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Micheline Georgette Coen, 95, Elkhart: Sept. 11, 1927 – May 23, 2023

ELKHART, Kan. – Micheline Georgette Coen, 95, formerly of Elkhart, Kan., passed away May 23, 2023, at Peterson Assisted Living, Osage City, Kan. Micheline was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Mareuil-sur-Ay, France, to Victor and Louise Poulard.

She grew up in a happy home with two sisters and three brothers, working in the vineyards around their home and alongside her brother, Elie, at a local pharmacy.

During World War II, Micheline met an American soldier, Lloyd Coen. After a yes, some cold feet, and two extensions on his deployment (at Lloyd’s request), Micheline and Lloyd were united in marriage June 8, 1946, in Mareuil-sur-Ay. Micheline moved to the United States at the age of 19. The couple began their life together a few months later in Elkhart, which she grew to love as much as the French countryside.

Scott Daniel Cowdin, 47, Quenemo: March 31, 1976 – May 23, 2023

QUENEMO, Kan. – Scott Daniel Cowdin, 47, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at his home in Quenemo, Kan. He was born March 31, 1976, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of Danny Michael and Ginger Lea (Thornbrugh) Cowdin.

Scott graduated from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, Kan., in 1994.

He had worked as a painter for several years with his father and grandfather. He was a parts manager for NAPA Parts Store, in Ottawa, and had also worked at other parts stores in Ottawa. His interests were playing his guitar, fishing, and working on cars with his father.

Scott was married to Jessica Short, June 27, 2012, in Quenemo.

James E. Goodyear III, 62, Carbondale: April 5, 1961 – May 16, 2023

CARBONDALE, Kan. – James E. Goodyear III, 62, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at his home near Carbondale, Kan. Jim was born April 5, 1961, in Topeka, Kan., to James Jr. and Carol (Cooper) Goodyear.

He grew up in Overbrook, Kan., and graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1979.

Jim married Sandra Crispin, Jan. 23, 1983.

Jim worked for KP&L and Westar Energy from 1982 to 2015, when he retired. He loved learning about power plant technology, and was always coming home excited to tell Sandy about how the plant ran. After many years of being a certified instrument and controls technician, and obtaining boiler certifications, Jim became the operations trainer for Westar Energy.

Cynthia J. “Cindy” Lindsay, 67, Osage City: April 12, 1956 – May 12, 2023

OSAGE CITY, KAN. – Cynthia J. “Cindy” Lindsay, 67, peacefully passed away Friday, May 12, 2023, at Osage City Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan., surrounded by her loving family. Cynthia Jo Lang was born April 12, 1956, in Junction City, Kan., the daughter of Paul E. and Nancy I. (Blanton) Lang.

She graduated from Burlingame High School, Burlingame, Kan., in 1974.

She was joined in marriage to Patrick Duane Lindsay on July 20, 1974, in Burlingame. To this union two children were born, Nate and Jenny.

Cindy worked for a short time at Hallmark Cards, and then worked for Citizens State Bank in Osage City for 25 years. She later worked for Ogden Publications, Topeka, Kan., for nine years before retiring.

She was a member of the Burlingame Saddle Club, and became the club’s first woman president. She was a rodeo queen and held various positions with the club. Cindy was a very active 4-H leader, leading her kids to be very active members. She was very active in the 4-H livestock sale for many years. She was in the Osage County leadership class of 1993. Cindy was also involved in many medical studies, trying to find her a cure for Huntington’s disease.

William I. Allen, 76, Vassar: Oct. 21, 1946 – May 12, 2023

VASSAR, Kan. – William I. Allen, 76, passed away Friday, May 12, 2023, at his home near Vassar, Kan. He was born Oct. 21, 1946, in Peabody, Kan., the son of Irving and Marjorie (Seibel) Allen.

Bill had lived in Lyndon, Kan., for many years, and had lived near Vassar for the last 20 years.

Bill graduated from Lyndon High School in 1964. He then served in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1970. Bill had worked as a welder and truck driver for most of his life. He was a member of the Lyndon American Legion Post 125 and the NRA.

Albert G. Wamser Jr., 81, Osage City: March 28, 1942 – May 10, 2023

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Albert G. Wamser Jr., 81, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at his home in Osage City, Kan. Albert George Wamser Jr. was born March 28, 1942, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Albert George “Bert” and Hazel (Finn) Wamser.

He graduated in 1960 from Reading High School, Reading, Kan.

He was a cowboy and lived and worked on farms in and around Reading, and Sturgis, Ky. While in Kentucky, he was a member of the Sturgis General Baptist Church. Albert was currently attending the Burlington Baptist Bible Church. He was strong in his faith and loved sharing it with others.

