Notices

Retired Master Sgt. William Bobby Gunnells

Retired Master Sgt. William Bobby Gunnells, 76,  Carbondale, Kansas, passed away peacefully at his home June 27, 201 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bobby was born in Olar, South Carolina, April 12, 1943, the son of Shelley Gunnells and Judith Hair Gunnells. Bobby married his high school sweetheart, Margaret “Maggie” Sheddan,  Aug. 21, 1965, in a church at …

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Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald E. Mullinax

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ronald E. Mullinax, 72,  Manhattan, Kansas, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Ron was born Aug. 25, 1946, in Norton, Kansas, to Earl and Mary Posson and was later adopted by John and Ada Mullinax. He grew up in Lenora, Kansas, graduating from Lenora Rural High School in 1964. After completing a Denver Automotive Institute …

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Thomas R. Cox

Thomas R. Cox, 72, of Topeka, passed away June 15, 2019, in Lenexa, Kansas. Cox enlisted in the Air Force  October of 1963 and was first deployed as a photo systems technician with the 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, supporting missions flown over North Vietnam. After returning for a brief stint with Strategic Air Command at Turner Air Force Base, he was …

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Robert Leland Grosfield

Robert Leland Grosfield, 74, of Eskridge,  passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019. He was born Sept. 24, 1944, to  Oscar and Eleanor Grosfield. He lived and farmed in Brown County, Kansas, until the early 1980s. Grosfield had a 32 year military career before retiring in 2000. He spent his remaining years on his hobby farm. He married Sandy Dunnaway Grosfield …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard C. “Dick” Polgreen

Retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard C. “Dick” Polgreen, 79, of Junction City, Kansas, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Geary Community Hospital. Richard was born Jan. 26, 1940, in Albany, New York. He was the oldest child of Waldron and Frances Polgreen. He attended high school in Schoharie, New York. Richard’s father was killed in World War II on …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Brian Eugene Sollers

Brian Eugene Sollers, 52, passed from this life on June 1, 2019. He was born Nov. 25, 1966, in Salina, the son of Albert E. ‘Gene’ and Marjorie L. (Johnson) Sollers. Brian graduated from Hutchinson High School and worked as a welder for Agco Corporation, Hesston, for over 30 years. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard for 32 …

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Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Lee Meyer

Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Lee Meyer, 58, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at his home in Hutchinson, Kansas. Kevin was born July 23, 1960, in Smith Center, Kansas, to Donald and LaVern (Lehmann) Meyer. He attended Gaylord Elementary School and Smith Center High School, graduating with the class of 1978. Following high school, he enrolled in carpentry classes at …

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James Franklin  “Jim” Russell

James Franklin  “Jim” Russell, 71, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at his home in Topeka.  He was born Sept. 23, 1947, in Ashland, Kentucky, the son of Charles and Myrtle Creech Russell. Jim attended Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia, and graduated with the Class of 1967. Following high school, Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force on …

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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Elton Decker

Elton Decker, 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at his home near Lyndon, Kansas.  He was born Jan. 27, 1933, in Vermontville Township, Michigan, the son of Ard and Ina Hamilton Decker. Elton grew up in Michigan and had lived in Haven, Kansas, before moving to rural Lyndon in 1967. Elton served four years in the United States …

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Kansas Army National Guard Awards May 2019

  Legion of Merit Col. Thomas Barnett Jr., Co. A (-), 35th ID, Fort Leavenworth Col. Frederick Good, 1st Bn, 108th Avn, Topeka Col. Scott Henry, Co. A (-), 35th ID, Fort Leavenworth Col. John Johnson, 69th TC, Topeka, with oak leaf cluster Lt. Col. Eric Ford, HSC, 35th ID, Fort Leavenworth CW3 Joseph Walsh, Co. A (-), 35th ID, …

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