Category Archives: Obituaries

Carrol (Ramsey) Niles Henderson, 92, Lyndon: June 12, 1926 – Nov. 5, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Carrol (Ramsey) Niles Henderson, 92, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Via Christi Hospital, Wichita, Kan. She was born on June 12, 1926, in Ft. Scott, Kan., the daughter of Dr. Arch and Nellie (Kelly) Ramsey.

Carrol grew up in Uniontown, Kan., and had lived near Lyndon, Kan., from 1950 to 2015, when she moved to Wichita.

Carrol attended Ft. Scott Junior College and then transferred to Kansas State University where she earned a BS in General Home Economics in 1948.

Carrol worked as an Extension home agent for Leavenworth County, and in 1950 was the first Extension home economist for Coffey County. She was the first female school board member for Lyndon Schools in the early 1960s. In 1974, she received her MS in Institutional Management from K-State. She served on the Kansas Dietetic Associations Committee for licensure of dieticians in 1988, became the first licensed dietitian in the state of Kansas in 1991, and was the Distinguished Kansas Dietitian. As a dietitian, Carrol planned meals for several nursing homes over the years, the first of which were in Lyndon and Overbrook.

Frances Kay Coffman, 71, Melvern: Jan. 11, 1947 – Nov. 3, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – Frances Kay Coffman, 71, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Jan. 11, 1947, on a farm near the Alpine community, the daughter of John Wardie and Pearl Edna (Burnett) Davis.

Frances’ family moved to Topeka, where she graduated from Topeka High School in 1965. She worked for Palmer News for several years, and after moving to Melvern, Kan., in 1997, she worked at the Mayes House, in Melvern.

On March 24, 1972, Frances was married to Carl Coffman, in Lyndon, Kan.

Mary Ann Coffee, 75, Vassar: Aug. 26, 1943 – Oct. 18, 2018

VASSAR, Kan. – Mary Ann Coffee, 75, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Aug. 26, 1943, in Edwardsville, Ill., the daughter of John and Ruth Dolejs Rojak.

Mary Ann had lived in Collinsville, Ill., before moving to Vassar in 2002. She had been a legal secretary for many years and retired from Husch & Eppenberger Law Firm in St. Louis, Mo. Mary Ann was active in the Illinois VFW Auxiliary and was State President in 2001-2002.

Theodore Crook, 72, Overbrook: Sept. 18, 1946 – Oct. 25, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Theodore W. “Ted” Crook, 72, of Overbrook, Kan., was delivered unto eternal life, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. Ted was born Sept. 18, 1946, in Topeka, the son of Lawrence Leslie Crook and Sarah (Benton) Crook.

Ted graduated from Shawnee Heights High School. He served our country during the Vietnam Conflict in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Korea.

He was united in marriage to Helen Earlene Bledsoe on May 6, 1966, in Topeka. They shared nearly 48 years of marriage before her death on Feb. 21, 2014.

Arthur William Atchison, 90, Osage City: April 18, 1928 – Oct. 30, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Arthur William (Bill) Atchison, 90, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. He was born on April 18, 1928, in Arvonia, Kan. He was the son of John Henry and Florence (Gunterman) Atchison.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Osage City, Kan. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On Dec. 24, 1951, he married Helen Schnoor.

Bill worked in farming and was a mechanic at Nordling Motors. Later he drove a truck for Thompson Truck Line. From 1978 to 1993, Bill and Helen owned and operated the Dew Drop Inn, in Osage City. 

Jeanne Louise Bond, 81, Overbrook: June 23, 1937 – Oct. 28, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Jeanne Louise (Kingery) Bond, 81, went home to the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, surrounded by her family. Jeanne was born on June 23, 1937, near Lone Star, Kan., to Everett William Kingery and Mary Elizabeth (Sanders) Kingery.

Jeanne was married to Roland Arthur Bond on Oct. 23, 1953. Jeanne and Roland brought seven children into this world, Michael, Steven, Pamela, Cynthia, Stanley, Jeffrey and Brenda. Jeanne loved her family greatly and enjoyed loving on 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Jeanne attended a one-room school near Globe until the eighth grade and then attended Overbrook High School, Overbrook, Kan. Jeanne and Bus were high school sweethearts. She started working at O’Bryhim’s Grocery Store, in Overbrook, in 1967. She worked there in various positions, but for most of those years, she worked behind the meat counter with her loving smile until she retired in 2011.

