National Guard News

Headstones at Arlington National Cemetery

Retired Brig. Gen. William S. Mahler

Retired Brig. Gen. William S. Mahler, 88, of Daytona Beach Shores, passed away Dec. 30, 2020, at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was born Oct. 27, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Will and Josephine (Stiles) Mahler. Mahler was a pilot and a former commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing as the unit converted from …

Read More »
Kansas Adjutant General's Department seal

21-002 Kansas National Guardsmen will support presidential inauguration

Following a request for support from the District of Columbia National Guard, Gov. Laura Kelly has authorized the deployment of approximately 300 Kansas Guardsmen to Washington D.C. in support of next week’s presidential inauguration.  “The presidential inauguration is a collaborative event, requiring extraordinary support from many federal and state agencies,” Kelly said. “The National Guard has supported presidential inaugurations since …

Read More »

Retired Col. William Lloyd Nichols Jr.

Retired Col. William Lloyd Nichols Jr., 81, passed away Nov. 17, 2020. He was born in Emporia, Kansas to William Lloyd and Vivian Letitia (Murr) Nichols Sr., on Jan. 20, 1939. Lloyd served in the United States Air Force and retired as a colonel after 40 years and was vice president for IBM product strategy and emprise systems. Graveside Service …

Read More »

Retired Maj. Craig Allan Stewart

Retired Maj. Craig Allan Stewart, who resided near Charleston, Arkansas, died Jan. 9, 2021, at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1960, in Fort Benning, Georgia, to Earl Joseph Stewart and Shirley May (Hawkins) Stewart. He was 60 years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Joseph Stewart; and a brother, Charles “Chuck” Joseph Stewart. Craig …

Read More »
Headstones

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert G. Johnson

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert G. Johnson, age 90, of Manhattan, died Jan. 7, 2021, at the Good Shepherd Homecare and Hospice House in Manhattan. He was born June 15, 1930, in Randolph, Kansas, the son of Carl John and Carrie Rosalie (Pultz) Johnson. On March 18, 1951, in Riley County, he was married to Marilyn F. Dettmer. Bob served …

Read More »
Headstones

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel G. Lyman

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel G. Lyman, 72, of Ottawa, Kansas, lost his courageous battle against pancreatic cancer Dec. 29, 2020, with his loving family by his side. Family will meet with friends from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory Street Ottawa. Inurnment will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. …

Read More »

Pitt State cadets explore Kansas National Guard career opportunities

By Maj. Margaret Ziffer105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT RILEY, Kan. – Cadets from Pittsburg State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps travelled to Fort Riley Jan. 7 to explore potential career opportunities with the help of the Kansas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 635th Armor Regiment. Cadets from Pittsburg State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps listen to a Soldier from …

Read More »
Headstones

Robert G. “Bobby” Farmer Jr.

Robert G. “Bobby” Farmer, Jr., 70, died Jan. 4, 2021, at his home in Viola, Kansas. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in Viola Cemetery. Bobby was born on Aug. 5, 1950, at Wilson, North Carolina and was the son of Robert Gene Farmer Sr. and Wanda (Means) Farmer. Bobby grew up on the family farm northwest of Viola. …

Read More »
Headstones

Retired Capt. Lawrence S. Wheeler II

Retired Capt. Lawrence S. Wheeler II, age 80, passed away Jan. 2, 2021, at Holston Valley Medical Center. He graduated from Charles City, Iowa, High School and was a graduate of Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. He retired from the Kansas Department of Corrections. Lawrence served in the Kansas Army National Guard from 1957 to 1978 and retired at the rank …

Read More »
Headstones

Paul Edward Lundgren

Paul Edward Lundgren passed away at his home in Effingham, Kansas, Dec. 28, 2020. He was born in Emporia, the son of Albert H. and Pauline M. (Johnson) Lundgren. He was 76. Paul grew up on the family farm west of Osage City and graduated from Osage City High School in 1962. He achieved the degrees Bachelor of Music Education …

Read More »