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Edna Ruth Johnson Blackwell, 89, passed away on December 27, 2018 at Chapman Valley Manor in Chapman, Kansas.

Edna was born May 2, 1929 in Mammoth Springs Arkansas, daughter of Frank and Emma Johnson. At the age of 18 she moved to Wichita Kansas with two of her cousins, where she met James Lloyd Blackwell. They married April 17, 1950. Together they raised four children, Jack, Jim, Jeff and Janet.

Her interests and passions show who Edna truly was. Family was first and foremost for Edna. She enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren and was so proud of each of them. She also had a love of animals and always had several pets. Another of Edna’s passion was working with the elderly. Her work career included working in nursing homes in the Salina area, Abilene and finally finishing her career at Chapman Valley Manor.

She is survived by her four children, sons Jim Blackwell, Salina, Kansas,  Jack Blackwell, Enterprise, Kansas and Jeff Blackwell, Frankston, Texas; daughter Janet Eckert, Effingham, Kansas;  a brother Leon Johnson of Wichita Kansas, nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins from Kansas to Arkansas and West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Blackwell; parents Frank and Emma Johnson; sister Edith and brother Leroy.

Visitation will be Wednesday January 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Home, 206 W. 5th, Chapman, KS.  Funeral services will be Thursday January 3rd at 11:00 a.m. also at Londeen’s Funeral Home. Reverend Connie Wooldridge officiating.  

Edna’s final resting place will be the Mount Hope Cemetery in Enterprise, next to James Lloyd who preceded her in death in 1998.

In lieu of flowers the family suggestions memorials be made to the local Humane Society or American Cancer Society in care of Londeens Funeral Home.

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Orella Lee Gfeller, age 93, previously of Junction City, passed away December 15, 2018 at the Leonardville Nursing Home, Leonardville, KS.


Orella was born on February 1, 1925 at Alta Vista, KS. Her parents were Homer Lee and Bertha Ellen Davis McDiffett. She attended Beman Grade School, Alta Vista Grade School and graduated from Alta Vista High School with the class of 1942. After her graduation, she worked for several businesses in Junction City. She married Clinton Paul Gfeller on March 22, 1943 in Washington, KS. They lived and farmed at rural Junction City where their home was destroyed by fire. They moved to another farm, and in 1963 when Milford Dam was built, they moved to rural Chapman, KS where they lived and farmed until 1986 when they moved into the city of Junction City. She had been a resident at Leonardville Nursing Home since 2014.  She was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Junction City, KS.


She is survived by three daughters: Judy Montgomery of Dallas, TX; Vicki (Daryl) Beemer of Chapman, KS, and Pamela (Lanny) Wolf of Junction City, KS; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton; her parents Homer and Bertha McDiffett; sister Alice Hilbish and brothers, Willis McDiffett and Kenneth McDiffett and son-in-law, Charlie Montgomery.


A Memorial Service will be held at Londeen Funeral Chapel, 206 W. 5th, Chapman, Kansas on Friday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. Family friend, Connie Peck will officiate.  There will be a private burial of ashes by the immediate family at  St. John’s Cemetery, Junction City, KS.   


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Friends of Animals, Junction City, KS or Leonardville Nursing Home, Leonardville, KS in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431


Inge Stillwagon-Auer, age 84, of Frickenhausen Germany, formerly of Junction City, KS, passed away on 10 September 2018, at the Nürtingen Hospital in Nürtingen, Germany.

Inge was born to Karl and Liselotte Grossmann on 25 October 1933, in Wolfen, Germany.  The oldest child of four, she moved to the United States when she was 28 years old.  Inge loved to travel.  Most of all though, she loved to spend time with her family and friends, and her grandchildren meant the world to her.     

Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Heinz Auer of the home; daughters, Heidi (Steve) Edwards of Hollis, NH and Helga Lowery of MS; step-son Martin (Petra) Auer of Frickenhausen, Germany; along with granddaughters Heather of Charlotte, NC and Gretchen of Hollis, NH; grandsons Christopher of Hollis, NH, Felix of Aichtal,  Germany and Mika of Frickenhausen, Germany; great grandson, Dylan of Charlotte, NC; brother, Karl (Annegret) Grossmann of Hamburg Germany; and sister, Hanne (Herman) Meijers of Leusden, Netherlands. 

Inge was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert L. Stillwagon, and her brother, Günther Grossmann.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, 3 November 2018, at 11:00 AM at Londeen’s  Funeral Home, 206 W. 5th Street, Chapman, KS  followed by burial at Bethal Cemetery, Moonlight, KS.



Naola Vahsholtz, formerly of White City, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Pratt Health and Rehab, Pratt, KS.  She was born August 26, 1920 to William and Lucy Jane (Haun) Herpich.  She attended the Baxter District Ten School and was a graduate of White City High School.  While in high school, Naola completed a Normal Training Course and received a Life Certificate from the State of Kansas to teach.  Later she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Fort Hays State University and a Master’s in Education from Emporia State University.  She began teaching in one room schools and retired from her teaching career in 1983 in the Chapman School District.

On August 8, 1952, Naola married Norwood Vahsholtz in Paradise, Kansas.  They lived on the farm north of White City for over 50 years.  In addition to spending time with her family and teaching, Naola enjoyed being outdoors and working in her large garden.

She is survived by her son Max (Carrie) Vahsholtz, Pratt, KS; daughters Kim (Phil) Wheeler, Holiday Island, AR and Candi (David) Taliaferro, Wichita, KS; her grandchildren; Lane and Wesley Vahsholtz, Tyson (Danica) Wheeler, Leah and Jack Taliaferro; step grandchildren Courtney (Brad) Emery, Erica (Jon) Perron, Kelsie (Ben) Rose, Krystal Eck; six step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Norwood; sister Vanita Herpich; brothers K.W.,  Dale and Lowell Herpich.

Vistation will be 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m. on Monday October 22. Funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. at White City United Methodist Church, Reverend John R. Wright officiating.  Following the funeral service will be burial at Parkerville Cemetery, in Parkerville, KS.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Chapman Irish Foundation or White City Senior Center in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.



Dennis Lee Nicholson peacefully passed away at his home in Chapman, Kansas on July 3, 2018, at the age of 61.

He was born June 3, 1957 in La Plata, Maryland to William and Mary Nicholson. He attended school in Indian Head, Maryland where he lived with his parents, brother, Bill and sister, Debbie.  He graduated from high school in 1975.  Dennis went on to graduate with an Associate degree in Art from Charles County Community College, La Plata MD, 1978.

Dennis was married to Judy (Oswald) Gerber and they had two daughters, Ashley Diane Nicholson (Price) and Erica Leigh Nicholson. 

Dennis joined the United States Army in May 1983.  He was stationed at several locations stateside, as well as Germany.  He served during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm from 1990-1991.  He then returned to the United States in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky where he retired as a Sergeant First Class (SFC) from Ft. Riley, Kansas in May 2003. 

Dennis later married Katherine Haupt and they had a daughter Brittney Marie Nicholson.  At the time of his death, he was engaged to Maria Espinal.

After retiring from the military, he continued to work at Fort Riley, Kansas and was employed at the base commissary.   

