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Raymond Valentine


Raymond Murl (Ray) Valentine, 80, Eureka, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Greenwood County Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Iola, the son of Vernon and Neita Valentine.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Koup Family Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Eureka.

Memorial donations may be made to Christian and Congregational Church or the Greenwood County Cancer Support Group and left in care of Koup Family Funeral Home at P.O. Box 595, Eureka, KS 67045.



John Robertson


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Rex Piesker


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Matt Oberzan


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School concerts fill Bowlus calendar


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30-year waitress hangs up her apron


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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]

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All-Pioneer League Team features several Mustangs


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IMS girls basketball results


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