Obituaries

Stephen Casey (Posted 7/2/20)

Stephen C. Casey, 77, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away Friday, March 6, 2020. Graveside service will be on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 10:00 AM at the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, everyone must wear a mask, only 50 people are allowed in the pavilion, those beyond that number must remain in their cars. Thank you for helping us honor Stephen and stay safe at the same time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home.

Betty Jane Cunningham Lambert (Posted 7/2/20)

Betty Jane Cunningham Lambert, 96, of Manhattan, passed away on Monday morning, June 29th, in Manhattan. She was the mother of Mary (Anthony) Gorman of Manhattan.

Betty was born in Portis, KS on March 28, 1924, the daughter of the late Ruth (Lammey) and William Moate, they preceded her in death.  She attended KU and graduated from KSU in 1947.

Inurnment will be at a later date in the Greenwood Cemetery, Oatville, KS (SW Wichita).

The family is being assisted with service arrangements by Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation.  To send online condolences visit the funeral home website, www.irvinparkview.com.

Joseph Wait (Posted 7/2/20)

Joseph Leland Wait, age 51 of Clay Center, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at the Salina Regional Health Center.

He was born on June 23, 1969 in Clay Center, the son of Leland McKinley and Jolene Kay (Cramer) Wait.  He graduated from Clay Center Community High and Beloit Vo-Tech as a diesel mechanic.

Joe drove a semi for James Trucking out of Wakefield and Girton’s.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, his basset hounds and being a mechanic.

He is survived by two sisters, Penny Smith of Clay Center and Karla Choitz and husband Darrell of Ellsworth; his brother-in-law, Dan Cyre of Jamestown; his aunts and uncles, Fred and Dee Wait of Miltonvale and Treva and Johnny Hahn of Napa, Idaho; his very best friend, Brad Reed of Clay Center; his close first cousin, Larry Wait of Tulsa, Oklahoma and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sheri Cyre.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Rob Stewart officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Joseph Wait Memorial Fund, to be designated at a later date by the family.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Ray Sawyers (Posted 6/29/20)

Ray Gene Sawyers, age 71, of Manhattan, died June 27, 2020, at Good Shepherd Homecare &
Hospice in Manhattan, surrounded by his family.

He was born March 7, 1949, in Duncan, Oklahoma, the son of Raymond L. and Thelma Jean
(Best) Sawyers.

Ray graduated from Southwestern Heights High School in Kismet, KS, and earned his
bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 1979 in Agriculture.

He served in the United States Navy for 6 years on nuclear submarines. He later worked as a
Soil Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Services for the United States Department of
Agriculture. He worked as the District Conservationist in Kearney, Clay and Riley Counties
from 1980 until his retirement in 1994.

Ray enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards and games with friends and family. He was also
an avid reader. He loved spending time with his family, he had a quick wit and uncanny
recollection of all things history. He was a wealth of knowledge and a storyteller extraordinaire,
everyone who knew him enjoyed listening to the many stories he shared.

On November 24, 1967, in Dalhart, TX, he was married to Peggy Elliott. Ray is survived by his
wife, of Manhattan. Additional survivors include his three children: Dr. Eric Sawyers and his
wife Leslie of Casper, WY, Jason Sawyers and his wife Tara of Topeka, KS, and Dené Mosier
and her husband Zachary of Manhattan; four granddaughters: Ashley and Ellie Sawyers, and
Grace and Gabrielle Mosier; five grandpups; two Aunts, Rosa Tidwell and Inez Dodson, of
Comanche, OK and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Private family graveside services will be held at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.
A public service will be held at a later date when everyone can attend.

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 Legion Post #17. Contributions may be
left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan,
KS 66502.

Margaret Ann Roth (Posted 6/29/20)

Margaret Ann Roth, age 95, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at the Leonardville Nursing Home.

She was born on January 7, 1925 in Clay Center, the daughter of Frank August and Lena Annetta (Benninga) Rahe.  She attended Alert Grade School and graduated from Leonardville Rural High School and Westmar College.  She taught high school business classes until her marriage.

On October 16, 1949, she was married to John William Roth.  He preceded her in death in 2000.

She was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church and was active in numerous church activities, including being the church pianist.  She was also involved in EHU, Farm Bureau and the family farm operation.

