Edward Hearn will celebrate his 80th birthday with a family dinner hosted by his family in Emporia. He was born on May 25, 1931 in Kingman. He graduated from Kingman High School in 1949 and served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. In 1955, he married Wilhelmia Roedel in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was the owner and operator of Hearn's Tree Service. He has four children, John Hearn of El Dorado, Jeanette Bowen of Ridgeway S.C., Judy Schick of Lebo and James of LaCrosse; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren
Greg and Regina Stukey announce the birth of their daughter, Kinsly Jo Stukey, on Feb. 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long. She has three big sisters, Jayden who is 8 1/2 years old, Jordyn who is 8 years old and Karley who is 6 years old.
The Great Bend High School Class of 1943 held a mini-reunion on May 5 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, where two classmates are residents, Larry Bryant and Katherine Campbell.
Kent and Karen Frick, of rural Larned, announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Dawn Frick of Topeka, to Matthew Ray Brossard of Topeka, son of Guy and Debbie Brossard of Corona, Calif. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Alma Frick and Mildred Fyler, both of Larned, the late Raymond Frick, and the late Carlton Fyler. Grandparents of the prospective groom are the late Raymond and Mildred Brossard of Riverside, Calif. and John Hermesch and the late Jackie Hermesch of Temecula, Calif.
O C McCrary will celebrate his 80th birthday on May 31. O C was born in a log cabin on Sugar Hill near Lincoln, Ark. to Doc and Zella McCrary. On Oct. 16, 1951, he married Wanza Lou Willis. The couple has six children, 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A career with Halliburton took them to McPherson and Great Bend, where they raised their family. Since retiring to the Ozarks, he is devoted to his passionate love of the great outdoors and the catch of his life, his wife.
Loretta Morgenstern will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 31 with a card shower. A long-time resident of Hoisington, she was married to LeRoy Morgenstern on Feb.14, 1942. He died on Oct. 3, 1993. She has six children, 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Glenn and Phyllis Schniepp will celebrate their 60th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 28 at the Golden Years Center in Bazine. Hosts for the event will be their children, Larry and Belinda Schniepp of Shenandoah, Iowa, Terry and Colleen Schniepp, Marlin and Billie Schniepp, all of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Charles and Kelli Schniepp of Bazine. The couple has eight grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Lenora Margaret Hutton (Budig), will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. today with a surprise "Come and Go" reception at 608 E. Lakeview Drive in Barton Hills.
At the invitation of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Alby Harris, Dakota Ellis and MaKenzie Sauder of Great Gend High School were selected to attend the 28th Annual Governor's Scholars Awards Program on May 1, in Topeka.
The First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend, announces the recipients of the HH and Jennie Kopke Memorial Scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. The new recipients are: Rana Ahmadi, daughter of Hashmatullah and Tourpaki Ahmadi; Ryan Bretches, son of Mark and Sarah Bretches; Derek Moos, son of Mike and Stephanie Moos; Marcella McCluskey, daughter of Patrick and Tish McCluskey; Brittany Pflughoeft, daughter of Brian and Malissia Pflughoeft; and Lauren Thill, daughter of Mike and Ginger Thill.
Elmer and Diane Beck will celebrate their 45th anniversary on May 21 at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.
Nelson H. and Donna R. Wharton will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a reception and dance at 6:30 p.m. on May 28 at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas in Great Bend. Friends and family are invited to attend. Hosts for the even will be their children, Spencer and Jill Wharton and Matthew and Laura Wharton, all of Great Bend. The couple has four grandsons, Jacob, Jaret, Brady and Grant Wharton.
Lyle "George" and Connie Wharton will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a reception and dance, at 6:30 p.m. on May 28, at the American Legion. Hosts for the event will be their children, Staci and Matthew Smith of Las Vegas, Nev., Stephanie and Todd Lagerman of Riley, and their grandchildren, Lily and Logan Lagerman of Riley.
Jeremy and Melanie Lewis announce the birth of their daughter, Delaney Piper Pace Lewis, on April 24 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 5 lbs. 6 oz., and was 18 1/2 in. long. She has a big brother, Declan Thomas Tripp Lewis, who is 21 months old.
Willa Mae Springfeldt, 93, died July 10, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 11, 1920, in Springfield, Mo., she was the daughter of William and Ethel Mae (Renfro) Teem. On Nov. 23, 1940, she married Virgil L. Springfeldt in Cottonwood Falls. He died on June 7, 1992. A resident of Great Bend since 1972, coming from Bushton, she and her husband were owner and operator of IGA of Bushton and Kwik Shop in Great Bend. She enjoyed playing the piano and cello.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on Wednesday afternoon, July 9. Born Dec. 10, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank and Katherine (Pyles) Munoz. In 1965, he graduated from Great Bend High School.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA.- Esther Dunham, 89, died Dec. 2, 2013 at Golfcrest Health Care Center, Hollywood, Fla. Born July 16, 1924 at Scottsbluff, Neb., she was the daughter of Lee Selby and Alice Butler. She married Jack Dunham June 9, 1945 at Hays, Kan. A former resident of Great Bend before moving to Florida, she was employed at J. C. Penney and the Barton County Health Department until her retirement.
ELLINWOOD--Joyce Marie Fullbright, 83, passed away in Ellinwood on July 10. Born Oct. 1, 1930 in Georgetown, Ark., she was the daughter of Briles and Myrtle (Chambers) Andrews.
Connie Rosalie Peacock, 91, died July 11 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Feb. 21, 1923 at WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Pete and Antonia (Solowski) Gregorcyk.
Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31, in San Diego, Calif. Born March 10, 1959 at Great Bend, he was the son of Harold S. and Dorothy J. Miller. He joined the Coast Guard in 1978, working as a corpsman and was awarded a letter from President Ronald Reagan for saving a life. He attended Wichita State University on the GI Bill and later worked as a respiratory therapist and cardiology technician. He married Bernadette Alison December 31, 1990 at San Diego.
OLATHE - Christopher James Gross, 41, passed away July 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center from complications of his battle with brain cancer.
GREAT BEND - Lloyd E. White, 81, died July 8, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Center, Dodge City.