Tuesday, January 31, 2023

William Deiter Passes Away

William D. Deiter, 86, passed away Thursday, January, 26, 2023 in Canton, GA. with family by his side.

William was born on January 31, 1936 at Maple Hill, the son of Francis P. and Verna M. Stone Deiter. He was raised in the Maple Hill community and graduated from Maple Hill High School.

Bill worked at Hallmark Cards while helping on the family farm. Later he worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Topeka and retired after 42 years of service.  Bill worked several part-time jobs after retirement always staying busy.  He was a member of the Catholic Faith. Bill enjoyed time with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren, boating, and traveling in their motorhome. He loved watching Kansas State games, Nascar races, and Kansas City Chiefs Football. He was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Joseph G., Robert, Harold, and Melvin Deiter, Dorothy Watt, and Shirley Meier.

On June 12, 1964, Bill and Eloise Patterson were united in marriage in Topeka.  She survives at their home.  Other survivors include  daughters, Pam, Julie, Cindy, Brenda, and Carla; a brother, Howard (Louise) Deiter; a sister, Maxine Bronaugh; seven grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Mr. Deiter will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 5:00 until the 7:00 P.M. Rosary on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. To leave online condolences go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

Rex Lane Passes Away

Rex L. Lane of Atchison, KS, died peacefully with his wife Elizabeth at his side on Monday, January 16, 2023, following complications of a major cardiac event in June 2022.

On May 25, 1954, Marion L. Lane and Laura “Jean” (Peterson) Lane Christensen welcomed their first child, Rex L. Lane. The family lived in Rossville, Kansas. In 1956, the family welcomed their daughter, Kerye Jean (Lane) McEwan Jackson. In his early childhood, the family moved to North Topeka, Kansas where he spent his formative years.    Rex graduated from Seaman High School in 1972.

You can read Rex's very extensive obituary at:  https://www.beckerdyer.com/memorials/rex-lane/5128173/index.php

Friday, January 20, 2023

Jean Whittle Passes Away

Velma Jean “Jean” Whittle, 89, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2023, among family at the St Marys Manor.  She was born in Inman, KS, on March 24, 1933, to Nicholas and Elizabeth Schmidt. 

Jean was the eighth child of ten born into her family and they were all raised on a farm near Inman that was settled by her paternal grandparents who emigrated from south Russia, now known as Ukraine.   Jean attended grade and high school in Inman, KS and attended Bethel College in Newton.  While in college and working as a receptionist at Bethel Clinic she met her husband, Gary Whittle. They were married in Sedgwick, KS on August 17, 1956.  Gary passed away May 16, 1994.  His career was in agri-business and the family lived in Sedgwick, Inman, Buhler, Emporia, Emmett, and since 1968 in St. Marys, KS. 

To read the complete obituary,  go to:    funeralhome.com/velma-whittle

"Bill" Wild Passes Away

 William S. “Bill” Wild, 87, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2023, at his home.

Bill was born April 10, 1935, in St. Marys, the son of William C. and Blanche Ellen Fauerbach Wild, and grew up in the Turkey Creek community.  He graduated from Rossville High School and attended Kansas Agricultural College in Manhattan.  He served as an M.P. in the Kansas National Guard.

Bill worked at the Topeka Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant for 38 years.  He was a member of Local No. 307 Rubber Workers Union.

Bill and Catherine “Kay” Jacobson were married in Topeka on October 31, 1959.  She preceded him in death on November 22, 2021; a son, William C. “Billy” Wild, preceded him in death on November 27, 1989.  Bill was also preceded in death by his sister, Carleen Kelly.

Survivors include his son, Lonnie (Angie) Wild, Topeka; his daughter, Connie (Chris) Royer, Manhattan; six grandchildren, Becky (Kris) Logsdon, Lindsay Royer, Dr. Gavin Royer, Lauren, Joe, & Brock Wild.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  Burial will be at a later date at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.  A Memorial Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or St. Marys Food Pantry and sent to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To leave online condolences, go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Wrestling Ranked #7

 In the current reankings put out by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Assn,  Rossville is number 7 in 322A.  The only Dawg wrestlers in the top six of their  class are:

Paxton Willett                 Fifth        157#

Jacob Carver                   First         284#

Barrett Lietz                    Fourth     147#

Monday, January 9, 2023

Virginia Romero Passes Away

Virginia Leaños Romero reunited with her husband, Ramon E. Romero Sr., in Heaven on Friday, January 6th. She was born on May 21, 1926 in Rossville, Kansas to father Jose Christino Leaños and mother Maria Nicolasa Trujillo Marquez Leaños. Orphaned by the age of three, she was raised by Luis and Maria Jimenez in Williamstown, Kansas. Virginia married Ramon Sr., a WWII veteran, on May 16, 1946, and together they raised five children in Lawrence.

