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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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Kansas Guard recruiter recognized by senior Army leadership

By Maj. Margaret Ziffer105th Mobile Public Affairs DetachmentKansas Army National Guard The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command selected Sgt. Di Nong, a recruiter in the Wichita area for the Kansas Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Command, as the January 2021 Hero of the Month. Gen. Paul Funk, TRADOC commander, established the recognition as a way to reward …

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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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Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ewing Wendell Fritts

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ewing Wendell Fritts, 90, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away Jan. 21, 2021, at Parkview Heights Living Center in Garnett. Ewing was born at home north of Richter, Kansas, April 29, 1930. He was the last surviving sibling of 10 brothers and sisters born to John Wesley and Nellie Frances (Brown) Fritts. He was a lifelong …

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Retired Brig. Gen. William S. Mahler

Retired Brig. Gen. William S. Mahler, 88, of Daytona Beach Shores, passed away Dec. 30, 2020, at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was born Oct. 27, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Will and Josephine (Stiles) Mahler. Mahler was a pilot and a former commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing as the unit converted from …

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21-002 Kansas National Guardsmen will support presidential inauguration

Following a request for support from the District of Columbia National Guard, Gov. Laura Kelly has authorized the deployment of approximately 300 Kansas Guardsmen to Washington D.C. in support of next week’s presidential inauguration.  “The presidential inauguration is a collaborative event, requiring extraordinary support from many federal and state agencies,” Kelly said. “The National Guard has supported presidential inaugurations since …

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Retired Col. William Lloyd Nichols Jr.

Retired Col. William Lloyd Nichols Jr., 81, passed away Nov. 17, 2020. He was born in Emporia, Kansas to William Lloyd and Vivian Letitia (Murr) Nichols Sr., on Jan. 20, 1939. Lloyd served in the United States Air Force and retired as a colonel after 40 years and was vice president for IBM product strategy and emprise systems. Graveside Service …

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Retired Maj. Craig Allan Stewart

Retired Maj. Craig Allan Stewart, who resided near Charleston, Arkansas, died Jan. 9, 2021, at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1960, in Fort Benning, Georgia, to Earl Joseph Stewart and Shirley May (Hawkins) Stewart. He was 60 years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Joseph Stewart; and a brother, Charles “Chuck” Joseph Stewart. Craig …

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Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert G. Johnson

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert G. Johnson, age 90, of Manhattan, died Jan. 7, 2021, at the Good Shepherd Homecare and Hospice House in Manhattan. He was born June 15, 1930, in Randolph, Kansas, the son of Carl John and Carrie Rosalie (Pultz) Johnson. On March 18, 1951, in Riley County, he was married to Marilyn F. Dettmer. Bob served …

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