National Guard News

169th CSSB staff attends Leaders Training Program

On Jan. 19, the command team and 12 staff from the 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion attended the Leaders Training Program at Fort Polk, Louisiana, to plan and prepare for a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation later this spring. Kenneth Gill, the coach for Team 169th CSSB, said 169th CSSB team gained valuable experience working through the Military Decision Making …

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William F. “Bill” Roets Sr.

William F. “Bill” Roets Sr., 81, Salina, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. He was born Aug. 6, 1937, in Wichita, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Gleeson) Roets. Bill worked as a parts clerk for Schwan’s Trucking for more than 20 years. He retired from the Kansas National Guard with more than 20 years of service. Bill volunteered as …

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Joseph F. Mulford

Joseph F. Mulford, 78, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. Joe was born May 22, 1940, to Lester and Mildred Aubert Mulford in St. Marys. He graduated from Emmett High School. On June 20, 1964, he was united in marriage to Minnie McAlexander at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Emmett. Joe retired from the Kansas …

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Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gary L. Lawrence

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gary L. Lawrence, 75, Iola, Kansas, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Yates Center. Gary was born July 12, 1943, in Wichita, Kansas, to Alford Lawrence and Ermyl (Shirk) Lawrence. He graduated from Wichita Southeast High School in 1962. In that same year, he met the love of his life, Judith M. Gibson, whom …

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Retired Sgt. James Michael Schriever

Retired Sgt. James Michael Schriever, 72, the son of William and Viva (Irwin) Schriever, was born May 13, 1946, in Superior. He died Oct. 26, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Schriever was the second of four children. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church. He attended Beaverville Country School and graduated from Superior High School with the Class of 1964. …

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Retired Sgt. Ralph L. Atzbach

Retired Sgt. Ralph L. Atzbach, 76, of Iola, Kansas, passed away on Dec. 20, 2018, at the Life Care Center, Burlington, Kansas. Ralph was born on Sept. 3, 1942, in Iola, Kansas, to Henry Atzbach and Mary (Madison) Atzbach. Ralph married Deloris Walters Aug. 30, 1968, in Iola, Kansas. Deloris preceded him in death Aug 13, 2003. Atzbach attended school …

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Byron D. “Tom” Morgan

Glade, Kansas, resident, retired Sgt. 1st Class Byron D. “Tom” Morgan, age 79, passed away Dec. 24, 2018, at his home. He was born March 20, 1939 in Glade, the son of Byron “Barney” and Etta (Spicer) Morgan. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the Kansas National Guard. Morgan was united in marriage to Lela M. Bennett …

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Maj. George Mills Boyd

Col. George Mills Boyd Ph.D., was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, and passed away in Wichita, Kansas, where he resided with his wife, since retirement from the United States Air Force in 1971. George is survived by his wife, Mattie S. Boyd; daughter, Gertrude Boyd-Burns; grandchildren Brian, Larnie, and Alitta Boyd; nephew, Joseph Mitchell; sister-in-law, Annette Shepard Durham; and many …

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Death of Col (R) Al Raia

Al Raia was a navigator in the 190th ARW for several years before transferring to the Air Force Reserve. Col Al Raia, USAF Ret., died of cancer at McLeod Regional Hospital on January 1, 2019.  He spent the last 11 years of his life in Florence, South Carolina. He was born December 8, 1939 in the Bronx, New York, to …

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Death of Dr. Wesley Robert Clark

Dr. Wesley Robert Clark, 71, of Sevierville, TN, formerly of Holton, KS, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 at his daughter’s home in Fletcher, NC. Dr. Clark was born January 1, 1947 in Amarillo, TX, the son of William Henry and Muriel E. (Rabourn) Clark. Dr. Clark graduated from Topeka High School in 1965. He attended Washburn University and graduated …

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