Judy Kay Purdum

Judy Kay Purdum

June 28, 1941 - September 07, 2022

Judy Kay Purdum, age 81, of Topeka, passed away peacefully on September 7th, 2022.

She was born on June 28th, 1941 in Osage City, Kansas. Judy was the daughter of Glen & Norma (Karnes) Jones.

She married Donald Purdum on April 30th, 1971; they later divorced but remained close friends. Judy loved antique and thrift shopping. She was also an avid collector of roosters. She was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone she could, including dogsitting her granddogs.

Survivors include four children; Tammy (John) Mawson, Michael Golla, Tammy (Jeff) Parker, and Bonnie Brown; one brother, Ray Jones; eight grandchildren, Kyrstin Talley, Cody (Tina) Purdum, Jennifer Mawson, Sarah Mawson, Cherise Bowers, Jonathan Parker, Jenny Parker, and Jason Parker; and 8 great grandchildren.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, sister Glenetta Davis, and brother Ronnie Jones.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 15th from 4-6 pm at The Milestone Market located at 3935 NW 25th Street, Topeka, KS 66618.

Patricia Faye (Cook) Welch

Patricia Faye (Cook) Welch

March 22, 1941 - September 30, 2022

Patricia Faye (Cook) Welch, 81, died September 30, 2002, after a nearly 3-year battle with Goodpasture Syndrome.  She is survived by her husband Ron, daughters Debra (Mike) Matavosky and Cheryl Roosevelt, son George (Jamie), brother George (Nancy) Cook, 10 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents George and Nira Faye (Clements) Cook, brother Stephen, and grandson Aaron Roosevelt.

Pat was a 1959 graduate of Hayden High School and retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone as Manager of Official Calling Services.  She was a Mary Kay consultant for over 30 years and achieved director level during that time.

A breast cancer survivor who loved to read, Pat also enjoyed travel.  She visited many European and Caribbean countries, numerous Canadian provinces, and 48 of 50 states.  She had hoped to visit the last two (Oregon and Idaho) before being stricken with the rare kidney and lung disorder.

A private family service will be held at a later date.  Should you wish to honor Pat’s memory, the family suggests contributions to the Capper Foundation in her name.

Michael Lane Artzer

Michael Lane Artzer
Of Topeka ,Ks
passed away at the local Hospital
October 15,1977 - September 14,2022

He was survived by his parents Montie Elaine Drotts Essman & Rickey Wayne Essman of Oak Grove ,Mo. Three sisters Michelle Artzer Snow (Kevin) Roberta Essman Hovey (Braden) Erika Essman One brother Christopher Essman Two Nieces Tara Gibbs ,Delaney Hovey three nephews Hunter Gibbs ,Arron Gibbs, Trenton Hovey and one great niece Arabella Cheesman and one grandmother Ellen Essman.

Michael attended Pinnacle Career institute where he received his degrees in Hvac ,applied science in Electronics all with honors, when Michael was not working or lending a helping hand he was fishing, camping, Bbq or traveling around . Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents Martha "Jane" Drotts and Norman "Shorty" Drotts and Lodell Essman.  Michael had requested that there be no services on his behalf. Family asks that donations be made to the your charity choice .

Gary Gordon Wade

January 30, 1961 - August 29, 2022

A Remembrance of Life will be held for Gary Gordon Wade, 63, of Carbondale/Topeka, Kansas, at West Lawn Cemetery on the day of Saturday, September 24th, 2022 at 11:00am. Gary G. Wade passed away August 29th, 2022 at 12:40pm from natural causes. The family will proceed with his wishes of being cremated and place his remains at West Lawn Cemetery, near
his mother and brother. All family and friends that would like to pay respect and share any memories of Gary are welcomed.

Gary G. Wade was born in Topeka, KS on January 30th, 1961 to parents, Edna Mae Wade (Coffman) and Robert Gary Wade, Sr. Gary is preceded in death by his mother, Edna Mae Wade, Grandmother Marguerite Coffman, and brother Gregory W. Wade. Gary is survived by his father, Robert G. Wade, 88, of Carbondale, KS and siblings, Diana L. Celland, 65, of Lydon; Delena M. VanVleck, 57, of Carbondale; Robert G. Wade, Jr., 58, of Carbondale; Michael T. Wade, 56, of Topeka; and Tammy Harmen, 60, of Ohio. Gary is also survived by his son, Dustin Olblander, 43 of Topeka, and 3 grandchildren, Allicea, Blayne, and Cray. He is also survived by 6 nieces and 6 nephews, and 11 great nieces and 6 great nephews.

