Carol Jean Mejia

Carol Jean Mejia

October 17, 1943 - November 28, 2021

Carol Jean Mejia, of Emporia Kansas, passed away on November 28th, 2021, at home surrounded by her family. She was born October 17th 1943 to George(Hap) and Helen Richardson. She is survived by her husband Philip Mejia Sr. they married December 20th 1958.

Carol worked for 8 years at IBP, and then worked as a housekeeper for many years. Carol was a great cook, loved her music and loved spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 infant children, a sister Linda Potter, one adult daughter Juanita Mejia, and one adult son Chris Mejia. Carol is survived by Children: Sheila (Kevin) Cook, Philip (Bea) Mejia, Tony (Pam) Mejia, and Nicholas Carr; Sisters: Sue Arnold, Shirley Cook, Debbie Yokley, Diane TenEyck; Brother Pete Richardson and 13 grandchildren: Keri, Justin, Brett, Laura, JT, Taran, Aaron, Daniel, Alex, Ryan, Nathan, Megan, Josh and their spouses; 22 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; one grumpy cat Snowball and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.



Thomas D. Mohr, Sr.

Thomas D. Mohr, Sr.

September 15, 1946 - November 21, 2021

Thomas D. Mohr Sr., 75, died November 21, 2021, at Topeka Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Topeka, Kansas. He was born September 15, 1946, in Great Bend, the son of Carl Mohr and Zoe Hull. 

Tom was the youngest of 10 children. He spent a few years serving in the United States Navy in the early to mid-1960s. Although a plumber by trade, Tom also spent several years working in the oil fields of central Kansas alongside some of his brothers. Tom’s Mother passed away before his fifth birthday, so his eldest brother “Buddy” took him in and raised him after that. Tom spent most of his adult life living and working in Houston, Texas.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Loretta Pierce, his brothers; Carl Mohr, Robert Mohr, and Douglas Mohr; his sisters, Virginia Sharp and Joyce Lofland; and one grandson Gary “Bubba” Burkdoll. 

Tom is survived by his two children Tom Jr. and Shammie; and his older siblings; Rosilyn, James, Richard, and Marilyn; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Roland “Ronnie” Lee Beckwith

Roland “Ronnie” Lee Beckwith

February 16, 1943 – November 17, 2021

Roland “Ronnie” Lee Beckwith, 78, passed away at 11:00 on Wednesday November 17, 2021 surrounded by his family at Topeka Presbyterian Manor.  Ronnie was born in Topeka, KS on February 16, 1943 to the late Roland Arthur Beckwith and Nellie May Cisilini.

Although Ronnie did not finish high school, he always insisted that everyone should work hard in school and do their very best so they can better than him.  Ronnie is what many might call a “Jack of all trades, master of none”.  The second verse to that quote is what describes Ronnie best, which is “though often times better than a master of one”.   Meaning although Ronnie didn’t obtain a certification or specialty of any kind, he worked hard and did the very best he could to provide a roof, food, and clothing for his family.  

The fourth of seven siblings he is survived by his wife and best friend of over 50 years Sharon Louise Mullinicks Beckwith Topeka, brother Paul Dean Beckwith Topeka, sisters Linda Faye Rafferty and Nellie Rose Miller Topeka , Kevin E. Rawlings (Son/Son-in-law) Topeka, eight children Rhonda J. (Rex) Wilson Oklahoma, Annette J. Kunst (Jaime Kamke) Topeka, Richard K. (Vivian) Hutches Florida, Pablo (Lucia) Camarillo Mexico, Ronnie N. Beckwith Wisconsin, Steve R. (Paige) Camarillo Texas, Staci L. (Robert) Wilson Florida, Tina L. Beckwith Topeka, and a total of 34 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren.

Robert Earl Troupe, Sr

Robert Earl Troupe, Sr

July 11, 1929 - November 10, 2021

Robert Earl Troupe Senior, 92, Topeka, went home to be with Our Lord on November 10, 2021.  He was born July 11, 1929, to William and Josephine Troupe in Emporia, Kansas.  Robert attended Washburn University and served in the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving many medals.  Robert was one of the last Soldiers to leave Vietnam when the United States decided to withdrawal the troops.  He worked for the VA Hospital in Topeka, Kansas from which he retired.

