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    John V. “Wolfie” Wolfe

    John V. “Wolfie” Wolfe, 52, died on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin. He was born on Feb. 28, 1967, in Garden City, the son of Ronald Eugene and Dorothy Jeanne (Brewer) Wolfe.John was mentally and physically handicapped at birth and at the age of 5 he entered Winfield State Hospital. In 1995, he was moved to Garden City to live in a group home. John was cared for by Sunflower Home Health and later Mosaic.Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. […]

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    Harry Laurence Ferguson

    Harry Ferguson, 55, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at his residence in Hugoton. Harry, the son of Robert Joseph Ferguson and Helen Irene (Mitchell) Peterson, was born June 12, 1964, in Mobile, Ala.He and Bobbi Unruh were married June 4, 1988, in Pittsburg, Kan. To this union were two children, Christopher and Courtney.He is survived by wife, Bobbi Ferguson of Hugoton; son, Christopher Ferguson of Omaha, Neb.; and daughter, Courtney Esarey of Hugoton.Memorial service is 2 p. […]

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    Dennis L. Wheeler

    ULYSSES — Dennis L. Wheeler, 73, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita after a brief illness. He was born on May 8, 1946, at Leopold Hospital in Garden City to Russell and Dorothy (Yohn) Wheeler.He attended Ulysses grade schools and Grant County Rural High School, graduating with the class of 1964. On June 18, 1967, he married Susan Ann Lock in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of […]

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    Loren Thompson

    MACKSVILLE – Loren Thompson, 91, passed away Nov. 13, 2019 in Macksville, KS. Loren was born in 1928 in rural Edwards County, Kansas, the son of Fred Thompson, and Leila (Reese). Loren attended school and helped work the family farm in Trousdale, Kansas, where he met and married, Peggy Johnson, in 1948. The couple relocated to Syracuse, Kansas in 1950, where they farmed and raised their family. Loren farmed north of Syracuse for many years, and he also worked as a heavy […]

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    Eugene Palmer

    Walter Eugene Palmer, 82, died Nov. 12, 2019, at home with his family by his side. Oldest son of Walter “Pete” and Eva Palmer, Eugene was born in Garden City on Jan. 20, 1937.He attended school in Garden City and put himself through college at the University of Kansas. He graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering and worked for Amoco his entire career.In 1962, he married his “queen bee” Phyllis and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage and had two […]

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    Rhonda Lois Shipley

    Rhonda Lois Shipley, 62, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. She was born Dec. 29, 1956, in Augsburg, Germany, the daughter of Donald Eugene and Barbara Lois (Fancher) Hanley.Rhonda lived with her family in various places throughout the world. On June 13, 1973, she married Warren F. Shipley II in Scott City. They moved to Garden City in 1976 where they have lived since. A homemaker, Rhonda later graduated from the Garden City Community College School […]

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    William M. “Bill” Wright

    William M. “Bill” Wright, 62, died on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Mercy Hospital Springfield, Mo. He was born on May 14, 1957, in Garden City, the son of Milton William & Elsie Faye Wright.Bill was a lifetime resident of Scott City until 2017 moving to Strafford, Mo. He worked for Scott County Road Department and Concrete Industries until retiring.He is survived by his two daughters, Michelle Nix of Scott City and Billie Jo Mortimore of Scott City; three sons, […]

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    Edwin C. “Chip” Knight Jr.

    Edwin C. “Chip” Knight Jr. died on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at Orchard Gardens Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care Center in Wichita. He was born on Nov. 10, 1953, to Edwin C. Knight Sr. and Jane Ann Sheehan Knight in Danville, Va. He grew up in “the last capital of the Confederacy,” as he liked to tell people.Chip worked for the Garden City Police Department, 25th Judicial District Community Corrections and Area Mental Health Center (Compass Behavioral […]

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    Wayne F. Miller

    DEERFIELD — Wayne F. Miller, 83, died on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin. He was born on Nov. 2, 1936, at Garden City, the son of Ted E. & Emma M. (Urie) Miller.He married Carol Jean Wolff on May 31, 1958, at Garden City.Wayne attended a country school and graduated from high school in Kearny County. He then earned his bachelor’s of science in history and agriculture from Fort Hays State University. He returned to […]

