LEWIS - Mary Helen Cross, 85, died April 22 at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 25, 1926, at Fellsburg, she was the daughter of LeRoy G. and Helen Hilts Gatterman. A lifetime area resident, she was a retired insurance agent for the Home State Bank and Lewis Insurance Service. In August, 1949, she married Charles R. Cross at Lewis. He died on Aug. 23, 1954.
RUSSELL - Peggy Ann Beck, 61, of Russell, died April 20 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born June 6, 1950, in Salina, she was the daughter of Philip S. and Bette J. (Johannes) Quinley. Moving to Great Bend when she was 5 years old, she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1968. She then attended Marymount College. On July 25, 1975, she married Harold "Bud" Beck Jr. in Great Bend. They made their home in Great Bend until January of 1992 when they moved to Russell. She was the Barton County Courthouse Clerk for several years. Then ...
LEAWOOD - Gertrude M. Dietz, 94, died peacefully on April 22 after a short illness. She was in the company of her family and the comfort of the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. Born Feb. 15, 1918, in Barton County, she was the daughter of Peter and Amelia (Steinert) Nuss. On July 30, 1936, she married Arthur A. Dietz in Milberger. Together they had two children. He died on Oct. 15, 1982. A resident of Leawood since 1993, coming from Great Bend, she loved life and was an avid bridge player her entire life. She loved her children ...
CONCORDIA - Raymond A. Franklin, 80, of Concordia passed away April 18 at the Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. He was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Saline County.
Ellinwood High School Future Business Leaders of America competed at the state FBLA conference March 29-30 at the Capital Plaza Convention Center in Topeka. FBLA members were competing against 6A schools in the finals, scoring enough points to be victorious in five areas.
USD 495 calendar
Sunday, April 22
There are new young adult books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
Mark and Linda Ille of Ellinwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Ann to Joseph Charles Muiller, son of Steve and Michelle Muiller of Lawrence.
Jennifer Tunks and Jay Johnson were united in marriage on March 19 at Teton Village, Wyo. Parents of the bride are Gene Tunks of Commerce, Okla., and Rod and June Weiszbrod of Woodward, Okla. Parents of the groom are Ron Johnson of Sayre, Okla., and Pam and Willie Eslinger of Hammon, Okla.
Richard and Martha Strecker of Dodge City will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception at 2 p.m. on May 27 at the Knights of Columbus in Dodge City. Hosts for the event will be their children Dave and Roni Strecker of Minneola, Shannon and Jan Stauth of Hays, Steve and Janna Strecker of Garden City and Scot and Karen Moeder of Great Bend; and their 11 grandchildren.
Carl and Melinda Petz of Olathe announce the engagement of their daughter Allyson Petz to Andrew Owen, son of Carrol Owen and Debbie Owen, both of Hoisington. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Larry and Mary Ward of Great Bend and Ray and Bernice Petz of Ellinwood. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Anita Meade of Hoisington and Manny Meade of Topeka.
Matt and Jana Keeley announce the birth of their daughter, Reese AnnMarie Keeley, on March 22 in Olathe. She weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 3/4 in. long. She has a two-year-old big brother, Cade Matthew Keeley.
Vera Bellendir will celebrate her 80th birthday with a come-and -go reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 29 at the Best Western, 2910 10th in Great Bend.
Dean and Betty Misegadis will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a card shower. Hosts for the event will be their children and spouses Lois Misegadis and Mike James, Darlene Misegadis, and Steve and Barb Misegadis; and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Thousands of bikers and motocross fans will converge at the Great Bend Expo Complex this weekend, for two motorcycle events: The 7th Annual Big Bend Bike Rally and the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout.
Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama.
There are a lot of offensive ways to observe 9/11. A yoga studio near DC offered a 20 percent off sale ("9 + 11 = 20 PERCENT OFF!"), and a sex toy company soberly tweeted remembrance of "those lost, & honor those still fighting for freedom." But the most off-putting way to remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was by Rep. Louie Gohmert, who thinks of Sep. 11 as the anniversary of Benghazi, or as he says it, "BENGHAZI!!"
The Great Bend Police Department received more reports Monday of counterfeit bills passed at local businesses.