ST. JOHN - James "Jim" Melvin Tucker, 66, died July 21 at his home in St. John. Born on Feb. 8, 1946 in Stafford, he was the son of Melvin A. and Ellen E. (Branham) Tucker. A life-long resident of St. John, he was an oil field worker and case manager for Rosewood Services in Great Bend. On Sept. 20, 1970, he married Donna M. Blanding at St. John. She survives of the home.
HAYS - Melven Joseph Herl, 86, of Hays, died July 21 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. Born June 21, 1926 in Antonino, he was the son of John J. and Caroline (Klaus) Herl. On June 2, 1947 he married Esther Sauer. She preceded him in death in 1999. He moved to Russell from the Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center in Salina, where he had been for nearly a year. He was the owner of Mel Herl Electric and a partner in Herl Brothers Cars. He was a musician with the Mel Hall Orchestra, was involved in band promotions and enjoyed gardening.
Margaret "Peggy" Lee Matthews, 84, died July 21 and Hoeger House, Olathe. She was born Aug. 5, 1927, at Hoisington, the daughter of Alvin Leroy and Jeanie (Francis) Holter. Peggy married Jack Matthews July 5, 1952, at Great Bend. He survives, of the home.
HOISINGTON - Lonnie B. Irvin, 57, died July 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born March 2, 1955, at LaCrosse, the son of Dean and Inez (Brackney) Irvin. He was a 1973 graduate of McCracken High School, was a student at Dodge City Community College, and was a graduate of Fort Hays State University.
Michelle Jean Steinert, age 56, lost a three-year fight with cancer at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012, in her home surrounded by the pride and joy of her life – her five grown children. She was born July 22, 1955, in El Dorado, Kansas, the daughter of Darrell Bellew and Mary Pickett.
HOISINGTON - Ryan J. Booth, age 28, died Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. He was born October 26, 1983 at Hoisington the son of Randy and Rebecca Sue (Martin) Booth.
YORK, Neb. - Harold C. Newsome, 73, of York, Neb. died July 16 at the Grand Island Veterans' Home in Grand Island. Born July 19, 1938 in Ellsworth, he was the son of Cecil and Gertrude Newsome. In 1962 he moved to York, Neb. He married Karen Epke in January of 1968 in Grand Island, Neb. The couple made their home in York, Neb.
Gwen N. Hipp, 64, died as a result of an automobile accident north of Great Bend July 11. Born on August 17, 1947 at Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Byron Ray and M. Gladys (Brown) Glaze. She graduated from Larned High School in 1966, then attended college at Fort Hays State College in Hays for one year.
GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...