Dennis was always joking and quick with a smile.  While he loved to talk about pretty much any sport, his favorite teams were the Washington Redskins and the Kansas City Royals.  He loved spending time with Brittney and enjoyed taking her to several Royals games.  He loved going to the movies with Maria, taking his dog, London for walks and watching games at the ball fields in Chapman.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, William Edwin Nicholson and Mary Ida (Ruffner) Nicholson.  He is survived by his brother, Bill Nicholson, Indian Head, Maryland, sister, Debbie (Denny) Goode, Virginia, Fiancée, Maria Espinal, and his three daughters Ashley Diane (Nathan) Price of Brandywine, Maryland, Erica Leigh Nicholson of Massanuttan, Virginia, and Brittney Nicholson of Topeka, Kansas.

Dennis will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  He made a big impression and will not be forgotten by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. 

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday July 11, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the Methodist Church, 426 Sheeran St, Chapman, KS 67431.  Services will be held at the Methodist Church in Chapman, Kansas Thursday July 12, 2018 at 10 am with Pastor Connie Wooldridge officiating.    There will be a military ceremony for Dennis immediately following the service at the bridge south of Chapman.  

 In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Dennis Nicholson Memorial Fund or to Friends of Animals, Inc., Junction City, Kansas in care of Londeen Funeral Home, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.


Siglinde “Linda” Bellomy, age 75, of Chapman, Kansas, passed away on June 30, 2018 at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas.

Linda, as she was called, was born on September 27, 1942 in Kirchanschoring, Germany to Gerhard and Anna (Vondermayer) Strobl.

She grew up in Kirchanschoring and attended school there obtaining the equivalent of a high school diploma. In 1962, she moved to Weisbaden Germany and met David Bellomy. Later that same year they were married. They moved to several duty stations and then in 1980, they moved to Chapman Kansas and raised their family.

Linda enjoyed quilting, gardening, collecting antiques, attended her children’s activities and then later, spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons Ronnie (Cynthia) Bellomy of Chapman, Kansas and Mark (Ginger) Bellomy of Junction City, Kansas; daughter Sandi (William) Merkle of Salina, Kansas; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Other relatives include her siblings in Germany. Brothers Gerhard, Seph, and Otto along with sister, Christa Strobl.

She was preceded in death by her parents Gerhard and Anna Strobl, husband David Bellomy, and siblings Stephan and Anna Strobl.

There will be a graveside service on July 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Veteran’s Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas.  Pastor Connie Wooldridge, Chapman United Methodist Church officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Legion Auxiliary in care of Londeen Funeral Home, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.




Margie Clowe, age 91, formerly of Junction City, passed away on July 3, 2018 two days shy of her 92nd birthday.

Margie was born July 5, 1926 in Junction City, Kansas and was the daughter of May (Wells) Stiers and John Stiers. Margie attended school in Junction City and graduated from Junction City High School in 1944. She married Robert Wayne Clowe on September 19th, 1945.

She was a homemaker and was active in Scouting. She was a member of the First Christian Church where she served for 21 years as kitchen chairman, taught Sunday school classes and Vacation Bible School. She was involved with Ladies Reading Club since 1965 and served as its President. She was also active in Lincoln School PTA and served as President and Room Mother. She was a member of the Knife and Fork Club. Bob and Margie worked for many years to help restore the C. L. Hoover Opera House.

She is survived by her son Kim Clowe and wife Susan of Mesquite, Texas; her daughter Ginger (Clowe) Workman and her husband Stuart of Enterprise, Kansas; her grandchildren Megan (Clowe) Nasser and her husband Abu of Garland, Texas; Jeremy and wife Adriana Clowe and grandson Miles, Tate and Quinn. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Margie Stiers of Fayetteville, Arkansas along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents John and May Stiers, her brother Robert Stiers of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and nephews Terry Stiers of Junction City, and Rick Stiers of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

A memorial service and burial will be held at the Highland Cemetery, Junction City, Kansas on Monday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m.

 Memorials can be made to C.L. Hoover Opera House or Friends of the Animals in Junction City, Kansas in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas, 67431.


 Colin Matthew Henderson of Junction City passed away at the age of 17 years on Monday, May 14, 2018 in an accident.


Colin was born on October 11, 2000 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska to Matthew and Shilo Henderson. He attended school at Chapman and graduated May 13 with the class of 2018.


Colin, his name literally means young pup/forever young. As we now age through life this son, this brother, this friend, this coach will remain forever young. Some people are blessed with the ability to leave a lasting impression in a short amount of time. Colin was exactly this and his abilities and his friendships spanned all ages. He was a champion to his mother, father, brothers, friends and the boys and girls that he reached out to in his coaching, swim lessons and events he gladly attended to make that child feel special. His giving selflessly continues as an organ donor, helping over 50 individuals have a better chance of life.


What he leaves behind: He has not left us, Colin is forever with us within the love and compassion for helping others. His light he shared with his smile, his quirky attitude, his snappy comebacks, his athleticism, his drive and most of all his dedication to the youth that he was drawn to inspire.


The young man, who listened to “Just Call Me Angel in the Morning” (Juice Newton) as he prepped for his wrestling matches, will forever be in the hearts of us, his family: Matthew and Shilo Henderson; brothers, Clinton, Jordon and Justin; grandparents, John and Sandy Henderson, Barry Slater, Shelley Slater; aunts and uncles, Samantha and Adam Kinstler, Robert and Tami Slater, Susan and Alan Garside and many cousins.


On May, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the family invites friends and family to celebrate the life of Colin M. Henderson at the Chapman Naz, 317 W. 5th St, Chapman, Kansas.  


In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to honor Colin with the request that memorials be made to the Colin Henderson Memorial Fund for the Chapman Community through the Astra Bank, Chapman, Kansas or in care of Londeen Funeral Home, PO Box 479, Chapman, Kansas.







Ralph C. Settgast, age 87, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Manhattan, Kansas. Ralph was born in Junction City, Kansas on March 31, 1931 to Ralph F. and Beulah Mildred (Lake) Settgast. Ralph’s mother passed away and later his father married Clara Miles. Clara helped raised Ralph and his siblings.

He was raised in the Junction City area, where he attended grade school and graduated from Junction City High School with the class of 1949.

On November 18, 1961, he was united in marriage to Ella May Olson. The couple lived in the Junction City area until 1967 when they moved to the Chapman community where Ralph worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator and especially enjoyed his 966 Caterpillar. He enjoyed spending time with his family, attending school activities, riding around looking at the scenery with his dogs, Little Bit.  He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church and was proud of his 34 years of sobriety.

Survivors: sons, Frank (Shari) Prescher, Chapman, KS, Mike (Kathy) Prescher, Abilene, KS, John (Jenn) Settgast, Salina, KS; daughters, Linda (Rick) Depler, Fort Worth, TX, Patty (Jay) Montgomery, Abilene, KS; Vikki (Tracey) Coplen, Crowley, TX. Twenty-three grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. One brother: Richard Settgast, Watauga, TX and three sisters Marjorie Voight: Navarre, KS; Sharon Russell, Greenback, TN; and Karen Metcalf, Watauga, TX.

