SALINA - David C. Gardiner, 54, died Sept. 20. Born Jan. 11, 1960, in Larned, he was the son of Gordon A. and Mary Anne (McConahay) Gardiner. In 1978, he graduated from Salina High School South. He joined the Army after he graduated from high school and was stationed in Europe for many years as a food inspector for the Army. He graduated from K-State with a degree in food science. He worked at the Great Bend Packing plant in Great Bend before retiring in Salina.
ABILENE – Jean C. Coleman, 81, passed away Sept. 19, 2014, in Salina.
GREAT BEND - Viola L. Deutsch, 95, died Sept. 18, 2014 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
ELLINWOOD - Betty Lee Scheufler, 89, died Sept. 17, 2014 at her home in Ellinwood.
ALBERT - Irene Mildred Brady, 95, died Sept. 18, 2014 at Rush County Memorial Hospital LTC in LaCrosse.
GREAT BEND – Darlene L. Anderson, 91, died Sept. 16, 2014 at Winter Meadow Homes, Inc., Topeka.
Matthew A. "Matt" Smolik, 90, passed away on Sept. 16, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Carolyn A. Sheets, 79, died Sept. 15 at her home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 3, 1934, in rural Rose Hill, she was the daughter of Earl and Esther (Hall) Showalter. She married Gerald Skeels. On Nov. 9, 1979, she married Donald Eugene "Gene" Sheets in Dighton. He died July 25, 2012. A Great Bend resident since 1963, she was an office manager for Great Bend Appliance for 13 years and was a former secretary at Security State Bank and First National Bank. She enjoyed her family and friends and playing golf.
Peggy Lynn Crowe, 58, died Sept. 16 at her home in Great Bend. Born May 4, 1956, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Johnnie Douglas and Marie (Griffith) Crowe. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was an occupational therapist at Clara Barton Hospital.
Lester Leo Achatz, 65, died Sept. 14 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 21, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of Milton and Bertha (Birzer) Achatz. On Dec. 27, 2011, he married Kimm M. Lewis in Great Bend. He grew up in Great Bend and lived in Virginia before moving back to Great Bend. He was employed by H-2 Trucking.
ALBERT - Virginia Marie (Amerine) Bird, 91, gently journeyed from this world to a new beginning on Sept. 14th. Though she was a life-long resident of Barton County, she spent the final years of her life with her daughter providing precious companionship in Wichita and then Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ellsworth. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Lisa Riedel, and her husband, Bert, of Ellsworth and their son, Bret, of Kansas City; her son, Lynn Bird, and his wife, Pat, of Broomfield, Colo.; their children, Joshua Bird, and his wife, Alison Cashman and their daughter, Josie; Stefanie Bird Stafford and ...
TIMKEN - Ernest "Ernie" Bucl, 88, died Sept. 14 at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. Born April 15, 1926 at La Crosse, he was the son of Lucian and Frances (Havelka) Bucl.
Jim S. Cain, 66, died Sept. 13 at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 27, 1947 at Great Bend, he was the son of Benjamin and Stephanie (Schenk) Cain.
Carolyn A. Sheets, 79, died Sept. 14 at her ho me in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
HUTCHINSON - Aubrey Linus Schartz, 82, died Sept. 14, at his home in Hutchinson. Born Aug. 20, 1932, in rural Ellinwood, he was the son of Edward and Frances Schartz. On Oct. 16, 1951, he married Bonnie Lou Harbaugh in Ellinwood. He retired from Marmie's Motors in Great Bend and moved to Hutchinson.
Irvin E. Burton, 87, passed away on Sunday morning, Nov. 9, at his home in Great Bend. Born on July 29, 1927, in rural Hoisington, he was the son of Walter and Myrtle (Bradshaw) Burton. On Sept. 24, 1988 he was united in marriage to Betty Jo Byerly in Great Bend. Irvin was a route salesman for Dr. Pepper, Schlitz Beer, and Guy's Potato Chips for many years until his retirement, and worked several part-time jobs after he retired. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, antique John Deere tractors, and he dearly loved his dog, Molly.
GREAT BEND – Barbara Lynn Wenke, 56, died Nov. 7, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita.
GREAT BEND – Jayne Lea Shumate, 35, died Nov. 7, 2014 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City.
GREAT BEND - Marie K. Zink, 91, died Oct. 25 at St. Luke's, Kearney, Neb.
GREAT BEND - Helen L. Morgan, 88, died Nov. 6, 2014 at her home in Great Bend.
GREAT BEND - Don Carroll, 68, died Nov. 5, 2014 at his home in Great Bend.
Don Carroll, 68, died November 5, 2014, at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
C. Ray Scheideman, 77, died Nov. 5 at his home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 29, 1937, in La Crosse, he was the son of Elmer Milton and Amelia (Brening) Scheideman. On Feb. 24, 1962, he married Jacqueline L. Strong in Smith Center. A Great Bend resident since 1964, coming from Hays, he was employed as an installer and repairman for Southwestern Bell for 25 years, then for AT&T, retiring in 1990. Following his retirement, he worked in the telecommunications industry and then for CPI.
LARNED - Winnie I. Ashley, 81, passed away Nov. 5 at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born Sept. 11, 1933, in Oklahoma, she was the daughter of George and Edna Messner Neal. On Feb. 24, 1957, she married Leonard Ashley. They later divorced. He passed away on May 28, 2013. A longtime area resident, she was a Licensed Mental Health Technician at the Larned State Hospital.
BAZINE - Sammy Lee Cell, 70, died Nov. 5 at Hays Medical Center. Born Nov. 28, 1943, in Waynoka, Okla., he was the son of Carl "Skeet" and Maxine (Cunningham) Cell. On Sept. 30, 1972, he married Melody Ray Shelton in Great Bend. A resident of Bazine since 1999, living in Salina from 1992 to 1999, and Great Bend from 1965 to 1992, he was a gauger for Plains Marketing and formerly served as a Great Bend Police Officer and Barton County Sheriff's Officer. He loved John Wayne, racing, rattlesnake hunting, and all sports.
What will it take to get more Kansans to the polls? For Tuesday's election, Barton County turnout was less than 50 percent.
ALBERT - Paul J. Andree, 90, died on Nov. 2, 2014. He was a retired USD 259 coach and administrator.