TUCSON, Ariz./LARNED - Kathleen Marie Stiles, 69, passed away Oct. 20 in Tucson, Ariz. at home surrounded by her family and friends. Born April 26, 1943, in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Don and Ella Wells Byer. A longtime resident of Larned area, moving to Tucson, Ariz. in 2003, she was a retired Licensed Mental Health Technician at the Larned State Hospital. On July 6, 1960, she married Lonnie Stiles. He died April 17, 1985.
LORRAINE - Wayne D. Mehl, 79, passed away Oct. 21 at his home in rural Lorraine. Born Sept. 25, 1933 in Ellsworth County, he was the son of Ethel (Splitter) and Delmar Mehl. A lifetime resident of the Lorraine area, he was a farmer and stockman. On Feb. 6, 1952, he married Donna Kempke in Junction City. She survives.
MCCRACKEN - Ivan Dale Janke, 56, passed away on Oct. 20 at his home in rural McCracken. Born Jan. 20, 1956 he was the son of Alvin and Ruth (Moore) Janke. They preceded him in death. Ivan graduated McCracken High School in 1974 and attended Fort Hays State University where he met Peggy Stude of Garfield. They were married Oct. 7, 1978 in Larned. He raised cattle and operated the family farm of McCracken.
STERLING - Virgil T. (Grandpa Silly) Sillin, 84, passed away Oct. 19 at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. Born May 6, 1928, in Stafford County, he was the son of Earl and Lucile Krum Sillin. He graduated from Sterling College and Kansas City Mortuary Arts School. He was a funeral director, and had owned and operated Porter and Sillin Funeral Home in Sterling, Sillin Funeral Home in Lyons, and Sillin Funeral Home in Ordway, Colo. He had owned and operated Four Seasons Flower and Gift Shops in Sterling and Lyons. He operated the Rice County Ambulance from 1960 to 1976. He had served ...
RUSSELL - Whilmetta Marie Horn, 91, died Oct. 19 at Vintage Place in Russell. Born on Oct. 7, 1921, on the family farm southeast of Russell, she was the daughter of Emanuel and Mary Elizabeth (Milberger) Dumler. She attended Pioneer School and later attended school in Russell, graduating from Russell High School in 1939. A resident of the Russell community, she worked at the Home State Bank in Russell. On Sept. 21, 1947 she married Max P. Horn in Russell. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2001.
Jay Louis Kimball, 73, died Oct. 17 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born Jan. 20, 1939, in Larned, he was the son of Jay Grant and Sarah Louise (Postlethwaite) Kimball. In 1957 he graduated from Great Bend High School. On Aug. 20, 1959, he married Linda Laffer in Winfield. A resident of Great Bend since 2005, coming from Carson City, Nev., he worked for Lockheed Martin and Hytek Microsystems as a Microelectronics Engineer.
ROZEL - Alice "Pauline" Myers, 91, left this world on Oct. 18 at her home in Rozel. Born Jan. 16, 1921, at Bristow, Okla., she was the daughter of Samuel Alexander and Maude Gertrude Reinhart Warren; she was one of 13 children. On May 7, 1944, she married Cletice N. Myers at Vinita, Okla. He died on Jan. 27, 1979. She was a resident of Rozel since 1973, moving from Great Bend, where they raised their family. Pauline worked as a cook at the Larned State Hospital from 1970 to 1978. Her hobbies include quilting and gardening. She loved to give ...
LACROSSE--Gwen L. Sell, 89, died Oct. 14 at the Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, La Crosse. Born Nov. 23, 1922, in Wallace, she was the daughter of Leo W. and Minnie I. (Bitter) Frazier. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a 1940 graduate of La Crosse High School. On July 6,1946, she married Vernon "Sam" Sell in Reno, Nevada. He preceded her in death March 10, 1994.
Sister Ruth Klein, 97, died Oct. 13, in the Dominican Sisters of Peace Convent Infirmary in Great Bend. Born Jan. 22, 1915, in Lincoln Neb., as Ruth Rose Klein, Sister Ruth was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Helen Hoffman Klein. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend July 2, 1930, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 17, 1933. She celebrated seventy-five years of religious profession in 2008. Sister Ruth began her ministerial life as a teacher of grades 1 – 4 in 1934, but she will be most remembered for her education and ministry in music ...
LACROSSE - Leona M. Leiker, 88, died Oct. 14 at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born May 20, 1924, in Pfeifer, she was the daughter of Casper and Mary (Schmidt) Jacobs. She was a lifelong resident of Rush County. A 1942 graduate of Bison High School, she was a clerk for the United States Postal Service before her retirement in 1979. On Feb. 6, 1945, she married Ralph J. Leiker at St. Michael's Catholic Church in La Crosse. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2005.
