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Betty Jean Waitt 1929 - 2013

Betty Jean Waitt, 84, died Dec. 25 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born July 15, 1929, at McPherson, the daughter of Austin and Eva (Wilson) Nyquist. She was a Registered Nurse working at Hadley Medical Center, Hays, and at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, retiring in 1994.

December 26, 2013 | | Obituaries


​John R. Graham 1945 - 2013

MANHATTAN - John R. Graham, 68, died peacefully with family by his side on Dec. 20 in Manhattan. A native Kansan, John was born in Liberal, on Aug. 14, 1945, to John Alfred and Doris Fay (Bozarth) Graham.

December 26, 2013 | | Obituaries


​Doyle A. Martin 1953 - 2013

HOISINGTON - Doyle A. Martin, 60, died Dec. 22 at Suwanee Valley Care Center in Lake City, Fla. Born March 10, 1953, at Hays, he was the son of Doyle E. and Dorothea (Lucky) Martin. He lived most of his life in Hoisington and lived in Lake Butler, Fla., for about a year and a half. He worked in the oil field as a roughneck

December 26, 2013 | | Obituaries


Carl Henry Schlegel 1918 - 2013

TULSA, Okla. - Carl Henry Schlegel, 95, former Hays resident died Monday, Dec. 23, at his new home in Tulsa, Okla. He was born April 26, 1918 in Otis, to John Henry and Leah (Kerbs) Schlegel. He received his early education at Otis and was attending Kansas University when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Friends urged him to apply for a college deferment but he declined saying his country had been good to him, he owed something back. He served nearly four years in the 3rd Infantry Division from Fedala North Africa to Berchtesgaden Germany. After 68 years, when he thought of ...

December 24, 2013 | | Obituaries


John Leslie Fitzsimmons Jr. 1955 - 2013

PAWNEE ROCK - John Leslie Fitzsimmons Jr., 58, died Dec. 23 at his home in rural Pawnee Rock, surrounded by his loving family. Born Sept. 28, 1955 in Kingman, he was the son of John Leslie and Ella Marie (Tetrick) Fitzsimmons. On Dec. 2, 1983 he married Loretta Kay Stetler in Great Bend. A long time rural Pawnee Rock resident, coming from McPherson, he was the quality systems manager for Size Wise Wheelchairs of Kansas in Hays.

December 24, 2013 | | Obituaries


Agnes Hickey 1921-2013

HOISINGTON - Agnes Marie (Oberle) Hickel Hickey, 92, died Dec. 22 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born May 3, 1921 in Rice County, she was the daughter of Anton and Lena (Feist) Oberle.

December 23, 2013 | | Obituaries


Betty F. Shoaff 1929 - 2013

Betty F. Shoaff, 84, died Dec. 22 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born May 1, 1929 in Wilson, she was the daughter of Edward and Emma (Chrudimsky) Hanzlicek. On May 22, 1955 she married Samuel C. Shoaff in Wilson. A resident of Great Bend since 1949, coming from Wilson, she was employed by Unified School District 428 Food Service.

December 23, 2013 | | Obituaries


Marietta Gilmore 1925 - 2013

NORTON - Marietta Gilmore, 88, died Dec. 21, in Norton. Born Jan. 19, 1925 in Cairo, she was the daughter of Leslie (Judd) L. and Mabel Dale (McGaffin) Fitzsimmons. She attended rural schools and graduated from Pratt High School. She married Richard Leslie Webster. In 1960, she married William Edward Gilmore. He died in 2001. She was a resident of Parkwood Assisted Living, later moving to the Andbe Home in Norton to be closer to her daughter. She was employed at a laundry mat, a chiropractor's office, as a homemaker and as a domestic helper for several elderly Pratt residents.

December 23, 2013 | | Obituaries


Christian Wesley Hale “Bean”

Christian Wesley Hale "Bean" born 8:05 a.m. Dec. 18 died at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 18. He was the infant son of Montara Johansen and Clinton Hale. Bean's story began at 19 weeks when medical complications were discovered while he was still in utero. Against the odds this little fighter survived to 34 weeks and was delivered at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Mo. He lived for a few hours after his birth. Although Bean only survived a few hours after being born, he touched thousands of lives all over the world with his ...

December 21, 2013 | | Obituaries


Grace Marie Denman 1912 - 2013

Grace Marie Denman, 101, died Dec. 19 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 23, 1912 in Pueblo, Colo., she was the daughter of Charles and Agnes (Krebs) Watkins. She grew up and attended schools in Scott County, where her family moved shortly after she was born. On June 19, 1969, she married Gordon Knox in Reno, Nev. He died on May 12, 1972. Moving to Great Bend in 1989 from San Jose, Calif., she was a retired sales clerk.

December 20, 2013 | | Obituaries


Carmen Belling 1950 - 2013

DODGE CITY - Carmen Belling, 63, was born on Nov. 7, 1950. She died on Dec. 19 at the Kansas Soldiers Home in Fort Dodge. Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, is in charge of arrangements.

December 19, 2013 | | Obituaries


​Lisa Strecker

GREENWELL SPRINGS, La. - Lisa Burks Strecker, a native of Baton Rouge and a resident of Greenwell Springs, passed away on Dec. 17, 2013 at the age of 55. She was known in the community for breeding and raising boer goats and livestock and being an active East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H club leader. Lisa was an amazing cook, but her true passion was her family. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who will be missed dearly by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

December 19, 2013 | | Obituaries


​Hazeltene “Babe” (Driscoll) Schremmer 1922 - 2013

HOISINGTON - Hazeltene "Babe" (Driscoll) Schremmer died Dec. 19, 2013, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington after a long illness. She was born Nov. 16, 1922, in Dorrance, the daughter of Daniel Joseph Driscoll and Hazel Etta (Sinclair) Driscoll.

December 19, 2013 | | Obituaries


Eric “Butch” Muehleisen 1959 - 2013

ELLINWOOD - Eric "Butch" Muehleisen, 54, died Dec. 19 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born Feb. 25, 1959, at Seattle, Wash., the son of Eric E. and Dolores (Selby) Muehleisen. He married Sharon Choitz on March 30, 1979, at Ellsworth. He worked for Golden Belt Printing, Great Bend, as a graphic artist.

December 19, 2013 | | Obituaries


Bill Hicks 1920 - 2013

HUTCHINSON - Bill Hicks, 93, died Dec. 18, 2013 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.

December 18, 2013 | | 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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