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Linn County News

Published July 8, 2020


 H.E. “Gene” Brownback, 91, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Ellsworth, Kan. He was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Centerville, Kan., to Jesse Lawrence and Sylvia (Johnson) Brownback.

 Gene was a longtime resident of Osawatomie, Kan. He married Mary “Ellen” Adams in Hume, Mo., on July 22, 1951. Gene retired as a conductor from the Union Pacific Railroad after a long and very enjoyable career. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the Baptist Church, American Legion, Elks Lodge and Masonic Lodge.

 Gene is survived by his wife, Ellen, of Ellsworth; sons Steve Brownback (Patti) of Overland Park, Kan., and David Brownback (Cheryl) of Ellsworth; grandchildren Sarah Wortman (Neil), Jeff Brownback (Susie), Thomas Brownback (Kate) and Doug Brownback (Michelle); great grandchildren Lucas and Nathan Wortman, J.P. and Luke, Olivia and Everly and Owen Brownback; and sister Kathy Kinder of Kansas City, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Eldon and Harold Brownback.

 A private family inurnment was to take place at Osawatomie Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellsworth County Food Bank, c/o Parsons Funeral Home, Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.


Howard “Carl” Francis 05-07-2932 to 03-6-2020


    Linn County News Published April , 2020   Howard "Carl" Francis, age 87, Blue Mound, Kan. passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020. He was born on May 7, 1932 in Blue Mound, Kan. the son of Lonnie and Vesta Hopewell Francis. He graduated from... [More]

Margaret Alice Wilson 02-15-1933 to 02-23-2020


    Published in the Linn County News Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020 Margaret Alice Wilson, age 87, Paola, Kan. passed away on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.  She was born on February 15, 1933 in Cass County, Mo. the daughter of Henry Earl(Ramey) Russell and Olive Darlene... [More]

Marion Earl Farley 08-25-1933 to 02-18-2020


    Linn County News Published Feb. 26, 2020   Marion Earl Farley, age 86, Grandview, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. He was born on Aug. 25, 1933, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of Homer and Cleo... [More]

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NOTICE: Section of K-7 to close for pipe replacement project


    The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will close a section of K-7 in Linn County on Tuesday, Aug. 18, to replace a crossroad pipe. K-7 will be closed between county roads 1700 and 1800 the entire day, reopening in the evening. Traffic should use... [More]

Mound City Lake sale discussed; ideas broached


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Cable Wareham captures National High School Rodeo championship


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This week in baseball history: July 22-28


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