Clay Co., KS AHGP-Obituaries "L"


Clay County Obits "L"


If you have any obituaries published before 1923 that you would like to contribute to the page, please send them to me and I will add them. Obituaries published after 1922 will be abstracted to avoid copyright violations. All obits below are abstracted from the Clay Center Dispatch unless otherwise noted. Other obituaries may be found in extractions from the Wakefield (part 1), Wakefield (part 2), Industry and Morganville newspapers found elsewhere on this site.
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Monday afternoon the people of this city were shocked when the report was circulated that Elmer Lacey had shot himself. There was no apparent cause for such an act, and it came as a sad surprise to his family and friends. Mr. Lacey went to Junction City Friday morning after his wife and two children, from whom he had been separated since Christmas. He returned to Longford with them Monday morning on the Santa Fe, Their other little child, a little boy, had been here with his father and they intended to start home life new. After dinner Mr. and Mrs. Lacey were in their room at the hotel. He asked her to go down stairs and get some letters and bring them up. She returned in just a minute to get the key to the trunk, and the door was locked, but he let her in and gave her the key. When she returned with the letters she found the door locked again but this time she could get no response. She called the other members of the family and when the door was broken down he was found dead. He used a small 22 caliber revolver and to make sure of reaching his heart he opened his shirt and pressed the barrel of the gun between his ribs. Evidently it killed him instantly. The coroner was called from Clay Center but an inquest was not necessary and some none was held. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Evangelical Church and interment was in the Athelstane Cemetery. (Longford Leader, Apr. 3, 1913)
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Dora Lou Laflin born April 17, 1920, at Clay County, the daughter of Martin Luther and Florence (Conrow) Harris; died June 1, 2004; married Nolan Laflin July 30, 1939; who preceded her in death in 1995.; also preceded by one son, Nolan Norman Laflin Jr., one brother and two sisters; survived by one son, two sisters, five grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
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LAFLIN, MARGARETTE AMELIA (Walker) -- Maggie Amelia Walker was born in Morgan county, Illinois, February 7,1852. She lived in different places in Missouri and in Atchison, Kan., until about twenty years ago when she moved to Clay Center. She was married to John E. Laflin in Clay Center November 26, 1896, who is left to mourn the loss of a devoted wife. She also leaves a step-mother, one full sister, four half-sisters and three half-brothers, as well as other numerous relatives and friends. She was a good neighbor and true friend and wherever there was sickness or distress she was always ready to render whatever assistance she could. Mrs. Laflin died at her home on West Court street January 3, 1913, and was buried at Greenwood cemetery January 5. Services were conducted at the home by Rev.John Endacott and the funeral was attended by a large number of friends who came to pay their last tribute to the departed. Music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mrs. J.A. Hanna, Miss Ada Humfeld, Fred Parrott and Wm. McAnlis. (Clay Center Dispatch Clay Center, KS Jan. 9, 1913)
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Died, at Oak Hill, Clay Co., Kans., at the home of her grandmother, Mary A. Sargent, Aug 24, 1897, of consumption, Sister Addie, daughter of Bro. William and Sister Amy J. Lake. Deceased was born April 2, 1877. At the age of thirteen she was baptized into the Brethren church. About two months previous to her death she was anointed by Eld. E. E. Root. By her request the funeral services were conducted by D. J. Kale. Her mother, sister and three brothers preceded her to the other shore. (Gospel Messenger)
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In the bounds of the Chapman Creek Brethren church, near Oak Hill, Kans., Feb. 24, 1896, of consumption, Bro. David Delbert Lake, son of William Lake, aged 17 years, 1 month and 25 days. Deceased united with the church five years ago and lived faithful till death. Funeral services by Bro. J. F. Hantz and the writer. --by Benj. Forney. (Gospel Messenger)
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Pearl Loader was born in Clay Center, Kansas on September 22, 1884; died August 14, 1915 at the age of 30 years, 10 months and 22 days. She spent her whole life in Dickinson and Clay counties. She was married to Fred Lacey on June 27, 1902, and to this union one child, Clifford, was born. Besides her husband and son she leaves to mourn her loss an aged mother and grandmother, seven brothers and two sisters, Thomas, Charles, George, Robert, William, Emery, Allen and Florence of this place, and Mrs. Rosa Davidson of Sumner County, Kansas. All were present at the funeral except for Mrs. Davidson. Funeral services were held from the home and the remains were laid to rest at Greenridge Cemetery. [an article in the previous issue said she had shot herself at her mother's home because she was despondent over her health] (Longford Leader, Aug. 26, 1915)
