Sean David Gooding

Sean David Gooding

March 28, 1969 - January 26, 2022

Sean David Gooding, 52, died on January 26, 2022, following a battle with aggressive melanoma. At the end, he was surrounded by family members in his home in Council Grove, Kansas.

Sean was born March 28, 1969, in Coffeyville, Kan., to Gary and Sharon (Pitts) Gooding. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1987 and began a lifelong career in Emergency Medical Services in 1988, when he became an EMT. After becoming certified as a paramedic in 1991, he co-owned and operated Lifeguard ambulance service in Osage County for two years. Sean served for many years with Douglas County EMS and became a lieutenant in the Lawrence Fire Department when they merged in 1997.

Sean married Ruth Elizabeth Simpson on March 9, 1996, in Overbrook, Kansas. The couple later divorced, but the marriage resulted in three children: Jacob Tyler Gooding on August 9, 1996; Gage Michael Gooding on August 30, 2000; and Emma Christine Gooding on May 12, 2004.

As Sean continued to serve, he also continued to learn. He earned an associate degree from Johnson County Community College in 2005. In 2008, he graduated cum laude from Ottawa University, where he studied health care administration and health management, and graduated from Hutchinson Community College with his nursing degree. He continued to work in a variety of roles throughout Kansas, Oregon, and South Dakota. In 2020, he became Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove.

Lori Lea Wilkinson

Lori Lea Wilkinson

April 15, 1963 - January 30, 2022

Lori Lea Wilkinson, 58, passed away Sunday, January 30, 2022 at her home in Delia, KS.

Lori was born April 15, 1963 in Topeka, Kansas to Peggy Ann Lawson and Chester Max Bolton. She met her husband Rodney Lee Wilkinson in March of 1987 and they wed on April, 30 1993. 

Lori found joy in many things including fishing, camping, arts and crafts, working with her plants and spending time outside with friends and family. She loved exploring new places and finding hidden wonders on her adventures down the back roads. Lori was a loving wife, mom, daughter, sister,  grandmother, and great grandmother, and will be greatly missed by many. She loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Rodney "Rod" Lee Wilkinson; one daughter, Nikole Lea Wilkinson; Mother ,Peggy Ann Lawson; one brother Terry Keith; two sisters Brandy Thomas-Zeilinger, and Cheri L. Foster; along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Justin Eugene Little; and her father Chester Max Bolton.

The family will be holding a Celebration of Life on April 15th, 2022 at a place to be determined for family and friends.


Douglas Ray Avery

March 17, 1957 - January 27, 2022
Douglas Ray Avery was born on March 17, 1957 to Wayne and Bernice (Liby) Avery in Clay Center, KS. He died on January 27, 2022 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.
After graduating from CCCHS in 1975, Doug was a very hard worker. He worked for Alsop Sand Company in Oklahoma, Midwest Roofing in Manhattan, KS and lastly he worked as a welder for Mellies Products in Morganville, KS.
Doug enjoyed spending time at the lake with family and friends, hunting, fishing and photography.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Edward and two infant sisters, Pamela and Rose.
Survivors include:
Son: Bradford Avery of Bowling Green, KY
Son: Justin and wife Amy Avery of Sobieski, WI
Daughter: Shena and husband Ricky Kittredge of Morganville, KS
Son: Eddy and wife Kristen Avery of Clay Center, KS
Brother: Donald and wife Brenda Avery of Belvue, KS
Sister: Rita and husband Sam Tiemeyer of Morganville, KS
Sister in Law: Robin Avery of Concordia, KS
10 Grandchildren: Kaylee, Khloe, Liam and Adeline Avery of Sobieski, WI. Jonathan, Ryan, Zachery, and Garret Kittredge of Morganville, KS. Joslyn and Ensley Avery of Clay Center, KS.
Numerous other family members and many friends.
A Celebration of Life BBQ will be held later on in the spring.
Any donations may be made out to Colton Monuments in Clay Center, KS.
Thomas Ivan Kreipe

Thomas Ivan Kreipe

February 18, 1943 - January 22, 2022

Tom, who is also known as Ivan, was born in Topeka, Kansas and was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. He attended St. Joseph Military Academy in Hays, Ks. and graduated from Hayden High School where he played Tom Sawyer in their operetta “Mississippi Melody”. He attended the University of Kansas.

He has had several occupations; Bartender, Sommelier, Taxi Driver, Free Lance Writer, Chef for the Dallas Cowboys and was in the independent Film Industry. He has lived in San Francisco, Dallas, New Orleans, and Houston Texas. He was among the Native American activists who occupied Alcatraz in 1969.

