Obituaries

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17
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Dennis Bokelma

Dennis L. Bokelman, 81, Linn, died July 9, 2018, at the Washington County Hospital. He was born March 30, 1937, to Henry and Clara (Lohmeyer) Bokelman in Linn. He attended Zion Lutheran School and graduated Linn High School in 1955. On Sept. 29, 1957, he married Marcellene Herrs at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He had joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956, and they lived in Waco, Texas, until May 1960. After returning to Linn, he worked for the Washington County Creamery, Linn Locker and for 26 years was a meat inspector for the Kansa Department of Agriculture. Mr. Bokelman was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, served as head usher, was chairman of the finance board and was on the Linn Lutheran School Board. He was also on the Linn City Council and Wholmoor Legion Board. Preceding him in death were his parents; infant son, James; brother, Jerry Bokelman; sister, LaDonna Rahe; and brother-in-law, Robert Rahe.

Tue
10
Jul
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Jack Nabors

Jack Wayne Nabors, 69, died June 7, 2018, at the Hospice of the Valley Home in Surprise, Ariz., after an 8-year battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Belleville, the son of Jack A. and Betty Nabors. He attended school in Washington and graduated in 1966. He attended Concordia Community College, Concordia. Mr. Nabors enlisted in the United States Army on Jan. 18, 1971. He served in Germany for two years and was honorably discharged Jan. 21, 1974. In 1974, he moved to Manhattan, and lived there until 2016 when Jack and his wife, Pam, moved to Arizona. Mr. Nabors worked for Schwab-Eaton engineering firm from 1976 to 2014 when he retired. He was a member of Jack Disciples of Christ Christian Church, Lions Club and the American Legion.

Tue
10
Jul
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Merle Gross

Merle M. Gross, 97, Washington, died July 3, 2018, at the Linn Community Nursing Home in Linn. He was born July 22, 1920, to Louis and Clara (Kloth) Gross. In 1939, he graduated from Linn High School. On Sept. 8, 1940, he married Olinda Schultz at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington. They lived and farmed near Linn. In 1984, they moved to Washington. Mr. Gross also worked at Bob’s Locker part-time. He was in card clubs in Washington. Survivors include his daughter, Myrna (Bill) Skrabal, Washington; son, Ronald (Loeda) Gross, Salina; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Olinda, on May 30, 2014; parents; and sister, Berniece Holtgren. A funeral service was Friday, July 6, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Linn. Pastor Tom Sahl officiated.

Tue
10
Jul
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Dennis Bokelman

Dennis L. Bokelman, 81, Linn, died July 9, 2018, in Linn. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, at Ward Funeral Home in Linn. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at Zion Lutheran Church in Linn. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Linn Lutheran School or Linn American Legion and sent in care of Ward Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. Washington County News • July 12, 2018

Wed
04
Jul
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Kendall Simcox

Kendall Simcox, 84, died June 26, 2018, in Linn. He was born March 28, 1934, in Linn, the son of Mabel and Clarence Simcox. He was raised in Kansas City, Ks., and graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1952. After attending Emporia College, he married Rose Lowry and had four children, Daphne (Don), Mark (Ana), Eric (Laura) and Allison and started his lifelong career in education. For more than 50 years, Mr. Simcox was a teacher, coach and principal at school districts in the Kansas and Missouri area, including Highland, Kearney, Linn, Stoutland, Barnes and Orrick. In 1996, Mr. Simcox had the privilege to work the track and field events at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. His first wife, Rose, died in 2001. In 2010, he married Beverly Blaha. Besides his first wife, he was also proceeded in death by a brother, Flavel.

