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Richard Watson

Richard Lynn Watson was born on Feb. 27 in Iola 58 years ago to John Newton Watson and Ethylene Watson and died Sunday, Dec. 16, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Richard spent the early years of his life in Iola. He spent his later years traveling around the country before settling down in Stockton, Mo., 17 years ago.
During his travels he has done many things such as making boats to train horses. Richard had several years of adventure as the head wrangler of a guest ranch in Colorado, where he led vacationers on horseback though the Rocky Mountains. This is where he met his wife Debbie Becker.
Richard had a fascination with leather work and horses so he decided to embark on what would be his true calling, he started a custom saddle company.
Richard is survived by Deborah and Aiden Watson; two sons, Jason Watson and wife Lacey and their children and Jedadiah Watson and wife Carolyn and their children; two brothers, Stephan and Kent, and two sisters, Estella Robinson and Ethylene Stephens.
He was preceded in death by both parents and several siblings.

OBITUARIES

Margaret Smoot

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Margaret Jean Smoot, 86, formerly of Gas, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Iola Nursing Center.Margaret was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Mitchell, S.D., the daughter of Merrill and Helen Marie (Fuehrer) Goodsell. On Aug. 12, 1944, the Goodsell family moved to Gas. Margaret graduated... [More]

Stanley Miller

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Iola native Stanley A. Miller, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Grove, Okla.Funeral Services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Grove, with Father Alex Kennedy officiating. Stanley will be laid to rest beside his parents in Iola. Family and friends... [More]

Blanche Boman

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Our dear beloved aunt, Blanche N. Boman, 85, Las Cruces, N.M. entered eternal life on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Blanche was born July 28, 1929, in Moran to Archie E. Sr. and Ocie E. Dickenson Boman. On Dec. 15, 1960, Blanche left... [More]

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Technology suffers due to lack of funds

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ACC men’s soccer season ends with loss

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