Lois Anne Morrison (Posted 10/25/21)

Lois Anne Morrison, age 76, of Manhattan, Kansas, died October 21, 2021 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

Lois Anne Wiley Morrison was born on September 14, 1945 in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of the Rev. Lester V. (Vernon) Wiley and Barbara Anne Horton Wiley. As a minister’s family, they moved regularly and enjoyed it, looking at it as an adventure. She attended a private kindergarten in Ada, Oklahoma. Her favorite project was sewing the blanket stitch around a yellow stuffed oilcloth bunny (perhaps the beginning of her love of sewing). After kindergarten, the family moved to California. She attended 1st-3rd grade in Placerville, 4th grade at Arcadia School in Sacramento, 5th and 6th grade at Longfellow Elementary School in Pasadena, and Will Rogers Junior High in Long Beach for 7th and 8th grade. The family then moved to Kansas and she attended Manhattan Junior High for 9th grade and Clay County Community High School for 10th-12th grade.

In the summer of 1963, she received a State of Kansas Scholarship to attend Kansas State University where she lived in West Hall her freshman and sophomore years and in the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house her junior year. From 1966 to 1969, she attended Jane C. Stormont School of Nursing in Topeka, Kansas where she graduated as a Registered Nurse.

She met James William Morrison in zoology class at Kansas State University in 1964. They married on June 7, 1968 in Wichita, Kansas. They resided in Topeka until 1971 when they moved to Manhattan, Kansas.

Upon moving to Manhattan, Lois joined First Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon and food pantry volunteer. She worked in the Recovery Room at St. Mary’s Hospital until she retired in 1983. She then worked part-time as a teaching assistant at Trinity Preschool for six years.  Over the years she has been involved in a number of organizations: Alpha Xi Delta Alumnae (President, Secretary, Vice President), Prairie Roots Garden Club (Charter Member), Chapter GU of P.E.O. (Chaplain, Recording Secretary), Konza Prairie Quilters Guild (Board Member-At-Large, President), Sunshine Family and Community Education (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer), and Riley County Hemerocallis Society (Daylilies). She taught clothing construction, plant science, and yeast breads through 4-H. She loved to garden and became a Riley County Master Gardner in 1994 with over 25 years of service. She enjoyed playing bridge, pinochle, and dominos; sewing; quilting; reading mysteries; arranging flowers; and, traveling. She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed their family adventures to Chile, England, Scotland, France and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with the entire family in Alaska.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James William Morrison; three children, Julie Anne Morrison Dee, David William Morrison (Arin), Emily Anne Morrison; four grandchildren: Margaret Elizabeth Dee, Rebecca Anne Dee, Brenna Raye Morrison, Grant William Morrison, as well as a sister, Shirley Wiley Wright (Ottawa, KS) and her two daughters and sister-in-law, Nancy Raye Morrison Reedy (David) and their two sons.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday October 27, 2021 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Services will be held on October 28, 2021 at 10:30a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, KS. Graveside services will be at the Sunrise Cemetery, followed by a church luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Manhattan Public Library. Contributions and messages may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Lewis Lee Martin (Posted 10/21/21)

Lewis Lee (Cracker) Martin, 79, of Manhattan, passed away Saturday, October 16th. He was retired as an Underwriter with Farm Bureau Financial Services in Manhattan.

Lewis was born in Hill City, Kansas on July 29, 1942, a son of the late Elsie (Schoolcraft) and William H. Martin.  He graduated for Hill City High School, Hill City, and Ft. Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science.  Lewis also served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.

Lewis is  survived by his son, Mike L Martin, of Leawood, KS; three grandchildren, Tag, Merit and Gray Martin; a sister, Bobbie Cameron, of Hill City, KS;
three brothers, Willie Martin, of Overland Park, KS;  Tommie Martin, of Excelsior Springs, MO;  Randy Martin, of Indonesia. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenny Martin.

Memorial service arrangements will be announced by the Stinemetz Funeral Home in Hill City, KS. Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements.  To leave a condolence for the family, visit

Janice Ann Ruiz (Posted 10/20/21)

Janice Ann Ruiz, age 78, of Manhattan, formerly of Dodge City, passed way on October 18, 2021 at the Meadowlark Hills Community – Stolzer House in Manhattan.

She was born on March 4, 1943 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Jay and Francis (Pike) Jipp.  Her family lived in Ashland, Kansas area.  Janice graduated from Ashland High School with the class of 1960.  Janice then attended Cosmetology School in Dodge City.

On August 29, 1965 in Ness City, Kansas, she was united in marriage to William J. Ruiz.  Bill survives at their home in Manhattan.  They were blessed with three children: Tonya, Tyra, and Tambra.

Janice had a green thumb and loved to garden.  Also, she enjoyed bowling and was in league bowling for many years at the Dodge City Plaza Lanes. She worked as a paraeducator for Southwestern Kansas Cooperative District #443-Dodge City Public Schools, and retired after 21 years of service.  Janice helped out the school district also by being a part of the paint crew.

She was a member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan. Janice enjoyed helping her grandchildren after she retired, doing what she knew and loved, which was educating them and helping with homework.

