Obituaries


 

 

Albert Menhusen (Posted 11/28/20)

Albert Menhusen, 86, Wamego, KS passed away on Friday, November 27 at Valley
Vista Good Samaritan Society in Wamego, KS.

On November 5, 1934, Albert was born to Benard and Mildred Menhusen in Jewell
County, Kansas. He attended Jewell High School and following graduation in 1952,
he served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to
Constance (Connie) Braden on April 6, 1958 at the Glen Elder Methodist Church.

Albert worked for 40 years in the grain elevator business. He began his career with
Peddicord Grain and was the Wamego Farmer’s Union Coop Wamego Branch
manager until his retirement.

Albert was an active member of the Louisville Methodist Church and was a church
youth sponsor. Coaching a Pony League baseball team Albert installed lights on the
Louisville field. He served as Mayor of Louisville in the 1970’s and was instrumental
in bringing rural water and sanitation to the area. Carrying the United States Flag in
the Wamego 4 th of July parade for the Harold Johnson American Legion Post was a
great sense of pride for Albert. He was a member of the Louisville Odd Fellows
Lodge.

An avid outdoorsman, Albert enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed coin
collecting and searching for Native American artifacts in the area. His extensive
collection of artifacts can be seen at the Kansas Historical Museum in Topeka. He
was a bowler in the Wamego League and enjoyed playing cards with Connie in
several clubs.

Albert is survived by his two daughters, Angela Knackstedt (Scott) of Lenexa, KS and
Tamara Kenagy (Robert) of Topeka, KS, and four grandchildren, Joseph Knackstedt
(Kim) of Washington, DC, Hannah Kenagy of Washington DC, Rebekah Knackstedt
(Caleb) of Portland, OR, and Rachel Kenagy-Williams of Fayetteville, NC.

He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, four brothers: Gordon Menhusen, Paul
Menhusen, Junior Menhusen, and Ronnie Menhusen, and one sister: Thelda Yapp.

A private family burial at the Louisville Cemetery will be held. In lieu of flowers, the
family has suggested memorials to the Wamego High School Kansas Honor Flight,
and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547.
Condolences may left at: www.stewartfuneralhomes.com

Margie Prichard (Posted 11/28/20)

Margie Bell Prichard, age 87 of Riley, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.
She was born on November 5, 1933 in Crockett, Texas, the daughter of Thomas Hadden and Irene Evelene (Parsons) Buller.
On October 17, 1970 in Austin, Texas, she married Hal Prichard.  He preceded her in death on April 13, 2010.
Margie was a secretary at the Riley County High School for many years and enjoyed her time as a coach’s wife and sports mom.  She was a member of the Riley Presbyterian Church, Kansas Association of Educational Office Professionals and was a Boy Scout leader.  Some of her hobbies include, crocheting, sewing, reading and puzzles.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald Prichard of Olathe and Robert Prichard of Scottsdale, Arizona; one daughter, Peggy Jeane Goldsmith of Austin, Texas; one sister, Bessie Kellum of Crockett Texas; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Thomas H. Buller, Jr. and her son-in-law, Bob Goldsmith.
Respect calls may be made from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  The funeral will be recorded and posted on the funeral home website shortly after the service for anyone that is unable to attend.  Burial will be in the Riley Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Riley Presbyterian Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Donald Philippi (Posted 11/27/20)

Donald J. Philippi (Don), 96, of Bushton, KS passed away, Monday, November 23, 2020 at Meadowlark Hills, Bramlage House where he was for two weeks, after a brief hospital stay at Via Christi. Donald received exemplary care by the caregivers and staff at Meadowlark.

Donald James Philippi was born April 14, 1924 in Home, Kansas the son of Bernell and Hazel Philippi. Donald saw Naval Service in WWII in 1943. While in the Navy he met the love of his life, Shirley Barleen and they married in Los Angeles, CA in May 1944.  They made many amazing memories in their 64 years of marriage. After his military service, he farmed briefly. He then went to work for Northern Natural Gas Company and Hydrocarbon Transportation Division where he spent his career of over 30 plus years.

