Share |

Ralph L. Kastl, age 82, Blue Mound, Kan., passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at his home, doing what he loved, working in his yard. He was born on May 6, 1934, at Xenia, Kan., the son of Gus and Gertrude Flye Kastl. He graduated from Blue Mound High School in the Class of 1952. He married Carlene Horton on July 31, 1955, at the Blue Mound Federated Church.

He worked at numerous jobs in his career. He drove a school bus, worked as a mechanic, drove a truck and then owned and operated Ralph’s Service along with his wife Carlene. Ralph was a very active member of the Blue Mound community. He was a member of the Federated Church, served on the volunteer fire department and was fire chief for several years, was a member of the city council and mayor of Blue Mound, helped organize the Blue Mound July 4th celebration, and was a member of the Blue Mound Township Board, Masonic Lodge and Mirza Temple.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Don and Orien Kastl; a sister, Olive Bailes; and an infant sister.

He is survived by his wife Carlene; two sons, Randy Kastl and wife Joyce, and Tony Kastl and wife Kim; one daughter, Tammy Harvey, and husband Marty; two sisters, Bonnie Johnson and Virginia Lanier; six grandchildren, Blake, Jacob, Laura, Marissa, Jayla and Shelley; seven great-grandchildren, McKynley, Truman, Parker, Jamari, Jayce, Presley and Cora; and two on the way.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at the Blue Mound Federated Church. Burial was in Sunny Slope Cemetery. 


The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association or charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.


Cecil L. Fish 12-07-1931 to 04-08-2021


Linn County News Published April 14, 2021   Cecil L. Fish, 89, Ottawa, Kan., and former longtime Labette County resident, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021, at his home. Cecil was born the third child to Cecil Paige and Edna (Nickoley) Fish on Dec. 7, 1931, in... [More]

William Michael McMillan 08-24-1960 to 04-08-2021


  Linn County News Published April 14, 2021   William Michael McMillan, age 60, of St. Joseph, Mo., passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021. He was born on Aug. 24, 1960, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of William McMillan and Virginia Russell McMillan. He... [More]

Vivian Lucile Bright 04-04-1928 to 04-08-2021


Linn County News Published April 14, 2021   Vivian Lucile Bright, age 93, Pleasanton, Kan., passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021. She was born in La Cygne, Kan., on April 4, 1928, the daughter of Raymond and Leona Dodge Vail. Vivian graduated from... [More]

More Obituaries

View All Obituaries


Mound City Council reopens discussions on sale of lake


The Mound City Council met by phone for a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, April 6, for the purpose of determining whether or not to reopen the discussions on the sale of the city lake. During the course of that meeting, the council voted to go forward with the discussions... [More]

La Cygne will absorb high gas invoice


Customers are spared a billing shock   La Cygne natural gas customers will not feel the burden of a high February supplier invoice. The unanimous decision by its council followed a 15-minute executive session for legal attorney-client privilege at its regular meeting... [More]

Fire board says no to change in burn ban policy


New possibilities discussed   Linn County Fire Chief Doug Barlet reported to the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, April 12, that he had discussed their request for possible changes to the burn ban policy, and the board had voted 7-0 to make no changes; however, they... [More]

More News


Many contribute to Lady Buffs sweep of Iola


Prairie View got contributions from many sources in their April 6 softball doubleheader sweep of Iola. Wins of 10-3 and 18-8 over the Fillies raised the Lady Buffalos’ Pioneer League record to 4-0, 5-0 overall, to begin this week. The team will host a non-league twinbill... [More]

Jayhawk JV golf has good showings at Erie, Fort Scott


The Jayhawk JV golf team did well last week. On April 5 they traveled to Erie and on April 6 they went to Fort Scott for a tournament hosted by Uniontown.  In the Erie tournament they only brought three golfers so they could not place as a team, but at the Uniontown tournament... [More]

More Sports

Linn County News Political Primary Forum
Regional Roundup