Obituaries

Lawrence Giller (Posted 2/18/19)

Lawrence Giller, 85, of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  Larry with his wife Virginia and children came to Manhattan in 1976 following his career as an Air Force pilot. The family found Manhattan and the Seven Dolors Parish to be a welcoming home and made many friends.

Born March 8, 1933, in St Joseph, Missouri to Roy and Edith (Harris) Giller. Larry graduated from Maur Hill Prep School in Atchison, Kansas and attended Benedictine College before joining the US Air Force. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a BS in Business.

Larry and Ginny met in Atchison and their first date was a New Year’s Eve dance. They married at St Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton, Kansas two years later, on December 27, 1958. In the Air Force they traveled the country living in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, California, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Then Larry served in Vietnam while the family returned to Kansas, followed by North Dakota, Massachusetts, and back to Kansas. He flew the KC-135 tanker around the world, and the C-130 transport in Vietnam. Larry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat.  While Larry loved to talk about the Air Force, he was humble about his service. Larry and Ginny had both a sense of duty and sense of adventure in their lives together.

In Manhattan, Larry became the Safety Officer for Ft Riley and worked to keep soldiers safe.  He gave back to Manhattan, including volunteering for the Knights of Columbus, was a regular Sunday mass lector, and prepared taxes for the less fortunate.  He loved to watch his children and grandchildren play in basketball, baseball, and volleyball games at all levels. Larry often said Manhattan was a wonderful home for the family.

In addition to Ginny, he is survived by four children; Mike (Jennifer) Giller of Evergreen, Colorado, Tom (Mary Kevin) Giller of Manhattan, Pat Giller of Overland Park, Kansas, and Ann (Jeff) Yuska of Berthoud, Colorado.  Larry and Ginny are blessed with ten grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson. Larry was very proud of them all and they all looked up to him.

Larry was the second of six children; Paul Giller of Little Rock, Arkansas, Father Roderick Giller of Atchison, Jim Giller (deceased), Mary Hanny (deceased), and Kathy Coots of Atchison.  He was proceeded in death by Mary Ann Giller the infant daughter of Larry and Ginny, and by his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, on Wednesday, February 20, at 11:00 AM. Followed by Internment at Sunrise Cemetery, with full military honors, and then lunch at Seven Dolors Church.

A visitation and rosary service will be at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan on Tuesday, February 19, with the visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the Rosary at 7:00p.m. The family welcomes all to celebrate a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Giller are suggested to the Manhattan Catholic Schools or to Maur Hill Prep in Atchison.  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

Earl Gritton (Posted 2/17/19)

Earl V. Gritton, age 90, of Manhattan, died February 13, 2019, at Meadowlark Hills Bramlage House.

  He was born September 25, 1928, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Earl V. Gritton, Sr. and Abbie Mae (Thompson) Gritton.

  Earl graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1946, attended Kansas City Junior College and then graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in 1950 with his degree in Education.  Earl played as a guard on the football team for each of the schools he attended.

  On August 28, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dodge City, Kansas, he was married to Lois Joleen Carmichael.  Mrs. Gritton preceded him in death on June 23, 2016.

  In 1950 he taught in Coldwater, KS, from 1951 to 1954 in Goodland, KS, and then moved to Manhattan and was an algebra and geometry teacher in the Manhattan Schools until his retirement in 1994.  Earl was also a football, wrestling and track coach for many of those years.

  He was a member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and the Manhattan Retired Teachers Association.

  Earl was an avid football fan and especially enjoyed watching the Kansas State Wildcats and Manhattan High football teams.  He also enjoyed his Saturday morning Radina’s coffee group with friends, playing golf, hunting and fishing, woodworking and taking care of his house, and listening to Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash.  Most of all Earl loved spending time with his family and attending all of his children’s and grandchildren’s events.

  Earl is survived by his five children: Karla Brockman (Michael) of Kansas City, MO, Vicki Shank (Cliff) of Hutchinson, KS, Susan Skipwith (Steve) of Greenville, SC, Joe Gritton (Heather) of Manhattan, and Christy Gritton of San Francisco, CA; and eight grandchildren: Melanie Fender (Todd), Karissa Brockman, Chris Shank (Jessica), Stefanie Kim (Kenny), Jon Shank (Sandra Nazz), Spencer Lodge, Cole and Casey Gritton.

  Earl was also preceded in death by his parents and two siblings: Charles F. Gritton and Helen Forrest.

  Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 19th, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan, KS.  Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan, KS.

  The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:00 P.M. Monday, February 18th, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  A Christian Wake service will be held at 7:00 P.M. following the visitation.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools Foundation for the football program.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Robert Baxter (Posted 2/15/19)

Robert Benjamin Baxter, 72 of Wakefield, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Wakefield Care and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on December 9, 1946 in Clay Center, the son of Benjamin Alfred and Margaret Cecelia (Hedlund) Baxter.
Bob was a farmer and salesman.  He enjoyed working the land and in his early years, had a race car that he loved.  He was a member of the Clay Center Wesleyan Church.
He is survived by his son, Doug Baxter of Manhattan; his sister, Martha Hanson and John of Riley; two step sons in Missouri and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Chris Baxter.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Clay Center Wesleyan Church with Pastor Rob Stewart officiating.  Private family inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.  The Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
A memorial has been established for the Clay Center Wesleyan Church and may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Lila J. Levin (Posted 2/14/19)

Lila J. (Orme) Levin, age 83, of Manhattan, died February 10, 2019, at Homestead Assisted Living in Manhattan.

She was born February 22, 1935, in Kingman, Kansas, the daughter of Norman and Hildred (Galbraith) Orme. Lila graduated from Kingman High School in 1952, and from Kansas State University in 1956 with her degree in Journalism and played the saxophone in the marching and concert band. On August 19, 1956, in Kingman, she was married to Jon A. Levin.

Lila’s first job was as a 7th grade English teacher in Manhattan, and then taught English Composition at Fort Riley, for Distance Learning at Kansas State University and then later was an instructor of English Composition at Kansas State.  She was the K-State Women’s Golf Coach from 1982 to 1984.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, The Manhattan Book Club, Manhattan Country Club, Kansas State Chapter of P.E.O., and was a patron of many arts and civic organizations.  She was the chapter advisor for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority for many years.

Lila was an avid reader, crossword puzzle master, loved to exercise, was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed playing golf and listening to music.  She was very proud of the year she won the Women’s Club Golf Championship at Manhattan Country Club.

Survivors include her husband Jon of Manhattan; three children: Jeffrey Levin of Seattle, WA, Steven Levin and his wife Lori of Manhattan, and Susan Levin of Westwood, KS; seven grandchildren: Joseph, Jonas and Arianna Levin, Amy and Ethan Levin, Benjamin and Charles Boerger; sister in law Darlene Blazek; and six nieces and nephews. Lila was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister Norma Siefert.

Cremation is planned with memorial services to be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 20th, at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth St., Manhattan, with Reverend R.C. McConnell officiating.  Private family inurnment will be 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 the Good Shepherd Hospice House.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Margarete Riederer (Posted 2/12/19)

Margarete Riederer, 94, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
She was born in Neumarkt Opf, Germany on February 26, 1924, to Anna (Kohlman) and Josef Dexl.
Margarete was a nurse in Germany before marrying the love of her life, Simon Riederer.
Together they owned restaurants in Germany.
When she moved to the US she cooked at her daughter’s restaurant in Ogden, KS. She was a wonderful baker and made the best cookies. She loved to Knit, Crochet, and do Crafts. She also enjoyed watching old Western shows, like Walker Texas Ranger and Gunsmoke.
Margarete is survived by her two daughters, Elisabeth Dabbs of Manhattan KS, and
Christa Everhart, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; her four grandchildren Ev Yost, Robert Dabbs, Edward Dabbs, Carolyn Calafiore, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Simon, her two brothers, and her sister.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation in Manhattan, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 1315 SW Arrowhead Road; #2 Topeka, KS 66601. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Barbara Myhre (Posted 2/11/19)

Barbara Myhre, age 81, of Manhattan, died February 4, 2019, at Meadowlark Hills Stolzer House.

