Obituaries

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Arcola M. McCoy (1962-2018)

Arcola A. McCoy died early Monday morning, Feb. 5, 2018, at her home in rural Ellsworth County following a three-year affliction with cancer. She was 55- years old.

She was born Arcola Ann Potter April 16, 1962 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hutchinson, to Reba (Norris) and Everett “Butch” Potter, the youngest of six siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister (Barbara) and two brothers (Everett Jr. and Charles).  

Arcola attended Holy Cross Catholic Elementary before transferring to the Nickerson public school district. She graduated from Nickerson High School at semester in January 1980.

She worked at Doscoile Foods immediately after high school before leaving to attend Hutchinson Community College. Arcola also managed the Pik Kwik convenience store located on East Fourth Ave. prior to moving to Ellsworth.

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05
Feb

Donald E. Pruitt (1942-2018)

Donald E. Pruitt, 75, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 in Ellsworth. He was born Aug. 16, 1942 in Lyons to Ray and Zona Gail (Stahlman) Pruitt.

Don was a longtime resident of Geneseo where he was the Mayor from 1983 to 2001. He was an oil well pumper for 35 years. He also worked as a machinist at Lyons Mfg. Co. and erected grain elevators for Chalmers & Borton.

Don served his country in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966 and was a member of the Geneseo American Legion Post 241 and Ellsworth VFW Post 6485. He taught hunter’s safety for 25 years and attended the Geneseo United Methodist Church. He was an avid gardener, fisherman, and hunter. He also enjoyed family vacations and entertaining his grandkids. Don married Lois L. Kratzer in Frederick on Sept. 21, 1968. She preceded him in death.

Fri
02
Feb

Caryle Jean (Bender) Carr (1931-2018)

Caryle Jean (Bender) Carr, 86, died Jan. 30, 2018.

She was born Feb. 21, 1931, to William and Erna (Choitz) Bender at Ellsworth, Kan. She received degrees from Emporia State University (BS) and the University of Kansas (PhD). Her career was in healthcare education (pathology and medical technology), mostly at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Many healthcare workers knew her as Dr. Caryle Bender.

She married Dan Carr and they resided in Overland Park, Kan., for 38 years before “retiring to the farm” in Leavenworth County, Kan. in 2001. While in Overland Park, she was active in various civic organizations, the KU Medical Center Auxiliary, and several historical societies. After moving, she continued her support of several museums and historical societies in Leavenworth, Kan. and Tonganoxie, Kansas.

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02
Feb

Henry George Pechacek (1929-2017)

Henry George Pechacek, age 88, of Bristol, Tenn., passed away on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at Bristol Medical Center.

He was a native of Ellsworth, Kan., and served two stints in the U.S. Air Force. Hank retired from the Air Force and had been a resident of Bristol since 1990 where he worked as a lawyer. He was also a member of VFW Post 6975 honor guard and participated in more than 2,000 memorial ceremonies.

Survivors are his son Michael Pechacek; and a sister, Marie Walker.

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25
Jan

Sylvia Ann Bobbett (1938-2018)

Sylvia Ann Bobbett, 79, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 in Salina, Kan. She was born Sept. 14, 1938 in Pueblo, Colo. to Carlo and Saveria “Sylvia” (Gagliano) Martellaro.

Sylvia married Darrell Bobbett in Pueblo on June 8, 1959. They were longtime residents of Kanopolis where she was a homemaker, mom, grandma, and great grandma. She was also a member of the Sunflower Civic Club in Kanopolis.

Sylvia is survived by her daughter, Jeannell Dolezal of Kanopolis; sons, Mark Edward Bobbett of Salina, Timothy Wayne Bobbett (Joomi) of Salina, and Danny Bobbett (Christina) of Kanopolis; daughters, Kimberly Hoyt (Dion) of Geneseo and Deanna Cunningham (Maynard) of Ellsworth; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren with two on the way; sisters, Jennie Rodasta and Rose Payne; and brother, Tony Martellaro. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darrell; grandson, Chad Dolezal; brother, John Martellaro; and sister, Ann Purkett.

Fri
19
Jan

Larry G. Herber (1938-2018)

Larry G. Herber passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at his home near Dorrance, Kan. at the age of 79.  

He was born on the family farm in Russell County, near Dorrance, on June 11, 1938 to the late Chester and Ethel (Washburn) Herber. He grew up in Russell County and graduated from Dorrance High School with the Class of 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1957-1959 and was stationed in Germany. Following an honorable discharge, he went on to attain an associate’s degree from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Okla.

Fri
19
Jan

Geraldine Thelma 'Geri' Skalicky (1928-2017)

A memorial service for former Wilson resident Geraldine Thelma ‘Geri’ (Cunningham) Skalicky will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 26 at Stork Family Mortuary, 1895 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, Colo. 80214.  
A complete obituary can be seen at: http://www.storkfamilymortuary.com/obituaries/Geraldine-Skalicky?obId=28...

Wed
17
Jan

Dr. Clark Danner (1928-2018)

A Manhattan dentist for over 52 years died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Dr. Clark Danner was born in Ellsworth, Kan. on Aug.14, 1928, son of Mary Helen Dulaney Danner and Van Earl Danner. He graduated from Ellsworth High School and received his B.S. degree in 1950 from Kansas State University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was a cheerleader for K-State from 1948 to 1950. In 1954, he graduated from Washington University School of Dentistry in St. Louis, Mo. That summer, Clark and Nancy Leue were married prior to his re-entry to active duty in the United States Air Force. After leaving the service as a Captain, they moved to Manhattan, Kan. where he started a private dental practice in September of 1956.

Wed
17
Jan

Georgia Mary Wilkinson (1928-2018)

Georgia Mary Wilkinson, 89, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 in Lyons, surrounded by her family. She was born on May 9, 1928 in Kanopolis to Ysidro and Jovita (Mesa) Diaz.

Georgia was a lifetime resident of Kanopolis where she was a member of the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. She was a longtime member of the church council, altar society, church choir, and also served as treasurer. She was a past board member of the Ellsworth County Council on Aging and was a member of the Ellsworth County Election Board. In her early years after high school, she worked at the potato chip factory, Ida’s Potato Chips, in Kanopolis. She also spent some time babysitting and working at Bircher’s dairy and Elkan. She retired in 2003 from the Ellsworth County Medical Center as a cook after 19 years.

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15
Jan

Lillian Maude Frances Campbell (1919-2018)

Lillian Maude Frances Campbell, 98, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 in Ellsworth.
She was born Feb. 21, 1919 in Ellsworth to William C. and Helena M. (Schwerdtfeger) Choitz. Lillian was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County where she waited tables and was a cook at the Good Samaritan Home and the White House Hotel.
She married Ben E. Koralek in Hutchinson on May 19, 1939. He preceded her in death in 1986. She then married Robert Campbell in Ellsworth on May 21, 1994. He preceded her in death in 1997.
Lillian was a lifetime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Ellsworth as well as a longtime Sunday school teacher and active member of the Ladies’ Aide organization.

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