ST. JOHN - John "Russell" Bright, age 88, passed away Feb. 2, 2015, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Celebration of life service is pending with Minnis Chapel, St. John.
Richard Grant Elson, 87, died Feb. 2, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital.
Jeff L. Gallios, 59, died Jan. 23, at his residence in Great Bend. Born March 3, 1955, in Great Bend, he was the son of George Christ and Jean Beatrice (Link) Gallios. On Sept. 29, 1998, he married Lavina Lowe in Pawnee Rock. A Great Bend resident for 16 years, coming from Broken Bow, Neb., he was employed at Central Kansas Medical Center in the maintenance department until becoming disabled.
STAFFORD – Wayne L. Meschberger, 88, died Jan. 31, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. Born Oct. 4, 1926, in rural Stafford, he was the son of Daniel and Lena Lichte Meschberger. He was a 1944 graduate of Stafford High School. On June 21, 1949, he married Linda Myers at Lorraine. She died on March 7, 2009. He was a farmer/electrician in the Stafford area for most of his life.
HUDSON - N. Theodore "Pete" Witt Jr., 72, passed away Feb. 1, at his home in Hudson. Born on Sept. 1, 1942, in Great Bend, he was the son of Norman Theodore and Erna (Drach) Witt. On Aug. 31, 1963, he married Ardis L. (Bourbina) in Abilene. A life-long resident of Hudson, he was a retired farmer/stockman, bus driver for USD 350 and buffer coordinator for the Stafford County Conservation Service.
Abigail Rose Marie Richardson was born Jan. 26, and passed on too soon, on Jan. 31, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
OVERBROOK - Darrell L. Revell, 61, passed away on Jan. 31, at his home in rural Overbrook. While his childhood days were spent in Great Bend, he lived most of his adult life in the Topeka area. Darrell was born on Jan. 29, 1954, at the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Hospital in Limestone, Maine. Darrell was born the oldest of three children to Eloise C. (Bryant) Jones and Cleo O. Revell, Jr., and had two brothers, Michael R. Revell, from Yukon, Okla., and Ronald L. Revell, of Plano, Texas. He was married to Michele E. Schwartzkopf Revell for 21 years, until ...
PRATT - Cuma M. Zeltner, 72, died Jan. 27, 2015 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. Born on April 16, 1942, in Princeton, Ind., she was the daughter of Charles Max and Gypsy Genelle (White) Vinson. On March 18, 1962, she married James 'Jim' W. Zeltner in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 2012. She worked as office manager at Adams Electric in Pratt for 24 years and most recently worked as bookkeeper for Westhoff Plumbing. The avid reader enjoyed making her world famous chocolate chip cookies.
NEODESHA - Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unrein died Jan. 24, 2015, at his home in Neodesha. Born Sept. 21, 1943, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Abby Unrein. He attended school in La Crosse. He was employed at a packing plant, roofing and construction and was a truck driver at Airosal Inc.
HAYS - Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber, 83, died Jan. 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 19, 1931, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Margaret (Mauler) Schreiber. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Frances L. "Frankie" (Musick) in Hutchinson. She died April 3, 2012. He was director of fleet maintenance for Becker Corporation in El Dorado for 21 years. He also worked 11 years at Thompson Transport in McPherson. In 2008 he moved to Hays from Andover.
EMPORIA - Walter L. Graham, 93, of Emporia, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Walter was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Liberal, the son of Logan and Margaret (Bruce) Graham. He attended Pratt Junior College, Independence Junior College and Wichita State University.
HOLYROOD - Norma Ruth Schaefer, 88, passed away Jan. 25 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellsworth. She was born June 10, 1926, in Lincoln, to Anna E. (Bahls) and Neils M. Pedersen.
PAWNEE ROCK - Hazel "Alberta" Crone, 89, died Jan. 24, at her home in rural Pawnee Rock. Born July 12, 1925, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of George Albert and Hazel Olive (Colgin) Payne. On June 26, 1942, she married Francis "Roy" Crone in Iola. He died on Nov. 19, 2007. A resident of Barton County most of her life, she was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
HOISINGTON - Gloria K Zamarripa, 66, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born July 14, 1948, the daughter of Fred Ray and Alice (Rohr) Kincaid. Gloria married Frank Zamarripa April 4, 1964 at Great Bend. He died May 6, 1989.
Charley Hoffsmith, 67, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, after a long battle with colon cancer. He was born July 4, 1947, at Dighton, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Marie (Orten) Hoffsmith. A long-time resident of Great Bend, he was the owner and operator of Charley's Tree Service.
Joyce M. Bray, 68, died March 28 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 13, 1946 at Garden City, she was the daughter of William James and Ruth (Schulz) Bray
Reverend Willie A. "Bill" Gray, 79, went home to sit on the right-hand side of the Lord on March 29, at his home in Great Bend. Born April 20, 1935, in Pawnee, Okla. he was the son of Lee Andy and Mary Etta (Cargill) Gray. He attended school in Hutchinson. He worked as a contractor for the City Highway Department in Hutchinson and then lived in Denver, Colo., for many years as an auto detailer and truck driver. On Sept. 10, 1987, he was united in marriage to Carolyn K. Jordan in Denver, Colo. The couple moved to Great Bend ...
LYONS - Mary Stone, 63, died March 28, at her home in Lyons. Born Nov. 8, 1951, in Beloit, she was the daughter of Albert and Freda Wooton Roof. She graduated from Great Bend High School and Barton Community College with an associates degree. On April 6, 1979, she married Jay B. Stone. A resident of Lyons since 1973, formerly of Great Bend, she was a Correctional Investigator at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Dispatcher for the Rice County Council of Aging and Quivira Transit.
HAYS - Carey A. Schulte, 56, former Hays and Russell resident, died March 27, at Via Christi Hospital/St. Francis Campus in Wichita. Born July 8, 1958, in Hays she was the daughter of John E. and Amelia (Dinkel) Schulte. She grew up in Victoria and attended the Anderson School of Hope at Victoria until it closed in the 1970's. She was a client with Development Services of Northwest Kansas for over 25 years and lived in Norton, Hill City, Ellis and Hays.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.
LENOIR, N.C. - Louise Ilee Cummings Bird lived a full and varied life of almost 95 years.
Anita Jane Jackson, 47, of Conroe, Texas went to be with Jesus on Thursday, March 19.
GREAT BEND - A memorial service for Anthony C. "Tony" Huslig, who died Dec. 31, 2014, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.
HUTCHINSON - Roseanne Baldwin, 79, died March 24, 2015, at Via Christi-St Francis Hospital, Wichita.
ABILENE - Velma Mae Sievers went home to Jesus at the age of 93 on March 20, 2015, at Abilene Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born Sept. 22, 1921, to Robert John and Mae McWilliams Barnett on a farm southwest of Humboldt. Because her Dad rented from a family named Chicken, she always chuckled and said "I was born in the Chicken House."
HOISINGTON - Dwight C. Martin, 73, died March 21, at his home in Hoisington. Born Aug/ 12, 1941, in Ransom, he was the son of Clade and Sylvia (Everhardt) Martin. Dwight graduated from Utica High School,Utica. He retired from the Missouri Pacific Railroad as a train dispatcher, after working there for more than 40 years. Dwight was a member of the Hoisington Masonic Lodge #331, ISIS Shrine in Salina, Russell Shrine Club, Sunflower Shrine Club in Great Bend, and was a former president of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce. On Feb. 8, 1964, he married Carolyn Kuder in Tribune. They ...