LARNED - Cecil C. (Sonny) McConnell, 72, died April 16, 2013 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Nov. 9, 1940 in Carthage Mo., he was the son of Cecil E. and Sarah L. Moore McConnell. A lifetime area resident, he was a retired Chief Petty officer in the Navy and a retired truck driver. On Nov. 30, 2008 he married Pauline Haney in St. John. She survives. Mr. McConnell was of the Christian ...
LACROSSE - Monica Unrein, 93, died April 15 at Via Christi Care Center in Hays. Born May 4, 1919 at the Schaffer family farm in rural Rush
PAWNEE ROCK - Charles Wilbur Russell, 90, died April 14 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Nov. 17, 1922 in Carroll County, Mo., he was the son of Charles Walter and Lena (Adcock) Russell. On Sept. 6, 1942, he married Berdene Lou (Glaze) in Larned. She preceded him in death. A Pawnee Rock resident from 1959 to 2009, he was a 37 year civil servant for the U.S. Army Reserves.
BEL AIRE - Barbara Ann Yetschke, 64, died April 15 at her home in Bel Aire. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
Kenneth D. "Ken" Williams, 74, died on April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Feb. 14, 1939 in Stephenville, Texas, he was the son of Myrl and Ruth (Onions) Williams. On Aug. 15, 1959 he married Nancy Giebler in Hays. She survives. Growing up in Liberal, he was a Great Bend resident since 1963, coming from Hays. He served as the C.F.O. for Central Kansas Medical Center for twenty years, retiring in 1988. Following, ...
CHERRYVALE - Walter Frank Eilts, 74, Cherryvale, died on April 8. Born in Rush County on March 14, 1939, he was the son of Edward and Anna Eilts. In 1957 he graduated from Great Bend High School. He attended Salt City Business College. On Aug. 4, 1961, he married Phyllis Chapham.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Lilbourn Duane Karst, 76, of Phoenix Ariz., passed away on Sunday, April 7, after a long illness with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a loving spouse, respected business owner, proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was born in Hoisington on October 27th, 1935, proceeded in death by his father and mother, Constantine Karst and Elsie Irene Eurich.
CLAFLIN – Howard Lee Soeken, 80, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. He was born May 7, 1932 in rural Claflin, the son of Onno and Minnie (Armbrust) Soeken. A lifelong Claflin resident, Howard was a retired farmer. He was a graduate of Claflin High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Holyrood, Kansas and a founding ...
Robert Lee "Bob" Martin, 69, died April 9, 2013 at his home in Great Bend. He was born March 5, 1944 at Chico, Calif., the son of Robert M. and Pauline (Shephard) Martin.
E. Pearl Carson, 99, died April 7 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 22, 1913 in Wilcox, Ariz., she was the daughter of John Smith and Suzie Stahl. On Dec. 21, 1929 she married Russell Augusta Carson in Oklahoma City, Okla. He died in 1968. An Ellinwood resident for the past 10 years, and a Barton County resident since 1945, formerly of Oklahoma, she was retired from Fuller Brush. She also worked in food service and did baby-sitting. She was an avid gardener.
Kenneth Wayne Pack, Jr., 55, died April 5, at his home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 21, 1957 in Urbana, Ohio, he was the son of Kenneth Wayne and Nancy (Stevens) Pack.
Kenneth Wayne Pack, Jr., 55, died April 5, at home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 21, 1957 at Urbana, Ohio, he was the son of Kenneth Wayne and Nancy (Stevens) Pack.
Ervin (Erv) G. Birzer, 79, died peacefully at Serenity House of Santa Barbara, Calif., on March 29. Born Dec. 29, 1933 near Ellinwood, his was the son of Joseph Frank and Marie Ann (Huslig) Birzer.
Oliver Roy Batman, 82, died April 6, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born October 28, 1930 at Stafford County, he was the son of Albert Roy and Lina H. (Nicolet) Batman.
WICHITA - Melford Dale DeWald, 84, formerly of Bazine, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013. He was born April 22, 1928 in rural Bazine, Ness County, to Reuben S. DeWald and Mattie Mae (Staley) DeWald. Melford was a retired Ness City Junior and Senior High math teacher, farmer and cattleman. He married Ruthye Jo Keil on Jan. 21, 1951 in Bazine. She died May 29, 2004. He served as a Ness County commissioner for eight ...
Dan Allen Noblitt, 78, died May 4 at his home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 16, 1934 in Great Bend, he was the son of George O. and Edith (Marsh) Noblitt. On April 18, 1958 he married Thelma Beebe in Norwalk, Calif. A long time resident of Great Bend, he was most recently employed as a regional manager for Super 8 Motels.
BELPRE - Helen R. Berscheidt, 94, died April 19, at the Halstead Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 22, 1918, she was the daughter of Matt and Martha Heinke Maes. On Feb. 4, 1941 she married John N. Berscheidt in Claflin. He passed away in 1974. A lifetime area resident she was a farmwife and an occupational therapist for the Larned State Hospital for 25 years.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Joyce Fae Nye, 86, joined her family in heaven on March 5, 2013, in Oklahoma City. Born in Oakley, she was the eldest of seven children born to Charles Verner Fechner and Thelma Irene Walker Fechner. Joyce loved to read and as a child spent many hours rocking a cradle with her foot while losing herself in the pages of her favorite books. She met her future husband, Harold R. Nye, ...