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John W. Workman 1937 - 2012

GODDARD - John W. Workman, 75, died Nov. 8 in Wichita. Born Sept. 22, 1937, in Minot, N.D., he was the son of Arthur Workman and Olga Knudtson. A former resident of Great Bend, he was a retired law enforcement officer.

November 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Willis Stoskopf 1917 - 2012

HOISINGTON - Willis Stoskopf, 95, died Nov. 4 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 2, 1917 in Beaver, he was the son of Frank and Mary (Hull) Stoskopf. On July 10, 1938 he married Elizabeth McKinstry in Hagerman, N.M. A lifelong resident of Hoisington, he was a retired farmer. He enjoyed traveling, visiting with friends at the coffee shop and playing cards and bingo.

November 05, 2012 | | Obituaries


Barbara J. Bradford 1940 - 2012

ROZEL - Barbara J. Bradford, 72, died Nov. 3 at home. Born July 17, 1940 in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Thomas Virgil and Violet Marie Waggoner Murphy. In 1958 she graduated from Hutchinson High School. On Jan. 4, 1964 she married Clarence LeRoy Bradford, in Hutchinson. She retired from Larned State Hospital as a Dietary Supervisor in 2003.

November 05, 2012 | | Obituaries


Sister Louella Staab 1931 - 2012

Sister Louella Staab, 81, died Nov. 4 at the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Oct. 8, 1931, in Catherine as Maybell Ann Catherine Staab, Sister Louella was the daughter of the late Alexius and Celestine (Weigel) Staab. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Dec. 6, 1953, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1956. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2006. Sister Louella ministered from 1956 to 1968 in the hospital offices of St. Joseph Memorial in Larned, St. Rose in Great Bend, Sacred Heart in Lamar, Colo., St. Catherine ...

November 05, 2012 | | Obituaries


James “Jim” Henry Nuckolls 1927 - 2012

BURDETT - James "Jim" Henry Nuckolls, 85, died Nov. 3 at Edwards County Hospital in Kinsley. Born Aug. 11, 1927, in rural Burdett, he was the son of Joseph Charles and Elsie G. Winter Nuckolls. A life time resident of Burdett he was a retired farmer and custodian at Pawnee Heights High School. He married Helen J. Miller. She preceded him in death.

November 05, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Andra L. Webb

ST. JOHN - Andra L. Webb, 62, died Oct. 31 at Hospice House in Pratt. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in St. John.

November 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Edward H. Isern 1942 - 2012

ELLINWOOD - Edward H. Isern, 70, died Oct. 31 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Sept. 28, 1942, in Great Bend, he was the son of Edward H. and Marian Moses Isern. He was a 1960 graduate of Ellinwood High School, attended the University of Kansas, was a graduate of Western New Mexico and studied at the University of Colorado. On April 20, 1991, he married Marianne Newcombe at Colorado Springs, Colo. A longtime resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Boulder, Colo., he was a retired Realtor.

November 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


Shelby Lee “Stoney” Stone Sr. 1934 - 2012

Shelby Lee "Stoney" Stone Sr., 78, died Nov. 1 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born May 14, 1934, at Great Bend, the son of James Nelson and Helen Lee (DuBois) Stone. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a heavy equipment operator, employed as a crane operator for Chicago Bridge Company and American Bridge Company.

November 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


Edward H. Isern

ELLINWOOD - Edward H. Isern, 70, a lifetime Ellinwood resident, died Oct. 31, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita following a lengthy illness.

October 31, 2012 | | Obituaries


Sister Mary Rose Engel 1919 - 2012

GREAT BEND - Sister Mary Rose Engel, 93, died Oct. 30, 2012 in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend.

October 31, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert W. Bretz 1956 - 2012

ALTON, Ill. - Robert W. Bretz, 56, of Alton, Ill., died on Oct. 29 at his home. Born Jan. 18, 1956 in Oakley, he was the son of Samuel L. Bretz and Alice (Brant) Bretz. In 1981, he received a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University. On April 28, 1984, he married Brenda J. Schilling in Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. He worked for the Parkway School District in St. Louis for 18 years in the Facilities Department.

October 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Phillip Glenn Wynn Jr. 1927 - 2012

Phillip Glenn Wynn Jr., 85, died Oct. 28 at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born June 22, 1927 in Geneseo, he was the son of Glenn and Irene Campbell Wynn. He graduated from Geneseo High School and attended McPherson College. On May 17, 1947, he married Melva Jeannine Neal in Geneseo. She died on Nov. 4, 1977. On Dec. 18, 1977 he married Ruth Willard Kasselman in Sterling. A resident of Great Bend since 1967, having lived in Hutchinson for the past year, he was employed for 37 years by National Supply Company in oilfield sales.

October 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mary Alice Grubbs 1931-2012

LARNED - Mary Alice Grubbs, 80, died Oct. 26, 2012 at the Larned Healthcare Center after battling the effects of Alzheimer's for six years.

October 29, 2012 | | Obituaries


Shirley Lou Smith 1931-2012

Shirley Lou Smith, 80, died Oct. 25, 2012 at her home in Great Bend. She was born Oct. 28, 1931 at Bunker Hill, the daughter of George A. and Margaret Ellen (Peck) Hanzlick.

October 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Genevieve “Jennie” Alefs 1919-2012

Genevieve "Jennie" Alefs, 92, died surrounded by her family, on Oct. 25, 2012 at Country Place Senior Living, Hoisington. She was born Nov. 15, 1919 at St. Leo, the daughter of Joseph and Appolonia Thresia (Schommer) Schulte.

October 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


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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


Muriel S. Machal 1924 - 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Muriel S. Machal, 91, died April 25, at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Ray and Ida (Robbins) Stewart. On April 3, 1957, she married Joseph Anthony Machal in Great Bend, He died on Dec. 21, 1992. A resident of Colorado Springs, Colo. for seven years, coming from Great Bend, she was an insurance and financial planner for L.C. Harmon Agency.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Richard ‘Brian’ Reed 1976 - 2015

MAPLE HILL - Richard "Brian" Reed, 38, died April 18, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, Topeka.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Diana Beth Kaeberle 1958 - 2015

CLAFLIN - Diana Beth Kaeberle, 57, died April 25, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 5, 1958, in Greenville, Miss., she was the daughter of Donald and Reba (Atkins) Beckum. On June 20, 1992, she married Steven Kaeberle in Wilson. A 25 year Barton County resident, living most recently in Claflin, she was a secretary for Barton Community College.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair

ELLINWOOD - Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair, 83, passed away April 27, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


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