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Bonnie J. Kelly

Bonnie Jean (Coleman) Kelly, 90, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Monday, June 20, 2022, at Main Street Manor in Russell. She was born September 27, 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Allen and Irma (Callahan) Coleman.  Bonnie grew up in Omaha, graduating from Technical High School and continuing on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Omaha University in 1953.  While attending the university, she was active in the modern dance company. In August of 1953, Bonnie married Joseph M. Kelly, in Omaha, and began teaching art in the Omaha Public School system before they were blessed with four children: 

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Barbara Scheck

Barbara J. (Gregwire) Scheck, 71, of Russell, Kansas passed away Saturday evening, June 18, 2022 at her home. Barbara was born October 1, 1950 in Russell, the daughter of Gordon and Marilyn (Flohr) Gregwire. She grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in the Class of 68. She then attended Emporia State University for a year and then transferred to Ft. Hays State University where she obtained a Degree in Nursing. Barbara was united in marriage to Timothy F. Scheck on August 7, 1971. This union was blessed with two daughters, Mindie and Kristie. They made their

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Sadie Arnet

Sadie Jo Louise Arnet, 27, of Russell, Kansas, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday, June 10, 2022. Sadie was born March 30, 1995 in Hays, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Angie (Kaufman) Arnet. She grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in the Class of 2013. She graduated from Ft. Hays State University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. She then attended and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. While in school she had an internship with St. Francis Ministries; after school she continued her employment

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Ronald J. Thielen

With great sadness, we report the passing of Captain Ronald Thielen, PO614 on Sunday November 07, 2021.  Ron was at home in Gilbert, Arizona, with his wife, Mary, when he succumbed to heart disease after a long and valiant battle.  Captain Ron, as his friends knew him, was born on December 13, 1945 and hailed from Dorrance, a small town in central Kansas.  Ron was already a licensed pilot when he attended university in Kansas.  He then volunteered to become a pilot for the United States Marine Corps, where he flew the photo-reconnaissance version of the Grumman A-6 Intruder in

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James H. Dolven

James Howard Dolven (Jim or Big Jim), 76, of Ellsworth, Kansas, passed away Monday , June 6, 2022 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth. Jim was born September 7, 1945 in Decatur, Illinois.  He was one of six children born to Clemens and Mollie (Wrench) Dolven.  At a young age his family moved to Shelby, Montana and he graduated from Shelby High School. During this time he was very active in the Boy Scouts and developed his love of reading. Jim served his country in the U.S Air Force from July, 1963 to June, 1979 and left the service

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Curtis E. Bunting

Curtis Eugene Bunting, 64, of Olmitz, Kansas, died on Saturday, June 04, 2022, at the Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington, Kansas. Curtis was born on September 05, 1957, in Russell, Kansas, the son of Conrad E. and Opal L. (Blew) Bunting.  He grew up in Russell, Kansas and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1975.  Later, he graduated with a business and communications degree from Fort Hays State University. He lived in Wichita, Kansas, Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas. He moved back to Russell, then Olmitz, Kansas, where he made his permanent home, 10 years ago. He loved

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Thomas F. Tittel

Thomas Fredrick Tittel, 70, of Edgerton, Kansas, and former Russell resident, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 01, 2022. He was the son of Vernon and Peggy (Riley) Tittel. Thomas was born on July 22, 1951, in Russell, Kansas, where he grew up and was a graduate of Russell High School in the class of 1969. Tom was an avid athlete who loved to play football, basketball, and baseball and compete in track. Tom continued his education at Hutchinson Community College. Tom began his hard-working career by moving to North Dakota in the early 70s. He would then proceed to

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Joyce E. Harkness

Joyce Elaine (Hulse) Harkness, 81, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at her home with her husband and daughter by her side. Joyce was born August 15, 1940 in Plainville, Kansas.  She was one of five children born to Ray and Helen (Martin) Hulse.  At the age of two, her family moved to Russell, Kansas where she grew up and attended school. Joyce was united in marriage to Clarence Wayne Harkness on October 14, 1956 in Russell.  Wayne was in the military so they moved around to several Air Force bases before returning to Wichita after his

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Roland Foster-Balloun

Roland Oral Foster-Balloun, age 70, of Russell, Kansas, died May 22, 2022, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada.He was not an astronaut, but some called him Astronaut. He grew up working and managing his mother’s restaurants and always excelled in sports—a natural athlete his whole life. At 17 he joined the Navy, served 4 years, and was honorably discharged.He opened his own restaurants and succeeded. He opened a retail camera business and succeeded. He opened a travel agency and succeeded. He went back to college in his late 30s to earn a business degree. He graduated from Tulane Law School

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Lester G. Satchell

Lester Gene Satchell, 75, of Russell, Kansas, died on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Medicalodges in Goddard, Kansas. Lester was born on January 27, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of E. Paul and Irene Emma (Waymaster) Satchell.  He grew up in Bunker Hill, Kansas and graduated from Bunker Hill High School.  After high school, he attended Ft. Hays State University for a short while.  In 1966 he joined the United States Marine Corp from 1966 to 1970 and fought in the Vietnam war.  After serving his country he worked in California as an owner and operator of his

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