He is survived by his siblings Martha Kreipe de Montano (Jose) of Topeka, William Kreipe (Marvella) of Tecumseh, Patricia Kreipe Kelly (Tom) of Denton, Texas, John Kreipe (Cathy) of St. Joseph, Missouri, Joe Kreipe, Mary Jane Kreipe Wilson of Lawrence, and Elizabeth Kreipe Devin (Cedric) of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Edward Kreipe.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Elara Hospice: 785-228-0400

Isabelle Marie Valburg

Isabelle Marie Valburg

July 23, 1937 - January 26, 2022

Isabelle Marie Valburg, 84, of Holton, passed away at her home on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the last few scraps of her finally plucked away by Alzheimers.  She was born on July 23, 1937 in Jackson, MN to Louis and Esther Lynch.

Isabelle grew up at a very young age.  Her father died suddenly when she was 12, and she began contributing to the household income with her paper route.  She was a scrappy, ornery child, often getting into mischief, a trait she did not tolerate in her children, but adored in her grandchildren.  Isabelle loved learning and reading, and dreamed of becoming a doctor, but could only scrape together enough money for one year of college.  This year would enable her to become either a nurse or (only in rural South Dakota) a teacher.  She chose to become a teacher, and took a position in a one-room schoolhouse near Winner.  Along the way, a roommate dragged her to a dance in a church basement.  It was there that Lonnie Valburg spotted her as she walked down the stairs, and to this day, he can still describe every detail of that moment.  They eloped in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1960.  The couple made their home in South Dakota, Isabelle commuting to work on horseback.  There, they welcomed daughter Lisa before moving to Holton, Kansas in 1964.

Isabelle became a full-time ranch hand and child wrangler after their move, raising five children.  She was driven and passionate, and put her absolute all into parenting.  She made sure that all of her children got everything she wished that she had had as a child, including self confidence.  She loved their ranch, animals, her gardens and flowers, and her family (with a special love for her nieces and nephew).

Linda Mae Lomsdale

September 04, 1961 - January 05, 2022

Linda Mae Lomsdale, 60, of Topeka KS peacefully passed away on January 5, 2022. 

Linda was born to Robert and June Smith on September 4, 1961 in Shelton WA. Linda became a young mother to 4 children with George Lomsdale and worked diligently to provide for her family.
Linda found a new life partner with Eldon Withers as they would spend the remainder of his life together. 
Linda was preceded in death by her mother, father, and life partner Eldon. Linda is survived by 11 grandchildren, her siblings, Roger Smith and Sandra Smith (Sizemore). 
Linda is also survived by her children and their families. Jerimiah and Lura Lomsdale (Chanse and Ayla), Melissa and John Hendershot, James and Lauren Lomsdale (Evelyn, Savannah, and Annabeth), and Joshua and Mari Lomsdale (Nehemiah, Daymon, Emileha, Chantley).
Roger Eugene Barnes

Roger Eugene Barnes

Roger Eugene Barnes

December 5, 1935 - January 22, 2022

Roger Eugene Barnes, 86, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on January 22, 2022 in Meriden, KS. 

Roger was born in Valley Falls, KS to Gerald Barnes and Juanita Walker Barnes. After graduating from Valley Falls High School he attended Kansas State University and later joined the Army. After his time in the Army he graduated from Pittsburg State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and later received his Master’s Degree in Automotive Engineering. 

After college, Roger taught Auto Mechanics at both Wyandotte High School and Highland Park High School. He then spent the remainder of his teaching career at Kaw Area Vocational Technical School. He was highly regarded by both his colleagues and the substantial amount of students he taught. 

Roger lived a very full, adventurous life and was considered to be a thrill seeker. He was a Certified Master Scuba Diver and a trained solo skydiver. He found great joy riding his motorcycle and took many trips across the United States, as well as a three week ride to Canada. He also loved to hike in Colorado. 

His favorite pastime was spending quality time with family and friends on the farm in Meriden, KS. 

Roger is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Barnes; mother, Juanita Walker Barnes; brother, Keith (Corky) Barnes; and daughter, Cindy Thompson. 

Roger is survived by his twin sister, Jan Burton (Don); son, Scott Barnes; daughter, Jill Gooden (Troy); grandson, Jeremy Brandenburg; granddaughter, Jayci Wilson (Chase); and grandson, Tyler Gooden. 

A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor and announced at a future date.


Betty Sue Hodges

Betty Sue Hodges

September 22, 1945 - January 23, 2022

Betty Sue Hodges, 76, of Topeka, passed away on January 23,2022, at University of Kansas Health Systems St. Francis Campus. Betty was born Sept.22, 1945 in Humbolt, Mississippi. She was the daughter of Gid Dyche & Amy Waetzig Dyche, they both preceded her in death. She was one of 6 children. She graduated from Silver Lake High School. Betty was married twice. Her first marriage was to Herb L. Lambert, they were divorced. They did have 3 children together, they survive. She then married James L. Hodges on May 29,1976. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2018. They had 1 child, she survives.

Betty was an avid reader and loved to cook. She also loved watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. When she wasn’t doing one of those activities, you could find her sitting at the kitchen table, doing her scratchers.

Betty had many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren that she loved very much. She leaves behind daughters Jodie(Jeff) Means, Samantha(Matt) Millard, both of Topeka, KS, Michelle Lambert of Silver Lake, Tracey(Dennis) Bailes of Kansas City, KS. She also had 2 sons, Kevin Hodges and James B. Hodges, both of Topeka. Betty had 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Betty also leaves behind 3 sisters, Pat Fletcher of Morganton, North Carolina, Diane Reser of Denver, Colorado, and Darla Shirah, of Topeka, KS. She was preceded in death by 2 other sisters, Mary Lou McCain of Marshaltown, Iowa, and Ethel Ann Harbison.

As per Bettys wishes, there will not be a service and she is being cremated. We ask that you do keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers, at this difficult time.

Paul Steven Collier

Paul Steven Collier

January 22, 1948 - January 18, 2022
Paul Steven Collier, 73, passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. 
Paul was born in Wamego, Kansas to Paul Omar and Mabel Faye (Seastrom) Collier on January 22, 1948. Paul attended Pleasant Hill Grade School, and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Paul attended Seaman High School graduating in 1966 and then was drafted to the United States Army to fight in the Vietnam War. Paul was in Vietnam and was overseas from 1968-1969. Paul returned home with a Purple Heart Medal. 
Once home from Vietnam, Paul worked many odd jobs, traveling from place to place. Construction, Pool Service, Owner of the Hoyt Tavern, however retiring from Shawnee County Public Works after 25 years of service. Paul loved working on old trucks especially his 1962 Chevy Step side. He was always tinkering in the yard and working on something. 
Paul married Jackie King on June 22, 1981 in Miami, Oklahoma at Lavern’s Wedding Chapel. 
Paul is survived by his wife, Jackie, daughter, Sarah Mitchell and two grandchildren; Owen and Maggie Mitchell (all of Topeka). Sister, Linda Bone (Mayetta), and Brothers, Mike (Hoyt), David Collier (Burlingame), Father-in-law, Lou King and many nieces and nephews. 
Paul was preceded in death by both of his parents, brother-in-law Ron Bone, sister-in-law Rena Collier, and Mother-in-law, Mary Ann King. 
A Memorial Gathering will take place on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the American Legion, 3029 US-24, Topeka, KS 66618 where family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care, 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606 or Topeka VA Medical Center Voluntary Service attention Denise L Cunningham 2200 SW. Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66622. Burial will take place at a later time at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Franklin Thomas Young

September 27, 1950 - December 31, 2021

Franklin Thomas Young, 71, of Topeka, passed away on December 31 of 2021.    Frank was born on September 27, 1950 in Kansas City, KS to Evangline Melton Young and Dr. Theodore Young, MD. Theodore and Evangeline met in Baltimore, MD at Johns Hopkins University. Frank’s father received his medical degree from Hopkins and his mother received her Bachelors from the Nursing School where she had been Vice-President of her nursing class. Frank lived in Kansas City with his parents for two years until June of 1952 when his mother passed away at age 27. Dr. Young, MD moved with Franklin to his hometown of Oxford, KS where Franklin’s grandmother had a farm on the Arkansas River. Zella Mitchell Young, Frank’s grandmother, helped care for him on her farm.   Dr. Young, MD married Sarah Stuber in December of 1953 and the family took up residence in Winfield where they lived until 1959 when they moved to Topeka. Frank spent most of the next 60 some years in Topeka with sojourns to the oil fields of Oklahoma, an entrepreneurship start-up opportunity in California, and Rocky Mountain summer camp counseling trips in Colorado.   Frank was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He attended regularly and sang in the church choir at times in his life.   Frank led the way for his younger brothers and sisters at Whitson Elementary, Capper Junior High and Topeka West High School. Frank played the clarinet at Capper and West, and ran cross-country at West. Frank joined the Marching Band at the University of Kansas where he traveled with the band to play at the Orange Bowl and see KU win their Bowl game that year in 1969. Frank was bilingual and traveled to Mexico as a student to polish his Spanish language skills.

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