Obituaries

Phyllis Malone (Posted 4/3/20)

Phyllis Jeannette (Fiehtner) Malone of Manhattan died March 25, 2020, at her residence that had been the family home for 53 years.

She was born January 12, 1931 in Pawnee City, NE.  She was the eldest child of Delmar and Genevieve (Mayberry) Fiehtner. Phyllis graduated from Summerfield High School, Class 1947 at the age of 16 as class Salutatorian.  She attended Kansas State University for 1 year.

Phyllis married her High School sweetheart, Keith D. Malone, on Feb. 23, 1952 in Summerfield.  They shared 49 years together until he passed away at their home in Manhattan KS on May 29, 2001. Together they lived in Beatrice NE, Wood River, IL, Salisbury, MO, Lincoln, NE, and finally in Manhattan, KS.

Keith and Phyllis were the original owners of the Coast to Coast Hardware store in Manhattan.  Phyllis was skilled in various types of art and known for her carousel horses sold at craft sales.  She was a charter member (1996) of the KSU Garden Volunteer program, Prairie Roots Garden Club, Copers Dinner Group and the Review Club.

Phyllis’s greatest joy was caring for her family.  She was an exceptional woman and mother, nurturing her children and grandchildren with her strong faith, wise guidance, and unconditional love.

Keith and Phyllis were members of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and charter members St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  All seven children graduated from Msgr. Luckey High School. She is survived by her 7 children: John (Carla), Paxico, KS. Sue (Sam) Sabaugh, Leawood, KS, Bradley (Karen) Malone, Manhattan, Lorraine (Fred) Willich, Manhattan, Mary Lee (Ed), St. Louis, Patricia (Kevin) Bugg, Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Sharon (Joe) Genovese, Orlando, FL.  Additional survivors 18 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, a sister Carolyn Blakeway, Bellingham, WA and a brother Dave Fiehtner of Maryville, TN, sister-in-law, Shirley Malone, Burchard, NE and brother-in-law, Bill Malone, San Diego, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a granddaughter, Alicia Sabaugh.

Phyllis was buried in Summerfield Cemetery with a small family group present to bid her farewell.
Phyllis leaves behind a beautiful legacy of a large loving family and friends who deeply cherish her.  She will live on in the hearts and minds of all who loved her.  A funeral mass and grand celebration of Phyllis’s life will be announced at a later date.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kansas State Gardens and to Holy Family Catholic Church, Summerfield, KS.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Jean Holtman (Posted 3/30/20)

B. Jean Holtman was born June 29, 1929, in Manhattan, the daughter of Clifford L. and Edith M.
(Dunham) Roesener.

She went to be with her Lord on March 24, 2020, at the age of 90 at the Home of the Flint Hills, St.
George, KS.

She was a baptized member of the Zeandale Community Church and then confirmed in the First United
Methodist Church in Manhattan. She attended Zeandale Grade School and graduated from Manhattan
High School. She attended Lindenwood College for Women in St. Charles, Missouri for 1 ½ years.

She was united in marriage to W. DeWayne “Pete” Peterson on December 31, 1969, at the First United
Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1969. She married Keith Tannehill August 5,
1970, and they later divorced. On June 10, 1978, she married to Arthur E. “Art” Holtman at the First
Lutheran Church in Manhattan. He preceded her in death on June 27, 2013.

Jean was a homemaker, living on a farm for many years, and then worked in retail sales in Manhattan at
Pounds Fabrics, Ladies manager at Stevenson’s, Brownes, Dustins and Sieferts. In 1980 to 1991 she was
the receptionist/office manager for Dr. Charles Morton, DDS

She enjoyed gardening, sewing and blessing her family with a “Benjamin” every Birthday and Christmas.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Martha Circle of the church that served as
chairwomen several times, and helped in the kitchen serving dinners. She was also in charge of the
Quilting group for many years at the church. She was also a member of Riverside Club and the Home
Demonstration Unit in the Strong Community.

Survivors include her two daughters: Shelisa Mueller and her husband Jim of Wamego, and Lenka Peil
and her husband Brian of Manhattan; four step-children: Linda Tannehill, Gary Tannehill, Michael
Holtman and Gail Putnam; surviving grandchildren: Paul, AJ, Otto, Emily, Brandi, and Ali;  step-
grandchildren: Jared, Jason, and Kelsey; great grandchildren: Avery, Wesley, and Rhea; and many other
relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Wayne Roesener.

