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Carol Ohse, 87, Carbondale: Jan. 24, 1937 – May 31, 2024

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Carol L. Ohse, 87, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Friday, May 31, 2024, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Lebo, Kan., the daughter of Lloyd and Margaret Anona (Elmore) Stevens.

Carol graduated with the Carbondale High School class of 1955.

She was united in marriage to Henry Ohse, Aug. 7, 1956, in New Mexico. From this union two sons were born, William and Michael Ohse. Carol and Henry shared more than 67 years of marriage.

Carol was a secretary at Forbes Filed Air Force Base, Topeka. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing. She enjoyed fishing and boating at Pomona Lake, Pomona, Kan.

Albert Lewis Sr., 78, Topeka: Aug. 4, 1945 – May 24, 2024

TOPEKA, Kan. – Albert Lewis Sr., 78, of Osage City, Kan., passed away May 24, 2024, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Albert was born Aug. 4, 1945, in Enid, Okla.

Albert was a lifelong resident of Topeka until moving to Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. He grew up attending school in Topeka and at East Topeka High School. Growing up, Albert enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cutting wood. He also worked on racecars at Dreasher Speedway, in East Topeka. Albert loved archery and was a member of the Topeka Bow Hunter’s Club, claiming a personal best of a 215 lb. draw on his bow. Albert worked for many years at Petros in Topeka, then at Kansas Orthotics and Prosthetics until his retirement in the mid 1990s.

Albert’s interest in ham radio operation was a hobby he shared with his wife, Sonia (Irish) Lewis. They were united in marriage Sept. 7, 1965, in Topeka. She preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are his parents, Lyle and Ruby (Bowers) Clark.

His outgoing personality and ornery nature are lovingly remembered by his daughters, Ruby Tate (Gary) and Terri Fields, all of Topeka; son, Albert Lewis Jr. (Angie), Osage City; three brothers, Henry Clark (Debbi), Emporia, Kan., David Clark (Nola), Topeka, and Bobby Lewis (Ruth), Topeka; and 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Virginia Ruth Downs, 90, Topeka: Feb. 17, 1934 – May 29, 2024

TOPEKA, Kan. – Virginia Ruth Downs, 90, passed away May 29, 2024, at Kelly House, Topeka, Kan. She was born, the daughter of Alfred Edward and Emma Julia (Purdy) Waetzig.

She married Delbert L. Downs, June 8, 1952. She was born and raised in Carbondale, Kan., and moved to Topeka after her marriage.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Uhl, of Topeka; son, Darren (Jonna) Downs, Topeka; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, June Onnen and Peggy Owens, both of Topeka, and Alice Bernhardt and Carol Ashwill, both of Carbondale; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Delbert Dean Downs; her parents, three brothers, and seven sisters.

The family will greet friends during visitation 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Parker-Price and Davidson Funeral Home, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka, KS 66608. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Carbondale Cemetery, Carbondale.

Richard Jones Sr., 85, Burlingame: Nov. 8, 1938 – May 31, 2024

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Richard L. Jones Sr., 85, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away Friday, May 31, 2024, at Brookside Health and Rehab, Overbrook, Kan. He was born Nov. 8, 1938, at Burlingame, the son of Samuel E. and Margaret (King) Jones.

Richard attended Osage County grade schools and graduated from Osage City High School.

He worked for Sommer Bros Seed Company and Good Year Tire and Rubber Company, and retired from Hamm Quarries. He also farmed and raised livestock.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a 55 plus-year member of Fairplain Grange.

He married Dixie Renyer, Aug. 19, 1967. They shared more than 44 years of marriage before her passing Nov. 8, 2011. To this union two sons were born, Richard L. Jones Jr., Overbrook, and Samuel C. Jones, Lebo, Kan.

Valee Lynn Brown, 60, Osage City: Oct. 6, 1963 – May 26, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Valee Lynn Brown, 60, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2024, at her home in Osage City, Kan., surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 6, 1963, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Theodore and Una Prost Bronson.

Valee grew up in Osage City and graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1982. Following high school, Valee attended cosmetology school in Topeka.

Valee’s father passed away when she was a young woman. Her stepfather, Mike Bronson adopted Valee and was always considered Grandpa Bronson by her children.

She was forever joined in marriage to Steve Brown, Sept. 6, 1985, in Topeka, Kan. Valee and Steve briefly lived in Illinois and Arizona before moving back to Osage City in 1988. After a few months they bought a home just south of town and raised their family. They have remained there ever since.

