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Harold Sleezer Jr. 1933-1999
SHEPHERD, Texas  - Harold Sleezer Jr., 66, died Dec. 17, 1999, at Shepherd.
He was born Jan. 30, 1933, at LeRoy, the son of Harold Sr. and Zella Lemon
Sleezer. He married Espy Hawkins April 8, 1995, at Houston, Texas. He was a
graduate of Ellinwood High School. A resident of Shepherd, he was a retired
maintenance employee for Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Brian Sleezer of
Montgomery, Texas; three daughters, Karen Sleezer of Katy, Texas, MaryAnn
Herman of Navaree, Fla., and Valarie Neill of Riddleton, Tenn.; one
stepson, Alan Clogston of Shepherd; one stepdaughter, Rae Lynn Clogston of
Jacksonville, Fla.; his mother of Madill, Okla.; and nine grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by one brother, Brian Sleezer.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakin-Comanche District
Cemetery in Ellinwood with the Rev. Jim Newkirk officiating. Memorials are
suggested to American Cancer Association, in care of Kimple Inc. Funeral
Home in Ellinwood.

Irma E. Debes 1908-2000
ODIN  - Irma E. Debes, 92, died April 13 at Integrated Health Services of
Woodhaven in Ellinwood. She was born Jan. 17, 1908, at Odin, the daughter
of Peter and Catherine Herrmann Debes. A lifetime resident of Odin, she was
a housekeeper for St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and Holy Family Altar
Society, both of Odin.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Joe Kaiser of Claflin and Mrs. Bill
Huschka of Ellinwood. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe
Debes, John Debes and Frank Debes; and three sisters, Matilda Debes, Mrs.
Joe K. Wondra and Mrs. Math Martin.
Vigil service followed by Altar Society rosary will be at 7 tonight at
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m.
Monday at the church with the Rev. Pascal Klein officiating. Burial will be
at Holy Family Cemetery in Odin. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. today at
the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to IHS of Woodhaven or the
church, both in care of the funeral home.

Leland Robert Calhoon 1937-2000
OLMITZ  - Leland Robert Calhoon, 62, died April 11 at his home. He was born
Nov. 4, 1937, at Norton, the son of Leonard and Mary Donnelly Calhoon. He
attended school in Lenora. A resident of Olmitz, coming from Lenora and
Russell, he worked in the oil industry, hauled grain and worked for the
Galatia Co-op in Galatia.
Survivors include his parents.
Funeral Mass was April 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Almelo with
the Rev. John Walsh officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery in New
Almelo. Memorials are suggested to donor's choice, in care of Pauls Funeral
Home in Oberlin.

Solomon 'Saul' David Kreutzer 1941-2000
Solomon "Saul" David Kreutzer, 58, died April 14. He was born July 28,
1941, at Hays, son of John and Martina Younger Kreutzer. He married Carroll
Rogers Dec. 8, 1983, at Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend for 25 years,
coming from Hays, he was a mechanic for Great Bend Snapper.
Survivors include his wife of the home; three daughters, Diane Kreutzer of
Waterloo, Ill., Sandi Lohr of Arkansas City and Lee Ann Gilly of Covington,
La.; three stepdaughters, Alicia Westhoff of Great Bend, Sheila
Hammerschmidt of Ellsworth and Lorri Patterson of Wichita; his mother,
Martina Windholz of Victoria; three sisters, Carol Jean Foos of Great Bend,
Rose Kreutzer of Victoria and Mary Walter of Belleville, Ill.; two
grandsons; and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one
sister, Shirley Braun.
Rosary will be at 2 p.m. today at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home. Funeral
will be at 10 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Jerry Patterson
officiating. Burial will be at Dundee Valley Cemetery in Dundee. Friends
may call from 1-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested
to American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.

Mary Kay Weaver 1917-2000
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Mary Kay Weaver, 82, of Fayetteville, Ark., died April
11 at Northwest Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 20, 1917, at Logan, the
daughter of C.L. and Irma Dougherty Cushing. She married W. Hal Weaver. He
died Jan. 15. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and received
her B.A. degree in education from Iowa University. She was a homemaker and
a school teacher, having taught at Coffeyville High School in Coffeyville.
A longtime resident of Great Bend, she retired with her husband to Tucson,
Ariz., before moving to Fayetteville in 1997.
Mrs. Weaver was a member of DU Chapter of PEO in Great Bend, Gamma Phi Beta
Sorority at Iowa University, and was an Episcopalian.
Survivors include one son, Hal Weaver of Bonita, Ariz.; one daughter,
Deborah Meisch of Fayetteville; one brother, Ned Cushing of Lawrence; three
grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in
Fayetteville with the Rev. Lowell E. Grisham officiating. Visitation will
be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Moore's Chapel in Fayetteville. Memorials are
suggested to Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, 15825 Shady Grove Rd.,
Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20855.

Lottie M. Ewing 1915-2000
Lottie M. Ewing, 84, of Great Bend died April 12 at Integrated Health
Services of Great Bend. She was born Dec. 4, 1915, at Dorrance, the
daughter of Emmanuel and Hattie Bell Thorne. She married Fred Ewing June
20, 1936. He died in 1951. A long-time resident of Lawrence, she lived in
Topeka for several years and was a nurse's aide. She moved to Great Bend
and worked as a restaurant cook.
Survivors include two sisters, Gladys Newport of McCallester, Okla., and
Dorothy Harris of Omaha, Neb. She was preceded in death by seven brothers
including Roy Throne of Abilene.
Family graveside services will be held. Cremation has taken place. Danner
Funeral Home of Abilene is in charge of services and inurnment. Great Bend
Family Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of local arangements.

