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Donald Barry

Nov 30, 1937 - Nov 30, 2023

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Topeka, KS

Donald D. Barry April 25th, 1937 - November 28th, 2023 Donald D. Barry, passed away on November 28th, 2023. Don was born on April 25th, 1937, in Kane, Illinois the son of Robert and Geneva Barry. Don grew up in Wood River, Illinois, attending Wood River High School. Thereafter, he attended Kirksville University on a basketball scholarship, later transferring to Southern Illinois University to finish his basketball career. Don married Margorie Ann Baron on March 26, 1960, in Alton, Illinois, and ...Read More

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Russ Tyler

Feb 09, 1960 - Feb 16, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Russ Tyler was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas on February 9, 1960, to parents Kenneth and Mildred (Thompson) Tyler.Russ graduated from Pocahontas High School where he was active in numerous clubs and groups. Russ served his country for 4 years in the United States Coast Guard in locations from the East Coast to Hawaii. Following his time in the Coast Guard, he returned to Pocahontas where he worked for the Pocahontas Star Herald newspaper for several years.Later, Russ moved to Topeka, Kansas to pursue a career as a graphic artist. He enjoyed fishing, photography, working on vehicles, riding motorcycles, and playing pool with friends.Russ is survived by two sisters - Lisa (Warren) Ragan, Laurie (Jason) Rapert, one brother Joel (Stacy) Tyler, along with five nieces and one nephew. Russ was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Mildred Tyler of Pocahontas, Arkansas and his brother, and best friend, Robert M. Tyler of Alexandria, Virginia.A family graveside gathering will be held at a future date. Interment will be in the Hite Cemetery in Biggers, Arkansas.

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Linda Kay Foster

Aug 27, 1974 - Feb 17, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Linda Kay Foster passed away February 17, 2024, at Midland Care Hospice surrounded by family. She was born August 27, 1974, in Topeka, Kansas and graduated from Topeka High School and Friends University. Linda lived in Kansas City, working as an Asset Scheduler for Dupont. Linda had a beautiful smile that could light up any room and her generosity knew no bounds. She loved traveling and was able to visit all 50 states and several countries. Linda loved animals, especially her dog Ziva of 14 years. Linda is survived by her mother, Glenda of Topeka, KS; father, Charles of Delia, KS; brother, Phil (Michelle) of Ozawkie KS; sister, Laura (Bryan) of Littleton CO; nieces, Araceli and Toni; nephew, Kendrick; numerous cousins; and her beloved partner, Clint. Rosary will be prayed at 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2024, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 SW 25th Street, Topeka KS 66614, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Private inurnment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Linda asked that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614. Please put Linda’s name in the memo/note, so that the family knows who sponsored in her honor. Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com."