Valee spent several years as a para for the Osage City school district. She later owned and operated Country Clipper Salon. In recent years, Valee worked as a clerk in the Osage County Treasurer’s Office.

Marguerite (Schnoor) Atchison, 93, Osage City: Oct. 15, 1930 – May 10, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Marguerite (Schnoor) Atchison, 93, long-time resident of Osage City, Kan., passed away May 10, 2024, at Downs Care & Rehab, where she had been a resident for a short time. She moved to Beloit, Kan., in January 2020 to be closer to her daughter Vanessa, just before the COVID pandemic. Marguerite was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Burden, Kan. The daughter of Theodore G. and Sarah Elizabeth (Gray) Schnoor, she was the first born of four children.

Marguerite married Andrew Elias Ashby, to which two children were born, Sarah and Richard. They divorced. She later married John Atchison, to which two more children were born, John and Vanessa. They later divorced, eventually remained friends, and looked out for one another in their later years.

Sewing had always been something Marguerite loved to do, and often made clothes for Vanessa when she was little. Marguerite worked at the sewing factory in Burlingame, Kan., for a few years alongside her sister, Helen. Later, she worked at Luce Press Clipping, in Topeka, Kan. When she applied for the job, she was told that she was overqualified, but that didn’t stop her from applying again, to which she was hired! After several years of employment, when Marguerite was more than old enough to retire, they bribed her with a new office chair, as she had often complained of hers being uncomfortable. The new chair was enough that she continued to work for Luce another year or two, until it was time the company was downsizing, and she took a small buy-out.

After retirement, Marguerite began going to the senior citizen center, in Osage City, which she quite enjoyed. While there, she played cards and dominoes, helped make quilts, put together puzzles, and made new friends. Marguerite also helped with the collection and counting of money for Meals on Wheels. In addition to all of her activities at the senior center, Marguerite was a member of the F.O.E. 3890 Auxiliary, in Osage City.

Cynthia R. Schierling, 81, Lebo: April 23, 1943 – May 21, 2024

LEBO, Kan. – Cynthia R. “Cindy” Schierling (81), of Lebo, Kan., died at home on May 21, 2024. She was born April 23, 1943, in Kingman, Kan., to Frederick Henry Tolar and Alma Louise Schoeneman.

Cindy’s father, Fred, was killed in the European theater in WWII. She had no siblings. Cindy and her mother and stepfather, Jerrell Q. Russell, lived in Abilene, Kan., and Rankin, Texas, then settled in Tulsa, Okla.

Cindy spent her senior year of high school living abroad in Frankenberg-Eder, Germany, as an exchange student. She became fluent in the German language. In the years following, she graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Arkansas in 1964, a master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1966, and finally a Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State University in 1984.

Cindy met her loving husband, John Schierling, on a blind date while attending Kansas State University. They were married Dec. 27, 1965, in Tulsa. Cindy and John began their married life in Denver, Colo. They returned to Williamsburg, Kan., in 1968, later moving to Elmdale, Kan. in 1973. They moved to their current home in the Melvern, Kan., area in 1999. They celebrated 58 years of marriage together.

Cody Larry Christenson, 36, Quenemo: Sept. 18, 1987 – May 14, 2024

QUENEMO, Kan. – Cody Larry Christenson, 36, of Quenemo, Kan., passed away unexpectedly May 14, 2024. He was greeted in Heaven by his father, Larry Christenson. Cody was born Sept. 18, 1987, in Billings, Mont.

Cody loved his family and cherished his friends. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, a true animal lover who enjoyed fishing, trapping, and hunting while helping out on the family farm. Cody had a keen interest in bodybuilding and nutrition.

He was also a huge baseball and football fan who enjoyed watching the Chiefs, Packers and Cowboys.  Cody always took extreme pride in what he did. He was very meticulous and detail oriented.

Cody loved being around his nieces and nephews, always enjoying family gatherings.  He looked up to his five older sisters as well. Cody wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a sweet, kind man who lit up the room with his charismatic personality and contagious laugh. He always dreamed of getting married and having a family of his own.

Leo G. Babler, 93, Osage City: Aug. 27, 1930 – May 11, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Leo Gale Babler, 93, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. He had been in declining health for the last five years after suffering a stroke at home. Leo Gale Babler was born on Aug. 27, 1930, in Stephenson County, Ill., the son of William J. and Azora D. (Garnes) Babler. He was the youngest of five children.

