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Donald Bisping

Donald O. Bisping, 90, died May 14, 2018, in Clay Center. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Thursday, May 17, at Ward Funeral Home in Linn. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Linn. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established and will be designate later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.

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Lee Gauby

Lee Gauby, 90, Washington, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Washington  County Hospital, Washington. Lee Aaron Gauby was born on the family farm, rural Washington, on April 16, 1928, to Lester and Inez (Byrd) Gauby. He attended Fairview Country School and graduated from Washington High School in 1946. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. He returned to the farm and was a lifelong farmer/stockman. He was the fifth generation to live on the family farm and his son Gary is the sixth generation. On June 21, 1954, he married Darlene Rice at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greenleaf. Mr. Gauby was president of the Saddle Club and was instrumental in starting the Washington County Rodeo in 1973. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the FFA Alumni. He served on the school board and was a member of Kansas Livestock Association. Preceding him in death were his parents.

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JoAnne Habr

JoAnne Marie (Scheetz) Habr, 88, died Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Superior, Neb. She was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Hanover, the daughter of Aloysius B. and Cecilia A. (Loseman) Scheetz. She graduated from Hanover High School in 1947, and married Frank J. Habr on Aug. 17, 1948, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Hanover. The couple lived in several states following his career, and also spent two years in Tehran, Iran. They then settled in Midland, Texas in 1965 where Mrs. Habr started her career as a seamstress, working in high-end ladies boutiques. Her husband died in 1977 and in 1980 she moved back to Hanover. She was a cook at Ricky’s Café, and was director of the Hanover Senior meal program. She also worked at the Hollenberg Ranch Pony Express Station for several years. Mrs. Habr served on the Hanover City Council and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

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Michael Graff

Michael H. Graff , 66, Morrowville, died May 1, 2018, at his home. He was born April 20, 1952, in Concordia, the son of Erple and Carrie (Young) Graff . He attended and graduated with the class of 1970 at Washington High School. He was drafted into the Army on June 30, 1972, completed his military training in Fort Sill, Okla., and was honorably discharged April 1, 1974 at the rank of PFC. He was a forklift driver for 41 years at Endicott Clay Co.

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George King

George Irwin King, 89, Wichita, died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Founders Crest Nursing Home, Wichita. A graveside funeral service was Wednesday, May 2, at the Washington City Cemetery. Mr. King was born Dec. 19, 1928, at Delphos, the son of Irwin S. and Leona (Baldwin) King. He graduated from Linn High School in 1945. On Nov. 19, 1950, he was united in marriage to Gladys Ruth Dodd. Mr. King served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. George lived many places with his work, setting up substations. The couple lived in Park Forest, Ill., until 1973, before moving back to Wichita. He volunteered driving for Red Cross around southern Kansas. Preceding him in death were his parents; infant daughter, Sharon Kay King; three granddaughters; brother, Gerald King; and a sister, Colleen Cox.

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LaVern Myers

LaVern E. Myers, 85, died April 30, 2018, at the Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center. He was born Aug. 7, 1932, in Haddam, the son of Harold and Florence (Mahoney) Myers. On June 21, 1953, he married Emily June Trybom in Clifton. Mr. Myers was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He worked for Boogaarts for over 32 years, driving a truck delivering groceries until he retired in 1993. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jimmy Myers; and two sisters, Fern Bernard and Mary Lou O’Blennis. Survivors include his wife, June Myers, Jewell; daughters, Debbie (Richard) Conrad, Gaylord, and Annie (Larry) Lambert, Smith Center; a son, Lonnie (Sheila) Myers, Jewell; a brother, Harold Myers,Washington; a sister, Geneva Hiltgen, Mankato; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral service was Friday, May 4, at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, Smith Center, with Pastors Brian Loreg and Keith Sears presiding.

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Lee Gauby

Lee Gauby, 90, Washington, died May 8, 2018, at the Washington County Hospital. Visitation will be from 12-8 p.m. Friday at Ward Funeral Home, Washington, with family receiving visitors from 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Ward Funeral Home. Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Brian Morris

Brian K. Morris, former resident of Emporia, died April 27, 2018, at Rolling Hills Health and Rehab in Wichita. He was born Sept. 7, 1946, in Emporia, the son of Harold and Inez Thomas Morris. He grew up in Emporia and attended schools there. He graduated in 1970 from Kansas State University with a degree in liberal arts. On Sept. 3, 1966, he married Mary Holle in Barnes. They later divorced. Mr. Morris was a social worker for several years for the State of Kansas. At one point he was the director of Social Welfare for Washington and Clay counties. He later operated a lawn care business in Emporia. Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include two sons, Levi and Max, both of Linn; two grandchildren, Rebecca Hoke, Fort Worth and Levi Morris Jr. and wife, Maci, Nederland, Texas; a great-granddaughter, Alice Hoke; brother, Brett Morris and wife, Debra,Emporia; and a sister, Jeannene Wittmer and husband, Loren, Clive, Iowa. Cremation has taken place.

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Duane Durst

Duane R. Durst, 86, Washington, died April 22, 2018, at the Marysville Community Hospital in Marysville. He was born on Oct. 16, 1931, at Morrowville, the son of Frank and Viola (Yager) Durst. He attended school in Haddam and graduated from Haddam High School in 1949. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Landstuhl Air Force Base (Germany), where he was a Staff Sgt. during the Korean War. He met his wife, Elfriede E. Hirsch, and they were married on March 17, 1956. The couple lived in Germany while he was in the Air Force, and upon his leaving the Air Force, he and Elfriede returned to the Morrowville area where they farmed. Mr. Durst worked for Johnson Feed and Grain for 20 years. He was the curator of the Hollenberg Pony Express Station near Hanover for 23 years, and was instrumental in organizing the Pony Express Festival. He had a passion for keeping history alive, his latest venture being the Mormon Springs project.

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Adeline Smith

Adeline Ruth Smith, 84, of Kansas City, Mo., died April 18, 2018, at Kansas City Hospice House. She was born Aug. 29, 1933, in Barnes, the daughter of Otto Yungeberg and Agnes Petr Yungeberg, the second of five children and also the only girl among her four brothers. She graduated from Barnes High School in 1951. She went on to pursue careers with TWA for six years and later with the Internal Revenue Service as a tax examiner for 25 years. She spent her adult life in Kansas City, calling it home for 68 years. Adeline was known for her independence, fiery spirit and amazing resilience in the face of multiple serious illnesses during the final years of life. She was involved with the A. Louis Ruhl Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, and in 1967 was instrumental in convincing the Kansas City Missouri School Board to approve funding for a badly-needed multi-purpose room/ gymnasium.

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