Obituaries

Darlene E. Powell

April 12, 1921 – September 2017

LEAWOOD — Darlene E. Powell died at Healthcare Resort, Leawood. She was 96.

She was born April 12, 1921, at Osage City, the daughter of Monroe and Gertrude Lindbloom Runyan. She attended Central Grade School and graduated from Osage City High School in 1939.

She married the person she calls the “special” man in her life, William F. Powell Dec. 31, 1944, at the Methodist Parsonage, Osage City. He preceded her in death.

Robert Dean Smith

May 22, 1951- August 27, 2017

OVERBROOK — Robert Dean Smith passed away peacefully Aug. 27, 2017, at home, with family and friends by his side, after battling brain cancer for a short time. He was 66.

He was born May 22, 1951, at Topeka, the son of Ambrose Dean and Georgia Rose Martin Smith.

He graduated from Topeka High School in 1970. He went on to make a career in over-the-road truck driving for over 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ambrose in 1989; and all of his aunts and uncles.

Frances Anna Sloop

March 11, 1931 – Sept. 1, 2017

Topeka — Frances Anna Sloop, Lyndon, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was 86.

She was born March 11, 1931, at Concordia, Mo., the daughter of John and Anna Heins Borgelt. She lived in Kansas City, Mo., before moving to the Lyndon community in 1954.

Lara Nell Gragg Stout

Nov. 16, 1925 – Aug. 29, 2017

MERIDEN — Lara Nell Gragg Stout, Meriden, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at Kelly House, Meriden. She was 91.

She was born Nov. 16, 1925, at home in rural La Harpe in Allen County, the daughter of Harry and Silva Morrison Smoot.

She graduated from Iola High School in 1943 and went to work at Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita. While in Wichita, she completed the Red Cross nurse aide course and worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.

James Sosebee

Died – Aug. 26, 2017

TOPEKA — James "Rock" Sosebee, Vassar, died Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Colmery O’Neil VA Medical Center, Topeka. He was 75.

Memorial services are being planned for November with Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon.

Alice Cellers Weir

Jan. 27, 1925 – Aug. 27, 2017

OVERBROOK — Alice Cellers Weir passed away peacefully Aug. 27, 2017, at Overbrook. She was 92.

She was born Jan. 27, 1925, the daughter of Harold and Lois Moore Cellers. The family moved to Carbondale from Auburn when Alice was 11 years-old.

Francsica “Frances” Moreno Lira

Oct. 10, 1913

OSAGE CITY — Francsica “Frances” Moreno Lira died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at her home in Osage City. She was 103.

She was born Oct. 10, 1913, at San Franciso de Rencon, Mexico, the daughter of Nicholas Lira and Gabriella Moreno. Her family moved to the United States when she was 2-years-old.

She was a housekeeper the majority of her life. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Altar Society in Osage City.

Kimberly Jean Heuer

April 7, 1980 – Aug. 5, 2017

LAWRENCE — Kimberly Jean Heuer, formerly of Melvern, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at her home in Lawrence. She was 37.

She was born April 7, 1980, at Lawrence, the daughter of David and Stella Franks Heuer. She lived most of her life in the Melvern and Quenemo communities before moving to Lawrence.

Martha A. Colstrom

Nov. 16, 1918 – Aug. 19, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Martha A. Didier Colstrom died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Peterson Health Care, Osage City. She was 98.

She was born Nov. 16, 1918, at Osage City, the daughter of Fernan and Emma Rouviere Didier. She was a life-long resident of the Osage City community.

She married Clarence C. Colstrom June 27, 1936. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1985.

Wanda Miles

June 28, 1922 – Aug. 15, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Wanda Miles died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. She was 95.

She was born June 28, 1922, at Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of Ernest and Nellie Blank.

She worked as a cook for the Hilltop Nursing Home, Lyndon, and Petersons Nursing Home, Osage City. She was a member of Lyndon American Legion Auxiliary.

She married Tom Erwin. They later divorced. She married John Miles. He preceded her in death on June 23, 1992.

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