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Lola Donigan

Lola A. Donigan, 94, of Greenleaf, died Feb. 13 at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home, Washington.

She was born July 21, 1924, in Kimeo to Martin and Johanna (Burke) Hoover. On Oct. 25, 1944, she was united in marriage to James Donigan at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kimeo. In the early ‘50s they moved to Kansas City, Mo., returning to Greenleaf in 1986.

She was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo., St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mission, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Greenleaf. She was a member of the Altar Society and sang with the choir.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Jim, in 2009; and siblings, Marcelline Bennett, Marcella Hogan, Viola Hoover, Fabian Hoover, Laurence Hoover, Florence Pickett and Leonard Hoover.

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Vi Wilkinson

Mary Violet “Vi” Wilkinson, 90, died Feb. 16, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan.

She was born on Dec. 24, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Lavina (Scheetz) Mathias. She graduated from Washington High School in 1946. She worked as an office manager for Herb Hyland Law Offices and later was the clerk of the district school board for USD 222 until her retirement in 1993.

On May 6, 1947, she was united in marriage to Paul Keith Wilkinson in Washington. This union was blessed with 4 children: Steven, Jim, Mary, and Susie.

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Milton Bledsoe

Milton Richard Bledsoe, 77, of Washington, died Feb. 15, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

He was born Jan. 10, 1942, in rural Washington County to Ernest “Bill” and Myrtie (Johnson) Bledsoe. In 1959 he graduated from Greenleaf High School. He then went to work for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He worked for KDOT for 49 years, serving as supervisor for several years before his retirement on Dec. 14, 2007.

On April 15, 1961, he was united in marriage to Eileen VanWinkle. She preceded him in death in 1970.

On Dec. 4, 1971, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Ouellette in Washington. They recently celebrated 47 years of marriage.

He devoted many years to coaching baseball, softball and bowling for local youth teams.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eileen; sister, Shirley Wiemers; and brother, Walter Bledsoe.

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Mike Clay

Raymond Michael (Mike) Clay, 71, of Hollenberg, died Feb. 11, 2019, at Jefferson Community Health & Life Gardenside in Fairbury, Neb.

He was born Jan. 22, 1948, to Raymond and Audrey (Wilson) Clay in the back seat of a Buick in route to Belleville. He was the second of 4 boys.

He grew up in Hollenberg, graduating in 1966 as valedictorian of the last class of Hollenberg High School.

Growing up, Mike enjoyed working with his hands. He was an automobile, construction, and firearm enthusiast. He also enjoyed tending to his garden.

In early adulthood, he spent a lot of time working in construction and later retired after many years with the United States Postal Service. He served as the Hollenberg mayor and a member of the fire department. Most people know of his conservative politics. He was a lifetime member of the NRA.

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William (Bill) Robert

William (Bill) Robert Baxa, 88, died Feb. 2, 2019, at Republic County Hospital in Belleville. He was born on a farm outside of Haddam on Nov. 24, 1930, to Elmer and Ruby (Anderson) Baxa.

He graduated from Cuba High School with the Class of 1948. All but six months of his working life he spent farming east of Cuba along the Republic and Washington County lines.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Arlene in 2007; infant daughter Constance Faye, and his brother Don.

He is survived by sons Barry and Terry, one grandson Bryon, their spouses, and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Cuba Presbyterian Church. Inurnment will follow at the National Bohemian Cemetery No. 13, rural Cuba.

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Jim Kalivoda

Jim R. Kalivoda, the son of Bart Kalivoda and Minnie (Johnson) Kalivoda, was born Oct. 20, 1930, on the family farm in rural Cuba and died Jan. 21, 2019, at the Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center, at the age of 88 years, 3 months, and one day.

He attended the Thomas Grade School, later graduating from Agenda High School. He served with the U. S. Army from June 1951 until May 1953. He was stationed in Japan. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for the local Co-op and later worked at Hutchinson Mayrath Mfg. in Clay Center for 19 years until his retirement in 1994.

On May 27, 1951, he was united in marriage to Ramona Benyshek and to this union was born Audrey and Cindy. The couple resided in the Brantford Community all of their married lives. Recently, he resided at Country Place Senior Living, Clay Center.

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Jim Kalivoda

Jim R. Kalivoda, 88, of Clay Center, formerly of rural Clyde, died Jan. 21.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Brantford Covenant Church. Interment will follow at the Brantford Covenant Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites.

Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, with the family greeting friends from 6-7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Jim Kalivoda Memorial.

Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Washington County News • Jan. 24, 2019

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Chuck Turk

Aloysious Charles “Chuck” Turk, 76, of Hanover, died Jan. 18, 2019, at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville.

He was born Oct. 10, 1942, at Marysville to Ollie and Margaret (Greiveldinger) Turk. He graduated from St. John’s Catholic Grade School and from Hanover High School in 1960.

On Sept. 2, 1972, he was married to Loma Klipp at Trinity Lutheran Church. On June 14, 1992, Chuck became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He served his country as a member of the U.S. National Guard, 169th Infantry Division based in Marysville, from 1964 to 1970. He later served as Adjutant and Commander of the Hanover American Legion; Commander of the Washington County Council of the American Legion; and as 1st District Commander of the American Legion in 2001 – 2002. He was also a member of the Washington County Extension Board.

He was a farmer and stockman along with his two sons.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Ivan Hinkle

Ivan Wayne Hinkle, 90, of Washington, died Jan. 17, 2019, at the Linn Community Nursing Home surrounded by his family.

He was born Jan. 28, 1928, in Jackson County, Mo. At the age of three months he was adopted by Streper and Clara (Black) Hinkle. In 1946 he graduated from Washington High School and joined the National Guard in 1948. He served until 1955 when he was honorably discharged.

He married Viva Dexter on Sept. 24, 1949, at the Christian Church in Marysville.

He worked as a mechanic for several years, then was co-owner of Hinkle Implement with his brother, Walter. After selling the business he worked at the Washington Power Plant 20 years, retiring in 1993. In his retirement he worked part-time for Cedar Hills Golf Course.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sister and husband, Laura and Lester Bolejack; brother, Walter Hinkle; daughterin-law, Patricia Hinkle; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Rownd, Glen Wollenberg and Gary Pitts.

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Dee King

Laverta Dee King, 74, of Washington, died Jan. 18, 2019, at the Providence Medical Center in Kansas City.

She was born July 23, 1944, near Morrowville. In 1962, she graduated from Morrowville Rural High School.

On Oct. 3, 1963 she married Robert “Bob” King in the United Methodist Church in Morrowville. For the next 7.5 years her and Bob were “in” the U.S. Navy while Bob served. They then lived in Beloit before moving to Washington.

She worked at Washington Lumber as a book keeper and office manager for 36 years before retiring. She volunteered at the Washington County Historical and Genealogy Society, Washington Museum, Hearts & Things, Edith’s House and the First United Presbyterian Church where she was a leader and dedicated volunteer serving on many committees as a member.

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