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Betty (Cates) Hamilton

October 9, 1924 - May 28, 2012

"Betty", Laura Elizabeth Cates Hamilton, 87, was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, on October 9, 1924. Her family moved around a lot because of her father's job laying pipeline. Their last move was to Smith Center, Kansas, where her grandparents lived. She loved that her grandparents lived there and they played a big role in her early years. Being next to the youngest child, she really looked up to...
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Melvin Dale Shipley

January 26, 1929 - April 28, 2012

Melvin Shipley, 83, of Esbon, Kansas, passed away at his farm from which he lived his entire life on April 28, 2012. He was born January 26, 1929, in Salem, KS, the son of Benjamin Robert and Hazel Ruth (Wright) Shipley. On April 10, 1955, Melvin married Ione Andersen in Jewell, KS. To this union they were blessed with three children, Gary, Lyle, and Melva. Melvin was a graduate of Esbon...
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Florence M. (Lohman) Kuhlman

April 26, 1935 - April 4, 2012

Florence M. Kuhlman, 76, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Decatur Health Systems, Oberlin, KS. Florence was born April 26, 1935, the daughter of Peter & Mollie (Maier) Lohman. She married Ervin L. Kuhlman on June 4, 1954 at the St. John Lutheran Church, Athol, KS, to this union they were blessed with four children, Connie, Marsha, Chris and Michelle. Florence kept herself busy...
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Lucille Hatfield

February 2, 1930 - March 20, 2012

Lucille Hatfield, 82, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at her home in rural Jewell County, Kansas. She was born February 2, 1930 in Downs, KS, the daughter of Ben and Adelia (Sherbondy) Wood. On August 12, 1949 she married Gale Hatfield in Concordia, KS, and shared over 62 years of marriage together. She and Gale were blessed with three children, Glenda in December of 1950, Jim in...
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Ronnie L. Hyman

January 27, 1954 - March 19, 2012

Ronald Lee Hyman, 58, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Salina Regional Health Center, Salina. Ronnie was born January 27, 1954 in Beloit, KS, the son of Gail Donald and Delilah Mae (Colby) Hyman. Ronnie was an avid hunter and fisherman; he loved to do both with his brothers whenever he could. He also had a love for dogs and raised coon dogs for many years. Ronnie was said to...
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Oliveta P. (Flint) Mulkey

February 22, 1913 - March 12, 2012

Oliveta Pearl Mulkey, 99, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Grand Island Veterans Home, Grand Island, NE. She was born February 22, 1913 in Reamsville, KS, the daughter of Lawrence and Phoebe (Marple) Flint. On February 22, 1931 she married Raymond L. Mulkey in Smith Center, to this union they were blessed with four children, Joyce, Shirley, Ronald and Linda. Oliveta and Raymond...
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Doris M. (Sears) Swank

December 29, 1917 - February 29, 2012

Doris M. Swank, 94, went home to be with her Lord Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at her daughter's home in Salina. Doris was born December 29, 1917 in Cedar, KS, the eldest daughter of Otto Roscoe and Vera Viola (Cronn) Sears. On December 8, 1941, she married Merle Edward Swank, Sr. in Smith Center, KS. They were blessed with two children, Merle Edward (Ed), Jr. and Sherry Lyn. Doris attended...
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Nelda F. (Barry) Johnson

May 21, 1927 - February 22, 2012

Nelda F. Johnson, 84, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center. She was born May 21, 1927 in Stratton, Colorado, the daughter of Shelby J. and Lillian L. (Barnes) Barry. Nelda was married to Donald D. Johnson on July 30, 1946 in Smith Center, to this union they were blessed with three children, Shelby, Lynnette and Gayla. Nelda attended...
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Irwin L. Gedney

August 14, 1917 - January 23, 2012

Irwin L. Gedney, 94, passed away Monday, January 23, 2012 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center, KS. Irwin was born August 14, 1917 in Bellaire, KS, the only child of Michael A. and Muriel (Myers) Gedney. On November 3, 1940 he married Jean Rhudy in Elbert County, Colorado. To this union three children were born, Michael, Donna and Melissa. Irwin was a proud Army veteran of...
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George Herdt

November 16, 1911 - January 22, 2012

George Herdt, 100, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Smith County Long Term, Smith Center. He was born November 16, 1911 in Eckheim, Russia, the son of George and Katherine (Kuehn) Herdt. George was an Army veteran of WWII serving from 1942 to 1946. On February 15, 1942 he married Viola G. Wilhelm in the Zion Lutheran Church, Trego Center, Kansas. To this union they had two...
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Stan Schmidt