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    Neva Louise Koehn

    MONTEZUMA — Neva Louise Koehn, 88, died quietly on Nov. 10, 2019, in her room at Bethel Home in Montezuma in the evening hours. She was born on July 9, 1931, to Frank and Hannah Gearig Eicher in Alma, Mich.Mom grew up on a farm close to Ithaca, Mich., receiving her formal education in a one room schoolhouse a mile south of home. She was baptized as a young teenager in Ithaca.She was married to me, LeRoy Koehn on Oct. 12, 1958. Two sons and two daughters […]

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    Bret Wayne Mitchell

    On Monday evening, November 5, 2019, Bret Wayne Mitchell passed away from this life to the next where he “will run and not be weary….walk and not be faint.”Born in Guymon, Oklahoma, on January 20, 1962, Bret was the fourth child of Duane and Yvonne Mitchell. He was born with a cleft lip and palate and spent his first two months in the hospital. He would later need eye surgery to correct crossed eyes and, due to a club foot, he also wore braces on his legs. In spite of […]

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    Owen L. Kepley

    ULYSSES — Owen L. Kepley, 79, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. He was born Feb. 8, 1940, in Ulysses, the son of Merle and Jewel (Withrow) Kepley.He was stationed on both sides of the Pacific Ocean during his 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Vietnam War. While stationed in Vallejo, California, he married Kay Baggett in Reno, Nev. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 30, 2019.After […]

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    Reta Mae Dale

    LAKIN — Reta Mae Dale, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at her home in Lakin. She was born June 22, 1935, in Tucson, Ariz., the daughter of Arthur Elwood and Eunice (Conatser) Smith.Reta grew up as a young child in Joplin, Mo. In 1950, she moved with her family to Garden City where she attended Garden City schools. On June 30, 1961, she married James Lee “Jim” Dale Walsenburg, Colo. They later moved to Lakin in 1971 and have lived there since. A […]

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    James Lee “Jim” Dale

    LAKIN — James Lee “Jim” Dale, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at his home in Lakin. He was born Sept. 18, 1935, in Dodge City, the son of Percy and Clara (Johnson) Dale.Jim grew up in Garden City where he attended Garden City schools and graduated from Garden City High School in 1953. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On June 30, 1961, he married Reta Mae Smith in Walsenburg, Colo.They later moved to Lakin in […]

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    Bobby Oder

    HUGOTON — Bobby Oder, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Stevens County Hospital in Hugoton. The son of Wayne Joseph and Margret (Hamilton) Oder, he was born Jan. 19, 1931, at Stevens County.He was born on his grandfather’s farm and was the oldest of three children. He was a lifetime resident of Hugoton. He and Claudine Mae (Beavers) Oder were married May 27, 1950, in Liberal. She preceded him in death Sept. 30, 2003.He was survived by his two sons, Fred […]

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    Rick Schreibvogel

    Rick Schreibvogel, 62, died on Oct. 23, 2019, at his home in Pierre, S.D. He was born on May 7, 1957, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Richard and Betty (Ray) Schreibvogel.He moved to Garden City in 1959 with family and graduated from Holcomb High School. He attended Liberal VO Tech schools and received his associate’s degree from Garden City Community College.He is survived by special friend, Bonnie Wiehoff; mother, Betty; two children, Andy Schreibvogel and Brooke Tredwell; two […]

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    Peggy Lee White

    Peggy Lee White, 67, of Siloam Springs, Ark., died at her home on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Peggy was born on Aug. 15, 1952, in Garden City, the daughter of William Oliver Knight and Pauline Leatherberry Knight.She married Stephen A. White on April 24, 1993, in Lewisville, Texas. As a devout baker, Peggy owned and operated Piece of Cake in Siloam Springs for several years.She is survived by her husband, Stephen White of the home; two sons, Jeffrey Becker and Thomas Becker, both […]

