TIMKEN - Donald D. "Donnie" Holopirek, 72, of Timken, died Jan. 25 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born July 27, 1938, in Rush County, he was the son of Ralph and Blanche (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Nov. 15, 1965, he married Frances Herrman at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Timken. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer, welder and a truck driver for the Rush County Highway Department before his retirement.
LINCOLN - Hazel May Broberg, 93, of Lincoln, died Jan. 26 at Lincoln. She was born Nov. 20, 1917, at rural Lincoln, the daughter of Clarence and Elsie Hall Broberg. She was a teacher.
Mary Frances "Dolly" Gabel, 84, died Jan. 23 at Warrenton, Mo. Memorial service will be at a later late and will be announced by Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend.
Cecilia C. "Susie" Ward, 89, died Jan. 26 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born Nov. 30, 1921, at Beaver, the daughter of Valentine and Anna M. (Feltes) Kramer. She married Leonard "Buck" Ward on June 14, 1962, at Miami, Okla. He died July 7, 1983. She was a retired bookkeeper, and co-owner of Ward Motel.
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Denise Lee Hayden, 53, died Jan. 25 at the Mennonite Friendship Manor. She was born June 14, 1957, in Great Bend, the daughter of Leo L. and Bertie Lou (Siefkes) Hayden. She worked seven years as a management analyst for the federal government in Frankfort, Germany, and also worked for the city of Hutchinson. She was a 1975 graduate of St. John High School, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from KSU.
Carl F. Fry, 54, died Jan. 22 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 26, 1956, he was the son of Max Eugene Fry Sr. and Esther Mae (Johnson) Fry. A lifelong resident of Great Bend, he graduated from Great Bend High School. In the 1990s Carl worked at the Brit Spaugh Zoo. He enjoyed animals and bird watching.
Rachel Skidmore, 98, died Jan. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 1, 1913, in Bison, she was the daughter of John C. and Kathryn E. (Steitz) Scheuerman. A resident of Great Bend since 1938, she was a homemaker. She completed nine years of school in Rush County. On Oct. 1, 1939, she married William F. Skidmore in Otis. He died in January 1996.
HOISINGTON - Joseph J. Rziha, 94, died Jan. 23 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Feb. 2, 1916, in Odin, he was the son of Frank and Mary (Koester) Rziha. A lifetime resident of rural Odin, he was a farmer/rancher. On Oct. 28, 1972, he married Ida Ann Huschka Wendal in Hoisington. She died Oct. 12, 2002.
WAKEENEY - Bernie Beydler, 74, died Jan. 24 at the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital. Born July 30, 1936, in Delta, Colo., he was the son of Bernard Beydler and Louise Welsch Beydler. On Nov. 23, 1954, he married Twila Bartley in the First Christian Church in Oceanside, Calif. He was employed by a trucking company in WaKeeney for many years.
SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Bill Slous, 80, died Jan. 24 at Springfield, Mo. Born May 15, 1930 in Greenup County, Ky., he was the son of John and Mary (Smith) Slous. A resident of Springfiled, Mo., coming form Hoisington, he worked in the Kansas oilfields and for 25 years at Marlette Mobile Homes in Great Bend. On Oct. 1, 1952, he married Rita Hochanadel in Hoisington. She survives.
HOXIE - Marie E. Brown, 90, of Hoxie, died Jan. 23 at the Sheridan County Long Term Care in Hoxie. She was born Sept. 19, 1920, to Peter J. and Emma (Sitz) Schneider at WaKeeney. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hoxie.
HUTCHINSON - Zola Farris Fischer, 88, died Jan. 24 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Born Nov. 17, 1922, in rural Stafford County, she was the daughter of Abraham and Kadisa Farris. On May 26, 1941, she married Sam Salem. She then married Merlin Fischer on June 10, 1967. She worked as a secretary at Hudson school, and at First National Bank of Hutchinson and Frontier Hybrids.
LARNED - M. Earl McBride, 95, died Jan. 22 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Sept. 2, 1915, at Kinsley, he was the son of Edgar and Elsie Miller McBride. On April 30, 1937, he married Fern Myers in Fellsburg. He was a farmer.
VICTORIA - Landry Michael Robben, infant son of Jason and Nicole (Watts) Robben, died Jan. 21 at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Jan. 5, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.
