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Ronald Lee Reneau 1957 - 2015

SEWARD - Ronald Lee Reneau, 57, passed away April 13, 2015 at the University of Colorado Hospital. He was born on Dec. 13, 1957, in Kiowa. He lived most of his life in the Hudson, St John and Seward area. He joined US Navy right after high school graduation and spent time in the Philippines, Japan and Hawaiian Islands. He trained with the United States Navy Seals as their Assault Coxman.

April 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Marvin Leroy Brown 1939 - 2015

RADIUM - Marvin Leroy Brown, 75, passed away April 19, at his home in Radium. Born July 8, 1939, in Great Bend, he was the son of J.P. and Frances (Ward) Brown. A resident of Radium since 1985, he was a welder. On Feb. 14, 1985, he married Lana C. (Mettscher) in Kansas City, MO. She survives of the home.

April 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ethel Jonas

HAYS - Ethel Jonas, 91, died April 20 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, KS.

April 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Maurice J. Damm 1933-2015

Maurice J. Damm, 81, died April 19 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born June 17, 1933 at Great Bend, he was the son of Hugo L. and Louise (Shepherd) Damm.

April 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015

HUDSON – Larry M. Sittner, 73, died April 16, 2015, at Via Christi, St. Francis, Wichita.

April 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


A. Dale Carpenter, 1929-2015

GREAT BEND - A. Dale Carpenter, 85, died April 17, 2015 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.

April 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Helen Margaret (Penka) Kalina 1924-2014

HOISINGTON – Helen Margaret (Penka) Kalina, daughter of Emil and Hedwig (Heger) Penka, died Dec. 11, 2014, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.

April 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015

Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015

April 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


Norma Lea Gray 1937 - 2015

ST. JOHN - Norma Lea Gray, 78, died April 14, 2015 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Creek County, Okla., she was the daughter of Lester and Ruby (Browning) Allen. On Aug. 18, 1952, she married Melvin Eugene Gray in Oilton, Okla.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wanda Lee Deer 1921 - 2015

FREDONIA - Wanda Lee Deer, 93, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in Wichita. Born on Feb. 28, 1921, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Frank Edward and Nellie (Coats) Sypolt. On May 19, 1960, she was united in marriage to Kelso Deer. He preceded her in death. She worked as an executive secretary for Phillips Petroleum for many years.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Patrick John O’Connell 1929 - 2015

FRONTENAC - Patrick John O'Connell, 86, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on April 14, 2015 at the Medicalodge of Frontenac. He was born March 29, 1929, in Pittsburg, the son of William F. and Mary (Kinsella) O'Connell. He graduated from St. Mary's High School and later from Pittsburg State University. On June 20, 1954, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Wilson at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He worked for Cripe Bakery and Junge Baking Company as a route salesman.

April 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


W. “Fritz” Waymaster 1927 - 2015

RUSSELL - W. "Fritz" Waymaster, 87, died on April 12, 2015, at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born on July 30, 1927, in rural Bunker Hill, he was the son of David J. and Anna E. (Steinle) Waymaster. He grew up in the Bunker Hill area and started school there as well. Later he moved and finished his basic education in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in 1945.

April 14, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Marilyn K. Rivers 1940 - 2015

HUTCHINSON - Marilyn K. Rivers, 74, died April 12, 2015, at Dillon Living Center. She was born June 19, 1940, in Norton, the daughter of John and Addie Sheets Rivers. She was a 1959 graduate of Great Bend High School. A resident of Hutchinson since 1960, she worked retail for her parents at Rivers Shoe Store.

April 14, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Carole Willcut 1937 - 2015

WOODWARD, Okla. - Carole Willcut, 78-year-old Woodward, Okla., resident, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gregory Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

April 14, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary M. Wondra 1922 -2015

ODIN – Mary M. Wondra, 92, died April 12, at Great Bend Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 12, 1922, in Odin, she was the daughter of Joseph V. and Frances M. (Tinkel) Jenisch. She graduated from Odin High School. On April 29, 1946, she married William Wondra in Odin. He died Nov. 13, 1996. A lifetime resident of the Odin and Claflin area, she was a homemaker.

April 13, 2015 | | Obituaries


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William John “Bill” Berchek Jr. 1947 - 2015

William John "Bill" Berchek Jr., 67, passed away on May 2, at his home near Great Bend. Born on July 29, 1947, in Pueblo, Colo. he was the son of William John Berchek Sr. and Evelyn Caroline Gordon. He received his associates degree from Barton County Community College and used it in a wide variety of areas. He worked for 30 years as a Conductor for Union Pacific Railroad as well as in real estate and farming. He was a lifetime resident of Barton County. On March 25, 1989, He married Marcia Richardson in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives of ...

