DIGHTON - Gene W. Boomhower, 79, died Dec. 29, 2012, at Lane County Hospital in Dighton. Born March 15, 1933, in Hoisington, he was the son of J.E. "Toots" and Amalia (Boxberger) Boomhower. Gene graduated from Hoisington High School with the Class of 1951. On March 23, 1952, he married Marlene Susank in Hoisington. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge he returned to Barton County to farm with his father and in 1963 moved to Lane County and was a lifelong farmer. He and Marlene celebrated their 60th wedding ...
LA JOLLA - Happy New Year, everybody, and God bless America.
Maxine C. Rogers, 101, died Dec. 29 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born March 27, 1911 in Larned, she was the daughter of John William and Salina Ann (Ferree) Grizzle. On Jan. 2, 1932 she married Preston James Rogers in Ellinwood. He died on May 3, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1929, coming from Larned, she was a homemaker.
And so we bid a not-so-fond farewell to the bow of another large unwieldy year as it sinks slowly over the horizon wobbling unsteadily towards the graveyard of memory. And cheers erupt from we folks on shore waving the double-handed "L for loser" sign above our heads. "So long. See ya. Don't let the door slam you in the butt on the way out. And if you got any brothers or sisters, don't give them this address."
Norman W. Chakir, 94, died Dec. 30, 2012, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 8, 1918, at Ellis, the son of William A. and Louise (Schoenthaler) Chakir. Norman married Mildred Kohlmeier in 1944, in Ellinwood. She passed away in 1974. He then married Hilda Griffith on March 10, 1981, at Miami, Okla. She survives.
Lela Wilson, 102, died Dec. 31, 2012, at Sterling House Of Great Bend, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
SALINA - Curtis T. Smith, 60, of Salina, passed away Dec. 28, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 8, 1952, in Hays, he was the son of Charley T. and Della Lorene (Musselman) Smith. He worked as an engineer with Union Pacific for 41 years. A skilled craftsman, he enjoyed building things, loved to play golf and was politically passionate.
Returning from the holiday break, the Barton Community College women's basketball team has been rejuvenated.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - One of the first questions Oregon coach Chip Kelly was asked after arriving in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl was about the possibility of coaching in the NFL.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Clark Hunt is regarded as an intensely private man, someone who prefers to operate behind the scenes and away from the spotlight that comes with owning an NFL franchise.
ATLANTA - Kansas State's Bill Snyder, who guided the Wildcats to an 11-1 regular season, is the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.
When NFL coaching jobs open, the names Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy immediately surface as potential candidates.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Arthur Kenneth Christiansen, 80, died Dec. 25, 2012, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born Feb. 7, 1932, at Great Bend, the son of August and Alice Christiansen. He married Hanne in 1976.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Two short years ago, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen sent out a letter to season ticket holders. "You deserve more from this franchise," he wrote.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kevin Harvick has been nearly unstoppable since he charged to his first Sprint Cup championship last season.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.
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Central Plains Middle School recognizes seventh graders, Rebecca Stratmann and Jerred Bieberle, as the March Students of the Month.
WICHITA - Joseph F. Bunk, 67, passed away Feb. 28. He was born July 14, 1947, in Great Bend, to Maurice and Mary (Kaechele) Bunk of Hoisington. In 1965, Joe graduated from Hoisington High School. After serving his country in the United States Army during the Viet Nam War, he attended Kansas State University and graduated with a Master's Degree in Business Administration and Accounting.
AUGUSTA - Victor L. Shumate, 64, died on March 12, at Kansas Medical Center in Andover. Born Jan. 4, 1951, in El Dorado, he was the son of Paul Bennett and Isa Lou (Gale) Shumate. He was a graduate of El Dorado High School and Butler County Community College. He was a retired truck driver and care giver. Mr. Shumate served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era.
Leona A. Reichuber, 92, died March 13 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. Born Aug. 28, 1922 at rural Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Antonia (Langer) Stoss.
BY RALPH VARTABEDIAN