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Celia Anne Lamb, 77, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Clay Center; born Aug. 3, 1930, in Webster County, Neb., the daughter of Follette and Sadie (Gouldie) Fox; married Elwin Lamb on June 11, 1950; he preceded her in death on March 23, 2003; also preceded in death by one son, Michael Lamb and one daughter, Michelle Lamb; survived by two daughters, Mitzi Tyrell and husband Gailen of Wakefield and Melodie Kearn and husband Gary of Clay Center; one sister, Marilyn Peterson of Santa Clara, Calif.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
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Helen Bernice Langley, 83, died Friday, June 15, 2007, in Salina; born Feb. 2, 1924, at Clay Center, the daughter of Cecil and Violet (Randel) Marsh; married Roy D. Langley on Jan. 5, 1947; he preceded her in death Nov. 29, 1998; also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Pam Langley and one brother, Robert Marsh Jr.; survived by two sons, Robert Langley of Salina and Rick Langley of Salina; and four grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
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Harold A. Langvardt, 90, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at Clay Center; born Aug. 22, 1916, at Junction City, the son of Jesse and Ada (Collins) Langvardt; married Lois Mason on Oct. 8, 1943; preceded in death by one daughter, seven brothers and five sisters; survived by his wife, Lois Langvardt of Clay Center; three sons, Denny Langvardt and wife Karen of Clay Center, Daryl Langvardt of Clay Center and Greg Langvardt and wife Dawn of Clay Center; one brother, Art Langvardt of Hastings, Neb.; one sister, Faye Glidewell of Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
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Samuel Langworthy, a long time resident of Clay Center, and prominent in all the affairs of this place, died last Friday afternoon, April 10, at the Clay Center hospital, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Langworthy was born at Lodswell, Devonshire, England in the year 1847, and came to this country, and to the state of Kansas, in 1870. In his early years years here he was a farmer in the northeast part of the county, but later sold his farming interests and became an auctioneer, here in Clay Center. He was also a Justice of the Peace and at one time filled the office of constable of this place. He leaves no relatives in this country, but is survived by two sisters in England. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Rose undertaking rooms, under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, of which he was a member. A large procession of friends from all over the county followed the body to Greenwood Cemetery, where he was laid to rest next to two of his friends from early days, Wirt W. Walton and C. E. Gifford. (CC Times, April 16, 1914)
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Anna Christina Largent, 81, formerly of Oak Hill, died April 20, 1964 in Topeka. She was born March 11, 1883 in Clay County. Survivors include her husband, Arthur, of Topeka; daughters Grace Waterman of Howell, Michigan and Wilma Greer of Silver Lake; sons, Earl of Oak Hill and Ernest of Topeka; and a sister, Lizzie Struthers of Florida. Burial April 24 at Mt. Liberty Cemtery, west of Oak Hill. (abstract, Salina Journal, April 22, 1964)
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Mrs. Carl E. Larson, 54, Clay Center, died Thursday in a Topeka hospital. The funeral will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Merl Schwensen chapel. She is survived by her husband, and a daughter, Marilyn, of the home. unknown paper June 16, 1957
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Marie Pearl Larson born Jan. 25, 1922, in Clay County, the daughter of James Herman and Bertha (Elsasser) McNeal; died Oct. 30, 1999 in Olathe; preceded in death by a brother; married Eric G. Larson April 23, 1941, and he survives as well as a son, a daughter, two sisters, six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild; burial will be in Liberty Cemetery north of Chapman