Donald thoroughly enjoyed his retirement of 34 years with his beloved wife, family and friends. Don and Shirley loved spending summers in Colorado camping in their RV. During the time they spent in the mountains, they enjoyed visits from their family and would fish, raft and take in the beautiful scenery.

Don had a passion for being outdoors, hunting and fishing year round. He always looked forward to spending time with friends and family, as well as his coffee group where he spent many mornings, “solving world problems”. Don was very knowledgeable about Dodge trucks and it was no surprise to those who knew him well, that he was one of the best customers at the local dealer. Even at the age of 94, he was one of their toughest negotiators. In the last few years of his life, Don took great joy in spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his brother, Norman Philippi, son, Michael Philippi (Cheryl), daughter-in-law, Dianna Philippi, and three grandchildren: Renee Arensberg (Jim), Jamie Philippi (Karina), and Cody Philippi; and four great grandchildren: Bella Philippi, Aidan Arensberg, Kaya Philippi and Kenzi Philippi.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Philippi, his son, Darrell Philippi, his parents, Bernell and Hazel Philippi, and his brother, Dwayne Philippi.

Due to the pandemic, a private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, December 1 at 2:00 pm, Clifton IOOF Cemetery, Clifton, KS.

Respect Calls can be made on Monday, November 30 from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm, at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Bushton First Responders, Bushton, Kansas. Contributions may be sent 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

Richard Gibson, Sr. (Posted 11/23/20)

Richard Martin Gibson, Sr., age 70 of Riley, passed away October 24, 2020 at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.
He was born on October 28, 1949 in Oakland, California, the son of Richard George and Joan (Drummard) Gibson.
On November 12, 1993, he married Susan Abbott.  She survives of the home.
He worked for the Boston Herald for 15 years before moving to Manhattan  and owning Wildcat Taxi in Manhattan for 7 years and many other jobs in between.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, Richard M. Gibson, Jr. of Greenville, South Carolina, Frank Gibson of Riley, Sean Gibson of Riley, Christopher Gibson of Florida and Ron Abbott of Manhattan; seven daughters, Cynthia Gibson of Junction City, Shannon Getchus of Derry, New Hampshire, Jennifer Clemons of Springfield, Massachusetts, Stephanie Owens of Lowell, Massachusetts, Ashley Hinshaw of Junction City, Haley Gibson of Tallahassee, Florida and Lindsay Owens of Fort Myers, Florida; 25 grandchildren, including Chelsea Gibson of Tallahassee, Florida that he raised for 16 years; four great grandchildren and one brother, Michael Gibson
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in the Riley Cemetery.  The Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
A memorial may be made to the Richard Gibson Memorial Fund.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Pamela Willms-Geisler (Posted 11/23/20)

Pamela A. Willms-Geisler, age 60 of Alma, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.
She was born on September 1, 1960 in Wichita, the daughter of Arnold John and Marilyn Nadine (Frank) Willms.
On September 5, 1998, she married Thomas Charles Geisler.  He survives of the home.
Pam was caregiver to so many people and loved her animals.
In addition to her husband Tom, she is survived by two brothers, Ronnie Willms of Smyrna, Tennessee and Steve Willms of Wichita.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Cremation is planned with a graveside service being held on December 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
Memorials have been established for the Good Shepherd Hospice House and T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Benjamin Franklin Sours (Posted 11/22/20)

Benjamin (Ben) Franklin Sours, 86, passed away Monday evening, October 26, 2020. A Graveside Service will be held on November 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Spring Creek Cemetery, near Fostoria, Kansas. Memorials can be made to American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110. Or online at www.sids.org .  Please include “In Memory of Benjamin F. Sours”. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Joyce Nelson (Posted 11/20/20)

Joyce Ann Nelson, age 82, of Manhattan, died November 19, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi
Hospital in Manhattan.

