SCOTT CITY - Norman G. Medina, 58, passed away on Oct. 2, 2016, at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City. Born Jan. 26, 1958, in Scott City, he was the son of Jess and Dolores Torrez Medina. A resident of Scott City since 2013, moving from Garden City, he was the owner and operator of his trucking company, Pure Country, and then worked for CHS for the past six years. On May 16, 2010, he married Cynthia Bitner in Reno, Nev. She survives.
ELLINWOOD - Vada Lucille Yarmer, 89, passed away Oct. 4, 2016, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 19, 1926, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Gertrude Mae (Huffman) Yarmer. She was a lifetime resident of Ellinwood.
B. Marie Marcum, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct. 5, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living. She was born April 23, 1923, at Lucas, the daughter of Orville and Martha (Hendrick) Parks. When she was three, her family moved to a farm near Sylvan Grove. She graduated from Sylvan Grove High School in 1941.
David R. Martinez, 54, passed away suddenly on Oct. 2, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born on May 6, 1962, at San Antonio, Texas he was the son of Rudy and Mary Lou (Ramirez) Martinez. He attended Gould High School at Gould, Okla. where he excelled at basketball. He later moved to Arkansas where he worked in sheet metal production for 19 years. David had been a resident of Great Bend for the last four years. He loved fishing, yardwork, sports of all kinds, and being with his family. David was known for his big smile and playful manner.
Christine O. "Chris" Keeler, 78, died Oct. 2, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 2, 1938, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Donovan and Mary (Risse) Neeland. On. Aug. 6, 1960, she married Charles Keeler in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend she was a homemaker. She was an avid bridge player.
ORMOND BEACH Fla. - Reita A Dorei Powell, 80, died Sept. 21, 2016, at Ormond Beach, Fla. Born Oct. 18, 1935, in Mclouth, she was the daughter of Harold McAferty and Louise Boutwell McAferty. On Aug. 29, 1954, She married William Dorei at McLouth. He preceded her in death on June 29, 1993. She married Donald Powell on May 16, 1994. She was a McLouth resident and then a 20 year resident of Ormond-By-the-Sea. She was active in farming until 1993.
LARNED- Barbara J. Manka, 75, passed away Oct. 2, 2016 at Golden Living Center, Wilson. Born Dec. 5, 1940 in Larned, she was the daughter of John F. and Edna Firestone Arnold. A lifetime area resident she was a switch board operator for the Larned State Hospital and also worked at Southwestern Bell.
HAYS - Lawrence A. "Lon" Proffitt, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at the Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving, Texas. Born June 15, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of Joseph Martin Chiri and Marjorie (Finlay) Chiri - Proffitt.
Juanita May "Nita" Ratzlaff, 73, died Sept. 27, 2016, at her home in Great Bend. Born May 1, 1943, at Beldenville, Wis., she was the daughter of John and Mildred (Klein) Gilbertson. She was a waitress and manager of Hong Kong Restaurant and also had a painting business. She raised and showed Persian cats, and enjoyed cooking, gardening and yardwork.
Duane Lee Huntwork, 78, died Sept. 26, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born March 16, 1938, at Huron, S.D., he was the son of Ralph and Doris (Skinner) Huntwork. After their deaths, Duane was raised by his guardian-aunt, Bernice Forber and her husband Frank. On March 9, 1958, he married Margaret Ball at Severy. A Great Bend resident since 1974, coming from Wichita, he was a journeyman plumber for Peterson Mechanical. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and sports.
LARNED - Inez Leona (Birzer) Giessel, 90, passed away Sept. 29, 2016, at the Arbor Court Retirement Community in Topeka. She was born Jan. 16, 1926, in Rural Barton County, a mile east of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, north of Ellinwood, the 16th of 18 children born to Joseph and Mathilda (Beran) Birzer. She graduated from the eighth grade at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School. On Feb. 11, 1947, she married John Jacob Giessel and they began their life together on the farm northwest of Larned. He passed away April 13, 1985.