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Ernest A. “Sonny” Stoppel

Ernest Alvin “Sonny” Stoppel, 75, of Russell, Kansas, died peacefully on Thursday, December 01, 2022, at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell, after a long battle with cancer. Earnest was known as Sonny by his family and was born on March 10, 1947, in Wilson, Kansas, the son of Carl Alvin and Pearl Mae (Bushell) Stoppel.  His family lived in several small towns around western Kansas, including Wilson, Lucas, Gorham and then moved to Russell.  He graduated from Russell High School and attended vo-tech studies in the electrician field.  He married Alice Kilian in 1971, but later was divorced.  He

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Rita J. Avila

Rita J. Avila, 65, of Russell, Kansas, died on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at her home in Russell. Rita was born on December 03, 1956, in Plainville, Kansas, the daughter of Stanley L. and Mary Lou (Simons) Richmond. She grew up in Plainville, Kansas, and graduated from Plainville High School. She worked for many years with Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas for many years as a caregiver. Surviving family include her brother Allan Richmond of Codel, Kansas as well as many cousins and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services are pending at this time. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler

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Lola Mae Boyd

Lola Mae Boyd, 82, of Paradise, Kansas, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2022 at her home with her family by her side. Lola was born November 18, 1940 in Osborne County, Kansas.  She was one of five children born to Russell and Grace (Finch) Boyd.  She grew up in Natoma, Kansas and graduated from Natoma High School.  Lola was a manager for Autozone Store in Omaha, Nebraska and a manager for Radio Shack.  Before that she was a draftsman for REMCO.  She lived in Omaha from 1991 to 2008, then she moved to Paradise.  Later in life she helped with

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Reva M. Berry

Reva Marie (Pooley) Berry, 78, of Natoma, Kansas, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2022 at her home with her family by her side. Reva was born December 6, 1943 on the family farm north of Paradise, Kansas.  She was the daughter of John and Eunice (Dougherty) Pooley.  Her family lived in Ash Grove, Kansas a short time before moving to Natoma in 1946.  She graduated from Natoma High School in the Class of 1961. Reva was united in marriage to Larry R. Berry on April 11, 1964 in Plainville, Kansas.  This union was blessed with six children; Tyrill, Tracey, Trisha,

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Harold F. “Bud” Beck

Harold Franklin “Bud” Beck, Jr., 74, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Friday, November 25, 2022 at the Lawrence Medical Health Center in Lawrence, Kansas. Bud was born August 14, 1948 in Plainville, Kansas.  He was the son of Harold F. Sr., and Reva (Rigby) Beck.  He grew up in Natoma, Kansas and graduated from Natoma High School in the Class of 67. Bud served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Bud was united in marriage to Peggy Ann Quinley on July 25, 1975 in Great Bend, Kansas.  This union was blessed with three sons, Nicholas,

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Terry L. Nuss

Terry LaVerne Nuss, 76, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Friday, November 25, 2022 at his home with his family by his side. Terry was born April 25, 1946 in Great Bend, Kansas.  He was one of three children born to Gerhardt and Delora (McCullough) Nuss.  He grew up in Great Bend and graduated from Great Bend High School.  He then attended Ft. Hays State University and obtained a degree in Business. Terry was united in marriage to Phyllis A Winn on September 12, 1981 in Denver, Colorado.  Terry worked in retail sales and was a general manager for a Liquor

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Cynthia L. Pitcock

Cynthia Lou Pitcock, 75, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Russell Regional Hospital. Cynthia was born January 24, 1947 in Russell, Kansas.  She was one of four daughters born to Dean and Marjorie (Pope) Dumler.  She grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School.  She graduated from Ft. Hays State University with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology.  She then attended and graduated from Frostburg University with a Masters Degree in Phycology.  Cynthia was difference maker. She held many executive positions at companies throughout her life. Cynthia was a devoted homemaker for her family. 

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Gordon R. Garrett

Gordon R. Garrett, 67, of Russell, Kansas, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 13, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. Gordon was born March 23, 1955 in Ellsworth, Kansas.  He was the son of Duane A. and Joan L. (Kaufman) Garrett.  He grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in the Class of 1973.  Gordon only missed one day of school from K – 12.  He then attended Colby Junior College where he played baseball and then attended Ft. Hays State University where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Athletic Training.  He then obtained

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Kip M. Boomhower

Kip Michael Boomhower, 58, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Monday, November 14, 2022 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Kip was born October 14, 1964 in Hoisington, Kansas.  He was one of three children to Gerald and Virginia (Tauscher) Boomhower.  He grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell High School. Kip was united in marriage to Kathy Curtis on May 12, 1990 in Hudson, Kansas.  This union was blessed with three children; Bailey, Jesse and Wyatt.  They made their home in Russell. Kip was a Rancher most all of his life here in Russell.  He was

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Sharyn C. Kilian

Sharyn Colene (Lambert) Kilian, 61, of Russell, Kansas, died on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at the St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. Sharyn was born on September 29, 1961, in Plainville, Kansas, the daughter of Elwyn James and Wilda Madeline (Hand) Lambert.  She grew up in Stockton, Kansas, and graduated from Stockton High School in 1979.  In her teenage years Sharyn worked in her mother’s café as a waitress & short order cook. After graduation she attended the Hays Academy of Hair Design in Hays, Kansas.  She was a beautician for over 30 years, during this time she also worked

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