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William D. Medlock I 1927-2012

William Dennis Medlock I, 84, of Great Bend, died on June 3 at Via Christi-St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. Born Aug. 10, 1927 in Jethro, Ark., he was the son of George Leonard and Julia (White) Medlock. He began working on petroleum pipelines moving with his job, coming to Kansas in 1942. He settled in the Great Bend area and had made his home here since, working for Thunderbird Drilling as a cable tool driller for 19 years until his retirement. On Aug. 17, 1978 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Sally (Krestine) Strus at Ozark, Ark.

June 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Reita Mae Gabel 1938 - 2012

NESS CITY - Reita Mae Gabel, 73, passed away on June 6 at the Rhode Island Suites in Ransom. Born July 4, 1938 in Marion she was the daughter of George and Lorena Kuhn Bessel. On July 4, 1956 she married Milton "Stubby" Gabel in Oak Harbor, Mich. They were divorced and he later preceded her in death in May of 2002. She worked as a nurses' aide for many years.

June 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Michael James "Mike" Keenan 1930 - 2012

Michael James "Mike" Keenan, 81, died June 6 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Oct. 7, 1930, at Great Bend, he was the son of William Patrick and Flora Belle Ridge (Sargent) Keenan. On Sept. 16, 1951, he married Myrla C. Walter in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a production foreman for Petroleum Management Inc.

June 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Reita Mae Gabel 1938 - 2012

NESS CITY - Reita Mae Gabel, 73, passed away on June 6 at the Rhode Island Suites in Ransom. Born July 4, 1938, in Marion she was the daughter of George and Lorena Kuhn Bessel. On July 4, 1956 she married Milton "Stubby" Gabel in Oak Harbor, Mich. They were divorced and he later preceded her in death in May of 2002. She worked as a nurses' aide for many years.

June 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


​ Mollie Martina Beard 1919 - 2012

ULYSSES - Mollie Martina Beard, 92, of Ulysses, died June 7, 2012 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses is in charge of arrangements.

June 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Timothy Joseph Miller 1940 - 2012

Timothy Joseph Miller, 72, died June 7 in Great Bend, following a brief struggle with cancer. He was born Jan. 24, 1940, at El Dorado, the son of Cyril W. "Cy" and Frances Cecelia (Muth) Miller. He was a 1957 graduate of Great Bend High School. He married Marilyn Fern Betts at Great Bend. They later divorced. He married Loretta K. Bradshaw on May 25, 1985, at Eureka Springs, Ark. A Great Bend resident since 1946, living briefly in Texas and Southern California, he was owner and operator of Oilfield Manufacturer's Warehouse, Miller Plastics, Miller Ranch, and Charlie's ...

June 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Barbara Jane Emly Jordan 1927-2012

O'FALLON, Mo. - Barbara Jane Emly Jordan, 84, died May 30, 2012 at Meadowlands Retirement Center in O'Fallon, Mo. Her body was donated to the KU Medical Center.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mildred Kathryn Van Scyoc-Carson 1925 - 2012

HOISINGTON - Mildred Kathryn Van Scyoc-Carson, 86, died June 5, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 31, 1925 in Gove County, she was the daughter of Ralph and Carrie Mabel (Bailey) Willson. On Sept. 28, 1941 she married Elmo Van Scyoc in Collyer. He died on March 16, 1961. On July 6, 1963 she married James Richard Carson in Hoisington. He died on July 8, 2010. A resident of Hoisington for 65 years, she was a homemaker and co-owner of Carson's Department Store.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Edwin J. 'Fritz' Turner 1925 - 2012

LAWRENCE - Edwin J. "Fritz" Turner, 87, passed away May 28, 2012 at Bridge Haven Memory Care Residence in Lawrence. Born Jan. 11, 1925, in LaCrosse, he was the son of George Walter and Mary Kathryn LaVoney Turner. He grew up in LaCrosse and graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1943, where he lettered in football, baseball and the school band. Edwin married Marilyn Rose Kathleen McCarty Sept. 13, 1953, at Larned. They were married 58 years. She survives. "Fritz" worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation in the construction department and retired in 1987 after 41 years of service.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Michael J. Keenan

GREAT BEND - Michael J. Keenan, 81, died June 6, 2012 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mildred Kathryn Van Scyoc-Carson 1925-2012

HOISINGTON - Mildred Kathryn Van Scyoc-Carson, 86, died June 5 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 31, 1925 in Gove County, she was the daughter of Ralph and Carrie Mabel (Bailey) Willson.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Wanda Nadine Meyer 1932 - 2012

YUMA, Ariz. - Wanda Nadine Meyer, 80, died March 16 in Yuma, Ariz. Born Jan. 24, 1932, at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Edward and Sarah Etta Keys. A homemaker, she was a longtime resident of Great Bend and Yuma, Ariz. She married Arthur Hejny and later married Fred Meyer, who died in 2011.

June 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


Frank A. Meyer 1926 - 2012

ENID, Okla. - Frank A. Meyer, 85, passed away on June 1 at St. Marys Hospital in Enid, Okla. Born June 21, 1926, in Great Bend, he was the son of August and Geraldine Cheney Meyer. He was a 1944 graduate of Great Bend High School. On June 24, 1951, he was united in marriage to Barbara Brown in Great Bend. He was employed in the oil field supply business and retired in 1993 as an oil field engineer. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

June 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


Avery Kaye Belk 2009 - 2012

CHASE - Avery Kaye Belk, 2, died June 1 in Chase. Born Aug. 1, 2009, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Jimmy C. and Marsha L. Kozel Belk. She was a lifetime resident of Chase.