She was born July 25, 1938, in Manhattan, the daughter of Charles Lake, Sr. and Rachel Marie
(Schiller) Lake.

On December 9, 1956, she was married to Melvin Dale Nelson. They were the second couple
to be married in the then new St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Joyce worked in food service at the Kansas State Student Union for 20 years, and was known
for being able to improvise recipes.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. She has also volunteered as a 4-H Leader,
project leader for 4-H and was a camp supervisor at Rock Springs.
Joyce enjoyed gardening, roses and flowers, her yard art, quilting, patching her family’s jeans,
collecting key chains, baking cookies for her grandchildren, Conway Twitty, Dale Earnhardt and
watching “Top Gun”.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin on May 31, 2010. She was also preceded in
death by her parents and five siblings: Charles Lake, Jr., Mildred Moore, Carl Lake, Everett Lake
and Glenn Lake.

Survivors include her two children: David E. Nelson and his wife Beth of Memphis, TN, and
Julie Wasinger and her husband Daniel of Fort Collins, CO; eight grandchildren: Deborah,
Matthew, Hannah, Brandon, Mikayla, Madison, Dylan and Hunter; one great-grandson Gabriel;
and four siblings: Lula Zeiber and her husband Larry, Jim Lake, Dannie Lake and his wife Linda
and Raymond Lake and his wife Judy.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church with
Reverend Michael J. Schmidt officiating. To view the service you may go to the Yorgensen-Meloan-
Londeen Facebook page. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery southeast of
Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-
Londeen Funeral Home.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Contributions may be
left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan,
KS 66502.

Betty Say (Posted 11/19/20)

Betty Lou Say was born on April 29, 1927, on a farm north of Ogden, Kansas, the daughter of Asa and Mildredth Say.  She grew up on the farm south of Riley, Kansas, and attended the Grant School.  She graduated from the Riley Rural High School in May of 1944.

She went to work at SW Bell Telephone Co. in Manhattan after graduation in May of 1944.  She married Joe Swinney in Manhattan on April 9, 1946, they were later divorced in 1949.   She then married Dean Niemeier on June 2, 1952, also in Manhattan, he died on January 28, 1977, in Manhattan.  On April 7, 1979, she married Clifford Walters also in Manhattan.

Betty retired from SW Bell Telephone Co. in March of 1982 with 27 years of service.  Clifford and Betty enjoyed camping, fishing, square dancing, golfing, and attending the grandchildren in their sports games.  After Cliff’s retirement, they traveled some and spent 18 years wintering in Mission, Texas.   They loved to watch and attend K-State sports (football and basketball) and the KC Royals on TV.  Cliff died on April 9, 2008.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, son Ron Niemeier, 2 sisters Helen Thompson and VerlaMcMillan.

Survivors are her son Todd Niemeier and wife Rhonda of Blue Rapids, Kansas; grandson Asa Niemeier, Blue Rapids, Jennifer, Richard, and Nick. Stepson Jeff Walters and wife Jennifer of Manhattan; stepdaughter Gail Dennis and husband Danny of Pueblo, Colorado; step-grandchildren Jessica Toland, Jake & Kelly Walters, Jason, Steve, and Aaron Sawyer; 13 great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Joan Heim of Leesburg, Florida and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

There will be a private graveside service at Sunset Cemetery.  Memorial donations in Betty’s memory to the Ashland Community Church may be sent to the church or the Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation. To send an online condolence visit the funeral home website at www.irvinparkview.com

Ilene Colbert (Posted 11/17/20)

Ilene Marie (McClure) Colbert, age 92, of Manhattan, died November 15, 2020, at Meadowlark Hills
Retirement Community.

She was born September 14, 1928, at Wabaunsee, Kansas, the daughter of Ulis and Stella (Bach)
McClure.

Ilene grew up in the Tabor Valley Community south of Zeandale and went through 8 th grade at Tabor
Valley School, and then went to Manhattan High School, graduating in 1946.

She was married to Earl Junior Colbert on September 15, 1946, in Manhattan.

