FORT SMITH, Ark. - Iva Mae Smith passed from this life at age 74 on Oct. 15. She was born May 16, 1937, near Rush Center, to Calvin and Elma Kershner. She was a beautician and owned and operated her own salon for 20 years.
OTIS - Maxine Elizabeth Scheuerman, 88, died Oct. 15, 2011, at Rush County Memorial Hospital-Long Term Care Unit in La Crosse. Born Feb. 24, 1923, at Beaver, she was the daughter of Peter E. and Alice Mae (Stoskopf) Bergman. Maxine attended Galatia Grade School and graduated from Hoisington High School. She then attended Fort Hays State University. She taught at country schools in Barton and Rush County and later became a certified nurse's aide. On March 21, 1943, she married Aaron Scheuerman at Otis. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2010.
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.