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Obituary- Ellis, Dean
Obituary- Ellis, Dean
Marvin Dean Ellis, 90, Maple Hill, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Rossville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born February 15, 1929 at Soldier, the son of Roy J. and Dorothy C. Mallam Ellis. Dean grew up in the Soldier, Manhattan and St. Marys communities. He attended St. Marys High School. Dean served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Dean was a truck driver for Kincaid Truck Line in St. Marys. He owned and operated the B&B Caf, Mr. Ds and D&W Snack Bar all in St. Marys. He managed the Nickerson Farms at Paxico. He was a district manager for Highway Oil. Dean cooked at Puffys in Maple Hill and the St. Marys Sale Barn. He was a member of the St. Marys Bible Baptist Church, and was a member of the Maple Hill Senior Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ronald K. Ellis.

On July 25, 1959 he was united in marriage to Winnie L. Richards. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Larry D. (Ellen) Ellis, Springfield, MO, and Steven W. Ellis, Delia; a daughter, Lynette L. Muller, Manhattan; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren;

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Piper Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Bible Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Association and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536. 
  19 May 2019
Obituary- Taylor, Jean
Obituary- Taylor, Jean
Jean June Taylor
Jean June Taylor, 86, of Silver Lake, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

She was born October 11, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Albert and Ruth (Shellmer) Quinlan.

Jean and her siblings grew up in the Irish/ Italian neighborhoods of East Boston during the 1930's. She was nicknamed 'Quin' in her youth and made a name defending her twin sister Joanie against school bullies at East Boston High School. After she graduated high school she worked in the dietary department at Boston's Mass General Hospital. She was street smart, Boston tough, and Boston stubborn...all traits the beautiful 21-year-old brought with her to Kansas after meeting and marrying the love of her life, Merle Taylor. Merle was a crewman on the USS Block Island and had docked in Boston for a week. Jean saw him at a club, dropped her handkerchief to catch his attention, and the rest became history.

Jean and Merle were married on September 4, 1954 in Milton, Massachusetts, and then moved to Silver Lake where Merle farmed with his family. Jean adjusted to country life and together she and Merle raised five children. Through it all she never let the Boston accent go (you can take a kid out of Boston but you can't take the Boston accent out of Jean Taylor!). Jean operated an in-home daycare for years and then became famously known as Silver Lake's Pizza Lady, making pizza at Casey's General Store for 15 years. Jean's life was full of love, orneriness, and fun. She loved family gatherings and she absolutely loved spending time with her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She will be dearly missed.

Jean lived for the past three years at Oakley Place in Rossville, where she endeared herself to all. She was well cared for by her children and the caring staff at Oakley Place. She was preceded in death by her husband Merle, her twin sister, Joan Moody; sister Barbara Vesowate, and brothers, Al Quinlan and Walter Quinlan. Survivors include children, Susan (Steve) Tate, Edward (Terri) Taylor, Mark (Jacque) Taylor, Bill (Janice) Taylor, all of Silver Lake, and Brenda (Ronald) Payne of Meriden; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

A Funeral Ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Parker-Price Cremations, Funerals & Receptions, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka, Kansas. Interment will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery, 35th & Menoken Road. The family will greet friends thirty minutes prior to service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the DARE pro-gram in support of the Silver Lake city-wide safe Halloween celebration (an annual event that Jeannie loved), or to the Topeka Rescue Mission.
To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.
  19 May 2019
Obituary- McDaniel, Terry
Obituary- McDaniel, Terry
Terry Kay McDaniel
Terry Kay Albright McDaniel, age 60, of Topeka passed away Friday morning, December 14, 2018 at Midland Hospice Care. Terry was born October 31, 1958 in Topeka the daughter of Charles Albright and Rebecca Fritz. She received a Bachelors degree from Barton County. She married Jerry McDaniel October 18, 1985 in Rossville. She worked and was active at the Potawatomi Prairie Band Reservation for many years. She is survived by her husband of over 33 years, Jerry of Topeka; her father, Charles Albright of Topeka; two sons, Jeremy (Christina) McDaniel of Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Robert (Melissa) McDaniel of Topeka; two daughters, Andrea (Jermaine McDonald) Dickson of Topeka and Jami (Moses Jr.) Greasham of Wichita; two brothers, Jerry Albright of Overland Park, KS and Dean Jarmel of San Francisco, CA; a sister, Jennifer Jarmel-Shedd of San Francisco, CA and six grandchildren. Memorial services will be Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Silver Lake United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home. Private Inurnment will be at the Walnut Hill Cemetery,
  19 May 2019
Obituary- Doebele, Rodney
Obituary- Doebele, Rodney
Rodney "Tex" Doebele
Silver Lake- Rodney "Tex" Doebele, 73, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Midland Hospice House In Topeka.

