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Rex M. Fiedler


MAY 14, 1949 - MAY 04, 2024

Topeka, KS - Rex M. Fiedler, 74, was surrounded by his family as he fell into a peaceful
sleep and was handed over to the hand of God on May 4, 2024.

Rex (affectionately known as Pops by his daughter-in-law Sabrina) will be forever remembered as a
loving and supportive son, brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, and friend. A devout Christian
with a strong faith in God, Rex remained true to his faith and guided those around him to remain strong in

After more than 30 years in sales and management, Rex moved from Manhattan, KS to become a
business owner in Paxico, KS with his wife, Kay. Later, a series of health issues required them to move to
Topeka, KS where Rex could receive ongoing medical care. Highlights of forced retirement were
attending family events-especially those involving his grandsons-and having coffee with the Thursday
coffee group.

In addition to his career and business achievements, Rex was an avid collector including guns, knives,
antiques, and an avid animal lover. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family who will never
forget his enduring sense of humor, and was always armed with a new joke or two.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Merlin and Aileene Fiedler; in-laws Glenn and Beulah
Collinge; brothers-in-law Barry Huitema, Sr. and John L. Gregg II; and sister-in-law Nicci Fiedler.
Rex is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay; son, Derek; daughter-in-law, Sabrina; grandsons, Grant and
Nathan; granddaughter-in-law, Kennedy; brother, Terry; sister Erna Huitema; sister-in-law, Judy Gregg;
nieces Jill Gregg; Erika Hartley and her husband, Brian; nephews John L. Gregg III and his wife Deanna;
Barry Huitema, Jr. and his wife Lauri; and his beloved (most of the time) cat, Tobi.

We are saddened you are no longer with us in body, but happy you are still with us in spirit. We’ll see
you again soon Pops!

A private family remembrance will be held on May 18th in the family home.

Jacqueline Nadine Mauk (Minor)


MAY 1, 1955 - APRIL 17, 2024

Jacqueline Nadine Mauk (Minor) was born on May 1, 1955 in Beagle, Kansas, the daughter of Harry, Sr. and Lelah (Silkwood) Minor. Jackie grew up around Beagle and Fontana, KS. She had two brothers and two sisters.

Jackie married Wayne Mauk on September 8, 1970 & they had three children, Travis (Angela), Lelah (Roger) and Kyle. Jackie has ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Jackie was preceded in death by her husband Wayne, her stepdaughter Tami, both parents, brother Harry, Jr., and sister Ida Pearl.

Jackie was a hard worker and had a variety of jobs that included medical records, transcription and being a home health aide. She also helped Wayne in his early lawn care days and as a car scrapper. Jackie also cared for her grandchildren throughout the years.

Jackie served with We Care Ministries out of Ottawa, KS and worked in a gospel tent with the same ministry. Later, she served as an elder of Family of God Church.

Jackie loved anything involving her husband and family. She enjoyed family gatherings, drives by the lake and looking at tulips and roses. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and watching old TV shows such as Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons and Gaither Homecoming shows.

Jackie went to her eternal reward on April 17, 2024, at home with family by her side in Topeka. Jackie will be remembered as a gentle, loving and kind person that would help anyone in need.

The family will receive visitors at Family of God Church, 1231 NW Eugene St., Topeka, KS 66608, on Saturday, April 27th, at 1:00 pm, with the Celebration of Life Service following at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Family of God Church.

Horst Werner Dell


SEPTEMBER 8, 1945 - APRIL 3, 2024

Horst Werner Dell, of Topeka Kansas, passed away on April 3, 2024.
He was born on September 8, 1945 in Bell Germany, son of Werner and Elizabeth Dell.
Horst naturalized to the United States in 1962 with his family, lived and attended school
in Portage, Pennsylvania.

After graduating high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was
stationed at Forbes Air Force Base Tactical Hospital in Topeka, KS. until he was
honorably discharge in 1970.

Horst was then employed by Goodyear and retired after 35 years.

Horst Dell married his wife Lois June Willes on January 6, 1966 in Topeka Kansas
where they resided and raised their three children Denise, Brian and Jason Dell.
Horst was proceeded in death by his wife Lois Dell, his father Werner and his mother
Elizabeth Dell. He leaves behind two sisters Helga Jones, Anita Stombaugh (Stump)
his daughter Denise Ames (Steve), two son’s Brian Dell (Carol) and Jason Dell
(Megan), four Grandchildren Joe Dority Jr. (Jayme), Cody Dell (Dawn), Michael Dell,
Taylar Chapman (Cameron), three great grandchildren and many other relatives that will
miss him.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time.

Klaudia Virginia Hillery-Mayo


SEPTEMBER 30, 1980 - APRIL 11, 2024

Klaudia departed this life on Thursday April 11, 2024. She was preceded in death by her parents Pamela Mayo and Donald Hillery. She is survived by her brothers Scott Mayo Bronx NY, and Michael Mayo Topeka KS. Niece's Skye Mayo, Abigail Mayo, and Scott Mayo Jr. New York. Her niece's Persais Mayo, Amaya Mayo, and Sophie Jones-Mayo of Topeka KS. She is a beloved sister, aunt, nieces, and cousin to many. She is deeply missed.

