Obituaries

Thu
04
Feb

Steven Edward Shute

Steven Edward Shute, 45, passed away Feb. 3, 2016 in Ellsworth. He was born June 18, 1970 in Salina.

A lifetime resident of Ellsworth, Steven was a heavy equipment operator, over the road truck driver, farrier, and also spent time working on the wind towers in Spearville, Kan. He attended Oklahoma Horseshoeing School to become a farrier and Dodge City Community College on a rodeo scholarship.

Steven is survived by his son Lucas Bolen (Shute) of Ellsworth; parents, Roy and Nancy Shute of Ellsworth; brother, Jim Shute (Shawntelle) of Sedan; sister, Cecelia Miller (Scott) of Junction City; one niece and three nephews.

A celebration dinner will take place at noon, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church Parish Hall with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. at the church.

A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

Wed
03
Feb

James "Scott" Vance

James “Scott” Vance was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Emporia to Samuel G. Vance and Nora Scott. He graduated to heaven Jan. 31, 2016, at Tucson, Ariz.

He was educated in Kansas, graduating high school in Holyrood, received his Bachelor of Science degree at Fort Hays State University, and his Masters of Science at Kansas State University.

He was an Army First Lieutenant, 4th Infantry Division, serving in Vietnam 1968-1969. His career took him to New York, Kansas, and California with IBM. In California he also worked for Bank of America and APL, the shipping company.

He retired from DHL in Arizona and enjoyed retirement life in SaddleBrooke, Ariz., since 2007. His retirement travels included trips to Egypt, New Zealand (Canyon Swing Adventure and Jet Boat Ride), Holy Land, Turkey and motorcycles trips in the United States.

Wed
03
Feb

Ermadean Boardman

Ermadean Boardman, 80, passed away, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Hutchinson. She was born Aug. 17, 1935, in Luray to Carl Lincoln and Hope Adelyne (Webster) Dillon.

A longtime resident of the Lorraine area, Ermadean was an office manager at Bushton grain elevator and an operations manager at Lorraine State Bank for 20 years. She attended the First Baptist Church, Lorraine where she was active in the Women’s Missionary Fellowship and taught Sunday school. She also spent time working with the Ellsworth Council on Aging. She married Marvin Boardman April 6, 1954 in Lincoln. He survives her.

Tue
02
Feb

Beryle Irene Adams

     Beryle Irene Adams was born May 9, 1919, to William and Sadie (Bulmer) Supple in Michigan Valley, Kan. She died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka, Kan., at the age of 96.

Thu
28
Jan

LaVerne P. Jacobs

     LaVerne P. Jacobs, known by his friends as Vern — husband, father, grandfather, and special uncle to many nephews and nieces — died on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Sun City, Ariz.. He was 81.
     Vern was born June 13, 1934 in Loretto, Kan. to George and Veronica Jacobs.
     His childhood in Lacrosse is where his love of hunting and fishing began; throughout his life he would spend many weekends hunting in the fields of Kansas with lifelong friends and family.

Wed
27
Jan

Elrene Helen Stowe

     Elrene Helen Stowe, 94, of McPherson, Kan., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River, Kan.
     Elrene was born in rural Ellsworth, Kan. on Nov. 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Helen Libby (Doubrava) and Ferdinand “Fred”  Barta.
     Elrene attended the Cass Ridge country school in Ellsworth County, Golden Bell country school in Lincoln County, and graduated in 1939 from Ellsworth High School.
     Elrene was a 71-year member of First Presbyterian Church, McPherson. Through the years Elrene served her church in many capacities. Elrene was a homemaker, she worked as a stenographer for Rice County Extension Office and later for Farmers Alliance Insurance Company and she was a local artist. Elrene was a member of the McPherson Opera House, McPherson Art’s Council, and Ladies Reading Circle.

Mon
25
Jan

Osythe M. Wallert

     Osythe M. Wallert, 91, passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation in Great Bend, Kan. Osythe was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Wilson, Kan., the daughter of Henry and Ruth (Viglini) Kuch.
     Osythe grew up in Wilson and was a graduate of Wilson High School. She moved to Great Bend in 1960 and worked at the Central Kansas Medical Center as a switchboard operator then as a surgery scheduler. She went on to work as a medical coder for Dr. David Gillenwater for 22 years, retiring in 2013. She was meticulous in her work and enjoyed working in her yard and traveling with her family.

Mon
25
Jan

Ramona M. Echer (1934-2016)


Ramona M. Echer, 81, Lucas, died Jan. 22, 2016.
She was born Ramona M. Svaty on Feb. 5, 1934, in rural Lincoln County, Kan. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Danny Echer of Lucas; two daughters, Jill Vinson of Salina, and Joy Echer of New York, N.Y.; two brothers, Norman Svaty of Oregon and Melvin Svaty of Lucas.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rodrick & Minear Lucas Chapel with family present.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Lucas United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Lucas Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church or the Lucas Area Community Theater.

Mon
25
Jan

Constance Diane ‘Connie’ Lill (1946-2016)


 Constance Diane “Connie” Lill, 70, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at her Brookville home.
Connie was born Jan. 16, 1946, in Salina. She was a lifetime member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Brookville. Connie graduated from Brookville High School, Marymount College of Salina, with a bachelor of arts in theater and English, and Betty Bonn Modeling School, Kansas City.
Connie raised her four children in Brookville, Melissa Lill, of Brookville, John Langer, of Kansas City, Kan., Chad Langer, of Lawrence, and Jarrod (Pam) Langer, of Salina.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nell Lill, of Brookville, and an infant brother, in Rockaway Beach, Calif.
 She is survived by her brother, Jack Lill; her four children; and eight grandchildren.
Connie worked at Salina Regional Health Center as an environmental sanitarian and at Braum’s as a cashier.

Mon
25
Jan

Jeanne Reinking Baker Anschutz (1919-2015)

Jeanne Reinking Baker Anschutz, 96, died Dec. 29, 2015 at Villa Ventura assisted living in Kansas City.
She was born Sept. 21, 1919, on a farm in Ottawa County, Kan. to Leona Percival Reinking and H.H. Reinking. She graduated in 1936 at age 16 from Hays High School. She enrolled at Fort Hays State College, where she met Herb Baker. They were married in 1938.
Herb and Jeanne were married 44 years, had four daughters and lived in Dorrance, Simpson, Silver Lake, Long Island and Wilson, where Herb coached and/or taught high school. Herb died in 1982. Jeanne married Leo Anschutz, a farmer and rancher from Wilson, in 1987. Leo died in 2000.
In addition to her parents and two husbands, Jeanne was preceded in death by three daughters, Carol Jeanne Baker, Christine Ann Baker and Eileen Baker Grauer.

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