Tex was born on June 13, 1945, in Marysville to Urban & Marie Doebele. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1963. He served his Country in the U.S. Navy from 1965 until he was honorably discharged in 1968 as Petty Officer 2nd Class.

Tex worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 35 1/2 years, retiring on March 1, 2004. He and his wife Connie, owned and operated "Tex's Drive In" in Silver Lake for 19 years, from 1971-1990. Tex was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and served on the parish council from 1985-1987 as president. He was a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 10755, serving as Grand Knight from 1999-2001, becoming a 4th Degree Knight in March of 2004. Tex was a volunteer with Silver Lake Fire Department for 8 years, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 160. He had served on the Silver Lake Planning Commission since 1984. He and Connie ushered for the K-State football games for 10 years. He had battled bladder cancer since January 2016.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Diane Behrends.

He married Connie Crome on August 2, 1969 at St. John's Catholic Church in Hanover. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his two children, Crystal (Jeff) Rippe, Silver Lake and Craig Doebele, Stephenville, TX; four grandsons, Dallas Rippe, LaGrande, OR, Tucker Rippe, Silver Lake, Cole and Ryan Doebele and granddaughter, McKenzie Doebele Arvada, CO; three brothers, Jerry (Nancy), Colorado Springs, CO, Wayne (Sandi) and Chuck (Debbie) all of Silver Lake; a sister, Connie Doebele, West Lafayette, IN;; a brother-in-law, Gary Behrends, Diller, NE.

Tex loved hunting, sport shooting; pitching horseshoes, working in his yard and garden, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren and attending any activity his grandchildren were involved in. He was a fan of K-State, Chiefs and the Royals. He was well known for his "Gift for gab" and joking with his many friends. (His granddaughter would always say he was a walker and a talker!)

Mass of Christian will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville. Interment will be in St John's Catholic Cemetery at Hanover at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 16, 2019. A rosary will be recited at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the church followed by a family visitation until 7:30 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to St Stanislaus Catholic Church Building Fund, Cotton O'Neil Cancer Center or Midland Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Online condolence may be sent to www.piperfuneral
  19 May 2019
Obituary- Gibson, Betty
Obituary- Gibson, Betty
Betty J. Gibson
Betty Jane "G.G." Gibson, 93, of Topeka, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

She was born January 6, 1926, in Rossville, Kansas, the daughter of Henry Miller and Edith Isabel (Burns) Martin. She was a graduate of Rossville High School.

Betty was employed by the Topeka State Hospital for 19 years, before retiring and also worked for Midwest Health at Lexington Park. She was a very proud member of Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Betty was married to William T. Gibson. They later divorced. Survivors include seven children, Judy Kohler of Topeka, Gary Gibson of Livermore, CA, Randy Gibson of Aurora, CO, Debbie Sepulveda of Watsonville, CA, twins, Dennis Gibson and Denise Counts both of Topeka and Charles Gibson of Seattle, WA; 12 grandchildren, James Kohler, Colby Waltenburg, Audrey Gibson, Quincy Tappa, Rachel Dehlinger, Travis Gibson, Michelle Sepulveda, Kimberly Woods, Tracy Mitchell, Brandon Butler, Jesse Gibson, Tyler Gibson; 15 great-grand-children; two great-great-grandchildren; a ton of nieces, nephews and cousins; and her Yellow Naped Parrot, Karl.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Mark Allen Sepulveda; four brothers, Charles, Ralph, Reid and Mook Martin; and five sisters, Olive Baird, Doris McGhee, Gladys Immenschuh, Edna Devader and Catherine Devader.

