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.
December 01, 1969 - December 11, 2021
Steven “Steve” Troy Sherman, age 52, passed away peacefully at home on December 11,2021. Steve graduated from Topeka West High School in 1988. After graduation, he spent the winter working at the Keystone Colorado Ski Resort. Later, he became a surveyor and worked on numerous projects in Kansas and the Kansas City area.
Steve was always known for his witty sense of humor, endless movie quotes, and bright smile. He was a good artist and enjoyed drawing funny characters and hot rods. He even designed t-shirts for local organizations and events. Steve enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, bow hunting, riding his motorcycle, snow skiing, and boating.
He is survived by his life partner Rhonda Jensen; his daughter, Morgan Sherman and her mother, Linda (Pahmahmie) Sherman; his mother, Rhonda Sherman; his father, Sid (Cyrilla) Sherman; his sister, Dawn Michael; his stepbrother, Scott (Brandi) Lee; and his stepsister, Kris Wanamaker.
Steve was cremated per his request with a private inurnment to take place at a later date. There will be a celebration of life held April 9, 2022 at Lake Shawnee Shelter House #3 from 12:00 to 2:30 PM.
February 05, 1958 - January 13, 2022
Jill M. Samek, 63, was born in Geneva, Illinois on February 5, 1958. She lived in Topeka for many years.
She professed and displayed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She fellowshipped with a number of churches in Topeka through the years.
Jill found much satisfaction in the fact that, as she put it, “Jesus likes me.”
Jill enjoyed Bible studies. She was a loyal friend, loved cats, and had a good sense of humor.
Her Celebration of Life will be at Heritage Baptist Church, 1937 NE Madison Street, Topeka, KS. 66616, at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
Angels Above Cremation Services are handling arrangements.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. — John 3:16-17
December 06, 1958 - January 01, 2022
Marvin L. Tibbs Jr., 63, died January 1, 2022 at his home in Topeka, KS.
Mr. Tibbs was born December 6, 1958, in Topeka, KS to Marvin Sr. and Opal Tibbs. Both preceded him in death.
He attended Seaman High School. After high school, he went on to work in maintenance for several apartment complexes in the Topeka area. He married his love, Robin, on May 27th, 1977.
He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and friends, telling wonderful stories and crazy jokes, and of course watching his beloved KU play on TV. He just overall really enjoyed making people laugh.
Mr. Tibbs is survived by his wife, Robin, of 44 years; 2 sons, Marvin III (Tiffany) and Paul (Sonya); 2 grandchildren, Caleb and Collin; 5 sisters, Pat (Gary) Shoemaker, Helen (Steven) Allensworth, Lois (Bob) Dornbrook, Debbie (Tim) Gorton, Cindy (Alan) Holle; his brother, John (Lori) Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Marvin’s life will be held Sunday January 23rd, 2022 at Shawnee Lake Shelter House #6 11:30-1:30.
September 04, 1935 - January 14, 2022
Delores Ann (Klahr) Vitt 86 of Auburn passed away peacefully January 14, 2022. She was born September 4, 1935 in Wetmore the daughter of Arthur and Wilma (Rannebeck) Klahr. She attended Hazel Row Grade School and Netawaka High School graduating in 1953 then graduated from Topeka Clark’s Business School in 1954. Delores met her husband of over 63 years Gerald at the Topeka Santa Fe Offices and they were married July 6, 1958. They would together own and operate two Dairy Queen stores in Topeka and eventually bought a farm in Auburn where they worked side by side for over 40 years in the grain, cattle and hog business while raising two daughters. Delores later worked for the State of Kansas as administrative assistants for SRS and BOA before retiring and helping raise her three beautiful granddaughters. They were also longtime members of Faith and Prince of Peace Lutheran Churches greatly loving all family and friends throughout the years. Delores was preceded in death by her parents, sister Donnis McCall and brother Duane Klahr. Survivors include a brother Delwin Klahr, two sisters Darlene Wulfkuhle and Donna Porter, her husband Gerald, two daughters Terri Worley (Dwain) and Penny Letourneau (Lane), and three granddaughters Emily and Molly Worley and Laken Letourneau. There will be a private family celebration of life at a later date.
