Obituaries

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Wanita Mae Kruse (1924-2018)

Wanita Mae Kruse, 93, passed away March 24, 2018 in Ellsworth. She was born Nov. 14, 1924, at home in rural Windom to Lester A. and Inez V. (Hulse) Myers. She attended Bee Hive grade school and graduated from Little River High School in 1943. After high school she attended McPherson College and received an Elementary Teaching Certificate. She taught at the rural schools of North Fork (Rice County) and Andover (McPherson County).  

On Nov. 3, 1946 she married Delmar Kruse at the Myers family farm. They made their home and raised a family in the Lorraine community where they farmed and ranched together for 65 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Lorraine, taught Sunday School and Bible School, was a Youth Leader, a member of King’s Daughters and the Flower Committee, a 4-H leader and active in her community.

Wanita was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar in 2011; and sister, Norma Fry Young.

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22
Mar

Thomas Micheal Grounds (1940-2018)

Thomas Micheal Grounds of Wichita was born July 27, 1940 in Ellsworth County near Holyrood Kan. He passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the age of 77.

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22
Mar

Clarence R. Barta (1928-2018)

Clarence R. Barta passed away Friday, March 9, 2018, at Almost Home in Great Bend, Kan. at the age of 89. He was born on Sept. 2, 1928 on the family farm in Ellsworth County, Kan. near Wilson, to the late Oda and Eleanor (Svaty) Barta. Before finishing high school he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served for three years.

After being honorably discharged from the Coast guard, he completed school and began working in the oil industry. On Oct. 18, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Podlena at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Together they lived in numerous Kansas towns, but spent most of their later life in Great Bend. Aside from his love of family, his greatest passion was playing cards. He was known for a life time of planting trees and saving stray animals. He attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great bend and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

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19
Mar

Bernadine P. Gray (1928-2018)

Bernadine P. Gray, 89, La Crosse, Kan., died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.

Mrs. Gray was born July 29, 1928, in Ellsworth, Kan., the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Peters) Staeber.  She was a 7-year resident of Rush County, Kan., moving from Fredonia, Kan. A graduate of Lorraine High School, Lorraine, Kan., she was the head librarian at the Fredonia Public Library, Fredonia, before her retirement.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Fredonia.

On Aug. 17, 1948, she married Ted Gray at the First Baptist Church, Lorraine. He preceded her in death May 4, 2009.

Survivors include: one son, James J. Gray, Topeka, Kan.; one daughter, Ruthanne Crawshaw (Ron), McCracken, Kan.; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Crawshaw (Billie), La Crosse, and Paula Greenway, WaKeeney, Kan.; three great-grandchildren, William Greenway (Theresa), Michael Greenway, and Stephanie Greenway; and one sister, Ann Seymour (Ed), Rochester, N.Y.

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19
Mar

Donald J. Hunter (1931-2018)

Donald J. Hunter passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Wilson Care and Rehabilitation Center in Wilson, Kansas at the age of 86.
 He was born April 22, 1931 in Ellsworth County, Kan. to Harold and Harriete (Krupp) Hunter. He grew up in the Wilson area and graduated from Wilson High School with the Class of 1949. On Oct. 14, 1952 he was united in marriage to Eleanor Peirano at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. They were blessed with a son, Roger.
Donald began driving a tractor at the age of 10 years old and never stopped until he was 82. Although he spent some time working in the oilfield, farming was truly his life. He did several odd jobs around town with carpentry work and other things, and even helped with the annual Czech Festival Parade, but his true passion was being on the farm, and working the land, usually raising wheat and milo. He was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

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16
Mar

Helen F. Homeier (1921-2018)

Helen F. Homeier, 96, of Wilson, passed away March 14, 2018 in Ellsworth.

Helen was born Aug. 13, 1921 to William and Mildred (Vagua) Hunter in Ellsworth.

She is survived by son, Larry (Pam) Homeier of Salina; daughter, LaVonne (Claude) Shawley of Linwood; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19 at the Immanual Lutheran Church in Wilson.

Memorials may be made to the Immanual Lutheran Church, in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, PO Box 533, Wilson, Kan. 67490.

Online condolences at www.plumeroverlease.com

Thu
15
Mar

Elbert Paul Buttenhoff (1928-2018)

Elbert Paul Buttenhoff, 90, of, Lincoln, Kan., died Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Lincoln. He was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Lincoln, to August and Maria (Behrens) Buttenhoff.

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14
Mar

Kathryn 'Anne' Breckenridge McGhee Grothusen (1927-2018)

Kathryn 'Anne' Breckenridge McGhee Grothusen, 91, of Ellsworth, Kan. passed away March 7 at Alma Manor in Alma, Kan., after a brief bout of pneumonia. She was surrounded by her sons.

Anne was born Feb. 4, 1927 in Woodston, Kan. to Cecil and Gladys Breckenridge. Anne married Charles McGhee while they were college students at KSU. Their union was blessed with three sons, Charles Michael, Patrick Allan and David Richard. After college, Anne was a public school teacher until 1970 and then a counselor at KSU.

Mon
12
Mar

Rodney Jim ‘Jimmie’ Holmes (1926-2018)

Rodney Jim (Jimmie) Holmes, 91, affectionately known as Coach by his many former students, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018 in Little River. He was born in Gillette, Wyo. on Aug. 28, 1926 to Elizabeth (Springer) Holmes and Rodney James Holmes. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1944 and entered the U.S. Navy where he served for two years as a nurse. On July 27, 1947, he married Leona Ontjes in Fredrick. Jimmie attended Hutchinson Community College and Sterling College, where he earned his teaching certificate. He taught and coached in Coolidge, Bloom, Hanston, Sylvia, finally returning to Geneseo, Kan., where he retired in 1988.
He belonged to the United Methodist Church and the American Legion, both at Geneseo, and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and past worthly patron of the Eastern Star of Geneseo and Lyons.

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08
Mar

Chester Charles Nily (1924-2018)

Chester Charles Nily passed away March 1, 2018 in Wilson, Kan. at the age of 93. He was born May 15, 1924 in Hunter, Kan. to the late Charles and Ida (Seehafer) Nily. On Nov. 27, 1949 he married Deloris Greiner in Hunter. She passed away in 2008.

Chester is survived by his children, Donna Curtis, Connie Nily, and Robert Nily and wife Pilar.

There are no services planned. Memorials are suggested to the Wilson Senior Center and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 610 24th St., Wilson, Kan. 67490.

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