ELLINWOOD - Warren "Swanee" Oliver Johnson, 90, died June 4 at Country Place Senior Living in Ellinwood. Born May 27, 1921 in Ellinwood, he was the son of Edward John Johnson and Della Unruh. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. A longtime resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Oklahoma and Texas, he was an independent petroleum geologist. On Sept. 13, 1948 he married Helen Dowdy in Phoenix, Ariz. She died on Sept. 12, 2009.
Rodger D. Love Sr., 63, died June 4 at River Bend Assisted Living, Great Bend. He was born June 21, 1947, at Stafford, the son of Gerald and Wanda (Ritter) Love. He was a graduate of Barton Community College. A Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Larned, he was a delivery driver for UPS for 26 years.
Deloris M. Steuri-McDowell, 82, died June 3, at home in Great Bend. She was born April 27, 1929, at Redwing, the daughter of Edward E. and Mary (Feltes) Klusener. She married Robert "Bob" McDowell July 18, 1951, at Great Bend. They later divorced and she married Orren Steuri Jan. 4, 1967, at Great Bend. He died August 15, 1977. She then re-married Robert McDowell. He died July 7, 2005.
BRENTWOOD, CALIF. - Jeanne Scott Morin Glaeser lost a brief battle with cancer on June 1. She was born Oct. 19, 1934, in San Jose, Calif., the daughter of Lucile and Leroy "Scotty" Scott. Jeanne was a resident of Brentwood, Calif., and a former resident of San Jose, Calif. She graduated from Santa Clara High School in 1952 and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1959, she married Maurice Morin in San Jose, Calif. They divorced. She was employed by various companies including Lamplighter Reality, Summit Industrial Equipment, and Memorex.
ELLINWOOD - Chad W. Henkle, 37, died June 2, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born April 25, 1974, in Great Bend, he was the son of Robert Henkle and Karen Rehme Herrenbruck. He attended Ellinwood High School. An Ellinwood resident for the past 25 years, formerly of St. John, he was employed by Pawnee County Co-op as the ag fertilizer terminal manager in Ellinwood. On April 30, 1999, he married Denise Dietz in Great Bend.
CLAFLIN - B. Ruth Wheeler, 77, died June 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Born July 28, 1933, at Austin, Minn., she was the daughter of David Quincy and Helen Dorothy Stephens. A longtime resident of Claflin, she was a retired CNA at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood, and a former owner of the Claflin Tavern.
Tonda Lee McAvoy, 59, died May 18 at Woodside Hospice House in Pinellas Park, Fla. Born Sept. 18, 1951 in Johnson, she was the daughter of Pearl and Vanonda Mae (Wise) Miner. On April 2, 2010 she married Terry Lee McAvoy in Pinellas Park, Fla. She was a resident of Largo, Fla. since 2010, coming from Great Bend, formerly residing in WaKeeney and Dallas, Texas. She was a nurse for 25 years and a coast-to-coast truck driver for five years.
OLATHE - Kimberly Johnson Faber, 36, of Olathe, went to run free in the pastures of Heaven on Thursday, May 26, with her loving husband, David W. Faber, at her side. She spent the last few years of her life traveling from one coast to another with her husband, Dave, and an extraordinarily loyal dog, Koko. This travel highlighted a cornerstone of Kim's essence: living life to the fullest. Another passion of hers was appreciating all of God's creations, but she especially relished the opportunity to work with horses-admiring their strength and grace (the same qualities people appreciated ...
OLATHE - Kimberly Johnson Faber, 36, of Olathe, went to run free in the pastures of Heaven on Thursday, May 26, 2011, with her loving husband David W. Faber at her side. She spent the last few years of her life traveling from one coast to another with her husband, Dave, and extraordinarily loyal dog, Koko. This travel highlighted a cornerstone of Kim's essence: living life to the fullest. Another passion of hers was appreciating all of God's creations, but she especially relished the opportunity to work with horses-admiring their strength and grace (the same qualities people appreciated ...
PRATT - Marian J. Epp, 79, of Pratt, went quietly from this earth to her eternal peace on May 3. She was born on Dec. 24, 1931, near Cullison, to Billy C. and Alma Jenkins. Marian married Paul G. Epp on Nov. 28, 1953, and was a member of the Lutheran Church.