Preceded in death by: his parents, Ralph F. and Beulah M. Settgast; step mother, Clara Settgast, his wife, Ella May; daughter Connie Adee; brothers: Fred Settgast, Raymond Settgast and Keith Settgast; sisters: Muriel Glassner and Lois Stoneberger.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. May 18, 2018 at Londeen Funeral Chapel, 206 W. 5th, Chapman, KS.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., May 19, 2018 at Grace Baptist Church, Pastor Bryan Reeves, officiating.  The family will have a private burial of the ashes at Fairview Cemetery, Grandview Plaza, Kansas at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, family request memorials be given to the Grace Baptist Church or Chapman Senior Center in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas.



Judith Fells passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at Salina Regional Medical Center, Salina, Kansas at the age of 79 years. 

Judith was born on March 26, 1939 to Harold John and Margaret Merting (Murphy) Connet in Manhattan, Kansas.   She attended school in Abilene and Wichita, Kansas and graduated from Abilene High School in the class of 1957.

On November 22, 1969, Judith married Eugene Fells and had two sons, Brad and Brian Warnica from a previous marriage.

Judith had many friends with whom she enjoyed visiting and she loved playing pitch with her card club. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, and especially her Great Grandchildren.  She worked at Vacu Blast, and later owned and operated the Woodbine Grocery Store and Herington Ceramic Cottage.   

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Fells, Herington, and son Brad Warnica (Dee) of Herington. Granddaughters:  Jennifer Koehn, Independence, MO and Jouanna Cain, Woodbine, KS; two great grandchildren, Wesley Warnica and Ravyn-Mae Cain; and a sister, Genny Dawson, Abilene, KS.

She was preceded in death by her son Brian Warnica; her parents, Harold and Margaret Connet; brothers Gerald and Merle Connet.  

Service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, 206 W. 5th St., Chapman, Kansas.  Jim Fells, Judith’s brother-in-law, will officiate.

Lunch and family visitation will be at Woodbine Methodist Fellowship Hall at noon following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the John Cancer Research Center, Kansas State University in care of Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.




Carol Jean (Graves) Kirkbride, age 78, of Chapman, Kansas passed away on April 17, 2018 at Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan, Kansas.

Carol was born December 7, 1939 at Fort Riley, Kansas to Herbert R. Graves and Viola McCarty. She grew up on the family farm north of Chapman. She started grade school at Fragrant Hill and later attended Kellogg Grade School. She then attended Dickinson County Community High School and graduated with the Class of 1957.

On August 5, 1961, Carol married Stephen Kirkbride at the Chapman United Methodist Church. They began their family and raised two girls and three boys, and granddaughter, Nicole.  For 38 years, Carol drove a school bus for USD 473.  She was even interviewed for a special nationally televised program and beamed when talking about “her kids” that road her bus.

Spending time with her family was Carol’s Number One priority. She also enjoyed staying in touch with those who rode her bus and serving her community through the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid bowler, loved fishing with family and friends, going to garage sales, Bingo and joyrides counting deer and spotting wildlife. She had a wonderful gift of making everyone feel special.

Carol is survived by her husband, Stephen Kirkbride, of the home; sons Stephen Kirkbride, Jr (Tina) of Chapman, Kansas; James (Shannon) Kirkbride of El Dorado; daughter Kathy (Chris) Holliman of Chapman, Kansas and nineteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren; her sister Nancy Rhodes of Abilene and brother Herbert Graves, Jr of Chapman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert R. and Viola Graves; daughter Pamela Onstott; son, Jeff Kirkbride; sister Barbara Steppe and brothers Tom and David Graves.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapman United Methodist Church, 426 Sheeran Street in Chapman.  Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m.  Reverend Connie Wooldridge officiating.

The family will have a private burial at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Carol’s name to Irish Foundation  in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas 67431.



Nadine Maxine (Altwegg) Riekeman, 86, of Chapman, Kansas passed away on April 11, 2018 at Chapman Valley Manor.


Nadine was born April 13, 1931 in Chapman, Kansas to Edward and Bernice (Long) Altwegg. She attended Spring Valley Grade School and Dickinson County Community High School, where she enjoyed being a drum majorette.  She graduated with the class of 1949.


Nadine married Dwayne Riekeman on May 14, 1950 at St. John’s Church, Alida. She worked at the Kansas Power and Light Company until her retirement. She loved to cook and bake and was always canning and giving produce from her garden to friends and neighbors.


She enjoyed swimming, bowling, and going to the casino until her health would not allow her to do them anymore. Being involved with the community and church was important to Nadine.  She was active in her church with the Ladies AUPW group serving as secretary-treasurer and served on the food committee. When her health was good, she enjoyed going to the nursing home and fixing the resident’s hair. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for over 25 years and a member of the YMCA.


Nadine is survived by her children, Terry Miller of Chapman and Gary Riekeman of rural Abilene, Kansas.  Granddaughters Shannon (Dan) Demory, Platte City, Missouri; Lindy Stroda, Kansas City, Missouri, Hillary (Matt) Erickson, El Dorado Hills, California. Great grandchildren Braedon and Braxton Stroda; Reese, Hudson and Leighton Demory; Lincoln and Kerrington Erickson and her sister, Imogene Caughron.


She was preceded in death by her husband Dwayne, her parents Edward and Bernice Altwegg, grandson Brandon Stroda and son-in-law, Steve Miller.      


Visitation will be on Monday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Alida Church. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. and burial at St. John Cemetery.  Reverend Connie Wooldridge officiating.


Memorials can be made to Chapman Valley Manor or Alida Upland Cooperative Parish.

Robert D. Stillwagon, age 75, of Chapman, Kansas passed away on January 20, 2018 at Chapman Valley Manor in Chapman, Kansas.

Robert “Bob” was born to Robert L. and Margaret D. (Have) Stillwagon on August 31, 1942 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Bob attended schools at Chapman and graduated in 1960. Following graduation he enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps. He received an Honorable discharge from military service in 1964. He was employed at Wood Construction and Gulf State Construction in Abilene, Kansas building houses, commercial buildings and finishing cabinets.  He went to work at Fort Riley in 1966 and retired in 1995.  As a civil servant he worked in supply, computerized records and as a supervisor in Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic.  For many years he also was self-employed building houses, garages and other remodeling jobs during the evenings and weekends.

On August 16, 1963 while stationed at Camp LeJuene, NC, Bob married Darlene M. Beye.  They returned to the Chapman area to raise their family.  

Bob loved to read, travel, and attend sporting events, but his favorite activity was being Papa and attending his grandkids’ activities. He was the local handyman building several houses, garages and remodeling for family and friends and was nicknamed, Bob the Builder by his family.  

Survivors include his wife, Darlene M. Stillwagon of the home, sons Richard A. (Beverly) of St. George, Kansas, Ronald L. Stillwagon, Manhattan, Kansas, Robert J. Stillwagon, Abilene, Kansas and daughter, Debra R. Roth (Brian), Abilene, KS; along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Peg Williamson, Justice, IL and brother, Larry D. Stillwagon (Connie), Chapman, Kansas.             

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Margaret D. Stillwagon, sisters Ruth Ann Von Elling and Donna Jean Bowling.                                                                                                          .

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 24 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Chapman United Methodist Church, 426 Sheeran, Chapman, Kansas.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 25, at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapman United Methodist Church.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Chapman Valley Manor, Chapman United Methodist Church or Chapman Library in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas 67431.

Verna Lucille (Book) Detrich of Chapman died January 3, 2018, at Abilene Memorial Hospital in Abilene, Kansas.  She was 95 years old.  

            Verna was born March 19, 1922, at Pearl, Kansas, the daughter of Herbert E. and Dorothy (Galbreath) Book. She grew up in Chapman, where she attended elementary school, and graduated from Dickinson County Community High School in 1940. She was an excellent pianist, often accompanying high school choruses. She attended Kansas State University for two years, studying Home Economics. When her schooling was interrupted by World War II, she went to work as a seamstress, performing mending and alterations for the McIntosh dry cleaners in Chapman and for troops at Fort Riley. She married Neil Detrich on April 6, 1944 and lived in Wichita, working as a seamstress while Neil served in the Army Air Force in Panama. Verna later joined Neil in Panama, where they lived for about a year until the end of WWII.  They made their home in Chapman for the remainder of their lives.

            Verna had many varied interests. She taught fifth and sixth grade Sunday School at the Chapman United Methodist Church. She was a Cub Scout leader for three years and, as a Girl Scout leader for 17 years, taught outdoor skills to many local girls. She also served as a Girl Scout leadership trainer. Verna was a strong believer in women's rights, and encouraged young women to pursue advanced education and careers.

            Verna was a licensed bird bander for 11 years, capturing and banding songbirds in her yard as a part of national studies of bird migration.  In 1964-65 she and her family hosted Carlos Becerra Rodriguez, the first American Field Service (AFS) foreign exchange student to be placed at DCCHS. Following their hosting experience, she was an AFS family liaison for 12 years.

            With a lifelong interest in anthropology and archeology, Verna earned credits in anthropology and women’s studies at Washburn University, Topeka, during the 1970s.  She was a founding member of the Mud Creek chapter of the Kansas Archeological Association (KAA) in the Abilene area, serving first as temporary chairman of the chapter, then as vice president in 1975, president in 1976 and treasurer in 1977. She joined the KAA state organization in 1975 and became a life member, holding the office of second vice president in 1978 and 1979, state president from 1980 to 1983, and treasurer from 1984 to 1991. She also wrote several articles published in the Journal of the Kansas Anthropological Association, later renamed The Kansas Anthropologist, for which she served as associate editor.

            Beginning in 1977, Verna first volunteered for, and then was employed by, the Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS) in Topeka, participating in many archeological excavations, or “digs,” around the state. She worked in the KSHS artifact lab and took over management of the field school lab from 1989 until 1999, when she retired at the age of 77.

            Locally, Verna recorded and reported dozens of archeological sites, collecting and cataloging many artifacts of early native American habitation in the Chapman area.  Her archeological collections and records were donated to the KSHS. She was also involved in the founding and development of the Chapman Area Preservation Society, or CAPS, and she served on the board of the Emma Balsiger Foundation, a charitable trust.

            Aside from her personal and career achievements, her children and grandchildren remember Verna and Neil's Chapman home as a place of books and bird feeders, artifacts and rainbows, music, laughter, and encouragement.

            Verna is survived by her children, Phillip Detrich of Mt. Shasta, California, Karl (Jean) Detrich of Chapman, and Elizabeth (Leon) Morton of Cave Creek, Arizona. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Neil Detrich in 2006; by a brother, Herbert “Gene” Book in 1992; and by two sisters, Ruth Book in 1929, and Mary (Book) Klein in 2017.

            Her children, Phil, Karl, and Beth, will host an informal visitation and time of remembrance at the Londeen Funeral Chapel on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2017, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  A private burial service will be held at a later time.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Chapman Area Preservation Society or the Chapman Senior Center, in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman KS 67431.

Janice Fern (Janke) Whaley, lifetime resident of Junction City, Kansas, passed away at her home on January 2, 2018 and joins her beloved parents in heaven.

On October 13, 1952, Janice was the youngest of three children born to Robert G. Janke and Julia Mae (Friedholm) Janke. She attended Chapman High School. She then worked as an Equipment Operator Sr for KDOT at the Junction City Sub Station for over 16 years. She then joined the Kansas State Family as a Painter Sr. in the Dyksta Hall Paint Shop. She retired on November 1, 2017.

She is a two-time survivor of both lung and breast cancer. She loved walks on the beach, hunting for sea shells, shopping for knick-knacks. She was an avid toy collector, loved socializing, bowling, fishing and good food. She was a great first baseman and an avid bingo player. Like her father before her, she was always the prankster.  Her beautiful smile always lit up the room and lifted the spirits of everyone around her. She was a member of Lyona United Methodist Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #830

Survivors include her Life Partner of 28 years, Renee Leask,  son, Keith B. Whaley and his spouse, Billie ReCar of Kansas City, Missouri, two brothers, Philip Janke of Junction City, and Wendell Janke and his wife, Melva of Topeka, Kansas, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and her beloved “babies” Sassy and Sugar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert G. & Julia Mae Janke, and husband, Gary Whaley.

There will be a viewing for family and friends at Lyona United Methodist Church January 6 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., following by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at the Lyona Cemetery, Junction City, Kansas.

Memorial donations in memory of Janice can be given to Parkinson’s Dementia Association or the Cancer Centers of Kansas in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas 67431.

Harold L. Weller, age 92, of Chapman, Kansas, passed away on January 1, 2018 at Geary Community Hospital, Junction City, Kansas.

Harold was born on November 25, 1925 to Howard V. and Esther F. (Schwab) Weller. He attended local schools and graduated from DCCHS in Chapman. 

Shortly after graduating, Harold served his country in World War II as part of the 9th Armored Division of the Army.  He left home for war on Christmas Eve in 1944.  The first battle he fought in was the infamous Battle of the Bulge.  His division was also the first to cross the Rhine at Remagen where they created a bridgehead, which allowed hundreds of thousands of Allied troops to cross.  They hung a sign that said, "Cross the Rhine with dry feet - courtesy of the 9th Armored Division."  The 9th's feat in creating the bridgehead saved a minimum of 5,000 American dead and 10,000 wounded.  A few weeks later he was wounded in battle, earning him the Purple Heart.  He returned to action after a week or two and fought until August of 1945 when he was shipped home for a 30-day leave, after which he was to be sent to the South Pacific.  When he got off the train in Abilene, a large crowd had gathered celebrating the surrender of Japan.  He was able to finish out his term in the States and did not have to return overseas.  In addition to the Purple Heart, Harold received the Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the European Theater Medal with three Bronze Stars.

After serving in the military Harold returned home to the family farm. He married Phyllis McCosh on September 14, 1947.   Harold worked on the family farm until the early 70’s.  He then moved to Hutchison where he worked for the Cessna Fluid Division and Collins Manufacturing.  After retiring, he returned home to Chapman to be closer to his family and friends. After Phyllis’ death, he later married Eloise McIntire Caughron.  He was active in his community and was involved with the American Legion, Lions Club, Elks, and the Eagles.  In his later years he enjoyed his time at the Senior Center socializing and playing cards and bingo.  Harold also had a special place in his heart for his four-legged friends.

