PAWNEE ROCK - Due to weather, memorial graveside for Milton L. Rice has been moved to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at the Fairview Park Cemetery, St. John. Minnis Chapel, St. John in charge if arrangements.
Arlene Helen Miles, 100, died Nov. 6, 2015, at Life Care Center in Farmington, N.M. Born Jan. 13, 1915, in Breese, Ill., she was the daughter of Carl and Stella Gerfen. Arlene graduated from high school in Carlyle, Ill., and from a business college in St. Louis, Mo. On Apr. 26, 1943, she married Hugh S. Miles. The couple lived in Norfolk, Va., Olney, Ill., Ardmore, Okla., and from 1968 to 2003, in Great Bend. In 2003, she moved to Farmington to be with family. She enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and had a passion for gardening.
LA CROSSE - Dennis R. Schuckman, 72, La Crosse, died Dec. 21, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 28, 1943, in Liebenthal, the son of Rudolph H. and JoAnn (Basgall) Schuckman. On July 2, 1962, he married Dorothy (Dotti) E. Teater at St. Michael's Catholic Church, La Crosse. He was a lifetime resident of Rush County.
PAWNEE ROCK - Milton LeRoy Rice, 80, passed away Dec. 19, 2015, at Hays. Born on Feb. 28, 1935, in rural Hudson, he was the son of Albert L. and Edna (Mettscher) Rice. On May 18, 1957, he married Merita F. Delker in Great Bend. She survives. A resident of Pawnee Rock since 1967, he was an X-ray ASME code welder from 1956-1987.
HOISINGTON - Robert E. Ray, 88, died Dec. 20, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 17, 1927, in Wichita, he was the son of Ralph E. and Thelma (Frakes) Ray. In 1948, he married Wanda L. Williams. They later divorced. He then married Judy K. Nickels on Dec. 31, 1969, in Sterling.
ELLINWOOD - Betty J. Loewen, 80, passed away peacefully at her home in Ellinwood on Dec. 22, 2015. A memorial service is pending and will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Betty J. Loewen memorial fund in care of Minnis Chapel, Ellinwood.
RUSSELL - Margaret Helen (Winter) Bloomer, 77, passed away Dec. 18, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Oct. 2, 1938, in Flora, Ill., she was the daughter of the Rev. Alfred John and Dorothy Ann (Grother) Winter. She graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville, Ill. and attended two years at the University of Evansville. On Jan. 6, 1962, she was united in marriage to Dean V. Keil in Russell. On Sept. 14, 1991, she was united in marriage to Joseph C. "Joe" Bloomer in Russell. She was a Librarian Secretary for Ruppenthal Middle School from 1976 ...
EMPORIA - Opal F. Smith, 90, passed away Dec. 13, 2015, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor in Emporia. Born April 13, 1925, in Montezuma, she was the daughter of Franklin Scott and Florence D. (Kern) Tinkum. Opal was a graduate of Ingalls High School. On May 7, 1943, she married Ronald Werner. They had two children, Robert G. Werner and Janet K. Evans. During that time they resided in Garden City, and Opal worked at the Finney County Assessor's Office, and later the U.S. Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Office. They later divorced. Opal married Wayne Rowland in 1958. He died ...
LARNED - Geraldine Jackson, 84 passed away on Dec. 19, 2015, at the Life Care Unit, Edwards County Hospital, Kinsley. She was born on Feb. 22, 1931, at Fort Smith, Arkansas, the daughter of Oscar N. and Grace (Smith) Morris. On May 11, 1978, she married Bill Jackson at Wichita. He survives.
LYONS - Loma N. McAtee, 88, died Dec. 18, 2015, at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. She was born Feb. 5, 1927, at Bushton, the daughter of Harry and Dola Cassingham Groth. She graduated from Bushton High School in 1945.
ELLINWOOD - Cody Wayne Bryant, 24, passed away on Dec. 16, 2015, in Ellinwood. He was born on May 18, 1991 in Great Bend, the son of Lyle Bryant and Kim Bright. He was a lifetime Ellinwood resident graduating from Ellinwood High School and working for Bryant Construction.