ELLINWOOD - Janet Marie Griffin, 62, died Jan. 14, 2012 at Salina Regional Health Center.
GREAT BEND - Lena M. Wharton, 98, died Jan. 15 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.
John H. Neeland, 81, died Jan. 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Rd.
ARLINGTON - Melvin, D. Thompson, 85, died Jan. 13, 2012 at his home in Arlington. Born March 30, 1926 in Larned, he was the son of Edward A. and Catherine Evers Thompson. He lived in Arlington since 1984 and is formerly of Larned. He is a retired owner/operator truck driver.
WASHINGTON, MO. - Karolyn Kaye Coleman, 72, of Washington, Mo., formerly of Ellis, passed away in the loving arms of God, on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Cedarcrest Manor Nursing Home in Washington, Mo. Born on Aug. 16, 1939, in Emmeram, she was the daughter of Delbert and Beulah (Springfield) Witt. On July 25, 1955 she married Arthur Paul Coleman, in Great Bend. She was a homemaker and a health care provider.
ARLINGTON - Melvin, D. Thompson, 85, died Jan. 13 at his home in Arlington. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Birzer Funeral Home.
HAYS -Hubert Rajewski, 94, of Hays, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Great Bend Health and Rehab Center in Great Bend, Kansas. He was born April 4, 1917 in Vincent, Kansas to Frank and Mary (Wittman) Rajewski. He married Emma Klaus in 1939. He had worked in maintenance and was a farmer.
SALINA - Gary D. Apel, 58, of Salina, died Jan. 10. Born Jan. 23, 1953, in Sterling, he was the son of Norman and Marilyn (Eves) Apel. Gary was a welder and fabricator for the Blue Goose Company of Great Bend and Tony's of Salina. He was also a goat rancher at the Apel Farm.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Keith A. Peters, 65, died Jan.10 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Born Jan. 3, 1947, he was the son of Tillman and Beulah Christine Barr Peters in Ransom. He was a 1965 graduate of Utica High School and attended Greer Automotive Technical School. A lifetime farmer and avid gardener, he retired from the United States Postal Service.
LA CROSSE - Gerald R. "Jerry" Kline, 80, died Jan. 12 at Hays Medical Center in Hays He was born Nov. 12, 1931, at LaCrosse, to Edmond and Charlet (Schaffer) Kline. He married Mary Anne (Taylor) on April 24, 1952, at LaCrosse. He was raised in La Crosse, and owned Jerry's Tavern, Kline's Radiator Repair, from 1953 to 1965, and the Wishbone Café, all in LaCrosse, from 1965 to 1969. He was a coordinator for Nickerson Farms and was a manager of Russell Nickerson Farms from 1970 to 1974. He moved to Hays in 1973. He then worked for ...
Elaine L. Johnson, 80, died Jan. 12 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born March 21, 1931, at Alva, Okla., she was the daughter of James Arthur and Lorinda L. (Mason) Lane. She married Harold Johnson on Dec., 21, 1947, at Alva, Okla. A Great Bend resident since 1999, coming from South Fork, Colo., and Macksville, she worked at the Larned Greenhouse and was a clerk for Food 4 Less and Dillon's in Great Bend.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Twila Franzmathes, 68, died Dec. 19, 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Maxine Krallman, 85, died Jan. 10 at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend. Born Oct. 5, 1926, in Dover, she was the daughter of Henry Floyd "Harry" and Neta Faye (Nixon) Long. She was a 1945 graduate of Hoyt High School. On April 3, 1948, she married Leroy Darrel Krallman in Kansas City, Mo. He died on May 10, 2005. A resident of Great Bend since 1950, coming from Hoisington and Kansas City, Mo., she worked in the credit department at Montgomery Ward and the credit and audit department at Sears from 1955 to 1987. She loved feeding the ...
BUTTE, Mont. - Holly Sylvester Langer, 92, passed away Saturday Jan. 7, 2012 at his home, Marquis Vintage Suites, in Butte, Mont.
ALEXANDER - Henry Edward Swartz, 88, passed away on Jan. 8 at Bethany Home in Lindsborg. Born April 29, 1923 in Ft. Scott, he was the son of Paul and Ethel Morgan Swartz. A lifetime resident of Rush County, he was a farmer. On Jan. 28, 1945 he married Norma Clark. She preceded him in death on June 28, 1998.
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.
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.
ST. JOHN - Ella Mae McCandless, age 84, passed away March 4, 2015 at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
GREAT BEND – John R. Keenan, 74, died March 5, 2015 at Autumn Hills Retirement Home, Riley, Kansas.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1. Funeral arrangements are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
GREAT BEND - Wanda Jo Simmons, 61, died at Great Bend Regional Hospital on March 1, 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.