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Retired Col. Marion William Manion

Retired Col. Marion William Manion, 93, of Topeka, passed away Feb. 21, 2021. He was born March 23, 1927, in Humboldt, Kansas, the son of Marion M. and Elvira (Osborn) Manion. He was a graduate of Humboldt High School and attended West Point Military Academy, Kansas University, Washburn University, Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and United States Army Command …

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Retired Master Sgt. Robert Gregory Litton

Retired Master Sgt. Robert Gregory Litton, 75, of Andover, Kansas, passed away Feb. 16, 2021 in Wichita. Memorial graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at Ascension Cemetery, Bel Aire. Robert was born in Detroit, Michigan, Dec. 5, 1945, to the late Marie (Mattie) and Lee Roy Litton. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the …

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Retired Maj. William (Bill) Armstrong Smyth

Retired Maj. William (Bill) Armstrong Smyth, 79, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away Jan. 30, 2021. Bill was born Jan 8, 1942, in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. Bill married Karen Elizabeth Sprague May 16, 1987. He is survived by his wife 33 years; son Jason Philip Smyth, and his …

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Michael Eugene Lewis

Michael Eugene Lewis,  72, retired Kansas Air National Guard hydraulic technician, passed away Feb. 17, 2021. No services. Preceded in death by parents, Delbert and Maxine Lewis, and brother, Jessie Lewis. Survivors: daughter, Deva Robinson; brothers, Terry L. (Sharon) Lewis, Richard (Pam) Lewis; grandchildren, Mason Jenkins and Haleigh DeLong. Downing and Lahey Mortuary West. Online condolences can be left at …

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Retired 1st Sgt. Thomas Lee Nelson

Retired 1st Sgt. Thomas (Tom) Lee Nelson deployed for his final mission to the Great Beyond from his home in Page, Arizona, Feb. 11, 2021, at the age of 61 years. Tom was born the son of Alred Nelson and Patricia Twigg in Concord, California. He eventually made his way to Fort Riley after joining the United States Army and …

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Retired Senior Master Sgt. David Allen Butler

Retired Senior Master Sgt. David Allen Butler, 63, air quality control Inspector for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and retired senior master sergeant of the Kansas Air National Guard, passed away at home surrounded by family after a long courageous battle with cancer Feb. 13, 2021. David started his very full life on Oct. 3, 1957, in Ames, …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class George B. Mergenmeier

Retired Sgt. 1st Class George B. Mergenmeier, 84, Topeka, Kansas, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at his home with his spouse by his side. George was born July 23, 1936, south of Seneca in Nemaha County, Kansas, to George W. and Stella (Lierz) Mergenmeier. He graduated from St. Peter and Paul Grade School in Seneca. He worked several …

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Dean Henry Kipp

Dean Henry Kipp, age 53, of Piqua, Kansas, passed away Feb. 3, 2021, at Neosho Regional Medical Center, Chanute.  Dean was born Dec. 9, 1967, in Iola, Kansas, to Henry C. Kipp and Jane (Lierz) Kipp. Dean graduated from Iola High School and Johnson County Community College.  Dean worked in construction.  He served his country in the Kansas Army National …

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Dwight “Dink” Pike

Dwight “Dink” Pike, 65, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away Jan. 30, 2021. Dwight was born Sept. 24, 1955, to Walter and Clora Mae Pike in Wichita, . After graduating West High School in 1973, he went on to join the Navy, serving aboard the USS Midway. Dwight joined the Kansas Air National Guard in 1981, serving in both the 184th …

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Richard “Dick” Miller

Richard “Dick” Miller, 84, of Topeka, passed away Jan. 25, 2021. He was born March 2, 1936, in Hebron, Nebraska, the son of Jack and Mary Etta (Corliss) Miller. He graduated from Marysville High School 1955. He joined the Kansas National Guard after graduating and served for nine years. Dick managed Valley Fertilizer in Clay Center for 35 years. He …

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