Jon Carl Londeen, 81, of Chapman, KS, died Oct. 8, 2020, at the Good Shepherd Homecare and Hospice House in Manhattan as the result of a 7-week battle with COVID-19.

He was born on Feb. 17, 1939, in Chapman, the son of Gordon F. and Wilma I. (Coulson) Londeen.

Jon graduated from Chapman High School (DCCHS) in 1957. He then attended Kansas State University and earned his degree in Business Administration in 1961. He received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant from ROTC at Kansas Stat, and took his basic training at Fort Benning, GA.

He married Kathlyn Sue Boles on August 2, 1960, at the Chapman United Methodist Church. They were stationed at Fort Lewis, WA, until his discharge from active duty in 1963 at the rank of 1st Lt. He then served 5 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Captain.

In the fall of 1963 they returned to Chapman where he and his parents purchased Lorson Hardware and combined with the furniture store that his father owned to become Londeen Hardware and Furniture. The family owned and operated the hardware and furniture store and after his father passed away in 1976, he took over the operation of the Londeen Funeral Chapel that was started by his father.

Jon served as mayor and on the Chapman City Council for several terms and was very proud that Indian Hill Golf Course was built during one of his terms as mayor. He thought there was no better place in the world than Chapman, Kansas.

He was a member of the Chapman United Methodist Church his entire lif, and was a member of the American Legion Post # 240, Chapman Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Abilene Elks Club, Junction City Eagles Lodge, Kansas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Jon is survived by his wife Kathlyn “Kay” Londeen, sons Jon David “JD”, Kevin Charles (Karen) and Eric Scott (Julie) and granddaughters Kirsten, Rachel, Emily and Lauren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Jane Schnell.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from noon until 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the Londeen Funeral Chapel, 206 West Fifth Street, Chapman. As the Londeen family grieves the loss of Jon due to COVID-19, please respect our request to wear a mask and social distance. A family graveside service will be held at the Indian Hill Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chapman United Methodist Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS, 66502.    

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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