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Mary Ellen Smith 1937-2012

BURDETT - Mary Ellen Smith, 75, died Nov. 18 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.

November 19, 2012 | | Obituaries


Kay K. Vanek 1932 - 2012

HOLYROOD - Kay K. Vanek, 80, died Nov. 17 in Ellsworth. He was born on March 5, 1932 in Lincoln County.

November 19, 2012 | | Obituaries


James Elliott Foster 1925 - 2012

TOPKEA - James Elliott Foster, 87, of Topeka, passed away Nov. 17 at Brewster Health Center following a short illness. Jim was born on April 8, 1925, in Topeka. He was the only child of Dwayne Eliab Foster and Geraldine Mareeta Gardner Foster. Although Jim attended Topeka schools most of his life, his family moved to Carlsbad, N.M. for a couple of years at the beginning of the Great Depression, and returned to Topeka. Jim attended Van Buren Elementary, Crane Junior High, and was a 1943 graduate of Topeka High School. He played on the Topeka High School Varsity Baseball ...

November 19, 2012 | | Obituaries


Audie Lee Karst 1954-2012

RUSSELL - Audie Lee Karst, 58, of Russell, formerly of Great Bend and Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., departed this life Nov. 15, 2012 at Russell Regional Hospital after a courageous, year-long battle with cancer.

November 17, 2012 | | Obituaries


Sylvia Ann Welch

DENVER, Colo. - Sylvia Ann Welch, 79, died Nov. 14, 2012 at Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, Colo.

November 17, 2012 | | Obituaries


Virginia L. Champ 1934-2012

LYONS - Virginia L. (Miller) Champ, 78, passed away Nov. 15, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society in Lyons.

November 16, 2012 | | Obituaries


John A. Gordon 1947 - 2012

THE COLONY, Texas - John A. Gordon, 65, passed away Nov. 10, 2012.

November 16, 2012 | | Obituaries


Alan Kent Christians 1955-2012

LINDSBORG - Alan Kent Christians, 57, of Lindsborg, passed away surrounded by his family and friends on Nov. 16, 2012.

November 16, 2012 | | Obituaries


Elinor May Bryant Hiss 1936 - 2012

ELLINWOOD - Elinor May Bryant Hiss, 76, died Nov. 14 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born March 24, 1936, at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harry and Clara Koch Bryant. In 1954 she graduated from Ellinwood High School. On Aug. 26, 1956, she married Frederick (Lawrence) Hiss at Ellinwood. He died on July 25, 2011. A lifetime resident of Barton and Rice counties, she was employed at the Barton County Extension Office from 1954-1957, was secretary for Grace Lutheran Church from 1972-1980, worked in the Rice County Appraisers Office from 1980-2002; and was a Drive my Car school ...

November 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Lynette Kay Cummins 1961 - 2012

ALBERT - Lynette Kay Cummins was taken up to heaven on Nov. 10, 2012 due to a dune buggy accident in Wynoka, Okla.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries


Sue Gladys Abraham 1920-2012

HOISINGTON - Sue Gladys Abraham, 92, died Nov. 14, 2012 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries


Virginia Raye Lewis 1933 - 2012

PONCA CITY, Okla. - Virginia Raye Lewis, 78, died Nov. 13, 2012 at her home in Ponca City, Okla.

November 14, 2012 | | Obituaries


Douglas Steinert 1950 - 2012

HOISINGTON - Douglas Steinert, 62, died Nov. 12 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 15, 1950 in Russell, he was the son of Levi and La Vera (Steinert) Steinert. On Jan. 28, 1975, he married Darlene Naab in Russell. A resident of Hoisington since 1961, coming from Russell, he was employed in the oil patch and was a machinist. He loved his grandkids, hunting, fishing and camping outdoors.

November 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Lennie “Boots” Hughbanks 1915 - 2012

Lennie "Boots" Hughbanks, 97, died Nov. 9 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Born April 17, 1915, in Newton, she was the daughter of Willard and Ellas (Stoops) Anderson. On Jan. 7, 1946, she married Hanley Gene Hughbanks in Brewton, Ala. He died on Sept. 29, 1988. A resident of Great Bend since 1968, coming from Pratt, she was employed by the JC Penney Co. as the catalog department supervisor, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pratt and was a member of the Central Kansas Medical Center Auxiliary.

November 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Imogene Eileen Avery Eilers 1925 - 2012

LARNED - Imogene Eileen Avery Eilers, 86, died on Aug. 28 after a brief illness. Born Aug. 30, 1925 in Larned, she was the daughter of Brian Jennings Avery and Edna May Keller Avery Buhrer. In 1945, she married August E. Eilers from Missouri. They divorced in 1958. A resident of Larned for 30 years, she was employed at Larned State Hospital, retiring in 1986. She moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and to Hawthorne, Fla. in 1999.

November 13, 2012 | | 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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