Clem Penka 1923-2000
PRATT - Clem Penka, 76, died April 13 at Pratt Regional Medical Center in
Pratt. He was born May 3, 1923, at Beaver, the son of William W. and Ann
Meyeres Penka. He married Ursuline J. Birzer May 17, 1945, at Ellinwood. A
resident of Pratt and Pratt County since 1963, he was a retired assistant
manager at Cairo Co-op and a farmer.
Penka was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pratt, Knights of
Columbus 4th Degree, B.P.O. Elks No. 1451 of Pratt and a former member of
Sunflower Polka Club.
Survivors include his wife of the home; three sons, Alvin Penka of San
Bernardino, Calif., Thomas A. Penka of Pratt, and David Penka of Kansas
City, Mo.; one daughter, Jeanne Voss of Iuka; one brother, Victor Penka of
Healy; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother,
Bill Penka.
Vigil service will be at 7:30 tonight at the church. Funeral will be at
10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Jim Dieker officiating.
Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt. Friends may visit until 8
tonight at Larrison Mortuary in Pratt. Memorials are suggested to Sacred
Heart School Endowment Fund or the church, in care of the mortuary.

Glenn Edward Peer 1912-2000
WICHITA - Glenn Edward Peer, 88, died April 11 at Wesley Medical Center in
Wichita. He was born Jan. 30, 1912, at Vinland, the son of Robert Carl and
Grace McQuiston Peer. He married Genevieve G. Balch Oct. 13, 1931, at
Olathe. She died Oct. 5, 1999. He was a 1931 graduate of Edgerton High
School, a 1936 graduate of Pittsburg State University and received a
master's degree in education from University of Kansas in 1955. A resident
of the Johnson County and Miami County areas for most of his life, he had
been a state auditor for the Department of Education in Topeka and a
teacher and coach at Edna, Spring Hill, Hoisington, Edgerton and Gardner.
He had been a principal at Spring Hill Elementary, Bucyrus Grade School
and Fontana High School, retiring in 1972.
Peer was a member of United Methodist Church of Edgerton, having taught
Sunday school, and was a member and past president of Miami County Retired
Teacher's Association.
Survivors include two sons, Carl G. Peer of Gardner and Dr. Gary Peer of
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; two daughters, Karen Robertson of Wichita and Marilyn
Salyer of Great Bend; two brothers, Raymond "Shine" Peer and Jess Peer,
both of Gardner; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by two brothers, Claire Peer and Marion Peer; and one
sister, Esther Cochran.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at
Edgerton Cemetery in Edgerton. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday at
Bruce Funeral Home in Gardner. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested
to the church or the Glenn and Genevieve Peer Scholarship at Pittsburg
State University Foundation, both in care of the funeral home.

Norma G. Garton 1911-2000
LARNED - Norma G. Garton, 88, died April 10 at Hutchinson Hospital Skilled
Nursing Unit in Hutchinson. She was born Sept. 17, 1911, at Aline, Okla.,
the daughter of Joseph and Effie Stevens Cleveland. She married Thomas
Newton Garton Oct. 20, 1931. He died April 12, 1972. A longtime Larned
resident, she was a retired cook for the Larned school district.
Mrs. Garton was a member of First Christian Church, Best of the West Club,
La Ar Mu, and Christian Women's Fellowship, all of Larned.
Survivors include two daughters, Ellen M. Gicante of Peculiar, Mo., and
Carolyn Taylor of Hutchinson; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;
and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two
brothers, Loman Cleveland and Edward Cleveland; and five sisters, Jo Grove,
Mable Booze, Eula Diggs, Flossie Wilt and Ella King.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned with
the Revs. Dan Lundgren and Lewis McPherren officiating. Burial will be at
Larned Cemetery in Larned. Friends may call until 8 tonight, 9 a.m. to 8
p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or American Heart
Association, both in care of the funeral home.

Wilbert W. Boese 1924-2000
SUSANK - Wilbert W. Boese, 75, died April 10 at Clara Barton Hospital in
Hoisington. He was born Aug. 4, 1924, at Alexander, the son of William and
Pearl Estella Allen Boese. He married Gwendolyn May Norman June 15, 1949,
at Larned. She died Aug. 31, 1999. A resident of the Susank and Hoisington
areas for 45 years, he was a retired driller for Allen Drilling Co.
Boese was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis L. Boese of Great Bend and David L.
Boese of Susank; one daughter, Diana L. Wilson of Susank; one sister, Fern
Nairn of Great Bend; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by three brothers, Vernon Boese, Elmer Boese and
Robert Boese; and one sister, Viola Ellis.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Brown's Grove Cemetery in
Burdett with the Rev. Rob Schmutz officiating. Friends may call until 8
tonight and 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in
Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to the family, in care of the funeral
home.

Byron 'Butch' Basye 1960-2000
STAFFORD - A memorial has been established for Byron "Butch" Bayse, 39,
who died March 27 at Stafford, to Clara Barton Foundation, P.O. Box 25,
Hoisington, KS, 67544.

Loretta A. Heinz 1909-2000
BUSHTON - Loretta A. Heinz, 90, died April 10 at Ellinwood District
Hospital in Ellinwood. She was born Oct. 1, 1909, in Barton County, the
daughter of Peter Heinz and Mary Robl Heinz. She married Casper A. Heinz
April 19, 1937, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at rural Ellinwood.
He died Feb. 2, 1993. A resident of Bushton, she was a farm wife.
Mrs. Heinz was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and Altar Society,
both at Bushton.
Survivors include one son, Mark Heinz of Ellinwood; two daughters, Mary L.
Smith of Wichita and Patty Lorence of Ellsworth; one brother, Frank Heinz
of Ellinwood; one sister, Margaret Feist of Ellinwood; and four
grandchildren.
A family rosary will be at 7:30 tonight, Altar Society rosary will be at 3
p.m. Wednesday and a parish rosary at 7:30 p.m., all at Kimple Inc. Funeral
Home in Ellinwood.Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church
with the Revs. Chrys Eh Maung, James J. Roth and Gerald Hammeke
officiating. Burial will be at Holy Name Church Cemetery in Ellinwood.
Memorials are suggested to Ellinwood Hospital Auxiliary or the church, both
in care of the funeral home.

