LARNED - Jeffery Lynn Keenan, 45, died Jan. 4 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 14, 1967, he was the son of Lawrence Lavern "Blackie" and Shirley Jean (Hoffman) Keenan.
LAWRENCE - Julia Louise Saenz, 62, died Jan. 6 at her home surrounded by her family. Born on Nov. 6, 1950 in Lamar, Colo., she was the daughter of Joe and Kathryn "Katie" (Godinez) Saenz. On May 2, 1981 she married James Michael Self in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on July 5, 2010. She was an office manager for St. John the Evangelist Catholic School.
EL DORADO - Irvin P. Burhenn, 85, El Dorado, died Jan. 4 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. Born on Aug. 3, 1927 in Barton County, he was the son of Paul and Bertha (Langher) Burhenn. In 1945 he graduated from Great Bend High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War. On Jan. 30, 1952 he married Shirley Sisson at the Christian Church in Alva, Okla. They moved to El Dorado in 1959. He worked for Haliburton as a cement operator for 29 years. He was an avid golfer, played bridge and pitch with a group at the ...
Lori Hammeke and Jeanette Corbett of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (CPI) have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their TGPC (Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Consultant) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Tax-Exempt Governmental Plan Administration & Plan Consultant (TGPC-1 & TGPC-2) exams.
A winter/spring webinar series will provide drought planning information and tools to advisors seeking to help Great Plains ranchers better prepare for and respond to drought. The webinars are scheduled from January through May 2013, on the last Wednesday of each month.
Lauren Wissman and Jeff Kuhlman were united in marriage on July 7 in Olmitz in a double ring ceremony officiated by Father Ultan Murphy. Parents of the bride are Robert and Susan Wissman. Parents of the groom are Gerry and Ann Kuhlman. The bride was given in marriage by her parents.
Jennifer Wapelhorst and Ken Cason were united in marriage on Oct. 18 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. Parents of the bride are Paul and Charlotte Wapelhorst of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Paul Cason of Albuquerque, N.M. and Roberta DeJonge of Aurora, Colo.
HAYS - Michael Dean Graf, 59 died May 28, 2015, at his home in Hays. He was born June 13, 1955, in Great Bend, to Edwin and Armella "Millie" (Stegman) Graf. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1973 and attended Fort Hays State University. He married Robbie (Weatherbee) Dreiling on Aug. 31, 1991.
Funeral services for Richard D. Mitchell, who died on May 25, 2015, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monda, June 1, at the First Assembly of God. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Final score: Pittsburgs Colgan-15, Medicine Lodge-0. Colgan wins third state championship and finishes the season at 14-11 while Medicine Lodge ends their season at 19-5. Medicine Lodge suffered six errors in the title loss. In the third place game, Salina-Sacred Heart trounced Oxford, 14-1. SSH posted an 11-3 hitting margin over Oxford in that contest.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in Hutchinson, will host a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on June 5-6. The public is invited to observe training demos all weekend by inmates in a rehabilitation program at the facility. Free screenings of the documentary film "Unbranded" – the dramatic story of four riders and 16 mustangs making a 3,000-mile trek across country – will be shown throughout the weekend.
Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.
Reports coming out of Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19.
This summer Smoky Hills Public Television is working with public libraries throughout central and western Kansas to conduct summer reading programs through the Share a Story project. At 10 a.m. on June 13, Share a Story will visit Great Bend. The program will be in Ellinwood on at 10 a.m. on July 15.