Barbara was born January 23, 1938, in Swinton, Manchester, England, the daughter of John and Phyllis (Doxey) Lambert.  She had been a Manhattan resident since 1967.

Barbara was married to Robert O. Myhre, on November 23, 1957, in Swinton. Manchester, England.  Mr. Myhre preceded her in death on November 23, 2010. She worked as a bookkeeper in England and after moving to the United States she worked as an Avon Lady in the 1960’s and 70’, sold real estate for many years and worked as a secretary at Fort Riley during the Gulf War. She was a member of the Church of England, International Wives Club and the NCO Wives Club.

Barbara enjoyed volunteering for many organizations including being a Girl Guide in Manchester England and a Girl Scout Leader for Manhattan/Kaw Valley. She also enjoyed her rose garden. Survivors include her two daughters: Debra Myhre-Miller of Southern California and Arlene Myhre-Kubista and her husband Frank of Manhattan, Kansas; and two granddaughters: Montana and Olivia Kubista.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 11th, in the Meadowlark Hills Community Room with Father Don Zimmerman officiating.  Graveside services will be held at 12:30 P.M. Monday at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

The friends will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 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.

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

Alvin Abbott (Posted 2/11/19)

Alvin D. Abbott, age 95, of Manhattan, died February 7, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born September 10, 1923, in Manhattan, the son of Everett E. and Estella (Elmore) Abbott, and had been a lifetime Manhattan resident. Alvin was a 1941 graduate of Manhattan High School. He was a farmer at heart and spent many years working with his dad.  His father started the school bus service for Manhattan in 1939 and Alvin drove school buses for him, and later with his son Tom, for many years.  He was a true entrepreneur and was the first person in the state of Kansas to build a self-storage business, which was only one of his many business ventures throughout his life.

Alvin was a member and former Deacon of First Baptist Church.  They had many fond memories of the times he and Martha shared with friends throughout their lives, including the years they were involved at Westview Church and winters spent in McCallen, Texas.

Alvin also served the community in various ways, serving on the College Hill School Board and the Riley County Fair Board and was an active member of the Kansas Sheep Breeders and Hampshire Breeders Associations.  In recent years he spent long hours caring for his many iris plants that he loved to raise and share, as well as making his well-known rocking horses and jar openers.

On September 10, 1944 he married the absolute love of his life, Martha C Mounts, at the First Baptist Church.  Martha preceded him in death on February 22, 2018.  He was also preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia Green.

Survivors include his three children: Karen Abbott, Nancy Wood and her husband Larry, and Tom Abbott and his wife Ruth all of Manhattan; six grandchildren: Brian and Ian Abbott, Katie (Abbott) Smith, Doug, Lee and Jon Wood; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 12th, at the First Baptist Church, 2121 Blue Hills Road, Manhattan, with Reverend John C. Parsley officiating.  Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan. The family will receive friends at the church, prior to the service, from 1:00 until service time.

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 Good Shepherd Hospice House or the First Baptist Church, and may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Terry Ann Brown (Posted 2/10/19)

Terry Ann Brown, age 68, of Westmoreland, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday February 6, 2019 at her home.

She was born on March 20, 1950 in Manhattan, the daughter of Irwin and Lorraine (Brinker) Leonard.  She attended schools in Manhattan and St. George. On May 27, 1967 she was united in marriage to John Brown.  He survives at their home in Westmoreland. Terry worked for Kansas State University and later for Orscheln Farm and Home for a period of time until she retired.

Terry was a strong, tough and brave woman.  She always was there to take care of her family and it was her life to be the most supportive wife, mother, grandmother and sister that she could be.  She devoted her life to being the utmost loving mother of 4, and a dedicated wife from high school sweethearts to 52 years of marriage May 27, 2019.

In addition to her husband John, she survived by her children:  Candy George, of Manhattan, Penny Carlson, of Wamego, Damon Brown, of Wamego, and Dustin Brown and his wife Jenny, of Westmoreland; her sisters, Sandra Mathews, of St. George, and Linda Miller, of Topeka; and also her 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jeri Slagle and her brother, Art Leonard.

Memorial Services for Terry will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday February 15, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, with Father Kerry Ninemire officiating.  Private Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Terry Brown Memorial 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

Rose Bissey (Posted 2/7/19)

Rose Bissey, age 86, of Manhattan, died February 5, 2019, at Meadowlark Hills, Sloan House.
She was born November 8, 1932, in Seneca Missouri to Arthur and Ann (Broderick) Gallemore.  Rose attended Joplin Junior College and Wichita State University, graduating with a degree in music education.  On June 27, 1958, she married Charles R. Bissey in Wichita, KS.  He preceded her in death on November 18, 2006.
Rose taught elementary music in Green, KS, and was a secretary at Kansas State University, the American Institute of Baking, and Schwab-Eaton PA.  She is survived by two children, Jeff Bissey of Longwood, Florida; Pamela Lowdon and her husband Kelly of Lakewood, CO; four grandchildren, Brett Bissey, Leah Bissey, Erin Lowdon, Kimberly Lowdon; and a sister, Gladys Dutton of Joplin, MO.
As per Rose’s wishes, there will not be a memorial service.  Her children suggest donations be made to the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund, with deepest thanks for the care, Rose received while a resident.
Funeral arrangements Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan.

Lewman Lane (Posted 2/5/19)

Lewman Daniel Lane was born May 17, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri to Lewman Arthur and Mary Catherine “Pearl” (Bushey) Lane and grew up in St. Mary’s where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He also loved swimming and life guarded at both St. Mary’s and Tuttle Creek. He went on to be a halfback at Emporia State and returned punts and kickoffs.

Lew and Cindy met in 1972, married on March 31, 1973. They were best friends and the loves of each other’s lives for over 45 years. They enjoyed just about everything whether it be skiing, golfing, walking, or sitting on the porch. They welcomed Kiley on April 10, 1980 and she was a blessing and a joy, and a “Daddy’s girl.” They also loved 5 dogs and currently Wally, Jewelly and Snuffer.

He came to MHS in 1968 after one year at Scott City, and in 1976 became the head football coach. He not only coached and mentored thousands of young men at MHS, but several young coaches from around the area and was picked to coach in several Shrine bowls. He also played fast pitch softball for several years.

Loved ones that preceded him in death are his father Lewman Arthur Lane, his mother Mary Catherine “Pearl” (Bushey) Lane, sister Mary Lou (Lane) Jukes, sisters-in-law Paula (Glover) Washee, Bobbi Glover and brother-in-law Gary Glover.

Loved ones that will miss Lew until they meet again, wife Cindy, daughter Kiley Elizabeth, sister Jennie (Lane) Royer, brothers-in-law Dick Jukes, Jerry Glover (Angie), Scot Glover (Susan), Greg Glover. His nephews, Dane Wano (Lisa), Mark Wano (Sandy), Lee Jukes (Melissa), Steven Jukes (Susan), Danny Jukes (Kay), Patrick Dondlinger, Jason Glover; nieces, Cindy Wano, Linda Hopper (Mike) and Gabie Glover. Also his great nephews: Grant Glover, Cale Glover, Michael Glover, Zach Wano, Coleman Dondlinger and; great niece, Alexis Dondlinger.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, February 8, 2019 at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1921 Barnes Rd., Manhattan, Kansas. Burial will follow at Sunrise Cemetery.

In lieu of visitation “Remembering the Wonderful Life of Coach Lane” will be held at Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Dr., Manhattan, Kansas from1:00-4:00.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to: MHS Football Alumni.  Contributions may be left in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas.

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

Finally, the family asks that in honor of Coach Lane: “Don’t forget who you are and where you come from.”

Bernice Fulton (Posted 2/4/19)

Bernice M. Fulton, age 99, of Manhattan, died Sunday February 3, 2019, at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

  She was born on March 6, 1919, in Council Grove, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Alta (Brockelman) Borkert.

