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Obituary- Keller, Richard L.
Obituary- Keller, Richard L.
Richard Levi “Dick” Keller

Richard L. Keller, 93, died Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

He was born November 10, 1926, at Delia, the son of Mabel King Keller and Levi Keller. “Dick” graduated from Rossville High School in 1944, and soon after enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Nagoya, Japan as a sergeant of a Motor Pool Division.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, George and Charles Keller.

He worked for Kansas Power & Light for over 43 years retiring in 1989. He was a member of Catholic Faith and was a member of Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion in Rossville. Dick loved to fish, hunt, and travel. In 1954 he built the house that they still live in.

On October 2, 1948, he was united in marriage to Mary Katherine Allen at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. They were married 72 years. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his son, Rick, and wife, Janelle, Topeka; a grandson, Chase Keller, Topeka; a sister, Jaunita Raab, Topeka.

A prayer service will be at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at Piper Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until the service. Interment will be in West Lawn Memorial Gardens, Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice or Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences, go to

Due to Covid 19, mask and social distancing are required.
  31 Dec 2021
Obituary- Stach, Robert
Obituary- Stach, Robert
Dr. Robert “Bob” Stach

Dr. Stach passed away on October 11, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Silver Lake, Kansas and grew up on a farm north of Rossville, Kansas. He attended Rossville High School. Dr. Stach graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Agriculture and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Stach practiced in the Raymore/Belton area for forty-six years. He was a member of the AVMA, KVMA, MVMA, and KCVM. He was a past Board of Director, Vice President and President of the KCVM.

He was preceded in death by his father Benjamin and his brother Benny.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Stach of the home, his mother Arlis Stach, three sons Ryan (Jessica), Justin and Chris, three step daughters, Kim Taylor, Michelle Perkins (Greg) and Kelly Gebauer (Michael), ten grandchildren Arlis, Eli and Chris, Zach and Josh, Kaylyne and Trenton, Taylor, Keaton and Lauren and one great grandchild Drayden. He is also survived by his sister Sherri Gannon (Vern) and many nieces and nephews.

A burial service at Czech Moravian Cemetery in Rossville, Kansas, Saturday, October 24th, 1:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy, Ste 200 Kansas City, Missouri 64114.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278
  31 Dec 2021
Obituary- Bird, Merle
Obituary- Bird, Merle
Merle E. Bird

Rossville – Merle E. Bird, 81, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Lexington Park in Topeka.

He was born December 24, 1938, at Alva, OK., the son of William and Eva May Bird. His parents were teachers, and he had lived in different places growing up. Merle was stationed in Thule, Greenland while serving in the United States Army. He moved to Emporia, where he received a Masters Degree in Education from Kansas State Teacher’s College. He taught at Roosevelt High School on the campus and later worked at the Emporia Gazette.

In 1972 he and his family moved to the Rossville community. Merle was a journalist at the Topeka Capital-Journal for many years. He was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church and was a member of the Topeka St. Patrics Day Committee. Merle was passionate about cooking and food. He had a love for music and writing.

Mr. Bird was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Allen, and a sister, Carol.

Merle E. Bird and Jeanne Hull were united in marriage on September 27, 1963, at Amarillo, TX. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, Sean (Brooke) Bird, Rossville, Michael (Cori) Bird, Topeka and Daniel (Shana) Bird, Paxico; his daughter, Katherine (Jaycee) Haynes, Rossville; two sisters, Mary Kay Bibb, NM., and Jeanie Wade, Alva, OK; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Graveside services will be private in the Rossville Cemetery, Memorial contributions may be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences, go to
  30 Dec 2021
Birth- Page, Dean
Birth- Page, Dean
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Page announce the birth of a son January 13 to whom they have given the name Dean Rogers. 
  30 Dec 2021
Obituary- Page, Dean
Obituary- Page, Dean
Dean R. Page

Dean Rogers Page of Rossville died Monday, November 30, 2020 at the age of 92 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka after contracting COVID-19.

Dean was born to Ralph and Ruth Page on January 13, 1928 in Willard, Kansas. One of two children, he graduated from Rossville High School in 1945 and earned a degree from Kansas State College in 1952. Dean married Mildred Crow of Dover on August 13, 1950, and together they had four children.

Ever a consummate citizen soldier, Dean served two years on active duty in the Army and 30 years with the Kansas Army National Guard, retiring as a colonel. His service to his country inspired his son and two grandsons to serve, which brought him endless pride. Dean worked as an activity therapist and administrator at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka for 36 years, retiring in 1990. He also served his community as lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, and the Rossville United Methodist Church, in which he held many leadership positions.

