RUSH CENTER - M. Lee Ochs, 81, died May 19, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born May 13, 1935, in LaCrosse, he was the son of Manuel and Marie (Koch) Ochs. In 1954 he graduated from LaCrosse Rural High School. On Dec. 19, 1954, he married Marjorie Cunningham at Otis. A long time resident of Rush County, he was employed in many fields that ranged from insurance salesman to Friendship Meals, but his primary occupation was power plant operator for Midwest Energy, and detailing cars.
WILSON - William M. "Abe" Siefers, 80, died May 21, 2016 in Ellsworth. Born April 11, 1936, in Wilson, he was the son of John Seifers and Sarah Peirano. On Aug. 17, 1957, he married Barbara (Martin) Seifers in Dubuque.
HUDSON - James Houston Brittain, 70, passed away May 22, 2016, in Hudson. Born on March 3, 1946, in Enid, Okla. he was the son of Claude Myers and Jesse Caroline (King) Brittain. He was a supervisor for Koch Industries in Wichita.
Memorial services for Genevieve Smith Lorenzen who died on March 25, 2016, will be held at 11 a.m. on May 28, at the Chapel at Hillside Cemetery in Kinsley. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the United Christian Church of Oakley, P.O. Box 186, Oakley, KS 67748.
Matthew Dale Mortimer, 59, died May 19, 2016 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. He was born Sept. 25, 1956 at Orange County, Calif, the son of Bill and Theresa (Stoecklein) Mortimer. He married Kathy Lane May 4, 1983 at Great Bend. He was a self-employed musician and truck driver.
RUSSELL - John Bruce Brown, 72, passed away May 16, 2016, at the Golden Living Center in Wilson. Born July 14, 1943, in Quenemo, he was the son of Orlin and Iva (Watkins) Brown. He grew up and attended school in Ellinwood and Great Bend. On Feb. 16, 1965, he was united in marriage to Sandra K. Nuss in Great Bend. They later divorced in 1987. He was employed as general manager for Russell Tire, and Old Mission Cemetery in Wichita.
LACROSSE - Emma Moeder, 94, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Brookdale Hays in Hays. Born Nov. 1, 1921, in rural Rush County, she was the daughter of Nicholas and Veronica (Legleiter) Herrman. She was a 1941 graduate of LaCrosse High School. On Jan. 22, 1946, she married William "Bill" Moeder at St. Michael's Catholic Church in LaCrosse, Kansas. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2006. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.
KINGSDOWN - Vance Baldwin, 83, died May 14, 2016, at Dove Estates in Goddard. Born Oct. 26, 1932, in rural Kingsdown, he was the son of Minnie Mae (Ellis) and Harry Franklin Baldwin. He graduated from Kingsdown High School and Kansas State University. On Aug. 12, 1952, he married Pauline Blazer in St. John. He was involved with various companies as well as starting and growing several small businesses. Later in life for 15 years he was co-owner and operator of Baldwin's Corner in Bucklin with his wife Pauline.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Vernon Wilfred Hickel, 88, died peacefully at home Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. Vern was the seventh of 10 children, born on April 25, 1928, to Robert and Emma (Zecha) Hickel in Claflin. In 1948, Vern left Kansas and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he began a life-long career in Alaska's construction industry.