GREAT BEND - Thelma Marie Ridgeway, 86, died March 4, 2012 at Medical Lodge of Kinsley.
ANDOVER - Robert E. (Bob) Miller, 80, died Feb. 29, 2012 at El Dorado. He was an owner-operator truck driver for many years.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Richard E. "Dick" Bortz, 85, of Grand Island, Neb., died March 2, 2012 at the Grand Island Veteran's Home.
PRATT - Pauline Eva McManaman, 83, died March 3 at South Wind Hospice Home in Pratt. Born Dec. 20, 1928 in Isabel, she was the daughter of Henry and Ella (Morisse) Lawrenz. On May 26, 1954 she married Basil "Bud" L. McManaman. He died Dec. 6, 2010. She was a homemaker.
ELLINWOOD - Deborah Lee Hanna, 49, died March 5 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born April 16, 1962 in Wichita, she was the daughter of Wayne E. Hanna and Marilyn E. Boerger Hanna. She was a graduate of Ransom High School. A resident of Barton County for the past 15 years, formerly of Ransom and Hugoton, she was a certified nurse's aide.
Sister Marietta Urban, 83, died March 1 in the Dominican Sisters' Convent Infirmary in Great Bend. Born Oct. 20, 1928, in Loretto as Viola Margaret Urban, Sister Marietta was the daughter of the late Jacob and Catherine Suppes Urban. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 31, 1942, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 13, 1946. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2011.
ELLINWOOD - Clara Lee Schlochtermeier, 75, died March 1 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born July 29, 1936 in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Pete Schlochtermeier and Susanna Caroline Debes Schlochtermeier. She was a graduate of Ellinwood High School. A long-time resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Larned and Kinsley, she was a Nurses Aide at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend.
HAYS - Bernice Rupp, 83, died Feb. 29 at St. Francis South Campus Hospital on Indianapolis, Ind. Born April 20, 1928, in Emmeram, she was the daughter of August V. and Marie (Always) Weigel. On Nov. 9, 1948 she married Linus J. Rupp in Emmeram and later separated. She was a graduate of Victoria High School. A resident of Colorado and Wyoming before moving back to Hays in 1977, she was a waitress most of her life, working at the Golden Ox and Everybody's restaurants both in Hays. She retired in 1994. She played in a polka dance band for ...
SPRINGFIELD, ORE. - B. Jean (Gallon) Vollmer, 82, died Jan. 27, 2012. Born Oct. 23, 1929 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Elmer and Edna (Almquist) Gallon. In 1947 she graduated from Great Bend High School. She was employed as a sales associate at Sears. She was a resident of the Lane County area in Oregon for 43 years.
Connie Schneweis, 64, died March 2 at her Great Bend residence. She was born Aug. 17, 1947, at Great Bend, to Albert Anton and Sarah Josephine (Smith) Maes. She married Larry L. Schneweis June 14, 1969, at Holy Name Catholic Church, Bushton. He survives. Mrs. Schneweis was a Great Bend, Kansas resident since 1969, coming from rural Bushton.
Dustin W. "Bubba" Buess, 22, died March 2 at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, N.D., as the result of an automobile accident. He was born May 24, 1989, at Great Bend, the son of Rodney Wayne Buess and Stephanie Marie Morrison. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a roughneck for Nomac Drilling.
Clara Lee Schlochtermeier, 75, died Thursday at Ellinwood District Hospital. Arrangements and survivors will be announced by Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
CUNNINGHAM - William Clyde Murphey, 70, died Feb. 28 at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. Born May 29, 1941 in Scott City, he was the son of Lloyd and Marguerite (Bivens) Murphey. A lifetime resident of Cunningham, he was a farmer/stockman.
LONGMONT, COLO. - Alvin J. Dreher died Feb. 11 at his home in Longmont, Colo.
SMITH CENTER - Norman Morgan, 78, died Feb. 25 at the Smith County Memorial Hospital. Born on March 23, 1933 in Gravity, Iowa, he was the son of Ivan and Beulah (Downs) Morgan. He worked for the United Sates Postal Service in Gothenburg, Neb. and was promoted to postmaster in Polk, Neb. and Belgrade, Neb.
LARNED - Peggy J. Thompson, 61, passed away Jan. 19, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 6, 1953, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of John H. and Marjorie Wagner Niewald. On Dec. 17, 1983, she married Kelly Thompson. They later divorced. A longtime area resident, she worked at the Larned State Hospital for 23 ½ years as a LMHT.
