Ellen Ora "Punky" Sparks, 72, died March 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 10, 1939 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ora and Opal (Griffin) Ford. On Dec. 20, 1959 she married Robert Sparks in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1945, coming from Wichita, she was a realtor for Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate and previously for Keenan Real Estate. Punky enjoyed her home life with her loving husband, Bob, and adoring pet, Peipi. She traveled to numerous Colorado locations with her girlfriends every summer. Punky enjoyed contact over the years with ...
David Dean Seyfert, 39, died March 23 at his residence. Born July 5, 1971 in Great Bend, he was the son of Dale D. and Shirley R. (Smith) Seyfert. A resident of Great Bend for 20 years, coming from the farm north of Claflin, he was a small engine repairman for Carr Auto and Electronics. His hobbies were working on mowers, chain saws or any small engine repair.
ELLINWOOD - Ruth E. Banks, 96, died March 22 at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Dec. 18, 1914 in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Frank Tullis and Beary Mustain Tullis Waddle. A lifetime resident of Ellinwood, she was a retired telephone operator and homemaker. On Aug. 8, 1937 she married Harry French. On March 5, 1948 she married C.W. Schnurr. On May 26, 1972 she married W.F. (Bill) Banks. All preceded her in death.
HOISINGTON - Edgar L. Reif, 77, died March 21. Born Nov. 1, 1933 in Hoisington, he was the son of the late Alfred A. and Clara (Polzin) Reif. A past resident of Osborne, he was the owner/operator truck driver at D & R Trucking in Pratt and Skillett Trucking in LaCrosse.
PHILLIPSBURG - Tamera Lynn Wagner, 38, of Phillipsburg died Tuesday, March 22 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Ellen Ora Sparks, 72, died March 22 at her home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
BARNARD, Mo. - May Joan Field Tompkins, 88, of Barnard, Mo., passed away March 20, at Parkdale Manor in Maryville, Mo. Born May 14, 1922, in Brentford, England, she was the daughter of Herbert and Fanny (Ricks) Field. She worked in a munitions plant during World War II, making shell casings. Joan married Raymond Lee Tompkins on Feb. 5, 1944, in St. Lawrence Church of England, Brentford, England, becoming a "War Bride." Raymond returned to the United States after the end of the war and Joan and her first born son came in 1946. Joan worked as a clerk at Wylie ...
HOISINGTON - Memorial Graveside Service for John Maynard Little will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hoisington Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the American Legion in Hoisington. Little, 55, died March 3. Funeral arrangements are by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Marion Jean Hicks, 49, died March 18 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Jan. 31, 1962, in Newport, R.I., the daughter of Eugene and Marion (Hendry) Benavidez. She married Gordon Hicks on April 15, 2004, at Hoisington. She was a homemaker and had been a Hoisington resident since 2001, coming from Alva, Okla.
Robert "Bobby" Kasper Jr., 34, died March 18 in Barton County. Born Oct. 16, 1976, in Wichita, he was the son of Robert Wayne and Peggy (Lietzke) Kasper Sr. A resident of Great Bend since 1980, coming from El Dorado, he was a truck driver for Sioux Tank Service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, drag racing, motorcycle riding and automotive work.
Fort Dodge - Dale E. "Gene" O'Connor, 75, died Feb. 27 at Fort Dodge. He was born Jan. 12, 1936, at Hoisington, the son of John William and Nola (Colhour) O'Connor.
ELLINWOOD - Marlene K. Robl, 79, died March 20 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. She was born Dec. 27, 1931, at Spearville, the daughter of Wilbert "Bill" and Irene (Kern) Schawe. A homemaker, she had been an Ellinwood resident since 1956, coming from Great Bend.
John A. Foos, 67, died March 19 at the Ellsworth Good Samaritan Retirement Center in Ellsworth. Born March 2, 1944, in Bazine, he was the son of John B. and Esther (Foos) Foos Jr. A longtime resident of Great Bend, coming from LaCrosse, he was a truck driver.
LARNED - Melvin Joe Jennings, 99, died March 19, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned.
HOISINGTON – Helen Margaret (Penka) Kalina, daughter of Emil and Hedwig (Heger) Penka, died Dec. 11, 2014, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.
Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015
ST. JOHN - Norma Lea Gray, 78, died April 14, 2015 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Creek County, Okla., she was the daughter of Lester and Ruby (Browning) Allen. On Aug. 18, 1952, she married Melvin Eugene Gray in Oilton, Okla.
FREDONIA - Wanda Lee Deer, 93, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in Wichita. Born on Feb. 28, 1921, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Frank Edward and Nellie (Coats) Sypolt. On May 19, 1960, she was united in marriage to Kelso Deer. He preceded her in death. She worked as an executive secretary for Phillips Petroleum for many years.
FRONTENAC - Patrick John O'Connell, 86, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on April 14, 2015 at the Medicalodge of Frontenac. He was born March 29, 1929, in Pittsburg, the son of William F. and Mary (Kinsella) O'Connell. He graduated from St. Mary's High School and later from Pittsburg State University. On June 20, 1954, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Wilson at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He worked for Cripe Bakery and Junge Baking Company as a route salesman.
RUSSELL - W. "Fritz" Waymaster, 87, died on April 12, 2015, at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born on July 30, 1927, in rural Bunker Hill, he was the son of David J. and Anna E. (Steinle) Waymaster. He grew up in the Bunker Hill area and started school there as well. Later he moved and finished his basic education in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in 1945.
HUTCHINSON - Marilyn K. Rivers, 74, died April 12, 2015, at Dillon Living Center. She was born June 19, 1940, in Norton, the daughter of John and Addie Sheets Rivers. She was a 1959 graduate of Great Bend High School. A resident of Hutchinson since 1960, she worked retail for her parents at Rivers Shoe Store.
WOODWARD, Okla. - Carole Willcut, 78-year-old Woodward, Okla., resident, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gregory Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
ODIN – Mary M. Wondra, 92, died April 12, at Great Bend Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 12, 1922, in Odin, she was the daughter of Joseph V. and Frances M. (Tinkel) Jenisch. She graduated from Odin High School. On April 29, 1946, she married William Wondra in Odin. He died Nov. 13, 1996. A lifetime resident of the Odin and Claflin area, she was a homemaker.
LARNED - Cynthia Kay Mull, 78, died April 11 at Diversicare of Larned.
CLAFLIN - Maxine L. Riemann, 93, died April 12 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born March 25, 1922 at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Carl H. and Alice Bell (Hoadley) Schmidt.
HAYSVILLE- Terry Donovan, 60, passed away Saturday, April 11. Terry was a service and salesman at Kansasland Tire in Park City. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday, with family present 6-8 p.m. Funeral service 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand.
OTIS Patsy Johnene Richards, 54, died April 11 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born Aug. 19, 1960 at Hereford, Texas, she was the daughter of Herman McDonald "Johnny" and Ouida (Stayton) Wray. She married Gerald "Jerry" Richards July 13, 1991 at Hereford, Texas. She was a secretary for Stanion Wholesale Electric. Mrs. Richards was an Otis, Kansas resident since 2001, moving to Kansas in 1995.
ELLINWOOD - Leona "Lonie" (Herrman) Klein, 82, passed away April 13 at Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood. Born Sept. 16, 1932 at Liebenthal, she was the daughter of Stephen and Anna (Kreutzer) Herrman.
VINCENT - James W. Rajewski, 91, died Thursday, April 9, at the Rice County Hospital in Lyons. born Feb. 12, 1924, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Baier) Rajewski. He married Marian (Kuhlman) on May 22, 1951, in Olmitz, Kansas.