Category Archives: Obituaries

Ruth N. Liggett, 95, Topeka: Oct. 25, 1921 – Oct. 15, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Ruth N. Liggett, 95, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. She was born Oct. 25, 1921, at Topeka, the daughter of Jason and Vera Place Liggett.

Ruth was raised in rural north Topeka and later moved to Melvern, Kan. The family returned to Topeka where Ruth lived the rest of her life. She worked for more than 40 years at Halls Lithograph Company; she retired as a supervisor. She was a longtime member of First Free Methodist Church, Topeka, and served many years as the church secretary. Ruth had lived at the McCrite Retirement Community the past five years.

Jeffery D. Payne, 58, Lyndon: March 23, 1959 – Sept. 13, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Jeffery D. Payne, 58, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born on March 23, 1959, in Gardner, Kan., the son of James and Helen Jenks Payne Sr.

Jeff had lived in Lyndon most of his life. He had worked as a mechanic of Sloop Sales & Hook’s Repair, south of Lyndon, for several years.

Jeff was married to Rebecca “Susie” Bruntmyer on June 30, 1990, at Pomona Lake.

Christian John Risner, 3, Lebo: March 17, 2014 – Oct. 7, 2017

LEBO, Kan. – Christian John Risner, 3, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Emporia, Kan. Christian was born March 17, 2014, the son of Joshua and Sarah (Dimitt) Risner.

He recently graduated from Bright Beginnings Preschool and attended ABC Daycare with Amber Barrett and Taylor Cartee.

Imogene I. Deal, 86, Lebo: Nov. 14, 1930 – Oct. 7, 2017

LEBO, Kan. – Imogene Iva Deal, 86, passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Quenemo, Kan., the daughter of Marlin and Rosa Brinsfield Green.

She was raised in Quenemo and attended Quenemo High School. She worked as a meat cutter at By-Lo Foods in Topeka, Kan., for six years before taking a job with Volume Shoes, at Topeka. Jean worked as a sales audit analyst for 20 years before retiring in 2001. She moved to Lebo in 2015 after living at the South Village Court in South Topeka for 15 years.

Iona Lorraine Smiley, 91, Osage City: Oct. 3, 2017 – Aug. 8, 1926

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Iona Lorraine Smiley, 91, of Osage City, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. Iona Lorraine Evarts was born on Aug. 8, 1926, in Dodge City, Kan., the daughter of Ross Ray and Lillie Arline (Bryan) Evarts. She graduated from McPherson High School.

Lorraine was joined in married to James Clifford Smiley, on Jan. 25, 1947, in Topeka, Kan.

She had worked for Kansas Neurological Institute for 27 years. Lorraine was a member of the Countryside Baptist Church, Osage City, TOPS, Jersey Creek Ladies Club, and was very active in the church and community.

Maxine Karnes, 96, Overbrook: March 24, 1921 – Oct. 4, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Maxine Karnes, 96, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on March 24, 1921, on the family farm east of Overbrook, Kan., the daughter of John and Bertha Howard Desque.

Maxine had lived all of her life around Overbrook until 1991, when she moved into town. She attended Enterprise School until fifth grade, then graduated from eighth grade at the Lickskillet School, and graduated from Overbrook High School in 1939. She farmed with her husband, Wilson, driving grain trucks and feeding hay crews through the years. She was a member of the Overbrook United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, was an organizer and member of the Busy Bee Club, and was a member of the Thimble C​lub and Canasta Club. Maxine loved dancing, cooking, baking, quilting and embroidery work.

Carly Kathleen Cornelison, 21, Osage City: April 17, 1996 – Sept. 15, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Carly Kathleen Cornelison, our free spirited, beautiful wild child, passed away on Sept. 15, 2017, following a car accident. Carly was born on April 17, 1996, and is survived by her parents Carrie and Joe Green.

Carly was the best mommy to her mini-me, her sweet daughter, Penelope Ann Sledd, and is now her guardian angel. Carly is also survived by her brothers, Taylor Scrivner, Lawrence, Kan., and John Green, Lyndon, Kan.; sister, Jolene Green, Lyndon; and her “favorite” grammy, Diane Threadgold, Topeka, Kan.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Carly graduated from Seaman High School, and she earned her CNA from Washburn Tech and her CMA from Allen County Community College. She was an amazing and compassionate caregiver to those she served. Carly had recently been working as a waitress, where she also served her clients with care.

William ‘Bill’ Ray Trueblood, 77, Osage City: Oct. 13, 1939 – Sept. 17, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – William ‘Bill’ Ray Trueblood, 77, passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Osage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Osage City, Kan. He was born Oct. 13, 1939, in Barclay, Kan., the son of Claude L. and Ellen Marconett Trueblood.