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    Deborah Jeanette Davis

    Deborah Jeanette Davis was born June 18, 1960, in Pierceville to Floyd and Shirley Davis.She is survived by her brother, Dennis; son, Christopher, daughter, Cassi, and granddaughters, Anna Ray and Cam.An ode to my sweet Deb, by partner David Tabor:She left this Earthly Visit on Oct. 30, 2019, at age 59.She is an Authentic Lover of Life and Adventure. A modern day Hippie/Bohemian. She is a True Blossoming Flower of the Earth, enriched by the Earth but in turn […]

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    Gigi Rowland

    Gigi Rowland, 61, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. She was born June 2, 1958, in Lakin, the daughter of Roy and Jenny (Martinez) Rowland.Gigi grew up and attended schools in Garden City. She graduated from Garden City High School in 1976. Gigi remained in Garden City until the 1990s when she moved to Wichita. Gigi worked for the Finney County Sheriff’s Office and UPS. She also served in the Kansas Army National Guard. An avid sports […]

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    Gary Lee Painter

    ELKHART — Gary Lee Painter, 74, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in his home after a long battle with heart disease. He was born Aug. 13, 1945, in Williston, N.D., the son of Homer Milton and Jeanna Mae (Stai-Benish) Painter.Gary attended school in Alexander, N.D. At an early age, Gary helped his dad on the farm, which became his lifetime love of farming. Gary had eleven siblings, Lane, Lewis, Sharon, Marva, Patty, Carla, Melody, Ryan, Lisa, Ronda and David. In 1967, […]

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    Adrian Nuñez

    ULYSSES — Adrian Nuñez, 31, of Liberal died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Liberal. He was born Jan. 11, 1988, in Garden City, the son of Erasmo and Sylvia (Baeza) Nuñez.Adrian grew up in Ulysses and graduated from Goddard High School. He then attended the Energy Training Center at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Okla., and became a certified wind technician. He was currently employed at JB Well Service as an operator on a pulling rig. […]

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    Virgil Earl “Sonny” Martin

    DIGHTON — Virgil Earl “Sonny” Martin, 82, died on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Lane County Hospital in Dighton. He was born on Feb. 21, 1937, in Garden City, the son of Roy Miles and Leah Elizabeth (Litzenberger) Martin.He married Elsie F. Burnett on Sept. 11, 1960, in Dighton.Sonny attended Sunrise Country School in Finney County. He served in the 21st Artillery Division of the United States Army. He ultimately went to work for the Farmers Co- […]

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    Larry Dean Schultz

    Larry Dean Schultz, 53, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. He was born Oct. 23, 1965, in Osborne, Kan., the son of Richard & Nola (Brown) Schultz.Larry grew up and attended school in Lucas where he graduated from high school in 1984. On Sept. 19, 1987, he married Cynthia Marie Eck in Lucas, Kan. They later moved to Garden City. A truck driver, Larry worked in dirt construction. He later worked for Lightner Welding Supply and Heat Waves Hot Oil […]

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    Dave J. Frank

    Dave J. Frank, 64, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. He was born May 4, 1955, in Hays, the son of Thomas and Dolores (Denning) Frank.As a child, Dave moved with his family to Westminster, Colo., where he attended school and graduated from Westminster High School. On June 28, 1975, he married Monica J. Perkins in Westminster, Colo. They later moved to Garden City in 1988 and have lived there since. Dave first worked for Reeve Cattle Co. in Garden City […]

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    Marilyn Hampton

    ULYSSES — Marilyn Hampton, 91, died on Nov. 1, 2019, in the same small town and on the same land she grew up on. Marilyn was born in Blue Mound, Kan., to parents Harold and Erma (Smith) Green on Sept. 9, 1928, just before the Great Depression.She was one of 23 kids in the Blue Mound High School Class of 1946. Her first job was a telephone operator manually connecting calls. Marilyn rationed during WWII and prayed that the war would be over before her boyfriend, […]

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    Edward E. Wiatt

    LAKIN — Edward E. Wiatt, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Lakin United Methodist Church in Lakin. Burial will follow at the Lakin Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to the Lakin United Methodist Church, the Kearny County Senior Center or High Plains Retirement Village, all in care of Garnand Funeral […]

