Riley County Obits
If you have any obituaries published before 1923 that you would like to contribute to the page, please send them to me and I will add them. Obituaries published after 1922 will be abstracted to avoid copyright violations. Abbraviations after each obituary denote from which newspaper it came: "MM"= Manhattan Mercury, "CCT"= Clay Center Times, "JCU"= Junction City Union.
Mary Marjorie Sand, 89, of Riley, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, in Manhattan; born Jan. 6, 1916, in Milford, the daughter of Clyde and Kathryn (Martin) Beard; married Ivan Sand on June 2, 1937; survived by her husband, Ivan, of the home; 1 daughter, M. Charlotte Shawver of Riley; and 1 grandson, S. Harwood Shawver and wife K. of Manhattan; burial in the Riley Cemetery east of Riley (JCU)
Schurle, Helen Louise, was born Jan. 9, 1917, at Philomont, Va., the daughter of Fulton and Mary (Martindale) Lake; she died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Leonardville; married Norman A. Schurle March 1, 1942, at Washington, D.C.; preceded in death by a sister and a granddaughter; survived by her husband, a son, R. Schurle and wife.of Manhattan; a daughter, C. Pottorf and husband of Highland; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; burial in Riley Cemetery. (CCT)
William "Bill" Sharp was born July 22, 1929, at Myers Farm in the Myersdale community near Wakefield, the son of Ed and Louise (Myers) Sharp; he died Saturday, April 22, 2000 in Wichita; married Norma E. Sillwagon April 8, 1961; preceded in death by a son; survived by his wife, two daughters, K. Simon of Eudora and C. Sharp of Scurry, Texas; two brothers, the Rev. W. Sharp of El Dorado and M. Sharp of Wakefield; and five grandchildren; burial in Timbercreek Cemetery east of Wakefield (CCT)
Shaver, Ellis E. "Charlie" was born Oct. 1, 1921, at Atchison, Kan., the son of Jacob R. and Ellen Mae (Houtz) Shaver; he died Wednesday, April 14, 2004 in Marysville; married R. Jane Nelson Sept. 26, 1940, at Junction City; survived by his wife, one daughter, S. Eads and husband of Camarillo, Calif., one son, G. Shaver and wife of Manhattan, Kan.; two sisters, B. J. Dettmer of Atchison, and E. Eppler of Topeka; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren; burial in Fancy Creek Randolph Cemetery.(CCT)
Christina Scheu, aged 100 years, died at her home in Manhattan on Saturday.
She was born in Germany December 23, 1861, came to the United States in
1881 and had been a resident of Manhattan since 1935. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Rev. John Scheu, April, 1928, and by her two sons,
George in January 1948 and John in September 1958. Survivors include seven
daughters: Mrs. S. M. Stuckert of Bison; Mrs. Frank Neville of San
Bernadino, Calif.; Mrs. H. L. Battin of Baltimore, Maryland; and Mrs. I. C.
Zable, Mrs. A. Sayre, Mrs. Mary Stevenson and Mrs. Paul Chappell, all of
Manhattan; also ten grandchildren, nine g-grandchildren and six gg-grandchildren.
Services will be Tuesday in the Courser Chapel with burial in Sunset Cemetery.
