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Clyde Fickes
B: 1929-03-13
D: 2017-09-18
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Fickes, Clyde
Paul Fahnestock
B: 1930-07-12
D: 2017-09-17
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Fahnestock, Paul
Lorna Wallace
B: 1938-08-23
D: 2017-09-15
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Wallace, Lorna
Franklin Brosious
B: 1926-05-02
D: 2017-09-15
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Brosious, Franklin
Terry Gontz
B: 1948-08-10
D: 2017-09-14
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Gontz, Terry
Shirley Derr
B: 1939-12-19
D: 2017-09-14
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Derr, Shirley
Ronnie Young
B: 1947-12-26
D: 2017-09-11
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Young, Ronnie
James Bert
B: 1934-11-18
D: 2017-09-11
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Bert, James
Edward Renfrew
B: 1934-04-15
D: 2017-09-11
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Renfrew, Edward
Marie Lundy
B: 1937-09-14
D: 2017-09-08
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Lundy, Marie
Sally Bowling
B: 1944-02-08
D: 2017-09-03
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Bowling, Sally
Peggy Loyd
B: 1935-01-13
D: 2017-09-03
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Loyd, Peggy
Roberta Happel
B: 1937-02-02
D: 2017-09-02
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Happel, Roberta
Raymond Fleming
B: 1944-07-15
D: 2017-09-02
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Fleming, Raymond
Donna Truett
B: 1947-01-10
D: 2017-09-01
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Truett, Donna
Betty Byers
B: 1928-04-29
D: 2017-09-01
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Byers, Betty
Richard Kiel (LTC, US Army Ret.)
B: 1927-01-02
D: 2017-08-31
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Kiel (LTC, US Army Ret.), Richard
H. Roger Talhelm
B: 1949-09-26
D: 2017-08-31
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Talhelm, H. Roger
JoAnna Wolfe
B: 1944-04-16
D: 2017-08-29
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Wolfe, JoAnna
Lawrence Pittsnogle
B: 1937-03-17
D: 2017-08-28
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Pittsnogle, Lawrence
Clifford Ellis
B: 1923-01-21
D: 2017-08-27
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Ellis, Clifford

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  • to hold your hand.
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  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
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  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
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