Billie Lou Burgardt, 61, died April 1 at Rock Island Rehab and Nursing Center in Rock Island, Ill. Born Feb. 18, 1950, in WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Fred J. and Christina (Mai) Mai. She married Elmer S. Burgardt on Aug. 11, 1989, in WaKeeney.
HOLYROOD - David N. Presley, 65, died April 30, in Ellsworth. Born May 12, 1945 in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Mack Lee and Ruby Jessie (Minor) Presley. On Aug 17, 1990 he married Linda Diane Heglin in Kodiak, Alaska. She survives. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as an electrician and recently worked at Orscheln's in Great Bend.
Bille Lou Burgardt, 61, died April 1 at Rock Island Rehab and Nursing Center in Rock Island, Ill. Born Feb. 18, 1950, in WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Fred J. and Christina (Mai) Mai. She married Elmer S. Burgardt on Aug. 11, 1989, in WaKeeney.
LARNED - La Rhue Gilman Rosner, 90, died April 1 at her daughter's home in Mulino, Ore. Born Jan. 13, 1921, in Larned, she was the daughter of John H. and Anna Schwier Gilman. She graduated from Larned High School. On Nov. 11, 1945, she married Harold D. Rosner in Hutchinson. She worked for her father, John Gilman, DDS in his dental office.
LAWRENCE - Joseph R. McLaughlin, 88, died April 30 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Lawrence. Born March 5, 1923, at Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of Cornelius R. and Louise D. (Gerry) McLaughlin. He married Grace McCarthy on Feb. 2, 1946, at Hays. She died Jan. 9, 1999. He married Bernice Alexander on Sept. 30, 2006, at Lawrence. He retired as Stafford Postmaster in 1983. He was a Lawrence resident, coming from Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Leonard Staudinger, 68, died May 1 at his residence in rural Hoisington. Born April 8, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Anton and Agnes (Zeman) Staudinger. On June 13, 1970, he married Mary Ann Jacobs at Russell. A lifetime resident of rural Barton County, he was a hunter safety instructor for 25 years.
Keith Wayne Benker, 53, died May 1 at Great Bend. He was born Feb. 20, 1958, at Deshler, Neb., the son of Kenneth and Connie (Ingles) Benker. He married Maribeth Taylor Fradd on Jan. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1988, coming from Cunningham, he owned and operated Keith Benker Irrigation Service.
SKELLYTOWN, Texas - Diana Lynn Larkin, 55, died April 29 in Pampa, Texas. She was born Aug. 23, 1955, in Great Bend. She married Gary Larkin on Aug. 25, 1973, in Hoisington. In 1974, she graduated from Great Bend High School. She was the postmaster at Briscoe Post Office for the past 15 years and had been employed with the U.S. Postal Service for the past 25 years. She had been a resident of Skellytown, Texas, since 1979.
HOISINGTON - Mark Edward Smith, 57, died April 27 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 8, 1953, in Hoisington, he was the son of Charles and Ruby (Payne) Smith. He was a lifetime resident of Claflin.
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - LaWanda M. (Batman) Farrell, 82, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven on April 7, at Corondelet Hospice in Tucson, Ariz. Born Jan. 14, 1929, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ralph E. Batman and Martha F (Batman) Williams. She worked 45 years in hospitals in Russell, Great Bend, and Sierra Vista Regional Hospital in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Her hobby was bowling.
Emerson MacDonald, 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Great Bend on April 28. He was born Sept. 3, 1917, at Hackettstown, N.J., the son of Emerson C. and Grace (Petty) MacDonald. He married Gladys Naoma Glass on May 29, 1941, at Winfield. She passed away Oct. 20, 2006. He was an English teacher at Great Bend High School for 47 years. He was a Great Bend resident since 1947, coming from Burlington.
WICHITA - Dr. Thomas D. Van Winkle, 88, died April 28 at Life Care Center, Wichita. He was born Jan. 18, 1923, at Great Bend, the son of Albert and M. Ruth (McGinty) Van Winkle. He married Ann Wesley on Aug. 20, 1967, at Wichita. A Wichita resident most of his life, coming from Seward, he was a dedicated chiropractor for 39 years.
PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Godin, 76, died May 25, 2015, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 24, 1939, in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Frank and Marion (Prespare) Godin. On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Mildred Gable in Great Bend. A resident of Pawnee Rock for six years, coming from Great Bend, he was a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield and later worked for maintenance at Great Bend Housing Authority.
Erwin "Erv" Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.
Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 16, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Hillary and Ruth Borne. She married Manford G. "Bud" Cannon Oct. 29, 1949, at Boone, Arkansas. He died Dec. 7, 1982. A long-time Great Bend resident, she was an accounts payable clerk for Great Bend Manufacturing.
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Sept. 9, 1926, on the farm in Odin, the son of Anton A. and Hattie Rose (Prosser) Beran. He graduated from Odin High School in 1944 and later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After returning from the military, Jerry played professional baseball for the Hutchinson Elks.
Delores Rae Keegan, 83, died May 23, 2015, at Sterling House of Great Bend. She was born Aug. 23, 1931, at Little River, the daughter of Ray and Elsie (Eaton) Folck. Mrs. Keegan was a Great Bend resident and taught public school for 39 years, the last 30 years in Great Bend at Morrison and Jefferson Elementary Schools.
Louis Wintholz, 83, passed from this world to join his beloved wife Phyllis, in heaven on May 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Collyer, the son of Reinholdt "Ray" and Mary (Windholz) Wintholz. He attended school in Collyer and graduated from the Hays Cadets Academy in 1950. He married Phyllis Montgomery on May 8, 1954, at Hearndon. She passed away on Feb. 15, 2008.
Sister Marie Klein, 102, died May 21, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' Convent Infirmary, Great Bend. Born April 25, 1913, in Fowler, as Mary Ann Agatha Klein, Sister Marie was the daughter of Anthony and Mary Helen (Hoffman) Klein. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community July 14, 1928, and pronounced her first vows August 17, 1931. She celebrated 80 years of religious profession in 2011.
GREENFIELD, Ind. - Marlin "Gene" Tammen, 79, passed away May 22, 2015, at Hancock Regional Hospital. Born on Dec.27, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Herman Tammen and Gladys Tammen. In 1953, he graduated from Great Bend High School. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Wichita State University. In October of 1956, he married Cheryl Loy (Foos). He held various positions in the Federal Government from 1962-1987, including Midwest Director of the Office of Personnel Management. He enjoyed playing poker, playing bridge, spending time with his grandchildren, watching movies, and traveling with Cheryl ...
ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home of Hoisington is in charge of arrangements.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Grace Imogene (Hathaway) Abel, 90, died May 12, 2015, at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born March 19, 1925, northwest of St. John, the daughter of John William and Reno (Kanzleiter) Hathaway.
LARNED - Walter (Mac) Fox, 92, passed away May 20, 2015, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Sept. 12, 1922, in Larned, he was the son of Walter M. and Gladys Strader Fox. On Dec. 15, 1946, he married Dorothy D. Goldsmith in Wichita. She passed away on May 16, 2013. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer, worked at Larned State Hospital as the plumbing shop foreman for 32 years and also worked at Boeing for one year before going in the service.