TOPEKA - Richard Kirby Petersilie, 46, died June 25, 2012 at the Rush County Memorial Hospital in La Crosse. Born March 12, 1966 in Ness City, he was the son of Ory Petersilie and Mickie Malone. He attended Otis-Bison High School in Otis. A resident of Topeka for more than 25 years he was employed by Emerson Construction of Topeka and was working on a project in La Crosse. He was formerly a mechanic for Topeka Travel Plaza for many years.
DAVIS, Calif. - Lorraine Lacey Ryan, 82, died May 25, 2012 at her home in Davis, Calif.
HOISINGTON - Ryan "Pat" Lynch, 54, of Hoisington died June 25, 2012, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
HOISINGTON - Mary Alice Stetler, 81, died June 26 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 23, 1930 at Liebenthal, the daughter of Marcus and Magdalena (Herrman) Depperschmidt.
BISON - Olga H. Crotinger, 96, died June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Oct. 17, 1915 at Olmitz, the daughter of Ernest and Anna (Wilman) Nather.
HOISINGTON – Roger Lee Zeigler, 76, died June 25 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Aug. 3, 1935, he was the son of Donald L. and Bernice W. (Slimmer) Zeigler. He worked as a sales associate and representative for Tower Products at Lenexa. A Hoisington High School graduate, he was a resident of Hoisington for most of his life. He spent several years in Kenwood Plaza, St. John.
John H. Mitchell Jr., 79, died June 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 27, 1932, at Albany, N.Y., he was the son of John Henry and Ada (Oliver) Mitchell. He married Lois Ann Rule on June 5, 1955, at Green Island, N.Y. She died June 13, 2009. A Great Bend resident since 1974, coming from Troy and Green Island, N.Y., he worked as a production manager for Fuller Brush Company.
Viola Eleanor Schwein, 96, died June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend, where she had been a resident for the last 6 ½ years. She was born Dec. 28, 1915, at Hoisington, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Herdt) Schneider.
BURLINGTON, Iowa – LaDonna Maxine Denney, 79, died June 23 at her home in Burlington, Iowa, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side. Born Jan. 25, 1933, at Kiowa, she was the daughter of Laurence G. and Bertha Pearl (Downtain) Thomas. She married Donald Dean Denney Sr. on May 23, 1952, at Great Bend. He died Aug. 14, 2000. An Iowa resident, she was a cook for Unified School District 428, retiring after 35 years of service.
BISON - Olga Crotinger, 96, died June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
TRACY, Calif. - Suzie Reed, 68, passed away Sunday, June 17 in Tracy, Calif. at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Mrs. Reed was a native of Great Bend. She moved to Pampa, Texas, living there from 1972 to 2002, eventually moving to Tracy, Calif., 1½ years ago to be closer to her daughter and family. She loved and enjoyed dogs and worked as a self-employed dog groomer for 40 years.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Donald A. Riegel, 86, died June 20. He was born Jan. 29, 1926, at Great Bend, the son of Virgil and Harriet Riegel. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1944, served the United States military in Korea in 1946, and then attended college at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Larned - Timothy Alan Parker, 22, died June 20 in Larned. Born Nov. 29, 1989, in Shawnee Mission, he was the son of Carl Eugene Parker and Michelle Lynn Naugle Lewis. A Larned resident for the past nine years, moving from Utah, he worked for the Pawnee County Bridge and Highway Department and worked for the Larned EMS. On Feb. 12, 2010, he married Bonnie Jo Harding in Great Bend. She survives.
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HOISINGTON - Rose Delores Hekele Schwartz, 85, passed away June 21 at Lexington Park Assisted Living, Topeka. Born Aug. 30, 1926, in Odin, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Seus) Hekele. She married William (Don) Schwartz on Oct. 25, 1948, at Odin. A lifetime resident of Odin and Hoisington, she raised five children and was the youth librarian at Hoisington City Library for 22 years.
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.
Verl Lee Martin, 84, died December 8 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born August 5, 1930, at Utica, the son of Clade and Sylvia (Everhart) Martin. A Great Bend resident since 1971, he worked for Missouri-Pacific Truck Lines and Turner Farms as a truck driver.
Daniel Nobles, 88, died Dec. 7 at Life Care Center, Wichita. Born Feb. 21, 1926, at Stuttgart, Ark., he was the son of Cagie, Sr. and Georgia B. (Stewart) Nobles. He married Alice Mary Cushinberry on Dec. 18, 1947, at Hoisington. She died March 6, 2014. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was facilities manager for the Great Bend Post Office.
Frank E. Thurman, 65, of Great Bend, passed away on Friday evening, Dec. 5, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Sept. 25, 1949, in Scottsbluff, Neb., he was the son of Arthur and Ethel (Deeder) Thurman. On June 29, 2000, he was united in marriage to Mary Walsh in Council Grove. A Great Bend resident since 2006, having moved here from Alta Vista, he loved NASCAR, and had a passion for fixing up old cars and spending precious time with his grandchildren.
HOISINGTON - Teresa Marie Rome, 87, died Dec. 9 at her home Hoisington. Born Oct. 23, 1927, in Odin, she was the daughter of Frank and Antoinette (Hermann) Gerritzen. In 1955, she married Norbert Joseph Rome. He died on June 6, 1981. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she worked as a dietary aide for Clara Barton Hospital. She enjoyed playing pinochle and watching her grandchildren's activities.
Daniel Nobles, 88, died Dec. 7 at Life Care Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.