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LaMoyne H. Converse

LaMoyne H. Converse LaMoyne Harriet Converse, age 97, of Manhattan, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Homestead Assisted Living Center in Manhattan, Kansas. The oldest daughter of Edward John and Lillie Mary (Kraus) Bohn, she was born December 4, 1919, at home on the Lockhart Ranch in Wabaunsee County, where her father was the ranch foreman.

Mrs. Converse attended one-room country schools during elementary school, and graduated from Eskridge Rural High School in 1938. She earned her Kansas Normal Teaching Certificate, and taught grades 1 through 8; one year at Rockton District 28, and one year at Hessdale District 14.

LaMoyne married Harry H. Converse of Eskridge in 1941, and they raised four sons there, until moving to Manhattan in 1963. Harry was an Agricultural Engineer, working 8 years with his father in the Converse Farm Service Company of Eskridge, and 35 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Manhattan.

Mrs. Converse was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in both Eskridge and Manhattan, American Legion Auxiliary, and a long-time member of the KSU Social Club. Her enduring passion for 60 years was her volunteer service to the Boy Scouts of America. LaMoyne served as a Den Mother to hundreds of boys, a Cub Scout Leader Trainer, a Unit Commissioner, and was a member of the Round Table Staff. In appreciation of her dedicated service, she received numerous Scouting Awards including: Silver Fawn, Wood Badge, Distinguished Unit Commissioner, James E. West Fellowship, God and Church, and God and Service.

Mrs. Converse was preceded in death by her parents, husband, new born twin sons, two brothers: Leo Edward and Dale Edgar Bohn, and a daughter-in-law Sybil Converse. LaMoyne is survived by her sons: Leo Converse Olsburg, KS, Larry Converse (Linda) Black Hawk, SD, Curtis Converse (Jan) Colorado Springs, CO, Mark Converse (JoAnn) Shawnee, KS, ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Other survivors include her three sisters: Wanda Stewart (Gawain) Granger, IN, Lois Cripps Topeka, KS, Virginia Hamble Overland Park, KS, a sister-in-law: Virginia Bohn Topeka, KS, and a brother-in-law: Merle Converse Helotes, TX, Bohn, Kraus, and Converse nieces, nephews, and cousins too numerous to list and many fellow Scouters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church of Manhattan, 612 Poyntz Avenue. Interment will follow in the Eskridge City Cemetery at 2pm.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan and CampFund, Inc. Memorial contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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