CHANDLER - Stephen Michael Swafford, 39, of Chandler, passed away Feb. 13, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1973 in Oklahoma City, OKLA. His parents are Jim and Wilma (Fredrick) Swafford of Chandler.
BETHEL, Mo. - Charles Ralph Coonrod, 77, of Bethel, Mo., passed away on Feb. 6 at the University Medical Center in Columbia, Mo. He was born in Tulsa, Okla., the son of Woodrow Wilson and Eva Pearl Curtis Coonrod. Ralph and Delberta "Debbie" Hollaway were married on Aug. 26, 1961, in Great Bend.
April Mae Hart, 38, died Feb. 13 at her home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 5, 1974, in Lawton, Okla., she was the daughter of Gary and Coleen (Skeen) Hayes. A resident of Great Bend since 2005, coming from Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, she had previously been a waitress and C.N.A.
J.W. Crabtree, 74, died Feb. 11 at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend after a brief illness. Born on March 8, 1938 in Risco, Mo., he was the son of Lee and Frances (Gray) Crabtree. On Dec. 14, 1957, he married Myrtle Florence "Flo" Goudie in St. Louis, Mo. She died Jan. 1, 2004. He was employed as a warehouse/terminal worker for Railway Express in St. Louis, Mo., and worked in service stations for the majority of his life.
Judith Elaine Piland, 75, died Feb. 12 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born Aug. 19, 1937, in Sterling, she was the daughter of Julius and Mildred (Beck) Boepple. On Jan. 28, 1956, she married Basil Loyd Piland in Great Bend. He died on July 27, 2010.
WICHITA - Barbara G. Beck Godfrey, 75, passed away on Feb. 11. Born April 5, 1937 in McPherson, she was the daughter of Orlin and Violet (Blanke) Krehbiel. Barbara worked as an administrative assistant, most recently at St. Patrick's Parish where she retired after 20 years of service. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, playing cards, attending antique car shows, and spending time with friends and family.
BILLINGS, Mont. - Dolores R. Isern, 85, of Billings, Mont., died on Jan. 23, 2013, in Billings. Beloved granny, mother and great grandmother, she was the matriarch of a family who will miss her dearly. She was born Feb. 19, 1927, in Denton, Texas, to Beatrice and Henry Rondeau. She was the youngest of three children and outlived both her siblings, Henri and Hautesse. Growing up in Great Bend, her closest relationship was with her grandfather C. D. Spaugh, whom she lovingly called "Daddy."
CHASE - Lillian E. Ricker, 85, died Feb. 10th at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Feb. 14, 1927 in Bushton, she was the daughter of Edward W. Koch and Grace M. Flannery Koch. On June 8, 1947 she married Franklin F. Ricker in Bushton. A lifetime resident of Rice County, she was a valedictorian graduated from Bushton High school in 1945 and a valedictorian graduating from Sterling College in 1959. She was an English and Reading teacher at Chase Junior High School from 1947-1959 and a 4th grade teacher at Central School in Lyons from 1964-1988.
Brian Gene Mott, 32, died Feb. 7 in Kingman County. Born April 1, 1980 in Medicine Lodge he was the son of Wendell and Connie (Kimball) Mott. A resident of Great Bend since 2003, coming from Pratt, he was employed for Val-energy Rig #3. Brian loved working on the rig and being outdoors and fishing.