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Kay Marie Sanders

May 02, 1940 - Feb 08, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Kay Marie Sanders, 83, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2024. She was born on May 2, 1940, to R.W. (Dick) and Florence Moore, in Topeka. Her gentle spirit and unwavering kindness profoundly touched all who had the privilege of knowing her.Kay Marie's early years were spent in the nurturing environment of her hometown, where she met the love of her life, Ronald Lee Sanders. The two were united in marriage on August 19, 1960, and celebrated 60 years of marriage. They spent most of their life on Kay Marie’s family homestead. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Ronni (Tim) Sales and Leeta Sanders (Rodney Mogge), who in turn filled Kay Marie and Ron's life with the joy of three grandchildren, Scott (Kelsey) Rinehart, Ryan (Hannah Wheat) Rinehart, and Sydney Sales, the delight of two great-grandchildren, Navy and Mav, a loving Son- in-Law Mike Rinehart and a forever Brother-in-Law Lenny (Sandi) Sanders and their family in Indiana.A woman of intellect and grace, Kay Marie graduated from Washburn Rural High School, then pursued her passion for mathematics at Washburn University for two years, during which time she became a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Her academic pursuits laid the foundation for a remarkable career that began with Capital Federal, and Mr. Block in the '60s and eventually led to the establishment of her own business, Sanders Income Tax Service. For over 40 years, she skillfully managed her business from her home, with her daughter Leeta by her side for more than two decades.Prior to preparing income taxes, she taught piano lessons from home or traveled to student’s homes, she volunteered at school and she led Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girl Troops, teaching young girls how to camp and survive and be self-sufficient. Kay Marie also owned and operated The Kuntry Kiln, a ceramic shop in her basement. She became a beloved mentor to many, teaching ceramic lessons and sharing her artistic creations with the community at craft sales and local flower shops, including Dillons. She also helped 4-H Members with their projects in Arts and Crafts.After Ron retired, the couple shared their love for travel. Together, they explored various State Fairs and capitals, immersing themselves in the local cultures and festivities, often for weeks at a time. Maybe searching for a Neil Diamond Concert on their way. Their adventurous spirit also led them to their grandchildren's sports events, whether in town or on the road, always showing their support and love.Preceded in death by her parents, R.W. (Dick) and Florence Moore, her brother, Billy Moore, and her beloved husband Ron Sanders (09-26-2020). She was blessed to be survived by her daughters, grandchildren and so many of her close loved ones.Please join us in celebrating a life abundantly lived and lovingly remembered. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Stull Community of Faith, located at 1696 E 250 Rd., Lecompton, KS 66050.

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John J. Dougan

May 02, 1924 - Feb 14, 2024

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Topeka, KS

John J. Dougan, 99, of Topeka, KS, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. He was born May 2, 1924 in Topeka, KS, the son of Harold B. and Blanche (Coffey) Dougan. John proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He retired as Storekeeper First Class E-6, after 20 years of service. John also worked for the Kansas Turnpike Authority, retiring after 22 years. He married Lorraine Tillman on July 25, 1942 in Lawrence, KS. She preceded him in death on March 11, 2009, after 66 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Caulfield; twin sister, Mary Dougan; sister, Marvel Dougan and 3 brothers, Earl, Bob and Jim Dougan. Survivors include 2 sons, Rod Dougan (Vicki) of Houston, TX and Tom Dougan (Sandy) of Topeka, KS; 4 grandchildren, Greg Bradley (Shannon) of Sequim, WA, Scott Dougan (Jennifer) of Prairie Village, KS, Adam Dougan (Tiffany) of Topeka, KS and Kelly Meyer (Clint) of Hiawatha, KS and 3 great-grandchildren, Larry Dougan, Samuel Dougan, Jackson Meyer and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside Service with Military Honors will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Auburn Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials may be given to the Holton V.F.W. 1367 c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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Robert Eugene Brown

