WINNSBORO, Texas - Mrs. Johnna Stewart Hughes was born on Jan. 28, 1922, on the family farm in Brumley, near Gilmer, Texas, to John M. and Ida Mauck Stewart. She departed this life on Jan. 26, two days short of her 89th birthday. She and her husband of 52 years, Mr. George W. "Cotton" Hughes, were married on June 13, 1945, near Pittsburg, Texas. They moved to Winnsboro in 1946, where they raised their family. Cotton passed away in the family home in 1997 and then Johnna moved to Great Bend in 2001 to live near her family.
CARSON, Calif. -- Carl Edward James was born on Nov. 30, 1936, in Great Bend. He was youngest of nine children born to Louis and Alma James. He accepted Christ and followed the path that God laid out for his life. Carl graduated from Great Bend High School in 1954. He attended Kansas State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1958. He also attended UCLA, where he received two master degrees, one in Engineering and Math, 1962, and the other in Executive Management, 1974.
TIMKEN - Donald D. "Donnie" Holopirek, 72, of Timken, died Jan. 25 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born July 27, 1938, in Rush County, he was the son of Ralph and Blanche (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Nov. 15, 1965, he married Frances Herrman at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Timken. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer, welder and a truck driver for the Rush County Highway Department before his retirement.
LINCOLN - Hazel May Broberg, 93, of Lincoln, died Jan. 26 at Lincoln. She was born Nov. 20, 1917, at rural Lincoln, the daughter of Clarence and Elsie Hall Broberg. She was a teacher.
Mary Frances "Dolly" Gabel, 84, died Jan. 23 at Warrenton, Mo. Memorial service will be at a later late and will be announced by Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend.
Cecilia C. "Susie" Ward, 89, died Jan. 26 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born Nov. 30, 1921, at Beaver, the daughter of Valentine and Anna M. (Feltes) Kramer. She married Leonard "Buck" Ward on June 14, 1962, at Miami, Okla. He died July 7, 1983. She was a retired bookkeeper, and co-owner of Ward Motel.
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Denise Lee Hayden, 53, died Jan. 25 at the Mennonite Friendship Manor. She was born June 14, 1957, in Great Bend, the daughter of Leo L. and Bertie Lou (Siefkes) Hayden. She worked seven years as a management analyst for the federal government in Frankfort, Germany, and also worked for the city of Hutchinson. She was a 1975 graduate of St. John High School, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from KSU.
Carl F. Fry, 54, died Jan. 22 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 26, 1956, he was the son of Max Eugene Fry Sr. and Esther Mae (Johnson) Fry. A lifelong resident of Great Bend, he graduated from Great Bend High School. In the 1990s Carl worked at the Brit Spaugh Zoo. He enjoyed animals and bird watching.
Rachel Skidmore, 98, died Jan. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 1, 1913, in Bison, she was the daughter of John C. and Kathryn E. (Steitz) Scheuerman. A resident of Great Bend since 1938, she was a homemaker. She completed nine years of school in Rush County. On Oct. 1, 1939, she married William F. Skidmore in Otis. He died in January 1996.
HOISINGTON - Joseph J. Rziha, 94, died Jan. 23 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Feb. 2, 1916, in Odin, he was the son of Frank and Mary (Koester) Rziha. A lifetime resident of rural Odin, he was a farmer/rancher. On Oct. 28, 1972, he married Ida Ann Huschka Wendal in Hoisington. She died Oct. 12, 2002.
WAKEENEY - Bernie Beydler, 74, died Jan. 24 at the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital. Born July 30, 1936, in Delta, Colo., he was the son of Bernard Beydler and Louise Welsch Beydler. On Nov. 23, 1954, he married Twila Bartley in the First Christian Church in Oceanside, Calif. He was employed by a trucking company in WaKeeney for many years.
SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Bill Slous, 80, died Jan. 24 at Springfield, Mo. Born May 15, 1930 in Greenup County, Ky., he was the son of John and Mary (Smith) Slous. A resident of Springfiled, Mo., coming form Hoisington, he worked in the Kansas oilfields and for 25 years at Marlette Mobile Homes in Great Bend. On Oct. 1, 1952, he married Rita Hochanadel in Hoisington. She survives.
HOXIE - Marie E. Brown, 90, of Hoxie, died Jan. 23 at the Sheridan County Long Term Care in Hoxie. She was born Sept. 19, 1920, to Peter J. and Emma (Sitz) Schneider at WaKeeney. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hoxie.
