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Carol Louise Shepherd, 80, Burlingame: April 15, 2021 – July 12, 1940

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Carol Louise Shepherd, 80, Burlingame, Kan., passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Medical Center, Topeka, Kan. She was born July 12, 1940, in Overbrook, Kan., the daughter of Millard “Mid” Bond and Bernice (Trendel) Bond.

Carol grew up in Overbrook, and graduated from Overbrook High School with the class of 1958. Shortly after that time she moved to the Burlingame area and has lived there since.

On Sept. 6, 1963, Carol was united in marriage to Donald John Shepherd, at Overbrook Methodist Church. They shared 38 years together until Don’s death in 2002. She was proud to be a farmer’s wife.

Donna Jo (Ormsby) Parker Miller, 75, Lacassas, Tenn.: July 13, 1945 – April 16, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – With profound sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Donna Jo (Ormsby) Parker Miller, to all whose lives she touched, on April 16, 2021. She left this world peacefully at her son’s residence in Lascassas, Tenn., after four years of complications following brain surgery. She was 75 years old.

Donna lived through many adventures in her life. The most incredible being the oldest of nine children. She had a variety of jobs during her life, including being a waitress at Dean’s Drive-In in Osage City, Kan., a supervisor at the Burlingame Sewing Factory, a waitress at Peggy Sue’s restaurant, a deconner at Wolf Creek Nuclear Station, and a campsite host at campgrounds in numerous states. She loved cooking, bowling, camping, reading, playing cards, traveling, and crafting, and was highly skilled with a sewing machine and a crochet hook. She was known for her love of sunflowers, owls and lady bugs. Most importantly, she loved her family.

Kathryn Elaine (Rose) Wischropp, 82, Wichita: July 30, 1938 – April 15, 2021

WICHITA, Kan. – Kathryn Elaine (Rose) Wischropp, 82, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Park West Plaza Retirement Community, Wichita. Kathryn was born July 30, 1938, the daughter of Orville and Willene (Wiggins) Rose, on a farm near Quenemo, Kan.

Kathryn spent her early life in the Lyndon and Vassar, Kan., communities. She graduated from Vassar Grade School, Lyndon High School, Butler County Community College, and Kansas State University. She was in the second nursing class to graduate from Butler County Community College and worked at hospitals in El Dorado and Manhattan, Kan.

Delores Kay Piland, 79, Emporia: Nov. 7, 1941 – April 15, 2021

EMPORIA, Kan.  – Delores Kay Piland, 79, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Holiday Resort, Emporia, Kan. She was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Robert and Gladys Hooper Duesler.

Delores earned her nursing degree from the Newman Hospital Nursing Program, in Emporia. She had worked as a registered nurse for more than 50 years, retiring after working for the Shawnee County Health Department.

Ruth L. Shogren-Fienhage, 94, Scranton: July 23, 1926 – April 11, 2021

SCRANTON, Kan. – Ruth L. Shogren-Fienhage, 94, of Scranton, Kan., passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook, Kan. She was born July 23, 1926, in Volney, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Velva (Shobondy) Hargesheimer.

She was united in marriage Tom Shogren, until his passing on March 19, 1993. She later married Frank A. Fienhage Jr., July 24, 2000, in Lyndon, Kan.; they shared three years of marriage until his passing on March 25, 2003.

Ruth worked at the Topeka, Kan., VA Hospital doing work with the linen service.

William Albert ‘Bill’ Murray, 73, Oskaloosa: April 30, 1947 – April 9, 2021

OSKALOOSA, Kan. – William Albert “Bill” Murray passed into the arms of his Savior on April 9, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. He was born April 30, 1947, the son of Albert P. and Verna (Gentry) Murray.

Bill attended Whitson Grade School and Wanamaker Grade School. He belonged to Boy Scout Troop 10, and achieved the rank of Eagle. His first job was at his parents’ grocery store, Murray’s Market at 17th and Clay streets, in Topeka. Bill graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1965. He received an undergraduate BA degree in business from Washburn University in 1969.

Bill was drafted into the Army in August 1969, and received training at Ft. Leona

Fay M. Frey, 78, Vassar: Jan. 25, 1943 – April 11, 2021

VASSAR, Kan. – Fay M. Frey, 78, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021, at her home surrounded by family. Fay Mary Tefft was born Jan. 25, 1943, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Elton and Florence (Ridgely) Tefft. She grew up in Denver.

She was joined in marriage to Ralph Eugene Frey on Aug. 21, 1964, in Colorado. To this union six children were born, Amber, Donna, Derina, Cindy, Ronald and Matthew. They spent majority of their life in Colorado before moving to Vassar, Kan.

Fay was a loving housewife and homemaker to her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a very loving, kind, tolerant, nonjudgmental woman to everyone.