Leo played sports in high school, graduating from Orangeville, Ill., High School in 1948. He then attended Dubuque University for one year on a basketball scholarship before returning to the Orangeville-Freeport area.

Leo was joined in marriage to Shirley Reed in Illinois, and they were the parents of one son, Michael Gale. They were divorced. Later, while stationed at Forbes AFB, Topeka, Kan., Leo met and married Phyllis Ann Markley, of Lyndon, Kan. They were the parents of three children, Lyle Blaine, David Lee, and Lisa Ann. Phyllis preceded him in death in 1994.

Leo enlisted in the United States Air Force in December 1951, completing basic training at Lackland AFB, in Texas. He completed gunnery training at several military bases, and then was a tail gunner in the Korean War, flying multiple combat missions.

After the Korean War, Leo completed training for inflight air refueling on KC135 aircraft and was a boom operator. He would joke that he kept the colonels employed, with them flying him around so he could hook up to and refuel the aircraft midflight. He was assigned to the Southeast Asia area during the Vietnam War, flying more than 100 support missions, mostly refueling the B52 bombers that were keeping tabs on Russia.

Paul Dean Parks, 82, Miller: Dec. 17, 1941 – May 13, 2024

MILLER, Kan. – Paul Dean Parks, 82, passed away Monday, May 13, 2024, at his son’s home in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Dec. 17, 1941, near Admire, Kan., the son of George and Ellen Holmes Parks.

Paul attended Northern Heights High School, where he graduated with the class of 1960. He briefly worked at Diddie Glaser, in Emporia, Kan., following graduation.

Paul was forever joined in marriage to Carlene Marie Burenheide on July 3, 1961, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emporia. Paul and Carlene made their home on a farm near Miller, Kan. They would spend the next 54 years together on the farm.

While Carlene was raising their family, Paul was raising chickens, pigs, cattle as well as soy beans, milo and corn. Paul served his community for several years as a member of the Rural Water District No. 7 board.

Diana Kay Berry, 75, Osage City: Jan. 9, 1949 – May 13, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Diana Kay Berry, 75, of Osage City, Kan., went to be with her Lord on May 13, 2024. Diana was born Jan. 9, 1949, at Harveyville, Kan., the daughter of Chester and Flora Berry.

She graduated from Harveyville High School, Harveyville, Kan. Diana completed her associate degree at Christ for the Nation Bible College, Dallas, Texas, and became a minister.

The Lord placed up on her heart to start her own Hidden Treasures Ministry. She held many office positions in the Women’s Aglow ministry, and was involved in 24 years of prison ministry. Diana took ministry trips through Europe and Israel. She not only ministered at home but internationally, and supported international teams.

Diana will be forever remembered and loved by her siblings, Delores (Delbert) Tucker, of Admire, Kan., Linda Berry, Osage City, LaDonna (Marc) Pierce, Americus, Kan., Connie (Jim) Gardner, Osage City, Robert (Margit) Berry, Admire, and Kenneth (Chelsea) Berry, Osage City.

Stephanie Ann Herrick, 48, Burlington: May 22, 1975 – May 10, 2024

BURLINGTON, Kan. – Stephanie Ann Herrick, 48, passed away Friday, May 10, 2024, at Life Care Center, Burlington, Kan. She was born May 22, 1975, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Kerry and Mary (LeValley) Kitt.

Stephanie grew up in Lyndon, Kan., and graduated from Lyndon High School in 1994. She had lived in Osage City, Lebo, and Waverly, Kan., and had been in Burlington for the last nine years.

Stephanie had battled muscular dystrophy since high school. She loved butterflies.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary.

Alva P. Feltner, 72, Osage City: Sept. 7, 1951 – May 5, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Alva P. Feltner, 72, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2024, at Midland Hospice, in Topeka, Kan. He was born Sept. 7, 1951, at Varner’s corner, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Charles and Ruth (Reese) Feltner.

Alva had been a lifelong resident of Osage City. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1970.

Alva had been a dedicated employee at Benner-Williams Furniture Store, and then at Kan-Build. After health issues forced him to slow down, he was a driver for Branine Motors, all in Osage City. He had been a member of the Kiwanis, and delivered for Meals on Wheels.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth.

Mary Kathryn ‘Mary K.’ Jones, 93, Melvern: Sept. 7, 1930 – May 8, 2024

MELVERN, Kan. – Mary Kathryn “Mary K.” Jones was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Fairfield, Iowa, one of five children born to Jesse Dale and Kathryn May (Ryan) Green. Even though she was born in Iowa, she grew up on the family farm three miles east of Melvern, Kan., on the “River Road”. She departed this life on May 8, 2024, in Osage City, Kan., at the age of 93 years, eight months, and one day.

