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John Wilford "Willie" Carden, Sr., 81, died December 20, 2013, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born December 25, 1931, in Holly, Colorado, the son of John Henry and Delia Carden...He was a Navy Reservist serving with the Seabees for 10 years.
It was the day he burned his wrist in Afghanistan firing an M240 machine gun to protect his comrades. The barrels of the gun grew so hot, the heat penetrated his gloves. The 26-year-old Buhler High School graduate could have ducked to hide when he
Von Ruden, who died Nov. 29 at the age of 85, was like a Renaissance man, mastering fine skills in both science and the arts. He began playing saxophone in high school back in Pontiac, Ill., where he formed the Billie Von Band. Known as "Doc" even as