John C. Lindholm

John C. Lindholm of Manhattan, Kansas died November 10, 2019. John was born in Wichita, Kansas on November 3, 1923 to Nora Anne (Borror) and Ernest Cyril Lindholm. He attended Cheney High School, graduating in 1941, before attending Kansas State University, where he graduated in 1949 with dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration.

On June 8, 1947 he married the love of his life, Mildred Ruth Socolofsky at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, Kansas. Together they had four children; Martha (Michael) Milleson, Susan (John) Harrington, both of Leavenworth, Kansas, John (Debra) Lindholm, Houston, Texas and Barbara (Randall) Angell, Bothell, Washington.

John belonged to the First United Methodist Church where he was a member of the United Methodist Men, Peacemakers Sunday School Class, Old Geezers, and other committees and served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps becoming a B-17 pilot. He and his crew flew 17 bombing missions with the 457th Bomb Group out of Glatton, England from February to April 1945, then several observational flights and two flights to repatriate French POWs from Austria. He received medals during his service including the European Theater of Operation, Bronze Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was released from active duty in October 1945 but remained in the Air Force active reserves until May of 1972.

After graduation, he worked for General Electric and Midwest Research Institute before starting graduate studies. He taught while completing his MSME at Kansas University, and then while earning his Ph.D. at Purdue University. He joined the KSU faculty as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and later Head of the Engineering Technology Department. He was active in the Society of Experimental Mechanics, American Society Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineering serving 2 terms as Regional Vice President and was faculty advisor to the KSU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. He, along with his family, spent 2 years with a team of engineering professors to help establish an Engineering program at the University of Assiut, Assiut, Egypt. He had Fulbright Fellowships to The University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands and University of Assiut, Egypt.

Giving back to the community was important to John. In addition to his church activities, John was a member of the American Legion and volunteered with the Kansas Boys State Program for 20 years sharing his WWII experiences and memorabilia. He volunteered for many other programs over the years among them the AARP Income Tax Prep Program, the Home Care & Hospice Vet to Vet Program and the Kansas 2A State Basketball Tournament. He was recently honored by RSVP as one of their oldest volunteers.

He was preceded in death by his wife. In addition to the four children, he is survived by brothers, Leonard Lindholm of Mulvane, Kansas; Charley (June) Lindholm of Ada, Oklahoma; Norman Lindholm of Willard, Ohio; sisters, Elenore Claribel “Lindy” Hurd of Alamogordo, New Mexico; Beverly Anne (Virgil) Severns of Fairbanks, Alaska; many nephews and nieces; 4 grandchildren, Adam (Thao) Harrington of Glastonbury, Connecticut; John Michael (Erin) Ludwig of Wichita, Kansas; Valerye Milleson of Fairfax, Virginia; Caryn (David) Smith of Shawnee, Kansas and 7 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the United Methodist Church. The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 1 pm. A reception will follow. Interment will be in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Manhattan on Friday, January 17th at 11 am.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation.

Shirley Sump

Shirley Elizabeth Sump, age 79 of Clay Center, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the Clay County Medical Center.

She was born on October 15, 1940 on a farm near Leonardville, the daughter of Alvin Gene and Marie Elizabeth (Peterson) Remmers. She graduated from Riley High School in 1958.

On April 7, 1968, she was married to Nedwin Gene Sump. He survives of the home.

Shirley was a homemaker and farm wife. She was a freelance writer for cooking magazines and raised feeder cattle for ten years. She loved to cook and do acrylic paintings. In her early years, she enjoyed singing, dancing and acting.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Nolan Sump and wife Monica of Blue Rapids; two daughters, Heather Herpich of Peabody and Colleen Sump of Nashville, Michigan; her mother, Marie Cundiff of Junction City; two brothers, Larry Remmers of New York City, New York and Robert Landrith of Milford; two sisters, Judy Bagley and Sophia Spitz, both of Junction City; three grandchildren, Cassandra Wessner, Mason Wessner and Jacob Wessner and two great grandchildren, Adriana and Adilynn Wessner.

She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Gene Remmers; her son-in-law, Rick Herpich and her nephew, Ryan Remmers.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Riley County U.S.D. 378 Foundation for the Theatre Department. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

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Kathleen O’Neill

Kathleen Lavern “Kate” O’Neill, age 99 of Manhattan and formerly of Randolph, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.

She was born on June 17, 1920 on a farm east of Wamego, the daughter of Walter A. and Edith M. (Harrell) Cordts. She grew up in Wamego and was the second oldest of seven children.

In the 1930’s, Kathleen along with her sisters performed around the state with the Wiziarde Circus from Westmoreland. The Cordts sisters were dancers, singers, acrobats and performed aerial acts. From 1936-1938 they joined a larger circus and traveled and performed outside the state of Kansas. She graduated from St. George High School in 1939. In June of 1939, she married Robert “Bob” O’Neill. Kathleen and Robert moved to a farm west of Randolph in 1943, where they raised three daughters. Besides working on the family farm, Kathleen worked at area stores including Beckman’s Grocery Store in Old Randolph and Sprug’s Meat Market in Leonardville. She was a cook at the Randolph School. In 1962 she started as the Clerk at the Randolph Post Office and in 1978 became the Postmaster of Randolph until her retirement in 1995. After retirement she spent a few years working at Area Liquor, which later became D&R Liquor Store in Manhattan.

