SALINA - William Henry Troutman, 89, Salina, was born Nov. 1, 1922, at Altoona, to Henry and Mabel (Smith) Troutman, and died April 9, 2012, at Inman. During WWII, he served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific War Zone. He was a vice-president of sales for the Mountain Iron and Supply Company, retiring in 1997.
HOISINGTON - Mary Ann Schreiber, 81, died April 7, 2012 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Born Sept. 12, 1930 in Brownell, she was the daughter of William Halbleib and Elvah Longstreth and Clyde Ricks. On Feb. 28, 1949 she married Richard J. Schreiber in Ransom. He died on July 4, 1994. She grew up in Brownell moving to Beaver in 1951 and later to Hoisington in 1998.
HUTCHINSON - Francis E. 'Gene' Stambaugh, 83, died April 3, 2012 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
GREAT BEND - Bill Starbuck, 83, died April 7, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
GREAT BEND - Lydia Blehm, 90, died April 6, 2012 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
AURORA, Colo. - Willa Jean (Penka) Schulte died April 3, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. She was born on Jan. 15, 1932.
HOISINGTON - Steven Bradley Crawford, 63, died April 1, 2012 at his residence in Hoisington.
GREAT BEND - Violet Fern Seder, 92, died April 6, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
GREAT BEND - John J. Brown, 70, died March 27, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
HAYS - Evelyn Scheck, 95, died April 5, 2012 at St. Johns Long Term Care, Hays.
Robert J. "Bob" McClary, 78, died April 4 at The Life Care Center of Wichita. Born Aug. 2, 1933, in El Dorado, he was the son of John F. and Maudyne (Brown) McClary. He married Patsy G. Barnett on Jan. 22, 1956, in Great Bend. A longtime Great Bend resident, he worked in many areas of the oilfield service industry, and was owner and operator of McClary Tank Service and Action Carpet Cleaning.
GREAT BEND - Bonnie M. Mooer, 86, died April 4, 2012 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
GREAT BEND - Eleanor C. "Ellie" Wilkinson, 87, died April 4, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
ULYSSES - Billie M. Carter, 84, died on April 3 at her home in Ulysses. Born June 30, 1927, in Ulysses, she was the daughter of William and Beatrice (Wolfe) Elliott. On May 23, 1947, she married Robert M. (Bob) Carter in Ulysses. He died on Oct. 31, 2001. She was a homemaker.
BUCKLIN - Lydia Eileen McClain, 53, died on April 3. She was born on May 10, 1958. Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City is in charge of arrangements.
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 ...