Obituaries

Robert Lee “Bob” Pearson (Posted 5/24/19)

Robert  Lee “Bob” Pearson, age 82, died May 21, 2019, at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, KS after a brief illness. He was born on March 29, 1937, in Denver, CO to Arthur and Edna (Baker) Pearson.

Bob graduated from East High School in 1955 and attended Colorado State University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He spent 18 years working for United Airlines in Denver where he eventually met the love of his life, Myra Cooke. He and Myra were blessed to enjoy 56 years of marriage together. Bob also was honored as a Troop Leader and proud member of the Marine Corps reserves for 6 years.

In 1978 Bob and Myra, along with their children Kim and Eric, moved to Manhattan, KS where Bob joined his brother Terry in operating Kansas State Travel Agency until Bob’s retirement in 2004. He will be remembered by many for his attention to detail and fairness as a businessman.

Surviving family members include wife, Myra Pearson of the home, daughter Kim Robben (husband Doug) of Grinnell, KS, and son Eric Pearson (wife- Lauri) of Shreveport, LA, five grandchildren- Sean, Samantha, and Nicholas Robben, and Graham and Mary Hadley Pearson, and brother Terry Pearson (wife- Judy) of Centennial, CO.

No services are planned at this time.

A scholarship has been set up in Bob’s name at:

Ascension Classical School

Robert Lee Pearson Scholarship

Attention: Ann Burford,

5075 Dixie Garden Drive

Shreveport, LA 71106

The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers.

“Well done, good and faithful servant,”  Matthew 25:21

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 though the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

Elizabeth Marie Richardson (Posted 5/23/19)

Elizabeth Marie Richardson, age 15, of Manhattan, died May 17, 2019, at her residence.

She was born April 28, 2004, at the Irwin-Army Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas, the daughter of John Edward Richardson, Jr. and Allison Renah (Oxendine) Richardson.

Elizabeth was in 9th grade at the Manhattan High School East Campus.

She enjoyed drawing, playing the flute and ukulele, plants, animals and was a Marvel buff.  Her dream was to be in the film industry.

Elizabeth is survived by her parents of the home; three siblings: Dakota Oxendine currently in the Marines and in Manhattan, Joshua Richardson currently in the Marines in Japan, and Malinda Richardson of the home; grandparents: Mary Oxendine of Pembroke, NC, and Mike & Linda Towne of Las Vegas, NV; great grandparents: Lillie Mae Oxendine of Lumberton, NC, Rachel Collins of Virginia Beach, VA, and J.T. Jacobs of Lumberton, NC; and a large extended family.

A Celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 29th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ben Duerfeldt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, May 28th, 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 Katie’s Way.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Dean E. Cross (Posted 5/23/19)

Dean E. Cross, age 52, of rural Manhattan, died May 15, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Health in Topeka as the result of a massive heart attack.

He was born October 7, 1966, at Fort Riley, Kansas, the son of Paul L. Cross, Sr., and Laura Lee (Parker) Cross. Dean graduated from Manhattan High School with the class of 1986. Dean’s lifetime passion was trucking and he was a self-employed semi-truck driver and hauled cattle throughout the Midwest. He grew up in the First Presbyterian Church. Dean loved horses and his Australian Shepherd dogs. He also was a farrier for horses and enjoyed working on his semi. Dean was married to Mary Pat Hassett.  They later divorced.

Survivors include his two daughters: Haleigh and Melisa Cross both of Manhattan; his sister Audrey Moran and her husband Jerry of Arlington, VA; and two nieces and one nephew: Andrea, Ashley and Justin. Dean was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers: Robert C. Cross and Paul L. Cross, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 28th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend David Jones officiating.  Cremation will follow the service with private family inurnment at a later date in Valley View Memorial Park east of Manhattan. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Monday, May 27th, 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 Hope Ranch.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Frances Siemens (Posted 5/17/19)

Frances Elaine Siemens, age 74 of Scranton, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook.
She was born on February 13, 1945 in Clay Center, the daughter of Mack McKinley, Sr and Ester Arlene (Johnson) Clark. She graduated from Riley County High School in 1963.
On October 11, 1964 in Topeka, she was married to Ronald Siemens.  He survives of the home.
Her career took its turns throughout the years, from hospital aide to x-ray tech and surgery assistant, from clinic manager of Auburn Animal Clinic to an officer with the Capitol Area Police.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents as well as seven siblings: Dolly, Flora, Mary, Maxine, Wayne, Mack Jr., and Charlie.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister Alice Shandy, her brother Robert Clark, her daughter Angela, son Matthew, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Fellowship Bible Church in Baldwin City, Kansas.  The family will receive friends from 7 until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church in Baldwin City.
Memorials may be made to Midland Care Hospice in Topeka, Gideons International or the American Cancer Society.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Richard O’Neil (Posted 5/16/19)

Richard (Dick) Wayne O’Neil, 68, Manhattan, died at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, KS on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, after fighting a short battle with brain cancer.

