Miscellaneous Riley County, Kansas Obituaries


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Ram Singh Gill 
  Ram Singh Gill died April 26, 2001. He was born May 15, 1909 in Dhudike, India.
  His wife Basant Kaur preceded him in death on March 28, 1991. Survivors include his sons, Gurcharan S. Gill, Porterville, Calif., Nachhattar S. Gill, Union City, Calif., Bachittar S. Gill, Porterville, Calif., Bikram S. Gill, Manhattan, Harjindar S. Gill and Surinderpal S. Gill, Delano, Calif., Bhupinder S. Gill, India, and Harshaarn S. Gill, Bakersfield, Calif.; 33 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. Services were April 28 in Bakersfield, Calif.
  Although Ram Singh Gill never received a formal education, he was mayor of his native village of Dhudike (Punjab, India), population 10,000. Among his many activities, he led the village to build a middle and high school, a teacher training college, a four-year liberal arts college, water works, a national bank branch building, a community center, paved streets and sewer systems, a memorial to freedom fighters, and a 2.5 mile road that connected Dhudike to Grand Trunk Road, the ancient highway of India. As a result, a backward village became a thriving small town and even the President of India visited Dhudike.
  For the last 22 years, they enjoyed life with their sons in the United States. Two weeks before he died, his last wish was fulfilled; the establishment of a library section related to Sikh and Punjabi heritage in the Kern County Public Library, Bakersfield, Calif. In their parents’ memory, the Gill family will construct one high-tech room in the native village school. Bikram and Gurinder Gill have contributed $10,000 to set up an endowed fund, “Ram Singh and Basant Kaur Gill Memorial Award,” with the KSU Foundation, for support of visiting scientists from India or other developing countries for conducting agricultural research at Kansas State University. Memorial contributions may be made to the endowment, c/o KSU Foundation, 2323 Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS, 66506.

John M. Riedel Jr. 
  John M. Riedel Jr., 61, Salina, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Holiday Resort Care Center, Salina. He was born May 7, 1940, in Walker. He married Marilyn Truan on July 11, 1964, at Gorham.
  He received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1962 and a master’s degree in elementary education in 1969 from Fort Hays State University.
  From 1966 to 1981, he taught at several Hays schools and was principal at Lincoln Elementary School. In 1981, he moved to Salina, where he accepted a position as administrative assistant with School Specialty Supply Company. He retired from School Specialty in December 1999 as general manager.
  He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Salina, the National School Supply and Equipment Association, and the Breakfast Bandits Ambucs, and a past member of several educational organizations and Toastmasters.
  Survivors include his wife Marilyn, of the home; one son, J.L. Riedel, Salina; two daughters, Amy Riedel-O’Brien, Salina, and Ann Riedel, of the home; two brothers, Frank, of Walker, and Celly of Shawnee Mission; four sisters, Maggie Johnston, Osawatomie, Aggie Leiker, Hays, Katie Windholz, Quinter, and Josie Braun, Victoria; and one grandson.
  A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1000 Burr Oak Lane, Salina. Following the vigil service, the family will receive friends in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall.
  A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2001, at the St. Ann Catholic Church, Walker, with Sister Rose Walters officiating. Inurnment will be in the St. Ann Cemetery, Walker.
  Memorials are suggested to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Building Fund, 1000 Burr Oak Lane, Salina, 67401. 
  There will be no visitation. The Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th, Salina, is in charge of arrangements.

Orlie George Adolph 
  Orlie George Adolph, 81, Great Bend, died June 3, 2001, at IHS in Great Bend. 
  He was born Oct. 22, 1919, in Wabaunsee County. He was a Great Bend resident for the past 15 years, and was formerly a Manhattan resident.
  He married Myrtle Pauline Peterson on April 9, 1948, in Alma. She preceded him in death.
  He was self-employed in construction and remodeling and was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
  Survivors include a son, Nathan Adolph, Great Bend, and daughters Hjarda Cipra, Great Bend, and Deborah Espinosa, Elk Falls; and five grandchildren.
  There will be no visitation, and family services will be private. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Manhattan. Memorials can be sent to World Wide Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses c/o Kimple Funeral Home, P.O. Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526.

