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Richard Carl Totman


Richard Carl Totman, 73, of Mulberry, Kansas, died at 4:18 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at this home.

Richard was born June 29, 1949, in Arcadia, Kansas, the son of Ernest Carl and Dorothy Pearl McCormack Totman.

He was a retired coal miner and a maintenance worker for Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg for 23 years. He had been a resident of Mulberry for the past 51 years. He was raised in Arcadia and attended Arcadia Grade School. Later, he graduated from Arma High School. He married Rita Williams on July 26, 1971, in Pittsburg.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the United States Army. He served in the 25th Infantry Special Forces, where he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Survivors include his wife, Rita, of the home; a son, Richard (Cathy) Totman of Mulberry; a grandson, Brian White; three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Haylie, and Kenzie White; and a brother, Leonard Totman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Nellie Sigars and Shirley Gamble.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at the National Cemetery in Fort Scott, with the Rev. James Sukraw officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Bedene Funeral Home in Arma. Fort Riley Burial Detail will conduct graveside flag folding services.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, Kansas 66712.