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Donald Wurtz

Donald G. Wurtz, 85, Clifton, died Feb. 14, 2015 at Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center. Survivors include his wife, Berniece Wurtz, Clifton; daughters, Linda Chaput and husband, Richard, Salina, Jeanette Pearson and husband, Dan, Bartlesville, Okla., and Donna Breeding, Clifton; son Gary Wurtz and wife, Cindy, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; brothers, Jack Wurtz, Derald Wurtz, Charles Wurtz and Larry Wurtz; sisters, Sharon McDaniels, Trudy Weir and Mary Parmentor; 13 grandchildren and 25 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the St Mary’s Catholic Church in Clifton with Rev. Larry Letourneau officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clifton. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 with rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Turner Funeral Chapel in Clifton. Memorials may be made to KSU Foundation for the Donald G. Wurtz scholarship fund or the Clifton Ball Association.

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Delmer Wiechmann

Delmer E. Wiechmann, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan. His brother, Elden Wiechmann, Linn, survives him. A funeral service was Friday, Feb. 13 at Ward Funeral Home, Washington. Pastor David Gruoner officiated. Sheila Ouellette was organist, and the congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “I’m But a Stranger Here” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Pallbearers were Royce Kolle, Randy Meyer, Quentin Meyer, Brady Meyer, Cody Meyer and Brian Oldehoeft. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Linn. A memorial fund is established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.

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Savannah Clark

Savannah Jean Clark died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Bryan LGH Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. She was born Feb. 5, 2015, to Kevin and Laura (Hiesterman) Clark. Survivors include her parents, Kevin and Laura Clark; twin brother, Kaleb; grandparents, Ernie and Cindy Hiesterman, Barnes, and Ronald and Darlene Clark, Clay Center; great-grandparents, Norma and Sweeney Megenity, Barnes, and Donald and Wanda Clark, Beloit. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, west of Linn. Pastor Richard Rikli and Pastor Joel Hiesterman will officiate. Barb Ruhnke will be the organist. Hymns are “Children of the Heavenly Father” and “God Loves Me Dearly.” Pallbearers are Daniel Hiesterman and Jeremy Olson. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

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Valora Wurtz

Valora Herta (Schardt) Wurtz, 85, Clifton, died at the Linn Community Nursing home on Feb. 15. She was born on Aug. 30, 1929, at home near Carleton, Neb, to Henry C. and Emilie Albrecht Schardt. She was the seventh child of ten born to Henry C. and Emilie. She was baptized in the year of her birth at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Friedensau Neb. She was confirmed in her faith in 1943 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Friedensau, Neb. She attended the North Friedensau Parochial school through 8th grade and completed her education at the Deshler High School, graduating in 1947. Following graduation, she worked at a bank in Fairbury, Neb. until she was married. On June 27, 1951, she married Herman Wurtz at the Clara Church. Following their marriage, the couple resided on their farm 10 miles north of Clifton. She was a homemaker and active in the Clifton community. She participated in the St.

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Timothy Lee “Tim” Becker

Timothy Lee “Tim” Becker, 64, Turpin, Okla., died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; four sons, Tom Becker  and wife, Sherri, Marysville, Trent Becker and companion Mandy Habig, Marysville, Tyron Becker and wife, Rita, Hanover, and Travis Becker and wife  Chelsea, Hanover; daughter, Theresa Becker and companion Floyd DeHart, Greenleaf; two brothers, Steve Becker, Exeter,  Neb., and Dave Becker and wife Denise, York, Neb.; sister, Geri Lynn Kerby and husband,  Ken, Bellevue, Neb.; and nine grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Feb. 7 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hanover.  Fr. David Metz officiated. Janet Fritschi played the organ while the church choir sang “How Great Thou Art,” “Prayer of St.

