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Linn County News

Published April 15, 2020


Jimmie Allan Wier, age 83, Mapleton, Kan., passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020. He was born on Sept. 24, 1936, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Lloyd and Thelma Olan Meek Wier. Jim's education included four years at "Mud Holler" in Mapleton, four years at Mapleton Grade School, Blue Mound High School, Fort Scott Community College and Kansas State University ending up with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Education. He played football while attending Fort Scott and baseball while at Kansas State. He served his country in the United States Army and National Guard. He was united in marriage to Deanna Smith on Oct. 2, 1965 in the Delphos Presbyterian Church. They were blessed with one daughter, Angela.

Jim was a farmer, rancher and insurance adjuster for Farm Bureau Insurance for thirty-six years. He loved his family and took great pleasure in attending all the many activities Angela was involved in. He enjoyed watching movies, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Kansas State Football. He was a member of the Xenia Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Consistory, Mirza Shrine and the Mapleton United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Virginia Helget. Jim is survived by his wife Deanna; daughter, Angela Riddell and husband Dr. Chris Riddell; two granddaughters, Haleigh and Arden Riddell; a brother, Don Wier and wife, Imogene; two sister-in-laws, Joanne Fitzgerald and husband Jerry, and June Gawith and husband, Kenny; two brother-in-laws, Bernard Helget and Wayne Smith; extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date. Contributions are suggested to Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola, Kansas or the Mapleton United Methodist Church, c/o Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, P.O. Box J, Mound City, KS 66056. Online condolences can be left at




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