Category Archives: Obituaries

Pam Parrish, 63, Burlingame: April 16, 1954 – Dec. 15, 2017

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Pamela Parrish, 63, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away Dec. 15, 2017. Pam was born on April 15, 1954, to Richard and Mary Ann White.

Cremation is planned. Services will be determined at a later date.

Amber Nicole Dixon-Born, 36, Carbondale: Feb. 19, 1981 – Dec. 10, 2017

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Amber Nicole Dixon-Born, 36, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at Via Christi St. Francis, in Wichita, Kan. She was born Feb. 19, 1981, in Columbus, Kan., the daughter of Darrell L. and Dawn Bowen Dixon.

Amber attended Topeka High School, Topeka, Kan., and graduated with the class of 1999. She worked for Sunflower Supports as a caregiver in group homes for developmental and physically challenged individuals. She had been employed there for the past 10 years.

Amber was joined in marriage to William J. “Bill” Born on Aug. 18, 2007, in Ottawa, Kan.

Rhynhardt Dean Stewart, Lyndon: Nov. 14, 2017 – Dec. 10, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Rhynhardt Dean Stewart, infant son of Thomas and Tabitha Eissler Stewart, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at his home in Lyndon, Kan., surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 14, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Rhynhardt was preceded in death by a brother, Rhyker Stewart, on Nov. 16, 2013, and by his paternal grandfather, Michael Stewart.

Rhynhardt is survived by his parents, Tom and Tabitha Stewart, two brothers, Rhylen Stewart and Rhyder Stewart, and sister, Kynsley Stewart, all of the home; paternal grandmother, Teresa Stewart of Lawton, Okla.; maternal grandparents, Loren and Elizabeth Eissler, Lyndon; two aunts, Michelle (Chris) Himes, Lawton, and Christina (Terry) Gradig, Downs, Kan.; and uncle, Michael Phipps, Carbondale, Ill.

Fred Tucker, 62, Osage City: Dec. 21, 1954 – Dec. 9, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Fred Tucker, 62, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born on Dec. 21, 1954, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the son of Johnnie and Dorothy Davis Tucker.

Fred had lived in Osage City for many years and he worked mowing lawns around town. He enjoyed watching the Royals and Chiefs, and playing bingo.

Layton Long, 82, Osage City: Feb. 27, 1935 – Dec. 9, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Layton Long, 82, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Feb. 27, 1935, in Iuka, Kan., the son of Gleason and Frances Shelinbarger Long.

After living in Iuka and Emporia, Kan., Layton had lived in Osage City, Kan., most of his life.

Layton graduated from Osage City High School in 1953. He worked as a mechanic most of his life – for Davenport Equipment, Dav​e Dorr Motors and in 1959, bought Olson-Long Garage. In 1977, he purchased Osage Auto Supply. In retirement he became a cowboy for the Porter Ranch, near Emporia.

Layton served in the Army Reserves, was a member of the Osage City United Methodist Church, a 55-year member of Lions Club, member of Bass Masters, member of the Osage City Fire Department, serving as Fire Chief for a time, and was a baseball coach for several years.

Leona Grace Warren, 101, Lyndon: May 4, 1916 – Dec. 3, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Leona Grace Warren, 101, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on May 4, 1916, in Hamilton, Kan., the daughter of Eugene and Jessie Badsky Butterfield.

Leona had lived in Lyndon, Kan., since 1960, and had been a resident of Brookside since 2005. Leona worked as a sales clerk at Pelletier’s Department Store and Roach Hardware, in Topeka, Kan., and at McDaniel Hardware and Marv’s Variety Store, in Lyndon. She was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church and past member of the Fairfax HDU.

Margaret L. DeBaun, 94, Osage City: Dec. 25, 1922 – Nov. 28, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Margaret L. DeBaun, 94, formerly of Osage City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at The Arboretum, in Menomonee Falls, Wis., where she had received exceptional care over the past eight years. She previously resided in Osage City for more than 40 years. Margaret L. Allison was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Lacy) Allison.

Margaret graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1940 as salutatorian of her class, and attended Dodd’s secretarial school.

Cynthia Lou Herr Booth, 66, Carbondale: Feb. 3, 1951 – Nov. 30, 2017

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Cynthia Lou Herr Booth, 66, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at her home in Carbondale, Kan. She was born on Feb. 3, 1951, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Rosabelle Herr.

