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Gene Duarte

Aug 27, 1948 - Nov 08, 2023

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Hutchinson, KS

Gene Steven "Stevie" Duarte passed from this life on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at his home in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was 75 years old. He was born August 27, 1948 in Granada, Colorado to Trinidad and Ruth (Vargas) Duarte. Stevie had a passion for art, especially woodworking. He used his creative skills in his career as a master machinist for much of his life. He had the opportunity to work on the reproduction of the Apollo 13 space shuttle for the movie Apollo 13 between 1994 and 1995. His wor...Read More

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Carolyn Jean (Sasse) Gillen

Sep 01, 1944 - Feb 25, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Carolyn Jean (Sasse) Gillen, 79, died February 25, 2024, at Reflection Living Hutchinson. She was born September 1, 1944, in Smith County to Albert Sasse and Rosina (Zabel) Sasse. Carolyn was a 1962 graduate of Gaylord High School, Gaylord, KS. She graduated in 1966 from Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS, with a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics. She worked at TECH, Inc. as an admissions counselor, retiring with over 30 years of service. Carolyn was a member of Church of the Holy Cross, Hutchinson, KS. On November 25, 1972, Carolyn married Robert ‘Bob’ Ignatius Gillen in Hutchinson, KS. They shared over 44 years of marriage, prior to his death on January 9, 2017. She is survived by: her children, Stuart (Ginger) Gillen of Leander, TX, Christine (Jeff) Schletzbaum of Hutchinson, KS, and Gretchen Gillen of Saint Louis, MO; grandchildren, Kayla Gillen, Sydney Gillen, Zachary Schletzbaum, Gillian Schletzbaum, and Tyler Schletzbaum; and sister, Arlene Benn of Smith Center, KS. Carolyn was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; brother, Maynard Sasse; and sisters, Dorine Kuhlmann and Verna Dusin. Parish Rosary will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2024, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Holy Cross, 2631 Independence Road, Hutchinson, KS. Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2024, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 5905 W. 4th Avenue, Hutchinson, KS. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Church of the Holy Cross or TECH, Inc., in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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Carl Joe Schield

Oct 12, 1934 - Feb 25, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Carl Joe Schield, 89, of Hutchinson, KS, formerly of Medicine Lodge, KS, died Sunday, February 25, 2024 at Good Samaritan Society, Hutchinson Village.He was born on October 12, 1934 in Plains, KS, the son of Peter Joseph “Pete” Schield and Ruby Faye (Hoskinson) Schield. On September 6, 1953, he married Margaret Joanne (Clymer) Schield in Liberal, KS. She survives.Carl was a Production Superintendent in the oil field and a member of the First Christian Church of Medicine Lodge, KS. Carl and his wife Joanne were residents of Greensburg, KS, before relocating to Medicine Lodge, KS after the tornado in 2007.Surviving in addition to his wife, Joanne Schield are two sons,Terry (Janet) Schield of Hutchinson, KS and Doug (Kim) Schield of Clermont, FL; three grandchildren, Peter (Jennifer) Schield, Amy (Jake) Bauer and Alexa (Joe) Olson; Eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.Carl was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Eugene, Edward and Robert Schield and one sister, Dorothy Hardaway.Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church, Medicine Lodge, KS with Pastor Tom Walters officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Plains Cemetery, Plains, KS.Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in care of Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.

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Gary P. Geist

Jan 04, 1944 - Feb 23, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Gary P. Geist, 80, of Hutchinson, died February 23, 2024, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born January 4, 1944, in Hutchinson, to Wilbur Paul and Willdene (Miller) Geist.Gary graduated from Boulder High School, Boulder, CO, in 1963. During his life, he worked for Mid America Pipeline and local school districts as a janitor, amongst others. Gary enjoyed camping, fishing, bird watching, and his dogs, Lacy and Pedro. His humor and love will be missed.He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Gary was a member of the First United Methodist Church.On March 27, 1991, he married Janice Pauline Ratlief in Hutchinson. They shared over 32 years of marriage before his passing.Gary is survived by: his wife, Janice “Jan” Geist, Hutchinson; son, Russell “Rusty Geist, Derago, CO; daughter, Deborah May (Charles) Castinado, Hoover, Alabama; step-son, Don (Cindy) Gruver, Newton, KS; step-daughter, Blythe (Tim) Wilkinson, Hutchinson; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Beverly Ray.Cremation has taken place. There is no service scheduled at this time.