LaVern Loren George 1934-2000
LARNED - LaVern Loren George, 65, died April 10 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Joseph Campus in Larned. He was born July 7, 1934, at Great
Bend, the son of Herman Henry Dick and Hilda Anna Christine Tammen George.
He married Rose Marie Debes Dec. 30, 1970, at Larned. A lifetime Barton and
Pawnee County resident, he was the retired owner and operator of George
Construction of Larned.
George was a member of Peace Lutheran Church; a past Sunday school teacher
and choir member, all of Albert; past president of Larned Zoning Board,
Larned Men's Bowling Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars, all of
Larned. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Mark L. George of
Hutchinson; one daughter, Deana Morrison of Topeka; two brothers, Laurel
George of Larned and LoRay George of Albert; one sister, Irene Nagel of
Larned; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother,
Lloyd George; one halfbrother, Wayne Petersen; one sister, Irma Ell; and
one halfsister, Deborah Rose Petersen.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church of Albert with
the Rev. Ethan Feistner officiating. Burial will be at Peace Lutheran
Church Cemetery in Albert with military honors. Friends may call until 8
tonight and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, all at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in
Larned. Memorials are suggested to Larned Emergency Medical Service, in
care of the funeral home.

Fred 'Fritz' Lohrey 1918-2000
LA CROSSE - Fred "Fritz" Lohrey, 81, died April 9 at Hays Medical Center,
Hadley Campus in Hays. He was born Sept. 29, 1918, on a farm near Timken,
the son of Jacob and Mary Ickes Lohrey. He married Fern Lucille West April
23, 1946, at the Methodist Church in La Crosse. She died Feb. 28. He
attended Rush County schools and graduated from La Crosse High School. A
lifetime Rush County resident, he was a farmer on the family farm northeast
of La Crosse and operated the scales at Rush County Livestock Sale Barn for
many years.
Lohrey was a member of United Methodist Church of La Crosse.
Survivors include two sons, Fred Lee Lohrey of La Crosse and Gary Lohrey of
Bison; one sister, Naomi Scheuerman of La Crosse; and two grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Lohrey; and one sister, Linda.
Prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Janousek Funeral Home in
La Crosse. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev.
Kathy Bannister officiating. Graveside services will follow at La Crosse
City Cemetery in La Crosse. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. today and from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, all at the funeral home, and until service time
Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church or La Crosse
EMT, both in care of the funeral home.

Ralph E. Gisick 1908-2000
BISON - Ralph E. Gisick, 92, died April 9 at Rush County Memorial Hospital
in La Crosse. He was born Jan. 23, 1908, on a farm west of Timken, the son
of John and Emma Albright Gisick. He married Augusta M. Seuser April 18,
1933, at Bison. A lifetime Rush County resident, he was a farmer active in
soil conservation.
Gisick was a member of Bison Methodist Church, Wet Walnut Watershed Board,
Rush County Fair Board and was on the last Lone Star school board.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one daughter, Betty L. Seuser; two
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Melvin Gisick, Earl Gisick,
Harland Gisick and Clarence Gisick; and two sisters, Mabel and Edna.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Kathy
Bannister officiating. Graveside services will follow at Lone Star
Cemetery. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday,
all at Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse, and 11 a.m. until service time
Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church or Bison
EMT, both in care of the funeral home.

Margaret Louise Wilhelm 1926-2000
LAWRENCE - Margaret Louise Wilhelm, 74, died April 7 at Lawrence
Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence. She was born March 9, 1926, at Kansas City,
the daughter of David and Anna Barnett Wilhelm. She was a 1947 graduate of
St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend. A resident of Lawrence since
1948, coming from Great Bend, she was a registered nurse at Watkins
Memorial Hospital at KU, until retiring in 1974.
She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church at Lawrence.
Survivors include one brother, Paul Wilhelm of San Diego, Calif.; and one
sister, Nadine Wegner of Mundelein, Ill.
Inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Great Bend with
Nancy Mitchell, PMA, officiating. Memorials are suggested to Good Samaritan
Fund at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in
Lawrence.

Karen Cook Becker 1938-2000
The family of Karen Cook Becker, 62, who died April 8, will receive callers
from 6:30-8 tonight at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Juanita Welch 1915-2000
ST. JOHN - Juanita Welch, 84, died April 8 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. She was born April 16, 1915, at
Kingman, the daughter of William H. and Ethel Haen. She married Marion
Welch July 29, 1933, at Blackwell, Okla. He died June 2, 1982. A resident
of St. John, she was a municipal judge for St. John and a nurse's aide for
St. John Hospital.
Mrs. Welch was a member of Mother's Club and Bridge Club, both of St. John;
and Kansas Municipal Judge's Association.
Survivors include one son, Larry Welch of Lawrence; two daughters, Jana
Williamson of Casper, Wyo., and Marcia Koelsch of St. John; one brother,
Bill Haen of Hutchinson; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by one brother, Wayne Haen; and one sister, Mildred
Morgan.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Minnis Chapel in St. John. Burial
will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in St. John. Friends may call from 1-8
p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's
Disease Research or American Cancer Society, both in care of the funeral
home.

