Bennie Mooer, 86, died July 25, 2011, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 25, 1925, at Otis, the son of Harvey and Hermina (Gleissner) Mooer. He married Bonnie Peoples on Sept. 8, 1946, at St. John. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he owned and operated the Bennie Mooer Construction Co.
CLAFLIN - Walter K. Ehly, 83, died July 23, 2011, at his residence in Claflin. Born Oct. 17, 1927, in Claflin, he was the son of August and Mary (Knorr) Ehly. Raised in Claflin, he was a graduate of Claflin High School. He graduated from Fort Hays State College with a degree in math and science, and continued his studies to receive his Master's degree in 1956 with a major in Secondary Eduction. His first year of teaching was spent teaching science and math in Pawnee Rock and he later spent 29 years teaching in the Wichita School District, at ...
Harold Allen Piper, 82, died July 20 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born July 11, 1929 in Great Bend, he was the son of James Jacob and Helen Ann (Tucker) Piper. On April 16, 1948 he married Shirley Ruth Young in Honolulu, Hawaii. She died Aug. 10, 2002. A resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Pratt, he worked in the oilfield and was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing.
Betty Lorraine Garner, 86, died July 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Sept. 27, 1924 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harry and Lucy (Kendall) Johnson. On Dec. 31, 1947 she married Dink Everett Garner in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she worked in surgery, the nursery and as a ward secretary at Central Kansas Medical Center.
CASPER, WYO. - Marvin Keller, 80, passed away on July 16, following an accident in Pueblo, Colo. Marvin was born May 14, 1931, in Seward, the son of Charles and Lucille Keller. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He spent two years in the Army and was stationed in Germany. He earned a Master's degree in Geology from the University of Wyoming. Marvin moved to Durango, Colo., in 1958 to work for Conoco. There he met the love of his life, Jerene, married and had ...
PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Godin, 76, died May 25, 2015, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 24, 1939, in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Frank and Marion (Prespare) Godin. On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Mildred Gable in Great Bend. A resident of Pawnee Rock for six years, coming from Great Bend, he was a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield and later worked for maintenance at Great Bend Housing Authority.
Erwin "Erv" Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.
Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 16, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Hillary and Ruth Borne. She married Manford G. "Bud" Cannon Oct. 29, 1949, at Boone, Arkansas. He died Dec. 7, 1982. A long-time Great Bend resident, she was an accounts payable clerk for Great Bend Manufacturing.
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Sept. 9, 1926, on the farm in Odin, the son of Anton A. and Hattie Rose (Prosser) Beran. He graduated from Odin High School in 1944 and later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After returning from the military, Jerry played professional baseball for the Hutchinson Elks.
Delores Rae Keegan, 83, died May 23, 2015, at Sterling House of Great Bend. She was born Aug. 23, 1931, at Little River, the daughter of Ray and Elsie (Eaton) Folck. Mrs. Keegan was a Great Bend resident and taught public school for 39 years, the last 30 years in Great Bend at Morrison and Jefferson Elementary Schools.
Louis Wintholz, 83, passed from this world to join his beloved wife Phyllis, in heaven on May 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Collyer, the son of Reinholdt "Ray" and Mary (Windholz) Wintholz. He attended school in Collyer and graduated from the Hays Cadets Academy in 1950. He married Phyllis Montgomery on May 8, 1954, at Hearndon. She passed away on Feb. 15, 2008.
Sister Marie Klein, 102, died May 21, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' Convent Infirmary, Great Bend. Born April 25, 1913, in Fowler, as Mary Ann Agatha Klein, Sister Marie was the daughter of Anthony and Mary Helen (Hoffman) Klein. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community July 14, 1928, and pronounced her first vows August 17, 1931. She celebrated 80 years of religious profession in 2011.
GREENFIELD, Ind. - Marlin "Gene" Tammen, 79, passed away May 22, 2015, at Hancock Regional Hospital. Born on Dec.27, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Herman Tammen and Gladys Tammen. In 1953, he graduated from Great Bend High School. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Wichita State University. In October of 1956, he married Cheryl Loy (Foos). He held various positions in the Federal Government from 1962-1987, including Midwest Director of the Office of Personnel Management. He enjoyed playing poker, playing bridge, spending time with his grandchildren, watching movies, and traveling with Cheryl ...
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home of Hoisington is in charge of arrangements.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Grace Imogene (Hathaway) Abel, 90, died May 12, 2015, at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born March 19, 1925, northwest of St. John, the daughter of John William and Reno (Kanzleiter) Hathaway.