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Marilyn Grisham, OU CL62,  was selected by the Kansas Art Educators as an "Art Enhancer" and will be honored at an awards banquet on 11/11/19 at Johnson County Community College at the group’s annual banquet. Marilyn is a very talented fiber artist and manages an art exhibition space in the Commerce Streets Arts District of Wichita, KS called "The Fiber Studio".  

Beetner Family Endowment Supports SIUE School of Engineering Experiential Learning Opportunities

Note: Emmet Beetner, class of 1962, just celebrated 50 years as Budget Director with Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.
Phyllis M. Angell passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019 in her home at MacKenzie
Place in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born January 30, 1929 to a single
mother and was placed in the Kansas Children’s Home. She was adopted by William
R. and H. Grace Austin from Mound City, Kansas where she grew up. She loved being
a tomboy and earned the nickname “Touchdown Fanny” from the other kids. At the age
of eight, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and was baptized in the Little Sugar
Creek. After graduating from high school, Phyllis boarded a train for Omaha, Nebraska
where she attended a trade college. She started out training to be an air traffic
controller, which lasted a day or two before she realized that was a mistake. She then
switched to clerical studies. After her training, she went back to Mound City and
began working in the Linn County Courthouse. A year later, per her father’s wishes,
she went to Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. She majored in music and was a
soloist in the Concert Choir. There she met Charlie Angell, and did what she said she
would never do: she married a Western Kansas Wheat farmer on September 18, 1949.
Due to the demands of farming and uncooperative weather, their honeymoon was
delayed due to the need for Charlie to plant wheat. Phyllis and Charlie made their
home in Plains, Kansas. Phyllis was active in the Plains Baptist Church playing the
piano, the organ, singing in the choir, and she often sang solos. She was also a
member of the Baptist Women’s Missionary Society, the Amity Club and then the Study
Club of Plains. From 1973-1985, Charlie served in the Kansas State Senate. Phyllis
became active in the Legislative Wives and was president for one year. During this
time, Phyllis began researching her birth family. It was not until about 13 years ago that
she had the opportunity to meet some members of her birth family. In 1985, Charlie
and Phyllis moved to Colorado Springs. Some of their favorite pastimes were to take
mountain drives, go to movies, and play Rook. Phyllis was a member of Vista Grande
Baptist Church. Phyllis enjoyed needlepoint and other hobbies, but her favorite by far
was playing the piano. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Homer
Vernon Austin; her husband of 64 years, Charlie L. Angell. She is survived by a son,
Roger (Julia) Angell of Plains, Kansas; a daughter, Pamela (Wallace) Larson of Colorado
Springs, Colorado; grandchildren: Lindsey (Henry) Wiebe, Eric Larson, Krista (Lantz)
Casey, Austin (Kylee) Angell, Marissa (Mike) Doll; great grandchildren: Carson Wiebe,
Eleanor Angell, and Guinevere Angell. Per the wishes of Phyllis, there will be a
visitation time at Swan-Law Funeral Home on May 30 from 6-8 p.m. followed by a
graveside service at Plains Cemetery in Plains, Kansas on Saturday, June 1st at 10:00
a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Plains Baptist
Church. Memorial gifts may be made to the Vista Grande Baptist Church Music
program or to the Plains Baptist Church.

J. Edward Morrissey, age 86, passed away on May 21, 2019 in suburban Tampa, Florida. He was born in Grinnell, Iowa on August 7, 1932 to James and Mary Theresa (Gallagher) Morrissey.  In 1956 he married Donna Lesa Malmquist with who he shared 40 years of marriage.  They had a daughter, Anne Elizabeth, and a son, Michael Joseph.

Ed attended St. Bede’s Catholic schools graduating with the class of 1950 and from their college in 1954. He received a master’s degree in biology from Northwestern University and a PhD in biology from the University of Missouri.

In 1968 Ed joined the biology faculty of Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas.  In addition to teaching biology, he directed the liberal arts course, Group Problem Solving, for many years.  He also served as the chair of the Biology Department.  Ed retired from Ottawa University after a career of 31 years in 1999.

Following retirement, Ed moved to Napierville, Illinois, where he married Mary Walsh Glenn in 2000. After she died in 2014, he moved to Florida to be close to his son.  Ed is survived by his daughter, Anne Morrissey of Ottawa, Kansas, his son, Michael (Michella) of Riverview, Florida, a granddaughter, Jordan Mackenzie of Brandon, Florida, and a grandson, Sam Morrissey of Riverview Florida.
Obituary for LaVerne (Pris) Spong
LaVerne (Pris) Spong of Highlands Ranch, CO, died on 1/24/2019 at the age of 76 years.  Pris was born 4/16/1942 in Kansas City, Kansas.
Pris graduated from high school at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1960, then college at Ottawa University with a BA in Language Arts in 1964, and one year of graduate school in Language Arts at Stanford.  Pris left Stanford to continue a courtship with Richard leading to a loving relationship and marriage on 4/10/1966 that lasted for 52 wonderful years.  Even when it was hard to talk, her face would still light up with joy when she saw him.
Pris was very dedicated to her family.  She taught high school language arts in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, to help put Richard through law school.  She worked hard as a stay-at-home mother to raise her daughters until they started school.  They remember innumerable trips to the library, playing school, and her amazing love and encouragement.  Then she worked part time for the Joplin Globe as Newspapers in Education Coordinator until her daughters had reached junior high.  She taught seventh grade language arts for 10 years at South Junior High School in Joplin, Missouri, to help provide funds for her daughters’ college education.  When the joy of grandchildren began to arrive in Denver, Colorado, she convinced Richard that they needed to move to Colorado where she began caring for her grandchildren so that her oldest daughter could return to work.  She acquired a new name, “Gram,” which we all love to say when we talk about her.
For many years, Pris did everything she could to make life vibrant and normal for her younger daughter, so that her daughter’s type 1 diabetes in no way defined her or limited her activities or goals.  Although Pris did not have a degree in medicine or medical ethics, she powerfully taught her youngest daughter how to treat patients as people rather than as demonstrators of diseases or disease states.  Even as Parkinson’s eventually limited her activities after 19 years, she fought it with grace, dignity, and tremendous strength.  It never defined her.  Pris was a powerful force for good and happiness, and that is what defined her. 
Her husband and both daughters were with her at the end, and Cheryl sang the favorite family hymn, “Standing on the Promises.”  Pris’ close friend blessed her and told her to be at peace just before she passed away.
She is survived by her husband, her rock, Richard Spong, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, her daughter, Cheryl Hampton (Trent), Centennial, Colorado, her three amazing grandchildren, Griffin, Drake, and Morgan Hampton, Centennial, Colorado, her younger daughter Katie Lozano, MD, FACR (John), Centennial, Colorado, and her brother, David Hiebert, MD (Gunda).
We know of no persons who are not better today because they had contact with Pris Spong.  We miss her presence, but we are all so very glad that we knew her and loved her.  Pris left her mark in the hearts and memories of her family and so very many friends.
Pris walked close to the path of God.  Heaven is surely a better place today.
A Celebration of her life will be held 2/16/19 at 10 am (11 am reception) at High Line Overlook, Wind Crest, Arts and Entertainments Center, 2975 Summer Wind Lane, Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 204B, Denver, Colorado 80222.

Frances Margaret Lynn Burch

April 24, 1926 - December 15, 2018


The Calvary family extends our love and sympathy to the family of Frances Burch. Frances Margaret Lynn was born on April 24, 1926 to Margaret and Joe Lynn in Cañon City, CO. At age 92, she went to live with the Lord on December 15, 2018.
Frances attended Cañon City schools through 12th grade, was an ROTC sponsor, and active in plays and concerts. At age 15 she was awarded the highest honor of “Torch Bearer” in Camp Fire Girls, making her own ceremonial gown covered with her honor beads and pins. Throughout her life she continued her love of Indian lore, traditions, artifacts, and nature.

She graduated from Ottawa University in Kansas with a BA degree in education and physical education. She taught school for 33 years, three in Kansas at Appanoose High School and 27 in Aurora Public Schools (teaching kindergarten). Frances was married to Arly W. Burch on June 13, 1948. They had two children, Steve and Judy. They were divorced in March 1971. In 1979, Frances married Eugene “Wes” Lindahl.
Frances was proud of her Welsh heritage and loved music, especially Welsh hymns and church music. Her grandfather, a Welsh tenor, was a big influence in her life saying, “To sing is to pray twice.” Frances sang in the Ottawa traveling choir and in the choir of every church she attended until her voice gave out in the 80’s. Frances was active in Delta Kappa Gamma, attending all the conventions as long as possible – even the national convention in Columbus, Ohio. She was also active in the Aurora Retired Teachers Association, Calvary Baptist Church, the Colorado Welsh Society, the Ottawa University alumni, and the Windsor Gardens Tap Dancers and “Spice of Life” singers. She was also a part of the Creative Greeting Cards Club and always made her own Christmas cards. Frances loved nature, especially the mountains. Frances was proud to be an American and loved Colorado and the United States of America. She was devoted to her family and friends, her church, and her savior Jesus Christ.
Frances is survived by two children, Steven Burch (Pat) and Judy Martens (Marc); 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 3 step-children; and 13 step-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Joe Lynn; her brother, Henry; her first husband, Arly; and her second husband, Wes.
A memorial service to celebrate Frances' life will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver (6500 E. Girard Ave. Denver, CO 80224). After a brief time to greet the family, those wishing to attend the 12:30 p.m. internment service will line up their vehicle at 11:45 a.m. for the police motorcade processional to Fort Logan National Cemetery (4400 W Kenyon Ave, Denver, CO 80236). A reception will follow at Calvary at approximately 1:15-1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts in Frances' honor may be given to:

Calvary Baptist Church of Denver give by mail in honor of Frances: Calvary Baptist Church of Denver, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver, CO 80224 (write "Frances Burch Memorial Fund" in memo line of check) 

Eldon Heath Addy
January 23, 1915-October 25, 2018

Eldon Addy of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2018.  He was 103 years old.  Born on January 23, 1915, in McClouth, KS, he is survived by his son Don and his wife Susan, of Colorado Springs; daughter, Cathryn of Hartford, CT; granddaughters Meegan Bennett (Adam) of Arvada, CO; Lauren Langfitt (Quentin), Lenexa, KS; and Taylor Addy, Dallas, TX.   Survived also by great grand children Mae and Otto Langfitt.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Rumbeck, of Kansas City, MO. He graduated in 1937 from Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS, and later  served as a Trustee for 10 years.  In 1938 he moved to Detroit, MI, to take a position in the motor freight industry.  In 1944, he moved the family to Lawrence, KS where he was the manager of the Bowersock Flour Mill.  He relocated to Wichita, KS in 1946 to become sales manager for the Kansas Milling Company, retiring from the milling industry in 1993.  Subsequent to his milling career, he took a position with the Wichita Chamber of Commerce and managed the Kansas Junior Livestock Show for 20 years.  He was formerly President of the Wichita Rotary Club, and a Rotary District Governor for the State of Kansas.  He loved to build things, having built over 75 grandmother and grandfather clocks for relatives, friends, and charities.  He dedicated one to the US Army at Ft. Carson, CO, where it still stands today.   A private interment ceremony will be held in Ozawkie, KS.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Ottawa University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund are preferred.

                  Death of Llewellyn Scott Walker, 1939-2018

We are very sad to report to the members of the OU Class of 1961 the death of an outstanding class member Lew Walker.  We express our sincere condolences to the family.  Lew was very loyal to the OU Class of 1961 and attended our 55th reunion.  He was indeed a strong advocate, supporter and friend of Ottawa University.  As you can see below memorials to Lew are requested to be made to Ottawa University and Central Baptist Theological Seminary. 
Facebook of Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin -- Rev. Llewellyn Scott Walker, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 from a series of health issues. He was able to rest in his Savior’s arms and celebrate World... Communion Sunday at the heavenly table. Born, May 19, 1939 in Rockford, IL, son of Alfred and Elizabeth Walker. He graduated from Rockford East High School, Ottawa University and Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

He married Patricia Ann Fitch in 1966 and began his ministry as an associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He became the pastor at First Baptist Church in Plainfield, IA in 1970 and at First Baptist Church in Delavan, WI in 1977. He served as an interim pastor after his retirement in Saxville and Fond du Lac. Over the years, he was active in Kiwanis and elder issues. He loved being with family and friends and would strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere and at anytime. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife Patricia, sons Scott (Tonette) of Maple Bluff and David (Maria) of Waukesha, WI; grandchildren Matt, Alex, Isabella and Eva; cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members, plus exchange student Rodrigo (Martha) Sanabria of Bogota, Colombia (and sons Pablo and Pedro). Preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother Marie, his sisters Deborah Walker, Shirley Null and Gwynneth Stange and brother Thomas Walker.

