CUNNINGHAM - William Clyde Murphey, 70, died Feb. 28 at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. Born May 29, 1941 in Scott City, he was the son of Lloyd and Marguerite (Bivens) Murphey. A lifetime resident of Cunningham, he was a farmer/stockman.
SMITH CENTER - Norman Morgan, 78, died Feb. 25 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital. Born on March 23, 1933 in Gravity, Iowa, he was the son of Ivan and Beulah (Downs) Morgan. He worked for the United Sates Postal Service in Gothenburg, Neb. and was promoted to postmaster in Polk, Neb. and Belgrade, Neb.
OXBORO, MASS. - Mary Constance (Moses) Stone, 90, died on Feb. 19 peacefully at the Doolittle Home in Foxboro, Mass. She was the beloved mother of her two children, Greta Stone of Wayland, Mass. and Gregory Stone of Hawaii, and loving grandmother of Jonathan, Madelaine, and Juan, her son-in-law Andy Myers and daughter-in-law Austen Stone, and her many friends. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Helene Gay (Connet) Moses.
Elmer C. Dupree, 90, died Feb. 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born July 10, 1921 in Knowles, Okla. he was the son of John L. and Clara Mae (Taylor) Dupree. On Dec. 21, 1941 he married Rhea M. Brown in Chester Okla. She died on Oct. 16, 2009. A resident of Great Bend since 1951, coming from Kinsley, he owned and operated the Dupree Locker Service for 28 years and later worked for Dillons for 17 years.
Vernon McCord, 79, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 4, 1932, he was the son of J.R. and Martha (Day) McCord. He married Imogene Reeves in Arkansas. They later divorced. On Dec. 20, 1979 he married Betty Wilson in Larned. She survives. A Great Bend resident since 1969, coming from Winfield, he owned and operated McCord's Service, Inc. He previously taught diesel mechanics in Wichita and worked for C.V. Cale in Great Bend, Federated Flour Mills and G.E. in Winfield. He loved to work, travel and spend time with his ...
HOISINGTON - Shirley L. Jones, 60, died Feb. 25 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Feb. 12, 1952 in Topeka, she was the daughter of Alois and Pauline (Waldschmidt) Kisner. On May 17, 1969 she married William Clayton Jones in Hoisington. A long time resident of Hoisington, coming from Ellis, she was a homemaker.
LARNED - Violet "Vi" Smith-Snyder, 88, died Feb. 26 at her home in Larned. Born Dec. 17, 1923 in Larned, the daughter of James W. and Ketha Blanche Hanon Kitterman. A lifetime Larned resident she was a beautician for 25 years, a nurses aide for 10 years and a receptionist for 10 years. On Sept. 22, 1940 she married Bernard D. Smith at Larned. He died on Aug. 24, 1968. On June 4, 1973 she married Guy Snyder at Larned. He died on August 31, 2005.
Theda Debes, 89, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. She was born Oct. 4, 1922, at Waurika, Okla., the daughter of Columbus Frederick and Willie Pearl (Glazner) Sparkman. Her father died when she was 6 years old. She was then raised by her mother and stepfather, Delbert Easter Elliot.
LACROSSE - Irene T. Nagel, 90, of La Crosse, died Feb. 24 at the Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Born Oct. 29, 1921, in rural Albert, she was the daughter of Herman Henry Dietrich And Hilda Anna Christina (Tammen) George. She married Virgil H. Nagel on Nov. 8, 1945, at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. He preceded her in death on July 11, 1987. A resident of La Crosse since May 2006, moving there from Larned, she was a laundress at the Larned State Hospital until her retirement.
LARNED - Raymond H. Smith, 67, died Feb. 23 at his home in Larned. He was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Syracuse, the son of Walter R. and Eva M. Grippin Smith. A lifetime area resident, he was an MH-DD Technician at the Larned State Hospital.
PONCA CITY, Okla. - Beryl V. Drumm, 87, died Feb. 22 in Ponca City, Okla. Born Dec. 6, 1924, in Longford, he was the son of Frank and Esther (Russell) Drumm. In 1942 he graduated from Longford High School and in 1952 from Kansas State University. On April 15, 1949, he married Ida Elizabeth Stetler. He coached and taught in Alton, Alta Vista, Cedar Point, Sabetha, and Bushton before retiring in 1988. In 2007, he moved to Ponca City, Okla.
WICHITA - Hubert B. Ochs, 86, died Feb. 18 at Larksfield Place Retirement Community in Wichita. Born Nov. 7, 1924, in Galatia, he was the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Karst) Ochs. On Sept. 5, 1948, he married Norma Lee Schultz in Great Bend. She died on July 1, 2005. A resident of Great Bend, moving to Wichita in 2004, he was the longtime owner and operator of Wells Men's Wear in Great Bend.
OTIS - Connie Lynne (Hoch) Hoopingarner, 72, passed away on June 22, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born on Aug. 24, 1942, she was the daughter of O.C. ('Poss') and Esther (Keenan) Hoch. In 1960, she graduated from Hoisington High School and went on to earn her Dental Hygiene Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She worked as a Dental Hygienist until her retirement in 2002. On Feb. 29, 1964, she married Larry Dwight Hoopingarner in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Manter.
Hugh Robert "Bud" Steadman, 90, died June 21, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born May 23, 1925, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank M. and Blanche Marie (Sterling) Steadman. On July 14, 1946, he married Delores June Schenkel in Bazine. She died on April 28, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an engineering technician for Evans, Bierly and Hutchison.
MCKINNEY, Texas - Kimberly Dawn Burkhart died at her home in McKinney, Texas, on May 13, 2015. Born April 4, 1969, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Cliff and Barbara Burkhart. She was employed by American Airlines as an International flight attendant. She served as an MP in the United States Army and was active in Desert Storm.