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Beverly Sue Leffingwell, age 73, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away on June 25, 2020 at Mapleton Assisted Living in Andover, Kansas.  She was born on January 16, 1947 in Richmond, California, the daughter of John E. and Doris (LaPierre) Leffingwell.

After completing high school in Arkansas City, Kansas, Beverly owned and operated a Merle Norman business for 25 years before earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Work.  She then began working as a social worked for the State of Kansas.

Beverly was a collector of post cards for many years and served as the President of the Wichita Post Card Club.  She enjoyed studying family genealogy, playing Mahjong, and playing card games.  Most importantly, Beverly loved being with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include two children, Stephanie (Jeffrey) Tauscher-Rank of Harriogate, United Kingdom and Eric Tauscher and companion, Niki Walker of Hoisington, Kansas; two sisters, Rosemary Sentner of Leawood, Kansas and Nancy Shawver of Denver, Colorado; a sister-in-law, Ann Leffingwell of Louisville, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Nathaniel, Jacob, and Jackson Rank; and beloved nieces and nephews.  Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John E. Leffingwell, and a daughter, Shannon Irene Tauscher.

Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Moline City Cemetery in Moline, Kansas.  Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. at Countryside Funeral Home in Howard, Kansas prior to the service.  A Celebration of Life reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Marriott in Wichita, Kansas after the graveside service.  Memorials have been suggested to the Botanica Garden of Wichita and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left for the family online at  Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

Aliene Cannon, age 90, of Sedan, Kansas and formerly of rural Elk County, Kansas, passed away June 15, 2020 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Sedan, Kansas.  She was born July 18, 1929 in Longton, Kansas to Art and Gladys (Armstrong) Howell.

Aliene attended and graduated from Longton High School.  On December 17, 1946, she married Harry Cannon in Sedan, Kansas.  They were married 62 years until Harry passed away in 2008.  Together they had seven children, raising their family in rural Elk County.

Aliene and Harry farmed and ranched together, raising cattle and sheep on their land near Busby, Kansas.  Although farm life took most of their time, they would also find time to go dancing on Saturday night which Aliene loved to do.  They would travel to Altoona and meet up with several couples and square dance. 

Aliene was a member of the Helping Hand Club of Longton.  She attended the Christian Church in Buxton, Kansas and later the Baptist Church in Longton.  She was also a member of the Senior Center in Longton.

Ailene is survived by her daughter, Patricia "Patsy" (Joe) Snively; sons, Bill (Deanna) Cannon, John (Shari) Cannon, Kenny (Terri) Cannon, and Harold (Bobbie) Cannon; twelve grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and her sister, Shirley Greenburg.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry; her son, Howard Cannon; her infant son, Edwin Cannon; her great-grandsons, Tanner Kahler nd Owen Cannon; her sister, Irma Blair; and her brother, Dale Howell.

Cremation has been requested.  Graveside service will be held on June 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Busby Cemetery in rural Elk County, Kansas (CR27/Killdeer Road).  Memorials in Ailene's name can be made to the Longton Senior Center and may be left with the funeral home.  Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home)

William Wayne "Bill" Cole of Eureka, Kansas passed away on June 11, 2020 at his home in Eureka at the age of 80.  He was born October 16, 1939 in Emporia, Kansas, the son of Wayne Clifton and Mildred Anita (Pirtle) Cole.

Bill was raised in Emporia, Kansas through grade school and later moved to Osage City, Kansas with his family where he graduated from Osage City High School.  After graduating, he drove a cattle truck until 1961.  On June 25, 1961, he was united in marriage to Mildred Irene "Millie" Cole in Osage City.  They made their home in Madison, Kansas where he worked for the Ford dealership as well as opening the Madison Cafe with Millie.  To this union, three children were born.

In 1969, the family moved to Eureka, Kansas where Bill was the service manager for the Ford dealership and also served on the Eureka City and Greenwood County Volunteer Fire Departments.  He was also a special deputy for Sheriffs Charlie Samuels, Lowell Parker, and Matt Samuels.  In 1975, Bill and Millie opened Cole Auto & Wrecker.  They operated the business together until Bill's health forced him to retire in 2013. Millie preceded him in death in 2013.