Daryl Leroy Strohm Sr., 69, Scranton: Sept. 24, 1949 – Oct. 15, 2018

SCRANTON, Kan. – Daryl Leroy Strohm Sr., 69, of Scranton, Kan., passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Sept. 24, 1949, at Topeka, Kan., the son of Lester Leroy and Emily Lois George Strohm.

Daryl graduated from Dover High School in 1967. He worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and later owned and operated Kansas Sewing Machine Company, from 1985 until he retired in 2012. He attended the Burlingame Federated Church since 1982, was a Boy Scout leader in Scranton for several years, and in his younger years was an avid outdoors man.

Kevin Ray Good, 64, Vassar: Feb. 17, 1954 – Oct. 16, 2018

VASSAR, Kan. – Kevin Ray Good, 64, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at his home in Vassar, Kan. He was born on Feb. 17, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Raymond and Betty Musick Good.

Kevin grew up in LaCygne, Kan., and had lived in Ottawa, Kan., for many years before moving to Vassar in 2005. He worked for Haven Steel, which became Schuff Steel, in Ottawa, until his retirement after 34 years of service.

Thomas David Hawk, 86, Carbondale: May 4, 1932 – Oct. 4, 2018

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Thomas “Tom” David Hawk, 86, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, after an illness. He was born in Yale, Okla., on May 4, 1932, to Ralph and Dorotha Murphy Hawk.

Tom went to high school in Albuquerque, N.M. He attended Grace and Glory Bible School in Kansas City, Mo., and was ordained a minister of the Gospel in 1951.

Lorraine G. Wright, 92, Topeka: Sept. 6, 1926 – Oct. 6, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Lorraine G. Wright, 92, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 6, 1926, at Gridley, Kan., the daughter of Silas and Hazel (Zink) Laws.

Lorraine moved to Topeka in 1970. She worked at Seymour Foods for several years before they closed. She then began a long career at Highland Park High School, helping with food preparation. She retired in 1994. Lorraine attended Full Gospel Lighthouse Church.

Suzanne M. Nelson, 96, Overbrook: March 20, 1922 – Oct. 3, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Suzanne  M. “Meme” Nelson, 96, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. “Meme” was born March 20, 1922, in Paris, France, one of three children born to Henri and Louise Quignon.

Shortly after World War II, she married an American G.I. named Gilman Nelson, in November of 1945. Gilman brought “Meme” to the United States on the ship President Tyler (Meme’s great-grandson was named Tyler because of his great-grandparents) and they lived Lake Preston, S.D., from 1946 until 2002, when she moved to Watertown, S.D. She moved to Topeka in 2017.  

Donald Edward DeCock Jr., 79, Ottawa: April 18, 1939 – Sept. 26, 2018

OTTAWA, Kan. – Donald Edward DeCock, Jr., 79, of Ottawa, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at the Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa. He was born April 18, 1939, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Edward Donald DeCock and Marian Jeni (Vanderslice) DeCock.

He was a near lifelong Ottawa resident graduating from Ottawa High School with the class of 1957. After graduation, Don served his country in the United State Army for 11 years attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Expert Badge for the M-14 and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a drill sergeant and a member the 24th Combat Engineer Infantry. Don was a lifelong skilled laborer, working many years for Skyhook as a painter and for Bob Becket Construction as a steel building builder.

Birgitta Maria Meisner, 75, Admire: Aug. 18, 1943 – Sept. 26, 2018

ADMIRE, Kan. – Birgitta M. Meisner, 75, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at her home in Admire, Kan. Birgitta Maria Zaring was born Aug. 18,1943, in Orebro, Sweden, the daughter of Sven and Margit Zaring.

She graduated high school and received a degree in accounting in Sweden. She came to the United States in 1965 to be a nanny.

She later married George L. Meisner on Aug. 30, 1966, in New London, Conn. She and her husband, George, owned and operated Meisner Nursing Home, in Osage City, Kan.; it was later named Osage Manor. They retired in 1988.

Jason Darran Pittman, 53, Bonner Springs: Sept. 2, 1965 – Sept. 25, 2018

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. – Jason D. Pittman, 53, of Bonner Springs, Kan., passed away Sept. 25, 2018, at home. Jason was born Sept. 2, 1965, in Chillicothe, Mo.

