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Felix Herrman, Bronze Star recipient, dies at 87

Felix Herrman, 87, of St. Joseph Parish, Liebenthal, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit. He was born on December 26, 1925, in rural Rush County near Liebenthal, Kansas, the son of John L. and Katherine (Weber) Herrman.
He was a lifelong resident of Liebenthal until he resided in La Crosse in 2007. He was skilled in portrait drawing and as a guitarist. He authored booklets on the history of the Herrman family and his military service.
Mr. Herrman was a United States Army veteran of World War II, entering service in July 1944 at the age of 18. He was an infantryman in the Philippines, where he was the lone survivor of his unit assigned to secure the Villa Verde Trail along the foothills of the Caraballo Mountains in the Luzon Campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic actions he performed in the campaign, officially reported at that time as “some of the bloodiest fighting in the history of the United States Army.”
Survivors include two sisters, Isabelle A. Befort and JoHanna M. Herrman; and 11 nephews: Elmo and Roger Kuhn; Gary, Larry and Gregory Noller; Robert and Eugene Befort; William, Leo, John and Paul Basgall; and 8 nieces: Noller family -- Paula Jack and Wanda Sartorius; Herrman family -- Betty Shea, Juanita Farney, Jane King, Virgina Love and Linda Bolster; Basgall family -- Sylvia Gross.
Father Matthew Kumi presided.


Walter N. “Walt” Fleischmann, 70, of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Church, Great Bend, died  Dec. 15. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife, Darlene; two sons, Kevin and Barry Fleischmann; two daughters, Theresa Cregger and Gloria Fleischmann; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Mike Fleischmann; and one sister, Cordelia Fleischmann. Father Donald Bedore presided.

Melvin Patrick Kaiser, 83, of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Church, Great Bend, died Dec. 18, 2013. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 862. Survivors include three sons, Steve, Jim, and Stan; two daughters, Marcie Liebl and Sharon Feist; a sister, Mary Lou Ehrlich; two brothers, Jack and Gerald; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Father Ted Stoecklein presided.

Maxine M. Junger, 92, of Holy Rosary Parish, Medicine Lodge, died Dec. 18, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Arthur “Art” Junger; two sons, John and Eric “Rick” Junger; one brother, Kenneth Knoettgen; and several nieces and nephews. Father Firmin Kyaw presided.

John Loibl, 87, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. He was a 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 2955. Survivors include his wife, Liz Herrmann; three children, Barbara Loibl, Nancy Robertson, and Gregory Loibl; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Herrmann; sisters-in-law, Henrietta Schulte, Sister Barbara Ann Herrmann, Clara Schmitt, and D’Nelle Greenstreet; two grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. Father Terrance Klein presided.

Hazeltene “Babe” (Driscoll) Schremmer, of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hoisington, died Dec. 19, 2013. She was a member of the St. John Altar Society. Survivors include a son, Virgil Schremmer; two daughters, Miriam Wilborn and Marcia Schremmer; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Madison and Nolan Wilborn, Avery and Livvy Brewer, Chandler, Chase and Boston Bloomer, Tyler and Trammer McGuire and Taylor Pickering. Father Bob Schremmer and Father Anselm C. Eke presided.

Robert Lee Wolfe, 66, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Dec. 19, 2013. He was a 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 2955. He served in the United States Marine Corps attaining the rank of Sergeant and serving 2 tours in Vietnam. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Barry; his son, Michael; his daughter, Tiffany Carr; two brothers, Richard “Dick” Wolfe, Jr. and and Tim Wolfe; a sister, Diane Miller; and a grandson. Father Terrance Klein presided.

Harold Lee Smith, 84, of Sacred Heart Parish, Ness City, died on Dec. 19, 2013. Mr. Smith served his country in the United States Army during World War Two and then in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Survivors include nine children: Gary Lee Smith, Mona Magyar, Pancho Smith, Gertrude Summey, Teresa Williams, Rose Schultz, Morris Smith, Steve Erb-Smith, and Joe Smith; a brother, Melvin; a sister, Mary Jo Bradford Van Buren; 40 grandchildren, 14 step grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 17 step great-grandchildren; 11 step great great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Agnes Marie (Oberle) Hickel Hickey, 92, of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hoisington, died Dec. 22. She was a member of the Altar Society and the Daughters of Isabella. Survivors include four sons: Michael, Kenneth, Dennis and Ron Hickel; four daughters: Janice Nichols, Agnes Sheridan, Nancy Dimina, and Mary K. Rupe; two step-daughters: Ruth Berens and Patricia Schultz; two brothers: Victor Oberle and Paul Oberle; two sisters-in-law: Evelyn Cox and Catherine Demel; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren. Fathers Anselm Eke and Father Pascal Klein presided.