  Bernice was untied in marriage to Foster Fulton on June 29, 1941 in Fulton, Missouri.  He preceded her in death in 1963.

  She worked for Farm Bureau in Manhattan for Many years until she retired.  Bernice was a longtime member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where she served as a Deacon.  She also was a 50 year plus member of the Order of the Eastern Star # 209.

  In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her siblings: Bernietta Williams, Ollie Borkert, Herman Borkert, Floyd Borkert, and Lura Jane Borkert.

  She is survived by her sister, Beulah McPhail of Manhattan. Also her many nieces and nephews and many friends.

  The family will greet friends during a visitation from 9:00 a.m until 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

  Funeral services will be held following the visitation at 10:00 a.m. Saturday February 9, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow the services in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

  The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Bernice to the Trinity Presbyterian 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

Dorothy Frazeee (Posted 1/31/19)

Dorothy J. Frazee, 88, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation, they are currently pending.

Phyllis Wickstrum (Posted 1/31/19)

Phyllis Arlene Wickstrum, age 94 of Manhattan, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.
She was born on the family farm around Leonardville on December 24, 1924, the daughter of Elmer and Edna (Moon) Anderson.  She graduated from Leonardville High School.
On March 15, 1943 she was married to Lloyd Ervin Wickstrum.  He preceded her in death on September 1, 2001.
Phyllis worked in the kitchen and dining department in Boyd Hall at Kansas State University.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading.
She is survived by one daughter, Arlis Wickstrum of Prairie Village; three sons, Galen Wickstrum (Ronna) of Manhattan, Garen Wickstrum (Valerie) of Harrisonville, Missouri and Arlen Wickstrum (Brian Morley) of Lawrence; three grandchildren, Sarah Wickstrum and Matthew Wickstrum, both of Harrisonville, Missouri and  Dustin Schirer (Katie) of Prairie Village and two great grandchildren, Wren Schirer and Wes Schirer of Prairie Village.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Cremation is planned with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at a later date.
The Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.apfunerals.com.

Franklyn Kandt (Posted 1/30/19)

Franklyn Edward Kandt, age 95, of Manhattan, died Friday January 25, 2019 at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

He was born on September 5, 1923 in Latimer, Kansas, the son of Frank and Emma (Oppliger) Kandt.  He grew up in the Herington area and graduated from Herington High School with the class of 1942.

Following high school Franklyn served in the United State Navy, where he was a Navy Pilot during World War II.  After his service time in the Navy Franklyn returned to Herington.  He worked for the Bank of Herington.  He started in an entry level position and over the years became the President of the bank.

Franklyn met his wife Ruth while they both worked at the drug store in Herington as “soda jerks”.  They were married on September 3, 1950 at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington.  She survives at their home in Manhattan.

In 1986 he and Ruth moved to Grand Island, Nebraska, where he took a job with the Farm Credit Bureau. He retired in 1992 and he and Ruth moved to Manhattan.  Franklyn was a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan.

Franklyn was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings: Karl Kandt, Calvin Kandt, Vernon Kandt, and Mary Driscoll.

In addition to his wife, Ruth, he is survived by his children, Kevin Kandt (Valerie), of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kimberly Burdett (Charles), of Olathe, Kansas; his grandchildren: Arwen Ruth Lin, of London, England, Lauren Jean Kandt, of Sasebo, Japan, Alyssa Ann Burdett of St. Paul, Minnesota, Christian Charles Burdett, of Norfolk, Virginia, and Michaela Marie Cox (Brady), of Omaha, Nebraska; and his great-grandchildren, Naomi, John, Rhett, and one on the way.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Thursday January 31, 2019 at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 330 Sunset Avenue in Manhattan.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday January 31, 2019 at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, with the Rev. Michael J. Schmidt officiating.  Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Herington, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St Luke’s Lutheran Church Building 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

Zachary Bryant (Posted 1/30/19)

Zachary Bryant, age 62, of Manhattan, died Saturday January 26, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

  He was born on September 28, 1956 in West Palm Beach, Florida, the son of Morris and Mary (Hamilton) Bryant Jr.

  Mr. Bryant served in the United States Army for over 20 years until he retired.

  Graveside Services with full military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday February 1, 2019 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, 5181 Wildcat Creek Road in Manhattan.

  The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Zach to the Zachary Bryant Memorial 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

Betty Portuese (Posted 1/26/19)

Betty Lou Portuese, age 92, of Manhattan, died Tuesday January 22, 2019 at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

She was born on January 23, 1926 in Riley County, Kansas the daughter of Daniel and Edna (Pultz) Clark.  She moved to Hunters Island south of Manhattan when she was very young.  Her family had a small dairy farm.  Her family delivered milk and eggs to families around the area.  Betty attended the Hunters Island Grade School.  She graduated from Manhattan High School in 1944.

Betty met Frank Portuese at an USO Event and on March 31, 1946 in Manhattan they were united in marriage.  He preceded her in death on December 12, 1989.

Betty helped Frank with the Portuese Salvage and Home Supply.  She enjoyed taking care of the business and her family.  She worked at the Kreem Kup in Manhattan for a period of time.

She lived on the Hunters Island area for most all of her life on the family farm and she was a member of the Hunters Island Community Improvement Club for many years. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan and was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion in Manhattan.  Betty was also part of the Uptown Band, part of the Seniors’ Center, which would play in different places for many different groups. She also in her younger years enjoyed camping at the lake with her family and friends.

Betty volunteered at many places throughout her life, including the Hospice House and the Seniors’ Center.  She always loved visiting with people, and playing cards and Bunco at the Seniors’ Center.  Betty was a lifetime member of the Modern Woodmen of America, Royal Neighbors of America, Epsilon Sigma Sorority and the Searchers Club, a social club in the Eureka Valley area of Manhattan.

In addition to her husband Frank, Betty was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lonna Lou Portuese, and her longtime friend, Bill Simnett.

Betty is survived by her son Daniel Portuese (Jody), of Manhattan; her grandchildren, Justin Portuese and Julie Parker (Jeff) and her step-grandchildren, Paul Edwards (Shanna) and Susan Edwards (Levi Bellovics), and her seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday January 31, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Kevin Larson officiating.  Interment will follow the service in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions in memory of Betty are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.  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

Steven Wege (Posted 1/23/19)

Steven D. Wege, age 64 of Manhattan, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019 at his residence.
He was born on November 17, 1954 in Manhattan, the son of August Frederick and Daisy Iola (Tilton) Wege.
Steve worked in construction doing many things including painting.  He loved to fish, ride motorcycles and music, where he played guitar in a local band during his younger years.
He is survived by his three siblings, Tim Wege and wife Rhonda of Leonardville, Allen Wege and wife Sarah of Riley and Deena Hazlett of La Junta, Colorado and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation is planned with a memorial service to be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Keats United Methodist Church with Pastors Bill Eisele and Kevin Larson officiating.
The Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.apfunerals.com.

Thelma “Sue” Jones (Posted 1/16/19)

Thelma “Sue” (Losey) Jones died on January 14, 2019 at the age of 69. Sue was born on July 9, 1949 to Jim and Thelma (Rawlings) Losey and lived on the family farm in Gove County Kansas with her three half siblings – Bill, Wilma and Bob.

Sue was very athletic at Gove Rural High School – lettering in both softball and volleyball. She was very active in 4-H. She was also a baton twirler in school. After graduation in 1967 she attended Colby Community College.

On June 2, 1968 Sue married the love of her life, Leslie “Bruce” Jones. Two children resulted – Cindy Joanne and Stephanie Rannee. In 1969 when Cindy was 6 months old Bruce was drafted by the army due to the Vietnam War. This was an especially hard time for Sue but with family support, she made it through. Sue spent the time working and raising Cindy while Bruce was deployed. In 1971, after Bruce’s military commitment, the family moved to the Manhattan, Ks area where Bruce worked for AT&T. Stephanie was born in 1973 and Sue remained a stay-at-home mother until Stephanie started kindergarten.