Bill is survived by his children, Joanna (Marty) Hunter of Howard, Kansas; Diana Cole of Eureka, Kansas; and Daniel Cole of Baldwin City, Kansas; 7 grandchildren, Chris (Dana) Hunter, Amanda Linter, Clay Hunter, Ashlyn (Nick) Gessler, Tony (Kodi Seates) Huston, Brooklyn Cole, and Carlyn Cole; 6 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Connie Lou Garrett of Saint Petersburg, Florida and Lois Jones of Madison, Wisconsin.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Mildred; his stepfather, James Steen; his wife, Millie; and two sisters, Elaine Dunn and Mable Shown.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, Kansas with Mr. Judd Evereitt officiating.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Hand in Hand Hospice or to the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter Transport.  Contributions may be sent in care of Koup Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 595, Eureka, Kansas 67045 which is overseeing arrangements.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

(taken from the Koup Family Funeral Home website)

Michelle Raylene "Micki" Lewis, age 57, of Longton, Kansas, passed away on June 7, 2020 at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita, Kansas.  She was born April 26, 1963 in Winfield, Kansas to Billy and Darlene (Sutton) Morgan.

Micki attended Burden High School in Burden, Kansas, graduating in 1981.  She then attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas before returning home.  On February 25, 1989, she married the love of her life, Major Kenneth Lewis, Jr.  The couple traveled all over the world together starting at Altus, AFB, Oklahoma followed by Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Pang AFB, Oregon, Travis AFB, California, MacDill AFB, Florida; Lackland AFB, Texas, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and Warner Robins AFB, Georgia before moving back to Longton, Kansas.

Micki enjoyed organizing events wherever they were stationed to bring people together and make them happy.  She continued this afterward at their home in Kansas.  She always kept busy and enjoyed being a member of the Mulvane American Legion Auxiliary, head of the Officers Wives Club, and a member of the Cambridge Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Kansas.  Micki ran a tight ship during Ken's eleven deployments and loved raising their family.

Micky is survived by her husband, Ken; her daughter, Britny (Josh) Arnett; sons, Zack (Kelsey) Lewis and Zane Lewis; granddaughter, Amelia Arnett; mother, Darlene Krug; brothers, Billy Morgan, Ed Morgan, and Randy Fox; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Morgan.

A small memorial service for close friends and family will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Kansas on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with a meal to follow.  A larger Celebration of Life for Micki is in the works for a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Folds of Honor.  Contributions may be left in care of Shelley Family Funeral Home, 803 Loomis, Street, Winfield, Kansas 67156.

(taken from the Shelley Funeral Home website)

Marjorie Ruth Whitebird, age 91, of Coffeyville, Kansas, passed away on May 28, 2020 at Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She was born on January 29, 1929 at the family home in Coffeyville, Kansas, the sixth child of George and Mary E. (Culkans) Barnard.

Marjorie grew up and attended school in Coffeyville.  On March 9, 1956, she married Joseph Anthony Whitehead in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  They made their home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for many years.  For several years, she owned and operated a home cleaning business in Milwaukee.  She also later worked at Danner's Cafe in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  In 1994, she returned to Coffeyville and made her home at Sycamore Landing.

Marjorie loved going to flea markets and going out to eat, and she was disappointed when the Covid-19 social distancing began and she was no longer able to go out.  She was very talented and loved decorating her home for every holiday season throughout the year.  She was an excellent cook, and her cooking came from the heart.

Survivors include four sisters, Leola Walker and Gloria Zimmerman, both of Bakersfield, California, Dorothy Edwards of Webb City, Missouri, and Linda (Roger) Patteson of Moline, Kansas; one brother, James "Jim" (Susan Tuggle) Barnard of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Cheryl (John) Gillman of Coffeyville, Kansas; numerous nieces and nephews; and her longtime homecare worker, Judy Whitson, whom Marjorie considered a daughter and affectionately referred to as "Little Brat".  Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Joseph Anthony Whitebird, jr. ; two daughters, Theresa Smith and Pamela Whitebird; a brother, George Barnard; and a sister, Audrey Reeder.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery Veterans Memorial Patio in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337 which is handling arrangements.

(taken from the David W. Barnes Funeral Home website)

Jack Robinson Blankenship, age 96, of Fall River, Kansas, passed away on May 28, 2020 at Via Christi-St.Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.  He was born on February 15, 1924 in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Claude and Alta (Robinson) Blankenship.  Jack took his first and last breath at St. Francis Hospital.

Jack grew up in Fall River, Kansas with his parents, and they had a local gas station and farm where they sold eggs at the local train station.  Jack worked as a paper boy, saving his money to buy his first clarinet. He had a love for music by learning to play the piano, trumpet, and clarinet.   Jack worked for a short time at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita where he met his love, Helen (Thome) Wolford, and they were married in Wichita on November 29, 1959.  They were married for 61 years until Helen's passing in 2011.

