Christine Beakey, 87, died Oct. 4 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born March 16, 1924, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Arthur Louis "Red" and Isabella (Schwager) Beakey. A Great Bend resident since 1932, coming from Chicago, she was a 1941 graduate of Great Bend High School. She was a welder during World War II, and a bookkeeper for Jule's Glass Company and the Barton County Treasurer's Office.
HOISINGTON - Bradley Livingston Kasper, 33, died at home in Hoisington on Oct. 3. He was born Sept. 8, 1978, at Hutchinson. He married Evelyn Barnett on Dec. 15, 2008, at Hoisington. He worked for D & S Casing and Murray Casing Crews. Mr. Kasper had been a Hoisington resident since he was 3 years old, coming from Hutchinson.
HOISINGTON - Clara B. Bittner, 77, died Oct. 2, 2011 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.
GREAT BEND - Edwin Raymond Schneweis, 89, died Oct. 1, 2011 at LakePoint Nursing Home, Wichita.
GREAT BEND - Gary J. Christiansen, 63, died Sept. 3, 2011 at the Robert J. Dole, VA Medical Center, Wichita.
Tim Allen Pfeifer, 28, died Sept. 30 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 5, 1983 at Hays, the son of Francis J. and Sue (Stejskal) Pfeifer. He was manager of Medical Records at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was a Great Bend, Kansas resident since 2004 coming from Liebenthal and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Liebenthal.
Gary L. Christiansen, 63, died Sept. 3 at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. He was born on Oct. 1, 1947 in Vallejo, Calif.
Sheryl L. Mosiman File, 67, died Sept. 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born July 12, 1944 in Beatrice, Neb., she was the daughter of Royal A. and Lois E. (Knowles) Mosiman. She was a Great Bend resident for three years, coming from Beatrice, Neb. to be near family.
Martha T. Richards, 89, went to her heavenly home Sept. 29, 2011. She was born May 5, 1922, at Great Bend, and died at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. She was the daughter of Delbert Lee and Minnie Emaline (Engleman) Tucker. She married Oscar Cline Richards on Oct. 14, 1950, at Great Bend. He died Jan. 30, 1993.
ALBANY, Ore. - Josephine (Jody) Laverna Young, 83, of Albany, Ore., passed away Saturday at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 19, 1928, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of George and Frances (Koelsch) Whitsel. Josephine moved to Albany from Great Bend where she was the Girl Scout District Representative in Barton County for many years. After moving to Albany, Josephine sang with the "Sweet Adelines" and worked in the Albany Public School District assisting young students with drawing and graphic programs. She never saw a stranger, and even though she only had one child she became like a ...
GREAT BEND - Floyd Clarence Sanko, 80, died Sept. 28, 2011 at his home in Great Bend.
LARNED - Steven D. Alsup, 60, passed away Sept. 27, 2011 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo.
TOPEKA - Sandra (Sandy) Craig, 64, died Sept. 25, 2011.
ELLINWOOD - Evelyn May Miller, 80, died Sept. 27, 2011 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.
LYONS - Dale Wilson Ballard, 91, died Sept. 28 at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons.
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.