PAWNEE ROCK - C. Walter McCowan, 71, died April 3, 2012, at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Bernadine M. "Bert" Homolka, 90, died April 1 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born March 17, 1922 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Edward and Mary (Feltes) Klusener. In May 1944, she married Leonard F. Homolka in Reno, Nev. He died on April 11, 2003. A resident of Great Bend most of her life, she was a homemaker.
Robert E. Yetschke, 85, died May 3, 2010 at his home in Great Bend. Born May 27, 1924 in Great Bend, he was the son of Clarence and Chole (Piper) Yetschke. Betty Ann Yetschke, 84, died May 5, 2010 at her home in Great Bend. Born May 17, 1925 in Tulsa, Okla., she was the daughter of Donald Sr. and Frances (Corbeille) Bowsher.
Caroline "Carrie" Stecklein, 87, died April 3 in Alva, Okla. She was born on July 31, 1924 in Kansas.
HUTCHINSON - Francis E. "Gene" Stambaugh died April 3 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are pending with Elliott Mortuary & Crematory, Hutchinson.
PAWNEE ROCK - C. Walter McCowan, 71, died April 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.
LYONS - Jeffery Adam Thurman, 26, died April 1 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 20, 1986 in Lyons, he was the son of Leonard A. Thurman and Anita A. Williams. He attended Lyon's schools. A longtime resident of Lyons, he was an oilfield worker.
DeleteLARNED - Agnes Gertrude Ohnmacht, 102, died March 31 at The Legacy at Parkview in Ulysses. Born May 30, 1909, in Olmitz, she was the daughter of Mary (Mayne) Corrigan and Andrew Hickey. She graduated from Hoisington High School on May 18, 1928. She received her teaching certificate from Fort Hays College and began teaching for three years in a one-room school house in the Olmitz area. On Oct. 6, 1931, she married Paul Werner Ohnmacht in Olmitz. They lived and farmed north of Olmitz until they moved to Larned in 1947. He died on March 19, 1981. She and Paul ...
OLMITZ - Dorothy F. Schneider, 89, died March 31 at the Hays Medical Center. Born May 21, 1922, in Gove County, she was the daughter of Alexander and Walburga (Ziegler) Schwarzenberger. She graduated from Quinter High School in 1940. On May 11, 1954, she married Raymond A. Schneider in Collier. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 2007. She moved to Hoisington in 2009 from her farm south of Olmitz. She worked as a teller in various banks over the years retiring from Farmers Bank and Trust in Albert.
GREAT BEND - Laura Belle Sandberg, 59, died March 30, 2012 at Hays Medical Center.
MOSCOW, Idaho - Wayne Dean Herrenbruck of Moscow died March 27, 2012 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland. He was 59.
GREAT BEND - Vernon William Popp, 79, died March 27, 2012 at his home.
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. - Edward R. Moses of Sun City West, Ariz. passed away March 29, 2012 at age 91.
RUSH CENTER - Dorothy M. Kershner, 85, of Rush Center died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center of Hays.
GREAT BEND - Dennis R. Hannaford, 48, passed away at his home in Great Bend on Friday morning, March 30, 2012 after an extended illness. Dennis was born June 25, 1963 at Quinter to Calvin E. and Thelma E. (Stockham) Hannaford.
LARNED - Peggy J. Thompson, 61, passed away Jan. 19, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 6, 1953, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of John H. and Marjorie Wagner Niewald. On Dec. 17, 1983, she married Kelly Thompson. They later divorced. A longtime area resident, she worked at the Larned State Hospital for 23 ½ years as a LMHT.
OLMITZ - Marilou Axman, 84, died Jan. 20, 2015 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 1, 1930, in Odin, she was the daughter of William and Eleanor (Hickel) Linsner. On April 20, 1949, she married Frank W. Axman in Odin. He died on May 17, 1994. A resident of Olmitz since 1949, coming from Odin, she was a retired nurses' aide, working for the Hoisington Hospital.
