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Alan Leger
Alan LeGer
Class of 1977
Passed Feb 25, 2017
Big Al LeGer passed away February 25th after a courageous battle with cancer. Al was born May 23rd, 1959, the son of Keith and Carolyn LeGer. They proceeded him in death. Al was a 1977 graduate of Topeka West High School where he excelled in Track and Field and Basketball. He enjoyed Fishing, Mushroom Hunting, Royals and all things Jayhawks. Al will be missed by many.
Amy J. Crancer
Amy J. Crancer
Class of 1977
Passed Oct 21, 1997
Birth: 1959
Death: 1997

Family links:
Parents:
Lester Allen Crancer (1932 - 2007)

Burial:
Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium
Kirkwood
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: CC-7

Find A Grave Memorial# 139586533
Andrea Struthers
Andrea Struthers
Class of 1999
Passed Aug 13, 2001
(no additional information)
Anita L. (houston) Hamilton
Anita L. (Houston) Hamilton
Class of 1977
Passed Nov 04, 2001
Birth: Nov. 12, 1959
Lyons
Rice County
Kansas, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 2001
Topeka
Shawnee County
Kansas, USA

ROSSVILLE --- Anita Louise Hamilton, 41, Rossville, died late Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, at a Topeka hospice house. She had been ill several months.

She was born Nov. 12, 1959, in Lyons, to Gregory Lyman and Billie Clair McNelley Houston, and lived in the Topeka area since 1961. She graduated from Topeka West High School in 1977. She was employed at the Payless ShoeSource distribution center in North Topeka for 15 years.

She married Ivan Luther Hamilton on May 6, 1989, in Topeka. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, Joshua L. Hamilton, at home; a daughter, Alyssa N. Hamilton, at home; stepsons, Jason Hamilton, Plano, Texas, and Jamie Hamilton, Topeka; a stepdaughter, Angela M. Hamilton, Topeka; her father, Gregory Houston, Davidson, N.C.; her mother, Billie Blankenship, Fredericksburg, Texas; brothers, Greg Houston, Chesapeake Beach, Md., Bill Houston, Overland Park, and Phillip Houston, Fort Worth, Texas; sisters, Ila Baker, Topeka, Susan Dunnaway, Perry, and Marilyn O'Brien, Sacramento, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker-Price Mortuary in Topeka. Burial will be in Mayetta Cemetery in Mayetta. Mrs. Hamilton will lie in state after 2 p.m. today at the mortuary where relatives and friends will meet from 6 to 8 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Alyssa and Joshua Hamilton Scholarship Fund and sent in Kaw Valley Bank, P.O. Box 8009, Topeka, 66608.

Topeka Capital-Journal, The, Nov 6, 2001

Burial:
Mayetta Cemetery
Mayetta
Jackson County
Kansas, USA

Created by: Dale Bernhardt
Record added: Feb 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47989086
Barbara Boston Shultz
Barbara Boston Shultz
Class of 1977
Passed Sep 16, 2017
Barbara A. Boston Shultz, 57, died Saturday, September 16, 2017 from causes secondary to thyroid disease at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, KS. She was born January 7th, 1960 in El Paso, TX and raised as an Army Brat, living in several different states and in Germany. She graduated high school at the age of 17. Deciding college was not her path, she accepted her first full time job as a legal secretary to pay for a Camaro. Barb worked at law firms and Washburn Law School most of her adult life. She believed whole-heartedly in Proverbs 28:5 – "Evil men don’t understand the importance of justice, but those who follow the Lord are much concerned about it."

Barb volunteered her time to the Topeka community through many different organizations over the years. In more recent years, Barb enjoyed making cards for people who were important to her, for their special occasions. If you still have a card, keep it. I do not have time right now to continue this tradition. Maybe some day. :)

She also hand wrote letters to military members serving in other countries, then sent her letters with the Sunday funnies to Operation Gratitude. She became a friend of Bill W. on April 12th, 1991 (26 years).