Jul 02, 1929 - Feb 05, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Robert Eugene Brown, 94, was born on July 02, 1929 in Emporia, KS to David H. and Mary Jane (Emery) Brown. He grew up in Lawrence, KS and was a resident of Topeka, Kansas until his passing on Monday, February 05, 2024. Robert attended Lawrence Public Schools, attending Mary Herbert’s Grade School, New York Grade School and graduating from Lawrence High School in 1948. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated from Washburn University earning a Bachelor of Social Work in 1978. Robert served his country by joining the Navy Reserves in 1946 and became active duty for the United States Navy upon graduating high school. While in the military, he was an Aviation Machinist Mate. He served in the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War and aboard many ships and air stations before retiring with an honorable discharge in 1974, while stationed in New Jersey. After he retired from the Navy, Robert met his wife, Linda K. Sann-Brown in 1976. He began his career in social work in 1978. He retired as a Licensed Baccalaureate level social worker for the Kansas Department of Corrections, after 24 years of service in 2002. Robert accepted Christ into his life at the age of 15 while attending 9TH Street Baptist Church in Lawrence, KS. He spent his life serving God as a member of Hunington Valley Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, 1ST Baptist Church of Quindaro in Kansas City, KS and True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Topeka, KS. While at True Vine, Mr. Brown served as a trustee and then was appointed as a deacon. Deacon Brown drove the church van, worked with the youth department and served on many auxiliaries and committees within the church. Mr. Brown was passionate about serving his community. He was a 50-year member and Past Worshipful Master of Euclid Masonic Lodge #2; Past Commander in Chief of Kaw Valley Consistory #16; Past Illustrious Potentate Oasis Temple #29; Past Grand Eminent Commander for the State of Kansas, Knights of Templar; 25-year member and Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Myra Chapter #5; Past Exalted Ruler of IBOE Midwest Elks #1441; Member of American Legion and 1ST Vice Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Prentiss Townsend Post #319; President and Co-founder of the non-profit organization, Exodusters Awareness Incorporated and Co-founder of East Topeka Council on Aging-East Topeka Senior Center. Mr. Brown is now reunited with his wife, Linda K. Sann-Brown; his son, Robert Anthony Brown; his parents David H. and Mary Jane (Emery) Brown; two grandsons, Justin Talbot (Brown) and Brenden Mickelle Sann; one brother, David Edwin Brown and, one sister, Mary Bonzetta (Brown) Spicer. Left to cherish his memory are two daughters, Rachelle Toi San Brown (Peter)-Oakland, CA and Linda Joyce Murphy-Kansas City, MO; two sons, Charles Lee Sann (Michelle) and Brian Thomas Sann (Celeste); Sister Clara Lajean Gaines; Brother Roy Alfonso Gabriel Brown and granddaughter, Linda Joyce Murphy Maina (Robert Maina)-Topeka, KS. Ten grandchildren-Robert Prentice Brown, Amber Romanze Miller, Alicia Levey (Brandon), Corey “Dez” Sann, Jenna Sann, Sierra Sann, Ashley Bolze, Lola Sann and Brian Miller. Seven great grandchildren-Robert Armand Brown, Journee Amor Cutrer, Fallon Vida Levey, Celeste Reina Levey, Story Noelle Sann, Anais Nakhulo Maina and Anna LaShawn Maina. One great-great granddaughter, My’Love Natalia Brown. And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Click this link to view additional details about Robert's Services, including any available live streams: https://my.gather.app/remember/robert-brown-dec-05-2023

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Jack Thomas Spurlock

May 29, 1991 - Feb 08, 2024

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Topeka, KS

It is with a profound sense of loss and heartfelt appreciation for a life well-lived that we honor the memory of Jack Thomas Spurlock, lovingly known as JT by his friends and family, who passed away on the 8th of February 2024, in Topeka, Kansas.Born on the 29th of May 1991, at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, JT's vibrant spirit and infectious smile have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. From his early years, JT's unparalleled work ethic was evident to everyone around him. His entrepreneurial spirit shone through when he started a yard care business in his early teens after moving to Tempe, Arizona. As he grew, so did his passion for nurturing and caring for animals. He dedicated many hours to assisting friends with their livestock and cherished the satisfaction that came with honest, hard work. JT's calling to serve others led him to the honorable role of delivery driver for Meals on Wheels, where he touched the lives of countless individuals.JT's lifelong dream was realized when he joined the United States Marine Corps, taking on the role of an 0311. There, his bravery, and dedication were recognized with numerous awards, including the coveted Sharpshooter Rifle Qualification Badge—a testament to his dream of becoming a sniper and serving his country with distinction. His time in Afghanistan earned him a Combat Action ribbon among other commendations, and though he would eventually return to civilian life, his patriotism and love for his nation never waned. After his military service, JT found joy in the various jobs he took on, eventually joining the team at Tarwaters Farm Store where he quickly became a cherished presence. Later, JT's spirit and camaraderie enriched the environment at Harold’s Tire, where his commitment and lively character left a lasting impression on his colleagues. JT's zest for life extended far beyond his work. A man of the country at heart, he thrived in the great outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting, or simply embracing the rural lifestyle he adored. His carefree spirit soared when surrounded by nature, but even more so when enveloped in melodies. With a voice that could carry both the warmth of a country tune and the power of a metal anthem, JT was never shy to share his musical talents with those lucky enough to listen. Creativity flowed through JT’s veins, from building and crafting to leaving tangible pieces of himself in the projects he embarked upon. These endeavors were not just pastimes; they were reflections of the love and energy he invested in everything he did.The unwavering love he held for his parents, Jack and Brenda Spurlock, was a beacon for his seven siblings: Stephanie and her husband Steven, Gregory who preceded him in death, Jamie-Allyn and her husband Jake, Dancy and her husband Mike, Steve, Tatum, and Zachariah. Their bond was one of unspoken strength and loyalty, a testament to the family-focused life he led. But JT’s ultimate joy, the pinnacle of his life’s happiness, came with fatherhood—a role he cherished above all else and in which he excelled with the same passion and enthusiasm that characterized his entire existence. Above all, JT's heart belonged to his family. JT's legacy is carried on by his wife, Erin, and their four wonderful children: Jack Rowan, Savannah Lynn, Hananiah Thomas, and Augustus Lee. They were the center of his world, and he instilled in them the same adventurous spirit that he carried within himself.A man described as loving, spirited, and funny, JT Spurlock leaves behind a legacy that will not be forgotten. He was a man who gave generously, served proudly, and loved fiercely. His presence was a blessing, and though his absence leaves a void, the memories of his spirited laughter, resolute courage, and boundless love will remain in our hearts forever. Jack Thomas Spurlock, a true patriot, a dedicated worker, a creative soul, a cherished family man, and a beloved father has completed his journey on earth, but the story of his impact is one that will continue to inspire for generations to come.

