ST. JOHN - Kenneth T. Siebert, 85, died Aug. 11 at South Wind Hospice House in Pratt. Born June 14, 1927 in rural Pawnee County, he was the son of Theodore R. and Mildred (Kerns) Siebert. A graduate of Radium High School and life-long resident of St. John, he was owner of Siebert Automotive since 1969. On June 12, 1951, he married Mildred M. (Steiner) at Great Bend. She survives.
MEDICINE LODGE - Gerald "Jerry" Willms, 48, died Aug. 12 at his home in Medicine Lodge. Born on Dec. 4, 1963 in Great Bend, he was the son of Dan and Connie (Ginest) Willms. On Dec. 6, 2008 he married Tammy L. Bishop at Medicine Lodge. She survives.
Jamie Lee Schartz and Christopher Duane Froetschner announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Peter and Lisa Schartz of Larned, and Connie Schartz of Pratt, and the granddaughter of A.W. and Patricia Schartz of Larned, Carol Harrison of Goddard, and Bob Harrison of Eugene, Ore. The prospective groom is the son of Jim and Tammy Froetschner of Larned and the grandson of Marion and Helen Froetschner, and Larry and Marlene Carr, all of Larned.
Audra and Jon Boone of Tonganoxie announce the birth of their daughter Amalie Elise, on June 27. She weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. and was 21 ½ in. long. She has three big brothers Jacob, Afton, Aidan and a big sister, Johanna.
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.