 Survivors include his son, Greg Weller and his wife Cecilia of Chapman, Kansas, son Terry Weller; daughter Wendy Weller and husband Paul Van Ryn; stepson Jay Caughron; grandson Chad Weller, of Chapman, Kansas and granddaughter, Amy Liebau and her husband Judd, of Chapman, Kansas, and grandsons Kyle and Wesley Weller. In addition he had four great grandchildren, Megan Weller, Chance and Camden Liebau and Colton Bell all of Chapman, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Esther Weller, wife Phyllis (McCosh) Weller, wife Eloise McIntire Caughron and stepdaughter Gilda Marshall.

There will be a visitation on Sunday, January 7 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Chapel, 206 W. 5th St, Chapman, KS. Funeral service will be Monday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Alida-Upland Cooperative Church, Junction City, KS, followed by burial at the Liberty Cemetery west of Upland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alida-Upland Cooperative Church or the Disabled American Veterans in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas 67431.

Bruce V. Collins, age 83, of Junction City, Kansas passed away on December 29, 2017 at Valley View Senior Life Center in Junction City, Kansas.

Bruce was born to former United States Marshall Vance and Katherine “Kay” (Jones) Collins on July 28, 1934. Bruce graduated from Junction City High School in 1952. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 1968.

Bruce practiced as a civil and structural engineer. He retired from Kaw Valley Engineering and continued with his own structural engineering consulting practice afterward. He married Carol Rush in 1953 and had three children – Jeff L. Collins, Scott B. Collins and Alan M. Collins. Carol and Bruce divorced in 1981. In 1982, Bruce married Helen (Peters) Olson.

In his youth Bruce was active in 4-H. He enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, hiking, and camping in Colorado with his sons.  In 1977 he started flying and recently built an experimental airplane. The FAA issued an Airworthiness certificate in December 2017. He was a member of the Junction City school board for 12 years until 1981, serving the last four years as board president. He was an avid golfer with 2 holes-in-one.  He and Helen enjoyed cruises, winter trips to southern Texas and RV trips all over including Alaska. 

Survivors include his wife, Helen Collins, sons Scott Collins of Seattle WA, Alan Collins and his wife Tracea of Montrose CO, stepson Mike Olson and his wife Cheri,  stepdaughters Julie Lilly and her husband Dennis of Junction City, KS and Janette Blaise and her husband Robert of Hartville, WY., as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vance and Kay Collins, son Jeff L. Collins and sister Ruth Ann Caspar.

Burial will be in Wreford Cemetery in Geary County following a private family service. A gathering of friends will take place at Freeman Field (Junction City airport) in springtime at a date to be determined.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or donor’s choice in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas 67431.

Alfred H. Gfeller, “Junior”, age 81, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Salina Regional Hospital in Salina, Kansas from injuries received in a farm accident.  Junior was born in Junction City, Kansas on February 19, 1936 to Alfred “Fritz”, Sr. and Helen K. (Frohardt) Gfeller.   

Junior attended schools in the Upland Community and in Chapman and graduated from DCCHS with the class of 1954. 

Junior and Joyce met while in high school. They were united in marriage on June 10, 1954 at the United Methodist Church in Industry, Kansas.

For Junior, work was his hobby. He loved farming and doing soil conservation work. Since 1954, he owned and operated a bulldozer and had just recently retired from soil work and was still farming .  Junior was a member of the St. John’s United Church of Christ, Dickinson County Soil Conservation Contractors and the Agri –Trail Coop in Chapman, Ks. 

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of 61 years, three children: Janean (Don) Gilmore, Chapman, Kansas; Connie (Dale) Dugan, Chapman, Kansas; Cathy Osbourn , Solomon, Kansas. Grand children are Chris Gilmore, Clint Gilmore, Casey (Danyel) Gilmore, Cory Dugan, Jodie Dugan, Nick Osbourn and Andrew Osbourn. And one Great Grandchild Gus Gilmore.  Also, sister in laws Raylene Alvarez, Carol Beadleston and Debbi (Don) Fultz and other nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred “Fritz” and Helen K. Gfeller and in-laws, Ralph and Grace Beadleston, brother in law Larry Beadleston, niece Brenda Krinhop and other infant nieces.

Visitation will be Friday, December 29, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Chapel, 206 W. 5th, Chapman, Kansas.

Funeral service will be Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Alida-Upland Cooperative Church with Reverend Hyeayoun Kim officiating.

In lieu of flowers, family request memorials be given to Alida-Upland Cooperative Church, St. Judes Childrens Hospital, and Shriners Hospital for Children in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas.


Jerrald E. Smith, age 77, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 at Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, Kansas. Jerry was born in Kansas City, Missouri, April 30, 1940 to Ralph and Flora (Murrison) Smith.

He moved to Chapman, Kansas at the age of three and attended Chapman Elementary School. He and his family moved to Junction City, Kansas, in 1949. He graduated from Junction City High School where he was active in all sports. In 1959, Jerry was honored by the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) of the United States by being named the High School All American for his record setting 1958 Javelin Throw. He continues to hold the javelin record at Junction City High School.

While attending Kansas Wesleyan in 1960 he met Beverly A. Kernohan. They were married on December 3, 1960 in Junction City, KS.

In December 1961, Jerry joined the Junction City Police Department. He and his family moved to Coffeyville, Kansas in 1968 when he accepted the position of Chief of Police. In 1979, Jerry and his family returned to Junction City when he accepted the position of Chief of Police. He retired in 1992.

He served as president of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police and was named Kansas Police Officer of the year in 1981. Jerry was a lifetime member of the Kansas Chiefs of Police Association as well as a member of the Kansas Peace Officers Association. He was also a member of Chapman Sons of the American Legion and a member of St. Xavier’s Catholic Church.

After retiring he and his wife moved to Chapman, Kansas where he started farming.  Jerry also enjoyed hunting, fishing and all sports.

He is survived by his wife Beverly of 57 years, three children Tammi Rinkenbaugh (Robert) of Wichita, Kansas, Tina Barker (Steve) of Junction City, Kansas and son, K.C. Smith (Barbara) of Manhattan, Kansas, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, sister Terri Upham (Billy) of Junction City, Kansas, and brother Gary Smith (Lois) of Wichita, Kansas.

Visitation with the family followed by a Rosary will be Sunday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Xavier Catholic Church, Junction City, Kansas. The Funeral Mass will be Monday, December 18 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Junction City, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be given to St. Xavier Catholic Church or Good Shepherd Hospice House in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas.



R. Jeanette “Toots” Fansler, died November 8, 217 at Chapman Valley Manor, Chapman, Kansas.

Jeanette or “Toots”, as so many called her, was born on May 10, 1936 in Junction City, Kansas to John and Roma (Hill) Wahl.  “Toots” grew up on the family farm in western Geary County, Kansas. She loved the farm, especially at harvest time. She attended the local schools and graduated from Junction City High School in 1954. She attended a year of college at Kansas University. She returned to the farm and worked at the Geary County Courthouse until May of 1957 when she married Roy Frederick Fansler, stone mason and farmer. They had two sons, Steve and John.


Toots absolutely loved to listen to music on her home stereo and in her car. She played piano and enjoyed bowling, riding motorcycles, playing card games with her family, fishing, camping and visiting with anyone, anywhere. She was a housewife until the death of her husband Fred in 1991. 


