LIEBENTHAL - William W. "Bill" Legleiter, 85, of Liebenthal, passed away March 6 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. Born on Nov. 11, 1925, in rural Liebenthal, he was the son of Nick and Katie (Urban) Legleiter. He married Rita Giebler on Nov. 27, 1946, in Catharine. He was a farmer and stockman who was known to be a hard working man. He had served on the La Crosse Co-op Board and School Board and was a 4-H leader in Liebenthal.
Archie G. Allen died March 4 at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
TULSA, Okla. - George James "Jim" Eastwood, 63, was born on July 25, 1947 in Great Bend to George and Mary (Welch) Eastwood. Jim passed from this life on March 2 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 63.
HOISINGTON - John Maynard Little, 55, died March 3 at Clara Barton Hospital. He was born Sept. 2, 1955 at Hoisington, the son of Harold E. and Wilma M. (Lust) Little.
ELLINWOOD - Judith Kay Ritchie, 69, died March 3 at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born June 23, 1941 in Hays, she was the daughter of Roy Lafayette Bailes and Genevieve Marie Davis Bailes. In 1957, she married Aubrey Tatro at Medicine Lodge. She later married Clarence Randall Ritchie on April 29, 1961 in Medicine Lodge. He died on Dec. 30, 2007. A resident of Ellinwood since 2009, formerly of Great Bend and Medicine Lodge, she was employed at the Holiday Inn as the executive housekeeper, Central Kansas Medical Center in admissions and housekeeping and at Wal-Mart in Great Bend as a ...
SAN ANGELO, Texas - Tom L. Berscheidt dedicated his life to family, friends, and serving God. On Feb. 11, surrounded by many people who loved him, Tom passed away from complications associated with esophageal cancer, just 17 days before his 60th birthday. Tom was born on Feb. 28, 1951 in Ellinwood, the second child of Ray and Dorothy (Wess) Berscheidt. He spent his early years in Ellinwood and Great Bend, surrounded by the extended families of both his parents, working during the summer months on his grandparents, Pete and Mayme Berscheidt, farm located a few miles east of Ellinwood. When Tom ...
Kathy Sue "Kat" Pratt, 54, passed on Thursday, March 3 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born January 3, 1957 at Hoisington. She was a homemaker.
HUDSON – Gene George Krankenberg, 78, died March 2 in Overland Park. Born May 20, 1932 in Udall,he was the son of Leo and Lorine Krankenberg. A long time resident of Hudson, he was a farmer. On Sept. 26, 1955 he married Chiemi Ishimaru in Japan.
LA CROSSE - Laurene Elizabeth Marvin, 89, died March 1 at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom. Born March 16, 1921 in Ransom, she was the daughter of Mathias Frederick and Mary Margaret (Roths) Friess. A resident of Ransom for the past 14 months, coming from La Crosse where she had lived since 1961. She was a homemaker. On Dec. 6, 1947 she married E. Leon Marvin in Wichita. He died April 10, 2004.
LARNED - Patricia L. Young, 76, died March 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 2, 1934 in Larned, she was the daughter of Clarence Gordon Hammond and Leora Nulf Hammond Kristufek. Moving from Rural Edwards County to Larned in 1973, she was the Administrator for Hammond Holiday Home. On Feb. 2, 1983 she married Lewis C. Young at Colorado Springs, Colo. He survives.
HUTCHINSON – Avis J. Riedel, 84, died Tuesday, March 1, at Garden City. Born Feb. 12, 1927, at Little River, she was the daughter of E. C. and Bessie (Spriggs) Miller. She married Clarence Riedel Sept. 5, 1949, at Lyons. He survives.
GARDEN CITY - Avis Riedel, 84, died March 1 at Garden Valley Assisted Living in Garden City. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Lois Ilene Hoffman, 85, died Feb. 28 at Santa Fe Nursing Home in Weatherford, Texas. She was born July 11, 1925 in Norton. She was the daughter of Lovell Dodd and Pansy (Montgomery) Clinton. On Aug. 15, 1945 she married George W. Hoffman in Hoisington. He died June 1, 1986. A former longtime resident of Hoisington, she was a retired nurses aid working at Clara Barton hospital for over 30 years.
BISON – Donald P. "Don" Wood, 83, died March 1 at the Edwards County Hospital in Kinsley. Born Oct. 3, 1927 in Denver, Colo., he was the son of Martin and Melinda (Sanders) Wood. A 34 year resident of Bison, moving from Larned, he worked in the dry cleaning business for more than 20 years and was employed by Essex in Hoisington for 13 years before his retirement. On July 16, 1977 he married Erma (Ficken) Shank at the United Methodist Church in Bison.
