Obituaries

Dorothy Eileen (Meili) Meier, 82, passed away Feb. 16, 2015, at Lincoln Park Manor, Lincoln, Kan. Dorothy was born Dec. 29, 1932, to William Abraham  and Esther Iona (Line) Meili in the Pleasant Valley com - munity southwest of Lincoln. She was one of eight chil - dren. She attended Pleasant Valley School (one half mile from the family farm) and  graduated from Lincoln High School in 1952. On July 26, 1953, Dorothy was united in marriage to Duane Meier at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and  became a member on Feb. 19, 1954. To this union, three children were born: Pamela Kay, Timothy Duane, and Wesley Scott. The Meier family’s church member - ship transferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church on June 7, 1962. The marriage ended in 1977.  When Dorothy was young, and even as she grew old, she loved the great outdoors. She felt free wandering among the rocks, cliffs, pastures, rivers, and railroad tracks. She found peace walking fence lines, fixing fences and working with the cattle and in the fields. Dorothy’s greatest love was for her grandchildren. She enjoyed the times when her grand - children were around her, taking them shopping, help - ing care for them, taking them out to eat or just play - ing with them. Her biggest  concern was when any of them was ill. Dorothy worked for the Lincoln County Hospital from 1962- 1988. She and her sister-inlaw, Rosella, worked at the Mitchell County Hospital for a short time. She began working at Mid America  Nursing Home in 1980 and cared for many patients during her 30 years at that facility. Dorothy trained and studied to become an E.M.T. in 1983 and was honored with the Lincoln County Emergency Management Public Service Award in 2004. At one point during her life, she was working at the hospital, nursing home and as an EMT. She took great pride in caring for others. Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and embroidery. She made afghans and quilts for her family members. She loved to cook and bake and was always trying new recipes. She baked many angel food cakes for funerals at the Lutheran Church and sev - eral people ordered her famous mincemeat! Dorothy enjoyed bowling and bus trips to the casino! She was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church and the Lincoln Business Women. Dorothy is preceded in death by: her parents; sis - ters, Alice Block and Wilma Block; brothers, Robert  eili, Ray Meili, and Albert Rippie; grandson, Jason James Huiting; and grand - daughter, Jaime Vanessa Huiting. She is survived by: daughter, Pam Meier of Downs; sons, Tim (Vicki) Meier and Scott Meier of Lincoln; sister, JoAnn (Norman) Hemmer of Topeka; and brother Bill (Larinda) Meili of Lincoln; grandchildren, Billy (Sara) Meier of Abilene, Rita (Keith) Charlson of Salina, Bryan Meier of Lincoln, Alicia Dose of Downs, Breanna and Hunter Meier of Lincoln; greatgrandchildren, Joseph, Logan, Gage, and Caleb Meier, Lexus Haring and Jax Charlson, Mckayla Meier, Cody and Hannah Behrens, Ryker Meier, and Marley Joe Knowles; special friends, A.L. Sorensen, and Sally Behrens; and numer -  ous nieces and nephews who affectionately called her Aunt Dot. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 19, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Pastor Matt Schneider officiated. Memorials may be given to the Lincoln County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship Fund and the  Lincoln County Ambulance Service.

Dorothy Jane Starbuck Block, 94, was born in Lincoln, Kan., on Nov. 7, 1920 to Marie (Colden) and Harold Robert Starbuck. Her grandparents were Lorena and Clinton Colden,  and Rebecca and Edward Macey Starbuck. She died on Feb. 12, 2015 at Via Christi Village Manhattan. While a senior in high school, Dorothy was pianist for many musical activities, President of the Girl
Reserves with a member - ship of 125 girls, editor of the school paper “The Broadcaster” and pianist for Sunday morning church at the Lincoln First Methodist church. She began teaching piano
at the age of 16 and contin - ued doing that for over 50 years. She gave lessons to dozens of children. She was a 70-year mem - ber of the Order of Eastern Star and served as Worthy  Matron, Organist, and a number of other offices. She served as President of the Lincoln County Hospital Auxiliary and was a mem - ber of Chapter DT of the PEO sisterhood. Dorothy was the oldest of four children born to her parents. She graduated from high school in 1938 as Salutatorian of her class. She completed Normal Training in 1940, and taught two years at Spring Valley School in Lincoln County. During World War II when her husband Richard served in the U.S. Army she spent time in both Lincoln County, where Richard’s family resided, and Leavenworth, Kan. While in Leavenworth she was pian - ist for a small orchestra that played at the USOs in the city and Fort Leavenworth. She also played pipe organ at the First Methodist in Leavenworth. After World War II ended, Dorothy and Richard resided in Vesper, Kan. She was very active in the Vesper United Presbyterian Church and served as pian - ist there for over 55 years. She was also a Sunday school teacher, choir direc - tor, and member of United Presbyterian Women. Dorothy moved to Manhattan in 2003. She loved her family, home, and  church family deeply. Music was also one of the loves of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard, and her  brother Robert Paul Starbuck. She is survived by her son Richard Royce Block of Ellsworth, and a daughter Rebecca (David) Block Claus of Manhattan, a sister Kathleen Starbuck Munson of Hopewell, Va., a brother Kenneth Starbuck of Herrin, Ill., two grandsons, Matthew and Alex Block, a granddaughter Lisa Claus (John Dykstra), of West Chester, Pa., one greatgrandaughter, and numer - ous nieces and nephews. The funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., in Manhattan, burial followed at 1:00 p.m., at the Vesper Cemetery in Vesper, Kan. A memorial fund for Dorothy J. (Starbuck) Block has been established to the First United Methodist Church, Pipe Organ Renovation Fund. Donations may be sent in care of Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 W. Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502 or the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Ave. also in Manhattan.    

Delbert A. Tiemann (Dec. 23, 1921 to Dec. 25, 2014), tinker knuckle buster and square dancer died Christmas day having out - lived two wives (Juanita (Nita) Roof, 33 years, and Mary June  McCoy, 30 y ears). Raised on a Kansas farm with six brothers and sisters Del escaped farm life at age 18 and learned to rivet air - craft from the inside. When war broke out the govern -
ment grabbed him and taught him to be an aircraft mechanic. After the war he worked Tinker’s flight line for 31 years as a skilled mechanic, retiring in 1977. He and Nita square danced
for 30 years and served for a time as Co-Presidents of the Oklahoma Square Dance Association. After Nita’s death Mary June became his life and dance partner. Between dancing and work Del tried to fish Lake Texoma empty. He was also a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Midwest City and grew wonderful tomatoes and cantaloupe like those from his Mother’s garden.
Delbert had a wry sense of humor and was popular among all who knew him. He favored his western attire even as he moved up North and at 93 had a full head of hair to be envied. Delbert was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Lydia Tiemann; broth - ers Mervin, Paul and Robert (Bob); sisters Elfrieda (Kite) and Nora (Nail). He is survived by his sis - ter Marlene and her hus - band Frank Seasbourne; sister-in-law Jeanine Tiemann; and nieces and nephews. Del had four grandchildren shared by Mary June’s sons W. Lee and John R. Bettes: Matt, Morgan, Shelly, and Maleaha who will sorely  miss him but thank Mary June for bringing him into the family. Graveside services were  held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Arlington Memory Gardens in Midwest City, Okla