COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Margaret M. Cooper, 89, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away May 3, at Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care after a brief stay. She was born Jan. 14, 1922, in Great Bend, to Edgar F. and Bridget May (McGinty) Leeper and was a graduate of Radium High School in Radium. She married Glenn E. Cooper of St. John, on July 15, 1942. She was a retired credit manager for Diamond Lumber Company and a loving homemaker. She loved her family and many friends and enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and the Denver Nuggets.
ELLINWOOD - June Hammer Klepper, 94, died at Woodhaven in Ellinwood on Friday. She was born Dec. 30, 1916 in Seward, the daughter of Patrick L. Keenan and Mary Hall.
GENESEO - Johnetta G. Rolfs, 87, died May 5 at the Ellsworth County Medical Center. Born Jan. 21, 1924, in Rush County, she was the daughter of John and Sarah Scheuerman Kaiser. A 1942 graduate of Otis Rural High School, she then attended Fort Hays State College, receiving her teaching degree. On June 10, 1948, she married Alvin D. "Pete" Rolfs in Otis. He died on Dec. 9, 1995. A longtime resident of Geneseo and Lyons, she was a homemaker and elementary school teacher in Geneseo.
LARNED - Rolla Gaylen Renfro, 73, died May 4 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Oct. 14, 1937, at Great Bend, he was the son of Rolla G. and Viola B. (Elmore) Renfro. A Larned resident most of his life, he was a guard at the Larned Correctional Metal Health Facility, retiring in 2005.
Melba Jean Boxberger 1924 - 2011
LARNED - Ellen L. Boyd, 88, died Monday, May 2 at her son's home in Great Bend.
Billie Lou Burgardt, 61, died April 1 at Rock Island Rehab and Nursing Center in Rock Island, Ill. Born Feb. 18, 1950, in WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Fred J. and Christina (Mai) Mai. She married Elmer S. Burgardt on Aug. 11, 1989, in WaKeeney.
HOLYROOD - David N. Presley, 65, died April 30, in Ellsworth. Born May 12, 1945 in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Mack Lee and Ruby Jessie (Minor) Presley. On Aug 17, 1990 he married Linda Diane Heglin in Kodiak, Alaska. She survives. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as an electrician and recently worked at Orscheln's in Great Bend.
Bille Lou Burgardt, 61, died April 1 at Rock Island Rehab and Nursing Center in Rock Island, Ill. Born Feb. 18, 1950, in WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Fred J. and Christina (Mai) Mai. She married Elmer S. Burgardt on Aug. 11, 1989, in WaKeeney.
LARNED - La Rhue Gilman Rosner, 90, died April 1 at her daughter's home in Mulino, Ore. Born Jan. 13, 1921, in Larned, she was the daughter of John H. and Anna Schwier Gilman. She graduated from Larned High School. On Nov. 11, 1945, she married Harold D. Rosner in Hutchinson. She worked for her father, John Gilman, DDS in his dental office.
LAWRENCE - Joseph R. McLaughlin, 88, died April 30 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Lawrence. Born March 5, 1923, at Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of Cornelius R. and Louise D. (Gerry) McLaughlin. He married Grace McCarthy on Feb. 2, 1946, at Hays. She died Jan. 9, 1999. He married Bernice Alexander on Sept. 30, 2006, at Lawrence. He retired as Stafford Postmaster in 1983. He was a Lawrence resident, coming from Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Leonard Staudinger, 68, died May 1 at his residence in rural Hoisington. Born April 8, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Anton and Agnes (Zeman) Staudinger. On June 13, 1970, he married Mary Ann Jacobs at Russell. A lifetime resident of rural Barton County, he was a hunter safety instructor for 25 years.
Keith Wayne Benker, 53, died May 1 at Great Bend. He was born Feb. 20, 1958, at Deshler, Neb., the son of Kenneth and Connie (Ingles) Benker. He married Maribeth Taylor Fradd on Jan. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1988, coming from Cunningham, he owned and operated Keith Benker Irrigation Service.