Robert Zane "Pete" Wilson, 78, died Jan. 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Feb. 21, 1932, at Glade, the son of Edward and Zela (Elliott) Wilson. He married Imogene Barnes on Jan. 2, 1953. They were later divorced. He was a carpenter for Albert Lumber Yard and later worked as a self-employed carpenter. He had been a Great Bend resident since 1998, coming from Ellinwood and Albert.
ELLIS - Eileen B. Wittman, 86, died Feb. 25 at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. Born June 27, 1927, in Ellis, she was the daughter of George and Bernice (Coleman) Matteson. She attended school in Ellis, graduating from Ellis High School in 1945. She also attended Colorado Women's College in Denver for one year. On Nov. 7, 1948, she married Lawrence Wittman. He died on March 26, 2009. A resident Great Bend from 1973 to 1977, residing in Ellis most of her life, she was employed in the Ellis drugstores, as a dental assistant for Dr. Davis, as librarian ...
WICHITA - Kevin Thompson, 56, died Feb. 22, 2014. He was employed by Hawker/Beechcraft as a Tool and Dye Maker for over 25 years.
Orval E. Weeks, 86, died Feb. 26, 2014 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
Lenora Marie Ochs, 97, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 21, 1916, in rural Otis, she was the daughter of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. On Oct. 6, 1935 she married Clarence Everett Ochs in Otis. He died on May 7, 1994. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Otis, she was a part-owner, bookkeeper and parts lady at Ochs, Inc., until retirement.
LARNED - Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Esther Barton Strain. A resident of the Great Bend formerly of Larned, she was a retired nurses aide at Gleason Hospital in Larned. She was of the Christian faith.
ST. JOHN - Leonard Rex Davis, 84, died Feb. 23 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. He was born Mar. 2, 1929, at Manter, the son of Earl R. and Rosa M. (Kidwell) Davis. He was a farmer/stockman and life-long resident of rural St. John.
Christy Smith, 49, died Feb. 22 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 22, 1964 at Travis U.S. Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, Calif., she was the daughter of Wendell H. and Mary (Brocher) Smith. A Great Bend resident since 1971, Christy was employed as a residential home care provider for Rosewood Services. She enjoyed animals, movies, reading, and sharing her wonderful wit and sense of humor. She particularly enjoyed helping others, always identifying with those in need.
Maxine R. Heueisen, 80, died Feb. 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 23, 1933 in Stafford County, she was the daughter of Earl and Jesse (Ballinger) Carr. On Nov. 26, 1955, she married Charles Heueisen in Larned. He died on April 17, 1979. A resident of Great Bend since 1997, coming from Larned. She was employed in the admissions department at Larned State Hospital, previously employed as the activities director at the Great Bend Manor and served as a case worker for the Center For Counselling. She had also previously operated the Meals on Wheels program ...
MUNJOR - Mary Ann Gross, 74, died Feb. 22, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Aug. 21, 1939, in Hays, she was the daughter of Ignatius and Irene (Werth) Koerner. On April 18, 1959, she married Wilbert Gross in Hays. She was a former licensed hairdresser and spent many years as a homemaker. She loved family gatherings with her children and grandchildren and the special trips she took with the love of her life, Wilbert.
Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home in Larned.
Evelyn Anna Hochstatter, 96, died Feb. 22 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. Born Feb. 25, 1917 at Holyrood, she was the daughter of John and Katie A. (Schmitt) Ehler.
Doris J. Nitzel, 86 years, longtime Great Bend resident, passed away on Thursday evening, Feb. 20, 2014 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend after a brief illness. Doris was born on Oct. 21, 1927 at Fairbury, Neb. to Moses G. and Grace (Eilts) Williams. She graduated from Endicott High School at Endicott, Neb. in 1946, and was united in marriage to Robert Dale Nitzel on Feb. 9, 1947 at Endicott. Doris was an Accounting Clerk for various businesses for many years prior to her retirement. She was an active volunteer for RSVP, and delivered Meals On Wheels ...
TRES PIEDRAS, N.M. - Carl Don Nicholas Bradley, Sr., 65, died Feb. 20 at his ranch in Olmitz, Kans. Born Dec. 6, 1948 at Santa Fe, N.M., he was the son of John Carver and Winifred (Wright) Bradley.
OLATHE - Jerad Lee Bickford, 24, died Feb. 19. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the church. To view the full obituary and to leave a message for the family, visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com.
Ingrid D. Trinka, 67, died Feb. 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 3, 1947, at Hillsboro, she was the daughter of Harold and Myrl Berg.