Leland Ray McMullen

May 6, 1949 - April 4, 2018

OSAGE CITY - Leland Ray McMullen died April 4, 2018, at his home in Osage City, after an illness consumed him the last few years of his life. He was 68.

He was born May 6, 1949, at Denison, the son of George W. McMullen Sr. and Bertha Morris McMullen.

He graduated from Denison High School in 1966, and worked on the family farm. Soon after graduation he started working for Hallmark Cards, Topeka, where he made a career as a warehouse specialist for 38 years, retiring in 2007.

Burn permits suspended

No burning today April 13

Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management Director announced that all burn permits are suspended for today, April 13, 2018. This is a no burn day. No outside burning allowed.

The Very High Fire Danger Index will be in the very high fire danger category.

Southerly winds will range from 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 40 and 50 mph.

Light weight lawn furniture or garbage cans could be blown around by the strong winds. Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult.

Burn permits suspended

No burning today April 13

Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management Director announced that all burn permits are suspended for today, April 13, 2018. This is a no burn day. No outside burning allowed.

The Very High Fire Danger Index will be in the very high fire danger category.

Southerly winds will range from 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 40 and 50 mph.

Light weight lawn furniture or garbage cans could be blown around by the strong winds. Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult.

Robert Pierson

Oct. 18, 1944 – April 12, 2018

OSAGE CITY — Robert "Bob" Pierson died Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Osage Nursing Manor, Osage City. He was 73.

He was born Oct. 18, 1944, at Omaha, Neb., the son of Alfred and Vera Gillette Pierson.

He grew up in Omaha, Neb., and attended schools there. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967, aboard the USS Newport News at Norfolk, VA. He worked for General Tire in Topeka and then for Plumbing by Carlson until his retirement in 2004.

He married Sharon Jean Kautz Sept. 11, 1965, at Elizabeth City, N.C. She survives.

Burn permits suspended

No burning today April 12

Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management Director announced that all burn permits are suspended for today, April 12, 2018. This is a no burn day. No outside burning allowed.

The Very High Fire Danger Index will be in the very high fire danger category.

Very high fire danger means, that fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. All outdoor burning should be avoided.

Gerald “Shot” Harr

June 21, 1932 – April 9, 2018

BURLINGAME — Gerald “Shot” Harr, Burlingame, died Monday, April 9, 2018. He was 85.

He was born June 21, 1932, at Lebo, the son of Arthur R. and Eva Marie Murdock Harr. He attended Lebo High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a gunner’s mate.

He worked for the State of Kansas before purchasing the Fina gas station at Burlingame. He also owned and operated Harr’s Camper Sales and Service for many years.

He married Patty Whitmore May 26, 1956. She survives.

Julia Kay Downs

Nov. 3, 1959 – April 9, 2018

READING — Julia Kay Downs died Monday, April 9, 2018, at her home near Reading. She was 58.

She was born Nov. 3, 1959, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia, the daughter of Glenn E. and Stephanie A Brezowski Craft. She attended Lebo High School and graduated with the class of 1977.

Following high school, she attended Emporia State University for a year before attending Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla., where she studied ranch management.

Anna Marie Knudsen Parker

Jan. 7, 1936 – April 6, 2018

WICHITA — Anna Marie Knudsen Parker died April 6, 2018. She was 82.

She was born Jan. 7, 1936, the daughter of Victor and Lucy Knudsen, Osborne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; and a son, Clinton Bruce Parker.

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Richard C. Peterson

Nov. 24, 1946 - April 4, 2018

EL PASO, Texas - Richard C. Peterson passed away peacefully April 4, 2018, at an El Paso, Texas hospital. He was71.

He was born Nov. 24, 1946, at Topeka, the son of Johnny and Margarette McFadden Peterson. He grew up on a farm in Burlingame, where he was a Boy Scout. He graduated in 1964, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves at Osage City.

He was a heavy equipment operator for many years and was currently self-employed in wire fabrication.

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