Mary L. Bova

Mary L. Bova

Mary L. Bova, 92, of Lawrence, KS passed away on September 13, 2022. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Gene. She is survived by her daughter, Jeanne (Bill), John (Sharri), Matt (Linda) Joe (Joan); and 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Mary was the middle of Paul and Vina Allie’s 13 children, all of whom preceded her in death.  She grew up in Saint Paul, MN and later moved to Kansas with her husband and family. She loved gardening and always generously shared her bounty.  She was a wonderful and adventurous cook who welcomed all to sit at the table - or help themselves to the refrigerator. Mary also loved fishing, both with her husband, Gene, and with her many grandchildren, who she delighted in teaching. In her later years she was stricken with macular degeneration and then Alzheimer’s, handling both with strength and grace. Her family was of utmost importance to her and she has left a lasting legacy of priceless memories. 

A small, private family service will be scheduled. Should you wish to honor Mary’s memory, the family suggests the following: organizations that support the visually impaired (particularly macular degeneration), organizations that support the welfare of children (https://www.eudoraschoolsfoundation.org/ if needing a recommendation), or National Public Radio.

 
Karen JoAnn Snyder

Karen JoAnn Snyder

April 22, 1959 - September 12, 2022

  Karen JoAnn Snyder, 63, of Topeka died on Monday, September 12, 2022 due to complications from chronic illness.  

   She was born on  April 22, 1959 in Hutchinson, KS the daughter of Kenneth D. and Marlene Snyder.  Karen graduated from Buhler High School and earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Hutchinson Community Junior College and was employed as a legal assistant.  

   She enjoyed working on crafts and loved caring for animals.  Karen volunteered as an animal care giver at Carey Park Zoo in Hutchinson.  

   She is preceded in death by her parents.  Karen is survived by her brothers Bret (Hutchinson) and Brad and sister-in-law, Jolene Snyder, of Topeka and nieces Michelle Freeman (Snyder), of Boston, MA, Melinda Snyder, of St. Louis, MO and nephew Matthew Snyder, of Dallas, TX. Karen is a great aunt to eight nieces and nephews.

   A memorial graveside service will take place at 11 am on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Fairlawn Cemetery, Hutchinson, KS.  Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society Inc. 5720 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604 https://www.hhhstopeka.org or American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023 https://www.diabetes.org or Friends of the Topeka Zoo or Wichita Zoo.

Rickey Reuidene Belshe

Rickey Reuidene Belshe

October 2, 1957 - August 31, 2022

Rickey Reuidene Belshe was born on October 2nd 1957 to Jeanette Marie Belshe and William Thomas Belshe in Emporia Kansas. He had one younger brother Claude William Belshe.  He attended school in Hartford where he excelled in wrestling, football, and basketball.  Rickey spent most of his youth in the care of his Grandparents in Americus.  When his grandparents purchased the restaurant in Hartford they moved next door and Rick really enjoyed his time there helping in the kitchen.  Rick would say his high school years were the best time of his life. After graduation he began his long career in concrete with Duane Barrett Concrete where he quickly grew a close relationship with his boss Duane and became lifelong friends.  He dabbled in work with the railroad and the power plant, but soon returned to work with concrete as this was his life long career.  During this time he was briefly married to Kristy then divorced.  He then married Cheryl Kershner on September 7th, 1984,  they then moved to Topeka to build a new life together.  Rick began working with Conroy Concrete, and shortly after started his long term career with Concrete Unlimited.  He was life long friends with Perry Marney the owner.  Cheryl and Rick were then blessed with a daughter Hannah. Even with the many differences he and his daughter faced he loved her dearly. Although he divorced Cheryl in April of 2002, they remained close. After meeting Lora Frick he moved to Dover and was married for a short time.  He then returned to Topeka and began rekindling his relationship with Cheryl and spent a majority of his final years with her.  He was then blessed with a granddaughter Brielle, who was the light of his world.  His only wishes were to give her the world.  In 2020 he was diagnosed with liver cancer and Cheryl took care of him at his home until he was physically disabled.  He then moved to Topeka Centers, where he enjoyed visits from his mother Jeanette, partner Cheryl, grand daughter Brielle, brother Claude, and family friend Bailey.  He loved his snacks of shrimp rings, cheese crackers, and coke, and watched a lot of football.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 31st, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held at Forest Park located at 3158 SE 10th St, Topeka, KS 66607 on September 24, 2022 from 1pm-3pm in the Hickory Hall.  Snacks and drinks will be served.