Carl F. Meyer, 95, Osage City: Feb. 18, 1928 – May 6, 2023

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Carl F. Meyer, 95, passed away May 6, 2023, at Peterson’s Assisted Living, Osage City, Kan. Carl Frederick Meyer was born Feb. 18, 1928, on a farm outside of Osage City, to Charles Frederick and Laura I. (Thompson) Meyer.

He graduated from Osage City High School in 1946.

Carl is survived by his children, Laura DeBaun (Tom), Osage City, Karen Oliver (William), Shawnee, Kan., and Carl Meyer Jr. (Shera), Oskaloosa, Kan.; six grandchildren, Alex DeBaun (Tammi), Valley Center, Kan., Loren DeBaun (Letisha), Osage City, Kathryn Boss (Lucas), Osage City, Maureen Baraban (Brian), Overland Park, Kan., Will Oliver, Shawnee, and Owen Meyer, Oskaloosa; two step-grandchildren, Kelli George (Manoj), Olathe, Kan., and Jill Rogers (Gary), Tonganoxie, Kan.; and 12 great-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.

Milton L. Gilliland, 68, Topeka: Aug. 3, 1954 – Dec. 11, 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. – Milton L. Gilliland, 68, of Topeka, Kan., passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at University of Kansas Health System-St. Francis Campus, Topeka. He was born Aug. 3, 1954, the son of Frank Donald and Ina Lucille (Parker) Gilliland.

Milton grew up on a farm near Overbrook, Kan. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas and MBA from Baker University.

While attending KU, he met and married Rebecca “Becky” Eddy. They married on Nov. 10, 1979, in Merriam, Kan. Together, they shared 43 years of marriage.

Milton was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, reading, and bicycling. He was an avid animal lover and KU fan. Milton worked for St. Francis Hospital, and retired from human resources for the Veterans Administration.

Leo Williams, 84, Osage City: Nov. 26, 1938 – May 3, 2023

QUENEMO, Kan. – Leo Oliver Williams, 84, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, near Quenemo, Kansas. He was born on Nov. 26, 1938, the son of Lewis and Beulah (Royer) Williams, near Lyndon, Kan.

Leo grew up and had lived most of his life southeast of Lyndon. He had lived in Osage City, Kan., since 2003.

Leo graduated from Lyndon High School in 1956, and then received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University. He had served in the United States Army Reserve from 1960 to 1966. Leo had been a farmer and stockman for most of his life. He had also been the director of the Osage County Weed Department for 31 years, and had then worked part-time at the Osage County Transfer Station. He had been a member of the Lyndon school board and the Southeast Kansas Weed Directors Association. He was a member of the Lifepoint Church, Topeka, Kan.

Paul Edward Vowell, 83, McPherson: Aug. 18, 1939 – April 23, 2023

MCPHERSON, Kan. – Paul Edward Vowell, 83, of McPherson, Kan., formerly of Scranton, Kan., passed away April 23, 2023, peacefully with his family by his side. Paul was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Harveyville, Kan., the son of Elmer Vowell and Beulah (Teeter) Vowell.

He grew up in the Harveyville area, graduating from Harveyville Rural High School with the class of 1958.

He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force from January 1962 until January 1966, attaining the rank of airman 2nd class. He received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, twice, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and the Air Force Expeditionary Medal.

Paul was well known for his welding skills, often helping friends with their projects. Paul was even sought out by companies from out-of-state to utilize his expertise in completing welding projects.

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Yvonne Criqui, 50, Lebo: May 22, 1972 – May 3, 2023

LEBO, Kan. – Rebecca Yvonne Criqui, 50, of Lebo, Kan., passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at the Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born May 22, 1972, in Merriam, Kan., the daughter of Perry and Michaeline Vasquez Criqui.

Becky attended Lebo High School and graduated with the class of 1990.

Becky began working in the cafeteria at IBP while she was a senior in high school. She later took a position in the cafeteria at Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Station. Becky had previously worked several years as a cashier at BETO. She earned her CAN, which gave her the opportunity to later work at the Osage City Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan., and at Life Care Center, Burlington.

Debbie Louise Booth, 61, Melvern: Oct. 20, 1961 – May 3, 2023

MELVERN, Kan. – Debbie Louise Booth, 61, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at her home south of Melvern, Kan. She was born Oct. 20, 1961, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Larncie and Geneva (Benton) Booth.

Debbie grew up in Carbondale, Kan., and had lived there until moving to Melvern.

Debbie worked as a veteran’s benefits agent for the Veterans Administration for the last 12 years.

Jackie L. Cade, 72, Quenemo: April 26, 1951 – April 28, 2023

QUENEMO, Kan. – Jackie L. Cade, 72, passed away April 28, 2023, at his home in Quenemo, Kan. He was born April 26, 1951, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of Jasper and Sarah (Wadkins) Cade.

