HOISINGTON - Howard Virgil Whithorn, 92, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
DORRANCE - Vernon Lamatsch, 74, died Nov. 29, 2011 at the Ellsworth County Medical Center.
OTIS - Norman W. Stieben, 93, died Nov. 29, 2011 at his home in Otis.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth A. Pivonka, 82, died Nov. 29, 2011 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington.
BURDETT - Fern I. Rodebaugh, 91, died Nov. 28 at Derby.
GREAT BEND - Rosella A. "Rosie Dozie" Smith, 98, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven are Center in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth A. Pivonka, 82, died Nov. 29 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
ELLINWOOD - Doris A. Starkey, 92, died Nov. 16 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1919 in Burlington, she was the daughter of William L. Graybeal and Mary Ann Finney Graybeal. An Ellinwood resident for nearly 50 years, formerly of Houston, Texas and Burlington, she was a bank teller and secretary.
Delores Ann Zachary, 55, longtime Great Bend resident, died on Nov. 28 at her home in Great Bend. Born on Jan. 6, 1956 at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Leslie and Margaret (Dueser) Music. She graduated from Barton County Community College in Great Bend. She worked at the Safeway grocery store in Great Bend, and at the time of her death worked was a waitress at the Pizza Hut on north Main Street in Great Bend, where she had been employed for many years.
LOVELAND, Colo. - Robert Jude Hammer, 71, passed away on Nov. 20 at his home in Loveland, Colo. Born on Oct. 23, 1940 in Great Bend, he was the son of Carl and June (Keenan) Hammer. He grew up on a farm west of Ellinwood. In 1958, he graduated from Ellinwood High School. He attended Fort Hays State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Political Science. He then attended the University of Kansas where he received his Judicial Degree. He practiced law for 31 years in Bloomington, Ill., Omaha, Neb., Kansas City, Mo. and ...
BURDETT - Fern I. Rodebaugh, 91, died Nov. 28 in Derby. Arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home in Larned.
William D. Witcraft, 87, of Great Bend, died Nov. 26 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 21, 1924, in Fairfax, Okla., he was the son of Chauncey and Mattie Smith Witcraft. He married Marian McAfee. They later divorced. He then married Betty Schiewe. She died in July of 2009. A long-time resident of Barton County, he was a retired oilfield perforator. He enjoyed playing golf.
VICTORIA - Robert F. (Bob) Unrein, 72, died Nov. 25 at his home in Victoria. Born Feb. 18, 1939, in Hays, he was the son of Peter C. and Lucida (Schutz) Unrein. He married Rose Marie (Brungardt) on June 13, 1964, at Victoria. A resident of Victoria since 1964, he was a sheet metal worker employed by Charles Leiker Plumbing and Heating, Midland Inc., and 30 years for Glassman Corp., all in Hays.
Florence J. Debes, 75, of Great Bend, died Nov. 24 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 2, 1936, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John A. and Helen F. (Huslig) Debes. She lived on the farm where she was born until she moved to Odin in 1980 with her parents. Her mother died in 1987 and she lived with her father until he died in 1999, when she moved to Great Bend, as a client of Rosewood Services.
James C. Burnette, 77, died Oct. 20 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 6, 1937 at Salina, he was the son of Cecil Marion and Stella M. (Lackey) Burnette.
KINSLEY - J. Craig Heinz, 66, died Oct. 17, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 23, 1947, in Spearville, he was the son of Jim and Rosemary (McKillip) Heinz. He was a Finance Controller.
BEATRICE, Neb. - Karen L. Kirkpatrick, 88 years and 27 days of age, passed away at her home Saturday morning, Oct. 18th. She was born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Hoisington, to Duke and Opal (Sypolt) Van Brimmer. Karen was a 1944 graduate of Hoisington High School and attended Wichita State University for two years. Karen and William Kirkpatrick were married on May 7, 1948, in Hoisington. She then taught school at a rural school near Great Bend from 1949-1950. They moved to Beatrice from Stinett, Texas in 1954; lived in Oklahoma and then back to Beatrice in 1957; lived in ...
BRYAN, Texas - Lucio Armando Cano, 54, passed away Oct. 15. Born March 1, 1960, in Mexico, he was the son of Guadalupe (Montes) Cano. Armando was a loving soul and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
LARNED - Dale Otte, 76, passed away Oct. 17, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Jan. 4, 1938, in Great Bend, he was the son of Wilmer and Leah Dorfshaffer Otte. A longtime area resident he was a farmer/stockman. On Sept. 16, 1956, he married Karen Rice in Great Bend. She survives.
GREAT BEND – Douglas Dean Shelton, 65, died Oct. 17, 2014 at his home in Great Bend.
DALLAS, Texas – Gilbert Roger Bates, loving father and grandfather, 90, died Oct. 16, 2014 at Medical City Hospital, Dallas.
WICHITA - Donald Eugene Hewitt, 90, died Oct. 12th. He was a former Cities Service Oil Co. Engineer, Antique Dealer/Collector, Patriarch of family and business, Hewitt's Antiques.
BRYAN, Texas - Lucio Armando Cano, 54, of Bryan passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
PAWNEE ROCK - Laura Jean Miller, 86, passed away Oct. 9, at her home in Pawnee Rock. Born June 19, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was the daughter of Horace B. and Laura Crawford Rogers. On April 28, 1992, she married Edward W. Miller in Littleton, Colo. He passed away on Nov. 27, 2008. She was a homemaker.
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - John Richard Stiff Sr. passed away on Monday, October 13. John was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on May 23, 1933, and worked briefly in the Merchant Marines before beginning a distinguished career in the industrial gas business. Beginning with a hydrogen plant in Painesville, Ohio in 1957, John was involved in a number of national and international helium projects where he earned a reputation as the foremost expert in the production of helium. In addition to projects in Otis, Navajo, Ariz., and Shiprock, N.M., John managed the development of a helium project in Poland and consulted on ...
RUSSELL - Richard Henry Dumler, 88, found peace on Oct. 14, after a long battle with multiple illnesses. At the time of his death, he lived at Rose Estates assisted living in Overland Park. Born on April 19, 1926, in Russell, he was the son of Henry and Agnes Dumler. His mother later married Ted Gariepy. He attended high school in Russell, where he was a sports star. There he met cheerleader Betty Joanne Kilian. He entered the service in 1944, serving in the United States Army Air Force until 1945. He married Betty Jo on June 1, 1947.
OVERLAND PARK -Richard H. Dumler, 88, died Oct. 14 in Overland Park. Services are pending with Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.
Reymundo Martinez, 27, passed away on Oct. 11, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born on Dec. 29, 1986, in Garden City, he was the son of Martin Martinez and Lupe (Rubio) Martinez. He moved to Great Bend, at an early age and worked construction with his godfather, Arturo Escamilla.
BURWELL, NEB. - Donitta Ann Conrad, 50, of Burwell, Neb. died on Oct. 11, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Jan. 13, 1964, in Ransom, she was the daughter of Donald and Ruby (Armer) Popp. She attended elementary school at Pawnee Rock, and in 1982, graduated from Hoisington High School. After graduation she attended Barton Community College where she received her associate's degree. On April 27, 1985, she married JP Conrad in Hoisington. They lived in Kansas for a time before moving to Burwell, Neb. in 1987. She was employed by the Community Memorial Health Center in ...