A longtime K-State football and basketball season ticket holder, Dean cheered for the Wildcats in good, bad and down-right ugly years. In fact, he was a lover of all sports, watching Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs defeat Tom Brady and the Buccaneers the evening before he passed. Dean was also an avid reader, lover of history, and active traveler. These interests were combined with his wife Mildred and other friends for multiple bus trips around the country.

Dean was preceded in death by his wife Mildred and sister Phyllis Keller. He is survived by his children: Cherie Hodgson, Manhattan, Deana Turner, Topeka, Sandy Gilmore, Overland Park and Roger Page, Overland Park, as well as 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. His family brought him great joy, and in return he demonstrated how to live a life of devotion, generosity, and compassion.

A private graveside service for immediate family will be held at the Dover Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place when it is safe to again gather in large groups. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church, sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, KS 66536. Alternatively, in recognition of the number of families experiencing hardship because of the pandemic, please donate to your local food bank, such as The Salvation Army Food, 1320 SE 6th St., Topeka Kansas 66607.
  30 Dec 2021
Obituary- Minnis, Gloria
Obituary- Minnis, Gloria
Gloria K. Minnis

Gloria K. Minnis, 65, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.

She was born April 1, 1956, at Spokane, WA, the daughter of John and Carol Huxtable Lentis. She was raised in Omaha, NE and graduated from Omaha High School. Gloria graduated from the University of Nebraska in Omaha with a degree in education.

Gloria was a teacher at Primrose, NE then in the Junction City and Ft. Riley areas. She taught in Manhattan and at Shiner Elementary and Scott Magnet School in Topeka. Gloria was a para-professional at Silver Lake and was currently the activities coordinator at Rossville Health and Rehab Center in Rossville.

Gloria married Raymond R. Minnis in Ohio on April 23, 1983. He preceded her in death on February 22, 2021.

Survivors include her son, Russell Minnis, Rossville; her father, John Lentis (Darleen) in Florida; siblings, John Lentis, Janet Franks, Susan Thurman, Andrew Lentis and Pam Sorgen.

Mrs. Minnis chose cremation. A Celebration of Life is pending.
  30 Dec 2021
Obituary- Jessepe, Francis
Obituary- Jessepe, Francis
Francis Jessepe

ROSSVILLE, KS – Francis R. Jessepe, 69, of Rossville passed away Monday, December 14, 2020, at Shawnee Medical Center due to complications from Covid 19 and pneumonia.

He was born May 8, 1951, in Manhattan, Kansas the son of Phillip E. and Angeline (Belair) Jessepe. He was raised in Topeka and graduated from Seaman High School. Francis was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe.

He is survived by his sisters, Karen S. Jessepe and Elvon M. Belair both of Topeka; and his brothers, Boyce Alfonso Jessepe (Address Unknown) and Ewart Coy Jessepe (Julie) of Mayetta. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Billie L. Jessepe.

Francis will lie in state at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton beginning Saturday afternoon, December 19, 2020, through Sunday, December 20, 2020, until 6:00 p.m. each day. Private family graveside services will be held later. Due to the critical situation we are all in, please remember the families during this difficult time and consider sending a card of condolence Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436 or posting on
  30 Dec 2021
Obituary- Millenbruch, Dale
Obituary- Millenbruch, Dale

Dale Dean Millenbruch, 81, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at Medicalodges in Atchison.

He was born Dec. 22, 1939, in Rossville, the son of Elmer William Fredrick and Lois Ann (Oldfield) Millenbruch.

Dale graduated from Whiting High School in 1958. He worked for Whiteley’s Inc. in Topeka from 1964 to 1977. He began as deliverman, then yard foreman; he retired as vice president. In 1975 Dale received the Salesman of the Year award. After retirement, Dale began helping his father-in-law on the family farm and continued for many years.

He was a board member and past president of Farm Bureau and a member of Atchison County Coop Board.

Dale married Helen Marie Keimig on Jan. 22, 1966, in Atchison at St. Benedict’s Church. They celebrated more than 55 years of marriage.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of the home; son, William Lee Millenbruch (Shelley Taylor) of Lancaster; daughter, Kellie Anne Moore (Eric Wayne) of Salina; and two granddaughters, Olivia Deane and Ella Lyn Moore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lois Millenbruch; infant brother, Edward Millenbruch; and sister, Barbara Katherine Millenbruch.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Holton Cemetery. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service.

Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society or Diabetes Association, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit
  30 Dec 2021
Obituary- McMillin, Harry
Obituary- McMillin, Harry
Harry Joe McMillin

Delia – Harry Joe McMillin, 82, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at the Midlan Hospice House.

He was born March 28, 1939, in Great Bend, the son of Horace F. and Florence L. Marsh McMillin. He was raised in Wolforth, TX. He had lived in Tribune for 13 years and moved to the Rossville and Delia communities where he was a plumber and “Handy Man” for many years.

Joe was an avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish & hunt in his younger days. Joe spent many years in scouting at the Tribune Scout Master. Later in life Joe spent many hours making intricate wood carvings to give away to family members, as providing for and keeping his family happy was his ultimate joy. Joe was an excellent mentor, friend, father, brother, grandfather, and even great grandfather whose radiant smile and joyous personality will be missed and cherished by many.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

On May 20, 1966, he was united in marriage to Virginia Engelhardt at Almena, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children, Troy Faith and Scott, Mark, Almena, Cindy Overland Park, and Lora, Clifton, Brad, Westmoreland and Kevin, Delia; his sister Patricia Tomblinson, Clay Center; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 3, 2021 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Inurnment will be in the Norton Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Bible Baptist Church 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
  30 Dec 2021
Obituary- McLain, Charles A.
Obituary- McLain, Charles A.
Charles A. McLain

Charles A. McLain, Topeka (formerly of Rossville) passed away at home with his family by his side on April 28th, 2021 after a valiant battle with kidney cancer.

Charlie was born July 5th, 1943 to Thomas & Josie Taylor McLain in Senath, MO. He later moved with his family to the St. Louis area, where he met his wife of 28 years, Jo. They later divorced but remained close friends. She preceded him in death.

Charlie retired from Goodyear in 1997 after 33 years of service. Charlie, or “Chuck” was an avid bowler and leaves behind many great friends in the bowling community. He loved spending time at the casino and loved his Royals, Chiefs and Jayhawks. He proudly passed on this love to his family.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tom, a sister Kathy, nephew Tony and his son, Charles (Chip) McLain. He is survived by three sisters, Freida (Jimmy) Noonan, Brenda (Jerry) Sessums, and Doris Smith. He is also survived by three daughters, LauRay McLain, Topeka, Joi (John) Ridder and Amber (Jeff) Huske, all of Silver Lake, nine grandchildren, Darrell (DJ) and Trint Crosswhite, Jakob and Jennah Ridder, Kali and Garrett Huske, and Ben, Sarah, and Hannah McLain, 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Charlie was cremated at his request and arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.
  30 Dec 2021


 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born   Location   Last Modified 
Keller, Richard Levi (Dick) 
b. 10 Nov 1926  Delia, Jackson County, Kansas  31 Dec 2021
Stach, Chris 
   31 Dec 2021
Stach, Marilyn 
   31 Dec 2021
Stach, Robert 
b. 14 Jul 1945  Silver Lake, Shawnee County, Kansas  31 Dec 2021
Bird, Merle E 
b. 24 Dec 1938  Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma  30 Dec 2021
Bird Haynes, Katherine 
   30 Dec 2021
Bird, Daniel 
   30 Dec 2021
Hull Bird, Jeanne 
   30 Dec 2021
Bird Wade, Jeanie 
   30 Dec 2021
Bird Bibb, Mary Kay 
   30 Dec 2021

 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Last Modified 
 I17871  Richard Levi (Dick) Keller  I20956  Mary Katherine Allen Keller  2 Oct 1948  31 Dec 2021
 I11951  Emanuel Levi (Levi) Keller  I4341  Mabel T King Keller  14 Apr 1915  31 Dec 2021
 I6415  Benjamin E Stach  I11463  Arlis Hundertfund Stach  16 Aug 1944  31 Dec 2021
 I9144  Robert Stach  I9143  Jill Raitt Stach  20 Feb 1971  31 Dec 2021
 I9144  Robert Stach  I30167  Marilyn Stach    31 Dec 2021
 I20465  Merle E Bird  I20466  Jeanne Hull Bird  27 Sep 1963  30 Dec 2021
 I30159  William Bird  I30160  Eva May Bird    30 Dec 2021
 I5646  Ralph Franklin Page  I5648  Ruth Pearl Rogers Page  26 Dec 1924  30 Dec 2021
 I30152  John Lentis  I30153  Carol Huxtable Lentis    30 Dec 2021
 I17937  Raymond R Minnis  I30150  Gloria K Lentis Minnis  23 Apr 1983  30 Dec 2021