Obituaries

Randolph “Randy” Leonard Morin

Randolph “Randy” Leonard Morin, 76, Edgerton, Kansas passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. Memorial service at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Prairie Paws, Ottawa, Kansas or American Heart Association. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome Randy was born in Havre, Montana on May 13, 1946 to Leonard Francis and Florence Louise (Doney) Morin. He grew up in Montana. After graduating from CMR high school in 1966, Randy earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at the University of Montana in 1976. He worked as a roofer for 17 years for Quality Roofing in Great Falls, Montana. Randy worked 22 years as a Furnace Operator at American Chemet, a copper recycling plant in Helena, Montana. On December 28, 1969, Randolph married Barbara Ann Burch in Havre, Montana. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Gardner, Kansas. Randy was a very talented musician playing a variety of instruments, focusing on the guitar and violin He enjoyed writing poems and reading philosophy books. Randy was skilled at working on cars and remodeling homes. He lived in many places including Montana, Idaho, and Missouri before moving to Edgerton in 2015.
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Lillie Marjorie Ludwig

Lillie Marjorie Ludwig, 95, Olathe, Kansas passed away Monday, August 8, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society, Olathe, Kansas. Visitation Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. with the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial follows at 10:00 a.m., all at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 625 Freeman Ave., Oakley, Kansas. Inurnment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Oakley, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic School, 725 Freeman Ave, Oakley, KS 67748. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com Lillie was born on April 8, 1927 in Vermillion, Kansas to Jacob Samuel and Minnie Emiline (Noble) McGowan. She attended grade school at Vermillion. In 1941 her parents moved to Goodland, KS. She graduated from Goodland High School in 1945. She attended Northwest Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology at Minneapolis, MN. Upon graduating, she went to work for the doctor at the hospital in Cheyenne Wells, CO. While working there, she met the love of her life, Leo. Lillie married Leo M. Ludwig on May 4, 1947 at the Catholic Church in Goodland, Kansas. They lived in Cheyenne Wells, CO for two years where they were involved in the family grocery business. In 1949 they moved to Oakley, KS and raised five children: Richard, Ronald, Stephen, James, and Paula. Lillie was a homemaker until all her children were in school. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph Catholic School for many years and did the Catholic Church bulletin for 25 years. In 1976, she became a Para for the Oakley Public School. She retired in 1989. Upon their retirement, she and Leo did extensive travelling which included a 6-week tour of Europe. Lillie moved to Olathe in 2013 and attended Divine Mercy Church, Gardner, Kansas.
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Joseph “Joe” James Hunt

80, Gardner, Kansas, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great papa, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2022 at his home. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
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Vera Lee Cowin

Vera Lee Cowin, age 87, died August 6, 2022 at home in Spring Hill, KS. Vera was born January 17, 1935 in Urich, Missouri. Visitation will be 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, KS. (913) 592-2244. Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2022 at Spring Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.
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Roberta “Bert” Ellen Gay

Roberta “Bert” Ellen Gay, 89, of Gardner, KS passed away Aug. 3, 2022 at Good Samaritan in Olathe, KS. Rosary will be at 6:00 pm, Mon., Aug. 8, 2022; Visitation follows from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, all at Bruce Funeral Home,106 S. Center, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am Tues., Aug. 9, 2022 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W. Main, Gardner, KS. Burial follows at St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Oakbrook Animal Hospital, Gardner, KS. Condolences may be left a t www.brucefuneralhome.com Bert was born in rural Wabaunsee County Kansas on Oct. 19, 1932 to Raymond Alvin and Veronica Hannora (Wayman) Karnes. Her family moved to Gardner, KS in 1942 when she was ten years old from Alma, KS. Bert graduated from Gardner High School in 1950. She married Richard Gene Gay on Oct. 17, 1951 in Gardner. Bert worked as a secretary for Gault-Moore-Stevens Engineering, Gardner, KS, Gardner Community Medical Center, Paniplus Products, Olathe, KS, Clerk of District Court, Johnson County Court House and Shedds Foods, New Century Airport. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish where she was a lector, taught religious education, often led the Rosary and was on the church council for 13 years. She also was a member and past-president of the Altar Society as well as a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Bert was chaplain of the Gardner American Legion Auxiliary, served two terms as president of the Gardner Alumni Assoc. and was pastpresident of the Gardner Athena Club. She coached Girls Little League and was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. Bert enjoyed quilting, gardening, ceramics and playing cards. She was also a member of the Delta Deck Bridge Club and past-president of the Gardner Senior Citizens Group. Bert will be dearly missed by family and friends.
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Della Kathryn Toplikar

Toplikar, 96, Gardner, Kansas passed away Wednesday morning, July 27, 2022 surrounded by her family at Wellsville Retirement Community, Wellsville, Kansas. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
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Candace Sue Curless

Candace Sue Curless, 70, Spring Hill, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at Hoeger House, Olathe, Kan. Candace was born October 2, 1951, in Hutchinson, Kan.
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Donald Russell Hickman, Sr.

Donald Russell Hickman, Sr. 94, Gardner, Kansas passed away Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Vintage Park, Gardner, Kansas. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kansas. Burial at Gardner Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Gardner, Kansas. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
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