Friday, December 19, 2014

JOSEPH LEROY WELDIN Joseph Leroy Weldin, 75, Olathe, KS passed November 11, 2014. Memorial Service 11 a.m., Sat, Nov. 15 at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa. Joe was cremated according to his wishes. McGilley and Frye Funeral Home, 105 E Loula St, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-0582


Ciara Marie Webb, 16, died Nov. 7, 2014. Funeral services were held Thur. Nov.13th and Fri. Nov. 14th at Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe, KS. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, MO. McGilley and Frye Funeral Home, 105 E Loula St, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-0582


Susan Marie Singleton, 58, passed away early Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Kansas City Hospice House. She was born December 3, 1956 in Emporia, Kansas, the daughter of Robert E. and Gertrude M. Osman Gould. Susan attended Lebo High School and graduated with the Class of 1974. Susan proudly served her country by joining the United States Navy in 1982. She received an honorable discharge October of 1988. Susan went on to serve during Operation Desert storm in April of 1991. Susan worked as a LPN at the Kansas City Veterans Hospital for 26 years. She has worked the past two years at the Veterans Clinic in Paola until her health would no longer allow. She was joined in marriage to Kenneth A. Singleton on October 30, 1986 in Memphis, Tenn. Susan will be forever loved by her husband, Ken of their home in Olathe; her daughters, Chelsea Marie Singleton, Haley Annette Singleton and Dulcinea Roxanne Singleton all of Olathe; her mother, Gertrude Gould Thomas of Olathe; four brothers, Rodney Gould of Hartford, Bob Gould of Olathe, Vincent Gould of Lebo and Roger Gould of Lebo as well as her six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Bob Gould in 1999 and her stepfather Jim Thomas earlier this year. Her life will be celebrated at 10:00 AM., Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Lebo United Methodist Church. Burial will follow services at Lincoln Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 PM., Thursday evening at the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home in Lebo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas City Hospice House and sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at


Dorothy L. Golding, 85, passed on October 28, 2014, at Evergreen Community of Johnson County. Mrs. Golding was born on Sept. 9, 1929 in Okema, OK to Richard and Sallie Graham. Though she worked both for the telephone company and for Phillips Petroleum in the Kansas City area her education was in music and music theory. Dorothy was an accomplished pianist. She is preceded in death by her husband, George Golding and son, Michael Timothy Paul Sears. She is survived by a son, James Richard David Sears of La Badie, MO, and a daughter, Sallie Margaret Ann Sears Murphy of Bloomfield, NM; thirteen grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She will be missed by all. Neptune Society, America's Most Trusted Cremation Services.


Roger Michael "Mike" Williams born Dec 24, 1938 in Christopher IL, passed away Sept 25, 2014 in Harlingen TX from lung failure following heart surgery. Preceded in death by first wife, Mabel (1997) and son, Roger Dale (2013). He is survived by wife Paula, daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Marc Roehrig, daughter-in-law Judy Williams, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Oct. 18, 2014 at 11 am, Liberty Christian Life Center, 572 E. Park St., Olathe KS. US Navy Veteran, devoted Christian. Well done, good and faithful servant.


Mary Eileen Lemberger 89, Gardner passed Sept 27, 2014. Celebration of Life 2 p.m. Oct. 11, Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856- 7111. Interment at a later date in Spring Hill Cemetery.


Paul Martin, Jr., 84, Pleasanton, KS passed Sept 30, 2014. Visitation 10 a.m. Funeral 11:30 a.m. Oct 3. Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856-7111. Burial with Military Honors. Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe.


R. Glenn Alley, 72, Olathe, Kan., died Wed., Sept. 17, 2014. Celebration of life service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Lakeview Village Heritage Activity Center, Lenexa, Kan. The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m. and following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Unity of the Heartland or Chestnut Fine Arts Center. To leave a special message for the family please visit


