Larry D. Nuss, 61, of Great Bend, died Nov. 22 at his home. He was born April 29, 1949, in Great Bend, the son of Benjamin and Janet (Moore) Nuss. He married Coleen Miller on Dec. 18, 1971, at Albert. He was a salesman for Kitco. Mr. Nuss was a Great Bend resident since 1993, coming from Otis.
DODGE CITY - Margaret F. Lightcap, 88, died Nov. 22 at Central Kansas Medical Center at Great Bend. She was born on Dec. 13, 1921, at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Lloyd and Lena (Krueger) Keenportz. She grew up in Hodgeman County and moved to Dodge City in 1940. On Sept. 21, 1940, she married Leroy Lightcap at Rozel. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 2004. Margaret was a homemaker and she and her husband lived in Dodge City until moving to Great Bend in 2000.
SMITH CENTER - Terry Dean Brown, 48, passed away Nov, 20 at his home in Smith Center. Services are pending. All Faiths Funeral Chapel of Smith Center is in charge of arrangements.
MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. -Leona P. Berry, 94, of Minneapolis, died Nov. 22 at the Salina Regional Health Center. Leona was born May 9, 1916, near Beaver, to William and Grace (Chenoweth) Berry. She graduated from Hoisington High School, Hoisington, at the age of 16. Leona was too young to teach so she stayed home for one year. Then she taught county grade schools (first through eighth grades) in Russell County, starting at the age of 17 after a brief Normal Training at Fort Hays College. Leona attended and graduated from York College, York, Neb., again returning to teach in rural Russell ...
MISSION, Texas - Beverly Louise Colegrove Boyer died at the age of 82 due to natural causes at Mission, Texas, on Nov. 18. Beverly was born Aug. 1, 1926, the daughter of Helen Louise Miller Colegrove and Arthur Colegrove. She was the granddaughter of Herman C. and Mary Colegrove and Lester C. and Christine Miller, all of whom were residents of Great Bend before their deaths. On March 7, 1946, Beverly was wed to Harold Wayne Boyer. They were married for 54 years before "Wayne" passed away in January of 2000.
LARNED - Merle D. Wilson, 73, died on Nov. 19 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson.
Edmund Wayne Rome, 60, of Great Bend, died Nov. 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born Feb. 15, 1950, at Great Bend, the son of Ed and Isabella (Frost) Rome. He married Rosalyn Schenkel. They were later divorced. He worked for the City of Great Bend at the water treatment plant. Mr. Rome was a lifetime resident of Great Bend. He served during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Air Force.
Larned - Merle D. Wilson, 73, died Nov. 19 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.
Dolores M. Reif, 79, died Nov. 19 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born Sept. 18, 1931, at Schoenchen, the daughter of George and Margaret (Ernst) Tauscher. She married LeRoy W. Reif on Nov. 26, 1951, at Hoisington. She worked various places, such as Dawson Jewelers, Merle Norman, Clay Ward Photography and the Salvation Army. Most recently, she was a loving caregiver for her grandchildren. She had been a Great Bend resident since 1981, coming from rural Hoisington.
TOPEKA - Jess Torrez, 84, of Topeka, formerly of Great Bend, passed away on Nov. 13 after a battle with esophageal cancer and Alzheimer's at Manor Care Health Services in Topeka. Born on Aug. 2, 1926, in Hanston, he was the son of Silbrestre and Isabel (Ruiz) Torrez. Jess graduated from Larned High School and then attended police training at the University of Kansas. He married Josefina Lucia Hernandez on Sept. 28, 1948, in Larned. In his early years, he was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad. In 1957, he joined the Great Bend Police Department, where he held the ...
Rodney Dale Lee, 46, died Nov. 16 at his home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 18, 1964, in Hale Center, Texas, He was the son of Robert Byron and Mary Elizabeth (Ashby) Lee. A Great Bend resident for a year, coming from Lyons, he was a trim carpenter.
HAYS – Marion Douglas Critser, 58, passed away Nov.14 at his home in Hays. Doug was born Jan. 1, 1952, the fourth child of Bob and Ruth (Nuss) Critser, in Great Bend. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith Feb.10, 1952, in Great Bend. He was confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on May 29, 1966, in WaKeeney.
HAYS - Marion Douglas Critser, 58, passed away at his home in Hays. Service arrangements are pending. All Faiths Funeral Chapel in Smith Center is in charge of arrangements.
LARNED - Kenneth Eugene Ellis, 61, died Nov. 15 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Aug. 31, 1949, at Hays, he was the son of Don and Mary Fuller Ellis. A resident of Larned since 1996, moving from Eureka, he was a retired prison guard at Larned Correctional Mental Health facility. In 1978 he married Sheryl Rae Zimmerman at Russell. She survives.
