Jerry Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood.
Alice Jane (Kachelman) Fox, 80, died Friday, Feb. 15, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. Born March 7, 1932 at St. John, she was the daughter of John T. and Kathleen Birdie (Schroder) Kachelman. A resident of Great Bend since 1970, she was a Safety Deposit Manager at American State Bank in Great Bend for 20 years, Undersheriff for Stafford County, and a farmer.
TOPEKA - Laura Brown, from the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, has been recognized by a statewide domestic and sexual violence advocacy organization.
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A local registered dietician will share information about nutrition at the next Parkinson's Support Group meeting at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. It is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the basement-level St. Dominic Room.
LARNED - Deborah K. (Debbie) George, 57, died Feb. 15 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Aug. 24, 1955 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Larned, she was the daughter of Lloyd W. and Katherine L. Debes George. In 1960 she moved to Boulder, Colo. for schooling at North Broadway, until she was 21, and then she worked at Boulder County Workshop. In February of 1993, she moved back to Kansas and worked at Sunflower Diversified Services.
Robert D. Dougherty, 81, died Feb. 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
PAWNEE ROCK - Adam P. Deckert, 94, died Feb. 16 at Sunrise of Lenexa in Lenexa. Born Feb. 6, 1919 in Great Bend, he was the son of Peter and Susie (Ratzlaff) Deckert. On April 15, 1945 he married Helen Schmidt in Pawnee Rock. She died on April 7, 1996. A long-time Pawnee Rock resident, Mr. Deckert was a Lenexa resident for two years, coming from Great Bend where he resided for 17 years. He was a farmer and also worked for Doerr Metal in Larned.
ELLINWOOD - 1st Lieutenant Chris Ames of Dyess Air Force Base at Abilene, Texas is attending pilot training school for the B1B Lancer Bomber.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team earned a trophy for 1st place in team sweepstakes at the KC Maverick Invitational at Kiowa County High School in Greensburg on Sat., Feb. 16. Nineteen schools competed in the meet, and Ellinwood beat 2nd place Sterling by a margin of forty points.
Sunday, Feb. 17
LARNED - The regular monthly meeting of the Welcome Inn Leisure Center Inc. was called to order by Ben Appel, vice president, on Feb. 6 at 12:45 p.m.
Activities Feb. 17-Feb. 23
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.
The Hoisington Cardinal wrestling team continues to have news worthy announcements about its staff and team members. This past week the team learned that High School Assistant and Middle School Head Coach Anthony Leiker was named Middle School Coach of the year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
Andover resident John McBeth has been awarded just about every accolade available to a rodeo cowboy. He won the title of World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1974, and after a long career participating in and promoting the sport of rodeo was recently enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (2010), and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center (2013).
The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel met on March 13, at Montana Mike's in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor presided over the meeting. There were 41 members present, along with Vermeene Forsberg, KARSP District IV Director.
On April 7, Turner Classic Movies will present a biography feast for classic film lovers. The five documentaries to be broadcast – on Jimmy Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart – were all produced and directed by the Emmy Award-winning duo of Joan Kramer and David Heeley.
Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.
Best to go right to the horse to find out, whichever end you prefer.