Obituaries December 26, 2017

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Cynthia R. “Cindy” Stewart (Miller)

Cynthia R. “Cindy” Stewart, 55, of Atchison KS died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at the Atchison Hospital.

Memorial services will be 6:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 21st, 2017 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home with visitation to follow. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Atchison. Condolences to the family may be left online at

Cynthia Miller was born on June 3, 1962 in St. Joseph, Mo the daughter of Robert and Gloria (Dever) Miller. She attended Troy High School and lived and worked in the Troy area for several years. Cynthia attended the Northeast Kansas Area Vo-Technical School in Atchison in the Medical Assistants Program. She was employed at Plasma-Biological Services as a processor for seven years. Cindy enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, cooking and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid Chief’s fan.

She was married to Kenneth Stewart on Feb. 15, 1980 in St. Joseph; MO. Mr. Stewart survives of the home. Additional survivors include a son, Kenneth Stewart, Jr, Atchison and a daughter, Christy Pennington, Bendena, KS, a sister, Tess (Bryan) Wagner, Platte City, MO and three grandchildren, Cayden, Gwen, and Weston. Her parents preceded her in death.

Arend Wallace

Arend Wallace 67, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at his home in Saint Joseph, MO. He was born April 2, 1950 in Katwijk aan Zee, Holland, son of Jacoba and Clare Wallace. He was a 1968 graduate of Ladue High School in St. Louis, MO. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Chicago during the Vietnam War. On April 2, 1992 in Union, MO, he married Linda Wilcox. He worked at Tyson as a Sanitation Engineer. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, his animals, reading, cars, architecture, and making things. Arend was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, wife, Linda Wilcox of the home, son, Howie (Liz Walk) Deal of Gulf Port, MS, daughter, Nicki (Bill) Raymond of Raymore, MO, 4 grandchildren, Brandon Deal, McKenna, Will, and Blake Raymond, aunt, Nies Hasenoot of Florence, OR, 2 brothers, James Michael Wallace of St. Joseph, MO, and Peter John Wallace of Duluth, MN, and 2 nephews, Shawn & Matthew Wallace, and mother in law, Ruth Pritchett, of the home.
Funeral service; 9:00 am, Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Rupp Funeral Home, Rev. James Barnett officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, Rupp Funeral Home. Interment; Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS. Memorials are requested to the St. Joseph Animal Shelter.

James F. West

James F. West 77, of Saint Joseph, Missouri died December 17, 2017. Born April 16, 1940 in Marceline, Missouri son of the late Mary & Floyd West. He worked at Boehringer 25 years, and Ameripac. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, fishing and Triumph Motorcycles. James was preceded in death by his 1/2 sisters, Patricia Lee, and Pamela Jones. Survivors include son, Mark West, daughters, Lauren West, and Carley West, 6 grandchildren, and a brother, Jerry Mace. Mr. West will be cremated under the care and direction of the Rupp Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to the James West memorial fund in care of the Rupp Funeral Home.

Jack Dorrell

Bendena, KS

Jackie Dale “Jack” Dorrell, 81, husband, father, and avid sports fan died peacefully at his home in Bendena, Kansas, December 19, 2017. He was born February 27, 1936 to Russell and Hazel Dorrell on a farm near Highland, Kansas. Jack attended various county schools with his mother as his teacher. He graduated from Highland High School where he was a charter member of the FFA and enjoyed participating in football, basketball and track where he developed a love of sports that would continue throughout his lifetime. Upon graduation he attended Highland Community College before joining the Navy in 1955. Jack served his country for four years spending time on the USS Hancock and the USS Philippine Sea.

Jack and Rosalie Ramseier were married on November 29, 1958 and enjoyed 59 years together, first making their home in San Diego, California. Upon completion of his service, they moved to Topeka, Kansas, where Jack began honing his skills at a milling company. A transfer took him and Rosalie to Kansas City where they made their home in Gladstone, Missouri. While in Kansas City he worked for various contractors continuing to learn the building trade. Wanting to return to the area, in 1967 the family moved to a farm near Severance where he farmed for several years. However, the building trade had made a strong impact, and in 1974 he started Jack Dorrell Construction building many houses in the Doniphan County area. It wasn’t uncommon for many to refer to their home as the House that Jack built. Later Jack would return to working in Kansas City making the daily trek from their home in Bendena from 1984 until his retirement in 2010.

Jack loved his grand children and was so proud of them. He eagerly attended all their activities whether athletic, musical, or theatrical. Most nights he could be seen cheering on the Mustangs, Blue Jays, or Wildcats. Later as his children attend K-State, he became a die-hard fan enjoying tailgating and attending games. It was always a family affair.

Jack was a member of Highland Masonic Lodge #1 and a 4-H leader for 46 years. During that time he made many lifelong friends at the livestock shows and traveled with his children and grandchildren across the nation hauling cattle to the Jr. Hereford Nationals. He loved an adventure and in 2004 purchased Poppin’ J kettle corn.

Jack is survived by his wife, Rosalie, sons Gregory (Robin), Buckley, WA; Gary (Karen), Highland; daughters Jacqueline (Jeff) Coleman, Atchison; Jennifer (Taylor) Gatz, Sabetha; grandchildren Allie Barger, Megan Dorrell, Ashely Wann, Sarah Roney, Daija Coleman, Katelyn and Allen Dorrell, Jordan, Lauren, and McKenna Gatz, and six great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Jack’s life is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Highland Methodist-Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Jerry Petering officiating. Masonic committal services will be a courtesy of Smithton Lodge #1, AF&AM, of Highland. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery, with military honors a courtesy of the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home after 10 a.m. Friday, where the family will meet from 6 until 8 that evening.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Doniphan County 4H Program or Denton United Methodist Church, sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33, Highland 66035.

AnnaMae Brown

AnnaMae Brown, 86, formerly of Holton, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Legend at Capital Ridge Nursing Facility in Topeka.

She was born October 21, 1931 at Havensville, the daughter of James and Effie Marts Mumert.

AnnaMae was a member of the First Baptist Church in Holton. Over the years at various churches she had been a Sunday School superintendent and teacher, secretary and treasurer at church, and had played the organ and the piano.

She had worked at nursing homes in Nebraska and Onaga, where she was an aide and activities director.

She married Vernon Silver on November 7, 1947 at Holton. He died July 24, 1989. She married the Rev. Jessie Corley on July 10, 1992 at Holton. He died May 10, 1996. She married Fred L. Brown on February 14, 1998 at Holton. He survives, of the home.

AnnaMae was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Evelyn Brunkow and her brothers, John Mumert, Warren Mumert, Glen Mumert and Clifford Mumert, and a step son, Paul Crouch.

Other survivors include a daughter, Thelma Jean Scroggins, Topeka; a step son, Donald Brown (Pam), Kansas City, KS, four step daughters, Carolyn Anderson (Lawrence), Charlotte Collingham, and Sue Pater (Darrel), all of Topeka, and Janet Vickery, Murray, KY, a step daughter-in-law, Duranna Crouch, Topeka, several nieces and nephews, two grandchildren, thirteen step grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren, and her beloved and devoted pet, Buffy.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 27th at the First Baptist Church in Holton. Burial will follow in the Holton Cemetery. AnnaMae will lie in state Tuesday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Family and friends will meet from 9:30 until service time Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, 66436.

Jimmy Wykert

Troy, Kansas Jimmy Wykert, 66, passed away at his home in Troy, Kansas, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Jimmy was born on September 11, 1951 in Highland, Kansas to Harold Franklin & Gladys Helen (Harness) Wykert.

He was a member of the U.S. Army, Serving in Seoul South Korea. Jim loved being a grandfather. He was always there to help others in need. He enjoyed riding and rebuilding Harley Davidson motorcycles. Jim was also an amazing wood carver.

He was preceded in death by his parents & a brother, Donald Wykert, sisters-in-law Anna Wykert and Nanci Wykert, and a niece Kelli M. Wykert.

