Cora Mae Regnier Briggs

Nov. 24, 1924 – Sept. 19, 2019

OVERLAND PARK — Cora Mae Briggs, Osage City, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park. She was 94. She went peacefully home to the Lord surrounded by her family.

She was born Nove. 24, 1924, at Offerle, the daughter of Peter and Martha Burkhart Regnier. She graduated from St. Teresa Catholic High School, Hutchinson.

She married Charles Alvin Briggs May 26, 1951, in Hodgeman County. Four sons and four daughters were born from this union.

Rick D. Arb

Jan. 21, 1959 – Sept. 21, 2019

TOPEKA — Rick D. Arb, Melvern, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Midland Hospice, Topeka. He was 60.

He was born Jan. 21, 1959, at Ottawa, the son of Earl Dean and Pauline Mason Arb. He spent all of his life in the Melvern community.

He attended Melvern schools, graduating in 1977. He was in the trucking business until he became disabled due to an injury. He attended True Grace Community Church and Church of God in Melvern.

He married Sonia Hurt. They later divorced. They had two children, Crystal and Jeffery.

James Ross Hesseltine

Died – Sept. 18, 2019

TOPEKA — James Ross Hesseltine died Sept. 18, 2019, at Midland Hospice Care Center, Topeka. He was 72.

He was the son of Ralph Hesseltine and Allene Coffman Hesseltine. He grew up and was a lifelong resident of the Overbrook area, graduating from Overbrook Rural High School with the class of 1965. He later graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in civil engineering in 1975.

Ilene Kay Freeman Mueller

Nov. 2, 1940 – Sept. 16, 2019

OSAGE CITY — Ilene Kay Freeman Mueller died Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Osage Nursing Manor, Osage City. She was 78.

She was born Nov. 2, 1940, at Santa Maria, Calif., the daughter of Milton B. “Pete” and Wilma Mae Cokeley Freeman. She attended Osage City High School until the 10th grade.

She married Edwin C. Mueller Aug. 23, 1957, at Osage City. He survives of the home.

She worked at Hallmark Cards as a napkin wrapper. She was a former Scout Commissioner for the Jayhawk Area Conference and Coast Guard Auxiliary Officer.

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Sally Palmer

July 2, 1934 – Sept. 4, 2019?

SHAWNEE — Sally Palmer, Shawnee, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at her home. She was 85.

She was born July 2, 1934, at Augusta, the daughter of Allen and Edith Ashcraft. She graduated with the Melvern class of 1953. She attended Emporia State University for two years before taking the position of teacher at Rapp School in Osage County, a one-room schoolhouse. After two years at Rapp School, she moved to Chicago and took a job with Book Supply Company.

Donald W. Jones

May 7, 1951 – Sept. 13, 2019

LYNDON — Donald W. Jones died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at his home in Lyndon. He was 68.

He was born May 7, 1951, at Emporia, the son of Donald and Doris Burns Jones. He lived all of his life in the Lyndon community. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1969.

He worked as an over the road truck driver for Don Jones and Son Trucking for many years and then worked as an equipment operator for Kansas Department of Transportation.

Joy Lee Clark Schmidt

Sept. 9, 1956 – Sept. 12, 2019

OVERBROOK — Joy Lee Clark Schmidt, Scranton, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 63.

She was born Sept. 9, 1956, at Enid, Okla., the daughter of Robert Earl and Eunice Ann Fiser Clark. She was a 1974 graduate of Jackson Heights High School and received her Bachelors in Education and Masters in Counseling from the University of Kansas.

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