Visitation from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on Thursday, Oct 11 at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 10121 W. North Ave in Wauwatosa. Services at 10:00 am Friday, Oct 12 at Underwood Baptist Church, 1916 N. Wauwatosa Ave. in Wauwatosa. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 8800 N Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL, at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at First Baptist Church, 1255 W. Jackson St, Belvidere, IL at 3:00 pm.

Memorials can made to Ottawa University and Central Baptist Theological Seminary in lieu of flowers.

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NOTE:  Thanks to Esther Williams for sending us this information.
Morgan Williams

Jack Niel Pyle, of Littleton, Colorado went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday evening, September 10, 2018 after a long battle suffering the complications of diabetes. He was 88 years of age.  He passed from this life to the next surrounded by the love and care of his immediate family in his home around 7:00 in the evening MST. Jack was the second-born of a set of twins born on April 9, 1930 to Henry Talmadge and Iva Mae Simpson Pyle at St. Anthony’s hospital in Sabetha, Kansas. His family resided on a farm near Hamlin, Kansas.

Jack loved farming and farmed with his family until he was 26 when he believed God called him to the ministry.  In pursuit of this call, he attended Ottawa University where he met his wife, Glenda Kay Steele Pyle, and they were married on April 20, 1960.  Through the guidance of the Lord and the counsel of his professors at Ottawa, God’s call to ministry was confirmed as a call to teach and mentor children.  As a result, Jack pursued a full-time teaching career. Jack student taught elementary school in Ottawa, Kansas at Garfield Elementary. In January of 1961, he was employed teaching fifth and sixth grades in Paola, Kansas. Fall semester of 1961, he began teaching sixth grade at Wilmot Elementary in Evergreen, Colorado and moved to Bear Creek Elementary to do the same in 1973. He concluded his 40 years of teaching by substituting in the district. Jack had such an impact on his students that he regularly heard from them as adults regarding his unique and special influence on their lives.

Jack had many accomplishments as a teacher.  He was nominated as Teacher of the Year in Colorado a few times, and was listed among the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. For three years in a row, he led his class to win a National Geographic map contest at the county and state levels, making it to nationals each time, and receiving honorable mention the final year.

Additionally, Jack was an avid reader and read aloud regularly to his children around the dinner table, as well as to his classes. Each year he taught, he and his students wrote letters to various authors including Ralph Moody and his mother, Sterling North, Wilson Rawls, and Alan Eckert.  Through many of his teaching strategies, he fostered a love for learning and an appreciation of God’s creation in every life he touched.

Jack also coached and mentored many young boys including his own sons, Kevin and Henry, from little league to high school ages in many sports including football, soccer, basketball, and baseball, and young women in track.  Many of his former team members have continued to stay in touch with him, and even use the coaching tactics they learned under his leadership in their own coaching aspirations.

Jack was, first and foremost a Bible believing Christian who esteemed the Bible as God’s final authority for every aspect of life.  His greatest desire was to glorify God in all things and diligently led his family by these truths. This heart for the Lord, for family, and for other people was regularly displayed through his eager hospitality and welcoming spirit.   He treasured all family, was a lifetime friend to many, and modeled committed, lasting relationships throughout his life.

Other ways  that Jack expressed his love for Christ was by sharing God’s Word through the ministry of Gideon’s International for approximately 20 years distributing bibles to hospitals, hotels, schools, and people in need during his retirement.  During part of this ministry, he served as president of the Columbine chapter of the Gideon’s for the term allowed. He also generously supported many Christian missionaries and ministries throughout his life and has purposed for that ministry to continue even in his death.  His first and foremost passion was for everyone he knew or met to encounter a living and active relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Iva Mae Simpson Pyle, his father, Henry Talmadge Pyle, his oldest brother, Kenneth Pyle, his older sister, Thelma Pyle Scheape, and his younger brother, John Pyle.  His beloved twin sister, JoAnne Pyle McKee of Salina, Kansas survives.

Jack was also preceded in death by three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Glenda Kay Steele Pyle, and by all of their children, Annette (Roger), Kevin (Sharon), Henry (Brenda), and Valerie (Blake).   In addition, Jack is survived by 15 grandchildren, the spouses of those who are married, and 13 great grandchildren.

Please join us for the Celebration Service in honor of Jack on Monday, September, 17, 2018 at Ken Caryl Church 8395 W. Ken Caryl Ave. Littleton, CO  80128. *(10:00 AM Visitation - 11:00 AM Celebration Service followed by a church luncheon for friends and family.) 3:00 PM Internment at Montview Cemetery, Bennett, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:  Gideon’s International Denver Columbine Camp PO Box 1742 Littleton, CO  80150-1742


I wanted to let you know about my Dad’s passing that happened about two weeks ago on Easter Sunday.  I believe he was in the class of 1960.  He and my Mom, Suzanne Rumminger, met and married at OU.  Bill Sheeder was sophomore class representative, Student Council President, Student Manager, and voted Mr. OU.  He was also part of a campus singing group (among other activities).  I have photos of Dad when he was on campus if that would be helpful to you.  I am attaching Dad's obituary as well as a b&w headshot taken while he was an OU student.  

Lynn Claunch
Daughter of William Sheeder
305 505-4043

University of Miami (FL) article
Michelle was named the Director of Human Resources for Spring Hill USD 230. She begins the job on July 1, 2018. Michelle has been an elementary school administrator for the past 14 years in the Spring Hill School District and taught in both the Spring Hill and Louisburg School Districts prior to her administration career. Michelle lives in Olathe, Kansas with her husband and children.
Albert Lester "Butch" Lewis, Class of 1961, BAHOF Inductee passed away on February 22nd in Mesa, Arizona.   Dr. Al Lewis was Director of Atheletics at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa for 18 years until he retired. He is survived by his wife Deanna and two sons, Brad and Blake.

Albert Lester "Butch" Lewis obituary

Storm Lake Tribune article

Otoniel Gonzaga, class of 1965
Died:  1/13/18

Estel worked for the Ottawa campus business office from 1944-1977.

Estel Jones obituary
Craig A. Smith, a longtime writer for The New Mexican’s Pasatiempo magazine and author of a book on John Crosby, founder of The Santa Fe Opera, died in Santa Fe on Thursday, his brother Dale Smith said. He was 63.
Troy Prosser, an OU alum was named Kansas Cross Country Coach of the year for 2017.  He is currently coaching at Central Heights High School in Franklin County, KS.

Ottawa Herald story

Thoughts from President Kevin Eichner:

Fred began his career as Dean of Students at the College in Ottawa, hired by Peter Armacost.  He served ably and amiably for several years, demonstrating even then a special affection for students and for what Ottawa University stands for.  He was deeply involved in the community and even served on the City Council and as Mayor for two terms.  His interest in the community was widely recognized and was a hallmark of his endeavors in Ottawa and then, later, in Phoenix, where Fred served as campus provost starting in 1981.
During Fred’s twenty year tenure as provost of Phoenix, enrollments grew from the hundreds to the thousands, breaking records year after year.  Almost single handedly, he built OU’s reputation and presence in the Valley of the Sun, a legacy that lives to this day and has helped to undergird our new residential campus there.  Now with 40 years of service to adult learners, Phoenix remains our largest student center, something for which Fred was rightfully thankful and proud.
Fred was a great marketer, never knew a stranger, and was gifted with the ability, as then Chair Patti Wolf said, “to create an atmosphere of collegiality, friendship and spirit in the support of the University’s mission.”  Because of these gifts, and his experience in helping to launch online at OU and in contributing greatly to the growth of OU’s international programs, he was asked to serve as Interim President of OU from 2007 to 2008, successfully paving the way for the next president.
Fred’s good nature, friendly smile, true caring, and love for people were infectious.  Ottawa University and all of us who knew him were blessed.  He most certainly will be missed, and gratefully remembered at OU in so many ways.
We pray for Connie, Amy and Megan and their extended family and will send information on memorials and arrangements when these are available.

Information about Memorial for Fred Zook:

Celebration of Life: Fred Zook
Saturday, December 2, 2017,  1:30pm
Shadow Rock United Church of Christ
Address: 12861 N 8th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029
Phone: (602) 993-0050
Anita L. (Cain) Pyle from class of '67 died Sept. 14, 2016. She was a Math/Physics teacher and retired High School Principal. She is survived by her mother, two brothers, Todd and Trent Cain, husband, Chuck Pyle of class of '68, two daughters, Amy and Jody, and two grandchildren, Oliver and Juliet.
After 20 years as Executive Regional Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Barbara retired from Regional Ministry. Since ordination 1/1/84, She served two congregations and the region of Kansas as Associate Regional Minister for 8 years. Prior to seminary, Barbara served on denominational staff in youth ministry. She have moved to Southern Kansas City to be available to my aging parents and my seven grandchildren who are located in Fort Worth and Denver.

Since returning home Barbara has completed a Masters in Human Services, Public Service Leadership. Along with volunteer work through Rotary, she is convening the Anti-Racism task group for the Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Barbara is still enjoying photography again and discovered that her Dad still has the OM-1 she used while at Ottawa. Barbara spent many hours in the OU darkroom 73-76. She is able to sing in church choir as she is not on the road preaching in AR, LA, or MS every week! Barbara connected with Dr. Renz and the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Management at UMKC and is networking with leaders in nonprofit governance. She loves being back home!
Comments from President Kevin Eichner on August 22, 2017:
Dear Friends,
We regret to share with you the news of the passing of Wilbur Wheaton, President Emeritus of Ottawa University.  Wilbur was the first Ottawa University graduate to serve as University president and was the 14th person to lead the University, stepping into the role in 1983.  He was awarded the rare “Emeritus” status by the board of trustees upon his retirement from the OU presidency in 1992, with the board noting its gratitude for his steadfast and selfless service in support of the OU mission.
During Wilbur’s nine-year tenure at the helm of OU, he oversaw many renovations to the College campus. Behan Hall transitioned to the Vera Wise Technology Center to prepare for the digital age, which was then nascent. Ward Science Hall was renovated and a modern, handicapped accessible wing was added. Atkinson Hall became the campus center for music and theatre. Martin Hall, Wilson Field House and the Mabee Center were renovated and restored. In anticipation of an increased need for technology campus wide, new fiber optics connected all facilities and computer labs were set-up in the residence halls while he was president.
Wilbur also made curriculum changes including the reintroduction of debate and forensics and the creation of degree programs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan.
In 1984, the Wheaton’s established the Wilbur and Ellen Ann Wheaton Scholarship Fund which annually benefits a music student enrolled at OU.
Wilbur met Ellen Ann during their sophomore year at OU and they were married between semesters their senior year.  They were a fine president and first lady couple.  People described Wilbur as friendly, resolute, wise, patient, and very student centered.  He loved Ottawa University and everything it stands for.  Ellen Ann was and remains one of the kindest persons one will ever meet.  Together, they moved OU forward, and after their term, were totally loyal and remained engaged and supportive in every way. Ellen Ann even took the time to prepare a letter of advice for Marylin and me before we took the presidency.  One of her most sage and appropriate recommendations was “always wear comfortable shoes”.  No better advice could ever have been given.
Please keep the Wheaton family in your prayers: Ellen Ann Wheaton, Brian and Wendy (Wheaton) Den-Herder  and their children, and Robert (cousin) and Ruth Wheaton.  You may send condolences to or 286 S. Nistler Lane, Meridian, ID  83642.

Ottawa Herald obituary
Martha Henderson Hull class of 1947 was promoted on August 11, 2017.  She is survived by her husband Robert W. Hull, class of 1947, of Mt. Pleasant, TN.  They were married for 72 years.

