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John R. Flohr

May 19, 2013 - October 11, 2013

John R. Flohr, 85, of Lindsborg, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013, at his home in Lindsborg. He was retired from the NCRA Refinery after 32 years, working as a gauger. He was born on May 19, 1928, in Freemount, Kansas, the son of Julius M. and Helen C. (Carlson) Flohr. He attended Freemount Grade School and graduated in 1947 from Marquette High School. On July 14, 1960, John was...
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Donald D. "Andy" Anderson, Sr.

April 24, 1930 - October 10, 2013

Donald Dean "Andy" Anderson, Sr., 83, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 10, 2013, surrounded by his family at The Cedars, McPherson. He retired from Pyle Construction in 1992 after 40 years. He then was a crossing guard for 13 years for Roosevelt Elementary School. Don was born on April 24, 1930, in Big Bow, Kansas, the son of Fred Eugene and Iva Jane (Chase)...
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Michael Todd Glaser

April 24, 1967 - October 9, 2013

Michael Todd Glaser, 46, of Emporia, Kansas passed away on Wednesday October 9, 2013. He was born April 24, 1967 and raised in Phillipsburg, Kansas by the late Sharon (Meeker) Glaser and Roger F. Glaser. He graduated from Phillipsburg High in 1985. During high school, Michael was an accomplished wrestler and later assisted with coaching younger wrestlers in his hometown. He attended Fort Hays...
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Gertrude Irene Schafer

October 11, 1917 - October 9, 2013

Gertrude Irene (Perkins) Schafer, 95, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at her home in McPherson. She had worked at Raleigh's Drug Store for 14 ½ years and at Reggies Decorating Center for 17 years as a bookkeeper, retiring in April 1980. She was born on October 11, 1917, at Little River, Kansas, the daughter of Dorph R. and Bertha E. (Harder) Perkins. ...
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Lucy Olga Rygas Melzer

May 22, 1923 - October 6, 2013

Lucy Olga Rygas Melzer, 90, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at The Cedars, McPherson. She was born on May 22, 1923, in Kiev, Ukraine, the daughter of Gregory and Lubow Karpenko. Lucy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and belonged to a Polka Club. She enjoyed music and loved her flowers. She tended to her beautiful rose gardens, being blessed with...
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Virgil L. Sandahl

February 7, 1927 - September 29, 2013

Virgil L. Sandahl, 86, of Lindsborg, was called to his heavenly home on Sunday, September 29, 2013. He was a farmer and stockman. He was born on February 7, 1927, in McPherson, KS, the son of Carl Hugo and Mabel Cecelia (Ledell) Sandahl. He received his grade school education at the Headley School in Harper Township and graduated from Marquette High School in 1944. Virgil served on the...
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Hugh N. Billhimer

August 17, 1931 - September 28, 2013

Hugh Nelson Billhimer was born on August 17, 1931 and raised on Massanutten Mountain above the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The youngest of ten sons and four daughters born to William Henry and Willie Josephine (Walton) Billhimer, his sister Sis wished so much for a little sister that when he was a baby she dressed him in dresses. As Hugh grew he was well cared for by his many older...
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Gladys R. Havens

January 29, 1932 - September 27, 2013

Gladys Ruth Havens, 81, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 27, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. She was a retired preschool teacher and had worked in children's ministries at church, and as an elder care companion. She was born January 29, 1932, in Hutchinson, KS, the daughter of Rudolph A. and Selma (Schmidt) Gaeddert. She graduated from Berean Academy in 1949 and from...
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Willis Leon "Lee" Burrow

September 20, 1940 - September 22, 2013

Willis Leon "Lee" Burrow, 73, of McPherson, and formerly of Wichita,KS and Azle, TX, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at his home in McPherson. He served in the United States Navy and was a retired manufacturing engineer. Lee was born on September 20, 1940, in Guthrie, OK, the son of Richard Willis and Pearl Lorene "Mimi" (Cook) Burrow. Survivors include: father, Richard...
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Mary E. (Spessard) Workman

July 18, 1920 - September 14, 2013

Mary Elizabeth (Spessard) Workman, 93, of McPherson passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013, at The Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. She was born July 18, 1920, near Nickerson, Kansas, the daughter of Keller and Agnes (Slifer) Spessard. Mary Spessard Workman's lifetime of service to others is a matter of record. Few persons have given of themselves as she has. In 1943, she taught...
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Jimmie W. Goalden

April 18, 1937 - September 10, 2013

Jimmie W. Goalden, 76, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center, Wichita, KS. He was retired from Pioneer Telephone Company as the Central Office Manager in Hugoton, KS. He served in the United States Navy. He was born on April 18, 1937, in Rozel, KS, the son of Alvis Oscar and Faye Marie (Elmore) Goalden. Jimmie graduated...
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William G. "Bill" Rothrock

July 7, 1955 - September 6, 2013

William G. "Bill" Rothrock, 58, of McPherson, passed away Friday, September 6, 2013, at his home in McPherson. He was a former commercial fisherman. Bill was born on July 7, 1955, the son of William F. and Ruth A. (Brandt) Rothrock. He was a graduate of McPherson High School. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert H. Rothrock. A Gathering of Friends & Celebration...
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John David Embrey