While the kids were small, Sue taught Sunday School and was a dedicated 4-H leader. Sue went back to school and attending both Kansas State University and Washburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree. Only with Sue’s family support was she able to complete her degree and fulfil her dream of becoming a registered nurse. Sue worked at numerous nursing positions in the area – both Saint Mary’s and Memorial Hospitals, Riley County Home Health Services, and assisted in opening Stoneybrook Nursing Home. She worked as a surveyor at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDH&E) and was in charge of quality improvement for the Kansas North Central District.  

In 1998 Sue suffered a severe back injury which resulted in a career-ending disability. After recovering as much as possible, Sue began sewing clothes for her two grandchildren – Elizabeth and Owen. Sue also began creating quilts (a hobby that her mother and grandmother also shared).  She was a member of the Konza Prairie Quilters Guild in Manhattan. Sue donated quilts to the area Crisis Center, Veteran’s Center, and numerous family members.

Sue and Bruce had a passion for traveling. Their most adventurous – In 2012 they embarked with their camper and dachshund Casey to Alaska for three months. Sue attempted to travel the United States as much as possible, even after her appendiceal cancer diagnosis in 2014. Together Sue and Bruce visited all but 4 states. Sue really loved her dachshunds. She could be seen around Manhattan with Oscar, and later Casey, riding on her lap while she cruised around in her wheelchair. More people around the area knew her dog’s name than they knew Sue or Bruce’s names.

Sue is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Stephanie Jones-Yarges; sister-in-law Marlene Swink-Losey and brother-in-law Tom Maier. Sue is survived by her loving husband Bruce; dog Casey; one daughter Cindy Diederich and her husband John of Wamego; two grandchildren: Elizabeth Yarges and husband Sasha Pokrovski of Columbia Heights, Mn. and Owen Yarges of Anoka, Mn.; half-brothers Bill (Betsy) Losey, Hays, Ks. and Bob (Jeanita) Losey, Grinnell, Ks.; a half-sister Wilma (Lloyd) Peterson, Overland Park, Ks.; numerous sisters and brothers-in law and nieces and nephews.

Cremation is planned with a celebration of life at University Christian Church at 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 28th, with Pastor Ryan Hayden officiating.  Private family inurnment will be in Sunrise Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, January 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.

In lieu of flowers, Sue requests memorial contributions be made to either University Christian Church or Samaritan’s Purse.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.  

Ruby Mann (Posted 1/15/19)

Ruby D. Hunter Mann, 96, of Manhattan, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Via Christi Village.
She was born on July 23, 1922, at Dr. Miller’s Hospital in Council Grove.   At that time her two older brothers were just recovering from scarlet fever so Dr. Randles thought it necessary to have the baby at the hospital, an unusual event, as in those days most babies were born at home.
The cradle roll certificate from the White City Methodist Church in 1922 lists her name as Dorothy Mae, daughter of Reuby and Bertha Brittian Hunter. Later her name was changed to Ruby Dorothy, as she looked so much like her father, Reuby so her name became Ruby D. for the rest of her life.
While in Melrose Country School, she especially enjoyed participating in Morris County achievement contests. She won numerous awards giving declamations and also musical numbers. She graduated from White City High School in 1940 and began teaching under a Normal Training Certificate at Prairie Star, then Marion Hill and also Stone Chapel Rural Schools in Morris County. During the summers she attended Emporia Teachers College, each year.  She taught at the Washington Grade in Council Grove for three years.
She married Hubert Mann in 1946 and continued teaching country school for several years.  They owned and operated the Mann grocery and Locker Plant at Skiddy, Kansas for 25 years. After Hubert’s death in 1972, she moved to Manhattan and worked at KSU Central Mail for nine years.  She later married Russell David Janke who died in 1990.
She was a member of Westview Community Church, the Lone Wranglers Square Dance Club, Manhattan Bowling League, KSU Retirees Club, was president of the Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She participated with the Manhattan Uptown Band. One of her most enjoyable club memberships was as a member and president of the Toastmistress Club of Manhattan.
Ruby D. loved God, loved to dance, loved life, especially having frequent family dinners. She was always ready to play card games, tell stories or travel. She often said she was so happy when the wheels were rolling. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Allen D. Hunter, Vance D. Hunter and a sister Dessie Hunter.
She is survived by her three sons, Brittain Mann of Emporia, Joe Mann of Manhattan,  and Randall Mann also of Manhattan; her daughter Sheila Roffler of Manhattan, five grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 10:00 AM  at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, from 6:00 -8:00 PM a the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Skiddy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be donated to the Westview Community Church and may be sent to the funeral home. For more information or to send an online condolence visit the funeral home website at irvinparkview.com. Services arranged by Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview.

Thomas Brosius (Posted 1/14/19)

Thomas (Tom) Alan Brosius, age 69, entered into rest on January 11, 2019, in Manhattan, KS after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was born December 16, 1949, in Tacoma Park, Maryland to Bertram (Bert) Schaeffer Brosius and Helen Louise James Brosius.
He was an altar boy at St. Michael’s of the Archangel church in Silver Spring, MD and attended St. Michael’s Elementary school.  He graduated from Springbrook High School in 1968, where he had a very successful football and track career.  He held the Maryland state high school discus record for 33 years and still holds the shot put record to this day.  He was inducted into the Springbrook High School Sports Hall of fame in 2014.  Following high school, Tom received a full scholarship to Kansas State University for Football and Track.  He met his wife, Karen Elizabeth Mosher Brosius, there and they married August 8, 1971.  His sports success continued in college.  He won the Big 8 discus and outdoor shot put and went to the Olympic trials for shot and discus in 1972.  He won the Big 8 indoor and outdoor shot put in 1973, ending his career as an All-American athlete.
Tom went on to coach football and track while teaching Biology and drivers’ education at Pleasanton high school. Tom and Karen then moved to Concordia, KS where Tom impacted the lives of countless students over the next 30 years. He taught physical education to elementary and middle school students, drivers’ education, 7th, and 8th-grade technology, coached football, track, and Cloud County Community College track. He also pursued a passion for flying and was a certified flight instructor at Cloud County Community College. On top of all this, Tom & Karen created a very successful mobile DJ business called Mainstream Sound, known for its incredible light show and Tom’s ability to always get students onto the dance floor.
In 2004, Tom’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Tom retired and found a home in Manhattan, KS to move in with his parents, so he could help take care of them.  He taught elementary PE, 9th-grade health, drivers’ education, and coached track during his time in Manhattan.
Tom has coached many state track champions and received many coaching awards and honors, the latest being Kansas High School Assistant Track Coach of the year in 2018.
Tom also had many hobbies during his life.  He loved to ride motorcycles and was very happy to finally get his dream, Harley.  He also loved to water ski, mountain bike, hike, tandem bike, play disc golf, sail, and take joy rides in his airplane.  He had a life-long passion for music and played in many bands throughout his life.  He loved jamming with his bluegrass friends in his later years and spent much of his retirement traveling around to local bluegrass events.  He was known to engineer solutions if he couldn’t find what he wanted – inventing many things that his friends and family enjoy to this day.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Bert and Helen.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of Manhattan; his daughter Andra Schroeder and her husband Aaron, of Manhattan, his daughter LeAnn Brosius, of Manhattan, one grandson, Ethan Schroeder; and his sister Ann Leach and her husband, Doug, of South Lake Tahoe, CA.
The visitation and vigil will be at Carlson’s Irvin Parkview Funeral home in Manhattan, KS on January 17 starting at 6 pm.  The funeral service will be held at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, KS on January 18 at 10 am.
Memorials may be sent to the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University and will be used to further research in support for early pancreatic cancer detection.  If pancreatic cancer can be detected before it is stage IV, lives will be saved.
To make a gift online, go to www.ksufoundation.org/give/memorials, enter an amount and then check the “Specify a designation” box and choose “Brosius, Thomas Memorial Fund”. Contributions may also be sent to:
KSU Foundation
1800 Kimball Ave
Ste 200
Manhattan, KS 66502
Include fund M47240.

