RUSSELL - Martha Eichman, 91, of Russell, died Nov. 7 at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. She was born on July 6, 1919, in rural Hoisington, the daughter of Peter Schneider, Sr. and Lydia (Bender) Schneider. She grew up in the Hoisington area and attended country schools. She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Theodore Eichman on March 27, 1938, in Barton County. Martha and Theodore were the classic farming couple and managed their farm in the Hoisington area for many years. From helping Theodore in the fields to tending to their cattle and other farm ...
NEWTON - William "Bill" Alexander, 59, died Nov. 7 at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. He was born May 24, 1951, in Denver, Colo. He graduated from Mound City High School and went on to complete two years at Fort Scott Junior college. He served three years with the United States Navy. Following that, he wisely used the G.I. Bill to further his education and attended Wichita State University and achieved his bachelor's degree, followed by his Physician's Assistant Degree. On Aug. 14, 2006, he married Tamera J. Clark in Newton.
KELLER, Texas - Berneice Rachel Hillman, 85, passed away Nov. 2. She was born Berneice Rachel Nuss in Susank on Sept. 3, 1925. On Oct. 2, 1943, she married Frank Guy Hillman.
ELLINWOOD - Dolores Keenan Bryant, 82, died Nov. 5 at Overland Park. She w as born Sept. 5, 1928, at Great Bend, the third child and second daughter of a family of eight children born to Thomas and Martha Sheils Keenan. She married Lloyd W. Bryant on Nov. 24, 1949, at Seward. He died July 12, 2006. She was a longtime Ellinwood resident and owner of Bryant TV & Radio in Ellinwood for 40 years. She later owned and operated Riverside Petroleum for the next 20 years. She graduated from Meade High School.
Elizaheth (Betty) Hutchison, 94, passed to be with the Lord on Nov. 3. Betty retired from St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind., in
PRATT – Paul G. Epp, 81, of Pratt went quietly from this earth to his eternal peace on Nov. 4. Born on Aug. 14, 1929, in Murdock, he was the son of Paul R. and Dorothy Epp. He married Marian Jenkins on Nov. 28, 1953.
OLATHE - Brian J. Yanda, 33, of Olathe, passed away Tuesday evening in a traffic accident. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 16000 W. 143rd St., Olathe, KS 66062-2099. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee. Private burial will follow in Oak Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Cameron and Aaron Yanda Memorial Fund c/o Great Plains Trust Company.
HUMBOLDT - Marcell B. (Bernard) Tinkler, 88, of Humboldt, passed away Nov. 3, at the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute. Bernard was born at Gypsum on Dec. 12, 1921, the son of Irl N. and Maudie M. (Mounkes) Tinkler. He served as an airborn radio operator/navigator during World War II from 1942 through 1945. He was united in marriage to Anna Mae Nickey on Dec. 27, 1942. She survives, of the home.
James L. "Jim" Morton, 64, died Nov. 3 at his home in Great Bend. Born May 4, 1946, in Great Bend, he was the son of Loyd and Violet (Smith) Morton. On Aug. 28, 1970, he married Karen Collier in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1973, coming from Seward, he was a district manager for Halliburton for 25 years and production superintendent for Hartman Oil Company until his retirement in 2009.
HOISINGTON - Wilma Imojean Fritz, 82, died Nov. 3 at her home in Hoisington. Born Feb. 12, 1928, she was the daughter of Harrison and Mollie (Proksch) Clift). On Aug. 28, 1947, she married Kenneth L. Fritz in Hoisington. He died Feb. 21, 2010. She was a co-owner with her husband of Fritz's Bait Shop.
LOVELAND, Colo. - Alvin R. Moeller was born Jan. 27, 1927, on a farm near Preston and passed from this life on Nov. 2 at his home in Loveland, Colo. He was 83 years old. Alvin served in the U.S. Army immediately after high school from 1944-1946 and was discharged at the end of World War II. Upon release from the service he settled in the Rush Center area and married June Kershner from Nekoma. They spent many years in Albert where they raised their son, Don Moeller. Alvin was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad and retired in July ...
