LARNED - June M. McConnaughhay, 88, passed away March 14, 2016, at Country Living in Larned. Born May 31, 1927, in Great Bend she was the daughter of Virgil L. and Grace Cooper Gilbert. On July 31, 1954, she married John McConnaughhay in Pawnee Rock. He passed away Oct. 16, 2004. A lifetime area resident, she was a school teacher.
CHESTER, Ill. - Rosie Marie Usher, 95, passed away on March 10, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Chester, Ill. Born Feb. 24, 1921, in Alexander, she was the daughter of William and Anna (Wegele) Baus. She was raised on a Kansas farm but moved to Chester, Ill., after she was married. On July 21, 1944, she married Leo J. Usher. He preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 2009. She worked as a nurse for over 40 years.
BISON - Elsie A. Peroli, 96, died March 13, 2016, at Salina Regional Health Center. Born March 10, 1920, in Leoti, she was the daughter of William F. "Bill" and Minnie (Seuser) Elder. A 1939 graduate of Bison High School she received her teaching certificate in 1941 from Fort Hays Kansas State College, Hays. On Aug. 6, 1945, she married Mario "Pat" Peroli at Bison. He preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 2003. A lifelong resident of Bison, she was a homemaker and school cook in the Bison and Otis-Bison school districts before her retirement.
Jessica "Billy" Cruz Wagner, 25, died Dec. 28, 2015 at University Of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colo, after a 12 day battle of heart surgery complications. She was born Jan. 4, 1990 at Colby, the daughter of David Arthur Pantoya and Kristy Ann (Havel) Wagner.
ELLINWOOD - Edna Kathryn (LeManske) Starnes, 86, passed away March 10, 2016 at Wesley Woodlawn Hospital in Wichita. Born in Kansas City, on Feb. 24,1930 she was the daughter of True Jack and Hattie (Taylor) LeManske. Edna married Eugene (Gene) Starnes on Feb. 18, 1952, in Kansas City.
HOISINGTON - Robert E. Ray, 88, died Dec. 20, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 17, 1927, in Wichita, he was the son of Ralph E. and Thelma (Frakes) Ray. In 1948, he married Wanda L. Williams. They later divorced. He then married Judy K. Nickels on Dec. 31, 1969, in Sterling. When Robert was 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II, as a Fireman First Class. After returning from the war he worked many places, but most recently as a truck driver for both the Oil Fields and the Sterling CO-OP ...
LARNED - Marie E. Roberson, 79, passed away March 10, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born April 30, 1936, in California, Mo., she was the daughter of Clarence and Delora Miller Smith. On Oct. 19, 1952, she married Norman Roberson in Great Bend. He survives. A longtime area resident, she was a homemaker.
Elmer C. Becker, 81, died March 9, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 27, 1934, in Nashville, he was the son of William and Rosa Cecilia (Hagerman) Becker. On April 6, 1966, he married Marvella Krueger in Las Vegas, Nev. A Great Bend resident most of his life, he was co-owner and operator of Al's Drive In in Great Bend.
CHASE - Helen M. Keesling, 88, died March 8, 2016, at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Aug. 3, 1927, in Russell, she was the daughter of David F. and Bertha Kastrup Miller. She graduated from Englewood High School in Englewood, Calif. On Feb. 15, 1948, she married Harold R. Keesling in Lyons. He died on May 18, 2000. A resident of Chase since the 1940's, she was a homemaker and former Fuller Brush employee for over 20 years.