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bob Mead

Bob Mead, 78, died May 4, at Hays Medical Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


John “Danny” Dipman — 1943-2015

LARNED - John Daniel "Danny" Dipman, 72, died at his home in rural Larned on May 2, 2015. Born on April 18, 1943, in Larned, he was the son of John W. and Eldred E. (Sanders) Dipman.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Bob Mead

Bob Mead, 78, died May 4, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Theresa M. Ney 1916-2015

HOISINGTON - Theresa M. Ney, 98, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died April 30 at Golden Living Center, Wilson. Born Aug. 8, 1916, she was the daughter of Paul Dolechek, Sr. and Anna (Weber) Dolechek.

May 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Delores June Steadman 1925-2015

Delores June Steadman, 89, died April 28 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Sept. 11, 1925 at Bazine, she was the daughter of Charles F. and Lillian (DeWald) Schenkel.

May 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bess E. Sellens 1932-2015

HOISINGTON - Bess E. Sellens, 83, died May 2 at Locust Grove Village, LaCrosse. Born March 30, 1932 at Milo, Mo., she was the daughter of Allen and Mary (Brown) Laflen.

May 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ivan H. Christy 1927 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Ivan H. Christy, 88, died April 30, 2015, at Country Place Senior Living, Hoisington. He was born Feb. 9, 1927, at Kansas City, Mo., to Ivan H. and Anna (Tillisch) Christy. He married Mary Louise Kircher Feb. 7, 1949, at Paola. They were later divorced. Ivan then married Gwenola Bagley Ochs March 21, 1970, at Hoisington. She died April 30, 2007.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Elmer Paul Boger 1920-2015

HUTCHINSON - Elmer Paul Boger, 94, passed away on April 28, 2015 of natural causes at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.

April 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Delores June Steadman

GREAT BEND - Delores June Steadman, 89, died April 28, 2015 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood.

April 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Katherine Wandalee ‘Lee’ Stalcup 1929 - 2015

STAFFORD - Lee Stalcup, 85, died April 29, 2015 at Kenwood Plaza in St. John.

April 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair 1931 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair, 83, passed away April 27, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born on Dec. 27, 1931, in Rush County, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Rosemary (Leiker) Urban. In 1949, she graduated from La Crosse High School. On June 20, 1954, she married Millard Schloemer in Great Bend. He died Feb. 22, 1982. She later married Ural G. (Jack) Clair in Ellinwood, on Dec. 7, 1990. She worked as a secretary for USD 403 in Bison and as an operator at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in La Crosse.

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​LeRoy George Schartz Jr. 1952 - 2015

HOISINGTON - LeRoy George Schartz Jr., 62, died April 22, 2015, at his home in Hoisington. Born May 3, 1952, in Great Bend, he was the son of LeRoy George and Viola Marie (Hermann) Schartz. He married Sharon Holcomb. They were later divorced. He recently moved to Hoisington from Great Bend, where he had worked in both the carpentry and automotive repair trades. Those who truly knew LeRoy will remember him for his kindness and generosity. LeRoy was not a man of material possessions, so he used his kindness and skills to give to others. He loved helping his friends by ...

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​James (Jim) W. Kolb 1944 - 2015

LARNED - James (Jim) W. Kolb, 70, passed away April 25, 2015, at his home in Austin, Texas. Born June 8, 1944, in Dodge City, he was the son of Harold "Sandy" and Rhoda Jean Donovan Kolb. A longtime area resident of Larned then moving to Austin, Texas, he was an Licensed Mental Health Technician and later changed positions to Activity Therapist at the Larned State Hospital. After he retired from 30 years of service at Larned State Hospital, he drove a school bus for 10 years at Larned School District. On July 26, 1975, he married Bonnie Ladean Eaton in ...

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


Stan Nelson 1962 - 2015

Stan Nelson, 52, of Great Bend died April 26, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Oct. 13, 1962, at Council Grove, to Byron Keith and Carolyn (Parsons) Nelson. He married Joyce Klassen Dec. 6, 1996, at Great Bend. Stan had been a Great Bend resident since 1970, coming from Lawrence. Formerly operating and managing the family business, Schendel Weed and Pest Control, Stan currently worked for Barton County Road and Bridge Department.

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


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