ROSSVILLE - Clarence Darrell Flanders, 72, died early Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Rossville Healthcare & Rehab Center in Rossville. He was born April 16, 1938, at Great Bend, the son of the late Elvin P. and Thelma M. Rediger Flanders. Darrell grew up in Great Bend and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1956. He served in the Army Reserves in the late '50s and early '60s. He lived most of his life in Great Bend before moving to Kansas City, Kan., and later moving to Rossville in 2001. He had worked in oil fields and had managed several glass ...
ELLINWOOD - Mary Lee Koch, 66, died Sept. 25 at Promise Regional Hospital in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 11, 1943, in Claflin, she was the daughter of Frank and Clemantine Tyson Straub. On Feb. 29, 1972, she married Marvin Koch in Salina. A long-time resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Great Bend and Tulsa, Okla., she was a homemaker and waitress at J.C. Penny's Coffee Shop, Fuller Brush, owner of Kookies Lounge in Great Bend and a waitress at Sheridan Lanes in Tulsa, Okla.
WOODLAWN, TENN. - MSG (Ret.) Herman E. Cassity, 82, Woodlawn, Tenn., died Sept. 25 at his home. Born Dec. 10, 1927, in Bush City, he was the son of the late Wilmer and Esther Burlington Cassity. He retired as a Master Sergeant from the United States Army, where he belonged to the 101st Airborne Division. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Following his military service he retired once again from Civil Service Family Housing. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Faye Conatser Cassity.
George F. Esfeld, 83, died Sept. 27 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Feb. 24, 1927, at Great Bend, the son of Fred, Sr. and Frances (Monger) Esfeld. He married Gemella A. Gerstenkorn on Feb. 15, 1949, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Great Bend. She died Nov. 2, 2008. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he worked for Clarke Well and Equipment as a field supervisor.
PRATT - Josephine M. Strohl, 89, died Sept. 26 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. She was born Dec. 8, 1920, in St. Leo, the daughter of Edward N. and Emma (Armbruster) Freund. On Nov. 6, 1945, she married Richard 'Dick' Strohl in St. Leo. He preceded her in death. She had lived in Pratt since 1984, coming from St. Leo.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. - Ema Davis, 102, died Sept. 17 at her residence in Fairhope, Ala. She was born Jan. 26, 1908, in Hoisington, to Abraham and Lydia (Radke) Boger. After completing high school in Hoisington, she was encouraged to pursue the field of chiropractic medicine and enrolled in Colvin Chiropractic College in Wichita. It was there she met another student, Otis Davis. Upon receiving their degrees, they married and set about travelling throughout the United States holding health workshops. In 1941 they arrived in Mobile, Ala., liked the city, opened a chiropractic practice, and worked side by side until Otis became ...
Dorothy B. Essmiller, 89, died Sept. 19 at her home in Great Bend. Born June 1, 1921, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harry and Ruby (Travis) LeRoy. On Aug. 3, 1941, she married Ralph Essmiller in Great Bend. He died Aug. 9, 1974. A lifetime resident of Great Bend she was a farm wife and bookkeeper for McDonald Tank and Equipment Company, Inc.
COLBY - Betty Elaine Fitzsimmons Sloan died peacefully at her home in Colby on Sept. 24. She was born April 18, 1924 to Ethyl Lene (Logan) and Everett Wallace Elmore in Rozel, Kansas. Betty attended Lewis Rural School and graduated in 1942. College was interrupted by World War II, and after attending KU, and Hutchinson Junior College, she was granted a Bachelor in Speech and English from Kansas State University in 1947. Though she was a homemaker for most of her life, education was important to Betty, and she was hired as the first Speech and Drama instructor at Colby Community ...
HOISINGTON - Dean Steiner, 78, died Thursday at Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, Kansas. He was born Dec. 3, 1931 at Hoisington, Kansas the son of Louis and Lenora (Ummel) Steiner. A longtime Hoisington resident, coming from Odin, Mr. Steiner was a retired employee of Kansas Wildlife and Parks at Cheyenne Bottoms, retiring in 1992. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
SHEBOYGAN FALLS WIS. - Opal L. (Koeller) Stahl, 79, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., passed away on Sept. 21 at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. Born on Oct. 27, 1930 in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Ira and Anna (Kerkoska) Alexander. On May 31, 1949 she married William James Koeller in Great Bend. William preceded her in death in 1995. Opal married Eddie Bender in 1998, he preceded her in death in 1998. She was then married to Donald Stahl on Aug.t 16, 2002 in Sheboygan, Wis. Opal was employed as an office manager for Craig Construction in Great Bend ...
OTIS - Kenneth P. Brack, 90, died Sept. 22 at Rush County Nursing Home, La Crosse. He was born Aug. 21, 1920, at Otis, the son of Peter E. and Amelia (Horch) Brack Foos. He married Fern Marie Schlegel on April 21, 1946, at Otis. She died Dec. 21, 1993. An Otis and Rush County resident for 70 years, coming from Ness County, he was a retired farmer.
BURDETT - Emmett J. Bauer, 87, died Sept. 23 at Country Place Living, Larned. He was born July 25, 1923, in Burdett, the son of Philip J. and Frances R. (Mooney) Bauer. On Aug. 25, 1942, he married Lois G. Hoch at Hanston. She died Jan. 16, 2007. A lifetime Burdett resident, he was a real estate broker and owner of Emmett J. Bauer Agency, Burdett.