Norma L. Roepke 
  Norma L. Roepke, 89, Merriam, a former resident of Randolph, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at the Trinity Lutheran Manor in Merriam.
  She was born March 13, 1912, on a farm south of Randolph, the daughter of John and Amelia (Kunze) Grob.
  She had taught for 42 years in several one-room schools in northern Riley County, and at Randolph, Blue Rapids, and Barnes Grade Schools. 
  She was a member of Randolph United Methodist Church, the Blue Valley Senior Citizens and a past member of the Eastern Star. 
  She was married March 22, 1941, at Randolph, to Albert Roepke. He preceded her in death on May 24, 1986.
  She is survived by one sister, Eugenia Fittell and husband George of Shawnee; and several nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Randolph United Methodist Church in Randolph, with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Waterville. Respect calls may be made anytime Thursday at the Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.
  A memorial has been established for the Randolph United Methodist Church.

Joan Arlene Schleif 
  Joan Arlene Schleif, 78, Centralia, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. She had been a long time resident of Wamego, Westmoreland, and more recently Centralia.
  Mrs. Schleif was born Sept. 1, 1922, in Seneca, the daughter of Clyde and Mary Neighbor Tomlinson. She attended schools in Corning, and graduated from Corning High School. She also attended Crum’s Beauty School in Manhattan. She was baptized in the Methodist Church.
  She worked for many years in food service for Kansas State University, retiring in 1987. She married Elvin A.W. Schleif on June 10, 1946. He preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1989.
  She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Jo Prockish of Westmoreland; two sisters, Sarah Brown, Westmoreland, and Frances Johnstone, Centralia; one brother, Richard Tomlinson, Seneca; two grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2001, at the R.J. Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Burial will be in Wamego City Cemetery.
  Mrs. Schleif will lie in state at R.J. Evans Mortuary Friday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday morning. The family will greet friends Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time. They suggest memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, which may be made in care of the mortuary.

Nina I. Nelson 
  Nina I. Nelson, 90, Lindsborg, died Monday, Aug. 13, at Bethany Home, Lindsborg.
  She was born Dec. 5, 1910, in Garrison, and was a retired employee of the Kansas State University Student Union.
  She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Lindsborg, and formerly of First Lutheran Church, Manhattan.
  On Feb. 12, 1933, she married Raymond E. Nelson at Olsburg. He preceded her in death on April 8, 1974.
  Survivors include a son, Byron Nelson, Great Bend, two daughters, Ramona Hanson, Stout, Iowa, and Margene Willis, Conway, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
  Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bethany Home Chapel, Lindsborg, with the Rev. Don Hawk presiding. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Maridahl Lutheran Cemetery, Olsburg, with Rev. Sheri Ellwood presiding.
  Visitation will be today until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
  Memorials are suggested to Bethany Home, Lindsborg, and can be sent in care of the Hays-Christians Funeral Home, P.O. Box 386, Lindsborg, Kan. 67456-0386.

Charles A. Swinney 
  Charles A. (Chuck) Swinney, 86, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, in Topeka.
  He was born in Floris, Iowa, Jan. 11, 1915, to the former Bess Lepper and Elroy Swinney.
  Chuck attended public schools in Bloomfield, Linby, Fairfield, and Richland, Iowa, and Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was married to Ruth Taber in 1938 in her mother’s flower garden overlooking the Hudson River at Milton, N.Y.
  He was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star army combat veteran of World War II in Europe. He was employed in various marketing capacities for 41 years by Skelly Oil Company and its successor, Getty Oil Company, before retiring in 1977 as director of staff services, Petroleum Marketing.
  Chuck served as chairman of the Kansas Petroleum Industries Committee. He also served as chairman of the city planning committee, chairman of the zoning appeals committee, and as a member of the city council of Valley Center, Kansas. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 37 in Iowa, the Wichita Consistory, and the Midian Shrine Temple in Wichita.
  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth.
  Survivors include his daughter, Barb Robel, and her husband Raydon, Manhattan; a son, Bill Swinney, and his wife Barbara, and grandchildren Tiffany and Bethany of Topeka; grandchildren Kristi Robel Roesch and her husband Robb of Hiawatha, Kan.; Kerry Robel Thurlow, her husband Matt and great-grandson Wyatt of Leonardville; Kevin Robel, Manhattan, and Scott Swinney.
  Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Valley Center Methodist Church or the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospitals in care of the Midian Shrine Temple in Wichita.

Myron Maxford Rooks 
  Memorial services for Mr. Myron Maxford Rooks will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Manhattan.
  He was born July 28, 1915, in Trenton, Mo., and died July 13, 2001, at his residence following a brief illness.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation Athletics-Track for track scholarships. Contributions may be left at the memorial service or in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kan. 66502.

Freddie L. Peat
  Freddie L. Peat, 83, Manhattan, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, at St. Joseph Senior Community, Manhattan.
  He was born Oct. 18, 1917, near Fowler, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1963.
  Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the Valley View Memorial Gardens, east of Manhattan, with Rev. David Pape officiating.
  The family of Mr. Peat will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan.
  Additional service and obituary information will be announced by the funeral home.

