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Karolyn Kaye Coleman 1939 - 2012

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.

January 14, 2012 | | Obituaries


Melvin D. Thompson

ARLINGTON - Melvin, D. Thompson, 85, died Jan. 13 at his home in Arlington. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Birzer Funeral Home.

January 14, 2012 | | Obituaries


Hubert Rajewski 1917-2012

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.

January 14, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gary D. Apel 1953 - 2012

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.

January 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Keith A. Peters 1947 - 2012

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.

January 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gerald R. "Jerry" Kline 1931 - 2012

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 ...

January 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Elaine L. Johnson 1931 - 2012

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.

January 12, 2012 | | Obituaries


Twila Franzmathes

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Twila Franzmathes, 68, died Dec. 19, 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

January 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


Maxine Krallman 1926 - 2012

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 ...

January 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


Holly Sylvester Langer

BUTTE, Mont. - Holly Sylvester Langer, 92, passed away Saturday Jan. 7, 2012 at his home, Marquis Vintage Suites, in Butte, Mont.

January 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


Henry Edward Swartz 1923 - 2012

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.

January 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


Warren Eugene Kerbs 1923 - 2012

OVIEDO, FLA. - Warren Eugene Kerbs, formerly of Great Bend, died on Dec. 28 at his home in Oviedo, Fla. Warren was born on April 6, 1923 in Paxico, and graduated from Claflin High School in 1941. He attended Kansas State University, playing on the basketball team, but left college for military service. He then completed his college education at Indiana University, where he earned a degree in business administration in 1948.

January 10, 2012 | | Obituaries


JoAnn M. Halling 1925 - 2012

HANSTON – JoAnn M. Halling, 86, died Jan. 8, 2012, at the Hodgeman County Health Center in Jetmore. She was born July 14, 1925, at Rozel, the daughter of Harvey and Maggie Milton Unruh. On Aug. 16, 1946, she married Lawrence L. Halling at Rozel. He died July 30, 2008. A lifetime area resident, she was a homemaker and was a retired bookkeeper for the Co-op in Hanston.

January 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Pauline Bookstore 1913 - 2012

ST. JOHN - Pauline Bookstore, 98, died Jan. 6, 2012, at the Stafford County Hospital. Born May 14, 1913, in Luray, she was the daughter of Roy and Albina (Hampl) Crawford. Living in rural St. John since 1938, she was a homemaker and home economist Extension Agent. On Dec. 2, 1945, she married Dale Bookstore in St. John. He preceded her in death.

January 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


William J. (Bill) Cole 1946-2012

LARNED - William J. (Bill) Cole, 65, died Jan. 6, 2012, at his home in Larned.

January 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


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​Twilla Joyce Brack 1931 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Twilla Joyce Brack, 83, died April 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center in Hays. She was born July 20, 1931, on a farmstead West of Hoisington, the daughter of Henry Cordrey and Maudie Elizabeth (Anglin) Spires. Twilla attended Hoisington High School.

April 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


Angelina M. Henry 1965 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Angelina M. Henry, 49, of Ellinwood, passed away on Friday afternoon, April 24, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood after a sudden illness. Angie was born on May 22, 1965, at Great Bend, to Wellington Mark Radford Jr. and Margaret Louise (Webster) Radford. She attended school at Great Bend and earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration at Barton Community College in Great Bend. Angie was united in marriage to Timothy L. Henry on May 7, 1983, at Great Bend. She worked as a proofreader and sales associate for the Great Bend Tribune, and was a secretary for ...

April 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Richard “Brian” Reed 1976 - 2015

MAPLE HILL - Richard "Brian" Reed, 38, died April 18, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, Topeka. He was born June 1, 1976, at Great Bend, the son of Richard L. and Mary Denise (Keenan) Reed. He married Smo Ortiz April 7, 1995, at Lawrence. He was a boxing promoter matchmaker for Empire Sports Management and Promotion.

