Obituaries

Charles McNelly

Died – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Charles McNelly left Nov. 2, 2017, for an extended hunting and fishing trip. He was 89.

He was a veteran of WW II, Korean and Vietnam wars. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee and the U.S. Army and Air Force. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Cross and many other medals. He worked as a park ranger at Tuttle Creek and Pomona Lakes.

He enjoyed rodeos, dancing and spending time with his beloved wife, Chris McNelly, family and friends.

Ellis Swarts

May 11, 1922 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Ellis Swarts died Nov. 2, 2017, at Osage City. He was 95.

He was born May 11, 1922.

Funeral services are pending.

James Sosebee

Dec. 10, 1941 – Aug. 26, 2017

TOPEKA — James “Rock” Sosebee, Vassar, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at V.A. Medical Center, Topeka. He was 75.

He was born Dec. 10, 1941, at Beaufort, S.C., the son of James and Blanche Cobb Sosebee. He grew up in South Carolina and lived in North Carolina and Arizona before moving to Lake Pomona near Vassar in 1994.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. He worked most of his life in construction as a steel worker. He was a member of the Tar Heel Stompers Motorcycle Club and then the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Humbert Emil Rosetta

July 14, 1935 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Humbert Emil Rosetta passed away peacefully Nov. 2, 2017. He was 82.

He was born July 14, 1935, at Osage City, the son of Grace Bailey Rosetta and Humbert S. Rosetta. He lived his entire life in Osage City.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Osage City.

He married Darlene Sahlberg July 17, 1954. She survives of the home.

Sue Marie Martin

June 25, 1956 – Oct. 31, 2017

OLATHE — Sue Marie Martin died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe. She was 61.

She was born June 25, 1956, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa, the daughter of George Ellis Martin and Evelyn Nadine Chambers Martin. She lived most of her life in the Overbrook and Ottawa communities.

She graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School and Ottawa University. She worked for Ransom Memorial Hospital for 40 years as a social worker and then as executive director of human resources.

Donald Atchison

Jan. 20, 1923 – Oct. 31, 2017

DENTON, Texas — Donald R. Atchison died Oct. 31, 2017 at Denton, Texas. He was 94.

He was born Jan. 20, 1931.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at Overbrook Cemetery.

Edie Adams

Dec. 24, 1948 – Oct. 22, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Edie Adams, Osage City, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at her home. She was 68.

She was born Dec. 24, 1948, at Topeka. She retired from U.S. Airways in 2010.

She married Dale Adams Jan. 20, 1973. He preceded her in death.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Georgia, Wanda, Sue and Sonia; and two brothers, Marvin and Tom.

Brian Wischropp

Nov. 13, 1970 – Oct. 20, 2017

TOPEKA — Brian Wischropp died Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 46

He was born on Nov. 13, 1970, at Topeka, the son of David and Kathryn Tillman Wischropp.

He lived in Lyndon until sixth grade. He then lived in Texas and back to Topeka and Meriden. He graduated from Jefferson West High School in 1989. He lived in Arizona and Colorado and had returned to Topeka in 1993.

Burn permits suspended

Burn permits suspended for today, Oct. 23, 2017

Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management Director announced that all burn permits are suspended for today, Oct. 23, 2017. This is a no burn day. No outside burning allowed.

Very high fire danger today. The Rangeland Fire Danger Index will be in the very high category.

Very high fire danger means, fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Kale Jordan Cauthon

June 14, 1994 – Oct. 15, 2017

WAKARUSA — Kale Jordan Cauthon, 23, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. He was 23.

He was born June 14, 1994, at Topeka, to Jim and Denise Brayton Cauthon. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 2012.

He participated in football, wrestling and golf, but his true love was wrestling and his wrestling family. He was skilled at welding, sheet metal work and working with his hands. He was a kind and loving person. His smile and big heart were his best traits.

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