LAWRENCE - Bernice "Betti" L. Alexander, 94, of Lawrence, passed away Jan. 14 at a nursing home in Lawrence. Born March 5, 1917, in Worcester, Mass., she was the daughter of Albert H. and Esther (Brackett) Ladue. She graduated from high school and then attended one year of college. On July 28, 1944, she married Col. Leland "Alex" Guy Alexander in in Schenectady, N.Y. He preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 2005. She then married Joseph McLaughlin in Lawrence. He preceded her in death in February of 2011.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - John Donovan Neeland died at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Jan. 12. The son of Donovan and Mary Agnes "Mamie" (Risse) Neeland, he was born in Great Bend on Nov. 6, 1930. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1949 and attended Kansas State University. On Jan. 31, 1953, he married Elaine Habiger. They later divorced. He then married Imogene Wilson. She died on Jan. 3, 1994. He married Emma Greenlee on May 31, 1995, in Colorado Springs. She died on Oct. 2, 2009. He was involved in farming and ranching before leaving Kansas ...
GREAT BEND - Esther E. Jenkins, 83, died Jan. 15, 2012 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
DODGE CITY - Lorna Deane "Nanny" Spillman, 84, died Jan. 16, 2012 at Trinity Manor Nursing Home, Dodge City.
ELLINWOOD - Janet Marie Griffin, 62, died Jan. 14, 2012 at Salina Regional Health Center.
GREAT BEND - Lena M. Wharton, 98, died Jan. 15 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.
John H. Neeland, 81, died Jan. 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Rd.
ARLINGTON - Melvin, D. Thompson, 85, died Jan. 13, 2012 at his home in Arlington. Born March 30, 1926 in Larned, he was the son of Edward A. and Catherine Evers Thompson. He lived in Arlington since 1984 and is formerly of Larned. He is a retired owner/operator truck driver.
WASHINGTON, MO. - Karolyn Kaye Coleman, 72, of Washington, Mo., formerly of Ellis, passed away in the loving arms of God, on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Cedarcrest Manor Nursing Home in Washington, Mo. Born on Aug. 16, 1939, in Emmeram, she was the daughter of Delbert and Beulah (Springfield) Witt. On July 25, 1955 she married Arthur Paul Coleman, in Great Bend. She was a homemaker and a health care provider.
ARLINGTON - Melvin, D. Thompson, 85, died Jan. 13 at his home in Arlington. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Birzer Funeral Home.
HAYS -Hubert Rajewski, 94, of Hays, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Great Bend Health and Rehab Center in Great Bend, Kansas. He was born April 4, 1917 in Vincent, Kansas to Frank and Mary (Wittman) Rajewski. He married Emma Klaus in 1939. He had worked in maintenance and was a farmer.
SALINA - Gary D. Apel, 58, of Salina, died Jan. 10. Born Jan. 23, 1953, in Sterling, he was the son of Norman and Marilyn (Eves) Apel. Gary was a welder and fabricator for the Blue Goose Company of Great Bend and Tony's of Salina. He was also a goat rancher at the Apel Farm.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Keith A. Peters, 65, died Jan.10 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Born Jan. 3, 1947, he was the son of Tillman and Beulah Christine Barr Peters in Ransom. He was a 1965 graduate of Utica High School and attended Greer Automotive Technical School. A lifetime farmer and avid gardener, he retired from the United States Postal Service.
LA CROSSE - Gerald R. "Jerry" Kline, 80, died Jan. 12 at Hays Medical Center in Hays He was born Nov. 12, 1931, at LaCrosse, to Edmond and Charlet (Schaffer) Kline. He married Mary Anne (Taylor) on April 24, 1952, at LaCrosse. He was raised in La Crosse, and owned Jerry's Tavern, Kline's Radiator Repair, from 1953 to 1965, and the Wishbone Café, all in LaCrosse, from 1965 to 1969. He was a coordinator for Nickerson Farms and was a manager of Russell Nickerson Farms from 1970 to 1974. He moved to Hays in 1973. He then worked for ...