March 6, 1956 - December 20, 2011

Stan D. Schmidt, 55, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. He was born March 6, 1956 in Smith Center, KS, the son of Vern Benjamen and Berdena Mae (McNulty) Schmidt. Stan married Linda M. Hashenberger on May 4, 1985 in Hays, KS; to this union they had four children, Joshua, Shannon, Misty and Aaron. Stan and Linda renewed their wedding vows on Saturday, December 18, 2011...
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Joan Kay Tefft

May 3, 1945 - December 16, 2011

Joan Kay Tefft, 66, passed away December 16, 2011, at her home in Lebanon, KS. She was born May 3, 1945 in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Florence Tefft (Ridgley) and Elton Jay Tefft. She was raised in Denver, Colorado, by her mother and loving step-father, John Johnson. Later she lived in Colorado and Oregon before moving to Lebanon, KS, in 1984. She went back to school, traveling from...
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Susan G. (Kattenberg) Hughes

October 27, 1959 - December 14, 2011

Susan Gail (Kattenberg) Hughes, 52, passed away December 14, 2011 at her home in Smith Center. Susan was the first child born to Robert "Bob" & Joyce (Winslow) Kattenberg on October 27, 1959. Susan attended the Lebanon school systems graduating in 1977. She then attended Colby Community College graduating in 1978 with a secretarial degree. After graduating college, Susan worked at the...
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Joseph "Packy Joe" Nixon

July 3, 1935 - December 13, 2011

Joseph " Packy Joe" Nixon, 76, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Smith County Care Center, Smith Center. Joe was born on July 3, 1935 in Napoleon, OH, the son of Francis Lee "Shorty" and Bertha Mae (Smith) Nixon. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Johnny Rodgers, a grandson, Trenton Wayne Nixon and four brothers, Larry, Charlie, Dick and Gene Nixon. He is...
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Duane Hawkins

June 22, 1926 - December 8, 2011

Duane Hawkins, 85, passed away December 8, 2011 at his home in rural Smith County, KS. He was born June 22, 1926, the son of Wardie Morton and Lavina Catherine (Carver) Hawkins. Duane married Elva Maydeen Libby on August 22, 1954 and had 57 wonderful years of marriage together. Duane and Maydeen were blessed with a son Jerry who was born on July 2, 1957 and he passed away on June 9, 1998. ...
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Donald "Robby" Robinson

May 26, 2011 - November 15, 2011

Donald James Robinson passed away in Smith Center, Kansas on November 15, 2011 at the age of 77. Donald (Robby) was born to Owen Robinson and Deane (Weeks) Robinson on May 26, 1934 in Satanta, Kansas. At the age of 8, he moved with his family to a farm near Garfield, Kansas. He attended school in Garfield and upon graduation in 1952; he was named valedictorian of his class. He attended South...
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Lorraine Ida (Larson) Dole

June 9, 1926 - October 16, 2011

Lorraine Ida (Larson) Dole, 85, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Logan Manor, Logan, KS. She was born June 9, 1926 on the family farm in rural Decatur County, KS, the daughter of Carl Godfred and Ida Genevieve (Tongish) Larson. On March 23, 1952, she married Robert J. Dole on the family farm where she had been born; to this union they had four children, Gary, Carl, Rita, and Karen...
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Wendell O. Gaston

January 3, 1943 - September 16, 2011

Wendell O. Gaston, 68, departed this good earth on Friday, September 16, 2011 at his home in Downs, Kansas. He was born January 3, 1943 to James and Jeanette (Muck) Gaston in Beloit, Kansas. After attending Downs Public School, he and his wife Carol (Patterson) Gaston ran the Salina Beauty Academy for several years, they later moved to Houston, TX in 1970 and had a wholesale seafood business. ...
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Gary Ray Atwill

June 9, 1958 - August 31, 2011

Gary Ray Atwill, the son of Arthur L. and Betty (Ferguson) Atwill, was born in Smith Center on June 9, 1958, and died in Aurora, Neb., on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at the age of 53. He grew up in Smith Center and graduated from Smith Center High School in 1976. Following his graduation, he attended both Kansas Wesleyan in Salina and the University of Kansas. Gary owned and operated Bank Market...
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Colleen M. (Cowley) Chance

September 12, 1939 - August 14, 2011

Colleen M. Chance, 71, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011 at the St. Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, NE. Colleen was born September 12, 1939 in Downs, KS, the daughter of Daniel F. and Vivian R. (Easterly) Cowley. She married Joseph C. Chance on October 19, 1962 in Downs, Kansas, to this union three children were born, Jay Milo, James Philip and Julie Marie. Colleen graduated from...
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Betty L. (Peters) Gray

