Obituaries

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May
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Calvin Wilgers

Calvin H. Wilgers, 93, died April 26, 2019, at the Linn Community Nursing Home.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer. Rev. Tom Sahl officiated. Sharon Heitman was organist and the congregation sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Jesus, the Very Thought of You” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”

Honorary pallbearers were Hailey Wurtz, Austin Wurtz, Derek Wurtz and Danica Wurtz.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Calvin was born on October 10, 1925, at Palmer to Henry and Louise (Dankenbring) Wilgers. He graduated Linn High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

After his discharge from the Navy, Calvin returned home to the family farm. He was a lifelong farmer. On June 1, 1947, he was united in marriage to Rhea Happ at her parents’ home in Palmer. They lived on the farm until retirement in 1999 and moved to Linn.

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Apr
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Dennis Manning

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Dennis Wayne Manning, 74, died April 14, 2019, surrounded by family at Harry Hines Memorial Hospice Center, Wichita, after complications battling cancer. He was born July 29, 1944, in De Queen, Ark., to Haskell and Ona Maurice (Frint) Manning.

He graduated from high school in Washington. After serving in the U.S. Navy he began a career in grocery management. He continued to work the industry in McPherson and retired in Winfield.

He enjoyed sports, particularly golf, and placing a few wagers with his grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Erma Lee Morehead.

He is survived by son, Dan and Deb Manning, daughter, Corri and Seth Roberts; 5 grandchildren Savannah and Alexandria Manning, Madeline, Zachary and Alexander Roberts; siblings Glenn Manning, Mike (Gay Lynn) Manning, Peggy Manning, Edna (Tim) Highberger, Nancy(Larry) Basel, numerous nieces and nephews and former wife, Peg Lyman.

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18
Apr
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Raymond Wetter

Raymond F. Wetter, 84, of Hanover, died April 11, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

He was born on the family farm on July 3, 1934, to Joseph and Victoria (Smetana) Wetter.

He served in the U.S. Army for four years. After returning home he started working for Bruna Implement and then as a janitor at Hanover High School. He later retired from the Union Pacific Railroad.

On Dec. 30, 1961, he was united in marriage to Verena Hidy at St. John’s Catholic Church, Hanover. They had five children, Bill, Steve, Theresa, Ron and Donald.

He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Catholic Church. He was a member of the Hanover American Legion for 65 years, served on the Hanover City Council, on the board of the Kloppenberg Center, member of Knights of Columbus and was a volunteer fireman for the Hanover Fire Department.

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10
Apr
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Carol Koss

Carol J. Koss, 79, of Mandan, N.D., passed away peacefully with family by her side on Nov. 29, 2018, under comfort care at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, N.D.

Carol (Wymore) Koss was born Feb. 7, 1939, in Odell, Neb., to Edward H. and Leona M. Wymore.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and reminiscing. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, going for drives, working crossword puzzles, playing bingo and cards and watching old westerns and detective shows. She was well-known for her sense of humor, witty come backs and the ability to make people smile even at times when she didn’t feel like it.

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10
Apr
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Janet Overbeck

Janet Carol Overbeck, 66, of Hanover, died April 4, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

She was born June 29, 1952, at Washington to Walter John and Isabel Marie (Scheetz) Diederich. In 1970 she graduated from Hanover High School.

On Feb. 2, 1974, she married Verni W. “Bill” Overbeck at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greenleaf.

She worked many years at Tension Envelope in Marysville as a machine operator and then as a secretary. She also did daycare and helped her husband with their Kerr McGee and Conoco stations in Marysville and Hanover.

She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Altar Society and volunteered at the Kloppenberg Center and Meadowlark Hospice.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill, on Nov. 17, 2009; brother, Charles “Chuck” Diederich; and brother-in-law, Robert Overbeck.

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04
Apr
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John Rhine

John Wayne Rhine, 75, died March 28, 2019.

He was born April 18, 1943, in Haddam, the oldest son of two children to Marvin and Dorothy Rhine, was the eldest of two children. He graduated from Haddam High School in 1961. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Lerew on Nov. 27, 1963, in Aberdeen, S.D. They had two sons, Monty and Heath. They couple moved to Manhattan when Rhine started to attend college. His father asked him to return to the Rhine Implement Dealership in Washington.

The couple moved from Haddam to Cuba in 1970. He ran that business for a few years before becoming custom harvesters.

In 1983 he got his realty license and branched out into the real estate market. In 1996 he opened The Reality Associates in Belleville and was a broker.

He was a long-standing member of the Belleville Country Club and the Masonic Lodge of Belleville No. 119.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Dorothy Rhine.

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04
Apr
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Ruby VanAmburg

Ruby Rose (Roop) VanAmburg, 93, died March 28, 2019.

She was preceded in death by husband Donald VanAmburg and daughters Janet Hampe and Tamera Puetz.

She is survived by son Doug (Carole) VanAmburg, daughter Brenda Medcalf, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at Glenn Park Christian Church in Wichita.

Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. at Washington City Cemetery in Washington .

Memorials may be made to Washington Christian Church, 102 E. 1st , Washington, KS 66968.

Washington County News • April 4, 2019

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04
Apr
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Richard Barton

Richard Lee Barton, 92, died March 25, 2019, at the Republic County Hospital in Belleville.

Richard, son of B.R. and Martha (Folkers) Barton, was the oldest of four children. He was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Diller, Neb. He attended grade school and high school in Diller and graduated in 1945. From there he was drafted in the U.S. Army during WWII and served one year with the 3079 Quartermaster Supply and Sales Co. in Japan.

He was united in marriage to LaRhue Gregory on June 27, 1947. They had four children. He was a farmer until he started his career with the Burlington Northern Railroad in Reynolds, Neb. Until his retirement in management as a road master he spent his entire railroad career in the BN track department.

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28
Mar
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Duane Klozenbucher

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Duane William Klozenbucher, 86, of Greenleaf, died March 17, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Kimeo to William and Velda (Wisner) Klozenbucher. He graduated from Greenleaf High School in 1950 and joined the Air Force. He served in many places including Morocco.

He was united in marriage to Patricia Hogan on Oct. 4, 1958, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kimeo. They were the parents of four children.

They were lifetime farmers in the Kimeo community. He served on the Barnes District School board for many years. He also served on the Saint Michael’s Parish Council, the Greenleaf CO-OP board and as a Kimeo Township Trustee. After retirement he volunteered at the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society.

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28
Mar
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Catherine Wilkens

Catherine “Kate” Louise Wilkens, 87, died March 17, 2019, at Via Christie in Manhattan.

She was born Dec. 20, 1931, to Herman and Christina (Boerger) Lehman, of Goodland. She attended elementary school through the eighth grade.

She married Emil Wilkens on June 28, 1952, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Marysville, by Rev. R.M. Lammers.

She worked at the Washington County Creamery and at the Linn Community Nursing Home in the laundry for 20 years.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Linn, and the Linn American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; step son-in-law, Gerald Brauer; brothers, Leonard, Robert, Lawrence and Terry; and sisters, Mary Banniger, Betty Long, Dorothy Long, Lillian Rippe, Jeanette Hoerner and infant sisters, Helen and Ida; brothers-in-law, Harland Banniger, Elmo Rahe, Richard Rahe and Terry Simnitt.

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