Louis Elmer "Bud" Black, 85, died June 27 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born Jan. 5, 1926 at Cherryvale, he was the son of Louis G. and Sarah Ellen (Barker) Black. On Oct. 13, 1950 he married Violet Wittman in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1947, coming from Cherryvale, he was a truck driver and delivery man for Santa Fe Trail Transportation.
HUTCHINSON - Janis Lin Bair, 68, of Hutchinson, died June 26, at Hospice House. Born Sept. 7, 1942, in Hannibal, Mo., she was the daughter of James Derrill and Helen Victoria Linsner Pratt. She was a 1960 graduate of Wichita North High School, a 1964 graduate of Pittsburg State University, with a B.A. in Education, and she received her M.A. in Administration from Wichita State University.
BELPRE - Clifford Wesley Belt, 58, died June 17 at the home of his son in Melton, Fla. Born on Sept. 23, 1952, in Larned, he was the son of Lloyd and Leota Mead Belt. He attended school in Trousdale, Belpre and Macksville.
CHASE - Shirley Evelyn Sutton Schmidt, 91, died June 26 at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Oct. 10, 1919, in Hudson, she was the daughter of Lesley Edmon and Mettie Derr Sutton. On July 6, 1938, she married Edward "Ed" Carl Schmidt in Great Bend. He died on Nov. 7, 2001. A resident of Chase since 1938, formerly of Great Bend, she was a retired cook at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons.
Gerald "Jerry" Wagnon, 67, died June 12 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1943, at Joplin, Mo., the son of Dean and Leona (Beatty) Dugan. He married Wanda Halling on Feb. 14, 1981, at Dundee. He worked for Reiter Chevrolet, Standish Motors and Jeff O'Neill Ford as a car salesman.
PFEIFER - Laurine M. Dreiling, 87, died, June 25 at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson. She was born Feb. 20, 1924, at Emmeram, to Joseph J. and Mary (Hammerschmidt) Dreiling. She married Norbert F. Dreiling on Aug. 29, 1944, at Hays. He died May 3, 1977. She was a homemaker.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dr. Marvin Deines, 84, died 23 June in Chesapeake, Va. He was born Jan. 23, 1927, at Olmitz, the son of Jacob Deines and Hannah Janke Deines. He was a retired chiropractor and the founder of "Foundation of Faith IV," a nonprofit organization that awarded college scholarships in memory of fallen military sons and daughters of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
ELLINWOOD - Joseph M. Hickel, 81, died June 20 at Ellinwood. A lifetime resident of Barton County, he was born to Louis J. and Katherine (Robl) Hickel on Jan. 2, 1930, in the Sts. Peter & Paul area. He married Helen McPherson, of rural Ellinwood, on Dec. 29, 1954.
ELLINWOOD - C. Loaine (Haines) Perry, 90, formerly of Arkansas City, died June 19 at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Aug. 13, 1920, in Newton, she was the daughter of George M. and Sylvia I. (Church) Haines. She was reared and educated in Potwin and El Dorado, graduating from El Dorado High School in 1938. She married John Patten and later D.J. Perry. The couple made their home all over Kansas and for 15 years in Missouri before moving to Winfield in 1992 and Arkansas City in 1997. She was a machinist for Boeing, a seamstress, and did house cleaning.
OTIS - Connie Lynne (Hoch) Hoopingarner, 72, passed away on June 22, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born on Aug. 24, 1942, she was the daughter of O.C. ('Poss') and Esther (Keenan) Hoch. In 1960, she graduated from Hoisington High School and went on to earn her Dental Hygiene Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She worked as a Dental Hygienist until her retirement in 2002. On Feb. 29, 1964, she married Larry Dwight Hoopingarner in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Manter.
Hugh Robert "Bud" Steadman, 90, died June 21, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born May 23, 1925, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank M. and Blanche Marie (Sterling) Steadman. On July 14, 1946, he married Delores June Schenkel in Bazine. She died on April 28, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an engineering technician for Evans, Bierly and Hutchison.
MCKINNEY, Texas - Kimberly Dawn Burkhart died at her home in McKinney, Texas, on May 13, 2015. Born April 4, 1969, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Cliff and Barbara Burkhart. She was employed by American Airlines as an International flight attendant. She served as an MP in the United States Army and was active in Desert Storm.