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Ronald Call

Ronald Lee Call, 77, Yates Center, passed away early Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at his home.
Ron was born Jan. 27, 1941, in Iola, the son of Delmar and Launa (Merryman) Call.
He spent most of his childhood in LaHarpe, and graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1959. He then earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Emporia State University. He taught and coached at schools in Hollenberg, Welda, Greeley, Madison, Anthony and Moran. Coaching was his passion, as he enjoyed providing kids the fundamentals to succeed not only in sports but in life. He had taken several of his high school teams to state tournaments and was named to the coaching staff for the first Kansas Shrine Bowl. He left a legacy from his coaching and had a positive influence on numerous students. Over the years he continued his education and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
In 1981 he moved to Yates Center and became a magistrate judge representing Woodson County. He served as president of the Kansas District Judges Association and served on the legislative committee. He retired as district judge in 2002.
Ron was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Crown Victoria Car Club and enjoyed his car collection. He was also known as a great storyteller.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Dana Paddock.
He leaves Linda, his wife of more than 55 years, of the home in Yates Center; his daughter, Cindy Boyd and husband David, McLouth; his son, Jack Call and wife Connie, Emporia; four grandchildren, Rebecca Boyd, Lawrence, Ashley Boyd, McLouth, and Brooke and Baylee Call, Emporia; his sister, Peggy Paddock and husband David, Ottawa; a nephew, Justin Paddock and wife Janet, Ottawa; three great-nieces; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Cremation is planned. The family will meet with friends at 1 p.m. Saturday at Campbell Funeral Home in Yates Center before proceeding to Yates Center Cemetery for 2:30 p.m. Masonic graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Shrine Bowl or the American Diabetes Assoc., and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home, PO Box 188, Yates Center, KS 66783.

OBITUARIES

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Charlotte Swift

Charlotte Arvada (Lammon) Swift, 86, Colony, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at Parkview Heights, Garnett. She was born in Hartman, Colo., on Jan. 29, 1932, to Jay Lammon and Ora Dill Lammon. She met the love of her life while still in high school, and married Robert Elmer... [More]

Denny McBride

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Jeff Haen

Jeffery S. Haen, age 47, of Iola, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at his home. Jeff is the second of two children born to Nancey Haen. Jeff was born on June 25, 1970, at Allen County Hospital, Iola. He grew up in Iola and Uniontown before they moved to Missouri, where he... [More]

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David Skidmore

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Roberta West

Roberta Mariea West, 90, Colony, passed away in the presence of her family at St. Luke’s Hospice House on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Roberta was born May 18, 1927, in rural Kansas. The eldest child of Claude and Mary (O’Dell) McGhee, she grew up near rural Colony and... [More]

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Pat Derezotes

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NEWS

Legislators in Humboldt Monday

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CONSERVATION EFFORTS PRAISED

A crowd of more than 100 braved the wintry weather Wednesday night to attend the Allen County Conservation District’s Annual Meeting. The event allowed District officials to update the community on expenditures and projects over the past year, as well as recognize area... [More]

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ICY STREETSCAPES

A winter storm coated Allen County with a thick sheen of ice Tuesday, creating treacherous driving conditions, and an occasional power outage, but several spectacular streetscapes. Above, ice covers trees in the south part of town. At upper right,  a streetlight at Buckeye... [More]

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257 facilities committee considers site plans

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Actors fill director’s chairs

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Mustangs get senior day vengeance over Wellsville

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Red Devil men upset Hutchinson at home

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