LIBERTY, Mo. - Maryanne Shutler, 81, passed on in peace on May 26, 2015, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo. She was a dedicated mother to her children and a very proud grandmother. Maryanne spent five years as a house mother at the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and two years as a house mother at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, in Manhattan.
HOISINGTON - Carol S. Warrick, 100, died May 30, 2015, at Pawnee County Community Hospital in Larned. Born Dec. 25, 1914, in Blair, Neb., he was the son of Neum and Blanche D. (Peck) Warrick. On April 21, 1946, he married Lois Stoskopf in Hoisington. She died on May 11, 1998. A longtime resident of Hoisington, he was a farmer.
WICHITA - Lavern Eugene Elsasser, 83, died May 31, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 14, 1931, in Milberger, he was the son of Leo and Esther (Ochs) Elsasser. On April 18, 1954, he married Nila Jean Diel in Otis. He was senior application engineer for Diesel Equipment Company in Great Bend beginning in 1955, and transferred with the company in 1966, to Wichita, which later became Central Power Systems. His hobby was clock making. Mr. Elsasser was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the ...
SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Daniel Ray Vsetecka, 50, died May 27, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Nov. 29, 1964, in Colorado Springs, Colo., he was the son of Emil Frank and Wand Jean (Berry) Vsetecka. A longtime resident of Larned, he was a self-employed mechanic.
HAYS - Michael Dean Graf, 59, died May 28, 2015, at his home in Hays. He was born June 13, 1955, in Great Bend, to Edwin and Armella "Millie" (Stegman) Graf. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1973 and attended Fort Hays State University. He married Robbie (Weatherbee) Dreiling on Aug. 31, 1991.
PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Godin, 76, died May 25, 2015, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 24, 1939, in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Frank and Marion (Prespare) Godin. On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Mildred Gable in Great Bend. A resident of Pawnee Rock for six years, coming from Great Bend, he was a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield and later worked for maintenance at Great Bend Housing Authority.
Erwin "Erv" Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.
Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 16, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Hillary and Ruth Borne. She married Manford G. "Bud" Cannon Oct. 29, 1949, at Boone, Arkansas. He died Dec. 7, 1982. A long-time Great Bend resident, she was an accounts payable clerk for Great Bend Manufacturing.
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Sept. 9, 1926, on the farm in Odin, the son of Anton A. and Hattie Rose (Prosser) Beran. He graduated from Odin High School in 1944 and later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After returning from the military, Jerry played professional baseball for the Hutchinson Elks.
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.