Ruby Mann (Posted 1/14/19)

Ruby D. Mann, 96, of Manhattan, died Saturday, January 12th, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.  She was also employed at KSU in the Central Mail Services.  retiring on July 30, 1993 after working 14 years.. Arrangements will be announced by Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan.

Sherry Moon (Posted 1/11/19)

Sherry Barbra Moon, age 75, of Manhattan, died Wednesday January 9, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born on November 2, 1943 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the daughter of Aden Max Samuelson and Juanita (Warren) Samuelson. On August 6, 1961 in DeSoto, Kansas, she was united in marriage to Larry Moon.  He survives at their home in Manhattan.

Sherry helped Larry with their business, Autocraft.  She loved to take care of her family and be with her children and grandchildren as often as she could.  Sherry enjoyed water skiing and riding motorcycles, flying planes, and also driving in older cars that she and Larry both enjoyed. She loved to travel.  She and Larry took many trips and cruises.  They went to Australia, Europe, Alaska, and Italy over the years.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Dennis Samuelson and Danny Samuelson.

In addition to her husband Larry, she is survived by her daughters, Dawn Musil (Zdenek) of Manhattan, Angela Banks (Dean) of Muscotah, Kansas, and Kelli Greathouse (Dylan Lackey) of Manhattan.  Also her grandchildren: Joshua, Eric, Kyle, Zachary, Isaac, Ethan, Jodi, and Clara; and her great-grandchild, Amelia and also a great-grandchild on the way.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:30p.m. Tuesday January 15, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday January 16, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating.  Interment will follow the service in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Cards 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 Newsome (Posted 1/4/19)

Mary Lou Newsome, 89, died Friday, December 14 at Meadowlark Hills (Wroten House), Manhattan. She had been a resident of Manhattan for 59 years.

Lou was born March 7, 1929 in Oregon, MO, the daughter of Claire and Flossie (Boswell) Stevenson. Lou spent her early years on a farm outside of Oregon, before the Stevenson family moved to a farm outside of Palisade, NE when she was 9. She graduated from Palisade High School in 1947. She then graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska in 1951.

Lou began her education career as an elementary teacher in Imperial, NE. She later taught elementary school in McPherson, KS.

In Imperial, she met her husband, Bob Newsome. They were married August 23, 1953 in Palisade. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

Lou became a homemaker in Oskaloosa, KS following the birth of their son, Bill.

Upon moving to Manhattan in 1960, Lou became very involved in civic and social organizations in Manhattan. She was involved in First United Methodist Church Circle, and the Church’s Acquaintance Club. She also took part in KSU Social Club, and her pride and joy, P.E.O. She would have celebrated her 50th anniversary with P.E.O. Chapter GU in 2019.

Lou was a long-time election official, and was an Election Supervisory Judge for Riley County from 1998-2005.

Lou was a trusted partner for Bob’s career at Kansas State Extension, as well as his elected offices as a Riley County Commissioner and a member of the USD 383 Board of Education. She was also very supportive of 4-H activities and the Riley County Fair.

Lou was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents, and her brother, Derrill. She is survived by her son, Bill, and his wife Tecile, of Lawrence, and four grandchildren, Neil, Preston, Rosemary and Charlie.

Memorial services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel at 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. Rev. Ben Duerfeldt will officiate.

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

Memorials have been designated for the P.E.O. Scholar Award and the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan. Contributions should be made in care of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel at 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

Rodney Walker (Posted 1/3/19)

Rodney Garth Walker, 81, died on Monday, December 31, 2018 in Manhattan, Kansas. He was born December 28, 1937 in McCook, Nebraska, the son of Joseph H. and Bessie I. (Tjaden) Walker.

A proud Nebraskan, Rod was named Distinguished Alumnus by The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he received a bachelor degree in music education in 1959. After completing a master of music degree from Wichita State University in 1961, he accepted his first teaching position at Central High School, Omaha, Nebraska. There, he met and married Nancy (Longworth) Walker and later had two children, Hallie Elizabeth and Anne Elise.

Beginning in 1966, Rod began a tenure of 41 years as Director of Choral Activities at Kansas State University. As a guest conductor, lecturer, and adjudicator, he traveled to 31 American states and to 13 foreign countries. He guest conducted over 420 all-state, university, honor, regional, divisional, and other festival choruses. Rod founded and directed the American Symposium for Choral Music, which hosted world-renowned conductors and composers such as Robert Shaw, John Alldis, and Aaron Copland. From this, he created and directed the Summer Choral Institute for gifted high school singers, now in its 41st year at Kansas State University.

His Kansas State Choir performed nine concert tours on three continents. A 1972 concert tour included seven European countries and in 1980 they appeared in the Soviet Union and Poland. Between 1980 and 1996, the choir performed extensively throughout Europe and Australia and was featured on BBC London Television, Belgrade Radio Television, RTE Television, Ireland, Radio Poland, and the Australian Broadcasting system. His choirs performed across the United States at conventions at both divisional and national levels, and frequently performed throughout the state of Kansas.

In addition to his performance career, Rod was an active editor of choral publications and had many of his pieces selected for collections that bear his name. He proudly served as president of the Southwest Division and Kansas Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and received awards of recognition from both groups as well as the Kansas Choral Directors Association, The Master Teacher Institute for the Arts, and was named 1989 Kansas Educator of the Year by the Federated Music Clubs of Kansas. The year of his retirement, the Kansas State Senate honored him by passing Senate Resolution No. 1832, recognizing his 41 years of service to the state of Kansas.

Rod is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Baumann) Walker of Manhattan, KS, daughters Hallie Winters of McKinney, TX and Anne (and Steve) Palmer of Kansas City, MO, step-children Gus (and Keri) Kincaid of Leawood, KS, Jessica (and Brian) Phillips of Indianapolis, IN, and grandchildren Natalie and Nathan Winters, Evie Kincaid, Gracie, Gus, and Larkin Phillips.

Services will be held on Friday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 612 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS with Pastor Ben Deurfeldt presiding. Memorial contributions may be given to the Rod Walker Scholarship Fund through the Kansas State University Foundation. 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

Ruth Hohman (Posted 1/2/19)

Ruth Elaine (DeWyke) Hohman, age 96 of Randolph, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.
She was born on February 1, 1922 on the family farm west of Randolph, the daughter of Bruce and Lillian (Vogelsang) DeWyke.  She attended the Heller country school and graduated from Randolph Rural High School in 1939.
On April 26, 1943 in Manhattan, she was married to Gail L. Hohman.  He preceded her in death in 1989.
In her early years, Ruth worked at Beckman’s Store, Peterson’s Cafe and Markley Hatchery in Old Randolph.  She also cooked at Blue Valley High School for a few years, but mainly, she was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Randolph United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, the United Methodist Women and Randolph Senior Center.  Ruth enjoyed working outdoors in her garden, crocheting, quilting and making afghans for her family members.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Springer of Manhattan; four grandchildren, Aaron Springer (Laura), Davin Springer (Megan), Staci Schwarz (Jonathan) and Jason Hohman (Jenny); five great grandchildren, Ashlyn Schwarz, Camden Schwarz, Madison Springer, Jaylee Hohman and Jonas Hohman; her daughter-in-law, Pat Hohman of Lawrence and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Jack Hohman; her son-in-law, Hal Springer and two brothers, Earl (Helen) DeWyke and Cecil (Ruth) DeWyke.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Randolph United Methodist Church with Pastor Sandy Ferguson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Randolph Fancy Creek Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ruth Hohman Memorial Fund for the family to distribute at a later date to some of Ruth’s dearest causes.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.apfunerals.com.

Joanna Hoseney (Posted 1/2/19)

Joanna Hoseney, age 84, of Manhattan, died December 30, 2018, at Meadowlark Hills – Lyle House.

  She was born September 28, 1934, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Roy and Frances (Bitler) Leap.

  Joanna graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas, and then earned her Registered Nursing Degree from Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, KS.

  On June 3, 1956, in Kansas City, KS, she was married to R. Carl Hoseney.

