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Linda Jane Osborn, 67, Carbondale: Sept. 5, 1956 – Feb. 2, 2024

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Linda Jane Osborn, 67, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Feb. 2, 2024, at Rossville Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Rossville, Kan. She was born Sept. 5, 1956, in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Lee and Iraleta (Taylor) Tevis.

Linda worked as a machine operator in the mailroom at Blue Cross and Blue Shield for many years.

She is survived by two daughters, Laci (Carlos) Mena and April (Joshua) Peterson; a brother, Jim Tevis; and five grandchildren, Jaylin Hall, Corinthia Hall, Jacobe Mena, Liam Mena, and Ezra Mena.

Shirley M. Lawson, 87, Lyndon: March 19, 1936 – Feb. 12, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Shirley M. (Vanderslice) Lawson passed away surrounded by her family on Feb. 12, 2024. She was born March 19, 1936, the first of four daughters, to Wm. Alfred and Evelyn Mardell (Goldsmith) Vanderslice.

Shirley graduated from Melvern High School, Melvern, Kan., in 1953 and was valedictorian of her class.

Shirley was married to John H. Lawson in 1958, and together they had five children. They later divorced. She spent nearly 30 years with her companion, Marvin R. Sellers. He preceded her in death in 2007.

Shirley had a life-long passion for bingo. If there was a bingo game going on, including every night of the week, that’s where you would find her. She loved thrifting as well. She didn’t pass up anything she thought was a great deal. She was an avid doll collector and had multiple rooms in her home dedicated to displaying them.

James ‘Jamey’ Robert Schallock, 51, Overbrook: Nov. 10, 1972 – Feb. 9, 2024

OVERBROOK, Kan. – James “Jamey” Robert Schallock, 51, of Overbrook, Kan., died Friday, Feb., 9, 2024, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1972, in Frankfort, Germany, the son of Terry Schallock and Sondra (Hayes) Gustin.

He attended Overbook Grade School, and graduated from the Santa Fe Trail High School with the class of 1991.

Jamey was united in marriage to Amy Gunnells, September 2002. They later divorced.

Jamey loved to cheer on his favorite team, the Raiders. He also loved his puppy, Diamond.

John Wayne ‘Johnny’ Barr, 77, Carbondale: Oct. 16, 1946 – Feb. 8, 2024

CARBONDALE, Kan. – John Wayne “Johnny” Barr, 77, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born Oct. 16, 1946, in Garnett, Kan., the son of Virgil and Imogene (Eyman) Barr.

Johnny had grown up in Burlingame, Kan., and had lived in Carbondale, Kan., for several years.

Johnny had worked in the construction trade. He loved Chiefs football, fishing, and all of the dogs that he had throughout the years. He also loved spending time with his grandkids.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Imogene; two brothers, Danny Barr and Terry Barr; and sister, Sandra Stewart.

Jerry Wayne Kendall, 79, Topeka: Jan. 25, 1945 – Feb. 7, 2024

TOPEKA, Kan. – Jerry Wayne Kendall, 79, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at The Gardens at Aldersgate, Topeka, Kan. He was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Dodge City, Kan., the son of Jean and Ellen (Rose) Kendall.

Jerry was raised in Agricola and Williamsburg, Kan. He graduated from Williamsburg High School. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country for 20 years. While in the Air Force, Jerry earned several degrees from various colleges. He was stationed in many places in the United States, including Alaska, and also served in Vietnam while being stationed in Thailand. After retiring from the Air Force, Jerry worked as a security guard and substitute teacher.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jean Kendall and Ellen (Rose) Kendall.

Jerry is survived by brothers, Barry Kendall and Larry Kendall; sisters, Connie Kendall Tate, Karon Kendall Davis, and Pam Kendall Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert William Farwell, 67, Lyndon: Oct. 4, 1956 – Feb. 14, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Robert William Farwell, 67, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at his home near Lyndon, Kan., after his hard fought battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 4, 1956, the son of Ronald and Leitha (Light) Farwell, at Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan.

Rob spent most of his life in the Lyndon community. He graduated in 1974 from Lyndon High School. After graduation, he worked for Norm’s Plumbing and Heating and then Curley’s Plumbing and Heating until he was hired on with the Santa Fe Railroad in May 1977. One of his proudest accomplishments during his career with the railroad was being one of the team members that helped create the one and only hydrogen fuel powered Locomotive. He retired from the railroad in October 2016.

In 1976, Rob was married to Ruth Gourley, they later divorced. On Oct. 31, 1984, Rob married Lynda Frances Sloop, in Miami, Okla.

During his lifetime in the Lyndon community, Rob was very involved with his children’s activities, spending countless hours helping with baseball and softball in recreational leagues and tournaments. He helped begin Lyndon’s first recreational soccer team, and was a coach and a true loud voice supporter of our Lyndon athletes. Rob was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church. He loved to hunt and especially loved to spend time on the water fishing.

