CONCORDIA - Raymond A. Franklin, 80, of Concordia passed away April 18 at the Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. He was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Saline County.
Thomas R. "Tom" Holstrom, 63, of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away on April 19, 2012. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Tom will be remembered for his success as a chemist and executive in the manufacturing industry as well as for his passion for auto racing.
Frances "Frankie" Kaiser, 83, died April 20 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Nov. 11, 1928 at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Schaplowsky) Wirtz. She married Melvin Patrick Kaiser May 13, 1952 at St. Joseph Church in Ellinwood. He survives. She worked for Home Health as a nurse aide.
George Arthur Ely, 58, died unexpectedly at his home in Great Bend on Dec. 20, 2011. He was born on July 16, 1953 in Mt. Holly, N.J. George had spent the past 35 years drilling oil, gas and water wells in Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Jersey. At his time of death, he had completed his first semester of the Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution program at Barton Community College. He would have graduated in May. He married Toni Arnett Williams on August 29, 1986, in Elkton, Md. She survives.
Lorraine H. Erickson, 90, died April 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Rush County, the daughter of Herman and Anna Marie (Wagner) Hemken. Lorraine was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church at Albert.
Nova N. Bishop, 86, died April 18 at her home in Great Bend. She was born April 29, 1925 at Ingram, Ark., the daughter of Paul and Opha (Rush) Hayes.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Wilbur A. Fischer died in Broomfield, Colo. April 10, 2012 at the Stratford Senior Living Community where he lived close to his family for the past two years.
HOISINGTON - Leslie E. Laudick, 78, died April 16, 2012 at the Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Leslie E. Laudick, 78, died April 16 at the Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Services are pending and will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Gage Adrian Hale was stillborn on April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was the son of Jordan Hale and Angela (DeWitt) Foote.
CLAFLIN - Kurt Herbert Fuhr, 92, joined his Maker and others in Heaven on Holy Saturday, April 7. He was the last born to Fredrick and Hattie Fuhr in Bromburg, Poland on Sept. 11, 1919. He grew up in Claflin and attended Great Bend High School. In 1961, he was baptized in the Methodist faith. He was a lifeguard and Eagle Scout. He was married to Eledra Mae Fuhr on April 9, 1943 until her death on March 12, 1984. He was married to Beverly Kay Fuhr on Sept. 14, 1987 until her death on Aug. 18, 2010.
ELLSWORTH - Ray Alvin Rolfs, 45, died April 15 at Salina Regional Medical Center. Born July 10, 1966 in Ellsworth, he was the son of Alvin D. and Johnetta G. Kaiser Rolfs. Formerly of Great Bend, he was a resident of Mosaic in Ellsworth. He attended schools in Geneseo and Lyons. He loved playing basketball and running track for Special Olympics.
CLAFLIN -Robert S. Woolf, 76, died Sunday, April 15 at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born Oct. 30, 1935 in Chillicothe, Mo., the son of Kermit and Sarah (Mumpower) Woolf.
Roger D. Hickey, 63, died April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 4, 1948, at Topeka, to Ray and Twila (Epply) Hickey. He married Janelle Brower on Nov. 21, 2001, at Las Vegas, Nev. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he owned Hickey Sheet Metal.
LARNED - Betty J. Fleske, 88, died April 13 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born May 8, 1923, in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Bessie Flick Kirkwood. On Sept. 15, 1948, she married Elmer Fleske at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albert. He died on April 4, 1994. A lifetime area resident, she worked on the farm with her husband for many years.
HUTCHINSON - Aubrey Linus Schartz, 82, died Sept. 14, at his home in Hutchinson. Born Aug. 20, 1932, in rural Ellinwood, he was the son of Edward and Frances Schartz. On Oct. 16, 1951, he married Bonnie Lou Harbaugh in Ellinwood. He retired from Marmie's Motors in Great Bend and moved to Hutchinson.
John Russell Branine, 65, passed away Sept. 12 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 23, 1949, the son of Ralph Sweet and Helen Helms Branine. He was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
LARNED - Vern Arlyn Steffen, 83, passed away Sept. 12, 2014, at his home in Larned.
HOLYROOD - Mark Lynn Folk, 56, passed away of an aneurism Sept. 11, at his residence in Holyrood. He was born March 10, 1958, in Ellsworth to Max and Beverly (Cron) Folk. A lifetime resident of Holyrood, he was a bookkeeper and office manager for Folk Well and Lease.
Carol Ann Cook, 71, died Sept. 11, at home in Great Bend. She was born March 1, 1943, at Kinsley, to Bernard and Daisy (Goad) Fahlsing. She married Charles Banks in 1961. She later married Phillip Ward in 1976. She then married Dennis Cook on Aug. 11, 2003, at Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked in retail for Revco and Dillons until retiring.
Alvin "Al" F. Pfannenstiel 1923 - 2014
Herman Boyd "Sonny" Crockett was born to Herman Delbert and Lois Maurice (King) Crockett in Morton, Texas on Dec. 15, 1940. He died on Monday, Sept. 8, in Woodward, Okla.
Jeanne Louise Schmitt, 70, died Sept. 6, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Aug. 31, 1944, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Raymond Chandler and Helen Ruth (Westin) Muret. On May 30, 1969, she married Terryl "Terry" Keith Schmitt in Manhattan. He died on Aug. 17, 2006. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Hoisington where she had lived since 1969, she was an Extension Agent in Belleville, then a dietician for the Clara Barton Hospital. She retired as a secretary for Central Baptist Church in Great Bend.
PAWNEE ROCK - Kimberly A. Hayward, 46, passed away Sept. 7, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Sept. 22, 1967, in El Cajon, Calif., she was the daughter of Howard M. and Dora Prince Hayward. A longtime area resident, she was a home health nurse.