Survivors: spouse, Debbie Simpson of Troy, Kansas;

Son, Michael Carpenter (Micca) of Troy, Kansas;

Daughter, Jamie Sue Wykert (Jermaine Murphy Jr.) of Atchison, Kansas;

Step sons, Kevin VanWey (Chandra) of Troy, Kansas;

Kyle Culp (Gretchen) of Troy, Kansas;

Step- Daughters, Judy Pollard of Wathena, Kansas;

Traci Smith (Logan) of Troy, Kansas;

Katie King (Brad) of Troy, Kansas;

14 Grandchildren & 10 great-grandchildren;

Brother, Johnny Wykert of Hebron, Kentucky;

Sisters, Dixie Meng (Bob) of Wathena, Kansas;

Patricia Masters (Terry) of Sundance, Wyoming;

Sister-in-law, Janet Wykert of St. Joseph, Missouri;

Numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial Service: 12 noon Saturday, January 13, 2017

At the Troy Christian Church, in Troy, Kansas

Visitation: 1 hour prior to service at 11:00 A.M.

Inurnment: Walnut Grove Cemetery, Iowa Point, Kansas

Memorials: Jimmy Wykert Memorial Fund.

Sherry Sue Redmond

Sherry Sue Redmond 62, of Saint Joseph, Missouri passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Mosaic Life Care Hospital. She was born October 21, 1955 in St. Joseph, Missouri, attending Benton High School, then she was a homemaker and worked at the Stationary Credit Union as a Loan Officer over 20 years. She enjoyed gardening & bingo, but most especialloy spending time with her grandchildren. Sherry was preceded in death by her husband, David Redmond, Sr., father, Ernest Walter Abbott, mother, Flora Ann Matthews and step father, John “Potts” Matthews, and daughter, Dana Sue Redmond. She is survived by sons, David (Lori) Redmond, Jr. and Brian Redmond both of St. Joseph, MO, grandchildren, Clay, Brody, Gavin, Owen, Scotlyn, Brian, and Reece, a brother, Billy Ray (Mayme) Abbott, sisters, Carol Porter, Jerry Abbott, Diane (Fred) Bodde, and Amy (Art) Hecker all of St. Joseph, MO, as well as several nieces & nephews. She will be cremated under the care and direction of the Rupp Funeral Home. A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Julia Heroch

Julia Heroch 61, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017. She was born July 15, 1956 in the Federated States of Micronesia, daughter of Imwie and Fichiuo Heroch. She is survived by 11 children; Rupenti Kanus, Seventy Kalus, Renchenina Kalus, Agnes Nino, Tanita Nino, Cherrin Kalus, Akiter Nino, Youri Nino, Youme Kalus, Kanry Nino and RK Kalus, several brothers and sisters, and numerous other family members. Funeral services 1:00 pm to 8pm Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the Rupp Funeral Home. Burial services will be conducted in Udot Island, Chuuk State, Micronesia, in January 2018.

Bob Frealy

Bobby Joe Frealy was born the son of Eugene Stanley Frealy and Maggie Faye (Tyner) Frealy on July 5, 1924, in Camden, Arkansas, and departed this life on December 24, 2017 at the age of 93.

He was united in marriage on June 22, 1946 to Lenora Cotham, who preceded him in death on February 2, 2002.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Lou Area and son-in-law Jack Area, Topeka, KS, granddaughter, Kristina Rottler (Nathan), Topeka, grandson, Robert W. Area, Colorado, ten great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Maggie Frealy; five brothers, Eugene, Austin, David, Bill and Jackie Frealy; and four sisters, Mary Lou Tourigny, Faye Frealy, Betty Scharff and Alice Frealy.

Bob joined the Navy in January of 1942, where he served with the South Pacific Fleet on the U.S.S. Portland during World War II. He was a life member of the Holton V.F.W. and American Legion, a former president of the Vet’s Club, and was a Bingo caller for many years.

After the war, most of his life he worked in the timber and sawmill business. He enjoyed life, loved his family and appreciated all of his friends, especially his card playing buddies.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 28th at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with military honors will follow in the Holton Cemetery. Bob will lie in state at the funeral home where family and friends will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, 66436.