She is survived by three children, Ron Roth and wife Marilyn of Green, Rob Roth and wife Cindy of Green and JoAnn Lips and husband Kent of Clay Center; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the Ebenezer Cemetery with Rev. Lillian Flegle officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Leonardville Nursing Home and Gideon’s International.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Melissa Filby-Walsh (Posted 6/29/20)

Melissa Filby-Walsh, age 60, of Manhattan, died June 22, 2020.

She was born December 5, 1959, in Manhattan, the daughter of Norman H. and Renee A. (Stokely) Spurlock.

Melissa graduated from Msgr. Luckey High School in 1978, and then attended Manhattan Area Vo-Tech and Kansas State University.

She worked for Murdock’s from 1983 to 1990, and then went to work for Century Business Systems first as a receptionist and then later with accounts receivable and office assistant.

Melissa was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Eagles, Flint Hills Suicide Loss Survivors Group and the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Group.

She was active in the Manhattan Civic Theatre for many years and enjoyed fishing, camping, attending music festivals, motorcycle rides and traveling internationally and in the states.

On July 29, 1980, in Manhattan, she was married to Jeff Barton Filby.  Jeff preceded her in death on January 26, 2009.  She later married Paul David Walsh on March 16, 2013, in Manhattan.  Paul preceded her in death on April 21, 2017.  She was also preceded in death by her father in 1998, and by two siblings: Mary and Edward “Ted”.

Survivors include her son Jeremy Filby and his wife Amy of Manhattan; her mother Renee Spurlock of Manhattan; two grandchildren: Jenna and James Filby; four siblings: George Spurlock (Mary) of Wichita, KS, Ann Elizabeth “Beth” Grimshaw (Chris) of Roswell, GA, James “Jim” Spurlock (Shelly) of Manhattan, and Christopher Spurlock (Joyce) of Lewisville, TX.

Cremation is planned.  The family will have a Mass of the Christian Burial at Seven Dolors Catholic Church with Father Kerry Ninemire as Celebrant.  Inurnment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date when it is safe for everyone to attend.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Flint Hills Suicide Loss Survivors Group, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Group or Seven Dolors Catholic Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Bill Stolzer (Posted 6/25/20)

It is with the fondest memories of his razor wit, quick-paced humor, exquisite tailoring, business insight and constant attention to detail-particularly in friends, wine, skiing and architecture, we share the passing of Leo William “Bill” Stolzer on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

Bill was born October 14, 1934, in Kansas City, Missouri to Leo Joseph and Lucille Hopp Stolzer.  The son of a banker, Bill attended Bishop Hogan High School and graduated from Kansas State University in 1957.  At KSU, Bill was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and an honor cadet in the Air Force ROTC program.  During his junior year at KSU, he met Kappa Kappa Gamma member Eleanor Griffith of Manhattan while at Kite’s, a favorite college hangout.

Bill and Eleanor were married on August 17, 1957, in Eleanor’s parish church, Seven Dolors, just two blocks from her home.  (Bill subsequently walked both of his daughters down the same aisle.)  Upon his officer commissioning, Bill became a B-66 Tactical Navigator/Bombardier stationed in England, where he and Eleanor made their home.  Bill often commented his Bomber Squadron’s destination was a one-way mission to the Soviet Union without enough fuel to return.

Following the Air Force, Bill followed his father and father-in-law into community banking joining T.J. Griffith at Union National Bank of Manhattan, Kansas.  Bill eventually succeeded T.J. Griffith and ran Union National Bank for over 50 years in various capacities including President, CEO and Chairman.  In 1969, Bill was instrumental in overseeing the construction of Union National Bank’s modern six-story office building near downtown Manhattan.

Bill and Eleanor moved into Eleanor’s family home just blocks from the new office building, which enabled him to frequently walk to work.  Bill and Eleanor immaculately preserved the home in the heart of the Manhattan historic district.  The home’s patio and gardens hosted many memorable Kansas State University, Bankers Association and family functions.

Bill was active in the Kansas Bankers and American Bankers Associations, was a member of the Board of Directors of the ABA and served as National Treasurer in 1987.  In addition to other business endeavors, Bill served over 50 years as Chairman of the 100-year-old Griffith Lumber Company.

Bill and Eleanor were active supporters of the Manhattan Community and Kansas State University.  Bill served on the Kansas State University Foundation Board of Trustees since 1968 and the KSU College of Business Advisory Board and was the recipient of KSU’s College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award and the KSU Advancement Award.  They were strong supporters of the Athletic Department, Beach Museum of Art and the Alumni Association.  Both the Stolzer Family Gallery in the Beach Museum of Art and the Alumni Center Stairway are part of their KSU legacy.  The Stolzer House at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community is part of their Manhattan legacy.

