Obituaries


Eldon Hageman (Posted 5/5/2021)

Eldon Lee Hageman, age 88 of Manhattan, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at Meadowlark Hills-Honstead House.

He was born on January 5, 1933 in Riley County, Kansas, the son of Henry John and Hattie Lydia (Arents) Hageman.

On October 18, 1959 at the Keats United Methodist Church, he was married to Mary Jo Blodgett.  She preceded him in death in 2020.

Eldon served in the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Korea.  He then worked in construction before working at Kansas Farm Bureau in the maintenance department for 37 years, retiring in 1994.  He was a member of the Sedalia Community Church, American Legion and V.F.W.  He enjoyed spending time with family, woodworking, fishing, reading, gardening and traveling and experiencing new places.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Annan and husband George of Wamego; one son, Brad Hageman and wife Jenny of Pilesgrove, New Jersey; four grandchildren, Miranda Robinson and husband Adam, John Annan, Samuel Hageman and Jackson Hageman; three great granddaughters, Olivia, Melanie and Amelia Robinson and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lavern Hageman and Harlen Hageman

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Sedalia Community Church with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  Burial with Military Honors will be in the Sedalia Cemetery.

Memorials may be made for the Sedalia Community Church and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Richard Brun (Posted 5/4/2021)

Richard L. Brun, age 80, of Manhattan, KS, died April 24, 2021, at the Good Shepherd
Homecare and Hospice House in Manhattan.

He was born May 1, 1940, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Clarence and Ruth M. (Wildenhaus)
Brun. He lived in California for many years and moved to Manhattan in 2003.

Dick graduated from Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio, and then enlisted in the United
States Air Force. He enlisted on June 23, 1958 and was Honorably Discharged on September 24,
1963, at the rank of A/1C.

Following his military service he worked in computer mainframe sales and technical
management.

Dick was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1832,
volunteered at the Adoration Chapel, member of the American Legion Post #17, and the
Manhattan Kiwanis Club.

On March 23, 1991, in Fullerton, CA, he was married to Linda Ann Eckenrode. Linda
preceded him in death on March 27, 2021. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one
sister Linda Lehman, his first wife Patricia, and one son Tom Brun.

Survivors include his children: Rick Brun, Chris Brun, and Tim Brun, and John Payn, Dawn
Payn and Julie (Payn) Araujo; one sister Carol Hill (Bill Hill); nine grandchildren: Derek,
Devon, Chanel, Jenna, Hillary, Donald, Brad, Chloe and Noah; and two great-grandchildren.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 11 th , at Seven Dolors
Catholic Church with Father Kerry Ninemire as celebrant. Interment with military honors will
follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Council 1832. Contributions
may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue,
Manhattan, KS 66502.

Geoffrey Doane (Posted 4/30/2021)

CW4 (US Army RET) Geoffrey Hammond Doane, age 71, entered into rest on Monday December 21, 2020 while at his home in Manhattan, KS with his wife (Cathy), his niece (Emily), and his dog (Lucy) at his bedside.  Geoffrey had been fearlessly battling cancer for the last five years and only days ago was placed in hospice care.

Geoffrey was born in May 1949, at the US Naval Air Station Quonset Point, RI.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, May 7th, at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Fort Riley.  Family and friends are invited to meet at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home at 12:30 P.M. Friday to form a procession to the cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of these charities in his name: Dalmatian Club of American Foundation, (funds health research projects that benefit the Dalmatian breed) dcaf.org/product/in-honor-of-donation/ or Fisher House Foundation (provides housing and services to Military and Veteran families while their loved ones are in the hospital) fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give/

Edward Lee Phelps (Posted 4/30/2021)

Edward Lee Phelps, age 81, of Manhattan, died April 12, 2021, at the Meadowlark Riley House.

He was born November 16, 1939, in Ironton, Ohio, the son of Charles and Leona (Jones) Phelps.

Ed served as a Sergeant in the United States Army, and then on the Manhattan Fire Department prior to being a Fraud Investigator for the Unemployment Division for the State of Kansas.

He was married to Kim Phelps in May of 1963.  Kim preceded him in death on February 13, 2014.

Ed was very active with the Tuttle Creek Lake Association and helped establish the Annual Youth Fishing Clinic.

Survivors include his two children: Jimmy Phelps and his wife Jodi of Hope Mills, NC, and Jenifer Figels and her husband Erik of Muncie, PA; one granddaughter Madyson Phelps; and two siblings: Anne Howard and Harold Phelps.