JUDITH WHIRLEY MOHR KEANE - Ottawa High School Class of 1957, Ottawa University Class of 1970
Judith Mohr Keane, 78, passed peacefully on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in Prescott AZ.
A memorial reception will be held on August 26th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Remarks by family and friends will be at 2:00 pm.  Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona, AZ.
Judith was born on March 22, 1939 in McPherson, Kansas.  She grew up in Ottawa, Kansas with dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. In high school Judith met and later married Byron Mohr.  At the age of 27, while raising 4 small children on the farm, she attended college and earned a Bachelors of Political Science degree from Ottawa University (1970).
Continuing her education, she achieved a Masters of Public Administration from Kansas University (1973), and was an ABD (all but dissertation) Doctorate of Public Administration, University of Georgia.
A pioneer herself, she encouraged other women to enter the Public Administration field.  Judith spent many years working as a consultant providing professional and organizational development training to local governments and private organizations.  She served as Associate Director of the Institute of Public Affairs and Community Development at Kansas University, Assistant Director of Governmental Training at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Government, and with the International City Managers Association.
Judith was a member of the community oriented policing team, which conducted training to over 600 staff from 130 jurisdictions.  She provided many articles to professional journals, and served as the Sedona representative for NACOG from 1994-2000 chairing many committees and local studies.
A testament to her strength of character, Judith endured several hardships in the late 70’s. A divorce, the death of her youngest son David at 18, and a near death car accident that left her in a body cast for a year forcing her to learn to walk again.  During those years, Judith became more spiritually aware and developed a firm belief in the power of the human spirit and its ability to overcome adversity.
Happiness returned in 1981 when she married ICMA Director and long time colleague, Mark E. Keane.  Still recovering from her accident, Judith moved from Georgia to Washington, D.C. to begin a new chapter in her life. She welcomed 7 new family members into her life, Mark’s children.  A few years later she and Mark retired to Sedona, AZ.
After settling in Sedona, Judith worked for the City of Sedona as the Quality Improvement Coordinator and continued with her consulting work. She was well known as a voice for community building, and a leader in the development of rational public policy. She served on the Sedona City Council from 1996-2000 and Vice Mayor from 1998-2000. In addition, she was a founding board member and 2nd President of Sedona Women. In 2000, the Red Rock News honored her as Sedona’s Citizen of the Year. 
She served on the Verde Valley Medical Center Board of Directors, and facilitated many local forums addressing the needs of the community she loved. In 2003 she became a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution.
After 32 years of marriage, Mark passed away in 2013. In the fall of 2015, Judith seeking adventure and travel, sold her home, put everything in storage, and embarked on a 5 month European trip. She stayed mostly in Hostels traveling from country to country, and making up her journey as she went along. She returned in March of 2016 and settled in Prescott.
Judith will be remembered fondly for the “special gifts” she demonstrated throughout her life. Her unyielding love of family and friends, tenacity, and positive outlook, Judith always exuded style and class in every facet of her life.  Within her profession, she worked tirelessly and was highly respected as an effective leader whose positive demeanor, and innate ability to unify people and causes, enabled community consensus on often-divisive issues.
Judith is survived by children Mark Mohr (Trudy), Nancy Mohr-Helfinstine (Scott), Monty Mohr (Tracy), Dennis Keane (Joan), Brian Keane (Veronica), Mary Keane- Vilter (Paul), Peter Keane, Barry Keane (Sophia), a brother Phil Whirley (Doris) and sister Sharon Wadsworth and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

OHS 1957 FOOTNOTE: Judith Whirley Mohr Keane was inducted into the Ottawa High School Wall of Fame in 2004.  She was the first member of the OHS Class of 1957 class to be so honored.  Gary Hornbuckle was inducted in 2007, Lynda Igel Conner in 2008, Mike Shaughnessy and Morgan Williams were inducted in 2010. 

Katie Lynch, 99, of Fort Collins, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, leaving a legacy built on the belief in the goodness of all people and the desire to make the world a better place. With kindness, encouragement, curiosity, and undaunted faith, Katie modeled the life well-lived.

Kathryn Marie Proffitt Lynch (Katie) was born September 12, 1917, in Western Missouri, to Vallie and Frank Proffitt. She will be remembered for many things – being the only girl playing trombone in high school, baking scrumptious pies, teaching high school students the fine art of typing, riding a motorcycle with her son at age 90, walking with a quick step in brightly colored shoes, and supporting Poudre High School’s athletic and music programs. Most of all Katie will be remembered for teaching those around her to look for the good in life and in all people.

Growing up in Kansas during the Depression taught Katie the meaning of “frugal,” though she spoke only of good times and friends. From a young age, Katie enjoyed music, singing and playing the piano. At Ottawa High School Katie sang in choruses and played the trombone in orchestra and band while her best friend and sister Colene, played clarinet. 

She met her lifelong partner, Joe Lynch, at Ottawa University; they married on December 28, 1938. Joe and Katie raised their children, Sharon Weaver and Ron Lynch in Kansas and Colorado where Joe was a teacher and administrator. In 1961, Katie joined Joe in the education field, teaching in Holyoke, Sterling, Denver, and in Fort Collins at Blevins Junior High and Poudre High. 

Throughout their lives the Lynches created a welcoming home where food, fun, counsel, and friendship were always ready. Together they canned vegetables and fruit; Katie made pies, freezing them to have one always on hand for company, and she always made sure to have peanuts and red hots for snacking. The couple shared their gift of hospitality with Colorado State University families from around the world. They traveled throughout the United States and toured Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. On any given weekend, Katie was known to hold cookie baking parties for her “adopted grandchildren” and young friends; she made quilts for family and friends and always had time to sit on the back patio swing to listen. After Joe passed away, Katie continued her active life serving as the editor of The Parkwood Estates newsletter and the director of the residents’ Sing-a-long. Clearly, Katie was not one to sit idly.

Perhaps Katie’s own words, written at age 87, give the most accurate insight into how she instilled optimism in others:
“Joe and I always knew we’d be in touch with our dearest friends from our previous hometowns, and that has been true. We felt we were making our next move with the assurance that it was what we were meant to do. We looked forward to making new friends, meeting new challenges, and finding a new church family. Not only did we find new challenges in each new place we lived, but we found new endeavors. Joe and I had a wonderful life!” 
Katie is survived by daughter Sharon Weaver (Elmer DeBruin) of Fort Collins; son Ron (Deb) of Minnesota, grandsons Michael Lynch and David Lynch, and numerous family and friends. Preceding Katie in death are her parents Frank and Vallie Proffitt, her sister Colene Proffitt, and brother Charles Proffitt. 
Katie was a long-time member of the American Baptist Church in Fort Collins.

The family is most grateful for care given Katie by Tami Meurer, Nurse Practitioner and friend and also by the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living.

A Celebration of Katie's Life will be held Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the American Baptist Church, 600 S. Shields, Fort Collins on what would have been her 100th Birthday. Guests are invited to honor Katie by wearing the bright colors that Katie so loved. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Baptist Church, Fort Collins; the Lynch Family Scholarship, Poudre School District Foundation in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Fort Collins, CO 80524. Friends may send condolences to the family at
Terry (Ottawa - '92) has accepted the position of Gifted Teacher and Head Girl's Basketball Coach at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, KS. Terry and his wife Susan (Ottawa - '97) live in Louisburg, KS and have two sons, Treiy (22) and Kai (17).

James Edward Douglas, 89, passed away on April 20, 2017 at Providence Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.
James was born on November 17, 1927, in Fairmount Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas. Son of Oscar Lee and Myrtle Mae Zoll Douglas.
He was known as 'Jim' by all who knew him. He attended Jefferson Grade School and Lansing High School, graduating in 1946. Naturally athletic, he participated in various sports throughout his teenage
years but no sport held his heart like basketball. His childhood dream of being a coach lead him to Ottawa University where he earned degrees in Secondary Education and Coaching, while winning awards in basketball and track.

Jim served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the Korean War and though it  took him many years to  speak of  his in-country service, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Combat Valor, the Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. After his honorable discharge from the Marines, Jim moved to Utica, Kansas and began a coaching career that would span almost forty years .
While in Utica, he met and married Beverly Ann Stewart on May 23, 1954. This proved to be the love of his life - they were lookine forward to their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Jim went to classes in the summer months for Health and Physical Education at Emporia State Teachers College, Emporia, KS. His Master's Degree was granted in August, 1956. Jim coached basketball and track in six high schools in KS: Utica, Fontana, Louisburg, Paola, Hoisington and Kansas City (Wyandotte HS).

Son, Shelby Bryan Douglas was born December 16, 1956 in Paola, KS. Daughter Karla Ann Douglas was born March 2, 1958 in Paola, KS.

In 1964 Jim became the head basketball coach, assistant track coach and taught classes at Pratt Community College, Pratt, KS for 10 years.  This was an experience that defined much of his life, bringing an induction into the school ' s Athletic Hall of Fame as the winningest coach in the school's history (a record that is unlikely to fall.)
In 1975 Jim went to Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, KS. He was assistant basketball coach and track and taught classes for there 15 years.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Lee (June) and Ben, his sisters Wilma Kenny and Norma Elling, and nephews Stephen L. and Richard Lee (Rick) Douglas.
Survivors include Jim's wife Beverly, son Sheiby Bryan and wife Corky Corcoran Douglas, daughter Karla Ann Douglas  and grandchildren Meaghan  Christine  and Ian Christopher  Douglas. 

Funeral services will be held at Charter Funeral Homes in Merriam, KS on Wednesday, May 3rd• Visitation begins at 10am with the funeral service at 11am. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens in Leavenworth, KS. Military honors will be rendered by the Kansas National Guard .
Family and friends are invited to donate in Memoriam to the Boy's & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.
Richard "Mike" Ahrens, '57, died March 17, 2017, in Marshfield, Missouri. He retired from his independent insurance agency in 1997. Virginia Turner Ahrens survives, along with their three sons, two daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


Kansas City, Kansas, Deputy Police Chief Tyrone A. Garner is a 2011 Ottawa University graduate.

Garner Selected for Vacant KCKCC Board Position:

Missouri Woman’s First Date Ends with Her Saving the Man’s Life: ‘He Asked for a Second Date’

“When I sat across from him, he looked like the perfect picture of health,” Hall says of her date who suddenly collapsed

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Ottawa University graduate Lydia D'Ross '00 has been busy.
Attached are some articles and attachments that will inspire Ottawa undergraduates to continue to pursue their passion in any field that they are in.
Recently, Lydia D'Ross has been awarded an honorary degree for her humanitarian work.  She also received an Ambassador "Golden Rule" award from United Nations representative Dr. Clyde Rivers of Interfaith Building Initiatives. She was appointed as Chief Adviser of Global Latin America that oversees 18 Latin nations. In addition, she continues to oversee 50 state leaders as the National Hispanic Director for the United States National Prayer Council.
Recently, Dr. D'Ross was elected as Oklahoma State Republican Committee Woman that oversees 22 counties out of 77.
She has pioneered numerous projects and founded numerous non-profit organizations.
For the past ten years, D'Ross serves on the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference  board of directors of the largest Hispanic membership of 500k,  and serves with Dr. Samuel Rodriquez, Dr. Carlos Campo and many others.

Dr. Lydia Gonzalez-D'Ross also serves an appointee of the Oklahoma Senate on the Oklahoma Women of Status Commission and will be speaking at the Oklahoma Woman Hall of Fame this week.
D'Ross was tapped to serve for US House Speaker Newt Gingrich on the National Hispanic Advisory Board and also served as Donald J. Trump Hispanic Media as His presidential campaign media surrogate.
D'Ross hold many national leadership positions and has been a voice for spiritual care in mental health for Brook Haven Hospital in Tulsa, OK as an Outreach Chaplain and devotional blog writer for the hospital.
Recipient of numerous awards: Just to name a few
  • 2016  Ambassador, United Nations
  • 2014 Tulsa Leaque of Women Voters " Madam President" award
  • 2014 Tulsa Business and Legal News
  • 2014 Governor Fallin Proclamation for pioneering "Hispanic Youth Council"

News Article - Dr. Rodgers leaving Hutchinson Clinic for Sterling company developing cancer drugs.

The reflections of four Bettis sisters, all OU alumni, are captured on the surface of the eternal flame outside the new library/student union in March 2017. The four sisters were all on campus to reminisce on their college days and tour the campus. L-R: Julie Bettis Currier 1976 (Overland Park KS), Carla Bettis Timberlake 1974 (Overland Park KS), Sheri Bettis Fowler 1989 (Austin TX), Gloria Bettis Shryock 1975 (Colorado Springs CO)

FAB 4 On Steps of Tauy Jones

Larger disasters 'inevitable,' says new Natural Hazards Center director Lori Peek
Article from University of Colorado Newsletter
Steve Wilhoft was awarded the Drug Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Kansas Narcotics Officer's Association at their annual conference on March 8, 2017. Steve has been an Assistant Kansas Attorney General since 2007 and he serves as lead drug prosecutor for the Kansas Attorney General's Office. Prior to 2007 Steve was elected to two terms as the Labette County, Kansas County Attorney in 2000 and in 2004 after being in private practice for several years in Parsons, Kansas.

Rev. Tom Arbogast obituary.  He was a 1959 graduate of Ottawa University.

Kemith H. Thompson '82 is appointed Executive Director of Operations for Clayton County Public Schools,the 5th largest school district in Georgia located outside of Atlanta. His responsibilities include leading bus operations, food service, construction of new schools, maintenance and warehousing, and athletics-stadium operations.

Prior to his appointment as head of Operations at CCPS, he was an Academic Dean for Atlanta Technical College where he developed new programming in Supply Chain Management and Commercial Truck Driving. Under his leadership, the school became a beneficiary of corporate support that created a Logistics Center for various academic programming in Logistics and Warehousing.
Since graduating from Ottawa University, he has held various management positions at General Electric Company, Brown & Williamson Tobacco, RJ Reynolds,and Streamlite, Inc.
He has a passion for serving his community and mentoring the next generation of African­ American business leaders.
Dorothy L. Lynn of Topeka passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017. She was born December 16, 1923 at Linwood, Kansas the daughter of Lee and Mina Dent Brannock.   She graduated from Linwood Rural High School in 1941. She later attended Ottawa University, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 1965. She last taught at Appanoose Grade School.   She was a member of Town and Country Christian Church, AARP, and the Order of the Eastern Star at Williamsburg. She was a member of Quenemo Baptist Church many years. As a adult she lived at Pomona, Burlington, and near Homewood in Franklin County.

