HOISINGTON - Joseph J. Rziha, 94, died Jan. 23 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Arrangements will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
ROCK VALLEY, Iowa - Florine Elizabeth (Nuss) Arend, 78, died Jan. 17 at Hegg Memorial Hospital. She was born April 27, 1932 in Galatia. Services were held last Thursday in Rock Valley.
HUTCHINSON - Leona Marie Hammer, 88, died Jan. 21 at Elm Grove Estates in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 31, 1922 at Dodge City the daughter of Roy and Goldie (Smith) Rankin.
HOISINGTON - Ronald Dean Beary, 61, died Jan. 21 at his home in Hoisington. He was born NOv. 19, 1949 at Kansas City, Mo. the son of Jack and Majorie (Young) Beary.
GREAT BEND - Lou Ann Ritterhouse, 77, died Jan. 22 at Central Kansas Medical Center. She was born Aug. 13, 1933 at Langley the daughter of John Amos and Irma Blanche (Kindt) Mitchell.
HORSESHOE BAY, Texas - Ruby Marie Mitchell, 85, passed away on Jan 21. She was born April 19, 1925 at Wilson, the daughter of Ruben and Lydia Nuss. She married George E. Mitchell in 1944. They celebrated 67 years of marriage and had four sons.
PAWNEE ROCK - Connie Virginia Keller, 76, died Jan. 18 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson.
Gerald J. "Jerry" Christiansen, 84, died Jan. 18 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. He was born June 13, 1926, at Barton County, the son of Ralph and Elsie (Ewing) Christiansen. He married Alice Nadine Amerine on July 14, 1946, at Great Bend. She died Dec. 12, 2010. He was a mechanic for Manweiler Chevrolet and later opened Jerry's Repair. He was a lifetime Great Bend resident.
LIBERAL - Georgia (Tyne) Valerius, 86, died Jan. 19 at her residence in Liberal. She was born July 30, 1924, in Jonesboro, Ark., the daughter of George and Ella (Gray) Munger. She married Arthur Gray (Bud) Valerius on Feb. 14, 1948, in Hoisington. He passed away July 31, 1979.
NEWTON - Marjorie I. Gunn Price, 91, of Newton, died Jan. 17 at Presbyterian Manor in Newton. She was born April 14, 1919, in Great Bend, the daughter of Lee and Lydia (Appel) Wells. She graduated from Great Bend High School in 1938. On. Nov. 5, 1939, she married Richard "Dick" H. Gunn in Hutchinson. They moved to Newton in the early '60s, and he passed away in 1975.
HUTCHINSON - Elden M. Dutschmann, 85, died Jan. 17 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born May 20, 1925, the son of Paul C. and Dora Ida Schultz Dutschmann. A World War II veteran, he was a staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, where he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
Donald V. Fabricius, 80, died Jan. 18 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover. He was born Aug. 26, 1930, at Graham County, the son of Victor and Alice (Chalfant) Fabricius. He married Rosalie P. "Rosie" Billinger Sept. 26, 1959, at St. Anthony Catholic Church at St. Peter. He was owner and operator of Arrow Testing, and had been a Great Bend resident since 1962.
SKIPPACK, Pa. - Arlen David Eichman, 70, died in Skippack, Pa. on Dec. 28, 2010. He was born in WaKeeney on Dec. 6, 1940, and was the adoptive son of Jacob and Clara (Deines) Eichman of Hoisington. Arlen grew up in Hoisington and was a 1958 graduate of Hoisington High School and a 1965 graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in music. He taught instrumental music in Dighton for two years, then entered the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Ind., where he obtained a master's degree in brass music and ...
WICHITA - Eugene D. Bentley, 86, died Jan. 17 at Wichita. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
LYONS - Edna Manke, 98, died Jan. 15 at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Jan. 22, 1912, in rural Ellinwood, she was the daughter of William A. and Henrietta Lantermann Koch. A resident of Lyons since 1967, formerly of Bushton, she was a homemaker. She graduated from Ellinwood High School in 1928. On June 12, 1929, she married Leo F. Manke in Ellinwood. He died September 27, 1994.
