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Leland Elliott

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Leland W. Elliott, 82, Manhattan, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. He was born Sept. 26, 1932, in rural Hallowell, the son of Ernest and Maxine (Bramlette) Elliott. He grew up on the family farm near Oswego, attended the local schools and was a 1950 graduate of Oswego High School. He was in the Army Signal Corps for two years and served in Austria and France.On Dec. 30, 1960, he married Karen L. Waser at the Methodist Church in Washington.He received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1958 and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1962 from Kansas State University. While attending KSU, he was a member of Farm House Fraternity and Collegiate 4-H. Following graduation, he worked for the Cooperative Extension Service for three years. He opened a Real Estate Officein Washington and was a Real Estate Broker for 10 years.

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John Klozenbucher

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Vern Larsen

Vern E. Larsen, 77, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at his home. Survivors are his children, Tony Larsen and wife, Emily, Washington, Melissa Murray and husband, Rich, Barnes, Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix City, Ala.; stepchildren, Jerry Hartley, Wymore, Neb., Bill Hartley and wife, Gladys, Virginia, Neb., Rita Hartley Kerns, Lincoln, Neb., Rick Hartley and wife, Valerie, Twin Falls, Idaho, Dennis Hartley and wife, Bertha, South Dakota, and Kim Hartley, Wymore, Neb.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Ward Funeral Home, Washington. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8 at Morrowville Christian Church, Morrowville. Burial is private. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated by the family later. Contributions may be sent in care of the Ward Funeral Home, Washington.

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Delbert Buss

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Delbert Buss, 90, Linn, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at the Linn Community Nursing Home. He was born on the family farm northwest of Linn on Oct. 12, 1924, to George and Lena (Hesterberg) Buss. On Oct. 19, 1924, he was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Palmer, by Pastor Henry Kolm and was confi rmed on Palm Sunday, April 2, 1939, also at Palmer. He attended Reiter School, which was just across the section from the Buss home. He began working on his family’s farm at a young age and continued to farm and raise livestock the remainder of his life, helping his son in the later years. On Oct. 16, 1949, he married Geraldine Olson at her parents’ home near Linn. She preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Laverna Uffman; brother-in-law, Edgar Uffman. Survivors include his son, Warren Buss, Linn; daughter, Geryl Carlson and husband, Eric, Clay Center; brother, Erwin Buss, Kansas City, Mo.; and one grandson.

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Roger Moddelmog, Sr.

Roger Wayne Moddelmog, Sr., 66, Clearwater, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at the Clearwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Survivors include his children, Julie Scheer and husband, Jerod, Denver, Colo., and Roger Wayne Moddelmog, Jr. and wife, Leann, Derby; brothers, Ken Moddelmog and wife, Carole, Greeley, Colo., Ralph Moddelmog and wife, Maletta, Omaha, Neb., and Bruce Moddelmog and wife, Cindy, Johnstown, Colo.; and five grandchildren. A funeral service was at Ward Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 29. Pastor Timothy Lorenz offi ciated. Sheila Ouellette was organist, and the congregation sang “Amazing Grace” and “Rock of Ages.” Pallbearers were Bruce Moddelmog, Ken Moddelmog, Ralph Moddelmog, Jeff Moddelmog, Roger Wayne Moddelmog, Jr. and Jerrod Scheer. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Linn. A memorial fund is established and will be designated by the family. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.
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Charles Rand

Charles Edward Rand, 93, Clyde, died Dec. 26, 2014, at Park Villa Nursing Home, Clyde. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Rand, Clifton; daughter, Lori Ranker and husband Greg Schaller, Lawrence; stepdaughters, Linda Kegle, and husband Harold, Clyde, Cheryl Stevens, Gulf Port, Miss., Paula Tatum and husband, Paul, Concordia; step-son, Patrick LeBlanc and wife, Terri, Lyons; three grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the Turner Chapel, Clifton. with Fr. Shane Stevens offi ciating. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to the Clifton Public Library c/o Neill Schwensen-Rook, 918 7th St., Clay Center, KS 67432. Online condolences may be made at www.nsrfh.com.
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Helen Waser

Helen Leah Armstrong Waser, 75, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her home in Atchison. Survivors include sons, Mark Waser, Topeka; Dirk Waser and wife, Becky, Horton; daughter, Stephanie Prohaska and husband, Jim, Kansas City, Mo.; a brother Willis Armstrong and wife, Jean, Humboldt; and six grandchildren. Family will greet friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2 at Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary, 909 Central Ave. Horton KS, 66439. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3 at Church of Christ, 3911 10th Ave., Leavenworth, KS 66048.
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Hulda Meyer

Hulda Meyer, 88, Linn, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Linn Nursing Home. She is survived by many cousins and her farming community. A funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Zion Lutheran Church, Linn, with Rev. David Gruoner officiating. Eunice Beier was the organist and the congregation sang “My God, Accept My heart This Day,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “Let Me Be Thine Forever.” Pall bearers were Fred Meyer, Danny Meyer, Joshua Meyer, Erik Zabokrtsky, Mark Kenaston and Leonard Herrs. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Meadowlark Hospice or the donor’s choice. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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Lyle Swiercinsky

Lyle Swiercinsky, 90, Las Vegas, Nev., died Dec. 19, 2014. He was born May 16, 1924, a son of Rose and Charlie Swiercinsky, Washington. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He married his wife, Gladys Mittler, of Morroville, in 1944. They had two sons. The family moved to Palmdale, Calif., in 1954. Lyle and Gladys retired in Las Vegas in 1988. Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, in 2009; two brothers; and a son, Gary, of Colorado. Survivors include his son, Dennis Swiercinsky, Portland, Ore. Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, Nev., is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Tyler McBride

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Tyler Brent McBride, 22, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Pittsburg. He was born on April 24, 1992, at Liberal. He is the son of Tony and Rhonda (Jones) McBride, Hugoton. He graduated from Hugoton High School in 2011. He formerly attended college at Fort Hays State University for three years, and was currently attending Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg. He lettered all four years in wrestling at Hugoton High School and wrestled one year in college at Fort Hays State University. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Hugoton, and he was very active in Boy Scouts with his father and brother, becoming an Eagle Scout. Survivors include his parents; a brother, Garrett McBride, Gunnison, Colo.; a sister, Bethany Fey and husband, Jordan, Austin, Texas; paternal grandmother, Evelyn McBride, Hugoton; and maternal grandmother Janet Jones, Washington. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Bobby McBride and maternal grandfather William R. Jones.

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