After Fred’s death she confronted her lifelong fear of the water and became a water exercise instructor at the YMCA in Junction City. She exercised at local gyms regularly starting in the ‘90s and participated in “The Walk across Kansas” several times.


A big part of her life were her 5 grandsons; Kyle, Cody, Brandon, Justin and Ryan. She was so proud of them and loved to attend their school events. She looked forward to Holidays with all of them together at her home. Her later years were spent dedicated to caring for her mother.


Jeanette is survived by two sons; Stephen Frederick Fansler and wife Shelly, Las Vegas and John David Fansler and wife Roxanne, Junction City along with five grandson:  Kyle Kolker, Merrill, Iowa, Cody Fansler, Junction City, Kansas, Brandon Fansler, Las Vegas, Nevada, Justin Fansler, Junction City, Kansas, and Ryan Fansler, Junction City, Kansas.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Roma and John Wahle and brothers, Courtney and Charles Wahle.


There will be a graveside service on 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 15. Pastor Todd Britt officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to the Chapman Valley Manor in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas, 67431


Mary Louise Klein of Chapman died after a brief illness on October 29th, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Abilene, Kansas.

Mrs. Klein was born in Chapman November 23rd, 1930, the daughter of Herbert E. and Dorothy (Galbreath) Book. Her maternal great grandparents homesteaded south of Chapman around 1870.

She attended the local grade school and graduated from the Chapman High School in 1948.

She was married to Nicholas Klein of Junction City on June 1st, 1952 until their divorce in the 1980s. She lived most of her adult life in Wichita, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. She taught English Composition and Creative Writing at Wichita State University and other local universities until her retirement in the late 1990s.

She had an enduring affection for her home town, so in 1999 she returned to Chapman to live, where she became a faithful volunteer at the local museum. She was a serious reader and a student of local and family history. She maintained a wide correspondence with distant relatives and friends. She was a member of the Chapman Area Preservation Society and was honored to have their Volunteer of the Year Award named after her as its inaugural recipient in 2014. She was also a member of the Dickinson County Genealogical Researchers and the Dickinson County Historical Society.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Klein of Wichita and Eric Klein of Chapman and by a sister, Verna Detrich of Chapman. She was preceded in death by two sons, Steven who died in 1960 and Dennis who died in 1984. She was also preceded by a sister Ruth who died in 1929 and by a brother, Herbert "Gene" Book in 1992.

A celebration of life service will be held on November 11th, 2017 at 2 PM at the Londeen Funeral Chapel 206 W. 5th Street, Chapman Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to the Chapman Area Preservation Society or the Chapman Public Library in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas, 67431


Marie Clarisse (Boyer) Hanson, 91, Junction City passed away on October 20, 2017 at Valley View Senior Life in Junction City, Kansas. Marie was born on the farm in Rice County Kansas on June 7, 1926 to Frank H. Boyer and Marie Clarisse (Hamel) Boyer.

She grew up on the family farm and on September 12, 1942, married Merrill (Shorty) Hanson. She was a housewife and very active in her community.  There were no strangers and each person she met became a friend. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and served at State President from 1955-56. She was on the Geary County Election Board and a member of the Geary Landlord’s Association. She had many rentals in the Junction City area and each renter became like a family member to Marie. She supported those in the military and would personally thank them for their service. She was a member of St. Xavier’s Catholic Church in Junction City and was part of the Kansas Quilters group. She loved helping the parish priests and in the early years, the Sisters of Saint Joseph. With her family she organized the Hamel Reunions, was interested in everything her family was involved with and loved to keep up with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marie is survived by her sons Duane F. Hanson (Linda),  and Larry G. Hanson (Beverly) both of Wichita, Kansas and daughter, Shirley A. Schubert (Michael), Clayton, Ohio.  Seven grandchildren: Mike (Amanda) Schubert, Aaron (Amanda I.) Schubert; Amanda E. (Peter) Qumsiyeh; Greg (Lindsey) Hanson, Chad (Aundrea) Hanson, Theresa Shurley (Jeremy Hall); Melissa Hanson (Adam Farlow).  Also fourteen great grandchildren: Bradon Hanson, Claire Hanson, Carson Hanson, Isabel Hanson, Sophie Hanson, Bailey Schubert, Cohen Schubert, Max Qumsiyeh, Madeline Shurley, Aubrey Shurley, London Hall, Matthew Garrigus, Maddox Farlow, Ember Farlow. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and thousands of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill (Shorty) Hanson, parents Frank and Marie Clarisse Boyer, sister, Helen Baird and brother, Philip Boyer.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Junction City on Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be Friday, October 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Chapel, 206 W. 5th Street, Chapman, Kansas.

Patricia “Shelley” Michelle Hohman Humes, passed away October 10, 2017 at her home in Enterprise, Kansas.

 “Shelley” was born on February 20, 1969 to Ed & Gloria Hohman in Junction City, KS. In her childhood years that followed, Shelley grew to be a caring and compassionate person that would put others ahead of herself. She managed and taught lessons at the swimming pool in Wakefield as a teenager, later worked as a nanny, and was studying towards becoming an elementary level educator before finding her niche in healthcare. Shelley worked as a CNA at the nursing home in Wakefield while she studied and obtained her LPN license, caring for the residents as if they were her own family. In 1996, Shelley began working at the hospital in Junction City where she touched countless more lives. On April 26, 1997, Shelley married Michael Humes and they had two children, Christopher and Cassandra. She continued to work at the hospital until an extensive illness left her disabled in 2011. Shelley was called home to heaven on October 10, 2017.

Shelley brought joy to numerous people during her days here with us on earth. She is survived by her husband Michael, son Christopher and daughter Cassandra, parents Ed and Gloria Hohman, a sister Denise (Leland) Jackson of Enterprise, a brother Tony (Angie) Hohman of Harveyville, and many in-laws as well as nieces, nephews, and extended family.

There will be a celebration of life on October 21st at 11 a.m. at the Wakefield First United Methodist Church, 406 6th Street, Wakefield, Kansas, Pastor Todd Britt officiating.

Erin Lea Taylor, age 36, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, KS. Erin was born November 16, 1980 at Asbury Hospital, Salina, Kansas. She attended schools in Chapman and graduated with the Class of 1999. She attended Emporia State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2003. In 2014 she completed her Master’s degree in Education.

Erin was active in 4-H and enjoyed baking. She was an avid Kansas State Wildcat fan and Chicago Bears fan.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, being an aunt to Lucas and Aloria and loved teaching her 5th grade Wear Bears.

Erin is survived by her parents, Bill and Debra Taylor, brother Dustin Taylor and wife Ashley, nephew Lucas Mojo Taylor and niece Aloria Moxie Taylor.  

Visitation will be Sunday, October 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Chapel 206 W. 5th, Chapman, Kansas. Funeral service will be Monday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Chapel followed by a private graveside service at 3:30 p.m. in Salina, Kansas. Pastor Sara Anne Hayden will officiate.

Students and special friends may donate a book in Erin’s memory at Londeen Funeral Chapel.

Memorials can be made to Geary County 4-H Foundation or Ware Elementary Ware Bears, Fort Riley, Kansas in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, Kansas, 67431.

