Christon Shughart

Christon Shughart

June 02, 1974 - March 31, 2022

Christon Shughart, 47, of Topeka passed away on March 31st, 2022. She was born June 2nd, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois.

She worked many cleaning jobs throughout her life. She would complain but she actually loved doing it until she could no longer work due to health complications.

She spent her last few years in a nursing home with her husband. She enjoyed visits from her family. She always looked forward to game nights with her friends. Most of all, she loved visits from Harley and Scooby, her "fur babies", as she called them. She showed them off to everyone she met. She was loving and kind. As her friends called her "a little spit fire".

Survivors includes her husband, Manuel Shughart; two daughters, Chelsea Shughart, Lindsey Shughart; Brother-in-law, Mike Shughart; four nephews, Michael Shughart, Corey Shughart, Aaron Shughart, Brandon Shughart, nieces and many beloved friends.

A Celebration of Life for Christon will be held at a later date as the family wants to take the time to mourn.


Joey Raymond Whitt

Joey Raymond Whitt

April 04, 1944 - April 07, 2022

Joey Raymond Whitt 78 of Topeka Ks, passed away in his home on April 7 2022, Joey was born on April 4, 1944 in Brooks West Virginia to Wallace and Maudie Whitt, Joey was one of twelve children.  Joey served in the United States Army was a tanker and expert marksman during the Korean war.  Joey received an honorable discharge in September of 1970. He was stationed in Fort Riley after returning to the states this is where he met and married Linda Stewart the couple having three children.  Joey and Linda were later divorced, and Joey married Deborah Whiteman, Joey and Deborah had one child together. 

Joey is survived by three of his children: Dale Whitt of San Antonio, Texas, Bobbie Jo Kramm (Nathaniel) of Wamego, and Jodi Whitt of Topeka, 7 grandchildren, 3 Sisters, Pearl, Jeanette, Phyllis, 2 brothers Jimmy and Jerry and many close friends and extended family members.   

He is preceded in death by both of his parents, a son and best friend Mark Whitt (2021), and 6 siblings Magalene, Nathan, Ray, Ralph, David, and Taz.  

Joey served as a Steward for the local Teamsters 696 Union in Topeka and was a cement truck driver for many years.  Joey was known by many for his ability to fix any vehicle, after retiring from the union he spent his time fixing up and selling vehicles.  There wasn’t a problem he couldn’t solve when it came to an engine large or small.  Joey looked forward to every April/May when the crappie would spawn at Tuttle Creek Lake where he had a secret fishing spot out at “Johnnie's cabin” one of his good friends' places on the lake. Joey loved to travel to Colorado and spent many family vacations in the mountains. Joey could be very ornery and if you were close to him, you likely became a recipient of his pranks, he loved to make people laugh.  He was a great Dad, Grandpa and friend and will be missed by many.  

Family will celebrate the life of Joey Whitt at a graveside service on August 13, 2022 at 2pm at The St. George cemetery.    

David F. Lynch

June 18, 1956 - March 23, 2022

David F. Lynch was born  June 18, 1956 to George & Julia Lynch in Topeka, Ks. Both parents preceded him in death. He passed away on March 23,2022 in Topeka, Ks. A brother, Michael D. Lynch , Tallahassee, Fl. preceded him in death. He is survived by sisters, Kathi (lynch) Baenig, Topeka & Karyn (Lynch) George), Manassas, Va. He was a 74 graduate of Salina High School, attended K State,  Ks. Vocational Technical, & Ks College of Technology . He was employed by Texas Instruments, K U Medical Center, & Luce Press  Clippings. He’s been cremated with services TBD at a later date. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society in his name.