She married Kenneth A. Lynn on December 12, 1943 in Missouri.   He preceded her in death on October 5, 1970.  She is survived by her brother, Ronald and Evelyn Brannock of Topeka.  Three sisters, Helen Kraus, infant sister, Nellie Dean and infant sister, Edna Maxine precede her.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Pomona.   Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka is assisting with her arrangements.
Julia Kerr has informed us that her beloved husband, Rev. Larin R. Kerr passed away, Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 in Port Orchard, WA.
Robert H. Smith, 75, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home in Shawnee, Kansas.  He was born on July 15, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Howard and Marjorie Coats Smith.  

Bob grew up in Rhode Island, and had lived in the Lyndon, Kansas community before moving to the Kansas City metro area in 1982.   Bob was a Social Studies teacher at the Lyndon High School, then worked as a utilities appraiser for the State of Kansas, and had been a member of the Lyndon Jay Cee's..  He worked as a Real Estate Appraiser in  Kansas City.  He was a member of Cross Points Church in Shawnee.   

On June 27, 1964, Bob was married to Linda Kerr in Ottawa, Kansas, and they had been been married 52 years at the time of his death.   Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Marjorie; his brothers, Tom and David; and by his sister, Judy.   Bob is survived by his wife Linda; his three children, David (Jackie) Smith of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Rachel (Steve) Raydo of Shawnee and Evan (Allison) Smith of St. Hippolyte du Forte, France; and nine grandchildren.  

Memorial services for Bob will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, January 27 at Cross Points Church, 6824 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS.  The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until service time on Friday.  Inurnment will be at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Points Church or Maranatha Christian Academy, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS. 66451.

Eulene Dare Randall

  • Born: June 22, 1925
  • Died: August 24, 2016
  • Location: Renton, Washington

Tribute & Message From The Family

Eulene was born on June 22, 1925 and passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Eulene was a resident of Renton, Washington.

Eulene Dare Randall was born on June 22 1925 in Atchison Kansas and passed away on August 24 2016 in Federal Way Washington.

KILLINGSWORTH George Alan Killingsworth died Dec. 28, 2016 at the age of 84. Memorial Jan. 14, 2017, 10 a.m. at Prairie Baptist Church, 75th and Roe. Donations to the church or

Al was a 1954 graduate of Ottawa University and a 1995 inductee to the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kansas City Star obituary


Kent Gildner 1940-2016



Margaret "Peggy" Savage  1942-2017


Note:  Her husband Don graduated from OU in 1964; son Doug in 1989; son Dennis in 1994; daughter-in-law Christina in 1993; and her granddaughter Kayden is a First Year student this year.  In addition, her father, Dr. William F. Keucher was an OU Trustee for several years.

Frank Duane Randel, 79, died Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 in Coffeyville, Kansas.

obituary link 


Beverly Stucker Bennett, 91, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Ottawa Herald obituary


Leland Carl Gangwish, 95, of Kearney, formerly of Shelton, Nebraska died on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Mother Hull Home in Kearney. 

Leland Gangwish Obituary Link


Ms. Goady joined the leadership team of Dallas Independent School District (Texas) as Academic Facilitator serving elementary and secondary schools in one area of Dallas. She will lead reading coaches and provide professional development and facilitative assistance to all levels of staff. She began serving as an Instructional Coach in Dallas in 2013.

Blake is currently living in San Diego, California working for the San Diego Padres organization in Event Operations.

Royce Van Angell 80, died Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas.  He was born June 9, 1936 in Liberal, the son of Charlie Francis and Thelma Adele (Edwards) Angell. He graduated in 1954 from Plains High School, and 1967 from Kansas University. He married Judith Diane Black `61 on May 3, 1959. She survives. They lived in Colorado Springs, CO for 44 years, before moving to Liberal this year. Royce was self-employed as an architect. He was an active member the Lions Club and of the American Baptist Churches. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include:

1 Son - Kevin Angell and his wife Janelle, Colorado Springs, CO
1 Daughter - Kim Chesbro and her husband Merle, Liberal, KS
1 Brother - Wayne Angell and his wife Betty, Laguna Beach, CA
1 Sister - Lynda Williams and her Husband Morgan, Eldorado Hills, CA
1 Sister in Law - Phyllis Angell, Colorado Springs, CO
4 Grandchildren - Nicole Kennedy and her husband Corey, Mindy Angell, Grant Chesbro and his wife Cathrine, and Terissa Hanson and her husband Mark.
4 Great Grandchildren - Dora, Logan, Payton, and Peter Kennedy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Charlie Angell.

There will no public visitation.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, October 17, at the Plains Baptist Church in Plains, KS with Kevin Angell and Merle Chesbro presiding. Burial to follow at Plains Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Colorado Lions Camp in care of Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901. Please mark in the memo line “in memory of Royce Angell”.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Isreal "Harry" Trigg, age 96, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away at his home on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

He was born June 24, 1920 in Selma Anderson County, Kansas, the son of Paul and Ethel Irene Trigg. Harry graduated from Ottawa University with a bachelor's degree in science in 1947.  Harry then went on to earn his master's in Education at Kansas State University.

Harry married Thelma Ross on December 2, 1945, in Liberal, Kansas. This union was blessed with two daughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ethel Irene Trigg; wife Thelma Trigg; three siblings Bernice, Tom, and Dale Trigg.

Harry is survived by two daughters Linda Trigg and Becky Keller; grandson Scott, his wife Lindsay, and great-grandson Trigg; granddaughter Jordan Keller and fiancé Jeff Clark; brother Dick Trigg, his wife Jeanie; step great-grandchildren Jason Keller, Christy Welker, Julie Uddenberg; and many great grandsons and granddaughters, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Kincaid-Selma United Methodist Church, Kincaid, Kansas with burial following at the Kincaid Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas Honor Flight please contact Mike VanCampen 620-546-2400.

You may send your condolences to the family at

Richard Randall Larson, 88, of Albin, Wyoming, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the Davis Hospice Center, in Cheyenne.  Richard was born July 6, 1928, in Kimball, Nebraska, a son of the late Harry H. and Anna (Larsen) Larson.

Richard earned a bachelor's degree from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He worked his entire professional life as a farmer. He married Marjorie Holt in 1952 and following her death in 2012, he married Marietta Pittman in 2013. He served proudly as a Wyoming State Senator from 1980 to 1988. He also served on the Board of Deacons for the Albin Baptist Church and later on the Board of Elders for Cheyenne Hills Church, in addition to on-going involvement in world missions. His numerous interests included golfing, hunting for Indian artifacts and supporting the Albin community. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a dedicated potato farmer and an elder statesman.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marietta Larson; three daughters, Trenette Barkley and husband, Bill, Gloria Durston and husband, Richard, and Mary Jane Forester and husband, David; six granddaughters; three grandsons; three great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; nephew, Jerry Randall Palm; and niece, Debra Ann Palm-Egle.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marjorie Larson; his sister, Harriet Ann Palm; and nephew, Michael Jay Palm.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Albin Community Center with a funeral service to begin at 1:00 p.m. An interment service will follow at the Albin Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy in Richard's memory may be made to OMF International, 10 West Dry Creek
Circle, Littleton, CO 80120.

Condolences may be offered to the family on-line at
Glenola Marie Hayword, 89, Ottawa, passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

She was born Feb. 25, 1927, in Pratt, Kansas, the daughter of Glen A. and Elsie M. (Umstot) Hayward.  She attended Fouts and Hood Country grade schools in Ottawa.  She graduated from Ottawa High School in 1945.  She graduated from Ottawa University in 1949 with a bachelor's degree and received a master's degree in education in 1957 from the University of Kansas.

Glenda taught at Williamsburg High Schol for four years; Iola Junior High School for two years; and Ottawa High School for ten years.  She later worked as a market research interviewer for 17 years before her retirement.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ottawa.  She enjoyed Samaritan Circle, Senior Adults and Church Council; a member of Franklin County Historical Society; Rotary Ann's; Ottawa University Women's Educational Society; Ottawa Area Retired Teachers Association; National Retired Teachers Association; American Cancer Society; Ottawa Friend of the Library and Franklin County Republican Women.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Elsie Hayward.  She is survived by numerous cousins.

Graveside funeral services are scheduled for 1 pm, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.  The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Glenola Hayward Memorial Fund, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS, 66067.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through

Mary Lea Guffey(1919 - 2016)

Mary L. Guffey, 96, Red Oak, IA died Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak.  Mary Lea Guffey, the daughter of William A. and Anna Laura (Ford) Guffey, was born June 19, 1919, in Wayne County, Kentucky. At the age of two, Mary moved from Kentucky with her parents and siblings to Page County. She graduated from Red Oak High School in l937.

Mary continued her education at Red Oak Junior College, earning a teacher's certificate. She began her teaching career in rural county schools and attended summer classes working towards her degree. In 1951, she received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan. Mary taught students at Farragut, Shenandoah, Wales-Lincoln, and then in Red Oak at Washington Elementary. She retired after 46 years of teaching. Mary enjoyed working in her yard and flower gardens, doing crossword puzzles and making counted cross-stitch pieces. Mary was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Red Oak and Retired Teachers Association.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Elizabeth Guffey; brothers, Ray Guffey and James B. "Jack" Guffey; an infant sister and brother; brother-in-law, Robert Heckert; sisters-in-law, Rozella Guffey and Betty Guffey; and nephew, Jim Guffey.

Mary is survived by her sister, Martha Heckert, Red Oak; nephews, Ray (Sue) Guffey and Rodney (Lois) Guffey; nieces, Dora (Myrle) McCullough, Ruth (Jerry) Blackmore, and Janell (Richard) Rankin; many great-nieces and nephews; several great-great-nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Red Oak. IA. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Nyman. Rev. Len Taylor officiated.  Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lois Gangwish, 86, of Shelton passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. (Class of 1952)

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Shelton United Methodist Church. The Rev. Melody Adams will officiate. Burial will follow at the Shelton Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Apfel Funeral Home is serving the family.
Dan A. Jackson, 78, long time English teacher in Atchison died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at his apartment in the Massasoit Apartments.

Memorial services were held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Strickland officiating. The body has been cremated. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the First Baptist Church Youth Group and may be sent in care of the Becker Dyer Stanton Funeral Home who is handling the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be left online at

Dan was born on Feb. 3, 1938 in Clarksdale, Mississippi the son of Richard A. and Lucille E. (Brewer) Jackson. He graduated from Coahoma County High School in Clarksdale in 1956. Mr. Jackson served in the United States Air-Force and had been stationed in Alaska. He graduated from Ottawa University with a BS degree in English/ Education. Mr. Jackson was a teacher in Eureka, KS, before teaching High School English at Maur-Hill Prep School from 1993 to 2003. He taught English for U.S.D. 409 from 2003-2007. Dan assisted with forensics, debate, and theatre while teaching. He was a founder and co-owner of Deware Enterprises, where he and David Deware owned and operated apartment and home rental units. Mr. Jackson enjoyed playing the piano, organ, reading, gardening and calligraphy.

Survivors include two sisters, Carolyn T. (Allen) Dawson, Atchison, KS, and Sherry (Samuel Hubert) Ely, Clarksdale, MS, and two nephews; Lee Wess and Martin Ely and his adopted family David and Kaylene Deware and their children Hannah and Michael, of Atchison, KS. His parents and one sister, Lucy Ann Jackson preceded him in death.
Commander Tim Stone, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, United States Navy, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of third award) for his successful completion of his assignment as the Force Judge Advocate advising the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Japan on a wide range of international law and military justice topics associated with the US Navy's forward deployed Naval forces stationed in Japan. He has now transferred to Bremerton, Washington where he has assumed duties as the officer in charge of the US Navy's Defense Service Office, West Bremerton Detachment. The office of approximately 16 personnel provide criminal defense services to service members throughout the entire pacific northwest and Alaska.
Snodgrass, Elizabeth Amy passed away June 23, 2016, in Wichita. She was born on November 23, 1917, to Edwin Forest and Susie Harper Snodgrass at Pleasant Look Farm, Towanda, and graduated from El Dorado Junior College in 1937.

Growing up with mission minded parents and having taken a Life Service Pledge, Elizabeth had a conviction that God was calling her to be a Missionary. The Pledge was "I will give my life under God for others rather than for myself, for the advancement of the kingdom of God rather than for my personal success". Her life was truly a testament to the Life Service Pledge she took years ago.

