Della Ann Ranker (1932-2019)

Della Ann Ranker, age 86, passed away May 11, 2019 at Medical Lodges of Great Bend. She was born Nov. 17, 1932 at Ellsworth, to Otto F. and Anna C. (Kohls) Haase. Della married William Von Ranker Oct. 23, 1951 at Ellsworth. He passed away Feb. 16, 2016.
A 1950 graduate of Ellsworth High School, Della had been a resident of Great Bend since 1956, coming from McCook, Neb. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she held an active role as a Sunday School teacher, and was employed by Security State Bank for 22 years, retiring in 1995.
Survivors include three sons, David Ranker and wife Ronda of Hays, Steve Ranker of Florissant, Mo., and Philip Ranker and wife Darcee of Solana Beach, Calif.; four grandchildren, Matthew Ranker and wife Becca, Amy Brooks and husband Wyatt, Hayley Ranker, and Lynsie Ranker and husband James; five great-grandchildren, Noah, Caleb, Gracie, Hope and Isaac Ranker.


Matthew Everett Burwell (1965-2019)

Matthew Everett Burwell, 54, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Salina. He was born April 20, 1965 in Longview, Wash. to John, Sr. and Patricia (Pruner) Burwell.
Matthew is survived by his sons, Stephen of Ellsworth and  Zachary of Colorado; step-daughters, Amber and Rachel of Salina; mother, Patricia McElroy of Kanopolis; brothers, John Burwell, Jr. (Tracy) of Bend, Ore., Lucas Burwell (Shelley Yarbrough) of Portland, Ore., and Aaron Burwell of Kanopolis; sisters, Wendy Stroede (Marc) of Kanopolis and Heidi Beal (John) of Burns; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.
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Larry Kent Hrabik (1936-2019)

Larry Kent Hrabik passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at his home in Omaha, Neb. at the age of 82.
Larry was born on April 30, 1936 in Wilson, Kan. to Henry and Viola (Cook) Hrabik. He grew up in Wilson and graduated from Wilson High School with the Class of 1955. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force in 1956. He was united in marriage to Phayllis (Boothe) Hrabik in 1957 in Topeka, Kan. To this union Mike and Ron were born.   


Carol Jean Herber (1935-2019)

Carol Jean Herber, 84, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at her home in Salina, Kan. She was born Feb. 9, 1935 in rural Russell County to Carl and Carrie (Cook) Kaufman. Carol graduated from Dorrance High School with the class of 1953. She was united in marriage to Richard Edward Herber at the Dorrance Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death March 1, 1986.
Carol was very active in her community. She was a member of Altrusa, the Chamber of Commerce, and was on the Board of Directors at Citizens State Bank & Trust Company. She also was very involved in the Salina Home and Garden Show. Carol was an entrepreneur. She owned and operated many businesses. In her spare time she enjoyed planting and tending to her flowers in her backyard, traveling, and K-State football; but what she enjoyed most was spending time with her grandkids.


Robert Elmore Hulse (1926-2019)

Robert Elmore Hulse, 92, passed away May 7, 2019 in Marquette, Kan. He was born Oct. 7, 1926 in Marquette to Cleophas and Vella (Roney) Hulse.
Robert married Ruth Vopat in St. Louis, Mo. on June 12, 1949. He was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County where he was a postal carrier and a farmer and stockman. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ellsworth.
Robert served his county in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Ellsworth American Legion Post 174 and Ellsworth VFW Post 6485. He also served as the 6th District Commander for the VFW from 1986-1987.


Eugene 'Gene' Papa Peterman, Sr. (1940-2019)

  Eugene “Gene” Papa Peterman, Sr., 79, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Ellsworth. He was born March 27, 1940 in Lincoln County to Benjamin and Rosaline (Panzer) Peterman.


Alan 'Oopie' Marez (1943-2019)

Alan ‘Oopie’ Marez, 75, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at his home in Ellsworth. He was born Nov. 12, 1943 in Kanopolis to Louis Marez and Charlotte Hester LaBarr Marez.
Alan was a long time resident of Ellsworth where he married Gloria Lyne on Aug. 9, 1969. He retired from the Ellsworth County Highway Department where he had worked since 1972. He also owned Marez’s small engines in Ellsworth. Alan was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a member of the Ellsworth American Legion Post 174.
Alan is survived by his wife, Gloria, of Ellsworth; son, Tobi Marez (Tavia) of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Trichia Andreson of Ellsworth; brother, Gerald Marez (Paulette) of Phillipsburg; sisters, Anita Phelps (Alan) of Brookville and Sheryl Kay Luppen (Kevin) of Alden, Iowa; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Robert.


Francis J. 'Bud' Soukup (1926-2019)

Francis J. ‘Bud’ Soukup, 92, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Ellsworth. He was born April 24, 1926 in Ellsworth County to Louis and Lydia (Urbanek) Soukup.
Francis was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County where he married Phyllis Sheridan on Oct. 25, 1947. He was a farmer and stockman in the Ash Creek Township and member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church of Ellsworth.
Francis served his country in the United States Navy during WWII in the Pacific theater aboard the USS Hopping. He was a life member of the Ellsworth VFW Post 6485.
Francis is survived by his sons, Roy J. Soukup (Carol) of Ellsworth and Stephen J. Soukup (Kathy) of Ellsworth; daughters, Fran Reiter (Brian) of Beaver Dam, Wis. and Nancy Johnson of Ellsworth; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Woody of Beverly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis in 1992; son-in-law, Dale Johnson; and brothers, Bernard and Marion Soukup.


Rick J. Harper (1952-2019)

Rick J. Harper, 67, passed away March 20, 2019. He was born Feb. 6, 1952 in Salina, Kan. to Harland and Marcelyn (Davis) Harper.
Rick married Kim Lindburg in Lindsborg, Kan. on April 24, 1982. He was a Deputy Sheriff for Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Department for many years. He was a sports enthusiast, bowled for many years, enjoyed cheering for the KSU Wildcats and Kansas City Royals, and loved fishing with his fishing buddy, Ken.
Rick attended Central Christian College in McPherson where he was pitcher for the Tiger baseball team.
Rick is survived by his wife, Kim Harper of Ellsworth; brother-in-law, Larry Pucket of McPherson; sister-in-law, Daytha Lindburg of Lindsborg; niece, Becky Bornhoft (Dan) of Gilbert, Ariz.; niece, Shelly Marsh (Kevin) of Kansas City, Mo.; niece, RaDonna Friesen of Aurora, Colo.; and his beloved dog and cats.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Vicki Pucket.   


Ann A. Paull (1928-2019)

Former Ellsworth resident, Ann A. Paull, 90, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at her home in Long Beach, Calif. She was born Sept. 7, 1928 to Frank Reichel, Sr. and Agnes (Bicek) Reichel.
Ann married Donald Paull on Sept. 9, 1948. She and Don moved to Long Beach in 1955.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; brother, Frank Jr; and sister, Lilian Reichel Grubb.  
Ann is survived by her daughter, Roxanne Talley (Andy); grandchildren, Matthew Talley (Krista) and Megan Talley; and sister, Thresa Reichel Strong (Dwain).  
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at Ellsworth Cemetery, West Douglas Ave.


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