Larry Mogge

Larry Mogge

LARRY MOGGE AGE 71, LIFELONG RESIDENT OF TOPEKA, KS PASSED AWAY

JANUARY 30, 2024. LARRY WAS BORN SEPTEMBER 17, 1952 IN TOPEKA, KANSAS. HE WAS PRECEEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, LAWRENCE & OLGA MOGGE.

LARRY IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, RITA, STEPSON, ROD STEWART AND WIFE DEANNE, AND FOUR GRANDCHILDREN, BRANDON, ALEX, ALYSSA & JORDAN.

LARRY ATTENDED TOPEKA SCHOOLS, GRADUATED FROM TOPEKA HIGH IN 1970, GRADUATED FROM WASHBURN UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL WITH A JURIS DOCTORATE DEGREE IN MAY 1978. SPENT FIVE YEARS AS A LAWYER AND WORKED FOR THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.

LARRY WORKED SUMMERS AT GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER TO PAY FOR HIS EDUCATION AND HAD NOT INCURRED ANY STUDENT DEBT BY THE TIME HE HAD GRADUATED. HE WORKED FOR GOODYEAR FOR 28 YEARS AND RETIRED IN OCTOBER 2013.

LARRY WAS A GREAT ADMIRER OF THE WORLD WAR II GENERATION AND THUS ACQUIRED A UNIQUE MILITARY VEHICLE COLLECTION. HE BELIEVED IN PRESERVING THIS COLLECTION, “LEST WE FORGET”. HE WAS FEATURED IN THE CAPITAL JOURNAL AND LOCAL NEWS STATIONS FOR HIS COLLECTION. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY VEHICLE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION FOR MANY YEARS. HE ALSO WAS AN AVID FAN OF STEAM RAILROADING.

LARRY & RITA DID EXTENSIVE TRAVELING IN THE UNITED STATES VIA AMTRAK & CAR TRIPS. ATTENDED THE 50TH & 55TH D-DAY ANNIVERSARY FESTIVITIES IN EUROPE.

THE FAMILY WISHES TO THANK THE STAFF AT OAKLEY PLACE SENIOR LIVING FACILITY FOR THE LOVING CARE LARRY RECEIVED THERE DURING HIS STAY.

CREMATION ARRANGEMENTS BY ANGELS ABOVE. A MEMORIAL PARTY WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND TRANSITION.

Cheryl A. Denny

September 23, 1948 - January 15, 2024

Cheryl A. Denny, 75, of Topeka, KS passed away on January 15, 2024. She was born to Dwayne and Evelyn Denny on September 23, 1948. She grew up in Burlingame, KS and graduated high school in 1967.


She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Stacy Wessel, shortly after birth. Survivors include her sons, Cory Ashton and Christopher Ashton of Topeka, Jesse Wessel of Burlingame, daughter, Kim Smerchek (Dennis) of Topeka, and granddaughters Amanda Vanschaick of Dallas, Carly Smerchek and Tayler Wessel of Topeka, and Lakyn Wessel of Osage City.


Honoring Cheryl’s wishes, cremation is planned with a private burial at a later date.

Sharon Louise Tefft

Sharon Louise Tefft

July 18, 1947 - January 15, 2024
 
In Memory of Sharon L Tefft

Sharon Louise Tefft, 76, of Topeka, Passed away Monday, January 15, 2024 at home with family in Topeka Ks.

Sharon was born July 18th, 1947 in Wamego, Daughter of Herman J Mills and Thelma C Mills-Berry. Sharon graduated from Seamen High School. Retired from AT&T. She enjoyed reading, movies, cooking and spending time with family.

Surviving are 2 daughters Jennifer Hutchens-Keller (Michael) and Danielle Adams of Topeka; 6 grandchildren Dalton Hutchens, Connor Harvey, Jazmine Hutchens, Serenity Keller, Trinity Keller, Joshua Keller; Sister Patrica Roberts; Brothers Ed, Michael, and Steve Mills.

Sharon is Proceeded in death by her parents Herman and Thelma; Sister Janis and Brother Robert.