HUTCHINSON - Zola Farris Fischer, 88, died Jan. 24 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Born Nov. 17, 1922, in rural Stafford County, she was the daughter of Abraham and Kadisa Farris. On May 26, 1941, she married Sam Salem. She then married Merlin Fischer on June 10, 1967. She worked as a secretary at Hudson school, and at First National Bank of Hutchinson and Frontier Hybrids.
LARNED - M. Earl McBride, 95, died Jan. 22 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Sept. 2, 1915, at Kinsley, he was the son of Edgar and Elsie Miller McBride. On April 30, 1937, he married Fern Myers in Fellsburg. He was a farmer.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Dr. Marilyn L. Miller, 83, passed away on May 22, 2014 at Beacon Place Hospice in Greensboro, N.C. Born Oct. 9, 1930, in St. Joseph, Mo., she was the daughter of James Irving Miller and Merna Liggett Miller. She was Professor Emeritus, Department of library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Martha E. Merten died on Feb. 11, 2006, at her home in Greensboro, N.C., Born in 1932, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd W. and Margaret D. Merten. She graduated from Great Bend High School in 1950. In 1954 she received her baccalaureate degree from Oklahoma College for Women and in 1960 she received a master's degree in Reading Development from the University of Michigan.
GIRARD, Ohio - Joseph Dale Brackbill, 57, passed away on Sept. 29, 2014 while a patient at the Hospice House in Poland, Ohio, following a period of declining health. Born Dec. 10, 1956, in Dodge City, he was the son to Arlo and Beulah (Ray) Brackbill and brother of Ben and Tim Brackbill, Patricia (Brackbill) Schlosser, and Beverly (Brackbill) Benton. While residing in Larned, he was an aide, LMHT, and Registered Nurse at Larned State Hospital. He worked for over 15 years for the State of Nevada as a Registered Nurse in a psychiatric hospital before his retirement.
Richard A. "Dick" Dunlap, 82, died Sept. 30 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. He was born Jan. 13, 1932 at Blackwell, Okla. the son of Irven Franklin and Thelma Ilene (Yager) Dunlap.
HEALY - Billy Ray Pike, 88, died Sept. 28, at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City. Born March 17, 1926, in Kingman, he was the son of Clarence Earl and Elsie Mae (Wagonseller) Pike. On Aug. 30, 1950, he married Beth Stewart in Healy. He attended grades 1 through 5 in Kansas and 6 through 11 in California and then moved to Healy and graduated with the Class of 1944. After his discharge from the United States Army he enrolled in Fort Hays State University where he was president of the International Relations Club and belonged to the Kappa Sigma ...
HOISINGTON - Wanda Lee Deer,93, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Wichita. Born on Feb. 28, 1921 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Frank Edward and Nellie (Coats) Sypolt.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Patricia Joan Brandt, 73, died Sept. 26 at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Born March 4, 1941 at Russell, she was the daughter of Paul and Virginia (Henshaw) Kanitz.
LINDSBORG - Henrietta Hilda Dirks, 95, of Lindsborg, formerly Scott City, passed away Sept. 26. Born March 15, 1919 at Lodge Pole, Neb., she was the daughter of Louis R. and Caroline (Wagner) Misegadis.
LARNED - Glenn Scott Presley, 66, died Sept. 21, at Mayo's St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Min. Born Feb. 8, 1948, in Wichita, he was the son of Glenn and Ruby Elzey Presley. On Dec. 31, 1967, he married Linda Walker in Marquette. She survives. After graduating from McPherson College, he moved to Larned to begin teaching high school industrial arts classes. He managed the Larned Swimming Pool for 25 years. He was a loving husband, a caring father, and a very proud grandpa.
Paul J. Heueisen, 84, former longtime Great Bend resident, passed away on Sept. 19, at Protection Valley Manor in Protection. Born on May 23, 1930, in Lancaster, Calif., he was the son of Louis Steven and Margaret Mary (Murray) Heueisen. In 1936, he moved to Great Bend with his family, and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1945. He worked as a custodian for various businesses in the Great Bend area. He enjoyed reading.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - On Sept. 21, Constance (Connie) Hansen Scheuerman, 89, passed away, joining her husband, of 62 years, who died exactly seven years earlier.
Anna Lavonne Postlethwaite, aged 97 years, 3 months and 19 days, died Sept. 24, 2014 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. She was born June 5, 1917, at Barton County, the daughter of Ralph L. & Eva R. (Ward) Ward.
HOLYROOD - Elmer L. Showalter, 93, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in Ellsworth.
RUSSELL - William Allan "Bill" Rabas, 64, passed away Sept. 14, 2014 from an automotive accident in Ellsworth County.
RUSSELL - Delores LaVonne Rabas, 56, passed away Sept. 14, 2014 from an automotive accident in Ellsworth County.