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Linn County News

Published June 28, 2023


William Michael “Bill” VanKirk, 67, died Thursday, June 22, 2023 at Olathe Hospice House. Bill was born on March 3, 1956, in Pleasanton, Kan., to Harold Leon and Christina Faye (Lloyd) VanKirk. 

He attended schools in Pleasanton and graduated from Pleasanton High School. Bill served as Linn County Under Sheriff for seven years before becoming Director of Community Corrections for the Kansas 6th Judicial District. Bill was a member of the Mine Creek Amateur Radio Club and the Eastern Kansas Peace Officers Association. He attended Mound City Christian Church. Bill was an avid gardener and enjoyed growing all types of flowers and vegetables.

On Oct. 10, 1986, Bill married Diane Stevenson. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include one son, Mike Becker; three daughters, Gretchen Van Mater, Angie Miller, and Lisa Redlin; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert L. VanKirk; and two sisters, Donna Hazel and Pamela Stevens.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2023, at Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory, Mound City Chapel. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at Pleasanton Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Prescott’s Reach Out Food Pantry, in care of the funeral home, PO Box J, Mound City, Kan., 66056.


Wilma Virginia Cook ~ 03-24-1935 to 05-24-2024


Linn County News Published May 29, 2024   Wilma Virginia Cook, age 89, Stover, Mo., formerly of Pleasanton, Kan., passed away Friday, May 24, 2024. She was born on March 24, 1935, in Lockport, La., the daughter of Edgar and Dorena Matherne Guidry. She owned her own... [More]

Ann Johnson ~ 09-14-1943 to 05-16-2024


Linn County News Published May 22, 2024   Ann Johnson, age 80, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024. She was born on Sept. 14, 1943, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Raymond and Vada Daniels Casida. She graduated from Blue Mound High School and... [More]

David Howard McNabb, Ph.D. ~ 06-04-1947 to 05-11-2024


Linn County News Published May 15, 2024   David Howard McNabb, 76, passed away May 11, 2024 at home in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The son of a farmer, Dave was born June 4, 1947, to Henry and Alice (Jackson) McNabb at Pleasanton. Education and research were always... [More]

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Commissioners hear from landowners, representatives on Hell’s Bend Bridge grant


Last week Linn County Public Works Administrator Shawn West spoke to commissioners on the Hell’s Bend bridge project noting that a decision needed to be made that day as it was due the previous Friday. West had requested and received an extension until that day. At that... [More]

Executive sessions dominate commissioners meeting


Several resulting from commissioners’ issues with road department   This week’s meeting of the Linn County Commissioners was dominated by lengthy executive sessions; two, near the beginning were for legal advice from County Counselor Mark Hagen. The third... [More]

La Cygne sets permanent sewer project bonds


Separate action adopts bond-related charter ordinance   Authorization providing for permanent issuance of general obligation bonds for the $6.261 million sewer rehabilitation project was unanimously approved at last Wednesday’s regular La Cygne council meeting.... [More]

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Jayhawk Linn track qualifies 20 for State


The Jayhawk Linn track team traveled to Erie on May 17 to compete in the Erie 2A Regional track meet. The Hawks did very well as 20 individual athletes qualified for the State track meet in Wichita on May 24-25. The boys as a team placed third at the meet with 66 points while... [More]

Prairie View track sends 13 to State


The Prairie View track team traveled to Fredonia on May 17 for the Fredonia 3A Regional track meet.  The meet decided who makes the 3A State track meet in Wichita on May 24-25 and the Buffalos did very well as a total of 13 athletes will compete at the State track meet.... [More]

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