Faye Rozella Beaver 1912-2000
HUTCHINSON - Faye Rozella Beaver, 87, died April 8 at Hutchinson Hospital
in Hutchinson. She was born Dec. 2, 1912, at Mullinville, the daughter of
Fay Robinson and Pearl Treasure Vosburgh. She married Harley Beaver March
29, 1940, at St. John. He preceded her in death. She attended Hutchinson
and McPherson Junior Colleges. A resident of Hutchinson since 1994, having
lived in Tacoma, Wash., for 29 years and St. John for 25 years, she was a
supervisor for Goodwill Industries for 12 years and taught rural school in
Stafford County for four years.
Mrs. Beaver was a member of Eden Valley Church of the Brethren and past
president of the church Missionary Group and Ladies Aide Group, BPW,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, EHU-Kennelworth, 4-H Leader for Eden Valley
Hustlers Club, all of Stafford County.
Survivors include 14 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four
brothers, Clarence Vosburgh, Donald C. Vosburgh, Ed Vosburgh and Neil
Vosburgh; and three sisters, Leila Frederiksen, Lois Garrison and Florence
Riggs.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev. W. David
Albright officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in St. John.
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Minnis Chapel in St. John.
Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association or American Heart
Association, both in care of the funeral home.

Mabel Sarah Deckert 1907-2000
LARNED - Mabel Sarah Deckert, 92, died April 7 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Joseph Campus in Larned. She was born May 13, 1907, at
Portland, Ore., the daughter of James J. and Grave Mary Bennett Johnson.
She married Albun P. Deckert Aug. 24, 1928, at Pawnee Rock. He died July 9,
1984. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Deckert was a member of United Methodist Church of Larned.
Survivors include four sons, Marvin Deckert of Blue Springs, Mo., Ronald
Deckert of Napa, Calif., James Deckert of Kansas City, Mo., and Kenneth
Deckert of Wichita; one daughter, Marcia Rider of Olathe; seven
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
one brother, Emery Bennett; and one sister, Mary Longwell.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned
with the Rev. Charles Grant officiating. Burial will be at Larned Cemetery
in Larned. Friends may call until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Granville M. 'Mac' Bush 1920-2000
LYONS - Granville M. "Mac" Bush, 79, died April 7 at his home. He was born
July 15, 1920, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of Granville M. and Helen
Deford Bush. He married Letha Epperly Jan. 31, 1943, at Lawrence. He was a
graduate of Southwest High School in Kansas City, Mo., received his BA from
the University of Kansas in 1942, and his LLB from University of Kansas in
1948. A resident of Lyons for 52 years and seasonal summer resident of
Meeker Park, Colo., he was an attorney for more than 50 years, senior
partner with Bush, Bush and Shanelec, with offices in Lyons and Sterling,
was former Rice County Attorney and Lyons City Attorney and was counsel for
Lyons Hospital and numerous schools, including Sterling College in
Sterling.
Bush was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lyons, a former Elder and
Trustee and member of Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Phi. He was a World War II
U.S. Navy veteran, a communications instructor at Fort Schuyler, N.Y., and
was an officer aboard the USS George A. Johnson, serving in the Pacific and
Atlantic Theaters.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Granville M. Bush IV of
Sterling and John S. Bush of Lawrence; one daughter, Helen Louise Frick of
Kensington, Md.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Lyons with the Rev.
J. David Worthen officiating. Burial will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery in
Lyons. Friends may call 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the church. Memorials
are suggested to Lyons District Hospital Foundation or USD 405 Educational
Foundation, both in care of Kimple Funeral Home.

John R. Winder Jr. 1921-2000
NEWTON - John R. Winder Jr., 78, died April 7 at his home. He was born
Sept. 17, 1921, at Abbeyville, the son of John Reuben Sr. and Amy Belle
Schnurr Winder. He married Evelyn Hoyt Nov. 25, at Wichita. A resident of
Newton, he was a farm worker, worked for the War Department in Washington,
D.C., was a Reno County Courthouse Clerk, Santa Fe Passenger Agent and a
certified master gardener.
Winder was a member of St. Matthew's Church, serving as vestry clerk. He
was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a sergeant during World War II
from 1942-1946, and was a member of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, David James Winder of
Claremore, Okla.; two daughters, Lynda Diane Hurley of Livingston, N.J.,
and Debra Lynn Winder of Great Bend; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Joyce W.
Holmes officiating, with a graveside service at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at
Abbyville Cemetery in Abbeyville. Friends may call until 9 tonight with
family receiving friends from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight at Petersen Funeral Home
in Newton. Memorials are suggested to the church OEF Fund or American
Cancer Society, both in care of the funeral home.

Mrs. Casper A. (Loretta A.) Heinz 1907-2000
BUSHTON - Loretta A. Heinz, 90, died today at Ellinwood District Hospital
in Ellinwood, after a long illness. Survivors and funeral arrangements will
be announced by Kimple Inc. Funeral Home in Ellinwood.

Karen Cook Becker 1938-2000
Karen Cook Becker, 62, died April 8 at her residence. She was born March
10, 1938, at Larned, the daughter
of Herb and Margaret Louise Clutter Shallen-berger. She married Jack R.
Cook, Aug. 17, 1954, at Great Bend.
He died Aug. 7, 1984. She married Wayne H. Becker, Oct. 19, 1996, in Great
Bend. A resident of Great Bend for the past seven years coming here from
Weaubleau, Mo., she was a retired Realtor from Keenan Real Estate.
Mrs. Becker was a member of the First United Methodist Church, League of
Women Voters, Barton County Historical Society and Golden Belt Country
Club, all of Great Bend. She was a 1956 graduate of Great Bend High School.
Survivors include here husband of the home; two sons, Rock L. Cook of
Henley, Mo., and  Dale J. Cook of Jefferson City, Mo.; one daughter, Ginger
L. Cook of Springfield, Mo.; two stepsons, Rocky W. Becker of Seward and
Ricky D. Becker of Larned; two stepdaughters, Tammy A. Hayden and Teri K.
Stephenson, both of Great Bend; two grandchildren; and 10
step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Leigh A.
Wayne.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Dick Near
officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 9
a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home. Memorials are
suggested to the Barton County Historical Society.

