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Wanda Sue Ybarra 1949-2017

Wanda Sue Ybarra, 67, lifelong Great Bend resident, passed away at her home early on Friday morning, Feb. 3, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Wanda was born on Feb. 22, 1949, at Great Bend, to Gilbert Clyde and Alma Elvira (Ochs) Scheuerman. She attended school in the Ellinwood School District at Ellinwood, and was united in marriage to Peter Paul Ybarra on Dec. 30, 1975, at Miami, Okla. Wanda worked as Supervisor of Facilities Management at the Barton County Courthouse in Great Bend for 29 years, retiring on Aug. 1, 2016.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Beverly Erb 1948-2017

BAZINE - Beverly Erb, 68, passed away on Jan. 31, 2017, at Country Living in Larned. Born on April 13, 1948, in Lawrence, she was the daughter of L.A. (Roy) and Marjorie Cochran Krug. In 1966 she graduated from Ness City High School and attended Kansas State University. On June 1, 1984, she married Stan Erb in Bazine. He survives.

February 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Paul Edward Spacil

WICHITA - Paul Edward Spacil, 71, passed away Jan. 27, 2017, in Wichita. He was born in Great Bend and raised in Ellinwood. He retired in 2011 after 42 years of service as a teacher, administrator and adjunct professor in the Wichita Public Schools and Catholic Diocese of Wichita. Up to his passing, he had also served as Credit Union of America Board Chairman.

February 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Esther Maher

Esther Maher, 92, died Jan. 31, 2017, at Almost Home Inc., Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kan.

February 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Samuel Bruntz 1923 - 2017

BAZINE - Samuel Bruntz, 93, went to meet his Lord and Savior on Jan. 27, 2017. Born July 16, 1923, in Bazine, he was the son of Jacob and Eva Bruntz. He lived his life in Bazine, where he farmed and worked in the oil field. He married Esther Schoenhals in 1950 and raised a family of four sons in Bazine. His retirement was spent at his shop in Bazine restoring antique tractors and small engines. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Those hearts that knew him are broken and he will be dearly missed.

January 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Orville E. Stroh 1937-2017

LYONS - Orville E. Stroh, (Ret.) 79, died Jan. 25, 2017, in Little River. Born, Nov. 22, 1937, in Wilson, he was the son of Aaron and Anna (Nuss) Stroh. In 1960, he married Beverly Brown in Norfolk, Va. She preceded him in death. He owned Stroh Realty and Auction in Lyons.

January 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Rose Eva Magie 1922 - 2017

Rose Eva Magie, 94, died Jan. 28, 2017, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 8, 1922, at Claflin, she was the daughter of Joseph E. and Anna (Wolfel) Reif. On May 22, 1992, she married Dale Magie at Great Bend. He died May 1, 1996. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Ellsworth, she worked for Essex.

January 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lucille Kathryn Hickel Branan 1926-2017

Lucille Kathryn Hickel Branan, 90, died Jan. 2, 2017, at Hopewest Hospice, Grand Junction, Colo. She was born Nov. 3, 1926, at Redwing, the daughter of Emil and Magdelena (Courange) Hickel. She married Leo A. Kaiser April 24, 1945, at Beaver, Kansas. He died Sept. 29, 1961. She then married R. L. "Bob" Branan Jan. 15, 1973, at Claflin. He died Apr. 26, 2008. Mrs. Branan was a lifetime resident of Barton County.

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


I.C. “Ike” Walter 1925-2017

HOISINGTON - I.C. "Ike" Walter, 91, died Jan. 27, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born July 7, 1925 at Chambers, Neb., he was the son of John and Matilda (Lierman) Walter.

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Paula Diane Wells 1942 - 2017

LARNED - Paula Diane Wells, 74, passed away Jan. 24, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born June 7, 194,2 in Wichita, she was the daughter of Clarence W. and Winnifred M. Seglem Gallegher. A lifetime area resident she was a retired secretary at the Larned State Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning vegetables, western movies and eating ice cream, but especially loved watching Tyler and Trent play football and collecting grandchildren memorabilia.

January 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Daniel “Dan” Lee Bachman 1957 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Daniel "Dan" Lee Bachman, 59, died Jan. 21, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.

January 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


James S. 'Jim' Bowers 1936-2017

GREAT BEND -- James S. "Jim" Bowers, 80, died Jan. 22, 2017, at his home in Great Bend.