Ruth Geraldine Daily 
  Ruth G. Daily, 84, Manhattan, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at the St. Joseph Senior Community where she had resided since suffering a stroke in May.
  She was born Nov. 8, 1916, in Topeka. She was adopted by Walter and Deborah (Ferris) Pierce and spent her childhood on the farm in the Upland community. She graduated from Dickinson County Community High School in Chapman in 1934.
  In 1937, she graduated from cosmetology school. She worked as a professional beautician in the Junction City/Manhattan area until moving to California in 1947. She worked as a switchboard operator in the Los Angeles area and returned home to Kansas in 1951. She opened her own beauty salon, the Tidy Beauty Shop, in the Aggieville district in Manhattan in 1953, and operated it until her retirement in 1986. She also spent 21 years as a resident beautician at the College Hill (St. Joseph) Nursing Home.
  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and remained a devoted listener to the Sunday morning radio service after her health declined. Throughout her lifetime, she participated in various clubs and activities, including Order of the Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge, Senior Center “Kitchen Band” and the RSVP Volunteer Program. Ruth enjoyed playing the piano, flowers, the Kansas City Royals, taking drives and eating out. She deeply loved and was totally devoted to her family, and was very involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives.
  She was married to Robert F. Daily in 1952 in Junction City. They were later divorced. Survivors include a son, James Bennett Daily and wife Deborah, Solomon; a daughter, Marcia Colleen Bubak and her husband Frank, Manhattan; six grandchildren, Angie (Bubak) Askren and husband Roy, Manhattan, Tawnee Bubak, Manhattan, Samantha and Alexandra Daily, Littleton, Colo., and Francis and Katherine Daily, Solomon; two great-granddaughters, Ashley and Avree Askren, Manhattan; special nieces, Deanne Caughron and Imogene Caughron, Upland, Eloise Weller, Chapman; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Deborah Pierce; one brother, Don Pierce; and one sister, Verna Caughron.
  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Ave., with the Rev. Jim Reed officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Cemetery in Upland.
  A family visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan.
  The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Mercy Health Center Expansion Project, c/o Mercy Community Health Foundation, P.O. Box 13, Manhattan, 66505-0013.

Thelma W. Ritchey 
  Thelma W. Ritchey, 88, Topeka, formerly of Alma, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at the Rolling Hills Health Center, Topeka.
  She was born March 28, 1913, in Alma. She attended public schools in Alma and also attended Washburn University in Topeka. She worked as a Medical Technician for several medical doctors in Topeka, retiring in 1957. She was also a Red Cross first aid instructor, and during WWII, she was with the Civil Air Patrol and assigned to the 2nd Air Force.
  She had been a resident of Topeka since 1934.
  She was married to James W. Ritchey on Nov. 5, 1942, in Warrenton, Mo. He preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 1991.
  She is survived by a brother, Ernest H. Wertzberger, Kingman; a niece, Sally Wertzberger Davis; two other nieces and nephews; and four foster daughters.
  No services are planned. There will be a private inurnment at a later date in the Alma City Cemetery, Alma.
  The family suggest memorial contributions to a charity of the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of the RJ Evans-Gentry Funeral Home, Alma.

Milbrue M. Heitschmidt 
  Milbrue M. Heitschmidt, 95, Manhattan, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at her home.
  She had been a resident of Manhattan since 1986.
  She was born to Albert and Pearl Paget on Nov. 27, 1905, in rural Osborne County. She attended Covert High School, graduating in 1924. Following her graduation, she taught for a year in the Osborne County schools and then attended Fort Hays State Teachers College where she was awarded her teaching certificate. She then taught school at Holcomb for two years.
  On July 27, 1929, she was married to Ernest Heitschmidt. He preceded her in death in 1980.
  When her children were older, she resumed her education and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Fort Hays in 1965. She then taught for a number of years in the Natoma, Codell and Plainville school systems.
  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, the Manhattan chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Christian Women’s Club, Welcome Wagon and the Konza Prairie Quilt Guild. Prior to moving to Manhattan, she had been a member of the First Methodist Church in Natoma, and the First Baptist Church of Codell.
  In her later years, she developed quite a reputation as a senior Olympian. She participated at both the state and national levels for several years and won numerous gold and silver medals in the shot-put, discus and javelin. She was frequently recognized as the oldest Olympian at the games.
  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Corrine, in 1953. Survivors include her daughter, Dorine Elsea, Manhattan; her son, Ernest Jr., Guymon, Okla.; six grandchildren, Connie Hunn and Steven Heitschmidt, Garden City, Teresa Levin, Fort Worth, Texas, Lori Heitschmidt, San Antonio, Roy Heitschmidt, Olton, Texas, and Chuck Elsea, Salina; and six great-grandchildren.
  Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Methodist Church in Natoma, with the Rev. Floyd Starr officiating. Burial will follow in the Natoma Cemetery. There will be a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, Saturday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Cam McConnell officiating.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice.

