John ”Jack” Wesley Ard

Aug. 8, 1931 – June 8, 2017

CARBONDALE — John ”Jack” Wesley Ard died June 8, 2017, at his home in Carbondale, with his wife and family members present. He was 85.

A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. July 1 at Scranton Community Center, 300 E. Boone, Scranton. A small lunch will be served following.

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Judith Lucille Pickens

Sept. 21, 1940 – May 29, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Judith Lucille Pickens died Monday, May 29, 2017, at her home. She was 76.

She was born Sept. 21, 1940, at Topeka, the daughter of Charles O. and Helen G. Peek. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1958.

She married Richard Ora Pickens Dec. 21, 1958, at Topeka. They met on a blind date set up by their friends. He survives of the home.

She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to play bingo but most importantly was her family who always came first.

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Virgil L. Silver

Dec. 21, 1927 – June 11,2017

TOPEKA — Virgil L. Silver, Lyndon, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 89.

He was born Dec. 21, 1927, at Burlingame, the son of Ralph and Lucille Hogle Silver. He grew up in Burlingame and graduated from Burlingame High School in 1945. In the late 1940s, he moved with his family to Lyndon, where he has lived since.

Donald Leon Urish

Nov. 11, 1931 – June 8, 2017

OVERBROOK — Donald Leon Urish died peacefully June 8, 2017, at Overbrook. He was 85.

He was born Nov. 11, 1931, at Scranton, the son of Lou and Ina Scovill Urish. He graduated from Scranton High School in 1949.

He married Nancy Badger on April 18, 1952. She survives.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956, which included a deployment to Germany during the Korean War, he returned to the family farm in Scranton. He lived and worked there for more than 30 years, until his retirement.

Maxine Miller

Dec. 1, 1924 – June 7, 2017

TOPEKA — Maxine Miller died Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Lexington Park Care Facility, Topeka. She was 92.

She was born Ruth Maxine Brecheisen Dec. 1, 1924, near Lyndon, the daughter of Clarence and Hallie McCreight Brecheisen. She lived all of her life near Lyndon until moving to Topeka in 2006.

Shirley Ellen Simmons

Feb. 6, 1937 – June 7, 2017

OVERBROOK — Shirley Ellen Simmons passed away peacefully, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, with her daughter, Vicky and son, Doc by her side. She was 80.

She was born Feb. 6, 1937, at Bear Creek, Mo., in Cedar County, the daughter of the late, Dewey and Gladys King, Stockton, Mo.

Ronald Holland

June 14, 1938 – June 3, 2017

HAMILTON — Ronald “Ronnie” Holland, Wichita, died Saturday, June 3, 2017, after suffering a massive heart attack while attending an All-School Class Reunion at Hamilton. He was 78.

He was born June 14, 1938, at Hamilton, the son of Elwood and Velma Crowell Holland. He graduated from Hamilton High School in 1955.

After graduation, he worked for several farmers and also on an oil-drilling rig in the Hamilton area. He then served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Carson, Colorado.

Robert Lee Barber

Oct. 4, 1932 – June 7, 2017

OVERBROOK — Robert Lee Barber, Overbrook, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at his home. He was 84.

He was born Oct. 4, 1932 at Allen, the son of Glen and Julia Hodgson Barber. He was raised on a farm. He attended several one-room schools throughout grade school, and graduated from Eskridge High School.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. For 27 and a half years he was employed at DuPont.

He married Wilma Baxter July 14, 1956, and to this union four children were born. She survives.



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