February 18, 1953 - September 6, 2013

John David Embrey, 60, of McPherson, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013, at his home in McPherson. No services will be held at this time.
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Dorothy J. Walters

October 18, 1929 - September 6, 2013

Dorothy J. Walters, 83, of McPherson passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. She had worked as a clerk for the McPherson Co-op Credit Union, as a library assistant for U.S.D. 418, and was a quilter extraordinaire. She was born on October 18, 1929, the daughter of John D. and Edna C.(Ross) Brehm in Culbertson, NE. She graduated from Wichita North High School...
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Evert L. Bengston

September 3, 1920 - August 31, 2013

Evert Leroy Bengston, 92, of Hutchinson, KS and formerly of Windom, KS passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at his family farm in Windom. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WW II. He was a retired farmer and also worked at the Central Sale Barn in South Hutchinson for 22 years. He was born on September 3, 1920, in rural Windom, KS, the son of John William and Hildur Caroline ...
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Beauferd W. Schmidt

March 6, 1940 - August 23, 2013

Beauferd W. Schmidt, 73, of McPherson, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013, surrounded by his family at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was the owner & operator of Schmidt Trucking and worked in the gas and oil business. He was born on March 6, 1940, in rural Galva, KS, the son of David D. and Dena (Nightingale) Schmidt. He graduated from Sunflower School. He was united in marriage...
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Hattie M. Kornelson

November 6, 1931 - August 20, 2013

Hattie M. Kornelson, 81, of McPherson, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at her daughter's home in Wichita, Kansas. She was a retired LPN, working at Golden Plains Nursing Home, Hutchinson, Northview Manor and Memorial Hospital, both of McPherson. She was born on November 6, 1931, in Bazaar, Kansas, the daughter of James E. and Eunice M. (Walker) Storment. She graduated from Hays...
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Nancy L. John

June 19, 1926 - August 18, 2013

Nancy L. Hawkinson John, 87, of Lindsborg, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013, at Salina Regional Medical Center. She was a lifetime McPherson County resident and was a homemaker. She was born on June 19, 1926, in Winfield, KS, the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca (Jones) Waggoner. On June 12, 1945, she was united in marriage to Donald D. Hawkinson in McPherson, KS. He died March 23, 1963....
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Lu Achilles Wall

January 7, 1925 - August 6, 2013

Lu Achilles Wall, 88, of McPherson, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. Prior to retirement she worked for Hesston Corporation as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. She was born January 7, 1925 in Windom, KS, the daughter of George A. and Lydia L. (Noggle) Williams. She attended the local schools and graduated from Windom High School. She later...
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Darryl A. Leffler

April 15, 1942 - August 6, 2013

Darryl A. Leffler, 71, of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Hospice Green House of Youngtown, AZ. He was an accountant for the NCRA Refinery, retiring as the executive treasurer. He was born on April 15, 1942, in Goessel, KS, the son of Clifford and Della (Barb) Leffler. He graduated from Canton High School and Emporia State University with an accounting degree. On August...
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LaVeda C. Regier

December 8, 1928 - August 5, 2013

LaVeda C. (Unruh) Regier, 84, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2013, at the McPherson Care Center. She was retired from Farmer's Alliance Insurance Company, having worked in the claims department. She formerly was a teacher at Greenwood, North Union, and Good Hope rural schools. She was born on December 8, 1928, in Galva, KS, the daughter of Dave J. and Della Mae ...
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Dawn Wood

December 22, 1967 - July 31, 2013

Dawn M. Wood, 45, formerly of Lewis, KS and El Dorado, KS, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at McPherson Care Center (McPherson, KS). She was a Certified Nurse Aide, working in various nursing homes. She was born December 22, 1967, in Dallas, TX, the daughter of Frank G. and Myrna J. (Walker) Wood. Survivors include: two sons, Austin Wood of Lyons, KS and Curtis Schneweis of...
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Duane E. Logback

March 5, 1931 - July 22, 2013

Duane E. Logback, 82, of McPherson and formerly of Salina and Lindsborg, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at The Cedars, McPherson. He was the owner and operator of Logback Heating & Cooling, was the owner of the fourth Honda Motorcycle franchise in the U.S., was a service manager for Melvin Mobile Homes, and a machinist for Anderson Machine Shop in Smolan. He was born on March...
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J.C. Cope

July 7, 1927 - July 22, 2013

J.C. Cope, 86, of Moundridge and formerly of Salina, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge. He worked as an engineer for Western Ice and in maintenance at Walmart, both of Salina. J.C. was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during WWII. He was born on July 7, 1927, in Clinton, Oklahoma, the son of Clyde and Oval D. (Richardson) Cope. On August 30, 1945, J.C. was...
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Thelma L. "Tim" Everhart

April 19, 1940 - July 20, 2013

Thelma L. "Tim" Everhart, 73, of Canton, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home. She was a retired Distribution Clerk for the Canton Post Office from 1969 to 2002. She also was Director of Senior Activities at Canton Senior Center from 1982 to 2002. She was born on April 19, 1940, in Owensboro, KY, the daughter of Lee Roy and Ardena (Coin) Coombs. Tim...
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James C. 'Jim' Hensley

