Ellen Ora "Punky" Sparks, 72, died March 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 10, 1939 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ora and Opal (Griffin) Ford. On Dec. 20, 1959 she married Robert Sparks in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1945, coming from Wichita, she was a realtor for Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate and previously for Keenan Real Estate. Punky enjoyed her home life with her loving husband, Bob, and adoring pet, Peipi. She traveled to numerous Colorado locations with her girlfriends every summer. Punky enjoyed contact over the years with ...
David Dean Seyfert, 39, died March 23 at his residence. Born July 5, 1971 in Great Bend, he was the son of Dale D. and Shirley R. (Smith) Seyfert. A resident of Great Bend for 20 years, coming from the farm north of Claflin, he was a small engine repairman for Carr Auto and Electronics. His hobbies were working on mowers, chain saws or any small engine repair.
ELLINWOOD - Ruth E. Banks, 96, died March 22 at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Dec. 18, 1914 in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Frank Tullis and Beary Mustain Tullis Waddle. A lifetime resident of Ellinwood, she was a retired telephone operator and homemaker. On Aug. 8, 1937 she married Harry French. On March 5, 1948 she married C.W. Schnurr. On May 26, 1972 she married W.F. (Bill) Banks. All preceded her in death.
HOISINGTON - Edgar L. Reif, 77, died March 21. Born Nov. 1, 1933 in Hoisington, he was the son of the late Alfred A. and Clara (Polzin) Reif. A past resident of Osborne, he was the owner/operator truck driver at D & R Trucking in Pratt and Skillett Trucking in LaCrosse.
PHILLIPSBURG - Tamera Lynn Wagner, 38, of Phillipsburg died Tuesday, March 22 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Ellen Ora Sparks, 72, died March 22 at her home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
BARNARD, Mo. - May Joan Field Tompkins, 88, of Barnard, Mo., passed away March 20, at Parkdale Manor in Maryville, Mo. Born May 14, 1922, in Brentford, England, she was the daughter of Herbert and Fanny (Ricks) Field. She worked in a munitions plant during World War II, making shell casings. Joan married Raymond Lee Tompkins on Feb. 5, 1944, in St. Lawrence Church of England, Brentford, England, becoming a "War Bride." Raymond returned to the United States after the end of the war and Joan and her first born son came in 1946. Joan worked as a clerk at Wylie ...
HOISINGTON - Memorial Graveside Service for John Maynard Little will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hoisington Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the American Legion in Hoisington. Little, 55, died March 3. Funeral arrangements are by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Marion Jean Hicks, 49, died March 18 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Jan. 31, 1962, in Newport, R.I., the daughter of Eugene and Marion (Hendry) Benavidez. She married Gordon Hicks on April 15, 2004, at Hoisington. She was a homemaker and had been a Hoisington resident since 2001, coming from Alva, Okla.
Robert "Bobby" Kasper Jr., 34, died March 18 in Barton County. Born Oct. 16, 1976, in Wichita, he was the son of Robert Wayne and Peggy (Lietzke) Kasper Sr. A resident of Great Bend since 1980, coming from El Dorado, he was a truck driver for Sioux Tank Service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, drag racing, motorcycle riding and automotive work.
Fort Dodge - Dale E. "Gene" O'Connor, 75, died Feb. 27 at Fort Dodge. He was born Jan. 12, 1936, at Hoisington, the son of John William and Nola (Colhour) O'Connor.
ELLINWOOD - Marlene K. Robl, 79, died March 20 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. She was born Dec. 27, 1931, at Spearville, the daughter of Wilbert "Bill" and Irene (Kern) Schawe. A homemaker, she had been an Ellinwood resident since 1956, coming from Great Bend.
John A. Foos, 67, died March 19 at the Ellsworth Good Samaritan Retirement Center in Ellsworth. Born March 2, 1944, in Bazine, he was the son of John B. and Esther (Foos) Foos Jr. A longtime resident of Great Bend, coming from LaCrosse, he was a truck driver.
LARNED - Melvin Joe Jennings, 99, died March 19, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned.