Survivors include her mom, Rosemary (Meinhardt) Boston, a sister Janice Boston and brother in law Eldon Gay, a daughter Teri (Shultz) and son in law Shawn O'Trimble, 4 grandchildren- Shawn II, Zara, Luke, and Leia O'Trimble, (Luke & Leia are 8 month old twins) an ex-husband Ron Shultz, and many other family members and life-long friends too numerous to count. She was preceded in death by her Dad, Robert "Bob" Boston in 2009, her cat, and her grandcat.

Barb was cremated and will be buried in her parent’s plot in Paxico, KS. The burial will be a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka, Helping Hands Humane Society, or the Topeka Rescue Mission, preferably by volunteering your time instead of your money. Someone needs to take over writing letters to a hero through Operation Gratitude and sending the Sunday funnies.

Barb’s most favorite poem was “Success” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. My mom requests you find it and read it. Also among her favorites quotes and sayings- “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Some of her favorite one liners were “Lessons will be repeated until learned.” From Abe Lincoln: “It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” On her refrigerator, from Emerson as well, “All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator all I have not seen.” She often quoted Dr. Karl Menninger. “Love cures people, the ones who receive love and the ones that give it too.” On the inside of her door at adult eye-level is “Go With God.” Her favorite meal time prayer she learned from a friend said this: “Bless this food to our use and us to your service.” But she thoroughly enjoyed her granddaughter’s version: “Dear Jesus, thank you for my yummies.” We taught that to Zara as a short and easy way to say grace before a meal. On her desk at home “When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say I used everything you gave me." A quote from Erma Bombeck. On a plaque in her bathroom next to the mirror, a statement, “When God made you he was just showing off.” Both were received from a most precious friend.

She generally said her prayers at night so she could sleep well, thanking God for blessing her that day, asking him to bless everyone she knew and loved, their families and their pets, to bless all of our men and women in uniform, their families and their pets, to bless our leaders with wisdom to make decisions appropriate for all of us instead of just themselves and those with money, and their families and their pets, to bless everyone she didn’t know, and their families and their pets. She ended with "In Jesus name, Amen."

Barb loved pet sitting for family and friends because she could no longer have pets of her own at her condo. Favorite photos were found all over her apartment and she had too many photo albums to count and no less than four of them were filled with even more favorite photos. I went through and the albums filled up the back of my van.

Barb died knowing she was loved and was loving, and she believed there was no greater feeling than that knowledge generated during her time on earth. She requests we all water the roses, stop our busyness in our lives long enough to smell them and teach children to love one another, by example. She believed in words and actions and that family is more important than any job, because family is for life and some family members are chosen.

That’s what my mom has written. Hopefully it helped paint a picture of how she saw herself. I find completely truthful.

My mother is a great example of someone taking charge of an illness they suffer. I do want to say briefly that her thyroid disease, which she treated with the help of doctors, was ultimately controlled by her, and taking too much of an non-prescription medication caused her heart to work too hard. Eventually her heart grew to weak to beat. I offer you a warning: even if you think you are in complete control of your body or mind, please seek out professional help if you have a problem. My mom taught me that. If you are in need of assistance of any kind, ask. Don’t try to do anything alone and illnesses are hard. My mom was my biggest advocate while we were stabilizing my mental illness as a teenager. She taught me to not just “go with the flow” and seek out different opinions and methods, and to educate myself.

I feel that my mom has said everything that she has to say to me, taught me everything she needed to teach me, and loved me enough to last me my whole life. She did everything she possibly could for me and then some. She taught me that Jesus died for my sins, all my life, even though I didn’t really get it until I was older. The foundation of my faith was shown to me by her. My mother taught me to be accepting of all people, even if I didn’t agree with them, and to not judge anyone and now I am able to help numerous people on a daily basis through ministry. Thanks mom. God is good all the time. She told me one time that she wished she had my ability to let go and let god with such ease but she was solid in her faith. There is no doubt where her soul resides. Love wins! We will see her again in the blink of an eye, and she resides inside each one of our hearts.