RUSSELL - Theodore Clark "Ted" Luebbers, 64, of Russell, died Nov. 2, at Russell Regional Hospital. Ted was born July 3, 1946, in Great Bend, the son of Elmer "Fritz" and Bernice (Straub) Luebbers. He grew up in Claflin and graduated from Claflin High School in 1964. Ted was united in marriage to Kathey Oeser on April 1, 1965, in Claflin. This union was blessed with two children, Jeff and Lisa. Later he was united in marriage to Ramona Jean Jennings on Dec. 9, 1994, in Abilene, Texas. Ted worked in the oil field his whole life. He started out on ...
HOISINGTON - Wilma Fritz, 82, died Nov. 3 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Service arrangements are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, and will be announced.
Jim Morton, 64, of Great Bend, died Nov. 3 at his home. Service arrangements are pending with Bryant Funeral Home and will be announced.
BURDETT - Cecil Allen Coddington, 91, died Nov. 2 at his home in Emporia. Born May 22, 1919, in Cherokee, Okla., he was the son of Royal Earl and Gladys Rose Monroe Coddington. A lifetime resident of Alexander and Burdett, moving to Emporia in 2005, he was a retired farmer and self–employed electrician. On Aug. 3, 1942, he married Floy Louise Huddleston at Great Bend. She died on July 31, 2006.
HOISINGTON - Kirby Dean Ricke, 61, died Oct. 11, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 2, 1953, in Alva, Okla., he was the son of Theodore Dean and Darlene (Huffman) Ricke. Kirby graduated in 1971 from Hoisington High School. He was active in both vocal music and band programs, excelling at the trumpet. A very talented artist, Kirby was also active in the high school art department, winning top awards at many contests and shows. On July 14, 1973, he married Mary A Boxberger in Hoisington. His artistic talents and his love for music were meshed into his career ...
DEsther L. Koochel, 100, died Oct. 12 at Sterling House of Great Bend. Born Sept. 19, 1914 at Timken, she was the daughter of John and Mollie (Erdman) Lorenz.
Nadine Dreiling, 81, died October 10, 2014, at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 25, 1933, in Neck City, Mo., the daughter of George and Vera Sargent Moore. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, moving from Chase, she and her husband owned and operated Don's Food Mart, and she retired from Dillons Pharmacy.
HOISINGTON - Lila Jean Haberman, 80, died Oct. 11 at her daughter's home in Olmitz. She was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Galatia, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Steinert) Wagner. She married Jim Stoss on July 30, 1952. He died Dec. 25, 1979. She then married Larry Haberman on March 30, 1991. He died Dec. 8, 2006. Lila Jean was a resident of Hoisington, coming from Olmitz. Lila, along with her husband Jim, owned and operated Jim's Place and the Olmitz Grocery till the early '70s. She later worked as a bartender for the Eagles Lodge in Great ...
Paul E. Dyer, 84, died Oct. 8 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 20, 1930, in Great Bend, he was the son of Homer and Katherine (Jones) Dyer. On Jan. 4, 1954, he married Julitta M. Elsen, in Great Bend. She died on March 12, 1995. He was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
John D. Trimmer, 65, of Great Bend and formerly of Pawnee Rock and Dundee, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. He was born on Feb. 11, 1949, at Belleville, to George Franklin and Edna Alene (Larr) Trimmer. He graduated from Republic County Schools in 1965 and was united in marriage to Diana Levingston on June 10, 1976, at Pawnee Rock. She died on July 22, 2013. John worked as a chain hand in the oilfield prior to his retirement. He enjoyed rock collecting, watching wrestling and spending time with family.
CIMARRON - Johnna Franks, 65, died Oct. 8, at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. Born Nov. 1, 1948, in Independence, she was the daughter of Johnnie and Norma (Marlett) Carroll. She graduated high school in Fredonia. She was a convenience store manager for 30 years. On June 28, 1970, she married Larry Franks in Fredonia. She and Larry moved to Cimarron from Great Bend, and spent the last three years RVing full time. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards.
LA CROSSE - Viola Mae Yost, 99, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Oct. 7, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born Viola Mae Wimmer on July 25, 1915, in Harlan, she was the daughter of Harvey Lester and Mary Ann Zion Wimmer. She graduated from Portis High School, attended college at York College for two years, then finished her teaching education at Fort Hays State University. She enjoyed a long and successful teaching career to include Alexander (for 31 years), Nekoma, and Heizer. Additionally she served as a substitute teacher for McCracken and La Crosse. She served as ...