George W. Bemis, 77, died Jan. 26 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 25, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of Carney and Ula (Falgren) Bemis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, he worked for the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Jane Olsen in Sparta, Wis. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was owner and operator of Bemis Construction, Inc.
NEWTON - Vincent Wayne Ochs, 78, died at home in the arms of his family. Born on Nov. 4, 1933 in Timken, he was the son of Phillip Ochs and Verna Morgan Scheurman. On June 1, 1954 he married Gloria Schope in Albert. He was the former owner and operator of Ochs Cleaners in Newton from 1974-1997.
BELPRE -Florence M. "Sis" Gales, 88, died Jan. 25, 2012. She was born Sept. 29, 1923 at Hugoton, the daughter of Ernest Dorr and Fannie Mae (Johnson) Frazee. She was a life-long resident of Belpre, a homemaker, Edwards Co. Healthy Start Visitor, St. Joseph Hospital worker, and an Avon representative. Her memberships include St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Altar Society, KEENAGERS, and the Cancer Support Group.
GREAT BEND - Funeral service for Jack Callaway will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Little River United Methodist Church, with pastor Theresa Forshee officiating. Burial will follow at the Bean Cemetery in Little River. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, with family receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m., at Nicholson Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington and from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church Thursday. Memorials are suggested to Methodist Youthville in Newton in care of the funeral home.
LARNED - Elsie R. Rankin, 94, died Jan. 24, 2012 at the Larned Health Care. Born July 29, 1917, in Johnstown, Penn., she was the daughter of Robert and Dorotha Cramer Cummins. She was an accounting bookkeeper. On July 20, 1935, she married Charles W. Rankin in Wheeling, W.V. He died on Nov. 11, 1997.
GREAT BEND - Betty L. Rajewski, 76, died Jan. 21 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 16, 1935 in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Gottschalk) Kronewitter. On Feb. 4, 1956 she married Marvin H. Rajewski in Schoenchen. A Great Bend resident since 1959, coming from Hays, she was a clerk at Dollar Tree and had been a cashier in the Barton Community College Cafeteria. She was also owner of Arrow Supply.
GREAT BEND - Jack Callaway was born Lonnie Alvin Cowden, Jr., on Oct. 19, 1923, to Lonnie Alvin Cowden and Effie Ellen Dines Cowden in Kansas City. He died Jan. 22 at Sterling Presbyterian Manor in Sterling. At the age of five, Jack was adopted by Walter Q. and Fannie Callaway and was given the name Jack. He was raised west of Galena on a small farm. He attended and graduated from a two room grade school in Cherokee County. For three years, he attended the Riverton High School and graduated from the Galena High School in 1942. Jack entered the ...
Mary E. Wilhelm, 90, died Jan. 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 29, 1921 in rural Lewis, she was the daughter of Ralph and Grace (Atkins) Corzine. She graduated from Garfield High School and attended Fort Hays State University. On Sept. 26, 1946 she married Velmer A. Wilhelm in Garfield. He died on June 24, 1987. A resident of Great Bend since 1990, coming from the farm in Timken, she was a farm wife, homemaker, taught school, retail clerk, telephone operator and election board worker. She loved music, singing and dancing. She led "Sing Along with Mary" a ...
LARNED - George Dennis Martin, 63, passed away Jan. 21 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born April 15, 1948 in Great Bend, he was the son of George Earl and Maxine Salmans Martin. A lifetime area resident, except for 17 years when he was a warehouse manager for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company in Batavia, Ill. He also assisted with the formation of Riverside Publishing Co. Chicago, Ill., and was the managing editor for the Tiller and Toiler Newspaper.
Betty L. Rajewski, 76, died Jan. 21 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 16, 1935 in Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Gottschalk) Kronewitter. On Feb. 14, 1956 she married Marvin H. Rajewski in Schoenchen. A Great Bend resident since 1959, coming from Hays, she was a clerk at Dollar Tree and had been a cashier in the Barton Community College Cafeteria. She was also owner of Arrow Supply.
ELK CITY, Okla. - Evelyn "Janice" Wallen, 81, died Jan. 20 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. She was born Feb. 7, 1930, in Stafford County, the daughter of Edwin and Lydia (Dirks) Grow. She married Britt Wallen in 1967 at Great Bend. He died in 2005.
PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Godin, 76, died May 25, 2015, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 24, 1939, in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Frank and Marion (Prespare) Godin. On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Mildred Gable in Great Bend. A resident of Pawnee Rock for six years, coming from Great Bend, he was a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield and later worked for maintenance at Great Bend Housing Authority.
Erwin "Erv" Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.
Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 16, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Hillary and Ruth Borne. She married Manford G. "Bud" Cannon Oct. 29, 1949, at Boone, Arkansas. He died Dec. 7, 1982. A long-time Great Bend resident, she was an accounts payable clerk for Great Bend Manufacturing.
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Sept. 9, 1926, on the farm in Odin, the son of Anton A. and Hattie Rose (Prosser) Beran. He graduated from Odin High School in 1944 and later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After returning from the military, Jerry played professional baseball for the Hutchinson Elks.
Delores Rae Keegan, 83, died May 23, 2015, at Sterling House of Great Bend. She was born Aug. 23, 1931, at Little River, the daughter of Ray and Elsie (Eaton) Folck. Mrs. Keegan was a Great Bend resident and taught public school for 39 years, the last 30 years in Great Bend at Morrison and Jefferson Elementary Schools.
Louis Wintholz, 83, passed from this world to join his beloved wife Phyllis, in heaven on May 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Collyer, the son of Reinholdt "Ray" and Mary (Windholz) Wintholz. He attended school in Collyer and graduated from the Hays Cadets Academy in 1950. He married Phyllis Montgomery on May 8, 1954, at Hearndon. She passed away on Feb. 15, 2008.
Sister Marie Klein, 102, died May 21, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' Convent Infirmary, Great Bend. Born April 25, 1913, in Fowler, as Mary Ann Agatha Klein, Sister Marie was the daughter of Anthony and Mary Helen (Hoffman) Klein. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community July 14, 1928, and pronounced her first vows August 17, 1931. She celebrated 80 years of religious profession in 2011.
GREENFIELD, Ind. - Marlin "Gene" Tammen, 79, passed away May 22, 2015, at Hancock Regional Hospital. Born on Dec.27, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Herman Tammen and Gladys Tammen. In 1953, he graduated from Great Bend High School. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Wichita State University. In October of 1956, he married Cheryl Loy (Foos). He held various positions in the Federal Government from 1962-1987, including Midwest Director of the Office of Personnel Management. He enjoyed playing poker, playing bridge, spending time with his grandchildren, watching movies, and traveling with Cheryl ...
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home of Hoisington is in charge of arrangements.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Grace Imogene (Hathaway) Abel, 90, died May 12, 2015, at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born March 19, 1925, northwest of St. John, the daughter of John William and Reno (Kanzleiter) Hathaway.