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Donald Kottwitz

Donald Dwaine Kottwitz, Sr., 74, passed away at Moran Manor on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. He was born Aug. 26, 1939, in Ohlman, Ill. to August and Mildred (Evans) Kottwitz. He grew up in Illinois and Missouri. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Don was a retired painting contractor. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.
Donald and Darcus met in Iola in 1982 and were married Oct. 8, 1982. Donald was a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years Darcus; four children Marchelle Brown and fiancé Kelly Shaffer, Donald Kottwitz Jr. and wife Donna, Paul Kottwitz and Anita Flach and husband John; 14 grandchildren, Christopher Valencia, Anthony Valencia, William Martinez, Christina Shaffer, Josh Shaffer, Eric Kottwitz, Jennifer Kottwitz, Ryan Kottwitz, Trevin Kottwitz, McKay Kottwitz, Brianna Christensen, Nathan Christensen, Morgan Christensen, and Liam Christensen; one great-granddaughter Peyton Anne Marie Valencia; one brother-in-law Bruce Seybold and wife Barbara; three brothers, Chester, George and Gary; and three sisters, Bertha, Peggy and Loretta.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Milford Kottwitz and one grandson.
Visitation will be Monday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday at the Yates Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Allen County Animal Rescue Facility. Memorial gifts may be left with the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.

OBITUARIES

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Jeff Haen

Jeffery S. Haen, age 47, of Iola, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at his home. Jeff is the second of two children born to Nancey Haen. Jeff was born on June 25, 1970, at Allen County Hospital, Iola. He grew up in Iola and Uniontown before they moved to Missouri, where he... [More]

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David Skidmore

David Skidmore, 62, program manager, with Beech for nearly 30 years, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018. David was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, as well as a friend, colleague and mentor to many. He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Betty Skidmore, Iola;... [More]

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Roberta West

Roberta Mariea West, 90, Colony, passed away in the presence of her family at St. Luke’s Hospice House on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Roberta was born May 18, 1927, in rural Kansas. The eldest child of Claude and Mary (O’Dell) McGhee, she grew up near rural Colony and... [More]

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Pat Derezotes

Patsy Ann “Pat” Derezotes, 75, of Ozark, Mo., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. She passed peacefully while her loving husband was at her bedside. At Patsy’s request, no services are planned. Visitation/viewing will be held at Greenlawn Funeral... [More]

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David Skidmore

David Skidmore, 62, program manager with Beech for nearly 30 years, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. David was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, as well as a friend, colleague and mentor to many. He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Betty Skidmore, Iola; son,... [More]

Richard Strahl

Richard L. Strahl, Iola, was born Feb. 12, 1934, to Clark W. and Lillian l. Dreyer-Strahl. He passed away on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita, after a lengthy illness. Richard was an Iola High School graduate in May 1952. On Dec. 24, 1952,... [More]

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NEWS

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Bright Lights Big Heart, big fun

Members of Opening Number Dance Company, a troupe from The Studio in Yates Center, perform “Terra Firma” during the Bright Lights — Big Hearts talent show Saturday evening at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Pictured from left are Chloe Daniels, Harper Gregg, Jasmine... [More]

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Mildred Store continues to celebrate past, present

MILDRED — It’s not easy to keep a grocery store in a town with a population of just 21 people, but Loren and Regena Lance want to honor the history and nostalgia of Charlie Brown’s Store — now known as the Mildred Store. “Our focus is to keep this... [More]

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Pinewood power

Iola Cub Scout Pack 55 drew 19 area Scouts and their homemade wooden racers as part of the annual Pinewood Derby Sunday at Allen Community College. Here, Scouts, from left, Gannon Hutton, James Hunt, Nickoles Stogsdill and Milo Franklin gather at the finish line with Barney Devine,... [More]

History program Thursday

The Iola Register’s Bob Johnson will share tidbits of local history as seen through the eyes of a news reporter. Johnson will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Frederick Funston Meeting Hall, 207 N. Jefferson Ave., as part of the Allen County Historical Society’s 2018... [More]

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Darkroom treasures shared

HUMBOLDT — Memories of yesteryear are as popular on social media these days as that of political discourse or stories of junior’s latest antics. A couple of Facebook pages with a local flavor include “Allen County Memories” and “Remember in Iola…”... [More]

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Talkington resigns

Allen County Commissioner Jim Talkington resigned Friday afternoon after being confronted by Commission Chairman Tom Williams with allegations of inappropriate contact with a young woman. The 21-year-old woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, and Williams met with Register staff... [More]

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Conservation a way of life for Barnett

Anita Barnett, whose farm fields dot the landscape northeast of Humboldt, will be honored Wednesday evening with a soil and water conservation award, given annually by Allen County banks. Anita, for all she has done to prevent soil erosion and preserve the moisture profile in... [More]

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SPORTS

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Red Devil men end 10-game skid at Dodge City

The Allen County men ended a 10-game losing streak on Saturday when they squeaked out a 79-78 win over Dodge City. The Red Devils’ win earned a regular-season sweep over the Conquistadors and moved their record to 7-20 and 5-18 in Jayhawk Conference play. Neither team... [More]

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Mustangs compete at regionals

The Iola wrestling team wrapped up its season over the weekend by competing in the regional wrestling tournament in Burlington. The Mustangs sent four wrestlers, all of whom are competing in their first year of high school wrestling. Junior Elijah Luedke, sophomore Casen Barker... [More]

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Cubs qualify four wrestlers for state tournament

Steady progress for the still very young Humboldt wrestling team continued to advance over the weekend with the Cubs qualifying four wrestlers at the regional wrestling tournament in Eureka for the 3-2-1A State Tournament in Hays this weekend. Humboldt’s wrestling program... [More]

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Mustangs and Fillies can’t get it done at Anderson County

GARNETT — A week ago, the Iola boys lost to Anderson County at home thanks in part to a second-half breakdown that saw the Bulldogs pull away from Iola and turn a two-point halftime lead into a 14-point victory.  Thursday’s rematch had a similar result but... [More]

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