HOISINGTON - Bette M. Billinger, 96, died Feb. 28 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born July 30, 1916, the daughter of Fred and Alice Alt. She married the love of her life, Edmund Raymond Billinger, on April 11, 1942, at Tacoma, Wash. He died Oct. 23, 2011.
LYONS - Surrounded by the love of his family, Bill Schoenhofer, Lyons, 85, returned to God on Feb. 28, 2013. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons. Parish rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Lyons. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father Thomas Leland officiating. Interment will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery with military honors by Ft. Riley.
Leroy "Lee" Heikkila, 67, died Feb. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 8, 1945, at Superior, Wis., to Eino and Alice (Humann) Heikkila. He married Cecilia Ross Sept. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. He was a drug and alcohol addictions counselor at Dream Inc. and worked in construction and painting.
CANYON, Texas - Margie Helen (Bragg) Cooper, 85, died Feb. 27 in Amarillo Texas. Born on Dec. 20, 1927 in Goodman, Mo., she was the daughter of Lena Juliet (Rush) Bragg and August Clifton Bragg. On Sept. 15, 1945 she married Richard D. Cooper in Neosho, Mo. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1977. A resident of Hoisington from 1947 to 2012, moving to Canyon, Texas, she worked as office manager for Dr. Merle Fieser and Dr. Keith Wolfenbarger for 25 years before retiring in 1995. Margie was known by many as "Granny." She enjoyed working in her garden ...