Ilene worked for Coles Military Store for two years, the Junior High Cafeteria for four years, the Riley
County Treasurer’s Office for two years, and for 19 years at the Riley County Clerk’s Office. She served
at the Riley County Clerk from 1989 to 1997. She was also the Elections Coordinator working with
approximately 400 people and performing the duties prescribed by the state for elections.

Ilene was also a member of the First Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council, was a member
of the PTA while children were in school, BPW and the Republican Women.

Ilene had traveled to Mexico, Jamaica and 32 states, enjoyed crafts, fishing, working in her yard and
taking walks. Most of all Ilene loved her family and attended all of her children, grandchildren and great-
grandchildren events.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl Junior Colbert on May 16, 2003. She was also preceded
in death by her two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her three children: Deanna Anderson, Roxie Pelfrey and her husband Darin and
Vaughn Colbert all of Manhattan; five grandchildren: Todd and Shawn Maguire, Kinsey Griffin, Ian and
Dusty Moore; 12 great-grandchildren: Brittni Champion, Casey Maguire, Erin Shearouse, Hunter, Ella,
Brianna, Reagan, Colter and Isaac Griffin, Tyrus and Cy Moore, and Logan Moore; three great-great
grandchildren: Adrianna and Dominik Champion and Ronin Maguire.

Private family services will be held. Burial will be in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. The service
may be viewed through the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home Facebook page at 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday, November 18 th .

Family and friends are invited to come by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home from 8:00
AM to 8:00 PM Thursday, November 19 th , to pay their respects for Ilene.

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

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

Marcia Wikoff (Posted 11/17/20)

Marcia A Wikoff, 88, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 15, 2020. Services are private at the behest of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in care of Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Donald Tidquist (Posted 11/16/20)

Donald Lee Tidquist, age 81, of Manhattan, died November 11, 2020 in Wamego.

Don was born on December 11, 1938 in Blue Rapids, Kansas, the son of Thure and Flossie (Mitchell) Tidquist.  He graduated from Cleburne High School in 1957.

He served in the United States Army from 1957 until 1960.  Don worked for many years as a repairman for the United Phone Company.  He retired after 32 years.

Don enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors.  He loved to sit and relax spending time with family and friends drinking a beer and visiting about life and events.  He was a good hardworking and caring man.

Don is survived by his wife, Laura Phillips, of Manhattan; step-children, Ron Phillips (Linda), of St. George, Rick Phillips (Vickey), of Ohio, Donna Hatfield (Roger), of Claude, TX, and Darla Paquette (Dennis) of Amarillo, TX; also his sister, Betty Mullet, of Manhattan, and his nieces Lisa and Nancy, and his 18 step-grandchildren, 29 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-great grandchild.

Private services will be held for Donald at the St. George Cemetery.  A public service will be held at a later date when it is safe for all to attend.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Good Samaritan Society- Valley Vista Nursing Home in Wamego.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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

Patty Duffy (Posted 11/16/20)

Patty Rose Duffy, 73, of Manhattan, KS, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Patty was born in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 3, 1947, to Wilda (Coggins) and Denton Higbee.

She spent her early life in Cowley County, Kansas on the family farm and attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse.  In 1958, the family moved to Tribune, Kansas.  She graduated from Greeley County high school in 1965 and went on to attend Cowley County Junior College where she graduated with an associate’s degree.

Patty moved to Manhattan in 1969 working in various positions around the town.  She worked as a bookkeeper for over 30 years at Goetsch-Irvine Motor Company, and for the past several years at Manhattan Motors.

Patty was an avid K-State fan, attending the K-State Women’s Basketball games for several years as a season ticket holder and many home football games.  She enjoyed fishing, boating, and relaxing on any body of water. She also loved planning trips with her sisters and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.

She was a long time member of the First Christian Church in Manhattan, where she was a dedicated volunteer and leader. She loved the friendships she had with the congregation and especially with the women in the Russell Group/Faith Sisters Group.

