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Crystal Irene Taylor 1928 - 2015

AMARILLO, Texas - Crystal "Chris" Irene Taylor, 86, died Jan. 20, at the Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, after a brief struggle with lung and heart disease. Born Oct. 3, 1928, in St. John, she was the daughter of Harold and Gladys Leitner. She graduated from St. John High School and soon married Melvin Taylor, who had returned from World War II. They lived in several western Kansas towns before moving to Oberlin in 1965. She was a former businesswoman in Oberlin. She lived in Oberlin until her husband's death in 1990. She moved to Great Bend and later to ...

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Cheryl Ann Harrell 1946 - 2015

ANDOVER - Cheryl Ann Harrell, 68, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior, March 29, 2015, at Life Care Center of Andover. Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Atchison she was the daughter of Wallace and Verdele Russell. In August 1965, she married the love of her life, Jon. She was a retired office manager for her husband's optometry practice. She worked with Jon in their offices in Larned and Great Bend, building his optometry practice until his death Jan. 1, 2006.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Maurice ‘Bryce’ Clark 1937 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Maurice "Bryce" Clark, 77, died March 30, at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend. Born May 20, 1937, in Penokee, he was the son of John George and Margaret Elizabeth Clark. In 1955, he graduated from Hill City High School. He later served in the Army from 1960 to 1962. A Hoisington resident since 1962, he worked as a trackman for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad retiring in 1999. On June 1, 1985, he married Betty "JoAnn" Mullis at the First United Methodist Church in Hoisington. She survives.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Brandon Joseph Funk 1998 - 2015

Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


​David A. Colyn Jr. 1960 - 2015

IUKA - David A. Colyn Jr., 55, died March 23, 2015, at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 21, 1960, in Denver, Colo. he was the son of David A. and Faye Colyn Sr. He was a former resident of McPherson graduating from McPherson High School. On May 26, 2005 he married Lillian Galletta in Pratt. He was a fabricator for Fab-Pro of Kingman.

March 31, 2015 | | Obituaries


Brandon Joseph Funk 1998 - 2015

Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.

March 31, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joyce M. Bray 1946- 2015

Joyce M. Bray, 68, died March 28 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 13, 1946 at Garden City, she was the daughter of William James and Ruth (Schulz) Bray

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Reverend Willie A. “Bill” Gray 1935 - 2015

Reverend Willie A. "Bill" Gray, 79, went home to sit on the right-hand side of the Lord on March 29, at his home in Great Bend. Born April 20, 1935, in Pawnee, Okla. he was the son of Lee Andy and Mary Etta (Cargill) Gray. He attended school in Hutchinson. He worked as a contractor for the City Highway Department in Hutchinson and then lived in Denver, Colo., for many years as an auto detailer and truck driver. On Sept. 10, 1987, he was united in marriage to Carolyn K. Jordan in Denver, Colo. The couple moved to Great Bend ...

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Stone 1951 - 2015

LYONS - Mary Stone, 63, died March 28, at her home in Lyons. Born Nov. 8, 1951, in Beloit, she was the daughter of Albert and Freda Wooton Roof. She graduated from Great Bend High School and Barton Community College with an associates degree. On April 6, 1979, she married Jay B. Stone. A resident of Lyons since 1973, formerly of Great Bend, she was a Correctional Investigator at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Dispatcher for the Rice County Council of Aging and Quivira Transit.

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carey A. Schulte 1958 - 2015

HAYS - Carey A. Schulte, 56, former Hays and Russell resident, died March 27, at Via Christi Hospital/St. Francis Campus in Wichita. Born July 8, 1958, in Hays she was the daughter of John E. and Amelia (Dinkel) Schulte. She grew up in Victoria and attended the Anderson School of Hope at Victoria until it closed in the 1970's. She was a client with Development Services of Northwest Kansas for over 25 years and lived in Norton, Hill City, Ellis and Hays.

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Dorothy Mae Dawson 1926 - 2015

Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.

March 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Delia “Dee” Farminer 1942 - 2015

Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Sister Connie Haug, O.P. 1934 - 2015

Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​James Lane Williams 1923 - 2015

BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Billy Joe Leatherman 1939 - 2015

Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


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Muriel S. Machal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Muriel S. Machal, 91, died April 25, 2015, at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center, Colorado Springs. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

April 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Twilla Joyce Brack 1931 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Twilla Joyce Brack, 83, died April 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center in Hays. She was born July 20, 1931, on a farmstead west of Hoisington, the daughter of Henry Cordrey and Maudie Elizabeth (Anglin) Spires. Twilla attended Hoisington High School.

