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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Donald James Komarek 1931 - 2017

Donald James Komarek, 86, died Aug. 15, 2017, at Great Bend, following a brief illness. He was born June 3, 1931, at Ellinwood, the son of Frank and Emilie (Peschka) Komarek. He graduated from Ellinwood High School in 1949 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in History and Government (American/Russian) from Kansas State University in 1954. Donald and Beverly Phillips were united in marriage on Aug. 22, 1954, at the First Congregational Church in Great Bend.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Keith Bell 1930 - 2017

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Keith Edward Bell, 87, died Aug. 8, 2017, at Valley Baptist Hospital, Brownsville, Texas. He was born March 4, 1930, at Oil Hill, the son of Wade and Bernice (Shockley) Bell. He married Sharon Sloan at Great Bend. They were blessed with four children. They later divorced. He then married Pat (Crockett) Ravenstien March 14, 1980, at Cimarron. A long time Great Bend resident prior to retiring and moving to Brownsville, Mr. Bell was president of Bell Engine Service, Inc.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Leonard A. Funk 1929 - 2017

RUSSELL - Leonard A. Funk, 88, died Aug. 17, 2017, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Great Bend. Born Aug. 2, 1929, in Barton County, he was the son of William and Lydia (Litzenberger) Funk. On July 19, 1951, he married Mary Ann Younger in Galatia. A farmer and cattleman, Mr. Funk was a lifelong Barton County resident, residing in Russell the last few years.

August 19, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Obituaries


Linda Kay (Shepard) Hultz 1954 - 2017

PARADISE, Calif. - Linda Kay (Shepard) Hultz died Aug. 5, 2017, in Paradise, Calif. She was born Oct. 17, 1954, in Lacrosse. In 1972 she graduated from Ellinwood High School. She worked as a caregiver for 30 years.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Donna Jean (Boyd) Evans 1929 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Donna Jean (Boyd) Evans, 88, went to be with the Lord and her husband, Richard Lee Evans, on Aug. 12, 2017, at Cherry Village Assisted Living in Great Bend. She was born May 23, 1929, in Wahansa, the only daughter of Oliver W. and Elsie Pearl (Reed) Boyd. Donna Jean Estalene graduated from Kingman High School. On Oct. 29, 1950, she married Richard Lee Evans in Kingman. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 2013.

August 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Clifford “Allen” Scott 1956 - 2017

LAKEWOOD, Wash. - Clifford "Allen" Scott, 60, passed away Aug. 7, 2017, at his home in Lakewood, Wash. He was born Oct. 31, 1956, in Fort Bragg, N.C., the son of Clifford Sr. and Evelyn Scott and grew up in Great Bend. He served his country in the United States Military, Army branch as a Marksman.

August 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mary Louise Garrigues 1930 - 2017

Mary Louise Garrigues, 86, of Great Bend, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. She was surrounded by family as Heaven gained an angel. Mary was a passionate woman that was steadfast in her faith and commitment to the Church. She served in various roles with her time spent serving youth giving her the opportunity to spread the love of Jesus and bring others to His unconditional love. As a beacon of God's love, she volunteered and served others through His church and many organizations, most notably she enjoyed Meals on Wheels, Volunteers in Action ...

August 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Shane Landon Stimatze

ST. JOHN - Shane Landon Stimatze, 42, passed away Aug. 12, 2017 at his home in rural St. John.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mary L. Garrigues

Mary L. Garrigues, 86, died Aug. 15, 2017, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Celesa May Preston 1966-2017

GREAT BEND - Celesa May Preston, 51, died Aug. 15, 2017, at her rural Great Bend home.

August 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Patricia Ann Schumacher 1928 - 2017

GREAT BEND - Patricia Ann Schumacher, 88, died Aug. 13, 2017, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.

August 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Allan F. Martin 1939-2017

DUNDEE - Allan F. Martin, 77, died Aug. 10, 2017, in Great Bend. He was born Nov. 19, 1939, at Elkhart, Ind., the son of Ellis M. and Clydia I. (Geiser) Martin. He married Earline Morland Nov. 17, 1984, at McPherson. Mr. Martin was a pastor in the Mennonite Church at Elkhart, Ind., led a men's prayer group and enjoyed farming as a hobby. Mr. Martin was a Dundee resident.

