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Joseph Hughes, Sr
B: 1939-06-11
D: 2018-09-01
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Hughes, Sr, Joseph
Leonard Carlson
B: 1926-06-03
D: 2018-08-28
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Carlson, Leonard
Bruce Johnson, Sr.
B: 1955-08-27
D: 2018-08-26
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Johnson, Sr., Bruce
Terrance Kuriger
B: 1940-11-27
D: 2018-08-25
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Kuriger, Terrance
Duane Cornell
B: 1931-08-06
D: 2018-08-23
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Cornell, Duane
Andrew Tiefenthal
B: 1984-11-04
D: 2018-08-22
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Tiefenthal, Andrew
Lillian Metty
B: 1943-02-12
D: 2018-08-22
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Metty, Lillian
June Iverson
B: 1926-05-01
D: 2018-08-17
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Iverson, June
Shirley Ragsdale
B: 1949-08-04
D: 2018-08-11
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Ragsdale, Shirley
Delores Hunter
B: 1944-12-18
D: 2018-08-08
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Hunter, Delores
Harry Smalley
B: 1929-09-24
D: 2018-08-06
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Smalley, Harry
Lorraine Polcyn
B: 1930-12-11
D: 2018-08-05
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Polcyn, Lorraine
Wayne Skory
B: 1949-06-03
D: 2018-07-31
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Skory, Wayne
Martin Wills
B: 1947-01-08
D: 2018-07-31
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Wills, Martin
Stephen Johannes
B: 1958-06-26
D: 2018-07-28
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Johannes, Stephen
Diane Call
B: 1949-06-07
D: 2018-07-25
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Call, Diane
Richard Psenski
B: 1932-02-27
D: 2018-07-24
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Psenski, Richard
Harold Olen
B: 1928-07-23
D: 2018-07-20
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Olen, Harold
Harless Feagins, Jr.
B: 1926-08-10
D: 2018-07-19
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Feagins, Jr., Harless
Keven Berklund
B: 1930-02-05
D: 2018-07-18
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Berklund, Keven
Shirley Salo
B: 1932-10-26
D: 2018-07-12
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Salo, Shirley

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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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