MACKSVILLE - Rafaela Chavez de Lopez, age 75, passed away Nov. 13 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. She was born Oct. 24, 1938, at Villa Matamoros Chihuahua, Mexico, the daughter of Francisco Chavez and Maria del Refugio Soltero.
OLATHE -Dorothy Evelyn (Winter) Dowse passed away Nov. 12. A visitation and celebration of life service will be held at the Claflin United Methodist Church Friday. Visitation will be from 12:30-2 p.m. with the service following.
Lenora M. "Foots" Matney, 79, of Great Bend and formerly of Pawnee Rock passed away on Monday afternoon, Nov. 11 at her home in Great Bend. Lenora was born on April 11, 1934 at Boise City, Okla. to Lewis F. and Geneva May (Merwin) Raybern. She spent the earlier part of her life in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, except for the eight years they lived in Pueblo, Colo. Lenora moved to Great Bend from the Texas panhandle in 1967.
LARNED - Leon Shearrer, 72, died Nov. 10, 2013 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 29, 1941, in Wagner, Okla., he was the son of David Fred and Edna Witt Shearrer. On June 10, 1962, he married Virginia Swartz at Macksville. She died on June 5, 2006.
OAKLEY - Galyn F. Crossley, 83, died Nov. 2 in Hays. Born June 27, 1930, in Great Bend, he was the son of Arden and Darlene (Baumgartner) Crossley. On June 5, 1955, he married Naomi Ruth Gaskill in Wellington. His banking career began in Hoisington as vice president of a Hoisington bank. In 1972, he was employed at The Farmers State Bank in Oakley, where he served as senior vice president, CEO and then as president.
DUNDEE - Byron Keith Nelson, 74, died Nov. 10 at his home. Born April 8, 1939, in Clay Center, he was the son of Raymond Emanuel and Nina Irene (Fritz) Nelson. He was raised in Cleburne, Olsburg and Alta Vista areas, graduating from Alta Vista High School. He attended Kansas State University, studying biology and wildlife management. On Sept. 11, 1960, he married Carolyn Parsons in White city. She survives. A Great Bend resident since 1970, coming from Lawrence, he and his wife owned and operated the family business, Schendel Pest Control, from 1970 until they sold the business in 2008.
DeleteCHICAGO, Ill. - Gregory Daniel was born in Great Bend on June 25, 1965. He passed away Oct. 28, in Chicago, Ill. Gregory was a loving, caring person with a giving heart. He was a dedicated, loyal employee of Polo Ralph Lauren. He was impeccably dressed and loved to dress others. He loved to sing and could often be heard belting out a tune in the freight elevators of Ralph Lauren. Gregory was known for having a very close relationship with his clients, and always went out of his way to show his loyalty. He loved his family and had a ...
Melvin V. Keil, 92, died Nov. 10 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born Aug. 9, 1921 in Rush County, he was the son of Siegmund and Ernestine Karoline (Becker) Keil. On May 5, 1951, he married Elizabeth Jane Parish in Great Bend. She died on June 10, 2012. A resident of Great Bend since 1942, coming from Rush County, he was a heavy equipment operator, working for Knupp Construction and Nichol Construction.