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Larry Thomas Haxton

Larry Thomas Haxton, 70, Claflin, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Survivors include his son, Kevin Haxton and wife, Emily, of Ellsworth.

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Erwin Edward Choitz

Erwin Edward Choitz, 87, Hutchinson, went to be with his Lord Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. 

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Rose Yusta

Rose Yusta, 92, Wilson, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Wilson.

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Lt. Col. John A. Hoch

Lt. Col. John A. Hoch (Ret.), 81, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Salina. He was born March 21, 1933 in Wilson, Kan. to Mary and Adolf Hoch. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1951. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952. He entered the Aviation Cadet Program in 1953 and received his commission and wings in 1954. He retired from military service May 31, 1977 as director of training, 384th Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita. He amassed over 8,000 hours of flying time, of which, 453 hours, were in combat. His service ...

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Patricia Mae ‘Patty’ Smith

Patricia Mae “Patty” Smith, 73, died Oct. 25, 2014, at Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan, Kan.  She was born March 24, 1941, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Wm. C. and Velma (Brown) Phillips. Patty graduated from Claflin High School in 1959 and then attended Fort Hays State College Nursing School. She later graduated from the Academy of Beauty in Great Bend and then taught classes there. She had Patty’s Beauty Salon, which she ran for many years from her home in Claflin. A long-time resident of Claflin, Patty was also the owner and operator of Brackeen Line Cleaning ...

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Edwin Miller

Edwin Miller, 92, of Wilson, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Cypress Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Arthur, Texas.

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Bertha S. Fogle

Bertha S. Fogle, 87, Hays, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in WaKeeney, Kan.

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Betty J. Parks


Betty J. Parks, 84, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Ellsworth.

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Gilbert J. Toman, Jr.

Gilbert J. Toman, Jr., 64, passed away surrounded by his family, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Wichita. He was born Oct. 19, 1949 in Ellsworth, to Gilbert J. and Marjorie Mae (Bender) Toman.

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Ladislav E. 'Laddie' Havlik


Ladislav E. “Laddie” Havlik, 97, of Kanopolis, was born near Bison, Oka., Jan. 29, 1917, to Anton and Leopolda (Stary) Havlik. He passed away Oct. 15, 2014, at the Ellsworth Good Samaritan Center, Ellsworth, Kan. 

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Joy Shaw



Joy Shaw, 69, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. 

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Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez, 80, passed away, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.

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Ruthanna A. Speer

Ruthanna A. Speer, 86, Atchison, passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Atchison Medical Lodge in Atchison.

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Lolita A. Valenta

Lolita A. Valenta, 100, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Lyons. 

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"Butch" Sidney Wade Lloyd


“Butch” Sidney Wade Lloyd, 59, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Ellsworth.

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Verlin A. Wiles


Verlin A. Wiles, 73, died Oct. 5, 2014, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

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Irma 'Jean' Pedersen

Irma "Jean" Pedersen, 87, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Salina.

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Verle Buffington

Verle Buffington, 91, rural Marquette, passed away Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.

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Elvera F. Fischer


Elvera F. Fischer, 90, Sylvan Grove, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

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Dr. Gary Lee Parks

Dr. Gary Lee Parks, 64, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014 after battling a rare cancer. He was at home with his family by his side.

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Maryjean Lazio

Maryjean Lazio, 92, of Salina, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. She was born July 17, 1922 in Ellsworth, Kan.

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Lauraine Drazic

Lauraine Drazic, 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at Amour Oaks Nursing Home in Kansas City, Mo.

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Winifred R. Denning

A memorial Mass for Winifred Rose Denning, 92, Salina, will be at 10

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Elmer L. Showalter

Elmer L. Showalter, 93, Holyrood, passed away Sept. 23, 2014, in Ellsworth. 

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Gladys May Bishop

Gladys May Bishop, 86, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 in Stillwater, Okla. She will have a memorial service at at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

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Matthew Douglas Swisher


Matthew Douglas Swisher, 33, passed away Sept. 20, 2014 in Ellsworth. 

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Virginia Marie Bird


Virginia Marie (Amerine) Bird, 91, Albert, gently journeyed from this world to a new beginning on Sept. 14, 2014. 

