SMITH CENTER - Terry Dean Brown, 48, died Nov. 20 at his home in Smith Center. He was born Aug. 23, 1962, to Jack Dean and Henrietta Jane (Karnatz) Brown.
George Joseph Gorsline, 90, of Great Bend, died Nov. 23 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born Dec. 27, 1919, at Flushing, N.Y., the son of Walter and Stella (Bafalska) Gorsline. He married Lillian Elizabeth Alger. She died Jan. 11, 1976. He married Margaret Elizabeth Bender Dec. 16, 1978, at Great Bend. He was a truck driver and delivery man for McCurdy's Hatchery. Mr. Gorsline was a Great Bend resident since 1951, coming from Flushing, N.Y. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater of Operations ...
Larry D. Nuss, 61, of Great Bend, died Nov. 22 at his home. He was born April 29, 1949, in Great Bend, the son of Benjamin and Janet (Moore) Nuss. He married Coleen Miller on Dec. 18, 1971, at Albert. He was a salesman for Kitco. Mr. Nuss was a Great Bend resident since 1993, coming from Otis.
DODGE CITY - Margaret F. Lightcap, 88, died Nov. 22 at Central Kansas Medical Center at Great Bend. She was born on Dec. 13, 1921, at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Lloyd and Lena (Krueger) Keenportz. She grew up in Hodgeman County and moved to Dodge City in 1940. On Sept. 21, 1940, she married Leroy Lightcap at Rozel. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2004. Margaret was a homemaker and she and her husband lived in Dodge City until moving to Great Bend in 2000.
SMITH CENTER - Terry Dean Brown, 48, passed away Nov, 20 at his home in Smith Center. Services are pending. All Faiths Funeral Chapel of Smith Center is in charge of arrangements.
MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. -Leona P. Berry, 94, of Minneapolis, died Nov. 22 at the Salina Regional Health Center. Leona was born May 9, 1916, near Beaver, to William and Grace (Chenoweth) Berry. She graduated from Hoisington High School, Hoisington, at the age of 16. Leona was too young to teach so she stayed home for one year. Then she taught county grade schools (first through eighth grades) in Russell County, starting at the age of 17 after a brief Normal Training at Fort Hays College. Leona attended and graduated from York College, York, Neb., again returning to teach in rural Russell ...
MISSION, Texas - Beverly Louise Colegrove Boyer died at the age of 82 due to natural causes at Mission, Texas, on Nov. 18. Beverly was born Aug. 1, 1926, the daughter of Helen Louise Miller Colegrove and Arthur Colegrove. She was the granddaughter of Herman C. and Mary Colegrove and Lester C. and Christine Miller, all of whom were residents of Great Bend before their deaths. On March 7, 1946, Beverly was wed to Harold Wayne Boyer. They were married for 54 years before "Wayne" passed away in January of 2000.
LARNED - Merle D. Wilson, 73, died on Nov. 19 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson.
Edmund Wayne Rome, 60, of Great Bend, died Nov. 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born Feb. 15, 1950, at Great Bend, the son of Ed and Isabella (Frost) Rome. He married Rosalyn Schenkel. They were later divorced. He worked for the City of Great Bend at the water treatment plant. Mr. Rome was a lifetime resident of Great Bend. He served during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Air Force.
Larned - Merle D. Wilson, 73, died Nov. 19 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.
Dolores M. Reif, 79, died Nov. 19 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born Sept. 18, 1931, at Schoenchen, the daughter of George and Margaret (Ernst) Tauscher. She married LeRoy W. Reif on Nov. 26, 1951, at Hoisington. She worked various places, such as Dawson Jewelers, Merle Norman, Clay Ward Photography and the Salvation Army. Most recently, she was a loving caregiver for her grandchildren. She had been a Great Bend resident since 1981, coming from rural Hoisington.
TOPEKA - Jess Torrez, 84, of Topeka, formerly of Great Bend, passed away on Nov. 13 after a battle with esophageal cancer and Alzheimer's at Manor Care Health Services in Topeka. Born on Aug. 2, 1926, in Hanston, he was the son of Silbrestre and Isabel (Ruiz) Torrez. Jess graduated from Larned High School and then attended police training at the University of Kansas. He married Josefina Lucia Hernandez on Sept. 28, 1948, in Larned. In his early years, he was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad. In 1957, he joined the Great Bend Police Department, where he held the ...
