Obituaries

Madison Elizabeth Davis (Posted 4/17/19)

Maddie went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 13, 2019 in Rogers, Arkansas.

Maddie was born 9 December 1992 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Maribeth and Marty Bennett.  She spent her first five years in Independence, Kansas.  In 1997, Maribeth and Maddie moved to Manhattan, Kansas to be married to Randy Davis.

Maddie attended school at Frank Bergman and Marlatt Elementary Schools, Susan B. Anthony Middle School and Manhattan High School, graduating in 2011.  She attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Harding University in Rogers, Arkansas, majoring in Elementary Education.  At the time of her death, Maddie was teaching at the Lowell Elementary School in Lowell, Arkansas, where she was a constant light to her students and coworkers.

A Kanakuk camper and recipient of the “I’m Third” Award, Maddie lived that mantra out every day, putting God first, others second and herself third.  God filled Maddie’s heart with passion for her church, her students in Arkansas, all things Disney, and of course her family and closest friends.

On April 13th Maddie lost her seventeen year battle with Juvenile Diabetes, but it didn’t kill her sweet spirit.  She is free at last.  She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Maddie leaves behind her parents, Dr. Randy and Maribeth Davis, her sisters, Lauren and Ashton Kate; grandparents, Luke and Margaret McCullar of Disney, Oklahoma and Jim and Roy Farthing, of Laguna Beach, California, and Marjorie Davis of Lenexa, Kansas; aunts and uncles, Mike and Kay Farthing, of Portland, Oregon, Jeff Farthing, of Napa, California, Jamie Farthing, of Laguna Beach, California, and Ralph and Iris Flournoy, of Fairway, Kansas; her cousins, Mary and Blake Lamberg, of Seattle, Washington, Andy and Katie Flournoy, of Mission, Kansas, Sophia and Rhone Farthing, of Napa, California, Colton Farthing of Laguna Beach, California.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday April 18, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday April 19, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, with Pastor Troy Bowers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or the to the Lowell Elementary School.  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

Judith Mays (Posted 4/16/19)

  Judith Lisa Mays, age 76, of Manhattan, died April 15, 2019, at Ascension Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

  She was born August 21, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William and Elisabeth (Wyss) Thompson.

   Judy retired from administration management at Kansas State University and worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Lafene Health Center.

  She loved to read, enjoyed music and the arts, and treasured her pet cats.  Judy was a longtime supporter of the MS Society.

  Judy was married to Ed Guydos and they later divorced.  She later married Norman Mays in 1984 and he preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her parents.

  She is survived by her two children: Tanya Guydos of Neptune Beach, FL, and Thomas Guydos of Nixa, MO; and her brother Tom Thompson of Amston, CT.

  Cremation is planned.

  The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

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

  The family requests no flowers with memorial contributions being made to the Manhattan Crisis Center.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Shirley Bramhall (Posted 4/13/19)

Shirley J. Bramhall, age 66, of Manhattan, died April 9, 2019, at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

She was born August 26, 1952, in Melbourne, England, the daughter of James R. Sr. and Katherine (Johnson) Tucker. Shirley graduated from Centralia High School in 1970. On September 10, 1970, at the Vermillion Christian Church she was married to Robert A. “Bob” Bramhall.

Shirley worked for Kansas State Travel and booked many of the trips for Kansas Farm Bureau, was the Director of Flint Hills Breadbasket for 17 years and turned it into the great Manhattan community resource it is today, and then worked for the Area Agency on Aging until her retirement.

Shirley loved to travel, take care of her garden, and enjoyed cooking and reading.  The time she enjoyed the most was spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Bob of Manhattan; three children: Clay Bramhall and his wife Anissa of St. George, KS, Ryan Bramhall and his wife Krista of Manhattan, and Faith Bramhall and his wife Amanda of Shawnee, KS; two siblings: Charolene McMullen and her husband Jim of Centralia, KS, and John Tucker and his wife Julie of Columbus, NE; and seven grandchildren: Kieffer Houston, Ashley, Amber, Rylan, Payton, Waylon and Dylan Bramhall.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and by two siblings: Jimmy Tucker Jr. and June Traphagen.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, April 18th, at the School in Vermillion, Kansas with Pastor Tom Walters officiating.  Interment will follow in the Vermillion Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 17th, 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 Flint Hills Breadbasket.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Hannelore Slater (Posted 4/11/19)