September 2, 1945 - July 31, 2011

Betty L. (Peters) Gray, 65, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the Smith County Long Term Care, Smith Center. Betty Louise Gray was born September 2, 1945 in Washington, IA. She was the only child born to Rev. Arthur and Evie (Rudeen) Peters. Her mother died when Betty was just 10yrs old. Her father would later marry Orlena Augustine and they together raised Betty to adult years. ...
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Lois V. (Schoeni) Hrabe

November 9, 1923 - July 27, 2011

Lois Schoeni Hrabe died on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the Phillips County Hospital at the age of 87 years. Anticipation and joy greeted Lois Virginia Schoeni Hrabe when she was born November 9, 1923 in the home of Minnie (Trump) and Ray Schoeni, Kensington, Ks. It was in this aura of tranquility, peace and security that she spent her formative years. She was provided every opportunity to be...
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August H. Henning

July 23, 1913 - July 25, 2011

August Henning, 98, of Smith Center, KS, passed away July 25, 2011, at Smith County Care Center. He was born on the family farm, 10 miles southwest of Smith Center on July 23, 1913, to Konrad and Emma Henning. He was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church of Gaylord. At the time, he was going to bible school he was required to learn the scriptures in both English and German. He graduated from...
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Ella M. (Massey) Richardson

June 17, 1935 - June 21, 2011

Ella Marie Massey, along with her twin Clifford Leroy Massey, were born in a rock house in Glenwood Township in Kansas on June 17th 1935 to Lilley and Fred Massey Jr. This was during the great depression otherwise known as the “dirty thirties”. Fred Massey was a farmer and the family worked hard to many agricultural pursuits such as raising pigs, chickens, milking cows, gathering fruits,...
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John Eric Critser

January 24, 1957 - June 11, 2011

John Eric Critser, 54, passed away June 11, 2011 at his home at Cedar Bluff Lake, rural Trego County. John was born January 24, 1957, the seventh child of Bob and Ruth (Nuss) Critser in WaKeeney, KS. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith March 27, 1957 in WaKeeney, Kansas. He was confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on May 30, 1971 in WaKeeney, KS. John graduated from Trego...
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Mayme Reinert

April 15, 1912 - June 2, 2011

Mayme Beryl (Tucker) Hall Reinert was born April 15, 1912, the oldest child of Ed and Gladys (Colson) Tucker. She departed this life on June 2, 2011 at the age of 99 years and 48 days. A 99th birthday celebration was held on April 16th with a large family gathering. Mayme grew up in the Ionia, Kansas community and attended a country school at Ash Creek. After finishing school, she worked...
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Regena (Redeker) Casey

January 29, 1959 - June 1, 2011

Regena Lucille Casey, 52, of Salina, Kansas died June 1, 2011 at her residence. She was born on January 29, 1959 in Martinez, California to Ignatz L. and Erma (Smith) Redeker, the fifth child. She grew up in California and Kansas, graduating from Downs High School in 1977. She began a relationship with Jesus Ocampo after graduating high school and had two children. She later married Dan...
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Charles "Charlie" Hughes

July 14, 1936 - May 9, 2011

Charles “Charlie” Hughes, 74, passed away Monday, May 09, 2011 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center. He was born July 14, 1936 in rural Smith County, the son of Grant Eugene and Gladys Ellen (Hoyt) Hughes. He married Marilyn Tuxhorn on October 26, 1957 at the Zion Lutheran Church north of Athol, KS. To this union four children were born, Duane, Debra, Kevin and Kelly. ...
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Merlyn L. Watts

March 4, 1936 - April 12, 2011

Merlyn LeRoy Watts was born on March 4, 1936 in Harlan, Kansas. He was the last child born to John and Bertha (Cook) Watts. He lived in Harlan through the first grade and then the family moved to Smith Center. As a child, his greatest passion was roller skating around the courthouse grounds. During high school, he started working at Boogaarts grocery store and continued to work there during...
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Wilma I. (Sealock) Wilson

October 26, 1918 - April 9, 2011

Wilma Ilene (Sealock) Wilson, age 92 ½, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Smith County Care Center, Smith Center, Kansas as a result of a illness following a fall at her home on March 22, 2011. Wilma was born October 26, 1918 in Stuart & Oak Creek area South of Lebanon, Kansas, the daughter of Arthur Otto “Bog” and Mona Martha (Cornwell) Sealock. She graduated Buck Creek 102...
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Dennis R. Hempler

