Theda Debes, 89, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. She was born Oct. 4, 1922, at Waurika, Okla., the daughter of Columbus Frederick and Willie Pearl (Glazner) Sparkman. Her father died when she was 6 years old. She was then raised by her mother and stepfather, Delbert Easter Elliot.
LACROSSE - Irene T. Nagel, 90, of La Crosse, died Feb. 24 at the Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Born Oct. 29, 1921, in rural Albert, she was the daughter of Herman Henry Dietrich And Hilda Anna Christina (Tammen) George. She married Virgil H. Nagel on Nov. 8, 1945, at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. He preceded her in death on July 11, 1987. A resident of La Crosse since May 2006, moving there from Larned, she was a laundress at the Larned State Hospital until her retirement.
NORMAN, Okla. - Myrna Durell Bodine Decker, 70, died Feb. 18, 2012 at Hospice Home at Oklahoma City, Okla.
LARNED - Raymond H. Smith, 67, died Feb. 23 at his home in Larned. He was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Syracuse, the son of Walter R. and Eva M. Grippin Smith. A lifetime area resident, he was an MH-DD Technician at the Larned State Hospital.
PONCA CITY, Okla. - Beryl V. Drumm, 87, died Feb. 22 in Ponca City, Okla. Born Dec. 6, 1924, in Longford, he was the son of Frank and Esther (Russell) Drumm. In 1942 he graduated from Longford High School and in 1952 from Kansas State University. On April 15, 1949, he married Ida Elizabeth Stetler. He coached and taught in Alton, Alta Vista, Cedar Point, Sabetha, and Bushton before retiring in 1988. In 2007, he moved to Ponca City, Okla.
ALBANY, Ore. - Roger Vernon Schrater, 65, of Albany, Ore., was called to heaven Thursday, Feb. 16, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.
WICHITA - Hubert B. Ochs, 86, died Feb. 18 at Larksfield Place Retirement Community in Wichita. Born Nov. 7, 1924, in Galatia, he was the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Karst) Ochs. On Sept. 5, 1948, he married Norma Lee Schultz in Great Bend. She died on July 1, 2005. A resident of Great Bend, moving to Wichita in 2004, he was the longtime owner and operator of Wells Men's Wear in Great Bend.
WILSON - Lenhardt (Leonard) Homeier, 86, died Feb. 19 in Great Bend. Born May 1, 1924, in Ellsworth county, he was the son of Wilhelm Homeier and Emma Friebus. On July 28, 1947, he married Alice Zeman. She died in November 2011. A lifetime resident of the Dorrance/Wilson area, he was a farmer, dairyman and carpenter.
LARNED - Marilyn May Phemister, 78, died Jan. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born May 23, 1933 in Aledo, Ill., she was the daughter of Paul E. and Margaret Litzenberger Black. A longtime resident of Larned, she was a retired elementary school teacher. On Feb. 18, 1974, she married Charles L. Phemister in California. He survives.
ALBERT - Elda M. Schroeder, 95, died Feb. 21 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Nov. 20, 1916 at rural Pawnee County, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Gerdes) Hanken.
YUKON, Okla. - Lillian I. Hoffhaus, 91, died Feb. 20 at Integris Health Care, Yukon, Okla. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
WASHINGTON - Wellington "Mark" Radford, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the Linn Community Nursing Home.
ELLINWOOD - Fred Charles Back, 82, former Ellinwood resident, died Feb. 13, 2012 at Washington, Mo.
TULSA, OKla. - Alma Beth (Fox) Fleske was born March 5, 1921 to Henry & Mary (Eller) Fox in Springer, N.M. She passed from this life at the age of 90 on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 in Tulsa, Okla., where she moved in 2007 with her husband, Edward August Fleske, to be closer to her family.
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 ...
LARNED - Peggy J. Thompson, 61, passed away Jan. 19, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 6, 1953, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of John H. and Marjorie Wagner Niewald. On Dec. 17, 1983, she married Kelly Thompson. They later divorced. A longtime area resident, she worked at the Larned State Hospital for 23 ½ years as a LMHT.