LARNED - Kathleen Mary Spayd, 66, died July 11, at her home in Larned. Born July 11, 1945, in Detroit Mich., she was the daughter of George and Helen Watson Gierschke. A resident of Larned since 2000, she was employed at the Larned State Hospital. On July 31, 1965, she married Elbert Lee Spayd and later divorced.
WAKEENEY - Laverne "Bunny" Tomanek, 78, died July 12, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. Born March 9, 1933 in Collyer, he was the son of Fred Eugene Tomanek and Rose Katherine (Power) Tomanek. On Oct. 20, 1952 he married Darlene (Nemechek) Tomanek.
ALDEN - Margaret E. Lipp, 84, died July 11 at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. Born June 1, 1927 in Alden, she was the daughter of Harry E. and Rubye Muir Ward. She graduated from Alden High School in 1945 and received her bachelors degree in Education in 1949 from Sterling College. A lifetime resident of Alden, she was a retired teacher for the Quivira Heights School District in Holyrood. On Aug. 1, 1950 she married Chester Mervyn Lipp at the Alden United Methodist Church. He died on Jan. 14, 2002.
ELLSWORTH - Robert Dale Nienke Sr., 77, died July 11, 2011, in Ellsworth. Born Mar. 14, 1934, at Ellsworth, he was the son of Reinhart H. "Rein" and Pauline C. (Zorn) Nienke. A former resident of Salina, he had lived in Ellsworth for six years. He was retired from Enron Corporation and was a United States Army veteran. On Aug. 5, 1956, he married Elaine McCarty in Holyrood. She preceded him in death on June 19, 2009.
WICHITA - Dr. Robert D. Smith, 59, met his Heavenly Father on July 8, 2011. Bob was the son-in-law of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin Reinhardt of Great Bend. He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 6, 1951, to DH and Patricia Smith. He leaves behind his wife, Roxie, son, Dr. Brian Smith (Emily) of Wichita, and daughter Abby Andrus (Adam) of Denver, Colo.
ELLINWOOD - F. William (Bill) Koop, 91, died July 7 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 5, 1919, near Mitchell, S.D., he was the son of Ferdinand and Mary Winter Koop. In 1937, he graduated from Mitchell High School in Mitchell, S.D. In 1948 and 1950 he graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle. He was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship in 1949.
GARDEN CITY - Jessica Cheyanne Shearer (Potter), 15, of Garden City, former resident of Sublette, died on July 4 in Great Bend. Born Feb. 19, 1996, in La Junta, Colo., she was the daughter of Stephen Shearer and Alida Dawn Shriver.
GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...