LeeRoy A. Legleiter, 78, died Oct. 12 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born July 17, 1934, at Liebenthal, the son of Anton and Genevieve (Schaffer) Legleiter. He married Leota Meier on June 13, 1959, at Hays. A Great Bend resident since 1969, coming from Hays, he was production superintendent for Coronado Oil, retiring in 1999.
NEWTON - James Joseph Wiziarde, 52, died Oct. 10 at Newton. He was born Aug. 6, 1960, at Great Bend, the son of Dean Edwin and Betty Jean (Popp) Wiziarde.
HAVILAND – Duward Leon Whitney, 85, died Oct. 10, 2012 at the Pratt Regional Medical Center.
LONGVIEW, Wash. - Emmett Marion Koelsch, 91, died on Oct. 6, 2012 at his home.
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. - Gerald Lee Niedens, 65, Harrisonville, Mo., died Oct. 5, 2012 at Willow Lane Nursing Home in Butler, Mo.
Theresa Stanley, 73, of Great Bend, died April 19, 2015, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. She was born Oct 3, 1941, at La Crosse, to Henry and Mathilda (Heronema) Basgall. She graduated from La Crosse High School and was united in marriage to William Stanley in 1961 at La Crosse. She worked as a cook for many Great Bend area eating establishments, including JC Penney, A & W, Central Kansas Medical Center, the Petroleum Club, Barton Community College, Black Angus and the Great Bend Senior Center prior to her retirement in 2000.
SEWARD - Ronald Lee Reneau, 57, passed away April 13, 2015 at the University of Colorado Hospital. He was born on Dec. 13, 1957, in Kiowa. He lived most of his life in the Hudson, St John and Seward area. He joined US Navy right after high school graduation and spent time in the Philippines, Japan and Hawaiian Islands. He trained with the United States Navy Seals as their Assault Coxman.
RADIUM - Marvin Leroy Brown, 75, passed away April 19, at his home in Radium. Born July 8, 1939, in Great Bend, he was the son of J.P. and Frances (Ward) Brown. A resident of Radium since 1985, he was a welder. On Feb. 14, 1985, he married Lana C. (Mettscher) in Kansas City, MO. She survives of the home.
HAYS - Ethel Jonas, 91, died April 20 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, KS.
Maurice J. Damm, 81, died April 19 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born June 17, 1933 at Great Bend, he was the son of Hugo L. and Louise (Shepherd) Damm.
HUDSON – Larry M. Sittner, 73, died April 16, 2015, at Via Christi, St. Francis, Wichita.
GREAT BEND - A. Dale Carpenter, 85, died April 17, 2015 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
HOISINGTON – Helen Margaret (Penka) Kalina, daughter of Emil and Hedwig (Heger) Penka, died Dec. 11, 2014, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.
Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015
ST. JOHN - Norma Lea Gray, 78, died April 14, 2015 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Creek County, Okla., she was the daughter of Lester and Ruby (Browning) Allen. On Aug. 18, 1952, she married Melvin Eugene Gray in Oilton, Okla.
FREDONIA - Wanda Lee Deer, 93, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in Wichita. Born on Feb. 28, 1921, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Frank Edward and Nellie (Coats) Sypolt. On May 19, 1960, she was united in marriage to Kelso Deer. He preceded her in death. She worked as an executive secretary for Phillips Petroleum for many years.
FRONTENAC - Patrick John O'Connell, 86, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on April 14, 2015 at the Medicalodge of Frontenac. He was born March 29, 1929, in Pittsburg, the son of William F. and Mary (Kinsella) O'Connell. He graduated from St. Mary's High School and later from Pittsburg State University. On June 20, 1954, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Wilson at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He worked for Cripe Bakery and Junge Baking Company as a route salesman.
RUSSELL - W. "Fritz" Waymaster, 87, died on April 12, 2015, at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born on July 30, 1927, in rural Bunker Hill, he was the son of David J. and Anna E. (Steinle) Waymaster. He grew up in the Bunker Hill area and started school there as well. Later he moved and finished his basic education in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in 1945.
HUTCHINSON - Marilyn K. Rivers, 74, died April 12, 2015, at Dillon Living Center. She was born June 19, 1940, in Norton, the daughter of John and Addie Sheets Rivers. She was a 1959 graduate of Great Bend High School. A resident of Hutchinson since 1960, she worked retail for her parents at Rivers Shoe Store.
WOODWARD, Okla. - Carole Willcut, 78-year-old Woodward, Okla., resident, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gregory Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.