LYONS - Curtis S. Werner Sr., 56, died Jan. 2, 2016, at his residence in Lyons. Born Dec. 10, 1959, in Ellinwood, he was the son of Wayne Joseph and Julia A. Bever Werner. A lifetime resident of Rice County, having lived in Lyons, Chase, Raymond and Great Bend, he attended the Chase/Raymond School System. He worked at the Rice County Highway Department in road maintenance. On Feb. 12, 1977, he married Janie Martinez in Chase.
HOLYROOD - Elizabeth E. "Betty" Heitschmidt, 91, passed away Dec. 30, 2015. Born Jan. 24, 1924, on a farm near Geneseo, she was the daughter of William and Lillian Allen Bailey. She graduated from Ellsworth High School and then attended Fort Hays State. She began a teaching career in a one room school north of Holyrood. She taught many years as a teacher and substitute in the Holyrood school system. On Aug. 2, 1945, she married Marvin Heitschmidt in Ellsworth. He passed away Oct. 9, 1991. For 19 years, Elizabeth owned and operated Betty's dry good store in Holyrood.
LAWRENCE - John Eldon Montgomery, of Lawrence, died Dec. 26, 2015. For 90 years he blessed those around him with his passion for living. John was born in Junction City on Aug. 3, 1925, the only child of Chris and Esther Oegerle Montgomery. John enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, prior to his graduation from high school in Junction City in 1943. He served in the Navy until April 14, 1946, and was the tail gunner on two aircraft carrier dive bombers. Taking part in such World War II operations as Wake Island, Truk Atoll, Saipan, and Iwo ...
LARNED - Ralph R. Wickstrom, 87, passed away Jan. 1, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, Great Bend. He was born June 24, 1928, in Larned, the son of John and Lena Jantz Wickstrom. On Oct. 22, 1966, he married Verda Lea Thomas Mauney in Wichita. She passed away Dec. 8, 2006. He moved to rural Pawnee Rock in 1966 where he was a farmer.
Jack J. Ferrell, 65, died Dec. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 22, 1950, at Great Bend, the son of "A. J." and Ruth Ferrell. A Great Bend resident, he was a retired truck driver for Linde Transport and a private pilot.
LARNED - Patricia A. (Gleason) Schartz, 80, passed away Dec. 30, 2015, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center, Wichita. She was born October 23, 1935, to Leo P. and Ruth G. (Schlick) Gleason in Spearville. On March 2, 1957, she married A.W. (Bill) Schartz at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hodgeman County. He survives.
Donald H. Matthews, 87, died Dec. 31, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Dec. 28, 1928, at Medicine Lodge, the son of Harry and Clara (Chambers) Matthews. Don married Mary Louise Powell Jan. 22, 1957, at Great Bend. She died Nov. 23, 2010.
CHASE - Willard Herzberg, 77, died Dec. 25, 2015, in Hutchinson. Born June 12, 1938, in Coffeyville, he was the son of Alvin and Rachel (Nufer) Herzberg. On Jan. 6, 1989, he married Irene Ingle. Formerly of Great Bend he was a resident of Chase for the last 27 years. He owned and operated H-H Stables in Great Bend for many years. He was also a truck driver for Branson Truck Lines and had retired in 2008.
GREAT BEND - Uyvon "Vonnie" Emma Jackson, 92, went to heaven Dec. 29, 2015, passing away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood, surrounded by her loving family and Woodhaven care providers. Born March 27, 1923, in Hastings, Neb., she was the daughter of Fred and Hazel (Peak) Fosbinder. On Aug. 12, 1942, she married Oris Arthur Jackson in North Platte, Neb. He died July 7, 1985. A Great Bend resident since 1960, coming from Nebraska, she retired from the plastics department at Fuller Brush Company in 1985, after many years of service. During her time of employment, Fuller Brush had the ...
TIMKEN - Irene Marie Holopirek, 91, died Dec. 29, 2015, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Feb. 24, 1924, at Great Bend, the daughter of Narzis Joseph and Mary Laura (Horyna) Gleissner. She married Alvin G. "Al" Holopirek Aug. 24, 1947, at Pike's Peak, Colorado. He died March 22, 2005.
LARNED - James A. (Jim) Bohart, 80 passed away Dec. 27, 2015, at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born July 30, 1935, in Larned, he was the son of Jack and Neta Smith Bohart. On July 22, 1956, he married Joan Blackwell in Larned. She survives. A longtime area resident of Larned he was retired from the USD 495 School and as a Chamber of Commerce Manager.