If the Social Security Administration had been around in 1776, the Founding Fathers might have retired on disability instead of giving birth to a nation. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other leaders of the American Revolution suffered chronic effects of diseases like smallpox, tuberculosis and malaria, and were devastated by the deaths of their children.
July 06, 2016|
OVERLAND PARK - Ryan Steven Ricker, 41, passed away on June 29, 2016, from complications following a bone marrow transplant and his year long battle with leukemia. The Lord has restored his body and freed him of struggle and disease. Ryan was born in Lyons on Dec. 17, 1974. He graduated from Ellinwood High School and Kansas State University.
Geraldine Marshall, 95, died July 4, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend. Born Oct. 28, 1920, at Ulman, Mo., she was the daughter of Barney and Anna Dawson. In 1944, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri and later earned her Master's Degree from Webster College. On Aug. 24, 1947, she married James Marshall at St. Louis, Mo. He died March 26, 1967. She was a primary teacher for 26 years, with 17 of those as first grade teacher at Prairie School in Prairie Village. After raising her family and retiring ...
Connie Ann Johnson, 61, died July 4, 2016, at her home in Great Bend. Born March 5, 1955, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Dean and Bobby Ann (Parish) Johnson. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was employed by Walmart in shipping and receiving. She enjoyed playing softball, bowling and spending time with family.
Jo Ann Novotny, 57, died July 2, 2016, at her home in Great Bend. Born March 9, 1959, in Larned she was the daughter of Gerald and Winona (Seltmann) Smiley. On July 8, 1978, she married Rick Novotny in Larned. A Great Bend resident since 1988, coming from Larned, she was a Certified Medical Technologist for Central Kansas Medical Center for 20 years and Great Bend Regional Hospital for five years.
Once again the City of Great Bend was lit up with fireworks and celebration over the holiday weekend and city officials agree it was a good celebration for the city and the people who live here or visited family from out of town.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday July 14, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.