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Robert V. Talkington Robert V. Talkington

Aug. 23, 1929 – Dec. 26, 2010

Robert V. Talkington, former president of the Kansas Senate and longtime Iolan, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 26, 2010, from complications of a stroke at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Services we-re held at the First Presbyterian Church in Iola. Burial followed in Highland Cemetery with military honors.

Robert Van Talkington, 81, was born Aug. 23, 1929 to William H. and Nannie Patrick Talkington near Patrick, Texas. He was one of eight sons and was a standout baseball and football player at Wilmer-Hutchins High School near Dallas, from which he graduated.

He earned a B.S. in education in 1951 and his law degree from KU in 1954. After service in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean War, he began his legal career as a private attorney in Iola, the hometown of his wife, the late Donna Schmaus. They were married 58 years.

He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Delta Phi, Masons, Shriners, Elks and the American Legion. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as an elder.

Survivors include five children: daughters Jill and Dave McCaskill of Cypress, Jacki and Bob Chase of Iola and Lisa and John Dreasher of Hutchinson; sons Jim and Staci Talkington of Iola and Tom and Sherlyn Talkington of Prairie Village; 11 grandchildren Nathan, Claire and Sarah McCaskill, Allison and Eileen Chase, Holden, Robbie and Camden Dreasher, Jack and Camille Talkington and Will Talkington.

His seven brothers preceded him in death as did a daughter Jeanne Ann Talkington and son Donald Patrick.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, Friends of the Bowlus or the Allen Community College Endowment Association and may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola.

Online condolences for the family may be left on this Web site www.iolafuneral.com.

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