Miscellaneous Sumner County, Kansas Obituaries - 1997


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"Jackie" Donley
"Jackie" Donley, 81, of Oxford, died Saturday, November 22, at Riverview Manor in Oxford.
She was born November 10, 1916 in Miami, Oklahoma. Jackie is the daughter of Rob and Lucy Jane Combs Orcutt. She married Maurice Eugene Donley on June 20, 1935 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They moved from Nebraska to Oxford in 1945 till 1961 and through the mid 1960's they owned and operated Felines Restaurant. Jackie went to work at the Riverview Manor where she worked for 20 years until she retired in 1987. 
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Oxford and was a Past Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include daughter, Sheryl Donley Baker of Arkansas City; sister, Nora May Dugan of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great grandchildren and one step-great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband on June 14, 1974, one son Buddy Eugene Donley, two brothers Cub Orcutt and Virgil Orcutt; and two sisters Chattie Marcinko and Agnes Powell.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home in Oxford. Interment will be in the Oxford Cemetery. 
A memorial has been established with the Riverview Manor, contributions may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call a the funeral home tonight til 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9 a.m. til Noon.
Arrangements by Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home, Oxford.

Edith Julia Standing
Edith Julia Standing, 98, of Wellington, died Friday, November 21, at Sumner Regional Medical Center.
Edith was born July 8, 1899 in Warren, Ohio. She is the daughter of Charlie & Carrie Elizabeth (Phillips) Inman. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio and received her B.A. On August 13, 1935 she married Thomas G. Standing in Warren, Ohio. 
Edith was retired from her position as secretary of the Golden Age Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ormond Beach, Florida, and attended the First United Methodist Church in Wellington since moving here. She was a member of the B.P.W. and United Methodist Women.
Survivors include daughter, Suzanne Abbey of Wellington, three grandchildren; Kathleen Haworth, Thomas Abbey and Christopher Abbey and two great grandchildren; Erin Haworth and Trent Abbey.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Thomas Standing, and two brothers.
Memorial Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington, on Tuesday, November 25, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverends Lee and Linda Louderback of Mulvane officiating.
The family requests Memorial Donations in lieu of flowers to the First United Methodist Church Belle Aires or the Wellington Public Library.
Arrangements by Frank Funeral Home.

Clarence Roy Jesseph
Services for Clarence Roy Jesseph who died Saturday, November 15, 1997, were held Wednesday, November 19, 1997, at the First Christian Church. The Rev. Kendale d. Finley, officiated.
Special music was "Beyond The Sunset" and "In The Garden". Soloist was Sharon Finley and organist was Pam Montenegro.
Casket bearers were Ned Longnecker, Don Werlein, Roger Bunck, John Munro, Harold King, Don Burrow.
Interment was in Sumner Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Frank Funeral Home.

Nelda Alexander
Nelda Alexander, 80 of Prescott Arizona, died Friday, November 14, 1997 at her home in Prescott.
She was born March 14, 1917, in Milan to John and Anna (Carter Ohnemiller. She moved to Arizona from her native Kansas in 1943.
Nelda was a member of the Prescott Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Russell, of Prescott, AZ; sister-in-law Kathleen (Ohnemiller) Bedwell; nephew, Ervin Ohnemiller of Wellington; and nieces, Louise Kirkwood of Argonia and Linda Davis of Kingman.
Services were held November 19 at Prescott, AZ. Graveside service will be Saturday, November 29 at 1:00 p.m. at Mayfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to YRMC Hospice Restricted Account, P.O. Box 26565, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312.

