Ronald G. Farwell

May 27, 1935 – March 17, 2014

OTTAWA—Ronald G. Farwell, Ottawa, died March 17, 2014, at his home in Ottawa. He was 78.

He was born May 27, 1935, at Peoria, Ill., the son of Robert and Marion Leas Farwell. He grew up in Peoria, graduating from Central High in 1953. He then joined the Air Force on Jan. 12, 1954. They moved to Lyndon in 1970, and have been in Ottawa for the last 33 years.

He married Leitha M. Light Jan. 22, 1955, at Peoria, Illinois. She survives of the home.

Donna Zehner

Sept. 23, 1942 – March 14, 2013

TOPEKA—Donna Zehner, Osage City, died March 14, 2014, at a Topeka hospital. She was 71.

She was born Sept. 23, 1942, at Osage City, the daughter of Charles and Sylvia Hasty Heider. She attended and graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1960.

She lived most of her life in Osage City and worked for 13 years at Osage Grain. She later worked and retired from Kan Build, Osage City.

She married Frank Zehner in 1962 at Topeka. They later divorced.

Jeffrey Martin McFarlane

April 25, 1956 – March 14, 2014

BURLINGAME—Jeffrey Martin McFarlane, Burlingame, died March 14, 2014. He was 57.

He was born April 25, 1956, at Emporia, the son of Joseph W. and Bessie Meyers McFarlane. He attended school in Burlingame, graduating from Burlingame High School in 1974.

He was a member of the 1972 state championship football team, played basketball at Independence Junior College, and later attended Emporia State University where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Lillian May Smith

Dec. 19, 1936 – March 11, 2014

OVERBROOK—Lillian May Smith, Overbrook, died March 11, 2014. She was 77.

She was born Dec. 19, 1936, at Leavenworth, the daughter of Elza and Effie Fowler Rudolph. She was raised in Leavenworth.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who also worked as a nursing aide and in the food service industry. She enjoyed coloring, word searches and being a jokester.

She married Clyde Edward Smith June 11, 1956, at Leavenworth. He preceded her in death.

Lucile Cummings

Dec. 7, 1915 – March 11, 2014

WELLSVILLE—Lucile Cummings, Ottawa, died March 11, 2014, at Wellsville Retirement Community. She was 98.

She was born Dec. 7, 1915, at Melvern, the daughter of Terry and Verlie Boyd Rich. She had lived in Lyndon, Pomona, and Ottawa.

She received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas in 1938. She taught junior high school English at Melvern, Lyndon, and Ottawa for many years.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, AU Chapter P.E.O. at Ottawa and had attended the Presbyterian church.

Kristen Lea Gilliland

June 20, 1981 – March 7, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Kristen Lea Gilliland died March 7, 2014, at Osage City. She was 32.

She was born June 20, 1981, at Emporia, the daughter of David L. and Linda K. Standiferd Gilliland. She graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1999.

During high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society and the KAYS club. She went on to further her education at Allen Community College receiving her associates of arts degree.

Marcelline J. Ritz

Oct. 30, 1924 – March 9, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Marcelline Jesse Ritz died March 9, 2014, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. She was 89.

She was born Oct. 30, 1924, at Ottawa, the daughter of Homer Otto and Mattie O. Jessie Gibson. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1942.

She served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a surgical technician. She later worked as a post office clerk and postmaster in Osage City for many years.

She married Louis Andrue Ritz Dec. 13, 1945, at El Paso, Texas. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2007.

Michie P. Slaughter

May 4, 1941 – March 7, 2014

OVERLAND PARK—Michie P. Slaughter, Overland Park, died March 7, 2014. He was 72.

He was born May 4, 1941, at Roxboro, N.C., the son of Valinda and William Slaughter. He grew up and attended schools in Roxboro with his sister, Nancy Slaughter Marston. He enjoyed playing football and singing in the barbershop quartet. He attended Davidson College on a full football scholarship.

David J. Swaim

March 12, 1957 - March 7, 2014)

TOPEKA—Staff and students at Santa Fe Trail, USD #434, of Carbondale, were saddened to learn of the death of their high school principal David J. Swaim. He died Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home in south Topeka. He was 56.

William Robert Dunn

Aug. 24, 1927 – March 6, 2014

TOPEKA—William Robert “Bob” Dunn, Topeka, died March 6, 2014. He was 86.

He was born Aug. 24, 1927, at Burlingame, the son of John and Mary Smith Dunn. After graduating from Burlingame High School in 1945, he joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world. He was drafted into the Army and served from 1950-1952.



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