LARNED - Leora D. Hammond Kristufek, 98, died May 5 at the Golden Living Center in Wilson. Born Jan. 25, 1914 in Grigston, she was the daughter of William and Ina Fay Watson Nulf. On April 26, 1930 she married C.G. Hammond. He died on Nov. 21, 1971. On Sept. 21, 1977 she married Carl Kristufek in Dillon, Mont. He died on Feb. 27, 1988. A longtime area resident, she owned and operated the Hammond Holiday Home.
Maurice L. "Maurie" Claassen, 91, died May 5 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 9, 1921 in Newton, he was the son of Cornelius and Addie (Lander) Claassen. After meeting Ruth McIlrath at the University of Kansas, Maurie and Ruth were married on Nov. 25, 1945 in Great Bend. Ruth died on July 14, 1982. A longtime resident of Great Bend, he worked in the insurance industry initially for McIlrath Insurance Agency and retiring from Thurman Morrison and Associates.
ELLINWOOD - Kathryn Bernice Lamb, 66, died May 7 at her home in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 7, 1945 in San Bernardino, Calif., she was the daughter of Elmo John and Mildred Bernice (McKinney) Riddle. On Feb. 10, 1963 she married Ron Lamb in Great Bend. A resident of Ellinwood since 1958, coming from Wichita, she was a beautician and was co-owner of Ron Lamb's Color Clinic for thirty-one years. She was a self-taught artist.
LA CROSSE - Lloyd R. Rodie, 91, died May 2 at his home in La Crosse. Born Aug. 25, 1920, in rural Timken, he was the son of John and Carrie (Kaiser) Rodie. A lifelong resident of Rush County, he was a farmer and stockman before his retirement.
HOISINGTON - Blanche R. Doonan, 88, died May 4 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Rush County, the daughter of Alex and Rosalia (Legleiter) Schaffer. She married Willard G. Doonan Nov. 5, 1939, at Russell. He died July 18, 2001. A longtime Hoisington resident, coming from Barton and Rush counties, she was a retired credit/layaway clerk for J. C. Penney's.
CLAFLIN - Robert Bonomo, 69, died April 27 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 15, 1942, in Albuquerque, N.M., he was the son of John and Margaret (Miller) Bonomo. Robert graduated from Lovingston High School in New Mexico and went on to study at Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico. He then obtained his teaching certificate from San Diego State University and later attended Fort Hays State University to further his education. In December 1966 he married Billie Carpenter in Albuquerque, N.M. He retired in 1988 ...
OSBORNE - Kenneth G. "Shorty" Hackerott, formally of Pawnee Rock, died on Feb. 28, 2015, at Parkview Care Center in Osborne. Born on July 17, 1936, in Rooks County, he was the son of Otto R. Hackerott and Belle (Mitchell) Hackerott. He loved books, old cars, trucks and tractors and enjoyed the 3-I shows.
HOISINGTON - Luella "Lu" Fercking, 78, went to be with her Lord on May 10, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Comanche County, at her Aunt Faye's farm house, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Cline. In 1954, she graduated from Ness City High School. On June 3, 1954, she married Robert "Ray" Fercking. He went to be with his Lord on Oct. 3, 2001. They moved to Great Bend in 1968. She worked at Data Industries, Volkswagen, and the printing shop for the Great Bend Tribune. She and her husband started Lu's ...
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 ...
CHASE - Katharine Kay Brady, 70, died May 9, 2015, at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. She was born Dec. 27, 1944, at Lyons, the daughter of Willis and Frances Haas White. She graduated from Chase High School in 1962. She was married to Melvin Brady. He preceded her in death. A longtime Chase resident, she was a homemaker and CNA at the Ellinwood Hospital.