ELLINWOOD - Donald Leroy Radke died on May 14. He was born on July 26, 1956. After 27 years, he retired from Dillon Dairy.
ODIN - Eric R. Beran, 50, died May 19 at home in Odin. Born Aug. 15, 1963 at Great Bend, he was the son of Gerald W. "Jerry"and Elvita (Dolechek) Beran.
LARNED - Troy Lee Fox, 50, died May 18, at Emporia. Born Oct. 29, 1963 at Hastings, Neb., he was the son of Galen and Charolette "Sue" Cambron Fox. He was a Larned resident for 25 years moving from Garden City. He was a Diesel Mechanic for Doonan Truck. He was a member of The Fathers House, Larned.
Gilbert Francis Penka, 66, died May 17, at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
Blanche Opal Rea, 92, died May 17, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 30, 1921 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Charlie "Chase" and Stazie (Novotny) Hejny. On Aug. 22, 1943 she married Kenneth "K.E." Rea in Hoisington. He died on Nov. 14, 1998. A Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from The Ozarks, Mo., she also had resided in Otis; Hoisington; Sweetwater, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Mozambique, South Africa; Libya; North Africa; Denver, Colo.; London, Ky.; Tehran; Iran; and Vincennes, Ind. She was a self-employed cosmetologist. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth J. "Betty Jean" Schneider, 83, died May 16, 2014, at Salina Regional Medical Center, Salina. She was born Aug. 9, 1930, at rural Odin, to Joseph and Mary (Reif) Finger. She married Joseph Francis Schneider Aug. 11, 1953, at Odin. He died March 29, 1995.
GARFIELD – Melvin E. Strobel, 84, passed away May 16, at Diversicare of Larned. He was born March 29, 1930, in Larned, the son of Arthur Eugene and Edna Mae Bird Strobel. On April 6, 1952, he married Alice Joan Fairchild in Larned. She passed away Dec. 7, 1997. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer/stockman.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Marianne Gear Zoller passed away on Easter, April 20, 2014, at peace in the company of her loving family. She was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in Hutchinson, to oilman Raymond William and Elizabeth O'Neill Gear. She attended Hutchinson High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She married oilman Henry (Hank) Eugene Zoller Jr., raised five children in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., and embarked on a successful real estate career with Garrett-Bromfield & Company until her ...
HAYS - Era Lee (Carter) Popp, 87, Hays, died May 15 at the Via Christi Villages. She was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Marietta, Ga., the daughter of Narvell and Lottie (Belle) Carter. She married Marvin L. Popp. He died on Dec. 14, 2001. She was a homemaker.
WICHITA – Michael J. Dreiling, 66, passed away May 15 in Wichita. He was born July 14, 1947, in Great Bend, the son of Ralph and Anna Marie (Peg) Turner Dreiling. Living most of his life in Wichita, he was the owner of Dreiling Liquor.
LOVELAND, Colo. - June Moeller passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. She was born on July 12, 1927, in Nekoma, to George and Maude Kershner.
PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - Charles Preston "Chuck" Davis, 69, passed away unexpectedly on May 10, in his home. He was born Nov. 19, 1944, in Wichita. In 1962 he graduated from Great Bend High School, and in 1966 from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management.
AURORA, Colo. - Donald L. Radke, 57, died May 14, 2014 in Aurora, Co.
HOISINGTON – Kenneth L. Ford, 87, died May 13, 2014 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.
SALINA - Pamela D. (Crisler) Stedman, formerly of Wichita, died May 11, 2014 in Salina.
Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31, in San Diego, Calif. Born March 10, 1959 at Great Bend, he was the son of Harold S. and Dorothy J. Miller. He joined the Coast Guard in 1978, working as a corpsman and was awarded a letter from President Ronald Reagan for saving a life. He attended Wichita State University on the GI Bill and later worked as a respiratory therapist and cardiology technician. He married Bernadette Alison December 31, 1990 at San Diego.