Obituaries

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Doris LeMaster

Doris Lorraine (Neu) LeMaster, 88, died March 26, 2020, at her home in Tulsa, Okla.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 2, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home in Washington.

A private graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Cemetery east of Washington.

She was born Jan. 13, 1932, at home to Jacob Frederick and Laura Margaret (Waterman) Neu on their farm in northern Kansas. She was the youngest of five who were raised on a farm about six miles north of Washington. Her primary education was at Scruby School, a one-room schoolhouse about half a mile from her family’s farm.

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Marjorie Kincaid

Marjorie Arline (Stamm) Kincaid passed into the loving arms of her Savior and Lord on March 26, 2020, at Pioneer Ridge Healthcare Center in Lawrence.

She was born on June 28, 1924, to Oscar and Hazel (Elder) Stamm, of rural Washington.

She attended grades 1-8 at Victory School, a oneroom schoolhouse southeast of Washington. It was there that she rode her pony to and from school each day. Grades 9-12 were completed at Washington High School. Upon graduation she worked at the court house in the draft office. She met Clifford Kincaid when he was on leave from the Navy. They fell in love and were married on June 1, 1947. They moved to Fairbury, Neb., where they raised 3 children: Timothy, Julie, and Laurel. In 1957 they moved to Lincoln, Neb., where Marjorie was a homemaker and later worked as a secretary in the Lincoln Public School system. After Clifford died in 1999, she moved to Lawrence. She was a member of the Adventist Church there.

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Helen Frye

Helen Frye

Helen Marie Frye died March 13, 2020, at the Republic County Hospital in Belleville. She was 97.

She was born Jan. 18, 1923, on the family farm west of Haddam, to John and Mary (Fencl) Skupa. She was one of eight children.

She grew up around Haddam, graduating from Haddam High School in 1941. On July 22, 1945, she married Glenn E. Frye in Belleville. The couple was married 51 years and had two children.

She worked at the Haddam Post Office for 32 years, retiring as postmaster. After retirement she and her husband owned and operated the Haddam Café for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers Frank, Ernie, Ed and Evan Skupa, and her sisters Bessie Stolzenburg, Sylvia Kvasnicka and Elsie Skupa.

She is survived by children Glenda (Mike) Mullen, of Lincoln, Neb., and Jay (Donna) Frye, of Haddam, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

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26
Mar
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Alberta Welch

Alberta Welch

Alberta P. Welch, 83, of Washington, died March 16, 2020, at the Linn Community Nursing Home.

She was born on May 16, 1936, to Clyde and Mae (Coy) Corbin at Steele City, Neb. On Oct. 8, 1953, she married Erwin Keith Welch at Enosdale. They had three children, Donald, Cynthia and Jill.

She worked as a secretary for Kastl-Powell Insurance agency for several years and for Millers Flowers.

Preceding her in death were her parents; son, Donald Welch; son-in-law, Ronald Clay; brother, Billy Corbin; and granddaughter, Katie Welch.

Survivors include her husband, Keith; daughters, Cindi Clay, of Hollenberg, Jill (Jerry) Hoover, of Washington; brother, Keith Corbin, of Fairbury, Neb.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund is established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.

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Kathleen Voter

Kathleen Voter

Kathleen Voter, 80, of Washington, died March 16, 2020, at Bryan East in Lincoln, Neb.

She was born July 17, 1939, at Pickrell, Neb., to Fred and Emma (Zimmerman) Riensche. She was married to Charles Trump. He preceded her in death. On Dec. 17, 1992, she was united in marriage to Ronald Voter at Blue Springs, Neb.

She was a homemaker. She belonged to a church in Wymore and served on the church bazaar committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Charles Trump; and brother, Donald Riensche.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald; sons, Carlin Voter and Ronnie Voter, Jr., both of Lincoln, Neb.; two grandsons, sisters Darlene Schuerman and Geneva Cramer.

A funeral service was March 20 at the Washington Christian Church. Rev. Jim Stark officiated. Hymns “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” were played.

Pallbearers were Dean Baehr, Skip McPheron, Kevin Cory, Josh Smith, Jared Smith and Donny Boyd.

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Carl Koehler

Carl Koehler
Carl Koehler

Carl Donald Koehler, 91, of Hanover, died at Hanover Hospital Long Term Care on March 17, 2020, after a long illness.

He was born March 28, 1928, the youngest of 5 children to Louis and Emma (Wetter) Koehler. He attended Sunny Side District 99 country school for eight years. He was drafted and inducted into the U.S. Army in March 1951, serving his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in December 1952 from Fort Carson, Colo. He returned home to the farming operation with his father and brothers. He worked for many farmers in the area and went to the Goodland area in western Kansas to help with harvest for his uncles.

On May 26, 1952, he married Maxine Gudenkauf at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. They made their home five miles southwest of Hanover. Together they began 60+ years of livestock and grain farming. To this union was born a daughter Patricia Ann and a son Donald Joseph, and a stillborn child in 1963.

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Bonnie Kohlmeyer

Bonnie Kohlmeyer

Bonnie L. Kohlmeyer, 89, of Washington, died March 20, 2020, at the Washington County Hospital in Washington.

She was born March 2, 1931, at Concordia to Leon G. Anderson and Ellen McClaughry. She grew up in Greenleaf and graduated from Greenleaf High School.

On Jan. 21, 1950, she married Robert E. Kohlmeyer in Greenleaf. After the marriage, they moved while Robert served in the U.S. Army. When they returned, they made their home west of Washington on Highway 36.

She was a farm wife and also helped her husband. She also worked for her father-in-law at Portable Cab and later operated Hen House Antiques in Washington.

She was a member of the Washington Christian Church and Coteri.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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19
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Helen Frye

Helen M. Frye, 97, died March 13, 2020. Direct cremation was chosen; there will be no visitation.

A private family graveside service will be at a later date. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home of Belleville is assisting the Frye family with arrangements.

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Thelma Spunaugle

Thelma Spunaugle

Thelma Jean Spunaugle, 83, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Linn Community Nursing Home.

She was born May 23, 1936, to Andrew and Vernie (Summers) Smith in Nowater, Okla. She grew up in Greenleaf.

On June 12, 1955, she was united in marriage to Max Day. This union had five children, Bonnie, Dennis, Kathy, Mike and Scott. After her husband’s death she married Darrol Spunaugle on Dec. 20, 1997, and they made their home in Washington.

She was a member of the Washington Christian Church. She was a past member of the Coteri and the VFW Auxiliary. She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her parents; first husband, Max; and siblings, Mildred, Marie, Leo, Clifford, Robert and Andrew.

Survivors include her husband, Darrol; children, Bonnie (Pat) Diederich, Greenleaf, Dennis (Lynne) Day, Washington, Kathy (Jack) Adee, Haddam, Mike (Shelly) Day, Marysville and Scott (Lynette) Day, Home; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

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Evelyn Wassenberg

Evelyn Wassenberg

Evelyn Marie Wassenberg, 86, of Marysville, died March 13, 2020, at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville.

She was born on Oct. 8, 1933, at Clifton, one of 12 children born to Patrick A. and Mary (Kieffer) L’Ecuyer. In May 1954 she graduated from Marymount College of Kansas with a diploma in nursing.

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