I ask you today to say everything, teach everything, love enough to last forever, do everything, accept everyone, don’t judge, do all the good you possibly can, and let go and let God. May God grant you grace and peace and comfort. Thank you to Prince of Peace, Pastor Buono, and everyone who helped me get the memorial service organized. I am one lucky and blessed lady. Would you please say the Serenity prayer with me:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

In the words of Barb, “You are loved.”
-Teri O'Trimble, September 19, 2017
Brent Garrett
Brent Garrett
Class of 1969
Passed Aug 08, 2001
Brent was a phenomenal artist " some of you may still have a handbag or watch band made by him in his young hippie days at Earthshine " he went on to do great incredible paintings & will be remembered for being a good soul & kind hearted. He was a favorite student of art teacher Barbara Stone. He'll be missed forever in some hearts & is entombed at Penwel-Gabel mausoleum in Topeka.

Maryann Boust-Juran
Bruce D. Alvis
Bruce D. Alvis
Class of 1977
Passed Jan 09, 2019
Bruce D. Alvis, 60, of Topeka, passed away on January 9, 2019 at a local hospital.

He was born on November 13, 1958 the son of Charles William and Joann (Fleischer) Avis. They both preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry D. Alvis.

He is survived by daughter, Serenity Alvis.

In following his wishes, cremation is planned. No public services will be held.
Bryce Warner
Bryce Warner
Class of 1977
Passed Jun 04, 2006
Bryce passed away June 4, 2006 of after a battle with cancer. He was survived by wife Jenny, son Cameron and step daughters Alexa, Leah & Michelle.
Carrie Wagaman Harned
Carrie Wagaman Harned
Class of 1979
Passed Jan 10, 2009
Carrie (Wagaman) Harned

Carrie (Wagaman) Harned, 47, of Lansing, Michigan died Saturday, January 10, 2009 at her home. She was born in Topeka to the late Roy and Ora Wagaman, April 16, 1961. Carrie graduated from Topeka West High School in 1979. She played basketball at Cloud County Community College before going on to receive a BA from Washburn University in 1983. She then taught high school and coached girls' sports. She married Daniel Harned in 1986 and moved to Michigan in 1990. Carrie home schooled her daughters and coached their basketball teams. Her faith and love of fitness led her to become an instructor for Body & Soul Aerobics. In October 2008, Carrie was inducted into the Topeka West High School Athletic Hall of Fame for her many accomplishments in basketball and volleyball. Carrie is survived by her husband Dan and two children, Haley and Erin. A brother Michael Wagaman, Brookings, Oregon, sister Donna Miller, brother-in-law Tim, and nephew Ian, Asbury, New Jersey, also survive her. A service celebrating Carrie's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 17 at University Reformed Church, 4930 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing, Michigan. Contributions may be made in Carrie's memory to Sparrow Home Hospice, PO Box 30480, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or the American Cancer Society, Attn: Relay for Life at Furman University, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.
Cecil Ray Mzhickteno
Cecil Ray Mzhickteno
Class of 1977
Passed Jan 12, 2017
Cecil Ray Wab-no-sah Mzhickteno, 57, of Mayetta, KS passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in the Danceground Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5:30 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Cecil Mzhickteno Memorial Fund c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.
Chad Matthew Waters
Chad Matthew Waters
Class of 1993
(Passed date unknown)
Waters, Chad Matthew - 30, of Topeka, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2005.
Charles Dunkle (charlie)
Charles Dunkle (Charlie)
Class of 1977
Passed May 18, 2014
Charles William “Charlie” Dunkle, 55, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Midland Hospice House, Topeka.

He was born January 11, 1959 in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of Charles Millard Dunkle, deceased April 1961 and Alice “Jean” (Giese) Townsend. He attended schools in Leavenworth and Topeka, finishing courses at the Kaw Area Vocational Technical School in small engine as well as Electric, Heating & Air Conditioning. He worked for Topeka Harley Davidson; managed the Townsend Retail Liquor Store following the death of his step-father, Lawrence Townsend; Mike’s Cordova Motors and lately renovation work. Charles sought to repair what needed to be fixed, improving and putting back together with an intense desire to do it right the first time.