Hannelore Slater, 79, of Manhattan, died Thursday, April 4, at Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan. She was a homemaker and a long-time volunteer at the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center.  She attended the First Lutheran Church in Manhattan.
Hannelore was born in Munchen, Germany on October 30, 1939, the daughter of the late Martha (Hedweig) and Heirich Frantz Winkel.  On February 11, 1981, she married Donald Slater, in Manhattan. He preceded her in death on December 25, 2015.
Hannelore is survived by a son, Daniel Duvalier/Slater (Michelle) of Topeka; two grandchildren, Angel and Isley Duvalier of Topeka; and one brother and one sister in Germany.
Hannelore’s wishes were that there not be a memorial service.  Interment will take place in Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan.
The family requests no flowers.  For those who would like to make a donation in Hannelore’s memory, the family suggests Manhattan Juneteenth or the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center.  Donations may be left in the care of Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Shirley Bramhall (Posted 4/10/19)

A Manhattan woman who served several years as the Director of the Flint Hills Breadbasket has passed away.  Shirley Bramhall died Tuesday at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Bramhall was 66.

Funeral arrangements for Bramhall are pending through the Yorgensen-Meloan Londeen Funeral Home.  

Vernon Bode (Posted 4/9/19)

Vernon C. Bode, age 86, of Manhattan, Kansas, died April 7, 2019, at Meadowlark Hills – Wroten House.

Vernon was born at home on a farm in West Ely, Missouri on February 19, 1933, the son of Godfrey and Laura Bode.  The first in his family to earn a college degree, Vernon received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he met his wife Emily.  He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, did postdoctoral work at Stanford University and then joined the faculty of the University of Maryland – Johns Hopkins, moving to Manhattan in 1970, when he accepted a position as a Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at Kansas State University.  Vernon was pioneer in molecular genetic research and a part of the research team that discovered the gene that causes PKU.

In May of 1986, Vernon’s brilliant career came to a premature end due to a debilitating stroke that left him with severe aphasia and right-sided paralysis.  He handled these challenges with faith, strength, and character, persevering with the love and help of Emily, who became his caregiver.  Vernon and Emily moved to Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in 2003, where he received compassionate care at Miller Place and Wroten House following Emily’s death in 2011.

After his stroke, Vernon learned to paint and draw left-handed.  His art became a new avocation and a source of pride and accomplishment. Vernon served in the U.S. Navy, and was an active member of First Lutheran Church.

Vernon is survived by his children Beth (Greg) Bonney, John (Claudia) Bode, Paul Bode, and Ann (Tim) Hodges; his grandchildren Stephen and Peter Bonney, Clara and Nico Bode, and Jack and Gemma Hodges; his brother Eldon Bode, his sister Norma (Rev. Loren) Boettcher, and his sister Dolores (Don) Hudson.  Vernon’s wife, Emily, and granddaughter, Emily Jeanne Hodges, predeceased him.

The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 5:00 P.M. Saturday, April 13th, at the Meadowlark Hills Community Room, 2121 Meadowlark Road, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 15th, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 6510 County Road 263, Hannibal, MO 63401, with Reverend Mark Boettcher officiating.

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

Memorials are preferred to the KSU Foundation for the Vernon C. Bode Distinguished Biology Research Award Fund and ELCA World Hunger.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Candyce Russell (Posted 4/9/19)

Candyce Russell, 73, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.

Candy was born in Troy, New York to Bruce and Ruth Smith. She is survived by a brother, Douglas Smith, a sister, Barbara Brugger, three nephews: Benjamin Smith, Lucas Smith, and Spencer Brugger, one niece, Lindsay Brugger, and her dear kitty, Misha. She is also survived by John Russell of Prairie Village, Kansas, to whom she was previously married.

She graduated from Niskayuna High School, Schenectady, NY in 1964, and with distinction from Cornell University in 1968. She taught Home Economics at Niskayuna High during the 1968-69 academic year and later earned a master’s degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Family Social Science, both from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Russell joined the faculty of Kansas State University in 1974, where she taught in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for thirty-seven years. She co-founded the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and served as its Director from 1982-1994. She achieved the rank of full professor in 1986 and was later named to the first endowed chair in the College of Human Ecology.