She attended the Rock Creek one-room schoolhouse east of Melvern before transferring to Melvern Schools, where she graduated in 1948. While attending school at Melvern, she was a classmate of her future husband, although they didn’t date until after graduation. On Aug. 10, 1951, she married Bill F. Jones, in Garnett, Kan. They enjoyed more than 63 years together, raising two children, Kathryn “Kathy” and William “Butch”. Bill passed away Aug. 12, 2013.

Mary K. attended Kansas State Teachers College, at Emporia, Kan., where she earned a teaching certificate. She taught for one year in Valley School, a one-room schoolhouse three miles west of Melvern, then a second grade classroom at Melvern Schools for two years.

After her marriage to Bill, he was drafted and she went to work in the offices at Santa Fe Railroad, in Topeka, Kan., until he was discharged. They then purchased and made plans to move to their family farm southeast of Melvern, where she was a homemaker and helped on the farm.

Phyllis Arlene Bagby, 92, Overbrook: Feb. 23, 1932 – May 6, 2024

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Phyllis Arlene (King) Bagby, 92, of Overbrook, Kan., died Monday, May 6, 2024, at Brookside Assisted Living, Overbrook. She was born Feb. 23, 1932, in Richland, Kan., the daughter of Ernest and Dora Mae (Lee) King.

She graduated from Berryton Rural High School with the class of 1950.

On Aug. 9, 1950, Phyllis was united in marriage to Leon Robert Bagby, in Richland, Kan. They spent 48 loving years together until his passing in 1998.

Phyllis worked as a payroll supervisor at Josten’s for 27 years.

She was a part of the Twin Mound Cemetery Association, Overbrook Auxiliary, Clinton Presbyterian Women’s Group, Clinton Historical Society, and Clinton Quilters. Phyllis was a member of Stull United Methodist Church and Stull United Methodist Women.

Jamison Charles Tevis, 42, Lyndon: June 23, 1981 – May 4, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Jamison Charles Tevis, 42, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kan. He was born June 23, 1981, in Garden City, Kan., the son of Bruce and Marcia (Feltner) Tevis.

Jamie had lived most of his life in the Lyndon, Kan., community. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 2000.

Jamie worked many jobs through the years, but he was owner and operator of Tevis Plumbing and Construction for the last 10 years. He played football at Pittsburg State University, and St. Mary’s College, Leavenworth, Kan.

Jamie was an avid hunter, loved fishing, and working on and building motorcycles. He had been a mixed martial arts fighter for several years and he was always a champion of the underdog. His last step was to be an organ donor hero.

William David Criqui, 80, Melvern: June 15, 1943 – April 29, 2024

MELVERN, Kan. – William David Criqui, 80, passed away Monday, April 29, 2024, at his home near Melvern, Kan. He was born June 15, 1943, in Melvern, the son of Herb and Mary (Barbee) Criqui.

Bill, as he was known by many, graduated from Melvern High School in 1961. He had lived in and around Melvern all of his life except for wintering in Lake Havasu, Ariz., in his later years.

Bill served in the United States Army from January 1966 to October 1968 in communications. After his service, he and Jack Lacey created B&J Garage – although they later pursued other career opportunities their friendship and love for mechanics remained. Bill’s extensive career was at the Kansas Turnpike Authority as a mechanic and shop supervisor for 28 years until his retirement. Post retirement, he joined the Local 101 Union for five years, officially retiring from the 8 to 5 grind with McAnany Construction as a master mechanic.

He had been a member of the Melvern Church of God and the American Legion Post 317, Melvern. When he wasn’t working in his home garage, Bill enjoyed shooting pool and playing cards with good friends and buddies.

Marilyn A. Allen, 82, Osage City: July 1, 1941 – April 30, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Marilyn A. Allen, 82, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at her home in Osage City, Kan. Marilyn Ann Moxley was born July 1, 1941, in Osage City, the daughter of Clarence “CM” Milton and Dorothy (Pierson) Moxley.

She graduated from Osage City High School in 1959, and from Kansas State University with a master’s degree in education.

She was joined in marriage to Dale D. Allen, May 20, 1972.

Mrs. Allen taught elementary school students for many years in Topeka, Kan., at Lowman Hill and Lundgren schools.

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