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John Rhine

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John Wayne Rhine, 75, died March 28, 2019.

He was born April 18, 1943, in Haddam, the oldest son of two children to Marvin and Dorothy Rhine, was the eldest of two children. He graduated from Haddam High School in 1961. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Lerew on Nov. 27, 1963, in Aberdeen, S.D. They had two sons, Monty and Heath. They couple moved to Manhattan when Rhine started to attend college. His father asked him to return to the Rhine Implement Dealership in Washington.

The couple moved from Haddam to Cuba in 1970. He ran that business for a few years before becoming custom harvesters.

In 1983 he got his realty license and branched out into the real estate market. In 1996 he opened The Reality Associates in Belleville and was a broker.

He was a long-standing member of the Belleville Country Club and the Masonic Lodge of Belleville No. 119.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Dorothy Rhine.

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Ruby VanAmburg

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Ruby Rose (Roop) VanAmburg, 93, died March 28, 2019.

She was preceded in death by husband Donald VanAmburg and daughters Janet Hampe and Tamera Puetz.

She is survived by son Doug (Carole) VanAmburg, daughter Brenda Medcalf, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at Glenn Park Christian Church in Wichita.

Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. at Washington City Cemetery in Washington .

Memorials may be made to Washington Christian Church, 102 E. 1st , Washington, KS 66968.

Washington County News • April 4, 2019

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Richard Barton

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Richard Lee Barton, 92, died March 25, 2019, at the Republic County Hospital in Belleville.

Richard, son of B.R. and Martha (Folkers) Barton, was the oldest of four children. He was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Diller, Neb. He attended grade school and high school in Diller and graduated in 1945. From there he was drafted in the U.S. Army during WWII and served one year with the 3079 Quartermaster Supply and Sales Co. in Japan.

He was united in marriage to LaRhue Gregory on June 27, 1947. They had four children. He was a farmer until he started his career with the Burlington Northern Railroad in Reynolds, Neb. Until his retirement in management as a road master he spent his entire railroad career in the BN track department.

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Duane Klozenbucher

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Duane William Klozenbucher, 86, of Greenleaf, died March 17, 2019, at the Washington County Hospital.

He was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Kimeo to William and Velda (Wisner) Klozenbucher. He graduated from Greenleaf High School in 1950 and joined the Air Force. He served in many places including Morocco.

He was united in marriage to Patricia Hogan on Oct. 4, 1958, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kimeo. They were the parents of four children.

They were lifetime farmers in the Kimeo community. He served on the Barnes District School board for many years. He also served on the Saint Michael’s Parish Council, the Greenleaf CO-OP board and as a Kimeo Township Trustee. After retirement he volunteered at the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society.

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Catherine Wilkens

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Catherine “Kate” Louise Wilkens, 87, died March 17, 2019, at Via Christie in Manhattan.

She was born Dec. 20, 1931, to Herman and Christina (Boerger) Lehman, of Goodland. She attended elementary school through the eighth grade.

She married Emil Wilkens on June 28, 1952, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Marysville, by Rev. R.M. Lammers.

She worked at the Washington County Creamery and at the Linn Community Nursing Home in the laundry for 20 years.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Linn, and the Linn American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; step son-in-law, Gerald Brauer; brothers, Leonard, Robert, Lawrence and Terry; and sisters, Mary Banniger, Betty Long, Dorothy Long, Lillian Rippe, Jeanette Hoerner and infant sisters, Helen and Ida; brothers-in-law, Harland Banniger, Elmo Rahe, Richard Rahe and Terry Simnitt.

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Roger Ayers

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Roger Olen Ayers, 74, of Lisle,Ill., passed away Jan. 22, 2019, with his family at his side. Born April 14, 1944, in Clay Center, he grew up in Linn where his family owned the Hoerman Hatchery, a business that each spring hatched baby chicks that were marketed to area farmers. He ran the hatchery for three years before it closed.

He graduated from Linn Rural High School in 1962 and Washburn University in 1970 with a B.S. in business administration. His professional career was with Western Electric, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies in the Chicago area. He was an avid fly fisherman, sailor and dog owner.

He was preceded in death by his father, Olen Ayers, his mother, Helen Ayers, and his sister Sharon (Robert) Albee.

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Garrett Klipp

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Garrett Anthony Klipp, of Tobias, Neb., was called home to our Lord on March 17, 2019, at the age of 18.

He was born Sept. 12, 2000, in Geneva, Neb., to Anthony “Andy” and Mandy (Goeckel) Klipp and was baptized on Oct. 1, 2000, and confirmed on March 28, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church of Tobias. He attended Zion Lutheran School, Meridian High School and had future plans to attend Northeast Community College, of Norfolk, Neb., studying precision agriculture.

At a young age, he had a desire to help on the farm and loved a challenge to build or fix things. As most boys on the farm, he loved being around tractors, trucks, and riding in combines, and was so excited to learn to drive them and eventually become an extra farm-hand for his family and friends. In grade school he learned the skill of welding and was able to build many art projects at Zion and eventually graduated to bigger projects such as cow sheds, feedlot fence and more detailed art from his plasma cutter.

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Betty Zenger

Betty L. Zenger, the daughter of Leon Chizek and Bessie (Trecek) Chizek, was born March 7, 1939, in rural Cuba, and passed away March 21, 2019, at Topeka at the age of 80.

She grew up north of Cuba, attending the Haworth Country School and then attended and graduated from Cuba High School. She worked in the telephone office in Cuba following her graduation. On March 12, 1960, she was united in marriage to Keith A. Zenger and to this union was born Terri and Greg.

Zenger assisted her husband, Keith, in the farming operation.

She was a homemaker and sold Avon for a few years and then worked for Scott Specialties in Belleville for several years until her retirement. After her retirement she worked as a waitress for the Haddam Café, Belleville 81 Livestock Café and Two Doors Down in Cuba.

She was a member of the Saddle Club, enjoyed animals and livestock and also riding and training horses.

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Leona Gaydusek

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Leona Josephine Loomis Gaydusek, of St. George, and formerly of Mahaska, passed away on March 19, 2019, at the Westmoreland Community Care Home.

She was born Nov. 14, 1927, in Beatrice, Neb., to Archie and Josephine Kaltenbach Loomis. She grew up on the family farm near Gilead, Neb., where she helped her parents farm.

She attended school at District #9. Then in 1942 attended high school in Gilead for two years before finishing high school in Fairbury, Neb., where she worked for her room and board to live in Fairbury to go to school. In 1946 she graduated with 87 in her class.

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Marilyn Sack

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Marilyn Louise Sack, 85, of Belleville, formerly of Washington, died March 11 2019, at Belleville Healthcare Center.

She was born Sept. 7, 1933, at Longmont, Colo., to Arnold and Genevieve (Chandler) Lay. She graduated from Longmont High School in 1952 and attended Manhattan Christian College.

On Aug. 24, 1952, at Longmont she married her life-long friend from Longmont, Wendell Sack. The couple was married for more than 60 years. The couple served at various churches in Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma. She was pianist at many of the churches where they served. She was also a school secretary, church secretary and had other secretarial positions.

Survivors include daughters, Marcia (Kelvin) Blecha, of Chester, Neb., Melinda (Arnie) Culver, of Belleville, and her son, Jeffrey Sack, of Belleville, three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Darrell Lay.

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