Maybelle Weber Post 
  Maybelle Weber Post, Irving, Texas, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at the age of 95 years, eight months and 25 days.
  Her family says she departed this life to be with her Savior.
  She was born May 1, 1906, in the Brush Creek Community, Atchison County, the daughter of Freeman and Susan Caroline Weber.
  Mrs. Post was a seamstress by trade and retired from E.M. Kahn in Irving, at the age of 72. She continued to do alterations in her home well into her 80s. She was always there to “fix” things for her family.
  She was a loving mother and special grandmother to not only her family, but to many of their friends as well.
  Mrs. Post was a member of First Baptist Church, Irving; AARP Charter member; Irving Book Review Club and several garden clubs. She loved to work in her yard and always had flowers to take to the sick and her friends.
  Survivors include three sons, Lawrence and wife June, Lakeside, Texas, Arthur and wife Angie, Manhattan, and Neil, Irving, Texas; one daughter, Carol Ann and husband Walt, Irving, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. A sister, Esther Hisle, Nampa, Ind.; sister-in-law Emma Weber, Topeka; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Freeman and Susan Caroline Weber; her husband, Leonard Post; a son, Hugh Freeman; a daughter, Ester Mae Hastings; a grandson, Allen Dwayne Hastings; three brothers, Dr. Arthur “Dad,” Albert, and George; and two sisters, Irene Jacobson and Grace Monson.
  Her family says Mrs. Post will be missed by all who knew her. They received guests Sunday in Irving; the services were held Monday.

David G. Danskin 
  Word has been received of the death of David G. Danskin Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, in Sedona, Ariz., at the age of 76.
  Mr. Danskin was born in Boston, and raised in California. He earned his doctorate degree at Ohio State University and taught in the department of education at Johns Hopkins University before coming to Kansas State University in 1959. From 1959 to 1961, Mr. Danskin was associate director of the university’s counseling center. In 1961, he became director of the counseling center and served in that capacity until 1970. From 1970 until his retirement in 1989, he served as director of the biofeedback training center and laboratory at K-State.
  He was one of the pioneers in the use of biofeedback to assist persons with stress and performance-related problems, leading to the development of the first biofeedback center at a college or university. From this center, Mr. Danskin directed research projects and developed clinical protocols that are still used with college students, trained many who would become professionals in the field and offered the first workshops on biofeedback training. Mr. Danskin wrote three books, appeared on national programs to discuss biofeedback and stress management, and published many articles on the subject.
  Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of the home; and a daughter, Emily Danskin, Irving, Texas. Memorials services will be Feb. 17 in Sedona. Those wishing to share memories of Mr. Danskin are asked to send them to Counseling Services, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, in care of director Dr. Fred B. Newton. These remembrances will be sent to the family for inclusion in the service.
  Memorials are suggested to the Danskin Performance Enhancement Center, and may be sent to Counseling Services, Kansas State University, in care of Marilyn Lewis.

Mary T. Sherbert 
  Mary T. Sherbert, 89, Clay Center, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at the Clay Center Medical Center.
  Funeral arrangements are pending with the Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home, Riley.

Myron Franklin Reihs 
  Myron Franklin Reihs, 68, Lee’s Summit, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at the John Knox Village Care Center, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  Mr. Reihs was a former Manhattan resident.
  He was born in Cleveland on June 22, 1933, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He owned and operated Raoul’s Restaurant locally from 1963-1990.
  Survivors include four sons, Dion Reihs, Raymore, Mo., Richard Reihs, Olathe, Brian Reihs, Kansas City, Mo., and Jeffrey Reihs, Haven; a daughter, Debra McMullen, Alexandria, Va.; a twin brother, Melvin Reihs, Winter Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Doris Brown, North Ridgeville, Ohio, and Jeannie Cedik, Sagamore Hills, Ohio; a brother, Kenneth Reihs, North Royalton, Ohio; and former spouse, Mary Martinez, Kansas City, Mo. He is also survived by six grandchildren.
  Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Chapel, Kansas City, Mo. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. at the chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the John Knox Village Foundation, 400 NW Murray Rd., Lee’s Summit, Mo, 64081.