WAYNE O. MILLS, a resident of rural Abilene, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017 at the

Abilene Memorial Hospital in Abilene, KS at the age of 89.


Visitation will be Thursday, October 5 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Londeen Funeral Chapel.

Funeral will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 6 at the Londeen Funeral Chapel, Chapman, KS. 

Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Enterprise, KS. 

Charles L. Adams III, went Home to be at rest with his Savior Jesus on September 19, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Topeka, after battling lung disease & infections. Chuck was born July 9, 1955 in Bellaire, OH to Donna and the late Charles Adams Jr. (1935-1986). He graduated Bellaire High School May 1974. He was married August 16, 1975 in Powhatan Point, OH to Cindy Baker. He worked for Y & O Coal Comp. 1975-1976, North American Coal Corp from 1976-1979 and Quarto Mining Co. 1980-1982. He joined the US Army in 1986, attended Basic Training at Ft. Sill, OK; was stationed in Giessen, Germany (1987-1990: 3/5 Field Artillery, 1992-1994: DENTAC/Kirchgoens), Ft Polk, LA (Field Artillery 1990-1992), and Ft. Riley, KS (DENTAC) where he left the service due to health reasons in 1999.

He was a beloved husband, father, son, “Papa,” and friend to many. He enjoyed tinkering with woodworking, home and lawn improvement, spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, and was an Ohio State fan.  He was also a member of the American Legion. He never knew a stranger. He was fun loving, and self-sacrificing. Our hearts and lives are forever changed with his passing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Cindy Adams, Chapman, KS ; his mother Donna Pissos  & stepfather Tony Pissos, Wheeling WV; daughters Katrina Adams (Randy Dykstra), Junction City, KS, and Krista Mendiola (Carlos), Chapman, KS; siblings Lisa Stupak (Ted), Shadyside, OH, Donald Adams, Wheeling WV, Sherry Namack (Tom), Wheeling WV, and Lori Andrews (Jeremy), Bethlehem WV; grandchildren Alex Adams (Kathleen Wilson), Leawood, KS, Brianna Adams, Emporia, KS, Blake McDermott, Angel Riley-Mendiola, Selena Mendiola, and Alyssa Clark, Chapman, KS; and many nieces and nephews, and his beloved Siberian Husky Koda.

There will be a graveside service only at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in Manhattan, KS Friday, Sept. 29 at 10am. The family requests that you wear Ohio State or gray/red/black casual wear if possible. If you would like to join the processional on your motorcycle, we would love to have you join us at Chapman Naz Church at 9am to ride out to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the St. Judes Children Hospital or Children’s Mercy in care of Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS, 67431.

Paul William “Bill” Stewart, Jr, 81, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017 at Autumn Hills, Riley, KS.

Rosary will be Monday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Chapel, 206 W. Fifth, Chapman, KS  followed by reflections and family visitation until 7:30 p.m.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Londeen Funeral Chapel.

 Burial will be at Bala Cemetery, Riley, KS.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the American Legion Scholarship in care of Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS, 67431.


David R. Sites, 67, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Valley View Senior Life.

Dave was born September 12, 1949 at Findlay, Ohio to Robert and Helen (Dickinson) Sites.  He went through elementary school and junior high in Houston, TX and attended Newfane High School in Newfane, NY for his senior year. He graduated with the class of 1967. He then enlisted in the Army. He spent one year in Vietnam and returned home to continue his service for his country for 23 years. Before he was shipped out he asked Elizabeth Marino to marry him. She waited for him and they were married May 10, 1969 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Newfane, NY. After retiring from the Army in April of 1990, David then worked for the truck stop in Solomon, KS. In 1993 he began working for the Dickinson County Road Crew and then in 1995 Highway County Administration. He also worked for Fort Riley in the Preventive Medicine Facility. He converted to Catholicism in 1986 and was an active member of St. Michael Church.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Sites of the home; Children Steven Sites (Angie) of Spearville, KS; Alan Sites (Kozue) of Dodge City, KS; Dina Sites of Abilene, KS; Miki Sites of Chapman, KS;  Grandchildren: Hannah Sites, Bailey Sites, Ashly Sites, Regen Sites and Layton Sites.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Helen Sites and daughter Shannon Sites.

Rosary will be on Sunday September 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church followed by visitation at St. Michael Parish Center at 6:30 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on September 11, 2017 at St. Michael Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the St. Michael Catholic Church in care of Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS, 67431.

Earline LaRose Jensen, 90, of Chapman, KS, died on August 28, 2017, at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, KS, following a short illness.

Earline was born to Earl & Myrtle Wilkins on October 5, 1926, in Joplin, MO.  She graduated from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1944.  She had a long career as a bookkeeper for Kansas City area construction firms, the Balls Food Stores, and Bannister Mall Customer Service.

In 2001 following retirement, Earline and husband Jim moved to Chapman, Kansas.  They were one of the first residents of the Killarney Apartments at Chapman Valley Manor.  Earline then enjoyed 10 years of volunteer work in her daughter, Sally Schuler’s, 2nd grade classroom at Enterprise Elementary School in the Chapman School District.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Marilee Dill.

Survivors include husband Niels “Jim” Jensen of the home, son Stephen (Diane) Turek, daughter Sally (Steve) Schuler, grandchildren Stephanie (Kyle) Winright and Whitney (Kevin) Neary and four great-grandchildren.

Survivors by marriage include Scott (Lynda) Jensen and Russ (Laura) Jensen.

Other survivors include her sister, Anita Charbonneau, and nieces.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, September 10, at Londeen Funeral Chapel in Chapman, KS.  Burial will be Monday September 11, at 10 a.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS.  Arrangements are being made through Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, 206 W. Fifth St. (www.londeenfuneralchapel.com).

Memorial contributions may be made locally to Enterprise Elementary.  Contributions can be left or mailed to Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, P. O. Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

Steven R. Miller, 66, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at his home, in Chapman, after a two year battle with glioblastoma. 

Steven was born on March 14, 1951 at Hutchinson, Kansas to William and Betty (Burk) Miller.  He was the third of six children.  He attended local schools, participated in sports and graduated from Chapman High School in 1969. After graduation from high school he attended Kansas State University majoring in science and physical education and graduated in 1973. His first teaching job was at Seven Dolars Catholic School in Manhattan, soon after he came back home to Chapman to teach at his alma mater.  He taught Science and Physical Education at Chapman Middle School.  He loved his students and always wanted them to perform to the best of their ability.   Over the years Steve coached basketball, football, wrestling, track and cross country at both the middle school and high school levels.  Even though he received his Master’s degree in Administration in 1987, he decided that his love of coaching and teaching was too great to become an administrator.   On July 17, 1993 he married Terry Riekeman at St. Michael Catholic Church in Chapman, KS.

He is survived by his wife, Terry Miller of the home; Children Amy Miller, Luke Miller (Molly), Terrah Stroda, (daughter-in-law), Shannon Demory (Dan), Lindy Stroda, Hillary Erickson (Matt);  Grandchildren: Madyson Jones, Austin Jones, Eve Quinton, Braedon and Braxton Stroda, Reese, Hudson and Leighton Demory, Lincoln and Kerrington Erickson. His father William Miller and siblings Carole Skibbe (John), Chris Miller, Tim Miller (Karin), Jeanne Murray (Dan).