Patty is  survived by her two daughters, Jennifer (Greg) Piazza, of Dallas, TX;
Ange (Kurt) Jones, of Wichita, KS; her sisters, Billie Ochsner, and Kay Crow, and her grandchildren Kaylin Jones and Kyle Jones.

She is preceded in death by her sister Shirley Jacques, an infant sister Sandra Lee Higbee, and her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Christian Church in Manhattan on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 2:00 pm. It will also be live-streamed https://www.facebook.com/fccmanhattan and https://www.youtube. com/channel/UCZDjaANuLttjDzOLG4REOsA .
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the First Christian Church Faith Sisters Group.  Please add “Patty Duffy” to check the memo and mail to 3001 Grand Mere Parkway, Manhattan, KS 66503. Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, www.irvinparkview.com, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Nancy Haldeman (Posted 11/16/20)

Nancy Rae Haldeman, age 68 of Manhattan, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.
She was born on July 23, 1952 in Westmoreland, the daughter of Howard and Ena Mae (Maskil) Strifler and graduated from Westmoreland High School.
On April 17, 1971 she married Craig Haldeman.  He survives of the home.
Nancy was an underwriter for Farm Bureau Insurance Company from 1970 until 2013 and worked at All About Quilts from 2012 until 2019.  She was a member of the Sedalia Community Church, where she served as chairman of the church and as a Sunday school teacher and was strong in her Christian faith.  Her biggest hobbies were quilting and spending time with her grandsons.  She loved sitting outside enjoying her flowers and hummingbirds.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Danelle Woodard and husband Jesse of Manhattan; four grandsons, Jace, Brendon, Kadrick and Mason Woodard of Manhattan; two sisters, Linda Smith of Manhattan and Donna Carley and husband Danny of Wamego and one brother, Dave Strifler and wife Sharon of Westmoreland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Robert Smith.
Respect calls may be made from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Sedalia Community Church with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  Burial will be in the Sedalia Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for the Sedalia Community Church and Good Shepherd Homecare and Hospice.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Virginia Garwick (Posted 11/13/20)

Virginia May “Ginger” Garwick, 88, of Manhattan, KS, passed away Wednesday evening, November 11, 2020, at her residence.  She is survived by her husband of 69 years, John Zook Garwick, and one sister, Gwen Jennen of Federal Way, WA.

Ginger was born in Minneapolis, MN, on April 14, 1932, the daughter of the late Frances Eleanor (Wynn) and Harold Richard Smithson.  She was a member of the University Christian Church in Manhattan.

Ginger will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who gave unconditional love to her entire family.  She was a daycare provider for 30+ years.  She loved bowling, sewing, and knitting, and was an avid reader.  She was an active volunteer for many years for Mercy Hospital, Medi-mates, and Meals on Wheels.  Ginger was a member of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of the ESA Sorority, the Hi-Wives Club, and multiple bridge playing clubs.  She and her husband were recipients of the Volunteer Service Award from Mercy Hospital and the 2001 Little Apple Chorus Award of Harmony.

Ginger is survived by two sons, Ken (Cindy) Garwick of Manhattan and Tim (Celinda) Garwick of Panama City, FL; two daughters, Lori Garwick of Manhattan and Heidi (Terry) Francis of Manhattan; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

A Celebration of Life will be announced later with inurnment at Sunrise Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the University Christian Church, Manhattan, KS, or Accord Hospice of Manhattan, KS.