Having a close and loving family was very important to Virginia. She was the corner stone and pillar of the family. Known for her delicious traditional Mexican cooking, her kitchen was a home for all. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting; and hand-made blankets for her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved attending Mexican dances and fiestas with her husband and family, including the annual St. John's Mexican Fiesta. She enjoyed traveling the United States and Mexico with her husband, children, and grandchildren; and she was particularly fond of a trip she and her husband made to Australia in 2000.
After her children were grown, she owned and operated Romero's Liquor Store in downtown Lawrence for 25 years. Virginia enjoyed serving as a Democratic Party poll worker and precinct supervisor at the New York School on nearly every presidential election day from President Dwight D. Eisenhower's first election in 1952 until 2016, missing only one election due to heart surgery in 2005. She was featured in the Journal-World for her poll worker service in 2006 and 2014. When asked in the 2006 Journal World interview to identify her favorite elected official, she said, "Kennedy. He was just a friendly president, just trying to do good for his country." Also, she was appointed to the Kansas State Cosmetology Board by Governor Robert Docking, Jr. in 1973.
Virginia was preceded in death by Ramon Sr., her husband of 62 years; two brothers, Antonio Marquez and Feliciano Leaños; four sisters, Linda Leaños Limones, Agrippina Marquez, Cuca and Carmen Marquez-Lopez; and foster brother Fidel Jimenez, Sr. She is survived by her children: Judy Romero; Ramon Romero Jr.; Antonio Romero (Kyoko); Guadalupe Romero Kosa (Rodney); and Michael Romero. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Adrianne Jones (Seth); Andrew Weibel; Christina Romero; Antonio Romero, Jr. (Cassandra Majus); Rosalina Romero (Brent Vignery); and Jason Romero (Jackie). She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Evelyn and Boyd Jones; Dexter Vignery, Sylvia Romero and Lydia Romero; Vale, Brynn, and Pierce Romero; and Hunter Romero. She is also survived by foster brother, Johnny Jimenez and foster sister Mary Jimenez Knowles, as well as many nieces and nephews from Kansas and Washington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence. A rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2023 with the visitation to follow the rosary until 8:00 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Family suggests memorials in her name to American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the mortuary. For more information or to post a condolence go to warrenmcelwain.com.

Leola Kolde Passes Away

Leola Kolde  of Rossville passed away Jan. 7, 2023 just six months shy of her 100th birthday.  No obituary available  at this time.   It will be posted here when available.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Kenneth Hoobler Passes Away

Kenneth E. Hoobler, 80, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2023, at his home.

Kenneth was born May 23, 1942, in Maple Hill, the son of Harold V. and Velma Irene Leeper Hoobler.  He graduated from Maple Hill High School.

He worked for the Rock Island Railroad until 1970, when he started working for the Santa Fe Railroad in Topeka, retiring from BNSF Railroad in 2002.  Kenny was an avid fisherman; he loved to hunt and play cards.  He was a member of the TCU Union, a past member of the St. Marys Gun Club, and had served on the St Marys Fire Department for 35 years.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard Hoobler, and a grandson, Darrin March.

On June 5, 1965, he and Dorothy R. Kolde were united in marriage at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  She survives at their home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Debbie (Robbie) Figge, Wamego, and Barb March, Topeka; four brothers, William (Pat) Hoobler, Rose Hill, Norris (Pam) Hoobler and Horace (Angie) Hoobler, all of Maple Hill and Sidney (Cindy) Hoobler, Topeka; a sister-in-law Brenda Hoobler, Horton; four grandchildren, Michael March, Jesse (Janaye) Figge, Wyatt Figge, and Anna Figge; one great-grandson Hiram.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church In St. Marys.  Burial will be at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Maple Hill.  Kenny will lie in state, and the family will receive friends from 5:00 until the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Fire Department and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To leave online condolences, go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

Friday, December 30, 2022

Hal Dale Taliaferro Passes Away

 Hal Dale Taliaferro, 74, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at his home. Hal was born May 27, 1948 at Atchison, the son of William Richard and Alice Marie Cooper Taliaferro. He was a 1965 graduate of Atchison County Community High School in Effingham. He was a proud graduate of Fort Hays State University, earning his bachelors degree in education and was forever a Jayhawk, earning his master's degree from the University of Kansas. Hal was a teacher, educator and coach, at Rossville High School before retiring.

A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life. Hal Dale Taliaferro , "Coach T", will forever be remembered in our hearts for his impact in our lives as a husband, father, brother, grandpa, teacher, coach and friend.