In addition to her husband Bill, she is survived by her children, Tonya M. Ruiz-Walker, Manhattan, Tyra Wolfe, Wichita, and Tambra Rodriguez, of Kansas City. Also, her sister Jolene Massey, Topeka, and her 11 grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday October 26, 2021 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball in Manhattan, with Father Frank Coady as Celebrant.  Inurnment will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Memorial contributions in memory of Janice are suggested to the Meadowlark Memory Program.                                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

Dale Webster (Posted 10/19/21)

Dale Eldon Webster, age 93, of Salina, formerly of Manhattan, died October 17, 2021, at Brookdale-Fairdale Senior Living in Salina.

Dale was born on May 17, 1928, in a farmhouse two miles north of Fostoria, Kansas, to Albert and Gladys L. (Ephramson) Webster.  Dale was raised on several area farms during his grade school years and attended different country schools, until his family moved to Fostoria, Kansas.  He finished grade school in Fostoria and went to Fostoria High for two years.  The family then moved to Westmoreland in the Fall of 1944, and Dale graduated from Westmoreland High School in May, 1946.  It was at Westmoreland High that Dale met the love of his life, Mary Lou Chilcott.

Dale and Mary Lou were united in marriage on October 6, 1946, in Westmoreland.  They celebrated 70 years of marriage in October 2016.  Mary Lou preceded Dale in death on January 7, 2017.

Dale and Mary Lou were blessed with two daughters, Janet Elaine in 1948, and Debra Lea in 1951.

Dale’s work career as a heavy equipment operator included working at the Pottawatomie County Shops, the building of Tuttle Creek Dam, missel bases in Council Grove and Concordia, the Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys, Coop Chemical Plant in Lawrence, and various contractors in the Manhattan area.  Dale was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 101 Union.  After retirement, Dale enjoyed volunteering for RSVP of Manhattan and The First Christian Church of Manhattan.  Dale enjoyed traveling, especially in his 5th Wheel Camper, card clubs at Zeandale and Green Valley, coffee groups, spending times with friends, and engaging in a good conversation with whoever was available. Dale was a member of the Serenity Group in Manhattan and the Riley County Senior Services Center.

Dale was a member of The First Christian Church of Manhattan.  He was a life Deacon and served as chairperson of Deacons, preparing communion for Sunday services for over 20 years.  Dale helped prepare and mail the church newsletter for over 25 years.  He enjoyed the Church’s Men’s Breakfast group for many years.

Dale’s life goal was to be the oldest living Webster male. At the age of 91, he reached that goal, and then surpassed it.

Dale is survived by his two daughters:  Janet Webster of Manhattan, Debra Soper (Dave) of Salina, four grandchildren:  Darrin Soper (Allison) of Salina, Danelle Ward of Winter Garden, FL, Audra Stamm (Lenny) of Wamego, Dustin Roudybush (Nicole) of Topeka, 11 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren, brother LeRoy Webster (Verla) of Westmoreland and sister Nila Parks of Manhattan, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife Mary Lou, Dale was preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna Burkman, and grandson Gary Gordon, Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 22, at 1:30 pm at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ben Duerfeldt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Westmoreland Cemetery at Westmoreland, KS.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to The First Christian Church of Manhattan, Interim Healthcare-Hospice of Salina, or Brookdale-Fairdale Senior Living of Salina. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Justine Flohr (Posted 10/18/21)

Justine Kaye Flohr, age 62 of Riley, passed away Friday, October 15, 2021 at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.
She was born on November 10, 1958 in Clay Center, the daughter of H. Warren and Zola Earlene (Lloyd) Sylvester.
On November 26, 1976, she married Dale Edward Flohr.  He preceded her in death on September 21, 2011.
Justine was a housewife, but in her younger years, worked for Farm Bureau and Moorman Feeds.  She was a history buff, studying her family’s genealogy.  She enjoyed spending time waching birds and butterflies, working in her flower garden, watching the Kansas City Royals and helping her son on the farm.
She is survived by her son, Waylon Flohr of Riley and her mother, Zola Sylvester of Leonardville.
In addition to her husband, Dale Flohr, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Dulcie Flohr and her father, Warren Sylvester.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Walsburg Cemetery with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.
Memorials may be made for KJIL Christian Radio and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
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Raymond Anderson (Posted 10/15/21)

