HUMBOLDT - Anna Mae "Anne" Tinkler of Humboldt, passed away on May 21 at Diversicare of Chanute. She was born Anna Mae Nickey on Dec. 1, 1922, in Haxtun, Colo., the daughter of Carl A. and Agnes Mae (Hulse) Nickey.
LYONS - Maxine Idell Battershell, 95, died May 22 at Good Samaritan Center, Lyons. She was born Jan. 29, 1919, at Larned, to the Rev. Thomas F. and Lelia Goforth Swanson. She graduated from Stafford High School, and from Beauty College in Hutchinson in 1939. She married Lee Howard Battershell on Aug. 12, 1943, at Lyons. He died July 17, 1967. A longtime Lyons resident, formerly of Sterling and Erie, she was owner and operator of Maxine's Beauty Shop for over 50 years.
SYLVIA - Carl Marks, 77, died May 22 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was the son of Herb and Nellie Marks and was raised in the Zenith/Stafford community. Carl was a 1954 graduate of Stafford High School and Hutchinson Junior College. He proudly served in the United States Army for three years and went back to the "Oil Patch." On June 8, 1963, he married Jeanette Kueck at Stafford. Carl was an avid hunter and wildlife enthusiast having helped establish Sunflower Mallards and had raised Greater Canada Geese to be released back into the wild for many years.
KATY, Texas - Dixie Lee Stein, 66, died May 20 at her home in Katy, Texas. Born July 25, 1947, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Eldon Howard and Fern Marie (Folkerts) Harper. Raised on her family's farm in Albert, she graduated from Fort Hays State University. On June 15, 1968, she married Dean LeRoy Stein in Albert. The couple lived in Duncan, Okla., Enid, Okla., and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Springfield, Mo., Paducah, Ky., and Lubbock, Texas, prior to moving to Katy, Texas, in 2013 to be closer to their daughters and grandson.
Gilbert Francis Penka, 66, died May 17, 2014 at his home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 25, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of August and Agnes (Rziha) Penka. A resident of Great Bend since 2009, coming from Hoisington, he was a farmer and delivered propane for Mid Continent L.P. Services. He also later was employed by Moeder Oil Company.
MIDLAND, Texas - Monte Dean Jamison, 52, died May 19, 2014 at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Born Sept. 20, 1961, in Chickasha, Okla., he was the son of Harold Dean and Carol Jean (Burgess) Jamison. He was employed by the County of Midland, Texas as a Procurement Manager.
TULSA, Okla. – Diana Rinehart, 84, passed from this world on May 16, 2014.
WAGNER, S.D. - Gertrude Mae (Stratton) Dressler passed away on May 19, 2014 at her home under hospice care, as a result of a long respiratory illness. She was born Nov. 30, 1930, in Madison, S.D. to Howard and Bernice (Cline) Stratton. In 1941, she moved with her family to Marion, S.D. and graduated Salutatorian in 1949. Gertrude went to beauty school in 1951 and owned her own salon in Marion, S.D. and in Wagner, S.D., and was recognized for her talents by winning several national hair styling awards and was the South Dakota Cosmetologist of ...
HOLYROOD - Robert L. Siemsen, 75, passed away May 20 in Lyons. He was born Nov. 14, 1938 in Ellsworth to Henry and Leora (Johansen) Siemsen. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, he was raised on a farm in rural Holyrood. Robert attended grade school and high school in Holyrood, graduating in 1956. He was a farmer and stockman and a member of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Holyrood. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy for three years aboard the USS Gunston Hall.
COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. - Barbara Louise Knupp Lucas passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Life Care of Collegedale, Tenn. She was 83 years old. She was born in Larned on Nov. 21, 1930, to E. V. and Irene Hall Knupp. She graduated from Larned High School with the Class of 1948. She married Jon K. "Pete" Lucas in Larned. They lived in Kansas, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, Tennessee and Louisiana. She was a resident of Slidell, La., for over 30 years before moving to Collegedale, Tenn., in 2010.
ELLINWOOD - Donald Leroy Radke died on May 14. He was born on July 26, 1956. After 27 years, he retired from Dillon Dairy.
