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.
STAFFORD - Kenneth "Kenny" Ross King, 64, died July 27, 2012 at the Pratt Regional Medical Center.
MACKSVILLE - Eston Piland, 83, died July 25 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Born Aug. 20, 1928 in Macksville, he was the son of Russell H. and Alta M. (Dykes) Piland. A resident of Great Bend for eleven years, he lived most of his life in Macksville where he was a farmer and stockman and a graduate of Macksville High School. On April 26, 1950, he married Patty R. (Standish) in Hutchinson. She survives of the home.
LARNED – Abby Louise Trapp Prescott, 22, died July 25 at Larned. She was born Nov. 6, 1989, at Great Bend, the daughter of Louis and Loretta Torrez Trapp. A 2008 graduate of Larned High School, she was the Outstanding Girl Athlete & Football Homecoming Queen. A lifetime area resident, she was most recently employed by USD 495 as a paraprofessional until her health prevented her from working.
PAWNEE ROCK - Clay Steffen Schmidt, 52, died July 24 at his home in Pawnee Rock. Born June 14, 1960 in Larned he was the son of Jarold and Ruth Petersen Schmidt. A lifetime area resident, he sold auto parts at Carquest. On March 26, 1983 he married Crystal Davidson in Larned. She survives.
ELLINWOOD - Chester A. Kimble, 95, died July 24, 2012 at Ellinwood.
GREAT BEND – Donald Eugene "Gene" Sheets, 84, died July 25, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
OVERLAND PARK - Teresa G. Weiser, 94, of Overland Park died July 25, 2012 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
Frances Elizabeth "Tee" Simpson, 98, died March 22 at Cherry Village Nursing Home. Born Sept. 23, 1916 at St. Clair County, Mo., she was the daughter of Fred and Mayme (Malicoat) Jackson.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - JoAnn Hlavaty, 87, died Jan. 15, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark. Born Sept. 25, 1927, she was the daughter of Francis and Eveline Barland. On Oct. 14, 1967, she married Donald Hlavaty of Olmitz. JoAnn and Donald lived in the Olmitz area until 1982 when they retired and moved to Bella Vista, Ark.
LARNED – Michael "Mike" Christians, 60, died March 20, 2015 at Hays Medical Center.
ST. JOHN - Stanton James Bergen, 47, died March 18, 2015, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
ELLINWOOD - Jean Robinson, 98, died Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Jean was a 70-year-plus resident of Ellinwood and was highly respected in the community. She was selected as parade Grand Marshal of the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival, was selected a "Distinguished Citizen" of the community and was awarded one of the Ellinwood Rotary Club's most prestigious awards, the Paul Harris Fellow. She was born on a farm north of Hoisington to G.C. "Cleve" and Gertrude Underwood in 1917 and grew up in Hoisington. She graduated from Hoisington High School, then went to Kansas State ...
ELLINWOOD- Oliver Glenn Jackson, 90, died March 16, 2015 at Abilene Memorial Hospital in Abilene. Born June 24, 1924 in rural Bronson, he was the son of Arthur Glenn and Esther Ruth (Reynolds) Jackson.
OSAGE CITY - Larry "Doc" Holliday, 73, formerly of Vassar, passed away March 16, 2015 at his home in Burlington.
HOISINGTON - Leona Cecelia Robinson, 93, died March 17, 2015 at NHC Healthcare, in Town and Country, Mo.
HOISINGTON - Mary Michael Looman, 58, died unexpectedly on March 8, 2015 at her home.
ELLINWOOD - Jean Robinson, 98, passed away peacefully at Ellinwood District Hospital on March 17, 2015.
Gladys M. Apel, 82, died March 16, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born April 11, 1932 at Polk County, Mo., she was the daughter of Edward and Lula (Browning) Sloan.
RUSSELL- Donald Lee Horyna, 79, died on Sunday, March 15, at the Locus Grove Village in LaCrosse. Born Sept. 6, 1935 at the family home in Great Bend, he was the son of Edward C. and Marie R. (Krmela) Horyna.