Category Archives: Obituaries

Daniel V. Tillman II, 46, Overbrook: Sept. 19, 1973 – Aug. 1, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Daniel “Dan” V. Tillman II, 46, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at a Kansas City hospital. Dan was born Sept. 19, 1973, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Daniel and Sharon (McGahey) Pagan. He was raised by Jose Pagan.

Dan attended Santa Fe Trail schools. Dan attended the Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship. Dan enjoyed fishing, camping and watching westerns.

Richard Hugh Hamlin Sr., 74, Osage City: July 18, 1946 – July 29, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Richard Hugh “Dick” Hamlin Sr., 74, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Vintage Park Assisted Living, Osage City, Kan. Dick was born July 18, 1946, in Salina, Kan., the son of Henry Hugh and Violet May (Butts) Hamlin.

Their family lived in several communities, including Neodesha, Kan., Chandler, Ariz., Berthoud, Colo., Bel Plaine, Kan., and Marion, Kan. He graduated from Marion High School, and he later attended Garden City Junior College. He later graduated from Emporia State University with his bachelor’s degree. Dick also served in the United States Army Reserves.

Betty Anna Crook, 67, Burlingame: Oct. 11, 1952 – July 30, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Betty Anna Crook, 67, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, July 30, 2020. She was at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born Oct. 11, 1952, the youngest child of Carson Richards and Hazel Richards (Carroll).

Betty attended Cross Road Community Church, Scranton, Kan., where she played the piano and was active in children’s ministries. She taught in the Burlingame, Kan., school district, and she retired in 2018 after teaching for 30 years.

Darleen E. Trimble, 88, Gridley: Feb. 13, 1932 – July 23, 2020

GRIDLEY, Kan. – Darleen Evelyn Trimble, of Gridley, Kan., died Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was 88. Darleen was born Feb. 13, 1932, in Morganville, Clay County, Kansas, to Cecil and Muriel (Worley) Sump.

Darleen’s husband of 70 years, Ival Trimble, passed away recently on June 20, 2020.

Nancy Hollis, 66, Burlingame: Nov. 16, 1953 – July 14, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Nancy Hollis, 66, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at her home in Burlingame, Kan. She was born Nov. 16, 1953, in Burlingame, the daughter of William and Mildred Kelly Griffin.

Nancy lived a short time in Burlingame before moving to Riverton, Wyo., where she graduated from high school. She had also lived in Colorado before moving back to Burlingame 12 years ago.

Dee Ilene Richman, 80, Topeka: March 1, 1940 – July 19, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Dee Ilene Richman, 80, Topeka, Kan., passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020. She was born March 1, 1940, in Topeka, the daughter of Clarence and Nettie (Gifford) Helstorm.

On Sept., 4, 1955, she married Norman “Cowboy” Richman at the chapel on Forbes Field. She was a dedicated military wife while Cowboy was deployed in war with the Air Force.

James Harold Thurman, 82, Lyndon: Feb. 18, 1938 – July 17, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – At the age of 82, James Harold “Jim” Thurman went to join the love of his life and best friend, Sandra, in the presence of the Lord on July 17, 2020. Sandra had gone ahead of him in 2017 after 60 years of marriage. Jim was born Feb. 18, 1938, in Jenkins, Mo., to Joel and Nellie Audrie Thurman.

Jim worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 30 years in the Tulsa, Little Rock, and Kansas City districts.

Karen Sue Wessel, 62, Burlingame: Dec. 5, 1957 – July 18, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Karen Sue Wessel, 62, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at her home in Burlingame, Kan. She was born on Dec. 5, 1957, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Ted and Una Prost.

On June 30, 1989, Karen was married to Michael Wessel, in Burlingame.

Karen found happiness in baking and cooking for anyone and everyone. She had a garden every year and would can anything and everything she could to give to her family and friends.

Peggy J. Tupou, 70, Burlingame: Dec. 4, 1949 – July 1, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Peggy J. Tupou, 70, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kan. Peggy was born Dec. 4, 1949, in Topeka, the daughter of Robert and Virginia (Brazzle) Shannon.

She married Daryl Strohm Sr.; they later divorced.

Donna Jean Meyersick, 66, Burlingame: Feb. 13, 1954 – July 3, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Donna Jean (Holstrom) Meyersick, 66, passed away at her home Friday, July 3, 2020. She was born Feb. 13, 1954, to Horace and Norma Jean Holstrom, at the St. Mary Hospital, Emporia, Kan.

She lived most of her life in Osage County, and attended school in Burlingame, Kan.

Chasity Ivey Provost, 34, Burlingame: Aug. 6, 1985 – June 26, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Chasity Ivey Provost, 34, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kansas. She was born on Aug. 6, 1985, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the daughter of Terry Ferguson and Dottie Ivey.

Chasity had lived most of her life in Oklahoma City until moving to Burlingame, Kan., three years ago.

Marilyn Brunner, 66, Kansas City: Aug. 28, 1953 – June 22, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Marilyn Yvonne Brunner, 66, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020, at Advent Health in Ottawa, Kan. She was born Aug. 28, 1953, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Joe and Annie (Reynolds) Knight.

Marilyn had lived most of her life in Kansas City and had moved to Melvern, Kan., a year ago.

Larry Elliot Christenson, 68, Quenemo: Dec. 29, 1951 – June 19, 2020

QUENEMO, Kan. – Larry Elliot Christenson, 68, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020, at his home south of Quenemo, Kan. He was born on Dec. 29, 1951, in Amery, Wis., the son of Irvin and Evelyn (Mickelson) Christenson.

Larry had lived in Melvern, Kan., before moving to his home four years ago.

Robert Lee Vogelgesang, 86, Quenemo: Dec. 7, 1933 – June 23, 2020

QUENEMO, Kan. – Robert “Grandpa Bob” Lee Vogelgesang, 86, passed away June 23, 2020. Bob was born in Milford, Kan., Dec. 7, 1933, to Walter and Mae (Budden) Vogelgesang, and had one brother, Jon Vogelgesang, all of whom preceded him in death.

Bob graduated from Haven High School in 1951 and loved attending Haven’s all school reunions for more than 65 years.

Merlin Clifford “Skeet” Bevitt, 92, Overbrook: Nov. 16, 1927 – June 20, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Merlin Clifford “Skeet” Bevitt passed away on June 20, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Skeet was born Nov. 16, 1927, in White City, Kan., to Merlin and Dessie (Hohman) Bevitt.

He grew up near the Valencia and Silver Lake communities and in southern Shawnee and northern Osage counties, and attended Auburn High School, Auburn, Kan.

Henry J. Hohn, 74, Carbondale: July 7, 1945 – June 22, 2020

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Henry J. Hohn, 74, of Carbondale, Kan., died June 22, 2020, at his home. He was born July 7, 1945, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Henry F. and Gladys “Stetna” Hohn.

Henry graduated from Topeka High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a lifelong member of Holy Name Catholic Church.

Clyde Eugene Diehl, 83, Lyndon: April 15, 1937 – June 16, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Clyde Eugene Diehl, 83, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at his home east of Lyndon, Kan. He was born on April 15, 1937, in Topeka, Kan., the son of George and Fern (Erwin) Diehl.

Clyde had lived in Topeka and Lawrence, Kan., most of his life. He moved to Lyndon in 1996.

Clyde worked many years as a glazier until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees and Reserves from 1954 to 1962.

Charles Eugene Brown, 86, Melvern: Nov. 9, 1933 – June 18, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Charles Eugene Brown, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Sunset Manor, Waverly, Kan. He was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Barnard, Kan., the son of Charles Milton and Jean Elizabeth (Duncan-Cramb) Brown.

Charles grew up and attended school in Barnard, graduating from Mulvane High School in 1952.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1953. He served as “Truck Driver, Heavy” in South Korea, and was discharged in 1955. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal.

Robin Ilene Sowers, 18 months, Melvern: Dec. 10, 2018 – June 12, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Robin Ilene Sowers, 18 months old, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Dec. 10, 2018, in Topeka, the daughter of Fred Sowers and Jenna Pollard.

Robin was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Mary Pollard; a cousin, Rhett J. Reece; and a great aunt, Sarah Reece.

Robin is survived by her parents, Fred and Jenna, of the home; two brothers, Joseph Michael Sowers, of the home, and Jackson Sowers, Topeka; paternal grandparents, Kathy and Lloyd Sowers, Burlingame, Kan.; her maternal grandparents, Tami and Ron Reece, Lyndon, Kan., and Tom Pollard, of Minnesota; her maternal great-grandparents, Joe and Linda Massey, Lyndon, and Don Reece and Jane, Meriden, Kan.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Leland Cloyce Kramer, 84, Lawrence: Nov. 6, 1935 – April 22, 2020

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Leland Cloyce Kramer, 84, passed away at his home on April 22, 2020, in Lawrence, Kan., surrounded by his family. Leland was born Nov. 6, 1935, to Cloyce Reed Kramer and Opal (Boyer) Kramer, in Melvern, Kan.

Leland graduated from Osage City High School in 1953, and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in teaching from Emporia State University.

Michael Sheldon Cowan, 64, Nogal, N.M.: June 17, 1955 – Dec. 22, 2019

NOGAL, N.M. – Michael Sheldon Cowan, 64, died Dec. 22, 2019. Mike was born June 17, 1955, in Topeka, Kan. He was the son of H. Maynard Cowan and Frances E. (Neill) Cowan.

He attended Lyndon, Kan., schools through his junior year of high school. He then moved to Pueblo, Colo., for his senior year and graduated from Pueblo South High in 1973.

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