Obituaries

Thu
16
Nov

Willis Reinhardt 'Bill' Schmidt (1927-2017)

Willis Reinhardt ‘Bill’ Schmidt passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Via Christi Village Ridge in Wichita, Kan. at the age of 90. He was born Feb. 26, 1927 in Dorrance, Kan. to the late Reinhardt and Katherine ‘Kate’ (Milberger) Schmidt. He grew up in the Dorrance area graduating from Dorrance High School.  He joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 serving in World War II. Following his service in the Navy he was married to Dolores “Peachie” Kasner on Jan. 23, 1946 in Dorrance. They were blessed with three children, Timmie, John, and Debra.

Wed
15
Nov

Michael L. Winkel

     Michael L. Winkel, 66 of Hutchinson, Kan. died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
     Mike was born in peace and love in Concordia, Kan. to Melvin J. and Lucile Winkel Wiles. He was a graduate of Barton County Community College. He married Colleen (Hoch) Sept. 14, 1978. He retired early from the Department of Social Services for the State of Kansas.
     Michael is survived by his spouse, Colleen; father, Bud Wiles of Cawker City, Kan.; children, Jason (Kim) Winkel of Pratt, Kan. and Alexander Winkel, of Ogden, Utah; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson; a brother, Pat (Marion) Winkel of Greenwood, Mo.; sisters Maryellen (Richard) Terry of Council Bluff, Iowa and Janice Myers of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and nephews and nieces.
     He was preceded in death by his son, Eric, who died in 2013; mother, Lucile Wiles; and sister, Barbara Krien.
        “Mike’s Story”

Tue
14
Nov

Gary L. Wacker

     Gary L. Wacker, 74, passed away peacefully, at his home surrounded by family, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. He was born Sept. 8, 1943 in Vesper, Kan. to Albert and Ferne (Miley) Wacker.
     Gary proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force 1961 to 1965 and continued to do so with 50 years of dedicated service to the American Legion. For 37 of those 50 years, he served as commander of the former American Legion Post 329 of Kanopolis, KS. Gary was the founder of Hi-Plains Sand Inc. of Kanopolis, Kan. He was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, member and trustee at the United Methodist Church of Kanopolis, member of the Kanopolis Men’s Club, and a 40 year volunteer with the Kanopolis Volunteer Fire Department. Gary married Vicki Hulse July 8, 1978 in Ellsworth, Kan.

Tue
14
Nov

Jane C. Hoff (1948-2017)

Jane C. Hoff, 69, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Feb. 8, 1948, in Coldwater, the daughter of E. Frank and Laurine (Schesser) Weber. She graduated from Emporia State Teachers College. Jane was united in marriage to Herb Hoff June 28, 1975, in Coldwater. She was a teacher for Ellsworth and Claflin schools and did outreach teaching for 42 years.

After retirement she loved to spend time making quilts. She was quick to help people out that needed help. She was a charter member of the Twisted Stitchers and a member of OES for fifty years.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Herb of the home; one brother, Charles Weber of Marion, Iowa; one sister, Gena Hoover of Emporia; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded by a brother, Alan Weber.

Tue
14
Nov

Inez A. Jandos

It is with great sadness that the family of Inez A. “Soeken” Jandos announces her passing on Monday Nov. 6, 2017. She was born May 2, 1919 near Frederick, Kan. to Johnnie G. and Lynda Ernestine (Stoltenberg) Soeken.

Inez married George Jandos in Holyrood, Kan. on Aug. 3, 1941. She was a housewife and homemaker. She loved polka dancing, painting, and playing pinochle and bridge. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth.

Inez is survived by her daughter, Karen Wacker of Kanopolis; daughter, Gerri Ferguson of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Todd Wacker (Tracy), Heather Andrews (Kevin), and Lindsay Nitsche (Chris); six great-grandchildren; and sister, Hazel Tilton (Richard) of Salina.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; and sister, Arleen Craig.

Visitation is from 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present from 6-8 p.m.

