PARKERVILLE - Sandra Dee McKenzie, 49, of Parkerville, died July 13 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. Born June 19, 1963, in Kansas City she was the daughter of Guy and Beverley (Dwyer) Werle. On Oct. 27, 2001 she married Eric McKenzie. She was employed by the Geary County Sheriffs Department in Junction City, as an Administrative Assistant.
HUTCHINSON - Glenda L. Ensz, 85, went to be with her Lord on July 12 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born March 3, 1927 on the family farm near Inman, she was the daughter of Henry E. and Mabel A. (Ball) Hassman. On April 18, 1948 she married Harold D. Ensz in Hutchinson. He went to be with his Lord on March 3, 1998. She retired from Hubco after 11 years of service. Glenda loved to sew and make things for others. She also enjoyed cooking, camping and bird watching, especially for cardinals. She was a big fan of KU and ...
LARNED - Darlene Zetta Fox, 81, passed away July 10 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born May 2, 1931, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Gilbert Martin and Lena Margaret Bortz Johnson. On Oct. 28, 1950, she married Leo Joseph Fox at Larned. He died Jan. 2, 2001. A lifetime area resident, she was a homemaker and a sales representative for Stanley Home Products.
ELLINWOOD - Wilbert V. Sanko, 83, died July 12 at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born Oct. 12, 1928, at Spearville, the son of Edward and Mary Shinstock Sanko. He married Imogene M. Hayden on Sept. 8, 1951, at the Cathedral in Dodge City. She died May 29, 2012. An Ellinwood resident for 58 years, he was a farmer, a mechanic at Ward Pivonka, Gaughn Motors, Knop Butane & Davis Childs Motors, all of Ellinwood.
Betty Lou Bangerter, 93, died July 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Born Jan. 2, 1919, in Formosa, she was the daughter of Charles and Ona (Steichelman) Alderson. Betty moved to Hoisington in 1931 where she was the co-owner of Howard's Furniture until 1982. On Sept. 25, 1938, she married Howard Bangerter in Bushton. He preceded her in death. She moved to Great Bend in 1995. Betty enjoyed traveling with her husband in the RV, solving puzzles and sewing.
Leonard E. Miller Jr., 61, died July 8 at his home in Great Bend. Born Dec. 12, 1950 in Great Bend, he was the son of Leonard Jean and Edna (Kathman) Miller. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a siding installer for Southard Corporation, worked at EQ Muffler and was a handyman for Joe Mayers.
WICHITA - John O. Dick, 71, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on July 8. John spent his working career in the oil and gas industry, along with Boeing where he retired as a facilities engineer. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and lover of the outdoors.
KANOPOLIS - Terry Raymond Kowalsky, 69, died July 7 at his home in Kanopolis. Born Nov. 15, 1942 in Great Bend, he was the son of Leo Joseph and Hilda Margaret (Heinz) Kowalsky. He was a resident of Kanopolis since 2009, coming from Redding, Calif. where he had been a longtime resident. He operated a machine shop in Redding, Calif. and also farmed and raised cattle. He was involved in area dirt track racing in the 1960s and 1970s.
DODGE CITY – Clarence E. McConnaughy, 69, died July 9 at Trinity Manor Nursing Home in Dodge City. Born Oct. 8, 1942 in Great Bend, he was the son of Clarence E. McConnaughy Jr. and Martha (Kutnick) McConnaughy. He was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Marsha Hoge in Great Bend. A resident of Dodge City since 1966 moving from Great Bend, he worked for Skaggs, George-Nielson Motors and Dodge City International.
LA CROSSE - Terra Maryha Helm, 37, died on July 8 at her home. Born March 28, 1975 in Bath, Maine, she was the daughter of Mark A. and Katherine M. (Steadman) Helm Fisher. She moved from her birthplace of Bath, Maine, at an early age. A former resident of Great Bend, Hays and Wichita, she was a resident of La Crosse since her high school graduation from La Crosse High School in 1993.
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 ...
GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...
CHASE - Katharine Kay Brady, 70, died May 9, 2015, at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. She was born Dec. 27, 1944, at Lyons, the daughter of Willis and Frances Haas White. She graduated from Chase High School in 1962. She was married to Melvin Brady. He preceded her in death. A longtime Chase resident, she was a homemaker and CNA at the Ellinwood Hospital.