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.
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.
OLATHE - Aaron Richard Cobb, 21, of Olathe, passed away Nov. 9, in Rolla Mo. due to injuries from a car accident. Born Jan. 27, 1991, he was the son of Richard and Stacy Cobb. He was a 2009 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas. Aaron excelled in soccer and went on to play for the Kansas City Wizards/Sporting K.C. with Paul Rideout and was said to be an outstanding and hardworking player by his coaches. He was currently attending Missouri University of Science and Technology (UMR) where he was scheduled to receive his degree in Civil Architectural and Environmental ...
NESS CITY - Blanche Margaret Pfannenstiel, 96, died Nov. 8, at her home in the Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home, Hebron, Neb. She was born Oct. 21, 1916, the daughter of Hugh and Ethel Phleger Corrigan. On May 16, 1985, she married Adolf P. Pfannenstiel in Ness City. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1985. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of Ness County until she moved to Hebron in 2010.
JoAnn Cameron, 87, died Nov. 10 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1925, at Tonkawa, Okla., the daughter of William David and Olive DeLyte (McNeil) Rowe. She married Fred Lorn Cameron on Dec. 25, 1943, at Dodge City. He died June 22, 1987. JoAnn was a Great Bend resident since 1962, coming from Ponca City, Okla. She was a Nurse's Aide and lab tech for St. Rose Hospital and CKMC. She also worked for Great Bend Music. She enjoyed playing the organ during the holiday season at JC Penney.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Godin, 76, died May 25, 2015, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 24, 1939, in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Frank and Marion (Prespare) Godin. On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Mildred Gable in Great Bend. A resident of Pawnee Rock for six years, coming from Great Bend, he was a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield and later worked for maintenance at Great Bend Housing Authority.
Erwin "Erv" Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.
Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 16, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Hillary and Ruth Borne. She married Manford G. "Bud" Cannon Oct. 29, 1949, at Boone, Arkansas. He died Dec. 7, 1982. A long-time Great Bend resident, she was an accounts payable clerk for Great Bend Manufacturing.
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Sept. 9, 1926, on the farm in Odin, the son of Anton A. and Hattie Rose (Prosser) Beran. He graduated from Odin High School in 1944 and later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After returning from the military, Jerry played professional baseball for the Hutchinson Elks.
Delores Rae Keegan, 83, died May 23, 2015, at Sterling House of Great Bend. She was born Aug. 23, 1931, at Little River, the daughter of Ray and Elsie (Eaton) Folck. Mrs. Keegan was a Great Bend resident and taught public school for 39 years, the last 30 years in Great Bend at Morrison and Jefferson Elementary Schools.
Louis Wintholz, 83, passed from this world to join his beloved wife Phyllis, in heaven on May 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Collyer, the son of Reinholdt "Ray" and Mary (Windholz) Wintholz. He attended school in Collyer and graduated from the Hays Cadets Academy in 1950. He married Phyllis Montgomery on May 8, 1954, at Hearndon. She passed away on Feb. 15, 2008.
Sister Marie Klein, 102, died May 21, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' Convent Infirmary, Great Bend. Born April 25, 1913, in Fowler, as Mary Ann Agatha Klein, Sister Marie was the daughter of Anthony and Mary Helen (Hoffman) Klein. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community July 14, 1928, and pronounced her first vows August 17, 1931. She celebrated 80 years of religious profession in 2011.
GREENFIELD, Ind. - Marlin "Gene" Tammen, 79, passed away May 22, 2015, at Hancock Regional Hospital. Born on Dec.27, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Herman Tammen and Gladys Tammen. In 1953, he graduated from Great Bend High School. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Wichita State University. In October of 1956, he married Cheryl Loy (Foos). He held various positions in the Federal Government from 1962-1987, including Midwest Director of the Office of Personnel Management. He enjoyed playing poker, playing bridge, spending time with his grandchildren, watching movies, and traveling with Cheryl ...
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home of Hoisington is in charge of arrangements.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Grace Imogene (Hathaway) Abel, 90, died May 12, 2015, at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born March 19, 1925, northwest of St. John, the daughter of John William and Reno (Kanzleiter) Hathaway.
LARNED - Walter (Mac) Fox, 92, passed away May 20, 2015, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Sept. 12, 1922, in Larned, he was the son of Walter M. and Gladys Strader Fox. On Dec. 15, 1946, he married Dorothy D. Goldsmith in Wichita. She passed away on May 16, 2013. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer, worked at Larned State Hospital as the plumbing shop foreman for 32 years and also worked at Boeing for one year before going in the service.