LACROSSE - Craig A. "Gunny" Janousek, 60, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. "Gunny" was born on Nov. 29, 1955, in McCook, Neb. the son of Jay and Margaret (Stowell) Janousek. On June 15, 1974, he married Kathy Holopirek at the United Methodist Church in La Crosse. He was a 40+ year resident of La Crosse moving from Benkelman, Neb. A 1974 graduate of La Crosse High School he owned and operated a custom embroidery business. Softball was a huge part of "Gunny's" life. The family's weekends were spent on the softball field playing in ...
Christina D. Klusener, 98, died Nov. 21, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born March 9, 1918, at rural Dubuque, she was the daughter of Edward Emel and Mary Regina (Feltes) Klusener. On July 27, 1939, she married Henry Charles Klusener at Lyons. He died Aug. 29, 1984. A Great Bend resident since 1944, coming from Dubuque and Dorrance, she was a homemaker.
RUSSELL - Betty JoAnne (Kilian) Dumler, 89, died Nov. 18, 2016, at the Stratford Commons memory care facility of Overland Park, surrounded by nine family members, following complications from a fall. Betty was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Russell, to Alma (Mai) and Sam Kilian. The beautiful Russell High School drum majorette married dashing high school track and football star, Richard Henry Dumler, on June 1, 1947, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Russell. They made their home in Russell and Hill City before moving to Great Bend in 1960. She worked as an accounting assistant for Western Power Company ...
Earlene Marie (Kiger) Nairn, 84, died Nov. 20, 2016, at Leisure Homestead, St. John. Born June 8, 1932, at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Rossie Earl and Marjorie Adell (Moore) Kiger. She married Nolen Gene Nairn on Oct. 8, 1950 at First Church of the Nazarene, Great Bend. He died Nov. 17, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a vice-president of Security State Bank and UMB Bank.
W.H. "Tag" Hendricks passed away Nov. 20, 2016, in Salina. Born May 27, 1925, in Raymond he was the son of Roy Emerson Hendricks and Lottie Gable Hendricks. He married Eva J. Lackey. They later divorced.
TRIBUNE - Dennis William White, 74, died Nov. 21, 2016, at Greeley County Hospital in Tribune. Born April 25, 1942, at Hays he was the son of Kenneth William and Helen Lathene (Graham) White. On April 29, 1962, he married Donna Monene Rankin in South San Gabriel, Calif. She preceded him in death on April 15, 2014. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad, where he worked as a signal maintainer while in Hoisington and later wiring cabinets at the relay shops in Sedalia, Mo.
Juanita May "Nita" Ratzlaff, 73, died Sept. 27, 2016, at her home in Great Bend. She was born May 1, 1943, at Beldenville, Wisc., the daughter of John and Mildred (Klein) Gilbertson. She was a waitress and manager of Hong Kong Restaurant and also had a painting business. She raised and showed Persian cats, and enjoyed cooking, gardening and yardwork.
RADIUM - Beulah F. (Susie) Vratil, 99, passed away Nov. 17, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born on Oct. 17, 1917, in Stafford County she was the daughter of Earl Sr. and Jessie Carr. She grew up on a farm near Radium and graduated from Radium High School in 1935. In 1937, she married Eddy Vratil, and they celebrated 64 years of marriage before Eddy's death in 2002. Susie and Eddy farmed near Radium for many years before moving to Larned in retirement years. She and Eddy enjoyed cooking, card playing and traveling.