Dorothy B. Essmiller, 89, died Sept. 19 at her home in Great Bend. Born June 1, 1921, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harry and Ruby (Travis) LeRoy. On Aug. 3, 1941, she married Ralph Essmiller in Great Bend. He died Aug. 9, 1974. A lifetime resident of Great Bend she was a farm wife and bookkeeper for McDonald Tank and Equipment Company, Inc.
COLBY - Betty Elaine Fitzsimmons Sloan died peacefully at her home in Colby on Sept. 24. She was born April 18, 1924 to Ethyl Lene (Logan) and Everett Wallace Elmore in Rozel, Kansas. Betty attended Lewis Rural School and graduated in 1942. College was interrupted by World War II, and after attending KU, and Hutchinson Junior College, she was granted a Bachelor in Speech and English from Kansas State University in 1947. Though she was a homemaker for most of her life, education was important to Betty, and she was hired as the first Speech and Drama instructor at Colby Community ...
HOISINGTON - Dean Steiner, 78, died Thursday at Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, Kansas. He was born Dec. 3, 1931 at Hoisington, Kansas the son of Louis and Lenora (Ummel) Steiner. A longtime Hoisington resident, coming from Odin, Mr. Steiner was a retired employee of Kansas Wildlife and Parks at Cheyenne Bottoms, retiring in 1992. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
SHEBOYGAN FALLS WIS. - Opal L. (Koeller) Stahl, 79, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., passed away on Sept. 21 at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. Born on Oct. 27, 1930 in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Ira and Anna (Kerkoska) Alexander. On May 31, 1949 she married William James Koeller in Great Bend. William preceded her in death in 1995. Opal married Eddie Bender in 1998, he preceded her in death in 1998. She was then married to Donald Stahl on Aug.t 16, 2002 in Sheboygan, Wis. Opal was employed as an office manager for Craig Construction in Great Bend ...
OTIS - Kenneth P. Brack, 90, died Sept. 22 at Rush County Nursing Home, La Crosse. He was born Aug. 21, 1920, at Otis, the son of Peter E. and Amelia (Horch) Brack Foos. He married Fern Marie Schlegel on April 21, 1946, at Otis. She died Dec. 21, 1993. An Otis and Rush County resident for 70 years, coming from Ness County, he was a retired farmer.
BURDETT - Emmett J. Bauer, 87, died Sept. 23 at Country Place Living, Larned. He was born July 25, 1923, in Burdett, the son of Philip J. and Frances R. (Mooney) Bauer. On Aug. 25, 1942, he married Lois G. Hoch at Hanston. She died Jan. 16, 2007. A lifetime Burdett resident, he was a real estate broker and owner of Emmett J. Bauer Agency, Burdett.
STAFFORD - Donna Aileen Ellis, 91, died Sept. 21 at Leisure Homestead in Stafford. Born Jan. 28, 1919, in Sylvia, she was the daughter of John Otto and Flossie Maye Ankerholtz. On March 30, 1938, she married Ona George Ellis in Medicine Lodge. He died on Nov. 3, 1985. Donna graduated from Sylvia High School. She was a homemaker and had many piano students. She worked at the Stafford District Hospital and was an active member of Eastern Star, holding many different offices for many years. In 1987 and 1988 she was appointed the Grand Organist for the Grand Chapter of ...
Jerry Lee "Elvis" Farmer Sr., 55 of Great Bend, died Sept. 21 at Promise Regional Hospital in Hutchinson. Born March 21, 1955, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Benjamin Hulon and Floy Jean (Waggoner) Farmer. On Dec. 21, 1984, he married Deborah Wintholz in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend for 28 years, coming from Harrison, Ark., he was a CNA for Larned Healthcare.
ST. JOHN - John Florez Garcia, 52, died Sept. 21 at Stafford County Hospital. Born May 23, 1958, in St. John, he was the son of Modesto and Ventura Garcia. A life-long resident of St. John, he was director of staff development at Res-Care Pathways from 1987-2010.
Etta Lorraine (Baeumel)Campbell, 83 of Great Bend, daughter of Charlie Baeumel and Hallie Etta Hedrick Baeumel, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, avid cross-stitcher and fisherman, passed away Sept. 21 in Wichita. She was a retired professional dog groomer. She was born at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend on March 3, 1927.
ST. JOHN - Lois Earline Scott, 83, died Sept. 20 at Leisure Homestead in St. John. She was born Oct. 13, 1926, at Texas County, Okla., the daughter of Hugh and Eunice Lyles Kilgore. She graduated from Hooker High School, Hooker, Okla., and attended Oklahoma Baptist University. On Jan. 22, 1946, she married Gene Hartford Scott in Liberal. He passed away in 2002. A resident of St. John since 1953, she was employed as an abstracter and title insurance agent owning Stafford County Abstract and Title for over 32 years, a B-24 Airplane Plant bookkeeper, the Stafford County Register of Deeds ...
