Obituaries

Jeraldine Steinlage (Posted 7/22/19)

Jeraldine (Jerri) Helen Steinlage (Leavitt) was born in Arkansas and grew up in a military family.  She attended Manhattan High School and Kansas State University.  Jerry was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan.

She passed way Friday night, July 19, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family, just as she wished.  She was a devoted mother and grandma and always put her family first, it was important for her to take care of her parents when they fell ill.

Jerri had a great sense of humor, she loved to read and day dream, and enjoyed playing games.  She successfully created and ran a day care center for ten years, she also worked for a period of time for the U.S. Census.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Helen Leavitt, and her little brother, James W. Leavitt.

Jerri is survived by her sons, Bradley McCabe (Sophia), Robert Mitchell (Jennifer), and Steven Mitchell; her grandkids: Stacey, Jeremy, Samuel, Nicholas, Kaden, Paige, Samantha, Adriona, Ryleigh, and Robert Jr.  Also her nieces; Megan, Cathy, Jackie, and Maggie; her nephews, Brad and Andy; her brothers: Carlton, John, Joseph Peter; and her sisters: Stella and Susan.

A Parish Vigil Service with the Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday July 23, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel.  The family will greet friends following the Vigil Service until 7:30 p.m.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday July 24, 2019 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, with Father Kerry Ninemire as the Celebrant.  Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Jerri to the Neurofibromatosis-2 Research.  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

Mildred Luann Cramer (Posted 7/22/19)

Mildred Luann Cramer was born on April 27th, 1931 to Rae and Mabel Culver of Kansas City, Kansas.  Luann passed away peacefully on July 20th in Leawood, Kansas.

She grew up in Kansas City Kansas and attended Wyandotte High School, where she was a member of the Owls.  Next, it was on to Kansas State University as a Delta, Delta, Delta sorority member.  After a few college years, she married Ted Maupin, who was a non-commissioned Air Force officer. That nomadic life suited her well because she always loved to travel as a child, which is not surprising because her father was a conductor with the Union Pacific railroad.
Once the Air Force chapter ended there were two more stops; Scandia, Kansas and Beatrice, Nebraska.  Finally, the family headed back to the beautiful Flint Hills of Manhattan, Kansas.
Her life was full there where she not only managed the energetic lives of her four children but was active in local politics, the Manhattan Regional Airport, House Board of the Delta, Delta, Delta, sorority, and eventual emeritus Trustee of the Kansas State University Foundation Board of Trustees.  She also traveled throughout Europe and the United States and loved to cook, garden, play golf and actively participate in any card game, especially bridge.
Her fondest childhood summer memory was traveling by railroad to Belleville, Kansas to visit her “Grandma Mac”, receiving a silver dollar from her grandfather on the town square and being showered with love from her “Big” Uncle Dan.  She has been loved and will be missed greatly.
Luann is survived by her sister, Sandra Vader; two sons, Brad and Clay Maupin; two daughters, Kim Sweet and Sue Maupin; two stepdaughters, Gayle Heller, and Teresa Cramer; one stepson, Robert Cramer; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas.  Fond memories and condolences may be shared at the funeral home website, irvinparkview.com

Case Artman Bonebrake (Posted 7/22/19)

Case Artman Bonebrake, age 97, joined his sweetheart Marie, as well as his daughter, Veronica in heaven on June 13, 2019. He was born at home in Ash Rock Township, Rooks County, Kansas, the son of Josiah and Edna (Artman) Bonebrake. He married Marie Veronica Rizek November 14, 1942. She passed September 27, 2009.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Avalon Ruth Melton.

Case excelled in every endeavor to which he was called: school, marriage, parenthood, military and career. In high school he called signals in football from his tight end position. At Kansas State he was in Blue Key, the outstanding 13 senior men’s honorary designation and a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering before serving as a B-24 pilot in Italy in WWII earning a Bronze Star. He obtained a second degree in Business Administration from KSU upon his return from the war, which might not have occurred had his parachute not absorbed several pieces of flack while bombing Ploesti. He helped Fritz Knorr coach little league baseball in Manhattan for many years. Automobiles were a passion of his and the family driveway and street were lined with his prizes making parking in the garage a skill to be mastered. He was a skilled sports car rallyist, winning several national rallies with Jim Baran and Marie. Because of his curiosity and engineering training, he acquired a 300 SL Mercedes gullwing that no one, even the dealer, could get to run. It took him about a day to fix it.

