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Linn County News

Published May 17, 2023


 Donald Raymond Wier, age 82, of Denton, Texas, passed away on May 11, 2023. The

second child of Lloyd Elmer and Thelma Olan (Meek) Wier, Don was born on July 9, 1940, in Fort Scott, Kan., a farm kid who excelled in the classroom and on the

fields and courts of Blue Mound (Kansas) High School so much he earned a “This is

Your Life” pep rally as a senior (impressing a ninth grade girl in the stands enough

that she would remember it years later).

Don would midnight oil his way to a Bachelor’s of Science at Kansas State University and a Master’s of Science and a

Doctorate of Philosophy in soil chemistry at Iowa State University. In that time and the professional career that followed with what was then Phillips Petroleum Company 

that farm kid, among many other things, would manage sizable teams of scientists and engineers and even sign his name to several patents (which the Internet preserves to

surprise grandchildren many years later). But Don himself would have told you that the smartest, if also the luckiest, thing he ever did was unite in marriage on July 23, 1966 to–you guessed it–that girl from the pep rally, Imogene Joy Ross.

Three sons – John, Dan, and Anthony – followed. He loved

his wife and family above everything, and reveled in the boys’ endless sports

activities and academic pursuits. His country-strong physicality and athletic prowess would sneak out and wow those boys when he was fixing something in the shed or

working in his garden or playing a football game with them in the front yard. What really mattered beneath that brain and brawn, though, was a husband, father, grandfather, colleague, and boss who was wonderfully, unforgettably joyful, gentle, kind, and tender.

Don loved his Kansas City Royals (especially when George Brett hit that homer off

Goose Gossage in the ‘80 ALCS), his Kansas State Wildcats (not least when, after

years of trash talking from wayward sons, he was in the stands with his boys in Austin

when the ‘Cats put it to John and Anthony’s Longhorns), and later his Dallas


A pulmonary embolism and a stroke in 1999 that put him in intensive care for a month should have killed him, but they did not stand a chance against that heart of his. He never got all his mobility back but he did join Kiwanis Morning Club, he became a Denton County Master Gardener, and most of all he lit up with pride and delight as grandchildren Margaret, Will, Caroline, Jake, Beckett, and Quincy came along to fill the post-stroke years with such joy and hope.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jimmie Allen Wier. He is

survived by his wife Imogene; their son John, his wife Yvette  Carson, and children

Margaret and Will; their son Dan, his wife Hannah, and children Caroline and Jake;

their son Anthony, his wife Lori, and children Beckett and Quincy; and sisters-in-law

Deanna Wier and Irene Dodder.

Graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 19, at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Blue Mound, Kan. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 18, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Contributions are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation.


Gene Raymond Mitchell ~ 10-27-1938 to 11-24-2022


Linn County News Published May 24, 2023   Gene Raymond Mitchell, 84 years, passed away on November 24, 2022 in his home Grand Rapids, Mich. He was born in Kansas City, Kan., the third child of Otto and Ruby Mitchell. Preceded in death by his parents and brother,... [More]

Richard Scott Secrest ~ 05-29-1929 to 05-16-2023


Linn County News Published May 17, 2023   Richard Scott Secrest, age 93 of Nevada, Mo., formerly of Pleasanton, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. He was born the son of Ancil and Beulah (Jackson) Secrest on May 29, 1929, at Edgerton, Kan. Richard married... [More]

Gerald Lee “Jerry” Allison ~ 10-15-1939 to 05-14-2023


Linn County News Published May 17, 2023  Gerald Lee “Jerry” Allison, age 83, Pleasanton, Kan., passed away Sunday, May 14, 2023.   Visitation will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 1 p.m. to service time at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory,... [More]

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