ODIN - Eric R. Beran, 50, died May 19 at home in Odin. Born Aug. 15, 1963 at Great Bend, he was the son of Gerald W. "Jerry"and Elvita (Dolechek) Beran.
LARNED - Troy Lee Fox, 50, died May 18, at Emporia. Born Oct. 29, 1963 at Hastings, Neb., he was the son of Galen and Charolette "Sue" Cambron Fox. He was a Larned resident for 25 years moving from Garden City. He was a Diesel Mechanic for Doonan Truck. He was a member of The Fathers House, Larned.
Gilbert Francis Penka, 66, died May 17, at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
Blanche Opal Rea, 92, died May 17, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 30, 1921 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Charlie "Chase" and Stazie (Novotny) Hejny. On Aug. 22, 1943 she married Kenneth "K.E." Rea in Hoisington. He died on Nov. 14, 1998. A Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from The Ozarks, Mo., she also had resided in Otis; Hoisington; Sweetwater, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Mozambique, South Africa; Libya; North Africa; Denver, Colo.; London, Ky.; Tehran; Iran; and Vincennes, Ind. She was a self-employed cosmetologist. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth J. "Betty Jean" Schneider, 83, died May 16, 2014, at Salina Regional Medical Center, Salina. She was born Aug. 9, 1930, at rural Odin, to Joseph and Mary (Reif) Finger. She married Joseph Francis Schneider Aug. 11, 1953, at Odin. He died March 29, 1995.
GARFIELD – Melvin E. Strobel, 84, passed away May 16, at Diversicare of Larned. He was born March 29, 1930, in Larned, the son of Arthur Eugene and Edna Mae Bird Strobel. On April 6, 1952, he married Alice Joan Fairchild in Larned. She passed away Dec. 7, 1997. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer/stockman.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Marianne Gear Zoller passed away on Easter, April 20, 2014, at peace in the company of her loving family. She was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in Hutchinson, to oilman Raymond William and Elizabeth O'Neill Gear. She attended Hutchinson High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She married oilman Henry (Hank) Eugene Zoller Jr., raised five children in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., and embarked on a successful real estate career with Garrett-Bromfield & Company until her ...
HAYS - Era Lee (Carter) Popp, 87, Hays, died May 15 at the Via Christi Villages. She was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Marietta, Ga., the daughter of Narvell and Lottie (Belle) Carter. She married Marvin L. Popp. He died on Dec. 14, 2001. She was a homemaker.
WICHITA – Michael J. Dreiling, 66, passed away May 15 in Wichita. He was born July 14, 1947, in Great Bend, the son of Ralph and Anna Marie (Peg) Turner Dreiling. Living most of his life in Wichita, he was the owner of Dreiling Liquor.
LOVELAND, Colo. - June Moeller passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. She was born on July 12, 1927, in Nekoma, to George and Maude Kershner.
PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - Charles Preston "Chuck" Davis, 69, passed away unexpectedly on May 10, in his home. He was born Nov. 19, 1944, in Wichita. In 1962 he graduated from Great Bend High School, and in 1966 from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management.
AURORA, Colo. - Donald L. Radke, 57, died May 14, 2014 in Aurora, Co.
HOISINGTON – Kenneth L. Ford, 87, died May 13, 2014 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.
SALINA - Pamela D. (Crisler) Stedman, formerly of Wichita, died May 11, 2014 in Salina.
NORMAN, Okla. - Winnis A. Becker, 98, died May 12, 2014 at his home in Norman, Okla.
LA CROSSE - Mary A. Engel, 73, died July 20 at her home. Born Jan. 6, 1941 at Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph H. and Albina (Billinger) Orth.
Christopher James Thomas, 48, died July 20, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born June 8, 1966, in Junction City, he was the son of Timothy and Carol (Breault) Thomas. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Hoisington, he was a self-employed computer repairman.
Gwen G. Schroeder, 72, died July 20, in Great Bend. Born Oct. 15, 1941, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of H. Martin and Bernice Lucille (Davis) Glenn. She was a graduate of Ellinwood Rural High School and Adela Hale School of Business. A resident of Great Bend since 2005, moving from Overland Park, she was retired. On Aug. 6, 1966, she married Arlen C. Schroeder in Kansas City.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Robert Norman Alpers, 79, died May 31, in Hendersonville, N.C. A service will be held at Peace Church, 492 NE 140th Street, in Hudson, at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 25, with burial to follow. After the burial, family and friends are invited to a meal at Wheatland Café for visiting and reminiscing.
Marie L. Sisk 1911 - 2014
CLAFLIN - Marian "Ann" Bahr, 86, died July 16, 2014 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
SHAWNEE - Carolyn L. Heinz, 72, of Shawnee, passed away July 15, 2014.
LARNED - Eleanor M. Adams, 90, died July 14, 2014.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Leonard Loraine Mullenix, 94, died July 13 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was born Dec. 9, 1919 at Chase, the son of George and Lola (Fuson) Mullenix.
Willa Mae Springfeldt, 93, died July 10, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 11, 1920, in Springfield, Mo., she was the daughter of William and Ethel Mae (Renfro) Teem. On Nov. 23, 1940, she married Virgil L. Springfeldt in Cottonwood Falls. He died on June 7, 1992. A resident of Great Bend since 1972, coming from Bushton, she and her husband were owner and operator of IGA of Bushton and Kwik Shop in Great Bend. She enjoyed playing the piano and cello.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on Wednesday afternoon, July 9. Born Dec. 10, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank and Katherine (Pyles) Munoz. In 1965, he graduated from Great Bend High School.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA.- Esther Dunham, 89, died Dec. 2, 2013 at Golfcrest Health Care Center, Hollywood, Fla. Born July 16, 1924 at Scottsbluff, Neb., she was the daughter of Lee Selby and Alice Butler. She married Jack Dunham June 9, 1945 at Hays, Kan. A former resident of Great Bend before moving to Florida, she was employed at J. C. Penney and the Barton County Health Department until her retirement.
ELLINWOOD--Joyce Marie Fullbright, 83, passed away in Ellinwood on July 10. Born Oct. 1, 1930 in Georgetown, Ark., she was the daughter of Briles and Myrtle (Chambers) Andrews.
Connie Rosalie Peacock, 91, died July 11 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Feb. 21, 1923 at WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Pete and Antonia (Solowski) Gregorcyk.
Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31, in San Diego, Calif. Born March 10, 1959 at Great Bend, he was the son of Harold S. and Dorothy J. Miller. He joined the Coast Guard in 1978, working as a corpsman and was awarded a letter from President Ronald Reagan for saving a life. He attended Wichita State University on the GI Bill and later worked as a respiratory therapist and cardiology technician. He married Bernadette Alison December 31, 1990 at San Diego.