Obituaries
George C. Piersall
Hardtner-George Charles Piersall passed from this life July 4, 2014 in Wichita.  He was locally known as Bill Piersall.  Bill was born on November 5, 1921 to Eunice Leree and Oliver Bernell “Skeet” Piersall in Shattuck, Oklahoma.  His family moved to Hardtner, Kansas in 1933 where he attended school and graduated from Hardtner High School in the class of 1940.  He served in the United States Army Combat Engineers in WWII’s Pacific Theatre from 1942 to 1946 as a Tech Sargeant and remained a life long member of the American Legion.
Bill and Bernice Luty, from Kiowa, were married on August 17, 1946 and they had two children, Luty and George, Jr.  He worked as Postmaster of the U. S. Post Office in Hardtner for the next twenty-nine years.  In addition to being Postmaster, he raised wheat and cattle in partnership with his brother, Leland “Doc” Piersall.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Piersall; his parents; three brothers, Leland “Doc” Piersall, Lawrence “Jack” Piersall and Teddy Keith Piersall; four sisters, Kathryn McCune, later Kathryn Bonham, Eileen Gwinner, Betty Lukens and Treva Michel, later Treva Baker.
Bill is survived by his two children, Luty and Charles Armantrout of Medicine Lodge, Kansas and George Piersall, Jr. and Crystal Fraser of Sedona, Arizona; three granddaughters, Leigh Anne LaGarry, Kristi Armantrout and Ashley Pritchard; three great grandchildren, Brittany Ramsey, Rahammah LaGarry and Devon LaGarry.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m at Hardtner United Methodist Church with Debbie Fink officiating.  Burial will be in Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  Memories may be shared at www.lanmanmemorials.com. 
Memorials may be made to Hardtner-Elwood Cemetery or Geniva Hospice of Wichita through the funeral home.
Henry "Hank" Ferrell
KIOWA-Henry “Hank” Ferrell passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Driftwood Christian Church in Driftwood, Oklahoma at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in the Byron-Amorita Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lanmanmemorials.com.
Hank was born on July 17, 1933 at Driftwood, Oklahoma in Alfalfa County to Leon Ferrell and Maude Winans Ferrell. He and Betty Summers were married and had three children; Deana, Debra and Tony.
He served in the United States Army from 1954- 1956. He was a farmer and a painter and drove a bus for Burlington Public School, worked for the Coop, Alfalfa County, John Deere and Farmall Tractors.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Leon and Maude Ferrell; sisters, Pauline and Roslie; brothers, Jim, Bob and Bill.
He is survived by his three children; Deana Thompson and husband, Steve; Debra Hays and husband, Jeff;Tony Ferrell; 17 grandchildren,  41 great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. 
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family present to receive friends from 6-8.
Memorials may be made to the Kiowa Senior Center or the Kiowa VFW and given to the funeral home.
Lois Watt
WINFIELD-Formerly of Kiowa, Lois Watt passed away on July 14, 2014 in her home.
Funeral service will be Friday, July 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm the St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Kiowa. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lanmanmemorials.com.
Lois Ann Ricke Hitchcock Watt was born on Grandma and Grandpa Bowman’s farm north of Hazelton, Kansas on October 19, 1936 to Theodore Henry Ricke and Violet Jesse Bowman Ricke. She was a 1955 graduate of Hazelton High School.
She married Bill Hitchcock in 1956, to this union three children were born; Ricke, Nicke, Vicke. In 1984 she married Thomas Watt. In 1998 she moved back to Kiowa.
She was reunited with her high school sweetheart, David East in 2009 and they moved back to the farm north of Winfield. She was a member of the St John the Apostle Catholic Church.
She enjoyed quilting, sewing, collecting dolls and square dancing. She enjoyed her grandchildrens’ school activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas Watt; sister, Dottie Miller; brothers, Bob Ricke and Ted Ricke.
She is survived by her children; Ricke Dean Hitchcock and wife, Belinda of Kiowa, Nicke William Hitchcock and wife, Debra of Kiowa, Vicke Laura Clepper and husband, David of Cherokee, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Angela Allison (Kevin), Wreath Hitchcock, Matt Clepper (Shawna and children), Jay Clepper (Mandy), Trey Clepper, Jadde Easter (Nate), Durelle Henson (Roy); seven great grandchildren, Lauren and Logan Hitchcock, Dylan and Adrienne Allison, Trenton and Bailey Clepper, Hadley Easter; companion, David East; brothers, Jim Ricke (Juanita), Frank Ricke (Billie), Glenn Ricke (Jana), Paul Ricke (Donna); sisters, Wanda Harding (John), Fonda Lawrence (Ed).
Memorials may be made to St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and give to the funeral home. There will be no public viewing at Lois’ request.