Survivors: niece, Myra Snyder Slusser, Sand Springs, OK; nephew, Glen Snodgrass (Janice), rural Towanda, KS on the old Snodgrass farm; great-nieces and nephews, Steve and Jana Plank, Del Rio, TX, Jason and Joanna Snyder, Bloomington, IN, Tracy Heit, Manhattan, KS, Richard and Jen Snodgrass, Wichita, KS, Chris and Jennifer Garcia, Derby, KS, and Melissa Snodgrass, Springfield, MO; plus 3rd generation nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; fellow workers and friends.

Memorial service was 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Prairie Homestead Chapel, 1605 May St., Wichita, KS. 

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Pam just secured a position with Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR as an HR Consultant and is enjoying living in Oregon
Lynne Sajna was born August 7, 1952, the fifth child of sixteen to Charles and Dorothy Mae Sajna in Chicago, Illinois. Both parents and three siblings preceded her in death: Renee, Edwin and David. Lynne graduated from Englewood High School.

She received her BS in biology from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas. A candidate for The Master of Science in biology from Chicago State University, Lynne was accepted into Medical School at the University of Illinois, where she completed the basic science curriculum. She also met all requirements to merit the designation of a certified pharmacy technician in 2010.

Lynne taught in Chicago and North Chicago Public School systems. She taught middle school Science and high school Biology, Pharmacology and English. She also taught biochemistry to dental students. She was a Faculty Assistant at Chicago State University, teaching zoology and botany labs. Lynne received a superior evaluation for her teaching performance by the Chicago Public Schools and was noted as “A competent educator who sets high standards for her students.” She was the recipient of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” in 1998.

Her career also included working as a microbiologist, medical and research technician. Lynne received Christ as her Savior as a young teen. She was a minister of the Gospel, where she was truly a spiritual inspiration to many. She founded her own publishing company, Bloodline Publications, under which she wrote and published "Destinies Denied: The Spiritual Consequences of Abortion". Her medical background enabled her to teach insightfully on HIV and the AIDS epidemic, where many people received help.

Lynne was an excellent cook and loved to design and create table ornaments. She formulated and produced bath and body products, including shampoos, soaps, and moisturizers, that benefited many. Lynne attended and was an active member of several churches, including Keystone Baptist, Crusaders Church of God, and her current church, Connection Church in Libertyville, Illinois.

Lynne went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 11:45 p.m. She leaves to cherish fond memories twelve siblings: Charles, Denise, Doretta, Gina, Ronna, Felicia, Vivian, Aaron, Leon, Noel, Tyrone, Jerome, and a host of nieces, nephews, and godchildren on whom she had a great impact. Many friends far and near will dearly miss her.

Lynne Sajna Funeral Program

Jack Franklin Allen, 79, passed away after a biking accident on August 19, 2016 near his home in Bella Vista, Arkansas. 

Jack was born October 4, 1936 to John and Ruth Allen in Ottawa Kansas. He married his wife, Shirley Allen, April 2, 1956 and later graduated from Ottawa University in 1958. From 1960 to 1962 they lived in Germany while he served honorably in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed a 30-year career with IBM. In retirement, Jack stayed very active, volunteering with AARP and Crystal Bridges Museum, and attending Bella Vista Community Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Allen; two children, Scott Allen (and wife Rochelle) and Laura Parker (and husband, Keith); and three grandchildren, Lauren Allen, Brandon and Nathan Buyce. 

Services were held Tuesday, August 23 at Bella Vista Funeral Home.  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to Bella Vista Community Church at 75 E. Lancaster Blvd, Bella Vista AR 72714.

On-line condolences may be made at

Larry Dean Criddle, Jr., age 48, of Paola, Kansas died August 15, 2016. Larry was born November 23, 1967 in Kansas City, Missouri at the St. Joseph Hospital. He was the son of Larry Dean Criddle, Sr., and the late Barbara Ann (Moore) Lewis. In 1973, the family moved from Osawatomie to Paola. 

He graduated from Paola High School with the Class of 1986. Larry earned his Bachelor's Degree in teaching at Ottawa University in 1996. His Master's Degree was obtained in 2011 at Emporia State University. He was currently working on his PhD and had completed many hours. 

Larry had many athletic accomplishments. He was a member of the High School Athletic Hall of Fame. From 1982 – 1986, he was the outstanding Paola High School Athlete. In 1986, Larry placed 2nd at State competition with a high jump of 6’6”. That same year he made the Paola High School record high jump of 6’ 7”. He was All-American in track at Johnson County Community College and was five time All-American of indoor/outdoor track at Pittsburg State University during which time he recorded the high jump record of 7’ 1 3/4". He was also Team Captain All Conference at PSU in 1990. 

Larry was a middle school history teacher at Paola for 7th and 8th grades. He taught in the USD #368 School District for 20 years. While teaching, he was also a coach in volleyball, basketball, cross country and track. He received Teacher of the Year Award in 2006 and again in 2010. In 2001, he received the Young Educator award. Larry started the Hillsdale Elementary Scholarship in 1997 which became the Dare to Dream program in 2003 where money was raised from plays, plant sales, video yearbook, and a children's book he authored. Larry had also received the Fox 4 Crystal Apple Teacher of the Year Award. The Distinguished Educator Award from the Louis and Dolpha Baehr Endowment was given to Larry in 2002. 

He was very active in the community. He was a board member of the Paola Housing Authority, leader of the Paola Book Club/Theater in the Park, and founder of Paola Community Garden of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Every day). He established a H.O.P.E. Garden scholarship which will be awarded for the first time this year. 

Larry enjoyed fishing, gardening, cycling, videography, and reading. He was a life-lessons educator to all. He was a very loving and caring person. This was demonstrated through his devotion to his family and his community. He had a gift for inspiring and encouraging others to realize their dreams and goals. He will truly be missed by all. 

He was preceded in death by his mother Barbara who died July 28, 2015.

He is survived by his father Larry D. Criddle, Sr. of Pittsburg, Texas; brother Michael Criddle (Launa) of Paola; two sisters Opal Clinkscale of Shawnee Mission and Sondra Criddle of Osawatomie; six nieces and nephews Jordan, Jarrett, Destiny, Joshua, Jeremy, and Justin; three aunts Rita Moore, Charlotte Ursery, and Lynn Moore; many other relatives and a host of friends.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be given to the H.O.P.E. Garden Scholarship Fund in care of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 305 N. Pearl St., Paola, KS, 66071.
Jo Anne wood passed away peacefully at home in husband's arm. Jo Anne and her husband were married for 65 wonderful years. 

Ardean’s family moved from Moline, Kansas to Howard, Kansas in 1940 where they lived a block away from the Angell family whose daughter captured his attention because she had long blond hair, wore cowboy boots and rode a red boy’s bicycle. They attended the same grade school. But that blond girl had taken note of him, too, especially his big brown eyes, and took out after him one day, brandishing mistletoe, until she gleefully caught up with him behind a church. But of course, he knew exactly where to run, and when to stop. That’s where a love relationship between Ardean and Jo Anne began that would last a lifetime.

After marrying in June of 1950, Ardean obtained an aeronautical Engineering degree and went to work for Convair Aviation in Fort Worth where their son, Steve, was born in 1953. A career change to Boeing brought them to Seattle in 1956, where their second son, Gary, was born in 1957.

Jo Anne’s family consists of her two sons and their families: Son Steve is married to Rachel, who brought to the family her daughter, Virginia Bakke Hamilton. 

Son Gary is married to Kelly. They have three children, a son, Acy Everett Scott Wood, 21 years old; Veronica Jean Pirl Wood, 25 years old and Patricia Jo Anne Wood, 24 years old.

Jo Anne was a stay-at-home mom who chased the kids around the yard in games of tag. Her chicken and dumplings were memorable. But she could cook just as well on a Coleman stove in an army surplus tent when the family went camping or on the wood stove in the one-room cabin on a gold claim they often trekked to in Cedar Creek, Montana. Home-made doughnuts were a specialty and she made them every Halloween for her children and continued to maintain that tradition for her grandchildren.

Jo Anne and Ardean were Young Life volunteers for more than 30 years and she was executive assistant to Denny Rydberg when he directed the college ministry at University Presbyterian Church. At her desk there she became a welcoming presence to hundreds of students who stopped by. She took time to listen, to encourage, and to forge lasting relationships.

Jo Anne loved Jesus. Her primary pursuit was to follow after Him, believing that right relationship to Him makes all other relationships right. Too soon for those of us who knew and loved her, on February 12, 2016, He beckoned for her to come and catch up with Him. 
Cynthia Jean Harlan, 69, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Wednesday, August 8th, 2016.  She was born to Frederick and Isabel Hagelstein, May 28, 1947, in Boston, MA. Cynthia graduated from Erie Pennsylvania High School in 1965 and received a BA in History from Ottawa University in 1969. She married Richard Harlan `70 in 1969, and they lived in various towns before relocating to Kansas City after retirement.

Cynthia began her career as a history teacher but later developed educational programs for “at risk” children. She was passionate about making sure the students she touched not only succeeded in their education but their lives as well before she retired in 2013.

Her lifelong love was family, grandchildren, ocean, and sailing.  Cynthia is survived by her husband, Richard Harlan; her three children: Donna Arizmendis, Amanda Harlan, and Richard Harlan, three grandchildren, and brother.

A celebration of life reception will be scheduled at a later date.
Gerald is now a member of the teaching faculty at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler, Arizona. Gerald completed his degree program was Secondary Education - Biology and is teaching Biology and Environmental Science. 

John retired from Honeywell in 2006. He is now tutoring math at JCCC. and teaching students to be engineers.
Wayne was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Vermont National Guard. Wayne has served in the National Guard and US Army Reserve since 1982 and as a military chaplain since 1990. He is an ordained ABC minister currently serving as Interim pastor of the Community Church of Milton (NH).

Danny earned his undergrad degree at the Phoenix campus of OU in 1983 and later earned his masters from Northern AZ University.  He was selected the NAU Centennial Citizen/Alumni of the year in 1998. Danny recently completed and is in the final stages of corrections for his first Children's book entitled, The Sensational letter "S" the ultimate team member and the hardest working letter in the Land of Letters. The book, the first in a planned series of five books of the same name, was developed to encourage early reading proficiency and word development of young and new readers. Students feel better about themselves, their educational experience and they stay in school longer, many going on to earn undergraduate degrees. Conversely, students reading below grade level often struggle in school and eventually drop out during their high school years. That must change!

David earned his MDiv from Saint Paul School of Theology (Kansas City) in 2011 and is currently enrolled in Colgate Rochester Crozer School of Divinity (Rochester, NY) working towards his DMin in Transformational Leadership with a concentration in Wesleyan/Methodist Studies. After serving as a Senior Pastor in the Kansas City, MO area for 16 years, he is now the Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization for the New York Annual Conference.
Joy has joined the ranks of published authors and is Co-editor of "Still A Mother: Journeys Through Perinatal Bereavement", published February 2016 by Judson Press.  She also has two devotionals published in the book "Though The Darkness Gather Round: Devotions about Infertility, Miscarriage and Infant Loss". This summer she had the honor of being a workshop presenter at The Association of Professional Chaplains Conference, presenting on her book.
Marilyn Louise Dodgen, 86, (mother of Kristol Dodgen King '81) passed away on July 28, in Humboldt , IA. She was a Residence Hall Director at Martin Hall for 4 years from 1983-1986 was fondly remembered by the young women who lived there during that time.  Kristol and her husband, Russell King, both graduated in the Class of 1981.

Obituary Details:

Marilyn Louise Dodgen passed from this earth on Thursday, July 28. An informal, joyful celebration of her life was held on Friday, August 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hardy Methodist Church on the Humboldt County Museum grounds, located east of Dakota City on the east branch of the Des Moines River, where the family greeted friends and shared their good times and memories of her life. The service was at 11:00 a.m., officiated by her son-in-law, Rev. Russell King, and a sandwich picnic lunch was served following the service. 

Marilyn was born on Feb. 3, 1930, at home, during a blizzard, in the small town of Drakesville, IA. (also known as “duck town”) in southern Iowa, to the Mayor Jesse B. Campbell and his wife, M. Marie Doughty Campbell. She joined a sister, Lois Marie, and a brother, Roger Phillip. The family moved several times, due to the father being a Rock Island Railroad telegrapher and station agent. They moved to Manson in 1936. 

Marilyn graduated from Manson High School in 1948; worked at Sidmore and Thomas Drug Store and Ullman’s Dry Goods Store in her town home of Manson, and then moved into Fort Dodge, where she became a local telephone operator. She attended Tobin Business college and then became secretary to C. W. Dodgen at Dodgen and Company. She married Jack Dodgen on June 3, 1951.

