Alice Roper

Alice Marie Roelfs Roper, age 96, of Manhattan, died January 4, 2020 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.

She was born on February 24, 1923, on the family homestead, the fifth child of Herman and Julia Roelfs, near Bushton, Kansas. She was baptized an infant in the Salem Methodist Church rural Bushton, and was an active member there during her youth. She attended the Bushton Rural Grade and High Schools, graduating in 1941. She attended Kansas State Agriculture College (now Kansas State University), she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in 1947 in Industrial Journalism. While at college she met her husband Victor K. Roper.

Alice and Victor were married on July 7, 1944. They moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where Victor was stationed at Camp McCoy. Victor was deployed to the European Theatre in January 1945, where he was in active combat until peace was declared. When he returned in July 1946, they continued their education graduating in May 1947. Victor died March 1, 1994.

Victor and Alice joined the First Christian Church in Manhattan in 1946, and were active participants. Alice served in many areas, from nursery volunteer, Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Youth Sponsor and Elder, and officer of the Women’s Fellowship. She also was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was active in the Fraternal Order of the United Commercial Travelers of Kansas and served two terms as Grand Counselor of Kansas, receiving Grand Honors. She also received Grand Counselor Honors of the Kansas Women’s Auxiliary of United Commercial Travelers.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Victor, her parents, and her brother, Harvey Roelfs and his wife Dortha (Elliot), Robert Roelfs and his wife (LaVera), sister Fern (Roelfs) Wilkin and husband Robert, sister Pearl Roelfs, daughter Nina (Roper) Hagerman-Moss, son James Roper, nieces Rosetta (Roelfs) Storment and Arnetta (Roelfs) Thiessen.

She is survived by her children: Barbara (Farrar) Kravitcz, of Manhattan, Dennis Roper and his wife Niki (Son), Jakarta, Indonesia. Also, her grandchildren, Dr. Christine Farrar and husband James French, of Mesa, Arizona, Dany Kravitcz Jr., of Holton, Kansas, Tommy Joe Hagerman, of Manhattan, Angela Moss, of Manhattan, Aisha Roper, of Melbourne, Australia; and great-granddaughter, Isabelle Pearl French, of Mesa, Arizona; her nephew, five nieces, two great nephews and nieces also survive.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday January 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 3001 Grand Mere Parkway in Manhattan. Private Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Memorial Funds are suggested to the First Christian Church or the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Dr. G. Kathleen Newell

Dr. G. Kathleen Newell, age 97, of Manhattan, died Wednesday January 8, 2020 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan.

She was born on September 1, 1922 in Stafford, Kansas, the daughter of Hardin and Grace (Bess) Newell. She was the eighth child of nine in her family. Kathleen attended schools in Stafford and graduated from Stafford High School with the class of 1940. She then attended Kansas State University and earned her Bachelors Degree in Dietetics and Institution Management in 1944. She earned her PhD. From the University of Tennessee in Nutrition in 1972.

Dr. Newell accomplished many goals in her professional career. She worked as an intern at the University of Michigan. Then for 11 years she worked in a hospital in Michigan in the dietetics department. In 1958 she became an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming in Home Economics and then she moved to Manhattan to work at Kansas State University for the Department of Food and Nutrition and became a professor in 1984 and retired in 1988.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan. Also, the American Dietetic Association and the Kansas Dietetic Association, the Delta Kappa Gamma. KSU Alumni Association, the Presidents Club. She loved to attend the lectures for the Landon Lecture Series at KSU.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; also 2 nephews and her niece.

Survivors include her nephew Dale Newell (Marsha) of Hays, Kansas and her niece Vicki Marks (Gene) of Great Bend, Kansas; also, her many other nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and her great-great-great nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday January 16, 2020 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan, with Pastor Melanie Nord officiating. Inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday January 17, 2020 at the Stafford Cemetery in Stafford, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the KSU Foundation, the Meadowlark Hills Foundation or the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan. Contributions may be left 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

Jimmey Shipman

Jimmey Lee Shipman, age 70, of Wamego, died Friday December 27, 2019 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

He was born on February 22, 1949 in Chadwick, Missouri, the son of Lenvil “Jake” and Lucy (Weter) Shipman. He grew up in Chadwick and graduated from Chadwick High School with the class of 1967.

Jimmey joined the United States Army in 1977 and served his country until he retired in 1995. He served during Desert Storm. Jimmey took pride in being able to served in the Army. He took many college courses during his service time and earned many medals and awards while in the Army.

He was the owner of Kaw Valley Archery for many years. Jimmey loved to fish and hunt and be outdoors. He loved to attend car shows in the area as many as he could.

On April 21, 2005 in Westmoreland he was united in marriage to Geri Couch. She survives at their home in Wamego.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and also his brothers, Tony Shipman and Bill Shipman, and his granddaughter, Cara Dawn Shipman Combs.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children: Ricky Shipman (Carla) of Sparta, Missouri, Tammy Bray of Forsyth, Missouri, Jackie Thornton (Dan) of Manhattan, Kansas, and Curtis Roudybush (Jennifer) of Manhattan, Kansas; his grandchildren: Rikki Dean (Zach), Jacob Shipman (Hailey), Nicholas Shipman, Heather Bray, Autumn Bray, Sawyer Thornton, Kyli Thornton, Leah Barth, Elizabeth Williams, Brantley Williams; great-grandchildren: Madelyn Dean, Maeleigh Shipman, Xander Shipman, and Rowan Dechert; and also his sister JoAnne Jones and her husband Larry, of Ozark, Missouri; his brother-in-law Jim Couch (Jowilla) of Scott City, Kansas.

Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held at 1:30p.m. Friday January 17, 2020 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home (to be designated at a later date). Contributions may be left 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

Leota Rader

Leota N. Rader, age 93, of Manhattan, KS, died December 24, 2019, at her residence.

She was born October 5, 1926, in Keytesville, Missouri, the daughter of Harold Council and Emma A. (Wilhoit) Newsom.

Leota graduated from high school in Lexington, Missouri.

She was married to George Rader, Jr. on November 8, 1946, in Olathe, Kansas. Mr. Rader preceded her in death on March 12, 2015.

Leota was the manager for the family business Rader Construction.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, LaSertoma, Quarter Horse Association, and United Commercial Travelers. She was active in the Riley County Republican Women organization and was honored as Republican of the Year.

Leota enjoyed traveling, attending KSU athletics and her granddaughter’s activities.

Survivors include her son, George “Bo” Rader, III and his wife Sandra, of Wichita, Kansas; and two granddaughters: Alexandra A. Rader and Mikeala A. Rader and her fiancé Josh Bisges.

Leota was also preceded in death by two daughters: Rochelle Lee Rader and Christa Layne Rader; one brother and sister in law Vernon Newsom and his wife Lorene; and two sisters: Wilma Schloman and Lauvah A Gould.

Cremation is planned with graveside services to be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, January 17 th , at the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, KS, with Reverend Amy Bowers officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Kathleen O’Neill

Kathleen “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.

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.

Additional obituary information will be announced later by the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home.

Roy (Bob) More

Roy G. (Bob) More, 84, of Junction City, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020. He was the former owner of the More Sand and Gravel Company in Junction City.

A Celebration of Life will be, Jan. 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm, First United Methodist Church, Junction City. Arrangements with Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan.

John Lindholm

John C. Lindholm, 96, of Manhattan, KS passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020. Arrangements are currently pending and have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

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