May 28, 1942 - January 10, 2022
Joseph Dennis Pruitt (aka Joe, Junior, or Dennis) 79, a resident of Overbrook, KS, since 1978, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022, at a Topeka hospital from Covid related complications. A Celebration of Joe's Life will be held on Saturday, July 2,2022, at 9259 Apple Valley Lane, Ozawkie, KS, at 11:00am with visitation and lunch following.
Joe was born May 28,1942, at a Junction City, KS, hospital, to Master Sergeant Joseph Victor Pruitt and Sarah Bernice RICHARDS Pruitt. The family lived on the Ft. Riley KS base until M/S Joseph Victor retired from the US Army and relocated the family to Topeka, KS, where Bernice grew up and her relatives still lived in the surrounding area. In 1947, the family moved to Wellington, IL, where Joseph Victor grew up and where his family lived and farmed. Joseph Dennis spent most summers in KS with his Grandparents George and Ethel MURPHY Richards; Joe helped with the farm chores, played ball, and went coon hunting with his Grandfather George. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially with his cousin, George Richards.
February 10, 1957 - January 07, 2022
Paul Michael O'Dell, 64, of Topeka, KS passed peacefully in his home on January 7, 2022 with his wife and children by his side. He was born February 10, 1957 in Washington D.C.
In 1982 Paul married the love of his life, Sally Crenshaw in Great Bend, KS. Together they had 2 children Jeremiah and Kelsey.
He worked for many years in the oilfield before returning to school. He got his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Washburn University. He spent the rest of his working years advocating for underprivileged people.
He is survived by his wife and both children, all of Topeka. His siblings James of California, Felma (Sis), Gary, Irving (Jim), Brett (Randy) and Robin all of Missouri also survive him. He left behind 2 beautiful granddaughters Braelynn & Brinley, many nieces and nephews as well as numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Irving J. and Betty (Frederick) Hudson, by his brother Charles (Dave) O'Dell and by his son from a previous marriage Devon O'Dell.
Celebration of his life will be at 3:00, February 12, 2022 at the Rosewood Event Center 3216 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS. The family is requesting donations be made to Midland Hospice.
March 25, 1947 - January 07, 2022
Robert (Bob) D. Farley 74 of Topeka, KS passed away peacefully at his home with his wife by his side on 7 January 2022. Bob was born on 25 March 1947 in Princeton, West Virginia to the late Trenton Farley and Louise Orris.
He attended various schools in West Virginia and Virginia and graduated from Hampton High School. After graduation he served 22 1/2 years in the United States Army completing two tours in Vietnam. He earned his Associates Degree from Central Texas College while stationed at Fort Riley Kansas. He retired from Fort Riley on 1 December 1989. After leaving the Army Bob held jobs in heating and air conditioning and a meat packing plant. He was a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Association, the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Bob enjoyed spending time with friends and family, going fishing, going to auctions, and traveling. He also enjoyed history which lead to his stamp collecting, post card collecting, and coin collecting. Bob was a member of the Topeka Stamp Club and Topeka Coin Club. He was an avid Patriots football and Tom Brady fan.
Bob married Debra G. Farley on 16 October 1982 in Hampton, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Debra, siblings Ruby Ann Blackburn (Julian) of Virginia, Mary Bessette of Virginia, James Farley (Irene) of West Virginia, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A heartfelt thanks to Interim Health Care of Topeka for the loving support and care provided to Bob in their weekly visits. He looked forward to those visits and the care he received was excellent.
Memorial contributions in memory of Bob Farley can be made to Interim Health Care, DAV or VFW. A memorial service will follow at a later date. .
February 20, 1961 - January 02, 2022
Phillip J Daniels, 60, of Topeka, KS died on January 2, 2021. He was the jack of all trades and will be missed by many.