May 5, 1955 - July 18, 2013

James Curtis "Jim" Hensley, 58, of Abilene and formerly of McPherson, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at his home in Abilene. He was a truck driver. Jim was born on May 5, 1955, in Wichita, KS, the son of Ronald Dean and Phyllis J. (Kennedy) Hensley. He graduated from Valley Center High School in 1973. Survivors include: fiancé, Diana Slocum of Abilene, KS; mother, Phyllis Severs...
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Brandon C. Adcock

December 10, 1991 - July 14, 2013

Brandon C. Adcock, 21, of McPherson, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from McPherson High School in 2010 and was enrolled at Texas Tech this coming fall. He was born on December 10, 1991, in Salina, KS, the son of Brett Andrew and Dawnelle Kay (Frantz) Adcock. He was a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren. Brandon...
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William H. Smith

September 12, 1940 - July 11, 2013

William H. Smith, affectionately know as "Bill" or Bid", 72, of Galva and formerly of Medicine Lodge, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at McPherson Hospital following a year-long, courageous battle with cancer He was born September 12, 1940, in rural Barber County, KS to Donald P. and Edna (Garten) Smith. He attended school at Sun City, KS, graduating in 1958. After being in the...
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Jeffrey Lynn Koehn

August 25, 1955 - July 10, 2013

Jeffrey L. Koehn, 57, of McPherson and formerly of Canton, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He had worked for American Maplan in McPherson in the extruder assembly department. He was born August 25, 1955, in McPherson, the son of Otis C. and Arletta M. (Becker) Koehn. He graduated from Canton High School in 1973 and later attended Wichita State...
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Fred L. "Jake" Fitch

December 9, 1929 - June 30, 2013

Jake Fitch, 83, of McPherson, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. He was the owner & operator of J & J Pipeline Construction & Supply. He was born December 9, 1929, in Enid, Oklahoma, the son of Fred L., Sr. and Martha J. "Jennie" (Campbell) Fitch. He graduated from Adair High School in Adair, Oklahoma. On July 11, 1954, Jake was united in marriage to Donna L....
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Glenn B. Steely

September 13, 1922 - June 29, 2013

Glenn B. Steely, 90, of McPherson, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. He was the former owner & operator of the Mobil Oil Bulk Plant in McPherson and was also an aircraft mechanic and pilot, and a homebuilder. He was born September 13, 1922, near Lost Springs, KS, the son of John P. and Ella Mae (Gilbert) Steely. He attended West Slope Grade School and graduated...
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Nellie H. Catron

March 17, 1908 - June 28, 2013

Nellie Hannah Catron, 105, of McPherson, Kansas, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at the Cedars Health Care Center in McPherson. Mrs. Catron was born March 17, 1908, to George W. and Annie (Hart) Collett near Cashion, Oklahoma. She married Carl Lee Catron on August 9, 1928 in Britton, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on December 6, 1983. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four...
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Borys "Bob" Bohonik

April 4, 1946 - June 16, 2013

Borys (Bob) Bohonik, 67, of Strongsville, Ohio, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Carrington Park Nursing Home in Ashtabula, Ohio. He was an architect and draftsman and had lived in the Cleveland, Ohio area most of his life. He was born April 4, 1946 in Kiel, Germany, the son of Michael and Nadia (Savchenko) Bohonik. Survivors of concentration camps, the family immigrated from post-war...
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Rael Blubaugh

July 12, 1953 - June 14, 2013

Rael Blubaugh, 60, of McPherson, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013, along with her husband, Richard "Bogey", due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Reeds Spring, MO. Rael was a teacher, reading specialist, and para-professional for USD 418. Rael was born on July 12, 1952, in Emporia, KS, the daughter of Raymond August and Dorothy Carmen Marcella (Stuewe) Schlesener. She...
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Richard A. "Bogey" Blubaugh

November 12, 1946 - June 14, 2013

Richard A. "Bogey" Blubaugh, 66, of McPherson, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013, along with his wife, Rael, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Reeds Spring, MO. Rich was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He worked at Hospira for over 35 years, primarily in the Human Resources Department. Rich was born on November 12, 1946, in McPherson, KS, the son...
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David J. Eckert

November 27, 1958 - June 1, 2013

David John Eckert, 54, of McPherson, KS and formerly of Liberal, KS and Hutchinson, KS, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 1, 2013, surrounded by his family at his home in McPherson. He was a truck driver for 30 years, and most recently had worked for Farmland Industries and Cenex. He was born on November 27, 1958, in Lawrence, KS, the son of John and Yvonne (Robb)...
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Harvey H. Schmidt

June 18, 1920 - May 22, 2013

Harvey H. Schmidt, 92, of McPherson, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at McPherson Care Center. He was a finish carpenter and had worked for Pyle Construction Co. for 30 years, prior to retirement. He was born June 18, 1920, in Turpin, Oklahoma, the son of Daniel M. and Lizzie (Wiens) Schmidt. The family later moved to Inman, Kansas and while living there, Harvey was drafted into the...
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D. Eugene Lichty