Hal married Carol Elizabeth Bausch on June 27, 2020 in Oskaloosa, she survives at home. He is also survived by a daughter, Pamela (Kevin) Lewis, Shawnee, seven sons, Matt (Sara) Taliaferro, Kansas City, KS, Aaron (Abby Frecks) Eigenman, Brendyn Eigenman, both of Topeka, Peyton Taliaferro, Oskaloosa, David (Bailey Meggison) Ortega and Brian Ortega, both of Topeka, Cooper (Hailey Hayford) Taliaferro, Lawrence, three sisters, Joan (Charles) Berry, San Diego, CA, Connie (Kenneth) Berry, Chandler, AZ, Jan (Robert) Anstaett, Aurora, CO, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Richard Taliaferro.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 in Oskaloosa to honor and remember a man that will live in our hearts forever. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Hal's name to Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS, 66066 for a memorial to be designated later.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Colin Ward Passes Away

 We are sad to announce that on December 27, 2022 we had to say goodbye to Colin Joseph Ward (Rossville, Kansas), born in Saint Marys, Kansas. 

He was predeceased by : his father Christopher Ward. He is survived by : his mother Melissa C. Ward (Lester); his siblings, Christian, Siena, Robert, Aiden, Quintin and Liam; and his grandparents, Daniel and Becky Lester.

Memorial contributions may be made payable to the funeral home to assist the family with the funeral expenses.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Full Obituary For Kevin Dick


Kevin Lee Dick "Swivel" 60 of Rossville, Kansas passed December 14, 2022 from an accidental choking incident while celebrating in Ft. Worth, TX with his wife Julie and friends.
Kevin was born December 13, 1962 to Wayne G. Dick and Dianne (Gideon) Dick of Rossville, Kansas. He graduated from Rossville High School in 1981 where he played football, wrestled, and track. He attended Kansas State University and Cloud County Community College. Kevin returned to the family farm at Rossville, farming with his dad and brother, Scott Dick, to this day(Dick Farms). Kevin was also the assistant wrestling coach at Rossville High School. Along the way he joined the Kansas Free Masons at Rossville, Ks, later transferring to Topeka Lodge Number 17. He also joined the Scottish Rite and was a member of the Arab Shrine Temple of Topeka, KS for some years. Kevin was a member of the American Legion Riders – Post 31. Kevin married high school sweetheart and love of his life Julie Marie Barker of Silver Lake, KS on May 25, 1996. Julie is the daughter of Larry (Terry) Barker of Topeka, KS and Judy (Lindstrom) Barker of Silver Lake, KS. Julie survives in their home at Rossville, KS.
Kevin is survived by his parents Wayne G. Dick and Dianne E. (Gideon) Dick, brother Scott W. Dick (his wife Kelly (Stewart) Dick and sons Ryan S. Dick and Cody W. Dick his wife Sonia (Shaddox) Dick – children Payton Shaddox, Karly S. Dick and Maverick W. Dick), sister Jayne D. Dick-Lobatos (her husband Guillermo Lobatos – sons Loren M. Lobatos-Dick, Landen L. Lobatos-Dick, and Lawsen J. Lobatos-Dick) Cousins: Rodney W. Dick (children Laci J. Foster and Ashley K. Hoss), Randy Dick (his wife Karen – children Dustin Dick, Melissa Horgan, Derek Dick, Hailey Marple), Jeff Dick (wife Heidi – daughters Sydney Tracy and Kaitlyn Dick) Jennifer L. (Dick) Hutton (husband Justin Hutton – children Kelby Murray, Paxton Olivas, Romyn Hutton, and Max Hutton) Shawn R. Gideon (wife Renee – children Shanee Askren and Gentry Gideon) Johnaka (Maike) McCosker and Hunter Maike. Aunts: DeAnn (Sump) Gideon and Sheryl (Perry) Dick, as well as many extended family and friends too numerous to count.
Kevin is preceded in death by paternal grandparents Benjamin O. Dick and Lorena (Ellwood) Dick, maternal grandparents Garland R. Gideon and Viola (Kovar) Gideon, Uncle Gary L. Dick, Uncle Arnold R. Gideon, Cousin-in-law Connie (Eckert) Dick, Cousins Jackie (Gideon) Maike, Jordan Maike, and Garen Gideon.
Kevin did everything "Wide Open". He lived, loved, laughed, worked, played, and fought intensely. If you were his friend you knew it. He was a proud farmer his whole life. "Those rows better be straight and fields weed free." He had a passion for sprint car racing from the age of 9 when he fell in love with the sport at the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, IA. Since then he has followed Sammy Swindell and other favorites across the Midwest gathering close friends from far and wide. Kevin never met a stranger and often gave to those in need. In the true spirit of giving Kevin was an organ donor. Many people will be helped by his selfless gift. He will continue to help others even in his absence. Kevin loved his toys with a throttle and was a kid at heart. He liked to go fast and have fun. Gone too soon but not forgotten.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville American Legion Post No. 31 or to Julie for a memorial brick in Kevin's honor at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
Celebration of Life:
Friday, January 6, 2023
1:00-3:30 with service at 2:00
The Brownstone, 4020 NW 25th St., Topeka, Kansas 66618

