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Terry Raymond Kowalsky 1942 - 2012

KANOPOLIS - Terry Raymond Kowalsky, 69, died July 7 at his home in Kanopolis. Born Nov. 15, 1942 in Great Bend, he was the son of Leo Joseph and Hilda Margaret (Heinz) Kowalsky. He was a resident of Kanopolis since 2009, coming from Redding, Calif. where he had been a longtime resident. He operated a machine shop in Redding, Calif. and also farmed and raised cattle. He was involved in area dirt track racing in the 1960s and 1970s.

July 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Clarence E. McConnaughy 1942 - 2012

DODGE CITY – Clarence E. McConnaughy, 69, died July 9 at Trinity Manor Nursing Home in Dodge City. Born Oct. 8, 1942 in Great Bend, he was the son of Clarence E. McConnaughy Jr. and Martha (Kutnick) McConnaughy. He was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Marsha Hoge in Great Bend. A resident of Dodge City since 1966 moving from Great Bend, he worked for Skaggs, George-Nielson Motors and Dodge City International.

July 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Terra Maryha Helm 1975 — 2012

LA CROSSE - Terra Maryha Helm, 37, died on July 8 at her home. Born March 28, 1975 in Bath, Maine, she was the daughter of Mark A. and Katherine M. (Steadman) Helm Fisher. She moved from her birthplace of Bath, Maine, at an early age. A former resident of Great Bend, Hays and Wichita, she was a resident of La Crosse since her high school graduation from La Crosse High School in 1993.

July 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Leonard E. Miller, Jr.

Leonard E. Miller, Jr., 61 died July 7 at his home in Great Bend. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.

July 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Peggy Joan Hoeme

Peggy Joan Hoeme, 81, died July 9 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 11, 1931 at Pratt, she was the daughter of Walter and Rhoda (Parr) Oller.

July 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


McKenna Renee Bowen

LARNED – , three month old, died July 5 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born March 9 in Hays she was the daughter of Shanna Renee Bowen.

July 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Bruce Douglas Weisensee

LARNED – Bruce Douglas Weisensee, 61, died July 8 in Kinsley. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary in Larned.

July 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Millie Lorene Bradford 1924-2012

St. John - Millie Lorene Bradford, 87, died July 6, at Leisure Homestead, St. John. She was born on Nov. 23, 1924 in Anderson, MO., the daughter of Francis A. and Leeta J. (Dunlap) Carr. She attended the Radium schools, was a homemaker and worked as a clerk for Wiggins Drug in Larned. On Mar. 22, 1943, she married Todd Elmer Bradford at St. John,

July 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Lillian Marie Gates 1914-2012

Lillian Marie Gates, 97, died July 5 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Aug. 18, 1914 at Bloomington, Ind., the daughter of John and Laura (Baxter) Wampler.

July 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


David Lyle Haskins 1943-2012

TOWANDA - David Lyle Haskins, 68, died July 3 at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was born Nov. 13, 1943 at Beloit, the son of Lyle Haskins and Josie Helmbrecht. He was a resident of Towanda, formerly of Beloit, Norton, Osborn and Ellinwood.

July 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Warren Eugene Kerbs 1923 - 2012

OVIEDO, Fla. - Warren Eugene Kerbs, 88, died Dec. 28, 2011 at his home in Oviedo, Fla.

July 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ulanda K. Nichols 1922 - 2012

GREAT BEND - Ulanda K. Nichols, 89, died July 5, 2012 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.

July 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Irene Florence Nobles 1917-2012

HUTCHINSON - Mrs. Irene Florence Nobles, 95, died July 4, at Elm Grove Estates Emertius, Hutchinson.

July 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ulanda K. Nichols 1922 - 2012

GREAT BEND - Ulanda K. Nichols, 89, died July 5, 2012 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. Born Dec. 29, 1922 in Galatia, she was the daughter of Oscar and Amelia (Dumler) Karst.

July 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Melvin M. Murphy 1920 - 2012

LARNED - Melvin M. Murphy Sr. 91, died July 5 at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born Sept. 24, 1920, in Pawnee County, he was the son of John Elmer and Elizabeth Wilhelm Murphy. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer/stockman. On March 15, 1941, he married Leona Kathleen Byrum at Wichita, where he worked for Beechcraft, and in 1945 he moved to the family farm west of Larned. Leona died March 6, 2003.

July 05, 2012 | | Obituaries


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​Cheryl Ann Harrell 1946 - 2015

ANDOVER - Cheryl Ann Harrell, 68, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior, March 29, 2015, at Life Care Center of Andover. Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Atchison she was the daughter of Wallace and Verdele Russell. In August 1965, she married the love of her life, Jon. She was a retired office manager for her husband's optometry practice. She worked with Jon in their offices in Larned and Great Bend, building his optometry practice until his death Jan. 1, 2006.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


​David A. Colyn Jr. 1960 - 2015

IUKA - David A. Colyn Jr., 55, died March 23, 2015, at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 21, 1960, in Denver, Colo. he was the son of David A. and Faye Colyn Sr. He was a former resident of McPherson graduating from McPherson High School. On May 26, 2005 he married Lillian Galletta in Pratt. He was a fabricator for Fab-Pro of Kingman.

March 31, 2015 | | Obituaries


Brandon Joseph Funk 1998 - 2015

Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.

March 31, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joyce M. Bray 1946- 2015

Joyce M. Bray, 68, died March 28 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 13, 1946 at Garden City, she was the daughter of William James and Ruth (Schulz) Bray

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Reverend Willie A. “Bill” Gray 1935 - 2015

Reverend Willie A. "Bill" Gray, 79, went home to sit on the right-hand side of the Lord on March 29, at his home in Great Bend. Born April 20, 1935, in Pawnee, Okla. he was the son of Lee Andy and Mary Etta (Cargill) Gray. He attended school in Hutchinson. He worked as a contractor for the City Highway Department in Hutchinson and then lived in Denver, Colo., for many years as an auto detailer and truck driver. On Sept. 10, 1987, he was united in marriage to Carolyn K. Jordan in Denver, Colo. The couple moved to Great Bend ...

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Stone 1951 - 2015

LYONS - Mary Stone, 63, died March 28, at her home in Lyons. Born Nov. 8, 1951, in Beloit, she was the daughter of Albert and Freda Wooton Roof. She graduated from Great Bend High School and Barton Community College with an associates degree. On April 6, 1979, she married Jay B. Stone. A resident of Lyons since 1973, formerly of Great Bend, she was a Correctional Investigator at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Dispatcher for the Rice County Council of Aging and Quivira Transit.

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carey A. Schulte 1958 - 2015

HAYS - Carey A. Schulte, 56, former Hays and Russell resident, died March 27, at Via Christi Hospital/St. Francis Campus in Wichita. Born July 8, 1958, in Hays she was the daughter of John E. and Amelia (Dinkel) Schulte. She grew up in Victoria and attended the Anderson School of Hope at Victoria until it closed in the 1970's. She was a client with Development Services of Northwest Kansas for over 25 years and lived in Norton, Hill City, Ellis and Hays.

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Dorothy Mae Dawson 1926 - 2015

Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.

March 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Delia “Dee” Farminer 1942 - 2015

Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Sister Connie Haug, O.P. 1934 - 2015

Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​James Lane Williams 1923 - 2015

BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Billy Joe Leatherman 1939 - 2015

Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Louise Bird 1920-2015

LENOIR, N.C. - Louise Ilee Cummings Bird lived a full and varied life of almost 95 years.

March 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


Anita Jane Jackson 1967-2015

Anita Jane Jackson, 47, of Conroe, Texas went to be with Jesus on Thursday, March 19.

March 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


Anthony C. ‘Tony’ Huslig

GREAT BEND - A memorial service for Anthony C. "Tony" Huslig, who died Dec. 31, 2014, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.

March 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


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