Richard was born on June 22, 1950 in Axtell, KS and grew up in Beattie, KS. He graduated in 1968 from Marysville High School.  Richard attended Hutchinson Community College to play football and then moved to Manhattan, KS in 1969 where he resided until his death.

He is survived by his five children, David (and Mary) O’Neil, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Wes (and Kaisha) O’Neil, Olathe, KS, Erin O’Neil, Manhattan, KS, Kelli O’Neil, Manhattan, KS, and Lydia (and Bryce) Huninghake, Manhattan, KS; his siblings, Patty (and Joe) Germer, Marysville, KS, Ron (and Laura) O’Neil, Beattie, KS, Deb O’Neil, Topeka, KS, and Jane (and JP) Kuchera, Wamego, KS; and ten grandchildren, Rhiannon, Logan, and Molly O’Neil, Greyson, Hunter, and Colter O’Neil, Moses McFadden, and Retley, Ellie, and Perry Huninghake.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, James and Lilly (Butler) O’Neil; siblings, Michael O’Neil, and Sharon (O’Neil) McCullough; and stepfather, Lawrence Graham.

Richard worked at Rex’s Tire prior to working at Standard Plumbing, where he worked until he retired in 2016.

Richard loved K-State sports, especially football and going to the Big 12 basketball tournament.  His love of sports only continued when he coached many years of fastpitch softball.  Richard often hiked in Colorado and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and bird watching.   After his retirement, he took full advantage of spending time with his five kids and most importantly, his ten grandchildren, who will miss him dearly.

A Vigil Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday May 19, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel.  The family will greet friends following the Vigil on Sunday until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday May, 2019 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, with Father Kerry Ninemire and Father Gale Hammerschmidt as Celebrants.  Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick’s/ St. Malachy’s Cemetery in Beattie, with Father Nathan Haverkamp officiating.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

Loretta Swart (Posted 5/16/19)

Loretta J. Swart, 90, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on May 14, 2019.

Loretta was born on June 8, 1928, to Henrietta Alta (Davey) and George Oscar Giles.

She married Kenneth Swart on June 15, 1946, and with him had six children.

She loved spending time with her family. Her walls were covered with collected plates brought to her from all over the world. She was an avid gardener and made homemade salsa with homegrown produce. She could sit for hours and watch the Redbirds and hummingbirds flying around her flowers.

Loretta is survived by her daughter, Janice(John)Pride, of Manhattan, KS; her four sons Kenneth(Donna)Swart, of Topeka,KS, Robert(Cheri)Swart, of South Dakota,William(Debbie)Swart, of Manhattan, KS, and Rodney Swart Kansas City, KS, nine Grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and a sister Peggy Giles.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kenneth, a son Ronald, grandson Jeffrey, and nine brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations made to Home Care and Hospice of Manhattan

Visitation will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, at 1:00 PM at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, a Graveside ceremony will be held immediately after at Sunset Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Cynthia Sanchez (Posted 5/16/19)

Cynthia Ann Sanchez, 60, of Junction City, KS, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Donations can be made to The Good Shepherd Hospice House. She is survived by her 3 children, 11 grandchildren, four siblings, her husband Calixto Sanchez to whom she was married almost 40 years. Arrangements are entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home.

Loretta Swart (Posted 5/15/19)

Loretta J. Swart, 90, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on May 14, 2019. Visitation will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, at 1:00 PM at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, a Graveside will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Sunset Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Howard Nicholson (Posted 5/15/19)

Howard Barry Nicholson, 82, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Howard was born November 10, 1936 to Nathan and Sadie (Dolinka) Nicholson in Saginaw, Michigan and was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1958.

