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Ila Jean Balthazor

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Illa J. Balthazor, age 88, of Hays, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney, Kansas.

Illa was born on October 10, 1931 in Gridley, Kansas to Clarence and Hazel (Povenmire) Cokeley. She was raised in Palco, Kansas where she attended high school and graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1949. Shortly after graduating, she was united in marriage to Jerome Balthazor at the St. Joseph Church in Damar, Kansas. They were blessed with 4 children: Gloria, Ronald, Donald, and Marty.

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Ernest M. Newell

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Remembering Ernie….
Ernest M. Newell, 89, a lifelong resident of Damar, Kansas, passed away peacefully, May 26, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the oldest of 13 children born to Armond Wilfred and Ruby Amanda (Thybault) Newell. As the children grew, Ernie helped with the younger ones. Norman, the youngest even called Ernie, “Dad”. His parents spoke French in the home and the children learned English when they started to school.

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Ryan D. Horner

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Phillipsburg resident, Ryan D. Horner, passed away May 22, 2020 at the Hays Medical Center in Hays at the age of 60.

He was born Aug. 19, 1959 in Phillipsburg, the son of Duane and Monnie (Morgan) Horner.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy, of the home; two sons, Mike of McCook, NE and J.R. of Polk City, IA; two daughters, Tandy of Tampa, FL and Jamie of Auburn, KS; two brothers, Dave and Tony, both of Phillipsburg; one sister, Linda Waters of Stockton; and 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.