Obituaries

Francis Tyrell

June 8, 1923 – Jan. 6, 2014

TOPEKA—Francis “Fritz” Tyrell, formerly of Lyndon, died Jan. 6, 2014, at a Topeka hospital. He was 90.

He was born June 8, 1923, at Talmage, the son of Benjamin and Margaret Curran Tyrell.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1944. He served in the European Theater during World War II and received a Purple Heart for wounds received in battle. After his discharge, he worked at Wissin Motor Company in Abilene as an auto mechanic and later owned and operated Wakefield Marina on Milford Lake.

Frances Shaw Thompson

April 4, 1921–Dec. 29, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—Frances Shaw Thompson died Dec. 29, 2013, at Sea Cliff Healthcare, Huntington Beach, Calif. She was 92.

The night before she passed away, she told the night nurse “Tell everyone I love them. I am praying that God will take me home.”

She was born April 4, 1921, at Scranton, the daughter of Maude Sloop and James Elmer Shaw.

Donald Henton

Aug. 13, 1920 ¬– Jan. 5, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Donald Henton, Osage City, died Jan. 5, 2014, at his home. He was 93.

He was born Aug. 13, 1920, at Emporia, the daughter of John and Linnie Reser Henton. He attended Emporia grade schools and graduated from Melvern High School in 1938.

He married Ella Lee Hulse July 5, 1941. They were married 62 years until her death on May 6, 2004.

Dorothy M. Dale

Aug. 6, 1923 – Jan. 5, 2014

TOPEKA—Dorothy M. Dale, Topeka, died Jan. 5, 2014. She was 90.

She was born Aug. 6, 1923, at Garnett, the daughter of Thomas Riley and Fawnita Thompson Root. She was a graduate of Garnett High School.

She was retired from Dillard’s Department Store, Topeka.

She was a member of the Highland Park Christian Church and American Business Women’s Association.

She married Kenneth Dale Sept. 28, 1941, at Kansas City. He preceded her in death in October 1990.

Leroy Smith

July 21, 1936 - Jan. 3, 2014

PERRY—Leroy Smith died Jan. 3, 2014, at his home in Perry. He was 77.

He was born July 21, 1936, at Melvern, the son of Stanton and Maggie Adolph Smith. He grew up in Melvern, and moved to Lyndon in 1958. He lived in Lyndon until two years ago when he moved to Perry.

Michael L. Seyler

Oct. 6, 1963 – Dec. 19, 2013

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Michael L. Seyler died Dec. 19, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo.

He was born Oct. 6, 1963, at Lawrence, the son of Joseph and Mary C. Seyler. He was a 1982 graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School. He grew up in Topeka and Overbrook.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1988-1992. He sailed as an electrician for the Merchant Marines from 1998-2013.

He was married to Teresita Bedrijo from 1992-1998.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Eric Allen Stinebaugh

Dec. 13, 1976 - Dec. 31, 2013

OSAGE CITY—Eric Allen Stinebaugh, Melvern, died Dec. 31, 2013, near Osage City. He was 37.

He was born Dec. 13, 1976, at Ottawa, the son of Roger and Debbie Allen Stinebaugh. He lived most of his life around the Melvern community.

He graduated from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School in 1995, where he played football and was active in 4-H and FFA. He worked as a truck driver and did mill wright work for Mid-States Materials.

Gary Jernigan

June 27, 1938 – Dec. 28, 2013

TOPEKA—Gary Jernigan, Lyndon, died Dec. 28, 2013, at a Topeka hospital. He was 75.

He was born June 27, 1938, at Topeka, the only child of Orville and Pearle Jones Jernigan. He grew up north of Dragoon Creek north of Lyndon. He had lived in Atlanta, Ga., Topeka, and then returned to Lyndon.

He graduated from Osage City High School in 1956. He attended Emporia State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1960, and his master’s degree in music in 1961.

Elton Vaughn

Died Dec. 27, 2013

Junction City—Elton G. Vaughn, 90, formerly of Osage City, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at the VanArsdale Funeral Chapel in Osage City with burial to follow at Osage City Cemetery. Family will receive friends an hour before service at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the American Legion Post 198 and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth, Osage City, KS 66523.

R.E. Phelps Jr.

Aug. 8, 1928 – Dec. 28, 2013

OVERBROOK—R.E. “Bud” Phelps Jr. died Dec. 28, 2013, at his home west of Overbrook. He was 85.

He was born Aug. 8, 1928, at Fredonia, the son of Robert and Marie McReynolds Phelps. He lived in California for many years before returning to the Overbrook area in 1994.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. He worked as a lead man for TRW and Northrup-Grumman in California from 1957 to 1990.

He married Peggy Scott July 11, 1954, at Chanute. She survives.

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