Survivors include his mother, Alice Townsend, Topeka; two brothers, Kerry N. Dunkle, Christopher “Chris” Grape, Belton, MO; two sisters, Norma Jean Duckworth and Charlene Munsell, both of Mountain View, CA; an uncle, Phillip Dunkle, Florida; two aunts, Carol Lewis and Frances Collins; a nephew, Corey Grape; several cousins; two great-aunts, Arlene Jones (93) and Lillian (108), both have been very supportive throughout his illness. Charles daughter, Christal Lynn Dunkle, early 1990’s kept from him, taken out of state; whereabouts unknown.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Millard Fillmore Dunkle and Alma Cary Neal; maternal grandparents, Francis J. Giese and Genevieve Pfrimmer; his sister, Judith Ann Shaqira in 2004.

Charles quit smoking January 1, 2014 with the help of his treatment team and we are appreciative of those who were so helpful throughout his illness and care. Due to change made in the Affordable Care Act by President Obama, it was possible to retain his private health care coverage this year.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014 at Sunset Memory Gardens, Leavenworth, KS. Charlie will lie in state from 3-9 p.m., Thursday at the Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st St., Topeka, KS 66604 or to Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606.
Chris Craeton
Chris Craeton
Class of 1988
Passed Sep 21, 2017
(no additional information)
Chris Gideon
Chris Gideon
Class of 1988
Passed Dec 03, 2018
Christopher Michael Gideon Christopher Michael Gideon was born March 24, 1970 in Stillwater, Oklahoma to parents Jay and Pat Gideon. He passed away on December 3, 2018 after a 3 year battle with cancer that took him away from his family much too soon.

Chris grew up in Stillwater, OK, Ponca City, OK, and Laredo, TX. He graduated from Topeka West High School. Chris briefly attended Phillips University in Enid Oklahoma, joining the Varsity social service club. He joined the Air Force and served his country through the first Operation Desert Storm. After leaving the Air Force he worked several jobs in information technology and landed at Cerner in Kansas City, Missouri where he met and married Jennifer, who was by his side when he passed away.

Chris is survived by his parents Jay and Pat of Topeka, KS; 5 children: Christopher Gray (28) and his wife Kelsey of Lexington, KY; Alyxandra Joy (27) of Lee's Summit, MO; Christopher ("Topher") Michael (23) of Lee's Summit, MO; Stephanie Michele (21) of Columbia, MO; and Moira Kathleen, (18) of Seattle, WA; sister Jill and her husband Mike, niece Miah and nephew Brock, of Osage City, KS; sister Erin of Seattle; and his beloved dog Francis.

Chris had a quick wit, was very intelligent, and extremely devoted to those he cared about. He enjoyed traveling, finding new and unique recipes to cook, watching movies, and spending time with his friends and family. He will be missed greatly by those he left behind.

Visitation services will be Thursday, December 13th from 6-8pm at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wayside Waifs in Kansas City.

Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home 115 SW 3rd St. Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816)524-3700.

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2018

Funeral Services Provided By:
Langsford Funeral Home | 115 SW 3rd Street
Lee's Summit, MO | 64063 | (816) 524-3700

