In Memoriums

Death of Col (R) Al Raia

Al Raia was a navigator in the 190th ARW for several years before transferring to the Air Force Reserve. Col Al Raia, USAF Ret., died of cancer at McLeod Regional Hospital on January 1, 2019.  He spent the last 11 years of his life in Florence, South Carolina. He was born December 8, 1939 in the Bronx, New York, to …

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Death of Dr. Wesley Robert Clark

Dr. Wesley Robert Clark, 71, of Sevierville, TN, formerly of Holton, KS, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 at his daughter’s home in Fletcher, NC. Dr. Clark was born January 1, 1947 in Amarillo, TX, the son of William Henry and Muriel E. (Rabourn) Clark. Dr. Clark graduated from Topeka High School in 1965. He attended Washburn University and graduated …

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Retired Staff Sgt. Kenneth Adam Harred

Retired Staff Sgt. Kenneth Adam Harred died Nov. 26, 2018, at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, surrounded by his children. He was 52. He was born Dec. 13, 1965, at Topeka. He dedicated more than 20 years to the National Guard, both as a reservist and later as a full-time Guardsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, creating duck/goose calls, hand-carved decoys …

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Retired Sgt. Daniel M. Jenks

Retired Sgt. Daniel M. “Dan” Jenks, 68, of Topeka, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. He was born Feb. 8, 1950, in Topeka, the son of Lester Martin and Erma Irene (Redenbaugh) Jenks. He was a 1969 graduate of Silver Lake High School and served in the Kansas Army National Guard for more than 20 years. Daniel was employed by …

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Retired Master Sgt. Mike Prebula

Retired Master Sgt. Mike Prebula passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at his home. He was born to Josephine Peele Prebula  and Andrew P. Prebula, Jr. Nov. 3, 1951, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Michael was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Janet Moore Prebula, and second wife, Sheila Perkins Prebula. He is survived by his son, Nicholas …

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Retired Col. David Joe Wheeler

Retired Col. David Joe Wheeler, 62, passed away, surrounded by family October 13, 2018. Joe was born Dec. 10, 1955, in Wichita. He joined the Kansas Army National Guard on Feb. 28, 1974, retiring as colonel on June 30, 2010. Joe enjoyed golfing, water skiing, hiking, camping, riding his dirt bike with his son, doing various projects with his son/daughter, …

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Retired Master Sgt. Ray Earl Switzer

Retired Master Sgt. Ray Earl Switzer, age 54, of Dwight, Kansas, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Manhattan, surrounded by his family. Ray was born on Feb. 8, 1964, in Mountain View, California, the son of Guy and Peggy (Kellogg) Switzer. He was the youngest of three boys. He graduated in 1982 from Council Grove High School. he later …

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Retired Master Sgt. Norman F. Marstall

Retired Master Sgt. Norman F. Marstall, 82, lifelong St. Marys resident, passed away Sept. 26, 2018, in St. Marys. He was born Jan. 1, 1936, at Wamego, the son of George H. and Nellie M. Van Hole Marstall. Norman graduated from St. Marys High School in 1953. Norman was a long time member and fulltime employee of the National Guard, …

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Retired Master Sgt. Todd Robert Smith

Retired Master Sgt. Todd Robert Smith was born February 18, 1975, at Jefferson City, Missouri the son of Billy Jack and Janet Donnell Smith and passed away on September 15, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 43 years. Todd was preceded in death by grandparents Roy and Vivian Lorene Donnell and Robert and Eva Smith and his …

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Billy G. Sloan

Billy G. Sloan, age 79, Topeka, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital. Billy was born Sept. 10, 1939, in Kentucky. He served two tours in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam and later served with the Air National Guard in the 190th Air Refueling Wing for over 31 years. He married Shirley Ann Smotherman July 15, …

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