Obituaries

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15
Feb

Robert Lee 'Bob' Wacker (1937-2016)

Mr. Wacker

 Robert Lee “Bob” Wacker, 78, passed away Feb. 13, 2016, at his home in Kanopolis, Kan.
He was born Sept. 13, 1937 in Vesper, Kan. to Albert and Ferne (White) Wacker. Holding many jobs throughout his lifetime, Bob was co-owner of Hi-Plains Sand in Kanopolis.
Bob served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post 174 of Ellsworth. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ellsworth and a former volunteer firefighter for the Kanopolis Volunteer Fire Department.
Bob married Karen Jandos on Dec. 3, 1961 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. He was married to his loving wife for 54 years. She survives him.
Bob is also survived by his son, Todd Wacker (Tracy) of Ellsworth; grandson, Quentin Wacker (Josie Peterson) of Ellsworth; granddaughter, Laurel Wacker of Ellsworth; brothers, Gary Wacker (Vicki) and Larry Wacker, both of Kanopolis, and Steve Miley (Glynnis) of Salina; and sister, Kathie Taylor (John) of Hays.

Mon
15
Feb

Esperanza 'Hope" Magana Rios (1919-2016)


Esperanza “Hope” Magaña Rios, 96, beloved wife of Blas (deceased), passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in the comfort of her home in Parma, Ohio, surrounded by her family.  
She was born in Michoacán, Mexico to Jesus and Sara Magaña (deceased) and raised in Kanopolis, Kan.  She graduated from Kanopolis High School in 1938.  
Esperanza is survived by her seven children, Richard Rios, Joan Eppich, Gloria Bethea, Beatrice Owen, Ronald Rios, Robert Rios, and Michelle Wojciak; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by five siblings, Andres Magaña, of California; Virginia Caldwell, of Arizona; Jesse Magaña, of Brookville; Frank Magaña, of Kansas City; and Concepcion Magaña, of Wichita.
Esperanza was predeceased by sisters Theresa Magaña and Albina Mesa, who lived in Kanopolis; Socorro Hernandez, who lived in Salina; and brother Celestino Magaña, who lived in Cleveland, Ohio.

Thu
11
Feb

Presley Nicole Ruch

     Presley Nicole Ruch, age 15, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin.
     Born Sept. 4, 2000 in Independence, Kan., she had lived in Joplin since 2009, moving from Independence. A freshman at Joplin High School, she was previously active in cheerleading, art and volleyball.

Wed
10
Feb

Vivian Marie Kratzer (1926-2016)


Vivian Marie Kratzer, 89, passed away Feb. 8, 2016, in Ellsworth County.
 She was born April 20, 1926 in Ellsworth County to Marie (Janda) and John Borecky. She married Henry Kratzer at the Immanuel Lutheran Church on May 13, 1945.
A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, Vivian was a homemaker and farmer’s wife and a clerk at the local bakery. She also worked at Duckwall’s and the Blackwolf General Store. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, Town and Country FCE, Holyrood American Legion Auxiliary, LWML, and she enjoyed genealogy.

Tue
09
Feb

John E. Strella (1945-2016)


John E. Strella, 70, passed away Feb. 8, 2016 at The Hospice House, Olathe, Kan. after a 27-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born May 29, 1945 in Denver, Colo. to Victor John and Ruth Ann (Tindle) Strella. John graduated in 1963 from Ellsworth High School; Hutchinson Community Junior College in 1966; and earned a BS in Elementary Education from Fort Hays State University in 1969. He met his future wife, Linda Weber in 1965 at a teen dance in Ellsworth and married June 8, 1968 at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Wilson, Kan. They had two children, Scott and Angela.
John taught 5th and 6th grades and junior high school science and social studies plus coached football, basketball, track and cross country in Bunker Hill, Geneseo, Bushton, Holyrood, Ellis and Lyons for 15 years and also taught CCD religion classes at St. Bernard’s in Ellsworth for 15 years. He was a registered baseball and softball umpire for 25 years.  

Tue
09
Feb

Amy L. Kingsbury

     Amy L. Kingsbury, 36, of Wilson, Kan. passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 at her home in Wilson. She was born in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Gary and Dodie (Slagel) Sanders. She grew up in Hutchinson, Kan., then later moved to Wilson and graduated from Wilson High School in 1997. After high school, she focused her education in the healthcare field; first becoming a Certified Nurse Aid then a Certified Medication Aide. After working at Golden Living Center in Wilson and DSNWK in Russell, Kan., she went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse through Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan.
     Amy was married to Wayne Buell Sept. 25, 1998 in Ark City, Kan. This union was blessed with three children: Klayton, Kalab, and Kaelyn. They later divorced. She married Daren Kingsbury Nov. 10, 2011 in Wilson. He survives.

Mon
08
Feb

Emily Suzanne Haxton (1976-2016)

Mrs. Haxton

 Emily Suzanne Haxton, 39, passed away Feb. 7, 2016 in Ellsworth.
She was born July 23, 1976 in Beloit, Kan., to Melody (Ammeter) and Stephen Magette. Emily married Kevin Haxton in Claflin, Kan. on June 5, 1999. She was a physical therapist assistant at Ellsworth County Medical Center and a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Emily is survived by her husband, Kevin Haxton of Ellsworth; son, Avery Haxton of Ellsworth; daughter, Elyse Haxton of Ellsworth; parents, Steve and Melody Magette of Ellsworth; brother, Eric Magette (Kristin) of Eudora; sister, Amanda Kantack (Bryan) of Colorado Springs; and brother, Adam Magette (Crystal) of Wamego.
  Visitation was from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.10, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with family present.  
The Vigil/rosary service was at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the church.

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.

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