Obituaries

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Beryl Thomas

Beryl Darwyn Thomas, 82, died November 26, 2017 in his home. He was born on February 3, 1935 in Courtland, Kans. to Paul Dennis and Edna Grace (Tantlinger) Thomas. He attended school in Courtland, Kansas until he graduated in 1953. He served as a helicopter mechanic in the U.S. Army from March 1957 to February 1959 during the Korean War, and then in the National Guard for 20 years afterward. He held several jobs which included being a mechanic, drug store courier, wood furniture maker, and custodian. On October 24, 1959 he married Glenna Joyce Johnson. Together they had five children: Terry, Tonia, Travis, Tia, and Thad. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Dennis and Duwayne Thomas and a grandson Matthew Boyer.

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Frank J. Vesely

Frank John Vesely, the son of Jacob Vesely and Johanna (Ledvinka) Vesely, was born September 19, 1924 on the family farm in rural Munden, Kans., and died on November 30, 2017 at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, Kans. at the age of 93 years, two months, and 11 days. He grew up in rural Munden, receiving his education at the Whitelock Country School. He was a lifetime farmer on the family home place. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters: Jim Vesely, Mollie Krob, Jenny Krob, Charlie Vesely, Barbara Havel, Mary Rudolph, and Ann Houdek. He is survived by nieces and nephews. Graveside services were December 4 at the Regester Cemetery, rural Munden, with Pastor Jeremy Wittwer, officiating. Memorials to family choice. Online condolences at www.bachelor-surber.com. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements.

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Larry Hinkle

Larry Gene Hinkle, 76, Salina, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017. He was born in Salina, Kansas to Garland E. Hinkle and Irene Mae (Williams) Hinkle. He taught at Hillcrest High School and went on to receive his Master’s Degree. He married the love of his life, Lou, on November 26, 1964 in Lindsborg, Kansas. To this union were two beautiful daughters. Larry had a passion for life, teaching, a great sense of humor, poker, antiques and Elvis; but most of all he enjoyed his family. He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl (Doug) Plummer and Wanda Hinkle; brother Garland (Sue) Hinkle; sister Sue (Chuck) Engel; grandchildren, Drew and Alyssa Smith, Morgan, Vanessa, Grant, Hannah and Aidan Peterson, John and Sam Plummer; significant other Terry McPherson; many other family and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Spring. Condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerfhvc.com Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center. 

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Dorothy M. Bowersox

 

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William Hedge

William “Bill” Hedge was born in Kalispell, Mont. August 12, 1968 to Donna and Clarence Hedge, and died Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebr. He grew up in Columbia Falls, Mont. and graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 1986. He went to respiratory therapy school and became a licensed therapist. He lived and worked in Dillon and Kalispell. He moved to Republic and lived there with his wife, Robin, until his death. He is survived by his wife, Robin; two daughters, Ariel and Olivia; parents Clarence and Donna Hedge; sister Joy Trottier. He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Smith- Greer. Funeral services will be December 9 at 10 a.m. at the Belleville Wesleyan Church

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Maude E. Kopsa

Maude E. Kopsa, 96, of Belleville, died December 5, 2017. Services are pending and will be announced by Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS.

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Calvin Schou

Calvin E. Schou, 92, Agenda, Kans. died Monday, November 27, 2017 in Belleville, Kans. He was born May 5, 1925 near Jamestown, Kans. to Einer and Leota (Trotter) Schou. He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1943 and enlisted into the US Marine Corps in November 1943. During his 28 months of service without furlough, he saw action in Guam, Guadalcanal and Okinawa. He was honorably discharged April 3, 1946. He married Carol L. Eddleman on December 5, 1948 in Lamar, Colo. To this union three children were born: Carmen, Einer and Celise. The couple farmed in the Kackley and Jamestown areas before moving to a farm near Agenda where they farmed together until her death in 2000. In addition to farming and ranching, he also auctioneered. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Carol; brothers Rex and Niles; and sisters Evelyn and Eva Jean.

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Dean Brewer

Dean Decker Brewer, a lifetime resident of rural Norway, Kansas, died at the Republic County Hospital, Belleville, Kansas, the morning of November 25, 2017. He was born to Joseph Elmer Brewer and Norma Marie Brewer on February 18, 1927 at their home, near Norway. To their union six sons were born: John, Joseph, Owen, Archie, Melvin and Dean. His mother passed on while he was an infant. Dean married Irma Elaine Ames on January 29, 1950. To that union, four children were born: Dana Evan Brewer, Diane Ruth Johnson, JoDee Marie Rothfuss, and Sheri Lynn Johnson. Dean completed grade school at Fairview school near Norway and graduated from Concordia High School in 1945. Dean earned a Bachelors degree from Kansas State University and taught at and was principal of Norway Grade School for several years. He and his wife, Irma, then farmed for many years with his father, Joe while raising their family. Dean was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, as his Lord and Savior.

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Patricia Kuchera

Patricia L. Kuchera, age 84, entered into rest on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village in Concordia, Kansas. She was born at Concordia, Kans. on January 11, 1933 to William and Mabel (Nelson) Russell. Patricia married Joseph Kuchera on June 5, 1955 in Concordia, Kansas. She was a 1951 graduate of Concordia High School. Patricia worked for Switzer Studio, Gordon Credit and Collections, and Scott’s Specialty Supply all of Concordia. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Daughters of American Revolution, The Red Hat Society. Patricia volunteered many hours for the Orphan Train and Cloud County Historical Museum. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, collecting dolls and most of all spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

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Beryl D. Thomas

Beryl D. Thomas, 82, of Courtland died on November 26, 2017. Cremation was selected and memorial services will be held at a later date. Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements.

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