Ralph A. Fink, 83, died March 24 at Hays Medical Center. Born Sept. 22, 1929 in Codell, he was the son of Ezekiel and Ethel (Stout) Fink. On May 29, 1955 he married Lillian L. Allen in Stafford. She died on Nov. 24, 2000. A resident of Great Bend since 2010, coming from Larned, he was employed as an aide at Larned State Hospital, previously working on a section gang for the railroad and in the oilfield.
CLAFLIN -- Jeanette Aileen Oliphant, 96, died March 24, at Leawood. She was born November 28, 1916 at Claflin, Kan., to Walter L. and Emma (Schreiner) Larson. A lifelong Claflin resident, she was a 1934 graduate of Claflin High School. She married Charles E. Oliphant on March 9, 1950 in Salina. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1973.
With the 2012-13 school year wrapping up, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees has a short agenda for the next regular meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Trustees will hear a report on academic advancement.
There was a time in this country when every home included three things: green shag carpet, an RCA record player and an ashtray. In the late '60s you could add something else to that list: an upright piano.
"Orphan" is a very empty word. It conjures up images of loss, of being rootless, of unwanted and untenable liberty. When I think of "Orphan," I think of something flying around in the great human universe, searching for its home.
Although the drums, bugles and color guard equipment have been put away long ago, the strong friendships and shared memories remain. Great Bend and Barton County's Argonne Rebels alumni, friends and supporters will gather on July 11, for a reunion in Great Bend.