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Retired Col. Thomas E. Johnson

Retired Col. Thomas E. Johnson, age 71 of Basehor, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. He was born Dec. 13, 1948 in Norfolk, Nebraska, to Louis and Eileen Johnson. He married his high school sweetheart, Janet, in 1968 and they celebrated 52 years together. He grew up in a farming community, worked for his father’s construction company and in …

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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Roland “Bud” Charles Frankenberg

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Roland “Bud” Charles Frankenberg, 86, Topeka, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Frankenberg retired from the 190th Air Refueling Wing and was a long time host at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard.Viewing will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 SW 25th Street, Topeka, where the Knights …

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Retired Col. Dean Rogers Page

Retired Col. Dean Rogers Page of Rossville died Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, at the age of 92 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka after contracting COVID-19. Dean was born to Ralph and Ruth Page on Jan. 13, 1928, in Willard, Kansas. One of two children, he graduated from Rossville High School in 1945 and earned a degree from Kansas State College …

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Retired Master Sgt. Joe Blede

Retired Master Sgt. Joe Blede, 73, of Carbondale, Kansas, passed away peacefully at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka Monday evening, Nov. 30, 2020. Memorial Services will be held at a later date due to COVID-19.  Robert Joe Blede was born July 13, 1947, in North Platte, Nebraska, the youngest child of Harlan Edgar and Della B. (Lewis) Blede. He was …

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Elton L. Steinlage

Elton L. Steinlage, 83, of Kelly, Kansas, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Life Care Center of Seneca. He was born Feb. 26, 1937, on a farm south of Kelly, the son of Ferdinand and Dora Haverkamp Steinlage. He attended St. Bede’s School and graduated in 1955. Elton worked on the family farm where he lived all of his life. …

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Retired Master Sgt. Jack W. “Hackie” Mason

Retired Master Sgt. Jack W “Hackie” Mason, 79, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. He was born July 20, 1941, in Midland, Michigan, the son of Milton Jasper and Mary Genevieve Mason. As a youth, Jack enjoyed Boy Scouts, reaching the rank of Life Scout. He spent his free time fishing and working.  Jack graduated from William Winlock …

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Retired Tech. Sgt. Maurice Gregoire

Retired Tech. Sgt. Maurice Gregoire, 80, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka, Kansas. He was born on Dec. 24, 1939, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the son of Arthur and Aurore Beaudette Gregoire. Maurice grew up in Woonsocket and had lived in Lyndon since 1967. Maurice served in the United States Air Force from …

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Retired Senior Master Sgt. Jack Mason

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Jack Mason from the 190th Air Refueling Wing passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25 2020 after a heart attack. He was 79. Jack was supervisor of the Comm/Nav shop, 190th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. He spent six years in the Navy prior to his 190th enlistment. He is survived by wife Amber, a daughter, Jodi Cedarquist, son Jack …

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Retired Maj. Bill Allen Stull

Retired Maj. Bill Allen Stull, 70, of Hutchinson, died Nov. 22, 2020, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, after a long battle with COPD. He was born June 5, 1950, in Hutchinson, to Howard and Charity (Scholtisseck) Stull. Bill graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1968, and then from Regents College. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard’s 35th Division …

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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Richard Hamlin

Richard Leon Hamlin, 76, of Circleville, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Topeka.  He was born June 28, 1944, in Holton, the son of Ralph and Erma (Myers) Hamlin.           Richard graduated from Circleville High School in 1962.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware from 1962 – 1968.  …

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