Ila Smoot

Aug. 8, 1948 – June 23, 2019

LYNDON — Ila Smoot died Sunday, June 23, 2019, at her home in Lyndon. She was 70.

She was born Aug. 8, 1948, at Topeka, the daughter of Clayton Ray and Beulah Basel. She was later adopted by Harry Anderson.

She was raised in Topeka, until the family moved to Berryton in 1959. She attended grade school and middle school in Berryton.

Vernon Tharp High

July 19, 1948 – June 20, 2019

CARBONDALE — Vernon Tharp High, Carbondale, died Thursdy, June 20, 2019, at his home. He was 70.

He was born July 19, 1948, at Admire, the son of Charley High and Emily Tharp High. He graduated from Overbrook High School with the class of 1966. During his military service he also attained several degrees.

Buddy Stuart Steinle

Jan. 7, 1935 – June 20, 2019

OSAGE CITY — Buddy Stuart Steinle, Osage City, died Thursday, June 20, 2019, at home. He was 84

He was born Jan. 7, 1935, at Burlingame, the son of Ernest and Anna Steinle. He attended school at Burlingame, graduating in 1953. He was very athletic and participated in football, basketball and track during high school. Following high school he attended Emporia State University graduating with a degree in business education.

Richard F. “Dick” Ryan

Nov. 29, 1951 – June 14, 2019

OVERBROOK — Richard F. “Dick” Ryan, Overbrook, loving father of three children, died Friday, June 14, 2019, from colon cancer. He was 67.

He was born Nov. 29, 1951, at Spalding, Neb., the son of James M. and Madeline McCarthy Ryan Sr. He received his degree in agri-business from Colorado State University in May 1976. He received many honors, including being on the dean’s list during this time.

He married Sheila Vail May 12, 1972, at Omaha, Neb. To this union, three children were born. They divorced in 1993.

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Darrin Lee Briggs

Feb. 18, 1966 – June 15, 2019

TOPEKA — Darrin Lee Briggs, Burlingame, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, after an extended illness. He was 53.

He was born Feb. 18, 1966, at Topeka, the son of Dean and Lyla Rae Lieshman Briggs. He lived Scranton, and graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1985. He attended Scranton United Methodist Church until its closure.

Dorothy E. Masters Anderson

Dec. 2, 1927 – June 13, 2019

BURLINGAME — Dorothy E. Masters Anderson, Burlingame, passed peacefully at her home Thursday, June 13, 2019. She was 91.

She was born Dec. 2, 1927, the daughter of Bryan Masters and Lelia “Mae” McMurdo.

Dort, as her family and friends called her grew up on her parents’ farm southwest of Burlingame and attended 98 Schoolhouse, surrounded by her Masters cousins, with an eight-year perfect attendance.

Leonard Elmore

July 5, 1935 – June 13, 2019

TOPEKA — Leonard Elmore, Vassar, died Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Topeka. He was 83.

He was born July 5, 1935, at Arkansas City, the son of Clarence and Gladys Leonard Elmore. He grew up in Wellington and lived in Topeka before moving to Osage County in 1970. He lived near Vassar for several years.

He worked for Santa Fe Railroad as a draftsman and then head car inspector. He enjoyed restoring cars and tractors, playing in a band and riding motorcycles. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar.

Donald James Heronime

Sept. 17, 1931 – June 11, 2019

OVERBROOK — Donald James Heronime, Carbondale, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. He was 87.

He was born Sept. 17, 1931, at Wichita, the son of Gus and Elizabeth Urban Heronime. He attended several schools through his youth and graduated from Plevna High School in 1951. He joined the U.S. Army immediately thereafter at the age of 17 and served six years.

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