Frances Ellis

Frances Ellis, whose passions for travel and learning were exceeded only by her love for family, died Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. She was 95.

Fran was born December 17, 1923, in Culver, Kansas, to Willis F. Brenner Sr. and Grace (McKean) Brenner, of Culver, Kansas, a small town northwest of Salina, Kansas.

A child of the Great Depression, Fran grew up on a farm knowing how to get the most out of everything she owned, a trait she retained throughout her lifetime.

After graduating from Culver High School in 1941 and teaching school for a brief time, Fran and her two sisters, Lois and Anna Mae, left the plains of Kansas for Long Beach, Calif., where they helped manufacture airplanes at the Douglas Aircraft Company during World War II.

In delightful letters to their parents and little brother back home, they chronicled their many adventures as they went to movies, visited the beach and helped forever change the nation’s workforce that had previously been dominated by men.

Fran subsequently served in the WAVES with the United States Navy until 1946 and then went on to attend Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science from 1946 to 1949 and graduated with a B.S. degree in Biological Science in May, 1949. There she met fellow student Roscoe Ellis, Jr., the love of her lifetime.

The couple married June 1, 1949, and Roscoe became a longtime agronomy professor at K-State. The couple had four children, Darrel, Garold, Randall, and Warren.

Fran poured herself into raising those boys, cheering them on at little league games, serving as a Cub Scout den mother and coming to their rescue whenever they had questions about homework.

Planning summer vacations was one of her great joys. Sometimes they were to places of great beauty like the Colorado mountains and Yellowstone National Park. Other times they were to educational places like Williamsburg, Va., or the childhood homes of presidents.

In a nod to the interests of her sports-minded boys, she often penciled in trips to the great college athletic venues of the United States, like the basketball arenas for UCLA and the University of Kentucky and the football stadiums for Ohio State University and the University of Southern California. Those trips would include trips to campus bookstores where the boys often bought university logo t-shirts, which became proud parts of their back-to-school wardrobes.

Fran was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, KSU Social Club, Bible Study, and the League of Women Voters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband, Roscoe, who died September 9, 1982, and by her brother, Harold Brenner, and her sisters, Lois Bearnes, and Anna Mae Brenner.

She is survived by her four children: Darrel, and his fiancé Liz of Nashville, Tenn.; Gary and his wife Paula of Manhattan; Randy and his wife Shirley of Edmond, Okla.; and Warren of Manhattan; a brother, Willis F. Brenner, Jr., of Sioux Falls, S.D., three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Friday August 23, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, Kansas, with burial in the Sunrise Cemetery following the funeral service.

Memorial contributions for the Frances Ellis Memorial Fund may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation (Fund M47272) 1800 Kimball Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, or may also be left with or sent to the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home at 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502. The memorial fund has been established to provide for student scholarships at Kansas State University.

Online condolences may be left through the funeral home website at

Wallace (Wally) Glen Jeffrey

A very good man passed away Thursday morning, August 15. Wallace (Wally) Glen Jeffrey, 97, worked for Kansas Power and Light. Wally was born to Emma and Monroe Jeffrey in Sioux City, IA on January 27, 1922. Wally was united in marriage to Geneva Leola Brase in Manhattan on April 17, 1942, and married for 58 years before her death in 2000. He was united in marriage to Ruby Lorraine Scurlock who proceeded him in death. In 2010 he was joined in marriage to Margaret Crook who survives.

Wally served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corp. as a forward radio operator who controlled American fighter planes. He was stationed in England for several months in preparation for the D Day invasion. He was involved in the invasion in Normandy on Omaha Beach on D Day. They proceeded through Europe helping to free all of Europe. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant with 5 Battle Medals and a Meritorious Achievement Plaque. He belonged to the VFW, was a former member of the Stagg Hill Golf Club, and the Pearce-Keller American Legion Post #17.

Survivors include a son, Gerry (Sharon) Jeffrey of McPherson, KS and a daughter, Dixie (Phil) Coursen of Fishers, IN; stepsons, Bruce (Judy) Crook of Scottsdale, AZ, Tom (Lisa) Crook of Dallas, TX, Billy (Zoila) Crook of Salt Lake City, UT, stepdaughter, Carol, deceased; is also survived by 5 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He had two brothers, Robert B. Jeffrey and James A. Jeffrey who preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening August 19 at the Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation, 1317 W. Poyntz Ave. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August

20 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow with military honors at the Sunrise Cemetery.

The family invites you to join them after the internment services to the American Legion for lunch at 12:00. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Elara Caring Hospice, Manhattan or Pearce-Keller American Legion Post #17.

For more information or to send an online condolence visit the funeral home website, Arrangements by Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home.

Wilbur Lawrence Dugan

Wilbur Lawrence Dugan, age 91 of Leonardville, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

He was born on May 19, 1928, at May Day, Kansas, the son of Charles Lawrence and Ethel (Reed) Dugan.

On September 28, 1950, he was married to Myra Mae Clark. She preceded him in death in 1978. He later married Bertha Gonzalez in 1981. She preceded him in death in 2017.

Wilbur was a farmer by nature and a carpenter by trade. In 1952, he went to work on the building of Tuttle Creek Dam for Bennett Construction. When it was completed in 1962, he went to work with Ray McManis, a longtime Manhattan contractor, where he learned the carpenter trade. In 1965, Wilbur opened his own business as a general contractor in the Leonardville area where he lived his entire life. While doing that, he also maintained the roads for the Bala Township and still took care of the family farm. He semi-retired in 1983 and went to work for the department of housing at KSU as a senior carpenter where he later retired. He accepted a job for Fancy Creek Township and worked for them until 2018.

He is survived by two sons, Don and Rose Dugan of Leonardville and Larry Dugan of Leonardville; one daughter, Carol Foveaux of Leonardville; one brother, Charles Dugan, Jr. of Leonardville; two sisters, Nancy Christner of Herington and Joanne Springer of Manhattan; nine grandchildren, Jeremy Dugan (Brooke), Shelby Dugan, Shanna Muegge, Rodney Dugan (Vicky), Tony Dugan, Terry Dugan (Ashley), Andrea Stevens (Logan), Rich Foveaux (Jennifer) and Staci Foveaux; eleven great grandchildren, Layne “Bubba” Dugan, Liam Dugan, Andrew Muegge, Gavin Foveaux, Casey Foveaux, Aslyn Foveaux, Aravys Foveaux, Averie O’Byrne, Maisyn O’Byrne, Lauryn Reid and Lindsay Reid and two special young girls who called him “grandpa,” Hailee and Madisyn Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives and one daughter, Patty Dugan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in the Grandview-Mill Creek Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Wilbur Dugan Memorial Fund with proceeds from it to be determined at a later date. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

Carolyn Johr

Carolyn Johr, age 84, of Manhattan, died Friday August 16, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born on September 7, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan.

Complete obituary information is pending and will be announced by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Shirley Jean Koch

Beloved wife, mother and sister Shirley Jean Koch of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away on August 15, 2019, at her residence.

Shirley is survived by her adoring husband John Koch who cared for her lovingly during her illness and by her devoted son Steve Lundberg and his wife Paula. She is also survived by her loving grandsons, Shaun Lundberg and Brant and his wife Laura Lundberg; four sisters also survive: Rosemary Glauser of Springfield, MO, Sandra Warner of Hutchinson, KS, Barbara (Mrs. Robert) Arnold of Republic, MO, and Penny (Mrs. Al) Mangrum of Sheridan, Arkansas; as well as by many nephews and nieces.

Shirley was born in Winfield, Kansas, on June 27, 1941, the fourth daughter of Alfred and Dorothy (Knobloch) Biles, both of whom are deceased. She grew up in and around El Dorado, Kansas, graduating from high school in Wichita, Kansas. She and John Koch were married in 1981, they had lived in Manhattan, Kansas, since that time.

A highly regarded and excellent secretary/executive assistant, she worked her craft well for many years, with her final stint as executive secretary for Dr. Acker, Office of the President, Kansas State University.

An avid reader, gifted painter and dedicated bowler, she belonged to a bowling league for many years; she and her team won numerous awards and tournaments not only in Kansas but around the United States. She and John were especially good golfers, playing almost daily for a number of years. They owned a condo in Florida at Saddlebrook for quite a while, where they enjoyed many good times playing golf and relaxing.

Shirley was a loving wife and mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her husband, son and grandsons. She had a charming wit and enjoyed relating stories about her grandkids and family happenings.

Throughout the years she loved attending family get togethers and special “sisters only” gatherings. Her husband John was so adoring of her, always calling her “his bride” and her son Steve was very dedicated to her; he and she had a special bond. Shirley will be forever missed by her many loved ones.

The family wishes to thank the members of the family, her friends, and caregivers who tended to her during her last days, their help and dedication is deeply appreciated.

Cremation is planned with memorial services to be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 20th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Amy Bowers officiating.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, August 19th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare & Hospice, Inc. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Arthur Leroy Fechner

Arthur Leroy Fechner, age 95, died on Sunday August 4, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, Kansas.

He was born on November 1, 1923 in Junction City, Kansas the son of Paul Carl and Marrietta (Barnes) Fechner. Leroy graduated from Alta Vista High School and began his lifelong career as a Farmer/Rancher. He loved taking care of the land that has been in the family for over 150 years. He was known as a progressive farmer and enjoyed raising high quality beef cattle there.

Leroy was a past president of the REA (Rural Electrification Administration) which he was a member for many years. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Louise Baker.

Survivors include his brother Karl Fechner and his wife Sally Jean of Palos Verdes Estates, California; many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Memorial Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 21, 2019 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas. Inurnment will follow in the Welcome Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at:

Doris I. Mangelsdorf

Doris I. Mangelsdorf, age 96, of Manhattan, died August 13, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born on January 25, 1923 in Lawson, Missouri.

Complete obituary information is pending and will be announced by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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