Warren L. Taylor
Warren L. Taylor died October 5 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. An elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he was an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. A resident of the Denver area since 1962, he was born in Manhattan, Kansas, on December 22, 1923, to Roy and Lenore Taylor, and lived on the family farm at Manchester, Kansas, until his father’s death. He and his mother then moved to Manhattan, where he met and, in 1945, married Wilma Ward, also of Manhattan. Active as a leader in high school student government and president of his freshman class at Kansas State, his college studies were interrupted by service in the United States Navy during World War II as an ensign assigned to the U.S.S. O’Brien in the Pacific. After completing his degree in geology at Kansas State, he worked for Phillips Petroleum, then earned a master’s degree in geology at the University of Illinois. He joined El Paso Natural Gas Company in Jal, New Mexico, and was soon named Rocky Mountain Division Manager for the company in Salt Lake City, then transferred to El Paso, Texas, as the company’s Exploration Manager. Deciding to leave the company in 1962, he moved his family to Littleton, Colorado, and began work as an independent oil and gas operator and consultant, developing fields in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming and working in Italy. He was a competitive tournament tennis player well into his 70s, and maintained an office in Englewood into his 90s, and also enjoyed skiing as well as avidly following the St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies. Regular in Christian worship, he served on the Session and chaired two pastor nominating committees and various financial and property committees at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton. A loving, devoted, and supportive father and grandfather, he is survived by son Bruce (Linda) of Pine Junction, Colorado, grandchildren Christine (Portland, Oregon), Jesse (Sparks, Nevada), and Bethany (Mountain View, California), cousins including Stan (LeAnn) Clark, and longtime family friends Jennet (David) White and Burton (Kathryn) Mitchell. Wilma predeceased him in 2009. A service of Witness to the Resurrection and Thanksgiving for the Life of Warren Taylor will be conducted at First Presbyterian Church, 1609 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton, Colorado, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 12. Burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial offerings to First Presbyterian Church of Littleton.
Patrick John Edward Livingston, age 72, of Manhattan passed away Sept 17, 2019 in Denton, TX. Patrick was born on December 14, 1946, in Baxter Springs, Kansas. He was the son of the late John Joseph Livingston and the late Dorothy Margaret Milton Livingston and a resident of Manhattan for 55 years. He graduated from Lawton High school in Oklahoma in 1964. He then joined the US Army and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, followed by 8 weeks of military police training at the Army Training Center, Fort Gordon, GA. Livingston’s training included instruction in civil and military law, traffic control, prisoner-of-war control, and self-defense. He served in the Vietnam War in 1966. In 1989, he became a mason and member of LaFayette Lodge #16 of Manhattan.
Patrick had an impeccable work ethic. He started delivering newspapers as a young boy. As a young adult, he worked at Cook’s Paint, Harding Glass and Skaggs Ford all in Manhattan. He then purchased Pats Pawn & Gun Shop in Ogden, KS in which he worked for 38 years. Over those 38 years, Patrick worked with several law enforcement agencies on many occasions, including providing records of the gun sale leading to the arrest of the Oklahoma City bombers. In addition, he owned and operated many other small businesses over the years. He was also known for his keen business mind and outgoing personality.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 51 years, Judy Kay; his daughters Julie (husband Tyler) Glaum of Bettendorf, IA, Dr. Jennifer Livingston (husband Dr. Scott Haesemeyer) of Leawood, KS, and Jill Livingston of Topeka, KS; grandchildren Trevor and Jonathan Glaum, Reagan and Ava Haesemeyer; brother Michael Livingston of Sanger, TX; sisters Jeanne Wagner of Laurel, MD and Vilma Thomas of London, England. He was preceded in death by both his parents and his brother John Livingston Jr of Joplin, Mo.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct 12th at 11:00am at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow the service at the St. George Cemetery in St. George, Kansas.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Methodist Church of Manhattan or the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Ks. 66502
Mertyce Bliss Rohles, age 97, of Manhattan, died Sunday, October, 6, 2019, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community.
She was born December 2, 1921, in Mankato, Minnesota, to Carl D. and Jennie (Weber) Bliss.
She attended Carleton College and due to her mother’s health moved to San Antonio in 1942.
On November 9, 1943, she was united in marriage to Frederick H. Rohles, Jr. at St. Marks
Episcopal church in San Antonio. This union was blessed with three children: Nancy, Frederick H. III “Rick” and Susan.
She was active in Girls Scouts, heading up their God and Community program at Holloman AFB, where her husband was stationed, she was in charge of the Air Force Chapel Program, and involved in charity work for under privileged military families. She and her family moved to Manhattan in 1963.
Survivors include her husband of Manhattan; three children: Nancy Johnson of Topeka, Susan Grapengater and her husband Rick of Tulsa, OK, and Frederick H. Rohles, III “Rick” and his wife Kim of Hoffman Estates, IL; seven grandchildren: Susan Unger (David), David Denning (Heather), Kim Harrigan (Matt), Brad Rohles (Gina), Peter Rohles (Susan), Mark Grapengater (Stacey), and Laura Ellison (Ashley); and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mertyce was an ardent bridge player and a lover of dogs, especially her dachshund Lucy.
Memorial services will be held at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, October 12th, at the College AvenueUnited Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Dennis L. Ackerman and Reverend Mark Grapengater officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation for the Fred and Mertyce Rohles Speaker Series. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Virginia Ruth Gilsdorf, 67, of Onaga, Kansas, died Monday, October 7, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Fellowship Baptist Church. Memorial contributions to the Onaga Weightlifting Club. Campanella-Kufahl Funeral Home in Wheaton. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.