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Anita Sleigh

Anita Maxine Sleigh, 81, of Front Royal, VA died on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at the Winchester Medical Center. Anita was born on Feb. 18, 1933, in Washington, Kan., the daughter of the late Elmer E. and Lola King Sleigh. She retired from the Central Intelligence Agency and was a member of the Association of Turtles. Anita was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She leaves behind several loving friends and her cat, Ling. She is preceded in death by her brother, Dean Sleigh. There will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, 161 Fort Collier Rd, Winchester, VA 22603.
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Daniel Owens

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Daniel Owens

Daniel L. Owens, 23, Diller, Neb., died Nov. 9, 2014, in Wymore, Neb. Survivors include his mother Peggy Sue Seastrom of Colorado; daughter, Crystal Owens, Marysville; and son, Travis Owens, Barnes. Memorial services will be next spring in Washington. There will be no viewing or visitation as cremation has taken place. These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel, Beatrice, Neb.
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Irma Johnson

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Darlene Applegarth

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Darlene Emma Applegarth, 83, died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Heritage Care Center, Fairbury, Nebraska. Visitation was noon to 8 p.m., Friday, November 7, at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. The family received friends 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service was 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 8, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf. Rev. Timothy Lorenz officiated. Jared Hatesohl was organist and the congregation sang, “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Pallbearers were Chris May, Brandon Holt, Mick Applegarth, Kyle Applegarth, Lucas Applegarth and Brian Applegarth. Burial was in Washington City Cemetery. Darlene was born at rural Palmer, KS on January 22, 1931 to Martin and Emma (Beikmann) Mueller. On December 2, 1951, she was united in marriage to Earnest Applegarth. Darlene was a farm wife, helping with the milking and caring for the animals. She raised a garden and did the canning of the produce.

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Merle Schmale

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Merle D. Schmale, 84, Palmer, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, Kan. He was born on June 7, 1930, in Clay County, Kan., the son of Edwin and Ruth Laflin Schmale. He moved with his family to the Palmer community in 1938. They joined St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he was confirmed on May 27, 1945. He attended school through the eighth grade and later earned his GED. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a 50 year member of the Palmer American Legion. Merle was a farmer his entire life. He raised hogs and cattle. He was married to Kay Young on Sept. 2, 1956 at Bala, Kan. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2002. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Leo, Orn Dale and Dwaine, and sister Nola Bierbaum.

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Leo Goeckel

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Leo Goeckel, 99, Hanover ,  died Tuesday, October 21 at his home. Visita - tion was from noon until 5:30 p.m., Sunday,
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Rudolph ‘Sam’ Winter

Rudolph “Sam” F. Winter, 96, Linn, died Oct. 19, 2014, at Linn Community Nursing Home, Linn. He was born Feb. 22, 1918, at Palmer to Conrad and Magdelena (Harneit) Winter, Sr. He was raised in the Palmer community and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After being discharged, he lived in Lincoln, Neb., and worked for Roberts Dairy. He married Ruth Wertz on May 30, 1948, in Lincoln, Neb., and the couple returned to the Palmer Community to farm. He also worked at the Linn Creamery and as a welder at Hutchinson-Mayrath and Gilmore-Tatge in Clay Center. The couple moved into Palmer in 1996. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Palmer American Legion. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth on Nov. 24, 2013, one grandson, six brothers and three sisters.

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Kenneth McCune

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Kenneth E. McCune, 89, Washington, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at the Washington County Hospital in Washington. He was born Feb. 15, 1925, at Alva, Okla., to Isaac and Martha (Martin) McCune. On Jan. 16, 1972, he married Rosalie Christensen at Wichita. They lived in McPherson and Bennington before moving to Washington in 1973. He served as Deputy Sheriff in Ottawa County and Undersheriff and Sheriff in Washington County. In 1987, he retired as Chief of Police in Washington. He then ran a day care with his wife for 25 years. He was a member of the “Rubber Bands” with Tom Parry and Darwin Pfister. They would play at area nursing homes and events. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Clifford McCune, Floyd McCune, Don McCune, Claude McCune, Frank McCune and Howard McCune; and four sisters, Letha McDaniels, Opal Stoeber, Velma Wilson and Gracie Cliff.

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Raymond Carlson

Raymond Franklin Carlson, 101, formerly of Clifton, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at the Washington County Hospital, Washington. He was born June 27, 1913, at Brantford, Washington County, the son of Frank and Caroline (Holmquist) Carlson. He was a farmer-stockman. He served three years as a bombsight mechanic in the Army Air Force, 2 1/2 years of that time in Europe. He earned 12 Battle Stars and two Presidential Citations. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, past member of the Disabled American Veterans, Clay Center, VFW, Washington and the American Legion, Linn. He served as a Republican Representative of the 96th District, for 22 years. He served on the House, Ways and Means Committee and introduced a money bill. He was instrumental in funding a library for Fort Hays State University, Hays. On Dec. 13, 1954, he married Ethel Laurel Lewis at Trinity Lutheran Church, Topeka. She preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2009.

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