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Kent Dean Lange

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Kent Dean Lange, 55, Winfield , died Monday mo r n i n g , Feb. 9, 2015,  in Winfield. He was born May 28, 1959, in Washington. He was the son of Merlin and Doris Ann (Shoup) Lange.  He was raised and received his education in Washington, graduating from Washington High School in 1977. He married Lynda Wiechman on Oct. 27, 1979. The couple  adopted two children, Serany and Jacob. He worked for the City of Washington as a lineman. He installed cable for Cox Communication and worked in the welding shop at Galaxy Tool. He was a member of the  Winfield Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Lynda Lange, Winfield; his  children, Serany and Jacob Lange; brothers, Jim Lange, Beatrice, Neb., Ronald Lange and wife, Kim, Omaha, Neb.; and sister, Rhonda Brinkman and husband, Jon, Palmyra, Neb.. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 16 at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb.

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Vivian Fiser Ballard

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Vivian Fiser Ballard 96, Manhattan, d i e d Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. She was born on April 21, 1918, in Milford, Neb. From the age of two through 18, Washington was her home. She graduated from Washington High School. Upon graduating from high school, she attended the School of Commerce in Lincoln, Neb. On Dec. 31, 1937, she married Lud Fiser, Mahaska. They lived in Atchison for five years and then moved to Manhattan in 1942 where they were life members of the First United Methodist Church. She and Lud celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31, 1987. January 1993 Vivian married Charles Ballard, who died December 1996. She also was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In 1986, she was awarded the 50-year Certificate of Faithful Service and in 1987 received the 50-year Gold Pin. In 1996, Vivian was honored with a Certificate of Achievement for 60-years of service to the Order of the Eastern Star.

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Lena J. Woltje

Lena J. Woltje, 91, of Osborne, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Salina Regional Health Center. She was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Greenleaf, the daughter of Harvey and Elizabeth Woltje. She was preceded in death by her husband,  loyd Woltje; two brothers, Otto and Arno; and three sisters, Ruth, Elma and Ruby. Lena is survived by two daughters, Patti (Mike) Cotton and Mary (Kelly) Brent; three grandchildren, Michael W. Hicks, Randy A. Hicks and Jamie L. Brent; and four greatgrandchildren, Jordan and John Hicks and Tegan A. and McKenzee L. Hicks; in addition to numerous nieces, nephewsand extended family.  Private family graveside services will be held in Greenleaf City Cemetery, Greenleaf. Memorial donations may be made in Lena’s name to a charity of the donor’s choice in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina, KS 67401.
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Otto Dale Brenneis

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Otto Dale Brenneis , 84, died T u e s d a y , Feb. 3, at the Washington County Hospital , Washington. He was born July 17, 1930, at Hollenberg to Otto W. and Clara (Howland) Brenneis. He graduated from Hollenberg High School. He was a lifelong farmer, starting out farming with his father near Hollenberg, and raised cattle. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Linn. He was a resident of Linn Community Nursing Home. Survivors include sister, Norma Hennerberg and husband, Lyle, Hollenberg; Alden Brenneis and wife, Helen, Wichita; three sisters-in-law, Tena Brenneis, Hollenberg, Gwen Brenneis and Helen Brenneis, both of Wichita. A funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 7 at St Paul Lutheran Church, Linn. Pastor Tom Sahl officiated. Anita Singular was organist, and the congregation sang “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” Pallbearers were Jerry Hennerberg, Larry Brenneis, Jim Brenneis, Craig Brenneis, Mike Ewert and Clay Dirks. Burial was in Joy Creek Cemetery, Hollenberg. 

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Leroy Frederick

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Leroy Frederick Wiese, 81, Linn, died Monday , Feb. 2, 2015, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was born Nov. 23, 1933, to Otto and Sophia (Lindhorst) Wiese, Hanover. As a child, he attended Hanover Grade School and confirmed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in the Rite of Confi rmation on March 26, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church, Hanover. He graduated from Hanover Rural High School 1953. He served in the U.S. Army and served from 1956-1958 in Germany, California and Missouri. He married Marilyn Rahe on June 29, 1958 at Zion Lutheran Church, Linn, with Rev. Eugene Eckhardt officiating. He was a carpenter, being employed many years by Tegtmeier Construction, Manhattan, retiring in July 1998. After that, he worked for a few years at Linn Enterprise. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, transferring from St. John Lutheran Church, Idaho Falls, Idaho, in August 1962. He had served Zion in many ways from being a Trustee, Elder and Head Usher.

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