LARNED - Mary Louella Wratil, 103, passed away Feb. 5, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Oct. 17, 1910, in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Lena Unruh. On Oct. 30, 1931, she married Theodore Wratil in Pawnee County. He passed away Oct. 30, 1970. A lifetime area resident, she was a homemaker.
LARNED - Albert George ( A.G.) Crane, 82, passed away Feb. 2, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Oct. 8, 1931, in Larned, he was the son of Edgar H. and Agnes Stockwell Crane. On May 27, 1949, he married Gloria Umberger in Syracuse. She survives. A lifetime area resident of Larned, he was a farmer.
CAMERON, Mo. - Genola McCarter, 90, a long-time resident of Great Bend, passed away on Jan. 31 at the Missouri Veterans' Home in Cameron, Mo. Born July 2, 1923, in La Crosse, she was the daughter of David Nelson and Esther (Searl) Sankey. After graduating high school in La Crosse, she attended Grace Hospital Nursing School in Hutchinson. She joined the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943, was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the Army Nurse Corps and served at O' Reilly General Army Hospital in Springfield, Mo. She worked as a flight attendant for TWA in 1946 and was an ...
STERLING - Joe R. Clayton Sr., 84, died Jan. 30 at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. He was born Sept. 20, 1929, at Gatewood, Mo., the son of John and Myrtle Cleo Brown Clayton. He married Maryann Marmul on Sept. 20, 1954, in Arkansas. A resident of Sterling for 60 years, he was a road maintenance operator for Atlanta Township and most recently Victoria Township in Rice County.
CYPRESS, Texas - Kenneth D. Unruh, 82, died Jan. 27, 2014 at Kindred Hospital Northwest in Houston, Texas. Born Jan. 17, 1932, in Larned, he was the son of Ernest W. "Pete" and Gladys (White) Unruh. On Nov. 24, 1957 he married Darlene M. Lofland in Great Bend. He graduated from Radium High School, attended Kansas State University, and completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Fort Hays State University. Working with the General Adjustment Bureau, Mr. Unruh was an insurance adjuster and manager for 21 years. He then started his own State Farm Agency, which he operated for 22 years ...
RUSSELL - Vernon Dean Flegler, 83, died Jan. 27, at the Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 24, 1931 in rural Russell County, he was the son of Jacob, Jr. and Hannah (Deines) Flegler. He grew up south of Russell near the Smoky Hill River and attended local country schools.
Don Whelan, 94, died Jan. 27 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Oct. 19, 1919 in Sharon, he was the son of Joe and Florence (McKeever) Whelan. In 1938 he graduated from Great Bend High School. In June 1947, he married Phyllis Kay Niswonger in Great Bend. She died on Feb. 10, 2008. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was Vice-President of the First National Bank, was a partner in the JoDonCee Skating Rink, and was involved in ranching in Barber County.