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The body of Ruth Latimer, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Latimer of Dighton, Kansas, was brought to Longford Sunday night to be laid to rest in the Athelstane Cemetery. The little one, a mere baby a little more than one year old, was drowned Saturday evening in a boiler of water on the porch of the Latimer home. The boiler had been partially filled with water and was left sitting on the porch. The little girl was playing alone on the porch and fell into the boiler and drowned. It was sometime before she was found and although everything possible was done to revive her it was of no use. The family started early Sunday morning for Longford in an automobile and arrived here late Sunday night. Funeral services from the U. E. church in Longford were held at 10 o'clock Monday forenoon, with interment in the Athelstane Cemetery. (Longford Leader, Apr. 10, 1913)
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Gene Law, 60, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at his home in Abilene; born Aug. 8, 1945, at San Francisco, Calif., the son of Dixon and Ruby (Kellenbach) Law; married Sandy Sanford Aug. 26, 1965; preceded in death by one daughter, Tanya Law and his father, Dixon Law; survivors include his wife Sandy Law of the home in Abilene; one daughter, Yvonne Liby of Salina; two sons, Brad Law of Clay Center and Jared Law of Longford; his mother, Ruby Hugg of Abilene; two brothers, Dr. Kent Law of Abilene and Bevin Law of Longford; and seven grandchildren; burial in the Keystone Cemetery
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Winifred Mary Leatherman, 83, Wakefield, died Thursday, June 12, at Wakefield Rehabilitation Center; born Aug. 23, 1913, at Wakefield; worked for Upland Insurance Co. and with the Civil Service; owned and operated the Young Hatchery, Wakefield, from 1941 until 1958; married Lowell Leatherman in 1942; he preceded her in death in 1978; survived by son, James "Jim" Leatherman, St. Joseph; two daughters, Judy Martin, Glendale, Ariz., and Carol Klinger, Grand Rapids, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; burial at Highland Cemetery, Wakefield. (abstract, Manhattan Mercury, June 13, 1997)
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Mrs. Israel Lee received a telegram Friday that her husband had died at Stroud, Okla., on that day, and in response to the message, his son Clarence Lee left on the night train, to make arrangements for the funeral which occurred at Enid, Okla., on Sunday. Mrs. Lee went to Oklahoma Saturday to attend the funeral, returning home the first of the week. Mr. Lee was an old soldier and belonged to Phil Sheridan Post of Clay Center. (The Clay Center Times, Nov. 5, 1908)
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Mrs. Clarence Lee, who at one time made her home in this county, died the last of last week at Fredonia, Kan., while on her way to Clay county, in company with her husband, from Oklahoma for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Loader, of the Industry neighborhood. Mr. Loader went to Fredonia and on Monday accompanied the body to his home. Death was due to typhoid fever, and in passing away Mrs. Lee leaves a husband, a little son, her parents and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service were held at 2 o'clock, at Industry, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Smith. Interment was made in the Green Ridge cemetery. (The Clay Center Times, Sep. 26, 1914)
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The one day old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lee died Tuesday morning. A short funeral service was held at the family residence at 2:30 p. m. and the little one was laid away in Greenwood [actually Greenridge] cemetery. (The Clay Center Times, Oct. 14, 1909)
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Wayne Lefert, son of Henry Lefert of Upland, was accidently shot last Thursday while playing. The funeral was held from the family home Sunday afternoon. (Longford Leader, July 17, 1913)
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Delana Kay Lehmann, 26, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo; born Nov. 20, 1979, at Salina, the daughter of Merlin and Judy (Lowry) Adee; married Greg Lehmann June 5, 2004; survivors include her husband, Greg Lehmann of Abilene; her mother, Judy Adee of Abilene; her father, Melvin Adee of Miltonvale; and one sister, Glenda Flora of Quinter; burial in the Rose Meron Cemetery north of Longford.
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Died, Sunday evening, Sept. 12th in this city, Mrs. George (Emma) Lemley, aged 24 years. She was born on the 30th day of January, 1862, was buried Tuesday, Sept. 14. She leaves a husband and two children, boy of ten days and Mary, a girl of 2 years of age to mourn her. (Clay Center Democrat, Sept. 16, 1886)
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Loretta May Lewis, 61, of Longford, died Aug. 30, 1975 at Minneapolis. She was born in Rooks Co. on Jan. 27, 1917. Survivors include her husband, Merle; two daughters, Phyllis of Enterprise and Mrs. LeRoy Grigsby of Prescott; three brothers, Gordon and Leo Macy, both of Portis, and Leon Macy of Del Norte, Colo.; four sisters, Charlotte Dornbos of Belgrade, Mont., Lorene Nickerson of Belleville, Bessie McMinn of Longford and Arlene Lincoln of Del Norte, Colo. Burial was Sept. 2 at the Wesleyan Cemetery near Oakhill.
