Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Susan Aline Ives died June 28, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri after a lengthy illness.
Susan was born in Phillipsburg, Kansas on March 19, 1959, to Norma Jean Hartford and Ashley J Ives. She attended grade school at Logan, Kansas and graduated high school in 1977 from Norton, Kansas. While in high school she was in the National Honor Society, excelled in debate, participated in plays, played clarinet in band, participated in chorus and earned the highest score on a solo at state competition. Her high school job was as a radio personality at KKAN in Norton, Kansas.
     As a child she demonstrated her faith in Jesus Christ and accepted His gift of grace by following her Lord in holy baptism at the Christian Church in Logan, Kansas. It was her rare privilege to be baptized by her father who was the minister there.
     The summer after high school graduation she and her sister Linda moved to Manhattan, Kansas and roomed together while Linda studied for her Master’s degree and Susan started her undergraduate coursework at K-State where she earned her Bachelor of Science, Social Sciences / Radio – TV Film.
     Susan worked in Iola, Kansas as a radio personality for KIKS and then moved to Wichita, Kansas where she worked as a political aide for Congressman Dan Glickman.
She moved to Dallas, Texas and worked as a counselor for abused women.
     She married Lloyd Kirk Stapler on November 26, 1993 in Dallas. Together they built their own website, a search engine called, and ran it for several years.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 she moved to Kansas City to be with her family. She taught art and web design at the Kansas City, Kansas Junior College until her declining health forced her to retire.
     Her special passion was her participation in the science fiction community and attending Comic-con as a Klingon persona named K’Ehliy in a costume that was her original design. She was known by Star Trek fans as the Captain of the Imperial Klingon Ship “Midnight Legend.”  Long before she began costuming as a Klingon, she earned a degree in Radio/TV/Film, and a degree in Arts and Technology with a minor in History of Architecture.  A focus of her studies was identification of the distinguishing features of various styles of art and architecture.  She developed an eye for the distinguishing features of clothing styles as well, and enjoyed creating costumes from ordinary clothing.  As a lifelong Star Trek fan, she found that becoming a Klingon felt quite natural, and suited her well.  She was a devotee of The Original Series, and especially enjoyed Deep Space Nine.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Kirk Stapler and her father A.J Ives.
She is survived by her mother, Norma Ives, a sister Linda Ives of Overland Park, Kansas, a sister Nancy Ives Knab and her husband Conrad Knab of Kansas City, Missouri, and one brother, Robert Ives and his wife Sheila of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; nieces and nephews: Kara Robinson, Ashley Ives, Krista Dunkin and Ryan Ives; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
    Graveside services will be July 22 at 1 p.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery, 21901 West Maple Road, Elkhorn, Nebraska, just west of Omaha, where she will be buried beside her father, her Grandmother Zona Jensen Hartford and her 2nd-Great-Grandmother Mary Coy Hartford.
     In lieu of flowers Susan preferred donations to Pandas International in her name.
The biography of Susan’s persona, K’Ehliy, follows:

Bio of K’Ehliy (aka Susan Ives), Commanding Officer of the IKV Midnight Legend
I am Commanding Officer of the Imperial Klingon Vessel “Midnight Legend.”  My name is pronounced similarly to Kaylee by Terrans, and that’s close enough if you will put a strong accent on the KAY.
     My right to wear the Homeworld Badge is secured by right of my birth in the Capital City of Qo’Nos.  I was a high-born daughter in House Ansara.  House Ansara was a wealthy and influential House until much of its mining and agricultural assets were lost in the explosion of the moon Praxis.  With the loss of the family’s prestige, House Ansara was not highly sought as an ally, and fell into decline.  Without a strong House, I was invited to join House Kurkura, though not related by blood, and there I was fostered in the ways of the warrior.  Eventually my interests turned to strengthening and rebuilding House Ansara.  With much of the remaining resources of House Ansara, I commissioned the ship IKV Midnight Legend and began to assemble a worthy crew while re-establishing the position of my family.  The Midnight Legend severed ties with all fleets and began operations as a rogue ship.       Subsequently I took control of the position of Head of House Ansara.  Although, traditionally, women do not become head of a House except for special circumstances, my search to find a suitable male heir was futile and I claimed that right myself. 
     The Midnight Legend developed a strong crew as we fought for the glory of the Klingon Empire.  We were honored to be joined by the woman who seized control of House D’Ean in a bloody battle to the death, by a war hero decorated for courage, by a Klingon Imperial Marine…  and as the valiant exploits of our rogue ship gained recognition throughout the galaxy, even the Federation offered an Exchange Officer to join our crew.  A mighty Klingon House took notice, and I was adopted into House Trekkan, a worthy ally for House Ansara. 

