CAMDEN, Ark. - Kenneth Dale Eiland, 76, died Sept. 13, while in Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden, Ark. Born Aug. 10, 1935 in Gurdon, Ark., he was the son of J.D and Ruby Dale (Ball) Eiland. He attended Camden-Fairview High School. On March 23, 1958 he married Darlene Shultz in Ellinwood. She survives. He was employed in the oilfield both on land and offshore.
HUTCHINSON - Leon Henry Stricker, 81 of Hutchinson, formerly of Milberger, died Sept. 12, at the Reno County Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born Jan. 30, 1930 on the family farm near Milberger, he was the son of Henry, Jr. and Martha (Miller) Stricker. He grew up in the Milberger area and graduated from Russell High School. He then attended the Salt City Business College in Hutchinson.
David L. Hays, 76, died Sept. 13 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born June 1, 1935 in Larned, he was the son of William Anderson and Hannah Laura (Daykin) Hays. On July 11, 1959 he married Rosemarie Stamm at Denmark Manor, Penn. She died Aug. 1, 2000. He was a longtime resident of Great Bend, coming from Larned.
Nebraska's legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state's death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition.