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Don A. Nickell

Posted 7/14/2016

HUTCHINSON—Don A. Nickell, 62, passed away Wednesday July 6, 2016 at his home. He was born in Wheaton, Mo., to Lewis and Lucille (Howard) Nickell.

He attended Johnson High School (Stanton County High School). Upon graduation, Don went to work for People’s Natural Gas, currently Black Hills Energy, in Johnson, Kansas. Later he transferred to Burrton with the same company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing Pitch, NASCAR and trips to the casino. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents; Veron and Effie Nickell, Anna Mae Davis, and numerous aunts and uncles.

He is survived by, wife Katherine Nickell; daughters Marla (Rick) Richardson, Amanda (Travis) Seeber; brothers Steve Nickell, Darrell (Zelma) Nickell, Stan (Karen) Nickell, Lewis (Janelle) Nickell Jr., Jay (Patty) Nickell; sister Sharon (Kelly) Holtwick; grandchildren Gracie and Keaton Richardson and Jackson Seeber.

Visitation was Sunday, July 10 at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel. Funeral services were July 11 also at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Burrton City Cemetery following services.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Burrton Volunteer Fire Department and EMS in care of the funeral home.

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John Walter Rosenberger

Posted 7/14/2016

GREENSBURG—John Walter Rosenberger, 85, died July 7, 2016 at Pratt Rehab and Resident Center in Pratt. He was born Jan. 2, 1931 at the farm home in Kiowa County, the son of William Arthur and Ethel May (Koch) Rosenberger.

John graduated from Greensburg High School in 1949 and attended Kansas State University. He practiced his love of farming, was a good steward of the soil all his life. He was a third generation farmer. 

On Aug. 26, 1951 John married LaVerne Estella Dewees at the Sedgwick Methodist Church. In 2007, the farmstead was destroyed by a tornado and John and LaVerne moved to Pratt.

John was a member of Greensburg Christian Church, Kiowa County Farm Bureau, Kiowa County United, and Odd Fellow Lodge. He served on Kiowa County Farm Bureau Board, Greensburg School Board, Farmers Grain and Supply and Big Bend Groundwater Management Board No. 5.

John is survived by his wife LaVerne, sons Dale (Sue) Rosenberger, Hotchkiss, Colorado, John L. Rosenberger, Cedaredge, Colorado and daughter Susan (Randy) Lueth, Salina, Kansas, nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many friends.

John had a great love for farming and followed his friends and neighbors with their farming for years after he retired. He also loved gardening, fishing and camping, love and honor for his country, baseball, football, playing cards and dominoes and coffee with friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Lucille Whipps and Lois Neier, two brother-in-laws Loren Whipps and Irving Neier, granddaughter Miranda and many beloved friends.

Visitation was Monday July 11 at Fleener Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral and celebration of John's was July 12 at Greensburg Christian Church with Carl Helm officiating. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg.

Memorials are suggested to the Greensburg Christian Church and Kiowa County Library, Greensburg, in care of Fleener Funeral Home 514 S. Main, Greensburg, Kansas 67054.

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