Betty J. Kramer, 84, died Aug. 31, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
CHASE – Margery A. Rondeau, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center in Lyons. Born Nov. 30, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minn., she was the daughter of Max and Agnes Engelbert. She married Richard F. Rondeau Aug. 21, 1948, at Minneapolis. He survives. She was a resident of Chase since 1999, having lived in Belpre and San Diego.
Ruth Lorene Ward, 91, died Aug. 30 at Golden Plains Care Center, Hutchinson. She was born July 15, 1923 at Brownell, the daughter of Jesse Dailey and Sarah Eliza (Rankin) Weathers. Ruth married Floyd Cecil Ward March 13, 1940 at Hutchinson. He died Jan. 2, 1996. She was homemaker and worked in the kitchen at USD 428 and St. Rose Hospital
Todd L. Leatherman, 48, died Aug. 29 in Great Bend. He was born Sept. 25, 1965 at Great Bend, the son of Bill and Iona (Lebsack) Leatherman.
CLAFLIN - Elfrieda Alice Mantz, 95, died Aug. 28 at Golden Living Center, Wilson. She was born Feb. 18, 1919, at Claflin, the daughter of Max Frederick and Mary Otillie (Kafka) Schlessiger.
UTICA - Patricia Ann (Hill) Stutz, 81, passed away Aug. 27, at her home near Utica, after a short illness. Born June 11, 1933, in Carthage, Mo., she was the daughter of Lee C. and Nellie P. (Berkebile) Hill. She grew up and attended school in Carthage, Mo. After graduation from Carthage High School in 1951, she worked at Big Smith (jeans) Company in Carthage, Mo., and volunteered with USO entertainers at Camp Crowder Army Base near Neosho, Mo. On Feb. 6, 1955, she married William Robert Stutz of Utica, in Carthage, Mo. He survives of the home where they have ...
Gloria A. Janatello, 87, died Aug. 29, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Sept. 12, 1926, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Domingo and Ruth (Barth) Scotti. On Dec. 25, 1943, she married Peter Janatello in Great Bend. He died on Feb. 27, 2008. She was a lifetime resident of Great Bend and Barton County.
Sister Bertilla Brungardt, 86, died Aug. 28, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend. Born Dec. 17, 1927, in Liebenthal as Germana Brungardt, Sister Bertilla was the daughter of the late Adam Joseph and Josephine Heili Brungardt. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Emma Wasinger Quint Brungardt. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community on Sept. 10, 1944, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 13, 1947. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2012.
GREENSBURG - Gene Kile, 84, died peacefully at his home in Pratt, Aug. 26, 2014.
Roberta Jo Carr, 59, died Aug. 25 at Great Bend Regional Medical Center. She was born on Sept. 11, 1954, in Fayette County, Ohio. Roberta was a resident of Great Bend since 1987, moving from Washington Courthouse, Ohio. She worked as a night auditor for Days Inn.
Bennie Lou Moos, 69, died Aug. 24, at Hays Medical Center. Born June 18, 1945, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Leon and Vanonda (Wise) Gray. On April 28, 1962, she married Don J. Leiker in Great Bend. They were later divorced. She then married Lyle L. Workman. He passed away in 2003. She then married Robert W. Moos on May 2, 2013, in Great Bend. He survives. A resident of Great Bend since 1986, coming from WaKeeney where she had resided since 1971, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, craft work, floral arranging and music.
DADE CITY, Fla. - Paul Folds of Dade City, Fla. passed away Aug 21, at 67 years of age. Paul loved his family, friends, and animals. He had a kind heart and was always giving what he could to others. His enjoyments in life were the family and animals that he cherished. Paul will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
LARNED - Dr. Thomas Dale Ewing, 92, passed away Aug. 22, 2014 at the Rice County District Hospital, Lyons.
GREAT BEND – Richard A. Haines, 62, died Aug. 21, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Flora Mae "Mates" (Koerner) Swim, 87, of West Des Moines, Iowa, died Aug.16 at Mercy Hospice – Johnston, in Johnston, Iowa. Arrangements are in care of Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel in Hays.