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Charles Samuel Limbrey was born in the village of Ballan Hill, Surrey county, England, and passed away May 26, 1921, at Topeka, Kans., at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 27 days. In 1851 he went from England to Montreal, Canada and in March 1857 came from Montreal to New York City. In March, 1862 he responded to the call for service to his adopted country and enlisted in Company K, 11th New York cavalry and served until the end of the war. On February 26, 1867, Mr. Limbrey was united in marriage with Miss Sarah M. VanDine and to this union nine children were born. three sons and four daughters, having preceded the father in death, in April 1886. Mr. and Mrs. Limbrey came to Kansas and settled on a homestead near Clifton, where they lived until a few years ago. when they went to Topeka. Mr. Limbrey was a member of the United Brethren church and the G. A. R. and was a good citizen and is kindly remembered in the community where he lived so many years. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, one son, Charles Limbrey, of Clifton, and one daughter, Selina J., also of Clifton, and seven grandchildren. The body was brought to Clifton and the funeral for this old veteran was held at the Clifton Presbyterian church on memorial Sunday, and was conducted by Rev. E. M. Nunnally of Hope. Burial was made in the Vining cemetery. (Clay Center Times, June 9, 1921)
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Erma L. Lippe, 92, died Friday, March 3, 2006, in Leonardville; born July 5, 1913, at Lebanon, Kan., the daughter of Fred Roy and Alma Minnie (Dickey) Good; married Orville R. Lippe Feb. 26, 1933; preceded in death by her husband; survivors include two sons, Maynard Lippe of Chillicothe, Mo. and Rayburn Lippe and wife Betty of Topeka; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; burial at the Bloom Cemetery
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Lilley, Roy, died Oct. 29, 1979 in Salina; born Sept. 11, 1888 in Finney Co. to Edward and Zella Lilley; spent most of his life in the Industry and Longford area; preceded in death by his first wife, Tressa Hoffman Lilley and two daughters and a son; survived by his wife, Grace, and two stepchildren, and a granddaughter, Nancy Henry of Manhattan and grandson Emmett James of Beatrice, NE; burial Nov. 1, 1979 in Greenridge Cemetery. (abstract Abilene Reflector Chronicle, unknown date)
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Martin O. Lindon, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at Brentwood, N.H.; born March 21, 1915, at Ladysmith; married Violet M. Bauer on Jan. 7, 1945; preceded in death by his son and daughter- in-law, Wayne and Nancy Ware Lindon in 1981 and one sister, Virginia Gardner; survived by his wife, Violet Lindon of the home in Brentwood, N.H.; and one sister, Phyllis Pierce and husband Greg; no burial information. )
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Ava Livengood, 90, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Clay Center; born Jan. 2, 1916, at Manchester, the daughter of Roy and Pauline (Gerardy) Matteson; married Martin Livengood April 7, 1937; he preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2000; also preceded in death by one son, Duane Livengood, one sister, one brother and two granddaughters; survivors include two daughters, Shirley Scripter and husband Don of Clay Center and Wava Ware and husband Gersh of Longford; one sister, Evelyn Oard of Clay Center; one brother, Calvin Matteson and wife Mary of Abilene; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; burial in Athelstane Cemetery
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Martin J. Livengood born Jan. 27, 1915, at Longford, the son of James E. and Myrtle (Martin) Livengood; died Feb. 5, 2000; preceded in death by a son, two granddaughters, two brothers and three sisters; married Ava Matteson April 7, 1937, and she survives of the home, as well as two daughters, four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; burial at Athelstane Cemetery
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Christina Annette Livingston, 34, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at Topeka; born June 18, 1973, at Lexington, Tenn., the daughter of Phillip and Pamela (Dunivan) McCollum; married Troy Livingston on Jan. 14, 2006, at Clyde; survived by her husband, Troy Livingston of the home at Wakefield; two daughters, Taylor Dawn Haney and Peyton Cheyenne Haney; her father, Phillip McCollum of Lexington, Tenn.; her mother, Pamela McCollum of Wakefield; one sister, Tanya McCollum of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, Beau Horner of Wakefield; grandparents, Carl and Martha Dunivan of Lexington, Tenn. and Ben and Bobbi Homewood of Wakefield; burial in Highland Cemetery.
