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Linn County News

Published Jan. 20, 2021


Larry Wayne Stainbrook, age 64, Fontana, Kan., passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. He was born on Nov. 9, 1956, in Paola, Kan., the son of Robert and Wilma Rhynerson Stainbrook. He graduated from Prairie View High School in the Class of 1975. He was the winner of the State FFA Electric Award and was a member of the Champion FFA Land Judging Team. Larry was united in marriage to LaVonna Sue Williams on June 14, 1980, in Waverly, Kan. He loved to farm and shared that love with his kids and grandkids, whom he loved dearly. There was always one of them wanting a tractor ride. He was currently on the Heartland Rural Electric Board and the Linn County Farm Bureau Board, as well as the Linn County Fair Board and the Extension Board. He was a lifetime member of the Prairie View FFA and Fontana Church of Christ. Larry is survived by his wife Sue Stainbrook; parents, Robert and Wilma Stainbrook; son, Ryan Stainbrook and wife Ashley and children, Kora, Mason and Kane; daughter, Becky Petty and husband Brian and children, Olivia and Rylee; daughter, Lisa Foster and husband Chris and children, Eli, Konnor and Callen; two brothers, John Stainbrook and wife Nadine, and Kenny Stainbrook and wife Beth; a sister, Nancy Brownback and husband Alan; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Graveside funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Cadmus Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Mask wearing and social distancing will be observed at the request of the family. Individual respects and guest registry will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the La Cygne Chapel. Contributions are suggested to Linn or Miami County 4-H or the Parker Elementary Library, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, La Cygne, Kan. 66040. Online condolences can be left at 


Ruth Jean Rhynerson 10-08-1924 to 02-19-2021


Linn County News Published Feb. 24, 2021 Ruth Jean Rhynerson, age 96, La Cygne, Kan., passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. She was born on Oct. 8, 1924, in Mound City, Kan., the daughter of Walter “Buck” and Ida Simmons Smith. She graduated from Mound City High... [More]

Danny Matthew Bryant 01-23-1969 to 02-09-2021


Linn County News Published Feb. 24, 2021 Danny Matthew Bryant, age 52, born in Harrisonville, Mo., peacefully passed away at his home on Feb. 9, 2021. Danny leaves behind his parents, Judy Ridge (David) of Mound City, Kan., and Denzil Bryant (Penny, preceded) of Clinton,... [More]

Lester H. Wurtz 12-06-1929 to 02-19-2021


Linn County News Published Feb. 24, 2021 Lester H. Wurtz, Nampa, Idaho, passed away Feb. 19, 2021, at the Veterans Administration Hospital. He married Gloria Victor Wurtz; she passed many years ago. Lester was born Dec. 6, 1929, at Mound City, Kan., the son of Benjamin... [More]

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SPECIAL: Evergy Extends Disconnect Moratorium


Evergy Extends Disconnect Moratorium Payment plans and financial assistance available for customers   KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 24, 2021 – Evergy will extend its moratorium on service disconnections through May 2. This temporary moratorium includes residential... [More]

La Cygne answers remain in flux on gas index price spike City financial emergency resolution is anticipated


The city of La Cygne, and by extension its natural gas customers, will not know right away the ramifications of last week’s free-market price index spike. In anticipation, however, city leaders were expected to pass a resolution to declare La Cygne’s state of financial... [More]

Condemnations take most time at Pleasanton’s council meeting


A special condemnation hearing was held prior to the Pleasanton City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16, to discuss a house owned by Dennis McCarty at 709 Center St. City Codes Officer Sandy Atkisson passed out pictures of the house to the council and said nothing has been done... [More]

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Prairie View girls’ wrestling sends two to State


The Prairie View girls’ wrestling team traveled to Anderson County on Feb. 19 to compete in the Girls’ Division II Sub-State tournament. The Buffalos brought four girls to the tournament and the team tied for 15th with Tonganoxie with 25 team points. Baldwin won... [More]

White advances to State for the Jayhawks


  The Jayhawk wrestling team traveled to 3-1A Sub-State competition at Marion on Feb. 20.  The Hawks took four wrestlers to the competition and Corbin White was the lone Jayhawk to advance to the State tournament in Hays. As a team Jayhawk tied for 15th with Uniontown... [More]

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