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Randall Smith
B: 1942-05-03
D: 2017-11-13
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Smith, Randall
Lawrence Merritt
B: 1942-07-15
D: 2017-11-12
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Merritt, Lawrence
Patricia Collins
B: 1932-03-17
D: 2017-11-08
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Collins, Patricia
Theodore Kingen
B: 1924-03-29
D: 2017-10-26
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Kingen, Theodore
Linda McKowan
B: 1947-04-16
D: 2017-10-18
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McKowan, Linda
Raymond Glancy
B: 1953-09-13
D: 2017-10-13
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Glancy, Raymond
Marilyn Neugebauer
B: 1932-07-24
D: 2017-10-05
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Neugebauer, Marilyn
Martha Smith
B: 1940-09-21
D: 2017-09-30
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Smith, Martha
Edith Hall
B: 1932-01-15
D: 2017-09-30
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Hall, Edith
Pauline Smrcka
B: 1921-10-05
D: 2017-09-29
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Smrcka, Pauline
Dr. Gerald Reisner
B: 1926-04-10
D: 2017-09-28
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Reisner, Dr. Gerald
Jerry VanTassel
B: 1948-06-05
D: 2017-09-27
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VanTassel, Jerry
Ronald Wineland
B: 1934-11-02
D: 2017-09-26
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Wineland, Ronald
Leah Daley
B: 1922-05-03
D: 2017-09-25
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Daley, Leah
Dani Dipko
D: 2017-09-23
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Dipko, Dani
Betty Andrews
B: 1925-10-14
D: 2017-09-10
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Andrews, Betty
Elizabeth Vozar
B: 1965-06-26
D: 2017-09-09
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Vozar, Elizabeth
Walter "Pete" Genung
B: 1924-09-08
D: 2017-09-05
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Genung, Walter "Pete"
Mildred Huber
B: 1922-12-29
D: 2017-09-04
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Huber, Mildred
Margaret Reagle
B: 1934-03-04
D: 2017-09-02
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Reagle, Margaret
Marcella May
B: 1943-05-01
D: 2017-09-02
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May, Marcella

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