LURAY - LaVona Jean Bowen, 68, died May 22 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born July 28, 1942, at Gorham, the daughter of Miles V. and Maudie (Jones) Anthony. She married Ronald N. Bowen July 27, 1958, at Alva, Okla. He died May 27, 2008. A Luray resident for 26 years, coming from Inman, she was a homemaker.
ST. JOHN - Velma Deane Koelsch, 85, died Tuesday, May 17 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. She was born Nov. 23, 1925 at Stafford, the daughter of Edward Henry and Laura (Fritzemeier) Schneider. A life-long resident of St. John, she was a homemaker, graduate of Stafford High School, worked for Carr Auction and was the past deputy treasurer for Stafford County.
Wendi Sue Sineway, 42, died May 18 at her home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 13, 1968 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Kenneth Eugene and Charlotte (Littrell) Sineway. She was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Dolores J. Hogan, 84, died May 18 at Buhler Sunshine Home. Born Aug. 2, 1926 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Theodore R. and Isabelle M. (Radke) Lutschg. On June 25, 1946 she married Virgil Hogan in Hoisington. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, she was a retired bookkeeper for Suburban Laundry.
BUSHTON - Larry R. Schroeder, 71, of Bushton, died Tuesday, May 17, in Peoria, Ill. He was surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 24, 1940 in Ellsworth, he was the son of Robert Schroeder and Myrtle Weihe. He grew up in Lorraine, along with his sister Nancy, who survives. On Jan. 28, 1961 he married JoEllen Maes, who survives. They made their home in Bushton, and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a farmer, who also enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending athletic events.
ST. JOHN - Joyce S. Zook , 94, died May 18, at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Nov. 7, 1916, in rural Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Leonard Snowberger and Nellie Talbott. A lifetime resident of Pawnee County, she was a homemaker. On Feb. 11, 1940, she married Daniel W. Zook, at Larned. He died Oct. 12, 1962.
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.