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Joe Knoettgen

Joe F. Knoettgen, 89, Clifton, died March 2, 2014, at Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center. He was born May 3, 1924, in Washington County to John and Margaret (Long) Knoettgen. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clifton. He was a Navy Veteran of WW II. He married Donnis Cox on Sept. 6, 1945, in Portland, Ore. He worked for Northern Natural Gas in South Sioux City, Neb., and moved to Clifton in 1951, where he farmed and was also a DeKalb Seed dealer. He was a member of the Sherman Township Rural Fire Board and a maintainer for the Mulberry Township Roads. He was a member of the American Legion in Clifton, VFW in Clyde, Clifton Chamber of Commerce Treasurer and First National Bank Board of Directors. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kristi Knoettgen, three brothers and two sisters.

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Marvin Gould

Marvin Gould, 89, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Centennial Homestead Nursing Home, Washington. He was born June 29, 1924, in Washington County to Joseph and Bertha (Gauby) Gould. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Washington. He worked for the City of Washington, then worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 30 years. He married Iris Gauby on June 23, 1983, at Washington. Survivors include his wife, Iris, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ralph Gould and Raymond Gould; sisters, Audrey Andrews, Irma Andrews and Neva Andrews; brothers-in-law, John Andrews, Harold Andrews and Earl Andrews. A graveside funeral service was Monday, Feb. 24 at Brethren Cemetery, Washington. Rev. David Andrews officiated. Burial was in the Brethren Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leon Rumsey, Alfred Andrews, Jerry Andrews, Keith Andrews, Randy Gould and Dr. Jim Smart.

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Elvin Shum

C. Elvin Shum, 93, Home, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Cambridge Place in Marysville. He was born July 21, 1920, at Greenleaf, son of Charles A. and Lura E. Freeman. He attended rural schools in Washington County and Washington High School. On Aug. 14, 1949, he married Bessie Holbrook at Washington. He farmed near Washington and worked at the Washington Elevator. He went to work for Continental Grain and transferred to Home City in 1956. In 1982, after 25 years, he retired and then worked part-time at Skyline Truck Stop. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, William Charles Shum; brothers, Lloyd Shum, Forrest Shum and Marvin Shum; and sisters, Vera Cox and Opal Shum. Survivors include his wife, Bessie, Home; four sons, John Shum and wife, JoAnn, Home, Steve Shum and wife, Donna, Stafford, N.Y., Larry Shum and wife, Kathy, Marysville, and Keith Shum and wife, Becky, El Dorado; two daughters, Cindy Graham and husband, Tom, St.

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Harold Beikmann

Harold Andrew Beikmann, Palmer, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Manhattan. He was born Feb. 1, 1941, to Theodor and Velma (Timme) Beikmann of rural Clifton. He was baptized Feb. 5, 1941, and was confirmed on April 3, 1955, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Linn, by Rev. John Kovac. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Linn High School in 1959. He served two years in the US Army, 1962 to 1964, and spent the rest of his life as a member of Palmer Legion Post #383. On Aug. 6, 1967, he married Arlene Helms at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Linn. This union was blessed with four children, Mel, Mike, Bernita and Mark. He was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the choir, and held several positions on the church council. He was a member of Linn Lutheran School Association and served on the school board. He raised hogs and cattle in rural Palmer perfecting the art of silo packing.

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Gladys Kelley

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Helen Hennon

Helen Lois Hennon, 87, died Feb. 12, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital. She was born in Washington on Sept. 18, 1926, and was the youngest of three sisters. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism and started her writing career as a newspaper reporter before venturing to New Mexico 40 years ago. She worked for the New Mexico Transportation Department in Santa Fe. She also worked parttime at Kistler Collister Specialty Clothing in Albuquerque and, after retiring at 74, volunteered for the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Service Division and Presbyterian HealthPlex. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Alta Rhodes Hennon. Survivors include her one sister Margaret Garcia and husband, Joseph, from Pennsylvania. A memorial to celebrate her life will be from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the home of her niece at 9723 Cassidy Dr NW, Albuquerque, N.M.
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MSgt Matthew Meyer

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Elsie Hiesterman

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Sylvia C. Stuenkel

Sylvia C. S t u e n k e l , 93, died S a t u r d a y, Feb. 1, 2014, at her home in Linn. She was born on April 28, 1920, to Harry and Pauline (Blanken) Stuenkel at Linn. She was baptized on May 2, 1920, by Rev. J.G.B. Keller and confirmed by Rev. Keller in 1934. Sylvia attended school in Kansas City to become an LPN. She then worked at the KU Medical Center for 30 years. When she retired, she returned to the Linn area. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Palmer. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Velma Braun. Survivors include her brother, Marvin Stuenkel, Linn;  sisters, Cecelia Dahm, Ruth Mueller, Lavera Helms, Lula Stuenkel, all of Linn; and a brother-in-law, Harold Braun, Clay Center. A funeral service was Wednesday, Feb. 5 at St. John’s Lutheran, Palmer. Pastor Jacob Sherry officiated. Sheila
Stuenkel played the organ as the congregation sang, “Rock of Ages,” “I Am But a Stranger Here,” “What God Ordains is

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