Obituaries

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Dr. Sharon Zenger

Dr. Sharon K. Zenger, 83, of Olathe, formerly of Manhattan, died Nov. 25, 2018, at Evergreen Community of Johnson County. She was born Jan. 5, 1935, near Miltonvale to Ray J. and Maudie E. (Woolard) Winters.

She graduated as valedictorian from Concordia High School in 1952 and received a B.S degree from Emporia State University in 1956. In 1971 she received a M.S. degree from Fort Hays State University and in 1981 a Ph.D. from Kansas State University. All of her degrees were in education.

Dr. Zenger taught at the secondary level in Barnes, Salina, Lawrence, Hays, Kansas and Vacaville, Calif. She then was a Professor of Education at Fort Hays State University, Marymount College at Salina and Tabor College at Hillsboro.

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Anna Usher

Anna Marie Usher, 72, of Amarillo, Texas, died Nov. 23, 2018, at Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo.

She was born Dec. 2, 1945, at Barnes to Lawrence and Vera (Cairns) Bierbaum. She attended school in Marysville.

On April 23, 1965, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Washington, she married Alvin Dean Zimmerman. He preceded her in death. She later married Gary Usher at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf.

She and husband Gary moved to Dalhart, Texas, where they owned a steel business. After their divorce she moved to Amarillo and worked for Walmart and at various jobs.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Alvin, and brothers Paul Bierbaum and Walter Bierbaum.

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LeRoy Neal Jr.

LeRoy E. Neal Jr., 75, of Greenleaf, died Nov. 5 at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born Nov. 29, 1942, to the late Leroy and Lurene Neal. He was a graduate of Greenleaf High School, served in the National Guard, rode with the sheriff’s posse and served as a jailer in later years. He was also a saxophone player, delivery man, welder, farmer and roofer.

Survivors include Ruth Neal, children Paulette Ohman, Michael Neal, Mary Dow, Travis Neal, Renee Neal; step-children Randy Wilder, the late Danny Wilder, Teddy Wilder, Jeff Wilder; sisters the late Ruth Depew, Mary Barnell, Betty Gregory, Della Diederich; brother Bill Neal; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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William Winterstein

William W. Winterstein, 90, of Beatrice, Neb., died Nov. 13, 2018, at Beatrice Health and Rehab.

He was born March 9, 1928, at Reed City, Mich., to William and Eleanor (Guetschow) Winterstein. He graduated from Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Mich., in 1945, and received his BA degree from Concordia Teachers College in River Forrest, Ill., in 1961. He was a Lutheran school teacher for 40 years at various locations and served as principle, organist and choir director.

He married Lucille Bieberich on July 22, 1951. They moved to Beatrice from Hanover in 1990. He was a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church, of Beatrice.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Herbert Winterstein.

Survivors include his wife Lucille; children Bonnie (Brady) Yoder, of Omaha; and Beth (Jim) Lohse, of Beatrice; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and sisters Evelyn Ryder and Eunice (Dale) Peterson, all of Saginaw, Mich.

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Mary Weber

Mary Alice Weber, 77, of Barnes, died Nov. 7 at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home, Washington.

She was born Dec. 17, 1940, at home in rural Barnes to Ernest and Alma (Sewell) Finlayson. She graduated from Barnes High School. She worked for her father at Finlayson Sand and Gravel and in housekeeping and as a CNA for more than 40 years at the nursing home in Washington.

She was an active member of the Barnes United Methodist Church and belonged to the Ladies of Barnes Methodist Church group. She belonged to the Rock and Gem Club and bowling leagues.

Preceding her in death were her parents; infant son Timothy Walter; sister Ella Massey; step daughter Beatrice Weber; and step-granddaughter Nicole Weber.

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Richard Bailey

Richard A. Bailey, 79, of Washington, died Nov. 4. He was born May 27, 1939, at Fort Worth, Texas, to Jay and Jacqueline (Labricquis) Bailey. When he was 17, he met the love of his life, Mary Ray, at Phipps Store in Hebbville, Maryland. They were married Aug. 8, 1959, in Ellicott City, Maryland.
He served in the U.S. Army for 7 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; five children, Debbie (John) Karpiak, of Corsicana, Texas, Tami (Vince) VanSant, of Belleville, Kan., Terry (Ruth) Bailey, of Corsicana, Texas, Lisa (Larry) Kehne, of Charlestown, W.V., and Michele Morris, of Greenleaf; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service was Nov. 7 at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. Ron Brown officiated. “In the Garden,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Far Side Banks of Jordan” was played.
A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.

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Leroy Pearson

Major Leroy M. Pearson, USAF (Retired), 85, of Clifton, died Oct. 28, 2018, at his home. He was born March 16, 1933, on his family’s farm near Brantford to Roy and Dorothy (Weckwerth) Pearson.
He joined the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and served in the Vietnam War where he flew multiple missions as part of the 906th AREFS Global Refueling Squadron. In 1974 he retired and moved back to the family farm.
Funeral Services were Nov. 1 at Brantford Covenant Church, Clyde, with Pastor Michael Ostermann officiating. There was a graveside service with full military honors by McConnell AFB, Wichita, at the Brantford Covenant Cemetery.

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Mary Weber

Mary A. Weber, 77, died Nov. 7, 2018.
Funeral Service are at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the United Methodist Church, Barnes.
The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
A memorial fund is established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.

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LeRoy Neal Jr.

LeRoy Edward Neal Jr. died Nov. 5, 2018, at Washington County Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, five children, three step-children, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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William Mayer

William F, Mayer, 82, died Nov. 6 at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park.
He was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Manhattan to Francis and Evea Mayer. He started his career in the Operating Engineers 101 as heavy equipment operator. He retired in 1998 from Clarkson after 40 years of service with the Union.
He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Patricia Mayer.
He is survived by son William Fields; three daughters, Toni Ray, Debora, and Anna Aldridge; four granddaughters, and six great-grandsons.
Services will be at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Mo., at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15. Visitation will be at 6 p.m.
Arrangements are by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

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