Robert L. "Rob" Pelster, Jr., 39, of Great Bend, died Oct. 13 at his home. Service arrangements are pending with Bryant Funeral Home and will be announced.
ELLINWOOD - Frederick W. Feist, 83, died Oct 14 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 29, 1927, in rural Claflin, the son of Anthony L. and Eva Christoph Feist. He married Katherine Kimpler on Nov. 11, 1952, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Ellinwood. A lifetime Barton County resident, her was a retired welder and a partner in Rollins Bit Service, Ellinwood. He also was a driver for the senior citizens' bus, Ellinwood.
TOPEKA - Milford L. Zimmerman, 69, of Topeka, died Oct. 12 at the Eventide Convalescent Center, Topeka. He was born Oct. 29, 1940, at La Crosse, the son of Frank and Virginia A. (Greenway) Zimmerman. He was a resident of Topeka for more than 10 years, moving from Salina. He was a 1962 graduate of Hays High School, Hays. He was retired from the United States Army.
BRANSON, Mo. - Robert C. Sloan Sr., 74, of Branson, passed away Friday, Oct. 8, in Branson. Private services will be held at a later date. The body has been cremated under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home, Branson.
ELLSWORTH - Elma G. Soukup, 93, died Oct. 12 in Wilson. She was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Ellsworth County, to Joseph and Mattie (Belt) Zelenka. A lifetime resident of the area, she was a homemaker and farm wife. On Nov. 22, 1938, she married Emil H. Soukup in Ellsworth. He preceded her in death June 26, 1992.
James Francis "Jim" Heaton, 83, died Oct. 10 at Wichita Specialty Hospital, Wichita. He was born Dec. 12, 1926, at Great Bend, the son of Clarence F. and Pearl (Gill) Heaton.
EUGENE, Ore. - Marvin Alan Vollmer, 85, died Aug. 22 of age-related causes.
Samuel Clay, of Chicago, Ill., died Oct. 7 in Chicago. He was 86 years old.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Armella Ann Edwards, 85, died Oct. 10 at Franciscan Villa of Broken Arrow in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was born June 17, 1925, on the Dreiling farm northwest of Hays, the youngest of 10 children. Her parents were Aloise and Anna (Herl) Dreiling. She married James Lawrence Edwards Sr. on May 5, 1945, at Norfolk, Va. He died Nov. 9, 1986. She was employed by American Parts in Great Bend and was also a homemaker and caretaker of her husband.
CLAFLIN - Larry Gene Garrett, 60, died Oct. 7 at his home in Claflin. He was born July 25, 1950, at Forrest City, Ark., the son of Carlton Daniel and Luna Winona (Beard) Garrett. He married June Agnes Arends on Feb. 27, 1975, at Great Bend. A Claflin resident since 1974, coming from Schell City, Mo., he was a self-employed truck driver.
WICHITA - Nicholas Ryan Reichuber, 23, passed away Oct. 8 in Wichita. He was born July 20, 1987, in Crystal City. Mo. He graduated from WTI in computer networking.
Ms. Cynthia Barnes, 53, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sept. 16. She was born on April 23, 1957, in Great Bend, the only daughter of Christian and Rosalie Peters Leiker. She graduated from Great Bend High School after receiving her elementary education at Holy Family Grade School. She then proceeded to earn her bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays. Cynthia also earned a master's degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. She lived in several locations throughout the Midwest and Southwest United States, where she lovingly raised her children ...
CLAFLIN - Anthony (Tony) Albert Hoffman, 82, died Oct. 7 at Golden Living Center in Wilson. Born Dec. 9, 1927, in rural Claflin, he was the son of Anton and Winifred (Dolechek) Hoffman. He graduated in 1945 from Claflin High School, and attended Wichita State University, was a member of ROTC, and the University of Kansas. On June 1, 1950, he married Caroline Birzer in Hoisington. A lifetime resident of rural Claflin, he was a farmer/stockman and an adjuster for Federal Crop Insurance.
ELLINWOOD - Raymond Petz, 82, died Oct. 5 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. He was born Oct. 5, 1928, at Ellinwood, the son of Edwin A. and Margaret Klepper Petz. He married Bernice Moos on Dec. 30, 1947, at Ellinwood. A lifetime Ellinwood resident, he was owner of Ray Petz Interior/Exterior Decorating in Ellinwood.
JETMORE - Norman Olson, 64, died Oct. 4 at his home in Jetmore. Born Sept. 29, 1946, in Dodge City, he was the son of Carl and Velma Anderson Olson. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer.