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    Paul “PIII” Ivan Younger

    DIGHTON — Paul “PIII” Ivan Younger, 69, died on Tuesday Oct. 8, 2019, in Lane County. He was born on April 20, 1950, in Cozad, Neb., the son of Paul and Helen (Hamit) Younger.PIII attended Ransom Schools and was drafted into the service his senior year. He spent most of his adult life in Dighton. Most knew him as a trucker for S&S and later JCM Trucking where he carried the handle “Mad Dog.”He is survived by his son, Cole Younger […]

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    Gerald “Jerry” Lee Coyle

    LIBERAL — Gerald “Jerry” Lee Coyle, 81, of Turpin, Okla., died Oct. 26, 2019, near Ulysses. He was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Taloga, Okla., to Andrew and Arzella Kolby Coyle.He went to Fairview High School and later earned his GED, which he was very proud of. On June 10, 1967, Jerry married Wilma Ann Houska in Fairview, Okla. She died May 12, 2009. Jerry formed WAC (Wilma Ann Coyle) pumping, a Gas and Oil Exploration Company. He was very proud to […]

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    Ray “Pat” H. Calihan

    Ray “Pat” H. Calihan, 92, died peacefully at his home on Oct. 18, 2019, in Gold Canyon, Ariz. He was born Jan. 8, 1927, in Garden City to Ray and Winifred Calihan.In 1949, he married the late Roselle Yakle and raised a son, Mike, and three daughters, Cathi, Janice and Boni. In 1981, he married Lillian Valenzuela.Pat enlisted and served his country as a sergeant in the army during WWII. Following his service in the army, Pat graduated from both the University of Kansas and […]

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    Yaneth “Jenny” Frias Martinez

    Yaneth “Jenny” Frias Martinez, 37, died Friday Oct. 18, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. She was born March 9, 1982, in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, the daughter of Frank E. Frias and Virginia Martinez Yu.Jenny grew up and attended schools in Garden City before graduating from Sublette High School.She is survived by her children, Vicky Frias of Garden City, Ever Ramirez of Garden City and Kevin Lee Frias of Leoti; mother, Virginia Frias of Garden City; brother, Frankie Frias of Garden City; […]

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    Robert Steele

    Robert Allen Steele, 65, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at his home in Elkhart. He was born on Oct. 7, 1954, the son of T.M. “Butch” Steele and Deenie Steele. Bob was a truck driver for much of his life.Bob is survived by his step-mother, Karen Steele Rodriguez; sister, Roxanna Chana, Dianna Steele of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lisa Burke of Boulder, Colo. He is preceded in death by his parents.With respect for Bob’s wishes, there will be no public funeral […]

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    Billy Ray Henson

    NEWTON — Billy Ray Henson, 72, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at Newton Medical Center in Newton, Kan. He was born April 1, 1947, in Seymour, Mo., the son of Hiram and Alta (Henry) Henson.Billy moved to Ulysses with his family at a young age. He attended Ulysses schools until he entered U.S. Naval training in Great Lakes, Ill. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1968 after serving aboard during the Vietnam War.Billy married Marsha […]

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    Shirley J. Anderson

    Shirley J. Anderson, 85, died on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City. She was born on April 3, 1934, in Great Bend, the daughter of Harold and Vera L. (Smith) Beasley.She married Charles J. Anderson on Feb. 22, 1953, in Deerfield. He died on Oct. 29, 2000. Shirley spent her early years in Great Bend and then graduated from Leoti High School. After her marriage, she moved to Garden City where she was a homemaker. Her passion was her family. […]

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    Robert James Esslinger

    Robert James Esslinger, 79, died on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at his home in Garden City. He was born on July 10, 1940, in Concordia, Kan., the son of Merlin Joseph and Louis Mae Lambert Esslinger.He worked as a farmer all of his life. On Nov. 21, 1974, he married Pamela June Staats in Garden City. She died on June 26, 2008.He is survived by three children, Michelle Watson of Basehor, Kan., Brent Esslinger and wife Marsha of Garden City and Jami Trevino and husband Joe of […]