Ed was also preceded in death by his parents; and infant son; and three siblings: Marvin, Elwood and Alfreda Phelps.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, May 5th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ben Duerfeldt officiating.  Inurnment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

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

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Tuttle Creek Lake Association for the Youth Fishing Clinic.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502

Peggy Jean Winkler (Posted 4/27/2021)

Peggy Jean Winkler, age 70 of Topeka, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 at her residence with her family by her side.
She was born on September 27, 1950 in Seneca, the daughter of Elmer “Banty” and Ruth (Bureman) Stalcup.  She was raised in the Centralia area where she attended school, graduating in 1968.  She briefly attended Kansas State University where she met her future husband.
She married Larry Alan Winkler on July 11, 1970 at the First United Methodist Church in Centralia.  They became parents of a daughter, Sarah and a son, Nathan.
After taking an 18-year spring break, Peggy returned to K-State where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1990.  She was employed by the State of Kansas, primarily at K-State for 30 years.  She retired in 2009 at which point she joined her husband in their antique business.
Although her family was first and foremost in her life, Peggy had many other interests.  She and Larry shared a great love of K-State sports and attended as many games as possible, including away games and bowl games.  She loved to bake, do crosswords puzzles, play trivia, reading and listening to good music – the late 60’s and 70’s stuff.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Winkler of Topeka; her children, Sarah Rock and husband Jason of Oskaloosa and Nathan Winkler of Topeka; two grandchildren, Tyler and Zariah Winkler of Topeka; one brother, Steve Stalcup of Topeka; one sister, Susan Strunk and husband Dean of Anchorage, Alaska; one sister-in-law, Sue Guzek and husband Fred of Dover and one brother-in-law, Steve Winkler and wife Trish of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.
The family invites everyone attending the funeral to wear their purple or K-State attire as a nod to Peggy’s school spirit.
Memorials may be made to the Kansas State University March Band and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Judith Ann Davis (Posted 4/23/2021)

Judith Ann “Judy” Davis, age 74, of Manhattan, died on April 23, 2021, from metastatic lung cancer.  As was her fervent wish, she died at home in the care of her three children.

Judy was born on October 19, 1946, in Frankfort, Kansas, to Franklin F. and Twila Mae (Schreiner) Davis.

She graduated from Linn High School in 1963.  In 1981 and 1988 respectively, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University.

Judy was a woman of unquestionable conviction and fierce integrity who desired to live a life of purpose and intent.  To that end, she worked in the Office of Student Life from 1992 to 1997, showing dedication, support and concern for the students of Kansas State University in her role as director of the Women’s Center.

Most significantly, Judy’s greatest legacy will be her service to vulnerable women and their children as the executive director of The Crisis Center, Inc.  Her tenure at The Crisis Center encompassed two time periods, first from 1981 to 1992, and then again from 1997 until the time of her death.  In total, Judy devoted nearly 35 years to her life’s calling as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  She was loved, admired and respected for her unwavering commitment to increasing awareness, understanding, and compassion for her clients.  Judy gave voice to the underrepresented and misrepresented and made a tremendous difference in the Manhattan community. 

It was her steadfast sense of duty to “the Center” that motivated Judy’s valiant fight to live and continue to work.  Her tenacious sense of responsibility to the Center gave her the strength, perseverance and will to battle so long and so hard against the vicious cancer that consumed and ravaged her body.  Cancer took her body but it could not diminish her unrelenting spirit.  Even as her life waned and she became too weak to walk, drive or open doors, she still continued to go to her office to work.  It was difficult for those who loved her to watch her decline and struggle. However, out of respect for her, we tried to help her serve as fully as she possibly could for as long as she possibly could.

Judy was deeply grateful for and profoundly humbled by the generous outpouring of financial support given by the citizens of the Manhattan area for The Crisis Center’s new safe house.  Although she did not live to see the construction of the new safe house, it comforted her to know that it would be built and serve as a refuge and safe haven for the Center’s clients, thus fulfilling a long-held dream and goal. 

Judy was a member of the Manhattan First Congregational United Church of Christ.  She was an avid cook and gifted baker who took pride and joy in creating delicious food for her family and friends.  She mastered many exquisite and delightful dishes over the years, but she will be especially remembered for her scrumptious pies and bread.  The times she cherished most were those spent around her dining room table with the people she loved, gathered together to celebrate holidays and birthdays and savor the amazing food she had prepared lovingly by hand.  One could call Judy a “food snob” and she rather relished that designation!  She also enjoyed a really great glass of red wine or a good cup of black coffee—the stronger and darker the better!  Judy was crazy about her loyal little Labradoodle, Bonnie, who was a constant source of comfort, companionship and entertainment for her.