Cindy grew up in Scranton, Kan., and Topeka and had lived in Carbondale for the last 49 years. Cindy worked for Essex Wire, in Topeka, for 24 years and had then worked for Party America.

Sandra Thurman, 79, Lyndon: May 15, 1938 – Nov. 13, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Sandra Thurman, 79, passed away on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at her home in Lyndon, Kan. She was born on May 15, 1938, in Verona, Mo., the daughter of Oren and Irene Ohlhausen Mann.

Sandra had lived at Pomona Lake and Perry, Kan., and had lived in Lyndon for the last 15 years. She had been a homemaker and was a member of the Overbrook Bible Church. On May 11, 1956, Sandra was married to James Thurman in Aurora, Mo.

Deloris Jean Heilmann, 89, Melvern: June 9, 1928 – Nov. 22, 2017

MELVERN, Kan. – Deloris Jean Heilmann, 89, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at Presbyterian Manor, Topeka, Kan. She was born on June 9, 1928, on a farm near Olivet, Kan., the daughter of Clifford and Elizabeth Fisher Elder.

Deloris attended grade school at Valley, 1/4 mile from her home, and graduated from Melvern High School. She was a homemaker, and was one of the founding members of the Jobs Daughters Organization in Melvern, and a member of Eastern Star, the Melvern United Methodist Church, and Melvern United Methodist Women.

Don Ray Faust, 80, Overbrook: May 10, 1937 – Nov. 12, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Don Ray Faust, 80, of Overbrook, Kan. passed away after a struggle with COPD, on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, with his wife of 57 years by his side.

Don was born May 10, 1937, in Lincoln, Neb., to Earl and Alma (Norris) Faust.  Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Don attended grade school, junior high, high school and Iowa State University.  He was a member of the Iowa National Guard until he joined the United States Air Force.

Don was trained in electronics at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss., and served at various Air Force bases throughout the Midwest. His last assignment was Omaha, Neb., where he met his future wife, Deanna Faye Bulmer.  The couple married May 8, 1960 at Michigan Valley, Kan.

Vernon L. Weimer, 84, Topeka: July 6, 1933 – Nov. 16, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Vernon L. Weimer, 84, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on July 6, 1933, in Olivet, Kan., the son of Louis and Dorothy Taylor Weimer.

Vernon spent his life in the Olivet, Melvern and Carbondale, Kan., communities. Vernon graduated from Olivet High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War at the rank of sergeant. He was a heavy equipment operator during the building of Pomona and Council Grove lakes. He worked at the Santa Fe Railway as a wheel crane operator, retiring in 1994 after 31 years of service. Vernon was a member of the American Legion Post 317, in Melvern. He enjoyed boating, camping and traveling.

Murlin L. Graika, 63, Williamsburg: Nov. 5, 1954 – Nov. 15, 2017

WILLIAMSBURG, Kan. – Murlin L. Graika, 63, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at his home in Williamsburg, Kan. He was born on Nov. 5, 1954, in Lemon, S.D., the son of David and Ruth Onefeather Graika.

Murlin had lived around the country but had been in Ottawa, Rantoul and Williamsburg, Kan., for the last several years. He graduated from A.J. Diamond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1974. Murlin had worked for the Brubeck Company, in Kansas City, as an HVAC installer.

Donald Cullen Bryant, 40, Overbrook: Sept. 4, 1977 – Nov. 7, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Donald Cullen Bryant, 40, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. He was born Sept. 4, 1977, in Lawrence, Kan.

Donald graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1996, and attended Kaw Area Vocational School and Allen County Community College. He served in the Kansas National Guard. He was employed as the maintenance superintendent for the city of Overbrook. Donald “Ratchet” was a member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club and served as a sergeant at arms.

Ellis L. Swarts, 95, Osage City: May 11, 1922 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Ellis L. Swarts, 95, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Osage City, Kan. Ellis was born May 11, 1922, the son of Harry and Jessie Benton Swarts.

Ellis graduated from Osage City High School in 1940. Upon graduation, he went to work at the Citizens State Bank, in Osage City. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the LSM-459 ship through 1946. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Osage City and married Belva Jane Shafer, on Feb. 7, 1946. He continued his employment with the Citizens State Bank until 1984, when he retired with 43 dedicated years.

