NESS CITY - Claretta Elizabeth (Witthuhn) Pfannenstiel, 85, passed away Dec. 24 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Sept. 10, 1926, in Bazine, she was the daughter of Edwin and Clara (Michel) Witthuhn. She was raised on a farm near Bazine. She attended elementary school in Bazine, two years of high school in Ness City and two years of high school in Bazine where she graduated. She attended Ft. Hays State University and Friends University in Wichita. She began her teaching career at a rural school in Bazine, then taught at the Bazine Elementary School, and ended ...
ALBERT - Margaret Elaine Moore, 96, died Dec. 25 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born May 10, 1915, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of George and Martha Anne (McGinty) Devine. On Oct. 5, 1936, she married Bennie F. Moore in Seward. He died in 1979. She then married Glenn E. Moore on Nov. 12, 1980, in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Barton and Rush counties, she was a Registered Nurse at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, Larned State Hospital and the Kansas State Department of Health.
HOISINGTON - John David Kruckenberg, 37, died Dec. 24 in Great Bend. Born Sept. 13, 1974, in Great Bend, he was the son of Homer Andrew and Joyce LaVon (Graham) Kruckenberg. On Oct. 15, 2005, he married Lyndsay Clutter at Hoisington. A resident of Hoisington since August 2011, coming from Topeka and Claflin, he was Director of Technology for USD 354 and then worked in the IT Department at Parrish Hotel in Topeka. He was passionate about computers. He loved and adored his family, especially his children.
Marjorie Elizabeth Schrater, 88, died Dec. 23 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 10, 1923, in Alexander, she was the daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Wilhelm) Yost. On Oct. 7, 1944, she married Vernon Edward Schrater in Alexander. He died on Feb. 28, 2010. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from Timken, she was a farm wife and a bookkeeper for Rowland's and Whitesell Lumber Company.
Dean Eric Golling, 44, passed away at his home in Great Bend on Dec. 18. He was born Dec. 20, 1966, at Los Angeles, Calif., to Theodore Eric and Elinor Bertha (Haley) Golling. He grew up in the San Diego area, and also lived in the Provo, Utah, area for a number of years, prior to moving to Great Bend about a year ago.
BAYFIELD, Colo. - Aiden Allen Riddle passed away Dec. 23, 2011 at the age of 2. Aiden died at The Children's Hospital in Parker, Colo.
GREAT BEND - Wanda N. Torrez, 84, died December 24, 2011 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
GREAT BEND - Marjorie Elizabeth Schrater, 88, died December 23, 2011 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
WICHITA - Cecilia "Cec" McClure died Dec. 21 at Hutchinson Hospice House after a brave battle with kidney failure. Born July 17, 1932 in Odin, she was the youngest child of William and Hattie (Frenzl) Klug of Odin. She married Larry McClure in 1961 and was a long-time resident of Wichita. She worked for Edminston Oil company for 22 years and 16 years at Wesley Medical Center where she retired at age 75. She said working kept her young and involved in life. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Wichita, but most often attended daily mass at ...
ODIN - Margie Lynn Wondra, 64, died Dec. 22 at Evergreen Community of Johnson County in Olathe. Born Jan. 30, 1947 in Ellsworth, she was the daughter of Laborious (Bob) and Amelia (Kraft) Miller. A long-time resident of Barton County, she graduated from Dorrance High School and attended the Dominican School of Nursing in Great Bend. On Aug. 21, 1971 she married Ambrose Wondra in Great Bend. She was employed at Central Kansas Medical Center for many years as a CNA. In 2004, Margie moved to Kansas City to be closer to her children. She enjoyed cooking, animals and spending time ...
HUTCHINSON - Emanuel T. "Tim" Sauber, 79, died Dec. 22 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. He was born April 12, 1932, in Raymond, the son of Peter M. and Frances (Hoffman) Sauber. He was a 1950 graduate of Ellinwood High School and attended Hutchinson Community College. On May 18, 1957, he married Bettie A. Anderson at St. Joseph Church in Ellinwood. She survives. Emanuel retired from Cessna after 34 years as an industrial engineer and then worked for Trinity Junior and Senior High School for 20 years. Emanuel loved golfing, fishing and working on his lawn.
DENVER, Colo. - Susan Kay Ehrlich Campbell, 47, died Dec. 18 in Denver, Colo. Born Dec. 16, 1964 in Russell, she was the daughter of Glen and Leona (Maier) Ehrlich. A resident of Denver, Colo. for two years, coming from Hornell, N.Y., she was a caretaker.
