Robert Charles "Bob" Sparks, 76, died Aug. 25 at Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, Mo. Born Feb. 7, 1937 in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was the son of Lee and Audrey (Kennedy) Sparks. On Dec. 20, 1959 he married Ellen Ora "Punky" Ford in Great Bend. She died on March 22, 2011. A resident of Cameron, Mo. since 2011, coming from Great Bend, he was Territory Manager for Eco Lab and was previously employed at Marlette Homes and Liberty Homes.
Sister Amata Pantel, 95, died Aug. 24, at the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, in Great Bend. Born April 25, 1918, in Wakefield, as Josephine Pantel, Sister Amata was the daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Bower Pantel. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community Aug. 28, 1934, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 12, 1937. She celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 2012. Sister Amata gave much of her ministerial life to domestic work in the sisters' missions, laundries, kitchens and sewing rooms. Later she served as a teacher aide, gardener at the motherhouse, and in home health ...
Helen J. Suchy, 89, died Aug. 24 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born June 9, 1924 in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Emil and Amiela (Vozoboj) Vsetecka. On Dec. 29, 1943 she married Alvie J. Suchy in Olmitz. He died on Nov. 14, 1986. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1943, coming from Timken. She enjoyed all aspects of homemaking, including sewing, crocheting, baking, and gardening. She also enjoyed her pet dogs and rock hunting and collecting.
HOISINGTON - Virginia M. Cropp, 67, died Aug. 24 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born April. 16, 1946 in Alva, Okla., she was the daughter of William and Ora (Williams) Baker. On July 23, 1967 she married Gary Cropp in Pratt. He survives. She was a resident of Hoisington since 1967, coming from Alva, Okla.
OMAHA, Neb. - Gloria Grace VanSkike, infant daughter of Joshua and Lisa (Jones) VanSkike of Minden, Neb. entered this world on Aug. 17th, 2013 at 12:40 a.m. She passed away peacefully after 13 hours of life at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Gloria was dedicated to God in a small service before her passing.
Bill L. Westfall, 82, died Aug. 21 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born April 5, 1931, at Oilton, Okla., to Amos L. and Beulah Mae (Turner) Westfall. He married Lillie "Madge" Ferguson April 5, 1958, at Kinsley. A Great Bend resident since 1934, coming from Oklahoma, he owned and operated Westfall Electric from 1968 until his retirement.
Dorothy O. Soden, 92, died Aug. 21 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, at Clay Center, to Richard A. and Dorthea J. (Obenland) Brueggemann. She married Carl Soden Dec. 21, 1946, at Mission. He died May 8, 2008. Mrs. Soden was a Great Bend resident since 1949, coming from Coffeyville. She was a teacher at schools in Morganville, Clay Center, Parsons, Topeka and Coffeyville, as well as St. Patrick Catholic School and Great Bend USD 428 in Great Bend.
CLAFLIN - Donna Rae (Krier) Hoffman, 66, of Mt. Vernon, Mo., died Aug. 21, at her home. Born Feb. 11, 1947, in Pueblo, Colo., she was the daughter of the late Richard and Myrtle (DeLair) Krier. Donna was a 1965 graduate of Claflin Kansas High School and graduated from West Hills College in San Diego, Calif., where she attended from 1965-1968, earning a degree in Accounting. On Feb. 12, 1997, she married LeRoy J. Hoffman in Claflin. They resided in Claflin until 2000, moving to Mt. Vernon, Mo., to retire. Donna enjoyed her animals especially her horses and her dachshunds. She ...