(abstract, Manhattan Mercury, Monday, Nov. 19, 1962)
Schurle, Harold O. "Pete" was born July 10, 1914, at Manhattan, the son of Oscar and Caroline (Boettcher) Schurle; he died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999 in Manhattan; married Frances Srna Nov. 8, 1957; preceded in death by a brother; survived by his wife, three brothers, N. Schurle of Netawaka, M. Schurle of Manhattan and C. Schurle of Kansas City, Mo.; and three sisters, F. Lauve of Galveston, Texas, R. DeWyke of Randolph and L. Thomas of Carbondale, Ill.; burial in Riley Cemetery (CCT)
Sherlin, Sonia Dawn age 26 days, the daughter of William and Jodie (Shelton) Sherlin of Ogden, died Friday, June 18, 2004 in Topeka, Survived by two brothers, four grandparents and 7 great-grandparents; burial June 24 in the Fort Riley Cemetery (abstract MM)
Specht, Ruth A. was born Dec. 11, 1911, in the Winkler community south of Barnes, the daughter of Edward Henry and Florence M. (Eversmeyer) Specht; she died Saturday, July 14, 2001 in Marysville; two brothers, L. Specht of Blue Rapids and D. Specht of Randolph; and two sisters, E. Specht of Blue Rapids and F. Alwin of Washington; burial in the Fancy Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery south of Barnes (CCT)
Lauren Milton Smerchek, 84, of Blue Rapids, passed away on Friday, June 16 , 2006; born on March 5, 1922 on the farm near Blue Rapids, the youngest son of Daniel and Mary (Pishny) Smerchek; married Cleo Taylor on June 6, 1948 in Beattie; survived by his wife; children, Karen Brokenicky and her husband Phil, of Manhattan, David and his wife Linda, of Waterville, Cindy Tholen and her husband Mike, of Odessa, Mo., and Vicki Hargadine and her husband Dirk, of Blue Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Drew Brokenicky and his wife Shellee, Erin Stadel and her husband Todd, Cole Brokenicky, Haley Smerchek, all of Manhattan, Dan Smerchek, of Waterville, Taylor, Brenna and Jill Tholen, of Odessa, Mo., and Austin and Katrina Hargadine of Blue Rapids, and four great grandsons; preceded in death by his parents and brothers John, Daniel and George and sister Libby; inurnment at the Czech-Moravian Cemetery south of Blue Rapids
Louise C. Southerland, 84, of Olsburg, died on Saturday, June 3, 2006; born on May 22, 1922 in Cleburne, the daughter of C. David and Bertha (Johnson) Gustafson; married July 20, 1952, in Olsburg to Eldon V. Southerland; he preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 1996; survived by two daughters, Joyce Mark and her husband, Bill, of Topeka, and Jan Keim and her husband, Jerry, of Wakefield; one sister, Elaine Olson, of Manhattan; and eight grandchildren; burial in the Olsburg Cemetery
Stanley, Francis Dale was born November 9, 1919, the son of Archie and Josephine Gary Stanley, south of Minneapolis, Kan; he died Sunday, June 29, 2003 in Topeka; April 8, 1944, he married Mary Marie Olson; survived by his wife, three sons, twins, D.
of Lake Perry and D. of Manhattan and D. of Augusta; a daughter, I. Bosworth of Topeka; a sister, R. Porter of San Jose, Cal.; two sisters-in-law, M. Brandel of Renton, Wash. and H. Stellmacher of Lawrence; 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; burial in Dwight Cemetery (CCT)
Swanson, Raymond W. was born Sept. 2, 1917, at Randolph, the son of
Emanuel and Myrtle (Kunze) Swanson; he died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004 in Manhattan; married Phyllis M. Sikes Jan. 31, 1942 at Lawrence; survived by his wife of
Leonardville; two sons, R. Swanson and wife of Marysville, and R. Swanson of Wichita; one daughter, S. Swanson Hornbaker and husband of Junction City; and two grandchildren; burial at Leonardville Cemetery (CCT)
Lester R. Swartz, 63, of Manhattan, died April 19, 2002, in Manhattan; born March 22, 1939, in Alta Vista, the son of Walter E. and Allie L. (Edwards) Swartz; married Norma Knudsen on July 31, 1976, in Manhattan; they later divorced; married Daisy Iola (Tilton) Wege on Aug. 10, 1984, in Manhattan; she preceded him death on Oct. 3, 1999; also was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Clifford Swartz; survivors include three stepsons, T. Wege of Leonardville and A. Wege and S. Wege, both of Manhattan; one stepdaughter, D. Hazlett of Chapman; two brothers, D. Swartz and wife, May, of Chapman, and R. Swartz and wife, Twila, of Junction City; a sister, W. I. Dunn of Manhattan; a sister-in-law, D. Swartz of Winfield; and 12 nephews and nieces; burial at Moss Springs Cemetery northwest of Alta Vista (JCU)
(c) 2003 Sheryl McClure
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