William. D. "Bill" Bisterfeldt, 79, of Great Bend, died Oct. 25 at Leisure Homestead in St. John. He was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Bison, the son of George Henry and Almeda Viola (Hutchins) Bisterfeldt. He was a lifelong resident of Great Bend. He married Frances M. Sohm on June 11, 1960, at Great Bend. He received his GED while serving in the United States Air Force. He was an Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean War. Mr. Bisterfeldt was a maintenance supervisor for USD 428 for many years before his retirement.
RUSSELL - Herman J. Hammerschmidt, 98, of Russell, died Oct. 25 at Russell Regional Hospital in Russell. Herman was born on June 23, 1912, in Walker, the son of Jacob and Anna (Geist) Hammerschmidt. He grew up and attended public schools in Walker and lived all his life in the Walker, Victoria and Russell areas. He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Teckla Sander on June 1, 1937, in Victoria. From this union Herman and Teckla were blessed with three sons, Herman, Robert and Marion. They made Russell their home and Herman worked in the grocery business ...
LARNED - Loretta Anne Fagen, 76, died Oct. 26 at Larned Healthcare, Larned. Service arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary, Inc., Larned.
INDEPENDENCE - Manuel C. Schlegel, 81, of Independence, Kan., died at 4:25 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Raymond "Bud" Duane Wamsley passed away Oct. 24 in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 78. Raymond was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Wichita to the late Robert and Isadore Wamsley of Conway Springs. Upon graduation from Conway Springs High School he attended and received degrees from Friends University and Wichita State University, both in Wichita, and later the University of Kansas, where he received his doctorate in Education in 1968. Raymond was a lifetime educator and administrator. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Edward L. Koopman, 83, of Great Bend, died Oct. 22, He was born in Great Bend on Dec. 30, 1926, to Edward C. and Myrtle Pettit Koopman. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1944 and attended Kansas State University, where he played basketball. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, receiving a medical discharge in 1945.
EDMOND, Okla. - Kevin L. Cook, 36, of Edmond, Okla., died Oct. 22 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Matthews Funeral Home Chapel in Edmond. Kevin was born March 27, 1974, in Great Bend, to Gary and Lorene Cook. He resided in Perryton, Texas, from 1974-1985, when the family moved to Cushing, Okla. Kevin was a 1993 graduate of Cushing High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998. Kevin was employed by Southwest Mechanical for the last 12 years ...
WICHITA/LARNED - Darrell Dee (Sonny) Knight, 85, passed away Oct. 22 at the Veterans Administration Hospice in Wichita. Born in Garden City, Aug. 21, 1925, to Harold H. Knight, Sr. and Wanda (Holmes) Knight, He graduated from Pawnee Rock High School where he grew up spending considerable time with his special grandmother Maude Holmes.
HOISINGTON - Martha Ann Redetzke, 77, died Oct. 22 at Hospice of Reno County. She was born Oct. 29, 1932, at Altadena, Calif., the daughter of Harry and Nora (Auten) Hawes. She married Clarence Redetzke on Nov. 3, 1951, at Fort Smith, Ark. She worked as an accounting clerk for Essex for 23 years. She was a Hoisington resident.
AMARILLO, Texas - Odessa Mills, 93, died Oct. 20 at Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood. She was born Sept. 16, 1917, at Lockney, Texas, the daughter of Richard Warren and Girlie Hewett Thomas. She married Vernon Mills on Dec. 23, 1951, at Boise City, Okla. He died Aug. 15, 1988. She was an Ellinwood resident since 2006, formerly of Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, and Pueblo and Denver, Colo. She managed the camera department at Skaggs Drug in Pueblo and in Amarillo, from 1959 to 1981. She was in sales for more than 20 years.
ELLINWOOD - Odessa Mills, 93, a resident of Ellinwood for the past four years, died Oct. 20 at Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood. Survivors and arrangements are pending with Kimple Funeral Home, Ellinwood, and will be announced.