April 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


Angelina M. Henry 1965 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Angelina M. Henry, 49, of Ellinwood, passed away on Friday afternoon, April 24, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood after a sudden illness. Angie was born on May 22, 1965, at Great Bend, to Wellington Mark Radford Jr. and Margaret Louise (Webster) Radford. She attended school at Great Bend and earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration at Barton Community College in Great Bend. Angie was united in marriage to Timothy L. Henry on May 7, 1983, at Great Bend. She worked as a proofreader and sales associate for the Great Bend Tribune, and was a secretary for ...

April 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Richard “Brian” Reed 1976 - 2015

MAPLE HILL - Richard "Brian" Reed, 38, died April 18, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, Topeka. He was born June 1, 1976, at Great Bend, the son of Richard L. and Mary Denise (Keenan) Reed. He married Smo Ortiz April 7, 1995, at Lawrence. He was a boxing promoter matchmaker for Empire Sports Management and Promotion.

April 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Kenneth L. “Kenny” Blair 1931 - 2015

Kenneth L. "Kenny" Blair, 83, passed away on Friday morning, April 24, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. Born Sept. 4, 1931, in Braggs, Oklahoma, he was the son of Riley and Mary Belle (McMillan) Blair. In 1949, he came to Great Bend. On Jan. 21, 1951, he was united in marriage to Garnetta E. Queen in Great Bend. He drove a truck for Graves Truck Lines of Great Bend for over 40 years, and later worked for Bentley & Associates in Great Bend for several years, delivering parts and working in the shop. He loved hunting and fishing ...

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Russell L. Sater

WICHITA - Russell L. Sater, 83, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2015. He was a retired operating superintendent for Kansas Gas Service and the Treasurer of Gasco Credit Union.

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Linda Lee Dodrill 1944 - 2015

UTICA - Linda Lee Dodrill, 70, passed away at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Wichita, on April 8, 2015. She was born on May 18, 1944, in Ransom, the daughter of Joseph D. and Maxine Hansen Cheney. On Sept. 15, 1963, she married Donald Dodrill in Utica. He passed away on April 21, 2015.

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Robert L. Kraisinger 1936 - 2015

TIMKEN - Robert L. Kraisinger, 79, died April 13, 2015, at Caney Nursing Center in Caney. Born March 24, 1936, in Timken, he was the son of Robert S. and Helen M. (Koci) Kraisinger. He was a 1953 graduate of Bison High School. On April 23, 1958, he married Angelina M. Krmela at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Olmitz. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County, he was a farmer and truck driver before his retirement.

April 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


LeRoy George Schartz Jr.

HOISINGTON – LeRoy George Schartz Jr., 62, died April 22, 2015 at his home in Hoisington.

April 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ervin and Mary Ann Huslig

LAWRENCE - Ervin Francis Huslig, 67, and Mary Ann Huslig, 62, died April 20, 2015. Ervin was born August 17, 1947, in Kingman, the son of Anton Frank and Louise (Maneth) Huslig. Mary Ann Huslig was born Sept. 9, 1952, in Hays, the daughter of James M. Hart Sr. and Cecilia (Sack) Hart.

April 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Paul George Dietz 1918-2015

RUSSELL - Paul George Dietz, 96, passed away April 21, 2015 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 3, 1918, on the family farm in Russell County just north of Bender Hill, he was the son of Ferdinand and Pauline (Karst) Dietz. He grew up in the Bender Hill area and graduated in the Class of 1938 from Russell High School. On June 22, 1947, he was united in marriage to Hilda Bender at the Trinity Bender Hill Lutheran Church. He worked in the grocery business during high school and later owned and operated Dietz Meat Processing Company in Russell ...

April 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Anthony J. ‘Tony’ Birzer 1953-2015

OTTAWA - Anthony J. "Tony" Birzer, 62, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Hospice House of Olathe.

April 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ervin and Mary Ann Huslig

LAWRENCE - Ervin Francis Huslig, 67, and Mary Ann Huslig, 62, Lawrence, died April 20, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 27, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence is in charge of arrangements.

April 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Florence Ethel Jonas 1923 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Ethel Jonas, 91, died April 20, 2015, at Hays Medical Center in Hay. Born on June 1, 1923, in Barton County near Susank, she was the second child of Lora Retta (Gardner) Jonas and Edmund "Edd" G. Jonas. Her brother, Walter was born in 1920. He passed away in 2005.

April 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Robert L. Kraisinger

TIMKEN - Robert L. Kraisinger died on April 13, 2015, at Caney Nursing Center in Caney. Services are pending with Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse.

April 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


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