Mary Morrison Sebesta (1922-2016)

Mary Morrison Sebesta, 93, originally of Ellsworth, died March 23, 2016 in Wilmore Ky., where she had lived for several years.

Mary was born Sept. 27, 1922, to Dr. A.D. and Eva Malaby Morrison. She married Arthur J. Sebesta of Wilson at the United States Military Academy, West Point N.Y. in 1943 and followed him many places throughout his Army career. Their marriage lasted more than 60 years and resulted in three children: Susan Clough (living in the Morrison family home in Ellsworth), Arthur Joe II (Kentucky), and Dennis Lee (who preceded her in death). Susan’s son, Doug (Karen), is in Arizona, and daughter Carol (Scott) in Indiana. Arthur (Kathy) lives in Kentucky; their son Geoff (Gewel) is in Texas, Kenn in Boston, and Alix (Paul) in South Carolina.  

And she was very proud of her many great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life is planned April 23 in  Wilmore; interment will be later this year at West Point.


Janice Ann Thomas (1944-2016)

Janice Ann Thomas, 71, passed away April 13, 2016 in Salina.
She was born July 3, 1944 in Osborne, Kan. to Loretta (Reidel) and Lawrence Henke. She lived most of her life in Ellsworth before recently moving to Salina.
Janice married Raymond Thomas in Ellsworth on May 11, 2001. She was a retired cosmetologist. She attended the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth and after moving to Salina, attended the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
  Janice is survived by her son, Terry Fuller (Anita) of Dillingham, Ark.; daughter, Trina Sheppard (Bill) of Salina; daughter, Tammy Runnebaum (Greg O’Brate) of Topeka; son, Travis Fuller (Amber) of Topeka; brother, Bernard Henke of Beeville, Texas; sister, Leona Clavette of Olathe; sister, Dorothy Heatwole of Warrensburg, Mo.; sister, Betty Stokes of Midwest City, Okla.; and 11 grandchildren.
  Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; sister, Rosemary St. Clair; and brother, John Henke.


Ronald L. and Marlene B. Montgomery

Ronald L. “Ron” Montgomery, 81, and Marlene B. (Mattas) Montgomery, 78, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Marlene passed Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Topeka. Ron passed Monday, April 11, 2016 in Topeka.

Ron was born Feb. 21, 1935 in Anthony to James E. Montgomery and Mary P. (Oliver) Montgomery. Marlene was born Jan. 3, 1938 in Ellsworth to Albert C. Mattas, Jr. and Marie A. (Jiricek) Mattas. Ron spent his early years in Hutchinson and Marlene grew up on a farm near Black Wolf. Ron’s family moved to Ellsworth in 1947 when Ron’s parents bought F&M Drug.

Ron and Marlene had their first date on April Fools Day. They met for dinner at a Chinese Restaurant in Salina.


Dallas K. Murphy (1933-2016)

Mr. Murphy

Funeral services with honors for Dallas K. Murphy, 82, Lawrence, will be at 11 am Monday at Plymouth Congregational Church, with Rev. Dr. Peter Luckey and Chaplain Paul Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Vinland Cemetery. Dallas died Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Cortez, Colo., the son of Eloise Beck. He was raised in Ellsworth, Kan., and graduated from high school there in 1951. He served for many years in the Army National Guard and the Reserves, 35th Infantry Division, and later graduated from several law enforcement training academies. Dallas served with the Kansas Highway Patrol for 14 years (1956-70) and served with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 21 years (1970-91), where he served in the capacities of deputy, supervisor, undersheriff, and jail administrator, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. Upon retirement, he served with the United States Marshal’s Service for eight years (1993-2001).