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Elden Adolph Schultz

 


Elden Adolph Schultz, 83, Garden City, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16,  2014, in Garden City where he had lived since 1980, moving from Atchison. He was born June 18, 1931, in Ellsworth County, to Adolph Sr. and Augusta (Bohl) Schultz.

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Myrtle Lea Anderson

Myrtle Lea Anderson, 87, Holyrood, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Ellinwood Country Living surrounded by many of her loved ones.

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Richard J. Klema

Richard J. Klema, 96, entered God’s kingdom in Heaven Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Morro Bay, Calif. He was born June 8, 1918, in Wilson, Kan., the son of John Alouis and Agnes Stehno Klema. He grew up in Kanopolis, Kan., and graduated from Kanopolis High School. He worked with his parents in the grocery store in Kanopolis until he was drafted in 1941 to serve a year in the Army. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Richard’s year became almost four years of service.

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Mark Lynn Folk

Mark Lynn Folk, 56, passed away of an aneurism Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at his residence in Holyrood. He was born March 10, 1958 in Ellsworth to Max and Beverly (Cron) Folk. A lifetime resident of Holyrood, he was a bookkeeper and office manager for Folk Well and Lease. Mark was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Holyrood. 

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Helen M. Buckley


Helen M. Buckley, 90, Dodge City, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Trinity Manor, Dodge City.

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Betty Urbanek

Betty Urbanek, 84, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at her daughter’s home surrounded by those who love her.

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Hector Munro Campbell

Hector Munro Campbell, 92, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Salina. He was born April 17, 1922, in Lachine, Quebec, Canada, to Hector and Genevieve (McLaurin) Campbell.

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Eli Douglas Robson

Eli Douglas Robson, infant son of Kirk and Janelle (Bach) Robson, was stillborn Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Salina.

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Margaret Ruth Fox

Margaret Ruth Fox, 77, St. Joseph, Mo., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 at her home surrounded by her husband and five children.

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Robert Miguel Perez


Robert Miguel Perez, 34, died Aug. 16, 2014, at his home in Oklahoma City.

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Marlyn D. 'Chief' Steinle

Marlyn D.  “Chief” Steinle, 78, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the Golden Living Center, Wilson.

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Boyd Bainter

Boyd Bainter. 91, Ellsworth, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at Ellsworth County Medical Center in Ellsworth.

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Dena Sue Orozco


Dena Sue (Wolf) Orozco of Wichita, formerly of Wellington, died Monday afternoon, Aug. 11, 2014, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. at the age of 58.

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Terry Zink


Terry Zink, 64, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at his home in Claflin.

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Eva Mae Stone

Eva Mae Stone, 83, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her home in Kanopolis. She was born Jan. 31, 1931 in Graham, Texas to Brantley C. and Anna (Boyle) Needham. A Kanopolis resident since 1967, she was a homemaker and had been a nurse’s aide at the Ellsworth hospital. Eva was a member of the United Methodist Church, Kanopolis.

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Leroy Andrew Sundberg


Leroy Andrew Sundberg, 93, of Newton, passed away July 20, 2014.

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Kenneth Harmon

Graveside services with full military honors for Kenneth Harmon, 92, Lawrence will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at Mt. Muncie Mausoleum in Lansing, Kan. He died peacefully Friday, July 18, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

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Donald J. Weber

Donald J. Weber was born Oct. 6, 1928 in Wilson, Kan.  He died July 16, 2014 in Denver, Colo. at the age of 85 years from pulmonary fibrosis. 

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Marian H. Ann Bahr

Marian H. Ann Bahr, 86, Claflin, passed away July 16, 2014 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Avis K. Reed


Avis K. Reed, 96, died July 15, 2014, in Wilson. 

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Robyn Beryl Gray


Robyn Beryl Gray passed away at her home Sunday, July 13, 2014.

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Wesley 'Dean' Droegemeier

 

Dean Droegemeier, 83, formerly of Raytown, Mo., passed away July 10, 2014.

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John Michael 'Jack' Lange

John Michael “Jack” Lange, 19, of Lawrence, Kan. passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Sunday, July 13, 2014, at home.  Jack, a fifth generation Kansan,    was born Oct. 12, 1994, in Lawrence, the son of Mary Pat and Michael D. Lange. 

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