RAYMOND - Otis Blackburn, 87, died Feb. 12 at Raymond. Born Aug. 31, 1923 in Cushing, Okla., he was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Willie Mae Lowe Blackburn. A resident of Raymond most of his life, he was a retired truck driver and mechanic. On May 16, 1941, he married Altus Higgins in Pawnee, Okla. In 1964 he married Jenny Melton. She died on Nov. 30, 1994.
MANHATTAN – Mary Helen Volkmann, 98, died Feb. 10 at Mercy Regional Hospital, Manhattan. She was born Sept. 6, 1912, at WaKeeney, the daughter of Edward David and Ethel Mae (Dorns) Hobbick.
LEAVENWORTH - Charles "Charlie" Sydney Brown, 76, was born in Leavenworth, Oct. 13, 1934, to Lucy Elizabeth "Betty" Bromell Brown and Ralph C. Brown, and died Feb. 11, at his home in rural Leavenworth. He married Regina Mary "Jean Marie" Theis Brown, on June 29, 1957, at Corpus Christi Church, Mooney Creek.
HUTCHINSON - Rolland J. "Curly" Maynard, 84, a loving father and grandfather, went to his Father's Home on Feb. 12 from Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born March 24, 1926, in Colby, he was the son of George and Avis Gaswint Maynard. He had attended Great Bend High School. A resident of Hutchinson, he had previously lived in Great Bend and Mesa, Ariz. He had owned A&W Root Beer Drive-in and had worked for Holiday Rambler Travel Trailer as a travel coordinator. Her was a carpenter and volunteer firefighter in Great Bend. On Sept. 3, 1946, he married Goldie Mae ...
OAK LAWN, Ill. - Irene Clara (Schroeder) Carl, 94, died Feb. 14 at Manor Care at Oak Lawn West, Ill. She was born Oct. 3, 1916, at Barton County, the daughter of Henry J. and Clara Frances (Geil) Schroeder. She married Ralph E. "Pete" Carl on July 6, 1943, at Albert. He died Oct. 15, 1975. She worked for Burlington Overall Factory as a seamstress. A Great Bend resident since 1977, coming from Chanute, she moved to Oak Lawn in 2005.
LARNED - E. Ross McBee, 71, died on Feb. 11 at St. John. He was born Nov. 26, 1939, at Fowler, the son of Cecil Frank and Virginia Gene Beaver McBee. A resident of Larned since 1962, he was retired from the Larned State Hospital.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Joy Amalie Deighton passed away on Feb. 10 at age 92. She was born in Rosetown, Saskatoon, Canada on Aug. 5, 1918, to Joseph and Josephine Suchy, who moved from Kansas to homestead in Canada in the early 1900s. While in Canada, Joy and five sisters were born before the family returned to Kansas.
Donal Lee Kelly, 76, of Great Bend, died Feb. 11 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Services are pending and will be announced by Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
GREAT BEND - Larry L. Menzies, 74, died Feb. 8 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Jan. 12, 1937 at Morrowville, the son of Hubert and Lois (Bahl) Menzies.
Larry L. Menzies, 74, of Great Bend, died Feb. 8 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WASH. – Eugene Charles Schardein, formerly of Great Bend, died Feb. 7 at the age of 83 at the ManorCare Health Services facility in Lynnwood, Wash.
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ELLINWOOD - June Schiewe, 80, died Feb. 6 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born June 16, 1930, in Sylvia, she was the daughter of Harry Merwin Shultz and Electa Lee Strawn Shultz. She attended Nickerson schools. An Ellinwood resident since 1963, formerly of San Diego, Calif., and Nickerson, she was a sales clerk at Litwin's and Brown's in Great Bend and the manager of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. On Sept. 12, 1977, she married Harold E. Schiewe in Ellinwood. He died on Dec. 9, 2008.
Pearl Margaret Mater, 96, died Feb. 4 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation. She was born Dec. 30, 1914 in Rush County, the daughter of Oliver Jefferson and Julie Marie (Koochel) Crowell.