Robert was a Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas and was a Volunteer for various organizations throughout the community.

Robert was married to his first wife, Kathryn Troupe (they were divorced) and to this union was born two sons Robert Jr. and Kenneth Troupe.  Surviving are son Robert Jr. (Topeka, Ks) and Grandchildren Robert Troupe III and Kimeya Atkinson, (Great Grandchildren Sunny, Ty, Amy, Haley, Edgar, Koi, Alonzo and Sho’n) all of Atlanta, Georgia.

Shirley Jean Kelly

Shirley Jean Kelly

October 30, 1940 - November 11, 2021
Shirley Jean Kelly,81, Topeka, passed Thursday, November 11, 2021, surrounded by her family at Stormont vail hospital. Shirley was born October 30, 1940, in Los angles, Ca. The daughter of Clayton Pusch and Glenna (Pratt) Pusch. Shirley married James Harold Kelly on March 25, 1961. They celebrated 56 years together until he passed in 2017. Shirley was a stay-at-home mom & helped raise some of her grandchildren.  Shirley has 7 children, 27 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Survivors include son James Kelly of Topeka Ks, son Danny (Debbie) Kelly of Axtell Ks, son David (Sandra) Kelly of Topeka Ks, daughter Heather Kelly of Burlington Ks, daughter Amber (Eddie) Hill of Osage City Ks, son Nicholas Kelly of Topeka Ks,  sister Linda (Tomas) Blunt of Junction City Ks, brother Roger (Joy) Pusch of Topeka Ks, sister Jackie (Mike) Peek of Topeka Ks. Shirley is predeceased by her husband James Harold Kelly, her daughter Kimberly (Kelly) Means, her parents Clayton and Glenna Pusch, brother Carroll Pusch, sister Phyllis Cusic, and brother Gary Pusch. 
A celebration of life will be on November 23, 2021, in Topeka, Ks. 

Kevin E. Manning

January 23, 1942 - November 13, 2021

Kevin E. Manning, 79 of Lawrence, Kansas passed away on Saturday November 13, 2021.                                                 

Kevin was born January 23, 1942 in Topeka, Kansas to Earl and Ruth (Weaver) Manning. He graduated from Topeka High School and Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Kevin lived in Lawrence, Kansas for thirty three years, managing the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant until his retirement in 2005.                          

He enjoyed drawing, traveling, and was interested in Art, and Art History.                                                                              

Kevin is survived by twin Sister, Nancy Manning, Sister-in-law, Martha Manning, Nieces, Mary Boulanger and Sarah Roth, Nephew, John Manning. Two Great Nieces, three Great Great Nieces, and two Great Great Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Ruth Manning, Brothers, Norman Manning, Rodney Manning, and Eldon Manning, and Great Nieces, Katie Pearson and Lauren Boulanger.                                                      

The funeral will be held at 10:00 am Saturday November 27, 2021 at St Augustines in Topeka, Kansas.           

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Pastor Larry D Latham

Pastor Larry D Latham

August 03, 1952 - October 30, 2021
Pastor Larry D Latham, age 69 of Topeka, left this earth to sit at the feet of Jesus on Saturday, October 30, 2021. A Celebration of Life Service for Pastor Latham will be Saturday, November 13th at 10:00 a.m. (CST) at Fellowship Bible Church 6800 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS.
Pastor Latham was born August 3,1952 in Bergstrom AFB, Houston TX. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Annaniah and is survived by his parents, Peter and Nadine Latham and four siblings. In addition, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Latham; daughter Jessie Steinlage of Overland Park; daughter, Lesleigh Hodam of Topeka; his two son-in-laws and 7 grandchildren. 
Pastor Latham was a humble servant, devoted husband, loving father, gracious papa and loyal friend. Pastor Latham was called into ministry at the age of 30. He received his Associate of Divinity and Associate of Religious Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, in Mill Valley, California. 