Private graveside services will be held at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery southeast of Manhattan with
Reverend Elizabeth Kocher officiating.

Family and friends are invited to come by the funeral home to pay their respects from 11:00 A.M. to
8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen 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 Camp Tomah Shinga. Contributions may be
left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS
66502.

Orwin Havenstein (Posted 3/30/20)

Orwin Glenn Havenstein, 79, of Westmoreland, Kansas, died Friday, March 27, 2020, at his home.  He was a life-long resident of the area.

Orwin was born March 15, 1941, in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Carl and Martha Ringel Havenstein.  He attended local school.

Orwin spent his adult life as a farmer and rancher, operating his own farm near Flush.  He loved to work his cattle and diligently worked the land.  He also raised a large garden and was a jack-of-all-trades.  He was always willing to help family and friends with a project.  In his earlier years he did carpentry work.  He loved the time he could spend with his family and enjoyed following the sporting activities of his children and grandchildren.

Orwin married Eleanor LaReta Cogswell on May 6, 1961, in Alma, Kansas.  She survives at their home.

Orwin is also survived by his children; Steve Havenstein (Sherry), Wamego, Mark Havenstein (Pam), Westmoreland, and Teresa Peverley (Guy), Wamego; his grandchildren, Lindsay Bryant (Travis), Penokee, Ashley Beam (Garin), St. George, Brad Havenstein, Westmoreland, Dylan Havenstein (Taylor), Wamego, Wyatt Peverley (Catherine), Westmoreland, Brandi Peverley, Hays, and Zack Havenstein, Westmoreland; his great-grandchildren, Lakin, Dawsyn, and Ellie; and his siblings, Shirley Roudybush Auburn, Keith Havenstein, Kansas City.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Joleen Blankley and Marvin Havenstein.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family will hold a private service.  A Celebration of life will be held for the public at a later date.  The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children, and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Evans Mortuary.  Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com

Benjamin Eichem Jr. (Posted 3/30/20)

Benjamin Joseph “BJ” Eichem, Jr. 78, of Wamego, KS passed away Monday,
March 23, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, KS.

On January 7, 1942, BJ was born to Benjamin Joseph and Lydia Elizabeth (Strimple) Eichem,
Sr. at their home near Belvue, KS. BJ attended Wamego High School and graduated in 1960. He
would receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Kansas State University and his
Master’s Degree from Emporia State University. He started out as a coach and teacher in Maple
Hill from 1965-1968 before becoming a Junior High School Science Teacher and athletic coach
in Wamego from 1968-1978. He also served on the Wamego USD 320 Board of Education for
16 years and was elected as Director, President Elect, President and Past President of the Kansas
Association of School Boards in Topeka, KS. After teaching, BJ worked for Keating &
Associates in Manhattan as an insurance agent for 35 years. He was united in marriage with
Dalene LaFollette on June 1, 1968 at the Congregational Church in Manhattan. She survives of
the home.

BJ was known for his infectious smile and having a kind and compassionate soul. He loved
spending time with his family and friends, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and
dancing with Dalene. He also enjoyed announcing at the Manhattan Raceway for a number of
years and belonged to the Manhattan Timing Association. BJ was a founding member of the
Wamego Jaycees. He was a member of the Wells Creek Church before becoming a member of
the Wamego First Presbyterian Church where he served two terms as an Elder. He also
represented the church in the Presbytery of Northern Kansas. BJ enjoyed carpentry and built the
home that his family lived in for over forty years together. Hunter Safety was an important part
of BJ’s life as well. BJ became a Charter Instructor for the Kansas Hunter Education Program
from 1973 until his passing. He also served as a Wamego Library board member.

He is also survived by two children, Chris Eichem (Amy), and Angie DeLapp, both of
Wamego, KS; three brothers, Bob (Becky), Thornton, CO, John (Janice), Wamego, KS, and
Jerry (Deborah), Paxico, KS; one sister-in-law, Jan Carl (Chuck), Cuyahoga Falls, OH; four
grandchildren, Gabe DeLapp, Ft. Bragg, NC, Sophia DeLapp, Tallahassee, FL, Luke DeLapp,
Fairhope, AL, and Dustin Delehanty (Ashley), Manhattan, KS; one great-grandson, Brooks
Delehanty, Manhattan, KS; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.