Rodney Dale Lee, 46, died Nov. 16 at his home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 18, 1964, in Hale Center, Texas, He was the son of Robert Byron and Mary Elizabeth (Ashby) Lee. A Great Bend resident for a year, coming from Lyons, he was a trim carpenter.
HAYS – Marion Douglas Critser, 58, passed away Nov.14 at his home in Hays. Doug was born Jan. 1, 1952, the fourth child of Bob and Ruth (Nuss) Critser, in Great Bend. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith Feb.10, 1952, in Great Bend. He was confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on May 29, 1966, in WaKeeney.
HAYS - Marion Douglas Critser, 58, passed away at his home in Hays. Service arrangements are pending. All Faiths Funeral Chapel in Smith Center is in charge of arrangements.
EDMOND, Okla. – Gracie Mae Gibson, 85, died April 18, 2014 at Willow Creek Nursing Home, Guthrie, Okla.
CLAFLIN - Laura A. Tinkel, 94, died April 22, 2014 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Donna Leatrice Herren, 83, died April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Flora J. Grace, 90, formerly of Great Bend, died April 15, at her home in Prescott, Ariz.
HOISINGTON - Donald Dean Degenhardt, 72, entered into the presence of his Savior April 21 at his home, Hoisington, surrounded by his wife of nearly 50 years, his four daughters and one grandson. Don was born November 8, 1941 at home in LaCrosse, Kansas, the youngest child born to George and Anna Margaret (Meier) Degenhardt. He graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1959. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1963 to 1969. On September 7, 1964, Don married Lyrie A. "Angel" Mead in Larned, Kansas.
PRATT - Carolee Webster, 79, died April 21, in Pratt. Born April 21, 1935, in Dodge City, she was the daughter of the late Dean and Mildred Deford. A graduate of Garden City High School, Carolee married the love of her life Jim Webster on July 17, 1952, in Clayton N.M. A devoted mother and coaches' wife, she followed her husband to Munden, Macksville, Cunningham, and Pratt where she has resided since 1973. She worked at Pratt County Hospital, Foreman Pipeline Industries, Eubank Veterinary Clinic and at the Sanders Agency in Pratt.
WICHITA - Mitchell Layne Wright, 55, died April 16, at his home in Wichita. Born Nov. 24, 1958, in Great Bend, he was the son of Terry and Alpha (Delker) Wright.
GARDEN CITY - Betty Ann (Steinert) Barnes, 71, died April 9, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. Born on Oct. 8, 1942, in Barton County, she was the daughter of Reuben R. and Edna Templing Steinert. In 1960, she graduated from Russell High School. A resident of Garden City since 1988, she was a certified dietician, having worked for the Russell Care Center in Russell. On Oct. 21, 1962, she married Harlan Maier in Milberger. On May 22, 1978, she married Myron Watkins in Russell. On Sept. 25, 2005, she married Ralph Barnes in Garden City. Ralph preceded her in ...
LARNED - Eldon A. Hays, 86, passed away April 1, at Diversicare of Larned in Larned. Born July 21, 1927, in Pittsburg, he was the son of William Anderson and Hannah Laura Daykin Hays. On May 24, 1985, he married Linda Oles in Ness City. She survives. A resident of Larned, moving from Arizona in 2006, he was a grocery store manager. He was an avid hunter and loved any type of outdoor sports.
Cory Blake Chambers, 40, died April 14, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.
EL DORADO - Vernon L. Williams, 80, passed away on April 16, in Whitewater. Born on Feb. 21, 1934, in Madison, he was the son of Charles and Leta Marie (Reed) Williams. He was the owner of Fud Mud, Inc. and enjoyed fishing, wood working and his work.
LEBANON - Elaine A. Seems, 78, died Friday at Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit. She was born Oct. 9, 1954 in Esbon.
ELLINWOOD - Teresa "Toni" Batchman, 87, died April 17, 2014, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 19, 1927, at Milwaukee, Wis. Toni graduated from Colorado Springs High School. She married Vernon Batchman on Aug. 5, 1944, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He died Jan. 29, 1995. An Ellinwood resident since 1944, she was a homemaker and artist.
GEORGETOWN, Ill. - Sandra Marie (Lamb) Miller, 66, of Georgetown. Ill., died April 13, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill.
GREAT BEND – Ron "Goose" Zecha, 65, died April 16, 2014 at Diversicare of Larned.