He graduated from Chillicothe High School and attended Mizzou before graduating from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. Jason worked for the State of Kansas Youth Center, in Atchison, Kan., then SRS (now DCF), in Kansas City, Kan., for nine years. He joined the Kansas City Police Department in 2003 and retired on Sept. 1.

Kathryn ‘Kay’ Woodbury, 83, Quenemo: May 6, 1935 – Sept. 19, 2018

QUENEMO, Kan. – Kathryn Ann “Kay” Woodbury, 83, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Fields of Brookside, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on May 6, 1935, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of J. Manuel and Marie White Hughes.

Kathryn grew up in Emporia and graduated from Emporia High School in 1953. She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Emporia State University in 1957 and was a teacher of English and foreign languages in Wichita and Osage City, Kan. She received her master’s degree from Emporia State University in 1962. She worked many years as a substitute teacher. She had lived near Olivet, Kan., until moving in 1968 to the current Woodbury Farms headquarters, north of Quenemo, Kan.

Michael E. Stewart, 60, Overbrook: Jan. 7, 1958 – Sept. 20, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Michael E. Stewart, 60, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at the Topeka VA Hospital. Michael was born Jan. 7, 1958, in Topeka, Kan., the son of James and Judith Miller Stewart.

He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1976, where he was Kansas State Pole Vaulting Champion and participated in gymnastics. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Persian Gulf War. Michael worked for Stewart Masonry and later Brick Masters Inc.

Paula Ann Kendall, 85, Topeka: Sept. 26, 1932 – Sept. 19, 2018

SCRANTON, Kan. – Paula Ann (Humbert) Kendall, 85, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at her home in Scranton, Kan. Paula was born Sept. 26, 1932, in Borger, Texas, the daughter of Paul and Norlene (Gray) Humbert.

She married William “Dick” Kendall, Sept. 27, 1949, in Topeka. He survives. Other survivors include four sons, R. Michiel (Janet) Kendall, of Ft. Worth, Texas, William “Tom” (Janice) Kendall, Lyndon, Kan., John (Sandy) Kendall, Topeka, and Chris (Anna) Kendall, Scranton; a daughter, Kerry (Ted) Graf, Topeka; a sister, Nina (Peter) Mendoza, Carbondale, Kan.; and 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Don Masenthin, 77, Topeka: Aug. 27, 1941 – Sept. 12, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Don Masenthin, 77, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at his home in Topeka, Kan. He was born on Aug. 27, 1941, on a farm near Vassar, Kan., the son of Walter and Lydia Poertner Masenthin.

Don grew up on a farm near Lyndon and Vassar, and had lived in Burlingame, Lyndon and Wichita, Kan., before moving to Topeka.

Don had worked for Sears as a service tech and then salesman, and had been an agent for the Aid Association for Lutherans. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, where he had served as a trustee and had been a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League.

Bruce Duane Rieck, 69, Burlingame: Sept. 21, 1948 – Sept. 3, 2018

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Bruce Duane Rieck, 69, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away at the home on Sept. 3, 2018. Bruce was born Sept. 21, 1948, in Topeka, Kan., to Leonard and Elsie Rieck.

Bruce graduated from Burlingame High School in 1966, and attended Kansas State University for a short time before joining the Army Reserves. There he trained as a medic.

He was married to Donna on April 4, 1968, in Burlingame.

Leitha Farwell, 82, Lyndon: May 13, 1936 – Sept. 7, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Leitha Farwell, 82, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born on May 13, 1936, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Wilbur and Clara Tunis Light.

Leitha grew up in Dunlap, Ill., and lived in Peoria, Ill., and Topeka and Lyndon, Kan. The last four years she has wintered in Venice, Fla., and summered in Lyndon.

Leitha had worked for UPS in Ottawa for 24 years in the accounting department; she then worked for Neosho County Community College in Ottawa. She was a member of the Lakeside Lutheran Church, in Florida, and the Lutheran Women’s Guild.

Rebecca Jane Brown, 67, Baldwin City: Aug. 31, 2018

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Rebecca Jane (Kerr) Brown, 67, of Baldwin City, Kan., passed away unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Rebecca “Becky” was born in Ohio, where she and her brother Bobby were adopted by Dr. Samuel Earl and Josephine Kerr.

Becky went on to attend Baker University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Becky was introduced to Jesse “Bud” Brown while attending Baker University and they fell in love. They were married Aug. 15, 1970, and enjoyed 43 years together.

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