Paul Benne

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 Paul Douglas Benne, loving husband, father, son, brother and friend passed away at the age of 54.

Paul was born on July 24, 1965 in Kansas City, Missouri to William “Bill” and Veronica Rose (Hellmer) Benne. Paul married his high school sweetheart Christine Lea Green on December 26, 1987. Paul and Christie raised their four incredible children — Brayson, Cale, Gage and Hagan. Paul loved watching his family grow, always capturing seemingly insignificant moments on his video camera, showing us all his great love for his family and his understanding that these small moments were what made life significant. Paul enjoyed riding through the neighborhood carrying Liam, his first grandchild, on his lap. He considered himself blessed to meet Liam and Jane, the children who made him PaPa. He got to marry the love of his life, achieve significant career goals, watch all of his children graduate, and two marry.

Paul grew up in Spring Hill, Kansas, graduating from Spring Hill High School in 1983. His childhood was active, and he loved spending time with his family. Paul and his cousins waterskied, fished, hiked, cliff jumped, lit fireworks and sledded down the KU campanile hill on waxed cardboard refrigerator boxes. After high school, Paul attended pharmacy school at the University of Kansas, joining the army in 1988. Paul became a doctor, earning his degree from the University of Missouri Medical School, and serving in the Army for over 23 years in posts all over the world from Germany to Hawaii, Baltimore, Washington, Kentucky and Colorado. In 2000, Paul attended Johns Hopkins, earning his Masters in Public Health. Paul’s contributions to his work were significant and seemingly everyone knew him on base, but he was a proud father and husband above all else. Paul’s wife reflects on their endless worldwide moves saying, “Paul always made each place a home. We weren’t in Germany for more than 12 hours before Paul had us on a Ubahn headed to a castle.” Paul adored traveling, biking, following KU athletics, and enjoyed Christmas time. Paul and Christie were married during the Christmas season, making it even more special, and his home videos are almost exclusively of Christmas mornings and Christmas school concerts.

Paul’s heart was set on moving to Kansas to be closer to his family. Over the years of moves, Paul’s family enjoyed trips with Paul’s brothers and their families. They raced go-karts in Silver Dollar City, road the dueling dragons ride in Orlando until they were sick, and splashed in the waves in San Diego. Paul instigated these trips, planning them, always being careful to include everyone. Even on their own family trips, Paul planned them all, managing to remain flexible when their trip to South Korea was sidelined when the plane engine failed and their flight was redirected to Alaska. From Alaska, Paul managed to create an unforgettable trip to Hawaii. Paul made traveling with his family a priority, meeting with friends from past military stations, visiting nearly every national park, and spending vacations learning more about the world he loved.

Paul became immersed in the Fort Riley community as well as the Manhattan, Junction City, and Flint Hills Region. He worked as a Public Health Officer and Doctor and contributed in countless ways throughout these communities. Paul retired as a Colonel from the army while stationed at Fort Riley in December of 2015.

Paul was diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease called Multi Symptom Atrophy, Cerebellar Type-C, and in recent years was confined to a wheelchair. Throughout his time, Paul’s spirits never dampened. Paul wrote beautiful stories about his life as his disease progressed. His stories highlight those small, seemingly insignificant moments, reminding us once more of his deep, rich appreciation for every moment of his life and the people that made it special. Paul was and will always be a grounding source of integrity, adventure, and family. ‘So much of life is perspective.’

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Christine of Manhattan, KS, his four children: Brayson and his wife, Katy, of Manhattan, KS, Cale of Fort Worth, Texas, Gage and his wife, Rachel, of Columbia, Maryland and his daughter Hagan of Manhattan, KS. He has two beautiful grandchildren, William and Jane (Brayson and Katy). Paul is also survived by his father, William Benne of Gardner, KS, his brothers Duane of Lenexa, KS and Mark (Kathy) of Wea, KS. He is also survived and loved by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Paul was a friend, mentor, colleague, son, brother, father, and grandfather. Paul’s faith was beautifully grounded and he and Christie found strength in their faith of the Catholic Church and their church family of St. Thomas More. Paul was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, several aunts and uncles and recently by his loving mother Veronica Rose (Hellmer) on October 3, 2019.

A visitation will take place at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Avenue in Manhattan on Wednesday, December 11, from 6 pm to 7pm, followed by a Vigil Service at 7pm.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at St Thomas More Catholic Church at 10am on Thursday, December 12, with Father Frank Coady as the Celebrant. Interment with full military honors will be held at 1:30p.m. Thursday December 12 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Catholic Charities or to Kansas Public Radio. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left through the funeral home website at

Ann Weston

Ann Elaine Weston (December 2, 1934–December 6, 2019) was the only child of Louis and Evelyn Tompsett of Dearborn, Michigan.

She graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn, Central Michigan University (B.A.) and Eastern Michigan University (M.A.).

In 1957, she married Dale Weston (1935–2012) of Wayne, Michigan. Ann taught elementary school until the birth of their children Kathleen (1961) and Craig (1964). She later returned to educational work part-time in the 1970s.

She was passionate about women’s issues and organizations, serving in leadership positions at the local and state level for organizations such as American Association of University Women and ERAmerica.

Ann loved the outdoors, adventure, and travel. The family also loved camping and canoeing, and embarked on many such adventures with the children and with friends. Later in life, they spent winters in Holmes Beach, Florida, summers at their lake cottage in Michigan, and traveled the world extensively in between.

In her later years, Ann faced a long struggle with dementia/Alzheimer’s. Soon after Dale’s death in 2012, she moved to Meadowlark Hills retirement village in Manhattan, KS, where she received loving care in her final years.

She was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Evelyn Tompsett, husband Dale Weston, and granddaughter Alison Hafer. She is survived by daughter Kathleen Hafer of St Louis, Missouri; grandchildren Abbey Ayala (and her husband Alex) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Dylan Hafer of New York, New York. Also by son Craig Weston and daughter-in-law Tracey Weston of Manhattan KS, grandchildren Sean Weston of Chicago, Chloe Jex of Takoma Park, Maryland, and Kyle Weston of Manhattan.

A private memorial service will be held at Meadowlark Hills. Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, Kansas 66502 is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at their website at

Jackson Hoagland, Jr

Jackson Hoagland, Jr, age 83, died on Sunday December 8, 2019.

He was born on July 17, 1936 in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Jackson and Sarah (Eells) Hoagland.

Jack attended the University of Arizona where he was a member of Lamba Chi Alpha Fraternity. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the United States Army in Santiago Chile, and proudly served his country as a Field Artillery and a Military Intelligence officer for 24 years. He served two tours in Vietnam and also served in Italy and Germany and attended the Army Language School in Monterrey, California. He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Jack retired at Fort Leavenworth with the rank of Lt Col in 1982. Jack did financial planning in Manhattan after his military service and served on the Fort Riley Retiree Council. He then found his calling as a CASA Volunteer for 19 years. He truly loved being a part of the organization and was the CASA Volunteer of the Year in 2000.

On September 10, 1966, Jack was united in marriage to Janice Wood in Spokane, Washington. Their union was blessed with three daughters. He loved serving his community and being with his family, especially his six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother David. Survivors include his wife Janice of Manhattan; daughters Stephanie Wells (Jeffrey) of Springfield, Missouri; Paula Jackson (Darrin) of Blue Springs, Missouri; and Patty Debany (Rich) of Springfield, Pennyslvania. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren; Sarah Wells, Jacob Jackson, Anna Jackson, David Wells, Sam Debany, and Matt Debany; sister Dr. Sarah Hoagland (Anne Leighton) of Chicago and many other family members and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday December 14, 2019 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church at 2900 Kimball Ave. Burial will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Thomas More Catholic Church or to CASA in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Jerry Erickson

Jerald “Jerry” Edwin Erickson, age 83 of Leonardville, passed away Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital.

He was born on October 26, 1936 in Clay Center, the son of Ancel Edwin and Omeda Mae (Dickison) Erickson. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1954.