The Family has decided to have a Remberance for her in the Spring with Reverend Caroline Morrison officiating.
Sharon will be cremated with interment of cremains in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, at a later date.
 
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Rhonda Elaine Reed (Johnson)

Rhonda Elaine Reed (Johnson)

May 06, 1955 - December 30, 2023

Rhonda Elaine Reed (Johnson), 68, passed away at Midland Hospice House on December 30, 2023 with her children by her side. Rhonda was born into this life May 6th, 1955 in Concordia, KS to (Albin) Renold Johnson and Gladys Lucille Johnson (Aspergren). Rhonda was one of five children. She is survived by her siblings, Verlene Watson (Richard) of Hardy, NE, Alma Dean Johnson of Salina, KS and John Johnson of Courtland, KS. She is reunited with her parents, sister and brother-in-law, Shirley Dahl (Norman) and her niece, Vonda Hahne, as well as her favorite uncles and aunts, and cousins, in heaven. 

Rhonda was proud of her Lutheran upbringing and was baptized at Ada Lutheran Church in Kackley, KS. She also attended Kackley grade school and graduated from Courtland Hight School. Rhonda married Price Clifford Jones and to this union Dane Dominic Reed (Jones) was born. Married Michael Ellsworth Reed and to this union Janine Claire Heincker (Reed), Davin Thomas Reed and Marisa Anne Reed were born. Her stillborn son, Aaron welcomes her to heaven. 

She is survived and missed greatly by her family. Her housemates feel the hole in their hearts deeply. Carl Heincker and Janine Heincker (Reed) miss making her meals and receiving her wise words and laughs- what a blessing it was to serve each other. Their children, Bailee, Blair, Bella, Blaise, Eden, Brené, and Basil of Topeka, Kansas will miss hearing her songs, smelling her coffee, checking in throughout the day and wowing her with homeschool creations and yummy meals. Her daughter, Marisa Reed of Wichita, KS will miss her encouragement to be creative. Her granddaughter, Ruca Dirks (Reed) of Texas will miss their phone chats and cards back and forth. Her son Dane Reed of Colorado will miss their phone chats and cherished the times they were able to visit in person. Her son Davin Reed and girlfriend Jackie of El Dorado miss sharing chocolate and pet stories with each other. Her furry best friend, Rafael, is missing his napping buddy and he’s currently keeping sleeping kids warm and staying busy in “Grandma’s basement” with the Heincker family. 

Rhonda was a farm girl to the end and had a life-long love for nature and art. She enjoyed spending time in nature, whether it was fishing at the lake or enjoying the breeze off her patio with her favorite flowers, especially amaryllis and perennial daylilies. She soaked up life and her art pieces in many mediums reflecting her eye for God’s beautiful creation. Upon retirement as Activity Director at the nursing home, she cherished having time to paint acrylic art work and enjoyed gifting them to family. 

Her children and grandchildren had special time with her over the last year of her life in Janine’s home. She was often found having a phone chat with her siblings. Eating fried chicken, mashed potatoes and dessert, were a weekly treat that reminded her of her cherished family gatherings throughout her life. She loved working on her family story books and daily puzzles, alongside her grandchildren as they played and talked her ear off. Her chronic illness brought her to the hospital, back to the Heincker home, and finally to the Midland Hospice house where she passed away on December 30, 2023 at 5:55pm with her children by her side. Her last wishes were that her family and friends remember her fondly and share stories and laughs about her beautiful life. Her family is forever grateful to Midland Hospice and memorials may be sent there in her honor. 

Rhonda kept to herself and her family, and thus her final wishes were to be cremated and brought to her final resting place at the Ada Lutheran cemetery, Kackley, KS. Her family plans to have a private celebration of her life and graveside service in the Spring. Contact her daughter, Janine Heincker, for details.

