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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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Bobby Joe Mead 1936 - 2015

Bobby Joe Mead, 78, died May 4, 2015, at Hays Medical Center in Hays. Born Sept. 18, 1936, in Fredonia, he was the son of E.O. and Aldine LaRue (Randall) Mead. Bob married Carole Annette Cronenberg on Sept. 18, 1955, in Great Bend. She died on July 1, 2002.

May 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


William John “Bill” Berchek Jr. 1947 - 2015

William John "Bill" Berchek Jr., 67, passed away on May 2, at his home near Great Bend. Born on July 29, 1947, in Pueblo, Colo. he was the son of William John Berchek Sr. and Evelyn Caroline Gordon. He received his associates degree from Barton County Community College and used it in a wide variety of areas. He worked for 30 years as a Conductor for Union Pacific Railroad as well as in real estate and farming. He was a lifetime resident of Barton County. On March 25, 1989, He married Marcia Richardson in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives of ...

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bob Mead

Bob Mead, 78, died May 4, at Hays Medical Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


John “Danny” Dipman — 1943-2015

LARNED - John Daniel "Danny" Dipman, 72, died at his home in rural Larned on May 2, 2015. Born on April 18, 1943, in Larned, he was the son of John W. and Eldred E. (Sanders) Dipman.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Bob Mead

Bob Mead, 78, died May 4, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

May 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Theresa M. Ney 1916-2015

HOISINGTON - Theresa M. Ney, 98, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died April 30 at Golden Living Center, Wilson. Born Aug. 8, 1916, she was the daughter of Paul Dolechek, Sr. and Anna (Weber) Dolechek.

May 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Delores June Steadman 1925-2015

Delores June Steadman, 89, died April 28 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Sept. 11, 1925 at Bazine, she was the daughter of Charles F. and Lillian (DeWald) Schenkel.

May 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bess E. Sellens 1932-2015

HOISINGTON - Bess E. Sellens, 83, died May 2 at Locust Grove Village, LaCrosse. Born March 30, 1932 at Milo, Mo., she was the daughter of Allen and Mary (Brown) Laflen.

May 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ivan H. Christy 1927 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Ivan H. Christy, 88, died April 30, 2015, at Country Place Senior Living, Hoisington. He was born Feb. 9, 1927, at Kansas City, Mo., to Ivan H. and Anna (Tillisch) Christy. He married Mary Louise Kircher Feb. 7, 1949, at Paola. They were later divorced. Ivan then married Gwenola Bagley Ochs March 21, 1970, at Hoisington. She died April 30, 2007.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Elmer Paul Boger 1920-2015

HUTCHINSON - Elmer Paul Boger, 94, passed away on April 28, 2015 of natural causes at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.

April 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Delores June Steadman

GREAT BEND - Delores June Steadman, 89, died April 28, 2015 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood.

April 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Katherine Wandalee ‘Lee’ Stalcup 1929 - 2015

STAFFORD - Lee Stalcup, 85, died April 29, 2015 at Kenwood Plaza in St. John.

April 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair 1931 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair, 83, passed away April 27, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born on Dec. 27, 1931, in Rush County, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Rosemary (Leiker) Urban. In 1949, she graduated from La Crosse High School. On June 20, 1954, she married Millard Schloemer in Great Bend. He died Feb. 22, 1982. She later married Ural G. (Jack) Clair in Ellinwood, on Dec. 7, 1990. She worked as a secretary for USD 403 in Bison and as an operator at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in La Crosse.

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​LeRoy George Schartz Jr. 1952 - 2015

HOISINGTON - LeRoy George Schartz Jr., 62, died April 22, 2015, at his home in Hoisington. Born May 3, 1952, in Great Bend, he was the son of LeRoy George and Viola Marie (Hermann) Schartz. He married Sharon Holcomb. They were later divorced. He recently moved to Hoisington from Great Bend, where he had worked in both the carpentry and automotive repair trades. Those who truly knew LeRoy will remember him for his kindness and generosity. LeRoy was not a man of material possessions, so he used his kindness and skills to give to others. He loved helping his friends by ...

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​James (Jim) W. Kolb 1944 - 2015

LARNED - James (Jim) W. Kolb, 70, passed away April 25, 2015, at his home in Austin, Texas. Born June 8, 1944, in Dodge City, he was the son of Harold "Sandy" and Rhoda Jean Donovan Kolb. A longtime area resident of Larned then moving to Austin, Texas, he was an Licensed Mental Health Technician and later changed positions to Activity Therapist at the Larned State Hospital. After he retired from 30 years of service at Larned State Hospital, he drove a school bus for 10 years at Larned School District. On July 26, 1975, he married Bonnie Ladean Eaton in ...

April 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


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