Tracey Christopher Smith, 43, of Great Bend, died Nov. 10 at his home. He was born June 10, 1967, in Great Bend, the son of Melba Jean (Foos) Smith. He was a police officer for the Great Bend Police Department and was administrator for Barton County Youth Care Girls' Home. He was a lifetime Great Bend resident.
Donald A. Dreiling, 83, of Great Bend, died Nov. 11 at his home. He was born April 11, 1927, at Victoria, the son of Alexander John and Catherine (Brungardt) Dreiling. He married Nadine Moore on Oct. 2, 1954, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chase. He owned and operated Don's Food Mart. He was a lifelong Great Bend resident, coming from Victoria.
SEWARD - Ricki Lee Walker, 57, died Nov. 11 at his home in Seward. Service arrangements are pending with Minnis Chapel, St. John.
VALLEY CENTER - Lucille P. Hester, 84, died Nov. 9 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater. Born Oct. 14, 1926, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of William Glenn and Nellie B. (Westover) Gruber. On April 18, 1946, she married Raymond J. Hester in Hoisington. He died Dec. 20, 1985. A resident of Valley Center since 1958, moving from Hoisington, she was a retired cook for USD #262 in Valley Center.
ELLINWOOD - Mary Eileen McQuade, 87, died Nov. 9 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. She was born July 10, 1923, at Frontenac, the daughter of Joseph Charles and Anne Virginia Kelly Lavery. She had been an Ellinwood resident since 1958. She married Peter John McQuade on Feb. 19, 1945, at Frontenac. He died Oct. 31, 2003. She was a homemaker and worked at a munitions plant in southeast Kansas during World War II. She was a secretary for Mount Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg and for Kan/Colo Credit Union in Ellinwood.
ELLINWOOD - Mary Eileen McQuade, 87, died Nov. 9 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. She was born July 10, 1923, at Frontenac, the daughter of Joseph Charles and Anne Virginia Kelly. She had been an Ellinwood resident since 1958. She married Peter John McQuade on Feb. 19, 1945, at Frontenac. He died Oct. 31, 2003. She was a homemaker and worked at a munitions plant in southeast Kansas during World War II. She was a secretary for Mount Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg and for Kan/Colo Credit Union in Ellinwood.
VALLEY CENTER - Lucille P. Hester, 84, died Nov. 9 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
LARNED - June Alene Berglund, 87, died Nov. 9 at Larned Healthcare Center, Larned. She was born June 29, 1923, in Sanford, the daughter of Harry L.S. and Marie Henrietta Detzen Meckfessel. A lifetime resident of Pawnee County, she was a homemaker and worked as an office clerk for the Pawnee County Treasurer's Office for 17 years.
ELLSWORTH - Carmen R. Munguia, 89, died Oct. 31. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to the Hoisington Church of the Nazarene or to Hospice Care of Kansas.
HUTCHINSON - Donna Murphy Foran passed away on Nov. 8, She was 75 years old. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Timothy A. Foran, Hutchinson, and children David A. Foran, Kansas City, Kan., Alyce Newell (Duane) of Conway Springs and Michael Foran (Angela), Hutchinson. Donna and her husband Tim together were the owners and operators of Tim's Import, Sales and Service since the 1960s in Hutchinson. She was born in Minot, N.D., Jan. 1, 1935. She was adopted by Virgil James and Lola Amanda (Gerwien) Murphy and the family soon after moved to the Seattle, Wash ...
GARFIELD (Kan.)/PLANO, Texas - Tima McIlvain, 89, died Oct. 31 at Sunrise Assisted Living, Plano, Texas. She was born Nov. 11, 1920, in Great Bend, the daughter of William Alexander and Blanche Smith Nixon. A resident of Garfield for most of her life, she was a homemaker.
ST. JOHN - Dorothy Lou John, 87, died Oct. 30 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. Born Oct. 25, 1923, in St. John, she was the daughter of Clair J. and Grace (Long) Witcher. On Aug. 29, 1948, she married Milton Mason John, Jr., at St. John. He survives, of the home. She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1941 and attended Adela Hale secretarial school. She was employed at the Stafford County Courthouse and Post Office and retired after 20 years a Selective Service clerk for five counties. She also worked at Hearthstone Nursing Home and the St. John School ...
HOUSTON, Texas - Patricia Marie Peebler passed away on Nov. 6 in grace and peace at her home in Houston, Texas. Born April 21, 1947, she was the daughter of Raphael and Helen (Staudinger) Malone in Great Bend.
RUSSELL - Martha Eichman, 91, of Russell, died Nov. 7 at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. She was born on July 6, 1919, in rural Hoisington, the daughter of Peter Schneider, Sr. and Lydia (Bender) Schneider. She grew up in the Hoisington area and attended country schools. She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Theodore Eichman on March 27, 1938, in Barton County. Martha and Theodore were the classic farming couple and managed their farm in the Hoisington area for many years. From helping Theodore in the fields to tending to their cattle and other farm ...
NEWTON - William "Bill" Alexander, 59, died Nov. 7 at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. He was born May 24, 1951, in Denver, Colo. He graduated from Mound City High School and went on to complete two years at Fort Scott Junior college. He served three years with the United States Navy. Following that, he wisely used the G.I. Bill to further his education and attended Wichita State University and achieved his bachelor's degree, followed by his Physician's Assistant Degree. On Aug. 14, 2006, he married Tamera J. Clark in Newton.
OBERLIN - DeeAnna E. Krizek, 77, died Aug. 9 at Decatur Health Systems in Oberlin. Born April 7, 1937, in Oberlin, she was the daughter of Gordon and Esther (Leitner) Rathbun. In 1955 she graduated from Decatur Community High School. On Aug. 4, 1957, she married Bennie Krizek in Oberlin. Living on the Krizek family farm north of Jennings, she was a homemaker.
ELLINWOOD - Nolan E. Starkey, 74, died at his home in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
ELLINWOOD - Mike Strobl, 78, died at his home in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
LACROSSE - Eugene Dale Sell died on July 2. Born on Aug. 10, 1929, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Mayme (Rickter) Sell. Gene attended school in La Crosse, graduating in 1947. In high school he excelled in all sports, especially in basketball and football. Upon graduation, Gene accepted a scholarship to Garden State College in Garden City. Upon leaving college, he took a job with Gross Drilling Co. of Eldorado, and in 1951, was sent to Pawhuska, Okla. for "six months work and never left." He was married in 1951, to Patsy Brenton of Pawhuska and ...
Karen Kay Weber, 57, died Aug. 5 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 10, 1956, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Nicholas Mathias and Viola Dorothy (Lang) Weber. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a client of Sunflower Diversified Services for 37 years.
RUSSELL - Marlene Edna (Karst) Becker–Steinle, 88, died Aug. 3, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 5, 1926, in Galatia, she was the daughter of Oscar and Amelia (Dumler) Karst. She grew up on the family farm north of Galatia and attended grade school at Sunflower Rural School. She then attended Great Bend High School and Russell High School, graduating from Russell in 1944. On Aug. 18, 1946, she was united in marriage to Marvin Becker in Milberger. Marvin preceded her in death in 1983. Later she was united in marriage to Eugene Steinle. Eugene preceded her in death in ...
ST. LOUIS, Mo. Dorles A. Rusco died Tuesday, July 22 in St. Louis, Mo. Memorial Mass was held Saturday, July 26, 2014.