Ron Wichman (Posted 11/12/20)

Ronald (Ron) Wichman, age 84 of Clay Center, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the Clay County Medical Center.
He was born on March 13, 1936 in Greenleaf, Kansas, the son of George and Leona (Reed) Wichman.  He graduated from Green High School and played football, proudly wearing the number 60.  Following high school graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force for five years and was based in the state of Washington.
He married Peggy Appleton and they had three children, Mike, Don and Julie.  They later divorced.
On October 12, 1988, he married  Donna Fencil and he gained four more daughters and a son.
Ron worked for Leiszler Oil Company for 43 years.  He was a member of the American Legion and also the Elks for several years.  He loved to hunt and fish in his younger years with his brother and family and enjoyed going to the casinos, but most of all the horse races.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Wichman of Clay Center; his children, Mike Wichman and wife Terri of Alvin, Texas, Donald Wichman and wife Sandy of Wichita, Julie Nelson and husband James of McPherson, Doris Beck of Rogers, Arkansas, Deb Simone and husband Kirk of Silver Lake, Brenda Richards and husband Dan of Manhattan, Mike Fencil of New Cambria and an adopted daughter, Kathy Schaefer and fiancé Dennis Rightmeier of Manhattan; two sisters, Betty Nail of McPherson and Mary Babcock of Cairo, Missouri; two brothers, Chester Wichman of Clay Center and Jim Wichman of Mount Pleasant, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert (Bob) Wichman and one sister, Peggy Goff.
A private family graveside service will be held in the Greenwood Cemetery with Herb Mugler officiating.  The Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers,  memorials may be made to Meadowlark Hospice.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.

Ellah Robinson (Posted 11/10/20)

Ellah Robinson, 73, of Houston, TX, passed away, Tuesday, October 13, 2020. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 1:00 PM, at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation with burial to follow at the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Donald Cassel (Posted 11/10/20)

It is with great memories and heavy hearts we convey the sudden loss of Donald Leo Cassel, 71, of Olsburg, Kansas.  Don passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from a heart attack at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kansas.

Don was born on December 28, 1948 in East Chicago, Indiana, to Leo and Thelma (Arthur) Cassel.  After his parents’ retirement, they moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas, where Don graduated from high school.  He joined the US Army, serving from 1969 to 1978 and was stationed at Fort Riley when he was honorably discharged as a Sargent E5.  Don made Olsburg his home and this is where he “Sandcassel” met his wife, Karen Lee Williams, his CB radio buddy, “Southpaw” in July 1977.  They were married on July 2, 1978.Don worked as a mechanic for Bayer Construction, Shilling Asphalt, Auto Craft Shop at Fort Riley, as well an owner and operator of D&K Service in Olsburg.  He retired in 2015, from the Pottawatomie County Shop, after working there for over 15 years as a purchasing agent.

Don was a member of the Olsburg American Legion and served on the Olsburg Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, serving as Olsburg Fire Chief for over 20 years.  Don was his children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan while watching them compete in football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball, and always sat front row for music concerts and school plays.  Don, with Karen’s supervision and instruction, recently completed the renovation of their 1920’s home “the red house.”  Don also enjoyed woodworking and playing Sudoku puzzles.

In addition to his wife, Karen, Don is survived by three sons, his two daughters, seven grandsons, nine granddaughters and one great granddaughter:  Jeremy Cassel, Ryan, Carolyn and Ella; Aric and Amy Cassel, Allie, Abby and Aric “AJ”; Dustin and Emily Cassel, MacKenna, Campbell, Norah, Parker and Duncan all of Olsburg; Donna Storm of Tonganoxie, Marcus and Kim Willis and Acelynn, and Tanner Willis; Bridget (Carl) Benedick of Kansas City, Robert Carter, Amber Moore and Connor Moore.  His sister, Jackie Cassel of Olsburg; mother-in-law, Joann Williams; brothers-in-law, Kevin (Calvette) Williams, Keith (Lynda) Williams, Kent (Deb) Williams all of Olsburg; sister-in-law, Kathy (Jeff) Rootring; many nieces, nephews and dear friends also survive. We would be remiss if we did not mention his faithful Boxer companion, Ziva.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Cassel; his father-in-law, Lee Williams and his brother-in-law, Karl Williams.

Don was deeply loved by his family and friends.  He was known for helping anyone in need, his sense of humor and always having a good story to tell.  Don was a dear friend to many and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date, when it is safe for all who would like to attend.  The Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Don are suggested to the Olsburg Fire Department, 422 North 2nd Street, Olsburg, KS 66520, Olsburg American Legion, 316 2nd Street, Olsburg, KS 66520, or to the charity of your choice.

