LARNED - Betty K. Unruh, 95, passed away July 30, 2016 at Country living, Larned. She was born Sept. 12, 1920 the daughter of Willis E. and Clara Huenergardt Healzer. An area resident since 1952, she was an office Manager at Farm Credit.
OTIS - Gerald J. Steele, 58, Otis, died July 22, 2016, at his home. He was born Nov. 8, 1957, in Olivet, the son of Gerald L. and Delores M. (Criqui) Steele. He was a 30-year resident of Otis, moving from Great Bend.
Ellen Jane Schuler, 83, passed away July 24, 2016 in Wichita. She was born May 31, 1933 in West Bend, Iowa to Irma and Leo Buttemore. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Anderson; and grandchildren, Jennifer Anderson and Robert Anderson. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Schuler.
ELLINWOOD - Larry N. Rickert, 84, passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 28, 2016, in Hutchinson. Born on Dec. 21, 1931, near Ellinwood he was the son of John and Elizabeth (Klepper) Rickert. In 1949, he graduated from Ellinwood High School. He later married Lorraine Matza. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2015. They settled in Ellinwood where they were residents for 52 years. Mr. Rickert served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and ...
LARNED - Johnnie L. Collins, 95, passed away July 27, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born March 6, 1921, in Cleburne, Texas, she was the daughter of John B. and Murry Stanford Coble. On April 14, 1946, she married Delbert Collins, in Caldwell. He passed away Jan. 1, 1983. A longtime area resident, she was a teacher and a homemaker. She also taught Sunday school, and loved roses and KU basketball.
AUBURN, Wash. - Duane A. Ochs, 60, died July 27, 2016, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla. Born Aug. 26, 1955, in Hoisington, he was the son of Edwin A. and Delores (Boxberger) Ochs. He married Barbara Nichols and they were later divorced. He then married LeAnn Weber and they later divorced. Born and raised in Hoisington, he moved to Great Bend in 1977, living and working there until moving to Seattle, Wash. in 1990. He was employed by the Boeing, Company, retiring in January 2016. He was an avid golfer and bowler.
LARNED - Fredrick F. (Buck) Owens, 86, passed away July 24, 2016, at his home surrounded by family. Born Jan. 4, 1930, in Woodward County, Okla., he was the son of Fred Oliver and Velda Hawkins Owens. On Dec. 12, 1961, he married Annabelle McKennan in Woodward, Okla. She passed away on Dec. 23, 2010. A longtime area resident, he was a custodian at Larned High School. He loved to fish.
RUSSELL - Karen Sue (Keller) Krug, 74, passed away July 20, 2016, at the Willow House in Hays. Born March 24, 1942, in Waldo she was the daughter of Everett and Edith (Tabler) Keller. She grew up on the family farm near Waldo and graduated from Waldo High School. She then attended Fort Hays State College where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Education. On June 9, 1963, she married Donald F. Krug at St. John Lutheran Church of Russell. She was an educator for U.S.D. 407 as a first grade teacher and a third grade teacher. She ...