Obituaries

Wed
20
Dec

Rusty Lee Witter (1950-2017)

Rusty Lee Witter, 67, passed away Dec. 17, 2017.

He was born May 3, 1950 in Hutchinson, Kan. to Lee and Aline (Ravenscroft) Witter. He was an owner/operator truck driver for 30 years.

Rusty married Roxanne Stroede in Ellsworth on May 8, 1977. She survives him.

He is also survived by his daughter, Dawn Cunningham of Ellsworth; son, Travis Witter of Black Wolf; daughter, Tanya Witter of Ellsworth; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Dick Witter (Jean) of Sun City, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roylynn and Max; and son, Justin Witter.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at the Kanopolis United Methodist Church with a private family inurnment at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for funeral service expenses, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.

Condolences may be left at parsonsfh.com

Wed
20
Dec

Elmer Claire Waymaster (1931-2017)

Elmer Claire Waymaster passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at Wilson Care and Rehabilitation Center in Wilson, Kan. at the age of 86.  

He was born May 24, 1931 in Hays, Kan. to Jacob and Caroline (Herber) Waymaster. He grew up in the Wilson area, having attended country school as a boy, and graduating from Wilson High School.

Always a country boy at heart, Elmer loved life on the farm especially working in his garden and tending to the animals. He always enjoyed having the nieces and nephews on the farm, where he could put them to work shocking feed for candy, and spending time with them. Although he rarely went into town, except for necessities, he liked going to the fair, watching the parades, and, of course, taking in all of the celebrations during the Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival. And in a style all his own, Elmer could turn a little can of Vienna Sausages into a delicacy fit for a king.

Sun
17
Dec

Doris A. Robl (1927-2017)

Doris A. Robl, 90, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 in Wichita.
She was born second of 12 children on March 19, 1927 in Hays to Dan and Hilda (Weigel) Leiker.
Doris married Leonard Robl in Bushton, Kan. on June 15, 1948. Before moving to Wichita, Doris and Leonard spent the last 10 years in Ellsworth having moved from the Claflin area where Doris was a homemaker and teacher. She was a member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth and the Catholic Altar Society. She was also an RCIA instructor.
Doris is survived by her sons, Terry Robl (Shirley) of Ellsworth and Steve Robl (Vera) of Wichita; daughter, Diane Robl (Peggy) of Louisville, Ky.; sons, Jim Robl (Maureen) of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Paul Robl (Ceilly) of Bailey, Colo.; daughters, Denise Guy (JT) of Abilene, Deanna Daniels of Wichita, and Darcie Green (Bryan) of Wichita; 20 grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren, and five brothers and sisters.

Sun
17
Dec

Thomas L. ‘Tom’ Purma


Thomas L. “Tom” Purma passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the age of 73.
Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home of Wilson is handling the arrangements. A private family memorial service is planned for a later date.

Wed
13
Dec

Steven K. Vondra (1955-2017)

Steven K. Vondra, 62, passed away Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born March 4, 1955 in Ellsworth to Frank W. and Jean (Merrill) Vondra.
Steve was a longtime resident of Ellsworth County where he was a farmer at the family farm in his early years. Later on Steve worked in the oil field and as an over-the-road truck driver. He was a faithful believer in Christianity.

Fri
08
Dec

Clarence W. Erhardt

Clarence W. Erhardt, 80, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in Ellsworth.

Parsons Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left at parsonsfh.com

Tue
05
Dec

Steven K. Vondra

     Steven K. Vondra, 62, passed away Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 in Wichita.
     Parsons Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left at parsonsfh.com

 

Mon
27
Nov

Sophia Wallert

     Sophia Wallert, 101, Gladstone, Mo., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at home with her loving family by her side. Sophia was born Sept. 15, 1916 to Anthony and Sophia Somer in Wilson, Kan. Her father owned the Somer Hardware, a historic landmark in Wilson.
     Sophia married Ray Wallert and they enjoyed 72 years together. Her and Ray lived in Russell, Kan. and Gorham, Kan. They moved to Kansas City in 1993.
     Sophia was preceded in death by her husband in 2016, and a brother and five sisters.
     Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Crockett (Chip Bennett); and multiple nieces, nephews and friends.
     Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the McGilley Antioch Chapel
     A private inurnment will take place at a later date in Terrace Park Cemetery.  

Mon
27
Nov

Dale W. Soukup

     Dale W. Soukup, 73, passed away Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 in Ellsworth. He was born May 14, 1944 in Dorrance to Arthur N. and Helen (Matoush) Soukup. A longtime resident of the area, Dale was a business man. He owned and operated Soukup Oil Co. then DARRS clothing store. Later in life he earned his CNA certification and worked for 10 years at the Ellsworth County Medical Center.
     Dale and Alice (Rezac) of Wilson were united in marriage on Dece. 30, 1965, in Abilene, Kan. She survives him.
     Dale is also survived by his son, Rick Soukup (Deanna) of Ellsworth; daughter, Richelle Barta (Heath) of Lucas; grandchildren, Olivia Stevenson (Trent), Natalie, Stephanie, and Zayed Soukup, Hunter and Gunner Hulse, and Keegan and Benton Barta; and sister, Shirley Sales of Salina.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth Soukup.

Mon
20
Nov

Tom H. Tripp (1923-2017)

Tom H. Tripp, Sr., 93, passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at his home in Kanopolis.

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