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Dr. Fred LeMaster

Dr. Fred LeMaster, 88, of Tulsa, Okla., died Nov. 17, 2019, in Tulsa.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, at Ward Funeral Home in Washington.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Washington.

Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery east of Washington.

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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Buck Montague

Buck Montague

Christopher D. “Buck” Montague, 36, of

Wichita, died Nov. 7, 2019, at Castaic, Calif.

He was born on May 29, 1983, at Belleville. He was baptized June 12, 1983, and confirmed May 3, 1998, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf.

He graduated from Washington High School in 2002. Shortly after high school, he completed the apprentice program through International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #304 to become a journeyman lineman.

In 2007 he moved to Wichita where he worked as a journeymanlLineman for various electric utilities. He belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #304.

For the last year he worked in California as a journeyman lineman.

He married, and later divorced, Carla Mosteller. They have a son, Cash Wayne Montague.

Chris loved his son, Cash. They hunted together, watched football together, went to the races together. Cash was his life.

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Myrtle Germeroth

Myrtle Germeroth

Myrtle J. Germeroth, 91, died Nov. 13, 2019, at her home in Hanover.

She was born on June 4, 1928, near Herkimer, to George and Martha (Wasserman) Frauhiger. She was baptized, confirmed and attended school at Zion Lutheran Church in Herkimer.

Before her marriage she worked for several families caring for children and doing other household duties. She married Edwin Germeroth on Sept. 7, 1947, at Zion Lutheran Church in Herkimer. They lived in Marysville until moving to Hanover in 1957.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Herkimer, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Marysville and then in 1970, transferred to Zion Lutheran Church in Hanover.

She was preceded in

The pallbearers were Steven Germeroth, Alvin Berndt, Phil Berndt, Nick Groves, Peter Kruse and Max Mizer.

Burial was in the Hanover Cemetery.

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Joe Sorell

Joe Sorell

J o e Sorell, age 50, formerly of Clyde, entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at his residence in Clifton.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1969, in Concordia to Jerry and Kathleen (Alexander) Sorell.

He was a 1988 Clifton-Clyde graduate. He attended Cloud County Community College inConcordia.

He married Jennifer Nicholas in Clyde. They later divorced. They had two children, Autumn and Zach Sorell.

He worked in the Maintenance Department at the Cloud County Community College. He also mowed several lawns with his son in the Clyde and Clifton communities and did custodial work for the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyde.

He and his brother, Judd, were prior owners of Last Call Bar and Grill in Clyde for several years. He and Dave Collins also owned and operated Rocker’s Music store in Concordia.

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Buck Montague

Christopher D. "Buck" Montague, 36, of Wichita, formerly of Washington, died Nov. 7, 2019, in California. Funeral services are pending.

Washington County News • Nov. 14 , 2019

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Jeremy Drebes

Jeremy Drebes

Jeremy Michael Drebes, of Headland, Ala., formerly of Cape Fair, Mo., died Oct. 29, 2019, at the home of his aunt. He was 37.

He was born in Marysville on May 26, 1982, to Michael and Sharon Drebes. He was a beloved son, brother and uncle. He was extremely kind, the type of person that would go out of their way to help someone in need.

He worked in steel manufacturing, then later in marine Mechanics and property maintenance.

He was raised in northern Kansas. If you grew up with him, you may even know him by the nickname “Peaches.”

Growing up he spent summers at Milford Lake with his family where he deveoped a love for water sports, especially wakeboarding. In 2006 he moved to southern Missouri where his favorite hobby became fishing on Table Rock Lake. Countless people know Jeremy from the time he spent fishing down at the dock with his beloved dog, Charlie.

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Pat Hildebrandt

Pat Hildebrandt, 76, of Auburn, died Nov. 3, 2019.

She was born Feb. 28, 1943, in Washington to Wilbur and Agnes (Whestine) Westing. She attended Washington High School. She went on to attend Brown Mackie College.

She had a strong passion for the KU Jayhawks, especially during basketball season. She had a big heart and will be known for her loving spirit; above all else, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She married Norman Hildebrandt on July 14, 1962, in Topeka. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1996.

Survivors include children, Vicky (Patrick) Mc-Grath, Ricky (Lori) Hildebrandt, and Debra Hildebrandt; grandchildren, Amber Baker, Ryan (Colleen) Hildebrandt, Kyle Linnemann, Jake (Sara) Hildebrandt, Chris (Nicole) Linnemann and Kelsey (Todd) Storm; 11 great-grandchildren, a sister, Janice (Jerry) Alldredge, and loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Donald Westing.

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Martha Mullen-Hoover

Martha M. Mullen-Hoover, 78, of Greenleaf, died Nov. 2, 2019, at her home. Services will be held at a later date.

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Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith, 94, of Lincoln, Neb., died Nov. 1, 2019.

She was born on a farm in Morrowville to Frank and Viola Durst. Having grown up on a farm, she learned the meaning of hard work early on.

She married Floyd H. Smith, and after farming for a time, they made their home in Lincoln. She was a wonderful cook; her specialties were pies and cinnamon rolls. Her sons in law suggested she could make a “million” by opening her own bakery.

Like many of her friends, she worked at Russell Stover Candy Factory and later retired from St. Elizabeth Hospital. On the day she passed, she was still mothering, suggesting her daughters should have worn coats since it was cold outside. She always remembered all birthdays and most importantly, never missed watching or listening to a Nebraska football game.

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Ivan Ayers

Ivan L. Ayers, 91, formally of Fairbury, died Nov. 1, 2019, at Thayer County Health Services in Hebron, Neb.

He was the firstborn son of George and Pearl (Haggart) Ayers in Delphos on Oct. 10, 1928. He lived most of his youth and early adulthood on the farm in rural Morrowville.

He joined the Army on April 6, 1951. After returning from the service, he married Loretta M. Culp, on Oct. 12, 1953. The couple had six children: Charlotte, Christine (Chris), Fred, Cheri, John and Jeri.

He worked for the Rock Island railroad until it went out of business. He then moved to Iowa to work on the railroad there until moving to Pratte where he continued to work on the railroad. He retired and moved back to Washington.

He was preceded in death by infant daughter Charlotte, his parents, brother Fred E. Ayers, son John P. Ayers and son in law Dennis Stafford.

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