John Anderson Jr., Kansas' oldest living former governor, died September 15, 2014, at Good Samaritan Center in Olathe. In addition to two terms as governor, Anderson founded a life based on family, public service, and farming. When he completed his day at the law office, Anderson could usually be found on a tractor at one of his farms. He also enjoyed attending auctions and sales, serving as judge a number of times at an auctioneer contest held in Kansas City. Anderson was married for 67 years to the former Arlene Auchard who preceded him in death in 2011. They are the parents of three children, John (Cathy) Anderson III, and twins King David (Elizabeth) Anderson and Kerry Anderson (Paul) Russell. Anderson doted on his six grandchildren with whom he loved to take trips to Toys R Us: Philip (Brandyne) Russell, Erin (Michael) McDonald, Shannon (Matt) Hermsen, Kelsey (Kyle) Farnam, Scott Russell, and Mary (Jonathan) Dickson. In addition, he is a great-grandfather to Soren Anderson Russell, Stephen and Patrick McDonald, Nicholas and Kaitlyn Hermsen and John David Dickson. Anderson was the 36th governor of Kansas from 1961-1965. Highlights of his terms include a restructuring of the state's schools into unified districts, improvement of the state welfare system, revision of the pardon and parole system, endorsement of vocational-technical schools, and sanction of fair employment practices. He was also the first governor to occupy Cedar Crest. Anderson's political career began in 1947 when he was elected Johnson County attorney, a position he held for six years. From 1953-56 he was a member of the Kansas State Senate. In 1956 he was appointed Attorney General of Kansas, where he served until 1961 when he began his first term as governor. After he returned to Johnson County, he was affiliated with a number of law firms. The Johnson County Bar Association in 1996 gave John its most prestigious honor, the Justinian Award, for integrity, service to the community, service to the legal profession, and for warmth, friendliness, and camaraderie. The essence of Anderson's political and personal philosophy comes through in an interview he gave six years ago to Bob Beatty, an associate professor of political science at Washburn University: "When you get a problem that might seem to be political, many times (it) is not as much political as just a genuine problem of something needing to be done and needing the money to do it. That's not Republican or Democrat, that's just a problem for the people. . . The poor, the rich, the humble, the proud, the strong, the weak, the fortunate and the unfortunate must be the beneficiaries in the years to come of a government progressively administered in the interests of all the people." Anderson's farming roots ran deep. His father's (John Anderson) family began farming in Olathe at the beginning of the 20th century, and his mother's (Ora Bookout) family started a farm in Johnson County after moving to Kansas in 1858. Ora and John had three other sons who predeceased John: George, Joe, and Dean. John enjoyed planting wheat, corn and soybeans, and herding his registered Herefords. His tractors provided hours of enjoyment. One of the honors that Anderson appreciated the most was the naming of a section of K-10 in Johnson County from Olathe to Eudora in his honor. Memorial contributions in John's honor may be made to the Good Samaritan Society, Memory Care Assisted Living Center, 20705 W. 151st St., Olathe, KS 66061-7222 or Olathe Public Schools Foundation, 315 N. Lindenwood Dr., Olathe, KS 66602. Private services were held. To leave a message for the family, visit


Mark Edward Maranda, 66, Olathe, Kan., passed away September 5, 2014, at Menorah Medical Center. He was born Oct. 11, 1947, in Muncie, Ind., and resided in Olathe. Mark graduated in 1965 from Muncie Central High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1966 through 1968. Mark worked for Woolworth/Woolco for eight years, from 1962-1970. In 1971, he went to work for International Harvester/Navistar International and after 38 years retired in 2009. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patsy (Pat) Maranda; mother, Marjorie Maranda; brother, Todd Maranda; mother-in-law, Rita Ledbetter; brother-in-law, George Ledbetter (Lana); nephews, Tom Maranda, Raith, Clay and Ryan Ledbetter; great-nephews, Cameron and Collin Ledbetter, and great-nieces, Lizzy and Malina Ledbetter. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Maranda, and brother- in-law, Steve Ledbetter (Kathie). Private family services are being planned. Memorial contributions may be given to a cancer organization of your choice. To leave a message for the family, visit


Carol J. Kittelson, age 73 of Lake City, passed on to walk with our Lord Monday, September 7, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester surrounded by family, friends, prayer and songs. Carol Jane Fleck was born on March 27, 1941 in Wakefield,KS the daughter of Theodore and Hazel (McClosky) Fleck. She married Rodney Clarence Kittelson on July 9, 1960 in Goodhue, MN. Rodney and Carol lived in the Goodhue area. Her husband, Rodney, passed away on May 27, 1996. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Bellchester. Carol was an activity coordinator at the Lake City Nursing Home. Carol moved from the farm to Lake City in 2010. She assisted in church services at the nursing home. She led the Rosary and played the organ. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was president of the Resident Counsel at the Nursing Home where her focus was to enrich the lives of the residents. Carol will always be remembered as a loving and caring person who always went out of her way to help others. She was kind, gentle, always family-orientated, and was a woman of great faith. She also had a crafty sense of humor that could bring a good laugh when it was needed. Carol loved to display her antiques and share the many stories that accompanied them. In particular she treasured her collection of chickens that she gathered from many places in Minnesota and elsewhere. Carol also wrote "Carol's Ramblings" that appeared in the Lake City paper for more than 10 years. In her witty style, she loved sharing her thoughts on everyday family life. Carol also loved to bake, garden, and enjoyed canning the garden's harvest. Those that knew her also know that her cats meant the world to her. She loved playing music and listening to her children and grandchildren sing and play, and for many years was the organist for St. Mary's church in Bellchester. Carol is survived by her daughters, Beverly Bettin of Harmony, MN and Karen (Tim Clay) Kittelson of Madison, WI, her sons, Michael Kittelson of Hastings, MN Steven (Karen) Kittelson of Bogalusa, Louisiana, Daniel Kittelson of Madison, WI and Dean (Jessica Larson) Kittelson of Goodhue, MN, 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; one brother, Ted Fleck; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Fleck. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bellchester, MN with burial in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Mahn Family Funeral- Anderson Peterson Chapel in Lake City on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Rosary service and a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Online condolences can be offered at


