Obituaries

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.

Wed
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.

Thu
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.

Thu
08
Mar

Mary T. Barta (1934-2018)

Mary T. Barta passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend, Kan. at the age of 83. She was born on Aug. 19, 1934 on the family farm in Ellsworth County, Kan. near Wilson, to the late Emil and Rose (Mattas) Podlena. She lived in numerous Kansas towns, but spent most of her life in Great Bend. Although she graduated from Brown Mackie School of Business, she devoted her life to family and friends.

On Oct. 18, 1954 Mary was united in marriage to Clarence Barta at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Her Catholic faith was one of her greatest passions. Born without a middle name, she took the name “Theresa” at her confirmation, and used the initial “T” her entire life. She faithfully attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great Bend and was a member of the Altar Society.

Wed
07
Mar

Tracie Sue Bolton (1967-2018)

Tracie Sue Bolton, 50, of Tyler, Texas, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Memphis, Tenn. She was born Nov. 2, 1967 in Chandler, Ariz. to Franklin Johnson and Dixie (Hine) Jones.

Tracie is survived by her sons, William Cody Bolton of Lafayette, La. and Franklin Tanner Bolton of Ellsworth, Kan.; husband, William Glenn Bolton of Tyler; mother, Dixie Jones (Earl) of Ellsworth; father, Franklin Johnson (Karen) of Tyler; two sisters and one brother; and many beloved cousins, aunts and uncles. She is also survived by Bella, her Cocker Spaniel, who she cherished greatly.

Tracie was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dorothy Hine.

Tracie’s immense love for all of her family and dear friends will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, followed by the service at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at parsonsfh.com

Mon
05
Mar

Terrolynn E. (Nye) Hurley (1946-2018)

Terrolynn E. (Nye) Hurley, 71, passed away March 1, 2018 at Hays Medical Center. She was born April 25, 1946 in Colby, the daughter of Harold and Joyce Nye.

Terri lived in Oakley, Garden City and Topeka where she graduated high school. In the early years she worked as a police and juvenile officer. She was employed later by the Great Bend Public library for 34 years before she retired. She was united in marriage to Arthur Hurley July 13, 1996 at the First Baptist Church in Great Bend. Terri and her husband have been resident of Holyrood for many years. Terri is now happy living with the Lord.

Survivors include husband, Arthur, of the home; brother, Ronald Nye, of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. Monday, March 5.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the United Church of Christ in Holyrood with pastor Debra Rains officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery.

Fri
02
Mar

Firman Henry Werth (1946-2018)

Firman Henry Werth, 71, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at his home in rural Ellsworth. He was born Oct. 11, 1946 in Schoenchen to Paul and Emmerentia “Emmy” (Haselhorst) Werth.

Firman worked as a shop foreman and diesel mechanic for Hi-Plains Sand, Kanopolis for 35 years. After moving to Ellsworth in 1997, he married Irene Vodraska on Oct. 3, 1998. He served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was a member of the Ellsworth American Legion Post 174. He was also a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church of Ellsworth and the Knights of Columbus.

Firman loved his family dearly. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. His horses were spoiled by him daily. As an American Legion member, he helped with military funerals and marched in parades. When someone called, he was always there to help without batting an eye. His hugs were sincere; you felt his love through them. We will all miss his deeply.

Tue
27
Feb

Rocky Stanford Boeken (1950-2018)

Rocky Stanford Boeken, 67, passed away Jan. 21, 2018 in Wichita. He was born June 24, 1950 in Great Bend to Dallas E., Sr. and Margaret Mary (Burrows) Boeken.

Rocky graduated from Holyrood High School class of 1968 and as cum laude from Stanford University.

Rocky is survived by his brother, Clark Boeken of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Jeanie Boeken of Holyrood; brother, Dallas Boeken II of Great Bend; and June Klug of Wichita.

Celebration of life service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Holyrood American Legion Hall.

Condolences may be left at parsonsfh.com

Tue
27
Feb

Audria Michelle Larsen (1967-2018)

Audria Michelle Larsen, 50, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 in Lucas. She was born Nov. 21, 1967 in Seattle, Wash. to Keith and Carol (Erickson) Kuck.

Audria is survived by her daughter, Amanda Larsen of Callaway, Md.; son, Darin Larsen of Ellsworth; grandchildren, Aden and Jacey Larsen; mother, Carol Sawyer of Ellsworth; father, Keith Kuck (Barb) of Yakima, Wash.; brothers, Raymond Kuck of Sioux Falls, S.D., Tony Kuck of Brandon, S.D., and Kenny Kuck of Hartsel, Colo.; sister, Brenda Rathbun of Ellsworth; grandfather, Raymond Morrison of Brandon, S.D.; and her beloved dog, Ginger.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Albert and Florence Erickson; paternal grandparents, John and Hazel Kuck; and step-father, Larry Sawyer.

Memorial service is at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, March 1)  at the Assembly of God Church, Ellsworth.

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