Mary Stinson/Blake

June 09, 1951 - February 28, 2022
Mary Stinson/Blake age 70 from Parsons Ks born 06/09/51 who lived in Topeka ks with her Granddaughter Breanna Blake and 3 great grandkids Aubrianna Walter's, Ka'Vion Blake, Kyaire Walter's died 02/28/2022 she was the daughter of Dolly Stinsonand General Smith. Has 2 brothers Bob and Michael white who has also passed and her Sister Gayle Stinson who still survives in Parsons ks she loved her very much. She has 3 children, Staci Blake who is deceased Thomas Blake from parsons and Ashley Blake from Parsons. And  grandkids Alicia Mulay Michael Blake, McKenna Blake, Kaden Blake. She loved her family was happy loved to paint and do crafts also worked threw medical field. You can contact the son daughter or Granddaughter to get details of services that will be held for her. Momma I was your angel and now your Mine, love Ashley. R.I.P Momma/Nana
Lester W. Cooley

Lester W. Cooley

October 15, 1956 - March 31, 2022

Lester W. Cooley, 65, of White City, KS passed away on March 31, 2022 at Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan KS from his medical issues. He made his home in White City KS with his wife Karen Cooley for 21 years. Lester was a machinist and drilling rig worker before starting his career as an electrician. Lester worked for various companies before his medical retirement in August 2016 from Faith Technologies.

During his career he and Karen traveled around the United States for his work and lived in many states. He was a hard worker and did everything to the best of his ability. In his spare time, Lester was an avid fisherman and hunter. His favorite thing in the world was to throw a line with a lure, bobber, liver or worm in the water. He enjoyed hunting rabbits, squirrels, turkey and deer. He was a devoted family man who dearly loved his children, grand children and great grand children along with cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and extended family. They blended their families and made a wonderful life together.

Lester is survived by his wife Karen of the home, daughters Missy (Frank) Blakley, Mandy (Cory) Metsker, sons Brandon (Jaclyn) Cooley, Joe (Heather) Cooley and Robert (Brandy) Bartron along with 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Lester is also survived by his mother Marilyn, sister Charlotte (Malcom) and a host of friends and family. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Edward Cooley. He will be greatly missed and always loved.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Donate / KDWP Info / KDWP - KDWP (

A memorial service will be held on May 7th in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church, 204 W. Mackenzie Street White City, KS 66872 from 1-4pm.

Deanna Dee Herrin (Mumma)

Deanna Dee Herrin (Mumma)

January 31, 1939 - March 16, 2022

Deanna Dee Herrin (Mumma), 82, passed away March 16, 2022 at Kelly House South in Meriden, Kansas. She was born January 31, 1939, in Norton, Kansas to Olen Dee and Juanita Foland Mumma. She was the third of seven children.

After her father returned home (WWII), the family moved from Norton County to Topeka. Deanna graduated from Highland Park High School in 1957. After graduation, she worked at businesses including Hallmark, Frito Lay and Montgomery Wards.

In June 1970, Deanna married Gary W. Herrin who was stationed at Forbes AIr Force Base (AFB).  She then enjoyed life as a military spouse, stationed with her husband and growing family at Yokota AFB in Japan; Fairchild AFB in Washington; Lackland AFB in Texas; Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, and Keesler AFB in Mississippi.  During this time, she volunteered, worked retail (Base Exchanges) and poured her heart into beautifying her yard, winning yard of the month multiple times.

When Gary retired in 1995, she and Gary moved to San Antonio, Texas.  In 2006, after Gary’s death, she returned to Topeka.  She loved to sew, craft, garden and complete DIY projects around the house.

Deanna was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sisters, Beverly Badger and Carla Epling. 