On his 93rd birthday he celebrated by completing a tandem sky dive out of a perfectly good airplane. Even recently, when travel was more difficult, he communicated with his children and grandchildren by email, sharing jokes and enjoying pictures.

He was the physical plant director at KSU for over twenty years before moving to Tucson, Arizona for a similar position in 1980. He was national Physical Plant Administrators president on two separate occasions. Case and Marie returned to Manhattan in 2007 where they enjoyed life at Meadowlark Hills until her passing in 2009.

He is survived by his sister, Gladys (Dinnie) Ashcraft, Indiana, son, Charles Richard of Topeka, and daughter Cynthia of California, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Celebration of Life Reception will be held at Meadowlark Hills -Community Room, 2121 Meadowlark Road in Manhattan on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00a.m., with inurnment later that day at Ash Rock cemetery near Woodston, Kansas.

A memorial for Case and Marie Bonebrake has been established at the Kansas State University Foundation. Contributions may be sent to KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Ste 200, Manhattan, KS 66502, please indicate fund M47266. To make a gift online, go to www.ksufoundation.org/give/memorials.

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

Patricia Duggan (Posted 7/22/19)

Patricia Duggan, age 83, of Manhattan, died July 17, 2019, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

She was born March 5, 1936, and was adopted by Elmer and Pauline (Lukins) Whitham.

Patricia graduated from Madison High School in 1954, and then earned her Registered Nursing Degree from Newman School of Nursing in Emporia, KS, in 1957.

On May 21, 1960, at Assumption Church in Reading, Kansas, she was married to Andrew Patrick “Pat” Duggan. Patricia worked as a Registered Nurse at the Newman Hospital in Emporia and at Memorial Hospital in Manhattan. She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Patricia enjoyed watching sports and game shows on TV and doing crossword puzzles.  Most of all she was devoted to her family.

Survivors include her husband of Manhattan; four children: Diane Stumpf of Auburn, KS, Andrew Patrick Duggan, Jr., of Manhattan, James Joseph Duggan of Manhattan, and Ronald Francis Duggan of Shawnee, KS, and their spouses; two siblings: Milton Tyler of Big Run, PA, and Colleen Goodloe of El Paso, TX; five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Patricia was preceded in death by three siblings: James Benz, Norma Bishop and Angie Lane.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 23rd, at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church with Father Kerry Ninemire as Celebrant.  Interment will follow in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

A Parish Vigil will be held at 6:00 P.M. Monday, July 22nd, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel.  The family will receive friends following the Vigil until 8:00 P.M. at the 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 Catholic Charities.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Nancy Bratt (Posted 7/17/19)

Nancy Elizabeth Bratt, age 69, of Manhattan, died July 16, 2019, at her residence.

She was born on May 27, 1950, in Crown Point, Indiana, and lived most of her life in Indiana, and had lived in Manhattan for the past 9 years.

Nancy was married to Dennis Bratt, and they later divorced.

She had worked as a bank teller and then for Federal Civil Service at Fort Riley with the SW Civilian Personal Operations Center, retiring in 2004.

Survivors include her son Robert Bratt of Junction City and her grandson Wyatt McBride.

Cremation is planned with services at a later date in Indiana.

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, KS 6502, is handling local arrangements.

Clayton Burgess Sr (Posted 7/17/19)

Clayton Burgess Sr., age 58, died Saturday July 13, 2019 in Kansas City.

He was born on September 22, 1960 in Martins Ferry, Ohio.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

The family will also greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Saturday July 20, 2019 at the All Faiths Chapel at Kansas State University.  The Funeral Service will follow at 10:30 a.m.

