence.
He was born on October 18, 1937 in Waterville, the son of Milton William and Hulda Elizabeth (Steenbock) Richter.  He grew up attending the Drager country school and graduated from Barnes High School in 1955.  During high school, Carroll helped regularly on the family farm and assisted his cousin with harvest, hauling grain and plowing on his farm west of Salina.
He was married to Alberta Braun on May 31, 1959.  She preceded him in death on January 24, 1981.
On June 5, 1982, he married Teresa (Tere) Ann Garrett.  She survives of the home.
Carroll worked a variety of jobs throughout his life including many years as a truck driver for Ideal and CF Trucking, and as a custodian for the Clay County Public Schools, where he was beloved by staff and students alike.  He was a member of the Hebron Reformed Presbyterian Church and was a faithful and loving husband and father, who did whatever was necessary to provide for his family.  He was often working on multiple projects simultaneously and was known for his love of gardening.  He was a gifted hobby engineer who could make nifty gadgets out of odds and ends.
In addition to his wife Tere, he is survived by four children: Jeff Richter of Clay Center; Rachelle Crumbaker and husband Jim of Copperas Cove, Texas; Ingrid Beck of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Naomi Coleman and husband John of Ness City; one brother, Arlen Richter and wife Dixie of Barnes; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Janice Johnson.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Hebron Reformed Presbyterian Church with Pastor Daniel Hemken officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebron Reformed Presbyterian Church and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.apfunerals.com.

Donald Geren (Posted 11/26/18)

Donald Rowe Geren, age 86, of Manhattan, died November 21, 2018, in Manhattan.

He was born September 4, 1932, in Wetumka, Oklahoma, the son of Lee Bleeker and Margaret Amelia (Rowe) Geren.  Don’s family moved to St. George, Kansas, when he was in grade school.  He graduated from St. George High School in 1950 and then attended Kansas State College for one year.

Don served from 1953 to 1955 in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany.  He was discharged at the rank of Sergeant.  He worked for the United States Postal Service as a postal carrier for 28 years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post # 17 and helped with Bingo, was treasurer for many years and was a past Commander.  He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1786 and 40 & 8.

Don was a skilled craftsman and had built a house and was always doing projects around the house.  He enjoyed technology gadgets, his pet dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

On August 18, 1955, in Manhattan, he was married to Carol Rose Area.  Carol survives of Manhattan.  Additional survivors include his daughter Lisa Loberg and her husband Mark of Manhattan; two granddaughters: Amanda Matteson (Travis), and Jenna Shepek (Tim); and four great-grandchildren: Kayden and Reagan Matteson and Ava and Beckett Shepek.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Wesley Geren in 2008, his brother Gordon Geren and two sisters Alyne Brook and Jewell Parker.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, November 30th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Helen Hutchison officiating.  Private inurnment with military honors will be in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. Friday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home prior to the services.

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

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

Rex Fischer, M.D. (Posted 11/26/18)

Rex Rolland Fischer M.D., age 84, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Sun City, AZ.

He was born in St. Edward, Nebraska on February 16, 1934, Dr. Fischer grew up in St. Edward until his early high school years when he moved to Oakland, Nebraska.  After graduating High School in 1952, Rex chose the University of Nebraska-Lincoln over the University of Colorado and was awarded an athletic scholarship to play football. As a football letterman in 1955, Rex received many honors which included the Tom Novak Award and Outstanding Senior Player Awards. In addition, Rex participated in the January 1, 1955 Orange Bowl, was a First Team All-Big Seven Conference selection as well as an Academic All-Big Seven Conference honoree, played in the Shriners East-West Shrine All-Star game in Palo Alto, CA on December 31, 1955 and invited to participate in the San Francisco 49er’s training camp in the summer of 1956. Rex enjoyed campus life outside the gridiron as well. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, serving as its President and Rush Chairman.

After excelling both athletically and academically, Rex graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956 and enrolled in the University Of Nebraska School Of Medicine the following fall. During a rotation as part of his medical education in Omaha, Rex met his first wife, Alice Marie Philipps of Kansas City, MO. They were married on August 22, 1959 in Kansas City, Mo.