Bill attended Osage City High School and graduated with the class of 1957. He later attended Emporia State Teachers College. Bill joined the Kansas National Guard in 1960. After serving for 30 years he retired as a master sergeant in 1990. Bill farmed his entire life in the Barclay area. He began working for the Kansas Department of Transportation as an engineer in January 1961. His work took him throughout eastern Kansas. Bill retired with 40 years of service in 2001.

Phyllis Ann Sluder, 87, Quenemo: July 23, 1930 – Sept. 15, 2017

QUENEMO, Kan. – Phyllis Ann Sluder, 87, passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Ottawa Retirement Village, Ottawa, Kan. She was born on July 23, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of John and Grace Scherer Rusk.

Phyllis grew up in Kansas City and had lived in Tonganoxie, Kan., before moving to rural Quenemo, Kan., in 1970.

Phyllis graduated from the University of Missouri and worked for AT&T as an assistant engineer. She then earned a teaching degree from Emporia State University and taught elementary school for 15 years at USD 456. She attended Quenemo United Methodist Church where she was active in UMW, and was a member of the Melvern American Legion Auxiliary, and had worked on the Agency Township Election Board for many years.

Nona Maurine Adams, 93, Lawrence: Dec. 22, 1923 – Sept. 13, 2017

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Nona Maurine Adams, 93, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kan. Maurine was born Dec. 22, 1923, in Manhattan, Kan. She was the daughter of Albert Edward and Mary Lee (Turner) Waterstradt.

She graduated from Chapman High School in 1941. She earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Kansas in 1945 and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University in 1972.

She was joined in marriage to Paul D. Adams on June 24, 1945, in Lawrence.

Peggy Ann Schreiber, 76, Lawrence: Feb. 23, 1941 – Sept. 13, 2017

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Peggy Ann Schreiber, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kan. She was born on Feb. 23, 1941, in Osage City, Kan., the daughter of William and Neva Karnes Mathieu.

Peggy grew up in Osage City. She lived in Hoyt, Kan., before moving to Lyndon, Kan., in 1982 where she lived until 2012, when she moved to Lawrence.

Peggy graduated from Osage City High School in 1959. She had worked for the state of Kansas on the Board of Emergency Medical Services for 26 years until her retirement in 2003. She had been a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, Kan.

Darlene E. Powell, 96, Leawood: April 12, 1921 – Sept, 6, 2017

LEAWOOD, Kan. – Darlene E. Powell, 96, passed away Sept, 6, 2017, at the Healthcare Resort, Leawood, Kan. She was born April 12, 1921, in Osage City, Kan., to Monroe and Gertrude (Lindbloom) Runyan.

Darlene attended Central Grade School, and graduated from Osage City High School in 1939.

On Dec. 31, 1944, Darlene married the person she calls the “special man” in her life, William F. Powell, at the Methodist parsonage in Osage City. They resided in Osage City the remainder of their lives with the exception of two years following their marriage while Mr. Powell was  completing his service commitment in the United States Navy. Darlene was employed at the Osage City Bank for 20 years. She and Mr. Powell also farmed and owned two grocery stores. She was an active member in the United Methodist Church, Methodist Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Sorosis Club and Fun Club.

Dean Gilbert Gardner, 91, Osage City: Feb. 12, 1926 – Aug. 23, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Dean Gilbert Gardner, 91, lifelong resident of Osage City, Kan., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Vintage Park of Osage City. He was born on Feb. 12, 1926, in Osage City, the son of Jess E. and Cecelia A. (Kiwitter) Gardner.

Dean was joined in marriage to Margarete Lammertz, on June 2, 1947, to this union three children were born, Sue, Linda and Cheryl. Margarete died on March 22, 1978. Dean later joined in marriage to Marjorie (Wixson) Chenoweth, on Oct. 2, 1978. She died on June 5, 2007.

Dean served in the United States Army during WWII. He had built, owned and operated Dean’s Drive-In and Dean’s Restaurant, in Osage City, for 37 years.

Lara Nell Gragg Stout, 91, Quenemo: Nov. 16, 1925 – Aug. 29, 2017

QUENEMO, Kan. – Lara Nell Gragg Stout, 91, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at the Kelly House, Meriden, Kan. She was born on Nov. 16, 1925, at home in rural La Harpe in Allen County, Kan., the daughter of Harry and Silva (Morrison) Smoot.

