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Mary Sawyer

Mary J. Sawyer, 86, of Topeka, formerly of Morrowville, died March 8, 2019, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka. She was born Aug. 3, 1932, at Fairbury, Neb., to William and Mildred (Singleton) Huss. On Jan. 17, 1950, she was united in marriage to Junior F. Sawyer at Fairbury. She was a farm wife and homemaker. She was a member of the Morrowville Methodist church before transferring to the United Methodist Church in Washington. She was active in the church and sang with the choir. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Junior, in 2009; sisters, Betty Meyer, Corene Mees, Norma Jean Becker and Geraldene Frank; and brother, Leslie Huss. Survivors include her children, Christy (Dennis) Brungardt, of Shawnee,

Debbie (Kevin) Hogan, of Topeka, and Mark (Mary) Sawyer, of Burr Oak; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother, Roger (Rosalie) Huss, of Milford, Neb.

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Delmar Crawford

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Delmar Ray Crawford, 92, of Hutchinson, formerly of Greenleaf, died March 11, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society, Hutchinson Village.

He was born July 9, 1926, in Clifton to Walter and Jessie (Parker) Crawford.

He attended Clifton High School but was drafted his junior year of high school into the United States Army where he served from 1944-1950. He worked as a small repairman for various companies including Hoovers and the Clifton Coop. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Greenleaf and served as the Greenleaf mayor for many years.

On Aug. 20, 1950, he married Avis Ivene Lillibridge in Clifton. She died March 20, 1994.

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Lonnie Leidig

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

Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

The funeral is at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at the Washington United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Washington City Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established to Meadowlark Hospice. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.

Washington County News • March 7, 2019

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Arlo Lindhorst

Arlo G. Lindhorst, 90, of Marysville, died March 1, 2019, at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville.

He was born June 22, 1928, on a farm west of Linn to George and Lydia (Duensing) Lindhorst. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Linn. In 1946 he graduated from Linn Rural High School. After graduation he was a route truck driver for Washington County Co-op Creamery until 1948.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948-51. He then moved to Clay Center where he managed W. W. Smith & Sons Furniture & Appliance, later known as Orr’s Furniture City, for 10 years. On Oct. 16, 1955, he married Nila Jean Schwarz. They made their home in Clay Center.

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Val Overwald

Velda "Val" B. Overwald, 85, of Hanover, died March 1, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

She was born Aug. 13, 1933, near Hanover to Anthony and Wavy (Turk) Overwald.

She was a life-long farmer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; special friend, Keith Burnett; sisters Twila Overwald and Wilma Jandera; brother Elmer Overwald; and brothers-in-law Gilbert Jandera and Frank Linenberger.

Survivors include her sister, Regina Linenberger, of Washington.

A funeral service was March 5 at St. John's Catholic Church. Father Joseph Kieffer officiated. The musicians were Janet Fritschi and Kelsey Goodwin. Music included “Amazing Grace,” “Peace is Flowing Like a River,” “How Great Thou Art,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “The Strife is O’er”.

The pallbearers were Tim Koss, Ron Burnett, John Burnett, Mike Burnett, Dennis Burnett, Steve Burnett, Bobby Goodwin and Shawn Linenberger.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Ode Lehman

Jeffrey “Ode” Lehman, 56, of Washington, died March 2, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born Aug. 21, 1962, in Washington to Robert “Bobby” and Jean (Ginn) Lehman.

In 1980 he graduated from North Central High School in Morrowville. While attending high school he helped his Grandpa Ginn on the farm. After graduating he worked for Nick Zenger, The Morrowville Elevator, Endicott Clay, J-Six Farms, Orschelns, J&N Elliott Construction and helped several area farmers.

On Aug. 27, 2001, he married Gidget Bernard at the Washington County Courthouse.

He was involved with 4-H, Morrowville Lions Club, Morrowville Fire Department, and took part in “Woo Pig” Days.

In his younger days he enjoyed playing on a men’s slow pitch softball team, town team basketball and in a dart league.

Later in life Jeff enjoyed going to rodeos and spending time at the lake with a couple buddies. He was very active in “spoiling” his three grandkids.

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Marjorie Roberts

Marjorie Violet Allen Roberts, 103, died Feb. 25, 2019, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born Feb. 18, 1916, at the family farm south of Haddam to Clarence and Jennie Jones Allen.

She attended Lindsey Country School and graduated from Haddam High School in 1934 and went to Manhattan where she was employed doing domestic work for families. While working at a ranch she met a young farmer from Pottawatomie County, Martin Roberts, who was also working at the ranch. They were married April 17, 1938, and were married for 61 years.

She was a homemaker and mother and did the bookkeeping for her husband’s blacksmith shop. She also taught 4-H cooking and was a cook for USD 383, Manhattan, for more than 20 years.

She was a member of the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and siblings Gerald Allen and Viola Hiatt.

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Del Berger

Delvin “Del” L. Berger, 71, of Barnes, died Feb. 27, 2019, at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka.

He was born March 25, 1947, at Marysville, to Orville F. and Kathryn M. (Klocke) Berger. He graduated from Barnes High School in 1965 and joined the Kansas Army National Guard. On Dec. 30, 1972, he married Elaine J. Blaske at Zion Lutheran Church in Linn.

He worked for Landoll Corporation as a Powder Coat Paint Booth Operator until recently. He was also a farmer and stockman on the family’s farm northwest of Waterville.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Waterville where he had served on the Church Council. He was a member of the John Doerr Post 145 of the American Legion in Barnes and the Barnes Fire Department. He had served on the board of directors for the Waterville COOP, and for more than 30 years as president of the Washington County Farmer’s Union.

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Mabel Miller

Mabel H. Miller, 82, of Fairbury, Neb., died Feb. 25, 2019, at Heritage Care Center in Fairbury.

She was born to Elmo and Cassie (Blanks) Wilkerson on June 7, 1936, in Monroe, Va.

Cremation has taken place and there are no services scheduled at this time. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

Washington County News • Feb. 28, 2019

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Lester Brychta

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Lester D. Brychta, 86, of Barnes, died Feb. 19, 2019, at Hanover Hospital.

He was born May 13, 1932, on the family farm south of Waterville to Albert and Bessie C. (Osner) Brychta. He married Ila Mae (Eaton) Brun on Aug. 5, 1979, at Washington. He was fond of saying that when he married Ila Mae he instantly became a husband, dad and grandpa, all of which he loved being. In addition to Ila Mae’s three children, Howard, Martha and Jeff, he also helped raise his sister Ileen’s children, Rick, Debbie and Nancy, after her husband, Bill, passed away.

Brychta grew up on the family farm and continued to work as a farmer until his retirement. Then not wanting to stay home, he worked several more years for the Farmer’s Cooperation in Barnes. The only period he was not farming was during the Korean War. He joined the U.S. Army and served as a combat engineer operating a bull dozer.

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