Greg Pierson

Greg Pierson

October 04, 1947 - June 15, 2021

Greg Pierson, age 73, of Topeka, passed away June 15, 2021. He was born October 4, 1947, in Streator, Illinois to Helen (Yeager) Lively and Riley Pierson.

Greg married Dee (Lignitz) on July 11, 1970. she survives. Other survivors include, daughter, Stacey (Alan) and son, Aaron (Heather). Greg was blessed with four grandchildren, Jarrett, Randy, Jaelyn and Hunter, whom he loved very much. Also surviving are four brothers and two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Greg served in the Air Force from 1966-1970. He worked as a HVAC technician for many years. He worked at Anchor Robinson Heating & Air, CD Jones and the State of Kansas, from where he retired in 2011.

After retirement, he and Dee became winter Texans in Raymondville, Texas. He made many friends in Texas whom he enjoyed very much. In March 2021, Greg and Dee moved back to Topeka to be closer to family and friends.

Honoring Greg’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a celebration of life at Lake Shawnee Shelter house #4 on June 26, 2021, from 10am-1pm. This will be a casual event, in which you are invited to come and go as your time allows to share some memories. The family request no flowers; however, if you feel the need or desire, please feel free to donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ( in Greg’s honor or a charity of your choice.

Kevan Leif Long

Kevan Leif Long

November 08, 1954 - June 07, 2021

Kevan Leif Long, age 66, of Topeka died early Monday morning, June 7, 2021, after a lengthy illness. Born to Oren and Vera Long on November 8, 1954, Kevan grew up on their farm in Valley Falls, attending school there while helping his parents and siblings raising livestock, tending crops, and pitching in to help with the many daily chores that farm life requires. 

Kevan served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam war. His time in the service took him all over the world, but he spoke fondly and often of his experiences while stationed on the island of Guam. It gave his family so much pleasure to listen to his stories of the warmth and openness of the people of Guam, the perfect weather, endless food and music, and the beauty of the landscape. It was always his dream to get back there someday. 

On August 27, 1982, Kevan married his sweetheart, Annette Butterfield. Together, they bought a home in Topeka where they raised two children, Katheryn Long (Jeremy), and Kyle Long (Sara) until their paths diverged. Kevan’s children blessed him with two biological grandchildren, Oren Long and Bailey Bentley, and five step grandchildren, Ryker, Aunika, Asher, Paige, and Michael, who were loved and cherished equally. Kevan liked to remind his family that he put his grandchildren, all of them, above everyone and everything. They were his world.

Kevin Mathew Liljestrom

Kevin Mathew Liljestrom

December 22, 1960 - May 31, 2021
Kevin Mathew Liljestrom, 60, formerly of Hutchinson, KS, passed away on May 31, 2021, at The Legacy on 10th Ave in Topeka. He was born December 22, 1960, in Duluth Minnesota to Paul William Liljestrom and Susan Jane (Gulder) Liljestrom.

He is survived by ex-wives Birgit Liljestrom, (Germany) and Luann Liljestrom, and four children, Lois, Ricky, Kevin JR, and Rebecca, all of Lawrence.  One sister Kay Larson, Utah, nieces and nephews, and an aunt, Gail Johnston, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul, and Susan Liljestrom and father-in-law, Albert J. Miller, who’s guidance, prayers and unconditional love led him to a belief in Christ the last weeks of his life.

Kevin served in the US Army until being honorably discharged in the early 80’s. He was a mechanic as well as an excellent carpenter and an avid storyteller. A favorite story told was about his grandmother and the bear.  His ability to spin a creative tale was unrivaled.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services are scheduled for 7 PM on June 15, 2021, at Word of Life Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson.

The family wishes to thank Elara Caring and The Legacy on 10th Ave in Topeka for their care and support during this difficult time. 

Beverly A. Lash

Beverly A. Lash

September 30, 1939 - May 29, 2021

Beverly A. Lash, Overbrook, died Saturday, May 29th, 2021, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka following complications from a fall.  She was 81.