LARNED - Dale Otte, 76, passed away Oct. 17, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Jan. 4, 1938, in Great Bend, he was the son of Wilmer and Leah Dorfshaffer Otte. A longtime area resident he was a farmer/stockman. On Sept. 16, 1956, he married Karen Rice in Great Bend. She survives.
GREAT BEND – Douglas Dean Shelton, 65, died Oct. 17, 2014 at his home in Great Bend.
DALLAS, Texas – Gilbert Roger Bates, loving father and grandfather, 90, died Oct. 16, 2014 at Medical City Hospital, Dallas.
WICHITA - Donald Eugene Hewitt, 90, died Oct. 12th. He was a former Cities Service Oil Co. Engineer, Antique Dealer/Collector, Patriarch of family and business, Hewitt's Antiques.
BRYAN, Texas - Lucio Armando Cano, 54, of Bryan passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
PAWNEE ROCK - Laura Jean Miller, 86, passed away Oct. 9, at her home in Pawnee Rock. Born June 19, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was the daughter of Horace B. and Laura Crawford Rogers. On April 28, 1992, she married Edward W. Miller in Littleton, Colo. He passed away on Nov. 27, 2008. She was a homemaker.
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - John Richard Stiff Sr. passed away on Monday, October 13. John was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on May 23, 1933, and worked briefly in the Merchant Marines before beginning a distinguished career in the industrial gas business. Beginning with a hydrogen plant in Painesville, Ohio in 1957, John was involved in a number of national and international helium projects where he earned a reputation as the foremost expert in the production of helium. In addition to projects in Otis, Navajo, Ariz., and Shiprock, N.M., John managed the development of a helium project in Poland and consulted on ...
RUSSELL - Richard Henry Dumler, 88, found peace on Oct. 14, after a long battle with multiple illnesses. At the time of his death, he lived at Rose Estates assisted living in Overland Park. Born on April 19, 1926, in Russell, he was the son of Henry and Agnes Dumler. His mother later married Ted Gariepy. He attended high school in Russell, where he was a sports star. There he met cheerleader Betty Joanne Kilian. He entered the service in 1944, serving in the United States Army Air Force until 1945. He married Betty Jo on June 1, 1947.
OVERLAND PARK -Richard H. Dumler, 88, died Oct. 14 in Overland Park. Services are pending with Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.
Reymundo Martinez, 27, passed away on Oct. 11, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born on Dec. 29, 1986, in Garden City, he was the son of Martin Martinez and Lupe (Rubio) Martinez. He moved to Great Bend, at an early age and worked construction with his godfather, Arturo Escamilla.
BURWELL, NEB. - Donitta Ann Conrad, 50, of Burwell, Neb. died on Oct. 11, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Jan. 13, 1964, in Ransom, she was the daughter of Donald and Ruby (Armer) Popp. She attended elementary school at Pawnee Rock, and in 1982, graduated from Hoisington High School. After graduation she attended Barton Community College where she received her associate's degree. On April 27, 1985, she married JP Conrad in Hoisington. They lived in Kansas for a time before moving to Burwell, Neb. in 1987. She was employed by the Community Memorial Health Center in ...
WICHITA - Bashor, C. LeRoy, 74, passed away on Oct. 11. He was a proud Vietnam veteran serving 10 years in the United States Navy. Following the military he graduated Fort Hays State University with a master's degree in psychology. He was a retired school psychologist for USD 428 in Great Bend.
Nadine Dreiling, 81, died Oct. 10, at Hays Medical Center. Born June 25, 1933, in Neck City, Mo., she was the daughter of George and Vera (Sargent) Moore. On Oct. 2, 1954, she married Donald A. Dreiling in Chase. He died on Nov. 11, 2010. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, coming from Chase, she and her husband owned and operated Don's Food Mart and she retired from Dillon's Pharmacy. She loved her grandchildren and watching sports, especially the University of Kansas Jayhawks and New York Yankees.
WINFIELD - Donald M. "Don" Kline, 87, of Winfield, passed away on Oct. 11, at Cumbernauld Village. Born Aug. 29, 1927, in Wichita, he was the son of Arthur C. and Martha H. (Harris) Kline. He was raised and educated in the Marion and Great Bend areas. Don left school prior to graduation to join the United States Navy. He proudly served his country on the USS Monrovia as a Medical Corpsman from 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1949. On April 24, 1954, he was united in marriage to Virginia Miller at the First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend. The ...
HOISINGTON - George L. Carson, 71, died Aug. 30, at Clara Barton Hospital. Born July 18, 1943 in Great Bend, he was the son of Russell and Pearl (Smith) Carson. On March 3, 1967, he married Gloria Newell in Damar. He was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. A lifetime resident of rural Barton County, he was employed by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission as a biologist.