Betty loved her family. She enjoyed animals, gardening, cooking and loved to watch Steve Harvey.

Honoring her request, cremation is planned. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date. Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st St Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a special message for the family online, visit
  19 May 2019
Obituary- Nelson, Sage
Obituary- Nelson, Sage
Sage Raye Nelson
Sage Raye Nelson 55, Topeka, passed away early Monday, December 17, 2018 at a Topeka Hospital.

She was born Yvette Christina Smith on July 11, 1963 at Albuquerque, NM, the daughter of Kenneth Ray and Arietta E. Sage Smith. Sage grew up in the Rossville community and attended Rossville Schools. She had lived in the Topeka and Rossville area most of her life. Sage was an over the road truck driver. She was a member of TAC Asatru Community and was very involved in the organization serving as Vice President. She was a registered Gydja (spiritual leader).

Sage was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing, crocheting, soap making and adored her granddaughter Lilly.
She was married to Jim Matyak, they were divorced. He preceded her in death along with her father Kenneth Ray Smith and a son Dalton Mclntyre Nichols.

Survivors include her mother, Arietta E. Nichols, Minneapolis, Kansas; her son, Jeramy Matyak, Lyndon; two daughters, Karey Nichols and Katey Nichols both of Topeka; two sisters, Yvonne Church, Minneapolis, and Yolande Nichols, Topeka; her granddaughter Lillian Nichols.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the Crestview Shelter House, 4901 Shunga Dr., Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made in Sage's name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

  19 May 2019
Obituary- Jacobsen, John B.
Obituary- Jacobsen, John B.

The Rodeo and Sale Barn World lost a great man, John B. "Jake" Jacobsen, 89, rural Delia passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his home.
He was born July 3, 1929 the oldest son of Clyde F. and Marguerite Crouse Jacobsen at Fairmont, NE. He grew up in the Fairmont community and lived in Nebraska until moving to Kansas over 60 years ago.

He and his wife Pearl along with their family owned and operated Jacobsen Rodeo Company many years. They provided rodeo livestock in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Jake was an order buyer. He had worked in the ring at livestock barns in St. Marys, Emmett, Marysville, Frankfort, Onaga and at both barns in Holton. He raised horses and cattle. Jake gathered cattle by horseback many years. He was a member of the Delia Presbyterian Church, and was a past member of the Fairmont Methodist Church. Jake was a member of the Eagles Lodge, I.O.O.F., SCA, URA and IRA; the Kansas Livestock Association and the Jackson County Livestock Association. A grandson gave him the nickname of Albert which stuck with him as many family members called him that. Jake loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Francis, Bill, Floyd (Karen) and Glen. He was also preceded in death by Mark Morgan whom he considered a son.

On March 1, 1947 he was united in marriage to Pearl McDonald at Geneva, NE, she survives of the home.

Other survivors include his son, Dale (Carolyn) Jacobsen, Circleville; his daughter, Bonita "Sis" (Wilbur Jr.) Stum, Topeka; four grandsons; 10 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Beverly, Jean and Pat Jacobson; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Holton Livestock Exchange Sale Barn, Holton, KS. Inurnment will be at a later date in Nebraska. The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Friday, December 21, 2018 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cowboy Crisis Fund or the Potawatomi Tribe Rescue Squad and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To read a full obituary or leave online condolences go to .

  19 May 2019
Obituary- Entsminger, Elizabeth
Obituary- Entsminger, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Entsminger
Elizabeth "Betty" Marie Entsminger, 93, of Topeka, KS died Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

She was born November 17, 1925 in Delia, Kansas, the daughter of Lloyd and Marie Cowan.

