Virginia K. Hogsett, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at her home in Great Bend. She was born May 5, 1935, at Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Elon Chester "Chief" and Mabel Edith (Wilson) Hogsett.
MANHATTAN - Raydon H. Robel, 72, of Manhattan, died Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Mercy Regional Heath Center in Manhattan.
WICHITA - R. Duane Kraft, 85, died Dec. 30. He was born Feb. 2, 1929, in Salina, to Leo and Edna Kraft. At an early age, the family moved to Hoisington where Duane attended local schools. Upon graduation, he proudly served in the 216th Chemical Division of the U.S. Army. Following his service, he returned to Hoisington where he worked with his father in the family business, Kraft Shoe Store. He later worked and retired from Kansas Brick & Tile as a salesman.
VALLEY CENTER - Carolyn Marie (Black) Crisler, 50, passed away on Dec. 26, 2014. Born in Newton, she was the daughter of Carl Fredrick Black and Louise (Cotton) Black. She was a Fuller Brush employee.
ELLINWOOD - Leda Grace Janke passed away Dec. 11, 2014, in Aurora, Colo. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Claflin.
RUSSELL - Doris Amelia Steinert, 83, of Russell, died Dec. 29, 2014, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center in Ellsworth. A celebration of Doris's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Russell. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the mortuary, with family present to greet guests from 6-7 p.m. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
HUTCHINSON - Mary J. Birzer, 98, passed away on Dec. 28, at Hospice House. Born Dec. 4, 1916, in Odin, she was the daughter of Alois F. and Regina (Hermann) Prosser. She attended school at Holy Family School in Odin. On May 17, 1938, she married Martin Birzer in Odin. He passed away on Dec. 3, 2003. Mary retired in 1980 after 24 years at Dillons.
DeAngelo Carlos Ludin Ortiz, 1 month, 15 days, died Dec. 29 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 14, 2014, at Great Bend, he was the son of Yolanda Ortiz.
SALINA - Delbert Earl Deckert, 85, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, at his home in Salina. Delbert was born April 4, 1929, in Great Bend, the son of Ivan and Sylvia (Williams) Deckert. He graduated from Great Bend Senior High School in 1947, and served in the army with the 216th Chemical Corps Service in December 1950 as part of the Korean War.
Lillian F. Claphan, 84, died Dec. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Ida Helena Galyardt, 104, died Dec. 29 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. Born Nov. 13, 1910 at Russell County, she was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Voos) Voos.
BUSHTON - Rosemary (Feigenspan) Janssen, 86, died Dec. 22 at her home in Bushton. Born April 9, 1928, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Thomas and Opal E. (Fair) Keegan. Living most her life in the Bushton area, she was a homemaker.
LARNED - Richard Glenn DeBolt, 60, died Dec. 22 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. He was born July 14, 1954, at Chanute, to Charles Robert and Joyce D. (Ross) DeBolt. A Larned resident, he was a security guard at Larned State Hospital.
Charles L. "Charlie" Crouse, 73, died Dec. 21, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 20, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Jennings Bryant "J.B." and Bertha (Reed) Crouse. On Aug. 26, 1967, he married Jean Rush in Nashua, N.H. A long-time resident of Great Bend, also living in Nashua, N.H., he was employed by Nashua, N.H. Police Department, a truck driver for Big A Auto Parts and was a CNA for Elder Care. He was a sports enthusiast and loved his family, especially his grandchildren and his dogs.
HOLCOMB - Carey Lynn Christiansen-Noblitt, 41, died Thursday, Dec. 18. She was born July 13, 1973 in Gilroy, Calif. Carey lived in Hoisington and Great Bend before moving to Holcomb. She earned her associates degree in Dental Hygiene from Wichita State University and worked for Dr. Maples in Ulysses. She enjoyed spending time fishing and vacationing with her family. She also loved Christmas.
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 ...
LARNED - Peggy J. Thompson, 61, passed away Jan. 19, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 6, 1953, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of John H. and Marjorie Wagner Niewald. On Dec. 17, 1983, she married Kelly Thompson. They later divorced. A longtime area resident, she worked at the Larned State Hospital for 23 ½ years as a LMHT.
OLMITZ - Marilou Axman, 84, died Jan. 20, 2015 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 1, 1930, in Odin, she was the daughter of William and Eleanor (Hickel) Linsner. On April 20, 1949, she married Frank W. Axman in Odin. He died on May 17, 1994. A resident of Olmitz since 1949, coming from Odin, she was a retired nurses' aide, working for the Hoisington Hospital.
Joseph John Zecha, 89, died Jan. 21, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 25, 1925, in Claflin, he was the son of Emil R. and Mary Theresa (Kinzel) Zecha. A Great Bend resident for the past year and half, living in Denver, Colo. for 50 years, he was an auto mechanic for Montgomery Ward, retiring in 1990. He was a fine example of charity to almost everyone he met, befriending numerous persons in need throughout his life. He was an animal lover, especially dogs.
OLMITZ - Joseph E. Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19, 2015, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. He was born Nov. 8, 1937, the son of Erwin J. and Clara Elizabeth (Riedel) Hlavaty. He married Justina Maneth Oct. 6, 1958, at La Crosse. A lifetime Olmitz resident, he was a dairy farmer and stockman and also the postmaster for Olmitz for 25 years.