ALTON, Ill. - Robert W. Bretz, 56, of Alton, Ill., died on Oct. 29 at his home. Born Jan. 18, 1956 in Oakley, he was the son of Samuel L. Bretz and Alice (Brant) Bretz. In 1981, he received a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University. On April 28, 1984, he married Brenda J. Schilling in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. He worked for the Parkway School District in St. Louis for 18 years in the Facilities Department.
Phillip Glenn Wynn Jr., 85, died Oct. 28 at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born June 22, 1927 in Geneseo, he was the son of Glenn and Irene Campbell Wynn. He graduated from Geneseo High School and attended McPherson College. On May 17, 1947, he married Melva Jeannine Neal in Geneseo. She died on Nov. 4, 1977. On Dec. 18, 1977 he married Ruth Willard Kasselman in Sterling. A resident of Great Bend since 1967, having lived in Hutchinson for the past year, he was employed for 37 years by National Supply Company in oilfield sales.
Genevieve "Jennie" Alefs, 92, died surrounded by her family, on Oct. 25, 2012 at Country Place Senior Living, Hoisington. She was born Nov. 15, 1919 at St. Leo, the daughter of Joseph and Appolonia Thresia (Schommer) Schulte.
Jay Louis Kimball, 73, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. He lived a full life despite the health difficulties of the past few years. He was born in the small town of Larned, Kan., on Jan. 20, 1939.
ELLINWOOD - Keith David Hammeke, 71, died Oct. 24 at Ellinwood District Hospital. He was born July 23, 1941, at Ellinwood, the son of David Fredrick and Frances Sprinker Hammeke. He graduated from Ellinwood High School in 1959, and attended Fort Hays State University. He married Angie Biermann on Aug. 8, 1970, at Colwich. A lifetime Ellinwood resident, he was a farmer.
Frank Francis Miguel, 80, died Oct. 23 at his home in Great Bend. Born July 6, 1932, in Layton, Calif., he was the son of Antonio and Adlathe (Mendes) Miguel. He married Anita Jane Teeples in Fresno, Calif. She died in November 1991. A resident of Great Bend since 2003, coming from Fresno, Calif., he was a farm hand.
HOLYROOD - Gary L. West, 60, died Oct. 23, 2012 at his home in Holyrood. Visitation will be 1-8 p.m., Thursday with family present 6-8 p.m. at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 26 at the United Methodist Church, Bushton.
TUCSON, Ariz./LARNED - Kathleen Marie Stiles, 69, passed away Oct. 20 in Tucson, Ariz. at home surrounded by her family and friends. Born April 26, 1943, in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Don and Ella Wells Byer. A longtime resident of Larned area, moving to Tucson, Ariz. in 2003, she was a retired Licensed Mental Health Technician at the Larned State Hospital. On July 6, 1960, she married Lonnie Stiles. He died April 17, 1985.
LORRAINE - Wayne D. Mehl, 79, passed away Oct. 21 at his home in rural Lorraine. Born Sept. 25, 1933 in Ellsworth County, he was the son of Ethel (Splitter) and Delmar Mehl. A lifetime resident of the Lorraine area, he was a farmer and stockman. On Feb. 6, 1952, he married Donna Kempke in Junction City. She survives.