Upon finishing his Medical training, Rex went into private practice in Columbus, NE. Private practice in Columbus was brief as Rex was asked to serve his country in the US Army in 1966. After his basic military training, Rex was stationed at Fort Riley, KS. and was part of the US Medical Corp from 1966-1968 with the rank of Captain. Following his honorable discharge from military service, Rex and his family relocated to Manhattan, KS during the summer of 1968. As a Board-Certified OB/GYN, Rex enjoyed private practice until his retirement in June of 2003.

On December 2, 1995, Rex married Maggie Daubert. Their union provided Rex a loving life partner which had been absent in his life since the passing of his first wife, Alice in 1988. Together, they enjoyed splitting time between Manhattan and Sun City, AZ before permanently relocating to Arizona in 2013.

During his 35-year career in Manhattan, Rex was extremely active in many professional and civic endeavors. Rex was appointed to the Board of Directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in 1971 and served in this capacity for 39 years and as its President for two terms. Rex dedicated decades of service to his beloved Optimist Club and served as its President multiple times and was instrumental in the creation of Optimist Park.  He also served as the President of the Manhattan High School Booster Club in 1977-1978 and was an active member in the Manhattan Civic Theater. When not treating patients in Manhattan, Rex spent numerous summers as one of two camp physicians serving Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM.

Dr. Fischer was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Rex, along with other tennis and racquetball enthusiasts, was a founding partner of the Cottonwood Racket Club in Manhattan.

Rex and his brothers have enjoyed several recognitions from the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. In 1987, Rex was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. In 1999, Rex along with his brothers were honored by the with the creation of the “Fischer Family Award”. In 2009, he and his brothers were the recipient of the Lyell Besmer Special Merit Award by the same organization.

Rex was the sixth of nine children born to Joe and Viola (Fitzsimons) Fischer, the third of six brothers following three sisters.

Rex is survived by his wife Maggie, his six children and their spouses: Joey (Susan), Ann (Mike White), Amy (Frank Moranz), Kenny, Kay (Mike Welsh) and Beth; step children: Sara Daubert (Brad Ruddell) and Jill (Mike Johnson); brothers, Jack and Pat Fischer, sister in law Betty Fischer; 15 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Rex was preceded in death by his first wife Alice, his parents, sisters, Bernadine, Donafae and Joan and brothers, Cletus, Jerry and Kenneth.

Rex’s passing on Thanksgiving has provided an opportunity for all those who have known, worked with, and watched him on the gridiron and the thousands of whom he helped bring into this world to give “Thanks” to have shared some portion of their lives with such a wonderful man.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday November 30, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

A Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday November 30, 2018 at the funeral home following the visitation.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 1, 2018 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball in Manhattan, with Father Frank Coady as Celebrant.  Private Inurnment will be held at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions to the Manhattan Optimist Club, the Rock Springs 4-H Center, the United Way, or a charity of your choice.  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

Christina M. Mukai (Posted 11/25/18)

Christina M. Mukai, age 62, of Manhattan, died October 25, 2018, at her residence.

She was born March 21, 1956, in Lampertheim, Germany, the daughter of Werner and Erna (Seib) Reid.

Christina worked as a draftsman at Schwab-Eaton for nearly 30 years (1975-2004). In her free time she enjoyed gardening, baking, knitting, crocheting, dancing and was an avid pet lover.

Survivors include two children: Monica (Matt) Toepfer of Lenexa, KS, and Todd (Stephanie) Mukai of Kansas City, MO; one sister: Sonja (Ernjo) Koerner of Germany; her partner and caregiver Kevin Hensley of the home; and five grandchildren: Trenton and Haley Mukai and Ava, Aniston and Benson Toepfer.

Family, friends and others are invited to a celebration of life for Christina held at RC McGraws on December 1, 2018 from 4:00pm-8:00pm.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross or the charity of your choice.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Michael Lee Troute (Posted 11/20/18)

Michael Lee “Mike” Troute, age 56, of Manhattan KS, died November 18, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

  He was born July 4, 1962, in Carthage, IL, the son of Larry L. and Gloria Jean (Ikerd) Troute.

Mike grew up in Dallas City, IL, and graduated from Dallas City High School.

Mike served for 12 years in the United States Army and was honorable discharged in 1994 at the rank of First Sergeant.  Following his discharge from Fort Riley he stayed in the Manhattan area.   He was an owner/operator of several local businesses over the years and currently owned and operated O’Malley’s, Salty Rim and Porter’s.

