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.
PRATT - Cuma M. Zeltner, 72, died Jan. 27, 2015 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. Born on April 16, 1942, in Princeton, Ind., she was the daughter of Charles Max and Gypsy Genelle (White) Vinson. On March 18, 1962, she married James 'Jim' W. Zeltner in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 2012. She worked as office manager at Adams Electric in Pratt for 24 years and most recently worked as bookkeeper for Westhoff Plumbing. The avid reader enjoyed making her world famous chocolate chip cookies.
NEODESHA - Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unrein died Jan. 24, 2015, at his home in Neodesha. Born Sept. 21, 1943, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Abby Unrein. He attended school in La Crosse. He was employed at a packing plant, roofing and construction and was a truck driver at Airosal Inc.
HAYS - Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber, 83, died Jan. 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 19, 1931, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Margaret (Mauler) Schreiber. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Frances L. "Frankie" (Musick) in Hutchinson. She died April 3, 2012. He was director of fleet maintenance for Becker Corporation in El Dorado for 21 years. He also worked 11 years at Thompson Transport in McPherson. In 2008 he moved to Hays from Andover.
EMPORIA - Walter L. Graham, 93, of Emporia, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Walter was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Liberal, the son of Logan and Margaret (Bruce) Graham. He attended Pratt Junior College, Independence Junior College and Wichita State University.
HOLYROOD - Norma Ruth Schaefer, 88, passed away Jan. 25 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth. She was born June 10, 1926, in Lincoln, to Anna E. (Bahls) and Neils M. Pedersen.
PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel "Alberta" Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, at her home in rural Pawnee Rock. Born July 12, 1925, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of George Albert and Hazel Olive (Colgin) Payne. On June 26, 1942, she married Francis "Roy" Crone in Iola. He died on Nov. 19, 2007. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
HOISINGTON - Gloria K Zamarripa, 66, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 14, 1948, the daughter of Fred Ray and Alice (Rohr) Kincaid. Gloria married Frank Zamarripa April 4, 1964 at Great Bend. He died May 6, 1989.
Charley Hoffsmith, 67, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, after a long battle with colon cancer. He was born July 4, 1947, at Dighton, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Marie (Orten) Hoffsmith. A long-time resident of Great Bend, he was the owner and operator of Charley's Tree Service.
PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, 2015 at home in Pawnee Rock, Kansas. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - Sue Elizabeth Ballantine, 67, died Jan. 22, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born on Feb. 28, 1947, to Donald H. and Violet Ann (Schartz) Ballantine. Sue was a resident of Wichita for 35 years and formerly of Ellinwood, KS. She retired from Boeing in 1998 where she worked for 20 years.
Gary Lee Campbell, 73, died Jan. 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 26, 1941, in St. Elmo, Illinois, he was the son of Emerson and Mildred Louise (Koberlein) Campbell. On April 4, 1961, he married Margaret Rose Debes in Great Bend. She died on July 31, 2013. A Great Bend resident since 1958, he worked in the oilfield and then was a fabricator for Doonan Trailer.
ELLINWOOD - Sue Elizabeth Ballantine, 67, died Jan. 22, 2015 at St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
Gary Lee Campbell, 73, died Jan. 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - JoAnn Hlavaty, 87, died Jan. 15, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark. Born Sept. 25, 1927, she was the daughter of Francis and Eveline Barland. On Oct. 14, 1967, she married Donald Hlavaty of Olmitz. JoAnn and Donald lived in the Olmitz area until 1982 when they retired and moved to Bella Vista, Ark.
RUSSELL - Verlin E. "Buster" Humphrey, 67, passed away Jan. 19, at the Hays Medical Center. Born April 12, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Kenneth "K.D." and Ruth (Pearce) Humphrey. He graduated from Russell High School and attended Kansas State University. On April 24, 1980, he was united in marriage to Linda Harmon in Salina. He was employed by Southern States Oil Company, later known as Lasmo Oil Company, as a pumper and made his way up to Regional Production Manager. He then worked for over 13 years for the Kansas Lottery, retiring in 2011 as ...