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Sgt. Shawn Lay

His end of watch on Earth occurred on June 7, thus began his over watch in heaven. Sgt. Shawn Lay was born May 30, 1974, to Mark and Mary “Cameron” (Cecil) Lay. He grew up in San Bernardino, California, and moved to Topeka, Kansas, in 1993 where he began a new journey. In 2010, he attended Advanced Individual Training to …

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Sgt. Shawn S. Lay

Sgt. Shawn S. Lay, 46, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020. A full obituary will be available soon. Please check back. Sgt. Lay is a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation The family will greet friends during a visitation from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, at Penwell-Gabel Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave, …

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2nd Lt. Branden Tyler Leupold

2nd Lt. Branden Tyler Leupold left this earth to rest easy with his Lord and Savior on June 5, 2020. Branden was born on October 11, 1994, and has been touching the lives of those he came in contact with ever since.  He is survived by his parents, John and Megan Leupold;  sister, Rylee Henningson (Ganon); brother, Camron Leupold; fiancé, …

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Kansas National Guard becomes a family tradition

It’s not unusual for young men to follow their fathers into the family business. That’s what Sgt. 1st Class David C. Miller did in 1990 when he joined the Kansas Army National Guard. To get a better picture of that decision, we must back up to the military history of Miller’s father, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert G. Miller. Robert …

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Retired Lt. Col. Eddie Wilber “EW” Whitney

Retired Lt. Col. Eddie Wilber “EW” Whitney was born on March 8, 1924, and died on May 22, 2020, at the age of 96 at the Norton County Hospital in Norton, Kansas. He was born in Almena, Kansas, to Charles Edwin and Emma Teaford Whitney and was the youngest of nine children. He attended school in Almena and Norton and …

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Retired Senior Master Sgt. Jean M. Robinson

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Jean M. Robinson, 66, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020. She was born January 5, 1954, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Vernon and Marguerite (Miller) Robinson. She was a retention office manager for the U.S. Air Force, while also active with the Kansas Air National Guard, retiring in July 2010. She was a …

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Retired Master Sgt. Wayne James Yonning

It is with profound sadness that the wife and family of Wayne James Yonning announces the passing of their adored loved one, Retired Master Sgt. Wayne James Yonning following a battle with pneumonia on April 19, 2020, at the age of 69. Wayne will be lovingly and forever remembered by his wife of 27 years, Jan(et) Jack Yonning of Hopewell, …

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Heather Angela King

Heather Angela King, 54, Wichita, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at a Wichita hospital. Heather was born March 4, 1966, in Hays, Kansas, the daughter of John and Connie (Meis) Willett. She grew up in Topeka and graduated from Washburn Rural High School. She worked in communications for the 190th Air National Guard for 13 years earning the …

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20-021 190th Air Refueling Wing salutes healthcare workers and first responders with flyover

The Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing is scheduled to perform an Operation Kansas Strong flyover across four Kansas cities to salute healthcare workers, first responders and other frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. The flyovers will take place on Tuesday, May 19, beginning at 1 p.m. in Emporia, followed by Manhattan, Topeka and Lawrence. The detailed …

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20-019 New KSARNG recruiting billboards focus on Hispanic communities

Residents of the Dodge City and Garden City areas may notice new billboards in their communities, beginning May 5. The billboards are the result of a new marketing campaign by the Kansas Army National Guard seeking to recruit members of Hispanic communities in western Kansas. “Recruiters in the local area wanted to tailor their marketing strategies and campaigns to better …

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