Obituaries

Louise Dorothy Emma Sexton (Posted 5/23/2018)

Louise Dorothy Emma Sexton, age 96 of Alma and formerly of Clay Center, entered her immortal life on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Plaza West Regional Health Center in Topeka.
She was born on June 10, 1921 in Barnes, the daughter of Gus and Dora (Ukena) Schmidt.
On November 28, 1947 in Junction City, she was married to Audrey Leon Sexton.  He preceded her in death on March 5, 1985.
Louise was a homemaker and very happy to be a “ military wife.”  She often told people that she moved 22 times during her husband’s Army career including flying with her three children under ten years of age to Paris France for a two year stay in 1957.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to Christian radio before going to bed and keeping a journal.
She is survived by one son, Walter Sexton and June of Lawrence; two daughters, Linda Mitchell and Sid of Topeka and Judy Burnett and Bill of Alma; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Awaldt Schmidt and three sisters, Minnie Maple, Malinda Simnitt and Lena Noyes.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Green Cemetery, south of Green with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  Respect calls may be made on Friday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
A memorial may be made to Samaritan’s Purse and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Wayne Joseph Demel (Posted 5/14/2018)

Wayne Joseph Demel, 66, of Ogden, passed away Wednesday morning, May 9th, at his residence. He was retired from the US Air Force and Safety Estimator for Hi Tech, Manhattan.

Wayne was born in Great Bend, on May 14, 1951, the son of the late William Albert and Mary Magdalene (Korf) Demel. Wayne attended and graduated from the Hoisington High School in Hoisington, Kansas in 1970. On January 21, 1971, he entered the US Air Force and retired 24 years and 10 days later, having served during the Vietnam War and the Desert Shield/Storm War. On May 18, 1974, he was united in marriage to Beth Jean (Erwin) at the Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Wayne was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, member of the Knights of Columbus in Hoisington, Kansas; VFW- Ogdon; Pearce-Keller Post No. 17, American Legion-Manhattan.

Wayne is also survived by his wife, Beth, and son Billy of the home; two sisters, Mary Ellen (Larry) Bowman of Agenda, Kansas, Rita (Kevin) Seyfert of Great Bend; a brother, Roy Demel, of Miami, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers William Demel and Alvin Demel; sisters Roberta Basye and Eileen Basye.

The family will receive friends with a parish rosary on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 7:00 pm at Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 W. Poyntz Ave., Manhattan. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, May 12th, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Fr. Kerry Ninemire officiating. A private burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home.

Richard John Renz (Posted 5/14/2018)

Richard John Renz, age 83 of Riley, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Via Christi Village.

He was born the first of two sons to Edward and (Manilla) Elizabeth Renz on December 8, 1934, at the hospital in Clay Center. He is preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, Lowell.

A third generation Riley farmer, Richard, affectionately known as Dickey, had a passion for farming and for the state of Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State in 1957 with a bachelors degree in agriculture and returned to help his parents run the family farm. In addition to farming, Dick was an active lifelong member at Riley Presbyterian Church, a church his grandfather helped to establish. He sang in the choir and served on the elder board. He was very social and participated in a number of local organizations including FFA and the Lions Club.

While he never married, he loved spending time with his brother and his family. He enjoyed numerous trips to the west coast for family gatherings which included his 3 nieces and their 10 children. He also loved traveling with his brother and his brother’s wife, Virginia, to New York, Arizona, Texas, Disney World and more.

Dick is survived by is sister-in-law, Virginia Renz, her three girls and their families; Cathy and David Hillman and four sons (Michael and wife Corinna, Matthew, Zachary, and Jonathan); Karen and Sean Frisby and three girls (Lauren, Kaylin, and Allison); Linda and Paul Schroeder and three children (Jacob, Rachel, and Caleb); as well as extended relatives and friends.

Visitation will take place Sunday, May 13 at 1:30 pm at Riley Presbyterian Church immediately followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Rev. Paul Schroeder officiating. The organ will be played by his cousin Betty Chatham. Internment will take place on Monday, May 14 at 9:00 am at the Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Riley Presbyterian Church and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Charles “Wynn” Cragg (Posted 5/14/2018)

Charles “Wynn” Cragg, age 83, of Manhattan, died May 9, 2018, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 21, 1934, in Manhattan, the youngest of Floyd and Lena (Wynn) Cragg’s six children. He was a lifelong area resident.

Wynn graduated from Manhattan High School in 1952. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1957 and was stationed in Maryland and California.

On September 2, 1956, he was married to Nova Mae Spencer.