ST. JOHN - Hiram J. Mastin, 83, died Nov. 14, at Windsor Estates Nursing Home in Salina. Born June 15, 1927, at Cottonwood Falls, he was the son of Bert and Bertha (Steadman) Mastin. A lifelong resident of St. John, he was the owner/operator of Mastin's Auto and 24 Hour Wrecker Service and a volunteer fireman. He attended Pittsburg State University for one year. He married Edith (Belote), who preceded him in death, then married Charlene (Goodman) Curtis, who survives, of the home.
Carolyn A. Sheets, 79, died Sept. 15 at her home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 3, 1934, in rural Rose Hill, she was the daughter of Earl and Esther (Hall) Showalter. She married Gerald Skeels. On Nov. 9, 1979, she married Donald Eugene "Gene" Sheets in Dighton. He died July 25, 2012. A Great Bend resident since 1963, she was an office manager for Great Bend Appliance for 13 years and was a former secretary at Security State Bank and First National Bank. She enjoyed her family and friends and playing golf.
Peggy Lynn Crowe, 58, died Sept. 16 at her home in Great Bend. Born May 4, 1956, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Johnnie Douglas and Marie (Griffith) Crowe. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was an occupational therapist at Clara Barton Hospital.
Lester Leo Achatz, 65, died Sept. 14 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 21, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of Milton and Bertha (Birzer) Achatz. On Dec. 27, 2011, he married Kimm M. Lewis in Great Bend. He grew up in Great Bend and lived in Virginia before moving back to Great Bend. He was employed by H-2 Trucking.
ALBERT - Virginia Marie (Amerine) Bird, 91, gently journeyed from this world to a new beginning on Sept. 14th. Though she was a life-long resident of Barton County, she spent the final years of her life with her daughter providing precious companionship in Wichita and then Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ellsworth. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Lisa Riedel, and her husband, Bert, of Ellsworth and their son, Bret, of Kansas City; her son, Lynn Bird, and his wife, Pat, of Broomfield, Colo.; their children, Joshua Bird, and his wife, Alison Cashman and their daughter, Josie; Stefanie Bird Stafford and ...
TIMKEN - Ernest "Ernie" Bucl, 88, died Sept. 14 at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. Born April 15, 1926 at La Crosse, he was the son of Lucian and Frances (Havelka) Bucl.
Jim S. Cain, 66, died Sept. 13 at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 27, 1947 at Great Bend, he was the son of Benjamin and Stephanie (Schenk) Cain.
Carolyn A. Sheets, 79, died Sept. 14 at her ho me in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
HUTCHINSON - Aubrey Linus Schartz, 82, died Sept. 14, at his home in Hutchinson. Born Aug. 20, 1932, in rural Ellinwood, he was the son of Edward and Frances Schartz. On Oct. 16, 1951, he married Bonnie Lou Harbaugh in Ellinwood. He retired from Marmie's Motors in Great Bend and moved to Hutchinson.
John Russell Branine, 65, passed away Sept. 12 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 1949, the son of Ralph Sweet and Helen Helms Branine. He was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
LARNED - Vern Arlyn Steffen, 83, passed away Sept. 12, 2014, at his home in Larned.
HOLYROOD - Mark Lynn Folk, 56, passed away of an aneurism Sept. 11, at his residence in Holyrood. He was born March 10, 1958, in Ellsworth to Max and Beverly (Cron) Folk. A lifetime resident of Holyrood, he was a bookkeeper and office manager for Folk Well and Lease.
Carol Ann Cook, 71, died Sept. 11, at home in Great Bend. She was born March 1, 1943, at Kinsley, to Bernard and Daisy (Goad) Fahlsing. She married Charles Banks in 1961. She later married Phillip Ward in 1976. She then married Dennis Cook on Aug. 11, 2003, at Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked in retail for Revco and Dillons until retiring.
Alvin "Al" F. Pfannenstiel 1923 - 2014
Herman Boyd "Sonny" Crockett was born to Herman Delbert and Lois Maurice (King) Crockett in Morton, Texas on Dec. 15, 1940. He died on Monday, Sept. 8, in Woodward, Okla.
Jeanne Louise Schmitt, 70, died Sept. 6, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Aug. 31, 1944, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Raymond Chandler and Helen Ruth (Westin) Muret. On May 30, 1969, she married Terryl "Terry" Keith Schmitt in Manhattan. He died on Aug. 17, 2006. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Hoisington where she had lived since 1969, she was an Extension Agent in Belleville, then a dietician for the Clara Barton Hospital. She retired as a secretary for Central Baptist Church in Great Bend.