ULYSSES - Fred Lock, 95, died Feb. 5 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. Born Aug. 24, 1916, in Barton County, he was the son of Henry and Magdalena (Mai) Lock. He attended Blood Creek School District 85 and graduated in 1935 from Otis Rural High School Otis. On Sept. 4, 1938, he married Ethel Lenora Brack in Great Bend. She died Sept. 30, 2009. A resident of Ulysses since 1954, he was the plant manager for Producer's Gas Company in Barton County, and then a gas well operator for Kansas Natural Gas for 42 years.
ELLINWOOD - Florence Wilhelm Veach, 96, died Feb. 7 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. Born Jan. 23, 1916, in Galatia, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Magdelena Dietz Karst. On Jan. 9, 1938, she married August Wilhelm in Galatia. He died on May 18, 1976. She then married George Veach on Aug. 30, 1981, in Ellinwood. He died in 1985. A resident of Hebron, Neb., for the past several years, formerly of Ellinwood and Galatia, she was a secretary for Bosse Elevators in Ellinwood and a homemaker.
HUTCHINSON - Charles T. "Chuck" Bowman, 72, of Hutchinson, died Feb. 6 at Pine Village in Moundridge. He was born Dec. 12, 1939, at Great Bend, the son of James Orlin and Myrtle Mae Seaman. He grew up and attended school in Garden City, but graduated from Dodge City High School in 1957. He married Mathilda H. Schartz on Aug. 7, 1965, in Larned. He began working at Cessna Fluid Power in 1965, and retired at Eaton Corp. as network administrator in 1999.
Annabelle N. Spencer, 74, died Feb. 6 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born July 15, 1937, in Goessell, she was the daughter of Russell Everett and Frances Jane (Parsons) Wenger. A Great Bend resident since 1993, coming from Wichita, she was a cook at Scott County Hospital and Clara Barton Hospital.
William Edward "Ed" Kirk, 89, died Feb. 5, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born Oct. 6, 1922, at Kansas City, Kan., he was the son of William G. and Shirley M. (King) Kirk. He married Margaret A. Schweder on Aug. 22, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. They were married 56 years, until her passing on Nov. 11, 2005. He retired in 1987 as general manager of Great Bend Commonwealth Theatres and was a former manager of theaters in Hoisington, Pratt, Liberal and Lawrence. In Missouri he managed theaters in Monett, Columbia, Sedalia, and Springfield. He was a former owner ...
This Valentine's Day the Great Bend Public Library will sponsor a romance movie marathon, marketing director Jennifer King said. The library, 1409 Williams St., will show free movies for the public to enjoy all day on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The first movie starts at 10 a.m.
Janice K. Showalter, 41, was injured last Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Albert, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports. She was driving west on K-96 at 2:50 p.m. when Alex Roth, 20, of Ellinwood, pulled in front of the car from a stop sign at Main Street. Showalter was unable to stop in time and the Chrysler she was driving struck the right side of the Dodge pickup that Roth was driving.
There are still a few openings for the Kansas Wetland Education Center's Feb. 11 winter kid's program, "Winter's Deep Sleep". Designed for children ages 6 through 12, the program runs from 10-11 a.m. at no charge.
Hoisington Masonic Lodge 331 will hold their annual Pancake and Sausage Supper fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday before the Hoisington High School Homecoming basketball game, at the Lodge Hall, 2nd and Vine. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children at the door or from a Lodge member. Takeout will be available.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Diane's Diner, 807 E. 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Shay Kasselman with greeters Jan Westfall and Marty Steinert. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
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.