Obituaries

Fri
21
Jul

Margaret Helen Conrad (1931-2017)

Margaret Helen Conrad, 86, passed away July 21, 2017. She was born April 8, 1931 in Ellsworth to Charles James and Anna Katherine (Cerney) Soukup.       

Margaret attended Marymount College in Salina where she received her RN degree and worked at many different hospitals throughout her life. She was a longtime resident of Ellsworth and married Kenneth Conrad on July 24, 1956. She was also a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth.

Margaret is survived by her close friends, Greg and Cynthia Bender of Ellsworth. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

Visitation is from 1-6:30 p.m., Monday, July 24 at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present at 6 p.m. A vigil and rosary service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The funeral mass is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 25 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with burial following in the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.

Mon
17
Jul

Dean Roy Curtis 'White Bear'

     Dean Roy Curtis, “White Bear,” was called home by his Lord Monday, July 10, 2017. He leaves behind his loving wife, Donna (Nily) Curtis, four children and nine grandchildren.
     A service to celebrate his life will be conducted in the future in Omaha, Neb.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice at kindredhospice.com or the Lang Memorial Library, Wilson.

Mon
17
Jul

Gary R. Rupert (1952-2017)

Gary R. Rupert, 65, of Salina, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017. He was born Feb. 12, 1952 in Lindsborg, the son of Marion L. Sr. and Henrietta (Woodard) Rupert. He married Radene Zoe Timmons on Nov. 5, 1970.

Gary worked at Crestwood, was a Reserve Police Officer with the Salina Police Department. He also worked North American Phillips, Midwest Security, Walmart and retired as a Sergeant from Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sharon Koehn and her husband Richard.

Survivors include his wife, Radene; a son, Brent Rupert and wife Ashley; a daughter, Christina Rupert; two brothers, Marion L. Jr. and Kim; a sister, Karen McKinney; and five grandchildren, Ava and Noah Rupert and Justine, Teagan and McKinley Keil.

Fri
14
Jul

Lucy J. Vopat (1939-2017)

Lucy J. Vopat, 78, passed Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Salina.

She was born April 27, 1939 in Ellsworth County to Winslow and Ruby (Zelenka) Janda.

Lucy married Charles D. Vopat, Sr. in Wilson on Sept. 17, 1957. He preceded her in death in 2016. She was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church of Wilson where she participated in the Altar Society. She held many jobs in her life, including milking cows at the dairy, positions at Elkan and Cashco in Ellsworth as well as the nursing home in Wilson, and time spent operating her knick-knack shops.

Lucy is survived by her daughter, Veronica Kyler (Tim) of Ellsworth; son, Charles Vopat, Jr. (Ellaine) of Ellsworth; son, Mark Vopat (Rachel Muro) of Kanopolis; daughter, Joan Johnson (Brad Kralik) of Ellsworth; daughter, Mary Ann Heard of Ellsworth; daughter, Amanda Vopat (Travis Oakes) of Loveland, Colo.; brother, Winslow Janda, Jr. (Lucille) of Wilson; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Fri
14
Jul

Heather M. Larsen (1980-2017)

Heather M. Larsen, 36, Kanopolis, was welcomed into Heaven on July 12, 2017 to be with her mother, Vicki, and her aunt Carla.

She was born Oct. 3, 1980 to Tom and Vicki Hay. She married Chris Larsen in Kanopolis on July 11, 2012. She will be reunited someday with her husband, Chris; dad, Tom; grandpa, Gene; two boys, Logan and Jake; sisters,

Janet and Ginger; brothers, Tom and Jason; cousins; nephews; and nieces of whom she loved very much.  

Thu
13
Jul

Ann Marie Soukup (1929-2017)

Ann Marie Soukup, 88, passed away July 12, 2017. She was born March 15, 1929, in Codell, Kan. to Walter J. and Marcella (Keegan) Schulz. She married Edward Soukup, Jr. in Ellsworth on Nov. 28, 1945.