Betty was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where she volunteered in the church office.

Betty married Robert Ford Entsminger on December 16, 1946. He preceded her in death on March 29, 1986. She is survived by two children, Chad (Karen) Entsminger and Megan (James) Essary along with three grandchildren, Brandy (Grant) Treaster, Andrew Entsminger and Dawson Essary.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 a.m. Following the rosary, Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys, Kansas. The complete obituary can be read at
  19 May 2019
Obituary- Paine, Kent
Obituary- Paine, Kent
Kent W. Paine
Rossville- Kent W. Paine, 72, died November 13, 2018.

He was born in Rossville in 1945 to Chet and Evelyn Baird Paine. Kent worked at Santa Fe Shops in Topeka and retired in January 2006. Hunting and fishing were his passion.

He was married to Donna Freeby Paine for 51 years. She survives of the home. Together they have two sons, David Paine, Gardner and Kent Paine Jr., Kansas City, MO; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded by his brother, Ed Paine.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at St Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville. Inurnment will be in the Rossville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care or Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To read a full obituary or to leave online condolences go to www.
  19 May 2019
Obituary- McConnell, Rose
Obituary- McConnell, Rose
Rose M. McConnell

Rose Mildred McConnell, 93, of Rossville, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018.

She was born February 1, 1925, in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Steve and Mildred (Yarsulik) Yacmenovic. She was a graduate of Ward High School.

Rose dedicated her life to volunteering. She was a Red Cross Volunteer for 30 years and volunteered for VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other various organizations.

She was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

Rose married Robert F. "Bob" McConnell on August 10, 1946 in Kansas City, KS. They spent most of their married life in Overland Park. After retirement they lived in Arizona and would move back to Topeka. He preceded her in death on December 29, 2011.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan Crawford (Joe), Topeka; son, Robert W. "Bob" McConnell (Susan), Wake Forest NC; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and nine siblings.

Rose enjoyed golfing, boating and reading.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am, Friday, September 7, 2018 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Topeka. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Noon, Friday at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, KS. Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 1221 SW 17th St Topeka, KS 66604 or Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, visit
  19 May 2019


 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born   Location   Last Modified 
Ellis Muller, Lynette L 
   19 May 2019
Ellis, Steven W 
   19 May 2019
Ellis, Steve 
   19 May 2019
Ellis, Larry D 
   19 May 2019
Richards Ellis, Winnie L 
   19 May 2019
Ellis, Marvin Dean 
b. 15 Feb 1929  Soldier, Jackson County, Kansas  19 May 2019
Ellis, Ronald K 
   19 May 2019
Mallam Ellis, Dorothy C 
   19 May 2019
Ellis, Roy J 
   19 May 2019
Quinlan Taylor, Jean June 
b. 11 Oct 1932  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts  19 May 2019

 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Last Modified 
 I29253  Marvin Dean Ellis  I29256  Winnie L Richards Ellis  25 Jul 1959  19 May 2019
 I29254  Roy J Ellis  I29255  Dorothy C Mallam Ellis    19 May 2019
 I16676  Merle B Taylor  I29243  Jean June Quinlan Taylor  4 Sep 1954  19 May 2019
 I29244  Albert Quinlan  I29245  Ruth Shellmer Quinlan    19 May 2019
 I8796  Jerry Lee McDaniel  I28592  Terry Kay Albright McDaniel  18 Oct 1985  19 May 2019
 I529  Charles Albright  I28587  Rebecca Ann Fritz Little    19 May 2019
 I29227  Rodney Doebele  I29235  Connie Crome Doebele  2 Aug 1969  19 May 2019
 I29228  Urban Doebele  I29229  Marie Doebele    19 May 2019
 I7290  George E Sullivan  I16355  Theresa Marie Corcoran Sullivan  Mar 1949  19 May 2019
 I29223  Michael B Sullivan  I29224  Anna D Yeadon Sullivan    19 May 2019