LIBERAL - Daniel Joseph Penney, 61, of Liberal, passed away Tuesday from a sudden illness. Dan was born Dec. 28, 1949 at Great Bend. He went to school and worked there until 1968, when he moved to Kansas City, Mo. In 1983, he met his wife, Louise and moved to the rural Liberal, Mo. area.
ELLINWOOD - Viola Eggers, 82, died Oct. 10 at Ellinwood District Hospital. She was born Feb. 9, 1929 at Catherine, the daughter of Ludwig and Julia Leiker Staab. She has been a Barton County resident since 1943, formerly of Ellis County.
ELLINWOOD - Richard (Dick) Elsen, 68, died Oct. 9 at his home in Ellinwood. He was born Nov. 14, 1942 in Colwich, the son of Nicholas Elsen and Emelia Schwartz Elsen. He was an Ellinwood resident for over 45 years and worked in manufacturing at Marlett Coach in Great Bend.
LARNED - Chester Crane, 99, died Oct. 8 at Larned Health Care Center. He was born July 30, 1912, at Garfield, the son of William J. and Elizabeth E. Bingaman Crane. A lifetime resident of Pawnee County, he was a retired clerk/maintenance person for Doerr Manufacturing of Larned for 60 years.
HUTCHINSON - Virgie Margaret Goerl, 88, died Oct. 5, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born Oct. 9, 1922, in Chase, she was the daughter of John Godfried and Mary Elizabeth Hoover Dressel. Virgie was a 1940 graduate of Chase High School. She taught for two years at the Sunnyside Grade School after graduating from Chase High School. After teaching, she worked at both Dillons and Swift and Company in Lyons. On August 1, 1948, she married Vincent Kenneth Goerl in Lyons. He died Feb. 3, 2001.
MCKINNEY, TEXAS - Andrew D. Wutka, 39, died unexpectedly on Oct. 3, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born Sept. 16, 1972 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the beloved son of Anthony D. and Nancy C. (Roth) Wutka. Andrew spent his childhood in Fishkill, N.Y., Burlington, Vt., and Coral Springs, Fla. In 1990, he graduated from Taravella High School in Coral Springs. He attended the University of North Florida. In November 1992, he joined the Navy. He was a nuclear mechanic and served on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). He and Tammy moved to McKinney, Texas in 1998 ...
GREAT BEND - Sheryl L. Mosiman File, 67, died Sept. 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 12, 1944 in Beatrice, Neb., the daughter of Royal A. and Lois E. (Knowles) Mosiman. She was a Great Bend resident for three years, coming from Beatrice, Neb. to be near her family.
TOPEKA - Services for Laura Linn Knowles will be at 10 a.m on Wednesday, May 27, at First Presbyterian Church in Topeka. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Glasco Cemetery. Laura will lie in state after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Helping Hands Humane Society, Glasco Community Foundation, or Brain Tumor Center of New Jersey, all in care of the funeral home. To read the full obituary visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.
OSBORNE - Kenneth G. "Shorty" Hackerott, formally of Pawnee Rock, died on Feb. 28, 2015, at Parkview Care Center in Osborne. Born on July 17, 1936, in Rooks County, he was the son of Otto R. Hackerott and Belle (Mitchell) Hackerott. He loved books, old cars, trucks and tractors and enjoyed the 3-I shows.
HOISINGTON - Luella "Lu" Fercking, 78, went to be with her Lord on May 10, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Comanche County, at her Aunt Faye's farm house, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Cline. In 1954, she graduated from Ness City High School. On June 3, 1954, she married Robert "Ray" Fercking. He went to be with his Lord on Oct. 3, 2001. They moved to Great Bend in 1968. She worked at Data Industries, Volkswagen, and the printing shop for the Great Bend Tribune. She and her husband started Lu's ...