Share |

Alfred Link


Alfred E. Link, 83, Iola, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Allen County Regional Hospital.
Alfred was born July 21, 1930, in Yates Center, the son of John J. and Frances V. (Denner) Link. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Yates Center and attended Cherry Creek School District 14, graduated from Yates Center High School in 1948 and Iola Junior College in 1950.
He farmed and also worked for 40 years for the Kansas National Guard as a battalion training NCO at the Iola National Guard. He retired with the top rank of Rtd. Command Sgt. Major. He was inducted into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame in 2008.
On June 6, 1964, Alfred married Phyllis M. (Adams) Gray at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Piqua. They made their home on the farm at Yates Center until moving to Iola in 1975. They built their new home on South Sycamore and moved in Dec. 31, 2001. Phyllis preceded him in death April 22, 2008.
His memberships include St. John’s Catholic Church, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, American Legion in Iola, Veterans Day Committee Chairman and Farm City Days Committee. He has coached girls softball and served on the Piqua Farmer’s Co-op Board of Directors and on the Southeast Kansas Swine Association.
Survivors are his two daughters, Maria Erb and husband, Dale, LaHarpe, and Susan Downey and husband, Stan, Newton; two brothers, Louis J. Link, Kensington, Md., and John “Jerry” Link, Pratt; two sisters, Sister Regina Mary Link, Leavenworth, and Ruth Deuschle, Prairie Village; four grandchildren, Virginia Marker and husband, Dustin, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Jennifer Hummel and husband, Robert, Olathe, Zachary Downey, Salina, and Brendan Downey, Newton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
The parish rosary will be recited at 10 a.m., Wednesday, and the celebration of the funeral mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Both will be at St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola. Burial will be at St. Martin’s Cemetery, Piqua.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church or Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame. Memorial gifts may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola.
To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to


John Robertson


John Robertson died unexpectedly in his sleep on Nov. 27, 2015 at his home in Newton.He was born on June 20, 1956, in Romeo, Mich. to John and Ruth (Pingle) Robertson.John married Karen Anne Meyers on April 22, 1978 in Royal Oak, Mich. They were married 37 years prior to his... [More]

Rex Piesker


Rex J. Piesker, 75, Greenville, Wis., went to his heavenly home on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, at Appleton Medical Center. He was born Dec. 1, 1939 in Elk City, son of the late John and Fannie (Owen) Piesker. Rex graduated in 1957 from Elsmore High School in Elsmore. He proudly served... [More]

Matt Oberzan


Matthew Joseph “Matt” Oberzan, 42, Joplin, passed away Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at his home, due to an accident in the garage while working on one of his classic cars.Matt was born on April 23, 1973 in Columbus, the son of Joseph and Jeanette (Graham) Oberzan. Matt... [More]

More Obituaries


School concerts fill Bowlus calendar


Holiday music takes center stage starting tonight at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.In all, the Bowlus will host eight concerts over the next 15 days from either USD 257 schools or Allen Community College. Admission is free of charge to all.The events:— The Iola High School... [More]

30-year waitress hangs up her apron


Audrey Wagner figured she’d share some laughs, memories and more than a few tears with her customers Monday.She was right.“It’s been very emotional,” she said, midway through her final shift. “I’ve been crying off and on most of the day.”Wagner,... [More]

New pastor finds dream come true in Iola


If such a thing as a pureblood Presbyterian exists, Iola’s First Presbyterian Church has found one in their new pastor, Linda Whitworth-Reed.  Though ordained only within the last decade, her roots travel deep into the bedrock of that tradition: Her father was a Presbyterian... [More]

More News

AP Video


All-Pioneer League Team features several Mustangs


The Iola High football program may have failed its team goal of making the playoffs, but the Mustangs were rewarded on an individual basis when the All-Pioneer League Team was announced this week.Five Mustangs made either the All-Pioneer League First or Second Team while three... [More]

IMS girls basketball results


IMS 8th grade results The Iola Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team hosted Independence on Monday night.The Ponies’ A team lost, 20-18 in overtime.Elysia Kunkler recorded a team-high 10 points. She also added six rebounds.Kelsey Morrison and Nissa Fountain... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription