Dale Robert 'Bob' Hicks (1944-2017)

Dale Robert “Bob” Hicks, 73, passed away at his home in Ellsworth on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. He was born Feb. 23, 1944 in Norton, to Dale K. and Hope (Thompson) Hicks.

In 1960, Bob’s family moved from Washington County, Kan. to Ellsworth where Dale would spend the rest of his life.

Bob married Carol Sue Mehl in Holyrood on Aug. 11, 1963. She survives him.

Bob and Carol owned the Carol Lee Donut shop in downtown Ellsworth for many years. He also worked, in later years, as an over-the-road truck driver and cement truck driver for Ellsworth Ready Mix before retirement. He was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Holyrood.

Bob is survived by his wife Carol of Ellsworth; sons, Gordon (Kim) Hicks and Jeff (Toni) Hicks both of Ellsworth; brother, Ron (Susan) Hicks of Colby; aunt, Lorie Thompson of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Richard.


Barbara J. Packer (1942-2017)



Kurtis Alan Gaston (1955-2017)

Kurt Gaston, Osage City, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, at his home in Osage City. He was 61.
He was born Dec. 22, 1955, at Belleville, the son of Karl and Dorothy (Buckley) Gaston. He grew up in Ellsworth, where he learned to love small-town life, sports and the English language.
He attended the University of Kansas where he met his wife, Marcy. They were married Jan. 8, 1977, and were married for 37 years.
Kurt was a long-time newspaper editor, and after learning the trade at his father’s newspaper, The Ellsworth Reporter, Kansas, served as managing editor for The Jefferson Gazette, Ohio; The Sterling Bulletin, Kansas; Southwest Daily Times, Liberal, Kansas; The Baytown Sun, Texas; The Osawatomie Graphic, Kansas; and The Norton Telegram, Kansas.
He enjoyed reading, photography and watching sports, especially Jayhawks basketball. He appreciated the occasional cigar, and delighted in time spent with his granddaughter.


Marilyn Faith Obermeyer (1927-2017)

Marilyn Obermeyer

Marilyn Faith Obermeyer, 90, of Salina, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017, and is now in the presence of her Heavenly Father.


David Allen Mayfield (1949-2017)


David Allen Mayfield, 67, passed away  after a courageous battle with cancer on July 27, 2017.


Patricia Jean 'Pat' Emfinger (1939-2017)

Patricia Jean “Pat” Emfinger, 77, formerly of West Linn, Ore. was welcomed home by God with open arms, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Hutchinson. She was born Dec. 2, 1939 in Ellsworth to Godfrey and Marie (Jezek) Soukup.

Pat married Eugene Emfinger at Schilling Air Force Base in Salina on June 7, 1958. He preceded her in death in 1976. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Ellsworth. She was a woman of strong faith and love for the Lord and was a pillar of strength for her children.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Sandra K. Boulineau (William Robert “Bobby) of Ellsworth; son, Douglas Emfinger (Anne) of Oceanside, Calif.; grandchildren, Emily and Andrew; daughter, Theresa Ann Walsh of Kaiser, Ore.; brother, Bill Soukup of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and loving dog, Taco.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eugene; son, David Eugene; infant twins, Marcus Allen and Michael James; brothers, Larry and Bob Soukup; and sister, Evelyn Hloucal.


Elsie W. Foran (1923-2017)

Elsie W. Foran, 94, formerly of Ellsworth, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Hutchinson. She was born Feb. 19, 1923 in Ellsworth to William and Bessie (Homolka) Bartunek.

Elsie married Owen Matthew Foran on Aug. 1, 1945 in Plainville, Kan. He preceded her in death in 2009. She and Owen were longtime residents of Beaver, Okla. where Elsie was the office manager at Beaver County Memorial Hospital. In 1985, they moved to Ellsworth where she remained until 2014 when she moved to Hutchinson. She was a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church of Ellsworth and the Catholic Church Women.

Elsie is survived by her daughters, Nancy Foran of Hutchinson and Sharon Woodson (Bob) of Beaver, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Owen; sons, Larry and Richard; sisters, Sylvia Kratky and Elizabeth Walter; and brother, William Bartunek.


Dr. Gerald H. Siemsen

     Gerald H. Siemsen, M.D., 85, of Ridgeland, Miss., passed peacefully on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Hospice Ministries.
     Gerald was born Oct. 31, 1931 on a farm near Holyrood, Kan., the son of Nellie Margaret (Finke) and Albert Walter Siemsen. He married Martha Lou (Knight) on June 15, 1991 in Steele, Mo.
     Gerald was a medical consultant for the Social Security Administration, a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association.
     He is survived by his wife, Martha; daughters, Debra Kay Tillinghast, Clifton, Kan., Kimberly Maloney, Cedar Park, Kan., and Dana Smith, Houston, Texas; two stepdaughters, Lee Ann Cummings, Brandon, Miss., and Amy Michelle Krumalis, Southaven, Miss.; brothers, Donald Siemsen, Holyrood, Delbert Siemsen, Durham, Calif., and Harold Siemsen, Holyrood; and sister, Marilyn Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo.


Loren L. Dees (1931-2017)

Loren L. Dees, 86, passed Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home in Ellsworth. He was born July 1, 1931, in Ellsworth to Kenneth and Neita (Mehl) Dees.       

Loren was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth where he was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a rural mail carrier for the USPS for many years. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 174 in Ellsworth. He married Kathryn Barta in Ellsworth on Jan. 20, 1952. She survives him.

Along with his father Kenneth, Loren built the Garden Motel in Ellsworth then the family went on to manage the motel for 14 years.

Loren was known for being able to build, repair, or refurbish just about anything. He loved to wood carve and his carvings can be found in homes of many family members. He also had a passion for aircraft and flying. He rebuilt two airplanes and was a member of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.


Betty Nienke (1931-2017)

Betty Nienke, 85, passed away July 21, 2017. She was born May 10, 1931 in Ellsworth County to Sidney and Vera (Hartzel) Hoffman. She married Donald F. Nienke in Lincoln County on Jan. 25, 1953 and was a homemaker and farmwife.

Betty is survived by her husband, Donald F. Nienke, of Salina; daughter, Ellen Kempke (Don) of Kanopolis; daughter, Patricia Ramsey (Craig) of Moline, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tim Nienke; and sister, Myrtle Schultz.

Visitation is from 1-8 p.m., Monday, July 24 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth with family present from 7-8 p.m.  

The funeral service is at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 25 at the funeral home with burial following in the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of the funeral home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.


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