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Althea Shuss Vratil 1922 - 2011

LARNED - Althea Shuss Vratil passed from this earth on Dec. 3. Born Sept. 23, 1922 in Larned, she recently resided in Overland Park, but had spent nearly all her life in Larned. She left school in 1943 to marry Frank before he was shipped overseas in World War II. Althea finished her degree 50 years later at the age of 71. Althea was a devoted wife, a selfless mother, and a doting grandmother. She loved her hometown of Larned and enjoyed playing golf and substitute teaching. She also loved everything KU.

December 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Harold E. Stalker

St. JOHN - Harold E. Stalker, 50, died Dec. 1 at his home in St. John. He was born Dec. 4, 1960 at Hutchinson.

December 03, 2011 | | Obituaries


LoRee Frances Irwin 1915-2011

LoRee Frances Irwin 1915-2011

December 03, 2011 | | Obituaries


Howard V. Whithorn 1919 - 2011

HOISINGTON - Howard V. Whithorn, 92, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 6, 1919 in Hutchinson, he was the son of Virgil and Almeda (Wallace) Whithorn. On Dec. 4, 1959 he married Doris A. Turner in Kingman. A resident of Hoisington since 1962, he was the retired owner/operator for Peerless Pest Control in Hoisington.

December 03, 2011 | | Obituaries


Rosella A. Smith 1913 - 2011

Rosella A. "Rosie Dozie" Smith, 98, of Great Bend, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.

December 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Norman W. Stieben 1918 - 2011

OTIS - Norman W. Stieben, 93, died Nov. 29 at his home in Otis. Born Oct. 24, 1918, in Brownell, he was the son of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. In 1938, he graduated from Otis Rural High School. He was a lifelong resident of Otis.

December 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Howard Virgil Whithorn

HOISINGTON - Howard Virgil Whithorn, 92, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

December 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Vernon Lamatsch 1937 - 2011

DORRANCE - Vernon Lamatsch, 74, died Nov. 29, 2011 at the Ellsworth County Medical Center.

November 30, 2011 | | Obituaries


Norman W. Stieben 1918 - 2011

OTIS - Norman W. Stieben, 93, died Nov. 29, 2011 at his home in Otis.

November 30, 2011 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth A. Pivonka 1929 - 2011

HOISINGTON - Elizabeth A. Pivonka, 82, died Nov. 29, 2011 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington.

November 30, 2011 | | Obituaries


Fern I. Rodebaugh 1920 - 2011

BURDETT - Fern I. Rodebaugh, 91, died Nov. 28 at Derby.

November 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Rosella A. “Rosie Dozie” Smith

GREAT BEND - Rosella A. "Rosie Dozie" Smith, 98, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven are Center in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.

November 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth A. Pivonka

HOISINGTON - Elizabeth A. Pivonka, 82, died Nov. 29 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

November 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Doris A. Starkey 1919 - 2011

ELLINWOOD - Doris A. Starkey, 92, died Nov. 16 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1919 in Burlington, she was the daughter of William L. Graybeal and Mary Ann Finney Graybeal. An Ellinwood resident for nearly 50 years, formerly of Houston, Texas and Burlington, she was a bank teller and secretary.

November 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Delores Ann Zachary 1956 - 2011

Delores Ann Zachary, 55, longtime Great Bend resident, died on Nov. 28 at her home in Great Bend. Born on Jan. 6, 1956 at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Leslie and Margaret (Dueser) Music. She graduated from Barton County Community College in Great Bend. She worked at the Safeway grocery store in Great Bend, and at the time of her death worked was a waitress at the Pizza Hut on north Main Street in Great Bend, where she had been employed for many years.

November 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Connie Lynne (Hoch) Hoopingarner

OTIS - Connie Lynne (Hoch) Hoopingarner, 72, passed away on June 22, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born on Aug. 24, 1942, she was the daughter of O.C. ('Poss') and Esther (Keenan) Hoch. In 1960, she graduated from Hoisington High School and went on to earn her Dental Hygiene Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She worked as a Dental Hygienist until her retirement in 2002. On Feb. 29, 1964, she married Larry Dwight Hoopingarner in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Manter.

June 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Reinder Carl Ringwald

ELLINWOOD - Reinder Carl Ringwald, 92, died at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation in Great Bend on June 22, 2015. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.

June 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Hugh Robert “Bud” Steadman 1925 - 2015

Hugh Robert "Bud" Steadman, 90, died June 21, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born May 23, 1925, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank M. and Blanche Marie (Sterling) Steadman. On July 14, 1946, he married Delores June Schenkel in Bazine. She died on April 28, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an engineering technician for Evans, Bierly and Hutchison.

June 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Barbara R. Eubank

ELLINWOOD - Barbara R. Eubank, 75, died at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwod on June 23, 2015. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.

June 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Kimberly Dawn Burkhart 1969 - 2015

MCKINNEY, Texas - Kimberly Dawn Burkhart died at her home in McKinney, Texas, on May 13, 2015. Born April 4, 1969, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Cliff and Barbara Burkhart. She was employed by American Airlines as an International flight attendant. She served as an MP in the United States Army and was active in Desert Storm.

June 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


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