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Thomas Malone

Thomas E. Malone was born Nov. 29, 1964, in Liberal and died March 8, 2019, in Leavenworth. He joined the military in 1987, and after retiring from regular duty he continued in the Army reserves while working in the civilian life as an X-Ray technician at Washington County Hospital.

Graveside services with full military honors were March 15 at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Washington County News • March 21, 2019

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Catherine Wilkens

Catherine L. Wilkens, 87, died March 17, 2019, at Via Christie in Manhattan.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Ward Funeral Home in Linn. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at Zion Lutheran Church, Linn.

Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery

A memorial fund is established and will be designated by the family. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.

Washington County News • March 21, 2019

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Duane Klozenbucher

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

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 20, at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. A rosary service will begin at 6 p.m.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 21, at St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Burial will be in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Kimeo.

A memorial fund has been established to St. Michael's Catholic Church or St. Michael's Cemetery Fund. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.

Washington County News • March 21, 2019

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Lonnie Leidig

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Lonnie J. Leidig, 72, of Washington, died March 3, 2019, at his home.

He was born on May 21, 1946, at Fairbury, Neb., to Cecil and Dorothy (Finch) Leidig. He graduated from Washington High School in 1964 and was a lifelong farmer. He farmed with his father and his grandfather, Purl, in the earlier years and then with his two sons, Jeremy and Matt, until his death.

On May 19, 1973, he married Peggy Ostermeyer at Bates City, Mo. They had four children: Chad, Jeremy, Matt and Amy.

Leidig served as the Highland Township Board Trustee for 23 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Linda Leidig and Celia Schmidt; and brother-inlaws, Bill Shorman, Ernest Scheetz and Bob Boston.

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Kenneth Bures

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Kenneth L. Bures, 87, of Hanover, died March 7, 2019, at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

He was born May 19, 1931, at Odell, Neb., to Albert and Anna (Novotny) Bures. He grew up in the Odell area and graduated from Odell High School. He served in the military during the Korean War, spending three years in England.

He was a farmer and worked many years at Bruna Implement until retiring in 1989. He was an active member of St John’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Bruna; brotherin-law, Floyd Bruna; and a great-nephew, Dylan Bruna.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was March 11 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Father Rathinam Soosaimari officiated. Janet Fritschi played the organ while the church choir sang “Come to Me,” “I Have Loved You,” “Amazing Grace,” “Song of Farewell” and “On Eagles Wings.”

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Mary Sawyer

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Mary J. Sawyer, 86, of Topeka, formerly of Morrowville, died March 8, 2019, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka. She was born Aug. 3, 1932, at Fairbury, Neb., to William and Mildred (Singleton) Huss. On Jan. 17, 1950, she was united in marriage to Junior F. Sawyer at Fairbury. She was a farm wife and homemaker. She was a member of the Morrowville Methodist church before transferring to the United Methodist Church in Washington. She was active in the church and sang with the choir. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Junior, in 2009; sisters, Betty Meyer, Corene Mees, Norma Jean Becker and Geraldene Frank; and brother, Leslie Huss. Survivors include her children, Christy (Dennis) Brungardt, of Shawnee,

Debbie (Kevin) Hogan, of Topeka, and Mark (Mary) Sawyer, of Burr Oak; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother, Roger (Rosalie) Huss, of Milford, Neb.

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Delmar Crawford

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Delmar Ray Crawford, 92, of Hutchinson, formerly of Greenleaf, died March 11, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society, Hutchinson Village.

He was born July 9, 1926, in Clifton to Walter and Jessie (Parker) Crawford.

He attended Clifton High School but was drafted his junior year of high school into the United States Army where he served from 1944-1950. He worked as a small repairman for various companies including Hoovers and the Clifton Coop. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Greenleaf and served as the Greenleaf mayor for many years.

On Aug. 20, 1950, he married Avis Ivene Lillibridge in Clifton. She died March 20, 1994.

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Lonnie Leidig

Lonnie J. Leidig, 72, of Washington, died March 3, 2019, at his home.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

The funeral is at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at the Washington United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Washington City Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established to Meadowlark Hospice. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.

Washington County News • March 7, 2019

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Arlo Lindhorst

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Arlo G. Lindhorst, 90, of Marysville, died March 1, 2019, at Community Memorial Healthcare in Marysville.

He was born June 22, 1928, on a farm west of Linn to George and Lydia (Duensing) Lindhorst. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Linn. In 1946 he graduated from Linn Rural High School. After graduation he was a route truck driver for Washington County Co-op Creamery until 1948.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948-51. He then moved to Clay Center where he managed W. W. Smith & Sons Furniture & Appliance, later known as Orr’s Furniture City, for 10 years. On Oct. 16, 1955, he married Nila Jean Schwarz. They made their home in Clay Center.

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Val Overwald

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Velda "Val" B. Overwald, 85, of Hanover, died March 1, 2019, at the Hanover Hospital.

She was born Aug. 13, 1933, near Hanover to Anthony and Wavy (Turk) Overwald.

She was a life-long farmer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; special friend, Keith Burnett; sisters Twila Overwald and Wilma Jandera; brother Elmer Overwald; and brothers-in-law Gilbert Jandera and Frank Linenberger.

Survivors include her sister, Regina Linenberger, of Washington.

A funeral service was March 5 at St. John's Catholic Church. Father Joseph Kieffer officiated. The musicians were Janet Fritschi and Kelsey Goodwin. Music included “Amazing Grace,” “Peace is Flowing Like a River,” “How Great Thou Art,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “The Strife is O’er”.

The pallbearers were Tim Koss, Ron Burnett, John Burnett, Mike Burnett, Dennis Burnett, Steve Burnett, Bobby Goodwin and Shawn Linenberger.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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