HAYS - Linus H. Schmeidler, 87, died Aug. 4, at the Hays Medical Center. Born on July 8, 1926 on the family farm at Severin, he was the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Windholz) Schmeidler. In 1944 he graduated from St. Joseph Military Academy. On Sept. 14, 1957, he married LuVerna K. Stroemel at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Walker. He worked at Travenol in Hays and was also a floor covering installer for Vitzum's Incorporated for many years.
Mildred Irene Pelton, 99, died July 31 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 8, 1913, in Inman, she was the daughter of William C. and Dora (Harder) Hassman. On March 12, 1935, she married Charles F. German. He died on April 18, 1961. She then married Lowell Henry Pelton on Aug. 12, 1978, at Claflin. He died on Jan. 7, 2002. A resident of Claflin from 1945 until she moved to Cherry Village in 2009, she was a payroll clerk for Central Kansas Medical Center and a secretary at Claflin High School.
Margaret Rose Campbell, 73, died July 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born March 30, 1940, in Odin, she was the daughter of Lawrence Ernest and Mary Margaret (Lewis) Debes. On April 4, 1961, she married Gary Lee Campbell in Great Bend, A resident of Great Bend since 1959, coming from Bushton, she was employed as a custodian for Great Bend USD 428 and had worked in the District Education Office.
PRATT - Frank J. Reif, 99, died July 26, at Hilltop Manor in Cunningham. Born Oct. 1, 1913 in Claflin, he was the son of Alois and Anna (Hitschmann) Reif. On Aug. 16, 1939 he married Salome M. Moeder in Odin. She preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 2000. He was a farmer.
RUSSELL - Earlin Arnold Mai, 85, died July 29 at the Golden Living Center in Wilson. Born Aug. 22, 1927 in Russell, he was the son of John J. and Katherine E. (Maier) Mai. He grew up and attended school in the Bender Hill area and graduated from Russell High School. Earlin was united in marriage to Janice Steinert on June 1, 1952 at the Trinity Lutheran Bender Hill Church. Janice preceded him in death on June 21, 2008. Earlin was a farmer/stockman his whole life.