To this union were born Bruce (Paula), of Clive; Barbara (Patrick) Colwell of Humboldt; Daniel (Eileen) of Fort Dodge; Michael Eugene (deceased), and Kristol (Russell) King, of Ness City, KS. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Michael (Amy) Colwell, and sons Christopher and Nicholas, Story City, IA; Joey (Tracy) and sons, Jason and Jacob, and stepdaughter, Megan, Virginia Beach, VA; Kyle (Danielle) King and son, Nathan, and daughter, Natalie, of Mission, KS; Julie (Wayne) Keeton and sons, David and Aaron, of Greensburg, KS.; and Ben (Elayna) King of Bonner Springs,

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack; infant son, Michael; her sister and brother-in-law, Lois and John DeDecker, and their son, Rick; wonderful in-laws, C. W. and Margaret Dodgen; and many other friends and relatives.  Marilyn was Assistant News Editor at the Humboldt Republican and Independent Newspaper at the time of Jack’s death from cancer in 1981. She was a charter member of the Castle Theatre, directed and acted (twice as Opal Kronkie) in several plays. She spent five summers as a volunteer at the American Baptist Assembly near Green Lake, WI. In 1983, she became Resident Hall Director at Martin Hall at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS, where she remained for four years. The next four years were spent as a recruiter for the GED/English as a Second Language/ Laubach reading programs at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. For more than 40 years, she has written features for the Humboldt Independent (always asking Jeff when she could retire and not receiving a firm answer).

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Fort Dodge, where Jack was choir director for over 25 years, and she taught Sunday School, served on several boards and directed the youth choir; the Humboldt Co. Historical Association, where she was a museum tour guide, a volunteer and a board member; was a Master Gardener; was selected Woman of the Year by the AAUW in 1982; received the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism in 1990; and was a recipient, along with Donnie
Wind, of the President’s Spirit Award in 2006. Being an avid reader, her favorite “hangout” was the Humboldt Public Library, where the staff took very good care of her.  Marilyn was a people person, enjoyed life and most of all she loved the Lord. At her request, she was cremated. Memorials may be given to the Humboldt County Historical Society, the Humboldt Public Library, or Unity Point Hospice, in care of Gunderson Funeral Home, 1615 North 15th St., Fort Dodge, IA. Online condolences and
obituary may be viewed at

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staffs at Friendship Haven Catalyst, Unity Point Hospital and Hospice of Fort Dodge, and Humboldt Care Center South, for taking such good care of our mother, and to all of her wonderful friends for sending cards, calling and coming to visit her during her last days and supporting all of us through this difficult time.

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Eric is currently working on his Ed.D at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Jacob is currently finishing up his Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at University of Kansas Medical Center.

Article about Officer Mark Mueller from Missouri Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler's Newsletter.

Working on Masters degree through Ottawa University!!
Betty (Poland) Horrell Class of 1948 passed away 05/26/2016
Barry W. Lauver, 64, of Mansfield, PA, passed away July 9, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He was born May 14, 1952, in Harrisburg, PA, the son of Wayne & Betty Jean Seiber Lauver.

Mr. Lauver retired after teaching for 32 years, and coaching soccer for many years, at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School. He was an avid golfer and served as a board member at Corey Creek Golf Club. Barry was a long time member of Friendship Lodge # 247 F. & A. M., serving as Master of the Lodge four times. He was awarded Mason of the Year at Friendship Lodge in 2015. He belonged to numerous Masonic Bodies, including, dual membership in Tyoga Royal Arch Chapter # 194 and Troy Royal Arch Chapter # 261, Ernest E. Lundy Mark Lodge # 403, Eire Council # 105 Knight Masons of PA, Northern Council #24 Royal and Select Master Masons, Sullivan Forest # 210 Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Northern Commandery # 16 Knights Templar, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Williamsport, and a member of Shriner's of Dallas, PA.

In addition to his mother of Wolfeboro, NH, Barry is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former, Donna Zeiders, his sister & brother-in-law, Tangerine & John Antonelli of Wolfeboro, NH, his mother-in-law, Dorothy Zeiders of Mifflintown, PA, 3 brothers-in-law, Samuel (Joanne) Zeiders of Greenville, SC, Thomas (Carol) Zeiders of Sewell, NJ, Paul (Sue) Zeiders of Mifflintown, PA, and several special nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Barry's memory may be made to Friendship Lodge # 247 F&AM PO Box 164 Mansfield, PA 16933, or the American Cancer Society Tioga Unit, 1948 E. 3rd St. Williamsport, PA 17701. Sympathy cards may be sent to Barry's family at
Children of Katrina was named the 2016 winner of the Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth!!! This bi-annual honor is given to a book published in the preceding two years that has had a major scholarly impact on the sociological study of children and youth. Children of Katrina, co-authored by Alice Fothergill (Department of Sociology, University of Vermont) and Lori Peek (Department of Sociology, Colorado State University) offers an in-depth examination of how children experienced and coped with the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. For nearly ten years, Fothergill and Peek followed a core group of children and documented their recovery trajectories.
 Rosemary Stevens Sanders Wytcherley, age 78, of Grants Pass, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Rosemary was predeceased by her parents, her siblings, her first husband Ivan, and two of her children, Donna and Steve.
Rosemary was born on August 13, 1937, in Elizabethtown, NY. Her parents, Frank Adams Stevens and Analita Augusta Brown Stevens, received their bundle of joy, adding to their growing family. Her siblings, Frank Durand (Dirk) & Margaret (Margie) were especially glad to welcome her to the family.
When Rosemary was growing up in her beloved Adirondack Mountains, her folks owned & operated the local soda fountain/pharmacy - CN Williams. She spent many a happy day with her Grandmother Brown (Bamie), her sister & cousins (Jim and Chuck Bailey, Dort Provoncha, Roberta, Margaret, Ingrid, Tom, and George Brown).
Rosemary graduated as Salutatorian of her class at Elizabethtown High School in 1954. She graduated from Ottawa University in Kansas where she received her nursing degree. She met Ivan Sanders at a youth camp near Elizabethtown, where her tender heart toward children touched him deeply. At the time, Ivan was stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, so they began writing letters. Rosemary believed & trusted Jesus as her Savior at a young age. She openly professed her imperfections, and her love for her Savior grew and transcended everything she did. Rosemary was the epitome of “there are no strangers only people I haven’t met yet.” She really tried to see people as Jesus sees them – special & loved.
Ivan & Rosemary married in Elizabethtown, NY, on June 24, 1961. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Juneau, Alaska where the family lived for over 30 yrs. in Alaska. Rosemary worked at St Ann’s Hospital, and then later at Bartlett Memorial Hospital, where she retired in the early 1990s. They moved to Grants Pass, Oregon in 1993 when they both retired. They enjoyed many great rides on their motorcycle, with a lot of cross country trips and a lot of singing together.

Rosemary and Ivan raised 7 children in Alaska – Elizabeth, Donna, Janice, Steve, Roseann, Yvonne and Zenita. As the children grew into adulthood, they married, adding their spouses to the family, and soon the house was bubbling over with dozens of grandchildren & great grandchildren (even some great- great-grandchildren). Rosemary often quoted “Children are a crown of old age”.
In the Spring of 2007, Ivan passed away after a chronic illness. One of the things Rosemary missed greatly was singing with Ivan. Then in 2009, the Lord brought Rosemary & Allan Wytcherley together, and they married. Allan had also been praying for a wife who would sing with him. The Lord answered both their prayers for a singing partner. Their 7 years together was spent ministering to others with their music, and boy did they had fun!! When she married Allen, she said “my family doubled & the joy doubled”. There was an instant mutual love between them as well as their two families.
Family and friends were important to Rosemary. She would do whatever it took to visit someone. There were frequent cross country trips. A normal eight hour drive could take Rosemary two full days to complete, because she would zig zag to meet up with someone. The sparkle in her eye said it all, “I love you and have missed you. So nice to see you.”
“It was a real pleasure to live with Rosemary as my wife these 7 yrs. We said to each other often, I love you & I appreciate you. I am plumb blest.” Love Allan
A memorial service was held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016 at Redwood Country Church, 1640 Redwood Avenue, Grants Pass with a potluck following the service. For further information, please call 541.441.0883.
Clarance William Randall '49 passed away on 6/8/16 in Kent, Washington and is survived by his widow, Eulene Lewis Randall `47, and his 4 children.

Roger Leonard Fredrikson, long-time religious and civic leader in the Sioux Falls community, died peacefully at the age of 95 on Thursday, June 16, at the Sanford Hospice Cottages in Sioux Falls. Rev. Fredrikson was born in Mission City, British Columbia, Canada, on November 27, 1920, to Rev. Alfred Leonard Fredrikson and Elvira Marie (Michaelson) Fredrikson. 

Following graduation from Salem (SD) High School, Roger, as he wanted to be called, attended what was then Sioux Falls College and graduated in 1942 from Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS. He received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton, MA, and did further graduate study at Union Theological Seminary in New York. 

On June 1, 1944, Roger married Ruth Evelyn Beaver `45 at the First Baptist Church in Ottawa, where he later served as pastor. He also served as senior pastor (and later as pastor emeritus) of First Baptist Church, Sioux Falls, and First Baptist, Wichita, KS, "the church that refused to die." Roger authored five books. He was president of his denomination, the American Baptist Churches USA, in the early '70s and was very active in the ecumenical church movement in Sioux Falls. Roger and Ruth led many church renewal conferences around the country, and he was a sparkplug in Renovaré, a national church renewal movement. He greatly enjoyed being part of two ecumenical TV programs here, "The Open Door," and "A Cup of Coffee with Roger."

Out of his faith in Jesus Christ, he reached out to marginalized people ("the dandelions") through helping found The Glory House halfway house for those coming out of prison. He also was a part of the work of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Carroll Institute for chemically dependent people, juvenile justice reform efforts, the Firehouse Coffee House outreach, Habitat for Humanity, and other organizations dedicated to serving "the least of these."At age 89, Roger became a mentor to students at Edison Middle School. Roger was also a U of M football fan and a Twins fan and enjoyed golfing and swimming and spending time with his kids and grandkids at the family cabin on Lobster Lake, Alexandria, MN.

Roger is survived by his sister Marilyn (Ray) Boehm, his children Rev. Randy (Elaine) Fredrikson, Sioux Falls, and their sons Joel (Traci) and Benjamin; Miriam (Frank) Lemp, Ottawa, KS, and their daughters Elizabeth (Andy), and Sarah; and Rev. Joel (Jeanne Anne) Fredrikson, Grafton, WI, and their sons Levi and Jacob; seven nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth, sister  Carol, and brother Jerry.

Pastor Fredrikson's visitation was held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, in the Family Life Center at First Baptist, 1401 S. Covell  Ave., Sioux Falls, and his memorial service was at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 24, in the First Baptist sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Baptist, Sioux Falls, First Baptist, Ottawa, KS; the University of Sioux Falls; and Ottawa University. 

Memorial Service Program
Kelvin William Reece ’80
Date of Birth:  Saturday, February 18th, 1956
Date of Death:  Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Service Information
When:  Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 11:00am
Location:  Layne Normandy Chapel
Address:  7733 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO, 63121
Emery Grace - Born Friday 5/27/2016

Mom and baby were doing great until Mom tripped and broke her foot on Monday!  Will be a long summer with a 3 year old, new born and 32 year old to take care of!
Reverend Robert Wilson Markham III, 72, of Mashpee, MA, formerly of Rockport, MA, went home to be with his Lord on Friday May 20th while in the comfort of his own home surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses. He was the beloved husband of Roberta (Joyal) Markham and son of the late Virginia (Dyer) and Robert Wilson Markham Jr.

Bob graduated from Cranston High School East in Rhode Island as a member of the Class of 1961. He went on to graduate from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 1965. He fulfilled his childhood calling of becoming a minister by earning his Master of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA in 1969.

From 1969 to 1973 Bob was Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Elmira, NY. In October of 1973 he was called to serve as pastor at the First Baptist Church in Rockport, MA from which he retired in June of 2007. Shortly after entering retirement he accepted the position of interim pastor at the Covenant Community Church in Sandwich, MA. Throughout his ministry he was also very active and held numerous leadership positions in the American Baptist denomination through the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM).

As an integral part of the Rockport community Bob was a Scout Leader, a coach, a referee, an umpire, a member of the Rotary Club, an actor with Theater in the Pines, and served on various boards and committees. Bob was also a member of the Rockport School Committee serving as its chairman, vice chairman and liaison to the middle school council between 1996 and 2002. Prior to his retirement he was vice president of the Rockport Education Foundation and a community member of the High School Summer Reading Committee. When he did take time for himself Bob was an avid reader, a collector of stamps and coins, a gardener, a genealogist, and an avid Boston sports fan. He loved the ocean and took every opportunity to be on it or near it.

He is being remembered as a man of unfathomable spirit, integrity, and devotion who through the way in which he lived his faith had a profound impact on the lives of so many as a mentor, role model, inspiration, and example. Despite living with countless illnesses he ran with perseverance the race that was set before him.