A longtime resident of Kanopolis, Ann worked as a dietician at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth for 18 years and as a curator for the Fort Harker Museum in Kanopolis for 15 years. She attended the Kanopolis United Methodist Church and was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Ellsworth County Historical Society.

Ann is survived by her son, Ronny Soukup (Susan) of Arvada, Colo.; son, Randy Soukup (Shelby) of Kanopolis; daughter, Crystal Munoz (Nick) of Kanopolis; nephew, Dr. Thomas K. Schulz; and niece, Cindy Schulz Long.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Joseph and Tommy; and sisters, Mary and Pauline.

Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Friday, July 14 at Parsons Funeral Home.

Wed
05
Jul

Dale C. Shively (1934-2017)

Dale C. Shively, 82, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 in Ellsworth. He was born Sept. 27, 1934 in Ellsworth to Henry Clint and Gertrude Mary (Straley) Shively.

Dale was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County where he worked as a driller in the oilfield and operated a custom harvesting business. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Geneseo American Legion Post 241.

Dale married Dolores Rae Wright in Ellsworth on Nov. 22, 1961. She preceded him in death.

Dale is survived by his son, Jeff Freeman and wife JoEllen of Kanopolis; daughter, Fonda Rush and husband Jerry of Geneseo; son, Les Shively of Kanopolis; grandchildren, Evan Shively, Jenny and Clint Freeman, and Brian and Justin Rush; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Nathlie Baker, Marjorie Splitter, and Marie Hoss; and brothers, Donald and Wayne.

Wed
05
Jul

Helen M. (Jezek) Hayes (1916-2017)

Helen M. (Jezek) Hayes, 100, died June 29, 2017 at Lawrence. She was formally of Holyrood.

Helen was born Nov. 16, 1916 Palacky Township to Charles and Fanny (Benysek) Jezek Sr.

She was a 1934 graduate of Holyrood Rural High School. She completed cosmetology school.

On Jan. 15, 1946 she married Marty M. Hayes who died Jan. 4, 1971.

Helen is survived by daughter M. Susan (Hrabe) Keeler and Gary Bradford; grandson Kelly (Stacie) Zoey and Violet; nieces Emma Doherty, Evelyn Parker, Erlene Fox, Barbara Withrow, and Carol Heil; nephews Ernest D. Jezek Jr. and Samuel Joy; cousin Alan Jezek San Antonio, Texas.

She was proceeded in death by her parents; husband, Marty; son, Tom Hayes; grandson, Chris Hrabe; brothers, Joe (Christine), Ernest (Bernice), Charles (Elnita) Jezek; sisters, Rose (Marvin) Stratmann, and infant sister Evaline Jezek.

Cremation has taken place and there were no services. Burial in the Great Bend Cemetery.

Fri
30
Jun

Joshua 'Josh' Charles Monzel (1985-2017)

Joshua ‘Josh’ Charles Monzel, 33, of Aurora, Colo. passed away June 10, 2017 in Aurora. He was born Aug. 17, 1985 at Grand Junction, Colo. to Forrest Wishcop and Sandra Monzel.

He was preceded in death by his father; great-grandparents, Charles and Myrtle Edwards, Arthur and Helen Sundquist, Ann and Walter Dodge; great-uncles, Thomas Edwards and James Edwards; great-aunt, Mable Westerlund; and cousin, Michaela Kahle.

Fri
30
Jun

Drucilla R. Richard

     Drucilla R. Richard, 92, was called to her eternal home on Friday, June 30, 2017 in Ellsworth. She was born Oct. 23, 1924 in Lincoln County, Kan.
     Drucilla was a retired homemaker and farm wife. She was also actively involved in her church and community.
     Drucilla was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Alvina Arkebauer; brothers, Delbert and Ronald, and son-in-law, Vern Oestmann.
     She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Loren Richard; three children, Dru (Candy) Richard, Debby Oestmann, and Cindy (Jim) Lamia. She is also survived by eight grandsons, 11 great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Helen Mitchell.
     Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 2, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.

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