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Joseph Robert “Willy” Willesden Sr. 1944 - 2017

ORANGE GROVE, Texas - Joseph Robert "Willy" Willesden Sr., 73, died on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born to Robert William and Lillian (Alger) Willesden on June 20, 1944, in Queens, N.Y. Willy, as he was known to his friends and family, served in the United States Navy. After serving in the Navy, he worked for many years in the oilfield and then worked for OxyChem as a Maintenance Supervisor.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gertrude Read 1929-2017

Gertrude Read, 89, passed away on Oct. 31 2017. She was born to George Henry and Frances Margaret (Stagner) Likes on Sept. 13 1928, in Emporia. Gertrude owned and operated Reads Retail Liquor in Great Bend for 33 years before retiring.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


JuneAnna Marie Cruz-Gray 2005 - 2017

HUDSON - June-Anna Marie Cruz-Gray, 12, died Oct. 31, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. She was born May 13, 2005, at Great Bend, the daughter of Tabitha Gray. A Hudson resident for nine years, coming from Hoisington, JuneAnna was a seventh-grade student. She enjoyed tap dancing, animals and birds.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jerry J. Stoecklein

Jerry J. Stoecklein, 85, died Nov. 1, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Clarissa “Mickey” Blessing 1932 - 2017

Clarissa "Mickey" Blessing, 85, died Oct. 28, 2017, at Country Place Living in Larned. Born July 5, 1932, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Emil R. and Mary Therese (Kinzel) Zecha. Clarissa married William Robert "Bill" Blessing Aug. 25, 1951 ,at Russell. He died Feb. 13, 2002. A lifetime Barton County resident, she worked on the meat cutting line for Theis Packing Company and earlier worked as a seamstress for Marlette Homes. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, walking, coffee fellowship, and time with her family.

October 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Amy Louise Elmore 1922-2017

Larned - Amy Louise Elmore, 94, passed away Oct. 29, 2017 at Diversicare of Larned. She was born Nov. 20, 1922, in Pawnee Rock, the daughter of Charles B. and Anna Spreier Lewis. A lifetime area resident, she was a farmwife, teacher and a reading specialist in the Rozel-Burdett area.

October 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Kathy Williams 1953-2017

GREAT BEND - Kathy (Jenisch) Williams, 64, died Oct. 27, 2017, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Sept. 21, 1953, at Great Bend, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Finger) Jenisch. She married Tim Williams Oct. 8, 1996, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Odin and Great Bend, Mrs. Williams was a beautician at Total Concepts and a jewelry clerk at JCPenney until her retirement.

October 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Brenton Jay Weathers 1957 - 2017

Brenton Jay Weathers, 60, died Oct. 21, 2017, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. He was born March 21, 1957, at Larned, the son of James L. and Elaine (Bauer) Weathers. A lifetime Great Bend resident, Mr. Weathers worked in the oilfield.

October 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Robert Bruce Werner 1934 - 2017

OVERLAND PARK - Robert Bruce Werner, "Bob," 82, of Overland Park passed away on Oct. 22, 2017. Bob was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Axtell, to Ralph (Turk) and Mabel Werner. He graduated from Axtell High School, and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. Bob served in Alaska during the Korean War. He was later stationed in Waco, Texas, and received an honorable discharge in 1956. Bob graduated from Baker University with a degree in journalism. He was employed by the Great Bend Tribune for more than 30 years, and retired from the Tribune as publisher. Bob took pride ...

October 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Christine L. Salgado 1952 - 2017

HUTCHINSON - Christine L. Salgado, 65, died on Oct. 24, 2017 in Kansas City. She was born on March 4, 1952, in Hoisington, the daughter of John L. Torrez and Bessie (Navarro) Torrez. Christine grew up in the Hoisington community, residing there until 1993. She graduated from Hoisington High School in 1970, and then attended Barton Community College, graduating with her Associate of Arts Degree in 1972.

October 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Loretta M. Morgenstern 1921 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Loretta M. Morgenstern, 96, died Oct. 25, 2017, at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington. Born May 31, 1921, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Emil and Sophia (Sausen) Demel. On Feb. 14, 1942, she married LeRoy Morgenstern in Wichita. He died on Oct. 3, 1993. Loretta, a lifetime Hoisington resident and dedicated farm wife and mother, worked for a short time at Valley Center Bank in Valley Center, after graduating from Wichita Business College.

