Obituaries

Darrin Lee Briggs

Feb. 18, 1966 – June 15, 2019

TOPEKA — Darrin Lee Briggs, Burlingame, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, after an extended illness. He was 53.

He was born Feb. 18, 1966, at Topeka, the son of Dean and Lyla Rae Lieshman Briggs. He lived Scranton, and graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1985. He attended Scranton United Methodist Church until its closure.

Dorothy E. Masters Anderson

Dec. 2, 1927 – June 13, 2019

BURLINGAME — Dorothy E. Masters Anderson, Burlingame, passed peacefully at her home Thursday, June 13, 2019. She was 91.

She was born Dec. 2, 1927, the daughter of Bryan Masters and Lelia “Mae” McMurdo.

Dort, as her family and friends called her grew up on her parents’ farm southwest of Burlingame and attended 98 Schoolhouse, surrounded by her Masters cousins, with an eight-year perfect attendance.

Leonard Elmore

July 5, 1935 – June 13, 2019

TOPEKA — Leonard Elmore, Vassar, died Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Topeka. He was 83.

He was born July 5, 1935, at Arkansas City, the son of Clarence and Gladys Leonard Elmore. He grew up in Wellington and lived in Topeka before moving to Osage County in 1970. He lived near Vassar for several years.

He worked for Santa Fe Railroad as a draftsman and then head car inspector. He enjoyed restoring cars and tractors, playing in a band and riding motorcycles. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar.

Donald James Heronime

Sept. 17, 1931 – June 11, 2019

OVERBROOK — Donald James Heronime, Carbondale, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. He was 87.

He was born Sept. 17, 1931, at Wichita, the son of Gus and Elizabeth Urban Heronime. He attended several schools through his youth and graduated from Plevna High School in 1951. He joined the U.S. Army immediately thereafter at the age of 17 and served six years.

Eric Eugene Johnson

Feb. 15, 1958 – May 30, 2019

LEBO — Eric Eugene Johnson, Lebo, died May 30, 2019, at his home. He was 61.

He was born Feb. 15, 1958, at Ottawa, the son of Leon Johnson and Sharon Lee Gragg Johnson. He graduated from Melvern High School in 1976. He spent most of his life as a construction welder and mechanical maintenance technician, both here and abroad.

He married Beverlee Dian Peavy, March 30, 1979. To this union were born two children. They were later divorced.

Tanya Trego

July 15, 1957 – June 1, 2019

TOPEKA — Tanya Trego, Lyndon, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka. She was 61.

She was born July 15, 1957, at Henrietta, Okla., daughter of Carl and Analou Baker Higgins. She lived in Lyndon for the past 30 years. She worked at Ned Hiatt's R.V. Sales for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Analou; two brothers, James Higgins and Glen Higgins; and a sister, Carlene Price.

Sharon Bryson Stromgren

April 11, 1964 – May 29, 2019

SCRANTON — Sharon Bryson Stromgren, Scranton, died May 29, 2019, at home after battling cancer and many years spent with multiple sclerosis. She was 55.

She was born April 11, 1964, at Topeka, the daughter of Gene and Ruth Bryson. As a child, she grew up on a family farm near Burlingame, where she enjoyed spending time with her family and helping out.

Wayne O'Brien

Jan. 4, 1937 – May 27, 2019

TOPEKA — Wayne O'Brien, Overbrook, died Monday, May 27, 2019, at Francis Hospital, Topeka. He was 82.

He was born Jan. 4, 1937, at Ottawa, the son of Andrew and Thelma Snethen O'Brien. He lived most of his life in the Overbrook community.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He worked at DuPont, Topeka, until his retirement. He was a member of Grace Community Church, Overbrook, and Topeka Ski Club since 1984. He was a faithful K.U. fan and followed his children and grandchildren to their sporting events and concerts.

Joyce Hearn

Died – May 24, 2019

VASSAR — Joyce Hearn, Vassar, died Friday, May 24, 2019. She was 76.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30 at Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. Burial will follow at Prescott Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.schneiderfunerals.com.

Jess "Butch" Darrell Bartee

Aug. 16, 1944 – May 26, 2019

TOPEKA — Jess "Butch" Darrell Bartee, 74, Topeka, died Sunday, May 26, 2019. He was 74.

He was born Aug. 16, 1944, at Emporia, the son of Loyd Bartee and Wilma Bailey Badgley. He graduated from Olivet High School, Olivet.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was currently employed by Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center engineering department where he worked for over 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John "Jack" Badgley and Lynn Bartee.

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