Bob endured and enjoyed this life in the constant companionship of his steadfast and devoted wife, Roberta. Their marriage of 52 years highlighted a relationship that began in their teenage years and served as an example of unconditional love. In addition to Roberta, Bob is survived by his two children, Brenda Clements and son-in-law Greg of Bourne, MA, and Todd Markham and daughter-in-law Lauren of West Hartford, CT. His influence can already be seen in his four grandchildren, Nolan and Delaney Clements, and Adelaide and Wilson Markham who will forever love their Papa. He was predeceased by his sister Judith Yeaw, the late wife of his life-long friend and brother-in-law, Dennis Yeaw of Shrewsbury, MA.

Memorial services are to be held at the First Baptist Church in Rockport on Saturday June 18th at 10:30 AM and First Baptist Church in Hyannis on Saturday June 4th at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Robert’s memory to: The Bob & Roberta Markham Scholarship Fund by mailing donations to Rockport Baptist Church 4 High Street Rockport, MA 01966. Checks should be made out to the First Baptist Church with “Markham Scholarship Fund” in the memo line. or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at
Bryant Christensen Currier was born to George Bruce Currier and Lydia Louise Currier of Molina, Colorado on August 3, 1928. He died peacefully in his sleep on May 26, 2016 at home in Lawrence, Kansas. He is survived by daughters Janeanne Houston of Seattle, Wa. (Mark Ahlness) and Karen Brichoux of Lawrence, Ks. (David), and his son Rev. Andrew Currier of McPherson, Kansas (Laurie). He leaves also grandchildren Evan Currier, Collin Currier, and Jessica Niemeyer (Keith). Surviving, as well, are brothers Robert Currier (Ruth) and David Currier (Cathy) and sister-in-law Peggy Currier all of Molina, CO as well as scores of nephews and nieces. Siblings who have preceded him in death, Louise Signs (Loren), Bruce Currier (Garra Dean), and Wallace Currier.

Bryant grew up on the family ranch in Molina, Colorado, the 5th of six children. His childhood memories were vivid, and he was always so happy when he had a chance to “go home” to the ranch. He lived the life of a man who was well-loved by his family.

Bryant attended Ottawa University, where he met the love of his life, Sara Jean Van Horn. They sang in the concert choir together, and although he was shy about expressing his affection, he was encouraged to do so quickly when a rival threatened to court her for himself. He told her that she would have to follow him “all over the world.” She said “I don’t care, guy….and yes.” They were married in the First Baptist Church of Ottawa, Kansas, on June 18, 1951.

Bryant attended Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas while working at TWA loading baggage. His love of airplanes and flight was still on the ground, but he enjoyed being around planes and the excitement of travel. Sara Jean taught elementary music education and choir classes for K-8 grades until she became pregnant with their first child. After seminary, Bryant’s first churches were small ones in Deer Trail, Colorado and in Easton, Kansas. In Easton, Janeanne was born on Easter Sunday, a story he loved to tell. While serving the First Baptist Church of Superior, Nebraska, Andrew was born a few days after Christmas.

While serving and loving the church in Superior, Bryant felt called to foreign missionary service, something he had pledged to do while he was in college. He and Sara Jean left Superior in 1960, and were the last American Baptist missionaries assigned to the mission field in Burma. They set sail from New York City to Liverpool on the Queen Mary with their young family, and in the company of the Billy Graham crusade team. Life would never be quite the same. They arrived in Burma six weeks later, after a long ride on a much less glamorous ship that took them through the Suez Canal, and two dock strikes in Sudan and Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
In Burma, after language study, Bryant and Sara Jean were assigned to a rural area where they were the only Americans. They home-schooled their children, grew food crops, and made a home out of a towering old mission house that had been a bunker for Japanese soldiers during WWII, He devised a pump-based water system, incubated chickens under warm lights, and did his best to create a home for his family far away from home. He began outreach and missions programs with the local pastors, and evangelized in neighboring villages. Sara Jean acquired a pump organ and provided accompaniment for hymns in the church, where there was an engaged congregation who enjoyed singing. Just as they were feeling on top of things in Burma, they and all foreign workers were deported from the country after a military regime took control of the government. Embassies were closed, and the country became isolated. Bryant and Sara Jean returned to the US temporarily and lived in Ames, Iowa while waiting for reassignment.

They were reassigned to the central Philippines in 1967. Sara Jean was pregnant with their third child when they left the US, this time by Boeing 747. Karen was born while they lived in Iloilo City undergoing language study. They eventually settled in Bacolod City on the island of Negros where they joined the faculty of Convention Baptist Bible College and taught classes in ministry, Bible, horticulture, and music. Bryant put his Iowa State University horticulture and ag implement classes to good use building windmills and tractors, and creating fields for sweet potatoes, peanuts, papayas, and bananas. He also taught students how to marcot and divide plants for food and ornamental use. Bryant and Sara Jean retired from the mission field in 1991 and returned to the United States.

 Advocates for missions, Bryant and Sara Jean traveled and presented the cause of foreign missions in churches. They were called to the First Baptist Church of Waverly, Kansas, where they served as pastor and music director until their retirement in 2002. After the death of Sara Jean’s father, Percy Van Horn, they sold their house in Waverly, and went moved to the family farm in Wellsville, where they also became members of New Hope Baptist Church. Bryant served on the Alumni Board of Ottawa University, and he and Sara Jean enjoyed meeting the new students on move-in day. After Sara Jean’s death in 2009, Bryant remained on the farm until his health no longer permitted it. He has been living in Lawrence, Kansas, near his daughter, Karen, and son-in-law, David. He lived a very rich and full life, but it was never quite the same after he lost his teammate, Sara Jean. She had a handwritten Bible verse above the sink on the farm that meant a lot to Bryant who lingered over it every day as he washed dishes. 
Transylvania University has hired Martin W. Smith to serve as vice president for advancement. Smith will begin at Transylvania on Aug. 1.

Smith comes to Transylvania from Illinois Wesleyan University, where as vice president for advancement he increased total giving by more than $10 million in the past five years. At Illinois Wesleyan he led the largest campaign in the school’s history, raising $141 million for scholarships, professorships, facilities and the endowment.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to help Transylvania prosper as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges,” Smith said. “I’ll work hard to ensure not only that current and future Pioneers continue to receive the resources needed for the best possible education, but also that alumni maintain strong bonds with the university that made them who they are today.”

Smith’s duties at Transylvania will include securing major gifts, endowed support and annual giving; helping lead the university’s upcoming major capital campaign; and overseeing Transylvania’s development, alumni and parent programs.

Additionally, he will foster relations with businesses and organizations and serve on the president’s cabinet, where he will contribute to decisions that affect the university as a whole.

Smith’s extensive experience in higher education includes serving as vice president for university advancement at Ottawa (Kan.) University, where he also was director of major gifts, campaigns, development, athletics and public relations. Additionally, he was director of athletics for Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Ottawa University and a Masters of Sports Administration from the University of Kansas.

He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and he twice received the CASE Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Improvement.

Founded Kangarootime, Inc in 2015. In November won the 2015 VatorSplash Startup Pitch competition joining past champions Thumbtack and AirBnB. Since winning the prestigious startup competition Kangarootime closed funding in December and has launched. Kangarootime has built the modern operating system for schools, daycare, and early childhood education centers.

Kangarootime helps Childcare professionals with a cloud-based mobile application that completely automates the business of childcare. Streamlining the entire revenue cycle, employee management and regulatory reporting. Kangarootime helps teachers to 'scale' with their classroom module. It eliminates redundant daily sheets, and prompts teachers for curriculum, feedings, diapers and toileting, nap recording and parent messaging and photo sharing. The 'parent app' gives families peace of mind and better access to their child's education experience.

Founder Scott Wayman says 'As we have found our way, our customers have helped us build a platform that can 'scale educators' and automate early education businesses and replace more than 40 hours per week in labor at every center. We are finding that millennial parents feel more connected with our app ecosystem. It is elegant and gives parents peace of mind.' Find out more about Kangarootime at
 Mary Alice (Edward) Geise, 83, passed away at home Friday, May 20, 2016.

Mrs. Geise was born in El Dorado, KS Dec. 6, 1932. She grew up in Wichita, KS attending East High School, graduating in 1950. Then going to Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS; graduating in 1954 with a Secondary and Elementary teaching degree.
She married Dudley A. Geise on her graduation day, May 30, 1953. They celebrated 54 years of marriage during which time they raised four children. Enjoyed sports, traveling and many friends in Overland Park and at their lake home in the Ozarks.

Mary Alice begin her teaching career in Kingman, KS 1954-56. Then taught in Hays, KS in 1957. She spent ten years raising the family at home; then resumed teaching in 1967 in Shawnee Mission, KS Cherokee Elementary School. She enjoyed the trust and faith of the children at this level. Retired in 1994 with 31 years of teaching.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dudley Geise`53 in Nov. 2007, her father, Mendal Edwards of Boulder, CO, mother, Dorothy (Chadwell) Oliver of Anchorage, AK and step-mother, Edith Edwards of Muskogee, OK.

Mrs. Geise volunteered in many areas of the church. Prairie Baptist Church, twenty-five years and Overland Park Christian the last twenty-five years. Also a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Serving on the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Kansas City for eight years. She was a member of P.E.O. of Bonner Springs and volunteered eight years at Shawnee Mission Hospital.

Mary Alice was honored by Ottawa University in 2013 for the Esther Ruth Alumni Award for her work at the university, church and community.

Survivors include three sons, Rick and Kristi Geise, Dillon, CO, Randy Geise, Laurie, MO and Terry and Lori with for grandsons, Andrew, Aaron, Adam, Austin, and granddaughter, Ann Marie, Shawnee, KS; daughter, Tamara Selk and grandson, Christian Selk and granddaughter, Sydney Selk, Desoto, KS.

Mary Alice loved life and was blessed by Gods direction during her wonderful lifetime.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 31 at the Overland Park Christian Church; burial in the Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe, KS.

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests contributions be made to either Overland Park Christian Church, 7600 W. 75th St., Overland Park, KS 66204 or Ottawa University, 1001 South Cedar, Ottawa, KS 66067-3399.

Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Lori Peek, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, has won this year’s Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

 “Dr. Lori Peek has established herself as one of the most hard-working, dedicated and distinguished professors on the Colorado State University campus,” wrote her nominators in the department, Associate Professor Jack Brouillette and doctoral student Meghan Mordy. “The numerical evaluations of her teaching and courses are among the highest of any professor on the university campus. In addition, the quality of the written evaluations that she receives are unparalleled.”
Peek, co-director of CSU’s Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, teaches courses on contemporary race and ethnic relations, the sociology of disasters and qualitative research methods.

“Regardless of whether she is teaching incoming first-year students or advanced doctoral students, she engages the students in and out of the classroom in innovative activities and learning opportunities,” Department Chair Michael Carolan wrote in his nomination letter.

She is one of the top-rated CSU instructors on the online system CSU students use to rate their professors. More than half of the student comments submitted after her fall 2014 and spring 2015 race relations course described Peek as their “favorite” or the “best” teacher they’ve had at CSU. Many said memorizes every student’s name, even when enrollment exceeds 100.

“Lori continues to impress me with her knowledge of the subjects she teaches, and her passion for students and her willingness to help,” one student wrote. “Lori is by far the most influential professor I have had in my academic career.”

Peek has received numerous teaching honors from the college and university. She served the College of Liberal Arts as the Master Teacher Coordinator at CSU, was named an Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT) fellow and chaired the Teaching and Mentoring Committee for the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. Peek established a student-alumni network for the department, chairs the departmental student awards committee and advises the department’s honor society.

“I was fortunate to have been raised by parents who encouraged me to read and to have had teachers who pushed me to love learning,” Peek said. “Being a teacher is a privilege that I never take for granted.”


Carl Maurice Taylor was born May 19, 1948, in Kansas City, MO to Louise Dotson. He departed this earthly life on January 7, 2015 at Research Medical Center. He was the oldest of nine children. He was preceded in death by his sister Paula Norles and three nephews, Miklos Taylor, Lonnie Franklin, III, and Leslie Taylor.

In 1968, Carl married Janice M. Byers, 3 children were born to this union and years later the marriage was dissolved. In 1984, he married Joyce Domer and helped raise 3 more children.

He accepted Christ in his life and was baptized at an early age at Christian Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. Later in life, he moved to Wichita, KS and joined Tabernacle Bible Church, where he was a member for 21 years.Carl was educated in the Kansas City, MO School District, graduating from Manuel High School. In 1968, while in high school, he played basketball. After graduating, he enlisted in the U. S. Army for two years and was stationed at Fort Riley, KS before being deployed to Vietnam, where he fought in the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged, He continued his education at Penn Valley Community College from 1972 to 1974, where he received his Associate Degree. He then attended Ottawa University from 1974 to 1976, receiving his Bachelor Degree. He played basketball at both colleges.