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Davy Eugene Babb

Jul 01, 1955 - Feb 12, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Davy Eugene Babb passed away on February 12, 2024, after battling stomach cancer for over a year and a half. He was sixty-eight years old.Davy was born in Hugo, OK to Daisy and Robert (Preacher) Babb Sr. in 1955. He moved to Topeka in 1958 and later attended Highland Park High School. He excelled at basketball and went on to be a four-year starting point guard at Emporia State University. Davy majored in Secondary Education and took his first job coaching in Wichita, KS.Davy met Cindy (Albers) Zeckser at Emporia State, and they got married after graduation. They briefly lived in Wichita, KS before settling down in Topeka, KS. They had two wonderful children together – Brandon and Cameron Babb. Davy and Cindy were married for 11 years before separating. Davy spent the rest of his life with his partner Teresa Rush. Davy and Teresa are famous for hosting Friday night poker games.Davy taught math and coached men’s varsity basketball at Highland Park High School from. His best team finished as state runners up in 1988. Next, he served as athletic director at Robinson Middle School. He taught driver’s education for many years, and often helped some of the more troubled students at both stops. He was inducted into the Highland Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame with his brothers.Davy retired from teaching and administration in 2009, and then fulfilled his dream of moving to Las Vegas, NV. He and Teresa loved hosting friends and family who were visiting Las Vegas. Davy was everyone’s personal Uber and favorite Las Vegas tour guide. He and Teresa loved watching sports and relaxing in the backyard, especially their pergola and hot tub. They had many repeat visitors, and all of them ended up with the same stunning photo from the backyard - a mountain view from the pool area.Davy was preceded in death by his father - Robert Sr., and stepfather - George. He is survived by his mother - Daisy Wheeler, his brothers: Robert Jr. (Rhonda) and Michael (Nikki), his sons: Brandon (Tammy) and Cameron (Jaimilyn), his partner - Teresa, and Teresa’s children: Terri (Brent) and Tim (Cassandra). Davy had six grandchildren whom he loved very much. They all called him “Poppy Davy.” Davy was baptized at New Jerusalem Baptist Church. He will be fondly remembered by a host of family, friends, former students & players.In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in Davy’s name to Coaches vs. Cancer:https://www.cancer.org/about-us/our-partners/coaches-vs-cancer.html

