Obituaries

Robert Glynn Protheroe

Oct. 4, 1943 – July 20, 2017

EMPORIA — Robert Glynn “Swede” Protheroe died Thursday, July 20, 2017, at his home in Emporia. He was 73.

He was born Oct. 4, 1943, at Emporia, the son of Glynn D. and Evea L. Keller Protheroe. He attended Reading High School and graduated with the class of 1961. He would further his education at Clarks Business College and Kansas State Teachers College.

Warren Lee Wideman

July 26, 1948 – July 16, 2017

TOPEKA — Warren Lee Wideman, Carbondale, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was 68.

He was born on July 26, 1948, at Emporia, the son of August and Alberta Lee Wideman. He grew up on a farm outside Olpe.

He attended Maydale Catholic School and the public schools in Olpe. He graduated from Olpe High School in 1966. After a few years, he moved to Topeka where he met his future wife.

He married Pamela Ferry Feb. 3, 1975, at Topeka. She survives.

James Kent Rittenhouse

Aug. 1, 1942 – July 15, 2017

OSAGE CITY — James Kent Rittenhouse, Hanston, died July 15, 2017, at Osage City. He was 74.

He was born Aug. 1, 1942, at Great Bend, the son of N. James and Grace McNabney Rittenhouse. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Hanston, and graduated from Hanston High School in 1960, before attending college at Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University.

Betty Pressgrove

June 11, 1925 – July 14, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Betty Pressgrove died Friday, July 14, 2017, at Peterson Nursing Home, Osage City. She was 92.

She was born June 11, 1925, at Barclay, the only daughter of Louis and Gladys Walker Thompson. She grew up around Osage City, lived north of Lyndon for several years and had been back in Osage City since 2012.

She worked for a short time at Hallmark Cards in Osage City, and was a homemaker most all of her life. She attended the Osage City United Methodist Church.

Raymond W. Fisher

Feb. 11, 1952 – July 8, 2017

READING — Raymond William Fisher, Reading, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, July 8, 2017. He was 65.

He was born Feb. 11, 1952, at Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa, the son of Raymond Alfred and Elsie Hiemstra Fisher. He attended rural schools in Mahaska County and graduated from Fremont, Iowa, High School in 1970.

Philip J. Davis

Dec. 8, 1928 – July 5, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Philip J. Davis, Burlingame, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Peterson Health Center, Osage City. He was 88.

He was born Dec. 8, 1928, at Melvern, the son of Philip and Bertha Cass Davis. He retired from the State of Kansas as a stationary boiler fireman at the Youth Center in Topeka.

He enjoyed fishing, square dancing and clogging. He was a member of the Kountry Kuzzins Square Dancers and the Sunflower State Cloggers.

David R. Blex

April 21, 1954 – July 5, 2017

TOPEKA — David R. Blex, loving father, brother and friend, passed away July 5, 2017, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka. He was 63.

He was born April 21, 1954, at Emporia, the son of Don and Betty Roberts Blex. He held a deep love for his home community of Miller and served on the volunteer fire department for many years.

Tracy Dean Ullery

June 27, 1966-July 6, 2017
Tracy Dean Ullery, 51, Overbrook, passed away from complications from cancer on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at a Topeka hospital.
He was born June 27, 1966, at Topeka, KS, the son of George Dale and Joyce (Rowe) Ullery. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1984.
Tracy's passion was driving semi-trucks. He started his driving career after he finished truck driving school shortly after high school. Tracy was a dedicated long time employee and truck driver for the Ottawa Cooperative in Overbrook.

Agnes L. Schlink

May 6, 1929-June 30, 2017

Joseph Leroy Driver

October 21, 1928-June 29, 2017
TOPEKA- Joseph Leroy Driver passed from this world on June 29, 2017, at Lexington Park in Topeka.
Joe was born October 21, 1928 in Quenemo, to Roy and Hannah (Windett) Driver. Joe graduated from Quenemo High School in 1946. He joined the Army in November of 1951 and was honorably discharged in October of 1953, after serving in the Korean Conflict.

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