GREAT BEND - Duane A. Potter, 94, died Jan. 10, 2015 at Birchview Gardens Assisted Living, Hackensack, Minn.
Marge M. Watkins, 93, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 8, at Almost Home, Inc. in Great Bend. Born Aug. 30, 1921, in Dodge city, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna May (Lewis) Cummins. On Oct. 3, 1938, she married Henry F. Watkins in Dodge City. He died on Feb. 25, 1991. She and her husband owned Westlawn Salvage until 1956, when they moved to Great Bend. They then opened their new business, A & A Iron & Metal. She loved fishing, hunting, gardening, bowling, and bingo.
Ralph L. Stalcup, 86, died Jan. 7, 2015, at Locust Grove, La Crosse. He was born June 5, 1928, at Great Bend, to Arthur A. and Amy (Gates) Stalcup. He married Mary Katheryn "Pollie" Clevenger May 9, 1953, at Hutchinson. She died Feb. 28, 2009. A Great Bend resident since 1976, coming from the Seward area, he was a farmer and stockman and was president of Globe Operating Inc.
Gloria Leon, 65, died Jan. 7, 2015, at her home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 25, 1949, in Great Bend she was the daughter of Sextos and Irene (Weiss) Leon. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a dishwasher at the Highland Manor. She enjoyed music and dances.
ELLINWOOD - Thecla Graf (Tex) Hammersmith, 94, joined the angels in heaven on Jan. 6, 2015. Born Dec. 14, 1920, in Victoria, she was the daughter of Alex P. and Anna Marie Graf. On Sept. 12, 1938, she married Eugene E.(Dutch) Hammersmith in Gorham. A resident of Ellinwood since 1979, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed Bingo, playing cards, and visiting with friends at the Heritage Senior Center. She was an avid fisherman in her younger days.
Darlene Ann Biggs, 79, died Jan. 5, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 12, 1935, in Groton, S.D., she was the daughter of Clarence and Bessie (Eikanas) Craig. On March 26, 1956, she married Daniel Noah "Danny" Biggs at Kingman. He died July 14, 2008. She attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, S.D., and was a third and fourth grade teacher in Faith, S.D. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Kingman.
WOODWARD, OKLA. - Eleanor Joan (Gallaugher) Parks, 78, of Woodward, Okla., died Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Woodward Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 3, 1936 at Medicine Lodge, she was the daughter of William James Gallaugher and Edith Frances (Osborn) Gallaugher. On April 17, 1959 she married Ronald K. Parks in Enid, Okla. He survives.
Elizabeth Ann Homer-Siemers, 88, passed away Jan. 4, at Cherry Village Care Home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 22, 1926, in St. John, she was the daughter of John B. and Erma H. (Headding) Kendall. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from San Jose, Calif., she was a retired grocery clerk. On June 1, 1945, she married Glenden Earl Homer in San Francisco, Calif. He preceded her in death.
Martin George Robl, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D, died on Dec. 31. Born to George and Loretta Robl in Ellinwood, he was the youngest of four children, 'Sonny'. He met the love of his life, Rosalie 'his' Darling Hochanadel in 1957, and they were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1960. They celebrated 54 years of marriage together.
DENVER, Colo. - Jesse Therston Whala, 85, passed away Dec. 27, 2014.
Darlene Ann BiggS, 79, died Jan. 5 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
ELLINWOOD ‑ Milton M. Meyer, 88, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood on Jan. 5. Born on the family farm on Sept. 15, 1926 near Ellinwood, he was the son of Fred and Dena (Siefkes) Meyer.
ELLINWOOD ‑ Melvin Stanley Ringering, 76, passed away at home on Monday Jan. 5. Born Aug. 22, 1938, he was the son of Stanley H. and Dorothy (Schade) Ringering.
DENVER, Colo. - Jesse Therston Whala, 85, passed away Dec. 27, 2014.
NEWTON - Following a courageous battle with cancer Valetta Stroble went on to be with the Lord Jan. 4. She was surrounded by her five children at her passing. Born March 9, 1934, in Larned, she was the daughter of John and Mary Penka. In 1954, she was married at the age of 20 to the love of her life, Bob Stroble. To this happy union were born five children, two daughters, Jan Plummer of Newton and Julie Taylor of Joplin Mo., and three sons John Stroble of Edmond Okla., Bob Stroble of Manhattan and Wade Stroble of Newton. Bob and ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
LA CROSSE - Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan was delivered and passed on Jan. 18, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.
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.
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.
OLMITZ - Joseph "Joe" Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19 at Locust Grove Nursing Home, LaCrosse. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, Kansas.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.