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Roger Ayers

Roger Olen Ayers, 74, of Lisle,Ill., passed away Jan. 22, 2019, with his family at his side. Born April 14, 1944, in Clay Center, he grew up in Linn where his family owned the Hoerman Hatchery, a business that each spring hatched baby chicks that were marketed to area farmers. He ran the hatchery for three years before it closed.

He graduated from Linn Rural High School in 1962 and Washburn University in 1970 with a B.S. in business administration. His professional career was with Western Electric, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies in the Chicago area. He was an avid fly fisherman, sailor and dog owner.

He was preceded in death by his father, Olen Ayers, his mother, Helen Ayers, and his sister Sharon (Robert) Albee.

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Garrett Klipp

Garrett Anthony Klipp, of Tobias, Neb., was called home to our Lord on March 17, 2019, at the age of 18.

He was born Sept. 12, 2000, in Geneva, Neb., to Anthony “Andy” and Mandy (Goeckel) Klipp and was baptized on Oct. 1, 2000, and confirmed on March 28, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church of Tobias. He attended Zion Lutheran School, Meridian High School and had future plans to attend Northeast Community College, of Norfolk, Neb., studying precision agriculture.

At a young age, he had a desire to help on the farm and loved a challenge to build or fix things. As most boys on the farm, he loved being around tractors, trucks, and riding in combines, and was so excited to learn to drive them and eventually become an extra farm-hand for his family and friends. In grade school he learned the skill of welding and was able to build many art projects at Zion and eventually graduated to bigger projects such as cow sheds, feedlot fence and more detailed art from his plasma cutter.

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Betty Zenger

Betty L. Zenger, the daughter of Leon Chizek and Bessie (Trecek) Chizek, was born March 7, 1939, in rural Cuba, and passed away March 21, 2019, at Topeka at the age of 80.

She grew up north of Cuba, attending the Haworth Country School and then attended and graduated from Cuba High School. She worked in the telephone office in Cuba following her graduation. On March 12, 1960, she was united in marriage to Keith A. Zenger and to this union was born Terri and Greg.

Zenger assisted her husband, Keith, in the farming operation.

She was a homemaker and sold Avon for a few years and then worked for Scott Specialties in Belleville for several years until her retirement. After her retirement she worked as a waitress for the Haddam Café, Belleville 81 Livestock Café and Two Doors Down in Cuba.

She was a member of the Saddle Club, enjoyed animals and livestock and also riding and training horses.

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Leona Gaydusek

Leona Josephine Loomis Gaydusek, of St. George, and formerly of Mahaska, passed away on March 19, 2019, at the Westmoreland Community Care Home.

She was born Nov. 14, 1927, in Beatrice, Neb., to Archie and Josephine Kaltenbach Loomis. She grew up on the family farm near Gilead, Neb., where she helped her parents farm.

She attended school at District #9. Then in 1942 attended high school in Gilead for two years before finishing high school in Fairbury, Neb., where she worked for her room and board to live in Fairbury to go to school. In 1946 she graduated with 87 in her class.

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Marilyn Sack

Marilyn Louise Sack, 85, of Belleville, formerly of Washington, died March 11 2019, at Belleville Healthcare Center.

She was born Sept. 7, 1933, at Longmont, Colo., to Arnold and Genevieve (Chandler) Lay. She graduated from Longmont High School in 1952 and attended Manhattan Christian College.

On Aug. 24, 1952, at Longmont she married her life-long friend from Longmont, Wendell Sack. The couple was married for more than 60 years. The couple served at various churches in Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma. She was pianist at many of the churches where they served. She was also a school secretary, church secretary and had other secretarial positions.

Survivors include daughters, Marcia (Kelvin) Blecha, of Chester, Neb., Melinda (Arnie) Culver, of Belleville, and her son, Jeffrey Sack, of Belleville, three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Darrell Lay.

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Thomas Malone

Thomas E. Malone was born Nov. 29, 1964, in Liberal and died March 8, 2019, in Leavenworth. He joined the military in 1987, and after retiring from regular duty he continued in the Army reserves while working in the civilian life as an X-Ray technician at Washington County Hospital.

Graveside services with full military honors were March 15 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Washington County News • March 21, 2019

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Catherine Wilkens

Catherine L. Wilkens, 87, died March 17, 2019, at Via Christie in Manhattan.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Ward Funeral Home in Linn. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at Zion Lutheran Church, Linn.

Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery

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

Washington County News • March 21, 2019

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Duane Klozenbucher

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

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 20, at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. A rosary service will begin at 6 p.m.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 21, at St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Burial will be in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Kimeo.

A memorial fund has been established to St. Michael's Catholic Church or St. Michael's Cemetery Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.

Washington County News • March 21, 2019

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Lonnie Leidig

Lonnie J. Leidig, 72, of Washington, died March 3, 2019, at his home.

He was born on May 21, 1946, at Fairbury, Neb., to Cecil and Dorothy (Finch) Leidig. He graduated from Washington High School in 1964 and was a lifelong farmer. He farmed with his father and his grandfather, Purl, in the earlier years and then with his two sons, Jeremy and Matt, until his death.

On May 19, 1973, he married Peggy Ostermeyer at Bates City, Mo. They had four children: Chad, Jeremy, Matt and Amy.

Leidig served as the Highland Township Board Trustee for 23 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Linda Leidig and Celia Schmidt; and brother-inlaws, Bill Shorman, Ernest Scheetz and Bob Boston.

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Kenneth Bures

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Kenneth L. Bures, 87, of Hanover, died March 7, 2019, at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

He was born May 19, 1931, at Odell, Neb., to Albert and Anna (Novotny) Bures. He grew up in the Odell area and graduated from Odell High School. He served in the military during the Korean War, spending three years in England.

He was a farmer and worked many years at Bruna Implement until retiring in 1989. He was an active member of St John’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Bruna; brotherin-law, Floyd Bruna; and a great-nephew, Dylan Bruna.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was March 11 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Father Rathinam Soosaimari officiated. Janet Fritschi played the organ while the church choir sang “Come to Me,” “I Have Loved You,” “Amazing Grace,” “Song of Farewell” and “On Eagles Wings.”

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