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Hazel Irene Lloyd, 86, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, in Wichita; born March 7, 1918, at Clay County, the daughter of Ramer and Minnie (Bergin) Sanneman; married Kenneth Thomas Lloyd June 4, 1941; preceded in death by one son, Steve Lloyd and two brothers; survived by her husband, Kenneth Lloyd of Green; one daughter, Cheryl Lloyd of Atlanta, Ga.; one son, Richard Lloyd and wife Judy of Palmer; two grandchildren; one step grandchild; two great grandchildren; and four step great grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
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Kenneth Lloyd, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at Clay Center; born Oct. 17, 1915, in Clay County, the son of Walter and Emma (Pfile) Lloyd; married Hazel Sanneman on June 4, 1941; she preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2004; also preceded in death by one son, Steven Lloyd and a brother, Robert Lloyd; survived by one son, Richard Lloyd and wife Judy of Palmer; one daughter, Cheryl Lloyd of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and four step-great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
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INDUSTRY: The sad news has just reached us that James Loader had passed away. His many friends will be sorry to hear this as he was one of the earliest settlers here. His wife proceeded him to the grave a few weeks before. (Longford Leader, Feb. 6, 1913)
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The funeral for William A. Loader, 59, a life-long resident of Industry, was held at Abilene on Monday, with burial in the Greenridge Cemetery. He is survived by two sons, Elvin of Topeka and Sgt. Melvin of Ft. Knox, Ky.; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Plumb of Stamford, Conn. and Mrs. Ruby Johnson, Lincoln, Neb.; one sister, Mrs. Florence Steffen of Detroit; three brothers, Robert, Allen and Emery, all of Industry. unknown paper, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1953
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George Lohman, the six year old grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Schiltz of this city, died Saturday morning at the Lohman home in Kansas City. He was well known in Clay Center, having visited here many times with his mother and his twin brother, Edwin, and was a great favorite with his many Clay Center friends. The body was brought to Clay Center Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock funeral services were held at the Catholic church in this city. The pall bearers, C. L. Immele, J. C. Wernette and Joe Esslinger, laid the little body at rest in the Catholic cemetery. (Clay County Times, Aug. 4, 1914)
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Died, in Clay Center, Kans., in the bounds of the Chapman Creek church, Feb. 22, 1896, of bronchitis, sister Mary Long, aged 80 years and 11 months. She was born near Springfield, Ohio. Her husband died thirty-six years ago. She came to Kansas in 1866 and lived in the Pleasant Grove church. In 1884 she moved to Clay Center. She was a member of the Brethren church for thirty-five years. Services by J. F. Hantz and the writer. -- by Benj. Forney. (Gospel Messenger)
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Mrs. Martha Loveland died Wednesday afternoon, January 21, at the home of her son, Howard G. Loveland, in Bloom twp., at the age of seventy four years, three months and five days. Short services were held at the Loveland home Thursday morning and the body was shipped immediately to her old home at Prairie Du Chein, Wis., accompanied by Howard and Walter Loveland. (CC Times, Jan. 29, 1914)
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Dr. C. C. Lewis received the sad news on Sunday that his sister, Mrs. Twila Ludwig, has passed away at her home in Spokane, Washington. It was sad but not unexpected, as she had been sick a year. Miss Nellie Lewis has been out there the past year, nursing her, and everything was done that loving hands and hearts could do, but the dear one has left us for a little while, gone where there are no more goodbyes. (Longford Leader, Jan. 16, 1913)
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Linden H. Lund, 85, Green, died Sept. 18 at his home; born July 29, 1912, at Lasita to John and Sophie Erickson Lund; married Marjorie Hanson on Oct. 8, 1938; she died Nov. 18, 1989; also was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister; survived bt a son, John Lund, Assaria; two daughters, Darlene Cavender and Sandra Stogsdill, both of Green; two brothers, Lester Lund, Leonardville, and Gilbert Lund, Green; a sister, Emily Moore, Westmoreland; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. (abstract, Manhattan Mercury, Sept. 19, 1997)
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Pauline Lund, 91, died Sunday, January 29, 2006, at Leavenworth; born Nov. 5, 1914, at Phillipsburg, the daughter of Roy and Margaret (Abbott) Fulton; preceded in death by two daughters, two brothers and two sisters; survivors include two sons, Donald Woodard of Phoenix, Ariz. and Larry Lund and wife Joy of Clay Center; two daughters, Marlene Scott of Liberty, Mo. and Sherrie Persyn and husband John of Leavenworth; one sister, Carmitta Wolf of Red Oak, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery
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Dale D. Luthi died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at Newport, Ark.; born Dec. 18, 1923, in rural Wakefield; preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his daughter, Esther Mae Luthi; three brothers, Emeal Luthi, Evans Luthi and Herman Luthi; and three sisters, Evelyn Bergmeier, Bernice Sherbert and Arlene Daley; survived by his wife, Harriet M. (Bennett) Luthi; one daughter, Sharon Henry of Versailles, Mo.; two stepsons, Robert Jordan of Newport, Ark. and David Jordan of Gainesville, Mo.; one brother, Dean Luthi of Junction City; two sisters, Jaunita McKee of Kansas City, Mo. and Beverly Montgomery of Clay Center; and three grandchildren; burial in Sullins Cemetery.
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Jesse L. Luthi, 63, a retired teacher and minister, died Saturday at a Salina hospital. Survivors include his wife, Ann; three daughters, Carol Ann of Youngstown, Ohio, Joyce Marie, of Washington, D. C.; and Norma Jean of the home; five brothers, Charles of Oakhill, Alfred of Longford, John of Arlington, Wash., Frank of Valley Falls and Emil of Cortez, Colo.; three sisters, Mrs. Emma Hinkel of Ottawa, Mrs. Clara Tyrell of Abilene and Alice Luthi of Minneapolis. Burial will be Tuesday in the Greenridge Cemetery near Industry. unknown paper, Monday, Jan. 10, 1972
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