STAFFORD - Donna Aileen Ellis, 91, died Sept. 21 at Leisure Homestead in Stafford. Born Jan. 28, 1919, in Sylvia, she was the daughter of John Otto and Flossie Maye Ankerholtz. On March 30, 1938, she married Ona George Ellis in Medicine Lodge. He died on Nov. 3, 1985. Donna graduated from Sylvia High School. She was a homemaker and had many piano students. She worked at the Stafford District Hospital and was an active member of Eastern Star, holding many different offices for many years. In 1987 and 1988 she was appointed the Grand Organist for the Grand Chapter of ...
Jerry Lee "Elvis" Farmer Sr., 55 of Great Bend, died Sept. 21 at Promise Regional Hospital in Hutchinson. Born March 21, 1955, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Benjamin Hulon and Floy Jean (Waggoner) Farmer. On Dec. 21, 1984, he married Deborah Wintholz in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend for 28 years, coming from Harrison, Ark., he was a CNA for Larned Healthcare.
ST. JOHN - John Florez Garcia, 52, died Sept. 21 at Stafford County Hospital. Born May 23, 1958, in St. John, he was the son of Modesto and Ventura Garcia. A life-long resident of St. John, he was director of staff development at Res-Care Pathways from 1987-2010.
ALBERT - Bernice (Martinez) Cross, 75, died Oct. 20, 2014 in Wichita.
CONCORDIA - Sister Jeanette Wasinger, 76, died Oct. 22, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. She was a Sister of St. Joseph for 56 years. Born in Hays on June 3, 1938, she was the daughter of Nick and Catherine (Stecklein) Wasinger, the younger of two children, and was baptized Jeanette Mae. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, on Sept. 8, 1957. On March 18, 1958, Jeanette received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Joseph Andre. Changes in religious life gave her the opportunity to return to her baptismal name Jeanette. She ...
CLAFLIN - Stephen Frank Demel, 86, died Oct. 22, 2014 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21, 2014 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goddard.
DODGE CITY - Carol Jeanie (Kennedy) Blazek, 64, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. She was born June 4, 1950 at Russell, the daughter of Gerald L. and Catherine (Nault) Kennedy. A Dodge City resident for the past 40 years, moving from Hoisington, she worked at Sonic Drive In and Wardrobe Cleaners, both in Dodge City, retiring in 2012. She enjoyed crocheting and making poppies for the Veterans.
Mary E. Henkle, 80, died Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Mary Lea Wade, 85, died Oct. 21, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Aug. 14, 1929, in Prague, Okla., she was the daughter of Alvin and Pearl (Stiffler) Montgomery. On Oct. 14, 1951, she married Lee Wade in Great Bend. He died on April 9, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Prague, Okla., she was a secretary for Kopke Law Office and Haneke Financial Services.
RUSSELL - Gerald Dean Bender, 72, passed away on Oct. 19, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 23, 1942, in Russell, he was the son of Herbert H. and Viola E. (Mai) Bender. He grew up and attended schools in the Milberger area. He was employed by the City of Russell in the refuse department for 20 years, retiring in 1999.
CLINTON, Iowa - Gerald V. Galusha, 91, of Clinton, Iowa, died Sunday Oct. 19, at his home. Gerald was born on Aug. 16, 1923, in Garden Plaines, Ill., the son of James and Louise (Gerhardt) Galusha. He graduated from Erie High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, with the 90th Infantry Division under General Patton. He was wounded on Jan. 16, 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge, when he received severe head injuries from mortar shell shrapnel.
Jack Daubert, 61, died Oct. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. Born in Great Bend, on April 9, 1953, he was the son of Herman and Wanda (Riemann) Daubert. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1972. Jack worked as a Certified Medical Assistant at "The Cedars" retirement community in McPherson. He was a longtime resident of Great Bend.
Kathy L. Kaiser, 65, passed away Oct. 19, at her home. Born Aug. 10, 1949, in Hopeton, Okla., she was the daughter of Glenn S. and Artie R. (Elliott) Jones. A resident of Great Bend since 1977, she worked 23 years for USD #428 in Food Service. On July 30, 1977, she married Paul Kaiser in Great Bend. He survives of the home.
James C. Burnette, 77, died Oct. 20 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 6, 1937 at Salina, he was the son of Cecil Marion and Stella M. (Lackey) Burnette.
KINSLEY - J. Craig Heinz, 66, died Oct. 17, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 23, 1947, in Spearville, he was the son of Jim and Rosemary (McKillip) Heinz. He was a Finance Controller.
BEATRICE, Neb. - Karen L. Kirkpatrick, 88 years and 27 days of age, passed away at her home Saturday morning, Oct. 18th. She was born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Hoisington, to Duke and Opal (Sypolt) Van Brimmer. Karen was a 1944 graduate of Hoisington High School and attended Wichita State University for two years. Karen and William Kirkpatrick were married on May 7, 1948, in Hoisington. She then taught school at a rural school near Great Bend from 1949-1950. They moved to Beatrice from Stinett, Texas in 1954; lived in Oklahoma and then back to Beatrice in 1957; lived in ...
BRYAN, Texas - Lucio Armando Cano, 54, passed away Oct. 15. Born March 1, 1960, in Mexico, he was the son of Guadalupe (Montes) Cano. Armando was a loving soul and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.