SKELLYTOWN, Texas - Diana Lynn Larkin, 55, died April 29 in Pampa, Texas. She was born Aug. 23, 1955, in Great Bend. She married Gary Larkin on Aug. 25, 1973, in Hoisington. In 1974, she graduated from Great Bend High School. She was the postmaster at Briscoe Post Office for the past 15 years and had been employed with the U.S. Postal Service for the past 25 years. She had been a resident of Skellytown, Texas, since 1979.
MESA, ARIZ. - Violetta Louise Karst, 81, died April 26, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness. She was a loving Wife, Mother, and Nana.
CLAFLIN - Stephen F. Demel, 86, died Oct. 22 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Dec. 26, 1927, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Lamatsch) Demel. On April 23, 1957, he married Dolores A. Jenisch in Odin. A lifelong resident of Barton County, he was a farmer.
Mary Elizabeth Henkle, 80, died on Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 9, 1934, in Burlington she was the daughter of Charles William and Hazel Loretta (Doll) Reynolds. On Feb. 12, 1950, she married Carl W. Henkle in Holyrood. A resident of Great Bend since 1953, coming from Ellsworth County, she was employed by Sears in the customer service department, retiring after more than 30 years of service.
ALBERT - Bernice (Martinez) Cross, 75, died Oct. 20, 2014 in Wichita.
CONCORDIA - Sister Jeanette Wasinger, 76, died Oct. 22, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. She was a Sister of St. Joseph for 56 years. Born in Hays on June 3, 1938, she was the daughter of Nick and Catherine (Stecklein) Wasinger, the younger of two children, and was baptized Jeanette Mae. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, on Sept. 8, 1957. On March 18, 1958, Jeanette received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Joseph Andre. Changes in religious life gave her the opportunity to return to her baptismal name Jeanette. She ...
CLAFLIN - Stephen Frank Demel, 86, died Oct. 22, 2014 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21, 2014 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goddard.
DODGE CITY - Carol Jeanie (Kennedy) Blazek, 64, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. She was born June 4, 1950 at Russell, the daughter of Gerald L. and Catherine (Nault) Kennedy. A Dodge City resident for the past 40 years, moving from Hoisington, she worked at Sonic Drive In and Wardrobe Cleaners, both in Dodge City, retiring in 2012. She enjoyed crocheting and making poppies for the Veterans.
Mary E. Henkle, 80, died Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Mary Lea Wade, 85, died Oct. 21, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Aug. 14, 1929, in Prague, Okla., she was the daughter of Alvin and Pearl (Stiffler) Montgomery. On Oct. 14, 1951, she married Lee Wade in Great Bend. He died on April 9, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Prague, Okla., she was a secretary for Kopke Law Office and Haneke Financial Services.
RUSSELL - Gerald Dean Bender, 72, passed away on Oct. 19, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 23, 1942, in Russell, he was the son of Herbert H. and Viola E. (Mai) Bender. He grew up and attended schools in the Milberger area. He was employed by the City of Russell in the refuse department for 20 years, retiring in 1999.
CLINTON, Iowa - Gerald V. Galusha, 91, of Clinton, Iowa, died Sunday Oct. 19, at his home. Gerald was born on Aug. 16, 1923, in Garden Plaines, Ill., the son of James and Louise (Gerhardt) Galusha. He graduated from Erie High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, with the 90th Infantry Division under General Patton. He was wounded on Jan. 16, 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge, when he received severe head injuries from mortar shell shrapnel.
Jack Daubert, 61, died Oct. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. Born in Great Bend, on April 9, 1953, he was the son of Herman and Wanda (Riemann) Daubert. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1972. Jack worked as a Certified Medical Assistant at "The Cedars" retirement community in McPherson. He was a longtime resident of Great Bend.
Kathy L. Kaiser, 65, passed away Oct. 19, at her home. Born Aug. 10, 1949, in Hopeton, Okla., she was the daughter of Glenn S. and Artie R. (Elliott) Jones. A resident of Great Bend since 1977, she worked 23 years for USD #428 in Food Service. On July 30, 1977, she married Paul Kaiser in Great Bend. He survives of the home.
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.