OLMITZ - Milton Alois Yarmer, 88, died July 25 at his home in Olmitz. Born May 17, 1926, at Russell County, he was the son of Frank Rudolph and Marie (Demel) Yarmer. Milton married Mary Agnes Gleissner May 26, 1948, at Olmitz. She died July 12, 2006.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bradley K. Brann, 64, of Kansas City, Mo., passed suddenly on July 24. He was born Jan. 12, 1950, in Abilene, to Dorothy and Hilton Brann. He was a graduate of Great Bend High School and Fort Hays State University. He taught at Southeast Missouri University, followed by a career in sales and real estate.
HUTCHINSON - Mark A. Bomgardner, 51, of Hutchinson, went home to be with his Savior, July 27 at Reno County Hospice House. He may have lost his battle with cancer, but he conquered the grave when he accepted Christ as his savior. He was born May 31, 1963 in Joplin, MO, the son of Bob and Judy Allen Bomgardner. He was a 1981 graduate of Dodge City High School, and received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Fort Hays State University. He was a Hutchinson resident for the past 15 years moving from Great Bend.
SPEARVILLE - Susie Ackerman, 95, died July 26, at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains in Dodge City. Born March 7, 1919, in Pratt, she was the daughter of Michael and Alice Duncan Shanley. On Oct. 2, 1951, she married John F. Ackerman in Pratt. He preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 2003. An area resident since 1951, she was a homemaker.
Billy Wayne "Bill" Brack 1930 - 2014
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Anna Lee (Moody) Brack, 83, a resident of Mountain Home, Ark. passed away Saturday, July 26, at her residence.
SPRING HILL - Deena Kay Erb, 55, passed away July 27, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on Jan. 12, 1959, in Nevada, Mo. to Elton Eugene and Helen Nadine (Spencer) Anders. She grew up in Walker, Mo. and attended Walker High School then went on to receive her LPN license from Fort Scott Community College. On Feb. 10, 1979, she married Paul Gerard Erb in Nevada, Mo. They lived in Albert, then they moved to Bucklin, for 15 years and then to Spring Hill in 2009. She was an LPN for 35 years, working for Olathe ...
Lyle E. Schaben, 89, died July 26 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born Aug. 27, 1924, at Bazine, the son of John and Verda (Ryersee) Schaben. Mr. Schaben was a graduate of Bazine High School. He married Nathalie J. Borger Feb. 15, 1947, at Bazine. She died June 22, 2012. Raised on the family farm, he began farming as a young man and he and Nathalie raised their family in the house built by Lyle's father. Lyle retired from farming when they moved to Great Bend in 2005, due to health reasons. Lyle also worked ...
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou McCrary was born Dec 11, 1931, in Morton, Texas, to James Olin and Pearl Dimple (Herndon) Willis, the eldest of three girls. She talked about growing up in the 1930s, about how hard times were, about nailing wet sheets to the windows during dust storms and the families dream of green pastures - then they moved here.
Jerry Mitchell Jones, 76, died July 24, at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Hutchinson, he was the son of Ray and Marjorie (Swann) Jones. On March 12, 1958, he married Nelta Irene Simpson in Great Bend. She died on Dec. 3, 1997. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Seward, he was the owner and operator of the J&J Cafe in Seward until 1997.
POULSBO, Wash. - A memorial service for John David Lewis, formerly of Larned, who died on May 19, will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church in Larned. Memorials are suggested to the church, Larned EMT's or the Pawnee County Food Pantry.
Clarence "C. D." Johnson, 63, died July 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 6, 1951, at Great Bend, the son of Clarence Harve and Bernadine (Ericks) Johnson. He married Jolene Debes on Oct. 11, 1980, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a rural letter carrier for Rural Route 2 for the United States Postal Service, Great Bend, retiring in 2012.
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou McCrary was born Dec 11, 1931, in Morton Texas to James Olin and Pearl Dimple (Herndon) Willis, the eldest of three girls. She talked about growing up in the 1930s, about how hard times were, about nailing wet sheets to the windows during dust storms and the families dream of green pastures - then they moved here.
HUDSON - Joyce Daretta Curtis, 74, died July 21, 2014 at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on July 9. Memorial services are July 26 at 4 p.m. at Veterans' Memorial Park in Great Bend. A Life Celebration will follow at The Best Western Angus Inn of Great Bend at approximately 5:30 p.m.