CLAFLIN - Caroline A. Hoffman, 80, died May 24 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
Shirley Ann Peters, 83, died May 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 1, 1928 in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Lamont and Marcella (Crebs) Rowland. On April 5, 1991 she married G. Darrell Peters in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1945, coming from Burrton, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for Peters Drilling Company.
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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - Melinda Thomas, 59, former Hays resident, died May 19, at Pikes Peak Hospice of Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Oct. 27, 1951, in Hays, she was the daughter of Severin S. and Marie (Riedel) Leiker. In 1969, she graduated from Marian High School in Hays. On June 4, 1976, she married Dale L. Thomas in Kansas. She was a homemaker. She made her home in Woodland Park, Colo. and spent a number of months of the year in Alamo, Texas. While in Texas, she did volunteer work and sewing for various missions. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and ...
OLMITZ - Joyce Ann Bitter, 70, died May 23 at her home in Olmitz. Born Aug. 17, 1940 in Barton County, she was the daughter of Frank and Isabel (Gerritzen) Riedel. On July 16, 1960 she married Willard D. Bitter in Olmitz. He died Sept. 3, 1985. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, she was a retired housekeeper for Clara Barton Hospital.
CLAFLIN - Robert E. Hickel, 81, went to be with our Lord Saturday, May 21. He died at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born Feb. 5, 1930, in rural Barton County, the son of Robert Anthony and Emma (Zecha) Hickel. He married Betty J. Lawrence on May 28, 1951, at Hoisington. A lifetime Claflin resident, he was a retired farmer/stockman and oil producer.
HOISINGTON - Robert "Bob" K. Littrell, 83, died May 22 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born April 7, 1928, at Hoisington, he was the son of George D. and Gladys M. (Vandenberg) Littrell. He married Betty Arlene Durand on June 20, 1950, at Hoisington. She died May 22, 2001. A lifetime resident of the Hoisington area, he worked for Terra Resources as a production superintendent, retiring in 1982.
LURAY - LaVona Jean Bowen, 68, died May 22 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born July 28, 1942, at Gorham, the daughter of Miles V. and Maudie (Jones) Anthony. She married Ronald N. Bowen July 27, 1958, at Alva, Okla. He died May 27, 2008. A Luray resident for 26 years, coming from Inman, she was a homemaker.
OLMITZ - Joyce Ann Bitter, 70, died May 23 at her home in Olmitz.
LARGO, Fla. - Tonda Lee McAvoy, 59, died May 18 at Hospice House at Largo, Fla.
SPRING, Texas - Maxine Ruth (Darnell) Campbell, 84, died May 19 at her home in Spring, Texas.
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Anton J. "Tony" Reif 1942-2011
GREAT BEND - Robert Leon Whittaker, 76, died Wednesday, May 18 at the Hays Medical Center.
Hermina A. "Minnie" Mauler 1911-2011
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.