To leave the family an online condolence and also the view the full obituary notice please go to 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 funeral arrangements.

Fay “Andy” Atchison (Posted 7/17/19)

Fay “Andy” Atchison, 75, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

He was born in Peoria, IL on April 20, 1944, to Callie (Guthery) and Ray Atchison.
He attended High School at Champagne High, before joining the military. He served in the U.S. Army as a MSG during the Vietnam War. During that time he earned 2 Bronze Stars one with the 1st Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal; an Army commendation medal; and a good conduct medal.

On January 21, 1972, he married Betty J (Emal), Atchison. Together they had seven children.

He was a member of Westview Community Church.

Andy worked as a Traffic Manager at Ft. Riley Civil Service until his retirement.

He is survived by his two daughters, Angela (Ted Point) Portz, of Nampa, ID; Diana (Scott) McElwain, of Manhattan, KS;  his four sons Scott (Elisa) Portz, of Independence, MO; Kit (Lisa) Portz, of St. George, KS; Douglas Atchison, of Citra, FL; Chip (Tina) Portz, of Odessa, MO;  three sisters, MaDonna Bailey, of Mahomet, IL;  Carol Atchison, of Lake City, FL; Joann Barone, of Loudon, TN. two brothers, Arthur “Bud” Atchison, of Lady Lake, FL; Roger Atchison, of Mansfield, IL; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty Atchison, and daughter LaTanya Klissus.

Funeral Service will be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at Westview Community Church in Manhattan, KS. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM on Friday, July 19, 2019. Interment with Military Honors will be immediately following the service at Sunrise Cemetery Manhattan, KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Good Shepherd Home Care and Hospice 3801 Vanesta Dr. Manhattan, Kansas 66503.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Helen Chelikowsky (Posted 7/17/19)

Helen Anne Chelikowsky, formerly of Manhattan, died July 1, 2019 in Austin, Texas. 

Helen was born April 5, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio.  She had been a Manhattan resident for over 60 years.  

In 1936, she married Joseph R. Chelikowsky in Buffalo, New York.  Joseph and her son Richard preceded her in death. 

Survivors include her son James and his wife Ellen of Austin, Texas, her daughter-in-law, Jeanne Chelikowsky of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,  six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Helen was cremated.  The family will hold private inurnment services at Sunrise Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the KSU Foundation –  J.R. Chelikowsky Scholarship Fund.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Thelma Tilley (Posted 7/17/19)

Thelma Nadine Tilley, age 89, died Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Leonardville Nursing Home in Leonardville, Kansas.

She was born on August 4, 1929 in Oak Grove, Missouri, the daughter of Arnold and Jewel May Melvin Allen.  She attended schools in the area and graduated from Bethany (Missouri) High School with the class of 1947, where she lettered all four years in volleyball.

Thelma was united in marriage to Harry Jene Tilley on September 28, 1947, in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  He preceded her in death on July 25, 1996.  They made their home in Bethany, Missouri before moving to Manhattan, Kansas in 1964.

Thelma was a devoted wife and mother, and worked raising her family.  She also worked in retail at TG&Y and the McCall Pattern Company.  She was an avid sports fan and loved to attend her sons’ baseball and football games.  She was a loyal follower of the Kansas State Wildcats and the Kansas City Royals.  She was a talented and competitive bowler, and she and Harry enjoyed playing in local leagues.  The family was fond of camping.  Thelma had a soft spot in her heart for animals, and spoiled her tiny poodles.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Everett Allen and Leona Evelyn Allen Peterson, infant twin daughters Marla and Karla Tilley, and sons John Lee Tilley and Allen Jene Tilley. 

Thelma is survived by her children: son Andy J. Tilley and his wife Dinah of Wamego, Kansas, daughters, Ila Jeannette Haile of Topeka, Kansas and Jewell Annette Bojorquez of Ogden, Kansas; daughter-n-law, Cindy Tilley of Pratt, Kansas, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her friends at the Leonardville Nursing Home who provided such loving care to her and her family, especially during her last week.

Thelma requested that no services be held.  Private burial has taken place.  The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Thelma to the Leonardville Nursing Home.  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

Clayton Neilson (Posted 7/8/19)

Clayton Lee Neilson, 19, of Manhattan, KS, passed away on, Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Clayton was born in Parsons, KS on May 14, 2000, to Shawn (Mills) Neilson.

He loved to be with his family and friends. He also loved to draw, play video games, go swimming, assist with the Special Olympics, and attend camp.

Clayton is also survived by his parents Shawn Neilson and Kenneth Neilson (Mary Neilson), two sisters, Tori Neilson, and Haley Neilson, his Grandparents: Ronald & Paula Mills and Bill & Jan Neilson; also his loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation. Visitation will be on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Catherine Jones (Posted 7/08/19)

Catherine Jones, age 76 of Hillsboro, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Hillsboro Community Hospital.

She was born on August 6, 1942 in Slater, Missouri, the daughter of Gyles and Mary Catherine (Nix) Coleman.  She graduated from Slater High School in 1960.

On November 3, 1967 in Kansas City, Missouri, she was married to Larry Earl Jones, Sr.  He preceded her in death in 2012.

Cathy was very proud of her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them.  She was a talented pianist and organist, playing at church and home for enjoyment.  She was wonderful at baking and enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble and gardening.

She is survived by one daughter, Kristi Lynn Rohaus and husband Casey of Kechi; one son, Larry Jones, Jr. and wife Virginia of Spring Hill; six grandchildren, Larry F. Jones and wife Kaley, Caitlyn Rohaus, Kathleen Rohaus, Nathan Jones, Carlie Joe Rohaus and Brooke Jones; two great grandchildren, Malakai and Memphis Jones and one sister, Carolyn Tillotson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in the Bala Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to HOK Baptist Association Disaster Relief Fund.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Ron Moore (Posted 7/05/19)

Ron Moore, age 54 of Clay Center, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Clay County Medical Center.

He was born on December 16, 1964 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Jerry Cortland and Ellen Kay (Shuler) Moore.

On August 25, 1990 in Hays, he was married to Donna Marie Unrein.  She survives of the home.

In his younger days, he was a member of ROTC and while living in Amarillo, Texas, Ron was a police officer and security officer.  Later in life, he became a locksmith.  He was a lifetime member of the NRA, Gun Owner’s of America and the 2nd Amendment Foundation.  He enjoyed working on the farm, hunting and working on cars with his sons.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Gary Moore of Kearney, Nebraska and Ben Moore of Clay Center; his mother, Kay Moore of Clay Center; his father, Jerry Moore and Mary of Shepherd, Montana and one brother, Christopher Moore and Shannon of Billings, Montana.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Tuesday.  A private family graveside service will be held at the Rexford Cemetery in Rexford, Kansas.

A memorial fund for Ron has been set up for the family at United Bank and Trust in Clay Center.  Contributions may also be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Marilyn Mall (Posted 7/05/19)

Marilyn Mall, age 61 of Leonardville, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital.

She was born on November 6, 1957 in Wichita, the daughter of Frank Marvin and Jeanette (Adams) Ulbrich.  She graduated from Valley Center High School and went to college to play basketball, but her college career was cut short due to an injury.

Marilyn loved working on the farm and enjoyed making art out of metal.  She cooked for many people in Leonardville and the surrounding areas and was a friend to so many and would help anyone that was in need.

She is survived by her two sons, Dustin Mall and wife Shelby of Clay Center and Scott Mall and wife Elizabeth of Derby; two grandchildren, Remington Mall of Clay Center and Calvin Mall of Derby; her mother, Jeanette Ulbrich; two brothers, David Ulbrich and wife Sue of Valley Center and her twin, Marvin Ulbrich of Valley Center; two sisters, Mary Terrill and husband Chuck of Eagle Rock, Missouri and Marsh Frank of Tenimo, Washington and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Ulbrich.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Terrill officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Monday.

A memorial has been established for Relay for Life.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Laura Strenkowski-Facey (Posted 7/2/19)

Former Kansas resident, Laura L. Strenkowski-Facey passed away unexpectedly at her home in Manhattan, Kansas on June 24, 2019.

A former Resident of Upstate New York and Washington State, Laura was a loving friend, eccentric individual, but most of all, a devoted mother. At a very early age, her personality would brighten every room she entered. She often took care of her younger sisters, which transitioned into becoming an amazing mother. Her children remember her as a quick witted, loving, selfless mother.

Laura was born in Troy New York, and attended grade school In Albany NY. She attended College at Adirondack Community College and Oswego College, both which are located in Upstate New York. Her bright and energetic personality made it easy for her to work in multiple career fields. Most notably she worked for Prudential Manor Home Real Estate in Queensbury, NY.

Laura will be deeply missed by her Father and Mother, Samuel and Lucinda Massey, She leaves as her legacy one son and three daughters. Trevor Facey, Kiira Facey, Ashley Facey, and Taliia Facey. She also leaves to cherish her memory three sisters: Jackie Valigorsky, of Granville, NY, Crystal Wutzke, of Hudson Falls, NY, and Angeline Howk and her husband Christopher Howk, of Hoosick Falls, NY. She also had several loving nieces and nephews that will forever cherish memories of their aunt. She will also be missed by her ex-husband: Paul Facey.  She is preceded in death by her grandfather LaVern Davis.

The family will receive friends at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation in Manhattan, KS

Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Charles Kramer (Posted 7/1/19)

Dr. Charles L. “Bud” Kramer, age 91, of Manhattan, died Wednesday June 26, 2019 in Manhattan.

He was born on April 4, 1928 in Leavenworth, Kansas the son of Charles F. and Mary (Chmidling) Kramer.  He attended and graduated from Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1946.

Bud served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952.  He attended the University of Kansas receiving both a B.S. and PhD in biology. Upon graduation Bud spent one year at Western Illinois University as a professor in the biology department before he was hired by Kansas State University where he proceeded to spend the next 40 years as a professor of biology/mycology and researcher in the Department of Biology until he retired as professor emeritus in 1998. After retirement Bud continued to do research and study the effects of the wheat rust fungi in the Great Plains.

On July 6, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas, Bud was united in marriage to Velta Schreiber.  She survives at their home in Manhattan, Kansas.

Bud and his wife, Vel,have been involved in dog training since 1963 and have been members of the Manhattan Kennel Club for over 50 years where Bud served as training director and taught training classes. He has trained and shown six different breeds of dogs in both obedience and breed. In August 1984 Bud began writing the first of a series of articles on dog agility and then wrote a book describing his concept of the sport. In 1987 that very same book won Bud the distinguished honor of of Dog Writer’s Association of America award for Best Care and Training Book. In 1988 Bud and Vel established the first organized dog agility  program in the United States, the National Club for Dog Agility (NCDA). The club certified judges, awarded titles and approved over 100 agility trials per year. Bud authored a quarterly newsletter for the club which eventually grew into a magazine, The Contact Line. Bud published this magazine for 8 years until his Dog Agility program was transferred to the United Kennel Club (UKC) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bud’s final mark in the world of dog training came when he conceived the basic concept of Rally Obedience in 2000. Rally-O as it came to be known was presented to the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2000 and was soon adopted by AKC as a non-regular event in 2003. In 2004 Bud transferred the rights to Rally-O to the American Kennel Club. Bud is considered by many to be the Father of Dog Agility.

Bud was a member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan and attended Mass weekly.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marian.

  In addition to his wife of almost 68 years, he is survived by his daughters, Lou Ann Claassen (Dale), of Manhattan, and Lisa K. Mancin (Mark), of Platte City, Missouri; and his grandchildren, Charles Tristan Mancin, Jordan Rose Mancin and Andrew Steven Mancin.

  A Vigil Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday June 30, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel in Manhattan.  The Family will greet friends following the Vigil on Sunday until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2019, at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, with Father Kerry Ninemire as Celebrant.

  Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Lansing, Kansas on Tuesday July 2, 2019.

  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Seven Dolors Catholic Church or the Manhattan Catholic Schools. Contributions may be left in care the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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

Wes Overturf (Posted 7/1/19)

Wesley Thomas “Wes” Overturf, age 35, of Manhattan, died June 26, 2019.

He was born April 4, 1984, in Mena, Arkansas, the son of Wesley Ray Overturf and Tammy Lynn Peters.

  Wes graduated from Manhattan High School in 2002.

  He started working construction immediately following high school graduation and had a passion for the work that he did. For the last 7 years, he had worked for Fox Home Innovations, most recently serving as Director of Production. He also bartended part-time at Willie’s Hideout in St. George.

  Wes was extremely passionate about the people close to him and he was well known as the guy that was always having fun and trying to bring a smile to the face of everyone around him. In his free time, he enjoyed playing guitar, growing his awesome beard and spending time with his family and friends.

  On October 1, 2005, in Manhattan, he was married to Erin Dawn Hunter.  She survives of the home.   Additional survivors include his two children: Austyn and Peyton of the home; his parents: Tamara Joyce and her husband Bob of Manhattan, and Ray Overturf of Hot Springs, Arkansas; five siblings: Eric Prockish of Manhattan, Justin Joyce of Topeka, Kansas and Madison Trudo (Lane) of Macon, Georgia, Cathy Kordsmeier of Conway, Arkansas, Shawn Overturf of Mena, Arkansas, mother-in-law Sheryl Siegle (Vickey) of Manhattan; father-in-law Jerry Hunter of Manhattan; Step-Father, Jerry Prockish of Manhattan; grandparents: Eileen Prockish of Manhattan;  numerous aunts, uncles, extended family and his Fox Home family. Wes was preceded in death by grandparents: Anna Janette Schnell, Thomas E Peters and Norman Prockish.

  Cremation is planned with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, July 1st, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. Celebration of Life will be at the Lake Elbo Clubhouse on July 12th, 2019 at 6pm.

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

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wes Overturf Children’s Education Fund.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Darin Rundquist (Posted 6/30/19)

Darin Mark Rundquist, age 52 of Leonardville, passed away June 23, 2019 at his residence.

He was born on March 29, 1967 in Colorado, the son of Dolan Paul and Barbara Ann (Trumpp) Rundquist.

Darin was a natural caregiver and devoted the last several years to taking care of his parents.  He had a tender heart for animals and enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and golfing.

He is survived by his sister, Krista Schoonover and husband Jerry of Loves Park, Illionois; his niece, Jessica Schoonover of Loves Park, Illinois and many extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Rundquist on June 8, 2015 and his father, Dolan Rundquist on September 26, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2019 at the Alert Covenant Church with Pastor Dwight Diller officiating.  A luncheon will be held at the church immediately following the service.  Private family inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alert Covenant Church.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Virginia Peck (Posted 6/27/19)

Virginia E. (Engert) Peck, age 95, of Manhattan, died June 24, 2019, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

  She was born November 3, 1923, in Manhattan, the daughter of John L. and Martha (Gaede) Engert.

  Virginia graduated from Manhattan High School and attended business school.

  She was married to John B. Becker, they later divorced.

  After business school she moved to California and worked as a medical secretary until retirement in 1988.

  In 1965, she was married to Galen T. Peck.  He preceded her in death in 2014.

  Survivors include her brother Phillip L. Engert of Manhattan; daughter Wendy S. Means of Lakeport, CA; step-sons: Gene Peck of Batavia, Ohio, and Keith Peck of Princeville, HI; four nieces and their families; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and numerous cousins.

  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, July 1st, at the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, with The Very Reverend A. Patrick Funston officiating.  Family and friends are invited to meet at 10:30 A.M. Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home to form a procession to the cemetery.

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

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

Lyle Dixon (Posted 6/27/19)

Lyle was born Feb 28, 1924 to Clyde and Floris Mowery Dixon on a farm in Kill Creek Township in Osborne, County Kansas. He attended country school at Twin Creek School and later at Osborne, Kansas. He graduated from Osborne High school in 1942 where he met his wife Carol R McNeal.  They were married later that year.

He enlisted in U.S Navy in December 1942 serving in the Pacific aboard U.S.S Savo Island, a CVE aircraft carrier until 1945. The ship participated in several invasions in the Philippines, including the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The ship earned the Presidential award for valor.

Following his service he attended college on a GI bill at Oklahoma State University earning a BS in electrical engineering and MS in mathematics He later attended the University of Kansas earning a Ph. D in Mathematics Education. In 1963 he joined the Faculty at Kansas State University where he specialized in training secondary Math teachers and Elementary Teachers. He wrote 2 textbooks, Basic Mathematics and Mathematics for Elementary Teachers.  He was awarded NSF grants for in-service training of teachers. He retired Professor Emeritus from KSU. Overall he spent 52 years in the classroom.

He loved to fish and hunt, participated in ham radio. He was a life member of the American legion, VFW, National council of teachers of mathematics, member and former president of the Solar Kiwanis, member of Sons of the American Revolution and active member of the Republican Party.  He also served as a member and chairman of the City Planning board and Urban Area Planning board in Manhattan. 

He taught Sunday school at various Methodist churches before moving to Manhattan where he joined the First United Methodist church. As a member for over 50 years he served on many committees, the financial board and as a youth leader.        

He is survived by his wife Carol R Dixon, daughter Madelyn C. (Terry) Short, daughter Cheri L. (Billie) Vines, grand children: Brian (Amy) Hood, Erin Hood, Jessica Vines (Chris) Guild, Bruce Vines, Taren Vines, Sean (Christina) Wells, Samantha Wells (Eric) Nott, four Great Grandchildren, Brayden Wells, Dixon Nott, Katherine and Audrey Hood.

He was preceded in death by parents and daughter Denise A. (Greg) Wells.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 28th, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, with Reverend Melanie Nord officiating.  Graveside services will be held at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, June 29th, at the Osborne Cemetery in Osborne, KS, with Reverend Dorothy Ellsworth officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, or the First United Methodist Church in Osborne.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Carol Steelsmith (Posted 6/27/19)

Carol Marnette Steelsmith, age 79, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away Friday afternoon, June 21, 2019 at Stolzer House/Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, Kansas.

Carol was born October 28, 1939 in Long Island, Kansas. She was the oldest child of Richard and Lucille Parker and was preceded in death by both of her parents.

On October 24, 1958, she was united in marriage to Melvyn Steelsmith, who preceded her in death on January 12, 2018.  They enjoyed 59 years in marriage together, and shared homes in Phillipsburg, Abilene, Topeka, and Manhattan, Kansas.
She is survived by twin siblings: Blaine Parker (Marilyn) of Sylvan Grove and Elaine Nuzum (Paul) of Phillipsburg; 3 children: Curt (Becky) of Manhattan, Rick of Wichita, and Sheri of Tampa, Florida; and 4 grandchildren: Bradley, Kayla, Kyle and Brelle.

In the early years of their marriage, Carol worked at the hospital in Abilene, and at Security Benefit Life and the Topeka Area Vocational Technical School in Topeka.  She joined Mel in working at BG Consultants in Manhattan, Kansas, where they were fortunate to have worked together for many years.  In her later years she worked various jobs to keep herself busy and really enjoyed her work at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home.

In the 1960’s they were part of a card group that formed with their very special friends in Abilene.  The group met monthly for many years, and to this day continues to meet periodically.  Their longtime friendship over the years has included many celebrations from births to golden wedding anniversaries.
Over the years Carol was very active in all the churches that she attended, and really enjoyed her involvement in many capacities at the First Baptist Church in Manhattan for the past 40 years.  She was a member of their Wednesday Prayer Group for 15 years and had a small group of women from the church that met regularly for meals, trips and fun get-togethers.

Carol loved the role of mother and grandmother and cherished the time she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren, whether it be crafting, visiting the zoo, traveling, or just enjoying their company.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019, from 6-8pm at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan, Kansas.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 2121 Blue Hills Road, Manhattan, Kansas.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Manhattan or Meadowlark Hills Parkinson’s Program (Manhattan, Kansas).

Mark Kline (Posted 6/25/19)

Mark A. Kline, age 69 of Manhattan, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

He was born on March 14, 1950 in Gothenburg, Nebraska, the son of Bruce M. and Dorothy Catherine (Heuer) Kline.

On March 2, 1977, he was married to Patty Jean Steider.  She survives of the home.

Mark was a jack-of-all trades.  He held an assortment of jobs throughout his life, most recently being an investment advisor for Waddell and Reed.  He enjoyed life to the fullest and was an adrenaline junkie.  He loved riding his Harley and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Kline of Manhattan; his daughter, Kelli Smith and husband Ryan of Manhattan; three grandchildren, Peyton Smith, Hayden Smith and Reece Smith all of Manhattan; two brothers, David Kline and wife Jeanine and Kent Kline and wife Marian, both of Gothenburg, Nebraska and one sister, Kandace Speer and husband Brad of Covington, Virginia.

Mark was proceeded in death by his parents and his son, Casey Kline.

Private family graveside services will be held at the Sedalia Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Toys for Manhattan.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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

Bryant Keith Artis Posted (6/25/19)

Bryant Keith Artis (Brandy, Big B, Keedie), 60, of Suffolk, VA, and Manhattan, KS, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019, in Pittsburg, KS.

Bryant was born in Suffolk, VA on February 13, 1959, the son of Rosa Mae Artis and James Artis.

After high school, he was in Job Corps and then went into the US Army. While stationed in Ft Riley, KS, he met and later married Cynthia (Birdsong), Artis. Though their thirteen year union resulted in divorce, they remained good friends.  Through this union, he is survived by two daughters Tychelle Schie’rre Jones, Manhattan, KS, and Audrey Lynne Artis, Manhattan, KS. His three grandchildren who loved their PaPa dearly; De’Shon Tyrelle Vassol, Manhattan, KS; DaTasia Danyelle Vassol, Manhattan, KS; and JeNiyah Schie’rre Jones, Manhattan, KS.

He had various different job skills which he used throughout the years.  Bryant loved music, hanging with friends and family, and most recently going to the casino with his girlfriend.

His other survivors include:

His mother Rosa Mae Artis (VA); brother Landa Artis (VA); brother Marvin Artis (NY); brother Donald Artis (VA); sister Deborah Artis-Esley (VA).

His girlfriend of eight years and caregiver through his illness up until his death, Terri Lowder.

A host of cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents and father James Artis.

A Celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation. Burial to follow at the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery.

Memorials in his name may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

Larry Gene Wilkinson (6/21/19)

Larry Gene Wilkinson 78, of Clay Center, Kansas passed away on June 20, 2019, in Manhattan, Kansas.

Larry was born in Washington, Kansas to Raymond and Bernice (Elliott) Wilkinson on January 5, 1941.

He married Peggy Simnitt on December 24, 1961, in Morrowville, Kansas.

He worked on Bridge Construction, was a Truck Driver and a Welder for many years.

Larry is survived by his wife Peggy Wilkinson, Daughter Christy (David) Balfour, Daughter in law Lori Wilkinson. Grandchildren Shaun (Hillary) Wilkinson, Danielle (Curt) Judd, and Madisyn Balfour. Great Grandchildren Benjamin Wilkinson, Abigail Wilkinson, and Brooklyn Judd. Brothers Paul Wilkinson and Ronald Wilkinson.

Larry is preceded in death by his Parents, Sister Wanda Rhine, Brothers Dale Wilkinson, Donald Wilkinson, Phillip Wilkinson, and two Sons, Terry Lee Wilkinson, & Randy Gene Wilkinson.

The family of Larry Wilkinson wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the Wroten House of Meadow Lark Hills.

Burial will be at Morrowville City, Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.