January 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Juliana Dreher Unrein 1933 -2017

HAYS - Juliana Dreher Unrein, 83, joined the Lord Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, Colo. She was born Dec. 21, 1933, in Rush County the daughter of Philip and Wilhelmina (Schuckman) Dreher. On Sept. 10, 1951, she married LaVerne J. "Vernie" Unrein. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 2012. She was a homemaker and motel owner.

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Francis (Frank) Patrick Callahan Jr. 1956 - 2017

LARNED - Francis (Frank) Patrick Callahan Jr. 60, passed away Jan. 21, 2017, at his home in Larned, after a year long battle with brain cancer. He was born Oct. 2, 1956, in Larned, the son of Francis P. Sr. and Hazel D. Skelton Callahan. A graduate of Washburn University, he received his Bachelors Degree in Business. A lifetime area resident, he was a Licensed American Family Insurance Agent for 28 years, working at the Larned location for 23 years then added the Great Bend location five years ago. On Aug. 25, 1979, he married TaWanna Mae Mason in Great Bend ...

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Ruth L. White 1925 - 2017

Ruth L. White, 91, died Jan. 22, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 4, 1925, at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Arthur A. and Mary Ellen (Keenan) Campbell. On Jan. 11, 1947, she married William A. White at St. John. He died Oct. 10, 2005. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was a homemaker. Besides being a loving and caring wife and mother, she enjoyed baking, cards, dominoes, marbles, needlework and word search puzzles. She enjoyed having her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren around and always made sure to take great care of them when they ...

January 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Iris LaVern (Buckbee) Pohlman

Iris LaVern (Buckbee) Pohlman, 84, passed away at her home in Ellinwood on Feb. 18, 2017. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood. Full ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Margaret Julia Smith 1917 - 2017 

CLAFLIN - Margaret Julia Smith (Miller), 99, died Feb. 18, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Feb. 26, 1917, at Claflin, the daughter ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Babette “Babs” Kinderknecht

CHANDLER, ARIZ. - Babette "Babs" Kinderknecht, age 61, passed away Feb. 10, 2017 surrounded by family in her home in Chandler, Ariz., after a long battle ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Eugene Ernest Hallett 1933 - 2017

Eugene Ernest Hallett, 84, died Feb. 16, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 6, 1933, at Rush Center, the son ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Alfred M. Reichuber 1920 - 2017

Alfred M. Reichuber, 96, died Feb. 17, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born Feb. 27, 1920, at Odin, the son ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Sarah Jean Drescher 1924 - 2017

Sarah Jean Drescher, 92, of Great Bend passed away Feb. 16, 2017. She was born Aug. 24, 1924, the daughter of Leonard and Viola (Campbell ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Delbert L. Adams Jr. 1961 - 2017 

Delbert L. Adams Jr. died on Feb. 13, 2017 at Hays Medical Center. He was born Sept. 5, 1961 in Great Bend, the son of ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Kevin Lynn Habiger 1972 - 2017

Kevin Lynn Habiger, 44, died unexpectedly on Feb. 9, 2017, at Wichita. Born June 27, 1972, at Great Bend, he was the son of Sylvester ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Berniece Kay “Berni” Funk 1953 - 2017

OTIS - Berniece Kay "Berni" Funk, 63, died Feb. 15, 2017, at her home in rural Otis. Born Oct. 6, 1953, at Ness City, she was ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Robert Edward Guertin 1944 - 2017

BILLINGS, Okla. - Robert Edward Guertin, 72, died Feb. 13, 2017, at his home. Born Aug. 4, 1944, in Southbridge, Mass., he was the son of ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Larry Dean Shaw 1955 - 2017

Larry Dean Shaw, 61, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. An avid KU basketball fan and fisherman, Larry loved people, family gatherings, attending yearly ...

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gerald Dean Dixon 1931 - 2017

Gerald Dean Dixon, 85, died Feb. 16, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born Dec. 20, 1931, at Pawnee Rock, the ...

February 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Elmo Merritt 1927 - 2017

HUTCHINSON - Elmo Merritt, 89, died Feb. 15, 2017, at Pleasant Hills Home, Hutchinson. He was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Gorman, Texas, to Edward and ...

February 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Donna Jean Schrepel 1950 - 2017

Donna Jean Schrepel, 66, died Feb. 14, 2017, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. She was born June 6, 1950, at Manitowoc, Wis., the daughter ...

February 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Berniece Kay "Berni" Funk

OTIS - Berniece Kay "Berni" Funk, 63, died Feb. 15, 2017 at her home in rural Otis.

February 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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