Vaughn Lee Kleiner

Vaughn Lee Kleiner, 89, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas surrounded by his family.

He was born February 4, 1929 in Riley, Kansas to Vernon and Blanche (Draper) Kleiner. Vaughn married Donna Jean (Funk) on July 23, 1948 in Manhattan, sharing 64 years of marriage. From this union, they had daughters Kathleen and Vicky. The family made their home in Manhattan for many years, later moving to Wabaunsee and then on to Wamego.

In his early years, Vaughn worked in the grocery business at Manhattan stores Safeway, Doebles IGA, A&P and Chapell’s All-Star Dairy. He later worked for Kansas Farm Bureau traveling half the state as a marketing representative (Safemark division) retiring in 1987. After retirement, Vaughn and Donna traveled the country in a trailer camper visiting various destinations, including Tucson, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and South Dakota. The couple also traveled to Spain and Hawaii as part of an organized tour group.

Vaughn enjoyed golf, bowling, a game of marbles or cards, and visiting with friends over a cup of coffee at the Wamego Kreem Kup. He was an avid golfer and one of the few lifetime members of the Wamego Country Club. Vaughn loved to reminisce about his early years in the Manhattan community. An interesting story he told was regarding the 1951 flood of downtown Manhattan. He and his father-in-law (Leo Funk) took part in the Poyntz Avenue rescue and evacuation using a small motor boat to ferry people to City Park. Another fond memory was regarding his small farm in Wabaunsee Township. It was at this location where many family gatherings occurred, along with memories of gardening and raising livestock including Shetland ponies. Vaughn, along with his father, attended many small town parades driving the ponies with carts. He will be dearly missed by so many who knew him as someone who loved life, cracked jokes and cherished time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Vincent (in infancy), his parents Vernon and Blanche (Draper), wife Donna, daughter Kathleen (Hubbard), and brother Harlen. He is survived by his daughter Vicky Wendland (Gary) of Manhattan, son-in-law Milton Hubbard of Chanute, KS, Grandchildren Jason Ambrose (Laurie) of Manhattan, Emily Zeka (Russell) of Wellington, KS, Shane Hubbard of Mesa, AZ, Bret Hubbard (Christin) of Temple, TX, Kelsey Dobbins (David) of Roanoke, TX, and Great-Grandchildren Aniston, Luke, Truman, Sylvie, Hunter, Arolyn, Ashlynn, Everly, and Hazel, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18th 10:30 a.m. at Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego, KS with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Riley, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials to Wamego Area Youth Golf Foundation and the Pottawatomie County Caring Hearts Humane Society, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 48, Wamego, KS 66547. Online condolences may also be left at

Ruby Mann

Ruby D. Hunter Mann, 96, of Manhattan, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Via Christi Village.

She was born on July 23, 1922, at Dr. Miller’s Hospital in Council Grove. At that time her two older brothers were just recovering from scarlet fever so Dr. Randles thought it necessary to have the baby at the hospital, an unusual event, as in those days most babies were born at home.

The cradle roll certificate from the White City Methodist Church in 1922 lists her name as Dorothy Mae, daughter of Reuby and Bertha Brittian Hunter. Later her name was changed to Ruby Dorothy, as she looked so much like her father, Reuby so her name became Ruby D. for the rest of her life.

While in Melrose Country School, she especially enjoyed participating in Morris County achievement contests. She won numerous awards giving declamations and also musical numbers.

She graduated from White City High School in 1940 and began teaching under a Normal Training Certificate at Prairie Star, then Marion Hill and also Stone Chapel Rural Schools in Morris County.

During the summers she attended Emporia Teachers College, each year. She taught at the Washington Grade in Council Grove for three years.

She married Hubert Mann in 1946 and continued teaching country school for several years. They owned and operated the Mann grocery and Locker Plant at Skiddy, Kansas for 25 years. After Hubert’s death in 1972, she moved to Manhattan and worked at KSU Central Mail for nine years. She later married Russell David Janke who died in 1990.

She was a member of Westview Community Church, the Lone Wranglers Square Dance Club, Manhattan Bowling League, KSU Retirees Club, was president of the Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She participated with the Manhattan Uptown Band. One of her most enjoyable club memberships was as a member and president of the Toastmistress Club of Manhattan.

Ruby D. loved God, loved to dance, loved life, especially having frequent family dinners. She was always ready to play card games, tell stories or travel. She often said she was so happy when the wheels were rolling.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Allen D. Hunter, Vance D. Hunter and a sister Dessie Hunter.

She is survived by her three sons, Brittain Mann of Emporia, Joe Mann of Manhattan, and Randall Mann also of Manhattan; her daughter Sheila Roffler of Manhattan, five grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, from 6:00 -8:00 PM a the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Skiddy Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be donated to the Westview Community Church and may be sent to the funeral home

For more information or to send an online condolence visit the funeral home website at Services arranged by Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview.

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