STAFFORD - Rena Lynn (Staley) Dolezal, 50, died Oct. 19 in Wichita. She was born May 28, 1960, in Russell. She was a grocery store manager. Survivors include her father, Donald Staley, of Enid, Okla.; two brothers, Nathan Staley of Wichita and Keith Staley of Enid, Okla.; two sisters, Lillian Parks and Holly Harrison, both of Woodward, Okla.; five nieces, two nephews and two great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanette Keener Staley, and a nephew, Travis Parks.
LARNED - Verlin M. Rogers, 97, died Oct. 20 at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Sept. 28, 1913, in southern Osborne County near Luray, he was the son of Alfred and Minnie Langley Rogers. He graduated from Fort Hays State University, where he received a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Administration and Mathematics. He then attended Emporia State University and received his Master's in Psychology. A resident of Larned since 1968, he was the superintendent of schools at Waldo, Natoma and Larned State Hospital where he organized that school. On Aug. 6, 1930, he married Tamsel Fallis at ...
Verlin M. Rogers, 97, died Oct. 20 at Larned Healthcare Center, Larned. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.
Janet S. Brack, 59, of Great Bend, died Oct. 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 15, 1951, at Maryville, Mo., the daughter of Rolla and Helen (Blacketer) Rankin. She married Greg Brack on July 29, 1992, at Great Bend, after sharing their lives since 1984. She worked for BMI as a claim processor and was a social worker and elementary schoolteacher for many years. Mrs. Brack was a longtime Barton County resident, coming from Norton. She enjoyed knitting, crafts, gardening and her family and friends.
Bernice L. (Walters) King, 80, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood on Nov. 20. She was born May 27, 1934, in Catherine, to Marcellus and Severina (Karlin) Walters.
ELLINWOOD – Charles "Chuck" Frydendall, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Ellinwood on Nov. 17. Born Jan. 20, 1928, near Portis, Chuck was the oldest son of Milo and Bessie Frydendall.
ODIN - Anna M. Klug, 84, died Nov. 19 at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 23, 1930, in Dubuque, she was the daughter of John and Regina (Schmidt) Werner. On June 4, 1947, she married Leo L. Klug, in Odin. He died on May 28, 1999. She was the postmaster at Odin. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who was all about family. She loved gardening, playing games, and cooking for her family.
ELLINWOOD – Charles "Chuck" Frydendall, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Ellinwood on Nov. 17, 2014.
GREAT BEND - Karen Louise Braymer, 61, died Nov. 15, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center, Topeka.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Marilyn Margaret Link Muth, 88, passed away Nov. 14, 2014, surrounded by family.
SOUTH WEBER, Utah - Carl Vernon Johnson, 86, died Nov. 15, 2014 at his son's residence in South Weber, Utah.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Lawanda Jo Ritchie, 62, passed away Nov. 9, 2014 at Hospice of Wichita Falls, Texas.
ELLINWOOD - Charles "Chuck" Frydendall, 86, passed away Nov. 17, 2014, at his home.
MINNEOLA - Vicky Lea (Luce) Harris, 56, died Nov. 16, 2014 at Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita.
SEWARD - William Donald Bordewick, 79, passed away Nov. 15, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.
Angela Rae Collier, 64, died Nov. 15 at Select Specialty Hospital, Wichita. Born July 5, 1950 at El Dorado, she was the daughter of James L. and Lavina (Parks) Hanks.
STAFFORD – Alicia Marie Ginest, 49, passed Monday, Nov. 17, at South Wind Hospice House, in Pratt, surrounded by her loving family. Alicia was diagnosed with renal cell cancer in late March, 2014. Throughout the year, her cancer quickly progressed, and was later found terminal. Born Jan. 1, 1965, in Stafford, she was the daughter of Larry K. Rohar and Dianne A. Fertig Rohar,
WILSON - Evelyn Elizabeth (Ney) Charvat, 103, died Nov. 10, in Wilson. Born Dec. 11, 1910, in Cawker City, she was the daughter of Jake and Emma (Vohs) Ney. In 1918 she moved with her parents to a ranch southwest of Dorrance, Kansas. On Dec. 29, 1952, she married Frank Charvat in Wilson.
WICHITA - Janelda Marie "Jada" Butler, 75, florist and homemaker, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.