Mike was a gym rat, enjoyed playing basketball, watching K-State football, boating and loved spending time with his boys.  He attended the TRU Community Church in St. George, KS.  Mike loved being around people and everyone that he knew was his best friend.

Survivors include his two sons: Tyler Troute of Manhattan, KS, and Teagan Troute of Baldwin City, KS; his mother Gloria Troute of Dallas City, IL; three siblings: Thomas Troute of Golden, IL, Larry Troute of Oakdale, MN, and LeeAnn Unruh of Midland, TX; and many, many friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his father and by his sister-in-law Martha.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Romero officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date in the Harris Cemetery in Dallas City, IL.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan or the TRU Community Church of St. George.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Fred Appl (Posted 11/17/18)

Fredric C. Appl, 85, of Manhattan, passed away Thursday, November 15th, at Good Shepherd Hospice House.

 Fred was born in Mount Hope, Kansas on November 17, 1932, the son of the late Vida (Gates) and Fred C. Appl. On June 13th, 1954, he was united in marriage to Natalie Simpson at the East End Christian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 At the age of four, Fred moved with his parents to Great Bend, where he attended school from kindergarten through high school, graduating in the spring of 1950.

 Fred studied Mechanical Engineering at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), obtaining a Bachelor of Science in 1954, a Master of Science in 1956, and a Ph.D. in 1958. It was while attending Carnegie in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that Fred met Natalie.

 Fred and Natalie moved to Tulsa, OK in the summer of 1958, and Fred began to work as a Research Engineer for Jersey Production Research Company, conducting research in the area of oil well drilling.

 The couple moved to Manhattan in January of 1960, when Fred became an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kansas State University. He obtained funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the vibration of tapered plates. He continued to consult in the field of drilling research throughout his professional life.

 Fred taught and conducted research at KSU, achieving the rank of Full Professor in 1965. He took a leave of absence from 1965-1967 to serve as Research Manager for Christensen Diamond Products company in Salt Lake City, Utah, assisting in the development of diamond drill bit technologies.

 After returning to KSU in 1967, he continued teaching and conducting research specializing in machine design, vibration, mechanics of rock and metal cutting, and the performance of oil well diamond drill bits. Fred obtained additional funding from the National Science Foundation. He served as a major professor for numerous graduate students and published many papers during his engineering career. He also helped build the KSU Mechanical Engineering Senior Design course for undergraduate students to conduct projects with regional industrial partners. He held memberships in various honorary and professional societies and was listed in Who’s Who in America for years.

 During a sabbatical from KSU in 1973-74, Fred and his family lived in Germany, where Fred worked for Christensen and the Technical University of Hannover.

Fred’s work on the theoretical and experimental analysis of the fundamentals of rock cutting with diamonds and the performance of diamond drill bits was pioneering in the field.

 Fred was a longtime member of The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He contributed to numerous church committees and sang in the choir for many years.

 Fred was a devoted husband and father and always put family first.  Fred is survived by his wife, Natalie; three daughters, Sandra L. Appl and husband Timothy Tibbetts, of Renton, WA; Charlotte A. VanSkike and husband Roger, of Hickory, NC; Cynthia L. Appl and husband Ande Parks, of Baldwin City, KS; and a brother, Franklin J. Appl and wife Velma, of Norman, OK. He has six grandchildren: William VanSkike, Sarah VanSkike, Clara Tibbetts, Lucy Tibbetts, Hannah Parks, and Henry Parks.

 Service will be held on Tuesday, November 20th at 10:30 AM at the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 W. Poyntz Ave. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 9:30 AM at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following: First Christian Church, 115 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan, Kansas 66502; Meadowlark Foundation in support of Bramlage House at Meadowlark, 2121 Meadowlark Road, Manhattan, KS 66502; or Homecare Hospice, 3801 Vanesta Dr., Manhattan, KS 66503. Arrangements by Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation.

