Norma Ossiander Laubach

Oct. 5, 1917 – Aug. 15, 2014

OVERBROOK—Norma Ossiander Laubach, Scranton, died Aug. 15, 2014, at an Overbrook nursing home. She was 96.

She was born Oct. 5, 1917, at Kansas City, the daughter of Adolf and Marjory Ossiander. She graduated from Scranton High School in 1958.

Virgil Smith Jr.

March 2, 1921 – Aug. 16, 2014

BERRYTON—Virgil Smith Jr., Berryton, died Aug. 16, 2014. He was 93.

He was born March 2, 1921, in Osage County, the son of Florence Anderson Smith and Virgil Smith Sr.

He was a member of Overbrook United Methodist Church. He was a farmer.

He married Ruth A. MacArthur Aug. 5, 1948, at Topeka. She preceded him in death on Aug. 15, 2012.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by eight siblings, Lloyd Smith, Letha Smith, Wilmer Smith, Ralph Smith, Jessie Hoy, Francis deLain, Charles Smith and Arlie Smith.

Richard Weston Foster

Jan. 6, 1926 – Aug. 14, 2014

TOPEKA—Richard Weston “Bud” Foster, Carbondale, rural Overbrook, died Aug. 14, 2014, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was 88.

He was born Jan. 6, 1926, near Overbrook. He spent his youth in the Overbrook community graduating from Overbrook Rural High School in 1944. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

Upon completing his service, he met and married his sweetheart and wife of 65 years, Margaret “Peggy” Towle. They were united in marriage June 4, 1949. She survives.

School develops active shooter response plan

OSAGE CITY—USD 420 brought its staff members into a special assembly Aug. 14 to discuss the school’s current policy for dealing with school shootings.

USD 420 Superintendent Troy Hutton introduced Osage City Police Officer Rob Dunham, who has trained in a program called A.L.I.C.E., which focuses on making the best decisions for students and staff to survive a deadly scenario.

New teachers at Burlingame, Santa Fe Trail schools

Courtnee Maichel

Carbondale Attendance Center

Courtnee Lenn Maichel will teach middle school math at Carbondale Attendance Center this year. She is a graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School and Kansas State University, where she graduated in 1994 with a bachelor of science in education
degree. She is working on her masters in education at Baker University, with less than one year left. She taught for two years at Overbrook Attendance Center and 10 years for the Shawnee Heights school district.

Amtrak rider removed from train

OSAGE CITY—Emergency personnel were called to assist with medical call for an Amtrak passenger at 1 a.m. Aug. 14 in Osage City. The train was stopped on the tracks at the intersection of Fifth and Market streets n downtown Osage City.

According to a press release, Osage County EMS arrived to assist, but transport was not required. Osage City police were then notified of a second incident.

Osage County Fair resumes today in Overbrook

Carnival begins Thursday | Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday

OVERBROOK—The Overbrook fair may already be under way, but plenty of events are left to come before the final fair in the county wraps up this weekend.

A highlight of the fair is the parade, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. The theme this year is “Reality Shows.”

“There’s just so many of them on right now,” said Marsha Goodyear, fair board officer. “We thought that would be kind of fun to see what everybody could come up with.”

The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Norma Babbit.

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Dean L. Beckman

Sept. 6, 1945 – Aug. 10, 2014

OVERBROOK—Dean L. “Jock” Beckman died Aug. 10, 2014, at his home in Overbrook. He was 68.

He was born Sept. 6, 1945, in Odell, Neb., the son of Roy and Irma Holle Beckman. He grew up in Marysville, and joined the U.S. Navy when he was only 17. He proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk until being honorably discharged in 1966.

He married Wanda Ford June 2, 1967. She survives of the home. Together they raised three children.

Barbara J. Stephens

Aug. 9, 2014

WICHITA—Barbara J. Stephens retired administrative supervisor with the U.S. Marshall Service died Aug. 9, 2014. She was 76.

She was preceded in death by her father, Woodward Norris Johnson; and a brother, Dwayne Norris Johnson.

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