Frances ‘Jean’ Parker, 78, Lebo: Nov. 29, 1945 – Feb. 11, 2024

LEBO, Kan. – Frances “Jean” Parker, 78, of Lebo, Kan., passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, at her home. Jean was born Nov. 29, 1945, to Ed and Belle (Hilligas) Kellerman, in Westphalia, Kan.

Jean went to Welda Grade School through half her fifth grade year, and the family then moved to Westphalia to her Grandma Kellerman’s home, where she finished the fifth grade and continued with her schooling, graduating from Westphalia High School in 1963.

Following high school, Jean went to work for the Coffey County Hospital in the janitorial department. she worked there until 1965, when she went to work for H.D. Lee Company, Ottawa, Kan.

Jean married David Buckridge, Sept. 1, 1966. They had two daughters, Shirley and Sharon. David adopted Jean’s daughter, Sally. Jean and David were later divorced.

Jean later moved to Burlington, Kan., and worked at the Golden Age Lodge for several years. Jean moved to Hartford, Kan., and began working at Hartford Manor. She worked a few years there before going to Peterson Nursing Home, Osage City, Kan.

Beverly Jean Welsch, 84, Osage City: April 8, 1939 – Feb. 8, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Beverly J. Welsch, 84, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at Peterson Assisted Living, Osage City, Kan. Beverly Jean Soendker was born April 8, 1939, in Oskaloosa, Kan., the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Weller) Soendker.

Beverly graduated from Lyndon High School, Lyndon, Kan., in 1957.

Beverly was joined in marriage to Gene Croucher in 1959, until his death in 1966. She later married Darrell Welsch, Jan. 10, 1975, in Osage City. He preceded her in death in 2002.

Beverly had worked at Hallmark and Osage Products, and later worked as a kitchen aide at Peterson Nursing Home, Osage City.

Cheryl Diane Bowman, 75, Lyndon: July 2, 1948 – Feb. 8, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Cheryl Diane Bowman, 75, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at her daughter’s home in Lyndon, Kan. She was born July 2, 1948, in Great Bend, Kan., the daughter of Benjamin and Esther (Schroeder) Thrasher.

Cheryl grew up in Hutchinson, Kan., and lived in Lyndon for a time before returning to Hutchinson in 1978. Cheryl worked in Hutchinson in retail at Target and Walmart, and as a para at a few schools.

On April 28, 1967, Cheryl was married to Glen “LaVerne” Wilson; they divorced in 1978. She married Charley Joe Bowman, Nov. 18, 1983. He preceded her in death April 25, 2012.

Cheryl was also preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Esther; a son, David Buchholz; a brother, Clifford “Skip” Thrasher; a sister, Karen Bertrand; and a grandson, Troy Matlack.

Stella Jean Heuer, 71, Melvern: May 26, 1952 – Jan. 15, 2024

MELVERN, Kan. – Stella Jean Heuer, 71, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born May 26, 1952, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of George and Alice (Anderson) Franks.

Stella grew up in Ottawa, and had lived in Melvern, Kan., for the last 30 years.

Stella had worked as a corrections officer for the Indiana State Prison, and then worked for the Osage County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy jailer for nearly 28 years. After she retired, Stella became a friendly face at the Dollar General Store, in Lyndon, Kan.

Stella was united in marriage to David Heuer, May 7, 1976, in Michigan City, Ind.

Karen Ann Braidich Ladehoff, 76, Melvern: March 10, 1947 – Jan. 25, 2024

MELVERN, Kan. – Karen Ann Braidich Ladehoff passed away Jan. 25, 2024, at the age of 76. Born March 10, 1947, in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of William Braidich and Anna Schultz Braidich.

Karen grew up in Grand Island, N.Y. After graduating from high school, she and her sister, Mary, moved to Chicago, Ill., for employment opportunities. There she was employed by Santa Fe Railroad and later by Northwestern Railroad for several years.

In 1990, she took a job with American Express that moved her to Jacksonville, Fla. Shortly after, the company moved her to Kernersville, N.C., where she spent several years.

In 2006, Karen took an early retirement and moved to Melvern, Kan., to be near family. In August 2006 she went back to work and was employed by the Osage County Clerk’s Office. She took full retirement in 2013.

Ruth Elaine Barnhart, 97, Osage City: Dec. 6, 1926 – Feb. 2, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Ruth Elaine Barnhart, 97, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born Dec. 6, 1926, on the family farm west of Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Henry and Eva (Jessop) Bell.

Ruth lived most of her life in Lyndon, having lived in Arizona after retirement and later returning to Lyndon and Osage City.

Ruth had worked for Seymour Foods and Martin Tractor, both in Topeka, Kan.

Ruth was united in marriage to Herbert Barnhart, June 15, 1952, in Topeka. To this union two sons were born, Lee and Randy.

Richard Graybill Wagner, 78, Lyndon: Feb. 21, 1945 – Feb. 11, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Richard Graybill Wagner, 78, went home to his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, at his home near Lyndon, Kan., surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 21, 1945, in Hershey, Penn., the fifth and last son of Edgar Kreider and Fannie (Graybill) Wagner.