Raymond L. Anderson, age 91 of Olsburg, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in the Honstead House at Meadowlark Hills.
He was born on May 26, 1930 in Manhattan, the son of Will and Esther (Nordgren) Anderson.
On December 19, 1950, he married married Maxine Murk.  She preceded him in death on April 30, 2015.
Raymond was a farmer.  He grew up in the Garrison community in the fertile lands of the Blue Valley.  When Tuttle Creek Dam was built, the house his dad and Uncle Oscar had built had to be moved a short distance “up the hill” to protect it from the flood waters of Tuttle Creek Reservoir.  Raymond grew up in the little house on Garrison Road and after he was married, continued to live there with his new bride. This home saw the birth of their daughter, Marie, and many memories were connected to their little farm.  Only when their health was starting to fail did they decide to make the move to town and sell the land and home that had been in their family for so long.  Although it was a tough decision, Raymond and Maxine made the move to town.
Raymond worked in the maintenance department for KDOT for over 25 years.  After his retirement, Raymond enjoyed time spent on his tractor, coyote hunting and mowing the lawn. He also enjoyed reloading and reading his monthly subscription to “Fur Fish and Game”.  He boasted he had been taking the magazine for over 50 years and looked forward to seeing the next issue in the mail each month.  Many may not have known, but Raymond was a pilot.  He was very proud of this accomplishment and continued to talk about the thrill of flying until his last days.  He truly enjoyed his time in the clouds.
He was baptized and confirmed in the Olsburg Lutheran Church.  He was also a member of the Olsburg High School Alumni Association and a life member of the National Rifleman’s Association
He is survived by his brother-in-law, Everett Murk and wife Paula of Blue Rapids; his sister-in-law, Delores Murk of Warsaw, Missouri, and his best friend and ever-faithful companion, his dog “Buddy”.  He is also survived by his many friends and neighbors of the Olsburg community.
He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine Anderson and his daughter, Marie Anderson Douthit.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at the Olsburg Cemetery with Rev. Keith Wiens officiating.
A memorial has been established for Purple Paws of Manhattan.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.
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Elizabeth Baxter (Posted 10/14/21)

Elizabeth Elaine Baxter, age 98, died peacefully October 13, 2021.

Elaine was born in 1923, the second of six children born to Walter and Mae Fisk.  She was Salutatorian of her High School in Byers, KS.

After moving to Manhattan in 1947, she was involved in her church and community activities.  She was an active member of The First United Methodist Church serving as the founder of The Fish Guild, along with numerous committees including United Methodist Women, Pastoral Relations Board, Missions, Kansas East Conference Lay member, Past President of the Acquaintance Club, Church Women United, Church School Teacher and MYF leader.

She was active in her daughters’ Girl Scouts, PTA, and Job’s Guardian and enrolled K-State students for several years.

She was a 50 plus member of The Order of Eastern Star and was appointed to various state and national committees and served as a Grand officer for the state of Kansas. She and her husband were active in the Wolcott Foundation.

She was proud to serve her community and country as a Republican Committee woman for over 25 years. She considered it an honor to vote.

She enjoyed the Konza Prairie Quilt Club, working in her yard and her family.

She leaves behind two daughters, Cheryl Swisher (Rhae), Carol Lowe (Mike), one brother, Irwin Wesley Fisk (Susie), seven Grandchildren, Tina Erickson (Paul), Carolynn Ingram (Dino), Aaron Butler (Lisa), Shaun Loether (Geji), Jenica Loether (Chase), Tawni Wagner (Jeff), and Shambree Lowe (Chris), and 16 Great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Baxter, a daughter, Gloria Baxter-Girtz, one sister and three brothers.

Services for Mrs. Baxter will be private.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Violet May Kelley (Posted 10/14/21)

Violet May (Keck) Kelley; Born December 22, 1929, in Oketo KS, passed away at the age of 91 on October 11, 2021, in Topeka KS.

She was raised on a farm near Oketo in Marshall County with ten siblings.  Her many jobs included gathering eggs and keeping the kindling box full.    She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton (Doc) Kelley, married March 13, 1948, with two infants and one daughter Christina Kay Diaz.

She is survived by: a sister, Hazel (Kelley) (Arlo) Janzen, Hesston KS. Brother, Robert Keck (Shirley), Mona Utah. Four daughters, Phyllis (John) Hupe, Westmoreland, KS, Connie Diggs, Lyons, KS, Kathleen (Mike) Eden, Topeka, KS, Karen McWhirt, (Steve), Lawrence, KS.  Twelve grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren, twenty-eight great, great-grandchildren, and two great, great, great-grandchildren.

Violet was a homemaker, made the best pancakes ever, a house Mother for a State Home for Boys, did laundry for Rebecca’s Lodge, and cooked for a sorority in Manhattan, KS.  Some of the historical events in her life span included the Great Depression/Dust Bowl, World War II, First Moon Landing, Assassinations of John F Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home will provide graveside services on Friday, October 15th, 2021 at 11:00 am at Sunrise Cemetery, 2901 Stagg Hill Rd., Manhattan, KS

In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations to offset funeral costs. They may be left with the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home.

Mary Elizabeth Stiver (Posted 10/13/21)

Mary Elizabeth (Hebrank) Weil Stiver, passed away Oct. 12, 2021 in Manhattan, KS.  Born May 25, 1941 on a rural farm near Wilsey, KS, she was the daughter of Albert Eugene and Mary Margaret (Scott) Hebrank.  On Nov. 23, 1963, she married Jerry David Weil in Council Grove, KS.  She married Harold Eugene Stiver on June 10, 2005 in Manhattan, KS.

Mary graduated from Wilsey Rural High School (1959), Emporia State Teacher’s College (1964) and Kansas State University (1977).  She taught 8 years in Manhattan, Maryland, Illinois and thirty years for Barton Co. Special Services in Ellinwood and Great Bend, KS.  With a love of music, Mary was often involved in solos, musicals, and church choirs.  She was involved with Delta Kappa Gamma, 4-H Leadership and the Kansas Arabian Horse Club.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Stiver, of the home, daughter Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Baxter of Tucson, AZ and son Jason (Kim) Weil of Topeka, KS; grandchildren Rachel Baxter, Jared Weil, Justin Weil; sister-in-laws V. Maurine Hebrank, and Carol (Mike) Warden, of Manhattan, KS; three step-daughters and six step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her only sibling; Kenneth E. Hebrank.