 
Charlotte Jeanne Long

Charlotte Jeanne Long

March 26, 1944 - August 21, 2022

Charlotte Jeanne Long, 78, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2022, in Topeka, Kansas. She was born March 26, 1944, in Marion, Kansas to Frances (Williams) and Curtis Langley. Her parents divorced as a young child, and she spent much of her young years with her mother, sister and grandparents Nettie and Paul Williams in Marion, KS. Charlotte recounted many times about getting into a boat during the Marion flood of 1951 with her grandmother Nettie.  Before relocating to Topeka, her mother’s career, settled them for a few years in Winfield, Kansas. As she entered her teen years, her mother brought them to Topeka, where Charlotte and her sister Helen graduated from Topeka West High School. Charlotte also gained a father at this time when her mother married Robert Mardis. Frances and Robert preceded her in death. She married James H. Long in 1965. Both attended Washburn University and survived the 1966 tornado while they were living on campus at that time. Charlotte's greatest accomplishment was the love for her family and championed her role as a homemaker and mom. Charlotte was often known to be able to strike up a conversation with complete strangers anywhere she went. As Charlotte's kids were grown, she took on a position with CSI, a local security alarm company. Unfortunately, health issues set in within the past decade, making her mobility limited.  She still always loved her family and eagerly embraced news and stories of their lives. She was also a great source of family history and knowledge. If you needed a family fact, story or detail, Charlotte probably remembered it.

Benjamin Gene Culbertson

Benjamin Gene Culbertson

Benjamin Gene Culbertson 49, of Topeka passed away Friday August 5, 2022 with family by his side. Benjamin was born November 25,1972 to Bruce and Marie (Ard) Culbertson. Benjamin married Michelle (Donehoo) she survives.To this union was born his pride and joy his two sons Alan/Pandora and Devin. Ben was a loving father, grandfather, and big brother.He was also a very dedicated uncle to his nieces and nephews. Kelli, Reanna, Jasper, Nichole, Kaylee, Zoey and Billy. Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Alan. His grandparents Jack and Clara Culbertson and his grandpa Merle Ard, aunt Patti and uncles Lee and David. Benjamin is survived by his sons Alan/Pandora and Devin (Jesse) and grandson Phillip. His sister Lola Culbertson and niece Kelli, his brother Matthew (Jennifer) nieces and nephews Reanna, Jasper, Nichole, Kaylee, Zoey and Billy.His grandma Jean Ard, numerous aunts and uncles, and a multitude of cousins. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Benjamin is being cremated per his wishes. Contributions may be made to his sister Lola via venmo to help with the costs of cremation. @Lola-Culbertson-1
 
 
 
Larry A" Smoke " Diven

Larry A" Smoke " Diven

Meriden- Larry A" Smoke " Diven passed away August 1' 2022 at his home. He was born to Harold and Joyce Peck Diven on March 16' 1958 in Kansas City Missouri. He married Verna Houghton on June 28' 1986. She survives. They have a Daughter Kelsey (Joey) Lightell.  Also surviving is His Grandchildren in which he loved to spend time with almost everyday Koralee and Raymond Lightell. He is survived by Sister's Sandy Diven and Tammy (Bruce) Brumbaugh both of Topeka, Kansas. Brother-in Law's Tommy Mansfield (Chris), Michael (Dawn) Houghton and Patrick Houghton all of Topeka, Kansas. Sister-in Law's LeeAnne (Steve) Skinner Topeka, Kansas and Kathy (Ken deceased) Hobart Kansas City, Missouri. Many Niece's, Nephew's and extended Family. So many daycare kiddos throughout the years were a part of his life.  He retired from KDWPT after years, where he worked at Perry State Park. He also worked at Fox Ridge Townhouses for 8 years. Smoke enjoyed hunting, fishing and Family vacations. He really liked to get all the Daycare kids wound up when he came in and out. He was truly one of a kind. A Celebration of Life will be August 27th from 3-6 at Muddy Creek Game Birds Lodge 8721 NE Brown Rd. Meriden, Kansas 66512. Food, tea and lemonade will be provided. 

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