EDNA - Doris Sheridan, 69, passed away peacefully at her home in Edna on Aug. 6. Doris was born Nov. 19, 1942, to Ralph Jack and Lottie Urbanovich Harms in Ellsworth. She was a longtime Ellsworth County resident and a 1960 graduate of Geneseo High School. On May 28, 1988 she married William 'Bill' Sheridan in Ellsworth. Doris owned her own beautician business, worked as a bookkeeper at the Lorraine State Bank and Lorraine Grain and Fuel Company and was a Gas Processing Operator for Northern Natural Gas and Tejas Gas Companies.
ST. JOHN - Richard B. Fischer, 94, died Aug. 7 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Service is pending with Minnis Chapel, St. John.
ATHENS, Ga. - Patricia G. Davison, 60, of Athens, Ga., passed away Aug. 5, 2012. She was born in Great Bend, the daughter of the late Dale and Louise Corn Helsel. Mrs. Davison was a secretary/treasurer with Top Doc's Inc., in Alpharetta, Ga. and attended Redstone United Methodist Church, in Jefferson, Ga.
ELLINWOOD-Ambrose Wendel, 95, died August 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 6, 1917 at rural Ellinwood, he was the son of Frank and Magdeline Wendel (Breitenbach).
ST. JOHN - Otillia "Tillie" M. Schmidt Peintner, 87, died Aug. 1 at Kenwood Plaza in St. John. Born Dec. 6, 1924, in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Otillia Staab Schmidt. She was a former resident of Ellinwood, 1978-2009, and formerly of Stafford and Pawnee Rock. On Aug. 17, 1943, she married Donald Peintner at Spearville. He died May 16, 2005.
Margaret E. Archer, 84, died Aug. 2 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 9, 1928, in St. Marys, she was the daughter of Thomas and Theresa (Pheifer) Seitz. She married William E. Archer in Great Bend. He died on April 19, 1998. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a homemaker and caregiver.
TULSA, Okla. - Russell Dale Westphal went to be with the Lord on July 24 in Tulsa, Okla. Born Aug. 25, 1949, in Spearville, he was the son of Cloyd and Betty Westphal of Kinsley. He grew up in Kinsley. He studied architecture at Kansas State University. On May 23, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Cross, in Lewis. After finishing college they moved to Great Bend where they lived for 16 years. In 1990 Russell and his family moved to Tulsa, Okla., where he continued his architectural career, specializing in custom residential design.
ABILENE - Rex I. Roth, 47, died July 29 in Abilene. He was born Oct. 17, 1964, in Garden City, the son of Robert L. and Benji S. (Smith) Roth. Growing up in Great Bend, Lincoln and Herington, he attended local schools, graduated Herington High School with the class of 1983, and attended Barton County Community College. On Dec. 23, 1994, he married Linda D. Hillyard. All of their married life was spent in Abilene. He was employed by Great Plains Manufacturing Land Pride Division of Abilene.
LA CROSSE - Harold R. Reifschneider, 88, died July 30, 2012 at Hays Medical Center.
GALATIA – Alice Lucille (Karst) Boxberger, 91, passed away Aug. 1, 2012 at Rush County Memorial Hospital, LaCrosse.
HOISINGTON -- Shirley Ann Harrison, 76, died July 30 at Southwind Hospice Home, Pratt, Kans. Born Aug. 20, 1935 at Pratt, Kans., she was the daughter of Frank A. and Anna (Springer) Kuhn. Shirley was a lifetime Hoisington resident, and graduated from Hoisington High School in 1953. She married William F. Harrison, and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and friends.
HUTCHINSON -- Michael K. "Big Mike" Preston took to the heavenly highway on July 29. The self-proclaimed "King of the Road" was born on April 11, 1947 in Stafford, Kans., to Edgar T. and Monica [DeBusk] Preston. Mike's formative years were spent in Macksville, Kans., where his one-of-a-kind personality began to take shape. After graduating from Macksville High School in 1965, Mike volunteered to serve four years in the United States Air Force. In 1975 he enlisted in the United States Army, and served his country an additional four years.
Ruby Ideker, died July 29, 2012 at the McCrite Plaza Retirement Community, Topeka. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary, Larned.
LARNED -- Ryan Patrick McGinness, 32, died July 27, at Hays. Born Feb. 1, 1980 in Great Bend, he was the son of James J. Jr. and Sharon Elaine Lloyd May McGinness. A lifetime area resident he was a Rig Operator for Professional Pulling at Hays.He was of the Catholic faith.
ELLINWOOD - Gary Ray Muller, 70, died July 27, 2012.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 84, died Feb. 22, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1930, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
ALBERT - LoRay D. George, 83, died Feb. 21, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Born Sept. 1, 1931, in rural Albert he was the son of Herman "H. D." and Hilda "A. C." (Tammen) George. On Aug. 21, 1959, he married Anna Mae Wheeler at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. She preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer.
LARNED - Larry L. Fleske, 55, passed away Feb. 20, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Oct. 9, 1959, in Great Bend, he was the son of Walter W. and Rena J. Eveleigh Fleske. On Jan. 14, 1989, he married Sharon L. Horne in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime area resident of Larned he was farmer/stockman.
LARNED - Gerald P. (Short) Penka, 62, passed away Jan. 11, 2015, at his home in Norwood, Mass., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
GREAT BEND – Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
AMARILLO, TEXAS ‑ Calvin (Bud) Jennings, 72, died Feb. 7 at Amarillo, Texas. Born July 23 1942 at Larned, he was the son of Calvin and Eunice (Pool) Jennings.
Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
LARNED - Mary Beth Herrmann, 59, died on Feb. 18, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Feb. 23, 1955, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Quentin J. and Lucy W. Tholen Herrmann. She graduated from Barton County Community College with an A.A. in Nursing and from Barclay College with a B.S. in Business Administration. A lifetime area resident, she was a Registered Nurse and Administrator at the Pawnee County Health Department.
Lloyd Earl Donham
BISON - Ella Marie Steitz was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Bison in Rush County, the daughter of Jacob and Ella (Schaumburg) Scheuerman. She was adopted and raised by her parents, Constain and Florence (Scheuerman) Steitz. She graduated from Bison High School in 1952 and attended Fort Hays College. After living in Denver, Colo. for 31 years, she retired from Shell Chemical and returned to Bison in 1988.