Dr. Russell was co-developer (along with David Olson and Douglas Sprenkle) of the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems, which continues to inform research and practice in family therapy and family studies. She was an award winning teacher who used her gentle presence to create a space for learning that included the heart as well as the mind. In the words of one of her students:

“Often, we measure the contributions of a particular scholar in terms of publications and advancing the science. Less measurable is the contribution of an individual to the lives of those she works with. Dr. Russell has quietly and humbly touched the lives of hundreds of students and clinicians during her career, gently and competently lifting those around her.”

Candy loved her home. It was her refuge and her canvas. She loved arranging art and noticing how it changed with the changing light of the day. She found particular inspiration in the beauty of New Mexico, and much of her art was from early Santa Fe and Taos. She knew how to be content, to appreciate beauty, and to make use of solitude.

In later years, Candy developed an interest in Buddhism and mindfulness meditation. While she never thought of herself as Buddhist, she found Buddhist teachings helpful in living well with significant disabilities. She understood that while pain and disappointment are a given in life, suffering need not be.

Candy was blessed with many friends. Especially in her later years, she felt her life blossom as her friendship networks grew. Throughout her illness, family, friends, and former students offered their love and support in a multitude of ways. Candy carried that love with her.

The family wishes to thank Interim Healthcare and the many aides who made it possible for Candy to stay at home throughout her illness. They also wish to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers of the Good Shepherd Hospice House.

The family requests no flowers. For those who would like to make a donation in Candy’s honor, the family would suggest the Couples and Family Therapy Program, Kansas State University, the ALS Association, or the Good Shepherd Hospice House of Manhattan, Kansas.

Memorial services will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 700 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan Kansas on Saturday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.

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 at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

Reva Bright (Posted 4/4/19)

Reva Elaine (Scheele) Bright, age 73 of Manhattan, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019 at her residence.
She was born on August 22, 1945 in Hutchinson, the daughter of Otto Henry and Clementine Reva (Hoffer) Scheele.  She graduated from Riley County High School and Brown Mackie Business College.
On December 27, 1964, she was married to Carl Merton Schurle.  They later divorced.
Reva worked in the Office of Student Financial Assistance at Kansas State University and early in her working career was a bookkeeper at AIB.  She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing the piano and listening to books.  She was wonderful seamstress and loved working out at Maximum Performance the last ten years.
She is survived by one daughter, Michelle Francis and Steven of Springfield, Missouri; one sister, Jane Larson and Carl of Leonardville; three grandchildren, Andre Francis, Austin (Sierra) Francis and Aaron Francis and three great grandchildren, Cameron, Legend and Luna Francis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Timothy Carl Schurle and one brother, John Scheele.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday.  Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Reva Scheele Bright Memorial Fund, to be designated at a later date.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

LaVern French (Posted 4/2/19)

LaVern Lucille French, age 89. Of Manhattan, died March 29, 2019 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

She was born on February 2, 1930 the daughter of John and Fern Lucille (Puett) Lake in the Ashland Bottom area in Manhattan.  She attended schools in Ashland Bottom and Manhattan.

  LaVern was employed at Perry Packing, R. and H. Grocery, she then worked as a housekeeper at the St. Mary’s Hospital.  She lived in Phoenix from 1960 until 1972.

  LaVern was married to Lester Earl Cross on November 15, 1947 in Manhattan.  He died on September 30, 1958.  She was then married to Ernest Willard Isaacson on November 7, 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He died on January 12, 1972.  On June 16, 1973 in Ogden, Kansas she was united in marriage to Leonard French.  He preceded her in death on July 12, 1996.

Survivors include her stepdaughter, Patricia Carpentier, of Wichita, her stepsons: Steve French, of Manhattan and Larry French, of Santa Fe, Texas; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, and also her 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother Larry Lee Lake in 1985.

Funeral Services for LaVern will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Ashland Cemetery south of Manhattan.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of LaVern are suggested to the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter.  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

Otis Gouty (Posted 4/1/19)

Otis D Gouty, 86, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019, at Good Shepherd Hospice House. Arrangements are currently pending. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Richard Moore (Posted 3/31/19)

Richard “Dick” Moore, Jr., went home to his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Meadowlark Scenic (former Autumn Hills) in Manhattan, KS. Born in Elkhart, Indiana on December 4, 1930, he was the son of the late Richard H. and Helen Lehman Moore. Upon graduating from Elkhart High School as part of the class of ’48, he joined his parents in the family business Moore’s Brake Service at 2692 S. Main Street. In 1947, Dick joined the Indiana Army National Guard in his hometown and served his country and community faithfully for over 38 years.