April 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Kenneth L. “Kenny” Blair 1931 - 2015

Kenneth L. "Kenny" Blair, 83, passed away on Friday morning, April 24, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. Born Sept. 4, 1931, in Braggs, Oklahoma, he was the son of Riley and Mary Belle (McMillan) Blair. In 1949, he came to Great Bend. On Jan. 21, 1951, he was united in marriage to Garnetta E. Queen in Great Bend. He drove a truck for Graves Truck Lines of Great Bend for over 40 years, and later worked for Bentley & Associates in Great Bend for several years, delivering parts and working in the shop. He loved hunting and fishing ...

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Russell L. Sater

WICHITA - Russell L. Sater, 83, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2015. He was a retired operating superintendent for Kansas Gas Service and the Treasurer of Gasco Credit Union.

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Linda Lee Dodrill 1944 - 2015

UTICA - Linda Lee Dodrill, 70, passed away at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Wichita, on April 8, 2015. She was born on May 18, 1944, in Ransom, the daughter of Joseph D. and Maxine Hansen Cheney. On Sept. 15, 1963, she married Donald Dodrill in Utica. He passed away on April 21, 2015.

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Robert L. Kraisinger 1936 - 2015

TIMKEN - Robert L. Kraisinger, 79, died April 13, 2015, at Caney Nursing Center in Caney. Born March 24, 1936, in Timken, he was the son of Robert S. and Helen M. (Koci) Kraisinger. He was a 1953 graduate of Bison High School. On April 23, 1958, he married Angelina M. Krmela at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Olmitz. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County, he was a farmer and truck driver before his retirement.

April 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


LeRoy George Schartz Jr.

HOISINGTON – LeRoy George Schartz Jr., 62, died April 22, 2015 at his home in Hoisington.

April 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ervin and Mary Ann Huslig

LAWRENCE - Ervin Francis Huslig, 67, and Mary Ann Huslig, 62, died April 20, 2015. Ervin was born August 17, 1947, in Kingman, the son of Anton Frank and Louise (Maneth) Huslig. Mary Ann Huslig was born Sept. 9, 1952, in Hays, the daughter of James M. Hart Sr. and Cecilia (Sack) Hart.

April 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Paul George Dietz 1918-2015

RUSSELL - Paul George Dietz, 96, passed away April 21, 2015 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 3, 1918, on the family farm in Russell County just north of Bender Hill, he was the son of Ferdinand and Pauline (Karst) Dietz. He grew up in the Bender Hill area and graduated in the Class of 1938 from Russell High School. On June 22, 1947, he was united in marriage to Hilda Bender at the Trinity Bender Hill Lutheran Church. He worked in the grocery business during high school and later owned and operated Dietz Meat Processing Company in Russell ...

April 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Anthony J. ‘Tony’ Birzer 1953-2015

OTTAWA - Anthony J. "Tony" Birzer, 62, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Hospice House of Olathe.

April 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ervin and Mary Ann Huslig

LAWRENCE - Ervin Francis Huslig, 67, and Mary Ann Huslig, 62, Lawrence, died April 20, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 27, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence is in charge of arrangements.

April 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Florence Ethel Jonas 1923 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Ethel Jonas, 91, died April 20, 2015, at Hays Medical Center in Hay. Born on June 1, 1923, in Barton County near Susank, she was the second child of Lora Retta (Gardner) Jonas and Edmund "Edd" G. Jonas. Her brother, Walter was born in 1920. He passed away in 2005.

April 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Robert L. Kraisinger

TIMKEN - Robert L. Kraisinger died on April 13, 2015, at Caney Nursing Center in Caney. Services are pending with Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse.

April 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Theresa Stanley 1941 - 2015

Theresa Stanley, 73, of Great Bend, died April 19, 2015, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. She was born Oct 3, 1941, at La Crosse, to Henry and Mathilda (Heronema) Basgall. She graduated from La Crosse High School and was united in marriage to William Stanley in 1961 at La Crosse. She worked as a cook for many Great Bend area eating establishments, including JC Penney, A & W, Central Kansas Medical Center, the Petroleum Club, Barton Community College, Black Angus and the Great Bend Senior Center prior to her retirement in 2000.

April 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


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