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  • JEAN PETERKA

    Jean E. Peterka died on Wednesday, July 30, 2014,  at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan. The funeral mass was at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Wichita on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 9:30 a.m. with a burial following. Her grandson, the Rev. Peter O’Donnell, will be officiated.

  • WARREN MCCRACKEN

    Warren V. McCracken, 90, of Belleville died July 31, 2014. He was born March 14, 1924, in rural Cuba, the youngest son of Thaddeus L. McCracken and Myrtle (Dorman) McCracken. He served with the United States Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Gladys Bednar on

  • GABRIEL RAYAS

    Gabriel Richard Rayas, 71, Salina, died July 31, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 24, 1943, in Kendall, the son of Jess and Dolores (Coronado) Rayas. Gabe was an army veteran serving from 1964 to 1966. He worked in the optical profession for 45 years working for Duffens

  • LOUISE WINTER

    Louise M. Winter, 92, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. The family provided the following information. Louise was born on Feb. 23, 1922, in Shields, the daughter of George and Maude (Kackley) Maddy.  Louise earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees

  • HOWARD KITTERMAN

    Howard I. Kitterman,102, of Manhattan, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Homestead Assisted Living, Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. He was born on Sept. 6, 1911, in Durham, the son of William Lee & Ella (Knox) Kitterman. Howard was proud of his service in the

  • HERMAN WIARD

    Herman Wiard, 93, Manhattan, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. He was born on Oct. 25, 1920, in rural Riley County near Manhattan, the son of Herman Earl and Mary (Crider) Wiard. On May 14, 1942, he was married to Verna Alice Johnson in Leonardville. She

  • SOPHIA GENEVA DAVIDSON

    Sophia Geneva (Gene) Davidson died Sunday, July 27, 2014. The family provided the following information. Gene was the daughter of George and Ruby Croft, and was born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1925. She moved to Manhattan after marrying Loren Irving Davidson (Dave) on Nov. 6, 1943. She raised her

  • HERMAN R. WIARD

    Herman R. Wiard, 93, of Manhattan, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Mercy Regional Health Center. Arrangements are pending with Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

  • PAUL BRANSON

    Paul Branson, 47, presentation editor of the St. Joseph News-Press, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his parents’ home in Osawatomie. He was there recovering from a serious motorcycle accident when he collapsed. Attempts to revive him by family members and EMTs were unsuccessful. The family provided the

  • MALAKAI ROWLAND-VAN HORN

    Malakai Isaac Dean Rowland-Van Horn, 23, of Clay Center, died of cancer Friday, July 25, 2014, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. He was born on Oct. 13, 1990, at Fort Riley. On June 4, 2011, at Clay Center, he was married to Diamond Lou. She survives of the


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