Carl Alvan Larson

Carl Alvan Larson, 73, of Russell, Kansas, died on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Russell Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.

Carl was born on April 09, 1944, in Goodland, Kansas, the son of Willard J. and Vivian E. (Munger) Larson.  Carl grew up in the Sharon Springs, Kansas, area and graduated from Sharon Springs High School in the class of  1962.  After high school he received an associate's degree from Garden City Junior College.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Diane Marie Billinger on February 03, 1967, in Lawrence, Kansas, where they lived for 10 years.  From this union Carl and Diane were blessed with 3 children Catherine, Carl and Clarence.  Carl worked in the oil fields for several years as tank truck driver and pipe tester.  Carl left the oil fields to worked as a machinists for the NAPA Auto Parts Store in Russell.  When the store closed he went to work for Future Sound/Radio Shack.  He was a member of the World Wide Church of God, the NRA and the Ham Radio Association.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, CB and Ham radios and collecting various items he felt would be useful in the future.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving family include his wife Diane of the home, daughter Catherine Fappy (Yaya) of Grandview, Missouri; sons Carl Larson (Judy) and Clarence Larson all of Russell, Kansas; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren, 1 niece and 1 nephew. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, step father John Larson, brother John H. Larson and great granddaughter Destiny Larson.

A celebration of Carl's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.  Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the mortuary.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to either the Russell Public Library or the Kansas University Cancer Center and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, are in charge of the funeral service arrangements.

OBITUARIES

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Francis A. Benisch

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Karl Douglas Benisch

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Maxine Violet Branwell

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Jerry Ann Prawl

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John Clary Allen, Jr

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Rita J. Cowles

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Lawrence Raymond Meis

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Jesse Lee Craft

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Traffic Court reports - Jun 14, 2018

Chavez, Eliana G, Weskan, KS, driving 76 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines: $51, costs: $108, Operating a vehicle without a valid license, dismissed. Perry, Richard A, Cedar Park, TX, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines: $105, costs: $108. Prado, Jose Luis Acevedo,... [More]

Traffic Court reports - May 31, 2018

Escudero, Seth William, Cheyenne Wells, Colo, driving 70 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $45, court costs $108. Brewington, Lindsay V, Sterling, Kans, driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Gooden, Stephanie Lynn, Marshall, Mo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph... [More]

Traffic Court reports - May 17, 2018

Cody Ray Hawk, Sharon Springs, violation of restricted driver’s License, deferred, costs $108. Tammy R Liby, Sharon Springs, permitting unauthorized minor to drive, deferred, costs $108. Kevin M Kavanagh, Gilbert, AZ, 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, costs $108.... [More]

Traffic Court reports - May 3, 2018

Armstrong, Yolanda Mae, 77 in a 65 mph zone, fines $57, costs $108. Berni, Clayton D, 83 in a 65 mph zone, fines $93, costs $108. Brown, Matthew Christopher, 77 in a 65 mph zone, fines $57, costs $108. Cordova, Lina Ann, 77 in a 65 mph zone, fines $114, costs $108. Eiring,... [More]

Sowers sentenced

Darrick Sowers, Weskan, Ks, appeared in Wallace County District Court before the Honorable Judge Scott Showalter on April 11th, for sentencing after accepting a plea agreement in February. Sowers was originally charged with 6 counts of attempted murder in the 1st degree; One... [More]

Trevino and Heskett sentenced

Also sentenced in District Court were Rene Lee Trevino, Sharon Springs, and Tyler Heskett, Goodland. Trevino appeared in court with attorney, Craig Uhrich of Oakley, Kans. Trevino plead guilty to Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine a level... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Apr 19, 2018

McCleave, Taylor Dewayne, 98 mph in 65 mph zone, dismissal, costs $108 Garcia, Letisia, 82 mph in 65 mph zone, dismissal, costs $108 Hollis, Christopher John, 77 mph in 65 mph zone, dismissal, costs $108 Nicholson, Daniel Alexander, 85 mph in 65 mph zone, dismissal, costs... [More]

Guy charged in District Court

Deric Edwin Guy made his first appearance in Wallace County District Court January 29th, 2018. Guy was charged with 3 counts stemming from the arrest on January 24th. Count 1 Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute, a severity... [More]

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NEWS

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The Western Times Starts its 144th Year

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Superheroes and Sidekicks Golf Tournament Scheduled

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How does your garden grow? - Types of Mulch

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Supreme Court hands down decision

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Cattle Drive - July 4

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Sheriff's Log for May 2018

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Securities Commissioner urges Kansans to watch for signs of elder financial abuse

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BC/BS Foundation funds programs

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Pump Organs and Dinosaurs

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Bugle Notes - Cleaning and Organizing

  There is plenty of work going on at the Museum these days! Have you ever cleaned and organized your garage, and re-evaluated your possessions? Well, we have a big dose of that reality going on right now, as a work crew led by Chuck and Ramona Zortmann has been cleaning... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Upcoming Dinosaur Day

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Bugle Notes - Memorial Day Weekend

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Bugle Notes - Ft. Wallace Rodeo & Memorial Day Service

Get ready, it’s almost Rodeo Time!! The 64th Annual Fort Wallace Rodeo is coming up this Memorial Day Weekend at the rodeo grounds in Wallace, Kansas! There is plenty of tradition at our Rodeo and this year, we are excited to welcome the addition of the Cole Hudson Memorial... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Annual Meeting, prize winners, upcoming rodeo

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Bugle Notes - Rodeo Improvements & Annual Meeting

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Bugle Notes - Action Packed 1868

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