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Linda Goodnow

Nov 30, 1943 - Nov 30, 2023

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Topeka, KS

Linda A. Goodnow, 80, of Topeka, Kansas passed away on November 29th, 2023. Linda was born on April 20, 1943 in Topeka to Glenn & Lenarie Goodnow. Starting in 1964, Linda worked for the Kansas State Department of Transportation in Area Four. She retired in 2003. She is survived by her brother, Gary Goodnow of Kansas City, Missouri. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, December 5th, 10:00am at Mount Hope Cemetery, 4700 SW 17th Street, Topeka. To leave a message for the family, please clic...Read More

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Patricia Ann Swihart (Wilkerson)

Sep 10, 1946 - Feb 24, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Patricia Ann Swihart (Wilkerson), Topeka, Kansas, passed away February 24, 2024, at the age of 77. Pat was born September 10, 1946, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the youngest of four siblings born to Manual and Eddalene Wilkerson. She was named Baby of the Year by the local newspaper when she was 2 ½ years old. She had been previously featured in a newspaper article as a “Miracle Baby” because she was born while her mother was at home by herself. Pat lived most of her childhood in Florida. She graduated from Ocala High School, Ocala, Florida. Pat and John Edward Swihart were united in marriage November 26, 1964, enjoying 59 years together. He survives. Pat spent 19 years welcoming shoppers to Walmart. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Pat is also survived by her three daughters, Cindy Irene Roach, Elisabeth Kathryn Eberhart, and Jennifer Ann Marshall (Tim). Cindy is the mother of two of Pat’s grandchildren, Patty and Wesley. Jenny is the mother of Pat’s other grandchild, Matthew. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614. Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church. Cremation will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com."

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Shapleigh Lewis Woolfolk

Mar 09, 1937 - Feb 21, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Shapleigh Lewis “Shap” Woolfolk, 86, of Topeka, Kansas, passed peacefully at Stormont Vail Hospital on February 21, 2024. Shap was born in Shelbyville, Missouri in 1937, to Shapleigh Ross Woolfolk and Ethel D. (Ankrom) Woolfolk. As their only child, Shap was very close to his parents throughout their lives. He spent much quality time with his father – hunting, fishing, playing baseball and basketball, and helping his father in the newspaper business. His mother was a teacher for many years and provided education and inspiration to Shap throughout her life. Shap grew up in his father’s hometown of Troy, Missouri. He attended Troy Public Schools, graduating from Buchanan High School in 1955. Shap attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri before joining the United States Army in April, 1956. In the Army, Shap was assigned to the 8th Division, 45th Field Artillery, where he worked in the Fire Direction Center and also trained as a field radio telephone operator. He was stationed near Neckarsulm, Germany and always spoke highly of the beautiful German countryside and friendly German people. Shap said that his Army service provided some of the best times of his life. Shap’s Army training as a field radio telephone operator led to a 42-year civilian career in the telecommunications industry, from which he retired in 2002. While Shap was curious and inquisitive about many things, he had a lifelong love for cars and electronic technology. Among many projects, Shap built a dune buggy in his home garage beginning with a bare mail-order frame and ending with a running, driving, licensed motor vehicle. He built more than one computer with a soldering iron and a box of electronic components. His repair and diagnostic skills were legendary among friends and neighbors. Shap married his wife of nearly 38 years, Deloris Kay “Dee” Hubbard on December 20, 1985. They resided in Olathe, Osage City and, for more than 30 years, Manhattan, Kansas. Shap and Dee were inseparable and could be found over their years of marriage riding motorcycles, fishing, working on their home, watching movies, and enjoying life. They particularly enjoyed watching Kansas State football and St. Louis Cardinal baseball games on television. Dee preceded Shap in death on September 27, 2023. The marriage of Shap and Dee created a blended family that will remember him fondly. Shap’s family includes children, Jeff Woolfolk (Carole), Gerald Woolfolk, and Lori Dedic (John). His grandchildren and great-grandchildren include, Adam Woolfolk and son Owen, Andrew Woolfolk (Erica) and son Crosby, Lindsey Packingham (Elliot) and son Bodie and daughter Eva. The family expresses their gratitude to the staff at Celebration Villa Senior Living, the VA Hospital, and Stormont-Vail Hospital for the compassionate care provided to our Dad. A private burial will be held at Troy City Cemetery in Troy, Missouri. Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com."

