Beverly Davis, Earl Lumpkins and Bernita Degenhardt of Great Bend were honored for their service to the elderly at the February Senior Companion Program in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center on Aug. 21st. Davis has served 10 years; Lumpkins, nine years and Degenhardt, five years with the Program. Senior Companions offer friendship and assistance with daily living activities to older persons needing help to live independently.
Old joke: two cannibals are eating a clown and one says, "Does this taste funny to you?" In a case of life imitating joke, political partisans squared off in the case of the Obama-mask wearing rodeo clown over whether his act was funny, or in dangerously bad taste. But partisans and most of the media are missing the point of what happened.
Inc. magazine today ranked Benefit Management of Great Bend 4636th on its seventh-annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list provides a snapshot of the most important segment of the economy-America's independent entrepreneurs. These companies are recognized for demonstrating growth and stability.
Bill L. Westfall, 82, died Aug. 21 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born April 5, 1931, at Oilton, Okla., to Amos L. and Beulah Mae (Turner) Westfall. He married Lillie "Madge" Ferguson April 5, 1958, at Kinsley. A Great Bend resident since 1934, coming from Oklahoma, he owned and operated Westfall Electric from 1968 until his retirement.
Dorothy O. Soden, 92, died Aug. 21 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, at Clay Center, to Richard A. and Dorthea J. (Obenland) Brueggemann. She married Carl Soden Dec. 21, 1946, at Mission. He died May 8, 2008. Mrs. Soden was a Great Bend resident since 1949, coming from Coffeyville. She was a teacher at schools in Morganville, Clay Center, Parsons, Topeka and Coffeyville, as well as St. Patrick Catholic School and Great Bend USD 428 in Great Bend.