Herbert 'Grant' Kubick (1957-2017

Herbert ‘Grant’ Kubick, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at his home near Westfall. He was born June 16, 1935 in Ellsworth County to Harry William and Thelma Irene (Magden) Kubick.

Grant married Darlene June McGuire in Ellsworth Sept. 7, 1957. She preceded him in death in 2011.

Grant served his country in the Korean War as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He was a retired commercial electrician and member of IBEW Local Union 124. He also loved to hunt and fish.

Grant is survived by his daughter, Laura Lea Kubick of Los Angeles, Calif.; great granddaughter, Khloe Love Kubick; sister, Hazel Haralson (Charles) of Murrayville, Ga.; a host of nieces and nephews and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra Ann Lancaster; grandson, Kevin Kubick; grandson, Joshua Richie; sister, Rose Marie; and brother, William.


JoAnn Weber Tickel (1928-2017)

JoAnn Weber Tickel, 89, of Oceanside, Calif., passed away peacefully Aug. 10, 2017.  JoAnn was born in Wilson, Kan. on May 28, 1928.  

She graduated in 1946 from Wilson High and in 1951 from the University of Colorado, earning a BA degree. She taught school in Salina and Topeka before marrying Lou Tickel in 1953.  The couple had eight children: Mark, Lou Ann, Mike, Tamara, Laura, Larry (twins), Doug, and Brian. JoAnn was preceded in death by her children, Mark and Mike. She had 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  

She loved crosswords, crafts, sewing, animals and taking care of her family. She was a Junior Golf volunteer at the Salina Country Club and spent many hours watching her children play sports. She was loved deeply by her family and friends.  

A Catholic funeral mass and burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at St. Wenceslaus Church, Wilson.


Lenore Kay Kralik (1942-2017)

Lenore Kay Kralik, 75, passed away Oct. 1, 2017. She was born Aug. 26, 1942 to Clifford and Lillian (Hass) Foos.

Lenore is survived by her husband of 54 years, Marland Kralik of Ellsworth; son, Kevin Kralik of Ellsworth; son, Brad Kralik (Joan Johnson) of Ellsworth; sister, Jodene Haugaard (Harold) of Lincoln; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Brian Keith.

Visitation is from 1-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, at Parsons Funeral Home, with family present from 6-8 p.m.

A graveside service is at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at Ellsworth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ellsworth County Senior Center Meals on Wheels or Angels Care Home Health in Ellsworth, in care of the funeral home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.


Thelbert William Janzen (1924-2017)

Thelbert William Janzen was born in a blizzard, married in a blizzard, and swore he’d die in a blizzard as well. But the sun was shining Sept. 30, 2017, when, after 93 years of life and love, the Lord finally welcomed him home.

Born March 22, 1924, to Herbert and Inez Janzen of rural Lorraine, Thelbert spent his life devoted to the farm and family he loved. Whether he was feeding his calves, planting sunflowers in the garden, or beating his grandchildren at dominoes, he did everything with the gentleness and quiet humor for which he was well loved.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melvin and Vernon; and great-grandson, Dalton Ploutz.


Jack C. Rathbun (1925-2017)

Jack C. Rathbun, 92, passed away, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at his home in Ellsworth. He was born March 7, 1925 in Ellsworth County to M.M. “Lank” and Lulu (Stull) Rathbun.

Jack was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County where he was a farmer and stockman as well as a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth County Coop board, Thomas School board, FSA board, Smoky Hill Campers, and a 4-H leader. Of all the titles, his favorite was “Grandpa.”

Jack served his country in WWII in the U.S. Marine Corp and was a charter member of the Ellsworth VFW Post 6485. He retired from the Army National Guard in 1969. Jack married Calleene Bettis on Aug. 6, 1947 in Ellsworth. She preceded him in death in 2002.

Jack was also preceded in death by his parents; son, Jerry; grandchildren, Treva, Nicholas, Jessie, and Amber; brothers, Cleo, Glenn, and Bob; and sister, Ruby Morganfield.


