STERLING - Joe R. Clayton Sr., 84, died Jan. 30 at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. He was born Sept. 20, 1929, at Gatewood, Mo., the son of John and Myrtle Cleo Brown Clayton. He married Maryann Marmul on Sept. 20, 1954, in Arkansas. A resident of Sterling for 60 years, he was a road maintenance operator for Atlanta Township and most recently Victoria Township in Rice County.
CYPRESS, Texas - Kenneth D. Unruh, 82, died Jan. 27, 2014 at Kindred Hospital Northwest in Houston, Texas. Born Jan. 17, 1932, in Larned, he was the son of Ernest W. "Pete" and Gladys (White) Unruh. On Nov. 24, 1957 he married Darlene M. Lofland in Great Bend. He graduated from Radium High School, attended Kansas State University, and completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Fort Hays State University. Working with the General Adjustment Bureau, Mr. Unruh was an insurance adjuster and manager for 21 years. He then started his own State Farm Agency, which he operated for 22 years ...
RUSSELL - Vernon Dean Flegler, 83, died Jan. 27, at the Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 24, 1931 in rural Russell County, he was the son of Jacob, Jr. and Hannah (Deines) Flegler. He grew up south of Russell near the Smoky Hill River and attended local country schools.
Don Whelan, 94, died Jan. 27 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Oct. 19, 1919 in Sharon, he was the son of Joe and Florence (McKeever) Whelan. In 1938 he graduated from Great Bend High School. In June 1947, he married Phyllis Kay Niswonger in Great Bend. She died on Feb. 10, 2008. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was Vice-President of the First National Bank, was a partner in the JoDonCee Skating Rink, and was involved in ranching in Barber County.
HAYS - Lois Charlene Herrman, 64, formerly of Hays, died Jan. 26, at the Hays Medical Center. Born Aug. 28, 1949, in Russell, she was the daughter of Albert E. and Doris A. (Ochs) Karst. In 1967, she graduated from Plainville High School. She received her nurses aid and LPN degrees from Colby Community College, and her RN degree from Barton County Community College. On May 11, 1974, she married Patrick "Pat" Herrman in Hays. She was a registered nurse and retired as the Director of a Rehab Unit in Fort Mohave, Ariz. She loved ceramics, reading, shopping, crocheting, making photo ...
CHICKAMUGA, Ga. - Ella Louisa Bridgman Going, 83, passed away Jan. 24th. Born in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Otis and Iva Redhair Bridgman. A longtime resident of Great Bend, until 2005 when she moved to Chickmauga, Ga., she was a former employee of Woolworth's and Great Bend High School. She enjoyed fellowship with her friends at The Chickamauga Senior Center.
HUDSON - Juanita S. Mawhirter, 90, died Jan. 25 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born in rural Stafford County on June 15, 1923 to Henry and Anna Siefkes. She was a lifetime Hudson area resident and member of Trinity Community Church, Hudson. She also owned the liquor store in Hudson for many years. Survivors include daughters, Sandra Watson (Richard) of Peck, Marsha Mawhirter of El Dorado, Jayne Boles (Robert) of Andover, Ks; Son, Dan Mawhirter (Teresa) of Great Bend; a sister, Elmaleda McMinn of Emporia. She was preceded in death by both parents, husband Cecil Mawhirter, and ...
ALBERT - Celeste Catherine (Mermis) Vonfeldt, 89, died Jan. 23, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 21, 1924, in Walker, she was the daughter of John A. and Anna (Kisner) Mermis. On Jan. 8, 1946, she married Raymond J. Vonfeldt in Walker. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1997. A long time Albert resident, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed making quilts and was a reading grandma at Albert Elementary School.
CLAFLIN - Mary Hoffman, 99, died Jan. 24, at Clara Barton Hospital Hoisington. Born Dec. 7, 1914, in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Venzel and Mary (Kvapil) Blazek. A lifelong area resident, she attended the Dubuque schools through the eighth grade. She worked as a cook for the Dubuque schools and later worked for Buehler's Grocery Store in Claflin. On May 12, 1936, she married John Hoffman in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1978. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
PRATT - Howard Michael Schnittker (Brother Michael, C.Ss.R.), 76, died Jan. 20, at St. Clement Health Care Center in Liguori, Mo. from an injury sustained in a fall. He was born July 24, 1938, at Pratt the son of Joseph A. and Elsie A. (Glenn) Schnittker.
HAYS - Vickie J. Cole, 67, passed away Jan. 2 at Hays Medical Center. Born May 12, 1946, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Donald A. and Dorothy (Rinker) Bowsher Sr. On July 3, 1966, she married Tom O. Cole in Great Bend.
Marian Weathers, 87, died Jan. 22 at Rehabilitation Center of Independence in Independence, Mo. Born May 20, 1926, in Pawnee Rock, she was the daughter of William J. and Alvena Mary (Koehn) Mull. On June 2, 1946, she married Russell Kenneth Weathers in Great Bend. He died on Aug. 23, 2008. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Pawnee Rock, moving to Independence, Mo., in 2009 to be closer to family, she was a homemaker.