BUSHTON - Larry L. Novotny Jr., 50, died Jan. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1961 in Lincoln, he was the son of Larry L. and C. Joan Zachgo Novotny Sr. He was a resident of Pathways Rest Care in Great Bend.
George W. Bemis, 77, died Jan. 26 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 25, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of Carney and Ula (Falgren) Bemis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, he worked for the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Jane Olsen in Sparta, Wis. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was owner and operator of Bemis Construction, Inc.
NEWTON - Vincent Wayne Ochs, 78, died at home in the arms of his family. Born on Nov. 4, 1933 in Timken, he was the son of Phillip Ochs and Verna Morgan Scheurman. On June 1, 1954 he married Gloria Schope in Albert. He was the former owner and operator of Ochs Cleaners in Newton from 1974-1997.
BELPRE -Florence M. "Sis" Gales, 88, died Jan. 25, 2012. She was born Sept. 29, 1923 at Hugoton, the daughter of Ernest Dorr and Fannie Mae (Johnson) Frazee. She was a life-long resident of Belpre, a homemaker, Edwards Co. Healthy Start Visitor, St. Joseph Hospital worker, and an Avon representative. Her memberships include St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Altar Society, KEENAGERS, and the Cancer Support Group.
GREAT BEND - Funeral service for Jack Callaway will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Little River United Methodist Church, with pastor Theresa Forshee officiating. Burial will follow at the Bean Cemetery in Little River. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, with family receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m., at Nicholson Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington and from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church Thursday. Memorials are suggested to Methodist Youthville in Newton in care of the funeral home.
LARNED - Elsie R. Rankin, 94, died Jan. 24, 2012 at the Larned Health Care. Born July 29, 1917, in Johnstown, Penn., she was the daughter of Robert and Dorotha Cramer Cummins. She was an accounting bookkeeper. On July 20, 1935, she married Charles W. Rankin in Wheeling, W.V. He died on Nov. 11, 1997.
GREAT BEND - Betty L. Rajewski, 76, died Jan. 21 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 16, 1935 in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Gottschalk) Kronewitter. On Feb. 4, 1956 she married Marvin H. Rajewski in Schoenchen. A Great Bend resident since 1959, coming from Hays, she was a clerk at Dollar Tree and had been a cashier in the Barton Community College Cafeteria. She was also owner of Arrow Supply.
GREAT BEND - Jack Callaway was born Lonnie Alvin Cowden, Jr., on Oct. 19, 1923, to Lonnie Alvin Cowden and Effie Ellen Dines Cowden in Kansas City. He died Jan. 22 at Sterling Presbyterian Manor in Sterling. At the age of five, Jack was adopted by Walter Q. and Fannie Callaway and was given the name Jack. He was raised west of Galena on a small farm. He attended and graduated from a two room grade school in Cherokee County. For three years, he attended the Riverton High School and graduated from the Galena High School in 1942. Jack entered the ...
Mary E. Wilhelm, 90, died Jan. 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 29, 1921 in rural Lewis, she was the daughter of Ralph and Grace (Atkins) Corzine. She graduated from Garfield High School and attended Fort Hays State University. On Sept. 26, 1946 she married Velmer A. Wilhelm in Garfield. He died on June 24, 1987. A resident of Great Bend since 1990, coming from the farm in Timken, she was a farm wife, homemaker, taught school, retail clerk, telephone operator and election board worker. She loved music, singing and dancing. She led "Sing Along with Mary" a ...
LARNED - George Dennis Martin, 63, passed away Jan. 21 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born April 15, 1948 in Great Bend, he was the son of George Earl and Maxine Salmans Martin. A lifetime area resident, except for 17 years when he was a warehouse manager for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company in Batavia, Ill. He also assisted with the formation of Riverside Publishing Co. Chicago, Ill., and was the managing editor for the Tiller and Toiler Newspaper.
Betty L. Rajewski, 76, died Jan. 21 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 16, 1935 in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Gottschalk) Kronewitter. On Feb. 14, 1956 she married Marvin H. Rajewski in Schoenchen. A Great Bend resident since 1959, coming from Hays, she was a clerk at Dollar Tree and had been a cashier in the Barton Community College Cafeteria. She was also owner of Arrow Supply.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - George Davis Schumacher, 93, died peacefully on Jan. 19. He was born July 26, 1918, in Lyons, to George and Ethel Davis Schumacher.
WICHITA - Katherine L. Jacobs, 61, a retired VA employee, passed away Jan. 19, 2012.
