Gladys E. (Hicks) McKune–Hatfield, 90, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Hays, Kansas.

Gladys was born June 15, 1928 in Braman, Oklahoma.  She was the daughter of Ernest and Bertha (Cullison) Hicks.  She grew up in Lyons, Kansas area and graduated from Geneseo High School.

Gladys was united in marriage to Robert M. McKune on March 17, 1953 in Salina, Kansas.  This union was blessed with six children; Michael, David, Deborah, Kathleen, Kevin and Steven.  Robert preceded her in death on February 8, 1989.  Following her marriage to Robert, Gladys was blessed with another love in her life and was married to Eldon Hatfield.  She has lived in Hutchinson, Kansas, McPherson, Kansas, Lyons, Kansas and moved to Russell in 1961.

Gladys was a Quality Control Inspector for Sterling Drug Company.  She also was the former owner of the Hamburger Inn here in Russell.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidering and making items for her family.  She worked with wood making crafts and restoring antique furniture.  She loved spending time with her family.  Many special memories were made dying Easter eggs with her grandchildren.

Surviving family include her four children; David McKune (Kathleen) of Olathe, Kansas; Deborah McKune of Hays, Kansas; Kevin McKune (Rose) of Russell, Kansas and Steven McKune (Maryann) of Russell, Kansas; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, son Michael McKune, daughter Kathleen Newton, and two brothers Earl Hicks and Gene Hicks.

Celebration of Gladys’ Life will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, July 30, 2018 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell.  Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery.  The family is holding a private visitation.  A Memorial has been established with the Russell Public Library.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.


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