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John Paul Masters, 59, Burlingame: Jan. 11, 1963 – Sept. 29, 2022

BURLINGAME, Kan. – John Paul Masters, 59, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, at the University of Kansas Health Systems St. Francis Campus, Topeka, Kan. He was born Jan. 11, 1963, in Topeka, the son of Daniel Thomas and Mary Frances (Manning) Masters.

He attended schools in the Seaman district and attended the Job Corps.

John was a heavy equipment operator for many years with Wolf Construction, and volunteered his time at Harvesters and the Topeka Rescue Mission, and traveled to Haiti for missionary work and hurricane cleanup.

John loved watching wrestling and UFC matches, and riding his motorcycle. John could be found fishing at local lakes or cheering on Burlingame sports teams. He loved attending sporting events for his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. John was always willing to lend a helping hand, and Haiti held a special place in his heart from his missionary work.

Jette Lee Wigger, 88, Vassar: Jan. 19, 1934 – Sept. 26, 2022

VASSAR, Kan. – Jette Lee (Howard) Wigger, 88, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at her home near Vassar, Kan., with family by her side. She was born Jan. 19, 1934, the daughter of Charles W. and Marjorie (Jessop) Howard.

Memorial services are planned for early November and full obituary will be announced by Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan., or see

Tanner James Banks, 32, Osage City: Dec. 21, 1989 – Sept. 23, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Tanner James Banks, 32, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Olathe Hospice House, Olathe, Kan. Tanner was born Dec. 21, 1989, in Emporia, Kan., the son of James Richard Banks Jr. and Shirley (Tabares) Banks.

He attended school in Osage City, Kan. After high school, he served four years in the Army National Guard and was stationed in Djibouti, Africa, for one year.

Tanner lived most of his life in Osage City except during his active duty with the Army National Guard and time on the road for work. He worked as a tower maintenance technician before becoming a crane operator later in life.

Tanner loved motorcycles and became a proud member of the Boozefighters Club Chapter 49, in Osage County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and coaching baseball for kids. Tanner was also a member of the Boy Scouts for several years.

Kay Frances Wiederholt, 86, Osage City: March 28, 1936 – Sept. 27, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Kay Frances Wiederholt, 86, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born March 28, 1936, in Ottawa, Kan., to Harlan and Frances (Talley) Cannady.

Kay graduated from Princeton High School in 1954, and attended St. Mary College, where she obtained her degree in nursing.

On Aug. 6, 1960, Kay was united in marriage to Phil Wiederholt, in Richmond, Kan. To this union, three sons were born, Phil Jr., Paul and John.

Kay continued her career in nursing while lovingly raising her three sons.

Jaime McCoy, 45, Osage City: April 19, 1977 – Sept. 13, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Jaime McCoy, 45, of Osage City, Kan., passed away early Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. Jaime was born April 19, 1977, in Garnett, Kan., to John R. Wechsler and Pat R. Schoenberger.

She graduated from Osage City High School in 1995, and continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

On June 22, 2002, Jaime married her high school sweetheart, TJ McCoy, in Michigan Valley, Kan.

Jaime loved kids, which she brought to everything she did. She started her career in social work at TFI Inc., in Emporia and Lyndon, Kan. When TJ and Jaime welcomed their first child, Ashlyn, Jaime decided to stay home to focus her attention on their family. Jaime’s kids were her No. 1 priority. She was always putting her family first.

James ‘Jim’ Donald Bryan, 92, Overbrook: May 16, 1930 – Sept. 16, 2022

OVERBROOK, Kan. – James Donald “Jim” Bryan, 92, passed away on Sept. 16, 2022, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. Jim was born May 16, 1930, in Melvern, Kan., to William Jennings Bryan Sr. and Sylvia Faye (Sell) Bryan. He was the youngest of four children.

Jim graduated in 1948 from Scranton High School, Scranton, Kan., and owned and operated the family farm for more than 50 years. Jim was a long-time member of Young Farmers and the National Farmers organizations.

On Jan. 27, 1951, Jim was united in marriage to Laurel Johnson. They shared more than 71 years of loving marriage.

