For the record A6 Obituaries Frank Joseph Schneller Frank Joseph Schneller, 102, formerly of Ellis, died The Hays Daily News Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 The Atriums in Overland Park. Watch for breaking news at He was born May 7, 1912, HDNews.net in Ellis to Leon and Mary (Erbert) Schneller. He attended Joseph’s Military Academy and received a degree in chemistry. He married Margaret (Philipp) on Sept. 23, 1936, in Ellis. She preceded him in death. He was a machinist in tool and die for 38 years at Beech Aircraft. By David Willman He was a former memTribune News Service ber of St. Mary’s Catholic New York City Police Com- Church and a member of the missioner William J. Bratton Knights of Columbus. Sunday rebuked members of Survivors include two sons, his department who publicly Lee Schneller and Dave Schturned their backs on Mayor neller; seven grandchildren, Bill de Blasio at a funeral for a Christina Pokorny, Michael slain police officer. Schneller, John Schneller, The protest occurred Steven Schneller, Annie Saturday when the mayor Schneller, Joseph Schneller, spoke at the funeral of Ofand Linda Thorne; and 17 ficer Rafael Ramos, one of great-grandchildren, David two patrolmen killed on Dec. and Evan Pokorny, Audrey 20 by an assailant who had and Ella Thorne, Zack, vowed to avenge the deaths Annie, Sophie, Michelle, of blacks at the hands of Keyton, Jacob, Clara, Calvin, police. Jack, Jonathan, Josh, Ben and The mayor has been William Schneller. criticized by a police union He was preceded in death leader and others for some of by a son, Don Schneller; a his remarks about relations brother, Charles Schneller; between police and blacks, and two sisters, Katy Huber and for his administration’s and Theresa Stromeyer. closeness with Al Sharpton, Services will be 11 a.m. the minister and cable televi- Wednesday at St. Mary’s sion talk show host. Catholic Church, Ellis; burial Scores of officers turned in the church cemetery. their backs when De Blasio’s Visitation will be from 6 to remarks at the funeral were 8 p.m. Tuesday at Keithley broadcast outside on a giant Funeral Chapel 400 E. 17th video screen. Ellis, KS 67637. “I think it was very inapA vigil/rosary will be at 7 propriate at that event,’’ Brat- p.m. Tuesday at the funeral ton said on CBS’s “Face the home. Nation.” The funeral was to honor the life of Ramos, not to air grievances over politics, he said. Bratton’s leadership of the Police Department in the 1990s and, from 2002 to 2009, of the Los Angeles Police Department, has By Gregory Karp been credited with helping Tribune News Service to lower crime rates. But he CHICAGO — The airline acknowledged the tensions industry in 2015 is likely to while defending his officers. be healthy again because of Bratton said that since mergers and falling jet fuel Ramos and Officer Wenjian prices, and while consumers Liu were shot and killed, the might be stuffed into slimmer Police Department has inseats in coach, at least they vestigated “over 50 incidents will be able to enjoy new and or reported threats against” upgraded planes and more city police. The cases have re- onboard amenities, such as sulted in nine arrests, he said. Wi-Fi and streaming video. Bratton conceded that “2015 is poised to be one “morale in the department at of the best, if not the best, this time is low.” years for the U.S. airline busiHe cited a number of ness,” said Henry Harteveldt, causes, including penda travel industry analyst ing contract negotiations with Atmosphere Research between the city and a police Group. union. “It’s not an entirely positive picture, of course,” Harteveldt said. “Uncertain economic climates in parts of Europe and Asia could affect U.S. airlines’ international profitability. But overall, 2015 should be a year that makes airline CFOs happy.” rom Here’s what to expect in “We always budget from a 2015 for fliers and for the pessimistic standpoint rather airline industry: • Fares: Globally, airfares than optimistic,” in planning for both growth and declines are expected to fall 5.1 percent, according to the so that slight decreases will International Air Transport not hinder services to the public, said Hays City Man- Association, although many experts do not predict that ager Toby Dougherty. “We kind of price drop in the U.S. do know we are growing as Travel-booking website a community and the cost of Expedia projects mostly mild goods are going up,” which decreases in ticket prices in is why the drop in sales tax North America during 2015, collection is puzzling. with some increases. The city anticipates a Why aren’t fares falling continued slight decline in sales tax revenue. The sales tax collected has leveled off or declined from a high of $7,313,534 in 2012. Projections for 2014 rom indicate that they may be slightly down. The cause is But Bambang Soelistyo, unknown, although it may the head of Indonesia’s be related to Internet sales, National Search and Rescue Dougherty said. Agency, which was leadWater sales have also been ing the effort, said the budgeted for an anticipated weak signal detected by the decrease. Australian plane came from a “We were in a drought personal locator beacon, not and people were conservative the missing jet’s emergency utilizing less water,” Doughtransmitter. erty said. “The less water Bambang said that based you use, the less your sewer on the coordinates of Indorevenues are.” nesia AirAsia Flight 8501’s There will be no rate inlast