Cremation has taken place and at her request, private family only services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family and a complete obituary may be viewed at: Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502-414916

Memorials are suggested to the Kansas State University Foundation or Good Shepherd Homecare & Hospice in care of the funeral home.

LaRita Mae Currie (Posted 10/13/21)

LaRita Mae (Dinger) Currie, age 85 of Manhattan, died Tuesday morning, October 12, 2021, at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

She was born August 28, 1936, in Wamego, Kansas, the daughter of August and Vivian June (Lytle) Dinger.  Rita graduated from Wamego High School in 1954.

She began her career as a floral designer in Wamego for Gerald and Valda Sackrider at Wamego Floral where she worked until the late 1960’s. She moved to Manhattan Floral and worked for the Patzell family for 30 years until her retirement in the late 1990’s.

Rita enjoyed being outdoors whether she was gardening or cutting firewood with JC. She was devoted to her family and looked forward to “Wacky Wednesday” as the day she spent with her granddaughter Katie.  Other than floral design, Rita’s greatest talent may have been frying chicken, which many that sat at her table enjoyed immensely. “Lefty Liz” (as she was called in high school) could also strum the guitar fairly well.

She loved all of the pets throughout her life but especially their yellow Lab Ben and the extra special cat, Emily.  During retirement, she and JC could be found on Fridays at the American Legion with their best friends, the McAfees, whom they also traveled with throughout the years.

On March 10, 1960, she was married to John Charles “JC” Currie.  JC preceded her in death in 2016.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and six siblings: Lyle Dinger, Kenneth Dinger, June Blenn, Ed Dinger, Walter Dinger, Claris Dinger as well as her sister-in-law Jeanne Powell and special brother-in-law Dale Budden.

Survivors include her daughter Renee Whitney of Manhattan; one granddaughter Katie Dalbey and her husband Dave of Kansas City, MO; two siblings: Patricia “Patty” Gessner of Kansas City, KS, and Marlene Budden of Manhattan; and the joy of her life in her two great-grandchildren: Ivy and Zion Dalbey.

Cremation is planned with graveside services to be held on Friday, October 22, 10:30 a.m. at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan with Reverend Ben Duerfeldt officiating.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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

Richard Cummings (Posted 10/12/21)

Richard Allen Cummings, age 75, of Manhattan, passed away July 24, 2021, at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

He was born July 7, 1946, in Mayetta, the son of John W. and Viola (Jones) Cummings.

Richard lived in Mayetta and Manhattan.

He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan and the Knights of Columbus.

Richard worked as a custodian at Kansas State University until his retirement.

He married Shirley M. Biery at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta on August 24, 1968. They had one daughter Gloria M. Cummings.

Richard is survived by his wife Shirley M. Cummings and daughter Gloria of Manhattan; his sister Mary Ann Waltman of Topeka; his brothers: Theodore Cummings of Washington, and Anthony Cummings of Topeka; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters: Theresa Prochish, Anna Cummings, Margaret Shafer and Vera Cummings; and five brothers: John, Francis, Cornelius, Gerald and Leonard Cummings.

A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 14th, at Via Christi Village Chapel with Deacon Larry Erpelding officiating. Mask will be required at the service. Private family inurnment will be in Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. The services may be viewed through the funeral home Facebook page.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ascension Via Christi Village. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Kevin Dettmer (Posted 10/11/21)

Kevin Leroy Dettmer, age 50 of Randolph, died Thursday, September 30, 2021 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born on October 30, 1970 in Manhattan, the son of Elmer Leroy and Beverly Ann (Dimon) Dettmer.
On August 7, 2004, he married Kyra LeAnn Solt.  She survives of the home.
Kevin worked in the Public Works Department for the City of Manhattan.  He enjoyed watching his children play sports, working around his farm and raising cattle and photography.
He is survived by his wife, Kyra Dettmer; four children,  Kelbi, Kaghen, Kinsley and Kaehl Dettmer, all of Randolph; his father and mother-in-law, Doug and Bobbi Solt of Beloit; his brother and sister-in-law, Jake and Amanda Solt of Beloit and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Beverly Dettmer.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Alert Covenant Church.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, northwest of Randolph.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kevin Dettmer Memorial Fund and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
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Mary Lee Berggren (Posted 10/11/21)

Mary Lee G. Berggren, age 94, of Council Grove, formerly of Manhattan, died Thursday October 7, 2021 at the Diversicare Health and Rehab Center in Council Grove.

She was born on February 9, 1927 in Hubbel, Nebraska, the daughter of LeRoy and Mary (Verley) Young.  She grew up in the Hubbell area and area and graduated from Hubbell High School with the class of 1944.

Mary Lee was married to Clayton Berggren.  They were blessed with two children: Cheryl and Steven.  Mary Lee and Clayton later divorced, he preceded her in death in 2008.

Mary Lee worked many different jobs during her life.  She worked for International Harvester, while still living in Nebraska, while in Manhattan, she worked at the First National Bank for many years.