Dale E. “Sharky” Arb, 90, Melvern: Feb. 9, 1931 – April 10, 2021

MELVERN, Kan. – Dale E. “Sharky” Arb, 90, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at his home in Melvern, Kan. He was born Feb. 9, 1931, in Melvern, the son of Earl E. and Mary (Elliot) Arb.

Dale served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1955, during the Korean War. He was stationed in Alaska, where he was a motor pool mechanic, and was honorably discharged earning the rank of sergeant.

Dale worked as a crane operator for Santa Fe Railroad, in Topeka, Kan., for more than 42 years and retired in 1997. Dale’s true passion was being a farmer and stockman. He was also known for his legendary garden which he shared with many friends and family.

Lavern Clark, 82, Overbrook: Aug. 15, 1937 – May 21, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Lavern Clark, 82, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Aug. 15, 1937, in Trafford, Ala., the daughter of Oscar and Lena Mae Holloway Crawford.

Lavern grew up in Alabama and had lived in Lakeland, Fla., Williamsburg, Mo., and Lyndon, Kan.

Lavern was a homemaker, seamstress, and had worked as a cook for the Osage County Jail for nearly 10 years. She was a member of TOPS, and she enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens.

Bernice Arline (Brown) Lindburg, 77, Parkville, Mo.: May 8, 1943 – April 2, 2021

PARKVILLE, Mo. – Bernice Arline (Brown) Lindburg, 77, of Parkville, Mo., passed away Friday, April 2, 2021, at Northcare Hospice House. Bernice was born May 8, 1943, in Hays, Kan., to Loid and Beulah (Burnett) Brown.

She graduated in 1961 from Melvern High School, Melvern, Kan.

Shortly after graduation, on June 18, 1961, Bernice was united in marriage with Larry Alan Lindburg, in Melvern. This year would have marked 60 years together.

After finishing his basic training, Larry was stationed in Japan with the U.S. Air Force. During this time, Bernice remained in Melvern with other family members and their young daughter, Arline.

Charles R. ‘Skip’ Hull, 75, Overbrook: Jan. 16, 1946 – April 6, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Charles R. “Skip” Hull, 75, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away on April 6, 2021. He was born Jan. 16, 1946, at Ottawa, Kan., the son of Joseph William and Wilma Jean Bethell Hull.

Skip graduated from Waverly High School in 1964 and Pittsburg State College in 1969 with a degree in engineering technology. He was commissioned 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army in 1969, and served in Germany and Vietnam as a field artillery officer, achieving the rank of captain. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he worked as an engineer in the rubber industry and worked at companies such as Gates Rubber, Denver, Colo., Mission Rubber and Clay, Riverside, Calif., Industrial Rubber, Parker-Hannifin and Utex.

William ‘Bill’ Kent Hurner, 67, Overbrook: Sept. 4, 1953 – April 5, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – William “Bill” Kent Hurner, 67, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021, at his home in rural Overbrook, Kan. He was born Sept. 4, 1953, in Monroe, Neb., the son of Kenneth and Delores (Penhollow) Hurner.

Bill had lived in Scranton, Kan., for several years before moving to the farm near Overbrook in 1996.

Bill graduated from Nodaway County High School, Graham, Mo., in 1971. He served in the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1975 during the Vietnam War.

Bill married Orlana Snell, in January 2005. They shared more than 16 years of marriage.

Martha Ann Knight, 83, Ottawa: Oct. 1, 1937 – March 29, 2021

OTTAWA, Kan. – Martha Ann Knight, 83, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021, at her residence in Ottawa, Kan. She was born Oct. 1, 1937, in Quenemo, Kan., the daughter of Thomas and Myrtle (Cunning) Williams.

Martha grew up in Quenemo and attended Quenemo Schools.

On June 29, 1954, Martha was united in marriage to Donald Knight, at the courthouse in Ottawa.

Martha retired from Jostens Yearbook Company, Topeka, Kan., as a group leader in the negative department in 1987.

James D. “Dave” Williams, 67, Osage City: March 9, 1954 – March 26, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – James D. “Dave” Williams, 67, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born March 9, 1954, the son of Bud and Evelyn (Mundy) Williams, formerly of Scranton, Kan.

He spent most of his childhood years growing up in the Topeka, Kan., Scranton, and Osage City areas. He attended Capitol City High School, Topeka. Dave proudly worked as an over the road driver for more than 25 years.

Anyone who knew Dave knew that he didn’t just think outside the box, he lived there.

Robert Lee Skidmore, 63, Melvern: Nov. 5, 1957 – March 28, 2021

MELVERN, Kan. – Robert Lee Skidmore, 63, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at his home near Melvern, Kan. He was born Nov. 5, 1957, in Emporia, Kan., the son of John and Donna Lee (Burns) Skidmore.

Bob grew up in Lyndon, Kan., and graduated from Lyndon High School in 1975. He had always lived in Lyndon or near Melvern.

Bob started work on the construction of the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant and then worked there as an electrician for more than 30 years. He had also farmed the last few years. He was a Shriner and a member of the IBEW No. 304.

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