GARFIELD – Leta Viva Nelson, 98, died Jan. 13 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. She was born Sept. 26, 1912, at Rozel, the daughter of Edgar and Hattie Steeley Van Eaton. On Oct. 29, 1932, she married Carl "Aaron" Nelson at Wichita. He died Nov. 2, 1985. A former resident on a farm between Newton and Wichita, moving to a farm in Leon in 1942, and then to a farm in Garfield in 1947, she was the Pawnee County lunch room supervisor for Ft. Larned School District 495.
GLADSTONE, Mo. - Velma Lorene Tiede, 85, died Jan. 13 at her home in Gladstone, Mo. She was born Dec. 18, 1925, at Verona, Mo., the daughter of Charlie and Maude (Browning) Shue. She married Richard E. Tiede on Dec. 8, 1947, at Eureka Springs, Ark. He died Oct. 28, 1976. She worked for Smith International as a secretary. Mrs. Tiede was a Gladstone resident for 16 years, coming from Great Bend, where she resided for 35 years.
HOISINGTON - M. "Joyce" Steiner died Jan. 11 at McCrite Plaza Retirement Community, Topeka. She was born in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Harry Isaac and Thelma (Kite) Brooks. She married James John Steiner May 7, 1976, at Hoisington. He died June 26, 1991. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a switchboard operator. She was a Topeka resident since 2009, coming from Hoisington.
FRANKTOWN, COLO. - Robert E. Lee Hartman Sr., 88, died Jan. 2 at his rural home Franktown, Colo. Born April 3, 1922, on the family farm in South Bend Township, just south of Great Bend, he was the son of Edgar and Gertrude Wilson Hartman. He attended Barton County schools and was a 1938 graduate of Great Bend High School. He married Dorothy McCosh Petty on Oct. 8, 1948. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1996.
Carl Alvin Rose 1926 -2011
WICHITA - Daniel Mark Kraft, 50, passed away Jan. 10. Born on Oct. 13, 1960 in Hoisington, he was the son of Duane and Dolores Kraft. He worked for Universal Products in Goddard. He was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend.
PAWNEE ROCK - Beulah M. White, 95, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and school teacher for 17 years at Pawnee Rock, passed away Jan. 10 at Life Care Center in Andover. She was born Oct. 4, 1915, at Ford County, the daughter of Robert Channing and Maude Ethel (Alexander) Brink. She attended Bresee Theological College and Fort Hays State College to earn her teaching degree. She married Walter Reford White Dec. 31, 1945, at Great Bend. He died Feb. 28, 1998. She was an elementary school teacher in Shannon, Sellens Creek, Susank District 103, and USD 495 Larned School Districts. She was ...
BURDETT - Donald Lee Rodebaugh, 67, died Jan. 11 at Good Samaritan Village, Hutchinson. He was born Sept. 23, 1943, at Denver, Colo., the son of Wilbur "Bill" and Fern VanHorn Rodebaugh. A longtime resident of Burdett, he was an auditor, painter, carpenter and Environmental Services Employee at Larned State Hospital, Larned.
SCOTTSVILLE, Va. - Robert L. Rebein, 80, of Scottsville, Va., and formerly of Springfield, Va., passed away peacefully Jan. 9, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Ellinwood on Dec. 4, 1930, to life-long residents Joseph and Louise Rebein.
SCOTT CITY - Patricia Atwood, 51, passed away on Jan. 8, at her home in Garden City. Born Oct. 9, 1959, in Garden City, she was the daughter of Milton W. and Elsie F. Turley Wright. On Sept. 2, 1978, she married Warren Feldt in Scott City, and to this union three children were born. She later married Steve Atwood on April 6, 1991, in Elkhart. Patricia was a cosmetologist and worked for Pioneer Manor in Hugoton for 14 years as a Certified Medication Aide before she moved to Garden City in 2010 from Elkhart.
LARNED - Dennis Ray Hunt, 46, died Jan. 8 at his home in Larned. Services are pending with Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned.
PAWNEE ROCK - Beulah M. White, 95, died Jan. 10 at Life Care Center in Andover. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
OTIS - Kenneth R. "Mert" Straub, 67, died Jan. 8 at his home in Otis. Born April 27, 1943, in Claflin, he was the son of Raymond and Helen (Zecha) Straub. On Dec. 21, 1968, he married Doris Bartonek in Olmitz. She survives. A longtime resident of Otis, he was the owner of Straub Construction and an employee of BOC gases of Otis for 25 years. After retirement he was a custodian for Otis-Bison High School.
GARDEN CITY - James L. Keller, 81, died Jan. 7. Born April 29, 1929, in Seward, he was the son of Charlie and Lucille Keller. He grew up on a farm south of Great Bend. He attended Catholic school in Seward, before graduating from Great Bend High School in 1947. He attended the University of Kansas where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Fraternity. After college, he served as a Corporal in the United States Army and was stationed in Sasebo, Japan, during the Korean War. He was employed at Keller Leopold Abstract and Insurance. He would go on ...
CLAFLIN – Charles Davidson, 89, died Thursday, Jan. 6, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Services are pending and will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
Darlene M. Creacy, 80, lifelong Great Bend resident, passed away on Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, at Leisure Homestead Care Center at St. John. Born on July 9, 1934, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ira and Inez (Davis) Thomason. She attended school in Great Bend. She worked as a cook in several area restaurants, including at the Jayhawk Cafe, the Highland Hotel, and Holiday Inn, and was cook and former owner of the Zarah Cafe in Great Bend for many years. Darlene coordinated and cooked for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Great Bend for 17 years, and also ...
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.