Lester A. Watts
Lester A. Watts, 84, departed this life Monday, November 17, 1997 at St. Joseph Hospital, Wichita, Kansas.
Lester or "Rocky" as he was known to his friends, was born July 15, 1913, at home near Enid, Oklahoma, the sixth of seven children born to Archie and Lizzie Watts. In August, 1917, he moved with his parents, four brothers and two sisters to a farm near Perry, OK. In December, 1918, after the death of his parents, Lester moved with his two sisters and a brother to make his home with his grandparents, Jim and Mary Madison in Corbin, Kansas. In 1923, after his older sister married, Lester moved with his younger sister to live on their farm west of Corbin. During and after his school years in Corbin and Caldwell, Lester helped the family and neighbors with all their farm work.
On February 24, 1942, Rocky joined the Army, in particular, the Army Air Corp. On March 9, 1944, he shipped overseas to the South Pacific where he served with the 574th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion, earning the rank of Tech. 5. He participated in the campaigns in New Guinea and Southern Phillipines. He earned the Phillipine Liberation ribbon with Star and the Good Conduct Medal. Lester returned to the U.S. on Dec. 17, 1945 and was Honorably Discharged on Dec. 30, 1945. He took great pride in his service to the country. Lester was lifetime member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church of Corbin.
Rocky continued to work and live in the Corbin area. He married Margie Adams December 23, 1955. They owned and operated the Corbin Cafe. They were also in charge of the Corbin Post Office. Rocky also found time to care for the Corbin fire truck; being sure it was ready to make a run should the need arise.
Corbin and the surrounding area was the center of Rocky's life. After his wife's passing in 1985, he still managed the post office and a place where friends could gather to visit over coffee and soft drinks. One topic of conversation would often be an upcoming Corbin softball game. Rocky was a number one fan and supporter, evidenced by the games he attended helping with concessions or wherever needed. 
The Corbin community was family to Rocky. When his declining health dictated a move from the area, one condition that had to be met was that Rocky could make visits back to the community so he could talk with friends or go by the elevator to check crop conditions. Those trips were always a lift in his final years. 
Survivors include his sister, Izetta Henderson, Clearwater; Aunt Hazel Madison Staley of Wichita; two sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was also preceded by one sister and four brothers.
Friday, November 21, 1997, fifteen comrades of HHC 70th EN Battalion of Ft. Riley, and Chaplain Doug Smith of Wellington, conducted a Military Graveside Service in the Corzine Cemetery, near Corbin. Orie Love, a long-time friend, sang two selections. 
A memorial has been established in his name with the Corbin Softball Program. 
The Elliott-Schaeffer Mortuary of Caldwell was in charge of arrangements.

Zero Damion LaPlante
Zero Damion LaPlante, infant son of Charles LaPlante and Vicki Smith, died Saturday, November 22, 1997
Services - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, 1997 at the Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita.
Survivors - Grandparents, Charles and Linda Smith of Wichita; Gary LaPlante of Sacramento, Calif.; and Lori LaPlante of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Arrangements by Broadway Mortuary, Wichita, Kansas.

Kenneth C. Fitz-Simmons
Kenneth C. Fitz-Simmons, 48, Wichita, died Sunday, November 23, at his home.
Memorial services - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, at the Woodlawn Ave. Baptist Church in Wichita. The Rev. J.D. Tatum will be officiating.
Survivors - wife, Brenda of the home in Wichita; sons, Kyle Clifton Fitz-Simmons, Kansas City, Ks, Edward Fitz-Simmons, South Dakota; daughters, Nicole Marie Fitz-Simmons, Kansas City, Carla Fitz-Simmons, South Dakota; step sons, Christian Andrew Gilstrap, Phoenix, Ariz., Nathaniel Duayne Gilstrap, Lawrence; step daughter, Bobbie June Potts, Wichita; mother and step-father, Cecelia and Dwight Weesner, Las Vegas, NV; sisters, Ann Doan, Everett, Washington, Donna Truelove, Higley, Ariz., Monette Atkins, Simi Valley, Calif.; four grandchildren.
Arrangements by Hawks Funeral Home.

Esther A. Parker
Esther A. Parker, 61, homemaker, died Sunday morning, Nov. 30, 1997, at the Via Christi Regional Medical Center - St. Francis campus in Wichita. She was formerly of Tacoma, Wash.
Esther was born Jan. 2, 1936 in Rome, Kan., to Jacob and Ollie (Jones) Thompson. She married Robert Earl Parker on Oct. 6, 1976 in Wellington.
Esther was raised in Wellington and had lived in Tacoma for 20 years. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Wellington and a member of the Women of the Moose in Tacoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son; and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband, Robert, of the home; three stepsons, Jerry of Hutchinson, Jeff of Wellington and Robert Allen of Tacoma; five brothers, Leslie Thompson, Delbert Thompson and Elmer Thompson, all of Wellington, Russell Thompson of Olympia, Wash., and Fred Thompson of Henryetta, Okla.; eight sisters, Thelma Fulker of Everett, Wash., Nina Jackson of Wellington, Beulah Scates of Wasilla, Alaska, Faye Teter of Winfield, Leona Twyman of Kent, Wash., Hazel Young of Meridian, Idaho, Christie White of Tacoma and Freda Hanson of Bellevue, Wash.; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Frank Funeral Home. Pastor Sallie Shore, of the First Christian Church, will officiate.
Memorials have been established with the Wellington V.F.W. Auxiliary or the Women of the Moose in Tacoma. Donations may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Florence May Kraus
Services for Florence May Kraus, who died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1997, in LaJunta, Colo., were held Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Church of Christ in LaJunta.
Ruben Salinas, minister of the LaJunta Church of Christ, officiated. The eulogy was by Harold Reese. Musical selections were by the Church of Christ Singers.
Services in Wellington were held today at the Church of Christ. Stanten Sikes, minister, officiated.
Musical selections were by the Church of Christ Singers.
Casketbearers were Florence's nephews and grandson.
Concluding services were at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington. 
Arrangements were by Hawks Funeral Home.

