LANCASTER, Calif.- Stella Arlene Marker Blevins, 74, of Lancaster, Calif. lost a brief but courageous battle with cancer on May 21 with her three children by her bedside. She was born on Sept. 2, 1937 in Great Bend, and grew up in Ellinwood.
WICHITA - Kevin W. Peschka of Wichita died in his home on May 24. Born on Jan. 14, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo., to Lawrence (Sonny) and Mary Peschka, he was the second of six children.
Frank Carl Buettner, 88, of Great Bend, passed away May 25 in Lindsborg. He was born April 10, 1924, in Hutchinson, the son of Harry and Mary (Walstrom) Buettner. He married Lynn Cunday in 1947 in Hutchinson. She passed away in 2003.
Graveside Committal Services for Doris May Amerine will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the Great Bend City Cemetery with Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Barton County Relay For Life. Charter Funerals in Great Bend is in charge of arrangements.
LARNED - Roger Allen "Butcher" Meeker, 62, died May 12 at his home in Jay, Okla. He was born Nov. 12, 1949, at Larned, the son of Frank and Lucille Steadman Meeker. He was a welder, working for Superior Boiler Works.
GENESEO - Jerry Paden, 57, died May 24 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Born March 8, 1955, in Austria, he was the son of Jack and Roberta (Croll) Paden. On Aug. 31, 1996, he married Treva (Burress) Schepmann in Ellsworth. He was the founder of Paden's Place in Ellsworth and a track inspector for Union Pacific Railroad before his retirement.
GREAT BEND - Robert William Shewbart, 21, died May 23, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
ALDEN - Representative Robert G. Bethell, 69, died May 20 in Topeka. Born Nov. 5, 1942, in Joliet, Ill., he was the son of George and Ann Bath Bethell. A resident of Alden since 1982, he was formerly of Siloam Springs, Ark. He received his bachelor's degree from John Brown University and his master's degree in Education from the University of Illinois. On Dec. 19, 1965 he married Lorene Fay Redmon in Joliet, Ill. He was a State Representative for the 113th District, Senior Pastor at the Alden and Raymond Baptist Churches and former nursing home administrator in various ...
McPHERSON - Harry Leon "Papa Harry" Owen, 57, of McPherson, passed away on May 19 unexpectedly at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Dec. 27, 1954, in Great Bend, he was the son of William Emmett "Bill" and Glenda Vivian (Muench) Owen. He attended Great Bend grade schools and Great Bend High School. Currently working for Stanion Wholesale Electric Company of McPherson as a counter salesman, he had worked for them for over 22 years.
LA CROSSE - Creta Claudine Huddleston, 93, died May 21 at Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Dec. 13, 1918, in rural Alexander, she was the daughter of Claude T. and Creta Marie Wright Huddleston. For almost 35 years her home was at the Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse, moving from Pawnee Rock.
LARNED - Trevor Houston Greathouse, 18, passed away May 21. He was born Jan. 27, 1994, at Great Bend, the son of Randy Greathouse, and Sharon (Miller) and Ernie Boswell. A lifetime area resident, he was a student and recent graduate of Pawnee Heights High School.
CLAFLIN - Mildred Louise (Owen), Cutler, 82, died May 20. She was born June 1, 1929, in Caddoa, Colo., to Clyde Cecil and Edna Luella (Swift) Owen. A Claflin resident, formerly of Valley Center, she was a retired Koch accounting bookkeeper.
Roy Key Jr., 89, a former resident of Great Bend and Bethany, Okla., passed away May 15 in Camano Island, Wash. He was born in Chandler, Okla. on Feb. 28, 1923, the son of Roy Key and Gladys (Waller) Key. He grew up in both Oklahoma and Kansas, attending high school in Montrose. He joined the CCC's at age 17 serving as a dental assistant in Wyoming. It was during a revival at the Shannon Friend's Church that he met and later married Edna Christians, his lifelong love. They were married Sept. 14, 1942 on the Christians' farm ...
Doris M. Amerine, 88, of Great Bend, passed away at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend on Thursday evening, May 17, 2012. Doris was born on Nov. 7, 1923, in Great Bend to Emery Blaine and Katie E. (Brocher) Burris. A lifelong resident of Barton County, she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1941. On April 11, 1942, she was united in marriage to Maurice D. Amerine in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 1981. Doris was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
LAMAR, Colo. - Joseph M. Wilkening, 71, died May 17, 2012 at his home in Lamar, Colo., with his family by his side. Born on April 19, 1938, in Lincoln, Neb., he was the son of Walter and Ruth (Ruppecht) Wilkening.
GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goodard. Born Jan. 18, 1948, in Claflin, she was the daughter of Joseph Miller and Lucille (Habiger) Miller. She was employed by Koch Industries as a records administrator.
Thomas E. Harris, 67, died Oct. 22 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 29, 1947, at Neosho, Mo., the son of Lawrence Edwin and Eula (Stites) Harris. He married Shirley Schmitt May 1, 1965 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Granby, Mo., he was a long-time oilfield truck driver and later owned and operated Tom Harris Trucking.
CLAFLIN - Stephen F. Demel, 86, died Oct. 22 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Dec. 26, 1927, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Lamatsch) Demel. On April 23, 1957, he married Dolores A. Jenisch in Odin. A lifelong resident of Barton County, he was a farmer.
Mary Elizabeth Henkle, 80, died on Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 9, 1934, in Burlington she was the daughter of Charles William and Hazel Loretta (Doll) Reynolds. On Feb. 12, 1950, she married Carl W. Henkle in Holyrood. A resident of Great Bend since 1953, coming from Ellsworth County, she was employed by Sears in the customer service department, retiring after more than 30 years of service.
ALBERT - Bernice (Martinez) Cross, 75, died Oct. 20, 2014 in Wichita.
CONCORDIA - Sister Jeanette Wasinger, 76, died Oct. 22, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. She was a Sister of St. Joseph for 56 years. Born in Hays on June 3, 1938, she was the daughter of Nick and Catherine (Stecklein) Wasinger, the younger of two children, and was baptized Jeanette Mae. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, on Sept. 8, 1957. On March 18, 1958, Jeanette received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Joseph Andre. Changes in religious life gave her the opportunity to return to her baptismal name Jeanette. She ...
CLAFLIN - Stephen Frank Demel, 86, died Oct. 22, 2014 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21, 2014 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goddard.
DODGE CITY - Carol Jeanie (Kennedy) Blazek, 64, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. She was born June 4, 1950 at Russell, the daughter of Gerald L. and Catherine (Nault) Kennedy. A Dodge City resident for the past 40 years, moving from Hoisington, she worked at Sonic Drive In and Wardrobe Cleaners, both in Dodge City, retiring in 2012. She enjoyed crocheting and making poppies for the Veterans.
Mary E. Henkle, 80, died Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Mary Lea Wade, 85, died Oct. 21, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Aug. 14, 1929, in Prague, Okla., she was the daughter of Alvin and Pearl (Stiffler) Montgomery. On Oct. 14, 1951, she married Lee Wade in Great Bend. He died on April 9, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Prague, Okla., she was a secretary for Kopke Law Office and Haneke Financial Services.
RUSSELL - Gerald Dean Bender, 72, passed away on Oct. 19, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 23, 1942, in Russell, he was the son of Herbert H. and Viola E. (Mai) Bender. He grew up and attended schools in the Milberger area. He was employed by the City of Russell in the refuse department for 20 years, retiring in 1999.
CLINTON, Iowa - Gerald V. Galusha, 91, of Clinton, Iowa, died Sunday Oct. 19, at his home. Gerald was born on Aug. 16, 1923, in Garden Plaines, Ill., the son of James and Louise (Gerhardt) Galusha. He graduated from Erie High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, with the 90th Infantry Division under General Patton. He was wounded on Jan. 16, 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge, when he received severe head injuries from mortar shell shrapnel.
Jack Daubert, 61, died Oct. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Hospital. Born in Great Bend, on April 9, 1953, he was the son of Herman and Wanda (Riemann) Daubert. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1972. Jack worked as a Certified Medical Assistant at "The Cedars" retirement community in McPherson. He was a longtime resident of Great Bend.
Kathy L. Kaiser, 65, passed away Oct. 19, at her home. Born Aug. 10, 1949, in Hopeton, Okla., she was the daughter of Glenn S. and Artie R. (Elliott) Jones. A resident of Great Bend since 1977, she worked 23 years for USD #428 in Food Service. On July 30, 1977, she married Paul Kaiser in Great Bend. He survives of the home.