Kenneth F. Kern

July 7, 1930 – Jan. 1, 2017

ARKANSAS CITY—Kenneth F. Kern, Arkansas City, formerly of Osage City, died Jan. 1, 2017, at South Central Kansas Medical Center, Arkansas City. He was 86.

He was born July 7, 1930, at Washington, the son of Frank and Gertrude Neumann Kern. He grew up on the family farm near Washington and graduated from Washington High School in 1948.

He graduated from Kansas State University in January 1953 with a degree in agricultural education and a commission as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

Ruth Marie McGinnis

Jan. 23, 1925 – Dec. 28, 2016

OVERBROOK—Ruth Marie McGinnis, Overbrook, died Dec. 28, 2016, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 91.

She was born Jan. 23, 1925, at Omaha, Neb., the daughter of John Ellis Mann and Nina Jessie Hightower Mann.

They moved to a farm in the rural Carbondale area in 1957. They moved to Overbrook in 2000. She worked for Jostens in Topeka as a yearbook assembler for 10 years. They attended Overbrook Bible Church, Overbrook.

Sandra E. Brooks Middleton

Aug. 31, 1970 – Dec. 28, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Sandra E. Brooks Middleton, Grain Valley, Mo., died Dec. 28, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. She was 46.

She was born Aug. 31, 1970, at Topeka, and lived most of her life in the Scranton community. She graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1989 and attended Culinary School to become a chef.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Vernon and Shirley Berkley.

Virgil E. Kinnett

Jan. 26, 1032 – Dec. 28, 2016

SCRANTON—Virgil E. Kinnett, Scranton, died Dec. 28, 2016. He was 84.

He was born Jan. 26, 1932, at Overbrook, the son of Perry Franklin and Louise Job Kinnett.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Kinnett; two sons, Jerry Kinnett and wife, Sue and Carl Kinnett; a daughter Karen Born and husband, Riley; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

He was cremated. Services will be held at a later date.

Celesta M. Clark

July 17, 1921 – Dec. 26, 2016

OVERBROOK—Celesta M. Clark, Overbrook, died Dec. 26, 2016, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 95.

She was born July 17, 1921, on a farm near the Twin Mound community the daughter of Elmer and Vivian Q. Cox Thurber.

She attended a one-room school at Twin Mounds and graduated from high school at Overbrook in 1939. She graduated from Iola Jr. College and taught school at Old Belvoir, south west of Clinton.

Curtis Hugh McFarlane

June 19, 1948

EMPORIA—Curtis Hugh McFarlane, Emporia, died at the age of 68.

He was born June 19, 1948, at Emporia, the son of Hugh McFarlane and Heather Curtis. He graduated from Burlingame High School.

He was in the U.S. Army where he earned several medals including a purple heart and bronze star while serving in Vietnam.

Virginia L. Martin

Dec. 18, 2016

TOPEKA—Virginia L. “Peggy” Martin died peacefully Dec. 18, 2016, at Midland Care, Topeka. She was 92.

She was cremated. A memorial service to honor her life is planned and will be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to Dove Cremation and Funeral Service, 4020 S.W. Sixth Ave., Topeka, KS 66606 or expressed at

Evea L. Protheroe

April 8, 1921 – Dec. 18, 2016

OSAGE CITY—Evea L. Protheroe died Dec. 18, 2016, at Osage City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 95.

She was born April 8, 1921, in the community of Peterton, just north of Osage City, the daughter of John L. and Edith B. John Keller.

She graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1939. She received a scholarship from the College of Emporia but was unable to accept it.

Jeffery Allen Atchison

Nov. 18, 1969 – Dec. 12, 2016

TOPEKA—Jeffery Allen Atchison, Burlingame, died Dec. 12, 2016, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was 47.

He was born Nov. 18, 1969, the son of Charles E. Atchison Sr., and Ila G. Mundy Atchison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffery J. Atchison; a daughter, Lacie Lynne Atchison; and a brother, Timothy Lee Atchison.

Norman Earl Wright

Oct. 9, 2016 – Dec. 12, 2016

COUNCIL GROVE—Norman Earl Wright, Osage City, died Dec. 12, 2016, at Diversicare, Council Grove. He was 88.

He was born Oct. 9, 1928, at Osage City, the son of Louis and Minnie Pearce Wright. He lived most of his life in Osage City.



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