Joseph John Zecha, 89, died Jan. 21, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 25, 1925, in Claflin, he was the son of Emil R. and Mary Theresa (Kinzel) Zecha. A Great Bend resident for the past year and half, living in Denver, Colo. for 50 years, he was an auto mechanic for Montgomery Ward, retiring in 1990. He was a fine example of charity to almost everyone he met, befriending numerous persons in need throughout his life. He was an animal lover, especially dogs.
OLMITZ - Joseph E. Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19, 2015, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. He was born Nov. 8, 1937, the son of Erwin J. and Clara Elizabeth (Riedel) Hlavaty. He married Justina Maneth Oct. 6, 1958, at La Crosse. A lifetime Olmitz resident, he was a dairy farmer and stockman and also the postmaster for Olmitz for 25 years.
LA CROSSE - Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan was delivered and passed on Jan. 18, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.
SALINA - Matilda Pauline "Tillie" Hoth, 98, formally of Holyrood, died Jan. 18, 2015. Born Aug. 30, 1916, in Ellsworth County, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna (Kempke) Hoffman.
CLAFLIN - Garry L. Simpson, 60, died Jan 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. Born July 18, 1954, in Columbia, N.C., he was the son of Howard and Beulah (Stevenson) Simpson. A resident of Claflin since 2002, coming from Roper, N.C., he was a nurse, working for Washington County Hospital and Central Kansas Medical Center, and formerly owned and operated Prairie House Flowers and Gifts.
OLMITZ - Joseph "Joe" Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19 at Locust Grove Nursing Home, LaCrosse. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, Kansas.
Solomon "Sam" Maier, 103, died Jan. 18, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 3, 1911, in rural Barton County, he was the son of Henry Jacob and Anna Marie (Daubert) Maier. On Sept. 24, 1947, he married Betty Jo Mangum in Lubbock, Texas. She died on Dec. 7, 2000. A resident of Great Bend since 1964, coming from rural Susank, he worked for Producers Gas Company, retiring in 1976. He enjoyed fishing, and pheasant, dove and rabbit hunting.
HOISINGTON - Rose Marie Bryant, 73, died Jan. 17, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 7, 1942, in Chase, she was the daughter of George and Georgia (Moore) Bird. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lincoln. On Jan. 27, 1961, she married Carl Lee Bryant in Lincoln. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she was employed for 17 1/2 years as a CNA on the night shift at Cheyenne Meadows Nursing Home. She and her husband both shared a love of fishing.
MCPHERSON - Jan Carpenter Sink, 79, wife, mother and grandmother, died Jan. 16, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born May 12, 1935, McPherson, she was the daughter of Fred D. and Evelyn M. (Sward) Carpenter. In 1953, she graduated from McPherson High School. On Jan. 28, 1956, she was united in marriage to Edwin L. Sink, Jr. in McPherson. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1999. She had worked for State Farm Insurance and Tri-County Special Education Co-op, both in Independence, before retiring from Commerce Bank in Bonner Springs, and relocating to McPherson. She volunteered at Save N ...
HOISINGTON - Gregory Alan "Greg" Bitter, 55, died Jan. 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 6, 1959, he was the son of Harry and Irene (Deutsch) Bitter.
HOLYROOD - Richard E. Johnson, 77, died Jan. 18, at his home. Born Oct. 18, 1937, in West Grove, Pa. he was the son of Samuel H. and Blanche A. Johnson. He grew up in Rising Sun, Md. On Aug. 30, 1958, he married Grace Wilkens Johnson in Lorraine. She survives. A resident of Holyrood since 2005, having moved from the farm 3 miles east of town, he was a farmer and rancher.
OTIS - Velma V. Stieben, 90, died Jan. 17, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born May 28, 1924, in rural Galatia, she was the daughter of Henry and Anna M. (Koch) Miller. In 1942, she graduated from Otis Rural High School. On Aug. 29, 1943, she married Lester M. Stieben at Otis. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2004. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.
William Francis "Bill" Maneth, 81, died Jan. 16, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born March 13, 1933, at Great Bend, the son of William Leo and Mary Teresa (Mauler) Maneth. He married Kay Ellen Dorfshaffer Aug. 24, 1957, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Great Bend. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he worked for various retail firms around Great Bend as a counter parts man, retiring from Great Bend Farm Equipment in 1996.