Published by Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home & Crematory on Dec. 19, 2022.

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Kevin Dick Passes Away

 Kevin Dick (age 60) passed away suddenly on Dec. 14 in TX.  More info later when obituary is available

Clyde Strimple (47) Passes Away

Clyde William Strimple, age 93, died on December 3, 2022.  He was born August 6, 1929, to Guy and Lydia Strimple.  He graduated high school in Rossville, Kansas, in 1947. Clyde earned a degree in secondary math education from Washburn University and later a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He married Martha Maxine Sutherland in 1950.  

Clyde served his country in the United States Army and was discharged from U.S. Army Reserves as a First Lieutenant in the Army Corp of Engineers in 1962. 

Clyde taught and coached for 40 years in Waterville, Kansas; Anthony, Kansas; and Kansas City, Kansas. He loved coaching and mentoring his athletes. As a coach for 19 years (14 years as head coach), his football teams won eight league championships, and three were undefeated. He had four players that went on to be Division I players, He coached track and field for 26 years (18 as head coach). In that time, his teams won 16 league championships, four state championships, and the 1977 Wyandotte track team was undefeated.  At Wyandotte he coached four high school All-Americans.

His love of the game inspired him to become a high school and small college football official for 20 years.  He also served as Commissioner of Officials for the Kansas City, Kansas League.  He was President of KCK KNEA and was a lifetime member of NEA. 

After retiring, Clyde spent time traveling the United States and Canada with Maxine.  From 1996-2018 he served on the Board of Directors for the Rossville High School Alumni Foundation.  He enjoyed traveling, gardening, hunting pheasant and quail, attending reunions, going to his grandchildren’s events, volunteering at high school and college track meets, and spending time with family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Maxine, sister LeAnna Carter, infant brother, Francis, brothers-in-law Claude Sutherland and Allen Carter, and granddaughter Emily Rust. He is survived by sister in-law Donna Sutherland, his daughters: Marcilyn (Bill) Rust, Jerri (Steve) Sitek, Cassie (Gary) Sturgeon; grandchildren: Shannon and Bethany Rust, Andrea Sitek (Andrew), Brian Sitek (Adrienne), Vincent  Sturgeon (Monica) and Cal Sturgeon;  three great -grandchildren and other family members. 

The visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. with the funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 13 at Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7900 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, KS. Graveside services with Military Honors will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, KS. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Rossville High Alumni Foundation, P.O. Box 803, Rossville, KS 66533. Condolences may expressed at www.porterfuneralhome.com

Melvin Sage Passes Away

 Melvin D. Sage, 75, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at his home in Willard.

Melvin was born April 17, 1947 in Dover, the son of Austin “Auty” and Luella M. Olson Sage. He lived in the Willard and Rossville communities all of his life and graduated from Rossville High School.  

After high school, Melvin began working for the Kansas Gas Service Company where he worked for 45 years, retiring in 2010 as a dispatcher.      

On October 14, 1967, Melvin and Loretta Duncan were united in marriage in Topeka.  She survives of their home.  

In 1965, he enlisted in the National Guard and was part of the 69th Brigade that was activated in 1968. After training in Colorado Springs, Mel was sent to Vietnam in 1969. 

Other survivors include two sons, Bryan (Robin) Sage, Osage City, and Daniel (Lisa) Sage, Topeka; his sister, Arletta Nichols, Topeka; grandchildren, Brett, Jordan, Tyler, Sydney, and Madison; nieces, Yvonne Church and Yolande Nichols.    

He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Yvette Nelson.      

Mel never met a stranger and was quick to brag about his grandkids. He loved fishing and the outdoors, K-State football, KU basketball, and the Kansas City Royals. His true love was Loretta and traveling around watching all of the grandkids’ activities. 

Mr. Sage will lie in state, and the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday, December 19, 2022 at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Burial will be in the Dover Cemetery. A late lunch will be held at the Dover Federated Church at 13535 SW 57th St., Dover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Kansas Cancer Center or to the VFW and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences, go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.