April 14, 1921 - May 20, 2013

Eugene Lichty, 92, of McPherson, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. He was a Church of the Brethren pastor and was Director of Development for McPherson College. Eugene was born on April 14, 1921, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Ray W. and Elizabeth (McRoberts) Lichty. He is a graduate of McPherson College (KS) and Bethany Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL). On August...
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Virginia M. Paden

May 23, 1926 - May 18, 2013

Virginia M. Paden, 86, of Galva, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. She was a retired waitress and had worked at several area restaurants including the Cozy Inn and Lem's in McPherson. She also worked as a greeter at the McPherson Wal-Mart. She was born May 23, 1926, in Galva, Kansas, the daughter of Johnny V. and Ida (Nightingale) Decker. On September 3, 1944, she...
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Irene H. Pauls

October 10, 1926 - May 17, 2013

Irene H. Pauls, 86, of Inman, KS, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge. Irene was born on October 10, 1926, in Windom, KS, the daughter of John S. and Helen (Regehr) Pauls. She grew up on her parents' farms, first at Windom and then east of Inman. Upon her parents' deaths, she moved to the Pleasant View Home in Inman, Kansas. Survivors include: her...
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Hazel M. Stafford

November 3, 1916 - May 16, 2013

Hazel M. Stafford, 96, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center, Wichita. She was a retired nurse aide for McPherson Hospital. She was born on November 3, 1916, in Topeka, KS, the daughter of George Marion and Erma M. (Batson) Dix. She graduated from McPherson High School in 1934. Hazel was united in marriage to John B. Carpenter...
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Marjorie Elaine Hawkinson

January 16, 1923 - May 15, 2013

Marjorie Elaine Hawkinson, 90, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Sterling House, McPherson. She was a homemaker and also had worked as an office clerk at the McPherson County Courthouse and was a Real Estate Agent. She was born on January 16, 1923, in McPherson, KS, the daughter of Harry A. and Gladys (Cunningham) Ek. On October 4, 1941, Marjorie was...
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Richard "Dick" Gregg

April 5, 1935 - May 12, 2013

Richard L. "Dick" Gregg, 78, of Willits, CA and formerly of McPherson, KS, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, CA. He had worked 30 years at Willits Café in California. He also was a truck driver and worked for a lumber company. He was born on April 5, 1935, in Gypsum, KS and graduated from McPherson High School. Survivors include: his mother, Eva...
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Clara B. Gray

July 11, 1926 - May 9, 2013

Clara B. Gray, 86, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Angel Arms, McPherson. She had worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as an operator and also in the business office for a total of 38 years. She was born on July 11, 1926, in McPherson, KS, the daughter of George Arthur and Miranda Leah (Gray) Besecker. Clara graduated from McPherson High School in...
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Benjamin M. Richert

May 1, 1959 - May 4, 2013

Benjamin McClellan Richert, 54, of McPherson, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at his home in McPherson. Ben worked as a welder at The Bradbury Co. for 27 years and was well liked by his co-workers. He was born on May 1, 1959, in Glendive, Montana to Raymond T. and Ruby J. (Janzen) Richert. On October 14, 1982, Ben was united in marriage to Debra A....
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Jay Florine

January 29, 1923 - April 18, 2013

Jay Florine, 90, of McPherson and formerly of Roxbury, KS, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at The Cedars, McPherson. He was a welder & owner of Florine Welding Shop in Roxbury, KS. He later worked for Frisbie Construction in Gypsum and Hess Oil Company in McPherson. Jay served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was born January 29,...
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Clinton Koehn

December 21, 1962 - April 16, 2013

Clinton Koehn, 50, of rural McPherson, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from injuries sustained in a truck accident near Windom, KS. He was a truck driver and also worked as a carpenter for Goertzen Homes in Inman. He was born December 21, 1962, in Moundridge, KS, the son of Leonard and Justina (Goertzen) Koehn. He lived most of his life in Kansas except for 6½ years spent in...
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Helen M. Swisher

August 19, 1924 - April 13, 2013

Helen Marie Swisher, 88, of Marquette, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Riverview Estates, Marquette. She was a homemaker and nursing assistant. She was born August 19, 1924, in Clovis, New Mexico, the daughter of Claude R. and Nannie Jewel (Mitchell) Taylor. On August 19, 1943, she was united in marriage to Cecil Harold Swisher in Broadview, NM. He preceded her in...
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Margaret A. "Peggy" Johnson

July 21, 1937 - April 10, 2013

Margaret A. "Peggy" (Nies) Johnson, 75, of Lindsborg went home to heaven on April 10, 2013. Peggy was born on July 21, 1937, the daughter of Rev. Frank and Florence (Sweigart) Nies in Reading, PA. Her family moved to Colorado in the 1950's, living in Rocky Ford where her father was a pastor. Peggy graduated from Rocky Ford High School, where she met the love of her life, Ronald Johnson. ...
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Amis B. Seals

September 4, 1928 - March 31, 2013

Amis Baylie Seals, 84, of McPherson, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Angel Arms in McPherson. He was born September 4, 1928 in Mankato, Kansas, the son of Charles and Hazel (Baylie) Seals. He graduated from Mankato High School, Brown Mackie Business College, and the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, Ohio. Amis also attended Kansas State University. He had been a resident...
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Edward R. Butler