Jack had a love for farming the ground and raising cattle, swine, and chickens.  He was very talented in making equipment by welding and manufacturing almost anything he needed on the farm.  He taught his children how to make auto repairs by using resources that were available on the farm.  If there was a way, he would find it to fix almost anything.  He also had a love of flying.  He was a licensed pilot that used his plane mostly for pleasure.  He introduced all of his children to flying.

Jack always loved to go on family vacations every summer.  After the wheat harvest was done, it was time to go on vacation.  He had the love of Colorado, but the majority of the trips were always educational, to museums or historical places, always teaching his children.  He always loved riding his motorcycles and sometimes would take his motorcycle on vacation to go up trails only accessible by cycles.  He was an advent woodworker as well.  He made his own lathe and made several wood projects with each of his children. 

Jack was an active member and board member of the Fall River United Methodist Church throughout his life.  He was a back-up pianist for the church and played on multiple occasions.  When not working on the farm or taking care of his family and home, Jack was active with the Fall River City Council, Fall River 4-H Club, Fall River Booster Club, Fall River Over 55ers Club, Grand Masonic Lodge of Fall River and Neodesha, Fredonia Promenade Square Dancing Club of Fredonia, Do-Si-Do Square Dancing Club of Chanute, and the Square Stoppers Square Dancing Club of Independence.

Jack is survived by his four children, Jackie (Ronaldl) Hale of Liberty, Kansas, Kim (Joleen) Blankenship of Valley Center, Kansas, Eric (Marie) Blankenship of Carbondale, Kansas, and Melody (Ronald) Billings of Fall River, Kansas; 32 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Grace Hansen of Illinois.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents, Claude and Alta Blankenship; his sister, Valasta; his baby brother; his sons, David Wolford and Alex Blankenship; and his in-laws, Arthur and Esther Secha, Susan and Ralph Thome, and Carl Hansen. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Christ Church of Neodesha, Kansas with Pastor Susan Galvan officiating.  Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, Kansas.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Loran Fawcett Funeral Home in Neodesha, Kansas.  Memorials have been suggested to the Fall River United Methodist Church nd may be left with or sent to Loran Fawcett Funeral Home, 704 Indiana Street, Neodesha, Kansas 66757 which is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

(taken from the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home website)

Donald Eugene Roe, age 82, of Grenola, Kansas, passed away on June 2, 2020 at his home.  He was born on September 5, 1938 in Arkansas City, Kansas to George and Margie (Gotchel) Roe.  He was raised alongside three brothers.

After high school, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving three years active duty and two years in the Reserve.  On March 3, 1962, he married Edwanna "Sue" Hyatt in Grenola, Kansas.  They recently celebrated 58 years together, raising one son, Steve.

Don spent his life as a cowboy working on several different ranches over the years.  He spent 30 years working for the Eagle Head Ranch near Grenola while also working his own ranch raising cattle.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He will be remembered by all that knew him as a real cowboy and a man of his word.  He was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Don is survived by his wife, Sue; his son, Bret Roe of Wichita, Kansas; and his brother, Robert (Marlys) Roe of Winfield, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, George and Clyde. 

Cremation has been requested with no services at this time.  Memorial contributions in Don's name can be made to the Howard Senior Center Friendship Meals and can be mailed to or left with Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, Kansas 67349 which is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Countryside Funeral Home website)

Charles Clifford Thomas, age 92, a rural Fall River, Kansas resident, passed away May 31, 2020 at his home.  He was born June 19, 1927 in rural Fredonia, Kansas to Grover and Alta (Ghrist) Thomas.

Charles graduated from Fall River High School in 1945.  On May 2, 1964, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Irma "Liz" Penner in Fredonia, Kansas, and she preceded him in death on May 15, 2009.  Charles was a rancher/farmer and enjoyed ranching, investing, and working and plowing the ground.  He served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean War.  He was a member of First Christian Church of Fredonia, Odd Fellows Society, and the REC board.

Survivors include his son, Jon (Shannon) Thomas of Fredonia, Kansas; his sister, Mary Viola "Vi" Welch of Moline, Kansas; his sister-in-law, Beulah Thomas of Longton, Kansas; his granddaughter, Samantha Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, Liz, Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bob Thomas; his sister, Estel Wilson; his brother-in-law, Leo Welch, and his brother-in-law, Lawrence Wilson.

