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Marion Johnson

Marion “Mr. J” LaVerne Johnson, 83, of Belleville, died May 17, 2019. He was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Aurora. He taught industrial arts and coached sports at several area schools including Haddam, Republic, Courtland Osborne and Belleville. Funeral services were May 21 in Belleville.

Washington County News • May 23, 2019

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Kay Prell

Kay Frances Alverda Prell, 95, of Hanover, died May 20, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

She was born May 2, 1924, in Hollenberg to Frank and Maude (Price) Wilson. She went to Hollenberg High School. On April 24, 1947, she married Hugo H. “Hook” Prell at Bendena. She was a lifelong resident of Washington County, and she and her husband owned and operated Country Acres Mobile Park in Hanover for many years.

She served in the United States Army during WWII as a clerk typist and military chauffeur. She received the Victory Medal and Meritorious Unit Award for her service. Recently, she and her granddaughter, Danielle (Piper) Trego, went on the Veteran Honor Flight to Washington. While there she was asked to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.

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Elmer Willmann

Elmer H. Willmann, 90, died May 15, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. He was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Clay Center to Henry and Esther (Fritz) Willmann.

He grew up and attended school in Clay Center. He farmed with his parents, and in 1938 he was the youngest farmer in Clay County.

He married Dorothy Beichter on April 8, 1951. He also worked as a truck driver and night supervisor for Gilmore-Tatge and a truck driver for Hutchinson/Mayrath.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clay Center.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Survivors include daughter Linda (Jim) McMurray, of Burlington; sons Gary (Sherrie) Willmann, Gail (Dawn)Willmann and Mark (Janet) Willmann, all of Clay Center; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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Mary Ampe

Mary Ruth Ampe, 84, of Pasadena, Texas, died March 31, 2019 . She was born to Raymond and Leone (Beem) Burton on June 17, 1934, at Washington.

She graduated from Washington High in 1952. She went to Washburn College before marrying Glen Ampe on April 4, 1953, at the Washington Christian Church. To this union these children were born: Glenda, Kathryn, Barbara, Janet and David. She and Glen were later divorced.

She worked for the Brahma Association and also at the Pasadena City Hall.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her brother Robert Burton, her husband Glen Ampe, daughter Barbara (Jeff) Minor, and daughter Kathryn (Charles) Hamm.

Survivors include Glenda (Eddie) Wheeler, of Alvin, Texas, Janet Chandler, of Pasadena, Texas; David Ampe, of Anahuac, Texas, her sister Cara (Lawrence) Herrs, of Washington, and 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grand children.

Funeral services were at Rosewood Mortuary in Pasadena, Texas, on April

12.

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John Lundquist

Franklin Gerald (John) Lundquist passed away peacefully on May 19, 2019, at Westchester Village in Lenexa after a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 14, 1933, in Concordia to Carl and Mildred Lundquist. He is survived by his daughter Debbie, of Overland Park, and son Chris (Lisa), of Olathe. He also leaves three grandsons, Spencer, Hunter and Cooper Lundquist. Other survivors include his brother in law Dean Balderston, of Lenexa, sister in law Vera Lundquist, of Lawton, Okla., along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 53 years, Patricia (Becotte) Lundquist, parents, Carl and Mildred Lundquist, and 10 brothers and sisters (Roland, Verlin, Quentin, Clair, Addie, Bernice, Laura Ann, Lois, Leroy, Virgie).

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Barbara Morehead

Barbara Inez (Davis) Morehead, 84, of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away April 22, 2019. She was born on her family’s farm in Chester, Neb., on Nov. 16, 1934.

She was the youngest of six children and graduated from Chester High School. She was faithfully married to Marvin Morehead for 39 years. Together they had three children. The majority of her life was spent in Washington where she devoted herself to raising her children and serving as a cook within the community fellowship, Friendly Corners.

She was an active member of Washington Christian Church, and in 1997 she moved to St. Joseph, Mo. to be closer to family.

She worked diligently at Rod’s Hallmark until it’s closing, found a church home within Central Christian Church where she would be involved in numerous Bible studies, and served as a volunteer for Mid-City Excellence.

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Mary Ampe

Mary Burton Ampe died March 31, 2019, at Pasadena, Texas. A celebration of her life will be May 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the home of Lawrence and Cara Herrs, 318 West Second in Washington. Friends, family and former classmates are especially invited. Bring pictures if you have them.

Washington County News • May 16, 2019

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John Shaw

John W. Shaw, 68, of Hanover, died May 11, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born April 18, 1951, at Clay Center, to Merel and Dorothy (Diederich) Shaw. In 1969 he graduated Linn High School and joined the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam. After he was honorably discharged, he returned to Greenleaf and worked as a plumber.

On Aug. 11, 1979, he married Regina McVean at Greenleaf. Together they had a daughter, Amber. They later divorced.

On Feb. 14, 1986, he married Roxy Rettig Prevatt at Washington. In 1988 they moved to Arizona. In 2003 they moved to Hanover where he went to work for Rolling Hills Pork until his retirement.

He liked fishing, hunting and 4-wheeling. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and socializing. He was a member of the Shaw Post #245 American Legion in Greenleaf.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Shaw; sister, Sharon Fletcher; and brother-inlaw, Elwin Meuli.

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June Brabec

Dolores June Brabec, 91, of Washington, died April 23, 2019, at the Linn Community Nursing Home.

She was born at Morrowville on Oct. 10, 1927, to Otho and Vera (Pepple) Barnes. She worked at an early age at her parent’s grocery store in Morrowville. After graduating from Washington High School she went to K-State one year and went to work in Topeka.

On May 26, 1946, she married Ival Brabec at the Methodist parsonage in Washington. The couple had four sons: Jeff, Jim, Tom and Dan.

She belonged to the Methodist Church in Morrowville and later the United Methodist Church in Washington. After raising her boys she worked for Rateuke Hardware and for the sale barn. In 1976 she began working at Kier’s Thriftway in Washington and was there more than 29 years.

She was instrumental in starting the annual alumni banquet that is held each year in Washington.

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Judith Applegarth

Judith Adelia Applegarth, 82, of Beatrice, Neb., passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Beatrice Health & Rehab. She was born March 24, 1937, in Washington, Kans., to Ernest and Beulah (Elder) Stamm.

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