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John Richard Harrison

May 03, 1953 - Feb 11, 2024

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Topeka, KS

John Richard Harrison, a man known for his creativity, gentle nature, and exceptional handiness. Born on May 3, 1953, in Lubbock, Texas, John's journey through life was one marked by dedication, service, and the love of his family. He passed away peacefully on February 11, 2024.John was a proud high school graduate who carried the values of hard work and commitment throughout his life. He honored his country as a valiant veteran of the Army, a chapter in his life that shaped much of his character and work ethic. After serving his nation, John found his passion in woodworking, becoming a highly skilled cabinet maker.His life was not only about the wood grains he expertly crafted but also about the strong bonds he forged. John was a beloved member of the Harrison family, a treasured brother to Wesley Carl Harrison, Edwin Roberts Harrison, Paula Maxine Godsey, and Nancy Kathryn DeWitt. His role as a brother was one he cherished deeply, and the memories they created together will be held close to their hearts forever.John Richard Harrison's memory will live on in the countless lives he touched with his gentle spirit and creative soul. He left the world a better place, and his legacy will continue to inspire those who knew him. We bid farewell to a man of honor, a craftsman, and a loving brother. John will be profoundly missed, but his light will continue to shine in the hearts of his family and friends.

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Timothy Brock

Apr 19, 1946 - Feb 10, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Timothy Brock, 77, Topeka, Kansas, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2024. Tim was born in Horton, Kansas and grew up on a farm in Delia, the son of Martin and Helen Volz Brock. He graduated from Delia High School in 1964 and attended Washburn University. On March 5, 1977, Tim and Nancy Wilson were united in marriage enjoying almost 47 years together. Tim retired from Goodyear with 37 years of service and loved his work as custodian at Auburn Elementary School after that. Tim found joy in his family, especially his grandchildren, and in puttering around the house and his shop. Tim leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Nancy Brock; children, Sarah Dahlstrom (Garrett Fowler) and Steven Brock (Samantha Mowery); grandchildren, Liam and Fiona Dahlstrom; siblings, Kathleen Lutz (Larry), Coleen Oberle (Jerome), Barbara Hum, Sheila Stueve, Dan Brock, Dave Brock, Deborah Brock, Greg Brock and Terence Brock (Ann); his brother-in-law, Randy Wilson; and many nieces and nephews. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brothers Mike and Patrick Brock, and an infant sister, Mary Theresa Brock. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614, followed by a Celebration of Tim’s Life at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. You are encouraged to wear casual attire to honor Tim’s memory. His favorites were a flannel shirt, vest and jeans. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tim Brock Memorial Fund (for his grandchildren’s education) at any US Bank or sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com."

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Fredrick Leon Williams

Jan 02, 1968 - Feb 05, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Fredrick Leon Williams, 56, of Topeka was called home by God unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2024. Fredrick was born January 2, 1968, in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Fred and Ruthann Williams. He graduated from Washburn Rural High School, where he played football as a running back. He rushed for 670 yards in 7 games as a freshman. In 1985, as a senior, he helped his team win the first state championship in Topeka. He went on to attend Independence College, where he played for 2 years. After that, he went to Benedict college. Fredrick was outgoing and friendly, and loved making others laugh. He had such an infectious energy and personality that everyone loved. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Ruthann and maternal grandparents Henry and Doris Badger. His memory lives on through his two sons, Sterling Williams of Topeka and Izak Patton of Atchison, KS; daughter, Sierra Williams of Texas; two brothers Randy Rhoten (Pat) of Topeka and Shannon Williams (Becky) of Spokane; one sister, Lakeeta Williams of Topeka; one uncle, Thomas Badger (Toni); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. We will forever cherish his memory and hold him dear in our hearts. Sleep on now and take your rest. Mr. Fredrick Williams' family requests your kindness in contribution to his funeral services in lieu of flowers. Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel invites your generosity in giving. You can easily contribute via the safe and secure Payment Center right here on Fredrick's page by clicking the link below, entitled "Contribute in Honor of Mr. Fredrick Williams". You can also find the same option by clicking "Payment Center" on the homepage of our funeral home's website. Mr. Williams' family wishes to acknowledge your kindness shown with deep appreciation and gratitude.

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