PAWNEE ROCK - Shiela Sutton Schmidt, 100, died Jan. 26 at the Good Samaritan Center in Howard, S.D. Born Dec. 28, 1911 in Salina, she was the daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth (Smith) Sutton. She grew up in Salina, graduating from Salina High School in 1929. She earned her A. D. in History from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina in 1933 and her A. M. in music from Colorado State College of Education at Greeley in 1946. Mrs. Schmidt then taught music at various schools in central Kansas, including Albert, Heizer, Countryside, Shady Grove, Holyrood, and Pawnee Rock. She also ...
ELLINWOOD - Linda Kay Deisher, 67, of Ellinwood died on Jan. 21 in Aurora, Colo. Born Sept. 8, 1944 in Wichita, she was the daughter of Albert Meyers and Lavona Mills Meyers. A resident of Ellinwood for the past 18 months, formerly of Colorado and Las Vegas, Nev., she was a registered surgical nurse.
LARNED - Roger Alan Caldwell, 69, died Jan. 29 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. Born Jan. 12, 1943, in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of Franklin Eugene and Lucille Hicks Caldwell. On Feb. 16, 1990, he married Charlotte Boris in Tallahassee, Fla. She died Jan. 12, 2008. He was an account executive for Fox 49, in Tallahassee, Fla.
RUSH CENTER - Leonard C. Oborny, 74, died Jan. 29 at his home in Rush Center. Born Dec. 29, 1937, in La Crosse, he was the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Kladik) Oborny. In 1955 he graduated from La Crosse Rural High School. On Jan. 6, 1959, he married Alice R. Nordman at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Olmitz. A lifelong resident of Rush County, he was a service tire repairman for Farmer's Co-op in Rush Center.
HUTCHINSON - Richard Alan "Rick" Michael, loving husband, father, "Papa," brother and friend, went to be with his divine savior on Jan. 28 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born April 14, 1952, in Lyons, he was 59. On Sept. 14, 1979, he married Tonya Jean Rojas in Hutchinson. He spent many years as an oilfield driller throughout the Midwest. In 1991 he graduated from Hutchinson Community College and in 1993 he received his L.B.S.W. as a Phi Theta Kappa graduate of Bethel College. A former resident of Coats, moving to Hutchinson in 1989, he was a social worker ...
HOISINGTON - Henry E. "Ed" Eichman died Jan. 30, 2012 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington in care of the funeral home.
Betty Ann Debes, 70, died Jan. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 28, 1941, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Joseph A. and Marie R. (Oberle) Debes. She was a longtime resident of Great Bend, coming from Odin.
LARNED - Delores June Clawson, 84, died Jan. 29 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 28, 1927, at Great Bend, the daughter of Joseph and Katie Rowe Koelsch. She married Virgil M. Clawson on March 24, 1955, at Newkirk, Okla. He died on Aug. 11, 2007. A longtime resident of Larned, she was a homemaker and had worked at the Old Blue Goose and Harvest Inn restaurants.
HOISINGTON - Alvina Katherine Haas, 88, died Jan. 26 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 21, 1923 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Jacob and Salamena (Radke) Boger. On July 26, 1945 she married Rufus Haas in Hoisington. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, she was a homemaker and worked along side of her husband on the dairy farm. She also was employed by the Galatia School District 66 as a cook for 18 years, by the Bierock Shop in Hoisington, and as a seamstress for Stricker Farms in Milberger. Alvina loved her grandchildren and enjoyed gardening, especially her ...
Bernard L. "Hus" Huslig, 83, died Jan. 26 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 29, 1928 in Claflin, he was the son of Leo and Mary (Boor) Huslig. On July 23, 1949 he married Donna Joan "Jo" Rose in Great Bend. She died on Oct. 22, 2006. A resident of Great Bend for most of his life, he was a lifetime oilfield worker.
Bernard L. Huslig, 83, died at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
BUSHTON - Larry L. Novotny Jr., 50, died Jan. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1961 in Lincoln, he was the son of Larry L. and C. Joan Zachgo Novotny Sr. He was a resident of Pathways Rest Care in Great Bend.
George W. Bemis, 77, died Jan. 26 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 25, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of Carney and Ula (Falgren) Bemis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, he worked for the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Jane Olsen in Sparta, Wis. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was owner and operator of Bemis Construction, Inc.
NEWTON - Vincent Wayne Ochs, 78, died at home in the arms of his family. Born on Nov. 4, 1933 in Timken, he was the son of Phillip Ochs and Verna Morgan Scheurman. On June 1, 1954 he married Gloria Schope in Albert. He was the former owner and operator of Ochs Cleaners in Newton from 1974-1997.
BELPRE -Florence M. "Sis" Gales, 88, died Jan. 25, 2012. She was born Sept. 29, 1923 at Hugoton, the daughter of Ernest Dorr and Fannie Mae (Johnson) Frazee. She was a life-long resident of Belpre, a homemaker, Edwards Co. Healthy Start Visitor, St. Joseph Hospital worker, and an Avon representative. Her memberships include St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Altar Society, KEENAGERS, and the Cancer Support Group.
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.