Leona Sallee 1916-2000
ST. JOHN - Leona Sallee, 83, died April 6 at her home. She was born Dec.
10, 1916, in Stafford County, the daughter of William and Myrtle
Richardson. She married James Arthur Sallee, July 31, 1938, at St. John. He
died April 22, 1988. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Sallee was a member of the Church of Christ in St. John.
Survivors include four sons, Larry Sallee of Hutchinson, Terry Sallee of
St. John, Jim Sallee of West Point, Miss., and Bob Sallee of Puyallup,
Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by a daughter, Carolyn Brann-Fennewald; and two brothers, Clint
Richardson and Earl Richardson.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the church with the Revs. Carl Feril
and George Shelton officiating. Burial will be at Hilltop Cemetery in
Raymond. Friends may call  from 1-8 p.m. today at Minnis Chapel in St.
John. Memorials are suggested to Southwind Hospice of Pratt or Eldercare of
Great Bend.

Jessie Mae Ling  1920-2000
JETMORE - Jessie Mae Ling, 79, died April 6 at Hodgeman County Health
Center in Jetmore. She was born April 9, 1920, in rural Hodgeman County,
the daughter of Jasper and Emma Anderson Gibbs. A lifetime Jetmore
resident, she was Hodgeman County treasurer for 33 years and worked at the
ASCS office and Farmers State Bank.
Mrs. Ling was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist
Women, served on the hospital board, community concert associate, was past
president of the Kansas County Treasurer's Association and worked on the
rations board, all of Jetmore.
Survivors include one daughter, Rosanne Edwards of Jetmore; two brothers,
Jack Gibbs and Frank Gibbs, both of Jetmore; three grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan
Wittman; two brothers, Cecil Gibbs and Sidney Gibbs; and a granddaughter,
Heather Edwards.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Mitch Reece
officiating. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Jetmore. Friends may
call until 8 p.m. tonight at Beckwith Funeral Home in Jetmore. Memorials
are suggested to Hodgeman County Health Center or Jetmore Library, both in
care of the funeral home.

Loretta A. Hammer 1907-2000
DODGE CITY - Loretta A. Hammer, 92, died April 6 at Manor of the Plains in
Dodge City. She was born Dec. 30, 1907, at McCracken, the daughter of John
Francis and Margaret Cecelia Coleman. She married R.M. "Max" Washaliski
Dec. 5, 1925. He died Jan. 1, 1958. She married Dr. Carl E. Hammer March
27, 1965. He died June 28, 1983. She attended Common School at McCracken
and Dodge City Community College and received an LPN degree. A resident of
Dodge City since 1961, she was in nursing and health care having worked at
Ransom Hospital in Ransom, St. Anthony Hospital and two nursing homes and
was a special duty nurse, all in Dodge City.
Mrs. Hammer was a member of Grace Community Church of Dodge City.
Survivors include three daughters, Marguerite Holmes and Marietta Kirk,
both of Dodge City and Vivian L. Simmons of Hutchinson; two sons, R.M.
"Diz" Washaliski of McCracken and W.H. "Skip" Washaliski of Milton, Fla.;
nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one step grandson; and two
step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters; three
brothers; and one sister.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Swaim Funeral Home in Dodge City
with the Rev. Kirk Larson officiating. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m.
Saturday at McCracken City Cemetery in McCracken. Friends may call until 8
tonight at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church, Manor
of the Plains, Hospice of Reno County or donor's choice, all in care of the
funeral home.

Cloyce A. Conner 1934-2000
MEDICINE LODGE - Cloyce A. Conner, 65, died April 6 at his home. He was
born Oct. 16, 1934, at Galatea, Colo., the son of Clarence H. and Lena J.
Ford Conner. He married Shirley L. Williams Aug. 26, 1950, at Raton, New
Mexico. A resident of Medicine Lodge since 1973, coming from Crescent,
Okla., he was a driller in the oil field.
Conner was a member of Christian Church in Eads, Colo.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Cloyce A. "Butch" Conner
of McAlester, Okla.; three daughters, Donna Payne of Dover, Okla., Dora
Smiley of Shawnee, Okla., and Helen Roan-Roach of Ellinwood; one brother,
Clarence E. Conner of Lamar, Colo.; one sister, Carol Greenwell of Fort
Morgan, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey "Ned" Conner; one brother, Robert
Conner; and two sisters, Arlene Brower and Mary White.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Larrison-Forsyth Funeral
Home in Medicine Lodge with the Rev. Tom Walters officiating. There will be
no visitation. The body has been cremated. Memorials are suggested to
Southwind Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Lytle E. 'Ike' Forshee 1918-2000
HUTCHINSON - Lytle E. "Ike" Forshee, 81, died April 6 at Hutchinson
Hospice Residential Care Center in Hutchinson. He was born April 20, 1918,
at Farmington, Mo., the son of Paris G. and Ava Ann Queen Forshee. He
married Loretta Malone Nov. 27, 1941, at Chase. He was a 1936 graduate of
ElDorado High School in ElDorado. A resident of Hutchinson since 1976,
coming from Chase and ElDorado, he was assistant postmaster and a rural
mail carrier in Chase, having retired in May 1973.
Forshee was a member of Church of the Holy Cross in Hutchinson, Knights of
Columbus Council 612, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Harvest House, was a
charter nember of Knights of Columbus Council 7922 of Chase, a 4th Degree
Knight in the Columbus Assembly, was past president of National Association
Retired Federal Employees and RSVP Sheriff's Patrol. He was a U.S. Army
veteran having served under Gen. George Patton in the 3rd Army Division and
he received two bronze stars.
Survivors include three sons, Ron Forshee of Wichita, Kent Forshee of
Hutchinson and John Forshee of Enid, Okla.; one daughter, Elaine Forshee
Straub of Great Bend; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two
step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph Forshee
and John Forshee and three sisters, Thelma Morton, Florence Gatrell and
Maude Sydnor.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Brian J.
Egan officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson
with military graveside services conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Friends may call until 4 today at Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson. Memorials
are suggested to the church, Hospice of Reno County, Wesley Towers Good
Samaritan Fund, all in care of the funeral home.