Patricia Anne Cox
DEXTER -- Patricia Anne Cox, 67, of Dexter, homemaker, died Nov. 25.
Services -- were held Friday, Miles Funeral Service, Winfield. Interment -- Dexter Cemetery.
Survivors -- husband, Raymond Cox, of the home; daughters, Ramona Catron of Cedar Vale, Debra Dibelka of Omaha, Neb., Terry Killingsworth of Dexter and Pamala Bain of Newkirk, Okla.; brother, Merle Glass of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters, Marilyn Love of Dexter and Brenda Erickson of Wellington; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial -- American Cancer Society.
Miles Funeral Service, Winfield.

Leona Marie Wacker
WICHITA -- Leona Marie Wacker, 82, former Norwich resident, died Sunday.
Services -- 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Ebersole Mortuary Chapel, Conway Springs. Interment -- Upchurch Cemetery, Norwich.
Survivors -- sons, Martin Wacker and Bill Wacker, both of Wichita; brother, Clarence Ward of Norwich; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Visitation -- 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs.
Ebersole Mortuary.
[Published Dec. 1, 1997]

Ruby Geraldine "Jerry" Conover
Ruby Geraldine "Jerry" Conover, 67, of Winfield, died Monday.
Graveside services -- 2 p.m., Friday, Oxford Cemetery.
Memorials -- American Heart Association and Arthritis Foundation. 
Visitation -- 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m. to noon, Friday. 
Oliver-Hawks Funeral Home, Oxford.
[Published Dec. 2, 1997]

Harvey Landon Swan
MULVANE -- Harvey Landon Swan, 86, retired Amoco Oil Co. distributer, former Riverdale resident, died Monday.
Services -- 2 p.m., Saturday, Mulvane Middle School Gymnasium. Burial -- Mulvane Cemetery.
Survivors -- wife, Ruth (Dible) Swan; son, Charles Swan of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Nancy Jane Hayselden of Shawnee; and sisters, Mary Turney of Belle Plaine and Lillian Lane of Bowie, Md.; and four grandchildren.
Memorials -- Mulvane Masonic Lodge, Mulvane Historical Society and Mulvane Community Center.
Vistitation -- Until 8 this evening; and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
[Published Dec. 2, 1997]

James W. Sawer
James W. Sawer, 47, insurance agent for Farm Bureau Insurance Co., died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. He was a resident of Wellington, after moving from Conway Springs.
Sawer was born June 4, 1950 in Atwood, to William and Erma (Chuatal) Sawer. He married Joyce Wolters on Aug. 1, 1970 in Portis. 
He was a member of the Lions Club in Viola, Association of Life Underwriters and Farm Bureau Agents Association.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce, and one son, Joshua, of the home; one daughter, Nichole Sawer of Arkansas City; his mother and stepfather, Erma and George Beims of Atwood; and two sisters, Carol Brown of Independence and Julie Britton of Lincoln.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Frank Funeral Home. Interment will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with the Sumner Regional Medical Center Home Health unit or the James Sawer Educational Fund. Donations may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The casket will remain closed.
Frank Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LeRoy S. Horton
LeRoy S. Horton, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997, in St. Petersburg, Fla. There was cremation.
Horton, a licensed engineer, was the president of Standard Products, Inc. and worked for the S.A. Long Company while residing in Wichita. Horton and his wife, Margaret Ash Horton, who preceded him in death, were active in many community organizations.
He was a graduate of Wellington High School. His mother, Omah S. Horton and his brother, Frank Horton, were longtime residents of Wellington. Both his mother and brother, Frank, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his five daughters, Marilyn Barrie of Evergreen, Colo., Carol Jean Long of Morrison, Colo., Virginia Lee King of Sedona Ariz., Susan Ann Michaels of Phoenix, Ariz., Francis Louise Horton-Auerhahn of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; his 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his brother, Fred D. Horton of St. Petersburg.

