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Pastor Harlan R. Palser

Pastor Harlan Robert Palser, 87, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Tuesday morning, September 3, 2019 at the Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas. Harlan was born January 10, 1932 in the Davis Creek community of Rural North Loup, Nebraska in Valley County.  He was born the second of four children to Carrol and Grace (Beck) Palser.  He attended the Davis Creek School until in the ninth grade.  Subsequently he attended high school in Loup City and Big Springs and graduated from the Scotia High School in 1949.  Harlan was engaged in the family farm until, in view of planning to

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Helen W. Schwien

Helen Wilmetta Schwien, 94, of Russell, Kansas, died on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at the Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend, Kansas. Helen was born on December 13, 1924, in Barton County, Kansas, the daughter of John and Rachel (Steinert) Karst.  She grew up north of Galatia, Kansas, and attended the Galatia Country School.  She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Waldean Walter Schwien on June 17, 1945, in Bender Hill Trinity Lutheran Church in Bender Hill, Kansas.  From this union Helen and Waldean were blessed with three children Ginger, John and James.  Helen and

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Helen A. Anschutz

Helen Anna Anschutz, 100, of Russell, Kansas, died on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at the Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas. Helen was born on November 16, 1918, in Page City, Kansas, the daughter of Carsten A. and Dora A. (Furthmyer) Tiedeman.  In 1921, Helen’s family moved to the family farm that was located in Russell County in the Hornview Community about 12 miles northeast of the city of Russell.  She lived and attended school in the Hornview Community and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1936.  Helen met, fell in love and was united in marriage

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Joyce A. Ridgley

Joyce Ann Ridgley, 77, of Russell, Kansas, died on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at her home in Russell. Private services will be held at a later date. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

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Doris L. Maier

Doris LaFern (Keil) Maier, 92, of Natoma, Kansas and formerly of Gove County and Russell County Kansas, passed away on Saturday Aug 17th, 2019 at the Ness County Hospital. Doris was born on April 12, 1927 in rural Russell County as the first child to John and Anna (Krug) Keil. She grew up in the Bender Hill area in a Volga German community, and attended Holly one room school house through 8th grade. She grew up during the depression and dustbowl days. Being the oldest child, much of her younger years were spent helping her mother with the household and

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Keith A. Stoppel

Keith Allen Stoppel, 51, of Russell, Kansas, died on Friday, August 16, 2019, at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, Kansas. Keith was born on June 22, 1968, in Russell, Kansas, the son of Janice and Melvin Stoppel.  He grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1986.  After high school he worked as a truck driver and worked for Praytor Construction, Groendyke, Love’s and Cerv’s.  He was united in marriage to Nancy M. (Dole) Poche’ on September 01, 2012 in Russell, Kansas.  When Nancy became ill, he devoted his attention full time to

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Ben J. Arnhold

Benjamin “Ben” Jacob Arnhold, 76, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 at Russell Regional Hospital. Ben was born January 7, 1943 in Hays, Kansas to Alexander and Marie (Schlageck) Arnhold. After birth they moved to Herington until Ben was 10 years old at which time the family moved to Russell, Kansas. He graduated from Russell High School and then attended Ft. Hays State University. Ben was united in marriage to Shirley Krug on August 14, 1965 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Russell. This union was blessed with four children; Anthony, Angela, Lorraine and Alexander. Ben served

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Eric D. Ouse

Eric David Ouse, 38, of Natoma, Kansas, died on Friday, August 09, 2019, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Eric was born on January 30, 1981, in Lodi, California, the son of Greg Ouse and Nancy Rogers.  He grew up in Hilmar, California, and graduated from Hilmar High School in 1999.  He moved to Kansas in 2008 and made his home in Natoma, Kansas.  He worked as a roughneck in the oilfield industry.  He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and spending time outdoors. Surviving family include his mother Nancy Brummer and husband Edward of Natoma, Kansas;

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Jim E. Blazer

James Everett “Jim” Blazer, II, 81, of Natoma, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at his home. Jim was born February 24, 1938, in Stafford, Kansas.  He was one of ten children born to James E. and Goldie (Pound) Blazer.  He grew up in St. John, Kansas and Basin, Wyoming.  He graduated from Basin High School. Jim was united in marriage to Ruby Daldeen Fortner on April 10, 1981, in St. John, Kansas.  This union was blessed with four children; Tammy, Jacci, James III, and Kelly.  They made their home in Great Bend, Kansas until 1999 when they moved

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James W. Betts

James W. Betts, 81, Topeka, formerly of Russell, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019. Jim was born May 20, 1938 in Kansas City, MO, and was adopted by George and F. Nadine (Howard) Betts. The family moved to Geneso and lived there through Jim’s high school years. He graduated from Geneso High School in 1956 and attended Sterling College. He served in the medical corps in the U.S. Navy. Jim married Carolyn Joan Hartman on November 3, 1963. They moved to Wichita in 1964, where they both worked in the Wichita Clinic. They moved to Russell in 1966 and Jim

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