Obituaries

Beverly S. Wilkin

Feb. 22, 2014

OVERBROOK—Beverly “Bev” S. Wilkin, Burlingame, died Feb. 22, 2014, at a Overbrook nursing home. He was 100.

Cremation is planned. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Corinthian Lodge No. 79 A.F.&A.M., Grace Hospice, or Burlingame First Responders and sent in care of Carey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 196, Burlingame, KS 66413.

Bryon Franklin Black

Nov. 17, 1959 – Feb. 26, 2014

SHAWNEE, Okla.—Bryon Franklin Black, Shawnee, Okla., died Feb. 26, 2014, at Shawnee, Okla. He was 54.

He was born Nov. 17, 1959, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of Glen N. and Helen Harris Black. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1977, and Kansas State University in 1983, with a degree in horticulture and agronomy.
He married Dianna March 17, 2001. She survives.

He saw the true value in people and served selflessly and generously with his time and talents. He saw needs and quietly took care of them.

Helen Earlene Crook

Feb. 5, 1946 – Feb. 21, 2014

OSAGE COUNTY—Helen Earlene Bledsoe Crook, was delivered from cancer unto eternal life Feb. 21, 2014, at her home in rural Osage County. She was 68.

She was born Feb. 5, 1946, at Topeka, the daughter of Clark Earl and Maxine Rishel Bledsoe. She grew up on the family farm in north Osage County.

She graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 1964. She trusted Jesus Christ as her savior when she was 18 years-old.

She married Theodore “Ted” Crook May 6, 1966, at Topeka. He survives of the home.

Darren Leslie Michaels

April 26, 1965 – Feb. 21, 2014

SCRANTON—Darren Leslie Michaels, Scranton, died Feb. 21, 2014, at his home. He was 48.

He was born April 26, 1965, at San Antonio, Texas, the son of Floyd and Irene Stewart Michaels. He was born in San Antonio, but spent most of his years in Kansas.

He graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 1983. He worked at Montgomery Ward’s and later was employed by Innovia Films as a film slitter. He was a member of Scranton United Methodist Church. He loved to sing and perform Karaoke.

Dorothy Mae Masters

Jan. 9, 1936 ¬– Feb. 21, 2014

TOPEKA—Dorothy Mae Masters, Harveyville, died Feb. 21, 2014, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka. She was 78.

She was born Jan. 9, 1936, at Eskridge, to Fred Lorenza and Golden Myrtle McMaster Eastman.

She graduated from Eskridge Rural High School in 1954, and Sisters of Charity School of Nursing at Providence Hospital, Kansas City, affiliated with St. Mary College at Xavier, in 1957. She also attended Washburn University, Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and Allen Community College plus taking additional nursing courses.

Thomas Edward Thompson

July 4, 1924 - Feb. 21, 2014

TOPEKA—Thomas Edward Thompson, Osage City, died Feb. 21, 2014. He was 89.

He was born July 4, 1924, at Barclay, the son of Louis and Gladys Walker Thompson. He was a lifelong farmer.

He married Helen Maxine Bostrom, Scranton, in 1950. She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 2013.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Edward Jay Thompson; and a brother, Clinton.

Jimmy Dean Gates

Oct. 15, 1940 - Feb. 19, 2014

OVERBROOK—Jimmy Dean Gates, Overbrook, died Feb. 19, 2014. He was 73.

He was born Oct. 15, 1940, in a farmhouse near Paola, the son of the late Lloyd and Floy Bingham Gates. He graduated from Paola High school and received a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Kansas State University in 1962.

He married Mary Ruth Gasaway Feb. 1, 1964, at Wichita. Jim and Mary recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She survives of the home.

Dolores “Dee” Land Jenkins

Feb. 15, 1921 – Feb. 19, 2914

PEORIA, Ariz.—Dolores “Dee” Land Jenkins, Peoria, Ariz., died Feb. 19, 2014, following a stroke the morning of her 93rd birthday. She was 93.

Those 93 years were happy and active right up until the very last evening when she was thrilled with her Valentine’s Day flowers and her upcoming birthday party the next day.

She was born Feb. 15, 1921, at Carbondale, the daughter of William and Dora Land.

Jessie May Corpening

May 31, 1931 – Feb. 19, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Jessie May Roseanna Claypole Webb Corpening, formerly of Topeka, went to be with her Lord and Savior Feb. 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 31, 1931, at Orrick, Mo., the daughter of William Franklin and Eugenia May Jones Claypole.

Barney Buchanan

Jan. 15, 1928 – Feb. 13, 2014

LEAVENWORTH—Barney Buchanan, Tonganoxie, died Feb. 13, 2014, at Veterans Administration Hospital, Leavenworth. He was 86.

He was born Jan. 15, 1928, at Eldon, Mo., the son of Barney and Roberta Cooper Buchanan. He graduated from high school and immediately joined the Navy. After his honorable discharge, he worked for Sealrite Corporation for 19 years, TWA security 23 years, and retired in 1989. He served as a reserve police officer at several Johnson County police departments and Osage County Sherriff’s Department.

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