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Miller, brother Larry Miller and son, Brandon Stroda.

There will be a rosary and vigil service on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church followed by visitation at St. Michael Parish Center at 6:30 p.m.  Please feel free to dress casually and wear any K-State or Chapman Irish attire on Friday evening.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on August 5, 2017 at St. Michael Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Irish Foundation for the establishment of a scholarship for a Track or Cross Country athlete graduating from Chapman High School in care of Londeen’s Funeral Chapel, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS, 67431.

Shirley A. (Hollinger) Shippy, 81, Salina, passed away on Saturday July 22, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living, Salina, Ks.

Shirley was born September 9, 1935 in rural Dickinson County to James and Roxie (Gillette) Hollinger. She grew up helping on the Aberdeen Angus Wheatland farm. She took great pride in showing cattle with her dad and brother near Chapman.

Shirley attended local schools and graduated from Dickinson County High School class of 1954, in Chapman, KS. She attended Emporia State University. In 1958 she married Eldon L. Shippy. Most of their married life was spent in the Navarre community. She worked as a homemaker that was known for her homemade bread and rolls.

She is survived by her five children, Debra Brubaker and husband Ron, of Delphos, KS, Larry Shippy of Hope, KS, Robert Shippy of Marion, KS, Diane Lister and her husband Dwight of Chapman, KS and Dennis Shippy of Hope, KS. Eight grandchildren, Mckayla, Sheena and Trenton Brubaker of Delphos, KS, Troy Shippy of Salina, KS, Nichole Reiff of Abilene, KS, Jessica Grimm of California, Dustin and Danielle Lister of Chapman, KS. Two great grandchildren Morgan Reiff of Abilene, KS and Angelina Grimm of California.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eldon L. Shippy, parents James and Roxie Hollinger and brother Max Hollinger.

Funeral services will be held at the Chapman United Methodist Church, Chapman, KS on July 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Lyon Creek South Baptist Cemetery, South of Woodbine following the service. Visitation will be held at the Chapman United Methodist Church, on July 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Chapman United Methodist Church in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

Barbara Jean Boyd (Bobbie) died July 3, 2017. Barbara had a lot of routines and traditions but never wanted anything to be “standard” and you will find this obituary to be the same.  She wrote most of it herself a few weeks prior to her death and her family added a few embellishments.

 Barbara was the daughter of Dr. John Sr. and Kate Meyer. She was born May 16, 1932 at Geary Community Hospital. She spent all of her younger years in Chapman. She obtained a degree from Kansas State University in Home Economics. She loved going to college and said she could have just gone to school forever.  However, her father died when she was young so she thought she better wrap that up by obtaining a degree in nursing from the University of Kansas.  She was an amazing nurse, quickly becoming a leader as head nurse of Pediatrics at Irwin Army Hospital, Ft. Riley. She was the first civilian nurse at Fort Riley and wrote the Occupational Health Program under the direction of OSHA. She married Donald Boyd in 1959 and they built their home on Stone Lane.  Barbara was at the peak of her career when she suffered a massive stroke after the repair of a brain aneurysm which forced her to retire.  She was left with 35 years of disability having difficulty walking, seeing, and no use of her right arm but that did not keep her down.  She never complained and always made the best of every situation. She saw the best in everyone, frequently saying “They are doing the best they can”.  She walked up to 10 miles a day during her rehab years and participated in Walk Across Kansas numerous times. Barbara and Don purchased the Carroll business in 1978, becoming Boyd’s Clothing where she continued to work six days a week up until her death.   She liked to stay busy and spent the remainder of her free time buying and remodeling homes in Chapman.

 She was a devout Catholic but will not be having a funeral service, ashes will be scattered in an area where many hours of family fun and laughter were spent. She often said, “It is not what you do at the end that matters. It is what you do before the end that counts.”

She requested that her 4th grade picture be used for her obituary but her family also wanted to include her nursing picture.

She thought it was ridiculous to list those who had preceded someone in death and those who were still living. Therefore, that will not be included here.  

In her memory, she would like everyone who is able to walk a mile and say a prayer. Not a prayer for her, just any prayer that you enjoy.

Kenneth R. Root

A life-long resident of Chapman, Kansas, Kenneth Raymond Root passed away June 3, 2017, surrounded by his family. 

Kenneth was the third child in a family of seven siblings.  He was born in Chapman April 9, 1927 to Ray Root and Margaret (Phillips) Root.  Kenneth married Audrey Sommers in 1951 at the First United Methodist Church, Salina, Kansas.  She predeceased him in death.  He was also predeceased in death by two sisters, three brothers, and one great grandson, Jack Vowiell.

Survivors are his children Gregg Root and wife, Sherrie (Abilene, KS); Rodney Root and wife, Mari (Ashville, AL); Bradley Root and wife, Kammi (Winfield, KS); and Ann Root (Lawrence, KS); grandchildren, David Vowiell (KC, MO); Bryan Root (Winfield, KS); Philip Root (Boca Raton, FL); Kristina Carranza (Marianna, AR); Angela Root (Winfield, KS); and Scott Root (LA, CA); and three great-grandchildren and one brother Ron Root (Austin, TX).

He graduated from Dickinson County High School in Chapman in 1945, at which time he joined the U.S. Navy.  Following his service in the U.S. Navy he graduated from Kansas Weslyan in 1950, and received his Masters from KSU in 1957.

He was a member of the Chapman United Methodist Church, Chapman Lions Club for 64 years, Indian Hills Cemetery Board, the Chapman City Council, and a director of the local bank.  He was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in 1992.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, June 23, 2017, 10:30a, at the Chapman United Methodist Church with Reverend Kenneth Trickle officiating.  Burial of the ashes will be in the Indian Hills Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00p to 8:00p on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the church.  Arrangements are being handled by Londeen Funeral Home, Chapman, Kansas.  Memorials are to the City of Chapman for beautification of Chapman or the Irish Foundation of Chapman, Kansas.

Evelyn M. Avery, a resident of Chapman, KS, passed away June 1, 2017 at the age of 87.

Evelyn was born December 14, 1929 southwest of Wakefield, KS. Her parents were Fred and Clara Otto Yenni.  She attended school at Victor 100 and went on to graduate from Wakefield High School in 1947. After graduation, she went on to Brown Mackie College in Salina. Once she left the collage she worked for the Wassberg Hardware Store until she married Robert Avery on March 25, 1950. Evelyn and Robert were blessed with three children. Evelyn worked for the county treasurer until her retirement. She enjoyed square dancing, bus travel trips, cooking for family and watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. In later years, she enjoyed the Chapman Senior Center and spent a lot of her free time with the other seniors.

She is survived by one son Larry Avery (Patricia), Chapman, KS; daughter Sharon Wine (David) Lenexa, KS; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. One sister Ruby Sylvester, Riley, KS and a brother Vernon Yenni, Wakefield, KS. She is preceded in death by husband Robert, son Gailen and brother-in-law Charles Avery.

Funeral services will be held at the Alida Cooperative Parish, northeast of Chapman, KS on June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Alida Zion Evangelical Cemetery, north of the Church. Visitation will be held at Londeen Funeral Chapel in Chapman, KS on June 5, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Alida Cooperative Church or the Chapman Senior Center in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

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