Carl started coaching in Bonner Springs, KS from 1977 to 1984. He won the state championship in 1984. Then he moved to Junction City, KS to coach basketball from 1984 to 1991. He was also the head softball coach and assistant football and track coach. After that, he moved to Sedalia, MO to coach basketball from 1991 to 1992. He was also the assistant football coach.
His next move was to Wichita, KS where he coached for 21 years. In 1992, he was named the Wichita Southeast head basketball coach, where he won three 6A basketball state championships in 1999, 2003 and 2008. Also in 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2005 his teams were either runner-ups or had third place. He was inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, for amassed 315 wins which made him the all-time winningest coach in Wichita City League history. He was also the softball head coach, the assistant football and track coach and the assistant athletic director.

He leaves to cherish memories: his children, Kali L. Thurman (Jeffrey) of Gilbert, AZ; Tyrone M. Taylor (Maricole) of Lenexa, KS; Kimberly R. Allen (Eric) of Kansas City, MO; his step-children, Jeff Domer of Lenexa, KS, Robyn Blede (Mike), Julie K. Vannatter both of Raymore, MO; 7 brothers and sisters, Robert Taylor of Tulsa, OK; Denise Franklin of Wichita, KS, Sandra Green, Telissa Moore, Donna Taylor all of Kansas City, MO; Lillian Taylor of Columbia, MO and Lloyd Dotson, Jr. of Jefferson City, MO; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Carl will be greatly missed by all. For he was loved and LOVED by many.

Services for Mr. Taylor were held Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Christian Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. with Pastor Keith Newton officiating. Burial in Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Ron McKeefery, Eastern Michigan University Dir. of Sports Performance and OU Class of 1998, was recently honored by being selected the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for 2016. He was awarded at the annual NSCA Coaches Conference, Jan. 7-9, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. Congratulations to Coach Mac!

Betty L Miskimon passed from this life December 19, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born in Springfield, Missouri on November 22, 1928 to Lucille and Byard Friend. Betty spent the majority of her life in Arlington, Texas. She worked for White and White Inspection and Auditing Service for 30 years. After retirement, she volunteered with the Red Cross in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and then Austin, Texas. She had a passion for painting, golf and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, W.W. "Bill" Miskimon and her parents. Betty is survived by her son, Stuart Miskimon, daughter, Gail Porter and grandson, David Porter. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be mad to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice in loving memory of Betty L Miskimon. 


Don P. Overmyer, age 73, of Perrysburg, OH, passed away on Thursday afternoon, March 31, 2016, at Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehab Community Perrysburg, OH. He was born on July 13, 1942, in Rushville, IN to Paul and Mabel (Agnew) Overmyer. On March 22, 1975, Don married Karis Emch in Perrysburg, OH and she survives. He first attended Purdue University and later graduated from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas in 1968. After graduation Don began his insurance career with it taking him to San Francisco, Kansas City, Detroit and finally to Wood County where he met Karis. In 1979 Don purchased the former Helm Insurance Agency in Luckey, OH and ran the agency until selling it in 2007. He attended both the First Methodist Church, Perrysburg, OH and Faith United Methodist Church, Luckey, OH. His memberships included: Seaway Commanders Barbershop Group, former Luckey Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis E Club, Stony Ridge Civic Association and was a Certified Insurance Counselor. In his spare time Don could always be seen at Eastwood Local School events where he was always a helping hand with the students and active in many school functions.

Don is survived by his wife, Karis; brother, Jon (Elaine) Overmyer of Westport, IN; niece, Joni (Donald) Leyrer of Grand Rapids, MI and nephew, Jason Overmyer of Columbus, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 2-8 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH where funeral services will be conducted on Monday, April 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Peter Johnston. Interment will be in New Belleville Ridge Cemetery, Dowling, OH. A bereavement luncheon will be served at Faith United Methodist Church, Luckey, OH immediately following the cemetery committal services. Consideration for memorial contributions can be made to: Eastwood High School Music Department. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at

Claire Elizabeth Davis, 86, Williamsburg, Kansas, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Robert James Young, 84, of Morgantown, passed away unexpectedly at Ruby Memorial Hospital on Thursday, January 14, 2016. He was born September 24, 1931 son of the late Lloyd L. and Christine Young. Robert was a native of Hobart, Indiana and went to high school in Miller, Indiana.

Dr. Young stated that he desired to be known as “The Potato Man”, and this is justified when one reviews his academic background. He obtained a B.S. degree in Biology from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas in 1959, followed by a Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University in 1962.

Dr. Young’s first job was with the USDA-ARS in Greeley, Colorado where he first got acquainted with the potato. He was subsequently transferred to Orono, Maine where he worked with potatoes in Presque Isle. West Virginia University became acquainted with Dr. Young when WVU began to collaborate with the USDA in Maine. He joined WVU in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences when a position working with potatoes became available in 1970. He remained with WVU as Professor of Plant Pathology until his retirement in 1993, specializing on diseases of potatoes and tomatoes.

Dr. Young was a teacher and researcher in Plant Pathology. He was the major professor of several graduate students and had numerous scientific articles published on diseases of potatoes.

Dr. Young was also a veteran of the US Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a longtime member the First Baptist Church of Morgantown and most recently a member of the Goshen Baptist Church.

Dr. Young is survived by his wife, LaVonne Lyle Young, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage this past December; two daughters; Dr. Paula K. Young and Carrie S. Rose and husband Randall ‘Jim’ Rose, Jr.; three grandsons, Joshua D. Isaacson, Michael J. Isaacson and Anthony G. Rose all of Morgantown; sister Barbara Boys of Anderson, IN; brother Gilbert Goodwin (Faye) of Michigan and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Maribelle and Darrell Gierhan of Utica, NE. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and his faithful companions, Molly, Little M and Shadow who brought so much happiness each and every day.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death his birth mother Melvina Young and a brother Edward Goodwin.

Bob’s life left an indelible mark on each individual he encountered in so many ways. His love of family, enthusiasm for work and steadfast faith in his God has given us an extraordinary example to live by.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Memory of Dr. Young, to the Goshen Baptist Church 1070 Goshen Road, Morgantown, WV 26508, to continue ministries that were important to Dr. Young and his family.

Neil B. Bullock, 100, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016, at his home in Ottawa, Kansas, with his family by his side.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Ottawa. He will lie in state from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Neil was born Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1915, the son of Fount and Mayme (Hunt) Bullock.

He was a lifelong Ottawa resident except from 1992 to 1998, when he lived in Estes Park, Colorado.

He graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1934, and attended Ottawa University for two years.

Neil served in the United States Army during World War II. He served in the European Theater in London as a medic.

He was united in marriage with Mary Baxter Feb. 26, 1944, in Fort Scott, Kansas. She preceded him in death Feb. 7, 2011.

He was also preceded in death by his father, Fount Bullock Aug. 8, 1961; mother, Mayme Bullock Dec. 25, 1965; and two sisters, Aletha Winn and Ilo Price.

Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Jane Bennett, of Ottawa; three nieces, Jean Geist of Ottawa, Mary Ruth Horn of Florida, and Barb Hugie of California; three nephews, Charles Gordon of Florida, Hal Gordon of Florida, Bill Smithers of Wyoming; and many great nieces and nephews.

He owned and operated Farmers Insurance Group in Ottawa from 1956 to 1986, where he was a district manager and an agent.

He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, serving in almost every capacity. He also served as treasurer for the Ottawa Boys’ Club for many years and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge.

Neil had great compassion for people and animals, especially cats. He also enjoyed woodworking and making furniture.

The family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Church or Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Neil’s Tribute Wall at

Thomas “Tommy” Richard Hogan, 41, of Blue Springs, passed away on the evening of October 4, 2015. He was born September 13, 1974 to Tom and Cindy (Wesolek) Hogan in Buffalo, New York.  He enjoyed all kinds of sports, but cheered the most for the Buffalo Bills, Jeff Gordon, and Notre Dame.

Tommy worked as a building supply salesman most of his life, making a great impact at Complete Building, Probuild, and McCray Millwork. He was a good man, always willing to help and even give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was also a good father and husband and he enjoyed being one.

Tommy is survived by his life partner and wife, Nanci Hogan; son Mattew Hogan; daughter Amber Bearce and her husband Brian; grandson Dereck Bearce; parents Tom and Cindy Hogan, and sister Amy Newton and husband Ron. A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held 6-8pm Friday, October 9, at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St, Blue Springs. Cremation has been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel.

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Florence Helen Schupbach was born November 17, 1922 to Naomi and William Calaway (Cal) Henderson in Newton, Kansas, and passed away February 27, in Oklahoma City. She received a B.A. degree from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas where she met Ted Schupbach `43.

Ted and Florence were married June 25, 1942. The two were American Baptist missionaries in El Cristo, Cuba at Colegios Internacionales from 1948 to 1954. They came to Tulsa in November, 1955. Florence taught Spanish at East Central High School from 1962 to 1982. She was an active member of Community Baptist Church from March, 1956 where she served in various offices. She lived at Broadmoor Retirement Community from July, 2007 until December, 2012 when she moved to Oklahoma City to be near her daughter.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Ted, on October 12, 1989; and her grandson, Peter Whitaker. She is survived by daughters, Marcia Houck, Nancy Paulger `75 and Becky Whitaker; son, Ted Schupbach; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha Hull, Mary Meech and Ruth Henness.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Schupbach Family Memorial Scholarship Fund at Ottawa University, Advancement Office, 1001 S. Cedar, Ottawa, Kansas 66067; or to the Florence Schupbach Memorial Fund at Community Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, March 5, at Community Baptist Church, 2805 S. Garnett Rd., Tulsa. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery. Read full obituary at

Liz was born Marguerite Elizabeth Dixon in Fort Scott, Kan., on Aug. 9, 1920, and died May 30, 2015, at the Wesley Homes Health Center in Des Moines, Wash.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Ross (Steve) of Olympia, and Kenneth Waln (Maureen Conard) of Coupeville; sister Martha Jean Dixon of Tribune, Kan., and brother James Dixon of Vancouver, Wash. Liz’s husband of 58 years, Rev. Alfred J. Waln, predeceased her on March 21, 2005.

Liz attended junior college in Fort Scott, Kan., where she met her first husband, Lloyd Wood. They were married while he was on leave from the military during World War II.  Woody died in France soon after D-Day and received the Silver Star for his actions.

Liz then went to Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., where she met Al.  They were married on August 11, 1946, in Holyoke, Colo.  Al and Liz served American Baptist churches in Shenandoah, Clinton and Oelwein, Iowa; and Methodist churches in Ritzville, White Salmon and Coupeville.

After 19 years as a minister in Coupeville, Al retired from the ministry and they moved to a house on Crockett Lake. In 1997 they moved to Wesley Homes in Des Moines.  Liz loved books, gardening, theater and ballet; but she especially loved music of all kinds. She played the cello from a young age until she had shoulder surgery in 1969.

After moving to Wesley Homes, she volunteered for many committees and activities, and loved the people and sense of community there.  Liz had a strong faith and was blessed with the ability to feel grateful every day for whatever situation she was in and whatever life brought to her.

In the last year or so of her life, she lived in the Health Center at Wesley Homes. She loved all of the people who took such good care of her there, and they loved her in return.

In lieu of flowers we would appreciate your sending donations in Liz’s name to Wesley Homes Foundation (Circle of Concern) at the above address (206-870-1334). 
Gary Dean Webb, 76, went home to be with his Lord and Savior.  Webb died 5:50 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born May 16, 1938 in El Dorado, Kansas to Fred and Hazel (Harris) Webb, both deceased.

Webb married Wilberta Mae Geist `61,  June 23, 1961 in Ottawa, Kansas.  Gary graduated from Toronto High School, Toronto, Kansas, in 1956 and attended Kansas State University. He was the On-site Chief of the Concrete, Soils, and Materials Laboratory with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Carlyle Dam, Lake Shelbyville Dam, Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake and the Melvin Price Lock and Dam No. 26 Replacement. He retired in 1993 after 33 years of service.

Gary was a lifetime servant of Christ and shared his faith through his words and by example. He was a church leader at Heartland Baptist Church and served as an Ordained Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He volunteered and served as an officer with the Jerseyville Meals on Wheels for more than 30 years.  Gary served in the Kansas National Guard for eight years.

Gary was surived by Wilberta Mae Webb of Jerseyville, Douglas & Kara Webb of Lafayette, Ind., Bradley Webb of Carrollton, Ill., Jeffrey and Belinda Webb of Montgomery, Alabama and Deborah and Brian Atkins of Hillsboro, Ill; grandchildren Katarina, Kameron, Blaikley, Tiffany, Tatyana, Mikal, Elijah, Isaiah, Chloe and Josiah; brother Gordon and Marilyn Webb of Hannibal, Mo.; sister-in-law Naoma and Don Lowe of Florence, SC.  He was preceeded in death by his parents and brother Gale Webb.

In Lieu of Flowers, Heartland Baptist Church