She was a Girl Scout leader, 4-H Leader, and also helped teach Bible school at church. She enjoyed bowling when she was younger.  Her family will remember her cooking that she loved to do for them, especially during the holiday times.  Mary Lee always loved to go to as many of the activities her kids and grandkids were a part of.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Young and her brother-in-law Dale Compton.

Mary Lee is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Monihen (Aaron), of Alta Vista, and her son, Steven Berggren (Kim) of Lathrop, Missouri; her sisters: Juanita June Compton, of Manhattan, and Helen Marie Schardt (Harlan) of Hebron, Nebraska, and her sister-in-law, Mary Young; and also, her 3 grandkids, 9 great-grandkids, and 2 great-great-grandkids.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday October 14, 2021 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday October 15, 2021 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan.  Interment will follow the service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Zeandale.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary Lee are suggested to the Dementia Society or to a charity of the Donor’s Choice. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

William (Billy) Crook (Posted 10/11/21)

William (Billy) Crook, 73, of Salt Lake City Utah, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was born December 18, 1947, in Colby, Kansas, the oldest son of William V. Crook, Jr. and Margaret Taylor Crook. The family moved to Manhattan, KS when Billy was six months old, and he attended elementary and high school in Manhattan. Billy graduated from Luckey High School Class of ‘66 and attended Fort Hays State University. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge. He worked for many years at Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and resided in Leawood, KS until moving to Salt Lake City in recent years.

Billy was married to Zoila Blanca of San Salvador, Republic of El Salvador. Billy was a free spirit, loved life and loved to travel. He also loved fishing and hunting, enjoyed snow skiing and was an excellent water skier. He was happiest in the great outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Zoila Crook of Salt Lake City, UT; four stepchildren: Romulo Remo Graniello Molina, Larisa Yanina Graniello Molina, Marce Caterina Graniello Molina and Gina Paola Graniello Molina; nine grandchildren in El Salvador; his mother, Margaret Taylor Crook of Manhattan KS; two brothers: Bruce R. Crook (Judy) of Scottsdale, AZ and Tom R. Crook (Lisa) of Irving, TX; and nephew Dave Fehrenbach (Jackie) of Wabasha, MN.

Billy was preceded in death by his father, William V. Crook, Jr., and older sister, Carol Anne Crook.

A memorial service celebrating Billy’s life to be held at St Patrick’s Cemetery in Manhattan, KS will be announced at a later date by 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

Nanci Jahnke (Posted 10/08/21)

Nanci Ann Jahnke, 77, of Manhattan, passed away early Tuesday morning, October 5th, at her home.  She was a homemaker and a retired social worker for the
Riley Co. Health Department working with the WIC program.

Nanci was born in Sewickley, PA on January 29, 1944, the daughter of Mildred (Upole) and Philip  McArdle.  She was married to William Robert Jahnke on June 25, 1965, who preceded her in death on March 7, 1997.  Nanci graduated from West Allegheny High School in Allegheny, PA, and received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA.  She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Manhattan.

Nanci enjoyed gardening her roses, her faith, and her family.  Surviving are her daughters, Elizabeth J. Moore, of Manhattan, Christa E. Jahnke, also of Manhattan, Loring E. Jahnke, of Minnesota, Susan E. Koch, of Oregon, Lynn V. Nelson, of Virginia, and her son William R. Jahnke, II., of Minnesota. Also, surviving is her brother, John McArdle, and sister Sue Dodds; grandsons John (Jack) Moore, Aaron Jahnke, Stephen Jahnke, Karl Jahnke, Kurtis Jahnke; and granddaughters Theresa Herbert, Alexandra Koch, Meredith Koch.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a grandson, Nicholas Moore, and her sister, Roni Millstine.

The family requests that any donations be directed to to help debra of America in their mission to improve the quality of life for all people living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) in honor of her grandson, Nicholas Moore.

To send an online condolence visit the Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation website at

Mike McAdams (Posted 10/06/21)

Mike McAdams, age 64, of Manhattan, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Mike was born December 10, 1956 in Kansas City, KS the son of Martha “Peg” and Stan Fegter and the late Don McAdams. Mike was a 1975 graduate of Manhattan High School and later attended Manhattan Area Technical College. Mike worked for Central Mechanical Construction, retiring in 2019.

Mike was married to Lisa (O’Shea) McAdams in 1981 and celebrated 40 years of marriage this year. They had two daughters, Whitney and Taylor and two grandchildren, Mason and Addison.

Music was a huge part of Mike’s life and he played keyboards in numerous bands. He had a special gift in hearing a melody and being able to play it by ear. He made many lifelong friends playing music. Without music life would be empty. Mike was quick-witted and always telling jokes. He was always willing to help out friends or family and loved working on home projects.

Mike is survived by his wife Lisa McAdams; two daughters: Whitney (Josh) Conard and Taylor (Jarrett) McClain; two grandchildren: Mason and Addison Conard; dad, Stan Fegter, sister, Marcie (Warren) Scipio and brother, Sean (Lisa) McAdams.

He is joined in death with his mom and dad Don McAdams and Peggy Fegter, two brothers, Rick and Mark McAdams, and his best bud, Ralphie the dog.