  Joanna worked as a Registered Nurse in several capacities and additionally worked in the ticket office at Kansas State University. She was also a wonderful homemaker for her family.

  She was a member of Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church.

 Joanna is survived by her husband Dr. Carl Hoseney of Manhattan; three children: Cheryl Rife and her husband Steve of Eudora, KS, Douglas Hoseney and husband Moses Jones of Jersey City, NJ, and Terri Brown and her husband Jack of Colorado Springs, CO; and eight grandchildren: Travis (Saquita) Rife; Kacie (Travis) Olson, Jacob (Hanna) Kang-Brown, Aaron (Stephanie), Caleb (Lydia), Sarah Katie, Luke and Annie Brown; and nine great-grandchildren.

  Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 4th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with son-in-law Jack Brown officiating.  Private family inurnment will be at a later date in Sunrise Cemetery.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Dr. Theodore “Ted” Hopkins (Posted 12/28/18)

Theodore Louis “Ted” Hopkins, PhD, age 89, a longtime Manhattan resident, died December 17, 2018, at Brookdale in Derby, Kansas.

He was born June 12, 1929, in San Diego, California, the son of Theodore Barney and Frances Ermel (Cline) Hopkins. Dr. Hopkins graduated from high school in Drain, Oregon, earned his bachelors and masters from Oregon State University in Fisheries and Wildlife, and then his PhD from Kansas State University in Entomology.  Dr. Hopkins moved to Manhattan and was employed at Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor in Entomology in 1960, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1963 and then Professor in 1966.  He retired in 1998. He was a member of the College Avenue United Methodist Church, Entomological Society of America, American Association for Advancement of Science, Riley County Historical and Genealogical Society, Friend and Docent at Konza Prairie Biological Station, Orthopedist Society, Friend of Insect Zoo, and the Oregon Trail Association.

Dr. Hopkins enjoyed genealogy, gardening, photography, Civil War/western expansion history and travel, having spent time on six continents. He was married to Colleen A. Miller on August 30, 1951.  She preceded him in death in 1970.  On July 9, 1971, in Salina, KS, he was married to Arlene A. McGregor.  She preceded him in death on July 31, 2012.  He was also preceded in death by daughter, Linda Hopkins, and step-daughter, Annaliese Briggs.

Survivors include his two children: David Hopkins (Jan) and Gail Hopkins, stepchildren Albert Goedde (Elaine) and Terezie Stanberry (Mike);  three siblings: Nancy Moore of Penngrove, CA, Peter Hopkins (Mary Kay) of San Diego, CA, and Linda Hooks (Otto) of Berkley, CA; six grandchildren: Erin Entz (Lyndon), Mark Hopkins,(Jessica), Stephanie Mortensen (Per), Matt Hopkins (fiancé Kate Valentine), Becky Troutt (John) and Gwen Harvey; and eight great-grandchildren: Olivia, Alaina and Corinne Harvey, Tyson, Brody, Zeke and Lexie Entz and  Luke Hopkins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 3rd, at the College Avenue United Methodist Church, 1609 College Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Dr. Dennis L. Ackerman officiating.  Cremation will follow the service with inurnment at a later date in Sunset Cemetery next to Arlene, Linda and Colleen.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Konza Prairie Research Excellence Fund and the Ted Hopkins Colloquium Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Myron Schwinn (Posted 12/28/18)

Myron E. Schwinn, age 80, of St. George, died December 26, 2018, at Plaza West Care Center in Topeka.

He was born July 7, 1938, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of John Thomas and Ruth Esther (Whitman) Schwinn.

Myron attended a one room school through 8th grade and then a small rural high school.  In October of 1954, during his junior year he was stricken with polio.  After several months in the hospital he returned to school to finish his junior and senior years.  This event dictated the rest of his life. Since he would not be able to work on the family farm, he decided to attend Highland Junior College, the first of his family to go to college. At Highland, his biology teacher convinced him he should consider teaching as a career.  He attended and graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia in 1960 in Education and Biology, and later earned his master’s in 1963.

On August 13, 1961, in the First Methodist Church in Kingman, Kansas, he was married to Joretta “Jody” Lindt. Myron began his teaching career at Everest Rural High School in 1961, and he and Jody were the first husband-wife team to teach there.  In 1964, they moved to Manhattan and he continued his career teaching at Manhattan High School where he was a science teacher and department chair.  He had the unique advantage of having Sunset Zoo and Sunset Cemetery within walking distance to the high school and used both of them along with WOLF (Wildcat Outdoor Lab Facility) that he helped establish to use as teaching aids for his students. Myron has a real passion for teaching and was always coming up with new and inventive ways to teach his students. He retired in 1994 after 30 years at MJHS and MHS.

Myron was awarded the Kansas Master Teacher Award in 1994.  He was also an active member of First Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Riley County Fish and Game Association that he helped to organize in 1982, Kansas Wildlife Federation, and in 1969 was the Conservation Educator of the Year, was a Kansas Safe Hunter instructor 1977 to 1984, Manhattan Creative Arts Guild 1984 to 1994, St. George Lions Club Charter Member in 1978, and served on USD 323 School Board 1975 to 1983.  Myron and Jody also owned and operated S & S Buckle Company that made belt buckles and pins. Myron was also a well-known taxidermist for many years who helped establish the Kansas Association of Taxidermists.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He also in his spare time was a farmer and rancher.

He loved collecting pedal tractors, farm toys, trains, handy oilers and many other items.  He and Jody enjoyed many bus trips traveling to various parts of the country. The time he enjoyed the most was spent with his family, and like all grandparents he was very proud of his grandchildren.

Myron is survived by his loving and devoted wife Jody of the home; one son Scott Schwinn and his wife Lisa of Westmoreland; two grandchildren: Morgan and Garrett Schwinn; two siblings: Mary Barbara Allen of Gardener, KS, and Herbert Schwinn of Leavenworth, KS; and his sister in law Evelyn Schwinn of Easton, KS; and many nieces and nephews. Myron was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Willoughby Schwinn; two half siblings: Eugene Schwinn and Floy Alida Bosworth; and by one niece Barbara Coffin.

Cremation is planned with a Celebration of Life to be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, December 31st, at the First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Jerry Reynolds officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the First Lutheran Church or the Riley County Fish and Game Association.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Tori Smith (Posted 12/27/18)

Toriyanna DaShae Smith, 9, of Manhattan,  passed away, Wednesday, December 26th, at her home with her family by her side.
Tori has completed her travels, reached her destination, and is now at home, resting in the healing, loving arms of her Heavenly Father. Actually, we believe that she is running, dancing, singing, and eating all the spaghetti, pizza, and strawberries that she wants.
Tori was born in Abilene, TX on January 26, 2009, the daughter of Providence Pecoraro, of Manhattan and Shavoris Smith.  Tori was a student at the Bluemont Elementary School, a former member of the Girl Scouts.
Survivors include her mother; a sister, Tiyanna Smith; two brothers, Trenton Pecoraro; Di’Angelo Shiels, all of Manhattan and her grandparents Kelly and John Pecoraro of the home.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, December 28th at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation 1317 W. Poyntz Ave in Manhattan.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 on Saturday, December 29th at First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, with Rev. Troy Bowers, officiating. Burial will follow at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
The family request donation be made In lieu of flowers, to the Johnson Cancer Research Center; 1 Chalmers Hall; 1711 Claflin Rd.  Manhattan, KS 66506 or Children’s Mercy Hospital and sent to the funeral home.
For more information, a complete story of the “Travels With Tori” visit the funeral home website; www.irvinparkview.com.