Greg Allen Ketron

Greg Allen Ketron

January 11, 1960 - March 24, 2022
Greg Allen Ketron, 62, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2022 and is now riding his beloved Harley on the streets of Heaven. He was a son, father, brother, uncle, great uncle and grandfather. Greg spent his days using his unmatched artistic abilities to make beautiful artwork that his family will forever treasure. He never met a person he couldn’t make laugh and was always the life of the party. He was a floor layer by trade and worked for Gardners Floor Covering, Hall Floor Covering and Ketron Flooring prior to retirement. For 12 years he fought various types of cancer and fought until the very end. He is proceeded in death by his mother, Ula Ketron. He is survived by his father, Gene (Debbie) Ketron, brothers Heath (Christy) Ketron, Danny (Gayla) Ketron, longtime partner Crystal Scott, Topeka, his daughter and son-in-law, Shandra and Ryan Baker, his 3 grandsons, Ohio, step-daughter Misty (Stephen) Scheele, Topeka, and two step grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 
Roger Dale Hull

Roger Dale Hull

February 17, 1947 - March 24, 2021

Roger Dale Hull, 74, of Emporia, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Newman Regional Hospital.  He passed from complications from Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Preceding him in death are his parents, William R. and Betty J. Hull, his brother, Bill J. Hull, his in-laws, Wayne E. and Betty J. Albin, and his sister-in-law Patty Albin.

Roger graduated from Emporia High School class of 1965, served in the Air Force and attended Emporia State University receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.  In 2007, he retired as a brakeman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Roger’s loving memory lives on in the hearts of his wife of almost 40 years, Judy Hull, his children, Jennifer Hull of Kansas City, MO, Jamie Hull and Jonathan Hull (Keri) and granddaughter Hannah Hull all of Emporia. He wished to not have a service and contributions were made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. 

Roger was a wonderful spouse, father and grandfather.  He loved family time, fishing, reading, ball games, attending plays and concerts, traveling, feeding the squirrels in his backyard, and collecting coins, model cars, trains, etc.  Roger was always ready to go on a new adventure!


Charles Clayton Handley

December 29, 1935 - March 21, 2022

Charles Clayton Handley, 86 passed away Monday, March 21, 2022, at Plaza West Healthcare & Rehab Center in Topeka, KS.

Chuck was born the son of Clifford (Tip) and Gladys (Deeringer) Handley on Dec 29, 1935, at his parents' home.

Chuck married Patricia Ann Harris in Topeka.  To their union, they had five children, Charlie Joe, Wade, Bernard, Rochelle and Kandice.  They were later divorced.

He was preceded in death by his parents, children, Charlie Joe (2008), Bernie (2016), Rochelle (2002) and a brother Joe C. Handley (2018).

Chuck leaves behind his children Wade (Pam) Handley, Andover, KS, Kandice (Bron) Williams, Bartlesville, OK, Daughter-in-law Teresa Handley, Gridley, KS. 14 Grandkids, 26 Great-Grandkids, 3 Great-Great-Grandkids, a Sister Cyrella Birtell, Overbrook, KS., Sister-in-law Faye Handley, Topeka, KS. and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial gathering will be at a later.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Angels Above Cremation Services, Topeka, KS.

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Mary Ann (Clopton) Turner

Mary Ann (Clopton) Turner

August 10, 1943 - March 17, 2022

Mary Ann (Clopton) Turner, age 78, of Emporia, KS, passed away March 17, 2022 at her home. She was born in Emporia on August 10, 1943 to Jay and Mildred (Lamoureux) Clopton. She was a graduate of Emporia High School class of 1961.

She married Bill Estes in 1961 and together they shared two sons. They later divorced. She married Bob Turner in 1977 and they were later divorced. She lived in several places including Emporia, Oklahoma and Tucson, AZ. She held various jobs throughout her life and at one time owned and operated a drive-in restaurant and a tanning salon. Mary retired in 2009 and moved back to Emporia to live near her family.

Mary never met a stranger and was always quick to strike up a conversation. Visiting with family and friends was a favorite pastime of hers and she was a wonderful listener. Her personality could be described as bright, fun and bubbly, some might even have called her ornery. She enjoyed painting, yard work, fishing, going barefoot and picking and eating fresh tomatoes from the vine.

Mary was an animal lover and had many cherished pets throughout her lifetime.

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