Marilyn Hockenberry, 66, Carbondale: Nov. 23, 1955 – Sept. 11, 2022

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Marilyn Mae Hockenberry, 66, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 at University of Kansas Medical Center St. Francis Campus, Topeka, Kan. She was born Nov. 23, 1955, at Topeka, the daughter of Thomas Allen Garner Jr. and Norma Jean (Black) Garner.

Marilyn grew up in Carbondale area and lived there most of her life. She attended Santa Fe Trail Schools in her youth.

She was an account specialist for 35 years for the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Marilyn loved cooking for her family. She spent hours watching the Food Network to find just the right meal for them, and then loved experimenting on them with her new dishes. It was really just a loving way to get them all over to be together. Being together with her family was her favorite thing in the world.

Lynda Lee Prost, 62, Osage City: April 25, 1960 – Sept. 14, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Lynda Lee Prost, 62, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born April 25, 1960, in Escondido, Calif., the daughter of William and Martha (Jacobs) Gilchrist.

Lynda had lived in California and Topeka, Kan., for a time, but had spent most of her life in the Osage City, Kan., community.

Lynda was the Burlingame Rodeo Queen in 1975, and graduated from Osage City High School in 1978. She moved to Topeka and worked at Ohse Meats for several years. She worked at Pizza Hut, in Osage City, ran her own daycare, was an assistant to Dr. Murray, in Lyndon, Kan., and then worked as a clerk at the Lyndon City Hall.

David L. Parks, 63, Miller: June 6, 1959 – Sept. 10, 2022

MILLER, Kan. – David L. Parks, 63, passed away, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at his home near Miller, Kan. David Lawrence Parks was born June 6, 1959, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Lawrence and Shirley N. (Johnson) Parks.

He graduated in 1977 from Northern Heights High School, Allen, Kan.

He was joined in marriage to Sarah Phillips, Sept, 30, 2005. They moved back to the family farm near Miller in December 2020.

David was a talented carpenter and handyman. He retired in 2021 after spending 15 years as an apartment maintenance technician.

Margaret Ann Seifert, 86, Osage City: July 20, 1936 – Sept. 10, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Margaret A. Seifert, 86, formerly of Osage City, Kan., passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at Neuvant House, Lawrence, Kan. Margaret Ann Terril was born July 20, 1936, on the family farm near Altamont, Kan., the daughter to Lloyd J. and Letha (Gearhiser) Terril.

She graduated in 1954 from Labette County High School.

She was joined in marriage to Loyal F. Seifert, Aug. 1, 1954, on the family farm near Altamont. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage until Loyal’s passing Aug. 30, 2019. To this union two daughters were born, Linda and Brenda.

Margaret had worked at Hallmark-Osage Products, and later retired as a bank teller at Landmark Bank, Osage City.

Doris M. Gloss, 85, Overbrook: July 5, 1937 – Sept. 5, 2022

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Doris M. Gloss, 85, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was born July 5, 1937, at Worden, Kan., the daughter of Harley C. Lyon and Faye (Wintermantel) Lyon.

Doris grew up in the Worden area, graduating from Baldwin City High School, Baldwin City, Kan., with the class of 1955. She graduated from Emporia State University, first with a bachelor’s degree and then a Master’s Degree in Education. She later attended Washburn University and received her degree as a reading specialist.

After graduating from Emporia State University, Doris began teaching at Berryton Elementary School, Berryton, Kan., for six years. She then worked at the Overbrook Elementary School, Overbrook, eventually becoming the reading specialist there for 25 years.

Tammy Jo Miller, 62, Melvern: May 3, 1960 – Aug. 30, 2022

MELVERN, Kan. – Tammy Jo Miller, 62, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, at the Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born May 3, 1960, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Myron and Wanda (Rice) Miller.

Tammy had lived in the Melvern, Kan., community most of her life. She graduated from Melvern High School in 1978.

Tammy worked as an insurance underwriter for many years. She enjoyed traveling, music concerts, and raising her dog.

Calvin Duane Arnold, 64, Osage City: July 31, 1958 – Aug. 31, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Calvin Duane Arnold, 64, was called home to our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Osage City, Kan. Calvin was born to Claude and Mona Arnold on July 31, 1958, in Denver, Colo.

