LYONS - Paul E. Kern, 87, died March 22 at Rice County District Hospital, Lyons. He was born Dec. 13, 1925, at Frederick, the son of Frank Mathias and Ina Lavern "Verna" Maxwell Kern. He graduated from Bushton High School in 1943. He married Verna Lee Adams on May 10, 1946, at Wichita. She died June 16, 2006. A lifelong area resident, he was a lifetime farmer.
LA CROSSE - Michael C. Schaffer, 88, La Crosse, died Friday, March 22 at the Kansas Soldiers Home, Fort Dodge. He was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Liebenthal, the son of Michael and Magdalena (Herrman) Schaffer. He was a lifelong resident of Rush County. He attended Lucky Hollow Country Grade School, and was a 1943 graduate of Schoenchen High School. After his return from World War II, he worked for the State Engineer's Division in Larned. He later farmed, until his retirement.
Isabella "Issy" Nuss, 90, died March 21 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born March 2, 1923, in Rush County, the daughter of Carl and Martha (Tammen) Schneider. She married Vernon L. Nuss June 16, 1946, at Great Bend. He died Dec. 27, 1992.
LARNED - Sherry Lynn Robinson, 38, died March 21 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. She was born April 4, 1974, the daughter of Donald Robinson and Linda Anderson. She worked as a CNA/CMA at Pawnee Valley Hospital for many years, traveling to facilities through the All Staff agency.
HOISINGTON - Claire Billie Hadley, 80, died on March 16 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. Born Dec. 19, 1932 in Escanaba, Mich., she was the daughter of William and Wava (Snow) Sargent. On Jan. 21, 1950 she married Ray C. Hadley in Guthrie, Okla. He died on Feb. 21, 2006. A Barton County resident since 1963,coming from Wichita, she was the secretary for her and her husband's business, Hadley Roofing Company.
STAFFORD - Donald Gene Newell, 63, died March 16 at the Stafford County Hospital. Born April 28, 1949 in Stafford, he was the son of Donald Gene and Dorothy Marenchin Newell. A lifetime Stafford resident, he was a farmer. On May 28, 1978 he married Debra J. Witt in Hudson. She died on Dec. 2, 2007. He then married Jenny Fox Kisner on Aug. 24 in Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - Cora Louisa Pennington, 98, passed away peacefully on Feb. 27th. Born May 24, 1914 in Bunker Hill, she was the daughter of Arthur Sellens and Mary (Chenoweth) Sellens, one of five children. In 1932 she graduated from Haviland Friends Academy. She was honored as one of three remaining graduates surviving from her class at the 2011 reunion. A resident of Ellinwood for over 50 years, she was a self-employed beautician.