Barbara Hanson (Posted 12/21/18)

Barbara LaVerna Hanson, age 9, formerly of Randolph, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Blue Valley Senior Living in Blue Rapids, KS.
She was born on the family farm in the Rose Hill community, north of Randolph on March 13, 1927, the daughter of Oscar and Amanda (Bary) Linder.  She graduated from Olsburg High School in 1944.
She was married to Leroy Carlson on May 27, 1944.  To this union, three children were born, Melvin, Donald and Peggy.  Leroy preceded her in death in 1961.
She later married Dale Edward Hanson on January 12, 1965.  He preceded her in death in 2001.
Barbara worked as a secretary for the Kansas Poultry Improvement Association, Riley County Farm Bureau and other businesses throughout her working career.  She also sold life insurance for Woodmen Insurance of Lincoln, NE.
She is survived by two children, Melvin Carlson (Linda) of Randolph and Peggy Carlson of Randolph; eight grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren and five nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands; her brother, Carl Linder and her son Don in 2013.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Dwight Diller officiating.  Burial will be in the Olsburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Valley Senior Living and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.apfunerals.com.

Ron Walter (Posted 12/18/18)

Ron Martin Walter, age 60, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at his residence in Manhattan, Kansas.
Ron was born on December 19, 1957 in Junction City, Kansas to Warren Lyle Walter and Bonita Jean (Gravenstein) Walter. He was raised on the family farm in Riley, Kansas along with his siblings and graduated from Riley County High School in 1976.
Upon leaving Riley, The Little Apple became Ron’s lifelong home. There, he married his former spouse, Barbara (White) Walter, and together they raised their daughter, Christina (Walter) Gepner, and son, Brandon Walter. Both of whom would grow up with fond memories of their grandparent’s farm and stay close to home for college by attending Kansas State University.
From 1978 to 1994, Ron worked for Woolworth’s Distribution Center in Junction City, Kansas. After it closed, he embarked on a 24 year career with Kansas State Housing and Dining, serving the campus with his carpentry and maintenance skills. He also served the Manhattan community with his business, Walter Lawn and Irrigation. When he wasn’t busy being the Yard Man or working on campus, Ron was an avid car fan, attending car shows and tinkering in his shop with a few cars of his own. Ron retired from his job at K-State in June of this year and was able to spend his last months of life enjoying retirement.
He is survived by his two children, Christina and her husband David of Bonner Springs, and Brandon and his wife Julie of Kansas City, Missouri; two brothers, Gary (Christy) Walter of Manhattan and Rick (Connie) Walter of McFarland; one sister, Deeann (David) Ciccone of Derby; a number of nieces and nephews; three grandchildren, Brisbane Gepner, Knox Gepner, Lincoln Gepner and one grandson to be born next March.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Riley Cemetery. Lunch will follow at The Farmhouse on Broadway St. in Riley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Walter Memorial Fund and will go towards his grandchildren’s college education. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.apfunerals.com.

Larry Leupold (Posted 12/18/18)

Larry “River Rat” Leupold, age 76, of Manhattan, was reeled in back home to Heaven on Saturday December 15, 2018, at his home in Manhattan.

He was born on September 13, 1942 in Frankfort, Kansas, the son of Newman and Esther (Ramsey) Leupold.

On April 10, 1973 in Manhattan, he was untied in marriage to Ida Moyer.  She survives at their home in Manhattan.

Larry worked as a car salesman for Bittersweet Autos and also Wildcat Auto.  He then operated the River Rat Bait and Tackle Shop by the tubes at Tuttle Creek Lake.

He loved to be outdoors.  Hunting and especially fishing were his passion.  He taught many people over the years how to fish the river and the tubes at Tuttle Creek.  Many stories were told and many “big” fish were caught by Larry and his friends.

He worked hard to support and provide for his family over the years.  It was important that they were taken care of.  Larry was a member of the Crestview Christian Church in Manhattan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Kandy White, his sisters, Marilyn Ward, and Lucretia Picolet, and also three grandchildren: James, Jayne, and Annie.

In addition to Ida, his wife of over 45 years, Larry is survived by his children: Camelia Owens, of Manhattan, Bill White (Kim), of Topeka, and Keene Archuletta-Leupold, of Manhattan; his brother, Bill Leupold (Bonnie), of Manhattan, his sisters: Sharon Seematter, of Frankfort, and Sherry Estes (Dick), of Marysville; and also his 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services for Larry will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 22, 2018 at the Crestview Christian Church, 4761 Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan, with Pastor Devin Wendt officiating.  Private Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Crestview Christian Church Building 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

Harold Clinton “Mike” O’Malley (Posted 12/17/18)

Harold Clinton “Mike” O’Malley, 95, of Manhattan, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018.

Harold was born in Wabaunsee, KS on January 23, 1923, the son of Edward and Linnie (Spaulding) O’Malley. When Harold was 3 years old the family moved to Clay Center, KS where he attended and graduated from Clay Center High School Class of 1940. He was drafted on February 5, 1943, into the United States Army. Harold was assigned to the 336thArtillery Battalion, 87th Infantry Division and participated in the European Theater as an Artillery Sargent in the Battle of the Bulge.

On July 21, 1943, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Walker, KS, he married the love of his life, Georgine “Jean” Louise Brown. They were married for 63 years. He resided in Manhattan from 1945 to the present and from 1955 at 736 Frey Drive. He was a lifetime member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church and supporter of the Manhattan Catholic Schools. Harold’s career in life was with the Union Pacific Railroad and was employed for 39 years before his retirement.

He was active in many organizations in the Manhattan Community including: American Legion, VFW, Seven Dolors Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, Scout Master for the BSA Seven Dolors Catholic Church Troop 72, ManKan Campers Assn., Union Pacific Old Timers Assn., Tuttle Creek Lake assn., and The Battle of the Bulge Assn. He was one of the original founders of the Tuttle Creek Lake Association Kids Fishing Clinic and he was instrumental in the construction of the fish cleaning station at the Marina Cove on Tuttle Creek Lake. He enjoyed the company of his many friends and was considered by many to be a Master Angler. He also enjoyed a Cold Red Beer.

Harold was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his two children, Barbara J. Burson and husband Gerald, and John E. O’Malley and wife Jody; his grandchildren: Patrick A. Burson, Jeanette M. Burson, Gwendolyn J. Burson, G. Michael Burson, Shawn E. O’Malley, John P. O’Malley, Jeffery M. O’Malley; his great-grandchildren: Reid Tedder, Liam Burson, Nora Burson, Aurora Burson, Aislinn Burson, Clare O’Malley, Augustus O’Malley and Tyler Trout and one sister Mary Jane Brown of Manhattan.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Jean, an infant daughter, Kathleen Ann. One sister Mable Pugh, two brothers, Louis “Pat” and Thomas O’Malley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 10:00 AM at Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Burial to follow at the St George Cemetery, St George, KS.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM with a rosary starting at 7:00 PM at the Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Harold O’Malley Memorial Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Sherilyn Schwartz (Posted 12/14/18)

Sherilyn Louise Schwartz, 76, of Manhattan, passed away at  Wednesday, December 12th, at her home.
Sherilyn was born in Manhattan, Kansas on December 4, 1942, the daughter of the late Almetta Prestwood and George Stutzman.  She attended and graduated from Manhattan High School and Lehman College, Bronx, New York.  On June 1, 1962, in New York, she married Robert Schwartz, who preceded her in death.  She worked as a librarian and soccer coach in New York, and with the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association secretary. She was very proud of being the 1st coach of the girl’s soccer team the Orange Town Girls Soccer Club known as the “Muggers”.  She also served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during the Korean War.  She converted to Judaism while living in Israel with her husband and family.
Survivors include a son, Michael Schwartz, of Manhattan; her daughter, Shirley Gabbi, of Netanya, Isreal; a brother, George Stutzman, of Wamego; 5 grandchildren.  Sherilyn is preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Jonathan Schwartz; and brothers & sisters.
A graveside service with military honors by the Ft. Riley Honor Guard will be at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 17th, at the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan by her mother, Almetta.
For more information or to send an e-mail condolence, visit the funeral home website, irvinparkview.com.  Arrangements by Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation.

Constance L. Carter (Posted 12/14/18)

Constance L. “Connie” Carter, age 66, of St. George, Kansas, died Wednesday December 12, 2018 at her home.

