A memorial for our fellow artist that are with us in spirit.
November 14, 1926 - January 22, 2014
Manhattan, Kan.—Earl Robert (Bob) Sinnett was born to Muscatine natives Margaret and Frank Sinnett in California on Nov. 14, 1926. On January 22, 2014, he passed away due to complications from a fall on January 21.
Margaret and her young son returned to Muscatine in 1928. Bob grew up in Muscatine and later attended the University of Iowa.
He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan. He served in the Navy, and in the Army reserves. In 1962, he moved to Manhattan, Kan., where he worked as a psychologist and educator until his mid-eighties.
Bob Sinnett was a direct descendant of Samuel Sinnett who, along with his brother Charles, built the Octagon House in Muscatine.
Bob is survived by wife, Kay Sinnett; daughters Lucy Sinnett Schuler and Kate Sinnett, sons Brian and Dan, son-in-law, Steve Schuler; sister-in-law, Lucy Morgan; brother-in-law, Richard Morgan; grandchildren Frederick, Kathleen and Evan.
November 27th 1936 - September 7th, 2013.
He was born on Nov. 27, 1936, in Harlem to parents who were Works Progress Administration artists and writers in New York. His parents illustrated children’s ’ books for the public schools of New York City, according to his website, www.ericabraham.net.
He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a bachelor’s degree in painting in 1964. Five years later, he received his master’s degree in ceramics from the University of Nebraska.
Mr. Abraham then worked for a brief time for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City before moving to Santa Fe and Madrid, N.M. He taught for two years at Kansas State University and then moved to Vail, Colo., in 1974. He had a ceramics and pottery studio in Vail and later in Denver.
He first gained national attention for his artwork when he created two large, fire-breathing dragons. One was featured on the NBC “Today” show. He has appeared on the Lynette Jennings Design Show on the Discovery Channel, according to his website. His artwork was shown most recently in Wichita at the Book and Art Fair in May and at the Smoky Hill River Festival at Salina in June. This next weekend, he was scheduled to exhibit in the Ponca City Art Center’s Art Festival.
In 2004, he moved to Lucas, where he bought an old car dealership building and renovated it into the Flying Pig Studio and Gallery. One of his favorite mediums was porcelain because it allowed him to use bright colors.
According to his website, Mr. Abraham is survived by a daughter, Sara Mercedes of California; a companion, Ruth DeOreo; and former wife Judy Love.
F. Gene Ernst
November 26, 1929 - September 5th, 2013.
F. Gene Ernst is a Manhattan KS native, educated at Kansas State University with a Bach. of Architecture in 1953 an a Master of Architecture from University of Washington in 1971. Practiced architecture in Louisiana and Kansas and taught architecture at KSU from 1967 to 1992, retiring as Professor Emeritus.
Gene was a Corporate Member of the American Institute of Architects, now Emeritus. He is a founding member of the Columbian Artists; the Watercolor Stuldio of the Manhattan Arts Center; and a member of Mountain Aire Painters of Crested Butte – Gunnison Colorado, and the Kansas Watercolor Society. Gene paints en plein aire, as weather permits, and has traveled and painted in the Grenadines W.I., France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Austria, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Paraguay, and Guatemala. His watercolors have been shown at Kansas State University, Chang Gallery, Swogger Gallery, Gallery North, Poppyfield Gallery, the Gunnison CO Center for the Arts, Manhattan Arts Center, Mulvane Art Museum, and the Kauffman Museum.
George Evan Preuss
January 28, 1936 - July 23, 2009
73, of Wamego, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at his residence.
He was born on January 28, 1936 in Queens, New York, the son of John and Genevive McDonnell Preuss.
He graduated from La Salle Military Academy in 1954. George was an Army veteran, serving for 21 years (1954 - 1975). He had resided in the Wamego area since 1975.
He was a notable artist, sculptor, and inventor. He was the creator of many public pieces of art throughout the state of Kansas, including sculpture in front of the Riley County Historical Building.
His rests in the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Riley.