Darrell Buseman (Posted 11/16/18)

Darrell Dean Buseman, age 90 of Riley, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Leonardville Nursing Home.
He was born on February 21, 1928 in the Magic Community south of Riley, the son of Lewis and Josephine (Weber) Buseman.  He graduated from Riley Rural High School in 1945.
He was married to Norma Jane (Janie) Funk on October 28, 1955 at the Riley Presbyterian Church.  She survives of the home.
In his younger years, Darrell farmed north of Riley and then worked for the Alexander Lumberyard, purchasing it and naming it Riley Lumber and owning and operating it until his retirement in 1998.  He was a member of the Riley Presbyterian Church and was a longtime season ticket holder for KSU football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.  He enjoyed all sports and activities and coached many of them.
In addition to his wife Janie, he is survived by his son, Deloss Buseman of Parker, Colorado; his daughter, Delaine Buseman of Grandview, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Marvin Buseman and Melvin Buseman and two sisters, Barbara Parker and his twin sister, Darlene Leach.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Riley Presbyterian Curch with Rev. D. Erich Schwartz and Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  Respect calls may be made from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Riley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardville Nursing Home and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.apfunerals.com.

Fredric Appl (Posted 11/16/18)

Fredric C. Appl, 85, of Manhattan died Thursday, November 15th, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.  Services are pending with Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation.

Donald Howe (Posted 11/12/18)

Donald “Don” Robert Howe, 64, Manhattan was born November 25, 1953, at Johnson Airbase, Sayama, Saitana Prefecture, Japan.
He was the eldest son of Clifford O. and Ruth T. Howe. He graduated from Manhattan High School in 1972 and was employed at KP&L/KGS for 44 years.
He is survived by his brothers, David of McPherson; Carl of Sabetha, sister, Mary of Manhattan and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Floyd O. Howe, II.  He was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling and nature.
Services will be held Thursday, November 15 at 2 pm. at Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choosing.  Interment will be private at Sunrise Cemetery Manhattan, KS.
Visit the funeral home website, www.irvinparkview.com, to send an email condolence or for more information.  Arrangements by Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation, Man

Beverly Ann Dettmer (11/12/18)

Beverly Ann Dettmer, age 85, of Manhattan and formerly of Randolph, passed away on November 8, 2018 at Homestead Assisted Living.

Beverly Ann Dettmer

She was born October 2, 1933 in Chanute, Kansas, the seventh child of Archie Owen and Bernice Helen (McLaren) Dimon.

She graduated from Chanute High School in 1951 and worked for a year before attending a three-year program at William Newton School of Nursing in Winfield, Kansas, where she earned her RN license.  She took a post-graduate course in surgery at the Baylor School of Medicine in Dallas before working at hospitals in Houston and Chicago.  After returning to Topeka to be closer to family, she met Elmer Dettmer.  They were married on August 24, 1969.  To this union was born a son, Kevin.
Beverly was a homemaker while her son was young, but returned to nursing after he started school.  Most notably, she worked in various capacities at the Clay County Hospital for over 18 years and also worked for several years as a school nurse for the Blue Valley school district in Randolph.  She retired from nursing in 1999.
She is survived by her son, Kevin Dettmer and wife Kyra, and their children, Kelbi, Kaghen, Kinsley and Kaehl, all of Randolph; one sister, Gladys Wood of Wheatfield, Indiana and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer; two brothers, Wendell and Wayne Dimon and two sisters, Francis Dimon, Donna Jean Fuller and Marjie Sample.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, northwest of Randolph.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beverly Dettmer Memorial Fund and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

Doris Gaul (Posted 11/9/18)

Doris Nadine Gaul, age 94, of Manhattan, died Tuesday November 6, 2018 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.

  She was born on May 22, 1924 on the family farm in Daviess County, Missouri, the daughter of Joseph and Nellie (Nussbaum) Kinsella.  She attended Daviess County Public Schools and graduated from Winston High School with the class of 1941.  Doris then attended Platt Business School in St. Joseph, Missouri.

  On August 9, 1946 she was united in marriage to Victor L. Gaul of Troy, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on April 30, 1995.

  Doris was an active mother, farm wife, 4-H leader, Sunday School and VBS teacher.  She loved to sing in the church choir over the years.  When Doris lived at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, she would sing as much as possible with the Meadowlark Singers group.