On August 14, 1955 in Topeka, he was married to Patty Joan Hohman. She survives of the home.

Early in his working career, Jerry was a dairy farmer. He later worked for the U.S. Government in Soil Conservation in Washington, Clay and Riley counties. He also helped his wife run Erickson’s Short Stop in Randolph. He was a member of the Walsburg Lutheran Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Joyce Graham and husband Phil of Manhattan, Karla Buchanan and husband Buck of Leonardville and Lora Brobst and husband Bryce of Hiawatha; seven grandchildren, Jason Graham, Erika Graham, Lee Buchanan (Ann), Dustin Buchanan (Traci), Megan Brobst, Lindsy Long (Josh) and Molly Brobst (Cody) and nine great grandchildren, Brody Buchanan, Clay Buchanan, Adelyn Buchanan, Landyn Brobst, Ryker Massey, Amara Brobst, Kevin Long, Charlie Long and Kinsley Spire.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Walsburg Lutheran Church with Rev. Keith Wiens officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Thursday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Leonardville City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Walsburg Lutheran Church Window Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Jeff Campbell

Jeffrey Lynn Campbell, age 59, of Manhattan, died December 5, 2019, at his residence.

He was born May 17, 1960, in Hastings, Nebraska, the son of Sammy R. and Donna L. (Simon) Campbell. The family moved back to Manhattan in the early 1960’s and Jeff has made Manhattan his home ever since.

Jeff graduated from Manhattan High School in 1978, and attended Kansas State University. He was a carrier for the Manhattan Mercury when he was young, worked at Dillon’s in high school, worked as a printer for Ag Press prior to going to work at Kansas State University as a Printer Specialist where he had worked the past 35 years.

Jeff was in Boy Scouts and played baseball as a youth. He loved to be outdoors and kept himself busy at all times. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, his Brittany dogs, and mowed several yards in his spare time.

Jeff is survived by his parents of Manhattan; his sister Renee Adolph and her husband Alan of Manhattan; a niece Bailey Mixon and her husband Martin and their daughter Ainsley; a nephew Dillon Adolph; one Aunt, Sue Hale; and numerous cousins.

Cremation is planned. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Thursday, December 12 , at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. Private family services will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Katie’s Way. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Benjamin Brown

Benjamin Lindsey Brown, 91, of Monroe, Louisiana and formerly of Manhattan, KS passed away Monday, December 2, 2019.

He was born October 12, 1928 in Clarksville, AR to the late Charles Faye Brown and Elizabeth Ruth Abney Brown. Ben served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Banking. He worked for twenty-eight years with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation where he was the Examiner in charge. He enjoyed his work and loved playing Golf. Ben attended Manhattan Church of the Nazarene for many years.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Faye “Bud” Brown, Jr; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Brown Lilly; sister, Constance Abney Brown; nephew, Charles Michael Brown and great-nephew Joseph Brown.

Survivors include his wife of sixty years Stella Jean Shankle Brown; son, David Lee Brown of Kansas City, Missouri; nephew and wife Milton Lindsey and Holly Brown of Eudora, Arkansas; niece-in-law Connie Brown of Mena, Arkansas; great-nephews, Michael Lindsey and Tara Brown of Monroe, Louisiana, Jeffrey and Krista Brown of West Monroe, Louisiana and Vince Brown of Mena, Arkansas; great-great-nephews, Davis Lindsey Brown, Tyler Michael Brown, Cameron Brown and Brady Brown.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Eudora, AR with Rev. Steve Myers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Carmel Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 164, Eudora, AR 71640. Arrangements by Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service. Online guest book may be signed at

Harold Anderson

Harold Anderson, 88, of White City, KS passed away December 5th 2019. Born March 11, 1931 in White City, he is survived by his wife, June Anderson (Wettig) of the home; Daughter Kimberly Lester (Vernon); Sons Todd Anderson and Troy Anderson (Sally); Four Grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Services will be 11 AM, December 11, United Methodist Church, White City, KS. Sawyer Funeral Home, Council Grove is handling arrangements.

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