OLMITZ - Marilou Axman, 84, died Jan. 20, 2015 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 1, 1930, in Odin, she was the daughter of William and Eleanor (Hickel) Linsner. On April 20, 1949, she married Frank W. Axman in Odin. He died on May 17, 1994. A resident of Olmitz since 1949, coming from Odin, she was a retired nurses' aide, working for the Hoisington Hospital.
Joseph John Zecha, 89, died Jan. 21, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 25, 1925, in Claflin, he was the son of Emil R. and Mary Theresa (Kinzel) Zecha. A Great Bend resident for the past year and half, living in Denver, Colo. for 50 years, he was an auto mechanic for Montgomery Ward, retiring in 1990. He was a fine example of charity to almost everyone he met, befriending numerous persons in need throughout his life. He was an animal lover, especially dogs.
OLMITZ - Joseph E. Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19, 2015, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. He was born Nov. 8, 1937, the son of Erwin J. and Clara Elizabeth (Riedel) Hlavaty. He married Justina Maneth Oct. 6, 1958, at La Crosse. A lifetime Olmitz resident, he was a dairy farmer and stockman and also the postmaster for Olmitz for 25 years.
LA CROSSE - Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan was delivered and passed on Jan. 18, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.
SALINA - Matilda Pauline "Tillie" Hoth, 98, formally of Holyrood, died Jan. 18, 2015. Born Aug. 30, 1916, in Ellsworth County, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna (Kempke) Hoffman.
CLAFLIN - Garry L. Simpson, 60, died Jan 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. Born July 18, 1954, in Columbia, N.C., he was the son of Howard and Beulah (Stevenson) Simpson. A resident of Claflin since 2002, coming from Roper, N.C., he was a nurse, working for Washington County Hospital and Central Kansas Medical Center, and formerly owned and operated Prairie House Flowers and Gifts.
OLMITZ - Joseph "Joe" Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19 at Locust Grove Nursing Home, LaCrosse. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, Kansas.
Solomon "Sam" Maier, 103, died Jan. 18, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 3, 1911, in rural Barton County, he was the son of Henry Jacob and Anna Marie (Daubert) Maier. On Sept. 24, 1947, he married Betty Jo Mangum in Lubbock, Texas. She died on Dec. 7, 2000. A resident of Great Bend since 1964, coming from rural Susank, he worked for Producers Gas Company, retiring in 1976. He enjoyed fishing, and pheasant, dove and rabbit hunting.
HOISINGTON - Rose Marie Bryant, 73, died Jan. 17, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 7, 1942, in Chase, she was the daughter of George and Georgia (Moore) Bird. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lincoln. On Jan. 27, 1961, she married Carl Lee Bryant in Lincoln. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she was employed for 17 1/2 years as a CNA on the night shift at Cheyenne Meadows Nursing Home. She and her husband both shared a love of fishing.
MCPHERSON - Jan Carpenter Sink, 79, wife, mother and grandmother, died Jan. 16, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born May 12, 1935, McPherson, she was the daughter of Fred D. and Evelyn M. (Sward) Carpenter. In 1953, she graduated from McPherson High School. On Jan. 28, 1956, she was united in marriage to Edwin L. Sink, Jr. in McPherson. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1999. She had worked for State Farm Insurance and Tri-County Special Education Co-op, both in Independence, before retiring from Commerce Bank in Bonner Springs, and relocating to McPherson. She volunteered at Save N ...
HOISINGTON - Gregory Alan "Greg" Bitter, 55, died Jan. 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 6, 1959, he was the son of Harry and Irene (Deutsch) Bitter.
HOLYROOD - Richard E. Johnson, 77, died Jan. 18, at his home. Born Oct. 18, 1937, in West Grove, Pa. he was the son of Samuel H. and Blanche A. Johnson. He grew up in Rising Sun, Md. On Aug. 30, 1958, he married Grace Wilkens Johnson in Lorraine. She survives. A resident of Holyrood since 2005, having moved from the farm 3 miles east of town, he was a farmer and rancher.
OTIS - Velma V. Stieben, 90, died Jan. 17, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born May 28, 1924, in rural Galatia, she was the daughter of Henry and Anna M. (Koch) Miller. In 1942, she graduated from Otis Rural High School. On Aug. 29, 1943, she married Lester M. Stieben at Otis. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2004. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.