Bill and Eleanor loved the Vail Valley where they were strong contributors to the US Skiing Foundation, Vail Valley Foundation, Bravo and the Vail Valley Medical Center.  Billy, as he was called by his grandsons, shared his love of skiing with his family and friends.

Always up for adventure, Bill and Eleanor traveled extensively creating fond memories and a network of family and friends throughout Kansas, Washington, DC, Vail and Palm Desert.  Wherever they were, they were gracious hosts.  Many happy memories were made at Colbert Hills, Eagle Springs, The Reserve and The River Club.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor.  He is survived by his daughters, Ellen Bolen (Dan) of Mission Hills, Mary Kevin Giller (Tom) of Manhattan; five grandsons, Patrick and William Bolen, Matt (Jodie), Kurt (Chelsie) and TJ Giller; and a great-grandson, Graham Giller.  He is also survived by his sister, Linda (Max) Williams and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bill’s honor to Kansas State University Foundation College of Business, Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, or the Vail Valley Foundation.  Donations can be sent in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS  66502.

Sandra Sue Bottger (Posted 6/24/20)

Sandra Sue Bottger, 80, of Manhattan passed away Saturday evening, June 20th at Ascension Via Christi Health Hospital in Manhattan.

Sandy was born in Manhattan on February 22, 1940, the daughter of the late Iris and Perle  Bottger.  She was a 1957 graduate of Manhattan High School. She was former co-owner of Bottger’s Marine in Manhattan. She worked 32 years at  KSU in the extension, business, and finance office.

Sandy is survived by her daughter, Brande Kennedy, of Topeka. Her son, Mark Muto, of Junction City and six grandchildren.

In lieu of a service, her children invite you to Wildcat Marina on July 1st at 1:00 pm for a Budweiser Cheer and to reminisce about the good old days we shared. Contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Topeka, 825 SW Buchanan Street, Topeka, KS 66604.  Arrangements with Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview, Manhattan.

Roberta Lovett (Posted 6/24/20)

Roberta Lovett, age 70, of Manhattan, died June 3, 2020 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

She was born on September 6, 1949 in Manhattan, the daughter of Edward and Dorothy Jansen.

She is survived by her husband Mike Lovett.

A Celebration Gathering will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friday June 26, 2020 at the Finn’s Neighborhood Pub, 317 Poyntz in Manhattan.

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

Nadine Allen (Posted 6/24/20)

Nadine Allen, 96, of Manhattan, died Friday June 19, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born on April 14, 1924 in DuBoise, Nebraska, the daughter of Sam and Lena (Bigler) Haxton.

After graduating from Sabetha High School, Nadine attended the Kansas State Teachers College and earned her certificate to become a teacher.  She taught school for several years until she was married to Harvey M. Allen.  They were married on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1946 in Oneida, Kansas.

While raising three daughters and two sons, Nadine and Harvey farmed in the Junction City area, in Belvue, as well as north of Manhattan near Westmoreland, and finally settled west of St. George in 1966.  After the children were grown, Nadine went to work at Kansas State University as a custodian for many years.  When she retired from K-State and sold her home, she continued to care for her grandchildren as they arrived.  She moved across the country and back in order to help her daughters raise their children.  Later, when she was needed, she moved to Leavenworth, to care for her older sister and live with her younger sister.  The two sisters, in their 80’s, were active in church until Nadine had a stroke and had to move to an assisted living situation.

Over the last few years, Nadine was a member of the Harvest Baptist Church in Manhattan.  She enjoyed reading, working on puzzles, playing Bingo, and all things nature.  She loved taking care of her plants and flowers.  Nadine always enjoyed the time she spent with her family.  She loved to be with them as often as she could and she took care of them any way she could.

Nadine was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, her sons, Harvey Lee and Larry Miles Allen, and also her siblings, Ira Haxton, Wilbur Haxton, Edna Haxton, and May Crowley.

She is survived by her children, Doris Henson, Bonnie Hull of Manhattan and Arlene Benson of Hutchinson; she is also survived by her nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday June 29, 2020 at the Manhattan First Assembly of Good, 2310 Candlewood Drive in Manhattan, with Pastor Rick Hernandez officiating.  Private Inurnment will be held at the Highland Cemetery in Junction City.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Nadine Allen Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society.  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.