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Daniel C. Shimp
Daniel C. Shimp
Class of 1982
Passed Feb 19, 2007
(no additional information)
Daniel Richardson
Daniel Richardson
Class of 1979
Passed Jun 29, 2015
Obituary
Daniel Richardson
Daniel Webb Richardson Daniel Webb Richardson, 54, Topeka, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Midland Hospice House. Dan was born January 24, 1961 in Topeka, the son of Edmond and Freda (Webb) Richardson. He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1979. He was a lifetime member of St. John s Lutheran Church. Survivors include his father, Edmond Richardson; mother, Freda (William) Watts; brothers, Edmond (Augusta) Richardson, Michael (Joye) Richardson, all of Topeka, Timothy (Roxanne) Watts, Ft. Worth, TX; daughters, Kandace and Jenniffer Richardson; and grandsons, Colby and Nicholas. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 at St. John s Lutheran Church, 901 SW Fillmore, Topeka. Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, Kansas 66606. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com Daniel Webb Richardson
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on July 1, 2015
Daun Ann Horttor
Daun Ann Horttor
Class of 1979
Passed Oct 15, 2014
Lt. Col. (Ret) Daun Ann Horttor (USAF) Daun Ann Horttor died at San Antonio, Texas, October 15, 2014. She was born May 13, 1961, in the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York a few hours before her dad was to take his last and hardest final exam. The first time he saw Daun she was being given a bath in a laundry tub in the hospital laundry room because the nursery was full. She was consecrated as a baby and later became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka. She graduated from Topeka West High School where she was the pianist for the TWHS Jazz group and from the University of Kansas where she was the pianist for the KU Jazz band. At KU she followed in the footsteps of her mother as a proud member of the Alpha Phi sorority and was the first female at KU to achieve the rank of Cadet Colonel in the Air Force ROTC. At her commissioning ceremony as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF she was given her oath of office by her grandfather, Col. Harold Ausherman, a veteran of both WWI and WWII. She retired from active duty in the USAF on August 31, 2005 but remained in the reserves for several more years. Daun was survived by her son, Tyler, her parents, Don and Jane Ann, her brother, Bretton, her sister in law, Carolyn, her nephew, Charles, and her niece, Mary Ann (all Horttor's). A more complete obituary and record of military service can be found at http://www.penwellgabeltopeka.com. Military Graveside services by Whiteman Air Force Base will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 10:30am at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, 3616 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, Ks followed by Visitation and lunch, to which all friends are invited, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, at Arab Shrine Temple, 1305 S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Ks. Consistent with Daun's request, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Children's Hospitals Travel Fund c/o Arab Shrine, 1305 S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Ks 66612-1332. Daun Ann Horttor
David A. Hackett
David A. Hackett
Class of 1977
Passed Apr 18, 2004
David Alan Hackett, 45, Topeka, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, in Topeka. He was born Jan. 31, 1959, in Topeka, the son of John and Rachel Runyan Hackett. He had been a Topeka resident all of his life. Mr. Hackett worked at the Correctional Facility as a maintenance supervisor. He was a member of the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association. Mr. Hackett was a very big supporter of Bluegrass music. He married Annette Boos on July 8, 1983, in Miami, Okla. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rachel Hackett; a brother, Ken Hackett; and a sister, Barbara Hackett. Survivors include his wife, Annette Hackett, Topeka; two brothers, Joe Hackett, Hoyt, and Rick Hackett, San Diego; a sister, Debra Spector, Lancaster, Calif.; two nephews, John Charles Hackett and Michael Spector; and a niece, Dodie Davis. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Mausoleum Chapel. Mr. Hackett will lie in state after 2 p.m. Wednesday at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel in North Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. The casket will remain closed. Memorials may be made to the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association, 5381 S.E. 53rd St., Berryton, Kan., 66409. Online condolences may be sent to www.penwellgabel.com.
David Borghardt
David Borghardt
Class of 1979
Passed Nov 13, 2018
David Borghardt, 57, Topeka, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Stormont-Vail Hospital.

David was born May 6, 1961 in Topeka, the son of Carl “Truman” and Sylvia (Wulf) Borghardt. He attended McCarter Elementary School, Landon Junior High and graduated from Topeka West High School in 1979.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church.

David is survived by his parents. He was preceded in death by sisters, Cindy Harris and Susan Borghardt.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt, KS. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604 or Breakthrough House, 1195 SW Buchanan, Ste 202, Topeka, KS 66604.
David Bruner
David Bruner
Class of 1979
Passed Jun 05, 2010
David James Bruner
David James Bruner, 49, Topeka, died Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Stormont-Vail Hospital. He was born Jan. 2, 1961 in Independence, MO, the son of James O. and Clara Ludlum Bruner. He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1979 and from Washburn University with a degree in Music Education in 1983. David worked for eleven years for John Stueve Service Station. He was a member of First Christian Church and the National Rifle Association. He is survived by his mother, Clara Bruner of Topeka; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Edye Bruner of Louisburg, and his special niece, Kimber Bruner. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church with graveside services at 3:00 p.m. at Mason Cemetery, south of Uniontown, Kansas. David will lie in state after noon Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 1880 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka 66604.

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