OTIS - Ory J. Petersilie, 78, died Dec. 5, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born April 19, 1937, in rural Ness County, he was the son of Charles W. and Pearlie Ann (Reynolds) Petersilie. On Jan. 16, 1971, he married Sheila M. Kultgen at Great Bend. She preceded him in death on June 20, 2010. A resident of Rush County for 41 years, moving from Barton County, he worked in the maintenance department at Superior Essex in Hoisington before his retirement.
Ellinwood - Viva May Huntington Calkins Lacey, 96, passed away at Meadow Lark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan on Dec. 4, 2015. She was born January 25, 1919 at Moreland, the daughter of Vernon and Viva Dodd Huntington.
GREAT BEND -Geneva Aurora Samora, 91, of Great Bend, formerly of Cherryvale, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. She was born to Matiana and John Castorena, on May 15, 1924, in Buffalo. Geneva was the sixth of seven children, born to Matiana and John.
HOISINGTON - Harlan Dean Maier, 76, died Nov. 29, 2015, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. He was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Hays, the son of Henry and Tabea Esther (Deitz) Maier. Harlan went to a one room grade school in District 69, and later graduated from Otis Rural High School in 1957.
NEWTON - Darrel L. Unruh, 74, of Newton, passed away on Wednesday Nov. 25, 2015. He was born to Harvey and Geneva Unruh in Great Bend. He grew up with his two brothers, Donovan and Dennis, on a farm outside of Pawnee Rock. He graduated from Pawnee Rock High School in 1959, then went to General Motors School in Kansas City. After completion of the program, he married Wanda Mausolf on Sept. 14, 1960, at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. He then went to work as a mechanic.
BISON - Forrest Tupper, 69, died Nov. 24, 2015, at Huron Regional Medical Center in South Dakota. Born Dec. 3, 1945, in Goodland, he was the son of Chester Arthur and Ola Inez (Veneman) Tupper. He was a resident of Bison since 1980, moving there from Weskan. In 1963, he graduated from Weskan High School in Weskan. In 1974, he graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, receiving a bachelor's degree in zoology. On Nov. 30, 1974, he married Janie Showers at Sharon Springs. He, along with his wife Janie, owned and operated Tupper Harvesting.
Gwini C. Delgado, 64, passed away on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born on Aug. 27, 1951 in Scott City, she was the daughter of John F. and Elaine Maxine (Shearmire) Graham. She lived in various places until 1975, when she moved back home to Great Bend, On Jan. 8, 1986, she married Frank Delgado at Winter Park, Colo. In 1978, She was co-founder and owner of Kiowa Kitchen Restaurant at Great Bend. She loved the outdoors and snow skiing, and was an avid fisherman.