Obituary: Leon Harold Peterson

Leon Harold Peterson, 81, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 5:00 a.m., Monday, October 19th, 2020 suddenly at his residence. Leon was born in rural Falun, KS on July 4, 1939, a son of Arthur Rudolph and Pearl  Cecelia (Rupert)   Peterson. Leon attended White Rose and Falun grade schools, Falun, Kansas and graduated from Lindsborg High School, Lindsborg, Kansas in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army and was a proud veteran. Through the years Leon was a lifelong farmer and also worked for Certainteed as a supervisor, Tractor Supply as a second key person and Country General as a

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Obituary: Clyde Hubert “Ole” Olson

Clyde Hubert “Ole” Olson was born May 14, 1927 in Lindsborg, KS to Seth Theodore Olson and Elsie Oliva (Nelson) Olson.  When he was 5-years old, the family moved to Fremont, KS where his father operated the county grain elevator and was caretaker of the Missouri Pacific Stockyard and Depot. He attended Freemount Grade School for 8 years, finishing in the spring of 1941.  He attended and graduated from Marquette High School in 1945.  He was drafted immediately into the U.S. Army and served in the United States for almost 2 years until he was honorably discharged. After being discharged

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Obituary: Dean A. Donaldson

Dean A. Donaldson, 50, of Hutchinson, KS and formerly of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 22, 2020, surrounded by family at his home in Hutchinson.  He owned and operated “DD Studio”, a DJ service, and the Courtyard Bakery.  He also was a chef in several local restaurants. Dean was born on April 26, 1970, in Hutchinson, KS, the son of Daryl and Jane (Widiger) Donaldson.  He graduated from McPherson High School in 1989 and received his bachelor’s degree in art and restoration in 2013. He was united in marriage to Nancy J. Salminen on October 18, 1997, in Marquette, KS.  This

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Obituary: Rhonda J. Hart

Rhonda J. Hart, 58, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, surrounded by family at her home in McPherson.  She worked at the McPherson County Appraiser’s Office and Mead’s Liquor Store. Rhonda was born on May 15, 1962, in Commerce, TX, the daughter of Eddie and Velma Frances (Russ) Ainsworth.  She graduated from Vega, TX High School where she was the valedictorian of her class. Rhonda was united in marriage to Gene Patrick Hart, II, and he preceded her in death on October 24, 2009. Survivors include: three children, Lacy France of McPherson, KS, Jake Lowery (Sara) of

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Obituary: Lawrence Eugene “Larry” Karraker

Lawrence Eugene “Larry” Karraker, 65, of Hutchinson, Kansas, passed away at 7:25 pm Monday, October 19th, 2020 while in the company of family members, at Hospice House. Lawrence was born in McPherson, Kansas on November 10, 1954, a son of Eulalia Loy (Emerson) and Clifford Earl Karraker. Larry attended the Wickersham grade school, Park School, McPherson Junior High and graduated from McPherson High School, McPherson, Kansas in 1973.  He then attended a computer trade school in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in the  Baptist faith and was currently a member of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia Larry worked

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Obituary: Wayne Edward Smith

Wayne Edward Smith, 90, of Inman, KS, passed away at 6:47 p.m., Monday, October 19th, peacefully, at Hospice House, Hutchinson, Kansas. Wayne was born in Emporia, Kansas on January 20, 1930, a son of Ida Bernice (Bobst) and Wilbur James Smith, Sr. Wayne attended Emporia grade school, Kansas City schools, and graduated from Washington High School, Kansas City, Kansas.  He then attended Emporia State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas where he got his teaching degree.  Later he went back to school at Kansas University to get his master’s degree . He was a member of First United Methodist Church McPherson, KS.

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Obituary: Nadine Threse (Cox) O’Neill

Nadine Threse (Cox) O’Neill, 88, passed away on October 13, 2020, in McPherson, KS. Nadine Threse O’Neill was born in rural Marquette, KS to Signe Pauline and Clifford Lee Cox on January 30, 1932. She received her education in Windom, KS and went on to obtain a one-day bookkeeping system certification from a CPA in McPherson, KS. Nadine had one sister, Norma Jean Graham, who preceded her in death. She was married to Vernon John “Jack” O’Neill on June 15, 1951 in Wichita, KS. Jack and Nadine moved to Windom, KS after being married and lived in the community for

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Obituary: Ione Marie Nelson

 Ione Marie Nelson, 87, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, in her daughter’s home and in the same room in which Marquette’s midwife delivered her on January 20, 1933. She was the youngest of three children born to Chester and Verna Lindstrom. As the only girl, she was known by her family as “Sis.”    After graduating from Marquette High School in 1951, Ione began nurse’s training at the Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City. She then moved to Massachusetts to take a postgraduate course in labor and delivery at the Boston Lying-In Hospital. It was there that she

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Obituary: Patricia “Patty” Anderson

Patricia “Patty” E. Anderson, 63, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 11, 2020, with her family by her side at Ascension-Via Christi St. Francis RMC, Wichita. She retired from Pfizer where she was a light tester.   Patty was born on October 14, 1956, in Germany, the daughter of Harold and Eleanore (Crocker) Debenham.  She graduated from Abilene High School (Abilene, KS) and Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS).  On May 9, 1981, Patty was united in marriage to Jerry Wayne Anderson in Abilene.  This union was blessed with two sons, Thomas “Tom” and Cody.  Jerry preceded Patty in death on January 6, 2016, and Cody

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