The family will greet friends on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wickham Family Funeral Home, 501 N. 7th, Fredonia, Kansas 66736.  Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 303 N. 7th, Fredonia, Kansas.  Interment will follow services at the Fredonia City Cemetery.  Memorial remembrances are suggested to the Fall River BBQ, and they may be left with or mailed to Wickham Family Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

(taken from the Wickham Family Funeral Home website)

Nikki Lee Cody, age 65, formerly of Longton, Kansas, passed away on May 26, 2020 at her home in McPherson, Kansas.  She was born on October 9, 1954 in Halstead, Kansas, the daughter of Wilbur Lee and Colleen Pearl "Lee" (Nichols) Bland.

Nikki graduated from Halstead High School.  She had been a bookkeeper at the Citizens State Bank, formerly Home State Bank, in Longton, Kansas.  She was a member of the First Christian Church in McPherson, Kansas.

Survivors include her husband, William "Bill" Janssen of McPherson; her daughter, Kendra (Blayne) Murphy of Centralia, Missouri; her granddaughter, Kensley Murphy of Centralia, Missouri; her stepdaughters, Taysha Yowell and Tannah Janssen, both of McPherson, Kansas; her stepson, Blane Janssen of McPherson, Kanss; her sister, Shelley Beezley of Minnesota; and numerous nephews and a niece.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur Bland and Lee Rush.

A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the McPherson Cemetery in McPherson, Kansas with Rev. Joe Nichols officiating.  Memorial donations may be given to the Giving Hope Cancer Fund in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, Kansas 67460.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

(taken from the Stockham Family Funeral Home website)

Obituaries / BEEM, Dallas - b. March 3, 1948 - d. June 1, 2020
« on: June 02, 2020, 12:46:17 am »
Dallas Beem, age 72, of Longton, Kansas, went eternally fishing on June 1, 2020.  He passed away at his home with his loved ones by his side.  He was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on March 3, 1948 to Rolland and Norma (Knedlik) Beem.

The family made Longton their home when Dallas was in the 6th grade after moving from Haysville, Kansas.  Dallas was a talented athlete and played basketball and baseball.  He graduated from Longton High School with the Class of 1966.  It was during this time that he met Judy Rothgeb, and the high school sweethearts were united in marriage in 1967.

Dallas continued his education at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas and Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, and earned his degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.  He began teaching at El Dorado Springs, Arkansas in 1971.  He taught there for four years before moving to the Belle Vista, Arkansas area.  He and Judy would spend the next 20 years in Arkansas.  They started their family in 1973 with the birth of their oldest son, Darin, followed by Jake in 1975.

Dallas was the owner and operator of a contracting company in Arkansas specializing in excavation.  He and Judy then moved back to the Longton area where he built his final home.  In his semi-retirement, he still operated a backhoe, dump truck, and carpentry business.  Over the years, Dallas raised many barns, put in many septic systems, hauled countless loads of rock, remodeled numerous homes; and anything else someone needed done.  When he wasn't working, you could bet he would be in one of the following  4 places: fishing, hunting, watching his children and grandchildren's sporting events, or watching the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs.  Even through their bad years, he remained a loyal fan.  Dallas has won many trophies over the years in various bass tournaments.  He hosted the archery shoot at his home for a number of years.  He also enjoyed golfing if he wasn't in the mood to fish.

Dallas was Dallas - a "what you see is what you get" kind of man.  He was intelligent, hard-working, fair, honest, and always willing to help if there was a need.  He liked figuring out a challenge and always wanted his work to be of quality.  He never cut corners.

Dallas's memories will live on with his wife of 52 years, Judy; sons, Darin (Jennifer) Beem and Jake (Rachele) Beem; brother, Bruce Beem;  sisters, Sharon (J.R.) Ferguson and Mona (Ken) Cody; grandchildren, Cassidy, Coti, Joseph, and Emerie Beem; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.  He now rests with his parents, his brother, Errol Beem; and his sister, Joyce McBeath.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Longton Cemetery in Longton, Kansas with Pastor Randy Beemer officiating.  The family suggests memorials in place of flowers which may be made to either Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Longton Christian Community Church.  Contributions may be sent in care of Webb & Rodrick Chapel, 306 E. Main, Independence, Kansas 67301 which is in charge of arrangements.  To share a memory or leave a condolence, visit

(taken from the Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home website)

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