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Mary Jane Bender

****Attention: Due to weather concerns, the funeral service for Jane will be moved and held at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, April 20th.***** Mary Jane Bender, 65, of Russell, Kansas, died on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Russell Regional Hospital Emergency Room in Russell, Kansas Jane was born on December 25, 1955, in Gorham, Kansas, the daughter of Herbert and Lydia (Dreiling) Hammersmith.  She grew up in Gorham and graduated from Gorham High School and lived in the Gorham and Russell area most all her life.  She was married to Jerry Suchy and

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Richard S. Cross

Richard Stanley Cross, 88, of Russell, Kansas, went to his new home April 10, 2021, while living at the Anthology of the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Richard was born August 1, 1932 to Lewis and Gloria Cross in Tonakaw, Oklahoma.  Gloria went to be with the Lord in 1934.  Lewis remarried.  His new bride Maude Cross raised Richard as her own.  Richard went to school in Tonkawa, Oklahoma but before he graduated high school he joined the Oklahoma National guard.  On his 18th birthday his platoon was mobilized and he was sent to fight in the Korean war, where

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Wayne C. Zweifel

Wayne Charles Zweifel, 89, of Waldo, Kansas, died on Friday, April 02, 2021, at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, Kansas. Wayne Charles Zweifel was born on June 1, 1931, one of seven children born to Earl and Alice (Fletch) Zweifel. He died in the hospital surrounded by his family on Friday, April 2, 2021. He grew up on the family farm south of Waldo, Kansas.  Wayne was united in marriage to Meg (Margaret Francis) at her parents’ home in rural Lucas, Kansas on Feb. 6, 1955.  This union was blessed with five children:  Steven Wayne, Sheila Jean, Sherry Kay,

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Dee Richard Holecek

Dee Richard Holecek, 91, of Russell, Kansas, and formerly of Ellsworth, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the Homestead Assisted Living in Russell. Richard was born January 19, 1930 in Ellsworth, the son of Joe, Jr. and Bertha Eunice (Mead) Holecek.  He grew up in Ellsworth and graduated from Ellsworth High School. Richard was united in marriage to Mildred Virginia Judy on August 19, 1950 in Ellsworth.  This union was blessed with five children; Debbie, Douglas, Darin, Dawn and Dan.  They made their home in Ellsworth, Holyrood, Lucas and Russell.  Richard was the owner and operator of D’s

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Richard Dougherty

Richard K. Dougherty

Richard “Rick” Kent Dougherty, 69, of Eudora, Kansas and formerly of Russell, Kansas, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home. Rick was born October 4, 1951 in Lucas, Kansas. He was one of five sons born to William B. and MariAnnette (Chard) Dougherty. He grew up in Lucas and graduated from Lucas High School in the Class of ’69. Rick was united in marriage to Shelley (Schmidt) Spradlin on December 26, 1995 in Russell, Kansas. Rick and Shelley brought together a family of four children: Dawn, Lindsay, Jana and Jeff. They made their home in Russell for 12

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Rowan E. Camp

Rowan Edward Camp, 81, of Russell, Kansas, died on Thursday, March 04, 2021, at the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. Rowan was born May 5, 1939 in Natoma, Kansas.  He was one of three children born to Elmer Martin and Maggie Gladys (Rubble) Camp.  He grew up in Natoma and graduated from Natoma High School in the Class of 1957.  He attended Emporia State University. Rowan was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Waudby on November 26, 1960 in Gorham, Kansas.  This union was blessed with three daughters; Sandra, Sheila and Stacie.  They made their home in the

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Mary E. Thacker

Mary Ellen (Bogart) Thacker, 94, of Russell, Kansas, and formerly of Luray, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Main Street Manor in Russell. Mary Ellen was born August 6, 1926 in Oakley, Kansas, the daughter of Milbis Lawrence and Lola Alice (Anspach) Bogart.  In September, 1929, Mary Ellen’s family moved to a farm that her parents rented southeast of Grinnell, Kansas.  When she was eight years old, her parents purchased a farm twenty-two miles southwest of Grinnell.  She attended rural schools through her elementary years.  She then attended three years of high school in Oakley.  Before her senior

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Elizabeth A. “Libby” Erwin

Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bartley Erwin, 86, of Russell, Kansas, died on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, Kansas. Libby was born on July 10, 1934, in Larned, Kansas, the daughter of Edward and Valentine (Thorpe) Bartley. In 1940, the family moved to Great Bend, Kansas where she graduated from High School in 1952. She received her bachelor’s degree in Technical Journalism from Kansas State University in 1956 and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega social sorority. While attending Kansas State, she met the love of her life, David F. “Fred” Erwin, and they

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David E. Bray

David Earl Bray, 77, of Natoma, Kansas, passed away of Covid complications on Friday, February 26, 2021, at the Hays Medical Center, surrounded by his wife and children. Dave was born on May 04, 1943, in Kanopolis, Kansas, the son of William and Kathryn (Canaday) Bray.  As a child, his family lived in Colorado and Wyoming where his father worked in the mines, before returning to Kanopolis. He served in the Navy.  He married Marlene J. Pooley on August 12, 1966, in Alva, Oklahoma.  From this union Dave and Marlene were blessed with 3 children Neal, Teresa and Carmen.  Dave

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Janice Rae Marshall

Janice Rae (Stewart) Marshall, 82, of Russell, Kansas passed away on Thursday, Feb. 25th, 2021 at the Russell Regional Hospital, Russell, KS. Janice was born on May 1, 1938 in Hays, KS to Margaret (Boxberger) and Louis Kenneth Stewart. Janice lived her entire life in Russell and graduated from Russell High School with the class of 1956. She married the love of her life, Malcolm Marshall on September 7, 1958 and they recently celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary.  Through this marriage, they were blessed with three children; LaRissa Morse, Aaron Marshall and Eric Marshall. Janice held many accounting positions in

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