He spent all of his childhood growing up in Keenesburg, Colo., where he spent most of those years relentlessly picking on his brother and sister, and playing tricks on them and his cousins, but if anyone thought they could do the same, he was their biggest protector.

Calvin met Kim, his wife and soulmate, at 15, and the rest as they say is history. Calvin and Kim just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. One could only hope to have the kind of love they shared.

Calvin started working in the construction business at the age of 18, and worked as a heavy equipment operator and foreman for more than 40 years. His work took him and Kim many different places, and they loved traveling with their fifth-wheel and seeing new places.

John William Gray, 69, Quenemo: July 27, 1953 – Aug. 27, 2022

QUENEMO, Kan. – John William Gray, 69, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, at his home west of Quenemo, Kan. He was born on July 27, 1953, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Ross and Caroline (Chamberlain) Gray.

John grew up in Topeka but moved back to the family farm in 1980.

John started work as a mechanic for the Kansas Turnpike Association, then started Grays Equipment, Lyndon, Kan., which became Twin Lake Motors. He and his brother Larry owned the True Value Hardware store in Pauline, Kan., and he had also started Colorado Building Materials. Throughout his life he also worked on the family farm and his passion was being a mechanic. He had earned his pilot’s license and was an avid flyer.

James Eugene Hunt, 83, Osage City: July 14, 1939 – Aug. 23, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – James Eugene Hunt, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. He was born July 14, 1939, in Osage City, the son of James and Alice (Bockover) Hunt.

Jimmy had grown up and lived in Osage City all of his life, graduating from Osage City High School.

Jimmy had worked as a welder and owned his own welding shop for many years. He was a member of the Methodist church and the Eagles, in Osage City.

Franklin Michael Davis, 86, Topeka: July 10, 1936 – Aug. 23, 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. – Franklin Michael “Frank” Davis, 86, died peacefully at home Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, 2022. He was born July 10, 1936, in Parsons, Kan., the son of Lynn Winter Davis and Ruth Frances Hoefling Davis.

The family lived in Leavenworth, Kans., Ashland, Ky., and Tucson, Ariz., where his father died when Frank was nine years old.

The family returned to Parsons, and Frank attended St. Patrick Catholic schools and graduated in 1954. He earned an associate degree from Parsons Junior College in 1958, a Bachelor of Sociology from Washburn University in 1970, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Wichita State University in 1976.

Frank worked many jobs beginning with a paper route to help support his mother and sister. He was always proud of purchasing the first TV set on the block; neighbors used to sit on the front porch and watch through the front door. He bought a series of motorcycles and then cars, all of which he drove too fast, often catching the eye of local police and resulting in exciting races through Parsons and vicinity.

Dolores L. “Dottie” Mochamer, 96, Topeka: Nov. 24, 1925 – Aug. 20, 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. – Dolores L. “Dottie” Mochamer, 96, passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. She was born Nov. 24, 1925, on the family farm near Vassar, Kan., the daughter of Herbert and Ethel (Kinter) Barnhart.

Dottie had grown up near the Vassar and Lyndon, Kan., communities. She had lived in Melvern, then Ozawkie for 24 years, and Topeka for 20 years. She had wintered in Florida for 20 years as well.

Dottie had worked at Hallmark Cards as a section manager for 38 years. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Methodist church. She had lived life to the fullest, and enjoyed every day like it was her last.

Juhree Ladelle Sherrod Vanderpool, 91, Newkirk: Sept. 5, 1930 – Aug. 12, 2022

NEWKIRK, Okla. – Juhree Ladelle Sherrod Vanderpool, 91, entered her eternal home Aug. 12, 2022, in Ponca City, Okla. She was born Sept. 5, 1930, in Perry, Okla., to Emily Jeannette Adams Sherrod and Virgil Vere Sherrod.

Juhree attended kindergarten through sixth grade at Perry Grade and Elementary School.

In 1942 she moved with her family to Newkirk, Okla., and received the rest of her schooling in Newkirk. She graduated with the class of 1948 as co-valedictorian of her class.

After moving to Newkirk, she often assisted her grandfather Charlie Adams with his horses. During this time, one of the horses stepped on her toe and she could not get the horse to move. So, she simply had to stand there with the horse standing on her toe until her grandfather came and made the horse move.

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