Category Archives: Obituaries

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.

Alice Mae Bond, 69, Eudora: Sept. 11, 1948 – Aug. 30, 2018

EUDORA, Kan. – Alice Mae Bond, 69, of Eudora, Kan., passed away Aug. 30, 2018, at her home. She was born Sept. 11, 1948, in Gardner, Kan., the daughter of Alva L Kingery and Ruth (Conley) Kingery. Alice grew up in rural Pomona, Kan., and graduated from Overbrook High School, Overbrook, Kan., with the class of 1966.

Alice worked for O’Donnell Construction as a laborer for several years until her retirement. She also worked at Hercules Ammunition Plant, Desoto, Kan., for many years. Family was important to Alice; her grandchildren were the biggest joy of her life. She loved to garden, do yard work and cook for her family get-togethers. She was very hard working but also very giving. She would give whatever she had to someone in need. 

Gwen Spencer, 79, Melvern: Feb. 27, 1939 – Sept. 1, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – Gwen Spencer, 79, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born on Feb. 27, 1939, in Bethesda, Md., the daughter of Harold and Carolyn Crum Duvall.

Gwen had lived near Melvern, Kan., since 1972, having lived in the Stull, Kan., area before that. Gwen was a homemaker, had worked for the H.G. Lee Co., Ottawa, Kan., for several years, worked at Casey’s General Store, Lyndon, Kan., for 19 years, and always helped on the family farm. She was a member of the Section Church of Christ, Osage City, Kan., and the EHU at Stull.

Barbara Ann Anstaett, 72, Lyndon: Aug. 11, 1946 – Aug. 29, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Barbara Ann Anstaett, 72, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on Aug. 11, 1946, in Wellington, Kan., the daughter of George and Myrtle Mohney Whaley.

Barbara had lived most of her life in the Lyndon, Kan., community. Barbara worked for Osage County in the county treasurer’s office until her retirement.

Flossie H. Duffey, 105, Marengo, Ill.: Sept. 21, 1912 – Aug. 28, 2018

MARENGO, Ill. – Flossie H. Duffey, 105, formerly of Osage City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at her daughter’s home near Marengo, Ill. She was born Sept. 21, 1912, in Council Grove, Kan., the daughter of Grover and Clara (Wiggins) Burnett.

Flossie loved bowling, which she happily did until she was 95. She also enjoyed sewing and traveling. Her family was most important to her and she loved any time spent with them.

Deborah ‘Debbie’ Lynn Glotzbach, 63, Topeka: Dec. 2, 1954 – Aug. 24, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Deborah Lynn Glotzbach, 63, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Midland Hospice. She was born Dec. 2, 1954, in Topeka, the daughter of Dennis and Betty Rickstrew Glotzbach.

She attended St. Matthews Grade School and graduated from Hayden High School in 1973. Debbie worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 30 years before retiring in 2014.

Olive June Meggison, 89, Topeka: July 3, 1929 – Aug. 15, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Olive June (Greene) Meggison, 89, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Lexington Park Health and Rehab, Topeka. She was born July 3, 1929, in Murray, Neb., the daughter of Joseph Newton Greene and Stella (Pike) Greene. She grew up and attended schools in Union, Neb.

On Dec. 28, 1946, she was united in marriage to Donald Lee Meggison. They shared more than 44 years of marriage before her husband’s death on Nov. 23, 1990.

June worked for AT&T, in Topeka, where she mapped out phone lines. She was a member of the Carbondale, Kan., VFW Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as president. She enjoyed traveling, and going to the Lake of the Ozarks, spending time with family. June was very active in the VFW; she also enjoyed playing Scrabble and dominoes.

Cloyce Duane Thornbrugh, 95, Ottawa: July 6, 1923 – Aug. 21, 2018

OTTAWA, Kan. – Cloyce Duane Thornbrugh, 95, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at the Olathe Hospice House. He was born on July 6, 1923, in Quenemo, Kan., the son of John and Nina Creviston Thornbrugh.

Cloyce grew up near Quenemo, and lived in Quenemo and Waverly before moving to Ottawa, Kan.