August 27, 1953 - March 20, 2011

Dennis Ray Hempler, 57, passed away March 20, 2011 at his home in Wichita, KS. He was born August 27, 1953 in Phillipsburg, KS, the son of Raymond J. and Delene M. (Dusin) Hempler. Dennis attended Hays High School, Colby Community College and Wichita State University. Dennis enjoyed years of playing in his dad’s dance band, the Ray Hempler Orchestra. He loved fishing, hotrods and of...
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Paul W. Green

May 21, 1941 - March 5, 2011

Paul W. Green, 69, formerly of Goodland, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Smith County Care Center, Smith Center, KS. He was born May 21, 1941 in Goodland, KS, the son of Clifford and Eva Mae (West) Green. On September 28, 1973 he was united in marriage to Doris J. Robinson in Goodland, KS. He was a lifelong resident of Goodland moving to Smith Center in 2004. He was a veteran of...
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Roger L. Patton

January 20, 1924 - February 9, 2011

Roger L. Patton, 87, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at the Prairie Haven Nursing Home, Kensington, KS. Roger LaRoy was born January 20, 1924, near Densmore, KS, the son of Roy T. and Ila M. (Cole) Patton. On June 11, 1950 he married Donna M. Chase in Honey Creek, Iowa. To this union a daughter was born, Ila Marie. Later in life Roger and Donna had the privilege of having a foster son...
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Erma L. Henrichs

May 28, 1924 - January 14, 2011

Erma Lydia (Zabel) Zabel Henrichs was born on May 28, 1924 in Smith County, Kansas. She was the daughter of Arthur John and Christine D. (Beckmann) Zabel. Erma was baptized as an infant at St. John Lutheran Church at Athol. She was confirmed in April 1938 and was proud of the fact that her class was the last group who were confirmed in the German language at St. John. The church played a very...
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Letha (Martin) Barrett

December 17, 1917 - January 9, 2011

Letha Barrett died of cardiac arrest on January 9, 2011 at the age of 93 in The Life Care Center at Sierra Vista, Arizona. Letha lived in Arizona for the past 25 years. She worked until the age of 86 doing mostly retail and bookkeeping. She was born on December 17, 1917, the daughter of Joseph and Stella Martin. She grew up around the Gaylord, KS area and was one of nine children. ...
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Donna M. Patton

November 28, 1923 - January 6, 2011

Donna M. Patton, 87, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, NE. Donna was born November 28, 1923, the daughter of Orin G. & Sophia M. (Graesing) Chase. On June 11, 1950 she married Roger Patton in Honey Creek, Iowa, to this union a daughter was born, Ila Marie. Later in life Donna & Roger had the privilege of having a foster son Randy, which they always...
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George O. Campbell

April 16, 1940 - December 23, 2010

George O. Campbell, 70, passed away December 23, 2010 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center. George was born April 16, 1940, the son of Leonard L. and Evalyn F. (Aellig) Campbell. George was of veteran of the United States Army, serving his country from January 25, 1962 to January 22, 1965 during the Vietnam War. George was the proud father of two children, Sherry and Jay. ...
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Lucile A. (Muck) Gledhill

May 6, 1918 - December 20, 2010

Lucile A. (Muck) Gledhill was born to Henry and Ella (Sonnenberg) Muck on May 6, 1918 north of Downs in rural Smith County, Kansas. She lived with her parents and three younger siblings on the farm and graduated from Downs High School in 1937. After attending a training course at Emporia State Teachers College, she taught in a one-room country school for two years, from 1937 to 1939. Lucile...
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Juanita (Reynolds) Fulmer

August 8, 1926 - December 17, 2010

Juanita F. Fulmer, 84, passed away at her home on December 17, 2010. She was born August 8, 1926 on a farm west of Gibbon, Nebraska, the daughter of Erford A. and Elnora (Lenz) Reynolds. Nita attended country schools in the Gibbon area and graduated from Gibbon High School in 1943. After graduation she moved to California for a few years and worked for Lockheed Aircraft during WWII. On April...
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James Anthony

July 3, 1932 - December 15, 2010

James Anthony, 78, passed away December 15, 2010 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital. He was born July 3, 1932 in Smith County, Kansas, the son of Marvin and Gleam (Haegert) Anthony. He married Marilyn M. Oltjen on December 23, 1955 in Robinson, Kansas. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was preceded death by his parents and a sister, Sue Anthony. He is survived by his...
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Marge A. (Gibson) Terrell

December 17, 1949 - December 5, 2010

Smith Center – Marge A. Terrell, 60, passed away December 5, 2010 in Smith Center, KS. She was born December 17, 1949, the daughter of Leo William and Virginia Mae (Gitchell) Gibson. She married Jerry Terrell January 4, 1970 in Smith Center, KS. Marge was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her husband Jerry Terrell of Smith Center; a daughter, Shayne Rupp of Ellis;...
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