Margaret E. Archer, 84, died Aug. 2 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 9, 1928, in St. Marys, she was the daughter of Thomas and Theresa (Pheifer) Seitz. She married William E. Archer in Great Bend. He died on April 19, 1998. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a homemaker and caregiver.
TULSA, Okla. - Russell Dale Westphal went to be with the Lord on July 24 in Tulsa, Okla. Born Aug. 25, 1949, in Spearville, he was the son of Cloyd and Betty Westphal of Kinsley. He grew up in Kinsley. He studied architecture at Kansas State University. On May 23, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Cross, in Lewis. After finishing college they moved to Great Bend where they lived for 16 years. In 1990 Russell and his family moved to Tulsa, Okla., where he continued his architectural career, specializing in custom residential design.
ABILENE - Rex I. Roth, 47, died July 29 in Abilene. He was born Oct. 17, 1964, in Garden City, the son of Robert L. and Benji S. (Smith) Roth. Growing up in Great Bend, Lincoln and Herington, he attended local schools, graduated Herington High School with the class of 1983, and attended Barton County Community College. On Dec. 23, 1994, he married Linda D. Hillyard. All of their married life was spent in Abilene. He was employed by Great Plains Manufacturing Land Pride Division of Abilene.
LA CROSSE - Harold R. Reifschneider, 88, died July 30, 2012 at Hays Medical Center.
GALATIA – Alice Lucille (Karst) Boxberger, 91, passed away Aug. 1, 2012 at Rush County Memorial Hospital, LaCrosse.
HOISINGTON -- Shirley Ann Harrison, 76, died July 30 at Southwind Hospice Home, Pratt, Kans. Born Aug. 20, 1935 at Pratt, Kans., she was the daughter of Frank A. and Anna (Springer) Kuhn. Shirley was a lifetime Hoisington resident, and graduated from Hoisington High School in 1953. She married William F. Harrison, and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and friends.
HUTCHINSON -- Michael K. "Big Mike" Preston took to the heavenly highway on July 29. The self-proclaimed "King of the Road" was born on April 11, 1947 in Stafford, Kans., to Edgar T. and Monica [DeBusk] Preston. Mike's formative years were spent in Macksville, Kans., where his one-of-a-kind personality began to take shape. After graduating from Macksville High School in 1965, Mike volunteered to serve four years in the United States Air Force. In 1975 he enlisted in the United States Army, and served his country an additional four years.
Ruby Ideker, died July 29, 2012 at the McCrite Plaza Retirement Community, Topeka. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary, Larned.
LARNED -- Ryan Patrick McGinness, 32, died July 27, at Hays. Born Feb. 1, 1980 in Great Bend, he was the son of James J. Jr. and Sharon Elaine Lloyd May McGinness. A lifetime area resident he was a Rig Operator for Professional Pulling at Hays.He was of the Catholic faith.
ELLINWOOD - Gary Ray Muller, 70, died July 27, 2012.
STAFFORD - Kenneth "Kenny" Ross King, 64, died July 27, 2012 at the Pratt Regional Medical Center.
MACKSVILLE - Eston Piland, 83, died July 25 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Born Aug. 20, 1928 in Macksville, he was the son of Russell H. and Alta M. (Dykes) Piland. A resident of Great Bend for eleven years, he lived most of his life in Macksville where he was a farmer and stockman and a graduate of Macksville High School. On April 26, 1950, he married Patty R. (Standish) in Hutchinson. She survives of the home.
LARNED – Abby Louise Trapp Prescott, 22, died July 25 at Larned. She was born Nov. 6, 1989, at Great Bend, the daughter of Louis and Loretta Torrez Trapp. A 2008 graduate of Larned High School, she was the Outstanding Girl Athlete & Football Homecoming Queen. A lifetime area resident, she was most recently employed by USD 495 as a paraprofessional until her health prevented her from working.
PAWNEE ROCK - Clay Steffen Schmidt, 52, died July 24 at his home in Pawnee Rock. Born June 14, 1960 in Larned he was the son of Jarold and Ruth Petersen Schmidt. A lifetime area resident, he sold auto parts at Carquest. On March 26, 1983 he married Crystal Davidson in Larned. She survives.
ELLINWOOD - Chester A. Kimble, 95, died July 24, 2012 at Ellinwood.
IUKA - David A. Colyn Jr., 55, died March 23, 2015, at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 21, 1960, in Denver, Colo. he was the son of David A. and Faye Colyn Sr. He was a former resident of McPherson graduating from McPherson High School. On May 26, 2005 he married Lillian Galletta in Pratt. He was a fabricator for Fab-Pro of Kingman.
Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.
Joyce M. Bray, 68, died March 28 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 13, 1946 at Garden City, she was the daughter of William James and Ruth (Schulz) Bray
Reverend Willie A. "Bill" Gray, 79, went home to sit on the right-hand side of the Lord on March 29, at his home in Great Bend. Born April 20, 1935, in Pawnee, Okla. he was the son of Lee Andy and Mary Etta (Cargill) Gray. He attended school in Hutchinson. He worked as a contractor for the City Highway Department in Hutchinson and then lived in Denver, Colo., for many years as an auto detailer and truck driver. On Sept. 10, 1987, he was united in marriage to Carolyn K. Jordan in Denver, Colo. The couple moved to Great Bend ...
LYONS - Mary Stone, 63, died March 28, at her home in Lyons. Born Nov. 8, 1951, in Beloit, she was the daughter of Albert and Freda Wooton Roof. She graduated from Great Bend High School and Barton Community College with an associates degree. On April 6, 1979, she married Jay B. Stone. A resident of Lyons since 1973, formerly of Great Bend, she was a Correctional Investigator at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Dispatcher for the Rice County Council of Aging and Quivira Transit.
HAYS - Carey A. Schulte, 56, former Hays and Russell resident, died March 27, at Via Christi Hospital/St. Francis Campus in Wichita. Born July 8, 1958, in Hays she was the daughter of John E. and Amelia (Dinkel) Schulte. She grew up in Victoria and attended the Anderson School of Hope at Victoria until it closed in the 1970's. She was a client with Development Services of Northwest Kansas for over 25 years and lived in Norton, Hill City, Ellis and Hays.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.
LENOIR, N.C. - Louise Ilee Cummings Bird lived a full and varied life of almost 95 years.
Anita Jane Jackson, 47, of Conroe, Texas went to be with Jesus on Thursday, March 19.
GREAT BEND - A memorial service for Anthony C. "Tony" Huslig, who died Dec. 31, 2014, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.
HUTCHINSON - Roseanne Baldwin, 79, died March 24, 2015, at Via Christi-St Francis Hospital, Wichita.