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Juanita May “Nita” Ratzlaff 1943 - 2016

Juanita May "Nita" Ratzlaff, 73, died Sept. 27, 2016, at her home in Great Bend. She was born May 1, 1943, at Beldenville, Wisc., the daughter of John and Mildred (Klein) Gilbertson. She was a waitress and manager of Hong Kong Restaurant and also had a painting business. She raised and showed Persian cats, and enjoyed cooking, gardening and yardwork.

November 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lloyd A. “PeeWee” Stroud 1942 - 2016

Lloyd A. "PeeWee" Stroud, 74, died Nov. 18, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born April 6, 1942, at Fairplay, Missouri, the son of Samuel and Nell (Tolbert) Stroud.

November 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Beulah F. (Susie) Vratil 1917 - 2016

RADIUM - Beulah F. (Susie) Vratil, 99, passed away Nov. 17, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born on Oct. 17, 1917, in Stafford County she was the daughter of Earl Sr. and Jessie Carr. She grew up on a farm near Radium and graduated from Radium High School in 1935. In 1937, she married Eddy Vratil, and they celebrated 64 years of marriage before Eddy's death in 2002. Susie and Eddy farmed near Radium for many years before moving to Larned in retirement years. She and Eddy enjoyed cooking, card playing and traveling.

November 18, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Bertie Lou Hayden 1928 - 2016

ST. JOHN - Bertie Lou Hayden, 88, passed away on Nov. 15, 2016, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born on Sept. 17, 1928, in rural Hudson, she was the daughter of Jacob and Nettie (Ricker) Siefkes. On Dec. 22, 1951, she married Leo L. Hayden of Hudson. He survives, of the home. She was a graduate of Emporia State Teachers College. A life-long Stafford County resident, she was a retired school teacher.

November 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Tamara Ann Pfeifer 1969 - 2016

Tamara Ann Pfeifer, 47, of Great Bend formerly of Hays, passed away Nov. 16, 2016, in Great Bend. She was born Aug. 19, 1969, in Hays, to James J. Pfeifer and Norma Jean "Jeannie" Munsch. She graduated from Hays High in 1987 and attended Garden City Vo-Tech.

November 17, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Leonard J. Miller 1930 - 2016

Leonard J. Miller, 86, died Nov, 16, 2016 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Sept. 12, 1930 at Wilson, the son of Martin and Amalia "Mollie" (Manweiler) Miller.

November 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Eileen Montgomery 1917 - 2016

Eileen Montgomery, 99, Topeka, formerly of Holyrood, KS passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. She was born August 17, 1917, in Pierceville, Kansas, the daughter of Fred and Martha (Orf) Borger. She graduated from Pierceville High School and Halstead Hospital Nursing School with her RN.

November 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Tammy Lynn Byerly

LARNED - Tammy Lynn Byerly passed away on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

November 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Elizabeth Biggs 1922-2016

GREAT BEND - Dorothy Elizabeth Biggs, 94, died Nov. 13, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.

November 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Winifred Leila (Crawford) Healzer 1917 - 2016

GREAT BEND - Winifred Leila (Crawford) Healzer, 99, passed away at Cherry Village Assisted Living in Great Bend.

November 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Elizabeth Biggs

Dorothy Elizabeth Biggs, 94, died Nov. 13, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Rd., Great Bend.

November 14, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Glenn H. Breford 1932 - 2016

ELLINWOOD - Glenn H. Breford, 84, passed away Nov. 12, 2016, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Aug. 11, 1932, in Wilson, he was the son of Herman John and Marie (Pfieffer) Breford. In 1950 he graduated from Holyrood High School. He later joined the United States Army where he served his country from 1953-1955. He married Joan Stumps together they had four children. He later married Anna Maria Erdman on Sept. 18, 1982, in Ellinwood. She passed away June 21, 2010. He was an Ellinwood resident since 1981, formerly of the Holyrood area where he was the owner of Breford & Sons ...

