LARNED - Darlene Zetta Fox, 81, passed away July 10 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born May 2, 1931, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Gilbert Martin and Lena Margaret Bortz Johnson. On Oct. 28, 1950, she married Leo Joseph Fox at Larned. He died Jan. 2, 2001. A lifetime area resident, she was a homemaker and a sales representative for Stanley Home Products.
ELLINWOOD - Wilbert V. Sanko, 83, died July 12 at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born Oct. 12, 1928, at Spearville, the son of Edward and Mary Shinstock Sanko. He married Imogene M. Hayden on Sept. 8, 1951, at the Cathedral in Dodge City. She died May 29, 2012. An Ellinwood resident for 58 years, he was a farmer, a mechanic at Ward Pivonka, Gaughn Motors, Knop Butane & Davis Childs Motors, all of Ellinwood.
Betty Lou Bangerter, 93, died July 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Born Jan. 2, 1919, in Formosa, she was the daughter of Charles and Ona (Steichelman) Alderson. Betty moved to Hoisington in 1931 where she was the co-owner of Howard's Furniture until 1982. On Sept. 25, 1938, she married Howard Bangerter in Bushton. He preceded her in death. She moved to Great Bend in 1995. Betty enjoyed traveling with her husband in the RV, solving puzzles and sewing.
Leonard E. Miller Jr., 61, died July 8 at his home in Great Bend. Born Dec. 12, 1950 in Great Bend, he was the son of Leonard Jean and Edna (Kathman) Miller. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a siding installer for Southard Corporation, worked at EQ Muffler and was a handyman for Joe Mayers.
WICHITA - John O. Dick, 71, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on July 8. John spent his working career in the oil and gas industry, along with Boeing where he retired as a facilities engineer. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and lover of the outdoors.
KANOPOLIS - Terry Raymond Kowalsky, 69, died July 7 at his home in Kanopolis. Born Nov. 15, 1942 in Great Bend, he was the son of Leo Joseph and Hilda Margaret (Heinz) Kowalsky. He was a resident of Kanopolis since 2009, coming from Redding, Calif. where he had been a longtime resident. He operated a machine shop in Redding, Calif. and also farmed and raised cattle. He was involved in area dirt track racing in the 1960s and 1970s.
DODGE CITY – Clarence E. McConnaughy, 69, died July 9 at Trinity Manor Nursing Home in Dodge City. Born Oct. 8, 1942 in Great Bend, he was the son of Clarence E. McConnaughy Jr. and Martha (Kutnick) McConnaughy. He was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Marsha Hoge in Great Bend. A resident of Dodge City since 1966 moving from Great Bend, he worked for Skaggs, George-Nielson Motors and Dodge City International.
LA CROSSE - Terra Maryha Helm, 37, died on July 8 at her home. Born March 28, 1975 in Bath, Maine, she was the daughter of Mark A. and Katherine M. (Steadman) Helm Fisher. She moved from her birthplace of Bath, Maine, at an early age. A former resident of Great Bend, Hays and Wichita, she was a resident of La Crosse since her high school graduation from La Crosse High School in 1993.
St. John - Millie Lorene Bradford, 87, died July 6, at Leisure Homestead, St. John. She was born on Nov. 23, 1924 in Anderson, MO., the daughter of Francis A. and Leeta J. (Dunlap) Carr. She attended the Radium schools, was a homemaker and worked as a clerk for Wiggins Drug in Larned. On Mar. 22, 1943, she married Todd Elmer Bradford at St. John,