October 26, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Ronald J. Reichuber 1947 - 2017

LARNED - Ronald J. Reichuber, 70, passed away Oct. 23, 2017, at his residence in Larned. He was born Sept. 11, 1947, in Great Bend, the son of Leo F. and Caroline E. Hines Reichuber. On Aug. 23, 2002, he married Judy L. Flanigan in Larned. She survives. A longtime area resident he was a farmer for 15 years and worked at the Juvenile Corrections Office for 15 years. He loved woodworking, music and technology.

October 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Sandra Mae Wilhelm 1941-2017

SEWARD - Sandra Mae Wilhelm, 76, died Oct. 23, 2017, at Leisure Homestead, Stafford. She was born Jan. 29, 1941, at Bazine, the daughter of Emanuel and Evelyn (Bruse) Foos. She married Wayne Wilhelm Nov. 13, 1956, at Fort Morgan, Colo. A Seward resident since 1968, coming from Great Bend, Mrs. Wilhelm was a machine operator for Fuller Brush for 28 years, and previously was a cook at Radium Grade School.

October 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


David John Quesenbury 1957-2017

ELLINWOOD - David John Quesenbury, 60, died Oct. 21, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend.

October 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Richard Kent Feldman 1944 - 2017

Richard Kent Feldman, 73, went to his Heavenly Home on Oct. 19, 2017. He was born March 23, 1944 in Great Bend to Harold and Clara Mae Kurth-Feldman.

October 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Mary Ann Schartz 1934 - 2017

LARNED - Mary Ann Schartz, 83, passed away Nov. 15, 2017, at Country Living of Larned. She was born June 25, 1934, in Larned, the daughter ...

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Billy Eugene Schuster

Billy Eugene Schuster, 88, Nov. 15, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

November 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Cynthia Ann Harnett-Dilker 1967 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Cynthia Ann Harnett-Dilker, 50, died Nov. 9, 2017, at her home in Hoisington. She was born May 9, 1967, in Elgin, Illinois, the daughter ...

November 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Randy Slack 1948 - 2017

Randy Slack, 69, died Nov. 13, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born Feb. 26, 1948, the son of Ethmer Slack and ...

November 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Alice Foos, 1932-2017

GREAT BEND - Dorothy Alice Foos, 85, died Nov. 13, 2017, at Diversicare of Larned.

November 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Rosine L. Parish, 1915-2017

GREAT BEND - Rosine L. Parish, 102, died Nov. 12, 2017, at Kenwood Plaza Assisted Living, St. John.

November 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jane C. Hoff 1948-2017

CLAFLIN - Jane C. Hoff, 69, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Feb. 8, 1948, in Coldwater, the ...

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Alice Foos

GREAT BEND -- Dorothy Alice Foos, 85, Nov. 13, 2017, Diversicare of Larned, Larned. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Rosine Lena Parish

GREAT BEND -- Rosine Lena Parish, 102, died Nov. 12, 2017, at Kenwood Plaza, St. John. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road ...

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Harvey Eugene Linn 1930-2017

ALBERT - Harvey Eugene Linn, 87, died Nov. 11, 2017, at Almost Home, Inc., Great Bend. He was born Jan. 22, 1930, in Tulsa, Okla., the ...

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mildred Irene Pommerenke 1917 - 2017

LENEXA - Mildred Irene Pommerenke, 100, passed away quietly as she watched the sunset on her porch, Oct. 9, 2017, at Greenwood Terrace in Lenexa, where ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gary Dale Miller 1949 - 2017

PALM DESERT, Calif. - Gary Dale Miller, 67, was born on Nov. 6, 1949, in Great Bend, and passed away on Oct. 25, 2017. He resided ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Emily A. (Henning) Ward 1931 - 2017

Emily A. Henning Ward, 86, died Nov. 9, 2017, at Great Bend. She was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Kingman County the daughter of John ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Curt L. Richards 1958-2017

RUSSELL - Curt L. Richards, 59, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. Born Feb. 13, 1958 in ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Verna J. Riemann 1927-2017

BEAVER - Verna J. Riemann, 90, died Nov. 9, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth. She was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Wilson, the daughter ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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