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Arlene Lois Barber 1930 - 2011

ELLINWOOD - Arlene Lois Barber, 81, died Sept. 12 at SeniorCare Home in Overland Park. Born July 8, 1930, at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of William and Bertha Elizabeth Bayer Peters. On June 1, 1952, she married Roy Jesse Barber in Ellinwood. He died on Oct. 3, 2006. A longtime Ellinwood resident, moving to Kansas City in 2007, she was a business graduate of Fort Hays State University where she was an active alumnus for many years. She also held degrees in psychology, elementary education, sociology and social work with an emphasis in drug and alcohol counseling.

September 13, 2011 | | Obituaries


Sheila Rae Hachmeister 1953 - 2011

TOPEKA - Sheila Rae Hachmeister, 58, died Sept. 10. She was born on April 17, 1953, to W.H. and Gladys Awtrey in Hereford, Texas. She graduated from Ulysses High School in 1971 and later earned her bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University. She married Bill Hachmeister in 1974. They later divorced. He survives. The family lived in Hill City and Great Bend before moving to Topeka in 1999. Sheila was employed by St. Francis Health Center in Medical Records for many years. She transferred to the Cancer Registry Department, serving as a Registered Health Information Technician.

September 13, 2011 | | Obituaries


John Edwin Harter 1933-2011

BERN - John Edwin Harter, 78, died Sept. 8 in Tribune. He was born Jan. 14, 1933.

September 12, 2011 | | Obituaries


Raymond G. Sharp

WICHITA - Raymond G. (Ray) Sharp, 81, retired Beech Aircraft Engineer passed away Sept. 10.

September 12, 2011 | | Obituaries


Betty Jane Dryden-Monical 1922 - 2011

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Farm Bureau Association and DAR, all of Larned.

September 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Stacey Dawn Martin 1961 - 2011

Stacey Dawn Martin, 50, died Sept. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Aug. 3, 1961, at Dodge City, the daughter of Don and Cherie (Nickell) Martin. A Great Bend resident for 30 years, coming from Dodge City, she worked for Central Kansas Medical Center as a phlebotomist.

September 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Eula Illene Smith 1922 - 2011

COPELAND - Eula Illene Smith was born April 5, 1922. She died Sept. 7 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

September 08, 2011 | | Obituaries


Megan E. Escalante 1981 - 2011

HOISINGTON - Megan E. Escalante, 30, died Sept. 6 in Reno County. She was born Jan. 13, 1981, at Russell, the daughter of John M. and Catherine R. (Munk) Debes. She married Chris Escalante on July 19, 2008, at Topeka. She worked for Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington as a Medical Lab Scientist. She grew up in Hoisington, lived in Topeka for 11 years, and moved back to Hoisington in 2010.

September 08, 2011 | | Obituaries


John G. Adams 1927 - 2011

CHASE - John G. Adams, 84, died Sept. 7 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 29, 1927, at Lathem, the son of Roy J. and Gladys Goldie McCarty Adams. He married Vera M. Pfannenstiel on Sept. 10, 1957, at Great Bend. A former oil field pumper, he was a longtime Chase resident, and he moved to Lyons in 2010.

September 08, 2011 | | Obituaries


Joseph Meier 1932 - 2011

LARNED - Joseph Meier, 79, died Sept. 6, 2011 at Larned Healthcare Center.

September 07, 2011 | | Obituaries


Megan E. Escalante 1981-2011

HOISINGTON - Megan E. Escalante, 30, died Sept. 6, 2011 in Reno County.

September 07, 2011 | | Obituaries


Kevin Damein Gilbert 1992 - 2011

Kevin Damein Gilbert, 18, died Sept. 5 at his home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 18, 1992 in Wichita, he was the son of Scott Gilbert and Betsy Murphy. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he lived with his grandparents. He was employed recently for Hendrick's Exotic Animal Farm. His passions included golfing, fishing, chess, four-wheeling, and target shooting.

September 06, 2011 | | Obituaries


Lou Ann (Weeks) Hinze 1954 - 2011

CLARKSTON, Mich. - Lou Ann (Weeks) Hinze, 56, died Sept. 3 at her residence. Born Oct. 15, 1954 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Glenn E. Weeks and Beulah (Woodyard) Weeks. On June 15, 1984, she married Charles Hinze in Troy, Mich. He survives. A Clarkston, Mich. resident since 1984, she was formerly of Russell County.

September 06, 2011 | | Obituaries


Jerome Joseph Younger 1933 - 2011

EMPORIA - Jerome Joseph Younger, 77, died Sept. 4 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Born on Sept. 30, 1933, in Hoisington, he was the son of Martin and Anna (Lauber) Younger. On Sept. 15, 1962, he married Barbara Redman at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. She survives at the home. He attended high school at Hoisington High. In 1960, he graduated from the Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business. He spent nearly 40 years as a full time accountant with Agler and Gaeddert, Bluestem Farm & Ranch Supply and EVCO Wholesale ...

September 06, 2011 | | Obituaries


Gary J. Christiansen 1947 - 2011

Gary J. Christiansen, 63, died Sept. 3 at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 1, 1947 in Vallejo, Calif., he was the son of Gerald and Nadine (Amerine) Christiansen. On Dec. 1, 1992 he married Judy L. Green in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Barton County, he was a self-employed carpet layer.

September 06, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Peggy J. Thompson 1953 - 2015

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.

January 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Marilou Axman 1930 - 2015

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.

January 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joseph John Zecha 1925 - 2015

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.

January 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joseph E. Hlavaty

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.

January 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan

LA CROSSE - Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan was delivered and passed on Jan. 18, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.

January 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Matilda P. "Tillie" Hoth 1916 - 2015

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.

January 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Garry L. Simpson 1954 - 2015

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.

January 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joseph “Joe” Hlavaty

OLMITZ - Joseph "Joe" Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19 at Locust Grove Nursing Home, LaCrosse. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, Kansas.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Solomon “Sam” Maier 1911 - 2015

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.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Rose Bryant 1942 - 2015

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.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Jan Carpenter Sink 1935 - 2015

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 ...

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Gregory Alan “Greg” Bitter 1959-2015

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.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Richard E. Johnson 1937 - 2015

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.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Velma V. Stieben 1924 - 2015

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.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


​William Francis “Bill” Maneth 1933 - 2015

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.

January 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


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