WICHITA - Mildred Lucille (Ricker) Domey, 87, died Dec. 21 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born March 29, 1924, at rural Preston, the daughter of John and Anna Miller Ricker. She married Raymond L. Domey on Feb. 21, 1943, at Junction City. A former Boeing Company and Cessna Aircraft employee, she had been a Wichita resident for 12 years.
HAYS - Matilda M. "Tillie" Urban, 88, died Dec. 21 at Hays Medical Center. Born Nov. 5, 1923, in Loretto, she was the daughter of Thomas M. and Bridget (Urban) Urban. On April 30, 1947, she married Leonard R. Urban at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Loretto. He died on Dec. 3, 1985. A resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., for 18 years, having been a resident of Rush and Ellis counties for a total of 70 years, she was a homemaker.
Cletus Younger, 83, died Dec. 20 at home in Great Bend. He was born Aug. 26, 1928 at Victoria, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Mermis) Younger.
MIDLAND, Texas - Daniel J. Leiker, 86, of Midland, Texas, died Dec. 20, 2014, at his home. Funeral Services are pending at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
QUINTER - Nola Conley, 82, of Quinter, died Dec. 19 at Gove County Medical Center, Long Term Care, Quinter. Schmitt Funeral Home in Quinter is in charge of arrangements.
HUTCHINSON - Susan Marie Harms, 56, died Dec. 18 at her home in Hutchinson. Born Feb. 14, 1958, in McPherson, she was the daughter of Gustaf and Naomi Scheikofsky Nelson. She was a graduate of McPherson High School. On July 8, 1988, she married Robert Harms. He survives. She was a resident of Hutchinson the last 23 years.
Mabel E. Hiss, 91, died Dec. 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 9, 1923, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of August H. and Anna (Gagelman) Werhahn. On Oct. 29, 1944, she married her high school sweetheart, John R. Hiss. He died on Aug. 4, 2005. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was a homemaker and also worked at the Great Bend Tribune during World War II. She attended Washburn University.
Darlene M. Creacy, 80, lifelong Great Bend resident, passed away on Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, at Leisure Homestead Care Center at St. John. Born on July 9, 1934, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ira and Inez (Davis) Thomason. She attended school in Great Bend. She worked as a cook in several area restaurants, including at the Jayhawk Cafe, the Highland Hotel, and Holiday Inn, and was cook and former owner of the Zarah Cafe in Great Bend for many years. Darlene coordinated and cooked for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Great Bend for 17 years, and also ...
HIGHLAND, Ill. - Pawnee Rock graduate Lawanda M. "Peggy" Fansler, 85, died Dec. 15, 2014, at Faith Care Center.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13 at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Science degree in Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13, at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
Helen E. (Nickerson) Sharp, 81, died Dec. 13, at Diversicare of Larned. Born May 14, 1933, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Corbin and Elizabeth (Skirvin) Nickerson. On June 1, 1942, she married Bobby Dale Howard in Pratt. They were later divorced. She then married Robert Carl Sharp on June 21, 1975, in Great Bend. They were later divorced. A longtime resident of Great Bend, also residing in Las Vegas, Nev. and Larned, she served as a librarian and bus driver for the Radium School District and was a bookkeeper for Melvin Nuss. She enjoyed reading and sewing.
HOISINGTON – Frederick E. Ummel, 89, passed away in his home in Hoisington Dec. 12, 2014.
HOISINGTON – Helen Margaret (Penka) Kalina, daughter of Emil and Hedwig (Heger) Penka, died Dec. 11, 2014, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.
HAYS - June Arlene McFann, 84, Hays, died Dec. 12, 2014 at the Hays Good Samaritan Society.
Kenneth Michael Klepper, 84, died Dec. 11 at his home in Great Bend. He was born May 26, 1930, at Raymond, the son of Nicholas and Alice (Strobl) Klepper. He married Marilyn Russell Sept. 22, 1952, at Great Bend. She died Dec. 31, 2009.
Cleo Eugene Watkins, 83, died on Dec. 6, 2014 at Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis in Wichita. Born on Jan. 21, 1931, in Stockton, he was the son of Roy Bryon and Grace Mae (Hulst) Watkins. A resident of Great Bend for most of his life he worked as a Lineman for Midwest Energy until he retired. Everyone that knew him, knew how much he has always loved his motorcycles, both working on them and riding. He was also an avid bowler most of his adult life, a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by many.
Luther Morgenstern, 98, died Dec. 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Aug. 23, 1916, on the farm in Russell County, the son of Sam G. and Lena (Radke) Morgenstern. On Aug. 23, 1949, he married Helen Margheim in Hoisington. She died Feb. 11, 2008. Luther was a farmer and a contract pumper in the oil fields, retiring in 1980.