Judy was previously married to Terry K. Bokelman, the father of her son and two daughters.

Those left to celebrate Judy’s life and mourn her passing are her three children, Leslie (Mick) Smith, Michelle Welliver, and Jonathan Bokelman, all of Manhattan.  She is also survived by her aunt Elizabeth (Schreiner) Budenbender of rural Frankfort; brother Walter D. Davis of Warren, Michigan; granddaughter Kelsey Welliver and grandson Zane Smith of Manhattan; niece Laura Alexander of Manhattan and nephew Shawn Alexander of Clay Center.  Judy will also be greatly missed by the many individuals to whom she was a mentor, role model and example of humble service.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Franklin and Twila; aunt Evelyne Davis; brother Franklin F. Davis, Jr.; sister Peggy Manges; niece Mary Evelyne Davis; and infant granddaughter Ashley Nichole Welliver.

Judy’s children wish to thank Dr. Koeneke, the nurses and all the support staff at the Cancer Center of Kansas in Manhattan for their exceptional care, kindness and compassion for Judy, as well as the home care staff of Good Shepherd Hospice House for the tender-loving support and guidance they provided in order to fulfill their mother’s last wishes and make her final days at home as comfortable and peaceful as possible.

Judy’s earthly remains will be cremated.  A private interment will take place at Sunrise Cemetery where her cremains will be buried near her beloved granddaughter Ashley.  After COVID restrictions are lifted, visitation at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, and a memorial service at the First Congregational UCC will take place.  Memorial contributions will also be announced at that time.

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

Kerry Foster Lewis (Posted 4/22/2021)

Kerry Foster Lewis, age 71, of Riley, Kansas, died April 20, 2021, at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka.

He was born March 10, 1950, in Manhattan, the second child of Paul D. and Lois M. (Graves) Lewis.  Kerry attended kindergarten at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.  On his 10th birthday, Kerry got his first paying job selling newspapers on the street for the Manhattan Mercury.  He attended Monsignor Luckey High School, graduating in 1968.  While in high school, Kerry delivered papers for the Kansas City Star, sometimes working two or three hours in the morning before going to school. Upon graduation from high school, Kerry attended Wichita State University for two semesters.

After leaving college, he worked in various construction jobs, was a receiving clerk at Derby Food Center at Kansas State University, and also worked for Guerdon Industries mobile home factory.

In 1969, Kerry enlisted in the Naval Reserve and began his active duty in November 1970.  He served aboard the USS Duluth (LPD-6), and amphibious transport, which made two deployments to Vietnam (March 1971 and May 1972).  During the second deployment, while participating in a beach assault of the coast of Quang Tri Province, the Duluth was the target of enemy fire from North Vietnamese shore batteries which earned Kerry and his shipmates a combat action ribbon.  Other ports of call visited by the Duluth while Kerry was a crewmember include the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

After leaving the Navy, Kerry enrolled in the two-year Drafting Technologies course at Manhattan Area Vocational Technical School, graduating in 1975.  During his second year at MATVS, Kerry was hired as a drafter at United Telephone Company in Junction City, Kansas.  Eventually moving from Drafting to Continuing Property Records, Kerry visited several communities throughout Kansas, as well as Western Nebraska and Southeastern Wyoming, maintaining an inventory of Central Office Equipment and Outside Plant Facilities.  After 33 ½  years and two company name changes (U.T.C to Sprint to Embarq) Kerry retired at the end of 2007.

Kerry enjoyed several interests, which include photography, collecting, drawing on the computer, writing, and playing the guitar (until diabetic nerve damage in his fingertips forced him to give it up).  Kerry was active in the Kansas Authors Club, along with his mother, and had entered several writing contests for which he won awards for poetry and short stories.

During his retirement, Kerry was attentive to his mother.  He spent every weekend with her, buying her groceries, taking her to the bank and helping her with bills, but mostly, he enjoyed her company.  They spent many an afternoon on her front porch, reminiscing about her childhood and places they had lived when Kerry was growing up.  For several years he moved in with her and became her primary care giver so that she could stay in the home she had occupied for the last 60 years.

