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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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Julia Rogers

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Julia F. (Miller) Rogers, 84, of Holton, Kansas, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka, Kansas. She was born on February 14, 1930, in Marysville, Kansas, the daughter of William and Clementine (Stoehr) Miller. She graduated from Marysville High School in 1949. She was united in marriage to Glen W. Rogers on September 18, 1949, in Marysville, Kansas. Glen preceded her in death on June 27, 2013. Julia is survived by her son, James (Susan) Rogers of Manhattan, Kansas, her daughter, Terry (Jerry) Bueker of rural Holton, her three grandchildren, Jerri (Doug) Newman of Shawnee, Kansas, Kelli (Joshua) McClintock of Holton, and Jeffrey (Sarah) Draper also of Holton, her nine great-grandchildren, Savhannah, Madie, Deanna, Gracie, BrayIon, Jenna, Reese, Mackenna, and Joshua, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert Miller and Michael Miller, and her sister, Carol Singleton.

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Leonard Rahe

Leonard D. Rahe, 84, Hiawatha, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. He served his country during the Korean Conflict, with the United States Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Peggy “Peg” Timme, Hiawatha; three sons, Randy Rahe and wife, Nola, Libertyville, Ill, Professor John Rahe and wife, Heidi, Renasselaer, Ind., Dr. Brad Rahe and wife, Megan, Mulvane; two daughters, Tammy Sisk and husband, Scott, Highland; Sandy Lewis, St. Joseph, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; three brothers, Raymond, Wilmer and Ed; three sisters, Nola McAfee, Marilyn Wiese and Mary Lange. A celebration of life was Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hiawatha, with Rev. Michael Dunaway officiating. Cremation was chosen. Military honors were courtesy of Brown County Veterans Honor Guard. Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Hiawatha, was in charge of arrangements.

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Howard Williams

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Howard Richard Williams passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Howard was born in Washington, Kansas, to Clara Agnes and Howard Russell Williams.Mr. Williams was retired from the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Washington, Kansas. Howard enjoyed football games with his grandson, Craig. Howard is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen Cernik; niece, Celinda Yates; and in-laws, Marjorie and Russell Batt. Survivors include his wife, Ursula; daughter, JoAnne Roblez and husband, David; son, Robert Charles Williams and wife, Jae; and grandson, Craig Schweitzer and his fiancée, Jennifer Bowling. An interment will be held at a later date at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Memorials may be made to The National Vietnam War Museum, 12685 Mineral Wells Hwy, Weatherford, TX 76088. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel, Weatherford, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.

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Rodney Waser

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Rodney J. Waser, 74, Hiawatha, died Sept. 26, 2014. He was born March 14, 1940, to J. Edward (Bud) and  Irene Roop Waser in Fairbury, Neb. He spent his childhood in Washington and graduated from Washington High School in 1958. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy and was honorably discharged to return home to the family farm due to the death of his father. He married Helen Armstrong Waser and relocated to Hiawatha, where he was in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning business. They were divorced. Three children were born to this union. In 1986, he married Sharon Pierce Waser. Upon retirement from their jobs, they became park attendants at Lake Perry for the United States Corp of Engineers for nine years. He was a member of Ozawkie American Legion and a past member of the Hiawatha Elks and Hiawatha Masons. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Edward and Irene Waser.

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