Arthur L. Feltes 1922-2000
HAYS - Arthur L. Feltes, 77, died April 5 at Hays Medical Center in Hays.
He was born June 2, 1922, at Dubuque, the son of Nicholas J. and Marie
Hoffman Feltes. He married Anita Dreiling Oct. 8, 1947, at Victoria. A
resident of Hays, he was a farmer.
Feltes was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Hays and Knights of
Columbus Council 2794 in Gorham.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two brothers, Nick Feltis of
Golden, Colo., and Harold Feltis of Topeka; and two sisters, Marie Dechant
of Hays and Yvonne Schumacher of Victoria. He was preceded in death by one
brother, Edward Feltis; and two sisters, Cynthia Herrman and Mary McIntosh.
Parish vigil will be at 7 tonight followed by a Knights of Columbus 2794
rosary at 7:30, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hays. Funeral
will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Revs. Earl Befort and
Paulinus Karlin officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Hays.
Friends may call until 8 tonight and from 8:30 a.m. to service time
Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Thomas More
Prep-Marian High School or to the church, both in care of the funeral home.

Joseph M. 'Joey' Mahoney Jr. 1943-2000
RUSSELL - Joseph M. "Joey" Mahoney Jr., 57, died April 2 at Russell
Regional Hospital in Russell. He was born Feb. 26, 1943, at Russell, the
son of Joseph Martin and Maria C. Pivonka Mahoney. He graduated from high
school in Russell and received his BS degree in education at Fort Hays
State College. A resident of Russell for most of his life, he was
owner/manager of the John Deere agency in Russell, was involved in the
petroleum industry and recently was quality control manager at King of the
Road in Russell.
Mahoney was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, American Legion, Elks
Lodge and was a Veterans of Foreign Wars life member. He was a U.S. Army
veteran having served during peacetime.
Survivors include one daughter, Traci Backus of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers,
Tim Mahoney of Russell and John Mahoney of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three
sisters, Mary Ann Mahoney of Denver, Colo., Marj Dusay of New York City,
N.Y., and Kathy Dunn of Guymon, Okla.; and one grandchild.
Parish vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pohlman's Mortuary in Russell.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Charles
Steier officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in
Russell. Friends may call from 6-9 tonight and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday,
all at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Post Rock Chapter, Wild
Turkey Federation, in care of the funeral home.

Ethel Dorothy Duncan Kleck 1908-2000
Ethel Dorothy Duncan Kleck, 91, died April 3 at Topeka. She was born Sept.
24, 1908, at Clay County, the daughter of Homer and Elizabeth Gilliland
Duncan. She married Harold Kleck Jan. 10, 1934, at Wichita. He died Jan. 4,
1977. A resident of Great Bend since 1942, coming from Russell, she was a
homemaker.
Mrs. Kleck was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and attended First
Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Lenora McMillan of Topeka and Judy Tuttle
of Lawrence; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three
great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, George
Kleck; and all her brothers and sisters.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Great Bend Cemetery in Great
Bend with the Rev. Doyle Smith officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to
9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, all at Fryberger Mortuary
in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo, in care
of the funeral home.

Chester L. 'Chet' Smith 1924-2000
Chester L. "Chet" Smith, 75, died April 3 at Hospice Residential Care
Center, Hutchinson Hospital in Hutchinson. He was born Oct. 22, 1924, at
Great Bend, the son of Chester A. and Helen Florence Thorpe Smith. He
married Willa F. Nairn July 29, 1942, at Great Bend. A resident of Great
Bend for the past four years, coming from Pratt, he was a molding
supervisor for Hewlett Packard Company, retiring in 1974. He had formerly
worked for Lane Wells Company.
Smith was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, American Legion,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks and Disabled American Veterans. He was a
U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of the home; three sons, Kenneth L. Smith of
Grand Junction, Colo., Clinton R. Smith of Las Vegas, Nev., and Chester R.
Smith of Wichita; one brother, P.D. Smith of Great Bend; one sister, Lila
Gilpin of Hays; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Vigil service will be at 7 tonight at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in
Great Bend. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Rev.
Warren Stecklein officiating. Burial will be at Pawnee Rock Cemetery in
Pawnee Rock with military honors. Friends may call until 9 tonight at the
funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Reno County, American
Cancer Society or American Heart Association, all in care of the funeral
home.

Ethel Dorothy Kleck 1908-2000
Ethel Dorothy Kleck, 91, died April 3 at Topeka.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Fryberger Mortuary
in Great Bend.

Keith E. Moore 1936-2000
MOUNT HOPE - Keith E. Moore, 64, died April 3 at Hutchinson Hospital. He
was born Oct. 28, 1936, at Spearville, the son of Jess and Jessie Hartman
Moore. He married Pauline Pessetto Aug. 28, 1960, at Hutchinson. He
attended Mount Hope High School. A lifetime resident of Mount Hope, he
worked in maintenance for Kansas Department of Transportation, retiring
June 1998.
He was a volunteer fireman for Mount Hope.
Survivors include his wife of the home; and one brother, William Frank
Moore of Bushton.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fairlawn Burial Park in
Hutchinson with the Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Friends may call from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson and Sons Funeral Home in Hutchinson.
Memorials are suggested to Mount Hope Ambulance Fund or Mount Hope Library,
both in care of the funeral home.