He was a parts manager for several car dealerships in Manhattan and received numerous awards for his outstanding service in this area. Wynn later became a rural mail carrier and retired from the Postal Service in 2001.

He was a race car driver in his younger years, loved old cars and tractors, enjoyed hunting prairie chickens and growing his tomatoes to share with others. He had a lifelong appreciation for the land, and loved his life on the farm. He was a caregiver from an early age and after retirement he chose to volunteer at Mercy Hospital on Fridays. Throughout his life, he dedicated his time and energy to helping others, including; family, friends and strangers. He was an avid reader and a frequent visitor to the Manhattan Public Library. His favorite way to relax was in the armchair beside his wife, each of them savoring a Wendy’s Frosty. Wynn was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the MHS Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife Nova of Manhattan; three children: Nova Nickerson (Roger Nickerson) of Wamego, Jane Scruggs (David Scruggs) of Wamego, and Wynn Cragg (Julie Baker) of Manhattan; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many beloved nieces and nephews and his brother-in-law Robert (Jake) Jacobson of Manhattan. He will also be missed by his two lapdogs Suzie and Lucy.

Wynn was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings: Helen Bean (Norman), George Cragg (Jane), Floyd Cragg, John Cragg (Barbara), and Greta Jacobson. He was also preceded in death by many true and lifelong friends, too numerous to list.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, May 14th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 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 Homecare & Hospice Inc. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Ford Carl Williams (Posted 5/14/2018)

Ford Carl Williams, age 88 of Leonardville, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Via Christi Hospital.

He was born on April 19, 1930 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, the son of Myrle E. and Nellie E. (Duke) Williams.

On December 19, 1952 in San Antonio, Texas, he was married to Margaret Joan Weisinger. She preceded him in death on March 30, 2016. They spent many winters in Arizona together.

Ford was in Strategic Air Command for the U.S. Air Force. He served overseas in Europe, Japan and Korea. Following his military career, he owned and operated Williams Honey Farm. He enjoyed fishing, hunting for artifacts and collecting baseball cards.

He is survived by four children, Karen Schaffer and Jim of Carnagie, Pennsylvania, Tom Williams and Cynthia of Leonardville, Robert Williams and Joanna Heaslet of Westmoreland and Travis Williams and Kathrine of Leonardville; one sister, Margaret Saulsgiver of Leonardville; one brother, Duke Williams of Ransomville, New York; seven grandchildren, Terry Roberts, Shanna Smith, Brandon Williams, Bryce Williams, Travis J. Williams, Callie Williams and Joshua Schaffer; ten great grandchildren and his second family, Opal, Hildi, Imogene, Ernest and Sarah.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee Williams and Glenn Williams; one grandson, Jimmy Schaffer and his brother from his second family, Butch.

Cremation is planned with inurnment at a later date.

A memorial has been established for the Leonardville Nursing Home and may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Minnie Nelson (Posted 5/09/2018)

Minnie Louise Nelson, age 94 of Leonardville, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center.
She was born on September 16, 1923 at Green, the daughter of William F. and Anna (Schafer) Hafner.  She went to grade school in Bala and graduated from Clay Center High School in 1942.  She then worked in Clay Center as a waitress and later worked in Manhattan on a truck farm during the war driving a tractor.
On March 10, 1945, she was married to Dail Edward Nelson.  They lived in the Leonardville community and then moved to Riley in 1948 and farmed and ran a Grade A Dairy.  In 1965, they moved to Manhattan on Tuttle Creek Lake and started working for the Veterinary Hospital at Kansas State University for the next 23 years until she retired in 1988.  She enjoyed cooking, camping, fishing, playing cards and traveling.  Most of all she enjoyed her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.
She belonged to Coast to Coast camping, RSVP, Manhattan Senior Center and the Riley Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband, Dail Nelson of Leonardville; three children, Janet Hill and Bob Bates of Manhattan, Kent Nelson and wife Mary of Manhattan and Linda King and husband Alvin of Manhattan; eight grandchildren, Troy Hill (Tiffany), Kevin Hill (Jennifer), Stacey Scarbrough (Kenny), Michael King (Emily), Christy Nelson, Casey Nelson, Michael Parker and Kelsey Parker; five great grandchildren, Lauren Hill, Brayden Hill, Reagen Hill, Jaxon Scarbrough and Adley King and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Lyle Hafner and Wayne Hafner and two brothers-in-law, Ronald Kendall and Wendell Nelson and wife Dorothy.
Cremation is planned with memorial services at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Riley Senior Centre and Riley Presbyterian Church and may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.