William H. Stevens

William H. Stevens

March 21, 1946 - January 03, 2024

William H. Stevens, 77 of Alma, Kansas formerly of Independence, MO passed away peacefully in his home on January 3, 2024.  Bill was born in Hannibal, MO where he was raised with his sisters Penny, Susie, Perky and brother Vernon.  He attended public schools and spent many summers swimming in the Mississippi River, which is where he became a fantastic swimmer.  After school, he joined the workforce and spent his career working for Avon Distribution, Commerce Bank and The Waldinger Corporation, retiring in 2012.  In 1988 he met and married Linda Keys Doak.  They enjoyed 35 wonderful years together and spent most of their time attending events for their children and grandchildren and loved spending time in antique stores and with family.   Bill, or PaPa Bill, will be remembered as a man always available and ready to help anyone in need.  He was a great mentor with a listening ear, a calm demeaner and a smile to make everything better.  He was no stranger to hard work, always working odd jobs as a young man before entering the workforce and never being without a job.  One of his most enjoyable jobs was driving a water truck in Colorado delivering water from the base of a mountain to the top.       

Bill was preceded in death by his only son, James in 2008.  Also preceding him in death are his mother, Margaret, sister Elizabeth Penny Clark and brother Vernon Salisbury.  Survivors include his wife Linda of the home, daughter Jennifer Frank (Jeff), sisters LaVerne Eversmeyer and Susie (Mike) Roberts.  Grandchildren Tayler, Kateara, Shelby, Ileigha, Stephen, Alloura, Jackson, Zachary and Cole.  Great-grandchildren Brittney, Karter and Kamden.  Father and Mother-in-law Harvey and Betty West.  Several brothers and sisters in law, cousins and nieces and nephews.   

Private services will be held at a later date.  The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to St. Croix Hospice.

James Wesley Cropper

July 20, 1956 - December 20, 2023
 
James Wesley Cropper from 7-20-1956 to 12-20-2023 was 67 he served in the Marines. worked as a tree Rat for many years. Father< Melvin James Cropper (Deceased) Mother< Alberta Mae Howard (92 you go girl) GF< Tamrha Fields Sisters< Carol Grady/ Melva Bottom Sons< Christopher Cropper/ Joseph W, Pitts  Daughters< Talyn Cropper/ Amber Wells/ Ashely Livingston  Grandchildren< Joseph Pitts jr/ Kyle Almont/Kristie Blackburn/Joni Swift . There will be a Celebration of Life for Jim held at the Westlake Shelter House in Gage Park  Topeka Ks From 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm on January 14, 2024.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Denny Tryon

May 06, 1955 - December 28, 2023

Denny Tryon passed away at the age of 75 on December 28th, 2023.

He made close friends from neighbors and school in Perry and college in Emporia. His connections continued through service in the Army Reserves and with a career as a sales representative for motor carriers. He had interests during his life in hunting, golfing, boating, fishing, and classic cars that furthered his connections with people. His legacy and zest for life will live on through his stories and the memories he created with all who knew him. He continued to amuse others through his final days.

Denny is survived by Donna, his wife of 32 years, children Jeff Tryon (Jenny), Jolene Ogden, Andrew Buchholz (Betty), Alicia Wylie (Eric), son-in-law Chad Wormstadt, sister Carol Chelton (Herb), Uncle Chuck Tryon (Charlotte), 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Please gather with his family in his memory on Sunday, January 14th, 2024 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Reynolds Lodge (3315 SE Tinman Circle, Lake Shawnee, Topeka, KS 66605). A small service and burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry, Kansas at a later date.

Because of Denny's interest in providing youth with outdoor learning, memorial contributions may be made to BSA Troop 357, 910 E. 1st Street, Tonganoxie, KS 66086.

Robert (Wayne ) Burton

Robert (Wayne ) Burton

March 16, 1942 - December 18, 2023
 
Robert (Wayne ) Burton of Topeka, Kansas passed away peacefully at the age of 81 early Monday morning, December 18, 2023. Wayne was born in Clinton, Missouri on March 16, 1942 to the late Hugh & Jonah Burton. He was the youngest of 3 children. Both of his brothers, Hugh Jr. and Glenn preceded him in death. Wayne graduated from Clinton High School in 1960. After graduation, he enrolled at Rolla School of Mines and played football there for 2 years. Wayne enlisted in the Army in 1967 shortly after his divorce from Rose Mary Wheatley. He served in the Vietnam War until 1972 as helicopter mechanic. In 1975, Wayne and his then wife, the late Hai Burton and their children moved to Isfahan, Iran and resided there for 4 years before moving back to Independence, Missouri in 1979. Wayne worked for Owens Corning Fiberglass as chief electrician for 20 years. He retired from Owens Corning in 1999. 