KANOPOLIS - Judith "Judy" Allen Bunch Maddox Schroeder, 71, Kanopolis, passed away Feb. 27. She was born in Barnard on Oct. 17, 1939, to Virgil and Fern Bunch.
GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goodard. Born Jan. 18, 1948, in Claflin, she was the daughter of Joseph Miller and Lucille (Habiger) Miller. She was employed by Koch Industries as a records administrator.
Thomas E. Harris, 67, died Oct. 22 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 29, 1947, at Neosho, Mo., the son of Lawrence Edwin and Eula (Stites) Harris. He married Shirley Schmitt May 1, 1965 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Granby, Mo., he was a long-time oilfield truck driver and later owned and operated Tom Harris Trucking.
CLAFLIN - Stephen F. Demel, 86, died Oct. 22 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Dec. 26, 1927, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Lamatsch) Demel. On April 23, 1957, he married Dolores A. Jenisch in Odin. A lifelong resident of Barton County, he was a farmer.
Mary Elizabeth Henkle, 80, died on Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 9, 1934, in Burlington she was the daughter of Charles William and Hazel Loretta (Doll) Reynolds. On Feb. 12, 1950, she married Carl W. Henkle in Holyrood. A resident of Great Bend since 1953, coming from Ellsworth County, she was employed by Sears in the customer service department, retiring after more than 30 years of service.
ALBERT - Bernice (Martinez) Cross, 75, died Oct. 20, 2014 in Wichita.
CONCORDIA - Sister Jeanette Wasinger, 76, died Oct. 22, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. She was a Sister of St. Joseph for 56 years. Born in Hays on June 3, 1938, she was the daughter of Nick and Catherine (Stecklein) Wasinger, the younger of two children, and was baptized Jeanette Mae. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, on Sept. 8, 1957. On March 18, 1958, Jeanette received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Joseph Andre. Changes in religious life gave her the opportunity to return to her baptismal name Jeanette. She ...
CLAFLIN - Stephen Frank Demel, 86, died Oct. 22, 2014 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21, 2014 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goddard.
DODGE CITY - Carol Jeanie (Kennedy) Blazek, 64, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. She was born June 4, 1950 at Russell, the daughter of Gerald L. and Catherine (Nault) Kennedy. A Dodge City resident for the past 40 years, moving from Hoisington, she worked at Sonic Drive In and Wardrobe Cleaners, both in Dodge City, retiring in 2012. She enjoyed crocheting and making poppies for the Veterans.
Mary E. Henkle, 80, died Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Mary Lea Wade, 85, died Oct. 21, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Aug. 14, 1929, in Prague, Okla., she was the daughter of Alvin and Pearl (Stiffler) Montgomery. On Oct. 14, 1951, she married Lee Wade in Great Bend. He died on April 9, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Prague, Okla., she was a secretary for Kopke Law Office and Haneke Financial Services.
RUSSELL - Gerald Dean Bender, 72, passed away on Oct. 19, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 23, 1942, in Russell, he was the son of Herbert H. and Viola E. (Mai) Bender. He grew up and attended schools in the Milberger area. He was employed by the City of Russell in the refuse department for 20 years, retiring in 1999.
CLINTON, Iowa - Gerald V. Galusha, 91, of Clinton, Iowa, died Sunday Oct. 19, at his home. Gerald was born on Aug. 16, 1923, in Garden Plaines, Ill., the son of James and Louise (Gerhardt) Galusha. He graduated from Erie High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, with the 90th Infantry Division under General Patton. He was wounded on Jan. 16, 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge, when he received severe head injuries from mortar shell shrapnel.
Jack Daubert, 61, died Oct. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. Born in Great Bend, on April 9, 1953, he was the son of Herman and Wanda (Riemann) Daubert. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1972. Jack worked as a Certified Medical Assistant at "The Cedars" retirement community in McPherson. He was a longtime resident of Great Bend.
Kathy L. Kaiser, 65, passed away Oct. 19, at her home. Born Aug. 10, 1949, in Hopeton, Okla., she was the daughter of Glenn S. and Artie R. (Elliott) Jones. A resident of Great Bend since 1977, she worked 23 years for USD #428 in Food Service. On July 30, 1977, she married Paul Kaiser in Great Bend. He survives of the home.