OLMITZ - Tanner Joseph Hlavaty, 7, died Jan. 29 at his home in Olmitz. Born May 8, 2003, in Great Bend, he was the son of Kevin L. and Cambria A. (Bahr) Hlavaty. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, he was a second-grade student at Otis-Bison Elementary School.
WICHITA - Dorothy M. (Wilson) Hannah, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Reflection Living Center in Wichita, at the age of 94. Dorothy was born Oct. 26, 1917 in Jetmore, the daughter of Roscoe H. and Dollie (Raser) Wilson. She was Valedictorian of her high school class and received her bachelor's degree from Southwestern College in 1941. She married John T. Hannah on Oct. 30, 1953. Dorothy was a paralegal for many years and was a charter member for the Trinity United Methodist Church, both in Great Bend. Dorothy treasured her family dearly, enjoyed traveling and loved a good laugh.
NEVEDA, Mo. - Dorothy Hamilton, 75, Nevada, Mo., passed away on Jan. 27 at St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., after a short battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 14, 1936, in Claflin, to Anthony and Mary Kimpler Straub. She married Harry Hamilton on Sept. 20, 1954, in Decatur, Ind.
MEDICINE LODGE - Josephine M. Kimball, 83, died Jan. 28 at her home in Medicine Lodge. She was born Jan. 15, 1928, in St. Leo, Kingman County, the daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth (Bayer) Becker. On April 8, 1947, she married Everett Kimball in St. Leo. He survives.
WINNSBORO, Texas - Mrs. Johnna Stewart Hughes was born on Jan. 28, 1922, on the family farm in Brumley, near Gilmer, Texas, to John M. and Ida Mauck Stewart. She departed this life on Jan. 26, two days short of her 89th birthday. She and her husband of 52 years, Mr. George W. "Cotton" Hughes, were married on June 13, 1945, near Pittsburg, Texas. They moved to Winnsboro in 1946, where they raised their family. Cotton passed away in the family home in 1997 and then Johnna moved to Great Bend in 2001 to live near her family.
CARSON, Calif. -- Carl Edward James was born on Nov. 30, 1936, in Great Bend. He was youngest of nine children born to Louis and Alma James. He accepted Christ and followed the path that God laid out for his life. Carl graduated from Great Bend High School in 1954. He attended Kansas State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1958. He also attended UCLA, where he received two master degrees, one in Engineering and Math, 1962, and the other in Executive Management, 1974.
TIMKEN - Donald D. "Donnie" Holopirek, 72, of Timken, died Jan. 25 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born July 27, 1938, in Rush County, he was the son of Ralph and Blanche (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Nov. 15, 1965, he married Frances Herrman at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Timken. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer, welder and a truck driver for the Rush County Highway Department before his retirement.
LINCOLN - Hazel May Broberg, 93, of Lincoln, died Jan. 26 at Lincoln. She was born Nov. 20, 1917, at rural Lincoln, the daughter of Clarence and Elsie Hall Broberg. She was a teacher.
Mary Frances "Dolly" Gabel, 84, died Jan. 23 at Warrenton, Mo. Memorial service will be at a later late and will be announced by Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend.
Cecilia C. "Susie" Ward, 89, died Jan. 26 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born Nov. 30, 1921, at Beaver, the daughter of Valentine and Anna M. (Feltes) Kramer. She married Leonard "Buck" Ward on June 14, 1962, at Miami, Okla. He died July 7, 1983. She was a retired bookkeeper, and co-owner of Ward Motel.
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Denise Lee Hayden, 53, died Jan. 25 at the Mennonite Friendship Manor. She was born June 14, 1957, in Great Bend, the daughter of Leo L. and Bertie Lou (Siefkes) Hayden. She worked seven years as a management analyst for the federal government in Frankfort, Germany, and also worked for the city of Hutchinson. She was a 1975 graduate of St. John High School, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from KSU.
Carl F. Fry, 54, died Jan. 22 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 26, 1956, he was the son of Max Eugene Fry Sr. and Esther Mae (Johnson) Fry. A lifelong resident of Great Bend, he graduated from Great Bend High School. In the 1990s Carl worked at the Brit Spaugh Zoo. He enjoyed animals and bird watching.
Rachel Skidmore, 98, died Jan. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 1, 1913, in Bison, she was the daughter of John C. and Kathryn E. (Steitz) Scheuerman. A resident of Great Bend since 1938, she was a homemaker. She completed nine years of school in Rush County. On Oct. 1, 1939, she married William F. Skidmore in Otis. He died in January 1996.
HOISINGTON - Joseph J. Rziha, 94, died Jan. 23 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Feb. 2, 1916, in Odin, he was the son of Frank and Mary (Koester) Rziha. A lifetime resident of rural Odin, he was a farmer/rancher. On Oct. 28, 1972, he married Ida Ann Huschka Wendal in Hoisington. She died Oct. 12, 2002.
WAKEENEY - Bernie Beydler, 74, died Jan. 24 at the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital. Born July 30, 1936, in Delta, Colo., he was the son of Bernard Beydler and Louise Welsch Beydler. On Nov. 23, 1954, he married Twila Bartley in the First Christian Church in Oceanside, Calif. He was employed by a trucking company in WaKeeney for many years.
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.
Joan Charles, 84, died Jan. 5, 2015, at her home in Great Bend. She was born Dec. 2, 1930, at Oswego, the daughter of Clyde and Evelyn (Claxton) Morain. She was a butcher at Don's Food Mart, Great Bend. Ms. Charles was a long-time Great Bend resident, also residing in McKinney, Texas, and Hutchinson.