Obituaries

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Dennis Peters

Dennis Peters, 75, of Palmer, died June 5, 2019, at Washington.

He was born Oct. 16, 1943, in Steele City, Neb., to Walter Peters and Marie Endorf.

He was raised in the Palmer community, attended St. John’s Lutheran School and graduated from the Linn High School in 1961. He attended Capital City Barber College.

He married Carolyn Combes on June 20, 1965. They made their home in Clifton where he started his barber career. The couple moved to Palmer in 1977. He barbered and operated Peters Oil after his father passed. He later expanded and operated Peters Country Mart in Linn and was still barbering just before his death.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, The Lutheran’s Mens Club, Booster Club and served as a volunteer firefighter for Palmer and Clifton. He restarted the T-Ball team in Palmer and coached for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Dick Laflen

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Richard L. "Dick" Laflen, 85, of Greenleaf, died June 2, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born April 26, 1934, in Beloit to Boyd and Katie Laflen. The family moved to Greenleaf in 1950 where he started to work for Hall Bros Construction Company Inc. and remained there 49 years. He was the general superintendant upon retirement.

He was also a council member and mayor of Greenleaf for several years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on the church board.

On Aug. 22, 1954, he married Beverly Gish. They had six sons and one daughter.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife Beverly Laflen; his son Rodney Laflen; and many siblings.

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Charley Stoker

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Charles "Charley" A. Stoker, 75, of Morrowville, died May 29, 2019, at his home.

He was born on March 31, 1944, at Concordia to Russell and Violet (Mitler) Stoker. He graduated Morrowville High School in 1962.

He was a farmer and worked at various jobs including Clougherty Packing, New Holland, M & M Tire, Farmers Coop, Washington County and Elliott Construction.

He was a member of the Mason’s, Shrine Club, NRA and Boy Scouts.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Arthur “Ted” Stoker, Richard Stoker, a brother in infancy; and a grandson, Adam Ramos.

Survivors include daughters, April (Richard) Ramos, of Lawrence, Joni (Kevin) Yates, of Papillion, Neb.; sister, Linda Vytlacil; 5 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A funeral service was June 3 at the Morrowville Christian Church. Pastor Ron Brown officiated. Music selections were "Daddy's Hands," "Grandpa" and "Amazing Grace."

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Gayle Bekemeyer

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Gayle Bekemeyer, 61, of Washington, died May 20, 2019, at University of Kansas Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 11, 1957, at Beatrice, Neb., to Elmer and Shirley (Kirkendall) George. She graduated from Beatrice High School.

She worked as a secretary in the Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska and did secretarial and treasurer work for the State of Nebraska. She also helped with the family business.

On Aug. 18, 1990, she married Greg Bekemeyer at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

She volunteered with 4H and Republican Women of Washington County.

Survivors include her husband, Greg; four children, Melissa (Brock) Bruna, of Greenleaf, Amanda (Travis) Reith, of Clifton, Matthew Bekemeyer and Courtney Bekemeyer, both of Washington; sister, Bobbi Gudsnuk, Maine; brothers, Mike (Laurie) George, of Seward, Neb., and Tony (Betty) George; and one granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Daniel Carr

Daniel Floyd Carr, 60, died May 25, 2019, at Bethany Home in Lindsborg.

He was born Jan. 26, 1959, in Washington, the son of Floyd Junior and Jane (Krueger) Carr. His parents divorced when he was three. He moved with his mother to Topeka where he lived until going to college. He graduated from Topeka West High School and had a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College, Class of 1981.

On Dec. 29, 1979, he married Karol Englund at Messiah Lutheran Church, Lindsborg. The couple had a daughter, Tabetha, born in 1985, and a son, William, born in 1987.

He worked at the News-Record.

His memberships included the Lions Club, Lindsborg Tree Board, Bethany Oratorio Society and Messiah Lutheran Church.

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Marion Johnson

Marion “Mr. J” LaVerne Johnson, 83, of Belleville, died May 17, 2019. He was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Aurora. He taught industrial arts and coached sports at several area schools including Haddam, Republic, Courtland Osborne and Belleville. Funeral services were May 21 in Belleville.

Washington County News • May 23, 2019

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Kay Prell

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Kay Frances Alverda Prell, 95, of Hanover, died May 20, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

She was born May 2, 1924, in Hollenberg to Frank and Maude (Price) Wilson. She went to Hollenberg High School. On April 24, 1947, she married Hugo H. “Hook” Prell at Bendena. She was a lifelong resident of Washington County, and she and her husband owned and operated Country Acres Mobile Park in Hanover for many years.

She served in the United States Army during WWII as a clerk typist and military chauffeur. She received the Victory Medal and Meritorious Unit Award for her service. Recently, she and her granddaughter, Danielle (Piper) Trego, went on the Veteran Honor Flight to Washington. While there she was asked to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.

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Elmer Willmann

Elmer H. Willmann, 90, died May 15, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. He was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Clay Center to Henry and Esther (Fritz) Willmann.

He grew up and attended school in Clay Center. He farmed with his parents, and in 1938 he was the youngest farmer in Clay County.

He married Dorothy Beichter on April 8, 1951. He also worked as a truck driver and night supervisor for Gilmore-Tatge and a truck driver for Hutchinson/Mayrath.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clay Center.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Survivors include daughter Linda (Jim) McMurray, of Burlington; sons Gary (Sherrie) Willmann, Gail (Dawn)Willmann and Mark (Janet) Willmann, all of Clay Center; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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Mary Ampe

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Mary Ruth Ampe, 84, of Pasadena, Texas, died March 31, 2019 . She was born to Raymond and Leone (Beem) Burton on June 17, 1934, at Washington.

She graduated from Washington High in 1952. She went to Washburn College before marrying Glen Ampe on April 4, 1953, at the Washington Christian Church. To this union these children were born: Glenda, Kathryn, Barbara, Janet and David. She and Glen were later divorced.

She worked for the Brahma Association and also at the Pasadena City Hall.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her brother Robert Burton, her husband Glen Ampe, daughter Barbara (Jeff) Minor, and daughter Kathryn (Charles) Hamm.

Survivors include Glenda (Eddie) Wheeler, of Alvin, Texas, Janet Chandler, of Pasadena, Texas; David Ampe, of Anahuac, Texas, her sister Cara (Lawrence) Herrs, of Washington, and 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grand children.

Funeral services were at Rosewood Mortuary in Pasadena, Texas, on April

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John Lundquist

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Franklin Gerald (John) Lundquist passed away peacefully on May 19, 2019, at Westchester Village in Lenexa after a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 14, 1933, in Concordia to Carl and Mildred Lundquist. He is survived by his daughter Debbie, of Overland Park, and son Chris (Lisa), of Olathe. He also leaves three grandsons, Spencer, Hunter and Cooper Lundquist. Other survivors include his brother in law Dean Balderston, of Lenexa, sister in law Vera Lundquist, of Lawton, Okla., along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 53 years, Patricia (Becotte) Lundquist, parents, Carl and Mildred Lundquist, and 10 brothers and sisters (Roland, Verlin, Quentin, Clair, Addie, Bernice, Laura Ann, Lois, Leroy, Virgie).

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