Dick made many life-long friends during his years of service and served his country admirably with a tour in Korea and a tour in Vietnam. Dick served in many capacities over his thirty-eight years from a private in the infantry, working his way through the ranks and becoming an Artillery officer and retiring a Colonel. Among many awards, Dick received the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (w/ Bronze Star), Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, and the Army Parachute Badge. Retiring as a Colonel, he was a career Soldier in the Army, attending the Officer Embarkation Basic Course, the US Army Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, and the Command & General Staff College.

On 10, February 1962, Dick married Sandra Tutorow at the Dunlap United Methodist Church in Elkhart, Indiana. They have three daughters – Daina Durham of Cleveland, Georgia, Catherine Cherry of Marietta, Georgia and Wendy Sadler of Franklin, Tennessee.  Colonel Lee and Daina Durham have three children – Sgt. Carson Durham and Alexis Durham and 1 Lt Miles Ball. Kirk and Lieutenant Colonel Cathi Cherry have a daughter, Amelia. Dave and Wendy Sadler have four children: Melinda, Elianna, Isabella and Isaac.

As a loving husband and father, he adored his wife, three daughters, three son-in-laws, and eight grandchildren. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family and country.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 2nd, at the Yorgensen- Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz, Manhattan, Kansas.

Reverend Jerald Turner will lead graveside services with full military honors at the Prairie Street Cemetery in Elkhart, Indiana at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 9th.  The Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home will handle all arrangements in Elkhart. Online condolences may be left for the family through the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Guard Museum.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Marilyn Ann Dickens (Posted 3/31/19)

Marilyn Ann (Stadel) Dickens, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2019 at her residence at Brookdale Shawnee in Shawnee, Kansas at the age of 76.  Born on May 12, 1942 at the Park View Hospital in Manhattan to Delbert and Jeanne (Kemnitz) Stadel. She grew up in the Manhattan/Ogden area on the family farm and was very active in school and the Be-Busy 4-H Club.

Marilyn graduated from Manhattan High School in 1960 and remained in the area nearly her entire life.  After High School, she married Jerry Reese of Manhattan and together they had 3 sons; Bruce, Scott and Brian.  In 1981 she married Robert Dickens of Manhattan and welcomed two daughters into her life and family, Colleen and Karalee.  She was an active member of the community with organizations including DBSA, NAMI, ATA Bus, American Legion Auxiliary, RCPD CIT program, her church, Boy Scouts and pretty much any activity her children were involved in.  Besides raising her children, the majority of her career was with the City of Manhattan where she worked for 25 years, retiring in 2004 as Human Resource Coordinator.  

Marilyn had a contagious smile and huge heart and was known to many as the “mother of City Hall”.  She lived her life finding ways to always do what was right and help others in need.  She loved opening her home to family and friends, with lots of food and laughter; especially around the holidays.  Marilyn had a passion for antique tin doll houses from her childhood and acquired a large collection with enough furniture to complete them all.  She also enjoyed arts and crafts and her flower gardens.

Survivors include her mother, Jeanne Stadel of Abilene, KS; her brother Lee (Linda) Stadel of Hope, KS; her sister Jacque (Mike) Farley of Tescott, KS; her children: Colleen (Lucky) Castetter of Wichita, KS; Karalee (Scott) Ridder of Olsburg, KS; Scott Reese of Grand Prairie, TX; and Brian (Joe) Reese of Pleasant Hill, MO.  Nine grandchildren: Scott Ridder, Holly Ridder, Heather Morgan, Brittany Foster, Steven Ridder, Steve Berklund, Brent Perry, Brooke Perry, Brandon Perry, Serenity Reese and Zoe Reese; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other family.  She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Dickens, son Bruce Reese, and father Delbert Stadel.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Friday, April 5 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 6th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with her niece Reverend Rhonda Robbins officiating.  Interment 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, memorials can be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association or Trinity Baptist Church of Wamego, KS.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Joseph Riniker (Posted 3/31/19)

Joseph (Joe) Riniker, 87, of Manhattan, passed away March 26, 2019.   Joe was born November 5, 1931 in Manhattan Kansas, son of Sam and Frankie Riniker

Joe graduated Riley County Rural High School (49′), Honorably Discharged from the US Navy (54′) as an Engineman Second Class and volunteer services as a Reserve Police Officer, Riley County Police Department (20 years), The American Legion and 40 & 8 Veterans Organization where he was the Grand Chef of Kansas (99’).