Marie VanEtten
BLUFF CITY -- Marie Van Etten, 84, homemaker, died Thursday.
Services -- were held Sunday, Williams Funeral Home, Anthony. Interment -- Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bluff City.
Survivors -- sons, Alva VanEtten of Arkansas City and Dr. Glen VanEtten of Albuquerque, N.M.; brothers, Ben Morris of Everett, Wash., Henry Morris of Wichita and Dave Morris of Anthony; sisters, Betty Jones of Chelsea, Okla. and Cleo Jelinek of Bluff City; and three grandchildren.
Memorial -- Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association.
Williams Funeral Home, Anthony.
[Published Dec. 8, 1997]

Alfred Joseph Kraus
Alfred Joseph Kraus, 79, Wellington, retired Cessna sheet metal worker, died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997, at his home in Wellington.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Church of Christ in Wellington. Mr. Stanten Sikes will officiate.
Interment will be in the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.
A memorial has been established in his name with the Church of Christ. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home\ Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Afred was born Feb. 22, 1918 in Goddard, the son of Simon and Mary (Giesen) Kraus. He married Florence Clift on Aug. 19, 1940 near Caldwell.
They moved to California, while serving in the Army.
In 1946 they moved to Arkansas City and have resided in Wellington since 1948.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Florence May Kraus on Nov. 26, 1997; infant son, Freddie Lorence Kraus; and one brother, James "Bud" Kraus Sr.
Survivors include three daughters, June and Pat Kraus of LaJunta, Colo. and Betty Tracy of Agua Dulce, Calif.; one sister, Mary Lou Jennings of Ponca City, Okla.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Hawks Funeral Home.

James W. Sawer
Services for James W. Sawer, who died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, were held Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Frank Funeral Home. Pastor Lorna Gotchall Tovrea, of the Conway Springs United Methodist Church, officiated.
Organ selections were "Ten Thousand Angels," "How Great Thou Art" and "He." Organist was Berniece Myers.
Casketbearers were Delmer Zerr, Ken Lackey, Ken Burton, Dean Leddy, Rick Ruyle and Steve Brown.
Interment was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery.
Frank Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude Gayleen Moffitt
Services for Gertrude Gayleen Moffitt, who died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997, were held Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Church of Christ. Stanten Sikes officiated.
Special musical selections were by the Church of Christ Singers. They sang "The Old Rugged Cross," "The Lord Has Been Mindful Of Me" and "Farther Along."
Casketbearers were Cletas Rains, Gary Rains, Curtis Guinn, Tom Rains, Jason Rains and Dennis Guinn. Honorary casketbearers were Steven Scheuerman and Terrence Hamner.
Arrangements were by Hawks Funeral Home.

William Zurbuchen Boucher
William Zurbuchen Boucher, 83, retired farmer and oil field worker, died Friday.
Services -- 10 a.m., Tuesday, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Graveside services -- 11:30 a.m., Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta.
Survivors -- wife, Luetta, of the home; sons, Jeff of Clearwater and William C. of Wellington; daughter, Sandra Parks of Mountain Home, Ark.; brothers, Henry of Douglass, Virgil of Wichita and Jack of Burden; sisters, Ruby Mahlandt of Douglass, Martha Cody of Augusta, Ethel Rickard of Newton and Eleanor Leap of Dell City, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial -- Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Visitation -- Until 9 p.m. today.
Frank Funeral Home.
[Published Dec. 15, 1997]

Weir Gross Jr.
CLEARWATER -- Weir Gross Jr., 77, farmer and former Boeing Aircraft Company mechanic, died Friday.
Services -- were today, Webb Mortuary Chapel, Clearwater.
Survivors -- wife, Juanita; daughter, Carolyn Lauterbach of Clearwater; mother, Lela Gross of Clearwater; brother, Bob Gross of Clearwater; sisters, Helen Hoisington, Muriel Love and Marilyn Dauster, all of Wichita; and two grandchildren.
Memorial -- Clearwater Fire Department.
Webb Mortuary, Clearwater.
[Published Dec. 15, 1997]