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Carolyn A. Mildfelt

Aug 01, 1944 - Feb 24, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Carolyn A. Mildfelt, age 79 went home to be with the Lord on the 24th day of February 2024, in Hutchinson, KS. She was born August 1, 1944, in Leavenworth, KS, the daughter of Lucian Baker (Sarge) Wilson and Dorthy M. Wilson. In 1951, Carolyn moved to Hutchinson and attended schools in Hutchinson and received her GED. She went on to attend nursing school in McPherson where she obtained her Licensed Practical Nursing certificate of class 23. She went on to work in area nursing homes and private duty nursing. She married Gerald Lee Martin on December 10, 1959, in Newton, KS and later divorced. She remarried Walter Mildfelt Jr. On March 22, 1981, in Hutchinson, KS and was preceded in death on May 26, 2000. She was a member of Riverside Baptist Church of Hutchinson and attended other churches in the area as well. She is survived by one son, Gerald (Jerry) Martin Jr. Of the home; two daughters, Lucinda (Cindy) Miller of Onaga, KS and Lori Strong (Rick Sands) of Rogers, AR; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and many other relatives and family friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; her late husband Walt; son, James Christopher Martin; son-in-law, Scott Miller; brother, Larry Ray Miller, and granddaughter, Brandi Dawn Miller. A funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, 300 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson, KS with Pastor Charles Crumble Sr. officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel. The burial will take place at Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, KS. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Childrens Hospital and can be sent in care of Hutchinson Funeral Chapel.

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Kenneth Herman Rose

Jun 17, 1933 - Feb 22, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Kenneth Herman Rose, 90, of Hutchinson, died February 22, 2024, at Welsey Towers, Hutchinson. He was born June 17, 1933, on the family farm near Bloomfield in Knox County, NE, to Herman Philip and Emma (Hinzmann) Rose. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, having volunteered for the draft to earn the GI Bill, and then learned that was a hazardous way to fund an education. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS), now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Agency. He worked for SCS for the next 37 years in several northeast Nebraska locations before transferring to Rochester, MN, and eventually Hutchinson, KS. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, the American Legion Lyle Rishel Post #68, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and the National Rifle Association. Kenneth enjoyed employing his creativity with wood-working and stained-glass projects, which he normally gifted to family and friends. He also enjoyed his weekday morning coffee gatherings with friends at Spangles Restaurant, and the activities and events offered at the Delos V Smith Senior Citizens Center and Foundation. On December 22, 1955, he made what he felt was the best decision of his life and married his Bloomfield High School sweetheart Vivian Boland. Their oldest child Douglas Kenneth Rose was born in 1959 and succumbed to a glioblastoma brain cancer in 2010. In addition to Vivian, Kenneth is survived by daughter, Kellye Jean Rose and her husband Brent Gregoire of Burnsville, MN, daughter-in-law, Erica Bergsland of Edina, MN, grand-children Emily Rose Nghiem and her husband Huy Nghiem (Denver CO), Henry Douglas Rose (Venice CA), Matthew Boland Gregoire and wife Emilie Gregoire (Saint Louis Park MN), Benjamin Ryan Gregoire (Burnsville MN), great-grandson Tye Douglas Nghiem, brother Raymond Rose of Onawa IA, brother-in-law Herman T. Boland II of McLean Va, 24 nieces and 19 nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his son Douglas, his parents, eight sisters, and one brother, 3 nieces and 7 nephews. Cremation has taken place and a memorial graveside service will be held in Bloomfield NE at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Legion and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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Debra D. Buss