Joe retired from Memorial Hospital as Director of Safety and Plant Services (91′).

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ramona (Burgman) Riniker; daughter: Rhonda Riniker and partner Mark Marion; son: Alan Riniker and wife Vickie and son: Brian Riniker and wife Judy; grandchildren: Ashely Riniker, Joe Blenn, James Blenn, Jacob Blenn; Great Grandchildren: Athena Blenn and Hunter Blenn; sister: Anna Marie Gates.  He was preceded in death by his son (infant) William; siblings: Robert, Louis, Samuel, Leo, Mary (Nudson), Rose (Russell) and Mae (Riniker).

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday April 1, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan Kansas with Rev. Kevin Larson officiating.  Interment will follow at the Sunrise Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Sunday, March 31 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Legion Post 17, the 40 & 8 Nurse Training Trust Fund or Homecare & Hospice of Manhattan 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.

Lorraine Walterscheid (Posted 3/28/19)

Lorraine (Seifert) Walterscheid was born August 21, 1930, in New York City and was educated there. She met her husband, Paul, a native Kansan, while both were working for the New York office of the FBI. They moved to Manhattan in 1963. Mrs. Walterscheid had loved the movie “The Wizard of Oz” as a girl, so maybe it was no surprise she found herself swapping places with Dorothy. She never got used to Kansas tornadoes, however.
In the 1980s and 1990s Mrs. Walterscheid held clerical positions in various departments on the Kansas State University campus, the last being in the College of Veterinary Medicine in the Diagnostic Laboratory. She loved animals and all her pets, including the virtual ones: Rover, Mooch and Earl. She was active in the Riley County Extension Service, serving as a 4-H leader and member of the Extension Council. She was also a volunteer in the school reading and pen pal programs.
Her social activities included membership in the Stardusters Study Group and a longtime association with a local literature club. In Spring 2016 she joined the local “Writing Your Life Story” group, which prompted her to turn out regular essays about her adventures old and new. She was also a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and had previously served on the vestry.
A lifelong music lover, Mrs. Walterscheid could be found singing in her favorite clubs: The Living Room and The Grocery Store. She was also a great letter writer, sending a constant flow of witty missives to her children, grandchildren and friends. Fortunately for them, she never chose to use a computer, so her handwritten treasures remain. Mrs. Walterscheid’s favorite song was one she learned as a child: “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.” She is probably singing it right now, somewhere in the great beyond.
She was preceded in death by husband Paul and one sister, Carol Lucas. Survivors include one brother, William Seifert (Rebecca MacFadyen) of Queens, N.Y.; three children, daughter Susan Keller (Dennis) of Manhattan, son David Walterscheid (Sandra) of Shawnee, Kan., and daughter Ellen Walterscheid (Randall Weinstein) of New York City; two grandchildren, Steven Walterscheid (Kimberly) and Michelle Nashatizadeh (Muhammad); and three great-grandchildren, Charles Paul, Lena Aspen and Autumn Rose.
Cremation is planned and inurnment will be in Sunrise Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2019, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with Fr. Patrick Funston officiating. It is requested memorials be made to the Riley County Humane Society or the Manhattan Public Library.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Lillie J. Punch (Posted 3/28/19)

Lillie J. Punch, 68, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019. A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Bethel AME Church at 11:00 AM. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Don Lamb (Posted 3/26/19)

Donald L. Lamb, age 93, a longtime St. George resident, died March 25, 2019, at Vintage Park
Assisted Living in Wamego.

He was born July 30, 1925, in Manhattan, the son of Jacob and Ida (Lee) Lamb. Mr. Lamb was
a lifetime area resident of St. George where he was a farmer/rancher.

On July 30, 1947, he was married to his high school sweetheart Dorothy M. Area. She
preceded him in death in 2008. Survivors include their three children: Larry Lamb and his wife
Terri of Lacona, Iowa, Steve Lamb and his wife Jane of St. George, KS, and Linda Lamb of
Manhattan; six grandsons: Mark Lamb (Jenny) Cory Lamb (Melissa), Barry Lamb (Samantha),
Tony Lamb (Jenn), Brian Lamb (Toshia), and Jake Lamb (Lacee); an honorary granddaughter
Kachina Gerber (Brandon); 13 great-grandchildren: Avery Don and Luke Lamb, Nora and Miles
Lamb, Logan and Skylar Lamb, Alexis and Maxwell Lamb, Brooklynn, Paislee and McKenna
Lamb, Bailee and Ethan Lamb; and two honorary great-grandchildren: Justin and Rylinn Gerber.