Wed
08
Nov

Inez A. 'Soeken' Jandos

     It is with great sadness that the family of Inez A. “Soeken” Jandos announces her passing on Monday Nov. 6, 2017. She was born May 2, 1919 near Frederick, Kan. to Johnnie G. and Lynda Ernestine (Stoltenberg) Soeken.
Inez married George Jandos in Holyrood, Kan. on Aug. 3, 1941. She was a housewife and homemaker. She loved polka dancing, painting, and playing pinochle and bridge. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth.
     Inez is survived by her daughter, Karen Wacker of Kanopolis; daughter, Gerri Ferguson of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Todd Wacker (Tracy), Heather Andrews (Kevin), and Lindsay Nitsche (Chris); six great-grandchildren; and sister, Hazel Tilton (Richard) of Salina.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; and sister, Arleen Craig.
     Visitation is from 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family present from 6-8 p.m.

Tue
07
Nov

Joseph 'Joe' Mazzotta

Joseph 'Joe' Mazzotta, 63, of Firestone, Colo. — husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and Marine — snuck out and passed away peacefully in his “own damn bed” Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, surrounded by his four loving sons.  

Joe was preceded in death by his wife Carol; mother Mary; father Joseph,; and sister Rosemarie.

He is survived by his brother Charles; sisters Gloria, Christine; and sons Joseph “Joey” (Fawn), Saverio “Jason” (Stacie), Anthony (Arianne), and Matthew (Trisha); eight granddaughters, and 3 grandsons.

A catered lunch will be held at noon, Nov. 11 for friends and family to laugh, cry and reminisce about Joe and Carol at Orozco’s Portales Cafe, located at 117 N. Kansas St., Kanopolis, Kan. 67454.

Mon
06
Nov

Raymond Leo Frederick

     Raymond Leo Frederick, 88, of Salina, Kan., passed away Friday, Nov. 3.  
     Ray was born in Wilson, Kansas on March 9, 1929, a son of the late Amalia (Miller) and Frederick George Frederick. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. He was employed in transportation at R.C. Williams Inc., K-State Salina, and as a private mail hauler. Ray retired from Schwan’s after 22 years as a Semi Driver.
     Ray married Donna Schurr Oct. 7, 1956, in Luray, Kan. They were married 61 years.
     Survivors include his wife, Donna of the home; two daughters, Serena Frederick (Chris Keller), of Houston, Texas; and Beth Anderson (Jim), of Chesterfield, Mo. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Brad (Tiffany) of St. Peters, Mo. and Jared (Suzy) Anderson of Webster Grove, Mo.; and two great-grandchildren, James and Catherine Anderson of St. Peters, Mo.; and sister, Mary Koetkemeyer of Salina.

Tue
31
Oct

John K. Habiger (1948-2017)

John K. Habiger, 69, of Bushton, Kan., passed away Oct. 29, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington, Kan.

John was born in Great Bend, Kan., on Sept. 6, 1948, the son of Paul and Anna (Heinz) Habiger. He was a graduate of Holy Name and Bushton High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Fort Hays State University in 1970.

John served his country as a United States Peace Corp Volunteer in the Kurdistan Providence of Iran. He was an Agricultural Agent and traveled in parts of Turkey and Afghanistan. Back in Bushton, he was an agent with Federal Crop Insurance Corp. He was also the Postmaster Relief in Bushton.

He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

John was preceded in death by his father, Paul Habiger May 15, 1983, and his partner of 26 years, Mary Mickel, Jan. 2, 2017.

Tue
31
Oct

Dwight C. Brady (1949-2017)

Dwight C. Brady, 89, passed away Oct. 27, 2017. He was born Jan. 29, 1928 to Lloyd and Marguerite (Schermerhorn) Brady in Carneiro, Kan.

Dwight married Eunice Little on May 1, 1949. He was a longtime resident of Ellsworth County and was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad. He was a member of the Ellsworth American Legion and served his country in the US Army.

Dwight is survived by his son, Ron Brady (Cindy) of Kanopolis; daughter, Rhonda Smith (Barrie) of Missoula, Mont.; daughter, Debbie Binns (Mike) of Scott City; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sandra Jo; and wife, Eunice.

Memorial graveside service is at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Carneiro Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.

parsonsfh.com

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