ELLINWOOD - Imogene M. Sanko, 80, died May 29 at Country Place Senior Living in Ellinwood. Born Jan. 19, 1932 in Meade, she was the daughter of James Hayden and Hilda Cordes Hayden. On Oct. 8, 1951 she married Wilbert V. Sanko at the Cathedral in Dodge City. A resident of Ellinwood for 58 years, she was a farm wife, bus driver for USD 355 assistant to a veterinarian and a telephone operator.
Minn./Fla. - Kenneth E. Redetzke, 71, of Burnsville and Longville, Minn. and Destin, Fla., died on May 26 at his home in Florida after a nine month battle with kidney cancer. Ken was born on May 2, 1941, in Claflin, the eldest son of Vernon Redetzke and Susanna Lang Redetzke. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1963 with a degree in Agricultural Economics, played varsity baseball and was president of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He received his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1973. On Dec. 29, 1964, Ken ...
LANCASTER, Calif.- Stella Arlene Marker Blevins, 74, of Lancaster, Calif. lost a brief but courageous battle with cancer on May 21 with her three children by her bedside. She was born on Sept. 2, 1937 in Great Bend, and grew up in Ellinwood.
Frank Carl Buettner, 88, of Great Bend, passed away May 25 in Lindsborg. He was born April 10, 1924, in Hutchinson, the son of Harry and Mary (Walstrom) Buettner. He married Lynn Cunday in 1947 in Hutchinson. She passed away in 2003.
Graveside Committal Services for Doris May Amerine will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the Great Bend City Cemetery with Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Barton County Relay For Life. Charter Funerals in Great Bend is in charge of arrangements.
LARNED - Roger Allen "Butcher" Meeker, 62, died May 12 at his home in Jay, Okla. He was born Nov. 12, 1949, at Larned, the son of Frank and Lucille Steadman Meeker. He was a welder, working for Superior Boiler Works.
GENESEO - Jerry Paden, 57, died May 24 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Born March 8, 1955, in Austria, he was the son of Jack and Roberta (Croll) Paden. On Aug. 31, 1996, he married Treva (Burress) Schepmann in Ellsworth. He was the founder of Paden's Place in Ellsworth and a track inspector for Union Pacific Railroad before his retirement.
ALDEN - Representative Robert G. Bethell, 69, died May 20 in Topeka. Born Nov. 5, 1942, in Joliet, Ill., he was the son of George and Ann Bath Bethell. A resident of Alden since 1982, he was formerly of Siloam Springs, Ark. He received his bachelor's degree from John Brown University and his master's degree in Education from the University of Illinois. On Dec. 19, 1965 he married Lorene Fay Redmon in Joliet, Ill. He was a State Representative for the 113th District, Senior Pastor at the Alden and Raymond Baptist Churches and former nursing home administrator in various ...
McPHERSON - Harry Leon "Papa Harry" Owen, 57, of McPherson, passed away on May 19 unexpectedly at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Dec. 27, 1954, in Great Bend, he was the son of William Emmett "Bill" and Glenda Vivian (Muench) Owen. He attended Great Bend grade schools and Great Bend High School. Currently working for Stanion Wholesale Electric Company of McPherson as a counter salesman, he had worked for them for over 22 years.
OTIS - Connie Lynne (Hoch) Hoopingarner, 72, passed away on June 22, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born on Aug. 24, 1942, she was the daughter of O.C. ('Poss') and Esther (Keenan) Hoch. In 1960, she graduated from Hoisington High School and went on to earn her Dental Hygiene Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She worked as a Dental Hygienist until her retirement in 2002. On Feb. 29, 1964, she married Larry Dwight Hoopingarner in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Manter.
Hugh Robert "Bud" Steadman, 90, died June 21, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born May 23, 1925, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank M. and Blanche Marie (Sterling) Steadman. On July 14, 1946, he married Delores June Schenkel in Bazine. She died on April 28, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an engineering technician for Evans, Bierly and Hutchison.
MCKINNEY, Texas - Kimberly Dawn Burkhart died at her home in McKinney, Texas, on May 13, 2015. Born April 4, 1969, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Cliff and Barbara Burkhart. She was employed by American Airlines as an International flight attendant. She served as an MP in the United States Army and was active in Desert Storm.