She attended primary and middle school in Bronx, New York. Following the death of her parents she moved and attended High School in Topeka, Kansas. She was a determined, thoughtful and kind person, "She had a passion for life" doing things her way. She worked primarily in the service industry: first as a Cook at Topeka Correctional Facility, and then at Washburn University (Topeka KS.). She often commented on the fast-paced hustle & bustle of New York City life saying, "it was calling her." Returning to her roots in New York City, with her brother Scott. She worked in many positions in the Mental Health field as a CNA, Caregiver/Home Health Aide and then finally settled in as a Mental Health Technician. Where she met and was engaged to the love of her life, Clyde Cochran. They spent many years together traveling, shopping, dancing and socializing before he preceded her in death.

Klaudia loved her family and lifelong friends Aja Venny, Ikasha Rhodes (Pumpkin) and Jasmine Smith-Andrews with a special love for her niece Skye Mayo (Sweetpea). Suffering from several medical issues, Klaudia returned to Topeka KS to be with family. Where she, her brother, niece's and cousins continued their avid Comic Book and movie following of— DC Comics, Marvels, Avenger's etc. Klaudia enjoyed telling jokes, being silly and talking smack with her family and friends.

She is no longer struggling or in pain. Klaudia is not alone, she is in a safe place with her parents, grandparents, aunts and cousins.

Cremation Services performed by Angels Above Topeka Kansas

Mary Ann Estes


AUGUST 20, 1949 - MARCH 30, 2024

Mary Ann Estes passed peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2024, with family by her side. She
was born on August 20, 1949. Her Parents were Sumpter P. Estes and Ann F. (Garrity) Estes.

Mary Ann grew up in the Washington DC area and graduated from the University of Maryland
where she earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design. She did freelance interior design on the
East Coast, and later Mary Ann managed an import showroom at the Overland Park Merchandise
Mart. She and Steve operated several antique booths in the KC area for many years.

She is survived by her husband Steve Keegan, children Christopher and Nicholas Cottini, sisters
Patricia Estes and Sally Tampien, Cousin Mary Raynolds and many grandchildren.

Celebration of life will be from 3 to 6 pm on April 20 th , 2024, at the Oakshire Fireside Room,
9555 Nieman Place, Overland Park, KS 66214 Friends and Family welcome.

The family wants to give a big THANK YOU to Catholic Community Hospice, for wonderful
care and assistance to Mary Ann and all the family.

In lieu of flowers, Mary Ann requested donations to the St. Jude, or to the family for the services.

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Lloyd Keith Willes Sr


NOVEMBER 25, 1926 - MARCH 31, 2024

Lloyd Keith Willes Sr. 97, of Topeka Kansas, passed away on Easter Sunday, March 31,

He was born on November 25, 1926 in Topeka Kansas, son of Charles and Helen
(Pateman) Willes.

After attending high school in Topeka, Kansas, Lloyd proudly served in the United
States Coast Guard until he was honorably discharge in 1946.

Lloyd was employed by Union Pacific Railroad where he retired.

Lloyd married Mary C. Willes (Williamson) May 24, 1947 in Topeka Kansas where they
resided and raised their children Lois June Willes (Dell) and Lloyd Keith Willes Jr.

He enjoyed playing bingo, going to hockey games, watching Bob Ross, listening to
classical music and family gatherings.

Lloyd was proceeded in death by his wife Mary, daughter Lois June, his seven sisters
and two brothers. He leaves behind his son Lloyd Keith Jr. Grandchildren Denise Ames
(Steve), Brian Dell (Carol Ann), Jason Dell (Megan), Stephanie Warner, Daniel Willes,
great grandchildren Joe Dority Jr. (Jayme), Cody Dell (Dawn), Michael Dell, Taylar
Chapman (Cameron), Ashley Cotton, Jordan Warner and 7 great great grandchildren
and many other loving relatives that will miss him.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time.

Gary David Fulkerson


JANUARY 20, 1945 - MARCH 24, 2024

Gary David Fulkerson passed away on March 24, 2024, at his home in
Topeka, Kansas. He was born in McPherson on January 20, 1945, to Harold
and Nora (Becker) Fulkerson. The family moved to California in 1957 where
Gary attended Jr. High School and graduated from Santa Fe High School,
Santa Fe Springs, CA in 1963. He attended Long Beach State University.

Gary served in the US Navy from 1966 to 1968, serving on the USS Duncan,
a Destroyer and Rescue ship, during the Vietnam War. He served in the US
Navy Reserves for 3.5 years after his active duty.

Gary moved back to Kansas in 1976. He was known to many in the north Topeka community as
manager of Roach Hardware, and he worked for the company for nearly 40 years at various
locations. He was also known for repairing Volkswagens and had extensive mechanical skills.

Family members will miss his humor, stories and quiet confidence. He was an avid reader and loved
movies, particularly science fiction and history.

He is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Nora (Becker) Fulkerson and two sisters, Priscilla
(Fulkerson) Campbell and Sharon (Fulkerson) Spanier.

He is survived by siblings Lonnie (Donna) Fulkerson, Eskridge, KS, Miriam (Adrian) Lugo, Gig
Harbor WA, Vaughn Fulkerson, Anaconda, MT, and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm Saturday, April 6, at Dover Cemetery with a reception
following at the Dover Federated Church Fellowship Hall. Cards may be sent to 16591 NE
Highway K4, Eskridge, KS 66423.

Sandy Shaver


APRIL 14, 1964 - MARCH 22, 2024

Sandy Shaver, aged 59, a resident of Burlington, KS, passed away on March 22,
2024. Born on April 14, 1964, in Topeka, KS, to Alford and Sharon Shaver. She
married Gary Collette, they later divorced.

Sandy attended Capper School and pursued some college education. She leaves
behind a legacy with her published book of poems, showcasing her talent and

She was preceded in death by her brothers Alford “Dean” Shaver and Christopher
Holthusen, her sister Liz Shaw, along with nieces Shannon Shaw and Kyla Rae
Shaver and nephews David “Bubba” Shaw and Darren Shaver, and a brother-in-
law Bobby Bingham.

Sandy is survived by her brother Walter (Joyce) Shaver of Topeka and sister Sherry
Bingham of Meriden, along with multiple nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks for all the condolences and
support during this time.

Details regarding the services will be shared at a later date.

Sharon Kay Caley


AUGUST 7, 1943 - MARCH 25, 2024

Sharon Kay Caley, aged 80, a resident of Topeka, KS, joined her
heavenly father on Monday, March 25, 2024 with loving family
by her side. Born on August 7, 1943, in Topeka, KS, to Richard
Thomas and Gladys “Marie” Holthusen. She married Alford
Shaver on June 21, 1958, in Lyndon, KS, and later found
happiness with Larry Caley, whom she married on October 31,
2007, in Niceville, FL. Both Alford and Larry have preceded her
in death.

Sharon's journey was filled with love and dedication to her
family and community. Her years of service at the City of
Topeka were marked by dedication and hard work. She found
joy in creating ceramics, basking in the sun on the beach, and
cherishing moments with her loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her children Alford “Dean”
Shaver, Liz Shaw, Christopher Holthusen and Sandy Shaver,
along with grandchildren Shannon and David “Bubba” Shaw,
Kyla Rae and Darren Shaver, and son-in-law Bobby Bingham.

Sharon leaves behind a legacy of love and strength. Survived by
her son Walter (Joyce) Shaver of Topeka and daughter Sherry
Bingham of Meriden, KS. She is also survived by her sisters Gina
(Richard) Castille of Crestview, FL, Christina Dilley of Topeka, KS,
brothers Dick (Georgia) Holthusen and Mike (Sarah) Holthusen,

both of Topeka, KS, along with numerous nieces, nephews,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

We, the family, would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for
the love, support and condolences during this time. Your
kindness and presence have been a source of comfort.

Details regarding the services will be shared at a later date.

Jewel. K L Rusch


MAY 3, 1959 - MARCH 8, 2024

In memory of Jewel. K L Rusch, (Benfer ) who passed away on March 8th at 10:30 a.m. in her home. She was born May 3rd 1959, she had passed away due to some chronic illnesses.

She was an LPN for 44 years, love to Garden and was a fisherman. She proceeded in death of her husband Glenn Rusch and her son Jonathan Cashman there will be no Services Public wise just family and a few friends we will miss her we all loved her now she has taken her final Journey.

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How much does cremation cost in Topeka, KS? ›

Direct Cremation -$ 1,195.00

Price Includes: Basic service of funeral director and staff.

What is the cheapest cremation you can get? ›

Direct cremation is the most affordable final arrangement. The direct cremation cost varies, but you should expect to pay between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on the city you live in and how much the funeral home charges.

How much does the most basic cremation cost? ›

The cost of a cremation with a memorial service is about $1500. It includes the following estimated expenses according to the NFDA: the cremation fee at $368, the use of the facility for the service fee at $515, the use of a service van or car fee at $150, and a basic printed memorial package fee at $183.

What does it cost to be cremated in Kansas? ›

BASIC PLAN - $1,295.00

Our charges for cremation (without ceremony) include: transportation from place of death (within Kansas City metropolitan area)

What does a cremation cost in Kansas? ›

Basic Cremation Package for $995.00.

Is it cheaper to cremate someone? ›

The average traditional burial funeral service in California can run to $10,000 or more, whereas the average price for a cremation service is between $600 to $3,000. This means cremation services offer a more affordable and more flexible alternative to traditional funeral services.

Is cremation much cheaper than burial? ›

The average cremation cost in California falls anywhere from $1,300 to $2,300 depending on provider and services offered. The cost of arranging a full funeral and burial service in California is often much steeper, with a range anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 or more.

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