LARNED - Michael Allan Wilkerson, 31, died Sept. 9 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born April 15, 1982, at Larned, he was the son of Alan Wilkerson and Patricia Plotner. A longtime area resident, he worked in the oil field and was a roughnecker. He was of the Christian faith.
HOISINGTON - Virginia Ballard, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 8, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Jan. 26, 1931 at St. Petersburg, Fla., she was the daughter of Frank Leslie, Sr. and Marilyn Virginia (Young) McEwen.
OTIS - Doris Jean Tuzicka, 84, died Sept. 7, at home in rural Otis. She was born Jan. 24, 1929, at rural Otis, the daughter of William and Lillian (Johnson) Suchy. She married Clarence Tuzicka Jan. 10, 1951, at La Crosse.
Leona Gertrude Karst, 92, died Sept. 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Oct. 6, 1920, in Hodgeman County, the daughter of Henry and Bertha (Bitter) Niedens. She married Alvin Maier March 16, 1941 in Susank. He died in November 1945. She then married Constantine Karst April 8, 1947, at Milberger. He passed away Dec. 2, 1984. A homemaker, Mrs. Karst was a Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from Hoisington, and previously from the farm near Hoisington.
WICHITA - Dorothy S. Wittrock, 88, died Sept. 6 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Aug. 17, 1925, at Strong City, the daughter of Harry E. and Josephine (Houdeshell) Sisson. She married Lloyd Ray Wittrock Dec. 22, 1957, at Great Bend. He died July 25, 1998. She was an elementary and special education teacher for Unified School District 428, Great Bend. Mrs. Wittrock was a longtime Wichita resident, coming from Great Bend.
OTIS - Ed Batchman, 68, died Sept. 6 at Rossville Health and Rehabilitation Center, Rossville. He was born Aug. 24, 1945, at Ellinwood, the son of Ernie and Bonnie (Baxter) Batchman. He married Connie Petz Sept. 24, 1971, at Ellinwood. Mr. Batchman was a longtime resident of Otis, working for BOC Gases as an electronic technician.
LARNED - Gonsalo (Steve) E. Lemuz, 63, died Sept. 5 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester Minnesota. He was born Dec. 10, 1949, at Larned, the son of Circilo and Josefa Marguez Lemuz. He worked in the Engineering Department at the Larned State Hospital and was a lifetime area resident.
Cecelia Steffan, 90, died Sept. 6 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Aug. 5, 1923, at Marienthal, the daughter of John F. and Magdalena (Dreher) Younger. She married Frank J. Steffan on Oct. 21, 1942, at Marienthal. He died Feb. 24, 2001. A Great Bend resident since 1945, coming from Marienthal, she was a homemaker.
MINNEOLA - Bruce L. Tomlinson, 71, passed away early morning on Aug. 19, at the Minneola District Hospital after a brief illness. Born Aug. 23, 1941, in Chanute, he was the son of Johnie 0. and May (Churchill) Tomlinson. On Sept. 24, 1966, he married Linda Kane in Hershey, Pa. She survives.
GORHAM - Anna "Ann" Barbara (Graf) Dreher, 87, died Sept. 5 at the Main Street Manor in Russell. She was born May 13, 1926, on the farm South of Gorham, to Sebastian and Bridget (Hammersmith) Graf. She married Alex D. Dreher on Nov. 19, 1945, in Hyacinth. She was a homemaker.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Margaret L. (Marge) Medlam, 84, passed away in Springfield, Mo., on the morning of Aug. 21, after battling cancer for more than two years. Margaret was born on March 25, 1929, to Uriah Wood and Hazel Short in Nevada, Mo., where she also attended school and was a member of the Assemblies of God church.