Elaine L. Johnson, 80, died Jan. 12 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born March 21, 1931, at Alva, Okla., she was the daughter of James Arthur and Lorinda L. (Mason) Lane. She married Harold Johnson on Dec., 21, 1947, at Alva, Okla. A Great Bend resident since 1999, coming from South Fork, Colo., and Macksville, she worked at the Larned Greenhouse and was a clerk for Food 4 Less and Dillon's in Great Bend.
Richard A. "Dick" Dunlap, 82, died Sept. 30 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. He was born Jan. 13, 1932 at Blackwell, Okla. the son of Irven Franklin and Thelma Ilene (Yager) Dunlap.
HEALY - Billy Ray Pike, 88, died Sept. 28, at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City. Born March 17, 1926, in Kingman, he was the son of Clarence Earl and Elsie Mae (Wagonseller) Pike. On Aug. 30, 1950, he married Beth Stewart in Healy. He attended grades 1 through 5 in Kansas and 6 through 11 in California and then moved to Healy and graduated with the Class of 1944. After his discharge from the United States Army he enrolled in Fort Hays State University where he was president of the International Relations Club and belonged to the Kappa Sigma ...
HOISINGTON - Wanda Lee Deer,93, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Wichita. Born on Feb. 28, 1921 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Frank Edward and Nellie (Coats) Sypolt.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Patricia Joan Brandt, 73, died Sept. 26 at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Born March 4, 1941 at Russell, she was the daughter of Paul and Virginia (Henshaw) Kanitz.
LINDSBORG - Henrietta Hilda Dirks, 95, of Lindsborg, formerly Scott City, passed away Sept. 26. Born March 15, 1919 at Lodge Pole, Neb., she was the daughter of Louis R. and Caroline (Wagner) Misegadis.
LARNED - Glenn Scott Presley, 66, died Sept. 21, at Mayo's St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Min. Born Feb. 8, 1948, in Wichita, he was the son of Glenn and Ruby Elzey Presley. On Dec. 31, 1967, he married Linda Walker in Marquette. She survives. After graduating from McPherson College, he moved to Larned to begin teaching high school industrial arts classes. He managed the Larned Swimming Pool for 25 years. He was a loving husband, a caring father, and a very proud grandpa.
Paul J. Heueisen, 84, former longtime Great Bend resident, passed away on Sept. 19, at Protection Valley Manor in Protection. Born on May 23, 1930, in Lancaster, Calif., he was the son of Louis Steven and Margaret Mary (Murray) Heueisen. In 1936, he moved to Great Bend with his family, and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1945. He worked as a custodian for various businesses in the Great Bend area. He enjoyed reading.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - On Sept. 21, Constance (Connie) Hansen Scheuerman, 89, passed away, joining her husband, of 62 years, who died exactly seven years earlier.
Anna Lavonne Postlethwaite, aged 97 years, 3 months and 19 days, died Sept. 24, 2014 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. She was born June 5, 1917, at Barton County, the daughter of Ralph L. & Eva R. (Ward) Ward.
HOLYROOD - Elmer L. Showalter, 93, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in Ellsworth.
RUSSELL - William Allan "Bill" Rabas, 64, passed away Sept. 14, 2014 from an automotive accident in Ellsworth County.
RUSSELL - Delores LaVonne Rabas, 56, passed away Sept. 14, 2014 from an automotive accident in Ellsworth County.
CLAFLIN - Quinlee LaVonne Martin, infant daughter of Darin and Sarah (Rabas) Martin passed away Sept. 14, 2014 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
HOISINGTON - Harry E. Bitter, 85, fell asleep in Christ on Sept. 23, 2014 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.
SALINA - David C. Gardiner, 54, died Sept. 20. Born Jan. 11, 1960, in Larned, he was the son of Gordon A. and Mary Anne (McConahay) Gardiner. In 1978, he graduated from Salina High School South. He joined the Army after he graduated from high school and was stationed in Europe for many years as a food inspector for the Army. He graduated from K-State with a degree in food science. He worked at the Great Bend Packing plant in Great Bend before retiring in Salina.