Lila Mae Hanson
July 4, 1933 - June 5, 2004
Lila died suddenly on June 5, 2004, at her home in Wamego, Kan. A time of remembrance, attended by many friends and family, was held at the Steward Funeral Home in Wamego. Lila was born July 4, 1933, in Davenport, to Rudolph and Amy Frutiger. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1951. She attended the University of Iowa for three years. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Education and a Master's Degree in Humanities from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo. Lila and Bernard Hanson were married at Englewood, Colo., on June 22, 1962. Mrs. Hanson worked at the Denver Research Institute as an office manager from 1960 to 1969. In 1969, the family moved to St. Charles, Mo. In 1978, she authored a cookbook called The Pot Belly Stove and wrote articles for the St. Louis papers. In May, 1994, she and her husband moved to Wamego. While in Wamego, she taught memoir writing classes and was known for her china painting and watercolor painting. She loved to paint and was a very talented artist. She was a certified teacher of porcelain art and was a member of the International Porcelain Artists Association, the Columbian Artists, the Manhattan Arts Center and a past member of the Wamego Study Club and the World Organization of China Painters. Survivors include her husband Bernard; her two daughters, Amelia Williams and her husband Roger, of Marthasville, Mo., and Susan Hanson, Greenbank, Wash.; a brother, Donald Frutiger, Davenport; a sister, Shirley Frutiger, Davenport; and seven grandchildren, Kyle, Cody, Caterina, Caleb and Tristan Williams, and Joey and Michael Sousa.
May 22, 1931 - June 29, 2003
Eugene Thomas McGraw, 72, died Sunday, June 29, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. He was a retired professor from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University. He was born May 22, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Thomas Michael and Nora Catherine (Kilcoyne) McGraw.
Mr. McGraw graduated in 1957 with the last graduating class from Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University, with his Bachelor’s in Architecture and an Associate of Arts. He later earned his master’s from K-State in 1963.
He joined the faculty at K-State in 1958 as an instructor, was promoted to assistant professor in 1964, associate professor in 1968, and professor in 1978. He served the College of Architecture, Planning and Design for 37 years. During his tenure at K-State, he became a founding member of the newly formed Department of Interior Architecture in 1971. Prior to that time, he served in the Departments of Architecture and Regional and Community Planning. Mr. McGraw’s students won many national and international design competitions.
McGraw’s service and activities in the Department of Interior Architecture are distinguished by founding the German Foreign Studies Program in Trier, establishing and coordinating the 15-credit-hour internship program, the placement and securing of a significant number of scholarships and grants for graduating seniors to prominent graduate schools, and his classes’ participation in design competitions that allowed students in his studios to win a significant number of design awards. He also served seven years as a faculty senator, as well as seven years as a national representative on the AIA National Committee on Interiors (one year as national education chairperson) and five years as a founding committee member of the college’s CCOP committee.
Mr. McGraw was an award-winning educator and received the Conoco Undergraduate Teaching Award given by Kansas State University for his outstanding and distinguished teaching career. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Student Center, Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Sigma Delta National Scholastic Societies, Columbian Art Society, and the 15th Air Force Historical Society. In his retirement he enjoyed genealogy and visiting Ireland.
Survivors include his son, James T. “Tim” McGraw of Colorado Springs, CO; one sister, Mary Helen Corbett of Cleveland, OH; four brothers, John McGraw of Brooksville, FL, Joseph McGraw of College Station, TX, James McGraw of Paducah, KY, and Michael McGraw of Cleveland, OH. He loved his former wife Betty very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William and Thomas McGraw; and one sister, Ann Fox.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Isidore Catholic Student Center with Father Keith Weber as Celebrant. Burial followed in Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. Pallbearers were Steve Murphy, Bob Bullock, Allan Hastings, Fayez Husseini, Al Keithley, and John Selfridge. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Ernst, Vernon Deines, Jack Durgan, Eugene Wendt and Ray Weisenburger. A Christian Wake service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Isidore Catholic Student Center, with the family receiving friends from 6 until 7 p.m. prior to the service.