HOISINGTON - Mary Catherine Weeks, 83, died Nov. 2 at her home in Hoisington. Born Jan. 5, 1928 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Henry and Philomena (Eckart) Casey. On June 4, 1947 she married John E. Weeks in Dubuque. He died Dec. 22, 1990. A resident of Hoisington since 1952, coming from Russell and Ellinwood, she was an administrative assistant for Barton Community College, office manager for Roxana Oil and was employed at Verna's Clothing in Hoisington.
LARNED - Virgie J. Rector, 79, passed away Nov. 2 at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Oct. 1, 1932, she was the daughter of Charles T. Dalton Sr. and Alta Leatherman. A Larned resident since 1975, moving from Dodge City, she was a Licensed Mental Health Aide for the Larned State Hospital. On April 15, 1948, she married John G. Rector in Cimmaron. He passed away April 29, 1996.
KINGMAN - Buddy Ray Messick, 76, died Oct. 28 at his home in Kingman, with his wife and children by his side. Born Oct. 28, 1935, near Raymond, he was the son of Clarence and Dora Belle Hughbanks Messick. A Kingman resident since 1984, previously of the Raymond, Lyons and Claflin communities, he was a retired oil field employee.
ANNA, Texas - Dr. William Lawrence Smith Jr., 89, of Anna, Texas, passed away on Oct. 15. He was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Stafford, to William Lawrence Smith Sr. and Elsie Fern (Carr) Smith. On June 21, 1943, he married Nadine Lorene Block, in Martinez, Calif.
ELLSWORTH - Loren R. Zelenka, 53, died Oct. 27 at Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 19, 1958, at Cannon City, Colo., to Roy and Betty (Belt) Zelenka. He grew up in Wilson, and lived most of his life in California and Wilson. He married Sherith Loper on May 29, 1992, at Wilson. He was a welder.
Juanita I. Rose, 76, died Oct. 26 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born Jan. 27, 1935 in Stonington, Colo., she was the daughter of Louie and Goldie (Sloan) Burhenn. On Aug. 14, 1954 she married William Robert Rose in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, coming from Radium, she was a pre-school teacher for Berean Pre-school at the First Assembly of God. She loved taking care of children.
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.