Howard is survived by his children Stephen and Angie Nicholson of Olathe, Kansas, Alan Nicholson of Overland Park, Kansas, Gary and Dee (Nicholson) Wileman, dear friend Harriet Woodyard of Manhattan, Kansas; brother, Sandy (Cheryl) Nicholson of West Bloomfield, Michigan; sister, Patricia Shanbom of Farmington Hills, Michigan and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and relatives.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Melody Gilbert Nicholson in 2009.

Howard was a 2nd Lieutenant of the United States Army and a Chemical Engineer most of his life. He enjoyed camping with his kids & grand kids, watching old TV shows, road trips and eating fried pies. He also LOVED cars.

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, May 18 10:00am at Crestview Christian Church 4761 Tuttle Creek Blvd. Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

The family would like to thank Westy Community Care Home and Interim HealthCare Hospice for their compassionate care. Memorial donations can be sent to Westy Community Care Home, 105 Hwy 99 Westmoreland, Kansas 66549.

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

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

Dennis Courser (Posted 5/14/19)

Dennis “Doc” Owen Courser, 71, passed away at his Olathe home on May 12, 2019. Memorial service is May 16, 2019 at 1:00pm, Shawnee Civic Center. Burial at Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, KS.

Carolyn Sue (Gilmore) Hatting (Posted 5/13/19)

Carolyn Sue (Gilmore) Hatting, age 69, of Manhattan, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 9, 2019, at her residence with her family by her side.

 She was born May 12, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of C.R. “Duke” and Mary Ellen (Cravens) Gilmore.

 Carolyn graduated from Manhattan High School in 1967, and then attended Kansas State University.

 On July 14, 1969, in Manhattan, she was married to Richard P. “Rich” Hatting.

 Carolyn was an Advertising Director for various newspapers.

 She was a member of the Chambers of Commerce in the community they lived in and was very active in those communities.  She was also active with the Leadership Development organizations in those communities and especially in Marion County, KS, and Sarpy County (Papillion), NE.

 Carolyn was active with the Birman Breed Cat Community and attended and showed her cats at their shows.  She loved her cats and always made her them her pet. She also enjoyed reading and traveling. Most of all she loved her family and moved back to Manhattan in April of 2015 to be near her mother and sister.

 She is survived by her husband Rich and her sister Dorothy Smith both of Manhattan.

 Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents.

 Cremation is planned with private family services.

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

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

William “Bill” Norris (Posted 5/3/19)

William “Bill” Henry Norris, age 76 of Manhattan, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019 at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
He was born on January 18, 1943 in Clay Center, the son of Henry Harvey and Alice Josephine (Peterson) Norris.  He attended Leonardville Schools and graduated from Riley County High School in 1961 where he was an accomplished athlete, competing in football, basketball and track.
He married KayEtta Hofmann and to this union, three daughters, Lisa, Lori and Laci were born.  They later divorced.
On March 11, 2013, he was married to Barbara Hillbrant.  She survives of the home.
Bill was a salesperson, most recently working for Deli Express.  In the 1970‘s he was fireman with the Manhattan Fire Department and he fought the Downtown Manhattan fire in the late 70‘s.  He loved to golf and spent many hours playing.  He was a member of the Stagg Hill Golf Course, Eagle’s Lodge and was an avid KSU supporter.  He enjoyed bow hunting, fishing, camping and skiing at the lake.  Coaching all of his daughter’s softball teams was something he was very proud of.  He had an affection for dogs and was known as dog whisperer, being able to befriend even the most scared or unaffectionate dog.
In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by three daughters, Lisa Buckley and Tom of Randolph, Lori Bryant and Kevin Bryant of Manhattan and Kelsi Head of Overland Park; two grandchildren, Cameron Buckley and Cheyanne Bryant and his sister-in-law, Nayola Norris of Manhattan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Laci Weir and son-in-law David Weir and his brother, Donald Norris.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in the Sunrise Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for ASPCA.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Ruth Houghton (Posted 4/29/19)

Urda Ruth McKiddy Houghton passed Monday, April 29, 2019, at Meadowlark Hills.  Ruth graduated from Wheeling High School, 1937 in Wheeling MO. After her graduation Ruth was accepted into the Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe MO.  After graduation from college, Ruth moved to Kansas City Missouri to work.

During her work in Kansas City Ruth met her future husband, Manuel H. (Lucky) Houghton and married shortly after.  They were married for two weeks prior to Lucky being drafted by the Army due to World War II.  At that point Ruth changed jobs to work in a factory making supplies for the soldiers as many women did.

