LARNED - Johnnie L. Collins, 95, passed away July 27, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born March 6, 1921, in Cleburne, Texas, she was the daughter of John B. and Murry Stanford Coble. On April 14, 1946, she married Delbert Collins, in Caldwell. He passed away Jan. 1, 1983. A longtime area resident, she was a teacher and a homemaker. She also taught Sunday school, and loved roses and KU basketball.
AUBURN, Wash. - Duane A. Ochs, 60, died July 27, 2016, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla. Born Aug. 26, 1955, in Hoisington, he was the son of Edwin A. and Delores (Boxberger) Ochs. He married Barbara Nichols and they were later divorced. He then married LeAnn Weber and they later divorced. Born and raised in Hoisington, he moved to Great Bend in 1977, living and working there until moving to Seattle, Wash. in 1990. He was employed by the Boeing, Company, retiring in January 2016. He was an avid golfer and bowler.
LARNED - Fredrick F. (Buck) Owens, 86, passed away July 24, 2016, at his home surrounded by family. Born Jan. 4, 1930, in Woodward County, Okla., he was the son of Fred Oliver and Velda Hawkins Owens. On Dec. 12, 1961, he married Annabelle McKennan in Woodward, Okla. She passed away on Dec. 23, 2010. A longtime area resident, he was a custodian at Larned High School. He loved to fish.
RUSSELL - Karen Sue (Keller) Krug, 74, passed away July 20, 2016, at the Willow House in Hays. Born March 24, 1942, in Waldo she was the daughter of Everett and Edith (Tabler) Keller. She grew up on the family farm near Waldo and graduated from Waldo High School. She then attended Fort Hays State College where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Education. On June 9, 1963, she married Donald F. Krug at St. John Lutheran Church of Russell. She was an educator for U.S.D. 407 as a first grade teacher and a third grade teacher. She ...
LACROSSE - Dennis W. Schaffer, 75, died July 20, 2016, at Locust Grove Village in LaCrosse. Born March 8, 1941, in Hays he was the son of Vincent R. and Olinda (Obholz) Schaffer. In 1959, he graduated from Schoenchen High School. On June 6, 1964, he married Betty Ann Klaus at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in Liebenthal. She preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 2001. A lifelong resident of Rush County he along with his wife owned and operated Schaffer E-Z Mart Convenience Store in La Crosse for 32 years before his retirement.
Norma Jean Reinert-Schuette, known to most as Jeannie, was born August 29, 1944, in Ness County, to Dennis E. and Vietta A. (Ummel) Walter. She departed this life Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - Mercedes Marie (Hoffman) Huslig, 81, passed away at the Ellinwood District Hospital on July 16, 2016. Born on April 17, 1935, in Odin she was the daughter of Michael and Margret (Feltis) Hoffman. In 1953, she graduated from Great Bend High School. On April 27, 1963, she married Arthur Huslig in Great Bend. He survives of the home. An Ellinwood resident since 1963, she worked as a housewife and secretary. She loved spending time with family, especially grandchildren, and also enjoyed knitting.
Veda Marie Hilton, 86, died July 17, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born July 12, 1930, in Anthony, she was the daughter of Cecil George and Lola Mable (Byers) McDaniel. On Aug. 11, 1946, she married Rodney Keith Hilton in Sharon. He died on Sept. 17, 2006. A resident of Great Bend since 1958, coming from Attica, she volunteered in the reading program at Great Bend schools.