Robert "Bob" Hilger, 80, passed away Monday August 25, 2014 from complications of diabetes. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11AM Friday Aug. 29th at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Gardner, KS. The family will receive friends from 6-8PM Thurs. at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Olathe Chapel, where the Rosary will be said at 5:30PM. Private burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contribution to Wayside Waifs. Bob was born Nov. 15, 1933 in David City, NE to Harold and Frances Hilger. He was a Sgt. in the US Marine Corp. during the Korean War and retired from Tyson Foods in 2001 after 27 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son Michael Robert Hilger, his sister Jane Juarez and her husband Rome, his brother in law Merlin Franzen and 3 nephews. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Sharon Hilger, their children; Susan and James Bohr, John and Yvonne Hilger, Julie and Devin Heese, and Anthony and Jennifer Hilger. 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Diane Franzen. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Aberdeen Village for their exceptional care for Bob, a special thank you to Jay for being a wonderful caregiver and true friend. To leave a special message for the family please visit


Barbara Ann Cordell James, 72, of Lenexa, KS passed away August 24, 2014 at Covenant Place of Lenexa. Funeral Service will be 10:00 am Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS 66030 (913) 856-7111. Burial will follow at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:30 pm Wednesday, August 27, 2014 also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Council of Indian Nations, a program of national relief charities, PO Box 1800, Apache, Junction, AZ 85117 or go to Condolences may be left at Barbara was born July 2, 1942 in Kansas City, MO to Vorden Dale and Rose Pauline (Wiggin) Cordell. She grew up in Gardner, graduating from Gardner High School in 1960. She married John Robert James on September 21, 1961 in Gardner, KS. They then moved to Olathe on the James' family farm. Barbara later in life went on to JCCC and received her Associate's Degree in paralegal. For seventeen years, Barbara worked as a Clerk for the Johnson County District Court as a Trustee for child support. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Olathe and the Good Sam RV Club. Barbara enjoyed being active by playing softball, bowling, playing cards and traveling. Her favorite thing to do was "eat out". Barbara also enjoyed visiting with family and friends; she was a real people person. She will be dearly missed. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Vorden Cordell and Pauline Cordell Atwood; brother, Jerry Cordell and sister, Jeanne Porter. She is survived by her children; John Dale (Angie) James of Orlando, FL and Stacy Leigh James of Lenexa, KS and eight grandchildren. Bruce Funeral Home, Funerals - Cremations - Monuments - Pre-planning, 913-856-7111, 913-592-2244,


Tammy White, 50, Gardner, passed Aug. 21, 2014. Service 10 a.m. Mon., Aug. 25, Bruce Funeral Home (913) 856-7111. Visit. 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., at funeral home. Graveside 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wanette, Okla., Cemetery.

ROLAND REED Feb. 29, 1924 - Aug. 13, 2014

Roland Reed, 90, of Olathe, Kansas died Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at his home. He was born February 29, 1924, in Topeka, and was the son of Charles C. and Francis R. Reed. Roland was a veteran of WW II, serving his country as a fighter pilot. He graduated from Topeka High School and Washburn University. He was employed by the Santa Fe Railway for 41 years in the Accounting Department, retiring in October 1983. Roland is survived by his wife of 69 years, Julia Ann of Olathe; a son Michael J. Reed and his wife, Kristi, of Topeka; two daughters, Ann M. Reed of Topeka, and Kathleen R. Major and her husband, Mike, of Olathe; a sister, Charlene Peterson of Grapevine, Texas; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Roland was a member of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, The Retired Employees Santa Fe Club in Topeka, and American Legion Post #153 in Olathe. Visitation will be at Penwell- Gabel Olathe Chapel on Sunday, August 17, at 2pm where the family will receive friends until the Memorial Service which begins at 3pm. Graveside services will be at Memorial Park/Penwell-Gabel Cemetery in Topeka at 11am on Monday, August 18. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to either College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe or Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care. To leave a message for the family, please visit

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