LARNED - Adelaida Viegra Perez (Lile) (Abby), Larned, died Nov. 26 after a long and courageous battle with illness. Born in Garfield on Dec. 16, 1940, to Pasqual and Basilia Vieyra, Abby was a 1958 graduate of Garfield High School and lived all of her adult life in Larned.
Mary Louise Matthews, 73, of Great Bend, died Nov. 23 at her home. She was born Oct. 9, 1937, at Chetopa, the daughter of Henry Clinton and Rosie (Busick) Powell. She married Donald Henry Matthews on Jan. 22, 1957, at Great Bend. She was a homemaker and a former maid for the Holiday Inn. Mrs. Matthews was a Great Bend resident since 1951, coming from Chetopa and Parsons.
George Joseph Gorsline, 90, of Great Bend, died Nov. 23 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born Dec. 27, 1919, at Flushing, N.Y., the son of Walter and Stella (Bafalska) Gorsline. He married Lillian Elizabeth Alger. She died Jan. 11, 1976. He married Margaret Elizabeth Bender Dec. 16, 1978, at Great Bend. He was a truck driver for Davis Van Lines and Baroid and a delivery man for McCurdy's Hatchery. Mr. Gorsline was a Great Bend resident since 1951, coming from Flushing, N.Y. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II ...
SMITH CENTER - Terry Dean Brown, 48, died Nov. 20 at his home in Smith Center. He was born Aug. 23, 1962, to Jack Dean and Henrietta Jane (Karnatz) Brown.
George Joseph Gorsline, 90, of Great Bend, died Nov. 23 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born Dec. 27, 1919, at Flushing, N.Y., the son of Walter and Stella (Bafalska) Gorsline. He married Lillian Elizabeth Alger. She died Jan. 11, 1976. He married Margaret Elizabeth Bender Dec. 16, 1978, at Great Bend. He was a truck driver and delivery man for McCurdy's Hatchery. Mr. Gorsline was a Great Bend resident since 1951, coming from Flushing, N.Y. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater of Operations ...
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 ...
David Michael "Mike" Johnson, 72, died Oct. 30 at Almost Home Inc., Great Bend. He was born Nov. 25, 1941, at Denison, Texas, the son of Doug and Woodie (Pritchard) Johnson. He married Peggy Temple April 28, 1962, at Borger, Texas. He founded M and M Equipment in 1975, retiring in December 2012.
PAWNEE ROCK - Ladine Peterson, 95, passed away Oct. 29 at the Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born April 2, 1919, in Bison, she was the daughter of Everett and Frances Bitter Edwards. On April 3, 1941, she married Loraine Edwin Peterson in Bison. He passed away Jan. 20, 1995. A lifetime area resident of Rush and Pawnee County, she began her career as a teacher and retired from the ASCS office in Larned. She raised Persian cats and took them to many shows, and she also loved flowers.
LARNED - Frances Ladine Peterson, 95, died on Oct. 29, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary.
ODIN – Anna B. Dreiling, 94, died Oct. 29, 2014 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
HOISINGTON - Anna Rose Urban, 84, died Oct. 28, at Russell Regional Hospital. Born July 3, 1930, in Claflin, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna (Hoffman) Tinkel. On May 2, 1951, she married Julius J. Urban in Dubuque. He died on Oct. 27, 2003. A lifetime resident of Barton County, she was the janitorial manage at the Hoisington Veterinary Hospital for many years.
Marie K. Zink, 91, died Oct. 25 at Kearney, Neb. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
WICHITA - Robert W. "Bob" Bridges, 94, died Oct. 28 at Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita. He was born Nov. 28, 1919 at Turley, Okla. the son of Emery and Grace (Roberts) Bridges.
Kent E. Newport, 57, died Oct. 27 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. He was born June 24, 1957 at Garden City, the son of John and Louise (Long) Newport. He married Karla K. Ehrlich Oct. 17, 1998 at Larned. He graduated from Garden City High School and attended both Garden City and Barton County Community Colleges.
TOPEKA - Loretta M. Gleissner, 87, of Topeka, passed away Oct. 25, in Topeka. She was born May 18, 1927, in New Baden, Ill., the daughter of Anton and Elizabeth (Mathews) Griesbaum.
COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - Wilthamina (Wilma) Simpson Nagel, resident of Collinsville, passed from this life on Oct. 25, at the age of 85 years. Wilma was born April 2, 1929, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to William and Davina (Taylor) Thomson. She was raised in Scotland, graduating high school there. At the age of 17, Wilma came to the U.S. with her only remaining sister Jane who was a war bride to begin their new life in Cabool, Mo. She later moved to Great Bend, where she began a career as a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell (later AT&T) Telephone. Wilma was ...
CLAFLIN- Larry Thomas Haxton, 70, died Oct. 26 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 30, 1944 in Great Bend, he was the son of Wallace and Louise (Werhahn) Haxton.
CLAFLIN -Patricia Mae "Patty" Smith, 73, died Oct. 25 at Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan. She was born March 24, 1941 in Emporia,the daughter of Wm. C. and Velma (Brown) Phillips. Patty graduated from Claflin High School in 1959 and then attended Fort Hays State College Nursing School. She later graduated from the Academy of Beauty in Great Bend and then taught classes there. She had Patty's Beauty Salon, which she ran for many years from her home in Claflin. A longtime resident of Claflin, Patty was also the owner and operator of Brackeen Line Cleaning Inc. She ...
Benny M. Williams, 57, of Great Bend , passed away on Oct. 22, at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 12, 1957, in Vallejo, Calif., he was the son of Benny O. and Jacqueline D. (Mayfield) Williams. After graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he spent the next two years. Following his discharge from the Navy, he worked in Navy shipyards in Los Angeles, Calif. and San Diego, Calif. He later moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was united in marriage to Diane L. Roberts on April 22, 1979. The couple moved to Kansas ...
GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goodard. Born Jan. 18, 1948, in Claflin, she was the daughter of Joseph Miller and Lucille (Habiger) Miller. She was employed by Koch Industries as a records administrator.
Thomas E. Harris, 67, died Oct. 22 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 29, 1947, at Neosho, Mo., the son of Lawrence Edwin and Eula (Stites) Harris. He married Shirley Schmitt May 1, 1965 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Granby, Mo., he was a long-time oilfield truck driver and later owned and operated Tom Harris Trucking.