From this marriage they were blessed with four children; Paula Clark (Richard), Judy Roland, Jane Houghton, and Dr. Howard Houghton (Karen).  She was also blessed with seven grandchildren Bill Roland, Amy Dieker, Rhonda Eby, Sarah Glanville, Scott Anderson, Keely Houghton, and Caleb Houghton.  Additionally, Ruth has fifteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren, and was an excellent mom and grandmother.

Ruth and Lucky moved to Manhattan, KS, in 1951 during the 1951 flood.  After their children were older Ruth went to work for the Riley County District Court retiring in 1980 as the Riley County District Court Clerk.

Ruth enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing clothes for the children and all of the grandchildren. Ruth was an excellent cook and loved to make cookies, which the grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always remember.  After she retired, Lucky and Ruth enjoyed traveling around the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.  She mostly enjoyed their trip to the east coast seeing the fall leaves.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Republican Party, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Delta Omega Chapter, and many professional organizations.

Ruth was the oldest of eleven children and preceded in death by her husband, both parents Pearl and Delbert McKiddy, nine siblings; Frank, Jean McNally, Delbert, Jim, John, Kenneth, Lois, Richard, and David.  Ruth was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Richard Clark and Valerie Meek.  Ruth is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great–great grandchildren and one sister, Honor Booker.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, May 6th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Melanie Nord officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. Sunday, May 5th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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

The family requests your donations to the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Fund instead of flowers. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Naomi Jean Berber (Posted 5/2/19)

Naomi Jean Berber, age 86, of Manhattan, died April 29, 2019, at Meadowlark Hills – Lyle House.

She was born July 28, 1932, in Riley County, Kansas, the daughter of Roland and Frances (Dexter) Algott.

Naomi graduated from Leonardville High School and earned her LPN Certification from Manhattan Area Technical College.

She was a homemaker and worked for several years as a LPN at College Hill Nursing Home.

Naomi was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing, fishing, playing bridge and hunting mushrooms.  Most of all Naomi loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On August 5, 1951, at Danforth Chapel at Kansas State University, she was married to T.J. Berber.  T.J. preceded her in death on January 30, 2007.  She was also preceded in death by one son T.J. Berber, Jr., and her son in law Scott Carmichael, Sr.

Survivors include her two daughters: Mary Jo Nelson and her husband David of St. George, KS, and Treva S. Berber of Overland Park, KS; one brother, Larry Algott (Mary) of Wamego, KS; three grandchildren: Kinzie Jo Nelson and her fiancé Tim, Joshua Nelson (Courtney) and Kelli Nelson Greenwalt (Adam); and two great grandchildren: Pierce George Nelson and Abel Nelson Greenwalt.

The family would like to recognize Lyle House Coordinator Sherry Smith for her special loving care of Naomi.  Additionally they would like to thank the rest of the wonderful staff at Meadowlark Hills who cared for mom.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 4th, at the Sunrise Cemetery with Father Kerry Ninemire officiating.  The family will host a gathering from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Saturday at the Kansas Room Pub at Meadowlark Hills.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowlark Hills Foundation for the Lyle House Activity Fund.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Doris Petty (Posted 5/2/19)

Doris (Jensen) Petty, 78 of Manhattan KS passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019. She was born in Olsburg Kansas, on November 12, 1940, to Georgia (Fronce) and Fergie Jensen.

She was one of thirteen children born to this marriage. She was preceded in death by her daughter Camela Piper. Survivors include her son Russel Reves of St George, daughters Pamela (Jim) Hedman of Manhattan, Cindy McNulty (Wade Walters) of Riley, and Lisa (Kent) Paine of Kansas City; Seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Inurnment and celebration of life will be at a later date.

A memorial has been established for the T.Russel Reitz Animal Shelter. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Michael Webb (Posted 4/30/19)

Micheal Dillion Webb, age 32 of Riley, passed away in Maryland.
He was born on February 6, 1987 in Clay Center, the son of Joe Bob and Alice Irene (Bolek) Webb.
Micheal was an electrician for LRI Energy Solutions.  He enjoyed working out and lifting weights, hunting for arrowheads, shooting guns and was a big movie buff.
He is survived by his wife, Tanya Pride of Riley; his daughter, Miya Webb of Riley; his mother, Alice Webb of Riley; his father, Joe Webb and wife Tina of Nesbit, Mississippi; one sister Monica Webb of Riley; two grandmothers, Donna Bolek of Riley and Marjorie Webb of Clay Center and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Webb and two grandfathers, Dwayne Bolek and Gordon Webb.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday.
A memorial has been established for the Micheal Webb Memorial Fund with contributions to go to his daughter’s education fund.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

David Porter (Posted 4/29/19)

David Wayne Porter, age 60, of Ogden, Kansas, died April 14, 2019, at his residence. He was born August 19, 1958, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Vernon and Betty (Stokes) Porter.

David graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in St. Louis.He served for 22 years in the United States Army and the Army National Guard.

He retired at the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a track vehicle mechanic. David had received the Driver
Badge, Army Lapel Button, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon.

He had been deployed to both Korea and Germany, and served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Following his military retirement he worked for the State of Kansas at RSMS until his retirement in 2012.

David was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion and was very
patriotic.

He was a huge NASCAR fan but especially a fan of Jeff Gordon. Additionally he was a St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed the Kansas City Royals and when watching football he was a St. Louis Rams football fan when they were in St. Louis and then a KC Chiefs fan. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, all sports, and tinkering on his truck and motorcycle. Most of all David loved his family and enjoyed spending time with all of them.

On December 5, 1998, on Ogden, KS, he was married to Julie A. Lewellen. Julie survives of the home. Additional survivors include two sons: David W. Porter, II of Randolph, NY, and Joshua Porter of Cahokia, IL; one grandson, David Porter III; his father Vernon Porter of St. Louis, MO; brother in law Glenn Lewellen; and two brothers and four sisters: Linda Porter, Pat Clark, Michael Porter, Debra Chismer, Donald Porter and Verna Chimento.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, May 6 th , at the Ogden Bible Church, 304 Elm Street, Ogden, with Pastor Mark Hitzfeld officiating. Inurnment with military honors will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

John Hofmann (Posted 4/27/19)

John Howard Hofmann, age 67 of Leonardville, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital.
He was born on September 16, 1951 in Manhattan, the son of Howard John and Esther Sofie (Hasenbank) Hofmann.
He was married to Sue Brown on February 4, 1978 and to this union they had three daughters.  They later divorced.
On November 22, 2006 in Randolph, he was married to Marjorie Ann Williams.  She survives of the home.
Early in his career, he was a Police Reservist in Manhattan and then the Chief of Police in Wamego for many years.  He later worked at Kansas State University as a Maintenance Repair Technician.  John was a jack-of-all trades who enjoyed helping anyone.  He enjoyed computers and reading motivational books, striving to be the best person he could be.  He met many friends over cups of coffee and loved going on walks, even hiking Pikes Peak.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Jayme Reid and Bilal of Manhattan, Jennifer McCown and Greg of Wamego and Jill Rush and Mike of Fort Collins, Colorado; two step children, Chris Ricker and Josh of Leonardville and Wade Simnitt of Clay Center; one sister, Howlette Kleiner and Richard of Manhattan; eleven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a niece, nephew and great niece and many in-laws, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Inurnment will be in the Riley Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Johnson Cancer Research at KSU.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Thomas Ehler (Posted 4/26/19)

Thomas Andrew Ehler passed away on April 22, 2019.  Thomas was born in Columbia, MO on April 13, 1969, the firstborn of Stanley W. and Phyllis C. (Pyle) Ehler.

Thomas graduated from Manhattan High School in May of 1987. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Excelsior College (B. S. Liberal Arts, 1992), and the University of Kansas (B.S. in Civil Engineering and Business Administration, 2000).

Thomas had a fascination with the military from a young age. He enlisted in the Navy in 1990, and was trained as a Russian Linguist at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA. At his graduation he was presented with three awards: the Provost’s Award, the General Maxwell D. Taylor Award, and the Commandant’s Award. He spent five years as a Russian linguist, stationed in Goodfellow AFB, Texas and Misawa Air Base, Japan. He was commissioned as an Officer with the Navy and worked as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer with the U. S. Navy for four years at MCAS Cherry Point, NC and Norfolk, VA. He was Honorably Discharged from the military as a LTJG. As a civil engineer, he worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation, Structural Engineering Associates, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Most recently, he worked for U. S. Army Africa/Southern European Task Force, based in Vicenza, Italy.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Tatiana Soldatenko, their sons, Brian, Matthew, and Thomas, Jr., his mother, Phyllis Ehler, sisters Laura and Julie, and two nephews.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday April 28, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, with Pastor Steve Ratliff officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow the service in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

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