ELLINWOOD - Betty Jean LoBurgio, 85, died Oct. 9 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born Jan. 16, 1927 at Great Bend, the daughter of Frank Warren Robl and Gertrude Ann Demerath Robl. She was a lifetime Ellinwood resident.
Linda A. Renfro, 65, died Oct. 9 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born July 24, 1947 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Lawrence J. and Eleanor C. (Kramer) Churchill. On March 16, 1963, she married Willard F. Renfro Jr. in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was employed at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in the business office.
LARNED - Rev. John "Johnny" W. Augmon, 68, died Oct. 5 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Dec. 5, 1943 in Great Bend, he was the son of Claude and Hazel Irene Shepherd Augmon. A lifetime resident of Larned, he served as a pastor at ESCUE Chapel in Larned, St. John CME in Hutchinson, Wesley Chapel CME in Coffeyville and most recently at St. Matthews CME in Wichita.
Michelle Denise Price, 40, died Oct. 7 in Hutchinson. Born Nov. 24, 1971 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Dennis Lowell and Brenda (Creacy) Price. She married Scott Piland. A longtime resident of Great Bend, she worked for Walmart and Life Touch as a photographer. She enjoyed karaoke, helping others, the lake and scuba diving.
CLAFLIN - Celebration of life for Kenneth H. Praeger will be held 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to Claflin Ambulance Fund or Community Scholarship Inc. in care of the funeral home.
Colleen Nell Riegel, 82, died Oct. 7 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 29, 1929 in Dodge City, she was the daughter of George W. and Mae L. (Dooley) Fowler. In 1947 she graduated from Dodge City High School and in 1951 from Emporia State Teachers College. She received her Masters degree from Kansas State University in 1979. On Feb. 14, 1954 she married Jerry Manford Riegel in Dodge City. He died on Dec. 3, 1978. A resident of Great Bend since 1952 she was a home economics teacher for Unified School District 428 for 28 ...
OTIS - Raymond E. Pierce, 78, died Oct. 3 at St. Johns Health Center in Hays. Born Feb. 15, 1934 in Thomas County, he was the son of Orvel and Glenna (Stokes) Pierce. A former resident of the Morland area, he was a driller in the oilfield.
RUSSELL - Julian H. Gonzales, 46, of Russell, died Oct. 6 north of Great Bend. Born July 2, 1966 in Tulia, Texas, he was the son of Larry and Mary Karlin (Garcia) Gonzales. At the age of 2, Julian and his family moved to Goodland, where he grew up and attended schools. On June 16, 1993 he married Vicky Werth in Victoria. He moved to Russell in 1997 after living in Hays, Gorham, and Victoria. He was employed by Brian Reddig on a pulling unit. Then he worked for Craig Oil as a pumper and rig operator. He worked in the ...
ST. JOHN - Maurine E. Frink, 87, died Oct. 6 in St. John. Born April 18, 1925 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of William O. and Mabel E. (Kennedy) Dorland. On Nov. 26, 1944, she married Robert H. Frink, Jr. in Greensburg. He survives. She was a 1943 graduate of Greensburg High School. A resident of St. John since 1954, she worked in the Stafford County Clerk's office and 20 years as office manager for Farm Bureau Insurance of St. John.
Wanda Smith, 79, died Oct. 7 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 22, 1933, she was the daughter of Lucius Lee and Gladys Fern Greene Cobb. On July 1, 1950 she married William R. Smith in Kansas City, Mo. He died on Oct. 21, 1999. A resident of Great Bend since 1999, coming from Kansas City, Mo., she was employed by Manor Bakery as a department manager, for Clarke Printing Company, and was a homemaker.
Charlotte Davis, 86, died Oct. 7 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born April 13, 1926 in Coffeyville, she was the daughter of Levi Bethel and Tina Mabel (Rose) Haines. On May 20, 1950 she married Samuel G. Davis in Corpus Christi, Texas. He died on Sept. 14, 1976. A resident of Great Bend since 1968, she was a clerk for the Barton County Treasurers and Appraisers Offices.
OTIS - Eudale Brack, 88, died July 25, 2015, at Locust Grove Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Sept. 1, 1926, in Alva, Okla. he was the son of Herman E. and Alma A. (Brack) Brack. On Sept. 12, 1945, he married Magdalene T. Tuzicka at Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis. She past away on Dec. 19, 2012. A lifetime Otis resident, he served as Mayor of Otis from 1963 to 1995, while working as a carpenter, farmer, and operating the Otis Cafe with his wife from 1964 to 1997. In May 2001, he received his high school diploma from Otis High ...
HOLYROOD - Grace (Wilkens) Johnson, 77, passed away on July 25, 2015, at her home in Holyrood. Born Nov. 7, 1937, in Lorraine, she was the daughter of Clarence and Helen (Kruse) Wilkens. On Aug. 30, 1958, Grace married Richard E. Johnson. He preceded her in death. A resident of Holyrood since 2005, moving from the farm three miles east of town, she was a housewife. She worked part-time at Quivira Heights Jr. High School in the computer lab.
Steven J. Thomas, 58, passed away at his home in Great Bend on July 24, 2015. Steve was born on July 1, 1957, at Hutchinson, to Glen L. and Patty L. (Herndon) Thomas. He grew up in Lebanon, Kansas, and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1975. In 1976 he moved to Great Bend and attended Barton County Community College, where he obtained an Associate of Science degree.
LARNED – Linda O. Zielke, 66, passed away July 23, 2015, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. She was born Nov. 4, 1948, in Greene, New York, the daughter of Leonard and Thelma Pierce Oles. A longtime area resident, she was a homemaker.
CHASE - Florentine L. Oberle, 96, died July 20, 2015, at Rice Co. Hospital in Lyons. She was born on April 22, 1919, in Ellinwood, to Peter and Anna (Straub) Kimpler. She married George Oberle on Aug. 23 1937, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church north of Ellinwood. He died August 1955. She later married Tony Oberle on Oct. 31, 1959, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church north of Ellinwood. He died March 21, 1995.
TOPEKA - Norman William Koester, 68, of Topeka, died July 19, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born on Sept. 2, 1946, in Hoisington, the son of William and Helen (Langer) Koester. He retired from Washburn University after 25 years as an Electronic Technician. Norm had previously worked for Goodyear and had owned and operated Norm's TV and Organ Repair.
CLAFLIN - Christopher Alan Oeser, 48, loving husband, son, father, and papa, died July 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. born May 23, 1967, in Overland Park, he was the son of Alan K. and Sheila M. (Heinz) Oeser. Chris graduated from Claflin High School in 1985. He was a lifetime resident of Claflin and a farmer and rancher.
HOLDREGE, Neb. - John "Jack" Stevenson, 84, died July 17, 2015, at the Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. surrounded by his loving family. John "Jack" James Stevenson was born on Aug. 31, 1930, in Concordia, to George and Elizabeth (Tieking) Stevenson. He grew up in Concordia and graduated from Republican City High School. On April 13, 1951, Jack was married to Virginia Landreth and they were blessed with three children Mike, Gary and Carla. After 40 years of marriage, Virginia passed in 1991. Jack was a Gibson retail store manager for most of his life and he and Virginia ...
James W. "Jim" Oliver, 90, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away July 17, 2015, at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend. He was born July 29, 1924, at Madison, the youngest of three children to Willis and Amy (Holland) Oliver. He married Madalene Delma Mosier Jan. 14, 1951, at Great Bend. She passed away July 20, 2007. A Great Bend resident since 1949, coming from Madison, he was an electrical engineer for Western Power and Electric and Sunflower Electric. He was a United States Navy veteran.