Kerry is survived by his mother Lois M. Lewis of Manhattan; three sisters: Gail Burd of Manhattan, Julia Warner (Jeff) of Strong City, KS, and Frances Lucas (Bruce) of Columbus, OH; eight nieces, one nephew, seven grandnieces and seven grandnephews.

Kerry was preceded in death by his father Paul D. Lewis in 2005, and by his older brother Warren (Tyker) in 1977.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, April 26th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Father Kerry Ninemire officiating.  Interment will follow in the Riley Cemetery, Riley, KS.

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 may made to either the Manhattan Fire Department or the American Diabetes Association.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502

Irene Sharp (Posted 4/22/21)

Irene May Sharp, age 96 of Clay Center, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor.
She was born on December 8, 1924 in Idana, the daughter of Henry and Martha (McMahan) Dunn.  She grew up in the Hebron Reformed Presbyterian Church.  Following high school graduation, she taught at Rural School for three years.
On February 2, 1945 in Idana, she married Ernest Elgin Sharp.  He preceded her in death on October 18, 2019.
Irene was a farmer’s wife and drove a school bus for the Riley County School District.  She took care of the bailing and enjoyed working with roses.  She was a member of the Hillside EUB Church until the church closed due to the expansion of Fort Riley, became a charter member of Countryside United Methodist Church and later the Clay Center United Methodist Church.  She was a 4-H leader and a member of UMW and WSCS.
She is survived by five children, Judy Seidel of Berkeley, California, Ivy Osborn and husband Lynn of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, Gerald Sharp and wife Susan of Clay Center, Mary Jo McFadden and husband Robert of Houston, Texas and Tim Sharp and wife Tammy of Riley; one brother, Ronald Dunn and wife Delores of Clay Center; one sister, Evelyn Otto of Wakefield; ten grandchildren, Julee Breakstone, Valerie Barr, Denise Gooden, Monica Jackson, Dale Sharp, Barry McFadden, Daniel McFadden, Bill Sharp, Jayson Sharp and Becky Chase; eighteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents two brothers, Dale and Jack Dunn and four sisters, Jean Dunn, Betty James, Dorothy Tague and Maxine Greenlee.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the Clay Center United Methodist Church with Pastor Gerald Sharp, Pastor Reuben Langat and Herb Mugler officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor and Clay Center United Methodist Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Shirley Evans (Posted 4/21/21)

Shirley J. Evans passed away at her home April 18, with her family by her side.  She was born March 01, 1933, to Goldie (Martin) Kreiser and Arlie Kreiser.

She was a member of the Christian Science Church and the Christian Science Society for 70 years.  She worked in the Christian Science Reading room for 50 years.  Taught Sunday school for 15 years, a reader in Church, a Trustee and Treasurer for years.  Also, she worked at Hollis Jewelry store for 10 years and in school lunch service for 12 years, she loved working with the children.

She is survived by her sisters Patty Wilburn and husband Robert of Junction City, Kansas, and Nancy Drumm of Manhattan, Kansas, a stepson David Evans and wife Marilyn of Manhattan, Kansas, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Lawrence W. Evans.

Cremation is planned with a private family service to be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Shirley J. Evans can be made to the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502

Linda Brun (Posted 4/14/21)

Linda Ann Brun, age 80, of Manhattan, died March 27, 2021, at Valley Vista Good Samaritan Home in Wamego.

She was born March 10, 1941, in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of John and Clara Marie (Leach) Eckenrode.

Linda graduated from Inglewood High School in Inglewood, CA in 1959.

She worked as an Administrative Assistant in federal, city and county government.

Linda was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and was active with the Adoration Chapel. She was also active with the Joy Group at University Christian Church, numerous Bible studies and the Women’s Ministry at Eastside Christian Church in California.

Married to Donald Payn on April 3, 1964, Donald preceded Linda in death.

On March 23, 1991, in Fullerton, CA, she was married to Richard Brun. Mr. Brun survives of Manhattan. Additional survivors include children: John Payn, Dawn Payn, Julie (Payn) Araujo, and, Rick Brun, Chris Brun, Tim Brun; one sister Norma Savany; nine grandchildren (Derek, Devon, Chanel, Jenna, Hillary, Donald, Brad, Chloe and Noah) and two great-grandchildren.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings: Roger Eckenrode and Carol Ortman.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:30am at Seven Dolors Catholic Church with Father Kerry Ninemire as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

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

Due to Linda’s love for animals, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to T Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter of Manhattan Kansas or via the Animal Shelter’s Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/27LPJ3WAOU42Z/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex.

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