He and Dorothy were active member of the Wheathearts Square Dance Club, several camping
clubs and other square dance clubs for many years. Don attended the First Presbyterian Church
in Manhattan. He loved working with horses and could be seen in many parades with his
Shetland ponies and wagons. He was active with the Bonfire 4-H Club while his children were
young.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, one brother Robert Dean Lamb, and
two children: Sharon Ann Lamb and Kenneth Dean Lamb.
After Dorothy’s death, he enjoyed square dancing with his friend and square dance partner,
Rowena Horr.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 30 th , at the Yorgensen-Meloan-
Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend R.C. McConnell officiating. Private family inurnment
will be in the St. George Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 29 th , 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 Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Fund for
the Community Meal or Vintage Park Assisted Living. Contributions may be left in care of the
Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Kathleen Wendland (Posted 3/26/19)

Kathleen Ann Wendland, age 58 of Manhattan, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.
She was born on November 16, 1960 in Manhattan, the daughter of Earl Willard and Elma Jean (Scott) Wendland.  In 1978, she graduated from Blue Valley Randolph High School where she was class salutatorian.  Kathy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Emporia State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Kansas State University.
Kathy worked as a teacher at a preschool, which she loved.  Also, she bartended at the Cowboy Palace and the American Legion.  Next she was an assistant manager for Dara’s.
She attended the First United Methodist Church.  Kathy loved to read any kind of book, especially mysteries.  Watching all sports was a passion of hers and she loved talking about it with her family.  In her early years, she was involved in 4-H and showed swine and dairy cattle along with cooking and sewing.  She had a passion for learning and British history was a favorite.  She was able to travel to Europe and visit London.  Kathy’s kindness and smile lit a room.  She loved to have a great debate about sports and politics.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by two brothers, Gary Wendland and wife Vicky of Manhattan and Ron Wendland and wife Susan of Leonardville; three sisters, Cindy Johnson and husband Mike of Leonardville, Teresa Baker and husband Dudley of Beatrice, Nebraska and Lisa Dickinson and husband Doug of Glasco and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Sandy Ferguson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Friday.  Inurnment will be in the Randolph Fancy Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Kathy’s name to the Manhattan Public Library or PBS.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Janice Carter (Posted 3/16/19)

Janice K. Carter, 70, of Custer, South Dakota, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019. She was a long time employee at the HCF in Hutchinson, KS, the Hesston Kansas Police Department, and the Custer Sheriff’s Office in Custer, SD. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Ann Elvie Gustafson (Posted 3/15/19)

Ann Elvie Gustafson, age 90, died on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona.  Though her condition was not completely free from suffering and agitation, she died in a state of stillness and peace.  Her body simply shut down after a long period of decline. In the morning of the day of death, the sound of songbirds was in the air.

Elvie was born on October 23, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Johan Sundberg and Frida (Astrom) Sundberg, Swedish immigrants.  As a teenager, Elvie worked at the Erie Neighborhood House, devoted to social work and child welfare and founded by Reformer Jane Addams, in Chicago.  Elvie graduated from North Park College in Chicago. In 1953, she married Merlin Gustafson.  She met Merlin at the Swedish Covenant Church she attended.  He was teaching at North Park College.  Merlin Gustafson went on to teach political science at Kansas State University from 1960 to 1991.

While living in Manhattan, Kansas, Elvie worked at Pawnee Mental Health Services, a social service agency, from 1980 to 1990.  The relief of economic poverty by political means was one of Elvie’s guiding concerns.  She expressed this concern in her professional work and in her work with various churches.  She was a member of the First Lutheran Church from the mid-1970s until 2005.

