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OSAGE CITY – Kurt Gaston, 61, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at his home in Osage City. 

He was born Dec. 22, 1955 to Karl and Dorothy Buckley Gaston in Belleville. 

He married his wife, Marcy, Jan. 8, 1977.

He attended the University of Kansas. 

He was a long-time newspaper editor. After learning the trade at his father’s newspaper, The Ellsworth Reporter, he served as managing editor for the Jefferson Gazette in Ohio, The Sterling Bulletin, the Southwest Daily Times in Liberal, The Baytown Sun in Texas, The Osawatomie Graphic, and The Norton Telegram.

He enjoyed reading, photography and watching sports, especially Jayhawks basketball. 

Survivors include brother, Kale, and wife, Jennifer, Raleigh, N.C.; four children: Rebekah and husband, Steve, and daughter, Ida, Lawrence, Jeremy, St. Paul, Minn., Elisabeth, Lawrence, and John, Osage City; three nephews: Aaron Gaston and Alex Gaston, California, and Andy Gaston and wife, Nicole, and son, Henry, Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Kent.

• There will be a memorial reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 at the Carnegie Building in Lawrence. 

There will be a private burial in Ellsworth at a later date.

Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, please consider purchasing a subscription to a daily or weekly newspaper.




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