Thon "T.P." Schartz, 84, died June 5 at his home in Great Bend. Born March 17, 1930, in Ellinwood, he was the son of Anthony Nicholas and Mary Edna (Rickert) Schartz. On May 23, 2009, he married Myrna (Beal) Branstetter in Seward. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a retired insurance adjuster for Crawford and Company, and had previously farmed, operated Schartz Construction and managed the 300 Bowl. He played organized baseball and city basketball and was an avid golfer.
Kenneth Albert Fradd Jr., 67, died June 3 at his home in Great Bend. Born May 21, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Kenneth Albert Sr., and Cleone Marie (Wesley) Fradd. On Nov. 28, 1970, he married Sally Ann Cramer in Great Bend. She died on Oct. 15, 1972. A resident of Great Bend most of his life, living in Salina for 10 years, he was an electronics technician for Glenn's Electric and Great Plains Manufacturing, until his retirement.
NESS CITY - Marilea Jane Hall Wendler was born on Oct. 5, 1926, in the small Kansas town of Schaeffer and passed to eternal life at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Ill., on June 2, 2014 at age 87. She was preceded in death by her parents Fanny Moore Hall and Anthony Cornelius Hall, a brother Wayne Hall, sisters Atha (Dwight) Kerschner and Marjorie (Clarence) Scheuerman, her husband Arthur Cyril Wendler and her daughter Artilea Ann Wendler. She is survived by her sons Kent Anthony (Anne) Wendler, their two children, and Craig Arthur (Lorie) Wendler and their six children.
TOPEKA - Doyle "Gene" Boyd, 78, passed away May 30, 2014 at a local hospital.
GREAT BEND - Richard F. Loftis, 89, died June 3, 2014 at his home in Great Bend.
GREAT BEND - Thomas M. Keenan, 83, died June 3, 2014 at Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita.
Doyle "Gene" Boyd, 78, Topeka, passed away May 30 at a local hospital. Gene was born Sept.16, 1935 in Holdenville, Okla., the son of Lige and Etta (Cummings) Boyd. He graduated from Wewoka High School in Wewoka, Okla. and later attended junior college in Gainesville, Texas.
MCPHERSON - Ronald E. Miller, 78, passed away June 1 at Wichita. The son of John A. and Lillie (Flora) Miller, he was a farmer/stockman living on the farm near Macksville before moving to McPherson in 1996. A former U.S. Navy pilot, his memberships include Eden Valley Church of the Brethren, Dillwyn board of directors, Cedars board of directors and Young Eagles. On Dec. 29, 1956, he married Ruth Jean (Grossnickle) at Curlew, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 8, 2000. On July 19, 2002, he married Audrey (Johnson) at Smolan.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31 in San Diego, Calif. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home and will be announced at a later date.
HAYS - Clayton Daniel Zimmer, 40, died May 31, at the Hays Medical Center. Born March 2, 1974 ,in Tripoli, Libya, he was the son of Marvin and Janice (Oller) Zimmer. In 1992 he graduated from Hays High School. He worked in computer tech support for SYKES Enterprises for many years.
LARNED - Melody Dawn Gibson, 55, passed away May 30, 2014 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita.
HOISINGTON - Edward J. Stoss, 73, died May 29, 2014 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.
GREAT BEND - Jerry Malcon Ward, 85, died May 28, 2014 at home after a long illness.
Jerry Malcon Ward, 86, died May 28 at his home in Great Bend, following a long illness. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
Kenneth Harold Allen, 86, Great Bend, died July 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
REDFORD, Mich. - Robert Lynn Humphrey, 71, died July 23 in Redford, Mich. Born May 18, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Henry Ray and Lenora Caroline (Ochs) Humphrey. In 1961, he graduated from Hoisington High School and then attended Kansas State University. He eventually moved to Michigan where he worked for Nielsen TV Ratings and then for a trucking company until his retirement.
OLMITZ - Milton Alois Yarmer, 88, died July 25 at his home in Olmitz. Born May 17, 1926, at Russell County, he was the son of Frank Rudolph and Marie (Demel) Yarmer. Milton married Mary Agnes Gleissner May 26, 1948, at Olmitz. She died July 12, 2006.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bradley K. Brann, 64, of Kansas City, Mo., passed suddenly on July 24. He was born Jan. 12, 1950, in Abilene, to Dorothy and Hilton Brann. He was a graduate of Great Bend High School and Fort Hays State University. He taught at Southeast Missouri University, followed by a career in sales and real estate.
HUTCHINSON - Mark A. Bomgardner, 51, of Hutchinson, went home to be with his Savior, July 27 at Reno County Hospice House. He may have lost his battle with cancer, but he conquered the grave when he accepted Christ as his savior. He was born May 31, 1963 in Joplin, MO, the son of Bob and Judy Allen Bomgardner. He was a 1981 graduate of Dodge City High School, and received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Fort Hays State University. He was a Hutchinson resident for the past 15 years moving from Great Bend.
SPEARVILLE - Susie Ackerman, 95, died July 26, at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains in Dodge City. Born March 7, 1919, in Pratt, she was the daughter of Michael and Alice Duncan Shanley. On Oct. 2, 1951, she married John F. Ackerman in Pratt. He preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 2003. An area resident since 1951, she was a homemaker.
Billy Wayne "Bill" Brack 1930 - 2014
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Anna Lee (Moody) Brack, 83, a resident of Mountain Home, Ark. passed away Saturday, July 26, at her residence.
SPRING HILL - Deena Kay Erb, 55, passed away July 27, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on Jan. 12, 1959, in Nevada, Mo. to Elton Eugene and Helen Nadine (Spencer) Anders. She grew up in Walker, Mo. and attended Walker High School then went on to receive her LPN license from Fort Scott Community College. On Feb. 10, 1979, she married Paul Gerard Erb in Nevada, Mo. They lived in Albert, then they moved to Bucklin, for 15 years and then to Spring Hill in 2009. She was an LPN for 35 years, working for Olathe ...
Lyle E. Schaben, 89, died July 26 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born Aug. 27, 1924, at Bazine, the son of John and Verda (Ryersee) Schaben. Mr. Schaben was a graduate of Bazine High School. He married Nathalie J. Borger Feb. 15, 1947, at Bazine. She died June 22, 2012. Raised on the family farm, he began farming as a young man and he and Nathalie raised their family in the house built by Lyle's father. Lyle retired from farming when they moved to Great Bend in 2005, due to health reasons. Lyle also worked ...
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou McCrary 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.
Jerry Mitchell Jones, 76, died July 24, at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Hutchinson, he was the son of Ray and Marjorie (Swann) Jones. On March 12, 1958, he married Nelta Irene Simpson in Great Bend. She died on Dec. 3, 1997. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Seward, he was the owner and operator of the J&J Cafe in Seward until 1997.
POULSBO, Wash. - A memorial service for John David Lewis, formerly of Larned, who died on May 19, will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church in Larned. Memorials are suggested to the church, Larned EMT's or the Pawnee County Food Pantry.
Clarence "C. D." Johnson, 63, died July 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 6, 1951, at Great Bend, the son of Clarence Harve and Bernadine (Ericks) Johnson. He married Jolene Debes on Oct. 11, 1980, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a rural letter carrier for Rural Route 2 for the United States Postal Service, Great Bend, retiring in 2012.
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou McCrary 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.