Lara Nell graduated from Iola High School in 1943, and then she went to work at Beech Aircraft Corp., in Wichita, Kan. While in Wichita, she completed the Red Cross nurse aide course and worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Lara Nell was a member of the Quenemo United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, and served as a 4-H leader for many years with her husband, Vernon. Lara Nell began as an Avon representative in 1969 and continued for 41 years. She also served on the Osage County Council on Aging, representing the Quenemo community and helped for many years on the Quenemo election board.

Frances Anna Sloop, 86, Lyndon: March 11, 1931 – Sept. 1, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Frances Anna Sloop, 86, passed away on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on March 11, 1931, in Concordia, Mo., the daughter of John and Anna Heins Borgelt.

Frances had lived in Kansas City, Mo., before moving to the Lyndon, Kan., community in 1954. She graduated from East High School, in Kansas City, Mo. She was a secretary, homemaker and was co-owner of Sloop Farms and Vermeer Baler Business. She was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school, was treasurer and a member of the UMW. Frances had been a 4-H leader, member of EHU, and served on the Olivet election board.

James “Rock” Sosebee, 75, Vassar: Aug. 26, 2017

VASSAR, Kan. – James “Rock” Sosebee, 75, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Colmery O’Neil VA Medical Center, Topeka, Kan.

Memorial services are being planned for November with Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon, Kan.

Ciara Howard, 26, Olathe: June 9, 1991 – Aug. 23, 2017

OLATHE, Kan. – Ciara Howard, 26, of Olathe, Kan., formerly of Ottawa, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Olathe, Kan. She was born June 9, 1991, in Ottawa, the daughter of Howard Gunn and Kathy (Daugharthy) Arnold.

Ciara grew up in the Ottawa area, eventually moving to Gardner, Kan. and then recently to Olathe. She attended Gardener-Edgerton High School with the class of 2009. Ciara was recently a cashier at the 7-Eleven in Olathe, but her favorite job was working at Jimmy Johns. Ciara attended church at Williamsburg Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Kan. She was a very happy person to be around.

Alice (Cellers) Weir, 92, Carbondale: Jan. 27, 1925 – Aug. 27, 2017

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Alice (Cellers) Weir, 92, passed away peacefully on Aug. 27, 2017, in Overbrook, Kan. She was born Jan. 27, 1925, to Harold and Lois (Moore) Cellers.

The family moved to Carbondale, Kan., from Auburn, Kan., when Alice was 11 years old. A Navy war bride, she married Walton Weir on Oct. 2, 1943, and always spoke happily of the six weeks they spent in Newport News, R.I., before he was again deployed. After the war, the couple made their home in Carbondale. Alice was a homemaker who enjoyed her family and many friends. She was a member of the Carbondale Women’s Club that has met for many years. Walton and Alice were founding members of the Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship.

Frances M. Lira, 103, Osage City: Oct. 10, 1913 – Aug. 24, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Frances M. Lira, 103, passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at her home in Osage City, Kan. Francsica Morena Lira was born Oct. 10, 1913, in San Franciso de Rencon, Mexico, the daughter of Nicholas Lira and Gabriella Moreno.

Frances’ family moved to the United States when she was two years old. Frances was a housekeeper the majority of her life. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Altar Society, in Osage City.

She will be forever remembered by her brother, Timoteo “Tim” Lira, of Osage City, and many nieces and nephews.

Kimberly Jean Heuer, 37, Melvern: April 7, 1980 – Aug. 5, 2017

MELVERN, Kan. – Kimberly Jean Heuer, 37, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at her home in Lawrence, Kan. She was born on April 7, 1980, in Lawrence, the daughter of David and Stella Franks Heuer.

Kim had lived most of her life in the Melvern and Quenemo, Kan., communities before moving to Lawrence.

Kim went to school at Hawthorne Elementary School, Ottawa, Kan., Springfield School, Michigan City, Ind., and graduated from Marias des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, in 1999.

Martha A. Colstrom, 98, Osage City: Nov. 16, 1918 – Aug. 19, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Martha A. (Didier) Colstrom, 98, passed away Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Peterson Health Care, Osage City, Kan. She was born on Nov. 16, 1918, in Osage City, the daughter of Fernan and Emma Rouviere Didier.

On June 27, 1936, Martha was united in marriage to Clarence C. Colstrom, who preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1985.

Martha was a life-long resident of the Osage City community. She was a member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was involved in many church activities. Her speciality for the Women’s Fall Bazaar was making Swedish rye bread, one year making 98 loaves, all of which were sold. Martha was also involved in community activities, volunteering at Peterson Health Care where she received a 10-year volunteer award, ECAT, Meals on Wheels, and making quilts at the Osage County Senior Center.

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