Mar 29, 1952 - Feb 22, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Debra D. Buss, 71, died February 22, 2024, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born March 29, 1952, in Hardtner, KS, to Marvin L. and Lila Bell (Knox) Buss. Debra graduated from Newton High School. She worked out of her home as an upholsterer, refurbishing furniture and car interiors. Debra enjoyed going to garage sales and acquiring trinkets. Debra was a huge fan Elvis Presley and her vinyl collection included many of her favorites of his and artists of Motown. Debra loved dancing, making jewelry and Betty Boop. Debra is survived by: fiancée, Lance Culver; daughter, Tonya Bradshaw; son, Nathan (Cassie) Porter, all of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Tevin Bradshaw, Bryce Jones, Natalie Porter, Landon McClintock all of Hutchinson, Makayla (Reilly) Tobias of Nebraska; sisters, Kathy (Greg) Mason of Halstead, and Tina (Carl) Whitworth of Woodward, OK; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by: her parents; brother, Marvin E. Buss, and beloved dog, Lil’ Bit. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Elliott Mortuary. Family will greet friends from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Elliott Mortuary. Burial will take place at a later date in High Point Cemetery, Buffalo, OK. Friends may sign the book daily until the service, at Elliott Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Debra Buss Memorial Fund (make checks payable to Elliott Mortuary), in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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Kenneth R. Willard

Jul 04, 1948 - Feb 24, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Kenneth R. “Ken” Willard, 75, formerly of Hutchinson, passed into heaven on February 24, 2024. He was born July 4, 1948, in Miami, OK, to Rev. Kenneth L. and Betty L. (Skaggs) Willard.Ken was a 1966 graduate of Overland Christian High School, Overland Park. In 1968, he answered Uncle Sam’s call and joined the U.S. Navy, serving until 1972. Ken was stationed aboard the USS Ogden, off the coast of Vietnam, and then spent two years at the Naval Air Station, Key West, FL.On December 26, 1970, he married Deanna Kramer, in Melvern. They shared 53 years of marriage. They adopted a baby girl, Tara Suzanne, in January, 1980. A daughter, Tamra Dyan, was born to them in October, 1981. In 1994, they adopted two brothers and a sister: Shawn Michael (10), Wayne Jordan (8), and Kymena RaeAnn (6).Ken had a love of politics and completed a political science degree from Washburn University in 1982. He served on the USD 309 school board and on the Kansas State Board of Education for 16 years, a term as President of the National Association of State Boards of Education, as well as various local offices with the Republican Party.Ken had a 40-year distinguished career as an insurance adjuster, agent, and district sales manager, mostly with American Family Insurance. He was a member of the All-American 25-Year Hall of Fame. Ken’s main passion was sharing Christ through the church. He was a soloist, choir director, church board member, and also went on many Work & Witness trips to Haiti, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Fiji, helping with building projects and showing the Jesus Film. Ken was a long-time board member of Kansas Christian College. He and Deanna were members of RV’s On A Mission (ROAM), traveling to church campgrounds from Arizona to Florida to help on work projects.Ken is survived by: his wife, Deanna; mother, Betty Willard, Hutchinson; daughters, Tara Willard, Hutchinson, Tamra Munguya (Womba), Monument, CO, Kymena Silmon (fiancé Siraj Siddique), Wichita; sons, Shawn Willard (Maria), Gilmer, TX; Wayne Willard (Samantha), South Hutchinson; grandsons, Clay Eckert, Dylan Willard, Dederick Willard-Trass, Dontrell Willard-Trass, Trenton Willard, Caleb Willard, Chayvin Willard, Donnell Willard-Silmon; granddaughters, Kyah Munguya, Arianna Munguya, Ileah Munguya, Michaela Willard, Kelcie Willard, Linzey Willard, Sarah Willard-Silmon, Anna Silmon; great-grandchildren, Izayah Willard, Lehlani Willard; brothers, Gerald Willard (Glenda), Leonard Willard (Jennifer), sister, Ruth Croy (Jeff); sister-in-law, Ginna Willard; five uncles and their spouses; two aunts; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.He was preceded in death by his father and brothers Glen Willard and Charles Willard.Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Inspire Church (formerly First Church of the Nazarene) 4290 N. Monroe, Hutchinson. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military honors conducted by United States Navy Honor Guard.The service will be livestreamed and the link to view it is below.Click here to view the serviceFriends may sign his memorial book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Elliott Mortuary. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: JESUS Film Harvest Partners, 15055 W. 116th St., Olathe, KS 66062, or in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main St., Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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Mason Ross Caywood Jr.