Private Graveside Service will be held at the Wamego City Cemetery on April 11, 2020. A
Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested
memorials to the Wamego Public Library or the First Presbyterian Church, and may be left in
care of Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may also

be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com

Leroy Duensing (Posted 3/30/20)

Leroy Martin Duensing, age 82, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca.
He was born on July 17, 1937 in Brighton, Colorado, the son of Fred and Irma (Stunkel) Duensing.  He attended grade school in Brighton and moved with his parents to Marysville, Kansas when he was in the third grade.  He graduated from Marysville High School and worked on the family farm.
In 1960, he was drafted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia.  After basic training he was sent to Kaiser, Korea for 17 months.  Leroy returned to the U.S. in 1963 as a Sergeant and moved to Bremen.  He worked at the Herkimer COOP for five years until he decided on a future in insurance.  He worked for five years with Bremen Farmers Mutual, twenty five years with the Allied Insurance Group of Bremen and the Hanover Insurance Agency for ten years.
Leroy married Shirley Burgman Carlson in 1979 and they were together until her death in 2010.  He then married Anita Schulte of Baileyville in 2013.  They lived in Baileyville where he and Anita enjoyed gardening, peeling apples, making pies and planning their next vacation.  They loved to travel and loved each other very much.
He was a member of the Hanover American Legion for over 50 years.  He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bremen where he served as the Financial Secretary for 32 years.  Leroy loved his church and was very involved with church activities.
He is survived by his wife Anita Schulte Duensing; one brother, Eldor Duensing and wife Velma of Bremen; four step children, Bob Schulte and wife Sherri of Hoyt, Brent Schulte and wife Kelly of Auburn, Michele Moran of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Rene Feldkamp and husband Ron of Seneca; twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his first wife Shirley, he was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Bernice Luedders and Eileen Linkudel.
Respect calls may be made from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bremen with Rev. Aaron T. Fenker, Sr. officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Monday.  Burial with Military Honors will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Immanuel Lutheran Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Richard Nemechek (Posted 3/30/20)

Richard A. Nemechek, 73, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Raymond Nelson (Posted 3/30/20)

Raymond Lee Nelson, age 89 of Riley, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Leonardville Nursing Home.
He was born on March 1, 1931 in Keats, the son of Elmer Sr. and Alice (Cravens) Nelson.  He graduated from Leonardville Rural High School where he was an excellent athlete in all sports.
On June 9, 1951, he was married to Mildred Joan Peterson.
Raymond was a lifetime farmer and cattleman.  He attended thousands of cattle sales during his life and was a member of the National Angus Association.  He loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities and especially enjoyed being a great grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Milly Nelson; one son, Alan Nelson and wife Kimberly of Riley; three grandchildren, Mike Nelson and wife Becky of Leonardville, Jordy Nelson and wife Emily of Leonardville and Kelsey Nelson of Leonardville; seven great grandchildren, Izabel, Teske, Koy, Rhett, Royal, Brooks and Adda.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Jerry Ray Nelson in 1952 and Thomas Lee Nelson in 1954; one brother, Elmer Nelson, Jr. and one sister, Geneva Munson.
A private family funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Walsburg Lutheran Church with Rev. Keith Wiens officiating.  Pallbearers were Mike Nelson, Jordy Nelson, Kelsey Nelson, Becky Nelson, Emily Nelson, Roger Nelson and Julie Higgins.  Honorary pallbearers were Roger Stone, Charlie Peterson, Jay Peterson, Dean Peterson and Bernie Peterson.  Burial was in the Walsburg Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Walsburg Lutheran Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Twila Hoffman (Posted 3/25/20)

Twila J. Hoffman, age 86, of Manhattan, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. Twila was born on June 25, 1933, in Abbyville, Kansas, the daughter of Samuel Stacy and Opal (Fountain) Kittle.  She graduated from Turon High school with the class of 1951.

She was united in marriage to Walter C Hoffman, Jr. on January 16, 1955, in Turon, Kansas.
Twila was a homemaker and raised her 4 children. She also worked at the KSU Union Bookstore as an Administrative Assistant.  She enjoyed baking for her family, sewing and playing bridge.  She was involved in several bridge clubs and was a member of the Konza Prairie Quilters Guild. She spent many years as the treasurer for the Guild. Her memory will live on with the many quilts and cross stitch pictures that she made for her family, as well as her famous cowboy cookie and blue-ribbon apple pie recipes. She and Walter were members of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter C. Hoffman, Jr in February 2020.

