Wilmer "Wimpy" Sander, 80, died Aug. 19 at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 14, 1931 in Victoria, he was the son of Joe J. and Adeline (Meis) Sander. On Feb. 12, 1952 he married Norma Jean Engel in Ellis. A resident of Great Bend for 54 years, coming from Otis, he was a meat cutter for McCurdy Locker, Wimpy's Meat and Locker Service and Central Kitchen.
TIMKEN - Stanley M. Elsen, 61, died Aug. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 29, 1951 in Great Bend, he was the son of Nicholas and Emelia (Schwartz) Elsen. He was a resident of Timken for 26 years, coming from Pawnee Rock. On May 8, 1976 he married Janet Rodie in Great Bend. She survives. Mr. Elsen was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Marjorie Doreen Harrington, 91, died Aug. 20 at River Bend Assisted Living. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Rd., Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD-Theresa Schartz, 73, died Aug. 19 at her home in Ellinwood. Born May 15, 1939 at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Dorothy (Herl) Herrman. She grew up in Great Bend, but would later move to Ellinwood after she married LeRoy G. Schartz on Dec. 31, 1955. He died May 26, 2010. Mrs. Schartz was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Ellinwood. She also served with the Altar Society and attended the Prince of Peace Parish of Great Bend. She was a long term active member of Curves.
WICHITA - Gaylyn Schremmer, 74, formerly of the Hoisington/Great Bend area, died Aug. 3 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Cornerstone of Wichita is in charge of arrangements.
ODIN - Bernard "Barney" J. Prosser, 88, died Aug. 16 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born July 14, 1924, in Mt. Angel, Ore., he was the son of Joseph A. and Eleanor (Ficker) Prosser. In 1951 he married Gladys Utne in San Diego, Calif. A resident of Odin, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 31 years and retired as a major. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After retirement he worked for a government intelligence agency in Washington, D.C., and had many Military Declarations including the Purple Heart. In 1955 he ...
HESSTON - Iris June (Wetz) Banman, 86, died on Aug. 14 at Kidron Bethel in North Newton. Born May 26, 1926, at Wichita, she was adopted soon after birth by Herman and Myrtle (Ray) Wetz. Raised on a farm near Kiowa, Iris went on to graduate with a degree in music education from the Wichita University and played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. She taught in Wichita, Clearwater and Ellinwood elementary schools and for many years gave private piano and violin lessons.
Diana Collins, 57, died Aug. 15 at her home in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 19, 1955, at San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Richard and Eulalia (Salazar) Mendez. She married Dickey Collins on Jan. 13, 1973, at Syracuse. They later divorced.
SHELL KNOB, Mo. - Alvena L. Spangenberg, 65, departed this life on Aug. 13, 2012 at her home in Shell Knob, Mo.
GREAT BEND - Dee Hapes, 73, died Aug. 15, 2012 at her home in Great Bend.
RUSSELL - Arthur Rudolph Koch, 84, of Russell, died on Aug. 14, 2012 at the Hays Medical Center.
GREAT BEND - Muriel Belcher, 78, died Aug. 14, 2012 at her home in Great Bend.
TIMKEN - Jeanette Holopirek, 27, died Aug. 13 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. She was born June 22, 1985 at Great Bend, the daughter of Terry and Alice (Penka) Holopirek. She was a longtime resident of Timken. Ms. Holopirek was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Timken and a 2003 Otis-Bison High School graduate. She was active in Rush County 4-H.
LYONS - Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kennedy, 93, died Aug. 14 at Sunflower Estates, Lyons. She was born Sept. 6, 1918 in Guthrie Okla. the daughter of Carl and Hazel Del (Smith Madden). She lived in Lyons since 1940 and is the former owner of Porter Abstract of Lyons.
HOLYROOD - Vernon K. Bednasek, 85, died Aug. 14 in Salina. Born June 8, 1927 in Ellsworth County, he was the son of John and Rose A. (Borecky) Bednasek. A lifetime resident of the Holyrood area, he was a retired farmer and stockman. On May 20, 1956, he married Alice Wachs in Ellsworth. She survives.