She was born on March 6, 1952, in Manhattan, the daughter of William and Patricia (Noll) Heptig.  She grew up in the Flush area and graduated high school with the class of 1970.

Connie spent the majority of her life as a caregiver, with her last job being at Homestead Assisted Living Center in Manhattan.  Connie’s true passion in life was taking care of others and certainly before taking care of herself.  She had quite the big heart! Connie was a loving and caring mother for her children: Rodney, Trisha, and Traci.  Her grandchildren were the light of her life and always enjoyed being with them as often as she could.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Kelly, and her son Rodney.

Connie is survived by her children: Traci Lewis (Aaron), of Manhattan, and Trisha Capps (Justin), of Olathe; her grandchildren: Hana, Lila, and Teagan; her siblings: Joe Heptig, of Winfield, Kansas, Tim Heptig, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bruce Heptig, of Topeka, and Lora Siegle, of Council Grove.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday December 17, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan.  Private interment will be held at a later date in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Connie Carter Memorial 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

Karen Kay Streeter (Posted 12/13/18)

Karen Kay Streeter, age 69, of Manhattan, died December 9, 2018, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

She was born July 1, 1949, in Wamego, Kansas, the daughter of Evan and Blanche (Burris) Crumbaker.  Karen graduated from Wamego High School with the class of 1967, and then earned her bachelor’s from Kansas State University in Home Economics in 1971.

She was married to Bradley C. Streeter on January 25, 1970, in Manhattan, Kansas. Karen and Brad owned and operated the Streeter Family Businesses, which includes Vista Drive-In, Baskin Robbins and Kansas Kollection among others.

She was active in 4-H as a child and was a leader as an adult.  She was also active with Jaycee Women for over 10 years and held many positions within the organization including State President and US Jaycee Women Treasurer.  Karen had volunteered with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for many years, most recently chairing the Small Business Council.  She and Brad were honored as the Volunteers of the Year in 1992 by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Karen and Brad were also inducted into the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Hall of Fame in 2007. She was active with the Manhattan Catbackers and stayed up to date with all of the Kansas State sports teams. Most of all, Karen’s life was her family. She loved going to all of her children and grandchildren’s events and activities.

Karen is survived by her husband Brad of Manhattan; three children: Andrew Streeter and his wife Angela, Daniel Streeter and Matthew Streeter all of Manhattan; three grandchildren: Jacob, Cassidy and Reagan Streeter; and two siblings: Charles Crumbaker of Salina, KS, and David Crumbaker of Beloit, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother Baby Dale Crumbaker in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, December 17th, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Troy Bowers officiating.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Monday at the Milford Cemetery at Milford, KS.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. Sunday, December 16th, 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 either the First United Methodist Church or the Riley County 4-H Foundation.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Dana Dodderidge (Posted 12/13/18)

Dana B. Dodderidge passed away Tuesday December 11, 2018. He was born May 5, 1942 in Manhattan, KS to Philip and Dorothy Knittle-Dodderidge of White City, KS.

He was raised in the White City community and graduated from White City High School. He then attended and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also graduated from the University Of Kansas Law School and was proud to have been a member of the KU Marching Band.

His career after college began with the Kansas Highway Commission in Topeka as a staff attorney. He then had a change of career and moved to Manhattan where he worked for 14 years as the Trust Officer at the First National Bank. He embraced the Manhattan community and was a member of the KSU Alumni Association. He was an active member of the Manhattan Rotary Club, serving several terms as treasurer. He was honored as Rotarian of the Year in 2000-2001.

Dana was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served as a long time church treasurer and was also treasurer for the church foundation.

He enjoyed music and played trombone in high school and college bands. He also played the trumpet in the Manhattan Municipal band for 10 years.

Dana is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol, his son Philip and his wife Elizabeth and their children, Margaret, Nathaniel, and Henry, and his son Daniel and his wife Vontwill and their children, Jacob and Peyton. The family will greet friends during a visitation at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan, on Friday, December 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Funeral Services will take place Saturday, December 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan at 11:00 AM.  Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan, KS.  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

Isabella “Bella” Plemons (Posted 12/12/18)

Isabella “Bella” Capri Plemons, age 9 of Riley, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
She was born on June 15, 2009 in Yuma, Arizona.
Bella was a third grader at Riley County Grade School who loved dancing, singing and fashion.  She was an outgoing and loving child and enjoyed gymnastics and cheer.  She loved being with her family and friends.
She is survived by her parents, Lauren and Michael VanMeter of Riley; two sisters, Elizabeth and Zaylii VanMeter of Riley; twin brothers, Michael and Bentlee VanMeter of Riley; her grandparents, Christijo Plemons of Riley; Dominique Bromley of Delmar, Maryland and Mike VanMeter of Preston, Maryland; her great grandparents, Patti Merritt of Riley, Tommy and Patricia Bean of Midlothan, Texas and Robert and Jill Brumley of Keller, Texas; her aunts and uncles, Cortney Plemons of Riley, Brett Plemons of Manhattan, Alexis Chavez of Snyder, Oklahoma, Donald Bromley of Delmar, Maryland, Hailey Bromley of Delmar, Maryland and Ashley Antonio of Greensboro, Maryland.
She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Dale Plemons and three great grandmothers, Karen Bates, Bertha VanMeter and Virginia Grant.
Memorial services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor David VanBebber officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Plemons Memorial Fund and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Ede Radenberg (Posted 12/10/18)

Ede (Edith) Radenberg, 90, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018.
She was born on July 7, 1928, in Frankfort, KS, the daughter of  August and Paula (Stover) Suther. She attended a one-room country school, before graduating from Frankfort High School in 1945. She then attended Kansas State University.
On June 21, 1949, she married the love of her life Marvin Radenberg. He passed away on April 4, 2008. She along with Marvin, brought Radio Shack to Manhattan, and owned and operated it from 1971 till 1996. Ede belonged to the Via Christi Hospital Auxillary Group and a Charter member of the Konza Praire Quilt Group. She loved to make quilts, especially for organizations like the Catholic Charites, and the Manhattan Crisis Center.  She was also an avid reader and would read several books each week.
Ede is survived by her two sons, Paul (Helen) Radenberg of Tarzana, California, Bill Radenberg of Manhattan, her daughter Susan (Stephen) Cain of Jasper, Georgia. Three Grandchildren, Kyle Radenberg of Tampa, Florida, Cameron Radenberg of Boston, Massachusetts, and Laina Radenberg of Manhattan, Kansas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018, at 10:00 am at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Sunrise Cemetery. A visitation/will be held on Friday, December 14 from 6 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary starting at 7 p.m., at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home. Mass will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Charlotte Vinson (Posted 12/10/18)

Charlotte (Matulla) Vinson, age 88, of Manhattan, died December 6, 2018, at the University of Kansas Medical Center surrounded by her family.

She was born April 3, 1930, in Neustadt O/S, Germany, the daughter of Erich and Elfrieda (Stiller) Matulla.

Charlotte was married to Douglas Eugene Vinson in Germany in 1950 and then renewed their vows on October 12, 1951, in Long Beach, CA.  She became a naturalized citizen of the United States on February 20, 1958.

Mrs. Vinson was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Riley County Republican Party and the VFW Auxiliary.  She enjoyed gardening, watching birds, sewing and painting, and was an avid American history buff.

Survivors include six children: Ute Richards of Topeka, KS, Ruth Knowlton of Manhattan, KS, Caroline A. Fairchild of Wamego, KS, Ralph D. Vinson and his wife Linda of Topeka, Jimmy D.  Vinson and his wife Paula of Cherryville, PA, and Steven M. Vinson and his wife Kim of Pleasanton, KS; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband on January 3, 1984; by one son Douglas G. Vinson; two son-in-laws: John Fairchild and Del Richards; and by five siblings: Hilda, Annalisa, Helmut, Elfrieda and by a sister in infancy.

Mass of the Christian burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 11th, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Father Frank Coady as celebrant. Interment will be in the Main Post Cemetery at Fort Riley. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Monday, December 10th, 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 Wreaths Across America.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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.