HUTCHINSON- Erma Lorene Moore, 83, of Hutchinson, formerly of Great Bend, passed away Dec. 16. Erma was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Great Bend, the daughter of Herman and Clare (Henning) Warnken. Erma was a lifetime resident of Great Bend before moving to Hutchinson. In Great Bend, she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She worked as a secretary for Beneficial Finance for 15 years as well as at Montgomery Ward for 24 years. On June 10, 1946, she married Everett Moore in Great Bend. He passed away on Feb. 8, 1995.
Beverly Louise Kolb, 80, of Great Bend, died Dec. 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Feb. 22, 1930, in Ottawa, she was the daughter of Leo Clarence and Frances Louise Doty Howard. A former resident of Pawnee Rock, moving to Great Bend in 2008, she was a telephone operator for the South Western Bell and Larned State Hospital. On June 12, 1949, she married E. Dean Kraisinger in Lawrence. On Sept. 28, 1978, she married Sandy Kolb at Great Bend. He passed away Oct. 18, 2005.
CLAFLIN - Naomi E. (Pete) Soeken, 75, died Dec. 18 at her home in Claflin. Born Oct. 1, 1935, in Manhattan, she was the daughter of Earl and Oneita (Crook) Stadel. On Dec. 19, 1954, she married Howard Lee Soeken in Pratt. A resident of Claflin since 1955, coming from Manhattan, she was a homemaker.
GREAT BEND - Emma E. Klima, 89, went to be with the Lord surrounded by her family Dec. 18. She was born March 28, 1921 in Barton County, the duaghter of Joseph and Hattie K. (Houska) Sulc.
CLAFLIN - Naomi E. (Pete) Soeken, 75, died at her residence Dec. 18. She was born Oct. 1, 1935 Services are pending and will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
ALINA - Walter H. Stewart "Stu" O'Brien, 64, of Salina, died Friday at the Kaye Pogue Hospice Center, Salina, KS.
Marguerite Stricker, 87, of Great Bend, died Thursday at Cherry Village Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 10, 1923 in rural aArgonia, the daughter of Ray and Gertrude(Brown) Medlam.
Kiah Kay Mead, 21, was called to be with her Heavenly Father on Dec. 14, at her parents' home in Great Bend, surrounded by family. She was born Jan. 18, 1989, in Great Bend, the daughter of Vonda Halfhill and Stephen R. Mead. She lived in Great Bend with her husband Doug Freeman and two daughters, Haevyn, 3, and Nayomi, 1. She graduated from Great Bend High School in 2007, and had attended Barton Community College. She was employed at Walmart, primarily in the photo department.
WOOSTER, Ohio - Letha D. Wells, 81, passed away quietly early Monday morning, Dec. 14, 2010, following a short illness at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
MISSOURI CITY, Texas - Delores Jean Piper, 75, died Dec. 14 at Atrium Medical Center in Stafford, Texas. She was born Feb. 23, 1935, at Great Bend, the daughter of Harley Ray and Ruth Ann (Alefs) Evers. She married Ronnie Piper on Sept. 25, 1955, at Great Bend. She was a nurse. A Missouri City, Texas, resident since 1988, she moved from Great Bend in 1962, living in Tulsa, Okla., and New Orleans, La.
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Norma Lee Garrett. 82, died Dec. 4 at Christus Saint Patrick Hospital, Lake Charles, La. She was born May 10, 1928, at Great Bend, the daughter of Harry M. and Mary Anna (Weber) Schartz. She married Thomas Burke Garrett Dec. 29, 1948, at Ellinwood. He died May 19, 1982.
Chad Rex Roberson, 22, died Dec. 13 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Nov. 10, 1988, at Great Bend, the son of Norman Rex, Jr. & Faith (Wagner) Roberson. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a brick tender for Devine Masonry.
NEWCASTLE, NEB. - Marilyn Kay McCluskey, 70, died Dec. 9.
HOLYROOD - Ben Walter Turner, 84, died Dec. 10 at Holyrood. Born Oct. 1, 1926, in Pawhuska, Okla., he was the son of Harold Clifford and Rachel Irene (McNatt) Turner. A resident of Holyrood for 16 years, coming from Herington, he was a laborer. On Sept. 23, 1950, he married Cornelia Joyce (McBride) at Red Lodge, Mont.
David F. Ellis, 58, of Great Bend, died Dec. 11 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 21, 1952, at Great Bend, the son of Clifford John and Laverne L. (Lewis) Ellis.
PRATT - Cuma M. Zeltner, 72, died Jan. 27, 2015 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. Born on April 16, 1942, in Princeton, Ind., she was the daughter of Charles Max and Gypsy Genelle (White) Vinson. On March 18, 1962, she married James 'Jim' W. Zeltner in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 2012. She worked as office manager at Adams Electric in Pratt for 24 years and most recently worked as bookkeeper for Westhoff Plumbing. The avid reader enjoyed making her world famous chocolate chip cookies.
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 ...