known location, investicrease for solid waste, and the gators believed it had crashed last increase was in 2006. into the Java Sea north of “The city projects out 5-10 Jakarta. years to ensure the budget “My goal is to locate it as is sustainable,” Briseno said. soon as possible,” Bambang “Taking advantage of sound told a news conference in financial practices, the plan is Jakarta. “We’re doing the to maintain a 25 mill levy. best we can.” “The commission’s objecIndonesian Vice Presitive of ensuring measures are dent Jusuf Kalla said “bad taken to limit the impact on weather” was hampering the property taxes is upheld.” search but expressed hope Top cop criticizes protest Condolences can be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to [email protected] Valerian ‘Tiny’ Hammerschmidt Valerian “Tiny” Hammerschmidt, 74, Hays, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Wheatland Nursing Center, Russell. He was born June 3, 1940, north of Catharine to Edward F. and Pauline (Braun) Hammerschmidt. He was a 1958 graduate of Victoria High School. He worked for Ellis County Road and Bridge Department for 30 years as a heavy equipment operator and later retired as a foreman in 2000. He was a member of the Basilica of St. Fidelis and moved to Hays in 1980. He was a meat cutter for a number of years at the Victoria Co-op Store and P&B Packers in Hays. He enjoyed helping others, cooking, antique cars and tractors. Survivors include four brothers, Verlin Hammerschmidt and wife, Glenda, Valery Hammerschmidt and wife, Linda, and Vernon Hammerschmidt, all of Victoria and Vinard Hammerschmidt and wife, Reneta, Mason, Tenn.; two sisters, Vivian Appelhans, Hoxie and Virginia Dinkel, Hays; and a special brother, Gary Walters, Hays. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Virgil Hammerschmidt; an infant sister, Vera Hammerschmidt; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Appelhans and Kenny Dinkel; a sister-in-law, Christie Hammerschmidt; and a nephew, Kurt Dinkel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to Basilica of St. Fidelis or American Diabetes Association, in care of the mortuary. Condolences can be sent via e-mail to [email protected] Alice V. Honas Alice V. Honas, 88, Ellis, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society, Ellis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ellis. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church and from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Keithley Funeral Chapel 400 E 17th Ellis, KS 67637. A vigil/rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. A complete obituary will follow. Rosalie Kraft Rosalie Kraft, 95, Grainfield, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Salina Regional Health Center. Arrangements are pending at Schmitt Funeral Home, Quinter. Edward C. Stephens Edward C. Stephens, 73, Colby, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at Citizens Medical Center, Colby. Additional services Paul Schuyler Jennison, 70, Concord, Calif., died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at Ouimet Brothers’ Funeral Chapel, Concord. Francis Richard Harman, 89, Peachtree City, Ga., Died Monday, Dec. 22, 201, after a long illness. Services will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, Ga. Pauline Elizabeth (Krug) Alksnis, 81, Woodland, Calif., formerly of Russell, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at Woodland Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church, Russell; a private family committal will take Services were Monday at Kersenbrock Funeral Chapel, Colby; burial in Beulah Cemetery. Maurice L. Sloan Maurice L. Sloan, 85, Colby, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Hays Medical Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at College Dr. Assembly of God Church; burial in Beulah Cemetery, Colby. There will be no visitation. Kersenbrock Funeral Chapel, Colby, is in charge of arrangements. Jeanette M. Klaus Jeanette M. Klaus, 82, Hays, died Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Via Christi Villages. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph place before services. Fern Alberta Ninemire, 92, Hill City, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at Logan Manor. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Prairie Home United Methodist Church, Graham County; burial in Prairie Home Church Cemetery, Graham County. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Stinemetz Funeral Home Hill City. Obituary policy The Hays Daily News will publish an obituary free for people with direct ties to the area. More information can be added for additional charges. Contact us at (800) 657-6017. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Hays, KS 67601. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A complete obituary will follow. Jean Basgall Jean Basgall, Olathe, formerly of Hays, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Olathe. Arrangements are pending at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel of Hays 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601. Mary E. Fountain Mary E. Fountain, 88, Hill City, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Graham County Hospital, Hill City. Arrangements are pending at Stinemetz Funeral Home, Hill City. Airline industry poised to fly high in 2015 Budget, F A1 Plane, F times satellite-based instead of air-to-ground, meaning passengers can stay connected over water on international flights. “Airlines that were slow to adopt initially are leapfrogging the early innovators,” said Adam Gwosdof, chief data officer at Routehappy, which rates flights on Wi-Fi and other factors. United, American and Southwest Airlines will be big providers of streaming video in 2015. Providing streaming video is a move away from video entertainment on seat-back screens, instead allowing passengers to stream movies and TV shows, often free, to their iPads and laptops. Anthony Souffle • TNS Airlines also are adding A United Airlines flight lands at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. power outlets to seats, even in coach, to keep those devices Onboard wireless Interfaster in the U.S. given airline far slower than inflation for charged. more than a decade. Besides, net access is not new, but profitability and fuel prices The entertainment the group argues, since when it also will become nearly that have plummeted in upgrades could help distract is making a profit from lower ubiquitous in 2015, even on recent months to the lowest economy-class fliers from costs a bad thing? regional jets that fly passenlevels in more than four their cramped quarters. Leg “When the price of cofgers to network hubs. years? fee beans falls, no one asks Delta was an early adopter and elbow space in airplane U.S. Sen. Charles E. seats is shrinking as airlines Starbucks why his or her of Wi-Fi for all planes, but Schumer, D-N.Y., has called try to make more money by others are catching up. latte does not cost less,” the for a federal investigation cramming more seats in the airlines group said in a recent American said this month into what he describes as back while selling upgrades that it will equip 250 of its “extremely high” fares, citing statement. for extra legroom. • Onboard amenities: Air- regional jets with onboard a 10 percent increase during Airlines are trying to lines are putting some profits wireless Internet access. Unitthe past five years. He sugmitigate the pain of economy ed announced weeks earlier gests that airline mergers and back into their businesses. class by installing slimmer John Heimlich, chief econo- that it would put Wi-Fi on reduced competition might seats, which fliers have remist for Airlines for America, more than 200 of its larger be inflating fares. ported can be uncomfortable. United Express regional jets said airlines are upgrading But Airlines for America, But even that will change for by next summer. the U.S. airline industry their airplanes and the airTypically the newer Wi-Fi is the better in 2015, Gwosdof group, is fond of pointing out ports they use at the highest faster, more reliable and some- said. that fares have been growing spending rate in 13 years. A1 that the plane would be found. “We don’t set deadlines. What is important is we find the plane and its passengers,” Kalla said. Asked about the prospects of finding survivors more than 36 hours after the flight went missing, Kalla said: “We pray for them but we realize the worst may have happened.” Bambang said teams searched an area comprising roughly 66,000 square miles in four sectors on Sunday, concentrating on a 250-milewide stretch of the Java Sea between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo. On Monday the search expanded to the north to include the Karimata strait and the coasts of Belitung island and West Kalimantan province, he said. Indonesia’s armed forces had deployed transport helicopters and naval ships while Malaysia and Singapore had each sent C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and three ships to help ferry teams to and from the search site. Early Monday, Australia’s Orion surveillance aircraft joined the effort. If wreckage isn’t found at the water’s surface, investigators likely would begin scouring the sea floor for the Airbus A330-200 — probably requiring contributions of advanced ships and equipment from other nations. “If that’s the case, we’ll have difficulty determining the location because our equipment is not adequate,” Bambang said. Singapore civil avia- tion officials said they were preparing to send two teams of specialists andunderwater locator beacons to help find the missing jet’s flight data recorders. China offered to send airlines and ships to join the search and rescue efforts, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing. South Korea said it would send a surveillance plane later this week, the Yonhap news agency reported. In Washington, Pentagon officials said Sunday they were ready to assist but had not been asked. AirAsia executive chief Tony Fernandes defended his airline’s safety record, saying it had carried 220 million passengers in 13 years and never had a fatal accident. “Until we have a full investigation, we don’t want to speculate,” Fernandes told a news conference in Surabaya. “It’s premature to talk (about what went wrong) at the moment. We are confident in our ability to fly people. We’ll continue to be strong and continue to carry people who never fly before.” Indonesian transportation ministry Ignasius Jonan said the government would review AirAsia’s operations “to ensure that in the future its activity will be better.” The low-cost carrier, which is based in Malaysia and operates mainly short flights across Southeast Asia, has a strong safety record and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful budget airlines.
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