Survivors include her children: Rick Hoffman (Carol) of Round Rock, Texas, Steven Hoffman (Ercilia) of Tracy, California, Brenda Clark (Kirk) of Stow, Massachusetts, and Eric Hoffman (Alicia) of Camarillo, California, and her eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Carolyn Gilmore (Mike) of Georgetown, Texas, Norma Anstine (Duane) of Hutchinson, Kansas, Rosemary Sutton of Hutchinson, Kansas, Buford Kittle of Cleveland, Ohio, Darlene Schwamborn of Hutchinson, Kansas and Sam Kittle (Brenda) of Angels Camp, California.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Hoffman will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church.  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

Doris Phillips (Posted 3/25/20)

Doris Louise (Mead) Phillips died March 22, 2020 at the age of 97. She was born May 15, 1922 in Smith County Kansas, the daughter of Amaziah Charles Mead and Lillie Luvinia (Roseborough) Mead, the youngest of three girls. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, infant son Stanley Glenn, daughter Carol Jean (Phillips) Frye, and husband William Maurice Phillips.

The family moved to Manhattan in 1927 where her father was employed by Kansas State College. Both parents died while Doris was a student in Junior and Senior High School. After her mother’s death she lived with her sisters until graduating from high school in 1940. Even before graduating, and after, she held stenographic and secretarial positions in the Manhattan business community and at Kansas State University. ln the fall 0f 1945 she was working for Professor A. L. Clapp as office manager of the Kansas Crop Improvement Association. ln September of that year William (Bill) Phillips, a World War Il veteran, was discharged from the army and applied for a job with the Association where he met Doris. At this first meeting neither of them would have predicted that the relationship would develop as it did, but Bill and Doris were married April 18, 1946. That happy marriage lasted for more than 72 years. Doris continued to work on the KSU campus until early 1948 when they moved to Hays, Kansas, where Bill was employed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and Kansas State University.

Doris worked outside the home for a short time in Hays, but then became a homemaker and mother. Their first child, Stanley Glenn, lived only a few days. Subsequent births included Robert Keith, Carol Jean, Donald Mark, and Roger Dean. Carol died in 2007. Survivors include children Bob and Roya Phillips, Fullerton, CA, Don and Becky Phillips, Alexandria, VA, Roger and Sue Phillips, Rio Rancho, NM, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Doris and Bill were involved in the children’s activities, including teaching Sunday School classes, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts and 4-H. ln addition Doris sang in the church choir, was active and did volunteer work in other church and social organizations.

Except for a few months in 1951 when Bill was transferred to Spur, Texas, they lived in Hays until Bill retired in January 1985 and they moved to Manhattan. At that time Doris quickly became involved in church and other activities. She sang in the church choir and also in the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale and in a summer chorus. She was a long-time member of World Friendship where she served in several leadership roles. Women of the international community loved and respected Doris. She joined the KSU Social Club in 1985 and was active as an officer, member of the executive board and interest groups. Along with those activities Doris and Bill traveled extensively with jaunts to several foreign countries, numerous sites in the U.S. and to visit family.

Due to the current world events, no service is planned. The family suggests Doris would be pleased if people celebrated her life by sharing time with family and friends, perhaps with a coffee, cookie, chocolate or ice cream. For those who desire to memorialize Doris, the family requests gifts to Music Guild Endowment Fund, First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan or to the 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 through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

Shirley Jo Stadel (Posted 3/18/20)

Shirley Jo Stadel, age 88 of Riley, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020. She was born September 25, 1931 at the family farm south of Clay Center, the daughter of Roy C. and Vella (Boughen) Schrum.

Shirley attended Marymount College in nurses training. On September 24, 1950 she married Melvin Leonard (“Bud”) Stadel and they had two daughters. After their marriage, Shirley had been an active member of the Riley Presbyterian Church since 1951 and served as an Elder for 12 years. She was also a member and President of UPW, served on numerous committees and was involved in many Bible studies. In her later years, she especially enjoyed helping with church and funeral lunches. When first married they lived on the Stadel family farm east of Riley. In 1976 Shirley and Melvin built a new home near the original homestead, and they enjoyed sharing their home with many friends and family members.