November 14, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jan Nelson

ELLSWORTH - Jan Nelson, 60, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 in Ellsworth. Parsons Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

November 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wayne Edward Thompson 1932 - 2016

TOPEKA - Wayne Edward Thompson, 84, of Topeka, formerly of Otis, passed away on Nov. 9, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born May 23, 1932, son of Carol Sherman (Spide) Thompson and Wilma Lucille (Billie) Selvage Thompson in Udall. His early life was spent in and around the Udall and Atlanta, Kan., area. He graduated from Atlanta High School, Arkansas City Junior College, and Emporia State Teacher's College. He married Arlene Booth on Oct. 10, 1954.

November 12, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Obituaries


Duayne "Pete" Charles 1926- 2016

Duayne "Pete" Charles, 90, died July 6, 2016, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 23, 1926 at Heizer, the son of William E. and Beta (Trauer) Charles. He was employed by Myers Water Well Service, and the Great Bend Fire Department from 1948 to 1968, earning the rank as Captain. Mr. Charles was a lifetime Great Bend resident.

November 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Able Lee King Jr. 1955 - 2016

Able Lee King Jr., 60, died Nov. 25, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 26, 1955, he was the son of Able Lee ...

December 02, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Howard Nathan “Nate” Davis 1938 - 2016

Howard Nathan "Nate" Davis, 78, died Nov. 30, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 15, 1938, at Lawton, Okla., he was the son ...

December 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Ralph “Jim” Irving Carson 1954 - 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. - Ralph "Jim" Irving Carson, 62, of Minneapolis, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Salina Regional Health Center. He was born April 7 ...

December 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Alfreda J. “Freda” Broetzmann 1938 - 2016

HAYS - Alfreda J. "Freda" Broetzmann, 78, died Nov. 29, 2016, at her home in Hays. Born Sept. 25, 1938, in Schaffer, she was the daughter ...

November 30, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Robert L. “Bob” Allford Jr. 1932 - 2016

Robert L. "Bob" Allford Jr., 84, died Nov. 28, 2016, at Almost Home, Inc. in Great Bend. Born Nov. 20, 1932, at Wellington, Texas, he ...

November 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Marlin C. Isern (Mort) 1930 - 2016

ELLINWOOD - Marlin C. Isern (Mort), 86, passed away on Nov. 26, 2016, at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit. Born June 25, 1930, in rural Ellinwood ...

November 28, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mary Kathryn Mater 1929-2016

Mary K. Mater, age 87 years, died Saturday morning, Nov. 26, 2016 at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend. Born on July 9, 1929 ...

November 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Elder Able Lee King, Sr.

Elder Able Lee King, Sr., 60, died Nov. 25, 2016 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road ...

November 26, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Alfred A. Ludlum 1938 - 2016

ROZEL - Alfred A. Ludlum, 78, passed away Nov. 25, 2016, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Jan. 23, 1938, in Moran, he was ...

November 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


John L. Cain 1946 -2016

YALE, Okla. - John L. Cain, 70, died Nov. 21, 2016. He was born in Hoisington, on July 21, 1946. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ...

November 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Joe Junior Espinosa II 1954 - 2016

EUREKA - Joe Junior Espinosa II of Eureka, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at his home, at the age of 62.

November 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Craig A. “Gunny” Janousek 1955 - 2016

LACROSSE - Craig A. "Gunny" Janousek, 60, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. "Gunny" was born on Nov. 29, 1955, in McCook ...

November 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


David (Dave) H. Mackintosh

LARNED - David (Dave) H. Mackintosh, 58, passed away Nov. 21, 2016 at his home, Larned.

November 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Christina D. Klusener 1918 - 2016

Christina D. Klusener, 98, died Nov. 21, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born March 9, 1918, at rural Dubuque, she was ...

November 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Betty JoAnne (Kilian) Dumler 1927 - 2016

RUSSELL - Betty JoAnne (Kilian) Dumler, 89, died Nov. 18, 2016, at the Stratford Commons memory care facility of Overland Park, surrounded by nine family members ...

November 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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