Memorial Name List

Memorial Name List

Thank you for visiting our Memorial Name List, where we honor our Topeka Public Schools family members who have passed on. To have a loved one added to this page, please contact Dr. Aarion Gray at [email protected]



Lois Ann Conklin, 78, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2022.  She graduated from Topeka High School in 1961 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Washburn University in 1965. Lois taught elementary education and her love for teaching was recognized with the Excellence of Teaching and many other awards. Click here to view more information. 


Linda Marie Heine, 44, of Topeka, passed away Friday, March 25, 2022. Ms. Heine was employed by USD 501 for 24 years. She was also a member of the Topeka /Shawnee Kansas Special Olympics team. Click here to view more information.  


Robert D. Groves, 75, of  Topeka passed away on February 1, 2022. He grew up in Topeka and attended Highland Park high School. He was a custodian at Landon Middle School and was the kindest soul who formed a connection with everyone he crossed paths with in Topeka Public Schools. Click here to view his obituary. 

Ervina Eloice Grimes passed away February 1, 2022. she was a beloved long-term substitute at Ross Elementary, who made an impact on so many students and staff with her kind heart and smile. Click here to view more information.


Raymond John Dashnaw, 67, of Topeka, KS, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022, at his home. Ray attended St. Matthew Grade School, was a 1972 graduate of Hayden High School and received an Associates Degree from Washburn University.  He served in the US Army Reserve for over 30 years retiring as MSgt.  Ray worked in various capacities for the State of Kansas recently retiring as a Computer Programmer for USD #501.  Click here to view his obituary.




Joshua Jones, Topeka High School graduate and co-owner of Advisors Excel, passed away on March 5, 2021, at the age of 45. Click here to read his obituary. 


Steve Beitz,53, passed away on May 26, 2021, in Topeka. Steve worked in Topeka Public Schools for 13 years. He taught at McCarter Elementary and Eisenhower Middle School. Steve felt most at home as a coach. He coached football, wrestling, track, and basketball at French, Eisenhower, and Jardine Middle Schools. Steve also coached wrestling at Topeka West High School and football at Highland Park High School. Click here to read his obituary 


Marvalie A. Johnson, retired after 38 years of teaching with Topeka Public Schools, passed away on June 9th, 2021, at the age of 89. Click here to read her obituary. 


Lois Floe Anderson, retired after 31 years of teaching with Topeka Public Schools as a paraprofessional, passed away on August 23rd, 2021, at the age of 99. Clickhere to read her obituary. 


Robert "Bob" L. Campos,  spent his entire teaching career with Topeka Public Schools, teaching Spanish, before enjoying retirement, passed away September 1, 2021, at the age of 73. Click here to read his obituary.

Major General (Retired) Jack Strukel Jr., 89, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021. Throughout his education career, he was teacher, coach, principal, and central office administrator and retired from USD 501 in 1991. Click here to view his obituary.


Melanie Kay Whitmore, 58, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away September 19, 2021. Melanie worked as an accountant in the USD 501 Business Office for Topeka Public Schools for 13 years. Click here to view her obituary.


Kristin L. (Krissy) Banman, 37, of Topeka, Ks, passed away Thursday October 14, 2021. Krissy graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 2002. since 2002, Krissy had several part-time jobs including book packer at a local bindery, housekeeper (nursing homes/hotels) and grocery sacker at Brookwood Dillons. Krissy's favorite job, however, was Food Service Worker at Ross Elementary School - she adored the students and developed friendships with staff and fellow Food Service Workers. Click here to view her obituary.


Walter George Boyd, 62 of Wetmore, passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Walt was a Special Education van driver for USD 501 Topeka. Click here to view his obituary.

Patricia "Pat" Joy (Logan) Blue, 69, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021. Patricia went tp Topeka High School and graduated in 1970. She was employed by USD 501 for 38 years. She started as a cook and worked up to becoming a Special Education  Para Professional at Topeka High School. She loved working with children. Click here to view her obituary.

John Alan Keller, 39, of Topeka, Kansas, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. He was a beloved father. a committed educator, and a devoted Christ-like servant leader. He taught psychology and coached wrestling at Topeka High School where he met his wife. Click here to view his obituary. 


Elena M. Dyche, 85, of Topeka, passed away Saturday December 18th. Elena loved her students and children. She taught for thirty years in the Topeka schools from 1958-1991, before retiring. Her first class was teaching kindergarten in what would become consolidated as USD 437 at Pauline East Elementary, and later in the area at Pauline South Elementary School with combined 1st-6th grade. In central Topeka, later known as USD 501, Elena taught at McCarter Elementary, Monroe Elementary 2nd grade in 1975, kindergarten at McEachron Elementary in 1976, Quincy Elementary summer school of art and Spanish in 1977, and was recognized with appreciation for teaching her third grade class to waltz at McCarter Elementary in 1991. Click here to view her obituary.



Lorene Fort, grandmother to Erika Hall, Senior Communications Specialist for the district, passed away on May 9, 2020. Click here to view her obituary.


Rev. Donald Conrad, the father of former Topeka High teacher Anne Hageman, passed away on June 4, 2020. Click here for his obituary.

Ron Farrell, former HPH Teacher/Media Specialist and TPS Foundation Board Member passed away on June 14, 2020. 

Ron Farrell's Obituary


Linda Louise Rivera, 68, of Topeka passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Lovingly known as the “voice of Topeka Public Schools,” she had been answering phones as a receptionist for District 501 for 22 years and until her retirement in 2011. To view her obituary, click here


Constance "Connie" Hillebert, 79, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, August 30. Connie worked as a secretary for the USD 501 school district for over 37 years where she retired at Chase Middle School. To view her obituary, click here


Gracie Avila

Gracie Avila, a professional therapy dog for Topeka Public Schools USD 501, sadly passed away on September 8 at almost 13 years of age. She worked at Capital City Schools, Highland Park High School, Landon Middle School, and throughout the district on crisis calls. Gracie's owner, Stephanie Avila, said of her dog, "She adored kids and staff. She was always loving. Always happy, but in true heeler form, she wanted order. She enjoyed the group therapy sessions with students and impromptu visits from staff. There couldn’t have been a kinder soul."

Helen Mosher, the grandmother to Kelly Mosher, passed away on September 11, 2020. Click here to view her obituary.


Faith Adams, a gifted teacher at Topeka High School for many years and retired in 2003, passed away on October 25, 2020. Click here to view her obituary.

Lenard Ramirez, husband of Gail Ramirez, district Technology Integration Specialist, passed away on October 25, 2020. Click here to view his obituary. 

Shirley Ann Billings passed away on October 29, 2020. She was an educator for Topeka School Districts for 34 years teaching over 1,000 elementary students retiring in 2005. Click here to view her obituary.

Theresa Galvan, mother of Whitson Elementary Office Para, Diana Camarillo, passed away on October 29, 2020. Click here to view her obituary.


Lynn Barnard, worked at various schools in the district, most recently as a paraprofessional at Whitson Elementary, passed away on November 9, 2020. Click here to view her obituary.

Merle Keeling, who worked for the district for 19 years as a police officer and retired in 2013, passed away on November 22, 2020. Click here to view his obituary.


Katherine McHugh, who was a counselor at Highland Park High School for 28 years, passed away on December 8, 2020, at the age of 86. Click here to read her obituary.

Willie Nicklin

Wilfred "Willie" Nicklin, legendary Topeka High School Hall of Fame Basketball Coach and the namesake of the basketball court at THS, passed away on December 10, 2020, at the age of 92. Click here to read his obituary. To know more about his life you can read this Capital-Journal article or this WIBW article.

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