Richard graduated from Hershey High School in 1963. He graduated from McPherson College, McPherson, Kan., and then from University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., with his master’s degree. He worked for the state of Kansas in the Department of Social Services, Department of Aging until his retirement.

On Feb. 4, 1966, Richard was united in marriage to Janice Stansel, in McPherson. To this union two children were born, Rayna and David.

Richard was raised in a Christian home where he committed his life to Jesus Christ as a teenager, and his faith guided him throughout his life. He and Jan attended church at Grace Community Church, Overbrook, Kan., and Mt. Pleasant Community Church, near Lyndon.

Robert D. Reazin, 82, Leroy: April 9, 1941 – Feb. 1, 2024

LEROY, Kan. – Robert “Bob” Duane Reazin was born April 9, 1941, at Stafford, Kan., to Melvin and Elnora Barber Reazin. Bob passed away Feb. 1, 2024, at his home in Leroy, Kan.

He attended schools in St. John, Kan., and the country school Green Valley through his elementary years. The family moved to Lyons, Kan., where he attended Lyons High School and graduated in 1960. Bob earned a degree in industrial arts education in 1964 from McPherson College.

Bob married Paula Jung, Aug. 5, 1962, at Lyons. He taught school and coached football at Roxbury, Grainfield and Pawnee Rock, Kan. He worked at Sears for a period of time before taking a job at the Wolf Creek Generating Station, where he worked for the remainder of his working career.

Bob spent a lot of his free time keeping active in the lives of family and friends. He frequently traveled to Idaho to be active in the lives of his brother-in-law, Steve Jung, and his family. At the age of 70, for the first time, he tried snow skiing with Steve and Becky in Idaho. Bob was an avid outdoorsman and during Steve’s early Boy Scout years took on the father role on father-son campouts, and canoed down the Arkansas River with Boy Scout Troop 164, of Lyons.

Rebecca A. Kidd, 64, Overbrook: April 29, 1959 – Feb. 1, 2024

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Rebecca Allilis Kidd, 64, of Overbrook, Kan., died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, at her home. She was born April 29, 1959, in Pontiac, Mich., the daughter of James and Reatha (Lutze) Houck.

She graduated from Oakland Christian High School, Auburn Hills, Mich., with the class of 1978.

Rebecca worked as an assembler for Superior Plastics Manufacturing. She enjoyed reading, going to the casino, and playing Wii golf and bowling. Most of all, she loved her grandbabies.

LeRoy Eugene Frye, 92, Osage City: Nov. 28, 1931 – Feb. 2, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – LeRoy E. Frye, 92, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Osage Nursing Manor, Osage City, Kan. LeRoy Eugene Frye was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Auburn, Kan., the son of Tom Roy and Jennie Pearl (May) Frye. He attended school in Auburn.

He served in the United States Army.

LeRoy was joined in marriage to Archlean A. Peterson, July 3, 1952, in Osage City. To this union, two children were born, Thomas and Patricia.

He retired after years working at the Postal Supply Center. Along with his wife, they had numerous business and jobs. LeRoy was a member of the Osage City United Methodist Church, American Legion and the Puppy Packers Camping Club.

Larry Dean Arb, 62, Osage City: July 7, 1961 – Jan. 28, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Larry Dean Arb, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully at his home in Osage City, Kan., on Jan. 28, 2024, at the age of 62. He was born July 7, 1961, in Emporia, Kan., to Lester and Dora Arb.

Larry’s life was one of dedication, love, and joyful engagement with the world around him. He attended Lyndon High School, where he formed lifelong friendships and met his future wife, Kathy. After graduation, Larry began a fulfilling career as a foreman and crane operator, working diligently for companies like Dufer, King and Ebert Construction. His colleagues respected him for his reliability and leadership.

Larry married the love of his life, Kathy, and together they embarked on a journey of 41 years filled with love, laughter, and shared dreams. Their devotion to each other was a testament to the power of partnership and mutual respect. Larry was a loving father to his daughter, Melinda Harwood, and a doting grandfather to his five grandchildren, who brought immense joy and pride to his life.

At the heart of Larry’s life was his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Kathy Arb, whose companionship and love provided him with immeasurable joy and support throughout their life together. Together, they built a life filled with laughter, love, and mutual respect that stood as a testament to their unwavering commitment to one another.

David Lee Miller, 70, Lyndon: April 2, 1953 – Jan. 21, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – David Lee Miller, 70, passed away Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024, at his home in Lyndon, Kan. He was born April 2, 1953, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Arlie and Betty (Nichols) Miller.

David grew up in Lyndon, and graduated from Lyndon High School in 1971. He had lived in Osage City, Kan., until his parents’ health started to decline. He moved back to his childhood home to help take care of them until their passing. He lived there until his passing.

David had worked for the Kansas Department of Commerce as a micro computer systems technician.

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