HOISINGTON - Velma H. McMillin, 90, died Dec. 4 at Via Christi Hospital, St. Francis, in Wichita. Born Jan. 20, 1924, in Melvern, she was the daughter of Oscar and Hazel (Goldsmith) Beck. On Nov. 30, 1940, she married H.D. McMillin in Ottawa. He died July 23, 1993. A resident of Hoisington since 1940, she worked as a florist for many years and she was also the co-owner of Trinkets and Treasures, an antique shop in Hoisington. She was an avid sports fan cheering for the Chiefs, Kansas University and the Green Bay Packers.
Elizabeth "Liz" Ewing Moore, 87, died Dec. 4, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Dec. 14, 1926, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of William and Jesse (Funk) Stanley. On June 14, 1947, she married Robert Gilmore Ewing in Great Bend. The later divorced. On July 11, 1992, she married Darrel Herman in Great Bend. He died on Oct. 20, 2007. A lifetime resident of Great Bend she was a cook for USD #428, a secretary for Gibson, Titus and Stafford and retired as a clerk for Centel.
BRIGHTON, Colo. - Michael Thomas Ochs, 72, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 26, in a car accident. Born Dec. 19, 1941, in Wichita, he was the son of Martin and Dorothy (Murphy) Ochs.
HUDSON – Hilda L. Siefkes, 100, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born May 31, 1914, on the family farm, rural Hudson, she was the daughter of Carl and Lena Drach. Hilda was a lifetime resident of the Hudson Community. She was a 1932 graduate of Hudson High School. She was a homemaker, careful custodian of her home, yard and flower garden, dear mother and loving grandmother and great grandmother.
HOISINGTON - Regene A. "Jean" Finn, 86, died Dec. 2, 2014 at Locust Grove Village, LaCrosse.
QUINLAN, Texas - Franklin B. Shaver, 80, passed away Nov. 29. Born Feb. 5, 1934, in Belpre, he was the son of David and Clara (Buhrer) Shaver. Franklin was a resident of Quinlan, Texas, for 17 years and The Broadmoor in Rockwall, Texas, for the past 7 months. He retired from Walmart after 25 years of dedicated service in the Sporting Goods Department.
WICHITA - Thelma McMillon, 90, passed away Nov. 29. She was a former Boeing employee.
HAYS - Joanna Aubel Johnson, 78, died Nov. 28, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born March 3, 1936, in Uniontown, she was the daughter of Clifford and Addie (Swink) Typer. On March 29, 1986, she married William "Bill" Aubel in Hays. He died on Sept. 26, 2008. She married Toby Johnson on Aug. 7, 2010, in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was a real estate broker and owner of Aubel Realty. She loved playing bridge, cooking, reading, traveling, and helping others.
OXFORD - Russell Junior Craven, 80, went to be with his Lord on Nov. 30 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Russell "Junior" was born on a farm in Slate Valley on July 20, 1934 to Russell and Ora Mae Craven. Junior attended high school in Oxford. He worked at various oil rigs. He started his trucking career driving for A.V. Davis Van Lines. He retired with United Van Lines after 37 years of cross country driving. He later went to work for Price Trucking in Winfield. He was a member of Oxford First Baptist Church.
ELLINWOOD - Alma M. "Pinky" Lloyd, 82, died Nov. 27 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born April 27, 1932, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Edward and Anna Marie Kowalsky Jenisch/Edna Schmidt Jenisch. She graduated from high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Wichita. On Oct. 26, 1953, she married Leslie J. Lloyd in Ellinwood. He died on March 5, 1991. A lifetime resident of Ellinwood, she was a retired bookkeeper for the Great Bend COOP in Ellinwood.
LARNED - Edward Wayne Hesher, 86, passed away Nov. 28, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Dec. 1, 1927, in Gypsum, he was the son of Bert and Dorris Hawthorne Hesher. On April 20, 1952, he married Patricia L. Turpin in Kansas City, Mo. She survives. Moving from Topeka to Larned in 1952, he was an Accountant/Business Manager for the State of Kansas.
Dink Everett Garner, 94, died Nov. 27, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 22, 1920, in Eufaula, Okla., he was the son of Dink G. and Nora E. (Collie) Garner. On Dec. 31, 1947, he married Betty Lorraine Johnson in Great Bend. She died on July 19, 2011. A resident of Great Bend most of his life, he was a Dairy Department Manager for Dillons, retiring in 1983.
