Paul Michael O'Dell

Paul Michael O'Dell

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.

Robert (Bob) D. Farley

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. .

Phillip J. Daniels

Phillip J. Daniels

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. 

Survivors include: his wife of nearly 40 years, Agnes Williams, his two daughters, Angela Daniels and Rachel Daniels and his grandchildren Harlow, Aiden and Charles. His stepmother Virginia Daniels, brother's David, Walt and Preston and his Sister's Suzanne, Christine and Sunny. 
He was preceeded in death by his parents, JD Daniels and Roseanne Stehlin. His stepfather Walter Stehlin and his siblings Stuart and Rebecca Daniels. 
Graveside Services will be held on January 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Grantville Cemetery. 

Michael L. Jaynes

November 29, 1953 - January 02, 2022

Michael L. Jaynes, 68, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Michael is survived by his two daughters, Techka Jaynes and Catlynn Jaynes, both of Topeka. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren all of Topeka, Adarah Galbreath, Aminah Hobbs, Cemiya Kearn, Cheyenne Kearn, Liberty Kearn, Avery Hobbs, Cassidy Kearn, Kaiden Wheeler, Kalia Wheeler, and Kalani Wheeler.

Michael worked at Dolly Madison Bakery in Emporia, Kansas for many years until he retired. He enjoyed fishing and watching the Chiefs play football. He also enjoyed bowling and was on several bowling leagues over the years. His favorite past time was watching movies and playing casino games on his computer. He loved diet coke and smoking cigarettes; most of the time he had a cigarette in one hand and a diet coke in the other. He also loved teasing his children and grandchildren.

Per his request, he will be cremated with no service. A small celebration of life may be held later.

Vivian Ruth Glessner

September 27, 1920 - January 03, 2022

Vivian Ruth Glessner passed away January 3rd at Oak Creek Senior Living.  She was born September 27 1920 to William Russell and Ruby Tanner Powers.  She grew up on a farm in rural Topeka and graduated from Berryton High School..  She was an LPN and retired from Stormont Vail Hospital.

She is survived by son Robert (Betty) Stiles, Meriden, daughter Ruth (LeeRoy) Watson, Topeka, grandchildren Kenneth Stiles, Ozawkie, Callie Ballenger, Smithville, MO, Brady Watson, Knoxville, TN and four great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and graveside services will be held at a later date.

Gary E. Reed

May 29, 1942 - December 18, 2021
Gary E. Reed 79 (5/29/42), passed away quietly on Saturday December 18, 2021 after a short illness.  He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Hollister.  Gary retired from the State of Ks. after a long career working with the NCIC computer.
Gary is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children, Christine (Ray), Gary II (Cindy), and Brian (Susan).  He has seven grandchildren and four Great grandchildren with another one due in February.  He is also survived by two sisters, Joanne Helfferich and Sharon Thompson and two fur babies, Punkin and Odie. He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Reed, Mother, Eleanor Colony Reed, one sister, Bonnie McAnarney, and three brothers, Leslie Reed Jr., Charles Reed and Donald Reed.
He will be cremated.  At his request, there will be no service at this time.
Mark Ryan Martin

Mark Ryan Martin

March 23, 1980 - December 11, 2021
Mark Ryan Martin, 41, passed away on December 11, 2021.  He was cremated. 
He was a devoted and caring father of twins Ava and Maci Martin, of Brunswick, Maine.  Other survivors include his mother Caren Martin and his maternal grandmother Cicely.
Mark was predeceased by his father Earl Martin, paternal grandparents Arthur and Marjorie, and his paternal grandfather Ray.
Upon his graduation from Washburn Rural High School in 1999 he joined the Navy.  He served aboard the Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 for four years as an Information Systems Technician then as a Security Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom.
He was employed by the City of Topeka and then joined the crew at Hills Pet Nutrition. 
A visitation/memorial will be held on Wednesday December 29, 2021 from 4-6 P.M. at the Auburn Community Center, 121 W 11th ST, Auburn, Kansas just north of the ball diamonds.  Auburn is straight south on Auburn Road from I-70.
Shannon Kathleen Torneden

Shannon Kathleen Torneden

October 03, 1960 - December 15, 2021

Shannon Kathleen Torneden passed away on December 15, 2021 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.  She was born on October 3, 1960 to the daughter of Robert G. Rusher Sr. and Ramona J. (Rogers) Rusher Wolf.  She made her home in McFarland, Kansas and later relocated to Eskridge.
She was previously married to Michael A. Holstrom; they had one son, Michael A. Holstrom II (Malorie) of Killeen, Texas who survives.

She was remarried to Joseph E. Torneden Sr., who preceded her in death. They had one daughter together, Sara (Torneden) Berkholtz (Jay).  She had a step-daughter, Jessica Boehle (Jason) and a step-son, Joseph Torneden Jr., all surviving.

Other survivors include her grandchildren; D'avian Guerrero-Holstrom, Evelyn Berkholtz, Jack Berkholtz, Hunter Boehle, Riley Boehle, Cameron Boehle, Jewell Torneden, Mason Torneden, Jade Torneden, and Daniel Torneden.  Survivors also include her sisters, Jody (Rusher) Slobojan of Wichita, Kansas and Charlene (Rusher) Urton (Curtis) of Eskridge, Kansas along with many nieces and nephews, who all loved and adored her. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert G. Rusher Jr. and her parents.

Shannon became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1980 and worked as a nurse in different aspects of the profession.  Shannon loved nature and found great joy in fishing, enjoyed gardening and canning the fruits of her labor.  She also had a passion for baking and taking care of everyone around her.

Family and friends will gather at Bradley's Corner Cafe, 844 N. Kansas Ave Topeka, KS, 66608 for food and remembrance at 3 P.M. on January 2, 2022.

Norma Falk Haefke

Norma Falk Haefke

February 06, 1930 - December 16, 2021

Norma Falk Haefke passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021. Norma was born February 6, 1930, in Mc Farland, Ks. the daughter of Eugene and Alice LaMar. The birth of Norma’s sister JoHanna completed their family on February 13, 1942. JoHanna lives in Pompano Beach, Florida with her husband Terry. Their two sons., Craig and Curtis also live in Pompano with their families.

Norma married Don Falk, they had three children, Ron Falk, Stephanie Falk Abbott, and Mark Falk. Norma was wife, mother, and Grandmother first and foremost.

Norma’s life journey consisted of working outside the home in the Alma Cheese plant office, United Telephone as a telephone operator, before there were dial telephones, restaurant owner and retiring from Rubottom Pharmacy. And losing her first husband Don in 1983.

Norma found new love with John Haefke, they married on August 29, 1992. Norma and John loved going to dances and spending time with family. John preceded her in death on Dec 15, 2012.

Norma loved to cook and host her family during the holidays and as often as she could gather us together.

Norma was a member of St. John’s Lutheran church of Alma, KS and a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church of McFarland, KS.

Melva A Holford Carter McKinley

Melva A Holford Carter McKinley

August 27, 1939 - December 02, 2021

Melva A Holford Carter McKinley passed away Thursday Dec. 2nd 2021 peacefully in her sleep at Plaza West Rehab.

Melva was born on Aug.27th 1939 to Melvin Speed Holford and Mary A Bradley Holford on the family farm in McFarland Ks. She attended wabaunsee county schools.
Melva worked at Santa Fe Hospital,  Topeka State Hospital,  the VA Hospital, and Goodyear. 
She married Leo l Carter and to this union 2 sons where born, Melvin Lewis and joseph leon, they later divorced. 
She was preceded in death her parents and brother's Harold, Bobby, Gene, Kenny and Richard and a sister Dorothy white. 
She is survived by her sons Melvin (Tracey) Carter and Joseph (Debbie) Carter,  brother Jimmy Holford,  sister's Alma Augustus and Kim Holford Bailey.  She had 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandkids. 
Per her wishes she was cremated and wanted no services. A small graveside service will take place at a later date.

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