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James Dark Has Passed
James M. “Mike” Dark, 67, of Topeka passed away on October 25, 2020. Mike was born August 1, 1953 in Topeka the son of James and Vanessa Dark. Mike graduated from Highland Park High School with the class of 1972. He worked at the Capital Journal and Atlas Van Lines before moving to Pocatello, Idaho where he worked at a dairy. Mike returned to Topeka and worked in Lawrence.
He enjoyed hunting, baseball and fishing, talking on his C.B radio, riding his Harley Davidson, collected models, motorcycle movies and playing bass in the two country western bands he was a part of, Cross Country and County Line.
Survivors include his mother, Vanessa Dark of Topeka; children, Tonya Corwin, Misty Dark, and J.R. Dark, all of Topeka; sisters, Terry Blindt, Connie Miller in Washington and Jennifer Dark of Topeka; four grandchildren also survive.
Larry Gill has Passed
Larry Keith Gill, 67, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020.
He was born February 16, 1953, in Saint Louis, Missouri, the son of Hosie and Helen (Bradshaw) Gill. He was a 1971 graduate of Highland Park High School and received a Bachelor's Degree from Washburn University.
Larry was employed at the Kansas Insurance Department under Fletcher Bell for over 10 years and completed his career with Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company (KAMMCO) in Topeka, retiring as Senior Vice President.
He was a member of Wheatland Cycling Team, Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, Sunflower Striders and the Harley Owners Group all in Topeka. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka.
Larry married Elaine Jarboe on September 23, 1972 in Topeka, Kansas. She survives in Topeka. Other survivors include his daughter, Jessica Johnson and her husband, Dr. Eric Johnson of Topeka; his son, Tyler Gill and his wife, Jennifer Kongs of Lawrence, Kansas; and three grandchildren, Sophia, Victoria and Xander; his mother, Helen Figgs of Topeka; brother-in-law's, Vern (Deborah) Jarboe of Topeka and Carl (Mariann) Jarboe of Council Grove, KS; his mother-in-law, Laurine Jarboe of Topeka; and his canine companions, Tilly and Teddy.
Larry was a proud husband, father and "Papa". He loved bicycling and the many life-long friends he made on two wheels.
Honoring his request, cremation is planned. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Stormont-Vail Foundation, 1500 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.DoveTopeka.com.
Cheryl Rawlings has passed.
Cheryl A. Whitney, 67, passed away on October 22, 2020 in Sebring, FL. She was the daughter of the late Junior Sawyer and Margie (Mongold) Sawyer . She was born in Topeka, KS on September 26,1953. She had been a resident of Sebring since 1974. Cheryl was a member of the Church of the Way. She worked as a receptionist in the medical field. She is survived by her loving children Brian (Jennifer) Green; Dawn (Shane) Lamarre; Michael (Lauren) Whitney and Jason (Mindy) Whitney; sisters- Leona Crane and Ginger Lane. Surviving are also 9 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband James Whitney, Jr, brother – Billy Rawlings, sisters- Christy Kennedy, June Kirk and Linda Noel.
A memorial service for Jim and Cheryl will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday November 7, 2020 at Stephenson Nelson Funeral Home in Sebring.
Memorial contributions can be made to
Good Shepherd Hospice
1110 Hammock Rd,
Sebring, FL 33870
Arrangements entrusted to:
Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home
4001 Sebring Parkway
Sebring, FL 33870
Online condolences may be left at: www.stephensonnelsonfh.com
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