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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.

Lois Kay Whitcomb, 63, Vassar: Oct. 12, 1960 – April 29, 2024

VASSAR, Kan. – Lois Kay Whitcomb, 63, passed away Monday, April 29, 2024, at her home near Vassar, Kan. She was born Oct. 12, 1960, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Glenn and Janice (Yost) McFadden.

Lois had grown up in Ottawa, and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1979. She had moved to Oklahoma for a time and then returned to Ottawa.

Lois worked at a chicken plant in Oklahoma for several years, and then worked at McDonald’s and Braum’s.

Marjorie Alice Bigham, 91, Vassar: April 16, 2024

VASSAR, Kan. – Marjorie Alice Bigham, 91, departed this Earth and ascended to Heaven on April 16, 2024, when her Angel wings were ready. Marjorie was born in Pomona, Kan., to Clarence and Esther (Shaw) Swallow.

Marjorie spent her entire life in the Osage County area, and graduated from Quenemo High School in 1951. She married her high school sweetheart, Walter L. Bigham, May 18, 1952, in Vassar, Kan.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her beloved husband; parents; all five of her siblings; and two great-grandsons.

Marjorie is survived by her four children, Sharon (Bob) Shows, Deb (Dennis) Smith, John Bigham, and Walt (Kathy) Bigham Jr.; and 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Tracy Suzanne Shirley, 60, Barclay: May 13, 1963 – April 19, 2024

BARCLAY, Kan. – Tracy Suzanne Shirley, 60, passed away Friday, April 19, 2024, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born on May 13, 1963, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Glenn and Betty (Fugate) Moon.

Tracy graduated from Lyndon High School, Lyndon, Kan., in 1981. She lived in Barclay, Kan., for the last several years.

Tracy managed the Town Pump station in Lyndon, and then worked at the Wal-Mart Distribution plant, Ottawa, Kan., for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Eagles, in Osage City.

Tracy married John Shirley, March 21, 1997, in Lyndon.

Timothy K. Hoyt, 73, Overbrook: May 11, 1950 – April 19, 2024

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Timothy Keith Hoyt, 73, of Overbrook, Kan., a former journalist known for his kind and gentle nature, died Friday, April 19, 2024, at home, with his wife by his side. He was born May 11, 1950, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Robert G. and Bernadette (Lyon) Hoyt, and grew up on East 58th Street there.

He worked various jobs, from Starlight Theater to Yellow Cab to riverboat deckhand, after graduating from Rockhurst High School, with the class of 1968. He continued his education at UMKC, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English.

On April 14, 2007, Tim married Dorothy A. Crowl, in Lawrence, Kan., and they enjoyed 17 happy, loving years together.

Tim was a journalist for The Cass County Democrat-Missourian, The Hutchinson News, The Kansas City Star, and the Lawrence Journal-World, specializing in human interest, and covering wide swaths of territory. He won journalism awards, including best investigative story from the Missouri Press Association in 1989 and best feature story from the same group in 1990.

He later began working as a writer for the Department of Social Services and Public Information for the state of Kansas, where he enjoyed helping advocate for people in need. In that capacity he won two Bronze Quill Awards, both in 1997, from the International Association of Business Communicators, for a booklet titled “Family Preservation, No Miracles: Hard Work and Healing,” and another, “Long-Term Care: The Meaning of Choice.”

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Lois Juanita Urbanek, 89, Overbrook: March 1, 1935 – April 24, 2024

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Lois Juanita Urbanek, 89, died April 24, 2024, at Overbrook, Kan. Lois was born to Howard and Dorothy Timbers, March 1, 1935, at Sterling, Kan.

Lois graduated from Sterling High School in 1953.

Lois worked in banking, working at Capital City Bank, Topeka, Kan., for many years. However, her main job was being a mom and homemaker taking care of her husband and sons, which was truly a full-time job. While she was working at Capital City Bank, she worked with Georgia Neese Clark Gray (first woman Treasurer of the United States 1949-53), for a time. She was really fond of Mrs. Gray and thought she was really a neat lady.

Lois was very involved in the church, and attended regularly the Free Methodist Church while living in Topeka, and the Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship, while living in Carbondale, Kan.

Norma Ruth Droege, 91, Topeka: Oct. 6, 1932 – April 17, 2024

TOPEKA, Kan. – Norma Ruth Droege, 91, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Legend at Capital Ridge, Topeka. She was born Oct. 6, 1932, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Roy and Mae (Madera) Calcote.

She graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1949.

