George W. McMullen, Jr.

March 29, 1936-June 23, 2017

George W. McMullen, Jr., 81, of Osage City, died Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka.

He was born March 29, 1936 in Topeka, the son of George W. McMullen, Sr. and Bertha Morris McMullen. He graduated from Denison High School.

He served in the U.S. Army for seventeen years where he was a heavy equipment mechanic. After his retirement from the military he worked as a fork lift mechanic for various companies.

Margaret Bardsley

December 17, 1915-June 20, 2017

Margaret Bardsley, 101, formerly of Scranton, passed away June 20, 2017, in Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kansas.

Margaret was born December 14, 1915, to Mable (Fry) and Clarence Elliott. She married George M. Bardsley in 1932, beginning a lifetime together that lasted 79 years. George preceded her in death in 2011. She also was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Clarence L. Elliott and Donald E. Elliott; a son, Robert Wayne Bardsley; three grandsons, Perry King, George W. Bardsley and David Peaslee.

McKenzie Lucille Hinck

July 21, 2001-June 28, 2017
McKenzie Lucille Hinck, 15, Carbondale, was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 28, 2017, surrounded by her family.

McKenzie was born July 21, 2001, in Topeka, the daughter of Lonnie and Kimberly Shaw Hinck. She was home educated from preschool through tenth grade, and was a member of Cornerstone Family Schools. When McKenzie was in the eighth grade, she began taking online courses at Allen County Community College.

William L. Nedeau

Aug. 20, 1940 – June 28, 2017

OSAGE CITY — William L. “Bill” Nedeau passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at his home in rural Osage City. He was 76.

He was born Aug. 20, 1940, at Topeka, the son of Henry William and Kathryn Olga Lue Nedeau.

His early years were spent in Topeka. He later moved with his family to Overbrook where his love for dogs began, with running beagles, coon dogs and greyhounds as a youth. He graduated from Overbrook High School in 1958.

Milan Harvey Knight

Nov. 5, 1936 – June 25, 2017

TOPEKA — Milan Harvey Knight died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at his home in Topeka. He was 80.

He was born Nov. 5, 1936, at Michigan Valley, the son of Milan and Letha Rose Knight. He grew up in Quenemo, where he graduated from Quenemo High School in 1954. He attended Emporia State University and Washburn University.

Ruby Florence Christesen Fillmore

Feb. 18, 1916 – June 25, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Ruby Florence Christesen Fillmore died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. She was 101.

She was born Feb. 18, 1916, in rural Osage City, the daughter of Chris and Florence Bourff Christesen. She graduated from Osage City High School, class of 1934.

Barbara J. Peat Schlobohm

Aug. 8, 1950 – June 23, 2017>/b>

READING — Barbara J. Peat Schlobohm passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, June 23, 2017, at her home in Reading. She was 66.

She was born Aug. 8, 1950 at Kansas City, the daughter of Helen Tomecal and Wilbur Peat. She graduated from Washington High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College and completed both her bachelor and master’s degree in education from Emporia State University.

Matthew James Lewis

Died – June 22, 2017

TOPEKA — Matthew James Lewis, Topeka, died June 22, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Mark, in 2000; and his father, Keith, in 2013.

He is survived by his mother, Jane Lewis; three brothers, Todd, Michael and Timothy; and a niece, Ashley.

A memorial service will be 4 p.m. June 30 at VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, Osage City.

Donald Leon Urish

Nov. 11, 1931 – June 8, 2017

OVERBROOK — Donald Leon Urish died peacefully June 8, 2017, at Overbrook. He was 85.

He was born Nov. 11, 1931, at Ottawa, the son of Lou and Ina Scovill Urish. He graduated from Scranton High School in 1949.

He married Nancy Badger April 18, 1952. She survives.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956, which included a deployment to Germany during the Korean War, he returned to the family farm in Scranton. He lived and worked there for more than 30 years, until his retirement.

John ”Jack” Wesley Ard

Aug. 8, 1931 – June 8, 2017

CARBONDALE — John ”Jack” Wesley Ard died June 8, 2017, at his home in Carbondale, with his wife and family members present. He was 85.

A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. July 1 at Scranton Community Center, 300 E. Boone, Scranton. A small lunch will be served following.

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