John Leslie Fitzsimmons Jr., 58, of St. Ann Parish, Olmitz, died Dec. 23, 2013.  Survivors include his loving wife, Kay; his mother, Ella Marie Born; one son, John Matthew Fitzsimmons; one daughter, Leslie Nicole Fitzsimmons; two sisters: Susan Fitzsimmons and Cindy Ball; a granddaughter; brother Kevin Stetler; nieces, Heather Wooten and Miah Ball; and nephews, James Anderson, Will Anderson, Broc Ball, Cody Stetler, Zach Stetler and Michael Stetler. Father Ultan Murphy presided.    
Jeanetta A. Dargel, 85, of St. Joseph Parish, Greensburg, died Dec. 21, 2013. Survivors include: a son; two daughters; a sister; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Elmer Grubbs Jr., 82,  of St. Anthony Parish, Lakin, died Dec. 25, 2013. He and his parents, Elmer and Flossie Wesson Grubbs, and sister performed as the “Sulpher Springs Hillbillies” for area dances and on the local radio station. For more than 30 years, he and his wife, Mary, played in various bands performing at nursing homes, senior centers and numerous school and community events. In addition to his wife, survivors include four children, Mary Lang, Patsy Hough, Dennis Grubbs, and Julie McCombs; a daughter-in-law, Helen Grubbs; a brother, Kenneth Grubbs; two sisters, Ralphie Harrod and Peggy Gamblin; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Juanita Hurley, 88, of the Cathedral of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Dec. 25, 2013. She is survived by siblings Phyllis Osborne, Blanche McCarty-Gibbs, John Davis, and Thelma Hammonds; sons Michael, Bradley, and Richard Hurley; daughter Jerolyn Mock, son-in-law Lewis Mock, daughter-in-law Micki Hurley; two granddaughters and a great-grandson Cyan Putnam. Father Terrance Klein presided.

Patricia Delatorre, 33, of St. Anthony Parish, Liberal, died Dec. 19, 2013. She is survived by her parents, Doroteo and Maria (Rivera) Delatorre; a son, Ramon S. Hernandez; two daughters, Natalie Portillo and Jackie C. De La Torre; and two brothers, Hector Gabriel De La Torre and Francisco De La Torre.

Jayce Elon Ibarra and Jasper Rey Ibarra, twin brothers, age one, of Sacred Heart Parish, Pratt, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. They are survived by their parents, Ramon and Destry  two brothers, Alex Ibarra and Aiden Crow; their maternal grandparents, Don Chalker, Selena Chalker and Bill McDonald; paternal grandparents, Maria and Domingo Ibarra; maternal great-grandfather, Clyde Phelps; paternal great-grandmother, Sara Ibarra; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Father Floyd McKinney presided.

Robert Martin Ryan Jr., 56, of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Liberal, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Shawna Condit; two sons, Joseph and Thomas; two daughters, Ann Ryan and Amy Cifuentes; one brother; five sisters; and one grandson, Silas Cifuentes.

Homero L. Esquivel, 70, of Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Ulysses, died Dec. 27, 2013. Survivors include two sons, Homero Esquivel Jr., and Henry Esquivel; three daughters, Isabel Esquivel, Angielee LeNeve, and Andria Mondragon; four sisters, Betrice Cruz, Santos Medellin, Rita Castillo and Juanita Martinez; 13 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Pauline C. Durler, 89, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Dec. 29, 2013. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Altar Society. Survivors include three sons, Jerome, Maurice, and Kevin; daughter, Ethel Schneweis; son-in-law, Steve Nufer; two sisters, Elizabeth Ackerman and Sister Ancilla Schawe; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Father Ted A. Skalsky presided.

Jose Juan Guzman Rodriguez, 31, of Sacred Heart Parish, Ness City, died Dec. 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Abigail Rodriguez; three children: Jose, Miriam and Betsabe Guzman Rodriguez; his mother Maria Del Rosario Rodriguez; four brothers, Osvaldo, Pedro, and Ezequiel, and Rolando Guzman; and his sister Santa Guzman.

Lucian “Curly” Hessman, 92, of Windthorst, died Dec. 28, 2013. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his brother, Henry Hessman and his sister, Adeline Hessman. Father Ted Skalsky, Father Rene Labrador and Deacon Dwaine Lampe presided.

Teresa Sue Valles, 47, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Dodge City, died Dec. 31, 2013. She was born May 24, 1966, to Barbara (Jones) Baray. Teresa is survived by her husband, Artemio Valles; three daughters, Brooke Benavente, Sonya Barron, and Rachael Corona; two sons, Misael Valles and Jose Adrian Barron, Jr.; eight grandchildren; her mother, Barbara Baray; and three sisters, Brenda Hernandez, Julie Esparza and Elena Molina. Father Ted Skalsky presided.

Maxine (Whisennand) Robebeaux, 74, of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Elkhart, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Survivors include three daughters; Joan Sanders, Patricia Woodward, and Andrea Robertson; three brothers; Joe, Jon  and Jack Whisennand; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Douglas Lorson, 55, of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima, Great Bend, died Jan. 3, 2014. Survivors include his brother, Duke; sisters: Pam Coleman and Virginia McCartney; nieces, Jill and Brooke; and nephew, Grant.

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