  She took a job at the Doniphan County Treasurers office in 1965.  She worked there for 30 years.  After retiring from the courthouse, she moved to Manhattan, where her children, Linda and Owen live.  Doris was involved with a lot of volunteer work at the hospital and the public library.  In 2010 she sold her home in Manhattan and moved to Meadowlark Hills apartments.  She enjoyed the many activities and especially the Meadowlark Singers group.

  In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Courtney McCollough.

  Doris is survived by her children: Linda K. McCollough of Manhattan, Owen A. Gaul of Manhattan, and Vicki L. Burbridge of Fountain Hills, Arizona; also her 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and her many other family members who will miss her.

  A Celebration Gathering will be held from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Thursday November 15, 2018 at the Meadowlark Hills – Manhattan Room in Manhattan.

  The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday November 15, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday November 16, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church in Wathena, Kansas.  The Family will greet friends from 1:00p.m. until service time at the church before the service.  Interment will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Troy, Kansas.

  Memorial contributions in memory of Doris are suggested to the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund or the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.  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

Mary Hancock (Posted 11/9/18)

Mary Ellen Hancock, age 83, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away November 8, 2018 at Via Christi Village, Manhattan, Kansas.

She was born July 14, 1935 in Seymour, Iowa, to Hubert Edward and Zina Cleona (Hook) Richardson. She married William Dean “Bill” Hancock on April 20, 1958 in Pulaski, Iowa.

She was a wife of a Chief Warrant Officer 4, mother, grandmother and a very caring person who worked in hospitals and nursing homes retiring from Meadowlark Hills Nursing Home. She enjoyed taking care of her flowers and her best friend Zack, her dog.

She is survived by her son William R. Hancock of Lexington, KY, and grandson William D. Hancock of AR; one brother Norman (Lyndell) Richardson of Des Moines, IA; one sister Leona (Robert) Meade of Oxford, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers: Darl “Pete” Richardson, Kenneth Richardson, and K. D. Richardson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 P.M. Tuesday, November 13th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel.  Burial will follow at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley west of Manhattan, Ks.

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

  The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 6652, is handling arrangements.

Jessica Padgett (Posted 11/2/18)

Jessica Padgett, age 67, of Manhattan, Kansas, died October 28th, 2018, at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City.

She was born May 9, 1951, in Manhattan, the daughter of Charles and Bertha Padgett.  Jessica graduated from Linn High School in 1969.

Jessica enjoyed travel and lived in many different states, including Colorado and California.  She returned to the Manhattan area over 20 years ago, as she always considered Manhattan her home.

Jessica is survived by her brother, Phil Padgett of Hanover, Kansas, Luke Padgett of Barnes, Kansas and her sisters, Alicia Harbin of Westminster, Colorado and Crystle Nigh of Brighton, Colorado. She is also survived by a large extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Marsha and her brother, Jesse.

Cremation is planned with a private family service at a later date.  Inurnment will be in Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan next to her father.

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

Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, to assist with funeral expenses.

Lawrence Ferguson (Posted 10/29/18)

 Lawrence F. “Ted” Ferguson, age 103, a longtime St. George resident, died October 25, 2018, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.

  He was born June 26, 1915, in Smith County, Kansas, the son of John A. and Ollie (Williams) Ferguson.

  Ted’s mother died when he was 8 years old and he later lived with his sister Christine Bock’s family.  He moved to Manhattan area in December of 1936.

  He worked as a mechanic, a truck driver and then for the International Dealership prior to buying a farm and then was a farmer/rancher for the rest of his life in the St. George area.

  Ted served in the United States Army as a Tech Sergeant with the 989th Engineers Treadway Bridge Co. and had served in Normandy, Rhineland, Northern France and Central Europe.  He received the Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal and the American Theater Ribbon.

  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.  He loved to talk with his friends at the Sale Barn, Vista and the Kreem Kup.

  On December 28, 1942, in Manhattan, he was married to Lucille Hofman.  Lucille preceded him in death on April 12, 2002.  He was also preceded in death by his four siblings: Jay and Harold Ferguson, Christine Bock and Pauline Aldrich.

  Ted is survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; friends and his neighbors and great friends Tom & Lisa Greening.

  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, November 2nd, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Pastor Leslye Haller officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

  The family will receive friends from 1:00 to service time on Friday at the funeral home.

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

  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas 4-H Foundation for Rock Springs Ranch.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.