ELLINWOOD - Wilbert V. Sanko, 83, died July 12 at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born Oct. 12, 1928, at Spearville, the son of Edward and Mary Shinstock Sanko. He married Imogene M. Hayden on Sept. 8, 1951, at the Cathedral in Dodge City. She died May 29, 2012. An Ellinwood resident for 58 years, he was a farmer, a mechanic at Ward Pivonka, Gaughn Motors, Knop Butane & Davis Childs Motors, all of Ellinwood.
Betty Lou Bangerter, 93, died July 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Born Jan. 2, 1919, in Formosa, she was the daughter of Charles and Ona (Steichelman) Alderson. Betty moved to Hoisington in 1931 where she was the co-owner of Howard's Furniture until 1982. On Sept. 25, 1938, she married Howard Bangerter in Bushton. He preceded her in death. She moved to Great Bend in 1995. Betty enjoyed traveling with her husband in the RV, solving puzzles and sewing.
ELLINWOOD - Maytha Louise Selby Starns, 82, died July 10, 2012 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.
Leonard E. Miller Jr., 61, died July 8 at his home in Great Bend. Born Dec. 12, 1950 in Great Bend, he was the son of Leonard Jean and Edna (Kathman) Miller. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a siding installer for Southard Corporation, worked at EQ Muffler and was a handyman for Joe Mayers.
WICHITA - John O. Dick, 71, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on July 8. John spent his working career in the oil and gas industry, along with Boeing where he retired as a facilities engineer. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and lover of the outdoors.
KANOPOLIS - Terry Raymond Kowalsky, 69, died July 7 at his home in Kanopolis. Born Nov. 15, 1942 in Great Bend, he was the son of Leo Joseph and Hilda Margaret (Heinz) Kowalsky. He was a resident of Kanopolis since 2009, coming from Redding, Calif. where he had been a longtime resident. He operated a machine shop in Redding, Calif. and also farmed and raised cattle. He was involved in area dirt track racing in the 1960s and 1970s.
DODGE CITY – Clarence E. McConnaughy, 69, died July 9 at Trinity Manor Nursing Home in Dodge City. Born Oct. 8, 1942 in Great Bend, he was the son of Clarence E. McConnaughy Jr. and Martha (Kutnick) McConnaughy. He was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Marsha Hoge in Great Bend. A resident of Dodge City since 1966 moving from Great Bend, he worked for Skaggs, George-Nielson Motors and Dodge City International.
LA CROSSE - Terra Maryha Helm, 37, died on July 8 at her home. Born March 28, 1975 in Bath, Maine, she was the daughter of Mark A. and Katherine M. (Steadman) Helm Fisher. She moved from her birthplace of Bath, Maine, at an early age. A former resident of Great Bend, Hays and Wichita, she was a resident of La Crosse since her high school graduation from La Crosse High School in 1993.
Leonard E. Miller, Jr., 61 died July 7 at his home in Great Bend. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
Peggy Joan Hoeme, 81, died July 9 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 11, 1931 at Pratt, she was the daughter of Walter and Rhoda (Parr) Oller.
LARNED – , three month old, died July 5 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born March 9 in Hays she was the daughter of Shanna Renee Bowen.
LARNED – Bruce Douglas Weisensee, 61, died July 8 in Kinsley. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary in Larned.
St. John - Millie Lorene Bradford, 87, died July 6, at Leisure Homestead, St. John. She was born on Nov. 23, 1924 in Anderson, MO., the daughter of Francis A. and Leeta J. (Dunlap) Carr. She attended the Radium schools, was a homemaker and worked as a clerk for Wiggins Drug in Larned. On Mar. 22, 1943, she married Todd Elmer Bradford at St. John,
Lillian Marie Gates, 97, died July 5 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Aug. 18, 1914 at Bloomington, Ind., the daughter of John and Laura (Baxter) Wampler.
TOWANDA - David Lyle Haskins, 68, died July 3 at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was born Nov. 13, 1943 at Beloit, the son of Lyle Haskins and Josie Helmbrecht. He was a resident of Towanda, formerly of Beloit, Norton, Osborn and Ellinwood.
TOPEKA - Kyle Ann Lichter, 51, Topeka, passed away Feb. 24, 2015.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 83, died Feb. 22, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1931, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
OREM, Utah - Delpha Irene Freeman Douglas died Feb. 20th. Born July 11, 1905, at Bogard, Carrollton County, Mo., she was the daughter of John Franklin Freeman and Alice Virginia Smith Freeman. On Aug. 2, 1924, she married Charlie Nelson Douglas in Anthony. He died on Sept. 17, 1981.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 84, died Feb. 22, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1930, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
ALBERT - LoRay D. George, 83, died Feb. 21, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Born Sept. 1, 1931, in rural Albert he was the son of Herman "H. D." and Hilda "A. C." (Tammen) George. On Aug. 21, 1959, he married Anna Mae Wheeler at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. She preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer.
LARNED - Larry L. Fleske, 55, passed away Feb. 20, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Oct. 9, 1959, in Great Bend, he was the son of Walter W. and Rena J. Eveleigh Fleske. On Jan. 14, 1989, he married Sharon L. Horne in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime area resident of Larned he was farmer/stockman.
LARNED - Gerald P. (Short) Penka, 62, passed away Jan. 11, 2015, at his home in Norwood, Mass., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
GREAT BEND – Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
AMARILLO, TEXAS ‑ Calvin (Bud) Jennings, 72, died Feb. 7 at Amarillo, Texas. Born July 23 1942 at Larned, he was the son of Calvin and Eunice (Pool) Jennings.
Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
LARNED - Mary Beth Herrmann, 59, died on Feb. 18, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Feb. 23, 1955, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Quentin J. and Lucy W. Tholen Herrmann. She graduated from Barton County Community College with an A.A. in Nursing and from Barclay College with a B.S. in Business Administration. A lifetime area resident, she was a Registered Nurse and Administrator at the Pawnee County Health Department.
Lloyd Earl Donham
BISON - Ella Marie Steitz was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Bison in Rush County, the daughter of Jacob and Ella (Schaumburg) Scheuerman. She was adopted and raised by her parents, Constain and Florence (Scheuerman) Steitz. She graduated from Bison High School in 1952 and attended Fort Hays College. After living in Denver, Colo. for 31 years, she retired from Shell Chemical and returned to Bison in 1988.