Mary E. Wilhelm, 90, died Jan. 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
LARNED - Marilyn May Phemister, 78, died Jan. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.
David Michael "Mike" Johnson, 72, died Oct. 30 at Almost Home Inc., Great Bend. He was born Nov. 25, 1941, at Denison, Texas, the son of Doug and Woodie (Pritchard) Johnson. He married Peggy Temple April 28, 1962, at Borger, Texas. He founded M and M Equipment in 1975, retiring in December 2012.
PAWNEE ROCK - Ladine Peterson, 95, passed away Oct. 29 at the Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born April 2, 1919, in Bison, she was the daughter of Everett and Frances Bitter Edwards. On April 3, 1941, she married Loraine Edwin Peterson in Bison. He passed away Jan. 20, 1995. A lifetime area resident of Rush and Pawnee County, she began her career as a teacher and retired from the ASCS office in Larned. She raised Persian cats and took them to many shows, and she also loved flowers.
LARNED - Frances Ladine Peterson, 95, died on Oct. 29, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary.
ODIN – Anna B. Dreiling, 94, died Oct. 29, 2014 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
HOISINGTON - Anna Rose Urban, 84, died Oct. 28, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born July 3, 1930, in Claflin, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna (Hoffman) Tinkel. On May 2, 1951, she married Julius J. Urban in Dubuque. He died on Oct. 27, 2003. A lifetime resident of Barton County, she was the janitorial manage at the Hoisington Veterinary Hospital for many years.
Marie K. Zink, 91, died Oct. 25 at Kearney, Neb. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
WICHITA - Robert W. "Bob" Bridges, 94, died Oct. 28 at Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita. He was born Nov. 28, 1919 at Turley, Okla. the son of Emery and Grace (Roberts) Bridges.
Kent E. Newport, 57, died Oct. 27 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. He was born June 24, 1957 at Garden City, the son of John and Louise (Long) Newport. He married Karla K. Ehrlich Oct. 17, 1998 at Larned. He graduated from Garden City High School and attended both Garden City and Barton County Community Colleges.
TOPEKA - Loretta M. Gleissner, 87, of Topeka, passed away Oct. 25, in Topeka. She was born May 18, 1927, in New Baden, Ill., the daughter of Anton and Elizabeth (Mathews) Griesbaum.
COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - Wilthamina (Wilma) Simpson Nagel, resident of Collinsville, passed from this life on Oct. 25, at the age of 85 years. Wilma was born April 2, 1929, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to William and Davina (Taylor) Thomson. She was raised in Scotland, graduating high school there. At the age of 17, Wilma came to the U.S. with her only remaining sister Jane who was a war bride to begin their new life in Cabool, Mo. She later moved to Great Bend, where she began a career as a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell (later AT&T) Telephone. Wilma was ...
CLAFLIN- Larry Thomas Haxton, 70, died Oct. 26 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 30, 1944 in Great Bend, he was the son of Wallace and Louise (Werhahn) Haxton.
CLAFLIN -Patricia Mae "Patty" Smith, 73, died Oct. 25 at Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan. She was born March 24, 1941 in Emporia,the daughter of Wm. C. and Velma (Brown) Phillips. Patty graduated from Claflin High School in 1959 and then attended Fort Hays State College Nursing School. She later graduated from the Academy of Beauty in Great Bend and then taught classes there. She had Patty's Beauty Salon, which she ran for many years from her home in Claflin. A longtime resident of Claflin, Patty was also the owner and operator of Brackeen Line Cleaning Inc. She ...
Benny M. Williams, 57, of Great Bend , passed away on Oct. 22, at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 12, 1957, in Vallejo, Calif., he was the son of Benny O. and Jacqueline D. (Mayfield) Williams. After graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he spent the next two years. Following his discharge from the Navy, he worked in Navy shipyards in Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. He later moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was united in marriage to Diane L. Roberts on April 22, 1979. The couple moved to Kansas ...
GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goodard. Born Jan. 18, 1948, in Claflin, she was the daughter of Joseph Miller and Lucille (Habiger) Miller. She was employed by Koch Industries as a records administrator.
Thomas E. Harris, 67, died Oct. 22 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 29, 1947, at Neosho, Mo., the son of Lawrence Edwin and Eula (Stites) Harris. He married Shirley Schmitt May 1, 1965 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Granby, Mo., he was a long-time oilfield truck driver and later owned and operated Tom Harris Trucking.