Velda Root (Posted 11/10/20)

Velda J. (Reiff) Root, 84, of Manhattan, KS passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020. Arrangements are currently pending and have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation. 

Daniel Gieber (Posted 11/9/20)

Daniel Joseph Gieber passed away in Clovis, California on October 27, 2020.

He was born on August 22, 1940 to Leo and Lola Gieber in Manhattan, KS. He married Mardee Lee Rodewald on May 19, 1962 at St. Patrick’s Church in Ogden, KS. He graduated from Manhattan Luckey High School and then Kansas State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Known as “Danny Joe” family and friends, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mardee Lee, parents Leo and Lola, siblings Betty, Floyd “Bud”, and Tony.

Daniel is survived by his adoring sister Lois Gieber Dougherty of Sneads, Florida; children Karen Danna (Carl) of New Orleans, LA; David Gieber (Staci) of Danville, CA, grandchildren Gabrielle Danna and Ryan Danna of New Orleans, LA; Nickolaus, William, and Nathaniel Gieber of Danville, CA and Katherine Koh of Danville, CA.

Dan will always be remembered as a fervent hobbyist throwing himself whole heartedly into his interests.  Over the years his interests included photography, competitive chess, bicycling, and competitive shooting.  In his later years, he became a computer enthusiast, building computers and volunteering his time to teach computer skills to senior citizens.  He will be deeply missed by his loved ones.

A Vigil Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday November 14, 2020 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ogden.

Mass of Christian Burial will follow the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.  Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Ogden.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in his memory to the organization of your 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 www.ymlfuneralhome.com

Karen Wertin (Posted 11/6/20)

Karen Marie Wertin of St. George, Kansas passed away peacefully in her home on October 23rd, 2020 at the age of 69.

She was born July 26, 1951, in Wathena, Kansas, to Carl and Rosalie (King) Silvey.

Karen graduated from Wathena High School in 1969, and married John Wertin on September 23, 1972 in Wathena, Kansas. She was a caring stay-at-home mother and housewife, who had a love for all animals, and had a spunky spirit enjoyed by many.

She and John moved to Manhattan, Kansas in the spring of 1976, where they established their chiropractic clinic, Alternative Health Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her father Carl, and is survived by her mother Rosalie, her brother Carl “Mike”, and her sisters Carla and Tammy.

Karen and John have two children, Shannon (Todd) Ruder and John Michael Wertin. They also have six grandchildren, Seth (Kelley), Hanna (Brandon), Blake, John, Abby, and Joe, and two great grandchildren, Lincoln and Hadley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday November 13, 2020 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Pierre & Juliette Streets, Manhattan, Kansas. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday November 12, 2020 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas. A Vigil Service/Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Flint Hills Breadbasket 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.

Bernice Leidig (Posted 11/6/20)

Bernice Ann Leidig, age 91 of Clay Center, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the Salina Regional Health Center.
She was born on February 28, 1929 in Bala, the daughter of Edward and Letha (Myers) Parry.  She graduated from Riley Rural High School.
On December 11, 1949 in Topeka, she married Warren L. Leidig. He preceded her in death on January 4, 2011.
Bernice was a homemaker who enjoyed being on the farm, working with her husband and caring for her cats and dogs.  She was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church
She is survived by two sons, Warren Allen Leidig of Clay Center and Mark Duane Leidig and wife Sandi of Clay Center; two sisters in law, Myrna Parry of Topeka and Kay Leidig of San Antonio, Texas; one granddaughter, Becki Oberhelman; three great grandchildren, Kasi, Morgan and Ali and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Phillip Parry.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. The funeral service will be recorded and posted on Bernice’s personal page on the funeral home website shortly after the service concludes.  Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Clay County Animal Rescue and Education Center (CCARE). Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.apfunerals.com.