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Gary Lower

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Gary K. “Sarge” Lower, age 82, of Iola, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.
Gary was born March 25, 1936, on a farm southeast of Iola to Samuel M. and Arlene (Walker) Lower. As a young boy his family moved all of the way across the road to his family’s farm. The family farm was homesteaded in 1886, making Gary and his siblings the fourth generation to live on the farm. Gary graduated from Humboldt High School with the class of 1954. He married his high school sweetheart, Vella Hobart, on April 8, 1957, in Miami, Okla. They made their home in Iola throughout their 61 years of marriage. Gary was a hard worker his entire life, working for 18 years at Nelson Quarry, 18 years as an HVAC installer for Dale’s Sheet Metal and then 13 years at Gates Rubber, retiring in December of 2005. Aside from work Gary loved to tend to his yard. He enjoyed going to the dirt track races and helping his son, Gary, while he was racing. Gary was an avid KU basketball fan. His love of people and easy smile will be remembered by many in his church family at the First Baptist Church where he was an ordained deacon.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Samuel M. Lower Jr. and John W. Lower.
He is survived by his wife, Vella of the home; daughter, Deborah Hegwald of Omaha, Neb.; son, Gary E. Lower and wife, Shannon of Iola; six grandchildren, Stacey Hegwald-Ebert and husband, Lee of Omaha, James Lower and wife, Jennifer of Iola, Trevor Hegwald and wife, Michelle of Elkhorn, Neb., Jennifer Hegwald-Anania and husband, Tony of Omaha, Kasha Lower-Bain and husband, Steven of Iola, and Gary M. Lower of Iola; and 15 great-grandchildren; brother Donald “Butch” Lower and wife, Mary Anne of Humboldt; and two sisters-in-law, Donna Lower-Nord of Iola and Judy Schroeder of Topeka.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 801 N. Cottonwood, Iola. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Humboldt. The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Condolences may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.

OBITUARIES

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Betty Friskel

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Friskel, age 85, passed away April 14, 2018, at her home in Iola. Betty was born May 17, 1932, in Pittsburg, to Martin Lero and Mary Beitzinger Lero. She grew up in the Pittsburg-Frontenac area, where she attended and graduated from Saint Mary’s School... [More]

Neva Baker

Neva Kathleen Baker, age 100, formerly of Iola, died Jan. 19, 2018 at Wheat State Manor, Whitewater. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Blue Mound Federated Church, Blue Mound. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. until the service time at the church. The family suggests... [More]

Ina Dody

Ina Jeanne Dody, 83, of Le Roy, died Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Yates Center Health and Rehab. No funeral services are planned. There will be a gathering at a later date to celebrate her life. Burial will be in Le Roy Cemetery. Van Arsdale Funeral Home in Le Roy is in charge... [More]

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Kendall Call

Kendall Dee Call, 87, of Iola, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018. He was born to Clifford E. and Emma L. (Hackett) Call on April 7, 1931, at the family home in Mildred. He had seven siblings; Beverly, Marilyn, Curtice, Merlyn, Jerry, Lawrence, and baby Joyce. Kendall graduated... [More]

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Helen Papusch

FORT WORTH — Helen Papusch, 93, a longtime children’s Sunday School teacher, went to be with Jesus Thursday, April 5, 2018. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Greenwood... [More]

Joseph Shrum

Joseph L. Shrum, age 60, of Iola, died at his home on March 17, 2018. He worked as a custodian for the Iola schools for 38 years. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the First Assembly of God Church, 1020 Carpenter St., Iola. Private inurnment... [More]

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NEWS

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Planting seeds

Ashley Dixon didn’t see a lot of community activism as she grew up in Parsons. But while she attended colleges in New York and Nashville, Dixon involved herself in numerous causes: Diversity training, workers’ rights, immigration and anti-racism efforts. Now, as... [More]

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Best in show

Katie Bauer, a senior at Iola High School, took “Best of Show” honors for her drawing, “Casual Elegance,” at the 31st annual High School Art Competition Friday, April 13, at Labette Community College. Bauer used colored pencil, pen and charcoal for this... [More]

Democrat hopefuls to appear at forum

The Allen County Democratic Party will host a public forum featuring six of the eight Democratic candidates for Kansas governor. The event kicks off Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Silas Bass North Community Hall at 505 N. Buckeye St. However, the public is invited for free, pre-event... [More]

LaHarpe City Hall searched

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Aging with Attitude

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School libraries get boost from PTO fundraisers

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Mildred in focus Saturday

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SPORTS

Sports Briefs

— Humboldt Middle School track competed in Yates Center Tuesday.  Five Cubs walked away with first place finishes including seventh-graders Carsyn Haviland in the 75-meter hurdles (14.56) and eighth- graders Kirstyn Murrow in the 3200 (15:26), Laken Hunter in the shot... [More]

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Pony track competes at Anderson County quad

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UNFAZED: Mustangs grab fourth and fifth-straight wins in emphatic fashion at Osawatomie

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Fillies let mistakes compound in losses at Osawatomie

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