The Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming fall exercise classes. The following classes will meet during the month of September at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Pre-registration is required. Enroll at the Recreation Commission office located at 1214 Stone Street. For more information call 793-3755 ext. 2.
A head-on collision occurred at 9:10 p.m. Thursday in Rice County, 2.1 miles east of Lyons on U.S. 56. Kansas Highway Patrol reports Luis Gonzales, 55, died after the 1997 Dodge passenger car he was driving crossed the center line, colliding with a 1998 Ford pickup driven by Jimmy M. Bound, 65, Lyons. Bound was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
LACROSSE - Justin J. Urban, 77, died Sept. 4 at Rush County Memorial Hospital in La Crosse. Born Jan. 12, 1935, in Bison, he was the son of Wendelin and Rose Mary (Leiker) Urban. He was a lifelong resident of Rush County, Kansas. Attaining his GED from Barton County Community College in 1980, he was a plumber for Marlette Coach Company in Great Bend before his retirement. On May 8, 1976, he married Mary A. Pechanec at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Timken.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Leroy E. Borron, 84, former Great Bend resident, died at his home with family at his side on July 21. Born Sept. 11, 1927 in Jennings, Okla., he was the son of Everett and Lucille (Harp) Borron. He attended school in Hoisington. On Aug. 15, 1950, he married Dorothy Ann Deines of Hoisington, in Hoisington. They had four children. He worked in the oil production industry, sold real estate and was an insurance salesman for Farmers Insurance. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family at the lake.
HAYSVILLE - Wade Patrick Kern, 58, passed away Sept. 3, 2012 in Oklahoma. Wade was born April 18, 1954 in Great Bend to Kenneth and Ellen (Carter) Kern. He enjoyed woodworking and visiting with family.
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.