Bev was born September 30, 1939, in Norwich, to Carl A. and Grace (Harrison) Oyler.  She graduated from Norwich High School in 1957, and attended Emporia State Teachers College before becoming a Certified Professional Secretary.   Most of her career was spent in the Wichita Regional Office of the United States Postal Service, but in later years she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Rogers, Arkansas.

Bev married the love of her life, Joe Lash, in 1981 in Benton County, Arkansas.  Bev and Joe lived for many years on Beaver Lake in Arkansas, where Bev overcame her lifelong fear of water and learned to waterski.  They traveled extensively in the US, but when they weren’t travelling their home was always a welcoming Qzark get-away for family and friends and a chance to enjoy some of Bev’s great cooking.  

Samuel ( Sam) Greidanus

Samuel ( Sam) Greidanus


Sam Greidanus 55 yrs. old passed away peacefully at Midland Care Topeka, Kansas 5/31/2021 Sam was known for his love of Horticulture, Art, and animals. He worked at Stiles Farm, Anton’s Greenhouse (Kenosha), Great America (IL), and Sunburst Ski Resort in Kewaskum Wisconsin. Sam loved the outdoors, skiing, and roller skating at Reds Roller rink. He was the youngest of 8 children, had a great sense of humor and kept the family happy with his famous chocolate chip cookies he made from
scratch. He worked at 5-H Greenhouse in Wamego Kansas and was an independent landscaper for many clients in the Topeka area. Sam was also a talented artist who could draw/sketch at request. Every Christmas Sam made beautiful Christmas Wreaths for many clients and friends in the Topeka, St. Mary’sKansas area.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents Jake and Pauline Greidanus, his brother David, and his favorite dog Abby. He is survived by Carol (Rich) Weldin, Karen (Tim) Simo, Tom, Mike, Vince, Paul (Karen) Greidanus, Many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

There will be a celebration of Sam’s life this fall in Kenosha Wi.

Gone too Soon, Always in our hearts.

David Mapes

David Mapes

June 19, 1955 - May 30, 2021

David Mapes, 65 

Passed away May 30th 2021 at Providence Medical
He was born June 19th 1955 in Kansas City Missouri 
He leaves behind two children: Anita Mapes (Angi Mapes) and Christopher Mapes
He leaves behind three grandchildren: Shelby Mapes, Gavin Mapes and Jacob Lemke
He leaves behind one great grandchild: Jayden Mapes-Konomos
And leaves behind two siblings: Mark Mapes (Lateecia Gibson) and Butch Mapes (Cathy Mapes) 
His hobbies included riding his motorcycle as well as collecting Harley Davidson items.
The service will be determined at a later date. 
Edward N. Norris

Edward N. Norris

June 16, 1977 - May 17, 2021
Edward N. Norris of Emporia passed away Monday May 17,2021 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.  His wife Melinda (Potter)-Norris was be his side at the time of death along with his sister Angel Jessee, her husband Brett Scott and Father-n-law Gary Potter. Ed joined the LDS church in Emporia on October 1st 2017. He loved talking scriptures, telling dad jokes, music, and above all his dear friend Alexa .He is processed in death by his biological mother, father and brother. Ed was adopted as a young child growing up in Lawrence and Topeka area before moving to Emporia in 2003. In which he met his wife Melinda while working a Braum's and Wendy's. They married in 2007. Ed is survived by his wife Melinda, sister Angel Jessee (Brett Scott)of Lawrence, Ana-Maria Jessee of Overland Park Ks, Brother in laws Gary(Cindy)Potter Jr Strong City Ks, and Robin Potter of Omaha Ne Sisters in law Laurie Potter of Emporia and Michelle Potter of Wichita, Ks He is also survived by nieces Tara (Sean)McConnell Katie, Kayla, Robyn, Gabii Potter Along with Nephews Jordan and Jesse Potter. among other great Nieces and Nephews
Cremation has taken place.. A Memorial will be held Saturday May 29th at 11:30am at the LDS church in Emporia 
Tammy Jean Ring

