ELLINWOOD - Mike Strobl, 78, died Aug. 8, 2014 at his home in Ellinwood. Born on March 18, 1936, in Great Bend, he was raised by Nick and Alice Klepper of Ellinwood. On Sept. 21, 1963, he married Jeanie Brown in Phoenix, Ariz. A lifetime Ellinwood area resident, he was co-owner of Strobl-Yarmer Construction.
SALINA - Barbara Ann Zemanick, 73, of Salina, died Aug. 13, 2014.
Amy Sue Russell 1966 - 2014
HUTCHINSON - Billie Louise Messick Williams, 83, died Aug. 10, at Hester Care Center. Born Dec. 27, 1930, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Lee and Sally LeRoy True. She was a 1956 graduate of Raymond High School. On Aug. 27, 1947, she married Donald F. "Pete" Messick in Tribune. He died Sept. 18, 1994. Then on Sept. 12, 1998, she married Robert Stanley Williams in Hutchinson. He died Aug. 10, 2013.
CHASE - Donald Mark Oberle Sr., 66, passed away Aug. 11, at his home in Chase. Born July 3, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of George J. and Florentine L. (Kimpler) Oberle. A lifelong resident of Chase, he was a pipe-liner in the petroleum industry. On Dec. 23, 2002, he married Debbie (Gilley) in Great Bend. She survives of the home.
HOISINGTON - Joyce M. Basye, 81, died Aug. 10 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center. She was born April 16, 1933 at Wichita, the daughter of Lee and Alberta (Miller) Mathews.
Elenora "Nora" Schmidt, 83, died Aug. 11 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Aug. 27, 1930, at Liebenthal, she was the daughter of Alex and Mary (Doerfler) Pfeifer.
Ivan "Stanley" Freeman, 94, died Aug. 9 at Great Bend Health And Rehabilitation Center. Born Dec. 26, 1919, at Coats, he was the son of Ivan A. and Gertrude M. (Stimits) Freeman. He married Betty B. Eastes Jan. 4, 1948, at Pratt. She died August 31, 2012.
Gordon Jones, 88, a longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away Aug. 10.
ELLINWOOD - Mike Strobl, 78, died on Aug. 8 at his home in Ellinwood.
OBERLIN - DeeAnna E. Krizek, 77, died Aug. 9 at Decatur Health Systems in Oberlin. Born April 7, 1937, in Oberlin, she was the daughter of Gordon and Esther (Leitner) Rathbun. In 1955 she graduated from Decatur Community High School. On Aug. 4, 1957, she married Bennie Krizek in Oberlin. Living on the Krizek family farm north of Jennings, she was a homemaker.
ELLINWOOD - Nolan E. Starkey, 74, died at his home in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
ELLINWOOD - Mike Strobl, 78, died at his home in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
LACROSSE - Eugene Dale Sell died on July 2. Born on Aug. 10, 1929, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Mayme (Rickter) Sell. Gene attended school in La Crosse, graduating in 1947. In high school he excelled in all sports, especially in basketball and football. Upon graduation, Gene accepted a scholarship to Garden State College in Garden City. Upon leaving college, he took a job with Gross Drilling Co. of Eldorado, and in 1951, was sent to Pawhuska, Okla. for "six months work and never left." He was married in 1951, to Patsy Brenton of Pawhuska and ...
Karen Kay Weber, 57, died Aug. 5 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 10, 1956, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Nicholas Mathias and Viola Dorothy (Lang) Weber. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a client of Sunflower Diversified Services for 37 years.
HOISINGTON - Kirby Dean Ricke, 61, died Oct. 11, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 2, 1953, in Alva, Okla., he was the son of Theodore Dean and Darlene (Huffman) Ricke. Kirby graduated in 1971 from Hoisington High School. He was active in both vocal music and band programs, excelling at the trumpet. A very talented artist, Kirby was also active in the high school art department, winning top awards at many contests and shows. On July 14, 1973, he married Mary A Boxberger in Hoisington. His artistic talents and his love for music were meshed into his career ...
DEsther L. Koochel, 100, died Oct. 12 at Sterling House of Great Bend. Born Sept. 19, 1914 at Timken, she was the daughter of John and Mollie (Erdman) Lorenz.
Nadine Dreiling, 81, died October 10, 2014, at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 25, 1933, in Neck City, Mo., the daughter of George and Vera Sargent Moore. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, moving from Chase, she and her husband owned and operated Don's Food Mart, and she retired from Dillons Pharmacy.
HOISINGTON - Lila Jean Haberman, 80, died Oct. 11 at her daughter's home in Olmitz. She was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Galatia, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Steinert) Wagner. She married Jim Stoss on July 30, 1952. He died Dec. 25, 1979. She then married Larry Haberman on March 30, 1991. He died Dec. 8, 2006. Lila Jean was a resident of Hoisington, coming from Olmitz. Lila, along with her husband Jim, owned and operated Jim's Place and the Olmitz Grocery till the early '70s. She later worked as a bartender for the Eagles Lodge in Great ...
Paul E. Dyer, 84, died Oct. 8 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 20, 1930, in Great Bend, he was the son of Homer and Katherine (Jones) Dyer. On Jan. 4, 1954, he married Julitta M. Elsen, in Great Bend. She died on March 12, 1995. He was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
John D. Trimmer, 65, of Great Bend and formerly of Pawnee Rock and Dundee, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. He was born on Feb. 11, 1949, at Belleville, to George Franklin and Edna Alene (Larr) Trimmer. He graduated from Republic County Schools in 1965 and was united in marriage to Diana Levingston on June 10, 1976, at Pawnee Rock. She died on July 22, 2013. John worked as a chain hand in the oilfield prior to his retirement. He enjoyed rock collecting, watching wrestling and spending time with family.
CIMARRON - Johnna Franks, 65, died Oct. 8, at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. Born Nov. 1, 1948, in Independence, she was the daughter of Johnnie and Norma (Marlett) Carroll. She graduated high school in Fredonia. She was a convenience store manager for 30 years. On June 28, 1970, she married Larry Franks in Fredonia. She and Larry moved to Cimarron from Great Bend, and spent the last three years RVing full time. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards.
LA CROSSE - Viola Mae Yost, 99, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Oct. 7, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born Viola Mae Wimmer on July 25, 1915, in Harlan, she was the daughter of Harvey Lester and Mary Ann Zion Wimmer. She graduated from Portis High School, attended college at York College for two years, then finished her teaching education at Fort Hays State University. She enjoyed a long and successful teaching career to include Alexander (for 31 years), Nekoma, and Heizer. Additionally she served as a substitute teacher for McCracken and La Crosse. She served as ...