Funeral service will be held at 10am Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Westview Community Church in Manhattan, with Pastor Brian Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Valley View Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

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Dr. Gerald Mowry (Posted 10/06/21)

Dr. Gerald Lamar Mowry died on Sept 29, 2021 at Bramlage House in the Meadowlark Hills Community.  He was 95 years old.  Gerald was born in the family home in Hoxie, Kansas February 28, 1928 not far from where his grandparents had homesteaded in Sheridan County.  Jerry was a third child of a third child. His 2older brothers and younger sister preceded him in death.

When Jerry was eight, he received faith in his Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized in the Disciples of Christ Church.  Jerry attended school in Hoxie and was the son of two teachers who valued education and expected determination from their children.  His childhood included the Depression, the Dustbowl and WW II.  These experiences shaped his life.

Jerry graduated from high school in Pratt Kansas where his family moved in his junior year.  Soon after graduation Jerry enlisted in the Army to serve in “the chair core” Army Intelligence. He smiled reflecting on flying over the Hump, seeing Mt Everest, or having malaria and waking up in the Sydney Harbor on shipboard.  Because of his classification he learned German and some Chinese. He loved to ask questions in German or engage in conversation with people who might be Chinese.

Jerry attended Washburn and then Kansas University.  There he met the love of his life, Emily Catherine Stewart.  They were married on December 27, 1950.

Dr. Mowry graduated from KU Medical School and had Family Practices in Platte City, Missouri and Hanover Kansas, where his family grew to three children.  In 1960 he returned to Kansas City for further training and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Finishing his studies, Jerry and Cathy moved their family to Manhattan Kansas beginning practice in the Ball Clinic in 1963.  He was a founding member of the Manhattan Medical Center and served on its directorship over his years of medical practice.

Dr. Mowry delivered over four thousand babies in his professional life including a daughter and many of his grandchildren.  In their last conversations with him several thanked him for welcoming them into life or giving them their bellybuttons! He loved his wife and family and enjoyed the home he built for them at 2007 Arthur Drive.  It was a combination of both Jerry and Cathy’s interests in design and comfort. This home brought him joy.  Many community, church and family celebrations were held in it’s red carpeted rooms or green lawned garden.

Later in his professional life, Dr Mowry continued to challenge himself learning laparoscopy and ultrasound to bring these kinds of advances to Manhattan and his patients. Another shared joy was the opening of his solo practice on Anderson Avenue and the founding of Life Choice Ministries.

These two centers of care were opportunities to continues his care, education and support of women and their families in Kansas.

A faithful member of Rotary, he maintained perfect attendance for many years. He also served on the Board of Aglow and Full Gospel Businessmen. Dr. Jerry was a health coach before it was a fashion.  He ran, swam or walked most days.  After the death of his wife, Jerry moved across town to the Meadowlark Hills Community where he lived in Miller House.  Here Jerry could be seen most days walking the halls and working out in the gym.

He loved sweets and told us “All ice cream is good…..some is Better!”

Jerry was a KU alumnus and also a Wildcat Booster for more than 50 years. He loved attending K-State Football and basketball games.

Dr. Mowry was a man of Faith and Science. He reflected often on the miracle of birth and the world inside each cell.  Dr Jerry recognized the threat of the Covid pandemic and took it seriously.

Although he was disturbed by the quarantine and lock-down he observed it with patience and grace. He enjoyed daily conversations with family members and drive- through parades at Miller Place with his great grandchildren.  Dr. Mowry got both of his covid vaccines and was disappointed to miss getting a booster. He wore his mask while pushing his walker in the halls of Meadowlark.

His last days were made more comfortable by the compassionate care of Miller and Bramlage House.

Dr. Mowry is survived by his 4 children, 15 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren. They are Mary Catherine (Randy) Toburen of Topeka, Kansas; Gerald Stewart (Cathy) Mowry of Manhattan, Kansas; Emily (Guido) van der Hoeven of Lawrence, Kansas; Ellen (Michael) Imhof of Avon, Colorado; Grandchildren are Miriah (Russ) van der Hoeven Essman,  Christopher (Amy) van der Hoeven, Stephen Paul Toburen,  Andrew( Arielle) Toburen,  Emily (Lawrence) Mowry Bomback, Derek (Kelsey) van der Hoeven, Gideon( Grace) Toburen, Andrew Mowry, Geoffrey Mowry, Miranda Toburen,  Amanda van der Hoeven, John Toburen, Abigail Mowry, Michael Gabriel Imhof, and Miles Imhof; brother in love, Roger (Grace) Stewart and Richard Stewart, also many beloved nephews and nieces, and their families.

In lieu of flowers, gifts of memorial can be given to the Life Choice Ministries.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Memorial services will be virtual in respect to the concerns for health and transmission of virus.  Dr. Mowry’s son Gerald Stewart Mowry will have a tribute in memory of his father virtually at 3:00 P.M. Friday, October 8th.  The tribute may be viewed through the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home Facebook page.

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Donald Foster (Posted 10/06/21)

Donald E. Foster, age 83, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Sunday, September 19, at The Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan after a long battle with heart disease and leukemia.