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Carol Jean Haber

Aug 05, 1928 - Feb 22, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Carol “Jean” Haber, 95, of Topeka, KS, formerly of Holton, Carbondale, and Emporia KS, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Aldersgate Assisted Living in Topeka. She was born August 5, 1928 in Butler, MO, the daughter of Harry C. and Lucy Agnes (Wilson) Fisher. Jean graduated from Emporia High School in 1947. She worked as a Display Manager for Poole’s Department Store and as Display Assistant for Newman’s Department Store both in Emporia, KS. She later worked for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. She was a skilled artist working at Silver Dollar City and later taught China painting in several Midwest states. She was a former member of the Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton and Town and Country Christian Church in Topeka. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Agnes Fisher; a sister, Donna Brink and husbands, Fred Haber and Clarence Haber. Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Nelson of Topeka, KS; 2 granddaughters, Rachel Taylor and Jessica Taylor, and 2 great-grandchildren, Xavier Brown and Olive Thomson. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2024 Town and Country Christian Church in Topeka. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Emporia, KS. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service time. Jean will lie in state from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 29, 2024 at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or Town and Country Christian Church c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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Derek James Dorsey

Oct 12, 1982 - Feb 18, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Derek James Dorsey, a man who lived his life with the same skillful hands he used to tinker with model cars and hot wheels, passed away at the age of 41 in Topeka, KS on February 18, 2024. Born on October 12, 1982, in Ottawa, KS, Derek was a beloved son, husband, father, and grandfather who brought laughter and love into every room he entered, much like his favorite comedians brought laughter into his living room.Derek, known affectionately as the family's personal handyman, could fix anything except, perhaps, a Denver Broncos losing streak. He attended Washburn Rural High School, where he was more likely to be found daydreaming about fishing or the next horror flick than paying attention to algebra. He carried that love of fishing throughout his life, often seen by the lakeside, teaching his sons and grandsons the difference between a real catch and "the one that got away."A man of resilience and determination, Derek celebrated three years of sobriety before his passing, a testament to his strength and commitment to his family. His wife, Teresa Dorsey, stood by him through thick and thin, and together they raised a family that was as close-knit as the plots in a classic Western—complete with the occasional dramatic standoff over who controlled the TV remote.Derek's children—Michael, Savanah Darr, Jordan Dorsey, Devontae Sharpe, Amber Hill, Nicholas Kelly, Katelynn Hill, and Shaylynn Hill—will remember him as a father who taught them how to laugh in the face of adversity, how to bait a hook, and the importance of always having a good scare during a horror movie marathon. His son-in-law Eddie Hill will surely miss the banter and the shared DIY projects that often turned into comedy sketches.His grandchildren, five rowdy grandsons and three spirited granddaughters, will carry on his legacy of laughter and love for the outdoors. They will no doubt become dedicated Broncos fans, if only to honor their granddad's unwavering support for the team, regardless of their performance.Derek's humor was as infectious as his love for his mother, Cathy Stewart, who instilled in him the value of a good chuckle and a warm heart. As Robin Williams once said, "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Derek certainly never lost his spark, and his madness was the delightful kind that filled a room with warmth and giggles.In his leisure, Derek could be found building model cars with a precision that would make any engineer envious, or expanding his impressive hot wheels collection, which he argued would be worth a fortune one day—though his children knew it was more about the joy of the hunt than any potential windfall.Sunday afternoons were sacred, reserved for cheering on the Broncos, whether they were cruising to victory or fumbling their way through the game. Derek's shouts at the TV were a familiar soundtrack, punctuated by commentary that was often funnier than the game itself.As we bid farewell to Derek James Dorsey, we remember a man who lived with gusto, laughed with abandon, and loved with all his heart. He may have left us too soon, but his legacy of joy, laughter, and a well-placed fishing line will continue to ripple through the lives of all who knew him. Let's not say goodbye, but rather, "See you later," because as the great Groucho Marx said, "I intend to live forever, or die trying." Derek, with his indomitable spirit, surely would have agreed.

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Kenneth Lee Bond

Oct 04, 1949 - Feb 24, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Kenneth Lee Bond “Kenny” passed away on February 24, 2024 at St. Francis Hospital. Kenny is survived by his wife, Sharon, a daughter, Tish Brooks (Mike), son, Cole (Nicole), a sister, Lisa Bond-Whorton, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Valley Hope of Atchison Kansas in Kenny’s Honor instead of flowers. Donations may be sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614"

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Al Curtis Johnson

Jul 12, 1956 - Feb 21, 2024

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Topeka, KS

On February 21, 2024, in Topeka, Kansas, Al Curtis Johnson passed away quietly. Al, who was born in Greenville, Mississippi on July 12, 1956, was an inspiration to everyone lucky enough to call him Dad, Grandpa, brother or friend. He was brave, wise, and full of love.Please join the family in celebrating the life of Al Curtis Johnson beginning at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Kay McFarland Japanese Garden and Venue, Turtle Entrance, 635 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS 66606.  Military honors will be provided by the Kansas Army National Guard Funeral Detail. 

