LAWRENCE - Joseph R. McLaughlin, 88, died April 30 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Lawrence. Born March 5, 1923, at Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of Cornelius R. and Louise D. (Gerry) McLaughlin. He married Grace McCarthy on Feb. 2, 1946, at Hays. She died Jan. 9, 1999. He married Bernice Alexander on Sept. 30, 2006, at Lawrence. He retired as Stafford Postmaster in 1983. He was a Lawrence resident, coming from Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Leonard Staudinger, 68, died May 1 at his residence in rural Hoisington. Born April 8, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Anton and Agnes (Zeman) Staudinger. On June 13, 1970, he married Mary Ann Jacobs at Russell. A lifetime resident of rural Barton County, he was a hunter safety instructor for 25 years.
Keith Wayne Benker, 53, died May 1 at Great Bend. He was born Feb. 20, 1958, at Deshler, Neb., the son of Kenneth and Connie (Ingles) Benker. He married Maribeth Taylor Fradd on Jan. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1988, coming from Cunningham, he owned and operated Keith Benker Irrigation Service.
SKELLYTOWN, Texas - Diana Lynn Larkin, 55, died April 29 in Pampa, Texas. She was born Aug. 23, 1955, in Great Bend. She married Gary Larkin on Aug. 25, 1973, in Hoisington. In 1974, she graduated from Great Bend High School. She was the postmaster at Briscoe Post Office for the past 15 years and had been employed with the U.S. Postal Service for the past 25 years. She had been a resident of Skellytown, Texas, since 1979.
HOISINGTON - Mark Edward Smith, 57, died April 27 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 8, 1953, in Hoisington, he was the son of Charles and Ruby (Payne) Smith. He was a lifetime resident of Claflin.
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - LaWanda M. (Batman) Farrell, 82, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven on April 7, at Corondelet Hospice in Tucson, Ariz. Born Jan. 14, 1929, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ralph E. Batman and Martha F (Batman) Williams. She worked 45 years in hospitals in Russell, Great Bend, and Sierra Vista Regional Hospital in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Her hobby was bowling.
Emerson MacDonald, 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Great Bend on April 28. He was born Sept. 3, 1917, at Hackettstown, N.J., the son of Emerson C. and Grace (Petty) MacDonald. He married Gladys Naoma Glass on May 29, 1941, at Winfield. She passed away Oct. 20, 2006. He was an English teacher at Great Bend High School for 47 years. He was a Great Bend resident since 1947, coming from Burlington.
WICHITA - Dr. Thomas D. Van Winkle, 88, died April 28 at Life Care Center, Wichita. He was born Jan. 18, 1923, at Great Bend, the son of Albert and M. Ruth (McGinty) Van Winkle. He married Ann Wesley on Aug. 20, 1967, at Wichita. A Wichita resident most of his life, coming from Seward, he was a dedicated chiropractor for 39 years.
HOISINGTON - Lea (Steitz) Lehmann, 96, died April 26 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington. Born April 16, 1915 in Otis, she was the daughter of Conrad and Mary (Brack) Steitz. On Aug. 23, 1936 she married Martin F. Lehmann in Otis. He died Sept. 12, 2005. A long-time resident of Hoisington, coming from Otis, she was a homemaker.
LACROSSE - Mildred L. Carper Ideker, 84, died April 27 at the Rush County Hospital Long Care in LaCrosse. Born Aug. 9, 1926 in Greenwood County, she was the daughter of Rueben and Bertha (Bercy) Beach. She was a graduate of Eureka High School. A resident of Rush County for more than 50 years, she was the owner of Carper Drug in LaCrosse from 1956 to 1968.
PAXICO - Lewis E. Massie, 87, died April 24 at the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka. Born June 3, 1923, at Highland County,Iowa, he was the son of John R. and Mary Hawk Massie. He was married to Vera Massie. She preceded him in death. He later married Andrea Diane Nienhuis. A resident of Kansas many years, he spent the past several years in Paxico. He had worked construction, was a truck driver and had owned and operated a service station.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Melissa G. Clark, 50, of Jefferson City, Mo., formerly of Hoisington, passed away Easter Sunday, April 24, at the Pin Oak Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling, Mo. Born Sept. 20, 1960, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of William "Bill" and Wilma (Willson) Meljo. A 1978 graduate of Hoisington High School, she received her Registered Nurse degree from Barton Community College in Great Bend. She was employed at Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo., as a pediatric nurse.
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.