Sep 13, 1938 - Feb 22, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Mason Ross Caywood Jr., 85, of Kingman, Kansas, passed away February 22, 2024, at The Arbors at Waldron Place, Hutchinson, Kansas. Graveside service will be at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the Alden Valley Cemetery, Alden, Kansas. Memorials may be given to Sterling College in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling. A full obituary will follow.

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Viola Pettay

Aug 04, 1948 - Feb 23, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Viola “Vi” Pettay, 75, died February 23, 2024 at Hospice House, Hutchinson, surrounded by her entire family. She was born August 4, 1948 in Great Bend, Kansas, to Leonard & Maxine (Trent) Mings. On May 22, 1965, she married the love of her life, Jack Pettay, in Hutchinson, KS. They shared over 58 3/4 years of marriage. For most of her adult life, Vi thrived as a home-maker and volunteered in her church and the community. When Vi was not with her family, she was working in the service industry – from JC Penny’s to Sirloin Stockade to Bogey’s – she never met a stranger. She had an incredible capacity to make every person feel like the most special person in her presence. Children instinctively loved her and were drawn to her. Vi had an unconquerable faith in her Savior Jesus Christ and was an exceptional wife and mother. She was kind, vivacious, quick-witted, and generous. She always saw the best in others - constantly rooting for the “underdogs” of life. Even though she faced years of health challenges, she remained the ultimate optimist. Living to cherish her memory are: her loving husband, Jack Pettay of Hutchinson; sons, Karol Pettay of Hutchinson, Roger (Laura) Pettay of Virginia, and Mark Pettay of Hutchinson; 5 grandchildren: Nicholas Rizzo, Lauren (Justin) Phinney, Lance Pettay, Logan Pettay, Meadow Pettay; 3 great-grandchildren: Brendyn Bickel, Zaedyn Butterworth, and Wren Phinney (and one on the way); her beloved sister, Carroll Farrow of St. John; brother-in-law Everett Pettay of Hutchinson, along with numerous cherished nieces and nephews, and “adopted daughters.” She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Maxine Ruth, her parents, step-mother, a brother and two sisters. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Elliott Chapel, with Vi’s son, Pastor Roger Pettay officiating. Burial will follow in Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary. Gifts in honorarium may be given to Hospice House of Hutchinson, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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Judith Elaine Maxfield

Died : Feb 20, 2024

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Hutchinson, KS

Judith “Judy” Elaine (Best) Maxfield, 78, loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024. She graduated in 1964 from Barton High School and finished her career, retiring from State Farm Insurance. She was preceded in death by her parents; Ray and Ruth Best, siblings Lynn (Salmon) Bayles, and Robert (and friend) Best and brother-in-law Trav Biehler. Judy is survived by her children; Monica Ruth (Tracy) Hoskins and Mark Maxfield, one grandchild, Morgan (Tyler Couch) Hoskins; 2 great-grandchildren, Avery and Aaron Couch; siblings Patty (Joe) Biehler Harman and Harlan (Patti) Best. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 9th, 2024, in the chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1602 N. Main St., Hutchinson, KS, at 11:00 am, presided by Dr. Rev. Kim Biery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either the American Lung Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. To to the family or in memory of Judith Elaine Maxfield, please

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