William J. 'Bill' Haney 1923-2000
CLAFLIN - William J. "Bill" Haney, 76, died April 3 at Ellinwood District
Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born July 15, 1923, at Great Bend, the son of
Bruce and Rossa Sloniger Haney. He married Wanda L. Eggers Jan. 16, 1946,
at Claflin. A lifetime resident of the Claflin area, he was an oilfield
pumper for NCRA at Hitschmann, retiring after 34 years.
Haney was a member of Claflin United Methodist Church and a lifetime member
of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Mitch Haney of Great Bend;
one daughter, Karla Brown of Pratt; and five grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in
Great Bend with the Rev. William F. Johnson officiating. Burial will be at
Claflin Cemetery in Claflin. Friends may call until 9 tonight and from 9
a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested
to B-29 Memorial or Relay for Life, both in care of the funeral home.

Sophia T. Feist 1913-2000
CLAFLIN - Sophia T. Feist, 86, died April 3 at Plaza West Regional Health
Center in Topeka. She was born Sept. 17, 1913, at Claflin, the daughter of
Joseph E. and Anna Wolfel Reif. She married Anthony "Tony" J. Feist Nov.
29, 1939, at Claflin. He died Oct. 17, 1980. A lifetime resident of Claflin
before moving to Topeka in 1997, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Feist was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Altar
Society, both of Claflin.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ann Geer and Helen Wiedle, both of
Topeka; two sisters, Rose Magie of Great Bend and Margaret Hirsh of
Wichita; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in
death by two brothers, Frank Reif and Joseph Reif; and three sisters, Mary
Oberle, Anna Reif and Teresa Boman.
Altar Society rosary will be at 3 p.m. today with a vigil service at 7:30
p.m. tonight at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Funeral will be
at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. David Flagor
officiating. Burial will be at Claflin Cemetery in Claflin. Friends may
call until 9 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to
Claflin Ambulance Service, in care of the funeral home.

Chester L. Smith 1924-2000
Chester L. Smith, 75, died April 3 at Hospice Residential Care Center,
Hutchinson Hospital in Hutchinson.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians
Funeral Home in Great Bend.

Ruby Rebecca Dooley 1913-2000
KATY, Texas - Ruby Rebecca Dooley, 86, died March 3 in Texas. She was born
June 27, 1913, at Galatia, the daughter of Thomas Logan and Alice Ruth
Tullis Brown. She married Lambert Lee Dooley June 9, 1943, at Fresno,
Calif. He preceded her in death. A resident of Katy, coming from Tomball,
Texas, she was a retired school teacher.
Mrs. Dooley was a member of Golden Sheaf Chapter 226 in Great Bend.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Lee Dooley of Katy; one daughter, Alice
Ruth Dooley of Houston, Texas; one brother, Paul W. Brown of Manhattan; and
two grandchildren.
Funeral was held in Tomball. Burial was at Klein Memorial Park in Tomball.
Memorials are suggested to donor's choice, in care of Klein Funeral Home in
Tomball.

Dwight W. 'Nobby' Noblitt 1915-2000
HUTCHINSON - Dwight W. "Nobby" Noblitt, 85, died April 1 at Mennonite
Friendship Manor in South Hutchinson. He was born Feb. 15, 1915, at
Brookline Station, Mo., the son of George William and Treasia Alma Lloyd
Noblitt. He married Letha Elinor Barnes Jan. 12, 1957, at Hutchinson. A
longtime resident of Hutchinson, he had worked for the Great Bend Tribune
and Hutchinson News as a chief linetype machinist from 1943-1980.
Noblitt was a member of Hutchinson-Reno Masonic Lodge 243 AF and AM,
Hutchinson Typographical Local 243 and Ostomy Club, all of Hutchinson. He
was a U.S. Army National Guard veteran.
Survivors include his wife of the home; three daughters, Jeanne McCandless
of Tulsa, Okla., Carol L. Kregstad of Dresser, Wis., and Cynthia Ortego of
Hutchinson; one stepson, Edward L. Field of Topeka; two halfbrothers, Don
Noblitt of Great Bend and Robert Noblitt of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine
grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one
brother, Jack Noblitt; two halfbrothers, George Noblitt and David Noblitt;
two sisters, Edna Schreiber and Georgeanna Margheim; and one stepson,
Randall Field.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary Chapel in
Hutchinson with the Rev. Alan D. Stambaugh officiating. Burial will be at
Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson. Friends may call from 5-9 tonight and
5-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Tenth
Avenue Methodist Church or Hospice of Reno County, both in care of the
funeral home.

Gordon Dimmitt 1942-2000
MARIETTA, Ga. - Gordon Dimmitt, 57, died April 1 at Marietta. He was born
Sept. 28, 1942, the son of Ira Gordon and Mary Leona West Dimmitt. He
married Karen Lee Ziegler, formerly of Great Bend. He was a resident of
Marietta, having come from Springfield, Mo.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Tad Arron Dimmitt of
Marietta; his mother of Springfield; two brothers, Bobby Dimmitt of
Everton, Mo., and Michael Dimmitt of Ozark, Mo.; and three sisters, Joyce
Strader and Patty Elkins, both of Springfield, and Barbara Jarrell of
Newton.
Funeral will be Wednesday at Patterson and Son Funeral Home in Marietta.
Cremation will follow.

