STAFFORD - Laura Ethel Stewart, 95, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Harry Hynes Hospice Section of St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born on June 10, 1915, at her parents' home in Lawrenceville, Ill., the daughter of Richard John Kneidl and Laura Ethel Price Kneidl. Laura was a 1932 graduate of Tulsa (Okla.) High School and received a degree in Ancient Languages and graduated magna cum laude from Sterling College in 1936. Following graduation, Laura taught Latin and English in Alma for one year before marrying her college sweetheart, Ritchey Stewart, on June ...
Christopher Wayne Gross, 34, of Great Bend, died Sept. 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 29, 1975, at Garden City, the son of Steven F. and Sharon Newton Gross. He was a general laborer and a former Pratt resident, moving to Great Bend in 2008.
HOISINGTON - Junior Lee Patterson, 84, died Sept. 9 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Jan. 1, 1926, at Collinville, Okla., the son of Pet and Alma (Johnson) Innman. He married Betty J. Phillips on Sept. 24, 1948, at Beaver. He worked for NCRA as a production foreman for 41 years, retiring in 1988. He was a longtime Hoisington resident and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
MANHATTAN - Dr. Kenneth M. Boese, 84, Manhattan, passed away Sept. 8 at the Leonardville Nursing Home, Leonardville. He was born Sept. 30, 1925, at Hoisington, the son of Jacob Boese and Mabel Whipple Boese. He grew up in Hoisington, where he attended the local schools. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and the Kansas University School of Medicine.
SALINA - Cynthia Sue Killen, 59, died Sept. 5. Born July 20, 1951, in Holdrege, Neb., she was the daughter of Allen and Nadine Braun. She graduated from Norton High School and attended Brown-Mackie College in Salina. She married Ron Ladish. They divorced. She then married Jay Killen. She was employed at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, as a secretary in the laboratory department and at CPI, and later at Cox Communications in Salina.
OSAGE CITY - Edward Kooi passed away Sept. 7 in Osage City. Ed was born Nov. 19, 1930. at New York City, N.Y., to Dirk and Mary (Bierman) Kooi. He made the Air Force his career. While stationed in Topeka he met and married Milda Dietz on Aug. 13, 1967. She preceded in death Aug. 10, 1996. They moved with his career and eventually settled in Arvada, Colo. Later Ed and Milda moved to Lyndon and Ed worked for the Air National Guard in Topeka until his second retirement.
Edna Weiss Klusener, of Great Bend, was born May 16, 1929, to Frank and Marie (Weiser) Weiss in Great Bend and returned home to heaven Aug. 16 at the age of 81. Edna played many parts on the stage of life; she was the obedient daughter of Frank and Marie Weiss, and she became the faithful wife of Richard D. Klusener on Sept. 15, 1948. Richard and Edna shared 49 beautiful years of marriage until her beloved husband passed away Sept. 3, 1997. Their marriage was blessed with three loving, loyal and caring children, Sharon Klusener-Alexander, San Diego, Calif., infant ...
Dorothy Bowman 1921 - 2010
Marjorie Marie Pizel, 88, died Sept. 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend. She was born Nov. 25, 1921, at Kanorado, the daughter of Raymond and Ida (Stalgren) Wright. She married Herbert L. Pizel June 20, 1942, at Goodland.
Eugene P. "Gene" Weber, 53, died Sept. 2 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born June 1, 1957 at Great Bend, the son of George and Lydia (Schwartz) Weber.
Donald Gene "Fergy" Ferguson, 74, died Sept. 3 at his Great Bend home. He was born June 21, 1936 at Hardy, Arkansas, the son of Forest and Doris (Richardson) Ferguson. He married Opal McKnight May 19, 1955 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident for sixty years, coming from Wichita, Kansas, Mr. Ferguson was owner and operator of Fergy's Enterprises, which he started June 21, 1978. He retired from his love of driving his loader in 2009.