Tammy Jean Ring

August 10, 1964 - May 17, 2021

While our Strength is being tested , we now and forever more entrust in your loving embrace our amazing mother and best friend Tammy Jean Ring.
Tammy was born in Hammond Indiana on August 10 1964 to Anna Jean and Ralph Wayne.
Tammy has six brothers and five sisters. Tammy was called home on May 17 th 2021 so she can now join her father who proceeded her in joining our Heavenly Father. Tammy has five beautiful children who will continue to teach her love which she had taught all of them.
Tammy’s children who survive her are Jeremy Bement and his spouse Holly Bement, William Bement, Timothy Bement and spouse Brittany Scruby, Crystal Winslow and her spouse Gary Winslow and Jessica Aita.
Tammy was also blessed to have 15 amazing grandchildren.
Tammy in all her strength and wisdom was also a very loving person, Tammy also took many people into her heart. Many of the children’s friends knew Tammy as “Moma”.
Everyone will remember Tammys strength her wisdom and also everything she taught to many people.
Tammy loved to dance with her children. Tammy always would say it’s okay to cry just never give up.
Tammy never gave up on people who were in her life. Tammy fought with admirable optimism and strength with every breath our Lord gave her. Tammy will be missed greatly by all who knew her and who’s lives were blessed by her love.

LeRoy Glenn Gallaway

LeRoy Glenn Gallaway

August 14, 1952 - May 13, 2021

After a short battle with pancreatic cancer, LeRoy Glenn Gallaway, 68, of Topeka passed away at his daughter’s home on May 13, 2021. His final months were filled watching reruns of his favorite TV show, Bones; going on countless car rides; and receiving endless amounts of love and affection from his beloved children and grandchildren.

Affectionately known as Grandpa Fuzzy Face, LeRoy was born in Topeka on August 14th, 1952, to Franklin Sr. and Ruth (Horner) Gallaway. They preceded him in death. LeRoy married the love of his life, Glenda Clemons, on September 17, 1973 at the Gage Park Rose Garden in Topeka. Glenda preceded him in death on March 18, 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Tracy Gallaway, of Topeka, and her sons, Jonah and Finley; a son, Kevin Glenn and his wife, Natasha, and their six children: Lauren, Christian, Sarah, Jonathan, Julianna, and Nathaniel; siblings Bonnie Hoffman, of McPherson, Kansas; Mary (Claude) Gillum, Ethel Wilson, and George Gallaway, all of Topeka; father-in-law, Dale (Betty) Clemons; mother-in-law, Marie Clemons; sisters-in-law, Connie Clemons, Wichita; Stacey (Richard) Ard, Topeka; step- sisters-in-law Rachel (Dan) Bartels and Alicia Rothe both of Topeka; and countless nieces, nephews, and cousin. He was preceded in death by a sister, Cora Brown, and a brother, Franklin “Jay” Gallaway Jr.

Bessie May Singer

Bessie May Singer

April 30, 1938 - May 08, 2021

Bessie May Singer “Bee” died May 8, 2021 at the age of 83.  She was born in Mt. Vernon Missouri, the daughter of Elmer and Glessie Fulks.  She spent her childhood near Durango Colorado.  She married Bobby J Harris in 1955 at Durango Colorado.  They moved to Topeka Kansas in 1959.  They divorced.

She married Lee Singer in 1965.  She is survived by 2 daughters, Barbara Harris Price- Meriden KS and Kim Munoz- Topeka KS, 4 sisters, Luella Phillips- Vancouver WA, Janet Duran- Farmington NM, Michelina Raney- Aztec NM, Margaret Fulks- Durango CO, 8 grandchildren Jeremy Worden, LaDonna Worden, Tera Callaway, Justin Anguiano, Cierra Anguiano, Ali Munoz, Bobby Harris Jr., Nicole Harris and several great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her beloved husband Lee Singer, son Bobby Harris and daughter Brenda Harris. Cremation is at her request.  Memorial services will be graveside at The Topeka Cemetery on June 4th, 2021 at 2:30 PM.  Flowers or donations may be made through -

Topeka Cemetery

C/O Bessie Singer

1601 SE 10th Ave

Topeka, KS  66607

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