Florence Johanna Krueger (1938-2017)

Florence Johanna Krueger, 98, passed away Sept. 28, 2017. She was born in Lincoln County to Berhardt and Caroline (Hiitter) Saenger July 23, 1919. She married LeRoy Krueger in Sylvan Grove on June 5, 1938.

Living in Ellsworth and Lincoln Counties all of her life, Florence was a homemaker and a business manager for Krueger Building Center. She was a member of the Immanuel Fellowship Club and the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.

Florence is survived by her son, Duane Krueger (Jacquelyn) of Sterling; son, Bill Krueger (Gisela) of Camano Island, Wash.; grandchildren, Rick (Linda) Krueger, Randy (Angela) Krueger, Anja (Frank) LaPier, Steffan (Lisa) Krueger, Angela (David) Brunk, and Ryan (Molly) Krueger; and great- grandchildren, Brendon, Michael, Conner, Dylan, and Madalyn Krueger, and Ashlyn and Ethan Brunk.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LeRoy; four brothers; and seven sisters.


Joyce Adams Reynolds (1928-2017)

Joyce Adams Reynolds was called to Heaven, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at Alamance Regional Medical Center after suffering a fall and subsequent broken leg. In addition, progressive dementia had taken the short term memory from this once sharp, amazingly intelligent woman.

Mrs. Reynolds was born Joyce Adams Dec. 5, 1928 in Danville, Va. to the late John and Nettie Adams. She was the third of four children born of this union. She married Harold “Whitey” Reynolds in Danville July 1, 1950.  They welcomed a son, Mark Anthony, May 10, 1951, and then a daughter, Carol Allison on July 22, 1963. She lived her life in Danville until April 2017 when she and her husband relocated to Brookdale Assisted Living in Burlington, N.C.,  and then just four weeks ago she moved to The Cottages at Blakey Hall in Elon, N.C.


Max Edward Tanton (1931-2017)

Max Edward Tanton, 86, passed away Sept. 23, 2017. He was born May 14, 1931 to John Tanton, Sr. and Roxanna (Curtis), north of Ellsworth. On Sept. 2, 1962, he was united in marriage to Carol Ann Urbanek in Ellsworth. Max was a United States Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was employed by the Ellsworth County Highway Department until retirement and then worked as a motor grader operator for Blackwolf Township until his passing. He enjoyed raising cattle, working on his old cars, and helping his neighbors and family.

Max is survived by his wife, Carol; three daughters, Connie Falk (Alan), Jean Soukup, and Susan Dittman (Keith), all of Ellsworth; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his faithful friend, Gracie; and a brother, John Tanton, Jr. (Nancy) of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Dorsey 'Duke' W. Ranker (1924-2017)

Dorsey  'Duke' W. Ranker, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 in Lyons, Kan. He was born Nov. 11, 1924 to Gus and Emma Ranker in Ellsworth, Kan. Duke married Della Wachs on Oct. 9, 1950.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Linda Jackson (Jack); sons, Virgil (Connie); Dwayne (Geri) and Eugene; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Milburn; sister, Geneva Macek; brother, Herald “Peck” and five half-brothers.

Duke was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and served as an elder. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise and served as VFW 6th District Commander. He worked for Northern Natural Gas Co. for 33 years before retiring.

Duke will be remembered as a prolific “fix-it” man, repairing knickknacks of all kinds for family members.


Donald F. Nienke

     Donald F. Nienke, 93, passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. He was born Aug. 16, 1924 north of Ellsworth to Frank R and Emma W. (Erhardt) Nienke Jr.. He was united in marriage to Betty Hoffman Jan. 25, 1953 in Lincoln County. Donald was a farmer and rancher. He a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Kansas Livestock Association.
     Don is survived by two daughters, Ellen Kempke (Don) of Kanopolis and Patricia Ramsey (Craig) of Moline, Ill.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Klemme, of Sheldon, Iowa.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty, and a son, Tim.
      Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present from 6-7 p.m.
     Funeral service is at 10 a.m.  Thursday, Sept. 21, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.


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