ROZEL - Barbara J. Bradford, 72, died Nov. 3 at home. Born July 17, 1940 in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Thomas Virgil and Violet Marie Waggoner Murphy. In 1958 she graduated from Hutchinson High School. On Jan. 4, 1964 she married Clarence LeRoy Bradford, in Hutchinson. She retired from Larned State Hospital as a Dietary Supervisor in 2003.
Sister Louella Staab, 81, died Nov. 4 at the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Oct. 8, 1931, in Catherine as Maybell Ann Catherine Staab, Sister Louella was the daughter of the late Alexius and Celestine (Weigel) Staab. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Dec. 6, 1953, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1956. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2006. Sister Louella ministered from 1956 to 1968 in the hospital offices of St. Joseph Memorial in Larned, St. Rose in Great Bend, Sacred Heart in Lamar, Colo., St. Catherine ...
BURDETT - James "Jim" Henry Nuckolls, 85, died Nov. 3 at Edwards County Hospital in Kinsley. Born Aug. 11, 1927, in rural Burdett, he was the son of Joseph Charles and Elsie G. Winter Nuckolls. A life time resident of Burdett he was a retired farmer and custodian at Pawnee Heights High School. He married Helen J. Miller. She preceded him in death.
ELLINWOOD - Edward H. Isern, 70, died Oct. 31 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Sept. 28, 1942, in Great Bend, he was the son of Edward H. and Marian Moses Isern. He was a 1960 graduate of Ellinwood High School, attended the University of Kansas, was a graduate of Western New Mexico and studied at the University of Colorado. On April 20, 1991, he married Marianne Newcombe at Colorado Springs, Colo. A longtime resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Boulder, Colo., he was a retired Realtor.
Shelby Lee "Stoney" Stone Sr., 78, died Nov. 1 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born May 14, 1934, at Great Bend, the son of James Nelson and Helen Lee (DuBois) Stone. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a heavy equipment operator, employed as a crane operator for Chicago Bridge Company and American Bridge Company.
ALTON, Ill. - Robert W. Bretz, 56, of Alton, Ill., died on Oct. 29 at his home. Born Jan. 18, 1956 in Oakley, he was the son of Samuel L. Bretz and Alice (Brant) Bretz. In 1981, he received a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University. On April 28, 1984, he married Brenda J. Schilling in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. He worked for the Parkway School District in St. Louis for 18 years in the Facilities Department.
Phillip Glenn Wynn Jr., 85, died Oct. 28 at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born June 22, 1927 in Geneseo, he was the son of Glenn and Irene Campbell Wynn. He graduated from Geneseo High School and attended McPherson College. On May 17, 1947, he married Melva Jeannine Neal in Geneseo. She died on Nov. 4, 1977. On Dec. 18, 1977 he married Ruth Willard Kasselman in Sterling. A resident of Great Bend since 1967, having lived in Hutchinson for the past year, he was employed for 37 years by National Supply Company in oilfield sales.
Genevieve "Jennie" Alefs, 92, died surrounded by her family, on Oct. 25, 2012 at Country Place Senior Living, Hoisington. She was born Nov. 15, 1919 at St. Leo, the daughter of Joseph and Appolonia Thresia (Schommer) Schulte.
Jay Louis Kimball, 73, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. He lived a full life despite the health difficulties of the past few years. He was born in the small town of Larned, Kan., on Jan. 20, 1939.
ELLINWOOD - Keith David Hammeke, 71, died Oct. 24 at Ellinwood District Hospital. He was born July 23, 1941, at Ellinwood, the son of David Fredrick and Frances Sprinker Hammeke. He graduated from Ellinwood High School in 1959, and attended Fort Hays State University. He married Angie Biermann on Aug. 8, 1970, at Colwich. A lifetime Ellinwood resident, he was a farmer.
TOPEKA - Services for Laura Linn Knowles will be at 10 a.m on Wednesday, May 27, at First Presbyterian Church in Topeka. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Glasco Cemetery. Laura will lie in state after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Helping Hands Humane Society, Glasco Community Foundation, or Brain Tumor Center of New Jersey, all in care of the funeral home. To read the full obituary visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.
OSBORNE - Kenneth G. "Shorty" Hackerott, formally of Pawnee Rock, died on Feb. 28, 2015, at Parkview Care Center in Osborne. Born on July 17, 1936, in Rooks County, he was the son of Otto R. Hackerott and Belle (Mitchell) Hackerott. He loved books, old cars, trucks and tractors and enjoyed the 3-I shows.
HOISINGTON - Luella "Lu" Fercking, 78, went to be with her Lord on May 10, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Comanche County, at her Aunt Faye's farm house, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Cline. In 1954, she graduated from Ness City High School. On June 3, 1954, she married Robert "Ray" Fercking. He went to be with his Lord on Oct. 3, 2001. They moved to Great Bend in 1968. She worked at Data Industries, Volkswagen, and the printing shop for the Great Bend Tribune. She and her husband started Lu's ...