Cloyce attended West Tequa School for first to eighth grades, and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1942. He then attended Oklahoma City Electrical School and then worked in refrigeration sales and engineering. He served with the 65th Armored Infantry Regiment in Central Europe during World War II. After his discharge he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad until 1948, when he joined Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Topeka, Kan. He worked for 37 years at Goodyear until his retirement in 1985. He then opened Cork’s Tire Shop, in Quenemo, and operated it until 1993. He was a member of the United Rubber Workers Local No. 307.

William ‘Bill’ Tillman, 64, El Dorado: Nov. 2, 1953 – Aug. 13, 2018

EL DORADO, Kan. – William “Bill” Tillman, 64, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at his home in El Dorado, Kan. He was born on Nov. 2, 1953, in Topeka, Kan., the son of John and June Miller Tillman.

Bill grew up in Vassar, Kan., and graduated from Lyndon High School, Lyndon, Kan., in 1971. He lived and raised his family in Leon, Kan., and had been in El Dorado for the last several years.

Bill worked in law enforcement, and had served as a park ranger for Pomona State Park and El Dorado State Park. He was a store manager for Wal-Mart, and had been a bluegrass musician for many years. He was a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church, the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association, the Vassar Polecats, and the Prospect Bluegrass Band.

Betty Jean Standiferd, 94, Lebo: Nov. 6, 1923 – July 31, 2018

LEBO, Kan. – Betty Jean Standiferd, 94, of Lebo, Kan., passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born Nov. 6, 1923, in Lebo, the daughter of William Fred and Laura Myonette Rutledge Rosine.

Betty attended the Sunny Knoll District No. 18 Country School through the eighth grade. She would go on to graduated from Lebo High School with the class of 1941.

Betty was forever joined in marriage to Paul Standiferd, on Nov. 12, 1943, in Lebo. They would make their home together north of Lebo overlooking Melvern Lake.

Melva Marie Smith, 72, Topeka: June 17, 1946 – July 19, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Melva M. Smith, 72, Topeka, Kan., passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at her home in Topeka. Melva was born June 17, 1946, in rural Waverly, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Una Faye Shaffer Greeve.

She married Robert Smith, Oct. 21, 1979. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2010.

Bob and Melva were avid campers and fisherman. She worked for Topeka School District No. 501 as a paraeducator. She later worked and volunteered at South Village Community Living. Her love for dogs inspired her to foster two shelter dogs. She shared her home with Khan and York and they kept her active.

George Hokanson, 67, Osage City: Feb. 6, 1951 – July 15, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – George Hokanson, 67, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Feb. 6, 1951, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Clarence and Freda Allison Hokanson.

George grew up in Osage City, had also lived in Dodge City and Hays, Kan., before returning to Osage City several years ago. He worked most of his life as a truck driver and he was a member of the Free Tomorrow Motorcycle Club, in Hays.

Margie Lee Murphy, 91, Quenemo: Jan. 31, 1927 – July 13, 2018

QUENEMO, Kan. – Margie L. (Dean Campbell) Murphy, 91, of Quenemo, Kan., passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Margie was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Parsons, Kan., to Gladys Faye (Beasley) and Elliot Wayne Dean.

On Aug. 11, 1962, she was united in marriage to Richard Paul Murphy Sr. in Miami, Okla. In 1966, they moved from Topeka to their farm south of Overbrook, Kan.

Margaret House, 91, Topeka: March 17, 1927 – July 11, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Margaret House, 91, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at her home in Topeka, Kan. She was born on March 17, 1927, in Blytheville, Ark., the daughter of Albert and Margaret Golden Shearer.

Margaret had lived in the Vassar, Lyndon and Topeka, Kan., communities since 1964. Margaret was an owner and​ bookkeeper for Washburn Optical and​ then​ ​later​ ​did​ seamstress​ work​. She was a member of the Quivira Heights Church of Christ.

Cheryl Sue Warthen, 70, Scranton: June 11, 1948 – July 8, 2018

SCRANTON, Kan. – Cheryl S. Warthen, 70, of Scranton, Kan., passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kan. Cheryl was born June 11, 1948, in Scranton, the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret Salsbery Hupp.

Cheryl graduated from Topeka High School. She married Ralph Barnard, they later divorced. She married Mike Warthen on June 28, 2008. He preceded her in death April 21, 2014. Cheryl worked as a caregiver at the Rosa Villa Care Home, in Topeka, for more than 28 years.

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