CLAFLIN - Lawrence J. Jenisch, 73, died Nov. 26, at Hays Medical Center. Born Aug. 18, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Joseph C. and Margaret (Finger) Jenisch. Lawrence graduated from Odin High School. He later received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Fort Hays State Teachers College. On Aug. 17, 1963, he married Mara Kay Neill at the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell. She survives. He was a farmer and a stockman and also a long-time teacher at the Claflin High School.
Greg Drews, 64, died Nov. 22 at his home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 8, 1950, in Great Bend, he was the son of Herman E. and Shirley (Frey) Drews. He was a tester for Halliburton and later worked for Koch in accounting. Raised in Claflin, Greg moved to Wichita to attend Wichita State University and continued living in Wichita for a number of years before moving to Great Bend.
LARNED -- Doyle Forrest Mayse, 64, passed away November 24, 2014 at his home, Larned.
MIDLAND, Texas - Daniel J. Leiker, 86, of Midland, Texas, died Dec. 20, 2014, at his home. Funeral Services are pending at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
QUINTER - Nola Conley, 82, of Quinter, died Dec. 19 at Gove County Medical Center, Long Term Care, Quinter. Schmitt Funeral Home in Quinter is in charge of arrangements.
HUTCHINSON - Susan Marie Harms, 56, died Dec. 18 at her home in Hutchinson. Born Feb. 14, 1958, in McPherson, she was the daughter of Gustaf and Naomi Scheikofsky Nelson. She was a graduate of McPherson High School. On July 8, 1988, she married Robert Harms. He survives. She was a resident of Hutchinson the last 23 years.
Mabel E. Hiss, 91, died Dec. 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 9, 1923, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of August H. and Anna (Gagelman) Werhahn. On Oct. 29, 1944, she married her high school sweetheart, John R. Hiss. He died on Aug. 4, 2005. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was a homemaker and also worked at the Great Bend Tribune during World War II. She attended Washburn University.
Darlene M. Creacy, 80, lifelong Great Bend resident, passed away on Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, at Leisure Homestead Care Center at St. John. Born on July 9, 1934, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ira and Inez (Davis) Thomason. She attended school in Great Bend. She worked as a cook in several area restaurants, including at the Jayhawk Cafe, the Highland Hotel, and Holiday Inn, and was cook and former owner of the Zarah Cafe in Great Bend for many years. Darlene coordinated and cooked for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Great Bend for 17 years, and also ...
HIGHLAND, Ill. - Pawnee Rock graduate Lawanda M. "Peggy" Fansler, 85, died Dec. 15, 2014, at Faith Care Center.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13 at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Science degree in Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13, at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
Helen E. (Nickerson) Sharp, 81, died Dec. 13, at Diversicare of Larned. Born May 14, 1933, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Corbin and Elizabeth (Skirvin) Nickerson. On June 1, 1942, she married Bobby Dale Howard in Pratt. They were later divorced. She then married Robert Carl Sharp on June 21, 1975, in Great Bend. They were later divorced. A longtime resident of Great Bend, also residing in Las Vegas, Nev. and Larned, she served as a librarian and bus driver for the Radium School District and was a bookkeeper for Melvin Nuss. She enjoyed reading and sewing.
HOISINGTON – Frederick E. Ummel, 89, passed away in his home in Hoisington Dec. 12, 2014.
HOISINGTON – Helen Margaret (Penka) Kalina, daughter of Emil and Hedwig (Heger) Penka, died Dec. 11, 2014, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.
HAYS - June Arlene McFann, 84, Hays, died Dec. 12, 2014 at the Hays Good Samaritan Society.
Kenneth Michael Klepper, 84, died Dec. 11 at his home in Great Bend. He was born May 26, 1930, at Raymond, the son of Nicholas and Alice (Strobl) Klepper. He married Marilyn Russell Sept. 22, 1952, at Great Bend. She died Dec. 31, 2009.
Cleo Eugene Watkins, 83, died on Dec. 6, 2014 at Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis in Wichita. Born on Jan. 21, 1931, in Stockton, he was the son of Roy Bryon and Grace Mae (Hulst) Watkins. A resident of Great Bend for most of his life he worked as a Lineman for Midwest Energy until he retired. Everyone that knew him, knew how much he has always loved his motorcycles, both working on them and riding. He was also an avid bowler most of his adult life, a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by many.
Luther Morgenstern, 98, died Dec. 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Aug. 23, 1916, on the farm in Russell County, the son of Sam G. and Lena (Radke) Morgenstern. On Aug. 23, 1949, he married Helen Margheim in Hoisington. She died Feb. 11, 2008. Luther was a farmer and a contract pumper in the oil fields, retiring in 1980.