Leona Lavern (Pejsha) (Besthorn) Dibben

Leona Lavern (Pejsha) (Besthorn) Dibben was born Jan. 16 1923 to Charles and Victoria Pejsha in Wilson Kan., raised on the family farm helping her daddy in the fields, and enjoyed working in the header box during harvest. She went to school at Mt. Series where she finished through the 8th grade and graduated. She worked on the farm and this is the time in her life when she met Peter Besthorn and began a friendship.

In 1943 she went to work in Salina, at the gun powder plant. She also did ironing on the side for other people.  Shortly after, she was transferred to Lawrence, to another powder plant. After the war was over in 1946, she married Peter Besthorn and they moved to Holyrood.  


Raymond A. Bosquez

     Raymond A. Bosquez, 83, Kanopolis, Kan., passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 in Beloit, Kan. He was born Dec. 26, 1931 in Uvalde, Texas to Juanita (Alvarado) and Tomas Bosquez.
     Raymond was a veteran of the Korean War (Corporal) and lifetime member of Ellsworth VFW Post 6485. He married Felecia Perez July 21, 1955 in Pontiac, Mich. This union resulted in seven children and 60 years of marriage.
     Raymond was a supervisor for General Motors Corp. and retired in 1987, moving to Kanopolis. He and Felecia came out of retirement and ran the Mainstreet Deli in Ellsworth for 10 years, after which they left for one year and established the Kanopolis Lunch Box for five years and finally retiring. His hobbies included fishing, camping, spending many hours coaching his sons’ baseball and his love for the outdoors. He was a truly devoted father, uncle, grandfather and husband.


Fern Marie Zajic

     Fern Marie Zajic, 89, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. She was born Oct. 28, 1926 in Ellsworth County to Hedwig (Hoffman) and Edwin Westerman. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County and a homemaker.
     Fern married Harold Ray Zajic May 14, 1948 in Holyrood. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Holyrood. She was also a member of the Holyrood VFW Auxiliary,  Golden Belt Community Concerts Board of Directors, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Ladies’ Guild, Holyrood.
     Fern is survived by her son, Ray Dean Zajic (Jane) of Nixa, Mo.; daughter, Sandra Sue Byer (Troy) of Great Bend; son, Randy Zajic (Denise) of Holyrood; son, Michael Allan Zajic of Stockton; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren with four on the way; and many more family and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; five brothers, Lee, Ralph, Clyde (Bud), Ed, and Charles Westerman; and sister, Francis Kottas.


Kenneth Conrad

Kenneth Conrad, 83, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Ellsworth. He was born Jan. 2, 1932 in Torrington, Wyo. to Reinhold and Ethel (Shull) Conrad.

Kenneth was a retired electronics technician working many years in radio and other media. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth.

Kenneth married Margaret H. Soukup in Ellsworth. She survives him. He is also survived by close friends, Greg and Cynthia Bender of Ellsworth. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is from 1-6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16 at Parsons Funeral Home with family present at 6 p.m. Vigil and rosary service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral mass is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth with burial following.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church for masses, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.


Jimmy W. Payne

Jimmy W. Payne, 80, was born on June 11, 1935 in Texarkana, Texas to Oscar E. and Clara Payne. Mr. Payne passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 in Tomball, Texas.  

He was a long time resident of Bossier City, La. where he and his wife remained after he retired from a 20 year Air Force career.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar E. and Clara Payne and his wife of 58 years, Marj.

He leaves behind two children, Harold E. (Eddie) Payne and his wife Nancy of Tomball, and Jerald W. (Jerry) Payne and his wife Trish of Normal, Ill.; along with two grandchildren, Shelley Stout and Sarah Payne, and one great-grandchild, Logan Stout as well as step-grandchildren Niki Podlinsek Howell of Mattoon, Ill. and Brett Podlinsek of Madison, Wis..

Funeral services for Jimmy will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Buckeye Cemetery, Ellsworth County Kan.