During their married life, Shirley was primarily a homemaker for 23 years. When her children had graduated from high school, Shirley accepted a position at Kansas State University in the Controller’s Office as an office specialist, where she worked for over 20 years coordinating travel expenditures. She retired in 1993. Shirley’s work at the KSU travel department gave her a desire to see other parts of the world. Melvin and Shirley traveled to many locations including South Korea, Egypt, Israel, New Zealand and much of Europe. Shirley and Melvin especially enjoyed traveling to the mountains of Colorado and spent several summers there. After Melvin passed in 2008 she continued traveling to Colorado with her children and grandchildren.

Shirley enjoyed cooking, entertaining, playing cards and collecting antique glassware.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jeryl Powers and husband Bill of Wichita and Deborah Blick and husband Dennis also of Wichita; one sister, Mary Alexander of Leonardville; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jackie and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Riley Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Riley Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Eralene Suggs (Posted 3/17/20)

Eralene  A. Suggs, 85, of Manhattan, KS passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at her residence.  Eralene was born in Ethel, Mississippi on October 1, 1934, to the Dilcy Mae (Evans ) Hinkle and Leo Fair. She was married to Fernandos Suggs, Sr. together they had six children. She was in Housekeeping and the Nursery at Mercy Hospital till her retirement.

Eralene, loved sports of all kinds.

Eralene  is survived by her three daughters, Nell Suggs, of Manhattan, KS; Pinky Suggs, of Manhattan; KS, Teresa (Karen McGee) Suggs, of Topeka, KS, her two sons, Feranandos  Suggs Jr , Sam Suggs of Manhattan, KS; her good friends Patty Miller and John Paul McHugh, her Grandchildren Ty Suggs,LaRon Jackson, LaVale Jackson, Michael Gursky, Joshua McGee, Daryn Miller, Jason McGee, Jacob McGee, and 6 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her Husband Fernandos, and a Son Bob Lee Suggs.

Due to the state’s new mandates about gatherings, during this time the service is required to be private.

The family offers its apologies and wishes the services could be public.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Mother Eralene Suggs Foundation for Youth Ministries at Mt. Zion Family Worship Center International Ministries. 916 Yuma St Manhattan, KS 66502.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Dale Budden (Posted 3/16/20)

Dale Budden, age 73 of Manhattan, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at his home surrounded by his wife and family.
He was born on April 20, 1946 in Manhattan, to Chester D. and Frances R. (Martin) Budden.
On February 13, 1967 in Fairbury, Nebraska, he was married to Marlene Dinger.  They just celebrated 53 years of marriage. She survives of the home.
Dale was a route man for the K-State Union Concessions Department for 32 years.  He later worked for Five Star Vending before retiring in 2018.
Dale was a man of many passions which included his ’55 Chevy and Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loved spending time with family and his extensive network of friends; many of whom shared Friday night dinner and margaritas with Dale and Marlene. Those who knew Dale, know how generous with his time he was. He worked for two years assisting in building a Native American Earth Lodge at Council Grove.
Dale was also a lover of all animals especially his beloved kitties (referred to as the kids) and his beloved dogs. He provided a loving and very devoted home to all of them. His deep love of the animals was evident in his commitment to rescuing and providing a safe and loving home to them; to him they were not animals, they were family. Dale touched so many lives with his work, family and friends. He will be severely missed by all.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one brother, Ben Leonard of Clay Center; two sisters, Barbara Beals of Jewell and Letha Hail of Marysville; two sisters-in-law, LaRita Currie of Manhattan and Patty Gessner of Kansas City and many beloved nieces, nephews, friends and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jackie Leonard and Richard Budden.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery south of Manhattan on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  Family and friends are invited to meet at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. to form a procession to the cemetery.
A memorial has been established for S.C.A.R.S. dog rescue in Topeka and Homecare and Hospice of Manhattan.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Glenn Burwell (Posted 3/16/20)