Kathleen enjoyed working on the farm and providing for her family. She was a wonderful cook and no one ever left her table hungry. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren play sports, coffee with her McDonald’s group, playing cards with friends, weekly lunches with sisters and nieces and just spending time with family and friends. The greatest loves of her life were her children and her “perfect” grandsons. She truly loved all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her hobbies included reading, playing cards on the computer, making quilts for family members and making yarn Santa’s to be given out at Christmas. She will be remembered for her good humor, kind heart, beautiful smile, her fun loving personality, delicious meals and caring disposition.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Jo O’Neill (Larry Aschermann) of Carthage, Missouri and Pamala O’Neill (T.C. Griffay) of Manhattan; one son-in-law, James Hefner of Thornton, Colorado; one sister, Margery Baresel of Kansas City, Missouri; three grandsons, Mike Samuelson (Lora) of Carthage, Missouri, Dane Floberg (Pam) of Stanley, North Carolina and Chad Hefner of Thornton, Colorado; one granddaughter, Brook Gomez of Carthage, Missouri; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Patricia O’Neill Hefner; her parents; her stepmother, Ruth Cordts; her stepfather, Charles Bietry; one brother, Walter “Sonny” Cordts and four sisters, June Myer, Jean Cordts, Annabel Dohrman and Mary Ann Mueller.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Wamego City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter or the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Pansy Hoover

Pansy Kay Hoover, 66, of Manhattan, KS, passed away Monday, January 13th, at Good Shepherd Hospice House. She was a computer specialist for Farm Services (ASCS) in Kansas City, MO.,

Pansy was born in Manhattan, on April 6, 1953, the daughter of the late Thelda I. (Menhusen) and Fred E. Yapp. She graduated from Manhattan High School; received a BS Degree in Accounting from Emporia State University.

She was the wife of Thomas Hoover, they were united in marriage on Sept. 30, 1972, at the Blue Valley United Methodist Church, Manhattan. She was a member of the VFW- Manhattan, American Legion Aux. #17, NARFE (The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association), and loved to Quilt.

Pansy is survived by her husband Thomas Hoover of Manhattan, two sons Britton Hoover and companion Janet Cruz, of Lenexa, KS; Alex Hoover, of Manhattan. Pansy is also survived by a sister, Cheryl Yapp, of Manhattan and brother, Fred “Gene” Yapp, of Hoyt, KS.

Visitation will be Friday, January 17, 2020, from 4-6 PM at Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Good Shepherd Home Care and Hospice 3801 Vanesta Dr. Manhattan, Kansas 66503 or KU Hospital- Cancer Center.

Private Interment will be held at a later date at the Jewell Cemetery, Jewell, KS.

David B. Wells

David B. Wells, age 75, died on Sunday January 12, 2020 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan, Kansas.

He was born on September 16, 1944 in Wichita, Kansas the son of Blaine & Pauline (Bolejack) Wells.

David was an electrical lineman and business owner for many years in Russell, Ks, and worked for the City of Russell until his retirement in 2007.

David was united in marriage to Judy Chapin on September 4, 1965 in Washington, KS.

In describing David, only these things really need to be said: Family, Friends, and K-State. He enjoyed spending time with his family, creating games for his grandkids, and playing golf with his friends. His love for all K-State Sports was evident in being a season ticket holder for 25 years and tailgating with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife: Judy of 54 years; 3 sons: Tim Wells (Kim) of Longmont, CO, Tom Wells (Stacy) of Elburn, IL and Todd Wells (Kuebler Perry) of Kansas City, MO; 5 grandchildren (Jared, David, Danny, Mia, and Joey); a brother: Don Wells (Karen) of Wichita, KS; 3 sisters: Laura Soash (Richard) of Manhattan, KS, Sue Brun (Jeff) of Meriden, KS and Elizabeth Wagoner (Ron) of Derby, KS.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday January 17, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan, Kansas. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at the Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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

Henry “Hank” Piper

Henry John “Hank” Piper, 75, of Wamego, Kansas, died peacefully surrounded by his entire family, Friday, January 10, 2020. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Trinity Baptist Church in Wamego. A time of remembrance will be held at 11:30 am. A Lunch will be served following the gathering. Online condolences may be made at, Campanella-Evans Mortuary.

Donald Atkinson

Donald D. Atkinson, age 85, of Blue Rapids, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2019. Viewing is from noon to 8:00 pm, Thursday, with visitation between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, at the funeral home. Funeral services are at 2:00 pm, Friday, January 17, 2019, at Terry-Christie Funeral Home in Waterville. Burial is at Fairmont Cemetery in Blue Rapids.

Joleen Blankley

Joleen Rae Blankley, 74, of Louisville, Kansas, died Saturday, January 11, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Visitation from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm., Tuesday. Memorials; Land of Purple Paws or the Community Care Ministry. Condolences at

William Morehead

William E. Morehead aka “Tubby “ passed away on December 26th, 2019 at the Wakefield Care and Rehab Facility in Wakefield, Kansas. A Celebration of Life will be held at Cock and Bull Tavern February 1st, 2020 from 12-2 in Manhattan, KS.

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