National Guard News

John Clifton Entrikin

John Clifton Entrikin, 64, of Atchison, Kansas, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Mosiac Life Center, St. Joseph, Missouri. John was born Oct. 26, 1955 in Potter, Kansas, the son of Wilbur and Pansy (Fowler) Entrikin. He was a maintenance worker for Bunge Milling and served in the Kansas National Guard. John enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, camping, …

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Retired Col. Joseph “Joe” H. Wolfenberger

Retired Col. Joseph “Joe” H. Wolfenberger, 88, died July 31, 2020, at Hillcrest Hospital South, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born Dec. 23, 1931, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Joseph R. and Laura E. (Wheeler) Wolfenberger. Joe graduated from McAlester High School in 1950, from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952, and from the University of Oklahoma in 1955. On April 9, …

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Wilbur Leroy Entrikin

Wilbur Leroy Entrikin, 75 of Hiawatha, Kansas, passed away at his home on July 30, 2020. Born March 15, 1945, in Stewartsville, Missouri to Wilbur and Pansy (Fowler) Entrikin. Leroy is survived by five children Angie, Mike, Becky, Julie and Billy. He was blessed to have multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren. Siblings Byron, Dale, Roger, Bobi, Nedra, Dora Bea, and …

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Kansas National Guard battery recognized as best in nation with Hamilton Award

By Capt. Patrick Montandon130th Field Artillery BattalionKansas Army National Guard Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery Regiment, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, Kansas National Guard, was named the Alexander Hamilton Award recipient for the 2019 fiscal year. This annual award recognizes the most outstanding National Guard field artillery unit in the country. This is the first time a Kansas unit …

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Retired Col. Wayne Lewis Cline

Retired Col. Wayne Lewis Cline, 84, Topeka, passed away July 14, 2020, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka.  Wayne was born Aug. 10, 1935, to Lewis and Florence Cline in Neodesha, Kansas.  He was active in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, high school sports, American Legion baseball and graduated Fredonia High School in 1953. Wayne married the love of his life, Twila …

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Retired Sgt. Larry “Sarge” Eugene Widener

Retired Sgt. Larry “Sarge” Eugene Widener, 51, of Arkansas City, Kansas, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Sept. 15, 1968, in Winfield, Kansas, he was the son of Michael and Janice (Carpenter) Curnutt. He was raised and received his education in Belle Plaine, graduating from Belle Plaine High School in May 1987. Sarge …

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Father, daughter share an early Father’s Day in Kuwait

Kansas National Guard members Master Sgt. David Carron, 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and his daughter, Tech. Sgt. April Carron, 184th Wing, had the opportunity to come together for an early Father’s Day celebration in Kuwait on June 15, 2020. Tech. Sgt. April Carron (left) and her father, Master Sgt. David Carron, got to spend a few hours together in …

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Retired Tech Sgt. Melody Ann “Mel” Lee

Retired Tech Sgt. Melody Ann “Mel” Lee, 60, passed away July 1, 2020, after suffering a stroke.  She was born June 20, 1960, in Wichita, Kansas, to Charles and Lucilla (Cathy) Lee.  Mel graduated from Wichita West High School in 1978.  Mel’s passion was sports, where she excelled in fast pitch softball and played at a semi-pro level. Her competitive spirit …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Dave Pike

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Dave Pike died after a brief but complicated hospital stay at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on June 16, 2020, in Lawrence, Kansas. He was 71. He had an earlier brush with death in 2014 when hospitalized for six weeks with multiple illnesses including lymphoma, or, as he liked to say “The Big C.” Dave wasn’t ready to …

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Retired Col. Ernest Peck

Retired Col. Ernest Peck was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Jewell, Kansas, and died June 16, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas, aged 90 years. Ernie was raised by his grandmother and aunt at 14th and Poyntz in Manhattan, graduating from Manhattan High School in 1947. He started his college education at Kansas State University that year and attended classes until 1951 …

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