Don was born October 20, 1937, at home near Penalosa, Kansas, the son of Eldon and Dorothy (Miller) Foster. Don married Barbara James of Valley Center, Kansas, in 1959.

Anna Mae (Ann) Merrill Zidek and Don were married in 1982. She survives, of the home.

He is also survived by seven children: David Foster (Vicki), Redington Shores, Florida; Robert Foster, Manhattan; Susan Foster (Joe), Manhattan; Carol Wiggins, Clarksville, Tennessee; John Zidek, the Dominican Republic; Jeff Zidek (Lolly), Kaneohe, Hawaii; and Alan Zidek (Jennifer), Parker, Colorado; and 17 grandchildren: Kayla Faccone, Amber White, Rachel White, Anela Lee, Aolani Zidek, Puali’i Zidek, Jessica Zidek, Maija Zidek, Justin Foster, Joshua Foster, Simon Foster, Blake Foster, Breanna Foster, Gunnar Foster, Maxwell Foster, Trey Foster, and Christopher Foster. Fifteen great-grandchildren also survive.  Don’s brothers are Ned Foster (Darleen) of Colorado Springs and John Foster (Brenda) of Phoenix, Arizona. He, his brothers, and cousins remained close through the years.

Don graduated from Langdon High School in 1955 and Kansas State University, with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture in 1960, and a Master of Science in educational administration in 1961. He taught junior high math and science in Clay Center, Kansas for two years. During 1963-1965, he was the high school principal in Burlingame, Kansas.

In 1965, he started work as assistant director of records at Kansas State University. He worked in the Admissions and Records office for 40 years and was the University Registrar from 1968 until he retired in 2005. Don belonged to honorary associations Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key, as well as professional associations the Kansas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO) (President 1984) and the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO.)
He was on the Board of Trustees of Manhattan Christian College. Don joined Gideons International in 1992 and was Gideon State President from 1999-2002. He joined the board of Ecumenical Campus Ministries, where he was chairman for five years. In 1983, he became a member of First Christian Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher, deacon, elder, and treasurer.

Don enjoyed reading novels and watching K-State football and basketball, Royals baseball, and Kansas City Chiefs football. Watching his children and grandchildren in theater and sporting events was especially important to him. He loved having his family around and enjoyed taking them out to eat. With his grandkids, he liked playing cards and games and putting together puzzles. “The Little Mermaid” puzzle was worn out at his house.    He also liked to travel while his health was good. After he retired, he and Ann toured Alaska; at the millennium, they were in Hawaii.

Besides staying in contact with his cousins, he met with his former college co-workers — the Kitchen Crew. They worked at the Van Zile kitchen together while in college and continued to meet over the years. The 8 a.m. MWF McDonald’s coffee group was special to him also.

A celebration of Life service will be held at First Christian Church, 3001 Grand Mere Parkway, Manhattan, Kansas on October 11 at 11 a.m.  Inurnment will be October 12, Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas. The family suggests any donations be directed to the Gideons International or First Christian Church or Good Shepherd Hospice House, sent in care of Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz Ave. Manhattan, Kansas, 66502.

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Donald Shorman (Posted 10/05/21)

Donald Elvin Shorman, age 94, of Harrison, passed away at his home on Saturday, September 25, 2021.  The son of William F. and Lauretta V. (Sumners) Shorman, he was born at home on July 25, 1927, in Manhattan, Kansas. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lauretta Shorman, sister, Betty Shorman, brother, Bill Shorman.
While being a farmer most of his life and a man of faith, Donald was an avid antique collector. He also believed in education and this belief led him to receive a BSE in Elementary Education from Kansas State University in 1955 and a Masters Degree in 1958 from Northern Colorado University. The degrees gave Donald the opportunity to serve 23 years as the principal at grade schools in the Chapman School District in Kansas.  He spent a year in a one room school in Green, Kansas before going into the Army from 1950 to 1952 where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War, and after the war he went to Keats, Kansas for one year, then Talmage, Kansas as a teacher, coach, and principal, then six years as principal of four schools, Upland, Talmage, Manchester and Blue Ridge. He loved his family, students and especially his 7th and 8th grade basketball teams.
Donald is survived by his wife, Barbara Robinson Shorman, who he married April 14, 1990; his children, Judy Shorman of Galveston, Texas, Martin Shorman and wife Belinda, of Lawton, Iowa, Della Shorman Brower and Mark Brower of Galveston, Texas, and Irven Shorman and wife Lulu of Wakefield Kansas; his step-sons, Ben Robinson of Harrison and Brian Robinson and wife Amanda of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Jason, Jesus and Heidi Shorman, William and Wyatt Robinson, Dillon and Heidi Robinson and Shannon Stephens; great-grandson Dillon Shorman; brother, Dwaine Shorman, sisters, Jane Arents and Lalla Steenbock, Mother of his children, Marion Shorman.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery, north of Riley with Pastor Gerry Sharp officiating.  The Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 5580 Highway 392, Harrison, Arkansas 72601 or The Historical Society of Talmage, 2978 Main Street, Talmage, Kansas 67482.
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Ryan Hawkes (Posted 10/05/21)