HOISINGTON - Dennis Thummel, 65, died Sept. 1 at Country Place Assisted Living, Hoisington. He was born Sept. 2, 1944, at Englewood, Colo., the son of Walter and Eleanor Korte Thummel. He married Shirley Packard on July 20, 1965. He was formerly of Brighton, Colo. He was educated at Selden and served in the U.S. Navy. He managed cooperatives at several locations in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado. He was retired.
LARNED - Jerald L. Jinks, 75, died Sept. 2 at Central Kansas Medical Center St. Rose Campus, Great Bend. He was born Feb. 7, 1935, in Big Bow, the son of Charles Lewis and Delores Pudge Jinks. An area resident for the past 63 years, he was a heating and air conditioning specialist.
Margaret G. Damon, 96, of Great Bend, died Sept. 2 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born March 29, 1914, at Ponca City, Okla., the daughter Charles and Fern (Schultz) Hess. She married Ansel Martin "Bud" Damon on April 17, 1935, at Lyons. He died Dec. 26, 1993. She was a homemaker. She was a Great Bend resident since 1935, coming from Chase.
Robert R. Turner, 81, of Great Bend, died Sept. 1 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. He was born March 30, 1929, at Oskaloosa, Mo., the son of Virgil E. and Annabell (Page) Turner. He married Jolene Bortz on June 21, 1957, at Kinsley. He worked for Kansas Brick and Tile, Hoisington. He was a Great Bend resident for 53 years, coming from Oskaloosa, Mo.
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou Willis was born Dec 11, 1931, in Morton Texas to James Olin and Pearl Dimple (Herndon) Willis, the eldest of three girls. She talked about growing up in the 1930s, about how hard times were, about nailing wet sheets to the windows during dust storms and the families dream of green pastures - then they moved here.
HUDSON - Joyce Daretta Curtis, 74, died July 21, 2014 at Leisure Homestead, St. John.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on July 9. Memorial services are July 26 at 4 p.m. at Veterans' Memorial Park in Great Bend. A Life Celebration will follow at The Best Western Angus Inn of Great Bend at approximately 5:30 p.m.
LARNED -Myron V. Thomas, 73, passed away July 21 at his home in Larned. He was born Feb. 28, 1941 in Arvada, Colo., the son of Clarence and Mabel (Batman) Thomas.
POLO, Mo. - Patricia A. Horn, 79, of Polo, Mo., died July 20, at her home. Born on May 22, 1935 in Bushton, she was the daughter of James and Katherine (Gable) Godfrey. She was a high school graduate and received her degree accounting from Wentworth Military Academy.
SALIDA, Colo. - Mary Ann Mausolf, 93, died Feb. 10, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida, Colo. Born March 17, 1920, in Lindsborg, she was the daughter of Martin and Julia (Spitzka) Paulus.
LA CROSSE - Mary A. Engel, 73, died July 20 at her home. Born Jan. 6, 1941 at Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph H. and Albina (Billinger) Orth.
Christopher James Thomas, 48, died July 20, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born June 8, 1966, in Junction City, he was the son of Timothy and Carol (Breault) Thomas. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Hoisington, he was a self-employed computer repairman.
Gwen G. Schroeder, 72, died July 20, in Great Bend. Born Oct. 15, 1941, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of H. Martin and Bernice Lucille (Davis) Glenn. She was a graduate of Ellinwood Rural High School and Adela Hale School of Business. A resident of Great Bend since 2005, moving from Overland Park, she was retired. On Aug. 6, 1966, she married Arlen C. Schroeder in Kansas City.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Robert Norman Alpers, 79, died May 31, in Hendersonville, N.C. A service will be held at Peace Church, 492 NE 140th Street, in Hudson, at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 25, with burial to follow. After the burial, family and friends are invited to a meal at Wheatland Café for visiting and reminiscing.
Marie L. Sisk 1911 - 2014
CLAFLIN - Marian "Ann" Bahr, 86, died July 16, 2014 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
SHAWNEE - Carolyn L. Heinz, 72, of Shawnee, passed away July 15, 2014.
LARNED - Eleanor M. Adams, 90, died July 14, 2014.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Leonard Loraine Mullenix, 94, died July 13 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was born Dec. 9, 1919 at Chase, the son of George and Lola (Fuson) Mullenix.