Tasha Kay Conway

June 06, 1985 - November 01, 2021

Tasha Kay Conway was born June 6,1985 to Deva Shearer and step father Steve Bracha. She received her wings on November 1,2021.

Tasha had so many accomplishments from the time she was a knee high to a grasshopper all the way until she took her last breath. Through all the trophies, ribbons, ad certificates her two biggest achievements are her wonderful children. Besides her children, her love for animals is unmatched. She moved into her dream home roughly six years ago. Tasha wasted no time filling her land with all the animals you could imagine. She was most at peace just sitting on her deck listening to all the sounds around her. Tasha's second love was the family she made at the post office. She accomplished a lot in her career, and made everyone around her incredibly proud. Tasha started her fight against cancer in December 2017. Since day one she has never backed down. She fought to the very last second. She is an inspiration to all who knew her.
Tasha preceded in death by her grandmother, Donna, her grandfather, Earl, her sister, Selena, and three great nieces Mackenzie, Avery, and Kora Leigh. Left to cherish and uphold her memory is her husband Caleb, son, Nick Haun, daughter Bella Conway, her parents Brenda and Dennis Haun all of Topeka. her biological parents, her grandmother, Rita, her brother Steve(Cori) Bracha, nephew Steve Bracha, niece Elisa, all from Ryegate, MT, niece Natalie(Matt) Schultz of Kansas City, MO, niece Nikole Tolman of Waskom, TX, brother in law Walter Butler of Waskom, TX, and two great nephews Jayce and Liam Schultz of Kansas City,MO. Including numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and countless friends.
Amy L. Bounous

Amy L. Bounous

September 30, 1975 - October 09, 2021

Amy L. Bounous, age 46 of Wichita, met Jesus on October  9, 2021

Amy was born in Wichita Kansas to Bruce and Anna Bounous. Amy lived in Wichita most of her life where she provided excellent customer service at ADT, Protection One, and St Francis Hospital and made many lifelong friends.  She graduated High School in 1994 at Northeast Magnet in Wichita. Amy had a heart for rescue animals, especially her dog Diamond. She looked forward to weekly dinners with Uncle Joel who took care of Diamond when needed. She fell in love with the Ocean while on a cruise and was planning a return trip. But her favorite place to visit was the zoo alongside her mother who remembers many wonderful trips to the Wichita, Topeka, Oklahoma and Omaha Zoos.

Amy was preceded in death by her father Bruce Bounous.  She is survived by her Mother Anna Bounous, Brother Evan (Sheri) Bounous, her Nephew Sean and Niece Julianne, six uncles, two aunts, and many special cousins.  

A private family celebration of life service will be planned at a later date.  In lieu of Flowers, the family would like donations to made in Amy’s memory to the Wichita Humane Society


Clarice Anne Miner

Clarice Anne Miner

February 02, 1946 - October 22, 2021

Clarice Anne Miner, 75, of Topeka, Kansas, died Friday, October 22, 2021, with her family by her side following an extended illness.

Clarice Gunderson was born February 2, 1946, in Topeka, the daughter of Clarence and Margaret (Robinson) Gunderson. Her parents divorced soon after her birth, and she was raised by her mother and stepfather.

After graduation from high school, Clarice worked in a variety of jobs primarily in the Topeka area, and retired from Jostens Printing and Publishing in Topeka after 23 years of service.

Clarice enjoyed reading, sewing, baking and tending to her roses. Her greatest joy was in giving and receiving hugs from loved ones, especially her son and grandchildren.

She married William Pitts; they were later divorced. Clarice then married Larry Miner in 1984; he survives of the home.

Clarice also leaves behind her treasured son, Aaron (Tracy) Gunderson, Topeka; her grandchildren, Tyler, Brandon, Alison, Olivia, Garrett, Jake, Grace and Noah; her sisters, Lorelei Godfrey, Australia; Genevieve Besenyi, Pennsylvania; Wendy (Ken) Zeller, Paxico; as well as a dear sister-in-law and beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

Cremation is planned, with a private family memorial service to be held at a later date.

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