Franklin Jay Stokes

Jan. 24, 1959 – Aug. 6, 2019

TOPEKA — Franklin Jay Stokes, Scranton, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 in Topeka. He was 60.

He known as Frankie and was born Jan. 24, 1959, at Topeka, the son of Bill and Kathleen Stokes. He grew up in multiple towns across the state of Kansas, and settled in Scranton.

He was the oldest of three boys and graduated from Santa Fe Trail in 1977. A short time after graduating high school he bought his first semi and started his lifelong career of an over the road trucker.

Wilma Schwemmer

Oct. 27, 1922 – Aug. 8, 2019

OVERBROOK — Wilma Schwemmer, Lyndon, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 96.

She was born Oct. 27, 1922, Lawrence, the daughter of W.C. and Lydia Hildenbrand Wulfkuhle. She lived in Stull for many years before moving to rural Lyndon in 1969.

Charles Edwin Musick

Aug. 6, 1945 — Aug. 9, 2019

TOPEKA — Charles Edwin Musick, Overbrook, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 74.

He was born Aug. 6, 1945, at Richland, the son of Birdie Lloyd and Gladys Marcella Vigo Musick. He attended Berryton schools.

He was a horse trader and muleskinner his whole life.

He loved is family, friends and children.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; a son, Curtis and wife, Shannon; a grandson, Charlie; a brother, Jim and wife, Verla; and a sister, Anita Maichel.

Dean Gilliland

Feb. 3, 1933 – July 11, 2019

CLINTON, Okla. — Dean Gilliland died Thursday, July 11,2019, at Clinton Veteran Center, Clinton, Okla. He was 86.

He was born Feb. 3, 1933, at Osage City, the oldest of seven children. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1951. Following graduation, he farmed and worked on several area constructions jobs. He joined the Navy, in January 1952 and spent most of his Naval career in the submarine service, until his retirement in September 1974.

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Carleen H. Swartz Bach

Sept. 7, 1920 – Aug. 4, 2019

TOPEKA — Carleen H. Swartz Bach was lovingly supported by family and friends until she passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Topeka. She was 98.

She was born Sept. 7, 1920, at Dwight, on the family farm. She was a child of the Great Depression, Prohibition and Dust Bowl era. She was the daughter of John Harrison “Harry” and Birdie Lynn Crute Swartz. She graduated from Dwight Rural High School in 1938 and attended nursing school in Salina.

She married Michael Metzger in 1940. From this union two daughters were born.

Todd E. Lewis

April 12, 1966 – Aug. 4 2019

ESKRIDGE — Todd E. Lewis, Eskridge, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, from injuries suffered in an accident south of Eskridge July 31. He was 53.

He was born April 12, 1966 at Topeka. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1984, joined the Army, and fought in Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged in 1997.

He was a generous and loving man who enjoyed the outdoors and working with his hands.

He married Michelle Davis Feb. 25, 1995. They were divorced in 2016.

Russel E. Vawter

June 1, 1921 – Aug. 4, 2019

OVERBROOK — Russel E. Vawter, 98, Wakarusa, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. He was 98.

He was born June 1, 1921, on the family farm, Wakarusa, the son of Clarence D. and Leola Bixby Vawter. He graduated from Carbondale High School in 1939.

Opal Zetmeir

Feb. 19, 1919 – Aug. 5, 2019

TOPEKA — Opal Zetmeir, Osage City, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. She was 100.

She was born Feb. 19, 1919, near Olivet, the daughter of Homer and Bertha Criqui Allison. She grew up near Olivet, lived around the Melvern Lake area and then lived many years east of Osage City.

She worked as a riveter at Boeing in Wichita during World War II and was then a homemaker most of her life. She attended United Methodist Church.

Charles E. Sypher

March 9, 1939 – Aug. 4, 2019

TOPEKA — Charles E. Sypher, Vassar, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 80.

He was born March 9, 1939, at Mullinsville, the son of Orville E. and Ovie E. Pedigo Sypher. At an early age, the family moved to Greensburg, where he attended elementary school and graduated from Greensburg High School in 1957.


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