RUSSELL - Audie Lee Karst, 58, of Russell, formerly of Great Bend and Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., departed this life Nov. 15, 2012 at Russell Regional Hospital after a courageous, year-long battle with cancer.
ELLINWOOD - Elinor May Bryant Hiss, 76, died Nov. 14 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born March 24, 1936, at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harry and Clara Koch Bryant. In 1954 she graduated from Ellinwood High School. On Aug. 26, 1956, she married Frederick (Lawrence) Hiss at Ellinwood. He died on July 25, 2011. A lifetime resident of Barton and Rice counties, she was employed at the Barton County Extension Office from 1954-1957, was secretary for Grace Lutheran Church from 1972-1980, worked in the Rice County Appraisers Office from 1980-2002; and was a Drive my Car school ...
HOISINGTON - Douglas Steinert, 62, died Nov. 12 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 15, 1950 in Russell, he was the son of Levi and La Vera (Steinert) Steinert. On Jan. 28, 1975, he married Darlene Naab in Russell. A resident of Hoisington since 1961, coming from Russell, he was employed in the oil patch and was a machinist. He loved his grandkids, hunting, fishing and camping outdoors.
Lennie "Boots" Hughbanks, 97, died Nov. 9 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Born April 17, 1915, in Newton, she was the daughter of Willard and Ellas (Stoops) Anderson. On Jan. 7, 1946, she married Hanley Gene Hughbanks in Brewton, Ala. He died on Sept. 29, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1968, coming from Pratt, she was employed by the JC Penney Co. as the catalog department supervisor, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pratt and was a member of the Central Kansas Medical Center Auxiliary.
LARNED - Imogene Eileen Avery Eilers, 86, died on Aug. 28 after a brief illness. Born Aug. 30, 1925 in Larned, she was the daughter of Brian Jennings Avery and Edna May Keller Avery Buhrer. In 1945, she married August E. Eilers from Missouri. They divorced in 1958. A resident of Larned for 30 years, she was employed at Larned State Hospital, retiring in 1986. She moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and to Hawthorne, Fla. in 1999.
OLATHE - Aaron Richard Cobb, 21, of Olathe, passed away Nov. 9, in Rolla Mo. due to injuries from a car accident. Born Jan. 27, 1991, he was the son of Richard and Stacy Cobb. He was a 2009 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas. Aaron excelled in soccer and went on to play for the Kansas City Wizards/Sporting K.C. with Paul Rideout and was said to be an outstanding and hardworking player by his coaches. He was currently attending Missouri University of Science and Technology (UMR) where he was scheduled to receive his degree in Civil Architectural and Environmental ...
NESS CITY - Blanche Margaret Pfannenstiel, 96, died Nov. 8, at her home in the Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home, Hebron, Neb. She was born Oct. 21, 1916, the daughter of Hugh and Ethel Phleger Corrigan. On May 16, 1985, she married Adolf P. Pfannenstiel in Ness City. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1985. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of Ness County until she moved to Hebron in 2010.
JoAnn Cameron, 87, died Nov. 10 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1925, at Tonkawa, Okla., the daughter of William David and Olive DeLyte (McNeil) Rowe. She married Fred Lorn Cameron on Dec. 25, 1943, at Dodge City. He died June 22, 1987. JoAnn was a Great Bend resident since 1962, coming from Ponca City, Okla. She was a Nurse's Aide and lab tech for St. Rose Hospital and CKMC. She also worked for Great Bend Music. She enjoyed playing the organ during the holiday season at JC Penney.