ODIN - Eric R. Beran, 50, died May 19 at home in Odin. Born Aug. 15, 1963 at Great Bend, he was the son of Gerald W. "Jerry"and Elvita (Dolechek) Beran.
LARNED - Troy Lee Fox, 50, died May 18, at Emporia. Born Oct. 29, 1963 at Hastings, Neb., he was the son of Galen and Charolette "Sue" Cambron Fox. He was a Larned resident for 25 years moving from Garden City. He was a Diesel Mechanic for Doonan Truck. He was a member of The Fathers House, Larned.
Gilbert Francis Penka, 66, died May 17, at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
Blanche Opal Rea, 92, died May 17, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 30, 1921 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Charlie "Chase" and Stazie (Novotny) Hejny. On Aug. 22, 1943 she married Kenneth "K.E." Rea in Hoisington. He died on Nov. 14, 1998. A Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from The Ozarks, Mo., she also had resided in Otis; Hoisington; Sweetwater, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Mozambique, South Africa; Libya; North Africa; Denver, Colo.; London, Ky.; Tehran; Iran; and Vincennes, Ind. She was a self-employed cosmetologist. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.
Willa Mae Springfeldt, 93, died July 10, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 11, 1920, in Springfield, Mo., she was the daughter of William and Ethel Mae (Renfro) Teem. On Nov. 23, 1940, she married Virgil L. Springfeldt in Cottonwood Falls. He died on June 7, 1992. A resident of Great Bend since 1972, coming from Bushton, she and her husband were owner and operator of IGA of Bushton and Kwik Shop in Great Bend. She enjoyed playing the piano and cello.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on Wednesday afternoon, July 9. Born Dec. 10, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank and Katherine (Pyles) Munoz. In 1965, he graduated from Great Bend High School.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA.- Esther Dunham, 89, died Dec. 2, 2013 at Golfcrest Health Care Center, Hollywood, Fla. Born July 16, 1924 at Scottsbluff, Neb., she was the daughter of Lee Selby and Alice Butler. She married Jack Dunham June 9, 1945 at Hays, Kan. A former resident of Great Bend before moving to Florida, she was employed at J. C. Penney and the Barton County Health Department until her retirement.
ELLINWOOD--Joyce Marie Fullbright, 83, passed away in Ellinwood on July 10. Born Oct. 1, 1930 in Georgetown, Ark., she was the daughter of Briles and Myrtle (Chambers) Andrews.
Connie Rosalie Peacock, 91, died July 11 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Feb. 21, 1923 at WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Pete and Antonia (Solowski) Gregorcyk.
Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31, in San Diego, Calif. Born March 10, 1959 at Great Bend, he was the son of Harold S. and Dorothy J. Miller. He joined the Coast Guard in 1978, working as a corpsman and was awarded a letter from President Ronald Reagan for saving a life. He attended Wichita State University on the GI Bill and later worked as a respiratory therapist and cardiology technician. He married Bernadette Alison December 31, 1990 at San Diego.
OLATHE - Christopher James Gross, 41, passed away July 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center from complications of his battle with brain cancer.
GREAT BEND - Lloyd E. White, 81, died July 8, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Center, Dodge City.
WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Theresa A. Wornkey, 81, died July 6, at Memorial Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Born Jan. 12, 1933, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Matt and Barbara (Hiney) Apel. On April 9, 1953, she married Jim Wornkey in Ellinwood. She was a 15 year resident of Wyandotte, Okla. where she enjoyed her retired years with her husband of over 60 years. Theresa was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who were touched by her life.
LARNED -Herman J. Mausolf, 85, passed away July 7 at Hays Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1929 in Albert; the son of Herman E. and Anna D. Jurgensen Mausolf. A longtime area resident he was a Chief Security Officer at the Larned State Hospital, retiring in 1991.
LARNED -Robert C. Sharp Sr., 80, passed away July 6 in Vassar. He was born Oct. 28, 1933, in Pratt, the son of Carl and Dorothy Cole Sharp. He was the owner of Sharp Sanitation in Larned.