SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Patricia L. (Pat) Wiltse passed from this life on June 25 in Everett, Wash. Patricia was born to Charles (Chuck) and Karline (Dyer) Wiltse on Jan. 6, 1940, in Hays. She was raised most of her life in Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - Arlene Lois Barber, 81, died Sept. 12 at SeniorCare Home in Overland Park. Born July 8, 1930, at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of William and Bertha Elizabeth Bayer Peters. On June 1, 1952, she married Roy Jesse Barber in Ellinwood. He died on Oct. 3, 2006. A longtime Ellinwood resident, moving to Kansas City in 2007, she was a business graduate of Fort Hays State University where she was an active alumnus for many years. She also held degrees in psychology, elementary education, sociology and social work with an emphasis in drug and alcohol counseling.
TOPEKA - Sheila Rae Hachmeister, 58, died Sept. 10. She was born on April 17, 1953, to W.H. and Gladys Awtrey in Hereford, Texas. She graduated from Ulysses High School in 1971 and later earned her bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University. She married Bill Hachmeister in 1974. They later divorced. He survives. The family lived in Hill City and Great Bend before moving to Topeka in 1999. Sheila was employed by St. Francis Health Center in Medical Records for many years. She transferred to the Cancer Registry Department, serving as a Registered Health Information Technician.
Stacey Dawn Martin, 50, died Sept. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Aug. 3, 1961, at Dodge City, the daughter of Don and Cherie (Nickell) Martin. A Great Bend resident for 30 years, coming from Dodge City, she worked for Central Kansas Medical Center as a phlebotomist.
HOISINGTON - Megan E. Escalante, 30, died Sept. 6 in Reno County. She was born Jan. 13, 1981, at Russell, the daughter of John M. and Catherine R. (Munk) Debes. She married Chris Escalante on July 19, 2008, at Topeka. She worked for Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington as a Medical Lab Scientist. She grew up in Hoisington, lived in Topeka for 11 years, and moved back to Hoisington in 2010.
CHASE - John G. Adams, 84, died Sept. 7 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 29, 1927, at Lathem, the son of Roy J. and Gladys Goldie McCarty Adams. He married Vera M. Pfannenstiel on Sept. 10, 1957, at Great Bend. A former oil field pumper, he was a longtime Chase resident, and he moved to Lyons in 2010.
Kevin Damein Gilbert, 18, died Sept. 5 at his home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 18, 1992 in Wichita, he was the son of Scott Gilbert and Betsy Murphy. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he lived with his grandparents. He was employed recently for Hendrick's Exotic Animal Farm. His passions included golfing, fishing, chess, four-wheeling, and target shooting.
CLARKSTON, Mich. - Lou Ann (Weeks) Hinze, 56, died Sept. 3 at her residence. Born Oct. 15, 1954 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Glenn E. Weeks and Beulah (Woodyard) Weeks. On June 15, 1984, she married Charles Hinze in Troy, Mich. He survives. A Clarkston, Mich. resident since 1984, she was formerly of Russell County.
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.
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.
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.
Diana R. (Luse) Scheuerman, 52, went to be with her Lord on Sunday morning, May 31, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on Aug. 19, 1962, at the old St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Bert Anthony Luse Jr. and Ida Marie Crider Luse. In 1980, she graduated from Great Bend High School and in 1981, from Barton County Community College Academy of Beauty. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was formerly employed by Shear Expressions and Barton County until she suffered a stroke in 2004. On May 8, 1981, she ...