Norma married John W. “Jack” Droege, Oct. 3, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nev. They lived in Scranton, Kan., until John’s passing on Sept. 24, 2019.

Norma worked various jobs over her lifetime, including clerical work, owning a Radio Shack, and a toll booth operator for the Kansas Turnpike. Her life was filled with her home and family. She was a great cook, and her children and grandchildren all had their own special favorite meals. Her cookie jar was never empty. Norma was always working a jigsaw puzzle, and would love to challenge anyone to a game of Scrabble, which she usually won.

Richard Duane Basinger Sr., 92, Lyndon: Sept. 14, 1931 – April 14, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Richard Duane Basinger Sr., 92, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Plaza West Healthcare, Topeka, Kan. He was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Norwich, Kan., the son of Edgar and Velma (Buttel) Basinger.

Richard graduated from Meade High School, Meade, Kan., in 1949. As he traveled for his job, he lived in many locations through the years, and had lived near Lyndon, Kan., for the last 20 years.

Richard worked as a salesman for Allstate Insurance, and also for Sears for more than 35 years. He was a 49-year member of the Masonic Lodge, and attended in Lawrence and Lyndon. Through the years he had been Santa Claus to those who needed him.

On Dec. 24, 1949, Richard was united in marriage to Lucretia “Corky” Hinsdale, in Meade. To this union, three children were born.

Richard Lee Lingenfelter, 74, Miller: Dec. 2, 1949 – April 12, 2024

MILLER, Kan. – Richard Lee Lingenfelter, 74, passed away Friday, April 12, 2024, at Osage Nursing Manor, Osage City, Kan., after suffering a fractured hip March 27, 2024. Richard was born Dec. 2, 1949, at Yates Center, Kan., the son of Harold Leroy “Roy” and Ethel Pearl Baysinger Lingenfelter.

Richard attended grade schools in Gridley, Kan., Whittier Grade School, Emporia, Kan., and Harmony Hill outside of Olpe, Kan. He attended Olpe High School.

He married Deborah “Debbie” Smith, March 12, 1972, at the Federated Church, Burlingame, Kan. They welcomed Lee, Jeremy, Misty and Tracy into this wonderful family. They were blessed with amazing grandchildren, though one, Ryan Lane, left too soon. The others are growing up entirely too fast. Richard enjoyed their visits and instigated their shenanigans too many times to count. These grandchildren that meant so much are Wyatt and Dalton Lingenfelter, Matt, Mara, and Lorelei Lingenfelter, Kathleen Nicely, Bethany, Leo, Owen and Andrea DeDonder, and Callie Lane, and great- grandchild Blaze Lingenfelter.

Richard loved kids, cows, cars, guns and staying busy outdoors. The grandkids, the neighbor kids and visiting kids to the neighborhood knew where to go for a pop ice in the summertime. Bucket calves were a real passion, though it had slowed a bit in recent years. They all had names and they were all treated like part of the family. As the kids and grandkids got older, gun shows were a big deal. Some loved it, some tolerated it, but it was time he spent with them and time they spent with him. Mowing was also a bonding time. After all, mowing the lawn seems to make you happier.

Larry Gene Keim, 86, Harveyville: Sept. 29, 1937 – April 12, 2024

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. – Larry Gene Keim, 86, passed away peacefully with family around him Friday, April 12, 2024, at Harveyville, Kan. He was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Abilene, Kan., the son of Lester and Mary (Fells) Keim.

Larry spent his childhood years in Enterprise, Kan., and graduated from Chapman High School in 1955. After his father’s death, the family moved to Burlingame, Kan. It was at this time that Larry began farming, and it was to be a career that would span 69 years, from 1955 to 2024.

On Aug. 19, 1973, Larry was united in marriage to Roezetta Hammond, in Humboldt, Kan. Larry and Roezetta created Funny Face Farms and worked together for 49 years until her passing.

Erven Walter ‘Butch’ Weiss Jr., 62, Lyndon: Jan. 16, 1962 – April 5, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Erven Walter “Butch” Weiss Jr., 62, passed away Friday, April 5, 2024, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born Jan. 16, 1962, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Erven “Bud” and Erma (Adkins) Weiss Sr.

Butch grew up and had lived near the Vassar and Lyndon, Kan., communities most of his life. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1980.

Butch worked as a pipefitter for the Goodyear Tire Company in Topeka for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the Steelworkers Union No. 307, and the Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar.

On April 21, 1984, Butch was united in marriage to LuNelle “Nellie” Cox, in Reading, Kan. To this union two children were born, LouAnn and Tyler.

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