Wayne Clark (Posted 6/23/20)

Wayne Eugene Clark, 71, of Wamego, died Friday afternoon, June 12th.  He was the former owner of Wayne’s Paint and Body Shop.

Born in Concordia, KS on  October 16, 1948, the son of the late Martha A. (Rush) Clark and Birch L. Clark.  Wayne was a 1966 Graduate of the Concordia High School, he was a patron of The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, former president of Sertoma Club of Manhattan, former president of the regional Coachman Camper Club, an avid motorcyclist, and gardener.

Wayne is survived by three sons Jared, Devin (Jamie) and, Adam (Lindsy) Clark all of Manhattan, grandchildren, his brother,  Dean, and sister Allison Clark. Along with his ex-wife Brenda N. Clark.  He also will be missed by his beloved dog Buster. He was preceded by his parents and five siblings Eldon Clark, Treva Mayfield, Norma Jean, Bill Clark, and Mary Higgins.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at the Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, with virtual services online at Facebook Live.  A link to the service will be available at the funeral home website, www.irvinparkview.com.   Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview is assisting the family.

Jo Ann Horton (Posted 6/23/20)

Jo Ann Horton, age 89 of Manhattan, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 in the Sloan House at Meadowlark Hills.
The daughter of Ernst Paul and Mary Alice (Rowe) Sinn; she was born at the family farm near Keats to a national celebration on July 4, 1930.  As a child, she thought the 4th of July fireworks were for her birthday celebration.  She graduated from Keats High School.
While walking to class at K-State, she engaged in a spirited discussion on the merits of women drivers with a GI named William M. Horton.  It lead to more discussions and on June 4, 1950, she married that same Bill Horton at K-State’s All Faith’s Chapel.  They started their married life in Belle Plaine, KS before moving to Ventura, California. He preceded her in death on February 18, 2007.
Jo was an elementary school teacher for many years at Poinsettia Elementary School in Ventura, California.  She enjoyed reading, drawing,  playing golf and bridge, snow skiing and traveling.  She and Bill enjoyed their families, their many friends and many great trips throughout the United States and overseas, such as Japan, England and France.
She is survived by one brother, Carl Sinn and wife Lorene of Manhattan; one sister, Nancy Nelson and husband Glen of Manhattan; her sister-in-law, Kathleen Sinn of Manhattan; her step daughter, Lorraine Huff of Troy; many nieces and nephews and step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Eugene Sinn.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Chaplain Patty Brown-Barnett, D. Min. officiating.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday.  Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.  The funeral service will be recorded and a link will be put on the funeral home website later Saturday for people that are not able to attend.
Memorials have been established for the Meadowlark Parkinson’s Program and Meadowlark Sloan House.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Kasma Soram (Posted 6/17/20)

Kasma Soram, 60, of Manhattan, died June 10, 2020 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

He was born on June 23, 1959 in Pohnpei, Federated State of Micronesia, the son of Mioko Nakanaga and William Soram.

Kasma lived with his cousin Tony Lucios for over 20 years.  He came to the United States in 2006 and lived with his cousin Tony’s daughter, Lisiana Lucios Micky.  He worked at various jobs, including STIX and Harus located in the Kansas City area, and then in Manhattan, Kasma worked at Thai Noodle.  He was very dedicated to his jobs, always was on time and always willing to work extra and he never called in sick.

He was a very humble down to earth person.  Kasma enjoyed his time relaxing and having a couple of drinks or a cold beer.  People who met Kasma will never forget his passion for his work, his kindness and being a humble person.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his seven siblings.

Kasma will be missed by his nieces and nephews and all of his family, who were all so important to him.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

Todd Hansen (Posted 6/17/20)

Todd Alan Hansen, age 51, of Manhattan, Kansas, died June 15, 2020, at his home.

He was born on July 25, 1968, in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Robert and Phyllis (Toy) Hansen.  Todd married Brandi Wheeler, they later divorced and they have two daughters: Josie Hansen and Shaunasey Hansen both of St. George, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his father Robert Hansen.

Todd worked for the McCall Pattern Company for 29 years as a press operator and later as shift supervisor until his health declined.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and going to and watching NASCAR races as well as K-State sports.

Todd is survived by his daughter Josie and Shaunasey Hansen.  His mother Phyllis Hansen and two brothers: Jason (Denise) Hansen and three nieces: Ava, Kailee and Ainsley of Oak Grove, MO, as well as his brother James Hansen of Newport Beach, CA; and uncles, aunts and cousins.

A private family burial will be in the St. George 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 American Diabetes Association.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.