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Linn County News

Published June 8, 2022

Alice Laverne Stude Widner was born March 18, 1931, in Haskell County, Kan., to John and Grace Jones Stude. She grew up and attended school in Copeland, Kan. She departed this life June 5, 2022. On Sept. 4, 1949, Alice married LaMonte(Lem) Widner and they spent the first few years of their married life in New Jersey where their son, Jim, and daughter Roselynn, were born. They returned to Copeland, Kan., in 1955 and lived there until 1965. 

During that time, Alice was busy raising her children, now numbering four with the addition of son, Danny, and daughter, Jeannie. In 1965, Alice and Lem and family moved to El Dorado Springs, Mo., where they owned and operated the C&H Motel. Alice also had a part-time job as a disc-jockey with the local radio station, KESM. In 1970 the family moved to La Cygne, Kan. Alice and Lem worked for the Allendale Camps as caretakers. A few years later they moved to Trading Post to run the Trading Post Museum. In 1998, Lem lost his battle with cancer. Alice continued to run the museum until 2014 when she finally retired at the age of 82. During the years at Trading Post, Alice wrote a byline, “Trading Post News,” for the county newspaper, The Linn County News. She usually included local historical tidbits in her articles. Alice became a devoted genealogist of local families and often gathered information for out-of-county people who had ancestors from this area. She was also a Civil War buff and became an expert on Linn County and its part in the Civil War. After retiring, Alice moved to La Cygne and had her own apartment. She enjoyed being an advisor, and a surrogate mother and grandmother to her friends and neighbors in her apartment complex. At the age of 90, Alice was no longer able to live by herself. She moved to the Louisburg Healthcare and Rehab Center and lived her remaining days there. 

Those of her family called home before her include her parents; five brothers, Lawrence, Howard, John, Vernon and Frank; and a sister, June Stude Sumpter. Her husband, Lem; son, Danny and his wife Cathy; daughter, Jeannie, and her husband, John Orth; daughter-in-law, Sherry Widner and grandson, Matthew Widner, also pre-deceased her. Those surviving include a son, Jim Widner, of Adrian, Mo.; and daughter, Roselynn, and her husband, Wilbur Armstrong, of La Cygne. Surviving grandchildren are Jeremy, Jennifer, and Jared (Lindsey) Armstrong, Dustin (Lauren) Widner, Logan (Lisa) Widner, Jodi (James) Meeks, Katie (Brent) Knop, Alexis Widner, and Krystal (Austin) Davidson. Alice also had 10 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial service 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the Calvary Baptist Church, La Cygne. Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to Linn County Historical Society. Online condolences can be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com.

OBITUARIES

Leslie (Les) Eugene Krull 06-09-1937 to 06-29-2022

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Linn County News Published July 6, 2022 Leslie (Les) Eugene Krull, 85, of Berryton, died Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Prairie Winds Senior Living, in Berryton, Kan. He was born June 9, 1937, to Eugene and Roberta “Pauline” (Townsley) Krull at home in Mound City,... [More]

Patrick Wayne Marmon 08-26-1942 to 06-08-2022

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Linn County News Published July 6, 2022 Patrick Wayne Marmon, age 79, Paola, Kan., passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022. He was born in La Cygne, Kan., on Aug. 26, 1942, the son of Harry and Mamie Wilderson  Marmon. He graduated from La Cygne Rural High School in the... [More]

Ruth E. Robinson - 01-17-1922 to 06-25-2022

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Linn County News Published June 29, 2022 Ruth E. Robinson, 100, of Ottawa, formerly of Blue Mound, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Ruth was born on Jan. 17, 1922, to Oscar and Lula (Wray) Dodson at Blanchard, Ok. When she was very young her family moved... [More]

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NEWS

Blue Mound Independence Day celebration this Saturday

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  The City of Blue Mound will hold their annual Independence Day celebration this coming Saturday, July 2. The event will kick off at 7 a.m. with registration for the 5K Race which begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 1 mile Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. The event organizers... [More]

Suspect arrested in pharmacy robbery

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Pleasanton postmaster retiring

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Pleasanton Postmaster Mark Willard will be officially retiring on Thursday, June 30, at the close of business. Willard began his career with the United States Postal Service in May 1995 as a carrier and clerk at the Girard, Kan. post office. From there he moved to Walnut,... [More]

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SPORTS

Michelle Haupt named head softball coach at Prairie View

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Prairie View High School has announced Michelle Haupt as the head coach of the softball program, pending Board of Education approval. Coach Haupt has served as the assistant softball coach at Prairie View since 2019, head coach at West Franklin High School for two seasons and... [More]

KSHSAA announces new weight classes for the 2022-23 wrestling season

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KSHSAA implemented new NFHS wrestling weight classes during their June executive board meeting.  The decision to implement new weight classes was due partly because some of the border States such as Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa implemented weight class changes... [More]

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