September 16, 1936 - March 24, 2013

Edward R. Butler, 76, of McPherson, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013, surrounded by his family at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was a retired college professor and administrator, having worked at Emporia State University, McPherson College, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Ed was born on September 16, 1936, in Eldora, Iowa, the son of David L. and Zelma I. (Pierce) Butler...
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Marvin E. "Andy" Anderson

July 1, 1922 - March 13, 2013

Marvin E. "Andy" Anderson, 90, passed away quietly from this earthly life on March 13, 2013, at his home in Granbury, Texas. Andy was born in Marquette, Kansas on July 1, 1922, to Ernest and Esther (Nyquist) Anderson. His grandparents, along with other family members, had immigrated to Kansas from Sweden. Here they formed a small community named Salemsborg. Andy grew up surrounded with...
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Dolly P. Morey

December 10, 1927 - March 13, 2013

Dolly P. Morey, 85, of McPherson and formerly of Aurora, Colorado, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at her daughter's home in McPherson. She was a homemaker and had been a McPherson resident since 2008. She was born December 10, 1927 in Sullivan, New York, the daughter of Harry A. and Bernice (Cilley) Peterson. On December 27, 1947, she married Theodore Franklyn Morey in North Chili,...
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Howard W. "Choc" Rathbun

January 4, 1935 - March 1, 2013

Howard W. "Choc" Rathbun, 78, of McPherson, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at his home in McPherson. He was retired From CertainTeed Corporation where he had worked as a quality control inspector. Choc had been a McPherson resident since 1971. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Choc was born January 4, 1935, in Formoso, Kansas, the son of Elmer and Goldie Rathbun. He attended the...
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Marvin J. Plooster

June 16, 1930 - February 27, 2013

Marvin J. Plooster, 82, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, surrounded by his family at The Cedars, McPherson. He had worked at National Cooperative Refinery Association, was a security guard at Abbott Laboratories, and most recently, was a greeter at Walmart. He was born on June 16, 1930, in Hawarden, Iowa, the son of Arnold S. and Cleon Clara (Hayes)...
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Rodney L. Williams

February 26, 2013

Rodney L. Williams, 73, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson, KS. He had worked for Vanguard Plastics and Viega as a purchasing manager. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1957 to 1961. He was born on June 2, 1939, in Big Springs, NE, the son of Carl D. and Leota L. (Knackstedt) Williams. He...
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Elsie Marie Newell

May 27, 1925 - February 25, 2013

Elsie Marie Newell, 87, of Greeley, CO and formerly of McPherson, KS, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013, at her home in Greeley, CO. She was a retired school teacher and librarian. She was born on May 27, 1925, in Hartman, Colorado, the daughter of Frank Browning and Eva (Erwin) Hittle. She graduated from Hartman High School in Hartman, CO and Sterling College in Sterling, KS. She...
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Marie Alice Perll

February 20, 1916 - February 24, 2013

Marie Alice Perll, 97, of McPherson, passed away Sunday February 24, 2013, at McPherson Care Center. She was born in Salina, Kansas, on February 20, 1916. Marie Alice was married to Leonard Perll on June 17, 1942, at Sacred Heart Church in Salina. Leonard preceded her in death in 1985. Marie Alice is survived by her two children, Jim Perll and wife, Laly, of Wichita, Kansas and Regena...
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Cleora Nelson

February 13, 1928 - February 21, 2013

Cleora Nelson, 85, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. She was a retired elementary school teacher. She had been a McPherson resident since 1990, formerly of Bonner Springs, Goddard, Emporia, and Clements. She was born on February 13, 1928, in Leavenworth, KS, the daughter of George and Helen (Duncan) Kley. She graduated from Gem...
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Eric E. Rauh

October 26, 1951 - February 21, 2013

Eric E. Rauh, 61, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was a Power Plant Superintendent McPherson Board of Public Utilities and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was born on October 26, 1951, the son of Clarence, Jr. and Marilyn Lee (Hunt) Rauh. Eric graduated from Sterling High School in 1970 and...
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Pamela J. Ferguson

August 1, 1956 - February 14, 2013

Pamela Jean Ferguson, 56, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was a former CNA/CMA and homemaker. Pam was born on August 1, 1956, in Odessa, Texas, the daughter of Calvin Walter LeRoy West, Jr. and Vinnie Mae Martha (Stone) West. Survivors include: her daughters, Marian Roles (Adam) of St. Joseph, Missouri, Valencia...
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Peggy O. Holloway

September 20, 1938 - February 9, 2013

Peggy O'Neill (Vigus) Holloway was born September 20, 1938, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Roy L. and Opal G. (Thurman) Vigus. She grew up in Hutchinson and McPherson, with three brothers and two sisters. Her father worked in a Coca-Cola bottling plant, and later ran the Nesbitt's bottling company. Peggy graduated high school in Hutchinson. Peggy met Vernon D. Holloway through the First Christian...
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Elbert "Al" Rivett

February 7, 1923 - February 9, 2013

Elbert E. "Al" Rivett, 90, of McPherson, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2013. He was a retired pipeline worker, working for M.E. White Construction and Mitchell Construction. Al was born on February 7, 1923, in Downers Grove, Illinois, the son of Charles and Lena (Jenkins) Rivett. He was united in marriage to Margaret L. Lingle in 1944 in McPherson. He served in the U.S. Army...
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Kenneth Leroy Evans