Jackie graduated from Quenemo High School in 1969. He then graduated from the U.S. Trade School, Kansas City, Mo., for auto body repair and paint. He worked for several body shops in Ottawa for five years before going to work for Duke Manufacturing, Ottawa, as a sheet metal finisher and painter. Jackie owned and operated his own auto and tire repair shop for three years. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Racing Association, racing drag bikes for three years. He then worked construction, joining Local 1290 Union where he worked until he retired in January 2016.

Lloyd Diamond, 81, Columbus, Neb.: April 2, 1942 – April 20, 2023

COLUMBUS, Neb. – Lloyd Diamond, 81, Columbus, Neb., died Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Lincoln, Neb. Lloyd was born April 2, 1942, in Topeka, Kan., to Astor and Katherine (Bayless) Diamond.

He graduated from Topeka High School, Topeka. Lloyd served in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1968. He served in Vietnam and achieved the rank of staff sergeant.

Lloyd married Connie Jo Lee, March 30,1962, in Quenemo, Kan. Lloyd lived in a number of towns including Denver, Colo., Topeka, and Columbus. They considered Topeka home, having lived a majority of time there, up until April 2014, when they moved to Columbus.

In his early years he enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors. Later in life he enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife and spending time with family.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 446, AARP, Knights of Columbus 3rd degree Council #9264, Knights of Columbus 4th degree Assembly #0605, and the American Legion.

Joe F. Casiano III, 69, Osage City: Oct. 29, 1953 – April 21, 2023

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Joe F. Casiano III, 69, passed away Friday, April 21, 2023, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born Oct. 29, 1953, in Waco, Texas, the son of Joe and Margaret (Palacios) Casiano II.

Joe grew up in Waco and had lived in Sherman, Texas, before moving to Osage City several years ago.

Joe had worked in construction most of his life and had worked at Orbis, in Osage City, for four years. He was a member of the Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, Lyndon, Kan.

Joe was united in marriage to Joy Wheeler, Feb. 3, 2012, in Sherman, Texas.

Grace Emily Marsh, 93, Overbrook: May 15, 1929 – April 13, 2023

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Grace Emily Marsh, 93, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at Pleasant View Home, Inman, Kan. She was born May 15, 1929, on a farm in Bancroft, Neb., to parents La Flesche and Marion Farley.

The family moved to Sioux City, Iowa, later in her childhood. Grace graduated in 1947 from East High School, in Sioux City.

Grace was married to Merle Marsh on June 18, 1949, in Sioux City. She and her family moved to Overbrook, Kan., in 1967, and she lived in the Overbrook area for most of the remainder of her life.

Grace resided in Pleasant View Home, at Inman, and received much appreciated loving care by the staff.

Grace loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and always shared hugs and good times with her family. She was an avid reader, and if found at home, usually had a good book in hers hands. She worked several years at Overbrook Grade School, and many years at Dr. Ruble’s medical clinic. She was a longtime member of Overbrook United Methodist Church.

Arley Ray Neilson, 91, Scranton: July 1, 1931 – April 16, 2023

SCRANTON, Kan. – Arley Ray Neilson, 91, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born July 1, 1931, near Vassar, Kan., the son of John and Halcie Marie (Goldsmith) Neilson.

Arley attended Vassar Grade School, and received his GED while in the service stationed in Korea. Most of his life was spent as a farmer and stockman. He also worked at Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant from 1987 to 1995. He served in the United States Army from May 1952 to April 1954, serving in the Korean War and being discharged at the rank of sergeant. Arley had served on several local boards, including the ASC Committee, the soil conservation board and the local water district board. He attended Grace Community Church, Overbrook, Kan.

On Aug. 4, 1955, Arley was united in marriage to Josephine Rose, in Lawrenceburg, Ind. To this union three children were born, Cathy, Ron and Robin.

Sharon Lee Hoover, 77, Pueblo, Colo.: July 1, 1945 – April 8, 2023

PUEBLO, Colo. – Sharon Lee Hoover, 77, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2023, at Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo, Colorado. She was born July 1, 1945, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Stuart Clyde and Iola Blanche Barnett Cowan.

Sharon attended Reading High School, Reading, Kan., and graduated with the class of 1963.

Sharon married the love of her life, William “Bill” Hoover, on Dec. 1, 1963, in Reading, Kan. Sharon and Bill made their home in Osage City, Kan., where she worked at Benner Williams before taking a position in the kitchen at the Osage City Schools. She served more than 20 years with the schools before her retirement in 2010.

Sharon had many interests throughout her life, which included cooking, sewing and reading. Bill and Sharon enjoyed traveling and camping, especially during their children’s formative years. She also enjoyed visiting with and catching up with family and friends.

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