ERIE - William E. "Bill" George, 92, longtime Erie resident, died Dec. 2 in the emergency room of Labette Health in Parsons. He was born Jan. 24, 1918, in Erie, to Fred and Edith (Heady) George. He graduated from Erie High School in 1937, from Parsons Junior College in 1941 and from Pittsburg State University in 1941.
LARNED - Mary Elizabeth Hewson, 88, died unexpectedly at home in rural Larned, on Nov. 30. She was born on November 5, 1922 in Larned. She attended Larned schools and graduated in 1940 from Larned High School. She was a 1948 graduate of Kansas State University with a dual degree in secondary education and psychology.
Donald W. "Don" Shorock, 66, died Dec. 2, 2010 at his Great Bend home. He was born June 7, 1944 at Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Walter and Isobel (McCutcheon) Shorock. He married Nora Jean Doubek July 4, 1976 at Pratt. She survives. A Great Bend resident since 1977, coming from Cunningham, Mr. Shorock was an employment specialist for the state of Kansas. He had also been a social studies teacher and news director at KVGB. He was a member of Noon Lions and was Zone Chairman. He was also a member of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Lawrence ...
Dixie L. Link, 78, died Dec. 2 at Clare Bridge Assisted Living in Wichita. Born Aug. 5, 1932 in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Lester Simpson and Bessie Erdman. She was a Wichita resident for the past two years, formerly of Salina, Hays, Plainville and Henderson, Nev. and Stillwater, Okla.
HUTCHINSON - Marcella Angeline Stitt, 94, died Nov. 28 at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson. Born Aug. 23, 1916, in Mitchell, in Rice County, she was the daughter of Fred Nodurft and Grace Troyer Nodurft. She graduated from Sterling College and received her master's degree in Latin from the University of Kansas. On Dec. 23, 1938, she married Sam C. Stitt Jr. in Topeka. He died April 3, 1991. A resident of Hutchinson since 2001, formerly of Lyons, Ellinwood, Leroy and Sterling, she returned to Kansas after World War II. She was a Latin teacher at Ellinwood High School for 20 ...
TOPEKA -Robert Edward Lee, 66, Topeka, died Nov. 30. Bob was born June 10, 1944, in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Schubert and Loreen Martin Lee. He graduated from Hayden High School in 1962. He was employed by Kansas Gas Service Co., was a car salesman, an auctioneer, worked for Famous Brands and was an Auburn-Washburn school bus driver. Bob was an avid athlete. He played softball for many years and loved to play golf. He had a special place in his heart for his animals.
LARNED - Miranda Ida Gilliland, 20, of Larned, died Nov. 26 at Via Christi Medical Center's St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
LARNED - Mary Elizabeth Hewson, 88, died Nov. 30 at her home in rural Larned.
Cora Hause, 66, died Nov. 28 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born April 1, 1944, at Belfast, Ireland, the daughter of John and Sadie (Craig) Jennix. She married Floyd Elmer Bowman on June 4, 1971, at Wintergreen, Calif. He died Jan. 29, 1998. She married Clyde Hause in 2005 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1974, coming from Missouri, she worked for Fuller Brush and Great Bend Packing.
LARNED - Blanche Mary Fern Courtney, 94, died Nov. 28 at her daughter's home in Sumter, S.C. She was born Dec. 20, 1915, in Franklin County, the youngest child of Charles and Clara Curtis Adams. A former resident of Larned, moving from Gove in 1956, she retired in 1978 from Larned State Hospital where she was a psychiatric aide. She completed a year of college at Emporia State Teachers College and then taught school in western Kansas.
Orval Otte, 97, died Nov. 30 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. Born Sept. 13, 1913, at Great Bend, he was the son of W.C. and Georgia Mae (Miller) Otte. He married Helen Genevieve Taylor on Aug. 16, 1936, at Great Bend. She died April 17, 1970. He married Edra Mae (Brown) Hudnall on Oct. 29, 1971, at Great Bend. She died Sept. 8, 2007. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer and stockman.
HOISINGTON - Phillip D. Chapman, 70, died Nov. 28 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born Dec. 17, 1939, at Crescent, Okla., the son of Oras Virgil and Cecil (Tabler) Chapman. He was a resident of Hoisington for 65 years, moving from Crescent, Okla.
William V. "Bill" VanSkike, 87, of Great Bend, died Nov. 29 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born May 21, 1923, in rural Arkansas City, the son of Harry and Mary Anna (Bossi) VanSkike. He married Grace Ellen Dickson on Sept. 3, 1950, at El Dorado. He was Barton County Extension 4-H Club agent for Kansas State University from 1956 to 1989. He was a Great Bend resident since May 1956, coming from Finney County. He was a United States Army veteran, serving as a rifleman, platoon sergeant and radioman in the 381st Infantry of ...
CIMARRON – Harry "Rudy" R. Louis, 68, died Nov. 28 at the Shepherd's Center, Cimarron. He was born Dec. 29, 1941, at Wichita, the son of Harry Edward and Madge Alberta Stone Louis. He received his Specialty Degree from UCLA. He taught school for six years in Pratt and in 1974 developed the middle school in Hugoton. He was a school administrator for 32 years, serving as high school principal in Holcomb and Cimarron, and retired in June 2002.
Sister Coletta Masterson, 90, died Nov. 29 in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend. Born Sept. 19, 1920, in Clonmel, as Magdalen Ellen Masterson, Sister Coletta was the daughter of the late Frank and Theresa Marx Masterson. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community on Aug. 31, 1935, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 17, 1938. She celebrated 70 years of religious profession in 2008.
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.