March 7, 1929 - February 8, 2013

Kenneth Leroy Evans, 83, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Moving to McPherson in 2000, he formerly lived in St. Louis, MO and Bella Vista, AR. Ken was a retired industrial arts teacher at Affton High School in Affton, MO. Ken was born on March 7, 1929, in Holmesville, NE, the son of Robert and Alma ...
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Donald W. Crawford

August 13, 1928 - February 5, 2013

Donald Walter Crawford, 84, of Newton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Kidron Bethel Nursing Home, North Newton. Don was a retired meat cutter and market manager in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He had lived in Newton since 1995, formerly of McPherson. He was born on August 13, 1928, in Hutchinson, KS, the son of Donald Lee and Lillian Faith (Casto) Crawford. He was...
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Alvin D. Anderson

November 26, 1928 - January 28, 2013

Alvin D. Anderson, 84, of McPherson, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013, at McPherson Hospital. He was a retired school teacher and had been a McPherson resident since July 2011, moving from Yuba City, CA. He was born November 26, 1928, in Big Bow, Kansas, the son of Fred E. and Iva (Chase) Anderson. On September 6, 1969, he married Elizabeth Elaine Woodruff in Escondido, CA. Alvin was...
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Mildred A. Boone

April 30, 1928 - January 27, 2013

Mildred A. "Millie" Boone, 84, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. She was a retired school teacher, teaching for 24 years with 19 of those being in McPherson. She taught 6th grade at Park School for 16 years and 4th grade at Roosevelt for three years. She also was a clerk & bookkeeper for five years at Fitzgerald Grocery in...
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Maurine Christensen

July 2, 1930 - January 27, 2013

Maurine (Unruh) Christensen, 82, died on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at The Cedars, McPherson. She was born July 2, 1930, in Galva, KS, the daughter of Elias T. and Susie (Schultz) Unruh. A lifetime resident of McPherson County, she retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She also worked at Hardee's and Burger King. On March 15, 1949, she married Glen L. Christensen in McPherson. ...
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James Walter Janusz

May 24, 1948 - January 18, 2013

James W. Janusz, 64, of McPherson, passed away Friday, January 18, at his home in McPherson. He was a materials handler at Viega in McPherson. He was born May 24, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Walter J. and Doris M. (Hayden) Janusz. He had been a McPherson resident since 1998, formerly of Mesa, Arizona. On December 31, 1997, he married June M. Galarneau in Mesa, Arizona. ...
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Claudine M. Ferrell

May 9, 1929 - January 17, 2013

Claudine M. Ferrell, 83, of McPherson, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013, at The Cedars in McPherson. She was a retired teacher, having taught in the elementary schools in U.S.D. 418 and also at Central College, where she taught physical education. She was born May 9, 1929, in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Claude Harvey and Juliet C. (Green) Ludwick. Claudine was a graduate of...
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Max C. Ebaugh

December 4, 1918 - January 16, 2013

Max C. Ebaugh, 94, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Services will be held at Stockham Family Funeral Home at 11:00 AM, Monday, January 21, 2013. Visitation and refreshments will take place immediately following the service at the First Baptist Church East Room. A private interment with Military Honors will be held prior to the service at the McPherson Cemetery. Max was born on December 4,...
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Wilmer O. Ekholm

September 3, 1917 - January 15, 2013

Wilmer Oscar Ekholm, 95, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. He was born on September 3, 1917, on the family farm south of Windom and lived on the same farm until age 94. He was the son of Frans Oscar and Lillie Josephine (Peterson) Ekholm. He was a farmer and stockman throughout his life. On March 24, 1946, Wilmer was united in marriage to Hazel I. Slabach in Hutchinson, KS. ...
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Juanita Hawkinson

September 10, 1919 - January 10, 2013

Juanita Hawkinson, 93, of Marquette, KS, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Riverview Estates, Marquette. She was a homemaker. Juanita was born on September 10, 1919, in Leavenworth, KS, the daughter of Earl N. and Eunice (Potter) Godfrey. She graduated from high school in Easton, KS. On April 16, 1938, she was united in marriage to Arthur E. Hawkinson in Medford, OK...
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Dalbert "Cork" Hoppes

February 25, 1932 - January 9, 2013

Dalbert N. "Cork" Hoppes, 80, of Galva, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at his home in Galva. He was retired from NCRA Refinery, where he worked as an R& F Operator and Heavy Equipment Operator. Cork was born on February 25, 1932, in Longton, KS, the son of Ivan T. and Agnes B. (McConnell) Hoppes. He graduated from Galva High School in 1950. On April 22, 1951, he was...
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Wilma Frances Johnson

August 31, 1940 - December 29, 2012

Wilma F. Johnson, 72, of Little River and formerly of Topeka, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. She was a retired Certified Nurse Aid and had worked at The Homestead Assisted Living in Topeka. She was born August 31, 1940 in Tontitown, Arkansas, the daughter of Roy and Othel (White) Norton. She attended McPherson High School and graduated from Topeka...
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Bonnie L. Willems