August 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wanda Faye Komarek 1926-2017

ELLINWOOD - Wanda Faye Komarek, 90, died May 24, 2017. A Memorial Service of celebration will be held Aug. 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ellinwood. Family and friends are welcome to visit with the family at the church before the service from 10 a.m. until service time. Inurnment will follow at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to the church or Kansas City Hospice House, 1200 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64145.

August 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Samuel Maurice Roach 1963 - 2017

Samuel Maurice Roach, 54, died Aug. 6, 2017, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born April 11, 1963, at Great Bend, the son of Allan Maurice and Sharon K. (Foos) Roach. He married Sharolyn Reddick and they later divorced. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a farmer and worked in the oilfield.

August 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Charlotte Grace “Chic” Bolding — 1930 - 2017

Charlotte Grace "Chic" Bolding, 86, died Aug. 9, 2017, at Brookdale Senior Living, Great Bend. She was born Oct. 31, 1930, at Smackover, Ark., the daughter of Edward C. and Grace Beatrice (Thornton) Matson. She married Grady Palmer Bolding, Jr., May 25, 1950, at Smackover, Ark. A Great Bend resident since 1957, coming from Magnolia, Ark., Mrs. Bolding was secretary at Morrison Elementary and Roosevelt Junior High, worked as a realtor and was office manager for Grady Bolding Corporation.

August 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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SueAnn (Ochs) McAnulla 1955 - 2017

GREAT BEND - SueAnn (Ochs) McAnulla, 61, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, following a brief illness.

October 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lorene H. Unruh 1925 - 2017

OVERLAND PARK - Lorene H. Unruh, 92, passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

October 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Aaron Lee Blazek 1973-2017

HOISINGTON - Aaron Lee Blazek, 44, died Oct. 15, 2017 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. Born March 15, 1973, he was the son of Edward and ...

October 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Connie Jean Dandy 1949-2017

Connie Jean Dandy, 67, died Sept. 24, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born Oct. 27, 1949, at Syracuse, the daughter of Neuell ...

October 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Betty Adee

Betty Adee, 93, died Oct. 15, 2017, at Good Samaritan Center - Ellsworth Village in Ellsworth. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.

October 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mary Ann Birzer 1935 - 2017

ELLINWOOD - Mary Ann Birzer, 82, of Ellinwood, died Oct. 14, 2017, at Hospice House of Hutchinson. She was born on Aug. 17, 1935, in Berwick ...

October 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Elaine Weathers 1931 - 2017

Elaine Weathers, 85, died Oct. 14, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. She was born Dec. 24, 1931, at Radium, the daughter of ...

October 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Norman Alexander Worden 1984 - 2017

LARNED - Norman Alexander Worden, 33, passed away Oct. 15, 2017, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. He was born Feb. 27, 1984, in San ...

October 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Cleatus Walden Appel 1931-2017

Cleatus Walden Appel, 86, died Oct. 13, 2017, at St. David's Medical Center, Austin, Texas. He was born July 14, 1931, at La Crosse ...

October 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jarold Eugene Schmidt 1940-2017

LARNED - Jarold Eugene Schmidt, 77, passed away Oct. 14, 2017 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned.

October 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Clinton H. “Clint” Kuhn 1931 - 2017

Clinton H. "Clint" Kuhn, 86, died Oct. 13, 2017, at Almost Home Inc., Great Bend. He was born Aug. 26, 1931, at Hays, the son ...

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Marvin Ellis Riggs 1925 - 2017

Marvin Ellis Riggs, 92, died Oct. 13, 2017, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Aug. 1, 1925, at Rush County, to Lester and ...

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Cleatus Walden Appel 1931 - 2017

Cleatus Walden Appel, 86, died Oct. 13, 2017, at St. David's Medical Center, Austin, Texas. He was born July 14, 1931, at La Crosse ...

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


LeRoy William Reif 1928 - 2017

LeRoy William Reif, 89, died Oct. 12, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born July 4, 1928, in Stafford County, the son ...

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Esther Ruth Boxberger 1927 - 2017

Esther Ruth Boxberger, 90, died Oct. 12, 2017, at Almost Home, Great Bend. She was born June 18, 1927, at Hoisington, to Alexander and Lydia ...

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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