Kenneth L. "Kenny" Blair, 83, passed away on Friday morning, April 24, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. Born Sept. 4, 1931, in Braggs, Oklahoma, he was the son of Riley and Mary Belle (McMillan) Blair. In 1949, he came to Great Bend. On Jan. 21, 1951, he was united in marriage to Garnetta E. Queen in Great Bend. He drove a truck for Graves Truck Lines of Great Bend for over 40 years, and later worked for Bentley & Associates in Great Bend for several years, delivering parts and working in the shop. He loved hunting and fishing ...
WICHITA - Russell L. Sater, 83, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2015. He was a retired operating superintendent for Kansas Gas Service and the Treasurer of Gasco Credit Union.
UTICA - Linda Lee Dodrill, 70, passed away at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Wichita, on April 8, 2015. She was born on May 18, 1944, in Ransom, the daughter of Joseph D. and Maxine Hansen Cheney. On Sept. 15, 1963, she married Donald Dodrill in Utica. He passed away on April 21, 2015.
TIMKEN - Robert L. Kraisinger, 79, died April 13, 2015, at Caney Nursing Center in Caney. Born March 24, 1936, in Timken, he was the son of Robert S. and Helen M. (Koci) Kraisinger. He was a 1953 graduate of Bison High School. On April 23, 1958, he married Angelina M. Krmela at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Olmitz. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County, he was a farmer and truck driver before his retirement.
HOISINGTON – LeRoy George Schartz Jr., 62, died April 22, 2015 at his home in Hoisington.
LAWRENCE - Ervin Francis Huslig, 67, and Mary Ann Huslig, 62, died April 20, 2015. Ervin was born August 17, 1947, in Kingman, the son of Anton Frank and Louise (Maneth) Huslig. Mary Ann Huslig was born Sept. 9, 1952, in Hays, the daughter of James M. Hart Sr. and Cecilia (Sack) Hart.
RUSSELL - Paul George Dietz, 96, passed away April 21, 2015 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 3, 1918, on the family farm in Russell County just north of Bender Hill, he was the son of Ferdinand and Pauline (Karst) Dietz. He grew up in the Bender Hill area and graduated in the Class of 1938 from Russell High School. On June 22, 1947, he was united in marriage to Hilda Bender at the Trinity Bender Hill Lutheran Church. He worked in the grocery business during high school and later owned and operated Dietz Meat Processing Company in Russell ...
OTTAWA - Anthony J. "Tony" Birzer, 62, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Hospice House of Olathe.
LAWRENCE - Ervin Francis Huslig, 67, and Mary Ann Huslig, 62, Lawrence, died April 20, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 27, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence is in charge of arrangements.
HOISINGTON - Ethel Jonas, 91, died April 20, 2015, at Hays Medical Center in Hay. Born on June 1, 1923, in Barton County near Susank, she was the second child of Lora Retta (Gardner) Jonas and Edmund "Edd" G. Jonas. Her brother, Walter was born in 1920. He passed away in 2005.
TIMKEN - Robert L. Kraisinger died on April 13, 2015, at Caney Nursing Center in Caney. Services are pending with Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse.
Theresa Stanley, 73, of Great Bend, died April 19, 2015, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. She was born Oct 3, 1941, at La Crosse, to Henry and Mathilda (Heronema) Basgall. She graduated from La Crosse High School and was united in marriage to William Stanley in 1961 at La Crosse. She worked as a cook for many Great Bend area eating establishments, including JC Penney, A & W, Central Kansas Medical Center, the Petroleum Club, Barton Community College, Black Angus and the Great Bend Senior Center prior to her retirement in 2000.
SEWARD - Ronald Lee Reneau, 57, passed away April 13, 2015 at the University of Colorado Hospital. He was born on Dec. 13, 1957, in Kiowa. He lived most of his life in the Hudson, St John and Seward area. He joined US Navy right after high school graduation and spent time in the Philippines, Japan and Hawaiian Islands. He trained with the United States Navy Seals as their Assault Coxman.
RADIUM - Marvin Leroy Brown, 75, passed away April 19, at his home in Radium. Born July 8, 1939, in Great Bend, he was the son of J.P. and Frances (Ward) Brown. A resident of Radium since 1985, he was a welder. On Feb. 14, 1985, he married Lana C. (Mettscher) in Kansas City, MO. She survives of the home.
HAYS - Ethel Jonas, 91, died April 20 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, KS.