Glen Alton Burwell was born on March 10, 1926, in Abilene, Kansas and was the son of John and Eunice (Heiens) Burwell.  He died at the age of 94 on March 11, 2020.
Glen grew up on the family farm and graduated from Dickinson Community High School in Chapman with the class of 1944.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during WWII.  During his service, he trained officers as a Private First Class and was offered the opportunity to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.  After his military duty was completed with distinction, Glen returned to the family farming operation.  He married Caryl Joan Schwab.  They had two sons, Ritchie and Randy.
One of Glen’s greatest joys in life was to be the owner and operator of the Fancy Creek Marina on Tuttle Creek Lake.  He loved water sports and was an avid fisherman. Glen believed in taking care of people.  He was always positive and had excellent customer services skills that he utilized working in insurance and as the proprietor of Burwell Rentals.  Glen loved to mentor others and share his skills.
Another of Glen’s joys in life was to meet and marry Barbara Hager.  He and Barbie were devoted to one another and each of their family and extended family members.  He thought the world of his kids and grandkids and was their biggest fan.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Manhattan, six children:  Ritch (Janet) Burwell of Riley, Kansas; Randy (Pamela) Burwell of Leawood, Kansas; Ronald (LaNell) Hager of Linn Creek, Missouri; Linda (Tom) Pittenger of Manhattan, Kansas; Terri Yeates of Glendale, Arizona; and Ricky Hager of Independence, Kansas; eleven grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Morris Burwell.
A graveside inurnment service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Union Cemetery, northeast of Abilene with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.
Memorials may be made to Meals On Wheels and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Eralene Suggs (Posted 3/13/20)

Eralene  A. Suggs , 85, of Manhattan, KS passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview and are currently pending.

Neil Barr (Posted 3/12/20)

Neil Raymond Barr, 74, of Wamego, Kansas, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Wamego Health Center.  He was a life-long member of the community.

Neil was born on August 1, 1945, in Westmoreland, Kansas, the son of Russell and Marietta Repp Barr.  He attended local schools and graduated in 1963 from Wamego High School.  Neil then served during the Viet Nam War in the United States Navy.

Neil worked for over twenty-five years for Jeffery Energy Center as an electrician.  Neil had also worked at McCall Pattern.  Other early jobs were a short time as a custom harvester, working in the oil fields in Colorado and in High School at Wamego Floral.

Neil married Kathleen Harris on June 5, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She survives at their home.

Neil and Kathie loved to travel and belonged to several travel clubs.  Neil also enjoyed NHRA racing, most sports and the History Channel and PBS.  In his youth, Neil was a member of the Boy Scouts.

Neil is also survived by his siblings, Nancy Shoup, Janet Barr, Overland Park, and Curtis Barr (Sarah), Wamego; several nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews.  Neil was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim Barr.

Graveside inurnment service with military honors will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Manhattan. A funeral procession will leave Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego at 12:15 pm.   The family suggests memorial contributions to the Wamego Area Veteran’s Memorial and those may be sent in care of mortuary.  Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com

William Smith (Posted 3/10/20)

William (Billy) Lafayette Smith, age 87, of Salado, Arkansas, passed away on March 9, 2020 in Topeka, Kansas.

He was born on June 21, 1932 the son of William Estell and Mary Dorcas Stewart Smith.  He was the middle child of seven. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, son William Estell Smith and his wife Donna Smith and a granddaughter Amanda Mesa.

Billy worked many jobs from the age of 11 to help support his family.  On October 20, 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until he retired on November 30, 1972 while at Fort Riley.  He then retired from civil service position at Fort Riley.

During his time in the Army he served two tours in Vietnam, as well as a tour in Germany, France, and Korea.  While stationed in Germany, he met Margarete Ruhmann.  They had to have an interpreter while dating and also when they were married.  They were married on April 16, 1955 in Frauenaurach, Germany, by the American Court and then walked to the local church.  Bill jokes that he married the same woman twice in the same day.  Therefore, he always wore two wedding bands.

Together they had eight children: Monica Houston and husband Billy Houston, William and his wife Donna Smith (deceased), George Smith, John Smith, Terry and his wife Debbie Smith, Homer and his wife Deb Smith, Rosalee and husband John Lyttle, and Denis Smith.  They also have 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Billy worked as many as three jobs at a time to provide for his family.  He loved to work with wood and built many bird houses.  He also enjoyed bowling and sewing.

Funeral Services for Mr. Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday March 12, 2020 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan.  The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.  Following the services interment with full military honors will be at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Everyone is welcomed to come and celebrate his memories.

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

Doris Kiracofe (Updated 3/9/20)

Doris D. Kiracofe, 76, of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Doris was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia on June 4, 1943, to Elizabeth Pearl (Armentrout) and Isaac Wilson DePoy. She attended and graduated from Turner Ashby High School in Dayton, Virginia.

On June 3, 1964, she married the love of her life, Guy H. Kiracofe at the Sangerville Methodist Church in Bridgewater, Virginia.

After they were married, Guy and Doris moved to Manhattan, KS and lived there for one year while Guy finished his Ph.D. They then moved to Kentucky for a year while Guy was working on his postdoctoral fellowship. They made their lifelong home in Manhattan, Kansas starting in 1966. Here they quickly became a beloved part of the Animal Science family at Kansas State University. This group of friends has maintained lifelong friendships with Guy and Doris. Both their children Tonya and Kent were born and raised in Manhattan. While raising her children, true to her fashion sense, Doris worked for Seiferts Women’s Clothing for many years. She also enjoyed caring for children out of her home until she had grandchildren of her own. Doris and Guy moved back to Kentucky in 1991 when their children were grown, but she always “burned up the highway” to Kansas and Oklahoma to see her children and grandchildren. She also made frequent trips to Virginia to see her family and friends.

Eventually, Doris and Guy moved back to Manhattan to be close to their grandchildren after the birth of the last grandchild, Maxwell (“the favorite”). Doris was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church and loved volunteering with the funeral meal ministry. A memorial fund was set up in her name with the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, Kansas. Doris led a great life and had the opportunity to travel around the world. Guy said one of her lifelong dreams was to go on a cruise. They went on their first cruise in the mid-90s and went on one every year after for a total of 23 cruises.

Doris is survived by her husband Guy, her daughter, Tonya (Mike) Kiracofe-Tipton, of Pryor, Oklahoma; a son, Dr. Kent (Julie) Kiracofe, of Manhattan; two sisters, Edith (Ralph) Lam, of Churchville, Virginia Edna M. (Ray) Wine, of Mt. Solon, Virginia; brother, Harry DePoy, of Mt. Crawford, Virginia; Sister-in-law, Liz Depoy of Montezuma, Virginia; grandchildren Brady Kiracofe; Jillian (Chanler Simar) Kiracofe; Max Kiracofe; Tori (Steely Still) Barr; Taylor Barr; and great-grandson Caden Ray Still; “adopted” grandchildren (Exchange Students) ~ Florian Wirsen (Germany) and Tomas Nocetti (Argentina). Doris was preceded in death by her parents, an infant grandson Isaac Christian Barr, two of her brothers, Melvin (Betty) Armentrout and James Depoy; and sister-in-law, Margaret Depoy.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, April 24th at 3:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Ida Schultes (Posted 3/8/20)

Ida Louise Schultes, age 87 formerly of Randolph, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Eureka Nursing Center.
She was born on September 17, 1932 on the family farm near Waterville, the daughter of Edwin C. and Alpha E. (Rice) Johnson.  She attended grade school at Keystone District School and graduated from Waterville High School as Co-Salutatorian of her class.
In 1951, she married Dale Olson and they had two children.  They later divorced in 1978.  In 1980, she married Leon “Poots” Schultes and they remained together until Leon passed away on October 31, 2012.
Louise worked for 31 years for the U.S. Government at Fort Riley as a Computer Specialist/Information Systems Consultant.  She started as a clerk typist in 1959 and worked her way up.  She took 67 college credit hours while working there and retired in 1990.  Following her retirement, she started a small computer consulting firm and worked part time for KSU as a computer trouble shooter in the Ag Extension Department.  She also became certified as a tax preparer, doing a portion of her tax work for free through the VITA program.  She worked along side her husband Leon on the farm doing whatever needed to be done, such as hauling grain, filling planter boxes and many other things.
She was a member of the Randolph United Methodist Church and served as board treasurer for six years.  She participated in the UMC Women’s organization and played the piano for the church as well.  She served on the Riley County Conservation District Board and the Crooked Creek Cemetery Board up until her health failed.  She was a 4-H Community Leader as well as project leader for 16 years.  She was a member of the Business Professional Women’s Organization, The Manhattan Shakespeare Club and the Riley County Heart Association.
In her free time she enjoyed making ceramics and painting pictures of wildlife and portraits of family members and friends.  She had many “deer” friends and also enjoyed taking trips to visit distant places, family and friends whenever she and Leon could leave the farm for a few days.
She is survived by her one son, Donald D. Olson of Hartwell, Georgia; one daughter, Janet E. Robbins (Leonard “Lee”) of Yates Center; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Mann (Daniel), Melissa Swartz (Brice), Riley Robbins (Nicole) and Melanie Robbins; five great grandchildren, Ryan Coleman, Jordynn Swartz, Addilee Swartz, Brad Mann and Owen Robbins; one sister, Ruth Harder (Fred) of Canyonville, Oregon and one brother, Marvin Johnson of Tigard, Oregon.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Leon.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Randolph United Methodist Church with Pastor Sandy Ferguson officiating.  Burial will be in the Randolph Fancy Creek Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Randolph United Methodist Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Stephen Casey (Posted 3/8/20)