HIGHLAND, Ill. - Pawnee Rock graduate Lawanda M. "Peggy" Fansler, 85, died Dec. 15, 2014, at Faith Care Center.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13 at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Science degree in Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13, at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
Helen E. (Nickerson) Sharp, 81, died Dec. 13, at Diversicare of Larned. Born May 14, 1933, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Corbin and Elizabeth (Skirvin) Nickerson. On June 1, 1942, she married Bobby Dale Howard in Pratt. They were later divorced. She then married Robert Carl Sharp on June 21, 1975, in Great Bend. They were later divorced. A longtime resident of Great Bend, also residing in Las Vegas, Nev. and Larned, she served as a librarian and bus driver for the Radium School District and was a bookkeeper for Melvin Nuss. She enjoyed reading and sewing.
HOISINGTON – Frederick E. Ummel, 89, passed away in his home in Hoisington Dec. 12, 2014.
HOISINGTON – Helen Margaret (Penka) Kalina, daughter of Emil and Hedwig (Heger) Penka, died Dec. 11, 2014, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.
HAYS - June Arlene McFann, 84, Hays, died Dec. 12, 2014 at the Hays Good Samaritan Society.
Kenneth Michael Klepper, 84, died Dec. 11 at his home in Great Bend. He was born May 26, 1930, at Raymond, the son of Nicholas and Alice (Strobl) Klepper. He married Marilyn Russell Sept. 22, 1952, at Great Bend. She died Dec. 31, 2009.
Cleo Eugene Watkins, 83, died on Dec. 6, 2014 at Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis in Wichita. Born on Jan. 21, 1931, in Stockton, he was the son of Roy Bryon and Grace Mae (Hulst) Watkins. A resident of Great Bend for most of his life he worked as a Lineman for Midwest Energy until he retired. Everyone that knew him, knew how much he has always loved his motorcycles, both working on them and riding. He was also an avid bowler most of his adult life, a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by many.
Luther Morgenstern, 98, died Dec. 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Aug. 23, 1916, on the farm in Russell County, the son of Sam G. and Lena (Radke) Morgenstern. On Aug. 23, 1949, he married Helen Margheim in Hoisington. She died Feb. 11, 2008. Luther was a farmer and a contract pumper in the oil fields, retiring in 1980.
Verl Lee Martin, 84, died December 8 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born August 5, 1930, at Utica, the son of Clade and Sylvia (Everhart) Martin. A Great Bend resident since 1971, he worked for Missouri-Pacific Truck Lines and Turner Farms as a truck driver.
Daniel Nobles, 88, died Dec. 7 at Life Care Center, Wichita. Born Feb. 21, 1926, at Stuttgart, Ark., he was the son of Cagie, Sr. and Georgia B. (Stewart) Nobles. He married Alice Mary Cushinberry on Dec. 18, 1947, at Hoisington. She died March 6, 2014. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was facilities manager for the Great Bend Post Office.
Frank E. Thurman, 65, of Great Bend, passed away on Friday evening, Dec. 5, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Sept. 25, 1949, in Scottsbluff, Neb., he was the son of Arthur and Ethel (Deeder) Thurman. On June 29, 2000, he was united in marriage to Mary Walsh in Council Grove. A Great Bend resident since 2006, having moved here from Alta Vista, he loved NASCAR, and had a passion for fixing up old cars and spending precious time with his grandchildren.
HOISINGTON - Teresa Marie Rome, 87, died Dec. 9 at her home Hoisington. Born Oct. 23, 1927, in Odin, she was the daughter of Frank and Antoinette (Hermann) Gerritzen. In 1955, she married Norbert Joseph Rome. He died on June 6, 1981. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she worked as a dietary aide for Clara Barton Hospital. She enjoyed playing pinochle and watching her grandchildren's activities.
Daniel Nobles, 88, died Dec. 7 at Life Care Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.