Monte Kent Heasty
INDEPENDENCE -- Monte Kent Heasty, 60, of Independence, former Wellington resident, attorney and former Montgomery County attorney, died Tuesday.
Services -- were held Friday, Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home, Independence.
Survivors -- wife, Kathy; daughters, Lori L. Garber, Mona D. and Gretchen A., all of Lawrence; son, Michael K. of Lawrence; stepchildren, Dax and Tina Raub, both of Denver; and two grandchildren.
Memorials -- American Cancer Society or AWOL Humane Society.
[Published Dec. 15, 1997]

Richard Leroy Darland
BELLE PLAINE -- Richard Leroy Darland, 58, gas serviceman for Western Resources, died Thursday.
Services -- were today, St. Michael Catholic Church, Mulvane. Interment -- Belle Plaine Cemetery.
Survivors -- wife, Celia M. Darland of Belle Plaine; son, Kevin Carey of Ottawa; daughters, Tisha Birmingham of Belle Plaine, Fara Myers of El Dorado and Lisa Demaree of Arkansas City; sister, Judy Shackette of Springfield, Mo.; mother, Mary Edith Darland of Reed Spring, Mo.; and 11 grandchildren.
Memorial -- Belle Plaine Recreation Organization Scholarship.
Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home, Belle Plaine.
[Published Dec. 15, 1997]

William A. Gordon
WICHITA -- William A. "Bill" Gordon, 84, retired KGE plant accounting manager, died Friday.
Services -- were today, First Presbyterian Church, Conway Springs. Interment -- Milan Cemetery.
Survivors -- wife, Irene Gordon, of the home; son, Richard R. Gordon of Overland Park; sister, Ethel Elmore of Shattuck, Okla.; and two granddaughters.
Memorial -- First Presbyterian Church, Conway Springs.
Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs.
[Published Dec. 15, 1997]

Lloyd A. Mott
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Lloyd a. Mott, 87, of Seattle, died Thursday. 
Services -- Tuesday, Seattle.
Survivors -- wife, Opal (Cleous) Mott, former Danville resident; son, Edward; and two grandchildren.
[Published Dec. 15, 1997]

Avis Elizabeth Sturtevant
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Avis Elizabeth Sturtevant, 77, former pipe bender at Douglas Aircraft, died Monday.
Memorial service -- to be announced later.
Survivors -- daughter, Jamie of Prescott; son, Jody of Brighton, Calif.; brother, Harlan Roberts of Wellington, Kan.; sisters, Fern Hendrix of Independence, Mo., Joanna Bixler of Swanton, Ohio, Carol Davis of Reno, Nev. and Betty Aldreidge of Independence; and one grandson.
Memorial -- Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., Prescott, Ariz. 86303.
Hampton Funeral Home, Prescott.
[Published Dec. 16, 1997]

Opal Pauline Riggs
Opal Pauline Riggs, 80, of Wellington, retired Boeing key punch operator, died Saturday.
Graveside services -- 2 p.m., Wednesday, Belle Plaine Cemetery. 
Survivors -- son, Le R. Riggs of Wellington; sister, Flossie Pierce of Belle Plaine; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial -- Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 2763, Wichita, 67201. 
Visitation -- Until 8 this evening; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., tomorrow, Hatfield-Smith Funeral Home, Belle Plaine.
[Published Dec. 16, 1997]

William Louis "Tate" Wollard
William Louis "Tate" Wollard, 83, of Arkansas City, died Tuesday. 
Graveside services -- 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Tanneheill Cemetery, rural Arkansas City.
Survivors -- wife Donna of the home; sons, Carl Wollard of Arkansas City, John Wollard and Alan Wollard both of Winfield; daughter Sharon Lind of Arkansas City; brother Joseph D. Wollard of Springfield, Mo.; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
Memorial -- Organ Fund of the Oxford First Baptist Church, the Wellington Camp and Cowley County Camp of the Gideons. Contributions may be left at the funeral home.
Visitation -- Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. 
Hawks Funeral Home, Arkansas City.
[Published Dec. 17, 1997]

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