I am known in the Klingon world as Captain K’Ehliy Trekkan (pronounced KAYlee trekON).  I am also appropriately addressed by my title as head of my House, K’Ehliy epatai-Ansara.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Joyce Marie (Ives) Keeten of Glade, Kansas, passed away at 1:47AM at the Logan Manor in Logan, Kansas, on January 11th, 2016, at the age of 75. She was born in Stockton, Kansas, on February 21st, 1940, to Harold Ashley Ives and Hilma Grace (Fisher) Ives. She was the 7th of 8 children. She worked for the phone company in Hays, Kansas, for several years before and after marrying Donald Dean Keeten on February 23rd, 1964. They were brought together in holy matrimony at the Christian Church in Stockton, Kansas. They were a little over a month shy of celebrating 52 years of marriage.
She worked for the Phillipsburg Long Term Care Facility in Phillipsburg, Kansas, for 33 years as a nurses’ aid. Her dedication to helping those in need extended beyond her occupation to include friends and family who needed someone to drive them, sometimes long distances, to see doctors. She held many hands as people wept with pain and offered reassurances when the darkness of despair threatened to overwhelm them. Her extensive community of friends and family knew they could ask her for help, and if she could give it, she would. She enjoyed quilting, a hobby she shared with her mother. She tried to give a blanket to every new baby in the family and a quilt to every new marriage. She enjoyed playing the piano and performed that service for the Glade Methodist Church, and also for weddings for many decades.
She is survived by her loving husband, Donald Dean Keeten, and two sons and their wives Jeffrey Dean Keeten and Janet Elaine (Hesler) Keeten of Dodge City, Kansas, and Gregrey Lynn Keeten and Tonya Nicole (Stites) Keeten of Glade, Kansas. She has six grandchildren: Caleb Dean, Kollette Danielle, Cadence Liliana, Kasen Lane, Kagan Riley, and Karissa Kilynn. She is survived by a brother, Max Elmer Ives of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and four sisters, Altha Elaine Yoxell of Wichita, Kansas, Norma Pauline Moore of Bridgeport, Nebraska, Ruth Nadine Fenton and her husband Raleigh of Stockton, Kansas, and Dixie Linn Rose and her husband Henry of Levelland, Texas. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Norma Jean (Hartford) Ives of Kansas City, Kansas. There are also two of her nieces who were raised by Harold and Hilma Ives, Marcie Blasko and her husband Ron and Sandy Hubbard and her husband Jovie. Marcie and Sandy were much closer to her than nieces. She considered them to be her sisters.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Deana Marie, who is now in the arms of her loving mother for the rest of eternity. She is also preceded in death by two brothers, Ashley J. Ives and Harold Dean Ives, and two sister-in-laws, Earlyne (Buss) Ives and LeVonne (Pauley) Ives, and one brother-in-law, Edward Everette Yoxell.
The funeral service will be held at Oliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel at 1115 2nd Street, Phillipsburg, Kansas, on Friday, January 15th, at 10:30AM. The family will be at the Oliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel on Thursday, January 14th, for visitation from 6-7PM for anyone who wishes to come by and celebrate the life of a woman who influenced the lives of every person she knew. She chose to be cremated, so there will be no viewing. She wanted everyone to remember her as she was when she was healthy and alive.
We would like to thank all of the nurses, doctors, and caregivers who provided her with loving assistance in her final months. We want to especially thank the staff of Logan Manor Community Health and the staff of Hospice who eased her suffering and with special kindness helped her final months to be one of contentment and comfort. She was a much beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. We can find solace in the fact that we know she has arrived at a better place. She is now and forever shall be in the arms of her beloved lord and savior Jesus Christ.
In lieu of flowers the family would like people to donate to the Logan Manor Community Health or Phillips County Home Care or Hospice.

