ODIN - Hermes J. Hitschmann, 85, died May 15 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
Roger Allen "Butcher" Meeker, 62, welder, passed from this life on May 12. Services are pending at Grand Lake Funeral Home, Jay, Okla.
HUNTER - Funeral Services for Dorothy J. "Jeanie" Baird, age 78 of Hunter will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2012 at Grace Chapel United Methodist Church with burial following in Greenwood Union Cemetery. Jeanie died Friday at the Mitchell County Hospital Resident Care Center in Beloit.
Michael Doherty, 61, died May 14 at Hays Medical Center. He was born July 25, 1950 at Great Bend, the son of John Henry Doherty and Lillian Margueritte Hannegan Doherty.
LARNED - Reva Louise Ross, 94, died May 14 at the Presbyterian Manor in Topeka. Born June 18, 1917, in Pawnee Rock, she was the daughter of Eugene F. and Alice N. French Bloom. On April 21, 1934, she married Gerald Ross in Wakeeney. He died on Feb. 18, 1986. She was a wife, mother and homemaker.
SALINA - Ron W. Schmutz, 51, passed away May 10. Born Oct. 13, 1960, in Junction City, he was the son of Leland and Luella (Fehlman) Schmutz.
WICHITA - Berhl E. Abercrombie, 70, passed away May 11. Born Oct. 14, 1941, he was a retired Basham employee. Berhl loved to garden and fish.
HUNTER - Dorothy J. "Jeanie" Baird, 78, of Hunter, died May 11 at the Mitchell County Hospital Resident Care Center in Beloit. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the McDonald Funeral Home in Beloit.
KENSINGTON - Maxine V. Horsfall, 79, died May 12 at the Hilltop Lodge in Beloit. She was born on June 23, 1932. Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center is in charge of arrangements.
Chloe M. White, 67, of Great Bend, died May 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 25, 1944, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Samuel Ellis Snyder and Margaret Marie Senko. She was a 1962 graduate of Ellinwood High School. On July 21, 1962, she married Larry D. White at Ellinwood. She was a housekeeping supervisor at Ellinwood District Hospital, retiring in 2003.
GREAT BEND - Elizabeth M. "Betty" Burns, 88, died May 11, 2012 at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita.
GREAT BEND - Virginia Mary Andrasek died May 11, 2012 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
WILLAMINA, Ore. - Diane (Pundsack) Lou, 66, died May 9, 2012 at her home in Willamina, Ore.
RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Dwight E. Nicolet, 92, passed away peacefully May 6, 2012 at an assisted living residential care facility in Rio Rancho, N.M. after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
GREAT BEND - Peggy A. Stambaugh, 78, passed away at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend May 10, 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LENOIR, N.C. - Louise Ilee Cummings Bird lived a full and varied life of almost 95 years.
Anita Jane Jackson, 47, of Conroe, Texas went to be with Jesus on Thursday, March 19.
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.