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Barbara Morehead

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Barbara Inez (Davis) Morehead, 84, of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away April 22, 2019. She was born on her family’s farm in Chester, Neb., on Nov. 16, 1934.

She was the youngest of six children and graduated from Chester High School. She was faithfully married to Marvin Morehead for 39 years. Together they had three children. The majority of her life was spent in Washington where she devoted herself to raising her children and serving as a cook within the community fellowship, Friendly Corners.

She was an active member of Washington Christian Church, and in 1997 she moved to St. Joseph, Mo. to be closer to family.

She worked diligently at Rod’s Hallmark until it’s closing, found a church home within Central Christian Church where she would be involved in numerous Bible studies, and served as a volunteer for Mid-City Excellence.

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Mary Ampe

Mary Burton Ampe died March 31, 2019, at Pasadena, Texas. A celebration of her life will be May 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the home of Lawrence and Cara Herrs, 318 West Second in Washington. Friends, family and former classmates are especially invited. Bring pictures if you have them.

Washington County News • May 16, 2019

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John Shaw

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John W. Shaw, 68, of Hanover, died May 11, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born April 18, 1951, at Clay Center, to Merel and Dorothy (Diederich) Shaw. In 1969 he graduated Linn High School and joined the U.S. Navy, serving in Vietnam. After he was honorably discharged, he returned to Greenleaf and worked as a plumber.

On Aug. 11, 1979, he married Regina McVean at Greenleaf. Together they had a daughter, Amber. They later divorced.

On Feb. 14, 1986, he married Roxy Rettig Prevatt at Washington. In 1988 they moved to Arizona. In 2003 they moved to Hanover where he went to work for Rolling Hills Pork until his retirement.

He liked fishing, hunting and 4-wheeling. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and socializing. He was a member of the Shaw Post #245 American Legion in Greenleaf.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Shaw; sister, Sharon Fletcher; and brother-inlaw, Elwin Meuli.

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June Brabec

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Dolores June Brabec, 91, of Washington, died April 23, 2019, at the Linn Community Nursing Home.

She was born at Morrowville on Oct. 10, 1927, to Otho and Vera (Pepple) Barnes. She worked at an early age at her parent’s grocery store in Morrowville. After graduating from Washington High School she went to K-State one year and went to work in Topeka.

On May 26, 1946, she married Ival Brabec at the Methodist parsonage in Washington. The couple had four sons: Jeff, Jim, Tom and Dan.

She belonged to the Methodist Church in Morrowville and later the United Methodist Church in Washington. After raising her boys she worked for Rateuke Hardware and for the sale barn. In 1976 she began working at Kier’s Thriftway in Washington and was there more than 29 years.

She was instrumental in starting the annual alumni banquet that is held each year in Washington.

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Judith Applegarth

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Judith Adelia Applegarth, 82, of Beatrice, Neb., passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Beatrice Health & Rehab. She was born March 24, 1937, in Washington, Kans., to Ernest and Beulah (Elder) Stamm.

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Calvin Wilgers

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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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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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Raymond Wetter

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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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Carol Koss

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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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Janet Overbeck

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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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