Stephen C. Casey, 77, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020. Arrangements are currently pending and are being handled by Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Brad Tajchman (Posted 3/3/20)

Brad J. Tajchman, age 50, of Manhattan, died February 29, 2020, at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City.

He was born October 9, 1969, in McPherson, Kansas, the son of Marcel and Barbara (Holub) Tajchman.

Brad graduated from McPherson High School in 1988, and then attended and played baseball at Pratt Community College and then graduated from Kansas State University with his degree in Ag. Business.

He worked at Osborne Farmer’s Bank in Osborne as a Vice President, and then for First Kansas Bank in Hoisington for 10 years as Senior Vice President, before moving to Manhattan in 2013 to be the President of ESB Financial.

Brad was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church for several years and then transferred to Seven Dolors Catholic Church but attended St. Isidore’s with his children.  He cherished his Catholic faith, and his top priority was living in close relationship with Jesus Christ through a sacramental way of life. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus while in Hoisington.

Brad’s favorite activities were to be outdoors in nature or sitting around the table playing Pitch or board games.  He delighted in sipping coffee, watching a sunrise on his front porch, to the thrill of riding roller coasters, hunting, fishing, hatching chickens or taking care of his goats and he loved his pet turkey Henry. He always loved forward to the annual deer hunting camp with his buddies for the last 20 years.  Every summer he looked forward to family vacations with his kids and extended family whether it be camping at Middle Creek, boating at Hamilton lake, or most recently a cruise to the Western Caribbean.  Brad enjoyed his ESB bank family while at work and outside of work playing on ESB’s kickball team.  In every activity he put others needs before his own and enjoyed taking in every present moment with friends and family.  Most of all Brad loved his children, they were his true joy and he would do whatever he could for and with them.

Brad is survived by his four children: Madison, Denton, Malary and Dawson all of Manhattan; his father, Marcel Tajchman and his wife Marilyn of McPherson; two siblings: Michelle Lyle of Wichita and Brian Tajchman of Abilene; and his grandson Khayden Jerome Tajchman.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, March 6th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, with Fathers Frank Coady and Gale Hammerschmidt as celebrants.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Friday at the Pilsen Cemetery in Pilsen, Kansas.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Thursday, March 5th, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  A Parish Vigil will be at 7:30 P.M. Thursday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

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 Tajchman Children’s Fund and may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 65602.

Emogene Winkler (Posted 3/3/20)
Emogene Rachel Winkler, age 93 of Wamego, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wamego.
She was born on September 19, 1926 in Blaine, the daughter of Herman Conrad and Emma Dorothy (Teske) Wahl.  She lived in Pottawatomie County, south of Wheaton until 3rd grade when the family moved to the Grant Township, southeast of Riley.  She graduated from Riley High School in 1944.
On March 23, 1947 in Highland, she was married to Willis B. Winkler.  They were married in a double ceremony with her friend Norma Meyer and her brother, Galen Wahl.
Emogene and Willis made their home on a farm northeast of Riley until 1976 when they moved to Manhattan.  On the farm, Emogene raised chickens and sold eggs and cream for spending money and to help support the family.  Eventually, she became an Avon representative and then worked for the Riley Countian.  She began working as an account clerk at K-State in 1971, retiring from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.  She remained independent and involved even after she moved to Valley Vista in Wamego.
Emogene was always active in the community and in the church, holding many leadership positions over the years.  At Riley, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Fairview Presbyterian Church.  Later, in Wamego, she was a member of the Wamego United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her three children and spouses, Larry (Peggy) Winkler of Topeka, Susan (Fred) Guzek of Dover and Steve (Trish) Winkler of Albuquerque, New Mexico; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Winkler and three brothers, Julius, Galen and Milton and their spouses.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday March 6, 2020 at the Fairview Presbyterian Church with Pastors Gerry Sharp and Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home .  Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Fairview Presbyterian Church or the Flint Hills Breadbasket.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.