James Joseph Leon, 59, died Dec. 25, 2016, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Sept. 7, 1957, at Great Bend, he was the son of Encarnacion G. "Mario or Shorty" and Elizabeth (Gomez) Leon. A long time Great Bend resident, he was a clerk at Wal-Mart.
LARNED - Michael (Mike) A. Giles, 67, passed away Dec. 23, 2016, at Country Living of Larned. Born May 11, 1949, in Stafford he was the son of Benjamin M. and LaVera Schartz Giles. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer, rancher and a commodities broker. He loved the simple life and lived on his own terms. He enjoyed being outside on a Kansas farm, loved dogs, riding his motorcycle and frequently talked about how proud he was to be a Dad and Grandpa. He wanted his kids to be raised with an appreciation for laughter and music, which they ...
WILSON - Eugene "Gene" Neal Peterka, 79, passed away Dec. 23, 2016, at Russell Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 26, 1937, on the family farm in Lincoln County, he was the son of Victor and Theresa (Farney) Peterka. He grew up and attended the Margaret one room school house and Wilson High School. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy serving aboard several ships, his most memorable being the USS Midway. On Oct. 29, 1960, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lorene Small at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson ...
Roy Joseph VonFeldt, 79, died Dec. 23, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 4, 1937, at Walker, he was the son of Joe E. and Pauline (Bittel) VonFeldt. On Nov. 13, 1961, he married Carla Jean Smith at Great Bend. She died June 22, 2013. A resident of Great Bend most of his life, he was a heavy equipment operator for Barton County Road and Bridge Department.
WICHITA - Seth Freeman Sr. received his eternal reward Dec. 21, 2016, in Wichita. He was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Amelia, Virginia, the youngest of 11 children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy L. Freeman, just 46 days earlier. They were reunited in heaven on their 53rd wedding anniversary.
CLAFLIN - Bob Reif, 76, died Dec. 19, 2016, at his home in Claflin. Born May 19, 1940, at Great Bend, he was the son of Frank and Magdaline (Hirsh) Reif. A lifetime Claflin resident, he was a teller at Community Bank of the Midwest in Great Bend.
TIFF CITY, Mo. - Howard Leroy "Lee" Nutting, entered this world on Oct. 20, 1955, in El Dorado, the son of Clyde and Jane (Cox) Nutting. He departed this life on Dec. 19, 2016, at his home in rural McDonald County Mo., at the age of 61 years.
DOUGLASS - Billy Gene Lahar, 69, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. Bill was born on Aug. 25, 1947, in Eureka. He was the first born son of Bill E. and Jean E. May Lahar. He attended public schools in Waldo and Luray. He graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Geology. In his younger years he enjoyed playing sports and helped his mother and stepfather, James, at their family farm. He spent many summers roughnecking for his dad in the oilfields. His most lively memories growing up almost always involved his friends, Tom ...
ELLINWOOD - James "Jim" W. Collins, 85, passed away at Hays Medical Center on Dec. 20, 2016. Born on May 6, 1931, in Watchorn, Okla., he was the son of Luther and Gertrude (Muselak) Collins. He was a longtime Ellinwood area resident graduating from Ellinwood High School in 1949. He worked as an Independent oil and gas producer and was owner/operator of James W. Collins Oil Operations.
ELLSWORTH - Carolyn A. Evans, 76, passed away Dec. 21, 2016. She was born Feb. 2, 1940, in Reno County, to Vera (Glover) and Harry Edwards. She married Ernest Evans Jr. on Oct. 1, 1956, in Haven. She was a homemaker.