Clifton Paris Gunnels, 84, of Great Bend, died Sept. 22 at Cherry Village in Great Bend. He was born Nov. 16, 1925, at Climax, the son of George Washington and Sarah Aileen (McComb) Gunnels. He was a World War II veteran, proudly serving his country as a signalman in the U.S. Navy. He married Dorothy Ann Tieszen Aug. 12, 1950, at Marion, S.D. They were married 52 years before her passing on March 22, 2003. He graduated from Ottawa University, after which he attended the Berkely Baptist Divinity School and received his Bachelors of Divinity degree. He served ...
Orval Aldrich Hejny, 89, of Great Bend, died Sept. 22 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. He was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Barton County, at the farm of his parents, Aldrich and Rose (Serpan) Hejny. A graduate of Hoisington High School, he served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer Third Class on the battleship USS Idaho and Petty Officer First Class on the destroyer escort USS Connally DE-306. He farmed and raised registered polled Herefords.
Dewey Dean Haddon, 72, of Great Bend, died Sept. 20 in rural Reno County. He was born July 20, 1938, at Great Bend, the son of Dewey Clifford and Ethel Viola (Flanders) Haddon. He married Janet Eklund on May 27, 1956, at Stafford. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a farmer.
Marion W. Sunley, 81, died Sept. 20 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born Feb. 28, 1929, at Brownell, the son of Abraham Lincoln and Stella (Stull) Sunley. He married Joan Weber on Aug. 30, 1950, at Ness City. She died Sept. 1, 1987. He married Melba Helm on Oct. 15, 1988, at Great Bend, and she survives. He was a route salesman for Suburban Laundry, a carpenter for Marlette Homes and carrier for Star Route for U.S. Mail. He had been a Great Bend resident since 1954, coming from Brownell, and living 13 years in ...
HOISINGTON - George L. Carson, 71, died Aug. 30 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
Steven D. Manning, 67, died Sept. 5 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 15, 1947 at Lebanon, Mo., he was the son of
MCPHERSON- Donald Lee Marshall, 72, formerly of Pittsburg, died Thursday, Sept. 4. Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, is handling arrangements.
WICHITA- Colleen Alma Baker, 90, died Sept. 4. She was born and raised in Great Bend.
Francis D. Huffman, 70, longtime Great Bend resident, passed away on Aug. 31, 2014 at his Great Bend home.
STAFFORD - Victor L. Blakeslee, 82, died Sept. 2, 2014 at Stafford County Hospital.
RUSSELL - Edward Maier, 90, died Sept. 1, 2014 at the Russell Regional Hospital.
Betty J. Kramer, 84, died Aug. 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. She was born April 6, 1930 at Otis, the daughter of Julius and Amelia (Georg) Muth.
William J. Burke, 84, died July 31 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Oct. 18, 1929 at Spearville, the son of William Chauncey and Julia M. (Hayden) Burke.
Floyd E. Ward, 69, died Aug. 25 at University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was born Feb. 14, 1945 at Pueblo, Colo., the son of Ila Ward.
Lawrence Stanley Schneider, 89, died Sept. 2, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 28, 1925, in Barton County, he was the son of Louis John William and Agnes Pauline (Page) Schneider. On Aug. 11, 1945, he married Daisy Pauline McDonald in Couer d'Alene, Idaho. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer and stockman.
RUSSELL - Norma Jean (Boxberger) Schwien, 81, of rural Russell, passed away Aug. 27, at her residence. Born Nov. 24, 1932, at the family home in northeast Ellis County, she was the daughter of Edward and Pauline (Mai) Boxberger. She grew up in the Ellis County area and attended the Pleasant Dale School District #99. She later obtained her G.E.D. On Jan. 7, 1951, she was united in marriage to Leonard Larry Schwien in Russell. He preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2007. She was a homemaker.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - Curtis E. Lohrding, 81, died Aug. 30, at his home following several months of illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Coldwater, to Raymond and Laura Lohrding. Curtis was a graduate of Coldwater High School and received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in Science at Kansas State University, with four years ROTC and entered the Air Force as 2nd Lieutenant in July 7, 1955, where he became a jet pilot for three years. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (ASCS) after 33 years administering offices in Coldwater and Great Bend ...
ROSE HILL - Juanita Maxine Crane-Grable, 86, died Aug. 31 in Rose Hill. She was the daughter of Lillian and Lee Page.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Leon E. Keil, 86, formerly of Great Bend, died Aug. 31.