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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel G. Lyman

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel G. Lyman, 72, of Ottawa, Kansas, lost his courageous battle against pancreatic cancer Dec. 29, 2020, with his loving family by his side. Family will meet with friends from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory Street Ottawa. Inurnment will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. …

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Pitt State cadets explore Kansas National Guard career opportunities

By Maj. Margaret Ziffer105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORT RILEY, Kan. – Cadets from Pittsburg State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps travelled to Fort Riley Jan. 7 to explore potential career opportunities with the help of the Kansas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 635th Armor Regiment. Cadets from Pittsburg State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps listen to a Soldier from …

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Robert G. “Bobby” Farmer Jr.

Robert G. “Bobby” Farmer, Jr., 70, died Jan. 4, 2021, at his home in Viola, Kansas. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in Viola Cemetery. Bobby was born on Aug. 5, 1950, at Wilson, North Carolina and was the son of Robert Gene Farmer Sr. and Wanda (Means) Farmer. Bobby grew up on the family farm northwest of Viola. …

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Retired Capt. Lawrence S. Wheeler II

Retired Capt. Lawrence S. Wheeler II, age 80, passed away Jan. 2, 2021, at Holston Valley Medical Center. He graduated from Charles City, Iowa, High School and was a graduate of Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. He retired from the Kansas Department of Corrections. Lawrence served in the Kansas Army National Guard from 1957 to 1978 and retired at the rank …

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Paul Edward Lundgren

Paul Edward Lundgren passed away at his home in Effingham, Kansas, Dec. 28, 2020. He was born in Emporia, the son of Albert H. and Pauline M. (Johnson) Lundgren. He was 76. Paul grew up on the family farm west of Osage City and graduated from Osage City High School in 1962. He achieved the degrees Bachelor of Music Education …

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James Don Williams

James Don Williams, 68, passed away peacefully in his home on Dec. 24, 2020. He was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Wichita, Kansas. He worked as a jet engine mechanic for 27 years at the Kansas Air National Guard in Wichita. He was Papa to two granddaughters who he was raising with his wife. He was an avid sports fan, …

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Fred E. Butler

Fred E. Butler, 72, passed away Dec. 29, 2020, in Wichita. He was born April 7, 1948, in Goodland, Kansas, to Lawrence and Ellen (Motsinger) Butler. Fred served in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard for many years, including service in the Vietnam War. Fred was the senior supply sergeant for the 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery and the …

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Retired Sgt. Lisa Diane Jackson

Retired Sgt. Lisa Diane Jackson, 60, Deming, New Mexico, passed away Dec. 25, 2020, at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Retired Sgt. Lisa Jackson Lisa was born March 8, 1960, in Denver, Colorado, to Robert and Roberta Clements. She took great pride in her country, enlisting into the United States Army in 1978 as a combat signaler. …

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Retired Lt. Col. James Ted Walters

Retired Lt. Col. James Ted Walters, 89, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020.He was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Detroit, Kansas, the son of Vernon and Amanda Walters.Ted graduated from Dickenson County High School in 1949 and later went on to attend College of Emporia where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954. He also attended …

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Retired Maj. Robert D. Onek

Retired Maj. Robert D. Onek, 84, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Hiawatha, the son of George and Dorothy (Fiegenbaum) Onek, Jr. Robert graduated from Hiawatha High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas in 1960. Robert was in the 169th …

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