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Elmer Loges

Elmer Loges

Elmer Henry Loges, 96, died Sept. 12, 2020, at Lindsborg.

He was born on Jan. 10, 1924, at Hanover to Henry and Anna (Rohlfs) Loges.

He was a Hanover Hospital board member, president of the Hanover Coop and was on the church council at Zion Lutheran Church of Hanover.

Preceding him in death was his wife of 69 years, Eileen Anne (Allerheiligen) Loges; his parents; sons, Michael Dean Loges and Gordon Gary Loges; brother, Orville Loges and his wife, Irma; sister, Mildred (Loges) Lohmeyer and her husband, Art.

Survivors include son, David (Kim) Loges, of Loveland, Colo.; daughters, Cindy (Cal) Helm, of Canton, and Kay (Randy) Goss, of McPherson; daughterin-law, Beverly Loges, of Hanover; sister Mary Ann (Jay) Bohning, of Camdenton, Mo..; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 18, from 12 to 8 p.m. at Hanover Mortuary.

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Bradley Prior

Bradley Prior

Bradley Wayne Prior, 59, died Sept. 4, 2020, at the Salina Regional Health Center.

Bradley Wayne Prior was born Aug. 18, 1961, to Wayne and Christa (Wieland) Prior at the Washington County Hospital. In 1979 he graduated from Washington High School. He attended Kansas State University and the University of Kansas as well as working at various manufacturing jobs locally.

On Aug. 17, 1991, he married Linda Borgerding and moved to Lawrence where he worked at Allen Press. In 1996 he became a stayat-home dad. The family moved back to the area in 1999 and settled in Hanover.

Preceding him in death were his father, Wayne Garvin Prior, and an infant brother Douglas Grant Prior.

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Daniel Matthews

Daniel Matthews

Daniel Glenn Matthews, 60, of Washington, died Sept. 6, 2020, at his home.

He was born on March 13, 1960, at Leesburg, Va., to Fremont and Margaret (Miller) Matthews. He graduated from Granada Hills, Calif., in 1978 and went on to receive an associate’s degree and was a graphic designer.

He taught himself to play the piano, organ and trombone. He did work for some of the top printing houses in California.

On Nov. 22, 1993, he married Christina “Tina” Stewart in Las Vegas; she survives.

Other suvivors include his mother, Margaret “Faye” Matthews, of Porter Ranch, Calif.; children, Chad (Harmony) Matthews, of Tucson, Ariz., Bonnie (Kyle) Serrien, and Faith Matthews, both of Washington; sisters, Carol Koprowski, of Meridian, Idaho, Margaret “Peggy” Sheflo, of Porter Ranch, Calif., Helen “Penny” Matthews, of Newbury Park, Calif.; brother, Mark (Nicole) Matthews, of Two Rivers, Wisc., and three grandchildren.

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Dennis Diederich

Dennis Diederich

Dennis A. Diederich died on Aug. 29, 2020. He was 84.

He was born on July 11, 1936, in Greenleaf. He grew up on the family farm with two brothers and seven sisters. He attended college at Benedictine in Atchison.

He attended the St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency in nephrology at the University of Kansas. Dr. Diederich joined the KU Department of Internal Medicine in 1967. Serving as the Medical Director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Denny helped establish the hemodialysis and Kidney and Pancreas Transplant program at KUMC. His leadership was responsible for the success of the program, and he oversaw over 2,000 kidney and pancreas transplants. He and his wife, Alice, also conducted pioneering research that led to new treatments for Sickle Cell Anemia.

He and his wife, Alice, were married 61 years and built a life in Overland Park.

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Richard Schotte

Richard Schotte

Richard Lee Schotte, 77, of Bremen, died Aug. 31, 2020, at his home.

Rich was born Jan. 1, 1943, at Odell, Neb., the son of William and Sophie (Klaus) Schotte. He was baptized, confirmed, and went to school at Immanuel Lutheran of Bremen. In 1961 he graduated from Marysville High School and then joined the National Guard. He was called up to serve during the Vietnam War.

On May 14, 1966, Rich was united in marriage to Ruth Beikmann at Immanuel Lutheran, Linn. They were blessed with 54 years of marriage. They farmed in the Bremen area for 60 years.

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Valera Wieters

Valera Wieters

Valera Wieters Carl Harz and Hermena Clara Genschorck Harz. She was baptized Dec. 4, 1926, by Pastor Theodore Stolp. On March 17, 1940, she was confirmed by Pastor Oscar Bohnert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf.

Valera attended seven years at Logan Center School and the eighth grade at Bethlehem Lutheran. She graduated from Greenleaf High School as valedictorian in May 1944. Attending Emporia State University and Kansas State University, she graduated from KSU, Manhattan, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Her graduate studies were at Washburn University and Fort Hays State University.

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Walter Applegarth

Walter Applegarth

Walter Eugene Applegarth, 84, of Beatrice, Neb., died Aug. 31, 2020, in Lincoln, Neb., after a cancer diagnosis.

He was born in Morrowville on June 6, 1936, to John and Ruby (Boston) Applegarth.

On June 23, 1957, he maried Judy Stamm. He served as a training and coding specialist in the U.S. Army. The couple settled in Steele City where he owned a TV repair shop and Army surplus store and worked for the railroad. They later moved to Beatrice where he was a terminal manager for Canning Truck Service. He drove Mayflower moving vans all over the country. He later drove for Beatrice Freight Line and All Ways Freight Line.

He and his wife founded The Rental Center in 1976, which they operated until retirement in 2005. The couple had 3 boys

The couple had 3 boys and 2 girls and adopted 3 daughters.

He was a member of The Gideons International and the First Church of the Nazarene.

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Judeanna Simnitt

Judeanna Simnitt

Judeanna D. Simnitt, 77, of Topeka, died at her home on Sept. 4, 2020.

She was born Jan. 27, 1943, in Odell, Neb., to Arlo Kile and Dorothea Hermann.

On June 10, 1962, she married Norman Simnitt. He survives.

She was a member of Northland Christian Church for 51 years and was a very

active member of Sarah Circle.

She is also survived by 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Sept. 12 at 1135 NW 52nd Terrace, Topeka, Kan. Pastor Randy Lesseski will officiate.

Washington County News • Sept. 10, 2020

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Rusty Thorman

Rusty Thorman, 64, of Wakefield, died Aug. 19, 2020, at the Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, with his wife, Jody, by his side.

A memorial service will be Sunday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. by the pagoda in the Wakefield City Park.

Condolences may be sent to PO Box 224, Wakefield, KS 67487

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Richard Schotte

Richard Lee Schotte, 77, of Bremen, died Aug. 31, 2020, at his home.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. A funeral service will at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, at Immanuel (Hermansberg) Lutheran Church, Bremen.

The family requests face masks at both the visitation and funeral service.

Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

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