Robert A. Paull (1945-2015)

  Robert A. Paull, 70, passed away Nov. 9, 2015 in Abilene, Kan.
  He was born Nov. 5, 1945 in Ellsworth, Kan. to Velma Claire (Svoboda) and Allen David Paull. Robert was a staff photographer at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene. He was a passionate musician, playing many brass instruments. He played with the Salina Symphony, Abilene Municipal, Kansas Brigade, and Bethany College bands. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and attended the St. Andrews Catholic Church, Abilene.
  Robert is survived by his wife, Pamela Paull of Wichita; daughters, Bobbi of Wichita and Sandi of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; son, Brian of Abilene; grandchildren, Shane, Cody, Jordan, Peyten, David, Brandi and Kaylynn; and sisters, Peggy Block of Felton, Calif., Pam Zouzas of Salina, and Janet Paull of Abilene.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.


Bryan Dean Rohn

     Bryan Dean Rohn, 54, Wamego, Kan., passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at his home. Bryan was born Oct. 1, 1961, in Goodland, Kan. to Eldon and Eleanor (Gfeller) Rohn. He worked for USDA Rural Development as a loan specialist for 32 years. He was a member of the Wamego First United Methodist Church, Little Apple Investment Club, National Association of Credit Specialist at USDA, and the Wamego Country Club.
     Bryan loved being active outside. He enjoyed farming with his father-in-law and brother-in-laws, golfing and will be remembered as a “hands on” man. He was known for building things and even refinished houses. Bryan was an avid bowler on the Thursday night league and played “old man basketball” at the middle school. He was also part of a Sunday night poker group that donated winnings to families in need.  Bryan also loved to ride his Harley, travel, spend time with family and friends, go to Sprint car races and enjoyed NASCAR.


MARQUETTE TRIBUNE - Merle Dean Ingemanson

Merle Dean Ingemanson, 84, of Marquette, passed away Nov. 2, 2015.

He was born April 1, 1931, the son of Terrance and Faye (Wise) Ingemanson in Marquette, Kan.

On Oct. 12, 1975, Merle was united in marriage to Georgie Berg in Marquette.


Norwin C. Kohls (1940-2015)

Mr. Kohls

  Norwin C. Kohls, 75 of Cottonwood, Ariz., passed away Oct. 13, 2015, at home.
  He was born May 11, 1940 in Lincoln County, Kan. to Selma and Reinhard Kohls. He attended Ellsworth High School and graduated from Fort Hays State College with a B.A. in Mathematics and Science. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict.
  Through his service he was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Valor, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Elda Pistora and Lois Seitz,; and brother, Orville Kohls.   
  Norwin was ex-husband to Joyce Marsh and father to Kimberly Ann Uecker and Jody Lare White; brother to Della Billings (Marvin) of Topeka, Kan., Leoria Kohls of Wichita, Kan., Deniece (Bill) Roth of Lindsborg, Kan., Nina Borgstader of Ellsworth, Kan., and Rolland Kohls of Jacksonville, Fla.


Blanche Rose (Jiricek) Woodmansee (1923-2015)

  Blanche Rose (Jiricek) Woodmansee, 92, passed away Oct. 29, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth.
  She was born March 2, 1923 in Ellsworth County to Anna (Krizek) and Carl Urbanek. She married Stephen Jiricek in Ellsworth Jan. 1, 1940. She married Harvey Woodmansee in Ellsworth June 2, 1989.
  Blanche was a member of Daughters of Isabellas in Wilson, VFW Auxiliary in Ellsworth, and the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church Altar Society, Ellsworth. She was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County and a homemaker and farm wife.
  Blanche is survived by her daughter, Carole Boor of Claflin; grandchildren, Stephen Boor of Sylvan Grove, Connie Boor of Hoisington, Mark Boor of Claflin, Christopher Boor of Olmitz, and Patrick (Lori) Boor of Larned; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandsons.


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