June 3, 1931 - December 27, 2012

Bonnie L. Willems, 81, of McPherson, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at McPherson Hospital. She had worked at Road Ranger and retired from Sterling Drug, where she worked in Quality Control. Bonnie was born on June 3, 1931, in Barnston, Nebraska, the daughter of Paul Ervin and Velma Irene (Richardson) Graham. She graduated from Barnston High School in Nebraska. On March 17, 1972...
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Dennis O. Davis

August 17, 1942 - December 13, 2012

Dennis O. Davis, son of Glen and Margaret (Peg) Davis, was born August 17, 1942, in Peoria, IL. He was raised in Mulberry, IN and graduated from Mulberry High School. He later graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Supervision. Denny died December 13, 2012, in McPherson, KS, after a brief bout with cancer. He served on Clinton Prairie school board from 1976 to 1984,...
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Norma D. Decker

October 12, 1938 - December 9, 2012

Norma D. Decker, 74, of Galva, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Via Christi - St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. She was a homemaker and lifetime Galva resident. She was born October 12, 1938, in McPherson, the daughter of John C. and Edith V. (Johnson) Alexander. She graduated from Galva High School in 1956. On April 28, 1957, she was united in marriage to Larry W....
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Bertil H. Ostlind

August 13, 1919 - December 3, 2012

Bertil H. "Bert" Ostlind, 93, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 3, 2012, at the McPherson Care Center. He was a retired farmer and stockman. He also was an aerial pipeline inspector. He was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, flying over 125 combat missions. Bert was born on August 13, 1919, at his home in McPherson County, the son of Frank and Augusta ...
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Paul W. Willard

November 7, 1916 - December 2, 2012

Paul W. Willard, 96, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at The Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson. He was formerly of Jonesboro, IN, Eldorado Springs, MO, Siloam Springs, AR, Sedalia, MO, Hannibal, MO, Marion, IN, Miller, MO, and Jefferson City, MO. Paul was a retired Free Methodist Pastor. Paul was born on November 7, 1916, in Preston, KS, the son of...
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Erna J. Jantz

June 3, 1918 - December 1, 2012

Erna J. Jantz, 94, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at The Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson. She was a homemaker, and from 1940 to 1951 she also was a Medical Secretary at Axtell Clinic in Newton. She was born on June 3, 1918, in Newton, Kansas, the daughter of Elmer J. and Sadie M. (Byler) White. She graduated from Newton High School in 1938. On May...
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Gustav "Gus" Hiebert

May 23, 1924 - November 27, 2012

Gustav "Gus" Hiebert, 88, of Little River and formerly of Windom and McPherson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River. He was a retired construction worker and backhoe operator. Gus was born on May 23, 1924, in Goessel, KS, the son of Peter and Sara (Schmidt) Hiebert. He was united in marriage to Opal E. (Morgan) Hunley in...
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Lewis L. Hendrix

January 14, 1940 - November 20, 2012

Lewis L. "Lew" Hendrix, 72, of McPherson, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, surrounded by his family at McPherson Hospital. Lew was born on January 14, 1940, in Syracuse, Ohio, the son of Woodrow Wilson and Emmeline Elizabeth (Phillips) Hendrix. He had worked as a turbine operator at Board of Public Utilities and was a repair technician for Rankin Equipment. On December 31,...
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Lucile M. Gibson

December 25, 1922 - November 20, 2012

Lucile Marie Gibson was born on December 25, 1922, in Mountain Grove, Missouri to Lillie Ella (Neher) and Edgar Robert Harris, better known to most as Honey and Pop. Lucile and her brother Floyd and sister Viola, grew up in Mountain Grove, Missouri and Rocky Ford, Colorado, before their father bought a grocery store in Swink, Colorado. Lucile graduated from Swink High School and went on to...
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Ruby M. Toews

January 15, 1921 - November 6, 2012

Ruby M. Toews, 91, of Inman, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the Moundridge Manor, Moundridge, Kansas. She was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker. Ruby was born on January 15, 1921, at Inman, Kansas, the daughter of Henry D. and Sarah (Martens) Ensz. She was united in marriage to Abe R. Toews on October 18, 1942, at Inman, Kansas. They resided in the Windom community. She was...
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Bobby Charles White

December 22, 1945 - October 30, 2012

Bobby C. White, 66, of Colorado Springs, CO and formerly of McPherson, KS, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at his home in Colorado. Bobby was born on December 22, 1945, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, the son of Harry and Valera (Goering) White. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1963. He served in the US Marine Corp from 1964 to 1978 and served in the Vietnam War. He worked...
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Virginia M. Hedquist

March 6, 1928 - October 29, 2012

Virginia Mae (Anderson) Stromberg-Hedquist, 84, of McPherson and formerly of Independence, KS, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2012, at her home in McPherson. She was retired from Southwestern Bell, where she was a telephone operator and secretary. She was born on March 6, 1928, in McPherson, KS, the daughter of Maurice Theodore and Esther Irene (Peterson) Anderson. She attended Lincoln...
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Joyce Irene Decker