Wayne worked hard all his life to provide for his family and ensure his children received a quality education. Wayne loved to cheer on his beloved Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals. He was an animal lover and had several dogs in his lifetime. He's particularly fond of the Lhasa Apso breed. His favorite place to visit often with his wife, Jeanneane, was the Black Hills in South Dakota. He will be greatly missed. 

Wayne is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jeanneane Burton; stepchildren, Darin Watson (Michelle), and Nikki Fitzgibbon (Joey); children, Loan Lieu, Long Lieu (Nga), Robert Wayne Burton, Jr., Kim Cleveland, Ha Burton (Joyce), Sang Burton (Christy) and Kim Burton; 9 grandchildren, Brandon Burton (Allie), Mathew Burton (Alyssa), Kayla Clouston, Kyle Bogar, Haylee Cleveland, Charley Burton, Garrett Burton, Riley Cleveland and Daniel Lieu; 4 step grandchildren DeShawn Watson, Josie Fitzgibbon, Jaxon Fitzgibbon and Emmaline Fitzgibbon; 6 great grandchildren, Jonathan Burton, Elizabeth Burton, Grayson Burton, Connor Burton, Dixie Burton and Brayley Burton and step great-grandson, Everett Stowe. 
 
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 6 at the VFW#1650 located at 3110 SW Huntoon, Topeka @ 1:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 

Cassandra Leigh Bohenstengel

March 24, 1994 - December 20, 2023
 
Cassandra Leigh Bohenstengel, age 29, had three children, Auroara age 9 Ember age 8 Mason age 6 .Twin sister Jasmin Bohenstengel-Kalies younger sister Journie Beckwith age 26 . One nephew Dante age 6. Mother Annette Kunst, step father Jamie Kamke, Biological father Todd Bohenstengel, half siblings Amber Knaub age 21 ,Dillion Bohenstengel 18, Austin Bohenstengel age 15,Tyler Bohenstengel age 20 . Cassie loved cooking and outdoors loved being with her children and hanging out with her twin sister. She was very kind and soft spoken. Cassie had a soft soul, when people would be unkind she would not say anything mean back. She lived her life being  kind to everyone . She liked being alone walking along the water and listening to music she was loved all her life she was one of those people that you cannot believe is kind with all the things going on in this world she always looked at people with kindness and respect sometimes i wondered how i can have a child with such a big heart and a soul that shine. Always looking toward the furture .
 

Serena Lynn McLaughlin

February 20, 1971 - December 17, 2023

Serena Lynn McLaughlin was born February 20, 1971, and passed away December 17, 2023.
Serena was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and also lived in Lyndon, Kansas, and Topeka, Kansas. She attended Highland Park High School for 3 years, before transferring to Topeka High, where she graduated in 1989. She worked many years in the food service industry, a short while as a DJ, and in Security, before starting a family.
Proceeded in death by her grandparents, several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Serena is survived by her parents, Kathy & Lester Vest, Jim Tevis, 2 siblings Sherry (Ryan) Bizoe, Jimmie Tevis, 4 children, Michael (Jamie) Tevis, Brandon Allensworth, Maria McLaughlin, & Kristina (Hunter) Huggins, 3 grandchildren, Mason Heath, Kaden McLaughlin, & Sadie Huggins, 1 niece, Delaney Bizoe, 1 nephew, Corey Tevis, & to many aunts, uncles, & cousins to list.
Serena enjoyed music, writing, crafts, cooking, & spending time with those she loved. She will be greatly missed. Serena was 52 years old.

Services will be held at 3:00pm, Saturday, December 30, 2023, at the Topeka Free Methodist Church, 3450 SE Indiana Ave.

 

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