Betty Lou Storm 1928-2000
LA CROSSE - Betty Lou Storm, 71, died April 1 at La Crosse. She was born
July 18, 1928, at La Crosse, the daughter of Richard J. and Edith C.
Linenberger Storm. A resident of Rush County for most of her life, she was
a clerk at Fort Hays State University, La Crosse City Office and for many
years had owned a craft store in La Crosse.
She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Chamber of Commerce,
Board of Directors for Locust Grove Assisted Living and League of
Municipalities in La Crosse. She had been a volunteer in many community
organizations.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara S. Misegadis of La Crosse; one
brother, Richard "Don" Storm of Hutchinson; one sister, Norma A. Rothe of
Salina; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Rosary will be at 7 tonight at Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse. Funeral
will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Benjamin Martin
officiating. Friends may call until 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Rush County EMT or Locust Grove, in care of the
funeral home.

Edwin August 'Eddie' Stremel 1927-2000
Edwin August "Eddie" Stremel, 72, died March 31 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Rose Campus, in Great Bend. He was born May 24, 1927, at
Loretta, the son of Adam and Catherine Wasinger Stremel. He married Lillian
M. Pfannenstiel Aug. 16, 1948, at Munjor. A resident of Great Bend since
1966, coming from Loretta, he owned and operated Eddie Stremel Oil Service
and Repair. After retiring in 1996, he farmed.
Stremel was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and Knights of
Columbus, both in Great Bend.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Nick Stremel of Albert
and Sam Stremel of Great Bend; three daughters, Margie Linsner of Wichita,
Patti Denson of Knoxville, Tenn., and Vicki Gregory of Nashville, Tenn.;
two sisters, Mary Richmier of Hill City and Ann Heronema of Andrews, Texas;
13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by seven brothers, Ben Stremel, W.J. Stremel, Andrew Stremel, Leo Stremel,
Aloysius Stremel, Simplicious Stremel and Leonard Stremel; and three
sisters, Beata Wasinger, Sister Caroletta Stremel and Anna Stremel.
Vigil service will be at 7 tonight followed by a Knights of Columbus
rosary. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev.
Charles Mazouch officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in
Great Bend. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. today at Bryant-Christians
Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care
of the funeral home.

Randall Lee Ochs 1957-2000
HOISINGTON - Randall Lee Ochs, 42, died March 10 at his home. He was born
Oct. 2, 1957, at Dodge City, the son of Robert and Judy Scherman Ochs. A
lifetime resident of Hoisington, he had been a roughneck in the oil field.
Survivors include his mother of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one son, Aries Ochs
of Hays; three brothers, Dan Ochs of Bolivar, Mo., Robert Ochs of Del Rio,
Texas, and Jason Ochs of Enid, Okla.; four sisters, Merri Basque and Melody
Unrein, both of Oklahoma City, Esther Hughes of Hoisington and Lynnette
Rodes of Seattle, Wash. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Ochs.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. Nicholson-Ricke
Funeral Home in Hoisington in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert J. Herrman 1924-2000
LA CROSSE - Gilbert J. Herrman, 75, died March 30 at his home. He was born
April 19, 1924, at Liebenthal, the son of Leo and Rosa Legleiter Herrman.
He married Lillian M. Brungardt Jan. 12, 1948, at Liebenthal. A lifetime
resident of Rush County, he was an oil field worker.
Herrman was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in La Crosse and a
third degree member of Knights of Columbus in Liebenthal.
Survivors include his wife of the home; three sons, Arthur J. Herrman of
Maize, Stanley F. Herrman of Anchorage, Alaska, and Wayne L. Herrman of
Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Leon Herrman of Hays; six sisters, Florine
Daubert of Great Bend, Rose Johnson of Massachusetts, Leona Vsetecka of
Victory, Helen Medor of Pfeiffer, Agnes Randa of Liebenthal and Lucy
Herrman of La Crosse; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Julius Herrman and Jerome
Herrman; and five sisters, Mary Hooper, Wendy Herrman, Francis Herrman,
Dorothy Urban and Cecilia Herrman.
Parish rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight followed by a Knights of
Columbus rosary, both at Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse. Funeral Mass
will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Benjamin Martin
officiating. Burial will follow at the La Crosse City Cemetery in La
Crosse. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials
are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home.

Ronald D. 'Ron' Kroeger 1944-2000
WICHITA - Ronald D. "Ron" Kroeger, 55, died March 30 at Wichita. He was
born May 10, 1944, at Hays. A resident of Wichita, he was chief financial
officer for Ruffin Companies in Wichita.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Kroeger, of the home; one son, Paul
Kroeger of Wichita; and his mother and stepfather, Marie and Francis Zink
of Great Bend.
A memorial has been established with Hospice Inc., in care of Broadway
Mortuary in Wichita.

Velma K. Martin 1922-2000
HOISINGTON - Velma K. Martin, 78, died April 1 at Via Christi Regional
Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, in Wichita. She was born March 13,
1222, in rural Hoisington, the daughter of Cecil L. and Katie A. Ford
Keltner. She married John S. Martin May 4, 1942, at Great Bend. He died
Oct. 9, 1993. A lifetime resident of Hoisington who graduated from
Hoisington high school in 1939, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Martin was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Lydia
Circle of United Methodist Women, both of Hoisington. She attended a small
prayer group for 25 years and belonged to several social clubs.
Survivors include two sons, John D. Martin of Nairobi, Kenya, and Morris D.
Martin of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; one daughter, Mary Ruhlman of Surprise,
Ariz.; two brothers, Earl Keltner of Salina and Harold Keltner of Belton,
Mo.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by four brothers, Morris Keltner, Chester Keltner, Marvin Keltner and
Raymond Keltner.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Wayne
Flanders officiating. Burial will be at Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. tonight, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and 9-11:30
a.m. Tuesday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington, and from 12:30
p.m. to service time Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the
church or to Clara Barton Hospital Foundation, both in care of the funeral
home.

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