--Jeffrey D. Keeten

Mary L. Zwink

Mary L. Zwink, 95, a resident of Elmhaven East nursing home in Parsons, died there at 4:40 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. She was born Aug. 31, 1920, at Iola to William R. and Harriett F. (Mooberry) Lewis. She grew up in Iola and graduated from Iola High School in 1940. During World War II she worked as a machinist in Kansas City and then was employed by Montgomery Ward.  
She attended Manhattan Bible College for a year and on Sept. 7, 1950, married the Rev. Darold Lee Zwink at Manhattan. Together they served churches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. They retired to Longton and later she moved to Mound Valley. Rev. Zwink preceded her in death in 1998.
Mrs. Zwink was a member of First Christian Church in Parsons and in past years held various regional and state offices in Baptist churches. She had served on the senior citizens board in Longton.
Surviving is a son, Lee Zwink and his wife, Cathy, and their children Samuel, Christopher and Ashley, of Centennial, Colorado, and a daughter, Jewell Reed and her husband, Michael, of Parsons. She is also survived by a great-niece, Lydia McElroy and her husband, Tim, of Parsons.
Two sisters, Anna May McKee and Ethel Lewis, preceded her in death.
The service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the graveside at Longton Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to the Longton Senior Center and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online messages may be left at

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ives & Cousins Reunion 2016

Please reserve the weekend of July 16, 2016, for the Ives and Cousins Reunion in Muskogee, Oklahoma, hosted by Dixie and Amanda Rose, Mike and Brian Molzahn.

The hosts are looking for pictures from the 2014 reunion to run as a collage presentation during the reunion.

The 2016 reunion email address is

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Marie E. Connell

Marie Connell

Marie E. (Munn) Connell passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Parkview Care 
Center in Osborne, Kansas at the age of 84. She was born on August 28, 1930 in Stockton, 
Kansas to the late Guy and Ida (Smith) Munn. She graduated from Stockton High School 
with the Class of 1948.

On April 23, 1950 Marie was united in marriage to the love of her life Duane Connell
 in Oxford, Kansas. They made their home in Wichita, Kansas for many years where they 
were blessed with a son, Jerry Lynn Connell. Marie retired from the banking industry in
Wichita at the age of 62 and returned to Stockton in 1994 with husband Duane who 
preceded her in death on July 20, 2013.

Marie is survived by her son Jerry Connell of Humboldt; grandchildren Shannon, 
Craig, and Kalynne; five great-grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews; 
and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents Guy and Ida Munn, husband Duane Connell, 
and brother Charles Munn. Marie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and 
sister. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed, but she will live forever 
in our hearts and in our memories.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Velera Adella Spear Sawyer

Velera “Val” Sawyer passed Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, Kansas at the age of 91. She was born July 20, 1923 in Fairfield, NE to Scott and Fern (Ives) Spear.

Val graduated from Stockton High School with the class of 1941. She united in marriage to Homer L. Sawyer on May 20, 1942 in Stockton.

Val was a member of the First Christian Church, the American Legion Auxiliary Post #8871 both of Plainville, and the Senior Companions of Hays where she worked for 28 years before her death.

Survivors include four daughters, Peggy Maytubby, Patty Pruter both of Hays, Sherryl Strong of Colorado Springs, CO, and Randene Frasier of Plainville; sister, Beth Bickel of Haverville, MA; 6 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Homer L. Sawyer, her parents, one granddaughter, two son-in-laws, three sisters, and two brothers.

The garden is the place where we fulfill God’s calling and learn how to grow deep faith, abiding hope, and true love. The consummate gardener, Val taught us with her own life the words of the Apostle Paul who said, “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – but the greatest of these is love.”

Monday, December 15, 2014

Glenna Loree Holland

Glenna Loree Holland, 84, of Bella Vista died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at her home. She was born March 26, 1930 in Stockton, Kansas the daughter of Jenny and Scott Spear.

Glenna was preceded in death by her husband William Holland, her parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

She is survived by one son; Bill Holland and his wife Ladonna of Texas, one daughter; Terri Breeden of Bella Vista, two sisters; Velera Sawyer of Kansas, Beth Bickle of Massachusetts, four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many loving family and friends.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, October 29 at 10:00 am at Forest Hills Church.

Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bella Vista.