Survivors include her brother, Rudy Sundberg of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her two children, Berit Carrasco of Las Vegas, Nevada (an elementary school teacher) and Peter Gustafson of Glendale, Arizona (a consumer bankruptcy attorney).  She has five grandchildren: Javier Ahumada (Michelle Hofmann Ahumada); Erika Ahumada (Brian Weber); Christina Ahumada (Richard Beausoleil); Dana Gustafson; and Rene’ Gustafson.   She has two great-grandchildren: Annika Ahumada and Lillian Ahumada.  A third great-grandchild, Noah Beausoleil, is due any day.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 21st, at the Walsburg Lutheran Church, northeast of Leonardville, Kansas, with Reverend Keith Wiens and Kevin Larson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Walsburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 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 Lutheran World Relief and/or the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen Meloan Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Thomas Malone (Posted 3/14/19)

Thomas E. Malone was born November 29 1964 in Liberal Kansas.  He passed away on March 8, 2019 in Leavenworth, Kansas.

He was the son of Thomas R.  and Marilynn A. Malone.  He grew up in central Kansas where he attended grade school in Chase, and junior and high school in Lyons Kansas, where he graduated in 1983.

He was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome early in school, but did not let that stop him from enjoying participating in Track and Field and in band where he received awards for his ability with the trumpet.

Thomas joined the military in 1987 after having first been rejected due to his Tourettes. But he did not give up and he reapplied and made the recruiting office understand that this would not prevent him from being a soldier.  He made the military his life and has made many friend and acquaintances throughout his life in the service of our country. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war having served in Kuwait and Iraq. Upon retiring from regular duty he continued in the Army reserves while working in the civilian life as an X-Ray technician at Washington County hospital and more recently working as a guard in the Leavenworth Correctional Facility.

He enjoyed shooting many types and styles of weapons at various public and private ranges with friends and family to share his knowledge and passions with people he cared for.  In 2006 he joined the Freemasons’ and had achieved the level of Master Mason with the Grand Lodge of the State of Kansas, a membership he was proud of and spoke proudly of.

Thomas is survived by his daughter Kaitlyn Malone and sons Seth Malone and Kendrick Thalmann; his mother Marilynn Malone, and his brothers Steve Hufferd, Kevin Mata, Chris Malone and youngest brother Michael Malone.  He was preceded by his father Thomas R. Malone and his sister Rhonda Wolverton.

Graveside Services with Full Military Honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday March 15, 2019 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, 5181 Wildcat Creek Road in Manhattan, with Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating.  A procession will be formed at 12:00 noon on Friday at the funeral home for family and friends to go the cemetery.

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, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

Dail Nelson (Posted 3/11/19)

Dail Edward Nelson, age 96, formerly of Manhattan, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Leonardville Nursing Home.
He was born on January 20, 1923 in Riley to Oliver G. Nelson and Bertha M. (Weller). He was baptized in the Riley Presbyterian Church. Dail went to grade school at Grant and graduated from Riley Rural High School in 1940.  Dail moved from the reservation area south of Riley with his parents to the Leonardville area and helped his parents farm.
On March 10, 1945, he married Minnie Hafner. She preceded him in death on May 7, 2018.  They farmed in the Leonardville area from 1945 until 1948 and then moved to the Riley community where they farmed and ran a Grade A Dairy until 1965.
In 1965, the family moved to Manhattan on Tuttle Creek Lake and Dail started working for the Agronomy Department at Kansas State University for the next 23 years until he retired in 1988. He also sold American Investors Life Insurance for many years. Dail enjoyed tinkering on old cars, fishing, camping, playing cards and dominos and traveling. The trip that he enjoyed most was to Alaska. Most of all, he enjoyed his grandkids and great grandkids.
Dail belonged to Coast to Coast camping, RSVP, Manhattan Senior Center, Riley Presbyterian Church, was a member of Magic 4-H and belonged to United Commercial Travelers for over 50 years.
He is survived by three children, Janet Hill and Bob Bates of Manhattan, Kent Nelson and wife Mary of Manhattan and Linda King and husband Alvin of Manhattan; six grandchildren, Troy Hill (Tiffany), Kevin Hill (Jennifer), Stacey Scarbrough (Kenny), Michael King (Emily), Christy Nelson, Casey Nelson; seven great grandchildren, Lauren Hill, Brayden Hill, Reagen Hill, Michael Parker, Kelsey Parker, Jaxon Scarbrough and Adley King; a sister, Lorene Kendall of Keats; a sister-in-law, Wanda Hafner and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Wendall and Dorothy Nelson; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Loretta and Lyle Hafner and brothers-in-law Ronald Kendall and Wayne Hafner.
Memorial services for Dail and Minnie Nelson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.  Inurnment for Dail and Minnie will be in the Riley Cemetery.
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.