Laurine Brown, 88, died Aug. 20 at the Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Sept. 2, 1923 in Ransom, she was the daughter of Adolph and Anna (Roediger) Schweitzer. On Feb. 14, 1942 she married Walter Leo Brown in McCracken. He died on Nov. 28, 1991. A resident of Great Bend since 1981, coming from Ransom, Brownell and McCracken, she was a homemaker.
ELLINWOOD - Theresa Schartz, 73, died Aug. 19 at her home in Ellinwood. Born May 15, 1939 at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Dorothy (Herl) Herrman. She grew up in Great Bend, but would later move to Ellinwood after she married LeRoy G. Schartz on Dec. 31, 1955. He died on May 26, 2010. She was a homemaker.
Marjorie Doreen Harrington, 91, died Aug. 20 at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend. Born Jan. 10, 1921 in London, England, she was the daughter of Herbert and Victoria (Forman) Hudspith.
HOISINGTON - Raymond L. Kraft, 94, died Aug. 19 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born March 5, 1918 in Galatia, he was the son of Jacob George and Eva E. (Ehrlich) Kraft. On Dec. 15, 1945 he married Rosa Deutsch in Galatia. She died on Jan. 9, 1997. A lifetime resident of Galatia and Hoisington, he was farmer and a stockman. After retirement from farm life he and Rosa moved to Hoisington to enjoy their time in town.
Wilmer "Wimpy" Sander, 80, died Aug. 19 at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 14, 1931 in Victoria, he was the son of Joe J. and Adeline (Meis) Sander. On Feb. 12, 1952 he married Norma Jean Engel in Ellis. A resident of Great Bend for 54 years, coming from Otis, he was a meat cutter for McCurdy Locker, Wimpy's Meat and Locker Service and Central Kitchen.
TIMKEN - Stanley M. Elsen, 61, died Aug. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 29, 1951 in Great Bend, he was the son of Nicholas and Emelia (Schwartz) Elsen. He was a resident of Timken for 26 years, coming from Pawnee Rock. On May 8, 1976 he married Janet Rodie in Great Bend. She survives. Mr. Elsen was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Marjorie Doreen Harrington, 91, died Aug. 20 at River Bend Assisted Living. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Rd., Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD-Theresa Schartz, 73, died Aug. 19 at her home in Ellinwood. Born May 15, 1939 at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Dorothy (Herl) Herrman. She grew up in Great Bend, but would later move to Ellinwood after she married LeRoy G. Schartz on Dec. 31, 1955. He died May 26, 2010. Mrs. Schartz was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Ellinwood. She also served with the Altar Society and attended the Prince of Peace Parish of Great Bend. She was a long term active member of Curves.
WICHITA - Gaylyn Schremmer, 74, formerly of the Hoisington/Great Bend area, died Aug. 3 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Cornerstone of Wichita is in charge of arrangements.
ODIN - Bernard "Barney" J. Prosser, 88, died Aug. 16 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born July 14, 1924, in Mt. Angel, Ore., he was the son of Joseph A. and Eleanor (Ficker) Prosser. In 1951 he married Gladys Utne in San Diego, Calif. A resident of Odin, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 31 years and retired as a major. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After retirement he worked for a government intelligence agency in Washington, D.C., and had many Military Declarations including the Purple Heart. In 1955 he ...
HESSTON - Iris June (Wetz) Banman, 86, died on Aug. 14 at Kidron Bethel in North Newton. Born May 26, 1926, at Wichita, she was adopted soon after birth by Herman and Myrtle (Ray) Wetz. Raised on a farm near Kiowa, Iris went on to graduate with a degree in music education from the Wichita University and played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. She taught in Wichita, Clearwater and Ellinwood elementary schools and for many years gave private piano and violin lessons.
Diana Collins, 57, died Aug. 15 at her home in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 19, 1955, at San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Richard and Eulalia (Salazar) Mendez. She married Dickey Collins on Jan. 13, 1973, at Syracuse. They later divorced.
SHELL KNOB, Mo. - Alvena L. Spangenberg, 65, departed this life on Aug. 13, 2012 at her home in Shell Knob, Mo.
GREAT BEND - Dee Hapes, 73, died Aug. 15, 2012 at her home in Great Bend.
RUSSELL - Arthur Rudolph Koch, 84, of Russell, died on Aug. 14, 2012 at the Hays Medical Center.
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.
LA CROSSE - Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan was delivered and passed on Jan. 18, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.
SALINA - Matilda Pauline "Tillie" Hoth, 98, formally of Holyrood, died Jan. 18, 2015. Born Aug. 30, 1916, in Ellsworth County, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna (Kempke) Hoffman.
CLAFLIN - Garry L. Simpson, 60, died Jan 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. Born July 18, 1954, in Columbia, N.C., he was the son of Howard and Beulah (Stevenson) Simpson. A resident of Claflin since 2002, coming from Roper, N.C., he was a nurse, working for Washington County Hospital and Central Kansas Medical Center, and formerly owned and operated Prairie House Flowers and Gifts.
OLMITZ - Joseph "Joe" Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19 at Locust Grove Nursing Home, LaCrosse. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, Kansas.
Solomon "Sam" Maier, 103, died Jan. 18, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 3, 1911, in rural Barton County, he was the son of Henry Jacob and Anna Marie (Daubert) Maier. On Sept. 24, 1947, he married Betty Jo Mangum in Lubbock, Texas. She died on Dec. 7, 2000. A resident of Great Bend since 1964, coming from rural Susank, he worked for Producers Gas Company, retiring in 1976. He enjoyed fishing, and pheasant, dove and rabbit hunting.
HOISINGTON - Rose Marie Bryant, 73, died Jan. 17, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 7, 1942, in Chase, she was the daughter of George and Georgia (Moore) Bird. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lincoln. On Jan. 27, 1961, she married Carl Lee Bryant in Lincoln. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she was employed for 17 1/2 years as a CNA on the night shift at Cheyenne Meadows Nursing Home. She and her husband both shared a love of fishing.
MCPHERSON - Jan Carpenter Sink, 79, wife, mother and grandmother, died Jan. 16, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born May 12, 1935, McPherson, she was the daughter of Fred D. and Evelyn M. (Sward) Carpenter. In 1953, she graduated from McPherson High School. On Jan. 28, 1956, she was united in marriage to Edwin L. Sink, Jr. in McPherson. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1999. She had worked for State Farm Insurance and Tri-County Special Education Co-op, both in Independence, before retiring from Commerce Bank in Bonner Springs, and relocating to McPherson. She volunteered at Save N ...
HOISINGTON - Gregory Alan "Greg" Bitter, 55, died Jan. 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 6, 1959, he was the son of Harry and Irene (Deutsch) Bitter.
HOLYROOD - Richard E. Johnson, 77, died Jan. 18, at his home. Born Oct. 18, 1937, in West Grove, Pa. he was the son of Samuel H. and Blanche A. Johnson. He grew up in Rising Sun, Md. On Aug. 30, 1958, he married Grace Wilkens Johnson in Lorraine. She survives. A resident of Holyrood since 2005, having moved from the farm 3 miles east of town, he was a farmer and rancher.
OTIS - Velma V. Stieben, 90, died Jan. 17, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born May 28, 1924, in rural Galatia, she was the daughter of Henry and Anna M. (Koch) Miller. In 1942, she graduated from Otis Rural High School. On Aug. 29, 1943, she married Lester M. Stieben at Otis. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2004. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.