Ryan Michael Hawkes, age 34 of Manhattan, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 at his residence.
He was born on January 20, 1987 in Neodesha, the son of Gary Maurice and Nancy Jo (Mueller) Hawkes.  He graduated from Salina South High School in 2005 and was confirmed into Christ the King Lutheran Church in 2001.
On June 8, 2013, he married Aimee Rachel Hoffman.  She survives of the home.
Ryan was a fabrication worker for R Tech Tool and Machine in Wamego.  He enjoyed spending time with his boys, fishing, hunting, smoking meat, canning, gardening and most recently, woodworking.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Carsten and Cameron Hawkes of the home; his parents, Gary and Nancy Hawkes of Salina; one sister, Stephanie Fairclough and husband Brent and their son, Logan of Salina; his grandmother, Audrey Beemer and husband Wilbur of Tuscon, Arizona; his father and mother-in-law, Kevin and Ronna Hoffman of Manhattan; one sister-in-law, Erica Hoffman of Manhattan; three brothers-in-law, Lance Hoffman of Manhattan, Casey Hoffman of Manhattan and Lucas Hoffman and wife Allison of Richfield, Minnesota and four nieces and nephews, Maple, Rexton, Paxton and Royce.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Werner and Maxine Mueller and Maurice Hawkes; one uncle, James Mueller and one aunt, Nancy Kay Mueller.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Friday.  Burial will be in the Sunrise Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ryan Hawkes Memorial Fund to go to his sons education fund and left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
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Shanell Ebert (Posted 10/03/21)

Shanell Belle Ebert, age 27, of Manhattan, died September 25, 2021.

She was born May 13, 1994, in Manhattan, the daughter of Dustin D. Johnson and Kimberly D. Ebert.

Shanell graduated from Manhattan High School in May 2012. She had also received a certification from Rasmussen College in Healthcare Management on Oct 29, 2020. She was also an ordained Pastor.

She was the Office Manager for Abbott Management. She also did a lot of arts and crafts
projects for friends and family.

Shanell loved being outdoors and enjoyed spending time with her children in all kinds of outdoor activities.

She is survived by her three children: Kaveh Ebert, Zaveena and Keziah Bobian; her father
Dustin Johnson and his wife Christy of Wamego, KS; her mother Kimberly Hodges of Kalispell,
MT; five siblings: Ryan Johnson, Seth Johnson and Aubrey Johnson all of Wamego, Dorian and
Mathias Hodges both of Kalispell, MT; and Dan Miller, Jessica Miller, Shahtiah and Shahtivia
Campbell and Taqourian Goodridge.

A Celebration of Shanell’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, October 9th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. The services will be broadcast live through the funeral home Facebook page.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses. Contributions
can be sent to Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS

Jerry Walker (Posted 10/01/21)

Jerry Keith Walker, 77, of Manhattan KS, passed away peacefully Monday, September 27, 2021, with family by his side.

Jerry AKA Walker was born in Sherman, KS on April 5, 1944, the son of the late Arlene Ruth (Frazier) Walker and James Lawrence Walker. He attended and graduated from the Riverton, KS High School in 1963. He was the husband of Marita Lee (Gamino) Saunders, they have been together 31 years

Walker has two daughters from a previous marriage, Elizabeth Chiles of O’ Fallon, Missouri, and Catherine Czarnecki and her husband Matt of Warren Michigan. A sister, Nita, widow of Clayton Sizemore, of Wichita, KS. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Elijah Chiles, Noah Chiles, Gabriel Chiles; Gavin Walker Enzweiler, Sophia Czarnecki, and a whole mess of nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Annabelle (Walker) Stevens, Jimmy Walker, Arnold Walker, Gayle Walker. Jerry never met a stranger and enjoyed the shooting range, NASCAR racing, woodworking, auctions, ice cream every night, hearing about his grandchildren’s activity’s and taking off on his Harley with Marita

Visitation will be Saturday, October 2, from 1 PM to 4 PM at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation located at 1317 W. Poyntz Ave. Manhattan KS 66502

The family requests any donations be directed to the Good Shepherd Home Care and Hospice, 3801 Vanesta Dr. Manhattan, Kansas 66503. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Sherman City Cemetery, in Sherman Kansas. To send an email condolence visit

William Smallwood (Posted 10/01/21)

William Thomas Smallwood, 83, of Manhattan, passed away Sunday, September 26th, at the Ascension Via Christi Health Hospital. He was retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service. After retirement William attended Kansas State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and later worked for the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University.
The viewing will be held at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home in Manhattan on October 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Graveside services will be held on October 5th at Kansas Veterans Cemetery at 1:00 pm in Manhattan.

William T. Smallwood was born in Dayton, Ohio on May 1, 1938, the son of the late Mary L. Smallwood (Smith) and William W. Smallwood.  He is survived by his wife Young Smallwood, and son William Smallwood, wife Katherine and daughter Vicky Pultz, husband Sean.  Survivors also include sister, Katherine (Kay) Daniels, grandchildren Tanner, Allee and Samuel Smallwood, and Zee and Haley Pultz, and great-grandchild Charlotte Smallwood.

While serving in the U.S. Army, he received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

The family requests any donations be directed to the Vietnam Veterans or to the Alzheimer’s Association.  To send a condolence online to the family, go to  The family is being assisted with arrangements by Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation.