Category Archives: Obituaries

George Hokanson, 67, Osage City: Feb. 6, 1951 – July 15, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – George Hokanson, 67, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Feb. 6, 1951, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Clarence and Freda Allison Hokanson.

George grew up in Osage City, had also lived in Dodge City and Hays, Kan., before returning to Osage City several years ago. He worked most of his life as a truck driver and he was a member of the Free Tomorrow Motorcycle Club, in Hays.

Margie Lee Murphy, 91, Quenemo: Jan. 31, 1927 – July 13, 2018

QUENEMO, Kan. – Margie L. (Dean Campbell) Murphy, 91, of Quenemo, Kan., passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Margie was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Parsons, Kan., to Gladys Faye (Beasley) and Elliot Wayne Dean.

On Aug. 11, 1962, she was united in marriage to Richard Paul Murphy Sr. in Miami, Okla. In 1966, they moved from Topeka to their farm south of Overbrook, Kan.

Margaret House, 91, Topeka: March 17, 1927 – July 11, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Margaret House, 91, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at her home in Topeka, Kan. She was born on March 17, 1927, in Blytheville, Ark., the daughter of Albert and Margaret Golden Shearer.

Margaret had lived in the Vassar, Lyndon and Topeka, Kan., communities since 1964. Margaret was an owner and​ bookkeeper for Washburn Optical and​ then​ ​later​ ​did​ seamstress​ work​. She was a member of the Quivira Heights Church of Christ.

Cheryl Sue Warthen, 70, Scranton: June 11, 1948 – July 8, 2018

SCRANTON, Kan. – Cheryl S. Warthen, 70, of Scranton, Kan., passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kan. Cheryl was born June 11, 1948, in Scranton, the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret Salsbery Hupp.

Cheryl graduated from Topeka High School. She married Ralph Barnard, they later divorced. She married Mike Warthen on June 28, 2008. He preceded her in death April 21, 2014. Cheryl worked as a caregiver at the Rosa Villa Care Home, in Topeka, for more than 28 years.

Harriet Virginia Whiting, 98, Springdale, Ark. – Feb. 17, 1920 – March 27, 2018

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Harriet Virginia Whiting, 98, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale, Ark. She was born on Feb. 17, 1920, to Joseph Samuel Dooty and Edna Mura McIntosh Dooty, in Melvern, Kan.​

Harriett Grew up in Melvern and graduated valedictorian in 1937 from Melvern High School. She wanted to follow her sister in nursing school but was too young. She received a scholarship from the College of Emporia and was hired that summer to work in the office at Newman Memorial Hospital and lived in the nurse’s quarters. In the fall, a position opened up in the nursing school and she was allowed to enter by waiving the age restriction of 18. When she graduated from nursing school, she was too young to take the state boards and had to remain at the hospital as a student nurse until she turned 21. Nursing assignments took her to Kansas City, Kan., and St. Peter, Minn. After she became a registered nurse, she and a fellow nursing student moved to the Hines VA in Chicago, Ill., to begin their nursing careers.

Dennis Dale Combes, 66, Osage City: Sept. 18, 1951 – June 30, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Dennis Dale Combes, 66, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born Sept. 18, 1951, in Burlington, Kan., the son of Walter Clinton and Ethel Lorene (Norris) Combes.

Dennis graduated from Reading High School in 1969. He served with Army Reserves after high school. Dennis was the superintendent of the electric line department for the city of Osage City, Kan. 

Milton Fredrick Brown Jr., 72, Quenemo: Sept. 10, 1945 – June 30, 2018

QUENEMO, Kan. – Milton Fredrick Brown Jr., 72, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at his home in Quenemo, Kan. He was born on Sept. 10, 1945, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Milton and Aletha Anderson Brown Sr.

Milton had lived in Quenemo for the last 22 years and had lived in Kansas City before that. He served in the United States Army and had worked as an electrician for St. Luke’s Hospital.

Heather Dianne Bartlett, 48, Emporia: Dec. 2, 1969 – June 12, 2018

EMPORIA, Kan. – Heather Dianne Bartlett, 48, passed away on June 12, 2018, at her home in Emporia, Kan. She was born on Dec. 2, 1969 in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Marvin and Linda Meyer Bartlett.

Heather graduated from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, Kan., in 1988. She then attended Emporia State University, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She had worked in several hospitals in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. She played guitar and would go to area nursing homes to play for the residents. She was a fisherwoman and enjoyed fishing at the area lakes.

Edward Earl Kramer, 92, Carbondale: Oct. 14, 1925 – June 18, 2018

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Edward Earl Kramer, 92, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1925 in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of Frank Kramer and Elna M. (Hollister) Kramer.

He grew up in the Overbrook and Manhattan, Kan., areas and moved to Albuquerque, N.M., his senior year where he graduated from high school.

Edward served our country during World War II in the United States Navy with the rank of Seaman 1st Class with the Submarine Division 61, USS Pintado. He was honorably discharged April 14, 1946. He worked at the Sunflower Ammunition Depot in DeSoto, Kan., before working as a control mechanic for DuPont, in Tecumseh, Kan. He worked there more than 30 years before his retirement in 1988.

Betty Jean Hanna, 76, Lyndon: Oct. 28, 1941 – June 14, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Betty Jean Hanna, 76, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Oct. 28, 1941, in Clebit, Okla., the daughter of Curtis and Thelma Needham Hinton.

Betty had lived in Lyndon, Kan., since 1960. She worked as a keypunch operator, unemployment computer room supervisor, then as a computer programmer for the state of Kansas for 23 years. She was a Sunflower Stepper and was a member of the Lyndon Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church. 

John Hagen, 87, Melvern: July 29, 1930 – June 8, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – John Hagen, 87, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Olathe Hospice House, Olathe, Kan. He was born on July 29, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of John and Beatrice Baldwin Hagen.

John had lived in Melvern, Kan., for a number of years and had been in Olathe for the last year.

John retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of master sergeant after 26 years of service. He was a member of the Melvern American Legion Post 317 and the Melvern United Methodist Church.

Damien ‘Craig’ Burchett, 45, Overbrook: April 18, 1973 – June 3, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Damien “Craig” Burchett, 45, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018. He was born April 18, 1973, in Winchester, Kan. He was the son of Delbert Jack and Carol Ann (Sharp) Anno.

He was a 1991 graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School, Carbondale, Kan. Craig was employed by Westar Energy at Tecumseh Energy Center and Jeffrey Energy Center.

Craig was a proud father who enjoyed spending time with family, working hard, being there for anyone who needed him, hanging out with the Woodshop Guys, riding his motorcycle, and drinking beer.

JoAnn C. Shoulders, 81, Topeka: May 31, 1936 – May 29, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – JoAnn C. Shoulders, 81, of Topeka, Kan., joined her parents in heaven on May 29, 2018. She was the eldest daughter of Julia Gatewood and Wilbert Carson. She was born on May 31, 1936, at Council Grove, Kan.

JoAnn was raised at Burlingame, Kan., and graduated from high school there in 1955. She worked at Ray Beers as a tailor, and then retired from Scotch Fabric Care after 20 years. 

Glen Lewis, 67, Pomona: Sept. 16, 1950 – June 2, 2018

POMONA, Kan. – Glen Lewis, 67, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at his home near Pomona, Kan. He was born on Sept. 16, 1950, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of George and Elizabeth Neill Lewis.

Glen had grown up in Quenemo, Kan., and had lived there until moving to Pomona in 1986. He graduated from​ Quenemo High School in 1968 as valedictorian. He​​ served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971.​ He had worked for Hallmark Cards before and after his service, and with his brother Ben, he owned and operated a grocery store, gas station and bus service for several years. He then worked for the Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake as a heavy equipment operator and water plant operator until his retirement.

Rev. Suellen G. Wood, 74, Topeka: March 4, 1944 – May 29, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Reverend Suellen G. Wood, 74, passed away early Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Brewster Place, Topeka, Kan. She was born Suellen Georgann Hoffmeister on March 4, 1944, to Helen Euson Hoffmeister and Walter William Hoffmeister, in Barrington, Ill.

Suellen’s parents divorced in 1949. Suellen and her mother went to live with Helen’s mother, Kathleen. Her mom found love again in Robert Nixon Gray, and they were married on Dec. 23, 1955.

Suellen graduated from Senn High School, Chicago, Ill., in 1962. She met John F. Wood in church and they were married in1967. Soon after getting married, John was transferred to Kansas City, Mo., to take a chemist position at Cook Paint & Varnish Company. Their first daughter was born in September 1969, their second in December 1972. John was transferred to Detroit in 1972 and the family settled in Troy, Mich. The family stayed in Troy until 1983 when John and Suellen parted ways.

Janet Gilliland, 73, Andover: July 11, 1944 – May 28, 2018

ANDOVER, Kan. – Janet​ ​​(Mustard)​ Gilliland, 73, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. She was born on July 11, 1944, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Thomas and Esther​ Maye​ Davison Mustard.

Jan grew up in Wichita and graduated from high school in 1962. She attended Emporia State University and received a​ Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education in 1966. She earned her elementary certificate and taught sixth grade in the Gardner Schools for three years. In 1974, Jan moved to Lyndon, Kan., where she​ taught fifth grade for 23 years until her retirement in 2005. She earned her master’s degree from Emporia State University in 1985. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority​, where she was affectionately known as “Mow”​.

Robert Elder, 80, Lyndon: Feb. 18, 1938 – May 22, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Robert Elder, 80, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at his home in Lyndon, Kan. He was born on Feb. 18, 1938, in Pittsburgh, Penn., the son of William and Margaret Neuman Elder.

Bob had lived in Melvern, Kan., for many years and had moved to Lyndon in the last year. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a purchasing agent for 30 years until his retirement. He had served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the Melvern American Legion Post 317 and the Vassar Zion Lutheran Church.

William ‘Bill’ Fischer, 77, Lyndon: March 11, 1941 – May 11, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – William “Bill” Fischer, 77, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, in Osage City, Kan. He was born on March 11, 1941, in Hunter, Kan., the youngest of seven children of Henry and Elizabeth Schneider Fischer.

Bill graduated from Hunter High School. He served in the U.S. Army with the 25th Engineering Division and was stationed in Hawaii and South Asia. Bill was a heavy equipment operator, working on the construction of Melvern Lake Dam. He then worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant, in Topeka, for 35 years until his retirement in 2004.  Bill enjoyed fishing at the local lakes and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Shirley Ann McDaniel, 80, Lyndon: Dec. 25, 1937 – May 14, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Shirley Ann McDaniel, 80, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, at her home of 54 years in Lyndon, Kan., after a brave three-year battle against cancer. She was born on Dec. 25, 1937, in Vassar, Kan., the daughter of John and Hazel Beatty Christesen.

Shirley graduated from Towanda (Kan.) High School in 1957, and attended Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan. She spent her time supporting her family, being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

Nola Jean Cox, 84, Overbrook: Dec. 12, 1933 – May 11, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Nola Jean Cox, 84, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on Dec. 12, 1933, in Galt, Mo., the daughter of John and Della Hess Molloy.

Nola had lived in Dover, Kan., before moving to Lyndon, Kan., in 1973. She worked for SRS in Osage County for 22 years.

Gladys Pearl Streeter, 82, Vassar: June 27, 1935 – May 13, 2018

VASSAR, Kan. – Gladys Pearl Streeter, 82, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on June 27, 1935, in Topeka, the daughter Arthur and Lola Worford Ham.

Gladys had lived around Pomona Lake and Vassar for more than 40 years. She worked as an office manager for Pomona State Park for 29 years. Gladys received her associate degree from Allen County Community College, and was the first to graduate from Allen County Outreach. She was a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church, where she was treasurer for many years, a member of the United Methodist Women, and a delegate for two national conferences. She was a lay leader with Osage County Ministerial Association, was instrumental in the formation of Help House and Osage County Mental Health Association, and was a member of the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association, Vassar Polecats, Red Hat Ladies, and the Panic and Anxiety Connection.

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