June 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


Edwin A. Habiger 1927 - 2012

DIGHTON - Edwin A. Habiger, 84, died on June 2. Born Dec. 15, 1927, in Barton County, he was the son of Frank Christopher and Sophie Elizabeth (Meyeres) Habiger. On April, 13, 1953, he married Virginia Lee Hobbs at Dighton. Born and raised in Barton County, he graduated from Hoisington High School. After graduation he worked in the oil fields near Hoisington and Beaver. He was a long-time farmer and stockman, farming seven quarters in Wallace County before moving to Lane County where he farmed for the Kuhlman family north of Healy. After their marriage, Ed and his wife lived in ...

June 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


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​Barbara Beth Adams 1923 - 2015

Barbara Beth Adms, 91, died March 4, 2015. Born April 22, 1923, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Wilbur Floyd and Hilda Leola (Christiansen) Bryant. On Oct. 11, 1946, she married Harry Hugh Adams in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Ellinwood, she was an office clerk for the State of Kansas Agriculture Office and was a homemaker. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.

March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lorraine Mary (Matza) Rickert 1936 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Lorraine Mary (Matza) Rickert, 78, died March 4, 2015, at her home in Ellinwood. Born on April 8, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Brungardt) Matza. She graduated high school from St. Mary's school in Garden City, attended the Immaculate Conception Convent in Great Bend, and also graduated from the Wilcox Beauty Academy. She later married Larry Rickert on May 9th, 1963, in Holly, Colo. She was a 52-year resident of Ellinwood, where she worked as a beautician.

March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


Henry C. ‘Hank’ Vette 1925-2015

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March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ella Mae McCandless 1930-2015

ST. JOHN - Ella Mae McCandless, age 84, passed away March 4, 2015 at Leisure Homestead, St. John.

March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


John R. Keenan

GREAT BEND – John R. Keenan, 74, died March 5, 2015 at Autumn Hills Retirement Home, Riley, Kansas.

March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


Merlyn L. Andres 1942-2015

NEW CAMBRIA - Merlyn L. Andres, Sr., 72, died Tuesday, March 2 at Enterprise Estates, Enterprise. Born Sept. 21, 1942, at Larned, he was the son of Herman and LaVeda (Moore) Andres.

March 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Arla McElhaney 1924-2015

On Sunday, March 1, our dear mom, Arla Faye McElhaney, 90, joined our dad Carl in Heaven. Arla was born on March 12, 1924 in Pittsburg, to Arthur and Odessa Jones. She graduated from high school in Magazine, Ark., and attended business college in Chillicothe, Mo. She married Carl McElhaney and started a family in Wichita. In 1952 they settled in Great Bend with their two sons, Kenneth and Phillip. They were both active leaders in Cub Scouts, where Arla was a den mother and Carl was a scoutmaster. She loved her flower gardens and was very proud of the ...

March 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown 1932 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Maggie Ann (Diebert) Brown, 82, died March 1, at her home in Ellinwood of pancreatic cancer. Born April 7, 1932, near Hoxie, she was the daughter of Julius Edwin and Fairy Fay (Barr) Deibert. On June 5, 1949, she married Earl Robert Brown. He died in 1997. She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper and as a cook at the Alcove Club.

March 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wanda Jo Simmons 1952-2015

Wanda Jo Simmons, 62, died March 1 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1952 in Casper, Wyo., she was the daughter of Daisy P. Fortna. Wanda graduated high school in Lenwood, Wash., and then later joined the Army where she served six years followed by six more years in the Army Reserve. An Ellinwood resident since 1982, Wanda married husband Francis Simmons on June 21, 1983 in Ellinwood. Wanda worked at Sterling House in Hutchinson as a CMA and was an avid reader who enjoyed nature and being outdoors.

March 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Frances Marie Thurston 1917 - 2015

LEOTI - Frances Marie Thurston, 98, passed away on Feb. 21, at Wichita County Health Center LTCU in Leoti. Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Tribune, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Hoopes Smith. On Jan. 4, 1940, she married Harry Thurston in Tribune. He passed away on Oct. 1, 1989, in Tribune, Kansas. A lifetime resident of Western Kansas, she was a homemaker and a retired Avon representative for over 32 years.

March 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dale May 1936 - 2015

ST JOHN - Dale May, 79, died Feb. 27, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 12, 1936, he was the son of Carl and Flossie May. On Oct. 7, 1974, he married Judy in Macksville. He was employed by Edmiston Oil Company as a Superintendent. He enjoyed cowboying, camping, hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, and four-wheeling.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Betty R. Standlee 1926 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Betty R. Standlee, 88, died Feb. 28, at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Nov. 21, 1926, in Russell, she was the daughter of Carl W. and Beatrice S. (White) Kastrup. On Nov. 28, 1942, she married R. D. Standlee in Russell, He died on Dec. 31, 2007. A resident of Ellinwood since 1971, coming from Bristow, Okla., she was a homemaker.

March 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wanda Jo Simmons

Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1. Funeral arrangements are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.

March 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Wanda Jo Simmons

GREAT BEND - Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1, 2015.

March 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Louis J. Brummer 1924 - 2015

DOWNS - Louis Joseph Brummer died Feb. 27, 2015. He was born March 18, 1924, south of Downs to Ignatz and Anna Redeker Brummer. He attended High Prairie School, south of Downs. On Aug. 8, 1950, he married Cleo Marie Boberg. He worked as an elevator manager and grain inspector with Midway Coop in Corinth and Downs.

February 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


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