Charlotte Wolfe, Oct. 10, 1939 – Oct. 30, 2017; Calvin Wolfe, July 5, 1940 – Nov. 5, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Charlotte Ellen Wolfe, 78, passed away on Oct. 30, 2017, at The Kelly House, Topeka, Kan. Charlotte was born on Oct. 10, 1939, in Winchester, Kan., daughter of Jess P. Fidler and Mary Barkley Filder.

She graduated from Perry High School. She worked for Jostens for 39 years.

Charlotte is preceded in death by both of her parents; one brother, Ralph Fidler; and a son, Jessie Boyer. She is survived by five sisters, Bess Milhauser, of Oregon, Judy Welch, Leavenworth, Kan., Mary Ann Briggs, Carbondale, Kan., Carol Gross, Topeka, and Debra Banfield, Barnes, Kan.

Calvin C. Wolfe Jr., 77, passed away on Nov. 5, 2017 at Midland Hospice House. Calvin was born on July 5, 1940, in Topeka, the son of Calvin Wolfe Sr. and Gladys Belle Wolfe.

Calvin graduated from Topeka High School. He worked for Jostens for 35 years.

Charlotte and Calvin were married on Feb. 16, 1980, in Oakland. Together they had six children.

Virginia Alice Cunningham, 80, Carbondale: May 7, 1937 – Nov. 1, 2017

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Virginia Alice Cunningham, 80, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Nov. 1, 2017, at Nashville, Tenn. She was born May 7, 1937, in Augusta, Kan., the daughter of Ray W. Hartup and Alice Ann Green.

She grew up in the Augusta area and graduated from Augusta High School with the class of 1955. She was a nurse’s aide from 1964 to 1994 for the state and federal hospitals in Topeka, Kan., working in the psychological disorders department. From 1994 to this past August she was a self-employed housing and business cleaning service professional.

Shirley L. Bingham, 76, Topeka: May 13, 1941 – Nov. 4, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Shirley Louise Elledge Bingham, 76, of Topeka, Kan., died Nov. 4, 2017. She was born May 13, 1941, to DeLoss C. and Harriet L. (Bartee) Elledge, in Osage City, Kan. She was raised in Scranton, Kan. When she was 16, she moved to Topeka, where she met and married Robert M. Bingham on July 20, 1957. He preceded her in 1999.

She was the mother of Patricia Ann (Bingham) Bryan, Catherine Louise Bingham, Robert Clayton Bingham and Melvin DeWayne Bingham. Melvin died in 1984.

She worked for USD 501 for many years, at Topeka West High School and Highland Park High School in food service, and at Parkdale Elementary School and Sheldon Head Start School in the Head Start program.

Humbert Emil Rosetta, 82, Osage City: July 14, 1935 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Humbert Emil Rosetta passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2017. Humbert was born on July 14, 1935, to Grace Bailey Rosetta and Humbert S. Rosetta, in Osage City, Kan., where he lived his entire life. Humbert was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Osage City.

He was married to Darlene Sahlberg on July 17, 1954. To this union were born three children, Daresa Rosetta Prescott, (William), Ray Rosetta, and James Rosetta, who died at birth. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Sean’ta Prescott and Alfonzo Prescott; sister, Delores Anstaett; two brothers, Larry Rosetta and Dick Rosetta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles McNelly, 89, Osage City: Feb. 3, 1928 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Charles McNelly, 89, left today, Nov. 2, 2017, for an extended hunting and fishing trip. He was born Feb. 3, 1928.

Charlie was a veteran of WW II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Cross and many other medals. He had also worked as a park ranger at Tuttle Creek and Pomona lakes. Charlie enjoyed rodeos, dancing, and spending time with his beloved wife, Chris McNelly, and family and friends.

James ‘Rock’ Sosebee, 75, Vassar: Dec. 10, 1941 – Aug. 26, 2017

VASSAR, Kan. – James “Rock” Sosebee, 75, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at the VA Medical Center, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Dec. 10, 1941, in Beaufort, S.C., the son of James and Blanche Cobb Sosebee.

Rock grew up in South Carolina and had lived in North Carolina and Arizona before moving to Lake Pomona near Vassar in 1994. Rock served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. He worked most of his life in construction as a steel worker. He was a member of the Tar Heel Stompers Motorcycle Club and then the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

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