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04
Jul
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Glenn Weiche

Glenn D. Weiche, age 82, Greenleaf, died Monday, June 25, 2018, at St. Francis Medical Center in Topeka. He was born Jan. 28, 1936, at Greenleaf, to Otto LeRoy and Edna R. (Crain) Weiche. He graduated from Barnes High School in 1955. On Jan. 9, 1988, he married Wanda J. Negley at Las Vegas, Nev. Glenn was known for his fresh produce which he sold at farmer’s markets. He had also been a hog farmer and owned and operated Glenn D. Weiche General Contractors. He played pitcher on local ball teams from age 9 until he was 69. He was known as one of the greatest fastpitch softball pitchers in the Midwest states. He also loved to bowl. His last game was in December of this last year. Survivors include his wife Wanda; children Lori L. Dornbusch, Herington, Michelle R. (Jason) Martin, Orange City, Fla., Robin G. (Sean) Martin, Pleasant Hill, Mo., Glenna D.

Wed
27
Jun
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Colleen Rhodes

Colleen Ann Rhodes, 87, Vancouver, Wash., died June 15, 2018, in Vancouver. She was born July 17, 1931, in Palmer, the daughter of William John and Anna Caroline Meyer Lange. She was raised in the Palmer community and graduated from Linn High School. She married Louis Rhodes in July 1953, becoming a Navy wife. They were stationed in Pensacola, Memphis and San Diego before returning to Clifton. The couple farmed until their retirement in 2004. They attended the Clifton Presbyterian Church and later, the Brantford Evangelical Covenant Church. They moved to Salina in 2004. In 2016 she moved to Vancouver. Mr. Rhodes died in 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Wed
20
Jun
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Will Poland

Will Poland, 90, Traverse City, Mich., died June 6, 2018. He was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Barnes, the son of Jesse and Alice Poland. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Philippines at the conclusion of World War II. Upon his return, he attended Kansas State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1950. He went on to obtain his Master of Science degree from Kansas State in 1954 and his PhD. from The Ohio State University in 1963. From 1950 to 1960 Mr. Poland was a teacher, student counselor and clinical counselor in both Kansas and Minnesota.Upon obtaining his PhD., he served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa from 1963-1969. Will then spent the remainder of his professional career as a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Cincinnati until his retirement in 1991.

Wed
20
Jun
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Loren Mueller

Loren Dale Mueller, 77, Palmer, died Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the Washington County Hospital in Washington. Visitation was Tuesday, June 19, at Ward Funeral Home, Linn. Funeral service was Wednesday, June 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Palmer, with Pastor Jacob Sherry officiating. Kim Oatney was organist and the congregation sang “How Great Thou Art,” “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus” and “Savior Again To Thy Dear Name We Raise.” “When Peace Like a River” was sung by Maggie Hansen and Alli Jones. Pallbearers were Brian Foreman, Michael Mueller, Alan Jones, Brad Jones, Clinton Jones, James Rahe and Chris Hansen. Honorary pallbearers were Lowell Mueller, Dale Hiesterman, William Burger, Roland Tiemeyer, Duane Bruna, Justin Hill, Larry Reith and Steve Manley. Burial was in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery with military honors conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard and the Greenleaf American Legion. Kylie Rahe and Maggie Hansen played Taps.

Wed
13
Jun
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Kathryn Hamm

Kathryn Sue Ampe Hamm, 61, died Feb. 7, 2018, at Houston. She was born May 27, 1956, in Washington, the daughter of Glen and Mary Burton Ampe. She was baptized in 1966 in the Morrowville Christian Church. Due to her father’s work, she attended elementary school in many states, including grades three and four in Washington. She graduated in 1974 from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas, and attended San Jacinto College. She was a clerical employee at Southern Bell and Phillips Petroleum Plant. She was married to Charles Hamm. They divorced. Survivors include her ex-husband, Charles Hamm; a daughter, Brooke; one grandson; her mother, Mary Ampe, Pasadena, Texas; siblings, Glenda Wheeler, Alvin Texas, Janet Endicott and David Ampe, both of Pasadena, Texas; and several aunts including Diane Giambeluca and Cara Herrs, both of Washington. A private memorial service is pending.

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