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Crystal Marie Mackey

Jun 25, 1977 - Jan 25, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Crystal Marie Mackey, of Topeka, KS, age 46, unexpectedly passed away on January 25,2024. Crystal was born on June 25, 1977, to Debra Ryun and Danny Mackey at Travis Airforce Base in Fairfield, CA. Crystal, as all who knew her, was the life of the party. She had a personality that one could not forget. The joys of her life consisted of music, being on the beach and animals. She was a huge Chiefs fan. Crystal is proceeded in death by her mother, Debra Ryun, and son, Chance Phillips. She is survived by her father, Danny Mackey, her 5 beautiful children, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. A celebration of life will be held on March 2, 2024, from 1-3 p.m. at Vineyard Church in Kansas City, MO."

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Alan Ray Daugherty

Aug 19, 1961 - Feb 20, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Alan Ray Daugherty, 62, Topeka, Kansas, passed away February 20, 2024. Alan was born August 19, 1961, to Donald and Marlene Flynn Daugherty in Fort Gordon, Georgia. He grew up in Hereford, Texas, graduating from Hereford High School in 1979. He later moved to Topeka, and then to Johnson City, Tennessee before returning to Topeka in 2023. Alan married Cindy Blankenship April 29, 1995. Cindy likes to say his story was that he was born in Georgia, grew up in Texas with Oklahoma parents and then was saved when he moved to Kansas and met her. He was a designer in the corrugated packaging industry. Alan enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, disc golf, finding deals through Dealdash and Temu, and tinkering and “MacGyvering” anything and everything he could get his hands on. Alan is survived by his wife, Cindy, Topeka; his daughters, Krystal Mercer (Scott), Topeka and Kyla Rice (Jacob), Fort Scott KS; grandchildren, Drake and Avery Mercer, and Callie Rice; his mother, Marlene Daugherty, Topeka; sister, Sandra Shea (Mike), Pleasant Hill MO; siblings-in-law, Karen Dashnaw, Topeka, David Blankenship (Emily), Sandy UT, and Judy Kilts, Topeka; many beloved nieces and nephews; special friends that became family in Tennessee, including Clara, who called him Papa; and his cat, Spooky B. Scooter. Alan was preceded in death by his grandparents, J.M. and Irene Flynn and Earl and Bessie Daugherty; his father, Donald Daugherty; sister, Sheila Daugherty, and brother-in-law, Ray Dashnaw. Family will greet friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday February 29, 2024, at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614. His funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Cat Association of Topeka and sent in care of the funeral home."

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Robert Glen Sample, Jr.

Apr 09, 1956 - Feb 23, 2024

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Topeka, KS

"Robert Glen Sample, Jr., 67, Topeka, Kansas, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. Bob was born in Topeka on April 9, 1956, the son of Robert and Mina Cochran Sample. He graduated from Seaman High School in 1974. Bob married Debra Zirkle on March 1, 1975, in Topeka. He retired from the City of Topeka Water Department as a Utilities Director. Bob was a substitute teacher for Valley Falls High School and loved all the children he interacted with. He enjoyed running, fishing and cheering on K-State and the Kansas City Chiefs. Bob is survived by his wife, Debbie; son, Andy (Dana); grandchildren, Blake, Kalynn, Reagan, Ashtan and Lacee; three great-grandchildren; and his brother Bill Sample. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bob will be privately interred in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northern Hills Baptist Church, and sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614"

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Virgen Milagros Rivera

Aug 14, 1970 - Feb 18, 2024

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Topeka, KS

Virgen Milagros Rivera (Millie), 53, was born to Damian Torres and the late Iris Eugenia Torres on 8/14/1970 in Brooklyn, NY. Shortly after Millie’s birth, she and her parents relocated to Massachusetts where they lived for many years. Millie later welcomed the arrival of her siblings Maria, Damian Jr., Elvis, Tito and Cheyenne. Millie was a fearless leader in the Evangelical movement, dedicating her life to God and to ministry. No one could pray or preach clearer or stronger! She enjoyed singing and worshiping God. In 1999, she married her best friend, Luis Daniel Rivera (Danny) and God blessed them with a son, Nathan Jeremiah followed by Zachary Jacob, Natalee Jaala and Serenity Marie. After the death of her mother in 2015, she welcomed her little sister Cheyenne and niece Jazlyn into her home and together, Luis and Millie lived each day to do best by all their children. Millie was a Pastor for close to 20 years, most recently in Topeka, KS as the First Lady at the “Iglesia Levantando al Caído” where she was loved by all. Millie is survived by her husband, Luis Daniel Rivera and her children, Nathan, Zachary, Natalee and Serenity. She is also survived by her father Damian Torres Sr. and his wife, Hilda Torres; her sister Maria Torres de Martinez and husband Jorge Martinez; her brother Damian Torres Jr. and his wife, Maribel Torres; her brother Elvis Torres; her brother Roberto “Tito” Vasquez; and her sister Cheyenne Torres along with countless nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends who became family and loving parishioners. To know her was to love her. Topeka Chapel Oaks Cremation & Funeral Services is honored to serve the family. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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