RUSSELL - Eugene Steinert, 89, of Russell, died on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth.
Marvin J. Hipp, 61, died Jan. 3, 2015, at Lake Point Assisted Living, Wichita. He was born Sept. 1, 1953, at Great Bend, the son of Joseph Lawrence and Thelma Eileen (Fenn) Hipp. He worked for Gibson, Titus and Stafford and then was the parts counter manager for Straub International, for more than 30 years combined. He was a longtime Great Bend resident, recently living in Wichita.
HOISINGTON - Emerson J. Davis, 80, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. He was born March 2, 1934, on the homestead in rural Galatia, Kan., the son of David and Lena (Hester) Davis. He attended school at Hoisington and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Newkirk on Oct. 8, 1953. He was a truck driver for Kansas Brick and Tile for many years, later working for Albion Township.
HOISINGTON - John Edward Stoss, 50, died Jan. 1, 2015, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Aug. 28, 1964, the son of Edward John and Darlene (Doonan) Stoss. He was a 1983 graduate of Hoisington High School. A lifetime Hoisington resident, John was a farmer and had previously ran the maintainer for South Homestead Township. He had also driven a bus for USD 431, Hoisington.
HOISINGTON – Corrine Catherine Finger, 75, died Dec. 31, 2014, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 16, 1939, in Great Bend, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph Lawrence "Joe L." and Regina Marie (Debes) Kaiser. She married Lawrence J. "Larry" Finger, April 27, 1963, in Odin. He died Dec. 1, 2005.
Lillian F. Whitsel Barger Claphan, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. She was born Oct. 14, 1930, at Great Bend, the daughter of George and Frances (Koelsch) Whitsel, Sr.
Virginia K. Hogsett, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at her home in Great Bend. She was born May 5, 1935, at Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Elon Chester "Chief" and Mabel Edith (Wilson) Hogsett.
MANHATTAN - Raydon H. Robel, 72, of Manhattan, died Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Mercy Regional Heath Center in Manhattan.
WICHITA - R. Duane Kraft, 85, died Dec. 30. He was born Feb. 2, 1929, in Salina, to Leo and Edna Kraft. At an early age, the family moved to Hoisington where Duane attended local schools. Upon graduation, he proudly served in the 216th Chemical Division of the U.S. Army. Following his service, he returned to Hoisington where he worked with his father in the family business, Kraft Shoe Store. He later worked and retired from Kansas Brick & Tile as a salesman.
VALLEY CENTER - Carolyn Marie (Black) Crisler, 50, passed away on Dec. 26, 2014. Born in Newton, she was the daughter of Carl Fredrick Black and Louise (Cotton) Black. She was a Fuller Brush employee.
ELLINWOOD - Leda Grace Janke passed away Dec. 11, 2014, in Aurora, Colo. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Claflin.
RUSSELL - Doris Amelia Steinert, 83, of Russell, died Dec. 29, 2014, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center in Ellsworth. A celebration of Doris's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Russell. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the mortuary, with family present to greet guests from 6-7 p.m. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
HUTCHINSON - Mary J. Birzer, 98, passed away on Dec. 28, at Hospice House. Born Dec. 4, 1916, in Odin, she was the daughter of Alois F. and Regina (Hermann) Prosser. She attended school at Holy Family School in Odin. On May 17, 1938, she married Martin Birzer in Odin. He passed away on Dec. 3, 2003. Mary retired in 1980 after 24 years at Dillons.
DeAngelo Carlos Ludin Ortiz, 1 month, 15 days, died Dec. 29 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 14, 2014, at Great Bend, he was the son of Yolanda Ortiz.
SALINA - Delbert Earl Deckert, 85, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, at his home in Salina. Delbert was born April 4, 1929, in Great Bend, the son of Ivan and Sylvia (Williams) Deckert. He graduated from Great Bend Senior High School in 1947, and served in the army with the 216th Chemical Corps Service in December 1950 as part of the Korean War.
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.