HAYS - Craig Wayne Barnett Sr., 55, died April 24, 2012 at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 6, 1956 in Scott City, he was the son of Cecil Golden and Agness Lorine (Scott) Barnett. On April 4, 1981, he married Betty Elson in Oberlin. She died on Nov. 30, 2004. He later married Nicole Schneider. He attended Healy schools. He moved to Great Bend and worked in the Meat Packing Plant until moving to Gove in 1992 and driving a feed truck for Glenn Coberly Feed Yard. In 1997 he moved to Wakeeney and later moved to Hays. He enjoyed hunting ...
HOISINGTON - Lillian Funk, 88, died April 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
SALINA - Parker Lee Holliday, infant son of T.C. and Jenilee Holliday of Salina, died April 24, 2012. He was born Feb. 18 in Wichita.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - Adolf W. Kluender, 89, of Bella Vista, Ark., died April 21 at the Veteran's Administration Hospice Care Unit in Little Rock, Ark. Born Jan. 11, 1923 in Ruskin, Neb., he was the son of William and Anna Kluender. On Sept. 12, 1953 he married Angelene "Ann" Kluender, in Great Bend. They moved to Bella Vista, Ark. from Great Bend in 1994 after he and his wife retired. Adolf was employed by Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America for 29 years. He loved to play golf, cards and board games.
LEWIS - Mary Helen Cross, 85, died April 22 at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 25, 1926, at Fellsburg, she was the daughter of LeRoy G. and Helen Hilts Gatterman. A lifetime area resident, she was a retired insurance agent for the Home State Bank and Lewis Insurance Service. In August, 1949, she married Charles R. Cross at Lewis. He died on Aug. 23, 1954.
RUSSELL - Peggy Ann Beck, 61, of Russell, died April 20 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born June 6, 1950, in Salina, she was the daughter of Philip S. and Bette J. (Johannes) Quinley. Moving to Great Bend when she was 5 years old, she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1968. She then attended Marymount College. On July 25, 1975, she married Harold "Bud" Beck Jr. in Great Bend. They made their home in Great Bend until January of 1992 when they moved to Russell. She was the Barton County Courthouse Clerk for several years. Then ...
LEAWOOD - Gertrude M. Dietz, 94, died peacefully on April 22 after a short illness. She was in the company of her family and the comfort of the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. Born Feb. 15, 1918, in Barton County, she was the daughter of Peter and Amelia (Steinert) Nuss. On July 30, 1936, she married Arthur A. Dietz in Milberger. Together they had two children. He died on Oct. 15, 1982. A resident of Leawood since 1993, coming from Great Bend, she loved life and was an avid bridge player her entire life. She loved her children ...
CONCORDIA - Raymond A. Franklin, 80, of Concordia passed away April 18 at the Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. He was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Saline County.
Thomas R. "Tom" Holstrom, 63, of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away on April 19, 2012. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Tom will be remembered for his success as a chemist and executive in the manufacturing industry as well as for his passion for auto racing.
Frances "Frankie" Kaiser, 83, died April 20 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Nov. 11, 1928 at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Schaplowsky) Wirtz. She married Melvin Patrick Kaiser May 13, 1952 at St. Joseph Church in Ellinwood. He survives. She worked for Home Health as a nurse aide.
George Arthur Ely, 58, died unexpectedly at his home in Great Bend on Dec. 20, 2011. He was born on July 16, 1953 in Mt. Holly, N.J. George had spent the past 35 years drilling oil, gas and water wells in Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Jersey. At his time of death, he had completed his first semester of the Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution program at Barton Community College. He would have graduated in May. He married Toni Arnett Williams on August 29, 1986, in Elkton, Md. She survives.
Lorraine H. Erickson, 90, died April 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Rush County, the daughter of Herman and Anna Marie (Wagner) Hemken. Lorraine was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church at Albert.
Nova N. Bishop, 86, died April 18 at her home in Great Bend. She was born April 29, 1925 at Ingram, Ark., the daughter of Paul and Opha (Rush) Hayes.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Wilbur A. Fischer died in Broomfield, Colo. April 10, 2012 at the Stratford Senior Living Community where he lived close to his family for the past two years.
HOISINGTON - Leslie E. Laudick, 78, died April 16, 2012 at the Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.
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 ...