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Maxine Idell Battershell 1919 - 2014

LYONS - Maxine Idell Battershell, 95, died May 22 at Good Samaritan Center, Lyons. She was born Jan. 29, 1919, at Larned, to the Rev. Thomas F. and Lelia Goforth Swanson. She graduated from Stafford High School, and from Beauty College in Hutchinson in 1939. She married Lee Howard Battershell on Aug. 12, 1943, at Lyons. He died July 17, 1967. A longtime Lyons resident, formerly of Sterling and Erie, she was owner and operator of Maxine's Beauty Shop for over 50 years.

May 26, 2014 | | Obituaries


Carl Marks

SYLVIA - Carl Marks, 77, died May 22 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was the son of Herb and Nellie Marks and was raised in the Zenith/Stafford community. Carl was a 1954 graduate of Stafford High School and Hutchinson Junior College. He proudly served in the United States Army for three years and went back to the "Oil Patch." On June 8, 1963, he married Jeanette Kueck at Stafford. Carl was an avid hunter and wildlife enthusiast having helped establish Sunflower Mallards and had raised Greater Canada Geese to be released back into the wild for many years.

May 26, 2014 | | Obituaries


Dixie Lee Stein 1947 - 2014

KATY, Texas - Dixie Lee Stein, 66, died May 20 at her home in Katy, Texas. Born July 25, 1947, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Eldon Howard and Fern Marie (Folkerts) Harper. Raised on her family's farm in Albert, she graduated from Fort Hays State University. On June 15, 1968, she married Dean LeRoy Stein in Albert. The couple lived in Duncan, Okla., Enid, Okla., and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Springfield, Mo., Paducah, Ky., and Lubbock, Texas, prior to moving to Katy, Texas, in 2013 to be closer to their daughters and grandson.

May 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Gilbert Francis Penka 1948 - 2014

Gilbert Francis Penka, 66, died May 17, 2014 at his home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 25, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of August and Agnes (Rziha) Penka. A resident of Great Bend since 2009, coming from Hoisington, he was a farmer and delivered propane for Mid Continent L.P. Services. He also later was employed by Moeder Oil Company.

May 21, 2014 | | Obituaries


Monte Dean Jamison 1961 - 2014

MIDLAND, Texas - Monte Dean Jamison, 52, died May 19, 2014 at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Born Sept. 20, 1961, in Chickasha, Okla., he was the son of Harold Dean and Carol Jean (Burgess) Jamison. He was employed by the County of Midland, Texas as a Procurement Manager.

May 21, 2014 | | Obituaries


Diana Rinehart 1929-2014

TULSA, Okla. – Diana Rinehart, 84, passed from this world on May 16, 2014.

May 21, 2014 | | Obituaries


Gertrude Mae Dressler 1930 - 2014

WAGNER, S.D. - Gertrude Mae (Stratton) Dressler passed away on May 19, 2014 at her home under hospice care, as a result of a long respiratory illness. She was born Nov. 30, 1930, in Madison, S.D. to Howard and Bernice (Cline) Stratton. In 1941, she moved with her family to Marion, S.D. and graduated Salutatorian in 1949. Gertrude went to beauty school in 1951 and owned her own salon in Marion, S.D. and in Wagner, S.D., and was recognized for her talents by winning several national hair styling awards and was the South Dakota Cosmetologist of ...

May 21, 2014 | | Obituaries


Robert L. Siemsen 1938 - 2014

HOLYROOD - Robert L. Siemsen, 75, passed away May 20 in Lyons. He was born Nov. 14, 1938 in Ellsworth to Henry and Leora (Johansen) Siemsen. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, he was raised on a farm in rural Holyrood. Robert attended grade school and high school in Holyrood, graduating in 1956. He was a farmer and stockman and a member of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Holyrood. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy for three years aboard the USS Gunston Hall.

May 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


Barbara Louise Knupp Lucas 1930 - 2014

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. - Barbara Louise Knupp Lucas passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Life Care of Collegedale, Tenn. She was 83 years old. She was born in Larned on Nov. 21, 1930, to E. V. and Irene Hall Knupp. She graduated from Larned High School with the Class of 1948. She married Jon K. "Pete" Lucas in Larned. They lived in Kansas, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, Tennessee and Louisiana. She was a resident of Slidell, La., for over 30 years before moving to Collegedale, Tenn., in 2010.

May 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


Donald Leroy Radke

ELLINWOOD - Donald Leroy Radke died on May 14. He was born on July 26, 1956. After 27 years, he retired from Dillon Dairy.

May 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


Eric R. Beran 1963-2014

ODIN - Eric R. Beran, 50, died May 19 at home in Odin. Born Aug. 15, 1963 at Great Bend, he was the son of Gerald W. "Jerry"and Elvita (Dolechek) Beran.

May 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Troy Lee Fox 1963-2014

LARNED - Troy Lee Fox, 50, died May 18, at Emporia. Born Oct. 29, 1963 at Hastings, Neb., he was the son of Galen and Charolette "Sue" Cambron Fox. He was a Larned resident for 25 years moving from Garden City. He was a Diesel Mechanic for Doonan Truck. He was a member of The Fathers House, Larned.

May 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Gilbert Francis Penka

Gilbert Francis Penka, 66, died May 17, at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.

May 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Blanche Opal Rea 1921 - 2014

Blanche Opal Rea, 92, died May 17, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 30, 1921 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Charlie "Chase" and Stazie (Novotny) Hejny. On Aug. 22, 1943 she married Kenneth "K.E." Rea in Hoisington. He died on Nov. 14, 1998. A Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from The Ozarks, Mo., she also had resided in Otis; Hoisington; Sweetwater, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Mozambique, South Africa; Libya; North Africa; Denver, Colo.; London, Ky.; Tehran; Iran; and Vincennes, Ind. She was a self-employed cosmetologist. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.

May 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


​Elizabeth J. “Betty Jean” Schneider 1930 - 2014

HOISINGTON - Elizabeth J. "Betty Jean" Schneider, 83, died May 16, 2014, at Salina Regional Medical Center, Salina. She was born Aug. 9, 1930, at rural Odin, to Joseph and Mary (Reif) Finger. She married Joseph Francis Schneider Aug. 11, 1953, at Odin. He died March 29, 1995.

May 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


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Sister Teresa Orozco 1941-2017

GREAT BEND - Sister Teresa Orozco, 76, died Dec. 12, 2017, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend.

December 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Alvin Adam Gerstner 1926-2017

PECULIAR, Mo. - Alvin "Al" Adam Gerstner, 91, Peculiar, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.

December 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Beverly J. Steffen 1932-2017

BURDETT - Beverly J. Steffen, 85, passed away Dec. 12, 2017 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.

December 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Obituaries


James R. “Jim” Pivonka 1929 - 2017

TIMKEN - James R. "Jim" Pivonka, 88, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Rush County Memorial Hospital in LaCrosse. Mr. Pivonka was born Oct. 31, 1929 ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Robert H. Frink Jr. 1922 - 2017

ST. JOHN - Robert H. Frink Jr., 95, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, at South Hutchinson. He was born on Oct. 11, 1922, at Hopewell, the ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Belle Behrens 1928 - 2017

Dorothy Belle Behrens, 89, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, at home in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 29, 1928, at Council Grove to Oliver ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Beverly Patricia Retzlaff 1951 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Beverly Patricia Retzlaff, 66, passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Via Christi St Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born May 10, 1951 ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Pauline Helen “Ammie” Halfhill 1932 - 2017

Pauline Helen "Ammie" Halfhill, 85, died Dec. 10, 2017 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born Sept. 11, 1932 in Great Bend, she was the daughter ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy B. Behrens

Dorothy B. Behrens, 89, died Dec. 9, 2017, at home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wanda Lee Hurde 1941-2017

LARNED - Wanda Lee Hurde, age 76, passed away at Diversicare of Larned, on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Ruth Ann Richey

NEW CASTLE, Va. - Ruth Ann Richey, 86, of New Castle, Virginia, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. She was a daughter ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Michael H. “Mike” Welsh 1937 - 2017

LaCrosse - Michael H. "Mike" Welsh, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society, Hays. Mr. Welsh was born May 16, 1937, in Flint ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Nita Gaye Peterson 1935 - 2017

LARNED - Nita Gaye Peterson, 82, passed away Dec. 7, 2017, at Country Living of Larned. Nita was born April 10, 1935, in Great Bend, the ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Richard D. Luse 1931-2017

Richard Daniel Luse, 86, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday evening, Dec. 5, 2017, at Salina Regional Hospital. Richard was born on June ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


George Wellington Foster Jr. 1938 - 2017

HOWE, Okla. - George Wellington Foster Jr., 79, passed away Dec. 5, 2017, in Heavener, Okla. He was born Jan. 18, 1938 in Guthrie, Okla. to ...

December 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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