March 1, 1927 - October 26, 2012

Joyce Irene Decker, 85, of McPherson, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012, at The Cedars, McPherson. She was born at Galva, Kansas on March 1, 1927, the daughter of Fred and Pearl (Tinsley) Dielman. She grew up in Galva and attended Galva public schools. She also attended McPherson College. She married Raymond C. Decker on August 4, 1949. They lived in Galva for several years before...
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Sheila Sue Schwartz

February 18, 1953 - October 8, 2012

Sheila S. (Engle) Schwartz, 59, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 8, 2012, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker and had been a McPherson resident since 1989, moving from Garden City. She was born on February 18, 1953, in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Edwin R. and Barbara A. (Miller) Engle. She graduated from high school in 1971 at Olpe, Kansas....
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Kent L. Koehn

July 31, 1945 - October 4, 2012

Kent L. Koehn, 67, of McPherson, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was currently working at Cartridge King and had previously worked at Alumax, both of McPherson. He was born on July 31, 1945, in McPherson, KS, the son of Roy James and Evelyn (Becker) Koehn. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1965. He completed accounting courses...
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Catherine McCartney

November 4, 1925 - September 28, 2012

Catherine Wade-McCartney, "The Shoe Lady", 86, of Wichita, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012. She was born November 4, 1925, in Conway, KS. She was well known in the Wichita and Houston areas for fitting children's shoes. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, William McCartney, her brother, Ralph, and a nephew, Terrance Wade. Survivors include her sister, Vivian...
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Robert "Bob" LaRose

August 17, 1949 - September 28, 2012

Robert "Bob" Ernest Vincent LaRose, 63, of McPherson, and formerly of Pittsfield, NH, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012, at his home in McPherson. He was a retired Postmaster and had worked at the U.S. Post Office in Pittsfield, NH. Bob was born August 17, 1949, in Everett, MA, the son of Ernest Vincent and Evelyn Marie (Munroe) LaRose. He graduated from high school in Everett. ...
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Russel D. Martin

September 11, 1943 - September 28, 2012

Russel Dean Martin, 69, of McPherson, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012. Russel was born on September 11, 1943, in Memphis, MO, to Virgil and Marjorie (Weldon) Martin. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of American Legion Post #24, V.F.W. Post #2715, and the Disabled American Veterans. Russel lived in McPherson for nearly 50 years. On July 27, 1984,...
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Virginia A. Swisher

April 15, 1946 - September 27, 2012

Virginia A. (Weis) Swisher, 66, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. She was born in Salina, Kansas on April 15, 1946 to Alvin and Charlotte (Berg) Weis. She was a 1964 graduate of Marquette High School and also attended Brown-Mackie Business College in Salina. On April 9, 1965, Virginia was united in marriage to Kenneth Swisher in Marquette. This union was blessed with two daughters, Jennifer...
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Billie Jean Bookless

March 8, 1933 - September 26, 2012

Billie Jean Bookless, 79, died peacefully at home after a long illness on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. She had lived in Overland Park, KS since 2009, formerly of McPherson, KS. She was born on March 8, 1933, in Hutchinson, KS, the daughter of Floyd William "Bud" and Evelyn (McFadden) Morris. On August 17, 1952, she was united in marriage to Rex B. Bookless in Hutchinson, KS. They celebrated...
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Patrick J. Souder

May 27, 1977 - September 24, 2012

Patrick J. Souder, 35, of McPherson, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012, at his home in McPherson. He was a cook at Applebee's Restaurant. He was a lifelong McPherson resident. Pat was born on May 27, 1977, in McPherson, the son of David E. and Susan K. (Brandt) Souder. He attended McPherson High School. Survivors include: sons, Caleb and Tristen of the home; parents, Dr. David &...
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William R. Romain

July 4, 1916 - September 22, 2012

William R. "Bill" Romain, 96, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012, at McPherson Hospital. Bill was born July 4, 1916, in South Orange, New Jersey to Burchard and Mabel (Reid) Romain. Poor health plagued him until a corrective surgery repaired a chronic condition at the age of 53. With his newfound health, Bill was inspired to begin running, a passion that lasted for decades. In 1986,...
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Lester E. Griffith

November 23, 1922 - September 15, 2012

Lester E. Griffith, 89, of McPherson and formerly of Marion, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2012, at McPherson Hospital. He was a retired County Agricultural Extension Agent, serving in Wilson and Marion Counties. He was born November 23, 1922, in Pawnee County, Kansas, the son of William and Katie (Tiday) Griffith. He graduated from Larned High School in 1940 and from Kansas State...
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Robert D. Sellberg

January 1, 1925 - September 12, 2012

Robert D. Sellberg, 87, of McPherson, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Salina Regional Health Center. He was a retired farmer and Postal Worker, having worked at the McPherson Post Office from 1959 to 1988. He was born January 1, 1925 in Marquette, Kansas, the son of Arthur T. and Ellen E. (Olson) Sellberg. Robert was a 1941 graduate of Marquette High School. After high school,...
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June C. Stuart

June 2, 1925 - September 7, 2012

June C. Stuart, 87, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2012, at Harmony Home, McPherson. She had lived in Dodge City for 11 years until moving to McPherson in 1958, where she resided for the rest of her life. She was a homemaker. She was born on June 2, 1925, in Thatcham, England, the daughter of Thomas H. and Florence (Nightingale) Stephens. In December of 1946,...
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