COLUMBUS - Mary Cunningham Minott, 95, died Nov. 14 at Kansas Soldiers Nursing Home in Fort Dodge. Born Dec. 15, 1915, in Carterville, Mo., she was the daughter of R.W. and Effie R. Cook Cunningham. She was a resident of Fort Dodge for several years, previously of Larned and Columbus.
LEAWOOD - Debra Ann Rumble, 56, died Nov. 8 at her home in Leawood. Born May 20, 1955, in Manhattan, she was the daughter of Robert G. and Jean E. (Antenen) Rumble. Growing up in Great Bend, she was a graduate of Great Bend High School and obtained her Master of Library Science degree from Kansas State University. A resident of Leawood, she was a retired librarian for the Turner School District. Debbie was devoted to her cats, Maddie and Murphy, who along with her family and friends will miss her.
ELLINWOOD - Lorin Peter, 84 , died Nov. 12, 2011, at Ellinwood.
GREAT BEND - John Edward Sandberg was born Nov. 28, 1956 and he left this world on Nov. 13, 2011.
LYONS - Myron J. Behnke, 69, died Nov. 13, 2011 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
WICHITA - Larry Dean Berry, Sr., 65, entered eternal life Nov. 12, 2011.
CLAFLIN - V. Lenora Musgrove, 84, died Nov. 11 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 20, 1927 in Leedey, Okla., the daughter of William Braxton and Bertha (McKay) Yarbrough.
ELLINWOOD - Lorin Peter, 84, died Saturday at Ellinwood District Hospital. Survivors and arrangements will be announced by Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
SALINA -Wanda M. Schrock, 74, Salina, died Nov. 10. She was born March 13, 1937 in Great Bend to Louie and Goldie (Sloan) Burhenn. For many years, she lived in Longmont, Colo., where she married Laddie Schrock on Jan. 13, 1989. In 2004, they moved to Salina from Apache Junction, Ariz. She was a homemaker and a member of Salina Heights Christian Church.
Sandra L. "Sandi" Simmons, 67, died Nov. 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 14, 1944 in Great Bend she was the daughter of Gerhardt LaVern and Delora Jean (McCullough) Nuss. She was married to Gary Simmons for 35 years. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was the owner and operator of Great Bend Floral for 38 years.
LITTLETON, Colo. - Willie Edwin Schultz, 78, died on July 7, 2011 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. surrounded by his wife, children and grandson.
LITTLETON, Colo. - Diana Marie (Dian) Walters, 60, passed away at Minnequa Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., on Oct. 5 after being ill for a number of years. Diana was born Oct. 21,1950, in Great Bend, the daughter of Cleat and Virginia Walters. She graduated from Great Bend High School and moved to Denver in 1972.
Dorothy Lucile Brining, 93, died peacefully on Nov. 9 in her son and daughter-in-law's home in Waddington, N.Y. For the last 12 months, Don and Cher lovingly cared for her in their home where she often got to spend time with her granddaughter, Danielle and her husband, Ronnie Plumadore and share in the joy of the upcoming birth of their first child–her first great grandchild!
BAZINE - Marie Krug, 97, passed away Nov. 9, 2011, at Crossroads Hospice in Lakeview Village, Lenexa. She was born on July 4, 1914, the daughter of John F. and Elizabeth Keil Wittman in Russell.
HAYS - LaVera F. Schuckman, 77, Hays died Nov. 7 at St. John's of Victoria. She was born Feb. 16, 1934.
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.