Ruth A. Keating 
  Ruth A. Keating, 69, Wamego, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at St. Francis Via Christi in Wichita.
  Services are tentatively planned for Monday morning at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, with a rosary service Sunday, also at the church. Times and additional obituary information will be announced later by the Stewart Funeral Home, Wamego.

Kathryn Cash Vogelsang 
  Kathryn Cash Vogelsang, 90, St. Louis, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at St. Agnes Home, St. Louis.
  She was born Oct. 14, 1911, at Fancy Farm, Ky., the daughter of James and Susie Cash.
  She was a piano teacher and organist.
  On Sept. 3, 1938, she married Roy Vogelsang. He preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 1985.
  Survivors include five children, Mary Beth Reese and her husband Jim, Manhattan, Jim, Jerry and Charlie Vogelsang, St. Louis, and Suzanne Dace, St. Louis; and two grandsons, Andrew Reese, Arlington, Va., and Adam Reese.
  Service and burial will be in St. Louis.
  Local donations can be made to the Flint Hills Parkinson Group in care of the Riley County Senior Service Center, 412 Leavenworth Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. The donations will go to aid Parkinson’s disease research.

Lucille Steenson 
  Lucille Steenson, 93 of Waterville, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, in Salina.
  She was born March 16, 1908, in rural Waterville, and graduated from Waterville High School in 1926. She was married to John T. Steenson March 23, 1927. He died Jan. 8, 2000.
  She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Waterville, the Ladies Aid Society, the LCW, and was a member of the church choir for many years.
  She was also a member and past president of the Waterville Shakespeare Club and a charter member of the Over 39 Club.
  Survivors include a son, Shelby Steenson, of Mentor, a grandson and two great granddaughters.
  Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery north of Waterville. The family will receive friends from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Terry Chapel and Funeral Home in Waterville.
  A memorial has been established for the Arthritis Foundation.

Fidelis Bedard 
  Fidelis (Dale) Bedard, 59, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at his home in Sacramento, Calif.
  Mr. Bedard was born Oct. 8, 1942, in Hays, and was a 1960 graduate of St. Joseph’s Military Academy in Hays. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany in the 1960s. 
  He married Nora Domalsky in 1964 in Germany, and they were divorced. He married Ann Korn in 1984 in Nevada. They lived in California, where he worked in motel management and self-storage rental management. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Sacramento and was a member of the Gold Panning Association of America.
  Survivors include his wife, Ann, of the home; two daughters, Deborah Bedard of Manhattan and Diana Figge of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a step-son, Tom Korn, of Valdez, Alaska; three step-daughters, Julie Korn, of Sonoma, Calif., Kristine Korn, of Hollywood, Calif., and Karen Korn, of Glen Allen, Calif.; six grandchildren; his parents, Levi and Della Bedard, Hays; one brother, Dick Bedard, Hays; and four sisters, Carol Bedard, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Michelle Beyer, of Hays, Jeanette Howerton, of Aurora, Colo., and Judy Koerner, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Church in Hays with Fr. Earl Befort officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Damar at 12:30 p.m. Friday with graveside military honors by the Hays VFW. Friends may call from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at Brock’s North Hill Chapel in Hays. The family suggests memorials for masses or to the Cancer Council of Ellis County.

John W. Trudo 
  John W. Trudo, 69, of Wamego, died early Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at the Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center. He had been a resident there for only three days.
  Mr. Trudo was born April 30, 1932, in Wamego, the son of Albert L. and Delia A. Lindeman Trudo. He attended grade school in Wamego and graduated from Wamego High School in 1950. He also attended Clark Business School in Topeka. Mr. Trudo lived in Chicago, Ill., from 1955 to 1979 and worked as a sales representative for Home Juice Company. He returned to Wamego in 1979, and was self-employed until his death as the owner of Keanway Sales.
  Mr. Trudo was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by a brother, Frank Trudo and his wife Tina of Wamego; and a sister, Roberta Magnett and her husband Clint of Manhattan; three nephews, Scott Trudo and his wife Jeanie; Chris Trudo and his wife Diana all of Wamego, and Ron Trudo and his wife Rhonda of Manhattan; and one niece, Debbie Hipp and her husband Jim of Albuquerque, N.M., and eight great nieces and nephews.
  Services for Mr. Trudo will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego, with Rev. Dr. Terry Mosier officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the service until 9 p.m. A private burial will be in the Wamego City Cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wamego Senior Citizens Center. Contributions may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box. 48, Wamego, 66547.

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