Ivan Craig (1922-2016)

Mr. Craig

Ivan C. “Skip” Craig, 93, Joplin, Mo. passed away at 3:50 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 at Spring River Christian Village after a long illness.
Ivan was born June 3, 1922 in Lorraine, Kan. to Roscoe Craig, Sr. and Nellie Henry Craig and had  lived in Joplin the past 16 years, moving from Lorraine.  
He worked as a mechanic for the Federal Housing Administration for five years and worked as a sheet metal mechanic for United Airlines in San Francisco for three years. He returned to Lorraine in 1955 and worked as a self-employed painter for the next nine years.  Ivan then took a custodian position at the Lorraine Baptist Church, worked as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, and drove a school bus for the local school district.  
Ivan enjoyed rodeos, races, home remodeling, and woodworking.  He was a faithful member of Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin. Ivan was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1941-1947.  


Estella Nuss (1923-2016)

Mrs. Nuss

Estella Marie (Crabtree) Nuss, 92, of Wilson, Kan. passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth, Kan.


Larry L. Baecht (1939-2016)

Larry L. Baecht, 76 of Ellsworth, Kan., died April 2, 2016 at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.  
Larry was born Sept. 7, 1939 in Concordia, Kan. to Jewell K. and Lucille (Seifert) Baecht. Larry grew up in the Clyde/Clifton area where he attended elementary, junior and senior high schools, graduating with the Class of 1957. He graduated from Wichita State University in 1962. After graduation, Larry was in the U.S. Navy Reserve, during the Vietnam War and worked in personnel in hospitals in Wichita.   
He married Barbara Collings June 27, 1968.  Leaving Wichita in 1974, Larry and family lived in a number of communities in Kansas including Marysville, Lincoln, Hoxie, Ellsworth, and, finally, Lawrence.  Over the years, Larry had many jobs, including hospital administrator, substitute teacher, insurance sales, high school sports referee, and — probably closest to his heart —  farming. He was a member of Ellsworth Lions Club and Masonic Lodge.


Dr. Andrew E. Hefner (1930-2016)

Dr. Andrew E. Hefner, N.D., 77, died March 18, 2016 at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 12, 1938 in Clovis, N.M. to Kit Carson and Mavis Hefner. He was a Naturopathic Doctor.

He opened his practice as a Naturopath in 1966, in Bushton. He was the key sponsor of the first legislation in Kansas recognizing Naturopaths as part of the healing arts. Eventually he moved his Naturopath practice to Great Bend where he continued assisting patients from across Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas for the remainder of his life.
In 2006, Dr. Hefner also became a care coordinator for Clinkscales Elder Law Practice, PA, while maintaining his medical practice. As a care coordinator, he was able to pursue his passion advocating for and guiding families facing aging and chronic illness issues. He continued in that capacity until his death.


Harold Lee ‘Chuck’ Kralik (1937-2016)

Harold Lee “Chuck” Kralik, 78, died March 16, 2016 in Ellsworth. He was born Aug. 20, 1937 in Palacky Township, the son of Winslow and Emma (Galliart) Kralik. He worked in construction for Peter Kewitt Construction, Kohl’s Construction and also as a truck driver for Homolka Grain and Supply. He served his country in the US Marine Corp from 1955-1958. He was a member of American Legion Post 174 and a retired member and past chief of the Ellsworth Volunteer Fire Dept.


Louis Andrew Brubaker (1924-2016)

Louis Andrew Brubaker, 91, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016. Born to Harry B. and Esther N. Anderson Brubaker Nov.3, 1924 in Ellsworth, Louis graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Hays State University. He was a former school teacher having taught for more than 15 years as well as the principal of Bavaria Grade School and Brookville Junior High.  He was a pipefitter for many years working on power plants and industrial construction. Louis was an avid gardener and loved to dance.  He attended Arthur Murray Dance School in the 1940s. Louis served in WWII as a Seaman 1st Class in the Navy on the USS Enterprise where he earned his Purple Heart.  

Louis was a past commander for VFW Post 6485 in Ellsworth and was a member of the Pipefitter’s Local 145 Union Grand Junction, Colo.

Louis is preceded in death by his first wife, Mona Vopat Brubaker (1986), Mildred Thomas Brubaker (1999), brothers, Harry Brubaker, Jr and Benjamin Brubaker, and his parents.  


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