Obituaries

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Haley Elizabeth Weinhold (1993-2018)

Haley Elizabeth Weinhold, 25, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018, after sustaining injuries in a car accident with her fiancé Colt William Tomlin, in Salinas County, Puerto Rico. She was born on July 1, 1993 in Salina, Kan. to Kenneth Duane Weinhold and Andrea Faye Zelenka. She graduated from Ellsworth High School with the Class of 2011. She went on to receive a dental assistant certificate from Salina Area Technical College.

Haley enjoyed her work at Great Plains Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Salina. She liked hanging out at the lake whenever possible with friends and family, fishing, or just being outside. She also had a special affection for frogs and ladybugs. She loved playing volleyball all four years of high school and even made the “All League” team. She was a kind, caring, and loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, and friend. She always had a joyful song in her heart and a beautiful smile on her face which she shared with everyone she met.

Fri
29
Jun

Donald Floyd Hanson (1932-2018)

Donald Floyd Hanson, 85, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018 in Salina. He was born July 11, 1932 in Ellsworth to John and Esther (Burgenger) Hanson.

Donald married Garnell Deming Jan. 28, 1954 in Ellsworth. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War then joined the Ellsworth VFW Post 6485 and American Legion Post 174. After the war, Donald worked for Northern Natural Gas in Bushton and Midland, Texas for 28 years holding various positions. He also worked for Perry Gas Processors in Texas for two years. After returning to Ellsworth from Texas, Donald and his wife Garnell owned and operated D&G Gas Service. While living in Ellsworth, Donald was an Ellsworth County Commissioner for nine years, a member of the Kansas Association of Counties, a job coach for OCCK, and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he spent time as an elder, president, and on the board of directors of the Kansas District-Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for nine years.

Thu
28
Jun

David Allen Wilkens

     David Allen Wilkens, 55, of Olathe, Kan., passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 at Olathe Hospice House. He was born Sept. 12, 1962 in Gardner, Kan. to Glenn and Marilyn (Behnke) Wilkens.
     He is survived by his parents, Glenn and Marilyn of Shawnee, Kan., his sister, Myra and husband, Lindel, also of Shawnee, and his nieces, Kiana and Kiva.
     He was preceded in death by his nephew, Kaenan.
       On June 25, our beloved son David was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus. Fifty-five years ago, he changed our lives forever when God blessed us with a wonderful, unique, child. David was born with severe learning difficulties, and while a special needs child brings distinctive challenges, David also brought us a world of love and blessings that we never would have known without him.

Tue
26
Jun

Lillian Urban (1923-2018)

Lillian Urban, 95, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 in Ellsworth. She was born June 25, 1923 in Barton County to Frank and Josephine (Malir) Zelenka.

Lillian married Richard “Dick” Urban in Sylvan Grove Sept. 12, 1948. While Dick farmed, Lillian spent her time as a farmwife and homemaker. She was also a member of Eastern Star. They moved to Ellsworth in 1961 where she was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the First Presbyterian Church. She worked as the head of housekeeping at the Ellsworth Hospital.

Lillian is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Urban of Ellsworth; daughter, Kathryn Foran (Roger) of Ellsworth; grandchildren, Anita Fuller (Terry), Ray Foran, and Pamela Hays (Tim); six great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Elmer Zelenka; and sisters, Ruby Janda, Irene Miller, Rose Yusta, Helen Erhardt, and Edna Burkhead.

Mon
25
Jun

Alfred Viggo Andersen (1928-2018)

Alfred Viggo Andersen, 90, passed away June 17, 2018, in Ellsworth, Kan. He was born Jan. 12, 1928, in Denver, Colo. to Alfred V. and Helen (Johansen) Andersen.

Alfred married Ila Mae Dees, originally from Ellsworth, June 14, 1953, in Denver, Colo.

After high school, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as a special weapons machinist and armorer. When his tour was complete, he returned to Denver and attended the University of Denver, studying physics.

He turned his innate mechanical aptitude and passion for cars into a lifelong career in the automotive industry.
In 1953, Al started Foreign Car Service, Ltd., an independent repair facility for European cars. Through the years, while keeping up with the ever-changing automotive technology, it remains true to its original concept of a family owned and operated business.

It continues to thrive in Golden, Colo., under the direction of sons Kurt and Karl Andersen, and three full-time employees.

Mon
25
Jun

Dorothy Louise (Grothusen) Remley (1911-2018)

Dorothy Louise (Grothusen) Remley, 106, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Ellsworth. She was born Sept. 12, 1911 to William and Christine (Strella) Grothusen in Ellsworth County. She grew up on a farm just west of the Ellsworth Good Samaritan Village. She graduated from Ellsworth High School and became a registrar of deeds and abstracts, working for Mr. Wellington and Mr. Wilson and had quite a career as an executive secretary.

Dorothy married Claude W. Remley on Jan. 24, 1937. They lived in Ellsworth where he was the manager of the gas service company. They were later transferred to Beloit where they lived until he retired. Upon retirement they returned to Ellsworth to care for their mothers and built a new home. Claude passed away in 1979 and Dorothy remained in Ellsworth living on her own well into her 80s. She then resided at the Good Samaritan Village.

Mon
18
Jun

Gary Lynn Sanders (1960-2018)

Gary Lynn Sanders, 58, passed away June 13, 2018. He was born on Jan. 31, 1960 in Hays, Kan., son of Lucretia Cunningham and Donald Sanders, step-son of Gary B. Cunningham.

He is survived by his mother; companion of the home Tammie Reed; brother Brian Sanders and wife Susan of Giltner, Neb.; sisters Debra Sanders of South Hutchinson, Dorothy Sanders of Hutchinson, and Brenda Unruh and husband Dean of Hutchinson; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends; and dog Rocket.

He was preceded in death by his son Brian Scott Sanders, daughter Amy Kingsbury, brother Scott Cunningham, and fathers Donald Sanders and Gary B. Cunningham.

Thu
14
Jun

Martin Dean Sheridan (1959-2018)

Martin Dean Sheridan, 59, of Lyons, passed away June 12, 2018 at his home in Lyons, Kan.
He was born Feb. 8, 1959 in Sterling, Kan., the son of Ed and Shirley Lucas Sheridan. He graduated from Lyons High School with the Class of 1977. Martin has been a near lifelong Lyons resident. He was a self-employed carpenter, mechanic-machinist and farmer.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley Sheridan; brother, Daniel and wife Anita Sheridan; daughters, Sierra Dawn Sheridan and Nichole Riggs; and son, Adam Riggs.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ed Sheridan; and brothers, Jeff and Kenny Sheridan.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, at Lyons Municipal Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to muscular dystrophy, in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.

Tue
12
Jun

Janice R. McCaulley (1938-2018)

Janice R. McCaulley, 79, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Ellsworth.
She was born Dec. 14, 1938 on the family farm near Scandia, Kan. to Loren V. and Maxine (Milner) Florell. Janice married Roger L. McCaulley at the Amana Lutheran Church in Scandia on Sept. 6, 1958. A longtime resident of Ellsworth, Janice was the director of business for USD 327 until she retired after 29 years of service. She was a member of the Ellsworth First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Honor & Glory Fellowship, and a local pitch club since 1972. She was also a volunteer at the Ellsworth County Food Bank and Kids of the Kingdom.

Fri
08
Jun

Harold Dean Prochaska (1938-2018)

 

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